In the past year or so I made a rather startling discovery. Gone are the days of waking up with a perfectly pretty pout that is ready to go with merely a swipe of gloss. Here's the reality of lips in your thirties and beyond: they lose some of their natural color, they get a bit drier and they begin to feather more at the edges. Ouch. I am feeling all kinds of granny right now complaining about this, but such is life. You mentally prepare yourself for the changes to your skin as you get older, but I never really thought twice about my lips!
If you are experiencing this yourself, preparing to experience this yourself, or if I totally just freaked you out: never fear - help is here. I have experimented with lots of different potions and lotions for your lips and I have found the perfect three step system to a more youthful pout.
Step One: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
This lip mask is heaven sent! When you need something more heavy duty than just a lip balm, this lip mask delivers. Made from all natural ingredients including organic agave nectar, beeswax, vanilla extract and jojoba oil, it goes on dreamily thick and helps replenish major moisture to your lips. I apply this in the morning and at night and pretty much see instant results. What I love most about this product is that it has staying power. Sometimes with a lip balm, your lips are dry again in a few minutes, but this mask is nice and thick and your lips stay moisturized for a long time. It tastes good too!
Step Two: e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator
After applying the lip mask, I like to leave it on for at least ten minutes while I either do my hair in the morning or my skin routine at night. This lets it sink in a bit. Then I follow up with the e.l.f Lip Exfoliator. This has the same application as a tube of lipstick, with ingredients of jojoba oil and shea butter blended with sugar to act as the scrubbing agent. When I first tried this, it was moisturizing enough to use on its own, but after a few applications it seemed to be more scrub, less moisturizer. This ended up being too rough on my lips, and is why I use the lip mask first. I apply the scrub liberally and use my finger to blend it in with circular motions across my lips. This helps to remove any excess dry or chapped skin. To remove I use a warm damp cloth and gently pat my lips.
Step Three: e.l.f. Lip Primer & Plumper
If I am going to bed, or just hanging out at home I stop after step two. If I am applying lipstick to go out, I add a final step and use the e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper, a fun double-sided little guy. The plumper side has a great cinnamon scent and feels cool and tingly when you apply. What I like about this is that it creates a smooth and silky base for your lipstick to glide over, which helps it from settling into any creases in your lips. I am happy with just using the plumper, but the primer side is another option. The primer is similar to a concealer stick for your lips (it looks a bit funky when you put it on) and helps your lipstick stay put all day. Generally I just skip this since I'm not as concerned with extending the wear of my lipstick.
Both the e.l.f. products are a steal at only $3 each and are available at Target. The Bite Agave Lip Mask is a bit if a splurge at $23 and you can find it online or at your local Sephora. It is highly worth the splurge! When looking up links for this post, I happened upon the Bite 5 Night Fix For Lips, which includes a mini version of the lip mask, as well as scrub stick that looks similar to the e.l.f. exfoliator. This little pack only costs $15, so it may be a good option if you want to try the system out! I also see that they now have two colored options of the lip mask: Champagne, a rose gold pearl, and Smashed a red wine tint. Exciting developments!
I hope you enjoyed this post, I have been meaning to get around to more beauty reviews here on the blog. These steps are what I have found to work for me, and really help restore a more youthful appearance to my lips. Let me know if you try any of these and how you like them!