the foolproof sunscreen combo

2017 has been the year of sunscreen searching for me.  it turns out finding a natural, mineral sunscreen for every day that isn’t white or greasy or thick is quite the challenge.  a few months ago i splurged on the suntegrity 5-in-1 tinted sunscreen in light, which is great, albeit a little thick and a little dark.  the color is now perfect but it still has a thickness to it that i could give a pass on.  i also use the ilia tinted moisturizer in t2, but it only has spf 20 so it’s more of a makeup item for me than a sunscreen.bb sunscreen combo.jpgafter finishing up another tube of lackluster non-tinted sunscreen for every day use, i bought myself the farmacy green screen.  now this rates a 3 on ewg, so not incredible, but i can honestly say it’s the best mineral sunscreen i’ve found to date.  here are the facts: spf 30, 2.4% titanium dioxide, 5.82% zinc oxide, free radical protection, lightweight, no white cast, nongreasy but still dewey.  i think you get the picture, yeah?

so this all brings me to a few mornings ago, when i decided to combine the farmacy green screen with the suntegrity 5-in-1.  and shit. got. real.  the green screen lightens up the density of the suntegrity beautifully, thinning out the product and making the color even more spot-on for my skintone.  they mix together super well, melting into the skin and offering a lightweight layer with slight skin perfecting properties, but nothing heavy or foundation-like in the least.  plus, since they are both mineral sunscreens, i don’t feel weird or like i’m taking away any of the sun protection, and my skin feels and looks healthy and glowing.bb sunscreen combo2.JPGbb sunscreen combo3.JPGthese horrible awkward selfies (also, welcome to my apartment!) were taken in sunlight, with absolutely no filters or editing of any kind.  that’s my real, puffy morning face.  you can see that the coverage is minimal, but my skin looks pretty even-toned and with a hint of natural light to it.  success!  i apply a number of ways: with fingers, with a beauty blender, or with a buffing brush.  just depends on my mood!

so that’s that.  sunscreen and skin made easy.  do you have a go-to sunscreen to share?

the foolproof sunscreen combo

catching the sunrise

IMG_4587.JPGIMG_4616.JPGi’m babysitting my boss’s dog for the week, which is requiring some early morning potty runs.  at 6am to be exact.  normally i wouldn’t be thrilled about being yanked out of bed this early, but right now i kinda really don’t mind.  it’s amazing how nice it can be to get outside just after rising, take a walk and warm my bones, and best of all, watch the sunrise.

i am so lucky to live where i do as the sunrises and sunsets are so gorgeous.  and i can see both of them from my kitchen.  but there’s something about being outside in the morning air, watching the world wake up, that is so magical and spiritual and revitalizing.

i don’t know what the day will bring, what tomorrow will look like, or even what i’ll have for dinner.  but i do know that every day, the sun will rise and the sun will set.  and it will bring with it a beauty and a glory that is unparalleled.  i probably won’t continue walking at 6am when my dog duties are over, but i will always know what the sun looks like at 6am on an april morning.

catching the sunrise

child

i am a child of the moon.  i come alive when everyone else goes to sleep.  it’s when i think, when i understand, when i grow.  i dream, but i’m still awake.  i envision what my world could be, i make plans, i make commitments to myself.  a late night, cozy in bed or going for a drive, i come alive.

i am a child of the sun.  hot coffee on an early morning stirs my soul.  morning light shines, making everything it touches glow brighter and stronger.  the dreams of the night before become realities, or not.  the day begins as a clean slate, endless possibilities stretch before me and all i have to do is pick one.

i am a child of the morning and the night.  i treasure the extremes.  at night, i long for the early morning light.  in the early morning light, i long for the silence of a sleeping house.  i am alone with my mind, i am buzzing along with my thoughts, i am dreaming with my eyes wide open.

child