You Want to Take a Bath? Make It In Sunscreen.

We know from  research that daily use of sunscreen on the face, neck, and chest area is the number one way to prevent premature aging.  If that is not enough to motivate you maybe the rates of skin cancer will. Melanoma is no joking matter.

I get it, finding that perfect face and body sunscreen is not an easy task and can get rather pricey if you are always on the hunt like myself. But a rather inexpensive $10.00 bottle of possible life saving lotion is more than worth it.

What you do to your skin today will impact your skin and appearance in 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50 years from now. I see it as two options embrace the white or use a good self tanner ( there are good ones) but cover up and limited time to direct, prolong sun exposure.

Now, I am going to admit it wasn’t until I started putting sunscreen on my babies, about 18 years ago, that I decided to start using some myself and gradually I used it more often and more of it, on more of my body. Now, I am a faithful user.

The hypochondriac tendencies in me have some useful qualities at times. I use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25 everyday either in a moisturizer that contains sunscreen or a foundation that contains sunscreen.

I use a moisturizer with sunscreen on my face, neck and chest and else where. Here are some parts you may not think about: don’t forget your bare arms, your feet, behind your neck and the small back area that is often exposed in t-shirts, tanks and any top that doesn’t come up to your chin. Those areas get a lot of sun exposure during the run of regular day that we  often don’t think about. Your not just getting sun at the beach.

Now let’s take it a step further. I love the beach and the sun, so don’t think all this covering up I am going to be talking about is easy for me because it is not. I have started wearing hats not just to the beach but every time I am going be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time. Also I started using an umbrella so I am not in direct sunlight for prolong periods of time. Shade is becoming my friend. And yes, at the beach I limited my time in the sun. If I am going to be in the water for more than 10 minutes I wear a t-shirt. I wear a cover up on the beach. This has nothing to do with my not liking myself in a bathing suit. Now, I do allow myself some sun. I just try to be very mindful of it.

I am not a medical professional ( at all!!) however, since you are not getting as much vitamin D with all that sunscreen on, taking a vitamin D supplement is something you may want to discuss with your doctor or naturopath. Many people are vitamin D deficient and being so can have an impact on your overall health and well being and may increase your risk for some types of cancer.

Now that you have been lectured for the day.. get outside! 

Please let me know if you would like to me to review some of the products I have used that contain an SPF and how I rate sunscreens that I have tried.

 

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This is a basic t from American Eagle, see how much of her skin is exposed on her chest and the upper part of her back and shoulders. We often don’t think about this when we are out walking around the city with friends. Sunscreen those areas. Don’t forget those bare arms and legs!

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American Eagle AEO SOLID PANAMA HAT under 20.00. Hats are SO in right now and they are so darn cute. Use this fashion trend to your advantage and never let it go out of style!

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This beach cover up from Nordstrom provides decent shoulder and back coverage. Look for beach cover ups that actually cover. Click for direct link

 

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Stila Cosmetics and Shoppers Drug Mart

11375876_736312156472885_1471966588_nThis afternoon I get to try out a collection of Stila products with reps that will be at Shoppers Drug Mart. I always like an opportunity to try before you buy. Last year I did Benefit cosmetics. I don’t really have much knowledge or experience with this company so i am looking forward to trying out their products and hopefully taking home a few freebies too.

https://www.stilacosmetics.com

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Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. I purchased this product because I was looking for a gentle everyday exfoliant. The “natural” and reputation of Neutrogena hooked me into buying this scrub. Unfortunately, for my skin it was light years away from an everyday scrub. I found the scrub felt like little shards of glass on my face and my face would be red for an hour or so after use.  This product went into category “when my face need a deeper exfoliant” and I used it once a month. I did end up using the whole bottle eventually. I may purchase again to keep on hand when I feel my face needs a good exfoliant. 3/5

L’Oreal Gently Eye Make Up Remover. For the most part I find  oil-free make up removers work well for me. This product is gentle, works well and is not very expensive. 4/5

Eco-beauty Good Day Day Moisturizer. This moisturizer came in an ipsy bag.  Claims: Long-lasting moisturization,ample hydration,fresher & happier appearance,highly natural, biodegradable formula,cruelty-free. Sounds perfect, except I had a big issue with the scent. It just didn’t smell like fresh cucumbers to me. As well, there was something about the formula that made it feel more medical then luxurious. It did melt into my skin and it didn’t feel heavy or greasy but I wan’t sure how moisturizing it was to my skin. I used the whole sample because I was trying to figure out if the product was giving me any real, noticeable benefits. I didn’t observe any and since I can’t get over the clinical smell and texture I wouldn’t purchase this product. 2.5/5

Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Foundation Shade Bare 02 I really liked this cream foundation. This was my second empty of this product. It gave me great coverage, was easy and smooth to apply and my face had a very natural appearance.The downfall is at $60.00 a compact the product doesn’t last long, especially If you are using it for full face coverage. You seem to lose a lot of product in your brush or sponge. The formula itself is fantastic. 4.5/5

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil   Another ipsy bag sample. I really do love getting my monthly bag of goodies.  I was pleasantly surprised with this product and how much I ended up liking it. It tamed some frizz, I could’t feel the product in my hair and it has some sort of glitter or something which adds the luminance to your hair. If,  I used to much of this product at once, it would sometimes cause my scalp to itch. So I had to be careful not to squeeze to much out at one time. Will repurchase should I find it in my travels. 3.5/5

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Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Day Cream. This is my staple face cream. It is light, non-greasy, doesn’t cause breakouts, helps reduce brown spots and has an SPF of 25.  It does a good job moisturizing my face and neck.  Avon also claims it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t have any wrinkles ( okay, a few smile wrinkles, but who doesn’t?)  so I guess it is working. Thank you Avon and good genes. I have already re-purchaesed this. 4/5

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. I can get really long lashes with this product and you can build your lashes up as well without a caked on look. I may even like this a bit better than Lights Camera Lashes by Tarte. It is more cost effective. 5/5 Will re-purchase this weekend.

Instand Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle I bought this after all the rage in the blogging world and it didn’t disappoint. What I love most is that it does not crease in those little laugh lines I have under my eyes. Unlike Nars Concealer which was a big disappointment. This will be a staple in my make-up collection and it is a good price point too! 4.5/5

Toss it out!…not so fast.

I am pretty good at keeping clutter to a minimum in my house except when it comes to make-up. I just can’t seem to toss it out. Maybe it is because I am very conscience about recycling and donating items and with make-up a lot is tossed in the garbage. Really, who wants a used lipgloss? ahh, noone!

But here are a few tips to keep somethings from the landfill…..

When I tire of shampoos,conditioners, body washes I put them in my kids bathroom and let them finish off the bottles and then I recycle the empty bottles. You could even offer them to a close friend.

I always toss bottles of nail polish and any unopened product in the good will bag.

Some makeup companies/counters will take items and recycle them for you.

Try to use up all the product.

Try and buy only what you need. ( I know, I know..make up hoarders anonymous..right with you)

Take off tops or break off parts that can be recycled. Collect all excess product in one container and take to pharmacy for disposal.

Support companies that are reducing packaging and using environmentally friendly and non-toxic products. Two of my favourite  retail companies right now are The Body Shop and LUSH.

As I change seasons in and around the house. Here is what I was able to part with from my make-up table. Some of these items will be donated, recycled and a few will end up in the garbage.

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You look disgusting Video

This is powerful! Have you seen this video? The reason I ask is I am sure I have seen the before and after of this same girl on other social media sites promoting the amazing make-up transformation. However, after seeing the whole video now I am quite disturbed. It makes me very sad to know all she has gone through. As well it reminds me of several important things: One snap shot doesn’t tell the whole story, make-up is a personal choice with or without it we are beauty people. Thankfully, the blogging world that I have been apart of has always been a positive, rewarding experience but it also opens you up to hateful people that troll about looking for mean and hateful things to say.

