I was very excited this past Friday when I got home. I had purchased the Sephora’s Give Me Some Lip lip gloss sampler that includes TWO full size lip glosses, plus 8 smaller sample sizes. It ran for $33 Canadian, and that would be the cost of the 2 full size products alone! What a steal! I also purchased the Laura Mercier Lip Silk.
If any of you know me, you know I am obsessed with lip balms, scrubs, glosses, primers. All things lip. The problem: my lips seem to flare up and seem to look post-surgical whenever there are products it doesn’t agree with. Unfortunately, this happens more than I’d like. I am currently packing a pout that would make any supermodel or cosmetic surgery junkie jealous. Reality is, I am no supermodel; I would never have cosmetic surgery, and I want my normal lips back! Here is a glimpse of the horrors that are currently my lips to the left. It may not look that bad, but my top lip is twice its usual size, and I have been putting coconut oil on them as that seems to be the only product my lips will deal with right now. To the right are my lips in a happier, healthier state. The pictures are two days apart, actually.
Now here are all the potential culprits!
In order from left to right: Sephora Super Shimmer Gloss in Pink Ballerina, Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant, Tarte Vitamin-Infused Lip Gloss in 40 Winks, Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot, Lorac Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in Cliche, Tarte Rise & Shine Lip Gloss and Stain in Cherry, Cover FX Mint Glaze FX in Clear(full size!), Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tease, and finally, Laura Mercier Lip Silk.
I hope my sensitive lips aren’t a genetic thing, because out of the sampler I gave my mother 2 different glosses right after I bought it.
If anyone is interested in purchasing or swapping me for any of these lip products, you can visit my Makeup Alley Swap Page. My username is orchidally if you need to find me!
I have yet to figure out exactly what ingredient is causing this. What is certain, however, is that I wasn’t aware just how sensitive my lips are and how unnatural and packed with crap these glosses are.
The Laura Mercer Lip Silk practically saved my lips last winter, after a flare up when using Clinique’s atrocity Super Balm. I did take a look at the ingredients on LM’s Lip Silk, and it also leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Mineral oil, parabens, hydrogentated butyl-whatever.. That can’t be good. The only ingredient that sounds fun and healthy is apple extract. Hmm, by apple do they mean the apple that we all know and love? Or is “apple extract” some technical term for battery acid?
Alas, I found myself on Sephora’s website late last night; I was searching for something that would make my lips happy, and at the same time have ingredients that I could pronounce. I placed an order for Ole Henriksen’s Fresh Lips, which is a part of Sephora’s natural company line. Their ingredients include things like Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Licorice Extract.. none of which I saw contained in the LM Lip Silk, or in the sampler products. The second product I ordered was Pangea Organics Pyrenees Lavender With Cardamom Lipcare. Pangea Organics has a great name in the organic market, and I am eager to finally try their products out. As for Ole Henriksen, I adore many of their products. I will be sure to do a full review of both products after I have used them long enough.
You may think my lip adventure ends here. I begrudgingly went to work today with peeling, dry, and perpetually pouty lips. A friend suggested I apply Polysporin Complete onto my lips, and they will be back to glam in no time. I arrived home later that evening, and recall my friend’s suggestion. First I exfoliated my lips with my sample of Lush’s Sweet Lips Lip Scrub, and then I applied a thin layer of Polysporin. My lips looked nice and moisturized and certainly felt okay… tingling began.. and further tingling.. and before I realized it my lips had gone completely numb! Yes, that is right folks! I could not feel them one bit. Try explaining to your mother this scenario when you can barely get a proper word out because your lips feel like they’ve just been injected with novocaine! I gently wiped off the Polysporin, and applied a bit of Vaseline. I am not usually a fan, but damn, was I desperate.
And here I sit, with lips that feel pretty damned decent considering all they have been through the past few days. The numbness completely disappeared after about 20 minutes; while I feel like I may just have the most sensitive lips ever, I think my lips and I are going to be a-okay.