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Balmi isn't a brand I had heard of until recently when I noticed a few reviews about this product and after seeing this range in my local Boots store. Your lips are constantly on show to the world around you and you want them looking good and feeling protected against the elements. Balmi Lip Balm has been designed to not only provide moisturisation for your lips but also protection from harmful UVA rays. Balmi Lip Balm provides SPF 15 sunscreen and YVA & UVB protection. This has been tested to SPF 15 European standards. Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. The special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil helps to leave your lips feeling moisturised, soft and super smooth. This product has been designed with active people in mind. Their unique conical applicator lip balm creates zero hassle to apply on the go and with maximum ease.
(Please note that the majority of the above information has been taken from the Balmi packaging)
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I decided to purchase this product after reading good review about it but I also liked the idea of the conical applicator. I find lip balm in stick formula easy to apply; how-ever I prefer something a bit more moisturising. I was using a small pot of lip butter from The Body Shop, how-ever I find that the lip balm goes under my nail when putting my finger in the small tub to try and get some out to apply it to my lips. I also only ever apply the lip butter if I am able to wash my hands before as I can't bear the though of using the lip balm without washing my hands. I have see people do this on the bus and it makes me wonder what germs they are spreading to their lips/mouth as they haven't been able to wash their hands before applying the product. The product comes mounted on some coloured card. The coloured card represents the flavour of the lip balm so in this case the lip balm I purchased was mounted on dark pink card. This represents the Raspberry flavour. The packaging has 'Balmi' on it in very large letters which stretch across the front of the card. It also states that this product is a moisturising lip balm and is raspberry flavour. It also tells you that the product contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil. On the back of the card you can find more information out about the product and a list of ingredients. It also lists their website, facebook and twitter page if you wish to find out more information about them. The actual lip balm is held in place by a small plastic square which is attached to the cardboard backing; this pull's off easily to enable you to get to the product.
The lip balm comes in a square shaped like box which is a deep pink colour, again to match the flavour. This has a nice, soft touch to it and also has 'balmi' engraved into the top of the lid. On the bottom is a list of ingredients. There is a small attachment which comes from one corner of the product and this enables you to attach it to your key's/key-ring. This isn't personally something that I would do but I can see how it's a good idea. To unscrew the lid you need to turn the lid anti-clockwise until it stops, this then enables you to pull the lid off to reveal the lip balm. I smelt the lip balm first and I have to admit that I was a little surprised at how good it smelt. You could tell that the product was raspberry as it smelt slightly sweet and really fruity. The lip balm is in a cone shape for easier application and this is on off white colour and looks slightly shiny. The lid is easy to replace simply by putting the lid on in reverse to the way that you took it off.
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I purchased the lip balm from Boots for £4.99 which is for 7g of the lip balm. I actually only went to boots to purchase this as it's the only place I have seen this product available to buy. The lip balm also comes in Coconut, Strawberry and Mint flavours. You can also apparently purchase the lip balm from Tesco, Snow + Rock, Douglas and Mountain Warehouse as well.
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Using the Product
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I wasn't using to applying a lip balm in this cone format so it was going to feel rather different than using my finger or a stick formula lip balm. Although it seemed a little strange applying the lip balm at first I soon got used to it. I found the lip balm really easy to apply in just a few seconds I love that you don't have to use your fingers to apply the lip balm to your lips which means that this is more hygienic. The lip balm glided across my lips easily ensuring there was a good amount on them. I then replaced the lid on the lip balm and started to assess the results. My lips felt really smooth and soft when rubbing the upper and lower lip together. The formula didn't feel too greasy either and it actually felt very moisturising. My lips also looked moisturised and they had a nice shine to them.
