Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Chapstick Hydration Lock Collection

Earlier this week Birchbox and Chapstick/Pfizer sent me two Chapsticks from the new Hydration Lock collection for free to test and review for you, my fantastic readers!

Everyone has his or her own recurring beauty woe. Mine would definitely be dry, chapped lips - especially in the winter time. I'm always on the prowl for the latest and greatest long lasting moisturizing products for lips.  So, I was thrilled to get this new product. 

The first one I tried was the "Advanced Anti-Aging Formulas" stick.  The awesome thing about all the Chapsticks in this collection is that they are double sided (whoa, mind blown!). That's 2 formulas in 1 - and less to carry around in your purse. 

Each side serves a different purpose. This one has a "moisturize" side and a "renew" side. The moisturize side aims to create fuller, smoother, and younger looking lips and is lightly scented with Soft Vanilla. The renew side revitalizes lips with natural butters and is lightly scented with Botanic Medley. To be honest, both sides didn't really have a strong scent. I really noticed the instant impact of the moisturize side. It didn't go on as smoothly as the other side but felt like it packed a powerful punch of hydration. So, in that sense it felt more like a medicated lip balm than a silky luxurious one.  However, the other side complemented it really well by topping my lips off with that buttery smooth finish.  You may wish to use each side at different times for different purposes, but I actually liked combining the two.

The "24 Hour Care" one was even more practical.  The "day" side is a skin protectant with SPF 12 sunscreen that is ultra-conditioning and unflavored. This one's especially great because it is actually pretty hard to find a nice lip balm with SPF that doesn't give off an awful sunscreen taste. Protecting your lips from the sun is SO important. Not only do you avoid the sun's harmful rays, but you also avoid exacerbating common problems like chapped lips, fever blisters, and cold sores. The "night" side replenishes lips overnight with tamanu oil, natural butters, and antioxidants. It's got a Calming Chamomile scent. I like that it has a relaxing scent for bedtime and that it actively helps moisturize and soothe your lips while you sleep.

It's hard to say which of the two I like best. The first one is a very powerful moisturizer and the second one is extremely practical. At $2.99 each, these are a bargain. Which would you like to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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