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      02.08.2010 22:19
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      Quality pads for removing nail polish without damaging nails

      Tesco Nail varnish Remover pads I use these nail polish remover pads as they are great for travelling. They weight next to nothing and there is no danger of them spilling and destroying the clothes in my suitcase. In fact because they are not liquid I can also take them in my carryon luggage should I wish to. These cost me £1 from Tesco and when I saw them the first time I decided to give them a try since I struggled with chipped and scraggy nails when on holiday the previous time as I didn't fancy taking normal bottled nail varnish remover. You get 15 pads in each little tub and as the container is also quite small it's a handy size to take travelling as it takes up almost no room at all. The packaging is quite functional but not offensive to the eye with it is a pale shade of purple and clear text on the top telling you that the product is Tesco branded and inside you will find 15 nail varnish remover pads. The container is a hard plastic with a decent seal so the pads themselves don't dry out. The pads themselves do not have a strong smell which I like as I hate the smell of nail varnish remover. The other thing I like is that instead of an alcoholic base the remover liquid in the pads is quite oily so that rather than drying out your nails, you are actually feeding them. They are not so oily as to cause a problem, the ends of my fingers dry off quite quickly and anyway if you find you don't like the oiliness you can always wash your hands/feet after using them. They contain Pro vitamin B5 which helps to condition your nails and this is great if you want to leave your nails without polish for a while. Do not attempt to apply varnish straight after removing polish with these pads as the polish will not stay on. I was a little skeptical that such a small pad would remove the polish from one hand and thought I'd need to use a few, but after using them I found that one pad was enough to remove even my dark coloured nail polish on my toes. This small pot has lasted me for about 3 months as I only use one pad to take all the varnish off my fingers then another for my toes. If I'm doing both then I begin with the same pad I used for my fingers on my toes then finish off with the second as my toes always have darker polish on them. The pads are quite small, fairly thin and white and they are so easy to use just wipe over nail surface until all traces of nail varnish are removed. I f you have darker polish on your nails you may have to rub a bit longer but it really isn't difficult at all. Make sure you close the lid after taking out the pad to prevent moisture loss from the pads. I find that the pads have quite a pleasant smell to them, a mild sweet smell which is a lot nicer than normal nail varnish remover. I think despite the fact that they feel gentle I would not leave them on polished surfaces as they may well remove polish from there too. The only two things I have found that these are not so great for is firstly to tidy up edges after you have put new polish on. I usually dip a cotton bud in nail varnish remover and use this to tidy up any little errors I have splodged on my fingers. These pads are not so good for that purpose. I have poked a cotton bud onto the pads but it really isn't as effective. The other method I tried was to use a tooth pick wrapped in a pad and again it was okay but not as effective as the nail varnish remover liquid as the wetness wasn't quite there. The second thing is these are no use at all for diluting nail varnish that has thickened. When nail varnish goes a bit cloggy I pour a little remover into the bottle and that thins it and makes it flow more easily. The pads will clean up round the top if the nail varnish has got onto the screws of the jar though. SUMMARY: All in all these pads work for me as they are easy to use, a nice size and will quickly remove all traces of nail varnish and they are not expensive either. They are perfect for travelling. They are also perfect for using in a room where you would not want normal nail varnish remover spilled. I do however still keep a bottle of the normal nail varnish remover for tidying up errors after I have applied new varnish and for diluting thickened varnishes in the bottles. If you want to apply new varnish after removing the old with these pads then you will need to wash your hands really well first as the oiliness with stop the new polish staying on your nails. I have found these a great little product, convenient and good value. Thank you for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name © Catsholiday

