Caudalie Masks Review

There are at least 3 reasons to love Caudalie: they have products with natural ingredients, they smell incredible and they really work. Moreover, all Caudalie products are marked with Clean at Sephora seal, which means that these products are formulated without Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban and have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

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CAUDALIE MASK TRIO HOLIDAY SET

During the winter sales, I’ve purchased a trio mask set from Caudalie. The set features three most popular masks from the brand: Instant Detox Mask, Glycolic Mask and Hydrating Mask. The set was around $25 and the products in the set promised to cleanse, add radiance, nourish and soothe. And after trying them out, I’ve felt completely in love with this trio!

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Since they deliver different benefits to your skin, I’ll guide you through each of these masks separately.

Instant Detox Mask (Buy Now in full-size)

This is my favorite mask in the kit, and one of my all-time favorite products.

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First of all, it’s can boast of 99.3% natural formula. Secondly, it smells incredible, as an expensive Spa treatment – thanks to the combination of lavender, parsley & chamomile inside. As you can see in the following picture, it’s a pink clay-based mask and formulated together with coffee seed extracts cleans the pores from excessive oil and dirt, while the grape pomace detoxifies and drains. The essential oils of Lavender, Cypress, Sage, and Sandalwood nourish and provide anti-bacterial properties. The mask dries in 10 minutes turning lighter in color and firmer in feel. It is easy to wash it off, and after drying my face with a towel, I can see that my skin is refreshed – thanks to papaya enzymes that brighten and energize the skin.

Indeed, after only 10 minutes you are getting tightened pores and visibly even complexion. It can be used twice per week, applied in a thin layer for 5 to 10 minutes, and with continuous use, the effect of the mask is more noticeable. I’m running low on this mask and plan to repurchase it in full-size.

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 Ingredients:

Water, Bentonite, Glycerin*, Acacia Senegal Gum*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol*, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Sodium Citrate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract*, Coffea Robusta Seed Extract*, Citric Acid*, Papain*, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha Oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil*, Petroselinum Crispum (Parsley) Seed Oil*, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Algin, Limonene, Linalool.

*Plant Origin.

Moisturizing Mask (Buy Now in full-size)

Another favorite product is this white moisturizing mask. I use it predominantly before I go to bed, especially on the nights when I’m too lazy to follow my zillion-steps skin care routine.

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This mask is not only ultra nourishing but also reduces redness and improves the skin barrier that protects from dehydration. The formula is infused with naturally hydrating ingredients such as Olive Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, as well as nourishing Grape Seed Oil and strengthening and soothing Vinolevure.

Even though it has a thick texture, it suits all skin types, even the sensitive skin, and you can apply a thick layer twice per week all over your face, neck and even eye contour area. Can be used as a sleeping mask, or you can remove the excess in 15 minutes massaging the skin, followed by favorite serum and moisturizer.

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Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin*, Isononyl Isononanoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Sorbitan Stearate*, Peg-100 Stearate*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Ceteth-20*, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane*, Cetyl Alcohol*, Cetyl Palmitate*, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol*, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60*, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Carbomer, Sodium Phytate*, Sodium Hydroxide, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract*, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol.

*Plant origin.

Glycolic Peel Mask (Buy Now in full-size)

This is a very gentle glycolic acid peel mask.

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Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxyl acid (AHA) that chemically exfoliates the skin and reveals a softer radiant skin. Besides, the mask is infused with Viniferine®, a brightening ingredient which is 62 times more effective in brightening than Vitamin C. Similar to the Instant detox mask, it also contains papaya enzymes that help to achieve illuminated complexion. All together, these ingredients indeed bring an instant boost of radiance to your skin.

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Because of AHA, you need to be cautious when exposed to the sun, since acids make your skin more photo-sensitive. Just make sure you wear sunscreen if you use any product containing this active ingredient. If you are undergoing any laser treatment, make sure you stop using it at least 14 days before the treatment.

Similar to other masks in a kit, this mask can be used twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes. You’ll experience tingling after you apply it which is quite normal for all peel masks. After the timer goes off, just rinse it with water to reveal your glowing complexion.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin*, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sorbitan Stearate*, Glyceryl Stearate Se*, Glycolic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Squalane*, Cetyl Alcohol*, Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Bisabolol*, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60*, Sodium Pca*, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract*, Tocopherol*, Carbomer, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Phytate*, Papain*, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Algin.

*Plant origin.

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My bare glowing skin after using these masks

You can mix and match these masks, or switch them daily to create a weekly regimen. On the photo, I used all three of them in three steps, starting with Instant Detox, followed my Glycolic Peel and finishing with the Moisturizing Mask.

Even though the set is no longer sold at Sephora, you still can find it at Amazon for $22.88 with prime delivery. Or you can purchase them separately at Sephora or Nordstrom in full-size which is 3 times more product than in the set.

Have you tried any of these masks? If yes, do you plan to repurchase them?Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip vs Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

This season we are seeing sharp contoured full-coverage matte lipsticks being slowly replaced by lip balms and sheer lipsticks. Moreover, lip glosses are having a huge comeback, as we find new products from different brands on the market.

The glow all-over-the-place is finally touching our lips too. With the overwhelmed number of new products, we decided to review and compare two recently launched and trending lip balms –  Tom Ford Lumière Lip and Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm to see which one is  really worth the hype.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip

Tom Ford Lumière Lip is a new lip balm from their recent Soleil 2018 collection. The lip balm is only available in one shade: Lumière 01. Even though it looks orangish (or how it is described – a shade of papaya) in a bullet, it is almost translucent with a satin finish. What makes this lip balm exceptional, it reacts to your pH, creating a customized “naturally-enhanced” lip color. The lip balm is infused with hyaluronic acid for the voluminous look, different antioxidants and natural plant extracts to condition and soften your lips. The lip balm comes in full-size, in classic Tom Ford white and gold packaging. The retail price is $54 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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NARS ORGASM AFTERGLOW BALM

NARS’s Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm was also recently launched within NARS’s Orgasm Collection. Similar to the one from Tom Ford, it is available only in one color, that NARS calls Orgasm – peachy pink shade with golden shimmer. The balm also has a nice satin finish. Because of its translucency, it gives a pretty sheer wash of color to your lips, adding a natural flushed touch to them. However, when compared to Tom Ford’s latest lip balm, Afterglow has definitely more pigment and tiny sparkles. It is also formulated with antioxidants for lip protection and features NARS’s Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth and supple comfort. The lip balm comes in a beautiful mirrored rose gold packaging and is also a full-size product. The retail price is $28 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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COMPARISON

When compared to each other on my lips, I can say that both of the balms feel the same on my lips. Tom Ford has a strong vanilla fragrance, while NARS’s lip balm has a less noticeable coconut flavor.

