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    • Barry M Nail Paint / Make Up / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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      27.01.2013 14:51
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      Better than a lot of much more expensive brands

      I bought this from Superdrug for £2.99, although you can get it cheaper by buying as part of a 3 for 2 offer at the moment.

      I chose shade 312 Indigo as I like to wear more unusual colours and this, as the name suggests, is a dark blue with a hint of purple.

      It's in a nice chunky, clear bottle with yellow/gold writing that doesn't stop you from seeing how much is left, which is always useful. It is also a bit bigger than the tiny writing on most bottles so I can actually read what is says. The address of the Barry M website is on there, which might be worth a look, and on the back, is simply says to shake well, keep away from heat and advises that you apply a basecoat before use.

      Being the rebel that I am, I skipped the basecoat and on went the nail paint. The brush was just the right size, and I found that one coat gave a good, even coverage.

      There are no claims of this being particularly long lasting, and for the low price I was expecting it to chip before it had even dried, but I was very surprised to find that it took a couple of days before it started to chip, and even then it wasn't very much. When I did remove it after about 5 days, there was no staining or discolouration of my nails despite not having used a base coat.

      This is one of the best nail polishes I have ever used and they have a fantastic range of colours, I can't wait to try more of them!

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      27.01.2013 14:10
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      Gentle, natural, effective

      I received this as a free gift from The Body Shop when I placed an order with them online but the 100ml size that I have sells for £10, or you can buy the 30ml size for £5.

      It comes in a metallic tube with a little plastic screw on cap that could be fiddly, especially if your hands are a bit slippery because you just applied some but I didn't have any problems with it myself.
      The cream is formulated for very dry skin, is dermatologically tested and contains Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil.

      On opening the tube, I had a sniff - it's not an amazingly good smell but not unpleasant and not overwhelmingly strong either. It's a natural smell but almost medicinal, slightly antiseptic smelling perhaps. It doesn't appear to have any added fragrance as unlike their fancier smelling products, it is far more about function than scent. It seems it is just the basic ingredients that you can smell.

      I squeezed a small amount out of the tube and applied to my hands - it's really thick but non greasy and soaks straight into your skin, making it feel instantly smoother.

      I absolutely love this - it's left my hands feeling smooth and soft, it's more effective than any hand cream I have used, even expensive ones. The results are long lasting and it seems gentle enough that it could be used on sensitive skin without causing any problems.

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      27.01.2013 13:49
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      An excellent product at a reasonable price

      I am lucky enough to have never suffered from more than the occasional spot or blemish, so don't usually tend to bother with foundation apart from maybe for a night out. Plus I usually end up with more of it on my clothes than on my face! During the winter months, however, (and rainy summers!) I do tend to look rather pale and pasty so decided to give this a try.

      Olay complete care touch of foundation is described as "daily moisturiser with a touch of Max Factor foundation". It's currently on offer at Superdrug (online - not sure about in store) for £7.19. I chose it because it contains skin nourishing vitamins and SPF15 which I always look for in a day time moisturiser, as I know it only takes daylight to give you wrinkles, not necessarily sunshine. I chose the Fair colour as I felt it was the closest match to my skin colour.

      It comes in a handy pump dispenser type bottle which makes it easy to use; the first couple of times I used it I got a bit too much out but when you get used to it, it's easy to get exactly the right amount and you don't need a lot. I started by applying it in the centre of my face and blended it out towards the edges, so that there was not too much around my jawline and I didn't get a tide mark!

      This product feels very light on the skin, made my skin feel lovely and smooth, and gives a lovely soft coverage without clogging. It doesn't seem to rub off on my clothes and it gives just enough colour to stop me looking like a vampire!

      I would definitely use it again and see no reason to give it any less than full marks.

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        26.01.2013 17:34
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        Worth using but dread removing!

