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Lush It Started with a Kiss Tinted Balm

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      07.06.2012 20:36
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      Get red lips Snow White would be jealous of!

      I am not usually an impulse buyer but this does not apply whenever I am in a Lush store! I love lush their products are freshly made and naturally based and are probably my healthiest indulgence!
      I was at the till paying for another product when I was seduced by the products on the till top and "It Started With A Kiss" lip tint caught my eye. After a quick smell and test of the product I did not hesitate to add it to my other purchase.

      Like other Lush products it comes in no fuss simple packaging in this case a tin with a screw on top. It is worth noting that this product is not a lip balm - it is a lip tint so is not intended to be moisturising although the will nourish the lips as it contains coconut oil.

      The colour of the of the tint is a bright red, think pillar box red then think even brighter and redder than that! I don't think I have used a product which is as pigmented as this one. It is more like rouge and I tend to treat it as such by dabbing it on to my lips or even cheeks when I want a boost of colour.
      I have the palest of pale skin and this colour on me is great it really makes me look healthy but I think this is a universal colour and would look great on a variety of skin tones - particularly darker ones as it is so bright! For daytime use I normally just use a tiny bit of this product with my everyday lip coloured lipstick for a little hint of red. For evenings I just wear it alone or with some gloss over it to really show it off! Whichever way you use it I would recommend moisturising your lips before application or applying a balm afterwards as the formula can show up chapped lips.

      Over time the product does get rather dry and paste like, this just means you have to be more careful in the way that you apply it so that it doesn't cake on dry lips. I have found that I typically wear it for 5 - 6 hours before I have to touch it up so it is relatively long wearing.

      The smell of this product is amazing! It is such a warm indulgent scent of apples cinnamon and roses with a touch of vanilla. Overall the scent is strong and noticeable but not overpowering.
      I cannot recall exactly but I believe I paid £4.95 for this product which I think is a fair price considering that you get a lot of high quality product and it lasts a long time. It is going to take me a fair while to get through this product as there is so much of it but I will repurchase in future when it runs out. It would also make a great small present as it is thoughtful without breaking the bank!

      Overall this product is nearly always present in my bag as it can be multi-purpose and always delivers long wearing colour and flawless cover. It's a fun product and each time I use it I can't help but fall for the smell which is so enticing and indulgent. It is also versatile - you can make it as natural or bold as you like - either way you are sure to find your prince whilst wearing this on your lips!

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      22.05.2012 08:30
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      Another lovely lip tint from Lush

      I have an addiction to lip balms, glosses, scrubs etc. basically anything that will make my lips soft and kissable and Lush do some of my absolute favourites.
      It started with a kiss is a lip balm available from Lush that also acts to give a subtle colour to my lips as well as making them soft, smooth and comfortable.

      You can buy it for £5.50 which is expensive when compared to something like Vaseline but there really is no comparison when using this compared to a cheaper lip tint balm in my opinion. The balm itself it a lovely deep red colour and comes in a little metal tin for easy storage and access. The lid of the Lush balms is really easy to get on and off and doesn't become stuck and hard to remove unlike some balms that I have had before where the lid needs to be yanked off to get to the balm.

      As a lip balm It started with a kiss is amazing and leaves my lips immediately moist and smooth and takes away the horrible dry feeling. It feels ultra-smoothing and stops my lips from being flaky and sore feeling. It also gives them a lovely sheen and leaves them looking plump and healthy looking.

      It smells absolutely amazing and has a really sweet but spicy fruity smell to it which is really strong for a lip balm and lasts for ages when it is on my lips. Like most Lush products it contains loads of really high quality ingredients such as organic rose hip oil and extra virgin coconut oil. I personally can really tell the difference with the ingredients compared to cheaper ones as it just feels so much richer and longer lasting when on my lips. Longevity is really good and a slick of this will last ages without coming off my lips on glasses etc.

      The lovely deep red colour doesn't go on my lips as dark and instead just gives them a hint of colour which makes them look more even pigmented and smoother. The colour is really pretty actually and one that I would consider wearing on a night out when I have done my eyes darker and want something more subtle on my lips.

      All in all this lip tint is fantastic and well worth paying a little extra for. The colour is really pretty and it is amazing at keeping my lips soft, smooth and hydrated without making them greasy and heavy feeling.

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      10.05.2012 11:22
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      I love this as an alternative to lipstick or gloss

      In case you don't know, Lush are a company who specialise in eco-friendly bath/body and skincare products, ranging from bath bombs all the way up to facial masks and moisturisers, with a bit of haircare and fun between! They don't test on animals and have a lot of products which are vegan; all of which are clearly stated on their website and in store.

