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Like nearly every other girl I have a million and one various branded lip balms floating around various handbags/drawers/make up bags... so why did I feel the need to buy another? Well, this one is different and definitely the best I've ever tried.
Housed in a heavy glass pot, this lip balm automatically feels more luxurious than the others. It is quite thick and feels more nourishing and like a balm than any other stick or pot varieties that I've tried. While the formula may be thick it doesn't feel too heavy or cloying on the lips and sinks in really well to a matte finish. I've also found the texture results in it lasting a lot longer than the average balm does too. Lots of reviews recommend this only as a night time balm but on days when you need something extra this has been perfect for the day too. An amalgamation of honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit enable this balm to repair as well as protect from the elements. One of my favourite things about this is the smell - not like honey at all (I would say the texture is more like thick pale honey), instead rather citrusy and sweet like Seville orange cake (specific as always!) I find this pairs really well with my Lush lip scrub too as a nice treatment to follow up with.
This is usually quite hard to find in this country, usually in M&S beauty hall and space NK stores. It averages at around £10 but it feels really luxurious and I think is worth the money.
This product is a delight to use and it really works - an all round winner
For some unknown reason, my curly hair has become a nightmare recently - especially when it's wet. I end up spending so much time loading my hair up with detangling products and leave in conditioners to make it a little more easier to get the brush through without damaging my hair.
I use masks on my hair regularly,its very soft, thick and curly but it just gets quite matted when I wash it (and also sleep on it when it's dry!). I have had the original Tangle Teezer for a year or so now and I think it's wonderful, my go to hairbrush.
It was bought when my hair needed something else which would brush through gently without risking breakage and so my hairdresser told me to get the Tangle Teezer (£12.99) which works on hair to really detangle without pulling the hair so you can brush through without any problems. This has quite a unique design, the middle is hallowed out and it's a chunky size. This is all for good reason, however, as the curved shape means you can handle it better without it slipping, and it also helps for a smooth, free-flowing brush experience so you can brush through quickly.
I usually apply a little bit of the Bumble and bumble Leave In (Rinse Out) Conditioner, which can be left in the hair to detangle and smooth or washed out in the shower. I use it as a detangling product on damp hair, I just apply a small amount to the ends of my hair and massage in before brushing though with the Aqua Splash - it's a pretty simple experience that works well for me.
The tangle teezer doesn't work miracles, if you have really tangly hair like me then you will still have to spend a few minutes brushing through and getting rid of the tangles and matted sections carefully but it does help considerably. I find this is the easiest method for my hair, it definitely cuts the time and it doesn't pull or tug at my hair which would cause breakage.
Not everyone will need this, I envy you if your hair takes a few seconds to detangle but unfortunately, mine can take a while to get de-matted! Do you have any detangling recommendations?
With the winter months coming forward, I have once again picked up a tube of Hydraluron by indeed labs. Recommended to me by Caroline Hirons - my skincare guru, I decided to get this as it promises to increase hydration levels in the skin.
I personally have very dry skin, which gets incredibly flakey around november and december. Coming from the company that gave you Nanoblur, the no fuss great results moto has been transcended into this little serum. Aimed at retaining water this will make your moisturiser more effective and help out anyone with dry or dehydrated skin.
I put a small pea sized amount over my skin, after toner and before moisturiser in the morning, using different products at night. I find it leaves my skin in the best condition for the day ahead. Hydraluron is the World's first hyaluronic acid that is 100% free of any animal derived materials and this magical ingredient is able to absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. In the short time I've used it my dehydrated skin last's better throughout the day and dry patches are kept at bay.
The biggest shocks however, occured when I stopped using it for a week. Dry patches came back with a vengence, and it became clear to me that I needed to continue using it. I will probably never go through a winter without this in my arsenal.
When i moved home, i moved into a room in a house. I'm only going to be here for approximately 1 year and so I didn't feel like spending lots of money on furniture etc. However I ended up with a wardrobe with lots and lots of dead space.
A trip to Ikea was soon needed, and I came away with a multitude of bits of pieces, one of which being the Skubb clothes organiser. It cost 6 pounds, and came in many colours - black, white, purple, blue, and a flowery print. I picked up the purple, which came flat packed. When you unpack it, you find that there is a velcro strap used to attach it to a rail pole. The material is very sturdy and I felt pretty secure that my clothes would be held.
