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Whether it’s Winter or Summer, SPF protection is important for myself and my family and that includes my skin care regimen for my face.   Sometimes many often overlook the fact that sun protection or SPF is important when it is something you definitely want to be including in your daily skin care routine.  Now with so many products on the market today, there is no reason to not take care of your skin and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.  Today I share with you a product that I have been using the last couple of weeks.  I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of using sunscreen, but I know that it’s so important not only for anti-aging but for your health.  The Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 has been a new friend in my skin care regimen and I’m sharing some information on this product with you.

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The Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a triple anti-aging protection for your face and skin.  It’s a sheer mineral UVA/UVB protection that enhances the natural skin tone while providing multi-antioxidants to help neutralize environmental damage.  Retailing for $42 (50 mL / 1.7 fl oz.), this product is helps to prevent sunburn if used as directed with other sun protection measures and also helps to decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Since I use sunscreen daily, I’m always on the hunt for one that will not leave behind a greasy feel or residue or one that makes my skin feel gross.  I’ll be honest, after trying so many on the market – there really is only a select handful that I can say will not do that.  I also have super sensitive skin, so finding a sunscreen that will not cause me to break out or have a flare up of my skin issues is not easy.  Since I have all types of allergies, scents can often cause a problem and finding a fragrance free one is also ideal.  Many sunscreens on the market also leave a weird white residue or white cast on my skin because I have darker skin and that can also be an issue.  After trying out this sunscreen, I was not only impressed – I was happy and thankful!

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This mineral sunscreen is an ultra-fine, transparent formulation that is weightless and blends effortlessly on the skin.  You can use this product layered under makeup in your daily skincare routine or used on it’s own to help protect your skin from sun exposure.  With a broad spectrum SPF 50, the Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector protects against photo-damage, which is the primary cause of signs of aging.  What I love about this product is that it is virtually invisible with a universal tint that smoothes imperfections while helping your natural skin tone appear much more even.  With multi-antioxidants like Vitamin E and Lactobionic Acid to help with skin’s natural defense, this product scavenges free radicals brought on by daily environmental aggressors before they can cause premature aging.  The PHA/Bionic complex helps to prevent collagen breakdown to help maintain a healthy skin matrix and firmness and helps to prevent the signs of photo-aging such as lines and wrinkles.  With a highly purified and concentrated form of Green Tea Extract – it helps to reduce the cell breakdown and helps to protect cellular DNA for healthy skin.

To use the product – you must shake the bottle vigorously for at least 15 seconds before each use.  This ensures the products uniformity and consistency.  You can apply this sunscreen liberally to the face, neck and other exposed areas, 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.  If you are swimming or going to be in the water, you must use a water resistant sunscreen as this is not waterproof and if you are sweating a lot – it’s suggested that you reapply every two hours.

Ingredients: Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.0%, Zinc Oxide 6.0%. Inactive ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Gluconolactone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Alumina, Ammonium Hydroxide, Lactobionic Acid, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenethyl Benzoate, Nylon-12, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, thylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Bisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide Black).

This product is fragrance free (which is a big plus for me) as well as paraben-free and oil free.  It is also non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic.  Over the years I have found from personal experience that some sunscreens will cause me to break out or affect my sensitive skin.  Over the last few weeks of using this product, I didn’t notice any issues or problems occurring with my skin and I love that this product is suitable for all skin types.  I have used several different types of products over the last year from Exuviance and I’m always impressed with the line they offer.  This product has become a favorite of mine and I would recommend it to anyone.  While the price point is a bit hefty for a product that is a bit tiny, it still offers your skin much needed protection that not only works but seems to mesh well with my skin.  For a product that didn’t cause my skin to break out or have issues, that’s a benefit all its own.

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Finding a product that literally blends into the skin without leaving a trace behind is great for me.  I love that it’s transparent and doesn’t leave a weird cast of color on my skin.  As it states, this product really is light weight – which is a huge bonus and it feels like air and like nothing is there when I have it on.  Initially when using the product for the first time, I did feel like I had something on my face, but after a few days, I really didn’t notice it so I definitely think this product feels great on the skin.  I haven’t tried to see if the product gives off a flash back, but after taking several photos over the last month or so and using this product every day – I honestly haven’t noticed anything of the sort so I don’t think it is an issue.  I have said this on many occasions for many products, but what may work well for me – may not for others, so with a product like this – you would really have to see how it works for you.  Overall – I really like it.

You can check out this product and learn more about it here: Neostrata – Exuviance.  Exuviance also has a complete line of skin care products that you could see and learn about as well.

What about you?  Do you believe SPF is important and do you use it daily like I do?  If you do, is this something you may be interested in looking at?

