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I’m sure several of my female readers have seen or heard of a cosmetic product called a Lip Plumper.

For those of you who may have no idea what the I’m talking about…

…a lip plumper is a lip treatment product that you apply to your lips before you put on a lipstick, which gives the appearance of FULLER lips. The effect usually lasts a few hours, where upon you must reapply more to keep up the appearance.

There are many different brands on the market, all promising to give you a sexy, fuller pout.

And it does this, by using several special ingredients.

(which you will hear about at the end of this story)

Years ago when lip plumper’s first came out; being the psychotically curious person that I am, I wanted to see if it really worked. So one day while I was on the job, I asked a young lady behind one of the cosmetic counters if she would put some of the product on a Q-tip, so I could apply it to my own lips.

(I took the Q-tip and smeared it all over my mouth)

Well…in about 30 seconds my lips started to tingle.

Then in another 30 seconds my lips not only tingled, but they also began to feel warm.

From warm…they went to hot.

From hot…they went to ELECTRICUTION.

I called the girl over and said, “Excuse me…but is this suppose to feel like this?”

She said: “Do your lips feel slightly warm and tingly?”

I said: “Slightly WARM and TINGLY??? No…how about more like a dancing campfire”

She said: “Really?”

Me: “Yea…REALLY”

She: “Oh…you must be overly sensitive.”

Me: “What the hell is IN this stuff?”

She: “Cayenne pepper and Cinnamon.”


She: “Yes, that’s what makes your lips plump. It causes a slight irritation…so they swell.”

(I looked in the mirror)

Me: “Yea, well…my lips are definitely IRRITATED.”

As I grabbed a tissue off the counter and proceeded to remove the SHIT-CRAP from my lips, I said…

“So I guess the next time I want a fuller pout, all I really need to do is rub a little Tabasco Sauce and a Cinnamon stick on my lips and I can get the same effect, right?”

Have a "Lip-plumping" weekend, everyone!


  1. Interesting...
    Well at least you can honestly answer when people ask "does it work?" LOL.
    Well, dearest Ronnie dahling, it's Black Friday-The for returns, and hella insane deals!
    (Too bad I gotta work 12 hours, because that's where I'd be...searching for my pengies!)
    Guess that means I go Saturday! :D

  2. Holy moly. Cayanne pepper and cinnamon?

    I'd be poutin' alright.

    *shaking head*
    What some folks won't do, eh?

    <-- definitely won't do!

    Welcome back, sir.
    I do hope you get some time to catch up from the seasonal insanities.

  3. Aloha Debi!

    Yes, I can definately vouch that it works!!!

    OY CHEE MAMBA...HOT CHILI PEPPERS!!!?#!?'s one of those things that I'm glad I tried, but won't try again!!

    OMG...yes, Black Friday - The Sequel! In fact, I'm getting ready to head into work soon!! PRAY for me!!!


    Thanks for dropping by, Deb!

    Have a great day at work!

    And enjoy the Saturday sales!

    I've heard that Pengies have been drastically reduced!


    Have a great weekend!

  4. Morning Mel!

    Yes!!! Cayanne Pepper and Cinnamon!!

    I've also seen some lip plumpers that have NIACIN as one of the ingredients!!

    Can you imagine???

    This way you can PLUMP your lips and get your daily dose of minerals, simultaniously!


    I'm working today and tomorrow, but my hours are back to normal, so it won't be too bad. And then come January 1st...I've got the whole month off!

    That's when I'll REALLY catch up from the seasonal insanities!

    ALWAYS great seeing ya, Mel!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I'll be making my blog visit rounds within the next two days, to catch up with everyone!

    Have an awesome weekend, dear lady!


  5. AHHHHH HAAAA HAAAAA!!! REALLY LMAO right now Ron... Just picturing the scenario!!!
    I once put cinnamon oil on my sore shoulders and They felt like they were ON FIRE!! Then, after... I found out that Cinnamon is definitely NOT topical!!!
    Hehe... I wonder if people prefer it to lip enhancements ..... Pucker up!!! MUAHHHHHH!!!!

  6. LOL that'll teach you! :)

    Hope you had a great Christmas Day m'dear. x

  7. OH my, you are sensitive to hot huh?

    I've only used two...fusion beauty full out pout. and Bare Essentual...what ever. I don't use them all the time. Once in a while.

    My favorite lip plumper is my gal with her bruising kisses and a fww nibbles. Woo.

    Are you rested up ronnie? I hope so...I've missed you.

    Have a wonderful weekend honey. Ciao. :D

  8. Bonjour Leesa!

    HOLY put cinnamon oil on your skin?????


    I once tried using Oregano oil and had the same thing happen to me!


    I've study a lot about essential oils, because I use them during my reflexology and reiki sessions. And you're SO right...cinnamon oil is not to be used topically, without using a carrier oil or a lotion to help dilute it.

