Neutrogena – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:47:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Neutrogena – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 NARS Isolde Eye Duo in Action http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/nars-isolde-eye-duo-in-action/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/nars-isolde-eye-duo-in-action/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:44:00 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=188019 I wasn’t playing the other day when I said I’ve been all about NARS Isolde lately. Both it and NARS Cordura (LOVE YOU, C!!!) have been two of my full-time eye makeup BFFs for weeks, and even though I’ve mostly gotten over this cold of mine and want to wear more makeup again, I still […]


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I wasn’t playing the other day when I said I’ve been all about NARS Isolde lately. Both it and NARS Cordura (LOVE YOU, C!!!) have been two of my full-time eye makeup BFFs for weeks, and even though I’ve mostly gotten over this cold of mine and want to wear more makeup again, I still don’t have the patience to sit still for 45 minutes and blend six different teals till my fingers fall off, ya know?

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This week I’ve been using the timer on my iPhone in the morning to rein myself in. I set it for 25 minutes, and whatever I’m able to do in that time, that’s what I end up wearing for the day.

Before I even start, though, I keep all the basics, like foundation, mascara and concealer, etc., in a little box next to my desk so I don’t waste any time hunting stuff down. Then I also put whatever eye and lip products I plan to wear in the same box.

I like to spend the lion’s share of the 25 minutes on my eye makeup, so I’ll cut back on some things and spend less time on my skin, which is why more of my freckles are peeking through in these pics than usual.

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Here’s the look I wore with Isolde yesterday to the salon (I finally got my hair done, YAY!), because there was no way I was going to sit there staring at myself in the mirror all that time without there being a little something-something on my mug, LOL!

There’s a full breakdown of the products below, but basically, I just mixed Isolde’s lighter peachy golden side with the copper side, then put that on my lids. Then I added two warm browns in the crease — first a lighter brown, then a darker shade for more depth. Then I added some black liner and lots of lashes, before finishing with neutral peachy pink cheeks and lips.

Not as exciting as a shimmering emerald green look with false lashes and the whole kit and caboodle (bronzer, highlighter, etc.), for sure, but you know what? Sometimes I really love wearing this kind of makeup (more often than not). You can’t go wrong with everyday neutrals.

Makeup worn in this look

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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These Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blushes Are My Latest Drugstore Beauty Infatuation http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-beauty-cat/neutrogena-healthy-skin-blush/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-beauty-cat/neutrogena-healthy-skin-blush/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=187951 Close your eyes, and imagine your favorite, coziest, most comfortable sweatshirt. How warm and soft it feels… Now, you step out of the shower. Ooh! — the tiles are cold, and you reach over and grab your glorious sweatshirt, then pull it on over your head. Then you put your arms through the sleeves. Ah… […]


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The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blushes

Close your eyes, and imagine your favorite, coziest, most comfortable sweatshirt. How warm and soft it feels…

Now, you step out of the shower. Ooh! — the tiles are cold, and you reach over and grab your glorious sweatshirt, then pull it on over your head. Then you put your arms through the sleeves.

Ah… So soft and snuggly.

OK, basically, these powder blushes feel like that! 🙂

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in 10 Rosy

My goodness, they’re soft.

(How soft are they?)

Well, if you, like me, have clumsy Shrek hands early in the morning and you attempt to open one of these, try not to accidentally jab it with a nail, because you’ll probably take out a huge divot. That’s how incredibly creamy and soft they are.

According to Neutrogena, they have a gel base, which is supposed to make the application smoother.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in 20 Vibrant



It does. They’re extremely easy to blend, and kind of like the Clinique Cheek Pops in how they skate across the skin. It’s like surfing when the water’s glassy; they just glide… I usually apply a layer or two on the apples of my cheeks, and then do a couple swipes to erase the edges.
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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in 30 Flushed

This particular line of blushes is pretty new, and there are five shades. Neutrogena is better known for their skin and body care products, but they also make some good makeup (like these). Generally, I think the brand’s blushes and bronzers are great.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in 40 Bronzed

Because the brand is all about natural-looking makeup, all of the colors have that vibe. “Who me? No, I’m not wearing any makeup. I just went outside for a brisk walk.” 🙂

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in 50 Luminous

I really like wearing these. I mostly use 40 Bronze as a bronzer, and then I’ll jump between neutral pink 20 Vibrant, coral pink 30 Flushed and light golden pink 10 Rosy as blushes.

