Educational Review: Facial Sunscreen [Elta MD & Trader Joe’s enrich]



Hello Everyone!

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that is very important: Sun Protection! If you haven’t jumped on the daily UVA/UVB protection bandwagon, then what are you waiting for?! The reviews of the two facial protections that I use will be towards the bottom of this post!

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is more dangerous than the other two, and it causes the most deaths. Basal/squamous cell carcinoma can cause a fair amount of damaging though (and can be disfiguring!!).

UV light is what causes skin cancer. UV light damages cell’s DNA. The DNA can be repaired to a certain extent, but if there is too much UV exposure the DNA in the damaged cell is unrepairable. There are three types of UV light: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC does not get past the ozone layer, which is awesome because it can be VERY damaging. UVB is what help produce vitamin D in your skin, but can still be damaging after exposed for too long. UVA is what effects the skin the most, and it can penetrate past the top layer of your skin!!

So, what can we do to reduce the risk?

  1. Use Sunscreen! The CDC Suggests a UVA/UVB protection of at least 15 SPF.
  2. Stay in the Shade. Find an adorable umbrella! 😀
  3. Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  4. Wear a hat! Sun hats are adorable.
  5. Wear sunglasses. They need to block UVA/UVB rays.
  6. Avoid indoor tanning.





Let me tell you about my skin type:

I have very dry skin. The only area of my face that can get oily is my nose. I have pale skin, freckles, and I am very prone to getting sunburned.


Elta MD Skincare UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

This facial sunscreen claims that it is:

  • Sheer and lightweight
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid (to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles)
  • Transparent Zinc Oxide- 9.0% (UVA Protection)
  • SPF 40- 7.5% Oxtinoxate (UVB Protection)
  • For normal, combination, and post-procedure skin
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sensitivity-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • NOT water resistant
  • Made in the USA

Overall, I really enjoy this sunscreen. I use it on days that I know I will be outside with makeup on for more than an hour. If I don’t wear makeup (when I go cycling, for example), then I just put my normal sunscreen on my face and body. This is a great sunscreen/moisturizer duo to use under my makeup. I typically don’t wear a lot of face makeup, but I have used this under bb cream. It doesn’t make my face oily or irritated, and it doesn’t leave a noticeable white film on my face.

I am very prone to getting burned, so a higher SPF is a must for me if I am going to be outside! SPF 40+ if great for my sun-sensitive skin! If I am going to the beach, I prefer SPF 70+, but I have never gotten burned at the beach with this sunscreen on my face (I didn’t get my face wet by the way).

My skin looks nice with this on, and it feels light. The scent is quite faint as well. The list price is $24 on Amazon (It’s on sale for $19.55 right now). You receive 1.7 oz (That’s about $14.12/oz). It is a bit on the pricey side, but I would repurchase. I may end up trying some drug store products once this runs out, but that’s only because I am broke right now :D.


Trader Joe’s enrich Broad Spectrum SPF 15

This facial sunscreen claims to be:

  • Fragrance free
  • For all skin types
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Enriched with vitamins A, C, and E
  • PABA free
  • Non comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Octinoxate- 6.0%
  • Zinc Oxide- 3.0%
  • NOT water resistant
  • Cruelty Free

I use this as a daily sunscreen/moisturizer when I know that I won’t be outside very much. If I exercise I use a higher SPF and shower afterwards, so this is nice for very minimal days. When I am at school I am usually in the library, so I don’t need a high SPF when I am just walking to classes.

This does feel more greasy than the Elta MD, so I wouldn’t suggest it to people with oily skin. I don’t really have a problem with my dry skin wearing it. It doesn’t really leave a white film on my face. I don’t really know about flash back because I don’t use flash when I take photos of myself! (I am really not a fan of flash)

I bought this for $5 at Trader Joe’s. You receive 4 fl oz, so that is $1.25/fl oz. This is probably one of the cheapest facial sunscreens that I have ever seen! I think it is worth the $5 if you have dry skin.

The Verdict:

I prefer the Elta MD over this one because it is a higher SPF and it doesn’t leave my face feeling slightly greasy. I like owning both because I don’t feel the need to use the Elta everyday because of the price! I will review my next sunscreen haul. I am in the market for a new full body, so I want to pick up a facial one too. I don’t think that you can have too much sunscreen! It is probably the most important skin care products out there.

Where I apply:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Tattoo (Upper back)
  • Back of hands


A healthy body is a happy body! What products do you use? Do you have any good recommendations for a full body sunscreen? Mine is only SPF 30, so I need something higher, pronto!



