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Baby, it’s cold outside, and you know what that means. A higher probability of dry chapped lips. When the outdoor temperature drops and becomes more arid, and the indoor heat is turned to high, the air dries out and grabs moisture from wherever it can, your lips included! Since your lips are only covered by a very thin layer of skin, have virtually no oil glands and have a high rate of water loss, you need to take extra care of them, especially during the dryer months of the year. Lip oils are a great way to do just that.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love my lip balms, but sometimes you need to call in the big guns. And lip oils are all the ammunition you’ll desire. They’re incredibly moisturizing and many have added benefits such as antioxidant protection, lip plumping effects, line minimizing properties and best of all, they come in a gorgeous array of shades.
Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment ($8) gives your lips nourishment and shine while keeping you on trend. Each one of the line’s 8 candy-colored lip oils are formulated with healing Jojoba, Avocado and Tsubaki Oil, as well as a different nutrient-rich oil that treats a specific concern. There’s Repairing Primrose, Protecting Pomegranate, Conditioning Grapeseed, Moisturizing Amond Coco, Healing Lemon Honey, Rejuvenating Peach Mango, Revitalizing Grapefruit and Nourishing Raspberry. So gorgeous and inexpensive enough that you can buy them all.
Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($44) can be worn alone, day or night or over your favorite lipstick. It blends essential oils including Vanilla, Rose Geranium, Bois De Rose and Lemon, lipid-rich plant oils such as Olive, Green Tea, Sweet Almond and Kukui Nut, and vitamins A, B5, C and E for both short-term and long-term benefits. You can expect it to relieve and prevent dry lips and chapping, shield against the elements and strengthen the moisture barrier. You’ll also love the look and feel of its 24 karat, antibacterial, gold-plated tip.
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil ($28) starts life out as a cream and then melts into an oil upon application to easily rescue and protect dry, damaged lips and skin. It can be worn alone or mixed with your favorite lipstick to soothe, heal and condition your kisser, and it also multitasks to hydrate any dry or extra dry areas head-to-toe, plus it can also be used to brighten your complexion.
Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Oil ($21) mixes nourishing oils with rich color pigments for 17 gorgeous sheer shades with different scrumptious flavors. The oils include peach kernel oil to soften, sweet almond oil to condition, apricot oil to hydrate, cranberry oil for antioxidant protection, and muscat rose oil to soothe. The flavors range from birthday cake to lemon meringue to sweet Japanese yuzu to ripe melon. Simply shake-shake-shake it like a cocktail shaker to blend the color pigment and oil before swiping it on your lips with the cushion applicator.
NOTE: Milani products were sent for review while others were tested in store. Opinions are my own.