Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cottage Pina Colada Shower Gel [Review]

In France, Cottage is pretty popular for its shower gels. Very affordable and pretty easily found in supermarkets as E.Leclerc, the only problem for us is to choose a fragrance… because all of them are very tempting! Today, I want to talk to you about the Pina Colada shower gel, one of the Happy Shower fragrance created to remind us tropical cocktails…

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Clarins Sunshine Fragrance [Review]

Last year, at the beginning of summer, I bought Clarins Sunshine Fragrance after smelling it and falling in love with it. (And because it was 30% off in a gift set with a 10mL travel bottle and a nice beauty bag…)

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Clarins fragrances, in my opinion, are more than “real” fragrances. They are called “eau” in France because their main goal is not to perfume you skin, but to take care of you with phytotherapy and aromatherapy effects. For example, the Invigorating one (“eau dynamisante” in French) is tonifying.

I chose the Sunshine Fragrance because, of course, it was summer and I liked its smell. Bonus point: you can wear it at the beach and be sure you will not have a sun allergy, because this fragrance is not photosensitive.

As I told you, I loved this smell. The notes are supposed to be the following: satsuma, grapefruit, ylang-ylang and other flowers, patchouli and tonka bean… but let’s be honest: I do not recognize a single one. It’s just warm, a bit fruity and sweetly, perfect for holiday. I tend to say that it smells like sun, or more like the skin that was under the sun all afternoon, but it is not that sensual. So I tend to wear it every day in summer (except when I am using my Rem perfume), no matter what I plan to do, how I dress up… It’s an easy-going fragrance that just fit me, I guess.

This product is easy to find in the UK. I found the 100mL bottle for £32 at Debenhams , John Lewis and House of Fraser. For once, it’s cheaper than in France where the same bottle is at 50 euros (£35). Boots sells only the other fragrances from Clarins, not this one, at the same price. Weirdly, I did not find it as well on Amazon UK. Even with its French name “eau ensoleillante”.

My review: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Lotion [Review]

The majority of French people uses drugstore sun care products, as this Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Lotion from Garnier (£14 at Boots and currently at 50% off…).

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It’s not a bad idea to use cheap sun cream, because we tend to not use enough product when it’s too expensive. And we need a lot of it to be really protected from the UVA and UVB of the sun. There is no excuse to skip the sun cream application, as it does not protect us from being tanned!

(Let’s use this article to revise our basics with sun cream: we need to apply it on dry and proper skin, every two hours and everytime we leave the pool / the sea. We should keep the cream away from the sun and should throw the tube away after 6 months.)

I bought this Garnier Lotion because it was one of the less expensive one with SPF30 when I was in Spain. I had no idea that the “golden” part of its name refers to shimmer incorporated in the composition. But when I realised that, I did no mind, as I was in holiday.

This sun Golden Protect lotion is very good. It smells like holiday for me because of its “sun cream” smell meeting monoi oil. It is easy to apply, it does not leave the skin sticky or white-ish. My skin was very soft after using it, I wanted to fondle myself!

This 200mL bottle is perfect for family. I used it every two hours every day with my mom in Andalousia for a little bit less than 2 weeks, and we did not finish it. Neither me or my mom had a sun burn, and we were definitely tanned by the end of the holiday. This product is not perfect anyway because it does not prevent us from being allergic to the sun, so I do recommend you to use sun-preparing capsules as my Phytobronz.

My review: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Buy this product on Amazon* : Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Milk SPF30 200ml