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If you've read any of my other Yankee Candle reviews you'll know I am a big big fan. They're my favorite brand of scented candles. When trying out new fragrances I like to buy the tarts first rather than paying out for a jar just in case I don't like it. Vanilla Cupcake is what I've bee using for the past two nights and I have to say I'm in love with this one.
So what is a tart? A tart is basically just a piece of wax shaped like a tart, it's round with scalloped edges and has no wick. It's designed to be used with Yankee's range of tart burners which look just like oil burners. You place the tart in the well at the top and light an unscented tea light underneath which then heats the wax tart and turns it to liquid which releases it's lovely aroma all around the room. Yankee's was tarts are designed to give 8 hours of fragrance.
I bought this tart on eBay as part of a lot of 10 different scented tarts. I like to keep a supply of a variety of different scents so I can burn one depending on my mood. Two nights ago I decided to use Vanilla Cupcake. Yankee say "the Vanilla Cupcake Wax Tart will bring all the scents of fresh baked desserts into your home. Mixing together the delicious, rich and creamy aroma of vanilla cupcakes, with hints of lemon, all smothered in buttery icing. This scented wax tart pot pourri gives your home a cozy, warm and inviting atmosphere." All of their tarts are tightly encased in plastic wrapping which I find easiest to remove by cutting it with a pair of scissors. vanilla Cupcake has a really inviting picture of cupcakes on the front and as soon as I opened it I could smell the vanilla. Once it started to melt the fragrance was quickly released and filled the room with the most warming comforting homely smell of vanilla and baking. It really does smell very strongly of the vanilla which I find is such a cosy and comforting smell. I lit mine in the evening but what I did notice was that when sat in the room the next day I could still smell the vanilla from the tart even though it had solidified! I've had two burns out of this tart so far and the fragrance is still lovely and strong. I'd say this is one of the more longer lasting stronger scents. Some are lighter and don't seem to last the 8 hours they say but this is lovely and long lasting.
I will most definitely be purchasing this again in either a tart or a larger jar candle.
Tarts generally cost 99p each and are available in card shops like Clintons, Homebase have a limited range. Ebay has a massive selection of the different scents as does Amazon. You can also buy them from dedicated sellers of Yankee Candles online such as www.yankeedoodle.co.uk which is my favorite because they always have great offers and megapacks.
I'm a huge fan of Yankee Candles, they are by far the best scented candles on the market. The scents are always true to their descriptions and not at all chemically. If it says it's lemon by god it will smell of fresh real lemons. The scent goes through the whole candle too unlike some cheap scented candles so you will smell the same strong scent right up until the very end. You just can't beat Yankee Candles.
Midsummer's Night is one of my favorite scents and I keep buying it again and again. I've had this one in both the large 22oz full size jar and the small wax tarts. I buy my Yankee candles online because not many places where I live sell it and the few that do have a very limited range. Online for the full size 22oz jar I paid £17 and for the wax tart I paid 99p per tart. That's the usual price for Yankee in my experience but you can get some fantastic offers and mega packs at www.yankeedoodle.co.uk.
Midsummer's Night is described by Yankee as having an intoxicating and provocative fragrance with a masculine blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne to create an lush and inviting atmosphere. This sums up the fragrance that this candle produces perfectly. It smells exactly like aftershave which I love! It's one of their stronger fragrances and when lit the house is filled with the lovely aftershave scent. I like to put mine on in the evening with the lights off and a few candles going. It's quite a nigh time romantic heady scent. If you like men's aftershave you'll love this.
If you buy the tart you'll need a tart burner to burn this because they have no wick. The tarts are placed in the top of the tart burner and a tea light is lit underneath which then heats the tart and melts it into a pool of highly scented liquid. I usually get about 3 burns from a tart before it loses it's fragrance. I pop the tea light on and leave the tart on until the tea light burns out which is usually about an hour and a half. The scent still lingers in the air for hours afterwards as well. Once the tea light burns out the liquid cools down and solidifies. After 3 burns you'll notice the scent fades so it's time to switch it for a fresh tart. To get the wax out there's not need to chip away at it or anything. Just let the wax harden then pop the whole burner into the freezer for about 20 minutes and when you take it out the wax just slides out in one solid piece.
If you go for a jar candle trim the wick with a pair of scissors before each burn. This helps the candle burn longer and more evenly. Unlike cheap jar candles that burn down the middle leaving loads of unused wax round the sides these burn evenly all round so there's no waste.
I absolutely love scented candles and Yankee candles are by far the best scented candles I have ever come across. The large jars can be expensive and if you aren't sure of the scent I find it's always best to try either a sampler size candle or a wax "tart". Not many shops near where I lie sell Yankee so I usually buy mine online and I can only go by the description of the smell and reviews and after buying a 22oz full size jar for £17 in their Clean Cotton scent and hating it I now like to by tarts for 99p to try new scents out and any I really like I'll buy in their full sized jars.
