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      01.04.2012 14:27
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      A miracle in a tube

      I purchased an Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream set on board a return flight from Sweden. My lips and face were very dry due to the harsh change of weather and having heard good things about the products, I decided to try them out. I was not disappointed, by the time my luggage was off the carousel my skin already felt a hundred times better.

      Elizabeth Arden is one of those brands that has gone in and out of popularity. I remember in my younger years thinking it was an unfashionable brand, but it seems to have turned that around as the 8 hour range seems to be a cult beauty classic and for good reason! This stuff is like a miracle in a tube, it has so many uses. On to the review.......

      Packaging:
      This product comes in a simple white tube that stands on the lid. It has a pale grey 8 repeated over and over it, but it is so subtle that it is barely noticeable. The tube features the iconic red door icon and the Elizabeth Arden logo in black writing. The tube has a flip cap lid, not like the one pictured here, this is great as it means you cant lose the lid. The packaging of this product is minimal and understated which I think works.

      Product:
      The first thing you will notice about this 'protectant' is the colour. It is orange. The second is the consistency as it is not a cream, it is more like an ointment, similar to vaseline in texture. So if you were expecting to use this like a moisturiser, don't. It is too thick in my opinion and leaves the face a bit too shiny. This product has quite a medical smell which is a little off putting.

      Application:
      This is an emollient and so it applies great, it is really smooth and a little goes a long way. It coats the skin and sinks in gradually. It does need massaging into the skin to avoid the 'wet' look.

      Performance:
      This is a miracle cure for dry, sore, red and dehydrated skin. I do not use it on my whole face, preferring to use it on problem areas such as my lips, around my nose and wherever else needs it. I feel it not only helps repair those areas, but puts a barrier between my skin and my make up which prevents any further irritation and makes my make up appear more flawless.
      I also use this on my elbows, my knees and occasionally my heels - it an excellent all rounder and a definite must for any make up bag!

      Price:
      I paid £24 for a set that included a hand cream, lip balm and the skin protector, but this is only a miniature tube. A full size tube will cost £25 from boots, but I imagine this would last a really long time. I know it is expensive but it really is worth it.

      Now that I have found this product, I'll certainly make sure that its always in my bag. One of my top 5 products.

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      31.03.2012 18:05
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      Some kind a......nothing. Not worth the money.

      Summary:
      This product is called a 'foundation faker' and the premise behind this is that it is a cream-to-powder formula that acts like a foundation. It is intended to even out skin tone for an overall gorgeous glow. I bought it as in the summer months my usual foundation is a little heavy. This is a nice product but in terms of coverage it is more comparable to a tinted moisturiser than a foundation.

      Packaging:
      The packaging for this is quite cute, very typical of benefit. It is made to look like an LP and the label even describes the A and B side as 'my perfect match' and 'feels so good'. The outer packaging is a bright pink and is very eye catching. The compact itself is made from white plastic, with the LP sticker on the top, When it opens up their is a full size mirror in the lid, which is slightly magnified and is great for checking application. The bottom section has the product in and this lifts up to show the sponge applicator which is clever as often the sponge has to sit on the product which is not overly hygienic, so props to benefit for keeping it separate.

      Product:
      This product feels lovely and silky but it is only available in three shades, lite, medium and dark, so is definitely limited in that respect. Also the colour is not written on the inner packaging so it can be hard to remember which one you bought as the lite and the medium are very similar. This product also has a very cheap make up smell, which is off putting.

      Application:
      This product comes with a circular sponge applicator, but in my opinion this is not very good at applying the product. I found that when using the sponge the product went on a little streaky and settled on the skin, and then this had to be really blended, but the blending took some of the product off - so it was quite frustrating. I discarded the sponge and used a round buffing brush instead (MAC 190). With a brush, the application was more even and this product settled into the skin better for a better overall appearance.

