I have what MAC makeup artist Victor C once referred to as “a dry lip.”

That’s putting it charitably.

My lips are forever peeling and flaky, and some lipsticks really show that up the rough texture of my lips. Oh, when I tried on MAC Hello Kitty lipstick in Fashion Mews recently, it was an absolute nightmare. From time to time, I need a good lip scrub. And I’ve been doing it myself for years now, with a little good old fashioned brown sugar and a dab of Vaseline, olive oil, or even better, a lip balm of choice (I love the honey-colored tub of Einstein lip therapy). It’s a quick fix, and one of the simplest at-home beauty treatments you can give yourself. So when I saw Liplicious 2-in-1 Moisturizing Lip Color and Sugar Scrub come on the scene, I was initially skeptical. A brown sugar lip scrub to take on the go? Why buy when you can DIY?

Liplicious takes the basic brown sugar lip scrub I’ve been giving myself to a higher level — one half of this slender little lip treatment is a stick of grainy brown sugar, which you’re supposed to rub on your lips and then lick off. Yum! It kinda hard (if you have sensitive lips, be careful), and leaves behind a delicious trace of sweetness, too. And the other half is a delightful lip gloss. It comes in shades like Strawberry Mint, Mango Colada, and Watermelon Slice. The shade I got is Coconut Truffle, which is a super sheer, very pretty bronzy-copper with a hint of warm rosy pink. It’s a great shade for women of color IMO — it enhances the natural dark color of my lips, instead of coating them with opaque, cakey color. It’s like a very flattering, subtle nearly-nude. Great for bellas who don’t traditionally do a lot with makeup, but want to take a safe step into the wonderful world of lip color.

The Liplicious Tasty Lip Color treatment normally costs $12, and now it’s on sale for just $4! They’re available at any Bath and Body Works, or online at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Should you buy, or DIY? Well, I’ll tell ya. I love the portabilty of the product — how many times have I wound up out somewhere, caught sight of myself in the mirror and realized gasp — my lips are peeling and dry and look ghastly! And aside from helping me solve my flaky lip situation on the go, it also comes packaged with such a pretty shade of gloss. AND it’s on sale for four bucks! If you’ve also got a recurring flaky, dry lip problem, I say buy. This could be a splurge you won’t regret.

