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IT’S THE BERRIES FOR LIPS THIS FALL

Posted by 11.06.13

Fall is all about a dark lip. Love the look, but afraid to take the plunge? Ease into this quintessential fall look with a beautiful berry tint, inspired by our dimming memory of summer fruits. You can apply lightly for a hint of juicy color or layer on for a bolder look. Wear these sumptuous, rich, and glossy lip colors for just the perfect amount of seasonal color. If the skies aren’t bright, no reason your pout can’t be.

KORRES Lip Butter Glaze in Raspberry ($14)

Photo Credit: KorresUSA.com

Photo Credit: KorresUSA.com

KORRES Lip Butter Glaze in Raspberry has a creamy consistency and comes in an easy application tube. The buttery glaze smells sugary and delicious and melts beautifully onto the lips. The blend of lightweight sunflower and raspberry seed oil helps conditions lips and leaves a soft raspberry-colored sheen.

BITE Lush Lip Tint in Blackcurrant ($24)

Photo Credit: Sephora.com

Photo Credit: Sephora.com

BITE Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Blackcurrant is good enough to eat, literally. It is formulated with pure argan oil, vitamin E, antioxidants and fruit butters, and without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, or fragrances. Layer this all-natural, lip-nourishing formula for a customizable glossy tint.

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Bigger Berry ($21)

Photo Credit: TooFaced.com

Photo Credit: TooFaced.com

Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Bigger Berry combines Lip Injection plumping and blood vessel dilating technology for fuller, lusher lips. Mango butter, vitamins A, C, and E inject all-day moisture and the creamy stick gives lips a satiny, long-lasting berry stain.

TARTE LipSurgence in Moody ($24)

Photo Credit: TarteCosmetics.com

Photo Credit: TarteCosmetics.com

TARTE LipSurgence in Moody is a deep berry tint with LipSurgence technology, clinically proven to increase skin’s moisture content for a smooth, plumped appearance. The peppermint infused formula is a hybrid of a stain, gloss and balm for sheer but buildable color that lasts all day.

ChapStick® Hydration Lock ($2.99)

ChapStickHydrationLock_Van_ctn_031913.webreadyNo lipcolor will look glorious if your lips are dry and chapped. The new ChapStick® Hydration Lock will prep, moisturize, and create a perfect canvas for your fall berry shade, and it lasts for 8 hours. Formulated with CoQ10, hyaluronic spheres, and vitamin E, this rich balm from America’s favorite lip line even helps lips look fuller while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 


PRO VS FAUX – LIPS GET THE TREATMENT

Posted by 04.18.12

We all love a sexy full-lipped pout. After all, a plumped pucker is a sign of youthfulness. Unfortunately, as we age our lips start to lose collagen and our lips become thinner and more flat. The sides of the mouth begin to sag and stubborn wrinkles and lines around the lips begin to form. Thankfully, rather than let our lips succumb to the signs of aging we can seek ways to enhance them with the latest non-surgical procedures or at-home treatments, all promising to give a sexy fuller pout.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, lip augmentation was one of the most popular facial plastic surgeries for women in 2011.  New York City-based Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jon B. Turk says, “Women in general look to lip augmentation because if performed correctly it can yield youthful, sensuous lips.”

In the past, there was a stigma with women getting their lips done—the results were more obvious and looked unnatural. Troy, Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and author of Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Anthony Youn explains that treatments to enhance lips have improved so much over the past several years. “They last longer, hurt less, and look more natural than ever before.”

Temporary fillers containing hyaluronic acid such as Restylane, Juvederm and Prevelle Silk are the latest and most popular non-surgical lip enhancing treatments. These give lips natural looking volume and definition, and can easily be tailored to each patient and lip concern. Most commonly injected into the red part of the lips – or in some cases at severe lines around the mouth – these fillers instantly plump with minimal swelling and pain. Turk prefers to use smaller volumes on his patients for a subtle look. “This gives a more natural appearance without the need for overfilling or the look of “fish lips” so often seen on reality TV.”

Results can last between six to nine months and cost $600 to $1,000, depending on the amount used; recovery typically lasts 24 to 48 hours with some bruising and swelling.

Other temporary lip fillers include the patients own human fat, autologen, which involves extracting fat from another part of the body and then re-injecting the fat into the lip, and collagen injections, which can be irritating and does not have the longevity of other fillers.

Permanent fillers such as silicone or Artefill are not recommended for the lips. “These treatments can cause temporary or permanent lumps and deformity, which may have to be surgically removed for improvement,” adds Youn.

