November 10, 2008

Beauty on a Budget: Softlips Review & Contest

Meet my favorite budget friendly stocking stuffers for the Holiday:

If you read my review on Rosebud Salve you probably already hold the key to the secrets of Life, the Universe, and Everything. What you probably didn’t realize is that the second key to the universe is held within these little duo packages of joy!

I’ve been using Softlips since…hmm forevers. The Muse and her sister have happily purchased Softlips for a very long time, years and years. I can remember Softlips Lip Balm being one of my very first makeup purchases so indeed it’s been a while!

Honestly aside from Rosebud Salve I haven’t met a better option for keeping my lips happy during the cold weather skin! I’ve always had one of these little guys tucked into my purse for quick touch ups on the go. They glide on incredibly well and offer a nice seal of protection for cold, bitter New York weather plus they taste sooooo good! And let’s not forget they have SPF 20!

Softlips have introduced two new Limited Edition Duo Packs that contain two full size Softlips Balms. The first package holds Vanilla and Mint flavored balms which are great to use alone or layer them on top of each other for a Vanilla Mint flavored pout! The second package contains my personal favorite Cherry! It also contains Sugar Cookie which you can combine with Cherry to create Cherry Sugar Cookies! Yum! The Muse gets really excited about the little things in life.

Many of you have written me emails asking I feature some budget friendly options for cosmetics, gifts, etc..and I think that these Softlips Duo Packs are ideal for budget stocking stuffers! Each pack costs around $3.50-$3.99 USD which isn’t too bad a deal at all! They make very cute gift toppers as well to tape to the top of a bigger gift or to stick in a Holiday gift bag!

Yo can learn more about Softlips by visiting them at!

I know quite a few folk were disappointed that the Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffret Contest was not open to the US residents! Boo! Hiss!

But the good news is today I have two Limited Edition Packages of Softlips to give away to readers within the US and abroad! Simply comment below and I’ll be choosing two random readers to get one of the two packets I have! The contest begins today and ends on Friday so Good Luck!

Budget more of your Beauty by reading some past budget reviews!

E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer Review

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review

Physicians Formula Plump Potion Review

L’Oreal Infallible Lipgloss Review

EcoTools 5 Piece Brush Set Review


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • wen

    hey muse!

    OMG u mean ure doing the international giveaway thing agn!

    i love u and ur bigbig heart. <3

    before i saw that u were giving stuff away, i wanted to comment that sadly, i've not seen this in singapore.
    we have this Mentholatum Lipice series, but softlips look wayyy better! haha. i might be just biased. =p

    and i wanted to complain that i'm not able to find a good lipbalm. i've Body Shop's vitamin E lipbalm. it's soooo difficult to spread on my lips. terrible. and it doesnt seem to work for me cos i still wake up w chapped lips! and since it's difficult to spread, it hurts when i apply it since my lips are alr chapped. dumbdumb lipbalm. ROWLS.

    and i really wanna try rosebud slave too. and softlips. sigh.

    anw, happy xmas shopping. =))

  • Anonymous

    Kayvid: Hey I am loving the fact that these have SPF in them…Talking of contests I forget who was the winner of that breast cancer pin contest…

  • lindsay harper

    hey musey!!
    i was one of the heart broken canadian commenters on the harajuku girl perfume contest. hehe. i’m happy you’ve opened this one up! i loooove soft lips!!!
    lindsay ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hey wen!

    how are you darling!?

    hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks honey!

    Softlips are a fav of mine so it’ll be nice if you win and get to try ’em!

    This glides on fairly well so you might enjoy the formula when compared to the Body Shop one ๐Ÿ˜›

    GOOD LUCK ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you nab it darlin’!

  • the Muse

    hey kayvid!

    I haven’t announced yet ๐Ÿ™‚ but I will shortly! Not many people entered so it’ll be a close one!


    I like that they have SPF too! Makes ’em great for Summer!

  • the Muse

    hi there lindsay!

    I’m sorry about the Harajuku Contest but I sure hope you win this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good Luck!


  • the Muse

    hehe Kula ๐Ÿ™‚

    Combine them to create the perfect snack for your lips ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nell

    Ah, Muse, I can get exited by small things too.
    I hope Iยดm lucky enough to win in your giveaway, would be a first for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hugs, Nell

  • Jenni

    I’ve never actually tried Softlips before, but these flavors sound wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Unintended

    This is so exciting! I love soft lips and would love to win one of those babies.

    I’ve never seen the seasonal packs anywhere. Softlips are so hard to find!

  • the Muse

    hey nell ๐Ÿ™‚

    sometimes we have to right? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope so too! Good Luck lovie!

  • the Muse

    hi jenni!

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is a great opportunity to try ’em out!!!!

    Good Luck!

  • the Muse

    hi unintended!

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good Luck! I hope you nab them! They are awesome flavor packs!


