Beauty Blogger Essentials
This week’s Makeup Wars topic posed a bit of a problem for me. The Makeup Wars team is writing about our tried and true go-to products, the items we reach for again and again and replenish over and over. I had a blast pulling together this Beauty Blogger Essentials List, but have to admit that I couldn’t fit all of my “go to” beauty items in one post!
As a result, today’s post is part one of a two-part series and you can see the remainder of my Beauty Blogger Essentials List tomorrow. Love what you see? All of these products can be purchased at Nordstrom.com. While you’re there, don’t miss the Nordstrom Clearance Sale! It’s definitely worth a peek.
- NARS Nail Polish: If I had to pick only one nail polish to use, I’d splurge on a bottle of NARS Nail Polish over and over again. This highly opaque color-rich formula can truly be applied with only one coat. It’s big 3 free, and has a gorgeous wide brush for applying. It’s a seriously luxe experience from end to end, with professional results. Retail is $20.
- Lancôme Color Design Shadow and Liner Palette: There are a gazillion eyeshadow palettes I love, but the Lancôme 5-Pan Color Design Palette is currently the first I reach for. These palettes provide room for creativity, but don’t overwhelm with choices. They are sized for travel, unlike a mega-palette, and also include tips for application. I’m currently using Beige Brulee, but have my eye on Taupe Craze (in photo). Retail is $50.
- Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour: I love WAY too many lipsticks to mention them all, but Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color is definitely one of the first tubes I seek out when I’m applying my morning face. The formula delivers a color-rich, satin finish and is available in a wide array of colors. Palm Beach, shown above, is a fabulous vivid coral for Spring! Retail is $27.
- Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara: Here in the desert, temperatures are already starting to reach levels the rest of the world would consider summer. To stay cool, we participate in a TON of water activity, so my makeup has to always be ready for some splashing. I testing Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara last summer, and when I say “tested” I mean I wore it for a day of watersliding action with my kids. This formula didn’t run or budge AT ALL. Retail is $27.50.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil: This reformulated version of an old favorite is still a mainstay in my makeup collection. This water-resistant formula is the one you need to pick if you truly need color to last from day to night. It applies in a gorgeous, smudgy texture that’s easily blended to perfection using the provided smudge-tip. Once the product sets, it will stay put for hours! Retail price is $23.
- Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body: Dry, flaky skin be gone! Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body is perched in my shower, and has been for some time. This physical/chemical peel first acts as a scrub. Then it should be left on for up to 5 minutes while it works it’s magic, eliminating dry skin and revealing the healthy skin beneath! Retail is $65.
- Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: After a fellow beauty blogger raved about Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, I splurged on one for myself, and have been using it regularly ever since. This undereye cream is rich, delivers the moisture I so desparately need, and also tingles after you apply (so you can tell it’s working to reveal healthier skin). This product is paraben free, and Algenist is also made right here in the USA! Retail price is $65.
- Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion: When Shiseido launched their suncare line, I immediately grabbed a bottle of this SPF 50+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. Since that first trial run, I’ve purchased it over and over again. As you’d expect, this product is superb sun protection, especially if you’ll be pool side. What you might not know it is wears beautifully under makeup, as it has an almost matte finish when you apply. Retail is $39.
- Bobbi Brown Corrector: This little compact has been my “go-to” undereye concealer for quite some time now. Once again, while my first was a press sample, I’ve since purchased this product over and over again (and usually keep a backup for travel, or to ensure I don’t run out). Bobbi Brown corrector is a heavier concealer, and has an orange undertone that cancels darkness under the eyes. Retail is $25.
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I don’t know one beauty lover who doesn’t think the Hourlgass Ambient Lighting Palette is fabulous. This palette contains an all-over face powder, a highlighting shade, and a bronzing shade. It’s perfect for some subtle contouring, or to use each shade stand-alone. Retail is $58.
