bliss pout-o-matic

by Angela, Bellacara

I used to suffer from terribly dry, chapped lips every winter. Over the years I have learned ways to keep them pretty healthy and looking good. This year however, I came down with a bad head cold that lead to bronchitis. The sneezing combined with all the coughing and the associated medicines destroyed my lips. They were so dry and shriveled it took an entire week of serious attention to get them back in shape. One thing that really helped was the Pout-O-Matic by Bliss. I had tried dry toothbrushes before, but they never really worked. As a result I was skeptical about how much more effective this would be than my lip scrub alone.


The first time I used it it helped a bit, but it wasn’t the immediate result I had hoped for. I followed with a heavy layer of lip balm and wore it to bed as well. In the morning I was disappointed, I thought it hadn’t really worked. But I used it again and I noticed my lips looked better. My lips were in really bad shape so maybe I had expected too much? I again followed the lip balm regimen and the next day I used the device again with even better results. By day five, my lips were almost completely back to normal.

Sometimes we ignore our lips until they demand attention. Try incorporating this device into your weekly regimen and be proactive rather than reactive…your lips will thank you!

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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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