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      13.12.2011 19:16
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      protect your lips this winter

      In the harsh winter, no matter how much lip balm I use, my lips always feel chapped. My usual stick lip balms become too cold in my pocket and therefore too hard, so are not much use on my lips. It takes 5 minutes to warm the balm enough to apply any. My little green tin which usually keeps my lips nice and supple just won't work and I have to reapply every hour which is annoying to say the least. So while I was in john Lewis I had a look at the lip balms they had to offer. I chose carmex because it wasn't in a stick or pot, but a tube so hopefully; it would stand up to the cold weather and not be useless in the freezing temperatures.

      The tube is bright yellow with a red cap so it certainly stands out with Carmex written along it. In the past I have found that lip balms/glosses with this texture come in a tube with a slanted applicator to make it easier to apply, however, this tube has a rounded top with a hole in the top. I found this made it difficult to cover my lips evenly and quickly, so instead I used my finger- which defeats the point of a tube being more hygienic.

      The consistency is similar to Vaseline but a little thicker. This does contain petroleum jelly but also has cocoa butter, a natural emollient, to moisturise and salicylic acid which causes the skin to shed more readily. Other ingredients are lanolin which locks in moisture, and menthol which has antiseptic qualities and speeds up the healing process. This is especially useful in the winter, as the skin on the lips only has 3 layers, so it is very thin and does not produce sebum therefore it needs to be kept moisturised and protected.

      As I have the original flavour, the smell of menthol was quite strong and did have a tingly effect, which wasn't unpleasant. After using it, I can go 2-3 hours without having to reapply and more often when I am eating obviously. The lip balm leaves a slight sheen; I think it's perfect for both sexes, especially as the smell is not too noticeable. I would say Carmex does live up to its claims as it does protect and soothe my lips more than usual Vaseline does. I haven't noticed my lips becoming softer over time due to this product but it does do a good job of being a barrier.

      Carmex can be found in superdrug/boots etc. Around £2/£2.50. The tube personally lasted me around 2 months with heavy use, which is quite good value. Again, not as cheap as your usual Vaseline but I think it's worth it.

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      13.12.2011 18:52
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      I love using all of Johnson's baby products including baby bath. I use it in the bath when I'm not using a Lush bubble bar as I love the smell and it leaves my skin soft as well. However, the price of Johnson's baby bath has gone up and while in Sainsbury's I was looking for a cheaper alternative. As well as my usual baby bath I picked a bottle of this which was on the bottom shelf. I managed to find one bottle that wasn't leaking. At 34p I thought I would try it and if I didn't like it, I would use it as hand wash or find some other use for it.

      The bottle is basic which I can't complain about for the price. It's white with a sticker all around it with the usual sainsbury's basics orange writing. The bottle is made of plastic which is quite thin and therefore easy to squeeze.

      The actual baby bath is a bright blue which is not much different to my usual and has quite a strong chemical scent which becomes the clean, fresh scent I adore when used in the bath. I pour a bit more than I usually would under running water (it's only 34p!) and even though I live in a hard water area and find it hard to make enough bubbles in the bath, this foamed up nicely. The bubbles and scent remained for the whole bath and, made the water soft and my skin feel clean.

      I don't have sensitive skin and I can't comment on it being gentle enough for babies skin, but as this is so cheap, I was expecting it to irritate a little, but I have experienced nothing.
      I honestly can't see myself going back to more expensive versions, this does the job and saves those all important pennies.

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        13.12.2011 18:38
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        a good, basic handcream

        Hand cream is the one thing I seem to go through a lot of, as I wash my hands a lot, I find they can get uncomfortably dry. I usually buy soap and glory hand food but this time I went for Avon's hand cream as it was 3 for £5 which seemed like a good deal.

