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My hair is what I would consider fairly normal, it does not get particularly greasy but does need a wash every day, I was introduced to Tresemme Vitamin C Deep Cleansing Shampoo by my mum who heard about it from her hairdresser recommending it for greasy hair. My mum raved on about this miracle shampoo to me on the phone, her hair gets greasy and flat very quickly normally after using this shampoo her hair looked clean and healthy all day long. So I had to give this miracle shampoo a go.
I bought a 500ml bottle from Savers in a pack deal with a tresemme dry shampoo for about £2.99, I was already impressed by the price though it did make me slightly sceptical if it was actually going to be as good as I had been told.
The shampoo comes in a tall, round black bottle, with a green band on detailing the specific shampoo (Deep Cleansing - For all hair types). The shampoo come in two sizes 500ml and 945ml, but I personally find the larger bottle is quite difficult to use while in the shower as its quite heavy and slips out of your hands while trying to push the cap open and squeeze out the liquid. The shampoo is clear with a blue tint to it.
The deep cleansing shampoo foams up easily, for my hair long thick hair I only need a blob about the size of a 2p. The first thing I noticed when I washed my hair with this was how you could really feel the change, my hair actually felt squeaky clean, like it had taken all the oils, products and rubbish out of my hair, but it did feel a bit dried out. I followed with Charles Worthington Balancing act conditioner which made my hair feel fully moisturised and replenished. After drying and styling my hair it was so shiny and healthy looking, I even had a compliment on how healthy it was looking and after a full day it wasn't even slightly greasy, even the next morning it was still really clean and shiny.
I've now been using Tresemme Vitamin C Deep Cleansing Shampoo for a week or two now and it has definitely become my new favourite shampoo, will be buying the conditioner for it is well next time I see it This Tresemme is an absolute winner, I recommend this to everyone it eliminates all the dull and drab and gives you lush shiny, healthy hair that will stay clean all day! Go on, give it a go! You won't go back. =)
I received this Strawberry Body Polish as a part of a fantastic Body Shop gift box for my last birthday. The polish is an exfoliating shower gel that gently buffs away dead skin cells with kiwi fruit seeds and crushed up bits of walnut shell in to give you really soft great smelling skin. I have the 200ml tube, it's made of a flexible clear plastic with flip cap lid so it's really easy to open and close.
The gel is a deep red colour and a quite thick gooey texture. It smells strongly of sweet strawberries and fills the bathroom with the aroma which is absolutely gorgeous, you will end up taking a minute or two just to really appreciate the scrumptious scent. The Body Polish keeps my skin moisturised which must be down to the fair trade honey it contains and natural moisturising fruit ingredients.
This gel is gentler than some other full on exfoliators and smells good enough to eat! A 75ml tube costs £5 and the 200ml is £9 and I would say it's well worth the price as it lasts for ages and really does make my skin soft, smooth and smelling lovely, it makes a great gift or treat. I have had the 200ml since Christmas using it 2 or 3 times a week and there is still two thirds left!
Highly recommend! I am very happy and impressed with this product, :) .
I have always been a fan of Dove products and regularly use their deodorants, soaps and moisturisers. Me and my mum have regularly used Dove Intensive cream for extra dry hands for about a year now and I have to say it really is a great product.
The cream smell lovely like all Dove products, but isn't an overly obvious or strong. A small amount goes a long way with this cream, a pea size amount will cover both hands with luxurious softness, my 75ml tube seems to last forever. The cream isn't too oily, is gentle on my fairly sensitive skin and is absorbed pretty quickly into the skin so you won't be leaving oily marks everywhere.
The tube is clean and simple design, and the cap isn't stiff or difficult to pop open. I think I bought it for about £2.50 at the time from boots, now it's selling for £3.19 which is pretty good in comparison with other hand creams on the market when you're getting such a quality product.
I highly recommend this Dove Intensive hand cream, its perfect for everyday use. :)
I have always been a fan of Dove products and regularly use their deodorants, soaps and moisturisers. I was attracted to this product because it smells absolutely delicious! The aroma of fruity pomegranates surrounds you in the shower it's fantastic! I saw these body washes on a 3 for 2 offer and thought I may as well give them a go so I bought two of these Go Fresh Pomegranate and one Grapefruit.
