Well, to answer the second question first, the base for our lip plumper is the same as our other lip glosses. So, the basic ingredients are:
Castor oil, organic coconut oil, sunbleached beeswax, castor wax, soybean oil, vitamin e, and therapeutic grade essential oil of sweet orange.
Then, we add vegan hyaluronic acid (derived from fermented yeast). Hyaluronic acid has a unique ability to hold more than 1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid, which is a key factor in allowing the skin to retain more water. Amazingly, hyaluronic acid adjusts its moisture absorption based on the relative humidity in the air. It is the ideal ingredient in skin care products as it adjusts to the skin’s need for a moisturizing effect depending on the relative humidity of seasons and climate of an area. Hyaluronic acid also protects the epidermis by scavenging reactive oxygen species generated by ultra violet light which would normally cause sunspots.
Lastly, we and a mixture of essential oils that help to plump: cinnamon, ginger, helichrysm, anise, lemon and basil.
Now, for the proof in the pudding. I actually took a before and after of myself (to show the real results on a real person!) using the steps in our bodacious lips post. Now for the reveal. . . drum roll please . . .
Here are my lips after. I just followed the steps I posted earlier as the Bodacious Lips Tips. You can exaggerate them as much as you want;
I wanted them to look natural, but full. I used Bronze Babe lipliner and filled in my lips with the liner. Then, just added plumper on top. However, I did make the plumper go over the top lip line for a few minutes before wiping it off that area with a q-tip.
So, ladies . . . judge for youself. I think we have a good thing here!