My Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again, my favourite time! I have to admit, I do love Christmas, and I’m one of those annoying people who starts getting excited about it in October. Anyway, as a result, I have been thinking about the perfect gift guide for a couple of weeks now, and have decided to put together a quick post on some of my favourite items and recommendations for you this Christmas.

I’m sure you’ve been inundated with gift guides on social media, and I understand sometimes too much bombarding of information can be a bad thing. But just in case you’re looking for a few last minute ideas, and given that it’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend, I thought this might come in handy…

Beauty

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lipstick Set

€29 but on offer for €26.10 this weekend in Debenhams

Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a gift guide from me without a few lipstick suggestions after my year of Simply Lippy! These liquid lipsticks from theBalm were my favourite liquid lippies of the year and this mini set is brilliant value. It contains six gorgeous shades from light to bold, and will transform any makeup look.

Benefit 3 for 2

Available from Debenhams, Brown Thomas & Boots all weekend

Benefit are running 3for2 offers in several department stores and online beauty sites over the course of the weekend. Obviously, they have a lot of great products to choose from but I’ve put together my top three favourites to help you decide:

  • That Gal Primer, a gorgeous brightening primer which gives the face a glow
  • Galifornia Blush which has a lovely coral tone for lifting the cheek bones
  • They’re Real Mascara, is one of my favourite mascaras for giving life and volume to the lashes

Needless to say, you can’t go too far wrong with any Benefit products, but these are the ones I’ll be treating myself to over the weekend!

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palettes

Naked 1, 2 & 3 Palettes – €47.50 but on offer for €40.37 in Debenhams

When it comes to eyeshadow, you can never go wrong with a good palette and Urban Decay palettes are my favourite. Debenhams currently have 15% off Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes, and my top choice is definitely Naked 2. It’s a great all rounder palette for different skin tones with a mixture of matte and shimmer shades.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

€47.50 but on offer for €42.75 in Debenhams

Of all the Naked palettes, Naked Ultimate Basics has been my go-to since its release last year and includes some gorgeous shades from nude to bold. This is a full matte palette and is a great alternative to Naked 2 for those who don’t like or use shimmer shadows.

Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Radiance Mask

€35 but on special offer for €28 this weekend in Arnotts

Some of you may have caught my review on this Kiehl’s mask last year – I fell in love with it the first time I’ve tried it and it has remained one of my favourite face masks since. If your face is feeling a bit tired, dull and dry with the cold winter weather, then this is brilliant for brightening skin and giving it a boost of hydration.

YSL All Hours Foundation

€42 but on offer of 10% off this weekend in Debenhams

This purchase may be more a treat for yourself than a gift for someone else, but if you like a medium to full coverage foundation then I definitely recommend. I have a review post coming shortly, but in a nutshell, I am in love with it! You’ll need to get colour matched before purchasing, but if you do decide to buy, then you’ll get it for 10% cheaper in Debenhams this weekend than you normally would. It’s pricey at €42 so as the saying goes, every little helps!

This Works Deep Sleep Lavender & Chamomile Candle

€33 from Meagher’s Pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationwide

I’m a huge fan of This Works’ products; apart from smelling incredible, they are packed full of great ingredients and more importantly, they work too! Their Deep Sleep range has been a go-to for me for quite some time; I use their Deep Sleep pillow spray almost every night and love it, and have recently discovered their Deep Sleep Heavenly candle which is divine too.

Candles are always a great gift in my opinion, I love receiving them as well as giving them, and this one not only looks lovely, but will help keep you calm and relaxed all winter long, as well as helping you catch up on some well needed zzzz’s. What better gift than the gift of sleep this Christmas!

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil

€54 from Brown Thomas

This beauty is a bit pricey, but if you can’t indulge a little at Christmas time then when can you?! Jo Malone bath oils are so luxurious; they leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth, not to mention how amazing they smell too. They come in a variety of different scents, but Lime Basil & Mandarin is my personal favourite.

StylPro Rose Gold Makeup Brush Cleaner

€69 but on offer for €51.75 from Meagher’s Pharmacy

This limited edition rose gold version of the original StylPro makeup brush cleaner is so pretty and perfect for anyone who has a multitude of makeup brushes like I do but doesn’t always have the time to spend hours cleaning them. The StylPro takes the hassle out of washing and drying your brushes, and is so easy to use too.

