Swaggable: Alive Reef Safe Sunscreen from Sea Kind #Review

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Sea Kind makes several products for the face and body, from sunscreens to bath salts. I received a tube of the Alive Reef Safe Sunscreen and liked that the product is advertised as being 100% natural. It’s a good start for my skin and especially with this summer being in the pool a little more than usual. The formula provides 20% Zinc Oxide and is broad-spectrum, protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays. The tube came with zero information when it came to contents and oddly the product had no marker when it came to SPF. I know! A sunscreen tube that does not reflect the coverage of SPF was a first for me but this is why we have google ūüôā

I seek and I find that Sea Kind makes only one sunscreen formula and it comes in SPF 30. You won’t see the number in the description on the product’s page¬†and ready for ordering, but if you put your mouse over the bottle’s image….viola!

  • Naturally Derived Ingredients (from the website):
    ZINC OXIDE 20%, PURIFIED WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, COCONUT OIL, CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, CASTOR OIL, POLYGLYCEROL-10 LAURATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, SUNFLOWER OIL, JOJOBA OIL, TOCOPHEROLS, ACOPHYLLUM NODOSUM. HYALURONIC ACID, IRON OXIDES, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYL HEXYL GLYCERIN, PROPRIETARY BLEND OF FRUIT, HERB AND FLOWER ESSENTIAL OILS COMPLYING WITH THE ISO 9235 NATURAL STANDARD.

NO OXYBENZONE. NO PARABENS, PHTHALATES OR SULFATES. NO SYNTHETIC COLORS, DYES OR FRAGRANCE. NON-GMO, CRUELTY FREE

  • Price Point: $24.95 and again you have to put your mouse over the bottle’s image to see that it’s for a bottle that supplies 3.0 fluid ounces.

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Results:

Being a Southern California native, I have tried mostly every brand and formula readily available. I look for a product that does not clog my pores, is long lasting and simply works. I always found the first two features present but working on my fair skin was always the issue. I can start tanning rather quickly with SPF 50 on me but not all are created equal. Looking lobster red is not cute no matter the bikini you just bought and let’s not get into how bad it is health wise and much less how it feels that evening and the following days. I was weary of trusting a SPF 30 product to protect me enough. I have even given up on being tint/oily free and found peace having a white film as long as I could swim and stroll without looking like a sea creature but I decided to test this out. You will notice the “Non-Nano” on the bottle and this means the product will not absorb into your skin. As stated on the site, “The 200 namometer size particles avoids the risk of absorption in the body caused by smaller nano particles”. The formula also says water resistant and I used the every 80 minutes rule when it came to reapplication because again this was not stated on the product or site.

Verdict:

I can state that the product is light, leaves a slight oil shimmer but not even close to calling it oily. It just looks like you applied a light lotion and my face remained protected with zero clogs or blemishes, so zero penalties for trying not to burn. I tanned but no redness so protection was there and this was being in the pool and surviving 3 tidal waves that my wonderful Husband claims 2 were pure accident but since I had already assigned blame, the third one was “just because” he was already getting the evil eye from me.

Final Verdict:

I like the product and wish I could have tried it longer but my test tube really satisfied 2 face applications. I like the formula and it’s claims. Being 100% natural is rare and working is rarer for me. I just leave it in your hands when it comes to paying almost $25 for 3.0 ounces. My application was light on the second reapply, and that equated to using .33 fluid ounces for 160 minutes of pool time and just on my face. I would purchase this to be seriously blemish and irritant free on the face but can’t suggest taking the plunge for total body application unless you don’t see the sun much and can make the tube stretch.

