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Since we’re experiencing a major heatwave across the country right now, it seems only apropos to bring you our 2012 edition of the best sunscreens for face! Below, our favorite products to keep your face glowing and protected even when it’s 105 degrees. Just don’t forget to reapply every couple hours for maximum protection!

BB-Creams-Best-Sunscreens-2012.jpgBB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers
What is a BB cream, you may ask? Only one of the most ingenious product inventions on the market right now! Part moisturizer, part primer, part foundation and part sunblock, they do everything from cover blemishes to—duh—protect your skin from the sun. These two, plus a fab tinted moisturizer, really do the job.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++
This tinted moisturizer comes in a ton of colors perfect for every skin tone, smells divine, blends easily and quickly into the skin, and contains seawater to restore hydration to the skin.
$42 at lordandtaylor.com

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
From the SPF 15 protection to the gorgeous finish left on the skin, this BB cream really does the trick.
$11.04 at ulta.com

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1- Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
Creamy, lush and makes your skin look radiant. What more could you want?
$6.99 at target.com

Best-Face-Sunscreens-2012.jpgTrue Facial Sunscreens
Available in a wide array of price points and SPF levels, these sunblocks really get the job done no matter what kind of protection you’re after.

Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50
If you really want to make sure your skin stays pristine, SPF 50 is the way to go. And Chanel? It doesn’t get more luxurious than that.
$52 at chanel.com

Lather Daily Defense Facial Sunscreen
A little definitely goes a long way with this sunscreen, which is formulated with botanical extracts and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
$24 at lather.com

Arcona Reozone 40
This sunscreen’s light tint adds a gorgeous subtle glow to the skin after applying, while the SPF 40 keeps it from burning in the most harmful of rays.
$28 at beauty.com

La Prairie Sun Protection Emulsion Face
Not only does this sunscreen sink into skin without looking or feeling greasy, it leaves behind a subtle shimmer. So pretty.
$95 at bergdorfgoodman.com

Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
The SPF 15 protection is just enough to keep your skin safe, but enough to let you get a little color. Safely, of course.
$39 at bioelements.com

Sunscreen-Moisturizers-2012.jpgMoisturizers with SPF
For days when your skin needs a little extra hydration—and you don’t want to wear both moisturizer and sunscreen—these moisturizers are the way to go, because they’re all formulated with SPF!

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
Vitamins C and E combine with green tea and grapeseed extracts to make skin feel conditioned, soft and smooth.
$48 at dermalogica.com

Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20
This moisturizer makes the skin glisten and smells absolutely divine, thanks to jojoba seed oils and sea lavender extract.
$42 at beauty.com

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM
Apply this moisturizer every morning and not only will it be protected with SPF 30, it will hydrate your skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
$13.99 at dermstore.com

Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate
Everything about this moisturizer is luxuriously divine, from the ombre glass bottle to the rich formula.
$185 at neimanmarcus.com
SPF-Beauty-Image.jpgThere are so many products out there formulated with SPF. But how do you find the ones that are absolutely perfect for you? Well, luckily, we’ve culled through the hundreds of SPF products and found the ones that really and truly work. Here are our favorites.

Best drugstore sunscreen
Hands down, our choice for drugstore sunscreen is Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70. (Yes, you read that number right!) If you want your face to look as young 40 years from now as it does today, this is the sunscreen for you.
$7.69 at drugstore.com

Best sunscreen wipes
You’re running around the city and you don’t have room in your purse for sunscreen. Well, good news—Tocca Stella SPF 30+ Sunscreen Towelettes not only smell amazing, but they fit into even the tiniest clutch! No reason you can’t protect that pretty skin of yours.
$28 at beauty.com

Best moisturizer with sunscreen
You’ll hear it from pretty much every makeup artist out there. Skip the sunscreen if—and only if!—you’re wearing Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. Plus, you get just the tiniest, healthiest hint of color.
$42 at lauramercier.com

Best sunscreen-infused lip balm
Okay, confession time. It was completely impossible to pick just one in this category, so we picked two! It’s a tossup between Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50 at sephora.com) and Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 ($20 at benefitcosmetics.com). Each imparts a pretty, just-kissed amount of color upon the lips—totally gorgeous.

Best allover sunscreen stick
From your elbows to your ears, the tops of your feet to the tip of your nose, there’s one product out there that’s great for every place imaginable. And that’s Clinique Sun SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick. We tested this stick in Hawaii, and even in the hottest sun imaginable, we remained unburned!
$18 at sephora.com

Best dermatologist-created sun product
Everything Dr. Dennis Gross touches turns to gold … and his All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 is no exception. Antioxidants, a hint of tint and, of course, sunscreen, combine to create one pretty powerful product.
$44 at sephora.com

Best self tanner
Okay, this product is pure genius. Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15 not only makes your legs glow with what looks like a real tan, but it actually contains SPF so your skin is totally pretty and protected.
$42 at sephora.com
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We’ve been trying to test Fresh’s Sugar lip treatments for a while, but they were at such high demand in the beauty-testing world, that we were never able to receive samples. So, what did we do? We just went out, and bought the dang thing. It was well worth the $22.50 we shelled out for the Sugar Rosé shade

Before we start talking about the slick, smooth, perfect pouty pink, we want to talk about the construction of the case it comes in, because this, friends, is what makes this product stand out above other comparable lip goods. 