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        08.03.2004 02:10
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        Cutex - Hand & Nail Cream - Nourishing This product is meant to soften you hands and increase the condition of your nails making them 50% stronger. It is meant to be 'easily absorbed' and 'non greasy'. This is the information given on the front of the container, a squeezy bottle type thing fashioned in blue, white and pink. The back gives a larger range of information: "moisturises & protects hands while promoting stronger, healthier nails." This I cant really argue with. My hands are more significantly moisturised and my nails already have a nice healthy looking glow to them. "Cutex, the Hand & Nail experts, have developed a unique pro-vitamin B5 enriched formula that moisturises and nourishes skin, giving you beautifully soft hands." Again, nothing I can really argue with here except maybe that it doesnt give you beautifully soft hands, more like a tad cold and a tad sweaty, and that really not a desired effect. "Added Keratin protein helps protect nails against drying and breaking, while strengthening them by 50%." Although what they have told us here is true, I feel they are being rather careless with their words. They really shouldn't garuntee a 50% increase in strength, as I am sceptic to this actually working that much. "Non greasy. Dermatologically tested." Now, for a start, i applied some of this about 15 minutes ago. My hands feel greasy and a little bit on the grubby side. I had just wahsed them not long before and so my hands shouldn't feel like i've been digging around in the attic. The greasiness is definately there though, but only in feeling. I rubbed my hand against a piece of paper to see if it went through, luckily it didnt. That is really all the information on the back. I won't bore you with the long list of chemicals in this product, but I have noticed that they have failed to mention anywhere o ther than the list of ingredients that it contains aloe vera, a positive thing to mention you would of thought. The bottle holds 150ml and was made in monaco for British distribution. Its information lacks a few things you would of seen as useful or good to know. Directions on how to use this product would be a great plus, maybe then you can avoid the greasy feeling. I found that you had to squeeze the bottle ever so carefully to avoid a big splodge flying into your hand. Also, this product does not have the bunny sign to show it was not tested on animals, but the bottle is recylable. There are also no contact details or customer query lines as there are with a massive variety of other products, so even if you were disatisfied with the quality and the effect of the product, you cannot do a thing about it. Why does it seem Cutex do not want their users to supply them with feedback? My overall opinion of this product is pretty low. After an hour of it being on my hands they feel greasy and grubby and dry. This may not be the case for you, and might well be more suited to more sensitive or dry skin prone hands. The only real positive was its nice effect upon my nails, which feel and look healthy. Only time will tell to them being stronger, and somehow I think that the negative effect upon my hand will cause them not to be as strong, since i wouldnt be using the product. You can buy this in the shops for between £2 - £4. I recommend trying either Superdrug first, or Boots as a freelance pharmacists tend to be that bit more costly. I dont discourage you from testing out this product, as it could just be the chemistry of my hands which causes such a bad effect. Cutex Hand & Nail cream is no worse than the majority of hand creams on the market. Nothing special and nothing new.

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          21.11.2003 03:38
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          How many of you girls out there (or boys out there) get their nails pampered and preened on a regular basis? Yes, I do too but now I do it myself. I've had nail extensions for about 4 years which I got in-filled (that's when they fill the growth for those who don't know) every 2 weeks at £20. That is well over £2000 I've spent on my nails that I could have spent much more wisely. Since my salon put in-fills up to £25 and a full set of extentions up to £45 I decided it was time to stop....but then I found 'Rio UV Nails'. I bought my set from Argos at about £45 and it was a complete bargain. After having my nails done for so long I knew what I was supposed to do and how close to get to the cuticle to avoid any infections. But for those who don't know, the set comes with a step by step video and written instructions. I must admit I have never watched the video but the written instructions were clear enough to follow. The set comes with...wait for it... -UV lamp -100 nail extension tips -grit file -3 buffing files -sanding block -nail clippers (shaped for the extra thickness the gel gives) -primer -cuticle oil -3 packs of glue -15ml pot of UV gel -Acetone solution (100ml) -Finishing wipe (100ml) -Application brush -Case to carry everything in -And the video I can't think of anything it is missing. You can also buy refills of all the above, excluding the actual lamp. The most expensive refill is the UV Gel (main ingredient) which is £12.95 but lasts a very long time. The prices for the other items range from 50p to £4.95. Most things last well - many you may never need to buy again. I have had my set for about 6 months and am in the process of re-ordering for the first time. I'm about half way through the first pot of gel and need a new grit file. Nothing else is needed yet. I've done at least 15 fortnightly applications and still have plenty left. For those who do not know about nail extensions, it is an easy way to get natural looking nails at a length you want. (I keep mine quite short as I work with children but with 'Rio' they always look neat & clean). To apply your first set of nail extentions you first select the correct width of nail you need (the set provides you with many options). Using the glue, apply the nail until the ridge fits over the end of your natural nail - it should come about 3 quarters of the way down your nail bed. Next, you use the acetone solution or file to blend the join. You then clip the nail to the desired length. The next step is the gel application. Using the brush provided put a small amount of gel on the brush and sweep it up the nail starting about 1 mm from the cuticle. When all nails are covered, slip them under the lamp for 3 mins then wipe with finishing wipe on cotton wool. Repeat this to give 2 or 3 layers to make sure they are strong and you are done. Tip: You may want to do all your fingers first then the thumbs so they all get a good position under the lamp. The first application may take an hour but in-fills should take about half the time. Anyway, I think I've given you enough info to be getting on with but if I've left anything out just give me a shout. Just think about all the money you could be saving.

