Friday, May 25, 2018

Best Safe Effective Sunscreens 2018


long wavy beach hair
The summer season is just beginning. That means it's time for your reminder about taking care of your skin in the sun. I call sunscreen a magic cream. It's amazing really. All you have to do is apply the cream and it keeps your skin from burning. It's also the most effective anti aging skin product around!

There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! If you are someone who is concerned about the chemicals you apply to your kid's skin  and your own skin as well, go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient. It's a great resource!

10 Great little sunscreen tips you may not know

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. They don't like high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation. They also don't like sunscreens containing oxybenzone which is a hormone disrupting chemical and retinyl palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, which is 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. The sunscreens are rated individually. One brand name may have different products with different scores. I always prefer to use cruelty free brands.
Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 5 sunscreens scoring twos. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.


All Good 7 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a ones. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Babo Botanicals 4 of their sunscreens scored ones. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 12 of their sunscreens scored a ones. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and 3 scored a twos. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a ones. Available on their online store.


Goddess Garden 11 of these organic sunscreens scored ones. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 
Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores ones. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!


Kiss my Face 1 of their sunscreens scored ones. They are easy to find in drug stores, super stores and health food stores. Also on their site.

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


Ocean Potion 1 of their products Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 35 scored a two. Find it in drug and superstores including Target and Walgreens and on their site.


Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Coconut SPF 50 scored a two. This is a vegan skin care and makeup line. Find it at Ulta and on their site.

Sun Bum Just Skin Food Baby Beach Bum Sunscreen SPF 31 scored a one. Find Sun Bum at salons, specialty shops, on amazon and on their site.

There are many other brands to check out. Visit the EWG site to see more. You can search your favorite sunscreen and see it's rating easily by using their handy search box. 

The EWG's 2018Guide to Sunscreens

Some good brands are not on the list this year that were on last year's list. I'm not sure why. They are good products.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored ones last year but I don't see them on the list this year They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & 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 scored a one last year but I don't see it on their list this year which seems odd to me. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Amazon is the most convenient place to shop for sunscreen at great prices with fast shipping. Use my link and I get a small commission­čśâ TY!



Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

xo 
Jill

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding Pics: Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup, Nails and Wedding Dress

A royal wedding is so romantic! I couldn't wait to see Meghan Markle's wedding dress and makeup. I go up early and had the tea and scones ready!
tea and chocolate scones
One big question my clients were all talking about was would Harry shave? No he didn't!

prince harry and prince william

Meghan looked lovely as she entered the church with her flower girls and page boys! 
The other big question, the dress. Who would the designer be and what would it look like? The dress was a very regal understated boat neck Claire Waight Keller gown perfect for Meghan's minimalist style in a modern shade of white. Claire Waight Keller is a British designer and artistic director at Givenchy. Meghan chose to wear Queen Mary's tiara with her long veil.

The makeup is always very important for me. Many of my brides may want to wear
her look. Meghan's skin look luminous with little if any foundation showing her freckles. Her cheeks had the faintest hint of pink to match her semi matte pale pink lips. She wore matte eye shadow in shades of brown with understated black eye liner and long black lashes. Her brows were nicely arched and filled in with dark brown.
maghan markles wedding makeup
meghan markles eye makeup
meghan markle tiara and veil
Look how her skin glowed in the sun light! Just gorgeous! Meghan knows the importance of good skin care. She spent time working with a facialist to get her skin wedding ready.
meghan markles skin
 Her nails were proper royal pale pink nude.
royal wedding rings
meghan markles wedding dress
royal wedding first kiss
A beautiful fairy tale wedding!
Congratulations to the Duchess of Sussex!

Professional facials and makeup can make you look as gorgeous as Megan for your wedding. See me at the salon for facials to beautify your skin. Come to me or I can come to you on your wedding day to do your makeup. View my Gallery and get more details.

Have a Beautiful Day!


royal wedding cake

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Zoya Violet Nail Colors with Wild Violet Flowers in my Garden

violets
Every April and May I have sweet little wild violets blooming in my garden and in various locations around my yard! They seem especially beautiful this year. Their leaves are a cute heart shape, which I just love, and they make a nice leafy filler in the garden throughout the summer.
ceramic mushrooms
The spring violet flowers are beautiful vibrant shades of purple, a mix of deeper blue purples and lighter more red purples with blue purple veining. Nature gives us incredible, inspiring colors! I'm thinking this would be an amazing nail color, right?
violet flower
A mix of nail polish colors is in order to mimic the various shades of purple in the violet flower. I frequently layer nail polish colors to create unique custom looks for my clients to match a special outfit or just to give them their own special nail polish color. I went to my Zoya nail polish collection and settled on Zoya Landon, Zoya Delaney and Zoya Leisel.
zoya landon, zoya delaney, zoya leisel
Landon 
A deep creamy purple with a hint of red. 

Delaney 
A multi chromatic purple flip. This metallic shimmer has shades of green, blue, purple and pewter that looks different in various lighting and angles. 

Leisel 
A sheer pinky purple shimmer topper that adds beautiful sparkling dimension. 

I started with one coat of rich creamy opaque Landon for a nice purple base with hints of red. Next, I added a coat of  semi sheer Delaney for it's blue purple multi chromatic flip. I topped it all off with Leisel for sparkling pinky purple dimension. It came out gorgeous!!!

In the shade.....
violet nail polish and violet flower
 and in the sun in has the many facets of purple like the violet!
violet nail polish with violet flower
Happy violet... the flower and the nail color, too!

You can find these beautiful Zoya colors at salons and spas, on zoya.com and on my favorite Amazon! See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for your own custom color manicure and pedicure!


Have a Colorful Day
xo
Jill