Tuesday, August 19, 2014

welcome to the future

oh no! it's a sponsored post. I'm sorry! I just couldn't resist the opportunity to shove photos of my makeup-less face on your screen. The good news is that this will most likely be the last beauty product review because Grace + the self timer are best enemies forever. Enjoy it while you can, folks. 

Everyone is busy these days. I'm sure lots of people would argue that I'm not busy because I rarely have anywhere to be ... ever. No cubicle to report to, no meetings with um, anyone, and no one is forcing me to go to Costco on a weekly basis. Fine! In a couple of weeks I'll have to get the big kids to preschool twice a week but the dress code for that order of business is one level below yoga pants. However, despite my not busy life I still struggle with not looking like I just returned from a date with some exercise or rolled straight out of bed. I'm slowly working on raising awareness about the importance of letting moms wear sunglasses indoors in public for the sake of eye bags but I've also got another trick up my sleeve by the name of powdered sunscreen.

I've talked at length before about my battle with melasma during pregnancy (and beyond!) and for obvious reasons it's stupid to venture outside without sun protection but even if I go on a twenty minute run without some SPF I see sun spots later that night. It's fun.

Enter the Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush by Colorscience. It's awesome because it's not greasy or irritating and contains no chemicals. After several days of wearing the mineral sunscreen my skin hasn't thrown one single temper tantrum in the form of a breakout which is impressive for my skin eternally stuck in 10th grade (plus fine lines + wrinkles).

Okay! Stop typing, Grace.

Show! Us!


I'm giving you a side shot because I have the worst acne scarring on my left (face!) cheek and in case you wanted to throw that beauty of a braid on one of your hair boards on Pinterest. Laughitup. But, really ... I appreciated that the powder helped eliminate my perma-shine while also covering up my scar situation and not looking like I washed my face in liquid foundation (you know that look! I know you do).


There are a whole bunch of shades to choose from but I went with medium shimmer because you only live once. I believe the kids have an acronym for that these days. You can also pick between SPF 30 or 50 and they carry non-shimmer powder for any boring life leaders in the audience.

And I tried to get some "during" shottage but ....


Struggle is my maiden name.

Okay! I'm finished.

I do owe my child laborer a big thank you for her tireless efforts spent as a stand-in "still" subject to focus on while I fiddled with the camera's settings.


Statue Patton.


Thanks for reading, thanks for clicking, and thanks for humoring me and minute long stint as a fledgling beauty blogger.


27 comments:

  1. Love the during pictures. Reminds me of my husband trying to take family selfie pictures during vacation and he hates using the forward facing camera. So I have 50 pictures that look similar to your during pics of parts of us at Yosemite. A kind tourist who didn't speak English took pity on us and eventually took our family picture. Marriage saved.

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    1. cracking up! I can imagine that whole scenario a little too vividly .... :)

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  2. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a tutorial for how you did your hair!!!! I love it so much!

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    1. haha - are you mocking me?? ;)

      okay -- maybe I'll ask J to be my hair model!!

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    2. Or maybe you should do a tutorial on how to get your 3-year-old to LET you do her hair.

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    3. Mock?! I would *never* do that!

      No but for reals. I love the braids and I demand a braid tutorial. (Pretty please!)

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  3. I think you nailed me with this product. Off to get the lowdown on this newfangled healthy sunscreen makeup contraption. Click click!

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  4. I had been wondering what the heck YOLO meant... I finally put the pieces of that puzzle together thanks to your post! Thank you for helping an old, uncool mama out :-)

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    1. haha - I love it. I totally had to Google it ..... worry not!!

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    2. I actually saw the first picture in my blog feed and clicked on it hoping it was a hair tutorial, LOL. I seriously love the braids!!!

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  5. I love the braid! I am totally going to check this stuff out. My skin color goes by the name of "a Twilight extra" so I am all over the protection!!

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  6. Yes!! I hate hate hate wearing sunscreen on my face because I have horribly oily skin and even the "oil-free" kinds feel just so gross. Consequently, I live on the edge and never ever wear sunscreen above my neck. But this! This I would absolutely be willing to try.

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  7. I'm a new follower of your blog & it has become a must read for me! Your humor is just what this momma of 4 littles needs.....I can identify & testify! And this sunscreen looks right up my alley.....as all those years of sun worshiping stupidity are taking a toll & I've got to stop the clock.....thx!! Your braid is so pretty, btw. ;)

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  8. dude, how do you get your hair like that and why didn't we have a hair date at the hundred event?

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  9. I've been looking to try out this stuff as well but have no clue what shade to order! How did you choose? It looks great!

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  10. Grace, do you feel like there is a risk of breathing the powdered sunblock in as you apply or while you wear?

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    1. good question - no not at all. it comes out very gradually from the base of the brush and the bristles catch the little bit that comes out - I hope that makes sense :)

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  11. I used to use this stuff! Loved it. Should get some more.

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  12. Love your Nickel + Suede earrings girl!

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  13. I too want to know why you didnt share your hair braiding skills at the hundred, because I could have used your help in that hot hair ruining texas heat. THANKS.

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  14. Ok, I'm used to spending money on quality things when they're really worth it. So. If you hadn't been given this product for free, would you pay $52 for one tube of it? (That's the cost for SPF30. SPF50 is $62.) I genuinely want to know if you think it's worth that cost, because if it is I want to research it more and maybe order some. But it does concern me that the cost is so high PLUS it says to apply every 2 hours AND that for the best results you should also use the $52 primer. Gulp. It would almost be cheaper to go to a dermatologist and have a chemical peel every year or so.

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    1. hmmm good question!! I would spend the money on the powder only because any and all face sunscreens I've tried make my face look like a butterball but if I don't wear it --- my melasma gets really dark really fast so the powder really saves me and it doesn't take much and I think it would last quite a long time!!

      I don't wear primer so I really can't speak for that - I like the powder alone just great! I hope that helps!!!

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    2. It does, thank you! I have rosacea, so my skin is super sensitive to sunlight. Most liquid foundations with sunscreen have a weird consistency and sit on the skin too much (as opposed to feeling like they've soaked in, you know?), and tinted moisturizers with SPF don't cover all the redness and other weird discolorations. I've used Smashbox Halo for a while, which seems basically identical to this product, minus the SPF. If I could get everything I needed in one product and it actually worked, it would be worth the pricetag.

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  15. I'm a new reader and I am so happy I found your blog. I routinely find myself laughing out loud - particularly with "Simon Says" posts. Thanks for sharing your good humor!

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    1. oh, yay!! Thank you!! So happy you're "here" .... I'll forward this along to Simon. Those are my favorite posts as well!!! :)

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  16. I'm impressed by your hair. I grew mine out just to do cool stuff like that and so far only a plain side braid. I am trying to mix it up but struggling with the french braid. I guess I have to turn in my girly card because I am finding it REALLY hard....seriously, why is it so hard?! Anyway, anxiously awaiting the tutorial.

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