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      24.11.2014 23:59
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      Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo - Good.

      ~ Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo ~

      Despite not being loyal to any particular shampoo brands this is one that I tend to go back to time and time again.

      This Hello Hydration shampoo by Herbal Essences comes in a nice blue coloured bottle with the typical push button lid. The shampoo itself is also blue in colour but paler than the bottle.

      I like this shampoo as I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny and smelling great. I find it works a treat for my hair as due to colouring and using heated hair tools my hair does get really dry but this does seem to leave it in much better condition, I only need to use a small amount as it really does lather up well and I find that a small amount is enough to get my hair clean.
      I do use it with a blob of the same conditioner and the scent stays in my hair until I come to wash it next.

      The scent is lovely. It's a really tropical coconutty scent which I really love. It's a really uplifting scent.

      I do like the results that this shampoo offers, it leaves my hair soft and shiny and really easy to manage. I don't think it makes my hair flat or lifeless but adds a bit of volume which I think is a great thing!

      I tend to buy it from Poundland so I only pay £1 a bottle which I think is a bargain.

      This is something I would recommend.

      Thanks for reading x

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      24.11.2014 21:25
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      • "Smells good"
      • "Stops greasiness"
      • "Adds Volume"

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      Batiste Dry Shampoo - Brilliant stuff.

      ~ Batiste Dry Shampoo - Original ~

      I don't tend to use Batiste dry shampoo for greasy hair as I wash my hair everyday to every other day so it never really gets a chance to get greasy but I do use it when I use too much oil sprays in my hair and it works brilliant for that.

      I also use it for adding boost and volume to my hair when it is looking flat and lifeless.

      The Batiste Original is probably one of the best as it just has a nice clean fresh scent with no added fanciness to take anything away from it, it's just good old fashioned dry shampoo.

      It comes in an aerosol type can that gives a good blast when sprayed so it is best directed at the hair from a slight distance, I hold the can about 30cm away and just spray into the roots, I let it rest for a few seconds and then rub it through with my fingers before brushing through and styling how I want it.

      If I have used to much oil spray or even Argan oil after curling or straightening, and my hair is looking a little lank and greasy I will give it a quick blast with Batiste and run my fingers through, this soaks up some of the oil, and whilst my hair still shines it stops it looking greasy. It also adds a nice bit of volume.

      It's great when you want to do an updo on fine hair too as this adds volume and makes it easier to pin up and style.

      This is one I would highly recommend.

      Thanks for reading x

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      24.11.2014 17:57
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      Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo - Not great.

      ~ Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo - Light & Blonde ~

      In the summer I was really lucky to go to an event hosted by Batiste and it was there that I had a goody bag which contained various Batiste products including this A hint of colour Light & Blonde dry shampoo.

      I had run out of my usual Batiste so grabbed this one from my box of hair stuff and went to apply it in my usual way. The first big difference I noticed was the scent, I didn't find it very appealing, it is quite masculine I think, the second thing I noticed was a big yellow streak across my head! It was like I had spray painted my head! Not the look I was going for at all.

      I have blonde hair, so really this product should be suitable for me. As I use this the dry shampoo to add texture and volume to my hair I generally just spray the whole of my hair rather than just aiming it at my roots so I ended up with a yellow hue to my hair. Seeing this, I decided to try it on my roots which after doing an Ombre hair colour are a darker shade of blonde, the dry shampoo did lighten my roots a lot but still looked very yellow. I rubbed it through with my fingers and then brushed it all to try and even out where the spray had hit and it did blend in well, but it didn't seem to offer the boost and volume that I am used to getting from Batiste products, it left my hair quite limp actually.

      This isn't something I would buy again, but others may like it.

      Thanks for reading x

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      24.11.2014 17:30
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      • "Lathers up well"
      • "Smells great"

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      Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo - Great for strengthening weak hair.

