The Lip Product Addict Tag

Lip products might be kinda-sorta-maybe...ok definitely my kryptonite. I just can't help myself and always somehow end up wandering into the lipstick sections of any makeup aisle. My husband, friends and family all know that when I get lost in that section, it's pretty much time to send in the choppers. "STEP AWAY FROM THE LIP PRODUCTS." Down Fido.
Anyways. When I saw that this particular tag was being done by all the cool kids on the block, I knew I just had to do it too. Was I actually tagged by anyone to do this post (as per the rules of tagging)? Hell no but who needs rules when there are so many gorgeous lippies that are craving to be talked about. Down with the system.
I found the questions below from other lip product tags dispersed throughout internet land and added my answers and opinions about each one. I tag everyone to do this tag as well, especially if you are a lip product lover yourself like me! Tag me in your post or on your social media with @beautybooklove or #beautybooklove so I can read yours too!

The Questions:

Favorite Balm/Treatment? Best Eye-Catching Red? Best Drugstore Product? Best MAC Lipstick? The Most Disappointing? Liner--Yes or No? Best Gloss? Something Extra!
Best Luxury Product?

The Answers:

Favorite Balm/Treatment?- My favorite balm for the longest time has been the C.O Bigelow Rose Salve. It glides beautifully onto the lips and I love that the little pot is so cute but holds so much product. The smell is absolutely divine--like you have been whisked away to a rose garden or the fragrant smell of a rose petal tea delicately wafting in the air. I put this next to my bed and apply it every night before I sleep. Even better, it's a multi-purpose product. You can use this to soothe dry cuticles, elbows or any other rough patches on the body. For my complete review on this product, you can check out this other blog post of mine.  Best Eye-Catching Red?- Not only is this bright, rich red eye-catching, but the Lime Crime Velvetine in "Red Velvet" also lasts forever on the lips without becoming patchy or bleeding. This lip product applies wet like a gloss but then dries to a matte lipstick finish. I've put this baby to the test multiple times--through eating messy sandwiches the size of my face, drinking, kissing--you name it! It just doesn't budge. It's literally a miracle in a bottle. It's ever so slightly drying (so that the product can better cling to the skin) but not nearly as much as other products dubbed "long-wearing." I'm looking at you MAC Ruby Woo. Best Luxury Product?- Hands down Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte lipsticks. I only own one of these glorious, super indulgent and expensive lippies--but trust me its sheer amazingness is worth it. First off, the packaging. Oh my good lordy the packaging makes me feel like the queen regent every time I take it out of my bag. The gold case and its heavy feel is just so luxurious. The product inside is so incredibly creamy and it feels like (not to be cliché) you are literally applying a wad of half-melted butter to your lips. The smell is unlike any other as well and is like freshly picked mangoes. I really don't mind that this has to be reapplied often because as you already know, I live for the moments I can royally lift this out of my purse. No, no peasants I won't be taking autographs.

Best Drugstore Product?- I have been obsessing over the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers! I bought a few when they first came out but never really used them for some reason until now. They apply like a super pigmented lipgloss and dry to a beautiful satin finish. I love their fruity smell and how gorgeously pigmented and long-wearing they are. Coral shades are my fave this summer and so I have been loving the color "Luna" Best MAC Lipstick?- As you can probably tell from the pictures, my MAC lipstick in "Blankety" is very well-loved and I'm down to the nub. I have never suited concealer/flesh toned lips and I usually turn out resembling one of Tim Burton's corpse figures. I love this nude because it has a pink-brown undertone that is extremely flattering and not flat or drained of color. I wear this for both day and nighttime looks so it is very versatile.  The Most Disappointing?- I think I actually liked the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains when they first came out. I've grown to dislike them as time has marched on since so many other better "stain" products have hit the drugstore. I just find this really drying, patchy, and overall not the most flattering on my lips. Liner--Yes or No?- Oh gurllll. YES. My lips are like two insignificant thin lines drawn next to eachother so liner is a must for me if I want to have any sort of shape or volume. Liner also prevents lipstick from bleeding and sliding all over the place on me and helps it in the longevity department too. I  especially love MAC lipliners. The color "Dervish" shown above is one of my favorites since it's a muted pink shade that goes with so many lipsticks. Best Gloss?- I am awestruck by the Maybelline "The Elixir" glosses. If you dumped the product from these into some high-end packaging, I would definitely be fooled. These glosses are SO buttery and SO creamy it's insane. It delivers a beautiful, medium amount of pigmentation and makes the lips look super shiny and healthy. I want to buy the entire line. I just can't handle the amazingness. Something Extra!- I thought I would include a product that is a new-comer to my collection. I recently bought one of the new Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks and love it! I got "Golden Pink", a baby-pink shade with a hint of coral. I love how it applies as a sheer wash of hydrating color that can be built upon to become more pigmented. It's really fresh feeling with its minty smell and flavor. Now tell me your answers to the tag in the comments below! :) GO!

