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Knowing how much I love Soap & Glory products, my best friend treated me for my birthday and bought me a selection of their creams, one of them being the foot cream by the name of Heel Genius (I think that she was perhaps trying to tell me something haha!).
The Heel Genius comes in a squeezy pink tube containing 125 ml of the cream and retails at around £5. The tube is typical of the Soap & Glory packaging, retro and fun. I really do think that the Soap & Glory packaging is a big selling point, as their products always stand out with their girly colours and humourous quotes. Also, every product has an unique and quite comical name.
The Heel Genius contains a "miraculous moisturising mix" including allantoin, glycerin, macademia oil, menthol, bilberry, orange and lemon. The cream itself is easily dispensed by a gentle squeeze of the tube once you have popped open the flip up lid. It is an aqua colour and of medium consistency (neither runny nor too thick). The scent is mainly that of peppermint with citrusy notes (it reminds me of when I am drinking peppermint tea, as I always squeeze a bit of lemon in it).
First time I used the Heel Genius, I had just got out of the bath and after drying and creaming my body I went onto using this on my feet. I did not initially use an awful lot of it, but I still found myself rubbing it in over and over again, as it just did not seem to get absorbed. My feet felt quite greasy and slippery even after what felt like massaging it in for ages. I thought this was very strange but did not give it anymore thought to it, put my slippers on and went on about my business. The second time I used it, I put on even less cream, a couple of very small splodges, but my feet still ended up felling greasy and slippery. It was at this point that I decided to have a look at the instructions on the back of the tube.
To use, you are supposed to massage a generous layer of Heel Genius onto clean feet, slip cotton socks overtop and let the cream soak in while you sleep. This cream is actually like a foot mask, which explains why it is not absorbed in quickly! I do think it is a shame that you have to cover your feet up after you have just put it on, as the scent is really lovely.
The third time I used it I followed the instructions and for the first time in absolutely years I went to bed with socks on. I really do not enjoy sleeping with socks on, as my feet tend to get too warm. My feet felt uncomfortably hot and the greasiness of the cream made them feel sweaty, but I soldiered on and did not take the socks off until the next morning.
When I took the socks off next morning, the top of my feet felt very very soft and smooth, however there was not much improvement to the bottoms of my feet, particularly the heel areas which tend to have dryer and harder skin. Better than a pedicure?! Not a chance. The Heel Genius is a foot cream that I only use in the winter now, when it's colder and I can go to bed wearing socks, as it seems to warm my feet up quite well. It is a lovely foot cream, just not for me, as I personally prefer one that I can just slap on and go about my business; because of this I have awarded it only 4 out of 5 doyoo stars.
Earlier today, I reviewed the Ultimate Pedicure from Avon, which I purchased a couple of months ago, in the hope that by using it I may achieve softer and smoother feet. As explained in that review, I found that the foot file part of it was absolutely useless, as it was much too smooth for the bottom of my feet, which seemed to have layer upon layer of hard skin. I therefore decided to invest in a different foot file, and that is how I cam across the Body Shop File A Foot.
This product is made out of silver birch wood from a forest in Russia which has been credited with a FSC Certification - a standard given to wood from well managed forests. The wood itself is quite smooth but unvarnished. On one side there is the Body Shop Logo and it states "support community trade". On the other side, there is the FSC symbol and you are advised that this file is for dry use only (I use mine before getting in the bath/shower, so that I can then wash my feet off).
The File A Foot is approximately 9.5" long and 1.5" wide (at it's widest point) and is double sided. At the bottom of the file there is a hole with a piece of cord through it, ideal for hanging up. One side features a filer that is coarser than the one on the other side. The filing part of the product basically resembles sanding/emery paper, in a dark grey/almost black colour. The File A Foot is comfortable to hold and it's size and shape make it easy to use. It seems to be quite robust an long lasting. I tend to run mine under hot water for a few seconds after each use, and the emery part comes up as sparkly as new. The File A Foot costs £4.50, not a bad price for an accessory from the Body Shop!
I found the coarse side of the filer excellent for my feet, as it seemed to work a lot better and remove a lot more dry skin than the smoother side. In my opinion this is an excellent product, it is a great exfoliator and fantastic for dry skin, but it does not remove hard skin to the same extent as a pumice or a foot grater do (see the Avon Ultimate Pedicure review re the foot grater). However, for those who do not generally suffer from very hard skin, I would really recommend this filer as a preventative measure. Like they say, prevention is better than cure! But for those with rhino foot skin, do not expect miracles, you will have to do more than just try to file away the hard skin!
Because the Body Shop claims that this products removes hard skin, I have awarded it 4 out of 5 doyoo stars only, as I really feel that yes, it does exfoliate and remove dry skin, but not so much hard skin.
