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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.
Recently, I've tried various products from some 'budget' brands, swapping my usual purchases for some of these low-cost alternatives to try and save some money.
This review will outline my experiences of trying the Daisy Lilac Fabric Conditioner, available from Tesco.
I paid £1 for the 1 litre bottle of Conditioner, which I thought was very reasonable.
The bottle is made of clear plastic and its lid is made of robust plastic and doubles as a 'measuring cup' allowing for easy measuring of the required dose of liquid for each wash.
There are ample dosage instructions provided on the label on the bottle's reverse, and I find these easy to follow. In actual fact, I am often quite lazy where such matters are concerned and there have been countless occasions where I have just poured a healthy 'slug' from the bottle straight into the washing machine's drawer which works just as well.
The Daisy Liquid has a pleasant fragrance, and I do think that it is quite strong at first. The aroma smells faintly floral but isn't particularly old-fashioned or dated. Instead, the fragrance is surprisingly refreshing.
The scent changes slightly once the wet laundry is removed from the machine; the underlying refreshing 'edge' that the scent carried is more noticeable now, and the floral tone within it has become more subdued. I do find that the laundry smells lovely and fresh as it is being hung up, and although I find that the scent is rather 'feminine' in its fragrance, I don't feel that it is as flowery as some of the other Conditioners that I've tried from rival brands; some of these were too much for my tastes.
The laundry feels lovely and soft once washed with the Daisy Conditioner, and bedding in particular feels wonderfully refreshed. I do like how I can detect a whiff of the Daisy liquid's pleasant fragrance on the fresh bedding as I slip beneath the sheets, but I have to admit that I am pleased that the fragrance feels significantly less 'intrusive' than some other liquids that I've bought before.
I've noticed too that tops and clothing don't tend to 'whisper' the Daisy liquid's scent over and over whilst being worn, which is definitely my preference when using a product like this.
In addition, I often find that the scents of such products are quite sweet, and I really don't like this; it can often induce a headache if it becomes too much.
I have found that the Daisy Conditioner works well and it is cheaper than my previous brand. Also, it seems to work just as well in terms of caring for my linen and laundry, but it does so with a more subtle fragrance than many other brands that I purchase regularly.
I have suffered no irritation to my sensitive skin throughout the time the Daisy product has been used.
Based on these results, I do think I would buy the product again and feel it is a worthwhile purchase.
I've recently been suffering with a bit of a head cold that has left me with a 'stuffy' and runny nose, together with a horrid headache amongst other symptoms. In a bid to try and ease some of the nasal congestion, I purchased several over-the-counter remedies, one of which was the "Inhaler Nasal Stick" from the well-known "Vicks" brand.
The little stick is widely available and I purchased mine from a local pharmacy where I paid around £2.50.
The product consists of a simply-designed little stick, made of robust plastic. The inhaler stick is the same length as your average lipstick, but it is slightly thinner and has been designed so that it can be inserted "well into the nostril" according to the blurb on the packaging. You are supposed to hold the other nostril closed and breathe in deeply, to inhale the strong menthol vapours contained in the inhaler. You then repeat the process with the other nostril.
I think the product HAS been quite effective, but only when used in conjunction with other products that have been used at the same time, such as my facial steamer and trusty Vicks Vapour Rub.
To be fair, this could be down to the severity of my condition on this most recent occasion, and I do wonder whether more 'minor' colds and sniffles may benefit more easily from the product.
To explain, I find that the Inhaler Stick has worked most of the time, when the strong, menthol-infused vapours feel as though they are travelling easily up my nasal passages and helping to relieve some of the congestion there.
On other occasions, however, I have been so congested that I've really felt no relief from the little stick at all, which is a shame. As there are no side effects present from using the product, nor is there a limit on the amount of times I can use it, I've felt that I have nothing to lose by giving it a shot each time that the congestion has felt bad, or my head has felt 'stuffy' and sore.
Most of the time, it offered a little relief, but there were other times where I felt nothing at all, which is a shame.
Based on these results, I do feel that the Vicks Inhaler Stick is really only a credible product for more 'minor' outbreaks of nasal stuffiness, or for 'lighter' colds and sinus complaints. Indeed, it seems to be the case for myself, at least, that slightly more extreme symptoms or head colds are really no match for the little stick.
