Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream

Hey guys! If you normally read my blog but don’t watch my YouTube videos or follow me on Instagram you may not know about my love for sunscreen. I have found sunscreens I love, sunscreens I hate, and sunscreens I think are okay, but I keep wanting to try new ones.  I’m not sure why, but since I enjoy this so much I was incredibly excited to receive an email saying I would get to try Benton’s new sunscreen for free to review it for them! So this post is my review and I’ll be including some information provided by the brand.

Here is the cute sunscreen packaging:

It came in a white box with green accents and the tube matches with a silver cap.  I always enjoy when product packaging looks nice so this definitely is a plus for me!  Personally I don’t do much research into ingredients, but the brand sent some information along on that so I will include it here…

Ingredients: Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(55%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Panthenol, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Water, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm), Tocopherol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Papain(100ppm), Propanediol, Adenosine, Sodium Gluconate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Glucose, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil

As I said, I don’t do much research into ingredients, but if you’re looking for that others who received this product have gone more into depth on the ingredients. I also have seen many reviews with people who go through to analyze ingredient safety if you’re into that. However! I have more information from Benton about the ingredients.  They state that the papaya fruit water and papaya seed oil used in the sunscreen makes it rich in vitamins and contains polyphenols, minerals, and papain that are meant to keep the skin smooth and retain moisture as well as controlling sebum and dead skin cells. When I go to I don’t see any information on the papaya fruit water as it relates to irritating skin or safety, but I didn’t see any issues with my skin after using this sunscreen so for me it hasn’t caused any problems.

According to Benton, this product is recommended for skin exposed to various UVs, dull skin lacking suppleness, someone wanting a moist sunscreen, for protection against UVA and UVB rays, and someone wanting a sunscreen with a minimal white cast. It is meant to protect skin and help your complexion as well.

My thoughts: This sunscreen is definitely moist.  I actually loved how it made my skin look, however I definitely think if you have oily skin then you will probably look greasy.  I wore this sunscreen both with and without makeup, and it worked great either way.  For my skin tone I didn’t have any issues with white cast, however I do think that someone with a darker skin tone will have a white cast.  The picture below shows the sunscreen on my hand straight from the tube on the left side and rubbed in on the right side of my hand.


I enjoy how this sunscreen smells fruity, and just generally enjoy using it.  I did wear this on a day I went to the gym, and I was sweating more than I normally would have which I think may be because of this sunscreen. For me personally I think this sunscreen will be really good to use on colder days, but I don’t think I’m going to be wearing it to the gym on hot days anymore! I do think I prefer a sunscreen that is SPF50 and this sunscreen is only SPF38, but I don’t mind it on days when I’m just doing normal work activities and not spending large amounts of time outside. I think this might be the only sunscreen I have that has physical and chemical components, which makes me feel extra protected.

Finally here is me with just the sunscreen on my face:

What do you think? Anyone else love sunscreen too?




Hi everyone who is reading this… I just wanted to send out an apology to you all for being so silent over the last five weeks or so.  I am going to finish out my lipstick challenge on here over the next few days, but all the videos are up on my youtube if you want to go watch them!

I have some reviews of sheet masks to post as well and will try to get caught up on some book reviews (but I have also been posting videos of books I’ve read with mini reviews).

In June I did go on a no-buy for makeup and I didn’t buy anything new.  I didn’t buy much skincare during June, but I did buy some things… My goal here was just not to add too many new items to my collection. For me personally, when buying skincare items I do feel that I can buy items and get through them however makeup is a longer lasting item that will be harder for me to get through.  So that is why I was a bit more lenient with buying skincare vs. makeup. (I bought a Vitamin C serum, and my old one did run out a week later, and I bought the Stratia Liquid Gold in case you were wondering!)

Anyway, that is my little update and apology as well as my hope to post more consistently once again! Thanks for stopping by.


A Lipstick a Day Challenge Part 5


Okay guys here is part five of my challenge! Is anyone else swamped with work and life and soooo tired? Or just me? Hm.

Day 1: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking
I bought this because of Instagram and Jillian Harris.  Yes I am easily influenced to buy any lipstick out there if someone says it’s good! I don’t think I love this lipstick, but I’m not sure I dislike it enough to get rid of it.  I’m still undecided… Let me know if you have any thoughts on it!


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A Lipstick a Day Challenge Part 4

Hey guys!
Still behind on the challenge, but after this one I didn’t try as many lipsticks in one week so it will be easier to share. For week four I tried 18 lipsticks! I know that is more than even two a day, but I had a lot of chopping block items that I tried.

