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It is important to me to choose sugar free variety's when it comes to fizzy pop as I am currently doing slimming world and it is important to me to keep my syns down on things that I can control. For example diet fizzy drinks are free and therefore save me syns for nicer little treats. There are a few drinks that I don't like as diet versions as you can definitely taste the difference, although a bit healthy they just don't taste very nice and I'd rather stick to juice. I love coke zero and Pepsi max more than I like the full sugar version so when I was in the co-op recently and I saw a pack of 6 cans of Fanta zero for £2.00 I decided to give them a go. I love the usual Fanta so I was hoping this wouldn't be much different.
The product comes in a 330ml shiny silver can which is very funky in design as it has oranges, trees, the sun and various other decorative pieces. Product information per can:
Calories - 11
Sugars - 1.8
Fat - 0.0
Saturates - 0.0
Salt - trace
The product is made with real fruit juices and contains no artificial colours and zero added sugar. Fanta is basically a carbonated orange drink, the full sugar version is very fruity and sweet and although you can definitely tell the zero version lacks in sugar it is drinkable and refreshing. When judging between full sugar plus zero sugar I would say the full sugar wins but for people like me who are trying to stay healthy the zero version is still very nice. You can purchase this product in can, small bottle or big bottle.
I love the collection 2000 radiant foundation which I actually picked up from the pound shop a little while back. Unfortunately I haven't managed to find any more and since they don't sell it in boots or such places I was very disappointed. I loved the foundation as it worked brilliant on my combination skin and covered all circles making you look radiant. I decided I would go for a collection 2000 foundation again, I know that it is classed as a lower branded make but the more collection 2000 products I buy I am more and more impressed with quality and price. I managed to pick the lasting perfection foundation up for £4.00.
The product comes in a frosted glass bottle which has the relevant information written in a shiny black. The lid is also shiny black and can be lifted off easily to reveal a shiny black pump action dispenser. This product looks very good and it would certainly stand out from the rest to me including some more expensive designs.
When using the foundation for the first time I had difficulty, I had to pump the bottle for ages before I got any of the product out, however once it has been released, it comes out easy enough after that. The foundation looks a bit runnier than I am used to but it definitely doesn't feel that way once applied to the face. I use about two pumps and rub the foundation into the face; product absorbs and blends super easily creating a nice finish. Once applied the skin feels velvety soft and gorgeous.
The product promises to give a fresh appearance that will last up to 16 hours giving a flawless finish, it is transfer and oil free and contains SPF 20 which is brilliant. The foundation is indeed transfer resistant and you can tell it is oil free as it keeps the oil on the skin at bay all day with its matte feel. The only problem for me is the fact that it only seems to provide a light coverage which is ideal for younger skin but not good at hiding dark circles under the eye area.
Overall the foundation is good for everyday use but I would recommend it for a daytime look that is light.
When you use a lot of products on your hair such as mousse, wax, serum and hairspray there can become a build- up which can make the hair appear lifeless, flat and looking greasy. It is important to use a good clarifying shampoo to remove the build-up giving hair back its volume and shine. I don't tent to use too many products on my hair but I do use a lot of treatments which include thick masks and hot oils and they can sometimes leave the hair looking a bit lack lustre. I saw the Pantene clarifying shampoo in the pound shop so I gave it a go.
The bottle I have comes in a blue coloured see through bottle which has a push lid at the top. The lid can be a nightmare to get opened especially if you have false nails on as it is quite stiff and once your hands are wet it can be even worse. The packaging is pretty basic but it gives the idea of clean and pure which is exactly how this shampoo should be portrayed.
The shampoo is designed too completely remove build up and impurities to leave the hair looking extremely clean and healthy looking. It will revitalise and add volume to hair. You simply wet the hair and lather in some of the clear liquid (only a small amount is needed as it really lathers well) once the hair has been coated you can rise well and apply a conditioner as you generally would.