A wax tart is basically just a round piece of wax with scalloped edges, it has no wick and is burned by placing it in the top of a tart burner and lighting a tea light underneath to melt the tart which releases it's fragrance. You can use a normal oil burner but I prefer to use a proper tart burner made by Yankee. I did once burn a tart in a glass oil burner I had and because the tart takes a little bit to heat up and melt the heat from the candle underneath actually cracked the glass burner! Each tart comes individually wrapped in plastic which can be a little difficult to remove as it's so tightly wrapped so I just take some scissors to it to cut it off. Like I said all you do is simply place the tart in the top of the burner and light an unscented underneath. After a little while the tart starts to melt from the heat of the tea light and turns into a pool of liquid which is highly scented and the smell wafts around the room and depending on the scent in some cases you can smell it through the whole house! I do find the tarts are more scented than their jar candles in the same scents.
I bought a load of Christmas scented tarts on eBay last December and the seller threw Lilac Blossoms in free with my order. I keep loads of tarts in a box and like to pick out a different one every 3 days or so. It was just the other night when I decided to burn Lilac Blossoms. It's described by Yankee as capturing "the beautiful fragrance of a shady woodland glade, carpeted in deep purple lilacs. Light it for blissful and complete relaxation." It was the evening and I turned off the lights and popped this into my burner and lit the tea light. The tart started to warm up and melt and release a very strong smell of most headache inducing scent I've ever smelt. I don't mean to offend but it's like a really old lady's perfume. I had a good think about how else to describe it and to me it smells like strong pollen and set honey. Two smells I hate! I blew the tea light out before the tart had even finished melting and took the burner to scrape it out into the bin. My other half asked what I was doing as I'd been upstairs as I lit it in the bedroom and I asked him to smell it and tell me what he thought. His first words were "oh that smells like a charity shop!" It may suit an older persons taste but definitely is not for me.
Yankee Candle Wax Tarts are available priced 99p per tart. I mainly buy mine online on eBay or www.yankeedoodle.co.uk because I don't see them in many shops where I live. They do sell a limited range in Homebase.
I've used Bob Martin Flea & Tick Spot On quite a few times in the past for our Cat who has sadly passed now and also my first two dogs. Bob Martin is a very well known and trusted brand and their products are widely available in pet shops and supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-Op. I used to buy mine from Somerfield because I worked there at the time and it was convenient to just pick them up after my shift. I recall paying around £5 per pack.
Bob Martin Spot On is available for both cats and dogs and I have tried both. With the dog version you have a choice of large or small dog and as mine were Chihuahuas I chose the small dog pack which is suitable for small dogs and puppies from 2 weeks onwards. The cat version is suitable for cats and kittens from 12 weeks onwards. You get 3 little tubes in each pack and each tube is one application. One pack promises 12 weeks of flea protection. There are smaller packs with just two tubes available and also a double strength version which wasn't around at the time when I was using this product.
It's important to mention that I used these for both my cat and my dogs but you must buy the cat version for your cat. Never use the dog version as it's highly poisoning to cats. The products may look the same but they contain different ingredients. Never be tempted if you have both cats and dogs to buy one pack and use a tube on each to save money.
Bob Martin promises that this kills ticks and fleas on contact but also breaks the flea life cycle which is essential in a de-fleaing product. There's no point just killing the adult fleas only for the eggs to hatch and produce more fleas. Using this product is very simple and the same for both the cat and dog version. You simply open one of the tubes part the fur on the back of the cat or dogs neck and squeeze out the liquid directly onto the skin where you've parted their fur. My dogs were long haired and it was a little difficult to get a good parting to get at their bare skin whilst trying to apply the product so it's handy to have two people to do the job. One to hold the fur parted and the other to apply the treatment. It's important to get it onto their skin as much as possible because it works by being absorbed into your pets skin. If you put it on their fur it won't work. You must apply it to the back of your cat or dogs neck because there they can't reach round to lick it off.
I used this a fair few times being unaware of better products on the market at the time. They were my first dogs and cat and I wasn't as experienced as I am now. Our cat was a big old ginger Tom and he would wander all day and night and he frequently got fleas and passed them onto the dogs. I found this treatment wasn't very effective at all. It did kill a few fleas when first used but didn't last long before they had fleas again. It certainly didn't give 12 weeks protection more like one or two. Also it's not effective if you wash your pet so when I had to bath the dogs during the 12 weeks it was all washed off. There are better products like Frontline that actually last so many washes and are still effective. I also found that when using this as a preventative measure when they didn't have fleas but to stop them getting them it didn't work. The cat still got fleas even though I'd used this.
I would never use this again, although cheaper than vet recommended products like Frontline it just doesn't work as well.
Dyson is a well known brand of vacuumand is supposed to be one of the best brands on the market so when our old hoover packed up I knew straight away I wanted a Dyson. I wasn't sure which model I was going to go for and I was on a limited budget at the time so I had a browse on the internet at models and prices. Most were way out of my price range at that moment in time and I needed a hoover pretty quickly because I have dogs and with dogs come lots and lots of hair! I decided to go onto eBay and see if they had any second hand Dyson's I could afford and came across several sellers that were selling reconditioned Dyson's at a very reasonable price with 6 or 12 months guarantees so I decided to get one on there. I plumped for the Dyson DC15 Animal because it was described by Dyson as having "powerful all-round pet hair removal. Lifetime HEPA filter and BACTISAFE bacteria-killing screen. Brush control turns brushbar off at the touch of a button. Large debris channel picks up debris that others can leave behind. Mini Turbine Head - cleans pet hair from confined spaces." That's just what I wanted because the hair that my dogs leave on the sofa and carpets is unbelievable, they may be small but you wouldn't know it if you saw the hair that comes off them!
