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Friday, December 20, 2013

HURRAW! The art of amazing lip balm [and a killer giveaway!]

**The draw is now closed- a winner will be announced shortly!**

Some of you might already be thinking, "Lip balm? For real?'  Yep, lip balm. It's a big deal to me, and over the years, I've used hundreds of them. I'll find one that I think is great, but after the third or fourth one, there will inevitably be something... one little thing... that bothers me about it enough that I won't buy it again. It's too sweet. The texture turns grainy after awhile. It melts too easily, it won't stay on my lips long enough, it's too waxy... I could go on. I even have brands that I return to periodically because they're perfectly lovely but I just need to be in the mood to use them. You see, I've usually got about a dozen active lip balms at a time, stashed in different places. I'm obsessed. The lip balm love affair may actually be one of the most common beauty obsessions that exist.

So what's the big deal about Hurraw! lip balms? They are silky and satiny, sexy and perfectly textured, profoundly hydrating, all natural, made with uber-high-quality ingredients that are literally good enough to eat, they are softly fragranced, very affordable... and my favorite part? They're not all formulated exactly the same. Each balm is a little work of art in itself, and I think this is most evident in several of my favorites, including the Ayurvedic trio (Pitta, Vata & Kapha).


My interest in the ancient Indian healing art and science of Ayurveda has grown quite a bit over the past couple of years, and these lip balms are formulated on-site with finesse and thoughtfulness by a staffer who also happens to be a practitioner of Ayurveda. Like every HURRAW! lip balm, they are authentic, a pleasure to use and filled with gorgeous ingredients.

While it was the Ayurvedic trio of balms that pulled me in, it was the "tea trio" that held me down. I'm absolutely crazy about them, but my crown jewel has to be Green Tea. Here's the ingredient breakdown:
Sweet almond oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, cocoa seed butter, olive oil, camellia (green tea) powder, vitamin e, natural flavors. The brand uses raw, organic, vegan ingredients to create their products, and wildcrafted ones whenever possible.

This stuff makes your lips so soft and hydrated, that I swear that I can feel the moisture seeping through my lips into my entire face. Can you picture that? Maybe it sounds kinda gross, but if you're the winner of the TEA TRIO giveaway, you can find out for yourself if that's an accurate description of the delightful insanity that is  HURRAW! lip balms, and perhaps if this blog's readers are lucky, share some of your own weird technicolor visions of these addictive lip care products.

I've already bought some for my closest friends and family, and I personally own about twenty of these at any given time. My goal is to have tried one of everything, and I'm not very far off, to be honest. My husband is totally into the Root Beer balm, and Mom goes for the citrus fruits: lemon and lime. Another brilliant duo that I haven't mentioned yet are the Sun and Moon balms: Sun is tangerine and vanilla with SPF 15, and Moon consists of a mercifully soothing blue chamomile and vanilla, and is a bit thicker so that it really stays on all night.

You can win one each of the following lip balms, tucked away in an adorable little muslin drawstring bag:
Green Tea, Chai Spice and Earl Grey.





Just leave a comment below telling me about your current favorite lip balms, and what you look for in the ideal lip balm. On Monday night around 7pm Central, I will announce the winner in a new post. The winner will be determined by Random.org. At that time, the winner will be responsible for emailing me at eyelineronacat at gmail dot com with their mailing address so I can send out their goodies! Think of me as a version of Santa Claus that deals strictly in badass stocking stuffers, who has way too many pairs of high-heeled boots and bottles of perfume for her own good.

Feel free to head over to the HURRAW! website to check out all the different flavors and formulations they have. If you are a true lip balm freak, I dare you to click away without buying a couple. That is something I've been woefully unable to do as of yet.

Good luck to everyone, and happy holidays to you and yours!

[prize trio provided by HURRAW! balms. All other balms purchased by me for my own personal use. All images copyright HURRAW! balms, all rights reserved.]

13 comments:

  1. my favorite lip balm is korres and i like leaving my lips soft.I am interested in ayurveda also.Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. My favorite lip balm is the C.O.Bigelow "My Favorite Night Balm" because it heals lips and moisturizes like no other balms I've tried. I judge lip balms by how well they moisturize and heal chapped lips, and I like to use lip balms as a cuticle treatment, too.

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  3. I like the black label Buddha Balm, soft vanilla scent and deeply soothing.

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  4. I am forever on the search for a lip balm that is healing and perfect. yet to find it. My lips literally hurt and need a constant application. I would love one that if I miss a day doesn't result in my lips drying out and flaking! And I am obsessed with tea!

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  5. I am always searching for my holy grail lip balm. Right now I am using Korres during the day and Neosporin Overnight Lip Therapy before bed.

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  6. OOO these sound so yum! I checked the website out, and it's hard to decide on one flavor that I like the best! My favorite lip balm for the moment has to be the Fresh ones. I like my lip balms to glide on easily while leaving enough moisture. It shouldn't feel greasy or waxy on, and it should smell good!

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  7. My favourite lip balm is Nivea. I've found nothing else that stays on my lips and actually does its job for longer than 10 minutes!

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  8. I rely on Haus of Gloi lip balms to turn my reptilian pencil lips into a smooth, plump and squishy pout. Vegan too!

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  9. Suzy Lewis Ship (Scuba On Mars)December 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    I love Clarins lip balm for night time and YSL sheer candy for day time.

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  10. I never try the same lip balm twice. Once gone, I replace it w/ another brand. I'd like one that isn't waxy, sticky, funky smelling, or funky tasting.

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  11. i've actually tried this, the cinnamon formula, got it as a gift with purchase. and yes they are awesome. i also like burt's bees tinted lip balm.

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  12. My favorite lip balm is the Burt's Bees lipbalm. I like mine to leave my lips softer and protected from the weather.

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