Gift Sets

MAC Mini Lipstick Snowball Kit 

€95 in Brown Thomas

You all know my love for lipstick by now, so just in case you have any fellow beauty lovers in your lives then this set of MAC lippies is the perfect present. It contains 12 shades including three of my all time favourites; Mangrove, Velvet Teddy and Rebel.

Sleek Bring on the Night Makeup Set

€39 in Boots Ireland and also part of a 3for2 offer

Sleek is one of the better budget brands out there and their products are such good quality for the price point. This set contains some of their best products including their Solstice Highlighting palette which is a gorgeous trio palette. This, along with the eye shadow and blush palette, will have you makeup ready for the entire festive season.

Clarins Holiday Anti Aging New Double Serum

Was €72 but on offer for €57.60 this weekend in Brown Thomas

Let me tell you, this is one of the best Christmas gift sets I’ve seen on the market so far. It’s amazing! It contains a 30ml bottle of Double Serum which is my current favourite skincare product and usually retails for €72 just on its own.  If you buy this set however, you get the 30ml bottle of Double Serum as well as a 30ml bottle of their Instant Eye makeup remover and one of their deliciously gorgeous lip oils – which I’m sure most of you already know, is one of my favourite ever lip products. This is definitely one not to miss out on if you’re a Clarins fan!

For The Men

Kiehl’s White Eagle Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream

€17.50 but on offer for €14 this weekend in Arnotts

Kiehl’ss do some incredible products as we all know, and their men’s range is equally as good as their women’s. This shave cream is their most popular men’s product and contains menthol to sooth the skin while shaving.

Clarins Men Moisturising Essentials Kit

€38 but on offer for €30.40 this weekend in Brown Thomas

This Clarins Men set is a brilliant option for men on the go and contains some of their best selling products. There are three products in total; a 50ml Super Moisture Balm, a 30ml Active Face Wash and a 30ml Shampoo & Shower Gel in one.

Happy Socks Gift Box

€30 but on offer for €24 this weekend in Brown Thomas

If the man in your life is anything like the man in mine, they will love these quirky and very comfy socks from the Happy Socks company. These gift boxes are a staple each year in our house and come in a range of styles and colours too.

So there you go, a few ideas to get you started this weekend. I hope it helped, happy shopping!

Sorcha x

*None of these links are affiliate links. I have just added them in to make the shopping search a little easier for you!

Review: My Pregnancy Skincare Guide | For Body

Now that I’m 25 weeks into my pregnancy, I’ve been learning a lot about my skin particularly as it has changed so much over the past few months. I’ve always been very lucky in that I don’t get a lot of spots or breakouts, and my skin has always been more dry than oily.

However, when I became pregnant, like most people, I had to completely change my skincare routine as a lot of the ingredients in the products I’d been using up to then, aren’t pregnancy friendly. As a result, my skin became dryer than ever and not only did I have to change my face routine, but also had to find some new products to use on my body too.

I don’t know about you, but I found pregnancy skincare a complete minefield when I began researching what I could and couldn’t use. I knew what ingredients to steer clear of, but I couldn’t find a good comprehensive list of products or brands that are recommended to be good for pregnancy skin.

Anyway, because of that, I’ve decided to share the products I’ve been using for the past few months, in the hope that if you’re also trying to find your way through the minefield, it might help you out!

I’ve broken my skincare routine in two blog posts; the first, today’s post will focus on body products, and my second post which will follow shortly, will focus on my face products.

I don’t know about all you Mummies and pregnant gals, but I honestly can’t believe how much my skin has changed. I know everyone tells you to expect it, but I wasn’t prepared for the sandpaper-like dryness that I’ve been having. Granted, my skin is much better now and feels more like itself again, but it has taken me months of trialing and testing a mix off different products from scrubs, to oils, to creams, to finally come to a happy place with what I’m using.

I’m not an expert on skincare by any means, but these are just some products that have worked for me and helped to keep my skin smooth and hydrated as it goes through a million different changes.

Voya Time To Shine Gentle Body Polish


I’ve always been a fan of body scrubs and exfoliating my skin, but I usually would have only exfoliated every week to two weeks. Recently however, I’m exfoliating at least twice a week, sometimes more, and I found some of the products I previously have used, weren’t cutting it for me anymore.


Voya is a brand I’ve always really liked, their ingredients are organic and very natural so when I spotted this body scrub over the Summer I decided to try it out and see if it would do the trick for my coarse, dry skin.


I started using it a few months ago, and not only does it help to lift all the dry dead skin cells, but the mix of seaweed, ground walnut shells and almond oil combine to buff and polish the skin, as well as leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated too.


