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This shampoo comes in a slim lime green bottle with black and white lettering. The colour of the bottle caught my eye and when i saw it was on offer (i got the bottle for £2.50) and suited my hair type, i couldn't resist. This product is designed to help combat the effects that heat styling cause to hair and aims to remoisturise and soften dry, brittle hair.
This shampoo smells very nice, quite fruity and appley without being too overpowering. A little applied to damp hair can be worked into a nice smooth lather and i found this shampoo detangles the hair easily, leaving it feeling moisturised rather than stripped of all natural moisture.
Once dry, my hair felt very moisturised after using this shampoo, it seemed to have quite an effect, reducing frizz and making my hair feel a little healthier. My hair is shinier without feeling weighed down by chemicals so overall i am very happy with this product. I use this shampoo with the corresponding conditioner which seems to be very beneficial and i look forward to seeing my hair get healthier as i continue to use Garnier fructis!
This product comes in a small sachet in the typical tresemme colours of black and white. There is enough of the product in the sachet to cover your hair (mine's mid-length and there was more than enough)
The sachet says to massage the product into the hair after shampooing and towel drying and to leave it in for 3-5 minutes. As my hair had got quite dry and damaged i chose to leave it in for the full 5 minutes before combing it through and rinsing out. Straight out of the shower, my hair felt immediately less tangled and generally smoother. Once i had dried my hair i noticed that i had considerably less flyaways and my hair did have a nice shine to it, without feeling weighed down by products.
The only downside to this product is that it seems to be quite a temporary fix, as a couple of days on and my hair is quite dry and frizzy again. However, as a quick treat for the hair, this is very effective and i think if i used this more regularly i may notice a long term difference in my hair.
Also, i found the sachet quite hard to open with wet hands in the shower so i'd advise opening the sachet beforehand!
This mouthwash comes in a blue bottle, the mouthwash itself is also aqua-blue in colour. The bottle has a cap on which there are ml marks so you can measure out the amount of mouthwash your require (15 ml is the recommended amount).
I found that this mouthwash has a far less potent, much weaker taste than any other mouthwash i have encountered. It does still have a minty taste but doesn't make you shudder, a positive considering you are required to swish it around your mouth for a whole minute rather than the usual 30 seconds. However, i found that this weak taste seems to correspond with a weak mouthwash. My mouth does not feel any particular increase in clean-ness after using this product, stonger mouthwashes seem to make me feel as though my mouth has been stripped of plaque/bacteria whereas Macleans seems to have had little effect. This prouduct is recommended for use after each toothbrushing session yet seems to add nothing.
This shower gel comes in a 50ml clear plastic bottle and is a honey coloured gel. The bottle is made with 30% recycled plastics (apparently the body shop are working on improving this).
The gel itself has quite a unique smell and you can definetely smell the almond. Overall the smell is quite sweet and i would say is very nice.
The gel lathers well and a little goes quite a long way so i found a bottle lasts for quite a long time. The gel claims to have a moisturising effect which i have found to be true, my skin certainly feels softer since i have been using this shower gel.
As with all body shop products, this shower gel has been developed without the use of animal testing which is another obvious benefit to buying this shower gel over some of the other cheaper gels.
One problem which i have found with this product as, due to the shape and thick plastic used to make the bottle, it becomes increasingly harder to squeeze the gel out, especially towards the end of the bottle. However, this would not put me off buying this shower gel.
These eyeshadows come in little white pots with a clear plastic lid so you can see which colour the eyeshadow is. However, much of the pot is not actually holding eyeshadow as the underneath is indented so you may initially be decieved by how much eyeshadow you really get!
I bought this product mainly because it was quite cheap and i wanted to try out a few shades of eyeshadow to see which types suited me. However, i found that this eyeshadow was very difficult to apply, you have to dig at the powder with the brush to release enough powder to produce any kind of real colour on the eyelid. Once you have got colour onto the eyelid it certainly doesn't last all day, this may be ok to wear to a party but as an all-day eyeshadow it really doesn't work. I think it is probably worth the extra money to get a shadow which works.
This eyeliner is a simple black pencil with silver lettering.
I bought this as it's a little cheaper than my usual eyeliner and thought i would give it a try to see if it performed as well. I found that the eyeliner was fairly easy to put on, only requiring one or two strokes of the pencil to get the desired effect and the colouration it produced was nice and dark. I also found it quite easy to smadge this eyeliner when creating the smoky eye effect so i was initially quite pleased. However, as the day wore on i found that this eyeliner smudges ridiculously easily, i am quite used to wearing eye makeup and dont often rub my eyes but i found this product simply would not stay put! As a result of this smudging i had to reapply this eyeliner a couple of times over the day which really isn't convenient. I feel it is worth paying a few pennies more for a product which won't smudge and fade over the day as Special eyes does.
