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      27.11.2014 17:03
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      Smells like vodka!

      Last year I got a few sample sized Clinique products when I bought 2 full size Clinique products.
      One of my samples was this Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion.


      Price
      A 200ml bottle of this clarifying lotion will cost £17.00 from Boots.


      In Use
      This clarifying lotion (also known as toner) is step 2 of the Clinique 3-step system and is designed to be used after the anti-blemish solutions cleansing bar (or soap), which was also one of the samples I received. Step 3 is Clinique’s anti-blemish solutions clearing oil-free moisturiser.
      I have used another one of Clinique’s clarifying lotions before, which I was pretty pleased with.
      This clarifying lotion claims to work by gently exfoliating and opening clogged pores and evicting blemish causing bacteria. Clinique says, ‘Medicated ingredients rush in to accelerate treatment. Just cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise twice a day. With daily, twice-a-day use you’ll start to see clearer skin within days.’
      To use the clarifying lotion I simply tip some onto a cotton wool pad and apply directly to my face. Like other Clinique clarifying lotions, the neck of the bottle has a wide opening meaning that if you accidentally knock the bottle over with the lid off then you will lose a lot of product, which would be quite frustrating as it is quite expensive. It doesn’t have a restricted opening like many toners do.
      I find that this clarifying lotion has a very strong scent of alcohol. When I apply this between my nose and mouth it smells like I am applying vodka. It is a lot stronger than the other Clinique clarifying lotion that I have used.
      It feels cool on my skin. It doesn’t make my face feel tight, like I found with my other Clinique clarifying lotion.
      The clarifying lotion works to remove any make-up, dirt or dead skin cells left behind after cleansing. Despite the unpleasant smell of alcohol I think this toner feels very gentle on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and my pores appear minimised.
      My skin does not look or feel dry after using this product, but I do still like to use a moisturiser afterwards, giving my skin an extra boost of moisture.
      You do not need to use much of this product to get a good coverage and I am surprised at how many uses my miniature bottle has given me.
      After using this for a while I can’t honestly say my skin looks much clearer than usual.
      This clarifying lotion is my least favourite part of the 3 step system because of the strong smell of alcohol, which I don’t think would go down well if you had a hangover! I do like the idea of the 3 step system, but this clarifying lotion doesn't do anything that a normal toner doesn’t.
      I wouldn't buy this product again, mainly because of the scent. I think it works well as a toner, but it is not for me.

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      25.11.2014 01:04
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      • " removes dead skin cells and impurities"
      • "leaves my skin looking clear and radiant"

      Disadvantages

      • none

      As good as any!

      This Garnier toner has lasted me quite a while. I can’t even remember buying it to be honest.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a 200ml bottle. The bottle is made from green transparent plastic and it has a white flip cap lid.
      The back of the bottle suggests that this toner should be used as part of your daily skincare routine for a clear complexion and skin that looks beautiful, fresh and radiant.
      It promises to lift off impurities and dead skin cells which could otherwise leave skin looking dull and it prepares your skin perfectly for moisturising.

      ~ Price ~
      You can buy a 200ml bottle of this toner for £3.15 from Superdrug, which I think is very reasonable.


      ~ In use ~
      I have a few bottles of toner on the go and this one was probably the one I used the most up until the last few months when I decided to buy Clinique’s clarifying lotion as I had bought the Clinique cleanser and moisturiser as part of the 3-step skincare system (I must be a fool for falling for that little marketing trick).
      I always apply this toner after cleansing my face. I usually apply this toner using a cotton wool pad.
      It has the same consistency as water so you have to be careful not to pour too much onto your cotton wool pad. You don’t need much of this toner to get a good coverage.
      It feels cool and refreshing on my skin and it doesn’t irritate my skin or sting like some toners I have used do.
      After firmly wiping this over my face I find that my skin looks radiant and clearer than it did prior to using this. It removes impurities and dead skin cells and minimises my pores. It feels very gentle and doesn’t make my skin feel tight like Clinique’s toner does. I really don’t know whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.
      After using this toner my skin does not look or feel dried out at all. It is a very effective toner.
      I don’t think the results that this toner produces are any worse than the results of my Clinique toner, which cost about £10.00 more.
      I would definitely consider buying this toning lotion again in the future. It does the job fine and it is very reasonably priced.

