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I'm trying at the moment to try out cheaper items of make up so that I can spend more money on skincare and a good base. I bought this mascara as it was on offer and i think I paid about £4 for it. It comes in pink packaging which is handy as you don't lose it in the bottom of a dark make up bag!
There are two things that I look for in a mascara. The first is that it must be REALLY black. The second is that it has to be waterproof as I have really sensitive eyes, and even walking in a light breeze can make them run.
On these two things, the Volume Flash was brilliant. The colour is a great deep, intense black. It is also incredibly run proof. I need to use make up remover and my normal cleanser to get it off in the evenings - so this is great in my opinion. I've had far too many instances where my mascara is smudged around the outside of my lower eye by 10.30am!
What did put me off a bit is the consistancy of the product. It comes with a nice chunky brush (but maybe a little too chunky as I had trouble reaching all my lashes without poking myself in the eye - and I have large eyes) but the product is really thick and gloopy, and sticks as much to the brush as your lashes. After a few uses however, it seems to settle down and less product gets picked up by the brush. I had to do a lot of wiping of the brush on the top of the bottle however to start with. I also found that while it gave good volume, it was a bit clumpy and inconsistant with it.
At the moment I've been using this mascara for about a month. I think I'll see how I feel at the end of the product as to whether I buy it again. It may be me getting used to it, or the product may have some flaws I can't live with. We'll see what happens!
This is the first Benefit product that I have tried, but I love it!
My skin is a bit 'life worn'! I am in my early 30s and have suffered in the past from acne which means I have the obligatory scars, red marks and discolouration. I still get a flare up from time to time, and am getting some fine lines around my eyes. I tend to use the whole foundation, concealor and powder routine, but hate looking caked in make up, so I always aim for a natural looking base.
I find that this product brings back some of the natural glow that gets lost under the matt effect of my foundation and powder. I use it on my cheekbones and to highlight under my eyebrows. It gives a lovely dewy but not greasy look that brightens up my skin.
I tend to brush a little onto the back of my hand and apply it with my fingers. I have the smaller 4ml bottle at the moment as I bought it as part of a sample pack with two lip and cheek tints. I use the High Beam far more than the tints - every day at the moment. It just seems to make me look more awake and my skin look fresher.
I love this product and will definatley buy the full size version when this runs out.
I don't normally go for Rimmel products, seeing them as the products that I used as a teenager and therefore in the cheap and cheerful bracket.
However, I decided that I'd try their eyeliner and mascara as I'm now choosing to spend more of my beauty budget on decent skincare and foundation products and less on eye make up.
I am really impressed with this eyeliner. It was £3.99 and I bought it in black. I go through tons of black eyeliner so was hoping that this one wouldn't smudge or run off as I have sensitive eyes.
I prefer a pencil type eyeliner to a liquid one and this is a nice creamy stick, but not greasy like a pencil can be. It glides on beautifully. The lead is twisted up and then twisted back down again afterwards. At the other end of the pencil is a smudging tool with a lid to protect it, so I tend to apply a thicker line, smudge it with the smudging tool (which also hides any slippage during the day!) and then apply a thinner line over the top along the lash line.
Something I've noticed on the other reviews of this product is that people have said that you can't sharpen this product. I discovered something else about the smudging tool - if you pull on it, it comes right off and is double ended. On the other end is a sharpener! The thickness of the stick is fine on it's own, its not too thick, but you can use this little sharpener to get the product to a fine tip, making it even more versatile!
My eyes are horrendous - they water at any opportunity, but this liner has really stuck on all day. I've not had any particularly bad smudging or running - being waterproof I would expect this, but it doesn't always seem to work that way, so I was impressed that this is truly waterproof!
I will definately be buying this product again once it runs out!
The Sanctuary Salt Scrub is far and away my favourite bath product ever. It is available either in a glass jar which is resealable for around £7, or else in sachets which are £1.50. I tend to buy the sachets and use one a week in order to limit my use to treats.
The scrub is made of sea salt that is mixed in with jojoba, coconut and sweet almond oil. It is a thick paste-like mixture with a long lasting scent. I used it twice last week before parties and my room and towels still smell of it, so its good that the fragrance is lovely - a sort of expensive spa smell is the only description I can come up with as none of the individual fragrances really come through for me.
Once you've used the scrub on your skin it seems to glow a little from the oils, looks smoother and feels really soft. Sanctuary advise using it in the bath and then relaxing in the oils once you've washed it off. I limit my use of it to my arms, shoulders and legs as on delicate skin like the chest and stomach, I think the effect would be too rough.