Julie G Nail Polish

If there is one thing to be said for subscription bags and boxes they are a really good way to try out products you have never tried before. Sometimes the sample sizes are great because you are not committed to a full-size should you not like a product or it just doesn’t work for you. Why am I talking about this?  Well, because I have discovered another favourite from my April  Ipsy bag and it is Julie G Nail polish. This is one of those products that I wish I would have discovered sooner. While I am discovering  how great this polish is Jacqueline at A Vibrant Day whose blog I love by the way is doing a three part Mani(cure) on the JulieG’s Candy Shoppe Collection. Go check that out she does really great mani(cures).

On to the Julie G I received in my Ipsy bag, it was in the shade of Damsel which is a mid-tone pink creme. This colour is part of the core collection.  This colour really works for me and is a wonderful colour for Spring and Summer . On the website you can purchase this polish for $3.99. That is a steal and I will tell you why. (However, I am only referring to this colour which is from the core collection because if you read Jacqueline’s series on Candy Shoppe Collection the polish from that collection does not have the wearability as the core colours)

1. There are many colors to choose from

2. They are 3.99

3. This is something about this formula that makes application very easy. I have control over the polish and therefore I make less mistakes that I have to correct. The brush doesn’t appear to be anything special so it must be the formula.

4. I saved the best for last and last it does. This polish has amazing wearability. If you put a topcoat on it lasts even longer. I went 4 days with out a topcoat and had no chips. With a topcoat I can get 5-6 days with no chips. The only time I have had polish last this long is when I have had a professional manicure.

The downside, as per usual I find a great product but I am unable to get it in Canada, shipping to Canada is often very expensive and not worth the cost. I will be adding this to my USA shopping trip list.

Day 4 with no topcoat just starting to get some wear on the tips, use a topcoat for ever best results.

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May Purchases

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With the heat of Summer and beach days only weeks away I am all about quick, easy make-up application. Even though I am religious about sunscreen on my face I still tend to get some color and don’t often use foundation at all in the Summer. I tend to want sparkle in the Summer more then ever. So when I was on a little shopping trip I happened to walk by this make up store, you know the one Sephora. In fact, I think I made three trips there this month. It was my birthday month so there was lots of treating to be had and since Chris  handed me 100.00 to spend for my birthday I happily leaped into the store. Here are my treasures.

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1. Urban Decay Naked illuminated-You want glitter this will certainly deliver. Many may find this glitter overboard, me not so much. My face will be diamonds in the sun all Summer long.

2. Nars Super Orgasm Blush-This pinky peached toned blush has you guess it larger gold glitter pieces in it. I now have both the orgasm and the super orgasm. With orgasm you get shimmer with super orgasm you get shimmer and glitter. Here is the thing if you tap your brush before applying the super orgasm you can tap off all the gold glitter before it even gets to your awaiting cheeks. Now we wouldn’t want that now would we?

3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer-I had to get this. I couldn’t read one more review about how fabulous this product is without actually having one. So I sunk my 35.00 into this little tube of what I believed would be the solution to all my eye problems forever and ever. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. So much so that I actually consider taking it back. That is right, back to the store. I even reviewed the Sephora return policy as I have never returned something unless it was damaged. I gave it some time and tried it some more and here is the compromise. As an eye concealer it didn’t work for me because it caused creases and I don’t need to create wrinkles that are not actually there but as a highlighter I really like it. So true to its name, it is radiant and brightening.

5. Make up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation-I picked this up for Summer days when all I will apply is sunscreen and this powder before heading out the door. Who am I kidding? I will have lips and mascara too but no foundation per say.I am really liking this so far.

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6. Real Techniques Brush Set-Someday I plan to learn more about contouring and this set will be there to help, until then I am loving the buffing brush with the Duo Mat Powder Foundation.

One more photo for the road as I continue to practice my picture taking skills.

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