This month I was very impressed by each product I received. You know how normally there’s that one product that you’re just kind of -eh- about? Not for me!
Also, for today (September 16th) only, GlossyBox is having a promotion where anyone who signs up with the code GIVEMEMUD will receive a free GlamGlow YouthMud Mask in their first box, in addition to the regular products for that month! Glossybox.com
1. Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - 2 fluid oz each
This is my new shampoo. My over processed bleach blonde hair has been through the ringer, and needs some serious hydration and TLC. This duo makes my normally straw-like strands feel soft and healthy! The Uberliss shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and contain blueberry, sugarcane, green tea and keratin. The full-sized 12oz bottles cost $26
2. SpaRitual Nail Polish - .5 fluid oz (full size)
I have a few SpaRitual polishes in my sickeningly-huge collection, and I’ve always been impressed by them. They are decently opaque (2 coats is perfect), they dry quickly, they keep their glossy finish longer than most polishes, and they don’t chip too quickly! The color I got is called “Uncharted”, which is a fuchsia with a slight sheen (it looks more red in the photo above). This isn’t a color I’d normally pick out, but I love the way it looks on my nails and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments! It’s a very sophisticated pink. This product costs $12
3. Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter - .15 oz (full size)
One word - gorgeous. Kryolan is notorious for their professional-grade products, and this cream highlight lives up to that standard. This cream feels lightweight and thin on the skin, so it’s not sticky and won’t move around the rest of your makeup when you apply it. The color I received is called “Cashmere”, and it is a gorgeous pale champagne-pink. This is intended to be used anywhere… cheeks, eyes, lips… and the sheen it gives looks really natural. No large chunks of glitter to make you look like a little kid playing in mommy’s makeup! This highlighter costs $18.95, and is available on the Glossybox website for purchase.
4. Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream - .34 oz
I’m a skincare junkie, always looking for the latest and greatest. This is a fabulous, rich, anti-aging moisturizer that contains great natural ingredients like ginseng extract and avocado. This instantly plumps and hydrates my skin without feeling too heavy. I also like that this is paraben free! The full size of this is normally 1.7 oz and costs $85
5. Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner - .04 oz
I’ve saved the best for last! You’re welcome. Eyeko is a very popular prestige makeup brand from London, known for their excellent liners and mascaras. This pen is fantastic - it’s a large felt tip with a tapered end that allows you to get a really thin line, a really thick line, and everything in between. It’s very pigmented and stays in place with no smudging, smearing, or flaking. I do believe that you can purchase this mini size in some places, but the full sized pen costs $16
In this box they also included a sneak peek for the next few months, and they showed some products from Benefit, Nails Inc., and Juice Beauty, all brands I love! So excited to see what’s to come.
If you’ve been looking for a great subscription box that doesn’t send you the same products and brands every month, but keeps it new and interesting, Glossybox is a great option! The brands are much more luxury than you normally see, and the variety of products is great. Boxes cost $21/month, but that price goes down if you lock in for a certain amount of time. They also always have codes to get free bonus items or discounts! You can sign up on their website - glossybox.com
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Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Smoke and Melrose” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: A Limited Edition 5-Pan palette of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows for Fall 2014
What it Does: This palette contains five gorgeous, highly pigmented, buttery smooth eyeshadows all in rose-tinted shades.
What it Costs: Only $4-$5
Where to Get it: Drugstores, like Walgreens, or online retailers
Similar To: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyy UP!
Wet n Wild did it again this season. The incredibly affordable drugstore brand is notorious for coming out with limited edition products that are (usually) amazing quality. Sometimes they come out with intense, neon colors, and often their eyeshadow palettes/trios contain colors that really don’t make much sense together, but the Fall 2014 collection is just gorgeous! Specifically the Smoke and Melrose palette.
There are three other palettes in this collection, and I honestly thought that they were all gorgeous (but we must RESTRAIN OURSELVES). Wet n Wild also released some new lipstick shades (for a later post!) and nail polishes.
Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose contains five eyeshadow colors that just scream Fall. There is a great mixture of both matte and shimmery shades, which makes this palette very sophisticated and totally useable for anyone. All of the shades are slightly “rose-toned”, similar to the shades in the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette… however I’d venture so far as to say that these eyeshadows perform a bit better than those in the Naked3! I was disappointed by the HUGE amount of fallout in that installment of the Naked palette range, and this inexpensive little guy contains similar shades that go on like butter. Smooth, pigmented, and with little to no fallout, especially with a primer.