      Performance:
      This is a good product but it does not provide coverage. So it is not like a foundation at all, instead it is more like a tinted moisturiser. It can look quite powdery on the skin if not buffed in properly and due to the limitation of colours can often need blended really well or enhanced by a further product. However it is long lasting and doesn't wear off throughout the day.

      Price:
      This costs £23.50, which is very expensive for what it is.

      Overall:
      I don't dislike this product but I don't like it either. i do not feel that it does the job it was intended to do and so for me that is a negative. If you do not like coverage and prefer a tinted moisturiser then perhaps this would work for you. However in my opinion it is seriously overpriced for its performance.

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      27.03.2012 20:25
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      Its a good Mascara, but it's not the best.

      I am on a bit of a No7 Kick, due to an abundance of Boots vouchers. I was excited to try this as it claims to be really build-able and I am always on the look out for a mascara that boosts my naturally short and straight lashes. However despite being an excellent mascara, it is not a stand out and it doesn't 'adapt' my lashes.

      Packaging -
      This comes in a classic black tube, which is made from plastic with sparkles through it for a shimmering look. It features classic gold lettering and looks elegant in its style. It is not flash packaging at all, but I like that. Less is definately more in my opinion.

      Product -
      This mascara is available in Black or Brown and claims to be a unique formula that builds up to six layers for easy day time to night time lashes. The product is a nice consistency and doesn't clump in the tube. it doesn't have that stale smell that some mascaras have which is always a plus.

      Application -
      This mascara applies nicely, for one coat. I find that it clumps on the second and third layers (have never tried six) and it does thicken lashes but in quite a fake way. I feel its excellent for 'doll' lashed is you like that look but for those who don't its a bit disappointing. This mascara claims to leave lashes soft to the touch after even eight coats - I'm afraid that this does not happen. Lashes have the same hard brittle feel after even two or three coats. It is a good mascara, due to its ease of use and its true colour, but it is not revolutionary.

      Performance -
      This mascara is not waterproof, but it does wear well in all conditions. I wore it in the rain last week and it didn't budge, despite my face getting wet. It is still on in the evening and needs removing with a wipe, so its a nice long lasting mascara. Like I have said it doesn't live up to its claims of voluminous, layering and soft to touch lashes.

      Price -
      This currently costs £12.50 and so i do think its overpriced as there are better performing cheaper mascaras. But if you have a No7 voucher, it will make this only £7.50, at which point it is definitely worth a try.

      Overall its a decent well performing mascara, but it doesn't live up to its claims.

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      26.03.2012 21:55
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      The best wipes on the highstreet

      These wipes are some of the best I have ever used. They are soft, effective and gentle - what more do we need?

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      The packaging for these wipes has changed now and is no longer blue. It is now white with a nice pale blue lid. They look quite elegant now, but I have to admit I preferred the blue as it was different to the many other brands of wiped available. However that's purely cosmetic. The plastic lid on the boots wipes, is great as it really helps to seal in moisture. It's little things like this that make buying the more expensive wipes worthwhile as with the sticker lids the wipes can dry out. There are 25 wipes in a pack, which lasts a good three weeks for me.

      Application -

      These smell really fresh, but are not scented with a 'taste' or anything. They just smell clean. They are really easy to use. Just unfold and wipe across the face or eyes wherever needed. I find they are moist enough that one wipe does my whole face, unless I am removing heavy eye make up and then I need another for the eyes.

      Performance -

      These are good wipes! They remove all traces of the day easily, even make up. They are wet enough to be effective but not so wet they leave your face wet. They are soft and do not require rubbing, which can leave the face sore and sensitive. I find these are effective enough to remove my eye make up including waterproof mascara, providing I rub my lashes gently. With many wipes you need to use a few to be effective and they can be quite drying - not the case with these.

      Price -

      These are £7 so a little pricey for face wipes but they are worth the extra expense. If you have a No.7 voucher then these are only £2 so its worth stocking up on them. I find myself, splitting my basket, to get more vouchers to buy these with.

