fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

I’ve had my eye on the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment balms for long time but cringed at the $26 Cdn price point. But with the 20% off sale at Sephora earlier this year, I figured it would be a good time for me to try it out without feeling too cringe-y about the price.

The tint I chose was Passion – a sheer crimson red shade.  The fresh Sugar Lip Treatment range has about 13 colours.

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A bestselling lip treatment—and a cult-favorite among all who try it, including Hollywood’s elite—that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips.

What it is formulated to do:
Sugar Lip Treatment blends repairative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This lip-loving essential has a bright, citrus scent and is free of petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.

I might get some back lash here, but I really have to be honest – I don’t see what all the hype is all about around these lip balms.  Sure, they come in beautiful, “luxe” packaging and I really am impressed — I’m a sucker for pretty looking products.  But as far as performance goes?  I’d pick my Blistex pot over this any day.

Sure, it moisturizes my lips and keeps them comfortable, but it’s all just so basic. If anything, the formula is actually a tad too thin for my liking — this might just be a personal preference, but I like my lip balms to have some ‘balls’ to them, some stick, if you know what I mean. I put the fresh lip balm on and I feel like I have to touch up every half hour or so to feel like I have product on.

The shade of Passion is one I really like — a sheer red shade that’s actually great for someone like me who likes to wear red, but sometimes can be shy about it.  Before I even tried the balm, I had such high expectations for it.  I walked out of Sephora with the Passion shade and was already planning my next trip to pick up the more natural, Honey shade.

Well, I won’t be taking that trip anytime soon.

Another downside, is how soft the formula is. Wow, keep this in your pocket for any amount of time and you’re pretty much in for a melted mess.  This is one lip balm I would never consider taking on a hot holiday or even keeping in my makeup bag during the summer time.

I will continue to use this (for the price alone) but aside from the pretty packaging, the formula just doesn’t cut it for me.  I’ll be more than happy to spend $3 on my pot-o-Blistex over this any day.

I give the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15: a SHOULDER SHRUG

UPDATE!! – I found a very similar product to this fresh Balm at the drugstore – the new CoverGirl Colourlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm.  I would go far as say this is a DUPE for the fresh Balm and works even better!!  I picked up 2 shades and they’ve bumped my fresh Balm aside!  Review on the Covergirl product coming soon!!

Have you tried the fresh Sugar Lip Treatments?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!


L’oreal Glossy Balms

Hey Pretties!

My thoughts today are on the new-ish L’oreal Glossy Balms. It seems in the last year or so, almost every makeup brand out there — from drugstore to high-end — are coming out with  lip balms/sticks/glosses in that crayon-type applicator packaging. Very clever and convenient, if I must admit!

I saw these recently at my Shoppers Drug Mart for around $12 Cdn regular price — I passed on that price point. Luckily, a trip down to the U.S. found me at Target where I spotted these for $5.99 USD, so I decided to pick up two:  260 Vintage Rose  (L in photo above) and 220 Innocent Coral (R in photo above).

As the name implies, these are definitely glossy and balmy!  The formula is very slippery and easy to blend. The finish is glossy, but not overly shiny — like a lip balm with colour. Although I find the formula a bit too slippy & slidey around on my lips, the colour pay-off is pretty amazing for such a light feeling gloss. I am able to build up the product on my lips from a very sheer wash of colour to a semi-opaque (yet glossy) finish. I imagine that depending on the shade, the colour pay-off will vary.

The wear of these Glossy Balms are not long-wearing by any means, however, once it does wear off I don’t feel like they’ve dried out my lips. These also seem to be fragrance-free.

Application is genius. I really like the idea of crayon applicators for lip products because they give the most control and you can’t really mess up. These Glossy Balms have twist-up bottoms so when the lippe gets a bit low and nubby, a couple twists and you’re on your way again!

Innocent Coral (220) is a sheer, yet quite vibrant coral (bordering more on orange) shade. For me personally, I like to swipe on a 2-3 layers of this on my lips and then use my finger to sheer out the colour. When I do this, it gives a subtle, yet brightening effect on my lips that lights up the rest of my complexion.

