Drugstore Buy of the Week - Palmer's Flip Balm

Has it been a while since you've really gotten excited about a lip balm?

I know it has been for me.

Flip Balm Closed
But then I got my hands on the new Palmer's Flip Balms.

The new Palmer's Flip Balms come in three flavors (which are very yummy and authentic smelling - not too sweet or overbearing at all).  

Palmer's Flip Balms are very moisturizing and lightweight without being greasy or sticky.  I found they worked well under or over lip color, as well as on their own for a natural shine finish.

Flip Balm as it's being flipped open
Their shape doesn't seem unique at first (with the exception of the flower petal details in the lower case molding), as there are other sphere shaped lip balms, but unlike the others, these have a flip top lid built into the case

This makes it ideal for travel or on the go use in your car, etc.  The flip top lid is super cute which allowed me to open, apply and close them all with one hand.  It clicks to lock it open and then closed, which avoids any dust, dirt, crumbs, etc. getting on it.  They also fit easily into the palm of your hand.

Flip Balm opened for application.  

They come in three flavors:  Each version is in a package that represents the flavour, but the lip balm itself if clear.  The Coconut is authentic smelling and delicious, as is the Mango.

  • Juicy Watermelon (shown, above)
  • Creamy Coconut (shown, bottom)
  • Ripe Mango (shown, bottom)
The lip balm felt great going on my lips and gave them a bit of a moist and plumping feel. 

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Each one of the flavors was great, and I loved switching them up depending on my mood.  Stock up on these! - RLB

Purchase Here: Target, Target.com and most drugstores nationwide. Approx $2.99 

*This product was provided courtesy of Palmer's PR for reviewing purposes.

Budget Beauty Find - Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick

This is the summer to switch up your lip color!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects has taken the current bright and off beat lip color trend and combined deep color pigments with a smooth, moisturizing formula.  The packaging is all new and features cute crystal effects all round the tube. And it's only $5!

The new Hard Candy lipsticks comes in 16 bold, daring and unique shades that you can blend together for unique looks, or create pretty, everyday looks.

If you're looking for a pretty red, my favorite was Seduced (shown, left).  It's a orange-y red that's creamy and hydrating, with lots of pigment.  The formula is unique in that, as creamy and pigmented as it is, there's a bit of sheerness to it.  That meant when I was in the mood, I could layer it more for a bold look, or just add a bit with my finger and create more of a natural looking daytime stain.

Looking to try a purple or blue lip for fun? Night Queen is a medium blue (shown, top left) with a touch of purple.  Thunder is a deep blue-based purple (shown below, left)

If bright lips are not your thing, there are still some great shades in this collection, including a pale beige/nude, Nudist (shown below, left) and Galactica, a pinky- mauve.

All the shades go on smoothly with no 
dragging.  Note: They are on the soft side, so take care to not press too hard, as they can break at the base.

Pick up a few of these, including their bright pinks, a bold black, more purples and blues and play! - RLB

Purchase Here: Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick

Beauty Find - CLINIQUE Stay Matte Universal Blotting Powder

If you normally have oily/combination skin which requires lots of powder, or summer brings on continual cases of the oily "breakthroughs" (even after using matte and/or oil-free products), then I have a new product you'll love.

CLINIQUE Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder is a clear, gel-based powder that works on all skin tones, soaks up oil, and doesn't disturb makeup when applied on top during the day.

I fell in love with CLINIQUE Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder the very first day I used it. I applied a light layer over my makeup in the morning, patting gently over my t zone using the enclosed sponge (I only used their sponge, not a powder brush).  It felt completely weightless and was absolutely clear - all I could see was my skin, with a fresh matte finish.

In the early afternoon, I checked for oil breakthrough, especially since I had been outside on a very hot day, and saw just a touch of shine on my forehead.  I applied again  and was impressed that my makeup/foundation was not disturbed or removed, and the matte finish returned, without any gummy, sticky or heavy build up.

On most days, I only needed to touch up twice, and it didn't clog my pores or cause any breakouts.  There is quite a bit of product in the case, and I see my CLINIQUE Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder lasting for several months, even with daily use.

Tip: You can also pat a bit of the Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder over lipstick for a matte finish/long lasting wear.  

I recommend ordering one for home and one for your purse/office so you're never without! - RLB

Purchase Here: CLINIQUE Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder