The Do-It-All Balms

Raving is a regular occurrence here at G&M, but it’s rare for me to propose something as a ‘need’. The perfect blush brush, as gorgeous as it is, fits more into the ‘only if you really want it’ category, but the products being pushed into the spotlight today are much more of a necessary stash must have. The ‘Do-It-All’ balms; perfect for tending to chapped lips, dry patches and a whole list of first aid functions just to name a few of their uses – you got one? Fab, feel free to read the rest of this post with your fingers in your ears with a ‘I’m not listening’ hum, but you haven’t? Then I’ll run you down my favourites.

The Body Shop Honeymania Hand Cream is the longstanding pillar of this product category. With a petroleum base and dosed up with Vitamin E I actually tend to use this for more cosmetic jobs now; adding a touch of shimmer-free shine to the cheekbones, below brows and any other areas I wish to ramp up the glow. A good multi-tasker and if you’re after a balmy highlighter without any pigment this is just the ticket.

The French version of the multi-tasking balm bestseller is L’Occitane Amande Foot Cream. The ingredients don’t differ to much from Honeymania (petroleum based again, but with Shea Butter and Lavender), where it does sit apart from it is in its texture.

Another good all-rounder is Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Gel Creme. Too oily to plaster onto lips, but fab for the rest of your body. The ingredients list includes minerals – with no nasties to be seen. It’s pricey, but head to your nearest Health & Glow. Gals whose skin sits on the drier side of proceedings, this is the one for you.

My favourite of the bunch, and coincidently my Mum’s too is the Chambor Hydra Day Essential Day Moisturizer. With Glycerin giving it its hydration kick I find this to be the most nourishing of the bunch. It has a nice scent that fades on throwing on – it’s a good one for face, limbs and feet too. Definitely worth sniffing out.