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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lip Service

Once again I have a guest poster, my friend Julie who has an Etsy boutique and is a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant. This is good info... 

Don’t get me wrong; jewelry is nice and all. But “every kiss begins with Kay?” WRONG. Every kiss begins with lips. So you better make sure yours are nice before you go around planting those babies on people.

What’s the key to beautifully soft lips, you ask? (Okay, even if you didn’t ask that… pretend you did.) Well! That, my friend, is a simple two-step process.

Step 1: Get a good lip scrub. This is absolutely CRUCIAL. Lip balm is awesome (I don’t leave home without it!), but it’ll only get you so far. Eventually, you’re going to need to get rid of that dead skin that is bound to pop up no matter how naturally fantastic your lips are. Don’t worry… I have recommendations!

If you have a Mary Kay consultant, then you should already know about Satin Lips. The first step in the Satin Lips set is a lip scrub. It’s an excellent product; use it!

If you don’t have a Mary Kay consultant, get one. I’m not joking. Satin Lips is phenomenal; I can’t rave about this scrub enough!

If you’re a little on the crunchy side (like me), or a little on the broke side (also like me), there is a more affordable, natural alternative to Mary Kay. Me Time Boutique offers a sugar & honey lip scrub that works great. I should know; I make it. J  It’s also customizable; you can choose your sugar type (brown or white) and- if you’re feeling exceptionally choosy- I have it on good authority that the owner of the boutique will let you choose a different oil besides coconut, if you so desire.

Okay, so… you have your lip scrub. Now, what to do with it?

Gently scrub a small amount on your lips. Let stand for 1-2 minutes. Then rinse off and pat dry. Easy peasy.

Step 2: Apply your favorite lip balm.

Personally, I’m a lip balm fiend. You know that nightmare where you’re in school and you look down and realize you’re naked? Well, my nightmare is reaching into my pocket and realizing I forgot my Chap Stick. Yeah… that’s the kinda hell I’m living in over here, people.

But, like I said before, I’m also a teeny bit crunchy. So despite single-handedly supporting the lip balm industry with my purchasing volume, I also make my own lip balm when the mood strikes me. Oh, and I sell it, too. Have I mentioned Me Time Boutique? (Shameless plug alert)

Me Time Boutique (MTB, to all the cool people) offers lip balm made from natural ingredients. And, like most of their (my?) products, they are customizable. Go au natural with an unscented, uncolored balm made with beeswax and calendula oil… or spice it up a bit with an essential oil scent and some coloring. As of today, MTB lip balms come in a 2ml tub. But a little birdie told me that in about a week, lip balms will also be offered in a more typical, mainstream tube.
The frequency of this process is completely up to you and the needs of your lips- if your lips are dry and chapped pretty often, then you’ll need to scrub more often.

And there you have it! The key to soft lips. You can officially start your kiss now.

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