This shampoo is ideal and does exactly what it says, it deeply cleanses the hair and after just one application you can see and feel that the hair is cleaner and weightless. Because this shampoo is so light you could use it on a daily basis however I stick to about once a week as I like to keep with a moisturising one the majority of the time. I have used this product on my daughter's hair too and although she never has products on her hair it is extremely clean and super shiny and stays that way longer than regular shampoo. I would definitely recommend this shampoo for people who have normal condition hair with a bit of product build up.
I purchased the advanced techniques 360 nourishment Moroccan argan oil leave in treatment about 3 weeks to a month ago when I noticed it in Avon. There had been a lot of talk about argan oil products and how beneficial they are at moisturising the hair so I went online to have a look for some to try but I came across information of negativity. Some people love argan oil but unfortunately there were brands available advertised as the oil yet they contained such a small amount that you might as well not even be using them.
This caught my eye as it was only about 3 quid on a special introductory price so I thought im gona get it and try it. The product comes in a 30 ml clear glass bottle which displays some basic information regarding this product. The yellow serum can be seen through the bottle and it appears thick. The bottle has a greeny/blue pump action dispenser that can be pressed to release.
The product is designed to be a lightweight serum that nourishes the hair to make it instantly smoothed or shiny. It can be used on wet or dry hair and works equally well on both.
Using on wet hair:
You can use this product on wet hair by applying it when the hair has been towel dried. I use about 2 pumps from the bottle and cover the mid-lengths and the ends of my hair with the serum then go on to blow dry. Blow drying is simple with the use of this product and you definitely do see an added shine to the hair making it appear sleeker. It is good to see that the product doesn't weigh the hair down either.
Using on dry hair:
This product can be used on the hair after blow drying to create a smoothed frizz free base for straightening, in this case the straighteners slide over the hair locking in more shine. If using this technique then make sure the serum is dried in before straightening as you don't want to burn the hair if you have used a little too much. Alternatively you can use as a finishing touch after straightening to create a super glossy look.
This serum is very light weight however it is strong enough to keep the hair nice and smooth and practically frizz free in the humid/ damp weather which is a blessing considering the weather we have been having lately. Overall this is a good quality product from Avon, they have really excelled this time. This is definitely worth a buy.
The Aussie philosophy- there's more to life than hair but it is a good start.
I couldn't agree more however hair is a pretty major thing and unless it is soft, shiny and looking fabulous it can leave you feeling down in the dumps. There's nothing worse than unruly chemically damaged hair that resembles cotton wool and no matter how hard you try you just can't make it look nice. This was me a few years ago after I repeatedly bleached my hair all because I wanted a white blonde colour. This time round, I do have blonde hair again but this time I make sure I take very good care of it. This can be achieved by dying the hair less often, cutting back on the use of straighteners and more importantly some good quality moisturising products.
I tend to use hot oils on my hair mostly to hydrate right into the ends but as you can imagine a hot oil can be very heavy on the hair so sometimes you need a good conditioning product for them times in between. I have used Aussie products in the past off and on but this time IV stuck to one in particular and that is the 3 minute miracle reconstructor.
I buy my reconstructor in the sachets as you can pick it up for a pound. One sachet is needed to do my chin length bob so longer hair will require more to fully coat. For months now I have alternated between bottle and sachet depending when I can get the bottle cheap. Ill review the sachet today as that is the one I buy the most.
The product comes in a 20ml white sachet which displays the Aussie logo and kangaroo picture on the front. The additional information is written in red and purple. The 3 minute miracle has been designed for dry hair. There is a tiny slit at the top right hand corner in which you can use to tear the top off the sachet and simply squeeze the conditioner out. The conditioner is thick in consistency which is fab as you never have any problems with it running and it makes it feel like more of a treat for your hair.
The conditioner contains Australian balm mint which is known to smooth rough cuticles to help restore manageability and shine. It promises to restore hair to a soft and shiny state within just 3 minutes of applying the product. For application you wet the hair and shampoo then towel dry and coat the hair from root to tip with Aussie conditioner, I find combing the conditioner through helps to provide an even coat for better results. The conditioner is to be left on for 3 minutes and rinsed thoroughly. The rinsing is easy as the conditioner comes out more or less straight away and doesn't leave any nasty residue behind or heaviness on the hair.
