Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30: A Good Sunscreen I Can’t Get To Love

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Name: Sun protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion 30
Brand: Nivea
Size: 200ml
Price: £10.49

From Nivea’s website:
NIVEA SUN Moisturising Sun Lotion combine NIVEA SUN’s advanced protection expertise with all the care of NIVEA for soft, protected skin.

What I liked:
– provides broad spectrum protection
– lightweight texture, sinks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind
– doesn’t leave a white cast behind
– suitable for oily skin

What I didn’t like:
– if you prefer physical sunscreens, this is not for you
– not very moisturizing
– contains alcohol, which can be drying
– not suitable for sensitive skin

Doesn’t matter how carefully I plan my trips, how many packing lists I make, and how many times I check and recheck my suitcases, I always forget something important at home. *sighs*

Usually it’s makeup brushes, which is not so bad. I just use my fingers. It’s harder to blend with them, but, in a pinch, they’ll do. But when I moved to London, I forgot something much more important: my sunscreen.

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Take A Number: How To Choose The Right SPF For You

8? 30? 45? 100?

What am I blathering about? SPF numbers. Remember in the days when sunscreen was reserved only for the beach, how you could find only 2 or 3 SPF numbers on the shelves?

Well, things have changed a lot since then. Sunscreen is now big business. It is used daily. And SPF numbers have multiplied.

It’s not unusual now to come across sunscreens with SPF 100 or higher. Surely, they are the most effective, right? Well, not really. A smaller number may surprisingly benefit your skin more. Here’s why:

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I’m All Corrupt And Happy With Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

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Name: 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Corrupt
Brand: Urban Decay
Size: 1.2g
Price: £15.50

From Urban Decay’s website:
Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.

What I liked:
– cool-toned brown with shimmers, defines eyes without looking flat
– great colour payoff
– glides oh so smoothly on the lids
– longlasting, even on the waterline

What I didn’t like:
– smudges slightly after 8 hours of wear
– needs sharpening

Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencils are one of those products I never get tired of reviewing. I could wax lyrical about them for the whole day, or month, or year. And no, no one is paying me to do so. I just want to.

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Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.192

Hello gorgeous,

curious to know what I’ve been up to lately? Read on:

A Day At The Tower Of London

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It took me 32 years, but I have finally visited the Tower of London! I had loitered outside its walls every time I went to London, but the long queues (which actually move pretty quickly) and the high cost of the tickets (£24.50 is a lot in a city where most places are free to visit) always scared my friends off. Going alone is no fun, so I never made it inside.

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Know Your Ingredients: Fig Extract

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What it is
Fig extract is derived from the fruit and leaves of the fig plant.

What it does
Fig extract is an emollient that makes skin soft and smooth.

Side effects
Fig extract can cause contact dermatitis in some people.

(Source: N.Z. Med. J, 2007)
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Are They Dupes?: SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment VS Olay Quench Daily Lotion

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How do you choose your skincare products? If they go on my face, I take a quick look at the ingredients. Those with the most goodies come home with me. But when it comes to body care products, it’s often all about the scent. The better they smell, the less I can resist them.

Of course, I take ingredients into considerations as well, but body lotion formulas tend to be fairly simple and uninteresting. Anti-aging superstars that make facial creams so precious are rarely added to them.

Olay Quench Daily Lotion is a very welcome exception. Full of goodies, it can also be considered a dupe (if we don’t use the term too strictly) for the much more expensive SkinCeuticals Retexturing Treatment. Here’s why:

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