perfect pout

sorry for the lack of pink, red and rose themed valentines day post chic peas, quite frankly i have and will likely always hate the holiday. (SEK you were right, V stands for Valentine’s Vodka in our current age demographic). however, the negative temperatures are affecting my pout and today i’ve rounded up a few tricks for getting rid of chapped lips. perfect for kissing your sweetie…or not.

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#1 prep the number one step before you moisturize is always to get the dead skin off (ew!) and exfoliate. this sugar scrub works wonders. as does the old fashioned method of a tub of vaseline and an old tooth brush.

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#2 protect– ladies of new york (frost yourselves!)–if you haven’t tried Clinique super balm yet, you must. it is literally the best chap stick/lip treatment I have ever found (and I have done the beta testing to feel pretty confident in my findings). for $15 is one of the most affordable options out there. i was a die hard kiehls girl until i found this bad boy, and literally the weight/tackiness of the gloss (not sticky!) stays on long and really does its job. my friends will confirm my obsession by the fact i now have one stuck in every jacket pocket/purse/desk drawer so i will never be caught without it.

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#3 (optional) color i am definitely not a big colored lip fan other than the occasional saturday night out, but in my current pale state, a little color does wonders (cuhh luhhh in requisite steel magnolias pronunciation). my alabama-bred roomie is a true lipstick girl and swears by a neutral laura mercier in plum. if you’re into darker colors, my edgy gal pal CHG introduced me to this amazing stain by YSL. in any case, look for a non-drying formula that won’t undo all the goodness of step 1 and 2.

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CPs any other tips/tricks i’ve missed? what are the best lip products you’ve found lately?