How many times have you stored a lip balm/gloss (whether cheapo or pricey) in your purse, only to reach in at some point and realize that the top had come off, and your precious, beloved product was smeared all over everything in your bag? This has happened one too many times for our liking - especially in our beloved designer handbag with the cream silk lining with a bright red lipstick (it was not pretty.) Well, Fresh’s lip treatments have a top that screws shut. You have to twist the top off to use it, and no matter how many times we tested rubbing it against something to see if it would unscrew, it stayed shut, just like it should. 

Now, on to the rest of Fresh’s Sugar Rosé’s winning qualities. One swipe, and our lips were super soft. Honestly, one swipe, though we prefered about 3 swipes on top and bottom to achieve the subtle shade of pink we were going for. It’s very sheer, so building color is easy without going overboard. The SPF 15 is wonderful for sunny days, and the lack of parabens, petroleum, sulfates other stuff we don’t want anywhere near our mouths, makes us feel comfortable about ingesting the product naturally. 

Though the smell threw us off (it’s almost a lemongrass scent…we were expecting something fruity), it didn’t bother us too much once we got used to it. It’s just glossy enough to put a pretty sheen on our lips, and overall, there really isn’t a single thing (besides the non-fruit scent) that we would change. We finally understand what all the noise was about. Even at $22.50, we’d buy it again in a heartbeat. Sephora.com
Philosophy is known the world over for their skincare with whimsical names, such as their Hope in a Jar moisturizer, When Hope is Not Enough serum, and The Great Mystery Daily Facial. You may have salivated over their so-good-you-could-eat-it food inspired 3-in-1 bath gels (Red Velvet Cake, anyone?), or doused yourself in the heavenly Amazing Grace fragrance. But did you know that Philosophy has amazing makeup too?

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Philosophy’s the supernatural line is just that: super healthy, mineral-based, your-skin-but-better makeup. Standouts include:

  • Airbrushed Canvas- a high-pigment, talc-free foundation that conceals, camouflages and provides spf protection all in one easy step. best of all, it’s safe for all skin types. Airbrushed Canvas looks natural and almost melts into skin, leaving you flawless with no tell tale makeup look or “shiny” appearance that other mineral powders can take on.
  • Superbeautiful Hybrid Liquid- a healthy, good-for-skin makeup infused with natural, plant-based moisturizers, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and spf 20 to deliver sheer color, moisture and protection. Perfect for those who like the look and application of liquid makeup with the benefits of minerals. This one truly does double duty to keep skin flawless with or without makeup.
  • Lit From Within Cream Blush - a superblendable, creamy, natural mineral blush that moisturizes, refreshes and adds sheer, healthy color to cheeks. This cream is easily applied with fingers or brush (we prefer our fingers!), and makes skin glow.
  • You Make Me Blush Cheek Duo- a mineral powder duo creates a believable, natural flush of color for an all-over healthy look. The two shades complement each other, while also creating endless options for defining, highlighting, and accentuating features, all while remaining completely natural.
If you’re like us, you want super-performing products that leave you looking your best…without looking like someone else…which is exactly what you’ll get from Philosophy. Definitely worth a try!

The line retails between $22-$35, available nationwide at Sephora, or at Philosophy.com.


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Sometimes, it’s hard enough to remember to apply sunscreen to our bodies as part of our beauty regimens, and when you actually do get around to spritzing on the protection (which you should do, every day….we know we don’t have to tell you twice), your lips are probably pretty low down on the check list. 

But guess what, our lips are skin, too - and sensitive skin to boot - that need protection from the sun as much as our faces, limbs and chests. So we rounded up three types of lip products, a gloss, a balm and a traditional conditioner, that can be implemented into your daily routines without even a second thought. 

The lip gloss of the bunch, Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 in Pink Shimmer, has a nice high shine with no real scent or flavor. We like it because it has a pretty light pink color, and though it’s the only shade it comes in, we think it’s sheer enough to suit most skin colors. The non-sticky gloss boasts six anti-aging ingredients, as well as aloe and vitamins A, C and E to boost volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. $15, Amazon.com


Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm Sunscreen doesn’t just do double duty, it’s a triple threat. Not only does this sassy tube come packed with fresh smelling orange essential oils and a sun protection factor of 15, but a big portion of the sale of each balm goes to the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant. It’s colorless, and has a satiny finish, which we love for pairing with lip stains, or to wear alone. $16, Sephora.com

The highest protection in the lip products we tested was Kinerase’s Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner with SPF 20. It is a little thin and runny for our liking, but it was very hydrating. For women concerned with fine lines or wrinkles around the mouth, Kinerase uses an ingredient called Volulip which is supposed to increase the production of collagen. $28, Nordstrom.com



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