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I have been a bit deficient in Vitamin D for quite a few years now. I did not even realise until my knee started to hurt and i had trouble in bending it. Then after a trip to the doctor and getting my blood test done, I was called back to be told I am lacking in Vitaimin D. I was told to buy some vitamin D tablets, which I did and now fast forward to recently, my level has gone up.
I was finding it annoying to keep remembering to take my tablets and I guess i am lazy but I didn't have much motivation to take them. Even though it is a simple case of just putting in my mouth and drinking with water. I decided to try this product out as it was only about £6 and claimed that it is a better way to ensure it gets absorbed. Normally I am quite fussy and do not like supplements that can be tasted, however to my pleasant surprise this has a lovely taste. It tastes very fresh, minty and I enjoy looking forward to taking it everyday now. It is a convenient little bottle which lasts long enough, and easy to transport if needed. It has a small plastic lid which helps keep it clean.
Nowadays many people are deficient, and especially these winter months it might be worth to supplement unless you have a very good diet. Unfortunately vitamin D is hard to get the required amount at times from diet alone. I have also recently read lack of Vitamin D can make ezcema worse, so I have started to give to my kids too, which they both enjoy due to the taste. This product comes in different strengths so check out which one is needed for your requirement. I initially bought from Holland and Barrats but I can see that amazon also sell it.
My son has been a sufferer of an itchy skin condition called eczema since birth. He is 5 now and it is still quite bad and requires steroid based creams as well as lots of emollients. To try keep his skin under control I feel as if I have tried practically everything. I have changed his mattress to memory foam, I only buy 100 percent cotton for every clothing and bedding. I rehomed my lovely pet cat a while ago. I only use prescribed bath products, non bio washing powder, seen dermatologists, allergy tested etc and still no difference.
A few months ago someone recommended DermaSpray by Salcura for me to try for him. It helped her daughter so I decided to give it a try. I have tried numerous products over the years but if I can find something that can help I will be over the moon.
I was told I can easily buy from Boots but I decided to try online first. The product is spray based so no hands needed to rub in. It is advertised as a 100% natural product, which helps the skin repair and aids against itchy dry skin conditions. It contains no steroids and harsh chemicals. The before and after photos on the website also looks very impressive.
Salcura have a wide range of products for different skin complaints, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. I required the eczema range products and selected the DermaSpray Intensive They have a different similar spray for babies under 12 months. The product is made in the UK and they have a helpline and online chat assistants to help. They also have a 30 day money back policy as well as free samples but you have to pay postage and packaging.
I was desperate for a miracle. After reading the testimonies and reviews I felt this product might be the product for us. I had high hopes and wishes. after seeing the numerous 5 stars on the website reviews. The spray comes in three sizes 50ml, 100ml and 250ml. My son has ezcema in most parts of his body especially his arms and legs, so I thought i would go for the 100ml, as it would be more economical. the 50ml is £9.99 and 100ml is £14.99. It was not cheap at £14.99 but I needed this to work for us.
Salcura's DermaSpray arrived after a few days and I was shocked that the product looked so much smaller than I imagined. The actual bottle is half the size of my hand. The instructions say in brief to shake the bottle well, spray directly to affected skin about 3-4 times a day and then decrease as symptoms improve. You have to take extra care when using on the face and they suggest to use with a cotton wool.
Did it work?
My 5 year year old son was going through a flare up and I applied it to him and he hates the feel of liquid on his skin so he decided to rub it in. Big mistake it started stinging him very badly and he was screaming, "IT HURTS! IT HURTS!". I had to panic and quickly get him into the bath as soon as possible. Later that evening I told him I will try the spray again but this time do not rub. I decided to spray a small area to test it. It did not hurt him this time but I felt it hardly moisturized him so I had to apply his normal moisturizer afterwards as he was still itching in that area.
Over the days I applied 3 to 4 times a day and felt as if half the container was finished. It hardly made any difference to his skin at all. I had to go back to GP to get a steroid based cream and more of his regular emollient which is Epaderm.
I felt this DermaSpray was not enough for him in terms of moisture for his skin. It did not help even a small amount for him. However everyone is different just because it did not work on him does not mean it will not work on someone else. I stupidly forgot to return the bottle within the 30 days period or I could have got my money back. So overall I had wasted £15 on a product that did not work and if he was to accidentally rub it in, he was in pain. Even if this product had worked for him it would have been very expensive as the small 100ml bottle spray did not last long at all.
Over the years I have had a fair amount of exercise equipment that unfortunately within a short period of time would gather dust. I think most people have this problem after a while it really takes a lot of motivation to get into that workout routine. I have gathered many exercise items I do not really use from dumbbells, skipping ropes, to cross trainers to even a treadmill. I had re homed my large items such as the cross trainer which was poorly made and very boring for me to use as it was too easy with little resistance. The treadmill was awfully noisy and very bulky and was sold second hand too.
Last year in the summer I began regular daily long walks and it really helped me lose weight and I also felt generally more well. However as the cold weather began to kick in I became extremely lazy and did not fancy walking in the cold and wet weather. Within a month I had put on over half a stone and was over eating. It took a while to convince my husband that I needed an exercise bike as he knew me and he was pretty sure I would not use the bike often enough and it would just take up space in our small home. I however persisted and I was very determined to lose weight as well as tone up my hips and legs (my problem areas).