    I actually had a friend in Florida who HAD lip enhancement done on her lips and it did not turn out very well. She now has to use a lip liner to make her lips look even!

    OY VEY!

    No...I think lip plumpers are out of the question for ME!!!!

    I looked like I had APE lips!!!


    Thanks for stopping by, Leesa!

    I haven't checked my google reader yet, but I'm anxious to see if you posted your Strasbourg photos. Can't wait to see them!

    Have a FABULOUS weekend!!!!!

  9. Good Evening Akelamalu!

    You're SOOOO right!

    That'll teach me!

    MY GOD...I can't even eat spicy MEXICAN food without having my mouth catch fire. Anything HOT and me don't mix!

    I'm such a delicate flower!

    Tee, hee!

    Yes, my friend...I had a WONDERFUL Christmas Day and hope that you and your family did too!

    Gosh...I hated going back to work today!!

    Thanks for dropping by and have a continued MERRY weekend!

  10. Hola Miss Jones!'re so funny!

    There's nothing like a little natural "lip plumping" from SMOOCHING isn't there? That's the BEST kind!

    Tee, hee! I shared with Akelamalu, I'm so sensitive to anything hot or spicy. It must be something in my system that just doesn't agree with it!?!? I can't even stand eating cinnamon candy or gum. And Mexican food??? No way!

    I actually saw those two lip plumpers that you mentioned in Sephora. I think they've come a long way since they were first created. Most of them now use NIACIN.

    Yes, my friend...having yesterday off was so good for me. I pampered myself like a king. Today wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I think most people are waiting until the weekend to hit the stores again.

    Thanks a BUNCH for dropping by, Miss Jones!

    And feels SOOOO wonderful to be back blogging again!

    I'll be around to visit everyone soon!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Ciao bella!

  11. You mean women return cosmetics?! :O You're kidding!

    and P.S.: no more experimenting with hoochiemama lips, OK?
    We wuv you just the way you are! :)

    BTW, what do you think is in the stuff "Bob" advertises on TV?

  12. Aloha Debi!

    OMG...YES...women return cosmetics ALL THE TIME!!!

    It's very common.

    There use to be a time when they weren't allowed to return something once it was opened, but now retailers are so afraid to lose customers, that they allow you to return ANYTHING!

    So many women will use a cosmetic for the evening and then return it and get their money back. And the perfect excuse is..."I was allergic to it!"


    I've learned my lesson!

    No more HOT LIPS for me!!!


    I don't watch TV, so who is BOB and what does he advertise??? Now you have me curious!

  13. Oh Ron; you are always the first to try a hands on experience !
    Over sensitive ? Geez; that can be frightening to have your lips start to feel like an inferno !

    You are better off without, but of course, I'm more than sure that you can have that look without using pepper or cinnamon !But if worst comes to worst, take a bit of Tabscco & pucker up, baby !!

    BTW- I did a write up on your I'm a star award today ! Just to say :
    Merci !

    Take care my friend xxxxxx

  14. Heya HAWT LIPPZ!!

    You told us how your lips felt.. but did the stuff actually work and make your lippz look more full and plump? I'd hate to pay to have a bad turnout on some cosmetic surgery.. I mean really, what''s the point--- if they mess up---? But, their are always risks... Just look at Micky Rourke.... Good example of a job gone bad...

  15. Happy Holidays! I've been busy but always enjoy a minute with Ron and Vent. Today you had me laughing so hard because I too- the cosmetic guru found this plumping business to be a bit much.
    I had my "I'll try it" mode which quickly became "WTF is this?". SO not pleasant and for what?
    I gave all of the ones that various vendors offered me to try to my mom who found this new item on the market exciting.
    Different strokes for different folks.
    Have a nice end of the year.

  16. Bonjour Barbara!!!

    I know...

    ...and what's that saying????

    "Curiosity killed the cat!"

    (or rather my LIPS!)

    Tee, hee!

    My mother use to always say to me as a kid, "Why must you ALWAYS have to EXPERIENCE everything for yourself????"

    I guess I'm an experimentor!

    I had heard SO MUCH hoopla about lip plumpers and wanted to be able know "first-hand" if they really worked!

    *so it SERVES me right!!!!

    You're so VERY welcome about the Star award, Barb! I'll stop by your blog as soon as I finish answering comments, so I can check out your post!!! Can't wait!!

    Thanks for dropping by today, my Philadelphia friend!

    Hope you and Didier are enjoying your weekend!

  17. Bonjour Leesa!

    It's funny that you should be asking that, because after I wrote this post, I thought to myself, "You know, never shared about whether or not this stuff actually makes your lips FULLER!"

    So thanks for asking!

    And the answer is NO.

    I mean, because they irritate your lips, you may see a slight swelling...but not enough to say FULL!

    Maybe some are better than others, but the one I tried did nothing except irritate my lips!!#!?

