Review: FRESH | Sugar RUBY Tinted Lip Treatment

The FRESH series of Sugar Lip Treatments are now a modern classic, coveted by lip lovers everywhere and with a 4.5 rating on Sephora I knew this product meant business. The range itself consists of 10 variations from summery corals to rich berries as well as a clear intensive treatment option.

Brand: FRESH
Product: Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15*
Size: 4.3grams
Price: $26CAD
Availability: Now via Sephora (online and in stores)
Would I (re)purchase: Most likely, yes!
Sugar is this lip treatments claim to fame. Listed in the ingredients as Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, this acts as a humectant to seal in moisture into the lips while conditioning them. The sweet concoction also includes natural oils such as jojoba, grape seed, meadowfoam and black currant to name a few, mixed into a carnauba and beeswax base. While I’m usually not a fan of heavily wax based lip products, this combination brings both the smooth feeling of oils yet the long lasting protective effect of waxes.
Upon opening the outer cardboard box, I was surprised by the weighted metal encased tube with its screw top lid, much more substantial than most I’ve encountered and which gave the product an artisanal quality. This is something to keep, not just to use.

Inspired by the glittering red jewels of its name, Ruby is a deep almost cranberry hue with a soft reflective sheen that’s a little less than a lipstick but a little more than a lip balm. I’d imagine this is something that Snow White might wear on her days off. On the lips this colour applies smoothly with just enough slip from the oils but doesn’t feel greasy and can be layered to achieve a medium coverage colour. If you’re feeling extra fancy, FRESH also suggest that you can mix and match the various Sugar shades to create a custom colour to fit your mood.

Now this isn’t named a lip treatment for nothing. The combination of oils and waxes not only coat the lips for a little immediate relief but also works to help treat parched skin. I can put this on now and know that my bare lips will be soft and moisturized just right by the time it wears off in 3-4 hours.

The only thing I’m unsure of about this product? The scent.
While the description lists this as a “bright citrus scent”, all I can think about is TUMS. Yes, the multi-coloured heartburn medicine. It was the first thing I noticed and every time I put this on, it still lingers as a momentary notion in the back of my mind.


The FRESH Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment pulls a solid score in my arsenal of lip products. I love the way it feels on my lips and the fact it does provide real treatment results while still being lightweight. Perhaps not for the dead of winter (I’d use a salve for that) but perfectly fit for the rest of the year. This also lasts much longer than the average lip product per application and I can see this as an easy to use, dependable standbys that will be liked by many whether you’re treating yourself or sending it away as a gift. Now I am hoping that the other shades will have slightly different scents as that’s the only part which didn’t appeal to me (it’s not you Fresh, it’s me) and I’m looking forward to picking up a few more shades like Honey and Plum.

INGREDIENTS: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Limnanthes Alba, (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanillin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Propyl Gallate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT.

Review: Hurraw! | Green Tea Lipbalm

It’s probably not often that you ask “can you eat it?” when it comes to shopping for your next lip product but I’m beginning to think it might be a very reasonable idea. Of all the beauty products which a woman puts on herself on a daily basis, we are quite literally eating away our lipsticks, balms and glosses. Faced with this somewhat disheartening thought and desperately in need of a new lip balm in my life I went searching and happened upon Hurraw!

Brand: Hurraw!
Product: Lip Balm in “Green Tea”
Size: 0.15oz / 4.3g
Variations: 22 flavours
Special features: All natural, vegan, raw, organic, cruelty free.
Price: $3.49USD (select variations at $4.29USD)
Availability: Hurraw! (online), iHerb, Detox Market (online)
Would I repurchase: Absolutely!
Hurraw came into my life with my latest iHerb order (video here) and to be frank I haven’t heard a whisper about this brand before then. While browsing the rows of lip balm options, Hurraw caught my eye with its unconventional flavours like green tea, chai spice and moon balm…yes, moon balm and I’ll have to try that one next.
Packaged in an oval shaped twist up tube, this little balm smells amazingly like green tea. Not the synthetic variety that’s overly perfumed and slightly sickly but a relaxing and welcoming kind of green tea that had me pouting my lips at random hours of the day, albeit inconspicuously, just to get a little whiff of the scent. The secret to this as I later found in the ingredients was real matcha powder.

