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Anyone who reads my reviews has probably figured out by now that I'm a bit obsessed with tanning. I fear if you tell someone you are a tanning addict they automatically conjure up images in their mind of an orange, fake looking person. I like to think the opposite is true. I have used allot of different products, gone through the trial and error, and have now found the products and techniques to give myself the most natural looking tan possible. I hate the whole orange tan, heavily made up look, I would rather be pale and interesting than look like that, but now there is so many quality tanning products about, I don't need to do that, I can have a nice glow, and not just look like I need a good wash! Even though I have found near perfect products that I have been using for a long time, I can still have my head turned by a new product.
I love Soap and Glory. I was bought a massive box set of goodies from the brand last Xmas and was a fan after trying the products, so when I was in boots stocking up on their shower gel and scrubs I noticed the shelf that held tins of 'Glowgetter' and had to have a closer look...
"She was sunny and beautiful and bronzed, a real...Glow Getter - rub-resistant face and body sun powder spray. It's fun, fabulous, easy to apply, and our special airbrush finish makes it amazingly authentic."
The promise of an 'airbrush finish' is what prompted me to pop this can straight into my basket. It wasn't cheap, at £10.50 for a 100 ml bottle, but as it was Soap and Glory I was willing to give it a try without having read any reviews on it (I would usually read a few reviews on a product being parting with my cash and giving it a go myself).
Glowgetter is an instant tan from a spray can. Very unusual. Not something I have seen before.
When I got home I wanted to try it straight away, and as I had exfoliated in the shower that morning I figured it would be a good time to test out the tan.
I followed the instructions to Hold the can 20-25 cm from my skin, then spray lightly onto my face and body. The colour that came out of the can was orange. I quickly grabbed my tanning mitt and began to blend it in as much as I could, but the colour was still orange. The tan was like a powder instead of a liquid (even though it came from a can) which I think I would have liked were it not for the orange colour. Luckily this is a wash off instant tan, so I was able to shower the offensive orange looking stuff off my body no problems. I have done a small tester on my legs since then, thinking I might have been too heavy handed the first time, but the result was still an awful, orange looking tan.
This is a very disappointing product from Soap and Glory, as I am usually so impressed with their products. I won't be buying this one again.
A while back, on one of my shopping trips to Tesco I noticed their value range face wipes and immediately chucked them into my basket without hesitation after seeing that they only cost 45p for a pack of 25. I figured at that price they were worth a try.
I don't use wipes on my face that often. I think your skin (especially the skin on your face and neck) deserves better treatment than only cleansing with wipes, so I do have a skin care routine that I like to follow. However, some nights, especially those nights when you have come in from a night out with friends and have had a few drinks, and definitely are not thinking about doing the whole cleanse, tone and moisturise thing before going to bed, on nights like these I would give my face a quick scrub with a face wipe, brush my teeth then go straight to bed.
I have never found a face wipe to agree with my skin. I have tried the most expensive of face wipes and have not found a single brand I'm happy with, so lots of barely used packs of wipes get passed on to my sister who is one of those lucky people who can use anything on her face with no problems. I have very sensitive skin, so most things cause my skin to flare up. On the occasion when I would use face wipes I use 'Huggies Pure' baby wipes that don't have harsh ingredients in them, so don't cause my skin to break out.
Still, just because these wipes were cheap didn't mean they wouldn't suit me. I thought they were worth a try at that price. I used these a couple of times actually, as after the first use I was impressed.
The first time I used these wipes the thing I noticed was that they didn't have a strong scent to them, which is always encouraging, as to me this means less chemicals, so less chance of causing irritation to my skin. I was eager to try these so I used them on a night when I hadn't been wearing any makeup during the day. After cleaning my face with the wipe, it started to feel very dry shortly after, but I moisturise at night after cleansing, so this wasn't a problem, a bit of moisturiser and my skin was fine. The main thing was that it hadn't caused a breakout.
The second time I used them I had been wearing full makeup through the day. The wipes seemed to take the makeup off without any problems, I then put some moisturiser on my face and went to bed. The next morning my face was blotchy and sore. I knew there wasn't anything in the wipe (chemicals etc) that caused the breakout so I can only assume the wipes didn't cleanse my skin fully which was what caused the breakout.
