My lips are always dry and peeling in the summer, and this year I was determined not to let it happen again. So why is it so hard to keep my lips in good condition in the summer? First of all, it is hard to find a good lip product with SPF. Secondly, I never remember to reapply. Therefore, I try to find something that I want to reapply, which means that I usually have to like the scent. Lastly, since you have to reapply lip products quite often, I tend to favour more natural brands. The three lippies below are the ones I have used the most the last month.
Ilia Balmy Days
I find that a lip balm with SPF is hard to find. I suspect it has something to do with the nature of the SPF ingredients. Ilia’s Balmy Days is definitely not a budget buy ($26 USD), but the packaging was so minimalist and sleek, I couldn’t help picking it up. Just a little background about this brand. It originated from Vancouver and specializes in organic beauty products with minimally designed recycled packaging. Balmy Days is a clear lip conditioner made with 82% organic materials (mostly natural oils, like sunflower seed oil). It has an SPF of 15 (titanium dioxide). It also claims to be hydrating and long-lasting on the lips.
Packaging-wise, it is just beautiful. It has the loveliest click when you close it and it even has the ILIA logo printed on the inside of the tube. Such a lovely detail! Now, the most important question when it comes to products with physical SPF is does it leave a white cast? It honestly does, but I wouldn’t say it is that bad. Applied lightly, it is barely noticeable. However, if you load it on, you can definitely notice it. The product feels really hydrating on the lips and lasts for a quite a few hours. However, since it tends to sit on top of the lips instead of sinking in, it can gather in patches on the lips. That is why it is important not to apply too much or your really notice the white cast. I usually will apply lipstick on top rectify this problem.
VERDICT: A lovely lip balm with SPF if you want to splurge. I just wish the lipstick bullet was slanted so it hugs the lips better.
Kosås Weightless Lip Color in Undone
I randomly bought this lipstick in a local shop after seeing it all over Instagram. I thought it was good, but I was so addicted to Bite Beauty lipsticks at the time, I put it aside and didn’t use it for a while. However, I was inspired to break it out again after reading Sanida’s glowing review from her blog, Fluke. Her blog has beautiful photographs and is really well-written. You should go check it out!
Kosås is an indie brand from Los Angeles, California which just produces lipsticks. The founder, Sheena Yaitanes, has a background in natural sciences and painting. She wanted to create a line of lipsticks that enhanced a woman’s natural beauty with shades that complement all skin tones. There are 6 lipsticks in the collection in total. The line uses many natural ingredients, and is free from preservatives and synthetic fragrances. The lipsticks claim to protect the lips from UV and environmental damage, prevent the formation of fine lines, hydrates, boosts collagen, and softens and plumps the lips.
Another brand with beautiful minimalist packaging. It comes in a distinctive rectangular black bullet which feels surprisingly comfortable in the hands. The lipstick applies smoothly onto the lips and gives a beautiful semi-matte finish. The colour is pigmented and really long-lasting. I find that even without lip balm underneath, it still feels pretty moisturizing. Does it come off during eating and drinking? Yes, it does, but some of the pigmentation will remain after casual eating. Whether it boosts collagen production and prevents of fine lines, is hard to tell, but having used it for a few weeks, my lips feel moisturized and I haven’t noticed my lips getting flaky or dry.
Verdict: A solid lipstick where you’ll certainly find a shade that will flatter you. I hope they come out with lip liners because if I had one little gripe, it would be that it bleeds a little during the day.
Burt’s Bee Moisturizing Lip Balm in Strawberry
There are some products that have stood the test of time. For me, it has got to be the Burt’s Bee Lip Balms. I have tried many natural lip balms and I always end up going back to this one. I recently discovered the Strawberry scent which is fast becoming my new favourite. I used to love the Grapefruit one. Do you have a Burt’s Bee favourite scent? Unlike the original beeswax formula, which I also love, other than beeswax, seed oils top this formula. It also claims to be 100% natural and moisturizing.
This lip balm still continues to be a solid favourite of mine. First of all, it is easily purchased at many drugstores and even grocery stores in Canada. The ingredients are natural. Many of have a nice fruity scent which I like, but the scent doesn’t linger. On the lips, it is just emollient enough, but doesn’t feel super heavy. Most importantly, it works! It keeps my lips moisturized and works great under lipstick. Of course, it is not some heavy duty lip treatment, but it doesn’t claim to be one.
VERDICT: A classic lip balm, which I have repurchased over and over again.