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    • Rimmel Nail Rescue / Make Up / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      31.05.2015 21:32
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      • " improves nail condition "
      • "It works well"

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      • "None "

      Rimmel to the Rescue

      I have rather flaky and soft brittle nails and I have used Nail Envy a few times and I am really pleased with it. However, the price of Nail Envy is quite steep and so after reading about Rimmel Nail Rescue, I decided this sounded much the same but at only a fraction of the cost, and so I decided to give it a go.

      It cost me £4.95 from Boots (I paid with my Advantage Points) and it looks and smells just like an ordinary clear nail varnish. It is designed to be used as either a top coat or a base coat and I have used it for both and I must admit that it does seem to do a really good job at protecting and coating my nails so that they look and feel stronger. It takes a bit to get it to chip off and I don’t use rubber gloves to do my washing up – my hands are in water a lot yet this does not adversely effect the polish at all.

      The only thing I am not so keen on is the shape of the brush, which is quite large and clumpy. It dries fairly quickly and it leaves a nice clear sheen on my nails. It has made my nails considerably stronger and healthier since I have been using it and I would recommend it for anyone who suffers from weak and brittle nails.

      It is not too expensive and certainly worth a try.

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      31.05.2015 21:27
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      • " non drying "
      • " lather"
      • " quality"
      • "Love the name"

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      Exotic wash for my hands

      We use a lot of hand wash in our house and I admit to buying this because I really liked the name! I know that probably sounds mad but I had visions of the smell of lots of exotic fruits and I didn't sniff it to try it before I bought it as I have used a lot of Radox hand washes before and they have all been lovely.

      Thsi hand wash cost me only 99p from Home Bargains and it comes in a 300ml plastic container with great pump dispenser. The bottle actually looks pretty and you can see the colour of the hand wash as it is see though - it looks nice on the bathroom sick and I see no reason to have to decant it to another container.

      The hand wash itself is thick in consistency, not runny at all and it smells just as I had imagined it would do. The smell is quite exotic, smells fruity and musky at the same time and I simply adore it as it leaves my hands feeling really lovely and soft and smooth and it doe snot dry them out at all. I use this hand wash every single day and there is no need to have to use a hand cream after I have used it as it is really gentle and mild and suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. My little girl can use it no bother and she has really sensitive skin.

      It lathers well and is easy to rinse off. IT is so lovely and well worth the price and I really do recommend it.

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      31.05.2015 18:34
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      • "Makes my skin feel velvety smooth "

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      • "I ran out "

      Is this the best body butter in the world?

      I love Body Shop products and at Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a gift set containing (Amongst other things) some of their amazing blueberry Body Butter. I have really dry skin on the shins on my legs (as well as other places) and as I had used body butters before, I was really keen to try this one as so far, all the Body Shop body butters I have used have been really brilliant.

      Thsi body butter came in a small plastic container with a twist off lid (to buy, they cost £13 each and are considerable larger in size). The smell alone is enough to make me want to go out and buy more of this. It smells fresh and sweet and delicious and probably too good to be slathering all over your body - I felt like I wanted to get a spoon and just eat the stuff!

      It is rich and thick and creamy and has almost a whipped like consistency to it. Despite it being so thick, it just kind of melted into my skin as soon as I had applied it. It didn't leave any greasy residue at all and it simply left my skin looking and feeling a hundred times better than it did before. The smell lingered on my skin for ages afterwards and I ended up just sniffing myself like an idiot all night! My hubby also loves this stuff and he says he loves the way it makes my skin both look and feel.

      I really really recommend it.

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    • Weleda Lemon Balm Shampoo / Weleda / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      29.05.2015 22:18
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      • " the way it makes my hair look and feel "
      • Smell

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      • "Slightly costly "

      For a lovely lemon treat

      I use a lot of products from Weleda and though they might be a little bit more expensive than other products, I usually find that they are worth the cost as they are good quality and they suit me. Weleda make a gorgeous shampoo with Lemon Balm and I bought mine online wit Amazon vouchers for £8.50. It sounds like a lot of money but actually it works out really cost effective, as you don’t need to use a lot of this shampoo.

      Hubby told me he had problems in getting a decent lather with this but I actually found the opposite was true. It lathered well on my hair and the smell alone is enough to make you want to go out and buy more once this has all gone.

      It has a lovely fresh citrus lemon smell to it and this smell lasts for ages on your hair long after it has been washed and dried and styled. I also use the accompanying conditioner. I have none of this particular shampoo left now as I waiting for more vouchers to treat myself to another bottle but one bottle lasts me around four months – and that is with very regular ruse.

      My hair looks and feels so healthy and strong and shiny and full of volume whenever I use this shampoo. I really think that if you want to give your hair a lemony treat thane you should try this – you will not be disappointed - I promise you !