The only thing I have to say against this particular palette (and most Wet n Wild eyeshadows in general) is that I would NOT use these shades where they say to use them. There is no way I’m putting a dark plum/taupe shade on my brow bone. Nope.
Swatches, no flash
Swatches with flash
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primaurora asked: Hi, I've been following your blog for a long while and am soo glad to see you active again! What are your thoughts on face mask sheets? And do you have any favourites? I'm currently using the brands "Leader's Insolution" and "My Beauty Diary". Thanks~
Hello! Thanks for sticking with me for this long!! :) It really means a lot!
I have really started to love sheet masks. At first I just thought they were the newest skincare gimmick, but they really can give you some great results, and long term benefits! It’s all going to depend on the kind of max you’re using.
Sheet masks (aka Fiber mask, Cloth mask), for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, are single-use masks that come in pouches. Generally they’re made of a fabric or even paper, and they just have holes for your eyes, nose and mouth. They are pre-moistened with hydrating ingredients that often include vitamins A, C, or E, aloe, or hyaluronic acid. Sheet masks are excellent for people with dry skin, skin that’s looking dull or tired, people who have just done an intensive peel, or irritated skin that needs soothing. The idea is to place these sheets on your face and allow your skin to absorb all of the good ingredients. Sheet masks are effective because they hold all of the ingredients in place and push them deeper into the skin, whereas masks that are applied alone to the surface of the skin can evaporate rather than absorb.
Masks that are made with fabric tend to be a lot more effective than those made with paper, because the paper dries faster and allows more of the nutrients to evaporate before they are absorbed by your skin. Make sure you’re checking the ingredients on your masks as well… if the only thing on your mask is a gelatinous gook, then there’s really no point. Also avoid sheet masks that have a lot of fragrance to them, because synthetic fragrances are actually a skin irritant.
Sephora Green Tea Fiber Mask - $6
I’m partial to these Fiber Masks from the Sephora brand because there are lots of different masks for different skin concerns, and they’re pretty affordable.
I also really like the Karuna Luxe facial masks (those I find to be the most effective, if a little more expensive).
GET THE LOOK: Poison Apple Lips for Fall
Dark, burgundy lips are a fall staple that anyone and everyone can pull off! I love lipstick trends because they’re easy to achieve without spending a lot of money.
On the eyes, keep it simple with nude eyeliner in the waterline and inner corner (Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude, $4), and generously add mascara to upper and lower lashes (L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara in Black, $9).
Brows are the secondary feature in this look, so keep them looking natural yet thick with a pencil and tinted gel. Sculpt the brows to make them straight, and brush the brow hairs up and out for a modern look (Revlon Brow Fantasy, $8)
Now for the lips! Whenever you do a dark lip, a liner is a must. Go slowly when applying a dark lip liner, because it’s harder to clean up if you mess up! Color in your entire lip with a dark, wine colored pencil (Jordana EasyLiner in Cabernet, $2). Layer a deep red shade of lipstick over top, blotting between layers to build up color intensity (Wet n Wild MegaLast in Cherry Bomb, $2). Finally, get that cartoon-inspired lacquer shine by finishing with a matching gloss (NYC LiquidLipshine in Wine n Dine, $2)
Products mentioned can be found on Drugstore.com - internationally!
osakablossom asked: hey! for months and months ive been searching for a good medium coverage foundation that will not make me oily. I get so, so oily I find myself retouching every 30 minutes. I've had no luck so far and have tried all high-end products
Helloo! Well let me just say… I feel you. My skin has been SOO oily for the past few months, it’s incredible. But just look on the bright side… the oilier your skin is, the less prone you’ll be to wrinkles when you’re older!
I would HIGHLY recommend the new YSL Fusion Ink foundation for your skin type and preferences. It’s a bit of a splurge, at $60, but it feels and performs like no other foundation I’ve ever tried. It has a really velvety finish, and contains “special sweat and sebum controlling agents” to keep you shine free for as long as possible. They claim it’s a 24-hour-wear product (not that I’d recommend wearing makeup for that long) but I’d say they’re not far off!
Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation - $60 (Sephora.com)
hermione-ganja asked: Are individual lashes or strip lashes easier to apply?
