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      17.12.2014 10:39
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      Lovely for Layering

      My sister bought me the Christian Lacroix Nuit fragrance gift set last Christmas and included was this body lotion.


      Packaging
      It comes in a 150ml tube which is a lovely deep purple colour with a silver design surrounding the words, ‘Christian Lacroix Nuit’.
      The tube sits on its flip cap lid which is made from the same coloured plastic.
      I like the design of the packaging for this body lotion.

      Availability
      Christian Lacroix’s Nuit range is sold exclusively by Avon so can be purchased online at avonshop.co.uk or you can order it from the Avon brochure via your local Avon representative. I have seen the body lotion in the sale for around £2.00.


      In Use
      The body lotion has a lovely scent, which is just like that of the fragrance.
      The notes are listed as bergamot, neroli, honeysuckle, jasmine, tuberose, narcissus, amber, incense, musk and woody notes.
      I find the scent of this body lotion quite spicy and sensual. It is described as a floral oriental scent, but I notice the spicier notes before the florals.
      With the summer long gone I have noticed I am turning to deeper and darker scents for the autumn and winter months. I tried a light, summer fragrance the other day and it just wasn’t cutting it any more and I felt as though I had grown out of it, but I suspect that’s only for another 6 months until the spring arrives again.
      I can really detect the woody notes in this body lotion.
      The body lotion is white in colour and it feels quite thin and creamy and I mean that in a good way. Being thin, I find it easier to rub in to my skin. It also sinks into my skin really quickly.
      The body lotion is quite thin in consistency and I have found that you don’t need to use a lot of it per application. A small amount will cover a large surface area so you have to be careful not to squeeze too much out of the tube at once.
      With this body lotion there is no stickiness or residue left on my skin and my skin doesn’t feel as though I have a product on it like I do with some lotions.
      It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The scent also lingers on my skin after applying the body lotion and it is quite strong so it is great for layering with the perfume to help the perfume last longer on my skin.
      I’m not usually a massive fan of spicy scents, often finding them a bit too harsh for my tastes, but this is one I really love.
      I love both the body lotion and the fragrance and I would definitely consider purchasing them both again in the future. The perfume is really nice and the body lotion is good quality and the two work well together to build up the scent.

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      16.12.2014 13:21
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      A Definite 'Miss'!

      I asked for Christian Dior’s Miss Dior eau de toilette for Christmas last year from my other half.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      This fragrance is available from Boots and larger department stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis etc.
      It is available in 50ml and 100ml bottles.
      The 50ml bottle costs £53.50 and the 100ml bottle costs £76.50 at Boots.
      I was treated to the 100ml bottle.


      The scent is very strong. I first tried this in Boots a good while ago and I really liked it.
      I first wore this fragrance on Christmas day and I had sprayed a few sprays per wrist and more on the neck in the morning. During the day I actually considered washing it off because it was so strong and the scent was irritating me.

      I think this is a fragrance that you really have to be in the mood for.
      It has been compared to Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle and I do see the resemblance between the two, but this one has a slightly harsher note in it that seems to dominate and I must admit I much prefer Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

      The top note is Tunisian neroli oil.
      The heart notes are Bulgarian rose and Turkish rose.
      The base is Indonesian patchouli.

      It is a light and feminine scent. It has quite a harsh floral note that you can’t really get away from. I think the harsh note in this must be the Tunisian neroli oil. I struggle to pick out any of the other notes in this fragrance individually. The rose and patchouli seem to be dominated by the harsh note.

      The more I wear this fragrance the more I get used to its sharpness, but I wouldn’t say I have come to like it and I still don’t spray more than once per wrist as I don’t think I could handle a larger dose of the sharp note. I find this fragrance bearable sometimes, but it takes a while before it starts to fade.
      I feel bad about this because I asked for this fragrance and it was expensive, but I’d liked it when I tried it in the shops. I know there are a few versions of this fragrance in very similar bottles.
      There is a version called Miss Dior Blooming Boquet and there was Miss Dior Cherie before it was retired and I keep thinking that it must have been one of those that I sampled as I can't have ever liked this harsh fragrance!

      I’m hoping that it will grow on me a bit more, but it’ll never be my favourite.
      As it is quite strong only one spray per wrist is required and I find I notice the fragrance on myself quite a lot during the day and it lasts on my skin for about 8 hours before wearing off.

