Spring Into Action | Sun Protection

To mark the official start of Spring – the season I get most excited about – this is the first of three “Spring into Action” posts I’ve lined up to cover the transition into summer (I swear I just heard choirs of angels singing when I wrote that).

 

This one is focussing on sunscreen. Although we all know we should be wearing sunscreen all year round, now that the weather is improving it’s a good time to amp things up if you’re a bit lazy about it during winter. Gone are the days when you have to deal with thick, oily sunscreen that takes ten minutes of rubbing in to absorb. There are such lovely, fluid, oil-free formulas now that absorb quickly and don’t leave you feeling oily. Here are a few of my current favourites if you’re looking for a new SPF – and you should replace it every season, so chances are that you might need a new bottle.

Facial Suncreen

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45 (R590) is a tinted non-chemical SPF fluid which absorbs immediately and evens out the skintone slightly, as well as gives a hint of radiance to the skin. It’s designed to combat pigmentation, but then again so is all sunscreen… Nonetheless, I’m on my second bottle of this stuff. I love how light the fluid is and often use it on Moo’s face as well because it absorbs so quickly.

 

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF40 (R295) is one I bought about two months ago, actually because I was looking for an oil-free moisturiser with SPF. Though this is marketed as a sunscreen it’s actually listed on Beautypedia as a moisturiser with SPF, because that’s what it really is. It is also tinted, so it evens out skintone a bit. It does have a glowy finish – not greasy-looking, but definitely dewy. I find it a nice, one-step solution for my combination skin.

 

Eau Thermale Avene Emulsion SPF50+ (R229.95) is a nice dry-touch facial sunscreen for combination sensitive skin. I was sent this with Avene’s summer press release, and was quite excited to discover that Avene does sunscreens too. This is probably my favourite drugstore skincare brand. There is also a cream formula of this, but the emulsion comes with a pump dispenser and has the texture of a light cream. It isn’t a fluid, but it absorbs quickly and doesn’t really leave a trace behind. And like all its products it contains Avene mineral water from some mystical spring in France…

 

Beach Babies

Cetaphil Daylong Kids SPF50+ (R187.95) and Avene SPF50+ Spray for Children (R295.95) are designed for kids’ sensitive skin, which in my opinion makes them ideal for grown-ups too. There is nothing worse than trying to rub sunscreen into a wiggly, impatient child. I love the Cetaphil Daylong liposomal lotion because it comes with a non-messy pump dispenser which dispenses just the right amount and it hardly takes any effort to rub in. It also doesn’t leave your child all white and weird, looking like an abominable snowman on a trip to the beach. It’s also very water resistant in both fresh water and salt water. You can use it on babies from 12 months and contains glycerin, aloe vera and vitamin E to nourish the skin. I think the price is pretty decent too.

 

The Avene SPF50 spray isn’t a transparent fluid but is also a light lotion with a spray nozzle. I’m curious to see if the nozzle clogs over the course of the summer. It also has that fast-absorbing magic, it’s fragrance-free, water resistant and it doesn’t leave any white residue. They tick all the boxes, whether you’re kid-free or looking for something for the whole family.

 

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Earthchild Spring 2015 | Girls

I sound like a stuck record by now every time I gush over a new Earthchild collection, but I can’t help loving what I love. As much as I love the winter clothes there is something about the Spring/Summer collections that gives me butterflies and heralds the coming of summer and all the good things.

I love that this year’s collection has a nautical vibe because that’s the direction I am heading myself this summer (I’ve already stocked up on navy stripes and red lipstick). The navy and white is paired with the perennial denim pieces and a fun coral instead of the traditional red. As usual the pieces mix and match beautifully and you can create an endless combination of outfits. Moo has already picked out her wardrobe for the season, but I haven’t got round to buying it yet. Best I hurry before things sell out! Here is our round-up of favourites…

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Dior Cosmopolite Collection for Autumn 2015

Dior has a new Autumn collection out, and even though we’re on the brink of Spring I am still pretty excited about some of the items they’ve included. Besides the usual 5 colour palettes, nail polish and Rouge Dior lipsticks they have some totally new formulas including three shades of cream blush in a stick format, and some metallic liquid eyeshadows in the Dior Addict range which are packaged just like the lip gloss. There are also some new Dior Addict Fluid Stick shades exclusive to this collection.

Dior Cosmopolite Collection

I was most excited about the cream blush and the liquid eyeshadows as these aren’t something Dior usually offers. I always have a weakness for cream blush, and having picked one up in the shade Rosewood (around R445) I can say I’m very impressed with the pigmentation and staying power of these cheek sticks. They come in three shades, Cosmopolite Coral, Rosewood and Pink. I also got my hands on a fluid shadow (R465) in the shade Univers, a metallic bronze taupe shade which sets like concrete and doesn’t budge if you rub your eyes (but isn’t waterproof at all so it can easily be removed). There is also a very pretty but very subtle highlighter included in the range.

Hurry, hurry though because the counters get limited stock of these collections. If there is anything that catches your eye then best phone beforehand to hunt down your must-have. I will be reviewing my two items in the next few weeks.

Sampar In-Store Activations

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Sampar has been around in Edgars stores for quite a long time, but as tempted as I’ve always been by their pretty pink packaging and cute product names (like So Much to Dew Midnight Mask… who wouldn’t want that?) I’ve never got around to buying and trying any of the products.

Sampar is now available in selected Woolworths stores and is re-launching in Edgars, so they’re having some in-store weekend activations to celebrate the event. From 6th August to 6th September you can pop into your nearest participating store for a free skin consultation and personalised sample pack worth R150. And don’t forget to take your #SamparSelfie while you’re there. There are prizes to be won.

If you too have been seduced by the pinkness, prettiness and Parisian vibe but haven’t tried the products, then this is the perfect opportunity. I received two Sampar products in a press pack and have ordered the Nocturnal Rescue Mask from Red Square this week, so I’ll have some reviews coming up next month. You can follow Sampar on Facebook for additional information.