Sunday, 9 June 2013
American Discoveries: Maybelline Baby Lips & Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer
I confess, I've had the Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm and Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer for about a year now. Now I finally have an outlet to gush about these beautiful products from across the pond!
My first purchase was Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer after my friend Megan, of Little Miss Average, lent me a touch before going out to a gig. I was so surprised when, not only did it not budge, but I only had to use the smallest amount. The appeal of this particular concealer is that it's so highly pigmented that it can cover tattoos, so you can imagine what wonders it can do for the bags under your eyes! I got this in the lightest shade I could get my hands on as there were only three at the time, which has now expanded to five and the middle shade was slightly too dark. When I eventually go back stateside, I'll be picking up another shade to mix and create the perfect colour. As far as concealers go it's slightly more difficult to blend than a basic drugstore version, but the results are worth the extra effort. You can pick this up in Walmart for around £3.94/$6.
Now on to the infamous Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm. I had no idea this was going to be such a cult product when I picked it up for a few dollars in a drugstore around the corner from where Megan lives. I had money burning in my pocket and a need for something to protect my lips from the 30+ degree weather. July in the South is definitely not kind to my skin! I was drawn to the packaging, those big brushed letters on a clashing coloured case would look perfect in my makeup bag. The flavour I originally wanted was Peach Kiss, but ended up purchasing Grape Vine, a fantastically rich and creamy formula that genuinely smells of grapes. I'm glad I went for this as I can't get enough of the scent and the slight purple tint it gives off adds a pop to otherwise colourless lips. The moisturising effect is almost instant, helping any and all dry skin disappear, which is a nice change to having to exfoliate which can be more of a hinderance. The claims are that this lasts a full 8 hours, but I've yet to truly test it because I'm constantly reapplying for love of the smell and the colour. After a few weeks of using this nonstop I noticed a massive improvement in the texture of my lips, which is no easy feat for anyone that knows me. I suffer from hugely dried out lips and am on the constant look out for something to combat it so Maybelline's Baby Lips is somewhat of a holy grail for me. I usually use this after moisturising and before applying any other lip products, but on lazier days I'll use this alone for an effortless summer look.
Currently there is no official release date for Maybelline's Baby Lips in UK stores, but an estimate of July seems to be floating round. I, for one, will be nabbing a few more of these for the upcoming summer months to keep my lips in the best condition possible. If you can't wait and can get to a Target they are around £1.96/$2.99 per tube.