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Product Review: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

I have a confession: I am obsessed with beauty products.

Earlier this fall, I spent an afternoon cleaning out my closet. The sheer amount of lotions, half-used bottle of perfume, and random make-up samples was out of control. I was proud of myself that day – I actually tossed the vast majority of my lingering product stash.

I don’t know what it is, but buying a new tube of lip gloss, a new bottle of nail polish, or a new type of hand lotion just feels good. While I have curbed my buying habits substantially over the years, I still like to try new products. Maybe it’s just that I like to look pretty¬† ūüôā

One of my latest finds is Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. I hadn’t found a lip gloss or balm that I loved in quite some time. I was partially sucked in by the packaging. Then I really looked at the color options, and I saw a lot of them that I liked. My only concerns: Would the color really look that good when applied? Would the color last? How balm-like would it be?


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My concerns were smashed on the first use. It’s not a super heavy balm, and it’s very smooth when applied. There’s no¬†sacrifice¬†of moisture for color. Actually, this balm moisturizes better than most products I’ve tried recently. The addition of¬†Shea¬†Butter might be to thank.

As for the color, it’s beautiful. It is pretty darn true to what you see on the packaging. The color lasts a decent amount of time – not forever, but long enough. The first tube I bought was in Pink Blossom. It’s a pretty pink, but it turned out to be a little darker on my lips than the packaging had me believe.

I wound up buying a tube in Honeysuckle (above), which I assumed would be lighter in color, and I am obsessed! It actually reminds me of my very favorite lip tint ever, possibly the first lip color I ever wore. It was from Cover Girl and I was so sad when it was discontinued. But I digress…

Before Balm

After Balm

Just a hint of color and a little shimmer, at least with the Honeysuckle. (I totally feel like these are infomercial before/after pictures, where the after looks better because the person is actually smiling ūüėČ ¬†)

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm also comes in Tiger Lilly, Hibiscus, Red Dahlia, and Rose. It retails for $7.00 and can be found in most drugstores. I picked mine up at Walgreens.

Burt’s Bees is one of the companies whose products I’ve been gravitating towards as I’ve been “greening” my beauty routine. I appreciate their commitment to using natural ingredients (the Tinted Lip Balm is 100% natural) and the eco-friendly packaging. I feel good using their products, and it’s made all the better when they deliver in the ways I want them to.

Camping in Comfort: Bathroom Essentials

The one aspect that I was most concerned¬†about as¬†I was¬†going into camping, and the one thing¬†that I like the least about the whole camping¬†experience,¬†is dealing with the bathroom facilities. Let’s be real: you’re camping, not staying at a five-star resort. Campground bathrooms are what they are – it’s important to keep your expectations in check.

To give some context to the points I’m about to outline, it should be known that I will only stay at campgrounds¬†with running water – flush toilets and showers being my two sticking points.

I have learned a few things about making the best of the camp bathroom experience:

  • Purchase a good toiletry caddy. I should have remembered this from my college dorm days, but I didn’t. After a few trips using multiple bags for toiletries, I invested in¬†the Personal Organizer¬†Toiletry Bag¬†from L.L. Bean. I bought the medium version as a Christmas gift for Jason, and I got the large version for myself (and me¬†being me, I toyed with the family size bag just for myself). It fits everything you could possibly need and it hangs,¬†so I don’t have to set it on any nasty counters.¬†This caddy has been my best personal camping investment and makes getting ready in the morning and at night an absolute breeze.

  • Stock up on¬†your camping toiletry essentials. I keep my Personal Organizer permanently stocked. This makes the whole packing process super easy. Some items to¬†consider purchasing “for camping only”:
    • Tooth brush
    • Tooth paste
    • Face wash
    • Shampoo & conditioner
    • Soap or shower gel
    • Moisturizer/lotion
    • Sunscreen
    • Travel blow dryer
    • Lip balm
    • Hair ties/clips
  • Divide and conquer. It might sound very un-campy, but I still wear makeup¬†when camping. Sue me. Since I don’t care to spend a lot of time in the campground¬†bathrooms, I take care of my makeup application elsewhere – typically, in the tent. I purchased a small mirror that I can use as a hand-held or that I can stand up. I can sit and very quickly take care of business.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected, the gross, and the creepy-crawly. Unbeknownst to Jason, the bathrooms at Rocky Arbor, where we went for my test run, did not have soap (at least not at that time). I hate spiders, and guess what I have found in abundance in most of the campground bathrooms I’ve been in – spiders. Be prepared physically (for example, I now¬†always have hand sanitizer and baby wipes¬†packed) and mentally for the camp bathroom experience.

What other tips would you give for making the bathroom experience while camping as painless as possible?

For you unexperienced campers, what are you greatest fears when it comes to campground bathrooms?

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