In case it’s escaped anyone’s notice, I am a super-pale gal of Celtic descent. That means, come rain or shine, I do not leave the house without my sunscreen on. It’s something my aunt has drilled into my head since my teens. (That and eye cream, which I will probably talk about at some point).
Like many of you, I also have acne-prone/sensitive skin. I can’t just say, “Oh, a new sunscreen. This will work!” It’s more like playing Russian Roulette with my face. Sometimes it pays off. Sometimes… Well, I’ve ranted about that before.
Fortunately, I’ve found a few sunscreens that work and don’t cause breakouts.
1.) Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++:This has been my everyday sunscreen since I first purchased it barring a few days when it was dark and gray, and then I switched to something lighter. It’s a bit heavier than I usually prefer and leaves a slightly dewy finish, but some powder takes care of that, and it’s worth having the higher SPF and dealing with being a little bit shiny.
2.) La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Paraben-Free Facial Sunscreen Fluid: What’s with the long names for these products, guys? I don’t even know. This stuff was a dream to apply, and once I run out of my Shiseido sunscreen, I’m going to repurchase this one. It’s one of the only two sunscreens I’ve ever used that actually dries down to a matte finish without having to slap on a layer of powder. I’ve recommended it to several people, and they all agree that it’s completely non-breakout-causing.
3.) MDSolarSciences Mineral Cream SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB:Again with the names. Ahem. The second of the matte finish sunscreens, this is thicker and definitely a traditional cream rather than the liquidy La Roche-Posay. It has no scent despite its thickness, and I never found it to be drying even in the dead of winter.
4.) Andalou Naturals Oil Control Beauty Balm Untinted SPF 30: Yes, this is the same product I trash-talked not too terribly long ago, and I stand by everything I said at the time. When it’s hot out, it melts from my face and leaves me disgustingly oily. However, now that the temperatures are dropping and I’m less of an oil slick, it works quite well on cloudy days. I’d still consider this a better choice for someone with drier skin, though.
It’s too late to do my September favorites — not that I had many considering how crazy the month was — and too early to do my October favorites, so I thought I’d do a weekly favorites instead. This may or may not become a thing. I don’t know.
1.) Glade Pumpkin Pie Diner Candle: I picked this up at Kroger for the exorbitant price of $2.99. It’s not as amazing as my new Bath and Body Works candle and doesn’t have much throw (that’s the term for how far away from the candle you can still smell it for those who don’t know, which I didn’t until the other day), but when I burn it on my nightstand, it smells absolutely delicious. And, hey, three bucks.
2.) La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Skin Perfecting Anti-Redness Moisturizer: I’ve had this stuff for ages, and it’s still going. I have several moisturizers, so I don’t use it on a daily basis, but still! You’d think I’d be out by now. It comes out green, but don’t be worried about looking like the Hulk when you put this on. The green vanishes immediately, toning down redness. It doesn’t cover it all, but it helps, and it feels amazingly soothing.
3.) Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Being a nerd, I’ve always loved the show, but this season is really good! This week’s episode was especially entertaining. Fitz is finally bonding with the guys, yay! The May vs. May fight was hilarious, too. I’m a little leery of how they’re going to handle Mockingbird, but I’m definitely going to keep watching to find out.
4.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: I’m that annoying person who figures out the ending of a “mystery” within the first twenty minutes of a movie (or the first few chapters of a book), so while I can’t say the big reveal surprised me, I can say that I really enjoyed how it played out. It’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill thriller. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it!
So that’s what I’ve loved this week. It’s nice not having something lousy to rant about mixed in with the raves!
Until recently, I was one of maybe fifty people in the universe who hadn’t read Gone Girl. Now that I’m almost done with it, I have to say…
Also, huge thank you to Kwanhyun for the BB cream and the samples! I can’t wait to try them, and you can expect a little pressie in the mail soon. Trying things from other countries is so cool. I’m wondering if I should do some kind of swap or even a giveaway for the upcoming holiday…
This is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera. Isn’t it adorable?! It’s essentially a Polaroid, just not from the Polaroid company. In the age of digital cameras and Instagram, it’s not exactly the most practical camera in the world, but it’s precious, and it gives you the instant satisfaction of holding a picture you took in your hand just moments after taking it.
What is it about autumn that makes me so nostalgic?
Living with big dogs and skittish cats can lead to problems, but one of the more irritating is the staleness of my room. I keep the door closed to prevent the dogs from coming in and my cats from going out, so sometimes it can smell… a bit stale.
And, by a bit, I mean I’m not the only one who’s noticed. To combat the smell, I use air fresheners and sprays, but I mostly love candles.
I’m usually a Yankee Candle girl, but after hearing so much about Bath and Body Works’ Mahogany Teakwood, I had to try it. I also grabbed pumpkin caramel latte, which sounds delicious. I can’t wait for them to arrive!
Yesterday we went to the zoo, and I turned into an animal-crazed child and ran around squealing over how beautiful everything was. I watched a mother tiger play with her cub — sadly, they refused to hold still long enough for me to take a picture — and saw two adorable red wolves hiding in the shade. Precious, but I wish I’d been able to photograph them!
I asked a macaw if I could take his picture, and I’ll be damned if the bird didn’t say “no.” He didn’t like me much, but the otter played with me through the glass and wanted to show me his toys, so that was nice. The youngest of the cougars was also especially playful.
It was a blast spending a few hours in the fresh air with the animals. I highly recommend it!