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Lumière Lip added more peachy undertones to my lips, while NARS kept them more pinkish and slightly more radiant. Nevertheless, the difference is almost unnoticeable on the lips and it will differ from one complexion to another.  As you can see on the pictures below, both of the balms add just a wash of color to bare lips, so don’t expect tons of pigment from either of the lip balms.

From Left to Right: TF Lumière Lip, my bare lips and NARS Afterglow Orgasm

If you take a look at the swatches below, you can see how they compare to each other as well as to other similar sheer lipsticks that I have in my collection.

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From left to right:

Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in PK304 Skyglow – ($25, Buy Now)

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm ($28, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Lumière Lip in Lumière Lip 01 ($54, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in 15 Nina ($36, Buy Now)

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I’m pretty sure that both of the lip balms will work with all complexions: Lumière Lip will pop natural undertones creating a custom lip color, while Afterglow Orgasm shade was created with an idea to be worn by everyone.

Both of the lip balms are instantly hydrating and add an amazing natural glow to my lips. Because of the dramatic difference in the price point, you may say that NARS is a better choice since you get pretty much the same result for a far better value. However, since Tom Ford creates a custom lip color, for me, this whole idea adds exceptional value to luxurious Lumière Lip. Moreover, Lumière Lip has a less-comedogenic ingredient – jojoba oil, compared to Afterglow’s coconut oil. At the same time, I can’t say that Afterglow is worse since it definitely adds more radiance and I really love this refreshing peachy pink shade. By the way, the difference in shade is more noticeable in real life though, and this is another reason why it is so hard to pick one.

As you already understood, I couldn’t pick just one lip balm so there is no better or worse product in this post. Moreover, they both are really worth the hype in each and every aspects and will perfectly complement your healthy glowing skin.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know in the comments down below.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

PUMA x MAC ONE Crème De Nude / Muted Clay Women’s Suede

In one of my previous posts, I’ve shared a new exciting collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Puma in celebration of Puma Suede shoes turning 50!

The recently launched collection features three Puma classic suedes in the iconic shades of MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. Moreover, now it’s finally the time when you can match your lipstick to your shoes!

Muted Clay shade matches the sheer lipstick in Creme D’Nude, Fiery Red represents iconic matte Lady Danger and the Port Royal is the burgundy shade that serves as a pairing for the matte lipstick in Sin.

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For me, it was so hard to decide on the color for shoes because all of these three shades are so beautiful and trending! Since I can’t have all three ( which I would probably end up doing if I had more cash and a bigger closet),  I picked the pair in Muted Clay.

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Unfortunately, the matching lipstick (Creme D’ Nude), is not my shade – personally, I don’t like pale lipsticks, so I’m skipping on the matching pictures here. However, the color of these shoes is so flattering, that this is exactly what has been missing from my wardrobe.

First of all, I need to mention that the sneakers are comfortable and true to size! I’m wearing exactly my 7.5.

The upper part of the shoes is leather (suede) with textile lining and rubber sole. You can find Puma and MAC Cosmetics logos on the shoe tong and all over the insole.

The sneakers also feature Puma’s trademark  – lateral formstrip and laces in the same perfectly matching shade. The last makes the shoes look pretty solid so that you’re not restricted in adding other colors to your look.

My favorite element in these shoes is the tonal glossy makeup smear marking on the heel – it adds a very stylish touch to them.

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This beautiful peachy beige shade will go perfectly together with white, cream, light blue, rose gold, sand and many more! It’s the lightest and most muted shade in the collection and is perfect for summer. I like this shade for its versatility that you get for matching with other colors and textures.

Since it’s already a hurricane season, I’d need to add protection to my suedes so that no rain can cause problems whenever I decide to wear them.

These shoes are already sold out at puma.com, but you still can find them at Nordstrom. The retail price is $85.

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Puma x MAC ONE Suede Classic Sneaker, $84.95 (Buy Now)

By the way, at Puma’s official website you can also find other collaborations related to Puma Suede 50th Anniversary.

How do you like this shoes? What shade do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Beauty Destination: What to Pack to Miami

With fluctuating airline ticket prices and extra-fees for the luggage, my main problem with packing for travel is usually answering the following question: What from my vanity cabinet will make it to the destination?

After paying $100 for over-weight baggage, obviously because of the heavy makeup bag, I’m trying to be realistic on skincare and makeup products that I would definitely need and use during the trip.

The decision-making process can be hard. As a frequent flyer, I can definitely tell that the content of your makeup bag can dramatically change depending on the type of travel, days of travel and the destination.

To save you some time and bucks, I decided to share top picks based on my experience on each and every destination that I’ve travelled. I’ll start with one of my favorite places on earth: Miami.

Miami is one of our favorite vacation destinations, my husband even considers this place as “our second home”. This sunny relaxing city is so inviting, that it’s almost our first choice when we are planning our next vacation. Because you can sunbathe, relax and party  – and do it all in one place, your makeup bag should definitely represent all these activities.

SKIN

Body Sunscreen

Since now I’m so much smarter about the sunscreens – and hope, you are too after my extensive research on this type of sun protection – I’d recommend using COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. You won’t have problems with TSA to take it onboard because it’s a stick. You can also opt for a tinted one since it won’t leave white residue on your skin, which means you can use it away from the beach.

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 COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, (26$, Buy Now)

Don’t forget to reapply it every 80 minutes and follow the instructions of the package. Make sure you apply enough product  – 1 shot glass for the body, as we know now is the right amount, since under-application substantially decreases the SPF factor.

And remember, that the best sun protection is still seeking shade and covering your body with clothing during the peak hours!

Face Sunscreen

You face is what represents you, so make sure you don’t forget about it as well. To make your life easier, take the Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30  from Drunk Elephant. Because it is tinted, You can use it while you’re at the beach and afterwards if you wish to wander in the streets during the day. It won’t make you look white and the glow that it adds to your skin will look perfect on pictures!

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 from  ($36, Buy Now)

As well as with the body sunscreen, you need to reapply this sunscreen every 2 hours and use a dollop amount of the product for the optimal protection.

