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LaSPA Cruelty-Free Mineral Sunscreens | Review

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Curly Spring Blossom Review) - Cruelty-Free

I’m so excited to write about LaSPA sunscreens for two reasons: first, these products are Made in Canada and second, they are totally EXTRAORDINARY!

Truth be told that, these days I’m going wild at the chance to test new sunscreens, more than any other beauty products. After my step dad got treated for a nasty melanoma (skin cancer) on his nose, I saw first hand the damages that this deadly disease can cause. The surgeon took 1/3 off his nose and reconstructive plastic surgery was much needed afterward. Thank god, after all that ordeal, everything looks great and he is in remission. Don’t ever forget that skin cancer is, for the major part, easily PREVENTABLE. If cancer doesn’t scare you my friends maybe looking like a dry prune in your 40’s should do the trick 😉

Sunscreen should part of your morning routine 365 days a year, rain or shine.

For reference: My skin type is combination/dry & very acne prone. 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review


“Our Philosophy is simple. Create clean and natural sun care products with only the finest ingredients. LASPA products are a safe and effective way for women to nourish and protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun – without the risks that are associated with chemical based sunscreen products.” Susan Mey founder

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

(40$Cnd for 2.7oz – Online or at a SPA near you)

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review


Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 20%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols

This product is hands down one of the best face sunscreen I have ever tried. This product totally blew me away and that says a lot since face sunscreens have always been more misses than hits for me.


❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax),

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free & hypoallergenic,

❃ Hydrating – perfect for dry skin,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-greasy* & non-stiky formula,

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Makes the PERFECT canvas to use under foundations or BB creams,

❃ No white cast (YAY!!!!!),

❃ Doesn’t break me out at all,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes,

❃ TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved size for plane requirements,

❃ Great value for the amount you get & the quality of the product.


❃  For some reason, it doesn’t work great with loose powder foundation. The foundation looks patchy!

❃ I don’t think oily girls would enjoy this VERY hydrating sunscreen.

*** Note: With every sunscreens tested in recent years, after the 10-hour mark, my face starts to feel oily.

When you first open the tube, you see a thick cream and a formula that is a little bit “grainy”; don’t be afraid since magically, the product will melt onto your skin. All of us know that finding a sunscreen that performs beautifully under our makeup is difficult – this one is so good that it even makes my foundation look better as it acts like a primer, a moisturizer and a sunscreen at the same time! I would totally recommend this product if you want to combine great sunscreen properties, more so if you use makeup on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful product!!

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion

(44$Cnd for 4,2oz – Online or at a SPA near you)


Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 14%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols


❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax)

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free  & hypoallergenic,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-stiky light formula,

❃ Doesn’t stain my clothes,

❃ Perfect to wear under makeup,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.


❃ It takes some time to dry,

❃ I wish this sunscreen contained a higher SPF – Not a Con per se.

Comparing both products, I prefer LaSpa SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen since I usually put SPF greater than 30 on my face. That being said, I’ve used this LaSpa SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion on my neck and neckline for a while now and I do love it a lot, these areas are easier to reapply than redo your full makeup.

Honestly, I had no expectation upon receiving this gorgeous PR Package (#NOT Sponsored) from LaSPA & PK Communications since I didn’t know the brand but it resonated with me and fitted perfectly on my quest to find the best cruelty-free sunscreens available. After testing it regularly, I was pretty excited to share my thoughts. I truly cannot say enough good things on these products! What’s not to love: great value, natural ingredients, made in Canada, cruelty-free & works like a charm under makeup! It’s truly one of the best sunscreen product I’ve used and I’m a LaSpa convert, especially LaSpa SPF30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, since I prefer better protection and SPF factors.

Important note: Every sunscreens on the market should have an expiration date written on the package if not, don’t buy it. At the same time Spring is a very good time to discard any expired product! 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review


The difference between Mineral & Synthetic Sunscreens:

Mineral Sunscreens:

There are only two mineral sunscreen ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Have almost no risk of irritating skin.

May leave a white cast, especially on darker skin tones, but the best pure mineral sunscreens go on invisibly.

May need more careful, liberal application because of the way they work in formulas. So, go ahead, slather these on for brilliant protection!