Sanctuary also advise using their cocoa butter moisturiser afterwards. I never have as the oils in this seem to be enough for my skin, but I am tempted to do so to see how well the fragrance layers and lasts. if i try this i will review it here.
We bought the Tesco value toaster when our old one finally gave up. At £4.47 we thought that really, isn't a toaster just a toaster? I thought that I'd give it a try as the more expensive ones just seemed to be about paying for the name.
I was very wrong on that assessment!
On taking the toaster out of the box, my first observation was that it was incredibly small. Plus points for taking up less space on the counter, but on the downside, a very short cable. We usually have the kettle and toaster right next to the plug point, so this was ok for us.
I liked the look of the toaster. It was compact, simple and not over-designed. I like plain things without logos, so this was probably for me, it's best asset.
The huge annoyance with this toaster was that you cannot get a whole slice of bread into it! I tried Hovis, Warburtons and Allinson's from the standard 800g loaf, and not one of these slices went all the way in. about a quarter of the bread stuck out of the top, so i ended up setting the toasting dial to low and then standing next to it and flipping the toast over halfway through the toast the top! I know this is a value product, but i think this is an unforgivable 'feature'. It comes across as if the toaster was designed by the work experience kid!
Eventually I got fed up with my toast flipping, gave in an bought a morphy richards which is far superior. Sometimes value isn't worth the hassle!
There are three great things about flumps in my opinion.
The first is that they are a great diet sweet on the Slimming World diet - at 1.5 syns each (Slimming World allows 15 syns a day - these are a way of counting items of food that are not healthier options like fruit and veg. Each food has a syn value). This means that i can have sweets every day without worrying while following Slimming World!
The second is the taste and texture of them. A flump is pretty big - about 15cm long and about 2cm wide. The flavour is a lovely delicate vanilla - not too sickly but sweet enough that you are satisfied with one or two.
Thirdly they are only 10p each! This makes them a real bargain - especially as my local Tesco tends to run them at 11 for £1 meaning you get one free for every 10 you buy! it's a good job that they are not too moreish as they would be dangerous to have around the house otherwise!
After being told by a specialist to avoid caffine as is is a flare to my IBS, I sadly stopped drinking my normal builders tea at work. I still have a cup of coffee in the morning, but I prefer to remain un-caffinated through the rest of the day!
I drank herbal teas (all Twinings as I don't believe that herbal tea can be economised on - the Tesco lemon and ginger tastes like watered down toilet cleaner! Disgusting!!) for months as I didn't want to set off another flare up, but then slowly started to add in green tea as a drink that, ok - does contain caffine - but doesn't give me the jitters like coffee does!
Apparently green tea has one-fifth the amount of caffine that coffee and also contains flavanoids which are beneficial to heart health among other things. I decided that the good balanced out the bad and as I don't seem to be having any negative reactions, should carry on drinking it.
Like I've said, I wouldn't consider anything less than Twinings. I do drink other, more higher end teas, but this is my absolute lowest limit. This particular tea doesn't disappoint. The flavour of the pear and apple comes through quite strongly, taking away any overt bitterness from the green tea. I've tried other flavours in the Twinings green tea range, and they all have their own distinctive taste, which is good.
I usually leave the teabag in the cup as I like my tea to be nice and strong, and i think this also allows the flavour to come through really well. When made next to a plain green tea, I noticed that this tea is lighter in colour, so it might be that there is less actualy green tea per teabag in the flavoured ones.
Another good way to buy this tea is in a Twinings mixed green tea box. This is how I started drinking them and it means that you can find out what all the flavours taste like without having to buy several boxes. The flavours are then generally available individually as well.
I've been using these since they were recommended by my dentist. I have some gum problems due to having tight gaps inbetween some of my back teeth, and it's all too easy for bacteria to get in there and have a party! Since I've been using these along with dental floss, my teeth have been feeling cleaner and smoother on my tongue - which apparently is a sign that the plaque is not adhering the the tooth surface as much.
I tend to choose this brand of brush as it seems to work the best - I look out for the TePe brand as this is the one on sale in my dentists, but as it comes with the Boots branding, they are a whole £1 cheaper from Boots. I have also tried the Tesco 0.4mm brushes, but the bristles stripped from the wire between my teeth, and I had to floss to get them out again! I have never had this issue with the TePe brushes.
As for using, I tend to go for the back of my mouth only as they can recede your gums. I don't mind this so much as the back as it is less of a real recession and more of a reshaping, but I don't want the gums at the front reshaped! I just use floss here, and they are easier to keep clean anyway than the back.
