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These days for 50p you think you can just about get a packet of crisp or a bar of chocolate and let's face it for most of us it is hitting us hard and we are making huge cut backs. However Sainsbury's has released this beautiful tasting soup, which from King to Pauper can enjoy. This handy soup has enough benefits that you will become a complete convert, what makes it better, this well kept gem is only 52p!
In order to save for my holidays I had to make some major cutbacks, which included cutting my lunch bills, which were costing me around £5-6 a day... horrendous! Also when you think of holidays of course it is time to start shedding some weight as well. I thought soup would be a great idea, they tend to be low in fat and are cheap, I realised that they maybe cheap but when it comes to fat content they can be deceiving too.
This soup (based on half a can basis) has only:
0.2g Saturate fat
4.8g Total Sugars
So this product was high on my list to buy. What sealed the deal was that it had high-levels of protein and provided 16% of your recommended daily amount. This was beneficial for me, as it will provide added protein for my gym workouts. This is also great for vegetarians who sometimes lack protein, as they do not eat meat. The soup contains a bit of Chilli Seasoning, chilli burns calories faster than normal food without chillis. Lastly the product has celery, which is known to be beneficial for dieters that are trying to lose weight.
So it is cheap, beneficial and Sainsbury's own brand. Now what was bugging me was that this product was going to taste vile... how wrong was I!
After can opening, tipping out the content into a bowl and microwaving the product for 4mins, it was hot, simmering and the smell was pleasant.
The consistency of the product was thick and not runny like most canned soups, it was rich in colour and it had loads of beans and lentils, so it wasn't just all liquefied. The consistency is a little thicker as it has milk and tomato puree, which gives it full flavour and thickness. The taste was flavoursome; it was aromatic and was not as spicy as I thought it would be. If you find that it is too thick, then add a little bit of water.
So let me just recap the benefits:
- Low in calories, fat and sugars
- High in Protein
- High in Fibre
- Half a can provides you with '1' of your '5 A Day'
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- Microwaveable (not the can)
- Collect Nectar Points
- Only 1.5 Weight Watcher Points
- Can is Recyclable
- Only 52p for 400ml of Soup
- Gluten Free
You can buy this Super Soup at Sainsbury's. Just don't tell Sainsbury's about this review otherwise they will up the price, lol.
I also use this as a Chilli Con Carne Base. Just add meat, a little bit of salt and chilli and voilla you have Chilli Con Carne!
Well I can't afford real gems at the moment so I might as well enjoy some edible ones.
I remember eating these as a child. I would come home from school, grab a packet of these with some squash and devour them whilst watching Blue Peter (guilty confessions).
So what makes these so good and how these are good to have as a snack?
Easy! Firstly they are reasonably priced at £1.35 for Six (unit price on average is 23p) and also at the time (now I can't promise now) they were £2 for 2 (average unit price 17p) in Sainsbury's. Each packet has 25g of these gems.
The packet is white and blue with a cute bear, which makes it eye pleasing and also kids will find enjoyable to look at. Iced Gems are part of the Jacob's brand, so you know you are getting good quality as I love Jacob's crackers.
What attracted me most was the nutrition. Now I am currently eating Jaffa Cakes as they only have 1 gram of fat but I end up eating 5-6 (5-6 grams of fat) as I find one or two are just not enough. I am the type of person that likes eating little but more (so smaller pieces but bigger portions) as it makes me feel fuller. So I have put Jaffa Cakes on hiatus and now eating these.
--*--Nutrition per 25g bag: --*--
0.3g Saturate Fat
So comparing this too Jaffa Cakes, they work out less in calories and fat. So I am now a convert. Please be warned that this product does contain:
The icing on the little biscuit is sweet and crunchy. They have different colours and taste absolutely fabulous. The great thing is that they are great for an afternoon snack and really fill the stomach up. On the back of the pack they have a little educational game for kids and overall are a great snack for all the family. I have got all my office people hooked on them too.
I know this is not a healthy snack but let's face it, it is better than munching a full fat chocolate and feeling guilty about it later.
Firstly I do know how to spell Gran Canaria but Dooyoo have spelt it wrong so apologies on their behalf.
I always have this dreaded feeling before arriving to my hotel/apartment as to what will it look like?? Will it be like terror towers? Will it be better than I expected?
My fear for this place was at the ultimate high and the reason why was because of the ratings it had received. It was near a motorway and noise was unbearable. Also it being a One/Two Star resort it made it even scarier. I have stayed in the Barbados and I have enjoyed it many times, so this was going to be an experience.