OOTD/FOTD Vegas Edition

Why hello ladies and gentleman!

I had a nice time in Las Vegas over the weekend. If you read my last post then you know that my reason for being in “Sin City” was for an European Car Festival (Wuste).

It was was definitely hot and the wind was crazy, but I had a nice time seeing people that I don’t get to see very often! I also met a bunch of awesome people as well. My boyfriend, Todd, and I always enjoy going to these events together. Our friend also drove down from Sacramento, so it was awesome to see him as well!

Let’s jump to the things that you guys care about!


This was my outfit for main day of the festival, Saturday. I wanted my skirt to be tight fitting because of how windy it was!!

  • Blouse: H&M (Gift from the lovely Todd)
  • Belt: Forever 21
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Wedges: Urban Outfitters

I wanted to keep it simple, and I actually got a lot of compliments from random people! Yay!

Now, my makeup:


I decided to skip the BB cream so that I could reapply my sunscreen as needed. I learned that matte lip products are not the best things for 20+ mph winds, but I managed! Ok, it was so windy that I thought that my false eyelashes were going to just fly right off of my face! They lasted throughout the day though! It was my first time wearing them in public, and I felt fabulous. I ended up cutting my Callas lashes and only putting them on the outer corner of my eye. They were a lot easier to apply that way (great for beginners like me!).

  • Elta MD facial sunscreen, SPF 40
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush, Tipsy
  • Too Faced Snow Bunny
  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless (setting powder)
  • Covergirl Clean Concealer
  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • ELF Brow Kit (Mixed with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean)
  • Callas Lashes (cut)
  • Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil (tight line)
  • Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
  • UD Naked 3 (Limit, Burnout, Nooner, Darkside, Blackheart, & Strange)
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

I wanted to do big, dramatic wings, but my eyes were so irritated from the hot wind. I decided to keep it simple this weekend!



Here is the man behind the camera; the man who stole my heart! I had a great time with him, and he always spoils me to pieces!

Product list for this photo (taken Friday):

  • Elta MD Facial Sunscreen, SPF 40
  • Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop
  • Too Faced Snow Bunny
  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless (setting powder)
  • ELF Brow Kit (Mixed with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean)
  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • UD Naked 3 (Limit, Nooner, Factory, Darkside, Strange)
  • Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil (Tight Line)
  • Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
  • NYX soft matte lip cream in San Paulo

I hope you enjoyed the read! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.


Packing For a Weekend Getaway!

I am so excited because I am going to Vegas this weekend! We are leaving tomorrow for Wuste, an European car festival. Todd and I went to Wuste two years ago, and it has been one of my favorite car events to date.

We will be spending three days and two nights there, and I know that I over pack, but I wanted to share what I would typically bring with me when I change climates for the weekend! We will be going to Seattle, Washington for a little over a week next month, so I will definitely be revisiting this type of post then!

Onto the goods! Let’s start with eye makeup



  1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: I limited myself to one eyeshadow palette since I knew that we would be gone for only a few days. I use this the most, and I can create an array of wonderful looks.
  2. ELF Eyebrow Kit: My tried and true $3 brow product! I just made a video tutorial on how I do my brows, you can check it out here.
  3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner Pen: I love this baby. The wings I can make with this liner makes me feel fabulous!
  4. Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Crayon: I got this as a sample from ULTA, and I haven’t used it yet. It’s the perfect size for traveling, and I wanted something quick for tight lining my upper lash line.
  5. Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance: I love this eyeshadow primer. It has lasted me years, and it is still going strong.
  6. Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara: I love how small the brush is on this. It is great for my lower lash line.
  7. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara: I really love this mascara, and pairing these two together has really been a winning combo for me.
  8. Callas Eyelashes #507: I’m going to Vegas! I have to break out some false lashes!
  9. DUO Eyelash Adhesive: Tried and true; it’s the only lash glue I trust!

Now, Face products:


  1. Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer: I use this everyday; I love it so much.
  2. Too Faced Primed and Poreless: It is going to be HOT! I need a good setting powder with me.
  3. Covergirl Clean Concealer: I use this for dark circles.
  4. Covergirl BB cream: This is the only BB cream I have used, but I like it. I don’t own any foundation, but it would be too hot for it anyway.
  5. Elta MD Facial Sunscreen, SPF 40: I love this sunscreen. Todd’s grandmother bought it for me, and I have been cherishing it ever since.
  6. ELF Mineral Face Primer: I don’t always use primer here in sunny Southern California, but I know that I will need it in Vegas.
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush in Tipsy: I limited myself to one blush this weekend. This one is my favorite, and coral is perfect for summer!



