Okay I’ll do another lip balm post!


This was the second lip balm I bought, after Maybelline’s Soothing Cherry lip balm! (see post)

I bought it in Laos when I was on an OCIP (overseas community involvement programme) for about 2.30 SGD (rough calculation) which is obviously only half the price here ^^ (about 4.30 SGD)

I originally intended to get it for my mum but she fell in love with the Burt’s Bees lip balm instead (post, here) so she gave it to me instead. I’m glad she did! 

 

 

 

Sorry the pictures are kinda unclear, it’s ‘cos the balm is so translucent the camera can’t really pick it up.

I was trying to focus on the tip and in the end I got so fed up with the lazy method of auto-focusing I just turned it on manual focus and adjusted and… viola! Slightly better. (I didn’t upload the blurred ones though)

The camera actually picked up colour better when I put my hand there, so pardon my ugly fingers. 

I usually use this balm during the terrible three-hour lecture hell day because it has the ‘oily’ feel that I really need and the scent is not too strong, so it won’t distract me much.

Why not use Burt’s Bees? You may ask.

Well, because Burt’s Bees gives heavy moisture but it has a matt/ dry feel, which I don’t want during cold lecture periods- I want the oily feeling!

Okay I’m kinda contradicting myself in my previous posts but whatever, I just want that oily feel even though Burt’s Bees gives me more moisture.


I think I’m developing a compulsive lip balm applying habit gosh :X

You should know from the brand name that this lip balm gives this ‘icy’ feeling after application. Burt’s Bees gives me that feeling too, and it’s actually because of the peppermint I think? Try putting toothpaste on your lips (toothpaste dries out your skin though) and that’s the feeling you will get.


I’m not sure about how natural their ingredients are but I think it shouldn’t matter much unless you are some organic health-conscious person.

If you are, Burt’s Bees would be a safer bet- but not many shops in Singapore sell them. Just be warned.


You can like Lip Ice’s page on Facebook for free samples!

Look at how cute the sample is!! 

 


I have the same thing for the Lip Ice Sheer Colour balm~

I think the sheer colour sample giveaway is over though 🙁 You can go to the Malaysia page to check, maybe they still have stock? That’s where I got mine ^^

I keep them in my little pouch and bring them around everywhere- so convenient and cute! They should totally sell the samples ._.


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Loves: Oily feel, great for cold places

Hates: None! Er…. coverage doesn’t last long actually

Rating: 8/10

Price: I think it goes around 4.30 SGD at Guardian, Watsons, SASA etc.

Hey guys~ 

Today, I’ll be reviewing several lip balms~

I know, I know, it’s kinda my fault for procrastinating and putting this off so much.

 

But it’s not entirely my fault that I have term tests AND I’ve been busy with the new layout!  *nods furiously*

Plus I found so many cute favicons online and got distracted….  *guilty face*

Okay. I’ll be reviewing the Maybelline range of lip balms, Smoothing Cherry, Mango Pie, and the new range of tinted lip balms- Baby Pink and Pink Blast!

 

 

Let’s start with my first purchase nearly two years back- Smoothing Cherry! Back then, I was this baby-faced teenager with absolutely no zits and I didn’t give a hoot about skincare. No cleanser, no toner, nothing!

Actually sometimes I think using so many products may conversely worsen the condition of my skin…. oh well. 

But I digress.

Anyway, I bought the lip balm (Cherry) on my friend’s recommendation… It’s a long story but I fell in love with it because it smelt so nice~ Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for nice scents. Sometimes I dab it behind my ears… 

And my bf likes it! *hehe*

The scent is so fruity and delicious, it makes you want to eat it.

Delicious, no? 


Mango Pie’s scent comes off as more artificial to me but it’s nice nonetheless.

It has a less oily feel when applied as compared to Cherry but it’s equally moisturising.

I prefer to use Mango in school because it has a lighter scent, less sticky, and does not have a tell-tale ‘oily’ or ‘shiny’ look, so I’m not tempted to wipe off my balm like I sometimes do for Cherry cos it gets sticky and annoying when I’m out of air-conditioned places.

 

The last two tinted balms have the same scent, Mixed Berry, which smells like raspberries  tons of different berries mixed together.

 

Either way, it smells so divine!

The scent is definitely more subtle than the previous two and not so artificial, and is less sticky/oily. It doesn’t provide a lasting cover moisture-wise so I found that I had to constantly re-apply during my crazy triple lecture day, which really got my goat.

