In the same way that I am always convinced that I am about to drop dead of dehydration, I am constantly certain that my lips are about to split from dryness. To that end, I have no less than four lip chap-type options on my person at all times. This is not a joke. I opened my purse and pulled all five of those out for the above picture. And I really do use them all! I have to have more than one option because who knows what occasion may arise at any given moment! I think five is very reasonable, I have been known to carry up to 8 lippies at once! These are my current favorites; they get the job done, are portable and affordable!
I've been using this guy for as long as I can remember, as far back as junior high, I think. Lately I've been using the tube, but I also love the tin form. I usually snag them when I'm in line waiting to pay at Sephora. They always get me with their last minute bargain bins! The smooth consistency lasts a surprising amount of time without rubbing off, though I admit I do end up licking up most of it because it tastes like my youth. This will be a staple in my makeup bag for a long time. It gives a lovely sheen and smells delightful. You can't go wrong with this classic.
Also a classic, I love this one for it's SPF and that familiar waxy coverage. You put it on and it stays on, giving your lips the moisture they need to recover from whatever brutalities you've been putting them through. It's cheap as hell and available in any common grocery store or pharmacy. Keep it in your bag as opposed to your pocket because who here among us hasn't washed their pants only to find melty chapstick aftermath?
Balm Dotcom is another Glossier purchase that has made me a believer. It's super hydrating, goes on really smooth and lasts a long time. It's relatively tasteless, and the waxy density helps it stay on your lips for hours. The most expensive of the bunch, but definitely a new staple in my makeup bag. It's marketed as a multipurpose salve, and while I use it on my lips the most, I also swipe it on my eyelids and cheeks when I'm meeting up with friends after work and need a little pick me up. It gives you a really nice glow and even though it's waxy it doesn't cause breakouts! This would also work great on dry elbows or other small patches of dry skin. It's worth the price for the multiple ways you can use it.
While also a fan of Burt's Bees Original Lip Balm, these day's I'm using the tinted one in Red Dahlia for when I need something super hydrating that also adds some color. It hydrates really well while lasting a long time, and gives a nice glow of color that goes on evenly. Especially when my lips are dry, I find that lip color migrates to the edges of my lips pretty quickly, but this guy stays put even when I'm scaly. And the other day when I left work and was running to meet some friends and needed a little metaphorical face lift, I dabbed it on my cheeks for some color and it gave me a delightfully pink dewy glow!
I've been using the strawberry sorbet flavor and I love it! It is perfect for the summer and reminds me of Lip Smackers from when I was a kid. It has a really lovely consistency, less waxy than a traditional chapstick, but it doesn't slide off or feel sticky. Which I guess makes sense since EOS stands for "Evolution of Smooth." Nice one, dudes at EOS. This is my most recent purchase, made a couple weeks ago when I needed to make the minimum amount to use my debit card at the bodega. I'm really pleased with it and I love that it's organic and claims to be ethically produced.
I really can't see myself being without any of these on a daily basis, does that sound extreme? I've even been thinking about getting another Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in another color because variety is the spice of life, right? What's in your bag these days? Do you need to have a variety of products on you at all times as well?
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