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N-Spa is by far my favourite range when it comes to bath and shower products. It doesn't matter how many times I try alternative brands in order to try something new, I will always go straight back to N-Spa products. One of my favourite products from this range is this velvet plum and panna cotta shower sorbet.
As the picture supplied by dooyoo shows, this shower gel is a lovely deep purple colour. This being my favourite colour is what originally drew me to this particular product. It was then pure curiosity which made me inspect the product closer. I have to admit I had no idea what 'panna cotta' was so I didn't know what to expect in terms of the scent of this shower gel. Knowing that N-Spa have never let my nostrils down I didn't hesitate in the slightest it flip open the lid and give it a good smell. I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.
I'm still unaware what panna cotta smells like so I can't comment on the likeness of the scents but the plum smell is definitely detectable. It's quite a subtle fruity smell. Whilst it's not the type of scent that's going to fill your bathroom with exotic scents as soon as you start to use the product it is a really nice smell all the same and one I am more than happy to apply to my skin regularly.
The shower gel apparently has a double moisture effect which makes the use of body butter's after a shower or bath unnecessary. Although I always continue to use body butters afterwards (it's the only way I'm ever going to get through my never ending collection) you can tell the difference in the softness of your skin between this and a regular shower gel. The product itself is, in a strange sort of way, quite soft to touch! It's a little thicker than your usual shower gel but still lathers up really well so you don't have to use a great deal to give your entire body a good clean. Once you do start rubbing it into your skin the scent does become a lot stronger although I can't say it particularly lingers on your skin for much time afterwards. That is, in my opinion, this products only down fall. It's pretty much perfect in every other way.
The N-Spa range is available in Asda stores and the N-Spa website (although Asda is quite a bit cheaper). This particular shower gel is brought in 225ml bottles for £2 from Asda for £3.50 from the N-Spa website. Other shower sorbets in this range include orange and mango butter, ginger and sweet honey, lime and coconut cream and pomegranate and buttermilk, all of which I stronger recommend. I just recommend this one slightly more than the others!
I'd been on the look out for a decent primer for rather a long time before a friend of mine suggested I gave Benefit's 'That Gal' a try. I was understandably reluctant to pay the £21.50 asking price for 11ml of a product I'd never heard of before let alone tried thus I did a quick ebay search and managed to grab a smaller 7.5ml tube for a much nicer £2.49 with free p&p! If you do have money to throw away and you would prefer to purchase this from a high street store at the full price instead then it's available in the likes of Boots, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Debenhams.
'That Gal' Brightening Face Primer supposedly makes skin appear smoother and brighter. It can be worn alone to 'give a radiant complexion' or under make-up to aid application. The product contains raspberry and chamomile which soothes the skin as well as almond and algae extracts to allow the skin to retain moisture.
The primer is a peachy pink colour however once rubbed into the skin it doesn't really have any effect on the skin tone and so, in that respect, would suit everybody. This primer doesn't really have any scent to it either.
The skin absorbs the primer nicely and a lot isn't needed to cover the entire face which is a relief if you're paying full price for it! I have extremely sensitive skin on my face and thankfully this primer hasn't caused any sort of reaction. My skin is left feeling rather smooth and soft after application also which is a nice bonus.
I must admit then when I first used this primer, and every time I've used it since, I haven't really noticed any difference to my complexion. It doesn't really make my face brighter but instead a little shiny and so I would never wear this alone. Using it under make-up, however, is an entirely different story. The primer does give a really nice smooth base for foundation to be applied and it's definitely helped my make-up to stay in place. I don't really suffer from oily skin but I do tend to find foundation simply wears off around my nose after a couple of hours and I really wanted a product that would prevent that from happening. This product seems to do the trick! I've seen a clear improvement in how long my make-up stays in place when I've applied this primer beforehand and I have no complaints in that department.
It's great for keeping make-up in place on nights out as well, when I've been out for a few hours I tend to get rather hot and flustered and instead of the nice and even skin toned face I left the house with I am simply left with a bright red face. While wearing this primer doesn't stop that from happening completely it does slow the process down a bit.
I don't rate this product much in terms of giving you a better complexion but it certainly helps make-up stay on for longer and that's the main thing I was looking for. I highly doubt I'd ever pay over £20 for this product but I'm happy to keep buying smaller tubes from ebay for that much smaller price!
When wearing eyeliner I prefer just a thin black line underneath my eye to add definition rather than a more dramatic look so I always opt for a black kohl pencil as I believe this style of eyeliner suits my needs best. The trouble is, I can never find that perfect one I can just stick to! I always seem to find faults with each product (usually about its staying power) and so am constantly buying and trying new and different pencils.
