By this time in the Summer, you may be feeling tan and happy, but what about your lips? Are they happy, too? In many cases, look closely and you’ll see that Summer lips are weary from sun, sand and sea, and even just knocking about on your face being exposed to pollutants and the sun’s damaging (and drying) rays. This is the time to pamper your lips with luxurious products that may cost a bit more, but DO more, too. These pack a punch against lip loathing saboteurs! Here are some new and some favorite products that send Summer’s lip loathing saboteurs heading for the hills! Add these to your collection, right now:
At $55.00 per luxurious bullet, “The Lipstick” from the Kenebo Sensai collection is going to be a splurge for many…but what a splurge it is! This gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous lipstick in a chic, shiny gold tube, spreads like butter, depositing dreamy, creamy color that has a high gloss finish. The color is luminous, and it makes even dry, tired looking lips, look like they’re glowing. Of course, it’s not just a beautifier, it has anti-aging ingredients including precious Japanese Koishimaru silk (promotes hyaluronic acid production), and skincare benefits. There are 15 shades from nude to deep. I tried “Hiwada,” a rusted browned red with a lot of visible golden particles that aren’t as shimmery as much as they are glowing. This color is opaque and makes lips look lit from within, but the color looks polished, not too natural, not too “obvious.” The Lipstick Golden Phyto Extract improves microcirculation and helps to deeply hydrate lips, while the gold particles instantly give your lips new life, with just a mere swipe of the bullet. It’s a luxury lipstick, a great beautifier, an anti-aging treatment — the ultimate in skincare and beauty, no matter how you look at it. Kanebo The Lipstick is available in Neiman Marcus and a some other select, high end retailers, or visit: http://www.sensai-cosmetics.com/
I’m a very big fan of Poppy King the creator of Lipstick Queen, and her amazing lip products. I can’t help but gush about everything she does. Poppy King created the first red lipstick I ever found wearable, and has gone on to create many other incredible lip products. For portability and no-brainer, application, even without a mirror, there are Lipstick Queens’ three newest, pink-centric, shade additions to the Lipstick Queen’s Chinatown On the Go Glossy Pencils ($20.00). Cameo is a soft nude; Catalina is a subtle pink, and Pink Bluff is an earthy, nude pink. Each of these chubby lip pencils are really moist, not overly gloppy, glosses. Each shiny black pencil with white Chinese lettering comes with a sharpener. The packaging is inspired by Roman Polanski’s Chinatown film in white, black and pink (cute!). If you’re looking for intense color, then Lipstick Queen’s other lip products are more your style, but these pencils (8 shades total), slide on with a very sheer tint, a silky feel, and lots of hydration to give you just a bit of color when you’re not trying to create a formal lip look. Did I mention they also really last a long time?! They also allow you to play with colors you might not feel comfortable wearing in an intense, lipstick. These are definitely travel-tote and beach-bag-worthy! Get yours at: http://www.lipstickqueen.com and the new shades are also available at Space NK and ULTA stores nationwide.
Miracle Skin Transformer has excellent luxe skincare products, and now they’ve introduced Lip Rewind ($28.00), an anti-aging lip transforming serum -infused balm that packs a punch against aging, dryness and moisture loss. Use this shiny, silver, click-it pen with sponge-tipped top to protect your lips against the sun’s UVA/UVB rays too. An ” M3 Complex” gives you a blend of anti-oxidant rich butters that condition, smooth, and create a breathable barrier to maintain maximum moisture. Rose moss and powerful peptides combine to infuse lips with double the amount of hyaluronic acid, which boosts collagen and eliminates fine lines. I liked the slight, cooling sensation (great on a hot, sticky day) created by menthol and peppermint oils. The hydration is thanks to pomegranate and shea butters, and soothing coconut oil. The delivery system and soft color looks elegant, but it’s the advanced peptides that deliver fililng spheres to boost collagen that provide the “wow! The product really does help to eliminate those little lines that your lipstick likes to run into. Add the SPF 20 sun protection, and Vitamin E, and you’ve got a lot packed into a little tube. But in the end, a great anti-aging treatment has to look and feel good, This one delivers shiny, semi-sheer color with a gel texture to your lips (with a tingle) in five shades: Translucent, Pink, Coral, LOVE and Berry. Application tip: Apply onto dry lips starting at the center bow and moving outwards. Then press lips together. Apply throughout the day as you wish. Also good to know is that there are no parabens, sulfates, phthalates in these products, and $5.00 from the sale of each Lip Rewind in the limited edition shade –LOVE will be donated to support the Children’s Action Network’s efforts to find love families for waiting foster children. Available now at Sephora stores nationwide and online via www.sephora.com
Recently, I attended an event at Bergdorfs featuring a new, Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask ($48.00) that isn’t for your face, but for lips, exclusively. It exfoliates, hydrates and plumps and fills in little lines–and it does this at night, when you’re sleeping (how convenient is that?!). This creamy and luxe product uses an ultra-hydrating Cream Gel Technology, combining natural papaya enzymes (for effective exfoliation) with 22 certified organic extracts (including marine collagen) to nourish and soothe the skin on and around your lips. Low weight hylauronic acid lets the product penetrate deeper into the skin to provide intense hydration at the cellular level, while the high weight hylauronic acid sits on the skin’s surface to instantly smooth, hydrate and plump the skin.You apply it (on and around your lips) and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Tissue it off, and what you’ll immediate see are smoother lips, but a surprise to me was that my lip color also seemed a bit more intense, so smoothing on a clear lip gloss will make your lips immediately ready for going out, even if you don’t feel like applying any color to them.
