The condition of my lips cannot be described as anything but slightly mangled and disastrous; regardless of care and all that jazz, my lips are extremely sensitive, chapped, dry and all kinds of uneven. While I have not found a miracle balm to cure all ills, I’m pleased to report that I’ll fallen in love with this balm that not only does not irritate my lips – you wouldn’t believe how irritated my lips get from the most seemingly benign formulas – but even more than that provides nice soothing moisture on the lips without feeling heavy or leaving any sort of cast or wonky texture. The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturising Stick Stick ($9) is all kinds of awesome, coming in an easy, practical and hygienic chapstick form and containing nourishing ingredients like shea butter, oils galore and honey and none of those aesthetically-pleasing ingredients like copious amounts of fragrance, alcohol, menthol and the like. It may not be ideal for some, but I appreciate that this lightweight but very hydrating balm is suitable for daily wear even under makeup but does not contain SPF – I really tend to have sensitivity issues with sunscreen found in lip products. Being in a stick form, it doesn’t contain the greatest amount of product, amounting to 4 grams.
I was tempted to leave this post at the previous paragraph which would be impressively concise slash short and sweet for someone as wordy as me but let me paint the picture of how this balm came into my life. It was the end of August, with my third year of university in the near future and I was at the mall with my friends. Frustrated with the condition of my lips, despite many attempts to cure them, I had decided that I wanted to try the traditional Nuxe Reve de Miel pot lip balm that so many bloggers that I adore tremendously had declared their love for and as luck would have it, I was without lip balm and my lips felt like they were going to fall off. I scampered into the larger Shopper’s Drugmart and headed into the section with the like French brands, ready to shell out $17 dollars and then I realized that the cult-favourite formula was sold out. How rude. I was disturbingly enraged until I spotted the less expensive more traditional stick formula and convinced myself that it was worth a try and would be easier to justify to myself as a purchase. As soon as it was paid for, I aggressively applied the balm and things were instantly better, both on the moisture and sensitivity front. Maybe 4-5 months later, I’ve still held onto that little guy and have been enjoying the results and believe it or not, I’ve made a major dent in the stick. Pointless ramble over.
What’s your favourite lip balm?
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Believe it or not, I have discovered something positive about my consistent tardiness in putting these kind of posts – wanna hear what that is? When I’m writing these weekly posts far after I’m supposed to, I don’t have to have deep inward contemplations over what tense to use while describing the week because it’s far gone. This is about as positive as I’ll ever get and you would be correct to detect my genuine sarcasm and generally misunderstood sense of humor. Well, for the first time in ages, I stayed home from class today, feeling like I was drowning in the ocean that is my cold-filled respiratory system, unable to move and like a large animal was pounding my skull. I’m pleased to report that things have made a turn for the better and I’m able to do something as productive as actually write a post, but actual coherency is out of the question so I’m returning to point form format.
1. The cold slash tired slash dying of winter skin essentials… These are a few of the products of the skincare variety that I’ve relied heavily upon in the last two weeks, not just because of the coughing-cold sense but because we’ve been having some serious dry, windy, snowy and generally freezing weather. I’m kind of ready to declare my love for the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Masque, the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil and the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick.
2. The standard other loves… I won’t bore you by prattling on about my love of caffeine – particularly lattes – yet again but it could not be neglected in my show of non-beauty loves. I’m also ridiculously thrilled to have the deliciously musky Bath & Body Works Flannel Candle in my life again, even though they only brought the mini sizes back with their big sale. I know what candle I’ll be buying in the larger size next fall – unless they are actually irrational and do not bring back the heavenly candle. These are what have got me through the frustratingly long weeks.
3. Some general blogging musings… While I have not been able to produce the five weekly posts that I have often unrealistically set as a goal for myself – although I certainly wish I could -, I have been pleased with the quality of the posts that I’ve put out lately. More specifically I’m pleased with some of my recent photography attempts especially when you put the winter sunlight issue into consideration.
4. The lipstick that I’ve dreamed about… It would not be out of the question to doubt my sanity after reading this but regardless, have at it: Ever since falling in love with the gorgeous rosy peach NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte at my local Sephora but finding out that the shade was not in stock, I’ve been thinking longingly about it incessantly and I might have had a nightmare where I was chasing the lipstick and it remained out of reach. I have some pretty creative dreams but combining my beauty obsessiveness with the usual running out of time dream might have to take the cake.
I hope your January has been a tad more interesting and eventful than mine?