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I was browsing in a local pharmacy recently when a display of shower gels and creams from the "Imperial Leather" brand caught my eye. This review will discuss my experiences of using the "Imperial Leather Oriental Calm Shower Cream."
I paid £1 for my bottle of Shower Cream, which is 300ml in size. I thought this price reflected excellent value for money.
The description on the packaging reads:
"Pampering Shower Cream with Cherry Blossom & Vanilla Bean."
The bottle's design is really nice, and I like the way the plastic, upright bottle has a 'curve' incorporated into its design; this allows the bottle to be held and used easily, even when hands are wet.
The product itself is a pleasant colour, being a feminine shade of pinky-white. I think the texture of the product is really lovely as it pours easily from the bottle but it is quite thick and I find it lathers softly on the skin during use.
The product's fragrance is pleasant enough, but I have found it smells different to how I expected it to. In actual fact, I find that the 'Vanilla Bean' in the product is the main scent that I can detect in the overall fragrance, and this scent, whilst not unpleasant, feels quite sickly to me due to it's sweet aroma. This element of the scent feels rather too strong for the Cherry Blossom in the overall aroma, and I do feel that the Vanilla Bean smothers the fruity-meets-floral tones that are evident elsewhere. This is a bit of a shame, as I would rather the Vanilla-like tones were more subdued than they actually are; as it stands, the product's aroma feels a little off-balance to me.
It is for this reason that I can't say I would go out of my way to repurchase this Shower Cream again in the future. I am happy to use up the remainder of the product, but I don't feel that its scent is particularly well-suited to my own tastes, which is a bit of a shame.
The other aspects of the product give no cause for complaint; I find that the Shower Cream has a lovely, rich feel to it that makes my skin feel thoroughly cleansed after use, whilst remaining free from dryness.
I feel that the Shower Cream has a rather gentle formulation, and I find that the outbreaks of dry skin that affect my arms and legs remain largely 'untouched' by the Shower Cream's ingredients. Furthermore, I have suffered nothing in the way of irritation to my sensitive skin, which will 'flare' aggressively if harsh or inferior products are used.
I feel the Imperial Leather Oriental Calm Shower Cream is a high quality product that is kind to skin. I do feel that there are alternative products from elsewhere in the Imperial Leather brand that have fragrances that suit me better than this one, however, so would not buy the Oriental Calm version again.
A while ago, I purchased several shower gel and body care products from the well-known 'Nivea' brand, online at www.amazon.co.uk. One of the shower gels in question was the "Nivea For Men Energy Shower Gel", with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
I paid in the region of 90 pence with free postage from Amazon, as I was spending over £10 at the time of purchase. Otherwise, postage costs apply. I thought this price reflected excellent value for money, particularly as the bottle is generously-sized at 250ml.
The packaging describes the product: "Shower Gel - Body, Face & Hair. Energising + Mint Extract."
I find that the Nivea Energy Shower Gel has a pleasant consistency, as it pours easily from the bottle, without dripping or spilling excessively. I do find that the gel's texture allows it to be spread easily over the skin too, although it is slightly thicker than some of the other brands that I use regularly, but I do find that this is often the case with shower gel products that are aimed at the male consumer.
The Nivea Gel is a pleasant blue colour, being reminiscent of many of the other 'male' shower gel products that I have used before. It lathers and foams gently, but I couldn't say that the product's lather feels particularly generous or luxurious. Again, though, this is quite common with men's' shower gels, I have found.
The Gel's scent is very pleasant and I find it is quite strong, being evident even as it is poured from the bottle. I do find it quite hard to pick out the mint extract that is within the scent, with it really just reminding me of your average sort of 'marine' type of scent that is found in many shower/bath products that are aimed at men.
After use, my skin feels cleansed and refreshed, and I am able to detect a faint whiff of the refreshing Energy Gel's aroma on my skin for a short time after showering. This does disappear a short time afterwards, and I find that using strongly-scented body creams or lotions will easily 'swamp' the Energy Gel's spicy scent quite easily.
I can happily confirm that my sensitive skin has never suffered from any irritation or aggravation during or after use. Based on these results, I do recommend the Energy Gel as being suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that I would buy the Nivea Men Energy Shower Gel again in the future as it can be used by both myself and my husband and it is entirely suitable for use on my sensitive skin.
Given the fact that a bottle of this particular Nivea Gel generally retails for under £1, I feel it offers excellent value for money and I am happy to recommend it as being good quality and a worthwhile purchase.
I really like the shower gels from Avon's "Senses" range and have tried out most of them in the past. I noticed that Avon had a couple of the shower gel products available at a reduced price in a recent 'Sale' brochure, and purchased a couple to try them out.
This review will discuss my experiences of trying the Avon Senses Tropics Shower Gel, which cost me around £1.25 for the reasonably-sized bottle, which is 250ml in size. You can buy Avon products from your local Avon Representative or online at www.avonshop.co.uk.
The bottle has a pretty appearance and a slim design, allowing it to sit neatly on the bathroom shelf. The liquid itself is quite runny, but I don't find that it drips or spills excessively during use. In fact, I find that the Shower Gel smoothens over skin easily, creating a gentle lather in its wake. I do feel too, that the Gel has a pleasant consistency as it doesn't feel 'sticky' or tacky upon the skin's surface.
The description on the bottle is "Stimulating Passion Fruit & Kiwi" which sounded promising, particularly as I enjoy using bath/shower/body products with fruity or citrus fragrances.
I do find that initially, the Gel's fragrance feels quite fruity, pleasantly so, as I am able to detect the strong aroma of Passion Fruit. As the Gel lathers gently, the aroma seems to gain intensity, and whilst keeping a citrusy, fruity 'heart' at it's core, the overall scent seems to take on a very sweet edge to it that had been lurking in the background previously. Unfortunately, for me, this sweet edge seems to become rather 'sickly' as the Gel is rinsed from the skin, and this element of the scent allows the overall fragrance to feel synthetic and 'false', which is a bit of a shame. I think the balance of fruity sweetness isn't quite as 'spot on' as I would have liked, so I do find the scent's end result isn't as well-suited to my own tastes as I had initially anticipated and hoped. For this reason, I can't say that I would repurchase the gel again in the future.
On the plus side, I find that the Senses Gel works really well at cleansing my skin; after use, my skin is thoroughly clean and spotless and I have no complaints in this regard.
Furthermore, I have never experienced any irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin, and I have found that the Tropics Shower Gel is entirely suited to my dry/sensitive skin type.
Taking everything into account, I don't really feel that I would repurchase the Avon Senses Tropics Shower Gel again in the future, as there are other gels with different aromas that I prefer. This is really the only grumble that I have with the product, however, and I did feel it was of a good quality, and found its mild formulation agreeable.
I recently purchased several skincare items from the well-known 'Nivea' range, online at www.amazon.co.uk, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the "Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes."
I bought a couple of packs of different face wipes from the Nivea brand and paid around £1.80 per pack, with free postage, although the price of items like this one does fluctuate on this site, so it may prove fruitful to shop around. You can also purchase from drugstores such as Boots.
The packaging for the Nivea Facial Wipes is fairly standard for a product like this one, comprising of a square pack made of robust plastic, with a 'label' closure on the front. I have been impressed with the quality of the packaging; the sticky seal has never lost its adhesive, so the moist wipes have never dried out between uses.
The little wipes are white in colour, and have a really lovely texture to them, thanks to their 'upper' side being covered in a thin layer of little circular 'bumps'. These allow the wipes to feel really pleasant when swept across the face, and I like how this textured surface is without any abrasive feeling or harshness on the skin.
These particular wipes are not 'unscented' or free from fragrance. This was noticeable to me as soon as I removed one from the pack at the first use, but to be fair, I don't find the aroma is at all unpleasant, and I do feel that the scent is reluctant to hang around after I have used the wipes; it is fairly quick to disappear after the product has been used which suits me perfectly.
In terms of the effectiveness of the product, I have little cause for complaint; I find that all traces of make-up, residue and eye make-up are removed with ease with the use of these wipes. I find too that the wipes will easily remove dark eyeliner and shadow, in addition to mascara. This is an extremely valid point for me personally, as I tend to favour dark-coloured make-up around my eyes. I find too that these wipes are entirely suitable for use around the delicate eye area textured surface or not, such is their delicate approach.
