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On the beach with Badger sunscreen (sport)

Getting Savage On The Beach With Badger’s Broad Spectrum Sport Sunscreen (SPF 35)

July 2, 2013

[ Edits made Nov. 05, 2013 ]

Finding the perfect sunscreen is NOT easy.

Especially if you are a person with extraordinary expectations.

A sunscreen must be able to protect the skin from burning in the sun for a sufficient amount of time. That much is obvious.

And also, it should be made from good quality ingredients. It should be safe to use. In other words, it should not cause the skin to break out with pimples. Or react in any other negative way.

For most people, these are just a few reasonable things to ask for in a sunscreen product.
Badger's Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (SPORT)

But for me, I have a few other things on my list of demands.

I want a sunscreen that does all of the above. But in addition, I want one that does not give off a ghostly white cast.

And it certainly should not cause collateral damage!

So today, we’ll have a look at a natural sunscreen product that I’ve been using: Badger’s Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (For Surfing & Other Performance Sports).

While this sunscreen meets several of my essential criteria, ultimately it falls far far from being that perfect one…

Badger Natural Sunscreen

Badger is an American natural and organic cosmetics company based in New Hampshire.

This particular sunscreen that I got is specifically formulated for Surfing and Other Performance Sports.

It is a thick moisturizing cream that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Badger cut down on all the nonsense by creating this sunscreen with only a total of 5 ingredients!

Someday I’ll have to explain to you why short ingredients lists are really impressive.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 22.5%)

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

*= Certified Organic

Badger Sunscreen Sport

Zinc oxide is a natural physical sunscreen.

It is made from a powdered mineral that sits on top of the skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays. As such, physical sunblocks like zinc oxide tend to give off a whitish cast.

Specifically, all Badger sunscreens are formulated with non-nano uncoated zinc oxide.

Non-nano means that zinc oxide particles are not small enough to be absorbed by the skin and into the bloodstream. And uncoated means that the zinc oxide will not react as much to UV rays nor generate cell-damaging free radicals.

Badger’s website gives a more detailed explanation of Zinc Oxide Sunscreens & Nanoparticles.

On the beach with badger sunscreen (sport)

I’m going to be brief.

When it came to my experience with using Badger’s Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (Sport), this is what I discovered:

The Good

+ Heavy duty protection from the sun.
+ Long lasting protection.
+ Moisturizing for the skin.
+ Does not cause my skin to react in any negative way.
+ Made from safe ingredients.
+ The ingredients list is short and packed with natural & organic ingredients.
+ Incredibly water resistant.

On the beach with Badger sunscreen (sport)

The Bad

– This particular sunscreen will make you look paler than a ghost.
– When you put on it on, it’s like putting on war paint.
– Incredibly difficult to spread and distribute evenly along the skin.
– It is soo thick and heavy!
– It even glows.
– The label says unscented, but there is a strong peculiar smell to it.
– I know this was made for outdoor sports, but there’s a difference between playing beach volleyball and going on a savage war path.
– It stains clothes.

My mistake was going for the one labeled “Sport.” Badger carries several different kinds of sunscreen, and I should have probably gone for the one made for “Daily” or “Active” use.

For me, the worst part about this sunscreen is that it stains clothes. Two of my summer shorts have been stained with white streaks, which I’m still dutifully trying to remove. What kind of sunscreen stains clothes?? This one, apparently.

I wanted this particular sunscreen because I knew I was going to the beach and so I wanted heavy duty protection.

But this sunscreen turned out to be a little too heavy for my needs. Even for running and splashing around in the beach.

Still, it’s not a complete dud because it’s still great for one important thing

Protecting the skin from the sun!

suncream, badger, sunscreen,[Wearing Badger Sport Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 – way to protect yourself!]

Closing Thoughts

I will continue to use this sunscreen!

I think Badger’s Sport Sunscreen with SPF 35 is still great for doing the most important thing of all… protecting the skin from the sun!

Also, it’s made from safe ingredients that do not cause my skin to break out.

I am just going to have to take extra precautions not to get this cream on my or anyone else’s clothing.

And if that unfortunate event were to arrive… I will make sure to point out that…

One good way to remove sunscreen stains (and grease stains and other oily based things) from clothes is with the help of dish detergent! *

When I’m through with this tube, I suppose I’ll be back again on the market for that perfect sunscreen.

