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Save yourself from dry indoor heat with Acuvue Oasys and Neova Breakout Control

I am loving the gorgeous autumn colors, but this dry indoor heat is causing me all sorts of problems.  I am a contact lens wearer, and my eyes get horribly dry when the heat is turned on.  Plus all that dry heat changes my skin and I end up with breakouts.  I’ve always thought having wrinkles AND blemishes was the definition of a little slice of hell.

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I’ve been counting on two things that were sent to the BIZ to help me through this transition into the cold weather outside and the dry heat inside:  Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses and Neova Breakout Control Swabs ($26).

Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

My savior from dry eyes!

My savior from dry eyes!

Dry, itchy eyes make me completely miserable.  I am always surprised when cold weather rolls around and I suddenly find myself reaching for eye drops every few hours just keep my eyes feeling somewhat comfortable.  What has helped me tremendously is switching my contact lenses to ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (  The HYDRACLEAR® technology embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent into the contact lens.  That means the lens is super hydrated, and a moisture-rich lens keeps my eyes moist and comfortable, even with drying indoor heat.

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Talk about convenient…the Neova Breakout Control Swabs are really awesome for treating blemishes.  Using fingers to apply blemish medication is not a good thing – oils from fingertips can actually transmit more bacteria and exacerbate the problem.  These cotton swabs are filled with 2% salicylic acid that clears out pores and neutralizes bacteria, plus allantoin and aloe to soften and calm skin.  Break the swab at the red line and the blemish-fighting solution saturates the cotton swab tip on the other end.  Just dab the saturated swab on your blemish and it’s gone before you know it.

If you have issues with dry indoor heat, I highly recommend Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses to keep your eyes moist and comfy, and Neova Breakout Control Swabs to get rid of pesky blemishes.  Pick them up and enjoy the change of seasons in total comfort!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

My dermatologist uses Neova professional products for office procedures, which is what got me interested in the line several months ago. Then I tried the Serious GlyPeel and I was hooked.  (You can read my review HERE). I was excited to try the Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and the CuIntensive Lip Repair we were sent, and I used them both until I couldn’t squeeze even one more drop from the tubes. Then I was mad that they were all gone. But now I get to tell you all about them!

Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 ($58) surprised the heck out of me when I first tried it…it’s blue! Have you ever tried a blue eye cream? Something about that just tickled me and it made me happy every time I used it. Blue is fun and the effective ingredients are even better.

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0

terrific packaging

terrific packaging

It's blue!!

It’s blue!!

There are seven main ingredients:

DNA CoFactor, an amalgam of two powerful delivery systems: DNA Repair Enzymes + Copper Peptide Complex® [CpC]: Mitosomes. A liposome encapsulated dna repair enzyme, Arabidopsis Thaliana, aids in the removal of the signs of oxidative damage.

Copper Peptide Complex [CpC]. Also known as Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate, a delivery system that uses the body’s natural protective carrier to deliver proprietary copper peptides, an essential micronutrient for skin health, for maximum restorative benefit.

Pinoxide. Exclusive and patented blend supports natural nitric oxide production to speed blood flow and circulation, improving localized microcirculation to diminish the appearance of dark under eye circles.

Silica. Light-diffusing microspheres provide a wrinkle-masking effect.

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. Enhances skin’s barrier function and gives skin a smooth, velvet feel.

Skinmimics. A highly effective blend of new and unique long-chain Ceramides that provides effective skin protection, regeneration and prevention.

Squalane. Light, fast-absorbing emollient oil that hydrates and soothes dry skin.

Basically, this eye cream tackles dark undereye circles that are caused by poor circulation. The silica instantly lightens up the look of the dark circles, and the Pinoxide does the long-term work. Because the ingredients stimulate blood flow, the eye cream reduces puffiness as well. Plus, it also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s not a thick, heavy cream, but it still hydrates beautifully and I have been extremely happy with my results. Another plus is the packaging – an airless pump ensures the efficacy of the ingredients and is perfectly hygienic. This is a winning eye cream.

Another Neova winner is their CuIntensive Lip Repair ($22). This is truly therapy for your lips.

Neova Intensive Lip Repair

Neova Intensive Lip Repair

Intensive Lip Repair

Intensive Lip Repair

There are four main ingredients:

Copper Peptide Complex [CpC]. Also known as Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate, a delivery system that uses the body’s natural protective carrier to deliver proprietary copper peptides, an essential micronutrient for skin health, for maximum restorative benefit.