Checkout the entire line of Face and Body Products from Sea Kind:

  • On-line–¬†http://sea-kind.com/sea-kind-ultra-sunscreen
  • Facebook–¬†https://www.facebook.com/pages/SEA-KIND/424252987638160
  • Twitter–¬†https://twitter.com/SeaKind
  • Google+–¬†https://plus.google.com/106139072276040110862/about
  • Pinterest–¬†http://www.pinterest.com/seakindpinteres/

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Swaggable and Sea Kind. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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BzzAgent: Coppertone ClearlySheer For Sunny Days Sunscreen Body Lotion #Review #Coppertone

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I know we need it and this is why I use it, but I don’t have to like it. This has been my attitude towards SPF anything in the past. I even apply the shot glass worth to my face and try not to make faces while doing it. I tell myself while applying where I don’t need it as the sun won’t be seeing this or that, in hopes I can talk myself down from continuing to achieve a oily but white chalky look for the sake of protection. I have also opted in just not going out because I did not feel like being greasy that day. ¬†Staying indoors while the birds and squirrels tease me by having feathers and fur is not my ideal way of spending Summer. ¬†Having a pool means even the water taunts me in coming out but “lobster girl” is not something I desire and last I checked, not exactly in the hot looks for 2014!

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In comes Coppertone’s new solution for “SPF Frightened” people like me. CLEARLYSheer’s formula allows the user to still be protected with their SPF 30 and SPF 50 formulas, but minus the I bathe in milk look. Your skin remains your own color tone, plus the formula is non-irritating. Friendly to acne, but in the way like it does not clog your pores or cause any breakouts. You have a sheer finish that moisturizes but is not heavy. Yet you can play for up to 80 minutes in the water before needing to reapply…….I call that living in peace with the sun. The sun does not burn me, so I don’t have to hide from it so beware those that go near me when I’m in the pool, I’m the splashing kind ūüôā

 

You can check-out Coppertone and find the formula that fits your needs at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from BzzAgent and Coppertone.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours. #GotItFree

 

 

BzzAgent: Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen Spray lotion #Review #Coppertone

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It’s hot and the weather started warming quickly in California, as we never really got to experience a real Winter. Yes, the days got overcast but the sky never opened up, thus we are experiencing a severe drought. The sun and protection from it is an all-year-round worry in Southern California, so everyone welcomes a discount or even a free sample.

I was able to test drive the new Coppertone ClearlySheer products, both in lotion and spray lotion form. ¬†You have two formulas and one comes in a blue and white colored bottle for “Beach & Pool” and the other is the yellow bottle, “For Sunny Days”. ¬† Each has it’s own application and I am fond of both because quite simply……I have not burned this Spring or Summer.

I used the Spray formula in both versions and even found the formula ¬†“For Sunny Days” performed well if I had a short dip in the pool. ¬†The spray has a nice application tip that allows even coverage and you can just spray and go. ¬†Great for when the hour comes to reapply for continuing protection. ¬†The sunscreen does not clog pore and dries sheer. ¬†No longer do you have to deal with that white film over your skin that stained clothes, made you look milky and let’s not forget that feeling that your skin can’t breathe. ¬†I did find a residue is left but think of how it feels when you apply coconut oil, your skin still can breathe but the oil does not feel heavy or nasty.

My only Con:

The product is sheer as I mentioned but because of the residue, sand will stick to you if you are at the beach and if you are gardening, dirt and even leaf trimmings may stick on. ¬†An easy flick gets it off but you do get those “dirt creases” in areas like the inside of your wrist or the inside part of your arm, back of the knees….and so forth. ¬†I don’t burn so I think it’s totally worth a little grime that in the end I made and found by doing yard work.

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You can check-out Coppertone and find the formula that fits your needs at:

 

I received the above product(s) free of charge from BzzAgent and Coppertone.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours. #Got it Free

 

 

 

 

Olay Total Effects 7 in One with SPF 15, fragrance free Moisturizer

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I am always very¬†enthusiastic¬†to try new brands, new products, and love sharing them with you. ¬†I tend to get a little more happier when I receive an Olay product because who doesn’t want more of the good stuff? ¬†Olay is the good stuff!

