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I bought a bottle of this nails Inc Burlington Arcade Jewelry Nail Polish about three weeks ago. I got it for only £4 from TK Maxx and was really pleased ad the rrp is normally £11. I thought it would look really good for the Christmas and New Year season and would lookngreat with my metallic dress, bag and shoes.
The polish itself needs a really very thorough shaking before using in order to distribute the tiny particles. The brush is long and thin and allows me to get right to the very tinybedges if my nails.
It needs two good coats but is dries incredibly fast and so doesn't take ages at all to make my nails look shiny, glittery and very glam.
It really is an unusual look and I'd personally say best suited to gkam nights out rather than for use at the office or day to day wear. I've used this particular polish now a fair few times and I can honestly say that it lasts and lasts. I'm quite heavy handed and yet despite this, it manages to stay out for best part if six to seven days. I think this us really impressive for a nail polish, especially for one that cost me under a fiver.
It comes off well too and never leaves those annoying little glittery bits behind like some polishes can do.
Overall I can say I am really delighted withbmy new polish. Its best to give it a second shake by the way, before you do your second hand.
I have used the Derma Intensive Facial Wipes loads of times. These only cost £1.00 and I have only ever seen them for sale in Tesco or Wilkinson’s – nowhere else, for some reason. They are the same price in both places. I usually spend more money on my facial wipes than £1 for a pack of 25 but actually these work out really good value for money as they are a three in one product.
They not only remove all traces of makes up (including waterproof mascara, I have to say) but at the same time they also tone and moisturise your face. I have used both the fragrance free type as well as the none fragranced type and if I had to choose between the two then I suppose I would choose the ones without any fragrance at all.
The fragranced wipes are quite strong smelling and whilst the smell is not unpleasant I do prefer for there to be no perfume in my facial wipes. They are kind to my skin. They do not sting or irritate at all and they really do remove all traces of my make up. I generally use one to two wipes – depending upon how much make I have been wearing.
They are neither too dry or too wet – just somewhere in between and though I don’t think they have any great moisturising quality to them, they nevertheless do not leave my skin feeling tight or dried out as some of the more expensive ones can do.
Overall, these are value for money, they work well and I’d recommend them. The only thing I am not too keen on is the fragranced ones but these fragrance free ones are great
Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know that I have what I politely call “problem feet” – in other words, they stink, especially in the hot weather. I don’t have to stand up at work, in fact most of the day I am on my bottom but in the hot weather my feet really do suffer. They swell up, they smell and they feel really sore, hot an uncomfortable and by the end of the day all I want to do is stand in a bucket of ice water. I have found a good solution though in Boots as I now use their Reviving Foot Spray. This costs me only £3.49 for a 150ml little plastic spray container and I take my bottle with me to work and use it several times over the day. It doesn’t work miracles and my feet still stick and swell up but this definitely helps to make me feel just that little bit more comfortable in hot weather when I am wearing tight shoes.
I like to store mine in the fridge as I personally find that this works better the colder it is. It contains cypress and witch hazel and it is medicated and deodorizes the feet. The effects don’t last all day, however, and I personally use mine several times a day but to be honest, the best part of this product is the feeling of coolness that you get immediately after spaying it onto your feet. It is lovely.
Alcohol denat., Parfum, Aqua, Dipropylene glycol, Citronellol, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Alcohol, Linalool, Cupressus sepervirens, Hamamelis virginiana, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, CI 42090, CI 19140.
It is only available from Boots and a bottle lasts for ages even if you use it several times a day, as I do It is reviving and so gorgeously refreshing and if you have problem feet like I do then I definitely recommend that you give this a try.
I adore Body Shop products and last Christmas my friend and work colleague gave me a small gift called Christmas Joy, which was basically a set of Body Shop cranberry products, which included the body butter. I loved this so much I had to go out and buy the full sized tub but then by January I wasn’t able to find it in the shops even though I had been told that it wasn’t just an item which was being stocked at Christmas time. Thank goodness for Amazon, as that is where I finally found some of this gorgeous body lotion.