If you ask me, Lip Ice’s Sheer Colour Lip Balm (review here) is waaaay better because:

1) Angled tip means easier application (see Lip Ice post)!

Maybelline’s lip balms are all flat-tipped. That’s okay if it has no tint, but these two have (no matter how light they are- talk about that in a minute), and so I find it immensely difficult to apply them confidently without a mirror because it’ll probably go all over the edge of my lips and I’ll get clownish big smackers.   

2) It has a deeper shade! Come on, I don’t want to apply the balm over and over again just ‘cos I want some colour in my lips.

3) It is cheaper. I got mine for 5.30 BDN (same as SGD) and the Maybelline tinted ones are 6.90 SGD at SASA, like seriously, so expensive for so little colour- might as well buy some cheapo lipstick with the money.

I shouldn’t be complaining though ‘cos I got mine on offer during the Chinese New Year sales for only 8 SGD for two!! Newly manufactured somemore hehehe.

Okay okay I’ll stop before y’all bash me to bits 😀

I’ve added my thoughts into nice tables for your easy reference :3

 

Between the four lippies….

 

 

…and the tinted balms!

 

Oh there’s not much colour difference between the two Maybelline ones so might as well get which ever one looks cuter to you on the outside.

See below photo for proof.

I had to put it on white paper because you can barely see it when applied on the back of my hand, which again tells you how crazily light they are.

 Pricing: 5.90 SGD for non-tinted balms and 6.90 SGD for tinted balms.

That’s it from me 🙂

Super long post right!

In short, GET LIP ICE SHEER COLOUR IF YOU WANT A TINTED BALM.


Bye-bye!

Update as of June ’13: I have decided that I am going for a natural look now and I much prefer the Maybelline lip balms now! Lip Ice Sheer Colour seems a tad bit strong for summer 😛 Sorry for the harsh reviews hahah!

 

 I’ll be reviewing The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Body Polish today~

This body soap + scrub gives off a delightful fruity scent! Squeeze a tiny bit on your palms and rub accordingly. I really love its vibrant red colour and its scent.

 Pretty~

 

As the exfoliating granules are gentler than the other body scrubs (the ones in the tubs), you can use it daily (as stated on the tube); and yet it gets the job done, leaving the skin super smooth! Another plus point is that it comes in a tube, so it’s waaaay more hygienic than dipping your fingers into a tub everytime you want to use it 🙂

  

This body polish doesn’t dry out your skin- it leaves it feeling moisturised, clean, and super soft and baby-like! I think you can even skip the after-bath moisturiser ‘cos my skin feels really bouncy and soft, like after a good moisturiser. It doesn’t feel oily or anything, don’t you worry.

I really like how the scent lingers for an hour or so after you bathe, and it’s not too cloying or strong 🙂

I think this scrub can also lighten your skin tone (by scrubbing away the dead skin), and it does remove some hairs while you’re at it (this may be just me), so I use it on my legs and underarms to brighten it up. I think it works but I searched the Net and there doesn’t seem to be much said about it ;-;

So maybe they haven’t tried or noticed it yet. There is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in this, which can’t be very good for the skin, but maybe that’s why there is brightening properties ._.

It is rather tempting to use it everyday but I really want to make this tube last!  Anyway, I think you shouldn’t use scrubs, no matter how gentle, on a daily basis because it stresses your skin out.

Perhaps you could buy the Strawberry Body Polish that’s going on offer now, for Valentine’s Day. Buy 2 products from the Chocolate/ Strawberry Bath range, and get 20% off, or 3 products and get 30% off!!

Strawberry is a delicious scent as well, but I prefer pomegranate because you get strawberry-scented things everywhere.

Extra tip:

I sometimes mix this in with my facial cleanser and viola! A face scrub! Do a spot test if you are known to have sensitive skin 🙂 But it really makes my face feel baby-smooth and soft~~ * sighhhh * What’s not to love about this?

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Loves: Fruity scent, non-drying, gives smooth skin, scent lingers for awhile, comes in a tube instead of a tub like many of the Body Shop’s products do

Hates: ….. Not that I know of

Rating: 9/10

Would I buy it again?: DEFINITELY!

Price: 18.90 SGD (regular price, but most times they go for 12.90SGD or even down to 8.90SGD at new store openings) , or you can get the Strawberry one on sale during the Valentine’s Day period i.e. NOW!