The last shade, pinkish beige 50 Luminous, is a little light for my tan skin, so sometimes I’ll use it as a highlighter.

Strangely, even when I’m feeling under the weather (like I felt earlier this week), when I use these, I feel like I look healthy.

neutrogena healthy skin blush swatches

From the left, that’s 10 Rosy, 20 Vibrant, 30 Flushed, 40 Bronzed and 50 Luminous

Also in the plus column: these last an incredibly long time. I can put one of them on in the morning at 8 o’clock and still see it on my cheeks after feeding Tabs at the end of the day. That’s pretty great, especially considering that each one only costs $8.49.

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Wearing 50 Luminous as a highlighter, 40 Bronzed as a bronzer, and 10 Rosy as a blush

If you’re interested, you can find all five shades online now and at most drugstores.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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4 Steps to Clearer Skin With the Neutrogena #LetsSolveIt Campaign (SPONSORED) http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/4-steps-to-clearer-skin-with-the-neutrogena-letssolveit-campaign-sponsored/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/4-steps-to-clearer-skin-with-the-neutrogena-letssolveit-campaign-sponsored/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:29:49 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=186176 As a participant in the #LetsSolveIt campaign sponsored by Neutrogena, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored @Walgreens @Neutrogena Somewhere between trying to squeeze in as much outdoorsy time as possible in the second half of summer, a bunch […]


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As a participant in the #LetsSolveIt campaign sponsored by Neutrogena, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored @Walgreens @Neutrogena

Somewhere between trying to squeeze in as much outdoorsy time as possible in the second half of summer, a bunch of stressful side projects, a particularly bad bout of insomnia (I keep waking up around the Witching Hour and then can’t fall back asleep) and the steady stream of ice cream I’ve been eating after dinner (even though I know what happens when I have too much dairy), I’ve started breaking out.

It’s nothing too bad…yet (knocks on wood) — definitely not as bad as the huge humdingers I get sometimes along my jawline. These are just little whiteheads on my chin and around the edge of my forehead, and a couple of body breakouts on my chest and booty.

Yes, girl, booty — specifically my left butt cheek, if you must know.

Is that TMI? Probably…but it’s not like I’m the first person (or the last) to get a painful pimple on their bum.

Anyway! When Neutrogena and Walgreens asked if I was down to switch up my acne-fighting game with their #LetsSolveIt campaign and take the quiz at SolveMyAcne.com, I thought, “Good timing!”

I’ve had great luck with Neutrogena skin care over the years, and I dig Walgreens (I used to go there on my breaks every day when I worked in SF), so I said “sure!”

Getting back into the swing of things at school after summer break is stressful enough. Who needs the ADDED stress of a bad breakout? Get expert skin care recs with the Neutrogena #LetsSolveIt campaign by taking the Acne-Fighting Quiz at SolveMyAcne.com, and feel fabulously confident in clearer skin.

First step: the quiz. And it’s not one of those quizzes that they say is only going to take two minutes but ends up taking 20. It really is just a handful of easy questions.

Like so…

Based on my answers, here are the four products the quiz recommended for me and my combo dry/oily skin…

  • Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash ($8.99): This creamy, oil-free face wash works without stripping or drying the skin. It contains salicylic acid (2%), and cucumber and green tea extracts, to fight breakouts while reducing redness and clearing up oil.
  • Rapid Clear Maximum Strength Acne Treatment Pads ($9.49): These soft, textured oil-free pads also contain salicylic acid (2%), and they’re soaked with something unique to Neutrogena called MicroClear, a proprietary technology scientifically proven to push medicine deep into pores to both fight the acne you can, and the acne you can’t, see.
  • Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin ($10.99): This lightweight water-based moisturizer doesn’t contain alcohol or any fragrances, so it’s ideal for sensitive skin.
  • Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit ($8.49): Pink grapefruit. Those are the magic words for me right there. 🙂 This gloriously grapefruit-scented wash also contains chamomile, green tea extract, vitamin C and 2% salicylic acid to treat body breakouts on the shoulders, back and chest while keeping new breakouts from…breaking out.

