Review: Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50
I’ve been trying a bunch of different sunscreen products. I’ve already finished Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50. The outer layer (packaging) peeled off all of a sudden.
- Glides on clear
- Water-resistant formula
- Can be applied on wet or dry skin
- Broad spectrum protection
- Water-resistant (80 minutes)
- Hawaii Act 104 Reef Compliant
- No synthetic fragrance
This sunscreen is 0.53 oz (15 g). It’s really small for the price. I thought I would give it a try anyways. I love clear sunscreen sticks. They work very well for re-applications. They’re convienent and easy to carry around and use. This sunscreen was just that. It’s easy to toss it in my bag and easy to re-apply. I can use it anywhere without hassle.
I first started using this sunscreen on my body, especially my neck and hands. I didn’t want to risk using it on my face at first. The sunscreen feels nice on the skin. It smells like bananas. I actually like the smell of the sunscreen product. It’s truly clear. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling extremely sticky. It goes on well. I haven’t had any big issues with this sunscreen. I just wish it would absorb a little faster. Otherwise, it works for me.
After testing it on my body, I decided to try it on my face. I liked that it’s a sunscreen stick. It wasn’t as messy compared to a lotion. With the Sun Bum Kids Clear Face Stick SPF 50, it felt moisturizing on the skin, but it felt a bit drying after it sets on the skin. I didn’t like the feeling of it on my face. Also, it burned my eyes. It’s a chemical sunscreen, by the way.
Here are the ingredients:
Homosalate 10%, Octocrylene 10%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%
octyldodecanol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butyloctyl salicylate, dibutyl ethylhexanoyl glutamide, dibutyl lauroyl glutamide, trimethylpentanediol/adipic acid/glycerin crosspolymer, tocopheryl acetate, fragrance, pongamol
I love that it’s a sunscreen stick that smells good. It works well on the body. I haven’t used it at the beach or anything. I haven’t used it when my skin is wet. I’ve only used for everyday use. I can’t comment if it works in extremely high UV cases. It worked for everyday use. As for my face, I don’t like it that much. I prefer to use it on my body. But, as a last resort, I would use it on my face. I didn’t experience breakouts while using it. Shocker! I was surprised by this. Maybe I’ll repurchase in the near future. Just not right now.
Review: Sun Bum Face Mist, Aveeno Protect & Hydrate, Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Sunscreens
I tried out some new sunscreens! They are…
- Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
- Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60
- Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30
Here are my thoughts!
Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45:
Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 comes in a 3.4 fl. oz. (100 mL) spray bottle. The packaging is really cute. It’s a pale yellow color. It’s a nice color that I can look at, ha. The sunscreen is a face mist, but on the packaging, it says to spray liberally into the palm and apply evenly to the face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure. Once again, it’s supposed to be a face mist, but it states to use it another way. I didn’t use it as a face mist, by the way. I sprayed it into my palm and applied it to my facial skin. I’m not a fan of spraying products on my face. The application would be uneven and a waste of product. Yeah, it defeats the purpose of a face mist, but whatever.
When I applied the sunscreen to my face, it smelled like bananas, felt really greasy, and ruined my makeup application. It smeared all over my face. I wasn’t happy about that, but I gave it a go anyway. I can’t tell if it protected my skin in a day of use on my face, but I noticed breakouts after using it once. It gave me pimples on my chin and jawline. I’m pretty sure it’s this sunscreen because it was the only new product I introduced. So, Sun Bum Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 didn’t work for me. I used the rest of the sunscreen on my body instead. Since it contains alcohol denatured in it, the product sinks nicely into the skin. I loved that aspect of the product when used on the body. My face didn’t like it at all.
I was able to finish this sunscreen product within a month of using it on my body. It absorbs so well. But I won’t repurchase it because it is too costly for a sunscreen spray. I just don’t think it’s worth the money. It was nice to try, though.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60:
I’ve been eyeing Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 for some time. I finally picked it up this summer. This is another sunscreen product that contains alcohol denatured. That is one of the reasons why I hesitated to purchase this product. My experience using sunscreen products with alcohol denatured (for my face) has been mainly misses. They don’t seem to agree with my skin. But here I am, giving Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 a try.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 comes in a 2.0 fl. oz. (60 mL) bottle. It is a sunscreen lotion. I love the texture of this lotion. It absorbs into the skin well and doesn’t leave it feeling sticky. Pretty sure it’s the alcohol that’s doing that. My oily skin really loved this sunscreen. It just sunk right into my skin without leaving it all messy like a bunch of other sunscreen products. Loved it! But not so fast! Unfortunately, my skin started breaking out after one day of use. Thankfully, I caught the breakouts on time! Yep, breakouts. This sunscreen made me break out. And yes, another sunscreen that contains alcohol denatured that clogged my pores.
This is another sunscreen that truly works well on my body. Just not my face. The smell of the product is pretty bad, too. It smells like plastic to me. I guess I finally killed my curiosity about this product. I won’t purchase again.
