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Yes-to-Carrots-Berry-Lip-Butter.jpgLooking to do your chapped, red, raw lips a favor? Then you simply must pick up a tube of Yes to Carrots Berry Lip Butter!

As lip balms go, this one ranks among our top picks. It hydrates, it conditions, it soothes … it brings immediate and long-lasting nutrition to even the driest pout. Seriously, with all the flip-flopping this winter has done (first 6! then 60!), this lip balm is an absolute necessity.

Add to that the fact that it’s fortified with good-for-the-lips ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, organic jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter and Vitamin E, and what else could you possibly ask for? Oh, we know — the luscious berry flavor and the fact that it’s under $5!

Yes indeed, this lip balm is a true treat!

Yes to Carrots Berry Lip Butter retails for $3.69 at drugstore.com.
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We’ve been trying to test Fresh’s Sugar lip treatments for a while, but they were at such high demand in the beauty-testing world, that we were never able to receive samples. So, what did we do? We just went out, and bought the dang thing. It was well worth the $22.50 we shelled out for the Sugar Rosé shade

Before we start talking about the slick, smooth, perfect pouty pink, we want to talk about the construction of the case it comes in, because this, friends, is what makes this product stand out above other comparable lip goods. 

How many times have you stored a lip balm/gloss (whether cheapo or pricey) in your purse, only to reach in at some point and realize that the top had come off, and your precious, beloved product was smeared all over everything in your bag? This has happened one too many times for our liking - especially in our beloved designer handbag with the cream silk lining with a bright red lipstick (it was not pretty.) Well, Fresh’s lip treatments have a top that screws shut. You have to twist the top off to use it, and no matter how many times we tested rubbing it against something to see if it would unscrew, it stayed shut, just like it should. 

Now, on to the rest of Fresh’s Sugar Rosé’s winning qualities. One swipe, and our lips were super soft. Honestly, one swipe, though we prefered about 3 swipes on top and bottom to achieve the subtle shade of pink we were going for. It’s very sheer, so building color is easy without going overboard. The SPF 15 is wonderful for sunny days, and the lack of parabens, petroleum, sulfates other stuff we don’t want anywhere near our mouths, makes us feel comfortable about ingesting the product naturally. 

Though the smell threw us off (it’s almost a lemongrass scent…we were expecting something fruity), it didn’t bother us too much once we got used to it. It’s just glossy enough to put a pretty sheen on our lips, and overall, there really isn’t a single thing (besides the non-fruit scent) that we would change. We finally understand what all the noise was about. Even at $22.50, we’d buy it again in a heartbeat. Sephora.com
Bold-Lips-Image.jpgIf you’re looking for a way to get noticed, why not take a cue from the red carpet and try bold lips? Celebs like Taylor Swift, Dita von Teese and Nicki Minaj have all stepped out recently in various takes on the look — some admittedly more crazy than others!

This look is all about the lips, so be sure the rest of your makeup doesn’t overpower your powerful pout. Keep things simple with a bit of mascara and flawless skin — and then let your lips shine! We’ve rounded up a few lipsticks that will really make your pout stand out.

MAC-Style-Curve-Lipstick.jpgM.A.C Style Curve Lipstick
For something really different, try purple! This shade is not for the faint of heart, so be certain you’re ready to rock it before you step out on the town.
$14.50 at maccosmetics.com

NARS-Schiap-Lipstick.jpgNARS Schiap Lipstick
One of the brand’s bestsellers is this gorgeous, vibrant bright pink. Why not try it on a casual Friday at the office?
$24 at narscosmetics.com

NYX-Cosmetics-Lipstick-Eros.jpgNYX Cosmetics Eros Round Lipstick
We’re fairly certain this is the perfect combination of coral and orange.
$4 at nyxcosmetics.com

Lime-Crime-Retrofuturist-Opaque-Lipstick.jpgLime Crime Retrofuturist Opaque Lipstick
If anyone knows how to create bold, notice-me-in-an-instant colors, it’s Lime Crime. Believe it or not, this is one of their tamer shades!
$16 at limecrimemakeup.com
EOS-Lip-Balm-Medicated-Tangerine.jpgWant to bring a true citrusy delight to your wintry days? Then you’d better run right out and pick up the eos Medicated Tangerine Lip Balm Smooth Sphere.

For starters, we love the unique shape of this balm. The oversized sphere garners comments every time we pull it out of our bag — and, truth be told, we love when people notice our beauty products. We’ve honestly never seen another lip balm that looks like this, which means it immediately skyrocketed in our esteem.

Add to that the fact that the balm really and truly works … and we’ve got a gem on our hands! (Or lips, as the case may be.) It’s packed with antioxidants, zinc, shea butter, jojoba oil, and Vitamins C and E to moisturize, condition and nourish lips from morning until night. It even helps to prevent bacterial contamination, relieves cold sores and reduces chapping on your pretty little pout!

The delicious tangerine taste really leaves, well, a good taste in our mouths. And at under five bucks a pop? You can’t go wrong!

The eos Medicated Tangerine Lip Balm Smooth Sphere retails for $3.49 at drugstore.com.
Sally-Hansen-Diamond-12-Hour-Lip-Treatment.jpgReady to give your lips a little bling? There’s nothing better than Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment. This lipgloss is so uber-sparkly, we’re betting the glitz can be seen from space.

This lipgloss is super moisturizing and hydrating, promising to condition lips for up to 12 hours. And that’s fairly unheard of in a gloss! Time-release Lipid Moisture Complex and Retinal, combined with microfine diamonds, bring a radiant and glittery finish to any lip look.

We love layering these glosses on top of other glosses or lipsticks — especially Solitaire, a gorgeous peachy pink that looks amazing with every single skin tone.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to bring on the bling.

Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment retails for $5.99 at walgreens.com.

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