One that provides effective protection, made of safe and natural ingredients but does not make me look like a frolicking ghoul and does not stain my clothes!

* thanks to the friendly advice of Jentri, the Badger representative… whose kindly response can be found in the comments section! 🙂


How Much: $15.50 for 87 ml / 2.9 fl oz

Would I Purchase This Sunscreen Again? Actually, it’s not as bad as I originally thought.  No, not this particular one. But I’m interested in trying the “Daily” version of this sunscreen.

 What about you? Which sunscreen product are you using this summer?


Blush Reviews: Makeup Forever HD Cream Brush, Alverde Naturkosmetik Blush, Une Blush Brush

2 Cream Blushes by Make Up For Ever and Alverde + UNE Blush Brush

June 8, 2013

When it comes to makeup, I’ve had to slowly catch up on some of the products and skills that have been missing from my repertoire.

In the past, if I used blushes at all, I’d always use powder blushes. It’s only now that I’ve begun to play around with cream blushes.

So recently, I acquired 2 cream blushes. In addition, I also purchased a nice little blush brush. 

Because the first lesson I’ve had to learn when it comes to makeup is that good BRUSHES are everything!

They don’t call makeup an art for nothing.

Blush Reviews: Makeup Forever HD Cream Brush, Alverde Naturkosmetik Blush, Une Blush Brush

So! Today we’re going to have a look at these three…

1) Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Cream Blush
2) Alverde Naturkosmetik Cream To Powder Rouge
3) UNE Blush Brush



Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush

I bought this blush for a greatly discounted price during a vide-grenier (a boot sale if you will). I think I paid around €10 for it.

The first thing I noticed about it is how richly pigmented it is. Meaning you need to use just an itty bitty drop of this to get a real pop of color.

Because it’s so pigmented, it’s really easy to build up for a more dramatic look.

At the same time, I found it a little tricky to apply because it dries fast. So you have to work quickly to blend it.

Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush

This blush comes in 14 different colors with fanciful names.

I have color #12, which is called “Mandarin” on the Make Up For Ever site but everywhere else it’s known as “First Kiss.”

I would describe the color as a peachy coral, edging on orange. The finish is matte, without the slightest hint of shimmer.

The color looks really pretty on the back of my hand. But on my cheeks? it’s a completely different story.

When I wear this blush, it looks like I’ve been kissed by the sun… a little too long.

So I thought I’d build up the color instead and go for a more dramatic look. But nope. My cheeks just ended up looking dramatically burned. Like red lobster kind of burned.

It’s not the most glamorous color on me. But I sincerely think this color could go well on other skin tones.

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush #12 Swatch

My favorite part about this blush is that it stays on for hours! I timed it at around 5 and a half hours.

This cream blush comes in a plastic pump container. I think it’s the first blush to ever come in this form. Many people have complained about the pump; that it’s too wasteful because it’s hard to get out only the tiny amount that you need.

But not me! Who knows, maybe I have a softer touch 😉

The positives:

+ Highly pigmented.
+ Color stays on for hours (5+ hours).
+ Even though it’s so small, the product can last you for a long time.

The negatives:

– Tricky to apply, you have to work fast!
– Could be tricky to pump out of its container

How Much: Normally, €27.50 for 10 ml

Conclusion: If only I had found this in a color that suited my skin tone… I would have been a big fan of this blush.

It’s got two strong points going for it though. It’s long lasting and richly pigmented.

But if I’m going to be honest, I wouldn’t have bought this blush if I hadn’t found it at such a good discount.


ALVERDE Naturkosmetik’s Cream To Powder Rouge

Alverde Naturkosmetic Blush

This blush was given to me as a gift by my dear friend and fellow beauty blogger Luchessa!

I don’t know much about the brand Alverde. But after a bit of looking around, I’ve learned that it’s a natural and organic brand with incredibly affordable prices. But sadly, I don’t know if you can find this outside of Germany.

The interesting thing about this blush is that it’s a hybrid between a cream and a powder. It’s definitely not as creamy as the Make Up For Ever blush.

When you you touch this blush, it feels smooth and slightly moist. Then it begins to dry and feel powdery if you rub your fingers together.