With natural oils replacing commonly used beeswax, the balm applied very smoothly on the lips in an almost melting sensation. The finish is moist and borderline glossy though this may differ slightly depending on the variation of balm you choose. For daily use I find it to be a nice finish when I don’t feel like wearing any lip colour but want a little something to finish off my look. Lasting power runs about 2-3hrs before I need to reapply though I am often caught smothering this on because it just feels lovely.

Ingredients: *Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ***Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, *Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, **Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, **Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, *Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, ***Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf powder, organic flavors, Tocopherols (sunflower)
*cold pressed / organic **raw & organic ***wildcrafted
For those with extremely dry and chapped lips, this won’t perform as a treatment product however I find it to be the perfect feel and protection for basic care. In fact I prefer this over the ever popular Burt’s Bees balms (reviewed) and the EOS lip balms (reviewed) which sit at approximately the same price point. While these humble little Hurraw balms don’t have any multi-functional miracle claims, it does its simple job excellently and it is quite literally, good enough to eat.


Review: NIVEA | Lip butter "Vanilla & Macadamia"

It seems like the beauty world is still riding out the lip butter wave and who could blame them, even the term itself sounds luscious and delectable. I was so excited to hear that a new lip balm has finally hit the drugstore shelves because this is one department that hasn’t seen any new products in quite a while.

NIVEA lip butter_01

Brand: NIVEA
Product: Lip Butter in “Vanilla & Macadamia”
Variation: 4 types (Smooth Kiss, Raspberry Roses, Vanilla & Macadamia, Caramel Creme)
Size: 16.7g / 19ml
Price: $3.50 – 4 CAD
Availability: Drugstore
Would I repurchase: Yes, most likely.
I have a bit of an unsettled relationship with Nivea lip products, they are well known for their skincare and lip care especially yet I’ve never been fully thrilled with the latter. Having tried a few of the classic blue tubes (even a tinted one) I’ve always felt that the texture didn’t feel comfortable on my lips, a little too waxy for my taste but the idea of a lip butter had my attention and I quickly dropped it into my basket.

Here’s what Nivea had to say

“The moisturizing formula of NIVEA® Lip ButterTM with Hydra IQ contains shea butter and almond oil and provides intensive moisture and long-lasting care. This pleasant formula with vanilla and macadamia aroma leaves lips sensationally soft.”

NIVEA lip butter_03
One thing that NIVEA got right this time around was the brilliant melting texture of this product. The revival of the classic tin may not be loved by everyone but it works perfectly with the consistency of the lip butter. Although it is wax based, the butter smoothed onto my lips comfortably, softens the look of lip lines and gave me a soft moist sheen without any oily residue. I believe all the shades turn out colourless though a few, like Raspberry Kisses, has a tint in the jar. Moisturization factor is perhaps a bit above average but nothing extraordinary, it will keep dry lips comfortable and protected during the day but it doesn’t seem like its going to have any long term repairing properties. I have been using this constantly when I’m at home because it just feels good to put it on and especially as part of my before bed routine (Carmex and I are on a break).

I would have liked to see mineral oil (list as paraffinum liquidum at the top of the ingredients list) be replaced with something more natural but at such a low price perhaps it’s more a choice of economics rather than skin friendliness. It is something that reappears in many iconic NIVEA products so it’s not really a surprise though I was hoping for a change.

Nonetheless, I think this is a basic likeable product that I’m looking forward to using for the next few months. I also really enjoy the fact that this balm is absolutely kissable, no strange taste or gooey residue left behind which gets a smilie from the boyfriend. My Vanilla and Macadamia version has a deliciously rich scent that makes me smile every time I pop open the lid. Try this if you’re looking for something for a little shine and softness but skip it if you were hoping it’s going to heal dry lips.

Have you had a chance to try these yet?
How do they compare to your other drugstore favourites?

NIVEA lip butter_02

Review: Korres | Lip Butter "Pomegranate"

Korres had their big breakthrough moment when they first appeared in the shops of Sephora a few years ago. Hailing from the sunshine land of Greece and with their focus on natural ingredients (which at the time was still relatively new in the mass market) the brand quickly gained a faithful following. One of these iconic Korres items is the Lip Butter which comes in small colourful pots, ready to heal dry chapped lips.

Korress Lip Butter_01

Brand: Korres
Product: Lip Butter in “Pomegranate”
Shades: 6 total (Quince, Guava, Pomegranate, Mango, Jasmine, Wild Rose)
Size: 6ml
Price: $12 USD / $16 CAD (via Sephora)
Availability: Korres (website), Sephora (online)
Would Repurchase: Yes, when it’s on sale.

