Category Archives: sunscreen

Leegeehaam Life Sun Cushion SPF 50+ PA++++

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As if BB cushion isn’t the most perfect convenient design of makeup-skincare in one already.  Then comes a suncushion!  In my mind, this is absolute genius.  It’s a form of effortless application of sunscreen and protection throughout the day, without having to use my hand nor disrupt underlying makeup.  I have been so excited to use the LGH Sun Cream Cushion, and believe me, it does not disappointment.

First of all, it’s almost intuitive that many Korean sunscreen not only comes with good protection against UVA and UVB, it also has skin care benefits.  This one contains natural Calamine pink powder that tones up and brightens your face with a quick soothing care and relieve trouble and irritated skin.  It also contains nelumbo nucifera, which is high in moisture content, to help keep the skin hydrated and protected.  Adenosine provides additional brightening benefits, and centella and other Asian botanical extract provides superior antioxidant protection, and hydration for long lasting suppleness.

Well, how did this product actually feel on my skin?  Super lightweight and simply undetectable on the skin.  It’s non-greasy and perfect for all skin types.  It’s sheer, but gives skin a healthy, glowing appearance.  Gentle patting in of the product make it the most beautiful makeup base.  Housed in a convenient compact with a mirror, it’s the perfect travel essential for on-the-go application.  The cushion and the application pad are a beautiful baby pink.  I am so in love.

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June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit

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I am official excited to review June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit (Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, Lip Renewal SPF 50 and Rapid Repair Healing Cream + JJ BAGGU bag).  June Jacobs is a world-renowned spa visionary and beauty wellness expert.  Together with her daughter, Rochelle, they created a line inspired by family tradition and centered on highly efficacious, natural ingredients formulated to deliver immediate, impactful results with long-term benefits.

I’m familiar with the brand with its luxurious spa products, with formulation using only high quality natural ingredients.  Their skin-care collection contains everyday staples along with weekly facial treatment, and products for professional use.  Their website is upfront with ingredient transparency.  Their products do not include parabens, preservatives, synthetic dyes, or sulfate, and are petrochemical and fragrance-free when possible.

At the core of June Jacobs is a powerful US patented anti-oxidant blend of white tea, red tea, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts creating a suit of armor to shield skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

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LIP RENEWAL SPF 50

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PRICE

  • $24.00 / 14G

WHAT IT IS

  • A moisturizing lip balm with SPF 50

WHAT IT DOES

  • Moisturize and nourish the lips while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active Sun Protective Ingredients
    • Avobenzone 3.0% – Protects against UVA rays.
      Homosalate 10.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0% – Protects against UVB rays.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Vitamin E – A lipid soluble vitamin naturally found in plant leaves, cereal germ oils and milk. It is known for its anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties.
  • Squalane – A nourishing and hydrating plant-based alternative to shark-derived squalane, extracted from Spanish olives, it is easily absorbed and compatible with the natural oils of the skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – Naturally occurring in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin, it helps regulate cell behavior during the healing process and reduces inflammation. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant to maintain and attract water, minimizing trans-epidermal water loss.
  • Jojoba Seed Oil – Derived from the bean-like seeds of the desert shrub, it contains vitamin E, fatty acids and phospholipids which help to reduce transepidermal water loss, aiding in the restoration of the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
  • Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. Allantoin acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It helps promote healthy tissue, enhances moisture binding capacity, and helps reduce skin irritation.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Sheer, clear gel-like balm
  • Glossy, non-sticky finish
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

It’s hard to find a lip balm with this high SPF, that doesn’t come at the expense of pasty white cast.  This product is ridiculously fabulous!  The ingredients defend the lip from dehydration and photo-aging, and delivers antioxidant-rich antioxidant blends and moisturizing shea butter and jojoba seed oil.  The product is sheer and glides just like my favorite lip balm, and leaves my lip hydrated and plump.  The glide on applicator provide even distribution of the product, and my lip feels so nourished and soft.  It works beautifully under lipstick but the slight glossy finish is as beautiful on its own.