My friend is very much into fitness and gave me advice not to get normal cheap home gym equipment. She recommended ex Gym equipment and I realised the cost can go up to thousands for such equipment. Her problem with low cost home equipment was that she thought it was very basis, not made well and provides little resistance. I needed an equipment that I can get a good cardio workout as well as high resistance to tone up my legs. However I felt the ex gym equipment would be too big, expensive and bulky for my house.
I really researched different exercise bikes as well as looked at reviews to get an idea. There are a few different types of exercise bikes. One is the recumbent type which has a high seat back rest providing support for the back as well as the knees. This type is bigger in size but ideal for those with back, neck or knee problems. Another is a spinning exercise bike, which I have read is a very high impact cardio workout. The spinning bikes tend to be more expensive and for those that can manage such intensity. Some exercise bikes were combined with a cross trainer so you get a sort of two in one workout equipment. I felt all these types were not for me, I felt the recumbent and combined bikes would look too big in my small dining area and the spinning seemed like it only provided cardio.
It was not long before I decided to look for a small sized home gym equipment exercise bike I did not want a beginner exercise bike as I knew I would get bored with the lack of resistance. I also wanted a new model with minimum to no noise. It also had to be sturdy and high quality.
I found the York Aspire in Argos, it was on sale reduced to half price from £299 to £149. Initially I liked the look of the bike, it looked trendy and conveniently matched my dining room which has a orange theme going. It had more tension levels (difficulty levels) than most other basis ones that mainly only had 8 or less levels. This York Aspire Bike had 16 resistant/tension levels as well as brilliant reviews from others, so I decided to purchase it.
We used the click and reserve option from Argos' Website and it was around Christmas time and most stores were sold out. We found one store not too far. We arrived half an hour before closing time and luckily for us there was hardly any other customers at the store. The exercise bike was quickly at the counter and was packaged in a strong cardboard box. Obviously the box was large and very heavy. The Argos staff did offer to help carry the item with my husband but for an unknown reason my husband refused the offer. (What is it with men and asking for help?) My husband managed to somehow take the over 29kg packaged exercise bike to our car which was parked a bit far.
At home my lovely husband quickly put the bike together for me, sorry I have no idea if it was difficult or not as I was not there when he did it. Once made I noticed the exercise bike looked quite small and fitted into the room quite well as it looks quite trendy and stylish. The seat can be adjusted very easily with a screw type handle. The display had batteries in it, and there is a mains plug that needs to be plugged in. I was not familiar with that as my mothers old exercise bike was the old type that was not electrical. If I do not plug it in I can still use it but I can not use any programme or change tension control.
The York Aspire Exercise Bike has magnetic resistance so does not make hardly any noise. It is practically silent apart from if I go very fast. Therefore it is easy to watch TV, listen to the radio etc while using. It has 23 stored programs for a varied workout, honestly I only use about 2 or 3 programs at most. It is advertised at being gentle on the ankles and knees, I'm not too sure about that as my husband claims his knees hurt after using it briefly. He has no knee problems as far as I am aware whereas I have had a knee problem a few years back and for me my knees are fine afterwards.
I have mentioned before that it is operated and powered by mains. If purchasing you will have to bare that in mind when deciding where to put it. York exercise bike has a programmable resistance system. It has a soft comfortable hand grip which feels a bit like memory foam sort of material. The hand grip contains a pulse sensor for monitoring the pulse, I find this function a bit annoying as sometimes its takes a few minutes to get an accurate pulse. The seat is very comfortable to sit on and again has a soft foam soft of feel to it. However if I spend over 45 minutes to an hour on the bicycle my backside does start feeling a little uncomfortable. The pedals can be tightened or loosened with the straps, so your feet can be secure.
The programs includes calories count, distance in km or Miles, speed, target time and the heart rate. The programs also has 23 varied different workouts, some are tailored for a longer faster paced cardio workout and some are more intense for toning, with a warm up and cool down. Nowadays I tend to only stick with one workout program which starts off at a low tension level and gradually peaks at an intense level 8 (this is very hard for me) and then gradually lowers back into a cool off with a low easy tension level. I find 23 are unnecessary as many of the programs seem very similar. One disadvantage is all the programs that I have seen are set up for only 30 minutes so after 30 minutes when I am still on the bike it will just reset the program.
The difficulty levels also known as tension levels do get really hard. It is an intense sturdy built piece of equipment, do not be fooled by it's size. When I began using the bike I really struggled going more then tension level 4. It has 16 difficulty levels and I tried level 16 to just see how it is and it is extremely difficult, I can not imagine myself reaching it. I am impressed that a home gym equipment can be so difficult and provide enough resistance for even the more advanced users. I am not a beginner, I would describe myself as a medium sort of level user and this York Aspire exercise bike seems perfect for my use.
Some other general information is that the maximum weight it can take for use is 125kg or 19 stones 10 pounds. This is pretty impressive and I do feel this equipment is very sturdy and it does not shake at all while using. Size of bike is Width 48cm, Height !34 cm and Depth is 91cm. There is transportation wheels for ease of moving it about.
I have had this exercise bike for over 6 months and I am still using it. I am pretty sure it will be a keeper. It fits in well with my orange themed dining room and is a high quality exercise bike.
Floradix was recommended to me by a pharmacist. I was looking for a high quality vitamin supplement for my son and she was speaking very highly about this product. I was not sure as it was about £10 for 250ml and would need to be used within a month. I also was initially put off by the fact it was a liquid as my son normally does not drink liquid form supplements. Nevertheless I thought I would try it out as I have suffered from low iron many times and I decided if he does not like it I will have it.