Skip on mists, sprays, powders especially for your face, even if you’re being told in the store that they are mineral and safe for your skin, which they are. However, they are not safe for inhalation as they can damage the lungs.

Lip Balm with Sunscreen

Don’t forget about your lips! Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm with SPF15 is ranked by EWG as the safest options available for lips sun protection on the market today.

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather SPF15 Moisturizing Lip Balm, 2 Count ($6.99, Buy Now)

Sunscreens for Kids

For kids, I’d recommend All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion. Check with your airline company if this size of the cream is acceptable on board.

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NEW All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, Water Resistant, 3 oz, ($15.19, Buy Now)

For babies, FDA recommends to stay away from any type of sunscreens so make sure your babies are in the shade or you use clothing as the protection from sun exposure.

Aftersun gel

Whether you love tanning, or you try to avoid the sun, the aftersun lotion is a must in your body care routine. My favorite one is from Korres because it is made with natural greek yogurt – a milk product used for centuries to cool the skin after the sun exposure.

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KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for Face and Body, ($26.00, Buy Now)

By the way, you can also apply it to your face! For a more cooling effect, put it in a fridge or an ice bucket!

If you’re travelling only with the hand luggage, you would probably need to put this cream into the travel container. Check with your airline for allowed sizes for liquid on board.

Facial Moisturizers

Your skin will be dehydrated by the sun and the ocean, so you need to replenish it with the most effective moisturizers. I’ve tried lots of different products and here is my short list:

Moisturizing Serum

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CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SÉRUM INTENSE REPLENISHING HYDRATION (1 oz, $110, Buy Now)

In my highlights on Instagram, I’ve already shared my results after using this serum. In one word, it is amazing, one of the best products I’ve ever tried so far.

Face Moisturizer, Lotion and Essence

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SK-II Pitera Welcome Set ($110, Buy Now)

These are another products that I’ve also tried and shared in my highlights. The best part of this kit is that you get three amazing products  – an essence, a lotion and a facial cream – for quite a decent price ( compared to full-size prices and the kit’s value of $155) and they are in a perfect size for travel. Check with your airlines though, if they let you take 2.5 oz of the essence onboard before you leave the house!

Moisturizing Eye Cream

Since your relaxation and time that you spend outdoors during the vacation will probably contribute to a good sleep and less visible dark circles, skip on heavy eye creams and use the moisturizing one instead. My personal favorite is Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s. You can find the detailed review of this cream is in this blog post.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29.00, Buy Now)

HAIR

Hair mask

I’ve always used to be less caring about hair when I travel, however things changed. Still, if I can skip on my favorite Living Proof shampoo that I’ve written about earlier in this blog, there is nothing else found in the hotel room that can help me with the dry split ends. Moreover, since they are getting worse because of the environmental exposure, I no longer can be that neglecting. Luckily, I’ve discovered L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Sheet Mask that I’ve written about in my previous post. It is easy to pack and you’ll get the result instantaneously.

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L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, 1 sheet mask, ($3.97, Buy Now)

Invisibobble

Tying your hair in the braids is a good idea to get effortless beachy waves. I’m always taking my Invisibobble hair ties with me. It is so much easier to wash them and bring them back in shape after using – just scroll on my highlights on my instagram!

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Invisibobble Original Hair Tie – Crystal Clear, pack of 3, ($8.00, Buy Now)

Hair Brush

Taking my Mason Pearson bore bristle brush may be a good idea, but jamming it into overpacked makeup bag may be not. Instead, I’d take the travel-friendly Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush.

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Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush ($22, Buy Now)

MAKEUP

The best makeup for Miami is in a creamy texture that will literally melt on your skin for the most natural, sun-kissed effortless look.

Eyes

For me, Miami is associated with smudged “effortless” liner or creamy eyeshadows.

Eyeliner

My new obsession is Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner from Marc Jacobs. You can choose from a variety of shades, but the black one is a must-have. They are waterproof and soo creamy and pigmented.

 

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25.00, Buy Now)

Eyeshadows

For creamy eyeshadows, I’d go for Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil. It is technically a thick pencil with extremely creamy texture and pigmented formula very similar to cream eyeshadows and yet more comfortable to use. I especially like the shades Golden Quartz.

Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil, ($27, Buy Now)

If you don’t like eyeshadows in cream, you can use this small travel pallet from Smashbox. Use your fingers to get more pigment out of the product and soften the edges of your eyeshadows with a fluffy clean brush.

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SMASHBOX Double Exposure Travel Palette, ($24.00, Buy Now)

Mascara

I was very skeptical about Benefit’s latest BADgal BANG! mascara and I didn’t like it at all when I tried it for the first time. Believe me or not, I like it a lot right now. I don’t know what has changed, but now it’s among my favorite products! And it is quite resistant to humidity so you definitely want to take it with you to Miami!

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BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara travel size mini, ($12.00,Buy Now)

Face

I suggest to skip on foundation and let your skin shine! For more confidence, you can use a concealer to hide small imperfections.

Concealer

If you are looking for the concealer that will give you enough confidence with your “bare” skin, try the Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush concealer. It will give enough coverage and will look natural on your skin. My shade is 02.

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Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, ($20.00,Buy Now)

Bronzer + Blush

There is no sun-kissed blush look without a bronzer or a blush! To save more space I’d recommend Terracotta Light Powder from Guerlain. It has some blush pigment alongside to the natural bronzer shades, resulting in the most subtle refreshing luminous bronzer you can get.

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder, ($53.00, Buy Now)

 

Alternatively, or in addition to this, you can also consider Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick in Sunstruck with a rose-gold highlighter on one end and a coral blush on the other.

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Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick ($55.00, Buy Now)

Highlighter

While it is so hard to pick just one highlighter, I’ve just discovered one from Hourglass in shade Champagne Flash and I’m absolutely in love with it! It gives such a natural subtle glow, that you can wear during the day and night. You can use it on high points of your cheekbones, nose, corner of your eyes and on your cupid’s bow – wherever you feel the necessity to add more luminosity to your beautiful skin.

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Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick ($42.00, Buy Now)

Lips

Miami is a hot place, so if you want to keep your favorite Tom Ford lipstick in shape, my best advice is to skip on it. Instead, try liquid lipsticks or lip glosses. My favorite liquid lipstick is Powermatte Lip Pigment from Nars. I’ve already got one in American Woman, and I’m planning to get a red and coral-pinkish one.

