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For me the holidays really are the best time of year.  I love counting my blessings on Thanksgiving, exchanging gifts on Christmas and the anticipation of a New Year.  There’s a certain mystery and wonderment to it and what it may bring.  A million promises and pacts for self-improvement are paired with elevated hopes and brand new dreams.  You really feel like anything can happen…it’s almost magical.

Getting ready for the big end of year bash is just the beginning! So now that you’ve got your outfit situated and merchandised to your hearts content, what’s next? Well, if a female’s best accessory is her smile, then why wouldn’t you prepare for its very first kiss of the year?  Just a couple easy steps before applying your lipstick and you’ll be ready for that special smooch.

 Step 1:  Exfoliate

Santas Lip Scrub I LOVE all of Lush’s lip scrubs. They’re fantastic.  Staying in line with the holidays, I’ve been using their seasonal Santa’s Lip Scrub; it tastes like cherry cola!  Take your pointer finger and swipe up enough product to fit on your fingertip.  In a circular motion, gently rub the scrub all over your upper and bottom lip.  You’ll be able to feel the dead skin lifting from the surface.  Using a damp washcloth, wipe away any excess.

DIY i: If you don’t want to make a purchase, you can easily make your own scrub at home using products from your pantry. Check out this DIY lip scrub video tutorial.  

Step 2:  Moisturize

bag_balm My lips tend to dry often so I have a set ritual that I practice even outside of kissable moments like NYE.  Moisturizing is the biggest part of that ritual.  Aside from drinking water, I need a product that produces the kind of moisture that’s almost medicinal. Bag Balm is perfect for just that, so I use it every morning when I wake up and every night before bed.  It’s also great to use after a deep scrub.  Pat your finger lightly on the surface of the balm.  It’s super easy to get too much on your finger so be careful.  Tapping twice (think Instagram) is usually enough for me.  Apply it evenly to your top and bottom lip then allow it to absorb fully for about 5 to 10 minutes before applying your favorite lipstick.

Things to Remember:

  • Save yourself the embarrassment and use a matte lipstick for tonight…it won’t transfer onto your date’s lips!
  • Alcohol steals moisture from both your face and pout.  Maintain a healthy glow by alternating cocktails and water.
  • I doubt your date wants to taste the wagyu beef dinner you ate hours ago.  Excuse yourself to the bathroom and freshen up both your breath and your lips 15-20 minutes before the ball drops and don’t forget to blot!

Now you’re ready for a special night and a special kiss. I hope all your wishes come true this year.  Be safe and have a beautiful new year!


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