        The Avon care range has recently had a makeover and the packaging is now white and a light colour depending on which hand cream in the range, for this one, it's blue. It says it is 'formulated with glycerine and calcium to help restore moisture to hands' This used to be sold in a 125ml tube with some of the other hand creams being sold in 75ml but they have evened this out so that they are all 100ml which I find does last me quite a while. The only problem with the packaging is that it has a screw on lid which is difficult to put on when you have cream on your hands and a flip top lid would be much handier, so to solve this problem, I just pour it into a small bottle which is also easier to carry around with me.

        The actual cream is white and a thick consistency which, when I first saw was promising, as very thick hand creams can take ages to sink in and leave you with sticky hands, whereas runny creams leave your hands wet, and not much softer. The cream has a slight smell which I found was the same as a body lotion from the same range. It's a distinctive smell but not unpleasant.

        I use the same amount as I usually would, a large pea sized blob and this is sufficient to cover both hands. The cream sinks in almost immediately and I found I could carry on doing whatever it was without leaving fingerprints or having to wipe my hands on a towel. This did make my hands feel softer afterwards and I noticed how soft my hands were the next day. After a week or so, my nails did feel stronger which at first I couldn't figure out why that was. It was a surprise as I didn't expect it to live up to its claims!
        This cream has now replaced my hand food as I feel it does the job so well and can so often be found on offer.

        You can purchase this from the Avon website or your local rep for £3.50

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        20.02.2011 13:32
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        I love the body shop body butters however I find them too expensive to buy regularly. I was more than happy to receive a few body shop gift sets on my birthday and the moringa set contained this body butter.
        The tub is round and the same as all the other body shop butters and quite sturdy. Because I have a 50ml, the lid is easy to put back on but I have found that for the bigger tubs this can be a problem. The moringa butter tub is pale yellow in colour with white flowers on top. It says it contains moringa seed oil and is for normal/dry skin. I prefer a tub to tubes or bottles as I can take out as much or as little as I want without wasting any and I can scrape out every little bit.
        When you open up the tub, you are met with a solid cream coloured butter and you can smell it straight away. The smell is a very strong floral that is almost sweet. I don't usually like floral smells but this smelt really rich and luxurious.
        I tested a bit on my arm and it sank in straight away and left my skin smooth. With some of the body shop butters, the ones for very dry skin can be greasy but with this one, it wasn't the case. I could still smell the butter for quite a while afterwards about 2 or so hours, so if you are using this, skip the perfume!
        I keep this on my desk because it is a small pot and use some on my arms to refresh the fragrance. I used it all over my body and like all body shop butters, I used only a bit and found it was enough to moisturise all over (using about a large grape sized amount for my whole body) so I can see the tub lasting me quite a while. A 200ml tub will cost £12.50 and a small 50ml tub costs £5. The body butters are often on offer for 2 for £15 etc. So look out for those. If you like the scent, you can get matching shower gel, scrub, soap but I think it can get too overpowering. I would buy the body butter again as I think it smells really uplifting and moisturises without being greasy.

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        • 2True Cheek N Lip Tint / Make Up / 22 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          29.12.2010 21:52
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          definitely recommended

          I have been wanting benefit's benetint for quite a while now but as I have no experience of lip stains, I didn't want to spend £22.50 on something I'm not even sure I would use. When I was in Superdrug recently I spotted the 2true stand with various bits of makeup for £1.95 each or 3 for £5. The little bottles cheek'n'lip tint caught my eye. There were two colours, one called blush, a version of posietint I suppose, but when I looked at the tester it was a neon gooey pink so I stuck with the safer looking rose tinted stain.

          This comes in the same type of bottle as benetint, a nail polish type bottle. The lid is a good size which has the brush on so it is easy to hold, and the bottom is clear so you can see how much you have left. Overall I think the bottle looks quite nice and not what I was expecting for something under £2. The writing on the label does rub off quite easily but it's mainly the ingredients on the side that have rubbed off.