Floradix is a liquid tonic, nutritional supplement with ferrous gluconate iron, vitamins B and C, herbs, as well as containing fruit juices. It is suitable for vegetarians and it provides a good absorption of iron, oxygen into the red blood cells. The fruit juices and herbs help prevent constipation normally associated with iron supplements. It is free from preservatives, chemical colourings and flavourings.
Surprisingly my son liked the taste whereas when I first started taking it I hated it. I decided to give it a miss and my son some days would take the tonic and other days refuse it. My daughter did not like the taste and refused it altogether. The first time we purchased this unfortunatly we did not finish it within a month and I threw away the remaining after the month period. I forgot to mention once opened it has to be stored in the fridge.
4 months after my first purchase after a blood test I discovered I was low in iron. I was prescribed some iron supplements which like many people do not suit me and upsets my stomach. I decided to try out Floradix again as a friend was also speaking highly of it. This time I purchased from Amazon and the price was cheaper. Floradix comes in two sizes a large 500 ml or 250ml. I went for the 250ml as I was not sure if I would take it regular enough as before I disliked the taste and it put me off.
Floradix arrived quickly from Amazon and was very well packaged. The container is glass so I was worried it won't get broken in the post. For adults the dose is 10ml twice a day. I shakedbthe bottle well and this time I did not find the taste too bad. It is a weird sort of taste, slightly bitter yet slightly sweet. I do not love the taste but I find it bareable. I would begin my drinking water after but now I do not require it as long as I shake properly before use. If I do not shake properly I notice a slightly bad after taste in my mouth.
The bottle comes with a small measuring container which is stored on top of the lid. It is easy to pour and drink and the liquid is a dark brown colour. Once opened the glass bottles needs to be stored in the outer cardboard packaging and stored in the fridge.
I finished the first bottle fairly quickly within a couple of weeks or slightly more. My son also occasionally has a 5ml dose. After I finished the 250ml, I reordered and bought the larger bottle of 500ml. Therefore if you are taking regularly or require for more than one person go for the larger size as it is more economical. The cheapest I have found this product us Amazon so far. £10.44 for the larger 500ml size.
It has been a few months of use and I do think it has definitely boasted my energy. I began having more energy within a few days of use and feel I need to sleep less. Whereas beforehand I would feel tired a lot of the time. I have not had any stomach problems with Floradix and I think it is very easy on the system. My diet is not perfect and I'm not too fond of iron rich foods so this product has been good for me so far.
Over the years I have gone through many different brands of concealers. I do not really wear much make up at all but I love my concealers and mascara.
Unfortunately whenever I find a product I really like it gets discontinued. For numerous years I would have a routine of using No.7 concealer to hide under eye bags and Max Factor Erace for my acne scars. I was nearly devastated when Erace got discontinued as the replacement product was useless and a waste of money for me. Please see reviews for further information. In order for me to find a replacement I have gone through quite a few concealers. I have tried YSL, Mac, Rimmel and most recently Clinique.
This Clinique airbrush concealer comes in a thin pencil sort of shape. I have the neutral fair colour which is number 04. I have olive skin tone and it is a perfect match. The concealer states it illuminates, perfects. Once opened it can be used up to 24 months. When you open it there is a brush and it took me a long time to figure out how to release the actual concealer liquid onto the brush after numerous twisting around and pushing the end of it, I have finally got the hang of it. I have discovered that only a tiny amount is needed to do the job.
I do not wear foundation so I require a concealer that is as natural looking when applied as possible. I also need it to be thick enough to cover my imperfections but light enough not to show. On top of that I have sensitive skin that is prone to break outs of spots/acne therefore the product needs to be gentle and suit my type of skin. Fortunately after spending a fortune on concealers I have finally found the perfect product. Clinique have pleasantly surprised me as all the new products I have tried of theirs all seem to be excellent.
I found this airbrush concealer to be easy to use once I got the hang of it. I only need a little and I dab it in. I feel it is an exact match to my skin and I can't see it at all even in the sunlight so it is very natural looking. Clinique were generous as I received this as a sample product when I purchased from them. It seems like it is the full size. I will continue to buy this product at the full price of £15-18. The price is a disadvantage as most concealers range from £4-£8 including even some top brands.
Like most things in this world nothing is perfect. This is a great product however there are a couple of problems for me. First as I mentioned earlier I think the price is too much and will probably put most people off unless they also perhaps have tried a trial sample and therefore not taking a risk with the product. The other negative aspect is that most of the time I feel too much of the concealer liquid comes out and I have little control of it. This leads to it being wasted and finishing earlier then it should.
I do love this product and will continue to use it but due to the price I will not be giving 5 stars.
I have only recently began using Clinique for some of my skincare routine. I received a small tub of Moisture Surge as a sample along with other things when I purchased from Clinique. It was a little size of 15ml which was still generous of them considering it was a sample and it lasted long enough.
I have strange skin and I do have to be careful with what product I use as if it's too rich I get a break out of spots. I also have very sensitive skin so many products do not suit me well and I get a slight rash. I tend to get dry patches but then again oily skin in other parts, I guess this is typical combination skin. My dry areas are my forehead and my nose and my cheeks and chin can get oily so I have to be careful.
Clinique Moisture Surge is advertised as a cream but it has a gel sort of consistency. In fact it is very similar to Clique All About Eyes (please see my other review) in terms of appearance and the fact that this product is also very gentle and refreshing on the skin.
