Friday, 17 January 2014

Winter-defying Lips

Winter-defying Lips | Winter-defying Lips - Smith's Rose Balm | Winter-defying Lips - Nivea Lip Butter | Winter-defying Lips - Lush Lip Scrub |

I don't know about you, but in the winter my lips get super dry. Well, they're dry all year round but this season definitely doesn't help! I've made it my mission to try more with my lips and I'm partial to carrying several lip balms and salves around in my coat pockets and bag. Before applying your next coat of lipstick, why not treat your lips to a mini-pamper session?

Winter-defying Lips - Step 1 |

Step 1
Starting out it's always easy to slather on a bit of nourishing lip balm. It softens the lip surface enough to work with, and gives your lips that much needed initial injection of moisture. I tend to lean toward Smith's Rosebud Salve, as it's intensely hydrating with a mixture of oils. Think Vaseline with a kick! Alternatively, Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé is a thicker formula that I only have to re-apply every 4 hours or so. If you don't want to go this route, just use some water.

Winter-defying Lips - Step 2 |

Step 2
Apply a generous layer of lip scrub, making sure to coat the entire top and bottom lip. There are a few out there if you look hard enough, but I have a soft spot for the offerings from Lush. Currently I'm using Santa's Lip Scrub, as it's cola flavoured, bright red and has these cute little edible hearts in there too. They have a bunch of different flavours and often come out with limited edition ones that you should snap up before they sell out!

Winter-defying Lips - Step 3 |

Step 3
Take your finger and really go to town scrubbing it in circular motions, back and forth across the lip. Sometimes I'll repeat steps 2-3, just to make sure I've taken off that hard top layer. For added exfoliation, you could always use your toothbrush. Lightly rub the bristles over your lips like you would the scrub.

Step 4
If you've got an edible scrub, give your lips a good lick and wipe away and excess. If you're not so fortunate, a soft flannel work equally well.

Step 5
The last step is a great one to get the hang of before applying any other lip product, and that's to put a layer of lip balm or salve on. It stops any dehydration from your lipstick, and keeps your lips in perfect condition. A product I reach for all the time is Cymex. This little yellow tube has saved my sanity on many an occasion, sorting out those dry and flaky troubles that can occur in the cold weather. But if I want to go without colour but to add dimension, I apply The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On in Orange. It gives me a 'gloss' look that's moisturising and non-tacky.

  • Don't lick your lips! As tempting as this can be, and feel like it can help those dry, flaky areas that you can't seem to moisten, DON'T! Saliva actually drys out your lips, and is a sure fire way to exacerbate the problem. This goes double for biting, which we can all be guilty of from time to time.
  • Throw away your crappy cheap lip salves and balms and opt for something moisturising. You need your lip product to work for you in the best possible way, and that means creating a barrier that seals in moisture. A good lip product will most likely contain vitamin E or nourishing oils too.
  • Believe it or not, water isn't just good for the skin on your face and body, but it's also vital to keeping your pout in tip top condition. Want plumper lips? Drink more water!

Adrienne |

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I'm always looking for good lip products. I've still never found anything that works as well as pure vitamin e (squeezed out of liquid capsules) or vaseline. I'll have to try these products though!

  2. My lips are so chapped at the moment, I find that EOS lip balms are actually pretty good at solving the situation though

    annie |

  3. Homeoplasmine is AMAZING, if you can get ahold of it BUY IT.
    It's the best lip salve I have ever tried.

  4. I LOVE Rosebud, definitely a staple in lip care :-)

  5. I love the santas lipscrub and nivea balm – really want to try that body shop roll on! I did a post like this recently as my lips have suffered so much this winter! I blog at

    Katy xx

  6. I love the lip scrubs from Lush! They're fab. I've been meaning to try the Nivea lip butters for a while now.. they look lovely x


  7. I love the Nivea lip butters i'm addicted to the caramel one, the lush lip scrub looks lovely too xx


  8. Such an informative post, it's nice to see some tips as well as product recomendations, I have a really bad habit of licking my lips thinking it will make them dryer, need to kick it and invest in a really good lip balm x


  9. water is the cure for everything!!

    Emily | PENNY RUGBURN 

  10. My lips are horrendous at the minute, I apply so many different balms around 5 - 10 times per day, but within an hour, they're back to being chapped and cracked again. I might have to try some of that Cymex as I'm at my wits end trying to find something that works!
    Laura x | My Life in a Blog

  11. The lip scrubs from Lush are perfect for saving your lips! X
    Elise -

  12. My lips are terrible right now & thats crazy considering how many lip products & treatments I own. I need to take some of your advice & give them a little TLC

  13. Great tips and lovely pictures! :D

  14. Love Body Shop lip products (: have you tried Nuxe's Reve de Miel? It's really good and smells gorgeous!

  15. I have been loving the Nuxe Reve de Miel as a nighttime treatment. The LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub has been part of my routine as well. It just works so well and it's tasty! ;)
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  16. Nuxe Reve de Miel has been my saviour but recently I have tried Lanolips and I think it is fantastic.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  17. I really want to try one of lushes lip scrubs they look great!


  18. These are all great tips! I constantly suffer from dry lips so I recently splurged a bit on the Dior Creme de Rose balm. (I also love the Lush Mint Julips lip scrub!)
    Lovely Notions

  19. My lips get really dry too, so I'm always smothering them in lip balm. I'd recommend carmex :) xx Rebecca - UK Style Blog

  20. I love lip scrubs, I tend to just make my own & moisturise my lips with lucas paw paw ;-) some fab tips babe xo


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