Happy Spring! The grass is finally turning green and the leaves are peeking out. It’s always around this time of year that I miss living on the west coast where I know everything is has been lush and blooming for a while now. One cannot have everything I suppose.
As a creature of habit, my skincare routine doesn’t fluctuate much. I also like to stick to 1 or 2 products of the same nature at a time so I can properly evaluate their compatibility with my skin as opposed to rotating 5 or 6 products at the same time. It also happens that my bathroom drawers have limited space, and my wallet is not over-brimming. So, instead of talking about the usual this month (because nothing has changed really), I’m going to focus on my lip wear staples as I’ve realized I haven’t talked about them at all this year.
Hurraw Sun Balm SPF 15 Lip Balm resides in my purse 365 days a year. A number of years ago I found a sun spot on my lips and freaked out, hence the SPF. The sweet juicy scent is subtle and I like the oval shape of the tube – I find the application more efficient than the circular tubes. I only wish it came in a tinted option as it sometimes casts a slight white hue on my lips after application, when my lips are extra dry.
I found out last year that I absolutely love the smell of Bergamot, therefore PAI’s Bergamot lip balm sits loyally on my bedside table. I slather it on before I sleep and when I wake up in the middle of the night after a bathroom break, and inhale the Bergamot in all its glory. My only issue with the packaging is that’s it’s impossible to twist open after I’ve slathered cream all over my hands. I also don’t love applying lip balm with my fingers but it’s alright as this stays at home with me where I generally have cleaner hands.
I’ve been dousing my face and my body with oils for a little while now, but it never occurred to me that my lips have been missing out, until my mom showed me a little bottle of olive oil she carts around in her purse for the sake of her lips. And then I found YULI’s Cellular Lip Conditioner. I find that using it as a base before any other balm or lipstick is the best application. It’s been about a year since I started using it, and I can attest that it is deeply nourishing. If you have chronically dry lips, please stop using Vaseline (which is only a barrier and has no moisturizing qualities) and order this instead. I’m still used to a balmy texture so I use this as a base on clean lips, wait a couple of minutes and then layer my PAI or my Hurraw on after to seal the moisture in.
Admittedly, I have never considered orange lips on myself. Never thought it would look good on my yellow skin tone. But then something just clicked in my brain last year when I saw a picture of ILIA’s Voila. Sure, it’s bright as heck, but there’s a tinge of red in it that makes it…wearable, as opposed to pure orange. It doesn’t have the same colour payoff as a swipe of Make Up For Ever or MAC, which is perfect. Just a swipe gives me something more than a tinted lip balm, but it’s difficult to ever get a super true colour – there’s always just a bit of tranlucency.
I was looking a long-wearing tinted red lip stain for one of my brides for her wedding day. Unfortunately, “tinted” and “long-wearing stain” don’t really go together as the latter typically gives off colour to the max. An article on ITG about gloss stains caught my eye and hallelujah, I found my next lip love: Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain in Romantic. I loved it so much on myself, I didn’t hesitate to buy another to use on my bride. Goes on glossy, wears off into a tinted stain. I only wish it came in a wider variety of colours, and I also wish I didn’t need a mirror to apply it. I’m just not that good yet.
Below, you can see a swatches of Voila and Romantic on my hand. There’s a lot on there but you can see the translucency of both.
What are your lip wear staples?