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Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you will see or read on this site.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product or feature it.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

Moisturizer is my absolutely Jam! Since I have such crazed dry skin I’m always using products to keep my skin hydrated and since my skin is also sensitive – I need a product that will work without causing my Eczema to flare up or my skin to go cray.  I have been using the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 and while I have enjoyed it, I have always hoped to find a cheaper alternative and one that didn’t leave me feeling like I was putting on SPF daily.  Recently I came across Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and decided I would try it out.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

The Aveeno Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 retails at your local drugstore for about $10.  You get 2.5 fl.oz. (75mL) which is quite a bit of product in my opinion for the price point.  It has been quite a few years since I have used Aveeno products, but I always enjoyed them so I had hoped this would do the trick and replace my expensive moisturizer for this summer.  To say I’m pleased and impressed would be an understatement.  This product comes in an easy to use pump which I find is wonderful.  My Josie Maran one is always difficult to use and clogs on me easily so I end up opening up the pump and using straight from the bottle which I hate.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

This product is oil-free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic which really help with my sensitive skin.  The formula is lightweight which I love and I don’t have that greasy feeling when I’m using it.  This product has been my awesome savior this summer and I love using it during the day before I’m off to enjoy summer activities.  The Broad Spectrum SPF 30 helps keep what’s good for your skin in and what’s bad out and replenishing and helping to protect your skin wherever the day takes you.  A clinical study done says that 100% of women showed an improvement in the look of stressed skin overall.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

This product has helped to protect from the sun but also keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized through the day.  The formula is enriched with antioxidants and vitamins that are clinically proven to replenish stressed skin and keep the essential moisture.  My skin feels soft and I love that I can go bare skin with just moisturizer and  hit the beach for fun in the sun.  I would love to see this product in a higher SPF, but I do enjoy what it offers overall.

Active ingredients include:  Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 12%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 1.7%, Oxbenzone 3%

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

When blended well onto my skin – I didn’t notice any issues with photography like some moisturizers can cause, especially since I do not use foundation or product over my moisturizer.  It hasn’t given me any issues with my sensitive skin and I have been able to use this product daily.  A 2 oz bottle of my Josie Maran Argan Moisturizer with SPF is $32 vs $10-ish for the Aveeno which is a huge savings.  I am definitely glad I found this at Walmart and thankful I decided to take a dive and try it out.  Many moisturizers can often cause my skin to be irritated depending on the ingredients and this product has been wonderful the last few weeks that I have been using it so I had to share.  I totally would consider this somewhat of a dupe of my Josie Maran though I like the consistency and thickness of the Aveeno vs the liquid like consistency of the Josie Maran.  I also think the pump works so well on the Aveeno as my Josie Maran can clog easily or be a pain after a few uses.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

Have you tried this product from Aveeno?  What are your thoughts if you did and if not, would it be something you would try?

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Disclaimer:  I purchased this product with my own money.  All opinions and thoughts are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide this review.  There may be affiliate links through out this post which I do make money from.

It’s no lie that I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica products, even if it has been quite a while since I’ve had it in my skincare regimen.  Dermalogica always offers products that I know I can add to my routine without worrying too much that it will cause my very sensitive skin to react harshly.

Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery

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Recently I have had the opportunity to test drive the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 ($65.00 1.7 fl oz) and used this product as my daily moisturizer.  Since it has a high SPF, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to test drive this product.  Having used Dermalogica products in the past, I was excited to give this product a run and see how it would work for me.

This medium-weight daily moisturizer contains a new formula upgrade that accelerates the product’s SPF from 30 to 50, yet uses 50% less chemical sunscreen agents – a massive increase made possible through advanced Oleosome technology. Oleosomes are naturally occurring spheres of emollient oils and Vitamin E found in Safflower seeds.  these unique molecules are used to deliver active ingredients such as sunscreens directly to the skin surface, and release them over time to ensure maximum skin benefits.

Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery I have been using this product for a month and while it offered me awesome hydration and my skin remained moisturized, I did have minor eczema flare ups during the time of use.  Now, I don’t necessarily consider this a negative since my flare ups can happen at any time and with any product.  Sometimes I can be out in an area where their Air Conditioning unit needs to be cleaned and it will flare up – so it may not necessarily be the product itself.  I love the texture and feel of this lotion and it really offered my skin great moisture making it feel soft and supple.

Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery Dispensing this product is easy and the packaging is sleek and easily stored in your skin care cabinet or vanity.  This product is formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens and let me just say… it feels great when smoothed on the skin.  I’m usually a bit afraid to use skin care products with a high SPF rating because I know that it will make my face or skin feel really sticky and a lot of times, the product doesn’t soak into the skin as much as I would like, leaving a funky film on my face.  In this case, this product is nothing like an SPF skin care lotion I have tried before.  It soaked into my skin nicely and as I mentioned, left my skin feeling very soft.

Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery Not too thick, not too thin but a pretty nice consistency.  You can tell as you start to rub the product in that it may have sunscreen in the product, but it also blends in nicely allowing for a fresh and soft canvas for applying makeup.

In addition to shielding the skin from ongoing solar assault, Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 reduces hyperpigmentation, and contains a patented polypeptide which helps to stimulate collagen synthesis, as well as antioxidant White Tea polyphenols to help regulate collagen degradation.

Dermalogica dynamic skin recovery

Ingredients

Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone, Dimethyl Capramide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus Leaf/Flower Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lecithin, Glucosamine HCL, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysilicone-11, Glycine Soja Protein, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Urea, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 60, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Eugenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, CI 77891

Overall, I’m impressed with this moisturizer and love that it keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturized all day long.  While I would use an additional primer over this product if that is something you do prior to foundation, I think that this product could be used as a base on your skin prior to makeup application.  I love the SPF benefits of this product – especially since I live in Hawaii and sun is a given year round.  The price point is about average for Dermalogica products, but it’s definitely worth it considering the brand is great and offers great skincare products.  While I will not be using this as my main source of moisturizer moving forward, I will definitely be using this in combination with some of my favorite skin care goods.

Interested in learning more about what Dermalogica offers?  Head on over to their website and check it out: http://bit.ly/DSRSPF50

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This week I wanted to create a look using products from my May Ipsy Glam Bag – Fresh Picks.  Since the theme is super cute, I thought this would be a great way to show a flirty side of me.  I chose to name my look “My Secret Garden” because I used inspiration from one of my favorite Books and Movies – The Secret Garden.  Spring and Summer remind me of floral scents and flowers in an array of colors.  Purple being my favorite color, I decided a purple and white-gold look would be fitting for a soft and wearable creation.  It kind of reminds me of the Jacaranda that grow so heavily here in the Spring time and grace our roads and lawns with beautiful lavender flowers.

The Secret Garden inspired Makeup using Ipsy Glam bag

I have a really hard time making up my mind – so I thought I would use a few different florals to style my  pictures.  Utilizing the goodies I received in my May Ipsy Glam Bag, I created a look that I thought would incorporate the items perfectly.

Many say that my makeup looks all seem to mesh together and look the same, but I like it – because makeup is about style and creativity… and most importantly – it’s about beauty.  Check out my makeup tutorial for this look embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.  A list of products used can be found in this post.  I hope you enjoy!

The Secret Garden - Ipsy Glam Challenge Look

On my eyes I am using the following products:

Eye shadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadow base – City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Shadow/Highlight

Eyeshadows

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte medium brown shade (transition color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty Duo #2 in Unicorn – white/gold shade (lid color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty  Duo #2 in Moonbeam – plum purple shade (crease color and applied to lower lash line)
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte nude/cream shade (highlight color)

Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil liner in Zero (tightline/waterline) and NYC Liquid Eyeliner (winged liner / upper lash line)

Brows – Chella Brow Defining Pencil and Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Blonde

Lashes – Chrislie Mascara/Primer Duo and KISS Lashes in 09

The Secret Garden Makeup Tutorial

Products used on my lips:

Lip Balm – Revo Watermelon Lip balm

Lipstick – NYX Matte lipstick in Audrey

Lip gloss – NYX Butter gloss in Angel Food Cake

My Secret Garden Makeup look - Ipsy May Glam Bag

 

Products used on my Face, Hair and Body:

Bronzer – Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sunset

Blush – Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals and MAC Sunbasque blush

Highlight – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Radiant Light and City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Highlight (cupid’s bow)

Hair – To help define my curls I used the eva-nyc Rock-a-Wave Curl Cream Leave in Cream (from Ipsy May Glam Bag) as well as Coconut Oil

Body – For SPF/Sun screen I used Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen and to moisturize my body I used the Lulu Blossom Body Balm and to exfoliate my elbows, knees and heels of my feet I used my Derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub.  All of these products were received in my Ipsy Glam bag.

Don’t forget to check out my Makeup Tutorial on YouTube and Subscribe for more videos.  I truly enjoy creating looks for all of you and look forward to doing more this summer.  Keep on the look out for a bronze summer goddess look that I have planned coming up.  I hope you enjoyed my makeup look that I created using the goodies from my Ipsy May Glam Bag.  Have a wonderful rest of your Spring and Summer.

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