Cheap & Cheerful: Balea Lip Balms For Your Handbag

As someone who battles chronically dry and chapped lips, lip balms/butters/ointments etc. are always welcome in my ever-growing stash. Nuxe Reve de Miel is my go-to night treatment for chapped lips and I like to use tinted lip butters from Korres during the day. I am a bit of a flirt so I do try and test a lil’ something on the side but those tests don't always yield amazing results. For instance, after adoring Blistex lip butter in their blue pot I realized that it was making my lips even drier over time so I stopped using ti while I still had lips to take care of. This time I do have a nice double offering of affordable lip balms – I do have a favorite and no, you don't look like yourself from your teenage years with the pearly one. I double-checked it for you!


Posto sam u konstantnoj borbi sa suhocom usana balzami/butteri/masti za usne i sl. mazalice su itekako dobro dosle u svako doba i za njih uvijek ima mjesta u mojoj kolekciji (koja se doduse, razvija velikom brzinom). Nuxe Reve de Miel je najbolji nocni tretman za usne koji sam pronasla a tokom dana volim koristiti Korres buttere u boji koje jako, jako volim. Namigusa sam, sta reci i iako sam vise nego zadovoljna spomenutim mazalicama za usne – ipak kriomice isprobam i neke druge koje mi zapnu za oko (naravno, nemajuci namjeru pomjerati svoje ljubimce sa pijedestala). Takvi ‘izleti’ su nekada i neslavno zavrsavali – ako se sjecate epizode sa Blistex balzamom u plavoj kutijici? Iako mi je cak prvih par mjeseci odgovarao, pa sam se ‘navukla’ na njegovo koristenje upravo se ta nezdrava ovisnost pokazala losom po moje usne i na kraju sam Blistex prestala koristiti (dok sam jos uvijek imala usne koje mogu mazati nekim balzamom…). Ovog puta sam zasla u cjenovno jos pristupacniju teritoriju mazalica za usne. 


Balea Juicy Orange Lip Balm is the one with the cuter packaging, I admit. It's hard to resist the oh-so appealing mini orange tin. Oh, I don't even mind the tin and the fact clean fingers are needed to apply – or even better, swirling lips inside the tin is fun! This orange-infused lip balm is of a – you guessed it – orange color and it provides a decent care for your lips. Nothing dramatic, this simply is a nice one to have in your handbag while you're on the go and it doesn't possess superpowers to banish chapped lips completely. What I'm not a fan of is the strong, almost bitter and somewhat unnatural scent of oranges. It's just not my cup of tea and because of that detail, I prefer the Balea Perlglanz Lip Balm. I admit, it reminded me of all those frosty lips in high-school that never looked too appealing. However, this humble lip balm tube houses a rather decent lip balm. It has a much nicer, more pleasant smell that mildly associates me to chewing gums. It's of a pearly pink color and the frost finish isn't too obvious. Most importantly – it doesn't accentuate dry skin and feels lovely, smooth and nourishing. Again, this isn't your solution to all dry/chapped lips problems but it came very handy on multiple occasions. Cheap & cheerful – a nice change for once!

Balea Juicy Orange balzam za usne (2,75KM) je balzamcic sa simpaticnijim pakovanjem. Tesko je odoljeti nevjerovatno simpaticnoj narandzici. Cak uopste ne smatram koristenje cistih prstica manom (Korres me na to navikao) a jos zabavnije je kao dijete samo ugurati usne u kutijicu i balzam je tu gdje treba biti. Kako pogadjate, tematika je sva u narandzama od pakovanja, boje pa do mirisa a pruza pristojnu njegu usnama. Ono sto mi se nije dopalo je neobican, pomalo gorak pa cak i neprirodan miris narandze. Jednostavno se nisam mogla navici na njega i bas zbog tog detalja mi je drazi Balea Perlglanz balzam za usne (cca 3KM) koji me, moram priznati, mozda i previse podsjetio na srednjoskolske dane kada su slicni balzami bisernog odsjaja bili u cestoj upotrebi. Nisam u potpunosti zaljubljena u ovaj balzam ali mogu ga koristiti jer ipak ima svoje prednosti. Prije svega, miris mu je dosta prijatniji – radi se o slatkom ali blagom mirisu koji asocira na zvakace gume. Maziviji je i uopsteno prijatniji na usnama od narandzice i sto je najbitnije – biserni odsjaj nije isuvise primjetan i ne naglasava suhe dijelove usana. Imajte na umu da su oba balzama jednostavna, nisu rjesenje za sve probleme suhih usana – jednostavno ih je zgodno imati u torbi za nanosenje dok smo u hodu. Tako ih ja dozivljavam. Zahtjevnije od vas mozda uopste nece biti impresionirane i u tom slucaju, ako vec niste sklone eksperimentiranju – pridrzavajte se svojih favorita. Meni je simpaticno sto mi se u torbi nalaze sitnice koje ne kostaju mnogo – dobrodosla promjena!


Juicy Orange Ingredients/ Sastav Juicy Orange:

PETROLATUM, TOCOPHEROL, MICA, PARFUM, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, CI 77491

Perlglanz Ingredients/ Sastav Perlglanz:

ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, CERA ALBA, CANDELILLA CERA, AROMA, MICA, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, LECITHIN, LINALOOL, NYMPHEA ALBA ROOT EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, CI 15850, CI 77891

*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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