Perfect protection: Three products you need for the best face protection

I feel like I keep adding more and more things to my daytime skincare routine.

Since I’m 32 (I legit thought I was 31 the other day), adding in some extra steps into my daytime skincare routine has been a necessity for me lately. The last step I have started incorporating is a sunscreen since sun damage does a lot to your skin and can lead to premature aging (plus, you know, skin cancer).

In addition to sunscreen, I have also been incorporating some blue light protection, and if there is a product that does both, then that’s a real win in my books.

If you are on the hunt for some truly innovative products to incorporate into your routine, then keep reading.

Tula Protect + Glow - Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

You guys know I’m obsessed with Tula products, but the one thing they were missing was a sunscreen. Well the long wait was well worth it since they finally released a sunscreen and it’s so amazing.

The Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (US$36) is a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you SPF 30 protection, while also giving you blue light protection and coverage against damaging pollution.

A sunscreen that also has blue light and environmental protection? Why yes, this sounds like the best sunscreen ever.

The formula is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores or leave a white cast on skin. Like all of Tula’s ingredients, the sunscreen is powered by probiotics, as well as pineapple and papaya, which will help promote even skin tone. It also includes wild butterfly ginger root, which helps to protect it against blue light.

I apply this to my face as my last step in the morning. The sunscreen is yellow and blends out really nicely on the skin (it doesn’t make your skin yellow either… in fact it’s quite refreshing to apply). It doesn’t have that chemically sunscreen scent either and leaves you with a really pretty glow.

Unfortunately Tula isn’t available in Canada at the moment but if you are in the states or have a forwarding mailbox, I highly recommend picking this up. Don’t forget, score 15 per cent off your Tula order with code SHAYNA.

Indeed Skincare Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist

Indeed Skincare Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist

I love the Volition Beauty blue light spray and have been waiting for more brands to release a similar product. Thankfully, Indeed Labs jumped to it with their new Hydraluron+ Moisture Mist (C$24.99).

So why do you need blue light protection? If you are like me and are in front of screens all day everyday, then you need a little something to put on your face to protect it against the harmful rays of gadgets. HEV light, which is emitted from phones, computer screens, TVs, etc. can penetrate the deeper layers of our skin and mess around with natural collagen production. This spray helps to provide hydration and plumpness to the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The spray includes HEV-shielding ingredients, including extracts from the same butterfly bush which is in the Tula sunscreen, which has over three times the antioxidant power of goji berries.  Spray this mist on your face to protect it against blue light and outdoor pollution, as well as to brighten skin.

Indeed Labs says to apply this to your skin before your moisturizer and serums. I like spraying it after since I find when I spray it before I have to wait for it to dry first. You can also throw it in your bag for whenever you need a little spritz on tired-looking skin or a little pick me up to refresh.

Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Finally, if you are looking for a SPF that will give you a little coverage as well, then take a look at the Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (C$66).

If you find CC creams or BB creams to be a little heavy, then this will be your best friend. This four-in-one tinted moisturizer gives you just the right amount of coverage for radiant skin, as well as a more smoother appearance.  The tinted moisturizer neutralizes skin-dulling environmental aggressors, repairs the natural moisture barrier for smoother skin, protects against the sun’s ray for healthier skin, and gives you a perfect complexion for a beautiful glow.

Apply this on your skin after your moisturizer to even out skin tone, reduce redness and the look of large pores, and cover up post-acne marks. I love the IT Cosmetics CC cream, but do find that I can feel it on the skin. This R+F product is pretty weightless, meaning it’s a super comfortable wear. It also have a number of antioxidants and ingredients, meaning it will nourish the skin as you wear it.

Check out the R+F site to find your perfect shade; there are 10 to choose from.

You really can never have enough sun protection, and if your sun protection also includes other skin protection goodies, then that’s a total plus as well.

What are your favourite sun protection face products?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Staying in: Buxom Staycation Vibes collection

When Buxom shot the campaign for their new Staycation Vibes collection, little did they know how timely this theme would be.

Their brand-new Staycation Vibes collection is the perfect line to get you in the summer mood since it’s aimed to give you both the perfect glow, both on your skin and your lips.

This collection consists of new bronzers and lipglosses and has me seriously planning my weekend of staycation fun!

Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer

First up is the Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer (C$36), which is a two-toned bronzer with a silky, lightweight formula.  The bronzer not only applies perfectly onto your skin, but it’s actually enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump and has Emulsion-in-Powder Technology and microsphere powders, making it easy to blend in perfectly for a natural-looking sunkissed tan.

This bronzer is available in two shades, Backyard Bronze (golden bronze, for darker skin tones) and Rooftop Tan (golden tan, for lighter and fair skin tones) and is designed to be humidity-proof to stay on your skin for hours on end. It also is designed to radiate skin and the subtle tropical scent will transport you from your patio to a hotel pool in the Bahamas (I wish!).

Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer-Infused Bronzer swatched

Buxom sent me the shade Rooftop Tan to try out and after the first use I instantly fell in love with it.  Since it’s two-toned, you are supposed to swirl your brush in the product for the perfect bronze glow. This really does apply nicely to skin and doesn’t look dirty or orangey at all.  Instead you are left with the perfect summer glow that will last hours on end.  I also want to note that the size of this bronzer is quite large, much larger than their blushes, and this will definitely last you all summer long, if not into 2021 if you use it religiously.

