Blood on my pillow!
My lips get crazy chapped in the winter. Also, I have this habit where I bite my bottom lip non-stop whenever I write. The combination is deadly for cute soft lips. In fact, Christmas eve morning, I woke up with blood on my pillow because I bit my lips while I slept and they were so chapped they started bleeding in the middle of the night. Ew, right? Blood on my pillow should remain an old-timey indicator that I have tuberculosis, and NOT that I have icky dry crackle-lips from hell.
My elbows, knuckles and knees also get very dry in the winter. It feels tight and crackly and I hate how it looks.
Luckily, there are two great products I have found make my skin and lips smooth and soft and awesome.
One is Sephora's amazing Body Butter. It is full of yummy moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, Italian olive oil, and Brazilian cupuacu. What is cupuacu, you ask? I looked it up on wikipedia.
"Cupuaçu seeds can be made into cupulate, which looks and tastes just like chocolate but is cheaper and more resistant to heat. Asahi Foods, a Japanese company, once tried to patent the production and use of Cupuaçu seed fat, but they failed."
I will totally smear that shit on my body.
It is super moisturizing, but unlike other super moisturizing lotions like Lubriderm, it doesn't have a medicinal smell, nor is it perfume-y like most cosmetic brand lotion. It's even better than Kiehl's Creme de la Corps, which I used to hold as the gold standard for all things moisturizer (and which is very pricey, at $42 for a large bottle). The Body Butter has a nice, clean scent of an honest person. And your skin gets so soft everyone will want to touch you all day. I'd buy it online, because twice when I have gone to Sephora they have run out of it.
As for lips, nobody does it better than Kiehls. I've tried Carmex and whatever but that shit tingles too much and when you kiss a person wearing Carmex, it makes your lips all vaseliney and tingly too. Yuck. Also, I'm basically against those kind of balms where you have to carry a tiny tub around and get your index finger covered in it every time you use it.
Also, this lip balm has SPF, so awesome.
Price: $15 for 5oz, $25 for 16oz available at Sephora.com
Price: $7.50 for a .5oz tube, available at Kiehls.com or in stores.