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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

LaSpa

“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

Ingredients:

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.

Pros: 

❃ 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.

Cons:

❃  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)

Ingredients:

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

Pros:

❃ 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.

Cons:

❃ 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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Beauty · Blogging

My Blogging Goals | 2018

My Blogging Goals | 2018

2017 was the worst of my 3 year blogging career (passion would be more appropriate). I had (and still have) health problems in my entourage – my mom and stepdad are dealing with serious illnesses (Brain Tumor, Skin cancer & Alzheimer) while personally, I’ve unfortunately been dealing with endometriosis/fibroids – I will have an operation early January and my continuing battle with insomnia. On top of that, add 2 plantar fasciitis just to make sure to finish me off. All in all, it’s easy to understand why I have been MIA for months in 2017.

That being said, my 2018 Blogging Goals are probably more realistic but in some way, BIGGER than they’ve ever been.

Grow

I’ve said it repeatedly, blogging will never be a career! I don’t care about numbers and becoming popular but still, I want to know where my passion will take me and for that, I need to be more efficient. Jeez, I’m still on a WordPress hosted platform. Early in 2018, I’ll move to a self-hosted blog! Siteground here I come…

Reach Brands

I’ve recently made a media kit to send to PR companies and brands I really want to feature and partner with on CurlySpringBlossom. I’m NOT and will never be interested in sponsored posts, just traditional reviews or giveaways.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Having spent a lot of time in the Dermatology/Oncology department with my stepdad for his ongoing battle with a Melanoma, it gave me a purpose: to share and educate as much as I can about the importance of protecting our skin. I want to talk about ingredients, review as many sunscreens as I can and if it saves one person from having this deadly disease, it will be worth the time and money I’ll put on these posts.

Have a Schedule

With my work, workouts, BeardMan and my family to care for, I’ve decided that 2 beauty posts per week should be the best posting schedule for me. If I have time, I’ll try to add a “Lifestyle” one on the weekends, and maybe some french ones too. More than that is unrealistic and I think consistency is key.

Be More Active on Social Medias

I will mostly focus my social media exposure on Instagram (Integrating Instagram Stories) and Pinterest. Twitter will serve for occasional purposes and Facebook will only be used for my actual blogging groups like Canadian Beauty Bloggers.

Become a Better Photographer

I LOVE photography to the point that if I discovered that passion earlier in life, I would have made it a career. It may be too late for a career but I want to master it and have fun doing it. My favorite subject is by far nature and outdoors, and if my feet could get better, BeardMan and I would even like to start vlogging on our best hiking experiences. That being said, I will probably invest some serious $$$ to add some critical equipments to my arsenal, but it’s worth it.

As you can see, I don’t have unrealistic goals when it comes to the blogging part of my life. If I reach every goals on this list, I’ll be very happy. I will take you along for the ride and try to share, in all honesty, the challenges faced along the way. I want to be as transparent as possible,  a voice to the blogging world, and share how much I’ve spent on blogging, my numbers, the brands I’ve reached and if at the end of the year I failed, you’ll know all about it. Nobody seems to talk about these subjects; it looks all glamour but I want to share what is going on behind the scene! Transitioning to cruelty-free have also been an heart warming choice and it’s been really fun to try new products. To be honest I should have been CF from the beginning. With all the great options out there, no animal should suffer for our vanity! I’ll try to inform the beauty world on CF alternatives without preaching or moralizing.

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