That’s a tough question to answer, mainly because I think it’s all up to personal preference. Strip lashes are, in my opinion, a lot faster to put on, because all the lashes are attached to each other. Since I like a dramatic look when I wear falsies, it makes more sense for me to throw on a full strip rather than to meticulously apply individual bunches of lashes to achieve the look I want.
Ardell Double Up Lashes #203 - $5
However if you’re going for a more natural look, or if you’re trying to apply lashes to the bottom lash line, individual lashes are much easier. Individual lashes allow you to completely customize your look, and you won’t have to trim them or worry about the lash band not lining up with your eye line.
#NYFW Get the Look: Naturally Defined
After obsessively browsing the #nyfw tag on instagram on my lunch breaks for the past week, I’ve decided that this look is my favorite. It’s oddly plain, yet still very eye-catching. The matte skin trend has definitely left the building and has been replaced by a complexion that doesn’t just glow, it radiates. Minimal eye and lip makeup, with the sole focus being the cheek and brow… I can see this being very androgynous, both on the runway and off!
I’ll be replicating this look for fall. It’s perfect for windy, cool, overcast days! I’d throw on a bit of shimmery bronzer, a nude lip stain, and some thickening brow gel, and be off!
Photos: Alexander Wang (top and bottom), Eva Fehren (middle)
b-little-b-sweet asked: Hi!! So nice to see you back on my dash! Quick question: have you tried the new Bare Minerals serum foundation? Is it worth the $30?
Hello love! Thank you! :)
BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation - $29
I have tried it and I have really mixed opinions about this foundation. I’ll be doing a full review of it soon. For now, I’ll tell you that it is definitely not for someone who has oily skin, who has dry, flaky patches on their skin, for people with wrinkles or creases on their face, or for anyone who wants a long wearing, transfer-proof foundation.
The BareSkin foundation is packed full of oils - good oils that have tons of skincare benefits - but that, in turn, makes this foundation sit on top of the skin without really setting, even with powder. It has a very blowy finish, which some people will love, but others will shy away from. Because you don’t need much of this product (just a few drops at a time), it’s a great foundation for people who want a barely-there look, and on some people it looks truly phenomenal! But on others (cough cough, myself) it simply doesn’t work the way it’s intended.
Stay tuned for a review - I’ll actually take some before and after shots so you can get an idea of the coverage, finish, and maybe some close-ups on problem spots. :)
Are all of you going as crazy as I am over these Lorac MegaPro reveals?! October is going to be a rough month for my wallet… Holiday 2014 makeup releases are going to be nuts!!!
August 2014 Beauty Hits & Misses
My “blog-cation” is over now, which means it’s officially time to get back to work! I’ve missed you all more than you could ever know, and it’s amazing to get back online after so long and to see such positivity and kinds. Thank you for that!
Now, what better way to get back into the swing of things than with some Monthly Hits & Misses?! Here are the products that really stood out to me in the month of August.
Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral
There aren’t many shimmer products from the drugstore that make me truly excited, but this blush I just haven’t been able to put down! It’s very rare for me to use a blush that isn’t a complete matte finish, because normally I prefer to use a separate highlighting product. However, this blush is the perfect balance of blend able color and smooth, airbrushed sheen. There aren’t any huge chunks of glitter in this product, and the shade is the perfect amount of brightness. The mosaic pattern is beautiful to look at, and is a pretty blend of creams, peaches, pinks and oranges, that when swept all together is a gorgeous shade of coral that is flattering on pretty much any skin tone.
If you’ve never heard of Ole Henricksen (pronounced Oooh-La”), then you need to head on over to Sephora ASAP to check out all of his products. Ole Henricksen skincare is fun to use and look at, and contain natural remedies in place of more clinical, lab-made ones. The 3 Little Wonders set contains the Truth Serum, which is a collagen-boosting, hydrating, Vitamin-C packed serum (my fave), the Sheer Transformation Moisturizer, which is a rich, oil free moisturizer that evens out discoloration, and the Invigorating Night Gel, which is a lightweight gel that exfoliates with 10% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). Together, these three products make up the bulk of your skincare routine… and I have been OBSESSED! I had been in love with the Truth Serum for a long time, but only recently did I start the whole kit. My skin has been looking a lot more even toned and much brighter (I have lots of acne scarring, redness, and rough texture to my skin… plus current breakouts and tons of oil). This skincare regimen seems to have really balanced out my skin and I look forward to using these products morning and night!’
