Prompt: Cringe+Review: Tarte Pout Prep

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday!

My lips tend to dry out quickly. Not even exfoliators could help them. Few months ago, I noticed Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments helped moisturize my lips longer. But those around $24. And if their tinted, I want more shades. But I don’t want to spend that much on a lip balm.

Exfoliators are supposed to help with prepping your lips and I heard it also helps a little with the drying out. I’ve tried so many. From Dior’s expensive Lip Sugar to the cheapest I’ve heard so far E.L.F.’s in their lipstick package. I even tried making my own.

In between those two, I tried Fresh’s Lip Polish and its new wand type. I didn’t like the wand one as much for exfoliating, but it gave a nice glossy finish to my lips. As for the original Lip Polish, it was alright giving it a second try. Back in college I never liked it. Trying a sample again,  it’s ok. I think I’m not into brown sugar for exfoliating though. And I wanted more in an exfoliator.

GlamGlow’s lip scrub was nice and felt similar to Milani’s. However, I Cringe[d] with the taste in my mouth when little pieces found its way inside (YUCK!). I couldn’t tolerate it. Plus, there was something missing in it.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Lip Scrub in a pencil/marker packaging was cool to try. But it got really messy. And it didn’t seem to be working on my lips.

Bite Beauty’s both original lip scrub and Agave. Their whipped one was interesting to try. It applied on my lips without any sugar texture- just creamy. I didn’t think it did the job and don’t understand how it’s meant to exfoliate without the granules.

Agave was better than the original. But I couldn’t stand the smell. Is that just me??? Plus, I’m not into brown sugar scrubs (mainly for its smell).

Lush’s homemade lip scrubs that are delicious! They are popular, but I’m not into the dry texture. Plus, I wanted my lips to be conditioned. They just felt dried…. But it tasted so good (especially Popcorn)!

Milani Sweet Sugar Scrub was so sweet and was like putting a really nice desert on my lips. But let’s face it, it just wasn’t for my tastebuds.

E.L.F’s $3 lip scrub in a lipstick packaging is amazing. But breaks off when I use it. And it’s also missing something. But I’d use it if I didn’t keep breaking them.

Now, I’m sure I’m missing some others I have tried. But before this gets any longer, let me introduce to you the exfoliator I have tried and found I love more than all these.

Tarte has come out with another exfoliator called Pout Prep. I tried locating YouTube videos and haven’t found much on it. It retails for $16 and only has two reviews with ratings of 4-5 stars.


I ordered mine with a 15% off discount as a first time customer on their website. I am not new to their company. I’ve been buying their products from Sephora and Ulta.

Pout Prep is a “minty lip scrub and treatment Balm with moisturizing maracuja, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar to gently buff away flakes and treat thirsty lips.”

Both maracuja and shea butter sink deeply into lips to hydrate, firm, and protect from future drying, cracking, and/or chapping.

This product has vitamins C and E, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Carnauba Wax. If you’re not into wax in lip products, this may not be for you as it does contain wax.

When reading about this product, I thought of the $33 Dior Lip Sugar.


This product is designed with concentrated granita texture that gently transforms into a balm as it melts on lips. Both products consider themselves as a balm.

Are these similar? Perhaps in how their designed to be used. But the textures are completely different. You apply Dior’s like a lip balm and the sugar immediately melts onto your lips. Pout Prep’s sugar doesn’t immediately melt away. And you can remove by rinsing it.

I find when using Pout Prep first time, the sugar did melt onto my lips creating a balm like texture. But other times I’d have to rinse it off.

What is/are your favorite exfoliators?

One Year &Lip Smackers

Hey all. I haven’t written in a while. Today is the one year death anniversary of my grandma and in 11 days my Dad’s one year. So, my family and I had a prayer service for the two today.

After that, I decided to walk around Walmart. I was looking into lipsticks until I talked myself out of them and into lip balms. I looked at the ones they had and saw the lip smackers. They had four party packs of eight lip balms.

Not knowing the price, I took three of them to the cashier. I didn’t get the Original, which was one out of the four. The other I didn’t get was Nerds one because it rang up $8 and another one, Hershey’s rang up $5. The Skittles one was my first choice- it’s price- $8. But it was my first choice; therefore, the price didn’t matter much.

Skittles pack I will review first on just because it was the first I had opened and tried. Taste-wise all the Skittles and Hershey’s ones were tolerable to me except for Berry Punch, the first lip balm I used today. All of the Skittles lip balms applied nicely on my lips. Hershey’s party pack had two to three that had a little to much harder time gliding onto my lips because of the wax. After they heated touching lips, they glided on smoothly.

Skittles:

“Taste the Rainbow”

1. Strawberry:

Strawberry has two in this collection.

This Strawberry is one of the two in Skittles pack. Why they added two, who knows. But I noticed this one has a stronger strawberry smell than the other one. Maybe they decided to make a light scented one for those sensitive to stronger scent? Whatever the case, for me this scent wasn’t my fave between the two. I preferred the lighter scented, which is shown down below.