      I don’t hate this fragrance. It is nice as it fades a bit, but I feel sorry that I asked for it.

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    • FCUK Pure Bodylotion / Body Care / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      15.12.2014 22:05
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      Nice But Overpriced!

      I often find that FCUK and Ted Baker release gift sets at Christmas that have a rather masculine scent, despite being marketed at women.
      I would not describe myself as a fan of either brand when it comes to their beauty products. As well as being a bit on the masculine side I also find that they are quite expensive.
      I received this FCUK Pure body lotion a while ago in a gift set.


      Packaging
      It comes in a very light green coloured tube with a large, bold floral design and ‘fcuk pure’ in black lettering down the side of the tube.
      The tube sits on its semi-transparent flip cap lid.
      The tube contains 75ml of body lotion.

      Price and availability
      You can buy a 75ml tube of this body lotion online at amazon.co.uk for £8.99.


      In Use
      The body lotion is white in colour.
      It feels quite thin in consistency and I find you don’t need to use a lot of product. It is easy to rub in to my skin and it doesn’t feel sticky at all. There is no residue left on my skin after I have rubbed the body lotion in.
      It makes my skin feel soft, smooth and hydrated.
      I actually really like the scent of this body lotion. I seem to remember it came in a gift set with the matching body spray, which I used up very quickly.
      The scent is really fresh and clean. I have to admit that it isn’t the most feminine scent, but it doesn’t lean towards the masculine end of the spectrum either. It is just a clean, fresh scent. I’d say it is slightly aquatic, but not in a masculine way.
      I don’t think anyone would find the scent of this lotion offensive.
      I think this is a nice body lotion to use. The scent lingers on my skin for a while after using the product. It is nice enough and I haven’t found anything to dislike about it, but I wouldn’t rave about this lotion. The scent isn’t out of this world and the skin hydration result does not shock me. I think £8.99 is about £6.00 or £7.00 more than I’d be willing to pay for this body lotion.
      I think the scent is a bit more special than your standard Dove body lotion, but not £6.00’s worth of more special.
      I like this lotion and would recommend it if you find somewhere to pick it up cheaply, but at that price I can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed.

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      15.12.2014 20:33
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      In Bloom!

      Marc Jacobs Daisy Bloom was released in 2009.

      ~ Price and availability ~
      It is very difficult to get hold of now, but it is available from an independent seller on Amazon.co.uk for £60.12 for the 50ml bottle.


      ~ Bottle ~
      The bottle is similar to the original Daisy fragrance bottle. It is made from clear glass. It has rounded edges. The front and back of the bottle have concave glass, curving inwards and the sides of the bottle have convex glass, curving outwards.
      The front of the bottle has 'Daisy Marc Jacobs' written in white lettering.
      The lid of the bottle is a gold spherical shape with three rubbery, bendable light green coloured daisies attached. The three daisies are three different sizes and point in different directions. Each daisy has a gold coloured round stud in the middle.
      The perfume itself is a yellowy colour.
      The bottle, being 50ml, looks quite small to me. I think the light green coloured daisies on the lid give the bottle a springtime feel.


      ~ Scent ~
      The fragrance is lovely and light. It is fresh and floral.
      I can detect a definite scent of violet, which is sweet and has a slightly powdery scent, but overall the fragrance is a vibrant and uplifting floral.
      The top notes are strawberry, violet leaf and ruby red grapefruit.
      The heart notes are gardenia, violet petals and jasmine petals.
      The base notes are musk, vanilla and white woods.
      The fragrance, as well as the bottle, has a springtime feel to it. It is very refreshing. I love the scent, but it has poor projection and I don’t notice on myself a lot and I doubt that other people really notice this fragrance on me. This is a shame because it is quite expensive and it’s a lovely scent.
      I can detect the light, woody notes in this fragrance. They are soft and completely inoffensive. I find most of the Daisy fragrances have a woody element which I quite like. The woodiness works well with the floral notes.
      I think this fragrance would appeal to women of all ages. I think it will appeal to younger and more mature women alike. I think it is more of a daytime scent than one for nights out or special occasions, especially as it has quite poor projection. I tend to prefer something a bit heavier for nights out.
      The fragrance has reasonable staying power. It lasts for around 5 hours on my skin before wearing away, but the fact that it sits so close to my skin is a bit of a shame as I don’t find myself enjoying the fragrance like I do with other fragrances with better projection.