After only using this for a few weeks I was totally hooked and it’s now firmly part of my shower routine during the week. I already loved their hand wash and spa products, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered this now too because it’s definitely going to be a staple product in my bathroom for a long time to come.

I paid €30 for this bottle in Avoca, but it’s also available from Kilkenny Design and online from the Voya website too.

Bloom & Blossom Indulgence Bath Oil


Bloom & Blossom is a pregnancy skincare brand created by two sisters in the UK. Strangely enough, although it is my first time pregnant, I had already tried this bath oil a few years ago when my cousin gave it to me as a gift.

I’ve always loved baths, but what used to be a soak every couple of weeks, has now turned into every couple of days. So, when my trusty Jo Malone favourite bath oil ran out, this sprung to mind and I decided to buy a bottle to see if it was as good as I remembered.

The short answer is, yes it is! Now, they recommend using one to two capfuls per bath, but I tend to use three just because of how dry my skin is, and that definitely does the trick.


The ingredients in this oil are just incredible; a mix of sweet almond, lavender, apricot and ylang ylang essential oils, not only make this smell divine, but makes your skin feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom too! They are also amazing for relieving stress and tension, and helping me relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. 


I’ve also been having quite a bit of back pain recently with my growing bump, and there is literally nothing nicer than a warm bath soak with this oil to help relieve that too. I really love it and definitely recommend.


The only downside for me is that the bottle is quite small; it’s just 100ml so it doesn’t last very long. In saying that, I do use a little more than what they suggest so if you stuck to the recommended amount, it would definitely last longer.

I buy mine in Mamas & Papas and the 100ml bottle costs €24 which honestly is a very good price in my opinion, considering other bath oils on the market.

Kiehl’s Soothing Oil to Foam Shower Cleanser


I first heard about this new shower cleanser from Kiehl’s back in August when I read a review about how good it was for pregnancy skin. I was on the hunt for it for weeks until I finally discovered that it hadn’t yet been released in Ireland. Thankfully however, it got released here on 4th October so I ran to the shop to buy it and have been using it religiously ever since.


The cleanser is part of the Creme de Corps range which I loved already, so I had high hopes for it and honestly, it has totally exceeded them. When I say this cleanser is luxurious, I mean it is luxurious!


The oil itself is thick and creamy, and smells absolutely divine. Oh dear god, I could smell it for hours it’s that good! When you apply it, the water from your shower turns the oil to a rich foam which makes it so easy to lather on the skin and you can feel your skin becoming softer and smoother by the second.


The blend of almond and vanilla gives it a delicious sweet smell, and Grapeseed and Castor oil help to bring back moisture to your skin to leave it very smooth.


Because of the rich lather that you get, you really only need a small amount of oil which was probably the best surprise of this whole product. I’m using it a month now and I’m still on my first bottle which for me, is always a sign of a good oil.


It’s not cheap at €31.50 for 250ml, but to me it’s worth every penny as I’ve never used a shower oil like it. My skin feels amazing every time I use it, and it’s definitely made a massive difference to the dryness.


I’ve also found that I need to apply much less moisturiser on afterwards which has never happened me before so this one is going to be another staple product for me even when I’m not pregnant anymore. I just love it!

I bought mine in the Kiehl’s shop in Dundrum Town Centre, but it’s also available from Debenhams in store or online either.

The Body Shop Mango Softening Body Butter


I’ve been using The Body Shop Body Butters for years now and they never let me down when my skin needs an injection of hydration. There are several different scents and they always release some limited edition ones at Christmas, but I always come back to either Mango or Shea Butter which are my absolute favourite.


The butter itself is quite thick so you’d be forgiven for thinking that you need a lot of product, but because it is so creamy, you really only need a small amount as it is very easy to blend and apply, and goes much further than you expect.


All their body butters are made using community trade Shea Butter, and their oil is organic so it’s very pregnancy friendly. That combined with the 24 hour hydration promise (which really lives up to its claim for me), means your skin feels so soft all day.


I tend to apply this once a day at nighttime, and I love how soft my skin still feels in the morning when I wake up. On a very dry skin day, I’ll also apply in the morning but I find I don’t need to do that much anymore at all because my new skincare routine is working so well for me (so far anyway!).


Another great thing about these is the price point. They cost €20 for a 200ml tub, and last you a good month or two depending on how often you use. Though that might seem a little pricey compared to other body lotions or moisturisers out there, believe me, this is worth the money because it will last.

