Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garnier Ambre Solaire - Summer 2014 Sorted

So the sun has come out and then it seems to scurry away back under a large cloud, for me that makes me think about going on holidays and for holidays I need sun protection.  Us Irish skinned peeps have to be very careful in the sun, while personally I don't burn very easily I am always aware that I am 50% ginger so that means even if it looks like the sun is not doing any damage there can be lifelong damage under the surface of the skin. 

While I was talking to my dad (the aforementioned 50% ginger) he mentioned that Ambre Solaire had simply the best sun creams on the market.  He went off on a magical story about how he used to tan himself on the roofs of Dublin back in the day using Ambre Solaire (I realise that he is making the rooftops of Dublin sound like the skyscrapers of New York and not possibly being on the roof of a 2 story building).  The main things he loves about Ambre Solaire are the smell and the fact that he NEVER burned using Ambre Solaire. 

Can we go back to the fact that he is very very ginger, so the fact that he never burned using Ambre Solaire is pretty dam impressive - we also need to note that being so fair he really has no right to be such a sun worshiper, stay sun safe people).  

This summer Ambre Solaire have all the family covered from the very little to the active amongst us, first up hey have created Baby in the Shade* (€10.79) which is a fragrance free, paraben free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic lotion with SPF 50+.  Obviously this is designed to protect babies (not that babies should be sitting in the sun relaxing with their sunglasses).  While I gest that babies should not be sunbathing (who else has an image of a baby on a sun lounger) they can be exposed to sun rays even from reflective surfaces like the water and sand.  As Baby in the Shade is hypoallergenic it can be used on the most sensitive skins - a lot of babies skins can react to sun protection -. 
Ambre Solaire Dry Mist* (€22.99) is kinda awesome you shake and spray and and the skin is covered with a (dry) mist of lotion, you cant feel it on your skin.  Himself is a bit of a bratty child when it comes to sun protection, he thinks it feels oily and greasy on his skin and like most Irish Men he thinks he is invincible and wont burn.  Last year when we were on holiday in Florida he ignored my offerings until a man walked up to him waving a bottle of sun protection and said "Dude your really red".  Morto for the big ejit.  Was I red (even though the force of being ginger is strong in me)? no, cause I used sun protection.  Ambre Solaire Dry Mist is brilliant cause I can just spritz this on himself without him even noticing, it takes seconds and sun safe.  Dry Mist comes in SPF 20, 30 and 50. 
While I love to relax for a bit in the sun I also like to snorkel and jump in the sea so for us types Ambre Solaire have created Wet Skin* (€21.99) which can be applied to wet skin, its formula means that even when applied to wet skin you still have full UVA and UVB protection.  I can snorkel to my hearts content.  Wet Skin comes in SPF 10, 20 and 30.

Said red headed Dad - told you he had no right being a lover of the sun. Pin It

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Current obsession May Favourites - Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

I was going to record a video on my May Favourites but as I thought about it I realised I had mostly been using the same products as last month.  I really had only one standout this month and its the discovery of Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* which I started using by accident.  I was picking up a new concealer (I fell down the blogging rabbit hole and bought Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer)  the makeup artist asked did I set my concealer.  I have to be honest most powders feel very heavy on my skin, hate the feeling, hate the flat look so I don't use a powder.  The Makeup artist dusted some of their own powder under my eyes and around my face using a large fluffy eyeshadow brush explaining that a larger brush can move your foundation.  Off I went with my concealer in hand.
When I got home I realised that I had Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder and when I tried it I realised its freaking fantastic.  I had always been afraid that powders would make my skin dry and cakey looking.  I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff Vichy Dermablend into my concealer around my eyes, around my nose and down my T zone.  Dermablend looks white in the pot but buffs in leaving a transparent and natural looking finish.  My skin doesn't look caky or old.  I was very nervous about setting my under eye concealer, I have a few laughter lines (they are wrinkles OK, I admit it) but Dermablend sets the concealer without caking or settling in the creases.  At the end of a long day there might be a little settling in the lines which I can easily blend out with my finger (I'm not going to stay straight faced and serious all day, smiles happen). 

At €20.00 for 28g of product Vichy Dermablend is a fantastic setting powder at an affordable price, it will suit every skin tone as it really does blend transparent.  I use the powder quite lightly as I don't really like a Matt finish (even thought I have oily skin), you can use more powder to create a more Matt finish.
I realise this post is only the one product (I have been using mostly the same as my April Favourites) which is very light for a May Favourites post, I happen to think that the product I have discovered is Pretty Dam Good and has changed how my makeup lasts and looks throughout the day.  (Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation is also pretty dam good  -if short on shade selection- I thought it would be cakey and heavy but its quite natural).

If your looking for a setting powder Dermablend is brilliant.
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