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I've been kind of obsessed with face masks recently, so when I saw my mum had a jar of this I suggested we do each other's face masks (not wanting to use all of the probably very expensive product on myself...)
This is a really nice looking product, it's heavy, and it has something about it that suggests it's quality. The colours and branding are nice.
Inside is a kind of ...dust. Not what I was expecting. But the instructions tell you how to mix this with water into a face mask paste. Which isn't really ideal, but we went ahead and did it. This was messy, and hard to get the paste into the right consistency. It was actually pretty stressful, and brought back horrible memories of baking disasters.
After making a paste, we managed to share it pretty equally between the two of us. It was hard to apply really, I suspect we made it too runny.
*When it was on*
Well, to backtrack a bit, we washed our faces with our usual cleansers first, and secured our hair away from our face and wore clothes that weren't our best just in case (well I wore pyjamas).
After applying the face mask, as it dries there's a tight feeling. The paste itself smells of mud as you'd expect, but also contains other things like witch hazel and nasturtium. After 10-15 minutes, we washed the face mask off, which was actually fairly messy as well. It is recommended to moisturise as normal after the mask has been removed.
Well, the results were pretty good. My mum felt the mask had reduced her blemishes and I felt it had really worked for my combination skin. It was annoying to mix up and apply/remove, but otherwise if it weren't for that this would be a 5/5 review for just how well the clay mask removed impurities and gave us really glowing skin.
As always there is a downside to this, and the Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask doesn't come cheap. It's RRP is £24.50 for 90g but I'm sure you can find it cheaper elsewhere.
I am staying at home at the moment away from uni and my mum is a big fan of Doctor Hauschka products, so I've been trying them out. A lot of them haven't really been my style, but I was excited to find this in the back of a shefl in her wardrobe and asked if I could use it. I'm a big fan of macademia nut so I was curious as to how Doctor Hauschka would integrate this into .. wait for it... a shampoo.
*What you get*
A usual looking clear bottle, with the brand name on it. You can see a lot of bright orange shampoo in there. All good so far.
Like any shampoo, lather into wet hair in the shower and wash out. I tend not to use conditioner so I'm not sure if this has a complementary conditioner, but I expect it does.
This has kind of an odd scent, it's not as strong as I was expecting actually, there's some orange there but it's mixed in with some different under and overtones. This wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but wasn't unpleasant.
The shampoo didn't lather all that well but washed out easily, leaving my hair... much like it was before, really. It gave it some shine, but otherwise it was just a normal hair day for me. To be honest, I had to lather up twice as I felt it didn't wash my hair all that well the first time (I can just tell - I know my hair literally squeaks when it's really clean). But otherwise it was normal. So not too impressive.
As usual, Doctor Hauschka continue to be expensive. This orange and macademia nut shampoo is £25 for 250ml. Not great value by any means.
Reviewing my mother's rose-scented Doctor Hauschka toner reminded me that she also lended me this to use after coming home during half term as I'd left my usual moisturiser/lotion at uni. As the name suggests this is a rose scented body lotion from Weleda.
*What's it look like*
This is a kind of boring white plastic bottle with a pink label on it. The product itself is white as body lotions usually are.
This has a nice creamy texture to it which absorbs well into the skin. Thankfully it wasn't greasy at all, though it felt a little bit heavier than the usual lotion I use if you know what I mean, it wasn't in an unpleasant way. The scent isn't one I would have picked out myself, and it does kind of have that older woman connotation, but it is generally not too strong so is tolerable. But like I said it is not something I would have picked out myself. I was also glad the scent didn't seem to linger on me though I must admit I put it on at night and showered in the morning, so perhaps I didn't give it much chance to.
The price of this is something that would deter me from buying this myself. It is currently £19.95 for 200ml on the Weleda website, and of course it may be cheaper or even more expensive in other places.
I'm not totally sure where my mother bought this from, but it is available on Amazon so presumably is fairly widely available in general retailers.
I didn't really feel especially pampered using this, though it wasn't a bad experience by all means. But for £20 you really need to expect something special, and sadly this is not it.
This is another of my mum's goodies and like everything else from Doctor Hauschka, it is expensive.
Obviously I didn't buy it and my mum doesn't remember how much she paid for it (though this may be because my dad was within ear shot). On the Doctor Hauschka website it is
£24.50 for 100ml, and £4 for a tester of 10ml.
This is in a nice glass bottle, a nice change from plastic, and unlike most toners you spritz it on instead of rub it or apply it on. First you wash your face with a cleanser of your choice, apply a toner, and then moisturise.