Let me start this review with a small refresher on this magical term “lip butter”, which by now is thrown around left and right, thus it seems many companies (even drugstore) has products which they consider to be soft, buttery and emollient. In short, they can be seen as similar to a tinted lip balm but coloured lip butters seem to pack a bit more colour and is more creamy rather than waxy. When I first encountered the Korres lip butters (2010 – 2011), the term was still very new and thus quite innovative.

I purchased a lip butter and glaze set (both in pomegranate) from Sephora in San Francisco which was sold at a great price, only $15 USD for the two. Opening up the small plastic container, the product itself indeed looks quite buttery, the consistency is one which melts smoothly onto my lips and imparts a surprisingly bright pop of colour. The colour saturation varies depending on the shade but with the exception of Jasmine, all the others offer a visible juicy tint to the lips that borders on a light coverage lipstick with a soft balmy shine. The texture is very creamy or “buttery” as you can say and has no waxy feel at all, much more like a lip moisturizer. My pomegranate version is lightly scented with a sweetly tart fragrance which I actually quit enjoy.

Korress Lip Butter_02

The description actually claims various benefits from each flavour by means of the included extracts but looking through the ingredients list, I highly doubt how effective they actually are. I certainly don’t consider polybutene to be very natural and that’s at the top of the ingredients list, the actual pomegranate is listed much lower down as punic granatum extract. None the less I am very happy with these because it smoothes out my lip lines and makes my lips look naturally juicy, voluptuous and dare I say kinda sexy in a “girl next door” way. For daily use these lip butters are certainly worthy of my makeup bag, I like using it to refresh my lips when they are looking drab. With continued use I did find my lips to be slightly softer even after the butters have worn off but these are far from an intensive treatment so in the moisturization department, I’d only recommend them for maintenance use. While these are not terribly expensive, at $16 a pop Canadian, they seem a bit unreasonable here considering the much lower American price but they will be repurchased when I find them again in a Sephora across the border. Get them if you can, especially if it comes in a kit!


Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid,Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol,Aroma (Flavor), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Punic Granatum Extract, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parki(Shea Butter) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 77891(Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake,Red 6), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

Shop ’til I drop | Holiday Wishlist | LIPS

Beautysets - Shop til I drop holiday wishlist | 2012 LIPS

BUNNIE’S SHOPPING TIPS: I can’t think of any makeup item more sensuous and lady like than a beautiful lipstick but don’t just slap it on to your lips and call it a day, take care of your pout! It may seem easy to neglect the skin on our lips and then we go and wonder why that lipstick doesn’t sit so well. Exfoliate and hydrate as you would the rest of your face and then paint them in rich festive colours!

Review: Burt’s Bees Lip balms

Burt’s Bees is easily one of the most popular natural based beauty brands out there, with products ranging from skincare to haircare and a dabble in colour “makeup” (I use the term loosely) they have grown quite a following. One of their best selling products is their natural lip balm and although I’ve seen it in the purse of every single girl friend of mine, I loved my Carmex too much to notice. Rewind a few months back and I suddenly find myself with 5 Burt’s Bee’s products on my shelf…including three of their famous lip balms. What a great chance to do a review I thought!
 Burts Bees Lip Balm

One thing you’ll notice immediately when you encounter Burt’s Bees product is their focus on natural and sustainable products. This means using as any natural ingredients as possible (yes you can read the ingredients list), saying no to animal testing (happy bunnies) and using recyclable or post-consumer materials (good karma). In fact all three lip balms I have to share today are marked 100% natural. Their brand aesthetic is simplistic and you can spy their happy yellow packing from far down the skincare aisle.

