Aloha nui loa, girls! Greetings from the island of Oahu. The day is young, but, as I’m sure you know, it’s never too early to think about sunscreen. On the agenda for this morning: a trip to downtown Honolulu (the biggest city on the island), to watch the 92nd annual Kamehameha Day Floral Parade. My camera is locked and loaded!
Even though it’s early in the morning here, I’m glad I brought along my can of Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Mist Sunblock SPF 30 ($9). The sun here feels stronger than it feels back in San Francisco. Even through partly cloudy skies it can cause bad sunburns, even on someone with brown skin. An aerosol, spray-on sunblock, Fresh Cooling Mist Sunblock SPF 30 is one of my favorite sunblocks. It’s lightweight and portable, waterproof and non-comedogenic.
Stepping off the plane yesterday was like stepping into a steam room. It was 88 degrees and humid outside, and today should be about the same. Knowing what to expect upon touchdown, I ducked into the bathroom on the plane shortly before landing to spray Fresh Cooling Mist Sunblock onto my arms and legs. The formula leaves a cooling sensation on my skin, which also helps to wake me up after a flight through different time zones.
While I often bring this sunblock with me on sightseeing trips, I won’t rely on it if I’ll be spending an entire day at the beach. I use it to supplement lotion sunblocks. If I were going to be out in the sun and water all day long I would go through a can of Fresh Cooling Mist in no time. It may be waterproof, but it doesn’t have the staying power that most lotion SPFs have. But when you’re stepping outside the door and want quick sun protection on your exposed parts in 10 seconds or less, you can’t go wrong with a small bottle of Fresh Cooling Mist.
Snag Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock SPF 30 at your favorite drugstore or find it online.
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 30
Use: For quick sun protection in a cooling spray
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From the airport yesterday I ended up at the legendary Duke’s restaurant in Waikiki, named after a giant of the surfing world, for a quick drink on the beach. Like everything in the Waikiki neighborhood of downtown Honolulu, Dukes caters to tourists. Be that as it may, they’ve got one hell of a view.
Some highlights of Duke Kahanamoku’s remarkable life 1890-1968
1890 Born in Honolulu on August 24 to Duke and Julia, full-blooded Hawaiians and descendants of royalty.
1912 Won 2 Olympic Medals in Stockholm — a Gold while setting the world record for the 100 meter freestyle and a Silver with the U.S. freestyle relay team.
1920 Won 2 more Gold Medals for Swimming in the Antwerp Olympics for the 100 meter freestyle and on the U.S. freestyle relay team. Recommended surfing as an Olympic event.
1922-30 Lived in Los Angeles and played parts in 28 Hollywood movies.
1925 Heroic board rescue of eight drowning men at Newport Beach, CA.
1929 Rode a monster wave for more than a mile at Waikiki beach (likely the longest ride in modern times).
1966 Inducted in the Surfing Hall of Fame, becoming the first person to be inducted into both the Swimming and Surfing Halls of Fame.
1968 Died in Honolulu on January 22, followed by a Waikiki Beachboy funeral.
I had to dip my feet in the water…
Most large cities showcase talented street performers, and Waikiki is no exception. I made friends with a Japanese drum group (I loved their outfits!) in town for the annual Pan-Pacific Festival, which celebrates the strong relationship between Hawaii and the Pan-Pacific region. Waikiki was vibrant with the sites and sounds of celebration — drums, dance, pageantry and parades. Thousands of musicians, artists and dancers from Pacific Rim countries will visit Oahu over the next few days to perform and showcase Pan-Pacific entertainment, music, traditions and food.
Happy Saturday, girls! We made it through another week. I hope your weekend got off to a good start. I’ll be in Crackberry contact throughout the day, on the lookout for beauty in the strangest places. Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,