I forced myself to be limited to two colors, a gloss, and a balm. This was very hard for me. I am the type of person who will bring every lip product I own… I had a lip balm melt last time, so I am taking a balm that I don’t care for, and all of the other lip products are cream/gloss.

  1. Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy: I am not really a gloss person, but I like this one. I don’t know if I will even use it, but I like having the option.
  2. NYX soft matte lip cream in San Paulo: I just bought this, and I think that I would cry if I didn’t bring it along with me! It’s great for the daytime.
  3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso: This is my holy grail red lippie. I plan on switching over to red every night! This will last through a few margaritas. 🙂
  4. Maybelline Baby Lips in Grapevine: I wouldn’t be sad if this melted, and I have misplaced my Burt’s Bees!



  1. Sephora Mirror: For touching up my lips!
  2. Tweezers/Scissors: I might need a brow lift by Sunday morning.
  3. Eyelash Curler: Pretty self explanatory. (:
  4. Pencil Sharpener: I don’t think I will need it, but, you know, just in case!
  5. Hair pin: Keep those bangs at bay while I apply my makeup!
  6. Real Techniques Lip Brush: I use this for my Stila lipstick.
  7. Ecotools Eyeliner brush: For my brows.
  8. Ecotools Eyebrow/Mascara Brush: For combing my lashes!
  9. 3 Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes: I have a double endeed brush in my Naked 3 as well. I like having a good amount of eye brushes no matter where I am.
  10. Ecotools Concealer Brush: I don’t feel line bringing my beauty blender for my concealer, but this will do.
  11. Ecotools Blush Brush: I use this for my finishing powder.
  12. Ecotools Fan Brush: For my blush & bronzer… I need a spare fan brush!

Other Toiletries:


  1. Oxyfresh Fluoride Toothpaste: Expensive, but worth it!
  2. Toothbrush: I usually use electric, but I don’t like traveling with it.
  3. Reach Floss: Floss everyday ladies and gents!
  4. Schick Quattro Razor: I am a hairy lady.
  5. Eyeglasses Cleaner/Cloth: Makeup always gets all over my glasses.
  6. LUSH Sweetie Pie Body Jelly in Sweetie Pie: I haven’t used this in a long time, and I think smelling like cherries in Vegas is acceptable.
  7. Vera Wang Princess Perfume Roller Ball: I never bring full size perfume with me when I travel. I am ready for a new scent, but I still like this one.
  8. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I use this every night after I wash my face.
  9. Ahava Body and Hand Lotion: They are small, and perfect for travel!
  10. Eyedrops: I have really dry eyes and they get irritated.
  11. Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Conditioner: I know that the hotel will provide soap/shampoo/lotion/conditioner, but I always feel the need to bring my own just in case I don’t like that they provide. This shampoo/conditioner was from another hotel visit. The shampoo isn’t SLS free, but my hair isn’t dyed right now, so I don’t care as much.
  12. Vidal Sassoon Hairspray: I got this as a free sample at Target of all places, but I really like it, and it is perfect size for travel. I curl my hair with my flat iron, and I plan on doing it all weekend.
  13. Olive Oil Heat Protectant Spray (Not photographed): I just remembered that I will need this since I am actually doing something to my hair for once.
  14. Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 (Not photographed): This is already waiting for me in the car, and it is much needed since we’ll be outside a lot all weekend.
  15. Dove Deodorant (Not Photographed): Oh this would be very bad if I forgot this.. I don’t want to smell like BO in the summer sun! (:

Leisurely Read:


The car ride is about 4 hours long from where I live to Las Vegas, so I need a nice read. My friend Iz leant me this book, and I am excited to dive into it tomorrow!



  1. Toiletry Bag: This came with my suitcase. Todd and I will be sharing the suitcase for the weekend, and I can fit all of out toiletries in this bag… even the extras I don’t need.
  2. Clinique Makeup Bag: I have had this bag for 4 years. It gets the job done, and I can fit everything with room to spare.
  3. Ecotools Brush Bag: I could fir my brushes in with my makeup, but I like keeping them a little more safe than that.

Ta Da!


Everything fits nicely with room to spare! I may overpack, but I would rather not use something then be sad that I don’t have it when I wish that I did!

Do you tend to overpack?