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      30.09.2012 18:45
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      Fabulous brush for detangling hair

      I've heard several reviews on this tangle teezer and was always reluctant to pay the £10.99 cost (Boots) to give it a go. Recently, my hair has been so damaged from ripping knots out of my hair impatiently with my hair brush and decided to invest in this tangle teezer.

      The price seems pretty high for such a plasticky looking brush, but I suppose you're not really paying for quality of materials but it's innovative design.

      The tangle teezer is a pretty unique shape; it doesn't have a traditional handle and is sort of kidney shaped, about the size to fit into the palm of my hand well. It features many soft, flexible bristles which at first I was skeptical about as they didn't seem strong enough to cut through my knotty hair.

      There are several different types of tangle teezer, including more compact ones and ones with different designs. I picked out the original one in a bright pink, which makes it almost impossible to loose in my bag!

      I find that the tangle teezer really does not disappoint. It genuinely takes me a good 20 minutes of careful brushing to detangle my hair and it gets pretty knotty again soon after. This brush really does glide through wet and dry hair so so easily, it's amazing! The bristles aren't particularly long though so if your hair is very thick it is easier to separate into layers.

      Overall, I've used this brush for a week and I am happy to say that it has cut down significantly on the amount of time I spent wincing as I brush my hair every morning. My cousin who is 9 also really likes this brush as it makes her hair a lot easier to comb through.

      I've also definitely noticed a lot less breakage and damage in my hair since using this brush as I am tugging less on my delicate damaged hair.

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        29.09.2012 19:35
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        Okay for lazy days

        After hearing about all the BB cream hype, I thought I'd give one a go. I picked this up at Sainsbury's for £7.50 in light.

        PACKAGING:
        Firstly, this product comes in a cute black box featuring a picture of the tube the BB cream comes in. The box boasts claims of "immediately perfected" skin which is glowing, protecting by SPF 25 from the sun's harmful rays, 24hr hydration and smoothing the appearance of fine lines. For £7.50, who can say no?

        The box itself is useful to keep as it has most of the information on it about ingredients etc, but usually I just throw them away as I hate unnecessary packaging. Only when writing this review did I realise that most of the useful info is on the box!

        Inside the box is the tube containing the product. You are given a fair amount of product (50ml, just under the amount of two foundations), yet the tube is quite small. It is a plain nude coloured tubes with a white flip top lid featuring the garnier title on the top of the tube. The product is quite easy to squeeze out but I do prefer pump bottles as they look more sophisticated and are less messy as I found after a few uses the white top gets quite messy.

        PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL:
        The first thing I noticed when squeezing the product out of the tube was the fact that it was incredibly thick and dark looking. It looked thicker than foundation, and darker than any colour I'd used before! When rubbed in it is a little lighter, but I will come onto this later.

        I bought the BB cream for sensitive skin as I tend to find my skin does flare up a little with heavily scented products so like to pick out fragrance free items when I can. I had no trouble whatsoever with this cream.

        APPLICATION:
        The application is pretty simple. I used this as I would any sort of tinted moisturiser or face cream and simply smoothed it into my face using circular sort of motions with my fingertips. As I mentioned earlier the cream does turn a lot lighter as it is rubbed in but it was still just a little too dark for me, this probably wouldn't be a problem but as we are coming up to the winter months I think this will become even more of a problem for my pasty face!

        Another problem I found when applying the cream was that it is incredibly thick and greasy when applied, and even though it does sink in a little over time, it certainly leaves a horrible oily look to my face which only some matt powder can sort out.

        RESULTS:
        Honestly, I wasn't massively pleased with the results. They were pretty average like any other tinted moisturiser. The cream itself didn't offer very good coverage and just made my skin look oily. I also felt like the product could have done with more colour varieties instead of the light, medium and dark choices as many of us fall in between of these shades.

        I do feel that the cream does help disguise some redness of my skin and offer a little moisture to my skin over the day, but nothing more than a moisturising foundation would.

        I also must say that I don't really find this product any more convenient than using foundation, especially since I feel that you need an extra moisturiser with this cream despite the oiliness as well as top powder to counteract the shininess. It is okay for lazy days though when you cannot be bothered with a full face of make up I suppose.

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          24.09.2012 22:05
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          Expensive but worth it for the coverage

          I'm always trying to find a perfect match for my very fair skin tone and tend to find that around half of the foundations I try tend to leave my pasty skin an orange cakey mess. This foundation has been one of the best for matching skin tone as well as giving great coverage.

          PACKAGING:
          This foundations comes in quite a large plastic bottle which looks relatively sophisticated with it's black and white design but has a plasticky feel to it. The bottle is made of plastic and features a clear lid with a large white pump at the top of the bottle.

          It contains 34ml of product which is a little more than average but I feel that the size of the bottle was more down to it's mousse like air whipped consistency. It dispenses a good amount of product easily.

          PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL:
          The colour foundation I bought was creamy ivory which is the lightest shade. When I first pumped out the foundation I was worried it may be a little too dark but it did look much lighter when applied.

          The foundation is of an odd consistency, a sort of mousse like creamy foundation that I really liked. It can feel a little heavy on the skin due to this mousse-y consistency but it gives good coverage and really smooths out the skin.

          This foundation doesn't have a particular smell, it is certainly not fragranced and if anything just had a sort of lotion like smell, nothing amazing but who smells your face anyway?

          APPLICATION:
          I found that this foundation applied really easily with no problems whatsoever. It glides onto the skin without needing excessive scrubbing into the skin and blends really easily.

          I personally used my fingers or a buffing brush to apply this foundation as I found that foundation brushes and sponges didn't blend the foundation as well into the skin. I found that the foundation could leave dryer parts of the face looking peely, but providing you don't have very dry skin and exfoliate and moisturise before applying the foundation it looks great.

          MY THOUGHTS:
          I personally really like this foundation. The colour blends really easily and leaves lovely medium coverage which can be easily built up. It leaves a lovely matt finish which means I'm not left with a horrible shiny, greasy looking face like other foundations that cannot be worn without a matt powder.

          On the other hand, it is quite costly at around £11.99, can leave dry skin peeling slightly and can rub off quite easily. Providing that you use a moisturiser and possibly use a primer and setting powder these last two issues don't cause much of a problem anyway.

          The benefits certainly outweigh the negatives when it comes to this foundation and I love the results I personally get with the foundation. I'd definitely recommend it.

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            17.09.2012 22:19
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            Overall, wouldn't recommend for thicker hair

            Having very thick, naturally knotty, dry hair which has been bleached and coloured frequently, I'm always looking for the next miracle treatment to fix the ratty mess on my head. Promising "breathtaking shine" and infused with liquid keratin, how could I give this a miss when half price down to £1.45 (Superdrug)?

            PACKAGING:
            I think the packaging looked pretty neat and sophisticated. The conditioning spray comes in a generous 200ml bottle which is transparent so you easily how much product you have left. It has a sort of translucent pink pearly label and the liquid (which is separates so you need to shake it) is also sort of pearly looking. The claims boasting keratin for hair repair and silk for immediate shine are plastered all over the bottle. The bottle features a spray pump which you push down to release a generous wet mist of product.

            APPLICATION:
            The application is pretty simple, the spray pump is easy to use a releases a large amount of product in a fine mist covering one side of the head in almost one spray. This product should be used on towel dried hair or even dry hair. I've used this product on dry hair and it is quite lightweight so is okay to do unlike some other leave ins which I wouldn't dream to put on hair dry.

            PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL:
            The spray itself is very, very watery. It honestly is pretty much the same consistency of water and is very, very light on the hair. This may be ideal for fine hair but isn't that impressive for the bushy haired like myself. The product has an odd subtle smell, it is like a light floral smell, it is very clean but a little artificial.

            CLAIMS AND RESULTS:
            This product is said to target damaged hair and use it's liquid keratin formula to help repair it. Firstly, I wasn't expecting miracles from a high street brand and it's pretty well known that almost no hair care product can actually fix/heal split ends and extremely damaged hair. However, I was hoping my hair would be a little softer and shinier looking through the use of this product. To be honest it was a bit of a disappoint, although the ingredients looked promising I'm pretty confident that this product is generally about 90% water. I sprayed it on my hands and it didn't even feel a little bit smooth or slippery on my fingers and generally I could spray a whole bottle on my hair without it looking greasy.

            It does detangle well, leave hair smelling nice and does leave hair feeling a little more manageable after about half a bottle has been used. Overall, I'd say it would be ideal for very fine hair but not for thicker hair that needs more nourishing.

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            14.09.2012 21:15
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            Give it a go for just £1.99!

            I usually avoid cheaper make up brands but with face powders I'm not too fussed. I gave this powder a go after seeing it was just £1.99 and a I needed a new one. Here are my thoughts:

            PACKAGING:
            The packaging is pretty plain and simple, just like almost any pressed powder. It comes in a 17g shallow pot/dish with a clear lid which just slides up and off, and a black base about a centimetre thick containing the powder. The ingredients, shade and description are included in silver print on the back. One thing I should mention though, is that this particular packaging must be relatively sturdy because I have dropped this countless times and it still hasn't cracked like many other pressed powders I've owned.

            APPLICATION:
            The application is super easy. I applied it just like any pressed powder and found that it was very fine and applied evenly without caking in particular areas. I personally prefer using compact powder puffs to apply pressed powders and brushes to apply loose powder. I found that a small compact powder puff could sit on top of the powder and the lid still fitted over the base.

