Protect Your Skin! All About Sunscreen

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If you live in the USA, Independence Day is almost upon us, and you know what that means -- outdoor fun! But before you head out into the hot sun, make sure you wear sunscreen! If you're confused by so many choices, here are some reviews on the ones I have been using this season.

Sunscreens I'm currently using.

When it comes to sunscreen there's two basic types: physical and chemical. In a nutshell, physical sunscreens physically block the rays of the sun, and chemical sunscreens absorb. One thing that people often forget with sunscreen (myself included) is that you should apply it 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. 

Here's what I prefer in sunscreen:
While I would love to go all natural all the time with something as important as sunscreen, that's not always practical. I try to steer clear of parabens and the active sunscreen ingredient, oxybenzone, whenever possible. Natural and physical sunscreens can often feel heavy or leave a white cast and be a bit difficult to rub in. Every now and then you can find a physical sunscreen that's easy to use. Regardless, I like to use at least an SPF 30.


Physical sun

Physical Sunscreens
OZ Naturals Anti-Aging Solar Shield SPF 30 Sunscreen*
  • All Natural 
  • Rubs in and dries quickly
  • Only a slight scent, but no fragrance is listed in the ingredients
  • Doesn't feel heavy
  • Doesn't leave a white cast
  • Doesn't become white and runny when you sweat - That's happened to me before, and I was not happy!
Oz Naturals Sunscreen Ingredients & Information

Banana Boat Kids Tear Free Sting Free SPF 50
  • Fragrance Free
  • Rubs in easily and dries quickly
  • Skin feels moisturized without feeling heavy
  • Doesn't become white and runny when you sweat

Ingredients Images From Amazon.com

Chemical Sunscreens & Sprays



Banana Boat Ultramist Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ 

  • Clear spray
  • Light feel 
  • Has a slight scent, but not a sunscreen or floral smell
  • Doesn't sweat off easily

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Clear Mist Spray Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Clear spray
  • Moisturizing feel (similar to the lotion sprays)
  • Tropical fragrance (sweet floral)

Hawaiin Tropic Island Sport Ultra Light Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

  • Very similar to the Silk Hydration Clear Mist Spray above.
  • Lighter feel
  • Same tropical scent, but a little lighter

As you can see, I am obsessed with sunscreen, and I use it daily. I like having a variety of lotions and sprays to suit my needs, and I go through so much of it. So, I must ask -- Do you have a favorite sunscreen? What are you using right now? I'll run out of all this soon, so let me know what to use next!



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Clinique Airbrush Concealer

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Clinique has been coming out with so many new products lately that I just had to pay a visit to a counter to see what would catch my eye. I must admit that Clinique is a brand that I haven't given much thought since high school, but from watching Lisa Eldridge use it time and time again in her videos, I just had to try the Clinique Airbrush Concealer.



As you can see, this concealer has a brush applicator with a twist up dispenser. It takes a lot of twisting to get the concealer started. I almost thought that it was broken the first time I tried to use it!


Ingredients

I chose the color, 04 neutral fair, for its yellow undertone to counteract any darkness under my eyes. My undereye area typically doesn't have too much darkness, but there is a slight shadow there.  





I would describe this concealer as a brightening concealer. While it does provides coverage, it also brightens the area. For me, this is best for under the eyes. I did used a bit of it to cover redness around my nose, but my oily skin caused it to break up a bit. It didn't want to stay put on my face, even with a setting powder. Overall, I find the Clinique Airbrush Concealer to be a quick and easy everyday undereye concealer. 

I picked up a few other items from Clinique, so stay tuned for more reviews! Do you have a new favorite from Clinique or an old favorite that you've used for years? I love to hear what you are using and loving!



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Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

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As someone that uses self tanner every now and then, I know that using a body scrub is important to getting an even tan. Even though I self tan off and on all the time, I'm a newbie when it comes to scrubs. The foaming scrub from Victoria's Secret is the only other body scrub I've tried before receiving the Adovia Dea Sea Salt Scrub.




Pros:
  • Great ingredients
  • Moisturizing
  • Fantastic as a foot or hand scrub
Cons:
  • Packaging - The plastic film is difficult to remove.
  • Messy - There's a layer of oil on top of the salt. It makes it a bit awkward when using it in the shower.
  • Scent - It has a strong, powdery scent -- not fresh and aquatic as the name, Ocean Breeze, would have you believe.

Final Thoughts:
The Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub is perfect for someone with super dry skin. It doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or over exfoliated. I don't like using this for my entire body, but I think it works really well as a foot scrub for me. My feet look and feel softer and smoother after I use it. 

What body scrubs do you use? Do you have a favorite that I should try?


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Maybelline The Nudes Palette

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Hi everyone! So, I'll admit that I've read and watched so many mixed reviews of the Maybelline The Nudes palette that I had made the decision that maybe I didn't need another nude palette. My mom kept telling me how much she wanted this particular palette, so I decided to buy one for her and one for myself. I'm glad I did.