My most recent purchase in this department was this Barry M Kohl Pencil. I brought this from my local Boots store costing £2.99. Barry M products are also sold at Superdrug. As the picture supplied by dooyoo shows, these pencils come in a lot of different colours. These include black, white, grey, pink, green, blue and orange! So if you are looking for a more colourful look then these pencils may be of use to you also.
Appearance wise, the pencil just looks like your typical kohl pencil. The main body colour is the colour of the eyeliner, I went for black thus the colour of my pencil is black also. It also has a clear plastic lid which will stop your eyeliner from breaking and smudging in your make-up bag. It's about the same length as a typical biro pen and is thin enough to fit inside most standard eyeliner pencil sharpeners.
When applying the eyeliner I find I have to apply a couple of coats to get the dark colour I am after however the eyeliner does feel really soft and doesn't irritate my waterline so I don't mind doing this.
Once applied the eyeliner does look good and gives me that definition I want without looking too over done.
My main trouble with eyeliner is that it doesn't stay put for very long. Normally I'll catch sight of myself in a mirror a few hours after application to my thin line of eyeliner just below my eyeball is now a 3inch thick line of eyeliner which is very nearly touching my cheeks! Not a good look I think you'll agree.
Thankfully, I don't have this problem with this eyeliner. It pretty much stays put until I remove it. It doesn't smudge down my face or fade. It certainly has staying power!
I've had no problems removing the eyeliner with my usual eye make-up remover and, best of all, this product is vegan friendly! No animals were harmed in the making off my defined eyes.
All in all I would recommend this product, it's definitely one of the better kohl pencils I have tried (and I've tried a lot)! It's cheap, lasts quite a while, is applied and removed easily and has staying power.
When it comes to body butters I simply cannot get enough! I'm constantly adding to my collection despite the fact I already have enough to see me up to Christmas 2012 with daily use. The Soap & Glory Righteous Butter, however, was one I had heard nothing but excellent things about and I was desperate to try it. Unfortunately I just could not justify paying around £10 for a 300ml tub of body butter.
A few months ago, however, I got a new job and with it, more money! Thus on my first pay day I decided to treat myself to this body butter, the one thing I had been desperately wanting for so long! Given Soap & Glory products are on what appears to be a long running offer of '3 for 2', how could I not?
The product comes in a pink plastic round tub with a screw on lid. On the lid is a black and white picture of a rather vintage looking woman. The packaging states you can 'get sinfully soft skin with our original formula righteous butter'. The packaging also claims that this product is 'a body moisturising formula so virtuous, you might swear you're wearing velvet'. Clearly this product has an awful lot to live up to before you've even unscrewed the lid for the first time.
When you do get around to unscrewing the lid though you won't be disappointed. You'll be greeted by a white cream with a subtle yet distinctive scent. The scent of this body butter is hard to describe, it's definitely unique and I cannot think of anything to compare it to. You can detect the aloe vera and shea butter the product contains but there seems to be something more which I can't quite put my finger on. It's a lovely feminine smell which lingers on your skin for hours regardless.
Directions for use are simple. As with all body butters, simple have a shower or bath, towel dry the skin and apply to your body to leave your skin smelling gorgeous and feeling soft and smooth.
That's where the best part comes in. The application process is amazingly quick and simple. As I said, at £10 for 300ml I consider this to be an expensive product. My usual body butters range from £3-£7 for the same amount but you can definitely feel the quality difference in this body butter from my usual products. My skin absorbs this instantly and it's very thin meaning you don't have to spend ages rubbing away to get rid of those white streaks. As I've mentioned, the scent of this body butter stays on your skin for ages. In fact just the other day I was asked what perfume I was wearing as it smelt so nice, the 'perfume' was actually the righteous butter!
The effects in terms of how soft your skin is left feeling are also pretty much instant and you feel a huge difference straight away. Even the driest of patches on my body (namely my elbows - they feel like sand paper if I don't regularly motorise them) are left hydrated, soft and smooth. My Mother, possibly the fussiest person I have ever met when it comes to beauty products, used a little bit of this on her one arm and immediately asked for a tub for Christmas.
I honestly cannot recommend this enough. There was a lot of hype surrounding this product for me and it still exceeded my expectations! With out a doubt worth the price tag.
