Monday, September 6, 2010

Be Religious With Your Sunscreen: Tips for staying protected

Want to get look old, crinkly, and spotted faster? Bake yourself outside and don't wear sunscreen! Hurray!

I'm just kidding, ok?

Before you put that sunblock away for the summer, hear me out!  Although the temperature has cooled down considerably in most places, make sure you continue to slather on sunscreen WHENEVER you plan to go out.  Cloudy days, snowy days, spaghetti and meatball days, if you plan on stepping outside, you will still be exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays.  The damage done to your skin adds up over time so even if you're only going out for 15 minutes, stay protected.  I know we don't like the greasiness of most sunblock lotions so opt for moisturizers that are lightweight.  Personally, I prefer something light and non greasy to put under my foundation, so I grab a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 30 (SPF15+ recommended). Opting for a tinted moisturizer infused with SPF is a good way to go if you're short on time and want to stay protected, get some coverage, and run out the door in 45 seconds.  Don't forget to apply a lipbalm which also offers protection, and lotion with SPF or sunscreen anywhere else where skin is exposed!

List of products mentioned (in the video)
-CVS Skin Defending Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (also available in SPF 45)

-Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

-Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 (Paraben free)

-Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

-Softlips Lip Protectant SPF 20 (I believe all softlips products have SPF in it)

-Nivea A Kiss of Protectant SPF 30 ( DON'T get this unless you don't mind white lips)

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tag: This or That

blush or bronzer: blush
lip gloss or lipstick: ohh....lipgloss wins by a grain of sand.
eye liner or mascara: eyeliner. again by a grain of sand.
foundation or concealer: foundation
neutral or color eye shadow: both =x can't decide
pressed or loose eye shadows: pressed
brushes or sponges: brushes ftw

OPI or china glaze: ehh.....i have yet to use either
Long or short: short. so much easier to handle.
Acrylic or natural: natural
Brights or darks: darks
Flower or no flower: flower

perfume or body splash: perfume.
lotion or body butter: lotion
body wash or soap: body wash
lush or other bath company: neither? i'm allergic to most bath products.

jeans or sweat pants : jeans
stripes or plaid: plaid
flip flops or sandals: sandals are sexier.
scarves or hats: scarves
studs or dangly earrings: dangly earrings
necklaces or bracelets: necklaces. people can actually see them.
heels or flats: heels
cowboy boots or riding boots: cowboy boots
forever 21 or charlotte russe: forever 21
abercrombie or Hollister: thanks.
saks 5th or nordstrom: nordstrom

curly or straight: straight for the most part
bun or ponytail: messy bun
bobby pins or butterfly clips: bobby pins
hair spray or gel: hair spray
long or short: long. more styling options and less maintenance
light or dark:dark
side sweep bangs or full bangs: both can look good. but side swept bangs are easier to deal with
up or down: Down

Rain or shine: rain
Summer or winter: summer
Fall or spring: fall. love the sophisticated colors that come with this season.
Chocolate or vanilla: vanilla mmmmm

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hey you guys!

Just wanted to let all you Tarte fans know that Tarte is celebrating it's 10th birthday by offering this discount to you! From now until September 6th 11:59pm Eastern time, take $10 off your purchase of $20 or more! Coupon code is BDAY. This is a great deal if you have been wanting to try out some tarte products, or you're only going to pick up one item. However, Tarte does have 30% & 40% off sales every so often so if you are going to make a big purchase, I would wait for those. Shop at

And if you guys don't know already, Tarte is a makeup line that uses almost all, if not all, natural ingredients. All products are free of parabens and petroleum, and are chockfull of things that do good for your skin. However, I would not treat this as a skin care line, but as a bonus to the product.

I will be uploading reviews on some Tarte palettes, eyeshadow primer, and Park Ave bronzer some time, so make sure you guys look out for those!