Sips for your lips
Want luscious lips? Most women forget that the first step is to exfoliate.
It takes a lot more than lining and swiping a thick layer of lipstick to get that model pout.
FRESH SUGAR LIP POLISH ($33)
This lip scrub does everything from exfoliating to conditioning lips.
The result? Incredibly soft and smooth lips. It felt almost like I've had them surgically replaced.
It is, however, the all-in-one feature that got me. The brown sugar crystals that are in the lip scrub formula buffs away the dry flakes while the shea butter and jojoba oil really moisturise your lip. Win!
The trick to getting long-lasting smooth lips is to scrub the polish on your lips for at least a full minute before rinsing it off.
After which, you'll be ready to flaunt a perfect pout.
Available at Fresh Ion Orchard Boutique and Sephora.
PHILOSOPHY KISS ME TONIGHT ($23)
They are describing this product as one that gives you intense lip therapy leaving them in "kissable" condition.
Besides doing the usual exfoliation, manufacturers say this lip treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and restore your lips' rosy appearance.
My friends and I tried this lip treatment and the reaction all around the table was 'wow' though we didn't quite see the rosy restoration.
But if you swipe on some bright red lipstick after, you'll see that it goes on like silk.
Available at Sephora and Philosophy Boutique at Ngee Ann City.
THE BODY SHOP LIPSCUFF ($19.90)
Unlike most lip exfoliants, this one comes in a creative packaging - a retractable tube - which makes it totally handy for travelling.
It is infused with peppermint and has tiny exfoliating beads that helps to remove dry skin from chapped lips.
I've realised that the best way is to apply it on dry lips, then gently use your fingers to rub it into your lips, covering very inch.
Remove it by either rinsing with water or wiping it off with tissue. For longer-lasting, softer lips, I swiped on a layer of lip balm, preferably one with shea butter, which left my lips totally kissable.
Available at The Body Shop.
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HOW TO GET SOFT, SMOOTH LIPS - DIY LIP SCRUB
Keywords: Lip scrub, do it yourself, soft and smooth
Bite your lips and the lack of moisture makes them crack. Trust me, it's not a good look.
Using just sugar, jojoba oil and honey - you can make your own lip scrub.
If you like a little flavour - you can add some peppermint flavouring too.
This YouTube user takes about three teaspoons of sugar, half a teaspoon each of honey and jojoba oil before mixing it together.
If you decide to add flavouring, make sure your formula doesn't end up as liquid. If it looks too wet, add more sugar.
SKIN PROBLEMS: DRY LIPS MIRACLE
Username: Total Beauty
Keywords: Dry lips, miracle, smooth and soft
Here's another way to deal with chapped lips.
Apply some petroleum jelly on your lips before brushing them (yes, like teeth) with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Continue brushing for about two minutes ensuring that you cover every inch of your lips.
This YouTube user also encourages people to drink lots of water to maintain moisturised lips especially when you're travelling to cold countries.
After brushing, apply an extra layer of petroleum jelly for extra moisture.