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While I found the beginning of the story a little confusing, I found that by the end of the book I was hooked. Unknowingly, I had become swept up somewhere in the middle, although I do recall a distinct defining moment when everything suddenly clicked and made sense. So let me begin by saying, do not give up on this book! While things may seem a little fuzzy and disjointed at first, they soon come together and you will be very glad you persevered.
Like with most time travel books, there is a lot of jumping about. You don’t always know if you’re in past, present or future, but you do know that you are between the pages of a good story. In regards to this book, please trust the author to guide you through it – it really is a great piece of literature!
The story begins with sixteen year old Marina, a shy, introverted girl who happens to be in love with her best friend and next door neighbor, James. The youngest son of a rich and influential family, James is a prodigy in his own right. After losing both his parents at a young age, he slowly sinks into an obsession with finding a way to get them back.
Yet when an assignation attempt leaves James beloved brother in a critical coma, Marina finds herself at a loss to help. Especially as she could have sworn one of the assassins looked to be the mirror image of herself. But now with James sspiraling out of control, the foundations of a dark future are falling into place, and only two unlikely heroes from the future can stop the impending doom, but the cost may just be James life…
This book was complex but very well written. I myself love paradoxes and this story certainly leads you on a twisty path of maybes and what ifs that at times may just blow your mind.
The characters each have distinct voices and often conflicting agendas that contribute to a fast paced plot with plenty of action and drama. And while at the end you are left with many unanswered questions, I can’t wait to see how Cristin Terril plans to continue this series.
I own several concealer items from the Boots Seventeen range, with this review discussing my thoughts of trying the "Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon." I paid around £4.50 for the product from a local branch of Boots. You can purchase online at www.boots.com.
The Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon is just that; a concealer product, in the style of a Crayon. The Crayon actually resembles a thick, chunky pencil and in fact it can be sharpened with the use of a large-sized cosmetic sharpener. The Crayon's 'nib' is not like pencil, but is rather soft, with a firm-but-creamy texture.
I find the Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon is a fantastic little product, and application takes a mere moment, thanks to the creamy texture. The Crayon's 'nib' makes application easy too as you can simply 'draw' the product directly onto the skin where required. This means that it is perfect for covering imperfections and blemishes when required, and there is no fussing with sponges or applicators to be considered.
I find too that the product's 'nib' allows for neatness and precision, with the product being applied effortlessly to more awkward areas such as around the eyes.
I find too that the product blends effortlessly on the skin; it sits well under foundation and powders, with its light texture coping well with this technique. A light dab with a make-up sponge allows the Crayon to become blended perfectly, and I've never encountered any instances of it 'clumping' underneath other make-up.
The Crayon offers excellent coverage to blemishes and imperfections, covering them amply, without 'caking' onto the skin in an unsightly manner. This tends to highlight imperfections rather than conceal them, so the Crayon's light texture works well here, as it refuses to smother the skin in a horrible, thick layer. Instead, it conceals imperfections and blemishes with a more 'carefree' approach, and this allows for a more natural end result, in my experience.
The product, once applied, lasts well and I don't recall ever having to re-apply it. I like too, how the product doesn't 'flake' after it has been sitting on the skin for several hours.
The Miracle Matte Crayon is available in two shades: "Fair" and "Medium." I have a very pale complexion and so purchased the Fair shade. I have found that the shade works very well when worn with other items from the Seventeen range, including face powder and other concealers; the shades seem to compliment each other and work together well.
As with all other products from the Boots Seventeen range that I've purchased before, my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way or irritation after using this product, and I do therefore recommend it as being suitable for those consumers who have sensitive skin.
I will definitely buy the Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon again as it is so easy to apply and it offers great coverage. As it costs under £5 and has lasted for several months, I think it is great value too!
I haven't bought many items from the Baylis & Harding range before, but was pleased to receive a small gift set containing various items from the range a while back from my mother-in-law. One of the items in the gift set is the Baylis & Harding Mosaic French Lavender Handwash, with this review discussing my thoughts and experience.