In summary, I did think that the Vicks Inhaler Stick was a worthwhile purchase, and I will certainly buy it again as I felt it offered a little relief on a number of occasions.
I regularly use sanitising hand gel products, as I am very prone to catching bugs due to having reduced immunity as a result of several health complaints. In addition, I buy such products when travelling as I am conscious that there may be bugs lurking on aeroplanes, trains and buses and am conscious of my hand hygiene as a result.
This review will outline my experiences of trying a recent purchase from the "Carex" brand, namely the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel.
I paid in the region of £1 for my small bottle of Carex Hand Gel from a local independent pharmacy. I thought this price reflected reasonable value for money, but it is worth noting that the bottle is very small, being a neat 50ml in size. This is actually one of the reasons that I purchased this item, however, as I find the smaller bottles are more convenient than larger ones when it comes to taking the product out and about with me; sure, larger bottles of sanitising hand gels are often more economical in terms of their size and purchase price, but this advantage is easily outweighed if the item becomes bulky or heavy for me to carry around.
The packaging is pretty standard for a product like this one, comprising of a small, upright clear bottle made of robust plastic. I can see the clear-coloured gel inside the bottle, and there is a plastic, 'flip-up' lid on top of the bottle that allows it to be dispensed easily. It may be worth noting that I believe the bottle is available to purchase in a slightly larger size that contains a 'pump' dispenser contained within it, but my own bottle is without this feature.
To use the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel, I simply need to tip the bottle upside down and squeeze a little of the clear Gel onto my hands. I find that the Gel comes out easily from the bottle, as it is not overly thick. The Gel is easily spread over my hands, coating my skin with a thin layer in just a few seconds. I do have to confess that I find that most Sanitising Hand Gel products that I use these days feel very 'cold' when applied to the skin, and the Carex Sensitive version is no exception to this; there is a definite 'cooling' sensation evident as the product is massaged into the hands, but I have to admit that I don't find that it feels uncomfortable or overly cold. In just a few moments, the cold sensation has dulled completely.
Another point worth noting, I think, is that I find products like this one often leave a slight residue on the skin after use, but I have never noticed this issue being excessive when using the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel. True, there is a slight 'stickiness' present on the fingers and palm for a few moments as the product dries, but this quickly dies down and skin returns to normal quite quickly. Afterwards, there is no residue or 'tackiness' present at all.
The Carex Sensitive Hand Gel does have quite a strong aroma, but I don't find that it is as 'harsh' as some of the other Gels that I've purchased recently. Whilst the product's scent is hard to miss, particularly in the early stages of application when it takes on a faintly 'heady' tone, I couldn't say that I found it to be particularly off-putting as I find the scent is vaguely reminiscent of a family soap product. Once the product has dried, I am aware of a fainter, lighter 'tone' of this scent wafting from the skin, but again, I don't feel that this is overly intrusive, and really I find that the scent's strength is on a par with most soap products that I use regularly. The scent is not overly feminine or 'girly' so the Hand Gel does feel suitable for use by the whole family.
The product claims it has been "expertly developed to cleanse your hands when you are on the go" and I do have to agree with this statement. I have used the product when out and about, just as a follow up to a normal 'soap and water' routine and I do confess that I have felt more reassured about my resistance to bugs and bacteria as a result; there are some occasions where I feel more confident about my hand hygiene after using a Hand Sanitising Gel, particularly when using public restrooms and being in public places. The Carex Sensitive Hand Gel has been the ideal addition to use on such occasions, as it is so 'easygoing' in its approach; it is quick and easy to use, without it causing any interference to my outing or appointment.
Furthermore, the packaging promises that the product "Kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds" and this offers me great reassurance when travelling by air, particularly as in times gone by, it was an extremely rare occurrence for me to travel by plane and NOT develop a stinking cold or flu-type bug within a few days; a bit of a bummer (to say the least!) when it happened on my out-bound flights to various holiday destinations; who wants to be suffering from a head cold for the first four days of their holiday? I do confess that since developing my "Cleanliness First!" ritual when boarding aircraft these days that said occurrences are thankfully, much rarer. I believe that this change has come about by the use of using a bacteria-killing sanitising Hand Gel product, such as the one I am reviewing here.