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      24.11.2014 18:28
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      • " feels thick and good quality"
      • "low price"

      Disadvantages

      • " doesn't improve look or feel of skin"
      • messy

      Dead results!

      A while ago I tried this Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea anti-stress Mud Pac face mask.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a bright pink sachet with a picture of a woman wearing a bright blue face mask with large leaves over her eyes.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      This face mask is available at Boots for £1.00 for a 20g sachet, but can often be picked up on offer where you get 2 or sometimes 3 Montagne Jeunesse face masks for £1.00 from Home Bargains or Wilkinsons.


      ~ In use ~
      The sachet is easy to tear open.
      The mask itself is not the same colour as the bright blue mask pictured on the front of the sachet. It is more of a pastel blue/ turquoise colour. It is opaque on my skin.
      It feels quite thick in consistency and I found that I only had to use half a sachet before my face was covered so I had the other half of the sachet to use a few days later.
      The mask has an aquatic scent, which is quite masculine, but it is nice enough.
      I used my fingers to apply the mask and I found that because of how thick the mask is, it was quite difficult to rinse off my fingers.
      The back of the packet suggests that the mask should be left on for 10-15 minutes. The mask took around 15 minutes to dry and it started to feel tight on my face.
      The mask wasn’t too difficult to rinse off, but was tougher than some masks I have used.
      The back of the packet claims, ‘We’ve harvested ultra deep cleansing Dead Sea Mud to draw out impurities and open blocked pores to leave skin feeling cleansed and soft.’ It also recommends you to thoroughly cleanse your face with warm water, but not soap prior to using the mask to leave pores open. It advises to avoid eyes and lips with this mask.
      After using the mask I couldn’t honestly see or feel a difference to my skin. I was surprised that my face didn’t feel a bit smoother.
      I tried the other half of the sachet a few days later and found the same results. My skin didn’t feel softer or smoother and it didn’t look any different to how it did before I applied the mask.
      I have used other Montagne Jeunesse masks and have been impressed by the results, but this one didn’t really produce any results.
      It didn’t irritate or dry out my skin, but I don’t think it made it look or feel any different either.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I like Montagne Jeunesse face masks and I will not let this experience put me off trying others in the range as I have been impressed by some of their masks, but this one didn’t seem to make my skin look or feel any different.

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      24.11.2014 14:27
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      Advantages

      • " clean and hydrated"
      • " leaves skin feeling soft"
      • " lathers up well"
      • "smells nice"

      Disadvantages

      • overpriced

      Ted Baker Body Wash

      I got this Ted Baker body wash as part of a gift set a while ago along with the matching body spray, bath foam and body souffle.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      The tube I have contains 50ml of body wash, but there is a larger tube available containing 200ml.
      The 50ml tube is available at Boots or online at www.boots.com and it costs £2.50.
      The 200ml tube is available at Boots or www.boots.com and costs £5.50. It is currently available as part of a 3 for 2 deal.