This blush is not heavily pigmented. And for me, that’s a good thing as I like my everyday look to be more subtle and natural.

The color that I have is #20 Winter Rose. It’s a dark shade of pink that gives my cheeks a warm, flushed color. 

Alverde Naturkosmetic Blush Swatch

The resulting look is soft, with a diffused glow.

What I like most about this brush is that it’s really easy to apply! It spreads easily and evenly across your skin.

I noticed however that this blush is not as long lasting as the Make Up For Ever blush. It begins to fade after  3 hours.

When I saw the retail price of this blush, it seemed suspiciously low.

But then I looked up the ingredients and I was very surprised to find a short list of good quality natural ingredients. Like minerals, jojoba oil, olive oil and chamomile extract.

The positives:

+ Easy to apply.
+ Soft natural color.
+ Adds a soft, healthy glow.
+ Natural, organic ingredients.
+ Incredibly affordable.

The negatives:

– The color doesn’t last very long.
– Only available in Germany.

How Much: €2.95 for 4.7 g

Conclusion: This is a great everyday blush for people who like soft, natural colored makeup.

Its good quality organic ingredients along with its incredibly affordable price makes this blush seem almost miraculous!

Now… where to find this?


UNE Blush Brush

Une Blush Brush

This is a flat-end blush with densely-packed bristles made from synthetic fiber.

I’ve had my eye on this blush brush ever since I got a free makeup session with UNE. Actually, I waited quite a while to finally get this. You might not believe me, but I do follow a beauty budget!

I’m going to be honest and say… when it comes to buying makeup brushes, I have no idea what I’m supposed to be looking for.

But when I saw this, I just fell in love with it!

I love this brush because it’s so small.

I’m a small person with a small face. And makeup experts say, when it comes to brushes, size does matter! 

I’m also really into the clean, white design of the handle and the bristles.

Une Blush Brush

But it wasn’t just about looks.

I love the way that this brush feels on my skin. Ok, so what if it’s not the softest brush in the world!

I just like the way that you press the round flat-end of this brush and then use soft, circular strokes to blend color over your cheeks. The motion in itself is the essence of pampering.

The one bad thing I noticed right away is how the bristles have frayed a bit and fallen off around the sides. But after a couple of uses, it doesn’t seem to be fraying and breaking off as much anymore.

The positives:

+ Small, dainty brush.
+ Soft, blended finish.
+ Love the design.
+ The price is not too bad.

The negatives:

– Bristles fraying and breaking off.

How Much: €13.50

Conclusion: I recently had a problem with my UNE powder foundation crumbling and falling apart. I was very annoyed about this because that ish was expensive and I’d barely gotten to use it.

So. We’ll see how long this UNE brush lasts me…


3 Klorane Haircare Products

A Look At 3 Different Haircare Products By Klorane

June 6, 2013

Klorane is a french cosmetics brand that’s synonymous with hair care.

It’s one of the brands you’ll find in every french pharmacy (which are beauty clinics masquerading as pharmacies), along with well-known beauty brands like Caudalie, Nuxe, La Roche-Posay and Avène.

Even though Klorane is not a natural and organic brand, I’ve been drawn to their products mainly because they are somewhat price-friendly! Of course, it’s all relative isn’t it? What I mean to say is, Klorane is “price-friendly” compared to other french pharmaceutical brands.

But… are the products actually any good?

Ah, that’s the question.

Well, today we’re going to have a look at these 3 different Klorane products that I’ve been using:

3 Klorane Haircare Products

1) Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk
2) Klorane No-Rinse Day Cream with abyssinian oil
3) Klorane Shampoo with mango butter

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

Dry shampoo has been all the rage.

On days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, you can use dry shampoo to soak up oil and dirt from your scalp. So it’s quite convenient and practical.

It’s also a good idea to limit the number of times you wash your hair as washing your hair too often can strip away natural oils. And if you already have dry hair to begin with, you really need those natural oils!

After reading loads of great reviews about it, I picked out and purchased Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk.

This dry shampoo is formulated with a mix of starches, clays and flour. It comes out of a non-aerosol squeeze bottle.

Meaning you squeeze the bottle, and dry shampoo puffs out onto your scalp.

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo

My experience: I really wanted to love this dry shampoo…

For the first 24 hours, this works to keep my scalp clean and prevent my hair from getting greasy. My hair also maintains its volume, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair.

