Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pucker-Proof Lips + {DIY Lip Exfoliator Recipe}

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With Valentine's Day around the corner, whether it be a stick/gloss/stain/balm, lips must be prepped. I'm just so tired of a lipstick that fades in 30 minutes, a slimy lip gloss, or a sloppy red-stained lip. I have done ample amounts of research (you're welcome) and have come up with the top no-fail pucker-proof products (clever right? I came up with it myself). It just so happens that Valentine's Day is about a week away...how convenient!

This blog post is a bit of a doozie. It's so long because it includes all of the necessary lip-are info! Here's a brief run-down:
1. Top {Splurge/Save} Lip Products 
2. DIY Lip Exfoliating Scrub
3. Skin Tone-Lip Color Chart
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DIY "Au Natural" Lip Exfoliator

There are a few days before Valentine's Day, so there is plenty of time to prep your lips for smooching.
Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. One more time? Ok! Exfoliate.

Exfoliating your lips will rid them of the dead skin while smoothing them out. This is super easy and can be done "au natural". The brown sugar exfoliates and sloughs off the dead skin while the honey and olive oil nourish to keep lips baby-smooth. Here is a great DIY recipe for a lip exfoliation using readily-available household products:

Lip exfoliator.  I've tried this and it works great

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After you exfoliate your lips, it's imperative to moistener them constantly. Use any type of lip balm, my favorite being the EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry. It tastes great, and I know I'm a big sucker for marketing ploys, but how cute is this product? 
Love Eos lip balm! Especially all the fun flavors they come in. And I'm an easy marketing target so the egg shape drew me in.

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Continue this regimen constantly (about 2 times a day) for plush, plump, and pouty lips by V-Day.

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{Splure & Save} Lip Products

Say goodbye to the lipsticks that have the same consistency as crayola. With all price ranges and preferences in mind, here are a few of the winners from each category.


Lip Stick

The best long lasting lipsticks - MAC Pro Longwear LipCreme
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Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in "Eternal"
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Lip Stain

{Splurge}: Mark KissInk TintMarkers {$7}
No. 3: mark KissInk Lip Tintmarkers, $7 , 8 Best Lip and Cheek Stains -- and the 3 Worst
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{Save}: Revlon Just Bitten {$5}
Red Lipstick - Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
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Lip Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure lip gloss in 60. My favorite way to wear red lips.
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L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Gloss, 8 Hour Lip Gloss, 340 Cherry Flash  Bought this and really like it a lot!
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Lip Pencil

{Splurge}: Clinique Chubby Stick {$17}
Clinique 'Chubby Stick - Intense' Moisturizing Lip Color Balm | Nordstrom
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Neutrogena  Lip Color Stick
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Lip Balm

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm
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Skin Tone-Lip Color Chart

Each of these products come in a variety of colors, and it can be difficult choosing the right lip color, so here are some ideas of what color might match your skin tone!

Which red lipstick is right for you?

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Stay Classy!