Six Products for a Perfect Pout

Romance is in the air, sublime seekers! So today we’re talking kissable lips; more specifically, six products to get you on your way to your most perfect of pouts!

Moisturise!

Until recently, I was one of those gals using Lucas’ Papaw Ointment on my lips religiously every night and wondering why they were still dry. It feels so silky and smooth going on, the sensation itself is addictive. Then a couple of months back, I was having a whinge about my forever-dry lips when VM tells me my beloved red tube’s product base in petroleum jelly. While it’s safe and proven to be a great barrier product, it ain’t moisturising my lips.

On AW’s recommendation, I switched to Lanolips and ladies, this shizzle be good. Lanolin (of sheep’s wool fame) is somewhat obviously the main ingredient and it proves to be all-natural goodness… no wonder this product has a bunch of awards to it’s name!

Lanolips 101

Lanolips 101 Ointment $17.95 at Priceline.

Exfoliate!

Do you exfoliate your lips? Just like the rest of your face, exfoliating your lips can help clean away dead skin cells and make way for a soft, smooth smooch. Flakey skin can be particularly troublesome under your lippy, so exfoliating is well-timed before making yourself up. Don’t over do it though, scrub gently – once a week should be plenty enough. My product pick is Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub. This product is not only great for a gentle lip buff, it’s DELICIOUS. Made with castor sugar, jojoba oil, coconut butter and popping candy, it’s all natural AND tastes like salted caramel!

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub $9.95 (at this price for a limited time) online at Lush.

Start with a good base! 

We know the secret to long lasting lip colour is starting with a good lip liner. My pick is MAC’s lip pencil, it’s creamy texture is makes it uber gentle and easy to use. I chose Hip N Happy for it’s inoffensive colour; it makes a great neutraly-pink base.

Mac Hip N Happy

MAC Lip Pencil $30* at your nearest MAC counter or online.

Long lasting colour!

I’ve never been a huuuuuge lipstick fan, I’m more a gloss or balm girl with the occasional dabble in lipstick. The evolution of the ‘cubby stick’ (as Clinique have dubbed theirs) was made for girls like me. Looks like a crayon, glides on like a balm, gives you colour like a lipstick. I think Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is the best of the bunch. It moisturises and still gives you a flush of colour. It’s super easy to get a great looking lip and the colour lasts (and lasts and lasts). I bought bold hue ‘sweetheart valentine’ (how fitting!)… I’m pretty in love with it. Still easing my way into the world of bold lips, I’m planning to treat myself to a softer shade like ‘honey’ soon too.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain $17.95* at Priceline.

A little bit of shine! 

I think gloss is a must for that extra polished lip-look. There’s a gazillion glosses on the market and every gal is sure to have their favourite. My pick is Clinique’s Long Last Glossware in Air Kiss. I’ve been a decade-long devotee to this classic, there is just a hint of hue, just a smidge of shimmer and it isn’t sticky like lots of other glosses. Better yet, it’s got the rare (in gloss) quality of also having an SPF15. Lips get burnt, lovers. Don’t underestimate the importance of having them protected.

Clinque Air Kiss

Clinique Air Kiss $35* at your closest Australian Clinique counter or online.

Cleanse!

I have been reading lots of recommendations saying an oil-based cleanser is the most gentle way to take lipstick off your lips. Beauty Demi-god, Zoe Foster-Blake even suggests a bit of olive oil as a would-be cleansing solution if you wake up on the other side of a successful Valentines date, but nowhere near your beauty supplies (oh behave!).

After hearing allll the hype, I bought a bottle of the French-pharamacy-icon; Bioderma’s Crealine H20. I am a total convert! It’s uber gentle, has the consistency of water, but is a great erasing. Its not a thorough cleanse, but it’s great on a cotton bud to clean up a little eye-makeup mid-application, or to remove the chance of any remaining lippy smudging across the face during your slumber.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser & Make Up Remover

Bioderma Crealine H20 $29.95 for 250ml (which lasts a surprisingly long while).
Priceline have just started stocking it! Whoop!

