Sun Protection Week: Day 1 – I Don’t Think I Need To Use A Separate Sunscreen

Welcome to Sun Protection Week. I’m using “week” very loosely here because I probably won’t be able to sustain seven consecutive days of writing. To be honest, I am very confused by whether I need to use a separate sunscreen when my moisturizer or foundation already has SPF. This should’ve been a no brainer. Most of the dermatologist-written articles I’ve read seem consistent in saying that I need to put on sunscreen in addition to any other face base that already has sun protection. But seriously, if you’re as oily as I am, doing the sunscreen + face base combo…

Too Cool For School Blending BB Cream

Too Cool For School Blending Cream BB Review

Please note that I only have a sample packet of the Too Cool For School’s Blending Cream BB and I’ve only used the product for 3 consecutive days. With each use, I applied the product right after toweling my face dry, without a primer underneath. I haven’t seen any other swirly bb cream before. I also haven’t seen any other bb cream that doesn’t have SPF. When I checked the website, titanium dioxide was high up on the ingredients list. But there was no mention of how much the SPF rating is. Here’s a photo of a full-size bottle taken from…

Avon Skin Goodness BB Cream Review and Swatches

7 years ago, in a Skin Food store, I sampled what I now realize is the first BB cream I’ve ever tried. I didn’t like it because there wasn’t a shade that matched me and it was so hard to spread out. They say BB creams were initially made to protect skin after undergoing a laser procedure. That makes a lot of sense because BB creams, particularly the earlier releases, form a layer of product similar to a diaper rash cream. Since there is no certifying body that qualifies which tinted face cream should or should not be labeled as…

Kanebo Freshel Moist Lift Mineral BB Cream Review

I am disappointed by the lack of google-able information on Kanebo Freshel Moist Lift Mineral BB Cream. I couldn’t find the ingredients list aside from a vague blurb in the kanebo.sg website. Moisture Ingredients [Yeast extract] will soften the skin that hardens from dryness. Penetrating [Adhesive Collagen] and [Double hyaluronic acid] sinks deeply and quickly into the skin. To be honest, “yeast” and “adhesive” doesn’t sound enticing to me. This product has SPF 23 PA++ as stated on the website. Unlike most BB creams, this doesn’t have strong ashy grey tones. To all my light-medium yellow-olive ladies out there, this might be…

Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation Emptied and Revisited

I already talked about this sun stick last year so this won’t take very long. Consider this post an ode to my favorite x-in-one product of all time. Imagine this product as food and then picture me licking the plate clean.  That’s how I imagined myself when I gobbled it down to the very last gram. Here’s a photo taken days before: Incidentally, a lovely person stumbled upon my review and she e-mailed me her questions about it. Hello Rae, My name is Kate and I recently read your review of the Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation. I love how…

Nature’s Gate Aqua Block SPF 50 Review

If you love water sports and swimming under the sun, this is the sunblock for you. I discovered Nature’s Gate Aqua Block during my chemical phobia days. I grabbed it as soon as I saw it at Healthy Options because it says Very Water Resistant on the package. I was going to Boracay at the time and I knew we were going to do a lot of water activities. That was mid-2009. Fast forward to 2012 and this remains to be my favorite sunblock for water + sun activities. I made a mistake of using sunblock-that-must-not-be-named last year and I…