This past winter, my brother made a quick visit to LA and showed up with this bottle of sunscreen he had picked up in Cancun. Try this, he said. It doesn't suck. Even you will think so. I took a glance at the cheap, drugstore looking bottle and uninspired branding and had my doubts, but … Continue reading Malibu High Protection Lotion SPF 50 Review
I haven't done an empties post since February, so there are lots of items in this post! Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil Previously reviewed. This is the best cleansing oil I've ever used! Acwell Bubble-Free pH Balanced Cleanser Previously reviewed. This cleanser doesn't play nicely with my face so I used it up as a hand … Continue reading March and April Empties
I'm sure you all are super excited to be reading about sunscreen IN DECEMBER. Don't worry, this is going to be a quick review because this sunscreen is not very exciting. But also don't forget that UVA rays, which are responsible for the photo-aging of skin, are not affected by season. This means they're still plentiful this … Continue reading Chosungah22 Mint Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++ Review
In case you haven't noticed, I've reviewed quite a few sunscreens on this platform yet none of them have been mineral sunscreens (if you're unfamiliar with the term, these are sunscreens that predominantly use physical filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). I just don't like mineral sunscreens! I don't like the difficulty in applying them, … Continue reading Chica y Chico Suntana 5.0 Review and Lack of Social Irresponsibility
Sometimes, skincare requires tradeoffs. For example, despite my having dry skin, pretty much all the sunscreens I use smell like rubbing alcohol due to their high alcohol content. This type of alcohol may be drying but it also allows the sunscreens to absorb with fantastic speed and I just don't have enough free time in … Continue reading Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF50+ PA++++ Review
This is the last sunscreen to be reviewed from my first Rakuten haul and the one I'm most conflicted about. This review is LONG overdue, but better late than never, right? Sunkiller makes a lot of sunscreens, some of them are apparently very good, but this is the only one that I've tried. This is an essence type sunscreen, which … Continue reading Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ Review
I stopped by The Face Shop on my commute home today with the intention of just checking out the store and selection but ended up leaving with quite a bit of stuff! Usually, I prefer to purchase skincare items online, but there is definitely something to be said about being able to see and touch items … Continue reading The Face Shop Haul!
WHY I BOUGHT THEM When I moved to LA 3 years ago from SF, I promised myself I would learn to surf. That hasn’t happened yet because LA beaches are gross), but I do go to the beach not infrequently to do things like rollerblade and play beach volleyball. However, being the good skincare nut … Continue reading Outdoors Sunscreen Review & Comparison: Menturm Sun Bears Strong Super Plus SPF 50+ PA++++ vs Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 Broad Spectrum
Master of Life sent me this lovely coupon code a few weeks ago so I took the opportunity to restock some of my favorite sunscreens and pick up some new items! This post will be mostly pictures with some first impressions! What I Ordered Counterclockwise from from bottom left: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel … Continue reading Rakuten Order #2: Sunscreen Reorders, Salicylic Milk, and More!
This is a continuation of the Sunscreen 101 Series. In Pt 1: UVA rays vs UVB rays + the role of Antioxidants In Pt 2 (this post): Why you should trust the FDA when they deem an ingredient safe Overview of FDA approved UV filters Should you use non-FDA approved filters? Overview of non-FDA approved … Continue reading WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SUNSCREEN Pt 2: Stability and Safety of Sunscreen Ingredients, both FDA Approved and Non-Approved