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Currently Loving...Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector

Finally, warm weather has arrived in Michigan. This past Sunday we probably spent 5 hours playing outside, walking uptown and eating on patios. Now that we have sun and we're spending more time outside, I'm working on incorporating SPF in my skincare routine.

I'm currently loving Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector. It has everything I'm looking for in my every day makeup routine:

  • SPF 20 to help protect my skin from harmful rays
  • Tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone
  • Retinol to help reduce fine lines

I use a makeup sponge (previously talked about my makeup sponge on my other blog, The Non-Housewives) to put this on, and it goes on really smooth. I don't feel like I'm wearing makeup when I use Anti-Aging Perfector, and my bronzer and blush lays nicely over it. This is the first time I've been able to wear makeup like this without breaking out. I'm hooked.

I'm going to stock up on this for summer so I never run out. I may purchase a shade darker for summer. It's so easy to throw on over moisturizer, and I can always use the extra SPF. This is going to be my go-to for Summer!

You can find Neutrogena products online or at a store near you.

Neutrogena sent me products to review as part of their Ambassador program. All thoughts are my own. 


Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 Review


I'm all about sunscreen in the spring and summer, and I usually use a higher SPF on my face when in the sun. I'm currently loving Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50. It's a daily moisturizer that provides great protection from the sun, while helping to minimize aging. It's a medium-weight moisturizer, and so far hasn't caused me any breakouts or rosacea (I've used it about 10x). 

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery has no artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. Since it's a little bit thicker, I feel like I need to use a little more than my lighter moisturizer to get full coverage on my face. Plus, if I'm going to be in the sun, I like to make sure I'm evenly covered. This moisturizer blends in really well.

Some of the additional benefits listed on the Dermalogica site include:
 - long lasting hydration
 - controls triggers that lead to aging skin

This is the second Dermalogica product I have tried and have really enjoyed. Check out my review of Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. Have you tried out Dermalogica products before? If so, which ones are your favorite? Please share in the comments below! 

A tip from Dermalogica: always protect your skin with SPF on a daily basis to protect against skin-aging environmental assault. 

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.




Take the Pledge and Win a Year Supply of Neutrogena SPF!

Before the festivities start for the 4th of July weekend, I want to remind everyone to keep their skin protected. SPF is key! By purchasing a Neutrogena SPF product, you're not only protecting you, your family and friends from the sun, but you're also helping a family in need!

Now through July 31st, Neutrogena is donating an SPF product to a family need for each purchased. This includes SPF face lotion, sunscreen and foundation that contains SPF. What a great cause!


I'm loading up on SPF before stepping outside this weekend, and carrying all of my bottles with me, in the car, beach bag, and purse, in case any of my friends forget to apply. With Neutrogena's But 1 + Donate 1 program and a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale at CVS, there is no reason not to stock up and spread the SPF! 

I'd love to hear how you are going to stay protected this long weekend and the rest of the year. In fact, how does a year's supply of Neutrogena sunscreen sound, just for taking a pledge? Pretty fantastic right? 

Comment below and pledge that you will keep yourself and your family and friends safe from the sun this 4th of July weekend and beyond. Once you comment, enter your name, email and mailing address in the form below so I can contact you if you win. It's that easy!

I'll select a winner on Friday, July 11th. Thanks to Neutrogena for sponsoring this amazing giveaway. What are you waiting for? Take the pledge!





Giveaway Break - Neutrogena SPF Pack


I hope all my readers are no strangers to sunscreen. It's so important to protect your skin in the harsh summer months! Yesterday I wrote about my love for Neutrogena sunscreens and how they kept me and my family well protected this past week in North Carolina. Now, you have a chance to win a prize pack of sunscreens all for yourself! 


 ***Giveaway***

Enter to win a set of 3 Neutrogena Sunscreens! I will be picking 2 winners to receive a total of 3 sunscreens from the Beach Defense, Ultra Sheer and Wet Skin line. 

 
Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below. Enter up to once a day to increase your chances of winning!
 
This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, July 25th. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



Protect Your Skin on SUNday with Neutrogena Sunscreen

We have a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Yesterday was the first day of Summer, and today is International Sun-Day! Today is the Sunday closest to the summer solstice, making it a special SUNday to celebrate the nearest star in the Universe, the Sun!

