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Regular readers of my reviews will be aware of how much I suffer from very dry and chapped lips. Whether it is winter or summer time, it makes no difference, my lips seem to lack any moisture and lip balm is a year round necessity for me.
I have recently discovered some really great retro looking lip balms from the Body Shop called Born Lips. These come in either pots or sticks and cost £3, which is really good as I love the funky packaging and they make a nice change from the usual Nivea or Boots own lip balms that I usually buy.
I have tried both the strawberry and the plum shades in this lip balms but to be honest with you there is little difference in the colours and both of them give such a tiny subtle hint of colour it is hardly worth debating over which shade to use.
The thing I love about them is that not only do these balms hope to protect lips from the elements and give a sort of a shield to my lips if the weather is harsh, but they also really help to heal my lips if they are already chapped and sore and broken.
They do not feel too glossy or overly thick and they don’t need to be applied to often wither. I use them on their own most of the time though they can also be used on top of a lipstick, if you prefer to use them that way.
The packaging and the contents are both great. I love them and really recommend them.
I am a huge fan of lip balms and never leave the house without one in my pocket or bag. My lips gets so dry and chapped without any balm especially when it is cold and windy outside so I always have several on the go at any given time.
I also like a bit of colour on my lips and I wear lipstick a lot but during the day it is a bit OTT for me to wear a bright lipstick so if a balm also incorporates a bit of colour then it is a win win situation for me.
The Born Lippy balm from the body shop is a really good lip balm that protects lips from the cold and the wind keeping them moisturised and stopping them from drying out and chapping. It is available in either a pot or a stick. For pure convenience I prefer the stick because it is easier to put in my pocket and apply whenever I feel the need.
There are a few different ones to try and I like both the strawberry pink version and also the plum version as these have the nicest colours on my lips. As a lip balm these are good though they aren’t that special. They work well but no better or worse than a lot of lip balms. The thing that sets these apart is that they give lips a lovely hint of colour.
The colour is subtle but it gives enough that it is noticeable and just makes me feel as though I have made a bit more effort when I have minimal make-up on. It is quite long lasting for a balm but I still need to apply it several times throughout the day not only to keep the colour looking good but also to keep my lips moisturised.
As well as giving a hint of colour it also gives my lips a nice shine without being too sticky or glossy.
The balms also aren’t very expensive and the stick can be bought for only £3. Whilst this might be a lot for a basic balm I think it is worth it for the nice hint of shine and colour that they also give.
Item: Lip Balm
Bought in: The Body Shop
Packaging/Design: This is a lip balm in a traditional "lip stick" tube design. The tube is a variety of pink shades and clear plastic. The lid is clear with the details of the product over it (Born Lippy, Strawberry Lip Balm) and for anyone not sure where that goes, it has a picture of bright pink lips on the front too. This gives the tube a retro look and reminds me of images I would have seen on the front pages of Jackie Magazine and Just 17 circa 1995. The bottom of the tube is white with pink dots over it. Over all the initial look of the product is quite young (possible aimed at 12-16 year old girls) but as the design is also quite retro it also caught my eye (I am 33) and reminded me of something that I would have bought a few years ago and I always like purchasing something that reminds me of when I was younger haha When you lift the lid off the product the tube that contains the lip balm is pink. To get the lip balm ready to apply you need to hold the pink section of the tube and twist the bottom white/pink spots section. The tube overall with the lid on is 7cm long and 1.8cm wide. It is a little bit smaller than the average lip stick and fits easily in to my pocket. As you can wind the lip balm up the tube it also means that you can also wind it down, meaning that it reduces the likely hood of bashing the balm with the lid as you put it back on. The lip balm itself it a pale pink colour and the flavour and colouring of the tube all tie in nicely with the strawberry theme.
Application and does it make my lips feel soft? Once you have wound the lip balm up the tube you can see the top of it. It is flat and 1.1cm wide. This makes it easy to apply to the lips as you can press right down on the end without fearing it would break under the pressure and as it is clear you don't need to be as careful as you would with an actual lip stick. As it is flat it also means that you can cover a large are of lip very quickly. The smell is not exactly what I would call "real" strawberry; it smells more like the powder version of strawberry milkshake and is VERY sweet. I do like this so it suited me but if you are going to buy one, you should have a smell of the tester to make sure that the scent suits you as it is strong and lasts until it is all wiped off your lips. The balm as I mentioned is clear but does make your lips look quite shiny. The balm is light and does wipe off quite quickly so you will need to keep applying this balm if your lips are especially dry. I tend to alternate between lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm so my lips are already quite soft. I probably wouldn't buy this lip balm again. I like it for now but as the scent is quite strong I think I could eventually get fed up with it. I will try another fragrance next time.
