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Now my opinions on lip gloss/gels/balms can be pretty mixed. Having long hair, I tend to my glue it to my mouth in the wind, and end up with a beautifully coloured streak right up the side of my cheek as the gloss/gel is gracefully dragged along my face. Either that, or it lasts but two minutes on a hot sunny day when my hair is tied safely away, because I dared to get an iced tea…
There aren’t many lip gloss/gel products I have used that I actually like, so when I decided to try one from my oh-so-favourite Clarins, I was pretty nervous. I didn’t want to hate anything from the love of my life!
I ordered the gel balm online and it cost me £18 for a 12ml tube. The price can vary depending where you buy it from, but I still think this is a good price. The price I’d expect to pay for Clarins, anyway.
The tube itself is very pleasing to the eye. It comes in the colour to match your chosen gel – from pale pink ‘Rose Shimmer’ to a pearlescent brown ‘Rosewood Shimmer’. My gel was the pale pink mentioned, as I chose ‘Rosewood Shimmer’ for my shade. The lid is the signature gold, which I always have a soft spot for. It look luxurious and of quality. The name of the product is clearly printed in white, in both English and French as is standard with Clarins.
When you take the lid off the product, you may be surprised to see (as I was!) a little sponge on the tip of the tube. It is a tiny little white thing that with a small squeeze of your tube slowly turns the colour of you gel. Now, I have to say at this point that ‘rosewood shimmer’ is a stunning shade – a very pale pink, not at all sickly looking (by this I mean a sugary pink looking shade. I personally like that colour, but some people like a natural pink – this is it). It looks very natural on the lips, and no colour pops out obviously. It just makes the lips look healthy and full. The gel comes out the top of the sponge, and you are able to softly spread it on your lips. I cannot fault the ease of application of the product – usually with gel I get it all over the edges of my mouth and have to tidy up afterwards, but this didn’t happen with the cute tiny sponge. Perfect application immediately! Now the texture of the product itself is lovely. It isn’t at all sticky, and feels very silky smooth. Unfortunately my hair did still stick to it! But nowhere near as much as usually happens. And seeing as it is a softer feeling gel as opposed to sticky gloop, the hair was easily removed with no messy steaks up my face. Result!
So it is all well and good thinking the product is pretty, liking the sweet smell, and thinking the packaging is nifty, but I bought this product for 2 reasons:
1. My lips are dry, and the Shea Butter in the product promises to help with that as well as repair them (along with Wild Mango and other lovely helpers). As a bonus, this product helps protect against free radicals (the baddies in the environment that will damage your skin) by using derivative of Vit A and E. Awesome!
2. It is suggested that it can be worn over lipstick or alone. I like having that option, as although I have dry lips I still like to wear my lipsticks! Yes I know that can cause more dryness, but I am a lipstick junkie and admit it. That is party why I chose this shade; I figured it was least likely to look awful on my lipsticks – any colour I chose.
So for number 1, I obviously can’t say if my lips have been protected against free radicals, I have to take Clarins word on that! But I can definitely say they are much smoother. I have worn it for a week or two now, and I have noticed a difference. I have no flaky bits, and the dry patches are almost gone. My lips no longer look unsightly and painful! As previously mentioned, you can’t really see any colour when it is alone and it just makes the lips look full and healthy. I like this effect a lot. It disguised any dryness right away.
For number 2, this really does look great over lipstick. My favourite lippy is Clarins Rouge Prodige in ‘Rose Orchid’, and when I put this over the top the colour looks even more amazing! It does alter the lipstick colour slightly, which I expected, but what I didn’t expect was the result. The colour was slightly lighter, but somehow deeper – the purple was brought out much more in the lipstick. The gel also added a lovely sheen to the lips which looked simply beautiful. I was over the moon with the effect.
Sadly, this is where I have to add a little negativity to my review. The longevity of the gel is not very impressive in my opinion. I expected to apply the gel and not have to reapply for some time, but I found I did so a few times an hour, sometimes more. My lips definitely still felt soft, supple, and moisturised once the actual gel couldn’t be seen, but I had to reapply to get the look I wanted. I think this will make the price of the gel a lot less acceptable, as the product will not last long enough to warrant the cost. I also find that applying over my lipstick makes the lipstick come off very quickly; and I do not normally have a problem with my Rouge Prodige. I would ordinarily apply this every few hours or so, but with the gel, it came off within 20 minutes. This again makes me feel that the product just isn’t worthy of the cost.
Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector from Clarins will get 4 stars from me because it does help dry lips, the colour is beautiful, the application is effortless, and the packaging is of high quality. But the longevity of the product on the lips lets it down; and it isn’t very often I say something negative about a Clarins product.
© CherryCoke_x 2014
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Art is one of my favourite characters from Monsters University, and that was the reason for buying my new Art soft toy to add to my collection. He cost me £16 and is approximately 60cm leg to leg.
The soft toy has a funny and friendly big smile on his face, with dreamy hooded eyes. As with some of my other toys, his face is part embroidered and part stitched on very securely. His lips and eyes are stitched with some stuffing behind them, making them 3D.
Art's little arms hang loose down the front of him. He has 4 little fingers on each hand, and they are stitched on very safely. His fur is quite soft, although unlike most of the other toys he isn't made of all chenille type material, but it actually mainly fur. It is light purple fur with a couple of dark purple stripes. His arms are chenille feeling however, as is a little of the fur on his face.
In Art's legs are some bendy plastic rods. These allow you to stand him in many different poses, and although he doesn't always stay stood up there, it is fun to play with and I am sure kids would have a lot of fun doing it!
I wouldn't call Art a cuddly toy. He is very structured and quite firm. This along with the plastic rods, don't make him very comfortable to cuddle, but he is still a lot of fun to play with!
As with all Disney Store soft toys, Art has a Disney stamp embroidered on him. In this case, it is on the underside of his foot. Again, this is well stitched in and safe.
The quality of all the sewing on Art is very high. I cannot see any loose or missed stitches on him anywhere and there are no gaps in his fur where the stitching runs. He is hand wash only, and to be honest I definitely wouldn't put him in the washing machine - he would definitely get damaged!
I am giving Art 5 stars because of his high quality, and also he is a lot of fun to play with. He is different to other soft toys having his pose able legs, and I think at £16 he is very good value.
I love my Lotso cuddly bear; he is one of the softest and cuddliest Disney toys I own (and I own a lot!)
My boyfriend bought him for me, and he sits proudly on the back of the living room chair!
Lotso is quite a large toy compared to my others; he is around 30cm tall. He cost £22 from the Disney Store, and I think this is an excellent price for the size of him. He holds his shape very well (I have not slept with him in my bed, so cannot comment on how well he will hold in that scenario, but he has withstood plenty of cuddles!) and has plenty of stuffing inside to help him stay sat up, and keep his big squishy shape! He is handwash only, and I really wouldn't risk putting him in the washing machine!
