When I think Bondi Sands, I’ll be honest, I think self-tanner, not sunscreen. This sample sized Bondi Sands FACE SPF 50 + came to me in a subscription box and even though when it came in and I noted that it was sunscreen when I put it away I put it in the drawer with the self tanners instead of the sunscreens. So it was missed when I was trying out all of my sample sunscreens.
But now, (due to end of summer cleaning and reorganizing) it has returned to the light to be used.
This sunscreen is 50+ which I really like. That is my preferred sunscreen level. Unlike most of the sunscreens I use, this is a water resistant lotion. At first I thought this wouldn’t make any difference because I wasn’t going to the beach or to the pool while using it. However, the water resistant came in handy during my walks.
Where I live, even when the heat dips below fry an egg on the sidewalk temperatures, the humidity is still high enough to cause anyone to sweat. I routinely come back from my walks drenched. During the summer I have had to start adjusting my skincare routine to accommodate my walks actually. In he morning I will wash my face, pat it dry, apply sunscreen and then after my morning walk, take a shower and continue with the rest of my skincare. There is simply no point to doing it before since it will all sweat off. And having moisturizer sweat into your eyes is no fun.
The water resistant nature of this Bondi Sands Sunscreen meant that I made it through my walk without sweating sunscreen into my eyes either. Which made it quite pleasant to ware, even though i wasn’t going to the beach.
The sunscreen itself is a white cream. A first pass with the hand may leave white streaks but they disappear almost instantly. Your skin will look greasy for about a minute to a minute and a half. Then the sunscreen absorbs in and you look less like you have just greased yourself up. When you touch your skin with your fingers, you can feel the sunscreen on the skin. It isn’t noticeable when you are wearing it but you can feel it when you touch the skin.
This version is the fragrance free version which means there is no fragrance added. There is a slight scent to it. It is very light but to me the sunscreen smells like old school rubber cement. I actually don’t mind the scent even if it makes me think of elementary school art classes, but even if you aren’t partial to it the scent fades pretty quickly. By the time you are looking less greasy the scent has faded.
Over all I really enjoyed this sunscreen. It was a small tube and alas, it has already been used up, but this Bondi Sands Face SPF 50+ is a sunscreen I would get again, if only for the fact that it stayed in place when I was sweating through my morning work out on the walking trail. I also like that it is reasonably priced ($10 for a full sized bottle) and is available at Target. As I tend to go through a lot of sunscreen since I use it routinely throughout the year, cost is actually an important factor. I don’t mind spending more on a good product, but it is nice to have a cost effective option around as well. The water resistant nature of it came in handy even if it did make me think of art classes from days gone by.
As summertime settles in and looks as though it will stretch on into forever, I always find there are some products that I simply can’t do without. Many of them in one size or another find their way into my purse and end up traveling with me wherever i go in the summer months. These are my current top five summer must haves.
1- Sunscreen: Always a number one item and always in need. My current favorite is the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50. It is described as the sunscreen for people who don’t like sunscreen and I have to admit I was in that camp for a long time. I simply hated the feel of sunscreen. I would use a spray as little as i could get away with and probably did some sun damage to myself because of it. especially since I would often forget to apply it. This sunscreen sits with my skincare and is applied as the last step of my morning skincare routine. Getting in the habit of adding it each morning regardless of what i am doing has done wonders for me. I still add an extra coat of spray sunscreen before going on my walk, but i like having that security under my makeup each day. While this is the original version, they now also make a mineral version.
2- Dry Shampoo: For me Klorane is my favorite. I’ve tried other versions and some have been good, others not so good. I always come back to Klorane. This did come with a cap but somehow i always loose the caps within a day or two of opening them. (I am beginning to suspect one day I’ll move the furniture around and find them having a party under my bed.) You may notice that this is the Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (extra Gentle) rather than my usual Nettle infused for dark hair. While the nettle infused is fantastic for darker hair, leaves less white residue and is my go to dry shampoo when I need winter touch ups, I tend to lean into the Oat Milk version in the summertime. It does leave a little bit more white cast than the nettle for dark hair, but it is gentler on my hair. The white brushes out quickly and easily. I am not saying the Nettle is harsh, it isn’t. But in the summer my bangs can get very oily looking very fast so I find myself reaching for dry shampoo to keep them looking good far more often than at any other time of the year, so I switch to the most gentle version available. Thus far, I have had very good results with this system.
