This week’s Trigger-Happy Thursdays arrives on a Sunday after a two-week hiatus! I was going to post up a load of Chinese New Year related photos but I couldn’t due to time restraint and the internet connection at home has been slightly wonky so I gave up on trying to upload the photos… =( Sorry!
Phew! This should win an award for having one of the longest names I’ve ever come across for a sunblock! Biotherm’s one of my favourite skin care brands and I was on the lookout for a face sunblock when I chanced upon this. I jumped at the words ‘Sensitive Skin’, which is something that’s right up my alley!
So this Multi-Protection sun cream promises to hydrate and prevents brown spots with Mexoryl SX/XL which provides both UVA and UVB protection.
Housed in a tube containing 75ml, you do get quite a lot of product seeing this product is meant to be used on the face and neck. I found the sunblock to be overly hydrating (read: oily) for me so I’ve been using this on my body.
The texture of the Biotherm sunblock is rather thick and a bit of a chore to apply as you get a thick, white, sticky layer of gunk on your skin each time you apply this. It does take a while for the product to sink in. While the white layer sinks in, the stickiness is here to stay. My mum always complains when I use this product as it gets her arms sticky whenever she holds my arm (we do quite a bit of hand-holding / arm-grabbing) so I suppose this isn’t a product to use should you be going on a date! :p
I do not think it’s a matter of using too much product as I’ve tried using less but the stickiness remains the same! I cannot imagine using this on my face and just the thought of looking oily / sticky horrifies me!
All things aside, this product does not dry me out like the Sunplay sunblock and does provide good sun protection and for some reason this tube’s always in my handbag! Okay it’s probably because I’m too much of a sloth to take it out of my bag so I’ve been using quite a bit of it (i’m now squeezing the very last bits out) even though it leaves me rather sticky for the rest of the day.
I’m not too fussy with the stickiness if I’m going to be in an air-conditioned place for nearly half the day but then you ask, what’s the point of me wearing sunblock if I’m not going to be exposed to the sun?!?
Haha! As much as I love most of Biotherm’s products, I cannot recommend this product to anyone who lives in a humid climate as this will drive you (and anyone near you) mad. I haven’t used this in cooler (but sunny) climates but I’m guessing it should be more comfortable to wear this in a drier environment!
It’s official. I am a sunblock addict. I enjoy stalking local drugstores in pursuit of sunblocks.
This caught my eye when I was doing my usual routine, going round the aisles in Watsons and was astonished at the high Sun Protection Factor (130, can you believe it?)
Now, having such a high SPF does not necessarily mean you will not tan / burn, it only slows down the process of you getting burnt. This means you do not really need a sunblock with such a high SPF unless you intend to sit in the sun all day long, and risk getting sunstroke in the process :p
Nevertheless, I bought this as the claims do sound promising! Here they are!
• New Solarex-3 technology provides a unique UV defense system which combines superior photostability, high moisture retention and anti-aging properties.
• Highest board spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
• Light and non-greasy texture.
• Super water and sweat proof, ideal for long hours outdoors and water activities.
The texture of the Sunplay sunblock is incredibly watery and dries (rather quickly, I must add) to a clear finish. Yes, this seems super sweat proof to me! I was sweating buckets as we walked round town in Hat Yai and I was in the sun most of the time! The good? No tan / redness at all, which really impressed me as it was really sunny in Hat Yai!
Now onto the not-so good….. I did not experience any ‘high moisture retention’ at all! On the contrary, this product really dried my skin out. After barely two days’ use, my parched skin was crying out for help and I had to purchase a body lotion just to soothe my skin! I used this on my body (arms, legs) and there were fine lines on my arms whenever I bend my elbows. These lines weren’t there prior to using this product so I’m sure this is the culprit!
I’m not sure what’s in this sunblock as I stupidly chucked the pack packaging into the bin without taking a photo of the ingredient list beforehand but this sunblock is not for dry-skinned ladies as this really dries you out! You really need to moisturise your body after using this so do approach this product with caution!
