Hi Coco & Mainers!
This is a blog post that varies a bit from our usual posts. Rather than show you some amazing collections we have or our latest new arrivals (here and here, respectively), we want to let you know our thoughts on an unusual beauty product! With January nearly over (yay) and February starting soon, we thought we would start with a lip mask. More specifically, the Carenel Sleeping Lip Mask.
Courtesy of Yesstyle.com
Some background: my lips are perpetually dry. Despite growing up in a relatively humid area, I have always had desert-dry skin. My lips are not excluded from this.
Courtesy of World Wildlife Fund
I have used plenty of different lip balms (the original Burt's Bees being my favorite), but have never found the right potion that would properly quench my parched lips. Wearing lipstick was a pain, and I could never really hop on the matte lip train since my lips would look like thin, accordion-like lines covered in a thick coating of mauve. I was desperate for moisture.
After looking into Asian skincare (I was exposed to an amazing Korean beauty essence that I will review in the near future), I saw that a berry lip mask from a brand named Laniege existed. According to its product information, this miracle cosmetic is promised to help with fine lines and wrinkles (on your lips I suppose), is enriched with Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and is complete with something called Moisture Wrap TM technology. Wow, I thought, what a wonderful solution to my brittle lips! I started to add it to my shopping cart... then saw it was $22. Hmm... could I justify spending that much on an item I wasn't familiar with, when I could just slather on Burt's Bees every night instead? I was dejected, until I saw that there was a dupe in the form of Carenel's Sleeping Lip Mask.
Courtesy of amazon.com
This mask was about half the price of the Laniege mask. Packaging was similar and cute; the small lidded jar was a bold berry hue, and the box had a delightful floral print. I opened the jar up, expecting to see some sort of grainy lip scrub, but instead was welcomed by a sweet smelling and seemingly waxy surface. This was my first surprise, but seemed to make sense since most lip balms are, well, balms. I washed my face and cleaned off my lips to make a perfect canvas for the mask, and used a small, spoon-like tool that came in the box to smear a small amount on both my top and bottom lip. I braced myself for a smothering, waxy feeling, but instead was pleasantly surprised that the substance seemed to almost melt into my lips. There was still a slightly shiny and sticky residue, but it covered my lips well and seemed to seep into my mouth's deep cracks that were a result of the chilly winter air.
It took some getting used to. I wear a lot of moisturizer, but my lips are usually free from pretty much anything when I go to sleep. However, when I woke up the next morning, my lips were super hydrated and soft. They were no longer chapped, and I could even wear some lipstick for a virtual event I had that day. The moisture lasted throughout the day-- I did not have to reapply or add another type of moisturizing agent, which is perfect for the low maintenance attitude I have regarding how my lips look. My lips also seemed to appear smooth and more full, something perfect for me, since my bottom lip is a bit more full than my top lip.
Overall, I was impressed by this lip mask. I have not tried the Laniege mask, but at this point, I don't think I will ever need to! I am fine using the extra $12 I save when buying Carenel to try and figure something out for my extremely chapped and cracked hands.
What other beauty products would you like us to try out? Thanks for reading!