Monthly Archives: September 2017

Lip Masks Will Give You the Fullest

Slather on all the lipstick and gloss you want, but if your pout isn’t properly prepped, your lips can end up looking less than kissable. Thanks to the latest batch of plumping lip masks and treatments, giving your lips a little TLC is now easier than ever. Going above and beyond the duties of a basic balm, these hydrate, plump and smooth — fast — leaving you with fuller, softer lips… and who doesn’t want that? Pop on any one of our nine favorites.
This brand is known for their extensive variety of patches made for all parts of your face (you’ve likely seen the Instagram posts of celebs wearing them), including these gel ones for your lips. Stick one on and in just 10 minutes a blend of natural ingredients and extracts — think mustard sprout and red algae — boost circulation, hydrate and smooth out lip lines. It also delivers an instant cooling sensation, which we found quite refreshing.
Already beloved for her cult-favorite lip scrub, Happ’s latest lip launch also makes us super¬†happy¬†(sorry, we couldn’t resist). The buttery formula, which just happens to be bubble gum pink, uses clay to hydrate, firm and smooth lips, and a Himalayan herb to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to apply a thick layer — picture frosting on a cake — then leave on for as long as possible before wiping off with a damp washcloth. We noticed a difference after just a few minutes.
With two products housed in one tube, this lip treatment perfect for both daytime and bedtime. Twist the bottom dial to the AM side for a lip-plumping formula that uses hyaluronic filling spheres infused with hyaluronic acid — the same ingredient in injectable fillers, FYI. While it feels slightly tingly going on, it doesn’t sting or burn. It also touts a fat enhancer that preserves and enhances the fat in your lips, the one place you actually want extra padding. At night, twist to the PM side for a hydrating formula filled with butters and oils that deliver mega moisture while you snooze.

Remove Waterproof Makeup Without Tearing Out Your Lashes

Switching to waterproof eye makeup come summa ‘ time clearly makes a whole lot of sense. Increased temps and humidity levels — not to mention days spent at the pool and beach — can majorly up the likelihood of makeup meltdown. And while swapping your standard mascara, shadow and liner for waterproof versions is a foolproof way to prevent streaks and smears, taking off these long-lasting formulas requires more than your standard wash-and-go M.O.

There’s no shortage of makeup removers out there, but the bummer is that many of them can be harsh on your skin and lashes, not to mention sting and burn. So I decided to try some of the latest and greatest makeup removers out there to see which ones were the most painless, mess-free and, of course, effective. (Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.) Read on for the nine I was super impressed by. You’re welcome.
I travel a TON, so I’m all about beauty products that I know a) won’t spill in my suitcase and b) won’t be snatched up by TSA. This convenient stick — a solid, balm-like formula — fits the bill. Made with sunflower oil and vitamin E, it’s delightfully hydrating and glides on smoothly. While the directions say that it will ultimately melt into a foam, in my experience, the consistency remained more oil-like; still, it removed all of my eye makeup and rinsed completely clean. Plus, the larger surface area of the stick made it ideal for using on the rest of my complexion, too. The top layer can get a bit gunky after a while, but that’s easily fixed by wiping it off with a tissue.