The only thing I don't like about them is that it can be hard to manouvre them in your mouth as the handle isn't really long enough. It would be great if TePe made the same product on a toothbrush style handle so you can get to the back easier. I don't use these on my very back tooth as I can't reach, so its flossing only back there...
Since I've been using these, they have contributed to an improvement in my gums - they bleed a little to start with but this is totally normal. It should stop within a week or two, but if not it's probably best to see the dentist as it might be a gum disease problem rather than something to do with the brushes.
The only other thing i would like to see with these brushes is an extra cover as I have to keep remembering not to throw the cover away with the brush I have just finished with! What would be great would be if someone made a case to contain a roll of dental floss and your current interdental brush, but I've not yet seen anything like this.
Definately worth using, and also a case where you really should pay the extra to get the product that actually workes.
I have been having some trouble with my gums lately - deep pockets seem to have formed around one tooth and the only way to try and heal this is to be scrupulous about my dental hygiene. Even one day off of my normal 15 minute routine of brushing, flossing and using interdental brushes and a water pick seems to make it flare up again.
When I saw my dentist with this problem she told me that it was a case of cleaning and keeping clean and that should encourage the pockets to shrink and heal. She also told me to mouthwash after every meal.
Originally my dentist recommended Listerine, which I have since been using and have no problems with - it certainly works - but I had a Tesco clubcard voucher for £1 off Corsodyl Daily Defense. As I use the standard Corsodyl if pain comes back to clear infection quickly, I thought that this would be a good product to try.
I've been using the Daily Defense in two ways - firstly I dip my interdental brush in it between teeth to help with the cleaning. I then complete my brushing and water picking and finish off with the remaining mouthwash.
Compared to the Listerine, this certainly has one big advantage in that it doesn't freshen the inside of my mouth to the point where my eyes water - I find that Listerine is quite harsh on the skin in my mouth and can make me gasp if I have it in my mouth too long. I'm not yet sure if this is a good or a bad thing - the Listerine may be more powerful and be what I need to clear the bacteria, but on the other hand, the Corsodyl seems to be keeping the bacteria down without the overly-fresh sensation!
The other thing I liked about the Corsodyl is that it lasts for up to 12 hours - so I feel like it's carrying on working between brushes. I still use it after meals, but it's nice to know that if I didn't, it's may still be there and working.
I supplement the Daily Defense with a wash round with the Corsodyl original every few days and together they seem to be helping with my gum problems. in the last couple of days (I've been using this exclusively now for a week) my interdental brushes seem to be getting lost in the gaps between my teeth which suggests that the swelling that has been there for a while may be going down. I had a section of gum that looked 'pulled' towards the teeth, and that has also gone.
I would say that it may be something else that I am doing along with the Corsodyl Daily Defense and Corsodyl Original that is also getting these results, but since I switched to the Daily Defense, it seems to be kinder on my mouth and there have been changes to my gums. i would suggest anyone with gum problems at least gets a bottle and gives that 500ml a go!
I bought this shaving cream a couple of months ago as I thought that it would be an interesting product to try after I ran out of my normal gel.
It claims to help moisturise your skin while you shave which I thought was a bonus, and it smelt really nice. I tried some on my hand in the shop and it had a nice silky feel.
When I next shaved my legs, I rubbed a small amount of the cream onto my calves - I kept the amount small as I've used other Lush moisturisers and a little tends to go a long way. The first thing I noticed was that it was kind of 'sticky' and resistant to the water, a bit like vaseline.
I am a bit of a cheapskate with razors and use men's Bic Sensitive disposables. With these razors I only managed a couple of strokes before the blades were totally bunged up. The sharp edge didn't seem to be getting very near my skin as it was fighting to keep itself clear of the cream. I had to throw the fresh razor away after one use as it was far too hard to unbung it.
Afterwards my skin felt more tacky than moisturised, and I could still see hairs here and there.
In the end I gave it to my husband who uses old fashioned razor blades that come in paper wrappers in an old fashioned razor holder. He seems to have had a bit more luck than me, but this I think is down to better blades, and that his beard is very thick and coarse. The product probably is more right for his skin than mine which is much softer. Also, he uses better quality razors which may make the difference. I use the cheapest I can get as my hair is quite fine and light, so I don't need a heavy duty razor.
Verdict - maybe one for the boys?
I have always washed my hair every day as by day two it is getting greasy and lifeless at the roots. Unfortunately this also means that I've dried out the ends really badly by blow drying it.
