SuperGoop! Sunscreen

The forecast calls for Sunny Days aheadat some point in the very near future.  So we need to be prepared to protect our skin.

Photo: D. King

It’s confusing when you consider all the various products out there… but let me simplify choices for you by sharing my new favourite sunscreens.

All by SuperGoop!

Something light that won’t interfere with makeup application and also works as a primer, something for when you’re being more active and something for a subtle glow.

Supergoop! debuted in 2007, with its Everyday SPF 50, and almost immediately won the American Academy of Dermatology’s Gold Triangle Award for Sun Safety Education. Since then, the company has expanded into a range of sunscreens for children and adults, and even recently launched eye shadows containing SPF.

Holly Thaggard, Founder and CEO of Supergoop, is based in San Antonio, Texas, and is considered the Norma Rae of Sunscreen as she’s dedicated 12 years to skin cancer prevention.  Tennis Pro Maria Sharapova is a co-owner of this growing company.

Sunny, cloudy, stormy or clear…no matter the weather, all forecasts call for SPF!

I’m convinced you’re going to LOVE these choices.

Where to order:

https://supergoop.com/

Also sold at Sephora

Red and Near InfraRed Light Therapy

Is Red Light a Missing Nutrient for our Health?

This Sunday addition to my blog is about more than how specific vitamins can help support our immune system, especially during Covid.  It’s also about improving overall health in general.  Because we can’t get every nutrient our body needs from food alone, we supplement with… specific supplements.  Vitamin D is getting recognized by mainstream doctors as a preventative for viruses and the dosages are being properly upped.

Which brings me to another light-associated nutrient worth discussing, namely Red and Near Infrared Light. Yet unlike Vitamin D, this nutrient isn’t available in pill form. It’s something I’ve been curious about and it’s something I’ve been using for back massage for several years, but now I’m trying it on my face.  I’ve been using a device from Melbourne, Australia called the “Hive” by BLUBlox (link below). 

Peer-reviewed scientific research has shown Red Light & Near Infrared Light therapy has anti-aging effects on our skin, it can help combat a number of neurological diseases, help fight depression and anxiety, it can help increase fat loss, speed recovery from exercise, improve your sleep, increase muscle strength and endurance, combat some autoimmune conditions, fight hair loss, and speed healing from injury, and all with few to no negative side effects.

I just listened to a podcast with Dr. Michael Hamblin; a recently retired dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. He gets into all of the therapeutic applications, among which are skin burn therapy, beauty salon applications in skin rejuvenation and hair regrowth on thinning scalps. It is used in physiotherapy to help speed the healing of injured or inflamed tendons, ligaments, and muscles as a result of exercise. And to my surprise, the interviewer spoke about red light as a nutrient.

But what I liked most about the interview was Hamblin’s comments about Red and Near InfraRed Light being used to treat both Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Diseases, which have no other significant treatment options; and his comments about the 4th state of water, which he called nano-structured water (@ ~27:38).

The link to this interview is below with a few other reputable links should you want to check them out.  I personally find this very fascinating.  The light also feels pleasingly warming on the skin.

Link to podcast interview with Dr. Michael Hamblin, a Harvard dermatologist and one of the world’s leading researchers on the topic: https://blog.humanos.me/red-light-missing-nutrient-for-health-podcast-michael-hamblin/ 

Link to a peer-reviewed science paper on the topic: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5066074/

this is the device

Link to the Hive Near-Infrared and Red Light unit that I’ve been using:  https://www.blublox.com/collections/red-light-device 

Of course there are other device makers, such as Joov and VieLight that you can check out.

Send me your thoughts on this.  Have you tried it?

Clarins Lip Perfector

I promised to share my favourite hydrating lip colour which I’ll make sure to keep in my stockpile of makeup essentials.

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector

It’s in between a gloss and a lipstick.

I went into my local Shoppers Drug Mart early this winter looking for a lip product to help soothe my chapped lips while adding colour and a bit of shine.  The beautician pointed me directly to this product.  I’ve been thankful to her ever since.

