Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Hi beauties

Today’s instalment sees Burts Bees Tinted Balm in Hibiscus, another choice from You Beauty Box, I have tried a couple of products from Burts Bees but not their lip balm.

Burts Bees is a brand I am sure you are aware of, you can buy their lip balms as well as many of their other products on the high street. My local Waitrose stocks them but for some reason I have always overlooked them, I have no idea why.

The ingredients for this lip balm are: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olus (Vegetable Oil, Huile Vegetale), Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D’abeille), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Cire De Candelilla), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aroma (Flavor)*, Lanolin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Canola Oil (Huile De Colza). May Contain: Alumina, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides). *Natural Flavor.

The reason I chose this as one of my options is because Burts Bees don’t use mineral oil in their products. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find a lip balm that isn’t mineral oil based AND affordable. That’s where I think Burts Bees fills that gap. I really like this balm, not only is it hydrating and comfortable to wear, I really love the gentle colour. You can build the colour by using a bit more if you want to, in the below picture I did two swipes to get that colour. It really enhances my natural lip colour, being so pale I like to wear colour on my lips to make me look more human!

This balm passes my test, and if you read my Decleor review you will know exactly how particular I am when it comes to lip balm. I find so many too heavy and greasy, I didn’t feel that while using Burts Bees. It’s comfortable to wear and more importantly it conditions without stickiness and grease. A big thumbs up from me!

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balms are available from Boots, Waitrose, Amazon and FeelUnique, the RRP is £5.99.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx


Indeed Labs 10balm Soothing Cream 

Hi beauties

Today I have 10balm from Indeed Labs, this again was a choice in the You Beauty Box shortlist a few months ago so I have been testing this for a while. Indeed Labs came on the beauty scene in 2011 launching with their now famous Nanoblur that was the first skin-blurring cream to make you picture perfect. 

10balm is a soothing cream for irritated and unhappy skin. The ingredients are traditional and well known, such as Honey and Arnica as well Vitamin E and Glycerin. Bisabolol is an oil that is the primary constituent of German Chamomile, it helps to calm inflamed skin and sensitivity. There is also Propolis and Royal Jelly in this formula, both ingredients famous for being soothing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. 

I would call this more of a thick cream than a balm, once rubbed into skin it disappears leaving no residue. To me, balms are a waxy texture that turn into an oil when applied and do leave a residue. It has a natural carrier oil smell to it, not unpleasant to me but I am used to using fragrance free oils as well as fragranced ones. There is no fragrance or artificial colourings in this which sounds obvious, but some people are sensitive to essential oils and fragrance and don’t want that in their cosmetics and skincare (I am lucky as I find essential oils beneficial to my skin). 

I like 10balm, it is a brilliant soothing and repairing cream. I think products like this and for example, La Roche Posay Cicaplast are first aid type of products that you should have in your bathroom cabinet for those times when you need some extra help with your skin. It is £19.99 for 30ml and can be bought from Boots.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Decleor Intense Nutrition Lip Balm

Hi beauties,

As you may know, I am a fan of Decleor. There are many products from the brand that I really love (Aromessence Neroli anyone??) so I wanted to try the lip balm for such a long time. The only problem is, the duo (how they were sold) were often out of stock on QVC, therefore making it a while before I could get my hands (or rather my lips!) on it.

To be honest, I prefer lip balms in a tube or a lipstick type of component. Having long nails they are much easier to use that way and more hygienic, but this is a pot. You need to swirl your finger around the pot to melt some of the balm and then apply it to your lips. It is a very rich formula with Shea Butter and Macadamia Oil, it's slightly herby with essential oil of Marjoram.

I have to say I have a confession: I hate lip balms. So why is she reviewing one I hear you ask?? My lips are the least looked after part of my skincare regime. I grew up using Vaseline (don't judge, I didn't know any better!!) which I felt was thick, greasy and didn't actually DO anything for my lips. As soon as I realised mineral oil doesn't work for me and developed a passionate hatred for it (long story, but generally it was in whatever crap my GP prescribed for my eczema and made it worse) I tried to find balms that didn't have mineral oil but I really struggled to find any so I gave up. I hate the feeling of balms on my lips, I can keep it on for about 10 minutes and then have to wipe it off, I find it so uncomfortable. At first, I didn't like the feeling but I know I was applying too much in my aim to help the chapping. I adjusted how much I was applying and also swiped around the pot for longer so it melted down easily to a thinner texture.

Intense Nutrition is a great lip balm, having smoked for over 20 years (I gave up in September 2016) I am now conscious of getting the dreaded lines and puckering. I apply this mainly at night and over my lip line too.

In short, this balm is great even for lip balm haters. Just make sure you melt it enough in the pot by swirling your finger around a little longer so you don't apply too much. I bought mine in a duo from QVCUK for £12.52, singly it is £10.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx