TREND ANIMATION 2015

Jul 29, 2015

It's National Lipstick Day, So Let's Talk About A New Favorite

Was there ever a more perfect excuse to go to Sephora and go on a makeup binge than National Lipstick Day?  As if I actually need an excuse.  I happen to think NARS makes some of the most comfortable-to-wear lip colors in the game, and Urban Decay goes unrivaled, in my humble opinion, in the pigment game.  Illamasqua's lipstick in Box is the most perfect red that I've ever tried.  And when I want to feel luxurious (which is pretty much all the time), I reach for my Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope collection.  Those are my go-to's.  But today I need to tell you about a lip color that is trying to sneak up in the ranks, and trying to stay there permanently.

Temptu's new Color True lipsticks had me the minute I put them on.  The texture is this wonderful matte, but NOT DRY.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I have found a matte lip color that isn't drying.  I would've fallen in love with it for that reason alone, but it just so happened the first day I tried one of the colors I was doing a juice cleanse.  I was near death (and not at all dramatic) from not eating, but my lip color was on point ALL DAY.  I guzzled 6 juices that day and did not have to reapply my lipstick once.  I did not use a straw, people, I drank straight from the bottle.  No flaking, no feathering.  The lipstick performed brilliantly.  At least 8 hours of comfortable wear.  I have 3 of the 8 colors that it comes in, but now I'm thinking I need all the colors.
It comes in the following colors (from left to right in the picture above): Coral Blaze, Imperial Red, Rose Velveteen, Blushed Suede, Violet Storm, Pink Hype, Plush Plum, and Jet Rouge.

From left to right: Imperial Red, Violet Storm, and Plush Plum (on pretty tan skin since I just got back from vacation!)
Here I am, struggling through a juice cleanse, but loving Temptu Color True Lipstick in Imperial Red.  

Jul 17, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Friends, Christmas in July is here.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and that means I will be stocking up on oodles of beauty goodies at amazing prices.  It's hard to decide what I love most.  The exclusive value sets?  The JUMBO size products?  I'm not sure which direction I'm going to go with this, but I know my wallet won't be too happy with me.  Here's just a tiny little snippet of the values you can find during the sale.    
The Clarisonic Smart Profile Pink Face & Body Brush $212 ($265 value).  This is the only place I think you can get a pink one, folks.  Also, this thing is smarter than I am.  

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Set $110 ($165 value).  I've had a tub of the Age Arrest Eye Cream for about a year now, because it lasts such a long time.  I love it, and feel like this set is the perfect excuse to try to the Anti-Wrinkle Cream as well.  

The Kiehl's sets.  Oy.  I mean, how can you pick just one?  I am really enjoying their Home & Away sets though, with a giant vat of lotion (or hair product, whatever floats your boat) and then a mini nugget to take away with you when you travel.  Or just keep in your desk at work.  This Créme de Corps set is $75 ($107 value).  

 Listen, all you need to know is that this LORAC eye palette is $15.  You're welcome.

 MAC always does some pretty amazing gift sets for this sale, and just when I thought I might be tapped out on palettes, they did this Look In A Box Face Kit for $49.50 ($113 value) that has 6 shadows, 2 blushes, and 2 lipsticks.
 This Mario Badescu Glowing Complexion Kit is making me seriously consider my skincare game.  It's $39 for 2 pretty sizable/heavy skincare necessities.
Ever the sucker for pretty packaging, I feel like I MUST HAVE this Lip Pencil Set for $49 ($82 value).  But it's not just what's on the outside that counts, as we all know.  NARS pretty much makes the best lip pencils around.  

I already own these 2 items in my life, but I couldn't NOT tell you about this, because the value is so good.  T3 is my absolute favorite (and exclusive) hot tools that I use on my hair.  They are expensive but they are worth it, so getting a value deal like this is share-worthy.  The set is $150 ($229 value) and includes a Featherweight Travel Blow Dryer and a travel Single Pass Iron.


I'm having a serious I-need-to-get-this situation here with the Burberry Beauty exclusive that they have for the sale.  It's $78, but a $110 value.  It comes with this cute little Burberry pouch, and has a fragrance sample (My Burberry), a Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink, a Bold Lash Mascara in black, and a Fresh Glow Nude Radiance, which is a delicious luminizing face product/primer that I feel like I really must get for my arsenal.



 

Jul 9, 2015

There Is A "Left Shark" Iphone Case. Life Is Now Complete.


I can hardly contain my excitement.  When I heard this news, I got super monosyllabic.  "Wha? Huh? Guys. Uh."  And I meant all those syllables in the best way possible.  My obsession with sharks is well-documented, so I was jazzed to see Left Shark get its moment of fame during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.  Now Left Shark can live on forever, ON YOUR PHONE.  Katy Perry has been collaborating with Claire's for a while now (did you know that?  If you didn't, you can thank me for this later) and starting in September, the best Iphone case in the history of Iphone cases will be mine.  It comes in Iphone 5 and Iphone 6 sizes, so if you're lame, like me, and haven't upgraded yet, there's no need to worry.  It will retail for $12.50, so basically the best $12.50 I will spend in 2015.    
    

Jul 6, 2015

Shark Week Cocktails!

That's right, friends.  It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Shark Week.  Not unlike any other day in my life, I find reasons during Shark Week to justify drinking special drinks, buying myself various shark presents, and watching shark shows.  Peep some of these awesome drink recipes I made in honor of the most amazing week of the year.
 
 Fins Up
·         1 part Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·         1 part DeKuyper® Blueberry Schnapps
·         3 parts club soda

Preparation: Shake first two ingredients with ice, pour into a glass and top with club soda.
I should mention here that I bought these shark fin ice cube trays and they were an epic fail.  I really had high hopes for them.  It was probably user error though, and I have all week (aka all year) to try again.    

 Shark Attack
·         1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·         2 parts cranberry juice
·         ½ part fresh lime juice
·         ½ part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
·         Lime wheel for garnish

Preparation: Pour all ingredients over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
This recipe was the favorite of the group!  Simple, delicious, and refreshing.  

If you look reallyyyyyy closely at this one, you can sort of see the shark fin ice cube poking out of the top.  It was my best attempt!  

Shark Bait
·         1 part Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
·         ½ part grenadine
·         1 part orange juice
·         Splash of pineapple juice
·         Orange slice for garnish

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into a glass and garnish with an orange slice.
For picture purposes, I didn't stir these so that you'd see the cute sunrise effect.  But before drinking you should ABSOLUTELY stir or shake the ingredients together.  Otherwise you'll be sipping on straight alcohol at the top and sugary grenadine at the bottom!  

Jun 26, 2015

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

 Isn't it almost annoying when a fashion designer comes out with a makeup line that is THIS good?  It's like enough already, we get it, you're super chic and a brilliant designer.  Stop making me spend all of my money!  Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer is for the girls that love gloss.  As the name implies, these are about high shine.  I'd almost use the word dazzling.  And being the gloss lover that I am, I think these are fantastic.  I think there are about 18 shades, but here are swatches of the 3 that I received here:
From left to right; Uproar, Love Drunk, and Moonglow.  Uproar is the sheerest of the 3; a super pretty sheer coral with some sparkle to it.  Definitely a great summer color.  Love Drunk is my FAVORITE of the 3.  It's a super universal mauve shade that has just a touch of bronze in it.  Moonglow is a light pink shade that I feel like the nude-lovers and the Kim Kardashians of the world will love.  I have pale lips already so I usually don't like to add more paleness on top of them, but I'll reserve this for a night when the dramatic makeup is coming out.  They are all super creamy for comfortable wear, and they actually smell faintly of mint.    
The Marc Beauty team came up with some suggested hi-shine pairings (almost like how delicious a wine and cheese pairing is for your mouth, these lip and nail pairings will have you looking sexified in an instant).  
Some Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers from left to right; Le Charm, Jezebel, and Petra.  They suggest pairing Le Charm (a rose copper with a ton of shimmer) with Uproar.  Jezebel (not just a great name, but a great black cherry color) goes back to Moonglow for an ultimate date-night look.  And, not surprisingly, my favorite of the nail shades, Petra, goes back with my favorite lip shade, Love Drunk.  
Here's a close-up look of Petra, a bronzed-purple with enough shimmer to make it look textural.

Jun 16, 2015

Cool Stuff Happening Over At MAKE UP FOR EVER That You Need To Know About

Where do I even begin?  With the fact that MAKE UP FOR EVER is launching cool and revolutionary products to keep up with the demands of today's technology?  Or with the fact that they are the first beauty brand to have a trans woman as a spokesmodel?  I could almost pass out from this awesomeness, but I must continue on and tell you all about it.   

Let's start with the makeup, shall we?  I do not pretend to be technologically advanced by any means.  I still have an Iphone 5 because I refused to upgrade to a 6 and give up my amazing Stella McCartney shark case.  I will admit that when I heard about 4K technology I had ZERO clue that this was a thing.  Apparently it's the next generation of photography and displays on all our digital devices, that allows people to see amazing clarity compared to the HD technology we're used to now.  (I mean, seriously?  This means I will have to upgrade everything and bye, bye shark case).  Well, with the launch of 4K technology, if you haven't guessed already, that means that our makeup must be on point.  Don't worry, though, MAKE UP FOR EVER has our backs.  They've developed a new ULTRA HD FOUNDATION with a "4K Complex" specifically for this upcoming technology.
Basically, for this new technology, you need something with good coverage, but still looks natural on the skin.  This is the daily struggle, isn't it?  MAKE UP FOR EVER's new formula is made with Amino Acid Coated Pigments, to give you that airbrushed quality without feeling heavy, Hyaluronic Spheres for hydrated, comfortable wear, and Sericite (not that I have ever heard of this before) to give a luminous effect to the skin.  The bottom line?  Good coverage that still looks natural on the skin, and actually doesn't feel like you're wearing a mask.  Oh, and it's available in 40 shades!  That's huge. Where else can you find such an extensive shade range?





And the fun continues, because MAKE UP FOR EVER is launching its first real major brand campaign, that is all about individuality and self-expression.  The campaign features blogger and actress, Jamie Chung, as well as transgender fashion model, Andreja Pejić.  All the makeup in the campaign is done by celebrity makeup artist, Mélanie Inglessis.
The campaign's slogan is “Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You.”  It is meant to redefine beauty by celebrating individuality.  The campaign launches July 16th with limited edition eye shadow palettes that were curated by Pejić and Chung.

Oh, just hangin with my girl Lorna (of The Fabulous Report), Andreja Pejic, and Jamie Chung.  No biggie.  Just a regular day in the life.  My bangs were not cooperating with me, clearly.   







MAKE UP FOR EVER wants YOU to participate in the campaign as well.  The #BeMakeUpForEver Challenge on social media encourages fans to create and share three of their most bold, unexpected, and creative makeup looks, inspired by the campaign visuals. They will be selecting weekly winners that can win a personalized eyeshadow palette featuring images of their winning looks, as well as  $500 in MAKE UP FOR EVER products.  That's pretty epic, don't you think?  Many kudos to a brand that is really encouraging people to embrace their individuality.  I can't wait to see the makeup looks you all share.  

Jun 15, 2015

More Urban Decay Summer 2015

I was so enamored by Urban Decay's Summer 2015 color collection that I had to go out and get some more.  Since I had gone of the super intense colors before with the Afterglow 8-Hour blush, I decided this time to go with these 2 delicious everyday blushes; Video and Rapture.  Video might honestly be my favorite blush I've picked up in a long time.  Redheads and freckled gals?  Video is for you!  
Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Video and in Rapture
Since I'd already delved into the blushes from the collection, I figured trying the Revolution High Color Lipgloss wouldn't hurt, right?  I need more lipgloss like I need a hole in the head, but I have zero regrets about adding these to my collection.  I could have easily gone the route of one of the more subtle colors, like Kinky (nude), but NO MA'AM.  I figured go big or go home, so I went with Vice and Assassin.  Vice is one of several purples in the collection, but it's my favorite, hands down.  It's everything dreams are made of.  Purple?  Check?  Glitter?  Check.  Totally wearable on so many skin tones.  CHECK.  And I feel the same about Assassin, which is a red glitter.  If you're going to wear color, go for it.  These are the glosses to do it with.  Also they are  actually hydrating for the lips and I don't feel like my hair is getting stuck in them all the time.  I have a feeling I will be adding a few more to the collection like I did with the blushes. 
Revolution Lip Gloss in Vice and in Assassin 

Jun 10, 2015

Rodial Makeup Is Coming To The U.S.!

Fans of Rodial skincare should be very excited for what's to come in July.  Rodial's "sculpting with colour" collection is coming stateside, and it's exactly what you would expect.  It's all about flawless SKIN and skincare benefits.  This is something I can get on board with.  Getting overly made up seems to be a trend that's not going anywhere, unfortunately, but equally as exciting is the people who still believe in no-makeup makeup and letting the skin look radiant.  The folks at Rodial are in the latter group, giving us sheer washes of color for the lips and cheeks, products for the face that are nourishing, and easy-to-use, unique textures.  I haven't tried all of the products yet, but here are the favorites so far:


Eye Sculpt 
What's not to love about this product?  The taupe shade looks good on a multitude of skin tones.  The coverage is totally buildable, so you can go for a sheer wash of color, or build your way up to a full-on smoke.  The formula can be applied with your finger or with a brush.  If your eyebrows are on the lighter side, you can even use it to fill in your brows.  For me, personally, my favorite part of this product is the texture.  It's a super lightweight, whipped cream formula so it goes on easily and gives a comfortable wear.

Instaglam Skin Tint
This tinted moisturizer gives a surprisingly nice amount of coverage, but still manages to feel light.  SPF 30, Hyaluronic Acid, and Hydromanil protect and plump in just the right way.  It doesn't feel cakey, greasy, or heavy.  It's just right!  It comes in 5 shades: Aspen, Capri, Hamptons, St Bart's, and Rio, so definitely more shades than your standard light, medium, and dark that we're used to from some other companies.


Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder
First of all, how sexy is the case for this bronzer?  I'm a sucker for good packaging.  The inside of the package is just as good, though, because this is not of the orangey-bronzer variety.  It's a really nice tone that doesn't leave you looking like a dirty pumpkin, like most other bronzers do.  I have about 20 bronzers in my apartment if I had to guess, all of them being just a little bit disappointing.  I always love them for a while, but they all end up in my bronzer graveyard eventually.  One has too much sparkle.  Another one is too orange.  Another one too muddy.  I feel a bit like Goldilocks with a bowl of porridge, to be honest.  I don't dare say it yet, but this bronzer might be the answer to my prayers.  There's nary a fleck of glitter to be seen in this formula, but it still leaves the skin luminous, and the powder is super fine so application is basically foolproof.       

Glamstick Instaglam Glow
If you need me, I'll just be over here trying to replicate a JLo glow.  If you haven't jumped on board the lumizer train yet, then I don't feel bad for you.  It's THE best thing you can use to emphasize your favorite features.  You don't need all that krazy-Kardashian-kontour.  All you need is a little pretty lumizer, like this delectable rose gold tone, on the tops of your cheekbones or the inner corners or your eyes. 


Hyaluronic Cheek Sculpt
I saved my favorite for last.  This tinted cheek product is the most lightweight cheek color I've ever felt.  It feels like you have nothing on.  Granted, I only use a little for a subtle flush, but the color is super buildable.  But even when you have a TON on, it still feels weightless.  It blends so easily into the cheeks and it has hyaluronic acid in it to keep those cheeks looking as plump as a babe's.  This pretty coral shade is good on a multitude of skin tones (and I know because I forced other bloggers to put it on so that I could see).  I'm not even quite sure how to describe the texture.  I wouldn't call it a gel texture because it's lighter than that.  It's certainly lighter than a cream blush, which is usually my favorite type.  It's almost like a liquid blush, which I've never heard of before using this particular product.  I don't think you can get a blush that is lighter on the skin with the exception of just tattooing blush onto your face.  (Please don't do that.  Ever.)  I think this is a great product for just about anybody, but even people who don't like blush or are scared of it can rest easy with this product.  It's going to be a new daily-use product for me.             


The line also includes eyeliners and mascaras that are amazing.  The brushes are great as well, ranging from $28-$46.  They're synthetic, so that means easy clean-up and less waste, and, duh, animal friendly.  I'm definitely enjoying the Highlight Brush, that is full of short, densely-packed brush hairs to make blending concealer or highlighter a breeze.  I will probably end up using it for cream brushes as well because I just love it so much.  I'm gonna have to put this out there: Rodial Sculpting With Colour makeup is a must-try.

Jun 2, 2015

Get It While You Can: The Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Of course this guy came out when I was on vacation last week and is already temporarily sold out online.  I had to run to a store to get one while I still could, but totally worth running out to grab one.
The Sephora Sun Safety Kit is crucial to my life because, as I told you before my last vacation, I am sensitive to a lot of sunscreens, so one of my strategies is to buy mini sizes and test them out before committing to a full-size purchase.  Not to mention you're getting to try out all the premium stuff at a nice price before committing to spending $50 on a bottle.  
  
This is the 9th year that they're doing this seasonal offering, and, dare I say it, it might be the best one to date.  It's endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, and $20 from the sale of each kit (over 60% of the profits from the $32 kit) goes to research for prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer through the foundation.  So basically you look glamorous, you're protecting your skin, and you're donating to skin cancer research, when you buy the kit.  Everybody wins.  This year's kit, housed in a cute pink mesh bag, includes:
Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen 
An antioxidant-rich moisturizer with SPF, that makes it a perfect daily-use item.  
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium 
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 
An Argan oil-infused daily moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling like a baby's bottom.
Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ 
A surfer's best friend, this stuff has really cool technology that makes it one of the most water-resistant sunscreens on the market.  A must-have if you spend a lot of time in the water.  
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
If you live in a major city, or even if you don't, get on board with an anti-pollution product.  Ya know, cause Global Warming is real.  
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15
I think I have about 1,000 of these lying around my home, my office, and my purses, because they're the best and I can't stop buying them.  
Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15
There's a reason Ole Henriksen calls their Vitamin C products "the truth".  
Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ 
This is the beauty blogger world's pick of the moment.  Who doesn't want to look photoshopped, without actually being photoshopped?  No Instagram filter necessary.   
Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen 
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30 
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 
Supergoop! SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum With Uniprotect PT-3 
Again, if you live in a major city, you need to get acquainted with products that protect you from environmental stressors.  It can't take away the stress of your job, but it can help your skin, and that's a big win in my book.  
Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
I had no idea about this stuff until buying this kit and it is AMAZING.  
AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30 
Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium 

May 22, 2015

My Vacation Beauty Essentials For Costa Rica

I am jumping out of my skin with excitement for my upcoming Costa Rica trip!  I started mentally packing weeks ago, but now that the trip is only a day away, I can actually start physically packing my suitcase.  First and foremost on my one-track mind is what beauty products I will be taking with me.  For clothing I will be packing little else besides bathing suits and a couple dresses, but my beauty blogger brain will not allow me to go lightly on the products.

Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It (H)air Styler 
Normally the order that I put these in means nothing, but not this time.  This product is first because, not only is it going to make my life so easy in Costa Rica, but because even when I come back this product is my #BAE.  I know "undone" hair is trending right now, but since that's how I like to live my life regardless of whether it's cool or not, I have a feeling this is going to be my go-to for a long, long time.  Basically it's a cream that makes air-dried hair look flawless.  It is formulated with lightweight polymers to enhance hair texture, without weighing it down or feeling to product-laden.  Great for soft, bouncy curls, or to scrunch into straight or wavy hair for a beachy feel.  It has plant-based conditioners in it, like cactus flower and prickly pear, that allow the hair to dry smoothly.  Cause that's the biggest problem with air-drying, isn't it?  The frizz.  Well they've taken care of that, and they've also added UV filters to protect the hair from sun damage.  All in a lightweight cream with of bumble's typically fresh-smelling scents.  It's recommended for fine to medium hair, like mine, so I will clearly be luxuriating poolside all summer long with this in my hair.  

Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In
This is basically the only other thing I'll be putting in my hair the whole trip.  It's all about the UV protection this week.  And to help my hair survive 5 days of salt water, sand, heat, and chlorine.  This super-moisturizing leave-in conditioner is formulated with coconut oil, banana (from the pulp, the peel, and the leaf), quinoa protein, and sunflower seed oil.  I plan on leaving vacation with hair that's healthier than when I got there.

Tata Harper Iridescent Revitalizing Body Oil
My beauty routine will clearly be pretty low key while I'm there, but I am going with my boyfriend, so hopefully some romantic dates will ensue.  For those occasions, I'm fully prepared to have gorgeous, bronze limbs courtesy of this product.  It's a super lightweight oil (seriously, it's almost water-like) that absorbs right into the skin leaving you hydrated, but not greasy.  There's so many great ingredients, so I won't bore you with a full list, and will just give some highlights.  Calendula and Arnica oil help inflammation and puffiness, rose extract helps with skin elasticity, and apricot kernel oil nourishes.  It gives a subtle bronze glow, and is enhanced with their best-selling Love Potion aromatherapy.  The scent comes from 10 essential oils that are known aphrodisiacs (hey, don't judge.  I'm on vacation!) including jasmine, sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and violet leaf, to name a few. I won't just look good, I'll smell good too.  There's no shame in my game.  

Privai Calming Aloe Hydrator
While I fully intend to protect my skin from the sun, there are always some snafus that happen in life.  Sunburns, bug bites, wind burn, and any other random skin irritation could happen so I'm taking this stuff with me.  I usually take aloe with me on vacation, but I'm a convert since I discovered this formula that is infused with sodium hyaluronate.    

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 
Obviously we need to take sunscreen, kids.  There's no other way.  This one is a personal favorite because, besides the fact that it's super small and portable, the name is not misleading.  It's one of the lightest sunscreens I've found.  See how they don't even call it lotion?  They call it fluid because it's so light!  It's not just that it's so light that makes it amazing for the face though.  It also dries to more of a matte finish that most sunscreens you've probably used, so you don't have to walk around with a greasy face all day.  Maybe it's because the formula has a reduced number of ingredients from a lot of the sunscreens on the market, to make it easier to tolerate for the sensitive skin folks out there, like myself.  

Alba Botanica spray sunscreens
I'll be damned if I could choose just one, so I'm just bringing a bunch of them.  Alba is a brand I know and trust so that I'm not putting any weird chemicals on my body.  Plus they're inexpensive!  I just get all my Alba at Whole Foods, or a local drugstore wherever I'm at, and I'm golden.  (Literally in this case).  For this trip I picked up the Active Kids Clear Spray, because I figure there will be some sort of activity that I engage in besides lying by the pool, and my skin is fairly sensitive so you can't lose with a kid's formula.  I'm also bring the Fragrance Free Clear Spray because I have no idea what the bug situation will be on any of our excursions, so I am guessing it can't hurt to have.  And last, but not least, I'm bringing the Hawaiian Clear Spray Sunscreen because I'm obsessed with their entire Hawaiian line.  The whole line has ingredients like coconut, green tea, pineapple, and hibiscus, all of which have great skincare benefits on top of being a nice natural option.  This sunscreen has coconut, avocado, ginseng, and shea butter, so you're getting a truly good-for-you skincare experience along with your sun protection.      