I could smell the delicious raspberry scent of the lip balm. I personally don't think that the lip balm really tasted of anything at all. There may have been a very slight raspberry taste but nothing that would make me want to lick the lip balm off all the time. I found that I didn't need to apply the lip balm too much during the day as it lasts a good amount of time. This is obviously dependant on how much you eat/drink during the day as the lip balm will obviously wear off a little when doing these things. I used the product for a few days which included applying the lip balm before going to bed. My lips tend to get sore in the colder weather so I am constantly applying lip balm. I found this product quite long -lasting once applied which means I didn't have to apply it as often as my other lip balms. My lips feel a lot smoother and softer since using this lip balm and they haven't felt sore from the harsh, cold wind. It does look a little odd to some people when applying the product due to the square shape of the packaging.
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Although I have seen this product in my local Boots store a few times I have only just purchased it recently after reading some good reviews about the product. I needed a new lip balm and this one sounded great which is what prompted me to purchase it in the first place. I think the lip balm looks quite unique due to the packaging which is squared shaped and quite brightly coloured. This does stand out from other lip products and the standard tins that most other lip balms come in. I found it hard to choose which flavour to go for out of strawberry and raspberry but went with the raspberry in the end and I am really glad that I did. I loved that you can apply the lip balm to your lips, without having to use your finger (I always worry about germs/hygiene being transferred onto lip balms that you apply with your finger). The lip balm is really easy to apply due to the dome shape of the lip balm. I found that it glides over your lips easily leaving them feeling moisturised and soft without feeling greasy. Although the lip balm doesn't have much taste it smells gorgeous, almost good enough to eat. I found that the lip balm lasts a good amount of time before having to re-apply it. Obviously this depends on eating and drinking during the day as well. Although the lip balm can be attached to keys, I haven't done this as I just prefer having it in my bag. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable as you get a good amount of the product and it makes your lips softer and smoother and keeps them moisturised for a good amount of time before needing to re-apply it. I would definitely recommend this product to others and I will be purchasing it again when I have run out.
(review also on ciao)
I seem to always have a small collection of various lip balms lying around the house at any one time. It was the packaging that drew my attention with this particular lip balm which I came across it in Boots as it was not a brand name that I had come across before however my interest was piqued by the funky design. It is a square cube of a container unlike the spherical ones shown in the picture and it comes in four different flavours, mint, coconut, raspberry and strawberry. I have the raspberry flavour and it cost me £4.99. Each one is a nice pastel colour and they look really cool.
Removing the lid the balm can be accessed and it is a sort of cone shape that ends in a slightly blunted point which makes it easy to apply and you can smell the raspberry flavour straight away, a nice fresh fruity smell to it which is not overpowering when on the lips however it is quite sweet and while it does not dominate but you know that it is there.
It is very smooth to apply as you rub it across your lips and the balm really does help to moisten my lips and give them a nice glossy look as well as seeming to add some plumpness to my lips but maybe that is just my imagination. The balm can be a little thick if you over apply it so you have to be careful while getting use to the shape of the balm and while the cube shape is easy to hold I can imagine that the original spherical shape of the balm would have been easier so I'm not sure why they changed however on one forum it was suggested that it was a legal issue apparently.
The balm does provide some protection from the sun as it is factor 15 and the shea butter in it certainly helps to keep my lips nice and soft and well nourished and hydrated. and stops them drying out. It also lasts on my lips really well so I do not find myself constantly having to reapply it.
Overall with its funky design and good quality product I will be certainly giving the strawberry one a try in the future and then maybe the others as well.
I am a sod when it comes to lip balms, always want a new one even if my current one is still pretty full - especially if I see something different. When I got my Palmers lip balm a couple of months ago, I came across this lip balm and even though I'd already got one in my basket, I couldn't resist it - was just one of those things I had to have. Impulse buy but that's me some days, and to be honest Boots is one of those shops that if I'm in it and shopping I will end up spending more than I expect because everything just seems to shiny and attractive in there - I'm a retail dream some days!