          The actual stain is a watery liquid and a deep red colour. As it says in the name it can be used on the lips or cheeks but I tried this on my lips first. I used the brush in the lid which is the same as a nail polish brush to put some onto my lips and quickly blended with my finger. This gave a nice even colour to my lips which wasn't that dark and really just enhanced the colour of my lips but still noticeable. When blended it gives a deep pink/rose colour. You couldn't see the original brush stroke if you blend it in properly and it didn't bleed onto my skin. I waited about 20 seconds for it to dry as it is watery and because my lips felt quite dry, I used a small amount of clear gloss on top which looked quite nice. I don't really like having a statement lip but you could paint your lips with the brush, wait for it to dry and build up the intensity of the colour. I did try this and I have to say it still looked even, not blotchy, and lasted longer than any lipstick I have used so you don't have to worry about touch ups. When I use just one coat, it doesn't last quite as long but does for about 4 hours with eating in between.

          The other is use of course cheeks. I've never quite got the hang of crème blushers as they always look patchy and this is liquid so it is more of a challenge. I applied it in a cross with the brush on the apple of my cheek and quickly blended upwards again with my fingers before it dried. I had to use quite a bit for the colour to be visible as most of it ended up on my fingers and even then it looked like a stripe of colour, because I couldn't blend in properly like I do with powder blusher. It also quite hard to take off fingers as my make up remover isn't strong enough to remove waterproof makeup. A toothbrush usually gets it off my lips but most of it wears off throughout the day anyway.

          Would I buy it again? Yes. I think for £1.95 it is a great price and although I don't use it on cheeks I think it is a great lip stain. It's also cheap enough to experiment with, something I couldn't do with benetint! It lasts a decent length of time, and is stronger colour than a tinted lip balm but still a nice everyday look. I have been using it just about every day for the past 3 weeks and less than a tenth of the bottle has gone, which makes it great value, even more when part of the 3 for £5 deal. Just be careful to use it over the sink or put down an old towel and not do what I did, which is spill some on new clothes, as it does say on the side of the bottle that it may stain clothing. Most of it came out with some vanish and cold water but it's still visible if you look closely. After all, it is called a stain!

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          • Lush Colour Supplement / Make Up / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            29.12.2010 21:45
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            I'll stick to my normal foundation and concealer

            As B Never has now shut down (sister company of Lush) Lush have come up with some new makeup type products and brought back some B Never ones as well (like the lip scrubs).

            One of the many new products they have brought out this year is the Colour supplements. As I had a voucher from a magazine to try this for free, I had an excuse to visit my local Lush!

            The colour supplements are called 'multi-purpose base colours' and come in 4 colours:
            Dark yellow-for olive skins
            Light yellow-for ivory skin tones
            Dark pink-English rose with a healthy glow
            Light pink-lighter, rosy complexion-can be blended with any of the others

            As I have olive skin I chose the dark yellow which is a very good match for my skin, however, you can mix them to your own shade if your skin tone is in between, as it isn't the largest range of shades.

            They can be used as concealer, foundation or tinted moisturiser. To use as a concealer, apply straight onto the skin as you would normal concealer. For foundation, use as you would foundation, straight onto the skin. For tinted moisturiser mix some supplement with your usual moisturiser and add more for more coverage.
            I was actually shocked at how small the jars were when I first saw them. They are 20g which I now realise will last a very long time as you mix with moisturiser and most foundations come in 30ml sizes anyway.

            The first time I used it was a concealer. I had some angry red spots on my cheek and this didn't cover them up. I had to dab some on, wait for it to dry and repeat which took ages and even then, they were still visible. However, on small blemishes, it works fine. I haven't tried it as an under eye concealer because I don't think it's creamy enough and will drag on my skin. I put loose powder on top to set it and it lasted a full day which I wasn't expecting.

            I then used it as a tinted moisturiser. On the back of my hand I put a large blob of moisturiser and some supplement next to it and mixed together. This made it very similar to my body shop tinted moisturiser in that it gave a bit of coverage but mainly evened out my skin tone. My skin looked a bit too 'dewy' though so I had to use powder in top. I don't think it's suitable for summer which is when I mostly use tinted moisturiser. I don't want to have too much makeup on in hot weather. But it didn't feel heavy on my skin and I hardly noticed it was there which is a plus. And in winter I use a heavier moisturiser which might have affected it.

