Well hello there 🙂 🙂
With all the hullabaloo of the final week of university, I really haven’t been putting in enough time on this blog, which saddens me because blogging is something I love doing. I am so appreciative of those of you who do enjoy what I write because it gives me this sense of community when I am studying at my desk with my cat as my only form of social interaction. I am also grateful to those of you who stick around even when university gets busy and my posting becomes sporadic. But today, I wanted to get back into the blogging groove and do a traditional product review post of something I have become rather fond of: Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm.
- 2-in-1 sugar scrub and tinted lip balm
- Sugar scrub delicately exfoliates and smoothes lips
- Lip balm hydrates and nourishes dry, cracked lips
- The perfect size to keep in a purse
- Available in six shades: Red Velvet, Orange Blossom, Candied Cassis, Pink Framboise, Sweet Rose, and Citron Bleu
I mentioned these little numbers way back in February in my then-recent Clinique haul post, and I have been using them quite a bit since then. I picked up Sweet Rose and Citron Bleu because I wanted to try a sheer pink shade along with the clear shade.
What I really like about this is that the sugar scrub and lip balm are in the same package so it takes up less room in your purse or makeup bag but does twice as much. This does mean that the amounts are a bit less, but I have been using mine for over a month now and I still have lots left.
Side note: The frosted side of the packaging is the scrub and the clear side is the balm . . . I finally figured that out after much irritation over constantly opening the wrong side.
First, I take a small fingerful of the sugar scrub and lightly massage it on my lips for about 20 seconds or so. I then wipe this off with a tissue. I highly recommend using a 2 ply tissue or something thick like that because using toilet paper can leave little paper bits on your lips and you don’t want that getting in the lip balm. Clinique recommends that the sugar scrub should be used up to three times per week, which makes sense given it removes dead skin cells and dry flakes but lips are still sensitive and shouldn’t be over-exfoliated. After the sugar scrub, I spread a generous amount of the moisturizing balms on my lips. Luckily this balm can be used whenever your lips are feeling a little dry.
The balm provides a really sheer and light tint. I was a little disappointed that the balm was not nearly as tinted as I thought it would be, and that the pigmentation stayed on my finger longer than it did on my lips. However, I would think the darker shades would give lips a darker tint, unless they are all super sheer.
This product retails for CAN $24, which is quite expensive for a lip balm (at least for me) but it is the only product I know of that is dual-sided with a scrub and lip balm. However, in terms of moisturization, the balm was average and so I would probably stick with my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment because of its heavy-duty moisturizing.
The only issue I have with this product is that I have to use my finger to apply the sugar scrub and lip balm, which isn’t very convenient for on-the-go use because it can get stuck under my nail or make my finger sticky. Plus, you know, germs. I don’t like the idea of them living in my lip balm or sugar scrub. Applying it with a cotton swab does a good job but then I find I waste a lot of product. I really wish it came with a sponge applicator or something, but the adorable cylindrical packaging doesn’t really allow for a hidden applicator anywhere.
Have you tried these sweet pots before??? If yes, which is your favourite shade???