Sunday, April 20th, 2008

SPF30+ | These are products currently available that offer SPF 30 or higher but do not fall into the category of water-resistant or moisturizing (at least not marketed as such).

Prescriptives ‘All-Weather Friend’ Daily Sun Protection SPF 40 ($26.50) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Titanium dioxide 5.0% (UVB/UVA)*

Elemis ‘Liquid Layer’ Sunblock SPF 30 ($39.00) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide 7.0% (UVB/UVA)*

Osmotics Age Prevention Protection Extreme SPF 40 ($45.00) contains:

  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)
  • Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Octisalate (UVB)

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 ($16.50) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide 6.0% (UVB/s-UVA)*
  • Zinc Oxide 8.0% (UVA)

Clarins UV Plus ($39.00) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide (UVB/UVA)*

Dermalogica solar defense booster spf30 ($43.00) contains:

  • Avobenzone 3.0% (UVA)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)

* Titanium dioxide covers the UVA spectrum up to 385nm, but the UVA range that is damaging goes up to 400nm; industry standard considers it to still be a broad spectrum coverage, but we wanted to note it here so you can decide.

Make sure you check out our introduction to sunscreen here. These products are typically available at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Choose or Lose


Would you rather give up...

  • Eyeshadow Primer (74%, 551 Votes)
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Saturday, April 19th, 2008

SPF30+ and Water Resistant | This is a look at some of the products available with SPF30 or higher that are marketed as water-resistant. Remember that water-resistant doesn’t mean you can swim for six hours and not worry about it! Re-application is crucial. If you’re in the water for more than 30-45 minutes, you’ll likely need to re-apply for maximum protection.

MD Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 ($42.00) contains:

  • Oxybenzone (s-UVA)
  • Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Octisalate (UVB)
  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)

Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30 ($28.00) contains:

  • Octocrylene (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB)
  • Titanium dioxide (s-UVA)
  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)

Clinique UV-Response Face SPF 50 ($15.50) contains:

  • Homosalate 10% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)
  • Octisalate 5% (UVB)
  • Avobenzone 3% (UVA)

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 55 PA+++ ($33.00) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.4% (UVB)
  • Zinc Oxide 13.9% (UVA)

Dermalogica super sensitive faceblock spf30 ($45.00)

  • Titanium dioxide 6.7% (UVB/s-UVA)
  • Zinc Oxide 9.2% (UVA)

Make sure you check out our introduction to sunscreen here. These products are typically available at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Mother’s Day is May 11th, 2008–mark your calendars! Here are some of our favorite ways to treat your “mom” (traditional or otherwise) this year:

Clinique ‘The Kissers’ Set ($25.00) is an inexpensive set for any fun-lovin’ mom who loves lipgloss. What I love about this is that these glosses are great for giving even to the lady who doesn’t necessarily love or wear makeup everyday. You know what else is a great gift? Clinique’s customizable Happy perfume; talk about a personal touch. Get your favorite photo of your mom & you into the photo so she can always remember the day. Plus, you can enter their Mother’s Day contest, too!

Lancôme Mother’s Day Lip Set ($49.50) comes in cool or warm, which is always nice, because often sets come with universal colors that really aren’t as universal as we think. Get two Color Fever Glosses, a Le Rouge Absolu shade, and a cute cosmetic bag.

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ Mother’s Day Set ($75.00) is a special set of one of Marc Jabobs’ popular scents. If you’ve read any of our perfume-themed question posts, you’ll know readers are often recommending and wearing Marc Jacobs’ scents! The set includes an eau de toilette spray (3.4 oz), body lotion (5.1 oz), and a deluxe mini. This not your scent? Fragrance sets are incredibly popular for Mother’s Day, which means you can usually find favorite scents packaged into sets. Grab one for mom–and one for you!

philosophy ‘amazing grace’ mother’s day set ($75.00) is a Nordstrom exclusive that puts together a set of their signature Amazing Grace scented products of shampoo, bath and shower gel, firming body emulsion, and the fragrance itself. Don’t forget to dedicate a page to your mom at www.yourmomsphilosophy.com.

L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Body Set ($52.00) is a bit of spa-luxury mixed with traditional beauty. There’s just something about L’Occitane that is sophisticated and utterly classy, and it all feels luxurious to use. Get a body lotion, hand cream, and lip gloss in this fun set. Get it here!

Mother’s Day is not just about gift giving. It’s about appreciating the person who has played the role of your mother, your rock, your shoulder to cry on. It can be your sister, your daughter, your best friend’s mother. Gifts are great, but we all know that just showing your appreciation is what counts. Going out for a brunch or cooking up her favorite dessert (and insist she splurge!) is a great idea that’s easy and so do-able. If you have the time, scrapbooking is an excellent way to document and capture memories that will last a life time. Never be afraid to get creative or hands-on when it comes to giving and appreciating!

Most of the gifts featured can be purchased at Nordstrom.com.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Rant & Rave


Tell us why/what you love, hate, or are indifferent about… BLUE EYESHADOW!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What would you wear to the beach (makeup-wise!)? Would dare to go bare-faced? Still go with your normal routine? What?!