Friday, May 27, 2011

Skincare Products with Built-In SPF

Post by Shecky's blogger, Brittany Thomas of

Skin Cancer Awareness Month means it’s time for us gals (and guys…they’ve got skin too!) to be a little more cognizant about protecting our skin from those UV rays. One of the best ways to do this is to use products with SPF built right in. Check out some of my favorites.

I know it’s a bit on the pricey side but Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42.50) is absolutely fantastic. It works great for ladies with sensitive skin. Did I mention that it also helps even out your skintone a bit? Prolonged use of this baby means your lovely face will glow like the goddess that you are.

Okay, so I know it’s for guys, but I am absolutely in love with Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50 on Aside from containing SPF 25, this lip balm feels super moisturizing on your smacker. We don’t think your guy will notice if his Jack Black balm is missing. Or will he?

Are you a foundation-wearin’ kind of gal? You may want to give Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation SPF 15 ($40 at Sephora) a whirl. This medium-coverage and oil-free foundation has SPF 15 and gives your skin a satiny touch. How awesome are foundations that don’t feel heavy? Cover FX feels lightweight and natural. Love it!

Don’t forget to show your hands some lovin’. Boscia Daily Hand Revival Therapy SPF 15 ($16 on feels absolutely divine on the fingers and palms. I also love that this vegan hand lotion has SPF 15. It makes a perfect addition to your purse’s beauty lineup.

Looking for a moisturizer that is so lightweight that it fits comfortably under your foundation? Look no further, girlfriend. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 ($14.99) is inexpensive and super hydrating for those of us with dry skin.

Do you use any skincare products with SPF in them? What are your favorites? Have you used any of the above products?

About the Author:
Thomas founded the website to spread her love for beauty. A staunch advocate of the power of social media, Brittany has done extensive work as a social media consultant, planning and executing campaigns for a number of organizations. She is just as engaging on camera. Her effortless delivery and flair for the dramatic has earned her more than a million views on YouTube. Brittany hopes that her love for beauty can inspire young women to truly love themselves.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Protect Yourself this Summer with SPF Beauty Products

Memorial Day weekend is just days away (can't wait!), so I wanted to carry on the theme of sun safety from our previous post in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. I've found a wide range of fabulous skin care and beauty products on the market. What makes them particularly relevant when it comes to fun in the sun is that they have an SPF of 15 or more, which makes them ideal for the summer!

5 Great Picks for SPF Skin Care & Beauty products:

L’Oreal Youth Code Day Lotion, SPF 30
This lotion is meant to protect your skin with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 to help prevent future signs of sun damage.

Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Primer, SPF 30
This primer is meant to provide a high level of non-irritating, instant broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection while evening skin tone.

Clinique Even Better Makeup Foundation, SPF 15
This foundation is oil-free, dermatologist-developed and meant to help prevent new skin discolorations with SPF plus antioxidants.

Smashbox Cosmetics Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss, SPF 15
This lip gloss is meant to offer color and shine for up to 6 hours, while SPF 15 protects your pout. The luxurious formula with vitamins A, C & E and sea kale revitalizes and nourishes lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Collection, SPF 15
The formula is enriched with sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss, a blend of nourishing oils and protective waxes, and antioxidant-rich vitamins. It is meant to provide essential year-round protection from UV rays.

Which other SPF skin care or beauty products do you use or would you recommend?

Disclaimer: Glamour Gone Good, Inc. does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this blog do not necessarily represent those of Glamour Gone Good, Inc. and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When Having Fun in the Sun, Remember to Use Protection!

May is always such an exciting time of year. The air smells sweeter, the sun feels warmer, flowers are blooming and we know that summer is just around the corner. As we make our summer plans, we often think about the fun stuff like where we want to go on vacation, which bikini we want to wear when we head to the beach for the first time, or which new pair of sandals we want to debut at the season’s first rooftop party.

There’s one more thing we always need to remember when thinking about all of this fun in the sun…sun safety. May is rather appropriately Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, for those of us not living in warmer climates, May is when we start spending more time outdoors. So, Glamour Gone Good has thought of some helpful tips to help keep your skin safe while having fun in the sun.

1. Protect Your Eyes with Sunglasses & Wide Brimmed Hats

Everyone, including children, is at risk from eye damage due to too much exposure from UV radiation. Some of the worst case scenarios can include skin cancer of the eyelids, cataract, and photokeratitis (corneal sunburn).