Petrolatum. Forms an occlusive film on the skin’s surface, preventing moisture loss due to evaporation and protects against irritation.

Mineral Oil. A non-comedogenic, occlusive substance that helps improve the epidermal barrier function.

Glycerin. A humectant that attracts essential moisture to the skin.

Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair is not just chapstick or lip moisturizer. This lip balm not only makes sore, hurting lips feel better instantly, it also repairs the damage. Plus, it reduces the look of those pesky ‘lip lines’ and is a fantastic source of hydration for lips. I adore this, and I am so sad that I used it all up!!

All those dermatologists know what works for skin, and the fact that they choose Neova should convince you to try this line. Everything I have tested has been excellent and I am excited to continue to explore all the fabulous products they have to offer.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator – just what your skin is craving

Neova DNA Barrier Accelerator

Neova DNA Barrier Accelerator

Have you ever read a book that you wanted to go on and on without ending? Did you ever play a song that you loved so much that you kept repeating it so it wouldn’t end? That’s how I feel about NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator. I don’t want my jar to ever end. There is something about it that is so soothing to my skin. I apply it and feel it soaking in and addressing all my dry skin needs. When this was sent for review I looked forward to trying it but I didn’t have a clue what I was in for.

NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator

NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator

NEOVA is a brand that’s used by dermatologists as a professional brand for procedures done in their office. But there’s also a consumer line with some great products. DNA Barrier Accelerator is a “super” moisturizer that’s said to make skin ‘hyper-moisturized’ in three days. I don’t know about 3 days since I (gulp) wasn’t paying that much attention when I first started testing this but I can say now that my skin is definitely hyper-moisturized. I’m amazed that with one of the coldest winters on record, with below zero temperatures for days on end, and with bone-chilling winds that my skin has no dry patches at all.

NEOVA believes that every skin type benefits from moisturizing and hydration, their mission is to help your skin help itself by accelerating its own repair process. DNA Barrier Accelerator preserves moisture, elevates repair and protection levels and calms the skin. There are 4 key ingredients that do this work for them:

*DNA CoFactor is an amalgam of two powerful delivery systems (DNA Repair Enzymes + CpC/Copper Peptide Complex

*Merospheres (Rosemary Extract) is a powerful antioxidant that reduces signs of damage caused by stress, free radicals and toxins. The extract helps prevent age related damage such as wrinkles.

*Lactomide is a combination of ceramides and lipids to enhance the regeneration of the skin’s outer barrier

*Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid that helps restore smoothness and combat hyperpigmentation

NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator

NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator

The results are much healthier skin for me that is not starved for hydration. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a cosmetic counter and the MA/SA tells me that my skin is dehydrated. I’ve used some excellent products that I would recommend without hesitation again. But I’m finding that NEOVA DNA Barrier Accelerator is putting those out of my mind.

Pump applicator

Pump applicator

I love the clean, sanitary packaging. The airless applicator pumps out the right amount each and every time. I love that there’s no fragrance to it. I love the way it feels on my skin. It’s truly a luxurious feeling. I don’t love that it’s $105 but that’s for a 1.7 oz/50 mL pump so it’s going to last twice as long as most moisturizers. And you know what? I’ll gladly pay this amount for it next winter to keep my skin looking youthfully hydrated. I dread moving on from it to test other skincare so I’ll be coming back to it in between.

If you have dry or aging skin, DNA Barrier Accelerator is a product I can highly recommend. It’s available on the Neova website where they have a special that if you spend $100 you’ll get a $50 gift card toward their products. It’s also available on the Dermstore website (put it in your My Favorites list to qualify for 10% off). neova  ingredientsWhile I’m anxiously awaiting this difficult winter to end, I’m not anxious for Neova to end. I want it to keep on singing along. — Marcia

*sent for review

Getting in fine form for Fashion Week: Acuvue Oasys and Neova Serious Glypeel Mask

It’s Fashion Week in New York and all the models are looking fantastic despite the cold weather outside and the dry heat inside. Modeling is pretty grueling work…imagine being poked, prodded, and teased, then standing for hours, walking in ridiculously engineered shoes, praying you don’t fall on your butt as you try to look sexy and glamorous.

Looking amazing at the New York 2014 Fashion Week

Looking amazing at the New York 2014 Fashion Week

Reading about the favorite hidden treasures of models always fascinates me because they find the best things to keep them comfortable in a mostly uncomfortable job. I find that their recommendations are typically fantastic. In that spirit, I have totally stolen a few essentials from the models, just a few things they use to keep themselves ‘runway ready’ all day long.


