Beauty heroes subscription box

Even the most dismal day can be brightened by popping up my mailbox and spotting a neatly packaged Beauty Heroes box waiting for me inside. Created by a spa industry veteran, the subscription is the clean beauty's answer to the slow food movement: Non-toxic holy grail products ( or "discoveries" as they call them), are lovingly culled into monthly boxes to be incorporated into your self care routine. 

And no duds so far. Lines like LilFox (the honey based mask + scrub pictured above, by the way, is a fantastic morning facial treatment), Osmia, Josh Rosebrook and Mahalo have all been featured in my boxes. All of these lines have long been darlings of other clean beauty bloggers, and my Instagram feed is often dotted with unabashed adoration for these lines. But their products are pricey, and my skin is fussy. So it's lovely getting their one-size-fits-all greatest hits sent my way and dodging have to pay the full retail value, at roughly $38 a box. 

Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - Unscented Matte Tint

Sunscreens can exacerbate acne-prone or sensitive skin, but Coola has managed to tick all the boxes (broad spectrum, high SPF quotients, multiple formulations to satisfy any use case) with their lineup, sans the seemingly inevitable breakout.

That being said, this tube takes the cake: it releases a fluffy, mousse like cream that nearly evaporates when applied to the face. It's beyond lightweight, it's weightless and cushions the skin with a high powered SPF, leaving skin matte with a soft focus blurring effect.

If you're looking for a no-makeup look, consider this one. It's not meant to replace moisturizer, but it's lightly hydrating and combination skin types won't be experiencing parched cheeks by the afternoon. It's managed to keep my fussy skin happy during this hot (and smokey!) Washington summer, and I've already snapped up another tube for fear of running out and having to forage other sun protection.