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Random: newbies


Sorry for being absent for some time, I got slightly depressed with my 4 (!!!) cameras as none of them is still capable of taking pictures the way I want it to and I have soooo many new nail polishes and can’t share the prettiness with you 😦

So, in the meantime here I go with a general kind of post about the new things I got recently and my first impressions.

First off, I got Vichy Normaderm Triactiv moisturizer and Deep cleansing wash gel. I love the gel. It cleanses my face prone to occasional blemishes and oiliness during summer without making it dry and taut. It’s my second bottle.

I don’t like the moisturizer. While it’s low in alcohol, it feels thick, difficult to spread and my face face doesn’t feel moisturized in the least and gets very tight. I’ll finish it off but won’t repurchase.

The third skincare item is Olay Complete care day UVA/UVB 15 for normal/oily skin. Also not impressed, it’s not bad per say it’s just not great. Feels bit plastic-y once applied on, only for a few seconds though. Will look for a better daytime moisturizer. Again 🙂





Here are some body care items, nothing too fancy, just the usual stuff. Lady speed stick is actually something that really surprised me. All my life I had some irritation under my arms. Red rash or burning feeling after antiperspirant irritation. So logically I gravitated towards “sensitive” formulas without alcohol, colorants and fragrance, creamy in texture… The rash never left. And then my friend suggested gel based antiperspirants. I thought she must be mad, surely, it’s loaded with alcohol and perfume… and it works. Bizarre but true. No more rash for me and as an antiperspirant this ugly purple bottle works 100%. I’m on my fourth bottle.

Second item is DM’s Balea Magic summer, which is a gradual self tanner. One of those you apply every day and after some time you hopefully look more tanned than orange. And while I am quite light I went for normal to dark skin tone. It works really well, smells fruity and then there is that typical self-tanning ..ehm… smell. The color was very even, non-orange-y and started developing within two hours.

Hawaiian Tropic Protective sun lotion spf 30 was one of the buys when you know what works for you but you don’t want to spend the money. So you get something cheaper. And as usual it’s just not worth it. It works well, it’s rather light and non-sticky…and smells like rancid coconut. Next please!

Last item is SebaMed’s Anti-aging firming Q10 body lotion. I love it. Not that it firms any of my wobbly bits, I’m not that naive, but it feels rich yet sinks into the skin very quickly, the smell is very light and my skin feels super smooth.

In the next post I will show you some new make-up and nail polish such as Giorgio Armani lipstick and Color Club neons.


Testing, testing… Wild Cow by COWSHED


Since this is my first post I should probably say also something about what I expect, like and loathe about body care, natural or not-so-natural. I (naively) think I don’t want too much. I want my body lotion to be moisturizing, to smell good or not at all, to feel silky and the nourishing effect to last at least to the next shower. What I don’t like about body potions is them to be sticky, not absorbing well, unpleasantly smelly and irritating. Obviously, if a good body lotion doesn’t break the bank, it’s even better.

I don’t mind natural products but I also do not look for them. My only issue is the scent of many of them. I admit it, I prefer the fruity or clean scent of many drugstore or luxury body lotions, but my nose doesn’t cope well with the often earthy or herby scents of natural products. I find them pleasant enough as such but don’t feel like slathering it all over myself.

So having that in mind, I received COWSHED’s Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion as a present from a friend.

COWSHED prides itself in producing green body care, packed with essential oils, without parabens, no petrochemicals, no sulphates and no artificial colors. Wild Cow Body Lotion should leave your mind feeling revitalised with oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary (I’m already little scared!).

The good :

  • the lotion is on the thicker side, feels very soothing and nourishing without leaving oily or sticky residue
  • my winter-chapped hands felt soothed and I didn’t notice any irritation or burning feeling as with many other hand lotions and potions
  • the texture feels quite pampering and I love the fact that unlike most natural lines Cowshed doesn’t use alcohol as a thinner or preservative
  • the nourishing effect lasts until the next washing/shower

The slightly less good:

  • this is probably not going to be a huge surprise but the scent is a bit too much for me, the ginger is very strong, as is the lemongrass and the rosemary and the clove bud gives it a slightly bitter end. Also the scent is pretty long lasting, which is a good thing if you love it, otherwise you are looking at 1-2 hours of smelling like ginger tea and a spice rack 😉

The verdict:

So, would I buy it again? No… BUT what I would do, is to look for a scent that is friendlier to a not-so-natural beauty addict since the lotion itself is very good. But for £18 for 300ml I cannot get past the scent.

PS: I’m impressed that Cowshed (again, unlike many natural lines) acknowledges the possibility of irritation from essential oils.


Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed oil), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Glycine soja (Soya) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, Vaccinium macrocarpan (Cranberry) seed oil, Thuja occidentalis (Cedarleaf), Citrus sinensis (Orange sweet), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit), Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass), Citrus reticulata (Mandarin), Origanum majorana (Marjoram sweet), Coriandrum sativum (Coriander), Pimpinella anisum (Aniseed), Ocimum basillicum (Basil), Syzygium aromaticum (Clove bud), Zingiber officinalis (Ginger), Tagettes glandulifera (Tagette), Pimenta racemosa (Bay).
*Limonene, *Linalool, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Eugenol.
*potential allergens from natural sources.Due to the high ratios of essential oils used in this product, a skin test is advisable. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, seek advice when using essential oils.