URIAGE Bariésun Crème Teintée Clair SPF50 (Tinted Sunscreen) Review

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Hello lovelies,

today I’m going to talk about one of my favourite sunscreens I’ve mentioned in my Sunscreen F.A.Q. post.

The cream I’ll be talking about is Uriage Bariésun Crème Teintée SPF50. It is available in two shades: Clair (the lighter one I own) and Gold. This cream has chemical filters. It retails for approximately $25 for a 50ml tube.

The packaging is a flip top tube, which is not the best way to pack sunscreen (I prefer air-tight pumps), so make sure to spend all the cream in one season.

The shade Clair is very light with pink undertones. It is so light that I thought it would be too light for me (NC15-20), but it adapted to my skintone.

The finish of the cream is slightly shiny, so I usually mattified it with Guerlain pressed powder.

The consistency is on the thicker side, but since less is more principle doesn’t apply to sunscreens, it is a plus in my book. The cream feels sticky upon application, but after 5-10 minutes the stickiness is gone. Like any sunscreen, this cream isn’t longwearing so if you plan to spend the entire day outside on sun, make sure to reapply every two hours.

The coverage is light – it covers discolourations (redness, brown spots), but don’t expect miracles. It will even out your skin tone. Unfortunately, it emphasizes enlarged pores.

The cream has a kind of milky creamy scent which is not very strong and disappears quickly, but I find it very unpleasant.

The cream protects the skin well – I’ve been using it instead of a foundation the entire summer and my face didn’t tan a bit. Since I don’t like a heavy face make-up, it served as a nice foundation replacement.

Here’s a swatch on my skin, which is currently NC20.

uriage bariesun swatch

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

AVENE Mineral Lotion 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Review and Ingredients

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are doing great.

Several days ago I’ve made two posts about sunscreens and I recommended some. Today I’ll review Avene mineral sunscreen.

The sunscreen comes in a tube bottle which contains 100ml. It retails for 15 euros. The sunscreen isn’t 100% mineral since titanium dioxide isn’t a full spectrum UVA filter, so they need to add chemical filter to cover the part of UVA which aren’t by titanium dioxide.

The sunscreen has slightly unpleasant scent which disappears quickly upon application. It is runny, but at the same time thick. Since it contains titanium dioxide, it leaves a white cast which is impossible to completely cover. Trust me, I tried applying foundation over it, but the white still went through. Therefore, I do not recommend it to use as a daily sunscreen because it is really obvious.

Another minus is the fact that titanium dioxide and my skin do not agree. It horribly clogs my pores and causes breakouts.

However, the reason I recommended this sunscreen is that it is very waterproof and difficult to remove. I use it when I’m out riding a bike or doing any outdoor activity that will make me sweat.

If you have no problems with filters, I’d recommend this sunscreen for sport activities. On the other hand, I need to remember to avoid titanium dioxide and stick to zinc oxide sunscreen.

Here are the ingredients:

Avene thermal spring water (avene aqua). titanium dioxide. isodecyl neopentanoate. triethylhexanoin. c12-15 alkyl benzoate. cyclomethicone. glycerin. polyglyceryl-4 isostearate. c30-45 alkyl methicone. cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone. hexyl laurate. alumina. water (aqua). stearic acid. caprylic/capric triglyceride. caprylyl glycol. disodium edta. iron oxides (ci 77492). iron oxides (ci 77491). octyldodecanol. pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate. silica dimethyl silylate. sodium chloride. sodium myristoyl glutamate. sorbic acid. tocopheryl glucoside. triethoxycaprylylsilane. xanthan gum.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara


SUNSCREEN F.A.Q. Part 2 + Recommendations

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Hello, lovelies.

I hope you are well. Here is the second part of my brief sunscreen summary. The first part can be found here. This time I’ll give you recommendations for some of my favourite sunscreens. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Is there a safe way to tan?

As it is mentioned, even UVA rays cause cancer so tanning beds aren’t consider a “safe” way of tanning.

However, if you like tanned skin, the safest choice is a self tanner. The majority self tanners in stores are based on Dihydroxyacetonem, a chemical which in reaction with the dead skin cells on the surface creates skin darkening which lasts for approximately 5-10 days.


What is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen?

Physical sunscreens create a layer which deflects the UV rays from the skin. They are generally stable, but their consistency is thick and they often leave a white cast on the face. They are less likely to irritate the skin and therefore they are appropriate for persons with sensitive skin.