            I simply dabbed this all over my face and sort of smoothed it in gently. I've used this pressed powder just as a quick freshen up throughout the day, as a sort of powder foundation on lazy days, and as a setting powder for liquid foundation. It left my skin feeling super soft and smooth straight away without looking too dry.

            INGREDIENTS AND CLAIMS:
            This powder is said to be ultra fine, enriched with silk and blended with moisturisers. The powder certainly left my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother but I am not sure how much of this might be down to the high concentration of dimethicone in this product which is a silicone to smooth out hair/skin.

            It is also enriched with UVA and UVB sunscreen which is pretty useful for summer when you want to aboid a peeling burnt nose without the pore clogging effects of greasy sunblock. It also contains Vitamin E which is a great vitamin to soften and nourish the skin while in use.

            RESULTS:
            The results of this powder are fab, even better than some more expensive brands such as Almay and Corn Silk. The powder keeps my face shine free and holds my foundation in place all day long. I got the shade Ivory as I'm naturally very pale but it's pretty translucent so doesn't give my face an odd powdery yellow colour like some powders tend to.

            There is a huge range of shades and for £1.99 you can't go wrong in giving it a try!

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            • La Riche Directions / Hair Care / 55 Readings / 53 Ratings
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              12.09.2012 19:32
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              Lovely bright healthy hair for a bargain price

              After dip dying the ends of my hair a light blonde colour I decided to spice it up a bit for summer by dying the ends bright pink using this semi permanent colour.

              I was originally attracted to this particular brand due to it's absolutely huge array of colours, with about 5 or 6 different shades of blue/pink/violet etc. I chose the carnation which is a bright cerise pink but fades out to a baby pink as it gets washed out.

              PACKAGING:
              The packaging of this hair colour is pretty unique. It comes in a relatively small looking screw top 88ml pot. The amount you get seems like quite a small amount but being in gel like consistency allows the product to spread quite a lot, I'd say you could get two full head applications if your hair is no longer than shoulder length.

              The screw top pot was something I was a little apprehensive about but after using the product I realised that the opening is just large enough to allow the entry of a tint brush for the application. Another benefit of the packaging I found was that you could use up every last bit of the dye, and didn't result in the colour outside of the packaging like you do with a tube of colour where you have to keep squeezing it with the product all over your hands.

              APPLICATION:
              I'd say the application was pretty simple. The colour is supposed to last from 6-8 washes and works by depositing colour particles onto the hair cuticle, not by using hair chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or ammonia to make the hair porous first. This means the colour doesn't last as long and doesn't really show up on dark hair but will make a big difference on blonde hair.

              The consistency is very gel like and for this reason it didn't run or drip anywhere as much as expected. I found that piling my hair up and wrapping it in cling film helped to keep the hair warm and dye much more intensely. The hair colour had a slight smell to it but nothing overpowering or very chemical like, it just had a sort of musky smell, though I admit this smell is not the same with the blue toner I also bought so it may vary colour to colour. The pink colour I used was Carnation Pink.

              You apply the product to clean towel dried hair and leave for 15 minutes according to the instructions. I left mine on for about 30 minutes instead as the colour is quite conditioning and shouldn't be very damaging for the hair. It rinsed off very easily and the water ran clear after about 5 minutes of continuous rinsing.

              RESULTS:
              The hair colour after I washed it out was very intense and I was extremely pleased. It had taken to the light blonde parts of my hair really well and left it a bright, almost neon pink. My hair also felt very soft and conditioned, almost like using a conditioning treatment. The colour itself lasted me about 8 washes actually, but faded to a light baby pink (which I actually really liked) after about 4 of those washes.

              My hair felt like it was not damaged in anyway by this colour and it completely washed out after the time it said so was a worthwhile experience of temporary bright colour and one which seemed to be completely safe and fool proof!

              I picked up my pot from crazyhaircolour.com for £4.99 with free shipping. This I think is a great price for an easy to use product with great results.

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            • Bourjois 1 Seconde / Make Up / 50 Readings / 49 Ratings
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              10.09.2012 20:18
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              Very good polish, price is a little offputting

              The first time I tried this nail varnish was actually when I bought a discontinued colour from fragrance direct at a fraction of it's original price. I don't think I would ever have picked up this particular polish to try at it's costly price of around £5.99 a bottle! However, after trying it once I've gone on to buy another shade at it's full price and I think it's worth the money! Here are my thoughts.

              PACKAGING:
              I actually really like the bottle this particular polish comes in. It certainly stands out from the crowd with it's very long lid and wide base where the nail varnish can easily be seen. The packaging does seem a little wasteful and can be awkward to put into make up bags etc due to it's unnecessary size but I do think that the longer lid does allow for a lot more control and the overall appearance gives it a sophisticated and expensive look.