 

 

PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 30

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PRICE

  • $55.00 / 47mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Oil-free hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen

WHAT IT DOES

  • Calms skin while a potent blend of UV protectors guards against the harmful rays of the sun.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active sun protection ingredients
    • Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00% and Meradimate 3.00% – Protects against UVB rays.
      Oxybenzone 4.00% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
      Titanium Dioxide 0.96% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Ginger Root Extract – Derived from the underground stem (rhizome) of the plant found in Asia and India, its main active compound, gingerol, gives the plant its flavor and its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon Peel Extract – Derived from the peel of the lemon, it contains ascorbic acid, vitamin A and phytochemicals called limonoids. It has antiseptic and astringent properties which counteract acidity on the surface to brighten dull skin.
  • Grapefruit Extract – Derived from the seed, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. Grapefruit oil contains citrus bioflavonoids (hesperidin, rutin, and naringin) which reduce the skin’s inflammatory response by strengthening the walls of blood vessels and aid vitamin C to rebuild collagen, increasing the skin’s overall natural healing abilities.
  • Retinyl Palmitate – Ester-form of vitamin A, it acts as an anti-oxidant, aids in the prevention of dryness and maintains the normal life cycle of skin cells adding smoothness to the skin’s texture.
  • Rose Hips Seed Extract – Derived from the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died, it regenerates the skin due to the high concentration of Vitamin C, anti-oxidant flavonoids and essential fatty acids oleic, palmitic, linoleic and linolenic needed by the structures of every tissue membrane for the growth of cells.
  • Carrageenan and Algae Extract – Consist of many polysaccharide sugars such as alginates, which are responsible for moisture retention and fucoidanes, which encourage circulation, playing a key role in the elasticity of the skin.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Creamy lotion, incredibly moisturizing
  • Mild sunscreen scent
  • Massage on without white cast

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WHY I LIKE IT

Multitasking (moisturizer and sunscreen) product like this make sun protection so much easier for me.  This product relies on mineral (titanium) and chemical sunscreen ingredient, while packed with botanicals that are exfoliating, hydrating and nourishing into a fast-absorbing, nongreasy formula.  It has a mild sunscreen scent, but not over bearing.  The texture is creamy but easy to spread, leaving no white film or residue.  The finish on my skin is hydrating and dewy, which may be perfect for those with dry or normal skin, and may be borderline too much shine for oily skin gals.

The product, however, is oil-free, so I can use it without fear of causing breakouts or make existing ones worse.  I feel this moisturizer-spf is especially well-suited for mature skin thanks to its antioxidant technology and cocktail of botanical give my skin a dose of nutrients that work to keep the skin young.  It comes in a purse-friendly three ounce tube, and can easily be brought with me everywhere.  I have been using this as a day time moisturizer, and the solid spf 30 is just icing on the cake.

RAPID REPAIR HEALING CREAM

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PRICE

  • $60 / 112mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Repair cream

WHAT IT DOES

  • Clinically-tested face and body treatment helps soothe irritation and provides up to 24-hour moisturization

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 0.50% Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. It acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It stimulates the growth of healthy tissue to improve skin’s moisture binding capacity and improve skin irritations.
  • 1.50% Dimethicone – A skin protectant known to produce barrier properties to guard against moisture loss.
  • Edelweiss Extract – A rare flower from the Swiss Alps known as the “survival star” is sustainably and organically cultivated, contains a high level of the anti-oxidant leontopodic acid and supports the skin’s crucial protective barrier, enhancing its resistance to external stress factors and preserving skin’s natural balance.
  • Imperatoria Extract – A wildflower grown in the Swiss Alps known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Oleic Acid– An omega-9 fatty acid that helps promote skin-barrier repair.
  • Linoleic Acid – An omega-6 fatty acid that provides anti-inflammatory and moisturizing support. It also helps soften the skin keeping it supple and youthful.
  • Powerful patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Gentle, non-greasy formula
  • Lotion-like lightweight texture that instantly penetrate the skin
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

