Sunday, February 23, 2014

Red with Gold and Sporting My Tan

I remember many years back, when I wasn't anywhere near conscientious about sun protection as I am now, I had just returned from a vacation in a very sunny place.  I was road weary from all the travel and probably not looking my best.  But I was tan.  Probably as tan as I get.  I ran into a neighbor in the lobby and she very nicely asked if I was feeling ok and when I told her I was just very tired, she sagely nodded and advised that I needed to get some sun!  I must have been well into NC30 or so, which is pretty dark for me!

I just returned from a week on vacation, being outdoors pretty much the whole time.  This time, I really took care to protect my skin, wearing a broad-rimmed hat the whole time and layering AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, which has a high SPF, over another sunscreen.  I actually took time to make sure to reapply during the day.  I still got color!  It seems that even MORE tenacious sun protection is required to avoid getting a tan.  What's secret?!  How do you avoid getting any color?

I also didn't wear much makeup this time, despite having packed a fair amount of things.  Now that I'm back, I've piled some makeup on.  AHHHH!  Home sweet home.  I also got to try out the navy Suqqu mascara that was in my Suqqu Xmas Kit from this past Holiday season.
 Simple colors and placement:


Ridiculously simple eyes.  I swept the RBR loose pigment on my lids and also under my lower lash line.  I used RBR Chestnut Napped Apalis in my crease.  I did tight line with Laura Mercier tight liner cake in Ebony.  Oh yes, and the THREE liner applied as a bright accent along the lower lash line.  I applied two light coats of the SUQQU mascara on my lashes.
 I was kind of hoping that the mascara would show bluer, but really just looks like a regular black color.  Lashes remain very soft when dry.  While not great at holding up a curl, the fibers in the formula gives it a slight elongating effect.  It's not waterproof, but water-resistant.  I think it is a tubing mascara and can be easily removed with warm water.  I like it.  It has a pretty and soft fluttery finished effect.  I tend to like my mascara more dramatic, but this is a nice pretty look.
So.. haha.  Having a "tan" means I can use Chamomile color of Chantecaille Future Skin straight up instead of lightened and slightly neutralized with Porcelain.
The focus is really the red lips, of course.  I totally forgot I had this Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama rolling around in my lipstick drawer.  Still a fabulous formula and a glorious color!  What a nice change from my daily lip balm routine of vacation.
This was my face for doing about 11 loads of laundry.  With the amount of makeup I own, really, it's the only way.

So what's the secret to keep your skin from getting any color?  Maybe just stay indoor?

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33 comments :

  1. Gorgeous lipstick color on you!!!

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  2. Oh Darling I don't panick anymore about the sun. If I know I'll be spending time outside I wear SS and if I get a bit of color so what? The rest of the time I don't wear any (a good SPF day cream or BB) but I do try to avoid facing the sun as much as possible. My take is, you got to enjoy yourself and as long as you don't overdo it then it's fine. :)

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    1. Helene! :) Surprisingly, my issues with sun is less health related and more financial! I hate it when none of my foundation matches me when I tan and I am not a huge user of bronzers to correct it. I love the feel of the sun on my skin actually... in good moderation of course.

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    2. Geeze you're one funny dudette!!! Are you wearing foundatione on these pics! Coz if not I'm sooo jealous and if you are then you do have a perfect match! Sheesh woman look at you! :D :D :D

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    3. :DD Totally wearing foundation!!

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  3. dear, (disclaimer: not a doctor , just someone with loads of freckle avoiding experience and a crazy mom)

    I am very fair and lived in south america for a long while, it was nearly impossible to avoid the sun and my mother's fate: a pale but very freckled face- like a spotted tiger-. every winter though I would return to my completely even ivory skin with my mom's care, which consisted mostly of : diet. For example in the peak of summer, she would not give me any lime- spicy irritating anything to eat, this accelerates tanning in summer/ ie triggers skin melanin release.Loads of cucumber salads/masks, this keeps your skin nicer and helps it bounce back from tanning and dryness. Lots of herbal tea,no to caffeinated waters that play with your sugar balance and therefore with hyper pigmentation in some people. At night wash body and face with a simple chamomile or oats soap which reduce inflammation, gently exfoliate-only at night- and gently moisturize. So far in my 30's, my face or body has any detectable freckle and I have avoided becoming my dear mom,thanks to her efforts.