But before you go out and celebrate, make sure you are well protected from this star! I've been in extreme Outer Banks, North Carolina heat all week, and have been layering on Neutrogena sunscreen. I'm guilty of not wanting to wear high SPF sunscreen in the past because I was afraid I wouldn't get 'tan.' Well, that mind set has gone out the window now that I'm older (and I like to think wiser, too) and I worry about longer term skin damage and wrinkles. 

I stocked up on SPF 50+ for this trip and pretty much forced it on everyone in my family. Especially when traveling south, the sun is so much stronger, and it never seems like you can enough sunscreen on. There is nothing worse than a sunburn on vacation! My family has been using the below sunscreens all weekend and we've all stayed sunburn free while playing in and out of the ocean and pool.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70
Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70
This goes on underneath your moisturizer and can be worn daily. I LOVE the way this soaks into my skin. I also have extremely sensitive skin, and this non-comedogenic lotion hasn't caused any breakouts or flare ups of my rosacea. I've been putting this on my face, neck and chest every morning when I wake up. You never know when you're going to eat outside or drink coffee on the balcony and the sun will reach your face. It has a sheer, not greasy, finish, and almost looks like it could be a skin corrector. Other benefits include: water resistant for up to 80 minutes, Helioplex technology, oil-free, and PABA free. 

Neutrogena Ultra Dry-Touch SPF 55
Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55
I loaded up with the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 before I even stepped outside. Being pregnant has made me even more cautious about protecting my skin. This kept me burn free but also allowed me to still get a bit of color. This sunscreen is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. I also didn't have any problems with using it on my sensitive skin (it helps that it's non-comedogenic). It's also oil-free, PABA free, and uses the Helioplex technology like the Ultra Sheer Liquid. 


Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 50+
Beach Defense Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
This stick is genius, especially when you don't want to get your hands sticky with sunscreen. It makes for easy, clean application. My niece and nephew also thought it was pretty 'funny' since it looks like deodorant, and made them a little less unhappy about sunscreen re-applications :) This stick didn't absorb as quickly as the Ultra Sheer, but I felt like it was better to use before going into the ocean because it was a bit thicker. The water just ran right over it on our skin, and kept us well protected. Like the Ultra Sheer line, it's oil and PABA free. To top it off, this one smells a little fruity :)

Neutrogena sunscreens can be purchased online at Neutrogena.com or found at your local drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. 

How do you plan on protecting your skin this Summer? Please share below!

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.


Giveaway Break - Mary Kay CC Cream & Lash Love Mascara

It's the first long weekend in Spring and everyone in Michigan has been checking the forecast religiously. It's suppose to be in the 70s and sunny. Perfect weather for Memorial Day weekend!


This weekend you should be armed with SPF products to help protect your skin. I usually go for a minimalist look on the weekends. I'm of the opinion that a good tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF, and a waterproof black mascara are staples for a laid back, weekend look.
Mary Kay's CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Lash Love Waterproof are perfect for a lounging, weekend look. If you'll be in sun, you must put SPF on first! Layered over a higher SPF cream, the CC Cream has eight skin benefits in one cube! It's super light, and has a natural finish. The added sunscreen can't hurt, either.

Lash Love Mascara comes in both brown and black, and is great to wear in the heat or to the beach, lake or pool. No one likes raccoon eyes after swimming or sweating in the sunny weather!

If you need help summer proofing your beauty routine, enter to win both of these items!

 ***Giveaway***

Enter to win both the Mary Kay CC Cream (in your choice shade) and Lash Love Mascara! 

 
Fill out the form below to win! There are also several different ways you can get extra entries: sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me & retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest, add me to one of your Google+ circles, follow me on Instagram or become a fan on Facebook. Make sure to list the number of extra entries in the form below, as well as your CC Cream shade. Enter up to once a day to increase your chances of winning!
 
This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Monday, June 23rd. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!



What's in my Beach Bag? Sun Bum SPF 30!

I definitely consider myself a 'Sun Bum' in the Michigan Spring/Summer time. My coworker always teases me because whenever the sun is out I can always be found working on our office deck. But I'm also very cautious to make sure I'm fully protected by sunscreen when outside.

Just the name of this sun protection line had me hooked. I received a sample of Sun Bum SPF 30 Continuous Spray and the lip balms to try out. I tried them out this past weekend while out on the lake and they kept both me and husband burn free! They are a new essential for my weekend beach bag.

The Continuous Spray sunscreen provided great coverage and made for easy application. I could even get my back covered without help! Sun Bum SPF 30 is water proof and sweat proof, paraben free, oil free and hypoallergenic. To top it off, it smells like the beach, coconut and sand. Retails for $15.99 and can be purchased online and at select retailers.

