It's warming up outside (well, maybe not today) and that means we are crawling out of our caves and re-entering society. It's essential for those lips to look good while sipping a margarita al fresco or catching up with a bestie, so it's time to get your lip gear in shape. I'll admit, I usually select products based on cutesy names, but these are some of my actual favorites:
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Luster. Out with the mattes, in with the sparkly tint. These easily applied twist up sticks also give plump and shimmer without the use of scary chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Korres Lip Butter Glaze is another great natural choice if you want to go more glossy. They use organic bees and sunflower seed waxes to create a shiny and vibrant pop of color. I am partial to "Pomegranate".
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté is a stylist favorite, and can do no wrong. Plus, the mango smell is delectable.
Fresh's balm-like Sugar Lip Treatment is nourishing and attractive and has the added protection of SPF 15. I'm dying to try the new "Honey" tint. Try sticking it in the freezer for a refreshing application.
A lot of these lovely lip treatments are an investment, so in times of need I turn to an old standby - Labello lip balms. I used to only find them overseas, so I was constantly begging friends to score me a new flavor or product during their travels. In the last year or so, the company joined up with Nivea and now sells a version here in the states. You still have to search other countries for some of the more interesting flavors. I always thought the hunt was the best part anyway!
NARS. You kill me. So many excellent products to drool over. My latest obsession (and I do mean obsession): Velvet Lip Pencils. Chunky, so very smooth, and colors that work on anyone. "Happy Days" and "Bolero" are in constant rotation for me.
Another NARS miracle is any makeup product in their "Orgasm" shade. It's perfect. The Multiple is a smart choice since you can use it on your eyes, cheeks, body, and lips. It gives you a natural pretty flush, and who wouldn't want that in multiple ways? :)
If all else fails in lip maintenance, get yourself a RingPop and suck away.