As the product's name would suggest, the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel is suitable for use on sensitive skin types, and I do have to admit that I have never encountered any irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin during or after use of the product. Furthermore, I find that the Carex Gel's formulation seems to be slightly 'kinder' to my skin that some of the other Gels that I've purchased before; these can often feel slightly 'drying' on my skin, presumably as a result of the bug-killing chemicals contained within their make-up. The Carex Gel, on the other hand, feels 'milder' than some of these rivals, with the skin on my hands being much less prone to any ill-effects. Based on these results, I do recommend the product as being suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry and/or sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel is a worthwhile purchase; the packaging is neat and light, making it a convenient hand sanitizer product to take out and about with me. I do find that the product works well, and have no reason to dispute any of the claims made on the packaging. Taking into account too, the fact that the product works without fuss or inconvenience makes it something of a more 'premium' Hand Gel product, in my opinion.
I was browsing on www.amazon.co.uk for various items a while ago, as I had a voucher to use up. I ended up buying several skincare items at this time, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash."
I paid in the region of £2 with free postage for the large tube of Face Wash that is 150ml in size. I thought this price reflected excellent value for money, particularly as I consider the Olay brand to be of a high quality. A quick look online tells me that the product can also be purchased from various online retailers, including www.boots.com, where the current price is £2.99 plus postage costs. You can also purchase in store at Boots, alongside some other drugstores such as some branches of Savers.
(Info correct as @ March 2014).
The packaging is pretty standard for a product like this one, comprising of a chunky tube that is made of squeezable plastic. There is a plastic 'flip up' cap on the bottom of the tube, so it will stand up easily when required. Underneath the flip up cap is a small hole, through which the product can be dispensed easily. I think it is worth noting that I have encountered no difficulties with using either the product or its attractive packaging, even though I suffer with the strength in my hands as a result of various health complaints.
The Refreshing Face Wash resembles a sort of 'gel' product, but it is perhaps a bit thinner and more runny than your average gel, although not excessively so as it doesn't spill or drip easily. It is clear in colour and has a lovely consistency I think; it lathers easily, but without an abundance of foam being produced. Instead, it feels light on the skin, and it spreads very easily over the skin's surface.
I always moisten the face and neck prior to using a product like this one, and in the case of the Olay Face Wash, I find it is beneficial to 'agitate' the product a little in my hand, prior to application. I find that this just allows its lather to 'take hold' as such, rather than spreading the gel over the face in its 'standard' form. This is just my own technique, and of course I'm sure that such things are a matter of personal choice, but I find that obtaining a little lather from the gel prior to application saves a little time and effort on my part which makes this method worthwhile.
I think it is worth noting too that only a small amount of the product is required with each use; this makes the purchase price feel like excellent value, particularly as the large tube has lasted for quite a long time. Taking this into account, I have no complaints in terms of the product being economical or value for money.
The Olay Face Wash has a fairly strong scent, and this makes its appearance almost as soon as the clear gel has been dispensed from the tube. I can't say that I find it particularly necessary for products like this one to have a scent at all, so its inclusion is neither here nor there for me personally. To be fair, it does smell quite pleasant, with a vaguely 'fruity' tone being noticeable among the stronger, slightly more clinical scents. I do find that the scent is evident throughout the time the Face Wash is present on my skin, but I can't say that I am aware of it once it has been rinsed off and my face has been dried, which suits me down to the ground.
I have found that the Olay Face Wash has worked extremely well, and I do have to admit that the product's formulation seems to be entirely suitable for my own troublesome skin type; the product feels as though it has worked 'in harmony' with my skin type, which has made a pleasant change, as my skin has various difficulties to overcome; it is prone to acne and spot outbreaks, and dryness, as well as being extremely sensitive, to the point of 'flaring' aggressively if anything harsh or inferior is used. These issues can make it something of a challenge to find skincare products that can cope; usually, only two out of these three complaints are dealt with effectively.
The Olay Face Wash, in comparison, has caused no dryness or sensitivity, but neither is its formulation oily, greasy, or too 'rich' for my skin which would no doubt have me grumbling about spot outbreaks. it's very unusual for a product like this to tick every box for me personally, but this one has.
