Monday, July 8, 2013

The Best and Worst Lip Balm Sticks

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Now, I don't know about you, but during summer and winter my lips stay unbearably chapped. No matter how much water I drink, how much I scrub, or how much lip balm I put on, it never seems to be enough. Because of that, I've been on a mission to find what I believe to be the best lip balm on the block! I've gone through tons of brands and tons of formulas, but nothing has ever quite done the trick.

However, I'm not giving up! There has to be something magical out there, right? Since I can't imagine that I'm the only one with this issue, I figured I'd do a little wrap up of the lip balm sticks I've bought lately, and let you know just how good (or bad!) I've found them to be! So let's get to it!


best lip balms, worst lip balms

• Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter in Melon, $3.27, and Color Balm in Rosy Bloom, $5.99 (Grade: D)

Of all the balm brands I've tried lately, I have to say that Yes to Carrots has been the absolute worst. Both balms claim to moisturize and soothe dry lips, but I've found that it actually feels like it makes my lips even drier.  Plus, the amount of product it takes to feel like you are properly wearing any at all is insane. On top of that, the smell is absolutely horrendous.  You know that nasty smell that lipstick gets when it is extremely old?  That is the exact smell and taste of the Yes to Carrots brand balms. Also, the color balm has absolutely no color pay off whatsoever. I would definitely recommend for people to steer clear of these unless you are insistent on buying a balm that is certified natural and organic.

• EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Summer Fruit, $3.29 (Grade: C-)

Recently, I've started seeing these EOS balms pop up all over beauty blogs.  Instantly, I was drawn to the cute, spherical design.  It's so different from any other balm on the market, and I knew that meant that I had to have it! This is yet another organic product which is a huge check in the plus column. But, for me, that is where the big buying points end.  I don't particularly find this to be all that moisturizing. It is another balm where I feel I have to put on a ton to really get any sort of result.  Also, the scent is not particularly bad, but it isn't very good, either.  It does smell a bit fruity, but there also seems to be a slight plastic smell along with it. Personally, I don't recommend it.

• Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine, $3.99 (Grade: C)

Maybelline's Baby Lips is another one of those beauty blog darlings that one never hears enough about. For many, this is the holy grail of lip balm. With that being said, while I do find the Maybelline Baby Lips fairly moisturizing, I don't find it to be as magical as many bloggers would have us believe.  Once again, the smell to me is a bit off.  It doesn't really smell like grapes, and it has a strange chemical taste that is enough to put me right off.  At the end of the day, with the addition of SPF 20 and the fact that it does moisturize somewhat, I don't mind going to this one in a pinch, but it is no where near my favorite.

• Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm in Pomegranate, $3.30, and Nourishing Lip Balm in Mango Butter, $3.30 (Grade: B)

As a North Carolinian, I'm proud to say we're the home of the infamous Burt's Bees line of products! For the most part, I can never say enough good things about the brand. The Replenishing Pomegranate Lip Balm has been a staple in my beauty bag for years. It moisturizes well and has a unique smell that I love. The Nourishing Mango Butter Lip Balm is also absolutely fantastic. And it's an organic product that actually smells as fruity as it says. You really can't go wrong with Burt's Bees products. The only reason I give these a B grade is because while they are amazing, they just don't have that X factor that make them my number one choice.  Still, for most people, I think that any Burt's Bees lip balm would do just the trick to get your lips into shape.

• Nivea Lip Care in A Kiss of Moisture, $2.99, A Kiss of Strawberry, $2.99, and A Kiss of Milk & Honey, $2.99 (Grade: A)

Now that we've gotten through the good, the bad, and the ugly, I can say that without a doubt we've come to the best lip balm stick that I've ever come across! Each Nivea lip balm has a light, gentle scent, delicious taste, and works a treat. Not only does it smooth and plump chapped lips immediately, but it has a nice thick feel that stays on for hours. If I put it on at night, I'll wake up in the morning with some still on my lips. My lips have never felt in better shape than when I started using Nivea lip balms. If you can get your hands on these, I would highly recommend it!  In fact, this is a borderline Holy Grail product for me!  I don't want to be too overly optimistic, but so far I have not found anything better.

