As a fellow thin-lipped lass, I’ve been there, done that when it comes to making my pout fuller. Before I opted for the real thing and got lip injections, I’d tried all the lotions, potions and contraptions under the sun. I’d also tried contouring, over-drawing my lips, you name it… With the current Covid situation and the closing of beauty salons all over the world, it’s practically impossible for many of us to get our fix. So what better time for me to show you the lip filler alternatives that I swear by, that will keep your lips looking voluptuous… even if it is just at home.
Candylipz Lip Plumper Apple
Remember the Kylie Jenner lip challenge? I remember watching video after video on Youtube of people taking lip section to THE NEXT LEVEL and ending up with lips that resembled the hind-side of a baboon. I gave it a go myself with a shot glass for the laughs and in a strange turn of events actually ended up being pleasantly surprised with the results. I spent the subsequent hour posing for selfies with my newly inflated pout. Which led to me delving deeper into lip plumping contraptions like the Candylipz Apple. I opted for a few cheaper alternatives that I found on Amazon first such as this set of 3, which were good gate-way products, but the Candylipz version is by far my favourite.
The Candylipz Lip Plumper Apple is a device that works by creating a vacuum around the lips which sends blood rushing to the surface, leaving the lips looking swollen and enlarged for a period of time. It has 2 sections in which you place your top and bottom lips. You use it by simply applying the plumping device to your lips and squeezing the Apple to remove any air and, on letting go of the apple, it creates a vacuum seal around them. It also has a small silicone plug which you can use to plump one lip at a time. It’s great for a subtle increase in size or even if you want to opt for a more full-on effect. It really all depends on how long you leave it suctioned to your face for. The longer you leave it, the bigger they get.
The only down-side to lip suction in general – not just with the Candylipz – is that it can cause bruising after use. You have to be super careful not to place it too far over your vermillion border (the edge of the lips) or else you’ll end up looking like a primary school kid that just drank blackcurrant squash from a bottle.
Used daily, Candylipz claim that the plumper will eventually have a long term effect but at first, it will only last a few hours. With regular use, your lips also get used to the suction so don’t tend to bruise.
There are also different shapes and sizes available depending on the lips you have and the result you’re looking to achieve. I went for the red apple as it is most suited for thinner lips.
Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Plumper
Too Faced Lip Injection plumping gloss is a product that I actually discovered when I was about 16. I remember the first time I tried out a sample in Boots and it hurt so bad that I would dare my cousin to use it every time we went in there. I won’t lie, the tingle can get pretty intense, but I’ve grown to enjoy it since you can really feel that it’s working as it should. Besides, it’s nothing compared to having actual needles pushed into your lips!
According to Too Faced, Lip Injection contains a ‘medically proven blood vessel dilating technology’ which results in immediate and long-term results, both of which I can vouch for. The results are more or less instant and they last a good few hours. I might reapply just once or twice on a night out.
I use this lip plumping gloss more or less every single day and it always works just as well as the time before. I usually apply it as a step in my skincare routine and by the time it gets to lips while I’m doing my makeup, they’re usually nice and plumped. You can either use it underneath lippie or wipe it away first. I also purchased it in the shade ‘Bubblegum Yum’ this time around which is more of a bubblegum pink in the tube but the colour doesn’t particularly translate onto the lips.
I recently opted for the Lip Injection Extreme version too, which is supposedly a more intense version of the original Too Faced Lip Injection plumping gloss, however I don’t really feel it works any better and will probably save the extra £2 I spent and go for the original Lip Injection in future.
Regardless, this is by far the best lip plumping gloss I have ever used and I will probably continue to repurchase it until the end of time whether I carry on getting lip fillers or not.
Have you tried the Candylipz Apply lip plumer or the Too Faced Lip Injection gloss? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!