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I like the idea of a whole acne regimen that only involves four products. I can handle a four-step process, so I put my regular skin care favorites aside, and I’ve been using these for two weeks…

Step 1: Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash

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Every morning and evening, I washed my face with the Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash (which smells mildly minty). I like how it leaves my skin feeling slightly tingly (it’s a good pick-me-up in the morning!), and that it doesn’t make the dry parts of my skin feel tight or otherwise uncomfortable.

Step 2: Rapid Strength Acne Treatment Pads

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Then, right after using the face wash, I wiped one of the Rapid Strength Acne Treatment Pads all over my face, paying special attention to the little whiteheads along my jawline and around my forehead. At that point, there was usually some leftover product on the pad, so I’d also wipe the areas where I was breaking out on my chest (as well as that one annoying pimple on my bum).

Step 3: Oil-Free Moisturizer

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After using the pad, I finished up my face routine by moisturizing my face and neck with the Oil-Free Moisturizer.

And I did this every morning and night before bed after my shower.

Step 4: Body Clear Body Wash in Pink Grapefruit

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Lastly, while I was still IN the shower at night, I used the Body Clear Body Wash in Pink Grapefruit all over my chest (and, again, my booty), and then my regular body wash to wash everywhere else.

The results

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As I said earlier, I’ve had really great luck with Neutrogena skin care products over the years, so I was stoked to try these four, and the only one of them I think I’ve tried before is the Pink Grapefruit Body Wash.

I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin over the past two weeks, especially with the pimples around the edge of my forehead, which are — YAY! — nowhere to be found.

Take that, zits!

I still have one tiny little whitehead on my chin…but it’s at the point now where I know it’ll be gone within a couple days.

I was a little concerned that the face wash and pads would dry out my cheeks (which are already so, so dry), but they haven’t yet. I really like them both and plan to continue using them.

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Oh! And guess what? I figured out that you can get more bang for your buck if you cut the pads in half. Yes, I use a pair of scissors that I keep in my medicine cabinet.

Hey, Walgreens and walgreens.com shoppers! Earn 3,000 Walgreens Balance Rewards Points with the purchase of $15 or more in select Neutrogena products through August 28, 2015.

As for the Oil-Free Moisturizer, the oilier spots on my face really like it, like my forehead, nose and chin. My cheeks, however, which are always epically dry, need more moisture than this, so I have to layer an additional, richer moisturizer on top.

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I may still use it on occasion when my skin is leaning more toward the extra oily side, but I think it’ll probably work better if you have straight-up oily or normal skin.

As for the Body Wash, WOW! — it smells amazing. I love crisp citrusy scents, and this one rocks.

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And it works well, too, because the breakouts on my chest are almost completely gone. No more aggro red pimples, and the few non-aggro pimples that are left are tiny and look like they’re on their last legs. Plus, it didn’t dry out my skin.

The zit on my bum (am I crazy, or wouldn’t that be a GREAT name for a band?) is also less painful and smaller.

All in all, I had a great experience with these acne-fighting products, and I feel more confident in my clearer skin.

I’m ready for you, fall!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Nike Women’s Half Marathon Race-Day Essentials http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/nike-womens-half-marathon-race-day-essentials/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/nike-womens-half-marathon-race-day-essentials/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:40:21 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=171711 Two more days. TWO MORE DAYS! Roughly 39 hours (give or take) until I hit the ground running, literally, for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with Team Neutrogena on Sunday. I’ve been training for the past six weeks, and I’m actually feeling really good about this. By no means am I a […]


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Nike Women’s Half Marathon Race-Day Essentials

Two more days.

TWO MORE DAYS! Roughly 39 hours (give or take) until I hit the ground running, literally, for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with Team Neutrogena on Sunday.

I’ve been training for the past six weeks, and I’m actually feeling really good about this. By no means am I a hardcore athlete, but I tried to do everything I could to help myself make it through race day.

That’s in stark contrast to the last time I ran a half marathon about 10 years ago, when I did everything wrong. I was in tears when I crossed the finish line of that race because I was in so much pain (one word: chafing). Plus, I think I was just mentally unprepared for it.

This time, I feel ready! I was careful not to overtrain, which is something else that bit me in the @ss last time. Plus, I added cross-training (pushups and Jillian Michaels DVDs) and ate the food I was supposed to eat when I was supposed to eat it. I also took my rest and recovery days seriously.