3- Spray Thermal Water: To be honest, I used to think that thermal water was just for people sunning themselves pool side. I thought of it as something a bit extra rather than essential. Then I picked up a bottle to add to my bag for a pool party. I didn’t use it at the pool party, but when I got home I had it so I thought I’d use it. I fell in love and it has become a summer staple. While this travel size Uriage Eau Thermal is the one I keep in my purse, I also keep a bottle by the garden door. It is hot in the summer time and I sweat. With the high humidity, the sweat doesn’t evaporate and cool you off like it does in less humid climates. It just rolls down your skin leaving salt deposits on your skin. For me that always makes me feel both tight and itchy as well as hot and sweaty.
A quick spray of thermal water helps alleviate that. The water is far cooler than both the air temp and my skin temp so it is a quick but gentle cool down. I am one of those people who gets massive headaches if i am hot and sweaty outside and then go inside where it is air conditioned. I have to cool down a little first or that headache will more or less last the rest of the day. The thermal water helps. The water cools me down and it washes off some of the salt left behind so my skin doesn’t feel as tight and itchy. I personally like the fine spray of the Uriage as well as the slight scent of the minerals in the water.
4- Lip Mask: While I often think of dry chapped lips as a winter time affliction, it can be an issue for me in the summertime. I find I generally need a lip scrub more in the winter, where as a frequent application of a good lip mask will keep my lips from becoming overly dry in the summer. For me as soon as they start to chap I will pick at them absently when i am working. i never mean to and i yell at myself fiercely when I do, but by then the damage is already done and my lips are painful and need time to heal.
The best thing i can do is to not let them get to a stage where they ae dry enough to pick at. My current favorite lip mask is the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask. There is very little scent and no taste to it. While it is fantastic at night, a little dose during the day doesn’t go amiss. I will generally put a light coat on in the morning and let it soak into the skin before I do my makeup for the day. I do wile off the excess before I apply my lipstick. Often times i will just wear the lip mask as a gloss if I have a more natural look going on. It is a lightweight mask with heavy duty hydration and very little stickiness to it.
5- Sunglasses: I have reached an age where I am in a full out battle with the fine lines around my eyes. I know they are there and I know over time they will deepen because that is just the way that life works. However I am determined to put up as much of a fight as I can/ I know the Resistance will loose the war, I just want to draw out the battle as long as I can. while this has lead many plumping agents into my skincare line up, it has also led to a proliferation of sunglasses. Moving around in the sun without them causes me to squint, wearing them helps me not squint.
My current favorite pair are these aviator style pair from Tomahawk shades Marksman Class. I love the fact that the bottom of the lens is slightly flattened as this is a good shape for my face. My favorite feature though is the fact that the lenses are actually amber tinted. This means the sunglasses are cutting the glare but in their own way brightening the world around me rather than casting the world into shade. They are excellent for driving and it means that if i am outside and going from a sunny spot to a shaded one, i can still leave them in place since I don’t have to lift them out of the way when shade makes things slightly darker.
I’ll be honest, today I woke up, sweated through my morning walk, showered and decided that I didn’t want to bother with makeup. I was just perfectly fine with going bare faced. I think part of it was the sunscreen. I finished my trial sized tube and so today I just used a spray sunscreen. It was a Neutrogena sunscreen (Beach Defense to be specific) and I usually really like it.
The problem was that I didn’t wait long enough before going outside.
Usually I spray myself down and then I get my mp3 player sorted and untangle my headphones (I know I keep meaning to get a cordless set, and once this set breaks I will I just don’t see the point in replacing them until they do wear out). However today I had everything sored and then remembered I hadn’t put on susnscreen because the sample I was using ran out.
So the spray. Usually I just spray my arms and other exposed non facial bits. Today, the face got it. And I forgot to tuck in my lips before I sprayed too.
It is good sunscreen, it doesn’t taste very good though.
