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Beauty Blooper: An Unpleasant Plumping Experience

It's been some time since we've had a Beauty Blooper, but reader missy k is getting us back into the swing of things with a mishap from this past weekend. I'll let her explain:

"On Friday I had a lunchtime meeting in this trendy bar called Cocoon. I was a bit early so I decided to have a browse around the shops. To my delight, I happened upon some of my favorite DuWop Lip Venom. I grabbed the sample and liberally smeared it on, feeling the familiar tingle. Blimey this stuff really does sting, but I just love how it makes my lips feel like they’ve been Angelina’d!

"So I arrived at my meeting, feeling all bee-stung. Everything was going swimmingly until I suffered a sudden sneezing fit. Hoping I wasn’t allergic to watermelon martini, I rather unglamorously blew my nose on a napkin. In the process, I managed to smear Venom all over my chin. I quickly wiped it off but a couple of minutes later began to feel a worrisome heat creep over the area. I excused myself to the little girl’s room and to my horror, I found that my chin was covered in raised red welts! Luckily the people I was meeting with saw the funny side but still, it was pretty embarrassing. I will be more careful with Venom next time! Maybe it should carry some kind of warning!"

Lesson Learned: I wouldn't usually think to test out a lip balm or gloss on the inside of my wrist, but it sounds like that might be a good idea if the product has any wacky ingredients in it.

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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
oh my goodness, that's terrible! i love lip venom, though.
emalove emalove 9 years
I HATE Duwop Lip's evil. My lips felt like they were burning off.
starinajar starinajar 9 years
On the same note, I try to stay away from plumpers.... they really hurt my lips, even after wiping them off.
starinajar starinajar 9 years
Lol wow, that's pretty bad...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Eck! What a bad experience. I love lip venom however I never had that happen to me. Also, don't use testers; you dont know what someone else had. Just a warning.
TFS TFS 9 years
i cant believe people actually try the testers when theyve been all over everyone elses face/lips etc. so you pretty much asked for it hunny.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
caryatid I thought the same thing. It's probably from the germs not the lip venom itself if you already use it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I have somewhat thick enough lips, but a small mouth. If I had thinner lips I think I would rather go for the Lillian Gish look than use a plumping gloss, especially after reading that. I actually like wearing a dark red lip to make my lips look like a small 1920s mouth.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Venomgate! I love it. That sounds really awful, missy k! I'm glad you've made a full recovery.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Not only is that embarrassing, that is pretty uncomfortable! I remember one time, I bought CoverGirl lip gloss and had to go to ER because it made my lips swell up and closed up my throat. Since they use waxes and other ingredients that aren't natural or always hypoallergenic, I decided never to use cheap make-up again. That was my lesson and luckily, I haven't had any allergy problems since.
tmmkitten tmmkitten 9 years
i did this on a date, but it was above my lips, not below. yikes.
gingernuts gingernuts 9 years
I didn't have the red welt thing happen, but when I used Soap & Glory's Sexy Motherpucker lip gloss for the first time I thought I was having a crazy allergic reaction -- then I found out that achy tingling was normal. Crazy.
missy-k missy-k 9 years
Thanks for all your comments! I am pleased to report that my chin has made a full recovery since Venomgate - the redness actually faded after an hour or two although I have to admit my cheeks still burn every time I think about it! :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Oh no! Hehehe I've never gotten Lip Venom on my skin, but now I'm going to just to see what it feels like. I LOVE Lip Venom! Not just for the minor plumping effect, but I also love the way it feels (tingle, and as a gloss) and looks. It also has the added effect of driving my boyfriend crazy. ;) I tried the Revlon lip plumping gloss lately. Now that stuff stings!!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I like plumpers and don't find them painful at all. Definitely wonder what it would do to my chin. My skin is super sensitive. Yikes!
caryatid caryatid 9 years
i'd be more afraid of the fact that it was a SAMPLE than a PLUMPER. germs!!!
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I swear, those lip plumpers are dangerous. I gave some to my mom to try on and she started screaming "Why is this burning!?!?!"
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Lip plumpers make no sense to me... I don't understand the hype. And I don't like pain.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I always liked lip plumpers, but you can't kiss anyone if you're wearing them! Anytime I'd wear it and kissed my boyfriend his lips would burn and he'd say 'I hate that stuff!!' hahaa
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Wow. I've never had much luck with plumpers. They either do nothing on me or they burn like crazy.
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Haha lightheaded, lol...
lightheaded lightheaded 9 years
You know that Fuse "weight-loss" lip gloss? I wonder if I try it on my bum, it will have the same effect?
penguins0885 penguins0885 9 years
This happened to me once but with the Victoria's secret plumper lipgloss. Somehow it ended up on my thumb and it swelled up like crazy! It went down after a while but I guess it really works...
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I think the moral is to exercise extreme caution with the plumper! I, too, love the tingle, but I've discovered if I apply to liberally it noticeably inflames the skin around my lips, so I can see how it might do the same to your chin! I loved that story btw. So funny!!!
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