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Here in Maine we are having a dismal summer.  It rained 21 days in the month of June, and July is looking just as grim.  I am a true sun worshipper, which is difficult when living in a state where the days are short all winter, and the weather 5 months out of the year is so cold it makes it difficult to be scantily clad, baking out in the wondrous sun. I will admit, I love time in the tanning bed, but am extremely concerned with the aging effects the sun has on my skin. I usually use an SPF 30 on my face, especially when spending time in the tanning bed. So how to achieve the “all over” sun kissed glow (the face has to match the body), the answer is bronzer.  Not all bronzers are created alike, and some are downright orange, sparkly or otherwise just messy and gross. Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer was given to me to test during beach week, and I loved, loved LOVED it!

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Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. Using poisonous whiteners to create pale skin has been popular throughout history – particularly during the ancient Greek, Roman and Elizabethan eras. Women went to great lengths to preserve pallid skin, as a sign of their "refinement." In Western countries before the 1920s, dark skin was associated with serfdom and toiling in fields all day.  Women even went as far as to put lead-based cosmetics on their skin to artificially whiten their skin tone. However, when not strictly monitored these cosmetics caused lead poisoning. Light-skinned appearance was achieved in other ways, including the use of arsenic to whiten skin, and lightening powders. The preference for fair-skin continued until the end of the Victorian era.

Shortly thereafter, in the 1920s, fashion-designer Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburned while visiting the French Riviera. When she arrived home with a suntan, her fans apparently liked the look and started to adopt darker skin tones themselves. Tanned skin became a trend partly because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society. The photographs of her disembarking in Cannes set a new precedent of beauty; her friend Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucigne later said: "I think she may have invented sunbathing. At that time, she invented everything."

I love the way my skin looks when it is tan.  My complexion is clearer, and the cellulite on my butt and thighs is less noticeable.  However, that being said, there is no denying that frequent exposure to the sun leads to pre-mature aging.  My solution is to always wear an SPF, which definitely necessitates the use of a bronzer. I have my favorite, which took a moderate amount of time to find, so I was a little skeptical when given Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless. Some bronzers make your face orange like an Oopma Loompa. Or else they have so much shimmer and sparkle that they are only suitable for a night out at the club, not a day at the office.  

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  • Heather Gillespie
    Heather Gillespie says #
    Welp, I just added another product to my wish list lol. I had no idea this was matte as well! Fabulousness!
  • Jessica
    Jessica says #
    Yep! I love Too Faced
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If you’re still looking for the right face sunscreen for this spring/summer, I have another great option 04092013 Coola SPF 30 PRODUCT Sunscreen certified fabulousfor you! This one is a little different from last week in that it has very minimal fragrance (slight cucumber scent). Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 with an anti-aging formula has a line-smoothing matte finish that feels almost weightless. It’s airy, very breathable, fast absorbing, and non-greasy. It dries within seconds once you apply it, while still providing moisturizing benefits for your skin, making it easy to apply makeup directly afterwards! This antioxidant infused, mineral matte and organic sunscreen is also preservative free, so you can feel great about using it!

You can find Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 1.7fl oz for $36.00 / coolasuncare.com 

 

High organic matte sunscreen option:

Natura Bisse Ceutical Daily Defense Oil-Free Fluid SPF 30 75ml/2.5oz on Amazon for $99.74

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Hello Readers! I hope you are enjoyed the holiday season. I have yet another blog, about yet another lipstick. However, this lipstick is a trusted favorite of mine - a go to for various reasons and occasions. This lipstick is the Revlon Matte Lipstick Pink Pout. Although I do like other Revlon Matte shades, the Pink Pout is my favorite so far. 

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 What I love about this lipstick is both the color and the finish. The pink is a light shade, yet still a bold color choice, but I do not feel that it is overwhelmingly pink (which is good for me because I'm not usually one to wear pink). I wear this lipstick sometimes to my internship and often going out. It's a great go to lipstick; it isn't too bright but still adds a little pop of color to any outfit. I also really like the matte finish. I think if this were glossy it would be a bit too pink for me, but since this is matte it is this nice dewy pink. You can always add a gloss on top of the matte if you feel like changing it up! Another thing is that I always like the way the matte looks in pictures. Sometimes when I wear glossy lipstick, the shine with the flash can be a bit unflattering, but I've noticed with the matte my lipstick always looks more natural, rich, and chic. Now, I know you might be a bit worried about the matte being a really drying lipstick, but I feel like this Revlon Matte doesn't dry out my lips and I usually do a quick lip scrub (olive oil and sugar) before applying it just to make sure I get a clean finish. However, the lip scrub isn't always necessary.

All in all, this has been one of my favorite lipsticks for quite some time now, and I haven't found anything better to replace it. Added bonus, you can get Revlon lipsticks at local stores such as CVS and Target and it won't break your bank! 

So which do you prefer? Matte or glossy?

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