The packaging: This mascara comes in a black tube with gold lettering and trim which immediately creates a classy look to the mascara. The brush has fairly small bristles and ranges from larger bristles to smaller ones to get right into the corner of the eye.
This product really does deliver in terms of making your eyelashes look lovely. The brush is able to reach all lashes and gives just enough coating for a nice daytime look. Each lash stands out and i did not get any problems with flaking or smudging throughout the day.
In terms of negatives, I didn't feel i was able to get a dramatic enough 'false lash' look with this mascara so it's not really suitable for going out clubbing etc. Also it is quite expensive and i'm not sure i would be happy paying the £10+ that this mascara costs on my lowly student budget. However, i certainly would not rule out buying this mascara again.
Packaging: This conditioner is in the classic Aussie Miracle style, with a cream bottle and purple writing and cap along with a vaguely amusing description on the back of the bottle of the main ingredient from nature in this particular product (Macadamia nut in this case).
This conditioner smells quite nice, as Aussie Miracle products tend to, and i have found that a little seems to go a long way so the fairly small bottle (250ml) lasts for longer than other conditioners which i have tried.
It does not give a recommended time to leave this conditioner in for, just that is should be used alongside the shampoo equivalent, however i tend to leave it in for about a minute before rinsing.
I have found that this conditioner does leave my hair quite soft and smooth with a nice shine so i am overall quite impressed. However, it can build up over time and leave my hair a little greasy so i opt not to use this as an everyday conditioner, more as a pick-me-up if my hair gets a bit dry.
This is a website designed to show you what the weather is going to be like in your chosen place over the next fourteen days. It details:
-'Feels like' temperature
-Wind direction and speed
There is also a small pictoral representation of the weather (e.g. picture of raindrops if it is to be a rainy day).
Each of these are updated for every 3 hours each day so you can see the weather for 10:00, then 13:00 etc. This is much more useful than weather forecasts which only show an overall day perspective.
In order to find the weather for your desired location you can type in a place name or postcode which is good as the weather prediction you recieve is detailed for the exact area that you want.
The overall layout of the site is simple to use and clear with large tabs to direct you to the day for which you want forecast.
On the whole i have found the predictions on metcheck to be quite accurate. Accuracy does decline the further into the future you are looking but i think this is a problem faced by all weather forecasters.
Although i use this website just for the basic forecasting feature, metcheck also has sections for cylclone track, stormwatch, ski resort watch...the list goes on! It is also possible to subscribe for an extra detailed personal version of the site should the weather forecast be very important for your business or hobby for example.
This product comes in a little tube with some small leopard print and text outlining the name/colour of the product. On top there is a small mirror which is supposed to provide a way to apply touch ups to makeup during the day but to be honest is a little too small to be practical so probably just adds a little unecessary expense.
This product matches well to my fair skin and as i use the bourjois foundation i found that it blended in very well. The concealer has a high level of coverage and even works quite well around the eyes to cover up dark circles. It is easy to apply, either smudged in with your fingers or directly with the stick. The main quality that i look for in a concealer is it's ability to stay throughout the day without smudging off and having to be repeatedly reapplied. This concealer certainly did the trick, easily lasting the day with minimal wear.
At around £6 a tube, this is in the mid-price range and i would argue certainly worth paying that little bit extra for! The whole bpurjois range tends to be of good value and this is no exception.
I chose the 'ultra black' look and use this eyeliner as part of my everyday make-up.
This ia a typical pencil style eyeliner (requires a pencil sharpener). The colour of the pencil denotes the colour which it dispenses. The ultra black version consists of a black pencil with gold writing. Overall, this is a simple classic design with no unnecessary packaging.
I found that this eyeliner does not require repeated application in order to get the desired effect around the eyes. One or two strokes of the pencil is enough to produce a dark enough line.
One problem often encountered with eyeliners is the fact that they often smudge or faid during the day, requiring reapplication. I was pleased to find that this Bourjois eyeliner does not tend to fade and in fact can keep a good consistent line and colour through an entire day. It does not run or smudge around the eye like other eyeliners so there is no need to be repeatedly checking in the mirror to see if oyur makeup is still intact!
Although not particularly cheap, this eyeliner is worth the money in my opinion. As it doesn't require frequent reapplication, the pencil itself lasts longer and you can be confident that your eye makeup is going to last.