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            22.12.2002 21:22
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            I have quite weak nails and although I can grow them to a resonable length they regularly snap, usually the day before I'm going somewhere. I need a supply of falsies for just these occasions, you know when nine beautifully manicured nails and one you've ripped off just won't do! And I have to persevere with the fiddly horrible tubes of glue they provide in the packets. Well last night I discovered a wonderful glue, with it been Christmas an all I have been relegated from from cushy admin post at work to the trading floor and opening boxes of booze 8 hours a day does nothing for your nails, so for the big night out I needed glue so I could show my nails in public...I got to the nail care section chose the only packet of glue remaining. This glue was Nailene Ultra Quick Brush on glue. The difference between this and normal glue (you've probably guessed from the name) is the fact it brushes on like a nail varnish, no more squeezing and squeezing with nothing coming out of the tube or a dollop so big you stick your whole hand together, no the glue goes exactly where you want it first time, and with it being brush on its so much easier to do the other hand. You know what I mean. Now the ultimate test can the glue survive a night on the town? I have to take out extra nails and glue with me cause I flick nails everywhere! My nails survived the trip to the cash machine, the trip into my small purse to pay at the bar, getting my ticket for the club out of jacket pocket (cleverly put there when I didn't have nails!) and they survived the trip to the loo (always tricky) normally by now I'd of had to reapply at least one or two nails, but I still have all ten. I did start to lose a few nails later on into the night but I'll put that down to drunkeness!! The only problem I discovered was removing the nails, with normal glue I can normally pull the nails off when I get in, but no this stuff is good, I spent thi s morning sitting with my nails in a bowl full of nail varnish remover to loosen the glue, mmm lovely after a night out!! All in all a brilliant easy to use glue that I will definatly be buying again.

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              17.12.2002 18:22
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              Should always be wearing washing up gloves. Why? Because washing up liquid, just like the majority of household detergents, can be harsh on your skin, even if you’re not the sensitive type. Using very hot water also dehydrates the skin and can weaken your fingernails, so the gloves form a protective barrier. If you don’t use gloves make sure you rinse your hands thoroughly and then use lots of hand cream. Cold winter weather can also play havoc with beautiful hands so wear warm gloves when outdoors. If you have poor circulation and find your hands get extremely cold don’t be tempted to warm them up by sticking them under a hot tap when you get in as it can damage the blood vessels. If cold hands are a big problem see your doctor as they can offer good advice and possibly medication. Use hand cream religiously during the day to strengthen nails and soften the skin. I keep a small pot of cream in my desk at work and one by the bathroom skin to use each time I wash my hands. I’d recommend Cocoa Butter as the best hand cream as it smells delicious and is very good value. It’s available in most shops for as little as 99 pence. When doing a manicure at home follow my tips for beautiful paws: - Remove any nail polish using a cotton pad soaked in nail polish removed, acetone free if possible. Hold the pad over the nail for a couple of seconds to dissolves the polish then wipe off. Rinse the nails to remove any residue of the polish remover as it is drying. Carefully clean under the nails and then soak in a little warmed olive oil for about 10 minutes. This conditions them and is very good for the skin. Pat any excess oil off and rub into the skin what you cannot remove. Using an emery board in a one-way motion, file the nails into the desired shape. Avoid metal implements as these weaken the nails. Squared off shapes seem to be fashionable but I prefer ovals. Gently push back the cuticles. If you are going to paint your nails start with a base coat to avoid staining with dark colours. Let it dry thoroughly before applying a couple of thin coats of your colour then top with a topcoat for lasting colour. The Sally Hansen brand tends to be very good for these products and I would recommend them although they can be a bit pricey at around £4 a bottle. Pale colours tend to make nails look longer and are easiest to maintain. For a glamorous look try bronze or gold. If you’re a boy I’d thoroughly recommend cutting your nails very short and painting them black, as it looks very sexy! To accessorise on a big night out try using tiny stick on diamantes or even getting your nail pierced (bear in mind you need to have very strong nails to get this done as it can cause them to split- ouch). If you smoke and find your hands get a yellowy stain from nicotine try using lemon juice to bleach the colour off. Finally to keep nails in best condition eat a healthy diet, which includes lots of calcium, protein and vitamin D. Dairy products, fruit and vegetables, fish and meat all contribute to strong nails.