I've never actually used a toner before so I wasn't really sure what it was meant to do (lol). After looking it up it is meant to reduce oiliness and make pores appear finer. Spritzing it on is quite fun as it is a novelty. It smells of roses which in my opinion is quite an older person's scent however.
The product contains witch hazel (the primary ingredient in hemmeroid cream) to refine the appearance of pores. It also contains amaryllis extract.
*Did it work?*
Well I did make sure to examine my skin after using it. I felt my pores maybe looked smaller (maybe a result of cleansing?) but after moisturising I couldn't really tell that it had done much at all except make my face smell a bit like my old aunt at a wedding.
In conclusion, I am afraid this is not for me! The product didn't make my eyes water, but it didn't do else either, and I am afraid the price is the thing that would make me cry.
I feel like I've just about reviewed everything in my make up bag (sigh of relief) but there are a few more things to go (groan)! I realise I seem to have absolutely loads of make up. But what can I say, I'm a girl... I have already reviewed my liquid eyeliner and my kohl pencil but this is the last eyeliner I have to review, I swear!!
As I said I use kohl eyeliner most of the time, and liquid eyeliner when I go out. I tend to use liquid on my top lid and then one of these Barry M 'eyeliner pens' in the lower lid. I have a fair few of these now.
*Price and where from*
I think I got mine from Boots, but I can't remember how much it cost. Currently these eyeliner pens are around £3-£4 on Amazon, but as always shop around as you will find a lot of varying prices.
You take off the cap and twist the thing up to reveal the actual eyeliner pencil, which is soft, blunt and kind of creamy in texture. Barry M intense eyeliner pens give a nice soft line with some precision (though it could be better if the tips were sharper). The eyeliner is allegedly smudgeproof and waterproof. I haven't had to experiment with the latter but I can confirm I haven't had many smudges with these eyeliners that I can remember.
*Now the best part*
The reason I bought these eyeliners (I have 3) is the colours! I love different coloured eyeliner. I have these Barry M intense eyeliners in pink, silver and blue. The silver and blue are slightly metallic and shimmery, which gives a beautiful effect that was just what I wanted.
To be honest I have been wondering how to review Vaseline for a little bit now. Like most people I have a tin in my coat pocket or in a drawer or somewhere pretty much all the time, though I tend to prefer flavoured or scented lip balms, sometimes you just need a balm you know will work when you have dried, chapped or cracking lips - and this is what Vaseline is to me.
Like most balms, you stick your finger in to the contents of the tin and move it over the area of your lips you want the vaseline on. For me this is usually all over my lips.
*What does it do*
Petrolleum jelly forms a barrier over the lip stopping moisture from escaping, allowing the lip to stop drying out and perhaps heal any chapping or cracking going on.
*How much is it*
Haha, now you've got me going. I forgot how much I paid for my ubiquitous tin of vaseline but a quick google tells me it is currently available for £1.95 for a 20g tin in your local Boots. This seems actually a bit high and I am sure you can get it cheaper.
As I said I prefer flavoured balms usually and I do find Vaseline to have a horrible taste. I prefer the cocoa butter Vaseline flavour which is available in a brown tin. I have also sampled the aloe vera one (in the green tin). They also have a pink tin which I assume is strawberry or the like, but I haven't tried it.
*Price and Value*
This is another one of my mum's goodies as she is a fan of Doctor Hauschka. She told me she bought this for £15 in John Lewis though the Dr Haushka site puts it at £16.50. As always the price depends on where you buy it and for something that I believe is way overpriced I'd encourage you to shop around!
The full size is 100ml. (Recommended Retail Price £16.50)
The trial size is 10ml. (Price £3)
*What is it*
This is not a bubble bath! I repeat, this is not a bubble bath. It isn't even a cleanser. It's kind of like an air freshener for your bath. You add 1 or 2 cups of this 'essence' into a bath while it's running to create a calming atmosphere while you bathe.
I tried this out as I was curious as to what a calming bath essence really is. And to be honest, I was disappointed. It really is just scent.
But despite the smell size of the bottle (100ml) it lasts quite a while as every cup full is maybe 10ml.
You could do better buying real lavendar oil or maybe just a bubble bath or something with laevandar in if that's what you were really into. I didn't find this especially relaxing, but I do like the scent of lavendar. Obviously don't buy this if you don't like that scent.
Essentially overpriced lavendar oil. Just buy real lavander oil. Don't waste your money.
