AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30 Review (Sort of!)

I could only use this for an hour before I had to remove it. It wasn’t that the fragrance was unpleasant, but the particular scent is very floral, and I couldn’t stop sneezing and my eyes wouldn’t quit itching. It pretty much set off an allergy attack for me, and as much as I wanted to test this product for at least a full day for how well it would wear during the day, I just couldn’t.

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Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer Review, Photos

Korres is a brand that considers themselves natural, and this product (based on Korres‘ website) has 85.1% natural content, and it does not contain petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicones, parabens, sulphates, or synthetic dyes. It does contain fragrance, alcohol, and nuts. It is suitable for vegans and contains no animal by-products or undergone animal testing. Also, even though it talks about diminishing fine lines, it doesn’t contain any retinol or AHAs (it’s purely from the vitamin C).

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Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 Review

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 ($13.99 for 1.7 oz.) is a drugstore option for a great summer moisturizer. I find it to be fairly lightweight (maybe light to medium), but once it dries, there’s no heaviness or super greasy residue. What I like about Cetaphil products is that they’re consistently good; they’re extremely reliable. I know I’m getting a no fuss formula that does exactly what it says – moisturizes and protects my face from the sun.

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For Your Purse: Kinesys Sunscreen Spray


Mellan says… Protect yourself! Sunglasses & sunscreen!

Make sure you keep yourself protected this holiday weekend! It’s the official start of summer, and with that, I know a lot of you are spending sometime outside and (hopefully) enjoying summer rays. Sunscreen should be one of the first items you put on before you go out, but you should also keep some with you for easy re-application. As much as we’d love it if it were true, one application in the morning doesn’t keep you protected all day long.

For the past month or two, I’ve been road-testing a bunch of sunscreens from tubes to creams to sprays. One of the ones I’ve tested recently has been Kinesys‘ travel-size spray sunscreens. They have SPF 30 and cost $6.99 each. What I like about them is that they fit easily in my purse, so I can keep one on me for unexpected adventures. It’s available in both fragrance-free and regular–the regular version kind of smells like the beach… lots of sunscreen and a little bit of fruitiness. I find the fragrance-free version to be a lot more odorless, so I do prefer that one. The spray sunscreen is water/sweat-resistant, making it an excellent option for if you’re heading to the beach.

I’m not a dedicated spray-sunscreen kind of gal, but I do love it for on-the-go and impromptu trips outdoors. So while I’ll usually opt for a cream or lotion in the morning, I refresh my sun protection with sprays later on during the day, when I know I’m heading outdoors for awhile.

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Clinique’s New Suncare Line-up for Summer Beach Bags

Clinique’s newly revamped Suncare line is definitely a product that’s going to make it into my beach bag this summer. The line includes a SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 50 Face Cream ($17.50), SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50), SPF 15 Face/Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 30 Body Cream ($20.00), SPF 50 Body Cream ($20.00), After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe ($20.00), and SPF 25 Body Spray ($20.00).

I absolutely love the new packaging Clinique went with for their suncare line, because it stands out, is definitely “sunny,” and it’s fun. All of the new Sun products use avobenzone, ethylhexylsalicylate, homosalate, oxybenzone, and octocrylene as ingredients for UVA/UVB protection and stabilization. For those curious, these are chemical sunscreens, not natural ones, so if you’re allergic, you’ll have to opt for another line.

The SPF 30 Face Cream ($17.50) is fairly thick, comes out white, and it does have a bit of the sunscreen scent. The scent fades after application, as does the whitish cast once you’ve blended the product in. I find it dries down quite a bit leaving a non-greasy finish. I actually find myself still reaching for a moisturizer (a lightweight one) most of the time. I find the SPF 30 Body Cream is very similar to the Face Cream, perhaps it is a bit thicker, though. I love the SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick ($17.50) for quick touch-ups, additional coverage (like on nose, ears, etc.), and just having something that’s extremely portable and travel friendly.

I can’t say I’ve truly road-tested the After Sun Rescue Balm ($20.00) yet, because the face and body creams are keeping me so well protected, I’m not burning whatsoever. (Plus, I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never burned before.) However, I did slather it on my boyfriend’s neck, because he plays tennis regularly so the sun would beat down on the back of his neck. He said it felt soothing, a bit cooling, and just overall made it feel less burnt.

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Best Sunscreens: Clinique SPF 30 Face Cream

Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream 9$17.50 for 1.7 oz.) is a newly launched product by Clinique as part of their suncare line. It uses “SolarSmart” technology, which is meant to stabilize high-level protection against aging and burning effects from both UVA and UVB rays. There are solar-activated antioxidants to help prevent visible damage to the skin.

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