    Of course, wearing hats,protective but breathable clothing, avoiding peak sun hours, staying hydrated and not using any staining cosmetic.

    Sometimes we need the sun, for our metabolism, vitamin d, calcium fixing, hormone regulation, seasonal depression prevention etc.

    You may find that an overall diet and lifestyle approach make you tan only very slightly and fade it rapidly and naturally too. :)
    Wishing you beautiful skin for all your life!

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    1. Dear dear anonymous! Please leave me a screen name! :) Thank you for your lovely comment and words of advice. Interesting about foods. I seems to suffer (self-diagnosed) from a slight case of rosacea and definitely certain types of foods cause redness that seem to last longer than it used to so I can see how potentially it would cause other skin changes if temporary when acting in conjunction with the sun.
      If only I can figure out how not to live and die by my cups of coffee and my love for spicy spicy foods! :) Thank you SO MUCH!!

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  4. To avoid getting colour, I stay where the shade is. I try not to be directly under the sun. I was in Bangkok when it was super hot, and I had no choice but to be in the sun for about 20 minutes. I think I re-applied my sunscreen every 5 minutes. It was so hot my skin was burning! I think I still tanned a little, just a tad bit though. Wasn't too bad >_<

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    1. Dood, I don't know how you manage with your much warmer/sunnier climate. I think it was definitely the lack of shade as even with all the clothing/hats, etc, the sunlight was bouncing off surfaces and still hitting my skin.
      I have to say, a little color is nice. :) I do feel like I look well rested or something. Maybe it's just the normal vacation glow.

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  5. Hi Belly,
    There is so much debate about sunscreen and sunblock. You need to make sure you choose a sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Many people are mistaken as to what SPF stands for. SPF means is how long you are protected from the sun. I'm really fair, and I were to go out into the sun without any sunscreen on, I would probably burn in 5 minutes (or less!). So, let's say I was wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, I would be protected for 150 minutes before I would need to reapply.

    There are two main types of "sunscreen", sunscreen and sunblock. Many people use the two interchangebly. They aren't the same, they are very different. One is a chemical sunscreen and one is a physical sunscreen. Sunscreen is a chemical block that contains special ingredients that act as filters and reduce ultraviolet radiation penetration to the skin. These sunscreens used to only contain UVB protection, but more recently contain UVA absorbers as well. Suncreen is a lot more commonplace than sunblock.

    Sunblock is a physical sunscreen products containing ingredients such a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which physically block ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Sunblocks provide broad protection against both UVB and UVA light. Think of people you might have seen with those white stripes on their nose--that's sunblock.

    The biggest mistakes people make when using sunscreen is not applying enough (about enough to fill a shot glass), not applying it often enough (roughly every two hours), not reapplying it after swimming (nothing is waterproof!), forgetting that it expires (some brands expire rather quickly, less than a year) and missing spots (such as the back of the hands, ears, hairline, etc.).

    I guess I would also add in, that it doesn't matter if it's winter, you still need to wear sunscreen. The sun's rays are still shining down. It doesn't matter if you aren't spending the day IN the sun, you still should wear sunscreen. It's enough to be driving in the car with the sun shining through the windows. My dad has had some "spots" that he had to have removed from all his years of driving and working without wearing sunscreen.

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    1. Hello Jenny! <3 thanks for all this information. Yes yes yes to all!

      I always use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays with a high SPF (usually 50+) though I think uber uber high SPF is also debatable on whether or not they truly are effective up to that time.

      When I was in Florida, I also used the kids' sunblock which is loaded up with Titanium dioxide, so I went all out. I seems to me regardless of reapplying, I need to find some more shade the next time.
      I also wear sunscreen in the winter (it's kind of routine that I put it on all the time).

