I was provided a free sample of Block Island Moisturizer to try and review.
As anyone with fair skin will tell you when we hit the beach we BURN. There is no waking up to a glorious tan or a healthy looking glow. You wake up in agony and looking like a lobster ready for dinner.
Here lately Rob and I have been really, really into checking things out in our new state of Texas. Well, Rob has been here for about 3 years but I’m just going on a few months myself so it’s not quite as new to him technically. But with me here encouraging him to explore we’re going all over the place and doing all sorts of things.
Just the other day we headed out to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge largely because we could go for free but also because we kept seeing this crazy awesome canopy bridge thingamajiggie on the cards they put outside of tourist-y places trying to entice you to come out their way. I’m going to talk more about this place later but I’ll just hit on the bullet points here:
- Even with bug spray I am COVERED in mosquito bites (34 on my right thigh alone!)
- We got lost going there TWICE – once getting stuck on the top of the levee and when we arrived we found out the dogs weren’t allowed and so we had to go home and come back out. It took 4 hours of drive time to go and come home from a place 40 minutes away – haha!
- Because we had a snafu getting there we wound up visiting during the hottest part of the day. Not smart!
- We walked for 2-3 miles trying to find this stupid bridge and by the time we got there we were hot, covered in bug bites and exhausted.
- When we got there I started laugh crying while going up the stairs and I really started to freak Rob out as I continued to laugh cry across the bridge and down the other side. After the day we had I was going across that silly ass thing panic attack inducing fear or not!
Oddly enough the next day I was still feeling adventurous so we decided to head out to the beach at South Padre, this time without the pups full stop. Being a summer weekend it was crazy crowded but I was eager to take pics of my new sun hat and try out my new face moisturizer with SPF 30 sunblock from Block Island in the hot South Texas sun.
Now I’ve been using this moisturizer for a few weeks now underneath my makeup or just on my skin for the days when I don’t want to wear makeup. I’ve never been good about using sunscreen on my face and I have the sun damage to prove it and it drives me nuts. These horrible splotches will appear on my cheeks within hours of going outside unprotected and it I can’t stand that I’ve allowed it to happen.
With adult acne I have a tendency to break out so I was a bit apprehensive to moisturize but my skin is doing wonderfully well. Maybe it’s because there aren’t things that I don’t even know what they are to begin with like parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and phthalates. I mean if I can’t place what it is should I really be smearing it onto my face, anyway? I also found it an added bonus that the formula is free of dyes and fragrance plus it’s vegan and made in the good ol’ USA. And on one more note I love that it makes my skin nice and dewy looking. Not greasy, just fresh and bright and that comes through even when applied under my BB cream. Isn’t that awesome?
Now I totally received this tube for free to try out and I’m so glad I did. It’s seriously my favorite new product for my face and I think it’s well worth the cost. I won’t get my next tube free, but I will be getting a next tube I can guarantee you!
In order to doubly protect myself from the sun I also whipped up a quick sunhat. Grabbing one of the $1 simple hats out of the Target value bins at the front of the store I decided to doll her up with some color. By adding stitching to the brim I added some much needed color AND the hat became perfectly floppy. I LOVE it!
For this project you will need:
- Sun hat
- Variegated yarn
- Yarn needle
Here is my sun hat. Simple and only one buck. Woot!
Now I tried several stitches and I found a straight stitch around the brim worked the best. Use the spaces and gaps that already occur in the design of your hat to keep stitches consistent and make the whole thing easier on yourself.
Work your yarn under the last few of your stitches when you’re running short.
Now I don’t envision there being too much of an issue with stitching coming undone but I went ahead and hit each area where the yarn begins or ends with a tiny dab of hot glue, just enough to seal that business shut. You literally can’t even see it!
Continue around and around until you’re happy with the coverage. This took a good deal longer than I had anticipated (partly due to starting over a few times deciding HOW I wanted to stitch ‘er up) and so I just stitched until I was tired, or for most of the brim.
Because of all of the lovely colors in my hat it matches my favorite, colorful summer dresses and my stack of beaded bracelets I made a little while ago.
Plus it gives me a little more added protection that I’m also getting from my Block Island Moisturizer with SPF 30 which I couldn’t recommend more. If you want to give it a go I have a coupon code for you (yay!) which will be good through 6/20/15 for 20% off (not to be combined with other coupon codes). Just go to Block Island Organics and use the code: allison and save!
Yay for summer!