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      29.05.2015 22:11
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      • " lasts ages"
      • "Good price"

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      • "Dries my skin out a lot"

      I can do without dry hands, thank you

      I buy a lot of my hand washes from Home Bargains these days as they have such a wide choice available and also they are really well priced - much lower than the supermarkets are. The other month I needed a new bottle of hand wash and I opted for a 300ml bottle of Sanex hand wash which comes with one of those very handy pump dispensers. It was only 99p and so it was a bargain.

      The packaging is fairly plain and simple and it comes housed in a slightly opaque plastic bottle so you can sort of see how much of the hand wash there is left inside as it gradually goes down.

      The pump dispenser dispenses the right amount and I get a good lather. The smell is fresh and clean though it does not linger on the skin after it has been rinsed off. The problem with this hand wash for me personally, is that it left my hands feeling very dray and the longer I was using it, the worse I was finding it was becoming.

      It got to the point where i hd to stop using it as it was actually making the tops of my hands very dry to the point that they were starting to crack and I had to use a heavy duty hand cream after I washed with this particular hand wash. Non one else in my family suffered the same as me, so I don't know if it might have been something else I had been suing at the same time as I was suing this hand wash and it was purely coincidental.

      On the whole, it was cheap but I won't be buying it again because of the reaction i got from it.

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      29.05.2015 21:46
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      • " perfect for all skins"
      • Light

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      • "None for me "

      A timeless classic

      My mum used to use Oil of Ulay (as it was called back then) Beauty Fluid and I grew up watching her using it. I then went on to use it when I reached my teens. I am now in my thirties and I continue to use it, as this is really a timeless classic. It has to be one of the best moisturisers out there and I think the fact that it has stood the test of time for so long speaks volumes, really.

      The last bottle of this I bought was from Home Bargains and it cost me just under five pounds. I do remember that the bottles used to be made of glass ages ago but now they are made of plastic – still pink, as it’s the fluid and it is just the same as it ever was. There has been no “improvements” made to this original moisturiser, I am pleased to say.

      The cream itself is on the runny side, but not so much that it goes all over the place when it is applied to the skin. It is pale pink in colour, and has a smell that reminds me of my own mother – light and delicate and not heavily perfumed.

      I use this liberally all over my face and neck and it sinks in like a dream. I also apply it to my lips and I find that tough it can taste a bit better, if I remember not to lick them for an hour or so, then this stuff really does help to heal them if they are dry and parched.

      It is great when used under make up (foundation) and I have also used it as a light hand cream in the past. It is suitable for all skins and I really do love this stuff.

      I will probably always use it and I really recommend it.

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      29.05.2015 19:36
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      • "Cleans up oil and is very thorough at removing grime "

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      • "Quite harsh and drying "

      Too harsh for me

      I tend to use facial wipes during the week as they are quick and easy to use and generally speaking the ones I use do a good job. However, there are times when I feel that my face is not as clean as it could be and also, as I have a very oily T Zone, I like to use a facial toner most nights just to ensure that all traces of make up and grime are properly removed from my face and that my pily T Zone place is also fee from oil too as this is where I am most prone to spots.

      I have tried lots of different types of toning solutions but the other month I bought one from Home Bargains from Clearasil. I have used it a lot of times but to be honest I think it is a little too harsh for my skin type as it seems to be drying it out quite quickly.

      My toner cost me £1.29 and it comes in a plain looking plastic bottle with a flip top lid. It is runny, not thick at all, like water really but a slight pale blue in colour and I use it by applying to cotton wool pads and gently going over my face with it. I tend to miss out the delicate eye area however, as I accidentally used it there once and I got a reaction as it was too close to my eye.

      It does seem to remove all the dirt and grime from my face as you can see it on the cotton wool bud and it smells delicate and fresh and not too heavily perfumed. On the negative side, however, I do find that it is very dry on my skin and I have to use a ton of moisturiser after I have used this toner.

      Overall, it is probably better for a really oily skin so I couldn’t recommend it for dry or combination type skins like mine.


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      29.05.2015 19:23
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      • " no additives "
      • " great price "
      • "Makes my skin glow"

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      • None

      Better looking skin? Simple

      I’ve been using Simple Kind To Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask for about five to six months now, on and off. Facial masks are not something I use every day but I do use them about two times a month and one of the nicest and cheapest ones I’ve tried lately has got to be this one. I buy mine at Superdrug where it costs me only £3.99 for a 75ml tube.

      As this facemask is made by Simple, it contains no added ingredients and it’s really kind to the skin and doesn’t have any fragrance at all. I bought this particular face mask as it’s designed to draw out any impurities in the skin and rid the surface of the skin of dead skin cells, which can make it look dull and lacking in bloom.
      This mask contains nothing that is going to upset your skin so no matter how sensitive your skin might be, this has been dermatologically tested and it won’t upset your skin’s natural balance. It contains two vital ingredients, namely extract of seaweed together with natural clay. It also contains something called bisabolol which is said to calm and soothe the skin,.

