SuperGoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Review!

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Hi everyone! ¬†How was everyone’s weekend? I’m hoping it was good. ūüôā

On the posting schedule today is a quick review on the SuperGoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 which I received in July’s PopSugar Must Have Box. ¬†Let’s get to it.

Described as “an innovative three-in-one mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine, and refreshes your defense against photoaging UV rays with an uplifting scent of rosemary and mint.”

Pros 

Portable/Travel friendly

Sunscreen factor

Mattifying

Excellent concept

Cons

Rosemary and mint can be irritating for some individuals

Created a burning sensation on my face

Potential health hazard from inhalation of sunscreen

Nozzle doesn’t always spray product on evenly

Overall:¬†As much as I love the concept of this product- refreshing skin/makeup while providing essential SPF protection- it didn’t work for me. ¬†Every time I sprayed this product, my face has this uncomfortable burning/tingling sensation that lingered. ¬†Also, for most spray-on sunscreen formulations, it needs to be rubbed in for the full effect which is hard to do if you have a face full of makeup. ¬†There’s also the concern of potential health hazards with accidental inhalation of the product. I did find that this really kept the oily parts in my skin matte though. ¬†In the meantime, I take this with me to theme parks or when doing outdoor activities and use it on my body, making sure to hold my breath while applying. ¬†However, once it’s finished I will not be purchasing.

Have you tried this product?  What are your thoughts? 

Stephanie 

*Note: Stay tuned tomorrow for a special collaborative post on fall makeup looks using the Urban Decay Naked palettes! 

 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing July 2015!

PSMH July

Happy hump day everyone! ¬†July’s PopSugar Must Have box has arrived and if you haven’t heard of this it’s a monthly¬†box whose items range from fashion, beauty, home, fitness and food, making it a well rounded subscription box. ¬†Subscription plans start at $39.95,¬†all items are full size and are valued at over $100. Curious to see what was included? ¬†Keep reading!

The inspiration behind this months box.

July PS Insp

On to the box.

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PopDental Portable Toothbrush, $19.99

A portable electric toothbrush that, “delivers 22,000 brush strokes per minute.” A great and practical item.

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit, $28

A water-resistant, sturdy and stylish pouch to store all of your travel/on-the go necessities. ¬†Also included is a 20% coupon to use on the Henri Bendel website. ¬†Don’t mind if I do. ūüôā

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $28

Excited to try this skincare goody! ¬†It’s a mist that, “delivers SPF 50 protection, sets your morning makeup and controls oil and shine, giving your skin a flawless matte finish.” *Note: I’ll still recommend wearing your normal sunscreen underneath to ensure adequate protection.
PSMH 1Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes, $5.99

Great to have makeup wipes handy as prelude to help remove the day’s toll on your face.

The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar, Chocolate Berry, $1.99

A protein bar that has blueberries, cherries, dark chocolate chunks (yum!) and roasted chickpeas instead of nuts. ¬†“Lower in fat and calories, it’s entirely vegan, non-GMO, and gluten free.”

Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards, $14.97+

Considered a ‘special extra’, this set includes cards to cover any special occasion, whether it be a wedding, birthday or just because. ¬†Each are individually wrapped in plastic to keep them protected and they truly are beautiful. ¬†Below is the wedding one.

Wedding Card

Sorial Card Case, $28

A chic alternative to a wallet that’s perfect for a night out, there’s, “plenty of space to hold your ID, credit cards and some cash.”

Overall, I am happy with the box as it has practical and travel friendly items. ūüôā

What are your thoughts on the box?

Stephanie

 

 

July Birchbox Unboxing!

Birchbox July

Hi everyone! ¬†Hope your weekend was great. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Today’s post will be a quick run through of ¬†July’s Birchbox with my first impressions so let’s get to it!

Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub

This milky white scrub utilizes bamboo, tiny ¬†jojoba beads and apple enzymes to exfoliate. ¬†Compared to the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, this feels more gentle and hydrating. ¬†According to the instructions, this can be used as a mask and left on for 1-3 minutes. ¬†So far I like it. ¬†Haven’t noticed any dramatic effects but it leaves skin smoother. *Note: this has cinnamon, clove and ginger extract so it may be a bit stimulating for sensitive skin. ¬†Always conduct a patch test.

Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray 

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ll know I really love this spray and I was excited this was featured in July’s box. ¬†It’s a smaller sample than the purse size option but is enough to give you a feel for the product. ¬†I love using this product when I use a curling wand to curl my hair as it sets the style, adds texture without a sticky or stiff feel and smells ah-mazing.

Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 

Love that a sunscreen was included in this box as it’s essential for skin health. ¬†Like the name implies, this feels like a serum which is so light-weight and absorbs quickly into the skin. ¬†It’s a chemical based sunscreen which you can read about here. Definitely an easy sunscreen to work with underneath makeup as it doesn’t pill. ¬†Best part? ¬†Toss it in your bag to carry with you on the go or if it irritates your skin, try using it as hand sunscreen protection when you’re driving. Yes, our hands and body need protection too!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella 

I call this lipstick my ‘sitting pretty’ lipstick. ¬†You know how you have those high heels that are so beautiful to look at but killer to wear so you use them only when you’re not going to be walking much? Well, the same concept applies to this lipstick. ¬†It is a gorgeous, bright pink color that provides intense (and I mean intense) color in one stroke. ¬†It does stain lips but it tends to move and transfers so if you’re planning on going out to eat while using this or are wearing white, I’d skip this or a least, use caution. Removing it with an oil based makeup remover works best.

theBalm cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush 

I was surprised by how tiny this ¬†sample is-a little bigger than my thumb. ¬†You’re still able to pick up enough product with your brush but it takes a bit more effort. ¬†The consistency is creamy and blends nicely but I think this is more bronzer than blush. ¬†You can use this as blush-I love using bronzer as blush- but compared to the Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer, which has a lot more pink undertones, this one is a dusty rose shade that leans more towards tan. ¬†Makes a great pick for summer.

JB Swatches

L-R: Bronzer/Blush and Bella

That’s it for today!

What did you think of this month’s Birchbox?¬†

Stephanie