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                16.10.2002 01:55
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                I grew up with Shield soap bars in the bathroom at home. We had Shield because my mother thought, in her infinite wisdom, that this was the brand, in her experience, which had the lowest tendency to end up as a pile of slimy mush on the side of the sink. Liquid soap was just one of those things that they had in the toilets at school, and in the shopping centre. It wasn't something that one had at home because it worked out much more expensive than bars of soap. The years went by, I grew up, left home, and starting shopping for myself. It's at this sort of time that you realise that there are things in life worth paying a little bit extra for. I don't want to be picking up a slippery, slime-ridden piece of gunk, that probably has more bacteria on it than I have on my hands, and rubbing it into my skin. No, siree. Now if I had my way, I'd only buy the liquid soap that was on offer. It's more justifiable to buy liquid soap if you're buying one and getting one free. But recently, my girlfriend, being a typical, well... erm, 'girl', bought the one that came in the nicest looking bottle. I have to agree with her that the Palmolive pH Neutral Aquarium variety of liquid soap, DOES look rather splendid. You see, the liquid soap is clear and transparent and so is the bottle. On the inside of the back label, there is a sea-scape design, with seaweed, coral reefs and fish. When you view this through the soap, it takes on a kind of hazy, blurred appearance, which gives the water scene a kind-of authenticity. Not only this, but there is a limited further sea-scape design strategically placed on the front of the bottle. But the 'piece de resistance' is the floating puffer fish in the middle of the soap! Wonderful. Who cares what the actual soap is like when it comes in such a fun bottle?! Palmolive pH Neutral Aquarium, comes in a 300ml bottle, with a white dispensing nozzle. To release an a ppropriately sized volume of soap, you depress the white nozzle, while maintaining a cupped hand under the end to catch the soap. Now, let's not get all technical about this - this is just soap. All you want to know is whether it does the job it's supposed to or not. Well, put it this way, it lathers up well, it gets the dirt off your hands, and it leaves your hands feeling fresh and clean. There is a smell to the soap - a typical soapy smell, which is not overpowering, but does leave a residual perfumed whiff on your skin after use. It is available from all good supermarkets and drug stores, including Tesco, who describe it as: "Palmolive Liquid Handwash. In this unique collection, Palmolive combines enchanting designs from the sea with a dermatologically tested formula, gentle enough for the whole family to use. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, day after day." Tesco's retail price is £1.87, and you will find that most other outlets have the product similarly priced. For all you chemistry boffins out there, the ingredients are: Aqua, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Polyglucose, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, DMDM Hydantoin, Polyquaternium-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, CI 17200, CI 42090 --- so you can see, it's nice and natural (!) All in all, an expensive luxury item (Palmolive bar soaps sell for only £0.79!), but one that is probably worth it because of its 'nice' factor. Made by the well known Colagate-Palmolive company, you can be assured of its quality, and hey, it's worth it just for the floating puffer-fish bottle.

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                  21.07.2002 21:49
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                  As an underpaid, overworked hairdressing apprentice in the 1960s working in a smart Knightsbridge beauty-salon there’s nothing I don’t know about hand cream. Standing at a back-wash basin, shampooing up to sixty heads a day, six days a week it isn't surprising that my poor hands suffered badly. We weren’t allowed to wear rubber gloves as the rubber pulled at the wet hair and made squeaky sounds, the clients didn’t like the apprentices wearing barrier cream as they imagined it made their precious hair greasy, so we endured the extreme damage done to our skin. My poor hands would scale up, crack, split, bleed, itch and feel like a reptile’s skin and look like it too as where the skin wasn’t bleeding it would be dingy and discoloured. A date to the cinema with the latest new bloke meant wearing gloves, even in the summer months, as one touch of this rough textured skin in the dark would have them run a mile. The only treatment that really improved them was wearing cotton gloves and liberal amounts of pure rich and greasy lanolin to bed every night. I can still see my dad look at me aghast when I was ready for bed in my long flannel nightie, a head full of rollers, bed socks and greasy cotton gloves and hear him say ‘Gawd only knows what you’re gonna do when you get married!’ Then, as now, hand creams were an essential part of my daily ritual. Some of the products still exist such as Vaseline Intensive Care, Nivea Cream and Smith’s Cremolia. Smith’s Cremolia? It sounds more like a tinned rice pudding doesn’t it? I must have been in a nostalgic mood when I saw it on the shelf in Boots. It caught my eye because the packaging hasn’t changed since I last bought Smith’s Cremolia over thirty years ago. A clear glass jar with a black and gold label and a gold screw top. It was also ridiculously cheap, around the two pound mark, so I bought i t. Very little information on the label except a few ingredients including Paraffinum Liquidum which doesn’t sound very flash does it? Smith’s Cremolia is formulated and produced by Boots Skin Care Specialists. The label told me ‘Cremolia Softens and Conditions Hands and Skin. Non-greasy’ One sniff of the lemony, gloopy, opaque contents that looked a little like runny cake frosting and I was a fifteen year old in a blue nylon overall and Dr Scholl sandals bending over a back-wash and shampooing head after head as my poor hands stung, split and bled. It was a real deja-vu recollection of those teenage years. Although it claims it’s non-greasy it feels sticky on application but this glueyness seems to disappear after a few moments of massaging. Smith’s Cremolia is in direct contrast to most hand care preparations with their creamy textures, pleasant perfume and instant absorbency. However, it does soften and condition the hands but it isn’t a very pleasant experience. Another point I notice is that the level in the jar doesn’t seem to be going down. I do use it regularly throughout the day and the amount of the gloopy substance remains the same. Will I ever use it all up I wonder? Would I recommend Smith’s Cremolia to you? Well, it is cheap, it does soften the skin, and it appears to last for ever but the smell is unattractive, the consistency is gloopy and that first sticky feeling on application is mildly unpleasant. I consider it a basic every day hand care product, good to keep in the garden shed and use after a gardening session. Men would use it without thinking it was a girlie beauty preparation. It doesn’t make me feel pampered, groomed, cared for or special but it does take me back in time to those slave driving days of the ‘60s and my reptilian hands.