      My skin is a combination one, so it has bits of oily patches and dry patches combined. I would say that if you have a particularly dry skin then I wouldn’t use this more often than once a week as it might be a bit too much. On the other hand, I would say that if you skin is prone to being oily or greasy then it’s probably going to be fine to use it more often.
      The mask is quite thick in consistency but and therefore ‘holds’ itself on the face well and doesn’t slide off. I apply liberally and leave for just under five minutes during which time you can really feel it starting to work. It’s simple and easy to just rinse off with warm water afterwards and then I pat my skin dry.

      I love the way it tightens my pores and makes my skin feel really super fresh and makes it glow. The day after I have used this mask, my make up always seems to look so much better so I know that it’s actually doing my skin some good.
      If you are looking for a lovely face mask but you don’t have a lot of money to spend on expensive treatments then I would definitely recommend this one by Simple.

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      28.05.2015 22:36
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      • " free of all nasty ingredients"
      • "Easy to use"

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      • "Dried out my skin a lot "

      Not vital that I use this again

      I use quite a few products in the Simple range as they are usually really good quality and they work well and suit my skin. I have a normal skin but I do have an oily T zone which is annoying and so I have to be careful to choose products which do not make this any worse than it is already.

      I bought this bottle of foaming cleanser from Boots and it cost me £4.25. The first time I used it I was quite happy with how my skin looked and felt but over time I began to realise that my skin was feeling and looking quite dry and flaky on my chin and forehead and also on the very sides of my face. I made sure to use plenty of moisturiser after using this product and it did not affect me in a negative way initially but it was with prolonged use that I began to realise that it was actually drying my skin out.

      I was quite surprised by this negative reaction as I have been able to use a lot of products in the Simple range without having had any problems previously.

      On the plus side, it is easy to use, has a pump dispenser and foams nicely but if you are looking for something with a nice fragrance then this is not going to be for you as this is fragrance free – like everything in the Simple range.

      I don’t really personally recommend it, I am afraid.

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    • Weleda Lip Salve / Weleda / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      28.05.2015 22:24
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      • " excellent quality and good price"
      • "Healing and protecting"

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      • "None "

      Highly recommended

      Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be well aware of the fact that I have to use lip balms year round – winter and summer, as my lips dry out and crack very easily. I use all types of balms and potions and I am not really loyal to any one particular brand, though I do have one or two favourites. Aside from Carmex, Weleda Lip Balms is definitely on e of the better ones out there today. I buy mine online and it costs me £3 which I do not think is too bad at all as it compares very favourably with the Carmex range.

      This lip balm come sin a small plastic tube and is ideal for just pooping into my handbag. They last me for ages as I only have to use a very small amount and it immediately feels like it is not only protecting my lips from the elements, but if my lips are already cracked (And bleeding) it will heal them up quickly and effectively and the lip balm does not sting if it gets into any of those tiny little cracks I have so often on my kips, when they are in a really bad state.

      It has a small amount of shine to it and I wear this both on its won and also over the top of my lip stick. It smells sweet and slightly of vanilla, I think, and I simply love it. My hubby also uses his own stick as it has no colour so it’s suitable for either sex.

      It works a treat and I highly recommend it.

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      28.05.2015 22:16
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      • "Not one"

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      • " makes my hair flat and lifeless "
      • "It really is awful"

      Horrible shampoo

      I use all different types of shampoos and hair care products and Pantene is a range I have used so many times. I felt like I needed a really good clarifying shampoo as I had a lot of products which had been building up on my hair over time and so I bought this from Home Bargains as it was just over £1 and I considered this to be a good price.

      This shampoo has caused me no end of problems in terms of it making me look like I have just poured a vat of lard all over my hair. It makes my hair look really lank and it feels heavy and lifeless and certainly takes away any shine that my hair had previously. It takes ages to get a decent later, and that was the first really weird thing I noticed about this shampoo. IT is clear in colour and it had a flip top lid and it was the right size to be able to stand it up in the however, but that is where the positives ended for me.

      It had a really odd chemical smell to it and I felt like I had to use a ton of shampoo to get it to lather then it didn't seem to rinse out very well and I could feel almost like a sticky and tacky residue left behind on my hair after I had stood there for ages trying to rinse it off. I actually used this shampoo a few times just to make sure it wasn't my imagination - it really wasn't. IT made my hair look and feel dull and lifeless and I actually threw out about a quarter of the bottle as I really couldn't be bothered with it any more.

      I would never recommend this to anyone - no matter how desperate you are, please avoid this at all costs.

