Michele's Makeup Blog

I love makeup!  And whether you love makeup or not, chances are you wear it at least sometimes.  Don't you want to make sure you're getting the best value for your $$$?  That's what this makeup blog is all about. 
I try products and services and give you an honest review.  From drug stores to department stores, I try different brands at different price points to give you the scoop. 

A Little About My Perspective...
- Quality is more important than quantity.
- Just because it costs more doesn't mean it's better.
- Multitasking products are a very good thing.
- Have fun...if a look doesn't work a little soap and water makes it all better.



It's Sun Screen Time!

I'm sure after last weekend there were a few people in pain from sun burn.  It happens every year right when the nice weather is just starting.  We go outside and spend hours and hours, and then we pay the price for forgetting the sun screen or sun block. 

Yes, there is a difference between sun screen and sun block.  Sun screen uses chemicals to absorb the harmful stuff.  Sun block keeps the harmful stuff from getting to your skin in the first place. 

I'm going to lay it all out right now...if you're still tanning (whether using the sun or a tanning bed) you WILL regret it later in life. Basically you have a decision to make...look good now or look good later.  (I'm talking from a pure vanity standpoint here.  Let's not even get into the health reasons.)  Several years ago I chose "look good later," and as a result my skin has very little sun damage.  I know this is going to pay off for me as I get older.  Fewer wrinkles, fewer age spots, etc.

Since I've been protecting my skin from the sun for a long time, I have tried a lot of sun screens.  Here are the best I've found...

Best All Around
LOVE the Natural Sunscreen from Bare Escentuals (same company that makes Bare Minerals makeup).  Why?  Let me count the reasons!  1. It's in powder form, and the packaging makes it totally portable and spill proof.  2. When you have it on, you can't feel it.  3. You can put it on even after you have clothes on without worrying about getting anything on your clothes.  4. It's wonderful for kids.  5. It doesn't have a scent.  6. It's actually a sun block instead of a chemical sun screen, so there's less chance of a skin reaction.  Is that enough for you?
I usually keep this in my purse, so if we're outside and it looks like we're going to be out for a while I can whip it out.  I really fell in love with it when I was able to apply it to the top of Kate's feet without taking her sandals off!  
You can find this product wherever Bare Minerals is sold.  Here in Springfield: BJ Grand Salon & Spa and Ulta.  Soon, you should be able to get it at the Sephora inside JC Penney.

Best If You Hate Greasy Sun Screen
My biggest pet peeve about most sun screen is that you always know when you have it on.  I hate that greasy, kind of slimy feeling when you sweat.  It's just gross.  Luckily a few years ago Neutrogena came out with their Dry Touch sun Screen, and it really is great.  Once you have it on your skin feels just like it did before you put it on.  Perfect.  
**There is a Walgreens version of the Neutrogena Dry Touch that I've tried.  It's a couple bucks cheaper, but it's not as good.  It's still better than most sun screens, but it's definitely not the quality of the Neutrogena.  In this case, you do get what you pay for.
You can find this product at any drug or discount store.

Best For The Face
The problems with sun screen are one thing.  But there's a whole other level of problems when it comes to sun screen on your face.  The last thing most of us need is a greasy layer of sun screen under our makeup. Neutrogena to the rescue again!  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid is great.  It's not like a typical lotion consistency...it's much thinner...like water.  You can use it under makeup, and you can't even tell you have sun screen on.  It absorbs immediately, so you can put your makeup on right away.

So there you have it.  Those are my favorites.  (And no, I am not getting paid by Neutrogena...or Bare Escentuals.)  All of these sun screens block UVA and UVB rays.  (They're both bad for you, so you need to make sure your sun screen or sun block takes care of both.)





 
04/10/2011 3:51PM
It's Sun Screen Time!
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04/18/2011 11:23AM
Primer Moisturizer "4-day " Maybelline Rewind"
I would love for you to check out this Primer Moisturizer for me if you can? "Maybelline Rewind" I have been using it and I can tell the difference in my face. Thanks Michele Glinda
04/30/2011 3:05AM
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05/19/2011 11:17AM
Maybelline Rewind
Glinda, since you've been using the product why don't you do a review of the product? I have a simple form you can fill out, and then I'll share your comments on my makeup blog. If you're interested email me at michelemitchell@neuhoffmedia.com
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