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.
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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?
The Muse has been so busy lately she hasn’t had a visit or a stop by on the Lush UK forum in a long, long time. That being said it means she isn’t as updated on what is being released from Lush. Ugh how remiss of her!
Well….a little late to this ball game but better later than never. Allow me to introduce you to Lush’s latest skincare gem entitled Dark Angels Cleanser.
Hm! Count me curious!
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I happen to be a fan of Lush Coal Face so I’m quite curious about Lush Dark Angels Cleanser. Although I do so admit that they appear to be quite similar?
Dark Angels is supposedly a powerful cleanser designed for younger, oily skin, and darker skin. I find it interesting that Lush designed a cleanser meant for darker skin. I’m wondering what that entails and I’m looking forward to hearing reviews from anyone with a darker tone. It’s supposedly a cleansing roll which could mean it’s not solid and more along the lines of Angels on Bare Skin where you are breaking off pieces to use. The base of the product is Rhassoul mud which is purchased directly from mines in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains (yes I know sounds exotic but knowing Lush’s environmental stance I imagine it’s very true). It also contains charcoal which absorbs oil and scrubs skin clean. Rosewood and sandalwood essential oils keep skin smooth.
It doesn’t honestly sound exactly like Lush Coal Face in formula or texture but the charcoal definitely hints at the fact it could likely be quite similar in results. I’m quite curious. I think I may indulge. I’m neither young nor oily but anything Lush skin related always tops my lists. It’s Summer so I imagine my forehead can use a good scrub down to keep it from being oily. The worst it could do is dry me out.
w00t! Funny thing I was just raving FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek Up Blush and now it’s on sale at 40% Off. Sweetness!
If you’ve been lemming now is a great time to haul as the blushes are under $10 bucks and I promise they are a HUGE size and very pigmented!
No code needed, discount is applied at check out.
Although we hear constant promises of the rise of the economy it still remains pretty much down in the dumps. A holiday at this point might not be what your wallet is ready for so check out a few indulgences for spicing up your makeup and bath and body regime that bring the feel of a tropical island right to your front door without ever having to step on a plane, ship, or train to get there!
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A few fast picks from Philosophy that I simply adore to get me all Summer’ed up!
1. Philosophy The Supernatural Mineral Blush Duo ($25 from Philosophy)
I got this duo about two years ago or so and even when I wasn’t bronzing mad I was loving it. It’s made up of a dusky shade of pink and a brown bronzer that create just the right contrast of pink with bronze to get cheeks glowing like you’ve just stepped off a yacht that was cruising around Saint-Tropez (No one will be the wiser, promise!).
2. Philosophy 3-in-1 Shower Gel in Melon Daiquiri and Senorita Margarita ($16 Each from Philosophy)
While enjoying that mind trip around Saint-Tropez you’ll want to get your drink on. Indulge in a Melon Daiquiri from Philosophy to make your shower fresh and fruity with the sweetness of melon, strawberry, and hints of banana! After that Melon Daiquiri we won’t hold you harmless if you’d like to follow it up with a Margarita, Senorita! Senorita Margarita is one of my very favorite gels from Philosophy as it has such a cool, effervescent scent that’s sure to make your long, hot Summer go by fairly quickly, nothing better than wasting away in Margaritaville.
3. Philosophy Coconut Frosting Salt Scrub ($25 from Philosophy)
Nothing speaks Summer like fresh coconut! Scrub away rough elbows and knees with a luxurious coconut frosting scented scrub from Philosophy. It’s almost as good as being on a tropical island and besides you can’t get this good a scrub from mere beach sand!
A few fab makeup finds for bringing the tropics to your face!
1. Lancaster Sun Carrousel Compact Powder Bronzer ($38 From Lord & Taylor)
With swirls of pink, bronze, and peach this compact is sure to bring the tropics right to your cheeks! Loving this one and a mighty fine bang for your buck with it’s colossal size.
2. Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded ($24 from Urban Decay)
This bronzer single handedly changed my mind about bronzers forever. Sparkling gold works well on face or eyes! So gorgeous and Muse Approved for purchase!
3. Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer ($30 from Lorac)
Baked to pure perfection this beautiful bronzer has swirls of shimmering gold and bronze for that tropical look that you’re gagging for! I promise a review is on the horizon.
4. DuWop Sundrops Bronzing Serum ($28 from DuWop)
This one is all about a no nonsense application and currently topping my wish list! A pump or two and you’ll be sporting the sun on your face in a flash.
5. Sephora Moroccan Sunrise Pot of Gold Loose Bronzer ($22 from Sephora)
This jumbo size powder has plenty of bronze in it for your money. Shimmering gold and bronze buffs skin with the perfect glow!
6. Guerlain Terracotta Blush and Sun ($41 from Sephora)
My absolute favorite blush for a touch of Summer on my face! Total Muse Approval for purchase, get it now though before it’s gone for good.
7. Stila Convertiable Color Duo Marigold ($25 from Sephora)
Two shades of golden brown will have you looking fit and golden with this slick little compact. Sweat proof and warm weather proof you’ll be sporting a healthy tan with a quick swipe. But buyer beware, use a tiny bit, otherwise you may be sporting that strange Oompa Loompa glow!
8. Lancome Elephant Bronzer Powder ($36.50 from Sephora)
A fond favorite from last year this bronzer gives just the right glow so you can ahead and indulge and pretend you spent 8 hours at the beach instead of the office!
Tropical Lips? Sure! These balms and glosses will whisk you away to an exotic island!
1. Margarita Bloom Carlotta Colada and Beach Bunny Kisses Lip Balm ($8.50 Each from Margarita Bloom)
Bring the tropics to your lips with two tasty treats for your lips!
2. The Body Bakery Sun Off A Kiss ($5 Each from The Body Bakery)
With a blend of SPF 15 and flavors like Chilled Sunshine (Cool Peppermint mixed with Italian Lemon Ice Yum!) these balms are sure to keep your lips smooth and smooch ready.
3. on10 Disney Watermelon Lip Balm ($5 from Sephora)
Fruity watermelon with a twist of SPF to keep your lips in tip, top shape!
4. Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine ($12 from Sephora)
Nothing feels more tropical than a daiquiri by the pool side. Philosophy has you covered with this fruity gloss!
5. Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean Cherry Vanilla Lip Conditioner ($3.49 from Etsy)
Ella Dean has the best balms hands down! Cherry Vanilla isn’t exactly tropical but it sure does sound lovely on a warm day!
6. DuWop Iced Teas ($19 from DuWop)
Light, refreshing, and cool this lip treatment will keep your lips gorgeous all through the warm weather!
Smell Summer like and tropical with a few of my fab favs from the fragrance counter!
1. Summer by Kenzo ($72 from Kenzo)
The heat from Summer is captured in this unique fragrance. Guaranteed to whisk you away to a secluded beach on a warm, balmy day!
2. Bathed and Infused Perfume in Fantasy Island and Flip Flop ($9.15 Each from Bathed and Infused)
With plenty of blends to choose from you can customize your fragrance experience with these little parfumes from Bathed and Infused. My favs? Fantasy Island…mmm tanning oil! And Flip Flop, an effervescent blend of tropical fruits!
3. Ile de Tahiti Eau de Toilette Coconut Vanille ($19.50 from Bath and Body Works)
With a blend of coconut and vanilla I’m picturing a tropical island right now…what do you think?
4. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena Body Spray ($12 from Bath and Body Works)
Put the lime in the coconut and shake it up!
Hey, if you’re not heading away this season there isn’t any reason you can’t indulge in one or two of these items! You’ll be left feeling spoiled and content all through the Summer with a little loving from any number of tropical treats to choose from!
Let me know what tropical beauty finds you’ve indulged in this Summer!
Tell the Muse!