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Hotel Chocolat Lip Balm Review

I don't know about you, but when I stumble into (more like arrive into, after hunting the store down before i can head anywhere else) Hotel Chocolat, a thought runs through my mind every. single. time. 
''If only there were something that i can slather all over my lips that looks AND tastes like chocolate? hmmmm''

Low and behold *angels sing* there sat small, cute, wooden pots holding such a product.
Hotel Chocolat have only gone and brought out their own lip balm! 
Willy Wonka missed a trick here!


1. Packaging

Wouldn't you just looooook! I'm going all heart eyed emoji over here.

I have never seen a such a cute and compact yet luxuriously rustic lip balm in all my 25 years. I've never seen any packaging like this being offered amongst the usual lip balm brands.
When you grasp the soft wooden pot in your hands, if feels so deluxe. On the top and bottom of the pot is a Hotel Chocolat simple yet fitting label for the info needed.

2. Price

Please oh pretty please don't gasp when I tell you this ok?
You promise?

Ok, this lip balm costs £7.00.
I shall admit, a wee bit of air passed through my lips when i saw the price but we are talking Hotel Chocolat. A fancy, lavish chocolate store that always deliver quality and per-ZAZZ.

(Unsure of wether this is a promotional offer or an ongoing offer but online at Hotel Chocolat they are offering 2 for £10 mix & match, perfect if your buying for a gift)

3. Scent/Flavour

There's 4 to choose from including:

4. Formula

If you have experienced biting into Hotel Chocolat's dizzy praline chocolates, you may remember the texture inside that was thick, yet silky and of course delicious.
I don't know if this was Hotel Choclat's intensions but scoop the middle of a dizzy praline out and you've got this lip balms formula.

If you've never had a dizzy praline, 1. your missing out on a treat! 2. The formula is thick but loose, when applied onto the lips it feels like an oil when warmed from the finger tips giving a luscious juicy lip look. 

5. Ingredients

In this particular balm, the natural blend of ingredients include almond oil and cocoa butter (what a combo) rosemary leaf extract and beeswax. All blended together to make a natural, vegetarian lip balm for us to slather on our puckers. 

Hotel Chocolat do emphasise that all of their products are made in a factory that handles tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, milk and soya so therefore may contain traces.

6. Feel & Look

The balm is a silky but rich formula that feels almost like a glaze on the lips. Applied to thick, it could feel a little much as a small amount can go a long way. 

Although the Almond Chocolat has a cocoa tint in colour, this doesn't particularly show on the lips, maybe a slight hue. But it does however give a juicy plump appearance and leaves your lips feeling softer and hydrated after first use. 

Where can it be purchased?

Both online and in a Hotel Chocolat store. 


Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my post!
What flavour would you choose? The fruited chocolat sounds very appealing for Christmas time, christmas cake lip balm anyone?

Can't wait to chat soon!

Love, Emilie xx



(2 for £10 mix & match online)

May contain traces of tree nuts, peanuts, milk, soya and wheat

Silky, soft, whipped like formula 


Can be applied thickly for a great overnight lip treatment 

Gives a glossy, plump appearance to the lips 

Deluxe packaging 

4 varieties including Almond, Fruited, Coconut and Peach Chocolat. 

Hydrates and softens after one use 

Smells (& can confirm after ''accidentally'' licking my lips, tastes) delicious

10ml of product

Revolution Banana Light Powder Review

Let's delve into a puff of lightweight, finely milled powder and ponder of Revolution Beauty's gem of a product.

1. What is it and what does it claim to do?

This is finely milled baking powder and 7th in Revolution's loose baking powder range. 
It is claimed to be just like their original baking powder with the same unbeatable setting and brightening power. The product is claimed to prolong makeup, banish shine, brighten and balance skin tone. ( everything i want and need in a powder, can i getta hell yeah?!)

2. Price

Compared to other baking powders on the market, this comes in at a fraccccction of the price.
For 32g of product it costs just £5.00

3. Packaging

I was excepting a rather big tub from the pictures i have seen online but when it arrived, i was so surprised by its cute little podgy-ness. It's compact enough for travelling on holidays but not tiny enough to pop into a clutch for touch ups.

4. Shade

Within the 7 shades, this one is designed for brightening lighter skin tones. 
When purchasing this shade, i knew i wanted to try a banana powder after hearing many a good things about the benefits of brightening under your eyes, but was a little concerned about the yellow tinge. 

With the banana light, although it does have a touch of lemon colouring to the powder, that cannot be seen when applied... thankfully.

5. Application

 If you like to tip the loose product into the cap before applying, good luck.
It's rather tiny.
Upon finding this out, i opted to then use the back of my hand to sprinkle the product onto which works just fine.

I use a dry beauty sponge to pick and place the product on the desired areas of my face. Sometimes i bake, sometimes i just pat straight in. Either way is very easy to do with the sponge method as you can pick and place the product onto designated areas, rather than sporadically applying with a brush, if thats not your jam. 

6. Feel

When i bake or pat this powder straight into my skin i get the same outcome.
It doesn't feel heavy one little bit.

7. Finish

It doesn't cake into my pores or rest onto the dry patches of my skin.
It absorbs any oil that has annoyingly escaped through since applying my foundation or when i touch up throughout the day.
I love how it glides over my makeup rather than just sits there.

Unlike some powders i have used in the past, it doesn't LOOK heavy either and doesn't look like a cast of dust over my skin which is da best.

Flashback? nu urrrr.

With it being a slight touch lighter than my foundation shade, it gives a subtle natural brightness under my eyes which blends in so naturally to the other products on my skin.

8. Longevity

As Revolution claims, it does hold my makeup in place. It doesn't hold it amazingly well with some foundations but i put my blame to them instead of powder.
I do sometimes have to touch up around my nose but when do i not need to do this? ( gee thanks sweaty shnoz!)

I love the fact it doesn't clog and cake up when re-applying to touch up. It just blends into the previously applied products and sits just as well as when first applied.

Where can I buy it from?

Right here... Revolution Beauty or Superdrug

What are the other shades and their claims?

Translucent – for all skin tones

White – for the fairest skin tones 

Banana Light – brightening for light skin tones

Banana – brightening for medium skin tones

Banana Deep - brightening for medium to dark skin tones

Lace – for medium skin tones

Beige – for warm medium skin tones

Peach - colour balancing for medium to dark skin tones

Orange – colour balancing for dark skin tones 

Deep Dark – for dark and deep skin tones 

Would I purchase it again?

I may look into purchasing the shade 'lace' for the summer time when i might gain a little tan.

Thank you so much for reading my lovelies and we shall chat soon...

Love, Emilie xx


32g for £5.00

Comes in 7 different shades

Doesn't have a yellow cast


Locks in makeup

Non cakey look

Doesn't cake when applying touch ups

Works well with other products

Looks natural on the skin

Finely milled and light texture