It’s another fabulous Canadian addition to the Holiday Beauty Fest – Balmshell!
I first became obsessed with Balmshell lip glosses when I read about one of the company’s proudest moments, courtesy of an interview by Anjali of Rock That Look. Having enjoyed their “Shopaholic” lip gloss for some time, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the creators followed their passion and entrepreneurial instinct to create and market the perfect lip gloss.
And that it is! High shine, super moisturizing and never sticky, the gloss feels more like a balm than lip colour. It is quite frankly the only gloss I own that improves the look and feel of my lips the more I wear it.
“Balmshell’s high-end conditioning formula contains lanolin oil, jojoba oil and no artificial preservatives. Perfume-free, Balmshell is slightly flavored with a hint of natural fruity vanilla. This unique formula creates a smooth high gloss finish to enhance and give the appearance of full supple lips.
Each shade is packaged in a unique tube that contains a floating illustration. Each illustration has a cute story line that can relate to every woman. When you are finished with the gloss you can unscrew the illustration and attach it to a complimentary keychain component allowing you to keep the artwork.”
LOVE it – two insanely hot products in one!
As mentioned, my go-to gloss has always been Shopaholic (surprise, surprise!) – even before I realized that with my tanned complexion and quick smoky eyes, I’ve got the perfect Snooki style a la Jersey Shore. A less heavy application yields prom princess results – the essential pretty look for everyday wear. The lip gloss pairs wonderfully with all complexions, and is my preferred stocking stuffer this season!
When Baby Reid made his appearance back in May, the Balmshell gals generously sent me a Yummy Mummy gloss to celebrate; a sheer pinky-brown, which goes with everything (including tired eyes) and does wonders to make this mummy feel rather delicious. The gorgeous shimmer and sheer application gives this neutral gloss a touch of magic. And since mamas can usually do wonders, the gloss truly hits the mark.
Can’t decide? Grab Balmshell’s Mini Lip Gloss Collection. At just $24, you can indulge in 5 of Balmshell’s most popular shades, including Darling You Look Fabulous, Shoe Fetish, Shopaholic, Weekend in the Hamptons & Yummy Mummy. The lip glosses are displayed beautifully in a sleek Balmshell gift box (pictured below).
Great news for fans of the brand – Balmshell has plans to expand their line to include complimentary cosmetics, and has already introduced the coveted Lip & Cheek Tint. Praised by beauty professionals, the gel based product has a built-in antibacterial sponge applicator to reduce colour transfer on your fingertips. The innovative formula includes white tea and chamomile extract, plus rose water to control oil and keep skin fresh. Shades available are Black Cherry, Blackmail Betty, Gossip Greta, Scandalous Scarlett and Tabloid Tammy.
I’m a novice at applying cheek tints, but I’m all about the lip stains. Can’t wait to get my hands on this amazing product – the Tabloid Tammy shade (bronze) looks like the perfect way to add a sunny glow.
Balmshell cosmetics are available online and at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada.
Balmshell has generously offered one Listen to Lena! reader the chance to win 5 (FIVE!) lip glosses of her choice (value $100)!
PLUS, two runners up will each receive a Mini Lip Gloss Collection (value $24 each)!
To enter, simply visit Balmshell and choose 5 lip glosses which reveal your inner Balmshell, and leave a comment here listing them – including your favourite and why.
You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each. You can:
(1) Follow my blog, Listen to Lena!
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(4) Follow Balmshell on Twitter
(5) Tweet about this giveaway (tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/33qm4u3)
(6) You may Tweet daily.
I’ll draw for a winner on December 31st. Good luck everybody!