Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pain is Beauty, Beauty is Pain

I'm a lipgloss slut junkie. I have no less than 5 different kinds in my purse at any given time. In fact, I have a little lipgloss purse inside of my actual purse to keep my lipglosses and chapsticks easy to find.

I'm also a Target ho addict. If I go in for 1 thing, you can bet I'm leaving with $50 worth of stuff. It's a habit I'm trying to break.

Two weeks ago, I was getting my Target fix, and I found a really fun lipgloss. CoverGirl WetSlicks AmazeMint. It's a lipgloss with Crest peppermint oil, so you get a little boost of fresh breath with your lipgloss application. How could a junkie, like me, resist. I even bought 2 different colors! How exciting to hit 2 of my addictions in 1 trip.

At first, I loved it. Such a great concept, but I'm beginning to think that I might be having some type of reaction to it!!! I'm not sure if it's the lipgloss or just run of the mill weather getting colder lip issues. I used the lipgloss for a few days, but then my lips started seriously hurting. I don't even know how to explain it. It's like they burn on the outer edges. They feel really tight too, maybe dry. They don't really look cracked or chapped.

No amount of chapstick is helping the situation. I've used the Burt's Beeswax stuff for years, but now it burns the edges of my lips if I use it. I'm assuming it's the peppermint oil. I frantically used some SoftLips Organic stuff that Kaeli had laying around (she seems to have inherited my affinity for lip coverage). In a fit of desperation, I even smeared super dry skin lotion on the edges of my lips. It didn't seem to help either.

Since they burn, I keep catching myself licking my lips. Which is only making things worse.

Like I said, I'm not sure it's the lipgloss. I noticed it last week. It got bad enough to irritate me on Saturday, and now it's agony. I haven't used the lipgloss the entire time. Colder weather does tend to wreak havoc on my skin, so I guess it could be that.

I'll put up with a lot in the name of beauty. I'll pluck and wax. I'll suffer through uncomfortable shoes. I'll spend hours getting the right cut and color. But agonizing lip pain sucks, and I can't take it anymore. I'm going to have to go and stock up on every kind of lip moisturizer I can find. Anyone have any suggestions?


Cherish said...

I dont have any products to reccomnd but I did want to say that my lips are doing the same thing right now :(

Ive also noticed that whenever I have anything weird happen with my lips, I have to throw out whatever I was wearing at the time even if it had nothing to do with the product. Give it awhile until your lips are better and then try your new gloss again like once and then nothing else for a day or two. If it is your new stuff you'll notice a reaction a lot faster then this time. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

vaseline works to cure anything dry...especially lips and skin

S said...

my hubby's lips were very chapped, cracked, etc. and i gave him my burt's bees. he hasn't given it back. on a similar, but different note, i someone managed to irritate/cut the part underneath my tongue that holds my tongue up. whatever that thing is called, it hurt like hell for 2 weeks.

ps, i too am a lipbalm junkie. ooh, do you use rosebud salve? LOVE IT. it's trendy and it's also good for your lips, hands, cuts, etc. hmm, maybe you should try that? (they sell it at sephora)

Astarte said...

I'm totally not surprised that it burned your lips! That oil is very strong, and with your little.... habit... of wearing it all the time, it's like you spread toothpaste on your lips and left it there. OUCH!!!

When I have lip pain, I put orajel on them. It's thick enough to be like a lipgloss, but it also takes away pain. This works like a charm when I have coldsores or really chapped lips, so I'll bet it would be good for this. Then you can ease back into the, um, saddle.

TUWABVB said...

That sounds horrible! I'm so sorry. I've found that if my skin is irritated and I'm not sure why, the Benadryl gel works well. It just seems to smooth any irritation and reduce any inflammation - no matter the cause. That being said, it is somewhat drying on it's own...so I'm not sure if it would work for you.

I was going to try that stuff buy now I won't!