I bought this
It’s annoying AF when you’re going about your day and you can feel the little bits of lip skin sticking up, tempting you to pick at your lips with your teeth … and then next thing you know you hurt your lip because of all those dry flaky pieces sticking up that you picked at.
But it happens. Regardless of whether we’re not drinking enough water, winter has chapped our lips, or we’re battling a cold: Dry lips happen to good people.
Aside from making sure I drink enough water and keep my lips moisturized with a lip balm, at this time of year, I step up my lip scrub game to keep the flakies away.
My current favorite is Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub. I tossed one into my cart when I purchased the lippie that’s sticking out in that above photo, Poinsettia Velour Liquid Lipstick, from the Holiday Glitter Collection. The scrub I chose is flavored/scented Watermelon Gum; I didn’t find any of the holiday scents/flavors appealing at the time I ordered, so I went with an earlier summer release.
So what makes this scrub special to me?!
The scrub is 1 oz. of product in a small twist-cap jar. I love the hot pink label and the metallic cap.
The product is packed into the jar and a little goes a long way. If I pick up too much scrub, unneeded bits will fall into the sink. Sometimes as I apply it to my lips and start to rub it in, it will fall into the sink, but by using a small amount I avoid too much of this.
Unlike other scrubs I’ve used, this feels a bit “drier.” I’ve used scrubs from MBA Cosmetics and Laura Geller, both with a lot of moisturizers in them, as well as Lush Cosmetics’s lip scrub. Of the three of these, Lush is my favorite.
While it feels drier, it doesn’t dry out my lips; they feel lightly moisturized after. Which is perfect, because I’m typically applying a matter liquid lipstick afterwards and don’t want a ton of residue left behind.
Here are the ingredients for this particular Watermelon Gum scrub: Sucrose, glycerine, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, frangrance “watermelon,” sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tocopherol, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Red 40.
How does it compare in my experience?
By comparison, the Laura Geller Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub felt like it had more moisturizer in it than sugar scrub and I didn’t like the feeling it left on my lips, personally. The MBA Cosmetics scrub felt somewhere in between Watermelon Gum and Laura Geller.
Watermelon Gum reminds me of the Lush lip scrubs I’ve used, which may be why I love it so much.
These are my personal experiences/opinions, so I understand if you might feel differently and prefer more of a moisturized, balmed-up feeling on your lips!
How I use it
I use the scrub as often as every other day, and usually after I shower. I wet my lips a little with water, then I take a little scrub and rub it into my lips, across at first, then in circular motions to exfoliate.
You can lick off the excess, and I will usually take a small taste, but I generally just wipe it off with a tissue, towel or washcloth. I love the smell of this – it truly smells like watermelon gum – something I actually have in my purse right now, from Mentos brand!
After, my lips feel like little pillows! Soft, a little fuller from the stimulation of the scrub, and primed for whatever lippie I choose to use – which again, is usually a matte liquid lipstick.
I am, in general, prone to bite my lips. Since using this scrub routinely for the last three or four weeks, when I bite my lips there’s nothing for me to “bite,” and my lips have felt in great shape. They’re holding up to an early winter – we had three snowstorms just last week alone already and winter doesn’t start until Friday! – and my tendency to drink less water than I should (especially being pregnant!).
To sum it up
There are a bunch of different flavors on the JSC website here, but Watermelon Gum is sold out, unfortunately! In the brand’s Black Friday sale, I picked up Root Beer and Blue Raspberry Sucker (they were $8 each) but they are regularly priced $12 a jar. I’m a little tempted by Lemon Ice Box Cookies, and I would have loved Spearmint and Strawberry Gum, but those are sold out as well.
Have you tried these lip scrubs? Do you have a favorite lip scrub?