I am happy to give this 5 stars as the packaging is cute, the balm is easy to apply and hasn't dried out my lips at all, it has kept them as soft as they were when I started to use it and at £3 I think it was worth the money.
I love the Body Shop brand, I stand by their environmental & animal friendly stance, and shop there as often as possible to get what I need. I've used Body Shop make up in the past and it's really pigmented, really good & I was excited to try these out!
I'm a big lip care fanatic, I always have dry lips throughout the year so am always surrounded by several different types of lip products! I love a coloured lip but often can't wear lip stick because of how dry my lips are so when I see a coloured lip balm, I need it! I got the purple & dark red colours in order to get a statement lip.
I really do like the smell and feel of the lip balm on my lips, however overall I do feel that the colour pay out is minimal. If it was advertised just as a lip balm, I would be happy, but I was expecting more of a solid colour rather than as sheer as it was. I would repurchase but I think that you can get a similar product, similar cost with a much greater colour pigmentation elsewhere.
I've used Bodyshop lip balms in the past but hadn't used them in ages, until I had a voucher for a freebie (and how I do love those!). I opted for the pink berry Born Lippy and whilst it's not the longest-lasting for moisturisation, it's a great stick balm for everyday use that adds a hint of colour to lips.
Bodyshop is a quite popular for lip balms and their Born Lippy range has expanded to include different versions and colours/flavours. This review is for the stick variety, which comes in a 5g tube. The body of the tube is light pink, with a clear plastic lid that lifts off. To get the balm up, you simply twist the bottom part, use it, then twist anti-clock wise to retract it.
Whilst the Born Lippy range is almost a cult product, it's been redesigned and modernised in terms of the packaging. The design on the bottom part and on the clear lid gives a cartoon appearance, as per the picture. Whilst the text is quite small on the front, we're told what the flavour is and this matches the overall colour (ie. Plum is purple, toffee is brown).
The product is designed to give 'a pop of colour, a shot of moisture and a soft shine'. In particular, the pink berry should give a light pink tint to the lips along with a subtle shine and fruity berry flavour, whilst also conditioning lips. There are no outlandish claims here so it's quite a simple, straightforward lip balm. I would infer that for more damaged and chapped lips that something else may be better used first to restore their condition, such as Carmex, and then the Born Lippy balm can be used as more of an everyday top up for moisturising.
I love the design of these because they look moderately feminine and very modern. It has a fun appeal to it and the stick design is easy to use and apply; it's quick to get out whilst out and about and a little more hygienic than shoving your finger in a tub lip balm. It's also quite clean as I've not had much gunk at all around the top of the balm despite regular use, and the lid manages to stay on quite well without being knocked off in my bag or pocket.
As for the effectiveness of the product itself, I would say it does as it claims. It's pearly pink in colour and the berry scent is noticeable upon removing the lid. It smells sweet and quite tempting. The balm is soft and just the right consistency to smooth over lips quite easily without dragging and leaves just enough product on your lips after rubbing it across them a few times. I can notice the moisturising properties instantly upon applying and my lips suddenly feel much softer and smoother. It does have a slight taste to it but I quite like it and don't find it offputting, though those who don't like flavoured or scented lip products may not be as big fans of this and may be better avoiding its use before eating/drinking. After having applied it I can see a shimmer of pink colour and a smidge of shine, which is just enough to look naturally healthy. The only slight downside I can think of is that it's not as long lasting as I would perhaps like, meaning I end up reapplying quite frequently to keep the moisturised feeling.
For the price, it's about average for a Lip Balm, perhaps the higher end of the lower budget range, that combines cosmetic appeal with conditioning. Depending on how much you use it, it seems to last reasonably well and provides value for money in that respect because you don't need a great amount per application. It can be found in various flavours, which each have a corresponding tube colour and shine/tint, including : Pomegranate, Plum, Toffee, Lychee and Strawberry.
Overall, I would recommend giving this a go if you want something that leaves lips feeling soft and looking naturally tinted to give you lips a little pick me up. It looks good too and it's reassuring knowing it comes from a more ethical company :)
This can be bought for £3 at Bodyshop online and in store.
I recently got the chance to try this Born Lippy stick lip balm from The Bodyshop for free thanks to having a voucher. I was already a regular shopper at the high street store and also have an account with their online shop. Last Christmas I also got a collection pack of their Born Lippy tub lip balms which I have enjoyed using over the past several months.
