Product Review: Avene Ultralight Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 50

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Summer weather has arrived early in my part of the world (where did spring go?!), and I’m updating my suncare regimen to combat the season’s intense sunlight and longer daylight.

I’m still loyal to Pratima’s Neem Rose Face Sunscreen, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to make a trip to SoHo to buy a new bottle, and I refuse to pay Pratima’s high shipping fees, so I’ve been looking for something to alternate with the Neem Rose. Continue reading

Product Review: Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream with Sunscreen

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We’re nowhere near the end of summer, but I just ran out of both my facial sunblocks, Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen and Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF40. (Apparently I’ve been practicing good sun protection!) When I went to purchase a new bottle of one or the other, however, I realized that both products were sold out.

What to do?

Fortunately, I found  a few sample packets of Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream in my drawer. This seemed like the moment to give them a try.

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Product Review: Pur-lisse SPF 30 Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer

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As I’ve mentioned before, I wear sunblock on my face every day, even during winter, even in the city. And I’ve often had a difficult time finding a facial sun-protection product that I really like.

So I’m sorry to say that if I had to list my beauty-related disappointments of 2012, a top complaint would be the wretched reformulation of my long-cherished Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration with SPF 20, made by 100% Pure. It was recently changed from a medium-weight, but easily absorbed, facial moisturizer with a high level of physical sunblock to a thick, dry, un-blendable white paste. (I did leave a negative comment about this change on the 100% Pure product page, but customer reviews are no longer being shown there. Interesting.)

I know; I know. This should be my biggest problem in life. But it was such an ideal everyday combination product. Now I’m forced to audition a few other sunblock-moisturizer hybrids, and I’ll be sharing the results of my efforts here.

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Product Review: Bare Minerals Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer (Combination Skin)

Although I wear sunblock on my face all year ’round, I’m especially conscious of the need for protection on sunny summer days. I recently tried out a new product, Bare Minerals’ Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer for Combination Skin, which boasts a “proprietary ActiveSoil Complex” as well as hydration and a mineral-based sun shield.

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