Why Zinc Oxide is better:

Zinc Oxide provides a broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical filters don’t necessarily provide this function

Zinc Oxide is effective immediately upon application, whereas chemical filters need approximately 20 minutes to be absorbed

Zinc Oxide reduces or eliminates the risk of allergies or skin irritation that can be caused by the chemicals used in chemical sun filters

Zinc Oxide avoids the risk of health issues that have been documented concerning the cumulative effects of chemical sunscreen ingredients on reproductive health (see below for a further discussion on Sunscreen Ingredients).

Synthetic (Chemicals) Sunscreens:

Common synthetic sunscreen ingredients include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone.

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Are generally found in products with thinner textures.

Tend to be preferred for water-resistant formulas because they don’t turn milky-looking when you sweat or get wet. But, as with any sunscreen, you must reapply them often.

Can be sensitizing for those with extra-sensitive skin.

Enjoy the outdoors & the upcoming beautiful summer

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My “Beauty Collection” Goals | 2018


I thought I would use the word GOALS instead of resolutions since these never stick anyway. Goals seem more empowering, don’t you think? Beauty-wise, 2017 has been the most interesting year ever: due to my low-buy (look at that, a resolution that worked 😉), I managed to purchase only 3 products from January to the end of October 2017! Then, the VIB sale came and although I did some serious damage, I only bought the items that I needed or REALLY wanted! That transitional year needed to happen since my makeup & skincare collection was ridiculously out of control.

2017 was also the Year of Decluttering: to get rid of 80% of my entire collection was eye opening to say the least. I now enjoy my small (but practical) collection composed of products that I LOVE and that work for me. Still, when BeardMan looks at our bathroom cupboards or vanity, he still thinks that I have a ton of stuff but, now, he can get out of the shower without stepping on a brush, a box of unplaced products or Sephora bags still untouched…

Here are my 5 Beauty Goals for 2018

Quality over Quantity

I don’t want to accumulate a large makeup & skincare collection EVER AGAIN. I was disgusted when I had to throw in the GARBAGE thousands of dollars of barely used beauty products and I SWORE it would never happen.

No More than 5 Items in the Same Category

The makeup addict that I am will still want the best of the best cruelty-free products but  my goal is, at the end of the year, to own no more than 5 items in a same category (Smaller/Deluxe formats don’t count). The only exception is for eyeshadow palettes; I don’t think I can declutter as much to only have five left.

Declutter further More

Since I just mentioned the D word again, I need to declutter at least 10% of my collection. If I want to achieve my goal to only have 5 products in each category, this new wave of decluttering needs to happen and I frankly can’t wait to do it.

Stay Away from the Sales

When reflecting on how I accumulated so much stuff in the past, I always reach the same conclusion: it’s not because it’s on sale that I need to buy 10. I swear I had no need to buy any shampoos, bath products or body creams for the last 3 years and I still don’t believe that in 2018, I will achieve using all the products that have been gathering dust in my bathroom. One backup product is PLENTY and I’m ok with paying the full price if needed instead of pilling products! Anyway, I always want to try new stuff anyway…

Note: Oniomania?!? Does that ring a bell? Oniomania, from greek words Onios – For Sale & Mania – Insanity, more commonly known as Compulsive Buyer Disorder, is characterized by an obsession with buying and shopping…

Writing the Purchase Date on Every Product

I absolutely need to write a purchase date on all makeup & skincare items to remind myself to use them or to know when to throw them out. Even if I don’t always follow the expiration guide on makeup products, I don’t want to apply something I had for more than 3 years for makeup and one year for skincare. Now, I try my very best to choose skincare that have an expiration date on it so it’s easier to rotate between products.

As you can see, I’ve adopted my minimalist “Beauty” collection with serenity and enthusiasm. Seriously, I can’t wait to buy a new eyeshadow palette every year, use it up as much as I can, throw it out and purchase another one for the following year. In 2017, decluttering the first item was the worst but after that first step, I couldn’t stop decluttering. My new MOTTO is: If I haven’t use an item for the past 6 months, it’s maybe time to declutter it!