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      15.12.2014 16:09
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      Baby Wipes And Black Pepper

      I recently bought Avon’s Far Away Exotic eau de parfum after reading some good reviews and finding it in the Avon brochure for just £7.00.
      The usual price of this perfume is £13.00.


      Scent
      The scent is very unique; actually quite odd.
      It has a clean scent that reminds me of baby wipes, but at the same time it has a harsh, oriental, spicy scent.
      The spicy note reminds me of black pepper. It hits you all at once and there doesn’t really seem to be much to it, but at the same time it is harsh and I find the spicy note quite unpleasant.
      Blended with the cleaner, baby wipe type scent I find it more bearable and sometimes I actually find myself enjoying the baby wipe type scent, but this is probably because the spice is so bad if I smell the baby wipe it is enjoyable in comparison. I get the occasional whiff where the scent that reminds me of baby wipes is stronger than the spicier note and I quite like it, but as soon as I am hit in the face with the spices it is a bit too much for me.
      To me the fragrance doesn’t have much to it and I can only detect the two different scents within it.

      The top notes are listed as mango, spiced chai and mandarin.
      The heart notes are saffron rose, coconut milk and jasmine.
      The base notes are patchouli, amber, musk and sandalwood.

      That’s a lot more notes than I imagined were in this fragrance. I definitely can’t detect any mango or mandarin in this fragrance. I was surprised to find there were any fruity notes in this fragrance at all.
      I struggle even to recognise anything floral about the fragrance. To me it is just straight up spice and baby wipe. Even as the fragrance wears on I can’t detect anything different.
      I am not a big fan of spicy scents, but recently I’ve started to find more and more spicy fragrances that I like. This fragrance finds itself on the harsher end of the spectrum and I find it difficult to deal with.

      The fragrance lasts on my skin for around 5 hours before finally leaving me alone.
      It doesn’t strike me as being a summer scent, but it isn’t particularly a warming spicy fragrance for the cooler months either, having the clean note in it.
      As a hater I find it difficult to put a suggested age range on this fragrance or say who I think it would appeal to.
      I don’t really like this fragrance. I would not recommend this and I would not buy it again. I can just about put up with it, but I don’t plan to wear it again. I think I will see if my sister will kindly take this off my hands as she uses the original Far Away, but with it being so unpleasant I wonder whether she will even like it.

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    • Grolsch Premium Lager / Beer / Cider / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      15.12.2014 10:38
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      Not the most picnic friendly!

      I haven’t had Grolsch for years, but the other day my partner picked up four 450ml bottles for £5.00 in Asda and out of the four I am now on to my third bottle. I haven’t drank them all at once; I had two yesterday and I am having one tonight.


      Grolsch comes in a green glass bottle with ‘Grolsch’, embossed up the sides of the bottle and not label.
      The only label is around the neck of the bottle. The label describes this as premium lager and it boasts ‘since 1615’ underneath.
      Instead of a regular bottle cap Grolsch comes with a swing top, where a metal frame is pulled to open the lid and the lid swings down and stays attached to the bottle.
      The lid is a grey/white colour with, ‘Grolsch’ written on the top in red lettering. I found that the red lettering had started to rub off on a few of these bottles. I think the lid is made from plastic or some sort of hard rubber and it smells awful, which is the main thing I hate about these bottles.


      The alcohol content is 5.0% volume and a 450ml bottle contains 2.3 units of alcohol.
      The lager has quite a heavy and has a lot of lovely hoppy flavour. It has quite a bitter taste, but it is carbonated so the fizz softens this.
      I really like this lager. It is heavier and much more tasty than typical lagers such as Carling or Carlsberg.
      It leaves quite a bitter aftertaste in your mouth, which I find makes you want to drink more of it.
      It is best to drink this lager from a glass rather from the bottle because of the lid smelling bad and still being attached on the metal frame attached to the bottle. This is quite inconvenient as I know a lot of people prefer to drink straight from the bottle. You can still drink this from the bottle, but the swing top might get in the way.
      I have enjoyed these bottles of Grolsch, but I doubt they will be a regular purchase of mine. I feel that the swing top is a bit of a gimmick and the tear off bottle lids that Tuborg bottles have are a lot more convenient as they don’t stay attached like the swing top does.
      These bottle eliminate the need for a bottle opener, but they aren’t the most portable beers as you still need a glass for them, whereas Tuborg eliminates the need for a bottle opener and can be consumed from the bottle much more easily.