My skubb organiser actually has 8 compartments, two small ones at the bottom which have a set of compartments that can be drawn out - literally like drawers. I use these to hold jewellery, watches etc. Small tricket items. The 6 larger ones are used to house my jumpers and jeans and its incredibly useful. Each compartment holds plenty of clothing items and since getting it i'm find my wardrobe is definitely more organised.
I don't think I could be without this item and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs help with storage in their home.
My boss picked this printer up for work a few weeks ago because he had some argos vouchers, but truth be told it turned out to be a very good little buy. The printer was supposed to offer superb efficiency, and high speed printing, saving time by having a large paper holding capacity, and truth be told it is exactly that.
The printer was easily to set up to a single computer, however trickier when trying to set it up onto the wireless to allow all the computers in the house to connect. The best part is that due to the wireless function it connects to my samsung galaxay tab too!. I found that the paper feed is very good, we haven't had a single paper jam since we got it, and that the fact it only houses 1 black cartridge means we save money on ink costs. in white and dark grey, it looks neat and professional. Its small and light and sits nicely on top of a small filing cabinet, but is large enough to hold the paper slot inside its casing, meaning no dust or dirt gets onto our paper.
In regards to printing itself, its done quickly and quietly. It produces clear solid inked characters, with no smudging or jagged edges, and you get a decent grey scale quality too. Unfortunately there is no colour printing involved here, but this was done on purpose to decrease costs. There is a quiet hum when printing large quantities of paper, but nothing I wouldn't expect from a regular printer. However, when putting the printer onto standby, it makes a large whirring noise for a few minutes at least. This whirring noise occurs again when you turn the printer back to life once again. Another great function is the double sided print function, which allows the printer to print on both sides of the page, saving you money on paper, and saving trees :) You do need to program the printer to do such things, it is not an automatic function. .
It also has 4 lights on the side, one for toner, drum, error and ready. Useful when you need to know if you're out of toner, have finished the drum, theres a problem with the machine or if it is simply ready to go.
For our little office of 4 people, this is perfect. For a larger office, I am not so sure. I feel like we max out its capacity, and that any more work would send this printer into printer heaven. Perhaps I over exaggerate but that is my belief. Its not particularly cheap either for a home printer, costing at £80 approximately from argos, and most computer stores being competitively priced against each other. It's very easy to maintain and the two-part drum and toner cartridge means for a lot of its life you only have to buy toner. My recommendation would be to get this, if you are using it for a home office situation but not for a large business corporation situation.
When money becomes tight, I head to the argos value range. This kettle cost me just about £5 and lasted me for 5 years. The price per use became well under a penny and I will happily buy it again.
Its not the most pretty looking kitchen appliance, this is purely functional but it does the job. A white box kettle, which is study on its base, but has a short cable and so can't be placed too far from a plug point.
It's not the fastest kettle either, but you can see how much water you've put into it, and it has a little light which turns on while it is working. The kettle doesn't make much noise, enough to fade into the background if you are cooking/working in your kitchen. At the end of the day, it does its job, it boiled water, and didn't break on me in five years. A happy customer here.
Pulse Perfection" is the new vibrating mascara by Maybelline, which retails for around £14.99.
I never bought into the whole "vibrating mascara thing". When Lancome came out with an expensive version i didn't turn a blind eye. I was happy with the standard brush thanks! But when i saw that a cheaper alternative had been made, i was intregued to see how vibration could make a difference to the appearance of the lashes. In all honesty, my first thought was... "£15 FOR A DRUGSTORE MASCARA!"
I buy my lancome hypnose in superdrug for £12, so £15 for a maybelline one, did seem kinda steep..or maybe i'm just stingy. haha
The wand is a big plastic barrel brush style wand. The vibration mechanism is on the end of the wand, where you "simply" press down for on...and release for off. I say "Simply" as i know alot of people have had trouble grasping the technique. I didn't at first. I start from the base of my lashes with the vibration on, and when i reach the tips of the lashes, i turn the vibration off. I think it makes a dramatic difference to my eyes. Only 2 coats and the lashes were longer, thicker, and SO so curly.
I probably won't be repurchasing this though, mainly due to the price. I think its far too much for maybelline.
Back in February, nestled within my JolieBox Beauty Box, was this little bottle of micellaire water makeup remover. I didn't use it straight away, I was quite happy with the cleansing routine I had, and I didn't feel as though I needed an extra step when removing my makeup as my routine did the job well enough. However, when going to my boyfriends for the night, I threw this in my handbag along with some cotton wool pads, just because I wasn't too sure I still had a cleanser hidden away in his bathroom cabinet (you know what men are like, they always use your cosmetics and hope you won't notice). I decided to use this to remove my makeup, and then went ahead and cleansed afterwards, and now this has become part of my evening skincare routine. It is quite honestly, amazing. I know there is an awful lot of hype surrounding the Bioderma Micellaire Solution , but I have yet to try it. After using this, I don't feel the need to either.
Before receiving this in my JolieBox, I had never heard of melvita as a brand,but i know it's pretty easy to get hold of online. It is priced accordingly at £16.87, as for 500ml this will last you an absolute LIFETIME. I knew immediately once my sample had gone, I had to have a new bottle ready and waiting to be cracked open. I even kept the little empty one, so that I could refill it from the larger bottle for travelling or overnight stays. I have honestly become a bit addicted to this makeup remover.
It claims to be purifying and revitalizing and that is exactly what it is. It feels so refreshing on my skin, takes away every trace of makeup with one easy swipe (no rubbing or piles of cotton wool pads) and leaves my skin looking and feeling fresh and healthy. I like to use this before bed to remove any traces of makeup from the day. I then go to the bathroom sink and do a cleanse just to clarify my skin and make sure it's squeaky clean before bed. I sometimes even use this when I wake up in the mornings, just because I've become a bit addicted to the feeling it leaves on my skin. It's like an instant pick me up. It also smells beautiful, not too strong, just fresh and light.
If you are looking to buy or try out a micellaire water makeup remover, I would strongly urge you to try this. I will be buying this until they stop making it (heaven forbid this day ever comes). I now want to try out various other things from this brand too, as I am so impressed.
I've been using benefit moonbeam for years, and when yearning for more of a sunkissed glow, i often reach for sunbeam. A golden bronze highlighter which is supposed to produce a "glow from within".
Much like the other liquid products in the Benefit product line up this comes neatly presented in a small
screw top bottle with a build in brush which happens to be the lid...it's pretty akin in style to a nail polish
all be it an oversized version!
Normally I bemoan free applicators but the brush with Benefit's liquid products is perfect for dotting on
the product before blending out and truthfully the bronze bottle is snazzy, very summer chic!
Unlike most highlighting products this is not a pastel shade but a warm light golden bronze
that has a neutral yellow undertone which should suit the majority of skin tones.
Truthfully I don't think any skin tone will have problems with the shade, obviously the deeper
the tone of your skin the more Sunbeam will be a highlighter but as it is a soft bronze even the lightest
skin tones can wear it as a shimmer based liquid bronzer to warm the skin!
you can use it to target highlight particular areas such as the cheekbones, brown bone and cupids bow
but to give the illusion of longer and slimmer legs blend a small strip of product down the centre of the shin bones. You can also blend a small amount in with a liquid lip colour or my personal favourite method
of mixing in a few dots with your foundation for all over radiance and a dewy effect to any foundation!
To apply I find the best method to be to apply a few dots of Sunbeam using the product brush to the target
area and using finger tips quickly blend out. I suggest using the less is more approach as a little of all the Benefit highlight products to be really concentrated and you can always go back and add more.
Definately something to keep in the arsenal for pasty days.
Following my success with previous origins moisturisers, when I'd run out of my day cream I headed over to the origins counter to pick this up. A new moisturiser on the market, targeted at a slightly younger age group, and as such origins have made this slightly cheaper. £23 for 50ml to be exact.
Origins have called this "A shot of expresso for the skin" with the promise to Instantly hydrate and rev up radiance. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalised to create a healthy, vibrant glow. This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jump starts hydration levels.
In reality its just as good as it sounds. Opening up the packaging you find a bright orange tub, which when opened releases a strong citrus smell. I don't personally find this overpowering, however, some people may. I find that the citrus smell is actually part of what I look forward to in the morning.