In Vancouver they also sell it at London Drugs (about $22).

I’ve always loved the Clarins line for skincare (my mom used to use it) but the makeup is something new to me.  It does not  disappoint if you want…

  • 4-hour hydration 
  • Radiant shine
  • A long lasting + nourishing product
  • Melting, non-sticky cream-gel texture
  • Addictive vanilla scent
  • Comforting cushion applicator
  • Key Ingredients: Shea Butter and Wild Mango to moisturize and condition lips
  • Something to wear alone, or to top off another lipstick with some added shine.

That’s why it was such a game changer when the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted with a beauty product in hand at Wimbledon.  I swear I just saw this online before posting this and way after I bought the product.  However let’s face it…if it’s good enough for royalty...it’s good enough for me.

Karwai Tang/Getty Images – Glamour Magazine.
I bought No’s 17 + 18.  My favourites would be #16 – #19 (swatches shown above).

Have you tried these?

BOOTS No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector

Another Skincare/Makeup Review

The Boots brand can trace its roots back to 1849. 

Although Boots No7 may be relatively new to many consumers, the skincare brand is as much of a British icon as tea, the Queen and wellies.

Since then, Boots has become the UK’s largest drugstore and has its own namesake skincare line, Boots No7.  I don’t know if you remember how popular their *serum was when it first launched.  In addition to the Protect and Perfect serum, some of the most buzz worthy No7 products include the No7 Firming Booster Serum and the No7 Line Correcting Booster Serum, from the Laboratories line. Together both serums generated a waiting list of 37,000 people; put another way, according to Boots, one product was sold every seven seconds. I tried it (see my past review below) and liked. it but now I’m onto this…

I would say that this is a makeup that feels like skincare.

I’m on my third tube of this velvety smooth Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector that helps to blur fine lines and cover pores to give the appearance of flawless looking skin.  I never wear foundation because it tends to sit on top of skin and prevent it from breathing. This product glides on like liquid silk and is incredibly light. I only use it on the oily T-zone area. 

It’s quick and easy to apply, you can find it in most drugstores and the price is very reasonable.  

Highlights

  • Vitamin-enriched formula
  • Blurs imperfections including; fine lines, pores and redness
  • Conditions skin
  • Defends against the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Combines the benefits of skincare with sheer coverage

What is Boots?

Boots was launched in 1849 by John Boot, who opened an herbal medicine shop in Nottingham, England. His son Jesse Boot is credited with turning Boots into a large retailer as he embraced traditional medicine at affordable prices. The company grew and expanded over the years, and milestones included the development of ibuprofen in 1969. In 2014 Walgreens acquired a majority stake in Boots, forming the Walgreens Boots Alliance.

What is the Boots No7 Philosophy?

According to the company, No7 takes a down to earth approach to beauty and skincare. As the company explains, “No7 was the first brand to democratize beauty in the UK, bringing premium, affordable products to women. That principle still holds strong..” The brand states that “beauty for women is about more than looking pretty, women use cosmetics to be ready for something: to show up, speak up, and make an impact in their world in their own way. We refer to this as No7 READY.” Boots No7 also strives to be “real and relatable, never featuring supermodels in its advertising and not retouching the remarkable people that do feature.”

Is Boots No7 Cruelty Free?

Yes. According to the company, “We do not conduct animal testing on our products, or on ingredients used in our products, nor do we commission animal testing on our products or on ingredients used in our products.”

Have you tried any of the No7 products?  If so, what do you like?

my *serum review:

https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2014/05/28/beauty-biz-does-boots-7-live-up-to-all-the-hype/

Source: The Derm Review

No ordinary company

Here’s something refreshingly abnormal…

Photo: d. king

 An umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty.

Recently I’ve been introduced to an abnormal beauty company through a beautiful friend of mine.  Someone who’s advice I trust and who, like myself, has tried a lot of different skincare + makeup products.  She lives in LA and orders her products online because the company resides in Canada  Whaaat??

