My very chic and savvy friend Tessa Benson knows a lot about products! Besides being a fellow beauty whore, Tessa is also the Senior Editor at the newly relaunched LA Times Magazine and the West Coast Bureau Chief of Self Magazine. She’s kind of a big deal in the publishing world… so when Tessa swears by a product, I listen (or I at least give it a try and then assess).

Her latest discovery has become my newest obsession: Lip Toxyl, a plumping, smoothing and hydrating lip gloss! I’m going crazy for the clear (although they also have 4 sheer colors too). It’s the perfect last-step to your favorite lippy. A little Lip Toxyl and your lips are shining like a brand new red Corvete!

Besides plumping my pucker better then any product on the market, Lip Toxyl also fills in fine lines and wrinkles AND boosts hydration. In a study conducted over a 29 day period, applying Lip Toxyl 3 times a day, 60% of users noticed improvement in lip hydration, 40% had fuller lips and 29% saw a reduction in lines! It stings slightly post application, but that makes me think it’s really working. And it has a cinnamon aroma, so if nothing else, at least you’ll smell spicey! I also adore that the wand is bristled, allowing for a smooth and easy application.

Tessa and I literally fist-fought over who got to hold the tube while out at the MTV VMA After Party! We couldn’t stop applying the plumper and pursing our pout in that “come kiss me” way (it was completely targeted to a certain 8 time gold medalist – Michael Phelps. Of course, we fist fought over who was going home with him too… kidding… slightly!!!)

Here’s Tessa’s sexxxy pout:

**hair styled by Chris McMillan**

Work it, girl!

PRICE TAG: $14.00 for the tube (click HERE to buy)

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