  • sarahPUFFY

    I remember when I was a freshman and all the bitchy senior girls used soft lips! I was like "aw…I wanna be cool." lately Ive been considering buying soft lips because Im on my last tube of aquafina balm, and I can't find it in wal mart! I actually traded my mom my sally hansen pm lip plumper for it, I was THAT desperate for lippy nourishment. never again shall I go without!

    I only hope that soft lips can live up to my expectations…aquafina is an A++ and thats a lot to live up to! n.n

    wait. this is a contest? meep I so didn't know! that's what I get for not reading! >.<

  • yl

    i practically stalk your blog and love reading all your reviews, even though it always makes me want items i cant afford ๐Ÿ™‚ anyway i finally managed to purchase (at a decent price) the etude pore erasing peach base, have been wanting it since i read your review on it ages ago.

    thanks for taking the time to write all these reviews! and for the fab giveaways

  • Laura

    Ohh please consider me entered for this. We can’t get much decent lip stuff over here and the flavours sound divine.

  • Laurie

    Hi there! These look great – I haven’t used Soft Lips in so long, but I remember them being very awesome!

    Happy Monday:)

  • the Muse

    LOL sarahPUFFY !

    Love your story ๐Ÿ™‚ These are a fab replacement for the aquafina ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LOL yes and your now officially entered to win wahoo!


  • the Muse

    hi there yl!

    Aww well thank you I’m super flattered ๐Ÿ™‚

    I admit I’m guilty of posting really expensive products eep! Must do more beauty budget finds ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m so glad you got the EH Pore Erasing Base ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you love it!?

    You’re most welcome! Most important thanks for taking time you to read all my reviews ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate it greatly!

  • the Muse

    Morning Laurie!

    happy monday!

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Prior to discovering rosebud salve I rarely left home without one in my pocket ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good stuff!

    Good Luck!


  • sarahPUFFY

    LOL, man those chicks hated me too. I guess cos I was dating a senior they all tried to hook up with. Lucky for me I still have him now! Miserable cows =D !!!

    And yay contest! Its sad, all I saw was “limited edition soft lips” and I got so freaking excited. I didn’t even read it before commenting! XD

    What really has me sold is the SPF 20. I’m always sad about my HG not having SPF so SL may end up trumping my longtime fav! n.n

  • The Mighty J

    I heart SoftLips too!! Can’t wait to see if they have arrived in Canada.

  • fridagal

    Ooo these lipbalms sound good since i tend to have dry lips and i’ll be going to japan in dec which will be very cold i definitely need sth which will do a gd job of protecting my lips frm the cold.. dont wanna gt sausage lips like last time =(

  • Karrie

    I’ve never used softlips before, but it’s always been something I’ve wanted to try.
    I like it when lip balms offer spf protection.

  • lauraannette

    I too used Softlips as a teen. Haven’t had any in awhile…maybe its time to try them again!

  • natalie

    oooo, i loveee softlips! where i live, they only sell vanilla which is quite sad =(

  • Phyrra

    Softlips was my favorite lip balm until I tried Aromaleigh’s lip balm. And my guys still use softlips as they like the vanilla or winter mint flavors.

    Al’s feel divine on the lips. I highly recommend minty cocoa chip.

  • Engmin

    Hey Muse,
    Rose Petal Salve is indeed a fantastic product. I just purchased Cherry Kiss, Sweet Vanilla Salve and Strawberry Crush, eep! (all from Rose&Co Apothecary) Maybe I can include Softlips into my growing lip balm collection? *winks* Thanks for opening this giveaway to non US readers!

  • the Muse

    oh excuse me miss thang ๐Ÿ™‚ dating seniors in your freshman year lol! I was still playing with barbie my freshman year lol lmao!

    Oh my god…how romantic…you guys are still together? ๐Ÿ™‚ How long has it been?

    Ditto don’t feel bad..LE does it for me all the time!

    None of the balms I use ever have SPF which is why I love these so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    hi there fridagal!

    AHHH I’m so jealous wish I can go!

    sausage lips LOL!

    Good Luck hun!

  • the Muse

    hi Karrie!

    Sounds exactly like what you’re looking for my dear ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good Luck!

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    This is the first time I tried the winter mint..yums!

    Minty cocoa chip? Oh my god need!

  • Phyrra

    That’s the link.
    I’ve tried a bunch, but my favorite is minty cocoa chip and delicate vanilla bean is my second favorite.

    I love love love the minty cocoa chip, as you probably could guess, since I love Lush’s haagenbath bomb ๐Ÿ˜›

  • LostinBubbles

    The sugar cookie is AWESOME!! I adore cookie, tasty treat delights and when I saw these at Target, I just had to get. It feels, tastes and smells so delectable. I wish they would keep the Sugar Cookie around all year. Might have to stock up on a few before they whisk them away.

