I've spoken before about my absolute love for NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. I have gone through two jars and two tubes of the stuff which never happens. Usually I have half used tubes of lip balm loitering around my room/handbag/desk but, I can't keep myself in this stuff! However, at €12 for the pot and around €8 for the tube, it's an expensive habit and I've been trying to find another lip balm to use alongside the NUXE - I can't cut it out altogether! - that is just as nourishing and hydrating but, doesn't cost the earth.
Enter Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm. I threw this little unassuming tube into a recent Boots order to get free shipping and have been mightily impressed by it thus far At €1.99, it is a fraction of the price of even the cheapest NUXE option which is great and, thanks to Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter, it is super moisturising. I have been keeping this in the pencil holder on my desk in work (which, along with standard stationary paraphernalia also contains cuticle cream, a nail file and a mini handcream; always be prepared!) and it has been doing the job nicely. Because it is so cheap and easily accessible, I don't mind applying it liberally and replacing it more frequently.
I will keep a NUXE balm to hand because, aside from the obvious benefits, it is my base of choice for lipstick as it has a matte finish but, as a thrifty alternative, the Nivea does perfectly. In fact, I have since bought the SPF version for my upcoming holiday!
Do you splurge or save on lip balm?