      Overall, I think these are the best wipes on the high street and as with most things you get what you pay for.

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      26.03.2012 21:27
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      If your skin is thirsty - This is what you want!

      I purchased this product a few weeks ago after noticing that my skin was a little dry after the cold winter weather. My main motivation for choosing this item, was the Boots No7 voucher in my purse, reducing the price! The attractive packaging also helped. Having used the product I am amazed at how good it is. At £14.00 its not cheap, but it certainly is heavenly and that's worth paying a little extra.

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      This is a really attractive product and its a real shame there is no image as it really is a pretty product. It looks classy and elegant and isn't a product that needs hidden a way in a drawer. It can be left out for all to see. It comes in a clear cylinder with gold No7 Lettering and the top is a white pump with a clear lid. The product inside is a peach white cream with pieces of peach gel swirled through creating an interesting but not overpowering effect.

      It is a 100ml size bottle that looks quite sizeable, sometimes packaging can look 'small' but this feel like your getting as substantial amount for your money. After using it, you only need a small amount, so I think it will last for quite a while too.


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      This product is a mask, intended to moisturise and replenish the skin. It is not intended for everyday use and is recommended for use 2-3 times a week. It contains vitamins A, C and E and claims to smooth, revitalise and soften the skin. It smells lovely, not at all overpowering but I cannot place what it smells like. the packaging says it contains apple extract but this is not what it smells like.The cream is thick, but not heavy.

      Application -

      This product is a pleasure to use and really easy. The directions say to smooth the product over the face after cleansing and massage it into dry areas. It is recommended that you leave it on for three minutes, or ten if you want a more intense effect. I frequently leave it on for much longer as its quite relaxing. The directions recommend that you tissue the musk off before rinsing your face. I do not use tissue, preferring to just rinse it off with my hands. I love using this as it feel really luxurious and my skin certainly appreciates it.

      Performance -

      This mask does exactly what it claims to do, my skin feel so hydrated after using it and its lovely and smooth. it also feel quite toned, which is an added bonus. Two days after using i can still feel the difference in my skin. Because this is a thicker mask, I don't think its suitable as a general moisturiser, but as a treat for your skin it is really very good. Far better than some of the more expensive ones that I have tried. i think it can be used differently from the directions if you wish, it seems quite versatile. I used it recently as a full face mask and left it on for a half hour with some cucumber on my eyes! It was lovely.

      Price -

      This is £14.00 for 100ml and it is honestly worth every penny. I have used many high end brands across the years, and this certainly holds its own. If you have a No.7 voucher it will cost only £9.00 which is a bargain for such a quality product. This product is available from Boots stores or online.

      No negatives of this product - what a result!

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        15.09.2011 17:15
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        An expensive but effective miracle!

        I have sensitive skin and have a naturally rosy complexion, however around my nose this redness is a little more of a problem. It is a mild form of acne rosacea which is an inflamation of skin cells. This isnt really a problem for me as it is not glaringly obvious but I do like to combat it a little and when applying make-up I like to even out my skin tone which is where this product comes in.

        The premise of this product is that it relieves redness and defends against inflammation brought on by skin sensitivity. I find that it works really well, since using this product I have had less flare ups, the redness is less prominent and I notice a definite difference to my overall skin tone once my make up has been applied. Dermalogica say that "the natural earth minerals in the product actively counter redness, while soothing extracts calm inflamed, irritated skin. Sunscreens, Vitamin E and phytoactive anti-irritant agents provide critical defense against UV rays and help to control severity of daily flare-ups and long-term damage caused by the elements" (information is from their website).

        Price:
        This is expensive because it costs £25 for a 40ml tube. But with this a little goes a long way so it does last quite a while. I have tried other anti redness creams and I consider this one to be the most effective. i do believe that if something works it is worth that little bot of extra cash.