I like too how the Nivea Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes are just that; they seem to refresh the skin quietly, without being overly 'wet' or cold upon contact. Additionally, I have noticed that there is no 'tackiness' left behind on the face or neck after use.
A final point worth mentioning is the fact that the wipes seem to work in harmony with my dry/sensitive skin type without causing any acceleration to the dryness that regularly affects my face. This is perhaps down to the fact that these wipes have an "Alcohol Free" formulation, which seems to make the product ideal for sensitive skin types.
Overall, I do recommend these wipes from the Nivea brand and I will buy them again.
I do like to keep my lips moisturised and nourished and own a number of lip salve and lip balm products, using them on a daily basis. I do like to keep a small pot of "Lip Therapy" Vaseline on hand too, and own several varieties.
I paid 89 pence for my small, 20g tin of Original Lip Therapy, purchasing from a local independent pharmacy but you can also purchase from good drugstores such as Superdrug and Boots.
The packaging consists of a small, round tin made of metal. It can be tricky to open at times, as the lid needs to be prised off, but the huge plus point for the product in terms of its packaging is that it is entirely portable and convenient to slip into a handbag or pocket due to its neat size, making it convenient to take out and about.
Of course, as the name would suggest, the item is entirely useful in caring for lips; the thick petroleum jelly works exceptionally well at smothering dry or cracked lips, protecting them from the harsh elements whilst moisturising and softening the lips' delicate layers. I do find it takes a mere moment to dip a fingertip into the tin and smother my lips with the yellowish-coloured jelly. Afterwards, the lips can feel quite greasy, so I do advise using the product sparingly to avoid a 'slicked' feeling.
I find that the Vaseline Lip Therapy works really well at moisturising the lips; even after only one or two applications, dry or cracked skin appears more nourished and much smoother.
One notable downside to using the Vaseline Lip Therapy is the fact it is significantly more greasy in its texture than most other lip balms or lip salves that I buy regularly. This means that it can make a bit of a mess during application, but I also find that it can be difficult to achieve a neat, 'defined' end result. For this reason, I do tend to favour lip balms and moisturisers that are supplied in a neat tube for use when out and about, as applying the Vaseline Lip Therapy when on the go is not as convenient or easy.
It is, however, still an extremely worthwhile purchase, particularly during the harsh winter months when dry skin/lips are more susceptible to the elements.
There are other uses for the product too, probably too many to mention in this review, but it is a handy little item to keep in the first aid kit at home, as a thin layer of Vaseline applied to the nose during a nasty cold will offer instant relief to red, inflamed skin.
All in all, I do feel that the Vaseline Lip Therapy is an extremely worthwhile purchase, and as it is extremely convenient and affordable, I will continue to repurchase it for myself.
On this basis, the product comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the rating score.
I've been using some of the blusher products in the Maybelline range for around five years now, with this review outlining my experiences of trying their "Dream Touch Blush."
Supplied in a little glass pot with a plastic screw off lid, the blusher cost me £6.49 from my local Boots store, but I have also seen it in other drugstores such as Superdrug.
The plastic lid on top of the pot screws off quite easily, and inside I can see the plum-coloured blush, which looks to have a very soft, "whipped", mousse-like consistency.
I find that even a small 'fleck' of the product at the 'apples' of my cheeks will spread and blend very well, so I do find that the small pot of product lasts a considerable amount of time. In actual fact, I think my last pot lasted for around a year... Not bad value, when you consider it cost me around £6.
I do find that this product is one that allows you to 'build up' your colour if you chose to do so. I usually apply just a very small amount to my cheekbones, by either dipping a fingertip into the blush pot and applying it to my cheek, and then blending lightly with a make-up brush. Alternatively, I can just dip the tip of the brush into the pot and apply a small amount to each cheekbone that way. I find that this small amount gives a light tint to my cheeks which is a surprisingly subtle colour, given the robust-looking colour of the blusher itself.
The Mousse Blush also feels extremely light to wear, and does not have the slightly 'heavier' consistency of other blusher products I own that are more like the consistency of lipstick. This result, coupled with the fact the Blush is also so easy to blend into the skin allows the end result to look very natural, which is my preference. I also find that this particular Blush feels pleasant and light on the skin, and it is easily removed in just a few moments with a moist facial wipe.