Wearing a wide brimmed hat along with a protective pair of sunglasses is your best protection from eye damage. Plus, it looks so chic! When selecting a pair of sunglasses, consider a pair that is certified to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, decreases visible light, and reduces glares to a comfortable level.

2. Protect Your Body with UPF Clothing and/or an Umbrella

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clothes can protect your skin against the sun's harmful UV rays, but not all clothing is created equal. The tightness of the weave, the weight, type of fiber, color and amount of skin covered all affect the amount of protection they provide. Look for clothes that are made of tightly woven fabric or, better yet, clearly labeled as UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing.

If you’re on the beach or somewhere outdoors, without much clothing on to protect your skin, bring an umbrella as a great alternative to provide you with shade.

3. Use Sunscreen Regularly and Liberally

Sunscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers, but only if used correctly. Use it regularly and liberally when outside during the daytime, even if it’s not too sunny out. Always be sure to read the labels and apply accordingly.

Some quick tips to keep in mind when selecting the right sunscreen for you:

* Use a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label (this will screen out both UVB and UVA rays)

* Use a sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 50 (between SPF 30 and 50 for the beach and pool)

* Look for the new UVA “star” rating system on the label

*Look for zinc or titanium oxide as key ingredients and avoid suspected skin carcinogens like oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A)

What other sun safety tips would you recommend?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Celebrate Mom's Heart Health this Mother's Day

GREAT NEWS! Our contest has been extended by one week, now ending on Monday, May 16th!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Glamour Gone Good is paying tribute to the women who have raised us, guided us, inspired us – our mothers – by hosting a Twitter contest to #CelebrateMom while raising awareness for women’s heart health.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, but it doesn’t have to be.

Starting Monday, May 2nd, anyone that follows @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts on Twitter and tweets: Follow @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts to #CelebrateMom & make sure her heart's healthy. RT to #win beauty prizes! will automatically be entered to win a complimentary package full of beauty products, generously donated by beauty blogger, Chrissy Callahan.

The rules are as follows:
  • Tweet: Follow @GlamourGoneGood and @sisterhearts to #CelebrateMom & make sure her heart's healthy. RT to #win beauty prizes!

The gift package includes the following beauty products:

* Dream Angels desire Angel Mist by Victoria’s Secret (8.4 fl. oz.)
* Forever Orchid Shower Gel by Mary Kay (6.5 fl. oz.)
* Glorious Skin Visible Lifting Tensor Mask by Comfort Zone (1.60 fl. oz.)
* Shea Cashmere Hand Cream by Bath & Body Works, Secret Wonderland Collection (2.5 oz.)
* Flirt! Rock-N-Rebel Lipgloss, Rockin’ Pink color (.3 fl. oz.)

The winner will be announced via Twitter on Monday, May 16, 2011 (we've extended it by one week!).

Rules: The contest is open to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner will be picked at random on May 16, 2011 from tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the prize within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

More about Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation:

Founded in 1999 by women’s health advocate Irene Pollin, the Sister to Sister Foundation is dedicated to preventing heart disease in women.

But why does Sister to Sister focus on women? These are some heart disease facts that every woman should know, as well as the men who love them.

1. Each year, significantly more women than men die from heart disease and stroke. Lack of knowledge amongst the public that the largest healthcare threat to women is heart disease allows it to claim many lives that could have been otherwise spared.

2. 80% of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more heart disease risk factors that can be controlled or reduced. Risk factors that can be controlled include salt intake, smoking, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels or low HDL (“good”) levels, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, uncontrolled diabetes and high stress levels.

3. Women are far less likely than men to be tested or treated for heart disease in a timely manner. Women who are at risk for cardiovascular disease are often not referred for diagnostic testing that would be standard in men.

4. Women have more heart attacks that go unrecognized, more repeat heart attacks, and greater risk of stroke after heart attack. Physicians may under-evaluate and treat women because they don’t appear to be as high-risk as a man, especially if they are young and “appear healthy” with a slender build.

5. Women don’t know that heart attack symptoms may be different than in men. Women are more likely to feel shortness of breath, fatigue, abdominal pressure, nausea or heartburn, or jaw, neck, back, or upper shoulder pain. Call 911 if you think you are having any of these symptoms, and do not hesitate for a minute when calling for help. Trust your intuition that something is “not right” and do not be concerned about looking foolish or “bothering” anyone. And do not drive yourself to the hospital. You can be attended to while riding in an ambulance, and every minute counts when diagnosing and treating a heart attack.