Category Archives: sunscreen

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