i kno its all ~serious~ and shit rn but I’m just interrupting myself here to let u kno that Augustus is rolling up to their backyard in this dramatic moment looking like this. ok carry on

Protecting Your Skin Against Harmful Summer Rays

Hey sunshine lovers! Summer will be here before we know it, which means long days spent under the sun. While the sun provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, too much of anything can be a bad thing – especially if you don’t protect yourself. Follow these tips for protecting your skin against harmful summer rays.

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Sunscreen reccomendations!
Youve got to wear sunscreen when using a chemical exfoliator but you also should wear sunscreen for many other reasons, which you can google on yr own.
* = other sunscreens by this brand are also reccomendable
- Biore UV Aqua Spf 50*: irritating for some with sensitive skin, no white cast, holy grail for many people.
- LRP Anthelios Spf 50*: slight white cast, suitable for oily skin. May be irritating for sensitive skin.
- Biore UV Perfect Face Milk spf 50*: no white cast.
- Shiseido Oil free Spf 42*: suitable for oily and sensitive skin. Leaves a white cast.
- Jack Black oil free Spf 45: suitable for oily skin, no white cast, great ingredients.
- Ultrasun Baby Spf 50*: Im using this one rn, leaves a white cast which is manageable for light skin, not for dark skin. Gentle and does not break me out, no irritating ingredients
- Josie Maran SPF 47: Dark skin friendly and moisturising.
- Shiseido Senka SPF 50*: No white cast, not irritating, suitable for acne prone skin.
EltaMD SPF 47: No white cast but looks oily on the skin, not irritating.

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ‘97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how many possibilities lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

—  Mary Schmich

♡ MERRY’S REVIEW: A’pieu - Pure Block Natural Sun Cream ♡

  • Type: Daily
  • Price: Approximately $8 - $10 online


  • Absorbs fairly quick
  • No tackiness
  • No shine
  • No white cast
  • Affordable


  •  Slight sunscreen smell

Comments: Branded as one of the best products on beauty show, Get it Beauty, many have raved about this sun cream. In a normal squeeze tube, the product comes out in a white and moisturizing consistency. There is nothing much to complain about to be honest. This is perfect for daily usage, but A’pieu also has many varieties of sun products such as water proof, sun gels, sun milks and etc.

Ratings: 5/5

Any questions, contact me at MerryL1007@gmail.com

My current face routine:

step 1: If i have makeup on i always use my organic coconut oil. Its really light and is a gentle way to get all my makeup off. I have found it works better than any makeup pads i have used before. To use it just grab about a nickle size amount and rub it in your palm, this will make it liquify and then you can rub it on your face in circular motions. After really rubbing it in use a gentle rag and wipe it off or you can use an absorbent paper towel if you want.

step 2: I wash with this in the morning and at night after getting all my makeup off ,CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for normal to dry skin. I love this wash especially if my skin is dry because it leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated after using it.  

Step 3: After letting my face dry i will use Dickson’s Original Witch Hazel pore perfecting toner. You can use your fingertips to put this on or a cotton pad, whatever you like best. I love this stuff because it is fragrance free and is very gentle. It helps to depuff and soothe inflamed skin.

Step 4: Now after letting my face dry from my toner i will put my cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+ on. Even though it has SPF in i put it on morning and night. It is very moisturizing and feels soothing on my skin.

Step 5: I religiously put my Dr. Dans Cortibalm all through out the day. This is the best lip balm that i have been able to find so far.

Step 6: All throughout the day i will use my coca butter but if i am feeling extra dry or just got out of the shower/bath then i will use my Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for dry or sensitive skin. This stuff is is very thick and will instantly give your skin a moisturizing feeling.

Step 7: My Aloe Vera 100% Gel ( pure no color added)  I only use if i have been out in the sun that day or if my skin is really inflame. It is pretty sticky so i try and let it dry before falling asleep or it will get all over my pillow but it really does calm my skin down alot. Its also gives you a cooling effect which feels great.

I hope this helps you guys out. I will keep updating my routine if it changes but so far i am loving all these products. Let me know if you have any questions.

Let’s Talk: What “Sun Damage” is and What it Actually Does to Your Skin

I love to lay out on the beach and get a tan as much as the next person, but there’s a reason I cover my entire face with SPF, sunglasses, and a sun hat when I do it.