Clarins Huile Tonic Body Treatment Oil


When the lovely ladies in Clarins heard I was pregnant, they very kindly sent me a bottle of their Huile Tonic body treatment oil to try and when I opened it, it was quite honestly, love at first scent!


I’m a sucker for a gorgeous scent and it was the first thing that struck me about it – it just smells so good. It is made from 100% pure plant extract and the combined mix of mint, rosemary and geranium smells divine! These ingredients are also great for helping to firm the skin and improve elasticity, while hazelnut oil keeps the skin moisturised, hydrated and feeling super soft.


The oil is thick in consistency and I only apply it at nighttime because it takes a good bit of time to properly soak into the skin. I’ve found it works best when I have five to ten minutes to let the excess oil dry – that way you don’t lose any of the product on your pyjamas!


I’m now on my second bottle of this which I bought recently, but the only downside with it is the price point. It’s quite spendy at €47, so it’s not going to be for everyone, and because of how pricey it is, I’ve gone from using it every evening to every few days so it doesn’t run out as quickly as the first bottle!


Although it’s pricey however, it’s been worth every penny as it’s definitely helped to keep my stretch marks at bay; they are growing and there’s no stopping them, but so far they are quite light in colour and I don’t have too many which is good enough for me! 

Of all the products I’m using, this is definitely my ‘treat’ product, so for the days I don’t use it, I’ve turned to Bio Oil which has been my saviour many times even before pregnancy.

Bio Oil


For years I’d heard that Bio Oil was the best product to use for scars and stretch marks, and I can really vouch for its effectiveness. A few years ago, I had to have surgery on my wrist and afterwards, used Bio Oil on my scar every day to help it heal. While my scar didn’t disappear altogether, it dramatically faded, all because I was so strict about using it every day.


It’s been a similar story with my growing tummy. Though people are telling me my bump is still quite neat, the stretch marks have slowly started to show themselves like I mentioned above, so I am lashing on the Bio Oil every day to help keep them at bay.


Bio Oil has some incredible ingredients including Calendula oil which is known for its skin healing properties, as well as Lavender and Rosemary Oil, which leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated. It again is quite a thick oil, but blends so well into the skin, and has no greasiness at all.


Unlike the Clarins oil, this actually dries in quite quickly, so it’s more like a dry oil in texture and it also has a gorgeous smooth finish. It’s also one of the very few oils that I don’t wash my hands after using because I love how it feels on my hands too.


I honestly think this is the one beauty product that everyone should have in their home because it’s so good for a multitude of things like scrapes and sunburn, as well as stretch marks, and without a doubt, it works too.


The bottle I have is the 60ml bottle and costs €12.99. I get mine in Boots but nearly every pharmacy or supermarket sell it so it’s very easy to pick up. It also comes in a 125ml and 200ml bottle.

Just one thing to note about these oils is; while they help to keep stretch marks from getting too bad during pregnancy, they will also help to make the stretch marks disappear quicker after pregnancy. Of course some will remain, but anything you read about stretch marks will tell you that if you keep your skin hydrated and soft with the right products during pregnancy, then they will definitely fade better afterwards.

Obviously, I still have a while to go yet before I can let you know whether that’s worked for me or not, but don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!

Well, there you have it; my full body pregnancy skin routine! I know it’s been a long post, but I really hope it helps you if you’re in the same boat as I was.

But more importantly don’t forget, all these products will be equally as amazing on your skin even if you’re not pregnant. So if you’re in the market for some new skincare, then I definitely recommend all of the above!

Sorcha x

Review | Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque

When it comes to beauty products, one of my favourite things of all time to use is a good face mask. I love nothing more than coming home after a long day, taking off all my makeup and applying a mask to rid my skin of the day’s impurities and it give it a good boost.That, and the fact that I’ll never say no to a bit of pamper time.

My favourite kinds of masks are paste-like masks that once applied, become hard on the skin so you can barely move while wearing it and end look like something out of a horror movie (you know the kind I mean!). For me, I always feel like I’m getting a deeper treatment with these kinds of masks, and there’s something quite spa-like about having them on your face.

This Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque was launched in February of this year but I only got around to trying it out before the Summer. I had been reading a lot of good reviews about it, so of course you all know what I did next. I’m a sucker for a good review so immediately went out to buy it.

As you may have heard me say before, I have a tendency to suffer from dull, dehydrated skin. My skin is dry and because of that, brightening and hydrating products of all kinds have become my best friends over the years. Given this masks claims to invigorate and brighten the skin, it was an obvious choice for me to try out.

