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Shine On You Crazy Mojito Diamond! Malin + Goetz Mojito lip balm review

Malin and Goetz Mojito lip balm

Malin and Goetz Mojito lip balm


Food for thought- since lip balms can often be shiny, and lip glosses are often moisturising, how does one decide whether to call a specific product a lip balm or a lip gloss?  And why has there not been a Royal Commission assembled to look into this pressing issue? Yup, you’re seeing my philosophical side :p

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm is a mystery to me. It is DAMN glossy (in fact it outshines many of my lip glosses), and actually pretty meh when it comes to moisturising the lips. I mean, if it wasn’t for the name on the tube I would have totes mistaken this for a gloss.


Malin and Goetz Mojito lip balm

Malin + Goetz Mojito lip balm


The Malin + Goetz Mojito lip balm has a totally non-sticky gel like texture which is quite similar to the Ellis Faas Glazed Lips L309 (reviewed here). It feels and looks fab on the lips, but doesn’t really do anything for my lips in terms of hydration.

Still well worth checking out for the high shine; delish minty, lime, mojito scent; and the oh so hip packaging.


Malin and Goetz Mojito lip balm

Malin and Goetz Mojito lip balm swatch


Has anyone tried this? I hear that Malin + Goetz also has a ‘lip moisturiser’ which is available at Mecca Cosmetica but I haven’t seen it in person- I wonder if it’s any more moisturising than the Mojito balm?

I got this from Urban Outfitters for $12.

Full ingredient list: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tricaprylin, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Fragrance.

Posted by on Aug 18th, 2011 in Lip balm, Lip Gloss, Reviews | 152comments

Petrolatum Detox chapter 5: Yes to Carrots

I’ve been curious about the Yes To range of products after reading Karen’s glowing reviews on Makeup and Beauty Blog , more so recently because I’ve been paying much more attention to the ingredients in my lip care and actively seeking brands that have a more natural focus.

So as you can imagine, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to trial some lip products in the Yes to Carrots range.


About the brand..

FOUNDED IN 2006, Yes To is a consumer-inspired line of hair and skin products born out of a desire to make you look and feel your most happy and radiant. Yes To combines high-quality organic fruits and vegetables with a special mineral elixir derived from the Dead Sea to nourish and hydrate naturally. [from website]

availability : ,  US : Walmarts, Ulta, Target, Walgreen’s .  AUS: David Jones, Priceline. UK: Debenhems, Bath and Unwind.

Yes To Carrots Melon Lip Butter

Like the rest of the Yes To Carrots range, this lip balm uses lovely ingredients like Coconut oil, Shea Butter, and true to it’s name- Carrot Root Extract. Carrot Root Extract is very high in vitamin A precursers and vitamin E.

This balm is fairly moisturising on the lips (richer than the Burt’s Bees lip balms, and similar to Badger Balm which I reviewed earlier) and has a modest wear time of about 30mins before I feel the need to reapply.  Normal-> mild dry lips would absolutely love this, very dry lipped individuals may prefer something a little heavier/richer.

Oh and the yummy melon smell of this lip balm is very, very addictive.

  • Size: 4.25g / 0.15 oz.
  • price: $5.95


bare lips with Yes To Carrots Melon lip butter

bare lips with Yes To Carrots Melon lip butter

Yes To Carrots Lip Tint ‘Sunset Pink’

This is my favourite out of the 3 Yes To Carrots lip products, and the one that I will run out and repurchase when I finish this tube.


The Lip Tints are basically a tinted balm. After applying this for the first time I was blown away by how gorgeous the peachy rose shade is, and how it just brightens up my face and is pigmented enough to take the ‘corpse’ purple out of my natural lip colour (compare against the first lip photo).

In fact, I would even go so far as to say that it is a (slightly peachier) balm version of Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Mademoiselle’ ! I kid you not.


‘Sunset Pink’ glides on like butter, and feels very lightweight on the lips. It is moderately moisturising, and has a wear time of about 45mins. It has a mintiness to it from the peppermint oil in the balm which I absolutely LOVE.

  • Size: 2.6g / 0.09 oz.
  • Price: $4.49 (US) $ 9.95 (AU)
  • lip swatch Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'

    lip swatch Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'


    Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'

    for the rest of the review, keep reading after the jump! 


    Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2011 in Drugstore, Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox | 15comments

    Petrolatum Detox chapter 4: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint


    Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains natural mint to help freshen breath. Fragrance-free. Colorant-free. Dermatologist tested. [product description from Jack Black website]

    price: US$7.50

    Availability: Sephora,

    I find it amusing that the BEST LIP BALM I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS was designed for men.

    Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy is some seriously amazing stuff. If you’ve read my previous lip balm posts you’d know all about how much I struggle with dry lips and how frustrating it is that balms that seem to do the job for other girls just didn’t seem to work for my lips. This balm was recommended to me by the ridiculously gorgeous Holly (of Beatideas.)

    This lip balm is intensely hydrating, and seems to ‘penetrate’ the skin rather than just sitting on my lip surface- so that even after the balm has worn off, my lips feel healthier and softer. It stays on my lips for a decent amount of time (a good hour or so) before I need to reapply.

    There is a minty scent, and a cooling tingling sensation with this balm which I now find quite pleasant.

    Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy is conveniently packaged in a small squeeze tube, and the texture of the lip balm is halfway between ointment and gel so it spreads easily even on bitterly cold mornings.

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint


    Another important advantage of this balm is that it has SPF 25, which is more SPF than found in the majority of lip balms. And of course, as the title of this post suggests- it is petrolatum free.

    I purchased this tube from through a mail forwarding service, and have ordered a few backups in the original mint flavour- as well as their new flavours Grapefruit and Ginger, Black Tea and Blackberry.

    full ingredient list:

    active ingredients: Octinaxate 7.5%, Avobenzone 3.0%

    other ingredients: Natural mint flavour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

    Posted by on Jun 29th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 5comments


    Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15- a review

    Why hello there!

    I’ve raved and raved about this lip balm on twitter since receiving it at the Bobbi Brown bloggers event, so I thought it was time to do a proper review.

    To be honest, I’ve never really give skin care products made by “cosmetic” brands much notice. I know this is a silly prejudice, but I always seek out skin care products by “skin care” brands, and cosmetic products by “cosmetic” brands (which is why I never take an interest in lipsticks by.. L’Occitane, for example, though they might be very good). This is why I never knew anything about Bobbi Brown’s lip balm SPF 15 until this little gem made it’s way to my goodies bag at the event.

    As many of you know, I really have a tough time finding a lip balm that works for my problem lips, so when I find one that does work I am a happy chappy. I absolutely adore this lip balm (enough to cheat on my Petrolatum Detox. *shhh* ).

    This balm really softens and moisturises my chapped lips, and I’m loving how my lips feel in the morning after using this balm as an overnight treatment. It has the perfect texture- applies silkily, no stickiness, but actually hangs around on the lips for a good amount of time (45mins, more than most lip balms for me) before I need to reapply.
    The synthetic rose scent is a touch too strong for my liking though.


    The SPF 15 comes from the chemical filter Ethylexyl Methoxycinnamate and a small amount of Titanium Dioxide (physical blocker). As far as I know, these sunscreen ingredients are non toxic and reasonably good UV blockers. *HAPPY DANCE* (more SPF info on Sunscreen Lowdown)


     Ingredients: Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire microcristalline, Plybuten, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacladipate-2, Ethylexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octyldodecanol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) seed extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Persea Gratissima (Advocado Oil), Olive Fruit Oil, Ozokerite, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phytosphingosine, Soya Bean Oil, Glyceryl Distearate, Castor Seed Oil, Oleic Acid, Parmitic Acid, Fragrance, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6 (CI 15850)

    Posted by on Apr 19th, 2011 in Bobbi Brown, Lip balm, Reviews | 216comments

    Petrolatum Detox chapter 3: Korres Mango Lip Butter


    I want to say a big THANKYOU to all the lovely readers that suggested Korres Lip Butters for my difficult lips when I first starting doing my Petrolatum Detox series.  

    This little pot is the first of many, many more lip butters in my collection. I’m absolutely loving how it feels on the lips, the way it perks up my otherwise corpse coloured lips, and the fact that it is petrolatum free.

    Mango is a lovely softened reddish coral colour. It’s fairly pigmented for a lip balm, as you can see in the swatch below, but like most tinted balms, the colour wears off within about 45mins- 1hr, but I like reapplying often anyway to keep my lips happy.
    I love how the orange tones in Mango counteracts the purplish colour of my lips and brightens up my face.


    Corpse lips

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    Lip swatch Korres Mango Lip Butter. No more Zombie Jen XD


    It’s a very soft, creamy balm- independant of temperature. I love how easily it spreads, no dragging at all, even on bitterly cold mornings; and yet it feels substantial on the lips, forming a protective layer that doesn’t disappear after 5 minutes (unlike some of the balms I reviewed previously).
    And it works! My lips feel great with it on, and continues to feel hydrated after it’s worn off. Hurrah!!  



    Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Mica, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake).

    Posted by on Apr 12th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews, Swatches | 95comments

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