      I'm sadly vitamin D deficient, so I actually try to spend some time getting sunlight for a few minutes when I can in addition to taking supplements per doc's orders. I also think my skin is the type to tan super easily, so despite all the protecting I do, I think I am always likely to tan with very little exposure.

      xxoo

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  6. Belly!!!!!
    I love your posts and how you don't take yourself too seriously. If we lived closer I have no doubt we'd be fast friends. =D
    I live in SoCal & for my high school years & up til about 30 yo I would live to get sun. 15 years later (along with skin cancer on my FACE & a rosacea diagnosis) I have learned my lesson. =(
    My derm told me I should NEVER be w/out SPF of at least 30 on my face. (I use 45 though) So now rain or shine, commuting to work or staying at home, I ALWAYS put it on. I even had the flu once & dragged my butt into the bathroom to slap some sunscreen on & went immediately back to bed for the next 48 hours.

    Having said that, I firmly believe that there are skin types that naturally don't tan (or burn) easily and there are skin types that can slather SPF 100 on & still manage to get color.

    I think skin types are like body types...I can excercise from sun up to sun down (swim, cycle, jog etc...) and I will never have skinny shapely legs like my mother because my Dutch grandmother on my father's side has tree trunk genes & kindly passed those on to me & my 2 sisters. Bless her heart. =(

    I have to say that your lips are glorious!!!!! That red just showcases them in all their resplendent fullness. I envy you! Because while my legs are 2 slabs of thick hamhock, my lips are a tiny slash in my face.
    Lest you think I am a complete negative Nelly, I did inherit my mother's gorgeous light green eyes and thick long eyelashes. I just have to keep the attention up there. =)

    Thank you for your always entertaining posts!

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    1. Hi Soni! Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sorry about the two diagnoses and I hope you are feeling well. When we were younger, we all tanned having no idea of the potential risks associated with the sun exposure. My derm is also super vocal about making sure I use sun protection. But I have to say, I am in full admiration of your flu + sunscreen diligence!!
      This is great though, we share the nice strong legs. :) Though I wish I ca also say I had your lovely eyes. xoxo

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  7. I tan super easily as well! I hate it for reasons you mentioned above (foundation no longer matches, plus eyeshadows and lipsticks don't look quite the same), and also because being giant-pored and oily, I look like a mess at the end of the day. Oh, and these days, I develop patches of melasma as well. I will always be that freak in long sleeved clothing in the summer, and I also have gloves that protect my forearms when I drive. :P

    Gorgeous FOTD as always! Nobody in the history of makeup has ever looked that great while doing laundry, I'm sure. :-*

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    1. Shryh, when I was young, I had heard that getting a tan makes your zits disappear and it seemed to have that effect temporarily! Ah, all the reasons I used to have to cook my skin. I get melasma, too, just on my body and luckily not on my face.

      When I lived in Korea, I was amazed how diligent the women were about sun protection. On the beach, the women were completely covered in the water! Hats, special sun blocking sleeves, sunscreen, etc. And the parasols of course. I wore mostly long sleeves over break, too. My husband & picked up the UV protection sleeves while in Korea and also use it when we drive!!

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  8. Oh Belly, welcome to my world! I live in southwest FL, 200 miles south of Orlando. I am totally devoted to sun protection and sun avoidance because of melasma and irregular pigmentation--I can't be outside, uncovered, at all. SPF numbers make a difference down here--my little scientific experiment of using Neutrogena SPF 100 on one arm vs. Coppertone SPF 50 on the other. The SPF 100 arm was lily white, the other one got color. Down here, the higher the SPF, the bigger difference it makes because we're closer to the equator.
    The Shiseido spf products are bullet proof too, spf 50+ lotion or cream, excellent.
    Broad brimmed sun hats, long sleeve spf shirts, etc. for outdoor activities. I swim in a long sleeve shirt. My husband goes fishing with a "buff" it's a nylon face covering that's kind of creepy , like a bandito!! all the fishermen here wear it because they've all gotten skin cancer.
    My dad drives his car with spf gloves on, all the time, because of skin cancer on the backs of his hands.
    I know many women, esp. of Asian or Hispanic ethnicities, who walk outside with a parasol. I'm tempted. I am seriously always seeking shade, I have hats in my car, sunscreen in every bag, car crevice, gym bag, etc. of super high spf. Micronized zinc oxide is the best, no reactions and for day to day, blocks out the bad stuff. I like Replenix SPF 50 sheer and also the Clarins liquid one, spf 40 I think. I layer it first, then tinted moisturizer with spf, then powder with spf (Laura Mercier)
    And yes, it's February and this is my reality. It beats shoveling snow:-)

