I could make a series of stupid jokes about air kissing causing irreparable lip damage, but that’s cheap and easy and besides, I’m 99% certain that Twitter has driven that joke into the ground already.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Australia has the gracious timing to occur right on the change of season that leaves Sydney in a state of Melbournitis. It’s raining, then it’s sunny, then it’s cold, then it’s unseasonably hot, then it’s raining again and there’s so much splashback happening that you’re sliding around in your sample sizes. Paired up with most of the Fash Pack insanity happening by the harbour and its bountiful salty breezes, moving in and out of hot and sweaty backstage areas to the ice cold/collar-wiltingly hot viewing area, and add in that you’ve been wearing matte lipstick all week – not because it’s in trend (it is) but because you don’t have to worry about it feathering/getting on your pearly whites/trapping your hair…
Look, what I’m getting at is that it’s the perfect season for lips to rebel and get angry.
This time every year, almost down to the week even, my lips get pissed. I don’t get chapping or dryness, thank goodness, but I get painful and super annoying splits in the corner of my lips. You know the ones: irritatingly sore little cracks that you can’t help but poke with your tongue and make them worse. They’re painful, the marks they leave can last for months, and it sure as heck cuts into my lip swatching schedule.
This year I’m being proactive and tackling the problem head on with two Aesop lip-specific products: Tuberose Lip Heal and Rosehip Seed Lip Cream.
Tuberose Lip Heal is an almond oil based lip treatment in a nifty little rollerball applicator. Dosed up with tuberose, jasmine and violet, it’s a light and pleasant oil that softens dry lips. It can be worn under and over lipstick. What I particularly like about this is that the rollerball applicator is so handy, I can whip it out and keep reapplying without using my fingers. Sanitary!
Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is a rich, non-oily cream infused with vitamin e. If the Tuberose Lip Heal is my daytime treatment, Rosehip Lip Cream is my night-time saviour. Before bed I pop on a generous amount, remembering to include those pesky problem areas at the corners of my mouth. It doesn’t leave a greasy film and tastes like… well, like nothing at all.
You’ve had a week of smiling and posing for photos, making small talk with people whose name has escaped you, dealt with bloggers taking your rightful place on front row, drinking far too much Campari. Your lips have worked hard this week, so give them a treat with Aesop.
Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is AU$15 for 6ml, Tuberose Lip Heal is AU$31 for 10ml. Aesop products are available from Aesop.com, Aesop concept stores, and from selected Myer and David Jones. I’ll see you next year at MBFWA 13!