Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I didn't go out, but I got myself an egg custard and a bubble tea. ( ॣ́˃̶̤ ‧̮ ˂̶̤ ॣ̀)
Speaking of simple pleasures, I decided to make an entire post dedicated to lip balm. I'll probably do another just for lipstick and lipgloss.
I confess, when I'm stressed out, I chew on my lip. And when its really dry, I start tearing at it. Its a vicious and horrible compulsion.
My solution - always wear chapstick.
I have spent years trying different lip balms. I ultimately wanted one that was super moisturizing, long lasting, and nice tasting.astah
loves and recommends Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Sadly, this stuff is total crap on me. It feels like hard wax, and is not smooth. It adds no discernible moisture to my lips and it doesn't last even 5 minutes. It has a strong peppermint scent, which is pleasant, and about the only positive I can mention.
Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer (SPF15) is very nice, long lasting, and has no scent or taste I can pinpoint. This has been my favourite for years.
For fruity lip balm, I have Softlips Enriched Shea & Mango Butter (SPF25), which is super smooth, but doesn't last at all. Nearly all fruity lip balms suffer from laughably short life span.
LUSH has a Honey Trap lip balm in a tin that I tried a few years ago, and with most LUSH lip balms, the moisture content wasn't what I wanted, but I liked it enough. Ultimately, I enjoy and value the convenience of a tube o' chapstick, so I probably won't use them again.
Now, when I did destroy my lips, my solution was to slather a medicated lip balm on before bed - like Carmex.
I think people often forget that their lips are skin. And if lips are truly dry or damaged, you can always put a buttery lotion on them overnight - it doesn't have to be anything designed specifically for lips, as long as its natural. Before a photoshoot or big event, sometimes I'll use L'Occitane en Provence Beurre de Karité, its 100% Shea Butter, on my lips the night before. Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy from Eucerin works as well. I don't want to eat lotion, but its fine if I'm asleep.
I recently found these Nivea lip balms that are heavenly, and are my new favourites!
The blue one is Nivea Kiss of Smoothness (SPF10) Hydrating Lip Care. This stuff is magic, long lasting, and ultra moisturizing. It has a subtle pleasant scent, and goes on smooth as silk. I use this daily.
The yellow one is Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey, Soothing Lip Care. This one is less moisturizing, but still very nice. It has a light honey scent that is perfect, and goes on smooth. I wear this to bed.
About 8 years ago, I came home from the MAGIC fashion convention with a fancy designer lip balm that was perfect. Jericho was 2, and upon opening my purse and finding this treasure, he smeared it all over the carpet until nothing was left in the tube. I saw the aftermath, fell to my knees, and cried.
I cried real tears over it. That is how much I love lip balm.