      ~ In use ~
      The body wash itself is clear and comes out of the tube easily when the tube is squeezed.
      The body wash has a lovely scent. I did not enjoy the scent of the body soufflé, which is admittedly similar, but I find that the body wash has less of a harsh scent. It is actually a very pleasant scent. I think it smells a bit like ginger, but I think the spiciness actually comes from the woody element to this body wash.
      The back of the tube says, ‘Created using sweet smelling rose and elegant sandalwood, along with highlights of fresh raspberry and intimate vanilla; keep your skin in good shape with this sumptuous Body Wash.’
      I can detect a slight floral element to this body wash, but rose is usually something that I can pick out easily in fragrances, but in this I can’t pick it out individually. I can’t detect the raspberry in this at all. I think it is overpowered by the woody element.
      The body wash is quite thin in consistency, but I find this with most body washes and I find that a little goes a long way with this body wash. Not much of it is needed to produce a good lather. It lathers up really well. It produces a thick, soapy lather.
      It doesn’t feel drying on my skin at all.
      After using the body wash my skin feels soft, clean, fresh and hydrated. The scent of the body wash lingers on my skin for a while after use. It also makes my bathroom smell nice.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I like this body wash. It smells lovely.
      It creates a nice lather and leaves my skin looking and feeling good. The scent lingers on my skin for a while after using this body wash and my skin feels clean and refreshed.
      I think this body wash is rather expensive. I think £5.50 for 250ml is more than I would like to pay for any body wash.
      I would not buy this product again unless it was a lot cheaper. It was a lovely body wash to use, but it wasn’t that great and I don’t think it is worth the asking price. I don't rate Ted Baker very highly as a beauty brand and I don't think of this as a special body wash.

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      24.11.2014 11:12
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      • " scent is ok once alcohol scent dies down"
      • " better than nothing"
      • "comes in a handy sized can"

      Disadvantages

      • " smell is pretty average"
      • "as a strong alcohol scent when first sprayed which lasts a few minutes"

      A deadly sin?

      I usually love Impulse and recently tried this one out.

      ~ Price and availability ~
      Impulse costs £1.99 for a 75ml can and is available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets. It is often on offer for just £1.00 per can, which I think is very good value.


      ~ In use - not so peachy~
      The body spray is released in sharp bursts and feels cool and refreshing.
      The can is quite small, which is really handy. It fits into my every day handbag and I have even found that there is space to put it in smaller handbags and even my clutch bags as well as it is so small.
      Being in quite a small can, I also find that the cans don’t last very long. They usually last me about 4 weeks at the most with regular use.
      Temptation is supposed to be a vanilla and peach scent. For the first few minutes this smells very much like alcohol and it reminds me of the scent of hairspray, which is rather unpleasant. I haven’t experienced this unpleasant alcohol scent with any of the other Impulse body sprays in the range. This toxic scent sticks around for a good few minutes. It’s not just a few seconds when you first spray it.
      At the same time you can smell the vanilla scent in this body spray and although I can smell a slight fruitiness when this is first sprayed I can’t honestly identify it as peach. It is a very slight scent. It lacks intensity in this fragrance.
      After the strong alcohol scent has died down the scent there is just the vanilla with a dash of fruitiness. The scent is quite subtle on my skin, but it does linger on my skin for a few hours before fading away.
      I am not keen on this body spray. The scent is subtle and it is really nothing special. I have used much nicer scents by Impulse.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I am not a big fan of this body spray. It smells strongly of alcohol when it is first sprayed, more like hairspray than body spray.
      The scent is nothing special. I can smell the vanilla, but can’t pick out the peach in this fragrance.
      I wouldn’t buy this body spray again. The scent is not for me, but the strong scent of alcohol which lasts for a few minutes when this is first sprayed is probably not good for anyone.
      I wouldn’t recommend this body spray. There are lots of nice Impulse fragrances in the range, which come in the same handy sized can, but I think this scent is a bit nasty!

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      24.11.2014 00:12
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      • " fits in most handbags"
      • " scent lingers for a few hours"
      • " refreshing"
      • "smells lovely"

      Disadvantages

      • none

      A spark of romance?

      I love Impulse and recently tried this one out.

      ~ Price and availability ~
      It costs £1.99 but can often be found on offer for £1.00 at Boots or Superdrug.


      ~ In use ~
      This fragrance has a very familiar smell. It reminds me of one of my perfumes, but frustratingly I can’t put my finger on which one. I think it could be Oh, Lola by Marc Jacobs that it is reminding me of.
      It has a light, floral scent. It is a very clean scent.
      I love the scent of violet. The violet in this body spray is very pleasant and it takes a while for me to be able to detect the white wood note. When it does emerge the notes blend well together and I can detect a fruitiness in the fragrance as well as a light woody element.
      It is a really nice fragrance. It is floral, but not too girly. There are no harsh notes in this at all and I don’t think anyone would be offended by the scent.
      The body spray is released in a cool burst which feels refreshing especially on hot summer days.
      The scent lingers for a few hours before wearing off and it offers a nice boost of freshness during the day.
      Each can lasts me around 3 weeks with regular use.
      This body spray is really handy and with it being quite small it fits easily into my handbag. I have a huge handbag, but in the nicer weather I have been using smaller ones and a can of Impulse always fits in.
      This is one of my favourite body sprays from Impulse and I would definitely buy it again once my body spray collection has run out.