I find too that the Maybelline range of cosmetics overall are quite good in terms of the results achieved lasting throughout the day, and the Dream Touch Blush is certainly no exception. I have had no problems with having to reapply the product to my face when I am out and about, and I find that it lasts very well - certainly better than many other brands of blusher that I have used before.
I don't recall ever encountering any sensitivity during use, nor have I found the product to be problematic in terms of causing spot break-outs.
Overall, I am really pleased with the results achieved from the Maybelline Dream Touch Blush and I will continue to buy it for myself. I do think it is one of the best Blush products that I have ever used, and have no negative experience to report.
This review will outline my experiences of trying the "Soul Soother Shower Smoothies" from the well-known "Radox" brand. I purchased two small 50ml tubes of the product from a local pharmacy for £1. You can buy the product online at various sites including www.amazon.co.uk.
The packaging is fairly basic, comprising of a small tube made of flexible plastic. The tube is completely clear so I can quite easily see the lovely product within.
The description on the tube reads:
"An indulgent, creamy chamomile shower smoothie with blackcurrant & real cranberry seeds." I thought this sounded lovely.
The Radox Soul Soother has a lovely texture, although it is slightly thinner than I had first anticipated, though it doesn't drip easily during use. The product is a real treat to use; it spreads over skin easily, and without much fuss.
During use, there is a soft and gentle lather created, but this isn't overly 'foamy' so if you are looking for a shower product that leaves you smothered in white foamy bubbles I would suggest looking elsewhere. There is something more 'fuss free' to be found from using the Soul Soother Smoothie, and it seems to 'glide' over the skin with a more understated lather being evident. I do think that the product feels really lovely on the skin; it is soft and gentle, without being 'tacky' or feeling heavy on the skin's surface.
One of the product's most redeeming features is it's glorious aroma; there is something rather mouth-watering to be found, I think, from the Soul Soother's wonderful 'berry' aroma. Being rather reminiscent of blackcurrant jam, there is a pleasant, 'light' undertone to the wonderful fruity berry scent that feels quite feminine. The whole scent feels uplifting and refreshing as the product is being used.
After showering, skin is left completely cleansed. It's a bit of a shame that the Shower Smoothie's wonderful aroma doesn't seem to want to hang around too much, but skin feels quite refreshed. I can't say that my skin looks or feels overly dry after use, nor is there any 'tightness' present in the skin which is a really annoying side-effect of some of the other shower products that I use from time to time.
As with all of the other products in the Radox brand that I have tried before, I have encountered nothing in the way of sensitivity or irritation to my sensitive skin, and do therefore feel that the product is entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
I've enjoyed using the product so much that I have returned to my local stockists to purchase more of the little tubes as I just can't get enough of the lovely fruity, berry scent.
Taking everything into account, I really only have high praise for the gorgeous Radox Soul Soother Shower Smoothie and for this reason it comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score... beautiful!
I recently purchased a pack of Facial Cleansing Wipes from Aldi, paying under £1 for the pack which contains 30 individual wipes within. I felt that this price reflected excellent value, and this review outlines my experiences of trying the product.
There were different versions of the wipes available, but I purchased the 'Sensitive' version as my skin is prone to irritation if harsh products are used.
The packaging is fairly average for a product like this one, but I have found that it is more than fit for purpose, and the sticky label on the front of the pack has proven to be of a good quality, with the adhesive being of a high quality so the pack has been easily re-sealed between uses.
The wipes are white in colour and are of a reasonable size. They have a slightly textured surface on one side, although I don't find that this feels abrasive or harsh in any way. Their 'cloth' material is very soft and quite delicate in its approach, which I really like.
I was surprised to note that these wipes have a noticeable scent; I had assumed that they would be fragrance-free or perfume free, as they are intended for sensitive skin. The scent is delicate, and unobtrusive but noticeable during use.
The Aldi Lacura Wipes are very effective. I find that they cleanse my skin quite well, leaving it feeling refreshed afterwards. I do find too that they remove make-up rather well, with their textured surface working well in this regard; all traces of foundation, powder, blusher and the like are 'lifted' effortlessly from the skin in just a moment.