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                    20.06.2002 00:09
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                    I was going to a big family party recently and wanted to liven up my nails for the occasion. I enquired about nail art at my local Nail Bar but was advised that as I only have relatively short nails unless I had extensions first the nail art would not be very effective. As I could not afford to have the extensions I just had a manicure and gave up on the idea of having anything fancy done until I had managed to grow my nails. A few weeks later I was browsing through an Avon catalogue and I spotted a new product in the Colour Trend range, the product being Diamond Nail Bindis, which is the subject of this opinion. **WHAT ARE DIAMOND NAIL BINDIS** Diamond nail bindis are crescent shaped, self adhesive, transparent nail decorations, they are sold by the sheet and each sheet contains 10 nail bindis in varying sizes, these particular bindis are decorated with small diamond effect stones. **HOW DO I USE THEM** As I previously mentioned the Diamond Nail Bindis are self adhesive, they are crescent shaped and come in various sizes to fit each nail accordingly. The largest size has three diamond effect stones on it, the medium size has two stones and the small size has only one. They are designed to sit over the tip of the nail and are sized to fit the average nail, I found that I needed to trim a couple as they were too big for my nails but in general they were a good fit. The nail bindis can be applied to either polished nails or natural nails and are a great alternative to nail art if you are looking for a snazzy party look or even if you just fancy a change. **HOW EASY ARE THEY TO APPLY** The nail bindis are self adhesive and are fairly easy to apply. The biggest problem I have found with them is that if you make a mistake and try to rectify it, the bindis are very delicate and tend to tear, they then become useless and as there are only 10 in a set there are no spares to replace the damaged bindi, (very annoying when you have done 7/8 nails and you break the 9th bindi as I did). The other snag with making a mistake is that even if you manage to take the bindi off without damaging it if you are wearing nail polish you are quite likely to take the polish off with the bindi and then have to reapply it. My advice would be to either set aside plenty of time and allow for mistakes or ask a friend to help you apply them as two hands are better than one. **WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE** I applied my favourite lilac nail polish and proceeded to apply the diamond nail bindis over the top. I was very pleased with the effect but was disappointed that I had managed to damage one or two when applying them. Fortunately being transparent I was able to hide the mistakes and I don't think anybody noticed them. The other downside of this product is that the diamonds come off very easily and I managed to lose a couple before I had even got out of the door. **OVERALL OPINION** This product is a cheap way to turn boring nails into snazzy nails but you need a lot of patience and time to create the perfect look. Definitely worth a try, teenagers especially would probably like this product. You don't need to have very long nails to apply these so even if you are a nail biter you can use these. The Diamond Nail Bindis are available from Avon, Product Number 14852 and cost £2.00. If you do not have an Avon Representative and would like to receive a brochure you can contact Avon on 0845 345 8444 and they will arrange for a representative to call on you. Alternatively you can write to Avon at Avon Cosmetics Ltd, Earlstree Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 4AZ or visit their website at www.avon.uk.com. Thank you for reading. Julie

