Oh hai, PA++++ sunscreen made by a Western brand! *heart-eyes emoji* Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50 PA++++ sunscreen was released last spring and I was immediately drawn by the PA rating.
PA ratings are almost unheard of for American sunscreens. In the U.S., PA labeling isn’t required, widely understood, or regulated, so naturally companies have no incentive to advertise PA ratings, much less formulate for the highest rating. But for us Asian beauty fans and serious skincare addicts, we know that PA++++ is preferable for preventing tanning and sunspots from UVA exposure.
I had high hopes for this all-physical sunscreen (2.7% titanium dioxide, 10% zinc oxide) because it claimed to leave no white cast, but the title of this post–Orange Is the New White–should serve as ominous foreshadowing.
Continue reading “Orange Is the New White: Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ Review”
I started my campaign for sunscreen balls needing 3,500 votes. Just yesterday, the final vote was cast, meaning that my balls can move to the next stage in Volition Beauty’s process: testing and refining prototypes to make the balls of my (and I hope your) dreams. Awww yeah!
I’m so excited, but above all I feel #blessed (saying that
un-ironically mostly un-ironically). Thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who encouraged others to vote. ❤ Whether you were there on Day 1 or Day Whatever Yesterday Was (it’s been a loooong campaign) and whether you posted on social media or voted under your cat’s name, you’ve been essential to a successful campaign–way more so than my ball jokes (which will continue thankyouverymuch).
Stay tuned as I shape and tweak my balls into a final product.
My idea for sunscreen balls feels like a neverending quest–even though the voting campaign only started in the spring. Good news: Volition Beauty has lined up a lab to start making prototypes. BUTT my balls won’t move any further unless the vote goal is met. So pleeeaase vote HERE. Only a week left! My balls thank you.
In other news, Volition Beauty is now sold at Sephora in select stores and online. Could my balls be on display and in your hands at a Sephora one day? I can only hope heh heh.
Continue reading “All the BALL Things: News About My Balls & Volition Beauty”
This all-physical, alcohol-free sunscreen first appeared on my radar (as many Japanese stuphs do) when 2catsinjapan posted a review on her blog, My Asian Skincare Story.
Serum like? Non-sticky and non-greasy? Pump dispenser? It sounded great…except for the price (4,320 yen or about $40 USD for only 22g; Acseine site currently shows it at 4,000 yen). I ended up buying and testing a ton of cheaper Japanese sunscreens instead.
Fast forward 2 years, and 2catsinjapan raves again about it. My interest piqued–and determined to try MOAR sunscreens so I can make the best sunscreen balls possible–I ordered it off of Amazon. Surprisingly, it was very close to Japanese retail price at “only” $46 US. (Note: This is Super Sunshield EX even though “EX” doesn’t show up on the front of the bottle or box.)
Unfortunately, this turned out to be an expensive failed experiment.
Continue reading “DRYland in the Sun: Acseine Super Sunshield EX SPF 50+ PA++++ Review”
Supergoop! is the company that most closely aligns with my
obsession passion. Their products are designed to make sunscreen as easy and comfortable to apply as regular skincare, a mission that is near and dear to my balls heart. It’s the company that I would have dreamed up if I had balls instead of a law degree.
Today I’m spotlighting 3 products that truly fill gaps in the market:
These use only chemical filters, although the company makes physical-only sunscreens, too.
Continue reading “Goop! There It Is: Supergoop! Sunscreen Mousse, Hand Cream, and Oil Reviews”
Have I mentioned my balls yet? Sunscreen balls, that is.
For the last two months, I’ve been exposing my balls to as many people and in as many places as I can. Here, Instagram, Facebook…
Why am I so passionate about my balls getting into your hands?
1. You need more sunscreen than you think.
As a rule of thumb, dermatologists often recommend a quarter of a teaspoon for your face in order to achieve the level of SPF advertised on the label. (I’ve even started to see half a teaspoon recommended.) Psssh, you scoff. I’m easily slapping on that much sunscreen/SPF moisturizer. Continue reading “BeautyandtheCat Sunscreen: Why Balls and Why Now”
We’re on the cusp of summer, and here in DC, temperatures have just barely emerged from fall-like temps…and immediately ramped up to the 90s. The UVA and UVB rays have ramped up as well. What better time to announce Sunscreen Week?
What’s Sunscreen Week? We and several other bloggers and Instabloggers will be posting all week about sun protection. Our favorite sunscreens, lessons learned (sometimes painfully), application tips…basically every topic under the sun. Keke.
And of course, I’ll be urging you all to VOTE for my sunscreen by clicking here. Only a month left in the campaign and we need every vote to bring my idea for sunscreen balls to life. SUN’S OUT, BUNS BALLS OUT.
Check in to our blog and Instagram (@beautyandthecat) all week for new posts (May 19-25).
Our furrrriends will be posting all week long, too:
@adoredee / adoredee
@bellanoirbeauty_ / Bella Noir Beauty
@fiddysnails / Fifty Shades of Snail
@littlebitofglow / Little Bit of Glow
@vanity.rex / VanityRex
You can also find us all on Instagram–and join Sunscreen Week yourself–with #nutsforballs (because they’re all nuts for my balls ::grin:: I cannot speak to balls in general).
Continue reading “SUNSCREEN WEEK Announcement”
While frolicking with Angela in Flushing, Queens, in July, we came across The Face Shop which had the ENTIRE line of The Face Shop x KaKao Friends collection. Not one to hesitate at grabbing ANYTHING cyyyute and yellow, I was immediately drawn to the below.
And yes, I am posting something I saw in July for TWO reasons: I spent July-September in Europe with crappy wi-fi. And I just actually finished the entire tube of this, so the experiment is complete.
Behold The Face Shop x Muzi Natural Sun Eco Baby Mild Sun Cream
Continue reading “Muzi-c to My Ears: The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Baby Mild Sun Cream”
When the AB See link party (for bloggers and readers alike) took on the topic of sun protection, that was the push for me to finally–finally, midway through the summer–post a roundup of (almost all) the Japanese sunscreens that I’ve tried in the last two years. All of them are SPF 50+ PA++++, which is apparently hard to formulate well because I’ve had way more misses than hits!
These are the sunscreens reviewed in this post, in order of preference:
- Solanoveil Watery Essence
- Solanoveil Watery Gel
- Nivea Protect Plus Skin UV Cream
- Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV
- Sun Bears Strong Super Plus
- Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Essence
- Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture
- Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel in Pink Beige
- Sunplay Super Block
- 50 Megumi Morning UV Protection Cream Review
- Shigaisen Yohou UV Cream
- Privacy UV Mist
- Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist (bonus non-Japanese sunscreen)
Continue reading “Land of the Rising Sunscreen: Japanese PA++++ Sunscreen Reviews”
Biore, Shiseido, Nivea, Sun Bears–those are some of the frequently mentioned brands when the topic of Japanese sunscreens come up in Asian beauty circles.
Solanoveil was new to me when I spotted it on Ratzilla Cosme, as a Best Pick no less! So I took a chance and ordered a bottle–sparking a loyalty to the brand that’s still going strong as multiple repurchases can confirm.
In the last year, I’ve tried both Solanoveil Watery Essence and Solanoveil Watery Gel (Ratzilla’s Best Pick), so this post reviews and compares the two. For reference, my skin is normal in the summer, dry and flaky in the winter, and I always wear foundation on top (mineral powder or cushion compact).
READ MOAR: I tried 12 Japanese sunscreens so you didn’t have to.
Continue reading “Good Day Funshine: Solanoveil Watery Essence vs. Watery Gel Review & Comparison”