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After I shared one of my many reviews, Olay kindly sent me a little gift as a show of appreciation. ¬†I was floored! ¬†I seriously thought it would be a coupon and this girl never shrugs saving money and especially on brands I buy. ¬†I waited and soon after a parcel arrives. ¬†I open the parcel to find a beautiful black box with the Olay logo (you bet I kept it), a beautifully written card thanking me (kept it too), the Olay Total Effects 7-in-One item, and a manicure/pedicure kit. ¬†I just have to EeeeeK……all over again. ¬†I could not hold back my¬†enthusiasm¬†and was floating on cloud 9 for a bit there. ¬†Now, that I have come down, I can do this review.
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I have seen the commercials of the young bride that starts her life with marriage, work, then the kids and still looks like the day she got married after “X” amount of bottles. ¬†Okay, the advertisement infected my mind and I wanted the bottle she uses. ¬†I even told my husband that I bet I could make my bottle stretch longer than she did! ¬†I know, I know, I have no shame and Hubby called me cheap! ¬†I then started to see the same model in¬†advertisements¬†in the magazines I read and yup, I took that as I taunt :)!! ¬†Taunt me no more and Olay must have read my brain, or maybe before I start assigning them mind reading capabilities…….just maybe they picked one of their most popular products to send now that Summer is nearing. ¬†Nonetheless, I must know if I can turn back and slow down time so let’s attack the aging clock of doom again!! ¬†I bet you did not know I have magical powers ūüôā
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The Olay Total Effects 7-in-One very clearly states it’s an anti-aging, fragrance free moisturizer with sunscreen. ¬†These are the three things that any¬†dermatologist¬†states is needed to really take some power back against the hands of time. ¬†You need a Broad Spectrum SPF and this one has it at a nice SPF 15. ¬†You need to prevent future damage and the sunscreen is the first key to that, plus protecting against free radicals that are out there waiting to get us and sometimes associated with fragrances too. ¬†This is a fragrance-free formula, and last but not least, you need properties that fight anti-aging. ¬†I will get into that right now:
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Total Effects Fights 7 Signs of Aging
1. Fine Lines and wrinkles: reduces the appearance of both!
2. Age Spots: reduces brown spots!
3. Uneven Texture: smoothes and evens out skin’s texture!
4. Dryness: we always hear, “moisturize…moisturize”, and this¬†moisturizer¬†does that plus nourishes with vitamins and antioxidants!
5. Free Radical Damage: Remember what I stated above?  This product helps defend you against those pesky Aging Demons!
6. Dullness: everyone wants that healthy glow and this product delivers, giving your skin a healthy radiance!
7. Pores: my husband says having pores is part of having skin, but he also snacks on cheese and crackers and does not gain a pound! ¬†I snack on them……well let’s not go there and just say minimization can be had with this moisturizer!
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Let’s do the math and that is seven exclamation marks and that looks like this !!!!!!!……so does it work?
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I use my magic skills again and I speed up time to 2 weeks and I can say that “!!!!!!!” should really be times 8,9,10…..! ¬†Not only did the moisturizer deliver on it’s claims but I¬†experienced¬†zero issues with acne, blemishes, clogged pores, whatever makes my skin bump. The only bumps I want on my skin are goose bumps because they last a few seconds and I usually get rosy cheeks right after (sort of a healthy glow). ¬†I purchase sunscreen but my application is poor. ¬†I always use a quarter size, rub it into my hands and then lightly pat up and down my face for what I call even coverage. ¬†So, it’s my way of saying, “yeah, I use sunscreen everyday”, but won’t admit that I dislike what it does to my face so I pretend to sort of apply it. ¬†Then comes that whole argument about being indoors most of the time anyways but you know in the end my skin loses. ¬†I can finally cut back on all the layers of “stuff” because it is not proper to state what my husband calls my beauty regimen. ¬†I have to wait while everything dries and then top it off with make-up. ¬†With Summer approaching, I never look forward to it.
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My new beauty regimen is now Olay Total Effects 7-in-One moisturizer with sunscreen (only 1 pump needed), eye cream……ummmm make-up. ¬†Yeah, I just shocked myself. ¬†No more fanning myself with my hands or standing under the ceiling fan with my face tilted up. ¬†I wonder what the dog thinks of that one! ¬†Now, to simplify my night regimen.
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Oh, in case you think I forgot, now when the Total Effects commercial comes on…..yeah, I tell her I have my own bottle too ūüėõ
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¬†The Olay Total Effects 7-in-One product comes in 1.7 FL. OZ for about $18.99. ¬†Please do not forget to look for coupons when purchasing and don’t forget about the Procter & Gamble rebate programs!
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I received this product free of charge from Olay, as a gift.  I had no obligation in reviewing it but after having such positive results, I wanted to share.  My review is based on my experience and usage,  which may differ from yours.

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