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Is Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen really unseen on dark skin?

I am continuing my quest for finding the best chemical sunscreens for dark skin. Today I am reviewing the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++. I have heard a lot about this brand and they have carved out a specific space in skincare/beauty, where they consider themselves as sunscreen experts and they focus on making high quality, luxe sunscreen products. They have a myriad of offerings – mineral and chemical sunscreens, powders, creams/gels, stick, spray, face, body and baby. As you all know, wearing sunscreen is very important even if you have darker skin. I found this product at Sephora after browsing all of the different formulas. It is broad spectrum so it protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Unseen has a cult following and has even won an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2018. Honestly, what attracted me to this product, was the name – Unseen. Yes, even in 2019, there are lots of sunscreens that I cannot wear (mostly mineral sunscreens) that still leave an ashy/white cast on my skin. I picked up a sample from Sephora and tried it out for a week before I bought it, to make sure that I was not allergic to it.

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Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Basics

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Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen is described as a broad spectrum, invisible, gripping primer for face that you can wear under makeup or alone. It’s a chemical sunscreen in an SPF 40, PA+++ with four commonly used sun filters. It is interesting that the PA rating is listed as it is not usually seen on sunscreens in the US but very common on sunscreens in Asia. SPF gives you an indication of how well it protects against UVB radiation and PA rating (which goes from 2+ to 4+) gives an indication of protection against UVA radiation.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Other Details
  • Suitable for all skin types – dry, oily, normal and combination
  • Oil Free
  • Scentless and weightless
  • Vegan, gluten and cruelty free
  • Paraben-free, oxybenzone free
  • Part of the ‘Clean At Sephora’ programme
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Benefits
  • Meadowfoam Seed Complex – helps with hydration of the skin resulting in a more balanced skin texture
  • Red Algae – helps absorbs the blue light from our electronic devices, which may help contribute to aging of the skin
  • Frankincense – helps to soothe the skin
  • Antioxidant rich – helps protects against free radicals that can form in the presence of UV light. This helps amplify the effect of the sunscreen.
  • Water resistant for 40 minutes
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen – Thoughts and Conclusions

This is really invisible as you can see.

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I barely need to rub it into my skin and it melts and completely disappears. It is very lightweight and it has a very smooth texture (it does contain silicones). It leaves a soft matte or velvet finish and I did not feel sticky, heavy or occlusive in very hot, humid weather. I would not say that it mattifies the skin but it does not add sheen to the skin. I have dry skin and I always use a moisturizer underneath and this is my last skincare step. If you have very oily skin or want a lot of blurring of the skin, I would be very careful in adding too many additional layers, especially in warmer, humid weather. Using something like a mattifying lotion before applying Unseen. If you must use another primer, use it very sparingly only in the areas most needed and after you have applied Unseen. Remember the goal is to protect the skin first.

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The best neon nail polishes! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection

My prayers have been answered! Cirque Colors has brought out a neon nail polish collection for Summer 2018! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 is limited edition and will be gone by mid September. I posted a picture of one of my favourite pick ups for 2017 and I was able to expand on my collection. Neon colours are notoriously hard to get right. They either are not bright enough, or they have a chalky texture or they lose their intensity really quickly.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection has some of the best neons that I have ever tried. Seriously, go check them out! I have been rocking these as often as I could. I love them! A few notes on this particular formula:

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 Tips
  • They don’t need a white base coat.  Full opacity in 2 coats and what you see in the bottle is what you get!
  • They dry down to a plasticized/semi-matte finish. Must use a glossy top coat to maintain the brilliance of the colour.
  • These are blacklight reactive! They glow!!

I picked up four of the six shades. Here are some pictures and a video that I did on this collection.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 in Pictures and Video
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Boozy Brunch

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Taboo

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LAUNCH: ERDEM For NARS Strange Flowers Collection

 

For Summer 2018, NARS collaborates once again with long time fashion design partner, Erdem Moralioglu. The designer brings his nostalgic romance and dreamlike narrative to beauty with the limited-edition Erdem for NARS Strange Flowers Collection.

Bold yet timeless, the color collection is a custom designed palette of demure and daring shades for eyes, lips and cheeks, with additional newness in the form of NARS’ first Lip Powder Palette and Mattifying Blotting Paper. The highly covetable 13-piece capsule collection is encased in sophisticated soft-touch packaging adorned with one of three original floral prints Erdem created for the collaboration.

“It was really interesting to explore my aesthetic in collaboration with NARS and see how far we could push different elements through color and product,” says Erdem. “It was fascinating to develop new pigments and palettes as well as the cosmetics themselves.”

Erdem For NARS – Collection

Lipstick, $28

Six new shades, featuring a creamy, smooth formula, range from bare to bold, sheer to intense.

Blush, $30

Featuring a silky-soft pearlescent finish that departs sheer, yet buildable color, the velvety formula gleams in two new shades.

Multi-Use Highlighting Pencil, $29

Illuminate intrigue with a multi-use highlighting pencil for eyes and cheeks. The new, ultra- smooth formula provides effortless blending and on-the-go radiance. Features an adjustable bottom component that advances and retracts for desired amount – no sharpening necessary.

Eyeshadow Palettes, $49

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Two six-well palettes of highly pigmented, velvety-matte shades deliver light-reflecting color. The formula can be applied sheer or layered for more dramatic effects.

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – Midsummer edition

It’s the dog days of summer! It’s the middle of summer and there is so much happening! And it’s really hot! Just as I like it…so here are a few things that I am looking forward to this weekend in NYC.  And just a heads up…look out for my post of the Manus x Machina exhibit at The Met featuring some special nail art!

NYC African Food Festival

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Feijoada, courtesy of Fort Greene Focus and NYCAFF

I have been waiting for this for MONTHS! A 2 day event in Brooklyn celebrating the beauty and diversity of cuisine from the African continent.  I am so ready to learn so much and eat even more.  Being from the Caribbean, our food is heavily influenced by West African cuisine.  There may be tickets available so check out the website here.

The Rio Summer Olympic Games

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Opening Ceremony, via Rio2016.com

I am a big time sports lover! And not just during major events! If I am not blogging, I am watching sports.  So I will be watching the Games of the 31st Olympiad. Swimming is wrapping up and the Track & Field events will be starting this weekend.

What are you doing this weekend?

Laters!

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7 Best Summer Cream Nail Polishes for Brown Skin – Brights

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More summer favourites! This time I am listing my favourite bright summer colours! The really bright and intense shades that look amazing in the sunlight.  I often have trouble deciding which colour I want to use because I want to wear all of them at once! If you have not checkout out my other post on my favourite summer pastels, check that out here.  Again there is one colour that actually has the teeny, tiniest hit of pearlescence, but it can’t be seen on the nails.  So without further ado, there are the shades that made the cut for my summer bright nail polish.

BEST SUMMER NAIL POLISHES – RED BASED

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