Lip balm glams up

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - BEAUTY THERAPY -

The hum­ble lip balm is hav­ing a bit of a makeover. The big­gest news comes from Bkr, the brand of glass wa­ter bot­tles that has re­cently launched its Paris Wa­ter Balm (5, €23): a lip-con­di­tion­ing ve­gan of­fer­ing with 16 plant ac­tives and with­out parabens, sul­phates and ph­tha­lates. Buy it on its own or get the al­ter­na­tive Com­pact Cap (€9), which has a neat lit­tle slot in which the pot can nes­tle, so you can at­tach it to the Tutu Black Cherry Lip bot­tle (€32, all avail­able from my­ Then, drink and per­form lip care on the move. Good times. A strange leap from beakers to balms? For founders Kate Cut­ler and Tal Win­ter, it isn’t: their brand has al­ways been about beauty – drink­ing wa­ter is a key part of a skin­care rou­tine. ‘We tried ev­ery treat­ment on the mar­ket, but couldn’t find our cos­metic soul­mate: a mois­tur­is­ing, pro­tect­ing, nour­ish­ing balm that ac­tu­ally im­proved the qual­ity and con­di­tion of our lips. It had to be clean, but it also had to re­ally work.’ The re­sult cer­tainly is good. Ramp­ing up the glam­our is Givenchy Le Rouge Per­fecto (2, €35.50, deben­, which nour­ishes lips and adds a burst of colour from four dif­fer­ent shades of pink – Per­fect, In­tense, Sparkling (pic­tured) and Blue. The colours adapt to your lips’ pH to look nat­u­ral with a punch. For cute­ness, go straight to Paul and Joe and its Lip Treat­ment Balms in the Christ­mas-themed Stollen (1) and Vin Chaud (3, mulled wine, €16.80, both avail­able from feelu­ Housed in adorable lit­tle screw-top tins, th­ese balms have a base of laven­der and or­ganic olive oil. Ur­ban Out­fit­ters’ ve­gan Ohii Lip Jelly (4, €9, ur­banout­fit­ comes in a dinky tube, is hy­drat­ing and has a choice of Rose (pic­tured), Agave and Mint scents.





Ed­wina Ings-Cham­bers


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