I purchased the Avon Ultimate Pedicure from Ebay for £3.99 back at the end of June, after deciding that it was about time I did something about my feet. Having lived in flip flops, sandals and flats for months, my feet were not exactly looking at their best, with lots of dry hard skin on the bottoms. Even using a pumice stone in the bath no longer seemed to make much of a difference, I truly had a cave woman's feet! With the Avon Ultimate Pedicure I would be able to file and buff my way to smooth feet, or at least that's what Avon promises!
The Ultimate Pedicure is a 4-in-1 product including a rough skin remover on one side (this looks like a cheesegrater lol) and a foot file on the other side (this resembles a piece of dark grey sanding paper). It opens up in the middle to reveal a pumice and a sponge (a very hard one actually, I wouldn't personally call it a sponge). The product is an oval shape and measures approximately 8 cm in length, 4 cm in depth and 4 cm in height.
When I first received this through the post I was actually quite surprised how small this was (as mentioned earlier I had bought this on Ebay and the description of the item did not include measurements). There was no packaging as such and no instructions with it. It also looked cheap (which it was really!), made out of a horrible aqua coloured plastic, certainly not something you would display in the bathroom.
I decided not to wait until after I had a bath but try it out then and there. After removing the pumice and sponge from inside, I started by first using the rough skin remover (remember, the metal foot grater?). I was at first worried in case this might take chunks off my foot, but on the contrary, I could not actually feel anything whilst using it (perhaps dry hard skin equals dead skin?!) and thought not much could be happening! However, when I opened the box up after a few minutes of use, I was surprised at how much dead skin was inside it! I then proceeded onto using the foot file ("the sandpaper"), but to be quite honest, this really was useless, far too fine for my rhino skin. The polystyrene style sponge was never used as I really did not know what use it could have. The pumice I never bothered with because it was a ridiculously tiny size, hence absolutely useless (not easy to hold and use).
I think that the most useful part of this 4-in-1 product really was the grater, and after my first trial, I carried on using this 3 to 4 times a week, every time before getting in the bath. Every time I would be surprised at all the hard skin it removed! I would then use a different foot file (one I bought from the Body Shop and which I will review soon) and then in the bath my old pumice stone, which is three times the size of the Avon one. It is now mid-August and I can honestly say that my feet look and feel much better, most of the hard skin has gone. The bottoms of my feet are a lot softer and smoother and I can actually say that I am quite proud to show them off. The rough skin remover has now gone quite blunt though, pity there is no way you can sharpen it!
I think the idea of this product is good, but I don't necessarily think it has been made very well. In my opinion, the Ultimate Pedicure should be slightly bigger, the foot file perhaps a bit coarser and instead of a hard sponge and a pumice, there should just be one bigger pumice. Also it would be nice if instead of plastic it was made of wood, just so that it looked a bit more attractive?! Overall I have awarded the Ultimate Pedicure 3 out of 5 doyoo stars, because even though I only ended up using one part of the product, it has actually contributed to my feet looking and feeling a lot better!
I purchased The Body Shop round brush at the end of March, as I was going on holiday and my skin was not really looking at its best after the long winter months. Even though I was using various body scrubs and exfoliators whilst in the shower, I still felt that my skin was not as smooth and soft as it should be, so on a visit to the Body Shop I decided to purchase this round body brush, hoping that using it on a regular basis would make some difference.
The Body Shop round wooden brush costs £7 and it measures approximately 4 inches in diameter. The wood part, to which the cream coloured bristles are attached, is very smooth and has a slight shine to it. The round handle (on which the Body Shop logo is imprinted on) is a good size, making it easy to hold the brush whilst using it.
This brush is meant to be used on dry skin, by rubbing it over the body in small circular movements, starting from your ankles and working your way up. For best results, you are supposed to use the brush two or three a week. I tend to use this as I am running a bath or just before getting in the shower, for about five minutes at a time.
First time I used it, I thought that the bristles were a bit rough on my skin and so only used it on my legs, worried that if I used it on my top part I would end up quite sore. However, after a few uses you do tend to get used to it and it really doesn't seem as "rough" on the skin. This brush really does seem to get your circulation going as you can feel your skin slightly tingling for a while afterwards. Within a few days only, I noticed that my skin not only felt softer and smoother but it looked a lot brighter and healthier, if you get my drift. My opinion is that it certainly exfoliates better than other products, such as shower/bath scrubs.
I have had this brush for a few months now, and it is still in fab condition, none of the bristles have dropped out or bent. In the long run, I think you would definitely save yourself some pennies too, as you would not have to keep on buying other body scrubs (which never seem to last two minutes!). If you are looking for a good quality body brush at a reasonable price, I would definitely recommend the Body Shop one, as it is in my opinion an excellent exfoliator, the best I have ever used!
As a big fan of Soap & Glory products, I have tried most of their products and use some of them on a regular basis. A few days ago I reviewed the Girligo Moisturising Mist and today I decided to write about another Soap & Glory body mist, the one by the name Mist you Madly.