~*~ Balmi ~*~
I'd never heard of Balmi lip balm before, but I think I'd seen it somewhere online and it had given me a reason to look in my local boots to see if they stocked it. Balmi is a Manchester based company that does; lip care, sun care, skin care, and lifestyle and apparel products. The lip care is obviously the lip balms that they produce, the sun care, skin and the others are all due to be coming soon according to the website. This lip balm, when I bought it came in a nice spherical container, but by having a look on the Balmi website today they have changed the containers due to some sort of legal catastrophe where someone had already patented the idea of a spherical container.
~*~ Balmi me up ~*~
So now Balmi comes in a cube, it's a bit disappointing because it used to come in a ball and I really liked the ball it's what attracted me to it in the first place. The ball I have comes with a little tag attached as well so you can attach it to your phone or keys or wherever you fancy it, so this lip balm has a lot of convenience to it - which is great especially when you see the price although it's not that expensive it's still more expensive than most. Now all I can talk about is mine even though, it's in the wrong shape container unfortunately, I'd not even noticed they'd changed it actually because I was looking at the mint version in my local Boots a week or so ago and it was still round...
Anyway I digress!
Balmi comes in;
Coconut to me is a really weird scent and smell to have on a lip balm, cocoa butter I like but coconut I'm not so keen on. To be honest I'd not be popular with my other half if I had a coconut lip balm anyway because he hates it, the mint isn't what you'd quite expect - it isn't overly minty actually; I was expecting something quite strong and almost like toothpaste smelling but thankfully I was really wrong. The raspberry and the strawberry are my favourite; I've always been a berry girl when it comes to lip balms, so one of these was always going to be the obvious choice - my first pick was raspberry and it smells really strongly of raspberries, like you are sniffing a raspberry sweetie - it is a really sweet scent and I love it.
Now in my ball, the beauty of the way this lip balm is designed is that in the ball it's in a domed section so you unscrew the lid which is very simple to do - detach the lid from the bottom and you've got a lip balm on show right from the word go. It does make it so much easier though to apply it to your lips, even though a stick is a really easy to apply to your lips there is something about this big ball of lip balm that's fat enough to swipe over your lips in one go that makes it kind of attractive. The new cubed lip balm has a somewhat pointy top to it when you take the lid off, so you have a more pointed end to apply to your lips. All in all it's a different way to store your lip balm - but so far I've not had to use my fingers yet to apply and to me, that's a sign of a good lip balm. Also despite how warm or cold it is when you apply it, the balm always comes out nice and soft onto the lips - admittedly when it's warmer the balm is a bit softer but not enough to wobble about like a tin of Vaseline does when it gets hot - which makes it really easy to apply and it feels so smooth on your lips.
After application you find that this lip balm is really quite smooth on your lips, even if it can be a little bit thick - it just depends what kind of lip balm you like really, for me I like a nice thick coating of balm to cover my lips especially in winter when it's breezy and cold. It gives your lips a nice covering of quite easily absorbed balm - it's nice because in the winter I normally have quite chapped lips, and when I put this balm on over the top it seems to smooth over the cracks in my lips which makes it much easier to apply lipstick or lip gloss over the top - it provides a brilliant base for any lip wear you fancy at the time. This lip balm has an SPF 15 in it which is really good for lips in the summer to stop them getting burnt, I can't comment on if it works because well we've not really had a lot of sun yet this year so not had a chance to burn my lips. This lip balm also has Shea butter in it - which really gives it that smooth balm on your lips and you can tell it's there without reading the ingredients to the lip balm, and without it I don't think the balm would be anywhere near as smooth on your lips as it actually is. There is also Vitamin E in there, to give your lips a bit of extra goodness, along with the Jojoba oil seems to make sure the lips are nicely hydrated and quickly. I can apply this lip balm at nine in the morning, by half past my lips feel a huge amount better they are far more hydrated than they were when I got up that morning and well they stay that way - providing I'm not drinking a lot I can still feel the effects of this lip balm well past lunch time before I feel dehydrated enough to need to reapply.