L'oreal Glossy Balm in Innocent Coral

L’oreal Glossy Balm in Innocent Coral

Vintage Rose (260) is a natural, pinky-brown shade — I can see this looking quite nice on most skin tones. On my lips, I get a hint of mauve coming through. This would be a nice everyday colour.

L'oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose

L’oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose


Right: Innocent Coral; Left: Vintage Rose

Right: Innocent Coral; Left: Vintage Rose

I like these Glossy Balms for quick hits of moisture and colour on my lips, but I don’t see myself reaching for these too often for the simple reason that the staying power is not there. (If you ask me, the best “glossy balms” are the Almay Colour + Care Liquid Lip Balms)

I give the L’oreal Glossy Balms: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried these L’oreal Glossy Balms?  Like or dislike?  What are your favorite crayon-type lippies?

Thanks for reading, Pretties!



On The Rotation: Lip Balms

Hi Pretties!

One beauty staple I cannot ever live without is lip balm. I must always have lip balm at arm’s length! It’s the first thing I put on my face when getting ready in the morning and the last thing I put on before hitting the pillow at night. I can’t stand the look and feel of dry, chapped, nasty lips!!

I’ve had three lip balms on rotation over the last many months:  Nuxe Rêve de Miel, Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment and Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm.

What I like about these three lip balms is that they cover all low and high price points and they are all different (in formula), yet very effective at keeping dry, chap lips far, far away!

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment – around $3 Cdn

This is the cheapest of the bunch and works like a charm. I’ve repurchased this particular lip balm over and over again — always dependable. This one has a bit of medicinal smell and a slight tingle to the lips, but nothing overly unpleasent. The formula is one that is like Vaseline, but thicker, so it’s got a bit more “grab” while it’s on the lip, without it feeling heavy or sticky. I’ve got one of these in my makeup bag and an extra at work at all times. Wearability-wise, this balm lasts a good while on my lips, while absorbing into them and keeping chap lips away. And when I’ve got a bout of dry lips, this heals that problem up in a jiffy.

I give the Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment: a STANDING OVATION

Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm – around $8 Cdn

This is my “treat” lip balm. With the subtle scent and taste of strawberries (yum!) this is always a pleasure to put on. This formula is probably the closest to the texture of Vaseline, yet still a bit thicker. Although it’s a light pink colour, I don’t find that it really leaves any colour on my lips at all — which is a good thing, if I ever layer lipstick over it. This one glides on very easy and absorbs well, leaving my lips feeling hydrated and smooth. I tehd to use this on days when my lips aren’t too crazy dry — it gives just enough of a layer of moisture to keep my lips feeling happy. The tin packaging is a nice touch and I just love the apothecary/vintage look of the label.

I give the Rosebud Salve Strawberry Lip Balm: a STANDING OVATION

Nuxe Rêve de Miel – $17 Cdn

For my faithful followers, you know soooo bad how much I am in love with this lip balm. At $17, I thought, no way would I pay that much for a tiny little jar of lip balm.

This is my second jar.

I’ve done a full review on this little lip saver (actually, it was my first ever Try Me Pretty blog post!) — if you want to read more in depth, click HERE

In short, I have nothing bad to say about the Nuxe. The formula is much different from any other lip balm I’ve tried or owned — it’s got almost a matte, creamery-honey-like texture and is quite thick. A pretty heavy-duty moisturizer for your lips, but once you put it on, it melts like a dream and absorbs nicely into the lips. This is the one I reach for probably the most nowadays. When I get really chap lips and I put this on, I swear, within an hour my lips feel soothed, smooth and hydrated. I like this particulary at night before bed — I put a coat of this on and in the morning, I can still feel some of the product on my lips, not to mention they are always so soft!

I give the Nuxe Rêve de Miel: a STANDING OVATION

So there you have it — my lip balm rotation! Sometimes the most unsuspecting (boring?) beauty product can be the most important and loved!!

And remember — check out my “Rating System” in the menu bar above to see what ‘Standing Ovation’ and other ratings really mean to me!!

Have you tried any of these lip balms?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite(s)?  I’d love to hear your comments!!

Thanks for stopping in Pretties!