The Mist you Madly can be purchased from most Boots stores and other online shops for around £6.50 for a bottle of 250 ml. The packaging of this particular product is extremely attractive and typical of most Soap & Glory products. The bottle itself is quite plain, made out of smooth pink plastic, with the pink Soap & Glory logo on the front, and Mist You Madly in big lettering. Underneath the name of the spray, it states that this is a flirty floral fragrant body spray. On the back of the bottle you have a full list of ingredients and you are told to "spritz it on whenever you need a flash of fabulousness.
It is the box that the bottle comes in that really stands out and in my opinion sells this product. It has that fun vintage/retro look typical of Soap & Glory products, with the black and white photo of a smiling 50's lady and various fun quotes, which are quite humorous. Apparently this body spray will bestow the wearer with a newfound kind of self-confidence which will trigger uncontainable fits of flirtatiousness (if only, I had to laugh at that one!)
The body spray is dispensed via a spray pump nozzle and is scented with a blend of bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia vanilla and musk. The scent is not typical of most Soap & Glory products (for those of you who are familiar with them). The scent of the mist is quite strong and long lasting, lingering on for a few hours, hence ideal to wear instead of a perfume.
This body spray was bought for me as a present by a friend who knew how much I loved Soap & Glory products. At the time, this was a new product for me and so I was quite excited to have a sniff and of course a spritz. When I first took off the clear plastic top that covers the nozzle and I tried to smell the spray, I could not really decide whether I liked the scent or not. I then spritzed this on a couple of times, and to be quite frank I started gagging. This smelt like my grandma's perfume (bless her cotton socks but she always wore this cheap smelling white musk perfume) and I could not stand it. It was a sickly sweet musky smell, I couldn't for the love of God detect any of the other ingredients listed, apart from the musk. Anyway, I suppose this is down to personal taste, but I would certainly not class this body spray as "young", more like this was made with the very very very mature ladies in mind, or as far as I'm concerned for those without a sense of smell (sorry if I have offended any of you who may be reading this and actually think that it is a lovely fragrance).
However, because it is long lasting, comes in amazing packaging and if it wasn't for the gagging scent it would be a perfect body spray, I cannot totally rate it down so I have awarded it 3 out of 5 doyoo stars.
One of my favourite Soap & Glory products is without a doubt The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser. This cleanser comes in a silver foil like squeezy tube that contains 100 ml and you also get a white muslin cloth to use with it. Both the cloth and the tube containing the cleanser come in a retro fun box, typical of the Soap & Glory packaging.
Priced at £10, it is not exactly the cheapest cleanser out there, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it, especially as you get the muslim cloth, which if bought separately would cost a few pounds anyway. I do also think this is an absolutely gorgeous cleanser, which as Soap & Glory claims, does indeed clean, smooths and melts away makeup.
The Fab Pore cleanser contains panthenol, sweet almond, orange and lavender oils. It's fragrance is not typical of the most Soap & Glory products, but instead the lavender oils give it its distinct scent, and whenever I use it, it reminds me of the cleansers used on my face when I have been for a facial at the beauty salon.
To use, you squeeze out a generous splodge of the cleanser and massage it onto your face for at least a minute. The white cleanser is of medium consistency, making it perfect to dispense, apply and massage on. The lovely lavender scent combined with a nice gentle massage are very relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable, and you really do feel like you are having a mini facial (it would be even better if I could get my other half to do it for me!).
Once you have finished massaging it on, you leave it on for another minute (I sometimes leave it on for longer than that, for example whilst I am brushing my teeth) and then proceed onto taking it off. It is recommended that you press it off with the warm, wet muslin cloth, however, I actually use the cloth quite hot, which I think is again, wonderfully relaxing.
The results are amazing, my face is left deeply cleansed, smoother and overall extremely refreshed. Also, it does not dry my face out, which I think is a bonus. All in all, The Fab Pore cleanser delivers on its promises and is much more enjoyable to use than other ordinary cleansers. 5 out of 5 from me and highly recommended to you all.
The Peppa Pig phonics is another one of the many Peppa Pig toys that my daughter received last year, for her 3rd birthday. It is made out of yellow plastic and of an oval shape, with a handle at the bottom for easy carrying (it is also quite light and not too bulky). At the top there is a switch which you turn anti clockwise to select the required mode (there are 8 different modes altogether), or to turn it off.
There are 29 different coloured buttons altogether, 26 of these for each letter of the alphabet, 1 that you can press and Peppa tells you the whole alphabet, 1 that you can press to repeat a question (quite useful in case you missed or didn't hear that question) and 1 that when pressed plays a tune. Each of the 26 buttons that represent a letter has a sticker above it showing the particular letter (both capital and small which I think is quite handy) and also an object that starts with that letter.
