My love for a good lip balm has not waned, even during the pandemic. I regularly put them on before bed, so my going-out habits haven’t affected my usage. (Next to moisturizer, this is probably the beauty product I use up the most these days…) And for all my years trying different formulas, this latest one I got has exceeded expectations. Say hello to the new version of the In Her Element Cocoa Lip Balm (PHP 185 / 5 g).
Quick Specs: made in the Philippines
Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla) Oil, Choco Vanilla Oil
Despite showing up only once on this blog since its 2017 launch, BLK Cosmetics has constantly been on my radar. The price point and quality are attractive to me, especially after having tried their Velvet Lip Cream. I guess I’ve just been waiting for the launch of something particularly inspiring, and it came in the form of the BLK Universal Color Kit Bundle in True Tan (PHP 1,499 on Lazada).
Quick Specs: made in Taiwan
Lip balms are probably the most underrated members of my skincare collection. As far back as 2013, I have shared on this blog my dependence on lip balms for keeping the flakes at bay. And I’ll confess to having at least 5 on rotation at any given time. *facepalm* But I digress. The latest one I’ve tried and introduced to my lip care regulars is the In Her Element Nourishing Cocoa Balm (PHP 185).
In Her Element Cocoa Balm
Quick Specs: 5 g ; made in the Philippines
Lip balm was my very first beauty product, and I haven’t been without it since the mid-90’s. I may be all about the lipstick now, but I still put on a lip moisturizer every night before bed. And just when I thought that lip butter was the height of sophistication for lip care, the lip oil trend has exploded! There’s even tinted lip oil now. Currently, I am starting with the more basic stuff and using The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil in Honey (PHP 320) from Althea Korea.
The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil
Quick Specs: made in Korea
Here’s the deal: I treat makeup and skincare shopping as seriously as I do gadget-shopping. As in, I make these wishlists and canvas prices carefully before making purchases. Most of the time, I am even patient enough to wait for a sale before “pouncing”. So the development of an app that can help me find my next great Kbeauty buy naturally sounds like an excellent idea. And the Althea Korea App, available on both iOS and Android, makes that next shopping session so much easier.
Kbeauty Made Easy: The Althea App
Read more to explore the app and to take a peek at my haul!