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November 25, 2013

beauty scoop | mvo everyday coverage spf 30

As a skin care junkie, my ultimate dream is to be able to go foundation-free.

That day has come and gone a few times during good skin weeks, but the majority of the time, I need some help evening out my skin tone, covering blemishes and hiding dark undereye circles.

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 has been helping me out in all of those areas and has been providing SPF 30 for me — something we tend to let slide during cold-weather months (the sun still gets through those clouds and zaps your skin, y’all).

kimberlyloc without makeup and wearing mvo everyday coverage spf 30 medium tint

{My friends at OpenSky sent me a sample size of MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 in Medium to review and share with you. The full-size bottle retails for $40 for 2 ounces.}

You can see my before (left) and after (right above). I took these pics two weeks ago and was in the middle of chin-breakout-recovery (it’s almost healed now).

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 easily slid across my face and offered a light coverage and a supershot of moisture thanks to a concoction of oils high up on the ingredients list.

You can see the nice coverage it gave without “masking” my skin; it’s not a heavy-duty foundation, and it’s not supposed to be. My skin could breathe, yet looked even and healthy.

MVO Everyday Coverage SPF did, however, feel a bit too oily on my skin because of all these oils combined with my normal pre-makeup oil primer.

If you get MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30 and have oily skin, you can easily skip your usual pre-makeup facial oil. This stuff has you covered. I would definitely recommend setting it with a loose powder / setting powder to help keep it from slipping around on your face.

Let’s look at the ingredients list:

Non-nano zinc oxide 20% Camellia sinensis (green& white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, emu oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), vegetable glycerin, elaesis guineensis (red palm) oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, lecithin, potassium sorbate, allantoin, polyaminopropyl biguanide*, xanthan gum, mica, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, calodendrum capense (yangu) oil, rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin, pearl powder, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides

Final verdict on MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30? I like it. This is an ultimate, all-in-one product: SPF, oil, color. Talk about a time-saver!

I think it’s one to reserve for those good-skin days, though — you don’t need much of it to even your skin, but if you’re looking to mask blemishes, it’s not going to do much there … it will just help them look a little less intense.

Oh yeah! This is another opp to shop via OpenSky and redeem a $10 credit or 20 percent off coupon, max of $10 if you join as a new member — and no, I don’t receive any compensation if you shop through OpenSky … just sharing a good deal with you!

Have you tried MVO Everyday Coverage SPF 30? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments section!

 

August 14, 2013

beauty scoop | suntegrity natural moisturizing face sunscreen & primer

I’ve been in Las Vegas since Sunday and wow has it been a departure from the overcast, mid-80s and 90s days we’d been having in Kansas City.

Though I knew I’d be spending most of my time working at a conference indoors, shaded from the sun, I still brought my sun protection A-game for the days where I was able to get out and enjoy the pool and walk down the strip, sun beating down on my skin.

Thanks to my lovely Goodebox subscription, I had a stash of Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer samples for my trip (I love taking mini products during travel!).

Using Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer throughout the week has solidified my love for this product (and I mentioned it here, too), which I will be ordering a full size of for year-round use.

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum Spf 30

{I got to experience Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer because it was included in a recent Goodebox. I pay $16 a month for Goodebox and highly recommend it! Photo Courtesy Suntegrity}

Upon first application, you’ll notice that this sunscreen feels a lot thicker than what you may be used to. This alarmed me at first — I was sure I’d experience the dreaded “white cast” that many zinc-based natural sunscreens deliver — but after massaging it into my skin, I looked like my normal self. My skin also felt soft and smelled great, like a light bouquet of citrus fruits.

The primer effects that this Suntegrity sunscreen boasts are legitimate. The natural sunscreen doesn’t leave skin sticky or gummy; instead, it has a smooth finish that is ready to receive a perfect application of minerals or whatever makeup you choose to dress yourself in each day.

Beyond a glowing recommendation from me, Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer is an EWG/Skin Deep top-rated face sunscreen, earning honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Now that is legit.

Here’s the entire (clean!) ingredients list:

Active ingredient: Zinc oxide 20%

Other ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Coconut Oil Extract, Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Epsom Salt, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Red Algae Extract, Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract, Organic Pomegranate Oil, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Ethylhexylglycerin

As I continue to attempt to streamline my natural beauty product collection (good luck with that, right?), I’m doing double takes on multi-use products. Suntegrity’s Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer definitely fits the bill! What sets it apart for me is its primer effects and SPF 30 rating (my SPF 15 sunscreens get very little use, sadly).

