Brrrrrrr! We love winter. Cold, crisp, magical days, with a sparkling frost on the ground and a natural blush – from the bite of wind – on our cheeks. Or more accurately: our darling children constantly losing their new gloves and hats; umbrellas that are permanently broken so you nearly poke someone’s eye out in the playground; and early morning windscreens that take forever to defrost and make you late. Not to mention, sore, red, chapped lips (in V’s case, her son goes all ‘Coco The Clown’ on her, his lips getting redder and more painful, the more he licks them).
So here are our top picks for winter lip savers. Little pots and tubes of miracle balms and creams that promise to soothe, heal and condition. They’re ‘lip-smackingly good’!
Sometimes, good old Vaseline is all you need to bring your lips back to life. You can buy it pretty much anywhere and just a slick of it makes your lips feel instantly smoothed. We’re fans of the Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, £ 1.95, which also has a hint of colour. Another cheap and cheerful, old favourite has to be Carmex, £2.69, which we love for the satisfying tingle it gives and its medicinal, but somehow addictive scent. And it honestly works a treat!
If you’re looking to splash out, you can’t go wrong with Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16, a lovely, rich balm which gives lips a sheen and keeps them moisturised all day long. It’s amazing stuff. That or ByTerry Baume de Rose Crystalline, £32.50, which is also a splurge, but one you won’t regret. It’s gorgeous and makes your lips look smooth and plump.
M is also very taken with Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £12, which, as the name suggests was originally developed for breastfeeding mums, but is now a cult lip product and also works wonders on dry cuticles, split ends and any random, dry patches of skin. M applies before bed and “Voila”, her lips look and feel fab by morning. Another great multi-purpose balm is Papaya Gold PawPaw Moisturising Balm, £5.99, which V has been using on said son’s red lips. And they’re much improved. And we can’t miss out Elizabeth Arden’s miracle working Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, £20. If you’re already a fan of Eight Hour Cream (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you should keep this handy stick with you at all times.
Organic Pharmacy’s Antioxidant Lip Balm, £12, is probably the best smelling of our lip balm haul. It’s divine. Buy it just for that. Well, that and the fact it transforms flaky, dry lips!
Our wise and beauty-savvy parrot friend chose Kiss Mix as his pick of the bunch. It’s a good price point (not outrageously expensive, but feels like enough of a treat) and it gives a similar tingle to Carmex but looks a damn sight prettier!
Love & Luscious Lips,
P.S Please email us your perfectly pouty pictures after you’ve fixed your lips …. firstname.lastname@example.org