I do feel that there is no need to 'scrub' the skin with the Aldi Wipes to effectively remove make-up, and I think that the reason for this is that these wipes are slightly 'wetter' than many of the other brands that I've purchased recently.
Eye make-up has been removed effectively with the Lacura wipes too, but I do find that darker, or more 'intense' colourings will often require a second, or occasionally a third 'dabbing' motion at the lash line and on the eyelid to remove every last trace, which is normal practice when using wipes from more 'budget' brands.
I do have to admit that I've found that the Aldi wipes can be slightly more 'drying' on my face than some of the other brands that I use regularly. This hasn't become a huge issue, but I've felt that the Aldi wipes have been slightly drying across my cheeks, so I need to apply a good-quality moisturiser after use to rectify the problem.
Taking everything into account, I was reasonably impressed with the Aldi Lacura 3-in-1 Sensitive Facial Wipes and would buy them again.
For the low price paid, I felt that these wipes offered excellent value and I also felt that they were far superior to some of the other 'budget' offerings that I've tried in recent times.
I recently tried out a few of Asda's own-branded laundry products, and this review outlines my experiences of trying the "Asda Star Fruit & Amber 2 in 1 Soap Powder."
The soap powder is only available in branches of Asda but I have also recently purchased the product online. I paid £1.50 for the small 800g box, which I felt represented great value for money, but the item appears to be unavailable to purchase online at the present time.
The packaging has been well-designed, and the small box has a convenient little metal 'spout' attached to the side, which can be opened and closed easily.
The box claims it has "Added Fabric Softener" and this is where the "2 in 1" aspect of the product's name comes from. The Idea of this product is that it actually takes the place of buying two separate products; this saves money as well as time.
The powder looks and smells generic as it is being dispensed into the machine. Once the relevant cycle has finished, I am able to experience the product's lovely aroma as the wet laundry is removed; with a noticeable 'sweetness', the 'heart' of the scent feels rather reminiscent of candy. This could easily become sickly, but there is something more balanced sitting at the edge of the overall fragrance that allows this sweetness to mature slightly. This 'balancing' scent feels slightly more fruity than the initial scent experienced, but I confess that I find it fairly hard to tell, as there is something rather floral and feminine within the scent too. This description admittedly sounds clumsy and confused, but the scent is not; it is summery, fresh, clean and VERY pleasant.
I admit that I was surprised at how much I liked the scent; I had felt slightly wary that it was perhaps going to prove to be too 'flowery' for my own tastes, but thankfully not.
In terms of the fragrance's longevity, I do find that it hangs around on fabrics and clothing for a while after laundry has dried, but I am relatively unaware of the fragrance when I am wearing clothing that has been washed with the product, which is my preference.
I do find that the Asda Star Fruit & Amber Laundry Powder works well; I have no complaints in terms of cleanliness or freshness, and have always felt that my laundry and clothing have been completely cleansed when used alongside the Asda Powder. Any grubby marks that may have been lurking on clothing are easily banished by the powder's washing abilities, and I really don't have anything negative to report here.
In terms of the product's compatibility to my sensitive skin, I can confirm that I have suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation during or after the product's use.
Based on these results, I have no trouble in recommending the product, and have made repeated purchases for my own household as I am satisfied with the results achieved.
I am a Bzzagent, and recently got to participate in one of their campaigns, being given the opportunity to try out the "Eye Revive Moisture Mist" from the well-known "Optrex" eye care brand, with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
The Mist Spray generally costs around £16, and you can purchase from good retailers such as Tesco and Boots. I do think this price is quite high and confess that it would probably put me off from buying the product in the future.
The Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist is supplied in a small glass bottle, which is only 10ml in size.
The Moisture Mist claims:
"Dual Action In & Around The Eyes"
"Restores The Eyes' Natural Moisture Barrier To Revive Tired Eyes"
"Moisturises The Delicate Skin Around Your Eyes"
"Spray on Closed Lids - Will Not Smudge Make Up"
I was intrigued to note that the Mist can be applied when wearing make-up. This was a fairly significant point for me as it automatically made the product much more convenient for my own needs as I wear make-up most days.