I was given a bottle of this perfume by a friend a few weeks ago for my birthday. Although aware of this Ghost perfume range I'd never actually tried any of it before so was unsure what to expect but rather excited to give it a go at the same time. Apparently my friend told the store assistant in Boots that I liked Black XS and this was the recommendation from that bit of information. Why, I'm not so sure as the only thing the two fragrances seem to have in common is the fact they're both perfume. Of course, that's not to say I don't like it!
The perfume is presented in a tall, slim bottle with a curve in the middle. The colour of the bottle is pale pink at the bottom but gradually fades to be completely clear. 'Ghost Sweetheart' is written in white font at the top of the bottle and it has a overly feminine appearance. Such an appearance, I feel, matches the scent of this perfume perfectly.
The scent is very sweet and flowery, very 'girly' and the the scent you imagine in your head when you hear the word 'sweetheart' is pretty much accurate. It's a strong scent at first but I find it quickly fades to a much more subtle smell which brings out the sweetness even further. Unfortunately, however, the scent continues to fade until it's only really detectable if you give your wrist a proper sniff, I would estimate this happens after about five hours. Obviously you want something a little longer lasting if you plan on wearing this all day.
If I had picked up a tester of this in boots I don't think I would personally have brought it, I don't dislike the smell it's just not something I'd have gone for. I much prefer the spicy sort of scents to the sweet ones. If I had of brought it myself I would definitely be disappointed with the lack of lasting effects this perfume has. While I'm happy to continue wearing this every now and again while I have a bottle I was given as a gift I don't think I'll be replacing it once I've ran out, there are much nicer perfumes out there for similar money! A 50ml bottle of Ghost Sweetheart costs about £22 from Boots which isn't too bad of a price but I feel the quality of the perfume certainly shows this isn't the most expensive.
I love the 'smoky' eye shadow effect although I have recently grown tired of the same old light grey/dark grey/black combination which is the one I seem to always go for. With this in mind I headed to my local Boots store on search on some different colours to apply to my eyes and create this effect.
After searching for a little while I decided to opt for the Bourjois Paris Smoky Eyes product which cost £7.99, not too bad for three eye shadows I thought. These eye shadow pots come in eleven different colours including browns, pinks, purples, greens and blues. So there's pretty much a pot for every outfit you own! The eye shadows are housed in a round plastic pot, the lid is mostly clear giving you a clear view of the actual eye shadow and the bottom of the pot is a sold colour depending on the shade of the eye shadows it contains. I went for shade 6 'violet romantic' thus my pot is dark purple in colour.
On the back of the pot is a little picture and short instructions on how to create the smoky eye effect using this product.
The case is sturdy, the lid stays firmly closed meaning I don't end up with broken eye shadow all over my other make-up products when it's stored in my make-up bag but it's still easy to flip open when you want access to the product.
When you flip open the lid, three eye shadows and a little eye shadow application brush are presented to you. The lightest of the eye shadows being the top colour (in my case white), the darkest shade being the bottom colour (dark purple) and the medium shade inbetween the two (a lilac colour in this one).
The colour combination in these pots is perfect, all three shades compliment each other wonderfully and I had a tough time deciding upon which pot to go for at the time of purchase!
Best of all the eye shadows stay put for a long time. Application is easy and obviously if you don't want to go for the smoky eyes effect you can just use these colours individually for a solid eye colour. Creating the effect, however, is quick and easy if you wish to do so. The colour scheme has already been sorted for you and the eye shadows are really blendable and don't create any mess. One of my pet hates is when eye shadow crumbles and I get little specks under my eyes, that doesn't happen when using these shadows. When I apply this product it says all day and all night without the use of primer, it doesn't crease and the colours stay vibrant and neatly blended. I also find it comes off easily using my every day make-up remover wipes which is an added bonus.
I love this little pot and will definitely be purchasing more in different shades in the future. Strongly recommended!
There was a time when I would scoff at anyone who said they had a 'daily skin routine'. I didn't see the point in applying all of these lotions and potions on one's face thus never bothered with anything other than a bit of face wash in the shower and a baby wipe morning and night.
How silly I was being! After using a few skin care products one day a few months back I realised that my skin had a huge amount of room for improvement and so improve it I did!
I opted for products from the Simple range as I have very sensitive skin on my face and knew that their products would not irritate me or cause a reaction.
Now I have my own routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise. Unfortunately I'm yet to discover an exfloiator which is safe for my sensitive skin. Anyway, the toner I use is this Simple Soothing Facial Toner which I love.