Sometimes if a product caused my skin to break out I would still be reluctant to tell someone else not to try it, as even though it had caused a reaction with my skin, that doesn't mean it would cause the same reaction on someone else. I do have really sensitive skin. However, as the fault with these seems to be that they don't remove makeup and dirt properly I wouldn't recommend them, and only give them one star.
I have been buying Boots Natural collection body sprays for almost a year now after getting a little gift set containing a vanilla spray last Christmas. I am so glad I discovered these sprays as I absolutely love them. However, I always just bought the vanilla scent which I know and love, so on a recent trip to boots I had a look at the other scents as they had a 3 for 2 offer on, and with these sprays already being a bargain at £2.00 for a 150 ml, I decided I would stock up with this offer (well, as much as I could, the shelves were a little bare so I'm guessing I'm not the only fan!) So, this was when I decided to try the 'Wild Strawberry' scent.
Boots Natural Collection body sprays are a liquid spray, almost like a perfume. They come in clear plastic bottles with a spray nozzle on top.
There is a range of scents:
Mango And Papaya
Sapphire And Sea Minerals
Apple And Lime
I read in a review that they used to do a Dewberry one. I'm gutted they don't seem to do this one anymore as I love Body Shop dewberry products so know I would have loved this.
The thing I love most with these is they are like a body spray and perfume in one. The scent lasts much longer than aerosol body sprays but isn't as strong as perfume so you can spray lots of it without the worry of chocking on the fumes. It sprays on like a liquid mist.
I have tried the Vanilla and Ice Musk as well as the Wild Strawberry, and I have to say this would be my least favourite scent of the three. It does have that strawberry scent, just much sweeter, and a little bit sickly if you use too much. It's not at all like the scent of the strawberry Body Shop range (which I like, and which is what I had in mind when I bought this).
I still recommend you try this product though, just go for one of the nicer scents! A 150 ml bottle is £2.00 in boots and if you are able to find any while the 3 for 2 offer is still in you will be getting an absolute bargain.
I have been using Benefit products for a few years now. A few different products being something I buy time and time again, such as their 'Bad Gal' mascara and 'Porefessional'.
There has, however been a few Benefit products I have tried and been very disappointed with, and with Benefit products being that bit more expensive than your average drug store bought product, it is a terrible waste of money if you buy one of their products and don't like it. So, I have taken to reading lots of reviews on a product and, if I can get it, using a trial size before committing to buying a full size product. I know I could try the products by going to any Benefit counter, but I avoid them like the plague, as the sales girls in my local one are incredibly pushy and only interested in selling their products.
Benetint was one of those products I always wanted to try after reading several positive reviews on it, so when Company magazine were recently giving a small trial size of this away with their magazine I snapped it up.
Benetint is said to be "Naturally sheer and sexy on all complexions...innocent yet provocative. This rosy glow lasts for hours. Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970's, benetint has soared to cult fave status. It's loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world! Apply three dots to the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly with fingertips. Add a few more dots for deeper colour."
It looks like a bottle of nail polish, and when you open the top you will see the brush attached looks exactly like a nail polish brush. Very different! It's also a very watery red liquid, which is very unusual. I can't imagine how this can work as a cheek stain, but I give it a go. Remembering advice I read in reviews on how to do two streaks on the apple of the cheeks then quickly blend. The result is a lovely subtle, healthy looking colour that you can add to for a more dramatic look if you want to. I especially love using this on my lips, the result is a lovely red stain that doesn't change the texture of the lips like a lipstick can, and no stickiness like you get with a gloss. You could use a clear lipgloss on top on this though, if you wanted glossy red lips. The results last really well, and it gives such a healthy looking flush to the face.
It's perfect on bare skin, just put some on cheeks and lips and a slick of mascara for a natural look. It's also perfect for a finishing touch when you are wearing full make up.
This would now be in my top ten beauty products list, and I am so pleased I discovered it, and will be buying a full size product when my mini one runs out.
A 12.5ml bottle of this sells for £24.50 on the Benefit web site. I imagine a bottle would last a long time so I would say this is good value for money.
As I have mentioned a few times on here, I have an all time favourite foundation. A foundation I always go back to after trying the latest hyped up foundations, and the more expensive brands with their hefty price tags that don't even come close to the quality of this foundation.
