One of the free birthday items I got earlier in the month came from Ulta, the beauty retail store. The small box I received held a tube of Juice Infused lip oil and a Cranberry and Pomegranate lip mask.
My lips get very dry during the winter, so I started using the lip oil right away. However, the mask intimidated me. The huge, red, lip-shaped sheet of gel came in a flat silver Mylar package, and had a little bit of liquid bubbling around it:
The mask sat on my vanity for several days, then I moved it to the drawer when I cleaned. I took it out a couple of times, but in the end always put it back away. The other day I took a close look at the back of the package and read that the mask was enriched with vitamin E to moisturize and nourish my lips. Right now my lips need all the moisturizing they could get, so I decided to try the mask out.
The directions sounded easy enough...remove mask from pouch / apply to lips / let set for 10-15 minutes / remove from lips / discard. My adventure didn't start out smoothly, though. When I opened the package the extra liquid dumped all over the countertop, and I had to stop and clean it up before I continued. Once everything was shipshape I picked the lips up and slapped them on my mouth.
I expected the mask to cling on, but within seconds it started falling off. I had to continually press it down to keep it in place, which got easier when I laid down on the couch. The mask was much larger than my mouth, and felt like a piece of wet seaweed on my lips. I didn't dare to look at myself, but I suspect the view was pretty foolish. There was a slit in the middle of the lips, which let me more my own lips around a little bit, but it also made me feel like the lip surface closest to my mouth wasn't getting the attention and moisturizing it deserved. I spent the whole time fiddling with the mask, and was happy when the ten minutes was up.
After I threw the mask away I examined my lips in the bathroom mirror. They looked the same, but felt a lot smoother. That smooth feeling lasted for a couple of hours, then I was back to applying lip balm on a regular basis.
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