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                      If in Winter you find that your nails become more brittle. Well, I do in winter for some odd reason my nails do break easily. So when I was rooting my Mum?s products I found Avon Nail Mender. I have been using this product for a month now and I have found that I can keep my nail long and that if they split then I know that they can be easily mended. So how do you use this product? Its very easy all you do is when your nail breaks or splits as mind do, simply paint over with Avon Nail Mender and just wait until it dries. If you haven?t used this product before you will be amazed the first time round. When the split literally disappears. The result is fantastic and a stronger, mended nail. So it won?t spoil your night out. The reason Avon Nail Mender works so well is because it contains a nylon ingredient which works and fixes your nail. Once you have used Avon Nail Mender it will work until the split/break repairs itself. It costs £4.10 and you will get a 12ml bottle. It does last you quite a long time and is an item that can stay in your handbag. It is available from Avon books so if you do know a friend who does Avon get this product. I am not sure but I have seen it in Superdrug so you can try their also. I didn?t even know a product like this existed and I am very happy I do. So many times a broken nail can mean disaster. I hate having one short nail so using Nail Mender doesn?t mean one of my nails looks odd one out. You can check this product out at: www.avon.uk.com a while back ago at the site they were giving free promotional Nail mender away. I carry this product with me everywhere I go. If you like your nails neatly preserved and all one length this product helps them stay that way. It means breaking my nail is no longer a problem.

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                        23.01.2002 18:49
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                        Well, reading SusanLesley’s excellent opinion on Avon Glycerine Hand Cream with Silicone reminded me that I wanted to review this product too. Her opinion was a very positive one, whereas mine isn’t really. It just shows you how wide opinions can be, varying from one person to the next, so it’s a good idea to try it out for yourself! I received this hand cream from my Avon lady as a freebie with my Christmas order, so I thought that was a nice gesture and I was looking forward to trying it out. I have dry hands, especially in cold weather like it is now. I get eczema sometimes too and have recently had dry, peeling skin in-between my fingers, which has led to me being unable to wear my engagement ring! The most striking thing about this cream is the packaging. The tube has a blue lid and a white back with all the info on, but the front is a very bright design – swirls and stars in pink, gold, blue and purple. Lovely. Unfortunately, this seems to only be a seasonal thing, as from Brochure 2/2002 onwards, it is displayed in a rather dull green and white design. Shame. In some of the Avon catalogues, it has been on offer as part of an ‘any five for £5’ deal, alongside the Perfect Day Moisture Cream, Perfect Day Moisture Lotion, Easy as 1-2-3 Minute Mask, 3-in-1 Cleanser / Toner / Moisturiser, Rich Moisture Hand Cream, Care Deeply Body Lotion with Aloe, Really Clean Gel Cleanser, Rich Moisture Face Cream, Hand Care Complex and Moisture Therapy Hand Cream. In the latest one (brochure 4/2002) there is a buy one, get one free deal. So it is worth waiting to try these products, once you see a bargain that looks good. Usually, it retails for £2, which is for a 125ml tube like mine. The packaging informs you that the glycerine and silicone it contains are ‘well known for their intense moisturisation and skin protection properties’. So, it s ounds good, but why aren’t I keen? Well, I usually use Nivea Soft Intensive Moisturising Crème (my wonder product!) and this is wonderful – smells nice, looks nice, creamy, absorbs well, not greasy and generally, a perfect product I now see as an essential. Avon Glycerine Hand Cream with Silicone just can’t compete. I don’t like the smell, for one thing. It comes out in thin white strips like glue (Copydex or something similar), then when you massage it into your hands, it doesn’t seem to absorb very well, it seems there’s a film left on your skin. I have just applied some to make sure I know what I’m talking about(!) and my hands feel sticky and greasy. They also smell, I’m not quite sure how to describe it really, it’s a bit like those cloying over-powering pine scented trees you get in the front of cars – do you know what I mean? Really quite revolting. It makes me feel like I want to wash my hands immediately – which would make applying the cream pointless, of course! It does do its job, but when compared to other products, I find it lacking. Yes please, I'd like nice soft hands, no dry or peeling skin - but I'd prefer to achieve this without covering my hands in some kind of smelly glue-like substance, thanks very much! So, 9 out of 10 for the imaginative Christmas packaging, 4 out of 10 for the regular green and white effort. Only 4 out of 10 for the hand cream itself, but 10 out of 10 for my nice Avon lady!