As I said I bought a reconditioned model from eBay for just £50 with £10 delivery charge. I bought mine I'd say about 3 years ago now and it's an old model now so I expect it would be hard to find new from any retailers but there are some on eBay. Parts for this machine are also available from various online retails and eBay.
The vacuum itself is an upright and is a nice silver and purple colour. To be honest I'm not fussed about how a hoover looks as long as it picks up all the hairs off my carpet and furnishings I'm happy. It weighs 12KG which I didn't think about at the time but in reality using this it is very heavy. Lifting it up each stair hoovering the stairs is a job as it's very cumbersome and heavy. I can manage to take it upstairs but an elderly person would have trouble with it due to it's size and weight.
This hoover has the well know Dyson Ball feature which I really wanted. It's designed to twist and turn easily with just the turn of your wrist. I do find this very very easy to steer when I'm vacuuming the carpets. It glides around very easily and I can turn directions with very little effort. It has a mini turbine head attachment that is ideal for removing pet hair and dirt from confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs and the car. I used it on the chairs and sofa and it really did pick up the hairs well. The trouble is it broke very quickly. It's just like a mini hoover head and is plastic but it's two halves that fit together with the brush inside. The halves kept coming apart and the brush inside would fall out and I kept having to put it all back together and eventually it totally broke.
Cleaning carpets using this in the upright position is very easy but when it comes to having to use the telescopic reach on this for stairs, curtains and sofas it's very cumbersome and awkward to use and I hate it. The metal pipe is sort of hidden in the handle down the back of the hoover so you have to pull it out to it's full size. The trouble is that the piping on the hoover isn't flexible enough and with your great big upright hoover that weighs a ton attached to it you're very restricted in your movements. I'm forever grabbing the flexible pipe and pulling it out to give myself more flexibility to move. It's hard to fully describe, I've had other uprights that weren't so awkward to use. They also describe this hoover as being able to glide into awkward spaces but I don't think it does really. I cannot get up to the edge of the walls with this so have to use the telescopic wand to go round all the edges which is a pain.
What I do like is that it has a clear cylinder so I can see how full it's getting and know at a glace if it needs to be emptied. It doesn't need bags so that saves money as well. It's very easy to empty with the touch of a button so there's no need to get my hands dirty and then I just pop the cylinder back in place. I used to have a great deal of trouble with my last upright which was very fiddly to get clicked back in place after emptying. It has a HEPA filter + Bactisafe: Dyson Root12Cyclone which captures microscopic particles, whilst the HEPA filter with Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria and mould on contact. I can't say I've noticed the benefit of this myself but the filters are lifetime washable so there's no extra cost involved buying new filters. It has Root Cyclone Technology which Dyson say "spins air at high speed. Dirt and dust are thrown out of the airflow and collected in the bin, not on filters or in bags. So unlike other machines, Dyson doesn't clog and lose suction, so it picks up more dirt." Having two dogs at one point until recently 3 dogs they shed a lot of hair. The carpets and sofa always have hair on them which I hoover daily. I noticed the other week that when I was hoovering the air blasting out of the hoover smelled of old socks and stunk the room out! I hadn't paid attention to how full it was and when I looked you could see it was full of dog hair, I could have made another two chihuahuas out of it lol. I emptied it out and the smell was gone.
Lastly be warned, this hoover is very very loud. My dad has just 20% hearing and wears a hearing aid in the one ear that still has some hearing left. If he comes over and I am hoovering even he can't stand the noise and actually switches his hearing aid off and sits there totally deaf until I finish so that's saying something!
All in all it's an ok hoover, nothing fancy and I wouldn't have paid full price for it. It does pick up hair and debris very well when used in it's upright position. The ball feature is great and it does make using it easier however it's just too darn heavy and cumbersome for using to hoover the stairs and the telescopic feature doesn't have enough flexibility and movement needed. It also doesn't get close enough to edges.
I get problems with my hands every summer. The skin on my fingertips peels and I get a aterrible itchy rash that makes my fingertips feel like they're on fire! I get a a cream prescribed from my Doctor for this. It flared up again about a month or so ago and I used the cream and it cleared up and has stayed clear but I've been left with extremely dry hands. My finger tips are so wrinkly they look like I've had my hands in water! I've never experienced this before and am not happy with any wrinkles anywhere! I've just started noticing loads of grey hairs so wrinkly hands on top has really made me feel down. I hate seeing the signs of aging creeping in. I figured I needed to get a decent hand cream that was really going to put the moisture back into my hands and soften them and improve the deep wrinkles on my fingertips. I had a browse while I was shopping in Sainsburys and decided on Garnier Hand Intensive Hand Cream.
This hand cream comes in a 100ml stand up plastic tube exactly as shown in the picture here. It has a flip top lid on the bottom. I was immediately drawn to this because of the packaging. It says everything I want in a hand cream on the front so I could make my decision without even having to read all the small print on the back. It says it's an Intensive 7 days hand cream. SOS-Repair which is definitely what I needed and it promises that skin is still hydrated after washing. Something that I've found recently is that when I have a bath my hands wrinkle a lot quicker than they did before in the water and they feel so tight and dry. This hand cream comes in 4 varieties either Shea Butter hand milk which states is SOS-Repair and is for dry to extra dry hands. Aloe hand milk which is protecting for normal to dry hands Honey hand milk which is soothing for dry delicate hands or Mango which is nourishing for dry rough hands. All contain L-Bifidus and state they are fast absorbing. I went for the Shea Butter SOS-Repair.
