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On Finding That Perfect Lip Balm

November 19, 2013


It’s that time of year again! That time when our lips crack, burn, peel, and bleed no matter how many humidifiers we use and how much water we consume. I first realized it was Chapped Lip Season when I ducked into Duane Reade to quench the thirst of my lower, now cracking, lip just the other day. I cruised over to the health aisle (why it’s there and not in the beauty aisle is still a curious choice to me), admittedly excited to pick out a new chapstick since I lose mine on a far too frequent basis. But once I got there, the choices, which I had imagined to be endless, were plucked over like the candy section before Halloween. Given my lips’ current state of dehydration, I was in no place to dawdle, so I grabbed a mini tub of medicated Carmex and made my way to check out. One application later and my lips were tingling with the same sensation one gets when jumping from a cold pool into a hot tub, aka uncomfortable at first and then gratifying. Though my lips were temporarily quenched, the satisfaction I was looking for was not there — this was not my lip balm.


Whenever I’m out with friends — girls and/or guys — someone inevitably asks, “Does anyone have any lip balm?” Guys usually fish into their pockets and pull out a standard stick of Chapstick™, whereas girls dive into their bags and resurface with a lip balm of which the brands are endless. One friend seems to always carry Khiel’s, while another swears by Nivea’s Milk & Honey stick. I have sampled both and can understand why they’ve become such staples in each of their handbags — they’re refreshing! But still, these are not my lip balms.


When it comes to a lip balm, I’m looking for something that’s going to coat and smother my lips. I want it to be thick and nourishing, last for hours, and not make my mouth look as though I’ve covered it in the glaze off a glazed donut. So far, my quest for the perfect lip balm has been satisfied twice. The first balm to make my lips feel as smooth as Silly Puddy was Aquaphor. This versatile ointment (god I hate that word) has been a longtime companion, keeping my lips hydrated through the harshest of winters and deadliest of sunburns. But carrying around a tube of the stuff never feels that glamorous. I know, it’s chapstick, who cares? But for some reason, I do. Unless in dire need of lip balm, no one gets excited when you bust out a tube of Aquaphor. It’s like the person who brings mixers to the party; it’s great it’s there, but it ain’t the booze! This brings me to the second, more glamorous lip balm (there is such a thing) which I am slightly embarrassed to admit I spent close to $30 on. Dior’s Crème de Rose Lip Balm feels like you’re applying rose-flavored butter to your lips. It’s thick, luscious, lasts for hours, and has everyone’s hands grabbing for it when you pull it from your bag, but it’s $27. Is it worth the dinero? Yes, absolutely, it’s probably more effective than Aquaphor. But, if you’re anything like me when it comes to chapstick, you risk the possibility of losing it. I have already done this…twice…and let me just say, it’s not easy to justify spending another $30 knowing full well that I’ll likely lose the tub of crème all over again. So, for now, I’m stuck with Aquaphor — a similarly satisfying, less exciting, but far more economical option.

However, even after finding these two “perfect” lip balms, I still test out every type that comes my way, convinced that there will be one, almighty chapstick that dominates the rest. So now I ask you, what lip balm do you use?

Birkin Bardot

March 6, 2012
tags: bardot, , beauty blogger, brigit, brigitte bardot, cat eyes, cosmetics, , get the look, guide, hermes, , jane birkin, , , , serge gainsbourg,
by Sonia

My two biggest beauty icons - Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot - have two entirely different looks and yet they both managed to attract the same man, Serge Gainsbourg.

What does it mean!? 

To avoid any sort of Freudian rants, I’m just going to cut out the psychological part of this post and get straight to the beauty inspiration.

Let’s start with Mademoiselle Birkin.

Ah, natural and effortless beauty at it’s finest. Wearing next to no makeup, Jane Birkin always managed to look like a doe eyed flower child, and I’m pretty sure she traveled around with her own personal sun ray machine — seriously, is there ever a picture of her not glowing?

Her look is my go-to for lazy Sundays (when I’m not hungover) and my everyday routine once I’ve got a solid summer tan going on. To replicate her look I use a bit of Benefit’s Moon Beam on my cheekbones, the corners of my eyes and a bit on the bridge of my nose. I then put mascara (I like DiorShow) onto my lashes and give them a good comb through once its applied. After that I do a quick shaping of my brows, put a smidge of Rosebud Salve on my lips and run a little of Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine through my hair for shine. This is definitely more of a daytime look, but it really never fails.

Now onto my favorite vixen, Brigitte Bardot.

You may remember my little hommage to Brigitte last summer where I replicated her signature cat-eye makeup, voluminous updo and exaggerated pout. As I said then, her look is not one for everyday wear, but I love breaking it out for dressed up dinners, events, and nights out on the town.

It’s all about “more is more” when it comes to replicating the Bardot look. I always make sure to line my eyes multiple times with a jetblack eyeliner (I like MAC’s Liquid Liner for cat eyes and Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon for everything else) before applying a ridiculous amount of MAC’s Haute & Naughty Mascara. After that I make sure to apply some shimmer to my cheekbones with NARS Illuminator  and color to my lips - this can range from the brightest red in my cosmetics case to a subtle pink gloss. Then I add some oomph to my hair  by teasing my roots with Fekkai’s Coiff Spray. Et voila! Maintenant attendre Monsieur Gainsbourg! 

Who are your beauty icons?