        Packaging:
        The packaging is typical of dermalogica. A white tube with bod grey writing up the right hand side. The tube narrows to a filtered point which is great as it means that the product comes out in a more refined manner reducing waste. I think the packaging is simple but expensive looking.

        Application:
        The first thing that you would notice about this is the violent green colour, but don't worry as it absorbs into the skin it dies down and does not leave a green residue at all. Green counteracts redness and so it effectively evens out the skin tone. The lotion goes on easily and doesn't smell unpleasant at all. It has a mild smell almost vegetable like but pleasant. I think its hard to describe.

        Performance:
        This product works. It reduces the redness and definitely assists me in evening my skin tone. I find this more obvious after I have applied my make up. It last too, I find that if I use it in the morning my skin still looks good in the early evening.

        I think if you have acne rosacea or redness pigmentation in your skin this product would be a huge help and I would greatly recommend giving it a try!

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        • Asda SP DVDTL01 / DVD Player / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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          15.09.2011 16:20
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          A great DVD player for those on a budget.

          I love movies. I don't watch much television but I love to watch films. So naturally this requires a DVD player. Having previously used our Play station to watch DVD's on I felt that we should get an actual machine. I happened to notice this one in Asda whilst doing my weekly shop. It was on offer at £17. My husband thought it would be rubbish but I figured its a DVD player, all I want it to do is play DVD's. So I took the risk and bought it there and then........the risk paid off as this is a great little machine. I cant understand why anyone would pay more!

          This is a nice small compact machine which is very slim. I think that it looks sleek and classy. It isn't covered in buttons and lights and so it sits neatly in the television unit unobtrusively. It is black in colour so it will go with most televisions and isn't garish enough to offset any décor etc. (I think these things are important, lol).

          It was really easy to set up this machine, the cables are a good size which is useful if your plug sockets aren't right next to the machine. However it is important to not that this machine didnt come with a scart lead and so this would need to be gotten separately if this is required for your television set. We had a spare one anyway so this was not an issue for us. This is easily connected to to the television and when turned on the picture is very clear. This DVD player plays DVD's with no problems, the picture is clear the sound is good and to be perfectly honest I couldn't tell the difference between this machine and our much more expensive one upstairs. It's is also multi regional player which is great as this means it can play DVD from other countries. This means you can buy foreign DVDs (often for much less) and enjoy them in the same way you normally would. I surprised to see this feature in such a low priced machine.

          This machine comes with a basic remote control which is really handy but I find it a bit frustrating as the infra-red can only be picked up if pointed directly at the unit, which can make for some shuffling around. But generally that doesn't really matter.

          Is this a top of the range machine? No. Is it a good machine? Yes. Does it work well? Yes.

          Overall, It works, it works well. It plays the DVD's. If your looking for a cheaper machine that looks and performs well I would check this out. Why pay more??

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        • JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones / Headphones / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          15.09.2011 14:41
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          A great pair of budget earphones that look good too!

          I really enjoy music but generally listened to it at home so had no need for headphones. Then I was gifted and iPod, which was fantastic because it meant I could take my music with me wherever I went. The problem was the apple earphones irritated my ear and were painful so I needed to find a pair that worked better for me.

          I was browsing the earphone selection in HMV and was amazed by how many options there were. Being a bit of a novice I only wanted something basic and didn't fancy spending a fortune on them either. I noticed these headphones at first due to the colour range. I was drawn to a green pair (as I am with anything green) and liked the idea that they would match my iPod. The second thing i noticed was the price £5.00 seemed really reasonable when compared with some of the others.

          I did feel that the packaging on these was a bit of a pain. It is a plastic sealed bubble that needed to be cut open. Not that handy if you want to use right away. i also feel that there was a lot of plastic waste, which could have been avoided - saving the planet and all that!