I like the feel of the product. It makes tired, 'burning' eyes feel more comfortable, even after a single application of the Mist. This feels very pleasant, and I've found it offers a refreshing, slightly revitalising feel to the eyes. Also, it dries quickly. True, following application, there is a slight 'residue' lurking around the eyes for a minute or so, but I don't find that this is 'sticky' or heavy on the skin, so its not overly inconvenient.
The product generally lives up to its claims in terms of its suitability for being worn with make-up, but there have been some occasions where I have felt the product has caused a 'smudging' to my dark eyeliner. I do wonder whether I have not held the product far enough away from my eyes on these occasions, or whether my eyeliner has just proven to be too much of a hurdle to overcome in terms of the product's moisture content.
The down side of using the Optrex Moisture Mist is its horrid smell; I do find that this is instantly noticeable as soon as it is sprayed onto the skin, and it feels stronger in those first few moments following application. It does subside a little after this time, but it takes another moment or so before I can no longer detect it altogether. I find the aroma of the product surprising, as it really reminds me of grease or a sort of 'chip-fat' type aroma - not the most pleasant of fragrances to have lingering on your face! I find the product's aroma is very off-putting, which is a shame.
I did like using the Optrex Moisture Mist, but its high purchase price puts me off, although I would probably purchase it if I had a long-haul flight to contend with as I really feel it would be a godsend when enduring such exhausting travel.
This review will focus on my experiences of trying the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash.
The product is available to purchase from good drugstores such as Boots (online at www.boots.com), where the current purchase price for the 150ml tube is £3.25. Postage applies when purchasing online.
The packaging is easy to use as the tube can be squeezed easily. I think there is a 'clean' image to be enjoyed from the crisp colours used on the tube.
The Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash makes several claims on its packaging;
*For Natural, and healthy looking skin
*A perfect blend of multi-vitamins
*No artificial perfume or colour
*No harsh chemicals
*100% Soap free
I thought these claims were fairly impressive, and experience with the Simple range in the past allowed me to feel somewhat reassured that the product's formulation would be well-suited to my own skin type. My skin is sensitive and will 'flare' aggressively if harsh products are used. I do have several patches of dryness on my face that require adequate moisturisation, but I have to be careful that any products used to moisturise the skin are not overly rich, as this can often cause spot outbreaks.
With a sort of 'pearl' look to it, the white-coloured Facial Wash has no fragrance, as anticipated. I find that it is easily spread over the skin, but I tend to 'manipulate' it a little in the palm of my hand before application. I don't find that the liquid is overly generous in its lather, but a small amount of soap-like foam will gently cling to the face during application. This lather feels very gentle, and I find that it rinses easily from the face afterwards.
I do feel that the Simple Facial Wash is rather well-suited to my troublesome, hyper-sensitive skin type, as I had anticipated prior to use. There have been no instances of dryness being evident in my face, forehead or cheeks, nor has the annoying 'tightness' in the skin's surface been present after use of the Simple product; this is a significant point, as so many of the other cleanser products that I use regularly DO feel suited to my skin, but will insist on inflicting an uncomfortable, 'tightness' immediately after use.
There has been no irritation or aggravation in terms of my skin's sensitivity, so I do feel that the product lives up to its claims in this regard, too.
I do still need to apply a good-quality moisturiser or cream to my face following the use of the Simple Facial Wash, as its formulation is not 'moisturising' enough for my dry/sensitive skin type, but this is normal practice for me so I don't have any real grumbles when considering this result.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Simple Facial Wash is a good quality product that lives up to its claims and delivers on its promises. I would buy it again, and it comes with my full recommendation as a result.
A while back, I placed an order online at www.amazon.co.uk for various skin care items, one of which was the "Cherry" flavoured "Chapstick Lip Balm", with this review outlining my experiences.
At the time of purchase, I paid just under £2 for the little stick balm, with free delivery and felt that this price reflected reasonable value for money.
The packaging is pretty standard for a product like this one, comprising of a small, plastic 'tube' which contains the Lip Balm inside.
To use the Chapstick, I simply need to break its seal and pop off its little plastic lid. I then simply turn the wheel at the bottom of the tube. Doing so will allow the Lip Balm Stick to be rotated from within its plastic tube, ready for use. Turning the little wheel in the opposite direction returns the stick to its tube.
