Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ombrelle Sunscreen/Sunblock Complete Lotion SPF 60 Review

If you know me you'll know that I'm a big sunscreen/sunblock advocate. Why not spend 5 minutes slathering a bit all over your body before going out into the sun? It's worth it to protect yourself from the UV rays (which can cause sunburn, melanoma and skin aging). I've been using Ombrelle sunscreens for a few years now and have tried several of their products. In my humble opinion not every Ombrelle sunscreen product I've tried is worth a repurchase, but a few are.

First up is Ombrelle Complete Lotion SPF 60. It is my understanding that as long as you're using at least SPF 30 and reapplying adequately you'll be sufficiently protected. I simply use 60 because it sounds more impressive.

This lotion is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, colorant free, moisturizing and contains antioxidants. It also uses Mexoryl Technology to provide UVA-UVB photostable protection (read more about Mexoryl here).

This product claims to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, moisturize the body and face, have a non-greasy light texture, be fast-absorbing, and leave skin soft and comfortable.

The directions state to apply a palmful of lotion all over an adult sized body 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming, washing, towel drying or sweating heavily.  That is an important piece of information some people tend to forget about when using sunscreen products.

Yesterday, I applied Ombrelle Complete Lotion SPF 60 all over my body and then drove to the beach 25 minutes away. I purposely left the middle of my back (where I could not reach without help) sunscreen free to compare. I was in direct sunlight with a UV index of 9 (very high) for approximately 1.5 hours and only got a sunburn on the middle of my back. I was very happy with the amount of protection this sunscreen provided!

I do feel as though this sunscreen lotion also moisturized my skin (my hands didn't dry out while applying it like they often do with other brands of sunscreen), the texture was light and did not make my body feel greasy, however I have yet to find a "non-greasy" sunscreen that does the same for my face. It absorbed just as quickly as any other "fast-absorbing" sunscreen and certainly left my skin feeling soft and comfortable.

Overall, I am very pleased with this sunscreen lotion and will continue to repurchase it. If any of you are looking to try a new sunscreen and haven't tried Ombrelle Complete Lotion SPF 60, I recommend you do!

Thank you for reading this review! Keep an eye out for more Ombrelle sunscreen reviews over the next few weeks.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Accent Nail Pedicure

Hello again! I am currently sporting the pedicure pictured below, which I achieved by using my two newest and current favourite polishes. The light blue is Nicole by OPI Stand By Your Manny from the Modern Family Collection and the accent nail is Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams from the Selena Gomez Collection (over top of SBYM). I'm loving this combo for spring/summer!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lush Dark Angels

Hello everyone, long time no see! I went into Lush today to purchase some Ocean Salt, but ended up walking out with this vegan facial cleanser instead! The sales woman told me that it's very effective against blackheads (which is the main skin problem I'm dealing with right now).

Like I stated above, Dark Angels is a vegan facial cleanser that retails for $12.95 CAD per 100 grams and $31.95 CAD per 250 grams. Lush describes it as a "velvety black sugar cleanser" that is "ideal for young skin" and states on their website that it's "gentle exfoliation" will "liven up" the skin. 

I personally loved this cleanser. I decided to use it as a mask instead though. I put a small amount of the product in my hand and mixed it into a paste with some water before applying all over my face. I left it on for 30 minutes and then gently washed it off and patted my skin dry. 

While the product was on my face I experienced a pleasant cooling sensation and after washing it off my skin was extremely soft. Dark Angels also appeared to rid my pores of a small fraction of the dirt trapped inside them. My assumption here is that there will be a noticeable difference in my pores after several uses. It also did a splendid job of absorbing the oil on my face, which I appreciated. 

To summarize, I think that the black sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant, the charcoal did an excellent job of sopping up oil and the avocado oil moisturized my skin. I felt an immediate difference after using Dark Angels and I have a feeling that this is going to become a new staple in my skincare routine!

For a full list of ingredients and a bit more information on the features of Dark Angels, please click here. Below are two videos that show you how to use this product and how Lush makes it.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hello everyone! Today I've got a Valentine's Day themed manicure to share with you. A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through the nails tag on tumblr and I saw a photo tutorial for Valentine's Day nails. Needless to say I really liked it and wanted to try it for myself. I have no idea who created the tutorial, so if any of you do, please let me know so I can link the source to the photo!

This is the photo I came accross. As you can see, to create this look you start of with painting your nails a solid Valentine's Day related color. After it dries, use paper hole reinforcements to mimic the shape of the top of a heart and paint the uncovered portion of your nail another Valentine's Day related color. To finish it off, repeat the process again.

The photo below this paragraph is my attempt. Definitely not perfect, but I like the effect the pattern has and am looking forward to trying again in the future! The colors I used (From lightest to darkest) are OPI Pink-ing of You, OPI Elephantastic Pink and OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y?

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life

Happy February everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the month yesterday. Today I've got a Nicole by OPI polish to show you that can be worn over top of any color polish for a cute and simple Valentine's Day manicure. Nicole by OPI Love Your Life is a clear base polish with a bunch of small iridescent glitter. Also suspended in the base are larger heart shaped pieces of  pale pink glitter. I'm wearing Love your Life over OPI We'll Always Have Paris. 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Nicole by OPI Shoot For The Maroon

Hello everyone! Today I've got a swatch of a gorgeous Nicole by OPI polish. Shoot For The Maroon was one of last year's spring releases, but I recently picked it up because I wanted a maroon colored polish to wear to a concert in February (Can anyone guess who I'm seeing?). Anyway Nicole by OPI Shoot For The Maroon is filled with gold an purple micro glitter. Application was flawless and it dried extremely quick, definitely glad I picked this polish up!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bright Orange & Purple Gradient

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! Today I decided to try out another gradient combination. Since I've been wearing a lot of dark polishes lately, I went with a bright orange and purple combination. First, after applying my base coat, I added two coats of Finger Paints Iconic Orange. Then, using a sponge, I created the gradient effect with Finger Paints Pop Art Purple. After finishing off with a top coat, it looks like this:

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