The moisturiser itself is a gel like texture which absorbs in easily and once applied my skin looks semi-matte, glowy and gives the impression that I've had a full night's sleep - no mean feat. It certainly wakes my skin up and feels hydrating enough for the daytime. Although it can be used in the evening I prefer to layer it up over a facial oil for extra oomph.
This is definately my mornings new best friend, a holy grail item right there.
Lots and lots of dark hair make summer legs the bane of my life. Shaving gives me plenty of ingrowns and so I always wax. Veet have been my go to for wax over the years, and when the easy wax was on offer at boots I couldn't stop myself from picking it up.
The kit cost me £25 and contained
- a self heating device with cap
- 50ml roll on wax refill for legs and arms (you can re-purchase these at a later date)
- 25ml roll on wax refil for bikini line and underarms (you can re-purchase these at a later date)
- 12 non-woven strips (you can repurchase these too)
- a base to hold the device
- an electrical cable
- full instructions
To use you simply click the wax refill into the device, plug in and leave in the device to warm up for 20 minutes then you simply roll the wax on to the area you wish to remove the hair from in the direction the hair grows i.e knee to ankle, take a strip and press down firmly and rub the strip repeatedly then quickly remove the strip from the area in one swift movement. I'd like to tell you that it is pain free but i'd only be lying to you and myself but the the beauty of at home waxing is that you don't have to pretend that you are brave and can take breaks should you feel the need unlike at the salon. The wax has been formulated using the same ingrediants as salon wax, so there is no reason why the results shouldn't be as good.
To finish up simply use one of the provided wipes to remove any excess wax, I also like to apply a quick layer of Aloe Vera gel too as it soothes and cools the legs. I tried this a good few weeks ago and found the results to last me nearly a fortnight beforeI felt the need to slap on some Veet Cream which is good going for me as I normally shave my legs every second day or twice a week if using a hair removal cream....what can I say i'm from a very hairy gene pool haha!
I used ready-to-wax strips years ago and found them less than effective, failing to remove leg hair reliably. My expectations of the Veet strips were quite low accordingly, and I was very pleasantly surprised.
I found these don't live up to the claims of grabbing and removing all the hair but majority is gone, usually the short ones remain. They have an improved bit to grab hold of before yanking them off, and they are a lot stickier than the strips I last remember using which I think has resulted in better hair-removing ability. Each strip can be re-used a few times until stickiness is lost; I find I can use each strip three or four times before it ceases to be effective (I reactivate the stickiness by folding in half inwards (wax to wax) and then pulling apart before reapplying to the skin).
The wax does leave a bit of residue on the skin which requires oil to remove. The strips come with cleansing wipes which are mineral oil based and work perfectly well to remove any residue although I personally prefer to use a plant-based cleansing oil. I didn't experience any redness or irritation after using the Veet Wax Strips.
I only use wax on my legs, and the pack of 20 strips does two half leg treatments for me. I'll continue to use veet easywax as my usual leg hair remover, but I'll be picking up a pack of these for my holiday to pop in my suitcase.
As a dentist, I am lucky enough to receive plenty of dental equipment to try out. My latest tester was the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush. It is ranked as top of the range on the market at the moment and unfortunately comes with a £250 price tag to match.
Aesthetically the sonicare is very pleasing. It is an all white, tapered rod, with a power button. When turned a column of lights indicating the mode being used and the power level indicator is also visible. It comes with a carry case and two charging units. The case is silver on the outside, green inside, stylish but also robust. You can be assured that your toothbrush will not be damaged when travelling. The case also doubles up as a charging unit. It has a USB port, into which you plug in the provided cable and connect the case either to mains (via the provided USB adaptor) or to your computer. The second charging unit is one for the bathroom; a water glass which sits upon a charging unit that you plug into a shaver socket. Unfortunately for those looking to pick up a new toothbrush, the charging units will not work with previous models of philips toothbrushes. The battery power is also very very good. A fully charged toothbrush, used twice a day has lasted me for 3 weeks now. The indicator will turn orange and flash, to let you know when the toothbrush needs charging. Philips also provide you with two of their patented diamond head brushes, which have diamond shaped bristles.