              The label on the front is mostly in French (hence the spelling of "second" as "seconde"), which is something that often annoys me about some Bourjois products. However, the label shows a clear picture of the brush and states "fan effect brush" in English. The label also states that this product requires one coat, takes 50 seconds to dry and doesn't smudge. I'm still a little confused about what exactly it means by no smudges, as surely all non dry nail varnish smudges? Other than this, the polish sounds pretty good.

              APPLICATION:
              The main, advertised feature of this nail varnish is it's patented, innovative fan effect brush which aims to create a much quicker and smoother application. The brush is about twice as wide as a normal nail varnish brush and a little thinner. At first I was sceptical, thinking that actually the brush isn't wide enough to cover my thumb nail in one stroke. I am happy to say I was wrong. This is where the fan effect comes in, the brush sort of spreads out perfectly over the surface of the nail and picks up just the right amount of polish to provide a smooth, even application over the whole of the nail. Super impressed!

              The actual application over all of my nails took under two minutes and was smooth and simple. However, Bourjois advertise this product as requiring one coat only and I found that with the two I own (11, a sort of shimmering light orange, and 24 a black with grey/green glitter), that they required two coats become fully opaque.

              The consistency is lovely, not too watery and not too thick. I'm also pleased to say that this nail varnish didn't end up sort of thick and gloopy like many polishes tend to do after a good few uses. I would say the polish does dry comfortable within the 50 seconds claimed, but only the sort of dry where you can touch it without leaving a mark but could still dent it with your fingernail. I'd say it's total safe dry after a couple of minutes.

              MY THOUGHTS:
              Overal, I really like this product. There is a large variety of colours and Bourjois are frequently updating this line and adding more in trend colours. You can also find older discontinued colours from this range for a much cheaper price to give this product a go.

              The application really is much faster than your average nail polish and the drying time is slightly quicker which leads to an all round easier and nicer experience. The packaging is definitely eye catching even if it's not totally necessary and even the price is worth the ease of application and the colour variety.

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              Overall, a good bright nail varnish for its price

              I am a massive nail varnish fan and never go a day (and I mean never) without a layer of colour on my nails. I have a whole shelf on my bookcase dedicated to nail polish bottles and I probably paint my nails a different colour every few days. As you can imagine, during the summer months I felt like buying some lovely bright summer colours for my collection.

              I was instantly attracted the the Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish polishes due to their massive array of colours, cute bottles and decent prices (£2.99 each). I bought three great, bright, neon like colours for my summer collection. Pop your pink, a really lovely bright pink that's girly and looks great with everything. Sunshine, a lovely bright yellow polish which is one of the few yellow nail varnishes I actually like. Orange your life, another bright neon orange.

              PACKAGING
              I think the packaging of these nail polishes is great! They are super cute and of an average 8ml size. The glass bottle is simply packaged with minimal white text so the colour of the polish can show through. The lid is black and mine came with a pink, blue and black union jack sticker on (Rimmel London). The brush itself is pretty average, I'd say it take about 2-3 swipes of the brush to cover the whole of nail's surface.

              APPLICATION
              The application itself is pretty much like any other nail varnish. The brush is of an average size, which means that the whole nail can be covered in 2-3 strokes as I mentioned earlier so the application isn't particularly quicker or longer than normal.

              I'd say the number of coats needed varies from colour to colour. The orange colour I picked needed just one coat to be fully opaque in my opinion, the pink needed two but the yellow (though this is the case with many yellow polishes) needed 3 to really get the colour opaque.

              The consistency is quite thin at first but like many nail polishes it thickens with time and the first application is always a little watery, but I prefer build many thin coats than one thick one.

              The nail varnish dries very quickly in my opinion, I'd say it's sort of tacky dry within 20-30 seconds and totally dry to get on with everyday life within 4-5 minutes. The smell is just like any other nail polish and isn't nostril-eroding awful like some varnishes I have previously tried.

              I personally applied a base coat (which was instructed on the pink and orange polishes but not the yellow), usually 2-3 thin layers of the colour and followed with a top coat. The whole process took around half an hour I'd say so it would be nicer if more of polishes were opaque after a single coat.

              CLAIMS AND MY THOUGHTS
              Rimmel boasts that this nail varnish is designed to be hard wearing, long lasting and chip resistant. I'm a bit of a clean freak and am forever cleaning, dusting and washing up so nail polish generally chips and starts to look a bit of mess after 2-3 days.

              This polish lasted just a little longer than that before it became too chipped to wear any more but I am not convinced this is due to the formula of the varnish but more to do with the fact that the polishes I bought required up to 2-3 coats to get the desired opaqueness.

              One of the downsides I think is important to mention about these polishes is that they do stain the nail without a base coat! I originally used the yellow coloured polish which did not say to use a base coat on the bottle like the other two did. I applied 3 coats of it as well as a top coat. When it came to removing the polish I was shocked that my nails were tainted yellow and looked like I was heavy smoker! This did not ever go and had to grow out.

              Overall, the brightness of the colours, the variety of shades and the in trend colours as well as bargain price make up for the lack of lasting power this polish has and I'd definitely still recommend it :)

              Thanks for reading.

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              04.09.2012 20:25
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              Fabulous moisturiser for it's bargain price!

              I've been a massive Simple fan ever since I found that heavily fragranced face products occasionally left me with awful hot, dry blotches across my face. This mainly happened with face wipes so after finding the Simple fragrance free wipes perfect for my skin I've practically given the whole range a go. Here is my experience with the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. :)

              PACKAGING:
              The bottle comes in a cardboard box as the picture above shows. I do admit that this seems like a pointless extravagance and doesn't really add much to the product. The ingredients are on the cardboard box though and not on the bottle which I found a bit annoying as I just looked at the bottle for the ingredients to write about and I found that they weren't on there.

              Other than that, the small, plastic 125ml bottle features a simple (excuse the pun!) white and green design adding to it's natural, caring sort of feeling. The top screws off to expose a small hole where the product is easily squeezed out.

              APPLICATION/CONSISTENCY:
              The product is very easy to apply and easily absorbed it. It is a bright white thin cream which despite being described as "rich" (which I was a little apprehensive about) is actually very light, soft and silky on the skin. The moisturiser itself is not fragranced or coloured, one of main features of Simple products, so instead has a subtle sort of typical lotion smell. It is neither pleasant or unpleasant and in fact disappears as soon as the moisturiser is applied.

              MY THOUGHTS:
              I found this product to really moisturise my skin whether it was particularly dry or not. It absorbs very quickly and certainly did not leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy and some thicker moisturisers may do. It boasts 12 hour moisturisation, vitamin B5 and glycerin and I certainly agree that this product leaves my skin super soft and nourished.

              It doesn't cause any irritation, even on sore skin, and even provides a good base for make up. Overall I am very impressed with this nifty little moisturiser, especially at the cheap as chips price of about £3-4.

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              03.09.2012 19:30
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              Overall, for the price this is a great conditioner

              I can't actually remember why I bought this conditioner! I usually have a more expensive taste when it comes to conditioners, but maybe I was broke or the smell did it for me. Anyway, I bought this conditioner some time ago and have been using it on and off (when I don't fancy using anything to heavy or costly) since. Here are my thoughts:

              PACKAGING:
              The bottle is pretty neat and simple. There are no other sizes available other than the 400ml bottles which may be a little much for some people to use but I found it really didn't matter as the price is so good. The shampoos and conditioners in the Alberto Balsam range are fixed steadily at the one pound mark. The bottle features a cap which flips up to reveal a small hole where it is super easy to squeeze out of the flexible bottle. The bottle itself is sort of a translucent white colour and you can clearly see how much product is left. Super handy!

              HOW TO APPLY:
              The directions state to leave the conditioner in the hair for 1-2 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. I personally absolutely coated my hair with this conditioner considering it was so cheap and it actually seemed to be absorbed by my hair quite quickly, maybe because it's consistency is a little thinner than other conditioners. It applied quickly and easily, without needing much effort in the way of wrist exercise to squeeze out the product.

              PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL:
              One of the main selling points of the Alberto Balsam range is the scent of their products (I think most of us would agree!) and I absolutely loved the smell of this conditioner for the first 5 or so uses. It is definitely an accurate, strong strawberries and cream smell, sort of like strawberry icecream. After a certain number of uses however, I did find the smell to get a little sickening, especially in the hot steamy shower. I have to admit that the smell does subside to a nice sweet subtle smell as soon as it's washed out though. The consistency itself is pretty average, maybe a little thinner than the average conditioner, however it spreads and applies perfectly.

              CLAIMS/INGREDIENTS:
              Alberto Balsam tend to keep most of their products simple and to the point. The conditioner is recommended for dry/damaged hair, should provide "intense nourishment" and "restore softness and shine". It contains soy milk proteins and strawberry extract. I'd assume the proteins play a part in the restoration or strengthening of the hair but in regards to the strawberry extract I'm not sure what this does and I have certainly never heard of any other products using strawberry extract to nourish hair.

              Looking at the ingredients, panthenol is the third highest ingredient. Panthenol is provitamin B5 which is known to nourish, smooth and moisturise hair by sealing the cuticle and adding to the appearance of shine. I always prefer panthenol in conditioners instead of silicones because they moisturise and seal off hair without weighing it down. Panthenol is also water soluble and easy to wash out unlike some silicones.

              MY THOUGHTS:
              Overall, I think this conditioner is fabulous for it's price and still above average when compared to all conditioners available. It is good for frequent use as I found it nourishing but still very lightweight and suitable for use everyday. It is not very intensive or especially softening but it does soften the hair slightly and does help with the appearance of dry hair. It is readily available in many shops including Tesco, Superdrug and Boots. It is worth giving a go, even if used just for it's smell, because it's price is so great. Very pleased!