2. Green Apple:

This Green Apple smelled so good. For me, this was lighter and tolerable than the ChapStick company’s Green Apple (I’m not sure if their’s was sour or not). Taking the picture, the packaging on this reminds me of Christmas. Green Apple scent reminded me of green apply lollipop.
3. Strawberry Starfruit:


Mind my tearing the packaging. I suck at opening anything and everything. I needed something to place the lip balm on as I take photo and thought the packaging would be good.

Anyways, another strawberry! This one is Strawberry Starfruit. I never smelled a starfruit before but I know there is such a thing because I teach it to the kids and have seen a picture. This lip balm to me, I don’t know what I’m smelling. It’s not pure strawberry I’m smelling (that was my first thought). Either way, the scent is a very nice light scent.

4. Banana Berry:

The first time I smelled this Banana Berry, I could only smell banana. Usually, I hate the smell of banana on any lip balms. But this one I didn’t mind. It wasn’t overpowering. Now as I take another sniff at it, I notice berry scent mixed with the banana. It is a nice smell; however, not my everyday bowl of fruit.

5. Mango Tangelo:

Before I start talking about this one, I do have to mention: I LOVE MANGO! I love the fruit. I love the scent. I have The Body Shop’s Mango Lip Butter, which smells exactly like this one. There’s only a few mango flavored things I don’t like and this is not one of them. It smells like mango like I had mentioned. If you like The Body Shop one, you will or may like this, too.

6. Raspberry:

I wish I could try this one out to review, but I can’t due to my Nickel Food Allergy and Allergic Rhinitis. Everything I smell that I’m allergic to will soar into my nose and into my sinus areas where pressure will generate.

One time I sprayed Wonderstruck on me last year and the raspberry smell made my nose want to burst and bleed. My eyes watered and my head pained so badly.

Therefore, sorry I am unable to review it. I did smell it to see whether or not it will be bearable for me. However, it immediately messed with my sinus area.

7. Berry Punch:

Berry Punch, I want to call Berry Burst, though I don’t know why. This one my nose does get a little strong scent from it. But it’s the one I wore when I first opened it and it didn’t bother my sinuses as much as Raspberry did. The scent is not my first choice, but I’d wear it once in awhile.

Well, there you have it. Enough Skittles to taste the rainbow! Out of the eight or seven since one I cannot use at all, my most favorite ones- Strawberry Starfruit, Mango Tangelo, and the second Strawberry.

One thing I wish they did, instead of adding two strawberries, there could have been another flavor. Other than that, I feel like these are very moisturizing and highly worth the price! Even at $8, you get eight in a pack, that’s $1/lip balm, which some single lip balms start at $1.

Now onto the Hershey’s pack. Though I am not supposed to have chocolate due to heavy nickel, I found the chocolate ones tolerable except for Hershey’s Kisses. That one had a bit more stronger scent than the Reese’s and and Hershey’s themselves.

1. Bubble Yum Original:

This one on first application started breaking, tiny pieces flaking on my lips. However, once it heated up, the application was more smoother.

2. Hershey’s Kisses:

Why does this one have to be such a strong scent compared to the other two!!! I love chocolate. I was hoping if I can use these maybe I can lay off the candies themselves. I’m not quite sure whether or not I can wear the other two, however, this one, I choose not. It does smell like Hershey’s Kisses. This is one of the two that does leave a slight tint on the lips.

3. Reese’s:

I would never have guessed the product would be orange. I don’t know why. I thought it would be more brownish. The bright orange surprised me. I really like this one. This definitely smells like Reese’s. This one took a few seconds before it heated and glided on lips.

4. Jolly Rancher Cherry &Watermelon:I decided to review both these at the same time so that way the blog won’t be so long and also because they are in the same category- Jolly Rancher. They both smell really nice. They both easily glided on lips.

5. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate:

Like the other chocolate flavors, this one smells just like milk chocolate. I am iffy on if I will keep using it. I am trying Reese’s because that one didn’t give me much of a headache. This one gave me a slight one that’s all. This one had the most tint. Apply this all over and your lips will look chocolatey smooth and moisturized!

6. Bubble Yum Cotton Candy:

Compared to the Original, this one applied more smoothly quicker without any breakage, flakes, etc. It has a light scent that is easily missed on my end. But I still like and will use it.

7. Twizzlers Strawberry:

And another strawberry. For strawberry lovers, I’ll tell you you’ll love the first pack giving you two strawberries and a strawberry starfruit. And if you get both of these packs, you’re all set with three strawberry balms.

I can’t smell anything on this one. But to be honest, before when I ate Twizzlers, I used to smell them sometimes and don’t remember any scent that stood out to me. I’m sure someone out there can smell it. Just my nose cannot. But the application glides on smoothly.

Overall, I like these Lip Smackers. Would I buy them again? Yes and no. Yes for the Skittles; no for the Hershey’s mainly because Hershey’s has more of what I shouldn’t have- chocolate. The other had only Raspberries. If chocolate didn’t set off allergies, I’d definitely buy more. I am trying the Reese’s one to see if I can tolerate it. It’s the lightest scent between the three.

Have you tried any Lip Smackers?