Sep 21 2014

Goodbye Summer: Essential SPF Sunscreen Series Roundup


Summer Essential SPF


With the “official” end of Summer on the horizon, I thought it was time to do a roundup of one of the first Series I started on my blog, the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen Series. I had envisioned this series to be far more extensive than it ended up being (in other words I thought I’d get to more reviews) but I think 9 sunscreens is still alright. Basically, these reviews were prompted by the ample contents of the annually released Sephora Sun Safety Kit. The premise was to test those facial sunscreens, among others, and to focus on how I felt they performed in the warmer Summer weather and with foundation/makeup. As the series comes to a close, I definitely found some favorites and some that were just sort of meh. Of course, skincare is a large part of this blog so I will continue to review skincare that contains sunscreen, but as of today, the Summer Essential SPF series is over (until maybe next Summer?).

As mentioned, in total, I reviewed 9 sunscreens/moisturizers. I didn’t hate of any them, so instead of categorizing all of them, I’ll just highlight my favourites:


*Murad’s Anti-aging Moistruzier for Blemish Prone Skin SPF 20: This sunscreen/moisturizer combo wears well under foundation, feels light-weight, comfortable on the skin and holds up fairly well in the hot weather. I like that it aims to address blemishes and the signs of aging. I find that my skin really likes this stuff. See full review here.

Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil SPF 50: This one I used on the body, not on the face but might be worth considering as a facial sunscreen for those with very dry skin types. The bonus with an oil-based sunscreen is that it does not leave a white/grey cast on the skin. Despite being an oil, I found that this fully absorbed within 10-15 minutes. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. See full review here.

*Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50: With an SPF of 50, this is a great option for those looking for more intense protection. As with all Ole Henriksen products, it smells divine. It does not leave a lingering white/grey cast, is oil-free and wears well under foundation. See full review here.

Stila Bronzing Beauty Balm SPF 30: An amazing mattifier and primer, in addition to being a sunscreen. It has amazing staying power and won’t budge no matter how much you sweat. This bronzes the face slightly but I have since discovered that there are other versions: regular and illuminating. I cannot say whether they work exactly the same as the bronzing balm, but the formulas should be similar (There’s a kit with mini sizes of all three on the Stila website).  Drier skin types may not appreciate this one as much as oily to combo girls. It’s super water-resistant and helps your foundation maintain a level of moisture resistance as well. See full review here.


I want to thank you all for joining me on the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen journey. In the coming months, I look forward to continuing the other series featured on Beauty Isles, such as the Brand Spotlight series, as well as concentrating on the poorly neglected The Local – Bahamas series. The Local is dedicated to the inventory of posts and features with specific relevancy to The Bahamas and include: beauty products and services that can be found in The Bahamas (i.e. when we get a release of something), beauty products and services that are unique to The Bahamas, as well as other special interests. However, I am thinking that I want to try to do more special interests posts in the future.

As I explained in my roundup of the Hot Weather Beauty series, that one will continue for the time being with an occasional post here or there (given that it’s hot in The Bahamas year round). Finally, I’ve recently launched an Instagram only series which I am super excited about. There’s a poll going right now related to an upcoming giveaway if you want to check it out. Tell me what you’d prefer here, YSL or MUFE?


Thank you guys again and tell me what some of your favourites types of series are if you even like that type of post at all?





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  1. Love this, I love reading your sunscreen reviews as I’m sure you’re the right one for a recommendation! Love your instagram reviews, I love that serie so much! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on September 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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      Thank you, Gyudy. Summer’s over but its definitely a must to wear sun protection year round! And I’m so glad the series has been fun, I so appreciate your kind words. 🙂 xx

  2. Ive been wanting to try that supergoop for awhile!!! Great post!

      • Kimmy on September 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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      Thank you Julie – I was really surprised I liked it actually. It still lives by my front door and it’s like the product that never ends, lol. 🙂

  3. I always forget to use SPF, I will definitely look out for the ole henriksen one x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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