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      08.12.2014 20:08
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      Great conditioner for Frizzy and rebellious hair that does what it claims really well.

      I love the l'oreal Elvive selection, as someone with frizzy hair I find they are one of the best to deal with my hair issues.

      The Product ....

      The condition is a light conditioner designed to help deal with frizzy, dry and rebellious hair, it helps to keep hair straighter than a general conditioner upon drying and also after straightening. At its best the conditioner helps keep hair straight for up to 48 hours.

      The Packing ....

      The conditioner comes in a plastic orange bottle that has the lid in the base, this helps the conditioner stay near the cap for ease of use.

      My Opinion ....

      The conditioner is a pale orange colour, with a thin but smooth consistency, its a cream conditioner. I really like this conditioner, while it is light it also is really conditioning and I find that it helps untangle my hair easily.

      I find that it needs to be left on for 2-3 minutes to be most beneficial but can be put on and washed out instantly if required.

      I have found that it really does improve the smoothing of my frizz, especially when I blow dry it on a higher heat. It is at its best for me when I am straightening my hair though as it leaves my hair really silky and helps keep it that way for more than the 48 hours a few times when I have needed to forgo washing too often.

      The only downside for me is that I find I need to swap this conditioner out every now and again for others because it does slowly cause a build up.

      The cost ....

      This costs around £3.99 for a 200ml bottle but I do sometimes find it in the pound stores or supermarkets cheaper.

      Summary ....

      A really good conditioner for those with frizzy or rebellious hair that want help straightening and smoothing it.

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      04.12.2014 02:42
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      Nice shampoo for anyone with the right frizzy rebellious hair type that wants smoother hair.

      I have frizzy hair, that is the easiest way of describing it! It does not curl easily and unless I attack it with straighteners it looks like I back combed it! It's not in bad condition, its just the natural look of my hair and has been one of the biggest problems for me until I found this shampoo.

      The Product ....

      The product is a shampoo that has been designed to help smooth naturally frizzy hair and to keep it smooth and silky for up to 48 hours after either blow drying or straightening (depending on how frizzy your hair is I guess).

      The Packing ....

      The product comes in an orange semi opaque plastic bottle, the bottle has the cap in the top which is good so that the thin shampoo does not collect in the lid. The cap is a basic flip cap, with a small hole inside to pour the shampoo through.

      To Use ....

      The shampoo is a little runny but not awful and is a an odd orange colour similar to the colour of the bottle, to use simply pour the desired amount into your hand and lather well into wet hair then rinse and repeat as required. This product has a good lather so I do not often find it needs a second repeat.

      Recently this product has added Argan Oil to the ingredients which makes it even more effective at helping straighten my hair.

      Cost ...

      A 400ml bottle of this costs £3.99 in boots although I often manage to grab the smaller bottles in the pound stores.

      My Opinion ....

      I love this shampoo it really does help make my hair smoother even just blow drying that a general shampoo, sadly though I do find I get a little residue if I use it all the time so I do alternate and tend to use then when I am straightening my hair only.

      It really does do what it says on the bottle and keep my hair smooth for up to 48 hours after I have straightened it.

      Summary ....

      A brilliant shampoo that is outstanding for rough frizzy hair but wish it would not cause a build up on my roots. Still very much worth the cost and gets a 4 hearts from me.

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    • Maybelline Falsies Mascara / Make Up / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      03.12.2014 00:48
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      • "long lasting"
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      Really nice mascara makes my lashes look more defined and curled

      I go through a lot of mascara, they always go clumpy on me before I am meant to even change them, I am also addicted to getting the best curl from my lashes and make them stand out like false lashes do without having to wear false lashes.

      The Product ....

      The product is a mascara that is meant to make your lashes look like you are wearing false lashes, curling, lifting and making them appear like there is more volume to them.

      The Packing ....

      The product comes in a very chunky purple plastic tube, it is the usual style twist cap mascara with the wand in the lid. The wand is curved shaped in this product which can sometimes make it a little harder to get to the very edge lashes I find.

      The Cost ....

      This mascara costs £7.99 which I think is pretty much an average value for a mascara.

      My Opinion ....

      I found this mascara went on well, it did not make my lashes as big as I hoped it would but it did make them look more bold than some other mascara's. I did not find that the mascara ran in heat and it lasted all day when needed which was good. It was a little clumpy after about 3 months which was a shame but it did not look clumpy on my lashes if I brushed them out after. The sad thing for me was it really was not dramatic enough to be mistaken for real false lashes.

      Summary ....

