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Favorites: Things That Vibrate

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Ever since purchasing my first Clarisonic (I’m about ten years late on the trend), I am on a vibrating kick. Don’t read too far into this… I’m referring to vibrating tools for skin and body care (insert joke here). Let me try to explain myself better. I’m talking about beauty tools like a vibrating razor and, of course, the vibrating (or “oscillating” in beauty terms) mascaras that were the “it” thing a few seasons back. There’s something so soothing about a product that offers vibrations to your skin, teeth and lashes. It reminds me of a spa massage – but… not. More like a 10 dollar massage at the corner nail salon (where they pummel your shoulders and back with clenched fists). Either way, there’s no disputing that vibrations do lead to relaxation.

Here are my picks for beauty products and tools that vibrate:

1. Clarisonic $149.00 – Sure, the Clarisonic has been the clean-skin tool for years, but I was always a bit weary of using anything electrically charged on my skin. Well, I’ve changed my mind. It’s amazing how soft the Clarisonic can make my face – I think I’m actually seeing some of the sun spots fade, too (continuous cell turnover repairs skin). Love. Psst – I use the Mia 2 (2 speeds).

2. Venus Vibrance Razor $19.00 – I find shaving to be one of the most menial tasks on the planet. But the alternative (hairy legs) is simply not an option… so, I have to shave. The Vibrance actually made shaving (somewhat) entertaining as the vibrations gave me something to focus on. It gave me a very close shave, no nicks, and left my legs smoother than a leg wax. Sadly, the razor seems to be discontinued in the US of A, but you can still purchase from England here.

3. Lancome ÔSCILLATION Mascara $35.00 – I wasn’t a huge fan of the vibrating mascara wand when it was the must-have mascara on the market, and I’m still not sold on it. But if I had to choose my favorite oscillating mascara, I’d definitely go with Lancome. The mascara formula is one of the best on the market and, for some, the oscillations really do make their lashes longer and thicker. For others (like me), the vibration makes it more difficult to apply.

4. Crest SpinBrush Pro Clean Battery Power Toothbrush $9.99- Vibrating toothbrushes aren’t a new thing, but for those not willing to make the pricey investment on an electronic one (like this), the Crest battery-operated toothbrush is a great and affordable alternative. I like how you don’t have to be committed long-term – you can use it for a few months, then toss it when the bristles weaken. For some reason, vibrations on the teeth make for a better clean… period.

5. Lancome ÔSCILLATION Power Foundation ($48.00) – 7000 micro-vibrations per minute blend this mineral foundation powder into your skin for an airbrushed look. While the vibrating powder applicators never really took off, Lancome’s Power Foundation is a promising attempt. It’s a bit harder to apply then your average powder brush, but if you are able to manage, it gives the face a more even complexion.

*image – Orange Vibrations painting by Jacqueline Lorenzo ($900.00 here)

FAVORITES: The Bold Day Lip

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There’s nothing like a little color to make your face smile. And, considering that we’re officially into fall territory (although this 80 degree NYC weather could have you fooled), a pop of bold is sure to brighten even the most bleak and grey of days.

That’s why I’m currently obsessing over the bold lip — even for day wear! Yes, the bold lip has mostly been associated with your night looks – party, clubbing or a black tie affair – but I’m ready to take it to the streets (during sunlight hours, of course).

Here’s the trick – the bold day lip should be more of a tint/ stain or a creamy gloss. Stay away from the seriously pigmented lipsticks. While the color choice is up to you – red, coral, pink –  use a more sedated variation of your preferred hue and make sure that you can control the boldness. For unwanted color, pat your lips down with tissue. For more color, layer away with additional tint, stain or creamy gloss. Your lip will still be bold, but never overBOLD.

TIP: Wearing a bold lip means you are choosing to focus your makeup look on your mouth. Keep eyes and skin simple. Perhaps, a few coats of mascara and tinted moisturizer for coverage. THAT’S IT!