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: NARS instantly won me over when they launched their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I generally avoided tinted moisturizers before NARS launched their version, as I required more coverage to even out my skin tone. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is slightly more opaque than the standard tinted moisturizer, but delivers a natural look. Since receiving my first sample I’ve purchased this product over and over again! Retail price is $43.
All of these items can be found at Nordstrom.com. Be sure to click through the links below to see and read other Beauty Blogger’s “go-to products”! I’ll also be posting another round of Beauty Essentials for your reading pleasure tomorrow!
The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.
It’s that time of year! At least it is here in the desert. The sun is beaming, the temps are warming, and it serves as a great reminder that even the skin on your lips can BURN!
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm ensures you keep applying that SPF 30 in such a fun way, by offering delicious flavors you can’t help but turn to over and over again. Sun Bum offers UVA and UVB protection (broad spectrum) and contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe chapped/burned lips while it protects.
The banana scent smells exactly like a fresh banana smoothie! YUM! Other tropical scents are offered including Coconut, Key Lime, Mango, and Pomegranate.
Retail price is $4 per balm. Sun Bum lip balm can be purchased at Nordstrom.com and Amazon.com.
The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.
The Obagi Medical Sun Shield formula delivers a broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection, and also a matte finish that doesn’t make you look like an oil slick all day long! The SPF 50 sun protection is unbelievable, I apply this product before my foundation in the morning, and haven’t needed to reapply for the rest of the day (though for the record, I probably should). [Read more…]
What is physical sunscreen? What is chemical sunscreen? Why should I care? It’s Raging Rouge rewind time! I originally wrote about this topic two years ago. In 2010, the heated debate over the effectiveness and safety of chemical sunscreen rages on. Confused? Keep reading!
In recent years, chemical sunscreens have come under fire. Some are claiming the chemicals in the formula break down more quickly than originally estimated, leaving your skin unprotected much sooner than you would think. Therefore, a chemical sunscreen with an SPF 30 is not the same as a physical sunscreen with an SPF 30. Others claim that the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens (like Oxybenzone and PABA) not only irritate skin, but can cause allergic reactions and generate free radicals that hasten skin aging!
So what’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? A physical sunscreen contains active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which actually reflect UVA and UVB rays off of the surface of the skin. Incredibly effective, physical sunblocks are the preferred choice of those who spend an entire day in the sun. They also tend to not blend into the skin as easily as a chemical sunscreen, which is why lifeguards are often seen sporting a nose slathered in white cream. A chemical sunscreen contains active ingredients that absorb into the skin, and absorb damaging UVA and UVB rays, rendering them harmless. The catch with chemical sunscreen is that you must apply it approximately 1/2 hour prior to exposure, or you are unprotected.
So… what’s your take on the subject? What kind of sunscreen do you use, and why? Let’s chat about it in the comments!
This UVSunSense bracelet review is a repost from last summer… but I wanted to remind you about this ingenious way to protect your skin from the sun’s rays!
UVSunSense is a one-time-use bracelet that is worn to detect your level of UV exposure. Remember when you were a kid, and your Mom would chase you down with the sunblock every couple of hours? Well, now the wristband will remind you instead!
Here’s how it works… Apply the wristband first. Then apply your sunscreen (only works with sunscreens of SPF15 +). Apply your sunscreen as you usually do, but also apply it over the band as well. When the wristband is exposed to sunlight, it will turn a blue-purple shade to indicate that is has been activated. When the band is no longer blue, it’s time to reapply sunscreen on yourself, and the band! If ever any part of the band turns a yellow-orange, it is recommended that you cover-up, or get out of the sun to prevent a burn. Brilliant stuff!
UV Sun Sense wristbands are sold in packages of 7. Prices vary by retailer, but it’s generally less than $7 per pack. Click HERE to check them out at UVSunSense.com, and to find a retailer!
Many beauty-lovers swear by the advice of now-famous “Cosmetics Cop” Paula Begoun. When she reviews her favorite beauty products, women everywhere fall silent to listen!