One of my big loves with this lip balm is that fact that is gives your lips a lovely shine to it as well - I can apply it and sometimes I don't feel like I need to put any lip gloss on top because it really is that shiny on my lips, admittedly it doesn't give any colour to your lips because the lip balm as a solid is a creamy, white colour so just applies to your lips as a transparent covering - it then isn't over powering to your face and can be worn at any time, you'll have then a lovely raspberry smell under your nose for the majority of the day and it's a really good scent! I've used this lip balm at least once a day since just after Christmas and only now am I thinking I might need a new one - which means I might get myself a square one this time. For four months this lip balm has cost me just shy of £5 - so for a pound a month, it's more expensive than one from The Body Shop but I like the novelty of this lip balm and the fact it smells good is always a bonus!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Balmi is available from Boots, for £4.99 online and in store - or that's 499 points on your boots card, you'll get 16 points if you buy this lip balm. I'm not quite sure if it's available anywhere else, because I always get mine from Boots but have a look on google, amazon or eBay and you'll more than likely find it.
I received a Balmi in a beauty box some time last year but have only recently started using it. Balmi comes in a few different flavours and the one I have is Coconut. You can buy them in Boots for £4.99.
These lip balms are not like any other I've seen and I really like the design of the packaging, it's really cute. It comes in a plastic ball shaped casing which twists open at the middle.It has a little string attached so that you can put it on a keyring if you want to, but I've never done that myself. It's easy to open and when you open it you can see a dome of lip balm sticking out from the bottom casing. It's very different to other lip balms as you have a much larger area to apply to the lips than with sticks, and you don't have to use your finger to apply it like with pots.
I find the size of the balm makes it really easy to apply and it goes on really easily. It feels lovely and smooth and not too greasy and it smells quite strongly of coconut. I was impressed with how natural the scent is, it's not 100% natural but it doesn't smell artificial and overly sweet like most lip balms.
The balm leaves my lips feeling really moisturised and I don't need to use much at a time. It doesn't leave my lips feeling really greasy but at the same time it isn't the mnd of balm that sinks right into the skin, there is adefinite layer of product sitting on the lips, it just doesn't feel as sticky or greasy as some.
I do think the effect this has is quite temporary as I find myself needing to apply it quite often to keep my lips feeling soft but overall I really like it. My boyfriend's also been stealing it quite often too and he really likes it!
I am obsessed with all things for my lips be it gloss, lipstick or balm just anything that can make them look and feel less dry. I have an addiction to balms especially as I cannot stand to feel my lips being dry and I go through so many of them. I have literally hundreds scattered around the house/the car/my work desk and I always seem to end up buying more every time I leave the house.
The Balmi Lip balm can be bought in boots and it costs £5 so it is more expensive than a lot of other lip balms but it really does feel luxurious and like a quality balm so I can't complain too much about the price.
The balm is more unusual than most balms and I have actually recently bought a few as stocking fillers as they are really cute. They come in a little rubber ball that varies in colour depending on what flavour you get. You twist open the little rubber ball to get to the lip balm underneath which is also shaped like a ball. It is really fun and cute and I personally love the look of it.
The balm is a solid sphere and it is actually easy to apply as you just need to hold the rubber part and rub the solid balm on your lips. It feels lovely on my lips and it moisturises them fantastically and gives them just a hint of glossiness without looking unnatural. It also has an spf 15 in it so that my lips are protected from the sun which is just important in winter as it is in summer.
All the ones that I have tried also smell absolutely wonderful and the fragrance lingers for ages after putting them on. The balm is also extremely hardy and it doesn't rub off in the same way that gloss does. The one negative is also one of its big positives and that is the rubber ball. While it looks fantastic and it is easy to apply it is also more awkward to carry about and you couldn't really put this in your pocket to carry around with you.