Max Factor Lasting performance foundation is the best foundation I have ever used, and I have tried them all.
The foundation comes in a 35 ml clear plastic tube, with a black screw top lid on it. There are many different shades to choose from, I use 'Soft Beige' 106. This shade suits me as my skin is a medium colour, not very light, nor very dark, the 'average' colour I would say. The foundation itself is a liquid that glides onto your skin easily, I use my fingers to put a few blobs of the stuff around my face then blend it all in. The result is flawless skin.
I have pretty good skin and it's rare I would get spots, unless I have used a skin product that doesn't agree with me, but on the occasion I do, so long as you use a little concealer beforehand this will cover it up.
This foundation is really long lasting. Trust me, I have dry skin (even though I exfoliate and moisturise regularly) and the problem I was always having with other foundations was that they looked great when first applied but after a while it would go patchy on my problem areas making the dryer areas of my skin look darker and sometimes flaky. I have never had this problem with Lasting Performance.
Another problem I have had with other foundations is that they can break me out. I had an awful, painful red rash on my face due to a very popular, high end foundation that I used. I have never had any skin sensitivity with this and it feels really comfortable when I'm wearing it, and not at all like a 'mask' as some other foundations can feel like.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about this foundation. If you haven't already tried it, I would highly recommend it. I think it's the best foundation out there.
You can usually get a 35 ml tube for around £7, which is a bargain, in my opinion, and depending on how often you wear foundation it should last you a good while.
I have already written a review sharing my thoughts and experiences of using The Body Shop banana shampoo, so I thought I should also write a review on the conditioner (as I always buy both!).
I have been using both the banana shampoo and the conditioner for a long time now, and it's not that I believe you should be using a conditioner the same as whatever shampoo you are using (I don't think that at all, and anytime I read "for best results follow with conditioner from same range" on the back of a shampoo bottle I just think the company are obviously trying to sell you something that you don't, necessarily need.)
The Body Shop Banana conditioner comes in a 250 ml clear flip top bottle. After you have shampooed your hair and rinsed, you are ready to use the conditioner. I know not all people need to use a hair conditioner, some very lucky people have naturally great condition hair that takes very little work and TLC put into it. Lucky them. My hair needs a lot of work, and I wouldn't dream of not conditioning it after shampooing, If I didn't condition I wouldn't be able to get a comb through my hair.
So, after shampooing and rinsing you need to apply a small dollop of this to the ends of your hair. The conditioner is actually quite a thick consistency. The smell is lovely, fruity and fresh, exactly the same as the shampoo. I always leave the conditioner on a few minutes before rinsing, just to give it extra time to do it's thing. The conditioner rinses out really easily, and you can already feel how soft the hair is. After blow drying my hair, it is soft, shiny and easy to style. The banana smell doesn't last, unfortunatly, but that's not enough for me to deduct a star from the rating.
This conditioner costs the same as the shampoo, £3.99 for a 250 ml bottle and I think it's worth every penny. There is almost always some sort of offer on their website too, meaning you could stock up for cheaper than that.
I have been a massive fan of Body Shop products for many years. I could never walk past one of their stores without going in, especially as there was always a lovely aroma of some sort coming from the shop. I got started off on body butters, scrubs and shower gel, then realised that they also do hair products as well.
The first time I used this shampoo was around 6 years ago. The banana shampoo was on a stand with a few other products including the famous 'Ice Blue' shampoo. The lady working in the shop told me these were products that had just recently been re launched due to popular demand. At £3.99 a bottle, I was sold. I bought a 200 ml banana shampoo and a 200 ml banana conditioner. After trying it, this became one of my favourite shampoos that I always go back to.
The shampoo comes in a clear, 100% recycled bottle, with a flip top lid. As you would imagine, the shampoo is yellow. When using the shampoo the first thing you will notice is the smell. A lovely, fruity fresh, banana scent that isn't too overpowering.
The shampoo doesn't give much of a lather to your hair until the second shampoo (if, like myself you rinse and repeat), with the second shampoo you get a rich lather that smells gorgeous, after rinsing I always follow with the banana conditioner.
After blow drying my hair, I get a healthy shine with no frizz, and trust me, to have my hair frizz free is a miracle! At £3.99 a bottle, it's not the cheapest shampoo, but you do get good quality, and quite often the Body Shop has a great deal on so I would stock up then. Also, when I'm down to the last bit, I always sit the bottle on the flip top end to get the last bits out. This works perfectly, so no waste!