These lip balms are sold in store and online and they cost £3. They come in several varieties including pomegranate (which I'll be reviewing here), lychee, pink berry, plum and toffee. The product size is 5g or 0.17 oz and the packaging resembles that of a lipstick. I really like the graphic design of the packaging as it's trendy and cute. There are little hearts all over the base of the balm whilst the lid shows a Marilyn Monroe style mouth gaping with excitement. There is not much information on the lip balm packaging except for contact information for the brand. However, you can go online to their online store and there is more information available on the individual product page. The packaging overall means this is a lightweight product which you can easily carry around in your pocket or handbag.
I chose the Pomegranate variety when I looked at the collection in store because I thought this was the nicest colour. The balm is a kind of orangey red. Texture wise this is a soft, glossy balm which glides easily onto the lips and feels ultra moist once applied. Due to the fact that it is a soft lip balm a lot of product comes off onto your lips and I've found I'm using it more quickly than I thought I might.
The lip balm smells lovely and is authentically pomegranate in 'flavour'. This scent is fresh and sweet without smelling artificial. It's ingredients are impressive as there are many natural ingredients including beeswax, olive fruit extract, sunflower seed oil and meadowfoam seed oil. It also contains a sunscreen
The lip balm does not feel overly thick or too thin on the lips but feels just right. It leaves a tint of colour which really brightens my lips and looks like a lip stain, rather than a lip stick. I really like the effect it gives me as it's quite a powerful colour but it still looks as natural as a lip balm. It also is very easy to apply this without needing to look in a mirror to do so or be careful about painting it around the edges of your lips. You can just apply this on the go and it looks great. It softens my lips immediately and makes them feel soothed and calm if they are dry and uncomfortable.
The lip balm has the right consistency so that it remains on the lips for many hours despite what you do such as drinking or talking. I find myself wanting to re-apply after about five hours which I think is acceptable.
I'm very pleased with my lip balm overall and am keen to try the other varieties in the range. This pomegranate one has not let me down at all and I really love that smudge of colour it provides. The only negative I can think of is that this lip balm has a soft oily consistency which tends to sweat in hotter environments. I normally pay £2 to £4 for my lip balms (I'm a lip balm addict!) so I think the £3 price tag for this is acceptable.
I purchased the Body Shop Born Lippy lipbalm stick when I found a voucher code online which allowed my to pick one up from the store for free (usually £3 - bargain!). I spent some time deciding which one I wanted and eventually decided on the Strawberry one. They also had in stock, Plum - a dark purple colour, Toffee - a golden brown, and Lychee - clear with a shimmery sparkle to it.
I was very pleased with the Strawberry lipbalm, it goes on easily and leaves lips feeling really soft and moisturised - not at all greasy or sticky. It leaves a natural but polished looking pink tint and shine to the lips. Also, it smells divine (and doesn't taste that bad either!) which makes you more inclined to reapply it regularly, as I often forget to do this during the day.
It makes a great alternative to a lipgloss or lipbalm, or could be layered over or under your usual lippie to provide some hydration for the lips. Overall, I was very pleased with the product and would give it a 10/10.
I'd never bought any lip balms from the body shop before but I was planning a trip there one day, and with my recent obsession for lip products, I'd decided to give a couple a try. The body shop has more than several of these in different flavours, and all with glowing reviews. I also liked products that add moisture to my lips whilst adding a tint of colour as well, so these seemed like the perfect lip balms. I wasn't sure which ones to go for considering all the good reviews, but in the end I went for a couple that were different from my usual lip products. I ended up buying two. One toffee flavour, and the other lychee flavoured shimmer lip balm.
I had really high hopes for these lip balms considering they're more expensive than what I'd usually go for. The toffee one definitely had a toffee scent that reminded me of bonfire toffee, and it easily smoothed onto my lips giving them a slight brown tint. But that is where it ends. There isn't an actual taste to it like I thought it might have, although not sure why I expected this? But I at least thought it would have a sweet taste if anything. But no, completely tasteless. Also the scent doesn't last, and it didn't keep my lips hydrated. So a little disappointed there...
The Lychee lip balm has a nice strong, fruity scent that reminds me of starbursts or jelly sweets or something. It doesn't leave a tint on your lips, but it is a shimmery lip balm, so it does add a subtle shimmer to your lips that would look nice on it's own, or over another colour. Again this didn't really hydrate my lips for very long, so overall I was fairly disappointed by the two. And I probably won't repurchase them again.
