Sunday, 12 July 2015

My SPFs of choice!

I'm a pale girl, and I really embrace it. Sure some people look beautiful with a tan, but on me it just looks kind of off, so I let my inner goth take hold even in the summer months and keep myself smothered in SPF. In all seriousness sun damage ain't no joke, and I know that the UK is renowned for poor weather, but it really is heating up so even switching to a foundation or a moisturiser with SPF could pay you back in spades and I'm sure when I'm old and grey I won't want to look like the woman at the end of the Stupid Girls video. With my spiel out of the way, here are some SPFs which come Ali T approved.

A Base With An SPF - Nars' Tinted Moisturiser/Holika Holika Pure Cover BB
I have two base choices for you, at two ends of the price spectrum. Kicking off with Nars, not only is this a good summer base because it has a factor 30 in it, but it's perfect for that lighter summer base people tend to whack out in the summer months. It has a light coverage, leaves a skin like finish and blends in like a dream. It's quick, easy, and protects your skin! Next up, a slightly harder to find, but way cheaper alternative is Holika Holika's Pure Cover BB Cream - this also offers SPF30 but has a heavier coverage but still manages to feel weightless on the skin - this one is an absolute hero find! That all being said, Chanel have recently released a CC Cream with an SPF of 50, and I hear it has pretty decent coverage, although I have not tested it out for myself, if you want heavier coverage and a hefty whack of SPF that could be an option!

A Light Moisturiser - Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defence.
As it gets hotter I stop relying on my base alone to provide sun protection and introduce this babe into the mix. For an oily girl this is a great option, because as the title suggests the consistency is super light and it doesn't interrupt any make-up you put on top. It's a very simple product, with simple promises which it follows through with and I have no complaints. I've reviewed MAC's Prep & Prime offering before which you can read here, and am tempted to try out Benefit's Dream Screen all the while recently picking up Soap & Glory's Sunshield Superfluid to give a whirl.

The Easy Applicant - Garnier Ambre Soliare Dry Mist SPF50
Last year Garnier came out with a sun cream in an aerosol and I almost lost my shit. Sorry ozone layer, the ease of this was too enticing to ignore, and my theory is if it's a thin enough texture to spray through an aerosol, it'll be a nice texture on the skin, and I was right. You can really go to town whilst spraying it on, and then rub it in, or lightly spray it on for a top up which barely warrants a pat-in. A stroke of genius, if you ask me. One thing I will say is keep it out of direct sunlight, as no one wants a sun cream explosion whilst you're having a relaxing day at the beach.

The Limb Enhancer - La Roche-Posay AntheliosXL Comfort Protective Oil SPF50
If you want a little more than comprehensive cover from your sun screen, never fear this invisible oil from La Roche-Posay is here. Not only does this oil protect your skin, but it also keeps your skin moisturised and leaves your skin looking nice and supple all in one step! I think this is a great early evening top-up as you can flash your limbs and have them looking lovely and not be caught out by those last minute rays.

The Recharge - Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter in Lime Coolada
After a day of frolicking in the sun, your skin tends to feel a little hot and a little dry, so instead of turning to your standard body butter, why don't you turn to one that doubles up as an after sun too? Shout out to Hawaiian Tropic for not only creating such a thing but also making it lime scented - all the thumbs up from me.

The I Told You So - Biafine Emulsion
So you dropped the ball, you forgot your shoulders, you didn't put enough on your nose or indeed whatever the circumstance may be - you need the sweet release of unburnt skin. Here I present to you Biafine - all round skin miracle worker which helps bring your skin back from the brink of the fiery hell you succumbed it to. A tube of this isn't all that expensive and just something I think you should have in your household.

There's also a few honourable mentions I'd like to make in closing - don't be a dick and forget your lips - LRP do a great lip balm w/ SPF. I also have a bit of an SPF wishlist (I'm being deadly serious) The brand Coola do an SPF make-up setting spray which when I found out existed my mind almost exploded and I wanted to kiss on the mouth whoever came up with that bloody brilliant idea, it's on my shopping list for sure and I may pop it in my bag the next time I hit up Sephora, and last but not least I am in dire need of an eye cream with SPF in, seems like a no brainer to protect that delicate skin under your eyes but actually a lot of brands omit it from their formulations, I hear Kiehl's have a great option so I may be picking that up soon too!

That goth life is a struggle, but I'm dedicated and commited, wbu?

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