The Balm's packaging promises that it offers "Everyday lip protection" which appealed, as my lips are often dry and have a flaky appearance, which I feel is worsened in cold or hot weather and as a result of indoor central heating. These issues can often have an adverse reaction, causing dryness to the skin and lips.
The Cherry Chapstick has quite a strong aroma, and it is evident even as the lid is removed from the tube. I do think that the scent is rather gorgeous and mouth-watering, so its intensity doesn't put me off in the slightest. With the aroma of sweet cherry being extremely obvious, I do feel that the scent is sweet, but without feeling sickly.
I really like the Chapstick's consistency; many rival Balms from other brands have a really 'greasy' texture to them, and when this is smeared across the lips it can often leave a heavy, 'slicked' feeling on them which I really don't care for very much. The Chapstick, in comparison, feels lighter, with it seeming to 'rest' on the lips easier, and without leaving them feeling overly greasy or heavy.
Additionally, I find the flavour of the Cherry Chapstick is lovely. I find that I can't really help myself from licking my lips a little whilst the product is being worn, and I like how the Cherry flavour tastes considerably less 'chemical' than several other flavoured Balms that I own from rival brands.
In terms of offering protection to dry, chapped lips, I do find that the Chapstick works well, smoothening out the lips whilst coping well with dryness. Any flakiness that may have been present is easily calmed, even after only one or two applications. If the Chapstick is applied to the lips repeatedly, then I can quickly notice a marked improvement in the appearance of my lips.
Considering the low price paid for this particular Lip Balm, I've been impressed with how long it lasts and it feels like an economical purchase.
Taking everything into account, I have nothing negative to report about the Cherry Chapstick Lip Balm and I will definitely buy it again.
~ Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel ~
This review will outline my experiences of trying the "Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel", which I purchased recently for around £1 in a local (independent) pharmacy. You can also buy it online and in some discounted drugstores such as Savers.
The packaging is in keeping with most of the other shower gels I've purchased from the Nivea brand in the past; the upright bottle has a slightly 'rounded' look to its edges that gives it a modern appearance. The bottle is made of see-through plastic, and the gel is an attractive green-blue shade.
I find that the Fitness Fresh Shower Gel dispenses easily from its bottle; it's consistency is not overly thick, but it doesn't 'drip' easily either.
The Fitness Fresh scent feels considerably more 'unisex' than most of the other shower gel products that I've been using recently, and this is exactly what I had anticipated. The scent feels wonderfully refreshing, quietly revitalising, and really rather nice. I do have to admit that the scent is considerably less 'robust' than many of the other shower gel products from within the Nivea range that I've tried before, and if I'm being perfectly honest, it's rather too understated for my liking.
True, the scent is entirely noticeable during the time the product is being used, but as soon as my shower time is over and I begin to get dried, the scent seems to disappear. Not even a faint trace of the pleasant scent lingers on the skin afterwards. On the plus side, this makes it perfectly suited to use first thing in the day, when other shower gels and bath creams feel rather too overpowering for use at this hour; I am not too fond of 'heady' scents at this time of the day as they often feel too much. The Nivea Fitness Fresh, on the other hand, feels much more suited to this time of day when I am in need of something with a slightly more 'muted' scent.
The Fitness Fresh Shower Gel doesn't produce a particularly luxurious lather, with it feeling rather 'flat' in this respect.
I did feel, however, that the gel left my skin thoroughly cleansed and somewhat refreshed after use. I noticed that there was no residue lurking on the skin, nor did my skin feel 'tight' or at all uncomfortable. In actual fact, I was pleased to note that I suffered no acceleration to the dryness that is often present after showering; it seems to me that the Fitness Fresh Shower Gel has a considerably more 'nourishing' formulation than I had first anticipated.
As with all products in the Nivea range that I have tried before, I have suffered nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity during the use of this product so I do recommend it for consumers with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel and would repurchase it again in the future.
The Viva La Juicy scent is produced by the Juicy Couture brand, and is widely available to purchase in either an Eau De Parfum format, or an Eau de Toilette spray, which generally offers better value for money. The 30ml bottle of Eau De Parfum spray that I own generally retails for somewhere between £30 and £40.
