Sunscreen Mandatory!

While in California I went through a whirlwind of emotions. The sickening nostalgia of pulling in the driveway of the house I lived in during high school and the rage of people saying "Hi, how are you?" without actually wanting to hear an answer are just some of the many feelings that have been drowning me for the last two weeks. It must be difficult to understand for people who have never moved away from anywhere, but I just don't feel like myself when I'm in California. Many times I found myself driving my mom's car an extra half hour around town just so I wouldn't have to stop and interact with another excessively cheerful person. 

Thankfully, I made myself a schedule before coming out here. My calendar was full from morning to evening every day to make sure I didn't have too much time to just sit around and sulk. I often sulk when I'm alone in California. Old habits start to kick in, taking me through my list of contacts to find someone most willing to spark my impulsive nature. In the last two weeks I've managed to meet with quite a few people from high school, art school, and family. Most notably, I attended my mom's graduation from Cal State East Bay University. The ceremony took place on the football field with no overhang or roof to shield the thousands of guests from the hot California sun. Thankfully I had applied sunscreen to my face, but the rest of my body wasn't so lucky... I got excruciatingly burned on the back of my neck and shoulders. 

It's my own fault that my shoulders are now the color of a lobster shell, of course, but that's not going to stop me from praising the protection I received from using *Clinique's Mineral Sunscreen for Face in SPF 30. Even despite being in direct sunlight from 8am to 1pm my face remained completely unharmed. What I like most about the Mineral Sunscreen collection is the texture on the skin. When shaken up properly, the consistency of the facial sunscreen is more runny than thick, making it easy to spread across the whole face evenly. Surprisingly, the sunscreen seems to make a pretty nice base for the Chubby foundation stick as well! 

The Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is a medium coverage foundation I've been using throughout my trip. The fact that it's in a solid form makes is super travel friendly. I love to layer it on the sunscreen and just use my fingers to spread it around my face. Medium coverage is my favorite for summer because it looks most natural, and in this case without the shiny finish so many BB creams or tinted moisturizers have. My Chubby foundation color is somewhere between Abundant Alabaster and Intense Ivory, so I like to mix the two using one on the inside of my face and the other as just the slightest contour. The light, matte finish feels very lightweight and luxurious on the skin.

I've been trying these products out for about a month now and am definitely happy with the results. I would absolutely recommend you try the sunscreen and foundation stick as a pair, but if you're going to try just one then definitely go for the foundation stick. It's unlike anything else I've tried and really is great to take with you on the go.

*If you're in Slovakia or the Czech Republic, go to http://www.clinique.cz/ to find a shop near you - and don't forget to tell them who sent you ;)

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