“ Brand: Avon / balm - three flavours available / Type: Lip Balm / Suitable for: Lip / What it does: regenerates, „
WHAT IS IT?
A lip balm available through Avon in 3 winter flavours.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Apply to the lips regularly for hydration, it is always best to use a lip exfoliator before application to give the balm a smooth surface to adhere to.
This lip balm is available in Hot Chocolate, Spiced Cookie and Strawberry Sorbet. I have got all three and my favourite is the Spiced Cookie but they all smell and taste very nice. The Hot Chocolate one is sweet and tastes like cheap chocolate instead of nice rich chocolate but it only lasts for a very short period of time. Strawberry Sorbet is fruity and doesn't feel like a very wintery lip balm to me. Spiced Cookie has got a beautiful cinnamon and spicy taste that is very much like Christmas, it is like the vanilla Yankee Candle fragrances.
WHAT I THINK
When I use the Spiced Cookie lip balm I am always surprised by how much I love the smell and taste. It is sweet and spicy and is so lovely to smell during the winter. It doesn't taste nice and is just like perfumed Vaseline.
I do not like it very much as a lip balm and do not think it is very effective even when my lips are already in good condition. It is very waxy and does not spread across my lips well. The wax texture stops the balm from moisturising my lips and feels funny on my skin, it also makes my lips look a bit white and matte.
It doesn't make my lips sticky or shiny but makes them feel even more dry than before I applied the balm sometimes, it is better to use in the summer because the wax balm stick melts a bit and goes soft but it goes very hard when it gets cold in the winter. I took it out today in my handbag and couldn't use it at all because it was too hard and not applying at all.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
I am obsessed with lip balms, I have lots of unused and half used items yet I still manage to buy at least 6 more before the year is out, especially during the Autumn weather to prepare for the winter months, my lips get really dry and cracked and I end up picking at them and making them sore which does me no good at all, so I like to keep them moisturised at all time especially when it matters the most.
I always look through the Avon cataglog because they have some cheap deals, when I got one of these it was only 99p so a bargain really and they have some tasty sounding flavours such as Spiced Cookie, Hot Chocolate and Strawberry Sorbet. For some reason I have an obsession with strawberry flavoured and smelly things, so naturally I ordered the strawberry sorbet one for 99p.
This is in a small thin tube, wide enough for each of your lips and it measures roughly 3 - 4 inches in length, the balm of course is only half of this and you screw it up from the bottom by twisting it. When taking the lid off, the smell of strawberry rose up instantly which out having to bring it up to my face to smell it which I love.
When putting this on my lips this tastes vile, unfortunately this doesn't taste anywhere near what it smells like, which is sort of a good thing because I would be sat there licking it off and having to re apply it, but when I forget and do lick my lips, it ;eaves a bad taste in my mouth for ages, also this doesn't really give any moisturising effects, and I have to reapply this every half an hour or so.
Many of you who regularly read my reviews will know by now that I work as an Avon representative when my ill health allows. This means that I have access to a lot of great deals and offers that are available, as well as getting a sort of 'preview' to any new products that are being launched.
One product that was being launched a while back was the Avon Color Trend Winter Wonderland Lip Balm, which is available in a choice of three flavours. I was offered this product on a cheaper-than-usual basis and I thought I would give it a go for the reduced price. The flavour of lip balm that I chose to purchase was the 'Strawberry Sorbet'.
When the product arrived from Avon, I was initially quite impressed given the funky, colourful looking packaging of the lip balm. The lip balm is in a similar design to most other lip salve types of products that I regularly buy, and the balm is enclosed in a plastic 'tube' which can be twisted from the bottom to allow the lip balm to come up at the top of the tube, a similar design to most lipsticks and lip balms that I buy on a regular basis. The colours on the plastic tube are very bright and consist of a yellow/green and red sort of 'swirl' design with a small image of strawberries on the packaging. Not particularly grown up or mature it has to be said, but attractive looking nevertheless.
The lip balm itself is a light pink colour which is attractive looking, in my eyes anyway. I can certainly smell the aroma of the strawberry scent when I take the plastic lid off of the top of the lip balm and think that the smell is very pleasant, although it is quite sweet too and has an ever-so-slight sickly element to it too.
The texture of the Avon lip balm is very good, and it is not difficult to glide the product onto my lips. I can feel the lip balm on my lips quite sufficiently after it has been applied, but it is not an overly 'heavy' or 'gloopy' feeling that I am left with, which makes the product feel quite light and fresh when I am wearing it. I personally do not enjoy wearing heavy lip make-up or products and so the Avon Winter Wonderland lip balm is a pleasant product for me to use, although I realise that this may be down to personal tastes.
The lip balm's smell/taste is quite evident when I am wearing the lip balm and whilst this is fine for 'pottering about' or a day when I am at home, I am not particularly keen on wearing a scented lip product like this one when I am out and about. I am not sure of the reason for this - maybe I am subconsciously aware of other people being able to smell the light scent on me??!- but the smell is just a little too evident for me to feel comfortable wearing it when I am out and about. Don't get me wrong, the scent is a pleasant one, but it's just not subtle enough for my own personal tastes.
The moisturising properties of the Avon Winter Wonderland lip balm appear to be fairly good; I have indeed noticed a marked improvement to the dryness that always affects my lips at this time of year, although to be fair I hadn't been using a lip balm product for quite a while and I feel any product used on my lips would be a marked improvement when compared with using nothing!? Nevertheless, with continued use I did notice that the dryness and rough skin on my lips was much improved after using this product.