Before I start my review, I have a confession to make. I am a fake tan addict. I throw my hands up and admit it. I have been using various fake tanning products for years, and through trial and error I like to think I have the whole tanning thing worked out to achieve a nice golden, natural (well, as natural as possible) looking results, and not the dreaded looking orange tan, or worse, patchy, streaky tan!
I have my favourite long lasting tanning product that I usually always go back to, a tanning product that lasts up to a week, fading gradually. As well as this though, I also occasionally like to use instant tans, that wash off.
An instant tanning product is great if you want a nice bit of colour for a night out or a special event without the commitment of the longer lasting tanning products. An instant tan will wash off when you shower, and if applied correctly with a tanning mitt can give great results.
The product I have used most often is Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan. Rimmel Sun Shimmer comes in a brown bottle with a handy flip open lid, is very reasonably priced (usually around £4.99 a tube), and is a brown, gel like consistency, with little glittery particles noticeable in it. The colour of the gel is much darker than it appears once applied to your skin.
I always used the medium shade in this, and when applied with a tanning mitt it always gave a gorgeous, golden looking, streak free tan with a little shimmer. I used this for years but then found 'Fake Bake' which I found to be that little bit better, so started using that. On a recent trip to Dublin though, for my sisters hen weekend I forgot to pack my Fake Bake, so had to get something else for our planned nights out. In Penny's (an Irish version of Primark) I spotted some Rimmel Sun Shimmer, so purchased a bottle without thinking, as I had known the product to always be reliable.
That evening, after showering and moisturising, I applied the tan with a mitt to my arms, chest and legs. Waited 5 minutes then got dressed. With us all ready and about to head out the door I noticed a darker looking patch of tan on my leg. Not to worry I thought, a little blending with the tanning mitt and I would be good to go. After trying to blend the tan in it made a huge dirty looking streak, and the tan completely came away leaving a huge white spot that was just made worse when I tried to apply more product to cover it up. When looking in the mirror I then noticed that these darker, streaky patches were also on my chest and arms. Every attempt to fix it, and blend it in made dark brown muddy looking streaks. Disaster! I ended up having to make everyone late while they waited on me showering again. The product was then thrown in the bin, and I hunted round Dublin the next day for a tube of my reliable Fake Bake.
This used to be a fantastic product. I bought the exact same shade as I always used before, so don't really know what went wrong, maybe they changed the formula?
I would never buy this product again. Very disappointing.
Before I start my review of Soap & Glory - Flake Away, I have a confession.. I have only recently discovered the Soap & Glory brand. And worse than that.. I had a huge box of these goodies laying in a cupboard for almost a year, untouched, unused.
A friend bought me a lovely big gift set of Soap & Glory products for my birthday last year and I put it away without even trying the products. Don't get me wrong, I had seen a huge range of Soap & Glory products in my local boots, but bypassed them, as, to be honest the packaging put me off.
Most people know already, but for those who don't - the packaging of Soap & Glory products is very retro, and my thoughts (from experience with so many other products) were that the product was probably all style and no substance. Cool looking packaging, but very little thought put into the actual product. As you can guess from the five star rating I have gave this product, I was very wrong!
So, after reading a few rave reviews on S&G products here on Dooyoo, I remembered I had this gift set put away and so I dug it out of the cupboard and placed all of the lovely products in my bathroom ready to be tested!
I use scrubs regulerly, my main brand of choice being Bodyshop, as I have very sensitive skin, and after trial and error with a few products this was always the one I came back to as it didn't cause my skin to break out. But with my morning shower I decided I would try 'Flake Away'. On opening the pot and removing some of the scrub with my fingertips, the first thing I noticed was the smell . Gorgeous! A lovely, sugary sweet, fruity smell. The grains in the actual scrub are very small, which caused a bit of doubt in my head as to how good a job this would do for exfoliating.
I only had to use a small amount to scrub my entire body, and the scrub was lovely to use, not as harsh as my usual Bodyshop one, but then in my mind I thought that it wouldn't do a great job at exfoliating. After showering, drying myself and using some body butter, I could still smell the lovely scrub, but the most impressive thing was how well it had exfoliated, I have never gotten as good results with my harsher body scrub, I couldn't believe it. My skin was really soft to touch, and no dry skin, as I fake tan quite often, if the skin isn't exfoliated properly you end up with dry, darker patches, or with the tan fading unevenly, and I have never had this problem since I started using Flake Away.
