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keeping the lips kissable {Sensai by Kanebo}

Often times we forget our lips and surrounding area during our skincare routine.  We wash and tone and treat our faces, overlooking a very important area.  With a looming Valentine’s Day, it’s very important to whip those lips into shape.  There is lots of kissing to be done.  Sensai by Kanebo offers a range of treatments and makeup products, including a great lip-care line: Total Lip Treatment, Lip Base, The Lipstick, and optional Lip Gloss.

Let’s start off first with the lip treatment, as you will be applying this first (after washing face).  Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment promotes collagen synthesis in the O-Zone layer.  Ok, let’s break this down.  What is collagen synthesis?  Well collagen is fibrous protein found throughout the body and is a primary component in connective tissues.  The synthesis of collagen is just that, the creation of collagen.  The inner layer of your skin, called the dermis, contains a large amount of collagen whose fibers form a sort of mesh.  This fibrous material is responsible for the mechanical characteristics of the skin (strength, texture, resilience, etc).  Like anything else, over time this tissue wears down.  Your body can and does replace this broken collagen by making more, although this process weakens with age, creating the dreaded wrinkles.  Don’t be fooled by products that contain collagen.  Collagen can not actually penetrate the skin in the form of a cream, it’s just too structurally dense to be absorbed.  Don’t waste your money, instead, invest in a product that promotes collagen synthesis, like Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment.  Apply the treatment on and around your lips (O-Zone).  The product goes on super creamy and I was amazed at how smooth my lips were after just a couple treatments.  The Total Lip Treatment will minimize dullness, treat any dryness, and leave your lips plump and smooth.  I personally have a slight addiction to the new product and will use it religiously til the day I die (morning and evening).

So now that you have perfectly smooth lips, it’s time to talk color.  The best color is always placed on top of a great base.  You apply primers and foundations on your cheeks, so why not your lips as well? Sensai’s Lip Base is quite brilliant.  It slides on smooth, evening the delicate skin of your lips, creating a nice foundation for your color.  Not only does the base moisturize and blur creases (with Defocus Powder), but it also contains an SPF 15.  Personally, I was enamored with how my lips looked just after applying the base.  My lips appeared smooth, moisturized, just lovely. Another must have product added to my collection.

Next comes the color, where things can get iffy.  I’m very tired of applying an incessant amount of color all day, leaving smears on glasses, cheeks, wherever my lips touch.  Clearly, a lipstick that has staying power is my number one request at this point.  Sensai does not disappoint.  The Lipstick is a re-formulated, re-engineered version of the cult-favorite original.   The line is available in 15 luxurious shades, carefully selected from core colors in silk kimonos of the Japanese aristocracy during the Heian period (794-1185).  The shades are absolutely gorgeous but the lipstick is much more than a color.

With one try of The Lipstick, you will notice the silky texture, the luminescent shine; it’s absolutely addictive.  Breaking away from the pack, Sensai provides an incredible blend of fine ingredients. The formula contains what they call “Golden Silk Powder”.  Go on… This signature ingredient is achieved by reducing pure gold to very fine particles, and then injecting these particles into the precious Koishimaru Silk powder granules.  This particular silk was once reserved for the exclusive use of the Imperial Family.  fancy. The silk is able to hold 300 times its body weight in water, giving it incredible moisturizing properties.  The long-lasting nature of the silk accounts for The Lipstick’s superior coverage, color fidelity, and luminescent effect.  Other key ingredients include, but are not limited to: apricot oil (repairs rough skin), yuzu extract (improves microcirculation), and Aqua Firming Conditioner (an exclusive Sensai ingredient derived from rice, conditions to firm and plump).

My first hand experience with this sinfully good lipstick was more of a love affair than a standard review.  I was blown out of the water (literally) by Sensai’s The Lipstick.  All of their claims are true, and you will see an overall difference in your lips from just The Lipstick alone over time.  This is now my lipstick of choice, and I will remain faithful throughout this scandalous affair.  The Lipstick slid on much like silk, providing an even, true color.  The sheen that the lipstick gave off was so impressive, I stared a little too long in the mirror.  I wasn’t worried about the color smearing to other surfaces, as it truly did not, even during the glass of water test (after blotting).  My winter-dry lips are no longer dry, but moisturized and smooth.  It truly is a Valentine’s Day miracle!

These products are clearly top of the line; and it is easy to see why celebrities keep them in their own collections, so put them in yours! Purchase your own Sensai lip (and just about everything else) products from Kanebo.  Products are also sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Special thanks to Kanebo for providing samples and images for review purposes.

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