As a teenager, I loved, loved, LOVED the Body Shop, and their potted lip balms were my first foray into the world of lip colour. Then I grew up a bit and, like so many childhood things, Body Shop lip balms were put to one side. I've always shopped at the Body Shop though so when, on a recent visit, I saw a tub of Born Lippy lip balms by the till, I decided to give them a try. I chose Pomegranate flavour, which is an orangey-red colour.
First- if you've ever used any Body Shop lip balm at all, the taste and scent haven't changed. The only real difference, as far as I can tell, is that because the lip balm is in a stick it's a little more solid- this to me is a bonus, because the Body Shop potted lip balms have always seemed a little too sticky. If you haven't used a Body Shop lip balm at all, this is a very fruity taste and smell- the Pomegranate Born Lippy stick reminds me of fruity lollipops or boiled sweets. I love the taste, but it's not a good idea to apply this product just before eating your lunch.
The Born Lippy lip balm has a lovely smooth texture, and it feels moisturising as soon as it's applied- and this is a long lasting feeling. For me, one of the main benefits is that it gives the lips a wash of subtle colour (much more subtle than you might expect from looking at the colour of the lip balm); this is flattering and also great if you're going for a natural look. I'm a big fan of products that simultaneously tint and care for your lips, and this is a winner. I liked it so much I went back and bought another in Plum, which is equally nice. This product is available in a few different colours, so it would just be a matter of choosing which would best suit your skin tone. I have really pale skin, and I found that Pomegranate and Plum worked best for me. It will also double as a blush- just apply a little with your finger to each cheek for a quick sheen of colour. Bonus!
This product cost £3- I might balk at paying this much for a lip balm, but the fact it's such a good one plus is an excellent lip tint (and the tint is pretty long lasting- basically, it stays put until you eat or drink something) makes me think £3 is actually a bit of a bargain. I'll be buying this again. Oh, and the packaging is pretty good too. The Body Shop goes Pop Art!
This is a wet lip balm, that leaves colour. I am reviewing the strawberry flavour, but there are also other ones in the series but I havent tried them.
When you put it on your lips it smoothes on, and it is in a plastic tube. To get the product to extend just twist the bottom a little bit. It has a clear lid that goes over the top and clicks into place.
The colour left behind is a very faint pink, with a shine to it. I use it instead of lip gloss sometimes as it does the job of both moisturising your lips, and giving a slight gloss. You can tell that you are wearing something on your lips basically.
It is not a sticky one and doesnt leave residue, it also doesnt stay on for long and I have had to reapply at least a few times in a few hours especially if eating.
It also smells really yummy, and the smell stays on your lips. It has 5grams in the tube and I have been using the stick for around two weeks now and I have barely had to keep turning the bottom as the product seems to last really well. I love the Body Shop products as they are natural, havent been tested on animals and have great scents. I also like the lip design on the stick which is why I was attracted to buy it.
My lips feel a lot softer than before I started using it, and for £3 its quite a good deal. I like to change lip balms a lot and try new ones so I dont know if I would buy this again, but I would certainly recommend it.
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The product is part of the Born Lippy range and is a lip balm stick that helps to moisturise and condition lips. The lip balm comes in a range of different flavours but I am reviewing the Strawberry flavour. The lip balm helps to give your lips a shot of moisture and a soft shine as well as giving them a light pink tint. I sometimes use Vaseline to moisture my lips but I prefer using this before I go to bed as I find this rather greasy. I have just run out of my other lip balm stick so I decided to look at the range on The Body Shop website. The product is available to buy in either a stick or pot format. I prefer the stick format as I think this is more hygienic than the pot format and is also easier to apply as well. Although the lip balm comes in a range of different flavours the Strawberry flavour stood out more for me which I why I decided to purchase this one. The product comes in a pink and white coloured tube with a clear plastic lid, so you can see the top of the lip balm stick. On the tube of the product is a pair of lips and it states that the product is. The product comes sealed in plastic so you tell that the item hasn't been opened or tampered with.
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The Born Lippy Lip balm stick is available in Pink Berry, Toffee, Plum, Strawberry, Lychee and Pomegranate and costs £3.00 per stick which is 5g. You can also purchase the Born Lippy Lip Balm in a pot format which includes Pink Guava, Strawberry, Watermelon, Raspberry, Satsuma Shimmer and Passion berry for £2.00 which is for 10g of the product. You can purchase this product online or in store.