I will be buying it again when this pot runs out, and I am now a massive fan of Soap & Glory products with Flake Away being my favourite. I can't believe I had a full set of these lovely products laying in the cupboard for almost a year!
I have a few cleaning products that I always buy time after time, and these little value sponges is one of them.
The packaging has changed a little from the picture you see, as Tesco changed their 'Tesco Value' name to 'Everyday Value'. The sponges are now dark green and lime green, but the product is still exactly the same, and the price. You get a five pack of sponge pan cleaners in a pack. On the pack it says 'Use for cleaning pans, grills, ovens, barbeques and washing vegetables, but myself and I'm sure a lot of other people have found many more uses for these sponges.
For washing up, this is a great little sponge. It gets dirt off pans etc with very little effort, unless the grease or dirt is really bad, in which case I spray a little Cillit Bang and give it a good scrub with a scrubbing brush then wash with the sponge. I also use these sponges to wipe down counter tops, with a little kitchen cleaner spray, I gently use the rougher side of the sponge to clean up any dirt, and this leaves my counter tops gleaming.
However, for the most part I use these sponges in my bathroom, as the rough edge of the sponge when used gently, is great for cleaning baths, sinks and tiles, along with whatever bathroom cleaning products I'm using.
I also use them to clean up any spills or stains on my leather sofa, just a little water and a little washing up liquid and it cleans them up lovely (for those of you horrified that I would use a sponge and washing up liquid on a leather sofa, I have been doing this for years and it hasn't done any damage).
Before I discovered these little value sponges I was buying various packs of sponges that usually had around 10 sponges in them, and usually cost around a quid. So these are much better value, and just as good as all the others I have tried.
So, I buy a few packs of these with my shopping every week, and at 14p a pack, they are an absolute bargain.
I have been hearing about Fake Bake tanning creams, lotions and potions for years now and had been meaning to give the brand a try. I like to tan now and again and I'm always on the lookout for that product that will give me the flawless fake tan that we all believe exists thanks to the likes of Cheryl Cole flaunting it in our faces. So, when the name of the brand cropped up in an episode of The Only Way Is Essex (don't let that put you off!), I was reminded to look up the Fake Bake brand and give it a try.
The little blurb on the official Facebook Fake Bake page says Fake Bake is the UK's leading sunless tanning brand which is renowned for producing high quality, innovative fake tanning products and services. There is a long list of awards for the product.
There is a pretty big choice of products and hard to know which one to choose! I don't like to use the tanning products where the tan lasts up to a week, too often (don't get me wrong, I love the results my favourite brand gives me, but it wrecks havoc with my skin if I'm constantly tanning without breaks). So, I mostly just use an instant tan for nights out or special occasions. I had been using the Rimmel instant tan before trying this and was pretty happy with the results, but I decided to try the 'instant' tanner in the Fake Bake range. I bought my 125 ml tube of Instant Wash Off Tan for £3.99 plus free delivery from Fragrancemad.com which is a bargain as a tube of this usually costs around the £9 mark.
The tube is a lovely girly hot pink colour and looks really pretty. I bought the 'light matt' shade as I wanted something subtle. The first time I used the tanning cream I was shocked by the colour! It looked really dark, and it was supposed to be the lightest shade! I went ahead with the application and figured I could easily wash it off if it was too dark or didn't look right. I applied the cream with a tanning mitt (how did we ever survive without tanning mitts!). I spread the cream/gel out and blended in with the tanning mitt and was pleased to get the more subtle colour I had been looking for. I did my legs and arms with the tanning cream and was over the moon with the results! I had such a lovely healthy glow. The colour was tan, but subtle. I really was delighted. And it smells lovely. Not the usual biscuit like scent you get from most fake tans. This put my poor Rimmel Sunshimmer instant tan to shame!
