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No surprise when you try ‘their returned by very popular demand’, Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm.

Looks amazing, wears amazingly and smells amazing.

They have re introduced 3 shades, if I can call them shades, 01 Crystal Coral, 02 Crystal and 03 Crystal Red. The word Crystal is key; they are crystal in looks, so much so in fact at first it’s a bit of a shock. The Crystal Red I tried is a very dark almost burgundy red that looks like a bullet shaped piece of raw redcurrant flavored jelly. 01 Crystal Coral looks like mandarin jelly and 02 has no jelly equivalent – it’s just a very lovely pale pink colour.

As with all Clarins products style is of the essence and unlike most lip balms this is presented as a lipstick rather than a lip balm in a tin. We’ve all had to from time to time use our nail to extract the balm from the bottom of the tin! Not a pleasant thing for any of us to have to do. However with this you simply apply as you would a normal lipstick, which is in the classic Clarins silver case that any girl, myself included, is smugly proud to use in public! 

So I’m happy to report it looks cool and tastes as sweet as a fruit pastel, but just seems to disappear off your lips. At first I was a little bit shocked that the colour of the actual lipstick is far removed from the actual colour that applies to your lips. With the Crystal Red you get a very subtle and feminine depth to your lips and with anything like this the more you add the deeper it appears. However it just disappears. Its as though it soaks into your lips, which does mean that your lips become incredibly soft, but I seem to be constantly applying it to try and keep the small amount of colour it gives me. I can only guess the Crystal Coral would be similar and Crystal would just give you a lovely soft sheen. All that said, this lip balm gives you all you could wish for this summer, silky smooth lips, and the transparency of a gloss and the subtle colour of a sheer lipstick. All three colours are being offered as a limited edition, so please girls go out an buy at least one of them, if for nothing more than to have the ultimate posh lip balm in your handbag.

Visit you’re nearest Clarins counter and swap £16.50 of your hard earned cash for this summers must have lip balm.

Win a Lip Glaze You Can Apply in the Dark!

The high street giant Superdrug delivers another exclusive product to us girls. 

With 6 colours to choose from including 2 new colours for Spring 2011 this GOSH Light’N Shine lip glaze will quickly become your “I can’t leave home with out it” product for this summer.

Now lets just be honest with each other for a minute. We’ve all purchased lip glosses that promise to give us a wearable, lip plumping gloss that have turned out to stick our lips together and then deposit themselves on the rim of our wine glass with a rather unattractive slap, which in turn is guaranteed to attract every wasp with in a 3 mile radius. Trust me this one is different.  I wore number 03 Soft Rosa (a very pretty pale pink with a definite but not overwhelming sparkle) over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and loved every minute of wearing it. Obviously I was forced to try it out on a range of different glasses and can proudly report it performed better than expected on a variety of wine glasses, a G&T glass and a champagne flute! (is this a good time to invite you to read my review on anatomicals headache relief balm?!)

With colours available ranging from White to Hot Pink, with Rosa, Plum and Light Purple as well as the Soft Rosa I tried, I not sure it’s a great range to choose from however the colours do seem to tick all the boxes for this years trends for pretty natural looking lips with ultimate gloss offering a long lasting, lip quenching high glaze treat for bare lips.

Now let me tell you the 2 reasons why GOSH Light’n Shine Lip Glaze is extra special.

Reason 1 – How many times do we get caught short out and about and needing to reapply our lip-gloss? As girls we can multi task and use our imagination but now we have a lip-glaze that has it’s own in built mirror and LED light (doubles as a light saber for those Darth Vader moments). Imagine being able to reapply when ever and where ever we need to - in a dimly lit restaurant, before the lights go up at the theatre and for those of you still young enough to be pitching a tent at Glastonbury or the V Festival we all understand its as important to have kissably glossy lips as it is to be wearing the right wellies!


Reason 2 - Thanks to my friends at GOSH they have given me 5 of these wonderful summer essentials for you to win. To get your paws on one, nip to the GOSH facebook page and click 'Like' (

Once you've done that nip back to me and tell me you've done it by commenting here or tweeting @TopGayer, and the lucky winners will receive one in the post.

If your not lucky enough to win, the full range is available exclusively from Superdrug and retails at £7.99