The toner is 100% alcohol free with no added perfume, colour or other harsh chemicals which will irritate my skin. The toner does, however, contain pro-vitamin B5 which 'restores, softens and smoothes' skin. It also contains three 'skin loving nutrients' which are chamomile (gently softens and soothes skin), witch hazel (helps tone and tighten pores) and allantoin (softens and protects the skin). Reading the bottle lead me to believe this would be the perfect toner and it hasn't let me down.
The toner is presented in opaque green bottle with the Simple logo, product information and full list of ingredients on it. The bottle allows you to clearly see how much toner you have left and is clear and 'simple' in layout.
The toner itself just looks like water really. It's a clear liquid with no real scent to it and just looks very clean. To use the toner simply flip back the flip top lid and apply to cotton wool. Then wipe on your face in upwards movements every morning and every night. It's a quick and easy process.
The results are noticeable. My pores for a start have definitely appear to have minimised in size and my face generally feels softer, smoother and cleaner. It's surprising the amount of times I've applied this toner on, what I believed to be, a clean face only to find little bits of dirt and make-up on the cotton wool.
Best of all this causes no irritation to my skin as promised and generally has no negative points to it at all.
The toner is available for near enough all supermarkets as well as the usual Superdrug and Boots stores for around £3 for a 200ml bottle so it won't put you out of pocket either! Even more so when you consider how long lasting the product is. I've been using this twice daily for a couple of months now and I still have over half the bottle left.
All in all a fantastic toner. It's quick and easy to use as well as very effective with these effects being long lasting. The toner is perfect for sensitive skin, is widely available and rather cheap. Perfect!
As a 'BzzAgent' I am occasionally sent items to test and keep in return of an honest consumer opinion of the product. The most recent of these products being Nutricat cat food.
Nutricat is described as being 'veterinarian approved advanced feline nutrition'. The idea is that you can now buy healthy, specialised cat food with your weekly shop rather than having to make a separate journey to your local vets or pet store. The cat food is available in Tesco stores and is relatively affordable. A little 50G pack costs 50p, a 400G bag costs £2 and a 1Kg costs £6. Obviously many cheaper cat foods are available. Nutricat, however, offers much more than these other brands and I do feel it offers good value for money.
If you do your shopping online at Tesco.com, you can also get £1 off a bag of Nutricat by entering the discount code GRPFNC.
The food contains all the vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants to keep our feline friends fit, healthy and in peak condition. This food is also free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives (it appears it's not just us humans who should avoid such things)! The food apparently draws upon over 40 years of research to ensure it contains all of our cat's nutritional needs and gets a big thumbs up from vets.
There are a number of different types of Nutricat food to cater for different needs prompting the slogan 'a pack for every cat'. There's Nutricat Indoor, Kitten, Sensitive, Mature, Light and, the subject of this review, Adult. Nutricat adult comes in two flavours, chicken and salmon. My cats have so far only tried chicken flavour.
So, what does Nutricat Adult do for you cat? According to the packaging this food contains 'a unique blend of antioxidants to support the immune system', has 'balanced mineral levels to assist urinary tract health' and also contains 'proteins to maintain muscular and skeletal health'. In theory, this food sounds very good indeed! But what did the cats make of it?
I have four wonderful cats. None of them are particularly fussy eaters however they all refuse to eat dry food unless mixed with meat for some reason so I wasn't sure how well this would go down with them given Nutricat is only available in dry food form. All four of them seemed to love this though and were happily eating the biscuits with no meat mixed in whatsoever. The biscuits are small and circular meaning my cats have no trouble eating this food and as soon as I open the packet up and they smell it they all come running into the kitchen for their healthy meal. Like with most biscuits, the smell to a human nose isn't particularly strong thus my kitchen doesn't stink for a couple of hours a day while the cats are eating their food (the smell of some cat food meat turns my stomach so I'm very thankful for this).
With my sample packets of this food I was given a coupon for a free 1Kg bag which I took a special trip to Tesco to get after seeing how much my cats enjoyed this cat food and I think it's safe to say I shall continue to buy this food for them at full price. When I'm buying food for myself I have no problem spending a little extra to make sure I'm eating food which is good for me, I don't see any reason why this should differ when feeding my cats!
Until recently, the MUA make-up brand was not one I was aware of. I came across this brand and subsequently this pressed powder recently when browsing my local Superdrug store.
I was in need of some more pressed powder however was holding out for my next visit to Boots as my usual choice is their natural collection pressed powder. As the liquid foundation I use provides me with more than adequate coverage I rarely see the point in spending more than a couple of pounds on a powder foundation. I only require the product to take away that shine on my face that my liquid foundation leaves and I find cheap powders do a perfectly good job at this.
