2017 Lip Product Favorites

2017 was definitely not the year of the lip for me. I think I wore less lipstick this year than I ever have before. I mostly stuck to treatments and the occasional gloss. So rather than do a very detailed lip product post, like what I’ve done in the past, I think I’ll just talk about the few things that I used most often. (i.e. what I carry around in my purse with me every day)


Favorite Balm: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

I’ve been a big fan of the Agave Lip Mask for quite a while but Bite finally came out with a balm form and I’m thrilled! While I’m happy to use the mask any time, I don’t always love having to apply a product to my lips with my fingers. At work for instance, I don’t really want all my keyboard lurgees getting smeared on my lips. The balm is a little less hydrating than the mask and it doesn’t have the same nice scent but it is the best balm I’ve found to date. It’s pretty spendy at $18.00 per tube. Ok a lot spendy. But so far it’s the only balm I’ve found that doesn’t make my lips MORE dry than they were to begin with.

2016 – No balm favorite

2015 – Nivea A Kiss of Honey

Favorite treatment: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask


As previously mentioned; I love this stuff. This was a game changer for me. I never realized how much other lip treatments and balms were contributing to my dry lip problem until I started using this on a regular basis. I use this every night and keep a tube in my purse in case of emergencies. It’s amazing. This is another pricey product at $26.00 per tube. I will say that a tube of this lasts a very long time. I think I average about a year per tube and that’s with daily use.

2016 – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

2015 – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Favorite gloss: C.O Bigelow Mentha Supreme 2X

The scent of this gloss is one of the most refreshing mint scents ever. There’s just something special about it. I used this years ago and forgot about it but my friend Stashy reminded me last year and now I’ve fallen back in love. Also there’s the nostalgia factor with the scent. Every time I use this it takes me back to the early 2000’s and it’s amazing. I will say that if I use this for a few days in a row the menthol does really do a number on my lips. It’s definitely not a treatment. But it’s a beautiful clear gloss and I adore it. This is a little more affordable (although still kind of pricey for a lip gloss) at $8.00 per tube. I get it at Bath and Body Works and they frequently have sales so that’s a great time to check it out.

2016 – Chanel Glossimer 63

2015 – Covergirl Lip Lava (ooh la lava)

2014 – tie between Buxom Full On Lip Polishes and L’Oreal LeGloss

Favorite lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 9 (Nude in Private)

You may or may not remember my talking briefly about what happened with The Boy this last year. For a few months he was in the hospital and part of that hospitalization was in a different city about 2 hours away from my home. For about a month I relocated to that town and would come home every few days to check on the cat and run local errands. For 11 of the days that he was in the hospital he was under complete sedation. (sorry this is turning into a long story!) At one point when I had been sitting in the hospital room watching him “sleep” for a few days, one of the nurses suggested that I take a few hours to go do something other than just go back to the apartment and fall asleep immediately. So I went out shopping and since I hadn’t thought to pack makeup, I basically bought myself a new face. It was kind of nice having “out of town” makeup and “home” makeup that I didn’t have to tote back and forth. To make a short story super long; this was the lipstick that I bought for myself on that little afternoon shopping spree. So it has nostalgia. But also, this is a great nude on me. I keep this in my purse and feel fancy every time I whip it out. It’s also one of those shades that I can apply without a mirror because it’s so close to my own lip color that it doesn’t really matter if I’m a little sloppy. Am I suggesting that you go out and drop $37.00 on a lipstick? Not really. But if you want a treat for yourself, this line is kind of fun. The packaging is horribly gaudy and bordering on cheap looking but that’s the fun of it. Also the scent of these lipsticks is so delicious. I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but when I was about 22 I used to order this shot called the Red Headed Slut. It has Jagermeister, cranberry juice and peach schnapps and it’s amazingly delicious. I should really order one of those again sometime. Anyway, this lipstick smells like that drink and it’s perfection.

2014 – Favorite Nude – Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Impulsive

2015 – Favorite Nude – Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Impulsive

2016 – No nude lipstick winner but you can see the other lipsticks here

I would love to know what your lip favorites were this last year! Do you have a favorite lip trend? Are you hoping to see a new lip trend this next year? I’m ready for matte lips to go away and for gloss to come back in a big way. Although I think matte lipstick looks so nice on other people, I just can’t handle it myself.

4 thoughts on “2017 Lip Product Favorites

  1. Yeah I’m a big fan of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm too! It’s been SO DRY AND COLD here (send help!) and it has saved my lips (no seriously, it was -21C here today, SEND HELP).

    And YAY on the C.O Bigelow! Ya know, the Mentha flavour is the only flavour that isn’t available here in Canada for some reason – I bet it’s somehow banned here with the menthol or something. 😆

    I enjoyed reading yoour YSL Rouge Volupte Shine story! Definitely a special tube! I think something might be wrong with me – I have the shade #8 Pink in Confidence and while the colour is super pretty, I’m super turned off by the scent. I have jammed my YSL tube under everyone’s noses and ask them to smell it and they report that it smells like a sweet berry but all I smell is spoiled cucumber. o_O

    I never hopped on matte lipstick and refuse to change my lipstick on the whim of some beauty magazine! 😛 I am a big fan of lip oils – have you tried any yet? My favourites are Clarins and the Lancome Juicy Shaker.

    1. -21C?!?! That’s insane! Come visit Florida!! I’ll send a dog sled to come fetch you! 🙂 Seriously though, that’s miserable.

      I just saw that the Bite Agave MAPLE lip mask is now available in the US! I am really tempted to buy it just because I’ve been so jealous that you guys have one we don’t have lol. I wish it was actually maple flavored though, I’d be all over that.

      Ok, be honest, Canada is using the US as guinea pigs for their cosmetics aren’t they?

      Is menthol something that would be regulated there? You can get serious menthol anything here. It would be interesting to know!

      There are very few scents in the world that are worse than spoiled cucumber. That’s devestating! Aren’t olfactory senses so strange? With perfumes and things, I’m convinced that peoples interpretations go beyond just personal preference, I think we all smell things differently.

      Good for you for not going matte! I was lured in by the promise of longer wear time but it’s just not for me. There are a few matte formulas that I like but not many. And almost NONE of the liquid matte products do anything for me.

      I have the YSL lip oil (which I really enjoy but it smells just like the lipstick so I wouldn’t recommend it to you) and I’ve tried the Milani lip oils (meh). I didn’t realize that the Juicy Shakers were lip oils! Now I REALLY want to try one! Between the Clarins and the Lancome, which do you feel is more hydrating? I could seriously go for a lip oil right now. My lips are to chapped to handle lipstick but I miss color!

      1. Clarins is more hydrating for me. But if you’re looking for some colour, go with the Lancome Shakers! Some are basically sheer but others do pack a punch. The shade I’ve loved is called Berry in Love which leaves a pretty stain on the lips.
        Here’s a post I did comparing them (+ the Sephora one):

        I don’t think menthol is regulated here… but I’m not sure if it’s an ingredient to make drugs or what, who knows!

      2. Thank you for always linking your posts in our conversations. I can’t ever seem to remember what I’ve read on your blog so it’s super helpful!
        I think I’m going to add both of these to my shopping cart. Along with a few other things that I now must buy due to your HG post lol

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