Pair the new bronzer with one of their Full-On Plumping Lip Polish shades (C$26 each). I have always loved this lipgloss since it’s super shimmery and helps to plump up lips.  The formula is infused with a unique peptide complex and vitamins A and E to moisturize. It does have a tingling feeling, but I would say that it isn’t as uncomfortable as a lot of other plumping glosses out there.  You can either wear it alone or pair it with your favourite lipstick for some added oomph.

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Staycation Vibes shades Buxom has released four new shades in these glosses as part of the Staycation Vibes collection. There’s White Russian Sparkle (nude pink sparkle), Charlie (light gold shimmer), Dylan (sheer rose shimmer) and Ryan (coral red shimmer).  The brand sent me two of the four shades, White Russian Sparkle and Charlie, and both are the perfect gloss to rock this summer since they are such flattering colours. Charlie is more of a yellow-toned gold, whereas White Russian Sparkle is the perfect nude pink that I always gravitate towards.

Since we will all be having staycations this summer, this collection could not have come at a better time (and seriously, what is more exciting than glosses and bronzers to complete your summer makeup look?)  You can find the collection at Shoppers Drug Mart right now, as well as Buxom online. It will launching at Sephora in late August.

Buxom Staycation Vibes Full-On Plumping Lip Polish swatches in Charlie and White Russian Sparkle

Will you be picking up anything from Buxom’s new Staycation Vibes collection?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Skin-ny dip: The skincare products to add to your list for June

Is it just me, but as soon as March ended, the months have just been flying by?

Over the past few months (since quarantine started), I’ve really been putting a lot of effort into my skin. I’ve always been a huge skincare person, but since I have so many products, I have been rotating in more serums and masks lately, more so than usual.

If you are on the hunt for some new products to try out for your skin, then take a look at my top picks for June.

Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream and Anew Vitamin C Illuminating Priming Moisturizer

Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream and Anew Vitamin C Illuminating Priming Moisturizer

If you love the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Balm and Priming Moisturizer, then you might really dig Avon’s newest skincare offerings.

The Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream (C$48) is an eye cream that is designed to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles and leave the under eye area looking brighter and even toned.

The product is powered by a combination of Vitamins C and B3 to help wake up the eye area and make it appear that you got hours of sleep, even if you didn’t.

Pair their new eye cream with the Anew Vitamin C Illuminating Priming Moisturizer (C$48), which contains a similar formula of Vitamins C and B3 to instantly brighten the complexion and prep it for makeup.  This moisturizer is designed to be used after their Brightening Serum and will hydrate skin, make it radiate, and create the perfect base for the rest of your routine.

Derma E Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel and Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

Derma E Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel and Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

Speaking of Vitamin C, Derma E also has a few products that are guaranteed to up your skin health this month.

Their Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel (C$29) is a non-abrasive blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids that helps to resurface and smooth skin’s texture, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This fast-acting citrus fruit peel helps to improve the appearance of discolouration, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

Its formula includes Vitamin C to brighten and support collagen health, citrus fruit peel puree for discolouration, dark spots, and uneven skin tone, and glycolic acid to remove dead surface skin cells.

Apply a thin layer of this product to skin once a week after cleansing and leave on for three to five minutes. Remove it with the little spoon it comes with and then rinse with cold water for instantly glowing skin.

Pair the peel with their Vitamin C Concentrated Serum (C$37.99), which uses a stabilized form of Vitamin C which is less likely to degrade compared to an unstabilized version. This serum boosts hydration in the skin, has antioxidants to guard against UV rays and other environmental stressors, encourages collagen health, and has strong anti-aging properties, meaning a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and age spots.

Apply this to your skin morning and night before your moisturizer.

Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

If you love the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb, then you’ll love their Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser (C$34).

This cleanser, which comes in the cutest packaging, is a gentle jelly-to-foam cleanser that gives you a burst of hydration while removing all traces of makeup and impurities, without stripping skin of moisture.

This cleanser is perfect for normal, combination, and oily skin, and will help with dryness, pores, dullness, and uneven texture. The formula includes Lady’s Mantal, which helps to minimize the look of pores and removes free radicals from the skin while supporting natural cell turnover, as well as Napiers Aqua Formula, which supports hyaluronic acid.

This cleanser contains the same hydrating properties as The True Cream Aqua Bomb, so it will hydrate while gently cleansing the skin.

Arbonne Botaniques Concentrated Shower Gel Apple

Okay, so this next one isn’t for the face, but body care is just as important!

If you are looking for a travel-sized (for those in-province or state road trips you’ll be taking this summer), then take a look at Arbonne’s Botaniques Concentrated Shower Gel in Apple (also comes in Apricot, C$10).  This shower gel is environmentally friendly because of its smaller package. It might be a small bottle but since you only need a pea-sized amount, there is enough in here for 40 showers.

The aromatic formula gently cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture. The fragrance from the body wash is made from natural botanicals and essential oils so it’s quite the treat in the shower or bath.

As for what’s in it, it contains aloe vera and cucumber extract to hydrate and condition, as well as chamomile flower extract to soften and smooth skin.

I’ve really been loving these skincare products, and best of all, they are all pretty affordable compared to other brands.  They are also all pretty much clean brands or products, so not only will they be doing your skin good, but they are great for your body as well.

I will be chatting about the Indeed spray later this week. I was going to add it to this post originally but decided to couple it with a different product for a later post. So stay tuned!

What’s your current favourite skincare product? Have you tried any of these?

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