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Denise says:
March 17, 2009, 4:56 pm
Thanks for the suggestion. I may try to get one this weekend. I have perpetually dry lips too (my husband even comments on them), so I need something like this.
SoFrolushes says:
March 17, 2009, 5:02 pm
all the bath and body works closed over her in the uk as far as i can remember. I would say DIY. whenever my lips feel rough I just use my flannel in the bath or shower to exfoliate the flaky skin and it leaves them smooth as can be. Carmex lip balm is meant to be good for dry lips too and nothing beats vaseline
Ann says:
March 17, 2009, 5:36 pm
Thanks for the DIY tip! I don't wear lipstick because my lips make everything look, uh... textured, so I'll be sure to try both of these solutions.
b. says:
March 17, 2009, 6:00 pm
I recently discovered my new go-to for the "textured lip" problem. (LOL at Ann! I feel ya.) ALOE VERA. I've put a dab on my lips each morning and night after brushing my teeth (and of course my lips as always), and then I apply my Avalon Lip Balm (the ingredients are stellar). My lips have never felt (or looked) better! Chapstick alone, even with brushing my lips each day, never quite cut it. I've even bought travel-sized aloe vera for days when my body's extra dry and my lips start to show it. Good product, though...I may have to grab some just for the color.
b. says:
March 17, 2009, 6:08 pm
Oh yeah...the website doesn't have the coconut shade listed. Maybe it's something that's only in the store at this point. The other three shades are there.
Amber says:
March 17, 2009, 9:04 pm
I have this lip scrub too and I love it. I have a red color that looks good, as well as, the coconut. I haven't tried that one yet, but I will soon. Enjoy!
politicallyincorrect says:
March 18, 2009, 9:31 am
what do you think of all about lips from Clinique? Its prettty expensive though
Kindred Smile says:
March 18, 2009, 10:08 am
Thanks for the tip, Bella! I just purchased two of those shades and I can't wait to try em out!
Shones says:
March 18, 2009, 10:42 am
Hi Bella! I use a little cold-pressed castor oil when my lips are parched. I wonder if the "licking off" part would just dry the lips out more? Not sure...
Nina says:
March 18, 2009, 11:39 am
Thanks for the tip. I was wondering what I was going to do with this Bath and Body Works gift certificate and this product definitely makes the cut. @b. Aloe Vera is pretty amazing, but the taste was killing me, so I wasn't using it consistently enough. I'm going to try your routine and see if it makes a difference. I never thought to put something oil-based on top to seal in the moisture and cover the taste of the aloe.
Olivia says:
March 18, 2009, 12:30 pm
I will definitely try that, I need something new. Recently I threw out all my makeup, just had them for too long and got tired of looking at it. This will be sweet to add to my new collection :o)
Starchild says:
March 18, 2009, 12:55 pm
Thanks for the tip, Bella! The salesman looked confused when I mentioned the $4 sale price yesterday, but gave me the discount anyway. I bought 2, coconut truffle and watermelon slice. The brown sugar works well and tastes yummy. :-) No more dry lips for me, yay!
Nichole says:
March 18, 2009, 1:28 pm
I like the lip scrubs/masks from Mary Kay and Fresh. Another tip is to put a healthy dose of a thick lip balm on your lips before bed. Just like a moisturizer for your face. When you wake up, just wipe away the flake. I really like Mary Kay Satin Lips Lip Balm for this. It was given to me, so it's the best way to use it.
Moe says:
March 18, 2009, 2:39 pm
this sounds pretty good, i dont wear lipstick but this sounds interesting..i might give it a try next time im in B&B
Laquita says:
March 18, 2009, 3:12 pm
Great post - thanks for the brown sugar tip :o)
Sibongile says:
March 18, 2009, 7:21 pm
For perpetually dry chapped lips, I have been very pleased over the last few years with Carol's Daughter Lip Butter. It leaves lips soft, smooth, moist and non-greasy. My night routine consists of massaging in the Lip Butter before retiring at night. If the lips are flaky, I exfoliate first with a combination of sugar and olive oil or almond oil. Wipe clean and then apply the Lip Butter. For day wear, I apply a tiny bit of Lip Butter under lipstick, or use by itself for a low key gloss. Carol's Daughter Lip Butter works well for men and children as well.
LBell says:
March 18, 2009, 11:07 pm
I just got up and tried the aloe vera thing this moment, using Burt's Bees Honey lip balm over it. Amazing...I definitely see a difference. My problem isn't peeling flaking lips, it's dry wrinkled lips. Although I can pass for 28-32 everywhere else on my face, my lips tell my real age (43). Lipstick disappears on me and I swear I've tried just about every balm out here. I'm getting fed up with people reflexively licking their lips when they see me...would a lip plumper help fill in the wrinkles? (I already have plump lips but I'll deal with more plumpness if it means the wrinkles will go away.)
Bunniecakes says:
March 18, 2009, 11:35 pm
Hi Afrobella, thanks for sharing this product info. I deal with another issue with my lips - they are discolored. I'm not even a smoker or anything, there is just some hyperpigmentation going on. Do you know of any products that would help to even the coloration. Thanks in advance for any tips.
pets says:
March 19, 2009, 7:18 am
I put a dab of vaseline on my lips nightly before going to sleep. Great improvement! Plus I try to lick my lips less and always buy lips that have emollients & Vit E etc in them.
NiaSoul01 says:
March 19, 2009, 9:18 am
Good morning Bella and to the rest of my Afrobella family!!! While this sounds like a fabulous product to try, like so many others who have posted, I simply slather on the Chapstick before I go to bed. When I am in the midst of my morning routine, I just wipe it off in the morning. It works FABULOUSLY!!! Since I keep a stockpile of Chapstick in the house, I doubt I'll be trying this. I do wonder, though, how it would work for a quick fix, i.e. those days that I forget my nightly routine.
African Bella says:
March 19, 2009, 12:07 pm
Moisturize from within as well! I find that if I drink lots of water on a particular day, my lips are smooth and lovely the next morning.
AfriCan says:
March 19, 2009, 3:28 pm
For hyper pigmentation, I've been dabbing vitamin E and coconut oil on my lips. You can do the same with coconut milk.
Nadienne says:
March 19, 2009, 4:22 pm
Wow... lip scrub? What new world has just been opened for me... :o becareful with the vitamin E you use, also. Natural Vitamin E is clear. Thats a good way to determine if what you are using is pure = the best.
NiKita W says:
March 19, 2009, 6:21 pm
Bella, for me it's a buy! I carry one in my purse and it is so convenient! I like the fact that this one is not a lip plumper (which I DON'T need) like the Jane Iredale so I definitely have to pick this one up!
Olivia says:
March 19, 2009, 8:43 pm
I purchased the liplicious scrub today in strawberry mint and I really like it, actually I got a bit too happy at Bath & Body Work, I got more than I originally planned lol. Enjoy your evening ya'll!
Afroamerica Writer says:
March 20, 2009, 4:22 pm
Ok I bought two of these products when Bath & Body Works was having its semi-annual sale and HATED it! I had to return one of the liplicious and the other stays besides the bathroom sink untouched. It (the sugar scrub part) kept breaking off. And the lipstick part didn't appeal to me. I prefer exfoliating my lips myself (sugar, or lips scrub) and carry my tons of lip gloss around. Viola!
indecisivenappy says:
March 20, 2009, 10:59 pm
I have realized the drinking more water had made my lips less dry. By the way my family is from Trinidad and I love your blog.
Certified Diva says:
March 23, 2009, 2:00 pm
Will buy!! Thanks!
Thembi says:
March 23, 2009, 2:17 pm
I had this problem until one day I tried everything I could come up with. I havent looked back since...I use a soft toothbrush to 'brush' my lips with lemon juice, dab on some glycerin/rosewater, and finish with good ol' vaseline. I tried tarte's brown sugar stick scrub and it was fun to have but I wish I had that $14 now!
Catherine says:
March 28, 2009, 4:11 pm
Oooh... this looks interesting. And pretty! I have had ridiculously dry lips for as long as I can remember and nothing I did would really help. I've always DIYed my own brown sugar scrub. I actually add coffee grinds too, for a little extra scrub. Recently however, I've found that Physician's Formula Plump Potion is an absolute godsend. I know it sounds really weird, but this stuff is the most moisturizing lip treatment I've ever tried (and I've tried a LOT of balms, glosses, etc). And the great thing is that it also acts as a peel which allows me to rub off the dry flakes with no tearing at all! It even lasts me all through the night (I almost cried when I woke up the first morning. Seriously.).
Rachel says:
April 15, 2009, 10:07 am
Though I do DIY a lot, I think the portability of this product makes it worth it. I would buy it if my balms weren't doing the trick as of right now.
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