Via nike.com

So, yeah. I’m excited about Sunday, and not just because there will be San Francisco firemen in tuxedos handing out Tiffany necklaces at the finish line. 🙂

I’ve also been preparing/vetting all of my race-day essentials, which, of course include beauty products, because you know I couldn’t go 13.1 miles without doing a little something-something.

Nike Women's Half Marathon Race-Day Essentials

1) Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, 2) Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara, 3) Tom Ford Brow Sculptor and 4) NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu

1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Also known as “my improv shower.” I’m putting a couple of these in a plastic bag and bringing them with me so I can wipe off some of the sweat immediately after the race. I’m also keeping a pack in the car for the drive home, just in case I still feel sticky. $8.99 for a reusable case with a pack of 25 towelettes. Available now at drugstores, Ulta and online.

2. Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara

UGH! — so expensive, but so, so good… If there’s any mascara that can handle 13.1 miles and buckets of sweat, it’s this one. Waterproof, smudge-proof, budge-proof, and it delivers mad crazy length and separation. $50, and available now at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com.

3. Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso

Technically, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso is not a waterproof product, but it may as well be. I’ve worn it in 105-degree heat, and it didn’t move, so I expect it to withstand the mileage. $44, available now at Tom Ford counters and online.

4. NARS Mini Satin Lip Pencil in Yu

I may live to regret this…but life is short! So what the hell! 🙂 I got it into my head to wear hot pink lipstick during the race because 1) it really does make everything better, and 2) because it matches my CW-X Bra.

Call me crazy.

NARS Mini Satin Lip Pencil in Yu is one of five lip pencils in the $49 NARS Digital World set, coming November 1 to Sephora and sephora.com.

Nike Women's Half Marathon Race-Day Essentials

5) CW-X Bra, 6) Thorlo Socks, 7) Tri-berry Gu, 8) Roo Sport and 9) TUNES!


5. CW-X X-TRA Support Running Bra III

This bra has officially taken the title of Best Damn Sports Bra I’ve Ever Worn Aside From the Athletica 50 Rep Bra by Lululemon.

I know… Long title.

Halfway through my training, I developed some seriously bad chafing around my rib cage, so I switched to using the CW-X, which has flat seams to prevent chafing.

This bra? Gift from the fitness gods. It’s pricey at $60, but it’s supernaturally soft, halts the chafing, holds the girls in place, and it’s comfortable, even when my mileage hits double digits. $60, and available now at zappos.com.

6. Thorlo Socks

Bomb-@ss padded running socks. Running in these is like jogging atop fluffy clouds… $14, and available at sporting goods stores and online.

7. Gu Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel in Tri Berry

Like gas for the tank, these are my secret weapons. I plan to bring four of them with me — one to eat 15 minutes before the race starts, and three to gulp down during the run, if I need them. $11 for a box of eight, available now online.

8. The RooSport Magnetic Running Pocket

OMG. One of the many traumas I suffered during that other half marathon was due to wearing an ill-fitting running pouch, which bounced up and down on my hip the entire time and drove me ALL-CAPS CRAZY.

My running friend @lassa on Instagram (follow her! She posts beautiful pics of where she lives on Kauai) recommended RooSport.

It’s a slim pouch with a super strong magnetic flap that you can tuck into your waistband, so the pouch doesn’t bounce around. They come in different sizes. I got the large, which holds a phone, three of those Gu Gel things, a contact lens case (see number 10) and one miniature NARS Yu. 🙂 It also has a zippered pocket for keys and ID.

You can position it anywhere around your waistband, but I wear it just above my booty.

GAME CHANGER! I tested it out on a 10-mile training run, and it wasn’t annoying. $24.99 for a waterproof pouch, available now online.

Roo Sport

The Roo Sport in action

9. iPhone

For the tunes, of course! I have a high-tempo two-hour playlist prepared.

10. Vaseline in a contact lens case (not pictured)

Just in case the chafing issue rears its ugly head.

