Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Good Sunscreens 2016-EWG

There are so many brands of sunscreen how do you know if the brand you are buying is safe and effective? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released it's 10th Annual Sunscreen Guide to help you out with your sunscreen choice. This is a guide to help us find effective safe sunscreens. There is a lot of great sunscreen and sun safety information in their guide. It's worth a look.

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas, high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation and sunscreens containing oxybenzone (a hormone disrupting chemical) and retinyl palmitate (a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin).

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. My past favorites have not scored that great with them. Apparently, they contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which are no good. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 scores a 4. Ocean Potion Protect and Nourish SPF 30 also scores a 4. It could be worse. They could have scored a 10!

I like to use an SPF of 30. I feel a 30 offers good protection without skin irritation. All sunscreens must be reapplied throughout the day spending time in the sun to provide continuous protection. There are lots of other things you can do to help protect your skin while you are soaking up the sun, too.

I must explore some of the new sunscreen brands such as All Good, Kabana and Goddess Garden. I happened to see Goddess Garden recently at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It looks very good to me. I think it will be good for my daughter who has eczema.
goddess garden sunscreen

I like that there are so many natural and mineral based sunscreens available now. I struggled to find them when my kids were little.

Speaking of kids, many baby and kid sunscreens scored well with the EWG. They are the natural and organic brands. The big name that we all know, Coppertone, did not score well at all. Click here to see the worst kids sunscreens.

I put together a list of a few of the brands that did scored well and looked interesting to me.  Go to the EWG site for the specific name of each sunscreen product, the score and product details. There is a search box on the EWG site where you can type your sunscreen brand in and see how it rated. These sunscreens I listed are brands that are cruelty free. There are lots more on the EWG site. I attached a link to each brand name listed below to their website so you can read more about their products.

Alba Botanica Their sunscreens scored 2s.

All Good These suncreens all scored a 1. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods.

AllTerrain  These sunscreens scored a 1. They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Babo Botanicals These sunscreen scored a 1. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger These sunscreens scored a 1. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizzard These Australian sunscreens scored 1s and 2s. Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol These are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system. They scores a 1. Available on their online store.

Goddess Garden These organic sunscreens scored a 1. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores (I saw it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond) and on their site.

Kabana Organic Skincare These organic sunscreens scores a 1. The products are available on their site.

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a 1. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. It is not on the 2016 EWG but maybe we'll see it  in next year's list. Visit their site for purchase and a store locator list. 

Again, here is the link to see how your favorite sunscreen scored. 2016 EWG Guide to Sunscreens

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Underwater Video in Jamaica

This is the beautiful world of Jamaica underwater. It's just 
magnificent! The colors are simply amazing. The fish, the coral, all the sea life. 
Look at the purple on that sea fan.

The deep water scares me, but it also fascinates me. We did some snorkeling during our last trip to Jamaica and got some really great GoPro video. I put all the clips together to create a relaxing video that shows the awesome 
undersea world. 

My husband held the GoPro camera which was attached to a stick as he snorkeled. I recently saw a snorkeling mask that had a camera attached to it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. That looks like a fabulous idea! I also found a snorkeling mask that a GoPro can attach to. Those masks would sure make getting some great underwater footage easier.

I hope you enjoy our video. The link is just below this paragraph. I love it and could watch it over and over. You may just want to book a trip to Jamaica after watching it. I want to!

Click here to view Snorkeling in Negril, Jamaica-Underwater Beauty

I have a few tips to help you look beautiful while you snorkel in the underwater beauty.

Your Eyes 
Obviously, you must wear waterproof mascara to avoid raccoon eyes. Too Faced has a new Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara to give you sexy lashes that stay looking beautiful underwater. 

Your Lips
To keep your lips looking sexy, try a lip stain. Josie Maran makes a nice on that stays on great even under the sea. You can use it on your cheeks as well.

Your Hair
A ponytail or even better, a braid keeps long hair under control during snorkeling.
Have a Beautiful Day!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prom Makeup for a Red Dress

I just did prom makeup on this beauty for her senior prom. She would be wearing a red dress accented with silver beading.
makeup for a red dress
She wanted glittery silver smoky eyes and chose to wear a muted red lip color. I used a silver gray shadow on her lids and added a shimmery white on top to lighten it and give it dimension. A chocolate brown shadow created smokiness and complemented her lightly tanned skin and made her blue eyes pop. Black shimmer shadow accented the outer corners of her eyes. Silver glitter added extra glitz. 
silver glitter smoky eyes
I dabbed a thin layer of lash glue on top of the eye shadow to make sure the glitter would stay in place then, lightly pressed the glitter on with my finger.
The red lipstick coordinated with the dress and looked nice with the smoky eye because it was soft and muted. A bright bold red would have competed too much with the glitzy eyes. Her skin looked flawless with a bit of concealer, a warm beige foundation, bronzer and a luminous finishing powder.

She wore her hair pulled back in a loose up style.
prom makeup for a red dress

 Have a Beautiful Day !

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MegaLength Mascara Review

Lengthening mascara is my mascara formula of choice. I am not a fan of clumpy spider looking lashes. Lengthening formulas tend to have less chance for clumping than volumizing mascaras. There are so many brands of mascara and a wide variety of price points. You can pay under $3 for a drug store brand or $50 for a Guerlain luxury mascara. I have spent up to $35 for a mascara, which is too much, but I could never justify spending $50!
Wet n Wild makes a really nice lengthening mascara called Megalength Mascara. You can find it right in your local drug store for only about $2.99. It's gotten good reviews in magazines so I had some people, including myself, try it out. We tried the regular formula, not waterproof, in very black.

We all found it made our lashes look great!
lashes with wet n wild mega lengths mascara
It defined each lash and lengthened a bit. There was no clumping, no smudging and no flaking. It washed off easily and did not irritate our eyes. This brand is not tested on animals which I always like. The only problem I have with it is that it is made in China. That's not unusual though. It may surprise you to find out that many of our favorite makeup brands are made in China. Would I buy it again? Yes! It's great!

Ingredient list: 
Water/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Oleic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Chlorphenesin, Propylene Carbonate, Trisodium EDTA, Simethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iron Oxides/CI 77499 

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Wedding Makeup and Hair for a May Bride

I had the pleasure of doing makeup for a beautiful May bride this past Saturday. The morning was cloudy, damp and chilly but spirits were bright and warm in the salon as the bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done. Many of the bridesmaids chose braided hairstyles. There was a mix of up styles and down styles. They looked amazing!
braided updo

braided hairstyle

wedding hair and makeup
The bridesmaids would be wearing pale blue dresses. Right on trend!    click here for Pantone color of the year.
We chose to do makeup was clean and fresh with a gentle smokey eye and a nude pink lip. As always, I want the skin to look flawless and glowy.
wedding hair and makeup
Look at that creamy gorgeous skin!
wedding hair style
The brides hairstyle had a fabulous reto feel about it. She wore a sparkly comb on one side. She would be wearing a veil that she would attach later.

We kept her makeup clean and fresh too. The bride wanted to make her own lashes look longer so she wouldn't have to worry about false lashes. I used waterproof mascara, of course, and Cherry Blooms lash fibers to help extend her lashes a bit. The warm neutral eye shadow helped her blue eyes pop. Gorgeous!
bridal eye makeup

I like to check how the makeup looks with and without a flash.
bride makeup no flash
without a flash
bride makeup with flash
with a flash
She has color and stays warm looking with the flash. The makeup look lovely in both photos. I thought of this beautiful in the afternoon as the sun broke through the clouds. The dreary morning turned into a sunny afternoon!

All the best to the bride and groom!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded

I just love a new palette of eye shadows. It's like a box of watercolors or a new box of crayons for creating colorful beautiful things. My daughters gave me this for my birthday. What a fabulous gift!
Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded eye shadow palette.
This eye shadow palette is the Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded eye shadow palette. It was created in honor of Urban Decay's 20th anniversary and contains colors that span the 20 years of Urban Decay. It has 5 original colors Gash, Mildew, Acid Rain, UV-B and Oil Slick, they brought back 5 requested favorite colors, included 7 best sellers and 3 new colors. There are a variety of finishes in this palette: mattes, shimmers and irridescents which makes it really fun to work with. 

I always like UD eye shadows for the nice pigmentation and the fact that they go on with such smooth and even color. The shadows in this palette are made with UD's new formula: the Pigment Infused System to give them a velvet texture, rich color, blendability and better staying power. I think the new formula is great. The shadows go on smoother than ever.

Tip: I always use Urban Decay Primer Potion to keep any eye shadow from creasing and fading!

It can be overwhelming for some people when they look at all the colors in the palette. What do you do with them? What combinations work? There are soooo many color combinations you can create. 

This is one look I like. 
urban decay shallow, hot pants. misdemeanor, anonymous on eyes

urban decay vice reloaded  shallow, hot pants. misdemeanor, anonymous
The colors look so soft and pretty together.

I put together a little video of some color combinations I like from this UD palette to help inspire you to create beautiful eye shadows as well.

Click here to watch my Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded video!

You can find this palette at Ulta and for $56.00. This is a limited edition so it won't be around forever. I couldn't find it on Amazon, but I found lots of other great UD products.

Be creative. Have fun and just play with the colors. You can be fancy and use 6 colors at a time or simple and just use 2 to create a gorgeous, sexy look to bring attention to your eyes.

Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day!

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