      ~ Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo ~

      I am not brand loyal at all when it comes to shampoo and conditioners, mostly buying whatever is on offer wherever I am when I remember that I need to buy some, so when I saw these in my local Poundland I bought some. I don't particularly like cheap brand shampoos and conditioners and will often go for a branded product and at £1 for the shampoo this seemed like a good deal. I had been wanting to try this since seeing it advertised on the telly too so I was hoping for great results.

      The shampoo comes in a lovely honey coloured curvy bottle with the typical Herbal Essences push top lid. The shampoo stands the correct way up and the shampoo is always easy to dispense.
      The shampoo itself is also honey coloured and smells lovely, I only use a small blob and work this through my hair and it lathers up really well, when rinsing it out I don't find my hair tangles and knots which is something I find happens with cheap shampoos. It also rinses out easily too.

      The scent is lovely. It has extracts of honey and apricot but I can't smell any of these in the shampoo which is a shame as I love the scent of apricot, it has a nice clean and fresh scent. I can smell the scent on my hair until the next time I come to wash it too so it's really good.

      Since using this Bee Strong Shampoo I have to say that my hair does seem stronger and I am getting less breakage too which is brilliant as I colour my hair and have in the past had some dry and damaged hair which does break easily, this shampoo has helped reduce this massively.

      I use it with the same brand conditioner and I find it leaves my hair strong, shiny and looking nice.

      Thanks for reading x

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      24.11.2014 16:57
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      • "Easy to use"
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      Konad Nail Stamper and Scraper - A good piece of kit.

      ~ Konad Nail Stamper and Scraper ~

      I love to my nails and using the Konad Nail Stamper is one of the easiest ways to add nice designs to your nails.

      The way to use these is as simple as it sounds, you stamp your nails!

      You have to apply nail varnish to a special plate and then wipe over the plate with the scraper to remove the excess nail varnish and then use the stamper to pick up the pattern and then apply it to the nail. It comes off the stamper really easily and just transfers to the nail. You then have to repeat the process for each nail. All of the product can be easily wiped off the stamper as it has a rubber type head which is not porous so does not hold the colour. The plate needs to be wiped clean with nail varnish remover and cotton wool buds as these seem to get into the little pattern grooves with ease.

      You can get loads of different design pattern plates and all are suitable for use with the Konad Nail stamper and scraper.

      The scraper is like a blunt blade which pushes the colour into the plate and removes the excess nail varnish at the same time, I would recommend that this gets wiped over after each use with some nail varnish remover. The handle of my scrapers have discoloured over time with the nail varnish build up but it doesn't affect the performance in any way.

      Easy to use and give great results. I have used cheaper stampers and the quality was not as good as the Konad so I would say to get the proper thing as it will last you well.

      Thanks for reading x

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    • Rio Nail Art Kit / Hand & Nail Care / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      24.11.2014 16:29

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      • "Fiddly and tricky to use."

      Rio Nail Art Kit - Good but fiddly.

      ~ Rio Nail Art Kit ~

      I love to do my nails so my when my hubby bought me this set for Christmas last year I was really pleased. I had wanted fine tipped brushes for a while and as this has them in the nail varnish pots it was just what I was after.

      This retails at around £25 but checking online I can see that Argos currently have it on sale for £19.99 which I think is the price the hubby paid last year.

      It all comes in a neat little white box which contains a tray holding the six bottles, the bottles are actually plastic which I did not expect but actually works out better as when using with the dotting tool means you can squeeze the bottle to get the nail varnish out.

      Also included in the box is a instruction leaflet and a DVD. The DVD is quite useful as it does show a good range of designs and the leaflet gives you the gist of it in easy to read sections.

      Each bottle has it's own lid which houses the fine tipped brush but also pulling off the lid of the lid (confusing?) reveals the little pen/dotting tool which can be put on the bottle to draw with or dot with.

      In theory it all seems simple but when I tried with the fine brush I failed. Epically! I just couldn't get the hang of it at all but over time I have got better with it so it does take some practise. The little pen tool is quite simple to use and I mainly used this when I wanted spotty nails as it pushes out a little dot on the nail, you can of course drag this into a stripe or whatever if you so wish.

