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      16.08.2012 10:52
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      A sweet strawberry, definitely British experience!

      With all the Olympics hype, I had to support Team GB with a good old fashioned British shower gel. This shower gel was released by Original Source and is one of their seasonal edition which will only be around for about six months. Packaging A top down squeezy plastic bottle, I really like this style of shower gel bottle design as it's easy to store in the shower. The outer area of the gel has a textured finish for easier grip when wet. See through packaging mean you can see how much you have left. I also think the Union Jack is a nice touch and means it would stand out easily on the supermarket shelves. Supporting of their ethical principles this bottle is also recyclable. Scent Original Source is one of those does what it says on the tin. It uses natural fragrances which is a plus in my book. The natural fragrance highlighted in this fragrance is obviously the strawberry. Just smelling from the cap in the shop this very much reminded me of the Giant Strawbs from Haribo - fruity, tangy but subtly sweet. I love the sweets so I loved this scent, and happily bounded off to the till with my purchase. However, all changed once it lathered in the shower, the tangy strawberry turned into more of a strawberry cake with desiccated coconut. Slightly strange I thought, I personally prefer the original scent from the bottle and didn't like this sickly scent. I appreciate strawberry is a difficult scent to get right, but even with a natural scent this shower gel has a slightly artificial feel to the scent. The scent doesn't really last on my skin, don't really mind this as I still feel nice and clean after I have left the shower. It's almost like being on Henman Hill with your strawberries in the rain! Gel Quality As I have to come to expect from Original Source it's excellent!! The gel is not so runny that it runs through your hands before you can lather it up; neither is it so thick it is hard to squeeze out of the tube. I get a good lather from this shower gel, so I can do my whole body with a ten pence sized amount of gel. My skin type is slightly sensitive and Original Source products have never aggravated that, and neither did the strawberry shower gel. It is not a cream formula so is slightly drying, but no more so than any other shower gel in this price band. All Original Source gels are vegan and made in the UK. Everyone's happy then! Price and Availability The RRP of this product is around the £2 mark, but who has ever paid full price for one of these shower gels. Poundland and various supermarket offers mean I only ever pay a £1 for one of these gels. I think for 250 ml of a good quality shower gel this does offer value for money. Original Source products are normally easy to get hold of from places like Boots, Poundland and various supermarkets. However, as this is a limited edition summer scent, it may be more difficult to come by. Overall I like this shower gel, but I don't love it. The patriotic packaging was a nice touch for the Olympics, but I wish the scent could have been true to how it smells from the bottle, for this reason I'm knocking off a star. A four star worthy product. This review may also appear on Ciao account under the same name.

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        02.08.2012 10:52
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        Super citrussy!

        Who's back? It's my first review in a while, and I figured what better way to start than with a Body Shop body butter. This time its the 200 ml tub of the satsuma fragrance, which I managed to pick up at a bargain £1 on the website after spending an obscene amount of money on their other products. I have now tried the shea, lychee blossom, cherry and the sweet pea duo, so how does this compare? Who are The Body Shop? The Body Shop was first founded by Anita Roddick in Brighton offering high quality products that were sustainably sourced and gave back to the community in which they came from. Although the business has now grown to include over 2,500 stores across the globe and has now been taken over by cosmetics giant L'Oreal; The Body Shop still likes to follow its core values.Twenty years ago The Body Shop set up their own co-operative, to ensure a fair price to their suppliers in the developing world, which now helps over 25,000 people in their local communities. The Body Shop Foundation was also set up in 1990, a charity to help small frontline services funding in times of hardship. The Body Shop has always been against animal testing and not only cares about animals, but people too. Their recent campaigns relate to the prevention of child sex trafficking, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. It is clear to see that Anita Roddick was a woman clearly ahead of her time, as we are now increasingly aware of the damage we're doing to the planet and about the sustainability of the goods we buy. I have been pleased to see over recent years that L'Oreal are still supporting their campaigns with the recent trafficking campaign being sent to Downing Street.These body butters are a bit of a cult product in the bath and beauty world and come in at least ten varieties, with special editions popping up for Christmas, and the new additions of the Duo body butters which contain different formulations of body butters for drier and less dry areas of skin. Satsuma Body Butter - Packaging No matter what size they come in the body butters all come in a screw lid tub. The shea butter is no different the lid is easy to open even with wet hands and screws tightly shut. Each body butter comes in a different colour tub, making the butter easy to identify in the store and at home. This one is a vibrant orange, The Body Shop have recently updated the packaging and I certainly like it. The packaging is much simpler with a single image of the fruit with fewer words, a thumbs up from me. I personally like tubs as I get minimal waste of good product, over a squeezy tube. The Scent This scent is fresh, fresh, fresh. It does smell distinctly fruity, not sickly or jammy with an added cleanness, a note which my hayfever filled nose can't quite identify. Out of the body butters I have tested this is probably the strongest scent and is made with real orange and satsuma oil which results in such a realistic scent. With this scent I feel as though I don't need any other perfumes or body mists, and can still smell the citrus on my skin at the end of the day. Texture, Absorbency and Moisturising Capabilities The texture of this body butter is fairly thick, however not as thick as the shea. This is probably due to this body butter being designed in mind for those with normal skin and the shea for dry to very dry. However, the satsuma butter is much thicker and more moisturising than my lychee blossom which is also designed for normal skin. This pale orange 'butter' is easily absorbed and leaves no residue. Both important factors in my choice of body butter. The only time when the heaviness of this product has been a problem was in the recent heatwave, when your legs feel a bit oily. However in that sort of weather I don't even want to wear body lotion and stick to moisturising mists. As far as moisturising goes, I have normal to dry skin, and this formula does keep my skin moisturised. If I use it in the morning, I wouldn't need to moisturise until the next day. My skin feels soft,and still projects the citrus all day. Important Ingredients * Community Trade Shea Butter - This is all the way from Ghana where some use it as a mild form of sunblock as it may naturally protect to the equivalent of SPF 6. Did you know shea butter is edible and regularly used in chocolate fillings? * Cocoa Butter - Another product from Ghana, and is picked by hand, known for its moisturising properties, aided by the fact that it also melts at body temperature. * Parabens - I can't see any in the ingredient list of this product, excellent for those trying to avoid the pesky parabens Price, Availabilty and Other Products This is a permanent line in The Body Shop, so all products should be easily available in store or online, save the elusive 400 ml body butter which seems to appear once in a blue moon. As I previously stated the body butter is available in a 200 ml tub priced at £12.50. Other products in the range include: * Satsuma beautifying oil - £9 * Sarsuma body polish - £9 * Satsuma shower gel (250ml) - £4 * Satsuma shimmer lip balm - £2 * Satsuma hand cleanse gel - £2.50 * Satsuma body mist - £7 * Satsuma puree body whip - (250ml) - £8 Remember you can get 10% of all the above prices with the purchase of the Body Shop's Love Your Body Card which costs £5. I would consider buying this body butter again, however the scent was a little overpowering for me. I have also found other body butters from The Body Shop which I prefer in scent and moisturising capabilities for this one. However, if you like quality body butters and a strong citrus scent, I think this is a keeper. Overall/ Recommendations A great body butter for normal skin, with a strong, yet natural citrus scent which is extremely long lasting. I am knocking a star off as the scent is a little potent for me, however I appreciate this is merely a matter of opinion. 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          08.01.2012 20:02
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          A lovely candle to work next to on those stressful nights.

