Sunny side up + Giveaway

by Danielle on December 9, 2011

in Uncategorized

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang

Some of you may remember this post where I spoke about baby Violet and her sensitive skin. Well it’s been a few months since then and after a lot of trial and error I have to say Violet’s skin is doing a lot better. You can still see the main problem areas on the inside of her arms but all in all Violet’s skin is a lot healthier then it was back in September.

The last of few weeks since Violet started walking it feels like all she ever wants to do is escape. Luckily for me we have the perfect spot for her just outside the back door and her sisters love to play baby sitters so most of the time Violet spends her days walking up and down the path that runs along the back of our house only stopping for food or the occasional nappy change.

At the moment she is going through a phase where she refuses to wear a hat so right now sunscreen is really important but with her sensitive skin this is sometimes a little problematic.

She looks so damn cute in pair of bug eyed Louis Vuitton’s  but cute doesn’t cute it up here so we really had to find a sunscreen that was right for her skin.

A product we love to use in our family is the Hamilton Sunscreen range. My husband actually introduced me to the hamilton range a few years ago when he was in the navy. He use to spend weeks at a time on the ship out at sea and was vigilant in applying sunscreen and one of the things he used was hamilton everyday face sunscreen. Now that we have kids we seem to spread own a fair bit of the Hamilton range and we have recently discovered Hamilton Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, Hamilton Family Sunscreen and Hamilton Toddler Sunscreen.

I’m really loving the fact that Hamilton does a whole range of sunscreen for different age groups and skin types. We have been using the toddler sunscreen for Violet and Josceline, the family sunscreen for Effie and myself and the sensitive sunscreen on hubby’s post chemo skin.

Hamilton ticks three big boxes for me. It’s 30 + , has no fragrance {I always use to get headaches} and it is water resistant for four hours.  We spend a lot of time in the pool up here and making sure we have a sunscreen that is 30+ and last a decent amount of times is a huge factor for our family.

Our family has been through so much this year and ever time I hear the word cancer it makes my whole body shiver. Over 1800 people die from skin cancer related diseases every year and I can’t bear the thought of my children going through life not being properly educated about the dangers of the sun and how important it is to look after your skin.

It’s so simple and all it takes is a few minutes of your time before you leave the house. If you could spend a few minutes a day protecting your skin and save yourself the heartache of being effected by cancer then.. why wouldn’t you wear sunscreen?

Want to try it too. Well I have a three pack of Hamilton Sunscreen to give away to one lucky ready. Perhaps it could be yours. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me What do you look for when your purchasing sunscreen and how important it is to your family?

This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and will be open until 5pm on Wednesday 14th December. The full terms and conditions can be found here.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Zoe December 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

I love Hamilton’s. We always had it as kids, and when the boys were little I bought it for them. Much nicer than smelly cheap brands..

When buying sunscreen I make sure its 30+ and water proof, which is what you want with kids who are forever playing in water. I will also pick a powder finish product over an oily one. Nothing worse than a slippery toddler when your trying to have them from the pool!


Jade December 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Gosh, Violet is growing up so fast. She is so adorable.

On the sunscreen topic – I can never understand why people won’t use sunscreen, especially now that I live in the UK. It makes me so sad to see British people on holidays in Europe looking like lobsters because they think they can get a “super cool tan” if they don’t use sunscreen. Like you, I’ve had someone very close to me suffer from cancer and I couldn’t bear to wish that even on my worst enemy, so I try to educate people as to the importance of sunscreen.

I don’t have kids yet, so it’s just me and the Hubs that need sunscreen and we always go with the Cancer Council brand as we like to support them, but I think I might give Hamilton’s a go, since it has a sensitive formula which is good for me as I get pimples from sunscreen.


Michelle Vamvas December 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The things that I look for when buying suncreen
Number one, no scent, as that’s just obscene.
Two, it must be great value for money,
And offer high protection, not just when its sunny.
A generous size to last the summer through
And I check that it has water resistance too!
And finally a product that cares as it protects
Providing help for your skin from the sun’s damaging effects!


Mademoiselle Slimalicious December 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

When purchasing sun screen I look for the SPF, I want to make sure I’ll be well protected. I also want my sun screen to be light (not greasy).


Tracey December 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

SPF Factor; Water resistant; and whether it is greasy or not are my mine priorities. I hate sunscreen that is greasy and difficult to apply.


Blythe December 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I look for value for money, 30+ and non-greasy. I do love Hamiltons, it was the first sunscreen we used on our kids and I just bought anbother tube while shopping tonight!


Hayley December 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

Besides the usual high SPF and being waterproof, they have to be easy to apply..not too thick and not too runny, and something you can forgot you have on. There is nothing worse then sweating the sunscreen off before the day has even begun!


Trish December 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Besides SPF and 4hr + – A cap that is easy to open for me but not one that comes open accidentally.


kerry santillo December 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I look for the product Hamiltons. Its the only one that doesnt give a rash and The spf is a good rating, have been using it for years and has never let me down!!
thanks for a chance.


Caroline December 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The reliability of the product, SPF rating (effectiveness of the sunscreen), whether any of the ingredients will pose any health risk, country of manufacture, if the product is waterproof, how long before reapplication is required, ease of application, whether the product feels greasy, and the manufacturer’s reputation, are all of vital importance to my family.


Diana December 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That it works, and works well is my main priority. We’re all so white, it’s our highest priority every time we step out the front door.


DIANA O December 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Reasonably priced and it has to smell nice & not feel greasy or we’ll all not use it, nothing worse than a horrid feeling sunscreen. Ridiculously important to our family because no one wants to be in pain, burned and blistered like happened to me stupidly last Summer.


Karina W December 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

The spf level and the expiry date. They always expire before I finish with them!


Melissa {Suger} December 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

I use it because more and more the damage I’ve done to my skin over the years is becoming evident. That and I hope to avoid having a portion of my face cut into to remove a tumour or something. Graphic and ick, but true!

Hubby is a much more consistent sun screen user, thanks to the palest of pale skin and an outdoor occupation, we go through this stuff like it’s going out of fashion.

Fingers crossed!!


Larabelle December 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

I tend to head to the Cancer Council when pruchasing sunscreen. It’s well priced and I trust their products!


Hannah Nix December 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

We look for a product that will be kind to my daughters sensitive skin, and we also look at the SPF.
Then its price,
and then maybe smell, if we have to pick between 2.

I don’t bother with the roll on or spray types, as i always end up wanting to make sure they’re all covered anyway!


Monica December 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Easy to apply…so thick and greasy doesnt suit..and the highest factor number too!


Jennifer Bush December 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm

My husband died from Melanoma, so it’s critical that my children learn about effective sun protection early. I look for SPF30+ or higher.


Megan December 13, 2011 at 11:44 am

My father is being treated for multiple melanomas right now. You can never be too careful about your skin. With 2 in 3 people going to have a skin cancer at some stage in their lives, its something we all need to be vigilant about.

That’s easier said than done sometimes. With young kids who share my very sensitive skin, it can be a struggle finding the right sunscreen to put on them and me. Love Hamilton though. It’s great sunscreen, and we have never had a reaction from it <3


Sarah D December 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

My daughter has very sensitive skin so something without fragrance and a high SPF factor is what I look for in a sunscreen.


Michelle H December 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

We use hamiltons all the time
Spray on for hubby’s head
Kids take roll on in their school bags
Tubes for each car
Large bottle for home, vacation and outings use


rose February 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

i also like products natural made for sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, infants etc.


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