Lip Service

With colder weather setting in around here, I’m reminded that I need to be armed with my best defences against chapped lips at all times.   Unluckily, this is a battle I’m all too familiar with.  As a child, I remember getting ready for school, bundling up into my snowsuit, boots, mittens (with the string linking them between my sleeves, natch) and the last step before leaving the house was a huge swipe of Blistex from my mom.  I still remember that smell, and my mom still uses it today.  Chapped lips is a curse I’m all too familiar with.  Plus, it really impacts my ability to rock the plum, burgundy, and cinnamon hues that I love this time of year.  Luckily, I have several go-to’s that I keep around the house, at the office, in my purse and at my makeup vanity.

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Start with a good lip scrub.  I love these two by Sara Happ and Lush.  Sara Happ’s Lemonade Scrub is very moisturizing using jojoba and grape seed oils with the sugary exfoliant for a rich, nourishing scrub.  Lush’s Bubblegum Scrub is dry, sugary and delicious (really! It’s edible).  Also, there are loads of DIY lip scrubs on pinterest to try.  Even using your toothbrush or a damp face cloth will assist in removing those unwanted flakes.

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A favourite balm of mine is this one from Fresh.  Actually, all the Fresh treatments are delightful but this one is non-tinted and I love to apply it before my lipstick/gloss for a layer of protection and moisturization.

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This Dior Lip Glow is an oldie but a goodie.  It feels like velvet on, it’s non-greasy, and it tints very subtly with your natural body chemistry.  Really! It goes pink on me and bright red on a friend of mine.  I like this one to touch up throughout the day when I’m at work or on the go.

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Another oldie, but with new packaging.  When I say oldie…this Rosebud Salve has been around since 1895.  I love the new tube packaging since I’m not a fan of sticking my fingers into balms and since I keep this in my purse, I don’t always have a tissue handy for clean up.  It’s slippery, comforting, and lasts a long time. Plus it smells like roses (duh)!

Lovely Lip Tips:

-It’s better to be proactive than reactive.  Don’t give your pretty pucker a chance to dry out and become an issue.  Be regular with application and DON’T get into a lip licking habit.

-If you are a licker, reapply your balm whenever you get the urge to lick, which makes matters worse.

-Before hopping into the shower, give your dry lips a good scrub with a gritty lip scrub.

-Give your bouche a quick swipe of balm before applying lipstick (or gloss) since most of them are quite drying, especially my treasured matte liquid lipsticks.

-If you’re battling dryness, skip matte shades in favour of more moisturizing hues and glosses.

-Drinking more water can help hydrate from the inside out.

-Staying away excessively salty, or spicy food can help prevent or improve dryness.

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Jayme 2

 

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