      A lot of people are interested in Lush products because they're fun and quirky; all the way down to the names of their products. They're also very innovative in the way that they make themselves more and more eco-friendly; finding different ways of making products more eco friendly, by making things that would usually need packaging completely free standing (such as the solid shampoos and body butters, for example). I personally love the fact that they have clear and full ingredients lists of every single product on their website, along with more information about each one if you click on it.

      Lush are very well known for their bath ballistics and fun, smelly novelty type products, but I think virtually everything they sell is of a very high quality.

      This product is called a lip tint, but I use it as a stain. It was originally brought out as a Christmas product but Lush have kept it in the regular line because it was so popular. And I can see why.

      What Lush say:
      "Didn't every girl want to be Snow White, with those kissable red lips - well, now we all have the chance with this apple and cinnamon lip balm tint.
      If you're going to sleep for a long time, you need those lips kept moist, protected and smooth - so we've packed this balm full of extra virgin coconut oil, shea butter and organic rosehip oil.
      We've then added a subtle pinky red blend of pigments to give your lips a touch of extra colour and allure.
      And for those moments when your Prince Charming gets really close, this lip balm has one last trick - it tastes great. Fresh red apple infusion, white chocolate, icing sugar, vanilla absolute, sweet wild orange oil, redcurrants and cinammon make your kiss stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!"

      It comes in a little tin and is currently priced at £5.50 for 10g of product, which may seem a little steep for a balm, but I see this more as a lipstick type product, and a stick of lipstick usually holds around 4g, so it's really not that bad.

      The tin itself has a red sticker on top of it, which says "it started with a kiss" in white capital letters in Lush's usual font, and then in small letters "and they all kissed appley ever after". On the back is a list of ingredients, which is as follows:
      extra virgin coconut oil, fresh red apple infusion, japan wax, shea butter, icing sugar, carauba wax, flavour, white chocolate, cold pressed rosehip oil, gylcerine, vanilla absolute, sweet wild orange oil, cinnamon leaf oil, red current oil, titanium dioxide, cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamal, citrakm eugenol, benzyl benzoate, limonene, linalool, colour 45370, 45410, 77491, 15850 and methylparaben.


      Animal lovers will be pleased to hear that this is vegetarian, and as with all Lush products, not tested on animals. As the base of this product is extra virgin coconut oil, it is quite moisturising, but not half as greasy as you'd expect because of the addition of the icing sugar. I personally don't even notice it on the lips.

      The colour itself looks a very bright red in the pot, but on the back of my hand it's slightly more pink. Putting a small amount on my lips is quite similar to their natural colour, but more even and darker red, almost like a freshly kissed look. You can build this up to the opacity of a pinky-red lipstick, which I love. I get loads of compliments when I wear this either thickly or a thin layer for a more natural look. As I said, it's not in the slightest bit greasy but not overly matte either, it's like a natural skin texture, dewey but not glossy.

      The staying power is good, it does transfer slightly onto cups etc. but otherwise stays put for a good few hours, which means a pot will last ages.
      I've been using this on my cheeks lately as a kind of cream blush which works really well, it looks a very natural colour on my skintone. You just have to be sure to only add a tiny bit at a time and BLEND!

      I don't like the smell or taste of this very much, but then again I don't like apples so I wouldn't expect to like it. It's not overly strong though, so I don't mind it too much.

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      25.11.2011 13:17

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      Average lip care from Lush

      I purchased this in a Lush store for around five pounds. I can't remember the exact price as it was a good while ago now when I bought it and it has since been discontinued. This balm is a tinted lip balm, which means it provides colour aswell as moisturising properties for your lips. It has a festive scent to it, warming and spicy. It is bright red in colour and comes in a 10g metal tin (similar to the normal Lush lip balms).

      I love the smell to this lip balm and I love the colour of it, but it has too many flaws. Firstly, it does NOTHING to moisturise my lips. It claims to have moisturising properties but I have yet to experience them. In fact, it dries my lips up quicker than anything else I have ever used!!! Also, the balm is hard to get out of the tin. I have had to get a small knife on this before to remove enough balm to spread onto my lips. Then it doesn't spread easily and dries up to such and extent that it just looks horrible and crusty.

      The only good thing about this, apart from it's smell, is that the colour is vibrant and long lasting. I can drink, eat and kiss with this on and it stays on too. Just a pity that it's far too drying for my lips and it's overpriced for what it is too. I would suggest using one of the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms instead.

      Average.

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      28.01.2011 09:00
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      Nice tasting lip tint that moisturises too

      'It Started With a Kiss' is a relitavely new product from Lush, which came out within the last year. It is a tinted lip balm, one of the two which were brough out at the time. I bought it as soon as it came out and it is a Lush product I really enjoy. Here is why......

