by corinne iaia

May 06, 2014

LIP PREP FOR SPRING MATTES



I'm rolling in the warm weather welcome wagon this week - and I've been celebrating by breaking out some bright matte lippies. With the Spring collections having launched about a whole two months ago now, I'm patting myself on the back for lasting this long. But, being the eager beaver that I am, the first chance I got, I slapped on my favorite hot pink on my way out the door and was pretty sure it was lookin' good. And it was; it was all fine and dandy until I landed under a fluorescent bathroom light, staring into the face of the driest looking lips ever. Let's just say - lesson learned. Never again will I apply a perky matte in a hurry, no no. Instead, you shall expect to find me scrubbing and prepping my lips to baby soft perfection.

I rely on three different scrubs to whip my pucker back into shape whenever it starts looking tight, dry, or cracked. My first and oldest favorite is perfect for the on-the-go girl, and it's the The Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub. This is such a good product in that it's simple, and works quickly. It is essentially an oil infused sugar scrub that is loose in the tin and smells amazing. If you are out-and-about you can pinch a bit out of the tin, buff it into your lips, and lick it right off. It even leaves a balmy feeling after from all the jojoba and essential oils that are left on the lips as a result. The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is another really great scrub. Although, I would say this one is better suited for a bathroom application complete with warm washcloth - as it is much more emollient and messy. That being said, it gives your lips a deep pamper and is more like a balm and scrub in one; I find that scrubbing it off with a washcloth gives an even better finish.

While these two products are amazing, there is a much cheaper alternative to doing this yourself. And even though I own both of these scrubs I still choose to make my own sometimes, as it is nice to add whatever you like to your mixture. However, the simplest and most effective way is to add some brown sugar and olive or almond oil into a bowl (jojoba or coconut oils are also great) and mix them together. Be careful to add small amounts of oil at a time as the mixture starts to get soupy pretty fast. In terms of application of this, I would say it's more similar to Fresh's scrub in that I like to use it with a hot cloth in my bathroom.

Any of these three methods are a foolproof way to get baby soft lips quickly so that you can get to applying your favorite Spring lip color. I would love to know if any of you have any other lip scrubs, DIY or purchased, that you can't live without. Comment below!
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  1. I looove all lush products!! By the way for lips I like scrubbing them with brown sugar and milk and apply some sweet almond oil later. It works very well!

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    1. That sounds like such a good idea - I never thought to try mixing milk into the sugar as well. I will have to give it a try! Thanks :) xx, Corinne

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