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I prefer to use facial washes as opposed to skin and as I have an oily T zone I have to be really careful what I use on my face so as not to make it any worse. I buy a lot of the Simple range of products as they are usually excellent quality at really affordable prices.
This little 150ml tube of facial wash from Simple costs only £3.49 and it is wonderful for anyone who has a sensitive skin as it contains literally no soap at all, no nasty hidden ingredients and it is completely paraben free and fragrance fee.
The first time I used this I was really surprised at how little you have to use before you get a really excellent foaming lather. It feels lovely and fresh and yet gentle on your face and it is not drying at all. With some face washes there is a need to have to use moisturiser immediately after your face is dried off. This is not the case with this one and it actually seems to plump your skin up and really hydrate it.
It is well worth the money and I would even go so far as to say that this might be suitable for a girl’s first introduction to facial washes as it does not strip the skin at all and it is so gentle that it cannot possibly do any harm. It even goes to help my oily T zone on my chin, forehead and sides of my nose and it has possibly cleared p a few blemishes I have in this area.
It is widely available though I have not yet been lucky enough to find it reduced at Home Bargains – though I will keep looking!
I have discovered an amazing product by Boots No 7 called Boots No7 Beautiful Skin HydrationMask. I found this when I was looking for something to buy when I got a Botts No 7 £5 off voucher. It is designed for people with dry skin though to be honest I have used it loads of times and it does not adversely affect my oily T zone in the lsighetest. I love this stuff!
It does not come cheap at nearly £13 a bottle (100ml) but as I had the £5 off voucher I gave it bash and I am so pleased that I did. It comes in a handy pump dispenser bottle but the container itself is opaque so you can actually see how much of this stuff is left. IT is very thick and creamy, has little to no smell at all and it is a slight being / pink in colour.
The idea with this face mask is that you can either leave it on overnight and it kind of disappears by the following morning or you can apply rather more liberally and leave for 10 minutes then rinse off.
I have used it both ways but the problem with leaving it on the face overnight is that it does come off on the duvet and pillows so best to use it this way when you are ready to wash your bedding at the end of this week – this is what I do!
It contains vitamins C and E and apple extract. It is designed to deeply hydrate parched skin, add glow and invigorate. It does all of those things and more, in my book and my skin definitely benefits from this face mask when I use it about once per week.
I cannot fault this product at all and as I say, it is designed for those with dry skin but it really reacts well to my won skin which is a bit of a combination.
Try it – you will not be disappointed.
I love So…. Body spray. I but a few bottles of these at a time and though it is described on here at Dooyoo as a deodorant, it’s really not – it is more of a perfumed body spray – not the same thing at all.
These cost only 89p from Home Bargains and they are always in stock. They are a really handy size and don’t take up very much room in my handbag. I have also tried the other smells but this one is definitely the best of the bunch by far.
The tin is red and small and slim and comes with a black cap which snaps on and off easily. I spray this not only on my body but I love to spray I in my hair and over the top of my clothes during the day – just to freshen me up and make me smell nice.
I always get the “oh what’s that lovely smell” comment, whenever I have sprayed it.
The only downside to this body spray is that it does not last two minutes. Once the initial puff of smell has been sprayed it just disappears and it I no longer there. This is a real shame because the smell is wonderful, it really is. They also make a perfume in the same smell and I have been considering whether I should buy some of this just to make the smell linger a little bit longer.
It is great just to be used as a freshen up if the day is long and sticky.
Really nice smell.
I always use a body lotion after my bath or shower, I have to as my skin is really dry. I have tried any different types over the years and I usually love the Vaseline rage as they are usually really good quality, and this is the main reason why I paid £2.99 for a 200ml bottle of their Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion the other month.
I have used this a lot of times now but it is not one of my favourites. In terms of its ability to nourish and moisturise my skin, I really cannot fault it, but the smell is just too much for me. I was expecting a slight cocoa butter fragrance but this one has such an overpowering smell that I really cannot bare to use it too much. The smell also lingers on my skin for ages and ages after application so for this reason I tend not to use it very often and I still have over half of my bottle left.
The cream itself is very rich and creamy. It is white in colour and rubs into the skin really well though it does leave a very slight greasy texture to my skin afterwards. It has a kind of slimly feel to it and it sinks in but there is a residue on my skin which I do not like.
