Saturday, March 3, 2012
I'm a lip balm junkie. I've heard that it's a vicious cycle, that once you get hooked, your lips lose the ability to stay hydrated on their own and then you are officially addicted. Well, yeah. So? The important thing is to never be stranded without some sort of balm. Which means one in your gym bag, one by your bed, one in each purse, one on your desk, one in each coat pocket... That's a lot of lip balm. I like to make sure I have a nice variety so I don't get bored. And also so I don't look like a freak at the checkout with twenty tubes of Aquaphor. Here's a sampling of my current stash. Yes, that means there's more, but you didn't really expect me to go through all those pockets did you?
Tell me I'm not alone in this. How many do you have stashed away? What are your favorites? Check out my top ten after the jump...
From left to right, top to bottom:
Aquaphor: my all-time favorite, good for so many things. Full disclosure: I have way more than three.
Korres Lip Butter: in cheery coral Quince, slightly dramatic just-bitten Wild Rose, and yummy-smelling but only-to-wear-at home-because-of-the-opaque-pale-color Jasmine.
H&M lip balm in Creme Brulee: not too long-lasting but delicious and ridiculously cute.
Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF 15: my newest acquisition, Hue No.30G, I think I'm in love. Subtle scent, subtle hint of color, perfectly soothing.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: in handy mini sizes, Rose and Plum; they smell amazing but do they really moisturize? Jury's still out on these.
Nars Lip Lacquer in Eros: technically not a lip balm, but this über sticky gloss lasts so long I find it's one of the most protective products I can put on my lips, and the color is perfectly mlbb (my lips but better). I keep this one in my wallet, with me at all times.
Random Gift from Japan: from a friend who knows me all too well. Not the best product inside, but the little jar is too cute to ignore.
Rosebud Salve: what can I say about this cult favorite that hasn't already been said? Used to be at the top of my list, but I hate the way it melts in hot summers, so now I only have a few tins left. Amazing in cooler weather though.
Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker in Vanilla: the trifecta of dry lips, nostalgia and a dollar in my pocket provoked this purchase, and I don't regret it one bit.
Vitamin E Stick: doesn't get much more basic than this, but it's smoother than chapstick, and, like Aquaphor and Rosebud salve you can use it on all your dry bits. This one was in my christmas stocking this year. Thanks, Santa!