      A really nice mascara when it came to look on the lashes and its ability to last for the whole day without needing to top up however it did not really live up to its claims of looking like I had false lashes on. It does look really nice on though and is one I really like.

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      03.12.2014 00:21
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      • "less nasty chemicals"

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      • "build up "

      Average but left residue on my hair and build up on roots

      I have bought a shampoo and the matching conditioner of these last year, there was a huge type about them being better for your hair because they did not contain Sulphates in particular if I remember rightly SLS. On a forum I use loads of people were saying they were amazing so I splashed out.

      The Product ....

      The product is a shampoo that is designed to calm unruly hair and help smooth it while protecting any colour. It is meant to be better for the hair because it contains less of the cheap nasties that they usually add to provide the lather.

      The shampoo is a little bit of a gunky consistency but it is thick enough that it does not run off my hand when I squeeze it into it.

      The Packing ....

      The product comes in a huge tube that reminds me of a massive tube of toothpaste! The lid is in the base which I like in a conditioner but I find in a shampoo it can cause the more runny product to run out as soon as you open it. While this does not happen with often but it has a few times.

      The Cost ....

      The cost of this is expensive, it's currently £6.99 in some stores but I did get mine for £5.00 on offer.

      My Opinion ....

      I did not get on with this at all, although it lathers better than I thought it would the shampoo did not smooth my hair at all and it left an awful residue on it after a few days of use. I still have not got around to finishing use of it. The scent is a little fake as well, not really appealing.

      Summary ....

      While I like the idea of having a shampoo with less SLS I did not find this particular one was for me. It left my hair dry on the ends, residue on the roots and did not do anything for me. It is way too expensive for what it is.

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      • 17 Fast Finish Nail Varnish / Make Up / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        02.12.2014 01:33
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        • "dries fast"

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        • "chips easy"

        Really fab polish, fast drying good value!

        I am a nail polish addict, I have so many brands and colours it's insane, one I have several of are the Boots 17 fast finish polishes. I originally was drawn to these because of the fast drying time with these polishes. Sometimes when you are rushing you just do not have time to wait for polishes to dry but do want your nails to match your clothes so these polishes are brilliant for that situation.

        The Product ....

        The product are nail polishes that are designed to dry within around 60 seconds for a single coat.

        The packing ....

        The polishes come in a small glass bottle with the usual twist cap that has the brush contained within it.

        The bottle is clear allowing you to see the exact colour of the polish.

        To Use ....

        Unscrew the lid and paint onto already prepped nails, with these polishes I find that the layer needs to be thin or it does not dry within the 60 seconds and I never double coat them or they seem to take around the same time as most of my other polishes to dry.

        Cost ....

        These are such good value and cost only £2.99 each.

        My Opinion ....

        I like the range of colours, the polish is fairly thin but not so bad that it runs on my nails. It has a nice pigment to the colours and they are always nice and bold even with one coat. I do find these chip within 24 hours on me no matter how well I try and treat them but they are so fast drying its easy to re do a single nail if I need to.

        I find they still take about 3 mins to dry to what I class as dry but then I like them to be completely dry.

        Summary ....

        A really good value polish, not much staying power but dries fast and has a good strength to the colours.

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        02.12.2014 01:13
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        Basic foundation but not good on combination skin.

        I have always struggled with foundation, as someone with spot prone skin I find that I have a really hard time finding a foundation that does not make my spots worse or because my skin is also combination, slide off my face almost as fast as I apply it. A friend suggested this moose a while ago and although I did keep looking at it I kept putting it back on the shelf because of the idea of moose! I eventually crumbled and bought it last year.

        The product ....

        The product is a foundation that is actually a light fluffy mousse. The idea is that it is light and glides on the skin smoothly but is light enough that it allows the skin to breath.

        The Packing ....

        The product comes in a small glass container with a twist plastic lid.

        To Use ....

        I found that this product applied best with my fingers as opposed to my foundation brush, when I applied it with my brush it went on too heavy and I was not able to get my blending right. With fingers it was really simple, just scoop a small amount out and gently blend onto my skin and it did go on really nicely.

        My Opinion ....

        Sadly although this foundation went on easily enough, I found the coverage was poor, it caused awful spots and it walked off my face in about 2 hours even with a base and setting powder. I think for someone with good skin that just needs a light coverage this might be a decent foundation though.

        Cost ....

        This is currently £7.69 for a pot but I paid £4.99 for mine in a local store which was good value I feel fora foundation.

        Summary ....

