I haven't quite turned the radiators on yet, but I have been assembling an army of beauty products to tackle cold weather problems. In the lip department I've found a match made in heaven. Firstly, a lip scrub.
Honestly? I usually just make my own with half a tea spoon of sugar and a couple of drops of oil. But, as my boyfriend will attest, I'm a verified popcorn addict so I was totally drawn in by the name and scent (even though I'm a staunch salted kind of girl) of LUSH's Popcorn Lip Scrub. The flavour is meant to be popcorn and the salty-sweet smell and taste is pretty close; but there is something a bit chemically lurking in the background which seems to be a theme with a lot of LUSH products. The sales assistant at the store I went to was enthusiastically encouraging me to use the scrub and lick it off afterwards; but once you've rubbed it into your lips, that tasty scrub will be mixed with dead skin cells...so I'd rather not thanks. That said, any that accidentally gets into your mouth or leaves a residue will be pleasantly popcorn-ish!
It's priced at £5.95 which is a bit steep considering the thrifty ingredients (Caster sugar, Jojoba Oil, Sea Salt, Polenta, Coconut Oil, Popping Candy and Flavour) but it's well packed in there and you don't need much to make your lips super smooth. I'm not sure I'd buy a LUSH lip scrub again, but it's fun and effective so I'll let them off.
I've been topping off newly polished lips with one of my favourite ever lip balms, NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, which sinks in much quicker than usual after a lip scrub. It's a thick, waxy semi-matte balm with Shea butter, a honey-grapefruit scent and no mineral oil. When I put this on in the evening it's always still there in the morning, preventing my lips from drying out overnight. This also regularly creeps into my handbag (I should really buy a second pot) as it sits really nicely under lipstick too. It's priced at £9.50 for 15g and available from feelunique.com.