Physical filters are titanium dioxide (protects against UVB and a part of UVA spectrum) and zinc oxide (protects from full UVA and UVB spectrum).

Chemical sunscreens contain filters which absorb the UV rays. They are generally photostable (exception avobenzone), but they can irritate sensitive skin. They are more user-friendly because they can be put in various formulations.

The most common chemical filters are: Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150 and Uvinul A Plus

What is a SPF?

SPF (skin protection factor) is a number which indicates the amount of time we can spend on sunlight without getting burned. This amount of time depends on how your skin reacts to sun. For example, your skin burns after 5 minutes in the sun (no protection). If you use the right amount of SPF 15 sunscreen, this means that now you can spend 75 minutes out without getting burned (5 minutes * 15); for SPF 30 this is 150 minutes, etc.

SPF number usually indicates protection against UVB rays. UVA protection is on my sunscreens usually indicated just by saying UVA, and it generally is one third of UVB protection.

How much sunscreen do we need to apply?

Sunscreen is really not something you should save and for it the old “a little goes a long way” does not apply. You should apply 2mg of sunscreen for 1 cubic centimeter of your skin. Yes, this means that a 30ml bottle of sunscreen will last you less than a month if you use it daily on the face.

The following example will illustrate how smaller amount diminishes the protection. If you apply half of the recommended amount of SPF50 sunscreen, you won’t get SPF25 protection; rather, you’ll get one square root of SPF50 which is approximately SPF7.

How often should I apply sunscreen?

If you spend a lot of time outside, the sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or every time after you get out of the water.

Some of my favourite sunscreens:

Chanel UV Essentiel (zinc based sunscreen)

Bioderma Sebium Mat (SPF 30, but works well under make-up)

Uriage Barie Sun Crème Teinte (nice replacement for a tinted moisturizer for lighter skin)

Eucerin Sun Crème SPF 50 (tinted sunscreen for darker skin)

Lavozon (Mueller brand) and Sundance (DM brand) sunscreens for body

Sundance SPF30 lip balm and Sundance SPF 50 stick lip balm

Avene Mineral sunscreen SPF 50 (excellent titanium dioxide waterproof sunscreen)


Useful links:

You can find more information about sunscreen and skin cancer on the following links:

Paula Begoun – Cosmetic Cop

Skin cancer

European Union sunscreen guidelines

FDA sunscreen guidelines


I hope that you have found answers to your questions.


DISCLAIMER – I am not a professional dermatologist and this article is based solely on my knowledge of physics and chemistry (It is surprising what one remembers from high school :)).



Hello, lovelies.

Even though we are well into summer, it is never too late to start taking care of your skin and one of the best ways to do it is to regularly apply sunscreen. I’ve made a small summary, hoping to cover the most important questions related to sunscreen. I’ve planned to be brief, but once I started writing, the facts just came out so I’ll separate this into two parts.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a product which contains filters that, once applied on the skin, prevent the absorption of UVA and UVB rays, therefore preventing the damage they can create. It can come with chemical, mineral or the combination of both filters.

What are UV rays and what are they doing to my skin?

UV (ultra-violet) rays are electromagnetic radiation with the wavelength shorter than the one visible to human eyes (between 400 and 10 nm).

The main source of UV rays is sunlight.

There are several types of UV rays, but the rays we are hoping to block with sunscreen are type A and type B. While ozone layer blocks the majority of UVB layers, it doesn’t block UVA and almost 95% of UV radiation on the Earth’s surface is UVA.

UVA rays (long-wave; 400-315 nm) penetrate the skin deeper and can cause photoaging (damages collagen and elastin). In the past, they were considered “safer” and they were often used in tanning beds. However, even UVA rays can cause skin cancer.

UVB rays (short wave; 315-280 nm) cause sunburn, redness and they are a crucial factor in the development of skin cancer.

How can sun damage manifest itself?

First and foremost, the most obvious type of sun damage is dried, burned, red skin. However, the damage the UV rays are doing goes deeper, and with time, prolonged exposure to sun can lead to brown spots, as well as wrinkled and aged skin because UV rays damage collagen and elastin. Of course, the worst kind of sun damage is a skin cancer.

You also need to remember that sun damage is cumulative.

Is it possible to reverse sun damage?

It is not possible to completely reverse sun damage, but some cosmetic products can diminish it.