      I would definitely buy Grolsch again in the future. I believe it does come in smaller bottles without the swing top. It is a lovely drink and you can taste the difference between this and non-premium brands.

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      15.12.2014 00:58
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      • " tropical"
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      Beautiful!

      A few months ago my partner said he would treat me to a new bottle of perfume.
      He asked me to pick something out, but I didn't want him to spend much. I spotted this fragrance online. I had read that this was a tropical, fruity scent and it is like something Escada would release.


      ~ Price ~
      I found Britney Spears Island Fantasy online at allbeauty.com for £15.45 for the 100ml, which I thought was a good deal.
      The 30ml bottle currently costs £10.95 (RRP £21.00).
      The 50ml bottle costs £12.95 (RRP £24.00).
      The 100ml bottle costs £18.95 (RRP £33.00).


      ~ Fragrance ~
      The eau de toilette was released in 2013. With it being a summer fragrance, at first I thought it might be a limited edition, but it is still on sale.
      The scent is wonderful! It is very light and it smells like tropical fruit, but it seems quite a clean scent as well.

      The top notes are a cocktail of citruses, mandarin, clementine, red berries and watermelon.
      The heart notes are jasmine, violet and freesia.
      The base notes are musk and sugar cane.
      Reading the notes I would not expect the fragrance to smell the way it does. It does have a slight citrusy element, but to me it smells like a tropical fruit juice drink.
      I think the clean scent in it comes from the watermelon note. The fruity notes dominate the fragrance.
      While the fragrance may have a touch of floral to it I wouldn’t describe this as a floral fragrance at all. I can barely detect the florals under the wonderful, fruity notes. Even as the fragrance wears on I don’t think it changes much and I can’t detect the musk in it either.
      The fragrance is not very strong so I usually spray a few squirts per wrist. Sadly the fragrance doesn’t last very long on my skin. I’d say it is gone after about 4 hours of wear, which is a shame, but I often find poor longevity to be a characteristic of fruity scents.
      While it lasts I do notice it on myself and I love it. It is really uplifting and pleasant. Like with all fragrances it will last longer if you spray it onto a scarf or your clothing, but this isn’t an ideal thing to have to do.

      It is definitely more of a day time fragrance.
      The poor longevity is a shame, but the scent is so nice that I would buy it again and I’d recommend it. I also think it would make a great gift. I often find myself choosing this fragrance if I am chilling out in the house or in the garden, but I do usually prefer something a bit longer lasting if I’m going out and about.

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      14.12.2014 21:53
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      Caught Red Wristed!

      I got this in a gift set last year for just £3.00 from Tesco's website.
      It came with the 100ml fragrance and the 75ml body spray and the body spray alone usually costs around £1.99 so I thought it’d be worth a go at that price. The set is usually £9.99.
      I used to love this fragrance when I was in my teens and I had only ever had the body spray since then so was interested to try the fragrance again.


      ~ Scent ~
      Charlie Red was released by Revlon in 1993 and is one of their most popular, long standing scents.
      The top notes are orange blossom, gardenia, plum, blackcurrant, violet and peach.
      The heart notes are carnation, tuberose, orchid, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and rose.
      The base notes are honey, sandalwood, amber, musk and cedar.
      I am always surprised to read how many notes are in this fragrance. It is definitely more floral than fruity to me. It has quite a sweet floral scent.
      It is described as a floral oriental. It is very distinctive and unique.
      For me the carnation note is one of the first to come through. I can’t really find any of the fruity notes in this fragrance. It is definitely more of a floral scent. I never think of it as being oriental, but thinking about it it does have an oriental feel to it with the slightly harsher florals having a slightly spicy scent. There are sweet florals and harsher florals in this fragrance. I think the notes are really well blended. As it wears on it has a powdery scent to it, which is clean and fresh, but the florals are definitely still there. I find it difficult to pick out any of the notes individually.
      The fragrance has quite a heavy, sexy feel.
      When I tried this bottle for the first time I was quite disappointed with it. It is no different to it was when I was a teenager, but on trying it again I thought it had quite a cheap smell, but the more I wear it the more I stop thinking it smells cheap.
      I have only worn it a handful of times usually when I am just pottering around the house. It is nice, but I have nicer fragrances that I’d choose over this one. This one is quite thick and cloying. I don’t dislike it, but it certainly isn’t the happy ending it could have been between childhood sweethearts.
      This was one of my favourites as a teenager, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that this fragrance is best suited to teenagers. It is quite heavy and doesn’t strike me as particularly young. I don’t think I would buy this fragrance again.
      The fragrance has reasonable lasting power. It lasts on my skin for around 6 hours and I notice the scent on myself during that time.