Acuvue Oasys Brand Contact Lenses

a month's worth of comfy eyes

a month’s worth of comfy eyes

If my eyes aren’t comfortable, then I am absolutely miserable. Freezing cold weather makes my eyes super dry and then inside heat makes them even worse. I am so happy to have discovered ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (  I first posted about them HERE and when I read that models are gaga for them I thought, right on sisters! I used to have just horrible issues with dry eyes in winter, but I switched to these because they have HYDRACLEAR® technology. That technology embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent into the contact lens, which translates to a more hydrated lens that keeps my eyes super comfy all day.

The crazy winter temperature mashups lead to seriously confused skin, so when I read about the fashion model favorite NEOVA Serious GlyPeel(, $56) I was seriously interested! And this peel off mask does NOT disappoint.


Neova Serious Glypeel Peel-Off Mask


Neova Serious GlyPeel


Neova Serious Glypeel up close


You can see the clear mask outside the applicator

Holy smokes, this is a great mask. It is a thin, clear, kind of sticky mask. I smooth it on then let dry for about 20 minutes. It’s instantly evident that it is working, in fact the cooling effect at first is intense enough to sort of take my breath away. After the first few moments, the cooling effect goes away and I forget I even have the mask on. Then comes the really fun part – peeling the mask off – why is that so enjoyable?? Once the mask is off, my skin looks amazing – it is brighter, softer, and fully hydrated. It looks like I don’t even have pores. Ingredients include glycolic gel, tons of antioxidants, soothing botanicals, and sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of skin-identical ingredient hyaluronic acid.

I find myself using this mask several times a week. It really is one of the best masks I have ever tried, giving me fantastic immediate results as well as increasing benefits every time I use it. No wonder fashion models swear by this one!

Ok, so I am no fashion model, but why not take ideas from the pros? I may never be ‘runway ready’, but Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses and Neova Serious Glypeel Peel-Off Mask are keeping me comfy and looking good this season.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Fall into giveaways with The Sunday Scoop for 9/18 to 9/26


We can’t deny that Autumn has come our way. My pretty summer flowers are fading away and I’m starting to see the trees changing. What I’ll miss most about summer though is the longer light at night. I’d love it if you reported any giveaway winnings. I’m all about prizes as you can tell from Beauty Info Zone. I’ll go first! Collective Beauty had a review and giveaway for an OZ Naturals eye cream and I just learned I won. I’ve never tried anything from the brand so I’m particularly excited about it. See, wishes can come true! Have a great week and good luck.  —  Marcia


9/19  T’ZIKAL HAIRCARE  –  US, 1 winner

9/20  ANTIQUITY BC SOAP  –  new giveaway, new chances, 2 winners of 2 soaps each, US/Canada


9/23  $50 DIAPER.COM GIFT CERTIFICATE  –  1 winner, US

9/26  SEPHORA or TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY  –  2 winners, $500 first place, $250 second place. GC of your choice if you win. WW


Winner’s Circle  –  the lucky winner of the Fall Blog Hop is Em S. Not only did she win 4 Pixi Multibalms but she has the chance to win the Grand Prize of $300.

We have more giveaways coming up – 2 in the next week!


9/18  Giveaway Guy  –  $10 Amazon and Day Dream Soaps sensitive skin soap, US

9/18  Dave Lackie  –  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette in “Envious Orchid”

9/19  The Feminine Files  –  Yes to Coconuts and Pacifica products, US

Beauty Undercover  –  30 winners, Bella Schneider Beauty Instant Microexfoliating Cleanser, US

Beauty Undercover  –  Haircredible Freak Show Hairspray, US

9/20  Mom Does Reviews  –  ERA Organics products (Microdermabrasion Face Scrub & Facial Mask in One, Natural Face Moisturizer Cream 4oz Advanced Healing 10-in-1, Sulfate Free Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set, Healing Ointment for Babies 2oz., Organic Stretch Mark & Scar Treatment 4oz, Organic Baby Wash 8oz

9/20  Hello Rigby  –  Burberry Kisses Lipstick and samples, WW

9/20  Dave Lackie  –  Clarins Rosewood palette and the Supra Volume Mascara in Black