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Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00, Buy Now)

Lip glosses are trending this season, and the new collection from Pat McGrath is so tempting.

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PAT MCGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss ($28.00, Buy Now)

Alternatively, you can also get Tinted Balm from Lanolips. Your smooth conditioned lips with thank you for this care.

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Lanolips Tinted Balm ($13.40, Buy Now)

Makeup Removal

Can we get a little lazy here?

Micellar water is one of the best inventions in beauty. If you like Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, you’ll appreciate these wipes for sensitive skin. There are no TSA restrictions on wipes, so feel free to take it onboard.

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Makeup Brushes

Since most of the mentioned products can be applied with fingers, you would need only a brush for bronzer and a couple for eyeshadows.

Perfume

Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc is the perfect perfume for Miami. If you want something more affordable and less bulky, 10 ml eau de toilette of MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk is the best option for you. it has a similar to Soleil Blanc notes, in particular Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Coconut and Benzoin. This size is also acceptable by TSA.

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MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk, 10 mL Eau de Toilette Rollerball, ($28, Buy Now)

Makeup Bag

There shouldn’t be any questions about why I decided to feature Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag in this blog post.

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Stephanie Johnson Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag ($38, Buy Now)

By the way, TSA prefers seeing your liquids in a transparent makeup case or plastic bag – so this case is the absolute winner.

 

Did you find any of your favorite products on the list that you’d definitely take on your vacation at the beach? Would you add something else to this list? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Allure Beauty Box Review

Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription from Allure Magazine. It contains deluxe and full-size beauty products from both high-end and drugstore brands.

The best part about these subscription boxes is that they are curated by the leading Beauty Magazine and you are actually getting products that have been already tested by the staff and approved by them. This means, you are more likely to love 90% of the content and you won’t get disappointed.

You don’t need to be subscribed to the magazine, to get a subscription for the boxes. Signing up is easy, plus right now you can get your first box with a $5 discount! You’ll get your box the same month you have subscribed. If you start on May 31st, you’ll get first your May box, followed by June box back to back.

The price for subscription is $15 per box + tax, however, you can also save with yearly subscription, which is $150 +tax. Shipping is free.

The content of each box usually has a value way higher than $15. Let see what’s inside the May 2018 Box.

May 2018

According to deputy beauty director Elizabeth Siegel, this box is filled with “instant-gratification products” that yield the result instantly and really make the difference when you need to get it very fast.

The box contains 4 deluxe products and 1 full-size product + 1 Beauty Bonus – 6 products in total!

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You also get a booklet with the description on each of the products and promo codes.

Wander Beauty

Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask

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Est. value $8.33 ( 2 pairs)

Retail Price: $25 ( pack of 6 pairs, Buy Now)

These eye patches are just gorgeous from the outside and within. Each of the patches has 3 layers including the top gold foil layer that actually has the benefits of retaining hydration and preventing it from evaporation. The main active ingredients are hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract and lavender oil. Together, they bring hydration, soothe and calm the skin, while brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles. I’m very surprised with the ingredient list since it’s free of harsh chemicals and the patches really work! The essence is fast absorbing and doesn’t feel sticky.

After I removed them my under eye area felt so refreshed. I have one more pair to go, and I’m thinking of getting a pack of 6 with the promo codes that I’ve got.

Kenra

Dry Oil Control Spray

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Est. value: $2.85 (1.2 oz)

Retail Price: $19.00 (8.0 oz, Buy Now)

I’m not a fan of hair sprays because they tend to dry out the hair. Thankfully, there are now nourishing sprays like the one from Kenra that can also manage frizzy hair. Moreover, it is infused with natural oils and you are getting your hair in place without making them look dull.

St. Tropez

Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

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Est. value: $10.5

Retail Price: $42 (6.7 oz, Buy Now)

Unfortunately, I can’t try this right now since I’m having a laser treatment this week, but it is a product I’ve never heard about. This is a transparent self-tan mousse that gives an instant glow to your skin with one application and without the need of rinsing it off. You won’t get a dark tan though and you need to apply it evenly since it’s clear, but it won’t stain and works instantaneously.

In this box, you’ll either get this self-tan or St. Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss.

First Aid Beauty

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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Est. value: $6.31 (0.34 oz)

Retail Price: $28 (1.7 oz, Buy Now), $14 (0.75 oz, Buy Now)

My first impression is its amazing natural coastal smell – just like I’m drinking fresh coconut water by the ocean. It makes the skin indeed smooth and creates the base for the makeup. It won’t make you feel greasy or oily, so I think it is best for people with oily to normal skin. And it adds such a nice natural glow to your skin!

Since  First Aid Beauty is famous for its good ingredient list, the product is allergy-tested and is safe for sensitive skin.

CLE Melting Lip Powder

Longlasting Matte Lip & Cheek Tint

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Value: $19.99 (Buy Now)

What I especially love about the subscription boxes, is that sometimes you get products in  formulas you’d never think of. Have you ever tried a lip powder? Well, this is the first time for me. While you need to be careful with its loose content ( and its ability to stain!) the powder instantly turns into smooth creamy lipstick when in contact with your skin. It is absolutely lightweight, extremely pigmented and somehow doesn’t get into lip lines. By the way, Cle Cosmetics, the K-beauty brand, was the first one to introduce lip powders to the world.

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Wearing Lip Powder in Desert Rose and Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

I especially like the shade that I’ve received  – Desert Rose – I think it is that type of shade that works with any complexion and hair color. This K-beauty lip powder came in a full size and can be used for cheeks as well! Make sure you just don’t inhale it.

 

 

Beauty Bonus

In this box, you’ll either get a deluxe size of L’oreal Elnette Satin Hairspray, or L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask.

L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask

Retail Price: $3.97 (1 sheet mask, Buy Now)

I received a full-size sheet of the hair mask.  This is a truly instantly working sheet mask for hair! It smells really good and you are getting silky and shiny hair in only 5 minutes! It takes a little more time to wash it off, but it is definitely worth it. By the way, it is sulphates-, parabens- and colorants- free! It comes as a foil cap and the mask itself is activated by the shower steam. I definitely need a lifetime supply of this sheet mask.

The total value of the content in the May box is estimated around $51.95. You can still get the May Box if you subscribe today.