We booked two Bungalows, which both contained two rooms each, now I don't know why they call them bungalows as they have stairs leading into a bedroom and bathroom, but they should of been called mini villas.
We arrived at Parquemar, the first relief was that it was only about 5-10mins walk away from the Yumbo Centre and taxis were regularly going pass on the road. There was a Spar, which was great news for us as we could get supplies for the bungalows without travelling far.
We walked into the reception area and there was a miserable looking man with glasses looking at us. We said Hello (Hola) and well he wasn't too interested in conversation. It took him ages and then turned round and apologised to us. He said he has the booking here but it has been double booked. Also that he could provide three rooms (for four us) for the night until our bungalows were ready for us to move into. At this point I knew it that I should have just stayed at Barbados as I have never experienced such stupidity. We were promised that the following day we would be given our bungalows right next door to one another. We had to dissolve our anger and just get on with the night. The three rooms were dark looking, had limited hot water; also the bed was in the same room as the kitchen and didn't have any door to divide the room. The balcony view was good but that's about it really.
The following day, luckily, we were told that are bungalows were ready when we went downstairs to reception, this time round the receptionist was a skin head, who was subtly friendlier. We grabbed all f our stuff and made our way to the bungalows. The bungalow was not exactly as what the photos had shown but were near enough the same.
We had our own little garden with a table and chairs, all the hedges were trimmed and we were facing the swimming pool too. So I guess it all worked out well.
In the upstairs room was a decent sized bedroom with two single beds and with a balcony. The bed linen was vile, they were clean but had been washed so many times they had started to bobble and fade, the mattresses had lost their springiness and the pillows were not that great.
The cupboards were basic with a few hangers and shelves to store your items in. The safe lock was only available on request even though I can remember it in the itinerary that they were available to all.
The curtains had a patch work design, which were yellow and green all around the bungalow.
The bathroom was quite nice for a two star, with a decent shower, toilet and basin. New towels were given to us on an everyday basis except Sunday, when all the cleaners were off.
Be warned about the water... the hot water doesn't last very long, so if you like hot showers you will only be in there for 5-8mins before it goes cold.
Downstairs bedroom had a small little window, with two single beds, a smaller cupboard than upstairs and was a lot darker too as there was no proper sunlight coming in and the lights must of only been 40W. The bathroom for that bedroom is right next door to the kitchen, which was a little weird, but convenient. The bathroom was bigger downstairs.
The kitchen had two hobs, a relatively decent amount of pans and cutlery but also provided us with a microwave, kettle, coffee maker and a fridge freezer. There was a breakfast bar, but was useless as the seats were not high enough but was great to put all our dishes, pans, etc. on.
In the same room there was a double couch, which wasn't very comfortable to sit on but good place to chill out with a coffee table.
The lighting around the bungalow was not great so made it hard for us to get ready in the evenings but overall the price we paid for the place was very good (£30 per day for two people, in one bungalow).
By the way Gran Canaria does have a little problem with Cockroaches. To avoid them coming into your bungalow, then follow this easy tip. Add water to a bit of tea tree oil and mop or throw water near all entrances (windows, doors, etc.). Cockroaches and ants do not like the distinctive smell and will not go near the areas you have treated.
I would probably come back here again as it was convenient and decent for the price we paid but given a choice and the money, would definitely go back to Barbados.
=*=This is like no other=*=
I have tried a lot of squashes from well-known brands to some that you have never even heard of. I found with squashes that they taste great initially but have this foul after taste, a bit like Diet Coke (some of you may disagree)! I found that this squash was great tasting without the foul taste.
I picked Sainsbury's Double Strength Orange & Mango Squash. It is small in packaging, has vibrant colours and has reduced calories and no added sugar also it was only £1.49 and at the moment they have a deal: 2 for £2.50 ... it was enough for me to see to buy it.
What were appealing about this item initially were the two fruits, I love Oranges and Mangoes but sometimes I find the combination can be either two tangy or overly sweet. I found the consistency of both flavours equal and was not overly sweet like most squashes. The squash contains 20% fruit (Orange Comminute from Concentrate [16%] and Mango Puree [4%]), which means it can contribute towards your 5 A DAY (but I will advise that this a minute amount so please eat fresh fruit and vegetables). The product is also made from only natural colours and flavours also they add Sucralose and no other sweeteners in replacement of sugar.
=*=A little goes a long way=*=
The bottle is smaller than most squash bottles, which means there is less packaging, which means less waste, less lorries on the road (in the long term) and you have more space in your cupboard to store other things. The bottle and cap are recyclable and the bottle uses a minimum of 25% recycled plastic. So you will be helping the environment as well as gaining more space at home.
As this bottle is only 750ml, the juice is made even more concentrated (well double to be precise). This means the usual amount of squash you put into a glass before pouring water into it, you only have to put half the amount with this squash, so you still get the use of a usual sized squash bottle (1.5 Litres). Also in each bottle of squash you get 30+ Servings.
Water, Orange Comminute from Concentrate, Mango Puree, Citric Acid, Natural Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrate; Malic Acid, Stabiliser: Carboxmethylcellulose; Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Sweetener: Sucralose; Natural Colour: Beta-Carotene.
Allergy Advice: Contains Sulphites.
I was browsing through Sainsbury's and I had my typical lunch, Baxter's Healthy Chicken Soup with a brown bap. I usually add olives into my soup to give it a little kick but I read if you add chilli to your diet it helps burn calories faster and is good for combating obesity (when on a calorie controlled diet). So I started hunting down some chilli!
I came across the Schwartz Chilli Powder Hot (38g) after going through so many spices. Schwartz has been producing spices since 1889 and the packaging was appealing. Once the Chilli would run out it will be easy to top it up with chilli again without buying the bottle, which is handy and cheaper to do in the long run. The lid flips open and has got five holes that dispense the chilli, so be careful when pouring it into your food. The colour is a red mixed with brown and in the chilli powder you can smell the distinct smell of garlic.
Chilli Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic, Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide*) and Cayenne Pepper (20%).
*This is silica, in small doses is beneficial for your skin and also has been proven to decrease the risk of dementia.
In 1889, William E. Schwartz, the son of the founder, was the first person in Canada to sell pure spices. Formerly only compound spices were sold such as ginger mixed with cornmeal or flour. From these early beginnings great emphasis was placed on quality and William Schwartz convinced people it was better to buy pure, top quality spices in smaller quantities than poor quality bulk. In 1959 Scwartz entered the British market and have been going strong for over 50 years in Britain.
I added a little into my bowl, poured the soup in and heated it up. I could taste the chilli and it tasted good, it was not too hot or too bland, but perfectly balanced. The only thing is that the chilli did not dissolve in the soup as I felt the consistency was a bit too think, so there were red specks all over the bowl and floating in the soup, but that didn't put me off as it really gave a kick to the soup. For those who want something milder then there is the Chilli Powder in Mild as well.
I added this again in some of my food in the middle of preparing some pasta and I would like to add that the chilli did blend in and dissolve, so I guess it depends on when you place the chilli powder in, so it gives it time to dissolve.
I bought this for £1.35 and also you can log into Scwartz.co.uk to get recipe ideas and they have got some good recipes especially for someone like me who doesn't know where to start in the kitchen. I'm going to be trying Chilli Con Carne... Yummy!
I wrote a review on 'Aveda Comforting Tea' over a month ago and I mentioned that you should purchase the Hampstead Tea London Organic Fairtrade Fennel Liquorice Tea. I hadn't tried the Hampstead Tea but I had definitely bought it as the Aveda Tea was too expensive (£8.99 for 20 Sachets) to buy on a regular basis. Now here is my review after I tried and tested this amazing tea.
=*=Hampstead Tea London=*=
Hampstead Tea London keep the philosophy that all their teas are free from artificial additives and genetically modified organisms also all their packaging is biodegradable. The unique teabags that are individually wrapped in the box are non-chlorine bleached and are staple free.
As part of being Organic each of their farm is unique and self-sustaining, in balance with soil, plant, animal and cosmic processes. Also their farmers use a specially formulated energising compost and a lunar calendar to help them determine when to sow and harvest.
They chose infusions that have clear, true flavours and natural ingredients by chosing the most fragrant and flavoursome ingredients.
If you want more info on Hampstead Tea London then visit www.hampsteadtea.com.
