We seem to be getting a last wind of Summer here in the UK! Heat, sun, and its dry ( well it isn’t today I wrote too soon! ). How long this will last for who knows ( not long as I’m sat editing this post its raining and gloomy..typical!) but we will all enjoy it while we can ( yep we did ). One body product I’ve been using on and off but more so when the sun has been out is SBC’s Coconut & Plumeria Shimmer Skincare Gel. I originally bought this as a 4 piece set from the shopping channel QVC when it was a TSV ( Today’s Special Value ) a few months ago.
What is this? Not a complicated product to explain to be honest. It’s a gel you put on the skin ( I keep it purely on the body area and not on the face ) and it gives the skin a shimmer effect while providing moisture.
Packaging. This gel comes in different sizes but mine is 500ml. Housed in a tall plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. Totally clear, with a simple but clean picture on the front of what the scent is, along of course with product name and on the back ingredients list and directions to use.
Appearance & Consistency. Not typical of the other SBC gels I’ve used in the past. Gels I’ve used before have been semi translucent but coloured depending on what type of gel it was e.g arnica, watermelon etc. This one looks like a pearly white colour because of the shimmer in it, so definitely has a opalescence appearance to it. Texture is part lotion part gel. It holds its form to a degree when pumped out but very loose when rubbed in.
Scent. You wouldn’t guess what the smells is like with the name it has, or at least I didn’t! This is quite an earthy scent, earthy in a plant way more than flowery but its very clean. The coconut element is there but minus the sweetness and is probably the last thing you can smell once inhaled. I think this helps to give it a slight creaminess to it rather than tropical fruit.
On the body. You can use this like any other body lotion which I did. Very easy and quick to apply because of how fluid it was. It literally moved over the skin and rubbed in like a dream, and sunk in super fast. You don’t need much but you really can’t overdo it, and I found it so easy to layer this up if and when I needed added moisture. I would say my skin tends to be normal and occasionally dry but at the moment no issues with dryness, so this gave me the hydration I needed and skin felt very moisturised after application. It didn’t leave a tacky layer on the skin which meant I could get dressed straight away. Skin felt soft and smooth but appeared matt and not greasy. I would suggest not to dump a massive amount of this on the body. Three pumps for the whole body was ample for me. The thicker the layer the longer it will sink in so less is more. Need more? Apply thin layers one after the other.
Shimmer Shimmer! This sounds crazy but I totally forgot this had a shimmer to it. I didn’t really focus on this when looking at the gel in the bottle or even when first pumped out. It was only when both myself and my 10 year old son had used it one evening after a shower and he sat next to me. We both looked at each other’s arms and I felt like we were part of the Cullen family from Twilight! To say this kept us entertained is an understatement! It really glistens in the sun light. Its so pretty as its so fine and delicate as the particles are so tiny, but really gives you a classy bling covering without over or under doing it. And….. it last forever!It doesn’t matter if you’ve put sun cream over the top, got dressed and clothes have touched the skin, it’s still there. It comes off when you want it to e.g bath or shower.
Recommended? Now…. I LOVE this gel! The scent is unusual, the texture is easy to use and ideal for summer and the shimmer is out of this world so from those points I would definitely recommend it. What I would say is the scent is something that some people will like and some won’t. It took me by surprise as it didn’t smell how I imagined it to but its very much grown on me. And because its very different I love it! But the scent won’t be for everyone as this doesn’t smell tropical more botanical. For the shimmer alone in my opinion its worth every penny. Want to ‘ shine like a diamond ‘ and try this out? You can buy this direct from SBC here in different sizes starting from 100ml ( on offer at time of writing this post ) priced at £4.50 to £15.00 ( 500ml ), or visit QVC where they have this product on its own or in various sets ready for you to experience.