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And there you have it, my dears! The best and worst of my collected lip balm sticks. If you liked this post, stay tuned!  I have a follow up post in the works all about the best and worst lip balm pots and tins.

Have you tried any of these lip balms? What are the best and worst lip balms you've ever come across?


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  1. fab post!! its a shame balmi isn't available in the US!! it has quirky packaging like EOS but so much more moisturising!! :) .. oooo the Burts bees lip balm in pomegranate sounds fab!! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll have to take a look and see if I can buy Balmi online somewhere to give it a try! You really can't go wrong with anything by Burt's Bees! If you can find it, I definitely recommend picking up some! x

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  2. Fantastic post! I love how you graded all the products :) I agree that the Nivea balms are amazing. They're my favourite too.

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate the feedback! I'm so glad that you like the Nivea balms, too! I really wish I'd come across them sooner because I can't believe I've gone without them so long! They are so lush! x

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  3. I love my Nivea Milk and Honey lip balm, it's part of my evening routine. It's just so nice!

    leigh xx | imleighbeauty.com

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    1. The Milk and Honey one is the flavor I'm currently using, and I adore it, too! I think I want to buy all of them at some point just for a bit of variety! It's such a good brand! x

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  4. Thanks for this post, now I know what to get next time! Ps you should try Aloe lips if you come across them ♥

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    1. You are welcome, sweety! You should definitely look into the Nivea balms first as they are absolutely fantastic! I will have to try and find Aloe Lips as I'm always looking for new and better lip balms! Thanks for the recommendation! x

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  5. Nivea balms my fave! Before bed, I slather my lips with good 'ol Vaseline straight from the jar for an overnight "treatment". Makes for stained pillow cases, but works wonders when you're very parched.
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    1. Yay! I'm so glad so many other people really love the Nivea balms! I was worried people would think I was crazy for not falling head over heels for Maybelline's Baby Lips! I just think the Nivea balms are super moisturizing and lush! Plus, they smell divine! x

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  6. I love Burts Bees and Yes To... Balms x

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    1. Are there any particular Yes To... balms that you would recommend? The two I have just aren't very good, in my opinion, but people seem to like them, so I'd like to give them another shot! x

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  7. I totally agree with you on the Nivea Lip Balm even i did a review on them and they are fabulous :)Hi five on that and great post...nicely comapared:)

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    1. I'm so glad that so many people really like the Nivea balms! I was afraid readers would wonder what I was nattering on about! I want to collect them all! x

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  8. I have exactly the same problem! It might be quite bad for your lips, I don't know, but I use Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to cleanse my face, and I always put a little on my lips and wipe it off with a muslin cloth. It completely gets rid of any dry, loose skin, and then I put a load of Lanolips Lemonaid or just normal Vaseline on. It works a dream and it's the only thing I've ever found to make a difference! xx

    Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

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    1. Thank you for the advice! I'll definitely have to look into those products! I've never come across Lanolips, but I'm going to have to check my local drugstore to see if I can find it! I'm always on the look out for new things to help with my super dry lips! x

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  9. I'm loving the grading system you have going on! I'm still loyal to my Rose Bud Salve but I'm thinking of branching out to the Nivea as it seems to be everyone and their mother's favorite! Have heard a lot of great things about the Korres blams as well, did you manage to track them down after the unsuccessful trip to Sephora? xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. Thank you, babykins! I have Rose Bud Salve and I love it, too! I'm planning a follow up post on lip balm pots and tins, and that is definitely going to be on there! You really should try one of the Nivea balms! I'd recommend either the strawberry or the milk and honey!