Burts Bees Lip Balm_Honey

Burt’s Bees
Price: $4.49 cad (4.25g)
Scent: Extremely sweet honeycomb.
Texture: Waxy balm, satin look.
Recommended for: Extremely chapped lips, night treatment.
Thoughts: Oh my honey! This balm is sweet, literally. The first thing that caught my attention was the incredibly strong aroma of honey beeswax/honey comb. It is marked as a “soothing, moisturizing and nourishing” product and I would say that in performance it delivers on all three promises. I normally steer clear of beeswax balms because I’m not a fan of the slightly matte/tacky feel of beeswax so I generally run for the oil based products. Surprisingly, the Burt’s Bees balms (yes all three of them) has a great balanced textured between wax and oil so that they apply smoothly on the lips without being too greasy or too matte. It’s something that is intensive enough for very dry lips as a daily treatment and for everyone else, this is a good product to use right before bedtime to condition your lips while you sleep. The only downside for me was the scent as it was just too overwhelmingly fragrant and it will likely just remain on my nightstand. It wears off evenly, doesn’t leave any strange residue on the lips and leave lips in tip top shape.

Ingredients: Beeswax, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, lanolin, flavour, honey, tocopherol, rosmary leaf extract, soybean oil, canola oil.

Burts Bees Lip Balm_Pomegranate

Burt’s Bees
Price: $4.49 cad (4.25g)
Scent: Slightly sweet, berry scent.
Texture: Waxy balm/oil, moist look on lips.
Recommended for: Everyday lip balm, for dry to normal skin/lips.
Thoughts: Slightly less intensive than the honey balm, the pomegranate oil lip balm would be great as an everyday lip care product. It has a lighter consistency and feeling on the lips, less wax but more oil it seems. Although tinted pink with carmine, the balm is virtually colourless but it does provide a very moist sheen on the lips which is very naturally pretty. I found it also plumped up lip lines and just made my lips look smoother overall. Although the ingredients list is slightly longer, it does contain many of the same basic components as the honey balm. For those looking for a lighter texture and everyday nourishment, the pomegranate oil balm is easy to love.

Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, beeswax, coconut oil, castor seed oil, lanolin, flavour, pomegranate oil, tocopherol, rosemary leaf extract, soybean oil, canola, carmine, benzyl salicylate, cinnamal, citral, eugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool.

Burts Bees Lip Balm_Tinted Tiger Lily

Burt’s Bees
Price: $7.99 cad (4.25g)
Scent: Almost none, but ever so slightly like waxy lipstick.
Texture: Waxy balm, soft shine on the lips.
Recommended for: Daily balm with a little something extra.
Thoughts: I don’t think it would be an understatement to say that I had high expectations for this product when I received it in my Glymmbox one month. Packaged in a large cardboard tube, it looked fancy and demanded attention. And given the $8 dollar price tag, it must be one of the most expensive lip balm products in the drugstore. The texture of this tinted balm is very similar to the honey version and although it contains many oils the effect on the lips is not overly glossy. The sheer colour tinted my lips with a little rosy colour and to my surprise had good staying power. Coupled with moisturizing shea butter, olive and coconut oil, this tinted balm is something I would keep in my gym bag for a little bit of pretty on the go. The only downside would be the slightly lingering waxy lipstick smell which seemed out of place when compared to the two previous products.

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olus (Vegetable Oil), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aroma (Flavor) (Natural 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 Extr
act, 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)

Burts Bees Lip Balm

Overall, I would say that all three of these Burt’s Bees lip balms are solid performers though each has their strong point. My favourite would be the pomegranate, followed by the tinted balm and then the honey balm. They are simple, easy to use and easy on the environment while still providing excellent results and looks very natural on the lips, excellent for those who like to play it coy *wink-wink. Would I give up my Carmex for this? Likely not because I still prefer an oil based product and my Carmex is more economical so I won’t feel terrible if I misplace one. Yet I would always be happy to carry a little Burt’s Bees in my pocket.

A little extra something to bring a smile to your face, this is such a cheery commercial! Make my lips want to smile.


CANMAKE: Stretch-Cover concealer & Lip concealer

Canmake Concealer & Lip Concealer

Let me start off today’s review by making something absolutely clear. I’m not starting off from a neutral perspective on this one, I have always been drawn to Canmake because of their spokes model, Lena Fujii.
Lena Fujii
Youthful, sweet and just alittle bit sexy, I think Lena and Canmake Cosmetics (Japan) make a great pairing. With their focus on fun, trendy and feminine cosmetics, I think Canmake has cornered a large audience just with their brand identity alone.Their goal of making affordable (it’s considered a drugstore brand) and beautiful makeup has much to live up to.


Ready to see if their products live up to their brand?
! Read on !

