Event Makeup and Custom Body Bronzing by Westi

Event Makeup and Custom Body Bronzing by Westi
Photo by Brandy Fine Focus Photography

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Best All Natural Sunscreen


With the hot summer days still among us and my quest to find the best sunscreen, I had to share the product that I am currently very happy with. Being at the beach almost weekly, I have become so tired of applying sunscreen to myself and my daughter time after time with the same horrible odors and greasy or difficult to apply textures. I made a trip to the health food store and picked up a tube of Alba Botanica's Very Emollient Sunscreen in "Pure Lavendar" SPF 45. I was intrigued by the smell in the store and rubbed a bit on my hand so I figured it should be put to the test. I started using it on my daughter for preschool and I love how easy it blends and the smell is oh so lovely and it soaks in nicely. I have also noticed that my daughter's rough skin (keratosis pilaris) has softened which has been an added bonus. I try to put nothing but pure products on myself and my daughter's skin and this sunscreen contains Green Tea, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe, Lavendar (for the scent of course) and chamomile which makes me very happy. This product is great and comes in several different varieties, including fragrance free if you aren't into scent as I am. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a larger tube. For a 4oz tube, it costs around $10. But the size is very handy to keep in your purse or gym bag. I can't wait to explore Alba Botanica's other products. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend and don't forget the sunscreen!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Treat Myself Friday (Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud)



As I was rushing around today running errands and had to swing into Sephora for some lip glosses, I remembered that I needed to grab a face mask but didn't want to spend a fortune. So as I was browsing the various brands, I stumbled upon this gem by Sarah McNamara's  Miracle Skin Transformer line called the "Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask". This mask also has an attractive price of $38. Of course being a skincare and makeup junkie, I rushed home to try it. It is a true mud mask in the sense that when you apply it it is thick and earthy and then dries up on the skin in a lovely earthy-green color. I felt a slight tingling sensation initially which then subsided by the 15 minute mark. After removing the mask, my skin felt clean, brighter, lighter and even a bit tighter. The mask states that it should invigorate, hydrate and detoxify. This is my first use but so far I am impressed. This mask reminded me of "Fango Mud" from Borghese if anyone of you are old enough to know what I am talking about? Overall,  I think for the price this is a great product and can't wait to try other products from the line. I also treated myself to the lovely lilies to add to my spa experience. I wish I could share their amazing scent!