You Need SPF All Year Round

Sun protection is a must – all year, at all times. Frankly, I fall short of applying sometimes when I’m in short sleeves, but you better believe my face is covered. I am also getting better about neck and décolletage.

I have a few favorite brands (La Roche Posay takes the #1 and #2 spots), and I actually DO take this topic quite seriously. It isn’t just the ageless and ghostly pallor I’m after, taking care to protect our skin during sun exposure affects our health. BIG time.  

But to add a little fun to the conversation… I came across this photo and couldn’t help but take to the sassy branding. Red, black, and g o t h all over – well played, marketers.

Brilliantly, wonderfully, well played…

Vita Liberata Tan

I have to be honest, I am SO not sad that my wedding is during the Autumn!  And if it were during Spring or Summer, I’d steer (incredibly) clear of anything “tan” at all – self, or sun. I know a little bit of “color” can wake up the complexion, but over the years, the quest for a self-tanner that doesn’t turn you into a giant tangerine (along WITH your clothing!) has been littered with ones that DO.  The wedding gown can be spared!

That aside, the orange’d hue is often accompanied by the telltale, and frankly repugnant redolence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone.) Not a good look, and definitely no fun when your body heat turns up – dancing under hot lights caused a cocoon of the scent (cloying to me AND anyone in my remote proximity!)  Not to mention those rivulets of sweat making for fun, streaky skin…since the formula just couldn’t hang on.  

GROSS.

Well…Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is one of those products that endeavors to eliminate those mishaps, to keep you golden and glowing…and fragrance-free! BudgetBeautyBlog posted a review a little while back – I liked it because she sports a pallor also, and beginning with fair skin can often lead to curious results.

Sephora photo

Sephora photo

Addressing the issue of lasting power – something many brands fail to conquer – the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse sticks around for two to three weeks.  BRILLIANT!  I could have saved a good amount of money NOT having to double self-tan for Ballroom competitions with this streak-free, hydrating, and non-scented mousse!  Per the description on Sephora: 

Research results after just 2 applications: 
– 80% agree pHenomenal tan lasts 15 days or longer 
– 100% agree that skin was silky soft after using pHenomenal
– 100% agree that they were comfortable enough to go straight out after applying pHenomenal
– 100% agree pHenomenal tan is quick and easy to apply
– 90% agree pHenomenal tan faded like a natural tan

Budgetbeautyblog photo

Budgetbeautyblog photo

I haven’t tried this myself as yet, but I feel like if I do have an event to attend – at which my ghostly white gams might be “too much” for the crowd – it might be worth a try.  Bronzed without consequence of skin damage?  Nice to have the option!

Be Yourself!

I’ve said it time and time again… I may not be as “outwardly” so as back in my college youth…but…my “gothieness” is still more than evident! 

I’m a Vamp at heart, a lover, and a fighter for what I care most about.  I never fit in, never really wanted to…and am relatively certain I never will.  I don’t care much for molds, though neither is it in utter defiance of authority, nor in effort to gain attention by breaking the rules.  It just IS.  

I just AM.

This particular image, of course, was one I ever and always adored – the Vamp aesthetic was the very one to which I aspired all my years.  Yes, the ghostly pallor, Night-hued locks, ruby lips (not to mention the second-skin black apparel – my daily uniform!)  

While I am scarcely so stand-out, leaning to the sporty side of things these days, it is simply the look which resonates most deeply with me. ❤  It was that way when I was a little girl, and has not wavered an ounce.  

Be Creepy

I will always appreciate and recognize beauty in other forms, but at my core, I am Vamp 1,000%.  Forgive me…or do not...but I shall make no effort to alter my heart in pursuit of some other aesthetic as, in my own mind, our propensities are the spice of Life!  

Proof is in the pudding…

Spring / Summer 2016 – Benefit

So Benefit has a lot of fun stuff coming out in Marc, 2016.  Two of the goodies – boasting those fun and cheeky names we expect from the brand – are Zero Tanlines, and Dew The Hoola.  There isn’t a ton of info out just yet, but BritishBeautyBlogger shared some lovely photos and swatches.  I enjoy being pale myself but a no one ever looks worse with a slight sun-kissed glow!

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Zero Tanlines is a “skin tint “ – I’ve seen the new ones from L’oreal in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid already.  It washes off, so it isn’t a faux, self tan – it’s more like body makeup, if you will.  The cap of the product is apparently a hula skirt (which honestly I didn’t realize!)  Underneath it – how sassy, Benefit! – is a buffing application sponge for streak-free results.  Personally I’d look for “transfer resistant,” “water resistant” etc with a product like this.  I’m not totally sure if it is any of those things, but most like items in the marketplace are these days.

As for Dew The Hoola, it’s a lightweight, easily applied bronze tint – nothing too heavy, by the looks of it, and no glitter (hallelujah!  LOVE glitter, but not when “natural” is what we are aiming for.)

While they aren’t out until the dawn of Spring, they are fun to announce anyway – a little extra sun during the cold, wintery months to bask beneath!

Sublime Bronze Summer Express

Sharing a link to a post about the new Sublime Bronze Wash-Off Cream Bronzers that have apparently been spotted already – way too early for summer, but then some do worry about the wintery pallor that comes with colder months!  Thanks to Nouveaucheap and @yvonne121780 for Nouveau Cheap for these images and info!

The Face Bronzer has Broad Spectrum protection, and a matte, weightless finish…

@yvonne121780 for Nouveau Cheap

@yvonne121780 for Nouveau Cheap

The Wash-Off Body Makeup Lotion (is this as step further than the Jergens BB, I wonder??) claims to blur imperfections, stay streak free while providing 24 hour hydration. 

@yvonne121780 for Nouveau Cheap

@yvonne121780 for Nouveau Cheap

 

Holiday 2015 – China Glaze Star Hopping

Star Hopping sounds like loads of fun, honestly!  And I’m kind of excited that there might be a Chanel Ciel Du Nuit dupe-ish (it’s not quite the same, but it has the celestial flavor) from my college days…a good 17 years ago!

chicprofile.com China Glaze photo

chicprofile.com China Glaze photo

The Collection includes eight glittering, limited edition hues, which retail for $5.00:

  • You’re Too Sweet – Pale pink with holographic glitter
  • Turn Up The Heat – Berry glitter
  • Pick Me Up Purple – Pale lilac with holographic glitter
  • Counting Carats – Multi size gold glitter
  • Silver Of Sorts – Multi size silver glitter
  • Star Hopping – Holographic dark blue
  • Can You Sea Me? – Silver and blue holographic glitter
  • Give Me The Green Light! – Blue-green glitter

 

chicprofile.com

chicprofile.com

The glitter appears to be pretty concentrated, which I personally love – nothing worse than a clear, watery base with sparse flecks of glitter! The CherylFlavor has some good swatches, including the few below, to check out!…

 

 

It’s definitely the time of year to jazz things up, so even if you don’t normally do glitter, you’ll be in great company if you try it out…