Mineral Sunscreens

It’s prime time for sunscreen so I’m sharing a new review by Renée aka Gothamista.

I’m well stocked as it is and have been using Dear, Klairs Everyday Sun Protector, which goes on smoothly and isn’t greasy. It’s SPF 50+ and PA++++. As you may know SPF 50 is considered overkill by many dermatologists. I got this as part of a set but would definitely repurchase.

I’m also using Anessa’s Essence UV sunscreen aqua booster. it absorbs well, but till it does feels slightly greasy. Again it’s SPF 50+ PA++++. Dear, Klairs is a South Korean company and Anessa is Japanese. I think these countries are tops for sunscreen. In the US products are only PA+++ so more there’s more protection against the sunrays that cause wrinkles.

Favorite Beauty Vloggers

After learning about the wonders of Korean skin care from the Wall Street Journal, I went to YouTube to learn more. There I discovered some vloggers who’re enjoyable and informative. I’ve been sharing these folks with my sister and friends so it seemed I should blog about them and have a one-stop spot for people to sample top beauty bloggers.

Joan Keem

Joan’s a Korean American who’s now living in Seoul where she creates upbeat, informative videos and works for a radio station, I think. In addition to beauty videos she’ll also upload videos about travel and fashion.

Gothamista

Urbanite and self-professed “long time product junkie” Renée has worked in the beauty industry for years. She puts together videos that show her insider know-how. Like Joan, she’s upbeat. I like how she’s willing to show herself without a drop of make up and that she’s closer to my age.

The Beauty Breakdown


Morgan, authentic and energetic, has a very down-to-earth approach to skin care and cosmetics. I like how she’s so real. If she doesn’t like something, she lets you know. So you can use her recommendations with confidence.

Sunnydahey

Sunny is a law school graduate, vlogger and friend of Joan’s. she’s down to eart and gives honest opinions. I like when vloggers honestly point out short coming’s of products.

Gothamista

Urbanite and self-professed “long time product junkie” Renée has worked in the beauty industry for years. She puts together videos that show her insider know-how. Like Joan, she’s upbeat. I like how she’s willing to show herself without a drop of make up and that she’s closer to my age.

Meej Muse

An Australian Korean make up artist, Jen Kim makes informative, fun videos on skin care, make up, life style, travel and woman-in-the-street interviews on social issues. She’s fun and smart and quite professional with her video and post-production skills.

Here’s one of her videos on Seoul.

The Chriselle Factor

Chriselle Lim is the most sophisticated of the bunch. I don’t watch her as often becaue she seems so out of my league. She’s worked hard to make a place in the fashion world of YouTube, but I can tell I don’t and won’t have her budget for clothes, makeup or anything. She does have a sense of humor and wit which she uses in her videos, but still I feel she’s more high fashion than I want to be. Her videos are well-made and she deserves kudos for the production values.

Do you have favorite vloggers on any subject? If so, share links and below and I’ll check them out. They can be on any topic.

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Sunscreens for the Summer

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That’s not me

My first job out of college was at the American Academy of Dermatology as a receptionist.  A big function of that organization was publicizing the bad side of getting too much sun and how that leads to skin cancer.

With an Irish and English heritage, I’m a prime target for skin cancer. Part of the problem was how I’d lay in the sun as a kid. My mother always promoted this as she believed a medium rare look was healthy. I think we’ve learned it isn’t.

Now it seems my father’s best friend is his dermatologist who he seems to be seeing every month to get yet another lesion removed. I do not want to live like that. So  I’ve been wearing sunscreen or make up with sunscreen quite faithfully. The trouble is the Neutrogenia 50 SPF cream I’m using feels rather tacky and heavier than I like.

Enter Japan

From the beauty vloggers I’ve seen, I’ve learned that Japan makes the best sunscreens. Not only do they have high SPFs, but they have better PA plus numbers. As Renee fro Gothamista explains above PA+++, etc. refers to the filters that eliminate the suns forces that cause aging.

Lisa of Beauty Bemused, below, gives very detailed run downs of a wide range of sunscreen products from Japan and Korea. What I like is that she mentions the price so when I hear “pricey” I can ignore that product.

Even if you can’t find these products easily, I’ve gotten Asian skincare products from Yesstyle. com and Memebox.com.