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?!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Spray on SPF | As beauty mavens, we are pretty good about layering on SPF somewhere between moisturizer and foundation, but what about when you’re out all day and need to re-apply? Sometimes spray-on is a chance to re-apply without having to re-do your makeup completely as well.

Decléor Protective Hydrating Spray SPF 30 ($35.50) contains:

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5% (s-UVA)

Bliss The Big Screen SPF 30 ($25.00) [water-resistant] contains:

  • Homosalate 6% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 6% (s-UVA)

Fresh Top Protection Layer SPF 20 ($48.00) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.49% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 4% (s-UVA)
  • Avobenzone 3% (UVA)
  • Octocrylene 2% (UVB)
  • Benzophenone-4 1.5% (UVB)

Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 ($28.00) [water-resistant] contains:

  • Octnoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Homosalate 7.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 6.0% (s-UVA)
  • Avobenzone 3.0% (UVA)

waterblock solar spray spf30 ($38.00) [water-resistant] contains:

  • Homosalate 10.0% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Octocrylene 10.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)

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

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Protecting yourself from the sun is essential. With as much research out, it is no longer an optional step in your beauty routine. Most of understand that anti-aging creams are not nearly as effective as taking preventative steps that reduce aging rather than attempting to reverse what has already occurred.

UVA & UVB? UVA damage occurs in shortwave (320 to 340nm) and long-wave (340 to 400nm), while UVB occurs between 280 to 320 nm. UVA tends to penetrate into the skin, while UVB damages the top layer of skin.

Common Ingredients for UVA Protection: Avobenzone, Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX), Zinc Oxide; Titanium gives some, but not the entire range of the spectrum

Common Ingredients for UVB Protection: Octyl methoxycinnamate, octyl salicylate, octocrylene

Ingredient to watch for: Zinc Oixide provides protection against short and long UVA as well as UVB. Avobenzone protects against UVA, while oxybenzone only protects against short wave UVA and titanium dioxide protects up to 385nm (of 400nm).

Caution: SPF is a measure of UVB protection, NOT UVA. In fact, many sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum UVA/UVB” do not protect against the entire UVA spectrum (short and long waves).

Ingredients known for sun protection:

  • Octocrylene is an organic compound used in sunscreens.
  • Oxybenzone is a derivative of Benzophenone and an organic compound often used in sunscreens.
  • Octisalate is a chemical suncreen ingredient that blocks UVB.
  • Homosalate is an organic compound used in sunscreens to absorb ultraviolet rays.
  • Avobenzone is an oil soluble ingredient that may also go by Parsol 1789, Eusolex 9020, Escalol 517.
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate or octinoxate is an organic compound used for sun protection.
  • Octyl salicylate is an organic compound used in sunscreens. It absorbs ultraviolet light.
  • Dioxybenzone is an organic compound used to block UVB, derivative of benzophenone.
  • Titanium Dioxide is used in sunscreen, and it is often used to because of its high refractive index.

How effective is your SPF? Calculate how long you can stay in the sun with your sunscreen.