What is your favorite subscription box? Let me know in the comments down below!

 


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Sun Exposure & Sunscreens: What You Need To Know

I started using sunscreens around 2 years ago when I noticed small light moles appearing on my face. Since that time, I’m religiously using it daily whenever I go outside. I even started to use lip balms with SPF and I also have SPF in my primer and foundation.

During our recent trip to Miami, even though I was reapplying SPF 50+ all over my face and body while we’ve been at the beach, I still managed to get a tan. And this got me questioned what I really know about sunscreens.

I did quite a research (that reminds me of my Master’s assignments), as to understand how the sunscreen work I had to learn the nature of the solar exposure and what makes the sunscreens such a huge necessity today if it doesn’t really save you from exposure.

Moreover, if this is something we are using daily, is it even safe?

I’ll lead you through everything you need to know.

Sun Exposure

There is a message we keep receiving from authorities and doctors: there is no such thing as “healthy tan”.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) shared the result of the survey, where an overwhelming number of teens believe in the opposite.

And this opinion is still common today with a dramatically increased number of skin cancer nationwide and around the world. The nature of the “pandemic” among young can be explained by several factors. Some can blame the global warming and depletion of the ozone layer (that protects our planet from solar radiation) caused by human’s negligence towards the environment with excessive release of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.  World Health Organization, on the other hand, suggests that it’s the altered behavior towards the sunbathing habits that is actually at the root of the problem.

Where does the trend come from?

It is believed, it was Coco Chanel, who popularized the idea of tanning, linking the sun to a source of relaxation, pleasure and health.

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Photograph: Alex Stewart Sasha/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

Starting from late 60s sun-kissed skin has become a mark of privilege”. Since not everyone had enough money to actually travel to places where they could get a bronzed tan, outdoors activities have gained their popularity. About the same time, a first indoor UV tanning bed was introduced to the market, and a decade later, in the late 70s, it became trending in the US reaching its peak of popularity in 90s.  And now, most of those women who have been spending their youth in solariums contribute to the increased number of melanoma.

How do we tan?

Dermatologists see the tan as a sign of injury, as the ultraviolet rays penetrate into the skin and are absorbed by its layers. Once burnt, the skin responds to the damage by producing special chemicals that change the DNA of pigment cells. Depending on the type of the UV rays and the skin layer that it penetrates into, you either get a tan, sunburn or moles and freckles. In the worse case scenario, these genetic mutations can lead to skin cancer.

Besides the skin cancer, the sun exposure can also contribute to sun sensitivity, significant eye damage as well as considered as an immune system suppressant. It is also linked to premature skin ageing and wrinkles.

Should we abandon the sun exposure then? Not really.

Importance of the Sun Exposure

Even though we are so astonished by the stats published by National Cancer Institute, we cannot fully abandon the sun because it synthesizes vitamin D. Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, is one of the vital elements that protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. Moreover, some studies show that the sunlight also shields against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system – completely opposite from what U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us about the sun exposure. Moreover, Vitamin D is especially important for children.

Indeed, according to the recent statistics, 25% of Americans have a board line level of vitamin D, while 8% is at much greater risk.

Another study that links an increased rate of heart attack to the lack of Vitamin D, supporting the actual importance of sun exposure. In the conclusion, authors agree on the fact that “moderate sun exposure… should be sought rather than avoided“.

In some countries such as Australia for example, the responsible authorities are actually reconsidering their recommendations about the sun exposure, advising people to get vitamin D naturally if the radiation is lower than UV index 3. However, EPA is firm in their views encouraging Americans to get the supplements instead of staying in the sun.

In my childhood, we had a consideration of “good sun exposure” time from sunrise till 11 am and from 4 pm till sunset when we were allowed to play outdoors during the summertime feeling safe from sunburns and sunstrokes. Moreover, we were encouraged to stay outdoors to get the required amount of vitamin D without even thinking of the skin cancer. Today, new research shows the opposite, as noon time (from 11 am to 2 pm) is considered as the most effective time for getting the required amount of vitamin D with a lower chance of skin cancer.

This information might not seem relevant to the use of the sunscreen, however, if you are using sunscreens and avoiding direct sunlight, it is important to keep in mind that there is another side of the coin.

What else do you need to know about the sun exposure?

The way your skin reacts to the sun exposure depends on a number of external factors including season, time of the day, UV index, time of the year, latitude and etc. Besides, the skin pigment, skin care regiment (retinol, skin acids), medications (antibiotics), cosmetic procedures (hair laser removal) and even your diet can increase your sensitivity to the sun. No skin color is protected from the sun damage!

Let’s get in more details about the nature of the UV light.

Types of UV rays

There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. They are classified according to their wavelength. The longer the wavelength, the further it can penetrate through the ozone layer and reach human’s skin.

The most dangerous one is UVC with the shortest wavelength. The good news is that it is completely filtered by the atmosphere.

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Sachchidanand Swami, http://www.nonverbal-world.com

World Health Organization considers the medium-wavelength UVB as the significant promoter of the skin cancer development, while most of the rays are filtered by the atmosphere and it cannot penetrate in deeper skin layers. However, other research suggests that this type of rays is responsible for Vitamin D synthesis.

Finally, UVA, the long-wavelength rays account for 95% of UV radiation that reaches the Earth and can penetrate deeper in the skin layers. It is responsible for immediate tanning effect and recent studies highlight that the UVA rays that are predominantly occurring during the commonly known “good sun exposure” time and are therefore are directly linked to increased rates of skin cancer.

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Another important thing to consider is UV index. UV Index shows the forecast of the risk of overexposure to the solar radiation. It was developed by National Weather Service along with EPA and is available to the public. The forecast is provided daily based on your zip code and you can check it here.

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Chart Source: EPA

Even though there is a controversial opinion about how the sun can really affect our health, it’s better safe than sorry. Regardless of the skin color or age, we need to seek protection from the sun overexposure. The most common ways of protection are seeking shade, wearing hats, sunglasses and clothing that covers your body and using sunscreen. Now we are back to the discussion about the sunscreens.

What do we know about sunscreens?

With thousands of different types, it becomes so hard to decide which is best for use. And, most of the cosmetic brands are actually adding sunscreen filters into their cosmetic formulas.

Sunscreen is an FDA-regulated product that is labelled in accordance with specific regulations. Today, on the labels you can find different numbers that show SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and letters that indicate the spectrum coverage – UVB or Broad Spectrum (UVB/UVA).