The glass bottle is quite 'square-ish' in its shape and is made of clear, chunky glass. The little bottle is very nice, and quite modern, bordering on being quite chic.
The scent is described (on various sites online) as being 'Floral' and I do agree with this claim. Indeed, the first real notes that I can detect are all very floral, but I was able to detect early on that these floral tones were surprisingly 'light' rather than being heavy notes that are often present in other floral-scented perfumes. This discovery was very welcome for me, as I can't say I am overly fond of heavy floral scents.
The Viva La Juicy perfume really feels rather more contemporary than most other floral-scented fragrances that I've encountered before, although I do have to point out that whilst it feels modern and quite 'chic', it doesn't feel too young for my thirty-something years; I am completely comfortable being in the scent's fragrant cloud.
There is something 'fresh' to be observed from the heart of the scent, but this is really only obvious once it has been allowed to settle on the skin for a good while; at first, it just feels floral and feminine, but this isn't a criticism on my part; I do like the scent in its initial stages too. Later on, however, a notable refreshing 'edge' is noticeable and this allows the scent to feel light and refreshing, making it the perfect scent for the warmer summer months.
There is an obvious sweetness to the back of the scent's main notes too, and whilst this is fairly noticeable later on, it never really seems to become overly obvious, which I feel would make it threaten the delicateness of the refreshing element of the scent. Noticeable, yes... Over-bearing, no.
I like the flexibility of this particular scent; I've never found that it feels over-the-top for any particular occasion, with its light, summery fragrance feeling quite easy-going in this regard. Furthermore, I do feel that it is suitable for both daytime and night-time occasions; it feels 'special' enough for more 'dressy' occasions, whilst feeling 'comfortable' enough for daytime outings.
I have found that the Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum performs very well in terms of the scent's longevity; I can easily detect a fragrant 'whiff' of the perfume on my wrists some hours after applying. Furthermore, I don't find that there is any real need to apply copious amounts of the spray onto my skin to achieve a good 'depth' to the perfume.
I would definitely repurchase the scent again in the future and do recommend it.
A while back, I purchased several items from the well-known Garnier brand of skincare items online at www.amazon.co.uk, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the "Garnier Simply Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes."
I bought a couple of these packs of wipes, and paid in the region of £1.90 per pack which I felt was a reasonable price as each pack contains 25 wipes within.
The packaging is fairly standard for a product like this one, comprising of a square-shaped package made of plastic. There is a sticky 'label' closure seal on front of the pack. I have been impressed with how sturdy the seal closure is; the seal remains stuck down firmly between uses.
The wipes themselves are white in colour, and have a square-ish shape. I find that their material is rather soft which I like. I like too, how one side of the wipes has a textured surface, although I do have to stress that this is not at all abrasive or 'rough' in its texture; the whole wipe feels lovely and soft.
I do have to say that the Garnier Wipes are slightly smaller than some of the other brands that I've been using recently, but I couldn't say that they felt too small for their purpose, and I don't recall ever having to use more than one wipe to achieve good results. The wipes are without any scent or fragrance, and are completely free from alcohol so they feel gentle.
In fact, these particular wipes have been formulated "Especially for sensitive skin" according to the front of the pack which is ideal for me.
To use the wipes, I simply need to remove one from the pack and then gently 'sweep' the wipe across the face and eyes which will remove make-up easily. I do find that the Garnier Facial Cleansing Wipes are 'wet' enough to remove make-up without much effort being required, but I like how they are not so moist that they feel uncomfortable on my face. Make-up is removed effortlessly, without me having to 'scrub' at the delicate eye area.
I do find that make-up is removed effortlessly, but I find too that the Garnier Wipes work well when no make-up is being worn too. On these occasions, I find that the wipes work well at refreshing my skin and removing any residue that may be lurking. I particularly like how these wipes have one textured side as this feels like it is cleansing my face thoroughly on these occasions. Skin is left feeling thoroughly refreshed, without any 'tackiness' being left behind on the skin afterwards.
There is a notable 'fuss-free' method to using these wipes, and they have slotted into my everyday skincare routine without fuss or hassle.
A final valid point to note, I think, is the fact that my sensitive skin has never suffered any irritation or aggravation from the product and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin.