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5 Things I’d Wish I Knew Before Getting a Lip Flip

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“If someone has a lip that’s very visual and larger, they might not see a difference from the lip flip,” Frontera explained. “On the contrary, if someone has a smaller lip, and we struggled with them even having an upper lip to begin with, then I might give them a bit of lip filler in conjunction with a lip flip to the lip stays nicely open.”

My pee-wee sized lips were in the second camp—making me the ideal candidate for both a syringe of Restylane Kysse (a softer, milder filler) and four units of neuromodulators.

If you’re looking for a dramatic change, look elsewhere

When you’re going in for any sort of cosmetic change, you have to manage your expectations from the get-go: at the end of the day, it’s a large psychological change when your face changes from one day to the next, Frontera explained. It’s important to have a doctor that not only will talk you through the expectations of what’s achievable for your face shape, but also, to personally analyze what would look best for you, regardless of what picture you bring in to show to them. Personally, my results were too subtle to anyone else but me and close family to notice. 

“I try to give the spectrum of possibilities: you’ll swell, and then it’ll go down, and then you’ll wish you went bigger and you’ll have this process of feeling like you did too much or too little,” Frontera said. “Half of what we do in aesthetics is just being really upfront and forward and explain to people what they’re going to get. You have to prepare for every scenario.”

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One month post-lip flip 

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Don’t expect results overnight

Just like traditional facial Botox, lip flip results take time. While some patients see the results in as early as three to four days, you’ll get the full lip flip look 10 to 12 days after your injections. While waiting for results, make sure to ice your lips and not work out for at least 24 hours after at risk of sweating the active ingredients out (it’s a real thing!).

While I had to wait about two weeks to see the final product, the journey to get there was quick and painless. Most people get 4 to 5 units of injectables, meaning it’s just a few pinches here and there. The actual procedure takes less than two minutes, and I was in and out within 15. Unlike with traditional lip fillers, there’s minimal bruising and swelling in the days after a lip flip. 

With straws and spoons, proceed with caution

Some people claim getting the procedure could jeopardize your ability to properly use a spoon or  straw—the aspect of getting a lip flip I was most nervous about as I refuse to not be a Hot Soup Girl. However, a licensed practitioner will use the right amount of Botox so as not to compromise your straw-sucking abilities, although Frontera says you may feel slightly numb in the days after your procedure since the active agent in the injectible temporarily paralyzes the muscles around your lip. 

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Spoiler: That Insta look doesn’t come cheap.

It’s relatively affordable, but upkeep is frequent 

The price of a lip flip varies from practice to practice, but it typically hovers around $150 to $200. Unlike plumping agents like Juvaderm or Restylane Kysse that last for six months or longer, the agents used in a lip flip typically last eight weeks. Traditional lip fillers can range anywhere from $600 to $1.200 depending on the number of syringes used. 

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On Her 40th Birthday, Revisit Devon Aoki’s Greatest Runway Moments

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What makes a good model a great model? For one, it’s their ability to radiate a constant, ineffable sense of cool, no matter where they are or what they’re wearing. Where that’s concerned, few possess the same sense of playfulness, personality, and versatility as Devon Aoki, the cult model who stormed the runways of Chanel, Versace, and Comme des Garçons throughout the 1990s and early-’00s, and quickly became a favorite of photographers like Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Nick Knight. (You might recognize her from the silver screen, too; Aoki featured in Sin City and 2 Fast 2 Furious, among other films.)

While Aoki’s chameleonic ability to bend to the vision of whichever designer or photographer she’s working with—appearing as a prim and proper princess for Karl Lagerfeld, a coquettish sex kitten for Ellen von Unwerth, a cyberpunk warrior girl for Nick Knight, a kaleidoscopic hippie chick for Jeremy Scott—might have made her the star that she is today, her origin story is equally auspicious. Born to the amateur wrestler and Benihana tycoon Rocky Aoki and his wife, jewelry designer Pamela Hilburger (her half-brother is also DJ Steve Aoki), she was first spotted at a Rancid concert at the age of 13. After being photographed by Interview magazine, legend has it that Kate Moss introduced her to the modeling agency Storm; the rest was history.

By the age of 16, Aoki had become a muse to Lagerfeld at Chanel, was racking up appearances on the runways of Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Celine, and was being booked to front campaigns for everyone from Tiffany & Co. to L’Oréal. In the early 2000s, she switched gears, primarily focusing on her acting career, most notably with appearances in a series of blockbuster action movies; by 2009, she decided to take a step back from her career to focus on motherhood after marrying her husband, financier James Bailey. Still, when her long-time friend Jeremy Scott came calling in 2018, she couldn’t resist stepping back on the runway, both closing the show and appearing hand-in-hand with the designer for his final walk to mark the return of one of his most enduring muses.

As the seemingly unstoppable Y2K revival rages on, it feels like Aoki’s arresting beauty, powerful runway presence, and, of course, her showstopping personal style, has never been more relevant. So in honor of her 40th birthday, here, Vogue is rounding up all of her best runway looks from across the decades—because whatever that mysterious, ineffable “it” factor that marks out the world’s most compelling models, Devon Aoki still has it.

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TikTok’s Remi Bader Says ‘Sexy’ Revolve Collab Is a ‘Dream Come True’

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Claiming her space. Remi Bader saw a problem in the fashion industry and did something about it.

Over a year ago, the TikTok star, 27, who is known for her realistic try-on hauls, shared a candid review of items she purchased from Revolve. In the video, the curve model revealed that much of what she bought didn’t fit and urged the popular retailer to offer extended sizing. The clothing company quickly responded, asking Bader to work with them on a collection. From there, Remi x Revolve was born.

