Two things sprung to mind when I decided to write a L’Oreal Paris Lip Spa review: 1) how terrifically fun they are, and 2) why the bloody hell are they limited edition?
I mean it really is quite ridiculous: here are very good lip scrubs and oils at an affordable price point in joyous scent/colour ranges that recall summers spent lolling around as a child, chasing ice cream vans and grappling with my singular existential worry that I’d get to the end of my Sweet Valley High book stash before the conclusion of my summer holiday.
And, before you even think it, yes you absolutely do need a lip scrub. Not just because they smell and look good, but because there’s no better way to remove those pesky flakes that make lipstick instantly look dry and a little deflated.
Yes, a cotton bud coated in lip balm and rolled across the lips can of course do the job, as can a pot of the stuff, but if you’re after convenience and ease, sticks are the way forward. Also, sticks tend to contain nourishing ingredients – in the case of these, it’s shea butter to moisturise as you apply. You need to use it daily or every other day to combat dry patches that accumulate on lips – but go at them gently, making little and often your lip scrubbing mantra.
Similarly, lip oil is a bit of a hero. There are plenty of moisturising lip products around nowadays and all well-meaning and fine if your lips are in fairly good nick, but if you’re after juicy, hydrated, easy summer colour, a tinted lip oil is right on the money.
Now because I feel so strongly about these, I asked the lovely folk at L’Oreal if they’d give away two full sets of all four tinted lip oils and three scrubs to ML readers. If you’d like a shot at winning the entire range, leave a comment below. The winners will be picked and notified by e-mail (so do please fill out that section of the entry form – it won’t show up in your comments) on Monday the 4th of June. And if you don’t win, you have until July to snap up a scrub and oil (£8.99 each available here). It’s only open to UK readers on this occasion. Good luck!