          I tend to go through phases with certain products and buy a load of different products in one go bath bombs, lip balms, perfume... this time it's candles, and I seem to be stockpiling quite a collection, however this one is still my only Yankee. I came to pick my small jar up up in Clintons at half price, so I paid around £4 instead of the usual price of closer to £8. Packaging The packaging of these is really functional the clear glass allows you to see easily how much is left. The glass comes high enough so the flame is always enclosed and out of reach of young hands. The lid is heavy and fits nice and tightly, so there is no chance of the lid falling off, and the scent can't leak away. Wax and Burning The wax itself is a lovely sea green like colour, which the candle retains even after burning. The green colour itself I find to be very relaxing adding to the theme of the candle. The wick itself is easy to light and doesn't produce much smoke. The candle burns smoothly and evenly, and unlike many of my cheaper candles has not tunneled at all. The candle claims to last for around 25-40 hours, I burn it 2-3 hours at a time and have found it to be about a third of the way down after around 12 hours burn time. Scent The scent itself compromises of mandarin and lemon verbena. I love citrus and this is what originally drew me to the Island Spa range, however the citrus with the freshness of the verbena does mean it leans towards a lemon cleaning product. I really like burning this candle, particularly when I'm working, I find it a particularly calm and refreshing scent. Recommended. Advantages Good quality wax with no tunneling. Scent lasts throughout, a clean citrus that does not overpower the room. Pretty and practical packaging. Wick is easy to light and trim. Small jars good for travel, can fit in a hand, so don't take up too much worktop space. Yankee are widely available online and in stores including Clintons and Debenhams. Disadvantages May not be to everyone's tastes as the citrus is a bit 'Pledgey'. Expensive, although I have yet to find a cheaper candle range that burns so evenly with good throw, so I am happy to pay more. Although widely available can be hard to find a specific scent. This review may also appear under the same username on Ciao.

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            13.11.2011 11:00
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            A gingerbread house I'd want to live in!

            So this is my second favourite time of the year at Lush when all the wonderful Christmas range is released, Snow Fairy, Cinders, Glogg shower gel etc. all return. my favourite time of the Lush year is obviously when these items are reduced in the Christmas sales. This time a bubble bar called Gingerbread House caught my eye, what's not to love it not only produces bubbles but has that classic Christmassy ginger scent, and did I mention it looks like a little house with real rainbow sprinkles on it???? Appearance This little oblong, orange/ ginger coloured house, is topped with a white 'icing like coating' smattered with rainbow sprinkles. Like last year the chimney was made out a cinammon stick, pretty cool, but the one I bought looked like it had a little sad piece of cinnamon bark for a chimney. Let The Bubble Bar See The Bath These bubble bars are really easy to use, just crumble into warm running water. The consistency of the Gingerbread House means it easily crumbles into the water, meaning no lumpy baths. I personally used the whole bar, but I reckon you could get at least two baths out of this bubble bar. The colour of the bath itself is an orange/ red rust colour, not my favourite colour from Lush, however I'm not sure what other colour you could turn this bar to fit in with the theme. It is not the bubbliest bubble bar, but certainly satisfied my need for bubbles. This bubble bar does feel smoothing and moisturising without the lumps of cocoa butter that make hair removal in the bath impossible. Another important note with Lush products is clean up after using this one is minimal, as long as you pick the cinnamon stick out. What Makes Up The Scent? The overall vibe I get is that homely gingerbread scent with an extra Christmas fruitiness. As a cautionary note this one smells way better in the bath than it does dry in the shop, so this is one you have to trust the Lush staff when they say it does smell really good! * Ginger - This is literally the bread and butter of the fragrance. It is warm and spicy. Not only does it make you all warm and fuzzy inside. Ginger is known to help relax all those tense muscles, great after a long day of Christmas shopping. * Lemon Oil - One of nature's great cleansers. The lemon does cut the ginger slightly, to give it an uplifting feel to the bubble bar. * Buchu Oil - Made from an evergreen shrub native to South Africa, the aroma it gives is blackcurrant with a little bit of mint. Adding Christmas fruit and candy cane vibes to make this bubble bar uber-Christmassy in a very subtle way. * Cinnamon Sticks - I didn't get much cinnamon from this one, but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little bit of cinnamon. Adding a different spice into the mix brings the bubble bar all together. Overall this is one of my favourite scents Lush has ever produced, but I am a little biased, as I am a massive sucker for ginger scents in beauty products. However, if you like ginger, this is ginger with a bit of twist, done well. How My Skin Felt After? My skin felt lovely and soft, certainly hydrated. All these benefits without the very slippy bath that Lush often leaves me with. The scent lingered on my skin for hours afterwards a big plus. Price and Availability The Gingerbread House is available for only a limited time in Lush this Christmas time, so if you're a fan of these bubble bars head on down to Lush. They are £2.95 for one bubble bar and you may get two or three baths from one bubble bar. However, it is such a unique scent that I struggle to find elsewhere on the high street I believe it is worth splashing out on. It is also available in the £14.95 Gingerbread House Tin along with other Christmas edition products. As far as layering goes, sadly Lush doesn't seem to do a range which would layer well with this product. However Origins' ginger range particularly their body souffle would be fabulous with this. Overall This is a one of a kind scent, with a price tag that is a little steep, but I'm prepared to pay to get something a little different this Christmas. This review also appears on Ciao under the same username.

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              18.09.2011 15:23
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              Not original enough!

              Now, I am a big fan of Original Source, in fact I would go as far as a huge fan of Original Source, so spotting a scrub in their shower range at Boots got me more than a little bit excited. I have been using a variety of Soap and Glory and The Body Shop scrubs, but we all know they are a little pricey, so as I have moved to London and my rent has gone up, I could not resist this comparatively budget buy. *** Packaging *** If you have ever used Original Source shower products, then the packaging for this one is pretty similar. Flip back lid which is easy to use with wet hands, a nice tapered design with block print which looks nice, but not stunning on your shelf. The bottle itself is a strong, yet flexible plastic, so it's easy to get the last of the product out, and the fact that it is see through lets you know when you are soon to run out. I am a big fan of the back of the bottle itself being textured, so there is no chance of dropping it during a groggy early morning shower. *** Appearance and Scent of the Product *** The scrub itself is an opaque, fleshy pink colour with a few black bits scattered throughout, these are the exfoliating cranberry seeds. The product says there a whole 425 seeds per bottle, however I think they need to multiply this by four to unlock the potential in this product. In fact these little cranberry seeds are few and far between making this difficult to use as a scrub, more on the scrubbing abilities later. The scent of this product is meant to be cranberry and honey and for me is a massive disappointment. For a company that prides itself on natural products the cranberry smells cheap and artificial, and to my nose more like bad watermelon. The scent of the moisturising honey is also non-existent, which is a real shame as it could have helped take the edge off the awful artificial smell. The upside to the use of the honey is that it has been sourced from Fairtrade farmers, however I can't believe me purchasing the product has helped many bee keepers abroad, due to the distinct lack of honey detected. In fact it makes up a whole 2% of the scrub itself a massive 5 ml of honey per tube, well maybe I won't be winning the Nobel Peace Prize any time soon. Like a lot of these budget shower products the scent does linger on the skin if only for an hour or two, if you want to layer with a nicer cranberry smell The Body Shop have some nice options. If not, I would recommend a general fruity smelling lotion, the cheaper, the better. *** In The Shower *** The scrub itself is easy to dispense and lathers well to give a generally cleansed feel to the skin. As far as the scrubbing goes, I quite frankly would not bother. The stinginess of the cranberry seeds present means you would have to use half the tube to get a deep exfoliation. The cranberry seeds themselves are very gentle exfoliators, and you don't get the deep clean feeling like you would with sugar or salt scrubs. That being said I can see where Original Source were coming from with this one being a daily scrub, as it is not too abrasive so could in theory be used daily. However, this has led to a product that is merely sitting on the fence, an okay shower gel and a simply poor scrub. Moisturising capabilities, this one is not overly drying, but I use a moisturiser on top anyway. I have certainly used more drying scrubs, but I owe that to the gentleness of the product and that 5 ml of honey. *** Price and Availability *** This scrub is now available in all large drugstores and supermarkets priced at around £2. I agree that for a scrub this is a bargain, however I would class this as an overpriced shower gel from Original Source and I would stick to their other products. If you are looking for a scrub on a budget the likes of N-Spa and Pink Cow are definitely worth trying. However, if you don't mind paying a bit extra, The Body Shop, The Sanctuary and Soap and Glory really knock the other scrubs out of the park. Two stars and not recommended. Original Source have created a product that is not one thing or another in a scent that I'm not mad about. Stick to the shower gels!