        A light foundation but not suitable for all skin types, it advertised that it would not cause spots but did make mine worse and slipped off my face fast. I would only suggest this for people with dry skin who do not suffer from spots.


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        28.11.2014 01:50
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        • "help with spots "

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        A really nice spot controlling refreshing wipe

        As someone with spot prone skin I love my Witch hazel products as such I often have some Witch products on the go, these are one of my favourite wipes.

        The Product ....

        The product is a pack of facial cleansing and toning wipes designed for use on spot prone or combination skin. The wipes have witch hazel on them which helps calm spots and has an antibacterial property that stops future breakouts.

        The Packing ....

        These come in a very basic green package with the witch logo in the middle, there is a small clear plastic section that can be pulled back to reveal a hole to remove a wipe and then pressed back into place to reseal the packet.

        To Use ....

        You simply open the pack, remove one wipe and use it to remove makeup and dirty from the skin, dispose of the wipe once used and repeat until they come away from the skin clean.

        Cost ....

        There are 25 wipes in a packet and they cost around £2.99 a pack

        Thoughts ....

        I find these really good on my oily skin but they maybe a little harsh on dry skin. They have a really refreshing scent that I really like and leave my skin feeling really refreshed. I do find that they help with breakouts for me but I do find that a pack of 25 barely lasts me 2 weeks so is an expensive item to use all the time.

        One thing I do like is the thickness of the wipe, they are not too thick but enough that you can give a decent rub to get off hard to remove make up.

        Summary ....

        A really good product, more suited to oily or combination problem skin. A little costly but removes makeup well and does help control spots.

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      • MAC Eyeshadow / Make Up / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        28.11.2014 01:27
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        Good eye shadow but costly for what it is

        I have bought several of these over the years mainly when I have been matching up with a lipstick if I am honest because I find them a little expensive.

        The product ....

        The product is a solid eye shadow in its own little plastic container made by Mac cosmetics.

        The Packing ....

        The product comes in a small black plastic pot that has a clear lid that is hinged at the back. The lid of the product is clear which is handy for seeing the exact colour of the eye shadow inside the pot.

        The eye shadow is in a solid circle disc inside the pot.

        What I like/dislike ....

        The pigment of the product is really nice and it blends really nicely on my skin lasting a good 8-10 hours without creasing.

        I find these eyeshadows stop coming out of the pot after a bit of use, however I discovered if I scratched the surface off then they were ok again.

        I dislike that these pots come with no applicator which is a let down for the cost.

        Cost ....

        These eye shadow singles cost around £11 per eye shadow which is a lot of money but I have used some of mine for a good few years and there is still not much gone from them so they do get a good amount for the cost.

        Summary ....

        I like these for their staying power, the fact I can match my lipsticks and liners but I do find them costly for what they are and I really would prefer if they changed the pots to allow for a mirror and applicator. Other than that a nice product that lasts a long time.

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        25.11.2014 03:29
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        • "covers pretty much everything"

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        • "irritates bad spots "

        Really great coverage concealer possibly the best I have found for coverage!

        I bought this at the start of the year when I was having a fancy dress night out, I was going out in drag and while looking online at options for covering my eye brows I found this concealer coming up over and over again. Because I suffer from spots I decided I would treat myself to one because if it could cover eye brows it could cover my spots!

        The product ....

        The product is a cream concealer that is opaque enough it is able to cover blemishes, tattoos, dark circles, birth marks (eyebrows lol) to name a few. It contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils which is really good for people like me who have oily spot prone skin! It is not meant to cause spots although I am not sure about this claim as I do find my spots flare a little when using this for long periods. This concealer also contains SPF 35 to help protect the skin.

        The packing ....

        The product comes in a small black plastic pot that is the same as the eye shadows, it has a see through flip lid that is fasted on.

        To Use ....

        The concealer is really easy to use, simply apply with brush sponge or finger to the required area of coverage then gently work the edges to blend in with the rest of the skin. Set with your powder to help keep it in place.

        Cost ....

        The concealer costs £15.50 retail for the small pot but it does go a very long way!

        Summary ....

        I like this concealer for coverage, it does cover pretty much everything and blends in well, it might not be cheap but it is very much worth it because after almost 9 months use mine is not even half used up. I do find this is not as spot friendly as it claims for me but it does hide them so it's something I use when I am going out. I do not find this lasts as long as all of my concealers but it does stay on for about 3-4 hours before it needs a top up depending how warm it is, if I am extra hot I do tend to need to apply it sooner to spots but it is ok on red marks and dark circles for me. I am not sure why.

