I'm Still Looking Out for My Recessionistas: L'Oreal HIP Jelly Balm

If you disregarded my advice and didn't get anything from the Tendertones collection by MAC, I forgive you. Because L'Oreal HIP Jelly Balm pots are the absolute next best thing. And, lucky for those who don't follow every limited edition release by MAC, these are available all the time for a lower price.

But are they really as good? I think they are. Sheer color, soft, and easy to apply. And while the fragrance is not my style (my dislike of smelling like candy is well documented here), the good news is that it doesn't last. Nor does it have an obnoxiously sweet flavor that encourages you to lick it all off. Honestly, I never understood flavored lip glosses - why would I want to lick it all off just to reapply? It's obvious why they keep making them though!

I'm an absolute fanatic when it comes to keeping my lips soft. Keep a product like this one on them at all times, and you won't have to worry about exfoliating when it comes time to don those dark shades this fall.


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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.