Using the Product
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I pulled the lid off the stick and smelt the product first. It smelt really fruity and it reminded me of strawberry bubblegum I used to have when I was younger. It smelt almost good enough to eat. The actual stick of lip balm is slightly darker than I expected but I presumed this wouldn't look this dark when applied to my lips. I twisted the bottom of the tube to push up some of the lip balm and applied it to my lips with a mirror in front of me so I could instantly see the results and if it did give my lips a slight colour. The lip balm was easy to apply to my lips and the stick just glided across my lips without any effort. As I applied the product I could smell the lovely strawberry smell. My lips definitely had a slight sheen to them and they looked moisturised and conditioned. There wasn't really a great deal of colour how-ever I wasn't really bothered about this. My lips did have a light shine to them which looked nice. When applying the product throughout the day as and when needed the lip balm kept my lips feeling moisturised and soft. There was no actual taste to the product and I couldn't really feel that the product was on my lips. I did how-ever expect a slightly sweet taste as it smelt so nice.
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The lip balm smelt delicious and kept my lips feeling moisturised all day long. I loved the light shine the product gave to my lips as they looked moisturised and conditioned. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable and no more expensive that what other lip balms are priced at. I love the range of different flavours you can buy this product in and I would be very tempted to try a different flavour in the range when my current one runs out. I personally wouldn't purchase one of the lip balm pots due to hygiene reasons but I would purchase the product again. I think the lip balm works just as well as other products and isn't anything special apart from the choice of flavours. I highly recommend this product to others.
(review also on ciao)
These lip balms are easy to use. You simply twist them up to apply and twist them down to store.
I bought the pomegranate flavour which has a red tint to it. To be honest the colour is really vibrant and VERY red so my advice would be to apply it little and often. If you keep on applying the lip balm the colour builds up and up so in the end your lips are as red as a postbox!
The lip balm is okay. It does soothe and moisturise your lips but it's not as soothing as some other lip balms that I have tried in the past. It does protect my lips from the elements and it helps them to heal when they are cracked and/ or sore. It doesn't need re applying too often and the colour stays put throughout the day.
The lip balm tastes nice if you happen to accidently swallow some of it and it gives your lips a subtle sheen. The stick means that you don't have to apply the balm with your fingers, so no more sticky fingers and it's much cleaner to apply this way. It's also easy to carry around with you.
The lip balms come presented in funky packaging and they're not too bad in price at £3 each. Plus they're available in lots of different flavours too.
Worth a try.
A few weeks ago I had found a good online deal from The Body Shop which meant that I could get their products at a fraction of the usual price. I took the chance to stock up with some favourites and also to try a couple of things that I had never tried before.
One of these was the Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in the pomegranate flavour. The other flavours in the range are Pink Berry, Lychee, Plum and Strawberry.
I had already tried the little pots of Born Lippy Lip Balm and I expected this to be the same product but in a stick and, to be fair, it is very similar but it isn't the same.
The Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm is in a tube the same size and shape as a standard lipstick. The outer tube is transparent plastic and just slides off revealing a bright red inner tube which houses the balm. Around the base there are four rows of little red hearts. This colour way is for the pomegranate flavour - the others are similar designs in different colours.
On the transparent outer tube there is a picture of a pair of open lips with a speech bubble saying 'HMMM' together with the name of the product.
To use the lip balm you just remove the outer cover, twist the bottom of the tube to make the stick of balm rise clear of the top and then you just apply it to your lips.
Luckily I was indoors the first time that I used this product as I had expected it to be colourless - the same as the ones in the pots. It was only when hubby asked me what I had done to my mouth and I looked in the mirror that I realised that this lip balm has a red tint to it. Since I had applied it rather liberally I looked as though I was ready to go and join the circus!
This lip balm is supposed to moisturise and condition the lips but I don't find it anywhere near as moisturising as most of these types of products. The taste of it is nice enough but I find that the red tint is far too strong - I would prefer a more subtle tint myself.
I can't remember offhand what my bargain price for this product was but the current cost is £3 for a tube containing 5g of the balm. Obviously if you have a 'Love Your Body Card' from The Body Shop it will only cost you £2.70.
As with all the Body Shop items this is made using ingredients which have been ethically sourced to ensure that the people making and supplying the products are treated fairly and with respect. If you are interested in reading more about The Body Shop's values take a look on the web site at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
In conclusion I would have to say that this lip balm is OK but I wouldn't buy it again. It is too brightly coloured and it isn't as moisturising as a lot of similar products which are available at a cheaper price.
Sorry Body Shop this isn't one of your better ideas!