The eight modes are as follows:
Mode No 1 - you are told to press a key, and when you do so, the sound for that particular object is made and you are told what the object is (so for example if it's the B/ ball button you will hear a bouncing noise
Mode No 2 - you are told to press a key, than Peppa reads out that particular letter and tells you you what it stands for (the object in the picture)
Mode no 3 - you are asked to find an object, so you have to press the sticker which depicts it
Mode no 4 - you are asked to find the first letter of the word
Mode no 5 - you are asked to find a particular letter
Mode no 6 - you are asked to spell a word, so you have to press each letter that spells it
Mode no 7 - a sound is made and you have to press the object that makes that sound
Mode no 8 - in this mode you are told to just press a key, and the sound for each object is played.
When my daughter first received this at the age of 3, she would just press buttons at random and didn't seem to show much interest in it. I actually had to sit down with her and try to show her what she needed to do. However, her attention span was far too short to actually listen to the instructions and use this toy properly. A year later, she has actually got more patience and will play with it for short bursts of time, but unfortunately she can only use certain modes. For example modes 4, 5 and 6, she cannot use, and I think these are more suitable for slightly older children, who are perhaps in reception and are actually learning the full alphabet. I am not actually sure what ages this toy is aimed at, but it is certainly not for pre-school children!
My daughter has now kind of grown out of Peppa Pig so I think by the time she gets a bit older and can use all the modes of this phonics toy, she will probably no longer be interested in it. I do think this toy is educational and would be suitable for a young child who is very forward (some of the kids in Iona's nursery can actually spell many words), but I think that most children would have probably grown out of Peppa Pig by the time they can use it properly. I have actually seen a Disney Princess phonics tablet and I am considering buying her that instead as I think that it will be a long time before she grows out of the princess phase!
I personally think that a nice touch would have been the addition of some kind of lighting (for example if when you pressed a button the object lit up), as I think little ones do prefer toys that light up. Apart from this, I also think that the stickers are proof of a cheap and quickly thrown together toy. It would have been so much nicer if instead of these, the letters/objects had been painted on, and to say this toy has not been used that much, a couple of the stickers are already peeling off! Overall 3 out 5 doyoo stars from me!
Last year for her third birthday my daughter received the Peppa Pig My First Laptop as a present, from one of my friends who knew what a massive Peppa Pig fan she was. Yesterday I decided to have a tidy and a clear out of her toy box, as it seemed to be bulging out too much. So after coming across this laptop (which she has not used for quite a while now) I decided to write a review on it.
The Peppa Pig My First Laptop is made out of shiny blue and yellow plastic and measures approximately 9.5" by 9.5" (including the little handle which is quite useful as it makes it easy to carry around). It is quite a sturdy toy that doesn't weigh too much either, making it ideal for little ones.
On the front of the laptop, you have the lid which lifts up to reveal the screen of the laptop. On the left hand side of the laptop there are three round coloured buttons, and under each button a picture of a different instrument (under the red button, there is a red guitar, under the yellow button there is a yellow trumpet and under the blue button there is a blue drum) On the right hand side of the lid, there are a further three round coloured buttons and pictures of characters from Peppa Pig (pink - Pedro pony, green - Danny dog and orange - Emily elephant). At the bottom of the laptop there is a switch which you can move across to access 4 different playing modes. These buttons and the access switch can be used without having to lift the laptop lid up. The on/off button is located on the back of the laptop, where you will also find the battery compartment (I've never had to change the batteries in it, but I am sure it takes 2 AA's).
When you lift the laptop lid up, the screen shows a picture of Peppa Pig and George in their room, where there are several coloured toys (for example one blue boat, two orange dice, three pink balls and so on). Lifting the lid up also reveals a further 6 square buttons, in the six different colours mentioned earlier and with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and the letters A, B and C. Under these there is also a twisty pink button, I still have not worked out what this does aprt from making a very silly noise, which my daughter always loved and insisted on using it over and over again whilst spinning around the room.
The four playing modes are:
In the first mode you press a button and the laptop tells you what each button stands for (for example if you press the round red button, it will tell you it is a guitar, followed by the sound a guitar makes, if you press the square blue button with number 1 on it, the blue boat on the screen will light up and it will say one blue boat and so on).
In the second mode, you have to find colours or sounds and you have to press the correct button to each question. If you get it right the laptop makes a sound, if you get it wrong, there is a different sound and you are told to try again.
The third mode is very similar, you have to either find something of a certain colour or guess the objects by the sounds made.
The fourth mode acts as a keyboard, where each button is a different note and you can use to "make music".
The laptop voice belongs to Peppa Pig and music from the TV programme is played at intervals, making this toy ideal for all Peppa Pig fans. It is a sturdy toy (dropped a few times by my daughter without breaking/chipping or any marks whatsoever), brightly coloured and features chunky buttons that little ones can easily press. I think the fact that the objects on the screen light up also makes this toy quite appealing to children.
