Handbag Staples: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream & Res-Q Ointment

DSC05803Burt’s Bees has a lot of hand care options for just one brand (see here) and I’ve actually had the chance to try out most of them. I’ve never really liked the ones in tubes much for some reason, but the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (650.00 Php / 6.49 GBP) is something that I’ve had for a while and like to take around with me when I carry smaller handbags.

Recently, I received the Res-Q Ointment (650.00 Php / 6.49 GBP) as part of an outdoors-themed Christmas set and although it isn’t described as a product just for the hands (it’s more like a multi-use healing balm — will explain more below), I like to use it on my hands because my terrible habit of biting the skin around my nails leaves me with little wounds.

I use the Cuticle Cream and the Res-Q ointment almost interchangeably these days, but they are technically not the same product. Let’s have a look at both of them: 

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More & More Moisture

P1170359You’ll remember that I received several items from the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration* line this past Christmas. As someone who has combo-oily skin I didn’t think I would actually get to use the products long-term, but I gave them a go anyway because I wanted to share my thoughts on them. Now I don’t know if it’s just because of the cold-ish weather we’ve had lately or if my skin is changing yet again, but my skin loves this stuff.

I first used the Intense Hydration Night Cream on a Sunday night to finish off my weekly pamper session. Applying it reminded me of the days when my skin was still very dry; I felt the thick cream soothe my skin and quench its thirst. I almost expected that I would be a little too oily the next day, but I was not. Instead, my skin looked slightly more plump and full. So I upped the application frequency to about 3-4 times a week and I still don’t have problems with excessive oiliness. Weird. Maybe my skin was/is dehydrated?

I also use the cleanser now since I ran out of my usual VMV cleanser. The formula is also very thick and highly moisturising. I like it (and I like that it can be used with my Foreo Luna Mini), but I’m not sure if I will repurchase it just because I prefer cleansers that clean quite thoroughly. The day lotion is standard, and is also something I don’t think I would repurchase just because it doesn’t have SPF built in. It’s the slightly lighter version of the night cream.

The whole line smells divine and after the fact that they all really do moisturise my skin well, the scent is my favourite part. I’m not sure if that smell is what the featured ingredient, Clary Sage, actually smells like, but Burt’s Bees claims that the fragrance of the products is natural, so it is probably influenced by it at least.

*PR Sample

Bee Merry & Top Off Your Christmas List With These Burt’s Bees Sets!

P1170087This awesome set of goodies arrived at my house on Friday and it made me feel super excited for both Christmas and New Year. Look at that planner! The Beauty Bee loves it (enough to make me speak in the third person apparently).

Burt’s Bees always does the BEST gift sets, both in terms of value and packaging. I mean, they have tins and little pouches and even Christmas tree baubles! The prices range from 325.00 Php for the lip balm baubles to around 1,700.00 Php for the most expensive set in a tin. They’re so pretty that they don’t need to be wrapped anymore — just add a cute tag and you’re all set!

More photos of the sets I have after the jump. :) 

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Just In & Technical Difficulties

Hi guys! Before I show you what I picked up yesterday, I have to let you know that I’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties. I’m posting this from my iPad because my laptop has decided to be difficult. And just as I’m about to write a very important paper, too! It also means I don’t have anything to process photos from my camera on at the moment, so the photos below are from my phone. We’ll see if it can be fixed or if I have to get a new one, but in the meantime, if you see less from me, you know why.
Moving on to this awesome Burt’s Bees thinger I picked up yesterday:
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I was in Beauty Bar to pick up a new Burt’s lip balm, but of course my eyes had to go over the rest of the display as well. I saw this super cute bag/pouch that looked like a bag organizer and before I knew it my hands were wrapped around it. It had a price tag hanging off of it that read 750.00 Php so I thought–that better have stuff in it too! And it does! :)
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Inside are mini sizes of the Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I already own the full-sized Hand Repair Cream (950.00 Php on its own), but it is quite large so this smaller one takes up a lot less space in my bag. I’ve been trying to kick the habit of biting the skin around my nails, so I use hand cream pretty often. It makes sense that I should have the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream too, then! The one in this set is tiny, but again it’s perfect to chuck in your bag. The full size is not too large either, but it costs around 450 Php alone I think. 750 is not too bad of a deal for those two things plus the bag, in my opinion. I will definitely be using all three!

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A bee hive and a honey bee charm on each end of the pulls. I honestly don’t know if this is a new release, but I am sure it isn’t a permanent offer. Burt’s offers a number of trial sets, but not all of them come with a pretty pouch like this one. So check it out ASAP if you want it! :)

Again, I’m struggling with technology at the moment (what’s new), but I’ll try to keep posting stuff, albeit a little more on the informal end. You can also follow me on Instagram: @ianabantug. :)

Burt’s Bees Birthday Bash! Happy 30th! Love, The Beauty Bee

Two weeks ago I attended Burt’s Bees’ 30th Birthday celebration at the Seda hotel in BGC. I was ecstatic to have been invited because the brand has been a part of my life since I was just 12 years old. I had my tin of their classic lip balm with me everywhere I went and I was obsessed with it. I still use the same lip balm up until this day, albeit in the twist-up stick form. There’s nothing quite like that minty feeling coupled with the perfect texture for a lip balm. Not too soft nor too hard. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetAnother thing I love about Burt’s Bees is their use of natural ingredients. They are one of the few brands who can use the “natural bar” on their products. None of the products are less than a certain percentage natural (as prescribed by the US FDA), and should they be around the 95% mark, it will be marked clearly on the packaging. The birthday sign you see above is actually made out of live, natural ingredients, much like what goes into Burt’s Bees products. It’s true that nature made us who we are, and very often the remedies to our problems are provided by mother nature herself. 

HBDBB6Upon arriving at the venue, guests were given mason jars that we could fill with iced water and sliced fruit. Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do for you skin and any additional incentive for drinking more water is a good thing–cute straws and hipster-y mason jars included! If you’d like to see what else went down at the birthday bash, read on! :) 

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