Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Plump up the volume

Lip balms - I think I'm addicted to them. It's almost the first beauty product I apply in the morning, the last one in the evening before I go to sleep and in between I re-apply it more times than I can count. I have a lip balm on my bedside table, on my desk at work, and on the sofa table. In the very unlikely event that I should have forgotten to take a lip balm with me when I leave the house, I almost get a case of separation anxiety and I will always stop somewhere and pick another one up, which means that by now I have one lying around in every handbag, just to make sure that I'm not caught without. Does that classify as an addiction? Probably!

The most important thing for me when it comes to lip balms is that it gives a deep sense of hydration that lasts as long as possible and if it happens to have a lovely yummy flavour, it's a welcome bonus point. Since I always use lip balms as a primer under lip stick or lip gloss, I prefer them to be without any color, but it is also nice to have a tinted lip balm for those lazy days when you can't be bothered with makeup but you still don't want to look like death warmed up. I have tried a lot of different lip balms and almost all of them have been budget buys. Since they've done a decent job at keeping my lips moisturised I've never really seen the point in splurging on premium brands - at least that is until I tried the Gatineau DefiLift 3D Perfect Design Revolumising Lip Care.
The Defi Lift 3D Lip Care contains natural ingredients that will heal, moisturize and smooth the lips - e.g. shea butter, jojoba oil and lavender extract. But what sets this lip balm apart from other products is the wonderful plumping effect created by a cocktail of ingredients that stimulate the synthesis of collagen to create firmness, retain hydration and better define the contours of the lips. The lip balm is a silky glossy consistency that immediately smooths the lips and adds a little bit of volume that lasts for a few hrs and unlike many products with plumping effects, it doesn't give an intense tingling sensation in your lips that can sometimes be quite uncomfortable.

As the balm isn't sticky you can use it on its own, as a primer under lipstick or as a lip gloss. Because of the firming effects, you can also use it as a lip contour mask, adding a generous layer and then just let it sink in for the next 10-15 mins or so. This will reduce the appearance of any small lines or wrinkles by giving a filling effect an boosting the lip contours. At £22, this lip care product is definitely not a budget buy, but keep in mind that you're getting not only a lip balm but also a long lasting plumping product and a lip contour mask enriched with anti-ageing properties. If you don't want to waste this great lip balm during the day, you can do what I do and use it as a treatment overnight so you wake up in the morning with lovely plumped lips, all ready for your favourite lipstick.

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  1. Not thrilled about the price tag for such a small tube,but as you said you can use it in different ways. I would use it like you as a overnight treatment.
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    1. I know - it's definitely something you would pay for a lip balm that you apply 5 times a day, so because it's long lasting it's great to use as a primer :o). Xx

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    1. Hi Michele - it's not cheap that is true, butif you get it from QVC you actually get two for £29 - which is a great deal! Xx

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    1. It's a really great products and worth while getting as a treatment :o). Xx

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  4. Another lip balm addict here - this one sounds really great, I've never tried it but will look out for it!

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    1. It's a wonderful balm, and I also recommend that you try it as a lip mask - it's amazing for the lip contours :o). Xx

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  5. I think it is better to buy a balm like this than those expensive but useless lip plumping glosses...
    ..xoxo..great post C!

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    1. Hiya Shub, I agree - this way I know that I'm getting great quality and long lasting effect :O). Xx

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  6. Sounds great! I always have dry sensitive lips and am just trying out a lip balm at the moment which I am starting to love. I think this could be the next one to try :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Yeay - if you do try it, let me know how it's working out for you. Everyone I know that's tried this balm is so happy with it :o). Xx

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  7. interesting post, I didn´t know this brand but I will

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    1. Hello Ana, it's a wonderful product and Gatineau overall is such a nice brand :o). Xx

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    1. I'm so glad we have another fan :o)! For sure, and fair enough it's not the most affordable lip balm, but you know you can expect excellent quality from it. Xx

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  9. I guess I will try once but will not be a purchase habit due to the price.
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  10. I haven't used Gatineau before, but this lip balm sounds fab, as I worry about anti-aging and there is always treatments and creams for the eyes, but the poor lips get forgotten! and I for one don't want to get a mouth that looks like a cats bottom!

    One for the christmas list I think :)

    Paula at Beauty Lover

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    1. LOL - that's so true. It's easy to find masks for your face, but not so easy for the eye or lip area :o). Xx

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  11. I use this and your right it is ace. Also, I highly recommend the eye cream.

    Lindsay x
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    1. Thanks a million - completely I agree, it's another gem from Gatineau :o). Xx

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  12. I've got the same like You. :)
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    1. It's a brilliant product, and the fact that is' non sticky is a huge plus for me :O). Xx

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  13. Yeouch! That's some price tag, but it sounds great, I'll have to stick to my trusty Vaseline :)
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    1. It is - there's no getting around that, but they do a great deal at QVC at the moment so you get 2 for just under £30 ;o). Xx

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  14. Seems nice! Too bad the price is rather high :( xx

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    1. It's lovely, but definitely not a budget buy! Xx

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  15. What do you think of this in comparison to 8 hour cream?
    saida xx

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    1. I prefer the Gatineau cream since it's much lighter in its consistency and less "vaseline like" and heavy the way the Elizabeth Arden cream is and to be honest I really don't like the smell of the 8 hr lip balm. But that's just my personal view :o) and the Elizabeth Arden balm is good as well. Xx

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  16. This is a great post for me, cause I am just like you concerning lip balms! I have one next to me now, and when I was reading the post I have just applied a coat of lip balm :) It's good to know about Gatineau, cause I bought a lip balm by Dior last weekend, and it is not good - dries the lip skin in a way that I had to remove the dead skin with tweezers, it hurt, and looks awful after that (and even bleeding!) Will try this one! Thanks for sharing it! denisesplanet com

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    1. Hello Denise and thanks for visiting. I've been tempted to get the Dior Lip balm - again holding back because of the price, but it doesn't sound like it worked at all for you - how horrible! I hope you get them back into shape soon! Xx

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  17. This product sounds great! My lips always get so dry in the winter so i might check this out :) xx
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    1. I you do get it, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do, and let me know what you think of it :o). Xx

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  18. I have never heard of this before. I am the same way about lip balms and keep several of my favorite, Burts Bees, with me all the time.

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    1. Oh they're great too - straight forward, no fuss good lip balms :o). Xx

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  19. It looks amazing. Will you like to follow each other on GFC and Twitter? xoxo
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    1. Hi Sandy, thanks for visiting and for the lovely comment. I follow you and hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  20. Nice review and product, It´d come in handy now. :)
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    1. LOL - that's why next day delivery is so good :o). Xx

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  21. Great review! Looks like a great product :)

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    xox

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    1. Thank you so much, that's lovely of you :o). Xx

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  22. This sounds like a great product, I really want to try a lip plumper but Idk about the price :)

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Yes it's definitely not a product you want to waste by reapplying 10 times a day, but use if maybe twice and the results are brilliant :o). Xx

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  23. great blog
    wonderful photos!!!

    Do you want follow each other?

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks a million that's very nice of you - follow you now and hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  24. I've never actually heard of this brand before but it sounds fab! I hate when plumping lip products leave that tingling sensation - I always feel like I've been stung by a bee lol.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. LOL - I know what you mean, this is just a nice glossy balm :O). Xx

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  25. Really good and useful review!

    I'm following you now with GFC, hope u follow back xxx

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    1. Thank you for visiting Magdalene and for the nice comment. Follow you on GFC and Bloglovin' and hope to see you here again soon :o). Xx

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