to pamper / spf update (mizon, eltamd, mentholatum, dr. wu)

Facial sunscreens (l to r, clockwise):

  • Mizon Ultra Wonder Power Jelly Sun SPF 35 PA++. 100 ml (3.38 fl oz) tube. Purchased from the Peach and Lily sample sale. The sale was chaotic and skincare sold out really fast. I managed to find 3 tubes of these after walking around and looking for cast-offs. After finding out that it was $10/per tube at the cashier, I left with 2 of the 3 since I was buying sight unseen with no reviews. Overall, I like it. It has a light gel consistency, is moisturizing (hyaluronic acid and trehalose), but you have to be careful not to use too much or it leaves your face super shiney and is harder to absorb fully. Despite it being a physical sunscreen (titanium dioxide), there is no white cast. I also use it on my neck, hands, and arms. The PA rating system is from Japan and addresses UVA only. The PA++ rating indicates that this has moderate UVA protection. I’m not sure if I would go out of my way to find this, but it’s a nice size/consistency for $10. Continue reading “to pamper / spf update (mizon, eltamd, mentholatum, dr. wu)”

to shop / costco beauty

I recently setup my Costco.com account and noticed an impressive roster of brands in their beauty section with frequent updates. Don’t have a membership or know someone who does? There’s a 5% non-member surcharge to shop on Costco.com. Inventory comes and goes. Shipping and handling also varies. If an item is available in their warehouse, the price may be lower and selection may be different, e.g. SK-II was sighted in the warehouse.

I’ve been looking for a new daily sunscreen and even though I found a good one at the Peach and Lily sample sale a few days ago, the price on the EltaMD clear sunscreen and the fact that it is FSA eligible was too hard to pass up.

Highlights (retail in parentheses):

  • Various Kerastase 34 oz shampoo or conditioner $49.99 ($75)
  • Eyeko Black Magic mascara (2 pack) $29.99 ($48)
  • Dr. Jart + Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 $26.99 ($36)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $26.99 ($36)
  • Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream for Face SPF 35 $24.99 ($35)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40 $24.99 ($32)
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ $28.99 ($40)
  • Various Glamglow treatments $44-46.99 ($69)
  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme $59.99 ($87)
  • Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum $49.99 ($80)
  • Sisley Ecological Compound $144.99 ($250)
  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer $24.99 ($44)
  • Eve Lom Cleanser 6.8oz $99.99 ($135)
  • EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (2 pack) $39.99 ($64) (FSA eligible)
  • Egyptian Magic (4 oz & 2 oz) $39.99 ($65)
  • Clarisonic Mia 2 $119.99 ($149) (Costco’s return policy is a no brainer!)
  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel $59.99 ($78)