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!

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Beauty Product Review: eos Lip Balm

Hello Pretties!

I’m back again for a quick review of the eos Lip Balm. You’ve all probably seen these cute little egg-like thingies… I bet most of you probably have one or a few stashed away somewhere in your coat pocket, make-up bag and purse. They sure are darn cute aren’t they?

eos Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

eos Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

Well, in my opinion, cute is about as far as this product goes. On the eos website it describes the eos Lip Balm as:

eos lip balm in Strawberry Sorbet is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

  • Long-lasting moisture
  • Shea butter & vitamin E
  • Smoothes on clear
  • Precisely glides on lips
  • Twist-off top
  • Gluten-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Petrolatum-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • 0.25 oz

I love the fact that this lip balm is mostly organic, all natural and doesn’t have bad junk that are apparently bad for our skin (i.e. parabens) and does include good things for nourishing our lips (i.e. vitamin e, shea, jojoba oil).

eos Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

eos Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

I also love the packaging. It is unique, appealing, easy to use and is somewhat of a conversation piece to those who have never seen them before whenever I pull it out to use it on my lips. It glides on very easy and yes, it does moisturize my lips. The Strawberry Sorbet flavour that is the only one I own and it smells really good — just as it’s named.

In all honestly, however, I don’t think this product really delivers the best moisturization that I’d come to expect from a lip balm. Maybe I’m a lip balm snob, but this just doesn’t cut it in my books.

I put this on my lips when I need something handy and quick to apply. Yes, it soothes any dryness, but for only a little while. I find that I have to keep applying this product almost every 20-30 minutes to continue to feel some kind of hydration on my lips — strangely enough, it feels like it actually makes my lips drier. I’m not sure.. is it just me? Or like I said, maybe after using something so luxurious and really really awesome like the Nuxe Rêve de Miel or even something as cost-friendly yet very effective like the Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment, the eos Lip Balm is just… meh. I suppose I’ve become more picky when it comes to choosing something as simple as lip balms. (click on the links above to read my reviews on those products)

Aside from the lack of performance, sometimes I carry this around with me, but I do only use it when I need a very quick and easy application of lip hydration and when my lips are not too overly chapped. Other than that, most times it sits on my dressing table and I just like to look at it because it’s so cute. And then I forget about it very quickly and look at my cat Gracie, because she is much cuter:

The No.1 Pretty in my life: Gracie!

The No.1 Pretty in my life: Gracie!

I give the eos Lip Balm: a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried the eos Lip Balms? What flavours do you have? How do you find they treat your lips?

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!

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Debut Beauty Review!: Rêve de Miel Lip Balm by Nuxe Paris

Hello Pretties!

Welcome to my new beauty blog, Try Me Pretty. I’ve been meaning to start this exciting website for months and months and I have finally found the time and planned my way into two of my obsessions:  blogging and beauty. And what better way to kill two birds with one stone and do them both! I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to sit and read — I really hope you will enjoy the products I review and maybe even crush some of that curiousity you’ve been having for some products out there.

Head over to the menu bar above to read my About page — here you will get an idea of who I am, why I started this blog and what I intend to accomplish with it. Also, read my Rating System — here you will find what I think of a certain product, in the shortest terms. And last but not least, please check out the Beauty Blogs I Adore page — these are currently the beauty blogs that I have bookmarked in my handy-dandy personal web-perusing menu and they are the blogs that I frequently go to for trustworthy, honest and fun reviews (many of the products I have tried and either liked or loved are thanks to those lovely ladies in those blogs!)

Now, let’s get on with the fun part… my first ever beauty product review! I’ve chosen a staple in every woman’s (and man’s, perhaps!) beauty wardrobe — a good old trusty lip balm. In particular, the one I’ve been loving and using for the past month is the Rêve de Miel lip balm by Nuxe Paris:

Reve de Miel lip balm by Nuxe

Reve de Miel lip balm by Nuxe

First off, this was definitely a splurge — at $17 Cdn (at Shoppers Drug Mart) I was a teeny bit jittery at the mere thought of spending that much on a standard sized tub of lip balm, but I calmed my jitters with a little talk to myself in my head: “You have a gift card and you’ve heard very awesome things about this lip balm. Just buy it. You won’t regret it”. The voice convinced me! And the voice was completely right.

For anyone who lives in harsh winters like I do… and by harsh I mean like -45 degrees celsius harsh… one of the first things on my face that this kind of weather absolutely loves to take a toll on are my lips. Now, there are many many lip balms out there that will do the job fine of keeping cracked, peel-y lips at bay — believe me, I’m one of those people who have some form of lip balm or Chapstick in my everywhere stash — in my purse, in my make-up bag, in my desk drawer at work, ON my desk at work, in my jacket pocket… yes, Pretties, you know what I mean and you know who YOU are too, you lip balm hoarders! For me the lip balm obsession will never escape me, but the Rêve de Miel lip balm has been my GO-TO lip balm all month (winter) long.

The consistency of this is one of, like a paste or pomade, if you follow. It’s an opaque honey coloured lip balm that smells of, well, honey as the name suggests. It has a matte consistency and glides on the lips smooth. It does not feel greasy or slippery — it actually has quite a “grip” to it which makes it so ideal for wearing under any lipstick, especially matte lipsticks, because it creates sort of a primed finish underneath. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of lipsticks over the last five months (yes, reviews to come on those!) and I only wish I had discovered the Rêve de Miel sooner, as I’ve found that wearing this underneath any texture of lipstick or lipgloss just makes it “stick” better and provides such a nice base — it gets rid of any dryness and fills in deep lip lines that you don’t want your lipstick or gloss to sink into.

Since using this lip balm, I have to say that over the last month of using the Rêve de Miel, I have had 99% consistency in moisturized and hydrated lips. I put this on every morning and every evening before I go to bed. In the evening, after washing my face, I give my lips a good scrub with a sugar-based lip exfoliator, rinse off, and pack a fingertip full of the Rêve de Miel. When I wake up, I swear to you, this lip balm is still on my lips and my lips are as soft and hydrated as a baby’s butt. I feel like even after I’ve taken a shower and dried my face, I don’t necessarily need to apply any type of lip balm on my lips, simply because of the crazy moisturizing effect the Rêve de Miel had on my lips the night before. But I still do… because this stuff is addicting and just a pleasure to sweep across my mouth. Also, after a month of using this, I’ve barely skimmed the top layer — a little goes a long way, trust me. One application will usually keep my lips hydrated for a good 4-5 hours – touching up only after talking too much or eating. At this rate, this pretty glass jar of honey goodness will probably last me at least another 6 months, at the very least.

I am still loyal to my Blistexes and Chapsticks. However, if you want something a little more luxurious, a little more posh, a little more pricey and a little more “Well, hello. Look at me as I put this fancy-schmancy balm on my lips right now.”, I most certainly recommend you invest in the Rêve de Miel!

I give the Nuxe Rêve de Miel:  a STANDING OVATION!

I hope you enjoyed my DEBUT beauty post! And I hope you stay tuned for more beauty product reviews in the near future!

Of anything I review here, please let me know if YOU’VE tried the product and what you thought of it — I am always interested to know what others think!  AND, if there’s anything you’ve been curious about trying, let me know as well! — I may have already tried it and I’d be more than happy to review it for you OR maybe I can be your guinea pig and I’ll try it out for you and share my impressions.

Thanks for tuning in, my fellow Pretties!!

🙂  Tess