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30:
I’ve been meaning to purchase Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30. I needed a face powder that would decrease the shine on my face. I’ve been walking around with an ultra-shiny face all summer, lol. So, I finally picked up a face powder. Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30 is a loose face powder that comes in a retractable bottle with a brush. The brush feels really soft on the skin. The packaging of the product is terrible. Do not twist open any caps on the bottle, or you’ll risk the powder spilling!! I can’t imagine tossing this product into my bag. The cap may loosen from movements and will get everywhere. I was disappointed in the type of packaging when I first received it. Fortunately, I was able to catch the powder from spilling everywhere. Just a heads up!
The ingredients in this product are fairly straightforward. The sunscreen active is Zinc Oxide (24.5%). Here’s the ingredient list if you’re interested:
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 24.5%
Inactive ingredients: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fragrance, Sea Salt, Ceramide Np, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Iron Oxides.
The powder is fragranced, which I didn’t like so much. It’s pretty intense. If you are sensitive to fragrance or powerful scents in general, this may not work for you. Once again, I didn’t like it at all. Since it’s a loose powder, it can really get in the air, and you know what happens next. I had to transfer the powder into one of my powder containers to prevent spilling any of the product. The packaging is just plain terrible. Applying the powder was relatively simple. I would take a brush, tap the excess powder off, and lightly brush it onto my skin. The powder has amazing staying powder. It doesn’t budge. I tried applying concealer on top of the powder because I do light touch-ups sometimes. It didn’t work. I couldn’t even blend my concealer in. Not even a little bit of concealer. I’m amazed at the staying powder!!
The finish of the powder is light and smooth while absorbing excess powder. I really liked how it made my skin look! But, sadly, I experienced breakouts from this powder. It reminded me of those mineral makeup days. Those powders also irritated my skin and gave me acne. I had the same experience with Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30. I stopped using it on my face and am attempting to finish the rest of it. I won’t purchase it again. Another product I was curious about that didn’t work on my skin.
That’s my review of some of the summer sunscreens I’ve tried. I hope this was helpful! 🙂
Review: Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30
It’s time for a review on Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30! I found these lip balms with SPF when I was searching for something that is moisturizing, has sun protection, is vegan, and cruelty-free. Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 was the only set of lip balms I could find at the store that fit this description. I was very excited for these because most lip balms contain beeswax or some other animal by-product in it. So the first Sun Bum Lip Balm I purchased was the Coconut. Next, I wanted to try out Key Lime, Watermelon, Mango, and Banana. They didn’t have a fragrance-free one, but that’s ok. I was hoping that the lip balms didn’t have an overpowering smell to them. I thought I’d try them out anyways. They’re vegan and cruelty-free. I’ve been using these lip balms for nearly a year now. Whew! That’s such a long time. Time just flew by that quick! I kinda just stuck to using them, since I already have them. Finally, I can share my experience and thoughts with everyone on these lip balms.
These lip balms are indeed moisturizing. They leave my lips well moisturized throughout the day upon application. They’re all pretty similar besides having a different scent to them. I’ll go through them real quick…
- Key Lime: It smells exactly like what it’s supposed to smell like. And that is key lime. My first thought when I took a whiff of this lip balm was key lime pie. Mmm…
- Coconut: Smells just like coconut. This one is not for me. I find it too overwhelming.
- Mango: This one smells too artificial to me. Too sweet for my liking.
- Watermelon: I received a defective product of this lip balm in this flavor. There was no smell to it. Smells like the other ingredients in the lip balm. The next one I purchased had a sweet light smell to it. It doesn’t smell like watermelon to me. If you’re sensitive to fragrance or smells, this one would be the right one for you. The other lip balms have noticeable scents.
- Banana: This one is my favorite. Smells like bananas! A bit artificial. But I can handle it. I like it. I prefer this one out of the bunch. It’s weird how I like this one. hah.
So that’s what they smell like (to me). Everyone has their own taste and perceptions. Now let’s go into more detail about this product! I mentioned that these lip balms are moisturizing. They truly are, but they tend to become soft and mushy easily, especially when exposed to humidity and the hot sun. ☀ They need to be kept in a cool place to remain intact and solid. If not, they’ll melt. I placed one lip balm in my pocket during the summer, and that’s exactly what happened. Sometimes when I stash one in my bag, the same thing happens. Even though they are still usable, it’s just not pleasant to find that the lip balm is mushy and messy-looking. It makes it less enjoyable to use. It’s quite disappointing too.
These lip balms contain SPF 30 with chemical filters (Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octocrylene 8%, Octisalate 5%). I haven’t had any issues with these lip balms, except for them melting on me. The sun protection seems to really work. Maybe it’s because I’m constantly reapplying, lol. I haven’t had any new freckles on my lips since using them. My lips are also left soft, smooth, and moisturized. So after a year (nearly a year) of using this product, I think they’re not too bad. Just that one defective lip balm (Watermelon) I purchased was annoying. The other lip balms were in good shape. It looks like they’re working for me. I’ve already finished the old set of lip balms I purchased months ago and now on to a new pack. I recently finished the Watermelon in the new pack, since it was the one with the most subtle fragrant to it. By the way, I use these lip balms daily to moisturize and protect my lips! Works…but they are quite expensive compared to other lip balms I’ve used.