I tried this product in the hope that it would help to ease the dryness and maybe help stop my hair from frizzing the day after it is washed.
I've been spraying it on my damp hair after washing and conditioning as usual, and then applying a heat protection spray over the top before blow drying. I've found that my hair actually lasts another wash after using this product, so I've been to go two days without washing, which is helping the frizz. My roots still aren't as fresh the day after, but the length still looking good makes a huge difference and encouranges me not to overwash it, which was probably contributing to the grease building up.
My hair just seems much more manangeable since I've been using this and I'm going to continue!
I remember I first tried Milka on a holiday in Europe - I think it was Switzerland, and wishing that it was available in the UK.
In the last couple of years it seems to be much easier to find - I get mine from my local Tesco.
The best things about Milka is the size. A 100g bar isn't the huge 200g family sized bars that you get from other brands, but is big enough to feel like you're having a treat. I've tried two flavours - the Happy Cow which is milk and white chocolate together, and the Dime bar version. Both of these are also available in the more standard size that you would find in the petrol station - around 35g.
Milka is incredibly creamy - somewhere between Cadbury and Galaxy. I find it less sickly than Galaxy, but more creamy than Cadbury. The Happy Cow version is blended together to look like the patches on a cow, which I think is a nice touch!
I also think that the price is reasonable. For the 100g bars, I pay around £1.30. I also find that this size is easy to eat over several nights, as breaking off a 3 square piece is plenty to give you a great chocolate hit!
I bought this deodorant in Superdrug one day after seeing it on offer for 99p. I normally use the roll-ons but was looking for something to put in my bag and take to work with me for days when I walk in.
The first thing that I liked about this is that it smells lovely. It does have a pretty relaxing lavender fragrance but in quite a modern way - it smells far more aromatherapy than bargain basket chemist!
My main concern was that it may not work as well as an antiperspirant does - especially if I had been exercising. In the end I tend to double up on my deodorant and use an antiperspirant before I leave for work, and then top up with this when I get there. What I really like about it is that it makes you feel fresh after doing some exercise in a way that a roll on or stick just wouldn't, but I'm still not confident enough to go without the roll-on first thing!
A great freshener to keep in your bag during the day - I've even used it as body spray on occasions!
I tend to go through phases with shampoos depending on what is on offer but this is one that I tend to look out for.
The main reason I tried it to start with was because it is for mid to long hair that is fine and turns greasy easily - which is an exact description of my hair. I was amazed to start with that someone had come up with something so specific!
The smell of the shampoo is pleasant - it is a kind of 'fresh' smell which I put down to it containing citrus. I also find that a little goes a long way as the foam produced by this product is quite intense! I'd suggest using half what you normally do!
The thing I liked the most about this shampoo - and this seems to be enhanced if it is used with the conditioner from the same range - is that it seems to make my hair weightless but not flyaway which is a miracle! I usually find with a lot of chemist shampoos that my scalp feels heavy and the length is dried out and fluffy. This gives some lift in the roots and gets rid of the fluffiness as well!
The only downside for me is that the effect doesn't last more than a day before I have to wash it again. If I use straighteners and mousse in the roots though, I find I can stretch the effect out a little longer.
A good shampoo but as it is around the £3-4 mark for a large bottle, it's one that I normally buy when it is reduced which happens quite regularly.
I bought this back in Feb 2011 after a long fight with my long flyaway hair. My hair is thick in that there is a lot of it, but the strands themselves are quite fine which leads to frizziness every time it rains or there is moisture in the air. Also heat drying can make my hair frizzy, and I don't always have time to do battle with the straighteners and various different hair products each morning.
I tend to use this product on the ends of my hair only, where they can get split and dry from heat damage. I kep it away from the roots as they have a tendency to get oily quicker.
You don't need a lot - i use a blob about the size of my thumbnail and rub it into my hands first. As a bonus, this also means that your hands get a good moisturise at the same time! I then run them through the bottom third of my hair only and leave for a few minutes before brushing it through.
I find that my hair is a lot more manageable and shiny when I've used this product and also seems to develop a little more protection against the weather. It also smells amazing - a bit like a spa! I take this product when I go swimming, and the container is nicely waterproof for using in the changing room. After swimming, if I don't have time to wash my hair, just running some of this through the length and avoiding the roots can keep your hair looking a lot better as it drys.
The final use i have for this is a curl definer. My hair is naturally wavy so it curls easily. I scrunch some of the product through it after the curls have set and this gives it a lovely shine!