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Luxe To Less: All-Purpose Lip Balm

The most handy thing in your purse right now has got to be your lip balm. This all-purpose miracle tube can soothe dry hands, tame stray eyebrows and keep down those dreaded flyways after a blow-dry. Oh, and it also keeps your gorgeous smackers totally kissable – even when the wind kicks up and the harsh, cool air threatens to strip those lips of any and all moisture. Here are our picks of the best balms at each price point:

Under $50

Make Up Store Lip Care Mix, $35

Make Up Store Lip Care Trio 

This handy pot is an amazing 3-in-1. The green cream is for exfoliating the lips to get rid of dry flakes and make them smoother. The white cream is a moisturiser and can also be used to remove excess lipstick when cleansing. And finally, the pink cream finishes off the treatment with sweet shade of colour.

Under $25

asap Hydrating Lip Balm+, $20 

asap Hydrating Lip Balmasap Hydrating Lip Balm+ perfects, heals and protects. It’s suitable for all skin types and contains a powerful antioxidant that even keeps coldsores at bay as well as acting as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. This lip balm can be used on its own or as gloss over lip colour and even contain SPF15+.

Under $10

Suvana Organic Lip Balm, $9.95

Suvana Organic Paw Paw Cream

This certified organic lip balm may as well change its name to ‘miracle in a tube’. The active ingredients of cocoa butter, paw paw and honey nourish, soothe and soften … not just your lips, but wherever you happen to rub it! A little goes a long way so it’s a keeper. Stash in your handbag as your go-to wonder cream!

Do Lip Injectables Actually Work?

Getting a perfect pout is easier than ever before with creams, ointments and lip injectables which are now readily available. They are still quite a controversial topic, with beauty vlogger Chloe Morello even uploading her journey onto YouTube to give others who might be interested the best advice possible. Are these methods reliable, safe and healthy to inject into our bodies, and better yet are they permanent?

Thrifty option: Lip plumper

A thrifty way to achieve pouty lips is by using plumping sticks and balms. The results can slightly vary for each individual, but almost always create a sexy pout which is designed to last all night long. A great alternative is the Laura Mercier Lip Plumper which will set you back around $40; creates the illusion of a larger lip without the longterm commitment. Immediately after applying, users will feel a tingling sensation that plumps lips naturally. There are a bunch of different colours to choose from, and the finish feels just like a lip gloss.

This is the best option for anyone who wishes to experiment with larger lips, without committing to a hefty price tag, or any longterm effects. Many products on the market promise to create plumper lips, but only a handful of these might actually do the job. It’s best to research through online forums and amongst friends to determine which products are the best to create a temporary but sexy lip.

Expensive option: Lip augmentation

Injectables and fillers are a popular option for those who wish to have bigger, plumper lips for an extended period of time. Restylane or Juvederm are two of the most popular ways to create fuller lips in minutes, and are ideal for anyone having their first lip plumping experience. These are found in the same family of hyaluronic acid fillers which create temporary augmentation, ideally made to last for approximately 6 months. The only side effects users will feel after the procedure include swelling and minor bruising. Applying a cooling pad or ice is the best way to combat any pain, and reduce bruising. Restylane and Juvederm will set you back between $500-$700.

These lip injectables should be administered only by a trained and certified medical professional either at a clinic, or a day surgery. The black market is slowly catching up to the trend, and many people choose to buy from uncertified websites or sellers and do it themselves at home. This practice is unsafe since you will never really know their true side effects, or even what these black market injectables are made of.

Permanent solution?

The only way to have a permanent pout is lip augmentation surgery which uses fillers. These are made to last for years, and are ideal for anyone which is seeking fuller lips for the longterm. Fillers can start anywhere upwards of $600, plus a fee for the consultation.

Have you ever had your lips done before? Share with us your experience in the comments below.

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By Felicia Sapountzis