The wash is light pink with a creamy texture that lathers up very well, covering your body in the gorgeous smelling foam. After using the wash it does leave you feeling very clean and fresh only leaving a faint scent on the skin. With the product being Dove I was expecting this wash to keep my skin hydrated but it seems to have actually dried out my skin which is shame, I still use the wash but I have to do some pretty heavy moisturising of my hands, arms and hips afterwards. It probably just doesn't suit my skin so I won't be buying another bottle anytime soon.
The bottle has a very curvy and pink feminine design, it's an attractive bottle and doesn't look tacky or cheap at all. The little cap on the top is easy to open even with soapy hands. These Dove body washes are £2.39 normally but it seems to always be on some sort of sale. They smell great and seem to be fine with everyone else's skin, wish they were with mine!
I have always felt like I sweat more than most other people, and all through high school I was very conscious of it, never wanting to take off my school jumper in case there were sweat marks on my shirt. After trying every deodorant and antiperspirant available I eventually came to give Driclor a go, and I've stuck to it ever since. I had used other strong antiperspirants like PerspireX and a prescription one but I found them to be unbearably itchy and not completely effective, they helped but the amount it irritated my skin drove me crazy and was impossible to fall asleep with it on, until Driclor.
You apply Driclor once a day at night before you go to bed to COMPLETY dry skin that hasn't been shaved recently or it will STING badly (24hrs I've found to be a safe waiting time haha). It rolls on like a normal deodorant. I apply it before I go to sleep and lye down with my arms above my head to let it dry properly. Then you just wash it off in the morning and apply your normal everyday deodorant (don't bother reapplying Driclor in the morning it will only irritate the skin).
When I began using Driclor I was very sceptical after my previous experiences, it didn't seem to really kick in for about a week and then with regular application gradually became more and more effective. I personally apply it every other day or so which keep me very dry which is fantastic, I'm no longer worried if I smell or if I've ruined another top and can hug my friends properly! I have been using it regularly for about 2 years now and I'm so glad I came across this great product as I was starting to seriously consider getting botox injections into my armpits to stop the sweating, which is mad I know (and expensive) but apparently works very well, and I was getting a bit desperate.
I now have no problem with excessive perspiring, but I still use Driclor now and then as its better than any normal antiperspirant and keeps me dry for a ages. It's a bit expensive generally around £7 but it's so worth it if you're having any excessive sweating. Highly recommend!
Through my teens I have got through god knows how many different concealers normally, normally choosing the cheaper ones for £3 or £4 I've always been disappointed with them not covering marks or rubbing off instantly or just not being quite the right shade. So this time I thought I would try something a little more expensive and took a chance on this product at £6.19 for concealer I assumed Maybelline Superstay 24hr must be pretty decent.
There were only two shades Light Beige and Medium Beige to choose from, so this product probably won't suit that many peoples skin, but I was lucky that the Light was a perfect match to my skin tone. I tried it out straight away and was impressed by how dry it was unlike many excessively oily ones I've used in the past which seem to just slide off or go into creases, but this is nothing like that because it's not oily and a good thick consistency. The concealer is easy to blend, with excellent coverage that stays in place for ages and actually covers up my dark under eyes, spots and scars without drying out my skin.
In the tube you get quite a lot of product and a soft, fuzzy ended applicator instead of a brush, which is similar to ones in lip gloss, it hasn't gone weird or grotty in the couple month I've had it, I prefer this kind of applicator now but it's not really a big deal.
Maybelline Superstay concealer was a spur of the moment buy that paid off. It's great! Would recommend the product. =)
Finding the right foundation can be a challenge, it certainly was for me anyway. For years I had been in the middle of a balancing act battling acne prone skin which would break out when oily and then get dry and irritated if I tried to use most Clearasil type face washes. It took a long time to sort out my skin, with help from my mum and Doctor it was 6 years to finally get everything right, and part of it was that I needed to find a non-oily foundation that I wasn't allergic to (big challenge).
After a lot of research on the internet I went to the MAC counter found the perfect shade which never happens, the selection of skin tones is great there are so many, from very pale to black skin tones there's no doubt they will have the right colour for you. At £19.50 MAC Select isn't the cheapest foundation but it's defiantly worth it. It gives good coverage and a matt finish, evens out my slightly patchy marked skin without making me look pale or plastic and absorbs some of the oil from my T zone.