So since I was already ready, the sunscreen was still wet when I stepped outside. And then the wind kicked up blowing dust on the still wet sunscreen. You see where I am going with this. I didn’t think it was an issue but by the time I returned home I felt like I was covered in sand paper. Sticky sand paper that tasted bad. So I showered and decided I was done with products for the moment.
It helps that today I am working alone at my desk so I didn’t have to be seen by anyone. Not even a video call on the line up.
So I got my exercise in and while I was protected under a layer of SPF I made a few minor errors. So if you would like giggle at my day and take forward this lesson, even good skincare needs a moment to dry and settle in so it doesn’t become a dust magnet in the wind.
I know, not terribly profound, but that’s what I got today.
And so for me and my bare (and now sandpaper free) skin, it is back to work. I hope you have a fabulous rest of Thursday my darlings and remember sometimes timing is everything.
And yes, I’ll admit it, I watched the Addams Family last night. when I was little I wanted to grow up and live in that house. The combination of library, greenhouse, trap doors and space for swordplay was irresistible. I also grew up with books of Charles Addams drawings in the house.
But, for now we move away from childhood fantasies and on to the sunscreen.
I know that I have mentioned this Polaar Fluide Solaire 50 SPF sunscreen before as I have been using it a while. It is in fact almost used up so I thought I should give the sunscreen it’s own review before I use the last of it and send it to the empties bin. This deluxe sample came to me either in a Glossy Box or a Look Fantastic Box. To be honest I can’t remember which one.
According to the product page…
An effective shield against the sun’s rays, the Polaar Very High Protection SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion prevents UVA and UVB light from causing damage to your delicate complexion. With an incredibly high SPF 50+, the sun cream contains multiple filters as well as mineral screens to ensure protection across the widest spectrum possible. The broad spectrum organic filters work by absorbing rays, blocking the harm that UVA and UVB can cause. This is combined with natural mineral screens that work by reflecting the UV rays away in a mirror-like effect. Boasting a waterproof formula, the lotion is a long-lasting solution to staying safe, particularly on summer holidays.
Being a lotion, you’ll be treated to an incredibly lightweight finish that sinks into skin for a non-greasy finish. Gliding across skin, it’s ideal for those who are particularly sensitive or burn easily. To ensure skin stays in its best condition, the lotion also works to moisturise and nourish for a soft, smooth finish. Dermatologist tested. Free from perfume, parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. Suitable for vegans. Made in France.
I will say that this is a much more lightweight sunscreen than is typically found in drug store sunblocks. It has almost no scent to it and feels rather light on the skin. It doesn’t leave that waxy/greasy feel that a lot of sunscreens can leave behind and it is an excellent sun block. To be honest if I hadn’t been using the Volition sunscreen I would be over the moon to find this sunscreen. It is one of the better ones I have come across. It did start off with a bit of a white cast but after a moment or two the white faded away as the product was absorbed. It didn’t stay on top of the skin.
While good on the skin, it isn’t as good under makeup as the Volition sunscreen. There were a couple of foundation products that it just didn’t want to play nice with. It made my matte foundations look a bit shiny. It doesn’t add a glowy effect, it just made my t-zone look more oily faster than when I didn’t wear the sunscreen. The Polaar Sunscreen went well over moisturizer, just not under my foundation. So if I was not wearing makeup that day, I could wear it on my face. If I was wearing makeup I went for my Volition.
While this was a good sunscreen to wear on my walks, it felt wonderful on my neck and upper chest. It felt great on the skin and as I do not apply makeup to my neck and chest there were no interaction problems.
I think that where this sunscreen would shine (in a good way, not a greasy way) is if I was going to the beach or the lake. I think that around water in a situation where I wasn’t wearing makeup it would be fantastic. I am confident in saying that this is currently my second favorite sunscreen. It is miles away from the coconut scented drug store sunscreens and only falters slightly when it comes to being worn under makeup. I will happily keep this sunscreen around to use on no makeup days or to cover my neck and chest.
Would I spend the $29.30 for a full sized tube of the Polaar Fluide Soliaire? Absolutely. The tube may soon be going to the empties bin and I do have a couple of more sunscreens to test out, but when I’m done with the testing I am confident a full sized tube will be ordered to be kept on hand for my time in the sun.
