Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2016 Review

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2016 via It's Jou Life blog //’s that time of year again! The popular Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit hit the shelves-just in time before my summer trip to Hawaii.

I love everything about summer and that means enjoying the great outdoors and cool waters responsibly. I’m an avid believer and user in using a broad spectrum (UVA + UVB) sun protection of at least SPF 30 for my face and SPF 45 for my body.

So naturally as a lover of Sephora + SPF I always buy Sephora’s annual Sun Safety Kit. It’s a curated collection of everything SPF to protect from head to toe. This is a perfect introduction to try various products carried at Sephora, like tinted sunscreen, primer, self-tanner, BB cream and makeup setting sprays. It’s also a wonderful way to try different types of sunblock products–physical (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) and chemical-based (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate) sunscreens. The sizes are perfect–airplane-friendly and compact enough to place in my purse.

I picked up the Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2016 at Sephora and it is packed with favorite oldies and new products I look forward to trying. This year it’s $32 (retail value $127) for 15 products. Best part? Sephora will donate $20 from the sale of the kit to the Skin Cancer Foundation. For more information about the charity, visit

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{ recipe } summer favorite eats | easy peanut noodles

{ recipe } summer favorite eats | easy peanut noodles via itsjoulife -…peanut-noodles/ ‎

The warm summer weather calls for cool and refreshing dishes. Eating cold peanut noodles has been a childhood favorite. This dish is quick and easy and can easily be tailored to the season’s vegetables or what you like. I prefer to eat this dish with carrots, cucumbers, shredded rotisserie chicken and slice egg sheet, but others can top it off with broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers or toasted peanuts. You just chop, pour, mix and enjoy!

Easy Peanut Noodles

Serves: 4 to 6

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Ready: 25 minutes


12 ounce pack of noodles (I like these Nanka Seimen Futonaga Udon Japanese noodles)


1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 cup hot water

1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce


1 medium-sized cucumber, julienne

1 medium-sized carrot, julienne

Optional: 2 cups shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken)

Optional: 1 cup sliced egg sheet


  1. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water until done. Rinse in cold water to prevent the starchy noodles from sticking.
  2. Dressing: Place the peanut butter in a large measuring cup and place in the microwave to soften for 10 seconds. Combine in soy sauce, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, sesame oil, hot water, Sriracha. (Dressing should be thick, but pourable)
  3. Place the noodles in a large bowl and pour dressing. Toss.
  4. Serve dressed noodles in bowls and top with cucumbers, carrots (and chicken and egg).



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