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      • Witch Stick / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        25.11.2014 03:08
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        • "calms red hot spots"

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        • "tiny bit of residue"

        Brilliant spot fighting product.

        I have used Witch products on and off for years but they are one of my favourite spot products. As someone with combination skin I have spent a good amount of time battling spots over the years.

        The product ....

        The product is a small spot or blemish stick, it contains witch hazel and is designed to help calm existing spots and also fight the bacteria that causes spots helping reduce future break outs.

        The packing ....

        the product comes in a small turquoise tube that looks a little like a lipstick, the lid is a twist cap and the outside of the tube has the Witch logo as well as the product name of Blemish Stick.

        To Use ....

        The product pushes up from the base of the tube, there is a small gap and when you press upwards a small tube of cool to the touch gel appears, it is solid but only just set.

        Gently apply the product as and when required to the areas of the skin that have or are prone to spots and allow to dry. Sometimes this does come out a little thickly so does need to be rubbed in with a finger.

        I love the initial cooling effect this product has, its only slightly but if you have a hot red spot this is really calming.

        Cost ....

        This product costs £2.70 in Boots for 10g it is available in many chemists and supermarkets as well for a similar cost, I think the cheapest I have bought it for was around £1.99

        Does it work? ....

        Yes this product really does help with my spots, for me it works best on the really hot inflamed spots but it does help with all of them.

        Summary ....

        I love that you can use this product as much as you want, the only issue I find is that after several coats I do find I have a little bit of residue on my skin however its easily removed. The comfort it gives to bad spots way outweighs the small amount of residue. I have no problems suggesting this product to anyone having issues with spots.

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      • Boots Natural Solo Eyeshadow / Make Up / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        25.11.2014 02:53
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        • "nice pigment"

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        • "no applicator "

        Really nice even colour, good price!

        I do not use these as my main eye shadow but I do own many of them from times when I have an outfit that I need a basic eye shadow to match an outfit in a colour that I do not wear a lot and do not want to pay much for. These are my first choice for a single colour.

        The product ....

        The products are a single eye shadow colour in a small pot, I really like the size of these, they are small enough to fit in your handbag easily and not too heavy but not too small they go missing easily.

        These have a really good pigment to them and go onto the eye nicely only needing a single coat although for a stronger colour you can apply more layers.

        These eyeshadows last a good 8-10 hours on me without any problems and I have never had them crease.

        I think the biggest issue for me is that these eye shadows do not come with their own applicator so it means carrying a separate one.

        The packing ....

        The product comes in a small round plastic container that has a clear plastic lid, this is good because you can see the colour of the eyeshadow though the lid so its easy to judge if its the right colour you are looking for. The lid is a basic twist lid, on top of it is the Natural Collection text alone with the white daisy image.

        Cost ....

        These are really cheap at £1.99 a colour.

        Summary ....

        I really like these eye shadows, while they are cheap they look perfect, last for a good amount of time and do not crease which is always important for me when it comes to eye shadows. They are not the longest lasting eye shadows and I hate that they do not have their own applicator but for the cost they are outstanding.

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      • Lush Eyes Right / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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        25.11.2014 02:38

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        Odd mascara that did not really work for me!

        I bought one of these last year, I started using a lot of the Lush make up range and thought I would give the mascara a go, the lady in the store said that it did not clump and moisturised my lashes rather than drying them out like most normal mascaras do.

        The product ....

        The product is a mascara that has been designed to moisturise the lashes, be gentle on the eye, not clump but still give a lovely natural look on the lashes.

        The packing ....

        The product is a little heavy because it comes in a small glass bottle, there is a twist cap that when you open it has a very small basic straight mascara wand inside.

        I find the packing the biggest let down to be honest, the bottle is heavy and the wand is too small to get all my lashes easily. It is also a very odd shape and I expected the lid to have a dropper inside with the shape of them the first time I picked on up.

        The Cost ....

        The mascara has 5g inside the bottle and costs £12.

        Summary ....

        While this mascara does give a nice natural look I found the applicator was just too small and difficult to use! The wand is short and takes forever to coat all lashes plus the small lid is hard to hold.

        I did not find any difference in the look of my lashes but I only used it a few times.

        While it did not clump I found it very thin and I found it took ages to build up the layers, on top of that it is not water resistant and it smudged loads when it was warmer weather.

        I personally would not buy it again, it was expensive and did not really work for me.

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      • Lush Colour Supplement / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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        25.11.2014 02:21

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        • "Multi uses "

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        • expensive

        3 in 1 product that does well for all 3!

