the ultimate lip (care) guide

okay, so our lips need more TLC than we think... for that reason, i’m writing this post to share with you my favorite lip products to enhance your lip game. if you’re looking for lipstick shades, this is not the post for you 😳 (sorry!). to make it easy for you, i categorized my favorite products into five main sections: lip exfoliators, lip conditioners, lip balms, lip plumpers, aaand lipglosses (because matte was so 2018). without further ado:

lip exfoliants
vital because: just like skin anywhere else, your lips need proper exfoliation to rid of dead, dry and unwanted skin. lip scrubs work to create a visibly (overall) smoother and softer look. like your other skincare products, try to stay on the paraben-free bus. alternative: try a quick DIY lip scrub at home using brown sugar, touch of olive oil (or coconut oil) & honey.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish $24

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish $24

Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub $9

Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub $9

Handmade Heroes Ultra Sexy Scrub $9

Handmade Heroes Ultra Sexy Scrub $9

 

lip conditioners
vital because: after a good exfoliation, you need to make sure that you’re feeding your skin the proper nutrients it needs by moisturizing. lip conditioners help lock in moisture and can double as a primer for your lipliner/lipstick.

Fresh Sugar Lips Wonder Drops $26

Fresh Sugar Lips Wonder Drops $26

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask $20

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask $20

Victoria’s Secret Conditioning Lip Oil $8

Victoria’s Secret Conditioning Lip Oil $8

 

lip balms
vital because: you’re on the run, and ain’t nobody got time for all that 🙄 no, seriously. some days we just don’t have the time to line our lips, and color in the lines with lipstick. use balm/chapstick daily to make sure your lips are getting the hydration & moisturizing they need. if you need something a little more bold, try a tinted balm. and most importantly, try to find a balm with SPF!

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm $3

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm $3

Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm $34

Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm $34

Glossier Balm Dotcom $12 ea

Glossier Balm Dotcom $12 ea

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 $24

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 $24

 

lip plumpers
vital because: we weren’t all blessed with big, beautiful, plump lips. yeah, i think that’s about it. lip plumpers are a great alternative to injections if you want to create the illusion of bigger, bolder lips. side note: plumpers usually give you a tingly sensation, so if you’re not into that whole feeling, proceed with caution!

Victoria’s Secret Extreme Lip Plumper $12

Victoria’s Secret Extreme Lip Plumper $12

Smashbox O-Plump $27

Smashbox O-Plump $27

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme $28

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme $28

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer $34

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer $34

 

lip glosses
vital because: well for starters, as i mentioned earlier, matte was so 2018! 😂 lipgloss is a great alternative to lipstick, and i think we all underestimate the power of a good lipgloss. adding shine and depth, lipgloss can help create a bolder and “bigger” look. to create a stronger and smoother look, make sure you’re moisturizing with either lip conditioner or chapstick before applying lipgloss. i know you’re thinking this is soo obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many times you’ll forget to condition your lips before application.

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

Smashbox Gloss Angeles $19

Smashbox Gloss Angeles $19

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss $29

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss $29

so, what’ya think— your lips need their own routine, eh? just like the skin on the rest of your face, your lips need special attention! and don’t forget— there are plenty of alternatives to make your lips look softer and plumper without having to inject them 😨

on last note: drink lots of water.

in-flight beauty mask


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have you ever wondered why you’re so damn thirsty on that plane? there’s an explanation.
low humidity = dehydration. for all of you travelers who know that by now and are looking for a quick solution, look no more (for your skin, at least).

if you want to read more about what in-flight effects are to your body, bustle has a great article here.

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so how do you combat that humidity and dehydration? sheet masks!

dr. jart’s deep hydrating mask is uh-MAZING. In the last hour of my flight, i put this on and took a quick nap. when i awoke, the mask was about 80% dry. the packaging advises that you should only leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, but i usually prefer to keep them on a bit longer. my skin soaked up all the the goodness from the mask, and i felt refreshed when i woke up. if you prefer to wash your face afterwards, cleanse with warm water. just don’t forget to spritz a little toner before actually leaving the plane— this will also help with any sticky feeling the mask might leave you with.

this mask has the ultimate hydrating factor. you’ll have to experience it firsthand to understand how refreshing it is. the size is also great in providing full coverage. you can find a standard 5-pack on amazon for $15 (link below):

diy spa day

are you ready to have the ultimate spa day? at home? light those candles, girlfriend.

lemon-infused spa water:
1. cut strawberries in halves, slice limes and cucumbers, pick mint leaves from stems.
2. in cold water, soak ingredients for 2 hrs.
3. enjoy!
pro tips: wash & rinse produce and herbs thoroughly. don’t soak for longer than 2 hrs.

bubble bath (my fav 😍):

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brown sugar honey scrub:

  • 1 cup Sugar In The Raw Turbinado Sugar

  • 1/2 cup part pure honey

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

yogurt face mask:

  • 1 tsp yogurt, 1 tsp oatmeal, 1 tsp honey

  • mix yogurt + oatmeal, let it sit for 2-3 min.

  • add honey to mixture

  • apply thick coat to face & let it sit for 15 min.

  • wash off, ta-da! soft & nourished skin 🤗

for those rainy days you decide to stay in and turn on some netflix, go ahead and turn it into a diy spa day at home…

sounds like a good day to me 🧖🏻‍♀️