The toothbrush comes with 5 different modalities, a set up which can currently only be seen with the Oral B triumph 5000 toothbrush. The default is "Clean" with a simple two-minute brush, while "White" adds an extra thirty seconds on top for you to give the front teeth some extra attention. "Polish" is a minute session of intensive front-teeth buffing, while "Gum Care" pairs the "Clean" experience with a further minute of gentler gum massage. Finally, "Sensitive" ramps down the enthusiasm of the Sonicare system for those with sensitive teeth and gums. All great when used correctly, however once a cycle has started, the toothbrush will turn of when the time is up. While useful, it can be annoying if something is stuck in your teeth. It is also possible to switch between modes mid brush. An important note, and a useful tool, is that the toothbrush will beep every 30 seconds reminding you to move onto the next quarter of your mouth.
The toothbrush vibrates from side to side, instead of rotating in circular motions like the majority of electric toothbrushes. Studies performed both by philips, and through separate bodies have shown that the sonicare motion is more effective at removing plaque and bacteria than any other electric toothbrush on the market. I feel that while I had to get used to the motion initially, the diamond shaped brushes are far more effective at getting into the gaps between the teeth and into the gum pockets, providing me with a far superior clean. I usually add the white mode, and combined with a specific colgate toothpaste my teeth are far whiter than they ever have been. I am an avid tea drinker and unfortunately, tea tends to stain. The toothbrush is also gentle. I often experience some gum irritation when trialing a new brush, however the bristles and motion of the sonicare have left my gum intact and healthy.
Overall I feel that this toothbrush stands in a line of its own. The clean provided is far superior to its competitor the Oral B triumph 5000. It is important to know that the Oral B is half the price but if you can afford the sonicare, I would not hesitate. In comparison to a manual toothbrush, there is simply no competition. The sonicare promises to brighten your smile in one week. This may not be the case, but by at least two you will definitely notice a difference. Not as quick as a tooth whitening session at the dentist, but far cheaper.
When money ran tight and the last of my bobbi brown foundation ran out I knew i had to bite the bullet and hit superdrug. After a bit of research I narrowed my choices down to this, the bourjois healthy mix serum foundation, and the revlon nearly naked foundation.
The bourjois healthy mix made the cut, as shade 53 was the best shade match i could find, and i'm very glad it did. The shade is actually a perfect colour match and I have gone and rebought this foundation as as i'm very near the end - a budget convert.
I apply this with a brush, but have found it to work just as well when applied with fingers also. On application it is very sheer, but it is buildable allowing you to get more coverage as and when you need it. It has a lasting power of around 7 hours, but this is improved when you use a primer underneath. It is also easily blendable, and I find that after using my buffing brush it looks very natural. It definately has some form of light reflection, as i feel it makes me look brighter, but not in such a way that my face appears glittery or shimmery.
This foundation can be found in boots or superdrug and costs £10.99. I really enjoy using it for an every day foundation and will happily repurchase.
Like most I do find that natural based products to work best particularly where skin care involved and as a result I do tend to seek those out where possible. If that sounds familiar then Lanolips is the brand to look out for for your lip care needs as all their products are cruelty free and laden with natural ingredients. Win, win. As I stated Lanolips Lemonaid is a game changer as far as I'm concerned as not only does it contain over 70% of Lanolips exclusive Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin. For any curious minds Lanolin is a byproduct that is found in wool (more often than not sheep. As Lanolin's (when found within nature) only role is to protect wool and the skin against the harsh conditions of the environment and as it can retain more than 200% of it's weight in moisture it does make sense that it is used within the beauty industry. However unlike the Lanolips 101 Balm, Lemonaid contains which gives the balm a fresh lemon zing scent but is also present as citric acid when found within organic lemon oil acts as a natural exfoliator to buff dry and damaged lips into tip top kissable shape. As a result some have reported a slight tingling sensation when applied which is normal but not something I experienced. The main reason why I enjoy Lemonaid more than the 101 balm is that the texture is much lighter - it glides on the lips much easier and provides a quick but effective dose of hydration and leaves behind a light glossy finish. Lemonaid is almost clear (it has a slight yellow tinge) so it does layer well over any shade of lipstick etc. As the texture is lighter I find it goes to work quicker, absorbs more efficiently and is also much more comfortable to wear which is due to the lanolin being whipped this time around to provide a creamier balm.