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you deserve someone who sees the light fall on your cheeks and notices the way your eyelashes break it up into little shadows; you deserve someone who wants nothing more than to take photos of your eyes when there’s a sunset behind them; you deserve someone who will spend hours with you and still wants to be with you longer

you deserve someone whose love is as beautiful as your soul

Skin Care Jesus Approved 👍 Sunscreen Masterlist

Yes, you read correctly! It’s here! 

Originally posted by df5k

All of the following are sunscreens that are:

  • Made for the face
  • Octinoxate + Oxybenzone free
  • At least SPF 30 and PA +++ or “Broad Spectrum” (those really concerned with UVA protection would do best to use sunscreens with the PA listed)
  • Minimal white cast (if any)
  • Organized by UV filters and skin type!

I also went ahead and categorized these sunscreens into price ranges.

  • $ = <$15
  • $$ = $15-$25
  • $$$ = $25<

Oilier Skin:

Physical:

  • Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35+/PA +++ ($)
  • Goodal Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF 50/PA+++ ($)
  • Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion ($)
  • CoTZ Silky Foam SPF 30 ($$)
  • Blue Lizard Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($$)
  • CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($$)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid with Zinc Oxide SPF 50 ($$)
  • Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Bare Minerals Prep Step SPF 50 ($$$)
  • IT cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50+ ($$$)
  • Murad City Skin Age Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50/PA++++ ($$$)

Chemical:

  • It’s Skin Smart Solution 365 Matt Finish Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • the SAEM Eco Earth Power Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ ($)
  • Avene Sun Care Very High Protection Sun Emulsion SPF 50 ($$)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 ($$)
  • Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MURAD Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ ($$$)

Hybrid:

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream ANTI-SHINE ($$)
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sun Cream SPF 35/PA+++ ($$$)

Drier Skin:

Physical:

  • *Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($)
  • Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer ($-$$)
  • Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30 ($$$)
  • *Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($$$)
  • SkinMedica Mineral Shield Tinted SPF 32 ($$$)
  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 ($$$)
  • Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Cream SPF 50/PA ++++ ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Natural Sun Cream SPF 50/PA+++ ($$$)

Chemical:

  • A'pieu Power Block Essence Sun Cream SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($$)(does contain retinol)

Hybrid:

  • Alba Botanica Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Cream COMFORT ($$)

All Skin Types:

Physical:

  • TonyMoly My Sunny Kids & Mom Sun Cream SPF 35/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Aqua UV Protection Cream Mineral Filter SPF 48/PA+++ ($)
  • Sante Labo Ultraviolet Radiation Forecast UV Cream SPF 50/PA +++ ($$)
  • Elta MD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen ($$$)
  • Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($$$)
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($$$)
  • NIOD Survival 30 - SPF 30/PA +++ ($$$)
  • *MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Fluid SPF 50+/PA++++ ($$$, but 200ml, so its actually quite affordable)

Chemical:

  • Yadah Oh My Sun Slush SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Innisfree Aqua UV Protection Cream Water Drop SPF 50+/PA++++ ($)
  • SkinFood Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($)
  • Bioderma Photoderm Anti-Age Creme SPF 30 UVA ($$$)
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($$$)
  • Shiseido Anessa Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild SPF 35/PA+++ ($$$)
  • Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild SPF 50/PA++++ ($$$)
  • MAKE P:REM Capsule Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA+++ ($$$)

Hybrid:

  • Nivea Kids Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion with SPF 50+/PA+++ ($)
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Smoothing Optical BLUR UNIFYING ($$)
  • IOPE UV Shield Sun Multi Fluid SPF 50+/PA+++ ($$, and it’s 100ml)

This is not an exhaustive list, as there are likely tons of sunscreens out there that I don’t know of that meet my standards. You may also find that you like a sunscreen from a category outside of your skin type. Feel free to experiment. I will be updating this list if I come across any new sunscreens that meet my criteria.