            The last way to use it is straight on as foundation. This for me was the worst because it felt heavy on my skin and I had to use a lot more. Even though I had used moisturiser beforehand it was very difficult to blend and smooth over skin and I don't have dry skin so it's not usually a problem. I gave up with this and just used it on my forehead as this is my main problem area and left it at that. Again this lasted for a day with powder.

            So, would I buy it again? Probably not. I think it isn't a very good concealer as most of the time I want to cover those very red spots and this takes a long time to get the same effect as my bourjois concealer. The mixing tinted moisturiser is a nice idea but not good in the mornings when I'm in a rush and end up mixing too much and wasting it, plus it's hard to use as a foundation. It contains rose petal infusion which should make skin softer but I can't say I have noticed this. As it is fresh I thought I would only have 2 months to use it before it went off but mine was made on 15/10/10 and the use by is 15/12/11 so I have a chance of finishing it. It also contains parabens which is the last thing I would expect from Lush.

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            25.12.2010 23:36
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            will not repurchase

            I'm not old enough to remember the body shop favourites products when they first came out but I was still excited to go and have a look at some of the old classics. With the offer of 2 for £6 on I went with this carrot moisture cream because if it was as good as the vitamin e cream, it would be much better value.

            You get a 50ml pot that's light orange with a black lid. It looks a bit strange but doesn't remind me of Halloween so the packaging is nothing to complain about. On the lid it says 'we could rabbit on about our old favourite for hours. Let's just say it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, just like our original one. Now with community trade beeswax from organic sources.' Carrot seems an odd choice for a moisturiser, I've not heard anything about them being especially good for skin, so I was intrigued if this would live up to its promise.

            Inside I'm greeted by a thick cream the same colour as the tub with a distinctive carrot smell- but don't worry, you won't go around smelling like a salad. It's more of a sweet smell, but I'm still not crazy about it. It feels quite thick and I was worried I would look shiny as I have combination/oily skin but this wasn't the case(it says suitable for all skin types on the lid). I used this at night after cleansing skin and used my usual amount of a pea size on cheeks, forehead etc. and rubbed in. It sank in fairly quickly but my skin felt a bit sticky and heavy. I gave it about 5 minutes to fully sink in and my skin felt quite soft and definitely smooth. It still felt too much on my forehead area so I now only use a small amount.

            I've been using this for about 2 months now and I can't say my skin has improved much. It keeps my skin soft and supple and only a tiny amount is needed but it's not a miracle. However it delivers what it promised. I wouldn't repurchase this because there are cheaper moisturisers that do the same job and it doesn't have SPF which I think is important for a day cream. Although, it uses community trade ingredients which is a definite plus as all Body Shop products do.

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            16.10.2010 22:58
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            cheaper version of Lush Fresh Farmacy

            When I recently ran out of cleanser as well as buying my usual Garnier foaming wash, I thought I would try this. As it was part of the Vitamin E range, I didn't think it would be as drying as if it was in the tea tree range. When I don't use a face scrub in the shower, I like to use something else to clean my face and the cleanser bottles are a bit fiddly so this would be ideal to just grab and use.

            It came wrapped in thin plastic with a slip of paper inside just telling you what it was which I was pleased with as it had minimum packing although I'm not sure if the packaging is recyclable.

            You get a 100g of curved pink soap which is easy to hold with the body shop logo embossed on one side. It makes a huge change from my usual Lush soaps! The soap doesn't have any real smell to it just a light and fresh one which I expected.

            I used this the same day in the shower and wet it under the water and applied straight to my face. It didn't give much lather which was disappointing but the bubbles felt quite rich. I then just used my fingers to give it a good rub it and managed to get some in my eye (ouch!). Once my face had dried it did leave my skin feeling really clean but though and it felt quite tight and dry even more that Lush Fresh Farmacy which is unusual as I have oily/combination skin. I tried it again the next day by rubbing the bar between my hands and put this onto my face which produced more lather and worked better as I avoided my eye and my skin didn't feel as dry afterwards.

