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I have been lucky enough to test and try a few products from within the Bliss range. Their products are priced at the higher end of the market for most people but everything I have tried to date I have really liked, but having been spoilt with freebies I am yet to splash out and spend my own money on these products. The Bliss range was born on recently for the world of cosmetics back in 1996 in a spa in New York. Fast forward ten years and 9 Spa's later the range has grown rapidly from one or two products which became highly sought after to an entire range consisting of skin care products, bath and body products, hair removal and body waxing, fitness footwear, makeup and hair care to name but a few of them. Here in the United Kingdom you can find Bliss products in places like Harrods, Harvey Nicks, Selfridges, Sephora and Boots. The prices of each product as I have mentioned will usually be at the higher end of the market, for example a body wash is likely to set you back £22.50 for 473ml bottle.
Back to the product in hand I am faced with something called 'Fabulips' which I already like the sound of and even better it is free because through one of the websites I am a member of, I have been asked to try it and review it. So this product claims it that for your lips it will "Exfoliating them with our lip scrub removes dead, chapped skin for a beautifully smooth finish that can actually help your lipstick last longer" Well I am not the kind of person who wears lipstick, it is too much of an effort but I do like soft, smooth lips and am willing to try any product which claims to give me just that. To purchase this on the high street it will cost you £12 and it contains just 15ml of product, which again compared to the Lush version, you get slightly less and it costs you more. So at this point I am suddenly not so impressed.
The little pot itself is also quite non-descript, it is a see through pot with a label which circles its middle clearly displaying the Bliss logo, the product name and you are told it is a sugar lip scrub. So everything you need to know about it is on the pot. Once you unscrew the white lid, inside you will find a creamy beige scrub which sparkles in the light due to the sugar and it actually smells really lovely of Cocoa and Shea butter which always reminds me of Palmers Cocoa Butter and there is also a slight hint of vanilla but thankfully that isnt too overpowering and barely noticeable. To use any product like this there are a few things you should do before you do use it. One of the first things you need to do is to remove any traces of products such as lip gloss, lip balm or lipstick which you might have applied and this is to ensure your lips are as bare as they can possibly be and as clean as they can be as well. Then I would suggest cleaning your lips using water and a relevant facial cloth before using this lip scrub, just to ensure your lips are clean and that there is no chance any bits of dirt are left clinging to them.
This lip scrub is quite thick in consistency and as it is to be used on your lips you don't actually need to be using too much at a time, if you run your finger along the top of the scrub you will get enough on your fingertip to scrub your top lip if not both lips. So, as with most lip balms you apply this directly onto your lips, but instead of running your finger along your lips to get that smooth look, you will need to rub it into the skin on lips in small circles because this helps to remove all of the dead skin cells and any other impurities from your lips. As you rub this across your lips you should feel the exfoliating parts working to remove dead skin cells, if you find it too abrasive you simply apply less pressure.
Then once you have worked your way across both of your lips, using some slightly damp cotton wool remove any left over product from your lips and then using your finger check your lips to make sure you haven't missed anything, if you have simply copy the actions you have just done. Once you have finished, what you will notice what effect this product has had on your lips because you will see traces of what has been removed and if your lips are really chapped you might find they sting a bit if you have pressed too harshly with this scrub, because although it is sugar, walnut and apricot shells which act as the exfoliating agents, which can be quite harsh on the skin, particularly as the skin on your lips is quite sensitive compared to the skin on other body part, so take extra care the first time you use this product.
Once I had finished scrubbing my lips my first initial reaction was to see how smooth my lips felt, so I ran my tongue along them. When my lips become dry it is always tends to be in the same place and that is right in the middle of my top and bottom lip and once I had used this product my lips felt soft and smooth all the way along. The after feel should be a soft and smooth one, what I noticed was no sign of any hard or loose skin but soft smooth lips and because it is a scrub you will need to use a lip balm afterwards to ensure you keep your lips moisturised.
The ingredients within this lipscrub are what makes it so wonderful. As mentioned there is both Cocoa and Shea butter which are known for their moisturising and hydrating properties for the skin. Jojoba Oil which again has excellent moisturising properties and is especially useful as an ingredient for people who suffer from dry skin. Add to that Olive Oil which again is useful for dehydrated skin because it helps to lock in moisture and the finely granulated sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell which are the exfoliating agents within this scrub to ensure all dead skin cells and dry skin are removed along with any other impurities which need to be removed.
Having tried this product for the last few weeks I cant help but like everything about it. I love the smell as I am a big fan of both Shea and Cocoa Butter, I like the fact ti contains three exfoliating agents and working together they produce amazing soft, smooth lips and I like the fact the pot is small enough to carry with me on my travels should I suddenly need to use it at any given time. Like all products within this range, it will last depending on the frequency of use. The only thing I am not too keen on is the price because at £12 I do think it is expensive and overall I do prefer the Lush version for the price, smell and colour, it is more interesting and at £4.95 you get the exact same results, so if I had to choose between the two, Lush would win with their Bubblegum Lip Scrub.
Founded in 1996, Bliss was spotted by beauty-obsessed buzz-makers and quickly massaged its way to the top / Providing you with the ultimate skincare products, Bliss have created “cutting-edge concoctions” which will suit your skins needs / '