#nofilter by Denise Smith

The honest beauty column

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm, €29.50

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Sunday World

WHY is it that our lips are always the first thing to take a battering once the cold weather hits? If you have plans for lots of smooching

over the holidays, it’s time to get your smackers in tip-top shape before the festivities kick off. Here are my favourite products for pillow-soft lips.

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Nars Afterglow Lip Balm, €29.50 IF you’re looking to lock lips under the mistletoe this year but want to add a flush of colour to your pout, add this Nars balm to your wishlist now. Available in eight shades from the iconic ‘Orgasm’ to ‘Wicked Ways’, you can expect a subtle sheen that isn’t tacky or sticky. Enriched with hydrating monoi complex, your kissers will be pillow soft.

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Nuxe Rêve De Miel Honey Lip Care, €14.50 THERE’S a reason this bee- autiful lip oil is creating such a buzz on the beauty scene. OK, terrible puns aside, I may have just found my newest beauty crush. Because I’m planning on hitting the party circuit hard, I’m going to need the right foundation to pull off my favourite festive lipstick shades, so chapped kissers aren’t going to cut it. This 2-in-1 formula nourishes and beautifies lips with no sticky chops. It has a soft absorbable finish, and the best part? A delectable scent with notes of honey. The honey spoon lid just elevates the whole experience.

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Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm, €13.90 I LOVE the luscious feel of this nourishing lip balm, packed with precious beehive ingredients including lavender honey from Provence and beeswax, to replenish even the most dried out pout. Its rich melt-away texture and distinctive natural scent with notes of grapefruit and lemon create a completely addictive experience. Smells gorgeous and leaves lips super soft and moisturised without being greasy.

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Dr PawPaw Overnight Lip Mask, €13 THERE are so many reasons to get on board with this award-winning balm. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, this 99pc natural formula has a gel-like texture meaning it melts into the lips, fully absorbing for an intense lip mask treatment.

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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Cherry Lip Mask, €3.45 NOT just for dehydrated skin, sheet masks are here for your smackers too. Designed to plump your pout with hydration in just 15 minutes, the brand’s first ever lip sheet mask is infused with cherry and panthenol to help nourish and condition your kissers. It even works to maintain the skin barrier for a petal-soft pout.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm, €8.95 THE OG of lipcare needs no introduction, but just in case you’re not in the know, this bargain buy creates a nourishing barrier to soothe and nourish peckers, which ultimately prevents future chapping. If your lips are already suffering, add this to your cart now to ward off cold-weather damage.

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Beauty Bay Lip Exfoliating Brush, €4.50 TREAT your pout to some serious lip service with this nifty little lip brush. If you’re not into exfoliating scrubs, this is perfect for gently buffing away dead skin and exfoliating the lips. This reusable 100pc silicone pad also helps to prep the lips for your favourite balm or treatment. So pucker up and get ready for the best lip service of your life.

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