On the back of the Shea Butter cream it says that if you have dry to extra dry hands and are looking for intensive daily care then this is the cream for you. Garnier state that it's ultra hydrating formula is enriched with L-Bifidus an anti evaporation active, and Shea Butter to leave even extra-dry hands feeling soft and ultra-nourished with moisture. They also state it's a non greasy and non sticky fast absorbing formula. That also attracted me because I hate applying a hand cream then having greasy hands for ages while it absorbs because you can't get on with things with slippery greasy hands.
Garnier lists the creams effective results on the back:
- 100% of women found their skin felt softer
- 98% of women found their skin was more supple
- After 7 days dryness -29%
Hydration so intense, that skin still stays hydrated even after 1 hand wash.
It's enriched with naturally-derived ingredients is dermatologically tested, colourant free and suitable for sensitive skin.
Everything sounded perfect and just what my hands needed and at just £2.99 it's an excellent price. This cream itself is white and has a nice thick consistency to it. It smells nice and fresh and you can definitely smell the Shea Butter. When I applied it I literally felt like my hands were drinking it up! It absorbed very very quickly compared to other hand creams I've used in the past and left the backs of my hands feeling nice and soft and looking a lot healthier. I've used it now for about 3 weeks but it's done nothing for the palms of my hands or my finger tips which are the problem areas. They are still very dry and my fingertips are still wrinkled like they've been in water so I'm quite disappointed. The backs of my hands are lovely and soft and the skin looks a lot better. Overall I'm very disappointed in this cream. It doesn't feel intensive at all to be honest. It's just like any regular hand cream. It doesn't live up to it's name of SOS-Repair and I wouldn't buy it again because it just hasn't given my hands the hydration that they need. I'll be trying something else instead.
Available in Boots and Superdrug and most supermarkets priced at a very cheap £2.99 for 100ml
My teeth aren't particularly discoloured or anything, I don't smoke or drink coffee or tea so they're not stained but they aren't as white as I'd like them to be. I do like to try out different whitening products on the market from time to time and have tried whitening kits and a wide variety of toothpastes and polishes. At the moment I am using Colgate Max White One.
I decide to buy this after seeing it advertised on TV about 3 weeks ago. I assumed it was a new product but it's not. The packaging has just been changed and they've been advertising it again. The tub 75ml and is the same shape as pictured, it stands upright but is all red with a white lid which is flip top. On the front it says "New look". Max White One is called One because they promise powerful stain removal that will make your teeth one shade white in one week. That's what really appealed to me about this and why I wanted to try it. On the back it says that it contains White Accelerator micro-crystals which contain ingredients similar to those used by dentists which for me was another selling point that drew me to it. Colgate say it's powerful stain removal and tartar prevention formula helps active mouths with high stain levels to get one shade whiter teeth in just one week.
I use an electric toothbrush and brush twice daily like the majority of people, once in the morning and once at night before bed. I don't actually ever read the instructions on my toothpaste because it's a no brainer, squeeze it out onto the brush and brush twice a day. However when I was reading the back of the tube I noticed that it says to brush 3 times a day!!! Now for me that immediately set me thinking that their claims of one shade whiter in one week wouldn't work for the average person who brushes twice daily. I felt a little bit conned really because I'm sure if you used any toothpaste and brushed 3 or 4 times daily you'd get whiter teeth more quickly. Anyway the instructions are to brush 3 times a day for 2 minutes and this isn't to be used by children under 7 years old.
The toothpaste is a nice bright sea blue colour and it has really tiny little white particles in it that I assume polish the teeth to get stains off. It has a fresh minty taste but for me when using my electric toothbrush which requires a smaller amount because the head is a small round circle I didn't feel my mouth was as fresh and minty after brushing as other toothpastes. When using a normal manual brush which allows more product to be placed across the bristles it was a lot better because it left my mouth nice and minty fresh. I've been using this toothpaste for 3 weeks now and have to say my teeth aren't any whiter than when I started. They're not whiter now after 3 weeks and they weren't after the promised 1 week. It does clean my teeth adequately and they do feel nice and smooth when I run my tongue along them but I get that with other brands so this is nothing special. Also it would have been nice to have a colour chart included like they do with Pearl White to gauge the before and after colour more accurately.
Available in Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets like Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. A 75ml tube is £3.99 but it's currently on offer at 1/2 price in Tesco for £1.99. I can't say I'd recommend it as a whitening toothpaste and I certanly wouldn't pay full price for it because it simple does not do what it states it does.
My two year old niece has always come over and stayed with me all day and often overnight. When my sister first went back to work she couldn't find a suitable childminder that had a space so I looked after my niece everyday for around 8 months. I also have her over at least two days a week and she'll always stay for her lunch and dinner. At first my sister would pop a bib in Lexy's changing bag for me but sometimes if she wasn't planning to stay for dinner she wouldn't have brought one and we'd end up wrapping a tea towel round her and tucking into the collar of her top which she didn't like at all bless her. Also I'd end up having to pop her dirty bib in a changing bag for my sister to take home. I decided to just get some bibs for Lexy to keep here so I'd always have one on hand.