Disclaimer: If you are wondering why I throw all this makeup in the garbage it’s simply because no family members or friends wanted them. 95% don’t wear makeup and the ones that do are still stuck with the load of products I gave away the year before. I also tried to donate it to charity but all women organizations that I’ve contacted don’t take “used” beauty products! This is the sad part about my decluttering…

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Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Since I’ve been on a low buy all of 2017, I didn’t get to discover a lot of new products. I still managed to find some extraordinary creations that have become Holy Grail products. Let’s say goodbye to 2017 with my “Top 10 Beauty Products”!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Supercharged Oil Free Foundation 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I would have liked to come upon this “Genius” foundation way before. Unfortunately, the brand is discontinuing it for reasons that I don’t understand. Just in case, I bought four but I’m kicking myself for not buying at least 1 more when it went on sale! It’s the best foundation I’ve ever tried period… A dry skin girl’s dream.

Anyone knows of a good dupe??? Help a very sad girl please…


MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Need an affordable (it’s been in Sephora’s sale section forever) all MATTE neutral palette for your everyday look? Well, go for MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows. These matte shadows blend beautifully and stay put all day when using a good eyeshadow primer. MUFE matte formula is amongst the very best on the market and this little number is a sure winner.


Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

It’s funny how this little gem came into my life: BeardMan was in Arizona for work and I obviously asked him to go to the nearby Sephora to get a specific primer with sunscreen (and of course, some other stuff). Unfortunately, it was not available at this location and he knows not to come back empty-handed, so he asked a girl for something similar and she suggested him Coola’s Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30. Sure enough, I’m totally crazy about this primer/sunscreen. The only downfall is that it contains micro glitters that makes it unwearable alone but under makeup, it’s a gem. Why isn’t it more hyped is beyond me!!!


bareMinerals Prep Step 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I was debating between placing bareMinerals Prep Step into my Top Skincare or my Top Makeup products of 2017 but it does such a great job at priming my face that it made it into my makeup category. It’s almost the perfect product with a little exception: when applied alone, it gives a slight red tone to my skin. A second primer in my Top 10!! It’s a first in my blogging career since primers have always been a nightmare for me.

Note: Surprisingly, this product has also the best ingredients as a sunscreen.


Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I won’t ever be without Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect. I mix it every single day with my Dr Jart + Premium Beauty Balm or another foundation and it gives the perfect amount of hydration & sun-kissed look that I need. I wish it was lighter as I would wear it alone in the Summer months.


Nudestix Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’ve said it abundantly; I find Nudestix to be one of the most underrated brand. These eye colour sticks are simply remarkable and such a hidden gem. One word: Versatility! They can be used as eye primers, all over lid color or eyeliner as they don’t transfer or budge.


Bite Beauty Lip Pencil (020) 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’m very picky when it comes to Lip Liners! I rarely use or need one since I’m a self-proclaimed Lip Gloss junkie. But last winter, I wore it a lot all over my lips. The formula is sooooo good that I’m contemplating buying other colors. The only downfall is that it’s not a twist up!

Read my full review HERE


M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Camel Coat

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

My love for M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot is legendary but my transitioning to cruelty-free products means that I will no longer purchase these beloved pots and it really saddens me. I’ve always used Soft Ochre & Painterly as my eyeshadow base even if technically, these are regular cream shadows and in early 2017, I bought Camel Coat and OMG, it was love at first application. This colour is the perfect neutral muted beigy/fleshy tone that primes & mostly conceals discolourations on my eyelids. I’m praying that M.A.C (well Estee Lauder now) modify their policy regarding animal testings.


Hourglass AMBIENT Lighting Edit – Volume 3🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Superb is the only word I can think of to describe this Holiday 2017 Hourglass face palette. I use it every time I put makeup on. My goal is to finish it by the end of 2018 since without any doubt, I will buy the 2018 Holiday Edition. Hourglass makes hands down my favourite face finishing powders, bronzers & blushes (in the powder forms that is).

Read my full review HERE.


Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Pinkini, Mai Tai & Hibiskiss🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

With our harsh Canadian winters, lipsticks are not the best alternative for my super dry lips. I’m left using only colored balms that are very hydrating (but I don’t really mind with my eternal gloss infatuation). These Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy were so highly rated that I took a leap of faith and purchased their Holiday Kit. These are so good I now understand where the hype comes from. it doesn’t hurt that they also smell like cake batter! One other thing worth mentioning: the colors are really pigmented for balms.


What about your top 10 products of 2017!

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Disclaimer: All the products were purchased by MYSELF, except the Bite Beauty Lip Liner!