Yes, vitamin D is beneficial to our overall health, and yes, it’s definitely good to “get some sun” every once in a while, but if there’s one thing you can’t be forgetting in your skincare routine? It’s sunscreen. and a broad spectrum one at that.

There are a few different types of sunscreen: physical, chemical, and physical+chemical suncreens. The difference between these types is the ingredients and how they help to block out harmful UV radiation from your skin. One of the most common sunscreen ingredients, octinoxate, is a chemical sunscreen ingredient, while Zinc Oxide, famous for gracing the noses of the Baywatch crew, is a physical sunscreen ingredient. Which type of sunscreen is best for you is really a test of trial and error, but it’s worth looking into and trying different things. Even on the cloudiest of days, UV radiation is penetrating your skin, so treat it with kindness!!

When it comes to sun damage, the least of your worries is premature aging and freckles. Melanoma, a form of tumor that causes skin cancer, is more prevalent than ever, with over 87,000 new cases to be diagnosed in 2017 alone. That’s not even considering the fact that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetimes, and that 40-50% of people who live to age 65 or older will have had one of two types of skin cancer at least once.

If that doesn’t scare you into wearing sunscreen all OVER your body, if not just your face, I don’t know what will. 

I know this hasn’t been my most informative blog post, but I promise there’s another, much more interesting and thorough, post coming regarding suncreens and their ingredients, and which ones are best for different skin types. As summer approaches, faster than we think, it’s important we start thinking about how to properly protect our skin.

xo. m.

How to Care For Your Lips

If you’ve been following Makeup Tips Blog for a while now you’d probably know that I’m a severe sufferer of dry lips and lip care is something I’m extremely passionate about.

DO: Remove Your Lip Colour

Whether you’ve worn a gloss that lasts five minutes or a lipstick that has lasted all day, chances are you will still have a little residue of something left on your lips. This is why it’s especially important to give your lips a quick clean at the end of the day. When removing lipstick I like to use a nice oil and cotton pad as to prevent drying out the lips.

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You won’t be seeing red anytime soon.

This summer, make it your goal to see beach bonfires burn—and not your skin. We want to make sure no matter where you travel this season, you’re set on sun safety. Below, we rounded up five portable sunscreens in varying formats you’re sure to love. JESSICA VELEZ

Format: All-over lotion

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

There are two types of people in this world: those who lounge by the pool with a book, and those that dive right in. Luckily, inner mermaids with delicate fins don’t have to worry about rays while practicing their backstroke. Shiseido’s Wet Force line now comes with a face and body protector specially formulated for sensitive skin. So just keep swimming—but be sure to reapply the fragrance-free formula every 80 minutes…or whenever you’re sick of playing Marco Polo.

Format: Spray

Supergoop Defense Setting Mist

Supergoop created a sunscreen and setting spray in one, thus saving us from melted foundation and crab face—aka, summertime sadness. After your last cat eye flick, mist on this refreshing minty spray to lock everything in place and get a dose of SPF 50. Here’s the real kicker: You can reapply all day, err day without disrupting your strobe in the slightest. Now if only we could say the same for BBQ sauce…

Format: Stick

Fresh Sugar Sport SPF30

Everything about Fresh Sugar Sport SPF30 screams summer—from it’s neon packaging to its orange ice-pop scent. In true Fresh fashion, the formula is sweetened up with skin-nourishing sugar. It’s also perfect for surfers outfitted in wetsuits since it’s meant to be applied to exposed areas like lips, face, and around the eyes. Plus it’s water resistant. But it’s suitable for anyone with a competitive spirit, since it’s a clear winner in our eyes.

Format: Balm

Coola Liplux

“Thanks, it has SPF” is what you should say when someone compliments your supple lips. Coola LipLux’s creamy (read, not waxy) formula has more than usual, clocking in at SPF 30. Why do your lips need sun protection? It helps prevent photo-aging and burning, which aren’t things you want to kiss hello to anytime soon. Coola’s version comes loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to keep your lips smiling.

Format: Brush

Colorscience Sunforgettable® Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF50

A SPF-infused tinted powder that fits in your clutch? Genius. ColorScience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF50 comes in a purse-friendly tube for easy reapplication. Think of it as a way to shine-proof your complexion while also protecting your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. That’s what we like to call a win-win.