Here’s a new pack of Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30. This time, this one includes Coconut, Banana, and Watermelon.
What the lip balm looks like when opened. I love seeing a new lip balm.
Here’s the old set (or the previous set) that I used. They are Key Lime, Coconut, Mango, and Watermelon. This is where the defective Watermelon lip balm resides, lol.
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 30 (Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octocrylene 8%, Octisalate 5%)
- Contains aloe vera, cocoa butter, vitamin e, argan oil
- Melts, gets mushy in hot humid weather
- Expensive. It’s $3.99 per balm. $9.99 for a pack (includes 3 lip balms in Coconut, Banana, and Watermelon).
- Check to see if the lip balms are defective or not. I can’t get over the fact that one of my lip balms were defective. This stuff is not cheap!
I think Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 are not too bad. They’re ok. I mean, they’re moisturizing and protects the lips from harmful UV rays. But so do other lip balms when used correctly. I’m not too big on fragrance when it comes to lip balms or skin care products in general. I don’t find it necessary to have them in my products. What is it really doing for my skin? That’s right, absolutely nothing. I enjoyed the banana, but I wouldn’t mind if it didn’t have a smell to it. But then, I guess I did receive a lip balm without a smell (Watermelon), lol. And it wouldn’t be banana flavor anymore. So these lip balms are good, but I don’t find them to be special compared to other lip balms. I can easily purchase a pack of lip balms for the same price as a single Sun Bum Lip Balm ($3.99). Yeah, they’re vegan and cruelty-free. That’s nice and all, but I’m not trying to spend a lot of money on something when I don’t need to. Would I buy them again? Once in a while. Other lip balms are more affordable for long term.
Review: Sun Bum Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner
My review on Sun Bum Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner! =)
About Sun Bum Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner:
- Shampoo helps deliver deep nutrition, intense moisture, and smoothing to the most difficult-to-manage-hair
- Lock in color and to keep it looking beautiful
- Helps to restore lost moisture, repair damage, and provide unmatched humidity-resistant frizz control
- Perfect for all hair types
- Cruelty Free
- Gluten Free
- Silicone Free
- Color Safe
- Paraben Free
- UV Protecting
- Conditioner helps deeply hydrate and awaken hair
- Making it highly reponsive and manageable
- Helps lock in hair color and repair damage
- Powerful antioxidants provide UV protection to help prevent color fade and damage
- Makes hair super smooth, shiny, and happy
- Cruelty Free
- Gluten Free
- Silicone Free
- Color Safe
- Paraben Free
- UV Protecting
I’m finishing up this shampoo & conditioner, and here are my thoughts on it! When I first used this shampoo & conditioner, I enjoyed the smell of it. It smelled like coconuts and bananas. I really liked it, but the performance was something I didn’t like. The shampoo left my hair looking flat and lifeless. It made my hair look waxy. I had a hard time managing and combing through my hair when I used the shampoo and conditioner. It simply made my hair look greasy and limp. It didn’t clean my hair well either. The conditioner wasn’t that hydrating. Like the shampoo, it felt like it coated my hair with wax. Left my hair looking flat. I was expecting a lot more out of this shampoo and conditioner, but I’m left disappointed. I will not purchase them again. They were pretty terrible. The only good thing about this shampoo and conditioner was the smell. It smells good, but that’s it. I’m going to search for something that really works. This isn’t it. I wouldn’t recommend it.
More reviews on Sun Bum beauty products:
Review: Sun Bum Vegan Sunblock
Review: Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30
Review: Sun Bum Vegan Sunblock
I’m back with a new skin care product! It’s called Sun Bum Face 50 UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum. I’ve been looking for a sunblock to protect my skin when I’m outdoors. This was the only one that was vegan, and I’m trying my best to purchase only vegan skin care products. This is what it states on the tube:
- Water Resistant (80 minutes)
I’ve used this sunblock a couple of times. I cautiously monitored my skin, so I can stop immediately if I notice any breakouts. The tube states that it’s ‘breakout-free’. Unfortunately, this sunblock did clog my pores. I noticed my pores filling up with hard sebum. I stopped using this sunblock ASAP. I loved how moisturizing it is. It is lightweight. The product is slightly on the runny side, but it blends in well. Love that it’s fragrance-free. LOVE that it’s vegan. But, I cannot use a skin care product that causes my skin to breakout. I’m back to the drawing board. Since it’s summer, I need a sunblock to protect my skin from the harsh UV rays. Without sunblock, I’ve been avoiding the sun a lot more. Hey, I’m trying to keep my skin looking young and ageless. ? The sun ages the skin tremendously!
Have you tried Sun Bum Face 50 UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum before? Share your thoughts in the comments seciton! ?