      I didn't manage to track the Korres balms down in store, so I think I'm just going to buy them online! Can't wait to give those a shot! I've been wanting them for so long! x

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  10. I have one too many lip balms and I adore Nivea, they're the best in my opinion : ) Recently I've spoted the Maybelline Baby Lips at my local drugstore but they're so expensive! They cost more than twice than Nivea : /

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    1. There is no such thing as too many lip balms, I think! I've got a huge box full of them and I always buy more even though I don't need to! I'm so surprised at how many people love the Nivea balms! I figured readers would be bewildered that I didn't pick Maybelline's Baby Lips as the best! I just don't particularly think they are all they are cracked up to be if you have very chapped lips! How much do they cost there? x

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  11. oh i would love to try baby lips as we dont have it yet here, but i am loving and very partial to nivea milk and honey balm xxx

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    1. I think that people should definitely give Baby Lips a try, but I've found that other balms are better. I want to say I read that Baby Lips JUST came out there. I know I saw something about it on the Boots website, so you should look into it. The Milk and Honey Nivea balm is the most recent one I purchased, and I think it is absolutely amazing! Wish I had bought it sooner! x

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  12. Note to self: NIVEA! I need to write it down. But I might forget. I'm tweeting it so I'll remember haha.

    xx Debbie
    Shapes & Sizes

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    1. Yes! You have to try it! They have a handful of flavors and they really work a dream! I wish I had gotten some earlier because now I don't want to part with them! Let me know what you think when you buy some! x

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  13. You definitely have to try one of the blistex lipbalms they're incredible. I took one with my when I went skiiing as I knew the cold weather would be horrific on my lips but it really helped xxx

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    1. Ooh, thank you for the tip, love! I've tried just plain Blistex in the past, and they have worked a treat! I'll have to look and see if they have any tempting flavors I'd be interested in! x

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  14. Great post! I would have been tempted to try the Yes To Carrots one but perhaps I'll avoid!


    Hayley
    Sparkles &Stretchmarks
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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! I would avoid the Yes to Carrots one, yes, but there may be some others in the line that are far better! While I've been put off of them, perhaps you'd have better luck! If you try one and it is good, let me know! I'm always willing to reevaluate my stance on a product! x

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  15. I am a lip balm addict haha. I actually just bought the Burt's Bees lip balm and I love it. The smell is amazing. I also really like the EOS lip balms. They work really well for me. I do agree with you on the baby lips products from Maybelline though. I was sad when they didn't work out :(

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    1. Hi, hun! I will join you at lip balm rehab! I just have so many, it's crazy! I'm so glad you like the Burt's Bees balm! It's been my go-to for years and I'd be gutted if it ever went out of stock!

      My EOS balm just doesn't seem to be giving me the moisture I really want! I like my lip balms to be thick and almost wet, so any that go on too light just make me frustrated more than anything! The more I'm using my Baby Lips, the better it seems to be working, but it still wouldn't really be enough for me to raise the grade on it. I just figure that I paid for the product, I should probably get my use out of it! x

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  16. i love the EOS lip balms :)!
    youfounderin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm liking mine a bit more now that I've been using it awhile. I still just think that for me there are some that are better. Another beauty blogger liked EOS because it doesn't leave too much product behind, which is perfect for right before you apply lip stick! I actually have to agree with that! x

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  17. I love that you graded the lip balms, hehe. I love the EOS balm and find it incredibly moisturizing, without needing too much. I guess it's not great for really dry lips. In the summertime my lips are ok, in the winter... Yikes. That's when I need to pull in the big guns (Nivea, really).

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    1. Aw, thanks! I was going to try to make up some snappy grading system, but I figured that alphabetical grading has stuck around for a reason! My lips are dry all the time, so I think EOS just isn't right for me. I'm like you in that I consider Nivea the big guns! So moisturizing! x

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  18. You definitely should try the Fresh line of lip balms, especially the Sugar advanced therapy! It has a nice light smell (sugary like it's namesake!)and it's the only lip balm I only have to put on three times a day and I feel nice and moisturized without having to lick my lips (and that's saying a lot considering I have been putting on lip balm, every ten minutes this summer- no exaggeration)

    The only problem is that this stuff is expensive! Like $28 for a tube of it. My first tube lasted about a month so in my brain it's worth it for the convenience! Keep an eye out too because it sometimes comes as a sample at Sephora!

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    1. Thanks, Brittany! I have two Fresh balms, but I couldn't find them for the life of me in time to use them for this post! I've yet to try them because I don't want them to run out since they are so expensive. Luckily, I received mine as a gift, but still! This summer has been such a pain for chapped lips! I've just been glad that the Nivea balms work so well and are at a good price! x

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