L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel

5/29/2014


Oh, hello again. I've been tumblin' in my bed for the past few hours as I haven't managed to recoup from my night shift as well as I'd anticipated. I planned all sorts of things for today but it seems that the only destination for the day is my comfy bed. Not a bad deal, I must say but I felt that I am lacking in the productivity department. That's why I've decided that today I'll post this review about a gorgeous, gorgeous face cream. Now, I'm absolutely sure that all of you know how much I love the LRP Effaclar Duo(+) face cream/gel/treatment/miracle. It's my most used face cream of all time. I alternate it with another LRP cream (which I'll review later on) and besides the Skincode 24h Cell Energizer cream I like to use on nights when my skin is dry(ish) - there literally hasn't been a face cream that managed to squeeze in between my Effaclar bits and bobs. I wasn't even on a lookout to be honest but this is something so, so....Let'say that I'm using the Effaclar Duo+ during nights and as a local pimple treatment only. There is a new facial moisturizer in town that completely took over my skincare regimen. This pretty little pot of L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel is the fella that got me raving back and forth.

Ponovo se srecemo drage moje. U krevetu se prevrcem posljednjih par sati posto nisam uspjela da se oporavim od nocne smjene koliko sam ocekivala. Planirala sam za danas mnogo nekih aktivnosti no izgleda da je moja jedina destinacija udobni krevet za danas. Nije lose, moram priznati, ali toliko mi je neobicno ne raditi nista tako da sam odlucila objaviti recenziju jedne prekrasne kreme za lice. Prilicno sam sigurna da su svi upoznati sa time koliko volim LRP Effaclar Duo(+) kremu/gel/tretman/cudo. To je krema koju sam tokom zivota najvise kupila i najcesce koristila. Naizmjenicno je koristim sa jos jednom LRP kremicom (o kojoj cu da pisem narednih dana) i osim Skincode 24h Cell Energizer kreme koju koristim kao nocnu kremu dok mi je koza isusena, niti jedna krema nije uspjela da se 'progura' u prvi plan pored navedenih. Zaista nisam ni bila na zadatku da nadjem novu kremicu ali ovo je nesto tako, tako....Naprosto cu reci da Effaclar Duo+ koristim samo tokom noci i kao lokalni tretman aknica. Stigla je nova hidratantna kremica koja je napravila dar-mar u mojoj preparativi. Ova lijepa teglica L'Occitane Andjelika Hydra Vital Gela je momcic o kojem ne prestajem pricati nit pisati.


I don't want to repeat myself as I've previously announced the new additions to the gorgeous L'Occitane Angelica range here. What I will mention again is that two new moisturizers have replenished the range (cream & gel) and I've been road-testing the Angelica Hydra Vital Gel for a good amount of time now. The Hydra Vital Gel is apparently focused and based around the good stuff from the angelica roots (root extract, seed extract, root oil etc.). Before I go over on reviewing this magical pot of goodness - these two new moisturizers will replace the original Angelica Hydrating Cream - just so you know, you vigorous L'Occitane fans out there. Let us all take a moment and observe the fabulous, fabulous packaging. It's so fresh and light and effortlessly beautiful. Without a fail, I always fall for glass jars and pots - especially the sanded glass ones. I also love that the pot feel matte when held and it's simplicity, the contrast between the matte lime green and cool, shiny silver-colored lid makes me swoon. However, have you smelled this or anything from the L'Occitane Angelica range? Oooh, they all smell divine. It's always difficult to bring a scent closer to readers but I envision freshly chopped parsley and mint on ice cubes, fizzing between sparkling water and all poured in a chilled glass. The epitome of freshness and lightness and absolutely alluring and appealing - especially for summer. 

Ne bih zeljela da se ponavljam o nekim generalijama koje sam zapisala u postu o novitetima Andjelika linije za njegu ovdje. Ono sto cu spomenuti jeste da je linija obnovljena sa dvije verzije hidratantne njege (krema i gel) a ja sam testirala Andjelika Hydra Vital gel te su dojmovi spremni za prenosenje. Ovaj gel se umnogome zasniva na dobrobitima korijena ove biljke (ekstrakt korijena, ekstrakt sjemenki, ulje korijena itd.). Prije nego predjem na sam proizvod - samo da vas obavijestim kako ce novi Hydra Vital gel i krema zamijeniti originalnu, prvobitnu Andjelika hidratantnu kremu za lice. Mala informacija za sve L'Occitane entuzijaste. Sada odvojimo trenutak da osmotrimo ovo fantasticno pakovanje. Tako je svjeze i posjeduje neku lakocu te je jako lijepo bez suvisnih detalja. Obicno 'padam' na sve staklene ambalaze a posebno na one od mutnog stakla. Zbog toga je i osjecaj staklenke u rukama matiran, nije hrapav ali nije ni sklizak. Takodjer mi je vizuelno privlacan kontrast matiranog stakla boje limete i hladnog poklopca boje srebra. A da li ste nekada pomirisali proizvode iz Andjelika linije za njegu lica? Oooh, mirisu bozanstveno. Uvijek je izazov docarati miris citateljima ali mene miris ovog hidratantnog gela asocira na svjezi, rosom okupan persun kada se nasjecka i zamisljam da ubacujem komadice listova persuna i mente u casu preko kocki leda. Potom se sve mjesa medju baloncicima ohladjene gazirane vode i casa od kondenza zarosi. Utjelovljenje svjezine i vazdusaste hladnoce. Izuzetno privlacan koncept - posebno za nadolazece ljeto.