      I would definitely buy this body spray again as it is one of my favourites from the Impulse range.

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      23.11.2014 20:54
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      Advantages

      • "cleans hair"

      Disadvantages

      • " hard to get the last of it out of the bottle"
      • "doesn't smell very nice"

      Not so good!

      I got this Trevor Sorbie shampoo as part of a gift set along with the conditioner and some other hair products.


      ~ Price ~
      A full size 250ml bottle of this shampoo costs around the £5.00 mark and is available from Boots.


      ~ In use ~
      I have used Trevor Sorbie hair products in the past and have always been impressed with them so I expected to be pleased with this shampoo.
      The shampoo is a semi-transparent white colour. It isn’t thick, but it isn’t too runny either.
      The shampoo lathers up well and created a nice, thick, soapy lather and leaves my hair feeling clean and soft.
      The shampoo has a floral scent, which is quite strong. I’m not a big fan of the scent of this. I think the scent is quite odd. It is a strong floral, but it also has a smoky scent to it. Not cigarette smoky, but more like incense and it is floral at the same time. It isn’t awful, but I don’t particularly like the scent and would prefer my hair not to smell like this. I actually find the conditioner has an even stronger smoky scent.
      The scent lingers on my hair for a while after I have washed it.
      The shampoo does its job and leaves my hair looking and feeling clean, soft and smooth.
      The front of the bottle says, ‘with heat protection and shine-enhancing technology’. I have not noticed that my hair has more shine to it.
      I am often quite naughty and don’t always apply any heat protection to my hair before straightening it and since using this shampoo and conditioner offering heat protection I have noticed no difference, but this would be difficult to measure.
      I have also found, having the 75ml bottle that it is very difficult to get the last of the shampoo out of the bottom, which is frustrating.

      ~ Conclusion ~
      I have not been impressed with this shampoo. It does the job. It leaves my hair clean, but I am not keen on the scent. It is a heavy scent rather than a fresh scent and I’d prefer a lighter, fresh scent for my hair.
      It is also difficult to get the last of it out of the bottle, which is annoying.
      I wouldn't buy this shampoo again.

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      23.11.2014 12:53
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      Advantages

      • "reduces appearance of pores"
      • "leaves skin looking more radiant"

      Disadvantages

      • none

      Excellent exfoliator

      I received this Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator as part of a huge gift set, which I got from my sister for my birthday.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      My tube contains 100ml of the scrub, which is the full size tube. This will cost you £10.50 from Boots or online at boots.com.
      You can also buy a miniature 15ml tube for £2.99.


      ~ In use ~
      The back of the tube recommends using this after cleansing, while your face is still damp and recommends a pea-size quantity.
      I usually apply a little bit more than that using my fingers to rub it in circular motions over my face.
      The exfoliator has a very subtle scent. I struggled to identify it at first. I’d say it is a citrusy scent, but if you dislike citrusy scents don’t let that put you off as it is so faint you can barely smell it.
      The product claims, ‘Dull or patchy skin is often caused by an uneven build up of dead cells which should be polished away to reveal a brighter, fresher complexion. This professional exfoliator was designed by therapists to work on two levels: ultra-fine apricot granules & grape seed exfoliate & refine, while a trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts help to increase cell renewal.’