The lip balms are great too. Normally I'm not a fan of wax based lip balms, but this one goes on smooth and doesn't dry out lips or have a thick waxy feeling to it. It's super moisturizing! All of their fun flavors (my favorite so far is Banana) contain cocoa butter, and are PABA free. Other tasty flavors include Mango, Key Lime, Coconut, Pint Guava and Pomegranate. Sun Bum lip balms are $3.99 a piece and can be purchased online. These are steal for how moisturizing and tasty they are, with the added benefit of SPF.

Do you wear sunscreen? I hope everyone comments 'yes' below! Take my advice and wear your sunscreen...you'll thank me later!




Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/spf-30-continuous-spray-sunscreen/#sthash.YWA8GTCU.dpuf
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/spf-30-continuous-spray-sunscreen/#sthash.YWA8GTCU.dpuf
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/spf-30-continuous-spray-sunscreen/#sthash.YWA8GTCU.dpuf
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789 Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free Hypoallergenic Photostable Vitamin E Enriched - See more at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/spf-30-continuous-spray-sunscreen/#sthash.YWA8GTCU.dpuf
This easy to use, ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.
Features / Benefits
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
  • Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof
  • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Photostable
  • Vitamin E Enriched
- See more at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/spf-30-continuous-spray-sunscreen/#sthash.YWA8GTCU.dpuf


Memorial Day Essentials

It's been a chilly Memorial Day weekend so far here in Michigan. But even though it's not bikini weather, don't forget to wear sunscreen! Here's my Memorial Day 'must have' list:

 
I like this sunscreen for my face because it doesn't break me out.
I have a long sleeve mullet dress that I'm obsessed with, kind of like a half maxi dress. I love the look of this maxi dress from JC Penney because it doesn't go all the way to the ground.
I practically live in jean jackets in the Spring and Fall. Definitely a necessity when it's only 60 degrees out.
Protect your eyes! These Ray Bans are on my wish list.


Doesn't have to be as fancy as this Lacoste one, but grab a beach blanket or towel and have a picnic in a park!

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Hopefully its sunny wherever you are!


What's In My Beach Bag? - Australian Gold Sunscreen

Finally...nice weather in Michigan! We just had a beautiful weekend here. Sunny and in the 80s.

I'm still sporting my very pale skin from the winter, and wanted to make sure I was fully covered with sun protection while out this weekend. I did a great job protecting myself...except for my back. Never forget to put sunscreen on your back! I remembered an hour too late, and I'm paying for it with a burn. But luckily, the rest of me was well protected with Australian Gold this weekend.
I used Australian Gold Sheer Coverage all over my arms and legs, in SPF 15. It rubbed in evenly and smelled just wonderful. There is something about the smell of Australian Gold that reminds me of vacation and pina coladas. Yum. Every spot I applied this remained sunburn free. I applied once in the morning, a second coat in the afternoon, and was out in the sun probably for a total of 4 hours.

This also comes in a cute sample size, perfect for tossing in your purse or beach bag. I like to keep it in my every day purse in case of an emergency (for example: spontaneous dinner reservations out on a patio).
I also used Australian Gold SPF Spray Gel with Bronzer (both this weekend and in Florida a few month sago). Great protection with SPF 30 and even coverage. It's not like a self tanner where you have to make sure you apply even. This didn't streak at all and applied it fairly quickly. This also smelled delicious...not like self tanner at all!

One of the best things about Australian Gold (besides the smell) is the price. You can find it at your local CVS and at high end salons.

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

What's in my Beach Bag? - Chapstick with SPF

Chapstick with SPF is a must when I'm outside. I've posted this before, but I have a chapstick and lipgloss in every part of my life. My desk, car, kitchen, nightstand, everywhere. I'm currently toting around....

Softlips Balm with SPF 20 - The mint and vanilla flavors are yummy. It goes on smooth, unlike some chapsticks that are dry. It's very light on the lips, and is great to put under a gloss or lipstick. The slim containers make them easy to shimmy in a pocket. Right now you can purchase on their site with 99 cents shipping!Elemental Herbs All Good Lips with SPF 15 - This is more of a thicker balm, and stays on longer. They come in flavors, but the flavors don't linger long once they are on your lips. I like to use this one when I have super chapped lips. It goes on so thick I can feel it sealing in the moisture. Oh, and it's organic!

