Garnier Body Hydra Lock Intensive 24 hour Rich Hydrating Lotion is for normal to dry, dehydrated skin. If I’m being honest my skin isn’t really all that dry. I used to get crocodile scales on my shins after shaving my legs but I just wax them now so it’s not a problem anymore. So why did I buy this then, well I do like the feel of luxuriously rich moisturiser on my skin. Also my skin can get a bit dehydrated and feel tight and a bit itchy if it’s been exposed to the sun. I like to get outside at the weekends for a cycle or a hike and I did recently get a little burnt while out, in my defence it was overcast when I was leaving the house so I only put a low factor sun cream on, then it cleared up and I was enjoying the lovely weather so much I stayed out longer than I intended. I bought the Garnier Hydra Lock because even though I only got a slight burn, I was afraid of the dreaded itchy peeling so I wanted something really rich.
Garnier Body Hydra Lock is enriched with 5% Hydro Urea to help lock in moisture. My skin definitely feels well hydrated and more comfortable after I use it. The lotion feels silky and luxurious, I love slathering it on. It’s also been a saviour for my hands, which I am constantly washing lately because everyone is sniffling all around me. Keep your germs to yourself people! As for the scent, I don’t think I have ever done such a 360 on a scent before. I wasn’t sure about it at first because it reminded me of a mixture of incense and baby powder. However, as it sinks in, which it does quickly, the scent dries down to a more subtle and comforting scent. I now actually find myself sniffing my arm weirdo style to inhale the scent because I like it so much now, there is just something warm and comforting about it.
This lotion sinks in quickly without any greasy residue. It feels rich, luxurious and silky on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The price is €6.99 in Boots for a massive 400ml bottle. I like it so much that I am definitely going to pick up the 250ml bottle to bring with me on holidays, which is only €2.50 in Boots and is oddly better value, normally the larger the sizes are better value.
Have you tried this yet? What is your favourite budget moisturiser?
Garnier is a brand that I was never really big on; their products just didn’t seem to do it for me. However, over the last few years or so I am slowly being converted as they have released a few gems that I enjoy using. I suppose the first of their products that I liked was the BB cream for combo oily skin and on Monday I told you about the Ultimate Blends Shampoo and Conditioner. Today I am reviewing the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I was a bit slow to jump on the “we love Micellar waters” bandwagon. I expected them to magically and quickly remove all traces of makeup with just one quick swipe over the face. The reality is that just didn’t happen with the Micellar cleansers that I have tried so far. In fact they only work as a step in the “double cleanse” which is just a complete no, no for me. If there are loads of cleansers out there that will cleanse my face in one step, why would I want to do it in two?
Micellar water has however found its way into my regular skin care routine for mornings. To remove any traces of residue left from the products I apply at night time, I use a Micellar water in the morning for a quick cleanse before I slap on, well, more slap. In this sense I find them really handy, quick and easy, no thought required, especially in winter when it’s important to get the water temperature just right; I definitely could not be doing with the rude awakening of washing my face with baltic cold water, nor do I want to scald myself. So using a cleanser that doesn’t require water makes my morning a little bit easier.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is actually better at removing makeup than the other Micellar waters that I have tried (L’Oreal & Vichy) and it can even remove eye makeup, but I still prefer to use La Roche Posay Physiological cleanser to remove makeup in the evenings. I keep the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for my morning cleanse. It is very gently so it leaves my skin soft. Most importantly it doesn’t irritate my eyes. I don’t think my eyes are particularly sensitive but some supposedly gentle products can really make them sting and water. I also find myself reaching for this correct eye makeup mistakes, because you can immediately reapply makeup over it, which is something you can’t do with oil based eye makeup removers. I have a tendency to hit my eyeliner or mascara off the side of my nose just as I think I am finished and my makeup is perfect.
All in all this is a good cleanser, it is the best of the Micellar waters that I have tried. It also comes in a massive 400ml bottle for just €6.30, but it does be on offer regularly so you can get even better value if you keep an eye out. I will definitely repurchase this when this bottle does eventually run out.
Have you tried any Micellar waters? Which is your favorite?
Garnier Ultimate Blends range has been around for a while now but I hadn’t gotten around to trying any of the products out. When I spotted that the shampoo and conditioner were buy one get one free in Tesco a few weeks back I figured I would give them a go. There are six different blends in the range to suit different hair types and concerns and I decided to try the Colour Illuminator blend since I have colour treated hair.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator is a blend of Argan Oil and Cranberry extracts to prevent fading and keep colour looking vibrant. I hate to look of my hair when my colour starts to fade, I can usually use plaits and twists or even curl my hair to hide and disguise my roots when I am trying to hold off on getting my colour re-done but when the colour is faded and looking dull and yellow there is nothing that can be done to make it look better. So with this in mind I usually always try to use shampoos and conditioners that will help to prevent my colour from fading.
The Colour Illuminator Shampoo and Conditioner are absolutely lovely to use. The scent is subtle and gorgeous, I find myself sniffing my hair like a weirdo all day. They leave my hair soft and easy to comb through. My hair is very fine and straight so it’s important for me to find products that don’t leave a heavy residue that weighs my hair down and makes it look flat. These two don’t weigh my hair down at all so it’s lovely and swishy. My hair looks shiny and healthy after using The Colour Illuminator Shampoo and Conditioner for the last three weeks. I would definitely repurchase these two and I will be picking up the 1 Minute Treatment next time I am shopping. I have been hearing good things about the Silky Smoother Dry Shampoo so I’ll also be keeping a look out for that.
Have you tried any of the Ultimate Blends?
Sorry but as much as I love blogging, when the sun is shining the last place I want to be is inside writing a post. It is such a rare treat in Ireland for us to have beautiful clear blue skies and warm sunshine especially two whole days of it at the weekend when I am off work so I feel it’s important to take full advantage and get out and enjoy it. With that in mind this will be a quick face of the day post using a BB cream for a lighter base. When the sun shines we are all about pared back more natural looking makeup so we go all BB mad.
Although when I lay out all the products that I use for a “pared back natural look”, I have to wonder.
Max Factor Facefinity Primer
Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combo Skin
Max Factor CC Colour Correctors yellow for under eyes and green for redness at sides of nose
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder
MAC Peaches blush
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque all over lid
MAC Omega for brows and crease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline liner
MAC Coffee liner on lower lashes
Clarins Eyeliner in Gold on waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
So there we have lots of products for a “natural” bright eyed summery look.