Makeup addicts everywhere - you know those products you’ve been hoarding in a drawer somewhere, but have never really given a chance? This eyeliner is proof that you sometimes need to wipe the dust off of some products and give them a shot!! I’ve had a few of these BH Cosmetics eye pencils floating around my makeup collection for months and months, but I probably only ever swatched them once and then let them collect dust in a drawer. Recently I ran out of the black pencils I was using and randomly pulled out Onyx…. and I’m so impressed! I will disclaim the fact that I only use pencil liner on my waterline and tight line, not on my actual lid, so I don’t know how they perform on that area of the eye. This liner is creamy and ultra pigmented, glides on smooth every time and doesn’t run down my face or fade away until I decide to take it off! For such a low price, I wasn’t expecting such great results. There are tons of colors and they all have great payoff and performance.
Here’s another product that I’ve had for far too long without giving it a real chance. I purchased this off Hautelook a long time ago, smelled it, and stuck it in a drawer without ever really using it. Recently I’ve had some stubborn break outs due to stress and illness, so I thought that maybe a different kind of treatment than what I’d normally do would help. This did! This is a thick paste that smells VERY strongly of sulfur (which is what originally put me off… fortunately the scent fades after application). This also is kind of tinted, in a way. It’s so thick that it actually helps to conceal redness from blemishes, yet still somehow blends into my skin. However, if you have a deep skin tone, this will probably show up a bit too much on your skin. I was really surprised that this was intended to be used under makeup, but it works really well for that, and creates a nice barrier between my blemish and my makeup. In a day, this cream shrinks my pimples and significantly reduces the redness I have from bumps. Since Mario Badescu is a brand all about natural remedies, I definitely suggest giving some of their products a try!
It’s very possible that I have featured this in a Favorites post here before…. but I’ve recently rediscovered it and I’m hooked again! This yellow shade does wondrous tricks… it brightens up my skin tone, completely disillusions my dark under eye circles, and gives me the perfect brow highlight! I love the texture of the NYX HD Concealers… it’s thin, great for under the eye, but has more than enough coverage to hide anything from blemishes to sun spots, and it blends in flawlessly as well! I’ve been using this in a “C” shape under my eyes, around my nostrils and mouth, and - my favorite - as a cleanup product after filling in my eyebrows. Yellow, as a corrective shade, cancels out blue/green in the skin, creating a neutral, concealed base to work off of. There are very few corrective concealers that I enjoy using on a daily basis… but this is one! THE one!
This has been my summer foundation staple! Dealing with oily, acne-prone skin is EXTRA annoying as an adult (I’m not a teenager anymore… why must I suffer?!) During the summer months I don’t want to wear my usual thick, full coverage foundation, and I was trying doubly hard to go au naturale to clear up my skin before my wedding. When this product was launched by CoverFX, I was excited because literally every word they used to describe it was what I looked for in my makeup and skincare regime! Mattifying, anti-acne treatment, gel texture, lightweight, oil free, buildable coverage… yes please! I was also really excited to use this knowing that CoverFX doesn’t contain any talc, mineral oil, or fragrance, all of which irritate my skin. This product lasted me all day, concealed all of my redness, prevented blemishes, and didn’t look like I had on a pound of makeup. I also used this as a primer for my more full coverage foundation when I wanted to be more flawless, and it worked amazingly for that. I definitely wouldn’t say that this kept me shine free all day long, but it helped out a bit and kept my skin looking fantastic!
I’ve never had a cleanser that made my skin feel SO incredibly hydrated and soft… ever! And I’ve tried tons! Image Skincare is a hugely encompassing spa-grade skincare brand, and their Ormedic line (the labels are green) is their “botanical” line, which contains organic ingredients and is designed for all skin types including very sensitive or over treated skin. This cleanser contains green tea, aloe, and chamomile, and is designed to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin without stripping it. I use this morning and night (well I did… I’ve run out now!) and it foams up a bit into a rich lather, but since it isn’t full of sulfates it just leaves my skin feeling ultra clean and soft. I’m obsessed, and all my other cleansers just aren’t the same!
