This the season… for parched lips, cracked heels, and waaay heavier handbags. Heavier handbags, you ask? Yes. All of a sudden I don’t feel safe leaving the house without hand cream, face cream, lip balm, and this ultra-rich stick in case of emergencies. I basically now carry a cosmetics case just for my moisturizers. Yes, I realize I am insane. What can I say… I was a girl scout. I’m always prepared.
We have talked about bag essentials earlier this month… I’m never without these six things. That being said, lip balm has a special place in my heart and today I wanted to tell you about my three favorites. My lips are so chapped right now and I have become a compulsive lip balm applier. I layer it under my lipstick or gloss. I’m pretty much never without it as chapped lips are just the absolute worst.
Of all the lip balms in all the land, By Terry Baume de Rose is the creme de la creme, my absolute favorite. It’s the ultimate lip balm, and really, it should be… because it costs $60. I promise you though, it is quite possibly the best $60 you will ever spend. The little glass pot will last you at least a year (even if you apply it as compulsively as I do) and it is such a little luxury. I like to give it to girlfriends as birthday gifts because it’s something really special that people won’t necessarily buy for themselves. I have three of them (also insane, but I already acknowledged above that I’m crazy). There is one at my vanity (to apply before bed), one in my carry-on (the air on the plane is the worst), and one in my purse (for constant touch-ups). It is one of my most treasured possessions. The formula is super rich and glossy for a balm (but not at all sticky). It’s so shiny that you can even wear it on its own instead of gloss. It even smells expensive… like crushed rose petals.
All of my girlfriends have been buzzing about Kari Gran’s lip whip. They are obsessed in the same way that I am obsessed with the By Terry. My friend Victoria dedicated an entire post to it. At her recommendation, I scooped up Radiant ($21) during a visit to Credo Beauty. I liked it, but the By Terry had ruined me. It didn’t feel rich or creamy enough! That being said, once I got past the fact that it wasn’t quite as creamy (and glossy) as my beloved, it really grew on me. The formula is much lighter than the By Terry but it feels a lot like frosting. And putting frosting on your lips is fun, especially when it’s ultra hydrating, tingles like peppermint, and leaves your lips just slightly more pink than they normally would be. It isn’t By Terry, but it is almost entirely organic, and it leaves your lips feeling incredibly soft. The finish is slightly matte in comparison to the other lip balms I have here.
Lastly, a new one that I just tried! You know by now that I love, love Supergoop. They make the best sunscreens. Their new Perk Up! tint ($22) imparts lips + cheeks with the prettiest pink tint AND it has SPF 40. So you get protection against my other (actual) worst nightmares: skin cancer and wrinkles. In addition to the pretty pink tint and the added SPF, it gives lips a bit of shine and hydrates dry cheeks. (This is really great both before or after a run… I love my winter runs but they leave my skin in such a sorry state).
So here I am, rambling on and on about expensive fancypants lip balms. I know. They really are amazing though. Buy one for yourself or for your maybe one for your galentine. For something more reasonably priced (but just as effective) there is also this four-pack of Burt’s Bees for when you want to fix your chapped lips and don’t care about being fancy. And at 4 for $10, you could have 24 of them for the price of the By Terry. But we won’t think about that.
photography by Trent Bailey.