The hair is immediately soft and tangle free and the brush glides through easily making blow drying simple. Once dried, the hair never looks weighed down and there is definitely an improvement in the look and the feel of the hair. Now for the best bit about this conditioner and that's the smell, my goodness it is gorgeous. It has a very strong bubble gum scent which is the nicest scent I have come across on a product and I am happy to say that it lingers on for the rest of the day even after drying you can't help but have a sneaky smell of your hair.
Overall this is a fantastic product and I would recommend to people with dry/damaged hair.
My daughter is turning so girly now which is nice considering she used to be such a tom boy when she was younger. She loves dressing up in her Disney princess costumes and getting her hair done and her nails painted so now when we go out shopping she either likes to go in lush and chose a bath bomb or visit boots and chose some fruity shower gel or a new nail varnish. We visited boots recently and she picked up a collection 2000 one. I was more than pleased to get it as I had been using collection 2000 products recently and been happy with them and the colour which she chose was something I would wear too.
The nail varnish comes in a clear bottle which seems to have a lot of information on like the shade, title and instructions of use. The lid is black in colour and can be twisted off easily to reveal the application brush inside. The brush Is larger than some of the brands I have tried before so I was a little worried it might make application a bit tricky and messy however the brush is also quite flat so it's not too bad. My daughter chose the blue my mind colour which is like a dark blue however there are plenty of shades available for example:
There are plenty of shades to suit everybody and at £2.99 you can afford to treat yourself to a few. The nail varnish promises to add a high gloss finish for easy application with the one stroke brush. It advises that that this nail varnish will last up to 10 days. I never understand any nail varnish that says it will last up to days as it won't unless you sit and do nothing for 10 days to ensure it doesn't chip. On the plus side it is good at staying put. Overall this is a bargain nail varnish that is durable, cheap and super shiny so I would definitely recommend.
Clark's stores have been around for years and they always seem to be very busy stores no matter what time of year, you visit them. I remember when my daughter was little and she had begun to walk we had took her to Clarks. When arriving you have to take a ticket from the dispenser, this will have a number on and is used to help when the store is busy so you know you are getting served in accordance with when you entered the shop. Once you have your ticket, you are free to either take a seat and wait to be called or you can browse the shoes available so that when your number is called you know which ones you like.
When your number is called a helpful sales assistant will come over and ask if you would like the feet measured free of charge. This is essential as they measure the size and width of the feet to enable you get the perfect size. I would especially recommend this for a child getting there first shoes. I have visited 4 different Clark's stores and every time I have been the staff have been extremely friendly and more than happy to take as much time out for you as needed. Once all measured the staff will ask which shoes you like or alternatively they will bring all the shoes out which they have in that size for you to try.
When getting first shoes my daughter had her photo taken free of charge by Clarks for us to keep as a reminder of her first shoes, it was only a small Polaroid picture but I thought this was a lovely idea. Clarks gets even busier when they have a sale on as they have shoes reduced to about 10-15 pound which works out at about half price. I have been to a few sales but I can never find anything to buy there as they seem to have very old fashioned shoes left if you don't go on the first day.
Clarks stock woman's and men's shoes as well as children's however I personally haven't purchased a pair for myself as I feel the design is based for the older woman which is a shame because the padded soles look extremely comfortable especially for someone who is on their feet all day.
For around £16.00 you can invest in the Clarks doodles range which is their version of affordable footwear in the form of a canvas type trainer. The trainers are generally very brightly coloured which are attractive to kids and they can also be put in the washing machine too without losing any of their colour or shape. The doodles range is ideal and well worth the money. Clarks also do a great range of sandals and ballet pumps for the summer months and full shoes to boots in the winter.
Clark's shoes always look and feel exceptionally well made and it is no doubt that you are getting value for your money especially when you will expect to pay up to £38.00 for children's shoes. Clarks also do a great range of school shoes and another good thing is they always tend to have your size in the shoes you want, I am yet to be turned away because they don't have my product. Overall this shop can be pricy especially when you have more than one child but they are worth every penny.