9/21  Perilously Pale  –  Canada only, Vichy Neovadiol Skincare system including the Serum, Day Cream, and Night Cream

9/21  Giveaway Guy  –  Piping Hot Suds, Jazz It Up soap, & Garden soap, US

9/21  Deals Among Us  –  Smith’s Rosebud Lip Balm Trio, US/CAN

9/21  Giveaway Guy  – Twilight Garden Shop is graciously offering two (2) bars of handmade soap – one lavender and one milk & honey, US

9/22  Supreme Gift Baskets  –  3 winners, The Essence of Lavender Spa Gift Basket includes Lavender lotion, Lavender body scrub, Lavender moisturizing body wash gel, Lavender soothing bath salts, Lavender body mist, Lavender body butter and more. US

9/23  DermOrganic  –  enter daily thru 9/23 – Win a FREE Full Sized DermOrganic Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, US

9/24  Glitter Diaries  – Delectable by cake beauty ultra nourishing hand cream in vanilla & cream, H&M Matte Finishing Powder in Warm Beige, Quo Lip Gloss Set, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Deep Conditioner. US/CAN

9/24  Fashionista Budget  –  Ralph Lauren Tender Romance Gift Set

9/24  Jacfruits  –  Racine Travel Set of skincare, US/CAN

9/25  Giveaway Guy  –  4 natural soaps & 4 lip balms from Romzek Creations, US

9/25  Giveaway Guy  –  $10 Amazon gift card & Jolie Savons French Macarons Soap Set, US

9/25  Birdie Shoots  –  It! Cosmetics Pallete, $25 Sephora Card, Beauty Prize Pack

9/25  The Beauty Closet  –  $25 Sephora g.c., also a beauty giveaway in a different rafflecopter, US

9/26  Seriando  –  Sephora makeup box, WW

9/26  I Know All the Words  –  Canada only, Zoella Beauty Sticker Me Beauty Bag


9/18  Giveaway Guy  –  Brandson Yoga Pants, US

9/20  Clothes but not Quite  –  Zombomb Flesh Bar Soap & Brain Necklace, US/CAN

9/21  Dorky Deals  –  Arctica Stainless Steel Vacuum-Insulated 20oz Tumbler, US

9/22  Thought and Reviews  –  Dove Prize Pack: A chic backpack, planner, notebook, and Dove Advanced Care, US

9/22  I Do DeClaire Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths with CleanRipple® Texture, Hollywoodsilicone cover-ups, Binaca breath spray, Ardell eye lashes and Glam Glow hydrating face treatment. US

9/23  Dorky Deals  –  Kate Spade bag, US

9/24  My Silly Little Gang  –  Two Rivers Coffee pods, US

9/24  The Privateer Clause  –  Kindle Paperwhite, US/CAN

9/26  Love Maegan  –  Coach Bag + Wallet + L’Oreal Makeup, WW


9/20  Wild One Forever  –  $550 Nordstrom g.c.

9/20  Thoughts and Reviews  –  $100 Walmart g.c., WW

9/20  Rockin Mama  –  $100 Walmart g.c. and Made in Nature Snacks, US

9/20  Budget Earth  –  $50 Visa g.c. plus “Storks” tshirt and lunch box, US

9/21  Thoughts and Reviews  –  $100 Visa g.c., US

9/21  Chaching Queen  –  $50 g.c. works at Outback, Carrabas, Bonefish Grill, or Flemings, US

9/22  Dorky Deals  –  $200 Target g.c., WW

9/22  Fizz and Frosting  –  $50 Visa card and Bridget Jones Diary tote bag, US

9/22  With Love Lily Rose  –  $250 Walmart g.c.

9/22  Sandy Toes Creations  –  $150 Visa g.c., US

9/22  To the Motherhood  –   $250 Amazon g.c., US

9/22  Practical Frugality  –  $25 paypal

9/23  My Sparkling Life  – win a Storks Movie Prize Pack including a $25 gift card, t-shirt & lunchbox! US

9/23  International Students Community  –  $150 Amazon, US

9/23  Pretty Opinionated  –  $50 Amazon or paypal

9/24  Winner Takes All  –  $25 Amazon g.c., WW

9/24  The Little Kitchen  –  $100 Amazon, US

9/25  Bath Story  –  $50 Bath & Body Works g.c., US

9/25  Juggling Act Mama  –  $100 Staples g.c., US

9/26  Giveaway Guy  –  $20 Amazon, US


Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub – a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia

*products received for consideration