I personally would prefer the Avon lip balm to contain an SPF so that it would be suitable for use on holiday or on a sunny day, as I personally find that the hot sunny weather is just as damaging to my lips as the cold winter days! I won't be knocking off any Dooyoo points for the lack of SPF though, as most lip balm products that I buy on a regular basis don't contain SPFS, and this matter is down to personal choice.
The price of the Avon Winter Wonderland lip balm is £2.50 in a recent Avon brochure, which I must admit seems a little overpriced, when I know I can get a perfectly good lip balm for at least half that price from a well known drugstore. I paid less than the advertised price and so I don't feel too put out, but I have to be honest here and say that I doubt I would pay £2.50 for a product like this. It would perhaps be a different story if I felt the product had a more luxurious feel to it, or if I felt it was a miracle worker in some way, but sadly this isn't the case and it's more just your run of the mill everyday product.
The lip balm is available in three assorted flavours which are: 'Strawberry Sorbet', 'Spiced Cookie' and 'Hot Chocolate'. Each of the lip balms costs £2.50 and you can purchase these directly from your local Avon representative, or there is a website available at www.avonshop.co.uk.
I would recommend the Avon Winter Wonderland lip balm, but only to a point, and probably only if it was available on a special offer. Otherwise, it's too expensive for what it is and for what it does, in my opinion at least!
I recieved a load of Avon goodies from my mum at Christmas and a Color Trend Winter Lip Balm was just one of the items she got me. The Winter Lip Balm range has 3 flavours; Spiced Cookie, Hot Chocolate and Strawberry Sorbet. Today I will be reviewing the Hot Chocolate version.
The lip balm comes in a classic lip balm tube with a screw top bottom that when you twist it the balm comes out of the top. The tube is small so takes up very little room in your hand bag and the packaging is very pretty; yellow and brown with the Color Trend logo and a mug of hot chocolate on the front.
On taking off the cap you are met with a lovely smell of cocoa, very sweet, creamy and most importantly, chocolatey! The balm is a rich brown in colour with a slightly greasy texture, it is smooth and simple to apply with it easily gliding across your lips. The balm does soften your lips and doesn't make them sticky, I found that it did help my chapped lips and stopped them from drying out and getting sore and cracked. Despite being a brown balm it doesn't stain or colour your lips much so is fine if you are opting for the natural look.
The smell of this balm was the real winner for me, it smells yummy but unfortunately doesn't taste quite as nice. I licked my lips and although the balm was slightly chocolatey I wouldn't recommend tasting it, you are just met with a greasy lipstick taste - not nice!
On the Avon website this lip balm is currently priced at £2.50, not bad but I'm sure there are cheaper lip balms out there that do the job just as well. This balm does help chapped lips so thumbs up for that, smell is great but taste isn't so fab - one day there will be a balm that tastes like chocolate I'm sure, I can only wait for that product to come!
*** All three for me? ***
I had already decided to make my first ever Avon order when I received a catalogue in my new house last December, but I was faced with a terrible dilemma. There were three lip balms available in the Color Trend Winter Wonderland range - Hot Chocolate, Spiced Cookie and Strawberry Sorbet - and I simply could not decide which one to buy. So I decided that, at a mere 99p each, there was only one option - to buy all three. What else was I to do?! I will review all three here.
The full selling price of the lip balms is in fact £2.50, and they are currently available on the Avon website for half price at £1.25 each.
The lip balms come in the traditional Chapstick-style tube, which you can twist up from the base. Each tube has a different coloured label stuck onto the plastic tube.
*** Spiced Cookie ***
The Spiced Cookie variety, pictured here, has a brown and mustard coloured label, and I have to say it isn't that great looking - the colours are a bit 70s! Inside the lip balm itself is a caramel-brown colour, and it does smell sweet and a little of cinnamon. The taste is also of cinnamon but there is something quite unnatural tasting about this balm and I really didn't like it. I still have it but it may well be one that goes in the bin as the taste is really unpleasant!
*** Hot Chocolate ***
I was most intrigued to try this variant as it isn't often you get chocolate flavoured lip balms. This one comes with brown and yellow labelling and the lip balm is dark brown - somewhere in-between dark and milk chocolate. The smell is a mix between chocolate and something else I can't quite put my finger on (but possibly cardboard or plastic!). The flavour is the same odd mix - there is definitely a hint of chocolate there but also something else that is artificial and not so pleasant. I also find the taste a little bitter. As the balm is a dark colour it does leave a very slight hint of colour on the lips but this is very subtle and not instantly noticeable.
*** Strawberry Sorbet ***
The Strawberry Sorbet lip balm is by far my favourite of the three, and is the one I would most recommend. The label is a bright lime green and red and has quite a young feel - it's a bit more modern looking than the other varieties. Inside the lip balm is a pale, translucent pink - it is quite different to the others that are more solid, dense colours. The smell and flavour are a very sweet strawberry - almost bubblegum sweet - so again this has a younger feel than the other lip balms. Applying the lip balm, this feels quite thick and you can taste the strawberry for a while after application - it also has pretty good staying power. Although the balm is pink, it leaves no discernible colour on my lips, and just a hint of glossiness - which is fine by me!
*** So what's the verdict? ***
I think I should mention that despite the dodgy flavours of the first two lip balms, they were all quite good moisturisers, and did leave my lips feeling softer and smoother. They also all had good staying power and lasted for a little while.
Overall I would recommend the strawberry lip balm the most of the three variants - although this is the one I was probably least excited about trying as it was the least unique sounding. The flavour of the cookie lip balm is simply too unpleasant, and although the chocolate one is better it still isn't great! The strawberry one is nice but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it - it is fine for 99p which is what I paid but frankly you're probably better off sticking with your usual brand!