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                03.09.2012 00:05
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                Leaves hair softened and nourished

                I bought this from Superdrug a little while back when it was half price and I'd racked up plenty of beauty card points. Normally, I'm not massively fussed about the shampoo I use because no matter how they are formulated or what hair type they are aimed at, their primary goal is cleanse, which always comes back down to stripping natural oils from the hair and scalp. Not healthy, whether or not the shampoo is supposed to be nourishing! Still, I thought I'd give this a go as there is no harm in trying!

                PACKAGING:
                This shampoo comes in a sort of milk/wine bottle shaped plastic bottle which is a solid cerise pink colour. It certainly stands out on the shelf as it is very bright and unique. The bottle itself is pretty easy to use; it has a flip up sort of cap like the Herbal Essences bottles where you press down on one to side to reveal the opening on the part that flips up. The bottle can be a little hard to squeeze when you get nearer to finishing up the shampoo, which isn't usually a problem. However, due to the long necked design it means I can't stand it upside down to ease the removal of the last of the product. The bottle I chose was a 500ml one, they are also available in slightly smaller 250ml sizes which are a little cuter and more useful if you like to change up your shampoo regularly.

                APPLICATION/CONSISTENCY/SMELL:
                I found the application pleasant and easy. Aside from the top being a little difficult to push down with slippery shower hands and the bottle a little tough to squeeze, the product itself is a lovely thick pearly white. It is on the thick side for a shampoo in my opinion but I feel it produces a really creamy lather with little massaging and really feels like a little goes a long way. The smell was pleasant a first, an odd fruity floral smell, but after a couple of washes I found it got a little sickly for me. I prefer fresher smells I think. It left my hair feel squeaky clean after the first wash and rinsed out very easily and quickly.

                CLAIMS:
                This VO5 shampoo is aimed at damaged hair, so with it's promise of nourishment and softening I thought this ideal for my heat damaged long hair. VO5 claims that this shampoo will provide the right level of nourishment for an individual's hair using their adaptive hair care technology. I am really unsure of that claim, and find it a little unbelievable that this shampoo has a sort of brain of it's own that decides how much nourishment my hair needs. On the other hand though, and one of the main claims that made me choose this shampoo, is that it is "infused with cashmere keratin" and contains 5 oils fabulous for hair (avocado oil, argan oil, apricot oil, grape seed oil and jojoba oil). Looking at the ingredients list, it also seems these oils appear quite high up so aren't just added in measly amounts to add to they're marketing campaign.

                MY THOUGHTS:
                I definitely feel like this shampoo actually softened my hair significantly without leaving any residue. It completely cleansed my hair (which often shampoos aimed for dry/damaged hair don't do well) and left it feeling very refreshed but not dry at all. Normally, I am sceptical when it comes to the nourishment a shampoo claims to give as their primary purpose is remove oils. However, this shampoo has definitely proved me wrong and I may well come back to this in the future despite it's slightly awkward bottle and smell. I think I will definitely be trying out the nourish me truly conditioner as the oils and keratin may well have a better effect when used in a conditioner than alongside a shampoo.

                I'd definitely recommend this product to someone with particular dry hair because this shampoo does actually really soften and appear to nourish the hair!

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                  Lovely sweet smelling romantic body spray!

                  This is my favourite impulse spray at the moment. I've always found impulse body sprays to have quite a over the top, sickly smell for my liking and I seem to always get bored of them about half way through the bottle and give them away. Not this one! This is my third bottle of this scent and I'm still in love with it.

                  PACKAGING:
                  The design of this can in my opinion is lovely. It was the main selling point for me and probably the biggest reason I even picked it up and gave it a test spray. It is the same as the above picture, featuring a detailed purple and lilac heart in the middle and a sort of subtle washed out lilac background. It is called romantic spark and the name certainly suits it's sweet and pretty smell. The can features a twist lid which I LOVE as it means I don't have to worry about losing the lids around the house or accidentally press down on it in my bag and have the spray go everywhere (this has happened before!).

                  APPLICATION:
                  The spray is very easy to use. The directions state to spray all over the body at a 15cm distance. The spray itself is a little wet but comes out in quite a fine mist and doesn't leave any wet marks providing that you spray from the correct distance.

                  THE SMELL:
                  I love the smell of this spray and find it to be a very soft powdery sort of scent. I'm not very good at describing smells with all the top notes and base notes and whatnot but the description on the front of the bottle reads "a blend of wild violet notes and white wood scents". I don't know about white wood scents (whatever they are!), but the violet smell is definitely noticeable, sort of like those parma violet sweets. It is a very pretty scent, quite fresh, but certainly not too musky, too zesty or too sickly.

