I believe a key indicator that you’re becoming an adult is realizing that skincare trumps makeup. For the last couple of years, I’ve become a skincare fanatic, and have realized several things: high end skincare doesn’t necessarily mean good skincare, and that one should seriously consider looking outside Sephora and Nordstrom for the good stuff (not that they don’t have good stuff – they have GREAT stuff – just not exclusively). My most recent discovery is Glossier’s universal balm: Balm Dotcom. I discovered it through KathleenLights on YouTube, and absolutely had to get my hands on it.
Guys, let me tell you – the shipping is LIGHTNING FAST. The package (even though it was one rather small lip balm) was the size of a flat-rate USPS priority mail box. Once opened, I discovered amazing things inside: a freakin awesome pink zip lock bag (that will most certainly be re-used as an airline-approved, travel friendly makeup bag), a set of stickers (!!!) and a poster. Yes, that’s right.. a POSTER. I’m just slightly too old for posters, but that was exciting nonetheless 😉
Ok, on to the lip balm itself… *drumroll*
The good: this balm really is bombdotcom. Texture wise, it’s something between a vaseline and a serum. It’s not sticky in the least bit, and smells wonderful (although more like a vanilla wafer than coconut… but no complaints here!). I keep rubbing my lips together when I have it on – it’s becoming an obsessive habit =\ I put it on as soon as I got it, and, low and behold – my lips are smoother than a baby’s bottom. That never happens – I swear, and I own at least 10 lip balms/conditioners/what-have-you.
The not-as-good: the applicator. I took the top off for the picture above specifically so you could see that it really isn’t lip-friendly. It’s rather rough and scratchy, and is best applied with a finger than directly from the tube which is a negative for me. It is a universal balm, not meant exclusively for lips, I get it! But I own several others that have smooth applicator tips. I really don’t like using my finger to apply lip products, and will probably continue using the applicator BUT I won’t enjoy that part of the application.
Where to buy: These are currently only available on Glossier.com, but I have a feeling Nordstrom and/or Sephora is going to get their hands on this soon (that’s just a feeling, though).
Price: $12, so you basically HAVE to get this. I promise, you won’t be picking up that Burts Bees anytime soon 😉