My Controversial Views On SPF Spray

Goddess Huntress | #ghspf

I’ve been asked many times about my take on SPF sprays from reputable, clean SPF brands (meaning those brands that excel in EWG’s annual Sunscreen Report).  While I use EWG’s report as my end-all guide, I do veer off when it comes to sprays.

Sprays are a complete no-no in EWG’s book and with good reason: sprays are easily inhaled and can get into eyes.  Sprays are solely formulated to sit on skin, you do not want any of those particles to have access to your lungs.

That said, I use EXTRA precaution when using SPF sprays. I close my eyes, hold my breath, spray a portion of my body, and quickly walk away. Then I repeat in a different location, since those fumes do hover and linger in the airspace.

Here is what I find sprays very helpful for:

  • scalp protection…(to protect my hair part from getting sunburned)
  • face (when I forget to put my lotion on before makeup, I spray my mug after makeup)
  • feet (I don’t want my sandals getting white residue from lotion)
  • to avoid white residue marks on clothing

Hold your breath. Close your eyes. Spray. Walk away fast. Repeat.

Be mindful of full coverage on skin.

As for recommended sprays, I stock up on COOLA, especially the 50 SPF spray.  I’ve heard great things about The Honest Company SPF spray from many people.  Honest only offers it in 30 SPF, which I hope they add higher SPFs to the collection.

No matter your preference, make sure you are properly protected with high-performing, healthy sunscreens.  The United States Surgeon General just called for action to reduce skin cancer rates this past Tuesday. Skin cancer rates have ballooned 200% in the past three decades, higher than all other cancers combined. Scary stuff.

It just isn’t worth it. Get protected…every day.

Check out the best lotion sunscreens for 2014 HERE and best SPF moisturizers HERE.

#gHspf

Mirror, Mirror

In the home I grew up in I had a built-in vanity with starlet lightbulbs. I adored it, it fashioned my love for beauty time. Now that Andrew and I have a grown-up home, I’d like to bring in a beautiful vanity to spend one-on-one time with all of my beauty loves. Here are my two beauty lounge wish lists…with all the luxe beauty + bauble accoutrements, of course. Who says we can’t shoot for the stars, right?

Goddess Huntress | Gilded Vanity

Vanity/ Mirror, Vanity Table, Stool

1/Collette Ishiyama Necklace 2/RMS Buriti Bronzer 3/Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow 4/Tom Ford Foundation Brush 5/BITE BEAUTY Luminous Creme Lipstick in Salut

Goddess Huntress | Ebony Vanity One Kings Lane

 

Vanity/ Mirror, Vanity Table, Stool

1/Chanel Nail Colour in Black Satin* 2/Tiffany Kunz Ring 3/Honoré Des Prés Love Coconut Eau De Parfum 4/Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Goddess 5/Lina Hanson Global Body Serum

*Chanel Nail Colour is 5 free

(This post is in partnership with One Kings Lane. Check out their Home Decor Resource Guide for more ideas. All opinions are my own…no, surprise there.)

Currently Listening To…

Goddess Huntress | Ultraviolence Lana Del Rey

 

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence released today June 17, 2014.

Graydon Clinical Luxury

Goddess Huntress | Graydon Clinical Luxury

My skin and I have been completely moved by two bottles for the past couple of months.

Before I dip into the brand details, I’ll share my incredible results: baby soft skin, thoroughly nourished, bright, taut, supple, cleaner pores, and unbelievably soft skin (so soft, I have to mention it twice). I’m over the moon in love with this brand.  My skin always feels like I’m on a juice cleanse!

One word. Graydon.

Graydon, my skin is in love with you as am I.

My Graydon regimen is simple. I use The Serum, an amber colored serum rich in blueberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, raspberry seed oil, and grapefruit seed extract along with omega fatty acids; and Face Food, a mineral mist infused with silver, copper, and zinc.  After cleansing my skin, I apply a pump of The Serum and massage onto face. After, I mist the Face Food all over.

This is the first time my regimen has been turned upside down. Serum before mist? What???  I’ve only known mist before moisture…I love being proven wrong!

Bonus: raspberry seed oil boosts your skin’s internal SPF. Take that UV damage to be!

There is no breaking me apart from Graydon. I’m going to stick with them.

Get yours HERE.

Woodchuck Mens Accessories + Giveaway

Goddess Huntress | Woodchuck Mens Accessories   Father’s Day is right around the corner and one of my most favorite brands has expanded into mens accessories.  Woodchuck, who famously adorns our tech with a sleek wooden finish (and just created this custom laptop case for the offices of Snapchat), now have entered the wonderful world of mens furnishings. Cufflinks, journals, money clips, flasks, and the most innovative pocket squares on the planet, are offered in mahogany, cedar, rosewood, walnut, ebony, and gunmetal wood finishes. Woodchuck also offers customizable accessories, so you can get dad’s initials, fav team logo, or just an ornate design engraved into the wood.

1/pocket square 2/flask 3/money clip 4/cufflinks 5/journal

Completely blows that boring Father’s Day tie out of the water, right?