                  MY THOUGHTS:
                  Although I'm not usually a body spray sort of person, I really do like this scent and for that reason I think I will definitely be repurchasing. It is a bargain at just £1-£2.00 (usually you can get impulse cans on offer though) and found that this scent actually does last a good few hours before fading into a clean sort of scent. I wear this spray most days when I'm generally out and about but not anywhere special enough to waste any of my beloved bottle of D&G's The One. The can is lightweight, and with the handy lid it is perfect to chuck in your bag to generally freshen up throughout the day. It also hasn't irritated my rather sensitive skin and all in all I'm very happy with this spray.

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                  • Twinings Pure Green Tea / Tea / 28 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                    Overall, I'd say the health benefits are worth the taste

                    Firstly, I have to admit that up until these past few months I was not a big fan of green tea. In fact, I absolutely hated the taste and religiously stuck my morning and evening coffee ritual for years before I thought of trying something different.

                    The reason I gave green tea a go was because I felt like getting healthier and sort of "detoxing my system". After reading up on the apparent health benefits of this tea, I popped out to buy myself a box of 20 bags from my local Co-op for £1.49. This seemed quite pricey for tea in my opinion, but considering you can get larger boxes for better value, and obviously other cheaper brands, £1.49 didn't seem too costly to give the tea a chance. Here are some (not all as there are so many!) of the multiple health benefits that swayed my decision in trying this tea over others:

                    -Green tea is known to speed up the metabolism (increases how quickly your body burns up fat). This means it is a great tea to incorporate into dieting.

                    -Green tea is also known to help stabilise blood sugar levels, possibly preventing or managing diabetes. On top of this, some scientists believe that green tea can help relax the lining of blood vessels, preventing tears and hence preventing build of plaque (clogged arteries) which can lead to heart disease. This is also further prevented by the cholesterol lowering effect green tea may have.

                    -Green tea may reduce the risk of many cancers.

                    -Green tea contains an anti-oxidant called catechin which is anti-viral and antibacterial, this results in fresher breath, lower chances of tooth decay, and help with throat infections (which I am very prone to!)

                    -It can also regulate blood pressure, help with depression as well as improve skin aging and wrinkles due to their anti-inflammatory properties.


                    Although many scientists have found small pieces of evidence to back up some of the claims made by green tea fanatics, many of the benefits are still being debated. In my opinion though, even if one of the seemingly hundreds of claims turned out to be true, it would still be worth drinking anyway!

                    So, onto the taste. I am shocked to admit that after a week of drinking this tea it really has grown on me. I now find it extremely crisp and refreshing, and only ever find it to be bitter when I leave the tea bag in for too long (40 seconds is usually enough, strain, then remove).

                    Green tea does contain caffeine, which for me was a plus because I think it made it easier to replace my morning coffee. However, for some people who are sensitive to caffeine or avoid consuming it this may be a negative. On the plus side, I believe there are many brands of decaffeinated green tea available so this shouldn't hinder anyway too much!

                    Overall, I'd recommend giving it a go, it really does grow on you and the health benefits are certainly worth the taste even if it doesn't!

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                    28.08.2012 20:38
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                    Overall, a natural, cheap way to maintain healthy hair and skin

                    I've always been a beauty bargain hunter and am never afraid to try out new things. One of my favourite hair care products will always be natural oils. I've tried a number of deep conditioning, reconstructing hair conditioners, treatments and masks but using natures own has always given me the best results.

                    Also, I never understand why people fork out up to £50.00 for hair oils that are advertised as containing coconut or argan oils when you can buy those oils in their pure state for much, much less!

                    I first came across the use of coconut oil when I was about 7 years old and my mother had a massive tub of it which she used to melt in her hands (coconut oil is a solid white substance at room temperature but melts into a light oil on contact with skin) before rubbing into her scalp and leaving it there over night. She has done this weekly for as long as I can remember to moisture and relieve dryness and itching of the psoriasis she suffers from on her scalp. She has found much relief through using natural oils for skin problems and many people actually swear by coconut oil, as well as olive oil, castor oil and argan oil etc as a natural moisturiser and to relieve skin problem such as eczema without harsh chemicals.

                    Personally, I've always used coconut oil, along with other oils mentioned above, as natural hair products. My favourite use, and the most effective, is most likely using coconut oil for a hot oil hair treatment. I usually warm up a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil, maybe with a little almond or olive oil, and smear this over damp or dry hair. Generally, I try to keep the hair mask on for as long as possible. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for penetrating the hair shaft, not just coating the outside of the hair. Providing that I am using coconut oil alone (with no other added oils), it is light enough to rub into and massage the scalp without leaving the roots oily after washing. This scalp massaging will help to stimulate hair growth as well as moisturise tight or dry scalps. One of the main reasons I prefer coconut oil over other oils for a hair mask is the fact that it washes out extremely easy in comparison to thicker oils such as olive oil.