=*=The Reasons and Ingredients=*=
The tea is very beneficial for you as the ingredients chosen help digest your food and help prevent fat sticking in your system. You let the tea bag infuse in a cup/mug of freshly poured boiling water for 2-3mins until it is a dark yellow than brown. It will have a sweet fragrance due to the Peppermint and Liquorice. Here are some of the reasons why this tea was great:
1. It has no caffeine, sugar or added flavours.
2. It was much cheaper than Aveda.
3. It was not bitter and had a sweet taste, however
4. It helps out with your digestive system.
5. My mouth felt fresh.
6. Recyclable box. Also the design of the box is very pure and has a lid that opens and closes.
7. All made from natural ingredients.
The ingredients are as follows:
Fairtrade Peppermint - Refreshes breath, cools and helps digestion. Helps with abdominal pain caused by IBS.
Fairtrade Liquorice Root - Natural sweet flavour and is a mild laxative, so helps with digestion.
Fairtrade Fennel - Aromatic fragrance helps with digestion and refreshes breath. Used in cooking around the world especially in Asia.
=*=Price and Where to Buy=*=
I bought mine from Ethicalsuperstore.com at £1.89 a box for 20 Sachets. However if you buy a case (which has six boxes) then you can purchase it for £10.77, which saves you 5%. Also by buying it on Ethicalsuperstore.com you can collect points, which go towards you getting money off your next or future purchases.
I remember when this foundation was released and what publicity it received. Everyone was looking for an airbrush look and wanted to look flawless and we still do. Estée Lauder tried to go into competition with Dior by offering airbrushing on counter by using their airbrush machine and one of their selected foundations. However Dior won the race as everyone wanted the airbrush effect from the comfort of their home or anywhere else.
This revolutionary foundation spray is in a small cylinder design with a dark blue lid. Open the lid to reveal the spray and instead of dispersing the foundation on your hand, spray it directly on the face. Reach your arm fully out and then bend your arm to create a 90 degrees angle, close your eyes and then spray it directly to your face whilst doing a very light zig zag motion.
I felt my skin fully covered without the caked feeling. It felt smooth (this is because it has glycerine) and light on the skin and I felt fresh by its cooling sensation. The smell was sweet and pleasant.
It has right reflecting pigments, so instantly the skin looked radiant and even toned. You can build up the look, so if you want a light finish then do one light spray and of course if you want to keep building up then keep spraying.
Firstly cause it sprays the foundation it can get on your clothes, so I recommend putting a towel around your neck and shoulders.
When you do spray the product please make sure you close your eyes. Once sprayed it will be on your eyebrows, eyelashes and lips, which initially will make you look like a ghost. With a wet tissue or with a bit of cleanser, wipe it off your eyebrows and lips. You can leave the foundation on the lips if you wish, as when you add lipstick on to your lips the colour of the lipstick will show up and look more intense. For your eyelashes I would definitely recommend coating the lashes thoroughly. If you do not like wearing mascara then wet you fingertips and lightly rub your eyelashes between your fingertips to remove the foundation.
The foundation sometimes needs to be blended, to do this just pat into the areas that need attention and add a little bit of foundation to your fingertip to reach areas like the back of the nose if it has not been covered from the initial spray.
The other thing I found with this product is that it ran out very quickly compared to most foundations, so if you are a rare to light user then you will be fine but for people who use foundations regularly or a lot then I will recommend using something as a base and then to finish off with Airflash.
The foundation also claims that it conceals fine lines, I would like to add that it didn't make much of a difference.
I know I have added more disadvantages to this product than advantages but I will not like to discourage anyone from buying it as the overall finish is great and worth the aggravation.
Butane, Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propane, Nylon-12, Cocoglycerides, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Zinc Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Tocopherol, Benzyl Salicylate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol.
If you would like to have an over all picture perfect look, apply Skinflash/YSL Touche Eclat or any other Radiance Pen around the eye areas and face to give that added radiance. Finish off with a pressed/loose powder to set the make up. All you need now is to carry your Radiance pen and pressed powder for a touch up during latter hours.
You can purchase this product at £32.50 at most department stores or can be bought online directly from Debenhams.com or from Boots.com. If you are going to be buying online please check in store to match your colour first or go to Dior.co.uk and look for the shades presented there.
My Make-Up Bag is a pick and mix in a zipped cosmetics bag, which looks so battered and bruised that it needs to be recycled and put out of it's misery, lol... ok enough of the joke, here is what I have in my bag.
Dior Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black - The Eyeliner is very versatile, it is soft in texture, smoothes in easily, you can smudge it with the smudger at the end of the pencil to give you a lustrous look and I usually use it in my eye on the top to make it look like you have many more lashes. Also you get a sharpener with it too... I love it!