      The exfoliator should be used 2-3 times per week according to ‘our therapists’.
      I find that the exfoliator is quite gentle on my skin so I apply more pressure if I want a harsher scrub. The grains in the product are very small.
      The exfoliator is easy enough to rinse off, but takes a bit longer than a cleanser for example because of the grains in it. I always rinse with warm water as recommended.
      The first thing I notice once I have dried my face is that my skin looks better. My pores appear reduced and my skin seems more even.
      I sometimes get dry skin on my nose, which the exfoliator helps to remove.
      My skin feels soft and smooth and looks more radiant.
      I like to use this exfoliator in the morning before I apply my make-up because I feel it makes my skin look fresher and more radiant and I would rather apply make-up once I am feeling better about my skin instead of applying make-up straight to my not so pretty just out of bed face (even after washing I’m still quite ugly in the morning lol).
      I have been impressed with this product. It is nice to use and leaves my skin looking and feeling good.
      I would consider buying this product again, but I am also a fan of Soap and Glory’s scrubs so it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice, but there is nothing wrong with it at all.
      You really don’t need to use much of the product each time so a 100ml tube should last for ages.

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      22.11.2014 13:45
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      Advantages

      • " don't need to use much product"
      • "leaves my skin feeling hydrated and looking radiant"

      Disadvantages

      • " expensive"
      • "not keen on the scent"

      A Goodnight Cream!

      I got 2 samples of this Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream along with two samples of the day cream in a goodie bag a while ago.


      ~ Price and avaiability ~
      Mine is just a 5ml sample tube, but it usually comes in a 50ml pot, which costs £44.00 at Selfridges, but is also available from Boots and most other department stores.

      ~ Packaging ~
      The product is usually available in a blue blue pot with a white lid and the Clarins logo and name of the product in white lettering on the front of the pot.


      ~ In use ~
      Clarins says, ‘Think of it as eight hours of sleep in a jar. Clarins’ intensive, anti-stress treatment works the nightshift, when skin is most receptive to renewal. Complements the benefits of Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream, Cream-Gel or Lotion - helping restore natural tone, elasticity and radiance for a more youthful appearance by morning.’
      The cream is white in colour and feels quite thick in consistency. I only need to apply a little bit of cream and it provides a good coverage.
      I find the cream is easy enough to rub in, but you may have trouble if you apply too much. You really don’t need to use a lot of this product.
      The cream has a green scent, which is quite light. I don’t think anyone would find the scent too strong. I am not too keen on the scent of this cream, although I don’t find it offensive and I can put up with it. I really like the scent of their day cream.
      The product doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and it leaves no stickiness or residue on my skin.
      After using this cream my skin looks hydrated and more radiant. I wouldn’t say that my skin looks more youthful by morning, but it doesn’t look bad and my skin still looks hydrated and healthy.
      I use this product along with the day cream and I think they do improve the appearance of my skin, making it look moisturised and healthy.
      The cream has never caused any breakouts or any irritation.
      Even though I’m not keen on the scent I have enjoyed using this product and I would consider buying the full size pot. Even though it is quite expensive a little goes a long way so the pot would last me a lot of uses and I feel that the cream is good quality and it hydrates my skin overnight. I have used other night creams that I don’t think have done as good a job.
      I prefer the day cream to this night cream so if I could only choose one I would buy the day cream, but this night cream has impressed me and I would recommend it.

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      21.11.2014 18:49
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      Advantages

      • " not too messy"
      • " smooth and my pores appear reduced"
      • "leaves my skin soft"

      Disadvantages

      • availabilty

      Smoothing Mask!

      My sister got me four of these Avon Planet Spa japanese sake and rice face mask sachets as well as four other face mask sachets from Avon.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      These face masks are available from Avon for around £6.00 in a 75ml tube. They can also be found on Amazon or ebay.
      The sachets are hard to find, but they do sometimes come up on ebay for around £1.00 for 2-3 sachets.