        I have issues with my skin and struggle with finding foundations that do not cause my skin to come out in bad spots. Last year I was in Lush and the lady gave me a trial of this to try in a Light Pink.

        The Product ....

        The product is called a colour supplement, it is a multi use product that can be used as a foundation, a concealer and a tinted moisturiser.

        To Use ....

        To use as a concealer you simply use the product direct from the pot and spread it on the area of skin you wish to conceal using a brush or sponge. I actually find it best to put on with a small brush then blend with a clean finger.

        To use as a foundation you mix a small amount with a very small amount of moisturiser on the back of your hand and then apply to the skin again with a sponge or foundation brush.

        To use as a tinted moisturiser you simply mix as much as you want for the right colour between the colour supplement and the moisturiser, and I find it best to apply this with my fingers because it really blends in because of the moisturiser.

        Cost ....

        These posts cost £9.50 and there are many colours to choose from, if you can not find an exact match you can actually blend the colours. I do this but I only need a small amount of a paler one so I ask for a sample and blend with a full pot.

        Summary ....

        I adore this product, I use mine most of the time as a tinted moisturiser rather than a full day foundation because with my oily skin I do find I have to touch it up. As a tinted moisturiser I think it gives really good coverage, it blends well, does not give me spots and leaves my skin looking natural. I think its because you can mix the colours together that I can get the perfect blend.

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      • Scholl Express Pedi / Leg & Foot Care / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        25.11.2014 01:52
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        • "works well "

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        • mess
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        Amazing product my feet looked wonderful this summer

        I received one of these earlier this year from BzzAgent to try, I was over the moon! As someone who walks around in bare feet the soles of my feet need a good scrub and soften every few weeks, by hand it can be hard work but this really does all the hard work.

        The Product ....

        The product is a small electric foot sander that basically sands the rough skin from the base of your feet, leaving them smooth and soft.

        The product I have is slightly different in look, mins has a blue round handle with a white top section then a small black sand paper looking roller at the top. There is a small battery twist off area at the base and a on and off switch between the handle and the top section which looks like a silver band.

        To Use ....

        Move the small silver band so that the switch shows I, the sander will start rotating. Simply move to the area of dry skin you want to soften on the base of your foot and place the device agains the skin, moving slowly so it is never over one area for more than a few seconds. Within seconds there will be dry skin sanding off your feet.

        To clean the roller, there is a small button on one side by the top of the roller, press this and pull up the roller with the other hand. Wash and dry it then simply press it back into place, it will click when it is in right.

        Cost ....

        These are expensive at around £39.99, which is a lot of money for a device to give you a pedicure.

        Does it work? ....

        Yes the product certainly does work, it sands away and all I have to do is gently move it around. The downside is that it puts old skin all over, eats batteries and if you have very dry feet is slow at getting through the dry skin.

        Summary ....

        I adore my Pedi and would not be without one now, I wish it was a little lighter and to be honest for £40 would expect it to be a re chargeable device not run on batteries. my feet have never been so easy to look after as they were this summer.

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      • T Zone Nose Pore Strips / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        25.11.2014 01:35
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        Brilliant Blackhead removers

        I have problem combination skin, not only is it prone to spots but my pores seem to think they are collecting black heads, over the years one of the best things I have found to help keep the black heads to a minimal are pore strips. T-zone are one of my favourite ones because they contain tea tree.

        The Product ....

        The products are small white strips that you wet and apply to the skin, allow to dry and when removed they pull out dirt and black heads. The outcome on the strips is visible, if not a bit yucky to see but interesting to see how much comes out of the pores.

        To Use ....

        The strips come on a bit of clear plastic, to use you simply :
        1) Remove the plastic
        2) Wet the shiny side of the strip
        3) place the strip shiny side down onto the nose and press down
        4) Allow to dry until the strip is hard, this takes around 10 minutes.
        5) Remove the strip slowly, as you do so it will take with it dirt and black heads.

        The strip does sometimes hurt when removing, if it hurts too much just dampen it and it will remove easily.

        The Cost ....

        These really vary in price, they can cost from around £5.00 in Superdrug to around £2.99 in cheaper drug stores or even sometimes they have them in the pound stores.

        Summary ....

        I adore these strips, as someone who suffers badly with black heads these are an important part of my routine, the reason I like this brand is that they have tea tree in them which is a natural antiseptic and it helps clean the pores as they remove the dirt. If you do not believe in them then simply look at the strips and see the outcome on them.

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