Exfoliation (chemical and physical) can remove the upper, dead, layer of skin cells and even out your skin. Don’t forget that exfoliation can sensitize the skin.

Products with vitamin C can minimize or completely whiten out brown spots, but they can make the skin sensitive to sun.

Vitamin A can boost collagen production, therefore minimizing wrinkles, but it can cause skin sensitivity to UV rays.

Hydration is also important because UV rays can dehydrate the skin.

Of course, it is never too late to start wearing sunscreen regularly.

How to minimize skin cancer risk?

The best way to minimize the risk of skin cancer is to avoid sun exposure, especially during summer between 10 am and 16 pm, as well as regularly use a high SPF sunscreen.

It is also important to regularly examine your skin at your dermatologist. Keep in mind that, if skin cancer is found early, there is a good rate of recovery. If it is found too late, when the cancer has progressed, the chances to successfully cure it are much diminished.

I hope that you’ll find this helpful. Part 2 can be found here.




DISCLAIMER – I am not a professional dermatologist and this article is based solely on my knowledge of physics and chemistry (It is surprising what one remembers from high school :)).

SPIRIG Daylong Extreme SPF 50 Review and Ingredients

Daylong Extreme by Spirig is another sunscreen that I have tried this summer. My mother is a faithful user for years (she is extremely sensitive to sun because of the antibiotics she had to use).

Daylong comes in a 100 ml flip top tube and it retails for around $25. As far as I can see from the ingredients list, it is 100% chemical sunscreen.

The consistency is creamy and very sticky. It spreads easily, but approximately 10-15 minutes after application it sinks in and the stickiness is gone.

The scent is a turn-off (at least for me) – slightly medical with milky coconut undertone; but it disappears upon application.

When I used it underneath the make-up, it felt heavy on my face.

This sunscreen is extremely hard to wash off. It is probably the only sunscreen that I had to remove with double cleansing like I remove make-up. This signalled that it might cause the breakouts, but I didn’t get any. Another bonus is that it really moisturizes the skin – I have dehydrated oily skin, but this helped with battling the flaky skin.

In spite of the benefits, I’ll only use it as a beach sunscreen or during work-out, and not like an everyday sunscreen.


EUCERIN Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50 Review and Ingredients

Eucerin Sun Lotion with SPF 50 was one of mine everyday sunscreens this summer. I got a 10 ml tube as a sample with purchase and, since the pharmacist told me I shouldn’t use it on the face, I have forgotten about it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any info on the price (I suppose it is around $20-30) or the amount the full size comes in.

However, having gotten a nice reddish freckle caused by the sun on the side of my forehead (I wore SPF30, but I had to spend all day out in the sun), and having only Eucerin as a high SPF sunscreen, I decided to bit the bullet, thinking that it couldn’t do more damage. Here is the picture of the freckle. Since the photo was taken with flash, the colour is slightly washed out, but in reality the freckle is a bright pinkish red).

Eucerin Sun Lotion is a combination of physical and chemical sunscreen.

The consistency is, as the name says, very light. It spread easily and it sinks in quickly, without being sticky. It doesn’t leave whiteish cast.

The scent is fairly strong, alcoholic, but disappears upon the application.

Because of the alcohol inside, it is a bit drying. I have oily dehydrated skin, so it didn’t do much damage, but drier skin types should be cautious. I was the most afraid that it will break me out, but it didn’t.

It is possible to put the make-up over it, but I still prefer Bioderma Photoderm SPF 30.


OLAY Complete Daily UV Fluid Review



After being pretty satisfied with Olay Complete Night Cream, I have tried several more Olay products. I’m currently on my second bottle of Daily UV Fluid and I’m afraid it will be my last.

Daily UV Fluid for normal/oily skin comes in a 100ml bottle with a tiny opening on the top. It has SPF15

The consistency is a bit runny and it feels very light. A little goes a long way. After you apply it, you have to wait for several minutes (10 to 20) for it to properly sink in.

I have oily but dehydrated skin with enlarged pores. I’m normally NC15-20 and my skin tans easily without burning.

I have primarily bought it to use it as a daytime moisturizer/sunscreen during winter/early spring/late fall. I thought that this way I’ll get both – extra moisture that my skin is craving during those periods, and a light sunscreen (since the sun at that time isn’t as strong so I don’t want to use SPF50).

As a moisturizer it did its job pretty well. My skin was noticeably less dry while I was using it. However, I don’t advise to use it under make-up – it takes a long time to properly set and it can flake off from the skin when you try to apply foundation over it.

