When You Find A Sunscreen So Good You Give Up Makeup

So, if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, then you know I was in California last week. We went back to move Marky out of the hell house she was living in and store her stuff until we drive her back at the end of August. Right now she doesn’t have anywhere to live, but it does look like it won’t be much of a problem. She has two friends that she’ll be living with that are looking. Fingers crossed!

Anyways, you know how a lot of people do those “What Makeup I Packed” posts? Yeah, I’m not sure I’ve ever done one to be honest? But I thought I’d show you what I brought with me to California.

This is my travel makeup bag. I like it. I don’t take a lot of makeup when I travel, so this works for me. It just opens up like a bowl and I can see everything easily.


And here’s what was inside:


My favourite tinted moisturizer from Algenist(you can only get in the USA), concealers, eyeshadow pencils, mascara, Hourglass Diffused Ambient Lighting Powder, RMS liquid Luminizer, Becca beach Blush in Fig and a few brushes.


Yep, that’s right. We left on Wednesday AM and I was wearing pretty much what you see there. And that was the last day I wore makeup. The whole time we were in California the temperature ranged from 38C in Disneyland to 45C in Valencia where Marky goes to College. HOW can you guys who live in such high heat keep wearing makeup when it’s HELL outside? I just couldn’t do it. But, what I did care about was protecting my face from the insane sun!

This is what I wore on my face the whole 5 day trip:

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

Have you heard of Cyberderm and their sunscreens before? Neither had I, until they contacted me and WOW I’m so glad they found me! These two sunscreens are AWESOME.

CyberDERM sunscreens belong to a new school of sunscreen formulations borrowed from 20 years of Aussie research. The concept of using Zinc Oxide instead of chemical sunscreens with a high SPF has only recently began to hit North America. Now I’m not gonna start debating about the badness of chemical sunscreens here-that’s not my job and to be honest I’m not a full believer that they’re hormone disruptors and all that. BUT, I do prefer a mineral sunscreen on my face. I think they work better at preventing sunburn, and they last longer too. Zinc Oxide protects against the longest wavelengths of UVA where most other sunscreens fail to protect. And that’s why I like them for my face.

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: But Tracy, mineral sunscreens are so heavy, greasy, and leave a white cast on my face. Not CyberDERM! CyberDERM formulates sunscreens that you just HAVE to try and you won’t believe that they are a mineral sunscreen. I for sure didn’t! They feel silky, and have a transparent finish-NO WHITE CAST left on your skin at all! Simply the BEST sunscreens ever.

CyberDERM Every Morning Sun Whip SPF25($38)

This one is great for everyday use. I used it on the days we were moving-so in and out of the house. It has 15% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate(which absorbs UV-B rays from the sun). It’s perfect for all skin types, even oily and acne-prone skin. It leaves a cashmere matte finish that’s soothing and won’t irritate the most sensitive of skins. I did try this at home under makeup and it doesn’t interfere with makeup application at all and makes a great base. It’s a must have for me now, and I use it every day.

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CyberDERM The Sunscreen Company

CyberDERM Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30($38)

This is a pure physical sunscreen, that contains 22% certified organic Zinc Oxide in a hydrating Olive Oil base. It sounds like it’d be heavy and greasy as heck, but nope. It’s a bit thicker than the Every Morning one, but it still apples smoothly and easily and absorbs quite quickly. I think my skin looks a bit shinier than when I use the Every Morning, but nothing like other mineral sunscreens I’ve tried in the past. No white cast at all! This is a great sunscreen if you have drier skin(like me) and if you have really sensitive skin(like me). It’s also a great choice for those of you that suffer from Melasma or hyperpigmentation(like me again LOL) because it gives strong and consistent protection against UVA and UVB rays. Simply Zinc also gives you some anti-aging benefits since the olive oil provides some anti-oxidants and for good measure, CyberDERM added some tetra-peptides in there for a bonus. This is the sunscreen I wore when I was at Disneyland all day. And I mean walking around outside-ALL DAY. I applied in the morning, and was fine all day long. Honestly, you should reapply to make sure you get consistent protection, but like I said, I find that mineral sunscreens last longer on me so I didn’t feel the need to. I didn’t get a sunburn at all, and more importantly-no BREAKOUTS. My skin hates the combination of high heat and sunscreen and whenever I’m in California, I usually break out. Not this time!

CyberDERM sunscreens are amazing and I urge you to pick one up. You’ll love them. You can find them online at Detox Market, or from the CyberDERM website HERE.

I wish I had found CyberDERM sunscreens earlier before I plunked down cash for another expensive sunscreen. Sigh. Such is life, hey?