Lotso's dark pink fur and grey belly are very soft to the touch. It reminds me of chenille fabric; a very comforting and high quality feel. It is lovely to snuggle into, and the fact all of his eyes and details are embroidered on make him suitable for children.
He has a very friendly big purple nose, and cute little brown eyes. A little wonky smile, a tiny stubby tail, and cute ears popping up out the top of his head. There is also the Disney Store logo on his foot (this logo appears on all official Disney Store teddies). As I said, all of these features are either embroidered or stitched on securely, and there are no loose or hard parts to this lovely bear.
The stitching of Lotso is very high quality. I have looked all over him and can see no loose thread or missed stitches. His eyes are embroidered perfectly, as is the Disney logo on his foot. He is held together incredibly strong, and although there is obviously stitching all over piecing him together, you cannot really notice any 'grooves' in the fur where the stitching lines run. Another point which shows very high quality in him.
A major bonus of this teddy, and to be honest, the driving force of me wanting it, is the fact it is strawberry scented! If you smell his tummy there is a strong and sweet strawberry scent coming from him. It is not a natural scent but more of a bubble gum, hubba bubba, artificial scent. It is gorgeous in my opinion! I adore it, and I adore him.
I cannot give Lotso any less than 5 stars as he is lovely, and in my opinion, very very good value for money. Especially for Disney.
A Silkymit is a small band of what can only be described as fine sandpaper. Grey in colour, and on a cardboard ring that slips over the fingers to allow easy use. You are recommended to use a Silkymit no more than once per week to avoid irritation, and should always read the instructions and warning on the packet before beginning any treatment.
(Reading back, that description actually makes this item sound naff and brutal...but it is not as bad as it sounds. Not amazing, but certainly not a total let down).
I use Silkymit's when I can't get a wax for whatever reason as I hate shaving, and I don't always react well to hair removal creams. I got my pack of 3 Silkymit's from Savers, and although I cannot remember the exact price, I am sure it was around 99p. A very good price, and as I am sure you will agree, a little too good of a price for something that would be very well made and of high quality!
As I have said to begin with, the Silkymit is made of card. The card is not very thick or sturdy, and is secured together by adhesive under a tab (very much the same way a chocolate box might be glued at the corners). The 'sandpaper' side is not too harsh. If I run my fingers over it, it almost feels a little soft. Not too harsh for my skin, and I am more than happy to use it. It does state on the pack though, that unusually sensitive skin might react, and if irritation occurs, discontinue use.
The Silkymit slides over my fingers easily. I have quite small hands, but I don't have any trouble putting it in place, and I find it fairly easy to use. You are advised to gently rub in circular motions where you want to remove the hair; 4 times clockwise, 4 times anti clockwise. BE GENTLE (You will soon know if you rub too hard! I have done this before and ended up with red raw skin. You also must make sure you rub in a circular motion; this enables the Silkymit to work properly, and be used safely). Once you have done the 8 circles you will notice a white powder; this is due to the exfoliation, don't be alarmed! That is the dead skin being brushed away, and the silky smooth skin beneath has been revealed. (Also it is worth noting that when I use this, I often pick up a slight smell in the air of burning. This is due to the hairs and the friction, so don't worry). Continue the 8 circle routine on the whole area you wish to remove hair, and then use a damp towel softly on the area to remove excess hair/skin powder and sooth the area. Finally, apply a moisturiser and admire the soft and silky skin you have revealed!
When I use a Silkymit I am always pleased with the instant results. It does not take me long to use on my legs, and I always find I am completely hair free when I am finished. The skin always feels extremely soft, and my moisturiser absorbs beautifully with thanks to the excellent exfoliation. I do not feel any discomfort when I use the Silkymit. The only time I have felt pain was when I rubbed far too hard on my leg, causing a burning sensation, and when I stupidly went over the same are twice, again, burning. As long as you follow the instructions though, and learn from my mistakes, then the experience is not uncomfortable.
The only downsides I have for this product are:
1) The cheap quality;
2) The length of time it lasts.
I know I cannot expect too much from a product which sells at 99p for a 3 pack, and I accept completely that I get what I pay for, but I find that the Silkymit's fall apart quite quickly. The glued tab which holds the ring together comes apart very easily. This has happened to me half way through a leg before, and the result was a half woman half mammoth fiasco! I do think that a little thicker card and a little extra adhesive would make this product even better. Also, the exfoliator pad does wear out quite quickly I feel. After doing my legs one or two times, I notice that the Silkymit is not as effective as it was. After maybe a third time, I have to put it in the bin. The pad has worn out, and it is falling apart.
Overall, even with its faults, I would recommend the Silkymit. At the end of the day it is a 99p 3 pack, it is very inexpensive. And if like me, it is for use in a hairy emergency then they are more than perfect for the job required. I perhaps wouldn't want to recommend them to someone for a long term solution however, as I think the tearing and falling apart would soon get old. That being said, I do get 2 - 3 uses from one Silkymit, and as you can use them only once per week, that is 2 - 3 weeks of use. At worst, each pack sorts you out hair wise for 6 weeks and at best, 9 weeks!
I obviously cannot give this product 5 stars as it is far from perfect, but I feel for the price you pay, and for the effectiveness, 4 stars is very fair all things considered.
I should probably start by explaining I am Disney obsessed! And Disney INFINITY obsessed! Normally I stick to my beauty reviews, but recently I have been toying with the idea of Disney - so here I am!
Disney Infinity discs come in blind bags - meaning your discs come in a foil packet, and you don't know which 2 discs you will get (unless they are exclusive golden coloured packs, in which case you may know one of the discs you are getting...more on that later...).
The foil packets are colour coded per series/wave. Grey is series one, blue is series two, and purple for the upcoming series three (rumoured to be released April 2014).
The discs themselves are of 3 types; power/ability, texture/skydome, and toy/mount. Hexagonal toy/mount and texture/skydome discs can only be used in the Toy Box mode (this is the free play area where you are encouraged to create, as opposed to the pre created toy set story modes). Circular power/ability discs can be used in both the Toy Box and Story (Toy Set) modes.
Examples of Texture/Skydome discs are the Frozen Film's themed 'Chill in the Air' skydome, and its counterpart 'Frozen Flourish' texture disc. The texture disc makes all the ground and tree's snow and ice, while the skydome changes the sky around you to resemble the snow-capped mountains seen in the film.
Examples of toy discs are; Stitch's Blaster which is a gun you can use to attack enemies in the toy box; and Dumbo which allows the player to ride a Dumbo themed mount in the toy box.
Examples of the power/ability discs are; Bolt's Super Strength which grants the player extra damage when attacking, and Scrooge McDuck's Lucky Dime which grants the player bonus economy.
Series 1 and 2 have 20 discs per set (3 of which are rare discs which are harder to find. These have a lenticular picture and are made of orange plastic instead of clear). At the time of writing this review, I am unsure as to how many discs are in series 3, but it is rumored to be less than the previous 20.
As well as the standard blue or grey packs there are the elusive gold bags! As hinted at above, you do know what one of the discs in the bag is (though being in the UK ensures this. The US bags you do not know what is inside, they are blind as with standard bags).
These gold packs have one exclusive disc in. This disc is only available at a certain retailer, meaning that they are not only rare but also can be hard to acquire! Some retailers, such as Amazon, keep their exclusive discs stocked. Other retailers, such as Smyths toys, do not. This obviously makes some discs much rarer and harder to acquire than others. Often the exclusive disc will be released in a later disc series; however, the common disc will be a clear plastic one and not be the coloured and lenticular disc of the retailer exclusive version. Ability discs are red, texture/skydome discs are purple, and toys/mounts are orange. The rare discs names and the applicable retailers are as follows:
1) Captain Hook's Ship (Argos)
2) CHROME Damage Increaser red (Asda)
3) Emperor Zurg's Wrath (Smyths Toys)
4) Mike's New Car (Toys R Us)
5) Scrooge McDuck's Lucky Dime (Tesco)
6) Stitch's Surfboard (Amazon UK)
7) Tron User Control (Game)
This list is not conclusive. As of 28/02/2014 there are still 3 discs to be released in the UK.
I think the discs really add to the experience of Disney Infinity. At around £2.99 - £3.99 per pack of two, I think they are good value. Unfortunately, as they are blind bags (for the most part) the cost can add up. This can be a big downside to collectors, and also to parents who may struggle to keep up with the collection and afford to buy the discs until their child has a complete set. From this view, they can fast become bad value.
The discs themselves are very easy to use. All you have to do is place the discs on the Disney Infinity playing pad and the item or ability appears instantly on screen. You can stack up to 2 hexagonal discs on top of each other, or 2 circular discs under each player's character piece. This can sometimes limit the play as you can only have, for example, 1 gun and 1 mount. If you have placed texture discs on the pad however, you can take them off the pad and the themes will remain allowing you to then add other discs into your game.
To truly get the most from your Disney Infinity experience I would highly recommend getting these discs. You can even get an album for each series to keep them safe! If the cost is too high for you, then you can easily buy the discs 1 by 1 from EBay and pay approx. 99p each. This is a very cost effective way to complete you set if you do not want to 'blind bag' your way through!
I have deducted one star because of the overall blind bag cost. It hurts me though, as Infinity is 10 star to me :D
This foundation brush is incredibly easy to use. With its long substantial handle it is easy to grip, and easy to apply make-up delicately and precisely. Aesthetically it is pleasing. With the long slender handle in clear Perspex, and the dark luscious brush being fastened with a silver band, the brush looks high in quality, and adds class to the make-up bag. As mentioned, the handle is substantial and the brush certainly does not feel cheap or flimsy.
The bristles of the brush are incredibly soft. They do not absorb make-up like other brushes I have used, but softly spread the make up around the face and allow the user to blend flawlessly into the skin. I have had no problems with streaked foundation, or patchiness.
The bristles are very securely fastened into the handle of the brush, and I have had no incidents of bristles coming loose and scattering all over my freshly applied foundation. This is a welcome fact, as I have used other expensive brushes which have malted all over, a massive bug bear of mine!
Cleaning the brush is incredibly easy. I have had no problems keeping my clean and tidy; I simply use anti-bacterial hand soap and warm water to clean off the worst of the residue, and follow with my specialist make-up brush cleanser. I reshape the brush whilst damp, and leave on a clean flat surface to dry naturally. The brush has kept its shape, and as I have said, has not started to malt.
I highly recommend this brush to anyone, and everyone. I use it not only for my foundation, but for my concealer too. It is a wonderful brush that has so far lasted me a long time. Easy to clean, easy to use, and very effective. There is nothing I can say is bad!
The brush costs £24 from Clarins, or is in stock at escentual.com for £19.20 (correct at time of writing). This is cracking price, for a cracking brush.
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This cleanser is the newest addition to my vast Clarins collection. I have a lot of products, and I use them all, and there are very few that I do not get one with/don't get on with me. This, for me, is another hit and another time when I have been happy to have invested my money in my favourite skin care company!
Let me begin by stating that sometimes, I can be lazy. Don't get me wrong - I work hard, and I am productive, but when I am tired and have a full face of make-up which needs removing before sleep, the laziness can kick in! Now my mother always drummed into me the importance of good skin care (a rule I live by) and so I feel very guilty when Miss Lazy shows her face before bed. I went through a week where I was using baby wipes to remove my make-up not so long ago (rather than cleanse/tone/moisturise), and that is just a no go with me. I know it is ok for some people, but when a sensitive baby wipe makes your cheeks sting, you know you are doing badly! And as a woman brought up on good skin care, I cannot emphasise how guilty I felt wiping my Tesco baby wipe on my face. So, the next day I went online to see what 'quick fix' I could find from Clarins to 1) take away my guilt and 2) further my Clarins addiction!
The item I ordered was this Water Comfort One Step Cleanser. I did actually sample it, and love it, some years ago (or at least a very similar version) so I can't really understand how I had forgotten about it. But I did.
When it arrived I was very excited. This little gem promises to cleanse skin, remove make up and soften the skin in one easy step. Exactly what I need on a night time! All you need to do is soak a cotton pad and wipe the face. No need to rinse, all done!
(This would actually be brilliant for someone travelling, as no water is needed to clean; just the bottle and a piece of cotton wool).
Now on the Clarins website, it does state that it will remove 'light' make up, and this suggests to me powder etc. I use a full coverage Clarins foundation, and I have to admit, it is quite difficult to get my face completely clean. I do find though, that if I apply to the cotton and wipe, then repeat a few times, that my skin does become fresh and clean, so although I cannot do it in one step I am still happy. That is not Clarins fault; it is my own for trying to remove more make up than it is designed for! And if you were someone who actually did wear light make up (or none at all for that matter) then you would find this product very quick and effective.
My step dad actually uses this, with no moisturiser and he is very happy. Being a steel worker, he gets very grimy, and even after a shower and hair wash he manages to get yet more grime off using this wonderful product.
So how does it feel?
When I use the cleanser it feels very gentle on my skin. It sweeps over my face easily on the cotton, and I find it picks up plenty of grime along the way. There is no residue left on my face, and I do not feel all damp to the touch. I do, however, feel soft and clean! It does a wonderful job of caring for my skin and making it feel refreshed in an evening.
Although you do not have to, I do add a moisturiser after using this. This may be purely habit, and my mums lessons again, but I simply cannot wash my face and then not apply moisturiser. It goes against everything I have been taught! If you did choose not to though, I believe your skin would still feel very nice and soothed. I cannot say I have noticed any tightness following a liberal use of this product.
The liquid itself smells very fresh. There is no particular scent which comes to my mind when I smell the bottle. Just a nice clean and fresh scent I am happy to put onto my face. There is no lingering smell either, and I am more than happy with this.
The liquid - now this might sound silly - is very soft. I have said this about a Clarins product before, and I really do mean it. It does not feel like water does, it feels much smoother and softer. I assume this will be all the lovely softening ingredients in it (such as the peach essential water, the honey and the glycerine), and to be honest, this makes it even more of a pleasure to apply.
The bottle is easy to handle, and is in the usual Clarins style you expect. A simple bottle; a screw top lid; and a good sized hole in the top. You can easily tip out the product without it running everywhere and being wasted. The only down side is the bottle being clear it is very hard to read any of the red writing with the ingredients and basic instructions. But, all this information is contained on the leaflet that comes with it, so it isn't the end of the world.
Personally I am happy with the value for money with this product. A 200ml bottle has cost me £15.60 from Escentual, and online or in store direct from Clarins would be £19.50 full price.
The bottle lasts a good amount of time, and although I do have to use quite a bit more than I expected (thanks to my heavy make-up) I will still buy again to clean my skin in an evening. Although it will not replace my usual cleanse, tone, moisturise ritual in the morning, it is a very welcome addition to my skin care routine and collection!
I would recommend!
Please note: this is a facial cleanser, and should not be used to remove eye make-up!
© CherryCoke_x 2013
- I have also written my review on the website I bought the product from, and also on Clarins website itself.
Being somewhat a make-up junkie, I have tried many products simply because I cannot resist buying something new when I see it. On one of my regular trips into The Body Shop there was an offer where if I spent so much I got a free gift of up to £12; and it so happened that I decided on this trip to choose The Body Shop's Skin Primer - Matte It.
I did not choose this primer for the fact it claims to matt the skin as I do not personally suffer with oily skin; mine is more dry and sensitive. Had I seen at the time they also offer a Primer called 'Moisture It' I may have picked this up instead (but I am never the less over the moon with my 'Matte It' primer).
The primer itself comes in, to be brutally honest, a pretty cheap looking tube. It is made of soft squeezy plastic, is clear with some silver detailing, and has basic black writing on it. There is the usual Body Shop sticker on the reverse (lift for ingredients) and a silver twist on/off lid. The lid is very secure though, and having used it quite a lot, the bottle is not actually made of anything which could be cheap as it has not split or damaged at all (this was a worry of mine) and the lid has not cracked or broken either.
The primer itself is a clear gel. It is dispensed through a pin hole in the end of the tube, and it does not gunk up or block the tube at all. It feels extremely silky in the hands, and my goodness does a little go a long way! I definitely dispensed too much product the first time I used it; a pea sized amount (if that!) is more than ample for application all over the face and jaw line. It has no scent at all. This is brilliant for my sensitive skin! It also sits on the skin beautifully without any sticky feeling or heaviness, and to touch the skin following application it genuinely feels like silk. It is a stunning feeling primer. (The silky and luxurious feel on my skin is actually akin to my Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is £26!)
After applying the primer I chose to wear my Clarins Skin Illusion liquid foundation. I was a little concerned that the liquid may streak or slip with the primer being so soft and silky, but I had no issues in application. I have tried applying this foundation over it with both a brush and sponge (both stippling and smoothing the foundation on) and have not once had any issues with streaking or slipping. I also tested the primer with my Revlon Perfect Match cream compact foundation, applied with a sponge, and again had no issues.
When wearing this primer all day I found it to be very comfortable. My skin did not appear to dry out, and my foundation certainly stayed in place. I had no flaky build up; no orange patches; no wear around the face; and I was very happy to look in the mirror in the evening and still see a fresh made up face looking back at me. I am confident in saying that this primer certainly keeps make up in place.
As well as using this primer on my face/jawline, I also use it as an eye shadow and liner primer. I was advised in the shop that this could be safely used on my eyes, and I have found that it works very well. Again, there is no sliding or wearing off of the products and I find there is very little, if any, creasing of colour by the end of the day (though if using my MAC or Body Shop shadows there is no creasing at all). There are no issues in the application around the eyes either, as with the product being very gentle and not scented there is no aggravation.
As for the matt effect the primer claims to give; it is a little difficult for me to fully review. I can indeed state that when I am wearing this I do not see any shine. I can see a very clear difference in applying my make up with/without my primer and I definitely have more soft and silky looking skin with this under my foundation. As I do not really suffer with very greasy skin though, I cannot say that it will 100% matt your skin if you do suffer with this problem. I will say, however, go into a Body Shop store and ask them to try it on you! I think it will work if only going by the excellent reputation of the company and their products (and the fact that all the other factors discussed in this review are so positive). I cannot see that a product which works so well in all the other areas I have discussed could fail in the area which it is meant to be specialised.
This primer comes in a 25ml tube and costs, at full price, £12. There are always offers and promotions in The Body Shop though so I am sure you can get it on offer! The primer lasts 12 months, and to be honest, I am pleased it has such a long life as a little really does go a long way. It is without any doubt, value for money.
Overall I cannot recommend this enough. The only downside I can think of is the fact the packaging looks a little cheap. This is the only downsides though, and I think that speaks for itself really.
It is available both in store and online (if you are in Doncaster, nip into the store, they are super friendly!)
If you are interested (for application purposes) the foundation brushes I used for the review are: MAC's number 187 and 190 brushes.
The sponge I used with my Clarins liquid was a Cosmopolitan Beauty Blender sponge.
The sponge with the Revlon Compact was the standard square sponge enclosed with the compact itself.
The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer Pencil in Moonstone.
I am a big fan of products from The Body Shop, and thus far, I have not been let down by any. I am often in my local Doncaster branch spending money I shouldn't on treats I do not need! On one occasion about a month ago I happened to buy a few make-up products, one of which being this eye definer pencil in Moonstone.
The reason I opted for Moonstone - which is a very pale and pearlescent silver-beige - was because I had seen it used in the store, and it acts very much in the same way as Benefits 'highbrow' pencil. The colour can be used not only as a subtle liner, but also for other lovely tasks such as 'lifting' the eyebrows (well appearing to anyway...) and also as a gorgeous base on which to apply eye shadow and create a luminescent and beautiful lift for any colour applied.
As an eye liner, the pencil glides on beautifully and is very easy to hold. The pencil is of a good size to have a good steady grip, and the tip is of a good width to get a nice defined line. The liner within the pencil is lovely and soft, so there is no sharpness on the lids like with some pencils. It is not so soft however that it crumbles when applied. The Body Shop has certainly got the consistency correct with this product. One soft stroke of Moonstone along the lash line and you are left with a stunning pearlescent line which will brighten the eyes. The coverage is excellent; one stroke is more than enough to leave enough colour and shimmer on the eye without having to drag the pencil repeatedly to build up. The liner can be left simply as it is once applied (no smudging, no blending, one solid line) or you can use the tip of your finger (or a blender) to soften the line and create a much softer appearance. If you do choose to blend, there is no worries of the colour disappearing. It blends beautifully and does not just wipe off as I have found some cheaper brands do. The Moonstone liner can also be used with other colours to layer up, or open the eyes. To do this I apply my usual dark or coloured liner and add the Moonstone in the inner corners of the eyes; the delicate light colour instantly opens the eyes and creates the illusion of them being larger. It is easy to apply this pencil precisely, and I do not end up with messy splodges in the corners (as I have done so in the past!). This pencil lasts very well as a liner. I find that if I apply in the morning, I still have a lovely look by the afternoon/evening and although, if wanted, it would be more than easy to top up the liner, I do not feel this is necessary.
As I mentioned, this little beauty can be used as more than just a liner. I use mine in the same way that Benefits 'highbrow' pencil is used. After powdering in my eyebrows, I apply a single line of Moonstone under each brow and then gently smudge the colour with my finger tip to blend. In doing this, the eyebrow area is instantly lifted, and the brows appear more shaped and defined. It is a neat little trick that this lovely liner can be used for, and again, its staying power is great. I do not find that it fades or disappears.
I also use this liner as a base for my Body Shop beauty cube eye shadows (which I shall also review!). When using it in this instance, I cover my entire lid in the pencil (where I am to apply my shadow) and make sure that the colour is smooth and even. I sometimes use my finger to pat or blend the pencil; just to be sure the whole lid is covered evenly. I then apply the shade of my choice with a soft MAC make up brush (brush 213 if you wondered!) over the top of the liner, and build as required. The effect of having the Moonstone under the shadow is actually quite beautiful; the colour of the shadow is almost lifted, and the pigment appears deeper. The blue which I tend to layer on top of the liner then has a shimmer quality, and it reminds me of mermaids and that turquoise water you see in the tropical seas of faraway luxurious islands.....though maybe that is my fantasising getting the better of me :) either way, it looks stunning! I also find that actually the shadow lasts a little longer when applied on top of Moonstone; I have never had a problem with my Body Shop eye shadows really wearing off to a massive extent, but I have still noticed that the intensity of the colour does seem to last a little better with this pencil beneath.
The Moonstone liner comes as a basic pencil. There is no smudger as is pictured on here. It is a standard length eyeliner pencil with a secure plastic lid. The pencil itself is the same colour as the liner, so it is easy to identify amongst my many make up items! It has the usual information on the body of the pencil; company name, product name, shade. It also states the life of the product is 24 months. This is a brilliant length of time I think, as with the amount of jobs this little pencil can do, I do not think mine will last that long! But were you not to use it as much as I, then 2 years is certainly a long enough time for most people to get their value for money with regards to usage.
The lovely 1.25 gram pencil costs £8.00 full price and I think you more than get value for money. Also, The Body Shop always have special offers and promotions on, so you will without a doubt be able to get this in some kind of deal should you choke at the idea of spending £8.00 on an eyeliner :D
The liner can be bought online and in store (if you happen to be in Doncaster, nip in, they are so friendly in there!)
This shower butter is amazing. It is beautiful. It is creamy. It smells divine! What a start to my review ha ha, maybe I should actually explain why I love it so much!
I bought this butter when I saw an offer in Boots - 3 for 2 on Soap & Glory. "Lovely" I thought, and I decided on it as one of my products. I always have fairly dry skin and according to the front of this bottle it is a 'Luxe Cream Wash' with 'Superdew Spheres' and it includes 'velvety cocoa butter and shea butter' with 'grapeseed, sweet almond, and macadamia nut oils'. This sounded great to me as I imagined it to be a very soothing and moisturising wash (which I always need!) On the reverse it again tells us there is over 25% moisture oils and butters in the wash. Sounds very promising to the dry skinned girl sat here, and I was excited to take it home with me. So excited in fact that I actually used it only a couple of hours after I got home!
The minute I popped the lid I knew I had made the right choice. I could already smell the amazing scent from the butter! It was just yummy. I then squeezed gently to get a small amount of wash onto my sponge - it was thick enough to stay on the sponge without sliding off and losing it, but, creamy and soft enough looking to know this was going to be a luxury feeling experience - and the smell just filled my bathroom. Oh my, now I see why there is a warning on the back that it is not food!
"Warning: This is not a food, it's a body wash. (Hence, it will sting if it gets in your eyes and will taste terrible on toast)" - ha ha made me laugh a lot.
The bottle says that the scent is of 'pistachio, almond, and sweet vanilla' but I can closer relate it to fresh and gorgeous popcorn! Sounds bizarre I know, but that is what I instantly thought of. If I stood and smelled the scent carefully then yes, there is definitely the three aspects in there that are stated, but to me - popcorn is a far better description when it first hit!
The joy continued as I washed my body down. The butter foams up beautifully, and it is as though the more it foams the more scent is released. The foam is so soft and creamy and I felt like my skin was being soothed and caressed (this may sound crazy and OTT but honestly this is how much I love the experience of using it). It was almost a sadness to rinse the wash away - I wanted the scent and softness to remain forever! I was pleasantly surprised to find though, that when I did rinse, of course a lot of the scent did disappear down the plug hole with the bubbles, but my skin remained smelling sweet and tasty; a less overpowering scent than the butter right from the tube, but a lovely smell all the same (my bathroom also smelled gorgeous for a good hour or so after my shower - very very nice).
Once dried off I could feel my skin was actually quite smooth to the touch. Usually when I get out from a shower I have quite tight feeling skin, even when using a moisture wash. This was a different experience though. I still felt I needed to put a body moisturiser on, but to be honest, I think I may have been able to get away without. The 'need' may have come more from habit and having to feel the moisturiser soak into my skin, rather than the shower butter not actually doing its job. I did not have many dry patches at all, and my skin looked quite healthy. It was not at all blotchy like I usual am after a shower, and it did not itch either. These are impressive results in my book, and enough to make me say I will purchase it again.
The bottle which holds the shower butter is in the usual Soap & Glory style; the retro text/font; the retro image (in this case a stand mixer whipping cream to reflect the product name 'whipped clean'); and the use of yellows and pinks. It is a tall bottle which stands on its head (lid) and the lid itself is a secure flip top. The bottle's plastic is sturdy enough to hold form, but has enough flex to not cause any problems squeezing the product out (the shape of the bottle will also aid these points and the almost triangular shape aids in structure, while the widening toward the lid helps product escape - when you want it to anyway!)
The flip top lid is very sturdy. It allows the product to stand with ease, and is very east to pop open even with wet hands. It makes a satisfying 'pop' when opened and a good 'click' when closed. You know it is shut tight. I have had no problems with leakage or product wastage, and although it is stood on its head, I have had no issue with it getting messy or having butter dry around the hole and block it up.