I found it easy to apply and I would massage it into my dry areas of my face such as my nose and forehead. I found it instantly refreshes and provides intense moisture in terms of how my skin felt. It give a cooling, calm effect. I thought the gel does not actually give a overly shiny oily look unlike other highly moisturizing products out there. It was gentle and my skin did not react in any way.
I would not say that this product is an actual moisturizing cream or lotion as it seems like when your skin needs a drink it provides instant relief. I would not apply it on my whole face but only where I felt it was dry. It seems like a quick fix product but long term I am not sure if it will help in any way.
For the full size of 50ml it costs £32 from Clinique website. I find this is too expensive for me. However if I had spare cash I would keep some as I enjoyed the refreshing cool relief feeling of the product. I do not use the product everyday but occasionally when I feel like it. If used daily I am sure it would be finished quite soon.
Clinique Moisture Surge is allergy tested and 100 % fragrance free. It states it can be used whenever, wherever needed, under or over makeup. Or as a 5 minute moisture mask.
I like the gentle and soothing effect it has on my skin. I would recommend to those that are looking for something like this and are willing to pay over £30 for it. I am pleased with Clinique products recently, I just wish it was cheaper. I also feel it is more a luxury product rather then me needing/ requiring it as part of my skincare routine.
My son has suffered from moderate to severe eczema since birth. Due to this my sleep has been some what disturbed. I have also occasionally suffered from some vitamin/mineral deficiency, I feel all these factors may have contributed towards having under eye circles. I looked like I was tired all the time and it was the one thing that made me feel like I was aging. I had to rely heavily on under eye concealers.
I had previously tried some cheap under eye treatments and once I purchased No 7 under eye serum but even after finishing the tube quite quickly I did not feel it really made a difference. I decided to just hide the problem with concealer but over time I realized the area under my eyes and above my eyes was just getting more darker and even the best of concealers was not enough.
One evening I asked my friend for advice as I realised even after having 3 kids under 4, her eyes seemed to be in perfect youthful condition. She also happened to have similar skin tone, skin type as me and we both have sensitive skin. She claimed she has used Clinique All About Eyes for a long period of time and had never really suffered from eye bags.
When I reached home I decided to conduct an internet search on Clinique All About Eyes. Prior to my conversation with my friend I had never heard of this product. Clinique is a very popular brand and I have previously bought some make up from them but I had never tried their skincare range. While browsing the internet I realised a tiny 15ml pot costs £24 plus. I became hesitate as it was expensive for a eye cream for me and I was unsure if it would even be worth it or even work. Next I decided to check out some reviews for the All About Eyes cream and quickly realised it had won a beauty award and had many positive reviews. I decided to try out a smaller size of 7ml and bought it for about £10 from eBay.
The Clinique All About Eyes cream arrived quickly and I was disappointed that it looked even more tiny than I had imagined. I impatiently tried it on and I was highly impressed that a tiny amount was extremely moisturizing. I felt it was very refreshing and gave a smooth, cool feeling. It fitted into my daily routine very quickly as I looked forward to applying it as I loved the cool refreshing feeling it gave. I also felt it was very moisturising and my under eye skin looked more smoother.
The small tiny pot of 7ml surprised me as it lasted for a couple of months as very little is needed for each application. After the tiny pot had finished honestly I had seen little improvement in the dark circles but nevertheless I purchased more of the product. I found the product to be highly moisturizing and I was happy even if it did not get rid of my under eye bags as at least it was making my skin more smoother and a glowing effect.
I found the price range to be mostly about £24- £29 pounds for a 15ml pot. I decided to buy straight from the Clinique website as at least it was 100 percent genuine and authentic. I know probably the other sellers were also selling authentic Clinique range but my slight concern was that some sellers were not selling in the actual box that comes with the pot and the container containing the cream is not sealed.
Once my 15ml All About Eyes arrived, I was happy to find some free samples from Clinique range. I continued using the cream daily and my under eyes were definitely getting much more smoother.
It has been a few more months and now the container still contains at least half of the cream. Therefore it is definitely long lasting. It is small enough to fit in my handbag but I find if I apply in the morning it is enough for the day. Even if I wear any concealer it helps make it look more natural as my skin is no longer dry. The cream is a sort of peachy colour and is extremely soft. I only need to dab my middle finger in and dab around my eyes and gentle rub in. It is allergy tested and as I suffer from sensitive skin I do feel it is very gentle. It is 100 % fragrance free, as well as ophthalmologist tested.
Now the important bit, did it actually work? I am pleasantly surprised and happy to announce that my under eye circles have drastically reduced and are quite minimal now. I have also been taking vitamin supplements so I am not 100 percent sure if it was only due to this cream but I do think it helped a lot. It is not an over night cure but after 6 months or more it really did make a huge difference. Only problem now is that I find the product quite addict so will continue to buy.
I have been short sighted for many years since the age of 12 I have needed glasses. I remember the first eye sight test I failed, it was only the last two lines that were blurry but I was told I need a pair to see the white/black board clearly and TV. At that time I was thrilled and was hoping they would say that, as I was already glancing over at all the colourful frames to choose from. I had my heart set on the fashionable pink ones but later agreed on the NHS free red round shaped style.
To begin with I would not take them off even though truly they were only required for TV or at school lesson times. After a couple of weeks the novelty wore off and I hardly ever put them on.