The mask is full of gorgeous natural ingredients; Tumeric is known for its anti-bacterial and brightening properties and has been used in products for many years to detox and cleanse skin, while Cranberry is full of anti-oxidants and the seeds provide a gentle exfoliation on application. It also contains some of my favourite oils including Jojoba seed oil, Eucalyptus leaf oil and Peppermint leaf extract. And that’s the first thing you smell when you open the tub.

Maybe it’s a nod to my Mum rubbing Eucalyptus oil on my chest when I was smothering with a cold as a child, but I always get such a homely, comforting feeling from the smell. It’s refreshing and warming all at the same time, and the minute I smelled it, I knew I was going to like it before even putting it on my face.

The texture of the mask is paste-like as mentioned above and has a kind of yellow colour. To use, you apply a thin layer all over (avoiding the eye area as always) and leave for 5-10 minutes to soak into the skin and dry out. (I always tend to leave my masks on for a bit longer, but if you’re not a regular mask user then I wouldn’t recommend this). When you first apply it, your face starts to tingle ever so slightly and I absolutely love this feeling – there is just something so satisfying about actually feeling a product work.

When I’m ready to remove the mask, I lightly splash my face with water a few times then use a good facecloth to remove the excess.

My skin feels so amazing every time I use this, it is smooth, it is soft, it is fresh and bright – everything it claims to do, it does for me. I’m quite good with skin care and do use a lot of brightening products, but the best time to see if a product really works is when it is badly needed Which is what happened this weekend while away for my sister’s wedding.

After very little sleep, and a lot of alcohol over the five days while we were away, my skin was so tired, dehydrated and in need of some TLC. I applied this twice while we were away, the night before the wedding and the night after, and it honestly brought my skin back to life both times. Again, it passed my test with flying colours.

I usually use a mask once to twice a week, but if I feel my skin needs a boost, then sometimes it could be three times a week. Everyone’s skin is different, and you’ll know when you need a boost, but once a week is a good guideline to go by.

The price for the 75ml tub is €34 which to me, is very good value. I really love it. If you’re interested in trying it out, it’s available from the Kiehl’s store in Dundrum or from Debenhams beauty.

If you’ve tried this mask please let me know your thoughts, or if you know of any other good brightening masks then send them my way, a girl can never have too many!

Sorcha x

 

Review | Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist

A couple of weeks back I picked up a new hydrating face mist from Kiehl’s. As products go, I haven’t ever really used a face mist but while picking up some of my usual Kiehl’s favourites, the lovely lady in the shop convinced me that I just had to try their new Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist.

Initially I was a bit dubious, I mean a face mist sounded a bit gimmicky to me. But, not one to ever shy away from a challenge, I decided to buy it and add it to my collection of new products to try out.

The mist contains some incredible ingredients; the cactus flower plant is rich in amino acids and B vitamins which helps the skin retain moisture, while tibetan ginseng apparently increases skin cell respiration which brightens up dull skin and helps to keep it looking youthful.

After just one spray I realised one very important thing – I needed a face mist in my life! Apart from smelling absolutely divine, it was really refreshing and felt great on my skin. I don’t know that I could say it was moisturising or anything, but it definitely made my face look fresher and left my skin with a soft, smooth feel.

I love the idea of having this in my handbag and being able to have a quick spritz throughout the day to freshen my face up.  You can spray it on anytime with or without makeup on, and I think it even helped me sleep better too. Sounds crazy I know, but I’ve been going through a bad sleeping spell so the other night decided to spray this on my face before bed and I’m pretty convinced the lavender oil in the formula sent me drifting off to the land of nod. Yes I hear you, coincidence and all that, but maybe not. Lavender is known for its sleep aiding properties after all!

The product works, it’s lovely in fact, so now the only thing left for me to consider is whether a face mist is worth the €22.50 price tag that accompanies it. My honest answer is I don’t know yet, but I have to say I’m really loving this right now. One of the things the Keihl’s lady told me it’s great for is keeping your skin hydrated and fresh on long haul flights, so with my big trip and lots of flights coming up in a few weeks, I’m looking forward to seeing if it stands up to the test.

The mist comes in two sizes, the 75ml bottle costs €22.50 as mentioned above, and the 125ml bottle is €32.50. It is a little on the pricey side, but I’m using mine about two weeks now and haven’t even made a dent in it yet so I’m assuming this is going to last me a very long time. Again, I’ll keep you posted.