I personally am not a fan of those little bibs that just cover a bit of the front of Lexy. My sister would often pack one of these for me to use and I found they don't cover enough. I'd have to roll up Lexy's sleeves to be sure they weren't getting into her food and when she was first learning to use her spoon there would be food flicked all over the place and the smaller bibs just didn't cover her enough to stop food getting on her clothes. So when I saw these coverall bibs in Mothercare I snapped up a pack.
They come in a few pack sizes and with a variety of different colours and patterns not just the plain ones shown here. Currently in Motercare you can get a 2 pack of coveralls ranging in price from £5.99 for the plain ones to £7.99 for a 2 pack of colourful floral coveralls for girls or blue rocket coveralls for boys. Or slightly higher priced Disney Minnie or Mickey Mouse coveralls priced £9.99 for a pack of two. I went for the floral ones.
The bibs are a nice big size and adequately cover the whole front of Lexy when she has one on. I can pop one on and push her chair into the table and the bib covers her whole front and sits a little over the top of her legs. They're made from a toweling fabric on the front with a white plastic covering the whole of the inside so they're waterproof. They fasten with velcro just at the top around the neck and fit very nicely around Lexy's neck so no bits of food drop down. The arms are full length and are elasticated so they fit nice and snugly around Lexy's arms. I've had these bibs for about a year and a half now and when she was younger the rams were obviously too long for her but they easily rolled up so that wasn't a problem. What I love is that these really do give good coverage to protect my nieces clothes when she's eating. Often her arms will dip into whatever she may be eating but it's not a worry with this bib covering her. After she's eaten I simply give her face and hands a good wipe with a baby wipe of two then pull out her chair and remove the bib which is often covered in food which has dropped down her front and onto her lap. I give it a shake off over the bin to get any big pieces of food off then the next time I'm doing a wash I simply pop it in with the rest of my washing.
I've had the same two bibs now for about a year and a half and love them. Lexy has some cute little character tops and she's such a girl she gets very upset if she gets any mess on them. With these bibs she's still nice and clean after eating. The only thing I have found is that the plastic on the inside dies eventually rip after repeated use and washing. One of the inside of the bibs got so ripped and the white plastic was hanging down so I ripped it off myself. I still use the bib but it's not waterproof and I need to get some new ones really. For the amount I've used them though I can't fault them, nothing lasts forever and I've had a very good amount of use from them.
I started getting my nails professionally done about 5 years ago now after seeing a friend at works fabulous nails and being very envious of how fantastic they looked. They were gel nails with some fantastic nail art so I decided to book in and get mine done too. That started a nail obsession with me and I've had them done every month since. I noticed as did my nail technician that the gel nails weren't lasting as long as they used to and were lifting and breaking off long before my next appointment was due. She suggested I get some Solar Oil and told me that CND was the best to get as that's what they use in salons.
I bought a full size 7.3ml bottle on ebay for £6.49 but you can also get a smaller what they call "pinkie" bottle which is just 3.7ml and £2.75 which is handy for carrying around in your handbag or if you just wanna give this product a try without paying out full price for it. It comes in a clear nail varnish bottle with a black screw top lid which has the brush applicator inside just like a bottle of nail polish would. The liquid inside the bottle is a light amber and as you would expect oily to the touch and it has the same consistency of an oil too. So what is it supposed to do for your nails? Well according to CND "Creative Nail Design Solar Oil is a synergistic blend of naturally light oils and Vitamin E, designed to deeply penetrate and protect skin and nails.
Jojoba Oil carries Vitamin E deeply into the skin to help prevent cellular damage and reduce visible signs of aging. Naturally light oils keep skin soft and supple. Jojoba Oil draws Rice Bran Oil and Sweet Almond Oil into natural nails, nail enamel and nail enhancements to keep them tough and flexible. Repeated use drives oils deeper into natural nails and nail enhancements, maximizing the benefits and reducing service breakdown.
Super penetrating formula conditions your skin and nails."
My nail technician actually uses this on my nails at the very end after my nails are all done so I knew how to apply it already. You simply brush it along the cutical on each nail then simply massage it into that whole area around the skin on the bottom of your nail and up the sides. I use it once every evening before bed because when applied the area is a little greasy for a few minutes. The oil has a lovely almond smell to it which I just adore too.
As I said before when I first started using this my gel nails were lifting a lot and therefore breaking which is really annoying when you are paying so much money to have them done. Plus when gel nails break they can really really hurt believe me. Also as I'd been having my nails done for so many years my natural nails were becoming very thin and sometimes would actually hurt under the UV lamp. I would say it took a full 4 weeks before I started noticing a difference in my nails. I started using it and my nails still lifted but my nail tech said to keep going with it to give it a chance to start working. I carried on and got my nails freshly infilled again as usual and this time they lasted the full 4 weeks until my next appointment with very minimal lifting and no breakages at all! I've since used it every day and have been using it foor about 6 months now. My gel nails last a lot better now with hardly any lifting and my natural nails are a lot stronger underneath.
I have to give this 5 stars as it's a fantastic product that really does work given the chance and prolonged use.