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    • Wall's Vienetta / Dessert / Yoghurts / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      14.12.2014 19:58
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      I've Hit The Walls!

      I hadn’t had Viennetta for years, but after Christmas dinner last year we were served up two slices each at my parents’ house!

      Since then we have bought in a few Viennettas.


      ~ What is a Viennetta? ~
      A Viennetta is a bar of vanilla ice cream, which is about 8 inches long, but the ice cream has very thin slices of chocolate layered through it and the ice cream is folded to make a swirly pattern along the sides of the bar.
      It is designed to be cut into slices and eaten.


      ~ Nutritional information ~
      On the front of the box there is a little illustration of a slice of Viennetta and underneath it says 120kcal (6% GDA) 100ml or 49g, which represents an average sized slice.
      There is 14g of fat per 100g, 13g of which saturates so it is not too good for you.


      ~ Price ~
      We bought ours from Asda for just £1.30 for 320g or 650ml.


      ~ The Viennetta ~
      I usually serve this sliced Viennetta on a plate rather than in a bowl as it is not too messy and it holds together well. I usually only have one slice, but two were served up to me at Christmas.
      The ice cream itself is a brilliant white colour. The chocolate is dark brown. I think it is dark chocolate, but I can’t tell to taste it because it is quite thin and there is so much smooth and creamy ice cream surrounding it. The chocolate doesn’t taste bitter at all.
      There is a strip of chocolate across the top and then a dusting of cocoa powder, which gives a nice effect.
      I often find when I’ve had ice cream in the freezer for a few days it is a nightmare to get out of the tub and you end up bending your spoon trying to ease the tiniest spoonful out, but this Viennetta is not difficult to cut and once on your plate it isn’t difficult to cut chunks off with your spoon to eat it.
      The ice cream is perfect. It is very smooth with a light vanilla flavour. The chocolate is really thin and it makes that lovely cracking sound when you break it.
      The swirls down the side of the Viennetta give it an interesting texture and the swirls have chocolate slices swirled into shape with them as well.
      I really like Viennetta. It is a lovely treat and more convenient than other types of ice cream. You just cut a slice off and you’re ready to go. There’s no easing it out of the tub or waiting for it to melt a bit.
      I have enjoyed this and it is nice as a treat now and again, but it is rather fattening and I prefer to mix my shopping up, rather than always buying the same things.
      It does make a nice dessert for after a family meal. I will definitely buy this again in the future.

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      14.12.2014 16:12
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      The making of Beautiful Skin!

      I got this No 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream as part of a gift set.


      ~ Price ~
      As I got mine as part of a gift set, my night cream comes in a 25ml tube, but the night cream is usually sold in a 50ml pot for £13.50. As it is a No 7 product it is only available from Boots or boots.com.


      ~ In use ~
      The night cream is white in colour and it feels light and quite thin in consistency.
      You don’t need to use much of it for a good coverage and it is easy to rub in. It sinks into your skin very quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
      There is no stickiness or residue left by the night cream.
      The packaging advises to smooth into your face and neck after cleansing every evening. I also use the matching day cream, which was also in the gift set that I received.
      I think applying the night cream improves the appearance of my skin. It looks brighter and more radiant after application. My skin looks and feels more moisturised and healthy.
      I have not had any irritation or reaction from using this night cream and it doesn’t make my skin feel tight.
      I have been impressed with this night cream. I was really pleased to see this in the gift set when I opened it and I looked forward to trying it. This product didn’t disappoint me.
      I would definitely purchase this night cream again. I think it is reasonably priced and makes my skin look and feel moisturised and radiant before going to sleep. It feels like it is doing my skin some good, keeping it moisturised during the night as well as through the day so that it doesn’t dry out.

