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Let’s Talk About: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those things that your mother has been harassing gently reminding you about for years. And just like sensible shoes and higher thread-count sheets, she is totally right. The huge bummer about sunscreen is that you often times don’t realize just how important it is until some damage – Either major or minor – Has already been done.

It’s preventative – So start early babies, start early!

So what are we going to talk about today? My favorite brands, my picks for different kinds of days, and my routine.

Daily:

I wear it every single day. Moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen – That’s my skin care routine each morning. Even for long work days when it’s dark when I leave for the office and dark when I get home.

It doesn’t matter that I’m never in direct sunlight, sunscreen is still a vital part of my daily routine.

But since I’m not out running around in the sun, I choose a slightly less heavy-duty variety. I change products fairly regularly, but go back to some standbys between new trials, so here are some of my favorites:

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Outdoor Days:

When I’m getting sweaty outside I like to amp things up, so here are my picks for running days, long hikes, and hanging outside on warmer weekends.

Vacation:

When I’m on vacay somewhere warm, humid, or tropical, I like to step up my skin care game. Traveling itself is drying and rough on your skin, so I like to give my skin some additional TLC while I’m also protecting it.

Tell me about YOUR sunscreen routine! What’s your favorite brand or product that I should try?

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SF Made | Culk Giveaway

I shared a new San Francisco-based company named Culk with y’all a few weeks ago – Plus my go-to Warriors game day look. And today I’m back to offer you a chance to try them out.

It’s giveaway time!

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Warrior’s Muscle Tee c/o Culk

Black Capri Length Pants – Banana Republic Factory

Black Blazer c/o Tobi

Striped Pumps – Seychelles {And here’s the open-toed version}

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Culk Inc. is here today to offer my lucky, lucky readers a version of the Golden State Warriors Tank that I’m wearing here. Perfect for everything from game day to the gym to cocktails, depending on how you style it.

You can get things started today and will have until Monday, March 20th to join this fabulous giveaway. You will also have multiple ways to join, so be sure to check out the widget below for all of your entering options.

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Unfortunately, please note that this giveaway is only going to be open to individuals located in the United States at this time.

Are YOU a fan of shopping local and trying smaller businesses? Be sure to support this SF Made shop and join our little giveaway!

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Beauty & Makeup 101: Sunless Tanner

This edition of the Beauty & Makeup 101 series is all about sunless tanner.

Let me preface this by saying that I have resisted the concept of a sunless tanner, or a tan of any kind, for many, many years. When pressed I’ve made Irish jokes, referenced gorgeous fair-skinned beauties like Nicole Kidman who make fair skin look amazing, and I’ve even trotted out a family history of skin cancer as an explanation for my pale, pale skin.

But the time has finally come!

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As with the first post in this series, Beauty & Makeup 101, the impetus was the SF Symphony Gala. I love running outdoors and have spent the Summer running races and tackling lake-side trails.

The unexpected side effect? Sports bra tan line!!

So I popped over to my favorite salon – The Social Beauty Co. – For an organic, paraben-free California girl spray tan. And it got me curious.

After that I did what I always do – I turned to Sephora for answers. Thus securing yet another year of VIB Rouge status.

I have a problem kids.

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{Pictures from Beauty Must Haves Pinterest Board}

After reading product reviews and checking ingredients, I decided to try out two different products to help me with my tanning aspirations. Both by Tarte, which is a favorite brand of mine.

I also got a chance to try out two drug store versions – the Neutrogena Build a Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning and Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan. Both worked out pretty well, though Tarte is my favorite so far!

Do YOU have any tanner tips? What’s your favorite tanning product or brand?

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Winter Skin Care Routine

Your skin care routine is especially important during the cold Winter months. The extreme temperatures and weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin, so it’s important to focus on moisturizing and treating your skin with care this season.

Here are some of my essentials!

Eye Cream:

Night Cream/Treatments:

  • Algenist SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleep Pack – This was my first experience with a “sleeping mask” and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It goes on light and absorbs quickly, which almost made me feel like I’d messed up the application since I’m more used to thicker masks. However, the next morning my skin looked and felt lovely! I’ve been alternating this mask every other night.
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil – This is a perennial favorite that I just restocked. The oil is divine this time of year!

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{Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream, Algenist Hydration Sleep Mask & Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate}

Daytime Moisture:

Treatments:

What’s YOUR Winter skin care routine? Do you have a product that you love, that I should try?

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Women’s March San Francisco

I’ve never used this blog as a platform to share my political beliefs, nor have I joined the heated partisan discussions on social media over the last few months.

And in fact, I’d say that my political leanings aren’t terribly relevant in this instance. Republican, democrat, liberal, conservative – That doesn’t really come into play here.

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So what am I here to talk about? The Women’s March being held here in San Francisco – And all around this country – Tomorrow, Saturday, January 21st.

Like I said, it’s not about your political party or leanings, it’s about raising awareness of inequality and standing up for those who don’t have a voice.

I don’t think I can say it any better than the Women’s March website:

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.

While the original march is taking place in Washington DC, there are other marches being organized across the nation so that we can all show our solidarity.

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{Check out all the Sister Marches here}

I’ll be marching here in San Francisco with my family – Both male and female – On Saturday, and I hope that you show your support for this important cause as well.

I couldn’t be more proud of my friends and family around the country who are marching, or of the HUGE outpouring of support here in the Bay Area from local businesses.

Need some inspiration? I’ve got you – Huffington Post: 50 Stunning Photos of Women Protesting Around the World

Are YOU going to join a Women’s March in your city?

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