      The nail varnish is of good quality and I like it. I do add a clear top coat over my nails to protect them though.

      Thanks for reading x

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      24.11.2014 16:14

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      • "Lovely scent"
      • "Thick and creamy"

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      • "A little heavy if too much is used."

      The Body Shop Cranberry Body Butter - Nice stuff!

      ~ The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Butter ~

      I bought this last Christmas time along with a couple of other items from the range, and whilst I did use the oils in my oil burner I put this away and forgot all about it. At the moment it seems that myself and two of my children are getting dry skin and I am pretty sure this is down to having to have the central heating on all of the time so I went looking in my big dressing table drawer for some moisturising creams, I knew there was a tub of E45 in there but I also came across this, which is quite handy really, seeing as it is a lovely festive product.

      I have been using this over the last few days and I have to say that it has helped my skin no end. I had dry skin on my hands, legs and face so I have been lathering this on in the evenings after a bath and it has really helped.

      The scent is lovely. Both fruity and spicy but not too heavy, it lasts well too and I can always smell it still on my skin in the morning. I would say that it is a product more suited to this season as it is a very festive scent.
      The colour of the body butter is pale pink but when rubbed into the skin leaves no trace of colour at all.

      I do find that I need to use this sparingly as it is really rich and can seem a little greasy if I layer too much on but using a little dollop and rubbing it in as I move along seems to work great for me.

      When I use it on my face, I only take out a really small amount and just rub it in lightly. I had dry skin on my forehead and nose and these have gone now which I am really pleased about.

      It is now called Frosted Cranberry Body Butter and will cost you £13 but check around for discount codes as they will often be available, The Body Shop also have good offers too when spending certain amounts.

      Thanks for reading x

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      18.11.2014 00:01
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      • "Good price."
      • "Great combination of colours"

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      MUA Mosaic Bronzer - Brilliant stuff.

      ~ MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer ~

      I am a fan of bronzers to add a nice hint of colour to my skin, I tend not to foundation often but use the bronzers on a daily basis, this is one I bought from Superdrug and it is by MUA - Make Up Academy.

      This is a multi tone bronzer, it has many different shades of browns and tans which all combine together to make the perfect colour for your skin, depending on where you swirl your brush you will pick up different colours so it will work right through the year.

      You get a large compact for just £2.50 and a little goes a long way so it will last you well. Mine lasted over 8 months but it has run out now so I will be replacing it as soon as possible.

      The only thing that I feel I should mention is that it is slightly shimmery so if you want a flat bronzer this isn't one for you, but if you don't mind a subtle shimmer then I would recommend it highly.

      I have a few different bronzers that I like to use and I mainly used this one with a quick sweep across the cheekbones and also a little on my chest if I so wished!

      The packaging is nice and sturdy and it lasted well in my make up bag for months with no damage.

      For such a small amount of money this is a really good product, like most things that MUA bring out. I am a huge fan.

      Thanks for reading x

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    • MUA Nail Varnish / Make Up / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      17.11.2014 23:32
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      • "Nice colours"
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      MUA Nail Varnishes - Fab little pots!

      ~ MUA Nail Varnish ~

      If you have read my previous nail varnish reviews you will know that I am quite a fan of numerous different nail products. These are a favourite of mine due to the good quality for the low price.

      The bottles have changed since this image was added to the Dooyoo catalogue and they are now square small glass bottles with the MUA in raised lettering on the bottle, very much like the Essie varnishes.

      MUA have a good colour range but they often change with the seasons so you will get nice bright colours in the summer and darker deeper shades in the colder seasons.

      They cost just £1 which I think is a brilliant price.

      I find that three thin coats gives brilliant coverage and a clear top coat seals it all in and it will last a good 4/5 days without chipping.

      The colours are always true to how they look in the bottle so there's no surprises when it comes to using it.