The pound shop is ideal for picking up any beauty items that you may normally pay a fair bit for in the shops for example I often make a saving on the shampoo and conditioner of about a pound each but by the time you have bought other beauty items and house hold cleaning products the savings mount up. I first noticed make-up in the pound shop but it was usually some cheaper brand which I never heard of however the more I looked, there seemed to be more and more branded names showing up. Collection 2000, rimmel, Maybelline, sally Hansen to name a few.
I purchased the colour loose eye shadow in a pack of 2 for obviously a pound. There wasn't a big range of colours at the time so I went for a silver and a blue shade which were sapphire and smoky. I figured they would go nice together or look equally good used alone. The product comes in a 2g pot that is longer than some eye shadows which tend to be in small rounded pots. It has a chrome lid which reveals an applicator brush attached on the inside. The writing and band on the product is silver too and the packaging is ok.
You apply this shadow by rubbing the applicator onto the eye area; with just one stroke the colour is vibrant and fully covered. Due to the applicator being hard with a smaller tip to the end you can easily go along the bottom lash line too to create a more drastic look for a night time. As this product is loose I find that transfer is inevitable, every time I apply this I end up with little specks of powder on the tops of my cheeks which isn't a good look. The lighter smoky colour isn't too bad as you can apply shimmering powder over to hide it but the sapphire is a nightmare with it being a dark blue colour.
Another issue I find is the applicator is on purposely a little bit big for the lining of the tube so when you go to pull it out you have to give a little tug and 9 times out of 10 the eye shadow goes all over making a right mess. I haven't noticed this eye shadow available in any boots stores so I had a look to see that you can purchase it on amazon for 95p for one.
Overall I love the pigments in this colour, I love the silky eye shadow and the staying power however the design isn't great as it creates a mess even upon applying.
Vaseline has probably been a part of my life since being a little girl and I still have a one in handy now. It has to be the only product that I have always used as it is so versatile the uses are endless and it will probably be an essential item in most households. I think everyone knows the name and now Vaseline has extended its range to lip balms, hand cream, body lotion, body oils, body butters and deodorants. Vaseline is a pure petroleum jelly that helps work with the skin to renew repair and moisturise. As I mentioned before Vaseline has many uses and here are some of them:
On the hair:
Vaseline can be used sparingly on the very ends of very damaged hair. Obviously the tiniest amount is needed or the hair will go greasy really quickly. If used correctly and the ends of the hair are sealed hair appears so much healthier and sleeker.
On the skin:
Vaseline can be applied to the skin in any place which you may feel has become a little bit dry. You can simply rub the product into the problem area and immediately see the dry skin appear moisturised .The petroleum jelly works as an emollient to sooth and soften chapped or very dry skin.
On your eyelashes:
Although I have never tried this, it is amazing as to how many people believe that by applying Vaseline to your lashes and leaving it there overnight it will make the lashes grow fuller and thicker over time.
On the feet:
There are lots of products available these days in the form of feet cream. You buy the cream and cover the feet in a thick layer of it then apply moisturising socks and leave overnight. Although some of these creams work, you just can't beat Vaseline used the same way as described above for intensively soft feet the next morning.
Vaseline can be mixed with sea salts or sugar to create a homemade body scrub that is very effective. The sugar or salt will remove the dead cells of the skin while the Vaseline protects and moisturises leaving the skin super soft.
On your lips:
Vaseline can be applied to the lips to keep them soft and chapped free as well as creating the look of a lip gloss due to the emollient which creates a nice shine.
On your nails:
Vaseline can be applied to the nails to protect the skin that can sometimes become damaged and worn on the hands especially if you have a hands on job or they are subjected to water or freezing conditions. Vaseline also works to strengthen the nails and cuticles.
On new tattoos:
Vaseline can be applied to new tattoos to keep the area moist and protected while the tattoo is healing, when getting a new tattoo the skin can become quite dry and scab and itch and Vaseline helps to keep this under control and keep the tattoo looking nice.
Vaseline can be used while dying the hair by applying a layer all around the hair line you are protecting the skin from the harsh chemicals as well as protecting the skin from staining.
There are so many things in which Vaseline can be used for and the product is so cheap working out at around £2.30 for a 250ml tub you just can't go wrong.