The French Lavender Handwash is available to purchase online at www.amazon.co.uk, where it is included in a variety of gift sets available to purchase. I believe that the item is also available in some supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, and you can expect to pay in the region of £2 - £2.50 for the bottle, which is a generous 500ml in size.
The packaging is very attractive, comprising of a sturdy plastic bottle, with a robust 'pump' dispenser on top. I think the packaging looks really quite nice, and I have never encountered any issues with using the product, finding the packaging is easy to use.
The French Lavender Handwash has a lovely consistency, and although it is quite thin, I don't find it is overly runny. The Handwash spreads over the skin easily, and without feeling 'sticky' or clammy on the hands' surface. A gentle lather is produced during use, but I couldn't say that this felt particularly luxurious or fluffy.
Even as the Handwash is dispensed from the bottle, I am able to smell its lovely aroma. With a refreshing edge to it that is noticeable straight away, the aroma feels really inviting and fresh.
I find that the scent of the Handwash is really quite true to that of fresh Lavender, more so than other Lavender fragranced toiletries and body care items that I own from rival brands. This result is quite impressive, especially as I find Lavender scents can be rather 'sickly' in their aromas in cheaply-produced toiletries.
I like how the French Lavender scent lingers delicately on the skin's surface after I have washed my hands, with just a light, fragrant 'whiff' being evident for a short time after use. This result allows the product to slot quite nicely into everyday life as the aroma never feels too strong or intrusive, as it were.
I also like how the product rinses easily from the skin without fuss after use; there is no annoying 'stickiness' or tackiness remaining, with skin looking and feeling spotlessly clean.
I can confirm that my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation from the continued use of the French Lavender Handwash, and to this end, I do feel that it is entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the product is worthy of my full recommendation, and I do feel that I would repurchase it again in the future. I like it's more-authentic-than-expected Lavender scent, and find that it is an easy-going product that is simple and quick to use.
I bought the Nivea Crème General Purpose Cream recently, online at www.amazon.co.uk, where I paid around £2.70 for my large tub, which is 200ml in size. The product is widely available from drugstore such as Boots.
The packaging is fairly simplistic, but I do find that it serves its purpose well. There is a screw-on lid on the tub which is fairly easy to remove and replace with each use.
The Crème is very thick and has a notable scent, which I find is fairly strong. I can smell the fragrance quite easily even as the lid is removed from the tub and a helping of the product is scooped out with my fingers. I quite like the aroma, but it may prove to be too strong for other consumers.
I find that when used on the face, the Nivea Crème is slightly too 'heavy' for my own skin type (for use during the day, at least) but there have been many occasions where I have slathered a thick layer of the product over my face and neck at night time, and I do find that the product works quite well when used this way, with my skin feeling fully moisturised and softened the following morning.
My main use of the Nivea Crème General Purpose Cream is as a body cream, however, rather than a face cream. I do find that the product's formulation is rather more suited to my own requirements when it is used as a body cream.
I tend to 'scoop' a dollop of the cream from the Nivea tub and apply to the legs. I then carry out the same process to the upper arms, and this is where the Crème's moisturising qualities really make themselves known. The skin at my upper arms is particularly dry, and is prone to flaking if it is not properly maintained. There are one or two patches of eczema on my upper arms too that have an uneven texture and will stubbornly remain dry if care is not taken to maintain them properly. In actual fact, I find that the Nivea Crème works well at smoothening these areas out to a degree, providing full moisturisation.
The only real downside I have encountered during the continued use of the product is the fact it feels slightly greasy on the skin following application. This is not so excessive to put me off from using the product, but I do prefer to use it at night time when it's slightly 'tacky' residue is not as much of an issue.
Even though I suffer with sensitive skin and outbreaks of dryness, I have never encountered any irritation from the use of the Nivea Crème.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Nivea Crème General Purpose Cream is a good product that is of a decent quality, and it has proven to be a worthwhile purchase for me over the years.
A while back, I purchased a full-sized 100ml bottle of the Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make Up Remover from www.ebay.co.uk and paid in the region of £18 for my purchase. This review discusses my opinions of the product.
The packaging is fairly simplistic, but I find that it serves its purpose well; the blue plastic bottle has a slightly 'angled' shape to it which allows it to be held comfortably during use. The screw-off lid is easily removed and replaced.
