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Maui Babe – First Impression



I’ve seen the bottle several times while perusing at Ulta. Maui Babe’s Browning Lotion offers attractive claims, such as “Fast Dark Tan”, “Aloe Prevents Burning” and on and on. Somehow, it seemed to good to be true.

Then one day I was minding my business, shopping for groceries and I spot it. Gotta say I was surprised. And it was the last bottle. So, I took the plunge and brought it home with me, knowing I would be at The Cloister very soon and there would be lots of sun. I was a little excited to see what would happen.

The bottle says first timers should limit sun exposure to one hour. So by the pool in Sea Island, I covered my pale legs with this browning lotion. Heads up, it’s brown. And it gets on your hands. Not a bronzer, but you’ll need to wash your hands afterwards.

It smells faintly of coffee and something else, but is not offensive. Once rubbed in, I looked at the time on my phone and soaked up the sun. At some point I did get in the pool, however the bottle says it’s water resistant. The way the water beaded up on my arms and legs, I’d say that’s true.

I ended up staying in the sun for an hour and a half. My legs looked red. I was a little concerned, I must admit. But at this point, what could I do? So I waited. And guess what? Within a few minutes of being out of the sun, the redness was gone and my legs were brown. I’m impressed.

Funny side story: I didn’t use Maui Babe on my face. I used another brand that claimed to have 15SPF with a bronzer. Guess what? My face got too much sun and was red for a few days. How ironic!

All in all, I’m pleased with Maui Babe and will be using it all summer. So next time you see it, pick it up and try it for yourself. I believe you’ll be happy with the results!

Spring Break – Protect your Skin

It’s finally here! Spring – and with it comes warmer temperatures and for many of you, spring break! Treat your skin with care and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun with some of the newest and best products on the market today.

Kid Friendly
I know as a kid I hated it when I had to put on sunscreen – that thick white lotion took forever to skin into my skin and I wanted to get back into the water or the sun. Kids today have so many new and wonderful options that won’t put them on the sidelines for long.

These Hello Kitty sunscreen sprays are perfect for kids. They offer 30 or 50 SPF and come in fun scents like Pineapple and Kiwi – no kid will be able to resist. Even wiggle worms will be covered in no time with a few sprays that work on both dry and wet skin.
Face Friendly
Your pretty face needs protection, but please don’t slather body sunscreens on it. Use something specifically for the face, like La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 30. It’s a cooling water-lotion that will protect and refresh skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. Because let’s face it, a breakout is never wanted! I love this because it melts into skin almost immediately, leaving no residue behind.

A Little Bronzing
Unless you’ve been tanning all winter (and really, is that good for your skin?) your legs might be a little pasty for spring break. No worries. Australian Gold offers sunscreen (15-30SPF) with bronzer to protect and add a hint of color so you won’t blind everyone when you step out into the sun for the first time this year. Bonus: It smells great, too.

After Sun
Mistakes happen. Did you get a little too much sun? Even if skin just feels tight and itchy, Alba Bontanica’s Very Emollient After Sun Lotion will soothe, hydrate and replenish skin. Made from 85% aloe vera and no parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances, you can feel good about putting this on anyone in the family.

Beam me Bronze!

Sun Beam

Benefit Cosmetics has a new product in the Beam line arriving soon – Sun Beam. It’s like sun in a bottle.

This bronze complexion highlighter goes to work immediately, giving you a natural, sun-kissed glow. It’s not orangey at all – it’s more like a golden highlighter. The great thing is, its a liquid and you can use it right over your foundation!

Look for Sun Beam at www.benefitcosmetics.com or at your local Benefit counter next month and let me know how you like it!