The make-up isn't heavy, sticky or as I've said oily at all, it pretty long lasting but I do normally end up redoing my makeup at some point in the day. I always found Select to be quite runny but my latest bottle seems to be a bit thicker than previous ones, not thick but less watery. But it's still the same coverage etc. and I have been finding it easier to apply evenly since this little change.
Overall, MAC Select is a great foundation, I never feel like it's caked on and it's a perfect colour match and perfect for my awkward skin and with SPF 15 my skin feels looked after. My skin can breathe! I would recommend to anyone with oily skin. And to anyone reading with acne problems this is great to give your skin a break if you're caking on a mask of makeup to cover up spots and scars every day. It isn't going to mask much by itself, but if you seriously want to have clearer skin I would recommend this foundation as a part of your skin care routine if you're like how I was and hated having no makeup on, it's a step in the right direction.
Well two years of regularly dying my hair, experimenting with colours and brands had resulted in very patchy, dodgy hair colour. For about eight months I had dyed my hair variations of red and purple I eventually got fed up with it fading to a not so nice copper shade, attempting to use ash brown dyes to help minimise the copper tone. The build up of dyes resulted in me having mostly black, partly dark brown hair with light brown root regrowth and slightly coppery highlights and ends, so enough was enough and I was looking for an alternative to bleaching really not wanting to have dry stringy hair like a few of my friends have ended up with after using bleach.
So, I came across Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover Extra Strength which claimed to remove the hair dye molecules and leave the natural hair colour. It all looked good to me after reading a few revues on it, though I was still a bit sceptical, completely preparing myself for a disaster.
I bought the B4 from Boots for about £12, but I have just found that Tesco also sells it at a lower price of £9.98, whether it will be in stock in store I reckon would be unlikely though.
I used the Scott Cornwall Pre-Colour Shampoo which smells good (bit like tea-tree) but I am yet to see its full effect with hair dye, worked good with the B4 colour remover though. Application was simple, mix and apply to dry hair. I had my mum about to help me get the tough bits, but do be warned this stuff stinks like rotten eggs and the smell does stick to your hair, after the treatment if I stayed in one room for a while the whole room would stink of it. I applied it in sections as I would normally do when dying, using a wide toothed comb and my hands to get everywhere, then piled all my hair on top of my head and wrapped my head in cling film (great look btw haha), heated it up a little bit with the hairdryer then wrapped a towel around my plastic head. 50 minutes later I began rinsing and was a bit confused when the water was running clear, I though it hadn't worked, until I looked in the mirror. Even with wet hair I could see it was substantially lighter, orange in fact. At least the black was gone but was a bit of a shock, I now had dull orange hair, not even ginger just dull orange with a light brown tinge. Was a laugh to say the least! I was one to experiment but this colour had never been an aim of mine to be honest.
My hair was in good condition though, soft and pretty shinny if a bit more static than usual. I was desperate to get on with redying my hair even though it does say to wait a week I only managed two days as a ginger ninja, after my family finding it all way too funny for my liking, and I'm meant to be at an 18th birthday on sat and there was no way I was going to let my friends turn me into the punch line of every joke for the night haha. So I used Nice 'n Easy colour foam Light Ash Brown, it's TERRIBLE! DO NOT USE!!!! I am once again patchy black, brown and reddish roots as its not actually an ash colour with no red. So dissapointed after all the effort, time and money gone into the colour striping treatment. But I suppose at least I hadn't wrecked my hair after paying salon prices to remove the build up.
Sooo I will be using this product Colour B4 again tomorrow, then using another dye Friday night or Saturday morning, which probably isn't the best idea but times running out. I am determined to achieve nice, all one colour medium brown hair. I'm done with reds and purples too much hassle.
Overall, Colour B4 Extra strength is great to remove build up and dark colours, but if your experience is anything like mine you will be an orangey/ginger colour and smell pretty bad for a while. But it must be worth it if I'm planning on using it again!
I recently bought two Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 825 Sky High (blue/turquoise) and 605 Purple Reign (slightly glittery plum), the gorgeous colours where what caught my eye and I have always in the past found Rimmel nail polishes to be good quality and pretty chip resistant, and it can be quite hard to find good quality bright coloured polishes.