YSL Touce Eclat (Touch of Radiance) No.3 - This is a great tool to have to brighten your eyes and make up. I usually use this in the morning after applying my concealer. This brightens my eye area instantly so I look fresh and alert. I apply it around the nose to get rid of dark areas and also under my eyebrows, so they look defined and shaped. The No.7 one is also fantastic too but the No.3 in YSL suites my colour during the summer.
Laura Mercier Pressed Powder - I love pressed powder and this is the current one I am using. Pressed powder is important to apply after your make up, so it stays in place for longer and gives you a matte finish. As I have oily skin, this saves my greasy complexion and makes me look radiant and keeps the oil at bay.
Crabtree and Evelyn Rose Water Hand Cream - This smells gorgeous, is light and rose water has natural hydrating properties. If you have really dry hands then try the Flexitol Hand Cream, instantly your hands feel moisturised and are hydrated for hours, the only thing with Flexitol is the packaging isn't so great.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black - I cannot praise it enough. One coat gives me enough that my eyelashes look thicker and longer. Another coat gives ultimate thickness, length and a cool curvaceous look.
Caudalie Lip Balm - No parabens and harsh chemicals, moisturises for hours, smells pleasant, great for sensitive skin and also an ultimate fix for dry areas like cuticles. It has subtle shine and also has antioxidants to protect the skin.
You can get all of these items from bigger boots or boot.com and in most department stores.
I bought the TeckNet 1900mAH Mobile External Battery for iPhone/iPod (Black) and I have to tell you I was extremely worried. I do not like to buy products out of the Apple range, for example a plug charger I bought from Apple and it cost me a lot where other brands provide for half the price.
Due to the price and my constant nature of travel I thought I'd give this a go. I bought this from Amazon.co.uk and considering all the reviews I was unsure again what to do, as there was mixed reviews from many people.
I received it a couple of days later and opened it up. It was neither small nor big but decently sized (6.7 x 1.5 x 6.2 cm). It was black in colour with very faint looking lines that gave it a wood effect. It has 4 Blue LED lights to tell you how much battery power is left and a button to activate this. It was only 82g and it looked sturdy. It uses a Lithium Ion Battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh.
It is compatible with iPhone 2.5, 3G, 3GS (and supports the latest firmware). Also with iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, iPod Classic (All), iPod Mini, iPod Nano (All), iPod Photo, iPod Video and iPod Touch (All).
As advised I was told to put this on charge by the leaflet enclosed. To charge this gizmo you could either use the Apple USB connector or your iPhone/iPod Plug Charger (which is faster).
Here are some down falls about the product:
1. The connector is weak, also it has no protection or no pocket that you can store the item in, so the product could get damaged easily if you do not care for it properly.
2. Once connected into the iPhone try to restrict moving the phone to much as the connector could get damaged.
3. A warning message from inside the pack said that when the battery is charging then it should not be plugged into your iPod. otherwise it could cause the battery to malfunction.
4. It has been reported that on the iPhone a message may appear saying, "This accessory is not made to work with iPhone". There are two possible reasons why this may happen be caused by two reasons:
- Third party iPhone application software may cause this problem; however using manufacturer default settings you shouldn't have a problem. I didn't have any problems with my iPhone and it charges perfectly.
-The dock connector may be damaged or dirty. Clean your dock connector and try again. This could be done by lint cloth or with a small dry bristled brush. In any case do not use water.
All in all it was definitely worth the buy. It is always in my bag and whenever my battery is running low or I forgot to charge it I always have this as a back up. The only problem is that the connector is weak and can easily break if you do not look after the item. So I usually have to place the iPhone on a flat service so it does not move.
The LEDs are not very helpful as when it is charging and you charge all 4 LED lights you would think it was fully charged... not the case what so ever. Make sure when it reaches the fourth LED, leave it for an extra 15-30mins to make sure it has fully charged.
One full charge of the battery will provide at least one full charge for your iPhone and iPod up to four times.
You can purchase this from Amazon for £11.98 but usually priced at £14.99. If you have a Nectar card, go to Nectar Online and you can get Nectar points for this purchase or any other future purchases at Amazon.
'Eat your 5 A DAY'
'Eat your 5 A DAY'
'Eat your 5 A DAY'
How many times have you heard this? It gets quite irritating and annoying but it is important as it fights off illnesses and can make you look beautiful. I try to be good by buying products that have fruit and veg.
When I am at supermarkets it is very easy to pick up concentrated juices that have lost vital nutrients and vitamins, so I usually buy fresh juice.