I always use an anti-perspirant after I've had my shower or bath in the morning. I like to know I can go about my day and be dry all day long. There's nothing worse than stinky sweaty armpits halfway through the day! I'm forever chopping and changing my deodorant brands, when one runs out I'll usually just buy whatever is on offer at the time so I've tried quite a few over the years. I'm currently using this Sure Aloe Vera anti-perspirant deodorant.
The normal price for this is a whopping £3.29 for a 250ml can. For me that's way over the top for an anti-perspirant and I'd never pay that price but I got it on offer in Boots for £1.64 which is half price. That to be should really be the normal price compared to others on the market. The deodorant itself comes in a very tall can which isn't at all handbag friendly due to its size. It has one of those unlock systems where you have to place your finger on the rubber pad at the top and push it forward. I found it very easy to unlock, it wasn't stiff at all. Sure promise this deodorant has their motionsense system which they say gives you long lasting pritection wherever you move. On the back there is a little tick checlist showing what the deorodrant provides:
- With a breakthrough motionsense system from Sure containing microcapsules which are activated when you move, releasing little burts of freshness throughout the day.
- Long lasting protection against wetness and odour with a light fresh fragrance.
- Alcohol free and dermatologically tested.
Directions for use are with any other spray on anti-perspirant just shake the can, hold about 15cm away from your underarm and spray. It also states this is for underam use only.
I've been using this for about 2 weeks now and have to say I'm very happy with it. It keeps me dry all day through to the night but it does not give the 48 hour protection it promises on the can. Writing this I haven't had my shower yet and applied it yesterday after my bath and I do feel sweaty and a bit gross under my arms. Mind you I haven't actually come across any anti-perspirant that meets it's claim of 48 hours of dryness. The scent is a nice fresh green kind of smell of aloe vera. It does smell nice but it's not one of the best smelling deodorants I've had. I personally prefer something a bit more fruity or floral.
I would recommend this anti-perspirant as it does keep me dry for 24 hours and will re purchase if it's on offer. However at full price I think it's over priced as it does nothing special compared to other anti-persiprants on the market. I'm gonna give it 3 stars simply because the normal price of £3.29 is over the top for me. If it was normally £1.64 I'd give it 5 stars.
Available in supermarkets, Boots & Superdrug.
I have to admit I am a bit picky when it comes to shampoos and conditioners. I never buy supermarket own brands because I find they just do not do the job for me. Conditioner is very important for me every time I wash my hair. I have very very long fine hair that tangles very easily and getting a brush through my hair after washing is a complete nightmare if I haven't conditioned my hair. I always buy shampoo with matching conditioner but always find that I run out of conditioner before the shampoo has run out. It was one evening I realised I'd run out of conditioner but forgot to buy it that day so I asked my other half to pick a bottle up from the supermarket on his way back from work. I just assumed he'd buy one of the brands I always buy but being a typical bloke he didn't have a clue lol. He came back with Tesco Coconut Conditioner. I didn't want to use it but being as there was nothing else I figured it was better than nothing.
It comes in a huge size 750ml and costs just 88p!!! I have to admit that's a fantastic price for a conditioner of that size. The bottle is different to the one pictured here, it's a tall round clear bottle with a brown flip top lid. On the front it's called Smooth Conditioner and it says it's for dry or damaged hair. My hair is greasy not dry and I rarely pick a dry damaged shampoo or conditioner because although my hair may be damaged in parts I find dry damaged shampoos and conditioners add more moisture to my hair leaving it still a bit greasy after washing or it soon gets greasy again. On the back it's described as being a conditioner for everyday use which has been specially formulated with natural extract to help leave your hair feeling soft, healthy and manageable.
Application is as with any other conditioner simply flip the lid, squeeze out the desired amount of conditioner and massage into your hair and scalp after shampooing then rinse thoroughly. I have to admit it does smell absolutely gorgeous. I really love the smell of coconut and this really does smell very strongly of coconut, it's like being on holiday!!! The conditioner is lovely and creamy and white in keeping with the coconut scent. Because my hair is so long I do tend to use a lot of conditioner and this being a supermarket brand I used a liberal amount. As soon as I rinsed my hair I could tell my hair wasn't conditioned in the slightest. Usually after I've applied conditioner as I put my fingers through my hair rinsing it out I can feel the smoothness to my hair and the softness. sadly with this it felt like I hadn't used conditioner at all! When it came to brushing my hair after my bath it was a complete nightmare. My hair was like a birds nest and it took ages brushing it to get it tangle free and even after that it didn't feel soft and smooth.
I haven't used this conditioner again myself but my partner has and he sees nothing wrong with it. For people with shorter hair it may be ok and I cannot fault the smell one bit but for me it just didn't give me the conditioning I needed.
I always use an anti-perspirant deodorant every day because I find that without it I sweat. Sweaty armpits are a no no and even if I've just had a bath or shower without anti-perspirant I can feel dirty and sweaty again very quickly. When choosing an anti-perspirant I'm not fussy, as long as it keeps me dry and smells nice I'm happy. I usually go for whatever is on offer at the time so am frequently switching brands. Dove Gof Fresh is one of the deodorants I most recently.