The company is called Deciem (inspired by the Latin word decima, which means “tenth”) – a Canadian company originating from Toronto.  Deciem’s tagline is “The Abnormal Beauty Company.” The brand of products she’s referring to are called “the ordinary.” But the best thing about the ordinary is not ordinary at all, especially in the overpriced, over marketed beauty industry of today: the line is marketed with effective products at very reasonable prices. You had me at effective and reasonable.

Photo: d. king   Store Location: South Granville, Vancouver.

Since I do not like to waste what I have not yet finished, I only bought three of their products for now – a surface hydration formula called “Natural Moisturizing Factors+HA, Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5 and Retinol in Squalene (starts at 2% plus).  The hyaluronic acid & retinol are in dropper bottles.

Allure Magazine has this to say: the company is shaping up to be a serious player in the beauty biz. Deciem’s portfolio of products includes affordable skincare, makeup, supplements, and haircare items designed to appeal to a wide audience, including millennial skin-care geeks, people who dabble in injectables, and beauty editors like me alike. 

 In an industry that’s often called out for dubious behavior, like misleading adsindecipherable ingredient lists, and questionable claims, a refreshingly transparent beauty brand like Deciem naturally stands out.

I’m already hooked. 

Here’s an article on the founder himself taken from Allure Magazine:

https://www.allure.com/story/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-deciem#:~:text=Its%20unconventional%20founder%2C%20Brandon%20Truaxe,doesn’t%20operate%20like%20a

About the Company:

https://deciem.com/

Photo: d. king

Have you tried any of their products?  

Don’t forget to wear your mask at night too

No, no; don’t worry…I’m not talking about that mask.  It’s enough that we have to wear those masks everywhere as is. I’m talking about an overnight face/lip mask that’s like a breath of fresh air.  One where you’ll wake up with much softer skin.  Who wouldn’t love that?

One from a Korean luxury beauty company called Laneige. You should know that the Koreans are taking over as a leader for innovative beauty products. They’ve been quietly doing this for quite some time. They’re pretty darn good at making other things too, like cars for instance (which maybe are not so beautiful as much as they’re practical – but that’s another story).

Image: Business Insider

LANEIGE  is extremely popular throughout Asia. Meaning “the snow” in French, Laneige pursues water science as its philosophy to help women achieve a radiant, dewy complexion.

I first found out about this company when I went to choose my VIP birthday gift from Sephora this month.  There were three different popular and useful sets to choose from. I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone who’s shopped at Sephora at one time or another is considered a VIP. And once you start racking up points there’s no turning back.  But It’s a nice incentive on your birthday month and a chance to try different products.  Otherwise I wasn’t wanting for anything. I already had full size products of their two other gift sets (former beauty junkie that I am  was). So I went for the overnight masks since my skin is drier in winter.  And I’m loving them.  Especially the lip mask.  I’m really picky with everything lip products as my lips are very dry and this one is one of the best I’ve ever tried.  I’ll tell you about my favorite hydrating lip color another time. 

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

Recharge dehydrated skin while you sleep with this quick absorbing, deeply hydrating mask. Formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood provides a relaxing and comforting scent while apricot and evening primrose extracts helps visibly brighten and purify fatigued skin.  

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

What is it? A leave-on lip mask that soothes and moisturizes for smoother, more supple lips. Lip Sleeping Mask has a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption. Enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, its Berry Mix Complex offers a nutritiously sweet and fragrant blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts to indulge the senses. Very much like a smoothie for your lips.

btw I’m guilty of using this daytime too.

For more info visit:

https://www.laneige.com/

 

FALLing

It’s amazing how quickly summer turns into fall.  Another season offers another reason for change.  Starting with our wardrobe.

This Fall stylist/designer Rachel Zoe  is excited to unveil much more than the latest seasonal curation to be delivered to your doorstep.