I think this is a love or hate is kind of product, it’s not going to be for everyone, but I’ve certainly been converted into a mist lover now!

Sorcha x

Review: Battle of the (Lip) Balms

I am one of those people who suffers from severely dry lips, I have done for as long as I can remember. I literally cannot go more than a few hours without putting balm on before they start to get dry, cracked and sore. For the past few years, Carmex has been my go-to balm when I’m not wearing lippy. I have one beside my bed, one in my handbag and one on my desk in work. Ask any of my close friends what’s the one thing I can’t leave the house without and I’m pretty sure they would say my Carmex (well, maybe after my phone)!

I often read articles however, about how you shouldn’t use the same balms for long periods of time as your lips become so immune to them that the product eventually has no effect. Now whether this is true or not I don’t know, but it got me thinking. Maybe it’s time I tried some of the others on the market.

So in the interest of experimentation, I had a browse at some of the most popular alternatives to see how they would stack up against my usual. After a little research I finally decided on the following: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original. I tried each of them out over the past few days and here’s a look at how I got on…

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (€4.49)

My first opinion of this balm was that it gave my lips a lovely, very slight, tint on application. A balm with a tint that works is a hard combination to come by I thought, I haven’t had great experiences with flavoured balms in the past, but was hopeful that this could be the exception. It started off so well but I’m sorry to say just didn’t quite hit the spot…

Application is smooth and after a quick blend I was on my way. I liked the fact that although it’s flavoured it’s not too strong, but while it did keep my lips moisturised, I felt I had to reapply this so often – much more than I usually would throughout the day. I liked the tint but didn’t love the product. It was just a bit ‘meh’ so I have to say I’m a little let down. Score? I have to go with a middle of the road 6/10.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint (€8.99)

 
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the beauty news recently, you may have seen that in the US there have been several cases of women who have had bad reactions to this EOS lip balm. As a result I was nervous to try it (as you might gather from my face in the picture above!). On the flip side, I had previously read some good reviews of this balm so decided to suck it up in the name of beauty and give it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is super hydrating and moisturising, and felt very smooth on application. I also quite like the packaging and sphere shape. The tingly lip sensation from the mint was a nice little addition too and the flavour was not strong at all. I did have a moment of panic that the tingling may be the onset of a bad side-effect, but so far no reaction. I’m cautiously optimistic so I’m going to continue to use it in the hope that nothing bad will happen. My lips felt so soft I just couldn’t deny that this was a good choice (so far anyway). I would have scored this a nine but as I’m a little apprehensive about what regular use will bring, I have to reflect that in the score, so I’m going with an 8/10.*

*I will keep you posted on whether continued use has any negative side effects, in which case obviously my score will dramatically change.

Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original (€11.00)

 
This Kiehl’s balm is a cult favourite and I know many people who swear by it. It’s very easy to apply and there’s a nice consistency to the balm itself. This was the one I had the highest hopes for but I just didn’t feel that instant deep moisturisation that I got with EOS, or that I get with Carmex. Nooooo!

The consistency is just much lighter that the other two which I’m not used to, so because of that I’m willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt and keep trying it for another while longer. The one big positive was that I didn’t need to apply it that often throughout the day which means it was definitely doing something good, and also means the tube may last longer than my Carmex usually does. It also gives a nice gloss to my lips too. Score: 8/10.

Carmex Lip Pot Original (€3.79)

 
Ah my old reliable. It’s true, I may be a little biased as I’ve been using this one for so long but as I usually use the Carmex tube, for the purposes of fairness, I decided to try the Carmex lip pot this time around. The first thing I noticed was the tingly effect that I used to love so much about Carmex actually pales in comparison to the one I got from EOS. Interesting.

To me, there’s no denying the moisture that Carmex gives your lips, it absorbs into them making them feel very soft, very fast. It also gives my lips a super glossy shine. But in terms of gloss, Kiehls is right up there with it now and actually thinking about it, I go through a lot so maybe it’s not as effective as I thought it was. Score? I would have without a doubt gone with a ten before, but now that I have some comparisons I think it’s more like a 9/10.

So, after all that will I be kicking my Carmex to the curb? Hmmm, I don’t think so. I have a very soft spot for it, but I think it’s got to be willing to share from now on. I’ll be continuing to test EOS and Kiehls over the next while and as none of these hit the ten mark, I’m now determined to find a 10/10 balm.

Any suggestions? If your favourites aren’t on here then please share them with me so I can add them to my test list.

Sorcha x