Just in time for the summer, here are some tips from Paula Begoun
Your Personal SPF: Determining Your Number
by Paula Begoun, The Cosmetics Cop
Sun protection is an everyday must for anyone concerned with keeping their skin in top shape (and that includes avoiding wrinkles, brown discolorations, building collagen, keeping skin firm, and even preventing skin cancer). SPF 15 is the minimum rating to look for and greater is better for some skin colors and conditions; all sunscreens must be liberally applied; and UVA protection is critical.
UVA protection depends on the active ingredients in the product you are using so be sure one or more of these active ingredients are included: avobenzone (sometimes listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl (ecamsule) or, outside the U.S., Tinosorb.
There are several important factors that influence how you choose and should apply a sunscreen:
- How long you are going to be in the sun or sitting next to a window (UVA radiation, the sun’s most damaging rays, come through windows). The longer you are going to be in the sun or exposed to UVA radiation via windows the higher the SPF number you need to look for.
- Are you willing to apply your chosen sunscreen liberally? No matter what SPF rating you choose, you have to apply it liberally. If you aren’t applying it liberally always go for a higher number to assure you are getting as much sunscreen ingredients on your skin as possible.
- Will you be swimming or perspiring heavily? If so, go for sunscreens labeled water resistant or very water resistant. Be sure to reapply as directed, especially after toweling off.
You’ll also want to take into consideration your skin type and whether or not you’ll be wearing makeup.
- Those with normal to dry skin should use sunscreens in a lotion or cream base.
- Those with oily or combination skin should go for sunscreens formulated in a lightweight lotion with a matte finish, a liquid, or an alcohol-free gel base. Many spray-on sunscreens are excellent for oily skin.
- If you’re going to be wearing foundation, you can choose a foundation with sunscreen and pair it with a moisturizer with sunscreen and a pressed powder with sunscreen!
What’s Your Rating?
Your ideal SPF number is a multiplication figure based on your skin color and the SPF number on the product.
Identify Your Skin Color:
- Level 1 skin is very fair and often freckled. It burns easily within about 20 minutes of direct sun exposure and never tans. This is common for people with blue eyes and blonde or red hair.
- Level 2 skin is fair to light and often burns with about 30 minutes of direct sun exposure. Tanning may occur but is minimal. This is common in people with blue, green, or hazel eyes and red, blonde, or light brown hair.
- Level 3 skin is light to medium or olive and sometime burns with about 40 minutes of direct sun exposure. Tanning is possible, but typically sunburn happens first. This level can apply to those of any hair or eye color.
- Level 4 skin is medium to tan skin that rarely burns but can turn pink in about 60 to 90 minutes of direct sun exposure yet often tans easily. This is commong for people with dark hair and eyes.
- Level 5 skin is brown to dark brown skin that very rarely burns and tans easily in about two hours of sun exposure. Those with dark hair and eyes and of Middle Eastern or African-American descent are usually at this level.
- Level 6 skin is black skin that never burns and always tans, though a tan is usually not apparent due to depth of natural skin color.
REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKIN COLOR AND HOW EASILY YOU TAN, WRINKLES, SKIN DISCOLORATIONS, AND SKIN CANCERS ARE PRIMARILY CAUSED BY UNPROTECTED SUN EXPOSURE!