Over-the-counter lip plumpers on the market claim to give lips a fuller pout. These typically come in glosses, serums and lipsticks and contain ingredients such as cinnamon, capsaicin and menthol, which irritate the skin and increase blood flow for a redder color and swelling.Others work by infusing hyaluronic spheres, collagen or peptides, which help boost hydration and stimulate collagen production.

Verdict:  For a sexy Scarlett Johanssen pout, non-surgical lip augmentation can give you the extra volume you crave, while still looking natural. However, it can be costly to maintain, and there are some risks such as swelling, irritation or even infection. Over-the-counter lip plumpers can add fullness, but are temporary and can irritate lips.

If you are not ready for injectables, the following are some over-the-counter products that can help hydrate, fight wrinkles, and plump:

Achieve glossy bee-stung lips with Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump XL ($22). This moisturizing plumper contains lipswell, a natural oil plant infusion, superfill nanovectors that boost volume up to 10 times and VisiVolume for smoothness.

L’Oréal Paris Collagen Filler Lip ($19.99) is a two-step lip treatment featuring an anti-feathering cream to treat fine lines and wrinkles and a plumping serum containing hyaluronic micro-spheres to improve hydration and volume.

Nourish lips without harsh irritants with Vapour Organic Beauty Lip Plumping Elixir Gloss($22). This volume-boosting gloss comes in 11 shades with organic plumping liposomes and acai and goji berries to moisturize and protect.

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Tarnish ($18) gives lips a hint of color with tons of shine, while peptides and plumping ingredients create sexy volume. Plus, it comes in seven shades.

Treat dry, aging lips with Rodan + Fields Anti-Age Lip Renewing Serum ($53 for 60 capsules) , an overnight treatment brimming with antioxidants such as Vitamin E and lycopene to protect and peptides to help increase collagen production.

Molton Brown Pep Rich Lip Booster ($48) is a daily lip treatment that with everyday use reveals smoother and healthier lips. African mango and papaya extracts soften and exfoliate, while a patented peptide complex helps restore fullness.

 


RATE MY LIPS

Posted by 05.31.09

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Are your skinny lips a 2? Or are they a plump perfect 5? The Merz Aesthetic Scales can show you how your pucker rates on a scale of 1 to 5.

 

Carefully designed by a group of leading physicians as an innovative tool to help cosmetic doctors communicate with their patients about the various areas of the face, these scales are becoming a state-of-the-art measurement for the effects of aging on skin. The Merz Aesthetic Scales provide a common language for both patients and physicians to assess how well they are aging (or not, as the case may be). 

 

There are 6 scales to date:

  • A Validated Brow Positioning Grading Scale
  • A Validated Grading Scale for Forehead Lines
  • A Validated Lip Fullness Grading Scale
  • A Validated Grading Scale for Marionette Lines
  • A Validated Hand Grading Scale
  • A Validated Grading Scale for Crow’s Feet 

 

So for example, let’s say when your doctor shows you the Merz Lip Fullness Scale, you think you are starting out at a petite 1 and you secretly desire to be a megawatt 4. In that case your doctor may tell you that to get there will require 4 syringes of hyaluronic acid filler or 100ccs of fat taken from your thighs. You may rethink your request down to a 3 or 2, which may be more reasonable and realistic for you. Whatever the outcome you agree on, instead of just telling your doctor you want “fuller lips”, the Merz Aesthetic Scales will alow you to point to what you want so that your doctor can advise you properly. It’s a great concept.  The same rules can be applied to forehead lines, wrinkled hands, droopy brows, corners of the mouth, and crow’s feet.  

The end result is that for the first time patients and doctors are speaking the same language, comparing apples to apples, so there can be less confusion, misunderstanding, and disappointment when it comes to having injectable treatments like fillers and neurotoxins. Go Merz!


LIPSTICK JUNGLE

Posted by 03.23.09

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LANCOME COLOR FEVER  – Bold color and brilliant shine puts a WOW on your lips. This stunning lipstick color stays put and lasts and lasts, minimizes lipstick bleed. If you want fuller lips, Lancome also has a COLOR FEVER PLUMPER to go over the lipstick.  I always lean towards neutrals – Pink in the Club and Mademoiselle  are my best shades – softly pink tones that look natural.  If you want a more sheer shiny lipstick, choose COLOR FEVER SHINE. If you want your lips to be the colors of flowers, COLOR FEVER LIPSTICK ROSES, comes in 3 degrees of rosey shades to delight you – perfect for spring (and let’s hope it comes really soon!)

FINAL VERDICT: GGI (GOTTA GET IT) –  C’est magnifique! $25 each is not a bargain, but the quality is there.


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