    I’ve used soft lips as long as I can remember and it always nice to rediscover an old love in a new light! Yeah for Soft Lips!

  • the Muse

    lostinbubbles ditto ๐Ÿ™‚ I mixed it with the mint so I had minty sugar cookie tasting lips hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I had one pack already but I seen them again when I was picking up a prescription so I picked up another set ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    ‘ello emma!


    Here’s a good excuse to win one right?!

    Good luck!

  • saz

    I saw a Softlip duo at Target, put it in my cart, took it out…. I’m trying to be good.

  • the Muse

    me too saz me’s tough to be good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good excuse for you to win eh?

    Good Luck hun!

  • Paige

    I just had an ‘Oh Yeah!’ moment cause I think you’ve mentioned these before? I’ve been meaning to try these out for some time. Love the cute double packaging. Perfect for the stocking. Sounds like they have a lot of choices in flavor…I’m totally on board with that! Thanks for sharing this and look forward to the other flavor reviews:)

  • the Muse

    hey again paige!

    I think I have too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been known to go on and on when I adore something!
    My pleasure ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be reviewing some more shortly actually!

    Good Luck hun hope you win ’em!

  • Aya

    I get excited about the little things in life too, Musey!

    Softlips was not all that exciting back when I lived in the U.S….but lookey now! The new ones look yummmmmmy!!!

  • Shefali

    Ooooo!! I’ve always wanted to try these. I’d love one for myself, but also for my sis-in-law to put on top of her gift ๐Ÿ™‚ Great idea Muse!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse,

    Another contest?! How fun! I remember using Softlips all the time in middle and high school. Ah, nostalgia.


  • MiuMiu

    i think it’ll work quite well with the weather and environment in korea ๐Ÿ˜‰
    anywhooo..i had the honeydew one…i dunno whatever happened to it.

  • Vivian

    i’ve heard good stuff about these, but never thought of buying them. oh, Muse, I think you meant “a few folk were disappointed that the Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffret Contest was not open to the (non) US residents!” ciao!

  • nana

    Hey Muse,

    Would luv to try this second key to the Universe which you recommend! We dun have it here though, sigh. But it sure sounds like a great lip balm, esp for chapped lips like mine.

    Thanks for your generous giveaway, hope I can be one of the lucky winners! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care & have a blesed week ahead! =)

  • wen

    hey muse!

    haha, i need the luck.
    my exams start tmr and im trying not to hyperventilate and die. lol.

    anw, the lipsticks from avon look really nice and sleek. oh man, avon shld come to singapore too!

    and ur bath bomb post, did u draw that bath bomb how-do strip? it’s really cute!


  • the Muse

    hey aya!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s the way to live honey ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I admit that they went from boring to awesome didn’t they!? now they have a slew of new flavors!

  • the Muse

    hi Shefali!

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ They make nifty little stocking stuffers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck maybe you’ll win one lovie!

  • the Muse

    hi nana!

    I always have chapped lips! I feel your pain ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re most welcome lovie! I hope you win!

    Have a great week!!!!!! Hugs!

  • the Muse

    hi wen!

    GOOOOOOOOD Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    The avon lippies are really good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh no lol I got that from the webbie ๐Ÿ™‚ hehehe!


  • Andrea

    I also have been using this product for years and I love how it heals my chapped lips

  • the Muse

    hi andrea!

    Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ It works a treat at healing chapped lips and I get ’em terribly in the Winter yak!

    Good luck!

  • iowagirl301

    Hi Muse, I am really gonna have to give this brand a try after reading your reviews on this. My lips have been feeling like they are about to fall off the the past week, & I think the balm I've been trying out is just making my problem worse!!

  • babyboo

    I live in asia and we don’t have cool flavors like “sugar cookie” and those Christmasy flavors.
    I wish I could have some so I could lick my lips all day =)

  • sarahPUFFY

    Haha, its funny. He broke up with me on xmas eve that year [you can imagine my anger], but we got back together when I was a junior! I only dated one guy after him, and it wasn't much fun. Its been about a year and 2 months and I'm one happy Puffball. =D

    AND YAY, I love LE stuff. Like Bubble Balm! I still wish I had gotten the chance to partake of its…bubbliness. >.>

    And grr don't you hate barbies now? They used to be AWESOME, but now they're all skimpy and they have big heads. BAH!

  • babysaffron

    I just love lip products….but never try softlips…we don’t have it here….
    Thanks for the contest…

  • C

    Is there anywhere I can buy the sugar cookie and cherry one online? I’ve looked all over but I can’t find it here in the UK. ๐Ÿ™

  • Ghoulina

    Those all sound so yummy! The sugar cookie one has my name all over it *is a fiend for sweet foody flavours/scents* hehehe ^_^

  • actionashleigh

    Props for the Beauty on a Budget post. Absolutely love that idea!

