I didn’t take any fun lipsticks with me to Europe because my boyfriend stupidly refuses to kiss me on the lips if I’m wearing colour – even if I’m wearing a lip stain, he wipes his lips for a full five seconds afterwards. So instead, I’ve been using lip balms and tinted lip colour for this trip.
In my last iHerb haul, I picked up a couple of Hurraw! lip balms on the recommendation of some of you on my lip care post (thank you!). I grabbed the Blue Chamomile Vanilla Moon Balm and the Coconut lip balm.
The ingredients are pretty similar. The main difference is that the moon balm has a hefty dollop of avocado oil added to it:
Blue Chamomile Vanilla Moon Balm: Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Euphorbia cerifera wax, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Tocopherols, Vanilla planifolia bean, Myroxylon balsamum oil, Matricaria recutita flower extract.
Coconut Lip Balm: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic flavour, Tocopherols (vitamin E)
Both balms are really lovely and moisturising, though Moon Balm has slightly better staying power – it’s as good as my favourite Nivea balms, which is high praise from me! They both glide on smoothly and smell delicious. My favourite thing about them though, is their oval shape – I’ve always suffered silently through the annoyance of my lip balms rolling off the bedside table into random nooks and crannies, but these don’t budge. I’m a convert! It’ll be hard not to add one to every iHerb purchase I make from now on – there’s one with SPF, and tinted balms, and even an Earl Grey scent (you can use the code NUD131 for $10 off your first order).
The other lip product I’ve been road testing lately is Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish*. Luk Beautifood is an interesting brand that makes make-up from really unusual food ingredients, like a concealer with blush or dark chocolate mascara. Lip Nourishes are sheer lipsticks made from natural ingredients – kind of like a tinted lip balm in an elegant slim tube. They come rolled up in a cheerful, handy microfibre cloth.
The formula is based on avocado, sesame and castor oils, which results in a very moisturising lipstick. It’s free from a bunch of ingredients that aren’t too bad but get a bad rap – synthetic flavours/colours/fragrances, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, parabens and GMOs, so it makes a really good present for picky people.
I tried this in Lemon & Mint, a subtle brownish pink with a light citrussy scent. As you can see, it’s a very sheer shade that just adds a wash of colour to your lips. It’s not too shiny, and the slim size is perfect for neat application. It does tend to wear off pretty quickly, but it’s not patchy – great for low-key days, if you don’t mind reapplying a bit.
You can check out more Luk Beautifood products here.
*This product was provided for review, which did not affect my opinion. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.