The tub I got from Amazon cost me £12 but it is very large and as you only need to use a small amount then it works out really good value for money and it is really worth it. I adore the fragrance of this body butter. It actually smells like Christmas to me, if you know what I mean. It is quite a strong fragrance and for that reason I always make sure that I don’t use it whenever I use my perfume, otherwise the two just lash.
It is a very thick and luxurious body butter but for all of that, it melts into my skin and is very easily absorbed. It is great for use all over body and I have personally found the best results can be obtained whenever I se it straight after a bath or a shower, when my skin is still damp.
I do not use it under a fake tan however, as I always find that it doesn’t work for me, for some strange reason as the tanning lotion doesn’t get absorbed as easily as it would do with a thinner body butter. This is not just for Christmas – it is a body butter which can definitely be enjoyed all year round and I am really looking forward to using it again as writing this review has just reminded me of it!
Well worth it and highly recommended.
I know that a lot of people really do rate the Aussie range of hair care products though personally I find that this Real Volume one does nothing good for my hair at all. I have flat, rather lifeless hair and I was rather hoping that this Real Volume Shampoo would live up to its claims and give my hair a bit of volume and bounce. Instead, it made my hair feel dry and brittle and in fact I think it looked less full of volume after using this horrible shampoo than it did before.
I got it on offer (buy one get one half price) at Tescos but really do wish that I hadn't bothered. It seemed to take a lot to get a decent lather in my hair and afterwards my hair feels like it had been washed in Fairy Liquid. My hubby actually really loves this. I do like the smell but that it its only redeeming feature. Everything else about this shampoo I found to be rather a massive flop. A bit like my hair, to be honest.
I haven't just tried it once or twice, I actually really did persevere with this shampoo in the hope that I might eventually get to like it and I also used the matching conditioner but unfortunately my hair is just not suited to this shampoo for whatever reason.
I still have a full bottle left and hubby is slowly working his way through the bottle. I cannot possibly recommend it.
I first used the Body Shop’s Peppermint Foot Lotion when I received a miniature bottle in a gift set one year from a friend at Christmas. I have been hooked on this stuff ever since. I love to keep this in my fridge and use it on hot days in the summer (when we get them).
My feet have a tendency to suffer I the hotter weather and they swell up and ache. This gorgeous lotion from the Body Shop helps to really cool down and sooth my feet and make them feel refreshed and revived in no time at all.
Using this product could not be simpler. It is simply squeezed from it’s little plastic bottle and I apply fairly generous and massage into my feet – top and bottom. I pay particular attention to my heel and ankles as these are the areas where my feet become particularly dry and are prone to becoming flaky.
I find that this lotion not only makes my feet feel refreshed but it really does help enormously in making them more hydrated and a lot softer. IT is better to use this product on a regular basis for the best results, as I have found from personal experience. I must have gone though dozens of bottles of this foot lotion and I always ask for it whenever it is my birthday or if someone is looking for what to buy me for a gift for Christmas.
The smell is such a lovely peppermint fragrance and this lasts for ages on the skin for ages after it has been applied. My hubby has also used this foot lotion and he says it makes his feet feel “sticky” though he has yet to refuse me if I offer to massage some in for him!
Overall, its such a brilliant product and I certainly do recommend it.
I love Ikea – I can often spend hours there and even if I only come out with an armful of candles, I’m a happy bunny. Our daughter is eight years old now but a year or so ago we bought her a Mammut chair (in pink) along with the Mammut table in the same colour. We could only get the table from the store as they had “sold out” of chairs but we managed to get one second hand from Ebay for only £8. We mainly bought her this set as she really did need a separate table to do her arts and crafts projects on as my poor old dining room table was taking a bashing from dribbles of paint and PVA glue and crayons etc and we thought that having her own little chair and table was the perfect idea.