I balked (at first) when I heard: “papaya” because this enzyme can really pack a punch against dry, flaky skin, but it can also be irritating (and if you’ve ever experienced flaking or dryness after a mask, you know what I mean). But in this product, it’s effective and gentle. I had no issues with it being applied. In fact, once the lip mask was tissued off, I noticed that my lips were feeling fine, but plumper, and the little lines that deeper colors sometimes migrate into, were lessened. While I never considered using a lip masque, I’m kind of hooked on this one, especially since I don’t have to deal with it during the day (you can use it during daylight hours though, if you feel like it). The Kaplan MD products are also not tested on animals.
Continue to pamper lips with one of my favorite lip products of all time; the Kaplan MD LIP 20 Therapy Treatment $30.00 and LIP 20 Balm to seal in hydration. This product not only helps to seal in moisture and soothe and nurture lips, it also has SPF 20 plus a dozen, amazing colors, so when you wear it, you’re actually treating your lips, royally. You can see the treatment in the core. And the packaging is just so fab! A silver tube with a flip top that you can literally twist open and closed with one hand, dramatically lifting up to reveal the lipstick bullet, inside. The anti-aging formula has patented Peptides, Marine Collagen and 22 Certified Organic Extracts t0 hydrate and nourish the lips. It plumps, but it doesn’t sting, or irritate so even those with sensitive skin can enjoy these. But don’t let the pretty packaging and great colors fool you; this is really packed with powerful lip treatment, too with the nurturing ingredients of the Night Mask including: Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, a moisturizer 20 times more effective than Vitamin E alone; Patented Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, and which are micro-injected into the lip tissue to immediately, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, make beautifying, a no-brainer. If you’re looking for a red you can wear every day, try the semi-sheer shade, “Ruby Shine.” Amp up the shine and color even more with “Ruby Sparkle” Lip Treatment Gloss ($30.00) . The striking, slanted wanded tube (with a use-able mirror in the top) offers even more treatment goodies, in semi-sheer color and in a dozen choices including clear. *Tip: You probably won’t need it if you use the mask often enough, but a lip liner can also help keep your lipstick in place. The Kaplan MD Lip Liner ($28.00) also has the same nourishing and plumping properties as the mask and lip products. It is a no sharpen design, and uses three all-natural plant waxes instead of petrolatum, to provide a great glide and long wear, without feathering. You can find the lip mask and other Kaplan MD product at Bergdorf Goodman http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com and the lip colors at Neiman Marcus, or for more information visit http://www.kaplanmd.com/
The new, Glossy Lip Treatment by Kat Burki ($28.00) is more than just a mere squeeze tube of clear lip gloss to put a high wattage shine on your lips. It does that too, of course, but this super-shiny, clear gloss also protects the skin on your lips. My sample came in a little pot, but the actual delivery system, The Advice Sisters are told, is a cooling, ceramic rollerball designed to stimulate micro-circulation. We can’t say much about that, but we can say that the smooth, liquid-y, coconut oil-based formula has a high concentration of Vitamin E. The non sticky formula feels great, while it hydrates. Some high shine glosses are gloppy, but this one just leaves your lips pouty, hydrated, and super-shiny in a silky and luxurious product that we are quickly getting addicted to! You can get yours after August 26th. Visit http://http://katburki.com