C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Mentha Lip Tint in Berry Shimmer Review

Rarely do I get a lip product that I absolutely love the taste of. Normally what happens is I just do my best not to lick my lips because of the waxy feel of most lip balms, but when it comes to C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries’ Mentha Lip Tint in Berry Shimmer, it’s the exact opposite for me. I can’t stop licking my lips! This formula which contains 2% peppermint oil tastes so good, I’m always so tempted to just lick my lips nonstop.

CO Bigelow lip gloss tint

One thing I don’t quite like about this product is the packaging. It’s rather hard to control the amount of product you get to come out, and usually I end up squeezing more than what I needed out. But in any case, the packaging makes it look more like a lip gloss than a balm for me.

C.O. Bigelow lip tint

Despite the fact that it looks more like a lip gloss than a lip balm, this product is actually great for moisturizing lips. It’s really glossy, has a hint of shimmer and as with any mint product, provides a cooling sensation that can also be responsible for a slight plumping of the lips. Who wouldn’t want that?

The label says that this product is mint-infused for fresh breath, though I can’t quite see how or why a product on the lips would be able to affect your breath all that much. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m skeptical of this claim. Personally, I still wouldn’t go huffing on people when I’ve got garlic breath! I’m sure you wouldn’t too! Haha.

The berry tint on this gloss looks amazing in the tube, but when applied on the lips it’s really, really sheer. It looks like I just put on a clear gloss with the slightest hint of color and shimmer. For a so-called lip tint, this is something that I’m not particularly happy with, especially since I’ve seen cheek & lip tints do a better job. Look at the pics below to see what I mean:

CO Bigelow Lip Tint Swatch Berry Tint

CO Bigelow Berry Tint Swatch

CO Bigelow lip swatch

Despite the failure in the tinting of the product… at least it doesn’t fail with its moisturizing claim—this thing really is moisturizing! And I mean really! I love wearing this when my lips are uber dry. Not only is it moisturizing, but it’s super soothing too!

Let’s have a quick look at the ingredients for this product:

Polybutene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, petrolatum, octyldodecanol, menthe piperita (peppermint oil), canola oil, silica silylate, quaternium-18 hectorite, sodium saccharin, methyl diisopropyl propionamide, propylene carbonate, benzyl alcohol, limonene, linalool, mica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI77491, CI 77499), carmine (CI 75470).

Note that the mint used is 100% natural (though at only 2% of the formula, I don’t really think it matters all that much—especially since the other ingredients aren’t all natural).

One natural ingredient in this formula is Carmine, which actually surprised me since I haven’t taken a closer look since I got this item. Carmine is made by boiling dried insects in water, which extracts the carminic acid from them—the resulting product then goes through further processing. For me, this kind of icks me out a bit—aside from the fact that tons of little insects had to die for the making of this product, the thought of where the ingredient came from…eugh. At the very least it’s really far down the list of ingredients, which means there’s little of it present in the formula—but still!

Anyway, in summation, this product for me is something that is effectively moisturizing, though not really all that effective when it comes to lip tinting. At the price of $7.50 for a 14g tube, it’s not so bad, though it’s way more than what I would normally pay for on a lip balm/tint. This particular variant of the product looks to be discontinued, but can still be bought on C.O. Bigelow’s Amazon for $9.95. However, there are many other variants of the lip tint, lip shine and lip balm on the C.O. Bigelow website.


Chrissy, Makeup Mew 

Chrissy is a makeup addict who writes for MakeupMew. In her free time she enjoys playing around with makeup and experimenting with different ways to use certain products.

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Trending Pastels: Sweet and Sugary

This season my favorite colors are trending and I’m not referring to the neon accessories and brightly colored pants. Even though color is fun – light pastel colors are just as fun. In fact I love all of the pastel makeup tones that will be trending this spring. They’re extremely girlie, feminine, and create a natural look that’s perfect for spring and beyond. So what are my favorite ways to incorporate sweet pastels this season? Read on to find out.