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                Packed full of seaweed goodness, my favourite freshly scented bath product!

                It's big, it's blue and it's from Lush, so what's not to love? I have been meaning to try the Big Blue for a little while now after a couple of lovely Lush sales assistants recommend I try it for a relaxing summer bath. It is my last bath at home before I move out, so I figured it had to be a Lush one! Stepping away from my usual vanilla and tonka bean comfort zone, I took the plunge, excuse the pun to try this seaweed enriched ballistic. *** The Appearance *** This ballistic is a biggie from Lush, a whole 200 grams of it making it similar to the size of a hockey ball; this satisfied the slightly greedy person in me. The ballistic itself is a lovely bright cyan shade with areas of white running through, the dried seaweed can also be seen sticking out of the sides. *** Let The Ballistic See The Bath *** Dropping the ballistic in the bath it quickly started to fizz, and when I mean quick, we're talking blink and you miss it. It certainly took less than three minutes, as I had the radio one and this ballistic had burned out well before the end of the song playing. As the ballistic floated on the top it was fascinating to watch the bath water slowly turn into a clear, and very bright turquoise, permeated with little black bits (the seaweed) that soon sunk to the bottom of the bath. Suddenly I was transported to some Mediterranean rock pool with a fresh sea air blowing, well that might have been the draught! The colour makes this a very relaxing and refreshing bath, the seaweed that softens as it floats to the bottom do help you give the impression that you are in your own private lagoon. The bits of seaweed themselves are each an inch or so long, and you seem to get a lot of them in this ballistic, they are not uncomfortable to lie in. I also find this ballistic quite soothing and non-irritable, I got into the bath last night with a heat rash on my thigh, which felt considerably less itchy and hot whilst in the bath. ***What makes up the scent?*** Answer: Seaweed, seaweed and more seaweed. Lush says that this ballistic is made up of four components for a relaxing bath: seaweed, sea salt, lemon and lavender oils. * Seaweed - To be honest this is the only component of the above four I can actually smell. Seaweed is full of those antioxidants which no cosmetic company seems to tell us how they work, but apparently they make our skin radiant. Sea vegetables such as seaweed are also packed full of vitamins, such as vitamins A and C, aiding collagen production; collagen is a protein we lose as we age resulting in skin sagging and wrinkles. My skin did certainly feel a little softer after a bath, but not to the extent of other milk baths and baths rich in various plant butters that Lush also produces. Apparently this wonder ingredient will also help draw out toxins from our skin, as well as increasing circulation to the skin, for an overall healthy glow. * Sea salt - This contains a number of elements that aren't just sodium and chloride that are proven to be beneficial to the body. Magnesium prevents skin aging and prevents fluid retention. The calcium present should not only strengthen nails but further reduce fluid retention. Potassium and bromides both ease muscle stiffness. Sea salt is also supposed to be particularly beneficial to those with osteoarthritis. I may not be a world athlete or a sufferer of arthritis but I do work nine hours a day on my feet in a shop, and my muscles certainly felt relaxed, even if I didn't look ten years younger. There was a fresh scent to this ballistic, even though it wasn't overly noticeable I wonder if this was some of the sea salt coming through. * Lavender Oil - Another wonder product, it is antiseptic and antifungal, it is also added to chamomile to help provide relief from skin irritation. It is obviously used for its relaxing scent as it is known to help induce sleep. I didn't fall asleep in my bath, but my inflamed skin did feel soothed, and I felt more relaxed generally. The lavender is certainly dominated by the seaweed, even though I couldn't smell it, I could detect its relaxing presence. * Lemon Oil - Another insomnia beater! The lemon oil in this product did help me feel as if my batteries had been recharged. It is also used in cosmetics to improve the radiance of dull skin, and for its soothing properties of inflamed skin. Lemon is not a dominant note, however the ballistic definitely does smell a bit like, dare I say it, household cleaning products, so it certainly adds a little of that citrus freshness. Is this my favourite scent? No, but if you like fresh scents this ballistic does it well, even if it does have a cleaning product tinge. The scent on my skin sadly didn't last more than an hour, but the scent in the room was definitely still there the next day. It is certainly a lovely clean and refreshing scent that I think could be enjoyed by both men and women alike. *** How my skin felt after? *** My skin feels cleansed, soothed and refreshed. This is the cleanest I have ever felt after using a Lush ballistic, and although I didn't find the product awfully moisturising, it certainly didn't dry it out, so I did top up with a little bit of body lotion. Although I think I need tips of a body lotion to go with this one, I have a lot of shea and cocoa butter based scents, however I think something more refreshing and soothing which was aloe vera and cucumber scented may work better. I did manage to find a body spray that layers brilliantly with this product and it is a bargain at £2.03 from Boot's Natural Collection in the scent Samphire and Sea Minerals. ***A Cautionary Note*** Watch when getting in and out of the bath with this ballistic and other Lush products, I find the water becomes more slippy compared to the normal bubble bath I would purchase in the supermarket. This can mean getting into the bath is a little treacherous, so I would plan your exit route carefully. As far as cleaning goes, this brightly coloured product doesn't stain or leave a tide mark around the bath. Result! However watch the drainage as the seaweed may become stuck in some plug holes, and there is quite a lot of it! If some is left at the bottom at the end of the bath, it can quickly and easily be wiped away down the drain as it does not adhere to the sides of the bath. ***Price and Availability*** This ballistic is part of the permanent line at Lush and so is widely available. Currently Lush have the Bathtime Favourites gift in a limited edition tin for £29.95 the mini version of Big Blue and loads of other ballistics are also in there. As well as the Honey Farm gift set full of Lush's honey scented products. As well as in other bath based gift collections in Happy Bathday priced at £20.95 and The Art of Bathing at £39.95.The cost of this ballistic was £2.95 a high to mid-range price for a Lush ballistic. There are cheaper ballistics available, however I think Big Blue does offer something different for the money so it's worth trying. *** Overall *** I probably will purchase this ballistic again for a relaxing summer bath. I found it soothing, and highly cleansing, offering a unique bathing experience. It's not my favourite, as I'm not really a fresh scented bath girl, but it does what it does so well I have to award it five stars!

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                • Stila Eye Shadow / Make Up / 65 Readings / 61 Ratings
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                  Not worth shelling out on!