I have been a huge fan of Woodchuck’s work since their beginnings. My iPhone and laptop both sport their wooden cases and the compliments + inquiries keep on coming. My boyfriend Andrew wore his rosewood pocket square to a wedding with me last week and his statement piece was pretty much the enthusiastic topic of conversations amongst the guests.

Dad deserves to sport it too.

To celebrate Woodchuck’s foray into incredibly dapper accessories, I partnered up with them for a Father’s Day giveaway. Goddess Huntress | Woodchuck Journal Cufflinks Giveaway

 

Woodchuck will be giving away a journal to one lucky Goddess Huntress reader and a set of cufflinks to another lucky Goddess Huntress reader!

Simply log in with your facebook or email below, and enter by posting a comment below. Take advantage of the bonus entry options offered to increase your chances of winning!

*Contest only open to United States residents
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Best Moisturizers with SPF

Goddess Huntress | Best SPF Moisturizers

I’ve been asked many times what moisturizers with SPF I recommend and use.  I will say, I don’t test SPF for its effectiveness on my own, I let the Environmental Working Group do that professional lab testing stuff.  Every year they release their list of the BEST, clean, stable, and highly protective sunscreens, I recommend it as the SPF reference for all.

The EWG just released their 2014 Guide to Sunscreens this month, so here is a selection from their list of THE BEST SPF MOISTURIZERS that are worth us giving a spin.

Goddess Huntress | Best SPF Moisturizers Below $20

1/Safe Harbor Natural Suncare Face & Neck Cream SPF 40 2/Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Day Cream SPF 15 3/Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Moisture Plus Lotion SPF 15 4/Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 5/Andalou Naturals BB All In One Beauty Balm SPF 30

Goddess Huntress | Best SPF Moisturizers Over $30

1/ COOLA Suncare Plant UV Sunscreen SPF 30  2/Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 3/Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage SPF 30 4/Suntegrity Skincare Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 5/MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30

Find out what other sunscreens made the EWG best list for 2014 HERE.

And as always, stay the hell away from sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, they can mutate into carcinogens in sunlight.

Practice safe sun, everyone!

*Please note these sunscreens are pictured because they made the EWG Best Sunscreens List. There may be some ingredients that some may deem controversial in any of these formulas, please read ingredient lists and chose accordingly to your temperament. I am slightly more lenient when it comes to SPF, I chose high-level, stable UV protection as my priority because of my father’s melanoma history and am willing to let a couple not-so-clean ingredients slip by (only a couple, no more than that).

Summer Summer Summer Time

Goddess Huntress | Summertime

Well, Memorial Day Weekend is officially upon us in the States, and it is the very unofficial opener to summer.  Hallelujah!

We like to have fun here on Goddess Huntress in May for Melanoma Awareness Month, so I created your SPF Must-Fun List to celebrate the sizzle to be had…so here we go!

The Goddess Huntress SPF Must-Fun List

Be spontaneous

Rub on that sunscreen like the Karate Kid would.

Throw on some dope shades like these.

Play Smashball.

Make out.

Win this SPF giveaway.

Do a cartwheel.

Do many cartwheels.

Rock these summer accessories.

Dig into watermelon.

Get it grillin’.

Get jiggy with my Memorial Day Weekend playlist…pshhht, a no brainer…

Goddess Huntress | SPF Stylin' Music Mix

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! xx

Bloxsun UPF 50 Sun Scarf Giveaway

Goddess Huntress | Bloxsun UPF Scarf Giveaway

I have an Instagram addiction. I love getting introduced to brands and people through their beautiful imagery. Last month I discovered Bloxsun, a company that produces large scarves that can be worn as sarongs, dresses, and shoulder wraps.  Not only do they have sweet prints, the scarves protect you from UV damage with UPF 50! The sun protection comes from the weave of the fabric.

My mind was blown. I’m a design snob and I have never liked or worn clothing with SPF, known as UPF in the clothing world, because what was out there did not look stylish on.  My heart melted when I discovered Bloxsun, because they cracked the code.  Chic pieces that even a person who isn’t looking for sun protective clothing would wear it.  I mean, how great is this look they posted on Insta?

Goddess Huntress | Bloxsun Instagram Sun Scarf

I contacted Bloxsun and practically jumped out of their computer screen and tackled them with a big hug, lots of praise, and immediately included them in my Summer Essentials List.  I love how relationships can brought about via Instagram.

Right then a partnership was born!

I am THRILLED and OVER THE MOON to join Bloxsun during Melanoma Awareness Month for a Sun Scarf giveaway!  Bloxsun will love to give one lucky Goddess Huntress reader their Chain Link Sun Scarf in pink, pictured below. Dimensions are 30″ x 58″ approx.

Goddess Huntress | Bloxsun Sun Scarf Giveaway

Simply log in with your facebook or email below, and enter by posting a comment below. Take advantage of the bonus entry options offered to increase your chances of winning!

*Contest only open to United States residents

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Melanoma Awareness: Did Ya Know?

Goddess Huntress | Melanoma Awareness Tanning Beds

 

Melanoma Awareness Fact via The Skin Cancer Foundation