'Aqueous' and 'thirst-quenching' are spot on descriptors as this hydrating gel bursts with freshness. I haven't even noticed that this chilled sorbet-like gel contains teensy shiny particles before I photographed it under direct sunlight. I generally don't find sparkling particles my go-to thing after a mishap with a Nivea illuminating cream. Does anyone remember that one? In a pink tub, shot through with heavy shimmer and tacky? Didn't like that one but this is truly a complete opposite. When you touch this gel, it feels like water is suspended in some sort of gelish membrane. It glides over the skin and after fingers have touched it, it miraculously gets sucked in by the skin. It isn't tacky, sticky or heavy - extremely lightweight would be the right word. However, I have noticed a sight 'slip'. After a look at the ingredients list I've noticed our good old friend, Mt. Cyclomethicone. If you've read the Beauty Quickie:Dry Oil vs. Cold Pressed Oil post, you should be familiar with this ingredient. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse also has it and even though it is an unmodified silicone (responsible for the slip, right there) - it isn't a classic silicone. It never builds-up or leaves an oily residue.The cyclomethicone molecule is too big to penetrate skin but it serves to make sure that the beneficial ingredients of the product (such as the angelica root oil) get deposited on hair or skin (carrier mode). Angelica Hydra Vital Gel serves as an ideal make-up base. All make-up clings so much better with it underneath. It makes skin refreshed and clean, it's non-clogging even when the humidity is way up high. Even when I feel that my skin is 'sweating', I never feel the sweat or excess of sebum under my fingers. I haven't had a single blemish since I've started using it and I do use it as my primary daily moisturizer. It instantly makes my skin look all glowy and fresh when I apply it so I've been rocking the sans make-up look more often. All in all, a brilliant face cream for oily, combination, normal and dehydrated skin (£32). Top notch!

'Vodenast', 'vodonosan' gel koji 'utaljuje zedj' je opis koji odgovara ovom proizvodu jer hidratantni gel samo sto ne izazove eksploziju svjezine. Nisam cak ni primjetila da ovaj ohladjeni gel poput serbeta sadrzi i mikro sjajne cestice. To sam tek primjetila kada sam ga fotografisala ispod direktne sunceve svjetlosti. Obicno nisam sklona kremama koje sadrze iluminirajuce cestice zbog ne sjajnog iskustva sa jednom starijom Nivea kremom takvog koncepta. Ne znam da li ce se netko sjetiti te kreme u ruzicastoj teglici i ruzicaste je bila boje sama krema te je bila 'nafilovana' gomilom nekog shimmera + je teksturom bila ljepljiva i teska. Susta suprotnost ovom osvjezavajucem gelu. Kada dotaknete Hydra Vital gel, imate dojam da ste dotakli cistu vodu zatocenu u nekoj gelastoj membrani. Sa lakocom klizi preko koze i nakon sto prstima predjete preko njega, nekim cudom se trenutacno upije u kozu. Ne ostavlja tezinu, bilo kakav trag - samo osvjezenu kozu. Ipak, primjetila sam odredjeni kvalitet gela koji ga cini 'skliskim'. Nakon sto sam proucila sastojke, ugledala sam naseg dobrog starog prijatelja Gdina.Cyclomethicone-a. Ako ste procitale moj post Beauty Quickie: usporedba suhih i hladno presanih ulja, znati cete o cemu se radi. Ovaj sastojak je prisutan i u Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse i radi se o nemodifikovanom silikonu. Ipak, paznja - ovo nije klasicni silikon. Nikada se ne nagomilava i ne ostavlja trag. Molekule cyclomethicone-a su isuvise velike da bi se upile u kozu (ispare na sobnoj temperaturi) ali zato se ponasaju kao nosioci vrijednih sastojaka odredjenog proizvoda (kao sto je to ovdje npr.ulje korijena andjelike). Andjelika Hydra Vital gel sluzi i kao odlicna baza za sminku. Sav make-up se naprosto zalijepi za ovaj gel poput magneta. Ovaj fantasticni gel zaista samostalno cini kozu osvjezenom i prociscenom, ne zacepljuje pore pa cak ni kada je vlaga jako visoka. I kada bih osjetila da mi se koza 'znoji', pod prstima nikada ne bih napipala visak sebuma ili vlaznost. Od pocetka koristenja ove kreme nisam dobila niti jednu novu bubuljicu a gel koristim kao primarnu dnevnu hidratantnu njegu. Odmah po nanosenju cini da koza ima zdravi sjaj tako da sam cesce pocela preskakati tecnu podlogu. Sve u svemu, izvanredna krema za lice koja ce savrseno odgovarati masnoj, mjesovitoj, normalnoj i dehidriranoj kozi (mislim da kosta cca 70KM no naknadno dopisem tacnu cijenu). Topla preporuka!



Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.*

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