                  I am a big fan of online beauty blogs and I had heard that not only Stila do fantastic eye shadows, and that Stila were also being discontinued in the UK. Stila is an American company, and is big in the United States, with their most popular product being their lip glazes, but the Kitten shade of the eye shadow range also has a massive cult following. I was then especially excited to find a single pan of Stila eye shadow in Shell reduced in T K Maxx. The item was sealed so I sadly could not test it before buying. However as it was reduced from £14 to £3.85 I was more than happy to run to the tills with my bargain purchase before anyone else could get their grubby mitts on it. *** Packaging *** This is actually a loose pan shade, so there is not much in the way of outer casing. It is literally a thin metal pan with the colour name on the back in an outer brown card box with a plastic window so you can view the colour before purchasing. The pan itself is designed to fit in Stila's palettes or any other magnetic palette such as a Z palette. It fits fine into my Z palette so the packaging does serve its purpose. *** The Eye Shadow Itself *** Shell is a shade which in the pan is dusky pink in colour with a silver glitter. Swatched only a little of the pink colour remains, but a lot of glitter seems to be deposited, which seems to end up all over the eye. The overall effect is sparkly, and the pink which lacks pigmentation, gives an uneven finish to the eye. In fact I would argue my eye looks unhealthy, a little like I had been rubbing it too much due to an allergy, even though the product did not irritate my skin itself. Only when wet does the eye shadow colour show up on my lid to give a pale pink colour to my lids. The shade when applied wet was visible for around two hours, and did crease m I have since tried to find an alternative use for the shade, however I have hit some obstacles with my light to medium skin tones. My first thoughts was due to the shimmer that it could be used as a highlighter, however due to the pink tinge, it is not as light as I would prefer, however it may work for more medium/ olive tones as a highlighter. My other thought was whether this could be used as a blush, however due to the intense glitter and lack of pigmentation, the pink did not show on my skin. If you are fair toned and are looking for a very glittery blush then this may work. The product is easily removed with a standard eye make up remover or wipe. To be fair there isn't much to remove, and like other glitter heavy products the glitter seems to easily migrate. *** Price and Availability *** Stila is starting to be reintroduced into some Boots stores in the UK, however a quick look online does not show any sign of them selling Shell as an eye colour currently. I have found it on Amazon at an eyewatering £25, I must admit I am unhappy at paying £4 for this product, so I certainly wouldn't recommend it at that price. In Stila's favour the 2.6g of product you get in a pan would be great value for money if the product was any good. Other premium makeup brands such as Mac and Urban Decay normally fill their pans with approximately half of that, somewhere between 1.2-1.6 grams. With regards to the texture I have found it to be quite chalky, and when picking up with a brush I seem to kick up a lot of dust which makes me worry I am wasting product. It did not apply particularly smoothly, and did not transfer easily from pan to brush to lid. ***Overall*** I can not recommend this eye shadow in any form the pigmentation, texture and wear. I know when I have found a bad product when one of my few advantages is that a basic pan packaging serves its purpose. After my first Stila experience I am not sure if I wish to spend my hard earned money on further Stila eye products. I have found very few redeeming features with this eye shadow, so I award it one measly star.

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                  22.08.2011 22:12
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                  Soap and Glory should feel righteous about creating such a great product!

                  After becoming such a fan of some of the Soap and Glory product, in a quest to find out more about some of the products I purchased a giftset containing a number of items to try out. This is how I discovered The Righteous Butter, and it is safe to say that I have never looked back. ***Soap and Glory*** This doesn't seem to be too well known, but Soap and Glory is created by the same person (Marcia) that released the Bliss Spa products, which are about three times the price of Soap and Glory! She wanted to create a range that was more affordable, but still with the Bliss Spa philiosophy, with the idea that 'you shouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg to moisturise one.' From small beginnings focusing on bath and shower products, Soap and Glory's range now encompasses make up, perfume, skincare and haircare. Soap and Glory have gone to receive cult status due to their retro and kitsch packaging, fab smelling products and entertaining strap lines. ***Packaging*** Like many body butters this product comes in a tub with a screw top lid. It is a fairly bright pink in colour with the name of the product in yellow and black lettering. It is certainly not my favourite design from Soap and Glory's range, but it serves its purpose. The lid is easy to remove and screw back on. The design of the tub makes the body butter easy to reach. This is my favoured type of packaging for body butters as I can always scoop out the desired amount of product, or if I grab too much, easily put some back in the tub. The product comes in a travel size 50 ml and a larger 300 ml tub. *** The Scent - Righteous? *** The Righteous Butter is part of Soap and Glory's original pink line, and has a distinctive, but nonetheless gorgeous scent. It is young and fruity, without being fruit salad. I have listed the notes below to give you an idea of the scent. Top Notes *Bergamot and Peach Heart Notes *Strawberry and Jasmine Base Notes *Mandarin and Musk The overall scent is well blended, so it is hard to pick out individual notes. I personally find the peach and the strawberry to be the most dominant, which are just pegged back slightly due to the inclusion of the musk which also makes the aroma seem a bit more grown up. The list of notes given in this format implies that the scent changes over time, I personally did not find that with this product. Shea butter has also been added to this product, however it lacks the plastic aroma Shea can sometimes bring, this is particularly noticeable in The Daily Smooth Body Butter by Soap and Glory. The reason for this may be due to the addition of aloe vera which gives an added freshness to the aroma. As far as longevity goes if I apply the body butter in the morning I can still smell it mid-afternoon, and this could be extended further with layering of the associated products. *** Moisturising Properties *** I can not fault the moisturising properties of this body butter. The butter itself is cream in colour and is thick in colour, but not as thick as some of the really thick Body Shop butters such as Shea, Coconut and Nut. The butter absorbs very easily and feels particularly luxurious on the skin. There is no residue or tackiness, and the small amount of greasiness that is present on application quickly disappears. My skin feels soft for the rest of the day after application, due to the addition of the shea butter. The aloe vera in the product means that after hair removal my skin doesn't look as red and blotchy as it sometimes does. I am coming near to the end of my travel 50 ml size tub, and it has lasted me between 10-15 applications which tends to just involve my limbs and any further dry areas that I find throughout the day, as I tend to carry the tub around as it is such a portable size. *** Price, Availability and Other Products *** Soap and Glory can be found in stores at Boots and Harvey Nichols, as well as online at ASOS, and I have always found this product easy to find in stores. The price for a 50 ml tub is £2.35 and for a 300 ml full size is £10.21. I think this offers excellent value, The Body Shop's body butters are of a similar quality and cost £5 for a 50 ml and £12 for 200 ml at full price, making the Soap and Glory range a steal! Other products to go with this scent, the original pink range, are hard to identify, but I have always found them easy to find in stores. These include: Girligo/ Flirtigo Moisturising Body Mist - Slightly fruitier and less musky than other products, great for freshening up throughout the day without dehydrating the skin. BUY. Clean On Me Shower Gel - a sweeter, more perfumed spray than Girliglo, smells exactly like The Righteous Butter, but an exceptionally popular product that has one best shower gel by a number of beauty awards voted by readers. BUY. Eau de Soap and Glory Number One - This can be a little harder to find, I have never owned it, but I have tested it and it smells very nice and fits in with the range well. JURY'S STILL OUT ON THIS ONE! ***Overall*** I highly recommend this body butter to anyone who is a fan of the Soap and Glory range or to people who just want a post shower treat. I think it should suit most skin types, and the addition of the musk means it should suit most age ranges. Soap and Glory have got very little wrong with this product, so I give it the full five stars. 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                    Berry disappointed with this scrub!