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    1. :P I totally think it beats shoveling the snow! (although, don't tell anyone. my husband does all of that. I stay inside and eat bon bons)
      I've heard nice things about the Shiseido sun products as well as Replenix! thank you for those recommendations. I keep hearing more and more about layering products, too. I think I'd like to try that more this summer... which I suspect will never come.... more snow coming. MORE SNOW!
      @_____@

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    2. Shiseido sunscreens are the bomb, I also love their stick, I think it's spf 35, comes in 3 colors, get the clear one--seriously it forms like a waterproof coating and water beads on your face when you have this on. I use it on my nose, chin, lips, tops of hands and ears, great for sports. You need an oil based cleanser to get it off, they make an excellent and easily obtained cleanser-sorry shu uemura--

      Stay warm, sending sunny and UVB -laden thoughts your way! MELT SNOW MELT SNOW!!!!!

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    3. Eff Shu! I'm switching to coconut oil once I'm done with stupid SHUUUUUU! :)

      Putting on my bikini, awaiting your UVB rays.

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  9. It doesn't really look like you got tan, though. Maybe it's the red lipstick? I love how simple and clean it looks.
    I am planning on a sunscreen review, and it is an enduring love if not perfect. The Shiseido Ultimate sunblock (SPF 50+) actually kept my face tan-free even from Mexican sun! However, I do think the Biore sunscreen is cosmetically more elegant. :)

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    1. I think the red lips make a big contrast with my skin making it look paler! :D I didn't really tan much though. Maybe went up a click so that the Chamomile is a perfect match (before it oxidizes).
      Biore is fabulous for keeping the oils at bay. I love that thing!! Now I really know I need to try out the Shi. I keep hearing about this one.

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  10. I'm in the 'some people just DO' camp. I darken by a shade every summer, despite being very diligent with sunscreen -- my skin's so prone to burning it works as a litmus test for whether my sunscreen's still effective (without anything I'll tingle and get red even on a cloudy London winter's day), and I didn't get any new freckles last year, so I'm assuming I'm as well protected as I could've been. So, I don't know, it doesn't bother me that much; I actually like being able to play with a different colour palette and try more foundations with a 'tan' :D

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    1. I do, tooooo! I get so stuck in a particular set of things I think are nice that it's kind of jarring to see how different everything looks on a tanner face. Ya know? And then I noticed today, I barely picked up any color. I'm a lot of noise and drama and nonsense for no reason.

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  11. Gorgeous look you have done there, that blush is just wow on you, I'm going to have a look at that when I'm next at the counter.
    I don't get colour in a tan way, just more of a ruddy red kinda burnt look, its very fetching I can tell you, so I go for complete sun avoidance if I can
    xx

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    1. thank you! I love the JC Baked formula. They apply so prettily!

      I can see how ruddy red may not be the look you go for. On the other hand turning a dark, warm gold seems to throw off every colored makeup item I have. :) easier to just avoid getting color.

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  12. Welcome back Belly!!! The tan suits you! Yes really, I wear BB base and powder just to do the laundry now... sun protection and hydration... when you own this much makeup, it's the only way. LOL!

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    1. Hahah! Yes, up makeup people need to make every occasion an occasion to wear makeup!

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  13. That lippie is so pretty. It looks great on you. Wearing that kind of color makes you hot and daring. Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! It's quite the vavavavoom color.

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  14. Love your blog and your sense of humor! But please put the pictures back next to your blog roll on the side! Thanks! :)

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    1. :) thank suzannem80. Your wish is my command. I was having issues with the homepage not loading quick enough recently. Let me do some more reconfiguring.

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  15. wow, I love the beautiful drama of this red lip and it can absolutely be paired with simple eyes. Tan-tales: I used to avoid getting tan on my face and I did a good job at it as people started to call me 'ghostface': in Holland being pale is not really the beautystandard although it seems to change thanks to younger people mirroring pale fashionbloggers etc (or being more aware of the perils of the sun). I do tan a bit these days: mostly because I have a light eczema that cures better during salt water/sun :)

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