I've been raving IRL to people about them, so thought I might was well tell you guys, too, about the new sunscreen and kids' toothpaste that have solved my problems in those areas, and my awesome new lip gloss.
Sunscreen: I'm very fair-skinned (part Scandinavian) with blue eyes, and my mom had her first of 6 (and counting) skin cancers removed when she was only 47, so I'm anal about sunscreen. But I haven't been that happy with my options. I try to use physical sunscreens (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) instead of chemical sunscreens because the physical barriers seem both safer from an absorption standpoint and also more effective. My skin is also combination skin, so in the summer I tend to feel greasy. So the last thing I want is a greasy sunscreen on my face. But I haven't found a physical sunscreen with high enough SPF that didn't also leave me feeling greasy.
Enter the ingenious Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 Powder. It comes in a brush tube, so you just powder your face with the sunscreen powder. It's odorless, and sort of a vaguely beige color, but I can't see it when it's on my face. (I think you'd have to try really hard to put on enough for it to show.) Reduces shine, prevents greasiness, and has SPF 30. The ingredients are completely inert* (although you wouldn't want to inhale a whole tube's worth of mica at one time). I was outside in the bright sun for two full hours the other day and nothing but one application of the powder sunscreen on my face, and I wasn't at all pink--my freckles didn't even come out.
It's very spendy at $30 for the tube, but you don't use that much at a time, and it filled the need I had so perfectly that I've decided it's an affordable luxury for my ticking timebomb skin. I'm going to send some to my mom for Mothers' Day. I got mine in an actual Sephora store, but you can also buy it from Sephora on Amazon.
Kids' toothpaste: I'm into the natural brands without artificial colors or flavors, and I require xylitol in my kids' (and my) toothpaste. Oh, and no sodium lauryl sulfate. My kids, however, like the toothpaste with the sparkles, which is usually scary bright blue, and contains SLS but no xylitol. Enter the Natural Dentist Sparkle Berry Blast toothpaste ($5.45 for one tube or $16.35 for a three-pack of tubes at Amazon). It's sweet, but not too sweet, and it's pink, but more of a vegetable-color pink instead of a scary pink. And it sparkles, but from natural mica, not from the mystery chemical sparkles in the blue toothpaste. My kids think they have something "cool," but I know it's still the hippie granola toothpaste. Natural Dentist also makes a berry flavored oral rinse with xylitol if your kids are into the mouthwash experience. (The mouthrinse is also billed as being particularly good for people with braces. I'm not sure why--maybe because it's SLS-free so it's not irritating?)
Lip gloss: I got a free cosmetic-bag sample a few weeks ago of Laura Mercier's Lip Plumpers lip gloss in Wildberry. Best lipgloss ever. It plumps up your lips just slightly (so you look pouty but not like Melanie Griffith) and has a minty thing going that tingles a little but doesn't sting like other lip plumping glosses can. The Wildberry is a pink that looks mostly natural next to my fair skin but also just slightly glam, and would look amazing on someone with darker skin than mine. Thank goodness this was not the lip product that ended up in the porta potty at that T-ball game a few weeks ago.
Again, it's way too expensive at $30, but since I've gotten hooked on that free sample, I'll probably ask for it for Mothers' Day and give it to myself on behalf of my kids. It's still cheaper than those green shoes that are now out of stock in my size.
* From the Peter Thomas Roth website: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide 15%, Zinc Oxide 10%. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Mica, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Iron Oxides.