Drugstore Makeup Brands
I recently fell in love with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sun Block
because of it’s rather nifty little price tag and it’s SPF of 85+! Kaching! Thanks Neutrogena I just saved $30 bucks! I purchased it at CVS for under $10 or so, um hello awesome considering my normal SPF is in the $40-$50 range.
Speaking of sun protection Neutrogena has some simple tips for protecting your skin this Summer (and all times) and an interesting survey about the habits of sun protection in the US.
Click for it.
I found it interesting reading!
Americans are obviously not as responsible as we may believe in protecting themselves against the sun. I knew it, I just knew it! One more reason to move to Asia, Asian chicas take sun protection super serious (as does a Muse). Neutrogena commissioned a survey of over 2000 Americans to learn their sun protections habits and the word is out that 60% rarely or never use sunscreen. Ahh in 20 years they can use their skin as a belt or make a nice leather purse with it!
The survey revealed:
- 80% of adults agree that sun exposure can be deadly (so why aren’t you using sunscreen people?)
- 70% reported getting sunburned at least once per a year.
- 13% apply sunscreen daily (I’m so embarrassed by these numbers!)
Americans obviously are not taking the idea of sun protection as serious as they should. Not only does the sun age skin but skin cancer is a very real disease!
Here’s a few simple rules to follow everyday, every season, whether the sun is out full blown or not.
- Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
- The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
- Sunscreen should be applied liberally and evenly to all uncovered skin.
- Reapply at least every two hours, or according to the product’s instruction (depending on what you use and if you’re in water you can skip this step)
Sun protection is an important topic all year round. Just because it’s Summer you shouldn’t drop everything and worry about SPF. The fact is you should drop everything and be worried about it 12 months out of the year as it’s an important anti-aging step and also good protection against possible skin cancer disease.
What are you sun protection tips?
What are your fav SPF’s?
I’d love to hear ‘em!
This one is only for the chica’s who are looking for brushes at the moment or need some basic brushes to start a collection. I’m a big fan of MAC brushes, they have pretty much taken over my collection however they are costly.
Check out the NYX Brush Kit! Get more for ALOT less.
Like I said this is kinda for anyone that 1. wants to save money and 2. anyone who doesn’t have a ton of brushes and wants a complete brush set to do makeup with. The NYX Brush Set is $144.20 USD and includes 18 brushes (plus a brush belt)! I can’t speak for quality as I haven’t used these but the price rounds out at about $8 per a brush which is quite a nice deal. It pretty much covers every brush you’ll need as well which makes it all the more appealing.
- Blush Brush
- Cheek Cream Brush
- Foundation Brush
- Powder Brush
- Flat Top Skunk Brush
- Fan Brush
- Flat Brush
- Blender Brush
- Eye Primer Brush
- Crease Brush
- Shadow Brush
- Shading Brush
- Smoky Brush
- Brow Brush
- Liner Brush
- Cover Up Brush
- All Purpose Brush
- Brush Belt/Carrying Case
I dunno if anyone is willing to shell out $145 on the spot but I can’t complain that the price is right (Is it ok to lem it for myself even though I have more brushes than I know what to do with already?). If you’re want it, click it to get it!
Anyone use NYX brushes?
Ahhh eye shadow. Bless be the woman who created eye shadow! The Muse has plenty of shades she loves.
Find out 10 she possibly couldn’t live without by clicking below!
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Maui Wowie and Midnight Cowboy, these are golden, they shimmer, they contain heaps and heaps of sparkle, and I love ‘em. Can’t do without, no way, no how.
long since gone but big enough to last me into my next life! Swirling shades of beautiful maroon, red, hints of shimmering orange and gold…you get the point? Love!
I’ve done an ode to MAC FireSpot
prior to this but it’s worth speaking of my great love again. Bright pigmented fiery orange, indeed it’s love!
Milani Runway Eyes
in Beach Sand is full of shimmery gold, I see a trend developing. Best shadow that Milani carries, hands down. It’s Summer right? So sportin’ this all through those long, hot days!
ALL of the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows
are to die for but the soft pink allure and shimmer of Ballet holds the Muse’s heart.
I remember my rave about Napoleon Eye Patrol in Private Angel
when my blog was still new, not alot has changed in regards to my feelings for this shadow. Again, another shimmering shade of gold and oh so pretty!
I’ve been known to get excited about Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eye Shadow. Verite is my fav shade from the collection, believe me I have ‘em all! Deepest army green around with plenty of sparkle.
B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful in Burke is always my fav eye shadow wash. Shimmering white makes the perfect prep for my bolder shadow shades!
Mattese N.Y.C. Shadow Dust in Queen is not only cheap as day old chips but gorgeous. The deepest shade of turquoise this Muse has ever had the pleasure of owning!
Those are my 10 Eye Shadows I can’t leave without! What are some of yours?
Just repimpin’ my contest with N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics again! It’s getting close to ending on June 5th so if you haven’t already entered do click on over and enter to win!
Visit www.newyorkcolor.com/contests/muse for your chance to win!
We should all be worried about sun protection as the Summer approaches and the sun becomes stronger. Honestly, you should be worried about it 365 days of the year and obsess over it as much as the Muse does. Not only because you want to keep your skin looking beautiful but also because the harmful rays of the sun has the potential to cause some major havoc.
A kindly reader asked about inexpensive SPF and where she could get something that wouldn’t break her beauty budget bank. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, effective SPF for your face do check out Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+.
Jump it for the review!
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ manages to bundle together everything I want in an SPF into a cheap, inexpensive package. I’m reviewing this SPF as a facial SPF only, I’ll be doing a follow up post on SPF’s I use on my body sometime soon but today I am focusing on my face. My reader did state she was seeking something light with a high SPF for her face and I couldn’t think of a better SPF than this Neutrogena one as I’ve been using it a while now and really like it.
It deserves to be mentioned that I really love Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 but it’s $34 USD for 2 oz. Since I use SPF so often and I run out fairly quickly I was searching for something that could offer me the benefits of good sun protection with a cheap price check.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block has a high level of sun protection and offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. The formula is not greasy in the least thus it’s name “dry-touch”. It doesn’t sink in or absorb as quickly as I would like but I can’t deny that the formula is extremely good since it’s not greasy or oily on my skin and feels quite matte and nice. I can forsake a quick absorbing formula if it means the SPF won’t be oily and gross on my face as many SPF’s are. As you know by now my skin is dry but thankfully it doesn’t mind the dry feeling of this lotion. It has a nice floral scent (nothing overwhelming, don’t worry!) which adds to it’s appeal in my opinion.
Considering how widely available Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ plus it’s inexpensive price tag I think it makes an ideal facial SPF for use everyday. This retails for $9.99 USD or less in drugstores.
If you’re looking for something cheap and effective I highly suggest snagging one! Muse Approval for purchase.