However, as a sunscreen it was a total fail. Usually during winter I loose that bit of summer tan I got and I’m super pale in spring. With Olay Daily UV Fluid, I lost almost none of the summer tan. The foundation I was using at that time was too light – usually it is a correct match or even too dark. I don’t think that SPF15 is too low – I used Lancôme Primordiale which had SPF15, spent the whole day on the March sun and my skin didn’t tan at all (my sister, on the other hand, got pretty good sunburn – she’s more sensitive to sun than me). I applied a huge amount, so this couldn’t be the cause too. I’m currently using it on my arms just to spend the bottle.

Another huge “no” is the fact that Daily UV Fluid is perfumed. This is not the problem per se, but if I apply it too close to eyes, or even if I only wave with the hand I was applying the fluid with in front of the eyes, they start to water. My eyes usually are not sensitive, but something in the fragrance irritate my eyes.

I can recommend it as a moisturizer, but don’t count on it to protect from sun – use something else with it as a sunscreen.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the ingredients, since I’ve thrown the box away, but I’ll update if I find out.

BIODERMA Photoderm AKN SPF30 Sunscreen Review


Words cannot describe how happy I am that I have found this.

I’ve been looking for a very long time for a good sunscreen that I can put under make-up. I can wear literally everything for beach or when I’m out just doing sports, but I need something matte and non-sticky underneath my make-up. The closest to the ideal so far was Chanel UV essentiel, but its smell is way to disgusting, so I never purchased the full size, plus it was too expensive, since 30ml would lasted me for less than a month.

After trying a small sample, I was hooked and recently I have purchased the full size. Bioderma Photoderm AKN SPF30 comes in a 40ml tube and in my country it retails for about $17. It is intended for oily skin.

The consistency is relatively thick and this certainly is not one of those products where a little goes a long way. This is actually good for sunscreen as you need to use approximately 1,4 ml of product to get the protection stated on the box.

Upon application, it feels very thick and sticky, but just wait for a couple of minutes – it immediately transforms to a lightweight matte texture and it stays matte for the whole day.

I have oily, but dehydrated skin and it hasn’t made my skin any shinier, nor it dehydrated it.

The make-up goes like a dream over it – I do not need a primer at all. The sunscreen doesn’t rub off when you are blending your foundation.

As far as I can see it leaves no whiteish cast.

It hasn’t clogged my skin and so far (2 weeks of using it) there are no breakouts.

This is truly like a dream coming true. It is (relatively) cheap, matte and with decent sun protection. As far as I know, Bioderma sunscreens have very high amount of UVA protetction. I only wish that they would made SPF50 version of this.


LANCASTER Tan Deepener Review

Lancaster Tan Deepener promises to help faster you tan faster, as well as prolong the tan after summer.

What distinguishes it from other similar products is that it contains SPF6 (which doesn’t mean much, but it is still better than no SPF). 200 ml costs for around $40

Lancaster Tan Deepener comes in a jar and has a jam-like texture. It is very sticky and greasy. The consistency is very thick and you need a lot of it. I have spend half the jar only applying it once per day for two weeks.

It smells weird, but not bad.

Tan Deepener is tinted (dark reddish brown). It WILL STAIN, but unlike the stains made by Attiva Bronze, the stains made by Lancaster are possible to wash off (although your experience might differ, so don’t take my word on it). I suggest you to test it on a small piece of fabric.

As for the efficiency, I didn’t noticed that I tanned any faster. The only difference I cold notice was that I’m not as orange (yes, I’m one of those unfortunate souls who are orange when they are tanned).

The only real benefit I could find is that Lancaster Tan Booster is very moisturizing. This is probably related to the fact that it is very difficult to wash of – I can scrub all I like, but it still leaves a thin film on the skin.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the money.




EVELINE Sun Protection Face Cream SPF50 Review

I’m finally back and, as promised, my first review is Eveline Sun Protection Face Cream. The cream is very cheap – it costs around $5 for 50ml. It is a combination sunscreen – it contains both mineral and chemical filters to assure good UVA and UVB protection. Since one of the filters is Titanium Dioxide, it will leave a whiteish cast.

The cream itself is very thick, but as you spread it, it becomes greasy. I don’t think I would recommend it as an everyday sunscreen, underneath the makeup. I don’t believe that any makeup would stay long on such a greasy base. In spite of the greasiness, it feels really comfortable on the face. It is not drying – it is probably one of the most moisturizing sunscreen I’ve had chance to use.