Over the years my eye sight got worse and at the age of 14 I absolutely hated my frames. Even though I had upgraded my glasses to smaller rimmed silver framed pair I realised I was more self conscious at this age and just wanted to look pretty and not have to wear these dreadful ugly things. I had taken ages to decide on these frames but they were still ugly in my eyes as I was convinced I looked better without glasses. My friends also would tell me I have pretty eyes and to not wear glasses when out with them. My parents were the only ones trying to reassure me that I look lovely with my glasses on however I am sure it was only to make me wear them as they thought my eye sight would get worse if I did not wear them regularly. Well my eye sight did get worse and my complex to wear any kind of glasses got worse. I was told to wear them at all times but I would rather walk around half blind at that time. OK not half blind but with a blurrier vision.
At the age of 15 I convinced my parents and optician to allow me to get contact lenses. I was over the moon I could finally see clearly without these hideous frames on my face. The optician made it clear to my parents and me that I must not over wear them and was only allowed during school hours and to take them off at home and during the weekend and to wear my glasses. My mum made me try on every frame in the Optician shop to see if I would take a liking to any. At the time I did like a pair of thin rimmed brown framed oval shaped ones. (They were in fashion at the time) However again I did not like to be seen outside with them on.
I am in my late twenties now and still wear glasses at home and strictly contact lenses outside. I get tried dry eyes so I do not enjoy the discomfort of over wearing contact lenses so as soon as I come home the first thing I want to do is take my contact lenses out so that I can relax. Over the years I have gone through many pairs of frames. I have found I am careless in placing my frames around when not in use and I have managed to break a lot of the frames and at times have been known to sellotape the frame together until I get a new pair. My son has also helped in destroying two of my pairs of glasses. Therefore as you can imagine I have spent loads of money on glasses. My favourite and longing lasting pair was a designer pair of Kangol black rimmed rectangle styled with thick chunky sides. I do tend to go for cheap frames as I know I will not wear it out much and end up somehow accidentally breaking them. However with the Kangol frames I would even wear them out occasionally and I am looking forward to my next eye check up as I do want to invest in a nice new pair of frames that will give me the confidence to be able to wear them outside without feeling like a geek.
Recently I have been getting many emails from Glasses Direct and I am very tempted to try them out as they seem very cheap compared to other stores but I am nervous about not liking any of the pairs I try out as I am known to be fussy. They are an Internet based store and therefore you select a few pairs to try, you keep the one or more you like and return the ones you do not want.
My mum and brother look amazing in glasses and it adds so much character to them. If I see them without their specs they look weird as I'm so use to seeing them in their frames. I think they look better with glasses on and sometimes I think it must be the style of frames they are wearing and I will try them on but it will look awful on me. This has proved to me that some people look so nice in glasses whereas for me I have not found a pair of nice frames that suit me. I do not look bad in glasses but I know that without glasses I look much better and I feel as if I look like another person and it's not for me. If only I did not have such a phobia of laser eye surgery.
Update: recently I have become more tolerant to my glasses.
Recently I have been searching for a product that can replace another concealer I had been using for over 10 years but now has been discontinued and as that was such a perfect concealer for me I have still not found a concealer as good.
I bought this Mac concealer recently as I have read very positive reviews about it. My first mistake was as I was impatient as I would not be able to go to the nearest Mac store for a week as it is quite far from my house I decided to buy the product from the Internet. The concealer arrived very quickly but unfortunately I did not order the right shade for my skin. I decided to keep the concealer anyway as it was close to my skin colour but slightly darker and more golden tones that what I needed. Nevertheless I accept it is totally my fault as who buys make up from online unless you are certain about which shade you need? Therefore I strongly recommend to go to Mac personally to purchase your make up for the first time as the staff can be helpful as well depending on how busy it is there and they have testers to test out first.
The concealer comes in an attractive looking bottle sized 5ml. When you open the bottle a brush is attached to apply it. I found the brush applicator very nice as you can apply exactly how much you want to apply and it helps with blending the concealer in. I found that the concealer does not dry the skin out and makes the skin shine slightly.
I like this product especially for under eye circles. I have sensitive skin and it did not irritate or dry my skin out and it did a fairly good job of concealing my eye circles. I find my under eye area can look even more tired and dark if I wear the wrong concealer because a concealer that dries the skin makes me look even worse then not wearing make up. With this concealer it gives me a smooth shiny look under my eyes and this was what I was after. I carry this product in my hand bag and sometimes reapply during the day.
I found that this concealer was not very good however in covering my blemishes and spot/acne marks/scars. I do not have very bad skin, it is fairly clear at times but I can have a break out of spots every now and then and on top of that I have an awful habit of picking my spots so my scars take ages to fade. I do not like wearing foundation at all unless it is a special occasion so I heavily rely on concealers to make my skin look flawless. I found this concealer was not able to conceal as well as it should. Over a blemish it slightly fades it but the blemish will still be quite visible on my skin and same for acne scars and marks. I will have to use another concealer on top of this one to get the coverage I want. I was wondering that if I wear foundation perhaps this concealer would be adequate but as I do not it does not fit my requirements.
This Mac moisture liquid concealer costs £13.50, so it is a bit more pricier then many other concealers in the market. Mac do have a range of other concealers and I am assuming I have chosen the wrong type for me as I required more coverage so I will definitely try and visit Mac store to see if they have anything more suitable for me. This product would be perfect for those with dry skin as it contains a moisturising liquid and for those that do not need to hide many blemishes but want a fresh look for their eyes.
I am giving this product 3 stars because even though it was not perfect for me, I still think it is a very good product for someone else. Like I previously mentioned it is brilliant for under eye circles, and might look good combined with a good foundation.
