Exfoliating, Protecting, Moisturizing…all the things a girl can do to kick up her kisser
If you own beautiful creamy satin-finish lipstick and a matching liner that brings your lips to an entirely new level of glamour elevating your mood no matter what your hair thinks it’s going to do to your day – you need to know about lip love. The love starts with the nightly maintenance in achieving perfectly, soft lips with no flakey dry tight areas. It’s amazing how different our lips feel after some attention and pampering and it only takes a weekly scrub and nightly saturation of natural emollients such as cocoa seed butter, beeswax and castor seed oil (a great humectant!)
Become aware of those tricky lipsticks that somehow don’t feel right on your lips – be sensitive to the ones that make your lips feel dry after using, or tighten and pull your lips. It may be that you are allergic to an ingredient or by getting rid of them make space for one fabulous power color.
Smooth Operator Scrub for you on the cheap!
You will need:
Honey (hydrating, anti-bacterial)
Raw, Brown, or White Sugar (abrasive enough to slough off, sweet enough to keep on)
A Natural Oil from the health food store (around $6) eg: Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Sweet Almond oil, …..or if you don’t want to trek to Noah’s use Olive Oil.
Little mixing bowl and spoon
Extra-Soft Baby or Kid’s toothbrush
Mix ingredients in lil’ bowl and place a damp face-cloth on your kisser holding it there for 30-45 sec.
Start with a small amount on the toothbrush and then work in as much as you need on lips using soft, gentle circular motions. After you’ve lovingly scrubbed away take the damp cloth and wipe off. Follow with your favorite lip balm.
Lip balms to Love:
ROC: If I had a loonie for everytime I sold someone one of these I could buy a flatscreen. You will end up carrying in your purse, gym bag, backpack, and panic when it’s not around. Not only is it smooth (must be the jojoba and shea butter) and calming (bisabolol), but you can apply lipstick and lipliner on top without it sliding off. Never feels greasy and if you sleep with it you’ll awaken with angelically soft lips every time
ENYDRIAL LIP TREATMENT
Blistex: Get ready for a thoroughly conditioning product which guarantees repair on every level from our windy cold weather, over-drying lip-stains and on-the-go lifestyle that somehow has us forgetting to baby our lips proper. Using beeswax and castor seed oil it’s thick yellow consistency needs only to be applied once and you’re good to hit the pillow or highway.
MAC: It doesn’t have to be some fancy-shmancy metallic rainbow eyeshadow for someone to associate with MAC, as they’ve perfected the basics and truly you can’t get anymore basic then lip conditioners. These two work well under-lipliner or lipstick.
I give a nod to their usage of natural emollients s such as shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, wheat germ oil and vitamin E and C. There’s something wonderful about having an SPF in a tinted-lipbalm, as it saves you time from having to put a lipstick on top.
Lip Conditioner (no color)
Tinted Lip Conditioner (SPF 15) in “Petting Pink”
Lip Exfoliating products :
Philosophy: This little pink tube of natural lip goodness will not only relieve your chapped, flakey, dry and “in much need of exfoliation” lips, but will add moisture using natural conditioning emollient oils such as: avocado, sweet almond and sesame seed oil with my two faves shea and mango seed butter. The taste is peppermint, and the product is nicely priced.
Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub
Smashbox: The black particles are actually poppy seeds as this minty scrub uses the same natural ingredients as Philosophy’s adding Aloe and Beeswax to the mix. Try it in the store to see if you like the texture and smell as it’s becoming one of my standard staples.
Emulsion Lip Exfoliant