Any normal girl owns an abnormal amount of lip balm. And if you're a girl who doesn't, well, I commend you. Lip balm was the very beginning of my interest in makeup when I was about eleven or twelve years old and little did I know that some years on, it'd become a full-blown hobby. I think with lip balm, it's so easy to get sucked into the pretty packaging and as a necessity, us girls seem to have a different one stashed everywhere, whether it be our handbag, bedside table, dressing table, desk, car... I really could go on with this list. Over the years, I've definitely built up a fair collection of them and I'm sure I have a few lying around my bedroom that I've forgotten about and just really need to get rid of. These are the ones I reach for the most and what I find most effective when it comes to caring for my lips.
This bright red packaged tube that sticks out like a sore thumb is Lucas' Papaw Ointment and I can guarantee that you will not meet any Australian girl that doesn't use this religiously or hasn't at least used it in the past. I don't exactly understand why it's cult as it really is essentially just a regular petroleum-based lip balm. I love this, but since discovering better lip balms, I've found it isn't as effective at sinking into the lips like some of my others. My second gripe with this product is that it's not very functional to use in the harsh Australian heat when the balm tends to turn into liquid. Having said this though, it makes an excellent overnight treatment and as a multi-purpose product, I love chucking this into my handbag, and using it on cuts, burns or my dry elbows too. It's a little Aussie gem and I'll continue to repurchase this. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is another cult multi-purpose product, which is slightly runnier than Lucas' Papaw Ointment. In comparison, I find Eight Hour Cream more moisturising, but if you're on a budget or your lips aren't in the worst condition, you can't go wrong with Papaw Ointment. Then there's also Smith's Rosebud Salve, which seems to be a much loved product. Due to my array of lip balms, I don't tend to reach for this for lip care as often anymore, but I really do love this for my cuticles and skin around my fingers. As I have a habit of biting them, they tend to get quite dry and I find this really helps to add some extra TLC along with my hand cream, and it heals them up in no time.
I was sucked into buying the Bobbi Brown Lip Balm because of the packaging. I just thought that silver tin was so classy looking. As for the stuff inside, the consistency of it is more on the solid side, but your fingertip easily warms it up and makes it easy to apply on the lips. It's moisturising, feels really smooth and provides a light sheen that's not super glossy. When it comes to prepping my lips for lipstick, I either go for this or the Maybelline Baby Lips in Smoothing Cherry. Now, I'm normally not a drugstore kind of girl as I love my luxury products, but how could I resist that cute pastel packaging? It's cheap and cheerful, and probably won't do a whole lot for dry, chapped lips, however, it makes a good base for lipstick as it's light and won't have your lipstick slipping and sliding around.
In terms of adding colour to the lips, I love the Korres Lip Butters and the Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm. I've done a more in-depth review of the Lip Butters here and these are some of the richest and creamiest lip balms I've ever used. They're super moisturising and add a nice wash of colour without looking too done up. The Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm is a very light balm and reacts to your chemistry for your own unique colour. The actual lip balm stick is a pale pink colour and on me, transforms into a rosy pink. If you're after something that's your-lips-but-better and something easy to apply, I'd definitely check this cute little tube out.
As my favourite cocktail, mojitos are another thing I can't seem to resist, so when I discovered the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm, I was immediately sold. It's more of a thick gel consistency with a high shine glossy finish to it, so if you're looking for a two-in-one lip balm/lip gloss product, this is for you. I find it really nourishing, though I do wish the scent was a little stronger.
Saving my most favourites for last, starting with Dior Crème de Rose, I love using this to finish off a simple makeup look with. Whenever I can't decide on which lip balm to use for the day, I always reach for this one. It's absolutely beautiful, smells heavenly and just look at that packaging. Love heart eyes emojis everywhere for a minimalist like me. I was told by the girls at my local Dior counter that it's been discontinued and let me tell you, the pain is real. With extortionate prices and the exclusion of certain brands, beauty shopping in Australia is a pain in the bum as it is, though I am fortunate I can still find it online. Nuxe Rêve de Miel is my night time lip balm of choice, which I apply before bed. It's thick, super rich and nourishing, and just so luxurious. I find it a bit too heavy for daytime use, but when I leave it to work its magic overnight, dead skin is completely removed and they're left feeling supple and hydrated. I love using this in conjunction with the Lush Lip Scrub in Popcorn, which is my lip exfoliator of choice. I was using Bubblegum prior to this, but I can definitely see myself sticking with Popcorn as I'm really enjoying both the sweet and saltiness of it. There's nothing groundbreaking about this product and you can easily make your own lip scrub, though I've never been a DIY kind of girl and $10 isn't really that much money considering how long I find this lasts. I use this once or twice a week, but I probably wouldn't need to use it a second time if I'd just drink more water. Ending on some advice I received from a Lush salesperson, store it upside down so the oils seep to the top and don't dry out the scrub.
What are your favourite lip balms?