Like everyone else on the planet, I just found this to be over-hyped and simply too difficult for the average person to use! This liner is supposed to be the first-ever twist up gel eyeliner, and it’s supposed to be easier to use than any pencil, liquid, or gel. It is, and it isn’t! For first time eyeliner users, I’ve found this product to be brilliant! Especially on older, more mature skin, this liner seems to just glide along the lash line - it doesn’t skip or smear, and lets you get as close to the lashes as physically possible. You can create all kinds of liner shapes with this product, and make really thin or thick lines, but there’s a real learning curve for anyone who’s used other types of liner before. For beginners it’s great, because the liner kind of does the work for you… but for everyone else, we have to resist the urge to do everything we’ve ever learned for applying eyeliner. So for some of you, I’d say get it! For others, save your money. It’s expensive, and the bottom line is… you can’t really get to the bottom line. Due to the silicone tip, you can’t apply this liner to the waterline easily. I’ve also found that when I apply a thick line, this transfers into my crease throughout the day. Not cute!
This is a fabulous idea, just with an unsatisfactory formula. This set of four cream/gel brow colors would be fantastic, especially for a makeup artist’s kit, if only they did something spectacular. They don’t. The cream is not opaque enough or sticky enough to do anything positive for my barely-there-does-what-it-wants eyebrow hair. Sonia Kashuk products usually astound me, yet this left me wanting more. I also wish that for the price, you had gotten at least a mini angled brush… but in reality, you get nothing. Disappointing… not awful, of course, just a bit of a let down.
There are only four eyeshadow pans in this palette. Technically there are five colors (I hate it when they put two shades in one pan, they do it all the time!), but all of the colors are BORING. I love Urban Decay, and I ADORE the movie Pulp Fiction, but this eyeshadow palette is overpriced for the product that you get. The rest of the collection is worth it, though!
I adore my Beauty Blender, and use it just about every single day. It makes even the thickest foundation look natural, creates great coverage from a lightweight product, and even blends away concealer to perfection. For this reason, there is no REAL need for a mini Beauty Blender. …Other than the fact that they’re adorable!!! Lime green and teensy-tiny in the packaging, these Beauty Blender sponges are, quite honestly, irresistible (for me at least). They’re designed to blend concealer and to help contour the face… gimmicky, yes, but as I stated previously… A-Dor-A-Ble!!! If you’re on a budget and already own a Beauty Blender (or the Real Techniques dupe), skip this.. if you’re just a collector, like I am, or haven’t experienced the Miracle Sponge for yourself, give it a go!’
brakhos asked: Hello! I just found your blog and I know you have probably already answer this but which ones are the best drug store setting powders? which ones you recomend? Thank you :))
Hi! I have quite a few favorite powders, I’ll list my *current* loves below!
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - $5
I use this powder in the translucent shade because I don’t like my finishing powder to give me any additional coverage, but it is nice that it comes in several tinted versions! This has a soft-focus effect that blurs pores without being too flat.
Essence All About Matt Compact Fixing Powder - $3
This is a great translucent powder that’s small enough to throw in your bag. The texture of this powder is very matte, so I just like using it for touchups throughout the day, or in the summer when my skin gets more oily.
ELF HD Loose Powder - $6
This is a cult favorite by now (a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Powder) and is a great finishing powder that sets your makeup but doesn’t necessarily absorb all your oils… you still look fresh faced with this powder.
Contour for YOUR Face Shape!
The hottest trend in makeup application can easily get ugly. To avoid an overly-bronzed or obviously fake looking contour, get more in-tune with your face! We all have different face shapes, and it is important to remember your features when you’re contouring.
ms-mix-remixed asked: I have freckles across my cheeks and nose and I think they're adorable. I want to experiment with some basic contouring for an event, and I was wondering if that meant that I need to use a full coverage foundation ( I use a light to light medium coverage). None of the ladies who put up contouring tutorials seem to have freckles or let them show. Would contouring look weird with freckles? Any drugstore recommendations for a contouring beginner? Thanks a *ton*! You are an absolute doll.
Hey there! It’s nice to see someone with similar feelings about freckles… I think they are gorgeous! Some people do like to cover up their freckles, but I find them endearing. You can absolutely contour using a light to medium coverage foundation and still let those freckles shine through!
I recommend using any foundation that you’re comfortable with to contour. if that foundation is a very light, almost sheer coverage foundation, so be it. The heavier the foundation is, the more “high fashion” (fancy talk for over-the-top) the look will be. If you like having lighter coverage, I HIGHLY recommend contouring with powders instead of actual foundations or concealers. These tend to look more natural and are easier to work with. If you’re not going to be on camera, there’s no need to do heavy, full-blown contouring… that look was designed for flash photography and television. The simpler you keep it, the more flattering it will be!