            I have now given up using this on my face as it is too drying and I always manage to get some in my eye. I now use the bar as hand soap and it has lasted absolutely ages and it says you can use it as a body soap as well. I have had it out for 2 months and it has not even halved in size, so if it works for you, it ends up being very economical. I bought this bar for £2.25 (with my love your body card) but it's normally £2.50. Right now online there is also 30% off all purchases and there is often a 3 for 2 offer or spend £15 and get a free mask etc.

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            16.10.2010 21:51
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            I don't need to buy any others!

            As I love changing around my nail polish, I go through quite a lot of remover (and somehow manage to always forget to tighten the lid and knock it over) So instead of my usual Cutex which is about £1.50 for just 100ml, I bought this for about 60p for 250ml.

            It comes in a translucent pink bottle so you can tell how much is left and has a simple label. The bottle feels less sturdy than my usual so I never travel with it but its fine for using at home. I'm not crazy about the packaging and this probably the only downfall, but for the price I can't complain.

            To use: simply hold a cotton wool ball or pad to the bottle and tip. I find this gives the right amount to clean off 10 nails so you only need to use a small amount each time. I hold the pad at the top of my nail and press down while it gets to work. This takes most of it off quite easily I just need to go over it twice to get it completely off and neaten up afterwards. I don't wear dark colours very much so I don't know how easily it comes off, however I do wear a basecoat which makes it easier and means my nails don't get stained. I think it works almost as well as Cutex which I wasn't expecting.

            On the label it says it 'has been specially formulated to contain a conditioning agent for effective care of your nails'. I can't say it has had a conditioning effect but I thought that my nails would feel more brittle. This is actually not true and my nails feel just as strong as before even when I reapply nail polish so many times.

            A bottle lasts me about 2 months and for the price it's not an expensive habit anymore!

            Ingredients: Acetone, Aqua, Glycerine, Bitrex

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          • Avon Soft Matte Mousse / Make Up / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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            04.09.2010 18:56
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            a great foundation

            I normally use maybelline dream matte mousse but when I ran out I got this from avon as part of the 2 for £10 deal.

            You get quite a heavy frosted glass jar with a black lid. It's quite small which means I can take it around with me for touchups. I have the shade natural beige which is a perfect match for me which can be hard when you're ordering out of a catalogue.

            Opening it up, you can see a mousse type substance but it's quite dense. To use, I just use my fingertips to take a bit out, and smooth onto my skin. A tiny amount is enough to cover my whole face meaning this lasts longer than my dream matte mousse and also you get 25ml which is more than maybelline give you.

            It takes me 2 minutes to apply to my face and neck and i'm not left with horrible tide marks. My skin feels soft and smooth and the foundation is so light I cannot even feel it. I have combination skin and it doesn't dry out my skin or make my forehead any more oily. I don't need to use concealer when I use this, only on my under-eye dark circles and i'm left with natural looking skin that looks much better than it actually is. I use a powder over this and I find that it lasts most of the day, but I can apply again as it doesn't take long or just use more powder. I was worried that it may look dull on my skin as some matte foundations can do that but this didn't.

            The only downside is that when I bought this it said 'last chance to buy'. My mum is an avon rep. so hopefully I will get the chance to buy this again with other discontinued items.

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              04.09.2010 17:57
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              it's going straight back

              As my mum is an avon rep. I get to look at all the online offers for discontinued products. Because I don't have flawless skin (honestly-who does?) a concealer always comes in handy. This was discontinued a while ago and as far as I know, the concealers availale from avon are the concealer stick and magix one.

              I think this is designed for those pesky under eye circles because it is liquid and has a brush dispenser, but i'm sure you can use it on blemishes as well.

              I'm not sure if this promises 'light reflecting' something because there wasn't a description when I ordered it but looking on the avon site I found it says: Create the look of flawless, smooth skin with an illuminator that instantly brightens, while minimising the look of imperfections.

