Yeo Valley’s fit farmers return

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

The lovely Yeo Valley boys are BACK, this time with a whole song and some cuddly baby cows. If only real farmers looked this attractive in wellies and waxed jackets *sigh*.

Watch the first advert (there’s a really cute owl).

REVIEW – Annecy ski cosmetics

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m off on a ski season to Cervinia, Italy in December, which I am so excited about that I can’t sleep at night without cuddling my new woolly hat. The fact that I can’t ski very well is clearly immaterial in my night-time fantasies of perfectly executed black runs. I am busy figuring out what gear to take with me to the mountains, so I was very pleased when the lovely people at Gear Zone sent me over some sun creams from French company Annecy to test.

The suncream:
“SPF30 High protection sun cream for sun, cold and wind, free from parabens.”
The lovely indian summer that the UK experienced for all of, ooh, five minutes, gave me the perfect chance to test the Annecy cream. Designed with tan-enhancing ingredients to give you a healthy glow whilst protecting you from harmful rays, the cream definitely stopped me burning and didn’t need many reapplications. It was a little greasy when used on the face, which is obviously the only place you’d be worried about on the slopes, but it protects so well it’s probably worth it to keep your skin safe.

The aftersun:
“Soothing after sun cream, intense freshness. Actively participates in the reparation of the hydrolipidic film of your skin and soothes immediately.”
This aftersun really does leave your skin feeling cooler and relieves the tight feeling your skin is left with after a day in the sun. The consistency isn’t too gloopy and it’s delicate enough to use on your face to relieve that attractive goggle suntan after a ski sesh. It does take a few minutes to sink in though, so not a good option if you’re in a massive hurry.

The lip balms:
“Protects, soothes and repairs chapped lips. Perfect for long exposure to sun.”
Despite being tiny, the range of ski lip balms that Annecy produce go a long way – the soothing salve is great for getting rid of dry skin after a day out in the wind, whilst the SPF30 lip cream blocks harmful rays on the slopes. They both smell amazingly of vanilla, but be warned – the high-factor cream does leave your lips an attractive bright white.

Verdict:
A great combo of simple but effective ingredients which shield your skin all day on the slopes, sporty, gender-neutral packaging and a reasonable price range (the set of three products is available from Annecy for €31.50) means the Annecy range is ideal for season pros and wobbly beginners (i.e me) alike. The eco freak inside me approves that there’s no parabens, too. Perfect kit to pack for the first few days on the mountains.

xx Sian

Outdoors inspiration

October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I found this quote today. It makes me want to go live in a cave.

The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering. Velvet pillows, safari parks, sunglasses; people have become woolly mice. They still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but they accept praise for having taken a one-hour bicycle ride. ‘Good for you’. Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.

– The Rider, Tim Krabbé

xx Sian

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