What do the labels actually say?

Sun Protection Factor indicates the level of sunscreen protection from UVB rays that are responsible for sunburns and development of skin cancer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show protection from UVA rays. However, today there are also sunscreens that provide a complete protection from both types of UV radiation.

The optimum ratio for protection from UVA is at least ⅓ of that from UVB. This ratio will provide the so-called “Broad Spectrum” protection and you are recommended to use sunscreen with this label only.

The number that follows after these three letters let you stay longer in a sun without burning compared to the time when the skin is bare under the sun. However, the math is a little tricky here.

You may find some sources claiming that for example, if a person normally gets sunburn within 10 minutes, SPF 30 provides protection for 300 minutes (10 times 30). This is only a rough estimate, as according to FDA,  SPF “is not directly related to time of solar exposure but to amount of solar exposure“. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the effect of sun exposure depends on many other factors.

FDA recommends using Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and higher to protect the skin. However, it is vital to mention, that the higher number of SPF doesn’t provide a significantly better protection.

If you look at the graph, you can see that the increase of protection with higher SPF number is not a linear function.

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created by the author based on data below

If you compare the numbers* in the table below, you can see that compared to SPF 30, SPF 50 provides a better protection only by 1%, while the difference between SPF 50 and SPF 70 is only 0.5%.

SPF %
2 50
4 75
10 90
15 93
30 97
50 98
70 98.5
100 99
data source

While FDA suggests using sunscreen with a higher SPF (up to SPF 50), most dermatologists agree that you don’t really need protection higher than SPF 30. Moreover, there is also an opinion suggesting that SPF 50 +  provides better protection from UVB rays rather than from UVA which actually creates an imbalance in protection ratio, that we’ve covered earlier. Therefore,  sunscreens with the factor higher than 50 give a false sense of protection and FDA considers them as “inherently misleading”. However, specific regulations on this matter are not yet enforced and therefore, products with SPF 50+ are not prohibited for sale on the US market.

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http://www.badgerbalm.com. The difference between SPF levels from the perspective of photons entering the skin

Finally, according to Consumer Report, a third of the tested sunscreens provide less protection that shown on the label, especially those with SPF number over 50 which also supports inefficiency of products with higher SPF.

Type of Sunscreens Filters

Mainly, there are two commonly-used types of sunscreen filters: chemical and mineral. These two types differ not only in the active ingredients but also in the way they protect the skin from solar radiation.

Chemical filters protect your skin by absorbing the UV rays, while mineral ones are reflecting them. Let’s take a deeper dive into ingredient’s interaction with our health.

Ingredients

This is probably the most important topic when we talk about the sunscreens.

Back in 1978, FDA presented a list of acceptable active ingredients for sunscreens. And it hasn’t been modified or changed afterwards.

  • Aminobenzoic acid
  • Avobenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • 
Octocrylene
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Octyl salicylate
  • Oxybenzone 

  • Padimate O
  • Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Titanium dioxide
  • 
Trolamine salicylate
  • 
Zinc oxide

There has been a huge dispute around several ingredients on this list because of their toxicity. Even though they still fall under category Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), FDA has now added below comment under the list:

Although the protective action of sunscreen products takes place on the surface of the skin, there is evidence that at least some sunscreen active ingredients may be absorbed through the skin and enter the body. This makes it important to perform studies to determine whether, and to what extent, use of sunscreen products as directed may result in unintended, chronic, systemic exposure to sunscreen active ingredients. – FDA

Nevertheless, FDA still considers that sunscreens are safe. But the same department labelled  BPA as GRAS as well until the later research has proved the opposite. Therefore, even though it’s the governing body, we cannot fully rely on this information.

Fortunately, there is a number of individual researchers as well as independent Environmental Working Group (EWG) that evaluates the sunscreens on the safety and effectiveness.

Every year, EWG publishes a report where the updated data on this matter is presented to the public. They also share a table that compiles all the research that has been done until present day on each of active ingredient, their level of toxicity and impact on our health.

Top Toxic Ingredients

According to EWG, the most troublesome ingredient is Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) – a widespread chemical found in 65% of all sunscreens. There was evidence when it not only penetrates into human’s body but also can disrupt hormones and cause allergies. It is also found in mother’s milk and some research link it to altered birth weight in human studies. Moreover, there is another research showing the deadly impact of oxybenzone on coral reefs and altered reproductive organs in sea life. Hawaii is even passing a bill to ban the sale and use of sunscreens with this chemical to save the reefs.

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EWG Sunscreen 12th Annual Infographic. ewg.org

Interestingly, but there is also a separate study that critically reviewed the literature available by 2011 that outweighs the benefits of oxybenzone as a stable and strong sunscreen protecting from skin cancer. Meanwhile, in another study, there is no obvious hormone disruption found in people. However, we need to consider bias in the mentioned research as it followed only young men and postmenopausal women, while the studies on animals that confirmed the hazardous level of toxicity are particularly focused on female reproductive organs and their sensitivity to oxybenzone.

While there is not any complete and comprehensive research on the real effect of oxybenzone, it is still recommended to avoid the use of this chemical, especially for young children. Even FDA recommends avoiding the use of sunscreen on infants.

Another chemical that comes next in the EWG’s table is Octinoxate (also known as Octylmethoxycinnamate)Even though it has a lower index (moderate hazard), it is also linked to hormone disruption and there is an evidence of penetration into body and mother’s milk. Similar to the oxybenzone, there is not enough information for FDA to ban the sale of cosmetics with this chemical.

Less Toxic Ingredients

Besides these widespread chemicals, there are several ingredients that are mostly found in “natural” and “organic” labelled products. These are two minerals ( zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) as well as Avobenzone (less toxic but less stable chemical) and Mexoryl SX (commonly used in EU, currently pending FDA approval). According to EWG, these ingredients have no evidence of hormonal disruption and have a very small percentage of skin penetration.

Mineral sunscreens provide excellent protection from UVA rays. Most of them are usually presented in a form of nanoparticles. The smaller the particle the better the SPF protection. Moreover, Nano-size particles leave less white residues when you apply the sunscreen to your skin.

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EWG Sunscreen 12th Annual Infographic. ewg.org

However, there is a “problem” with mineral filters that we need to mention here. According to EWG, mineral sunscreens are providing a significantly better protection with fewer health concerns and don’t break in the sun. Nevertheless, smaller particles (nano-sized) are not that effective when it comes to UVA protection. Besides, there is a controversy about if nano-particles of zinc oxide into the bloodstream, however other studies conducted by FDA and EU confirmed there is no penetration of nanoparticles into the body.