I remember when mua first came available and was the talk on everyone's lips that super drug had created their own brand of make-up which was all going to be a pound each. Mua which stands for make-up academy was to be a cheap range of make-up that would be considered as good quality for the price. When looking at the mua range now it seems hard to find items that are still just a pound on there as a lot have now went up by a couple of quid. You can still find the trusty lipstick and the eye shadow for a pound though.
The product comes in a small 2g pot which has a clear raised lid on top. The lid displays the mua logo. The back of the pot is black in colour and gives a little information like the shade of the eye shadow which in my case is pearl and the advice that the product is best used within 12 months. It is a good job I went into store to purchase my shadow by looking as I would have assumed pearl to be a light maybe iridescent shade not a dark one as it is. Other colours that are available are mostly listed by numbers rather than colour so it is advisable to look in store for a one you like.
The eye shadow is silky soft and highly pigmented to create a full covered look to the upper eye area. You simply brush the eye shadow over the entire area for a lovely vibrant look that lasts all night and stays strong so there is no need to re-apply. The eye shadow stays solid too and compact so there is never any lose powder which can sometimes fall onto the lower eye or cheek area.
As this is a single eye shadow you don't get an applicator brush with it and must purchase one however for a pound I don't think that's such an issue. I can't believe how good this product is for the price I have tried other branded shadows for 4-6 pound and they haven't been as silky and long lasting as this one. The mua range is a fantastic idea as it gives people some good quality make-up items for a budget price and for a quid you could buy a few different ones to create a smoky eye look or go for a mua eye liner as a finishing touch.
I would definitely recommend this product, I must admit I thought it was going to be a load of cheap rubbish for a pound but I was wrong.
About a year and a half ago I got a goodie bag that was full of make-up items, some of them gorgeous everyday goods that I had tried and some that were a bit out there colour wise and not something I would wear on a general day. I forgot all about my N07 high shine lip gloss until about 6 months ago when I was going on a night out. I had kept my make-up neutral in order to put my bright pink lip stick on but I couldn't for the life of me find it. I went rummaging through the draw and still couldn't find it yet I came across the N07 lip gloss. The shade was lush which is a darkish pinkie red colour, I decided to wear it instead and it definitely makes a statement since then.
The product has changed packaging wise now however the one I have is a clear tube which displays the high shine logo in gold. You can see the colour of the gloss through the tube which resembles the true colour perfectly. The gloss has a black lid which can be twisted easily to reveal a white sponge applicator brush inside. The sponge applicator is small which makes the gloss very simple to apply without over loading the lips. The colours that are available in this gloss are:
The consistency is lovely and isn't sticky at all in fact it seems like this product has a stain in as well as gloss as it lasts for ages even when the product loses a bit shine you can still see the highly pigmented colour. The product contains collagen boosting ingredients which are known to make the lips appear fuller and I definitely agree with this, lips do look more volumised. The gloss also contains SPF 15 to protect against the suns harmful rays and vitamin e to moisturise the lips. After applying the lips do feel super soft and moisturised.
This product will set you back around £9.00 but it is worth it as a treat item, colours are good, it is long lasting and super soft. I would definitely recommend.
My daughter has quite long hair now that is prone to quite a few tats and knots. Due to her scalp being quite sensitive it is hard finding products with added conditioners that won't agitate her and make her itch resulting in a flaky scalp. I have the same problem with usual conditioners too and even after using a sensitive shampoo and conditioner I am still faced with tats. We tend to have shouts when it comes to brushing the hair through afterwards and although it's easier for me to use a brush it tends to pull the hair when it gets tangled.
My cousin is an Avon representative so I always get the latest book and I noticed they had a detangling comb advertised for about £2.00 which I think is about half price. I decided I would give this a try as anything which would make combing easier was worth a try.
The comb is a nice red in colour, kind of deep and not at all tacky. It is quite long and has teeth which are a bit bigger than some of the other combs I have seen available in the shops, the teeth are also spread a good fair distance apart. The comb is plastic and very strong indeed, there is no way you can bend this and it is been dropped a million times yet it is still going strong.