I soon forgot about my usual Boots natural collection pressed powder when I saw this MUA one for just £1! I picked it up straight away, if it was no good I'd only wasted a quid, if it was any good then I'd just discovered my new pressed powder love for £1. The positives definitely outweighed the negatives on this one.
This pressed powder comes in four shades simply called 1, 2, 3 and 4. 1 being the lightest, 4 being the darkest. I opted for shade 1 as I have rather fair skin and it's pretty much a perfect match. Of course, other's may not be so lucky and this lack in shade variety may be a down side to this product for a lot of people.
Your £1 gets you 5.7g of this pressed powder which is enough to last you a fair few months even if worn on a daily basis. So the price gets a definite thumbs up from me!
The packaging of the product isn't anything special but then, I'm not too bothered about that anyway. The powder comes in a clear plastic square case which flips open to allow access to the powder itself. On the front 'MUA make-up academy' and 'pressed powder' are printed in silver. On the back there is a sticker which contains the weight of the product, the shade and the ingredients list. The case is very secure and the lid stays firmly shut which allows piece of mind when this is being stored in your make-up bag. (No one wants foundation getting over everything)!
Application is easy. I glide my powder brush over the product a few times so it can pick up a sufficient amount of the powder and then apply to my face. The powder is easy to blend into my face and doesn't make me look as though I've applied my foundation with a spade. It gets rid of the shine left behind from my liquid foundation perfectly and still gives a nice bit of extra coverage although I wouldn't say it gives enough to wear without liquid foundation. It's also long lasting and doesn't wear off after just a couple of hours which was unexpected for a pressed powder so cheap!
All in all a nice little product which I shall definitely be purchasing again. It's cheap, long lasting and suits my needs wonderfully. However, if you're after a powder that gives heavy coverage and/or your skin tone isn't suited to one of just four shades then this product wouldn't be much good for you.
If neither of these things are a problem though I strongly suggest grabbing one of this the next time you're in Superdrug or shopping on their online store. It's worth every one of those one hundred pennies!
Discovering Simple products has meant I can finally start taking good care of the skin on my face/neck without causing any irritation and risking a reaction so, over the past few weeks, I've built myself a nice regular daily skin care routine which has had a noticeable improvement of my skins condition, feel and look.
Part of this skin care routine is using this Simple purifying cleansing lotion morning and night.
A 200ml bottle of this lotion retails at around £3 and is available in most, if not all, supermarkets as well as the usual places such as Boots and Superdrug.
The lotion comes in a solid white plastic bottle with a green flip top lid, the packaging adheres to the usual Simple green and white colour scheme and contains all of the relevant information such as a little product description, full ingredients list and instructions on how to use the product to obtain the best results. It's a 'Simple' layout and all the information you may require is easy to find.
Like with all Simple products, this cleansing lotion contains no perfume, colour or other harsh chemicals which could react with your skin making this perfect for us people with extremely sensitive skin on our faces and necks.
This particular product contains pro-vitamin B5 which 'actively restores, softens and smoothes' the skin. It also contains two 'skin loving nutrients' which are bisabolol (which soothes and clams the skin) and allantoin (which softens and protects the skin).
The lotion itself is white in colour and is a little thick in consistency but is absorbed by the skin quickly and easily. As this product doesn't contain any perfumes and such the lotion has virtually no smell to it whatsoever.
To apply the cleansing lotion squeeze a little onto a cotton pad (I found using cotton wool left little bits of the wool stuck to my face) and rub into your face and neck in gentle upward and outward movements. It's a quick and easy process as the skin absorbs the lotion so well and it doesn't leave your skin looking or feeling in the least be greasy or oily.
I started using this cleansing lotion at the same time as using Simple's 'Soothing Skin Toner' (which I shall be reviewing soon) so I can't say whether it's this cleanser, that toner or a mixture of the two that has left my face feeling and looking in such good condition but it was definitely one of those options and I can honestly say my face has never felt so nice! It's actually gotten to the point where I've started telling everyone to 'feel how soft my face is' because this has worked so well.
I've been using this product for a good month and it hasn't had any negative effects on my skin at all, no breakouts or that sort of thing. Better still, you don't need to use an awful lot to cover your entire face and neck so it lasts for quite a while. As I said, I've been using this product twice daily for about a month now and although I can't actually see how much of the lotion I have left I can tell from the weight of the bottle that there is still well over half the bottle left.