Balmi lip balms are not only great balms but they make great presents for people thanks to the unusual packaging and cute colours and flavours.
Okay, so this is my first review in a while, but I've been so excited to try this product and have been wanting to reivew it.
So the product comes in really cute packaging. It's spherical in shape and made of a rubbery plasticy material which feels quite soft. The top twists off pretty easily to reveal a dome shaped lip balm. The sphere came in a little box which did seem a little pointless as it's just extra unecessary packaging which adds to the price.
The balm feels really nice and smooth to use. When it's on my lips it feels quite thick like vaseline so it lasts for quite a while. It contains SPF 15 so your lips won't get burnt in the summer. I like this feature because many people forget that lips need protection too! I could smell the product as soon as I took it out of the box so I thought the scent would be a bit overpowering, but once it's on your lips you can't really smell it. It tastes good, although a little artificial (but what lipbalm doesn't?).
I found that the price, at £4.99, is rather expensive for just a lip balm. The packaging is probably a reason for this expense. However, you do get 10.5g of the product which is more than you get in some others. There was a '3 for 2' offer but I just bought one because I really don't three (even though I am a complete lip balm junkie!) There are currently five flavours/scents available which are raspberry, strawberry, mint, coconut and blackcurrent. Many say that this product is just a copy of the EOS lip balms. I can see the point, but really, so many products have the same packaging. It would be like saying that Lipsyll copied Chapstick for their wind-up packaging, or like saying that Nivea Creme copied Vaseline with the tin. I really do like this product, although not sure I would buy again unless it's bought from my Boots Advantage Card points or coupons or on a reasonable offer.
The Balmi lip bomb
This is a review of my latest lip balm, a prized possession that came in one of my beauty boxes. A habit which is getting far to addictive but ideal for anyone who loves trying out new products. The Balmi is really unique in its flavour and packaging and is a great discovery for any fans of lip balm.
This is one of the most striking things about the balmi. It comes in a cute cube box, then inside it is a rubbery ball (mine is black) with a short key chain so you can attach it to a set of keys or phone, or a bag zip or anything really. One side of the ball is flat so it stands up and doesn't roll about. To open you twist along the seal of the ball and you can immediately see the balm which is also ball shaped! This makes it really easy to apply and less likely that you need to use fingers in it as you just rub straight on to your lips. There is 10g of product in each ball.
I wear lip balm every day and reapply many, many times. I love the round smooth shape of the ball and the product is quite hard so you just get a sheen on your lips and not any globs of product. There is no noticeable taste to me but the smell of mine (blackcurrant) is gorgeous and quite strong without being sickly.
To my knowledge, these come in the following flavours: Strawberry, coconut, mint, raspberry and blackcurrant. I can't wait to try more from the balmi range. Some of the range has an SPF15 in it, some of them don't so please bear this in mind when choosing.
These are available from Boots for £4.99 and are also currently in a 3 for 2 offer... it'd be rude not to!!
I know I don't need any more lip balms. I daren't count how many I have but they are all over my bags, car, desk, bedside table, bathroom ... etc so the job of counting is nearly impossible. I like to have a load of them on the go and usually have one in my coat pocket. The only negative thing I can think to say about balmi is that it would look weird in jeans pockets if they were a bit tight on, it'd look like your ball socket had popped out of your hip!! Not comfy to fall on either if you were a bit clumsy like me but the whole point of the balmi is to use the little cord to attach it to something and be seen with your new best friend.
I think this will last me absolutely ages. I have used it a lot already and there is no sign of wear or of it going down at all yet. It will be interesting to see what happens when I wear it down to half way and no longer have the globe to meet me when the lid is screwed off. I will have to use my finger then. I don't think this is the kind of lip balm you'd want to share with friends (yuck) so tell them to get their own balmi! Men, take note, your ladies will be well impressed if you buy them one of these as a stocking filler as they are new on the market and lots of fun to use and tote around.