Product Review:Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock!

Confession: I have a serious lip product addiction.

I had one seriously gross case of chapped lips as a pre-teen. You know, the kind where you have to go to the doctor and get a cream because it’s spread around your lips and flakes and burns, and all that other gloriously awesome stuff?

So, ever since, you’d be hard pressed to find me without anything ON my lips, and I always have at least 3 lip products in my bag at all times! My favorite lip balms are EOS Lip Spheres and Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I think maybe I was under the impression that I “graduated” from Chapstick, so it was good to get back to them for this review.

As a #birchblogger (a program through, one of my top subscription boxes), I was given the opportunity to try both formulas of one of the latest Chapstick products absolutely free, and I wanted to share my experience with you!

I actually really enjoyed both formulas. This product comes in a Renew/Moisturize formula, as well as a Day/Night formula!

I have been keeping the Day/Night formula on my nightstand, and using it before bed and pre-makeup in the mornings.


Here are some of the highlights of this one:

*Day Formula is ultra conditioning, with SPF to protect your lips during the day

*Night formula is formulated with tamanu oil and natural butters to replenish your lips at night

The Renew/Moisturize has been a staple in my crossbody bag that I take to work. At my dispatch job, I’ve been working 12 hour graveyard shifts, so it’s imperative to try to stay hydrated, and I try to be sure I’m taking extra care of my skin, and lips, with the whacky hours and their impact on my sleep schedule!


Some highlights:

*Moisturize formula is formulated to smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines, and also has CoQ10 and hylauronic spheres for moisture.

*Renew formula has shea butter to condition and instantly soften lips

Overall? I am REALLY happy with both formulas! I seem to gravitate towards the moisturize side of the Renew/Moisturize formula, but if I sense any extra dryness, I use the renew side!

These products are affordable, and great for purses, gym bags, and even keeping one in the car.

But again, I am absolutely obsessed with always having something on hand for my lips. It’s a lifestyle for me!

Thanks again to Birchbox and Chapstick for giving me a chance to try these awesome products, absolutely FREE! Learn more about these products, from ingredients to benefits, at!

What are some of your favorite lip products to keep on hand?


Nature Box Review (and 25% off for YOU)!

I am super excited to tell you all about one of my new FAVORITE Subscription Boxes.

I learned about Nature Box recently, and after seeing it all over Twitter and other blogs, I decided I needed to give it a shot! My first Nature Box arrived last week, and it came with the standard five snacks, plus a bonus “Welcome Snack!”


For just $20 a month (don’t you hate when people say “just” and practically spend your money for you? LOL), you will receive 5 Nutritionist- approved, healthy snacks delivered right to your door! From what I gather, there is typically a 6th one snuck in there, as well. 🙂

For the August Box, it was a “Back to School” theme. In the box, I received the following snacks:

1. Santa Fe Corn Stix: These crunchy little sticks taste like salsa! I am not typically a fan of these types of snacks, but these are just zesty enough to satisfy a salty craving, with flavors of tomato, green pepper, and onion.

Serving size 1/3 cup (about 5 servings per package). 140 calories, 6 g fat, 250 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein, 20 g carbs

2. Sweet Blueberry Almonds(Vegan): I initially wasn’t sure how I felt about these, but they are delicately sweet, with all the health benefits of yummy almonds! Nature Box suggests whirring 1 cup of these babies with a pinch of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of honey for a sweet and delicious almond butter! That would be fun to use in a smoothie, or for a twist on a PB and J!

Serving size 1/4 cup (about 4 servings per package). 170 calories, 13 g fat, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein, 6 g sugar, 9 g carbs

Teriyaki Twists(Vegan): These crunchy rice crackers are flavored with soy and paprika. I am honestly not a huge fan, but if you like those trail mixes with peanuts and the little salty soy crackers, you’d enjoy these!

Serving Size 1/2 cup (about 5 servings per package). 110 calories, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 190 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 26 g carbs

4.Cherry Berry Bonanza(Vegan): I did a little happy dance when I saw these!! A delicious mix of dried cranberries, cherries and blueberries make the perfect topping for oatmeal, salads, baked goods, and more!!

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (3 servings per package). 130 calories, .5 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 30 g sugar, 33 g carbs

5. Cocoa Waffle Wafers: I was also delighted to find these bad boys in my Nature Box, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed in these! They are very subtle on sweetness, but they’d be a perfect complement to a scoop of gelato or ice cream, or even peanut butter (cookie butter, if you’re like me and can’t get enough of it at Trader Joes)!

Serving Size 28 g (about 22 wafers, 2 servings per package). 110 calories, 2.5 g fat, 125 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 19 g carbs

6. Cheddar Pub Pretzels (Welcome Gift): Now these are tasty!! I wasn’t expecting to like them so much, since I am more into sweets these days (I blame anesthesia), but they are really tasty and would be great for a get-together where you set up some savory snacks to pair with your favorite brew or cocktail!

Serving Size: 9 pieces (5 servings per package). 120 calories, 3 g fat, 320 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 21 g carbs

Although all the snacks weren’t 100% winners for me, one thing that really appealed to me with Nature Box is that after your first shipment, you can customize your snacks and pick what you want. As a person with a lot of food allergies (mango, coconut, banana, avocado) it’s nice to be able to choose rather than get something I can’t enjoy!

All in all, I am really impressed with this Subscription Service! I love the convenience, and I am excited to maximize what I am sent. I know they are part of a balanced diet, and I am going to divide the snacks up into small snack baggies. Based on the serving sizes, I will have snacks for the work week for 3-4 weeks! Totally economical…and affordable!

Ready to sign up for YOUR first Nature Box and see what I am raving about? Click here, and use code “REFER25” for 25% off your first order! That is a savings of $5, on the basic $19.95 package, or more if you have more people in the house and opt for a package that has more goodies arriving to you!

What are some of YOUR favorite healthy snacks? Do you think Nature Box is right for your healthy lifestyle? I want to hear all about it!!!

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That’s all for now, but I have Subscription Box fever, and more to share soon!

‘Til Next Time!