When I wear this tan I'm always careful to not spill anything over myself, and I wouldn't even consider using it if there was a chance of rain. Some people believe an instant tan like this should stay put if a bit of water comes in contact with it, but I would say you are asking too much for an instant tanner. If you use the tanners that take a few hours to develop and gradually fade after a few days to a week then you would have no worries about spilling on it or getting caught in rain, but an instant tan has the benefit of no commitment. You get to have a beautiful tan for a night or a special occasion, and then you can just shower it off.
I love this instant tan by Fake Bake. It gives you a beautiful, subtle, glowing colour with no commitment.
Also, if you shop around and get the best deal it costs the same as budget tanners such as Rimmel Sunshimmer. A 125 ml tube gives me around 5 or 6 applications (and this is usually with me tanning legs, arms and chest area). So long lasting, if like myself, you were only using it for the occasional night out or special occasion.
I have been using a matte foundation for years now. After a lot of trial and error (and a lot of disappointment with expensive, much raved about foundations such as Benefit and Clinique) I have found what works best for my face, which is a mix of 'Miss Sporty matte foundation and 'Max Factor Lasting Performance'. Just recently though, I grew a little bored with the 'matte' look, and seeing celebrities with that lovely healthy dewy look to their face made me pine for a foundation that could give me the same look.
I had read a lot of rave reviews on Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, and seeing it on offer online for £4.99 I decided to give it a try.
This foundation comes in a 30 ml bottle and the shade I chose was 'True Nude' as I'm quite fair skinned, but there is other shades available.
The promise of this foundation is to lift skin from fatigue to a 'healthy, radiant glow!'. Sounds good.
The foundation itself is a liquid, and quite thin compared to the other foundations I'm used to using. My first time trying this was actually for a night out. After my shower and putting on moisturiser and my favourite Benefit 'Porefessional' primer, I applied this foundation with my fingers, as I would do with my usual foundation. After sitting back and taking a look in the mirror I was delighted with the results. It was the lovely, healthy, slightly dewy look that I had been looking for! I applied the rest of my makeup and set off to meet up with my friends for our night out. On meeting up with my friends I even had lots compliments, I looked a lot different without my usual matte look, and all my friends wanted to know what I had used.
Sounds great, right?
Well, after an hour or two of dancing, and in a warm sweaty nightclub environment, one shouldn't expect miricles from your foundation, but when I went to the toilets and seen my face I was shocked by how shiny it was! The makeup seemed to be going a little patchy around the nose area too. I fixed my face up as best as I could and went on with the rest of the night.
I actually wasn't completely put off by this foundation by my first times wearing it, after all, like I said in a nightclub environment you can't expect miracles from your foundation, and a little fixing up through the night is usually required. However, I had never had this problem with my usual foundation. Still, it had looked so good when first put on, I decided I would try it out again, but this time in my normal day environment. After my morning shower I again did my usual preparation of moisturiser followed by primer and applied the foundation. Again, it looked great. Healthy, dewy, and enough coverage to cover the slight redness I get around the sides of my nose and chin area. I set about my day not thinking about my makeup until only a few hours later a trip to the bathroom and a quick look in the mirror revealed the same thing had happened again. My face looked shiny and sweaty (something I have never had any problem with before). I tried to gently blot my face a little with a tissue and the foundation came away again around the nose area resulting in uneven, patchy looking makeup. I again, fixed it up as best I could and after getting home and removing my makeup I put the foundation away in a drawer and gave my old trusty matte foundation pride of place on my dresser again.
I don't have greasy skin, if anything, my skin can sometimes be on the dry side, so I was really surprised and disappointed with this foundation. The hunt is still on to find the perfect foundation that will give me that longer lasting healthy dewy glow.
I was a little torn as to what sort of rating to give this foundation. As it does look great when first applied. I just wish it was longer lasting. However, going from my own personal experience with it, I wouldn't recommend it.
I have used Huggies pure baby wipes for my little girl since she was born. I was, like most, looking for the most gentle products I could find for my newborn baby, but when she was around 6 months old she was also diagnosed with Eczema, an awful dry, sensitive skin condition, that at times has seen us have to use steroid creams and bandages on her skin.
We have to be very careful what products to use on her as the slightest thing will cause her eczema to flare up. Most of the products are medical creams and moisturisers (we tried the so called 'gentle' Johnstons range but it caused a bad skin reaction). We use a lot of products from the 'Simple' range, and our main staple is Huggies Pure baby wipes.