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder - $10 (Drugstore.com)
ELF Studio Baked Highlight “Moonlight Pearl” - $3 (eyeslipsface.com)
As for actual tips, just make sure that you’re properly contouring for YOUR face, not for Kim Kardashian’s. We all have special features that should be accentuated differently. Also, start out light and get more dramatic as you go - this way, you’re much less likely to overdo it and have to start all over again!
Beauty FACT or FICTION? - SPF
Wearing SPF on a regular basis can save your life.
FACT - Sun exposure is the #1 cause of skin cancer, and wearing sunscreen (or any product with SPF regularly) can cut the chances of you getting skin cancer in half. There are MANY types of skin cancer, and not all of them are obvious. Check your body often for any odd looking spots or discoloration on your skin, and notify your doctor ASAP if you find any. Sun damage is also the #1 cause of premature aging - wearing a moisturizer with SPF can help keep your skin soft and supple for longer!
You only need to wear sunscreen when you’re going to the beach.
FICTION - There’s a reason cosmetics companies are putting SPF in everything nowadays. UV rays can penetrate your skin EVERY day… in the winter, when it’s cloudy, when you’re walking to your car, while you’re sitting next to a window… so it’s smart to protect your skin no matter what it is you’re doing.
One ounce of sunblock is the correct amount for your entire body.
FACT - An entire ounce of traditional cream sunscreen is the recommended amount for covering the average person’s body to achieve the amount of Sun Protection indicated by the SPF on the bottle. That’s a LOT more than you’d think (most foundation bottles contain only 1 ounce of product)… in fact, it’s kind of impossible to glob on a layer that thick. But, the less sunscreen you use, the less effective and more spotty your sun protection will be. Avoid the headache by simply layering your SPF… smooth a thin layer all over your skin, allow it to dry, and then apply a second layer. This will help the SPF absorb fully, so you get all the protection without all of the grease! Bonus Fact: It takes a full tablespoon to cover just your face properly!
Waterproof sunscreen isn’t actually waterproof.
FACT - Although “waterproof” sunscreens will hold up better on the beach than non-waterproof versions, you will still have to reapply your sunscreen every time you get out of the water.
The SPF you apply in the morning is good enough to last you all day.
FICTION - Read the back of any product that contains SPF, and it will tell you that you must reapply every 2 hours in order to maintain adequate sun protection! That seems like a lot of reapplying, I know, but if you’re going to be out in the sun, reapplying is very important! Pick a lightweight sunscreen or makeup product with SPF so that layering isn’t a difficult task throughout the day.
SPF 15 gives maximum sun protection.
FICTION - SPF 15 protects against 93%* of UV rays. SPF 30 (it seems like it would be double the protection, right? Nope) protects about 97%* of UV rays, and SPF 50 gives 98%* protection. With anything above SPF 50, the difference is minimal.
* - Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation website
You can layer SPFs to create a higher level of SPF.
FICTION - Putting on an SPF 15 over an SPF 30 isn’t going to give you SPF 45, you will only get the coverage of the highest SPF (in this example, 30.) However, layering SPF is going to give you a higher concentration of your SPF, protecting you more thoroughly.
SPF causes breakouts.
FICTION - It’s not the sun protection that’s clogging your pores. If you’re experiencing breakouts after using sunscreen, chances are you’re just using a product that’s not right for your skin type! Just like with moisturizers, SPF products aren’t “one-size-fits-all”. If you feel that your sunscreen IS causing you to break out, switch to an oil-free version that’s more lightweight, and/or intended for your face. These are a thinner texture, are non comedogenic, and allow your skin to breathe!
SPF can make your face look white in pictures.
FACT - Foundations and powders with SPF in them can cause white flashback in flash photography. The iron oxides in sunscreen (which are what helps to prevent sun damage) have a reflective quality. For special events, pick a matte foundation without SPF, or use bronzer to counteract the ghostly effect. You will still be able to use an SPF underneath your makeup without having to worry!
People with dark skin don’t need to wear sunscreen.
FICTION - Dark skin tones are still affected by the sun’s damaging UV rays. Darker skin can still develop skin cancer (in fact, certain types of skin cancer are ONLY found on people of color), and UV rays will age dark skin just as much as light skin. It’s important to protect yourself! If you’re worried about white, creamy sunscreens turning your skin ashy looking, pick instead an oil sunscreen - they’re just as effective, but are colorless and absorb quickly into the skin.
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