Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Honest, Genuine, Trustworthy

These three words are the motto of C.O. Bigelow's products. I like a ton of lip products all over the place, but C.O. Bigelow's lip glosses blow me away. I can't get enough of them! They don't have fancy tubes with eye-catching sparklies, but they are as delicious as candy, no exaggeration. A friend gave me a tube of the Lemon Mentha Lip Shine and that's all it took. I was hooked after the first application. This specific type of Bigelow lip shine comes in lemon, lime, orange, spearmint, and cinnamint. The cinnamint is a beauty insider's choice finalist. I've only tried the lemon so far, but it is definitely a favorite of all my lip glosses.

I normally use a base coat of lip balm for moisture when wearing a gloss. I find that it reduces irritation left by glosses with large sparkles... sometimes it can feel like a glitter gloss is exfoliating instead of just shimmering. Also, this helps deal with lip glosses that dry lips out in the long run. The lemon gloss, however, moisturizes without the help of an extra smear of choice lip balm... besides, an base coat of flavored balm would interfere with the incredible taste of this lip gloss. (Having said that, I need to point out that Sugar Fresh lip balm actually works like a charm under the lemon gloss. You can find it at the Sephora website.)

I've tried another category of C.O. Bigelow gloss in the Soda Fountain flavor line. I bought a fun mini-pack with three flavors:
- Strawberry Sundae
- Butterscotch Vanilla Sundae
- Hot Fudge Sundae
Also, heads up - there's another flavor in this category and it's a kind of marshmallow sundae. I haven't tried it yet. Anyone out there know what it's like?

The strawberry and fudge flavors have very vivid colors, which were a turn-off for me at first. I have a pale complexion, and I thought these colors might wash me out. Instead, they turned out fine. I prefer to apply these glosses in front of a mirror because staying in the lines is essential with the stronger colors, but you can adjust the amount of color to work with variations in skin-tone simply by the thickness of the layer of gloss. The butterscotch is a very light golden color and works well with lipstick. These also aren't terribly sticky (and once again, a smooth lip balm can remedy a lot of stickiness any way)

I fell in love with these three flavors immediately. It's worth noting that these are all mentha lip glosses, so they have a small percentage of peppermint oil in the mix. Personally, I don't think this detracts at all from the taste of the gloss. I thought at first the mint would clash with the sundae flavor but, surprisingly, it provides a tingly aftertaste that only accentuates the other yummy flavors.

I'm constantly on the hunt for amazing-tasting lip products, and I've checked out Liplicious and Tutti Dolci as well as some others (and I'll review those later) but so far I've gotta say, so far, C.O. Bigelow ranks tops. I'd gladly vote this as a candidate for best tasting lip gloss in the world, so go see for yourself!

Also, Bath and Body Works is currently having a buy two get one free sale on the Bigelow lip products and there is a line of festive winter flavors including Triple Hot Chocolate, Hot Buttered Rum, and Vanilla Cream Eggnog. I just ordered the rum and eggnog flavors (I'm thinking the hot chocolate will be too similar to the hot fudge sundae) and I found out there's another winter flavor which, for some reason, isn't on the B&BW website any more. It's called Warm Spiced Cider, which I think sounds absolutely heavenly. I tracked down a tube on Amazon and ordered that as well, and I can't wait to see what they're like!

I found out today that they had a line of three summer flavors including mango, lychee and something else called yuzu and I'd love to hear opinions if anyone's tried them! I went kind of crazy when I found out about these more tropical flavors and went ahead and ordered a mentha lip shine in lychee.
I'll update again when I get my new shipment of deliciousness :D

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