POC may want to stick with chemical-only formulas, to avoid white-cast.

Full disclosure: I have not personally used every sunscreen on this list. I compiled this list from ingredients lists and user reviews. I place an (*) before the one’s I’ve tried.

I ended up crying after leaving the club because of a mini panic attack. The panic attack had started because I had came to the realization that I was the ugly darker friend of the two high yellow black girls. I’m more brown, but compared to them I’m the darkest and unprettty one. I honestly see how hard it is to grow older into being a black woman, it’s hard when you’re judged 24/7 for being born with such characteristics. It gives me such low self esteem, but colorism is real and true. I feel like I have to have some sort of weave or type of braids in my hair to be considered beautiful, instead of wearing my natural out. I feel more ashamed than appreciated. I don’t even know how to bring it up because our struggles are slightly different. Yes we’re both black, but one of us is more acceptable than the other and been like this for centuries. I just wish I never had a breakdown, this shit hurts.

CURLY HAIR MASTERPOST

I’m starting this list because as a born and bred Curly Top, I know first hand what a struggle it can be to figure out how to manage/become comfortable with your hair (and do so on a budget). So, please feel free to add, reblog, and share with the curly heads you love (Please don’t delete the source.) 

1- Kiss sulfates goodbye.

I didn’t even know sulfates were a thing until it was brought to my attention. Basically, they are chemicals inside many of the shampoos and hair products that you know and love, ie; Aussie, Suave, Garnier, etc. 

A couple of the biggest problem-causing sulfates are called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, they promote bacteria, reduce proteins, and basically leave your hair covered in a thick layer of wax that sucks all of the natural oils out of your hair. I have been sulfate free for about a year now, and anytime I am forced to use a shampoo with sulfates in it, I can immediately tell the difference in the texture of my hair. As someone who will never spend a dime over the necessary price for beauty products, I’ve compiled a small list of my favorite Sulfate free or low sulfate products that you can find just about anywhere and that will not break the bank:

  • -L’Oreal Paris EverCurl
    This was the first product I tried after making the switch and I love it. It averages about $10 at places like Walmart and it lasts a while. They have a bunch of different options in this line like gel, style milk, etc. It’s cheap and it smells REALLY GOOD!
  • -Shea Moisture
    My favorite is their Coconut Hibiscus line, where they also offer several different types of products. This is probably my favorite out of everything that I’ve used (I’m partial to the Curl and Style Milk and the Hold and Shine Moisture Mist.) They also have a wonderful set of Shampoo and Conditioner, each product also averaging about $10.
  • -Miss Jessie’s
    This one is a little more expensive, each bottle averaging around $22, but it’s definitely worth the money. I love the Pillow Soft Curls product, but right now I’m working my way through a bottle of Multi Cultural Curls and it’s great, though not my favorite. 
  • -Suave Professionals
    Now, I know that I mentioned Suave earlier in the ‘bad list’, however, they have a line of Keratin Infused shampoos that are really low in sulfates AND in price! I usually never buy the shampoos and conditioners from the lines listed above, because it’s a lot of money for a little bit of product, and, let’s face it, in a Curly Haired’s world, there’s no such thing as ‘Family Size’! I can usually hit up Walmart or CVS and get a giant bottle of both this shampoo and conditioner and pay around $9 TOTAL! THAT, my friends, is a deal!

2- Find a good oil.

I’m partial to a salon quality Argan oil, but you can use whatever suits you best depending on your type of curl. You’re probably going to pay a little more for the oil than you would some of your other products, but at a couple of pumps a few times a week, one bottle can last months. 

3- Develop a solid after-shower routine.