      The brush is slim and small making it easy to control and I tend to paint my nails in three stripes, starting in the centre and and then the sides. You are better off with this to use really thin coats rather than thicker as it will take up to three for proper coverage and this way it will all dry nicely.

      I really like these, they are small but they do go a long way and last well and for the price they really are brilliant.

      Thanks for reading x

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    • MUA Vixen False Eyelashes / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      17.11.2014 22:32

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      MUA False Eyelashes - Vixen - Dramatic and fab!

      ~ MUA False Eyelashes - Vixen ~

      I have been a huge fan of the MUA brand since I first spotted it in my local Superdrug, but since that closed down, I have been making do with the odd online order at www.muastore.co.uk and stocking up when I come across a Superdrug store when out and about.

      I ordered these lashes a few months back, they have a choice of 5 different designs and I chose two, one pair being these Vixen lashes and the other being Flair. These Vixen ones are more dramatic and the Flair have a more natural look. The others available are ~

      Siren
      Sassy
      Glam

      I have just noticed that they are currently on sale for £1 a pair rather than the usual £2 so get them now if you want them!

      These Vixen lashes are thick and dark, and make for a nice but dramatic look, ideal for a night out, which is what I wanted them for.

      Compared to other similar shaped lashes I find these really light to wear, they don't make your eyelids feel droopy and heavy and they are actually really comfortable.

      They come in a nice black and silver package which also contains a small tube of eyelash glue. These are also re-usable, all you need to do is peel off the dried glue carefully and maybe give them a quick wipe over.

      These lashes do not look natural, they have a glossy sheen to them but for me this wasn't a problem at all.

      I really like them and would recommend them highly.

      Thanks for reading x

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      17.11.2014 21:37
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      • Tinted
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      Vaseline Rosy Lips, not for me.

      ~ Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips ~

      I was always quite a big fan of Vaseline for my lips and had lots of little tins around the house, it wasn't until my mum bought me a large tin that contained a few different tins that I got to try this particular one.

      I have to say I wasn't all that impressed if I am honest. The colour was very muted, I hardly noticed any change and I wasn't too fussed on the scent/taste either as it seemed rather floral.

      I don't think it does much for chapped lips either, it does soothe them initially but as it wears off the soreness and cracking is still there.

      As a lip gloss type product it does work quite well, although the colour is muted it does give a nice sheen without being too shiny but it will need frequent re-application.

      The tin is quite cute and it is handy to pop in your bag or pocket with it being a nice compact and small size, but the lids can be a nightmare to remove after a few uses, when the product builds up and makes a seal around the top which just refuses to be budged. I would recommend giving the tin a quick wipe over to stop this happening.

      I wouldn't rush out and buy this again as I wasn't mad on it and I do think there are much better products available at lower prices. Or you could make your own rosy lip balm by adding a drop of cheek/lip tint to regular balms or Vaseline, I think they would perform better.

      Thanks for reading x

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      17.11.2014 21:20
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      Carex Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Wash - Great stuff.

      ~ Carex Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Wash ~

      We go through a lot of hand wash in this house and I am not brand loyal in anyway but I do usually end up with a Carex brand hand wash as they are very often on offer for £1 or sometimes less, they are nice and easy to use, fit neatly on the sink and I have yet to smell a bad one!

      This particular Carex hand wash is blue in colour and rather than being gel like and see through this one looks more creamy. I find it nice and gentle on my hands and they are left pretty soft after using.

      I like to buy antibacterial products as I have four sons and they are not the cleanest I have to admit but they do at least wash their hands after using the toilet and this will ensure that they are nice and clean.

      I like the smell of this, it's not floral or fruity but just a clean and fresh scent that lingers on the skin for a good while after using.

      The pump action means that the kids tend to use less as they just pump out one squirt, maybe two and wash away. Anything they have to pour out ends up being half wasted!

      This is also handy for the kitchen to use after cooking or handling raw meat and I usually pop a bottle on the window sill by the sink for ease of use.