Pastel Cosmetics for Spring


Pastel Nail Colors:

If you’re in the habit of painting your nails black for the fall and winter months now is the time to break into the pastel colors. Find some amazing nail polish that you love from brands like OPI or Essie and either get a manicure at a salon or paint them yourself. One of my favorite colors is mint green – a cross between turquoise and green (in my opinion), this color is on its way to becoming the best pastel color yet. I personally can’t wait to find the perfect mint green purse to go with my mint green nails.

Pastel Lip Tints:

If you love the natural look that is elegant yet pretty, this trend will become a favorite of yours. Pastel lip tints are easy to apply and look extremely lovely. In addition to lip tints, you can also pair your lip gloss or lipstick with a pastel dress and pumps and you have the perfect spring time outfit. Don’t forget other pastel makeup including glistening shadow, which is coming up next. Now all you need is a date!

Pastel Eye Shadow:

Sigh, eye shadows are so beautiful. Especially the light colored pastel shadows. If you want just a subtle glimmer or a richer pastel shade, it all depends how you apply your pastel colors on your eyelids. Shimmering eye shadows illuminate your face and make your eyes look fresh and wide awake. For the mascara you’ll want to keep this natural as well because you will want to allow your eye shadow to take center stage. Your glimmering eye shadow is stunning enough all on its own.

Enjoy the pastels this spring and summer and show off your illuminating face at your home, office, or wherever you are on a day to day basis with gorgeous makeup. A sheer cream blush and extra soft colors on your clothing ensemble will complete the look – you’re ready to enjoy this sugary sweet trend already.

Sierra is a writer who enjoys fashion and beauty and loves learning about the latest trends. She especially loves natural beauty and strives to have a lovely complexion. Catch up with Sierra on her Ocean Dreams blog.  

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The 41 Best Lip Balms

Girl Gloss is brought to you by lip balm addicts, so isn’t it about time that it had a best lip balm list? I think it is! The following are the best lip lip balms that money can buy!


The Best Lip Balm List

The best balm list is split by tinted and untinted products and is generally in order of favorites as far as the top 5 or so go. But after that it is hard to pick favorites among the items, as they are all good products. You really can’t go wrong with any of these nice balms. Instead of trying to link to each balm, I verified that you generally can find them through the following sources, with the exception of Votre Vu, which has their own website and is also an MLM program.

Lip Balm at Beauty.com

Lip Balm at Drugstore.com

Lip Balm at Norstrom



Best of the Standard Lip Balms

Below are 30 of the best lip balms. These generally are untinted or refer to the untinted version of the balm.

1: Badger Cocoa Butter Balm: Big, fat, and tasty, plus natural with great moisturizing ingredients and made by a cool company. What else could you want? Badger is our perennial number one favorite!

2: Murad Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15: For the most part, I tried to keep gel tubes off this list because I classify them as glosses instead of a balms, but Murad’s lip protector is simply too good not to be on the list. This super moisturizing gel tastes great, gives lots of shine and offers SPF 15 protection.

3: Eos Lip Balm: The cool Eos lip balm pods are all the rage and the balm is pretty darn good too! Fun to carry and great to wear.

4: Votre Vu: Votre Vu makes a luxurious, buttery balm with a nice vanilla almond taste that comes packaged in a lipstick type tube. For hand cream fans, you can also get the Duette, which is a tube of particularly nice hand cream with the balm in the lid.

5: Fresh Sugar Rose: A cult classic for a reason, Fresh Sugar Rose has a luxurious feel with a wonderful scent and taste. This is the best luxury level lip balm that you can buy.

6: Maui Mike’s Lip Balm SPF 15, Surfer’s Mint: A popular balm that has a great texture that is not too waxy and not too oily. It wears very well and offers SPF protection.

7: Caudalie Lip Conditioner: This buttery balm has great texture and also is good sized, making it a great choice for those who like a bigger balm.