      --First Impressions--

      I went into a Lush store having heard about the two new tinted lip balms, planning to buy one, and after the usual help from the lovely sales assistants I settled on this one as I preffered the colour and smell. The lip balm comes in a small round metal tin, exactly the same as the other Lush lip balms, and has a screw top lip. It weighs in at 10g, and has a label on the front with the name of the product, and one of the back with an ingredients list.

      --Smell and Taste--

      In store I was told that it was an apple and white chocolate flavoured balm, and looking on the back of the tin I can see that other main ingredients include icing sugar, vanilla, orange oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and red currants. For me the main things I can pick out when smelling it are the apple, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. It is a very sweet smell, one that I definitely didn't mind putting on my lips as it smelt quite edible.

      --Application and Durability--

      The colour of the balm is very red, so I was a little unsure of it at first, but after testing it in store I liked it. You don't need to apply much of this to give your lips a nice tint, and even then I would say it's a bit more than just a tint. I personally like the look of having quite red lips as it seems to go with my pale skin, so it depends what you prefer and what you suit. As I mentioned before, Lush brought out another lip tint at the same time as this one. The other one is a brown chocolate flavour, which may suit some people better depending on skin tone, hair colour etc. I know my friend who is very tanned looked lovely wearing the brown one, wheras I looked silly, and she didn't really suit 'It started With a Kiss' and I did. Applying the lip balm was easy, as the consistency was just soft enough so that if you rub the tip of your finger over the contents of the tin you get enough to apply it onto your lips. Unfortunately I have noticed that sinced I've owned this lip balm it has become drier and therefore slightly more difficult to use. However I can still use it ok. Once the lip balm is applied you can taste and smell it for a couple of hours-which is nice! It tastes pretty much the same as it smells which is sweet and yummy. The colour lasts a few hours also and I normally only reapply a couple of times if I wear it all day. As it is a Lush lip balm it also leaves lips feeling moisturised and soft, although not quite as much since my lip balm dried up a little. It Started With A Kiss can also be used as a cheek tint, if you apply a very small amount and then rub in it well-otherwise you may end up with a clown effect. If you use a little like I said and rub it in well then it gives you nice rosy cheeks.

      --Cost--

      I can't remember the exact cost, and lush.co.uk is currently down due to hackers. However, I am about 95% sure that it cost £4.50 and it definitely wasn't more than £5. I think this is a reasonable price as it lasts a long time, I still have loads left and have been using it for several months. When compared to lipstick prices I think it is easily justifiable, and especially due to it's moisturing abilities and natural ingredients used.

      --Conclusion--

      Really happy with this product, as I love the smell, taste, and how it looks on me. The only complaint I have is that it has dried up slightly, but I still continue to use it. The cute little tin is perfect for taking anywhere in your bag or pocket too. If anyone is considering trying a Lush tinted balm I would recommend trying them in the shop to see which one looks best. I'm not going to be reviewing the brown one as I don't use it but it has a nice chocolatey smell and can look nice on the right person!

      I recommend this product and give it 4 stars.

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        27.01.2011 12:03
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        Good buy but don't expect it to act like a balm

        Yum, I love this lip-balm so much, I'm always re-applying, which may make me look a bit too made-up for daytime... it is VERY red. My husband also loves the smell so I always get extra attention when wearing it.
        GOOD POINTS:
        1. It's cheaper than a lot of lipsticks but offers the same colouring benefits
        2. It's very portable in its little tin
        3. You know with Lush that it's not full of rubbish chemicals
        4. Smells delicious
        5. The colour lasts longer than most lipsticks
        NOT SO GOOD POINTS:
        1. It's advertised as a balm but it doesn't quite deliver there I'm afraid - this will not offer much in the way of moisture for your lips, I often put a clear balm under or over it
        2. It's very red (this may be a good point but also means it may be too bright for some)
        3. If applied with fingers, it spreads like a balm and you may end up with red going over the lip-line in a 'Joker from Batman' sort of style - Definitely requires a mirror to apply unlike most balms
        4. Despite being cheaper than a lot of lipsticks, for such a small pot, £5 is an excessive price
        5. If applied with fingers and hands aren't washed immediately, you will find red on clothes, computer keyboards, etc...

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        15.09.2010 20:08
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        A Fabulous Lush Lipbalm.

        I havent attempted a Lush review in quite some time and the products I have from there to review seem to be mounting so Im going to try and get a few of them done over the next few days starting with this "Lush It Started with a Kiss Tinted Balm" which I purchased from the new and improved Birmingham store a few weeks ago. Lipbalm really is something I couldnt live without but it seems Ill buy a new one, use it a few times and then something new and for the most psrt more expensive will catch my eye and Ill move onto that which is exactly what happened in this case. I actually went into Lush to buy one of their lip scrubs but I ended up being talked into buying not just one but 2 of their lip balms.

