Current Lip Balm Stash

I absolutely love these pictures. More so because I have loved wearing everything. I’ll start with my top pick.

Lanolips 101 Ointment saved my lips. Not an exagerration at all. I slather this on everytime I go out and before bed. It is unscented, clear balm. I first discovered lanolin as a barrier when I was pregnant. Lansino HPA, a blue tinged balm -unglamorous but effective. That one for the tits, ofcourse. Also at room temperature, took a foot to squeeze. Lanolips is less denser. It is meant to be multipurpose but I just use it on my lips. Just to put it out there, cicaplast is lighter in consistency and uses dimethecone as a barrier. I feel like lipsticks and anything else sits better over Lanolips since it’s not “slippy”.

Elizabeth Arden Stick Protectant has SPF 15. I like all lip balms from EA. Think I have slight preference for the one in the pot. That one was great by the bedside. I bought this stick version last summer when I needed something with SPF that didn’t turn grey on my lips and could be used in the pool. This was perfect. Stick version is not minty as the potted one and feels lighter.

MAC Tendertalk Lipbalm is one of those colour changing lipbalms. There are so many to choose from. BarryM genie, Kiko Lip Enhancer, Givenchy Interdit, Lipstick Queen Frog Prince, Dior Addict Lip Glow, Winky Lux. And you know, they work on the same principle. So really, it’s more like what packaging would you like your “smart” lip balm to be in. Anyway, I have loved using them. Packaging-wise, Dior’s pink plastic shell is lovely and so is the sleek metallic case on MAC.

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Balm is out of stock right now. But it’s also a PH-reactive balm. I picked this because I hadn’t seen one in a pot before. It didn’t lose it’s PH-ness and worked perfectly well till the last swipe. So I’m not sure why they would discontinue it. The balm was a very light gel texture with a glossy finish. I loved this stuff and there’s nothing else to compare it with really. I hope they bring it out this summer.

Clarins Lip Perfectors are one of those products everyone has tried. I didn’t quite understand it and everytime I swatched it, it felt a bit… meh. I wanted to try a nudey colour, so I bought one. It’s a good basic everyday lip conditioner with some colour. The sponge applicator makes it pleasant to use. It’s like a massage and the sponge helps push the colour in evenly. The colour is quite sheer but it does leave a hint of whatever shade you have got. Mine is in Rosewood Shimmer.

Clinique Pep Start Balms are the least moisturizing in the bunch. I initially bought the night restoring balm that comes in the tube, but the lady gave me one of the clear stick balms instead. I kept it but found it was not hydrating enough for everyday. It’s quite light with a semi-matte finish which makes it good primer. I then bought one of their coloured ones, Guava is a pink. Coloured balms are sheer in colour. I felt like I had to re-apply too many times to keep my lips from chapping.

YSL Tint in Balms are very moisturizing lipsticks. Mine is in the shade 08 Catch Me Orange. It’s a bright orange balm. I had spring in mind! Some are sheerer than others, orange is a medium coverage, you can definitely tell it’s there. It also leaves a tint as it dries down throughout the day. This has to be my favorite formula of lipstick from the brand. They do have some beautiful colours and I am tempted to buy one of their nude-y colours next.

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New Season Additions

I had the most satisfying declutter -clothing, shoes, beauty and bath products and even food cupboard. Not a lot fits right, now that I’m 28 weeks pregnant. I didn’t really shop anything maternity specific. Just whatever works and that I can wear next year too! Here’s bits of what I added in.

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Looking at my pile of knits, they are very black and grey with the exception of one oversized mustard number. I am feeling blush tones right now. This one from ASOS is acrylic (which means machine washable!) with medium weight and thickness. Oversized, falls nicely over my bump.

My absolute favorite of the bunch are these house slippers. I wish I could get those UGG moccassins but for something that’s over £80+ and I wear only at home didn’t quite appeal to me. These from John Lewis hits the spot- asthetically and monetarily!

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Honeymania Body Butter is one of my favorites from the body shop. Mainly because of the scent -light, slightly sweet but not too synthetic.

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When you hear Sali Hughes rave about something from Superdrug, you need to try it. This own-brand serum is £2.69 and turned out pretty darn good. I always have one of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal (£22.50) and Avene Hydrance Serum (£17) in my stash. To find something that gives the same result at fraction of the cost? I’m in! If there’s one thing that bothers me, it is the packaging. The bottle is plastic with quite an annoying pump. If they supped up the packaging with slight price increase, it would still be a contender in it’s category I think.

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Did you know Essie’s Angora Cardi is the most pinterested nail varnish? It’s such a lovely fall hue and I’m happy to have it in my collection. This looks so pretty against creamy whites and oatmeal knits too.

3 Standouts from Balance Me

Balance Me is relatively a new player in the skincare scene. It’s offering is natural ingredient based and I’m pleasantly surprised how effective it is. Since last Chritmas, I have picked up few things from them and these three are the stars.

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Need To Cool Down This Summer | Skincare

Thankfully, the sudden heatwave here has ended. My skin changed completely last few months. From dehydrated to normal with bouts of greasiness midday (like that clogged and hot face feeling) but not quite. I could not stand any moisturising creams and here’s my skin-robe update..

Ultrabland, Ren Cleansing Gel, Lancome Douceur

Cleanser: Although my go-to cleanser still is Ultrabland from Lush, It felt bit too cloggy this summer. I opted for Ren Cleansing Gel, which was exactly what i needed. Overtime, it did feel like it was slightly too drying which is why I alternated with Ultrabland. The gel smells lovely with a rose-floral-fresh scent and gets every bit of grime and oil off. It is meant for all skin types but I’d stay away if I had any dry patches going on.

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Olaplex No.3

This has been going around as a miracle product of sort. No.3 is the at home version. No.1 and No.2 are to be used in salons during dying process. It connects sulphur hydrogen bonds permanently. Permanently is the word that got me saying no, no it doesn’t and I can prove it. (more…)

Lancome Advanced Genefique Serum

Genefique has been go to serum when my skin feels confused. It’s dry, oily, congested and dull at the same time. I have used this on and off for about 4 years and has never let me down. It seems to do a bit of everything. I will say reducing scars and even out tone is top of its list.
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Four Preps to Glow

That cactus brush is lush. It’s a body brush that you can use to exfoliate while watching tv or youtube. Is what I do anyway. There’s something very satisfying to see a fine top layer fall into dust. Like polishing skin.

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