    And I also love SoftLips. It’s such a great product! Hopefully I win, these sound so fun.


  • the Muse

    hiya iowagirl!

    Awww I relate. I hate winter..I always get dry flaky lips yak!

    aww poor you ๐Ÿ™ Try out these are rosebud salve my miracle cure all ๐Ÿ™‚

    good luck!
    Hope you win!

  • the Muse

    hi babyboo!

    Awwww that stinks! Maybe you’ll win ๐Ÿ˜‰ and you can have sugar cookie and cherry flavored lips for the season hehe!

    Good luck!

  • the Muse

    hey sarah!

    Awww tis romantic it is ๐Ÿ™‚ The Muse loves the Puffball hehehehehe!

    ugh me and LE are ridiculous ๐Ÿ™‚ ever find yourself stocking up on crazy amounts of an item b/c it’s LE? how diseased!

    LOL yes totally ๐Ÿ™‚ and the bratz dolls..eww!

  • the Muse

    hello there babysaffron!

    Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you can join up and get a chance to win this!

    Good luck!

  • the Muse

    hi c!

    hmm ships internationally I think? Also ebay has a ton!!!!!!!! and people on ebay def ship internationally ๐Ÿ™‚

    hope this helps!

    And good luck!

  • the Muse

    hi there cowgirltazz!

    me too ๐Ÿ™‚ always tuck one or two in my purse!

    Good luck!!!!!!!

  • the Muse

    hi there Ashleigh

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoy the beauty budget finds ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree…softlips are an awesome product ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you snag it!

    Good luck!

  • Audrey C.

    Hmm, I haven’t tried SoftLips in a long time. If I win, you might be guilty of causing me to buy more lip stuff I don’t need, lol.

  • ale!

    hi muse! at this point, after reading your blog for the last few months…I can say: you’re awesome!! It’s really hard for me to check out these products (I live in Peru)…Anyway i just wanted to say thanks!!! I’m a makeup junkie… but we don’t get all these products here…=(
    anyway…don’t stop muse =) we love you!
    take care =)

  • the Muse

    hi ale! !

    Thank you so much *hugs* Thank you so much! You should check MUA ๐Ÿ˜‰ honestly there are a slew of great people over there who are willing to purchase and ship abroad ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can totally relate to wanting something and not being able to get it here in the US ๐Ÿ˜‰ like my Japanese addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for the great comment!

    GOOD LUCK ๐Ÿ™‚
    hope you win!

  • Vera

    Hi MUSE!

    I think Muse is a pretty appropriate name for you, honestly. I literally stalk your blog. Thanks for all the info, u give me good reading material!

    I am lusting after the cheery and sugar cookie pack… looks good! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great weekend =)

  • Luna Soeth :)

    I’ve never heard of these. I’ll have to check out the site cause they look really cute! Plus my lips and winter are not bffs, so I need something that works very well (which is so hard to find sometimes) to keep them nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hana

    I’ve been using Softlips for ages too. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the fact that they have sun protection in them. I haven’t seen these new flavors yet, I hope I can find a store that sells them if I don’t win!

  • Stephanie C

    I have never seen these, but yum!! Vanilla and mint and sugar cookie!! I may have to hunt these down…

    Thank for all your reviews – even the ones I my wallet cries at!!

  • Elle, Okay?

    Both of these combos sound so good! Even if I don’t win (I don’t have the best luck), I’m going out to hunt these bad boys down!

  • Sherry

    Thanks for making this one open to the USA! The Cherry and Sugar Cookie set sounds divine and calorie-laden!*lol* Seriously, they sound so moisturizing and silky that they really whet my appetite!

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต @ plue

    if only this is available here, it’d give my Shu’s lip serum a run! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • the Muse

    hi vera!

    aw thanks so very much! I’m so glad you enjoy Musings ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you win ’em ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much hope you had a fab weekend!

    Good luck! And thanks for leaving such a fab comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hi luna!!!!!

    Thats me! My lips are so rough come the winter ๐Ÿ™

    Hope you win ’em!

    Good luck!

  • the Muse

    hi hana!

    I like they have SPF too ๐Ÿ™‚ And the flavors are just a plus!

    I hope you win ’em! I believe all local drugstores have ’em like cvs, wallgreens, etc..:)

  • the Muse

    hi there elle!

    LOL I don’t either but you never know elle ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck hun! and if not I’m sure you can find ’em anywhere like cvs, target, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hi Sherry!

    You’re most welcome I think you meant worldwide right? hehe as my contests are always open to US readers ๐Ÿ™‚
    ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you’re excited
    Hope you win!

  • the Muse

    hi plue!

    GOOD LUCK ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’ll be able to try ’em lovie!

    I’m just writing the last names down and I’ll be pulling them out and posting in 5 minutes!