          I find that these earphones fit perfectly in my ear, they are not to large that they cause irritation, or too small so that they fall out all of the time. They are comfortable and stay in place, even whilst jogging. I think the cable is a great length too allowing the iPod to be stored in my pocket without any tension on the cord. The cable is quite thin and not at all bulky. These earphones do tangle, like most others but untangling them is quite easy - so its not really a problem.

          The sound quality is great, they are clear and crisp and not at all tinny. It would be great if they had an independent volume control, but seriously what can you expect for £5. I have had comments that other people can hear my music but again I think for the price that is reasonable.

          Overall these are great if your on a budget and want something fun and funky to listen to your music with!

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        • Garmin nuvi 200W / GPS Sat Nav / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          15.09.2011 01:52
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          A great Sat Nav for those on a budget

          I passed my driving test in July 2009 and needed a Sat Nav as I live in a city I didn't grow up in so wasn't overly familiar with the roads. My husband gifted me this one as a 'well done for passing the test' present. At the time of purchase it was approx £100 which was then and is now very reasonable.

          This unit was recommended by my brother in law who had had his for quite some time and was suitable impressed. All reviews of this product seemed positive and it seemed quite simple to use which was a huge plus.

          When I opened the box there was the unit itself, a dashboard/windscreen mount, power cable (for in car) and a manual. I found the manual a little confusing as the unit didn't really have that many elements to it and seemed really simplistic.

          The unit itself was widescreen and touch screen, it has a colour screen that is easily navigated through a series of pictures. You can set favourite locations and one of my favourite features is the ability to search the area for popular venues under labels such as food, shopping, bars, atm's etc and the unit will find the nearest one to your current location. There is also a few pointless features such as an SD card slot so that pictures can be displayed on the unit. I cannot see the need or use for this to be honest, but perhaps it would suit someone else. Bizarrely there is also a unit converter for measurements etc? Seems a little pointless.

          After playing for a while I set it up in the car. Initially the suction cup held the unit to the windscreen quite well, but now two years later it will not hold it in place at all. I can't figure out why but it appears the suction cup has lost its suction.

          This is really easy to use, I mainly search by postcodes but addresses can be typed in manually too. I find the screen attractive but not distracting. I like the voice that gives instructions and she isn't annoying or irritating. The instructions she gives are clear and easily understood without looking at the screen. I like how you can change the care to be an vehicle of your preference. I also like the tracking feature where a blue line is left on roads you have travelled on before. I find this quite useful if you have taken a detour etc.

          This sat nav finds its satellites quickly and can be programmed to choose either the quickest or the most scenic route. I have mine programmed to the quickest. It does sometimes make silly suggestions, but these can be overridden just by going a different way, the unit will recalculate within seconds.

          Some of my favourite features are that it tells you the expected time of your journey. This is really useful when doing longer journeys or relaying the ETA to other people. I also like trying to shorten the time with short cuts etc. I also like that it warns you of speed camera in the area, including when there is the possibility of mobile speeding units. it will beep if you go over the speed limit which is a great reminder to reduce your speed.

          This is a great Sat nav and I would really recommend it but one of the things I do not like is that you have to pay for updates. I recently tried to download updates for my unit, being that I've had it for more than 2 years and Garmin now charge for these downloads, which just bumps up the price of the unit. I didn't expect this and do find it disappointing.

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        • Sekonda Party Time / Watch / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          A fantastic fun watch.

          I never used to wear a watch, but as soon as i saw this watch i knew I wanted it. Luckily I was in the departure lounge of the airport about to go on my honeymoon and my husband felt like spoiling me. What caught my eye? The fact that it was two of my favourite things.,1) it was green! and 2) it was sparkly. That was pretty much all I needed to know.

          On a more serious note, I liked how the watch looked and i knew that Sekonda were a decent brand so i figured it would preform well too. This watch is available in lots of different colours and not just the usual brights, there is a really nice burgundy one too. The diamonds around the outside provide a bit of bling without it being an evening watch. Its ideal for every day wear too. I liked how the face colour matched that of the strap so it blended together really nicely.