The cream protects well – I’ve been exposed to sun every day – from morning to evening, and my face got darker just for one shade – from NC15 to NC20 (my body, where I’ve been using Lavozon SPF30, is NC35).

What makes this cream inappropriate for the beach (and every other activity which includes getting your face moist) is that the cream goes off in contact with water. I’m aware that nothing can be 100% waterproof, but if I would drink a glass of water, the cream above my upper lip would disappear. This means you will have to reapply it even more often that other sunscreens. On the other hand, it will be easy to remove, so it is less probable that it would cause breakouts or clog pores.




SUMMER Haul (Lancaster, Avene, L’Occitane)

Summer has come (finally!!). As I’ll finish my exams soon, I’ll be spending more and more time outside (riding bike, exercising or just purely enjoying being out on the fresh air). However, summer is the season when the sun is stronger than ever. Taking this into account I’ve decided to treat myself with some products which will help me prepare my skin for sun exposure.

Now, I’m aware that tanning is bad for skin. When I’m out of the house, I’m using at least SPF 30 on the body and SPF 50 on the face (if I’ll be staying on the sun for longer than half an hour; otherwise I use SPF 15).

My skin type is a bit tricky. I am very pale (NC15), with blue-grey eyes and dark blond hair, but I tan easily and rarely burn. Until two days ago, I’ve been wearing long sleeves (in spite of being 30 celsius), plus SPF 30 sunscreen and my neck and decollete still got tan (now they are NC20).

In order to prevent even bigger difference between the rest of the body and hands, neck and decollete (which looks really bad and ridiculous once you are in the bikini), I start with sunbathing. This means that in the middle of July, my skin has even colouring.


OLAY Total Effects Day SPF 15 Moisturizer Review

I’ve received a big sample (15ml) of Olay Total Effects Day Moisturizer together with my Beauty Fluid purchase. The regular version of this moisturizer comes in a jar, which isn’t the best solution as the UV filters will lose its effectiveness more quickly.

I use this moisturizer primarily as a sunscreen. While SPF15 would not be enough for a whole day of sun exposure, from my experience, it is enough for me during the most of the year, as I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun.

Olay Total Effects is not as lightweight as Olay Beauty Fluid (my favourite). It is much greasier and it takes more time to sink in. I can apply foundation immediately after applying Beauty Fluid, but when I use Total Effects, I need to wait for at least half an hour for it to sink in. Since Total Effects is, to my understanding, an antiageing line, I can understand that it is not very appropriate for oily skin.

What I really like about this moisturizer is, that in spite of being a bit too heavy for my skin, it is amazingly moisturizing. I’ve been using it in the combination with Avene Diacneal, which is a retinol-based cream and which very often dries my skin out.  However, this time this wasn’t the case. As long as I use this combination (Total Effects + Diacneal), my skin doens’t have dehydration problems.

Overall impression:


DUCRAY Melascreen Crème Solaire SPF 50 Review

I wanted to get a good sunscreen, since so far I’ve been using only moisturizers with low SPF. I’ve only used sunscreens on beach and these were heavy, greasy and they were leaving a whiteish cast. My favourite sunscreen so far is Chanel UV Essentiel (I’ve only got a sample, but this is the most perfect sunscreen ever) but it is expensive (over $50 for 30ml) and it smells horrible.

Instead I’ve decided to pick some sunscreen from pharmacy brands. I got this since it seemed to offer a great value for money (around $15 for 40ml). I know how difficult is to find a good sunscreen and when I first tried it, I thought that I’ve got a HG. Unfortunately, after a month of using this, I have to say that I don’t like it.

The sunscreen has SPF50 and PPD is 1/3 of the SPF so this means PPD is around 16.

The product comes in a tube with a pump. I like that the packaging is very hygienic. The instructions say to use 5 or 6 pumps for the whole face. Although I’m aware that it decreases the degree of protection, I’m using only 2 pumps.

When I first put it on my face, it feels lightweight and it’s very easy to spread. A minute after, it becomes sticky and uncomfortable. It doesn’t give a whiteish cast, but my face feels greasy for the whole day. Even when I put a foundation and a loose powder over it, my face is still shiny. Not to mention that it breaks me out (nothing horrible, but my skin is much clearer when I do not use it).

I’ll finish this sunscreen on the vacation, and find a new one for the next season.