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Guest Blogger: Beauty & the Bibliophile

I'm so excited to be a guest posting with The Beauty Book! You can take the girl outta Texas, but you can't take the Texas out this girl. So, when Anne-Marie approached me about guest blogging together, I jumped at the chance! This has been such a fun collab, and I look forward to meeting some new folks because of it! 

So, without further ado:
It's that time of the year - kissing season! You better have those puckers in tip top shape. Here I present some of my current fave balms to soften those babies up (and help with any needed recovery - wink, wink).
Happy Valentine's Day!

I found this product while feasting my reading eyes on my most recent addiction, Essie Button. Being a yank (correction: Southern yank), I rarely get to buy all the fun things I see all the across-the-pond beauties rave about. When I saw this on Birchbox's website {AND free shipping} I just could not pass 'er up! 
It's foundational ingredient is honey. It smells so pure and sweet (with some citrus hints). It also goes on a bit gritty, but then your body heat takes care of the granules - much like putting honey in or on something warm melts it. Many balms go on glossy, but I love how this just settles in subtly. It doesn't appear you have anything gooey and healthy on, so topping it with a lipstick or gloss is just fine. 
It also last for eons! 
The only con (for me - and it's not really a con in real life...) is that it's in a pot. It's a beautiful glass pot, but it's not quick and easy to swipe on while driving. So, it tends to stay at home in the bathroom where I use it in the evenings or when I'm lounging about. 
One other thing - what are the darn ingredients? I cannot find them online anywhere. It was probably on the box, but I'm terrible about tossing packaging. So, I am curious as to whether it's really as healthy as it seems.
The website also says to use it on cuticles and small burns. I haven't done that yet but will definitely try to remember to!

Let's be real... this is more fun than practical. In a normal tube this product would be considered of the mill. But put it in a ball and call it a "Smooth Sphere" and you've got yourself a niche-y winner! 
I saw this at my local Target recently and had to snatch it up. I like the smell, though I am not a huge fruity flavor person. It goes on well (somewhat thinner) and lasts a good amount of time. 
I'm really attracted to it being organic, paraben free and sweetened with stevia (as opposed to saccharin or sucralose). 
I also love the shape of it. It's easy to find this "ball" in the bottom of your purse (while driving... I tend to need to moisturize during that daily drudgery). 
I also feel like a little kid every time I apply it. I hope someone is watching, thinking Man, I wish I had her lip balm! Silly... I know. 
Only con is how little it's available in my area. This flavor is the only one I've seen. I would really like to get my hands on the Sweet Mint!

Speaking of mint... For years I've been addicted to Burt's Bees original Beeswax Lip Balm Tube. Who isn't?!? It's $3 on their website, but I'm pretty sure I've seen it higher in stores... a bit on the high side for a boring ol' chapstick, so when I stumbled across this goodie in Whole Foods at the check out stand I grabbed it up. (Kudos to your add-on skills, WFs!) It was LESS than $2 (crazy talk), organic (and a bargain?!?) and it's mint (perfect). 
Beauty Book's readers don't know me, so let me tell you a little something about myself. 
I once bought 6 boxes of my favorite mint green tea online because they were discontinuing it. 
The only facial water I can stand is Caudalie's elixir which has what some describe an obnoxious minty smell. (Disagree!)
I also use peppermint essential oils to relieve headaches, add to drinking water, and rub into sore muscles.
I even sniff it! (At least it's that and not Sharpies... though I do think there is something kind of disturbingly good smelling about those...? Right?)
Back to the balm... I once lost this puppy for two days and tore the house up looking for it. My husband said, "Just buy another one..." Are you kidding me? I don't leave a product in the lurch like that - especially my best, brightest and most loyal! Abandonment was not an option; I finally located her; and we've been inseparable ever since.