Here are a few of my favorite day colors for the bold lip look:

1 – Benefit Posietint – Benefit makes some amazing stains with staying power. This poppy tinted lip stain will give you the coral color your crave without the shock value of a full-out coral lipstick. If your lips look too parched with just the stain, layer with a sheer coral gloss like Dior Addict Lip Polish in Glow Expert, a sheer light coral hue.

2 – Jouer Tint in Amaryllis – I initially used this color for my cheeks, then recently started using on my lips. It’s fab! The perfect color and consistency of a creamy coral with a splash of red that gives lips the boldness without the crazy brightness.

3 – Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain in Lust – I am so obsessed with Tarte’s lip stains, I think I’ve hit up every color in the range! Lust is a classic red, but ti’s consistency – part stain, part sheen – let’s it be a perfectly acceptable day bold. Plus, you can control the boldness depending on how many times you layer it on your lips.

4 – Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Scarlet – This is a deep red, Old Hollywood Glam, hue and I’m digging rocking it during day light hours. It’s a great stain because you can apply with your fingers, it doesn’t move at all, yet still gives your lips some serious color (more of a sheen color, however). I use a very little, and I pat on lightly. Make no mistakes, even with the tiniest pat, your lips will still be unmistakably red.

5 – Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain in Amused – I’m a huge fan of the fuchsia lip. With so many variation of hot pink – fluorescent, matte, bright, etc – it’s like a game of try and repeat until you find the perfect shade. Once again, Tarte’s amazing lip stain wins the honors. Part stain, part sheen, this hot pink is definitely bold, but the brightness is controlled by how many layers you choose to apply. A single layer provides just a hint, a few more gives you a sheen hot pink lip. Perfect to get your day lip on.

Acceptable places to wear the day bold lip: the office, lunch with a friend ala ladies who lunch, carpool…

Unacceptable places to wear the day bold lip: a business meeting (use at your discretion), a somber event (may be too happy of a hue), first time you meet his parents (could send the wrong message)…

Are YOU feeling the bold day lip?

FAVORITES: Bronzers for Fall

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It’s just about that time of year when my skin starts looking dull, lifeless and lackluster. The summer tan fades (a nice golden hue without the sun damage thanks to my SPF, naturally) and the pre-winter paleness sets in.

That’s why I am such a fan of bronzers! I use a bronzer year-round but it’s even more crucial to my makeup routine come fall and winter. Let’s face it, we all look healthier with a bit of bronze.

These are a few of my favorite bronzers this fall:

1 – Clinique Face Bronzing Gel Tint – This isn’t a traditional powder bronzer, but it bronzes just the same. And I LOVE that you can mix it into your foundation or tinted moisturizer for one quick cover-up/ golden glow step. Plus, it doesn’t streak, offers up a fabulous sun-kissed hue that turns my skin from lifeless to vibrant. P.S. It washes off with soap and water! $26.98

2 – Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – Again, not your traditional powder bronzer. This is an actual base that offers a hint of matte golden hue. It’s a creamy-gel that you can apply with your fingers. It goes on rather light (with a thin layer), so you can build to the color that you choose. I love how, again, this takes the place of a foundation (although you can add a bit of foundation over it for an even more flawless finish, as the gel somewhat stains your skin underneath). $48.00

3 – Dior Bronze Matt Sunshine SPF 20 – I love the totally matte consistency of this powder. It gives me color without the shine and glitter. And you can choose between 4 shades for your perfect sun-kissed hue. Ranges from a healthy matte (light) to a spicy matte (Island Getaway tan). Also, contains SPF – even in the sleet and snow, the sun can rear it’s wrinkled little head. Protect! $42.00

4 – MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Anyone who has used Skinfinish knows how velvety the powder feels and looks on the face. I love the range of colors (I’m using Give Me Sun! which is a medium sun-kissed shade (perhaps, a California tan). The powder is matte so the color is powerfully pigmented but still quite natural (no sparkles!). $27.00

5 – Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Hotel Heiress – I cannot write a bronzer round-up without mentioning my longtime favorite. The color is literally the perfect shade of suntan and, for the sparkle obsessed, you’ll be happy to know that the powder contains a hint of shimmer (but it’s definitely not overboard – more of a glowy glisten). $29.00

Have a favorite bronzer?
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FAVORITES: Rosy Cheeks

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Rosy cheeks are having a moment. And I’m having a moment with rosy cheeks. Ever since the sunshine turned into grey skies and rainfall, my skin has been looking quite lackluster. Sure, a bronzer spices things up, but just the right amount of rosy flush is the perfect remedy for a sallow complexion. And a rosy cheek will never go out of style, it’s universally great on all skin tones (darker rose for darker skin), and it translates from season to season.

