Two Tickets to Paradise

by Kezia on August 12, 2008

I’m going to Kauai tomorrow with my boyfriend. I kind of can’t believe it. Other than visiting my family in Michigan, I haven’t taken a trip- let alone a vacation- in years. I think I’ll prefer frolicking in the ocean, snorkeling and hiking the Na Pali coast to hostile family dinners and trips to the mall in southwestern Michigan.

OK, some of you are probably scratching your heads and saying- wait, aren’t you in Germany right now? Nope. I’m Kezia, not Jennine. I’m a guest writer on The Coveted, covering beauty, make up, skincare and the like. Some of the comments on my previous post (Slim Down the Sassy Way) made me realize that it’s not always crystal clear when it’s me posting. I promise to post a bio and even include some pics of myself soon.

Back to my vacation. Confession: I’m stoked that I’m going to Hawaii (not to mention off work for 10 days!) but freaked out about the sun. As you know, I’m somewhat of a nut when it comes to sunscreen consumption and avoidance of prime sun hours. Not surprisingly, I’m bringing an arsenal of sun protection -and will probably find more to buy on the island. Instead of boring you with an itemized list of sunscreens, I’ll share my sun strategy for my face, neck and chest (the places I fear sun damage the most).

First of all, I’ll wear a wide brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses during the day. To further protect my face/neck/chest it’s La Roche Posay Anthelios Fluide Extreme SPF 50+ — the only photostable sunscreen that doesn’t break me out.

Next, I’ll up the ante with a generous dusting of Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Almost Clear. At $50, it’s a bit pricey. I snagged mine on eBay for around $28. This translucent lightweight mineral powder comes in an easy-to-use retractable brush that makes application quick and easy. Plus, unlike other mineral powders, it’s not messy. What makes it so great: micronized minerals Zinc Oxide and Titainium Dioxide for with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB and Infrared) sun protection. Plus, it doesn’t absorb into your skin or burn your eyes when you sweat.

Beyond that, I promise not to get all worked up over a few stray UVA/UVB rays. After all, I’ll probably get a years worth of vitamin D in a week.



Kauai photo by bryce_edwards

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Ashe Mischief August 12, 2008 at 6:22 am

Sorry to hear about the author mix-ups, Kenzia! I’ve been in that position myself when I post on Miss Malaprop- perhaps in addition to a bio, a signature or something at the end of the post would help?

Have a wonderful vacation- I’m completely envious, and it sounds like you’ll be well prepared!

Ashe Mischief August 12, 2008 at 6:23 am

Oh- haha, I just realized that you DID add a signature to the end of this one. D’oh! I think it definitely helps, though.

diana August 12, 2008 at 7:26 am

you are so lucky!!!!!!

Hailey August 12, 2008 at 9:52 am

lol oh no, I totally thought the slim down post was Jennie and I was super confused!! How are things going on your plan? you can do it, slow and steady seems to be the key for me. Took me a year to lose 30 pounds. (yeesh!)

Mag August 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm have a good trip…Great

Farren August 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I’m glad you have your sunscreen strategy! The sun has been hot here for the past week. I got a sunburn this past weekend. =/ Not fun! AND I was using 70+ spf! Blah. I hope you have fun though!

kristin August 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

have a great time- you deserve it!

Mer August 13, 2008 at 6:00 am

enjoy dear, you deserve it!!!

Cammila August 13, 2008 at 7:46 pm

That’s a gorgeous picture! Have a fabulous time in Kauai — and in Michigan! I’m from Ann Arbor! Michigan love! ;)

Kezia August 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for all your sweet comments! I’m back from Kauai- you’ll hear all about it soon.
Camilla- Ann Arbor is one of my favorite Michigan cities. ;-)

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