I'll just pretend that maybe you haven't seen a review of this. The Maybelline The Nudes palette contains 12 shades with a mix of shimmer, satin, and matte finishes. It also comes with a dual-ended sponge tip applicator. I don't using those to apply eyeshadow, so I haven't used it.



For the swatches below, the top row is over a primer (Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer), and the bottom row is over bare skin. I decided that I should do this because it makes a difference, and I don't wear eyeshadow without a primer. The primer makes a huge difference with the darker shadows. They definitely stand out more with a primer. 

Top row of shadows in palette

Bottom row of shadows



Why I like this palette:
  • Cost - It's only $9.99!
  • Has every color you need for a complete look.
  • Size - It's about the same size as my phone, so it's travel friendly.
  • Every color is wearable, and the dark colors can be worn as liner.
  • Colors are pigmented and easy to work with.
  • It's just easy! I don't have to spend any time thinking about what I need. It's all here.
Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts?


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Summer Skin Fix ~ Clay Powder Masks

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Hey everyone! It finally stopped raining in Texas, and now it's hot! This steamy heat always makes my skin oily, and there's nothing like a clarifying mask for a quick fix.


I was sent to Moroccan Ghasoul Clay Powder for review, but my first impression of it reminded me so much of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay that I thought I would review both of them for you. What both of these masks have in common is that they're a dry powder. You have to take a small amount and mix it with a liquid to create your mask.

  • Bentonite Clay - known to remove toxins and metals from the body.
  • Mix with water, apple cider vinegar (ACV), or a combo of the 2
  • When mixed with ACV, your face will pulsate. Start with a little bit and work your way up with the ACV.
  • Makes your face feel tight as it dries.
  • Draws out a lot of impurities, and your face may be a little red if you use ACV.
  • It is still a great clarifying mask without ACV, but less intense.
  • Great for very oily and problematic skin



Your face really does pulsate!

Directions (from drugstore.com)
"Mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and/or water. Use a non-metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture well to a smooth other area. Let it dry for 5-10 min. for delicate skin and 15-20 min. for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Feel your face pulsate! Remove clay by washing with warm water. Slight redness of the skin is normal and will disappear in about 30 min. Removes impurities and dirt from the pores. Deep pore cleansing. "World's Most Powerful Facial" 1 lb. of Clay makes 10-15 facials. Use it once per week for the family, more often for problem skin. Men love it, too."



Non-metal bowl and utensils


Starts to feel tight as it dries.

  • Moroccan Lava Clay - sounds exotic!
  • Mix with water
  • Feels a little tight as it dries
  • Skin feels smooth and exfoliated after it's removed.
  • No redness or irritation for me




Directions from company site:
After your spa, bath or shower while your skin is still moist and warm, apply a thin layer of Zakia's Atlas Mountain Clay Mask over your face and body.
1. Add the clay into a bowl (size of a full large mug)

2. Pour water on top of the clay until it just covers it (big maximum 5 mm of water above the clay). Pour the water slowly so you can be sure you are not adding too much water and make the final mask too runny.

3. Wait 2-3 minutes so the water is fully absorbed by the clay. If needed add a bit more water.

4. Wait another 2-3 minutes and start mixing everything with a plastic or wooden spoon until you have a clear mixture – it shouldn’t be lumpy. Keep stirring if you see any lumps. If you feel that the mixture is too runny and won’t stick to your skin, add more clay and mix again. But bear in mind that it is easier to add more water than more clay.

5. Apply it on your face. Ideally, the mask should be really thick (like a 5mm thickness) but it can be thinner if you want. You will feel the tingling as the mask works to remove impurities and dead skin cells.

6. Do not leave the mask to the point it is completely dry on your skin. The edges will start drying out first, which is fine. Just add with your fingers a bit or oil on the edges to avoid it being itchy. It can be any oil such as jojoba oil or olive oil.

7. Leave the mask at least 15-20 minutes, but it depends how thick it is. If you have a very thin layer of clay, it can last just 10 minutes. But you won’t see very must results like this so I would recommend doing enough quantity so you can have a reasonably thick layer.

8. Just use warm water to clear your face. You don’t need soap for this.

9. When you skin is cleaned, apply a moisturizing cream as the clay will absorb moisture from the skin along with any impurities.

10. Your skin will be silky smooth and remarkably clean.



Looks a bit like mud, doesn't it?
Final Thoughts:
Both of these products are effective clarifying masks. If your skin is on the dryer/more sensitive side, then the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder mask is your best bet. For those of you wanting something more powerful, I recommend you check out Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask and experiment with adding apple cider vinegar. Either way, you can't go wrong with a clay powder mask to clarify your pores and control oil. Just make sure to use a light moisturizer afterward!

Zakia's Morocco is currently having a giveaway. Enter  the giveaway HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift card to purchase some of their products. Also, they have a 20% off coupon code for my readers. Use code ZMBLOG-150 for 20% off of your purchase on their site.

Have you tried any kind of clay powder mask?


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