“I could barely keep up with you” said my husband. True story 😉 but for real, I get so into kayaking I love it so much! My dad had a kayak when I was growing up and we always thought it was fun to put it in our pool or take it to the retention basin when it rained and filled up with water. We also took it out when camping and I loved to do races in it. Also, you can’t beat the feeling of how GOOD your arms feel after a good kayaking session.   

When we first moved to Oahu, I started paying close attention to what sunscreen everyone was using and I would always ask my friends for their favorites. Three people in a row recommended Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, so I went and got some and have loved it since. Then, fast forward to when they wanted to work with me and wanted me to try their new Sports BB WetForce SPF 50+ product. I generally feel better when I have a bit of coverage on my face – but I don’t like to look like I am wearing make up when working out or at the beach. This dual sunscreen and BB cream is the perfect in-between because it does have coverage but it’s so natural looking. The best part is that it is truly sweat and waterproof, so I can wear it for runs on the beach or to go surf and it is really long lasting. The formula is actually more effective when exposed to water or perspiration. It has three shades to choose from and it blends to make your skin look nice and healthy. Lately anytime you have seen me on Insta stories with little make up (like when we went and did that waterfall hike!), I am only wearing this and nothing else. I kind of am obsessed with it because I feel fresh faced while wearing it but it helps to cover some of my dark spots and gives me SPF. It’s so great to enjoy all this beauty without having to be worried about sun damage.

That day we kayaked out to Chinaman’s Hat Island and the wind was not working in our favor, which gave us an extra good arm work out. When we got to the island, we parked our kayaks and hiked to the top of the island – it was insanely beautiful up there!!! And we were the only ones up there which always makes the experience more enjoyable.   

Thanks to Shiseido for sponsoring this post.  

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  1. This is my FAVORITE product!!!! So waterproof and has such good coverage, I love having makeup and my sunscreen in one step on days when I’m just doing errands or going for a hike or run. I’m so happy to see you recommending it, I want people to buy it so they never stop making it! My grandmother swears by all Shiseido products and our whole family loves their sunscreen.

  2. So many great shots! This looks so fun! What camera does he use when he shoots half in the water? and who makes your bathing suit!?

  3. LOVE reading all of your posts! you have a beautiful family!

  4. Is there any kind of promo code to use with this post?

  5. Amber! That picture David took with the drone!!! OMG! Just magical… Like from a fairy tale… Good job on the kayak. I’d be scared of sharks or stingrays… 🙂 xoxo

  6. Great photos!! Can you let us know where you departed from on your kayaking trip and how long it takes to get to Chinaman’s Hat Island? We are heading to Hawaii for our honeymoon in September and this looks like such a fun activity! We are sooo excited! Thank you

  7. Wow that looks like a dream come true to live in such a beautiful area and be able to go out kayaking and hike to the top of that mountain! Those photos are great. What nice memories you will have to look back on! 🙂 I’ve seen some stuff on that new sunscreen and thought about trying it. I have a issue where I will put on sunscreen and when I start to sweat my skin will start to burn and it feels like it gets into my eyes! Ouch! Any tips from anyone on here? What am I doing wrong? I’m really fair so I need to wear sunscreen!

  8. What drone camera does David use to get those beautiful shots from the sky? 🙂

    1. Thank you!! I got it a couple years ago but it is Stella McCartney 🙂

  9. My parents got married on Chinamans hat 40 years ago!!! They swam all the way out there and got married at the very top. What a magical spot 🙂

  10. Your kayaking trip looks so fun! I love the variety in your photos! I have heard of Shiseido before. I have their eyelash curlers and it works wonders for my asian eyes 😉

    Simply Lovebirds

    1. Thank you Kim!! That’s such a nice compliment! I am glad you like the post 🙂

  11. What a lovely Post and thanks for sharing your sunscreen tip! I’ve been looking for a new one since my skin gets soo bad when wearing normal sunscreen so I have to try this one out 🙂
    I also really love the pictures! It looks like you are totally alone and I could imagine you really were 😀 Thats crazy and kind of scary! Haha

    Love from Germany
    Xx Paulie <3


    1. Oh good!! I am glad this post was helpful 🙂 Thanks for reading and for the sweet comment!!

  12. Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for a sunscreen with a bit of coverage for the pool days 😬

    1. I got it awhile back but is an Adidas swimsuit by Stella McCartney 🙂

  13. I’ve always wanted to explore Chinaman’s hat! And I have to check out this sunscreen! Going makeup-less all summer had me feeling pretty rough.

  14. What a beautiful island! I love the drone shots you’ve been adding into your posts! I’ve been looking for a sunscreen that has some sort of coverage – need to check this one out!

    Carrie | http://carrieeliseandkho.com/

  15. Looks like a blast!!! I’m gonna try this stuff for all the same reasons:) love your blog!!

  16. i went kayaking in Miami this weekend! love your posts! <3 will probably try this sunscreen out!


    1. How fun!! It’s such a good workout! And thank you for reading!! ! I appreciate that 🙂

  17. Hi Amber! I totally need this sunscreen! What shade are you wearing?

  18. Wow these pictures are absolutely stunning!! And I love Shiseido so I’ll have to check this product out since I’ll be in the sun all summer 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    xo Raina

    1. Yes! I have been loving it! And thank you!! David is getting good with his drone shots so I give him all the credit 🙂

  19. Here in Arizona, it’s always sunny and I worry about needing to wear sunscreen and if I am protecting myself enough. I like something that doesn’t feel like sunscreen and this might be really great to check out. Love the photos!

  20. One thing i know about kayaking is its harder then it looks !!!! Especially in an ocean !! Love this post because i like protection but i dont want to look like a ghost with sunscreen on hahaha

  21. I went kayaking twice with my boyfriend last summer, but nothing this adventurous. Stunning pictures as always Amber