Lipgloss Break: what's in my beach bag
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What's in my Beach Bag? - UnBurn

It's that time of year again! I got my beach bag out of storage and filled it with all sorts of good SPF products and magazines. Each week I'll highlight a new item that is 'beach bag approved'!

This week, my go to product was used AFTER I spent the day in the sun. It's the inevitable, the first few sunny days of summer I always miss a spot with sunscreen and get a little sunburn. The weather was so nice this weekend in Michigan that everyone at my house got a little pink from the sun.

Luckily I had Water-Jel Unburn Sunburn Relief waiting for me on my bathroom counter. Unburn is a topical gel that draws the heat out of your burn using heat exchange technology. In other words, it soothes it. It contains 2.5% of Lidocaine, which provides pain relief, as well as a Vitamin E, aloe, tea tree oil and spearmint oil. You can also use it on other burns, for example, a flat iron burn.

Regular aloe seals in the heat from a burn, when UnBurn literally takes the heat out of the burn. Both my husband and I used it this weekend and really liked it. It soothed our sunburns, and took away any soreness we would have experienced. It also smells good - kind of a fresh like spearmint. I would suggest waiting for a few minutes before dressing, but for the most part it soaked in really quickly.

Unburn is available in 8oz. bottles at Walmart.

Check out a few items that were in my beach bag last summer!
Borghese Body Bronzer
Korres Mango Butter Lipstick

What's in my Beach Bag? - Jason Naturals SPF

Jason Family Naturals Sunblock SPF 45 kept me burn free this past weekend! I had no idea this company has been around since 1959. They have been a pioneer in the 'naturals' beauty department.

This non-greasy, water-resistant sunscreen smells so good. It's not overpowering, just a very fresh 'summery-beachy' smell. The Family Natural Sunblock protects skin from burn, and reduces harmful free radical damage caused by the sun's ultra-violet rays. It's enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Green tea extract. This is probably why it felt a little moisturizing as well.

My husband and I both used this and were out all day on Memorial Day. We reapplied probably 2-3x throughout the day and came away with no red. If you are in to organic and natural products, this is a good product to use when you're out in the sun. It retails for $11.95

You can find Jason Natural Products at Whole Foods and other health and natural food stores in the US and Canada, or by visiting

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? Sothys After-Sun

No matter how much sunscreen you use, after being out in the sun all day, your skin is going to experience some damage, whether it be a sun burn or drying, you need to moisturize at the end of the day.

I've found Sothys Soothing After-Sun lotion, part of Sothys's Cellu-Guard Sun Care line, to be a perfect way to end my day after being out in the sun. It's refreshing, almost citrus-y, scent isn't over-powering, and it immediately softens my skin. It contains soothing active ingredients, and prevents photo-induced aging. It soaks in pretty fast and doesn't leave me greasy or stain my clothing.

I'll admit, I got a pretty bad burn this summer (in spots that I missed sunscreen) and I've used Sothys Soothing After Sun lotion to help moisturize and prevent peeling.

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.

What's in my Beach Bag? Sunscreen!

This post is majorly delayed...should have been sent out last Monday. Better late than it is:

Finally - Nice weather in Michigan this past weekend! Spent some time on the lake and loaded up my beach bag!

First things first, sunscreen. You can wear beach cover ups and long linen pants, but you can't walk around with a bag on your head. I always wear a higher SPF on my face since it sees the most sun (I'm not a fan of hats!). Here is what Mike and I wore on our faces all weekend:

CellCeuticals Photo Defense SPF 55+
I used this while I was in Vegas and it was a scorching 90+ degrees out. I only used it on my face and didn't burn at all while out in the sun by the pool all day. PhotoDefense is meant to protect skin against daily UVA and UVB sun exposure while simultaneously combating premature skin aging and moisturizing. This didn't turn my face white, went on smooth, absorbed quickly, and didn't break me out!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
I love love love La Roche-Posay sunscreen. They don't mess around with their products. It's designed for normal to combination skin, super light and has a matte finish. This one didn't break me out either.

This fluid provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect skin. Other benefits and pluses: High UVA protection, water-resistant, helps protect skin from sun damage, fragrance free, non-comedogenic and tested on sensitive skin.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Quick warning: this is not to be used alone for sunblock for your face. I love this stuff, but it's not the only lotion I use when out in the sun all day. This is my DAILY moisturizer and it is divine. It gives my skin a dewy look, but without making me look or feel greasy. It moisturizes really well and doesn't break me out. I can use it by itself with just some blush or a bronzer and don't feel the need for foundation. I love using it alone, I feel like I'm giving my skin some room to breath!

My dermatologist turned me on to Aveeno and I use it for body lotion (Positively Smooth smells great!), facial lotion and face wash (Ultra Calming Cleanser).