Here are a few of my favorite rosy blushes:

1- RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Modest (pictured) for paler skin tones and Illusive for darker tones – A cream blush; I apply this with my fingers by dabbing it on to the apples of my cheeks. It’s quite sheer but you can build the color by applying more. Also, works as a lip color. $36.00

2 – Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride – the plumy rose powdered hue is very pigmented, therefor a little goes a long way. I am obsessed with these blushes – they really do stay on all day! $25.00

3 – Vapour Organics Aura Multi-Use Blush Classic in Courtesan – A classic rose cream blush offered on a stick! So fun and easy to apply – a few swipes, a quick blend, and you’re good to go. Also works for eyes and lips. The color is a sheer, bright rosy pink. $28.00

4 – Jouer Tint in Petal, a subtle rose, for lighter tones and Dahlia, a deeper magenta rose, (pictured) for darker tones – These tints are creamy yet surprisingly sheer. I apply with a brush for a fabulous air-brushed look. The colors are universally flattering and the tints can be used on lips too! $20.00

5 – *Drugstore Pick* – in Pink Rose – A pigmented pale pink powder blush that blends into a natural rosy, flirty cheek. Use with a big blush brush for an even application, not the brush that accompanies the compact. $4.73

TIP: When applying a cream blush, you can do so with fingers or a blush brush (this gives it a more air-brushed effect). To make the shade pop even more, try layering a cream blush with a powder blush over it. Blush will stay put all day and your cheeks will smile with gratitude!

Favorites: NY Spring Fashion Week 2012 Beauty Looks Part 2

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Now that NYFW Spring 2012 is officially over, it’s time to reminisce on our favorite hair and makeup looks from the second half of the week. Runways were sporting everything from Country Barbie-inspired hair to Amy Winehouse-inspired lids.

MAKEUP TREND – We tended to see a lot of strong brows and glowing, dewy skin.

HAIR TREND – We still see that greasy, unwashed hair trend and a variety of ponytails take center stage for ‘do of the season.

Daryl K, the face – Uzo, the NARS International Lead Makeup Artist, opted for strong brows, contoured cheeks, glowing skin and natural lips. The makeup is minimal save for the blush which is very important to this look. It’s prevalent without being overpowering, but it adds a nice feminine touch.

Definitely wearable and easy to achieve.

Marc Jacobs, the face – The fabulous Francois Nars of Nars painted the faces of the girls (he is responsible for the Marc Jacobs makeup every season) with the inspiration of Amy Winehouse, Patsy Klein and Cowboy Kate. Focal point is on the eyes: major lashes and liner. In fact, the face is free of blush and the lips are left nude. It really does remind me of a cleaned up Amy Winehouse.

Wearable, perhaps not very Spring-like.

Reed Krakoff, the hair – Guido, Redken Creative Consultant constructed a lose, low, feminine pony. It frames the face, giving it a soft feel. Hair is beautifully straight, shiny and healthy. By securing the pony with a leather tie and allowing the front pieces to fall around the face, the look is updated.

Very wearable, very easy, very Spring.

Jeremy Scott, the hair – Wella Professionals’ Global Creative Director, Eugene Soulieman created quite the ‘do. Inspired by “Country Barbie,” the style is really two looks in one. First, there are the pigtails – both girlie and cute. Second, there is the high buffont in the front, adding a bit of elderly Western sass. I’m quite into the big hair and the Barbie reference (although I’d only wear it on Halloween or to a western-themed party!).