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      14.12.2014 14:28
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      A great hair mask!

      I got this Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Hair Mask in a gift set about a year ago.

      I love to use hair masks and was excited to try this out.

      It comes in a large white tub with the product name on the side and the Dove logo on top of the lid.

      ~ In use ~
      The first thing I noticed about the product is the lovely scent.
      It is a fruity scent and it reminds me of strawberry and banana milk bottle sweets, which I used to buy although I’m not sure I would say it smells like either strawberry or banana; maybe the two combined. It is a lovely, pleasant, sweet smell.
      The product is white in colour and it is very thick and it feels luxurious.
      To get the product out of the tub you just have to scoop it up with your fingers and massage it through your hair. You don’t need a lot of the product to get a good coverage. It feels creamy and smooth on my hair.
      I leave it on my hair for a few minutes before I rinse it out. It is very easy to rinse. It just rinses out like a normal conditioner.
      It leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and conditioned. My hair feels a lot more manageable and less tangled after using this hair mask.
      I wouldn’t honestly say that I think that this hair mask has helped repair any damaged hair, but I would say that it has probably helped to prevent further damage to my hair, but I think most conditioners do this.
      I have enjoyed using this conditioning mask and I would repurchase it. It is good quality and it feels luxurious and it does as good a job as any other conditioning product.
      The scent is unique and really appealing and it is something that makes me prefer this to other hair masks I have used.

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    • Chapstick Strawberry / Lip Care / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      14.12.2014 13:42
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      Taste of Strawberry Chapstick!

      I have loads of lip balms and I can’t even remember buying this Summer Strawberry Chapstick, but it is one I have gone back to time after time.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a small stick, which is about 2.5 inches tall. The packaging is mainly red with, ‘Chapstick Summer Strawberry’ written across the front in large white lettering.
      The lid on mine is made from white plastic.


      ~ Price ~
      Chapsticks can be picked up from most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug or even your local shop and it costs around £1.20, which I think is reasonable.


      ~ In use ~
      The Chapstick claims that it
      - softens
      - moisturises
      - cares for your lips
      It also protects your lips from the sun claiming to contain sunscreen.
      The Chapstick is not coloured. It is more of a translucent off-white colour a bit like Vaseline.

      I hate having dry or chapped lips and I seem to require lip balm a lot during the colder months. I have used lots of different lip balms over the years and some of them seem to concentrate more on packaging or added glittery bits than being a good product.
      I find that this Chapstick is a brilliant lip balm. It has quite a greasy feel to it, but when my lips are sore this is the kind of lip balm that works best for me. It provides instant relief. It feels moisturising and soothes my lips stopping them from becoming drier and more painful, which they would if I left them untreated.
      The Chapstick is slightly sticky to touch, but I don’t find that my hair sticks to it like I find with lip gloss. An application lasts me a few hours, but I top it up if I feel it is necessary. The lip balm is colourless so it does not show on your lips. It does give your lips a slight shine, but it looks very natural.
      The Chapstick also has a lovely strawberry scent. It is a lot nicer than other strawberry lip balms I have tried even from similar brands such as Lypsyl. It is more vibrant and less artificial.
      I think this Chapstick is suitable for both male and female use although I wouldn’t recommend sharing one.
      Recently when I was using the Chapstick I found that it no longer twists up in the stick so if I want to apply it I have to use my finger as the product is below the level of the packaging. I am sure this doesn’t happen with every Chapstick though and it hasn’t put me off, although mine is now ready for the bin.
      I love this Chapstick and would definitely buy it again.

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      14.12.2014 03:36
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      Scrubs Up Well!

      I got this Chocomania scrub by The Body Shop as part of a gift set, which I received for Christmas. It came in a gorgeous brown heart shaped tin with a ribbon around it. It was almost a shame to open it.


      ~ Packaging ~
      The body scrub comes in a small round tub with a brown plastic lid and a picture of some pieces of chocolate on it.


      ~ Price ~
      The full size 200ml tub of this body scrub costs £12.50 from The Body Shop or thebodyshop.co.uk.


      ~ In use ~
      I am not majorly keen on the idea of brown coloured shower products, but having used Original Source’s mint and chocolate shower gel in the past which is also brown, I felt a lot less bothered by the fact that this body scrub was brown in colour. It is a very dark brown colour.
      It has a lovely chocolatey scent, which is not too strong and not too bitter. It is sweet, but not sickly.