There is a little more information on the bottle than I have noticed on some other products, such as being careful when using this not to slip (the oils can make the tub quite slippy) and one that surprised me was to 'keep away from children' as it is for 'adult use only'. The only reason I can think for this is it does smell good enough to eat, but whether there are more reasons it does not state, so people with families may want to avoid this one! Soap & Glory promote the '2 minute rinse' as printed on their products, which is excellent as it shows they care for the environment! "Waste Water Not. Want Water Not". (There is also a long list of ingredients, but I shall not bumph my review out with a long list. If you wish to see then their website is at the bottom of my review)
All in all, I think this is an excellent product. Yes I did get it on offer; yes it was 3 for 2 so technically free. Would I pay full price? Yes, I think I would - and that shocked me as I thought I would always say I'd never pay full price for Soap & Glory. I have to admit though, the 3 for 2 offers Boots regularly have for the range do make it that much more affordable! Full price this retails at £8.00 for 250ml....so like I say, the 3 for 2 is worth waiting for :)
I bought this spray as a one off purchase from our corner shop. I am massively obsessed with carrying sanitizer around with me, had run out of my trusty bottle of Body Shop gel, and saw this for £1 on offer in 'One Stop' so in the basket it went!
At first I wondered if it would be any good as I am used to being able to put a fair dollop of gel in my palm and work it around my fingers (and am actually really clumsy with no sense of co-ordination or direction) so was a spray going to be a little bit of a messy disaster? Well, yes and no (the yes is no fault of the sanitizer but of my stupidity!)
I first used this at work on my dinner break. Even though I had washed my hands, I had my usual paranoia about having germies on my fingers before eating my sandwich, so out the spray came. This was actually the first time I had looked properly at the bottle and I was quite happy to find that I could use this on surfaces too! (Though that does seem obvious now, thinking about the fact it is in a spray bottle...) I quickly sprayed on the table and wiped with a piece of paper tissue as stated on the bottle, then got down to spraying my hands. The spray nozzle is actually really good! It dispensed a good amount of sanitizer over my hands without too much waste, and didn't soak my hands too much either. There was no 'dribble' down the bottle from the nozzle, and it has never one got blocked on me. The only downside was my hands were very wet - it made it a little slippery to put the lid back on the bottle (though now in hindsight and - I since have realised - that it is easier to rub your hands together before trying to put the lid on ha ha) It is very simple to use, the usual really. Coat the hands and then rub together until dry. Done! Once you have sprayed your hands and rub together, it does dry fairly quickly, though I definitely think it takes longer to be absorbed than it's gel like cousin.
The liquid itself is very nice to use. Usually my hands really sting after using my gel (because they are dry and split) but I had no pain what so ever using this. My hands didn't even look red and aggravated! I was a little wary because I couldn't smell anything that, to me, smells 'clean' (that usual anti bacterial smell) but I know to trust a good name like Carex and put my doubts behind me.
The bottle for the spray is brilliant. The lid clicks on securely without being too hard to take off, and I have not yet managed to lose it in my bag. The pump to the bottle also screws on safely - no leaks so far! I was somewhat worried that this might happen and that I would end up with a very sanitized (but very wet!) handbag.
Since the first time I have used this spray I have got much better at using it. I am much less messy! I have not yet accidentally sprayed anyone, including me, in the eyes, and I have also managed to learn the simple trick of rubbing my hands together before putting the lid on! No more slipping around with the lid ha ha.
According to the stickers the bottle contains 200+ applications (though I think I may use a little too much at once to benefit from this) and kills 99.9% of all bad bacteria, alcohol free! The 99.9% figure always makes me happy, and the alcohol free statement also makes me very happy (because of the lack of stinginess!) so I am pleased that this spray has this benefit. It is also pointed out (as I previously mentioned) that the spray can be used to sanitize surfaces, as well as hands, such as; door handles; toilet seats; and nappy changing tables. Even though now I have used it, this seems obvious to me, I still think it is a brilliant benefit of the spray sanitizer and has it not stated it on the bottle I may have been too daft to realise! It does say you need to make sure if you use it on a surface that you ensure the surface is dry - of course this may take a little time, but I would say it is worth it to know it is fully hygienic.
All in all I am very happy with my little bottle. It has lasted a good month so far and I still have half the bottle left. It only cost me £1 for 75ml, and I think that is excellent value. Ok, so that was on offer, but I can imagine I would happily pay a bit more for this! I usually pay around the £2.50 mark for The Body Shop's similar size gel, so to have to convenience of a surface spray also, I would be happy to pay a little extra.
I must start by saying this may be the best Body Shop Body Butter I own (and I own a lot!) not because of the smell, or the look, or the texture, but simply because it works so well!
I bought this Body Butter about a month ago in a sale at the Body Shop near where I work and got an AMAZING deal of 5 full size pots for £15. Usually this retails at £13.00 for 200ml (which may sound expensive, but believe me it is worth it) so you can see just how good of a deal I got here!
This butter is designed for normal to dry type skin, and boasts of 24-hour hydration. Now I am normally pretty sceptical about '24 hour' claims but as it is The Body Shop that is claiming this, I did have a little more faith in the claim! Well, I at least hoped a little more that it would be true and would work rather than be an empty sales technique.
I decided to try this butter after a lovely long bath and a full body exfoliation. I was suffering from pretty dry and itchy skin so I felt I needed the extra moisture promised by this Olive Butter. I don't usually tend to stick to a certain type of butter (for oily skin; for dry skin; for normal skin etc) but on this occasion but I really thought I needed it.
The tub for the butter is in my opinion, the perfect way to store the product. It is in a good thick plastic tub with a secure screw on lid. Although these can get a little messy if you have product on your hands when trying to put the lid back on, I think this is still by far the best way to store the product as it is easy to dip in and get a good scoop (plus a pump would just get blocked as the butter would be far too thick for it to cope with).
The plastic the tub is made from is a deep green colour, and the sticker on top features a small vine of Olives. They look fresh, plump, and juicy! Visually appealing.
When I opened the tub I was not particularly enthused by the scent, or the pale mint green colour, but as soon as I felt the butter on my fingers I was won over. It is a silky smooth texture and you can instantly feel the oils & butters in it - it contains actual Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter. (That actually sounds quite gross but I mean you can feel the oils in a good way!) The butter is very thick, and looks as well as feels high quality, as you would expect from The Body Shop. It is amazingly easy to smooth onto the skin and a little goes a long way. The butter seems to sink in very easily, and though there is a small amount of residue left on the skin, I think this is a good thing and it feels lovely to me. It felt like it soothed the itchy patches of skin on my body, and it visually looked a lot less dry too. As for the scent, I am not totally won over by it. I have to admit it is not as fruity as I expected (on the website the scent is described as being fruity), and is a little bland, but it is definitely not unpleasant. It isn't too strong either, so if you didn't like the scent then it isn't like it hovers on your skin being overpowering for ages!
After a few hours I wondered if my skin would start to feel dry again but I was very happy to discover that actually the hydration does last for a long time! My skin felt soft and silky throughout the day; it also had a nice shine to it, which I guess may annoy some people, but it made me feel like my skin actually appeared quite healthy (and this is pretty rare for me when my eczema or simply dry skin flares up!). The scent by this time was still there, but only if I stuck my arm right up to my nose...I asked my boyfriend if he could smell it as he was sat right next to me, but no, he couldn't. So definitely not overpowering.