Dove Go Fresh is an anti-perspirant that promises 48 hours protection. It contains their unique 1/4 moisturising cream and Vitamin E which it states on the can is proven to improve the look and feel of underam skin. That's not something I go looking for in a deodorant but is a nice added benefit. It's available in either a 50 ml roll for £1.17 on or a 250ml spray priced at £1.84. It comes in 3 scents pomegranate and lemon verbena, cucumber and grapefruit. I chose the pomegranate in a spray. On the back of the bottle the deodorant is described: "The crisp, nature-inspired fragrance of pomegranate and lemon verbena leaves a refreshingly light sensation for your underarms , you can now feel fresh and clean all day long! Wake up. Go Fresh.
Directions for use aren't are as usual with any deodorant, shake well, hold the can 15cm from your underam and spray. It also states on the can that this is for underarm use only.
I've just used up the last of this deodorant and found it lasted me quite a while using is once daily. I think I got about 3 weeks use out of it. The scent is beautiful and really really fresh smelling. You can definitely smell the lemon mixed with something a bit more floral smelling. I don't think pomegranate really smells of anything to be honest but there is definitely a floral smell there. I really love the smell of this because it's lovely and feminine and really is fresh like they describe it to be. I found I only ever needed to apply this once after my shower or bath each morning and I was good to go for the rest of the day. I stayed dry all day long till the next day but I wouldn't say it lasts 48 hours like it claims. Obviously if you applied this and did a workout you'd still definitely be sweating but you'd expect that. I can't say I've noticed any improvement in my underarms but it doesn't dry my armpits out like some anti-persiprants have in the past. Sometimes they are so drying I itch like mad and get a rash but I have had no problems at all with this. It also contains 0% alcohol so if you've just shaved your underarms you don't get a nasty sting when you put this on.
I would definitely recommend this deodorant and will be purchasing it again. It keeps me dry all day long and smells divine :-)
Available in supremarkets, Boots & Superdrug.
I was given this by my dad for my birthday last December and I am completely and utterly in love with it! My dad brought me and my two sisters up by himself and we are extremely close and having 3 daughters he knows what us girls like and don't like. My dad will pick out handbags and jewellery and get what we like just right. I'll have people comment on a handbag dad has bought me and they'll laugh when I tell them my dad picked it out for me!
I used to be obsessed with anything pink but since I've gotten older I've tried to become a little more sophisticated. At the moment I'm really into black and silver and diamantes and this watch is me down to a T!
On my Birthday my dad and sisters went out for a lovely meal in a local restaurant where my sister works called Mannings. I flippin love this restaurant but it's quite expensive and we only ever really go there for special occasions so as I'd had a lovely bunch of flowers and dad was paying for us all to have a meal out I assumed this was my birthday present. We were all having a lovely time eating and drinking when it was finally time for dessert. My dad with the help of my sister who works there had arranged to have my present brought out on a silver tray covered with a cloche! When the cloche was removed I was faced with a a square box all in white with a beautiful black and white swirly flower design on the right hand side of the box. At the top left written in black was the name Accurist so I knew immediately I was getting a watch! I hastily opened it to find the most stunning and sophisticated watch I have ever seen wrapped around a square black cushion. I have to say the presentation of this watch adds to the pleasure of receiving it. You can immediately tell this is an expensive watch just from it's packaging.
This watch has a silver plated snake style strap with a lobster claw clasp which I do find a little difficult to put on and take off by myself one handed but I much prefer this type of clasp because it means the watch it held very securely on my wrist and there's no chance of it falling off. I've had bracelets and watches with that circular fastening that you just place a bar through and had have had them drop off my wrist many a time. I actually lost a lovely silver bracelet I had because of this. There is a small extender chain on this watch so it can be adjusted to suit most wrists. Being a bracelet style it's not designed to sit perfectly in place on the wrist and mine does move about a lot like a bracelet would.
The dial is a lovely deep black mother of pearl and surrounded by securely set clear crystals. These are set very neatly in a circular band all the way round the dial. They're not just stuck on like some cheap versions and I've not lost one crystal since owning this. The hands on the dial are a lovely silver colour in keeping with the design and stand out lovely against the black mother of pearl face. There are two hands on this model for hour and minutes only so there is no seconds hand but I've never been bothered by this on a watch as it's not something I need. No numbers on this watch which some people don't like but I'm so used to watched like this it's not a problem for me. Instead for 12 and 6 we have a lovely sized clear crystal which again stands out against the black dial really well and has a lovely sparkle to it. The rest of the numbers are marked with smaller sized silver dots. The back of the watch face has a stainless steel case. I'm allergic to anything that isn't silver or gold and get a terrible rash but stainless steel doesn't bother me and I've had zero irritation or itching whilst wearing this watch. The actual watch face is 20mm in width and 9mm in depth so quite small but I find that's in keeping with the bracelet/jewellery style of the watch. It's battery powered with those small flat round silver batteries and has a Quartz movement. I haven't had to have the battery replaced yet and I've had it since December 2011. When fist setting the time it's very easy to adjust just like most watches you simply pull out the little thing (for the life of me I can't think what you call it lol) on the side of the face, turn it to set your time and push it back in to start the watch going again.