After months of work, Bader and Revolve launched the 15-piece line — which ranges in sizes XXS to 4X — on Wednesday, August 10, at Revolve.com, something the social media star said is a “dream come true.”

“It was very fast, Revolve reaching out, which was just so shocking to me, because I just never thought something like this would happen,” Bader told Us Weekly exclusively before the launch.

“This [collection], to me, is everything I feel I’ve never been able to find easily for my body,” Bader shared, adding that she describes her personal style as colorful and sultry, but she couldn’t always find pieces that matched her aesthetic and size.

Bader continued: “I thought about all the issues that I’ve faced shopping and just didn’t want people to deal with that … This is fun. This is sexy. I feel a lot of people think that [extended sizing] is supposed to look a certain way and that you can’t have cutouts or be form-fitting.”

The New York native put that myth to rest, offering shoppers eye-catching two-piece sets, leather dresses, corsets, a bold leather blazer and more in her collection.

“I’ve never been able to find a blazer dress that fits me right. It’s either too short or doesn’t fit in the arm. So, making that perfect blazer and blazer dress was exciting. I also wanted to include a corset because corsets are another piece I’ve struggled with,” Bader explained. “The number one thing, however, was a pants and blazer matching set. I have looked all over and have never found one that fits. So, we have a three-piece that will be in the second drop and will be sold as separates. I feel [like] that is especially important because everyone has such different bodies and may want one specific size for a top and a different for a bottom.”

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When it came to bringing the capsule to life, Bader was “very, very involved.”

“I was a part of the whole process, from picking silhouettes to fabrics, patterns and models. I wouldn’t want it any other way, and I’m really happy Revolve wanted and wants my feedback and listens,” Bader told Us. “They want to learn and do the right thing.”

The Victoria’s Secret PINK brand ambassador also welcomes feedback from consumers.

“Whether it’s positive or negative, I think that I would just love to see people in the clothes and talking about the clothes,” she said. “It’s OK if you think I need to add a button to something or should change something else … That’s so important. I’m happy to learn and make this better for the future.”

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This collection has also prompted a lot of reflection.

“Everything has happened for a reason,” Bader shared. “I think all the negative things at the time that were in my life for me, you know, struggling with gaining weight, losing my job, all these things [happened for a reason].If I didn’t lose my job, if I didn’t gain the weight, I wouldn’t have any of the things I have now.”

She added: “I would tell myself, it’s all going to be OK. It’s all going to work out.”

The second installment of Remi x Revolve will be available this fall.

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Keke Palmer Gets Real About Her Struggle With Adult Acne: ‘I’m Done’

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Keke Palmer got some things off her chest! The actress opened up about her struggle with adult acne and questioned why doctors haven’t come up with a “cure.”

In a candid video shared via Instagram on Wednesday, August 10, Palmer, 28, told fans she’s “tired” of dealing with the skin condition. “Good morning y’all, I was just thinking about the fact that plastic surgeons are amazing,” the Nope star began.

“They can give you a boob job, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts … they can even implant muscles, the list goes on, but they can’t figure out how to clear up somebody’s skin?” Palmer asked. “Are you kidding me?”


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The Illinois native continued: “All these years and all these inventions, you can’t figure out how to take the beautiful skin from my ass and put in on my face?” She then joked, “I’m tired of it. I’m done with it. People out here with adult acne are struggling, and you haven’t figured out that cure? I’m done.”

Palmer further expressed her pain in the caption, writing: “I woke up and chose VIOLENCE. We want the QUICK FIX as well… My homegirl’s walking out the hospital with a DONK same day. I want INSTANT results too, WHATS TEA???”

She continued: “All these years!! Plastic surgeons, y’all wanna know where the real money at? IN CLEARING UP ACNE.”

The Alice star concluded her message by stressing that she’s over people telling her “find the PERFECT diet” or “get an expensive facial every other day,” adding, “Give us the plastic surgery we’re begging for, and make it possible for black skin as well… I need the dual love.”

Palmer’s followers applauded her post, filling the comments section with praise.

“THIS!!!!!!” one of Palmer’s followers wrote. A second fan commented: “Speaking for us that are struggling Keke.” A third said: “I have to say tho despite these surgeons not having the cure for acne, your skin looks so hydrated, glowy and supple!!!”


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This isn’t the first time the movie star has gotten real about her skin issues.

In December 2020, Palmer revealed via Instagram that she was diagnosed with PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. The following year, during a November 2021 appearance on The Tamron Hall Show, she explained how the diagnosis has affected her skin.

“I kind of discovered that that’s what I was dealing with and it answered a lot of the question to, not only why I had acne, but why I grow hair on my face or under my chin, you know I kind of have a low-key beard going on that I have to shave every couple of days,” she told Tamron Hall about her symptoms.

Despite her struggles, Palmer finds it rewarding to share her journey with others.

“It was to empower myself and to give myself the opportunity to say, ‘You know what just own who you are.’ It was like me telling myself, ‘I love you, girl, no matter what. I love you so much that I’m gonna show your whole self to the world and I’m not gonna be afraid,’” she said in the interview. “It was essentially kind of like a selfish act of saying, ‘Hey, I still love myself despite what I may be going through and if you’re going through something like this too, I love you too.’”

When she first shared her diagnosis, Palmer uploaded a series of makeup-free selfies that put her natural skin on display.

“Hey you guys, for some this may be TMI, but for me my platform has always been used for things much greater than me. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea,” she captioned the post.



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