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Save the oceans – ban oxybenzone!

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens sold in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 to protect coral reefs and marine life. Beauty trade groups such as the Personal Care Products Council, chemical industry organizations, skin-cancer prevention proponents and big sunscreen brands regard the act as misguided and dispute the research behind it.

Cue Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50. Ocean Potion advertises its products as “reef-friendly.” This article from Beauty Independent notes:

To differentiate themselves from large players with oxybenzone- and octinoxate-driven sunscreens, emerging mineral sunscreen purveyors are promoting their products as reef-safe or not containing the banned ingredients, oxybenzone in particular. The term reef safe could increasingly be subject to concerns as it, similar to other marketing terms in the beauty industry, is unregulated and lacks a clear definition.

Putting that aside, Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 is a great sunscreen.

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

It advertises itself as going on clear. It’s a thick white cream in the jar, but with a little blending, it leaves no whitish cast (+). It also has a matte finish (+).  It’s not irritating (+) . Active ingredients are Octocrylene 4% and Zinc Oxide 5% – no oxybenzone.

👍🏻 Recommended. I bought Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 at Safeway. I’ve also seen it at Giant.

Source:
Brown, R. (2018, July 10). How Hawaii’s Ban On Oxybenzone And Octinoxate Could Change The Sun-Protection Segment. Retrieved July 13, 2018, from https://www.beautyindependent.com/hawaii-ban-common-sunscreen-ingredients-oxybenzone-octinoxate-change-sun-protection-segment/

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Best of #beauty – Hourglass, Cover FX and more

Best of beauty

Clockwise from top left:

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A creamy stick foundation that serves as both a full-coverage foundation and concealer.  I like blending it with my Sigma 3DHD™ Kabuki Brush.

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Don’t like the whitish cast of many sunscreens? Then try Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  This sunscreen goes on clear and has a serum-y consistency.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – press sample

An unbelievably silky face primer with a serum-y consistency from K-Beauty brand Touch in Soul

L.A. Colors 5-Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette

OK, so the eye shadows aren’t silky, but they have good pigmentation.  A bargain at USD $1.50.  Yep, you read that right: one dollar and fifty cents.  Like neutrals as much as I do? Then try Tan Khaki, Brown Tweed, or Natural Linen (shown).

Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette

The perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

One swipe, and you’re done.  Jane (Fonda? Birken?) is described as “terracotta rose.”  The terracotta makes the rose less precious. For other terracotta faves, visit Meet the Lipstick Shade That’ll Replace Your Nudes This Fall.

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick is every bit as good as luxury lipsticks (including NARS).  It’s a great value at USD 9.00. My lipstick wardrobe includes Burt Bee’s Satin Lipsticks in Ruby Ripple and Russet River.  Buy wherever Burt’s Bees are sold (and that’s practically everywhere).

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in Muddy Nudes

Yes, I sprang for the IsaDora eye shadow palettes as soon as they became available on walgreens.com.  I am delighted with the smoothness and pigmentation of the eye shadow quartet and the subtle gradation of shades.

Introducing LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50)

I started using LaRoche-Posay sunscreens after buying into the hype in magazines (no doubt to keep their advertiser L’Oréal , which owns LaRoche-Posay, happy) about the introduction of Mexoryl SX to the U.S. While Mexoryl SX is more stable than avobenzone, another chemical sunscreen, it protects only from UVA rays, not UVB rays. Visit Paula Begoun’s web site for more information about Mexoryl SX.

I use LaRoche-Posay sunscreens only on my face, because they are pricey.  Curiously, none of the LaRoche-Posay sunscreens that I’ve tried have Mexoryl SX as an ingredient. So much for hype.   I used Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, and thank goodness that it didn’t have the petroleum odor that Smashbox’s primer with sunscreen had.

After I finished the tube of Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, I switched to Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.  While I’m still using Anthelios 60 and liking it, I’ve loving LaRoche-Posay’s new Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50).  It’s lightweight, and I honestly believe that it’s improving my skin.  For those who seek a matte finish, I suggest that they put something like Mally Beauty’s Face Defender over the serum.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 cost $42.50 US for 1 fl.oz., so keep on the lookout for discounts.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%(sunscreen) Homosalate 9.60% (sunscreen) Octisalate 2.88%(sunscreen) Octocrylene 5.38% (sunscreen) Oxybenzone 3.46% (sunscreen)

Inactive ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers – and how!

While I was disappointed with IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, I was delighted with IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  I received a sample of the CC Cream in the package containing Hello Lashes and the reversible lip liner and liked it so much that I took advantage of the recent F&F event to buy the full size.

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

When I first applied IT Cosmetics IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+, it felt very soothing. Redness is my main skin complaint, and IT Cosmetics CC Cream covers the redness beautifully. It makes skin look radiant, but not shimmery, as many luminizing foundations do.  The CC Cream also blends seamlessly with my skin: too often, when I use liquid foundation, I get edges that don’t blend, no matter how much I tap-tap-tap with a dampened Beautyblender.

In addition, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ s a UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical barrier sunscreen, with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but it doesn’t have a whitish cast. While it’s rated SPF 50+ , you probably won’t apply enough to get those benefits. I recommend wearing a colorless sunscreen under the CC Cream: I use LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which is a chemical sunscreen.

In short, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers on what a BB/CC/DD cream (these sound like cup sizes! 🙂 should be: sunscreen, makeup, and skin care in one multitasking product.

While I’m often typed as “light,” I actually went against the received wisdom and chose Medium. MUA Robert Jones actually recommends slightly deeper makeup for older (cough, cough) women.

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and costs US $38.00 for 1.08 fl.oz. It is available online from itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, beauty.com, and ulta.com. IT Cosmetics has recently announced that it is now in all Ulta stores.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+?   How did you like it? Do you have a favorite BB/CC/DD cream?

Breaking down FDA sunscreen labeling requirements

Here’s a nifty infographic on Breaking down FDA labeling sunscreen requirements, found by Teri of the Beautiful Makeup Search blog:

FDA sunscreen labeling requirements

FDA sunscreen labeling requirements

Actually, the FDA ruling is nearly 2 years old. For more information, visit the Questions and Answers page on the FDA web site.