Apart from this, nanoparticles (especially titanium dioxide) tend to be more sun-sensitive (photocatalysts) and can possibly form free radicals that can damage the cells. Some studies suggest that it can be prevented if the minerals have a special coating, while another research concluded that these free radicals are neutralized naturally by skin’s antioxidant protection. Nevertheless, European Union has special regulation in terms of the types of minerals and their coating used in cosmetic industry. Unfortunately, there is no similar enforcement in the US.

What is more important to mention, nano-particles (particle size less than 100nm) of both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are dangerous for inhalation and can cause lung damage. EWG encourage to avoid using of any mineral sunscreen in a form or powder or spray regardless of the particle size.

While this information might seem sufficient not to consider sunscreens with nanoparticles, it would be really hard to get “real” sunscreens with bigger particle size as there are no special regulations from FDA on this matter. Therefore, not everything that is marketed as “non-nano” indeed corresponds to reality.

Finally, the latest test conducted by Consumer Report suggests mineral filters to be less effective compared to such active chemical ingredients as Avobenzone, However, the latest EWG report still considers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the least hazardous ingredients for sunscreen protection.

Another ingredient to be aware of

Vitamin A – (also knows as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinol) is an antioxidant used in anti-ageing skin care products. According to EWG, some studies report that under solar radiation this vitamin in skin care products may cause skin tumor and lesions. Interestingly, even though the usage of this additive decreased for the past 8 years, today at least 15% of skin moisturizers with SPF contain this ingredient. Some governments even recommend against the use of vitamin A in general.

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EWG Sunscreen 12th Annual Infographic. ewg.org

From research to action

Taking into consideration everything we know right now about the sun exposure and sunscreens, one thing remains unclear: is it even safe to live?

Obviously, the study about the effect of the sun exposure on human’s body and health as well as the safety of the sunscreens that everyone tells us to use remain under-researched. Nevertheless, taking into consideration that 50% of skin cancer can be prevented by just wearing sunscreen indeed makes us think again about the protection from the sun.

I’ve never been as cautious of the ingredients in my cream as I am now after this research. I’d even say it impressed me to the extent that half of my vanity goes straight to trash. But I’m not even sure, if this action will even protect me from other chemicals that I use in other skin care products, makeup or whether I’m even safe by drinking the water or breathing in the air. We can’t live in isolation from everything. Moreover, some of the man-made chemicals saved millions of lives by producing medicine that we still use today.

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Evaluating my vanity and keeping only Kiehl’s and DiorSkin Nude BB cream.

Maybe our bodies are stronger than we think in breaking down the chemicals and they are not stored forever in our organs. And maybe were are just becoming paranoid by various scientific papers published every year? No one knows for sure. The science is yet lacking a full picture on how our body functions in reaction with the chemicals.

The Safest and The Most Effective Sunscreens of 2018

Like it or not, all the ingredients listed in any sunscreen product are still chemicals. But to get the required protection, we can at least choose something that seems less toxic. Moreover, since there isn’t much difference in protection percentage between SPF 30 and SPF 50, it is better to stick to the lower number with less concentration of the minerals. Besides, FDA doesn’t “authorized the marketing of nonprescription sunscreen products in the form of wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, or shampoos” and even so-called sunscreen pills. To keep it simple, I suggest narrowing our search for ideal sunscreen to creams, lotions and sticks.

Thanks to EWG and Consumer Report, who analyze sunscreens available on the market each year and coming up with shortlist of safest sunscreens.

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legend_low EWG Hazard Grading, ewg.org

Since I barely can recommend anything from my vanity, I’d share some of the creams that I’m willing to try instead:

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30 ($36, Buy Now)

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sephora.com

Score: 1

UVA Protection: EXCELLENT

Balance of UVA to the SPF: GOOD

Health Concern: MODERATE

Active Ingredients: 20% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30 a regular sunscreen without a tint has also scored 1 in EWG rating.

These two products are also marked with “Clean at Sephora” sticker.

Biossance Squalane + Mineral, SPF 45 ($39, Buy Now)

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sephora.com

Score: 2

UVA Protection: MODERATE

Balance of UVA to the SPF: MODERATE

Health Concern: LOW

Active Ingredients:

4.1% TITANIUM DIOXIDE (sunscreen grade)

7% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

Juice Beauty Mineral Moisturizer, Sheer, SPF 30 ($29, Buy Now)

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amazon.com

Score: 1

UVA Protection: EXCELLENT

Balance of UVA to the SPF: GOOD

health concern: LOW

Active Ingredient: 20% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($5.99, Buy Now)

 

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Score: 1

UVA Protection: MODERATE

Balance of UVA to the SPF: GOOD

Health Concern: LOW

Active Ingredient: 8% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

COOLA Suncare Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50 ($26, Buy Now)

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Nordstrom.com

 

Score: 1

UVA Protection: EXCELLENT

Balance of UVA to the SPF: GOOD

Health Concern: MODERATE

Active Ingredient: 20% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 45 ($24, Buy Now)

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Score: 1

UVA Protection: GOOD

Balance of UVA to the SPF: GOOD

Health Concern: LOW

Active Ingredient: 17% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

Burt’s Bees All Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm, SPF 15 ($6.64, 2 pc, Buy Now)

 

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amazon.com

Score: 1

UVA Protection: MODERATE

Balance of UVA to the SPF: EXCELLENT

Health Concern: LOW

Active Ingredient: 11% ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)

My choice of products is based on EWG’s recently published report (May 2018).

How-to Sunscreen

Applying

FDA recommends applying the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before the exposure. Since the authority also considers the chemical filters, with minerals filters you need far less time.

It is important to highlight the correct amount of sunscreen used per application, as in general people are underusing the sunscreen which decreases the factor of protection: using half of the dosage will provide the square root of the SPF. In other words, if you under-apply SPF 30, you are actually getting the same protection as in SPF 5.5 (BadgerBalm, 2018).

Following the recommendation from the governing authorities, use at least 1 oz (a shot glass) per application to fully cover your body and reapply at least every 2 hours or more frequently after swimming or sweating. Shake well before use.

If you apply to face alone, the appropriate amount is a nickel-sized dollop.