Now onto the best bit, the charms!!!!!!!!!! It comes with 8 black and silver Pandora style charms that can be removed if you wish. You can take them off and change the position they're in or add more charms to the watch if you so desire. What's great is that it fits most Pandora style charms that have that circular hole in the center of them. There are soooo many cheaper but equally stunning charms available in all different colours and I've got loads that I can mix and match with this watch. Because it's black and silver any other colours match with it perfectly and I've often changed the charms or added a few coloured charms to the black ones to match my outfit and create a different look. What I also like is that because all the charms can also be taken off I can turn this watch from a more dressy evening watch into an everyday work watch so it's suitable for all occasions.
As this was a birthday present I have no idea how much my dad paid for it or where he got it but for the purposes of this review I have researched it online and found it online and found it available in the following places:
www.watchshop.com - £108
www.firstclasswatched.co.uk - £96
www.amazon.co.uk - £87.93
It comes fully boxed in a beautiful presentation box, comes with instruction booklet and a 3 year guarantee.
This watch is pure, style and elegance, suitable for young and old. I'm simply in love with it.
I am in love with this product from Bare Minerals, it's a must have if you've had a long night and have tired looking eyes because it completely freshens them up and does make you look "well rested!" I've had nights when I know I've got work at 7am the next day but I've thought ah stuff it and just gone out and enjoyed myself. Rolling in in the early hours then waking up a after just a few hours sleep to shower, stick my makeup on and get out the door to work. When you've had a rough night it's the eyes that show it and I've found this makes them look fresh and bright despite how I may be feeling inside lol.
It comes in a a very small .85g pot with the usual screw top lid. It is a very small amount but you do need very little so it does last. Bare Minerals say when you're short on beauty sleep, it shows. Except when you use our Well-Rested. This eye-brightening shadow base is beloved for its magical ability to diminish the appearance of morning drowsiness. Sweep it on to counter dark shadows around the eyes or even the nose and lips."
Colour selection is easy because it only come in one colour designed to suit everyone. No faffing about trying to figure out which colour is right for you with this. Application is the same as with all bare minerals products, you simply sake a very small amount into the lid swirl your brush into it, tap off your brush against the lid to remove any excess them apply. Now I always use my concealer brush from Bare Minerals to apply this and use a patting motion to blend it onto my skin. I go through my normal makeup routine, primer, foundation, concealer, powder to set. I use the normal Bare Minerals concealer under my eyes because well rested is very brightening and I don't want that all under my eyes it would just be too much. I then use Well-Rested on the inner corners of my eyes, right in the corners and just blend it out slightly so it's coming out a tiny bit under the eye. It has a slight sheen to it and looks almost white but natural. You can definitely see it's there but it looks like it's supposed to be there if you know what I mean. Placing it on the inner corners of the eye like that makes the whites of my eyes look whiter, my eyes look fresh and bright and I look awake. It's just on the inside part of your eyes that you get that darkness if you haven't slept properly and this completely covers that.
It can also be used to cover dark shadows in other areas on your face like the lines coming down from the side of your nose towards your mouth but I just use it for my eyes.
Only a teeny tiny amount of this is ever needed and After application I find it last the day.
Available from www.bareminerals.co.uk for £19. It's expensive but worth it.
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I never used to bother with a primer before my foundation but after watching QVC and seeing them rave about this primer and it's benefits I was sold lol. I'm one of these people that will switch on QVC to watch the beauty programmes not intending to buy anything but by the end of them going on and on I'm desperate for it! I'm a sucker I know. Some things I've been disappointed with and sent back but some like this I've absolutely loved.
So what is this? It's called Prime Time and is designed to be used before applying any makeup to basically as it says prime your face. If you've got open pores, uneven skin texture, fine lines or dry flaky skin this is designed to give you a smooth even complexion perfect for applying makeup so that it glides on seamlessly. It also extends the wear of your foundation keeping it looking fresher for longer.
It comes in a white plastic bottle with a black push pump action top, the bottle contains 30ml of primer which isn't much but you need so little that it lasts absolutely ages. You'll need to prime the pump a bit when you first get it to get the gel flowing trough but after that it comes out with one pump. The primer is a clear gel formula that contains plant extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins C and E to sooth and nourish your skin. All you do is simply pump out a few small beads of it onto your fingers then rub gently all over your face. I like to do my face in sections to be sure it's all covered. Forehead, side of face, nose and chin then the other side of my face. Now my skin is terrible. People actually say I have flawless skin when I'm out and about with my makeup on but little do they know it's actually pretty messed up looking. I'm pale, covered in freckles, have rosecea so my cheeks are very red and ruddy looking, my nose is shiny and red and I have thread veins across my cheeks, chin and under my nose! Oh and I have visible open pores on my cheeks, nose and chin. Careful makeup application hides my discoloration and the thread veins but it doesn't do anything for my pores and that's where this primer comes in handy. As soon as I apply it I can't see open pores anymore and my face feels ultra smooth to the touch. Then when I apply my foundation it literally just glides onto my skin! It's not sticky in the slightest and drys in an instant so there's no waiting around after applying it before you can move onto applying your foundation. It's totally free of preservatives and doesn't irritate my skin in the slightest. I love it.
It's available from www.bareminerals.co.uk for £19. Yes it's expensive but worth every penny in my book. I don't want foundation and face powder sitting in my massive pores on my cheeks and nose and with this I don't have to worry about that. A little bit goes a very long way so it lasts absolutely ages so it's definitely worth the price. It was also the winner of Look Fantastic Hair & Beauty Awards Winner 2012 - Best Primer.
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