So. Sun Safety Kit. For those of you who are not aware, the Sun Safety Kit is an amazing collection of SPF products and bronzers/tanners Sephora puts out every year. $20 of the $30 price tag goes to benefit the American Cancer Society. You can still get one here, but they generally sell out pretty fast.
|Gratuitous photo of my kids sharing (for once)|
|The sample packet selection was really awesome this time!|
First up: The regular sunscreens. These products don't claim any special benefits beyond sun protection, although the Shiseido and Ole Henrikson ones do specify that they are for the face. I will probably use all of them on my face and neck and a regular water resistant sunscreen for my body, seeing as how it would take more than a tiny ass tube to cover my big ass ass up.
Next up: The anti-aging moisturizers with SPF protection. I looooooooooove multitasking products. I think it's never too early to start using anti-aging products, and your daily moisturizer should always have a sunscreen, even in the winter. You really can't have too many of these samples. I tried the boscia one this morning, and it was nice and lightweight, and didn't gunk up my makeup.
Then we have the fancy primers. Yeah, that's right dr. brandt, I am refusing to call your BB cream a BB cream. IT IS A FANCY PRIMER. I generally wear a moisturizer with SPF, so I don't really see the need to have it in every single product I'm going to wear on my face. I find that when you start layering spf products, you get that scary looking white glow in all of your pictures. I prefer my white cast to be made up entirely of my own natural pale girl glow. But whatever, I'll use these up. And I am finding that BB cream + powder foundation is a lovely combination when I want to look like I don't have cake face (or cakeup, as I like to call it).
|That spot in the bronzer is a raindrop. I froze my butt off taking these pics.|
Finally, we have the other category. Mineral veil is basically a finishing powder; you dust it over the rest of your makeup to set it. I used to use it back when I was a bare minerals person, but it never really did much for me. I am really excited about the L'Occitane hand lotion though, as I have been meaning to switch my regular hand lotion over to one with spf for the spring / summer.
This is what they all look like in the case...it's a nice one, I will definitely use it for all of my travel.
And now for the value... Sephora claims the kit is worth $210, I calculated about $162 using Amazon pricing. Which is still an amazing value, but I hate when the advertised retail value is so far off the market value. The Shiseido is obviously the big winner of the kit, since it is the highest value and one of the more generously sized samples. The self tanning products are the lowest value, which makes me less stressed about giving them away / throwing them out. I really wish Sephora would just take those out, add another high end sunscreen or two, and do a separate self tanner kit.
Even though I bounced back and forth on this purchase, I am ultimately glad I did it. I will use almost all of the products. I love this kit and plan on buying it every year (as long as my sample supply doesn't exceed my sunscreen demand). I definitely recommend this one (obviously, as I haven't shut up about it).
Did you get the Sun Safety kit? What is your favorite full body sunscreen for the summer (both for yourself and your kids, if you have them)? We use Aveeno Baby on the girls and the regular Aveeno on ourselves (or steal the baby stuff).