I first tried this Max Factor Erace concealer about 10 years ago. I was looking around Boots the Chemist when it caught my eye. I liked that it was in a stick and decided to try it out. This product comes in various shades and I always buy beige, even though beige is slightly darker then my skin tone but I feel it conceals better, as I tend to conceal spots and blemishes and this shade takes away the pinkness with a natural skin colour look.
The concealer is in a small stick like container similar to lip sticks that can be easily applied where and when needed. I always wear a moisturiser first before applying this product. I have sensitive skin that can dry out easily so I avoid wearing much foundation and this product blends in well. I feel this concealer is so good at concealing that I do not have to worry about wearing foundation, powder, or any other concealer. When on it does need to be rubbed a bit to blend it in with your skin tone and it really covers up blemishes and spots. I do not really use it for dark circles but it will do the job for that too. I would recommend a lighter shade for under eye circles and a darker shade to cover up spots etc.
When I use to purchase from Boots it would cost roughly £5, which I found very reasonable and I am pleased that I stocked up on this item as I have discovered it has been discontinued for a couple of years now. I am so disappointed with Max Factor as I felt this product was exceptional and can not understand why they would discontinue it. However this happens a lot I have realised most of the products I have liked in the past do get discontinued and this leads to me having to spend a fortune testing out various other product until I find the right match for me again. The current Max Factor concealers have been purchased and tested by me and I do not like them, they do not provide the amount of coverage and natural look that Erace concealer gave.
This Max Factor Erace concealer is still being sold from the Internet from sites such as eBay, however the price is raised by three times, as I have just bought one for £14.95. I am desperately trying to find a replacement for this concealer so will be looking at many reviews to make a list of the ones I should bother to try out. As this product has been discontinued I am sure websites selling this product will have quite old stock so I would not recommend to buy it now.
I have been using a different Max Factor Erace concealer for many years but unfortunately I do not know why Max Factor have discontinued it. It was the best concealer ever. Anyway since they have discontinued my most favourite concealer I have spent a small fortune in trying to experiment on various other concealers to try to find a suitable replacement.
I went to my local Boots store recently and saw this product, it was priced at £7.99, however I am sure you may be able to find it cheaper in other stores or online. It looked very appealing to me, it is called Max Factor Mastertouch undereye concealer but can also be used to hide blemishes. I initially before purchasing used the tester on my hand and it seemed thick enough for coverage but not too thick that it would be obvious you are wearing it. In the store I liked the look of the application of the concealer by a sort of sponge looking tip that I thought may help create an even coverage. I also am fond of Max Factor products and thought I would like this product.
I could not wait to open the concealer and apply once I was home. It was sealed and after removing the packaging I did not understand how to make the concealer liquid come out. It took me about 5 minutes trying to figure it out. There were no instructions I twisted the end many times in both directions and then realised that too much concealer liquid came out. I now know that you have to twist it once in a clockwise direction and then some concealer liquid comes out. My error in over twisting resulted in losing a quarter of the conealer already. It seems like it contains a very small amount of actual concealer even though the concealer applicator is quite long, so do not be fooled. I do not think it is going to last me long at all, unlike Max Factor previous Erace stick concealer that lasted many months.
I have used the concealer two times now and I have decided I do not like it. It is a hassle how it comes out as you can not choose how much you want, and sometimes I feel too much comes out and the tip is useless as it does not absorb and I have to use my fingers to rub the concealer to blend it in. It does not cover well and seems like a useless concealer to me. I am however very fussy when it comes to make up, as I like a natural look that is not obvious but then again a good concealer to cover up my under eye circles and blemishes. This concealer is designed poorly in my opinion as the biggest disadvantage is I do not like to twist and a small amount of it comes out whereas I would prefer to take it out myself and having the choice of how much I want to apply. The coverage is not enough to hide under eye circles and blemishes and if you apply more it looks obvious that you are wearing concealer or foundation.
I do not think the concealer if used daily will even last a month as there is not much in each Max Factor Mastertouch concealer. I also find it drys out the skin a little bit and overall I would not recommend to others.
I have been wearing contact lenses for over 10 years and I tend to buy monthly disposable soft contact lenses or the daily disposable type of lens that can be thrown away after use. When I buy my contact lenses the solution is not included and I need to buy it separately. The monthly lenses I wear require daily cleaning, disinfecting and storing in a contact lens case over night.
I normally use Tesco All in One solution, but about a week ago I ran out of solution and I was in Sainsbury's so I decided to try Sainsbury's All in one Lens Solution instead. The solution comes in a white and blue box and the bottle contains 250ml of solution and also a new clean contact lens case for storing the lenses in. I was pleased to see it cost £4 which is the same as the Tesco All in One contact lens solution. £4 is a good price for this product compared to other brands that can cost £10 such as Renu.
Sainsbury's All in one solution does not state whether it is suitable for soft and hard lenses and gives little information compared to the Tesco Solution. Hard contact lens wearers should contact Sainsbury's customer careline on 0800 636262 to confirm if it is suitable or not for them before use as it also does not mention whether it removes protein build up from the lens. The packaging gives little information compared to Tesco All in one solution which was suitable for nearly all types of lens. This is disappointing from the Sainsbury's brand and I would assume due to the lack of information perhaps it is only suitable for soft lenses.
I wear soft monthly contact lenses and this product has been adequate and I have been able to use it safely and comfortably to clean and store my lenses. I find it similar to the Tesco make one I was using but prefer the translucent design of the Tesco All in One solution as I would know exactly how much solution is left and it would make it easier to predict when to buy another bottle. Whereas the Sainsbury's solution is not see through and it is guess work to predict how much solution is left and only way would be by shaking the bottle.