I will only give it two stars, I’m afraid a I really do struggle with the smell of this body lotion and it is not one of Vaseline’s best.
My hubby snores. Short of pushing him out into the spare room, or divorcing him, I am left with n option but to wear ear plugs most nights when we go to bed. I have tried a few different types, with mixed results and currently I am using Boots' own brand ear plugs, called "Muffles". I am guessing that is because they are supposed to muffle the noise.
There are five sets of plugs in a box of these and they cost just under three pounds. I buy mine with any Advantage Points I have. They are easy to use and you have to make sure they are jammed right into the ear for best results. They sort of expand when inside the ear so that they fit each ear shape and they are designed not to fall out but they always do and I end up trying to find the one that has dropped out during the night, in the dark and failing miserably.
These work so long as you keep very still at night and do not move around much (if at all). They get sticky really quickly and they usually get thrown away after a few washes as I cannot bear to touch them.
They work quite well once they are in place and even I am not able to hear a dickie bird when they are first inserted, and for the first couple of hours, until they slowly start to dislodge themselves from my ears.
They get three stars as they are good, it's probably just my odd ear shape to blame.
I am always painting my nails and so I have to have a supply of good quality nail polish remover at head. I try all sorts of brands and usually buy the shop’s own brands but now and again (if on offer) I will buy one from the Cutex Range.
These days I am using the Strengthening Range and it seems to be working in terms of keeping my nails strong as I find that the longer I am using this then the better condition my nails seem to be in and they are breaking and splitting off a lot less now than they were a few months back. It might just be coincidental, I don’t know, but I am party at least, putting it down to using this particular nail polish remover.
It works so well and I don’t find that I have to keep on rubbing at my nails and it removes even the darkest of colours without smudging it right across my fingers, as some cheaper nail polishes are prone to do.
It costs £1.69 and it comes in a plastic bottle with a screw off lid. It lasts for ages as you don’t need to put much onto a cotton wool pad to get a whole hand’s worth of polish off your fingers. It smells really strong, though all nail polishes do, but it does seem to be kind to my nails and I feel that it adds moisture to them.
Really recommended as it is great value and it makes my nails stronger.
If you have a spare £30 or so to splash out on a completely useless product, then I suggest you might want to look at Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash. I have previously (about a year or more ago) written a review about the “normal” Beauty Flash Balm and I didn’t rate that very highly either. The One specifically aimed at the eye area is no better – no better at all.
I went to a house party where the host (a friend of mine) had a daughter who was working for Clarins at the time. She was selling a whole range of different products from this range and I was stupidly duped into parting with £29 of my money for a very small tube of this balm which is supposed to tighten up the eye area and revive it. I do have baggy eyes, well I think I do, so I am willing to give anything a go and she was really rating this product and went on and on about how well it works. I had high hopes even though I’d been left down with the Beauty Flash Balm for the face.
I defy anyone to tell me / show me some decent before / after photos of how this product is meant to perform. It is rubbish – a total waste of money and I am so cross with myself for even thinking it might have been any good. It is meant to minimize dark circles – it didn’t. It is meant to tighten the skin – it didn’t. It is meant to remove toxins – I didn’t look any less intoxicated after than I had before.
Just in case you are thinking I gave this a quick try and then gave up on it, I didn’t - I used the entire tube, and it lasted ages as you only need a tiny bit but over the course of five months there was NO CHANGE AT ALL to my eyes.
I would seriously warn anyone from considering buying this rubbish, it’s all hype and a total waste of money.
As with my hands, my lips are always dry and usually cracked to boot. For this reason, I just have to wear a good lip salve year round, otherwise my lips look awful – especially if I try to wear lipstick over the top.
I buy Boots Essential Lip Balm and the last one I tried fro this range I decided to buy I the strawberry flavour. I actually wasn’t as impressed with this one. It was not due to the fact that it worked any less than the other ones I have used in this range, it was mainly the fragrance that I found rather off putting.
The smell of the strawberries was rather too sickly sweet for me and quite overpowering. My little girl loved it and I eventually gave it to her in the end as the smell underneath my nose was starting to make me feel quite nauseated.
The salve lasts for ages as you only need to use a small amount and you can wear it either on its own or over the top of lipstick if you like, as there is no colour to it at all and it gives a light sheen to the lips.