I forgot to mention this will run out really quickly due to it’s watery texture! I’ve used up half a bottle in merely two applications which adds another con to the list! I will never repurchase this!
Rating: 2/5 (in hindsight, this DID a perfect job as a sunblock so I can’t give it too low a rating!)
Ideally, I would love to sponsor two gifts (bearing the same items) – one for residents in Malaysia (that’s where I currently live!) and one for international readers but seeing I have no idea on what to giveaway yet… I haven’t got a clue on what the budget’s gonna be!
So please let me know if you would like me to hold TWO giveaways instead of ONE, and whether you would rather have skin care samples, make up products or a little bit of everything? =D
I look forward to hearing from all of you!! Bring forth ‘em suggestions!! =D
Oh boy, this is quite a food post, isn’t it? My ever-so-kind and generous neighbour brought us out for Roti Canai / Roti Paratha where I ordered Roti Telur. Roti Canai is a kind of Indian flatbread that’s extremely greasy and unhealthy but oh-so tasty! I love this with egg and the flatbread’s usually served with some sambal (anchovies cooked with onions and chili), Dhaal (chickpea curry, usually non-spicy) and some curry. Tasty and rather affordable at RM1.50 / 30 pence! =D
Initially, the boyfriend and I were going to have our dinner at Dragon-i (remember the photo with the dumplings?) but we were snubbed by the server when we only ordered the dumpling, some Gui Ling Gou (chinese black herbal jelly) and custard buns. Thing is, we both like ordering in small quantities and then order some more if our tummies can handle the amount of food but the server was incredibly rude when we ordered the three items (without drinks as I carry my own bottle of water) so we decided to hit Sakae Sushi for a more filling meal. =D Here, we shared a Salmon and Chicken Teriyaki set and didn’t get snubbed even though we only ordered one drink and one set for the two of us hehe! Brownie points for Sakae Sushi!
Now that we are on the topic of Japanese food, I gave Mochi Sweets a go at Gardens, Midvalley! They aren’t cheap at RM3.50 a pop but I’m glad I tried them out as these aren’t the usual Mochi you get with the traditional red bean paste in them! Mochi Sweets sells traditional Mochis with a twist as there are so many flavours, ranging from traditional green tea to fruit-flavoured ones! We bought the Green Tea and Purple Sweet Potato mochis and were pleasantly surprised with a cream centre within the paste! These sweets aren’t very sweet so those of you without a sweet tooth should definitely give this a go!
Dear me, I seem to be taking mostly food photos which simply reveals my gluttony to you dear readers! *gasp*
I will attempt to take more non-food photos for next Thursday’s series =D
Do let me know what you think of Trigger-Happy Thursdays and whether I should carry on this, um new tradition of posting random photos every week! =)
‘gosh, does this mean coverage is sheer?’
Well… I have to say coverage is sheer but like all Bourjois foundations, you can layer them on for more coverage. This, like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation I reviewed yesterday just melts into your skin!
While this foundation melts into my skin, this takes a little longer to set into the skin due to its runny texture, which can be a little bit of a pain if you are short for time! I find this foundation gives me a pleasant finish where it doesn’t look overly dewy or matte, thus making this such a bargain considering this is a drugstore brand that gives you the finish of more expensive foundations. =)
A highly recommended foundation if you can get your hands on one! I use this as my go to foundation as it’s cheaper than my favourite Chanel one and the finish is pretty similar! I also see myself taking a long time to use this bottle up as I only ever use a small drop of foundation for my nose / chin area and believe it or not, I still have extra to spread over my cheeks! Avoid pumping too much product out as I have a feeling it will take ages to settle onto your skin due to its watery texture.
I suppose this is not one foundation to consider should you be a full coverage girl but if you are a fan of natural-looking base make up, this is one of the perfect and affordable foundations for you.
I will be doing a comparison post between the two Bourjois foundations and the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua one so stay peeled for updates! =D