Not only that, but the product seems to be highly effective, allowing its claims that it "lifts away dirt and make-up to effectively cleanse and refresh" to ring true. Indeed, I do find that my skin feels wonderfully refreshed and thoroughly cleansed after use, with all traces of make-up, grease and grime being removed completely. I do have to admit that I do feel there is something of a 'softening' quality to be enjoyed from this particular product too, and whilst this would never be enough of an importance to warrant a purchase based solely on this addition, I do admit to thinking that my skin feels - and looks - refreshed and softened with continued use of this product - a nice bonus, by anyone's standards.
Based on the excellent results achieved from this product, it is probably unsurprising that it comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the rating score.
Over the past few years, I've become increasingly impressed with the quality of some of the items within my local Matalan store, and have made various purchases as a result, with this review outlining my experiences of the "Matalan Long Sleeve Top."
I paid £6 for my Long Sleeve Top a few months ago, and I did feel that this price reflected good value for money, particularly as I felt the quality and materials used were far superior to the similar tops I've purchased in the past from rival budget brands such as Tesco's 'budget' range as well as Primark.
The Long Sleeve Top is available in sizes 8 up to 20, and the price of £6 is the same, irrespective of which size you are buying. At the time of purchase a few months ago, there was only four or so colour choices available in the Long Sleeve Top, although I do believe that this varies as the season's change, so it may well be the case that you will be offered more choice at certain times throughout the year. I purchased the top in black, but I believe it was also available in white, cream and grey.
The Top, as the name suggests, has long sleeves, and I do find that as usual, Matalan have been rather generous with their sizing as the sleeves fit me really well, without riding up above the wrist which I really don't like. I like too that the top doesn't feel tight in the underarm area, which is a significant issue I've encountered with similar tops I've purchased from other stores in the past; some of these seem to be rather small-made, and although I do have a fairly small frame, I like my tops to feel 'fitting' rather than clingy.
I have the top in a size 10 and in other aspects of the top too, the sizing is absolutely spot on; I like how the top is fitting around the waist without being clingy or looking tight. I also like how the crew neck is flattering, giving ample coverage at the bust without being too low or tight. In addition, I really like the way the top is slightly longer than some of the others that I own from rival brands; this means that it doesn't ride up when it is worn with jeans or trousers, and I find that its length is perfect for my own tastes; it sits neatly at my hips without hanging down excessively.
The quality of the material in this particular top is excellent, with it proving to be rather hard-wearing and robust; in actual fact the top has been washed and laundered countless times in the months that I have owned it, and it is showing very little in the way of wear and tear. The seams have all been stitched properly, so no loose threads are exposed, and I do feel that the top's fabric is without excessive 'bobbling' or other damage. I have noticed too that the fabric's black 'hue' has not suffered from any fading; it does not look lacklustre or dull, nor has it taken on that grey-like 'tone' that black clothing will often show. In actual fact, I feel there is still quite a lot of wear left in the top, even though it has been worn and laundered at least once a week for the past four months or so.... That's pretty impressive for the sum of £6, I think.
The Top's cotton fabric feels warm and snug, and has been perfect to wear under a cardigan on colder days, as it is surprisingly lightweight, keeping me warm and comfortable without feeling 'heavy' as it were. On days that are slightly milder, the top is smart enough to wear with jeans or trousers without being too dressy for more everyday occasions; it is understated in its design, but it is fairly smart when worn with the right accessories, I think. This 'suitable for all occasions' appeal is ideal, as far as I am concerned as it makes the top rather more versatile than some of the others that I own, and I like the way it can be dressed up with attractive jewellery and a pretty cardigan, if I chose to do so.
The Long Sleeve Top can easily be popped into the washing machine along with other, similar dark clothing and I usually wash it on a 30 or 40 degree cycle. The fabric seems to appreciate this laundering method, as it doesn't crease excessively and usually it is the case that any creases will easily smoothen out as the product dries. I like too how the fabric hasn't been prone to any shrinkage after washing, and it's fit and shape has remained exactly as it should.
In summary, I do really recommend the Matalan Long Sleeve Top and would definitely purchase it again as I have nothing negative to report, and feel the fabric's quality is far more premium than some of the other, similar tops that I have purchased from rival brands. This makes the purchase price of only £6 feel like excellent value for money considering the top's quality.