When my daughter first tried to use the laptop she found it a bit confusing (as in which button do you press to answer questions correctly?!), but she got the hang of it within a few days of using it. The sounds, lights, bright colours and the fact that it was a "laptop" with her favourite TV character made this toy very popular. She played with it almost every day for two or three months, until eventually she grew out of it. I think the different modes are great, as when she would get bored with one, she would switch to another, and so kept her occupied for longer.
From an educational point of view, this was another toy that taught her a few colours, numbers and letters, without having to look at and have books read to her (which at the age of three she absolutely detested). I think this toy is ideal for a two or three year old, however, for a child older than that it can be a bit boring, so I would not recommend (Iona is now 4 and she is no longer interested in it). Overall, this is a great little toy that any Peppa Pig fan would love, and if you can buy it in the sale or a bit cheaper than the full price of £18 (that's what my friend paid for it) I would definitely recommend.
My first amazon voucher, courtesy of Dooyoo, was spent on a few Crayola bits and bobs for the kids as well as a pack of 6 pick and mix Montgane Jeneusse face masks. Last night I decided to try the white chocolate one, which is an ultra deep cleansing mask.
The Montagne Jeunesse white chocolate mask comes in a foil sachet that contains 17 grams and is perforated for ease of use. On the front there is a picture of a smiling lady with the mask on, leaves and chunks of white chocolate over her eyes. In the background there are also further pieces of white chocolate. The packaging is quite fun and attractive.
The ingredients of this masque include natural clay, sea salt (which have cleansing properties) and cocoa seed butter, carrot seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil and vitamin e (which have moisturising properties). Montagne Jeneusse claim that this mask will leave your skin deeply cleansed and as smooth as the softest cream.
Before using the mask I cleansed my skin and then proceeded to applying it. The mask itself is a light cream colour and quite thick in consistency. I found it very easy to spread it all over my face with my fingers, and there was a nice cool sensation to begin with. I found that the sachet contained much more than what I needed just for one application, but certainly not enough for a second one, so I ended up using about two thirds of it, and ended up with quite a thick layer of it on my face. The scent of this mask in my opinion is not necessarily that of white chocolate but a cross between shea and cocoa butter, but very very sweet and resembling that of something you would eat for dessert! It is certainly not for those that are not keen on sweet, if not slightly sickly scents! Also beware, it lingers on for a couple of hours after use.
After about 5 minutes of having it on, the mask began to dry up. Apart from the typical tight sensation that comes with all clay masks, there were no itching, tingling or stinging, that I sometimes experience when using other face masks. I left it on for 15 minutes (the scent was starting to make me feel a bit sick to be quite honest) and than made my way back to the bathroom ready to take it off and expecting a lot of mess! However, it was easily removed with a warm wet face cloth; the mask returned to its creamy consistency as soon as it came into contact with it, so it was easily wiped off.
My first impressions of my face were that it definitely looked and felt deeply cleansed, refreshed, brighter and more even than before. However it did not feel particularly moisturised, but it was in fact left drier than prior to application. This was not a problem as I immediately applied my night time cream and my face certainly felt and looked better than before using the mask. I was quite pleased with the results until this morning when I woke up to find 4 or 5 little white spots (looked like milk spots) on my chin! I very rarely get spots so I assume that these were in fact the result of having used this mask the night before.
I am not sure if this is a reaction to the mask or it means that the mask has simply brought up all the crap from under my skin to the surface, which might be a good thing!
Despite this, I will try the rest of the Montagne Jeneusse face masks which I purchased and will also review these in time. All in all, the white chocolate face mask was a reasonably ok face treatment, but I don't think I would purchase this particular one again, simply because I found the fragrance a bit too sickly for my liking (even though I do usually love sweet scents) and because I am still not sure about those little spots. I have therefore awarded this mask 3 out of 5 doyoo stars, thank you for reading my review!
My youngest daughter has inherited her father's thick afro hair and people always comment on how beautiful it is without appreciating the hard work that goes with it. Obviously, it is impossible to get a brush or even a detangling comb through it when dry, so every morning when I brush it I have to ensure that it is thoroughly wet. This is where the Avon detangling spray comes in!
I have been purchasing this for a couple of years now, and at £1.25 for a 200 ml bottle, which lasts me for a few good weeks even with daily use, I consider it something of a bargain. The detangling spray which I am reviewing is the "amazing apple" fragrance, and it comes in an orange bottle with a picture of a smiling and winking red apple on the front. Above the apple it states Avon Naturals Kids and underneath, the particular scent and the amount contained. On the back of the bottle there are the usual instructions on how to use and warnings (in 13 different languages!), ingredients and further details of the manufacturer. Avon claim that this is a tear free formula, but unfortunately I cannot vouch for this as I have never sprayed this into my daughters eyes and I am not really prepared to do it now either, for the sake of this review lol!
