A Balm Arsenal To Fight Dry Lips
So you’re stranded on a desert island, what three things do you wish you had with you? For me, that question has always been easy: water, potatoes, and lip balm. Water is obvious, potatoes are my favorite food (in any form, probably even raw), and, perhaps most important of the three, lip balm is my number one, can’t-go-without beauty must-have.
I have an ever-growing collection of lip balms, which comes in handy when purses turn into black holes or I turn out empty pockets to realize my favorite balm is actually in my other jacket. Luckily, I’m not alone in my obsession.
Fellow lip product-addict and Birchox UK contributing writer Natalie Peck has compiled this list of multifunctional, super-hydrating balms you need to own in order to have a healthy pout.
Are you balm obsessed like we are?
See what other picks our Birchbox editors are buzzing about with these BB Instagrams from around the world!
Nerd alert: one of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially love the love letters you write to your favorite products. (Though we’re still waiting on the haikus and iambic pentameter.) From time to time, we’ll be highlighting extrasweet customer serenades. Up next: a life-changing, multipurpose balm.
Unlike those other guys,Dr. Lipp’s lip balm won’t leave you high and dry. Rather, this all-natural salve is clinically proven to repair rough, flaky lips and smooth dry skin patches. (You can even use it as a stand-in for cuticle oil!) Originally designed for nursing moms to heal sore nipples, it quickly become a cult favorite of savvy makeup artists for its ability to soothe and prime. Another convert to the cult of Dr. Lipp’s? Subscriber Erin Carroll. Just check out what Erin had to say about his pout saver:
“My lips are almost always dry and chapped. I’ve used up entire tubs of vaseline trying to moisturize them but I still wake up with lips that are less-than-kissable. Dr. Lipp’s has changed my lips completely and I could not be happier. A little goes a long way, so I feel like the product is worth the price. It has been added to my nightly routine and I have to apply lip balm during the day a lot less frequently. Love Dr. Lipp’s!”
Have your own product paramour? Pen a love letter to your favorite Birchbox products by leaving a customer review!
In the summer of 1853, a hot tempered chef was manning the kitchen at a chic resort. A dinner guest found the chef’s French fries too thick for his liking and sent the plate back to the kitchen. In an effort to one up the persnickety customer, the chef sliced the potatoes paper-thin. And eureka! America’s favorite salty, snack—duh! the potato chip—was born.
Unexpected discovery of a seriously great thing, right? Like our favorite crunchy fix, these four beauty products have surprising (and totally awesome!) beginnings.
We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.
Margot Tenenbaum, from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is one of my favorite chain-smoking, compulsive lying characters ever. She’s also my No. 1 pick for my Halloween costume this year. While I look for a full-length faux fur coat, check out my makeup picks to get her look (cigarettes and wooden finger not included):
Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol
Apply heavily around both eyes. Practice your “I’m so bored with this” stare.
This week’s guest blogger, Vida Lee, hits close to home for us—literally! She’s a beauty guru based in our hometown: New York City. Aside from being a product addict, she’s also a medical school student (whoa!) who makes time on the side for her pretty blog, P.S. It’s Vida. Over the next few days, the smarty savant will be sharing her greatest tips and tricks for staying prepped and primed for summer.
As a beauty blogger, I take my products almost everywhere I go, even to the beach for some minor primping. Here are a few things I like to use to keep it simple when going on beach trips:
A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.
So many of the most beloved lip balms and glosses come in a convenient tube. (I am not one for sticking my finger in a pot, and carrying around a lip brush can be a real pain.) There’s something about the slick application of color from a tube that leaves an almost glaze-like finish on lips, with extra-pigmented shine.
Here are my of-the-moment favorites for totally tubular lips. From top to bottom:
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I sat down with my beauty idol to learn more about her best secrets, the discontinued products that she wishes would be reissued, and the one tried-and-true product that she’s been using since high school. (Try this Q&A with your mom on Sunday—you’ll learn so much!)
What was your earliest beauty memory?
“I used to really love flipping through Cosmopolitan magazine—that’s where I first discovered vanity. My favorite model was Cristina Ferrare. I also loved Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. I even used to fake Marilyn’s beauty mark with a pencil!”
So funny! Who taught you how to put on makeup?
“I think I taught myself really, but I also got some tips from your Auntie Esther [her sister-in-law]. I first started experimenting with mascara because I was so amazed by how long it made my eyelashes look.”
I’m a big fan of bare lips, and not for the reason you might think. While some girls eschew bold lip colors as a general rule, I tend to avoid them because they interfere with my ability to drink mugs of coffee (hello, lipstick rings). That’s not to say I wear absolutely nothing on my lips. To keep my lips soft, I rely on every beauty addict’s first love: lip balm. My new fave? Fusion Beauty’s Lip Fusion Balm. This clear conditioning balm first attracted me with its sleek appearance. It comes in a shiny silver tube and looks like a lipstick minus the pigment, which makes it great for color-phobes like yours truly. Learn more about this balm’s multitasking powers after the jump!