Not wearable but very creative and fun.

L’Wren Scott, the face – Lancôme’s Artistic Director for Makeup Aaron De Mey opted for the shimmering bronzed complexion with hints of bronze on lips and eyes and bronzed, contoured cheeks. This is sure to be a trend come Spring 2012. It’s more than sun kissed, this face has the look of a golden glow. I’m also digging the thick and shapely strong brows. A few very important Spring trends on this face.

Wearable and beautiful.

The Blonds, the face – I am obsessed with this face although it is totally unwearable. Kabuki for MAC really played up the eyes and eyeliner. He said it is a bit Raquel Welch, a Ursula Andress and Barbara Eden. It’s a strong, feminine look that pays homage to past sex symbols by over accentuating the eyes with a flirty and seductive cat eye.

Unwearable but inspiring.

Oscar de la Renta, the face – One of my favorite looks from the second half of fashion week, this face is very Spring-esque, feminine, a bit flirty and very romantic. Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, gives us the perfect, pretty Spring face, suitable for a walk through the fields (what fields? I’m daydreaming of strawberry fields…). Cheeks are rosy, skin is dewy, lips are natural. The entire face uses a pastel color palette (peach and nudes) while playing up that no-makeup-makeup look.

Very wearable and tres Spring.

What were your favorite beauty looks from NYFW Spring 2012?

Favorites: NY Spring Fashion Week 2012 Beauty Looks Part 1

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NY Spring 2012 fashion week is officially underway and while we aren’t yet half done with the collections, I’m already getting giddy over Spring’s beauty trends. From a contemporary twist to a greasy eye, here are a few of my favorite Spring runway looks (so far…).

TREND WATCH: for makeup, looks are either very natural and pretty or more glam-rock with a focus on a dark eye and nude lips. A few instances saw a Spring favorite, the bold, colorful lip.

TREND WATCH: for hair, styles are either grungy with a bit of 90’s influence or pretty and flowing.

Alexander Wang, the face – Diane Kendal of MAC is responsible for the look that she refers to as “urban nineties…”. A dark, smudgy eye and natural lip. Downtown sexy meets grunge. (I could have lived without the dripping wet hair – it somehow reminded me of a really oily, unwashed, uber-grunge ‘do).

Makeup is wearable if you’re looking for heroin-chic.

 

Mara Hoffman, the face – Lottie for Make Up For Ever created a strong brow, contoured face, glow on eyes and complexion and a greasy black eye liner again, with light lips (in this case, more of a sheer coral/peach).

Definitely wearable. LOVE the shiny, gilded eye.

Preen, the hair – Paul Hanlon for Aveda created a modern, clean twist “The hair is pure and neat – it almost has a forties feel.” Really interesting and pretty style choice instead of a pony or chignon.

Wearable, but rather hard to do on your own.

Joseph Altuzarra, the hair – Frederic Fekkai Lead Stylist, Paul Hanlon, went with a “relaxed, 90’s grunge-look,” although hair seems pencil-straight and polished to me. I love the intensely exaggerated side-part and the bang area which seems to fall along half of the face. Sexy in a slightly masculine way. (Side note: the dark, arched brow and clean, bare skin is rather shocking and somewhat glamorous, but hard to pull off in the real world).

Wearable and easy to achieve.

The Row, the face – Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director, decided on a natural and effortless look. He describes it as “what any woman would want to look like when she wakes up in the morning.” True, that. Loving the light, rosy pink lip – a simple flush of color that reminds me of Spring hues. This, to me, is the most “Spring” look – very clean and fresh.

Definitely wearable and incredibly easy to achieve.

Doo.Ri, the face – MAC’s Tom Pecheux created a golden goddess look with a range of tonal golds. From the glowing golden skin, to the glowing golden eyes, to the muted lip (with a hint of gold), everything seems very healthy and feminine with a slight exaggeration on natural.

Wearable and I’ll definitely be wearing it come spring/ summer.

Luca Luca, the face – Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, created the quintessential Spring look – and angelic, natural eye and a bold lip (in this case, hues of berry and strong pinks). I adore the feminine “prettiness’ of this face.

