It’s not just Cinco de Mayo, no, it’s also Melanoma Monday. While I always cringe at the cutesy-ness of the moniker, it’s actually a big deal. The fact that I can’t open a magazine in May or turn on the news without seeing something about skin cancer means that the word is definitely out. So if you haven’t heard, wear sunscreen! And wear a lot…Neutrogena told me that we tend to under-apply by about 75%. I’m one of the rare few who gets excited by SPF. I think of it not as an obligation but another exciting beauty category. Every year, the formulas get better. And, with every year, I’m more concerned about sun damage. I’m battling a fine line on my forehead at the moment…shit’s getting real. Here’s a few pretty picks with MM in mind.
I cannot wait to try this sheer formula from Drunk Elephant, a natural option with skin care ingredients. // Skinceuticals Eye Defense is a tinted sunscreen for your eye area. It’s a whopping SPF 50 and acts as a primer for concealer (if you need it at all). // Clarins SPF 30 Oil can be used on hair or body. The spray helps reach those areas you always forget about, like your feet, knees, back of your neck and ears. // AHAVA SPF 15 Hand Cream also helps to undo previous sun damage to your hands. I love that it feels like a normal hand lotion and not sunscreen. It lives at my desk so I don’t forget to reapply throughout the day. // The more sunscreen you use, the more bronzer you need. How pretty is this Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder compact? // This Old Navy Embroidered Cover Up deserves a spot in my summer wardrobe. // Need to get thee to Target to check out this striped floppy hat. Don’t beach without one.
My nightstand just got a whole lot prettier, thanks to this adorable vanity tray from Life’s a Journal. I really appreciate the crafting skills (of others!) and when this grey ombre striped tray appeared in her Etsy shop, I couldn’t resist. I’m pretty meticulous about keeping the top of my nightstand organized, with just my phone, coaster (can’t go to bed without water!), alarm clock, glasses and lip balm on display. I’m not ready for bed until I’ve slathered hand cream on and a thick layer of balm. But the thing about that is it gets OOC fast. At one point, there was nearly a dozen tubes and pots piled up in a corner. Clutter on the nightstand leads to stress-y dreams. I’m sure there’s a connection somewhere, right?
With this cute vanity tray, I feel an open invite to display my lip wares. As many as it will fit, which as it turns out is plenty. There’s totally room for more, but I’m doing this whole spring cleaning thing, ya know. Editing my life and all that jazz.
What is on display is special to me. I’ve gone through many tubes of the AHAVA Dermud and love how soft it is on my hands. The smell is soothing to me and it’s so engrained in my nightly routine that I pretty much exclusively associate the aroma with sleepytime now! One of my most treasured splurges is the By Terry Baume de Rose. I use it sparingly because it was definitely an indulgent treat. I bought the NUXE Reve de Miel on a trip to Paris with my husband, and the texture of that is wildly different than any other balm, in a good and interesting way. The little tub of MOX Botanicals Lip Butter is so weighty and fancy — a Birchbox discovery I made (the Pomegranate + Fig scent is exclusive to their shop!) The two I usually take off of my nightstand and in my purse are the Jouer Lip Enhancer and Vapour Organic Lux Lip Conditioner — they are both daily staples for me.
What’s on your nightstand? A fellow hoarder of moisturizer?