                    As a Love Your Body card holder I am a regular in The Body Shop. My birthday came around in May and I was pleased to receive a £5 voucher via email to print off to spend in store. Even more exciting was that my voucher came whilst there was also a sale on in the Cambridge store. This raspberry body scrub, caught my eye as it was half price making it £6 with my voucher and a further 10% off I ended up paying ninety pence for my full sized scrub. An excellent buy, or so I thought... ***Who are The Body Shop?*** The Body Shop was first founded by Anita Roddick in Brighton offering high quality products that were sustainably sourced and gave back to the community in which they came from. Although the business has now grown to include over 2,500 stores across the globe and has now been taken over by cosmetics giant L'Oreal; The Body Shop still likes to follow its core values. Twenty years ago The Body Shop set up their own co-operative, to ensure a fair price to their suppliers in the developing world, which now helps over 25,000 people in their local communities. The Body Shop Foundation was also set up in 1990, a charity to help small frontline services funding in times of hardship. The Body Shop has always been against animal testing and not only cares about animals, but people too. Their recent campaigns relate to the prevention of child sex trafficking, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. It is clear to see that Anita Roddick was a woman clearly ahead of her time, as we are now increasingly aware of the damage we're doing to the planet and about the sustainability of the goods we buy. I have been pleased to see over recent years that L'Oreal are still supporting their campaigns with the recent trafficking campaign being sent to Downing Street. *** Packaging *** Like all of the body scrubs that The Body Shop make this comes in a round tub with a screw top lid. I have generally found this works for some of the other scrubs I have tried from the brand. However, due to the thin consistency of the product, more on that later, I think a squeezy tube would have done the job better. The scrub itself is very hard to keep hold of, so I find myself unnecessarily wasting product. AS far as the look goes, each scrub is colour coded, the raspberry scrub is unsurprising raspberry in colour making it easy to identify in store, and is clear on the sides so you can see how much product you have remaining. The container itself is strong, and the lid is secure yet easy to handle with wet hands. *** Scent - Berry Good? *** The scent itself is unmistakably a raspberry one, it is a big punch of berry. I would not describe it as overly fresh more of a jammy, boozy raspberry scent. I do not find this scent a real 'wake-up' scent, more for a luxurious treat. I would personally prefer a slightly fresher smell, as I don't feel particularly cleansed after using the product. The scent lasted on my skin after showering for only an hour or two afterwards, a little disappointing, but can be layered with other product from the raspberry range. *** Consistency and Scrubbing Abilities *** The scrub itself does actually look and have the consistency of raspberry jam. The product is thin, particularly when I compare it to the Coconut version of the product, so I find myself scooping some product into the lid before I scrub my limbs and body. My findings on this have been that I use about twice as much per shower with this scrub compared to the coconut. Time to exfoliate! The little scrubbers themselves consist of ground walnut shell and raspberry seeds. I find that per scoop I don't get as much exfoliating particles as I would normally like, so end up with a more gentle exfoliation, or a mere buffing of the skin as opposed to a good scrub. For this reason I would recommend to those with more delicate skin, and an avoid warning for the fake tanners amongst you. The product does wash off easily merely because it is so thin, but on the downside, I do find pieces of walnut shell all over the place throughout the day. I'm not sure how they get there as I feel like I have thoroughly washed the product off. Another point about this product, is that the product is such an intense berry colour I would be careful of staining, particularly if you use white towels and the such like. I haven't tested it, but I wouldn't be suprised if this product turned it into a fetching pink shade. The Body Shop claim this product is designed for normal skin, and contains moisturising raspberry extract. I personally didn't find my skin didn't feel any more moisturised compared to other scrubs on the high street, particularly compared to the creamy texture of The Body Shop's own coconut scrub. I have relatively dry skin anyway so have to moisturise after a shower, but didn't find I needed less moisturiser after using this product. On another note, there is no information on where the raspberries or the walnuts used to make this product are sourced. I normally like shopping in The Body Shop as I am a happy to pay a fair price when I know it is going to a co-operative, however little information is available with this product. Honey sourced from an organic co-operative in Zambia is used to make this product, and is also known to prevent dehydration of the skin. *** Price and Availability *** Here comes a major sticking point with this product, if you like this product and want to get hold of it then it can be a little tricky. The Body Shop have semi-discontinued the range, but it does seem to pop up occasionally during sales. Other products in the range are listed, however I can't list prices due to unavailability of the products on the Body Shop website. Raspberry Body Scrub 200 ml - £12 Raspberry Body Butter 200 ml - £12 Raspberry Bath/ Shower Gel 200 ml - ? Raspberry Body Puree 200 ml - ? Overall I would not recommend this product as I find I am not overly keen on the scent, and have wasted a lot of product due to the consistency. It is in my belief that the likes of Soap and Glory, The Sanctuary and The Body Shop themselves produce significantly better scrubs for the money, so I will award this product two stars. This review may also appear under the same username on Ciao.

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                      17.08.2011 22:01
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                      Great for a last-minute wash and restyle.

                      Dry shampoo had previously been something that passed me by, if your hair was dirty why wouldn't you wash it. However after a recommendation from a friend my view has been transformed, and now I wouldn't be without my trusty tin of dry shampoo. The tin itself is about as big as a hairspray or deodorant tin, and comes in an eye catching colour scheme of teal, turquoise and lime, making it easy to spot on the shelves. I do like the packaging for its slightly quirky/ retro look. The cap is easy to replace and remove to reveal the spray itself, which looks similar to a spray found on a tin of furniture polish. The top of which is ridged to give improved grip. To spray, simply push down and a powerful mist of product can be dispensed spraying a distance around 50 cm. ***Using The Spray*** All the instructions on how to use the spray can be found clearly on the side of the can. Simply shake well and spray the shampoo about 30 cm from the head. If you have brown hair like me, your hair will probably appear a bit ashy and grey, a great way to add twenty years to your look in twenty seconds. Then lightly massage into the scalp, as you would when you wash your hair normally, this will result in clean feeling and hair that has extra volume at the roots. Then leave for a minute, touch up on your make-up, check the football scores, and brush out, preferably with a brush with natural bristles. My brushes all have synthetic bristles, however I have never found this to be a problem. The final result is hair does look less greasy, smells clean, with more life, and in my case slightly lighter, however this may be due to the light colour that comes from the can. Due to this problem that was recorded Batiste have since released a range of dry shampoos that are tinted to suit different hair colours. The scent I am left with on my hair I really enjoy, and is certainly nicer than smelling of booze or whatever else my hair had been through. The scent is a clean, chemical with a slight citrussy scent, but mainly chemical. However like furniture polish it is a scent that is not offensive to the nose. My hair does not appear or smell as nice as it would with a normal hair wash, however it is great if you're in a hurry, or can't get to a shower easily, such as at festivals. ***How Long Will It Last?*** I buy the 150 ml tin, and normally use a good four blasts of the spray to give it a quick 'wash'. To put this into context I have thick, mid-length hair; I concentrate mainly on the roots, but do give the ends a quick once over too.I certainly get no more than eight to ten washes per can, so it is certainly not as economical or long-lasting as a normal bottle of shampoo. ***How Can I Get Hold of A Can?*** Batiste is widely available at various chemists and supermarkets in a wide range of tones and perfumes. The cost of a 150 ml tin is £2.99 and a 50 ml tin around the £1.50 mark. I personally don't see them as a great bargain, so I try not to use them too regularly, just when my hair doesn't look clean enough to show to the world, and I have no time to shower. Overall I give this product four stars as it does clean my hair effectively and smells nice. However I am knocking a star off for the number of uses I get for the price. This review may also appear under the same username on Ciao.

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                        This product is more likely to help you gain wrinkles than prevent them!