Wearable and extremely spring-appropriate.

Any looks you’re loving from the runways?


Let us know!

FAVORITES: Labor Day Lusts

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The final weekend of summer is upon us. What to pack, where to go, what to wear. Oh, the questions! I’d imagine you’ll want one last weekend of sun, preferably by a body of water (the beach sounds quite nice), pack minimal – the less clothes, the better. Bikinis and sarongs and a nice wedge is just about all you need.

When it comes to hair and makeup, it’s a last hurrah for summer trends.

Let’s re-explore our favorites (click on the trend for a recap):

The Coral Trend – Coral color for eyes, lips and cheeks

Orange Lips – Orange replaces Red as the lip for summer

Beachy Waves – Beach-chic hair was all the rage in and out of the ocean

And now, our favorite Labor Day Lust products that should be in everyone’s beauty bag come the weekend (bbq or beach bonfire!).

1 – A coral blush – to add a kick of color to your kick ass tan (and a final tribute to summer). Try Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint  – it’s a cheek AND lip stain that stays in place despite the final days of heat!

2 – Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair – Everyone needs the final days of summer to be spent with some rocking waves (in your locks). This beachy wave spray is my new favorite for just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean-hair all day (and night) long.

3 – Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 – A powder to keep oil at bay + a suitable face SPF to keep wrinkles and sun damage away? NICE! Brush is attached, so perfect for on-the-go. A flawless complexion is a must for every season! Also comes in a bronzing formula for some added golden color.

4 – Hydrating Lippy with SPF – I’m into the Fresh Sugar lippies. I find them to be incredibly moisturizing while adding a hint of color and a sun protector of 15. I use them at the beach, by the pool and by the fire pit! I love the Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment in a berry hue, but they also come in a clear, nude, rose and red.

5 – Waterproof Eyeliner – While summer is about natural beauty, I always believe that the focal point should be the eyes. We’ve spent posts upon posts discussing lashes and mascara, so here’s one on eyeliner. For summer, opt for a lighter shade (grey, brown, or army green as opposed to black) and line the inner bottom lid and the top outer lid and gently smudge for a natural smoky eye. It’ll enhance your own eye color while giving you a bit of added drama. DON’T OVERDUE! Smudge lightly (and gently – you don’t want to smudge wrinkles into your eyes!). Try Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner – it even has a smudger built in on the opposite side! Summer happy colors are: Bronze, brown, charcoal and olive.

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY!

FAVORITES: Lashes

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Lashes are a ladies rite of passage. Seriously. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are certain casualties of being a woman (that time of month, hormones, child birth, cramps, etc) and then there are the joys – a great stiletto, a volumized blow out, and the perfect mascara.

Lashes really make the eye. Be it a smoky eye, a cat eye or a bare eye, add mascara, and voila, you just went from average to bad ass. Picking the correct mascara is a trial and error process. Like the perfect stiletto, you must try it on for size, fit and comfort. I suggest going into a Sephora or department store and actually testing the different options. Don’t order online unless you are REORDERING or you know exactly what you want!

I’m not a fan of any of the lash growth serums. I find that while they may make your lashes grow, they inevitably do strange things to your eyes (like change the shape and color).

SO, if your lashes are never quite as long, thick and glamorous as you’d like them to be, there’s always the falsies. These days, companies are making it so easy and affordable to wear false lashes.

Here are my personal favorite products for the perfect lashes:

1 – CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara – My must-have drugstore mascara, tried and approved. I love how it separates, volumizes and thickens my lashes. $7.00

2 – Dior ‘Diorshow Extase’ Mascara – For high end, this is my mascara of choice. It plumps volumizes and defines lashes to the extreme. $28.00

3 – Tweezerman Folding Lashcomb – Any eyelash comb will do as long as it has metal teeth. I like this one because it really gets into the lashes and separates and declumps each individual hair. As you can tell, I’m really into separation! $9.50

4 – Ardell Lashes – I just got into falsies recently. They are so fun if you are having a night on the town. I learned about Ardell through an interview I did with Katy Perry (she love, love, loves these). They are so affordable and quite effortless to put on (compared to most). I like the individuals, but you can also buy strips as well. They have so many types to choose from! Prices vary.