Pouring the liquid from the bottle is easy to do as it is extremely thin and runny; the whole appearance of the liquid is very water-like, as it is entirely free from any fragrance or colour. I like this, as it gives the impression that it carries a gentle formulation.
I find the Gentle Eye Make Up Remover works extremely well, removing coloured eye shadows and mascara products in just a moment, such is the product's powerful formula. Even when black or darker-than-average make up products have been worn, the product removes every last trace, leaving spotless skin behind afterwards.
I find too that the product is easy and convenient to use; my preferred method is to 'soak' some cotton wool with the Make Up Remover liquid and 'dab' it over the eyelid and under eye area. Doing so will instantly start to 'lift' the make up from the skin and leave it on the cotton wool instead. Repeating the process a couple of times works effectively, and the process is easy to undertake. I particularly like how the product's 'robust' approach to removing the make up means that I never need to 'scrub' the skin around the eye area; this area of the face is extremely delicate, so I am always mindful to exercise a little more caution than usual when removing make up or cosmetics from this area.
I can't say I care too much for products that have oily formulations, irrespective of how effective they are. The Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make Up Remover, on the other hand, is probably the most effective Make Up Remover product that I have ever purchased, but it has a much 'gentler' approach, being able to cope with its intended purpose without 'smearing' over the skin, or leaving behind any unpleasant residue.
Additionally, I have never felt that the Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make Up Remover has caused any acceleration to the dryness that affects my face, nor has the product caused any aggravation to my sensitive skin. Based on these results, I have no problem in recommending the product as being suitable for use by those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin types.
Based on the high results that I have obtained from the product's use each and every time that I have purchased it, I have only positive experiences to share within this review and as such I do feel that the product is worthy of my full recommendation.
I recently purchased the "Sanex Dermo Pro Hydrate Shower Gel", with this review outlining my experiences of trying the product.
I bought two little 50ml bottles of the product from a local pharmacy and these cost me only 50 pence each. You can buy the product in a larger 500ml bottle from various drugstores and supermarkets such as Tesco, or online at www.amazon.co.uk.
The description on the bottle reads:
"Pro Hydrate. Contains skin natural moisturisers which help to restore skin's hydration levels." This appealed to me as I suffer with very dry, sensitive skin.
The packaging is basic, but does its job well and I've found it easy to use. The Sanex Shower Cream is slightly boring in its appearance as it is plain white, but it has a pleasant, slightly creamy texture.
The product's aroma is distinctly 'soap-like' and thus, it feels gentle and nourishing on the skin. It is not so highly-scented that it feels intrusive when used first thing in the morning, nor can I detect the fragrant 'powdery' scent on my skin after use. In actual fact, I find that the product's scent is really only noticeable as the product is being used, and after this time it fades easily.
As with all other shower products that I've purchased from the "Sanex" range in the past, there is a distinctly 'nourishing' feeling evident to my dry, sensitive skin type after using the "Pro Hydrate Shower Gel" and I really like this. In actual fact, this point is probably enough to warrant a repurchase of the product again in the future, such is the noticeable moisturising feeling that is evident to my skin after use. True, I do still find it necessary to apply a good-quality body lotion or cream to my dry skin after showering with the Sanex Pro Hydrate Gel, but this is commonplace for me, such is the dryness in my skin.
I can most definitely detect a notable difference, however, and the familiar 'tightness' that is often present in my arms after bathing or showering is nowhere to be found when the Sanex Pro Hydrate Shower Gel has been used. This result is most agreeable, and it does make the claims on the product's packaging ring true.
Because the product is aimed at those of us who have "Very dry skin", it probably goes without saying that the product is gentle and suitable for sensitive skin types, but I can confirm that this is indeed the case, and I have never encountered any aggravation to my sensitive skin after using the product. I do therefore recommend the product as being entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry/sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I do really recommend the Sanex Dermo Pro Hydrate Shower Gel. Even though it costs more than most of the other Shower Gel products that I buy regularly, I feel it is worth the extra cost as it has a caring, nourishing nature.
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.