This is definitely my favorite product of the June Jacob summer essentials.  I have a more than ample collection of facial moisturizers.  What’s so special about this one?    The texture, the feel and the finish of this product keep me wanting more.  For such a nourishing cream, it is super light weight and quick-absorbing, and provide immediate and long lasting hydration.  Every time I use this product, my skin is left looking and feeling velvety soft and smooth.  The finish is matte, and perfectly prep for makeup or no makeup days.   Every one of June Jacob product contain the antioxidant complex, which makes me feel at ease as the cream repair the damages caused by UV ray and pollution.  The formulation also contain some powerhouse ingredients including oleic and linoleic acids that speed cell renewal and improve skin barrier.  Healthy skin barrier means quicker healing, less damage from the sun, better texture, and overall radiance.  Not to mention the high performance anti-inflammatory ingredients that immerse the skin in moisture, calms any redness and irritation, and enhances skin healing and resistance to external stress.  I feel this is suitable for all skin types, especially dry, flakey or irritated skin.  I love using this after a facial treatment to help my skin heal, repair and regenerate.  If you have extra dry skin, this product may also be layered underneath your favorite moisturizer for extra hydration and barrier repair.  Simply put: this is my skin’s new best friend.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel that June Jacob products are well researched to include ingredients that would affect the best results for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  They use only the finest all natural ingredients as well as cutting edge technology.  In addition to offering luxurious skin care that is not only safe and non-toxic, there is literally a product for everyone, from aging to sensitive to dry skin.  All of their products harness the power of nature to create effective skin solutions.  These products are definitely a splurge  but you do get what you pay for.  You can find these at: https://junejacobs.com/product/all-products/summer-essentials-kit/230105/each.

Products are sponsored by BrandBacker.  All opinions are my own.

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Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream SPF50+ / PA ++++

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Sunscreen helps lower skin cancer risks, and prevents dark sun spots and other UV-related skin damages, so YES PLEASE Benton, I will add another sunscreen to my collection.  Thank you for this opportunity to provide an honest review!

WHAT IT IS

  • A water-sweat resistant physical and chemical sunscreen

WHAT IT DOES

  • Offers the highest sun protection factor in Korea SPF50+/PA++++ against both UVA and UVB
  • Offers skin care benefits including sebum and pore control, hydration, and brightening

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Physical Protectors: Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
  • Chemical Protectors: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine
  • Skin Nourishing Ingredients:
    • Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%) / Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract –  Rich in vitamins and contains polyphenols, minerals, and papain, all important in keeping skin healthy and beautiful.
    • Carica Papaya Seed Oil – Extracted from the seed of the papaya, Papaya Seed Oil helps to make skin supple and smooth. Also, the oil helps skin to retain moisture
    • Papain – Papain is a protease obtained from the papaya. It is effective in pore care, controlling sebum and dead skin cells.
  • Skin Brightening Ingredients: 
    • Niacinamide and adenosine

HOW IT SMELLS/FEEL/LOOK

  • Lightweight, ivory milky cream texture
  • Water-in-oil emulsion, allowing easy spread
  • Has a small amount of temporary white cast which goes away when product is tapped or messaged; Hydrating and dewy finish
  • Scent of geranium (an essential oil)

REVIEW

The consistency resembles a light cream but not runny, so it did not run into my eyes (I can be a klutz at times).  Upon initial application, the product appears pasty and creamy but once I massage and tap gently a few times, the product gets completely absorbed into my skin quickly.  I do have fairer skin on my face, and the finish is neither thick nor sticky, neither shiny nor matte.  The papain ingredient is suppose to help in controlling and balancing oil as well as prevent pore clogging.  Overall it gave my face a bit of a brighter and dewy not greasy appearance.  However by midday, some of my natural oil is starting to seep through, and my t-zones needed a little bit of dabbing.  I do feel that this product has a better grip on my skin than my daily sunscreen.  Even when I’m in the water, I feel that the product has great staying power, which is fabulous.  It is a little bit heavier than what I would like to use as a daily sunscreen, however I will not hesitate to grab this on the weekend or days when I’m going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, be it in the water or exercising, as this product can last me longer through the sweat and the heat.