          The strap is made from imprinted silicon so is really comfortable to wear and again gives a casual appearance to the watch. It moves with my wrist easily and so never seems to dig in or hurt. The stap measures approx 1.5cm so isn't too chunky. it has a silver buckle and there are plenty of holes on the strap so would suit a variety of wrist sizes. I have quite large wrists and wear this on the second to last hole, but the tab still fits into the restraint for a neat finish. The only downside is I do find the silicone tends to make my skin sweat a little.

          Looking at the watch face it is quite elegant, the number twelve is written in numericals but the rest of the numbers are marked with a silver line. The hands are silver and there is a small sekonda logo at the top. The face isn't overly large, measuring appox 3cm. It is quite understated and I think this adds to the overall appeal of the watch.

          This watch is not waterproof and to be honest even though it claims to be water resistant I wouldn't take the chance. I wouldnt like to get condensation in the face or ruin it. I would remove the watch before showering swimming or washing the dishes, but that is just me. The watch does come with a small booklet so it is advisable to read that for better instructions. Care instructions are given in there and it has a two year guarantee. This does not include loss of diamonds though, as I was offered additional insurance for these, which I declined.


          Price: This watch was a really reasonable £39.99, which in my opinion is worth it as its a great looking watch.

          Performance: I have been wearing this watch consistently for 8 months now with no problems, it works well, is reliable, robust, comfortable and attractive. What more do you want from a watch??

          If your looking for a bright and fun time piece, I would certainly give these a look.

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          Amazing, definitely worth the high end price tag

          I very rarely wear foundation as I am pale skinned and don't have the need for much coverage. However I do not like to go bare faced either and so usually use some sort of tinted moisturiser to even out my skin tone and freshen me up. The product I usually use had changed in formulation which meant I was on the look out for something new.

          I learned a long time ago that if you want good quality products, then its usually best to consider high end brands so I headed off to the make up counters at John Lewis.

          I had a good look around and was enticed by the Laura Mercier counter as it had so many pretty things on there! I have always heard great things about Laura Mercier and this product in particular. In case you aren't familiar with the brand Laura Mercier is a professional make up artist who created her own brand of skincare and make-up with the aim of creating a brand that suited all skin tones and catered to women's needs. This particular product, the tinted moisturiser, is one of the original and best tinted moisturisers, repeatedly named in magazine best of awards.

          On this occasion I decided to chat to a make up assistant about the suitability of this product for my skin, she did a full application and allowed me to look at it outside in the natural light to help me see how it sat on my skin. What I liked was that it didn't settle on the fine hairs on my face, like some similar products can. It was easily absorbed into the skin and gave an even appearance without adding too much colour. I really liked how it looked and it had a really pleasant soft smell that didn't linger.

          The product is available is 10 shades! That is an incredible range, so I'm almost positive that there will be colour their that suits everyone. i use the palest shade of porcelain. This product also comes in an oil free version perfect for those with oily skin.

          Another benefit of this product is that it has an SPF of 20, which is perfect for protecting your skin from the everyday wear and tear of the sun.

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          Price: The only negative of this product is its price. It is a very expensive £33 but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for and in my eyes this is well worth it.

          Packaging: This comes in a white/beige tube with elegant lettering in aubergine. I think Laura Merciers packaging in general is simplistic and elegant. This is no exception. There is no additional packaging on the product which means less waste.

          Application: When I tried this at home, I was impressed. it is easily absorbed into the skin and glides across the face blending well, so leaves no tide marks. I applied this with my fingers but have tried with a foundation brush to and find this works just as well. What I will say is don't be fooled into thinking that this is a dual product. You will still have to moisturise your skin prior to using this product. I know it claims to be a tinted moisturiser, but I just take that to be the cosmetic name for a very sheer foundation, it is moisturising but not enough.

