We are having the season’s first nor’easter today here in Virginia. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s rather like a mini hurricane that comes along in the winter. So while our hurricane season lasts through October, November heralds the start of nor’easter season. It brings tons of rain (or snow, if the polar vortex visits) and wind. So. Much. Wind.

The first thing I noticed while being out in the almost-cold wind was that my lips were in serious need of help. First they needed a serious exfoliation. So I whipped up a touch of my DIY lip scrub – it’s super easy. Combine a very small amount of brown (or regular – it doesn’t matter, really) sugar with a tiny touch of honey. It doesn’t last long, so be sure to make only as much as you think you’ll use in a day or two.

After giving my lips a good scrub (you can use a clean toothbrush if your lips are having a serious chapped emergency), I needed some balm to smooth and protect them. I reached for LaFresh Eco-Beauty Lip Treat. This cruelty-free, all natural balm contains ogliopeptides, jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butters, almond oil, cinnamon, and peppermint. It goes on so smoothly, and the peppermint gives you a bit of (very minor) lip plumping. It’s supposed to help fine lines around the mouth as well, so if you’re beginning to get concerned about that area, this is an excellent solution.

Packaging is super small and simple, so it fits anywhere from a pocket to a makeup bag.

I’m totally addicted to it. Here is to having soft lips all winter!

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