      ~ In use ~
      The sachets that I have are surprisingly easy to tear open.
      I was also surprised at how thick the mask is. It is thick and white. My sachet contains 7ml of product, which is just enough to cover my face.
      It is a bit more difficult to spread over my face than other face masks I have used because of how thick it is.
      It has a lovely floral scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering, but I do notice it the whole time I am wearing the mask.
      When it is first applied it looks like icing on my face, but as it dries it starts to look less smooth and actually a bit scaly.
      As it dries it starts to feel a little bit tight on my skin.
      I find that the mask does not take long to dry on my skin. I have known masks take 30 minutes, but within the first 5 minutes this one is well on the way to drying out.
      Even if I feel it is dry I still leave it on my skin for about 15 minutes as it feels wrong to wash it off so soon after applying it.
      I find that the mask is fairly easy to rinse off.
      It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. I feel that my skin looks clearer and my pores appear reduced after using this mask.
      I have been impressed with the results from this face mask. It is one of my favourite masks to use.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I really like this face mask. It is easy to apply and I find it a lot less messy than other masks I have used.
      The scent is really nice and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and I find that my pores appear reduced after using this mask.
      I like to use face masks regularly as a treat for my skin and this is probably my second favourite after Montagne Jeunesse’s cucumber peel-off mask, which is excellent.
      I would definitely buy this mask again although I have to say I much prefer the idea of the sachets rather than the tube even if they were to work out more expensive.

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      20.11.2014 22:39
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      Advantages

      • " you don't need to use a lot"
      • " lathers up well"
      • "cleanses skin and hair"

      Disadvantages

      • " feels wrong to use on my long hair"
      • "smells like Cif cream cleanser"

      Have a sniff, it smells like Cif!

      Last time we went shopping my other half picked up two bottles of shower gel.
      At least I thought it was shower gel until I looked closely.
      The front of the bottle says this is ‘2-in-1 Shower & Shampoo’.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      This 250ml bottle of 2-in-1 shower gel and shampoo cost £0.95 from Morrisons on offer reduced from around £1.50.


      ~ In use ~
      The shower gel is quite thin in consistency, but it isn’t too runny. It lathers up really well so you don’t need to use too much of it. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry at all.
      My partner uses this as a shampoo as well as a shower gel as he has short hair and he says it’s all the same stuff anyway and his hair looks and feels no different to when he uses normal shampoo.
      I usually use this as a shower gel, but I did try it as a shampoo for the purposes of this review.
      It worked well and left my hair feeling clean and refreshed. I did feel the need to condition my hair after using this shampoo, but I usually find this, even with more expensive shampoos.
      It worked fine as a shampoo, but having long hair it feels wrong for me to use this as a shampoo. I didn’t find any problems with the shampoo, but because the product is multi-purpose I feel as though I should be using a real shampoo. This is probably just me being silly, but I prefer to use this as shower gel.
      The shower gel has a strong scent, which reminds me of Cif cream cleaner, which you use to clean your bathroom/house. It couldn’t have a scent more similar and my partner said exactly the same thing. Neither of us like the scent of this very much because of that although I must admit the scent has grown on me a little bit.
      We don’t want to be reminded of cleaning products while we are taking a shower and it is just too similar for it to be enjoyable.
      The scent lingers on my skin for a little while after using the shower gel and it is evident on my hair when I have used it as a shampoo. It doesn’t smell as bad when it is gently lingering on your skin or hair. It is a citrusy scent and it is a lot more toned down.
      I haven’t really enjoyed using this shower gel and my other half actually asked me where the other shower gel was this morning as he wanted to avoid using this one.
      I will continue to use this shower gel until it is empty, but I would not buy this one again. The packaging convinced me that I’d love it, but it is just too much of a scent that I associate with Cif cream cleaner.

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        20.11.2014 20:28
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        Advantages

        • " moisturising"
        • " improves the look and feel of my skin"
        • "reasonably priced"

        Disadvantages

        • " but didn't expect it to be"
        • "not a face lift in a pot as suggested"

        A New Face!?

        I first tried this Avon Anew Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream about 6 years ago and have since repurchased it a few times.


        ~ Packaging ~
        It comes in a silver coloured glass pot with a screw on plastic lid. The lid is also silver around the edges, but the top of the pot is plain white plastic. The pot feels quite heavy.
        ‘Anew Clinical Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream’, is on the front of the pot in white lettering and the pot contains 30ml of cream.