                        From the quantity of reviews I have written on Soap and Glory some people may have worked out that I am a bit of a fan. The Catch a Wrinkle in Time day moisturiser was purchased on a Boots 3 for 2 offer. I bought it sometime early in the year, around January/ February, so my skin was dry during the day, and I didn't want to put a heavy cream like Nivea on my face before applying my make-up, so I chose to invest in a day cream.I have liked many of Soap and Glory's products so was excited to be trying part of their skincare line, who knew it would be such a car crash of a product on my face. ===Packaging=== The 50 ml tube, comes in a box, with fun white and pink packaging with an alarm clock pictured. The tube itself doesn't have the clock on it, which I think would have livened up the packaging a bit more. It is a squeezy tube with a screw lid, very much like a hand cream tube. The tube itself is pearlized white with hot pink detail, the font is nice and big making it easy to reach for on a Monday morning when I'm still half asleep. Functionally the screw top is easy to undo an put back on, and the necessary amount of product can be easily obtained by squeezing the tube to leave you with enough product to cover your face and neck. ===The Cream Itself=== The cream is a white, relatively thin consistency cream, a pretty standard look and texture for a day cream. This day cream has a particularly aroma which I have grown to love, it has a wonderful citrus, herbal kick, but I find the orange notes really refreshing on a morning, and helped to make my skin feel extra cleansed. ===Applying The Cream=== Couldn't be simpler, squeeze out the amount of product you want from the hygienic tube, and rub into the skin in small circular motions over the face and neck. If you feel like you want an extra brightening boost, why not add an illuminating product such as Benefit's High Beam or similar. The cream itself does feel quite greasy when first applied, but sinks in within minutes to leave skin feeling smooth and smelling gorgeous. Make up can easily be applied over the top, however I found even though I felt that the product had sunk in, my blushers an bronzers did appear to apply heavier than normal. ===Effects of the Product on the Skin=== I was originally really impressed with my new smooth feeling skin, and really enjoyed my new morning skincare routine so I could apply the product. However, after a week I did notice breakouts on my T zone. I have dry and slightly sensitive skin, so for me to get spots is rare, but I was very soon bringing out a whole host of Clearasil products to try and resolve the product. Needless to say I tried removing the High Beam, before I stopped using the cream altogether and found my skin cleared up within a week of me not using the product. I did have a slight amount of tingling when applied to my skin, but was no more irritated than any other day or night creams that I apply to my face. This product was also supposed to moisturise my skin, however during these cold February months I found using the Catch a Wrinkle in Time in the day, along with my Nivea at night my dry patches were persisting. This meant my skin now appeared combination to the outside world, even though I really only have a dryness problem. Did I look any younger for using the product? Well to be honest, no, my skin did feel smoother but my fine lines didn't appear improved. The tri-peptides and youth boosters seemed to have no effect on my skin either. However, I'm not surprised as the skin does not have large enough pores to absorb large molecules like these long chain peptides that are often contained in these products. Will this product prevent me ageing? With the drying effect on my skin and total lack of SPFs and UV protection, I don't think this is going to stop the clock. The strange thing is the smell is a citrus smell with a hint of sun tan lotion, so I was expecting a UV protection, very disappointing for a product that certainly wasn't cheap. The best part of the whole anti-ageing claims is that the packaging advises you to stay out of the sun, avoid cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and fun generally. I believe that it is this advice on the outer packaging that will prevent you getting wrinkles in any form. ===Is My Skin Happy Now?=== I did try and reintroduce this to my skin routine, but ended up with the same results stated above. I have now switched to Johnson's Day Cream for Dry Skin which is half the price, and contains SPF, without the spotty results. I have found a use for my Catch a Wrinkle in Time cream, as a hand cream, it isn't as good as my normal hand creams, but I am trying to use it up as I feel like I paid a lot for a product I am now not using. I did do some extra research on this cream though, and found reviews on the Boots site where all the five star reviews were being given by those with oily skin, and the low star reviews were given by those with dry skin, so maybe this explains my results. Therefore I would not recommend this product for people with my skin type, but it may be worth considering for those with oily skin, but don't forget your SPF. ===Price and Availability=== Soap and Glory is available in the skincare sections of large Boots, Harvey Nichols an online at ASOS. It is priced at Boots at a staggering £10.21 for 50ml, and remember to budget for a SPF if you want to prevent those wrinkles. For the price I paid I would recommend a day cream which contains SPF, particularly the Johnson's range which is widely available and is £3-4 for 50 ml, or use a £5 No7 voucher to purchase their day cream which is also good. ===Overall=== As you might have guessed I will not be repurchasing, and apart from the quick absorption coupled with refreshing smell I can't recommend this product, so I can only award it one star. I still love you Soap and Glory, but this product didn't work for me! This review may also appear on Ciao under the same username.

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                          14.08.2011 19:59
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                          Not enough honey for my liking.

                          It should be becoming clear, that I not only love Lush, but I love a good bath. If you have ever read my Lush reviews before you may realise that I have a bit of an obsession with the Butterball ballistic. In an attempt to try something different and to better Butterball, I have been trying out some similar scents to really test if it was my favourite. Friday night came, the bath was run, Heart club classics on and my Origins ginger candle lit. I dropped the ballistic into the bath to see what happened.... ***Let The Ballistic See The Bath*** The ballistic itself as the yellow and grey (in the dark it may appear black) stripes reflecting the bee it is supposed to represent. Dropping the ballistic into the bath, it immediately started to fizz before sinking to the bottom of the bath like a lead weight. I found myself kicking it and pawing it around the bath to try and make sure I was surrounded by the honey odour. My previous ballistics have all semi-floated, and to find I had to chase this one around the bath was mildly annoying, but the ballistic did fizz for a satisfactory amount of time, probably about five to ten minutes. Here come some of my first issues with the ballistic, the colour it turns the water. It is only what could be described as a strong urine yellow, I had read about this in reviews of this product, and didn't think it would bother me. However, when trying to relax and feel deeply cleansed surrounded by what looks like urine, I never felt clean throughout my bathing experience. The feeling of cleanliness was not helped by the 'grit' that this ballistic left at the bottom of the bath, it felt a bit like sand, and sadly felt like the bath was dirty too, I'm guessing this may have something to do with the addition of the mud. It wasn't as I had cleaned the bath the day before and gave it a quick rinse again before I got in, so this must have been produced by the ballistic. ***What makes up the scent?*** The scent is meant to be reminiscent of the Lush favourite Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, which I have not yet owned so can't vouch for it. However the overall aroma is one of honey with a slightly floral tinge. Personally I don't think the aroma was strong enough, and I also thought it was lacking in another balancing scent. I think either a bit more fo the floral or some sharp citrus, would have resulted in a more complete bathing experience. The two vital components of this ballistic are honey and rhassoul mud. *Honey - An antioxidant believed to prevent dehydration of the skin. *Rhassoul Mud - Has been used since Ancient Mesopotamia to revitalise skin, and is also believed to help heal arthritis. It is one of the forms of mud that are often used in health spa mud baths today. This was Lush's attempt of a spa treatment at home. The scent did not remain on my skin after stepping out of the bath, and the bathroom no longer smelt of honey when I went to brush my teeth a couple of hours later before bed. I found this a real disappointment, and I normally get a longer lasting scent from previous Lush products I have used in the bath. *** How my skin felt after? *** The lovely shop assistant in Lush promised me softer skin due to the presence of the honey and Rhassoul mud, however I found my skin was slightly softer compared to other non-softening Lush bath products I did not notice a vast difference. On this occasion I definitely topped up with some body butter. *** Layering With Other Products *** Lush recommend to use this product with Honey I Washed the Kids soap, never tried it, but I have been told it smells just like this. They also recommend the Mange Too massage bar which is more for moisturising, I do see some similarities between the ballistic and this massage bar, but I think Mange Too has a less natural sweetness due to the addition of the white chocolate. My personal recommendation for layering is from a range called Kings and Queens, by the Greek company Korres, the Queen Nefertiti range has body butter and shower gels with a honey undertone. The shower gel is much better than the body butter in my opinion, but allows the scent to be built up, from a ballistic scent I didn't get much longevity from. ***A Cautionary Note*** Watch when getting in and out of the bath with this ballistic and other Lush products, I find the water becomes more slippy compared to the normal bubble bath I would purchase in the supermarket. This can mean getting into the bath is a little treacherous, so I would plan your exit route carefully. I also noticed with this particular bath ballistic, the dreaded tide mark, yellow and the grit when I got out of the bath. I cleaned these both quickly as I did not want it to stain the suite. However, it did not give a relaxing end to my Honey Bee ballistic experience. ***Price and Availability*** This ballistic is part of the permanent line at Lush and so is widely available. Currently Lush have the Bathtime Favourites gift in a limited edition tin for £29.95 the mini version of Honey Bee and loads of other ballistics are also in there. As well as the Honey Farm gift set full of Lush's honey scented products. The cost of this ballistic was £2.95 a high to mid-range price for a Lush ballistic. However I did not see any added benefits compared to many of the £2.30 ballistics I have sampled. *** Overall *** I won't be purchasing this ballistic again, for the price I didn't get the Lush quality I have come to love and expect. I possibly got a bad ballistic that had been in the shop for too long, but this one certainly lacked the intensity of others. The mess created by this ballistic and the paltry scent results in my two star rating. *** A Quick Question *** It is my last bath at home next week, as I am moving out, and baths are going to be few and far between from now on. Do any reviewers have any other recommendation? I would love to hear your comments. This review may also appear on Ciao under the same username.