All in all this just a really great cleansing lotion. It's not too expensive, really easy to find, absorbs nicely into my skin, causes no irritation, reaction or breakout in spots and has given noticeable improvements to the condition of my skin. I highly recommend this product to anyone, particularly those who suffer with sensitive skin.
As the skin on my face/neck is so unbelievably sensitive finding facial wipes is an absolute nightmare for me. Unless the packaging clearly states the wipes are safe for sensitive skin I won't even bother to pick them up. Even then, I still get a little nervous about trying out new products on my face. Mostly, I just stick to baby wipes as these are just about the only wipes I know for definite I can use with no risk of irritation.
After recently developing a love for Simple products I thought I'd try replacing my trusted baby wipes with these facial cleansing wipes. I've been using a lot of Simple products of late and so far I've had nothing but excellent results from them. Any lotion or cream belonging to this brand which I have applied to my face has given me absolutely no irritation whatsoever, which is very rare for me!
These wipes are widely available. I can't recall ever visiting a supermarket which hasn't stocked them and stores such as Boots and Superdrug also sell them. The price of a pack of 25 of these wipes is around the £3 mark and personally I find them to be worth every penny.
Asda currently have many of the Simple products on offer, these wipes included, for a lower price of £2 and Co-Op currently have these wipes on a 'buy 1 get 2 free' offer which is excellent value for money. I've also found in shops such as B&M and Home Bargains you can buy a pack containing these wipes and a bottle of Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser for around £3.50 which gives a nice little saving if you use both these products.
These wipes are also available in packs of 7 for around £1.
The wipes come in the typical 'Simple' packaging using a green and white colour scheme and are in the usual plastic packet with resealable sticker you find wipes in.
The packaging gives you a full list of ingredients, a bit of product information and a few sentences on how to use the wipes for best results. These wipes contain no perfume, colour, alcohol or oil which means they don't dry out my skin or leave it feeling/looking greasy. Most importantly, they don't cause a reaction from my skin. The wipes do, however, contain one vital vitamin which is pro-vitamin B5 which 'actively restores, softens and smoothes' the skin. The resealable sticker on the front of the packet also informs us that these wipes remove waterproof mascara.
I find all of these claims to be completely accurate. My skin feels lovely and smooth after using these wipes and I've noticed a definite improvement in my skins condition since switching from baby wipes to these. They also double up to make effective make-up remover wipes as well! They remove foundation effortlessly and with a bit of gentle scrubbing these get eyeliner and mascara off rather easily as well. I personally use one of these wipes each morning and then another each night and they've almost become a necessity to me now. They've certainly put an end up my facial wipe search.
One of my favourite things about these wipes is the feel of them. They're quite a bit thicker than my usual baby wipes and it almost feels like I'm rubbing a damp cloth on my face rather than a wipe, they're just really soft and gentle. Obviously, due to the lack of perfume and chemicals in these wipes, they don't really have a scent to them and they're just plain white in colour but I absolutely adore them and can't recommend them enough!
I purchased a few of the 'I Love..' products a while back at Morrisons as they were on offer at 3 for £5 (or £2 each). I decided to go for the 'raspberry & blackberry' products as the scent was one which I particularly liked and was a little different to the usual smells I buy.
With the use of this product and the accompanying bubble bath and body butter, I've been having some very fruity baths of late!
The packaging of this product is just as it looks in the picture here on dooyoo really. It's a clear plastic bottle with a black flip top lid. The bottle gives plenty of product information such as a full ingredients list and directions for use written a variety of languages on the back. The bottle also has a few hearts printed on it for decoration. It's a very feminine looking product.
Upon opening the bottle you are greeted by a beautiful sweet and fruity scent, the berry smell in this is very detectable. I've found with the other products in this range I have tried that the smell is a lot stronger when you're actually using them rather than just smelling out of the tub/bottle. This also appears to be the case for this shower gel (actually labelled exfoliating shower smoothie on the bottle).
The product works well both in the bath or shower. Simply squeeze a little onto your hand/sponge/whatever else you use and rub into your skin. This lathers up well meaning you don't need to use loads and the 200ml bottle lasts a good two/three weeks even when using on a daily basis. As soon as you start rubbing it in the smell of this shower gel hits you and lingers in the air for a good while. It never becomes too overpowering and sickly though which is obviously a nice little bonus.
