Last year I had a spot of skin cancer removed from just outside the corner of my right eye, and the resulting nickle-sized hole was patched up by a fantastic reconstructive surgeon that same afternoon.  For the next six months I returned to the reconstructive surgeons office every 30 days for simple check ups and I came to look forward, even eagerly, to my next appointment. Soon I found I was arriving at least 30 minutes early!  Why? Because the reception area was always packed and if I paid very close attention I could witness one or two interesting "before and afters" while I waited.

I could always count on a patient or two arriving whose entire head was wrapped in bandages, wearing sunglasses the size of stop signs. That very same person (who tottered in on  unstable legs)  would march out sans bandages 30 minutes later looking extremely relieved, quite pleased, and fairly normal (not withstanding a little bruising and horrendous "helmet hair"). But what I really watched for was the person on the schedule who was there for cosmetic "Injectable lip enhancement", and I soon became an expert at spotting the tell-tales signs of the "before" patient. It was always a woman, and she would always arrive in full heavy face make up, but without lipstick, which looked completely goofy. She would always lick, bite and purse her naked lips the entire time she waited, as if her lips were somehow in final training for the upcoming event.  Thirty minutes later said woman would be back out in the reception area, having been transformed into a miniature Donald Duck, who (due either to pain or the numbing cream, or both) could not speak to the receptionist well enough to be understood.  While the bill was being settled each of these women would stealthfully glance around the waiting room, absolutely avoiding any form of direct eye contact, while trying to determine if anyone in the room NOTICED that her angry looking enhanced lips were now protruding like two small ripe bananas. All the while the receptionist would be cooing softly about how WONDERFUL each Mrs. Duck-Lips now looked... and asking each Mrs. Duck-Lips if she wanted to go ahead and schedule her next $200 enhancement procedure.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look "better".  When Ma Nature was handing out facial features, she seems to have doubled up on the size of my nose,and then compensated for careless portion control by giving me a small mouth and thin lips.  So while I am actually quite contented with my appearance, I have wondered more than once how I might look, had I been given Angelina Jolie lips. But after watching the unfortunate results of a half-dozen " injectable lip enhancements" during those 6 months, I decided I would NEVER try anything so extreme, painful, expensive  and high maintenance.  Yet..... I still wondered....how would I look with fuller lips?  So when the nice people at Juice Organics asked me if I wanted to try their new Lip Amplifier, I jumped at the chance.

Sadly, my results with the Juice Organics Lip Amplifier were disappointing, which surprised me because I typically have great success with Juice Beauty and Juice Organics products.   I received two tinted plumpers (pink and rose), and a clear plumper, and while all three tasted delicious and felt delightful going on, I didn't notice ANY difference in the size or shape of my lips after 30 days of  continuous usage. I tried the plumpers on clean, dry lips, and also tried the plumpers over my regular lip stain.  I applied them at night, in the morning, and in between. I certainly had perpetually nice lip color and nice lip shine, but still no lip plumping. The clear plumper was by far my favorite of the three, but only because something in the colored lip plumpers dried and chapped my lips. After 30 days, I stopped using them all together, and went back to my old regime (Niacin-based NIA24) with great success. That being said, this was my first go-round with a lip plumper, and I can't believe there isn't some terrific, safe and effective lip amplifier out there....just waiting to be discovered. There are certainly enough on the market... with "amplification" ingredients ranging from "hot peppers" to chemicals worthy of Three-Mile island fame.

If you are looking for fuller lips, I absolutely wouldn't recommend injectable lip enhancements, but I really can't recommend the Juice Organics lip plumper either. If you have had great success (or a terrible result) with another brand of lip amplifiers, do please share by posting a comment here. In the meantime, I will be doing some research and testing, and will update everyone with a posting on the science of Lip Amplifiers, and hopefully some recommendations,  in the next few months.

Ingredients:

Organic Juices of:, Citrus Arantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice (organic), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (organic), Glycerin, Honey (organic), Essential Fatty Acids of: (organic), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed, Borago Officinale (Borage) Seed, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Iosoterate, Phospholipids, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Auranitium (Sweet Orange Essential Oil)