Benton has provided the product for review purpose.  All opinions are my own.

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Glow Giver: Lapothicell Tone Up and Cover Cushion

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WHAT IT IS

  • Light-medium coverage and long wearing B.B. cream in a portable compact

WHAT IT DOES

  • Skin brightening, Solution for wrinkles/fine lines, Sunscreen product (SPF50+ PA++++_

KEY INGREDIENTS

Sun Protection

  • Physical: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
  • Chemical: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Skin Care

  • Niacinamide – a derivative of Vitamin B3, strengthen skin barrier to protect from external damages, hydrate skin and minimize pigment formation to encourage even skin tone; balance sebum production
  • Adenosine – boost collagen and elastin to help with skin firming; potent anti-inflammatory to help with managing red, irritated and sensitive skin
  • Bisabolol –  a derivative of chamomile, with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties
  • 5 White Flower Complex – deeply hydrates and nourishes, brightens and evens skin

SCENT/TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE

  • Creamy yet breathable, perfect for summer time
  • Light to Medium coverage
  • Natural finish

WHY I LIKE IT

It’s hot where I am every day.  I don’t remember the last time I wore foundation because I just can’t stand the heaviness of foundation.  Cushions are the way to go.  As one of my favorite cushion (Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion) comes to a halting finish, I’m desperately trying to find its replacement.  The Lapothicell cushion provides a slightly lighter coverage but it is one of the most natural coverages I’ve ever seen.

The texture is creamy and the coverage is just heavy enough to hide my imperfections (scars, brown spots, redness) and light enough to feel weightless on the skin, giving it a bright, fresh looking skin.  I feel that this cushion provides a lot more brightening effect compared to others, and the finish is semi-matte with a glow-from-within finish rather than super dewy.  It’s not ashy or pale, just very complementing to my skin tone.   I find some makeup tend to fill in pores or settle into lines and dry spot, this one seems to provide a primer effect where the pores are smoothed and blended seamlessly; and provide moisture to dry patches so it doesn’t appear cakey.  The wear is fabulous on this cushion.  It lasts on me for at least 6-8 hours, and does not smudge.  Also there is definitely sebum control power here, as I don’t feel much oilness of my skin creeping up even towards the end of the day.

If you want that natural ‘no-makeup’ makeup LOOK and FEEL, I highly recommend this cushion.  It comes in two shades, 21 and 23, and I picked 21, which is an excellent match for my NC 15 skin tone.  The quality of the product is beyond my expectations:  Light weight formulation, comfortable on the skin, light to medium coverage, long wearability, and added skin care benefits.

You can find this on Amazon or http://www.lapothicell.com for $32.

Obsessed with Loveisderma Tinted Sunscreen

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The only thing better than a sunscreen that is silky smooth and applies with no white cast is one that is tinted!  This Loveisderma UV Shield Sunscreen is a tinted sunscreen packed with hydrating and even some antiaging benefits and make my skin matte, even and glow as I soak up the sun, and lounge at the poolside.
WHAT IT IS
A light tinted sunscreen, with SPF 50 protection
WHAT IT DOES
UV Shield sunscreen provides physical-chemical properties for sunscreen protection.  It offers full spectrum sunscreen and absorption protection against both UVA and UBV radiation. Brighten skin for natural and flawless complexions.
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
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WHAT IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS
Fragrance free, silky light texture, absorbs with no white cast, provides a light smooth coverage
PRICE
$19 / 50ml
WHY I LIKE IT
It is so light in application I barely feel it on my skin, yet it still provides great protection, against both UVA and UVB and provides maximum sun protection in both physical and chemical form.  The tinted formula allows me to wear this sunscreen in place of foundation or BB cream.  It instantly evens out redness and slight discolorations while feeling weightless on the skin. It can also doubles as a makeup primer and base.  Niacinamide, and various botanical extracts keep the skin hydrated, nourished and provide some anti-aging skin care benefits.  The finish is matte but with an ever so slight of a shimmer.  It works on even darker skin tones of my friends, and simply enhance the appearance of the skin, delivering a genuine all-in-one product.  This is an ideal staple for low maintenance, beauty inspired sun protection.

