Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreens Review

I was gifted five bottles of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens in various spectrums of SPF to test.  I was sent these sunscreens a while back in May but the Vancouver weather didn't allow me to properly test these products.

So the first week of July came around and the weather was fantastic in Vancouver!  It was the first official weekend of hot temperatures in Vancouver (It was going to be about 24 degrees Celsius that weekend).  However, that was the weekend that I went to Las Vegas for 40 degrees Celsius weather!  I could really optimize the use of these sunscreens.  I went to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party with 15 girls.  We went to some pool parties in the day and I had my friends use the Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreens and they gave me some feedback as well.  I couldn't possibly use all of these bottles by myself!  

Hawaiian Tropic introduced the new line hydrating sunscreens (Silk Hydration, Sheer Touch and Shimmer Effect) because they acknowledged that being under the sun can really dry out your skin.  

I was sent:

- Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch oil-free sunscreen in SPF 85
- Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect oil-free sunscreen in SPF 30
- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration oil-free sunscreen in SPF 10, 30 and 50 (12 hour moisture)

My friends and I used the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch in SPF 85 the most because we were in the blazing heat of Las Vegas and we needed all the SPF we can get.  I did not get a sunburn at all even though I was splashing in the pool and failed at a bikini contest.

I avoided buying sunscreens in the bottle because from previous experience, the texture of the drugstore brand sunscreens were extremely thick and left a greasy film over your body.  They were a chore to put on.  So then I started to use the spray on sunscreens.  They were okay but I didn't feel like they were that effective in terms of coverage.

The new Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens have changed my mind about bottled sunscreen.  

Some of my thoughts

- All of these sunscreens are labeled oil-free and they honestly feel light and oil-free
- Great price point at $10-12 a bottle for 180-240mL
- I love how there is a very mild coconut fragrance (not super overpowering like other brands)
- Feels like you are applying lotion to your body because it is super hydrating
- All have UVA and UVB sun protection 
- Shimmer Effect sunscreen have mica minerals to give your skin a subtle glow

I really enjoyed using these products.  
Thank you Paradigm PR for letting me review such a great product.  

Some pictures of Las Vegas pool parties!

A stranger was fascinated with my fobby sun hat

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kiehl's Richmond Store Grand Opening

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Kiehl's grand opening at Richmond Centre last week.  It was also Kiehl's 160th year of service anniversary since being founded in 1851.  I rubbed shoulders with other fashion and beauty bloggers from Vancouver.

Kiehl's started off as an apothecary in New York.  They dispensed various types of pharmaceutical, herbal and cosmetic medicines to help remedy one's health.  

The quality of Kiehl's beauty products is far better than your everyday drugstore face creams, hand lotions, face washes, and etc.  Kiehl's products are very light but super hydrating.  You really get what you pay for.  Also, the employees at Kiehl's undergo a thorough education training program in order to better help customers and recommend product suitable to their specific skin type.  The customer service at Kiehl's is always excellent because the employees take their time to educate and let you test out products.

Kiehl's signature lip balms.  I'm currently using the original non scented lip balm.  I love how it leaves a very light and thin barrier to protect your lips from dry elements.  My favorite scente d ones are either Mango or Pear.

The packaging of Kiehl's is very simple.  Have you ever wondered why you never see advertisements for Kiehls? It's because Kiehl's believes in the quality of their products.  They stand by their products 100%.  Kiehl's way of "advertising" is by word of mouth from customers who use their products.

Kiehl's has product testings so you can "try before you buy"

Donna giving us a presentation about the history of Kiehl's

Look at all the bloggers mingling

We dined on appys and had wine.  
My favorites for the night was this salmon tartar bite and I had some glasses of prosecco - yum! 

My outfit for this event.  I came after work so I wanted to feel comfortable and wear pants and flats.

Jacob tank, Wilfred cardigan (old), Wilfred tap pants, and Ferragamo flats

Here you can see the details of my pants better.  I got them because I remember For the Love of Retail purchasing these.  They are so cute and flattering.  I guess I was having a fat day when I tried these on so I bought them a size bigger.  Bad choice, should have stuck with the smaller size.  But I can work those trousers baggy! 

Oh So Vonnie and I giving the Kiehl's icon, Mr. Bones, a kissy kiss.  Did you know the original Mr. Bones was a Mrs. Bones?  They have the skeleton there to teach people about remedies and what parts of the body certain products help aid. 

Photo booths are always a hit.  I did this about 3 times with different people. 

Kiehl's was super generous and gave each of us a heavy gift bag full of products tailored to our needs

Lots of awesome products to review shortly! I'm so excited.  

Thank you Kiehl's and NKPR for organizing this lovely event.

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