When I went grocery shopping last week I thought I would be alright going outside sans gloves and hat; I was wrong. I thought my usual coat would suffice, especially since the trip to Trader Joes is a mere four blocks. By the time I got back my ears, face and hands felt numb, and my already dry lips looked, well, not cute. I feel a bit whiny complaining about the cold being a New Yorker in Virginia but honestly – the polar vortex is no joking matter [sorry, North Dakota – I can’t begin to understand your negative 30 conditions].
Now that I got that short anecdote out of the way, let’s talk lip protection. When my lips are as chapped as they have been recently I try to stay away from lipsticks and glosses since they can accentuate the lines and cracks of dry lips. When I’m at home I’ll throw on one of my clear, moisturizing balms. But if I’m going out and want to add a bit of color to my lips, I’ll choose a balm or chap stick that packs a hint of color and a lot of hydration.
If you’re in need of some serious lip therapy and don’t want to be bothered with color, the following products will do the trick. Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm is the first thing I reach for when my lips are too chapped to function [mean girls, anyone?]; it is thick and creamy, has the most lovely rose scent, and will smooth out dry lips keeping them hydrated all day long. The balm has a slight pink tint in the pot but looks clear once applied. If Dior’s option is out of your budget, a great drugstore dupe is Nuance Rose Petal Hydrating Balm [note: I’m having trouble finding this online – but have seen it in two of my local CVS pharmacies]. The texture of this balm is slightly less thick than Dior’s, but feels just as moisturizing. Like Creme De Rose, the Rose Petal Balm has a pleasant rose fragrance and has no noticeable color. My last pick for color-free lip balms is Vaseline’s Rosy Lips Lip Therapy. Although the packaging reads “for soft, pink lips,” to me, it is colorless once applied. The rose scent of Rosy Lips is slightly more faint than the previous two balms, but is still pleasant and non-offensive.
For those of you who want both color and moisture, the following four tinted balms and lip butters can’t be beat. Gressa Skin Lavish Lip Boost is a gorgeous, shimmering pinky-mauve. This shade is perfect for the winter months, and the formula keeps lips hydrated for hours. If you’re into more of a light pink lip, go for Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. To me this product has the most delicious, slightly sweet smell, and this shade gives lips a gorgeous creamy, light pink tint. For my peach and coral lovers I recommend Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue in Just Peachy and L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Caring Coral. Just Peachy has a mint scent and has more of a chap stick feel, whereas Caring Coral is a tinted lip balm and has a glossy effect on the lips.
What are your favorite lip balms?