The chair is quite high backed and though she has really just about grown out of it now, she will often still use it. It is mainly used by myself now for reaching to the top of my kitchen cupboards and as it is really stable, I always feel safe when standing on it.
It is well made and even her dad was able to knock it together by following the simple instructions which came with it. It comes in a selection of colours though she opted for the pink (of course). What I really liked about this chair (And table) from the start, is that it is well made and well deigned and also really easy to keep clean. Just a quick wipe with a damp cloth and n marks or stains are ever left behind. The chair has been really well used and fits perfectly underneath the matching little table.
It is also very lightweight at 125lbs but feels well made and sturdy. It is stable and durable and I’d really recommend one to any parent who’s table is taking a hammering from crafts to invest in one of these. It’s still in good condition now and sows no signs of wear or tear so I have to recommend it.
I love the Dove range of beauty products and I find that Home Bargains is one of the best places to buy this stuff as it is always a lot cheaper than it is anywhere else. One of my recent finds has been their Hydra Lotion which is currently selling for only £1.29 a bottle. I have not actually seen this anywhere else other than Home Bargains so I cannot say how much it is in supermarkets.
This lotion is best suited for “normal” skin. I consider my skin to be fairly normal though it is dry in patches. The best way to use this lotion I have personally found is to use it immediately after having a bath or shower so that the pores on the skin are still open and this means that the lotion is better absorbed into the skin. It has a great fresh natural smell and it is very distinctive in terms of the “Dove Smell”.
I have been using this for a few weeks now and I have noticed a difference on those parts of my skin where I have been mostly concentrating on using it – my shins and ankle area (where is gets quite dry). I have also found it to be an excellent base if you are using self tanning products as it makes the skin ready to accept the self tanner and prevents that nasty streaking you can sometimes get.
The smell lingers for quite a while after I have used it and I Alas use it occasionally on the backs of my hands just as a simple hand cream. It is definitely worth the price and I really do recommend it.
A couple of years ago I was using a lovely product from Radox in the form of a hand wash and also a shower gel. This was called African Savannah. I fists started to use the shower gel and really loved it (so did my hubby) and was delighted when I discovered that they also made the hand wash in the same fragrance. This product was a limited edition by Radox though and after a few months it was incredibly hard to find it on the shelves in the supermarkets (and I did look very hard for it).
I shop in Home Bargains a lot of the time and I kept looking out for it in there as I know they stock a lot of old stock and stuff which is no longer in the shops. Imagine how excited I was when I managed to find it again the other week in amongst the other hand washes. It was only £1 a bottle (which was less than half the price I paid for it when it was in stock in the shops) and I bought quite a few bottles. The reason I love this hand wash so much is the smell. It is warm, musky and really spicy – almost a masculine smell, you could say, but the smell lingers on your hands for ages and agers after you use it.
It comes in a transparent container with a pump dispenser. It lathers well and though I find it ever so slightly drying on my hands it doesn’t prevent me from using it all the time. I wish they made a body spray in this fragrance as I’d use it all of the time. It is quite a thick liquid soap and you only need to use a small amount to get a decent lather and it rinses off well afterwards.
If you haven’t tried it before and you love warm musky cinnamon type smells then I certainly recommend that you give this one a try. You will love it, I’m sure.
I have used quite a few products from the Burts Bees range and one of the better ones I have tried has been their foot cream. The one I have used came as part of a lovely gift pack I was given and this one contained Vitamin E and also coconut. My feet often feel really sore after I have been at work all day and I often think that we neglect our feet and this is why I like to treat myself to a pedicure every now and again.
This foot cream costs £12.99 if you buy the largest size tube but it is worth it. Not all Burts Bees products are great, I have found, but this one is lovely. I love it because of the gorgeous fragrance. However, the smell isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be, it is very delicate but I do wish that the aroma of coconuts had been a little bit stronger. The cream comes in a lovely tube, which stands on its head and when you use it it’s surprising at how thick and luxurious this feels on your skin.
