Swatches of the NEW Happy Skin Lip Lacquer (Hear Me Roar) & Matte Lippie (Pop The Question)

This past Wednesday was apparently “National Lipstick Day” (or was it International? Matters little!) and all over Instagram people were celebrating by posting anything and everything to do with lipstick. To me, that’s a visual feast, so I’m not complaining. I was, however, out of the house all day and those posts spurred an urge to buy a new lipstick. I resisted, mostly because none of the shades I had swatched were particularly exiting, but also because I have all of the lipsticks I need — at least, I thought I did. That changed when I came home to thisDSC02996It’s been just over a month since Happy Skin introduced us to their amazing matte lipstick formula with the Preview x Happy Skin collaboration. Too Cool and Hot Stuff were beautiful shades (I adore Too Cool), but they are sadly limited edition ones that won’t be coming back after stocks run out (unless we petition for Too Cool to become permanent, maybe? hehe). Still, we all knew that Happy Skin would introduce permanent shades in the matte formulation one day — I just didn’t expect that day to come so soon. I’m definitely not complaining and I was so kilig to have been sent one of the new Matte Lippie shades AND a totally new product, the Power Pout Lip Lacquer, to try out. I didn’t have all the lipsticks I needed pala. Hehe.

Along with a beautiful monogrammed lipstick pouch by Bespoke & Beyond, I received the Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Pop The Question and the Shut Up & Kiss Me Power Pout Moisturizing Lip Lacquer in Hear Me Roar.

I am putting this post up a day before the Zalora launch so that you can have a look at these particular shades and decide if you’re interested in them. I’ll include the basic information, but this isn’t a review. Happy swatch-ogling! :)

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Must-Have: Sebamed Lip Defense SPF 30

Happy Friday, everyone! :) I’m sure y’all are excited for the long weekend, but before you rush off into the mountains, escape to the beach, or head back to your provinces (all things I wish I were doing but am not!), allow me to share with you another absolute must-have in life (the first being the Eight Hour Cream), especially for those of you who love to be outdoors:

Lip balm with SPF. Yes, everyone needs a lip balm with an SPF. If you’ve never had your lips burned by the sun before, consider yourself lucky and do not sit back and let it happen. Our lips are always at risk of being burned (unless you live indoors all day, every day) and they are especially at risk of sunburn when they are dry and chapped to begin with. Peeling lips reveal even more delicate skin and if you can imagine raw skin getting sunburned, I’m sure you’re cringing right along with me now.

There are loads of lip balms out there with SPF, but as with any product, not all brands do it right. Most lip balms will have an SPF of 15, but I was looking for one with a higher protection factor when I picked up the Banana Boat Suncreen Lip Balm (more about that another time) and the Sebamed Lip Defense (250.00 Php at Zalora), which both have an SPF of 30. SMLD1This is a no-frills, no-fuss kind of product and I love that. Plain white tube, twist-up mechanism, and a generous amount of balm. The ingredients include jojoba oil for intensive care, vitamin E for protection against free radicals, and bisabolol to regenerate the skin. To me this smells a little bit like cocoa butter, but that might be the SPF because it’s meant to be unscented. Of course the best part is the high SPF. I wore this at the beach last weekend and my lips felt hydrated and protected all day.

SMLD2Texture-wise it was kind of stiff to begin with, but once it warmed up application was easy and it felt like butter on my lips. There is actually a small gap between the balm and the packaging. It’s hard enough to hold its own shape, which explains why it can be difficult to warm up. On the plus side, that means this won’t melt easily in your handbag or in the heat of the beach. This just does everything it sets out to do. It’s no luxury product, but it works. That’s the most important thing. No complaints from me! :)

I got my tube at PCX for a bit more than 300.00 Php, but you can get it from Zalora at 250.00. Still, if you add shipping and the hassle of paying online, you might as well buy it in a store. Only SM stores carry Sebamed. That means Watson’s, PCX, and some SM department stores.

Do you guys have a favourite balm with SPF in it? Is it a necessity for you or do you just pick up any old lip balm? :)

Enjoy the long weekend!

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