Given that the Mumbai winter is upon us, the first casualty of the season for me is always my lips, which have a tendency to get as chapped and rough as sandpaper, leaving me with a permanent addiction around these times to moisturising lipsticks and lip balms.
This time too, I’ve been rotating lipcare duty between these three beauties.
The Body Shop Born Lippy pot is an old favourite and has been an essential ingredient of my make up box for a couple of years now. I shift between strawberry and raspberry, and I’m told it has organic beeswaxi produced in an environmentally sustainable way in the remote forests of Zambia. This soothes my eco-conscience while keeping my lips presentable. It barely has any fragrance and gives a slight tinge of colour which makes it good for a natural look when you don’t want to look like you’ve applied something. But coming in a tub, I only use this when I’m home and have a towel handy to wipe my finger after applying, given we live in an era of touch phones and sticky fingers can be disadvantageous. It does feel a little thick though, so bewarned.
Rs 250 (If I remember right).
Vaseline Lip Therapy SPF 15
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company to try out.
I instantly fell in love with the fragrance of this product. I have no clue what fragrance it is, but it is definitely something I have good limbic forgotten memory association with because I find myself applying it over and over again just to smell the fragrance. It contains Almond and rose oil that keeps the lips smooth, along with Vitamin E and Petroleum jelly. Add to this is SPF 15 although I’m wondering if my lips really do need sunscreen. I like the fact that it is a twist up. Makes it easy to carry around and convenient to reapply. It lasts for around a couple of hours, and needs reapplication after eating or drinking. It doesn’t seem too glossy on the lips and has no colour absolutely except a clear tint. I find I like using it best after outlining the lips with a light pink liner and rubbing the lips together after applying the lip balm for a soft glossy look which is slightly defined.
Rs 150 for 4g
Nivea Fruity Shine Pink Guava
This is a lovely lip balm, one which I have been using for a while now. It has a slight hint of colour and comes in a twist up tube which makes for easy application. There’s a slight sparkle and a hint of colour which adds a slight dressiness to the look. It has a fruity fragrance that isn’t overwhelming and is actually quite pleasant. It also has SPF 10 for sun protection. The ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.
Rs 129 for a tube