        ~ Price and availability ~
        The cream is by Avon and is not in the current Avon brochure, but it is available online at Amazon.co.uk for £12.99.


        ~ In use ~
        The cream is white in colour. It feels very light and you don’t need to use much of it to get a good coverage.
        I smooth the cream under my eye area, which is my main concern when it comes to my skin aging. I use less product on the rest of my face as I feel I need a heavier coverage around my eye area.
        The cream is nice and easy to apply and it rubs in easily without any residue or stickiness left on your skin. It sinks into my skin very quickly.
        My skin is left looking hydrated and radiant after I have used this cream. I wouldn’t say it has given me a face lift and I think the names that these creams call themselves are just made up to appeal to as many people as possible.
        While I don’t think that my skin looks younger as a result of using this cream, I think it does improve the appearance of my skin, giving me a radiant glow and my skin looks healthy and hydrated. I think moisturising your skin helps to prevent it showing signs of aging so the cream could help to maintain your youthful skin, but I wouldn’t say it has taken years off me and I don’t feel that it really lifts my skin as the name of the cream would suggest.
        I have never had any irritation from using this cream, but I know my auntie used this cream and she had a reaction to it. I did once get a bit of cream on my eyelashes and it went in my eye, which was inconvenient, but I had no problems after I rinsed it out.
        I always think 30ml doesn’t sound like much, but each pot lasts me months and months, even with regular use so I think it is good value.
        I would recommend this cream and I have and would repurchase this product. It makes my skin look and feel smooth and hydrated. It doesn’t work miracles, but I didn’t expect it to. I enjoy using this cream and it feels like it is doing my skin some good.

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          20.11.2014 16:51
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          Advantages

          • " leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated"
          • " kills 99.9% of bacteria"
          • " creamy scent"
          • "lovely sweet"

          Disadvantages

          • "difficult to get the last of it out of the bottle."

          Sweety clean!

          I bought this Carex Complete hand wash with oat milk and Manuka Honey from Morrisons when it was on offer for £0.95.
          It usually costs around £1.99 and is available from Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons as well as most supermarkets.
          Mine is a 33% extra free bottle so has 333ml in it.


          ~ Packaging ~
          It comes in a large clear plastic bottle with a pump dispenser.
          The Carex logo is on the front of the square shaped bottle with a golden coloured honeycomb pattern around it.
          The handwash itself is a light yellow colour.


          ~ In use ~
          The directions on the back of the bottle advise to use two pumps with a little warm water and wash for 15 seconds before rinsing.
          I usually find that one pump is enough. When I use this handwash in my bathroom at the sink it is fine, but when I use it in my kitchen, keeping it on the windowsill, which is a bit higher up I can never get my hand underneath it at the right angle so it always ends up spilling onto my sink, which is annoying.

          The handwash has a lovely scent. It is creamy with a sweet honey scent. I sometimes find honey scented products can have quite a harsh scent, but the scent of this handwash is really pleasant

          The handwash claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and it always leaves my hands feeling clean and soft. The word, 'nourish' appears at the bottom of the bottle in large lettering and I find that the handwash is quite hydrating, which is good as I find sometimes soaps can dry my skin out.

          This has been a nice handwash to use. I really like the scent and it is definitely one that I would buy again.
          I did find that towards the end of the bottle it is quite difficult to get the last of the handwash out using the pump dispenser, which is a shame as it means that the product will get wasted unless you unscrew the lid and tip the last of it out of the bottle to use it.

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          20.11.2014 11:47
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          Very Very Awful!

