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If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.
Skinceutical’s Active UV Defense Sunscreen Cream SPF 15 ($29.00) uses 3% Mexoryl SX as one of three active sunscreen ingredients, which is proven to have good protection against short UVA. It then has 2% Avobenzone, which protects against long-wave UVA. To protect you against the UVB spectrum, it contains 10% Octocrylene, which stabilizes the Avobenzone. (Yes, sunscreen is actually much more complicated than you thought!) This sunscreen is meant for face, so you’ll want something else for your body (and with the size of the tube, you’ll probably realize it’s not meant for body), but I would recommend using it on your neck and decolletage area, too.
While it is only SPF 15, it is also water and sweat-resistant, comes in a fragrance-free formula, and it is lightweight. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you head out into the sun, and you should re-apply every two hours or more often, depending on your skin type.
Find it at www.skinceuticals.com.
What’s one beauty technique that you desperately want to master? Liquid liner? Red lipstick? Blush?
Thanks to Sarah for sharing this guest look with us!
She used MAC eye shadows Goldmine, Folie, Nylon, and Bamboo, MAC eyeliner in stubborn brown (bottom), MAC paint pot in Rubenesque, MAC studio stick foundation (NW 15), MAC Studio Fix powder (N3), MAC powder blush in Subasque, cheap false lashes lol, MAC Fabby lipstick w. PrettyPlush Plushglass, Fix + Spray.
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EXUVIANCE is a brand I was recently able to check out, and one of my favorite products amongst the three I tried was their CoverBlend, which is a “concealing treatment makeup” that has SPF20 and is designed to really hide any skin imperfections from tone to ine lines. It is a smudge-resistant cream that lasts throughout the day. It is also water-resistant and non-creasing, which makes it great for even oilier skin types.
I can definitely appreciate a waterproof foundation in the summer months, just on the fact that I’m outdoors, and even if I’m not, I’m likely to sweat between the car and my destination anyway. Something that won’t break down immediately is so appreciated! I don’t know if I’d necessarily sport it to the beach and expect to walk out of the ocean with flawless foundation despite it being water-resistant, though. I interpret water-resistant to simply mean that you can splash your face without any noticeable damage, which is all I really need!
It comes in fourteen shades, and I always point out the availability based on range because it allows for more people to find an appropriate shade that matches them. And I bet you think this is pricey (I don’t know about you, but “Exuviance” as a name conjurs up connotations of luxury!), but it isn’t–get CoverBlend for only $22.50!
I also tried their Evening Restorative Complex ($30.50), as well as the Vespera Bionic Serum ($55.00). I really felt like the serum woke up my face, which is probably the result of all of the anti-oxidants found within this serum. Like most serums, it is pricier because it has more “good” ingredients. Serums are more intense than regular creams, they’re usually in a higher conentrate of the active or helpful ingredients.
Their Evening Restorative Complex was gentle enough for me to use on my skin without any problems, and it has a light scent of apple-citrus that is tolerable. It’s harder for me to judge the effectiveness of this product as I don’t have too many noticeable fine lines or wrinkles. I like that they label this as “Evening”, though, because nothing is better than when a brand takes the guess work out of skincare!
Learn more about or purchase Exuviance products at http://exuviance.com/.
Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($45.50) is an intensive face cream that brightens, moisturizes, and reduces puffiness. It contains time-released vitamin C as its primary antioxidant that works to stimulate collagen production, increase skin elasticity, and suppress sun damage. It contains pure rose wax to help hydrate along with shea butter, and it also reduces puffiness. This brightening cream is meant to brighten complexion, including dark circles and sun spots. The cream has a light herbal scent that’s pleasing (not one of those organic products that smells like a compost heap!), so you feel like you’re using something fresh and clean on your face.
It comes in a pump-bottle, which I love, because it means no opening the bottle to let light in nor fingers dipping into the product. However, it does come in a glass container, and while the label covers most of it, it does allow for some light to come in. (Light can often destroy certain ingredients and render your product less effective!). Edit: I spoke with the brand, and they actually considered packaging and whether or not to use glass or plastic–they determined that glass would not deteriorate their product for 24 months. So color me informed! While this on the pricier side, the good news is that you only need one or two pumps, which is less than a dime-size, to cover your entire face, so you can get a lot of usage out of a single bottle.
I noticed my skin reacted well to this product as my complexion looked brighter, a little more of a natural glow, and I didn’t find it burned my sensitive skin (at the time I was testing, my skin was going nutso and most of my staple creams were causing me to bite my lip and scream OW OW OW!) Plus, the product does sink in and absorb pretty quickly, which is always a plus in my book–anything to save time!
Learn more at www.sukipure.com.
What’s one beauty technique that you feel you’ve mastered? Best liquid liner user? Perfect at curling lashes? Apply lipstick without a mirror?