Saturday, 16 June 2012

Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Lotion SPF 30 - A review

Hello gorgeous people!
The temperature is getting hotter each day, people have started reaching for the sea more and more often and I am stuck now at home studying for my finals and moaning about the weather. Because you know, I love winter, I like summer, I LOATHE the heat!
What a lovely intro there! Anyway, today I thought I'd talk about a product which I've been sent* by the lovely people at Garnier, who always surprise me with packages and new products! Recently I've been reaching for their newest sunscreen a lot and the more I use it, the more I seem to fall it love with it, so I thought I'll let you guys know.

This year I've set a goal. I am not going to least I'm going to prevent it as much as I can. It's not that I have extremely fair skin, I'm an NW20 at MAC as I've mentioned before, but my skin is very sensitive to sun rays and burns quite easily. And, after last year's camping experience, ( I got burned so bad on my legs, that touching them with a feather was like burning in hell, *used so much of Bebanthol's ointment the tube with the red colour, still nothing*)
So you can kind of see the controversy there, my skin absolutely hates sunbathing, I love it. So the middle ground is to enjoy sunbathing whilst still protecting my skin.
I decided to put the oil sprays aside and start using regular sunscreen. This year I had purchased no sunscreen and there was a little bit left of my Piz Buin one which I rarely used, so this one was a nice addition!
First of all what I love about this is the smell! It is so summery and refreshing! It is a nice blend of 'jasmine and sea salts along with tiare, orchid and coconut'. To me it simply smells like coconut! xD This also has Monoi oil which is a scented-oil used widely as a skin and hair softener. Overall, the scent is very summery, refreshing and sensual.
The second thing I noticed about it and I also love, is that it absorbs very quickly and it's not greasy! The thing I hate the most about sunscreens is that they never seem to absorb, they are greasy as hell and they leave this white film on your face or body. Not the case with this lotion. It absorbs fairly quickand doesn't leave any kind of film on your body. It actually feels moisturising for your skin!
As you can see from the pictures above, it's got a lovely beige colour(no white film like I said) and blends beautifully into the skin, leaving your body looking moisturised and healthy with a luminous pearl shimmer.
Its formula contains Mexoryl SX, an advanced patented UV filter. It helps protect against the harmful and premature ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays.

~ For those of you, who still find it a bit tricky to differentiate these two( I know I did), I tell you this:

UVA rays: These are less likely to cause sunburn than UVB rays, but they penetrate your skin more deeply. Watch out because UVA rays can go through windows, lightweight clothing, and even your car windshield. Prolonged exposure cracks and shrinks the collagen and elastin in your skin, which is why UVA rays are responsible for signs of aging including wrinkles, saggy and leathery skin, and suns spots.
UVB rays: These are responsible for tanning your skin, but they also cause sunburn. UVB rays are the main culprit when it comes to skin cancer. These rays also go through windows, and it doesn't matter if it's cloudy — you're still at risk for exposure.

There are three types available, depending on your skin type and how long you stay under the sun, SPF10, SPF20, SPF30.
They retail at 11.50E, 13.49E, 14.49E respectively.
Overall, I think this is a very good sunscreen, that does its job but feels more like a nourishing lotion. It's not sticky, doesn't leave any white marks and gives s a lovely luminosity to your skin. The price is affordable as well for a high SPF sunscreen, considering the higher the SPF the higher the price. It's worth checking it out while you're in the local supermarket, or Hondos center, or Boots, Superdrug and so on.


* Garnier sent me this product to try it. This is NOT a sponsored post, they didn't even ask for a review or to mention it. This is purely my personal opinion on a product that I've been loving recently.

Have you tried this girls? What is your favourite sunscreen? Or do you prefer to use oil sprays more?


  1. great review! xx

  2. Great review, I love it too! :D

  3. I love this product too! I'm also a massive fan of Dove's gradual tan smells lovely and doesn't have that biscuity smell!

    Sophie x

  4. @Alina Anghel thanks doll :) xx

    @NatalieDouka glad you like it too hun :) xx

    @Miss Sophie Olivia glad you like it and i ALSO love dove's gradual tanner! I'm currently using it! xxx

  5. υπέροχο ποστ! και μενα μου αρέσει πάρα πολυ!!!! ειμαι σιγουρη οτι θα το χαρεις πολυ!

  6. CuteandGirlyDMS ναι ναι συνεχιζει να μου αρεσει πολυ! xx