how to winter-proof your lips

jo malone lip conditioner clinique night mask

jo malone lip conditioner clinique night mask
Living in Scotland means that sometimes it feels like winter all year round, so I've become very familiar with the old chapped-lip life. It's a struggle.

It also means that I have tried a lot of lip balms--and I have finally found a lip balm power duo that actually works. And when I say it works, I mean it--I have tried enough salves that promise nourishment and don't deliver.

Clinique Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask
clinique pout restoring lip mask

I picked up the Clinique Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask after researching my new-in beauty wishlist. Not gonna lie, I was totally drawn in by that millennial pink packaging. I apply a thick layer of this just before bed. After about 30 minutes or so, when it's been sinking in for a while, you feel a slight tingly on the lips. I'm not sure what happens after that, since I'm usually asleep by then! After two nights of using this, my lips were the most flake-free that they've ever been. I was floored. After a week of nightly lip-masking, my lips continue to be flake-free and just sort of plush and comfortable. I can't recommend this highly enough.

I will say that this is definitely best-used as a night mask, rather than as a day-to-day balm. On the packaging, it says you can use it as a five-minute mask before makeup application. I tried this and it didn't really do anything for me! I am dying to try the lighter, day-to-day version of this!

Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner
jo malone lip conditioner

This is what I use as a day-to-day lip balm. It smells slightly of floral honey and tingles lightly on application. This really helps soothe any chapped or cracked lips.

In the winter, I often get these cracks at the corners of my mouth (attractive, I know). They're basically intractable and extremely frustrating. The Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner is the only thing that helps them heal--probably because of the Vitamin E component.

If you suffer with chapped or dry lips this time of year, I'd consider giving these a try!

What is your favourite lip balm?


  1. At the moment I’m using Nuxe Reve de Miel at night, and Neal’s Yard Organic lip balm during the day. I find I need to warm up the Nuxe before I apply it.

    1. Ooh I have never tried the Neal's Yard one. Do you like it? I have never really gotten the Nuxe to work amazingly well for me--I will have to try warming it up first! Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)


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