8: Palmer Coco Butter Balm: A nice standard lip balm. Buttery and long wearing. Look for it at your local drugstore.

9: Mission Lip Balm: A favorite for outdoor activities, Mission balms have a good SPF level and are a bit waxier so that they will last longer and give good wind protection. I wear mission when I go running.

10: Jane Iredale Lipdrink: Moisturizing and soothing. This is a good everyday balm.

11: Tarte fRxtion Natural Sugar Exfoliator & Lip Balm Duo: Exfoliation is important and often over looked. This duo is a great way to exfoliate and then moisturize.

12: Alba Hawaiian: Super tasty is why I love this balm. It also is packed with some nice oils and is a bit on the glossy side for fans of lighter balms.

13: Lorac Vitamin E Stick: A great choice for vitamin E lovers. This stick conditions and protects.

14: Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA++. Buy this one for its great sun protection. Perfect for tropical vacations!

15: NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm: A nice balm that generally gets good reviews.

16: Kiss My Face: If you love natural products, this is the balm to buy. It provides good moisture though natural oils in a lightweight balm.

17: Bliss Fabulips: Yet another nice buttery balm.

18: H2O Plus Lip Treatment: Provides extra conditioning for extra dry lips.

19: Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Lip Balm: This is a nice standard balm that is generally well rated.

20: Banana Boat Lip Balm: Great for outdoor activities, this balm is a bit waxier in order to last longer and it has a good does of SPF. I often wear this one in summer and alternate it with mission balms for outdoor activities.

21: ChapStick Fresh Effects: A super minty balm to freshen breath while keeping your lips fresh as well.

22: Classic Chapstick: The old standby, I still love my cherry Chapstick!

23: Badger Classic Balm: A lighter, slightly oilier balm, good for those who like smoother and glossier balms.

24: Philosophy Kiss of Hope Therapeutic Lip Treatment: An all around good conditioning lip treatment.

25: Maybelline Baby Lips: Soft and soothing, this is a nice standard balm.

26: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick: I love shea butter, and this balm packs it in. Great for overall moisturizing.

27: Peacekeeper Eco-Sensual Lip Balm: Another nice daily wear lip balm with a lot of fans.

28: Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer: If you need an easy to find lip treatment, this is always  a good option.

29: Yes To Carrots:  A lightweight balm that can be found at most drugstores. Comes in a variety of flavors, including carrot!

30: Jack Black Intense Therapy Balm: A highly conditioning treatment balm.

Best Tinted Lip Balm

Here are 11 great tinted balms.

1: Benetint Balm: Benetint is the original lip stain, and their balm packs in the pigment for pretty rose colored lips with a dose of moisture. Don’t be afraid of the red pot, the tint is very natural looking.

2: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Lip Protector: A balm that wears very well and gives off a good amount of tint.

3: Yves Saint Laurent VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY Glossy Balm Crystal Color: Expensive, but the choice of pretty and sheer shades makes it worth it.

4: Korres Lip Butter: lightly tinted natural balms.

5: Dior Addict Lip Glow: Claims that the tint will adjust to your perfect color. I don’t buy into that, but I still love this product for its pretty tint and great conditioning.

6: Laura Mercier Stick Gloss: Good tint in a quality balm.

7: MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner: These pot balms have a good amount of pigment and moisturizing properties.

8: Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain: I love Totkidoki, and their lip balm stain does a nice job at providing color and conditioning.

9: Chapstick True Shimmer: A balm with a shimmery tint to it. Try it over standard lip stain for comfortable and neat look.

10: Nivea Tinted Lip Balm: Nivea makes several tinted items, each of which gives a nice bit of color in a light weight balm.

11: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer: Offers a decent range of shades in a slim balm.

Shop For The Best Lip Balms

Buy Lip Balm at Beauty.com

Buy Lip Balm at Drugstore.com

Buy Lip Balm at Nordstrom.com

Shop at Sephora

Shop at Ulta

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