The Winter Lip Cure

Global warming be damned: winter is still winter, and the dry lip struggle is real.  Between indoor heat, plunging outdoor temps, and, let's be honest, more red-wine-fueled Netflix sessions, the season leaves lips feeling anything but plump.  Don't fret: I've got you covered in three easy steps with The Winter Lip Cure.  

How many tubes of Chapstick, Carmex, Kiehl's, and every other name of lip product under the sun have you gone through in your lifetime?  The figure is probably astounding.  Invest fifty bucks and kick the drying, flaking, unsightly kisser to the curb.

Hanaka Chu Chu Lip Scrub, $6.36

Don't let the cutesy packaging and drool-worthy strawberry-cotton candy flavor fool you: this grainy pucker-saver is the real deal.  The texture is a bit on the dry side, which is actually a plus - lips are left smoothed, but without a trace of residue.  Use once a week and resist the temptation to dig in with a spoon.  Get yours here, from YesStyle.  

Easy as 1, 2, 3.  No translation necessary.

Easy as 1, 2, 3.  No translation necessary.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $19.85 

Hundreds of K-Beauty devotees can't be wrong: this thick, fruity-smelling lip mask is the holy grail of lip products.  If you've fallen out of love with Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask (like I sure did), give this one a go.  According to Laneige, berry extracts and hyaluronic acid soften and remove dead cells, but the ingredients label shows that yummy butters - like shea - and microcrystalline wax deserve credit for the overnight lip transformation.  Whatever's going on in this formula, it's working.  Just be gentle with the enclosed spatula applicator - mine broke when I attempted to clean it.  Order the original Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from YesStyle.  

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, $26

They say nothing haunts us like the things we didn't buy.  As soon as I got my hands on this as part of the Clarins Advent Calendar, I kicked myself for not buying it sooner.  Like, literally slicked it on, rolled my eyes into the back of my head, and shook my fists in the air.  If you hear "oil" and think greasy, messy, or inconvenient, think again.  The formula is an oil gel that lends hydration, comfort (hence the name), and big-time shine - all without a trace of stickiness.  Unlike balms that seem to require multiple applications per day, you might reach for this three times before bed.  Get it.  Now.  Right here.