I have always had a love hate relationship with sunscreen. As a kid I remember being lathered up before being sent out for summer play. While I never minded my arms and legs being coated and I loved that my parents let me play outside longer if I was wearing it, I hated when the sunscreen was applied to my face. Invariably it would either get washed onto my lips where it would taste nasty or it would get washed into my eyes making them sting and burn for the rest of the day.
As I grew up, sunscreen got better and while most of it doesn’t taste any better than it did when I was a child, most of it stays in place. Still I hate putting sunscreen on my face. I know that is the one place I really need to put it, but I have to admit, I usually don’t. I spray my whole body down with sunscreen, more vigilantly now that I had that painful early spring burn, but I still avoid my face.
Instead I layer products like I’m creating the great wall of SPF. “Oh this has SPF 10, I’ll put it on and then add this product that has SPF 30.” It’s a construction project. I know I need to get over it, but I’ve had a hard time finding a product I like.
However, Volition Skincare sent over three products for me to try and the first item I pulled out of the box was the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50. I had to laugh because right on the top of the box it says “Sunscreen for the Sunscreen Haters.”
It’s like they knew.
Or I’m not the only one to hate sunscreen.
I prefer the term skin care psychics, but that is just me. I should point out they don’t claim to be psychic an any way shape or form. But Volition is a really interesting company even without the tarot card possibility.
If you go to their main page there is a section where you can submit an idea for a product. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can submit an idea for a product you would like to see available for purchase. The idea then gets submitted to a vote by their beauty community. If it gets enough votes then their team goes to work creating the product. All of their products are certified clean and cruelty free with no animal testing and no parabens or sulfates. Incidentally, the links posted are for volitionbeauty.com which only ships to the US and Canada. If you are outside the US or Canada then @cultbeauty ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica ship to Australia and New Zealand.
There is a whole section where you can shop the winners and I have to say, I really like going onto the site to see who came up with what. You can also take a skincare quiz to determine which of their products might be right for your particular concerns so you don’t spend a boat load of time staring at a product and trying to guess.
But back to the sunscreen for the sunscreen haters.
The box clearly looked like it was aimed at me. I opened it and the first thing I saw was a little card telling me that this innovative product was created by a woman named Aja. It had a picture of her and a little bit about her on the back. I thought that was really neat. It’s rare that you actually get a name to go with a product.
But Aja made this, or at least came up with the idea while a team of highly skilled professionals brought her idea to life. But what do they have to say about what they created?
The Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50 (retail $35) is…
The anti-sunscreen for the sunscreen haters. It’s never greasy, smelly or thick. It’s daily protection you’ll actually want to wear. It is a weightless, breatheable formula with broad-spectrum sun protection, luminous, pearl-like finish and a light, neutral scent. It addresses skin protection, dry skin, and dull skin and is good for all skin types.
Shake well. Apply over entire face 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours or as needed. Can be worn alone or under makeup. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if sweating or swimming.
Not too shabby. And I like that it is SPF 50. In my attempt to layer to build a wall of SPF on my face without actually using sunblock, I try to get as close to 50 as I can get.
So knowing who made it and what it is supposed to do, I took the product out of the box. I know appearances aren’t everything and that I shouldn’t focus on the shallow packaging, but this is a good looking bottle of sunscreen.
I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting that.
I think because sunscreen is such a utilitarian item that just gets tossed in a bag and kicked around at the beach or pool side that it always looks like a basic plastic squeeze bottle with maybe a pretty or fun decal on the front. This may be a tube you can squeeze, but everything about it says skin care. It looks like it belongs in the bathroom next to your serums and moisturizer and not something you’d chuck in a kid’s pool bag with the goggles.
Don’t get me wrong, those items have their place. I have quite a few of them stationed around the house. They are an essential part of my summer. But I needed something to put in the bathroom with my skin care. Because like skin care, I needed to make it part of my routine. I knew that was the only way I was going to get into the habit of putting it on. So I took the bottle from the box, moved it into the bathroom and began using it.
For the past two weeks, this anti-sunscreen has been part of my morning routine. I put it on after I finish my skin care, but before I put on makeup. There is no real scent to the product so anyone out there who is sensitive to scents should have no problem.