Huggies Pure baby wipes come in a pack of 64 and price can range from £1.00 when they are on offer (which they usually are at some point in most supermarkets, which is when I stock up). If they are not on offer, expect to pay around £2.60 a pack. The promise is that these wipes give 'gentle cleaning like cotton wool and water'.
These wipes really are fantastic. My daughter is two and like most toddlers, she is constantly getting dirty, but these are great to clean face and hands throughout the day, and they never upset her skin, even when the wipes are used on her face, they never cause a reaction. I have used these on my face too, to remove makeup when I can't be bothered to do the whole cleansing routine and they remove the makeup but still are gentle enough not to cause my sensitive skin to break out.
All in all, I think Huggies Pure baby wipes are a fantastic product that really are gentle on even the most sensitive skin.
A few months back my other half decided to surprise me with a little gift set of high end travel sized beauty products to try. These items had been voted best beauty products of 2012 so that was promising! After trying all the products there was a few items that impressed me so much I actually went on to buy the full sized, and full priced (eek!) products. Benefit Porefessional was one of the products I was most impressed with.
The sample product I received was a 7.5ml tube in a little box. The box said this was "PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores". I did not think my pores were that big, although I have never really thought about it, if I'm honest. My make-up and beauty routine is really very simple, and I have never seen the need to use a face primer or base under foundation. I do, however, fake tan quite often and had noticed my make-up seemed to go on much better when I had a tan on my face. A friend told me this was because the tan was a good 'base' for the make-up. As I do like to give myself and my skin a few weeks break from tanning now and again, one of the things I missed was how well my foundation went on when I had a tan on my face.
But one of the other claims from this product is that it is an excellent primer under make-up. I definitely wanted to give this a try! I used this the next morning before work, when time was short, so I had a quick read of the directions and opened the tube. I was surprised by the colour! It looked like foundation. Not what I had expected. I continued on and applied the foundation-like cream to my face. Straight away I thought it had made a big improvement. It hadn't covered up anything, and despite the colour of the balm, it hadn't changed the colour of my face. It had blended in really easily and had left my skin feeling silky soft. I was very happy! But, my main reason for using this was to see how it acted as a primer under my make-up, so I continued on and applied my foundation.
After doing the rest of my make-up I sat back and had a look at my face. My make-up definitely looked better than usual, the Porefessional balm had made the make-up look much more even (no patches looking a little darker than the rest of the face). This gave the exact result of having a tan under the make-up to give it a base, but the added benefit (pun not intended) was this primer made my make-up look fresh and stayed put throughout the day.
I have very sensitive skin but this doesn't aggravate it at all.
I have since purchased the full size 22ml tube from ebay for £14. You can buy this off the Benefit web site for £23.50 so I would shop around. You can also usually find a 7.5ml size on ebay to trial before you buy the full size.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation has been around for a while now and has developed a cult following. For years I have heard people rave about what a great little foundation this is for such an affordable price, but, as I have happily been using Max Factor Lasting Performance for years with no problems I havn't really gave other foundations a try. Until recently, when I ran out of my Lasting performance.
I was in my local Boots looking to buy more and they were sold out of my shade! As I was in a hurry and I really needed foundation, when I spied the Dream Matte Mousse on a nearby stand and remembering all the good comments I have heard about it over the years, I figured this one was worth a try!
The mousse comes in a little glass jar with beige lid. Shades: Ivory, Cameo, Nude, Sand, Fawn, Sun Beige, Honey Beige, Porcelain, Cocoa & Light Beige. 'Nude' looked to be the best match for my skin. I took the foundation to the checkout and paid £6 (a few pounds cheaper than my Max Factor).
I tried this foundation as soon as I got home (as I had not been wearing any makeup that day). I applied the foundation with my fingertips and blended it in, and at first I was really impressed! The mousse covered well, and the shade I chose suited my colour really well. It was only after an hour or so I noticed the dry, darker 'patches' on my chin and nose. I have always had dry skin, but havn't had any problem with makeup as I use a good moisturiser and exfoliate.
Still, I wanted to give this a chance so the next morning after exfoliating and moisturising I tried again, and after an hour or so I got the same dry patches of makeup as before. I havn't tried this again, I went straight back to using my trusty Max Factor.
I know this foundation is great for alot of people, but I think if you have dry skin you could have problems using it.