    If you haven't already done so, please click on the Lip Plumper link I included on this post to read more about them. You may find it interesting.

    And YES, you're so right, my friend. There is ALWAYS a risk you take with cosmetic surgery. This is why for me personally, I don't think I would ever try it.

    Thanks so much for dropping by again, Leesa!

    Have a wonderful Saturday!


    P.S. I really enjoyed your photos of Strasbourg!

  18. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to YOU Brigitte!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    It's always a treat seeing ya!

    Hope you had a wonderful Holiday!

    OMG...THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your professional feelings about this "lip plumping crap!"

    Isn't it the PITTS?

    It's amazing how much "stuff" the beauty industry comes out with, isn't it?

    I'm sure they've change the formula thoughout the years, but the one I tried should have been called..."FIRE LIPS!"


    You're right...different stokes for different folks!

    And a HAPPY 2009 to you, Brigitte!

  19. Hey Ron,
    Is it just me or do those lips really look like the well-toned shoulders-to-biceps parts of body arranged fantastically?

    Moreover i really wonder what else can v hear from the cosmetic guys down the line. An anti-cosmetic cream i guess should be next. I am longing for a more helpful product by the way, a tummy sucker i would call it. I hope you get the idea :)

  20. ron, you are hysterical and, as soon as I saw the title of the post, I KNEW you had tried it!! HAHAHAHA...silly man, don't you know these things are for us girls and we're tougher than men ever could be so, if it hurts a little, that's ok...I mean, it's for beauty! and we have the babies , remember? try that sometime...!

    on second thought, don't ;)

  21. Howdy Amit!'s GREAT seeing ya, buddy!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Holy shit...your right, those lips DO like well-toned shoulders! That's hysterical...I never even thought of that!!

    Very perceptive of you!

    Hey...I honestly think I saw a cosmetic product out there that supposedly reduces excess tummy. However, if it works anything like the lip plumper, I'd say NO WAY!


    I mean, what will they think of next????

    Hope you had a great holiday, Amit!

    Happy New Year to ya!

  22. Hiya Linda!

    OMG...I was JUST thinking of you while I was having my dinner and had plans to stop by your blog this evening to catch up on your posts...and there you were with a a comment!!!

    Always great seeing ya!

    And you are SOOOOOOOO right, Linda!!

    WOMEN are much tougher than any MAN when it comes to pain. Just watch a man when he has a simple cold and you'll see what I mean.

    OMG...and the whole "having a baby thing" is out of the guestion!!

    I think I would be WHINNING for the entire 9 1/2 months!!!

    "oooh...oooh...that hurts!!!"


    Hope you're having a MARVI weekend, dearest lady!

    The weather here has suddenly turned from winter to SUMMER with 65 degrees and 100% humidity!!!

    It feels like a YO-YO effect.


    I'll be by your place in just a little bit!

  23. "Bob" is a geeky looking guy in the vintage-looking commercials for "male enhancement". Meet "Bob". "Bob" got his free sample, and now his wife can't wait for him to come home
    (or something like that)

  24. Hi just came over from Barbaras blog..Home in France...this is soooo funny :-) :-)What a sight that must of been!!

    It does actually work, and last about an evening..I would rather use this, than have an injection!!

  25. A whole month in January, eh?

    I seem to recall that being the case. Gosh--have I been hanging around for a year or better?

    We should have a cuppa coffee to celebrate. LOL

    (anything for a decent cuppa coffee...LOL)

  26. Well... less painful than being given a fat-lip after biting a customer ;)

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

    Not sure how often I'll be online in the next week, so I want to wish you a New Year filled with Love, Peace, Laughter and Joy.


  27. OMG...DEBI!!!

    That's so freaking HYSTERICAL!

    See what I'm MISSING by not watching TV?????

    Thanks for filling me in, Deb!

    And you GO, BOB!

  28. Hi Anne!

    Welcome!...and thanks for stopping by!

    Hey, that's good to hear! I know lip plumpers have most likely changed a lot since they first came out.

    WOW...and the effects lasted the whole evening??? That's impressive!

    And yes...I totally agree, this is much easier and safer than lip injections!!!

    Enjoy your weekend, Anne!

  29. Howdy Mel!

    YES!!!! the whole month of January!! Woo-woo!!

    And YES!!!...I believe you and I have known each other now, for a little over a YEAR!! It was last November!?!

    (my bathroom fetish post, remember??)

    Right now I'm sipping my morning coffee, so hopefully you're doing the same...and we're having a cup of coffee together!


    Enjoy your Sunday, dear lady!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  30. Good Morning TWIN!

    Great seeing ya, Anndi!

    You said it, girl!!

    Much better than a fat lip from biting a cutomer!!!!

    (god...I can't believe I got through the season without doing that!!)

    Hope all is well and that you're feeling tip-top!


    Wishing you the BESTEST 2009!!!

    Thanks for stopping by!