Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

Getting enough SPF protection when you have oily skin can be a challenge.  A lot of it disappears and breaks down, especially in the T Zone during the day .

More and more companies are making lightweight , barely there there sunscreens for face and one of the earliest I tried was Skinceutical's Physical Fusion back in 2011. I still love it.  A new addition this year is Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50.

Physical Matte UV Defense is a thin gel cream that feels creamy out of the tube and initially on but it sets to a  smoothing  matte finish. It adds a very slight tint along with physical SPF 50 ( titanium and zinc oxides).  This feels like nothing on and layers well under makeup and primers and helps to fill in pores. It can be used on it's own too. It helps keep oil at bay some during the day as well with talc and silica in the ingredient list. *Also in there is jojoba oil, so this is not oil free.

Since the humidity is expected to spike beginning tomorrow here, it's the perfect time to put this to good use . Bring on the sun but bring on the sunscreen too. Hope all my US readers have a great Memorial Day holiday weekend .

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 is $ 34 at Ulta and

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Alterna Bamboo BB Beach Balm

Summer hair gets a bit easier with the Bamboo Beach line by Alterna. Each year the brand does a line aimed at hair that's been in sun and swim. 

New this year is Bamboo Beach Balm  a lightweight leave in conditioner that adds moisture, frizz control , light hold and UV protection. I'm a huge fan of their Caviar CC Cream and this seems like a lighter , summer ready version. 

 It's  a thicker balm and has a nice tropical pina colada scent. Just work some  of this  through  damp hair and either blow dry or let  air  dry.  It can also be used on dry hair and is just the thing to  work through your strands before jumping in the pool. That can help to  keep color more locked in and protect from  chemicals and sun damage.

The moisture here is not heavy, it's not a deep conditioner but it does pretty well with honey extract, coconut and sunflower seed oils in there. It doesn't weigh hair down but smoothes it some. If you already have very dry hair , it might not be enough on it's own.

 I'll be keeping mine poolside plus I'm big fan of air drying once it gets warm  and this'll be great for that. Bring on the sunshine, I'll be at Bamboo Beach. Now where's that cabana boy?

Alterna Bamboo BB Beach Balm is $22 at Sephora and Ulta.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick

I love a stick foundation dearly. They have been hard to find for a long time but thankfully they seem to be making a small comeback.

You can't beat a stick for quick, easy use. Using them shaves 2 minutes off my morning routine and when you leave yourself as little time as I do to get ready those minutes count .

Lancome's new Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick is a medium to full coverage powder soft matte formula, but not a dry matte. It's very creamy, easy to apply and easy to blend . Once set it looks soft focus, perfected with even pores filled in and covered. It is truly long wear too. Lancome says it is smudge and transfer resistant.  I got all day wear , needing just a T Zone touch up at lunch. It's not much that wears truly long on me and this not only does but looks great while doing it.

Of course this works great for quick touch ups too,  and it easy to stow in a bag for that or for travel.

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Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick is $ 42 .

**through May 28th Lancome is having friends & family sale for 20% off -,default,sc.html

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chanel Beauty Talks Video- Keira Knightley

Chanel's video series Beauty Talks continues with a  look at Keira Knightley's beauty inspiration and makeup by Lucia Pica .