The bottle comes with a screw on top which is very secure and prevents leakage of any kind. The bottle and outer box packaging can both be recycled after use. It has a long expiry date for storage but once opened it has to be used within 3 months. It's composition is Disodium Edetate, Polyhexanide 0.00015%, HPMC in isotonic buffered solution. To avoid contamination of the solution you should avoid touching the tip and always use fresh new solution.
I would recommend before changing your brand of contact lens solution to consult your Optician to make sure this solution is suitable for you.
I have been a contact lenses wearer for many years and my previous Opticians always recommended Renu when I bought contact lenses and they use to cost me quite a bit on top of buying the monthly contact lenses. As I was recommended only this contact lenses solution I was a bit anxious to change because when it come to the hygiene and safety of my eyes I did not want to take any chances.
For the past couple of years I have changed Opticians and now use Tesco Opticians and I asked the Optician about changing to the Tesco All in One Contact lens solution and we said that would be fine as long as it's a all on one solution and not just a saline solution.
Tesco All in One Contact Lens Solution comes in a bottle of 250ml with a brand new contact lens case to store away the lenses. It costs £4 which is cheap compared to my previous brand Renu that also came with a spare contact lens case and the bottle was slightly smaller 240ml and cost me £10. This is more then double the price of the Tesco brand. I was not sure whether quality wise the Renu may be better or perhaps it was only due to the brand. Tesco all in one solution does state it disinfects, can be used for daily cleaning, removes protein, and is moisturising for added comfort. This seems sufficient for safely wearing soft and hard contact lenses. It also states is is suitable for Silicone Hydrogel lenses.
I have been using these contact lenses solution whenever I use monthly contact lenses. Monthly contact lenses are soft lenses that are thrown away every month. However they need to be disinfected and stored in a contact lens case with solution over night. Then rinsed in the morning and I again clean both side with the solution before putting them in my eyes. Tesco Solution is suitable for all these things so I get all this done and the solution will last up to a month. With the Tesco Solution you get a contact lens case which is very much needed as I like to replace mine regularly, ideally monthly to prevent build up of bacteria and also I wear mascara and find that sometimes my case gets a bit of mascara left inside if I was not thorough enough with cleaning the lenses.
This Tesco All in One solution can also be used for hard contact lenses and the type some wear for a year before replacing. I have never tried this type of lens before but I have been told they have to sometimes use special products to remove protein that can build up on the lenses. The Tesco solution claims it removes protein so should be suitable for those that wear this type of lenses. For monthly contact lens wearers removing protein is not necessary.
Recently Tescos have changed the packaging of the solution, it use to come in a blue and white box as shown in the picture above. However now it comes in a translucent plastic packaging so if you are looking for this product this information may be useful.
It is fairly simple to use and have the full instruction of how to use on the packaging so that should help new contact lens wearers in-case they forget how to look after their lenses. It is easy to open the bottle for the first time you have to screw cap anti-clockwise to break the seal. The cap can be easily lost so that is sometime I make sure I don't do as then there is a chance the tip can get dirty and contaminated. Before handling of your lens of course wash and dry your hands properly. To clean lens you place the lens in your hand and add 5-10 drops to the lens and gently clean both sides for at least 20 seconds. To disinfect you place lens in case provided and fill with solution and then close lid and allow to disinfect for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
The solution should be stored at room temperature and away from children. The solution should be used within 3 months opening and before expiry date. If it causes irritation of any kind stop using and consult a specialist.
Tesco all in one solution has been prefect for me as since using I have had no irritation, infection or any other problem. It seems just as good if not better then my previous solution and costs less then half the price.
Spatone is a mineral supplement for Iron. It comes in a box with 28 sachets of water that it naturally high in the mineral Iron. I am prone to anaemia and I don't really eat much red meat. I had previously been taking the tablet form prescribed by my GP, I believe it is called Ferrous Sulphate. The problem with these tablets was it would give me stomach problems. This is a very common side effect to most Iron supplements taken in a tablet/capsule form.
I have found that with Spatone it is gentle on the stomach and does not really cause any side effects. However if I take it daily then it does sometimes effect my stomach but still on a very less scale then the alternative iron supplements I have taken.
It is easy to use and can be used by both children over 2 years old and adults. You open a sachet and pour it in a glass and then mix with a juice, preferable a juice high in Vitamin C to aid the absorption into the body. I have noticed that I will need a high amount of juice and to drink the mixture quickly otherwise the strong taste of the supplement can be tasted. Spatone on it's own would taste awful as I am guessing it has a very metallic taste to it as sometimes if I do not mix enough juice I can taste it.
Spatone is quite expensive for a Iron supplement costing £8. It is on offer in Boots quite frequently for 3 for 2, so that is a good time to stock up if you require this.
The best thing about Spatone is that it is 100 percent natural, as it is water obtained that is naturally very high in Iron that only a small sachet can provide us with our recommended daily allowance of iron. Therefore it does not really feel like a supplement but perhaps a part of a good daily diet to include this drink. It is ideal for those that are anaemic, vegans and vegetarians.
About the product:
Focus Dailies all day comfort contact lenses are disposable clear contact lenses that are produced by Ciba Vision. They are used by many to correct their vision and can be used for those that are shortsighted from the ranges of -0.50 to -10.00 and those that are longsighted from +0.50 to +6.00. These lenses come in the standard diameter of 13.8mm. These are disposable lenses so are discarded after each one day use. They typically come in a packet of thirty, so two packets of thirty lenses each will be required for each eye for one months supply. However if you do not wear these lenses everyday then they will of course last longer but on the whole for thirty days.