This eyeliner can be used minimalistically for an everyday look or can be applied more heavily for going out so is a makeup bag must-have/
This product comes in a nice black squeezy bottle with gold and pink writing. Overall the bottle looks nice and modern, it has clearly been designed for those who like to go out partying.
This product claims to breath new life into hair that has been overstyled and overworked during the day. The idea is that you use this before a big night out, after shampooing, to make your hair glossy and revitalised. You massage this product onto the hair, like a conditioner, and leave it for 30 seconds before rinsing for double the maount of time that you would for a regular conditioner. As I admittedly do sometimes overstyle my hair, resulting in it often being flat and a bit frizzy by the end of the week, this product attracted me.
Straight from the bottle, this product is quite like a thick conditioner and smells quite sweet, i think it has a bit of a coffee-like undertone to it aswell, overall it;s quite a nice smell.
I did find that the product smoothed flyaways and made my hair quite glossy. However, it felt almost as though my hair had been coated in chemicals and it certainly did not feel as volumulous as usual, in fact it felt quite limp. My hair was ok for the night out but by the morning it felt quite greasy and needed to be washed again, which is quite uncommon. Taking into account the fact that this product is certainly not cheap, i dont think it would be worth purchasing again.
This sun spray comes in a bottle which fits nicely into the had, complete with grooves for grip along the side. The packaging is a nice blue plastic with a yellow lid and has a section which is transparent in order to see how much of the spray is left inside the bottle which is of course useful. There is a clear plastic cap on top of the bottle to stop leakage. This sun protection spray is available in SPF 10, 20 or 30 and comes in a 200ml bottle.
This spray claims to be '100% invisible and non-greasy'. There is an immediate problem caused by this 'invisibility' in the fact that this clear spray is quite hard to administer correctly if you are not entirely sure where you have or haven't sprayed it already. This aside, however, the spray is simply sprayed onto the skin and requires a little bit of rubbing in but absorbs much more quickly than the typical white cream sun lotion. I also found that the claims of non-greasiness are pleasantly correct, the spray can even be put onto your face (it is advised to spray into your hands and rub in rather than directly onto the face) and results in minimal 'greasiness' which is definitely a plus. The problem of white streaks across your skin that can be caused by sun cream is also avoided due to the transparency of the spray.
This sun protection also claims to be water resistant and on the whole i have found this to be true. It must be noted that the spray is not waterproof however, so does require re-application every so often if swimming out in the sun. On a recent holiday i spent a whole day in the blazing sun and didn't experience any sub-burn at all, i was using the SPF 30 and reapplied it once every couple of hours to be safe though.
The spray bottle works at all angles and can even be sprayed upside down if trying to apply it to your back, for example.
Another feature of this spray which must be mentioned is the smell. It has a lovely, quite caramel-ly smell and is the best smelling sun cream i have ever encountered!
Overall this is a very good suncream; it smells delicious, works well in terms of sun protection and doesn't make the skin greasy.
This foundation incolves pressing the little black button at the bottom of the dispenser which dispenses some of the foundation into the centre of the brush attached at the top. The brush can then be sewpt across the face and leaves a layer of foundation.
i found that the colour (i chose the palest shade) matched my skin quite well and wasn't too 'orangy' which had been an issue with previous foundations which i had tried. There is a range of shades, i believe around four or five.
I did, however, find a few problems with this product; One main problem being the fact that it is quite hard to tell how much of the product is left until very much towards the end. There is a small bar of clear plastic on the side of the packaging through which you can see where the product is running out but this usually only indicates two or three more uses so doesn't necessarily give you much time in which to go out and buy a new foundation. Also, towards the end i found that the foundation became quite runny and left my face a little to shiny for my liking. I also felt that the cost of this foundation was a little high most prbably due to the packaging involved, you are not only paying for the foundation, you are paying for the whole brush mechanism aswell. If bourjois did a refill pack then prehaps this would be better value for money but buying the whole mechanism each time seems a little excessive.
I have stayed with Bourjois for my foundation needs, as i have finally found the shade to match my face but i switched to a more powdery based foundation without the built in brush idea.
This is my absolute favourite lip balm and certainly a regular in my make-up bag! I don't wear lipstick on my lips as i feel it can look to garish on my pale skin but i have found that the quick subtle pink colour of this chapstick, as well as the slight shine, makes my lips look very nice. I also never suffer from sore or chapped lips if im using Chapstick so it's a must have over the winter in particular. Another plus for me is the price, costing pennies, i would certainly argue that this brilliant value for money. It comes in a small handy tube which can be popped into a pocket and which doesn't run out as quickly as you might expect from such a little tube.
I suppose a negative would have to be the fact that this product does have to be applied to lips quite frequently, a few times a day, in order to be really effective.