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      28.05.2015 21:52
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      • " great price"
      • "Fresh minty taste"

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      • "None for us "

      I completely love this toothpaste

      Like most people, I suppose, I chop and change my toothpaste all the time and I tend to buy whatever is on offer at the time. Oral B is a range I have bought so many times before and it is a brand I trust. I bought two tubes of their Complete Extra Fresh toothpaste when it was reduced in Tesco to only £1 for a large sized 100ml tube. It normally retails for double that amount, so I considered this to be a great price.

      I have to say I really do like this toothpaste. It is blue in colour and medium consistency as toothpastes go. It foams in the mouth but not too much, I am quite fussy about toothpastes in that if they over-foam I will go right off them and never buy them again as I start to gag if this happens when I clean my teeth.

      The toothpaste has a nice fresh minty taste to it and it is quite strong, probably a bit stronger than I had anticipated, but it really leaves my tongue tingling after I have used it and it leaves my breath feeling really lovely and fresh for ages after I have used it.

      I would personally say that this toothpaste is suitable for the whole family to use. It reduces cavities, contains fluoride and all the rest of it but at this price it was too good a purchase to miss out on. I have used both of these tube up now and whenever it comes back down in price I will be buying more.

      Recommended.

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    • Tesco Daily Care Freshmint / Oral Care / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      26.05.2015 17:46
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      • " price "
      • "Works just as well as the branded type"

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      • "None for us "

      Nice and fresh and minty

      Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be aware of the fact that I buy a lot of Tesco own brand products. Generally speaking, they are great value for money, good quality and I have been pleased with the majority of them. We use Tesco own brand toothpaste in our house (Amongst others, of course) and a while back we bought and used the Daily Care Fresh mint toothpaste.

      I feel this particular toothpaste is perhaps a little bit too strong for younger children but generally fine for adults and older children to use. It comes in two sizes and we bought the larger one which contained 100ml and cost just over fifty pence - bargain!

      The toothpaste itself claims to fight plaque, cavities and freshen the breath and mouth. I can vouch that it does a really great job at cleaning my teeth and I was using it twice a day till it ran out then I changed brands as I like to swap - variety is the spice of life, after all.

      The toothpaste has a lovely fresh mint taste and it leaves my breath feeling so fresh and minty for ages after I have cleaned my teeth. IT does not bubble or foam up too much in my mouth and I also take a smaller tube of this to work to brush my teeth after munch sometimes, especially if I have been eating garlic or onions.

      It is good quality, does a great job and it is very good value for money so I ahve to recommend it.

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    • Batiste Dry Shampoo Diva / Hair Care / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      26.05.2015 17:39
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      • " soaks up the greasees "
      • "Works well"

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      • "Not one"

      NO more greasy roots

      I have to wash my hair every day as I have very greasy roots but the ends are dry and can be quite brittle. IT has become worse as I have got older and though I don't like to have to wash my hair every single day it is a necessity. ON weekends, however, I occasionally choose to use a dry shampoo instead and these have been a real godsend to me lately as I can have a shower with my shower cap on and not have to wash my hair and dry it and style it.

      The range I tend to use most of the time is Batiste. Batiste make a whole range of different types of dry shampoos and Diva is the one I use now and again. I like this one mainly because not only doe sit do a fantastic job at soaking up the greasy roots on my hair,, but it smalls fresh and clean and it also does not look powdery on my hair and scalp as some dry shampoos can do.

      As with all dry shampoos, it is really important to make sure that the can is shaken vigorously before each spray to ensure that the contents are all dispersed. IT feels really cold when it is first sprayed onto the hair but I just keep on going. IT requires about three quick short sprays then that's it. I then brush it through lightly and my hair looks so much better - in fact you cannot tell that it hasn't been washed and it looks clean and healthy.

      It costs £1.50 a can and lasts a while and I certainly do recommend it.

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      23.05.2015 22:48
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      • " last for ages "
      • "So useful"

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      • "None apart from when they go up the Hoover"

      I couldn't be without them

      I use a ton of hair grips in my house, both myself and my daughter use them all the time. One of my favourite brands though has to be the ones from Boots. They make their own and these are, in my experience, the best quality ones I have used so far. The reason I say this is due to the fact that they do not bend out of shape as easily as some of the other brands so and they last for ages. I am forever using these hair grips on my daughter's hair ans she has her hair in plaits and bunches and a pony tail for school and she always has stragglers hanging down the sides of her face. I find that if I use half a dozen or so of these grips on a morning before school, that nine times out of ten she will come back home with most of them still in her hair by the end of the day. Other ones are just not up to the job. They come housed on a small lilac cardboard backing and I pay only a couple of pounds for them. The only thing that really annoys me about them is that they are basically the same colour as my floor and I am forever losing them and then finding that they get sucked up my Hoover.

      They really are so practical and handy to have around and I always keep a few in my bag for when I am at work.

      Brilliant invention - thanks Boots - highly recommended.

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