May 21, 2015

Non-Boring Ways To Incorporate Sunscreen Into Your Routine

Ah, sunscreen wear.  It's a little bit annoying, isn't it?  (Yeah, I said it).  But it is a necessary evil.  I happen to be really sensitive to sunscreen, so I'm constantly looking for new/different ways to incorporate it into my routine in the hopes that I can avoid itchiness, burning, redness, or skin irritation of any kind.  Sun protection technology has gotten super efficient and convenient over the years, so I've put together a list of my favorite sun-safe products.
Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion 
Yes, I do love anything in a pink bottle, but that's not what this is about!  This is more skincare than suncare, so skin feels moisturized after use, rather than irritated.  This is an all-mineral, non-chemical SPF 30 product, while somehow being lightweight and easily blendable so it doesn't leave behind a yucky white residue.  Tarte's "skinvigorating™" formula is made of maracuja, apple, soybean, red algae and honeysuckle extract for a plethora of skincare benefits.  Dark spots, wrinkles, and many other side effects from the sun are combatted both with the skincare formula and the added sun protection.  Not to mention it smells good and doesn't smell like a typical sunscreen.       

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50
Another great antioxidant formula is this La Roche-Posay AOX serum.  With this formula you get all the benefits of a serum (which you should be using in your skincare routine anyways), but with added SPF50 benefits.  Aka, it's a two-in-one, so save yourself some time in the morning, and money, and just use this instead of multiple products.  Don't be fooled by its light weight though, it's packed with good-for-you skincare ingredients like Vitamin Cg and Vitamin E.  Plus, like all La Roche-Posay products, it's great for sensitive skin because it's free of parabens, fragrances, and other icky stuff.    

Susan Posnick Brush On Block 
I've now used all types of liquid and oil forms of sunblock, but this is the first powder sun protection I've ever heard of.  This product was actually brought to my attention for the most random of reasons. My desk at work has a giant window, and while my computer blocks most of the sunlight from my face and body, my mouse hand is basically in the sun all day if it's shining.  I didn't want to use a typical sunscreen all over my hand and then accidentally rub it in my eyes.  Someone suggested this to me as something I can brush on my hand and never have to apply with my fingers.  After applying to the back of my hand once I realized that I couldn't just let the fun end there, and now I'm using it on my face every day.  It's a natural, mineral sunscreen, but so portable since it's in this brush form.  You have no excuse to not carry it on you, so you can always stay protected.  And no white stuff!  You can wear it over or under makeup, but I like to use it as a finishing powder, the same way I'd use any other powder makeup, except this one protects.      


Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner 
Ok so I know a leave-in doesn't sound like it's reinventing the wheel, but this product is actually for your SCALP.  I have had exactly 1 scalp burn in my life, and I refuse to repeat that experience.  I thought I had done everything right by putting sunblock on my face, and a sun protection in my hair, but I put nothing on the severe side part that I had made in my hair, and I suffered the consequences. NEVER AGAIN.  Nios Shield leave-in has got my back though.  I came to the website for an awesome leave-in, and stayed for the scalp protection.  This is one of those leave-in's that is awesome and lightweight, leaving your hair frizz-free for summer, so you wouldn't even know that it's protecting your scalp too.  It's got Argan oil, which we know is key for moisturizing while still being lightweight, but the SPF protects your scalp AND your hair color, so everybody is winning.  Simply spray it on to the hair, including the roots and scalp, and you're golden.  You can use on wet or dry hair.  It's pretty much perfection.  



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