It lives up to its name, each layer drying pretty quickly avoiding any smudging or messing up, which is great for me as I'm one of them silly people that forget they've just painted their nails and go open a can of coke or something and it's all ruined haha.
The two colours I have don't stain my nails at all, so no need to spend extra time doing an undercoat. However, I would recommend applying a top coat to really get a glossy result, but they still look nice without if you don't have the time.
The polish glides on smoothly without dripping everywhere, the brush is great it's a bit flat which enables you to get a great even coverage of the nail and combined with the fairly thick formula stops it from going everywhere and running onto the skin.
The nail polish lasts about a week before starting to chip and need a touch up, and it's pretty easy to touch up without the nail looking uneven or messy, so you can get away without having to completely repaint your nails for a couple of weeks.
It's got to be the best nail polish I have ever used, its defiantly my favourite. I am very happy with the product, quick, very easy to apply, lasts, great colours and looks fab.
Go buy one, or five! =P
As someone who has regularly home coloured their hair for the past two years I have tried out many different brands and colours by now, this has got to be the worst one I have EVER used.
I've used the new Nice 'n Easy Colour Blend foam twice now (stupidly), the first time I was attempting to cover up the copper left in my hair from when I used to dye my hair red. I used medium ash brown after doing a lot of research and finding ash colours were best to minimise red/copper tones. The application was so easy, shake a few times to mix then squeeze onto your hand to foam it up, I applied it in sections running the foam through my hair then using the excess liquid like a shampoo. I was hopeful that it would fix my ginger/light brown/dark blond hair, but I wasn't expecting any miracles with such a mix of colours. After 25 minutes and tonnes of rinsing to get it off my hair I could see it was pretty dark, after drying it, it came out a blacky purple with brown-black roots and I was pretty happy with that after the odd mix it was before, and the purple in it was pretty cool even if it wasn't all over, but it was way too dark for my skin. Two month later my hair had faded to very patchy selections of browns and blacks with my natural light roots coming through which I hated. So before dyeing it I bought the extra strength Colour B4 hair colour remover to get rid of all the colour build up and the black which did stink like rotten eggs but worked great and removed all the black and brown, but I did have orange hair for a while which was a laugh, not my best look to be honest haha. I waited two days before applying any dye, I chose the Nice 'n Easy foam because it was so easy to apply and didn't drip everywhere but I went for a lighter shade this time using Light ash brown. My only worry was whether the colour would cover my, what was now orange hair.
After rinsing and conditioning I was shocked to see that the roots where I had regrowth looked copper! Ash colours are meant to have minimal if no red tones in. So WARNING! NOT ASH BROWN! More of a weird light mahogany. When dry the colour came out exactly the same as it was before I used colour remover, a few black sections and dark brown but with the new edition of copper light brown roots.
EXTREMLY disappointed, so much wasted money and time stripping off all the old colour, being orange for two days and I'm going to have to do that all again. All I wanted was hair that was all one colour, didn't go orange in the sun and not black! I have never used a dye like this that is so not what it says on the package and goes so wrong!
Wouldn't recommend Colour Blend foam to anyone! DO NOT USE!!!!
As my last Barry M liquid liner finally ran out, after being pretty dedicated to it as my cheap decent eyeliner option as pencil would always smudge and never stay in place I fancied a change and came across Maybellines eyestudio gel eyeliner. Being a skint student I was a bit apprehensive of the £8 price tag, it seemed a bit of a strech from my usuall £3 not even knowing if it was any good or not even if that is quite cheap for this kind of product, but I thought I may as well chance it and treat myself with a really good quality eyeliner as I use it everyday.
The eyeliner comes in a cute little frosted glass tub with a 5inch long brush which is actually really good (but beware of leaving any product on it, I rub off the extra gel onto the back of my hand so that it doesn't need a clean after every use, just every now and then. A bit of olive oil then shampoo does the trick).
The eyeliner itself I found pretty easy to apply, the gel has a creamy consistency that glides on, it can be a bit hard to get off if you go wrong and there is no soap or makeup remover at hand. This is the first gel liner I have bought and changing from liquid to this was easy, the gel is much easier to apply than a liquid and once dry it leaves a very long lasting dark black line that doesn't look chalky or flake off like I have found some cheaper products to be. I very rarely have to reapply it keeps the drama all day or night without smudging or fading and it's pretty waterproof too. I have been using this product for a few months now pretty much every day and I have not even got through a quarter of the tub yet, it really did suprise me how little was needed, I would normally be needing a new normal liquid eyeliner by now which makes it well worth the money.