This was a hard one for me to figure out, but once I got the hang of it, what used to be an hour long process now only takes about 15 minutes. Each routine will vary from person to person depending on your curls/resources/etc., but here is mine:

  • -First of all, I never wash out all of my conditioner. I don’t walk out of the shower with my hair still sudsy, but I leave just enough in that it makes the next 15-20 minutes a smoother process. 
  • -I start by squeezing all of the excess water out of my hair, (honestly, I’ve learned that my life post-shower is so much easier if I just stand on a towel) making sure that it’s still pretty damp, but not dripping down your shoulders. It’s a fine line. 
  • -Then, I rub a little bit of whatever curl milk I’m planning on using later into my hair (I only just learned this about a month ago and it has SAVED MY LIFE!) this seriously makes the whole brushing your hair out thing eight billion times easier. I know that people say you’re not supposed to brush your hair when it’s wet, but most of those people have board-straight hair and no actual valid opinions. You can brush curly hair when wet, or not at all. There is no in-between. 
  • -Brush it out. I start from the ends and work your way up to avoid as much breakage as possible.
  • -Now I add my oil. A few pumps of Argan into my palm, and I make sure to rub it all over my hands so no matter how I touch my hair, the oil is making contact. Try to avoid the roots, just because you have your own natural oils living there and they get kind of angry (greasy) when you invite other people in. I’ve found the easiest method in doing this is to start at the highest point you plan on putting the oil, and then twisting your hair into sort of a faux-pony tail, it spreads evenly and you don’t have to worry about your hair tangling again.
  • -Flip and scrunch! Put however much curl milk you feel necessary into your palms, flip your hair and get to work! I like to start in my biggest problem area, which is the base of my neck. I put a little more product there than I do anywhere else because it dries out so quickly. Once I’m done, I flip my hair back and scrunch up the curls on the crown of my head a little more, just because I have an issue getting a lot of volume up there.

4- Satin pillow cases are expensive.

It’s true. I know everyone says that the way to keep moisture locked into your hair is to sleep on satin pillow cases, but they’re expensive and my head slides around. No bueno. So, I’ve found a loophole! The messy bun! It’s a life saver, really. I usually wash my hair before bed, so when I’m done putting the products in, I flip my hair over again, collect it all into a bun at the very top of my head and tie it off (I use scrunchies. They don’t leave those annoying hair-tie lines in your hair). Make sure you’re not tying it too tight though, or else it could ruin the curls and you’ll wake up with a frizzy head. This locks in the moisture and protects your curls from those pesky cotton pillow cases.

5- Stop hurting your hair!!

It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Spent hours in the bathroom with a fan and a flat iron trying to look like Megan Fox. (and proceeded to sweat out all of that hard work in a matter of hours). Stop it. Throw out the flat iron, the curling rod you use after the flat iron to get those pretty beach waves, and the hair dryer- YES! I said the hair dryer. Even with a diffuser, you’re causing unnecessary damage to those beautiful curls of yours! Be nice to your hair!

6- Vitamins.

Biotin. I’m not kidding. It keeps your hair long, curly and most of all- Healthy! It’s cheap at any Walmart or drug store and as a bonus, it helps out your hair and skin too!


That’s all I’ve got for now. If I think of some others, I’ll come back and add them, but if you have any opinions or tips that I didn’t mention here, PLEASE add them! Let’s have a discussion, learn and GROW together! (See what I did there?)

Jasper

Folk names: Gug (ancient Assyrian), rainbringer (American Indian)

Energy: Various

Planet: Various

Element: Various

Powers: Healing, protection, health, beauty

Magical uses: Jasper is a common stone, an opaque variety of chalcedony, which is a form of quartz. Found in a wide range of colors- red, brown, and green being quite common- it has been used in magic since the earliest times. 

Generally, jasper is worn or carried to promote mental processes and to restrain dangerous desires or whims that could lead to hazardous situations. 

It is also a protective stone, against both physical and nonphysical hazards. 

A piece of jasper held in the hand during childbirth guards the mother and her child. It is also worn to relieve pain, especially during childbirth.

Perfectly carved arrowheads of jasper are worn to attract luck to its wearer. 

Each color has its own corresponding magical nature and uses. 