What are your favorite sunscreens? Do you wear sunscreen year-round? How do you layer your daily skin care products? Tell me in the comments section!

 

May 22, 2013

beauty secrets | how to find the best natural sunscreens

With area pools opening in the coming weeks, most of us are thinking about our bikini bodies — but are you thinking about how to protect the delicate skin under your swimsuit?

Besides wanting to look fit and chic in our swimsuits, we want our skin to stay naturally beautiful and burn-free — and that means finding healthier sunscreens that protect us head to toe.

Here’s what types of products and ingredients to look for and avoid when seeking out natural sunscreens for the summer (and year-round!).

Sunscreen Products to Avoid:

Sprays, Powders, SPFs Higher Than 50

Why:

  • Spray and powder sunscreens increase your risk of inhaling toxic chemicals (ever wonder why the instructions say to apply in well-ventilated areas?).
  • SPFs higher than 50 tend to give you a false sense of security about how long you can stay in the sun and may discourage you from reapplying.

Sunscreen Products to Choose:

Creams, Broad-spectrum Protection, Water-resistant for Beach, Pool and Exercise; SPF 30+ for Beach and Pool

Why:

  • Creams eliminate the risk of inhaling potentially dangerous sunscreen ingredients.
  • Broad-protection sunscreens keep your skin shaded from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sunscreens that are water-resistant for beach, pool and exercise allow you to have a little more fun in the sun before having to reapply.
  • SPF 30 means you can stay out in the sun and be protected 30 times longer than without any protection — but you will sweat and towel off, so you may be more aware of the fact you may need to reapply.

Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
  • Insect Repellent

Why:

  • Oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may actually lead to skin cancer, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other toxicology experts.
  • Retinyl Palmitate, or vitamin A, is a wonderful antioxidant in skin care products made for use indoors, but may increase the risk of skin cancer when used on sun-exposed skin.
  • Insect repellent should be applied just once a day, not reapplied the way sunscreen should be, because it can cause skin irritation and other more serious skin concerns.

Sunscreen Ingredients to Choose:

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Avobenzone
  • Mexoryl SX

Why:

  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are both natural mineral sunscreens that provide a physical barrier to the sun’s rays.
  • Avobenzone and Mexoryl SX both provide sun protection with low skin penetration risk.

Now that you know some do’s and don’ts, it’s time to dig into a few sunscreen options.

You can find more sunscreen reviews in the archive and look forward to more this summer!

best natural sunscreens kimberlyloc better kansas city

{Here’s the array of natural sunscreen options I took on set with me for “Better Kansas City.”}

Makeup with SPF

Just because it’s finally sunny outside doesn’t mean you should just now be pulling out the sunscreen.

Make a commitment to wear sun protection every day — it’s as easy as finding makeup that already includes SPF 30.

A Few Favorites

Face Sunscreen

You can choose separate face sunscreens if your skin is particularly sensitive or if your favorite makeup just doesn’t include SPF. I prefer SPF 30, but general recommendations call for at least SPF 15.

You can find face sunscreens anywhere in-between, and even ones that include matte finishes.

A Few Favorites

Hand Lotion with SPF

They say that your hands tend to give away your age no matter how beautiful and youthful the face.

The way to get around this sneaky giveaway is to regularly use hand creams that have SPF!

A Favorite (Do you have any other recommendations?)

Sunscreen Sticks

Sun sticks may seem a little frivolous at first, but these catch-all protection sticks are wonderful for spot-applying and reapplying to ears, noses, lips and other tricky spots.

They’re also pretty easy to find in a crowded beach bag or purse!

A Few Favorites

Body Sunscreen

Regardless of whether you’re lying around the pool or actually swimming and playing water volleyball, you need at least an SPF 30 for your body and you want it to be water-resistant.

A Few Favorites

What are your sun-care protection tips? Which sunscreens do you use? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 18, 2012

natural beauty buff | paige padgett, celebrity makeup artist

As I continue my search for cleaner cosmetics, my No. 1 source for green beauty inspiration is celebrity makeup artist Paige Padgett.

celebrity makeup artist and green beauty expert paige padgett

{That skin. That hair. That smile. Is she a model or a makeup artist? Photo Courtesy Paige Padgett}

I’ve been lurking on Paige’s webpages for a while now, trying to soak up as many of her makeup application tips as possible.

