At this time of year, and especially in the Winter, I always find my lips get really dry and chapped through the day, from the cold outside and the central heating in the house, so having a good quality, moisturising lip balm is crucial for me. These two have been my preferred ones this season and I aquired them through my BirchBox subscriptions, which I love! I won't go into too much detail about them but BirchBox is a company that sends monthly beauty boxes to its costumers with 5 or 6 products samples in, one of which is full sized. You can find its website here, where most of the products are available on its e-shop.
The first balm is the Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh Inc., which I got in my January BirchBox. It is really long lasting and seals lips against the harsh winter conditions but what makes this unique for me is the great tint in it which enhances my natural lip colour to give a light crimson tone which looks very natural as it is a balm, but gives a bit more colour to the face. It leaves my lips a lot softer and lasts for about 3-4 hours. Also, there is a SPF of 15, which quite frankly is an added bonus to a really useful product.
My second lipbalm which I have used pretty much constantly for the last few months is the Galenco SOS Repair Balm from my November box. It's a Spanish product which I have worn down to nearly the end as you can see in the photos. This is so nourishing and in terms of colour, is white based but generally just adds a paler tone to the natural lip colour. I've found that this product is great for daily use and also protects against UVA and UVB rays. It contains aloe vera and cocoa butter to soften and moisturise. It lasts about 2 hours but is really good quality in the protection in gives in that shorter period. I managed to track it down to the Omega Pharma Spain website, here.
You may have also noticed from the pictures that I have straight hair, which is very unusual for me but I've had it re-highlighted and is a lot blonder on top which I've inconveniently cut out of the photos, so I am really happy as my whole look is brightened up! Whenever I go to the hairdressers, (Ciente in Berkhamsted) I always get it blow dried straight as it is incredibly long naturally, just above my hips, but it springs up when its curly, so in the meantime I can feel like a Tumblr girl for a few days...