These are my sublime finds for 24 hours of fabulous and lusciously kissable Valentines-y lips! Lover in tow or no, I hope your V-Day is a good one. Mwah!

♥AS

p.s. Are you freaking out V-day is tomorrow!? Check out gift-guide for last minute ideas!

* zomg at least half this price in USA. Did someone say freight forwarder?

What are your go-to products for a perfect pout? Share your recommendations below! 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Saint Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us! While we’ve all heard the words ‘Hallmark Holiday’ rolling off tongues mid-Febuary… I say ignore V-Day at your own peril! If there’s a special someone in your life, this is the time to acknowledge them. How? Got you covered, sublime seekers… might I present the Sublime Finds Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Traditionalist? Be sure to book your flowers early to avoid disappointment!

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A dozen long stem roses from Perrots; $165. Order online here.

Something sweet for your sweetie? Check out the selection from Edible Blooms:

Edible Blooms 2 Dozen Hearts Posy Ultimate Moet Bloom Edible Blooms Corona Gift Hamper

1. Two dozen hearts posy; $55 + delivery; 2. Ultimate Moet Bloom; $299 + delivery 3. Corona Gift Hamper; $69 + delivery

Does your loved one deserve some pampering? Try Mademoiselle Beauty at Norman Park!

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The Valentine’s Day Cloud 9 package includes a 1 hour body massage and 1 hour balancing facial for $150. Divine!

Looking for an experience that will last all night?

Emporium Hotel Valentines Day

Try Emporium Hotel’s Enchanted Valentine Special; from $479.

Perhaps a night in, instead? 

DVD Collection  Manhattan 6 piece barware set

1. DVD Set, bookworld.australia on eBay; $29.95 2. Manhattan 6-piece bar wear set at Myer; $69.95

For your eyes only. The ultimate gift for her… and him. (Hot tip: if you don’t know the size… and you’re at the stage in your relationship where being found hunting around in your significant other’s undie drawer could be fatal to ongoing relations… find another gift!)

Plisse Red Cami Penny Shanghai CorsetValentia Barberry with Black Hearts + Daisies Chemise

1. Honey Birdette Plisse Red Cami; $79.95 2. Bras n Things Penny Shanghai Corset; $89.95 3. Target Valentina Barberry with Black Hearts and Daisies Chemise; $39

While we’re talking bedroom… Honey Birdette’s range may be of interest.

Honey Birdette Edible Massage Oil Honey Birdette Lust Soy Massage Candle

1. Gluttony edible pink sherbert massage oil; $14.97, 2. Lust soy massage candle; $29.95

Rather something to cuddle on the couch in? Peter Alexander has got your cutsey-matching covered!

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1. Men’s Arrow Boxer Set; $79.95 & Women’s I Moustache You Set; $69.95,  2. Men’s She Loves Me Trunks; $29.95 & He loves me comfy brief; $19.95

Want to say it with jewellery? Check out these great picks:

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1. Jive Stud earrings by Oroton; $65 2. Anchor bangle by Samantha Wills; $99

Ready to make it forever? Give her something she can’t say no to.

Tiffany & Co Engagement Ring

1. The Tiffany Setting by Tiffany & Co; 2 carats from $48,100.

Thinking something personal? Build a gift to remember: 

Memory Book with Case You and Me Kikki K Valentines Day

Kikki K’s Memory Book; $29.95

On a budget? I’d take a heartfelt love note over any of the above gifts (ooooh except maybe that 2 carat ring…)

Pair and a Spare Printable Downloads

DIY blog A Pair and a Spare created these gorgeous free, printable cards.
(Don’t forget the card, dingus!)

Still stuck? Swing by your local Westfield’s Love Help Desk! The Help Desk can point you in the right direction on a gift as well as provide complimentary calligraphy, engraving and wrapping!

Westfield's Love Helpdesk

 Open during centre hours between now and Feb 14th.

If there’s someone in your life who makes you feel sublime, be sure to reach out to them next Friday. Gift or no gift… love or lust or like… life’s too short to not tell the special ones that they are special.

♥AS

What have you got planned for that special someone this Valentine’s Day?