The salve come sin a stick, just like the other sin this range and it is not too greasy and does not need re applying very often. As I say, it was simply the fragrance that I found quite offensive and for that reason I do not recommend it – unless you really love the smell of artificial strawberries.
My hands suffer from cold weather, hot weather and being exposed to water. I can’t win, really and I have to use a good quality hand cream if I want my skin to be soft, smooth and supple.
I was over the moon last Christmas to receive a 100ml tin foil tube of the Body Shop’s Wild Rose Hand Cream.. I had used this before and had treated myself to the smallest size available so I was really happy to get the largest tube there is from a friend at work for Christmas.
This hand cream really suite my skin type. It is very delicately fragranced with the smell of wild roses. I have tried the Cath Kidston alternative to this hand cream but tis really does eat it hands down, in terms of moisturisation qualities and smell. This cream is so rich and creamy and feels almost whipped when it is applied to the skin.
You will be surprised at how very quickly it just melts into the skin after it has been applied and as you only need to use such a small amount, the tube seems to last forever. It has a long shelf life too, so there is no fear of it “going off” before you have managed to get to the bottom of the tube.
This hand cream is on the expensive side, and I do know that this largest 100ml tube costs £10 to buy – another reason I was so happy to have received it as a gift! The fragrance lasts for ages on the hands and it works well at preventing chapping as well as healing hands that may be already damaged by the elements.
It is jam packed full of lovely ingredients to boot, and I really do recommend it highly.
I love to treat myself to the occasional face mask but I have to be careful with my pennies and for this reason I like to use the Montagne Jeunesse range as they have such a wide variety, for lots of different skin types so there is one out there for everyone.
I tried the white chocolate face mask a few weeks ago and this is not the first time I have used this particular face mask. It works really well for my skin type and it leaves my skin feeling gloriously soft and smoothes and well moisturised after I have used it.
These masks only cost £1 each and I tend to buy a few different types whenever I pop into Superdrug. The white chocolate mask sounded lovely and as it claimed to be an ultra cleansing mask, I was keen to try it, especially for my oily and troublesome T Zone.
This mask is quite thick in consistency and therefore fairly easy to apply to slightly damp skin. I tend to use face masks in the bath as this is where I am least likely to make a mess and get it everywhere. I used this whilst lying in the bath last time and I used a small hand mirror to apply it and see what I was doing. The mask tends to dry fairly quickly and so I always feel like I Have to hurry up and get it all on. It feels tingly as it hardens but the sensation is not an unpleasant one. I would say to leave this particular mask for about twenty minutes, though the pack states to leave for only fifteen but I personally get much better results if I leave it on for five minutes longer.
It is easily rinses off with warm water and a clean cloth for all those little bits which get stuck. Afterwards I splash my face with cold water. My face literally glows with health after I have used this mask – my skin seems to love it. I apply only a small amount of moisturiser as this mask is itself very moisturising and does not dry out the skin.
For only £1 it is well with it and it gives my skin the treat it deserves.
I love to make my nails look as natural as possible but the ends of my nails can be quiet discoloured and I have tried to give myself French Manicures without much success. I was so happy when I discovered that Elegant Touch make a little white nail pencil specifically designed for the tips of nails to make them look in better condition and also a lot whiter.
I bought a whole pile of these from Tesco’s when they were selling them off last year and they last for ages so I will probably have the ones I still have in packs for years to come. They look like a simple pencil (in white) complete with a top to prcet the end. The pencil is nice and sharp when new but soon blunts down after only doing one of my hands On the up side, they sharpen easily to a nice point and do not break off.
They are designed to be used UNDERNEATH the nail tip and not on the top. I slightly wet mine before application by blotting it on the tip of my tongue, that was it blends better. The nails look much better after using this and after I have pencilled in the ends I then apply clear nail polish for a really professional looking finish.
It does wash off with water, though not straight away – I usually do mine again about 48 hours later. They costs a couple of quid to buy but I got mine drastically reduced and they are available all over the place.
Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know that I much prefer liquid hand soaps to the bars of soaps as I find them more hygienic and possibly better value for money on the whole, too. One of the nicest ones I have used is the Carex Sensitive Hand wash and I bough this one in particular as it was on offer at only 99p in Home Bargains and also I was suffering from some itching and flaking on the tops of my knuckles at the time and I needed to buy something that wasn’t going to make my skin condition any worse than it already was, and I needed a brad I could trust.