The consistency of the product is like a thin primer or a water cream moisturizer. It has some body to it, but it leans towards the liquidy side. To apply, I dispensed a pea sized amount into my palm and rubbed my hands together then applied it to my face. It sort of spread out as it hit my hand anyway so I just let it follow it’s natural inclinations. Easy peasy.
On first contact there is a little bit of a white cast. (see the above picture) The first time I applied it I started to get concerned that I was going to spend the day looking like a mime, however I rubbed it in a little bit and the white disappeared almost instantly.
While I don’t want to walk around with the white sunscreen face all day, I do like that at first touch it is a little white. This lets me see where I’ve put it to ensure full coverage before I rub it in.
True to their claims, it feels weightless on the skin and is not greasy. It is however quite luminizing. Just like the really pretty bottle, I wasn’t really expecting that. And yes I know it says it in the title, it is just brighter than I expected.
I tend to go for matte primers and foundations. For me the matte balanced it out well. With the matte foundation on top of it, I had no problems, it was actually quite nice paired with it and gave the matte product a little depth. I could not use a luminizing primer or foundation with it as it was too luminizing for me.
I should also say that the day I tried a luminizing foundation, no one had issues with the extra luminosity but me. I even got a compliment on my glow, so I think that is really just my personal preference. If you like luminosity then you are good, if you aren’t a fan, use a matte product over it.
No matter what product I used, the sunscreen sat well underneath the makeup. I had no problems with reactions between the sunscreen and my foundation. They played well together and I didn’t break out in a welter of clogged pores. There were, in fact, no extra break outs. (The stress related ones I had spent the night with some Peace Out dots, but no new ones appeared.)
In the description it is recommended that if you are going to sweat or go in the water you should look into a waterproof product. While I didn’t go swimming while trying this (because that isn’t what it is meant for and at this time the pools near me are still closed) it is June in Tennessee and you can’t step outside without sweating. If the heat lets you go then the humidity will insure the sweat rises to your brow, among other places. As my neighbor likes to say, this is the season where you get the air you can wear, the unavoidable fashion accessory.
So there was sweat.
You know what there wasn’t?
Well, the sweat stung a little because it’s salty, but it didn’t burn like acid. There were a couple of days where it was hot enough to melt your skin off of your bones and I was standing outside with a mask on. I know some of it dripped into my eyes. There is no doubt about that. The product not dripping would be an impossibility. I think I sweated out water I drank three years ago on those days, so there was no defense for anything topical.
But there were no burning, pain filled eyes, so I am taking that as a win.
And no I am not going to squirt it directly into my eyes to double check.
Although I have to confess, I did put a little on my lips to taste since the mask kept my lips safe and secure, along with my lungs and the rest of me. It didn’t really taste of anything. I’m not going to go putting it on an ice cream sundae or anything, but the accidentally tasting wasn’t horrific.
To be honest, this sunscreen passed all of my tests with flying colors. No gag worthy taste, no burning eyeballs and it was easy to remember to apply because it sat with my skin care and became part of my daily routine. Applying it became a habit, one I hope to maintain.
The Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield didn’t make me break out. It didn’t make me feel greasy. It felt weightless on my skin and it provided me with SPF 50 level protection for my face without having to do a construction game with other products.
Don’t get me wrong, I still favor a lot of products with built in SPF, especially in the summer time, but I really like not having to rely on them. I really like having the good sunscreen underneath so that anything layered on top is just extra, not vital.
And oh yeah, no sun burn even though I spent loads of time outside in the hot, hot sun.
Seriously, this made sunscreen part of my skin care regimen instead of something I hated and tended to forget. I honestly didn’t think that was going to happen. I suppose the only question that remains is whether or not I’m allowed to send Aja a thank you note.
Because this was a very good idea.
Remember the links in this post are for volitionbeauty.com which only ships to the US and Canada. Mostly because I am located in the US. Even if you aren’t in the US it is well worth poking around on their site. If you are outside the US or Canada then @cultbeauty ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica ship to Australia and New Zealand. I love that this sunscreen is available worldwide.