Rachel Zoe with the first edition of Curateur. Image taken from Website:  curateur.com

In her words:

“I am beyond excited to finally share what I have been dreaming to bring to life for this special community. My extraordinary team and I have been working tirelessly to deliver a unique lifestyle membership way beyond your already-coveted box. Introducing, CURATEUR.”

“That’s right…say buh-bye to Box of Style, and hello CURATEUR! We’re keeping all the things you know and love about our past persona and expanding our horizons to encompass all things style. We’re introducing a wider range of product categories, upping our insider benefits, rolling out exclusive content—the list goes on. Our fall curation is more unique than those of years past because it is your ticket to the latest and most luxurious, lifestyle membership. Get ready for year-round style, starting with the season full of layers and falling leaves. Here’s what our fall curation has in store and why you’ll love it.” – Rachel Zoe

Model wears The Take-It-All Tote
Rachel Zoe Collection Tote, $115 Retail Value
“Bordeaux is one of my most favorite colors, especially for the fall season. This tote is the perfect shape and size for work or weekend and will add polish to any look from jeans and blazer to a sweater dress and boots.” 

The Sumptuous Staple
Eddie Borgo Supra Link Collar Necklace, $350 Retail Value
“A dramatic necklace is such a fun and easy way to layer a touch of glamour to your look. This gold plated box link is inspired by a vintage design that has withstood time, yet it remains trendier than ever. The necklace is always perfect for wearing alone or layering with your favorite pieces you already own. ”

The Abstract Accent (Choice Item)
Eddie Borgo Supra Link Earrings, $195 Retail Value
“You really can’t go wrong with these chic box link drop earrings. They look amazing paired with the necklace or worn on their own with your hair pulled back or down.”

The Luxe Lens (Choice Item)
Le Specs Neptune Sunglasses, $89 Retail Value
“These gold wire frame sunnies are an instant classic you will never get tired of. The lens shape is so complimentary and their lightweight and comfortable design make them perfect all year long. ”

You get a choice of either the earrings or the sunglasses which is included in the price & package.

AND two luxury beauty products from Anastasia Beverly Hills & Kat Burki:

The Glow Getter
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, $25 Retail Value
“Adding highlighter to your makeup routine is a game-changer. I’ve been a longtime friend and follower of Anastasia, along with all of her products. This lightweight,  liquid formula is perfect for layering over foundation or mixing with moisturizer to add a luminous glow to your skin.”

The Complexion Corrector
Kat Burki Form Control Marine Collagen Gel, $160 Retail Value
“This product is seriously the perfect addition to your skincare routine. Boasting with marine collagen, it nourishes your skin while softening fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful complexion.” – All from the words of Rachel. 

I’ll do a beauty product review on both these (and other) products once I get the opportunity to use them for a while.

Not a member? Join the community today and get our fall curation!

Skincare Cult Favourites

 Reviews of personally loved skincare products.

 

Aside from the products I make myself, I’ve been wanting to try these cult favourites…if only to find out what all the fuss is about.

It’s only the last several months that I’ve been using them and now I realize the reason why women find them exceptional.

Fresh soy face cleanser

This came as a sample and when I’m finished using it I’ll purchase a tube.  The first thing I noticed was the lovely fresh scent…which lives up to its name.  Cool as a cucumber. I love that it soothes sensitive skin.

This pH-balanced gel cleanser for all skin types has a cult following for the way it removes makeup—even mascara—without drying for soft, supple skin. It’s made with amino acid-rich soy proteins, calming cucumber extract, and balancing rosewater. 

  • Amino acid-rich soy proteins help maintain skin elasticity.
  • Calming cucumber extract aids in soothing the skin.
  • Rosewater is notable for its calming and balancing properties.
  • Borage seed oil helps to nourish and soften.

https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/soy-face-cleanser-P7880?country_switch=ca&lang=en

Boscia exfoliating peel gel

Believe it or not, I first purchased this at a Costco in Palm Springs.  I’m not sure if every Costco sells it, but it came packaged along with a cactus water gel moisturizer and elasticized hair band.  The moisturizer works for hydration but I’m not a big fan of the watery consistency.  However I absolutely think this smoothing, brightening and firming peel gel is TOPS.  I bought it mainly because of the exfoliant.  I use it on dry skin in the morning and it really works to gently but effectively slough away dull dead skin cells.  It’s gentle enough to use daily which most other exfoliants are not.  The formula is lightweight but it works like a heavyweight.