The spray is dispensed via a pump nozzle, and the bottle is the perfect shape and size to be able to use with one hand. The scent of this does resemble that of apples, but not as natural as I would have liked. It is also quite strong and lingers on for a while, but I really don't mind it as it is not unpleasant. Which each spritz, a lot of the spray is released. It is actually quite deceiving at how much comes out with each spray, so I would recommend that if used on fine or thin hair a couple of spritzes are enough. However, because my daughter has big thick hair, this is ideal for me as I really have to make sure her hair is more or less wet with it, so that I can comb it with ease. The spray also dries up pretty quickly, without leaving her hair sticky or with any residue in it.
Before I started using this detangling spray I just used to spray her hair with water, but I have noticed that the detangling spray really helps a lot more with those little knots that form from having such tight curls. Whereas water just wets her hair, the detangling spray actually softens it and gets rid of many knots (I don't know how but it really does). All in all, the Avon detangling spray has been a godsend and makes my daughter's morning brush hair routine a lot more bearable. 5 out of 5 doyoo stars from me, I just wish that there would be more choice of fragrances.
A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to some new nail varnishes as I was getting a bit bored with the ones I already owned, and whilst browsing through my local Boots store, I came across the Barry M Magnetic Nails Effects polishes. There were two different shades available, a blue one and a burgundy one and I opted for the latter one as I am a bit boring when it comes to colours for my toenails. It cost £4.99, which in my opinion is quite reasonable (some of the L'oreal ones I was looking at were £7.99), especially as this nail polish is not quite an ordinary one!
The Barry M Magnetic Effects polish comes in a thick square clear glass bottle containing 10 ml. On the front of the bottle it states in gold writing Nail Paint by Barry M, underneath vernis a ongles (in french so I don't know what it means, I presume it means burgundy?) and the website address. On the back of the bottle, it is advised that you shake well, and keep from heat. It also tells you to apply basecoat before use, but there are no further instructions?! I had to go on their website to get full instructions as I did not have a clue what to do. There is also an address for Barry M and the amount contained.
The nail polish is secured by an ordinary black plastic rounded screw on top, to which the brush you use to apply it with is also attached. On top of this there is also a further square top/lid which houses the magnet and there is a drawing of the pattern (different shades have different patterns, the burgundy one comes with a stripy one).
Once you unscrew the top, you are met with the typical nail varnish smell, but this is not as strong as other ones I have come across in the past. The brush attached to it is a nice size (not too thick or too thin), making it easy to apply the varnish on. A couple of coats easily covers your nails, the varnish just glides on, it is a good consistency, without being too watery/drippy or too thick/clumpy.
The nail varnish is a metallic colour and has a bit of a shine and sparkle to it. Apparently it contains magnetic particles, so you must shake the bottle really well before use, otherwise these will not be evenly distributed and the pattern may not appear as it should do. The Barry M website advises that you first apply a basecoat, then a coat of the magnetic paint. Once this has dried thoroughly, you apply a second coat of the magnetic paint and immediately hover the magnet over each nail for about 5 seconds. Once dry you then apply a topcoat. Let me tell you that because I thought this sounded like far too much hard and time consuming work, I didn't! I simply used one coat of the magnetic paint and hovered the magnet over and the result was still amazing. I didn't apply a basecoat (I think this is mainly to protect your nails from being stained), I didn't apply a topcoat (this is to make it longer lasting, but I personally like to change colours every couple of weeks and in between it has not chipped anyway) and I didn't apply two coats of the magnetic paint. I simply painted one nail at a time and hovered the magnet over it for 5-6 seconds (you have to do one nail at a time as the magnet must be used whilst the nail is still wet). Once dry (which didn't take longer than other ordinary nail varnishes), my nails looked truly amazing, with lighter coloured stripes all over the metallic burgundy background. My nails looked like I had just stepped out of a beauty salon.
I had never before tried any of the nail varnishes from the Barry M effects range so I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not I would be able to create the design properly. However, it was easy and quick to use and created great effects. Also I was very pleased with the fact that the nail varnish was long lasting as it didn't chip or wear away until I was ready to change colours, a couple of weeks later.
The Barry M magnetic effects polishes are now available to buy in 9 different shades and since purchasing the burgundy one I have also purchased the Moon Dust and the Venus Sunset shades, which are absolutely amazing! I would definitely recommend anyone to try these and have awarded this nail polish 5 out of 5 doyoo stars.
As I can no longer suffer any kind of shoes or sandals with even the slightest hint of a high heel, I tend to buy and live in flats, hence I own many pairs of peep toe flats, sandals and ballerinas.