The first of the two items for today’s review is their concealer, called “Stretch & Cover”. According to Canmake themselves, here’s the brief…

~ ~”Covers skin problems, while also protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays and dryness. A UV concealer that won’t run or look powdery
SPF25/PA++ Has a soft applicator tip that makes it easier to apply to both larger areas and more tricky areas.
Canmake Stretch & Cover concealer

  • Pigment-free, Unperfumed, Alcohol-free, non-chemical UV filters
  • Flexible stretchy powder, light-diffusing powder
  • Contains conditioning and sebum-absorbing powder
  • Botanical moisturizing agents, moisturizing/skin-protecting agent
  • Skin-firming agents.
  • Comes in 3 shades, light to medium shades.

As you can see from the colour swatch below the first good point of this concealer is its colour. For my Asian skintone, the soft pale yellow blends invisibly into my skin and while this may not be the right tone for everyone, it’s definitely a great starting point for those looking for a hard to find colour match.

Canmake Stretch & Cover conealer -swatch

So what’s to love about this concealer?

  • Great coverage while remaining blendable, the “stretch” factor is certainly evident here, I was able to blend it out easily with a light patting motion while retaining opacity.
  • Dries to a slightly powdery finish. I mean really, there is no need to set this with a powder if you don’t want to or if you are in a hurry to get out the door.
  • Doesn’t dry me out when applied to red areas around the nose or those pesky spots that pop up on my chin.
  • SPF 25 is always a winner for under the eyes where we tend to forget sunscreen most of the time.
  • Long lasting ability is average to high on my combination skin.

….and a few things to note….

  • It can become every so slightly wrinkly if you use it for under the eye (dark circles) but because the texture of the concealer is so pliable, if you happen to notice that through out the day, just smooth it out and re-apply a little more, good as new!
  • Only available in 3 shades, mainly dedicated to the average Japanese population that seems to be fair/light to medium skinned overall.
  • Only available in Asian countries, or else try eBay or other online shopping sites like Ichibanko (that’s where I got mine!)

And now moving on….
Canmake Lip concealer --moist-swatch

Here’s what Canmake has to day about their popular lip concealer!

~ ~ “Erase lip color and improve the color and lasting power of your lipstick with our new Lip Concealer!!

The Savior of Nude-look Make-up

We’ve created a moist-type product containing moisturizing agents from our super-popular lip concealer!”

Sounds like a fantabulous product, no? Having already owning MAC’s Lip Erase, I really have much need for another lip concealer. Yet what drew me in was the promise for a naturally baby pink lip with moisturizing ingredients. Canmake already makes a lip concealer which is extremely popular and this new addition is supposed to be a step up. I suppose the goal was to make a product that you could wear on its own and still achieve an innocent baby pink pout, relieving the need for further products if you don’t want to use a lipstick/gloss.

As Canmake continues to describe…..

● Fantastic news for those with red lips, for whom nude-look make-up doesn’t go according to plan!Use this as a lip base, to completely cover lip redness!
Achieve the perfect nude-look lipstick or lip gloss color!!!
● Also covers the horizontal lines that are the arch-enemy of nude-look make-up! For plump, kissable lips!
● A cute milky pink like flower petals – can also be used on its own as a nude-look lip cream.
nmake Lip concealer --moist

What’s to love about this lip concealer “moist” edition…

  • Produces the most gorgeous nudy pink lip, no kidding. This can certainly be worn as lipstick-like product without any extra product. While most lip concealers are beige or “flesh” coloured, this one gives you baby milky lips in one swipe.
  • Extremely natural because it has a satin finish and almost no texture on the lips if applied properly. 
  • Applies almost like a lipstick, absolutely smooth.
  • You don’t need to swipe it over and over, one fair layer works great!
  • Its small and therefore portable and easy to slip into your going out purse or even you jeans pocket for a sneaky touch-up if needed.

…other things to note….

  • While I wouldn’t call this product drying on the lips, it certainly wasn’t as “moist” as the name suggests. I find the best result is to apply lip balm to condition the lips (Carmex anyone?) first, blot off any excess to almost dry and then apply this.
  • TIP: Do not swipe it on like a regular lipstick, you will get wrinkly/uneven lips! As with all matte or lighter toned lip products, I suggest applying a little then pushing/blotting the colour around the entire lip area. This will help minimize those annoying lip lines and maximize your results.
  • Feel free to apply a lipstick over it but avoid gloss, as with most lip concealers (even some lipsticks) swiping on lip gloss with disturb the product and it will fade or even bleed into lip lines.
  • Not suitable as a solo product for those with medium-tan to dark skin, it will likely come off too pale and even slightly ashy so try it with a lipstick over top.
  • Only available in Asian countries, or else try eBay or other online shopping sites like Ichibanko (that’s where I got mine!)