This week I received two of the subscriptions I have through Cratejoy. The first is the From Korea with Love Sox Box. For $12.95 per month you get three pairs of Sox. This month they came in a small box wrapped in tissue paper instead of the little cardboard tube in a bubble mailer.
As the box is easier to recycle, I’m okay with that. I suspect recent pandemic protocols caused the mailing change. The socks fit my feet with a little extra room to spare. I wear a US 7.5 and I think they are supposed to fit size 6 -8.5 US. The subscription charges on the 11th of the month and ships between the first and the third and they ship out of California.
This month I have to say the penguins are my favorite. Seriously, how stinkin’ cute are these? Pretty stinkin’ cute that’s what. And they make me happy when I look down at my feet. I know, they are just socks, but I have to tell you, I really like socks. I think one of the reasons I like them so much is that with my weight and weight loss, all of my clothes feel temporary and somewhat ill fitting. All clothing has been going from too tight to just right to too baggy for the past year. Or if my weight loss stalls I wonder why it isn’t getting too baggy. And then I worry that I’ve plateaued and start to rethink my entire work out plan.
This does not happen with socks. They are just cute and I am happy.
Also arriving is my Jersey Shore Cosmetics. This month I am adding to my stockpile. After this month, I may be cancelling this subscription for a while, or I may keep it one more month, then cancel. I love lip balm, but there is only so much lip balm I can use. It takes me about a month to go through one tube and each subscription comes with four lip balms. It is a really good deal actually. The subscription is $10 with a $3 shipping charge and comes with four lip balms from Jersey Shore Cosmetics.
As each of their lip balms costs $12 each, it is a great value for the price. So what I tend to do with this subscription is keep it for a few months, stock pile lip balms and then cancel until I’ve gone through my stock pile. Then I re-subscribe and the process starts all over again. I may not keep this subscription every month, but I will always return.
This month I received my four lip balms. They are a lip balm in watermelon and another in cherry. These are their standard formula for lip balms. As in only the scent varies as opposed to highlight or tint. The third lip balm was the Quattro H2O Pure Hydration Ultimate Hydrating lip balm. I have never tried this one before. As I am almost through with the pomegranate lip balm I opened last month, I am just going to mark this as next in line so I can try the formula.
Okay that is a long winded way of saying I opened it even though I try to keep only one open at a time. As a spoiler, I also opened the fourth one too. The Quattro feels a little firmer than the regular lip balms and I put it on to test it out and it actually stayed on my lips longer as well. If I venture near a swimming pool this year, this is the balm I’ll take. For now, I’m wearing it on my walks outside. I think it is designed for the summer and I look forward to wearing it and seeing how it does with my lips.
The fourth hydrating Balm I received in my subscription this month is called nudist. I opened it becuase it seemed to have a tint to it which made it more like a lipstick than a balm, so of course I had to open it and see. First off, it smells like candy. It actually reminds me of Tarte eyeshadows. Its that kind of scent. That vanilla-esque scent. Personally, I love it. There is a little bit of a bronze shimmer to it, but it is very subtle and when I tried to take a picture just looked like lip balm. Even though I normally plan to stockpile my lip balms I may try this one out in my make up bag next week.
In addition to the lip balms, Jersey Shore Cosmetics sent a stick mineral sunscreen as a free gift this month. It smells oddly like oatmeal. In the best possible way of course. I love oatmeal. In the spirit of fairness I should point out that my baby doll does not think it smells like oatmeal. He also thinks I am crazy for thinking it smells like oatmeal.
But it smells like oatmeal.
At the moment I just started testing out a Volition sunscreen so I will be putting this to the side to try at a later date, but I really appreciate having extra sunscreen around.
Both of these subscriptions are through Cratejoy. I really enjoy having the one system to manage several subscriptions. It’s really easy to log into my account, see what subscriptions I have that are active, which one’s I’ve cancelled and when the next payment date for the subscription is. It’s especially useful with subscriptions like Jersey Shore Cosmetics that I only keep for a few months at a time, but then return to after a break.. They are easy to find, easy to cancel and easy to reactivate. It helps me to keep things organized. Plus I get to poke around and see what other new subscriptions I think might be fun to try out for a while. I always seem to find something interesting.