See, when it comes to natural beauty, I geek out on skin care — makeup is a bit of an afterthought for me. I just try to keep it simple.

Paige, a licensed aesthetician, proves that makeup can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Her hands have painted the faces of Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova for television shoots, magazine covers and the like.

But, you’ll notice in her product picks below that she loves multi-purpose products and makeup that doesn’t require a lot of fuss.

I can dig that. But I probably still need Paige to show me the ropes of simple-yet-perfected clean makeup application. Here’s to hoping I get on her client list soon! :)

Until then, I’ll continue poring over her “green the look” features on her fabulous revamped website and combing through her product recommendations on her new OpenSky pop-up shop she curated with two of my other favorite clean beauties, Siobhan and Alexandra of No More Dirty Looks.

Have fun peeking through Paige’s beauty bag!

As usual, I’ve starred the items in Paige’s list that I also use and love.

Inside Paige’s Beauty Bag

what's inside paige padgett's beauty bag

{A green girl loves her Gucci. Photo Courtesy Paige Padgett}

“I carry these in a vintage Gucci cosmetics/toiletry bag. I store it in my bathroom and in my carry-on when I travel.”

Lulu Organics Hair Powder

“This saves my life everyday. It refreshes my hair instantly”

Vive Sana Polar to Solar Ultra

“I love how hydrated skin feels when I wear this and it doesn’t turn me ghostly white.”

Terra Firma Airbrush Mineral Veil

“It really does look like airbrushing. It gives me a flawless finish”

Primitive Pearl Lip Treatments

“I wear these alone and over lip liner. They are super hydrating.”

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

“This liner allows me to create the sexiest cat eye.”

Dr. Hauschka Illuminating Powder

“My newest obsession. It brightens my eyes and makes me look fresh.”

W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation

“It gives me a softly illuminated finish like I am ‘lit’ from within”

Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stick and Lip Plump Gloss

“It creates a flush so feminine. I always wear it on the first date.”

*Eco Lips One World Lip Balm

“Organic and fair-trade. Love that!”

*Jane Iredale PureGloss for Lips

“The most gorgeous shine and colors. My go-to gloss.”

June 8, 2012

free stuff friday: eminence sun care starter set

NOTE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

I’ve yet to spend time at my sparkling pool this summer (though I did manage to make it to the lake during Memorial Day).

To get in the mood for a lazy weekend by the pool, I’m excited to offer up another great giveaway: Eminence’s Sun Care Starter Set.

eminence sun care starter set

{Eminence sent me extra samples of its Sun Care Starter Set, valued at $52, and I'm happy to share with you! Photo Courtesy Eminence}

As a beauty blogger, you know it’s in my blood to preach about the importance of protecting your skin.

Wear. Sunscreen!

You don’t have to worry about wearing a stinky sunscreen if you win this Eminence Sun Care Starter Set. It contains generous samples sizes of two yummy-smelling sunscreens (Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream, SPF 32 and Tomato Sun Cream SPF 16) as well as the luxe Coconut Milk Cleanser I raved about last week.

A note on the sun creams: While both smell fantastic and are made with zinc oxide, a natural mineral sun barrier, the Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32 does also contain a chemical sunscreen, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, that has strong evidence of endocrine disruption. The Tomato Sun Cream SPF 16 does not contain this ingredient, but it is a lower SPF — reapply often!

The Eminence Sun Care Starter Set also contains a lovely Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel for post-sun relief (I mentioned this product on my Facebook page) in addition to a soothing Hibiscus Calendula Recovery Masque for your Sunday night beauty ritual.

So, want to win the Eminence Sun Care Starter Set? Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite summertime activity.
  2. Promise me you’ll wear sunscreen every day!

If you’re the lucky winner of the Eminence Sun Care Starter Set, I’d love for you to snap a photo of yourself with your prize and email/Facebook/tweet it to me to be featured on kimberlyloc.com!

Giveaway begins Friday, June 8, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. CDT, and closes on Monday, June 11, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. CDT.

Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.

2. Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.

3. Sweepstakes begins Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:00 am CDT and ends Monday, June 11, 2012, at 12:00 am CDT.

4. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

5. Sponsor(s) is/are not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor(s) in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Sponsor(s) will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.



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