Lip Balms Away! 2nd Edition

4:12:00 PM

It's finally Christmas Eve 2014, Yay! Time for friends get-together and family bonding! With that said, I'd like to extend my Christmas greetings and Holiday Cheers to everyone! ^_^

Anyway, back to business. Remember my old post before about Lip Balms? I posted a mini review of all lip balms that I used about two years ago which you can read HERE. This time I'll be posting reviews on the current lip balms I've been testing out while in search for my HG lip balm. hehe

I got the chance to try out several lip balms for the past couple of years and I've yet to find an all time favorite. I only got about seven that I have in my stash right now coz I gave the rest away.

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So, let's start this off with the Mentholatum Lip Ice Lip Balm with SPF 15, the one in the photo is Grape + BlackCurrant. I've already tried the Lemon and Strawberry Flavors as well. It retails for only Php89 at Watsons. I've repurchased this twice already since I love how light this feels on my lips. It is very moisturizing without being waxy and the moisture lasts longer than the average lip balm. I especially like that this leaves a minty tingle to my lips every time I use it. If you prefer minty balms like me, this Lip Ice lip balms should be on top of your list!

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm in Strawberry with SPF 15 retails around Php110 (price varies, depending where you purchased it). I've already tried this lip balm twice. The first time was the original unflavored Carmex Lip Balm in a squeeze type tube, then this strawberry variant. For both times I've tried this, I experienced a stinging sensation on my lips, and one that doesn't go away, unless I remove the balm from my lips. I honestly really like that it feels minty on my lips and it moisturizes very well. However, the consistency is a little too thick and sticky for my liking, also I am not sure which ingredient is making my lips sting so bad every single time I use this. So, to put it simply, Carmex is just not for me.

Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom with SPF 15,  I already know a few friends who absolutely love this balm especially the other shade which is Ablaze. It retails for Php159 at Healthy Options. I really want to love this lip balm as well, unfortunately I experienced lip allergies with this. I first tried it earlier this year and I thought it might have been another product causing the itch on my lips. However, the allergies stopped with I stopped using the lip balm. Then, I gave it another chance later this year. Unfortunately, I got the same lip allergy I had when I first tried it.

Both the shade Bloom and Ablaze really look natural and pretty on anyone's lips. So, if you're into tinted lip balms, you might want to give this a try, however this is just not for me.

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Lip Balm in Pineapple Quench. It retails for Php99 at Healthy Options. This one does not have SPF, but I really like the coconut variant of this balm since it smells really good. It has a thicker and waxy texture. It also has a much drier consistency, so it's not that moisturizing.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm with SPF 60, it's the only lip balm I found that has the highest SPF content. This is actually my favorite among the bunch. It moisturizes my lips very well and lasts longer on my lips too. Also, I noticed that ever since I started using this, my upper lip lightened a little bit. It has a thick and slightly sticky consistency, so I only need a tiny amount to apply for my whole lips. Definitely a keeper!

The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On in Berry, I was initially excited to try this one out, since it comes in a roll-on and it smells like real berries. However, I got lip allergies with lip balm as well. I used it for three days straight and my lips became super dry, patchy and itchy so I stopped using it.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb. I'm not really a fan of tinted lip balms, but I like this one a lot. It moisturizes well and I feel that I absorbs on my lips a well. I also like that it can pass off as a good lipstick since it has good pigmentation. Plus it smells great too.

So, among these seven lip balms, I only approve of three. First is the VMV Hypoallergenics Protective Lip Balm, then the Mentholatum Lip Ice and lastly the Burst's Bees Lip Shimmer. I will still continue to try out lip balms from different brands. I actually already have the Hurraw lip balms on my list of lip balms to try. hehe

Until next time.


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  1. I am using the burts bee lip shimmer works really great on me;)
    BTW, happy holiday!:)

  2. The VMV and the Burt's bees look quite interesting!
    I'm currently on the hunt for a new lip balm :3
    Take care*

  3. I'm not a big fan of lip balms. I actually only have two - MAC Lip Conditioner and this one from Snoe that I got from a beauty box. I just don't like the sticky feeling on my lips which is weird since I remember back in high school and college, I could not live without my Chapstick! Haha

  4. Nice review! I want to try different lip balms available. I'm interested na on lip balm since na aid niya yung dry lips ko. Nilalagay ko before maglipstick minsan kahit bago matulog :)

  5. Last year, I used to love the Alba Botanica tinted lip balms but since getting the Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, I haven't gone back, hehe. Happy holidays pala. :)

  6. I want them all! They all look great, nice review and happy new year to you and everyone else! Please check out my blog at:

  7. i've only tried burt's bees which i really like! i'm currently obsessed with smith's strawberry balm

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

  8. Thanks for your review of these lip balms! I have only tried Carmex and that was fine for my lips. Pity that a lot of these reacted badly with your lips :( I need to try the three you recommended though, always in need of a good lip balm!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  9. I've tried many balms but I'm really liking burt's bees' right now. I was shocked that some of those balms gave you negative results. :(

    This post sold the Lip Ice balm for me and I really want to try it out next! :D

  10. Great review. All of them looks great, but I recognize only carmex.

  11. How can lip balms look this good! Thanks for the post and dropping by my page, too! A Happy Happy New Year to you! <3

  12. Can't have enough lip balm!

    XoXo :) nikki

  13. BALMS AWAY! I like that, Hollz! :) I'm super picky with lip balms but I've liked Burt's Bees and the very overpriced Dior Lip Glow :P I was given an Alba balm as well which I liked but gave to my mom kasi she liked it more :) Happy new year dear! :) Here's to more beauty adventures for us this 2015!

  14. I lost my Burts Bees :-( I'll try lip ice its much cheaper. HEHE

  15. I like your collection that I can use while Wedding Makeup.

  16. Wow, you sure have a lot of lip balms! The only one that I've tried from your list would be Burt's bees. hehe. Nice review though, in case I decide to take the shift and look for a new one. Hehe :D

  17. I have to say, reading about all these different fruity scented lip balms has made me want to smell them all ._.
    But damn, didn't know you could trigger allergies on the lips! (Just goes to show that natural doesn't always mean better!) THE IDEA OF A ROLL ON LIPBALM DOES SOUND FUN THOUGH

  18. i love burts and bees lip balm and carmex. I have yet to try the rest :)


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