This is a keeper.  Probably the best I’ve come across. Since it cleanses skin too you might consider using this in the AM and Fresh Soy Cleanser in the PM.

https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/exfoliating-peel-gel-P393292

Erno Laszlo skin supplement lotion

This came in my “Box of Style.”  They always include an amazing beauty product and I’m always willing to try.

This is great following exfoliation because it helps to refresh and hydrate.  It’s kind of a gel-water consistency.  Having said that, I think the right facial spray can also do the trick.  I haven’t yet decided if I’ll buy a bottle after I finish what I have.  A little goes a long way.  Women go ga-ga over it, so here’s some info from their site:

Product Details

Our silky, hydrating toner works for nearly all skin concerns to revive dull or dry complexions and begin the process of renewal. Made without alcohol, it gently clears away flakes and aging skin cells while it sweeps on calming, skin-restoring nutrients found in nature, including:

  • Provitamin B5 to give skin the antioxidant support in needs to bolster the healing process and build its defenses.
  • Comfrey root to soothe sensitive or irritated skin while it encourages cell repair and renewal.
  • Glycerin, a natural moisture magnet, to attract and hold hydration for a glowing complexion.

https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/hydraphel-skin-supplement-lotion-P392628

La Mer

The luxurious rich cream that started it all.  Known as the Miracle Broth.

A few years ago after sampling a small bit I bought a jar at Nordstrom.  I decided it was too thick for my skin.  However a few months ago they actually had some for sale at Costco in Palm Springs and I couldn’t resist trying it again.  Skin changes.  I don’t know whether my skin is more dehydrated now, but after using it only nightly for a few months I do notice a positive difference.  it’s soothing and helps heal dryness. Yes; it’s expensive and there are a lot of other good moisturizers on the market…but this one really is a cult favourite for good reason and I know several women with amazing complexions that say it’s worth the splurge.  So if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you can find it a bit cheaper at Costco.  It really softens so use sparingly and perhaps seasonally in drier months.  Oh; the legend of it’s creation is something else…

According to tale, a German rocket scientist named Max Huber invented it while trying to heal burns that he’d sustained in the lab. Estée Lauder now owns the brand.

Just for fun the below was excerpted from an article taken from “The Cut” – Skin Deep.

The moisturizer that is meant to give you baby-soft skin is treated like a precious baby during its formulation. La Mer’s formula resolves around a fermented juice called the Miracle Broth. While each batch is fermenting, which takes about three months, technicians play the broth a tape of carefully selected sounds.  This is for real.

If you think this is crazy, you aren’t alone.  Andrew Bevacqua, senior vice-president of research and development at the Max Huber Research Labs, who has worked at Lauder since 1986, was floored when he learned that he had to provide the Miracle Broth with a soundtrack. “I couldn’t understand why it could be necessary to do that. I thought creating the broth was enough. When Max’s daughter told me about it, I thought she didn’t understand because she wasn’t a scientist,” he said. “But we tried it without the sound waves, and the data showed that when it had sound waves, the broth was much more active.” He added that there are studies that show that sound waves can have an impact on chemical reactions, so there’s some science behind it, after all.

Interesting…No?

Full Article: https://www.thecut.com/2017/08/10-conspiracy-theories-about-la-mer-and-is-it-worth-it.html

https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/creme-de-la-mer-moisturizing-cream-P416341

The links I’ve provided are all Sephora however you can buy on all individual product websites or wherever sold.

Let me know if you’ve used any of these products and what your thoughts are?