              The only colour that was available was medium which I thought would be fine as normally, I am a medium colour. I know the available shades are light and medium but avon doesn't cater for darker skin so I don't know if there is a darker shade.

              When I receieved this I have to say it looked nice, with the normal black packaging. It's the size of a pen so it doesn't take up much room in my bag. To dispense some concealer, simply twist the bottom part of the pen, until some comes out of the top and onto the brush. I kept twisting, and twisting until some concealer spread onto the white brush. It was shockingly orange. I usually don't have a problem with avon and the colour of foundation (natural beige is a good match for my skin).

              I tried some on a spot, and was surprised as it was creamy and blended well. I used the brush to put some on and blended with my finger and the spot disappeared! unfortunately it was covered by orange which is a shame as it's better than my Lacura concealer pen. I didn't try it on my dark circles because it would have looked ridiculous and a waste of time.

              You can't buy this from avon any more but I'm sure you can find it on amazon or ebay. This used to sell for about £6.50 but I got it for £1.50. If it was the right shade I would pay this much for it even though you don't get a huge amount of concealer. I'm just glad avon have a good money back guarantee- I seem to be returning a lot of things!

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                04.09.2010 16:59
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                a staple in my bag- even if it is too big!

                I got this as part of a 2 for £10 deal along with some foundation. It promised me radiant, luminous skin (who doesn't want that?!) and I can't help but love the colour of these.

                The pearls come in quite a large tub, I say this because it takes up a lot of room in my makeup bag. It's about the size of a mini Body Shop body butter (the thing closest to me) but taller. It looks.. just like the picture.

                Inside you get a piece of scratchy foam which I don't think is meant to be an applicator but just to fill the space so the pearls don't get crushed. I was quite surprised when I got these because there quite a lot of pearls, they are just quite small and take up a third of the pot so the size of the pot is unnecessary.
                You get 3 different colours of pearls inside, all shades of pink. To use, I simply take my face and body brush, swirl around in the pot, tap off excess and apply like blusher- across my cheekbones. Because it is meant to be 'illuminating face pearls' you can use them all over your face, I stick to using it as blusher. My skin actually looks radiant but it still gives a slight flush of colour- perfect for daytime. It gives a subtle pale pink colour and has a bit of shimmer, not obvious glitter, otherwise it would look too matte. My skin actually looks radiant!

                This is usually £8.50 and I would buy again but avon always have it on offer for £5 or 2 for £10 etc. I use this just about everyday and the pearls are smaller but this will last forever (you get 22g)

                You can order these from your avon rep. or online

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                • Tampax Pearl Regular / Sexual Health / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                  04.09.2010 13:35
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                  nothing beats tampax

                  I saw an advert for these a while ago and I thought they were the answer to my prayers. I don't like normal pads because I am always aware that the pad is there but I find the cardboard applicators difficult to use. So with my next packet of tampons I got 3 of these to try out.

                  The box tells me it has smooth touch applicator (hurray!), our best ever protection braid, and a perfect fit which means the tampon 'gently unfolds to fit your unique shape'.

                  Instead of the paper wrappers you get with the cardboard ones, you get a plastic one so it's cleaner to throw away with your used tampon.

                  You get a smooth plastic pearlescent applicator which really is so smooth to use and I have had no problems. It's especially good if your out in public, you don't want to take 10 minutes in the toilet trying to insert a tampon.

                  Once it's in, you can't tell it's there (as with all tampons) which is one less thing to worry about.

                  Regular tampons can hold 6-9 grams and is suitable for a light to medium flow so I use these on ligter days. You can use these for up to 8 hours, so you can use them at night but I use the super ones at night. I change these around every 5 hours which is fine. I wear a pantyliner with all tampons just in case, but I haven't had a problem with these leaking before.

                  They have quite a long string and because it's tampax has a secure braid so it's easy to remove. The wrapper is quite large which makes it a little less messy to throw away.

                  You get 20 of these for about £3 and a pack lasts me about 2 periods. Compared to other brands these are quite expensive but it's one thing I don't mind paying extra for. I know in Asda the super pearl ones are £1.50 but i'm not sure if these are.

