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The Body Shop: Wild Rose Hand Cream spf 15

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Autumn has started which my hands translate into winter and get all dry. So off I went to The Body Shop store to get my favorite Hemp Hand Protector that  is a good substitute for some other and even pricier hand cream. They didn’t have it, of course. I guess my hands are not the only ones who have problems with telling the season and behaving accordingly. Yet there was a new hand moisturizer on the shelf and since it’s targeted for mature skin I dreamt of amazing moisturizing and nourishing properties…and then I woke up. But let’s be nice and start with something nice.

The good thing is that this hand cream smells amazing. I feel like it’s made from bulgarian rose and it’s not too candy-like at all yet doesn’t feel like rose perfume you inherited after your grandma. The scent lasts for at least an hour without being overpowering. The second (or shall I say last) good thing is the spf especially for daytime use.

The bad thing: I have to admit I have never had a hand cream that not only does not moisturize my hands it actually makes my skin feel tighter and drier withing five minutes of application. It feels like my hands are coated with a film that starts shrinking my skin. Yuck.

The second bad thing is the packaging and I read a few reviews to know I am not the only one struggling with it. The cap is small a fiddly. So it can be rather tricky to open it on a street or in a public transport, squeeze some of it out and then screw it on again. It’s so flimsy that even though you think you put it on proper and tight hours later you discover the hand cream has ventured inside  your handbag, the cap nowhere to be found or there is a hole in the tint tube.

So for $20/250Czk you get a hand cream that is not going to make it in the dangerous environment of your handbag and that will not moisturize your hands. Not too bad is it? (Sarcasm over).

PS: ingredients list down below.

Po česku:

Moje drahé ručičky si pletou roční období  a s nástupem i sebevíc mírného podzimu mají krutou zimu, oschnou a chystají se praskat. Tak jsem vyrazila do Body Shopu do Palladia, abych si koupila jejich krém na ruce Hemp Hand Protector, který si kupuju jako levnější náhradu jistého nechutně drahého krému (asi tušíte). A samozřejmě, neměli ho. Asi nejsem jediná, kdo má tak nemožné ruce. Ale vedle se hrdě tyčila tahle novinka a když je určena pro zralé ručky, začala jsem snít o neuvěřitelné výživě a hydrataci…a pak jsem se probrala.

Jsem milá holka, začneme tím, co je na krému fajn, ono toho moc stejně nebude.

Fajn je jak úžasně voní. Voní po bulharské růži, není příliš sladký, ale taky nebudete mít pocit, že jste zdědila parfém po babičce. Vůně je stálá, vydrží i hodinu, aniž by byla omamující. Fajn je taky to, že má v sobě ochranný filtr 15 a tak vám nezestárnou (tak rychle) vaše ručky.

Ovšem méně fajn je to, že tento krém vůbec, ale vůbec, nejenže nehydratuje a nevyživí ani jednu buňku vašeho epidermu, on dokonce ty ruce vysušuje. Tedy aspoň tak se moje ruce po pěti minutách po nanesení cítí, jak scvrklé švestky.

A druhý problém je obal a uzavírání. Ten vršek je docela malý, takže odšroubovat, namáznout a zase šroubovat, tentokrát s kluzkýma rukama, někde na ulici či v mhd je oříšek, ale budiž. Povedlo se, je zavřeno a utaženo, krém padá do kabelky a vy za hodinu zjistíte, že i tak se nějak rozšrouboval a rozhlédl po celé vaší kabelce, uzávěr emigroval úplně a ještě se stihl propíchnout obal…

Takže uznejte, za 250kč to není zas tak zlý: nehydratuje a v džungli té vaší kabelky to jednoho dne nezvládne. No nekupte to.

 

Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Octyl Salicylate (Sunscreen), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Ethyl Trisiloxane (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Skin Condtioning Agent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Chelating Agent), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Chelating Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Methylpropanediol (Solvent), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), Caramel (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

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Random: newbies

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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.

Garnier BB Cream: just a few thoughts

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I know the BB craze is in a full swing so I am rather late to the party yet some of my friends have other hobbies apart from being obsessed with beauty products and they may still appreciate a few thoughts on this particular product.

As most of you know this is Garnier’s version of Asian BB creams. BB cream originally means either Beauty Balm  or Blemish Balm (that is targeted more for young and problematic skin). It’s a moisturizer, tint, sun protection (usually 30-50 spf)  with whitener (in Asian products) or illuminator and antioxidants in one package to create “your skin but better” finish.

The Garnier BB cream comes (at least here, in Europe) in two shades, light and light/medium. I chose the light one and you may be surprised that the actual potion in this shade looks quite dark, don’t worry, it melts in. I’m usually MAC Nc20 or 1,5 and this light shade is a good match for me. It feels smooth when applied on, not heavy in silicones and settles into satin finish with a subtle glow. So far I like it. When used alone it lasts 6 or so hours and then it disappears. I like to use it with a concealer and powder on top, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and that makes it last for almost the whole day. Just a word of warning: it doesn’t seem to like to be layered over any heavier base such as a natural oil or heavier spf as it tends to settle into pores and look rather uneven.

There is fragrance and while it’s a pretty citrusy fresh scent it may not be suitable for fragrancephobes ;). Though once applied on your face it vanishes in a second.

Obviously it won’t cover any major imperfection. The sides of my face have many red marks and that doesn’t get covered. But it creates an even look with a subtle glow making it perfect for days when you’re lazy, in a hurry, are on vacations where you don’t want to apply foundation every morning, if you are not fond of wearing foundation or if you’re lucky enough to have a (near)perfect skin.

It doesn’t seem to clog my pores, make me more oily and my skin had no issues with sensitivity.

So, do I have any pet peeve with Garnier’s BB cream? Yes… spf 15??? Really? In the day & age when lipsticks, hand creams and everything you look at including even shoe polish (well, probably…) has an spf  of 15 and the Asian BBs start at 30, Garnier cannot do better than 15? So I still have to put my spf 50 on before this one and that kind of defeats the whole purpose of using a BB cream in the first place. It would be perfect for summer when you can’t be bothered with foundation… or for vacations… but the UVA/UVB protection is just too low. So, Garnier, how about spf 30? It’s not too high for those who still want to tan and it’s not too low for those who prefer to shield themselves from sun.

I still like it but may actually have a look at the Asian market for a BB cream with a better sun protection for summer.

Do you use any BB cream? What is your favorite?