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Jun. 19.

Tested Thursday: Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray

sun-thDid you see that funny looking yellow ball in the sky over the past couple of days? You did? Good! I was worried I was seeing and feeling things that weren’t there. The good news is the sun is meant to be with us for another couple of days at least, and that means that we need to talk about sun care. So, for Tested Thursday this week, I’m trying out a sun care oil spray from Clarins.

I suffer from the terrible condition called “good Irish skin”. That means I burn at the mere thought of sunlight, and also means that I tend to bathe in a factor 50+ spray. It stops me from burning, but also stops me from getting any colour whatsoever. That has good and bad side effects. However, with this having arrived in my basket a few weeks ago, I broke it out, along with a couple of maxi dresses and got to work (enjoying the sun for work – I love this job, pity it isn’t sending me to the Med to enjoy the sun though)

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This offering from Clarins is a high protection UVA/UVB with sun protection factor 30. It is a fairly large bottle (150ml) and contains a dry oil spray, which is different from the cream sprays I normally use. Clarins state that this can be used on body and hair (I just used it on my body), that is a transparent dry oil with no oily feel. It is made with organic Nyamplung oil (a sacred tree from Indonesia they tell me). The oil helps boost the look of a radiant tan, leaving the body satin-smooth and is water and perspiration resistant.

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The spray pump on the top of the bottle sprays quite wide, so either stand away from anything precious, or keep it quite close to your skin. The wide spray does help to evenly distribute it over your skin though!

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When you spray it on, it takes so little effort to work it into the skin. With some you have to work unbelievably hard to work it in, and still end up with a slight white coat on. This literally takes seconds to rub in and you’re done, a delight really. It, true to word, doesn’t leave you with an oily feel either. That said, it does look lovely on the skin, leaving behind a radiant sheen.

The scent is really pleasing with a light fresh smell, ideal for something you will be reapplying all day. It is not overpowering, and perfect to go with your favourite summer perfume.

Finally, we have to do the burn test. As in, I’ve been wearing it for the past 2 days in the sun. Did I suffer sunburn? Simple answer – no. Even wearing short sleeves and walking around Dublin for a few hours, my arms have not suffered any kind of sunburn or irritation. They do have a slight colour, which is a big plus.

This does live up to everything Clarins says it does. I actually can’t fault it. A fabulous product!

Robyn

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May. 27.

Tried Tuesday: Clarins Ombre Minerale Eyeshadow

clarins-thOne thing I have quite a selection of (asides from nail polish) is eyeshadow. I have a box full of various palettes, and a drawer full of trios, duos and singles. I love how creative you can be with it, but there are also times when I want to be able to just grab a single colour, put it on and get on with it. Today’s Tried Tuesday may just help with that, as I am looking at an eyeshadow from Clarins, their Ombre Minérale eyeshadow in 10 – Slate Blue.

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The compact that the shadow comes in, seen here in all its shiny goldenness is very solid and feels like it is good quality, and while it feels solid, you do not need to struggle to open it, as while its catch is secure, it gives way easily to reveal the single shadow inside. The shiny case is prone to fingerprint smudges though, if that kind of thing annoys you.

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In the compact, you find the shadow, a sponge applicator that is firm, but soft (I can’t say much about it as I don’t use them) and a mirror that is the full size of the lid, and is very handy for touch ups. The product is covered by a little plastic cover that lifts out with the applicator. I tend to leave them on when not being used to help catch loose product from ending up on the mirror, but that is personal preference.

clarins-swatchClarins say that the product can be used both wet and dry, so to see what difference it makes, here is a swatch. The long swatch is applied dry, while the blob was applied wet. Dry, it is a lot more sheer and more grey, while wet it is a more greyish blue.

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And finally, as always, here it is in use. In this case it was applied dry, as I would use it during the day.

I’m really liking this little bit of gorgeousness. It is easy to apply, feels great, and while it is blue, the greyness in it makes it feel more sophisticated, grown up and not scary, which is a real plus for me.

Clarins Ombre Minérale eyeshadows cost €19.50 (checked on Debenhams.ie)

Robyn

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