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                            14.08.2011 00:37
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                            Five star shock factor, two star story.

                            Most will have heard of the widespread talk that surrounds American Psycho, either as a film or a book. I have not seen the 2000 adaptation which stars Christian Bale, so my thoughts are based entirely on the book I have just read. American Psycho was written by Bret Easton Ellis in 1991, and looks at the preppy American society in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The book's protagonist is Patrick Bateman, a 26 year old 'totally GQ' man who by day works in Wall Street for an investment company and by night is a serial womaniser and torturer. The book is told by Bateman himself, allowing us inside the mind of this clearly dark and troubled individual. The book begins gently, Patrick Bateman seems like a 'fairly normal' individual of the late 1980s, well as normal as could be given the circumstances, incredibly wealthy and funding a cocaine habit Bateman aims to be noticed. His obsession with his and other's physiques is evident from the start as well as his obsession with what those close to him wear and wear they choose to socialise. Ellis does exceptionally well in getting into the mind of someone who is clearly psychologically disturbed, in fact I would be surprised if Ellis himself had never come into close contact with psychosis in one form or another. The way he describes each individual components of a character's outfit does at times seem a little autistic, and the sometimes lack of a bigger picture or general aura of what is in the room is typical of someone suffering from one form of a mental health disorder. Bateman's character seems to become more vacant as the pages turn, his lack of knowledge of the names of many of his victims and descriptions more often of victim's bodies and not faces also makes the reader disconnected from those being tortured, which possibly reflects what is going through Bateman's mind as a character. Even though the book is told from Bateman's view, I never felt I got to know Bateman's character until towards the end of the book, where his flaws are finally revealed to Bateman himself. The build-up to the actual torture is gradual and I was probably about a third of the way into the book before this issue really seemed to gain momentum. However, once the torture starts there is little stopping it and this snowballs to the dramatic and gratuitously gruesome chapter involving the rat and the girl. It is a chapter once read that will never be forgotten. No chapter has ever made me gag, and make my stomach turn like the one in American Psycho, this is some feat for someone who has dealt with blood and guts on a daily basis. I would personally argue that some of the torture scenes are too much, and go on too long, but it seems that it is this shock factor that caused the large number of sales and film release that followed this book. This is not a book that I felt I could read before bed, as I didn't want the images of torture invading my dreams, nor did I feel comfortable reading this book whilst eating due to its stomach turning properties. As far as the plot goes, I found the book lacked real structure, particularly after the rat scene, the ending for me lacked any form of closure, and has in fact left me confused to what is happening to Bateman and where he is going. The chapters where Bateman reviews various areas of culture such as Huey and the News don't work for me, although it sets the scene for the culture of the time, I really don't see how this added to the plot or development of the book. I can be at times a bit of a passive reader, so some things I may miss first time round, and I regularly reread chapters to understand what is going on. However, I felt too many characters were introduced too quickly, not aided by characters calling other characters by the wrong names, and trying to keep up with Patrick Bateman's love life was a task in itself. Neither did I feel that many of these characters had much chance to develop save Jean. Bateman does have a girlfriend throughout the book, Evelyn, however I felt his assistant Jean was the closest Bateman came to a loving relationship, and seemed to be the only female character he respected through the book, who he wasn't using to further his sexual endeavours. Did I enjoy American Psycho? Well no, I can't say I did. However the 384 pages in front of me is an important work of a fiction, and should not be ignored. The brilliance of Ellis' writing, the ability to get inside the mind of a troubled man such as Patrick Bateman should be praised. The writing is certainly dark, but the theme of a society based on the materialistic can never function properly. We must look deeper, and not just take to what is on the surface and the worldly goods one owns to be what our lives are based upon. Due to the recent events over the past weeks Ellis could still teach our society a thing or two twenty years on.

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                              05.08.2011 20:47
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                              A super-girly treat for your shower!

                              Yes, Daffydill is back with another Soap and Glory review, and a shower product review combined. I have two versions of the Clean on Me the travel 75 ml version, along with the big 500 ml bottle pictured. I guess you would think this is therefore my holy grail shower product, probably not, I will explain below, but I am definitely a fan. *** A Little About Soap and Glory*** This doesn't seem to be too well known, but Soap and Glory is created by the same person (Marcia) that released the Bliss Spa products, which are about three times the price of Soap and Glory! She wanted to create a range that was more affordable, but still with the Bliss Spa philiosophy, with the idea that 'you shouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg to moisturise one.' From small beginnings focusing on bath and shower products, Soap and Glory's range now encompasses make up, perfume, skincare and haircare. Soap and Glory have gone to receive cult status due to their retro and kitsch packaging, fab smelling products and entertaining strap lines. *** Packaging *** Packaging for me is a bit let-down with this product, not in terms of style but function. Both are housed in clear packaging, so you can easily see how much Clean on Me you have left. First to the style, the 75 ml travel bottle, is a small cylindrical bottle, the packaging looks pink, fun and girly, the pun merely adds to the whole Soap and Glory experience. My main issue with the product is getting the product out, the plastic is nice and flexible which does help, but there is no flip cap. Instead we have a screw cap with a large diameter of which to pour out of, this makes controlling the amount of body wash I am dispensing difficult. The 500 ml bottle is beautifully packaged. The pink logo is next to a retro black and white photo, with a lady who clearly enjoys her showers as much as I do! The 500 ml comes with a pump dispenser, this makes the shower gel easy to dispense when in the shower, however I find this form of packaging wasteful in bath and body product. With my previous Soap and Glory pump dispenser shower gel I was really struggling to get the last 30-50 mls or so out of the bottle. Another small gripe with the packaging, is as the bottle is so big, and may I point out great value, it stays in my shower for a couple of months at a time, and the screw dispenser top has turned brown in some places, almost like it has mould in it, so I have had to clean my shower gel bottle as well as the shower. *** The Scent *** The scent is certainly young and fruity, to try and give an idea of what the shower gel smells like I have included the list of notes from Soap and Glory's page, and is the same as their original pink range. Top Notes Bergamot and Peach Heart Notes Strawberry and Jasmine Base Notes Mandarin and Musk Like other products in the original pink range, I find the notes difficult to individually distinguish. The overall aroma is a very sweet perfumed aroma, a cross of Next Diamonds and Dior Miss Cherie perfumes. It does smell more expensive than a lot of the general £1-2 shower gels, however, I have never found the scent to smell as expensive as shower gels that I have used that have accompanied premium perfumes I have purchased. The scent does last for about an hour on the skin and it is a scent I enjoy smelling. Who wouldn't like to smell like a fruity-floral sweet, but without heading into the gourmand territory? However, this can be layered with other products to give a more intense and longer lasting aroma. *** Consistency and Lathering *** The gel itself is a pale pink opaque liquid of average thickness for a shower gel. It shines with an almost pearlescent effect, which makes the gel look really expensive. The consistency means the product is easy to get out of the bottle, and doesn't slide off the skin or a body puff too easily. As far as lathering goes, I'd say it is good for a creme, but poor for a gel. I am a little confused why Soap and Glory refer to this as a gel , as it has more of a creme consistency. Overall in both hard and soft water areas the 'gel' performed well, and I find four pumps of the big 500 ml bottle is more than sufficient for a large amount of lather in a hard water and 2-3 in a soft water area. I use my big bottle of shower gel most days and I find that it stays in my shower for at least 2-3 months, to get such a high quality product at such a low price per ml is excellent value and is great in these harsh economic times. *** Cleansing and Moisturising Properties *** Soap and Glory aimed to combine moisturising with cleansing. Again like I found with Girligo/ Flirtigo I found they were good in both areas but did not excel, like I expected it to for Soap and Glory's highest selling shower product. My skin does feel gently cleansed when using the gel, it feels light on the skin, and the consistency does feel quite luxurious. However my skin does not feel refreshed in any way this is something I prefer to have with a shower gel. I struggle to see how a shower gel can be actively moisturising, but I do believe that you can get shower gels that reduce dehydration. This shower gel certainly did not dehydrate my skin, it did feel soft, like it would with any other shower creme such as Dove. However I do believe coupling this with the cheat's moisturising mist Flitigo/ Girligo, is a good way of trying to keep skin soft and supple when you're in a hurry. *** Price, Availability and Other Products *** Soap and Glory can be found in stores at Boots and Harvey Nichols, as well as online at ASOS, and I have always found this product easy to find in stores. The price for a 500 ml bottle is £5.11, which comes to £1.02 for 100 ml. For the 75 ml travel size the price is £2.35, which is a staggering £3.13 per 100 ml. This just reflect what a bargain the 500 ml bottle is. Just to reflect how affordable this is for a slightly more premium range, a Dove body wash is around £0.95 for a 100 ml according to the Boots website. I used this argument for justifying buying a big bottle of this on a student budget. Therefore I believe Clean on Me can be a justified treat for your shower! Other products to go with this scent, the original pink range, are hard to identify, but I have always found them easy to find in stores. These include: Flirtigo/ Girligo - A moisturising mist, that is a bit more fruity and has a less rounded perfume to it. The Righteous Butter - Smells like Clean on Me and has won countless awards, in my opinion, it is every bit as good as those rewards claim it to be. Eau de Soap and Glory Number One - This can be a little harder to find, I have never owned it, but I have tested it and it smells very nice and fits in with the range well. *** Recommended? *** I do enjoy using this shower gel as I always feel really girly when I use it. However I don't feel suitably cleansed and refreshed like I want out of a shower in the morning, although I accept this is a personal choice, so haven't reflected this in the scores. Neither do I think it moisturises as much as it claims. However I do still recommend it for someone who would like a surprisingly affordable treat in the shower. Four stars due to just missing the mark in my opinion, and the packaging. This review may also appear under the same username on Ciao.

