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  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

    Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

    I prefer the lotion version of this sunscreen

    This sunscreen in cream version is what I purchased initially before learning there was a "lotion" version of the same brand which is what I prefer. The pros: Protects from both UVA/UVB rays, very water/sweat resistant, non irritating, moisturizing and doesn't cause me to break out. Cons: Feels to heavy on the face and a bit hard to blend. Upon finding out there was a lotion version, I gave this one to my mom and bought the lotion one for myself which, to me, is much better consistency wise because it's much more liquid and easier to blend. Both versions dry to a semi-matte finish and both contain the same amount of sun protection ingredients. If you have dry skin, this might be a more suitable option than the lotion version because this is a bit more moisturizing but for me, I prefer a "drier"and lighter consistency.

    July 17, 2008

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion N SPF 60

    Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion N SPF 60

    My favorite, everyday sunscreen

    As a physically active individual who runs and surfs, it's imperative that I wear a sunscreen during my activities to protect me from the damaging uv rays, especially while I'm in the water. I searched high and low for a sunscreen that not only protects against both UVA and UVB rays, but is also water/sweat resistant, not heavy, not shiny, not oily and doesn't cause me to break out. This sunscreen is exactly what I was looking for. I live in Hawaii where the sun is intense all yr round but this sunscreen is the only product I've used that actually prevents me from tanning...a big plus for me since tanning is evidence that UV rays are still getting thru. The active ingredient in this is zinc oxide, which is a physical UVA blocker and Octinoxate, which is a UVB blocker. I initially purchased the cream version but found it was a bit too heavy for my liking so I gave that to my mom and got me the lotion version which is a bit more liquid and lighter weight. Application and blending is much easier with the lotion version which dries to a semi-matte finish. As a bonus, it's great to wear under makeup as a primer. The only "slight" issue I have with it is it's extremely hard to wash off and you have to use a separate oil based cleanser to remove it completely off your skin..but that's the whole point of it being "very water resistant". At $37, it's not cheap and since I use it every single day, it can get expensive quickly but for me, this is THE perfect sunscreen.

    July 17, 2008

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Eye Shadow Pan

    Stila Eye Shadow Pan

    Good texture

    I only have one color of the Stila eyeshadow so far and it's called "Ray", a shimmery bronzy -orange color. Looks great with my skin tone and I wear it almost every day. On my somewhat oily lids, wearing this shadow without primer lasts about 5 hrs and with primer it lasts almost all day. I like the texture of this eyeshadow and it's very easy to blend. I'm planning on purchasing more colors from this brand this coming weekend,.

    July 16, 2008

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • the Balm Stainiac Tinted Gel Blush

    I've been looking for a stain that has an orange undertone to it because it's the most flattering for my skin tone and I finally found it. I bought two different colors: "Prom Queen" and "Homecoming Queen". Since my skin tone is medium with yellow undertones, Prom Queen looks coral red on my lips and Homecoming Queen looks peachy coral which is exactly what I wanted for everyday wear. This stain is a gel and doesn't dry as fast as the liquid stains like Benefit's Benetint so it gives you a bit more time to blend. I only use it on my lips, not on my cheeks. You can layer it for more intensified color if you so desire. On my lips, it lasts about 7 hours but oily foods take it right out. At the end of the day, I have to reapply but I find there's still a little bit of color left on my lips even after 6-7 hrs. I use chapstick over it for added moisture.

    July 4, 2008

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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