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See you at the finish line! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Currently on the Bathroom Shelf: Fourth of July Sun Protection Products From Neutrogena, L’Occitane, Vichy, Avene and Philip Kingsley http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/currently-bathroom-shelf-fourth-july-sun-protection-neutrogena-loccitane-vichy-avene-philip-kingsley/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/currently-bathroom-shelf-fourth-july-sun-protection-neutrogena-loccitane-vichy-avene-philip-kingsley/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:30:34 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=165061 It’s almost Fourth of July, and fireworks are completely legal in my bathroom! Wait — that was weird. By fireworks, I’m referring to exciting sun protection products, like these things currently celebrating their independence on my bathroom shelf. 🙂 Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion SPF 110 When a two-digit SPF ratings just isn’t enough, […]


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Sun protection from Neutrogena, L’Occitane, Philip Kingsley, Vichy and Avene

It’s almost Fourth of July, and fireworks are completely legal in my bathroom!

Wait — that was weird.

By fireworks, I’m referring to exciting sun protection products, like these things currently celebrating their independence on my bathroom shelf. 🙂

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion SPF 110

When a two-digit SPF ratings just isn’t enough, there’s Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion SPF 110, which I’ve been using every day for about a month.

The oil-free formula is fabulous to the max! Not only is it easy to apply makeup on top of it, but it doesn’t pill up into little flecks, or otherwise behave strangely no matter what I wear it with — primer, foundation, whatever else.

Best of all, it’s not greasy! — so when I put it on my neck, it doesn’t feel all sticky and gross. For $12.99, you get a 3-ounce tube, and it’s available now at drugstores, Ulta and online.

L’Occitane Jenipapo Gel-Protecting Body Jelly Milk SPF 20

I like L’Occitane’s Jenipapo Protecting Body Jelly Milk SPF 20 for a couple of reasons.

First, the name. Jenipapo.

That’s pure win right there. 🙂

As for the formula, I like it for light SPF protection when I only plan to catch a few rays while running errands or going for a quick walk.

It’s a lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that smells ah-maze-balls! It starts with notes of watermelon, orange, pineapple, frangipani and Lily of the Valley, and dries down to a smooth vanilla musk.

It launched last May with a whole slew of skin care, fragrance and sun protection products in L’Occitane’s Au Brasil line, a range inspired by the fabulous foliage of Brazil.

Jenipapo, a fruit tree found in Brazil’s Cerrado tropical savanna, is said to be very moisturizing.

Neutrogena, L'Occitane Jenipapo and Philip Kingsley

It’s also a fun word to say aloud.

“Jenipapo.”

Especially with your office window open, and when directed at neighborhood children.

“Jenipapo!”

Not that I do that or anything.

It costs $20 for a 5.1-ounce spray bottle, and it’s available now at L’Occitane stores and loccitane.com.

Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion

When I plan to be out in the sun for a while, like by the pool or at the beach, I’m all about this sunscreen from Vichy.

Rated for 80 minutes of water resistance, the mousse formula quickly absorbs into my skin, so I don’t have to spend forever and a day rubbing.

I like it, but it’s pricey at $28.50 for a 4.8-ounce bottle. I’d readily give it up for regular old sunscreen lotion if, say, Ryan Gosling offered to “do my back.”

Sure, Ryan. Take all the time you need. 🙂

It’s available now at drugstores, Ulta and ulta.com.

Avene Eau Thermale After-Sun Repair Lotion

After I spend a while in the sun, I like to apply a soothing aloe vera gel (this one by Fruit of the Earth is pretty good, and it’s only $4), buuuuuut my bottle just ran out, so I started using this After-Sun Repair Lotion by Avene ($25).

It’s OK…but I think I prefer regular aloe gel a little more. After-Sun definitely feels moisturizing, but aloe gel feels like it actually does a little more in the skin repair department.

After-Sun costs $25 for a 13.52-ounce bottle, and it’s available now at drugstores, Ulta and ulta.com.

Avene, Vichy and Philip Kingsley

Philip Kingsley Swimcap

Neat!

Originally created for the US Synchronized Swimming team, Philip Kingsley Swimcap is basically a thick, leave-in lotion with UV protection (the bottle doesn’t say what the SPF rating is though) to safeguard your mop from the damaging effects of chlorine and saltwater.

Just work it into damp hair, section by section, comb it through, and leave it in while you’re out breaking hearts and swimming records at the pool.

And you won’t have to reapply while you’re there, because it’s super thick, and you can feel it completely coating your strands.

To remove, just use shampoo and conditioner. It’s $35 for a 5.07-ounce tube, and it’s available now online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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