        I wanted to try a waterproof mascara as I often go swimming after work and didn't want to have to remember to take my make up off before hand - neither did I want to look like a panda.
        I love body shop products in general but didn't expect them to do waterproof mascara for some reason, however, I was pleased to find that they do. The price is £10 for 8ml, only available in black, but that is fine as that is the colour I wanted.

        It comes in a stylish bright blue tube with black swirls up the sides and a silver top. The brush is quite a lot thinner than other mascaras I have used and doesn't seem to pick up a lot of mascara, but when I brushed it onto my lashes there was actually plenty on it.

        I find it is ok as mascara - not the best I have used but then I don't think any waterproof mascara gives you much volume. My lashes looked longer and a bit thicker, and they had plenty of colour. It was fine for daytime use but I would personally not use it for going out in the evening. It didn't add any volume or curl.

        I am always a bit dubious about swimming with a waterproof mascara for the first time, wondering just how waterproof it really is - but this was brilliant. It didn't smudge at all and didn't come off in the shower afterwards either.

        The only drawback with this is that when I actually did want it to come off - it would not budge!! The make-up wipes I would normally use to remove mascara hardly touched it and I had to rub so hard some of my lashes fell out! I went back to the body shop and bought some of their make-up remover that says it also removes waterproof make up but even with that I had to use loads of it and it took ages before I finally got all of it off.

        Loses points for difficulty of removal but otherwise not bad.

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        26.01.2013 14:25
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        Lasted longer than more expensive brands I have tried, loved everything about it!

        Available from Superdrug for £4.09 in a range of colours, I chose Purple Reflect as I had run out of my previous bottle of purple.

        The brush is a good size, and flexible enough to spread nicely across my nails in two or three strokes without missing the edges and dried quickly. The colour looks like a fairly bright almost metallic purple in the bottle, but the first coat looked patchy so I had to apply another, after which it looked a lot darker.
        It wasn't quite the shade I had hoped for but I still really like it, it just gives me an excuse to buy another one in another shade of purple!

        It says on the bottle that it lasts for 7 days. I'm always wary of such claims, especially in the lower priced nail polishes - and there is always the question of what exactly does "lasts" mean? Does it mean there is still a bit on your nails after seven days, it takes seven days before it all wears off, or does it mean what I think it should mean, which is that it doesn't start to chip (at least not more than a tiny bit) for 7 days?

        I found it lasted very well - there was no chipping at all for 2 days; which for me is excellent, and then only a little. I did make sure I wore rubber gloves to wash up though; I don't think any nail polish would stay on very long otherwise. By seven days I had done what I always do and scraped it all off. If I had used base and top coat I don't believe there would have been much damage to it after 7 days.
        Really like this and will be buying it in other colours.

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          22.01.2013 19:51
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          Beautiful fragrance in a beautiful package

          I received this as a Christmas present as part of a 3 piece gift set after trying testers and not so subtly hinting to my other half that I would like some! The set contains a 75ml Eau de Toilette spray, a 75ml Radiant Body Lotion and 75ml Bubbly Shower Gel.
          The set was from Boots but I think they only do it at Christmas as they do not seem to have it now, the Eau de Toilette is available on its own, currently for £48. I didn't particularly want the other products but the gift set was the same price as just the Eau de Toilette so it would have been rude not to buy it!
          The gift box is far too beautiful to throw away and I have kept it to use for storage, it is a shiny pale pink with yellow and white daisies on it.

          The body lotion and shower gel come in pretty little pink tubes with the same daisy patterns on and although they help you to layer your fragrance and may make it last longer, they are not anything special in terms of richness and deep moisturising, which is why I would normally not bother with them as I prefer performance over fragrance on this type of product.

          The Eau de Toilette is in an extremely attractive bottle that really has to be displayed - no hiding in a dark drawer for this beauty - it has an unusual shape; elegant, yet chunky enough to be sturdy and a bunch of plastic daisies on the lid, in pink, white and (one) yellow. These could have looked tacky if they weren't so tastefully designed but they look gorgeous. I will have a dilemma of what to do with it when the perfume is finished as I won't be able to throw it out - can anyone think of a use for it?