 

Sunny Side Up

Leaving Juneuary behind us…

I know summer is finally here when the summer box of style arrives at my mailbox doorstep.  Season by season, year after year it never fails to please.  There’s always a fun accessory and perfect skincare product to suit everyone.  All curated by Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe to provide women with five luxury products every season to fit into our wardrobes and daily routine no matter what it is.  All at a reasonable price.

Rachel Zoe – Image taken from website

From the Website:

Summer 2020 Box

“The summer season for me is all about family, friends, and making memories. It’s about enjoying the simple things in life and finding happiness in the everyday. This summer edit has been curated for you with the hope that each piece will bring you joy and, in some way, be part of your lasting memories. I can truly say that everything in this selection makes me happy, and that certainly means more to me now than ever before.” xo RZ

HENNY + LEV

Canvas Weekender

RETAILS AT $159.00

This classic weekender silhouette is perfect for future getaways. Its roomy interior is big enough to stash all necessities, plus more.  Canvas with vegan leather accents.  Pockets and interior pouch included. Will come in handy.

PETER SOM

Dream Floral Sarong

RETAILS AT $195.00
With fringe embellishment and infinite ways to wear it, this sarong will be a go-to all summer long. Two choices: 1) colorful Rose Quartz (shown) or dial it down with 2) blue shades of Meteorite. Nice to have choices.
GROWN ALCHEMIST

Hydra-Repair Day Cream

RETAILS AT $49.00

The skin savior you won’t want to live without. Pairs well with a hydrating toner and SPF for those warm summer days.

  • 100 ml
  • Vegan and clean
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Improves skins hydration while also acting as a makeup primer

KOSAS

Color & Light Palette

RETAILS AT $34.00

The instant pick-me-up we all need. For a sun-kissed glow, swipe the bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks and apply the highlighter to the high points of your face.

  • Cream palette
  • Shade: Tropic Equinox
  • Clean, Cruelty and Gluten-Free

PANACEA

Beaded Tassel Earrings

RETAILS AT $55.00
Spice up any summer look with these 3″ length statement earrings in brilliant white. Perfect for virtual happy hours with friends.  Made in India of white iridescent glass beads and silk thread.
To get a beach body all you need is to have a body to take to the beach.  Nobody said it had to be perfect.
I’m ready to head to the beach.  How about you?

Hair Story

All Prose.  No Cons.

I couldn’t have predicted it any better or worseThe timing that is…and the fact that my hair would lose some of it’s natural lustre and manageability.

Who would have thought that I could have hair products customized specifically for me, with my name on the bottle? just in case anyone who comes over makes the mistake of using them. Never mind the length and the roots.  That’s another story. 

Early in March, at the very beginning of learning about Coronavirus, I received an offer I could not refuse.  It came from a company I hadn’t heard about before.  But it got my attention.  Because…well..custom made and all…

As far as beauty products are concerned, hair products were always at the very bottom of my list. Not sure why that was but I would use pretty much anything. It was never a priority like skincare and makeup was. But now that’s all changed.  I’ve become a prose convert.

Photo: d. king

Created in Paris.  (Gotta trust the French when it come to these things).  Bottled in Brooklyn.

I was intrigued.  The people at Prose got my attention with not so little details such as…clean, cruelty free ingredients, refillable bottles, thought to packaging, guidelines for how to use each product and finally; scent. The customization process even includes the aroma profile you can choose, which ranges from floral to citrus to woodsy. My oil has an amazing almond scent. You are one in a million.  So is your hair.

Let me tell you.  You have to first fill out an application longer than one for a job interview from what I can remember about job interviews and answer all kinds of questions regarding the quality of your overall hair condition and health in general.  

Questions like how much hair regularly falls out and how much of your scalp is shown when hair is parted down the middle? This apparently tells you about your hair density. Even diet. Yes! All the answers help to formulate each product exclusively to your needs.

My lineup. Photo: d. king

The whole Prose line is customized to your specific hair.

It’s amazing.  My hair life as changed. Find out for yourself. Here’s the link:

https://prose.com/

Ask for a discount and tell them where you heard about it.

Hairs to You!