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        Price: 4.95
        Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
        Not only is this a lipbalm to it also works at turning your lips an "enticing" cherry red - getting you all set for starting something with a kiss.

        I do have one slight issue with the packaging for this lipbalm as like Vaseline the top is incredibly hard to remove when it is brand new because it is really stiff and Ive lost a fair few false nails trying to get the top of this off - it does loosen up a little bit the longer you own it but at first it can be a pain to remove. Apart from that though the packaging is alright and does look pretty stylish and modern.

        The balm itself when you first open the tub does look really nice. It is a light red/pink colour and does look super thick. I love opening a brand new lipbalm when its all fresh and new - until my friends borrow it and dig their fingers in all open the place! The balm appears to be very thick at this point and even though at first it is very hard and a little difficult to get any on your fingers you can simply rub your finger over the top and plently will come out - my opinion is dont use too much of this anyway because otherwise your lips will be very red rather than having a slight tint.

        This also smells amazing. The smell is one of the main reasons I usually buy balms from the Bodyshop but I think this is possibly even better. Apples is definately the strongest scent of the bunch but the sweet/spicy scent of the cinnamon in this case is a nice extra and this is coming from someone who despises the scent of cinnamon - its a very christmassy scent I reckon and one most people will really like.

        This is also a very good lipbalm it softens and smooths your lips and since Ive been using it I havent had any problems with dry chapped lips at all which in this cold weather but be a first. There is a slight tint to this but I find it to be very light which for me personally I love. The tint rather than making your lips look cherry red makes them appear fuller and and slightly redder with just enhances them I think rather than covering them in colour which is the perfect amount for me. This is a great thing to use for a more natural look and Ive been using this loads and the tub looks is if it has hardly been touched so overall Im really happy with my purchase and hopefully I will be for some time to come.

        Fully recommended. Thanks for reading.

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          23.07.2010 23:11
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          nice little balm from Lush

          Can guys wear tinted lip balm too without looking too much like Julian Clary? Of course they can! I adore my lip balms and just had a nice trip to my local Lush store to restock on some goodies. They always have the lip balms near the front where you pay, so while you linger there, you think 'shall I just get one of these.'

          This one is a little dearer than what I have been used to with Lush, I am sure their prices sneak up while I am not looking! For £4.95 you can get a 10g tin of tinted lip balm. What sets this apart from the other balms in store, aside from the price, is that it is tinted and also packed full of delicious apple flavours, yum!

          I go mad for the smells and tastes in Lush, I have been known to eat my face masques! This is a lipgloss that you will want to lick. The viscosity is pretty thick and I found a thin coating was adequate for the lips. If you use too much then you will look greasy and I also didn't want my lips to look too pinky. That said, the pinky colour does subside as you rub it in, so it is not too overpowering.

          The smell is summery, a sumptuous mix of apples mingled with coconut will have you reaching for another helping sooner rather than later! It delivered a good level of moisture, though not as glossy as Vaseline. I found re-application was needed after about three hours. Despite the small size tin and price, this is one for the nights out. You will have kissably soft lips and they will also take on a nice glow and warmth. If Lush just reduced this by a couple of pounds it would be more in line with Vaseline's very fair price.

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            20.07.2010 11:06
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            Try this for a natural rosy lipped look

            It Started with a Kiss is one of two brand new tinted lip balms from Lush. It comes in the same size and style tin as the existing lip balms, and costs £4.95.

            The lip tint is a pinky red colour in the tin and has a lovely Christmassy smell of apples, cinnamon and sugar. As I've found with other lip balms and the solid perfume range, it can be a little too hard to apply when it's cold. I keep mine in my pocket to warm it so it's a better consistency. It can be applied with either your fingers or a brush. I got a good even result with fingers, but a brush gives you a little more accuracy. If you use your fingers, make sure you wash your hands afterwards or they'll be stained too!

            Once applied, this gave me a lovely natural rosy lipped look. It's not a garish or obvious lip colour. The finish was matte which I hadn't expected so you may prefer to wear a gloss or a shinier balm over the top. I found it a little drying as well, so another balm can help with that too. I didn't really notice the flavour once I was wearing it. I could smell the lovely spiced apple scent and if I licked my lips deliberately I could taste it though. The flavour is a sweeter version of the scent. Very tasty.

            It lasted fairly well. After applying in the morning, I needed a top up mid-late afternoon. It deals with eating and drinking better than gloss or non long lasting lipsticks, but you still do lose some colour when you do these. It was easy to remove at the end of the day with make up remover, with no residual staining.

            I'd recommend this lovely lip colour. It's more natural looking than lipstick so it may well suit you if you don't wear much make up.

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