I purchased the Topshop Vicious Black Studded Ballerina Pumps a couple of months ago for £25, which I thought was a bit extortionate considering that they are man-made and not leather. However, I did not mind paying a bit extra for the simple fact that these were studded and therefore quite different from the rest, which usually retail at around £16 to £18 but are mostly quite plain looking.
The Vicious studded ballerina pumps come in other colours too (white, nude or pink), but I chose the black ones as I feel that black goes with absolutely anything. I am usually a size 6, but when I tried these in the shop they felt very tight, and considering they were not leather and so wouldn't really give, I opted for a size bigger (7 or 40 in their sizing). These felt perfect on my feet and so I purchased them. I would recommend that if you wish to purchase these online, you get a size bigger; even better, go and try them on in store.
These ballet pumps are 100% polyurethane and are extremely soft and comfortable, they mould around your feet and do not rub, which is a bonus for me as I have blister prone feet! The design of these ballet pumps is very pretty, with the silver studs covering the entire pump and a pretty material bow, matching the edging of the pump. They look like a classis ballet pump with a modern twist.
As mentioned earlier, these pumps are very comfortable to wear as they do not rub and give you blisters, however the rubber soles are very thin. This means that you can feel any bumps and lumps you walk over, making it rather unpleasant at times. Also when walking for long periods of times, my feet even though not actually sore end up feeling rather tired!
My opinion is that these pumps are also quite flimsy. After about two weeks of daily wear, the rubber soles had actually worn away quite a bit round the heel areas, one of the studs on the back of the right pump had dropped off and there was quite a bit of scuffing to both front and back of the pumps. The scuffing around the back of the pumps could be put down to driving, as I get that with most of the footwear I use when driving. The scuffing around the front is however in my opinion a design flaw, as the sole does not cover the whole length of the pump, so you are left with a bit of material at the front which is not in fact protected.
Overall, I thing that these pumps are very pretty but not robust enough, will probably last a couple of months only before completely falling apart if used outdoors on a regular basis. I feel that because of this they have been slightly overpriced at £25 and I would not repurchase again unless Topshop reduced the price to under £20. I feel that the quality of these pumps is lacking, but because they are so pretty I have awarded them 3 out of 5 doyoo stars. I would recommend these pumps to those who are not going to walk about in them a lot or are prepared to spend £25 on a pair of pumps that will last a couple of months only.
As a massive fan of Soap & Glory, I either own or have in the past tried most of their products, and the Soap & Glory Hand Food is one of my firm favorites. It is in fact a hand moisturising cream but as with most of their products, Soap & Glory have given it a funky name and so called it Hand Food.
The Soap and Glory Hand Food comes in a pink squeezy plastic tube which contains 125 ml, and it retails in most boots stores as well as other online shops at around £6. I believe that you can also purchase the Hand Food in a smaller size tube containing 50 ml, which would be ideal for carrying around, as the full size one may be slightly too big for many handbags. Soap & Glory claims that this is the most astonishing hand cream ever and that it is non-greasy and hydrating. It contains shea butter, macademia oil & marshmallow (this information is found on the front of the tube together with the Soap & Glory logo).
On the back of the tube, there are the usual warnings (do not apply to damaged skin, do not get into your eyes and so on), a full list of ingredients, instructions on how to use (or how to "mend a hand" as Soap & Glory put it), details of the manufacturer, the barcode and the amount contained. The lid can be unscrewed but this is not necessary as the top part pops open for quicker use.
The scent of the Hand Food is typical of many Soap & Glory products (for those of you who are familiar with them) and quite unique I would say; personally, I absolutely adore it. It is very girly, slightly sweet but more fruity than anything. Personally I would say it is quite unique and I cannot compare it to anything else that I have come across before, I absolutely adore it and never get bored of it.
Once you flip open the lid, a gentle squeeze of the tube will see the white cream easily dispensed into your hands. Its consistency is perfect, neither too runny nor too thick, so it is easily rubbed in. I totally agree that it is not in the slightest bit greasy and is easily absorbed. I find that the Hand Food leaves my hands silky soft and smooth in a way that no other hand cream does (I do use other hand creams that moisturise really well, but I must say that none of them leave my hands feeling so smooth and silky like the Hand Food does). Also the scent which lingers on for quite a while is another plus for me, but then again, if you were not keen on the fragrance you would probably not want to use this as a hand cream.
Overall I think this is an amazing hand cream and would definitely recommend to everyone, 5 out of 5 doyoo stars from me!
Having read and heard a lot of good things about Lush products, last week whilst in the Trafford Centre in Manchester, I decided to treat myself to a couple of them. I particularly wanted to try one of their fresh face masks and I ended up purchasing the Oatifix one, which was recommended by one of the Lush shop assistants, after I let her know that my skin is a bit on the dry side.
