Saturday, May 31, 2014

6 Tips On How to Become A "Safety Girl"

Okay, okay... now get your mind out of the gutter - it's not exactly what you're thinking, although I like where your head is at. What I really want to talk about today is as important though. With the summer season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the best and safest sunscreen products on the market.  

 

Most of us love the sun; we love the way the warmth makes us feel when it touches our skin. But our love affair isn't a two way street, as excess sun exposure has been scientifically proven to be harmful to us. It can cause wrinkles, age spots and more seriously, skin cancer. And most of us know the importance of sun protection, hence the reason we use sunscreen. But how many of us really know the potential risks of using sunscreen? Although sunscreen is usually the most obvious form of sun protection, using certain types of suncreens can come at a cost. Many of the sunscreen brands we use tend to be saturated with chemicals that may do your body more harm than good. For this reason, I pulled together a list of my top six and safest suncreens. I pulled the list from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website. The EWG is a very respected American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy to protect public health and environment. I'm all about that! They came out with a 2014 guide of the best sunscreens which you can check out here.  As for my list below, I've made sure to only list my top six based on level of protection, safety, affordability and top ratings:  

 

1. MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Sunscreen, SPF 50

It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Excellent UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $30 on Amazon.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30+. 

 It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Excellent UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $20 on Amazon.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 3. COOLA Suncare Plant UV Body Moisturizer Sunscreen, Unscented SPF 30. 

 It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Good UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $20 on Amazon

 

4. Sunology Lotion for Body Natural Sunscreen, SPF 50.  It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Good UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $14.99 + $4.95 shipping on Amazon


5. The Honest Company Sunscreen, SPF 30.   It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Excellent UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $29.99 on Amazon

 

 

 

6. Raw Elements USA Eco Formula, SPF 30.  It has an overall score of 1 which indicates very low health concerns and it offers Excellent UVA protection.  

Get more information here. 

Available for $13.55 on Amazon



 

 

 

Who says you can't have fun and be protected? Just try one of these fabulous sunscreens.

Hope you found this helpful. If any of you have tried any of the above sunscreens, let us know what you think, would love to hear from you. Enjoy your summer, stay cool and be smart. 

By the way, my personal favorite is the COOLA sunscreen. It's light, has a delicious cucumber scent and is so refreshing.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

NYC & Paris Vacation - Part I

Just last week I got back from a wonderful two week vacation with my boyfriend Mark. We started our vacation in 
New York visiting our families and then straight to Paris (for my very first time). I owe it all to Mark for taking the lead 
with the plans and making this one of the most memorable vacations ever. 

In New York I didn't do much but eat, do a little thrifting at Beacon's Closet and relax (ain't complaining about that), 
but I also got to do one of my favorite things in the world... spend time with my family. One of the nights, I got a few 
family members and friends together to hit up one of my favorite spots in the city - Bann - hands down the most delicious 
Korean BBQ joint. Well, it's not actually a joint, more along the lines of a trendy modern cookery in Midtown Manhattan, 
but you get the point. The place is like heaven for anyone that likes....ummm....food! The restaurant has a sharing concept, 
but you can always choose to get your own dishes. Some of the must-have items are (trust me on this):

STARTERS:

BO SSAM BUN - roast pork belly, spicy daikon & sweet soy reduction on steamed flour buns 

CHAM CHI HWE - ahi tuna sashimi with a citrus, soy and Chili marinade over sliced asian pear

DAE JI JIM - baby pork ribs slow roasted in a tangy soy & chili barbecue sauce

NOODLES:

BANN GOOKSU - soy and sesame stir fried noodles with assorted vegetables

KOREAN BBQ:

BUL GO GI - thinly sliced rib eye over an open fire 

So if in  NYC, make a stop at BANN at 350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019. So worth it!


NEXT stay tuned for part II of our trip where I'll share some photos and recommendations on Paris!

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