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First came across this product as a sample. Was suffering really annoying waves of spotty breakouts at the time due to typical summer combination of sun-cream and sweat, I know attractive right? Decided to give a clay-based cleanser a try as I figured that clay would at least soak up some of the oil and stop me dazzling passer-by with the shine from my forehead. It worked a treat. I like to treat it as a bit of a mask and let it dry on my skin for about five minutes before washing it off with a muslin cloth. The instructions don't tell you to do this but I feel like my skin is cleaned more effectively the longer I leave it on. I have no scientific proof for this but I find it more psychologically satisfying, what can I say. After using it my skin feels refreshed and revived and my pores do look cleaner and slightly smaller. Overall my skin looks less congested and yes, the oil issue is solved. The cleanser seems to have a mattifying effect without stripping the skin completely and I am left with a smoother, more even complexion. I still have the odd spotty flare-up, no cleanser will ever eliminate that but this product comes pretty close to fixing most of my problems, especially in the summer months when I'm piling the sun cream on. It also lasts for ages, I've had the current bottle for just under a year and am only just coming to the end of it. That's after using it every night and I haven't been stingy with the amount I put on either.
I use dermologica a lot and have done for years as the range meets most of my skin requirements without causing breakouts. I also trust the brand's reputation. I have oily/combination skin and read an article that suggested using oil based cleansers to combat grease. Although this sounded contradictary I decided to give it a go, and happily, by some magic quirk of fate, dermologica brought out this product at the very same time, obviously riding the zeitgeist. I was intrigued by the double cleansing philosophy that accompanied the precleanse which suited me more as I felt more comfortable with washing the oil off rather than leaving it. I got some samples which I loved so much I decided to buy the bottle. This stuff is great at removing the general grime of the day. You can feel the oil really getting into the pores, breaking down the dirt and at the same time your skin's getting a lovely massage. The product can be used to take eye make-up off and removes even stubborn mascara without making your eyes sting, and mine are a little on the sensitive side. It is also brilliant at removing suncream which often clogs up my pores. The smell is quite subtle and inoffensive, which is good as I don't like over fragranced products. The oil is very easy to rinse off as it dissolves with water without leaving any residue. I then put ordinary cleanser on (dermologica clay cleanser) and remove with a muslim cloth. Am sure that the preclease doubles the effectiveness of the ordinary cleanser and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and completely deep-cleaned without any dryness or tightness. At first I was a little dubious about using two products to clean my skin, suspecting a money making exercise in making the customer shell out twice, but after using the regieme for a year I highly recommend the product. I am not really spotty, but my skin is prone to break-outs and precleanse has really reduced the frequency, so I have pimple free skin most of the time, including during summer. Buy it!
The headline I've given this product is a little unfair and is actually not a negative. I just mean that if you are looking for that ethereal, pearlescent vampiric complexion then this product will see you right. As other people have mentioned it is a multi-tasking product which can be used both as a highlighter to accentuate your good bits, or a complexion enhancer by mixing with your foundation/tinted moisturiser (I general mix half and half). I prefer the latter as other products are arguably better at highlighting, the benefit beam range in particular, but it is handy that it can be used for both. I use this product mainly in winter as it renders my skin paler and gives my skin a nice even shimmer without being too sparkly. I don't want to look member of an abba tribute band. The product is reasonably priced and it does last for ages, even with daily use for 6 months I'm still yet to make a significant dent in the bottle. If you find the cream a bit heavy then Mac does offer a lighter version called Mac strobe lotion which may be worth checking out if your skin is prone to break-outs. My cousin wears this and it gives her the same effect as mine. I would recommend it as a lot of make-up artists seem to use it on shoots and they're the experts after all.
Who doesn't love Nivea? It's a bathroom cupboard staple, passed on from mother to daughter. My mum still uses the cold cream every night to remove her make-up and her skin honestly looks 10 years younger than her actual age. I find the cold cream a little heavy to use on a daily basis as I have combination skin and end up with an oil slick for a T- zone, so I use this product as it is a lighter cream. It still has the same great fresh Nivea smell and moisturisers my dryer cheeks without making my forehead and chin break out in spots. I wake up with a more radiant complexion and it doesn't make my (already quite large) pores look any bigger. The best thing about it? The price, all these benefits for under a fiver, even cheaper if you capitalise on a boots offer, and the range has practically unofficially received a 'by royal appointment' endorsement considering the duchess of Cambridge uses it. If it's good enough for K-Midds....
Have owned quite a few cameras in the past, from a digital slr to a proper Polaroid (I know, how retro) and bought this as a cheap point and shoot for those times when I don't want to lug loads of equipment around. I choose this one after reading a few reviews which claimed that it was a good all-rounder, and turns out they were right. The 12.1 mp ensures pictures are sharp and rich, the colour is pretty accurate although, as with any p and s camera, sometimes the blue/green spectrum can come on a little strong and it actually copes quite well in low light conditions. The optical zoom, whilst not astonishing, is stil quite good for a camera this size and the panoramic sweep facility is extremely useful, find myself using it a lot more than I thought I would. The screen is a decent size and makes shooting a breeze and the controls, like most Sony cameras are quite intuitive. The main reason I got it was for the size and weight. It fits perfectly into most pockets and feels really light. The only (slight) downside is a weak battery compartment cover which has a tendency to flip open and spit the battery out, especially when sliding camera into pockets. Ive read that other people have had the same problem so unfortunately it does seem to be a general fault, but this can be easily resolved by buying a case, I wouldn't let it put you off buying this product. Overall a great general purpose, portable camera that is good value for money and produces pictures better than some more expensive makes. I would recommend it.
Benetint is one of the more subtler cheek stains, unlike some other brands I won't mention this doesn't leave you looking like a blind geisha. Just one little dot on each cheek and a quick rub in with the fingers will give you a flushed rosy appeal and make you look like you've been up to something naughty. It also works well as lip stain, though the brush makes the product slightly tricky to apply. Once on however, it lasts for ages and I like to put Vaseline over the top for a glossier pout. Well worth the money too as it is a multitasking product which takes forever to use up. All in all if you want to look like you've just come in from a five mile walk, when in reality you've been slumped on a sofa watching jezza kyle and eating frosties, then this is the perfect product for you - note, I don't do this of course...much.
I came across Davies when I was looking around for a new hair serum after the one I had been using stopped having quite the same effect, guess my hair had got used to it, sad face. So it was time to embark on a new quest for my future hair hero. Have I found the one?...well, not quite. It's like I tried for johnny Depp but ended up with Seth Rogan, nice enough and we get along fine together but it's not quite what I had in mind. The problem is that it only does half the job. Yes, it does stop the frizz and encourages my natural waves, but it leave a residue that renders my hair a little crunchy, reminiscent of the cheap wella mousse that I slapped on my spiral perm in the mid-nineties (don't judge, we've all been there). Apologies if you're a wella fan, ahem. This clumping does brush out easily, but still, that's not the point as this product is not that cheap (about mid range) and I've had better cheaper products. So to conclude, I will use up the bottle (because I am a tight yorkshire girl) but I will not repurchase, my quest continues.......