Okay, soooo as a black person, I’ve never had sunburn. Since I’m going to Puerto Rico & it’s hotter annnd i have this thing where if i get toooo hot, I’ll possibly have a subtle allergic type reaction (rare) i decided it would be wise to get some sunscreen…..i stood in the sun screen aisle for 10 minutes not knowing what brand to get or anything. Then i remembered, well of course I’ve never payed attention to the commercials, they don’t advertise to me anyway. Then i turned the corner & saw this. Thank you Palmer’s because no other brand made this statement. -Rena

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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Skincare Basics: Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

You’ve probably heard the phrase “wear sunscreen every day” so many times that it’s beginning to sound a bit like a broken record, BUT wearing sunscreen every day is something we should all do and it’s the key essential for keeping your skin protected from environmental damage. Whether you work outdoors, walk to work, take public transport or work in a stuffy office your skin is most likely going to suffer.

Wearing Sunscreen every day may seem like a waste of time and energy, but the environment can still take its toll on your skin even if you’re not at the beach.. Daily sunscreen use has SO many benefits and those reasons alone should make you want to reach for your SPF 30. 

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The Best Sunscreens for Your Lips

Get transported to the tropics even if you’re laying out by a kiddie pool in the backyard with yummy scents like banana, coconut, mango, pomegranate, and key lime.

Sun Bum Scented Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ ($4)

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For kissable lips and a fresh lemony scent, this is my drugstore go-to. It comes in a variety of tints, too, but this one smells like summer.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 20 in Quenched ($4)

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For ChapStick loyalists, swap your classic balm for this protective version with the same great feel and long-lasting coverage.

ChapStick Lip Balm with SPF 30 ($2)

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This lip treatment is enhanced with fruit butters like raspberry and avocado. It’s a bit waxy on application but not sticky, and it lasts through an afternoon in the sand and surf.

Coola SPF Liplux SPF 30 ($12)

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Packed with shea butter and avocado oil, this squeezable balm has become a popular choice for both preventing and soothing cracked, dry lips. Try the grapefruit ginger flavor for a refreshing summer option.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($8)

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As the name implies, this balm is quenching and protective. I’m loving this new shade, which has a just-ate-a-popsicle, sheer berry stain.

Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm in Crush ($15)

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For soft, supple, protected lips, wear this balm solo or under your favorite lipstick.

Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35 ($22)

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While many lip balms feel waxy or sticky, this one is smooth and moisturizing. They have a mint formula, too, but I prefer the acai scent to match my summer breakfast smoothie bowls.

SuperGoop Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30+ ($9)

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For the most luxurious daily protection, this fancy balm has a delicate rose scent and moisturizing, non-sticky feel while offering broad spectrum protection.

Chantecaille Lip Screen SPF 15 ($38)

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Not only does this add protection to the delicate skin on your lips, it also enhances the color by reacting with your skin like magic. Added mango butter makes it feel lustrous on contact.

Dior Addict Lip Glow ($33)

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This wonderous stick is 100% natural and moisturizing when applied to your lips — and also to nose, ears, and other tricky spots prone to sunburns. It’s the perfect thing to stash in your bag on summer days.

Clarins Sunscreen Stick For Sun-Sensitive Areas SPF 30 High Protection UVB/UVA ($28)

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Wise people know to apply (and reapply!) SPF to their faces and bodies, but lips are often neglected and the thin skin can burn easily. As a kid, my mom always made sure I applied lip balm with added SPF when spending time outdoors, and now I feel it’s my duty to do the same. Here are my tried and trusted favorite tubes for sun protection.

The Best Sunscreen For Your Face
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I have waited for LUSH to come out with something like this since the scent of Summer began to carry itself upon the breeze. Sunscreen! Yes, LUSH is coming out with Sunscreen products to help you enjoy the sun without the danger of damaging your skin. Now, keep in mind everyone that this has only been released on LUSH’s UK site at the moment but here are the sunscreen products that are up for grabs if you can’t wait to get your greedy mitts on them.

The first up is a powdered sunscreen for those who cannot stand the icky sticky feeling of traditional sunblock. SPF 15 protection with hints of citrus and lemon scents for a non stick and softer sunscreen experience.

Looking for more protection? The Sunblock (get it? Because it’s a block of sunscreen? Ahaha… ahem) is a shower applied product. Hop in the shower and cover self in a generous coating of rose absolute and chamomile fragrances enriched with shea and cocoa butters.

If you want to work on becoming a bronze beauty, use this sesame oil and cocoa butter based suntan lotion with an SPF of 10. 

And finally, keep that million dollar face protected with a facial sunscreen and moisturizer. Almond, oatmeal and sesame seeds created a smooth, creamy lotion that helps nourish and protect your skin and to make you smell fantastic, tonka absolute and lavender give you a delicate balance of heavenly stardom.

I honestly hope these products come out to US and Canadian retail stores soon but if not, I know what I’m ordering from across the pond.



August 30, 2015: Skin Positivity Day

I’m not sure how relate-able this is for most of you, but the things I dislike most about my skin are: 

Photos 1&2: Varicose veins

I don’t have a lot of them, and they don’t show up well in photos, but I have them on my ribs (wtf!!), a couple on my thighs, and a really huge one on my knee, which makes my knee look like I have a huge bruise just beneath it all the time.  I know there are treatments for these, and I was hoping once I got near my goal weight to have something done about them (in case more showed up). 

These really make me feel OLD, OLD, OLD, even though I know that age isn’t the only factor that creates them (I’ve seen people much younger than me with many more than I have), but it still makes me think of my Grandma. :/

Photos 3&4: Age Spots

I have blotches of dark and light spots all over my arms, legs and chest. Pretty much anywhere that gets sun.  If you ever noticed when I posted pictures of the readings from my POLAR HRM in the past, they would be cropped to only show the watch, NOT MY ARM. I think they look horrible, especially on close up pictures. They aren’t quite so noticeable on distance photos. 

Although I have been sunburnt badly several times over my life (I grew up in Florida!) mostly, I don’t burn, I tan, so I never wore sunscreen with any regularity. I don’t know if wearing sunscreen would’ve prevented or reduced these, but … maybe. 


I also have stretch marks, but honestly, those don’t bother me. And I have dark patches where my skin has rubbed against itself over the years at my waist and bikini line, but those are easily hidden from 99% of the people, so I don’t often think about them. The dark veins and age spots are not so easily concealed since I can’t stand long pants or long sleeves in the summer. 

Hey since it’s summer, please don’t forget to WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY SINGLE DAY

-you need to use an amount the size of a large coin on your face.
-sunscreen should be the last thing you put on before your makeup- it goes on top of serum, moisturizer etc.
-you cannot layer SPF. Putting an SPF 15 on top of an SPF 30 doesn’t make it an SPF 45.
-you need to reapply ever couple hours and every time you get out of the water.
-your lips can sunburn, so it’s worth it to buy a Chapstick with SPF.
-cosmetic powder that claims to have SPF is completely ineffective, don’t even bother with it.