My mum swears by these face cloths, though personally I find them to be a bit pricey for what you get, but there you go. They are £5.25 each and probably more or less expensive depending on where you buy the
I guess the idea of these is that they're a higher quality re-usable form of a make up remover, and you can also use them as a compress (for example to open or close pores). I've used these a lot as we have many around the house and we kind of use them along side flannels though you could also use them instead of flannels I guess.
In use they are kind of rough and primitive because the cotton is unbleached. It isn't very soft to use and if you have very sensitive skin I am sure it would be too abrasive. I would not use this on children.
If left damp they also start to smell really strongly. It's recommended to wash these at a high temperature to kill bacteria. So far none of them have stained.
They take off make up pretty well, but they can be quite rough especially on the eye area and for some reason a small sensitive patch I have just underneath ear on my neck area.
I don't think these are great value for money as I said but overall probably better value that disposable face wipes so if you're looking to cut down or be more green or whatever these are an Option I suppose.
I wear make up every day (or almost every day) yet sometimes I don't feel like being really obvious about it. I tend to prefer chapstick like products over lipgloss or lipstick sometimes, if not all the time, and one of my favourite of these are lipsmackers. I have had lipsmackers since I was a teenager as it is fun to collect all the flavours, however I usually stick to the same 1-3 flavours and don't try all the new ones out as they're a waste of money really.
Lipsmackers go for about £1-£2 depending where you buy them from. Right now you can buy in bulk from ebay for a pretty good price, where as it can be £2 or more in some corner shops, Claire's, etc. So it's worth it to shop around.
Flavours are the big thing when it comes to Lipsmackers. Personally my favourites are cotton candy, wild raspberry and kiwi. They really do taste like the flavours they're meant to be, but the flavour does fade after a while and you need to reapply.
There are a lot of flavours, including brand named ones like Dr Pepper, etc, so they are fun to collect if you have the money.
*Do they work?*
They work at keeping my lips nice and hydrated and giving me a little kick out of tasting them. So in my opinion yes they do work. But they aren't any better than vaseline or other non-flavoured chapsticks.
I heard recently that the company that make Lipsmackers are going out of business this year, so now is the time to stock up and buy if you like them.
I like a lipgloss over a lipstick, as I find lipstick very drying. Lipgloss leaves my lips feeling less dry than lipstick does, and I think it's easier to apply (you dont have to blot the excess off with a tissue like lipstick) and stays on for longer.
These Barry M lipglosses are just up my street then. The one thing is they aren't as matte as lipsticks, so they are a lot subtler than they look in the bottle (tube? the thing). You have to apply several coats to build up a strong colour, which means you might get through these a lot more often than any other stronger coloured lipgloss.
Saying that, they stay on longer, are easy to apply with a small wand in the lid of the tube, and come in lots of colours. They are also priced reasonably at £2 or so and are available in most places, Boots, your local chemists, et cetera...
So in conclusion:
Lots of colours to choose from (as the picture above demonstrates - red, pink, orange, clear, and several shades of each)
Reasonable price (£2 or so)
Available in most chemists and online
Keep lips moist/protect them from drying out
You can wear over lipstick (not my thing but you can do this if you want)
Lasts a fairly long time
Not a very strong colour/need lots of layers to create a bold effect
Wears off if you eat or drink anything
So that's it. I hope my review was helpful to you!
I've already reviewed Stargazer nail varnishes, which were the ones I liked as a teenager due to the wide range of colours, from brights to unusual colours to metallics. But now I'm a bit older and in uni sometimes at interviews etc I feel like I can't really wear crazy colours anymore. I feel like I'm growing up! But when I want a more mature look to my nails, I go for these Rimmel ones, as they're around the same price as the Stargazer ones (thoguh usually stocked at different shops...) and still have a wide range of more neutral, pretty, feminine colours.
This nail varnishes big gimmick is drying in 60 seconds, and I actually find that for once this is true, but it isn't great sometimes when it dries a bit too quick and gets kind of random lumps in it... But that's the price you pay, I guess.
I usually do 2-3 coats and then a topcoat of clear varnish over them as I don't paint my nails that often (maybe 1 or 2 times a month). These kind of have chips in sometimes, which is disappointing, but overall, they do not. So I am a very happy chappy in that regard.
There are a lot of people who pay more than a five pound note for nail polishes... I am not one of those people, and though Rimmel varnishes have drawbacks, such as not a greater range as they could have (crazy colours etc) and sometimes chips or flake, they are good for the price and I will continue buying them.