          Performance: This is a great product, skin tone is evened out and there is enough of a tint to give a nice colour to my skin. This product has very little coverage and so does not hide blemishes etc. I didn't expect it to, but I think its worth mentioning just in case anyone is wondering. This product lasts a full day and I have had no issue with it melting off in hot weather etc. I apply in the morning and it still looks great in the early evening.

          Overall I think this product is fantastic and deserves the attention it receives. Like other Laura Mercier products, it is clear a lot of effort goes into making these what they are - strong performing products.

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          A great external hard drive.

          I had never really needed an external hard drive before, not being that into technology, I thought my computers had all the space they needed. But when I was closing down a business and getting rid of the computer I realised i needed somewhere to store all of the data and records that had amassed on the machine. Enter the Maxtor!

          Now despite my ignorance I do know that an external hard drive is a handy thing to have in case of computer breakdown or for storing large quantities of stuff like photos, so as not to slow down your system. I am sure they have other purposes, but perhaps that will require a review from someone more technically minded.

          The Maxtor Portable is a great device. It is simplistic enough that I can understand it and came in a range of sizes (in terms of capacity) to suit all needs. I decided to go with the 250gb as this was more than enough space for the files I wanted to save.

          Upon opening the box, the device was quite small and sleek which as a woman I appreciated. I like things to look nice! It is small enough to be portable so can be taken between home and work or whatever you need quite easily. it is black in design and has a silver logo on the front which is not to obtrusive. There is a small green light which pulses whilst in use to let you know that the device is busy and working. i found this a comfort.

          The device had two a cable which splits to two usb leads, one is labelled for power and one is labelled for power and data. I always use the power and data cable and have not really found a need for the other cable, but perhaps this enables it to be connected to machines at the same time? Either way it doesn't make a lot of difference.

          The device is easy to navigate around once accessed from the computer tab. Files can be rearranged inside, the search function is really efficient and it makes everything really simple.The transfer speed is very good. I transferred over hundreds of files as well as loose documents and have been able easily pull these out when needed and all it takes is attaching the device to my laptop, opening it up, performing a search and voila!

          I guess one of the downsides is that it is a usb 2.0 which can slow down the transfers as opposed to a usb 3.0 but this isn't a huge issue for me and i think relates to the age of the model.

          Overall it's a really good device, easy to use, looks good and does the job!!

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        • Avene Rich Hydrating Cream / Skin Care / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          14.09.2011 21:46
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          A fantastic moisturiser for sensitive skin.

          This is a fantastic moisturiser especially if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin. I do and I have to say this cream has been a godsend! It is part of of the Avene thermal water range which uses water which has been filtered through the Cévennes Mountains absorbing precious minerals and trace elements for 40 years until it reaches the mouth of the Sainte-Odile spring. Its composition makes thermal water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin. There have been many tests and studies conducted to support the claims made on this water. (This information was found on their website).

          Well I don't really know about all that but I do know a good moisturiser when I try one.

          Price -
          This costs about £11 for 40ml, but a little goes a long way. I alternate this with another moisturiser as its quite intense. My first tube lasted about a month or so.

          Packaging -
          The packaging on this is quite basic. It is in a white tube, with orange and black lettering. It comes in a box which has lots of information printed on it and a detailed leaflet inside about the benefits of thermal water, which is quite interesting. I like the simplicity of the packaging. It looks expensive.

          Application -
          This cream glides on, is easily absorbed into the skin and has no smell whatsoever, which to me is a good thing.

          Performance - This cream is fantastic and is really great for sensitive skin. It really works and has made a huge difference to dry patches on my face (particularly around the nose). If I was rating this would have a definite 10/10!!

          I highly recommend this product.

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          A fantastic gentle cleanser, that is great for sensitive skin.