5 – Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – This cult favorite is a must-have for anyone obsessed with beautiful lashes. The design and precision gives lashes the perfect curl and everyone knows that a curled lash is always more flattering…! $19.00

What are your favorite LASH products?

Favorites… Summer Hair Products

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Summer is a time when hair doesn’t necessarily look it’s absolute best – but it should – cause you’re rocking a tan and feeling great! Factor in humidity, sun damage and chlorine, and hair can tend to be coarse, frizzy and even dull.

Here are my favorite summer hair products to have your hair in perfect beach-chic shape in no time!

1. A dry shampoo. Major necessity. I live for Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Extract. It takes the oil out of my scalp and gives me perfect second day hair. I use it constantly in the hot and sweaty summer months.

2. An awesome curling agent. Something with a natural beachy wave kick. Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist is a favorite, but is also great because it keeps frizzies at bay.

3. A Hair Mask is vital. Aveda makes one perfect for post sun. Sun Care After-Sun Hair Mask. It restores weakened hair Tamanu oil, shea butter, coconut  and palm oils and contains 100% certified organic essences of neroli, ylang ylang and citrus.

4. Hair Sun Protector. Like your skin, the sun can damage your hair as well. Especially, color-treated hair. Invest in a hair SPF. Try Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray Maximum Sun Protection Hair Sprays. It provides a UV filter, prevents color oxidation and preserves hair shine.

5. Frizz-free product. The humidity has a tendency to make hair puffy and frizzy. You’ll need an oil or serum to counteract. Try Ouidad Shine Glaze, a serum that smooths flyaways while adding sheen. Good-bye puff!

FAVORITES: Natural Sunscreens

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Summer is most definitely here (finally!) and I, for one, have gotten my first tan of the season. I, of course, applied SPF to both face and body and, in my current quest to switch to as many natural and organic products as possible, I used a natural sun block for the very first time: Alba’s Aloe Vanilla SUNBLOCK Mineral SPF 30. It was fabulous. Rich, super creamy with an incredibly fragrant vanilla smell. Not like those beachy, sunscreen smells we remember years (and tans) past. This was more like a lotion scent, something I could wear around for the day and not get nauseated by.

And it got me thinking – there must be tons of fabulous natural sunscreens on the market place… so I did some research. And there are.

Here, 5 great natural sunscreens for your tanning pleasure:

Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30This 100% natural, non-whitening formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps keep skin hydrated without using chemical sunscreen actives like octinoxate and oxybenzone. Instead, titanium dioxide, a naturally-occurring mineral creates a micro-fine barrier on your skin to reflect the sun’s harmful rays. $11.50

This hypoallergenic sun block is extra mild and safe for use on babies and sensitive adults. Enriched with Chamomile and Marigold Extracts, this sun block not only protects but soothes. No Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Waxes, Fragrance-Free and Paraben-Free. $14.99

Aveeno Natural Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 30contains MINERALBLOCK Technology with 100% naturally-sourced active ingredients, a more natural alternative. MINERALBLOCK Technology forms a protective barrier on top of baby’s skin that scatters both UVA and UVB rays. This oil-free, non-whitening formula is also fragrance-free, waterproof, and hypoallergenic. $10.99



Badger SPF 30+ Lightly Scented Lavender Sunscreen – Certified Natural & Chemical-FreeUncoated, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreen with Superior Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB Protection. Certified Organic ingredients, are naturally water resistant, safe for children of all ages, block both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturize while they protect you from the sun. $16.00

Alba Aloe Vanilla SUNBLOCK Mineral SPF 30Certified organic Aloe Vera and Chamomile moisturize and soothe skin. Grape Seed Oil, Tea Tree and Vitamin E provide antioxidant protection. Helps prevent sunburn with an effective, mineral-based, UVA & UVB broad-spectrum reflective barrier. $9.95

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