I am fairly certain I've mentioned I am a lip balm fanatic. I have been since my early teens, and I wear it all the time, even under lipstick or gloss. My favorite, by far, is the Camellia Balm by Julie Hewett. It comes in stick form—which looks like some of her basic lipstick tubes, and it also comes potted with a tint.
This product is amazing, a true staple. The texture is silky, and it sinks in as it warms up on the skin, but it still leaves behind some shine. This lip balm is truly hall of fame and made it into my 2011 favorites. There's no doubt it will also be among my 2012 favorites.
|Ruby and Rose potted balm|
Rose is very subtle and shows up as a light shiny pink on my medium-pigmented, mauvish lips.
Ruby, on the other hand, is surprisingly pigmented for such a sheer wash of moisture.
|Rose and Ruby swatched on paper|
I have recently returned from a few weeks of living on the beach surrounded by woods, so I didn't need much in terms of makeup. I pared down in ways that surprised even me. Besides the truly excellent Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Fresh Watermelon (a gorgeous blue rose), which went with my "public face," I lived among the mosquitoes, ducks, loons, fish, egrets, and seals in Julie Hewett Camellia balms—day and night. Now that I am back in my real world, among human creatures, I find this lip balm is outstanding at sheering out matte lipsticks that I love but which tend to feel a bit dry as they sit on my lips throughout the day.
Get thee to the Julie Hewett web site and buy some Camellia balm. Stat! And I highly recommend subscribing to their newletter so you can be notified of any product launches and sales.
Bottom line: Best. Lip. Balm. Ever.
All photos taken by me