Romance is in the air, sublime seekers! So today we’re talking kissable lips; more specifically, six products to get you on your way to your most perfect of pouts!
Until recently, I was one of those gals using Lucas’ Papaw Ointment on my lips religiously every night and wondering why they were still dry. It feels so silky and smooth going on, the sensation itself is addictive. Then a couple of months back, I was having a whinge about my forever-dry lips when VM tells me my beloved red tube’s product base in petroleum jelly. While it’s safe and proven to be a great barrier product, it ain’t moisturising my lips.
On AW’s recommendation, I switched to Lanolips and ladies, this shizzle be good. Lanolin (of sheep’s wool fame) is somewhat obviously the main ingredient and it proves to be all-natural goodness… no wonder this product has a bunch of awards to it’s name!
Lanolips 101 Ointment $17.95 at Priceline.
Do you exfoliate your lips? Just like the rest of your face, exfoliating your lips can help clean away dead skin cells and make way for a soft, smooth smooch. Flakey skin can be particularly troublesome under your lippy, so exfoliating is well-timed before making yourself up. Don’t over do it though, scrub gently – once a week should be plenty enough. My product pick is Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub. This product is not only great for a gentle lip buff, it’s DELICIOUS. Made with castor sugar, jojoba oil, coconut butter and popping candy, it’s all natural AND tastes like salted caramel!
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub $9.95 (at this price for a limited time) online at Lush.
Start with a good base!
We know the secret to long lasting lip colour is starting with a good lip liner. My pick is MAC’s lip pencil, it’s creamy texture is makes it uber gentle and easy to use. I chose Hip N Happy for it’s inoffensive colour; it makes a great neutraly-pink base.
MAC Lip Pencil $30* at your nearest MAC counter or online.
Long lasting colour!
I’ve never been a huuuuuge lipstick fan, I’m more a gloss or balm girl with the occasional dabble in lipstick. The evolution of the ‘cubby stick’ (as Clinique have dubbed theirs) was made for girls like me. Looks like a crayon, glides on like a balm, gives you colour like a lipstick. I think Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is the best of the bunch. It moisturises and still gives you a flush of colour. It’s super easy to get a great looking lip and the colour lasts (and lasts and lasts). I bought bold hue ‘sweetheart valentine’ (how fitting!)… I’m pretty in love with it. Still easing my way into the world of bold lips, I’m planning to treat myself to a softer shade like ‘honey’ soon too.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain $17.95* at Priceline.
A little bit of shine!
I think gloss is a must for that extra polished lip-look. There’s a gazillion glosses on the market and every gal is sure to have their favourite. My pick is Clinique’s Long Last Glossware in Air Kiss. I’ve been a decade-long devotee to this classic, there is just a hint of hue, just a smidge of shimmer and it isn’t sticky like lots of other glosses. Better yet, it’s got the rare (in gloss) quality of also having an SPF15. Lips get burnt, lovers. Don’t underestimate the importance of having them protected.
Clinique Air Kiss $35* at your closest Australian Clinique counter or online.
I have been reading lots of recommendations saying an oil-based cleanser is the most gentle way to take lipstick off your lips. Beauty Demi-god, Zoe Foster-Blake even suggests a bit of olive oil as a would-be cleansing solution if you wake up on the other side of a successful Valentines date, but nowhere near your beauty supplies (oh behave!).
After hearing allll the hype, I bought a bottle of the French-pharamacy-icon; Bioderma’s Crealine H20. I am a total convert! It’s uber gentle, has the consistency of water, but is a great erasing. Its not a thorough cleanse, but it’s great on a cotton bud to clean up a little eye-makeup mid-application, or to remove the chance of any remaining lippy smudging across the face during your slumber.
Bioderma Crealine H20 $29.95 for 250ml (which lasts a surprisingly long while).
Priceline have just started stocking it! Whoop!
These are my sublime finds for 24 hours of fabulous and lusciously kissable Valentines-y lips! Lover in tow or no, I hope your V-Day is a good one. Mwah!
p.s. Are you freaking out V-day is tomorrow!? Check out gift-guide for last minute ideas!
* zomg at least half this price in USA. Did someone say freight forwarder?
What are your go-to products for a perfect pout? Share your recommendations below!