          Price £1.99

          Thoughts
          I recently bought all of the different Impulse fragrances available.
          One of their fragrances is called Very Pink, which is a pleasant scent. This scent is called Very Very Pink so I expected a pleasant fruity-floral, but this fragrance is orange and white wood.
          At first the scent is pleasant – the orange is vibrant and sparkling, but as the fragrance starts to settle it changes a lot within seconds of spraying it.
          It has a very familiar scent that reminds me of being a child. I can still detect the orange, but it isn’t fruity or fresh. It is a deep orange scent, like a blood orange. The white wood scent dulls it down. The scent seems pleasant enough and it reminds me of fresh linen, but there is something about the scent that I really don’t like! I don’t think there are any harsh notes so I am finding it really difficult to put my finger on why I really dislike this scent. I’m thinking that perhaps it reminds me of a cleaning product from years ago as it took me back to my childhood and it smells more like a cleaning product than a perfume or scent that someone would wear.
          I think it must be the note of white woods that I am finding offensive or perhaps the combination of white woods and orange, which seem to create quite a unique scent together. I think the white wood gives this a very dull scent, almost making the orange note seem staler and certainly less sparkling.
          I will hopefully be able to use up the rest of this can, but I can’t imagine this scent growing on me and I can see myself giving the rest of this can away to my sister to get rid of it.
          I wouldn’t recommend this body spray as it’s quite awful, but if you like the sound of orange and white woods and fancy giving this a go I’d love to read what you have to say about this scent as I can’t seem to put my finger on why I hate it so much.
          From all of those that I’ve tried so far I’d have to say this is the worst in the Impulse range and the only one I can recall actually hating!
          I am not saying this to be even less positive about this fragrance, but the scent is genuinely one that I would associate with older women, not middle aged women, more like grandmothers in their 70’s. It is too strong for me.
          I would have thought a fragrance called Very Very Pink would be very feminine, but this is far from the girly, floral scent I was expecting. I wouldn’t say the scent is particularly feminine, but it certainly isn’t masculine in the slightest.

          Unfortunately this is not a body spray I will be buying again. I can’t tolerate it and have developed a bit of a headache after writing this review!

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          19.11.2014 15:21
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          • " rinses easily"
          • "leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth"

          Disadvantages

          • "scrub is quite gentle and I would prefer something a bit rougher"

          Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub

          I have been using this Avon Clearskin Professional Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub on and off since I was a teenager and I had forgotten about it until recently when I was sorting out all of my beauty products and I found my tube.


          ~ Packaging ~
          The range’s packaging has changed over the years. My latest tube is silver in colour and has the words, ‘Avon Clearskin Professional Deep Pore Cleaning Scrub’ on the front.
          It sits on its flip cap lid.


          ~ Price and availability ~
          The tube contains 125ml of cleansing scrub and costs £5.50, but is currently available for just £2.75. As it is an Avon product it is only available to order from the Avon brochure via your local Avon representative or you can order it online at www.avonshop.com.


          ~ In use ~
          The scrub is easy to get out of the tube by gently squeezing it.
          The cleanser contains exfoliating micro beads, which help to remove any dead skin or dirt.
          The scrub claims that it cools and exfoliates to reveal fresher and brighter skin, dissolving and controlling pore-clogging dirt and oil for a shine-free look.
          The cleanser is white in colour and it is quite thin in consistency.
          I massage this over my face in circular motions concentrating mainly on my nose where I have dry skin and noticeably larger pores. You can feel the micro beads in it. They feel very small, but they do feel like they are doing some good to my skin.
          I would describe this scrub as rather gentle. I do prefer to use harsher scrubs just because they feel like they are more effective, but this one works well.
          I rinse the product off with warm water. It usually takes a few splashes to remove all of the scrub, but It rinses off easily enough.
          My skin is left feeling soft, smooth and refreshed, although to be honest I can’t really see much difference. My skin does seem a bit less dry, but I can't honestly say I can see that my pores have been deep cleaned and they don't appear any smaller.
          Each tube lasts me a good few months worth of uses even when I use it every day. I have found that a little goes a long way with this product and I never have to use much in one go.
          My skin feels noticeably smoother though and the skin on my nose doesn’t feel as dry. My skin is also shine-free


          ~ Conclusion ~
          I like to use this scrub and have used it on and off for years and will probably continue to use it.
          It refreshes and exfoliates my skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
          I think it is reasonably priced and it does quite a good job.
          I would definitely buy this product again.

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