This shimmering lotion was also a birthday gift. It is part of the Paul & Joe Summer 2010 Sahara Sparkles collection.
A blob of the lotion applied. It's a cooling gel texture rather than an oil; from the ingredients I've posted below you can see that alcohol is the second ingredient after water. If I had looked at the ingredients and seen this before putting it on my birthday list I might have thought twice before asking for it. It does feel cooling and refreshing when applied, but I don't think it would be the best product for sun-sensitive skin due to the high alcohol content. It does smell lovely; quite a lingering orange blossom/white floral scent. I do think it could compete with a separately applied fragrance, so I've been sure to choose a fragrance that combines with it when wearing (I like Jo Malone Red Roses with it, Ormonde Jayne Ta'if also works well).
Applied. The shimmer in this is very subtle; it's more of a scattered sparkle than out and out shimmer, and the gel gives a healthy glow to the skin. It's very pretty under artificial lights, and doesn't look oily or greasy. I also find that the sparkle transfers less to clothes/other people than the shimmer does in most shimmering body oils/lotions.