Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2015

WOOHOO ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ANNUAL ITEMS IS HERE!!!

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Yes.  I really am THAT excited about sunscreen.  :D :D :D  (Also, Sephora is doing a really neat Sunscreen campaign this summer!  They recommend all sorts of different ones for different preferences. It’s pretty neat, I think)

From the Sephora Description:

What it is:
A hand-picked 16-piece set featuring SPF and self-tanning products to keep you protected from head to toe, plus a hot pink, beach-friendly, reusable travel bag.

What it is formulated to do:
Sephora and The Skin Cancer Foundation are proud to unveil its ninth edition of the Sun Safety Kit. The highly anticipated collection features an array of powerful SPF products in different formats to protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays along with safe self-tanning essentials for a beautiful, sunless, golden glow. The all-in-one BB and CC creams perfect the appearance of skin while protecting from the sun and environmental factors while Fresh’s cult-favorite Sugar Lip Treatment nourishes, protects, and plumps the look of lips. These hand-picked favorites will protect your face, lips, and body all summer long—with no greasy mess, no white residue, and no unpleasant smell—just Sun Safety.

This set contains:
– 0.2 oz AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30
– 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50
– 0.5 oz Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium
– 0.25 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
– 0.17 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
– 0.08 oz Fresh® Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
– 0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
– 0.34 oz Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.17 oz Murad® Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.1 oz Ole Henriksen total truth™ eye crème SPF 15
– 0.5 oz Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen
– Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30
– 0.6 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
– 1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium
– 0.34 oz Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
– 0.34 oz Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
– Travel bag

What else you need to know:
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer found in the United States and is also one of the most preventable. Help others become aware of this growing problem while defending yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. Best yet, $20 of each kit will benefit The Skin Cancer Foundation.

 

What do you guys think?  There are a few repeats from last year’s Sun Safety Kit but I’d say that the majority of items are new for 2015.  I’m most excited for the AmorePacific item (AMOREPACIFIC *drool*), the Supergoop! serum (sunscreen serum?  that’s pretty interesting), and the Vita Liberata dry oil.  It’s for hair, too.

It hasn’t been scorching hot in Hawaii but it’s getting there soon–pick up your Sun Safety kit so you’re prepped for summer!  I love trying new sunscreen products because it really makes me fall in love with my favorites…and you know what they say–the best sunscreen is the sunscreen that you actually use.  Right?  (I want to try them ALL)

PopSugar CFDA Limited Edition Box: REFUND UPDATE

Hi guys!  I am over the MOON right now.  Here’s what I literally just got from PopSugar regarding the [flop] of a CFDA box:

Hi Amanda,

In this case we are offering the option for customers to return complete and unused boxes for a full refund. The refund will be granted once the box is received. We have attached a prepaid return label to send the box back to us. Please let us know if there is anything else we can address or assist with.

Best,

POPSUGAR Support

WOOHOO, I am ECSTATIC.  I’m glad that PopSugar has changed their minds about this–it’s an interesting situation because they previously sent out an email (last night, actually) that pretty much said, “sorry too bad so sad.”

Any one else out there email PopSugar?  Did you also get this response?  Just curious–and for all of you who haven’t emailed them (and was severely disappointed with the CFDA box like I was), this might be a good chance to do so.  I went directly to their site and used their Contact Form.  I received my first response within 10 hours, promptly replied, and then I received my return label and this message the next morning.

Good luck!!!  I’m swearing off Subscription Boxes for a while–I’ll keep Birchbox and Rachel Zoe but I am loathe to try another ‘high end’ box.  Too afraid of being burned.  D: D: D:

May 2015 Birchbox: Cupcakes and Cashmere/Elevate Everyday

UGH POPSUGAR FORGET YOU WHATEVER

This month’s Birchbox (I am typing really hard right now LOL) offered a curated box by Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily S.  (C & C is a really neat fashion/food/lifestyle blog).  I ended up going with the sample choice over the curated box though~

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What do you guys think?  The Macadamia Moisture Oil Treatment was my sample choice pick (I think they were all haircare items)–I tried this conditioning foam thing (used instead of shampoo) and it was AMAZING.  My hair felt AMAZING, it smelled AMAZING, it lathered AMAZINGly.  I have high hopes for this product–did I tell you guys I ombre’d my hair?  It’s drier now than before, due to the dye.  I got scolded by my siblings because I didn’t do ‘aftercare.’

I personally really like CoTZ products–they’re really dependable.  Hopefully I get that Lollibalm in a really bright, fun color (yay for tinted lip balms!) and I’m interested in that TokyoMilk cream–I’ve seen the brand around but this is my first time trying it.  And they Harvey Prince sample is just okay–this is the first time in a long time that BB has sent me a fragrance sample so I can’t complain too much.

Also, I bought a necklace from Dogeared as my bonus add-on item of the month.  I liked the idea!  Pretty much, you wear it until the string breaks (on its own).  You might lose the charm but it means your wish/goal/whatever will come true.  Cute, yeah?

This is the one I picked:

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PopSugar CFDA Limited Edition Box: Spoilers

Liz Cadman, who runs the amazing and thorough Subscription Box Mega Site, My Subscription Addiction, got spoilers for the PopSugar CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) box.

Click here to see the spoilers~

This box was $195. It’s worth clicking the link just to see what you *actually* get for $195 (and the comments from all of us who bit the bullet and bought one of these).

My take is under the cut:

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Zuko: Donut

I meant this for Wednesday but oops!  Here’s a Thursday pick-me-up instead:

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Zuko Puppy absolutely LOVES this giant pink donut toy. There’s two squeakers and a rattling thing in it–and of course, a lovely little space to put one’s nose.

This weekend, we’re hoping to bring him to the beach!  Did I write this last week?  (If so, we didn’t go).  He really likes to dig but Shiba’s are infamous for not being too fond of water.  Idk, we’ll see.  This whole week has been really funky in terms of Hawaii weather–it’s beautiful morning showers until 7AM or so, then it’s scorching hot until maybe 2PM, then it’s humid as hell until 5PM, and then it pours cats and Shiba Dogs around 7.  And repeat!  This is nothing compared to that crazy storm in Australia–if anyone from down under is reading this, I hope you’re safe and sound!

Gosh, can’t it be [Aloha] Friday already?