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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

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“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 · Drugstores · Reviews · Skin Care

Coppertone Clearly Sheer ❥ Summer Must-Haves

NEW Coppertone Clearly Sheer Review

Thanks to CBB (Canadian Beauty Blogger), I got to try the brand new Coppertone Clearly Sheer (SPF30) Sunscreen Spray. It’s hard to have an “Aaaaah” moment from a sunscreen but I surely did from this new formula. If you are anything like me, when it’s time to choose a body sunscreen, you grab the first one on sale at the drugstore and that’s about it. I’m way more peculiar selecting face sunscreens since they almost all break me out, but that’s another story… When you go for the randomly chosen product, you often end up smelling too much like « sunscreen » (I’m sure you know what I mean: like a bad coconut, a sour pineapple or a strange oily pina colada… ) and/or it takes so long to dry that going to the beach means that you will finish looking like a litter box.  This Coppertone Clearly Sheer is a game changer …

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What’s Not to LOVE :


NEW Coppertone Clearly Sheer Review

♥ Smell so good. It’s a very subtle flowery scent that is a far cry from the products we are used too; between you and me I kept smelling my arm! Nobody could ever say that you just sprayed yourself with sunscreen.

Note: My mom and sister already bought the product! I think they were so tired of hearing how good and great smelling this product is over and over again 🙂

♥ This stuff dries almost instantly. No more walking in your undies while it dries!

♥ Can be use on the face too *. I’m anxious to try their face formula, it’s not supposed to cause any breakouts.

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Note:* This kind of sprays should NEVER be applied directly to the face! Always put the product between your hands and apply gently to the face while avoiding the eyes and mouth.

♥ Affordable since it’s available in every drugstores, WalMart and some groceries.

Note: Scrolling the Coppertone website looking to buy their face sunscreen, I found a printable coupon for 1$ rebate (Just saying!!!)

There is nothing I don’t like about this sunscreen. I love it so much that I’ve never been so sun-protected in my life. I never forget to apply and reapply simply because it’s that great.

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On a personal note, I urge you to apply sunscreen every time you are exposed to the sun! Skin Cancer is real as 3 members of my immediate family have suffered from this awful but preventable disease! We all want to have a tan look in the summer but at what price. And for the first time, Coppertone delivers a product that smells like a fragrance, dries so fast that you can snap your fingers in a matter of seconds, and is good for body and face. 

I may sound like a salesperson but I encourage you to try this product as I’m certain you will love it.

Thanks CBB and Coppertone for making my days in the sun way more enjoyable.

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Makeup · Reviews

Clinique Acne Solutions BB cream -Review-

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I just returned this BB cream to Sephora but I HIGHLY recommend it . Confused??? Let me clarify this for you.

No matter what, even after exfoliation or heavy hydration, this Clinique BB cream clung to every dry spots even the ones I didn’t know I had. The result my face looked horrible …

When I first bought this product I thought I could get away with it having REAL combination skin not oily combination: NOPE! BUT if you have oily skin you will love this product. Why?

What it is :

A multitasking SPF cream for oily and acne-prone skins that feels weightless, conceals imperfections, and does not cause breakouts.

This product is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and 100 percent fragrance-free. It can be worn over moisturizer or alone.

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Lets look at this product more closely:

The very GOOD

♥ It didn’t break me out. (If you have acne prone skin, you know how hard it is to find a sunscreen that won’t cause a massive zits attack!)

♥ A High SPF of 40 (Perfect for summer)

♥ Dries almost instantly. It makes applying the rest of your makeup a breeze, no stickiness whatsoever – A rare fact.

♥ The light coverage is good and evens out my skin tone instantly (It’s totally buildable if you want more coverage)

♥ Although it is mattifying, you don’t end up looking “bla” (It’s not a total matte finish)

♥ The shine control is pretty good. (Not 12 hours as stated, more in the 8hr range)

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The NOT so GOOD

♥ It is very runny/watery in consistency. (You do have to shake the bottle good – NOT really a problem)

♥ It dries fast which can make it hard to blend. (I applied it with my fingers so I had no problems with it. Using a beauty blender you would loose to much product, a synthetic brush works nicely too).

♥ It’s a 1oz tiny bottle (It would have lasted for a month at best, that’s a bummer)

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Bottom Line

With the BIG exception of the product drying my skin like crazy, I love everything else about this product (Ok! The format could have been a little bit bigger). My skin felt like a baby’s butt and it gave me the right amount of coverage for this summer, and let’s not forget about the high SPF 40 protection. All and all, a very good BB Cream if you have OILY  and ACNE PRONE skin type, sadly it was not meant for me. (Unless dry flakey skin becomes a trend)😜

Note: I bought the LIGHT shade that was perfect for my skin but beware if you don’t like slightly pink undertone you might want to skip it!

Shades include Light, Medium Light, Medium 2, Medium Deep and Deep.

Don’t forget to ALWAYS put sunscreen my beauties.

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Disclosure:

All products in this post were purchased (and returned in this case) by me. All reviews are my 100% honest opinion.

Pricing & Availability:

I paid 39$CND (37$US). It’s easily found at  Sephora or at Clinique.