How I discovered this product:
I have been wearing contact lenses for over 12 years and for most of that period my eyes were content and relatively comfortable in monthly lenses. These overall were quite cheap compared to the Focus Dailies but needed to be stored after each days use in a contact lenses case with solution. These monthly lenses also required daily cleaning and disinfecting with the correct contact lenses solution recommended by the Optician. I would always order the same monthly contact lenses as I never really knew much about the alternatives and I was quite happy with the ones I had.
After moving house I started using Tesco Opticians and I was due a contact lenses consultation before I could reorder my present lenses. This is commonly done every year or 6 months to check your eyes are healthy and the contact lenses are fitting correctly. I was pregnant with my son at the time and the Optician that carried out my eyes examination concluded that my eyes were very dry and were at risk of getting damaged. He advised me it can be due to pregnancy hormones and to stop wearing contact lenses daily and give my eyes time to repair. He said that I should try daily disposable lenses as they have a higher level of oxygen coming through to the eye and he will reassess my eyes in 3 months time to see if any improvement. I was given a trial of 5 days supply of Focus Dailies and told to come back in a week wearing these lenses as they needed to make sure they fitted correctly.
After being told my eyes were so dry that they were at the risk of getting damaged I totally changed my contact lenses routine. I began wearing my glasses most of the time. Once or twice a week I would wear the Focus Dailies contact lenses but for only a maximum of 4 or 5 hours. When the Optician was satisfied with the fitting of the lenses in my eyes I ordered some more. One month supply costs £20.60 and 3 month supply is £54 if ordered online, which works out £18 per month. Prices will vary from optician to optician so it is worthwhile to shop around to find the best price.
My eyes improved greatly after the 3 months check up and I was given the clear to wear the Focus Dailies disposable lenses more often.
Tescos have stated that these lenses are "The only daily disposable lens with a sustained moisture release mechanism. Improves end of day comfort. Keeps lenses lubricated throughout the day". I have to agree my eyes do feel more refreshed and less dry. They provide comfort and you can forget you are wearing them. I have worn them for about 10 to 12 hours before my eyes start to get uncomfortable and tired. Most of the time when I take them out in the evening they still feel very soft and full of moisture. I remember my monthly lenses use to be a bit dry when I use to take them out of my eyes.
A huge pro for most contact lenses wearers is that they are disposable. You do not have to worry about cleaning, disinfecting, and storing them safely and hygienically. This is great as it will save time and money as no contact lenses solution is needed. However I do recommend having a small bottle of solution available as occasionally you may get them dirty before inserting in eyes and a quick clean in solution will do the trick. Prior to having these lenses I would have to carry a contact lenses case and solution when I was going to stay over my parents house. Now I have more space in my handbag as I do not need to and only require my glasses.
Focus Dailies are ideal for those that do not wear contact lenses everyday as whenever you need to wear them you can get a pair on and discard. Whereas if you had monthly contact lenses in your eyes they will need to be used within the month period and then thrown away. This would work out more expensive for those that are occasional users because if you use daily disposables a one month supply may last for ages as you will only need to use when required.
These contact lenses are suitable for many people whether they are slightly shortsighted -0.50 to practically nearly blind -10.00. I say this as I'm -4.75 and without glasses or contact lenses the world seems pretty blurry. They do have quite a range for those that find it difficult to see clearly from afar, as the prescription increases in -0.25 intervals between -0.50 and -6.00. This range would be the most common for those that are shortsighted and not many contact lenses manufacturers provide an interval of -0.25 but rather -0.50. They also provide the same interval for longsighted prescriptions too. Having a 0.25 interval is a benefit as many people have an in-between prescription, for example mine is -4.75 as I just stated and my old contact lenses went up in -0.50 intervals and I was given -4.50 and then -5.00.
The main disadvantage is cost for those that wear these lenses everyday. Even though I save money on not having to buy much contact lenses solution nevertheless Focus Dailies by Ciba Vision are still on average 8 pounds more expensive then my older monthly contact lenses. However if I take gaps in wearing my daily lenses for example only wear them a few days a week then they work out cheaper as they will last me longer, I have explained this further in the advantages section.
A few other small problems I have encountered is that occasionally when I have taken a lens out of the packet for daily wear I have noticed a small chip on the side of it. I have found this on at least 5 or 6 lenses and it may be a common problem. I did mention this to Tescos and they said it might be a faulty box and to bring the whole box in, which I have not done yet due to laziness on my part.
One final criticism on these Dailies Focus Lenses is that I find them very hard at times to remove from my eyes compared to other contact lenses I have worn. I think this is due to them having added moisture and this makes them stick on to your eye more then a standard lens. Some evenings I've had a sore red eye trying to get the lens out.
I highly recommend Dailies Focus by Ciba Vision as they have helped improve my dry damaged eyes into normal healthy eyes. They are a time saver and I do not need to clean, disinfect and use contact lens solution anymore. The fact that they are disposable lenses means I am less likely to get an eye infection because there is less chances of contamination then when you store the lenses over night in a case. I can see slightly more clearer as they have a higher range of prescriptions then most other contact lenses. The only cons are that when I wear them continuously for a month it works out more expensive then my previous monthly lenses and that they can sometimes be a pain to remove from my eye.