Oh Look A Sunscreen I Don’t Despise! x Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Creams, scrubs, powders, glosses… If you couldn’t already tell, I love beauty products.  A serum promising more radiant skin? I’m all over that.  A deep conditioner that will rehydrate fried strands? Sign me up.  A cream that gives you instantly firmer skin? Okay, kind of skeptical… but in it goes to my basket!

One product, however, sticks out in my mind as abhorrent no matter what I do or which ones I try…sunscreen.  I loathe everything about it from its smell, stickiness, the oily looking finish, the horrid white sheen…and that you need to go through it all over again every 2 hours.  Ugh.

My detestation for the white gloop means I don’t wear it nearly as much as I should, which is embarrassing since the importance of sun protection has been drilled into our heads in the same way that we have been taught to floss as kids.  But if the threat of skin cancer isn’t enough,  I’ll make a plea to your vanity and remind you that the sun WILL cause pre-mature aging in ways that no serum or cream can completely reverse.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and staying in the shade or throwing on a hat isn’t enough.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration

Before a recent trip to a music festival, I stumbled upon a jewel in the form of the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen.  I was going to pick up a spray sunscreen, but I’ve always hated how expensive they end up being since I can whip through one can over a long weekend—even less if you have to share.  I’m obsessed with moisturizing, as you may know, so it intrigued me that this product does double duty as both a sunscreen and lotion.

PACKAGING

It comes in an upside-down squeeze bottle, which attractively displays the swirls of cream and light brown while indicating how much product you have left.  The product isn’t sticky which makes it very easy to dispense and although I usually prefer pumps for lotions and creams, I appreciate that the flip top cap ensures a secure seal when tossed into your beach bag.

WHAT’S IN IT?

The “ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons” don’t just refer to the swirls of sunscreen and lotion because the cream contains silk proteins, which are used in cosmetics to prevent the dehydration of skin.  I was skeptical of its claims of containing “nourishing antioxidants” and “exotic botanicals”, but a look at the ingredient list reveals the use of shea butter, mango seed butter and aloe vera leaf juice as well as papaya, taro root, mango, purple passionflower, plumeria and guava extracts.

APPLICATION / FINISH

This is where the product impressed me most.  It isn’t overwhelmingly thick or too runny (it’s about the consistency of a thick cream) and the fact that it isn’t at all sticky makes application a breeze.  It spreads easy and absorbs rapidly, melting into your skin as an ordinary moisturizer would.  There is no tacky or greasy residue and you’ll find zero evidence of that shiny, white layer sitting atop your skin.

SCENT

I really like the smell of this and would say that company’s description of it as a “warm tropical fragrance” is pretty accurate.  It doesn’t have the overpowering and artificial smell of coconuts found in other sunscreens, but instead has a milder coconut scent with some tropical and floral notes.  The effect is light and pretty, and it won’t overpower any fragrances you decide to wear that day.

Silk Hydration Swatch

It is broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) and is available in SPF 12, 30 and 50.  Its active ingredients are Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (6%), Oxybenzone (4%) and it is water resistant for 80 minutes.  Though it’s perfect for lounging on the beach, my only gripe with this would be that it’s not completely waterproof.  I’d be very diligent about applying every 2 hours if you’re swimming or doing water sports, but its easy application means this isn’t that much of a hassle.

I would definitely recommend this to all my fellow sunscreen haters out there because this is what I’ll be reaching for whenever I plan to spend time under the sun!

Check out my handy dandy image below to find out how much to use.  For easy application of all sunscreens, rub the lotion between your hands and pat each area to disperse the product before spreading.  Reapply every 2 hours and remember that we should be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 everyday, even when cloudy!

How Much Sunscreen

Have you come across any fantastic or horrible sun protection products?  I’d love to hear about them so leave a comment below!

With love,
Veronique♥

Disclosure:  I purchased this item on my own and did not receive any compensation for this post.  These are my own opinions and are in no way indicative of the positions or opinions of the companies mentioned.  Thank you for your support! ♥

Hot Summer Read x Gameboard of the Gods

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title  x  Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)
author  x  Richelle Mead
genre  x  Adult Fiction
release date  x  June 4, 2013 – TODAY!!

my thoughts  x  Gameboard of the Gods is one of those light summer reads I simply couldn’t put down!  The exciting first installment of the Age of X series by #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Richelle Mead, this is the perfect book to toss into your beach bag or curl up with on a lazy day!

a little bit about the book  x  From Richelle Mead’s website:

“In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such mega successes: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.”

my review  x  Gameboard of the Gods caught my attention because I loved Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (despite the name, I thought they were less Twilight and more Harry Potter-type)—they were both so addicting in that guilty pleasure kind of way where you want to ignore everything else and read the entire thing from cover to cover.  Chick-lit and YA fiction are definitely some of my guilty pleasures and what I often refer to as “book candy”, but since I generally tend to find the whole dystopian society thing rather depressing, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from her new Age of X series.  However, in spite of my ambivalence towards the subject matter, Gameboard of the Gods did not disappoint and immediately left me wanting to know what happened next. 

I really liked how dynamic and complex both Justin and Mae’s characters were and thoroughly enjoyed the book’s unique take on ancient Greek gods and goddesses—a subject that I admittedly am very partial to.  It also contained all the signature elements—alluring characters and a gripping plot packed full of intrigue and suspense—that have made Richelle Mead’s other books so wildly popular.  Although it wasn’t my all-time favourite of her novels, I would definitely still recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting new read this summer because as soon as I picked it up, I had a hard time putting it down!  The only downside, since the book was only released to the public today, we probably have another year or so to wait before we can get our hands on the already much anticipated sequel!

my overall rating   4/5 stars

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price  x  $28.50 CAD from Chapters or $26.95 USD from Amazon
ISBN  x
  052595368X / 9780525953685 

With love,
Veronique ♥

p.s. For all you fellow Vancouverites, it was a nice little surprise to see that the book mostly takes place in Vancouver, the future capital of the Republic of the United North America!

What were your thoughts on Gameboard of the Gods?  How do you think it compared to some of Mead’s other novels?

[Disclaimer: An advance reader copy of this book was sent to me for an honest review.  These opinions are my own and are in no way indicative of the opinions of the authors or companies mentioned.]