Day 1:

MAC Matte Lipstick in Matte Royal
Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in Le Freak
Urban Decay Matte Revolution in Tilt

These three lipsticks I was trying out for my Instagram challenge, which was a dramatic lip. I went with the MAC lipstick for my post, but wasn’t sure when I was taking them which one to use.  The MAC lipstick needed some layering, the Colourpop lipstick needs a lip liner, and the Urban Decay lipstick was great! Continue reading

Sheet Mask Sunday 

… on a Monday 

This mask from The Cure is the Coenzyme Q10 Collagen Essence Mask. I bought these in a five pack I believe at Marshall’s.. or Ross? One of those. This was a pretty thick mask with a design on it. This concerned me as I wasn’t sure if there was a side I should have put on my face, but I just picked one! I kept this on my face for 40 minutes when it started to dry a bit. The mask was cooling and my face looked very hydrated and slightly plumped after I took the mask off. There was no tacky feeling, and a small amount of residue was on my face which quickly absorbed so my face felt smooth. The package said it would rejuvenate, replenish, and protect my skin, but I’m unsure about these claims as they seem hard to quantify. But my skin felt so smooth! I’m excited to use the rest in my pack! (Also the fit was good)

This mask I bought at target and is the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Calming Paper Mask. My picture has no mask on my face because when I put it on it was tingling and then burning so I took it off and rinsed my face. Honestly I’m pretty annoyed by this because it wasted all my previously applied skincare. I definitely won’t buy this again or use it if offered. 
Let me know if you’ve tried ether of these and have any thoughts!

A Lipstick a Day Challenge Part 3

Hey guys!
I’m super behind on sharing my challenge here, but I’ll still break them up by weeks so I don’t post 30 lipsticks at once.  So I’m going back to week three today and have two more posts coming soon!

Day 1: Wet ‘n’ Wild Bare it All

This lipstick was so dry! It is supposed to be a dupe for MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick which I have, so I am getting rid of it! Continue reading

Sheet Mask Sunday!

Hey guys!

I’m posting on a Sunday! What world is this?! Oh it is right, I’ve only used two masks this week.  My goal for next week is definitely to use more sheet masks!
I tried out some unimpressive masks this week too, which only makes it worse.

First was the apple monkey character mask from The Face Shop.  It was supposed to be a soothing face mask, and was really just okay.  Taking it out of the package it smelled familiar… I think it may have smelled like another face mask from The Face Shop, but I’m not sure which one.  I do think the fun aspect of the mask was there (yay skintertainment!), but it wasn’t a mask that I would recommend to anyone for an incredible soothing experience.  I also had some difficulty with the mouth area fitting right.  My skin did look nicely moisturized after, and the picture is cute right?  I would buy this again if I was going to use them with friends to have fun!


The other mask I used this week was the BioBelle #iwokeuplikethis mask.  Like the other BioBelle mask I used, this one said to rinse off after using it (I believe it actually said to wipe off the essence and then rinse).  I think this really ruins the experience.  I like being able to use the sheet mask as a last step in my routine or as almost the last step if I want to add some additional moisturizer after. I don’t want to have to wash my face a second time after taking off my sheet mask!  I wore this for 30 minutes and it did feel okay and was very wet with essence, but I just can’t get over having to wash/rinse my face after using these masks.  I don’t think I’ll buy any more of these.


Lip Product Declutter

Hey guys!

I’ve been doing my lipstick a day challenge for four weeks now and I’ve tried a lot of my lipsticks out.  I am definitely a lipstick lover.  I used to watch declutter or collection videos on YouTube and wonder how people ended up with 50 foundations… yet here I find myself with more lip products than that.  I only have one foundation though! (and a BB cushion and a BB cream… I needed some variety right?) For my lipstick a day challenge I’ve been trying to only use actual bullet lipsticks or lipstick crayons, but I’ve been trying out liquid lipsticks occasionally as well.  I might put on a liquid lipstick in the morning and then a bullet lipstick in the afternoon or vice versa.  Although this means I don’t always test the wear time of my lipsticks, I’m not too concerned.  I usually have plenty of time in my day when I can reapply a lipstick and I don’t mind reapplying if I like the color and formula.

Here are some of the products I am decluttering from my collection:

lip product declutter

If you’re following my challenge on YouTube I have talked about these already, but I now some people like blog posts instead.  These are all products that didn’t work for some reason. Continue reading

Sheet Mask Sunday (what day even is it?)

Hey guys! I know it is not Sunday. Did you know that Sunday was Easter? Yeah things are off.  I used two sheet masks last week, but unfortunately don’t even remember how one of them was because I used it late at night before a flight to LA and took no notes on it.  So I’m guessing it wasn’t incredible, but if you guys have tried this mask let me know if it was good! It was the Secret Nature Moisturizing mask and I honestly can’t remember anything about it.  As seen in the picture below it didn’t fit that well.  I didn’t feel dried out after my plane ride the next day so I’m guessing it helped with that? *shrug*


The next mask I do remember and loved! This was the Leaders Teatree Relaxing Renewal Mask.  It was so relaxing! My skin looked beautiful after, the mask fit great, and there was a bunch of essence.  I put this on then laid down in bed for 20 minutes before removing it and going to sleep.  I looked at my skin and it looked pretty and plump, and was great in the morning as well.  I have a whole pack of these that I purchased from Costco and I can’t wait to use one again.  Here’s to this week’s post going up on Sunday!