I loved this hand wash from the moment I first started to use it. It is rich and creamy and it smells so lovely. It did not dry out my hands at all and it is suitable for the entire family to use – even my little girl can use it no bother at all and she suffers from really chronic eczema.
The hand wash is gentle and mild but it lathers up really well to create a good foam and then in rinses off the skin well afterwards. There is no need for me to have to use a hand cream after I have used this hand wash as it really does not dry the skin out at all and it is so gentle and mild I am sure that it would even be suitable for babies.
If you have a problem skin (as I do) and have blemishes even in your thirties (as I do) then if you can afford it, I would really suggest that you try a Murad Clarifying Mask. I got mine as part of a gift set last Christmas and I have used my mask a lot of times now and now it’s all gone I just know I am going to have to go out and buy another tube. AT almost £22 for a 75ml tube, I have obviously been putting of doing this, but it has helped my blemishes and T zone enormously so I really will go and buy another one.
I was using this great clay face mask about twice a week for a really deep down clean and it worked for me. I have quite a sensitive skin and tough this mask does tingle when it is drying on your face, it is really mild and gentle and it never adversely affected my skin at any time I used it.
The mask come sin a tube and it has bout half a dozen applications. It is quite thick and creamy in consistency and a light beige in colour so you can exactly where you are applying it. It smells pretty non-descript, if I am honest but you can feel it getting to work on your skin form the minute you first apply it.
It does not dry hard and fast on the face and neck or have that horrible tight pulling sensation like some face masks can have. It dries in abut ten to fifteen minutes and then I just remove with warm water.
The results re immediate in that my skin looks and feels so much better. My skin actually glows and feels so very clean. It has really helped me with my oily T zone and I find that I get less spots on those areas when I use this face mask on a regular basis. The active ingredients are liquorice extract, zinc and sulfur and these ingredients working together just seem to benefit my skin so much.
I know it is expensive but the way I look at it is that it is an investment for my skin.
I really do recommend it.
I have to be really careful which type of conditioner I use on my hair as I have greasy roots but very dry ends. One of the ons which seems to suite my particularly hair type is Aussie Instant Conditioner which I can only buy from Tesco for some odd reason. This is often on offer but the last 200ml sized bottle I cost was full price at £3.75.
This conditioner is suitable for all hair types, it says on the bottle and it contains Kangaroo paw flower which is meant to lift the spirits and uplift the mood so I guess that it is working along the same premise for the hair. It certainly seem to do my hair a lot of good and regularly using this conditioner on my hair has made a vast improvement to the way it both looks and feels.
The bottle has a press top which is always a little bit stiff to pres down but once opened the first time it does get easier and slackens off. It is rich and creamy and the smell is very distinctive – I love it. It removes all knots and tangles from my hair immediately and it rinses off well without leaving behind any stickiness or residue.
I have also used this conditioner on my daughter’s hair and it makes night time brushing so much easier and prevents the tears that I’d have if I didn’t use this on her.
It is value for money, works a treat and certainly comes highly recommended.
Boots used to do a really lovely delicately scented hand wash called coconut and almond. There were a few other things in the same range when I used to buy this particular liquid soap and I also bought the hand cream, I remember, at the same time. I have not been able to find it for a while though, sadly, so I do not know if it is out of stock now or if they have just stopped making it.
I used to pay juts under £1.50 for this lovely liquid soap and the packaging was really delightful to look at. It looked really nice in its delicate and pastel shades in my downstairs loo. The bottle was quite a hefty size, too, at 300ml and as we never used ot have to use a great deal of this liquid soap to get a great lather, one bottle would last us for ages.
The main thing I used ot love about this hand wash (apart from the quality and price, of course) was the fact tat it had such a beautiful smell and it would linger on the skin for ages after the soap had been rinsed off.
It was such a gentle soap and suitable for all skin types and for this reason it was suitable for the entire family to use. It lathered well, moisturised my skin and never left any sticky residue or made my skin aggravated or raw. I have to be really careful what types of creams and potions I use on my skin but this one was always lovely and gentle and mild.
I wish I was able to find it now but possibly I might have to go to a larger Boots store to find it.
Very much recommended, if you can still get it.