          Avene extremely gentle cleanser is a gel/creme product that is used to clean the face. It is suitable for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin as all Avene products are. Avene market this product is a facial cleanser and a gentle eye make up remover. It is a waterless cleanser that should be applied to the face then wiped off, I do this with cotton pads. I really feel this works, make up glides off easily and it really does clear the skin.

          This product is part of Avente's thermal water range. They explain that the water starts as rain then filters through the Cévennes Mountains absorbing precious minerals and trace elements for 40 years until it reaches the mouth of the Sainte-Odile spring. Its composition makes thermal water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin. There have been many tests and studies conducted to support the claims made on this water. (This information was found on their website).
          Lets break it down a little more..........

          Price: This cleanser costs £8.00 at boots. This is expensive, but most decent cleansers are pricey these days and I have found it lasts quite some time, maybe a month or so.

          Packaging: The bottle is very plain and basic, it is a clear bottle with simple orange and black writing and detail in an elegant font. It comes in a white box with lots of information on and a detailed leaflet all about the product and the benefits of thermal water. I personally like the packaging, I think its elegant and simplistic.

          Application: This is really easy to use. It looks a little like shower gel, which is a bit off putting but that aside it works well. I put it onto my face with a cotton wool pad, rubbing it all over then using fresh pads to wipe it off. It comes off really well and my skin feels fresher, tighter and clearer. There is no smell to this product at all.

          Performance: This is a really great cleanser. I have sensitive skin which is prone to break outs and since using this cleanser I have found my skin has responded really well. I use this now as my daily cleanser.

          I really recommend giving this a try, I did a bit of research and Avene really know what they are talking about. if you go to their website Avene.co.uk and register they will send out some complimentary samples for you to try.

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            This is a fantastic product.

            Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist is essentially a pressurised can of water that is to be sprayed on skin to provide hydration and refreshment. It claims to be suitable for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin. Avene say this product can be used for a range of uses from setting make up, soothing sunburn, easing nappy rash, calming acne and razor burn or for cooling down after sporting activities.

            Now when I first saw this in my local boots I thought it would be a load of rubbish after all it is only water!! But it works, it really does. I have dry and dehydrated skin, which is quite sensitive and I think this can is a miracle. It has drastically improved the quality of my skin and I cannot now imagine not using it.

            So why does it work better than normal water?? Well Avene say that it is because it is thermal water. they explain that the water starts as rain then filters through the Cévennes Mountains absorbing precious minerals and trace elements for 40 years until it reaches the mouth of the Sainte-Odile spring. Its composition makes thermal water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin. There have been many tests and studies conducted to support the claims made on this water. (This information was found on their website).

            Lets break it down a little more..........

            Price: The cans come in different sizes 50ml costs £3.15 and 150ml costs £6.50 from boots, so the larger can is much better value. Now if you think £6.50 for water??? then yes it seems expensive, but when you see what this can do then it is very reasonable priced as it last for quite a while.

            Packaging: The can is very plain and basic, it has simple orange and black writing and detail in an elegant font. There is a lot of information on the can. When you buy the can there is a plastic covering around the can with a perforation strip to open it up. this does seem like a bit of a waste or plastic but I think it is there to ensure the can hasn't been sprayed by others in the store. I personally like the packaging, I think its elegant and simplistic.

            Application: This is really easy to use. The can should be held a few centimetres away from the face and sprayed across the skin. It comes out in a really fine mist and leaves the skin damp. it is suggested that you leave it for a few moments then pat dry. I do this with cotton wool pads. There is no smell to the water at all.

            Performance: As I said above I really do believe that this works. I've incorporated it into my cleansing routine. I apply it after my cleanser and before my moisturiser then again after I've applied my make up (although I spray from further away for this). I find my skin is better, i get less blemishes and my make up stays on better.

            I really recommend giving this a try, I did a bit of research and Avene really know what they are talking about. if you go to their website Avene.co.uk and register they will send out some complimentary samples for you to try.

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