Another couple of hours later, and although the majority of the shine had gone I most definitely still had hydrated skin! No dry patches reappearing, and no itchy areas. My skin did not feel tight and did not look angry in any way. I was most definitely ecstatic with the results! I had never used a Butter or moisturiser that had been so effective when my skin was in this condition. Again, the scent was barely noticeable. By this point it had almost gone; just a slight linger and definitely not unpleasant.
These lovely effects lasted all the way to shower time before I went to bed, and afterwards I reapplied the Olive Butter before going to sleep. Next morning, I still had soft and lovely skin even with all the tossing and turning and getting my skin rubbed against the sheets! Although I had a shower before bed, and I obviously reapplied the butter before the 24-hour "limit" I have no problem believing that this Butter would indeed keep me hydrated for 24-hours :) AM-A-ZING
I am so happy with this purchase and I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to try The Body Shop Body Butters; they are amazing! And if you have dry skin, please give this a go. It is an actually God send to me! And one of the few products I have used that does not anger my eczema - another added bonus!
I have loved butters from The Body Shop for a long time, but over the past couple of years had migrated to other cheaper brands in an effort to save some money. I have to admit though, that although I may have found some very nice moisturisers with lovely scents, nothing has beaten The Body Shop's butters so far.
Whilst at work the other week I noticed on my travels that The Body Shop had a lovely sale on a lot of their butters. This excited me, and I realised I had another opportunity to stock up on my favourite type of moisturiser and feel thoroughly pampered once again! On my lunch I popped into the shop and had a good look at the different scents. I actually decided originally I wanted the Raspberry scent, and for £5, I had an utter bargain. The deal got better however when the Manager approached me to inform me that ALL butters on sale that day were either £5 each or 5 tubs for £15! I could not believe it! And so I got 5 different scents and left the shop ecstatic.
This raspberry butter I am reviewing today is possibly my favourite scent of all (though the papaya does come close!). The butter itself is very thick, as expected from good quality butter, and covers the skin beautifully. It is a pink colour and smells divine in the tub (which I think will be down to the use of natural raspberry oil - the scent is not at all artificial to me). I tend to use quite an amount of butter on my skin, but it is quite dry. As this particular butter is for normal skin, I maybe do need to use more product than another person would, but I do like to truly cover myself in the hydrating goodness! I scoop a good amount of the butter onto my fingers, rub my hands together to warm it up and make easier to spread, then smother onto my arms first and work my way down my body whilst enjoying the raspberry aroma that is appearing all around me. I really cannot emphasise enough how beautiful it does smell! The butter doesn't sink in immediately, and does sit on the skin a few minutes, but I quite like this. It makes me feel much more pampered and I feel I can 'see' the hydration that is caring for my skin (whether this is psychological or not, I do feel happier when I can see the product isn't just disappearing on me!)
Once my body is covered, and the majority has sunk in, I can immediately feel the benefits of the butter. My skin is from the first moment much softer, not at all itchy, and has a visible reduction in dry patches. My skin also seems to have a 'glow' about it and a lovely shine. Not a greasy residue shine, but a healthy looking shine. It is great on freshly waxed and buffed legs!
As mentioned above, I do have pretty dry skin, and I also suffer from bouts of eczema, so to have a product that can make my skin look healthy and fresh is imperative to me. The wonderful effects of the butter can be both felt and seen on my skin all day, and from the moment I apply in a morning, to the moment I am preparing for a good night's sleep, my skin feels soft and happily hydrated. It feels beautiful to touch, and not only that, but the fragrance lasts too! In fact I got in the car after doing a full day's work yesterday and my boyfriend commented how nice I smelled. He smelt my arm and confirmed it was indeed my body moisturiser. Now considering I work in a hot bakery with pasties and grease, this is a pretty huge achievement to still smell good after a long shift!
The tubs for the butters are, in my opinion, the perfect way to store the product. They are in good thick plastic tubs with a secure screw on lid. Although these can get a little messy if you have product on your hands when trying to put the lid back on, I think this is still by far the best way to store the product as it is easy to dip in and get a good scoop (plus a pump would just get blocked as the butter would be far too thick for it to cope with).
The tub for the raspberry scent is a gorgeous deep pink colour, and there is a sticker on top denoting the fragrance and the skin type. It also has some beautiful and tasty looking fresh raspberries pictured in the background which just makes the butter seem all the more yummy and appealing to me!
As I said, I got a 200ml tub of this product in an amazing sale of 5 for £15 or £5 per tub. Its usual retail price is £13 for 200ml. I have to admit though, were I to have to money I would buy it full price. It is wonderful! Nothing at all I can say negative, and the amount you have to use (or the small amount should I say) makes it exceptional value for money. If you have not tried The Body Shop's body butters before then I implore you to take advantage of their current sale and buy some (the sale is also online) I do not think you can ever be disappointed!
For my review of the Bourjois 3D Effect Lip gloss I am using shade 46 - Rose Lyric.
I bought this lip gloss on a complete whim - I am very much a make-up addict, and when I saw that Tesco had a 3 for 2 sale across cosmetics on payday, well, I got very giddy! Straight to the Bourjois stand for me! I do love my lip glosses, lipsticks, lip stains...let's just say lip products in general...and any reason to try a new one is a good reason in my book!
I was first attracted to this particular product over others because of the packaging. It is a lovely looking slim line tube with a shiny silver lid. On the top of the lid is a small coloured disc which reflects the colour of the gloss in the tube, and printed atop is a small silver number representing the shade code. The brand name "Bourjois" and the information "Effect 3D. Volume & Shine Elixir Gloss" is elegantly printed on the tube in silver to match the lid. It looks expensive, high quality, and with the slight curve of the tube and lid, it is very feminine. It was easy to view the vast array of shades at a glance as the tubing is a clear plastic, allowing the glossy & sparkly colours to shine through. As I have said above, I chose the colour 'Rose Lyric'. As you can most probably gather from the name it is a pink shade. Quite a deep pink actually, with a gorgeous slight silver shimmer throughout. It is a very beautiful colour, and quite elegant. Not at all Barbie-esque (though I am not ashamed to admit there is a Barbie pink shade available which I am tempted by!)
Once I had been drawn to the product simply by its visual aspect, I was then won over by its claims; "Action Baum Hydration" and "8hrs" are printed in silver towards the bottom of the tube. Now I have to admit, the claim of it being simply hydrating would be far easier to believe than the full 8 hours of hydration. I say this because I have known the majority of my previous lip glosses to slide off, and print onto drinks glasses etc, so I could not see how I would be able to get 8 hours of hydration from one coat - however - slightly sceptically I did decide to give this a go. I love a product with good hydration, so even in the 8 hour time scale fell through, I was sure I would still be pretty happy.