          The fragrance, as the name implies, is a fresher, lighter version of the original Daisy, it is a lovely soft, floral scent with a very slight hint of musk, which I love. I wear it as a daytime perfume as I don't think it is strong enough for evening use, but I only use it once in the morning and it lingers very nicely all day, especially on my clothes.

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          • Corsodyl Mouthwash Mint / Oral Care / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            20.01.2013 16:10
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            Like all medicines, the nastier it tastes, the better it works!

            Corsdyl Mint Mouthwash is to treat gum problems. You have to rinse your mouth with it for 1 minute, using a 10ml capful twice a day.
            I first bought this a couple of months ago as I had sore gums that were bleeding a lot and being a big scaredy cat did not want to go to the dentist unless I absolutely had to!
            I didn't read the instructions until the first time I went to use it which was when I had just brushed my teeth. However, I soon discovered that unlike other mouthwashes you can't do that, as toothpaste can stop it working. The recommendation is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and then wait 5 minutes after brushing your teeth before using it. Sounds simple, but in reality I'm always about to rush off to work or on my way to bed when brushing my teeth so didn't really want to wait around even for 5 minutes. The other option is to use it at a different time of day when you haven't just brushed your teeth, which again is difficult for me to do as I am at work most of the day and the only time I remember to do it is when I am brushing my teeth!
            So...........eventually I found a time when I could use it and actually remembered to try it out.
            It is a very, very strong taste which I was ok with as I like strong mouthwash, but this did make even my eyes water a little, certainly not for those who prefer mild flavours, I would class this as industrial strength!!
            I did notice that when I used it in the morning I had a very bitter taste in my mouth all day - not what I would describe as mint, and everything I ate and drank tasted strange and quite unpleasant, especially tea.
            However, having said that - the problems with my gums improved after only a day or two and may have gone away altogether if I had carried on using it regularly. Unfortunately I find the nasty taste it leaves behind lasts so long that I would only persevere with this if I was suffering badly.

            Lost a star simply because it made my cuppa taste horrible all day!

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          • The Body Shop / Highstreet Shopping / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            20.01.2013 14:29
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            Fantastic products, excellent service, ethical and good value!

            I just love The Body Shop. There is nothing at all that I don't like about it, I love browsing all their products and treating myself but also shop online as you can get some brilliant discounts.
            I am trying to replace all my make-up and toiletries with greener, more ethical ones and a lot of them I am buying from The Body Shop.
            In store the staff are always very friendly and helpful; on several occasions they have alerted me to the fact that I am buying two products that entitle me to a third free - they often have great offers like that which makes it an affordable place to shop even though the individual products might be slightly more expensive than less ethical counterparts.
            I bought most of my Christmas presents in one online order during my lunch break and was totally delighted to save a fortune using a 40% off voucher code they sent me (for having shopped online with them previously) and getting a further discount by going through a cash back website. That was such a stress free, quick and economical way of doing my Christmas shopping, and I had it delivered to my place of work so didn't even need to worry about being at home to sign for it.
            The fantastic Love Your Body loyalty card entitles you to 10% off all purchases for a year and every time I have used it in store I have been given a voucher for £10 off when I spend £25 or more, the vouchers are valid for the following month, which gives me a great excuse to keep going back - not that I need one. The card costs £5 but is more than worth if for the benefits, which also include a birthday gift worth £5 and other freebies when you get enough stamps for in store spending.
            With so many different offers and discounts I sometimes get confused wondering which to use and whether to shop online or in store but my only rule is never to pay full price for something, although I don't think that would even be possible!
            The Body Shop are not only against animal testing, they use a lot of natural ingredients in their products. They also have a page on their website where you can learn about their values, including community fair trade, women's self-esteem, human rights and protecting the planet.
            I am addicted to many of their products and am sure I will be reviewing many of them in the future.

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