When it comes to children and infants protection, FDA considers keeping the infants out of the sun entirely as the best protection and avoiding the use of sunscreen since baby’s skin is more prone to sunscreen’s side effects.

Storing

Store your sunscreen in cold dry place away from direct sun exposure. According to FDA, sunscreens have a shelf life of three years unless the manufacturer shows a different expiration date on the package. If it smells bad or you notice a change in color and consistency, discard immediately.

Bottom line

After going through all these papers and articles, it is still unclear to me whether the sun is still that bad for us or there is even more jeopardy from the use of sunscreens.

I live in sunny Houston, so while now I’m more cautious about the ingredients in my cream, I’ll keep using sunscreens on the days, when it’s impossible to avoid the strong sun exposure. But in a nice weather, I’ll let myself enjoy the sunlight to get a bit of sunshine vitamin. Finally, I’m definitely investing more money in my wardrobe to get more hats and long-sleeved shirts to protect myself from head to toes during the sunny hot days. And whenever I’m in Europe, I’m more likely to shop there for sunscreens.

What is your attitude to sunscreens?

 

References:

American Academy of Dermatology (2012).  Sunscreen remains a safe, effective form of sun protection

American Skin Association (2012). Sun Safety

Badgerbalm.com. (2018). What Is SPF Sunscreen? – Sun Protection Factor explained by Badger

Baggerly, C., Cuomo, R., French, C., Garland, C., Gorham, E., Grant, W., Heaney, R., Holick, M., Hollis, B., McDonnell, S., Pittaway, M., Seaton, P., Wagner, C. and Wunsch, A. (2015). Sunlight and Vitamin D: Necessary for Public Health. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, [online] 34(4), pp.359-365

Burnett, M. and Wang, S. (2011). Current sunscreen controversies: a critical review. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, [online] 27(2), pp.58-67

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Top 6 Amazing Beauty Launches We’re Super Excited About

From the moment I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized that the beauty industry goes along with the fashion industry at the fastest possible pace and sometimes it is so hard to follow the trend. Thanks to the social media, now we can easily stay in the know.

Here is our short-list of newly announced products we are thrilled about to try this month.

1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Dream Glow Kit

Another addition to the Glow Kit Collection. The Dream Glow Kit consists of 6 pastel highlighters. The configuration of the pallet resembles the iconic limited-edition Nicole Glow Kit, while the shade selection slightly reminds us of Aurora Glow Kit.

Most of the shades are iridescent which makes them even more wearable than they seem to look in the pan. We are especially excited about he Magic shade that has at least three colors in the reflect – lilac, yellow gold and turquoise.

 

The inspiration behind the creation of this glow kit is The Neverending Story.

It was officially announced today and will be available for a purchase on May 22nd at Anastasia Beverly Hills official website.

2. HUDA BEAUTY Rose Gold Palette Remastered

This is the redesigned edition of the original Rose Gold Palette that was launched back in 2016. The Remastered pallet is claimed to have a completely new formula. According to the swatches, they are super pigmented and smooth. It also features a large mirror.

Here is the side by side comparison to the original pallet.

🔔 COMPARISON 🔔 . 👉🏼 by @melcastaneda of @hudabeauty of the palettes original Rose Gold palette and the new Rose Gold Remastered eyeshadow Palette launching 5/22 SWIPE LEFT . 👉🏼 Shophudabeauty.com and retailers @sephora @harrods @cultbeauty . 👉🏼 What’s New: Mattes: Even more buttery and pigmented than before, our eight new mattes are talc-free and give MAJOR payoff that’s easy to put down, blend, and build. The shades: Risqué, Doll Face, Demure, Suede, Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood. Risqué is the new Bossy, with a richer plum red tone, Doll Face is a brighter red pink version of the old Flamingo shade, and Demure, the old Shy, is now a more muted coral pink. . . . Melted Metal: I’m so obsessed with this new addition! We’ve taken our unique foil formula and reinvented it in an even more lustrous finish, that can now be used with a brush, or for an extreme liquid metal finish, you can use your fingers. The shades: Dubai, Fling, Trust Fund, Rose Gold, Pink Diamond, a new soft metallic pink with a hint of silver, 24K, #Blessed, and Bubbly, a shimmering metallic champagne shade. . 👉🏼 Pressed-pearl: Similar to the shimmers in our previous palette, this pressed pearl gives stunning shimmer in a more buttery formula. I love using it for highlighting the inner corners and dusting across brow bones and cheekbones. The shade: Moon Dust. . . . 👉🏼 includes a mirror . . Pic #Huda @melcastaneda 📷♥️ . . . 💭 What do you think?? . . Follow me for more me information and to not miss the #makeupworldnews

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The launch is expected on May 22nd at Huda Beauty official website as well as at Sephora online and in stores on July 20th.

3. PUMA x MAC COSMETICS Collaboration

Not necessarily the beauty launch, but we are so obsessed with the idea of matching your favorite lipstick shade to your shoes! The collaboration of the makeup brand and the sport brand led to the creation of Special Edition Suede sneakers. They were exclusively released in honor of PUMA Suede’s 50th anniversary.

 

Now you can choose suedes in one of the legendary MAC cosmetics lipstick shades: Lady Danger, Créme d’Nude and Sin.

They are currently available at Nordstrom.

Which one would you pick?

4. NARS Orgasm Afterglow Balm

This season is all about the glow and shine! We are totally obsessed with just launched Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

As a part of the new Nars Orgasm Collection, this lip balm will be available at the Sephora online on May 20th, and in stores on May 21st.

5. GLAMGLOW INSTAMUD™ 60-Second Pore-Refining Treatment

INSTAMUD™ is another innovative release in skin care products. It’s a foaming treatment mask that works exactly in 60 seconds! It is said to refine pores, smooth and soften the skin and even the tone.

Active ingredients include bentonite and kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera and licorice root.

It was announced only 4h ago and is already available at Glam Glow official website.

6. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter Royal Glow

Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, Becca has added a new highlighter to its iconic highlighters collection. The center of the Royal Glow pressed powder is stamped with a crown which makes it stand out from the other highlighters in the collection.

This limited-edition bronzed opal shade is infused with shimmering gold pearl which makes it a perfect match for any complexion.

It is now available at Becca Cosmetics official website.

 

Which of these launches are you excited about the most? Let us know in the comments down below!


Featured image: Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills

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