                  I think these are good if you are starting to use tampons because they are so easy to use. I just wish I had them when I was 13!

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                    When I was at aldi looking for the concealer pen, I saw this moisturiser. My Body shop Vitamin E cream had almost run out, so I thought this was worth a try as it was only £1.89.

                    Apart from the anti-ageing moisturisers this was the only one (I won't be needing that yet). It says it's suitable for all skin types .usually moisturisers that say 'all skin types' are too heavy for my combination skin but oily skin moisturisers are too light.

                    It comes in a box which I threw away that just has the usual sales blurb on it but most of it is on the actual jar: a light cream developed with the latest scientific advancements providing the skin with lon-lasting moisture. I am also told that it moisturises and refreshens with sea minerals which explains the blue colour. The actual jar is a glass one with a blue lid that is smaller. I would prefer it if the lid covered the whole jar but I guess they have to cut down costs somewhere.

                    Opening it up for the first time I see a pale blue cream that doesn't look too thick or too runny. So far so good. The smell is...I guess you could call it 'fresh' but to me it's brylcream. Yes that stuff my dad used to use in his hair. Could be worse I suppose.

                    I take off my makeup, cleanse, tone and open this up. I apply it to my cheek first. Just a small amount and rub it in. The smell isn't too bad once it's on. Hmm, my skin feels a bit sticky but I carry on and use it all over my face and neck of course avoiding my eyes and lips. By the time I actually get into bed, I feel my skin again and it feels soft and smooth not sticky. It just needs a couple of minutes to sink in. I wake up to soft skin that looks refreshed. Well, that is a first! This doesn't give me spots, nor does it clear them up. It does what it promises to do. In the morning I do the same and wait this time before applying tinted moisturiser and my makeup looks fresher throughout the day and my skin is soft at the end of the day even though I have been out in the cold.

                    I would recommend this a simple good moisturiser for a fraction of the price. So far I have been impressed with the Lacura range and will be trying out some of the other products.

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                      I buy way too many beauty products so here is the top 10 I love at the moment (the list is always changing) :]

                      1. Body shop body butter
                      £12.50 a go but so worth it! smell delicious and dry skin is a thing of the past. best after a bath or shower and probably better in winter months. I love the japanese cherry blossom one at the moment.

                      2. Toni and Guy Iron it Heat Defence Spray
                      because I know I shouldn't be using straighteners just about everyday but I still do. No more static, just soft shiny hair that smells delicious. Can also be used as a leave in conditioner.

                      3. Aveeno Daily moisturising lotion
                      I leave this by the kitchen sink and everyone uses it. Hands, face any dry patches are all taken care of. Great for sensitive skin and even eczema.

                      4. Perfume
                      bit of a cheat here :)
                      impulse- for daytime, I love love 'London'
                      body shop japanese cherry blossom - again daytime, it smells sweet and floral perfect for summer!
                      vera wang princess- mostly evening as it's quite strong but it's sugary deliciousness in a bottle!
                      viktor and rolf flowerbomb- just amazing!

                      5. Johnsons classic lipcare
                      Nothing comes close to this for solving chapped lips. I always have 2 in case I run out. By far the best and not too expensive either!

                      6. Lush shower jellies
                      they're fun to use in the shower and sweetie pie smells good enough to eat (hmmm I think I see a pattern of sweet scents here...)

                      7. Barry M nail paints
                      gorgeous nail colours that don't chip after a day- all for the price of a starbucks frappuccino

                      8. Avon glimmerstick eyeliner
                      Smooth eyeliner that doesn't drag on eyelids and doesn't need sharpening. Saturn grey is my favourite for daytime.

                      9. Max factor false lash effect mascara
                      Forget thin spidery lashes and say hello to full thick lashes with one sweep of this!

                      10. Lush strawberry feels forever massage bar
                      Pamper yourself and smell like strawberries :) need I say more?

                      hope you enjoyed reading :)

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