Red jasper (energy: projective, planet: Mars, element: fire): Red jasper was engraved with images of lions or archers and carried to guard against poison and to cure fevers. A fine protective stone, it is utilized in defensive magic, for it sends negativity back to the original sender. It is also carried or used during healing and health spells. Red jasper is worn by young women to promote beauty and grace.

Green Jasper (energy: receptive, planet: Venus, element: earth): This is a healing amulet and health talisman. Ring green candles with green jasper to promote the body’s healing or to ward off ill health. Wear to halt hallucinations and to promote restful sleep. It is also worn to become more sympathetic towards others’ emotional mental states. 

Brown Jasper (energy: receptive, planet: Saturn, element: earth): Wear brown jasper for centering and grounding, especially after heavy magical ritual, psychic, or spiritual work. If you tend to live with your head in the clouds to the point of endangering your physical life, wear a brown jasper. 

Mottled jasper (energy: projective, planet: Mercury, element: air): Wear a mottled jasper for protection against drowning. It is said to be especially potent for this purpose when carved with an image of an equal-armed cross, representing the powers of the four elements, of foundation, of control. 

(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic)

People really hate you for loving yourself 🤔The #bodypositive movement has been mocked by so many and I’ve felt almost embarrassed by it and never thought I’d make a post explaining my journey to self love and positivity.

Ofcourse as a fat darkskin women I’ve heard my fair share of hate and ridicule in my everday life, but never online. I’ve learned to surround myself with like minded people who understand media manipulation and marketing targeted at women to make them hate themselves for corporate greed. 💅

A few days ago I was getting dressed to go to the park with my five year old neice and she asked me “why are you so fat?” Ofcourse my first reaction was to laugh because it was hilarious! Why am I so fat!? But then she processed to say “you used to look normal and know you’re so big”.

Normal. I was never “normal”. I’ve been fat my entire life except for two years in high school when I spent half the time starving myself and the other half purging my food. It was the word normal that triggered such an intense emotion. I tried to figure out a away to explain to this little five year old girl that fat is normal. It’s my normal and it’s ok. Because in just her five years on earth she’s already been taught that it isn’t. And all of my life I have been taught that it isn’t until I switched my narrative and realized that for me it is.

Screw all the “but your health” creeps. No one gave a damn about my health when I went days without eating and had a ‘healthy" bmi. No one cares until you choose to live your life without the “rules” that have been engraved in us like stone. So yea I think my fat stomach, stretch marks and flabby arms are beautiful and you know what you can kiss if you don’t!🍑

The Language of Aromatherapy

When learning Aromatherapy it is super important to have a grasp of the common vernacular - below is a list of common therapeutic terminology.

Analgesic: Relieves pain
Anaphrodisiac: Reduces sexual desire
Anti-emetic: Helps to reduce or alleviate vomiting
Antimicrobial: Kills pathogens - similar to antiseptic, however, antimicrobial kills pathogens whereas antiseptic inhibits growth.
Antipruritic: Relives itching
Anti-sudorific: Reduces excessive sweating
Antiviral: Inhibits the growth of viruses
Calmative: Produces sedative effect
Cephalic: Relates to disorders of the head, especially stimulants of the mind
Cicatrisant: Promotes the formation of scar tissue
Demuculent: Soothes, softens and prevents irritation of mucous membranes
Emmenagogue: Induces menstration
Expectorant: Promotes the removal of mucous from the respiratory system
Febrifuge: Reduces fever
Hypotensor/Hypotensive: Lowers blood pressure
Hypertensor/Hypertensive: Raises blood pressure
Nervine: A nerve tonic
Rubefacient: Local circulatory stimulant - may cause reddening of skin
Styptic: Stops external bleeding
Vulnerary: An agent that is applied externally to help heal cuts, sores and other open wounds.

There are plenty of other terms but they are much more obvious - having a good understanding of the above allows for a better understanding of all the incredible uses of essential oils.

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