Not only does it smell gorgeous but it also looks very appealing as well. The shower gel is a pink colour with plenty of little black exfoliating seeds in it. You can really feel these seeds giving your skin a proper good scrubbing when you're rubbing the product into your body! Definitely makes me feel like I've given my skin a good clean. The shower gel is also a nice consistency, I hate runny shower gel that just slides off of my sponge as I end up using more product in the bottom of my bath/shower than I do on my skin. This doesn't happen with this shower gel however, it's thick enough to stay put but still rubs into my skin really nicely.
The after effects of are nice, my skin feels a lot cleaner and definitely smells a lot nicer! The scent of this lingers on the skin faintly for a few hours after application, it would be nice if it lasted longer but it's still a pretty good product regardless. My skin also feels quite soft after using this and I basically love it. I shall definitely be buying more!
It would appear that the only places in the UK which sell the 'I love..' range (apart from online of course) are Morrisons and Superdrug so this isn't the most widely available product I've ever used but as both stores are fairly common I shouldn't imagine it'd be too hard for other people to find.
My Mum purchased this body oil a few months ago and, after using it a couple of times, decided she didn't like it and instead gave it to me.
This definitely isn't a product I'd buy myself. In fact, I've seen it on the shelves in countless amounts of stores and never even bothered to pick it up. I'm not a fan of cocoa butter in general, I just don't like the smell. I don't really like oily products either, I much prefer creams and, probably the biggest thing that stops me from even giving this product a second look half the time, a 200ml bottle costs around £5. While I would be willing to pay £5 for 200ml of a product I did really like the sound of/ had heard good things about, there is no way I would spend this much on something that just didn't look appealing to me in the slightest.
Still, when my Mum gave me the bottle I thought I'd give it a try. If it costs £5 and people continue to buy it (it does seem be rather popular) it must have some good effects, right?
The body oil comes in a clear plastic bottle with a brown flip top lid which allows you to see how much of the product you have left easily. The gel itself is a strange colour, it almost looks dirty. While it is clear it also has a yellow/brown tinge to it, not very attractive.
The bottle contains information such as an ingredients list and what this product is supposed to do. It's a quite a plain looking bottle really. I don't think it'd win any presentation awards.
This product is supposed to lock in moisture to give your skin a 'healthy radiant glow'. Daily bathing and showering can strip your skin of its natural protecting oils which will allow moisture to escape. The idea of this body oil is to put that moisture back into your skin. In theory, this is a good little product. Unfortunately, it doesn't really deliver.
The body oil smells strongly of cocoa butter which, as I have already mentioned, I'm not too keen on. I do know that a lot of people do quite enjoy the smell of cocoa butter so it probably wouldn't be too bad if you're one of those people. The scent goes a little beyond cocoa butter though, it also has a slight hint of almond to it which is a much more pleasant smell in my opinion. The cocoa butter is definitely the dominant scent though.
To apply this body oil simply squeeze a little onto your hand and rub into the body after bathing/showering. The oil itself isn't very nice. It's quite thick for an oil but too runny to be a gel, it's definitely somewhere in the middle of the two. Furthermore, my skin doesn't seem to absorb this product too well. Even after putting a tiny amount on my skin still looked and felt greasy and slippery. Trying to sit in front of my computer crossed legged after I'd just applied this was a nightmare, my top leg just kept slipping off of the bottom one! It certainly wasn't nice and took a good ten minutes for my skin to absorb it all properly so I could go back to having some form of grip to my skin.
To top this big (quite expected) disappointment off, I didn't even notice any real difference in my skins appearance or feel. Of course, it did look shiny at first but that's because I had a ton of oil/gel just resting on my skin. Once it had been 'absorbed' my skin looked and felt pretty much exactly the same.
I can't say I like this product at all. There's nothing that really stands out as a positive to me. I passed this on to my Sister who has since past it on to one of her friends and no one seems to like it! I didn't even want this when it was given to me for free so there is no way I'd be forking out £5 for it!
Like most, these Apple In-Ear Headphones came to be in my possession when I purchased an Apple product with music playing capability. In my case it was the Iphone 3GS.
In the past I'd always used Gumy headphones with my Ipod for a number of reasons but I decided I'd give these headphones a try when I purchased my phone as Apple are charging £66 for these on their website so they must be decent, right?
Well at first, yes they were very decent. The sound quality was excellent, all little details in the music I was listening to were perfectly clear and I found myself enjoying certain songs a whole lot more due to just being able to clearly hear a whole lot more of the song.
The earpieces also fitted comfortably in my ear, if I'm listening to music via headphones for long periods of time (which I often am as I walk the hour journey to and from work four days+ a week) I sometimes find that my ears start to hurt due to the hardness of the earpiece which is resting in my ear. These headphones, however, have soft silicone tips which provide comfort. The headphones also come with three different sizes of these silicone tips which will enable you to get the perfect fit providing an even more comfortable feel and reducing the chance of the headphones continuously falling out, something which annoys me immensely.