As soon as I was in the car I was whipping this product from my bag and trying it in the passenger side mirror (much to my boyfriend's bemusement of why I was so excited!) and I was extremely happy. The lid screws off very smoothly, revealing a clear plastic wand and lovely petite application brush. The brush holds a perfect amount of product to cover my bottom lip, allow me to press my lips together, and have a good coverage on both lips. (I, personally however, do love a bit extra cover and sparkle so now I tend to cover my bottom lip; press my lips together; and then dip into the tube again; add another coat to the top lip; press my lips together again; and then am very happy with the look. There is most definitely though, plenty of coverage from the initial application I describe should you like a more subtle look). The pink shade looks stunning - it is not at all 'in your face' and looks a more glamorous version of my natural lip shade, and obviously, the sparkle adds to the glamour (and manages it without making the glitter over shadow the colour of the gloss!)
The applicator is of a very high quality. I have not had any issues with losing any fibres from it, and the brush has not lost its shape. You do have to treat it carefully though, as the hole for the brush to go back in the tube is quite small, and so you could easily damage the brush were you to catch it onto the sides. The casing itself is also high quality. So far, I have not had any of the printed information rub off (though I am sure it will wear away with time) and the lid has only slightly marked/scratched where the silver colour is. I am obviously happy with this as I find when the silver or other colourings start to scratch off a lovely looking lip gloss, it can soon start to look cheap and nasty.
Ok, so down to the feel off the gloss. Well, it really does feel lovely on the lips. It is a very smooth gloss and doesn't feel at all tacky or sticky when applied. It glides on very easily, and does not gunk up or make you feel like you have eaten a very greasy fry up! It almost feels kind of watery on the lip, though not at all in a bad way. It is actually very pleasant. The sparkle cannot be felt, which I am very thankful for. I have had glosses with sparkle before where it felt like I had glued gravel to my lips - awful! Bourjois have very successfully avoided this feeling with this lovely gloss. The sparkle makes my lips look fuller too I believe, as when I applied it I did seem to have a fuller looking 'pout' as it were. I also noticed that when I smiled the lips looked far more smooth and attractive with this on. As I mentioned before "3D Effect" is printed on the tube, and while I have to be honest that I am not sure what a "3D effect" could be on already 3D human lips, I am assuming that this fuller look is perhaps what Bourjois were shooting for, and if that is the case, then the claim made is very much true. My lips most definitely can feel the hydration, and I imagine that is what is to thank for the lack of gunk and stickiness. When wearing my lips feel soft, and after it has been removed my lips do not at all feel dry and I could choose not to apply a balm and still feel soft. As for the "8hrs" of hydration claim printed on the bottle though, I am sad to report that it is not true. Well, in my experience anyway. Just talking seems to wear this gloss away fairly swiftly, and it does not stand any chance against food or drink, so unless you are constantly applying the gloss I do not think you can get 8 hours hydration - there does not seem to be much of a balm left behind when it does come off, and so, there is no product there to hydrate unless you physically keep putting it there. When buying it I did expect this to be the case, as you know, but I was still somewhat deflated at the rate in which it wore away. This is not to say, however, that I do not recommend it - I do. Just do not buy it expecting it to last on an evening out without a fair amount of reapplication because it won't. I have been sat here writing this review for no more than 40 minutes whilst wearing this gloss, and it has almost completely worn away. My lips do feel soft, but over time they are getting dryer and my balm will come out soon.
At £7.99 per 5.7ml tube, this gloss is rather pricey for what it does. In my opinion it is a pretty standard gloss, just with very attractive colours. I perhaps wouldn't pay full price for it, but were I to see it on another 3 for 2 offer, or a similar offer, I will definitely purchase another shade or two. It also has a life of 18 months, and a little does go a long way even if you do have to apply frequently, so I guess if you weighed up the time it is going to last versus the cost it actually isn't too horrendous...but I would still have to see it on sale to purchase again.
All in all, I would recommend this product, but with a warning of don't let the 8hrs of hydration draw you in because that promise is just not true. The colours though are fantastic though so give it a shot if you see a good deal near you! I just can't bring myself to give any more than 3 stars because of the untrue claim, and I feel, overpricing of a pretty standard gloss.
I had very high hopes and expectations for this glossy, luxurious, and very beautiful looking shower wash. Its rich red colour with pearlescent sheen made it immediately stand out on the shelf. The word 'sublime' emblazoned across the front of the bottle and the promise of a 'richly moisturising' gel and a 'truly pampering experience' had me sold immediately - the 99p it would cost me for 250ml was a happy bonus. The star flower and jojoba oil promises wonderful moisture for the skin and the pomegranate promises to restore and keep skin smooth. Along with these lovely effects of this so called 'sublime' wash was the beautiful scent I could smell from the top of the bottle- I could imagine myself being surrounded by the beautiful smells in my shower, closing my eyes, and drifting off into relaxation.
Boy was I wrong!
I could not have been much more disappointed when I used this. There is nothing special about it to my senses. It is just a bog standard wash, and I have used many more that surpass this by a long shot. It is described as a cream, but I find it very hard to call it this. It is a basic gel! Nothing more. The scent of the gel is so faint once out of the bottle that, to be honest, the first time I used it I did not notice it. I noticed it more other times when used in the bath, but even then, it was negligible. As for any hope of the scent remaining on the skin - don't count on it. This is hugely disappointing considering the strength and beauty of the scent when you pop the lid.
It is a fairly thick gel, and the pearlescent look of it is truly very pretty. But, in my mind this is not enough to create a pampering experience as claimed. It does foam up well on my bath puff, and it did clean me thoroughly, but this is all it did. I did not notice any evidence of moisturising. I got my hopes up to begin with as the lather did feel very soft on my skin, but no. Once dried off with a towel my skin did not feel happy. If anything, it felt a little drier than before!
The bottle itself is very attractive, and Imperial Leather has clearly gone out of their way to make the gel appear to be very luxurious. It is a shame so much time was not spent on the wash itself actually performing in this way! The bottle is the usual curved Imperial Leather shape (which allows a good grip even with wet hands) and is clear so the beautiful colours can show through. There is floral detailing around the logo, and then in simple font the empty promises of 'sublime' and 'richly moisturising'. The lid is functional and of good quality - easy to flip open and dispense the gel. Easy to fasten again securely, and to date, prevent any leaks. You do have to shake a little to get the remaining dregs out though as the bottle cannot be upended - the lid is wavy and cannot support the bottle upside down.
So all in all, a big let-down from Imperial Leather. A beautiful looking product, with big promises, and low performance. How this can be described as a 'sublime' and 'richly moisturising' wash I will never know. It has only redeemed itself in the fact that 1) it is functional in that I am clean; 2) It foams well and; 3) the bottle design and appearance of the gel are both lovely. Other than that? Well, let's just say I am glad I only paid 99p!
2 stars are being very generous for a big bottle of disappointment.