This comb is no good at all for my daughters hair as due to the width of the teeth it doesn't detangle it at all in fact it tends to keep getting stuck in the knots and It is really uncomfortable for her. For long hair that is prone to tats I would definitely not recommend. I do however use it for my hair when I have applied a deep treatment I can use this to comb it through ensuring all the ends are coated. When it comes to combing after washing I can't use it either as there are still a few tats remaining.
I currently work in a hairdressers and we own a lot of products from the head jog range. These consist of all varieties of brushes and clips. Hair clamps are important when working with the hair you need something that can hold the sections apart when doing various tasks such as blow drying the hair or using different colour techniques such as foil highlighting where the hair needs to be clipped out of place.
When blow drying the hair it is important to take small sections so that the hair can be dried properly, the hair has to be clipped out of the way and therefore a strong clip with a descent grip is required especially for longer hair which can become heavy and force the clipped section down.
Clips can also be used to separate the hair when foil highlighting you again need to take small sections, it is important to have a strong clip which will hold all off the hair in place so that none falls into any colour. They are also useful for sectioning the hair to cut. Other uses for the clamps are to fasten the towel around the customer's neck to keep it in place and for general use they can be used to clip your own hair back. There has been a few clips tried and tested at work but none beat the head jog ones.
The clamps are plastic and as advised in the title are kind of butterfly shaped. The main colour available tends to be black however black and purple are the common choices. The clips are opened simply by pressing the fingers on both ends then the teeth they contain can be positioned onto the hair and closed.
These clips are very sturdy and even after dropping and continual use they last a lifetime as the strong spring ensures durability. With so many uses they are an essential for everyone who blow- dries their own hair. You can purchase these clips for around £2.50 for a pack of 12 which is unbelievable value.
When my local chemist was relocating a while back they were selling off all their make-up items as they were no longer going to be advertised in the new shop. There were a couple of make- up items which I had never heard of then there was the collection 2000 stuff. By the time I realised about the sale there wasn't much left but I did manage to pick up a few eye shadow trios for 50p each.
The product comes in a clear compact which displays the collection 2000 logo. The colours of the eye shadow can be seen through the lid so you know exactly what colour you're buying. The compact also comes complete with a double ended make-up applicator brush. The shades I bought were lush, Aphrodite and steel ice. All the colours I managed to get have more or less the same toning with being cool colour colours but they are the colours I would have gone for anyways.
The eye shadow promises that it is crease resistant and it will have a lasting effect for up to 8 hours. Collection 2000 colours are very high in pigments and always provide a very deep shade that is in no way subtle. The eye shadow also has a shimmering effect too which makes it ideal for night time use for blending.
The eye shadow has changed a fair bit since the picture and again since I have purchased mine and there are also a few different shades to choose from now. These include:
There are shades to suit everyone and for about 3-4 pound you can't go wrong. Another great collection 2000 product.
The Avon eye shadow quad has changed a lot since the one on the dooyoo picture as it is now a lot more modern. The picture here looks very old fashioned and it was only a matter of time before it had a re-vamp. I love my eye shadows and I wear them every day, a quad for me is ideal especially a one where there are light colours for the day time and darker shades for the evening. The other benefits to having light and dark shades is that you can combine them to create a Smokey eye effect which can be very flattering, for this reason I chose the eye shadow in the Smokey eyes variety.
The product comes in a black shiny compact which is plain apart from the Avon logo on the front. There is a button on the front section that can be pressed to open the compact. Once opened you will see the 4 colours that are available. A white, light pink, light grey and a dark grey. All the colours looked fab and resembled the book in which I had picked them out of. The compact also has a handy mirror in the lid.
The eye shadow itself is really silky and easy to apply. It is compact so you don't have any lose bits falling underneath the eye on application. Once applied the shadow looks really good when used alone or mixed with a few shades to create the Smokey eye definition. The colour is long lasting and still looks lovely at the end of the day. I purchased mine for about £5.00 which I think is acceptable for this product however you can expect to pay £8.50 at full price.
Overall this is a nice little compact with some lovely shades, long lasting effects and silky smooth texture. I would definitely recommend.