I sue this all over my feet – on the tops and the bottom and I take it right up past my ankles. I then put my feet up and wait for it to do its job. I only apply a thin layer though the tube does state that you can apply a really thick layer and wear clean socks and keep it on overnight in bed. I have tried this but hated the feel so much I had to get up to wash my feet.
Besides, as it works so well when using only a small layer (if used regularly) I also think this is the better way of applying it. I like the packaging of this foot cream very much because it is in a soft tube, it’s easy to dispense and therefore none of it is wasted.
Overall, I cannot fault it but I do wish it was a little bit cheaper.
Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be aware of the fact that I am a huge fan of Tesco – food and home ware and I buy a great deal of stuff for the home from Tesco, both online and in store. Last October I bought a pair of fitted single sheets for my daughter’s bed as at £4.50 each they looked to be very good value for money. I have bought the Tesco Basic fitted bed sheets before, and I am afraid to say that they were really terrible. Those were thin and didn’t fit our mattresses very well at all but as these ons were NOT the basic type, I was sure they would be much better quality.
These sheets are sold individually and are available either in the store or on line. There are always plenty on sale and they always seem to be well stocked. They fit my daughter’s mattress really well and in fact the packaging states that unless your mattress is deeper than 25cm then they will fit! Our double mattress, however, is from Ikea and Ikea mattresses are ever so deep so I know I won’t bother buying one for own mattress.
The thing I love about these sheets is that they are so easy to put on and they is no more huffing and puffing every week as I struggle to pull each end down and try to get a good fit. They are neither too large or too small – they are simply a nice snug (and therefore comfortable) fit. They are a mix of cotton and polyester and I wash mine at 60% although the label says that 40% is the recommended maximum heat.
They have retained their crisp whiteness and they are stitched securely and the elastic fits well even tough now they have many washes. Overall, I cannot fault them at all. They are well worth the price and I highly recommend them.
I use a wide range of different types of body lotions and I like the Johnsons range a lot. It is a brand I trust and I have used it since I was in my teens. Boots are currently selling the 24 hour body moisturising cream for £2.99 for a 200g pot. This is a cream I have used more times than I care to remember and I am never without a pot. I go through loads of it. That is not to say that it is not economical, as it is, it simply means that I use it a lot.
I use this as a base if I am going to be applying a fake tan as it really does add moisture to the skin and prevents the tan from streaking. I use it all over, arms legs, hands, neck and even my face (not forgetting my tummy).
The texture is quite thick and it almost feels like it has been whipped. The smell is gorgeous and it lingers on the skin for ages after it has been applied. Though it is thick and creamy, it nevertheless does not make the skin feel greasy and it melts into the skin as soon as it has been applied, allowing me to be able to get dressed almost immediately.
It comes in a nice looking little pale pink pot, which looks very girly and when new, it has a silver foil under the lid, meaning that it stays nice and fresh before you are ready to use it. A pot of this usually lasts me about four months then I am ready to buy another.
It does what it says and keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturised for a day after I have used it.
I definitely recommend it and it is excellent value for money.
I bought this Eucerin Dry Skin 10% on the recommendation of my neighbour, who’s daughter suffers from contact dermatitis. My own daughter has very bad eczema and anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be familiar with my never ending problems of trying to find that “magic” cure for her. The best stuff we have found so far is the lotion from the Aveeno Range but even that has stopped working as effectively as it used to do and so this is why I tried Eucerin Dry Skin 10%.
I bought my bottle from Boots and it cost me just under £3 which I didn’t think was too bad. I suppose I could have got it on prescription for her and this got it free, but I just happened to see this lotion when I was in there the other month and bought it on the spur of the moment as it had been recommended to me.
