Product Type: Hawaiian Tropic Lip Care
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Going all tropical!
Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss Island Berry Lip Gloss
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss Island Berry Lip Gloss
Advantages: Gives a pink tint
Disadvantages: Bit of an after taste
When it comes to looking after your skin with regard to UV rays there is a wide range of products to help ranging from creams, sprays, mists, pouches and even wipes. However, when it comes to protecting your lips - which are the most delicate of areas there does seem to be limited products. I spend a lot of time outside even when in the UK I feel the need to use products with an SPF to keep my skin safe and this goes my lips too. I have previously used the Vaseline Lip Therapy formulated to keep your lips safe in the sun (the yellow tin) but find it hard to apply in the heat I wanted something else, so the search began.
After having a look in various pharmacies and online I came across in Boots the Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss Island Berry Lip Gloss. It was the last one on the shelf and was reduced - I bought mine at the beginning of the year. It was quickly plucked from the shelf, paid for and brought home. I was away for a week in the sun back in March so this was an ideal buy. I think we have all heard of the brand Hawaiian Tropic the creators of various sun lotions, creams, sprays that I think can be found just about everywhere! Not a brand I would necessarily buy simply as I prefer others but I was definitely willing to give this lip gloss a go.
So what exactly is it? The Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss Island Berry Lip Gloss is pretty simple! It is a lipgloss which has SPF 20 to help protect your lips whilst helping them keep fully looked after by using moisturising ingredients such as cocoa butter and Vitamins A, C and E. Not only is it full of moisturising properties your lips can also be soothed with aloe vera so in one little tube this actually promises to do a lot! As well as having a fruity flavour too. A definite change from your little tin of Vaseline!
The lip gloss comes in a slim line plastic tube with a matching plastic screw top. To look at it looks exactly like all those other tubed lip glosses you get so the design isn't original! The tube is completely clear so you can see the full contents and the gorgeous berry red colour of the lip gloss itself. On the front of the tube there is the Hawaiian Tropic font logo together with the product name, the font is gold which I guess is to give a sun/summery feel to it. On the back of the tube there is the typical information you'd expect such as ingredients, contact information and briefly how to use. The picture on Dooyoo depicts the lip gloss in a box - mine came without the box which may be why it was reduced.
To use the lip gloss it is incredibly straight forward. You simply squeeze the tube gently and apply to your lips. Simples. However, the key is not to use too much as even though it has quite a thick consistency it won't just come out the tube too quickly if too much is applied then it just won't be effective and you will end up with ridiculously glossy lips which is not particularly attractive. You just need to apply a thin layer and you can blend in slightly with the tip of the tube of lip gloss, the angled applicator or you can dab with your finger tip to get your desired look.
Now I have used this lip gloss both in the UK and abroad and I am pleased to say it does keep my lips adequately moisturised and protected. It does have quite a sticky touch to it but it won't last for hours to you will need to re-apply throughout the day which isn't a problem for me really. It does have an "Island Berry" aroma to it and a slightly sweet taste which as much as I like the aroma it does give a funny after taste which isn't as offensive as other lip balms/glosses I have used before so not a big deal. It does however keep my lips moisturised, it doesn't dry them out it simply keeps them protected which is the main aim. What is also quite nice is that it gives your lips a subtle pink colour which is nice and has quite a summery feel.
I really don't have any complaints about this lip gloss at all as it looks after my lips whilst out in the sun perfectly well as it keeps them soft. Hawaiian Tropic do advise that this is for everyday use which I tend to do as I always keep a tube of it in my handbag. However, I do find it a decent size for holiday use as the tube is incredibly slim and will easily fit in most beach bags, it's consistency also doesn't change if left in the heat or in the cooler temps unlike Vaseline. Definitely an item I'd recommend if you are going on holiday. I will give it 4 stars, simply knocking off 1 star due to the sticky feel (although once it is worn off it doesn't leave a residue of any sort) and because of the slightly odd aftertaste.
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Brand: Hawaiian Tropic
Price: £7.49 (July 2012 Boots)
Availability: Boots or pharmacies and Hawaiian Tropic stockists
Summary: A decent lip gloss ideal for holidays
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