Over all, I am extremely pleased with the effectiveness of Canmake products. Add some adorable packaging, constant new releases and a gorgeous model, they’ve got it set for a long time to come. The Stretch & Cover concealer is currently my holy grail product and its now a staple for a quick and breezy face on both casual days or dolly days. I think that beyond appealing to younger ladies, Canmake’s products can definitely produce a beautiful sophisticated look for a more sophisticated audience as well. I look forward to trying out new items!

What Canmake items have you tried?
Share it with me with a comment.

Going Organic: EOS Lipbalm Review

These colourful guys have been making a ruckus in the beauty community for a while now and after finally spotting them in an inconspicuous area in my local drugstore, I decided to give them a fair shot!

EOS Lip balm

Bewarned that I am a devoted Carmex fan (something that probably has its own category somewhere) and I am quite particular about my lip care products. The majority of those that I try fall into the “meh…. its okay” category and few have been impressive enough for me to repurchase.

EOS actually stands for “Evolution of Smooth” and they produce a few body and lipcare items that are natural and organic based. Their most popular item by far is this little ball of wonder, a lip-balm ball made with ingredients that I can actually read and pronounce! (Horrah!)

EOS Lip balm

       Generally, lip care products are either oil based or wax based and while the EOS lipballs (hahaha, I think that’s what I’m gonna call them from now on) is oil based it gives a natural matte finish on the lips. If you are familiar with Carmex or the Rosebuld Salve, this is the complete opposite. No one can tell you put on a lip product at all and it will work great under if you planning to wear a lipcolour or gloss over it as it will not disrupt the application. Plus they do smell delicious! (And they are lick-tested, tastes a little sweet and nothing synthetic.)

Moisturization Factor:

       Wow, these feel…very very…well, natural. I’d say that they leave your lips feeling just abit more moisturized than usual, they aren’t amazingly smooth or plump. It’s certainly not something that will repair any cracks or flaking, at least not immediately. Overtime though I think they might improve the natural condition of your lips, meaning I believe the ingredients probably do have long some term benefits. Just don’t count on this as your life saving middle of winter savior.

EOS Lip balm--ingredients
         I feel like the EOS lipballs are a good everyday/frequent use lip care product if you don’t have extreme dryness. Because of their texture, they are fabulous under other lip products and are probably a great choice for men since it has no shine to it at all. Personally I just enjoy using them because they are fun and it makes my smile to put them on. They do make fun little gifts though! For cracked/dry winter lips, I’ll stick to something more emollient.

Beginners guide to a fresh flawless face (drugstore)

Hello Everyone,
With school just around the corner (or perhaps some of you have already just headed back to school), I thought I’d contribute to the excitement with a post of back to school makeup items.


This one in particular is fitted for those just getting into highschool or are just starting out with makeup. If you’re unsure of what to get for you’re first makeup bag, here’s a few suggestions to get you going!


Okay, roll the video!

Did you get all that?
Time for a summary, just to be sure.

Beginners makeup kit

  • CANMAKE Cover & Stretch concealer
  • HARDCANDY Fox in a Box
  • HADALABO Moist in Cream (BB Cream)
  • N.Y.C. Blushable creme stick
*Runaway item! Sneaky powder missed the photoshoot!*
Maybelline FIT-ME powder
  • MAYBELLINE FIT-ME pressed powder
Beginners makeup kit
  • SHISEIDO Eyelash curler
  • MAYBELLINE Eyestudio Drama liner
  • WET ‘n WILD ColourIcon palette (variations)
  • MAYBELLINE The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara
Beginners makeup kit

  • BONNE BELLE lip sparkler/gloss
  • NIVEA Pearly Shine lip gloss stick

Of course these are just the items that I had on hand and which I pulled out from my own makeup drawer. You can substitute with a product that you already love or something that you’d like to try out. The key is to achieve a simple fresh face that has a bit of life and definition to it using a few hard working products.

 Feel free to leave a comment about your favourite beginners item or your first item of makeup!
Hope this was helpful for all of you, see you tomorrow ^-^