These headphones also have a 'control capsule' which allows you to adjust the volume of the music and play, pause and skip songs without having to have any contact with the music playing device at all. If you're using these headphones with a Iphone you can also answer and end calls using this control capsule. All, in theory, very useful features.
The glory is, unfortunately, short lived. It only took a couple of months of regular, often daily, use before any bass in any music I was listening to simply turned into a crackling noise which completely ruined the listening experience.
I don't often need to use my phone 'hands free' but on the occasions that I do I don't find these headphones to be that useful. The sound quality is fine, I can clearly hear what the person on the other end of the phone is saying to me no problem but I find I have to hold the microphone on these headphones right up to my mouth for that person to be able to hear me. This defeats the object of 'hands free' really as I do end up having to use my hands!
I don't believe the control capsule has ever worked correctly either. I've been able to answer and end calls using it with no problems however I can't recall a time I've ever been able to control the volume or the songs playing using this feature. I've simply been pressing the buttons to find nothing is actually happening.
In terms of sound quality these headphones are great when they're working correctly. They're just not very long lasting at all and don't work correctly for a great deal of time. I don't believe this was simply a rare bad experience either as I am aware of many people who have said the same thing about this product.
In terms of comfort these definitely get five stars from me. I don't think I've ever used a set of headphones which have provided as much comfort as these ones have but of course, this is pretty useless if the sound the headphones are producing is rubbish.
Cosmetically these seem to stand the test of time and I've never had a problem with their physical appearance.
All other features, the control pad and the microphone? Well they're pretty useless as well. The microphone doesn't pick sound up very well at all and half of the features of the control capsule don't work, nor have they ever worked.
I feel you're paying for the name rather than quality where these headphones are concerned and I can't say I felt the need to replace them with another pair when the sound quality started to deteriorate. Much more reliable headphones with decent sound quality are available for a great deal less then these Apple headphones. They're worth using if you receive a pair with an Ipod/Iphone/Ipad, just make sure you have another pair for backup and I definitely wouldn't recommend going out and buying a pair of these headphones individually.
The Simple range is a range that I love. I have extremely sensitive skin on my face so when I decided to start moisturising my face (I went a long time not doing so) Simple moisturisers were the first and only products I turned to. Why? Well Simple only use natural ingredients in their products. With this brand I can guarantee I'm applying no harsh chemicals to my skin thus there is no risk of me having a reaction to these products.
This moisturiser retails at around £3 for the 125ml bottle although Asda currently have a lot of the Simple products on offer, this moisturiser included, for £2. I've found that in places such as B&M and Homebargins you can buy a pack containing a bottle of this moisturiser and a pack of Simple cleansing facial wipes for £3.50 which saves you a fair bit of money! I've also noticed a few places sell this moisturiser in a 'travel size' 50ml bottle for about £1. Good for if you'd like to give it ago before you spend more money on a larger bottle.
The moisturiser is widely available in most supermarkets and the likes of Boots and Superdrug.
The moisturiser comes in a rectangular box using the usual green and white colour scheme the Simple range have adapted to most of their packaging. The box contains all the relevant information including instructions on how to use the product and a full ingredients list. The box tells us that this moisturiser contains Pro-vitamin B5 which restores, softens and smoothes the skin, Vitamin E which helps to improve the skins condition, Glycerin which hydrates and nourishes the skin and Borage seed oil which renews and regenerates the skin. All in all, sounds like a pretty good moisturiser!
Upon opening the box you're greeted by a 125ml bottle of the moisturiser which contains all of the same information and appearance as the box. You simply have to flip open the lid to apply.
The moisturiser is white in colour and has virtually no smell to it. It's a nice consistency, not too think but not too runny either making it easy to apply and quick for my skin to absorb.
To apply I use a pea sized ball of moisturiser and rub it into my face and neck. The results are pretty much instant. Lovely soft, healthy looking skin.
If you read my last review on 'Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser' you may be aware that this is the product I use at night, before bed as it's very light and weightless which is what I want in a product just before I'm about to go to sleep.
My skin always feels just as good when I wake up as it did before I went to bed, five minutes after application. I cannot fault this product at all. It leaves my skin looking and feeling really soft, smooth and hydrated whilst causing me no irritation whatsoever. I strongly recommend this moisturiser, particularly if you suffer from sensitive skin.