As they say, “A smile is the most beautiful thing you can wear”. I’m sure you have a crush on someone who has a nice, beautiful smile and of course everyone is beautiful. I also believe that we all have a beautiful smile, but we don’t take care of our lips the same way we take care of our face and body. I mean, seriously, come on! I know what it’s like to laugh when your lips are cracked. I know, I’ve been there, believe me, it hurts.
Fortunately, however, we have lip balms and lipsticks to save us. Lip balms and lipsticks can be great lifesavers. To save you more, here are some of the best lip balms and lipsticks that are also affordable.
I will divide my choices into sections: Repair, Light, and Tints and Flavors. These lip balms and glosses can be used in any season, especially in winter because they are all moisturizing. Let’s get straight to the point!
1. Repair: balms that bring your lips back to life
1.1 Blistex Balm
One word to fix dry lips for me is Blistex. The jar is the strongest nourishing formula. This will save anyone’s dehydrated lips indefinitely. I apply a light coat myself before bed every night and my family have been using it forever, so I can proudly attest that it works great. I feel like Blistex is probably one of the thinnest lip balms (in terms of consistency) that also moisturizes at the same time, which is why I love them. In contrast, the tubes are easier to use on the go, but not as hydrating and intensely restorative as the jar itself. Highly recommend the sunscreen version. Put it on before going out or at the beach because sunburned lips are the worst. Your lips will thank you later.
1.2 Burt’s bees
It’s a well-known balm that you’ve probably heard of; these are Burt’s bees. These are 100% natural lip balms. They contain beeswax, so they are not as light as the Blistex Balm. They also have very good scents which are lighter. I really don’t know how to describe their scents other than pretty and sweet. Their natural lip balms really smell as they describe them. They are, however, undetectable. They aren’t very light and aren’t super shiny or shiny.
2. Lightweight: The kind most people use but doesn’t hydrate your lips that much
2.1 Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a pleasantly scented rose balm. I love the smooth, slightly sticky texture and the slight rosy tint; however, it contains petroleum jelly. I hate oil because it’s not nutritious at all. Everything I’ve read about it says it’s a barrier to keep hydration out while providing no hydration itself. Thus, I try not to use products containing petroleum.
2.2 Elizabeth Arden: Eight Hour Cream
Elizabeth Arden: Eight Hour Cream is a holy grail lip balm for many people, but unfortunately it’s not the one for me. This must be the scented version which I’m not a big fan of. It’s a little too medicinal. The texture of the pomade is also a bit too thick for me.
Carmex is another that many of you may have. Personally, I don’t like the mint version, but I do like the Daily Care Mint version. It gives your lips that zesty feeling when you apply it, and it feels nice and smooth too.
2.4 Lippy Cow Stable
The Cowshed: Lippy Cow is also a natural lip balm. This one would be good for lovers of natural beauty, but for me the slightly lemony natural organic scent is not my favorite.
Aquaphor is a popular brand in the United States. Lots of people swear by it, but personally I haven’t tried it yet. Don’t let that stop you, though! Go ahead and try it for yourself!
2.6 Vaseline lip therapy: pink lips
As I mentioned before, I try to avoid Vaseline as much as possible because it’s not nourishing at all (see “Smith’s Rosebud Salve” section). Plus, it dissipates quickly, making you feel like you need to keep applying it. Sound familiar? Stay away from Vaseline.
3. More light! : Tinted and scented lip balms
Now I bet most of you have some form of Nivea at home. I like their flavor tubes because you get a nice tint. In terms of hydration, however, the fruity versions aren’t their most hydrating formula; it’s just too light. Still, it’s a lovely way to add a light touch of red, peach or pink to your lips.
Glossier has become an all-time favorite. Personally, I don’t find it particularly moisturizing because the main ingredient is petroleum jelly, i.e. petrolatum, like petroleum jelly. As I mentioned, the barrier effect it gives is good for windy days or to prevent further cracks or chapping; this is not the case for the food, just something to be aware of. Luckily, Balm Dotcom has other moisturizing ingredients, like beeswax and lanolin, that help. I still love it for the fun flavors.
Olio-e-Osso balms are filled with natural moisturizing ingredients like organic olive oil, natural shea oil and natural beeswax. They are super soft and light on the lips. There’s even a minty eucalyptus balm and a range of pretty tinted shades.
3.4 EOS Lip Balm
Miley Cyrus, in her off-the-beaten-track days, kind of made this famous outside of America. To put it simply, they are just very light balms and their shape is a bit impractical. To put them on you kind of have to pout ridiculously, but it’s kind of fun. If you like the formula, it also comes in stick form.
As I said before, these are lip balms and lip glosses specially designed for summer, but since they are hydrating, you can wear them in other seasons as well.
FLOWER Beauty 3.5 Petal Pout Lip Mask
It’s a nourishing lip mask that also gives you natural lip color, which is why it’s one of my favorites. It makes your lips soft, healthy and gives you a hint of natural lip color. Their lip masks are infused with mango and cocoa butter. It keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day, having a long-lasting effect so you don’t have to waste your time reapplying. They also come in different shades and each shade has its own unique scent.
3.6 Almay lip balm
Next up is Almay Lip Balm; they come in various shades. It looks like lip gloss but it’s actually a lip balm. It is also very comfortable on the lips. Really handy for on the go. I love their shades because it gives you a slight hint of that color that isn’t exactly crazy. I love this formula and really wanted to mention it because it’s an amazing drugstore lip balm. Also, there’s just a little twist with the packaging, resembling a lip gloss, so I really like that.
3.7 Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms
These are the tinted versions of the original Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. They give you 8 hours of nourishment while giving you a natural hint of that color.
3.8 Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint: Lip tint and balm
Introducing Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint: Lip Tint & Balm; they come in various shades. They also have brighter colors. What’s really good is that they feel really comfortable on the lips. It’s great for makeup-free days or if you’re someone who doesn’t really like wearing bright colors. It’s a great formula and it also leaves a little smudge, which is really nice. Therefore, if you wear it throughout the day, even if it fades, you will have a hint of that color.
3.9 Natural Vegan Tinted Lip Balm by Honest Beauty
I love the Natural Vegan Tinted Lip Balm from Honest Beauty. These are absolutely amazing. They have such fun bright colors and I love that because you can either build it up to a more opaque color or keep it transparent. They come in different colors so again if you want something more neutral or nude or even a lighter colored balm they have it.
3.10 NYX Glossy Butter
This lip gloss is one of my favorites. It is a very nourishing formula and lasts quite a long time. Again, they have plenty of shades to choose from. The gloss is not sticky at all and makes your lips soft and healthy.
The above list is a mix of everything, it contains drugstore lip balm, pretty high end lip balm, lip balms, lip glosses, tints and many more. But applying only lip balms is not everything! Of course, maintain a balanced diet i.e. protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and plenty of water to ensure chap free lips.