I have to say that this stuff actually seemed to make my daughter’s eczema far far worse than it had been before I used it. She told me it “stings” and at first I didn’t really believe her as she has a tendency to play me up when I try to apply lotions to her skin. I continued to apply it, paying particular attention to the crooks of her elbows and the backs of her knees where it is worse.
The lotion was incredibly greasy and there was no way this was going to sink into her skin. It had an odd kind of smell, not unpleasant just odd. The following day I applied more and it looked like her skin was starting to become inflamed. I range my AG and was told to stop using it immediately as the urea in the product was actually having an adverse effect on her skin and she was reacting badly to it.
I ended up feeling really guilty about using it but I had idea this would happen. I have used it on my own legs a few times but I don’t like it as it is slimy and very greasy and it does nothing for me at all.
I cannot recommend this lotion at all.
I have used a few products in the Cowshed range, I’ve tried Grumpy Cow and Lazy Cow products. Granted, the name sounds a bit gimmicky but the last product I used in this range is beautiful. I bought a bottle of Lazy Cow Soothing Body Lotion for £10 (usual price is £18) for a 300ml bottle. I love this stuff as it sinks into the skin rapidly and the smell is to die for.
It contains a few different ingredients, including jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood and the smell lingers on the skin for ages after it has been applied. As it is such a strong fragrance however, you have to be careful about which perfume you use alongside this as it can clash if you are not careful.
I like to apply this lotion after a bath or shower and it feels really luxurious and like I am pampering myself whenever I use it. I first used this when I was given a small bottle as part of a gift pack about two years ago and since then I have used it regularly. The best place (and cheapest) to buy it is either Amazon or Ebay. If you buy this in a department store expect to pay at LEAST another £7 or £8.
The lotion was runnier than I was expecting but not so much that it dribbles down your lags. It feels quite oily but actually it isn’t at all and as it is so quickly absorbed it doesn’t leave the skin feeling all tacky and I am always able to dress pretty much immediately after using it.
I have recommended this to loads of my fiends and I have also since gone out to buy lots of other products in the range. I love the packaging and it looks good sitting on my bathroom shelf. Great for a present / gift and with Christmas (sorry) coming up soon I hope to receive more of this please Santa!
Anyone who has not heard of the Sisley range? No? I hadn’t either until I was approached by a lovely lady in House of Fraser during the summer wearing a Sisley badge and who was handing out free 4ml tiny samples of these products. You could choose one (they are expensive) and I chose the face mask, as coincidentally I had been searching for a good face mask. Anyone who reads my reviews regularly wil be aware of the fact that I suffer from a problem oily T zone and finding products that suit my skin type can be a bit of a nightmare. The lady explained that this product would be ideal for me as it has plant extracts with anti inflammatory plant resins which are supposed to help to calm the skin down and make me less prone to breakouts and spots. It sounded right up my street and I was very keen to try it out.
I used the mask that same night and there was just enough in the tiny packet to cover my face (though sadly not enough to cover my neck too, as directed) as it also advised that you apply a thick layer (avoiding the eyes) and wait for about ten minutes before washing it off with warm water.
I followed the instructions to the latter and I can vouch for the fact that this stuff has the most gorgeous smell on the planet. It is rich and creamy when I applied it to my skin and you can somehow just tell from the fell and the texture of it that it is exceptionally good quality. My skin felt calmer after I had used it and the following day I was able to see that a few spots near to my nose which had been threatening to erupt had really settled down and looked a lot less angry. I was so impressed with this product that I looked on lien but was gob smacked to discover that if I wanted to buy a full priced tube containing 60ml of product that this was going to set me back by over £60!! I have looked around on Ebay and other sites and I can get it considerably cheaper though before I do that, I have since been back to House of Fraser and asked for another two samples (which I was given without question) stating that I wanted to try it out a few times before I made a decision to purchase a full sized tube.
I have definitely got this product on my Christmas list now and I really do recommend it – especially if you have problem skin like I do (and if you have enough money).