I have what MAC makeup artist Victor C once referred to as “a dry lip.”
That’s putting it charitably.
My lips are forever peeling and flaky, and some lipsticks really show that up the rough texture of my lips. Oh, when I tried on MAC Hello Kitty lipstick in Fashion Mews recently, it was an absolute nightmare. From time to time, I need a good lip scrub. And I’ve been doing it myself for years now, with a little good old fashioned brown sugar and a dab of Vaseline, olive oil, or even better, a lip balm of choice (I love the honey-colored tub of Einstein lip therapy). It’s a quick fix, and one of the simplest at-home beauty treatments you can give yourself. So when I saw Liplicious 2-in-1 Moisturizing Lip Color and Sugar Scrub come on the scene, I was initially skeptical. A brown sugar lip scrub to take on the go? Why buy when you can DIY?
Liplicious takes the basic brown sugar lip scrub I’ve been giving myself to a higher level — one half of this slender little lip treatment is a stick of grainy brown sugar, which you’re supposed to rub on your lips and then lick off. Yum! It kinda hard (if you have sensitive lips, be careful), and leaves behind a delicious trace of sweetness, too. And the other half is a delightful lip gloss. It comes in shades like Strawberry Mint, Mango Colada, and Watermelon Slice. The shade I got is Coconut Truffle, which is a super sheer, very pretty bronzy-copper with a hint of warm rosy pink. It’s a great shade for women of color IMO — it enhances the natural dark color of my lips, instead of coating them with opaque, cakey color. It’s like a very flattering, subtle nearly-nude. Great for bellas who don’t traditionally do a lot with makeup, but want to take a safe step into the wonderful world of lip color.
The Liplicious Tasty Lip Color treatment normally costs $12, and now it’s on sale for just $4! They’re available at any Bath and Body Works, or online at www.bathandbodyworks.com.
Should you buy, or DIY? Well, I’ll tell ya. I love the portabilty of the product — how many times have I wound up out somewhere, caught sight of myself in the mirror and realized gasp — my lips are peeling and dry and look ghastly! And aside from helping me solve my flaky lip situation on the go, it also comes packaged with such a pretty shade of gloss. AND it’s on sale for four bucks! If you’ve also got a recurring flaky, dry lip problem, I say buy. This could be a splurge you won’t regret.