                    Another hair use for coconut oil is to use it as a shine serum, smoothing serum or leave in conditioner. Depending on how fine or greasy your hair naturally is, coconut oil can really nourish the hair when used after washing when hair is wet to seal the cuticle and hold in moisture which is easily lost from damaged and porous hair. It is great for keeping ends of the hair hydrated and temporarily seal split ends. It can be used in small quantities as a detangler to stop hair from ripping when brushing, or even as a glossing serum after styling rubbed between palms and smoothed over the finished style.

                    I have also used coconut oil as a sort of shaving aid in the place of foam which really protects the skin while shaving and locks in the moisture from the bath/shower. I like using it as a body moisturiser though it can be a little greasy for a few hours until it all sinks in, for this reason I tend to avoid using coconut oil on my face though I sometimes use it as a natural lip balm which works great. Some people use coconut oil to remove make up and for oil cleansing but I have never tried this. It is great to use on dry elbows and knees also.

                    I know there are other methods in regards to natural oil use including massages and oral consumption. I haven't tried any of these methods in benefiting from coconut oils so I cannot comment on them.

                    Another thing that I think is important to mention is the importance of buying pure natual oils, usually described as 100% pure, food grade and cold pressed. Many oils have added petroleum or paraffin to bulk out the product and increase sales profit. Most oils are cheaper to buy pure than through a company which adds them to their cosmetics so nobody has an excuse not to give them a go! My 500ml pot of coconut oil cost me about a fiver on Ebay INCLUDING postage and packaging. You can't say no! :)

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                      Overall, very disappointed and would rather go barefaced than use this!

                      Another silly, gimmicky product that I just couldn't help but purchase. What a waste of time and £8.99! I used this foundation all of one time and can already tell you how much I hate it!

                      PACKAGING
                      The foundation comes in a sort of metal can like an aerosol would with a rattling ball inside which you can shake to mix up the foam (kind of like a mini can of spray paint). It is just a little larger I would say than a normal tube of foundation but aside from that the packaging is pretty average and goes hand in hand with other Maybelline "dream" products. It includes a clear plastic lid (which I threw away immediately as I hate having random loose lids scattered everywhere in my make up cases) which covers quite a large pump for dispensing the foam. It is similar to a shaving foam dispensing pump I would say.

                      HOW TO APPLY
                      The directions state to dispense a walnut size amount of foam and blend evenly using fingertips. I hate using my fingers for applying foundation as I find a lot of it is absorbed and generally feels rather unhygienic. I also hate the sticky feeling on my hands after! I gave the method instructed a go but found that foam just disintegrated the second it hit the air into a horrible watery orange liquid which didn't apply nicely with neither a brush, sponge OR fingertips. The sponge absorbed most of the foundation, and the brush left horrible stroke marks.

                      PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL
                      This foundation had an absolutely terrible consistency in my eyes. I was hoping it would be like a thick mousse like air whipped sort of foam, maybe like shaving foam but a little thinner? In fact, it was like a pathetic, dribbly sort of foam, almost like a false tan foam? On top of that, the second it hit the air it just started fizzling down into a watery liquid! It also doesn't have a very nice smell unlike most foundation, which I also think is quite important for an all over your face product.

                      CLAIMS
                      "- Our innovative aerated foam with fine pigments provides a nude perfect look
                      - Feels light as air
                      - Weightless formla sinks into your skin for incredibly sheer, natural-looking results"

                      The above are some of the claims made my Maybelline about this particular foundation. I would agree that the foundation does feels light and weightless, however it does dry out my skin slightly and leave it feeling quite tight, so I wouldn't necessarily say that I don't notice it. The idea of "fine pigments" (which to me suggests smooth application and even coverage) and "natural-looking results" are certainly something I disagree with. I found the application incredibly difficult and left me with uneven patches due to how quickly the foundation dries on the skin before I have a chance to blend it. I also bought the Ivory shade which came out ridiculously orange! Not just darker, but a ridiculous bright orange... No one has a skin tone like that!!

                      MY THOUGHTS
                      I really did not enjoy using this foundation. The foam was a nice idea but really failed in regards to that fact that it just turned into orange water on my fingertips. The pump dispenser squirts out a whole palmful of foam at the slightest pressure and leaks slightly just like shaving foam does. The application is difficult as the dryer parts of the skin absorb the liquid more than the softer, leaving a patchy finish. The foundation is extremely fast drying so impossible to blend unless you have super speedy hands (it's genuinely like trying to blend orange water into your skin). It doesn't smell particularly nice, left my skin feeling sort of dry/tight and is a completely unnatural orangey colour. I was very disappointed. The only benefit I would give this is that it is quite light weight (so good for summer) and it does dry to leave a matte finish, unlike other foundations which can leave a slight shiny/greasy feeling.

                      Thanks for reading :)

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