Sun Lovers Rejoice: Taiwanese Sun Screen BEVY C

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Devoting July to spending more time out doors.  Whether I like it or not, sunscreen is a must.  I’ve tried Japanese sunscreens (who hasn’t used a Biore?). I’ve fallen in love with a few Korean sunscreens (Lapothicell Natural Mineral and Troiareuke UV Essence). I thought my life is complete.

Then luck struck, and I won a sunscreen product from Bevy C, a Taiwanese brand, and am impelled to share my experience.  Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed.

About Bevy C

While Bevy C is new to me, it’s a very popular brand in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia).  What is Bevy C?  “Bevy” meaning a group of ladies, while “C” is derived from the French word “Chic” meaning trendy.  BEVY C. symbolizes a brand of professional skincare products developed specially for the modern, sophisticated women with lifestyle and trendy mindset.  Bevy C carries a variety of skin care products designed to give women confidence in their skin, makeup on or off!

BEVY C Perfect UV Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients (UV Filters)

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.00%, Dithylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 4.00%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 1.50%, Benzophenone-3 1%

Other Ingredients

  • Epilobium angustifolium flower/stem extract: willowherb – anti-inflammatory
  • Ohlorogine: kelp – anti-oxidant
  • Terminalia catappa leaf extract: indian almond – moisturizing, toning and anti-aging
  • Sambucus nigra flower extract: brightening

Designed for: All skin types

Review

Like my beloved Biore sunscreen, this one has a high SPF for both UVA and UVB protection without compromising on the texture.   Bevy C retains its lightweight feel yet contains multiple active sunscreen ingredients which strengthen UV protection force. Adding willow herb extract, kelp and plant sterol ingredients, the product also help to maintain the proper moisture and repair, and fight against skin aging.  I really like this sunscreen for a variety of reasons.

Texture: This is one of the most important features I judge in a sunscreen.  Bevy C has a light, permeable non-greasy feel, easy on the pores.  It has a milky transparent natural bright color, and is so fluid and blends on the skin easily and smoothly.

Finish:  It preserves the hydrated texture of your skin, but doesn’t appear greasy, since it dries matte almost instantly.  Though the lightweight formula isn’t pigmented, I feel that I could wear it alone for its beautifying effects on a good skin day and as a primer on makeup-essential days.

Fragrance: Not detectable, no chemical sunscreen scent.

Protection: Chemical sunscreen, and provide ample broad-spectrum UVA and UBV coverage

Final Thoughts:

My first Taiwanese sunscreen is a success!  The price point is comparable to many Korean sunscreens, but pricier than the beloved Japanese Kao Biore products, minus the alcohol, and in a bigger packaging (30mL in Biore compared to 50mL).  The stable chemical filters makes this product thin, spreads easily and making it functional and wearable for daily use.  The product also has potent botanicals and ingredients pumped into the formula for additional skincare benefits: Cocoa, yeast, kelp, willowherb, almond extract, all working together to intensely hydrate and nourish skin, which at this point should be a standard feature for all SPF.  There is mild brightening effect, almost like a CC cream or a primer, and doesn’t look ashy.  On my light NC21 skin with yellow undertones, it helps to neutralize some of the sallowness of my skin, giving my skin a healthier appearance.  It’s no secret this gem has made me enjoy sunscreen as part of my skin care routine.  It’s ultra-light, doesn’t leave a ghastly white cast on the skin, layers as the perfect makeup base and provide high spf 50 coverage for my island tropical living.  Definitely a repurchase for me!

Where to Buy:  ~ $27.90 on Ebay or Amazon