      The body scrub claims to
      -remove dead skin cells
      -stimulate skin microcirculation
      -leave skin feeling softer and smoother.

      The body scrub feels quite thick. It is very grainy, but doesn’t feel too rough on my skin. I like a body scrub to be quite harsh so that it feels like it is really working and you can smooth this over your skin as softly or as harshly as you like.
      When using this body scrub when showering it makes the water look brown and dirty so it needs to be rinsed off thoroughly. It rinses off easily. The scent does linger on my skin for a while after use, but it is very subtle and I don’t think anyone else would notice the scent.
      I find that the scrub does make my skin feel softer and smoother, but I expect that from a scrub and as a scrub I don’t think this does a much better job than any other, but I do really like the scent and have enjoyed using this.
      I would consider repurchasing this body scrub and I would recommend it.

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      13.12.2014 00:48
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      A highly recommended shower cream!

      I bought this Imperial Leather Japanese Spa shower cream on my weekly shop recently. It was on offer for £1.00 reduced from around the £2.00 for a 300ml bottle.
      It is available from most supermarkets as well as Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a tall, curvy bottle made from clear plastic. You can see the cream coloured shower cream through the bottle and the lid of the bottle is made from a cream coloured plastic.
      The large Imperial Leather logo is on the front of the bottle and ‘Japanese Spa’ is written underneath with a picture of some light pink flowers.



      ~ In use ~
      The shower cream is really creamy. It is quite thick and a little goes a long way with this product. It creates a good lather. It is a creamy lather rather than a soapy, bubbly lather and it feels very moisturising compared to more soapy products.
      The front of the bottle says, ‘with green tea, rice milk and jasmine’. It is a soft, pretty floral-oriental scent. I can detect a hint of tea in it as well. It is a really pleasant scent, which I think is very feminine, but my other half doesn’t mind using this one.
      The scent lingers on my skin for a while after I have used this shower cream, but it is quite subtle and no-one would notice the scent on me. The scent has completely disappeared within an hour.
      After using this shower cream my skin feels clean, soft and moisturised.
      I think it is a really nice shower cream to use. My favourite thing about it is the unique scent. It is really pleasant and feminine. It also feels very luxurious and thick even though it looks fairly runny in the bottle it feels thick and creates a rich, thick and creamy lather.
      I would definitely buy this shower cream again and I would recommend it.

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      11.12.2014 21:39
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      Greasy, not Beautiful Skin!

      I received a No 7 gift set a while ago which contained lots of products from their ‘Beautiful Skin’ range, one of which was this No 7 Beautiful Skin eye make-up remover.


      ~ Price ~
      Being from the No 7 range, this product can only be purchased from Boots or online at boots.com.
      A 100ml bottle costs £8.50.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a clear plastic bottle.
      The liquid itself is layered. The liquid at the bottom of the bottle is bright blue and the liquid at the top is a very light blue colour, but it is almost clear.


      ~ In use ~
      The product comes out of a tiny hole in the top of the bottle to stop too much product coming out at once.
      I shake the bottle before use so that the two layers mix and then tip the product out onto a cotton wool pad and apply directly to my eye area.
      I find that it easily removes any eye shadow and primer. It does remove waterproof mascara, but it takes a lot more effort than it takes to remove your eye shadow. Waterproof or normal mascara can be removed with repeated application of this eye make-up remover.
      I find that some facial wipes are a lot more effective at removing mascara than this eye make-up remover.
      After removing my eye make-up I find that my skin feels slightly greasy to touch, which isn’t ideal. I have used other make-up removers and wipes that do the job without leaving my skin feeling greasy. I have also used make-up removers, which have left my skin a lot greasier than this one does, but I prefer not to be inconvenienced with any greasiness at all.
      I haven’t been too impressed with this eye make-up remover. It gets the job done, but I feel like I need to wash my face after using this product because of the layer of greasiness that it leaves on my skin.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I will use up this miniature eye make-up remover, but I would not buy this eye make-up remover in the future. The two layers make this product gimmicky, I have to rub my lashes repeatedly with this product to remove mascara and it leaves my skin feeling quite greasy, which is far from ideal. It is better for removing eye make-up than using soap and water, which always seems to result in soap in my eye, but I’m not keen on this eye make-up remover.

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