I've used these nail varnishes for it feels like forever. When I was younger these were the only kind stocked in a shop I liked. So I have used them for many years and tried out a lot of the colours in the range.
*The GOOD part*
This might be a bit critical a review (from me, anyway, lol) but the one thing I really really like about Stargazer is the colour range they do. They have metallics, pastels, rainbow colours, every colour you can imagine (though I also think this depends where you shop or if you get them off the website and so on). I've tried a lot of colours in this range and I've found colours that compliment dresses or outfits or my general moods at the time. So that's a definite plus.
*The BAD part*
These are cheap. I don't mena in a good way. They are about £2-£3, depending on where you buy them, which is fair (I think) for a nail polish and I would never pay more than a fiver personally. But they are also cheaply made. I once used these for an art project when I was younger and I was really surprised how low quality these varnsihes were - thin, flaky, watery, etc. And I realised I'd known that for a long time and that's why I'd been using so many layers of vanish on my nails for years. This means they run out in more time, and so on. Just generally not good stuff.
A shame, as I really do like them, and they have some of my favourite, hard ro find colours in the range (metallic green!) but they are just a little bit cheap.
Last term when I came home from uni my mum sent me out again almost straight away telling me we needed lightbulbs of all things. And she wanted those energy saving type ones. So I stumbled upon these ones.
Well, what is there to say about a lightbulb, really? It either works or it doesn't work. And these work. And you screw them in like a normal lightbulb. So that's it really. So why am I writing this review?
I guess I'm writing it just to say how impressed I am with the quuality and strength from these lightbulbs that are actually only 11watts but say on the box (or on the website or whatever...) that they are the same bightness as 55 watt lightbulbs. And you know, boxes and websites are a bit like politicians, you never know if they'll deliver on their promises... But these ones actually do. They're bright, save the earth, and they weren't that expensive either. Try not to buy them off amazon as they are really expensive there (£16 for 4) but these are available at any homestores or even a supermarket where we got them from (not knowing where else would have lightbulbs...evidently we didn't think of homebase/focus/b&q).
So yeah. If you have been thinking of going green or trying to save money on your electricity bill, don't turn away from these energy saving lightbulbs. They might even just surprise you! They surprised me, anyway. Then again maybe I am easily surprised :) Thanks for reading.
So who needs an excuse to have nice looking nails, right? The past few months mine haven't looked so good, due to a combination of stress, neglect and abuse. SO I made a pact with myself to try and improve the way they were looking as several people began commenting on how worn they were. This included buying an emery board, which was something i'd never owned before *gasp*
These emery boards are just lollipop sticks with sandpaper type mateiral on them... Nothing special really... so I wasn't going to pay a lot of money for them, at least that's what I told myself... I didn't need anything colourful or fancy or made of diamond dust or whatever (lol) so these ones really do fit the bill. They are basic.
I got these for (I think) 80p.There are about 10 in a pack, and this is more than I needed (or so I thought at the time). However these things have a habit of getting lost in my dorm room/handbag/wherever so I actually only have 5 surviving ones (that I know about anyway). They are described as long lasting... well they aren't long lasting in that way anyway... bbut they are long lasting as in they keep filing your nails well and don't seem to lose the scratchy coatting of whatever it is on them. So on that basis alone they are well worth the money.
Do they shape and smooth my nails well? Well yes they do, perfectly actually. I can't imagine why anyone would pay any more for them.
So... As I said in my other eyeliner review, I tend to wear eyeliner every day, and this is definitely my so-called "everyday eyeliner". A friend's mum is an Avon lady and I always buy through her. I'm not sure if you can buy through a website or whoever though if you don't know an Avon rep.
For some reason this eyeliner pencil worked out as more expensive than the liquid eyeliner (also bought through Avon). I'm not sure how but this pencil is £6. I went ahead and bought it at that price, but really, this is a very average eyeliner pencil. I'm not really sure if it's worth that amount, but the price compared to some others is fairly reasonable though.
This is simply a kohl pencil, it's soft, you draw on your eyelids (or wherever) with it. I have even used it to define my eyebrows in a pinch. You have to sharpen it every so often. Don't use a normal pencil sharpener for this purpose, trust me. I get reasonably good control and long lasting wear from this eyeliner pencil, which is what I want. It gives a nice defined colour. As I wear eyeliner (almost) every day I find I get through these pencils at a rate of maybe 2 or 3 a year... Though I stop using them when they get to be about 3 or 4 inches long, so I've never actually used one up entirely. I've never really had a single problem with these eyeliner pencils so I am happy to recommend them.