Next, Do the Math:
Your Level of Sunburn Risk x by the SPF Rating = Safe Sun Exposure for Your Skin Color
The SPF number is a rating that determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning when you wear that product without needing to reapply it. It does not indicate quality of protection, just length of time. Here’s how to do the math. If you have:
Level 1 skin (very fair): That means you usually get a burn in about 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
- SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) of protection
- SPF 30 x 20 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
- SPF 45 x 20 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
Level 2 skin (fair to light): That means you usually get a burn in about 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
- SPF 15 x 30 minutes = 450 minutes (7.5 hours) of protection
- SPF 30 x 30 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
- SPF 45 x 30 minutes = 1,350 minutes (22.5 hours) of protection
Level 3 skin (light to medium/olive): That means you usually get a burn in about 40 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
- SPF 15 x 40 minutes = 600 minutes (10 hours) of protection
- SPF 30 x 40 minutes = 1,200 minutes (20 hours) of protection
- SPF 45 x 40 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
Level 4 skin (medium to tan): That means you usually get a burn in about 60 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
- SPF 15 x 60 minutes = 900 minutes (15 hours) of protection
- SPF 30 x 60 minutes = 1,800 minutes (30 hours) of protection
- SPF 45 x 60 minutes = 2,700 minutes (45 hours) of protection
Level 5 and Level 6 skin (brown to dark brown or black): That means you usually get a burn in about 120 minutes (2 hours) of unprotected sun exposure. Determining your skin’s response to various SPF ratings works like this:
- SPF 15 x 120 minutes = 1.800 minutes (*30 hours) of protection
- SPF 30 x 120 minutes = 3,600 minutes (60 hours) of protection
- SPF 45 x 120 minutes = 5,400 minutes (90 hours) of protection
*Note that level 5 and 6 skin should do just fine with a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15. However, liberal applications is still important. If you do not think you’ll be applying the sunscreen as liberally as you should, consider a sunscreen rated SPF 30.
For more articles by Paula Begoun, visit her website CosmeticsCop.com.
Every year, I publish a post when Sephora’s Sun Essentials value set is available for purchase. Well… it’s HERE! For only $25, this set is essential for those with summer sun safety on the mind. Filled with $95 worth of product, it’s an excellent way to test out some of the best products for protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the Sun! On the flip side, it’s filled with travel-sized treasures perfect for sun-protection on the go!
Bonus… Buying this kit is a charitable contribution! 100% of the profits from sales of this set go to the Skin Cancer Foundation!
This year’s Sun Safety Value Set Contains:
– 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
– 0.23 oz DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15
– 0.10 oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile
– 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
– 0.16 oz Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen
– 0.27 oz Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15
– 0.16 oz Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense SPF 50
– 0.34 oz Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
– 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 PA+++
– 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
– 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
– 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-tasking Face SPF 20 in Summer Bisque
– Pink Sephora makeup bag
– 2 x single-use UVSunSense UV monitoring bracelets
Aging, sadly, isn’t always gradual. About a year ago, I woke up one morning with a very noticeable–and very permanent–fine line on my forehead. Today, there are several, and they are ever more pronounced!
But if Mother Nature is going to be such a bitch, why not play hardball? One of my recent weapons in the war on aging is The SPF UV Protecting Fluid by the brainiacs at La Mer.
Introduced for Spring 2009, La Mer’s SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid is the ultimate multi-tasker! Not only does it shield your skin from the sun, preventing sun damage and future aging… The SPF 30 Protecting Fluid also provides light moisturizing benefits ideal for any skin-type, and a light-refracting technology that makes skin appear more luminous!
Perhaps my favorite aspect of La Mer’s formula is how fast it absorbs into the skin, leaving an almost powdery finish. It’s excellent for use under makeup!
Retail price of a 1.4 oz. bottle is $65. Click HERE to check it out at La Mer.
The author of Raging Rouge received press samples for purposes of this makeup review / product review. For more information on sample policies, please click HERE to read my full disclosure statement.
Here's a post about a product I love so much, I use it season after season!
After reading an article on MSN, I realized my sun protection regimen was incomplete. Did you know that some gloss can actually accelerate sun damage to your lips? (Click HERE to check it out). The easy path toward prevention is to simply select a gloss or lipstick with an SPF… like tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer with SPF 15 protection!
This fantastic little balm is small enough to tuck into a pocket for reapplication on the run. With shades perfect for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, you'll never need to leave lips unprotected. The combination of both physical and chemical sunscreens means lips are protected the second you apply (no need to apply a half-hour prior to exposure)!
tarte 24/7 gloss retails for $14. Click HERE to buy tarte 24/7 lip sheer at tarte online.