Because I do love all things Burt's, I have to include this goodie. Although the packaging it came in was fun and almost keep-able, the tube itself is not fun or sexy. Good! It's easy to use. I can blindly grab it from my bag, swipe it on without a mirror and toss it back in.
It doesn't feel especially healing or treatment-like, but the pigment is a fun extra to add to an already great lip balm. I like how many color options there are. I've owned two of these, and this shade was the most pigmented on my lips.
Like I said before, I do love me some Burt's original beeswax balm, but the tint makes this my current go - to.

Keeping on the same tint track...
I would definitely consider this a more luxury item. Granted it is only a few bucks more than the Nuxe, but being that it's heavily tinted, it's not as versatile. (ie. Use before bed or under lippies).
It does feel heavenly, and it provides a major pop of color. 
A few dry-shampoo, sock bun Sundays ago I wore it with highlighter, mascara and fuschia blush and got a compliment on how my makeup was "glowing"! I was the best looking hobo in Tennessee... 
It lasts quite a long time, too. 
A pro and con: the packaging. I love that it's a metal tube, it's beautiful and feels really cool. However, I have to twist it up (and back down) every time I use it. And the topper screws onto the tube. So, it's not a one-hander. The downside to the metal part of the equation, I found, is that if it's in your pocket your body heat will be conducted by the metal and melt the balm. Mine is now all kinds of lumpy and melted. When I apply it, the stick pushes over the side. For $22 I would expect it to not be so soft, unless they put it in a pot. Despite the packaging and application issues, it's still a enjoyable "treatment." It smells divine - lemon-y and fresh!
I received it as a Birthday gift from Sephora, so I am not complaining too much. However, I will probably just enjoy it while it lasts and not repurchase. I just might have to resort to a lip brush... and it will be worth it.
Although it's paraban, sulfate, phthalate, etc free, it does score a 7 on EWG's Skin Deep database for a sizeable list of other undesirables. Disappointing! Another reason I won't repurchase but will enjoy in the meantime.

I recently included this balm in my January Favourites post. I've had it for years and years. It is probably  the best bang for my buck in this post. Ten ounces for $9!?! Amazing. 
As ranchers were milking cows and applying this to their udders they realized how soft their hands were getting. The rest is history.
I mainly use it on my lips (big ol' blob!) before bed. I also like to put a huge dollop on my feet, then socks and sleep on that for softer tootsies, too. 
I have used it on my cuticles before, but it made my polish bubble up... Twice. Weird! I avoid that now.
Being that you don't really find this in health food stores, I wondered how non-toxic it could be. I was pleased to find it scored a 1 on EWG's Skin Deep database!
Only cons are 1) it will last until I die, so I probably won't ever try anything else again that is similar. I have my eye on some Badger Balm. And 2) it smells a little weird. Just think, cows don't care about fragrance.

What about you lovelies? What lip-savers do you trust your V-Day kissers to? 

Thank you so much Tara for your amazing post!
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C.O Bigelow All-Purpose Rose Salve: Review

Recently, I have been absolutely loving C.O Bigelow All-Purpose Rose Salve ($5.50). This product is super convenient because you can use it on any area of the body thats needs hydration. It is especially beneficial for the cuticles, lips and elbows and contains rose-extract to soothe and condition dry or cracked areas.    

The product comes in a tangerine-sized vintage tin that is reminiscent of the packaging found in an old apothecary. It has an air of charm and character that you don't usually see in packaging now a-days. I also love that it comes with a large amount of product so that I wont have to run back and forth repurchasing it all the time. 

I love to use this salve to hydrate my cuticles, lips, elbows and dry patches. I'll use a bit of the product alone on the lips or before I apply a lipstick that might be a bit drying throughout the day. I also love applying it to my lips before I go to bed at night. Another great use for this product is on dry/flaky patches of the face, especially if you are like me and use acne products that occasionally cause a bit of over-drying. Other areas of the body that dry out and crack easily like the knees or elbows are also great places to use this salve. 

With that said, although I absolutely love this product, it does seem to sit on top of the lips a bit rather than seeping deeply into them so I like to carry it on me to reapply every so often for extra moisture.

The salve itself is a pretty coral color but applies to the lips clear. The smell of the product is also absolutely DIVINE. It literally smells like they cut fresh roses and stuffed them inside the packaging. The product goes on really smoothly and feels really satisfying on the skin. 

This product retails for $5.50 and I found it at Bath and Body Works in their little mini-product bins. Overall, I think that this is a really great, convenient product and I will definitely be re-purchasing this when I run out!  

What are some of your favorite moisturizing products?