The Oatifix fresh face mask comes in a small black pot made from 100% recycled plastic. It contains 75 grams of the mask and priced at £5.95 it is not exactly cheap. It has a screw on lid, on which you have the small Lush logo and the name of the mask is displayed in quite big lettering. It also states that it cleanses, softens and moisturises sensitive skin. It also informs you that it is a blend of bananas, vanilla and oats to cool and nourish, illipe butter to reduce redness, ground almonds to gently polish and kaolin to cleanse your skin. You are also advised the keep this in the fridge and that if you bring back 5 clean full-size Lush pots or tubes you get one fresh mask free.
On the sides of the pot there are stickers advising how to use (apply a generous layer over the face, avoiding eyes, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then wash off with warm water). You are also advised that Lush is fighting against animal testing and that the mask is suitable for vegans. There are also details of the manufacturer and the amount contained in the pot.
On the bottom of the pot there is a full list of ingredients and it states that it is handmade with fresh ingredients and preservative free. There is also a round sticker letting you know who and when the mask was made by and when to use it by, I think that's a very nice touch!
The mask itself is a very light brown colour and smells absolutely yummy, a mix of vanilla and bananas. It really does smell like something you would have for breakfast! The mask itself is very thick and slightly coarse in texture. Because of this, I found it very hard to apply to my face. It is sort of lumpy and crumbly, not moist enough in my opinion to just spread it on. Constantly, there were bits falling off as I was trying to put it on, and I ended up making a bit of a mess on the bathroom floor. However once it was on, it did not feel uncomfortable at all, if it wasn't for the scrumptious scent I would have forgotten it was there. Throughout the next ten minutes that I had it on, it did not dry but if anything it seemed to slightly melt (probably because it was no longer "rock hard" straight from the fridge and had softened when in contact with skin warmth), so it did not make my face feel tight. I did not really get any other sensations such as tingling, itching or stinging, which I sometimes get with other face masks.
After 10 minutes, I washed it off (came off a lot quicker than it went on). My complexion hadn't changed and my skin did not feel any better than before. In fact I would probably say that my face actually felt dryer and almost thirsty for some rich moisturising cream. All in all, I was quite disappointed in this face mask as it was supposed to hydrate my skin and it seemed to have had the opposite effect. I only used it once and still have loads left (I could probably get another 5 or 6 applications out of it), but I doubt that I will be using it again. I would not personally recommend it to anyone, and it has really put me off buying other Lush face masks!
As a big fan of Soap & Glory products, I have tried most of their products and use some of them on a regular basis. The Girligo Moisturising Mist can be purchased from most Boots stores and other online shops for around £6.50 for a bottle of 250 ml. The packaging of this particular product is extremely attractive and typical of most Soap & Glory products. The bottle itself is quite plain, made out of smooth cream plastic, with the pink Soap & Glory logo on the front, and Girligo Spray-On Body Moisturising Mist in big lettering. On the back of the bottle you have a full list of ingredients and you are told to "do your own flirty work: spritz Girligo on all-over post shower for temptingly fragrant, softer, smoother, more supple skin.
It is the box that the bottle comes in that really stands out and in my opinion sells this product. It has that fun vintage/retro look typical of Soap & Glory products, with the black and white photo of a smiling 50's lady and various quotes such as "sensible men said driven to dizziness by Soap & Glory Girligo" and "flirting is the subtle art of making a man feel satisfied with himself".
The mist is dispensed via a spray pump nozzle and is scented with a blend of bergamot, peach, strawberry, jasmine, mandarin and musk. I would describe the scent as very girly, slightly sweet but more fruity than anything. It is a scent typical of many Soap & Glory products (for those of you who are familiar with them) and quite unique I would say; personally, I absolutely adore it. The scent of the mist is long lasting and lingers on for a few hours, so I would not recommend using if you intend to spray on perfume after, as the scents would probably clash.
The Girligo Moisturising Mist does indeed fragrance your skin but I feel that it lacks the moisturising properties that it claims to have. When it is sprayed on, it is rather more of a liquid than a mist, so you have to rub it in quickly before it starts running down. It is easily absorbed, however after use my skin does not feel hydrated and nourished like it should do, and I end up using the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter for further moisturising. It certainly does not make my skin feel soft, smooth or supple!
The mist is also a nightmare to dispense. Because you have to rub it in, you end up with slightly greasy hands and struggle to hold the now slippery bottle (which is quite big and has an awkward shape) and press the nozzle down at the same time with one hand. I find it impossible, so after each application I end up wiping my hands on a towel and starting again. In my opinion, there is a real flaw in the design of this product.
Because it neither moisturises your skin like an ordinary body cream/lotion, nor can it be used as a body spray (it is white in colour so it would stain your clothes, plus it is too runny), I feel that the Girligo Moisturising Mist is a big letdown and would not really recommend it to anyone. I have given it one out five Doyoo stars, simply because of its heavenly long lasting fragrance and attractive (but not practical) packaging.