      The bottle looks neat and despite it being quite small this does go a long way. You can also buy this in a refill pack which allows you to just swap pumps over or you could fill your own bottle.

      I like it.

      Thanks for reading x

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      17.11.2014 02:19
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      Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues.

      ~ Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues ~

      I seem to suffer from a runny nose all year around, whether it be due to hayfever, colds or anything else so I tend to go through lots of tissues. I usually buy what ever is on offer at the time but sometimes when my nose is really sore, usually more so in the winter months, I will opt to buy these ultra soft tissues as I think they are a lot more gentle than regular tissues. They stop my nose from getting so red and sore which is a great thing.

      These come in a nice large box with a little pop out oval in the top for the easy removal of each tissue.

      Each tissue is a decent size and doesn't break apart at first use either.

      The nice box design means that they don't have to be hidden away either and can just be popped on the side ready for use. Another thing I like about these is that they don't all clump together and one tissue can be removed at a time. They are also good for the kids too as they are nice and soft.

      I usually pick these up in the supermarket and they cost around £2 a box which I think is a good price for around 80 tissues, and they are great quality and a good size.

      They are also handy for wiping off make up too, just used a little bit of make up remover on the tissue and wipe it over the face, they are nice and absorbent so will remove the make up.

      I would recommend these.

      Thanks for reading x

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      17.11.2014 02:04
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      Great Tweezers

      ~ Kokeshi Kimono Girl Tweezers ~

      I have only ever used one pair of tweezers that didn't cause absolute agony and my hubby decided to use them for something and ended up breaking them, so I was forever buying tweezers that I hated. That was until I bought one of these Kokeshi Kimono Girl Tweezers from Poundland! I spotted them tucked away behind the nail varnishes and they caught my eye due to the cute design. I checked the tip and found that they looked pretty decent so I bought them.

      When it came to eyebrow plucking time, I brought these out to give them a try.

      They were comfortable to hold and actually quite comfortable to use.

      The tweezer end closes nicely and grips the hair very well, which allows for easy removal of the hair without pulling and tugging and causing pain. They catch the hair really well and make for a nearly pain free removal.

      The Kimono girl design is quite cute and girly.

      Not only have I used these for eyebrow plucking but also for splinter removal on my son and they gripped the little piece of wood easily and pulled it out with ease.

      For cheap tweezers these work really well. I would recommend them to anyone who needs tweezers.

      The construction is pretty solid and they have withstood being bashed around in my make up cake for months now without any sign of damage at all. Even the paint is still intact.

      The tips are stainless steel and very smooth.

      Thanks for reading x

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      17.11.2014 01:50
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      Denman Classic - The best.

      ~ Denman 7 Row Classic Styling Brush ~

      The best hair brush I have ever owned is my Denman Classic hair brush. I have owned two of these brushes over the years and that is not because the first one broke, it is because I lost it.

      The Denman brush has a good solid construction, it is made from solid shiny black plastic with the Denman logo printed in gold lettering. The brush has a red rubber part that hold the white plastic bristles. There are no bobbly bits on the end of the bristles to loose so it never becomes scratchy, the bristles are made from a hard plastic but do not hurt the scalp in anyway, they do have slightly rounded tips.

      It doesn't look like anything amazing but I love it.

      Being a good solid brush it pulls through the hair easily, and gets rid of any knots without much of a fuss. It is also very unlikely to break as it is pretty solid.

      I use this mainly when my hair is wet to give it a good brush before blowdrying and I also use it a lot on my hair when it is dry for styling. My children also use the brush in the mornings.

      I would highly recommend this brush to anyone, it does cost more than the cheapy brushes but it will last a lot longer so in the long term it will actually cost you less. I bought mine from Amazon a few years back for around £7/£8 but they can be bought in supermarkets and also places like Boots and Superdrug.

      This is definitely a brush worth paying for.

      The rubber part also reduces static in the hair which is great when my hair is sticking up on end!

      Thanks for reading x

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