Long and Skinny-The Perfect Brush and Eye Pencil Holder

Seriously, I start most of my posts with Seriously–

I just went through the brush/stuff holder from the last GWP, and I kind of had to stuff my foundation brush in, but I made it.

But, stuffing stuff in like brushes, eye pencils, mascara – the long skinny stuff-was kind of difficult to do since the way they made the zipper made the slot smaller than the length of the holder.

Plus it got dirty fast with all the stuff.

So, I’m tooling along in Fisher-our warehouse paper supply store and I check out the pencil cases for kids in school. I’ve done this before, but found that the cases are just as junk as the ones I get as a gwp.

But the other day, I found what I think is ultra perfection.  It’s a pencil case for kids, that zips from the top-so it’s easy access.  photo

Plus all of my brushes fit-except for my large fluffy brush for foundation powder.

School days, schools days hmmmmhhmmhmmhmmm




The Face Shop-Super Perfect Sun Cream SPF 50+

I’m always in search of sunscreen for the face-I’m not into BB CC creams much because you have to put on a good amount of sunscreen to get the benefit, and BB CC creams offer more than I want when it comes to coverage.

I enjoy going to The Face Shop-a Korean cosmetic and skincare store that opened in Hawaii a few years ago in McCully Shopping Center (really bad parking) and now Ward Warehouse (good parking).

The young girls are very helpful and use many of the products.  They give free samples with every purchase. (When I run out of my Clarin’s toner, I am buying their Green Tea toner-really nice!).

The most popular sunscreen is the whitening version of the same Natural Sun, Super Perfect Sun Cream, SPF 50+.

It’s somewhere in between a liquid like Clarin’s UV 40, and thick cream like Banana Boat or Dr. Melanie Tantisira’s physical, chemical free sun block.

It does feel moisturizing, and goes on easily over make up.  My friend asked me what the active ingredient was and I didn’t know. I did know the packaging is in a blend of english and korean. (Turns out it is sunflower sprout extract–coincidentally, Clarin’s uses the same in it’s neck cream).

As you may have figured out in the post about La Roche-Posay, I don’t read the package info often.

It’s like setting up a car stereo in high school- just mess around with a bunch of wires until you get music coming out of the speakers.

I do get a little irritation if I put the product on my eyelids-but nothing like the last product.  I really like the creaminess and non-greasy formula.  I use the Super Goop Vitamin C spray on product for my body, and it spells like oranges, but is sticky and definitely greasy. I think it gave me a bit of a rash too.

Anyway for $15 bucks or so-I like this product. Comparable in price to Cerave’ and Cetaphil, but natural based.

I like that.


OUCH! The case for sunscreen that doesn’t hurt my EYES! La Roche-Posay-NOT!

It just makes sense to me that if you want to slow down the aging process for your eyelid skin, both upper and under, than you should be able to apply sunscreen.

I know there are specific products for eye skin sunscreen by Lancome and one or 2 others, but I have to insist it should just be standard.

I’ve been reading about tLa Roche-Posay sunscreen in beauty and women’s magazines for years. But since it’s never been available at longs in sunny Hawaii, have never tried it. When I was in LA last month, I looked for it without success.

I pretty much shop at Costco with a box, and avoid a “wagon” or shopping cart, because it’s like playing bumper cars.  A fellow shopper in line said to me-not much today? I replied, “I only buy what I can carry.”


I was tooling around with my box, checking out the end caps, and saw the familiar La Roche-Posay packaging that I had seen for years in magazines.

I literally lunged at the display in my excitement-like getting the last $9.99 something or other.

The sunscreen is listed in the magazines for $40. In Costco it was $26.99-so I grabbed it not reading the package.

This is a measure of my excitement-once in the car, I look at the package and it says Daily Anti-Aging PRIMER with Sunscreen. I say, oh well, try it anyway, I like primers for smoothing foundation.

I try it out the next morning, and since it’s a primer, I put it on after my skincare.  I squeeze it out, and it has the typical texture of a silicon based primer.  I read the package’s side panel-and it reads not unlike L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur.

I tap a little on my eyelids and around the peri-orbital bone, not getting it right under my eyes.

OMG! Almost immediately I start tearing.

And continue to tear for a few hours!

I read the Drug Facts section later and-to their credit-it says keep out of eyes.

You may recall an earlier post, I mentioned a friend had a similar experience with L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur. To this day, their magazine samples do not direct people to KEEP OUT OF EYES!

Will I use the product? Probably on my décolleté’, arms and legs, but nowhere near my face.

I will stick with Cerave’ Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF30-it may say not to put it on your eyelids, but I do, and it doesn’t sting.