Overall I am really pleased with Maybelline Eyestudio lasting drama gel eyeliner, deffinatly the best eyeliner I have ever owned or used. The price did seem a little high at first but now that I know you only need the tiniest amount it is well worth it. Recommend this fantastic little product to everyone, it's worth a go. :)
Recently was given this perfume as a birthday present and I am really happy with it. The light, fresh and subtle smell with a hint of floral and fruity notes I would say is perfect for everyday wear, quite sweet but still refreshing and crisp without being too heavy or overpowering, great in the spring and summer months. However, Enchanted Bloom does not seem to last for that long which is a bit of a shame as it's such a lovely fragrence, but with another sprits later in the day will keep you smelling beautiful.
The tall, curvy feminine bottle is gorgeous and classic of Ghost's design reflecting the perfume well in its simple, clean lined feminine design, as well as it looking great on my dressing table.
I would deffinatly recommend Ghosts Enchanted Bloom to anyone looking for a fresh, everyday fragrance this summer. Ghost got it right, fresh, fruity and pretty all in one!
I have had this lappy for about 9 months now and its got to be the best home laptop I've used, more that I expected. Its great for watching movies on with a bright 16:9 screen, however the speakers can be a bit quiet so if im watching something on it with a few noisey friends its worth pluging in some speakers with a bit more power.
Uploading photos and files is easy, even the half size SD cards you put in fuji cameras fits into the SD slot on the pc which I've never had on a laptop or computer but maybe thats just me being unobservative haha.
The laptop picks up wireless connections easily however has trouble connecting if the connections 2 bars or less but it will connect eventually if your patient.
The built in web cam was great, until it started flickering and then I messed it up even more by attemping to reinstall the driver now theres no evidence of the webcam but should sort itself if I wipe the system.
The battery still pretty good, lasts about 4 hours on power save mode when new it would last about 6.
I've had my little Vivaz for a year now after an upgrade last June, and how happy I am that I picked this phone. It's not only gorgeous, the vivaz has a 8.1 megapixle camera with HD video which I have found perfect for music conserts and gigs giving a clear sound not like all my previouse phones that couldn't handle the bass at rock concerts and it comes with loads of storage space in the phone and a 8gb memory card which you deffinatly do need.
The software of the phone is so simple and easy to get used to, you have 5 screens which you can fill with almost whatever you want, I have a screen with shortcuts to text/call/view my favourit contacts, a page of bookmarks to websites and bluetooth and also a photo gallery screen with the other two as normal wallpapers. The twitter and facebook apps are quite dissapointing though I must say, I never use them as they're not worth that hassle, the twitter one only shows about 10 tweets and the facebook one never showed notifications so just use the mobile sites they're much better if you're like me and a FB addict haha. It's very easy to write a text message with four keyboards availble your normal alphanumeric, a large qwerty keyboard, a mini qwerty and a handwriting option to use with the stylus pen that comes with the phone, but the large qwerty is by far the best one in my opinion. There is also a great coversation mode to view texts which is very cool and useful if your always forgetting what your friend just texted you.
One thing that I was a bit weary of when looking at the phone was that it has a resistive screen (responds to pressure, rather than a capasitive that responds to skin) as they can be a bit rubbish as any LG cookie owner will know, however I was really impressed with how responsive the vivaz is after having a go in the shop, though it is more responsive if you use your nails to tap but its fine and pretty quick anyway.
The battery is still really good for a touch lasts about two days even after a year of my accidental abuse about a million drops and a trip into a sink it has somehow still works perfectly with only a few scratches (buy some screen protectors, they're cheap on ebay).
Anyway, I love my Sony Ericsson Vivaz, a great phone and worth the £25pm contract. :)
UPDATE: 11/02/2012 - about 3 months ago this phone broke, the resistive screen was dinted by something and made the phone imposible to use at all as it kept selecting what was under the damaged section. The Vivas was still a great phone but just be aware you need to be careful to not damage the screen as I know a few others that have done the same thing, in comparison to some of people I have talked to my vivaz lasted quite a while. However, you can probably get phones that are a lot better and more durable for the same sort of price now.