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                                Flirting with body spray and body moisturiser.

                                Some people may have now found that I am a bit of a fan of all things bath and body. To continue in my search for the best products I tend to buy gift sets, which give me the opportunity to often test a number of products at a collectively reduced price. I had purchased the Soaper Heros gift set, a collection of some of Soap and Glory's best products, contained in the set was a 100 ml bottle of Girligo, a new name for the product formerly known as Flirtigo. *** A Little About Soap and Glory*** This doesn't seem to be too well known, but Soap and Glory is created by the same person (Marcia) that released the Bliss Spa products, which are about three times the price of Soap and Glory! She wanted to create a range that was more affordable, but still with the Bliss Spa philiosophy, with the idea that 'you shouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg to moisturise one.' From small beginnings focusing on bath and shower products, Soap and Glory's range now encompasses make up, perfume, skincare and haircare. Soap and Glory have gone to receive cult status due to their retro and kitsch packaging, fab smelling products and entertaining strap lines. *** Packaging - Good to go? *** As previously mentioned, I own the 100 ml bottle of the spray which can be purchased separately, a 250 ml bottle is also available. The larger bottle comes in a card box with a retro design with photos of a glamourous woman most likely from the 1950s/ 1960s. The smaller bottle comes without the box, but has the same curved retro shape. The bottle itself is white plastic, but it is not super opaque, so you can see how much spray you have left, when you hold the product up to the light. Like I had previously stated in the Mist You Madly, the slightly unadventurous bottle and sticker does cheapen the look of the product slightly, and is slightly uninspiring compared to most of their other products. However, more important to me is not the look of the packaging, but if it makes the product easy to use. The 100 ml bottle is small enough to fit in a handbag, making it great for travel. The product is a non-pressurised spray. To prevent the spray going everywhere, there is a securely fitting clear plastic lid that firs over the spray itself. The bottle is easy to grip, and the spray itself operates smoothly to dispense a fine mist of product. *** Is the scent suitably girly/ flirty as the name would suggest? *** The scent is certainly young and fruity, to try and give an idea of what the spray smells like I have included the list of notes from Soap and Glory's page, and is the same as their original pink range. Top Notes Bergamot and Peach Heart Notes Strawberry and Jasmine Base Notes Mandarin and Musk I personally find the notes quite hard to distinguish, particularly when compared to the Mist You Madly spray. However for me the peach and strawberry definitely stand out, I can also detect that there is something other than just fruit which may be a combination of the jasmine and/ or the musk, but I can't identify whether that is due to the jasmine, the musk or both. Soap and Glory give the impression with giving top, heart and base notes, that the scent develops over time, which it does slightly, becoming less of the strawberry and peach, but by the time this is noticeable the whole scent has just faded into a fruity-floral musk. The scent doesn't last as long as the other spray, Mist you Madly on my skin, I would say the scent is no longer noticeable after 45 minutes to an hour. Neither do I feel like this spray projects as well as Mist You Madly. *** Moisturising Properties *** The main reason I love this product is the convenience, a quick spray and rub in, means I can top up on my moisturiser throughout the day. In fact I normally keep this in a gym/ swim bag, so I can quickly rehydrate my skin after exercise. The product makes moisturising, quick, easy and relatively mess free. When spraying the product onto the skin it has a similar colour and consistency to milk. It is thin and is easily absorbed into the skin. The skin on my limbs does feel softer, however it is nowhere near as moisturising as a body lotion or body butter, so I prefer to use this to top - up, rather than my main moisturising product. If i was to use this as my main moisturiser, I would probably want to top up every three to four hours to keep my skin soft and supple. I have currently used a third of my bottle, I have been using it on my limbs once to twice a week, over the past six weeks. Compared to my bottle of Mist You Madly, I did find I needed a lot more product per application, so for me as just a spray, this isn't as economical. *** Price, Availability and Other Products *** Soap and Glory can be found in stores at Boots and Harvey Nichols, as well as online at ASOS, and I have always found this product easy to find in stores. The price for a 250 ml bottle is £6.38, or £3.11 for the 100 ml, this making the 250 ml slightly better value. Other products to go with this scent, the original pink range, are hard to identify, but I have always found them easy to find in stores. These include: Clean On Me Shower Gel - a sweeter, more perfumed spray than Girliglo, but an exceptionally popular product that has one best shower gel by a number of beauty awards voted by readers. The Righteous Butter - Smells like Clean on Me and has won countless awards, in my opinion, it is every bit as good as those rewards claim it to be. Eau de Soap and Glory Number One - This can be a little harder to find, I have never owned it, but I have tested it and it smells very nice and fits in with the range well. *** Recommended? *** I would recommend this fun and fruity mist. Particularly if you find it hard to get into a good moisturising routine, or your skin needs a quick moisture boost throughout the day. However trying to satisfy both camps of body spray and moisturiser I feel that the product lacks a bit in both of these areas, so I'm deducting one star. This review is also posted on Ciao under the same username.

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