This product says that it will:
Restore lip fullness and volume within minutes. It also claims to offer long-lasting anti-aging benefits.
Really? Give me some of that! Anti-aging and fullness, all in a wand sounds like something I want.
I applied the two part system today. The tubes are a metallic silver and look very futuristic. Two steps seems extreme for beauty but I’m willing to be inconvenienced for a “more youthful look.”
The Step One feels like a nice smooth milky balm. There are a lot of interesting ingredients in the product not the least of which includes Human Fibroblasts and Marine Filling Spheres.
Step Two is a clear soybean based gloss. It contains niacin which is mildly irritating to the lips, encouraging them to plump up. It also tastes somewhat sweet.
My lips look quite flushed and plump 15 minutes after applying. For $50, it’s an expensive lip gloss but check with me in 4 weeks. If I really do get a reduction in skin folds and increase my pouty lip volume, $50 would seem more reasonable.
Hi Leslie –
Thanks for the informative post! I totally am interested in this kind of stuff and was a little more than freaked out about the idea of foreskins! So, I did some research which involved the ‘net and also consulted with a baby doc. Their direct quote is:
“In 21 years of doing OB, I never once heard of anyone, anywhere, harvesting let alone PAYING for baby boy foreskins.”
More information about Hyaluronic Acid:
“Hyaluronic acid is mostly now laboratory synthesized and not dependent on either foreskins or chicken combs.
The fibroblasts from foreskins have indeed been used to start cell lines in culture media from which various products have been extracted – mostly, again, to promote healing of wounds. But those are ISOLATED cells – not crudely ground up foreskins.
And only one type of cell – the fibroblast – is retained and cultured, and re-cultured, etc. The ONE or TWO foreskins that once started a particular labs cell lines gave a few cells each to start a couple cell lines and have long ago been discarded, while their “daughter” cells if harvested and spread out, might well cover the roof of an average sized house – but they would all be fibroblasts – not foreskins.”
Thanks for letting me go on this research quest. There is a LOT of information out there and not all of it easy to read, understand or comprehend. It was a brain-teaser of a day. =)
Oh, dear, please don’t buy these types of products!! I love how BrambleBerry strives to keep things natural. But, not at the cost of usig human ingredients in their products!!! This lip plumper contains human by-products, including the use of foreskins from circumcised baby boys (Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media).
Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (NouriCel-MD)
“Hyaluronic acid is a component of synovial fluid, and is found in the vitreous humor of the eye, the synovia of joints, and in subcutaneous tissue where it functions is as a cementing agent.” This generally comes from cadavers.
I used to buy products from the Bath & Body Shop until I learned of the use of foreskins in one of their cosmetic “plumping” skin care creams. This, to me, is as bad as animals testing for costmetics. I returned all my B&B Shop products (I did not want a refund for anything, I just wanted to make a point). When I explained my reasoning, the gal behind the counter squealed, “Ewwwwww!” and dropped the bottle of body wash I returned (which, did not contain any foreskin-derived ingredients!).
I am not trying to make a political statement on your blog (really, I’m not!). However, the use of foreskins (which fetch a fair price on the market for pharmaceutical firms) in beauty products is abhorant. The physicians and hospitals make money and the child is simply getting cosmetic surgery that is not necessary. The so-called wrinkle-fighting and plumping results of these products require their continued use which continues the need for the tissue from infants.
Please, aging is ineveitible. So are wrinkles. Who wants to look like a Barbie Doll forever??? (Okay, so a lot of people do, I’m just trying to make a point!).
We now return you to your way cool blog. Sorry, Anne-Marie.
It seems like the lips stay plump looking for as long as they are irritated, for just a few hours. But the manufacturers say that continued use for weeks on end will make the lips look supple, even without the product. I will keep you posted!
Also, lest anyone wonder for my sanity for spending $50 on the product, I didn’t. I spent $29 on about 6 full size “samples” of various products on the market. It was a bargain given the sticker price on some of them out there!
I’ve never tried a lip plumper. I had no idea there were sensations with them. LOL
It will be interesting to see if yours stay plump and if it really helps the skin folds (keep us posted).
carrie~gigi – Yum! Chocolate lip balm – I’ve got to have one laying around here somewhere. The perfect way to soothe those chocolate cravings without the calories!
pajama mama – there is a definite tingle, but it wasn’t the burning sensation I’ve experienced with other lip plumpers!
Pajama Mama says
I tried a (free with coupon)lip plumper from a chain body and bath place and it felt like someone was rubbing fiberglass across my lips…they felt injured after about 10 minutes. It was just plain AWFUL! Glad to hear they all aren’t that bad..I’m chicken to try another.
Carrie ~ Gigi says
Fifty dollars~ ouch! But if it works it will be worth every penny…For me, I am loving the chocolate lip balm I have been making lately. Large enough market for everyone to try something different. Just fun!