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Monday, June 30, 2014

Must haves for your Pool/Beach bag!

UPDATED MUST haves for Summer!
 Below is my personal on the go summer pool/beach Kit!

SPF All over body Sun Protecting: 
You don't want an ugly burn that can lead to peeling/itching, sunspots, wrinkly/saggy skin, or worse caner! Don't worry contrary to popular belief you can still get a great tan using SPF just skip the tacky Burn and other harming effects! TRY Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30* or 50* is a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen for face or body. bonus! Enriched with antioxidant vitamins and free-radical scavengers, it absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUNSCREEN

Waterproof Mascara: Think you look washed out unless you have some mascara on like me? Prevent the raccoon eye look by being sure to use Waterproof Mascara for any beach or pool events!

  Tinted moisturizer with SPF: Want to block harmful rays from damaging skin, and want to even out your skin tone at the same time? try a tented moisturizer that does just that before hitting the beach! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Mary Kay CC Cream TINTED MOISTURIZER

Hair ties are a must! Just make sure they are thick and soft! the thinner the hair tie, the more it will saw at your hair and cause breakage!
Great idea, invest in a carabiner to keep a few together as backup.
Cream eye shadows: don't want to look all made up, but just a little more than blah? Try a great cream shadow that's only a few shads lighter or darker then you skin to have that pretty but not Like your trying to hard look.

Get some Shades and maybe even a hat: Not only do they look cute but Sunglasses and even better topped with a hat can protect your eyes and face from harmful UV rays. as well as preventing wrinkles by protecting sensitive skin around the eyes. Also reduce headaches and eyestrain!

Lip Balm with SPF: Lips need just as much sun protection as the rest of you body! Prevent Ugly chapped lips keep lips protected and guarded from the drying effects of sun and wind with a Lip Balm with SPF!


Hair Care: Before you get you locks wet in the pool. Pre wet your hair in non chlorine water and put in light leave in conditioner to help block chlorine penetration and add hydration at the same time!

                             Spray bottle: I love to bring a small spray bottle to fill with water just to sprits and cool off with. they come in all different sizes. some even come with fans attached ;) A travel brush: I highly recommend the fold up brushTravel speakers: I have this cute little speaker that fits a average size phone in it so to be able to relax in under the sun while listening to my fave jams 
A towel and Beach bag: I suggest 1-2 towels (one to use as a pillow) and a large bag to fit everything in. I also suggest another smaller on to gather smaller items together. You can find quality bags and towels at places like Ross, TJMax, Marshall's for awesome deals

...Other suggestions to do...

Find a thermal lined bag to hold things like a cell phone, camera or other non heat friendly items


 Use a Koozie / coozie to keep your drink cold or protect your cellphone from the heat!

After-Sun Replenishing Gel
Too much fun under the sun? Alway have on hand this is Amazing after sun care! This quick-absorbing gel replenishes moisture to sun-kissed skin with soothing botanical extracts rich in antioxidants to quickly heal accidental burns. Bonus keep extra one in th fridge for extra cooling sensation!

Clean out an old lotion bottle and depending on its size, hide your phone, money, and keys in it for your beach bag. Great idea! 


What are your MUST haves for summer???
Find most all these items and more at

  BONUS Tip!

To much chlorine or salt water? Here is a Awesome Hair Repair Trick!            

Coconut oil!

This brands from Trader Joe's~
1. scoop coconut oil into hands and rub around till quickly melts a little at a time and apply all over your hair and scalp.
2. Place a plastic bag or towel over your hair, secure by tying or with a hair clip or clothespin, and allow the oil to remain for 15 to 30 min * you can even sleep over night with it in!
3. Rinse well, with warm (not hot) water. then shampoo(
may have to shampoo twice) & condition as usual!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Failed to mention Truth about Sunscreen!

Iv been doing some research on a few sunscreen products including Mary Kay. From what I have learned some companies could afford to be more open and specific about this information. I'm guessing a lot of people are using these products thinking the are being protected when it lost its protecting qualities already! Finding this can be kind of disappointing, but when you know better you can do better!
 So here is what ive learned so far...

Does Sunscreen expire? YES! 

The molecules in suntan lotion (such as homosalate and octyl salicylate) block the penetration of UV radiation by acting as filters and absorbing and reflecting high energy UV. Over time these molecules break down and lose effectiveness, kind of like expired cold medicine or vitamins. ALSO i know some people are very anti anything "Paraben" and that's fine. BUT if you insist on getting these products make sure you are using up your paraben free products faster!

What is a Paraben? 

Parabens are antifungal agents that are used as preservatives in foods, pharmaceuticals and skin care products. In fact, parabens are the most widely used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They're used in makeup, hair care products, moisturizers and shaving products. There are several types of parabens, the most common being methylparaben, probylparaben and butylparaben.

How do you know when it's expired?

Some will have expiration dates printed on them. However, most sunscreens do not have "Expiration" dates printed on them. Instead "lot numbers" can be used to determine the date the product was "manufactured"and typically will say they are good for 3 years from manufacture date...

BUT what isn't clear is that the 3 year window is only good as long as the product is not opened and must be kept at consistent cool to warm at max temperatures. Once that product is opened, for the average SPF containing products *that typically do have some kind of paraben in it* then starts counting down 6 months ahead of protecting use. For products without Paraben less the loss of protection can brake down even faster. (still trying to research a more specific number)

`For Coppertone products, the first character of the lot code represents the year of manufacture (7=2007, etc). The second character is a bit more involved. It will tell you the month of manufacture using this code: A=Jan, B=Feb, C=Mar, D=Apr, E=May, but then G=June, H=July, J=Aug, K=Sept, M=Oct, N=Nov, and P=Dec.
Per Scherring-Plough (the mfr of Coppertone) their SPF sunscreens have a shelf life of 3 years from the date of manufacture.

`For Banana Boat products, the first 2 digits of the code represent the year it was made (07=2007, etc.) and the next 3 digits represent the day of the year (32=Feb 1st, 365=Dec 31st, etc). They also state a shelf life of 3 years.

`For Exp and Manufacture code info on Mary Kay Products, visit a earlier Blog posting i did specifically on How to read Mary Kay's ... BTW on anything with SPF Mary Kay will straight add a Expiration date so there is no guessing games beause they know SPF is lost much faster then other containing ingredeants of other types of skin products :)

 Where to look for both EXPiration and or Manufacture codes

So what can you do to make sure you are getting the most of your product?

Pay attention and get a Sharpie!! If you have any current products you cant remember when you got and or more importantly, Opened it. might want to scratch it and get somthing new. Then once you have purchaced product you have first looked up its manufacture date (unless it clearly lists a straight up EXP date) As soon as you open it, either write that date opened and or write the 6 months following date straight on the product!

So don't be miss lead. 3 years from manufacture is only its unopened shelf life! 

Hope this helps! Any other info or questions please feel free to comment. Im not a specialist just like to try and do my homework best i can and share what i learn :0)

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