Alas, I can never get that truly clean feeling that I normally get from washing my hair.

And the worst part for me is that this dry shampoo creates this icky build-up on my scalp, which after 24 hours becomes too itchy and unbearable. Then for the next week, I have to work really hard to rid my scalp of the build-up.


The positives: 

+ Keeps my scalp dry and clean within the first 24 hours.
+ It doesn’t weigh down my hair (doesn’t necessarily create volume either).
+ The squeezable bottle is easy and safe to use.

The negatives:

– My scalp never felt properly clean.
– Produced a very thick build-up on my scalp.
– After 24 hours, my scalp became too hot and itchy from the build-up.
– Difficult to rid my scalp of the residue.

Conclusion: Even though I had a terrible experience with this dry shampoo, I’m not going to completely swear off dry shampoos yet!

I’ll wait to try a different dry shampoo and see if it’s this product that creates this icky build-up or if it’s just dry shampoos in general.

How Much: 11€ for 50 g / 1.7 oz


Klorane Leave-In Day Cream for Frizzy Hair

Klorane No-Rinse Day Cream With Abyssinian Oil

(For dry, frizzy hair)

This is a rich and nourishing leave-in cream that works to soften the hair and protect it from external aggressions.

It shouldn’t be confused with a conditioner, which works more to hydrate and detangle the hair.

The cream consists of emollient nutritive ingredients like abyssinian oil, which creates a protective film around the hair cuticle. Tricglycerides, which softens the hair shaft, and a complex of essential fatty acids. And phospholipids, which nourish the hair down to the fiber.

To use, you need just a quarter-sized drop to spread on your hands and then distribute evenly through your hair with the help of a wide-tooth comb.

My experience: This day cream really does work to soften my hair! It’s hard to tell what’s going on, so I’m just going to assume that it’s also working to protect my hair from external aggressors and seal in moisture.

But just because it’s formulated for frizzy hair does not mean this cream does anything to make my hair any less frizzy!

The positives:

+ Nourishing.
+ Protective.
+ Softening.
+ Light pleasant scent.
+ A little goes a long way.

The negatives:

– Not at all hydrating.
– My hair’s still buzzing with frizz.

Conclusion: I’m happy with the way this cream softens and (supposedly) protects my hair.

But for your hair’s daily dose of hydration, you’re going to need to use a regular conditioner in addition to this day cream.

How Much: 9.50€ for 125 ml / 5.07 fl oz


Klorane Mango Butter Shampoo

Klorane Shampoo With Mango Butter

(For dry hair)

According to the Klorane box it comes in, this shampoo works to nourish and restructure dry hair, smooth the hair cuticle and fill in the gaps in the hydrolipidic film that protects hair from dehydration.

Although Klorane capitalizes on the nourishing and restorative properties of mango butter, the first three ingredients (after water) are detergent and surfectant agents, like sodium laureth sulfate, which creates lots of foam and bubbles. Followed by some other stuff. Followed by conditioning agents like glycol stearate and guar gum. And then finally you get to the mango butter. And then the parabens. And then the coloring agents.

My point is, the mango butter thing is just bit of a marketing ploy. I didn’t look too much into this shampoo before buying it. I just grabbed it because I saw the “for dry hair” label.

I know… shame on me!

My experience: This shampoo is just a little bit more hydrating than my very basic cleanser (the aroma zone base lavante).

Besides that, this is nothing more than your average run of the mill shampoo with a price-tag that’s higher than your average run of the mill shampoo.

The positives:

+ Nice scent.
+ Doesn’t leave my hair looking like a dry, frizzy mess.

The negatives:

– Terrible ingredients.
– Costs way more than it should.

Conclusion: A very average shampoo that costs about 3 euros more than it’s worth.

How Much: 6.5€ for 200 ml / 6.7 fl oz


Thoughts About Klorane In General

To sum things up… I tried 3 different haircare products by Klorane and liked only 1!

I had a terrible experience with the Klorane dry shampoo and a rather ho-hum experience with the mango butter shampoo. The only product I was mildly satisfied with was the no-rinse day cream with abyssinian oil.

After being underwhelmed by 3 different Klorane products, I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s time for me to switch to a different hair care brand.

Suggestions, anyone?