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                          31.12.2001 01:07
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                          I was lucky enough to receive one or two nice Avon products from Father Christmas this year. Isn't he a thoughtful old gentleman? What do you mean he doesn't exist? Don't be silly I have the presents to prove it! Anyway be gone you non-believers for, amongst my Avon products, was a tube of Glycerine Hand Cream with Silicone. This particular tube was the 125ml size and it is very pretty with purple, blue and pink star designs down the side. I have found out that it costs about £2 but that it is often on offer at 3 for the price of 2, so that?s worth bearing in mind. There is also a larger tube on sale and that is also the subject of offers such as buy the large one and get a small one free. (ooer missus!) It smells lovely with a light glycerine fragrance (surprise, surprise!) and a little cream goes a long way. I only use a blob about the size of a five pence piece and it is quickly absorbed into my skin leaving my hands feeling softer immediately. The cream is non greasy and actually makes my hands look nicer as well as feel nicer. The glycerine and silicone are both known for having intense moisturising and protecting properties. This is going to be SO useful, especially at this time of the year when my hands tend to be very dry and quite uncomfortable. Most people have access to an Avon representative these days but if you don?t you can always write to Avon at Avon Cosmetics, London, NN1 5PA or log onto their website at www.avon.uk.com. Oh dear this one is a short opinion, but what else can I say about a very basic but very efficient product?

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                            20.12.2001 21:42
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                            In keeping with a theme, today's second opinion is also on hand cream.... Look in your granny's medicine cabinet or top drawer of her dresser and likely as not you'll come across a tub or tube of something made by Atrixo. Atrixo make hand creams - I can find no evidence of the making anything else and by all accounts they have been around for ages. I am often amused and bemused by some of the tags which are attached to beauty products these days and a review of Atrixo's Regenerating Treatment is no different. "Regenerating Treatment" now what does that mean? Am I going to grow new hands? Or is my skin going to renew itself overnight? I don't think so and I know not! I have the kind of hands that tend towards dry but not overly so. In the winter poor circulation means that my skin seems to take forever to renew and Atrixo's offering does nothing to help. I used the cream daily (sometimes twice daily) over a period of about 8 weeks (the length of time it took me to get through the tube) and I did not experience any benefit. The cream is a very, very pale green in colour and is fairly easily absorbed into the skin. It does however leave a slightly slippery feeling on the hands no matter how little you use which leaves you wanting to wipe your hands on a tissue. The cream comes in a tube with a flip-top lid. One word of warning, the flip lid is quite stiff and if you put the cream on one hand and then try to close the lid if you have hot hands the cream may well melt and run before you have had a chance to close the lid again. Dry cleaners here we come.... The fragrance to the product would appear to come from the avocado oil which is supposed to make your skin soft and supple. Oily yes, soft and supple, not really. It is quite a light fragrance but one which you would associate with the more elderly end of the market. It is inoffensive but then so are avocados! The cr eam also contains liposomes to "deliver rich, caring moisture to deeper levels of your skin". So far as I am aware moisture is moisture, neither caring nor otherwise and my skin is only so deep - go too far and who knows what those liposomes might find! Another ingredient is the must-have vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals (could come in handy if you even run into a national front campaigner on a jail break!) whatever they may be (well, actually I do know - A level Chemistry you know!). It also claims that it contains no artificial colours (I should think not) and is pH neutral (what about Johnson & Johnson's claim that our skin is pH 5.5????). At £3.59 for 75ml or £5.99 for 150ml it is not cheap, especially when compared to other products on the market. It did leave my hands feeling momentarily moisturised (if a little sticky) but wore off very quickly. I would not recommend this product over many of the others that are out there on the market and my tip of the day to anyone who does suffer from dry hands or flaky nails is to use olive oil at night! Just put some warmed olive oil on a saucer (10 seconds in the micro), dip one finger in and rub the oil into your skin. You only need the tiniest amount and it does the trick. One word to the cosmetics industry though - please stop trying to baffle us women (and men!) with science claiming your products will protect us from UVA rays, free radicals or the such like - just produce a product that works, does not cost the earth and smells good and we will buy it!

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                              11.12.2001 03:05
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                              When it comes to choosing a nail polish remover, there's a whole range to choose from. You can pay a premium price for a designer label, or can stick to a Drugstore/Supermarket's own label. But don?t they all do the same thing? I only want my nail polish remover to take off my polish. Well, that's not quite true. I want it to remove my nail polish quickly and easily AND I want it to leave my nails in the best of condition. So, are all nail polishes the same? I don't think so. My favourite is Cutex, because it is very effective at removing my nail polish. More importantly I have found that it doesn't dry my nails, but helps to keep them in good condition. It claims to contain a conditioner for nails, which in my experience seems to work. I regularly wear nail polish and therefore am regularly using nail polish remover. I have no complaints about Cutex. It is pretty competitive in terms of cost - around £1.39 for a bottle. It's available in most shops including Boots, Superdrug and major supermarkets. There are several different varieties. The latest claims to help whiten your nail tips. I must say that I have been using this for a while, but I haven't noticed that my nail tips are any whiter!

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                                26.10.2001 18:26
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                                Do you envy women with lovely hands? It’s suprising how your hands are noticed quickly by people that you meet. Hands that are beautifully cared for say you care about yourself and shapely and colorful nails make a statement about your fashion sense. I would recommend a regular manicure fortnightly. I know must most of us busy ladies do not seem to find the time, but believe me it is well worth it. This is my advice on how to achieve lovely hands and nails. FIRSTLY THINGS YOU NEED: A bowl of warm soapy water or special manicure soak, hand towel, emery board, nail polish remover, nail clippers, cuticle conditioner, nail strengthener, cotton wool pads, nail brush, an orange stick and lastly some nail varnish. HOW TO DO IT: 1. You need to remove old nail varnish by soaking a cotton pad with nail polish remover. You should press the pad down on each nail, using a rocking motion, and take it off quickly. 2. Once your nails are dry use an emery board on them. You should file in one direction towards the centre, never saw they. 3. Soak fingertips in the bowl of warm water with a capful of your favorite manicure soak for about two minutes, this will resoften the cuticle and wash away any traces of the remover. The one I use contains sweet almond oil, which has a lovely smell and makes you hands and cuticles very soft. Then rinse and dry hands. 4. Then smooth cuticle remover into sides and base of each nail. After about a minute push back your cuticles gently, using an orange stick. If you need to trim you nails use small clippers. Dip fingers back into your bowl and brush away old cuticles with nailbrush. 5. At this point you can massage some cuticle conditioner around the base and sides of each nail. This is good for helping to prevent splitting. Rinse off excess and dry your hands. 6. Now apply your nail strengthener, always stroke down the centre then the sides of each nail. Try to hold the brush so it spreads out flat against the nail. Apply thinly, this really helps to prevent splits, chips and breaks. 7. You are now ready to apply a base coat of nail varnish, which helps the final coat to be smoother and stay on longer. 8. If using a normal varnish you need to apply two coats of your desired colour or only one depending on what sort you are using. You should only dip your brush in once for each nail and always coat each nail in three strokes. Start at base of each nail in the centre, up to the tip, then each side. 9. If you have a nail dryer then this is great for drying your varnish quickly, some varnish is quick drying anyway and shouldn’t take long to dry. I hope that this has been some use to you and my only other tips are as follows: Always wear rubber gloves when washing up. After washing clothes by hand always use a hand cream. Use a good moisturizer every day. Always use garden gloves for gardening chores. File your nails regularly. Take care of your hands, as fairy liquid certainly won’t. Bye for now Cinystar

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                                  25.10.2001 14:37
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                                  Since I have started back to work recently, I have become very aware of how much my nails need some attention. I keep snagging the corners of my nails on my tights and leaving those horrible little pull marks in them. On my way home from work tonight I called into Boots to get an emery board to file them down. I was actually quite amazed at the different amounts of files that they had on offer. Did I want emery boards that were rough, or did I want them with a finer graded surface? They were priced at about 99p for either one large sized one or 3 smaller ones. There were also all sorts of buffers, glossers and cuticle repairers! Which one should I choose, I only wanted to file my nails!! I then found that they have a mini nail styling kit in their own range. At £1.75 it won't break the bank either. It consists of 6 double sided emery boards, courser on one side for initial shaping of the nails and finer on the other side for a smooth finish. There is then a glosser. Use the blue part once a month to smooth out any ridges and lines, followed by the white section to create a better finish. The other side of the glosser is grey and you use this to buff up your nails to a deep shine. So, I filed my nails down and smoothed out all the ridges and pushed my cuticles back into place (I hate that feeling). I then buffed them up and then admired them. They look really nicely shaped, and they are so shiny that they look like I have clear nail polish on them. I have washed up since I have buffed them and they still look nice and shiny. The kit comes in a plastic wallet about 10cm long. It will fit nicely into your handbag. Also, I redeemed this kit with my Boots Advantage Points which was even better.

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