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

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What's in My Beach Bag?


Always in my hand bag = a hand cream or lotion with SPF in it.

Hissyfit Handy Work protects your hands with SPF 30+ and UVA/UVB protection. It's non-greasy and has a hint of citrus scent to it. It's a little bit pricey, at $29 each, it definitely falls into the 'luxurious' category. I would say it's worth the investment if you are in the sun a lot and worry about your hands aging.

Some additional benefits are:
  • All natural SPF with advanced zinc/titanium dioxide technology – not chemically derived
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Formulated with soothing botanical extracts of Aloe and Vitamin E
  • Intense hydration of Olive Butter and Macadamia Oil
Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.



Find Your SPF Number

Going in the sun this summer? This article is a must read. Paula Begoun from The Cosmetics Cop writes about how to find your perfect SPF number. It's pretty lengthy, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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The Basics
Sun protection is an everyday must for anyone concerned with keeping their skin in top shape (and that includes avoiding wrinkles, brown discolorations, building collagen, keeping skin firm, and even preventing skin cancer). SPF 15 is the minimum rating to look for and greater is better for some skin colors and conditions; all sunscreens must be liberally applied; and UVA protection is critical.

UVA protection depends on the active ingredients in the product you are using so be sure one or more of these active ingredients are included: avobenzone (sometimes listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl (ecamsule) or, outside the U.S., Tinosorb.

Decisions, Decisions
There are several important factors that influence how you choose and should apply a sunscreen:

  1. How long you are going to be in the sun or sitting next to a window (UVA radiation, the sun's most damaging rays, come through windows). The longer you are going to be in the sun or exposed to UVA radiation via windows the higher the SPF number you need to look for.
  2. Are you willing to apply your chosen sunscreen liberally? No matter what SPF rating you choose, you have to apply it liberally. If you aren't applying it liberally always go for a higher number to assure you are getting as much sunscreen ingredients on your skin as possible.
  3. Will you be swimming or perspiring heavily? If so, go for sunscreens labeled water resistant or very water resistant. Be sure to reapply as directed, especially after toweling off.

You'll also want to take into consideration your skin type and whether or not you'll be wearing makeup.

  1. Those with normal to dry skin should use sunscreens in a lotion or cream base.
  2. Those with oily or combination skin should go for sunscreens formulated in a lightweight lotion with a matte finish, a liquid, or an alcohol-free gel base. Many spray-on sunscreens are excellent for oily skin.
  3. If you're going to be wearing foundation, you can choose a foundation with sunscreen and pair it with a moisturizer with sunscreen and a pressed powder with sunscreen!
What's Your Rating?
Your ideal SPF number is a multiplication figure based on your skin color and the SPF number on the product.

REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKIN COLOR AND HOW EASILY YOU TAN, WRINKLES, SKIN DISCOLORATIONS, AND SKIN CANCERS ARE PRIMARILY CAUSED BY UNPROTECTED SUN EXPOSURE!

Next, Do the Math:

  • Your Level of Sunburn Risk x by the SPF Rating = Safe Sun Exposure for Your Skin Color
  • The SPF number is a rating that determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning when you wear that product without needing to reapply it. It does not indicate quality of protection, just length of time. Here's how to do the math. If you have:
    • Level 1 skin (very fair): That means you usually get a burn in about 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 20 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
    • Level 2 skin (fair to light): That means you usually get a burn in about 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 30 minutes = 450 minutes (7.5 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 30 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 30 minutes = 1,350 minutes (22.5 hours) of protection
    • Level 3 skin (light to medium/olive): That means you usually get a burn in about 40 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 40 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 40 minutes = 1,200 minutes (20 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 40 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
    • Level 4 skin (medium to tan): That means you usually get a burn in about 60 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 60 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 60 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 60 minutes = 2,700 minutes (45 hours) of protection
    • Level 5 and Level 6 skin (brown to dark brown or black): That means you usually get a burn in about 120 minutes (2 hours) of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin's response to various SPF ratings works like this:
      • SPF 15 x 120 minutes = 1.800 minutes (*30 hours) of protection
      • SPF 30 x 120 minutes = 3,600 minutes (60 hours) of protection
      • SPF 45 x 120 minutes = 5,400 minutes (90 hours) of protection
*Note that level 5 and 6 skin should do just fine with a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15. However, liberal applications is still important. If you do not think you'll be applying the sunscreen as liberally as you should, consider a sunscreen rated SPF 30.