Tropicana is always in my basket, as I love their Tropical Fruit juice and also they use 100% pressed fruit juices. Many times I have been to the supermarket and I have seen the Tropicana Pomegranate, Grape and Apple Juice. It seems to be that they have loads more of it on the shelf than the others. In my mind I thought maybe it doesn't taste very nice, but thought it would contribute well with my 5 A DAY and I bought it.
The colour of the juice is deep purple and is easy to spot on the shelf, as everything else was yellow. The ingredients are all a 100% Pure Fruit Juice:
Apple Juice (31%), Red Grape Juice (28%), White Grape Juice (27%) and Pomegranate Juice (14%)
These fruits are full of Antioxidants and Vitamin C, which help to protect your body from external aggressions and helps your collagen, as a result your skin will look radiant. These fruits can prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol too.
50.5g Sugars (which are naturally in these fruits)
0g Fat, Saturates and Salt
I took a sip and it was so sweet that it was initially overwhelming. You get a rush of apple and the grapes but you have the finishing taste of pomegranate. Even though the test was overwhelming it was very refreshing and indulgent to drink. I decided to add a little bit of water to the drink to dilute it a little and then the taste was a little less sweet but not so overwhelming.
Now for lunch this will always be in my basket with water, in this was I get more water in my diet including fruit.
Also if you purchase Tropicana on a regular basis then sign up to their Tropicana Breakfast Club (www.Tropicana.co.uk/club). On each bottle/carton there is a unique code and you can type this in for a chance to win a holiday and every month you can get a money off coupon too.
You can purchase this for £1.08 at Sainsbury's but sometimes you can get this on offer for less.
Do you go out a lot; get back late from the office or simply just cannot find eight hours sleep? I find this is the case with me always.
I wake up at 6.30am, then work till about 5pm, go to the gym and by the time I get into bed it is already midnight.
I realised this had started taking toll on my face, I looked tired and skin just looked dull.
I am a magazine junky too. I love reading Cosmo, Marie Claire and Glamour. From time to time I kept on hearing about this cream that made your skin look refreshed and rested like you have had a full 8 hours sleep. Eventually I started to see it was voted No.1 for a Night Cream. So I hesitantly bought it only because it was expensive.
Guerlain's Issima Midnight Secret helped my skin quickly recover, signs of tiredness in the morning looked less and my skin looked fresh and radiant. This product is a concentrated treatment, which oxygenates the skin cells and moisturises, firms and purifies the epidermis. This also has Blue Gold, which is a precious oil derived from a rare seaweed and pure gold. Minerals provided from these have beneficial effects of radiance and moisture.
Guerlain is also part of the LVMH group, which owns Dior, Givenchy and other luxurious brands. So you know that you will be getting great quality but with a pricey price tag
Simply apply two to three pumps on your fingertips, then apply on to your the face, neck and decollete before going to bed. The smell of Essential Oils of Geranium and Lavender will relax your senses and the oxygen will start to regenerate the skin. The texture is not too heavy so it will not clog your pores but still provides good moisturisation. The cream melts into the skin and starts getting to work. In the morning my skin looked rested, refreshed and translucent.
Apply this alone or under your make up before a night out as well, especially if you have had a tiring day at work, within an hour your skin will look translucent and refreshed. It works wonders for me as I work a lot, go to the gym and try to lead a social life.
The only down fall of this product is that it is only a short-term fix and does not have any long-term benefits, as this work only in the epideris and not the other layer of skins. Try to apply a serum underneath so you can benefit with a deep treatment that will help in the long term.
£58 from Debenhams. Available in most department stores and available online, however online is somtimes more expensive than instore.
I have been suffering from blackheads for many years now; this is due to my skin being oily especially around my nose area. I heard that nose pore strips were bad for your skin and could cause discolouration and scarring.
I have tried squeezing them and exfoliating them but no joy. I used expensive products and gadgets but they were still looking at me in the mirror.
I came across Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Cleanser 200ml (which is actually a toner) on the television, I mean the advert was appealing and I was still very sceptical and didn't think much further of it.
When I was in Boots about two months ago I was stocking up on all my skin care and I came across the product. It was sitting there with its unique logo and in a clear bottle. I picked it up and it was only £3.99. I thought I might as well give it a go.
What makes this product unique is the amount of Salicylic Acid. In usual circumstances the Salicylic content would be a lower in other toners but this has a rather high content. Salicylic is an exfoliant for the skin but does not have grains, so it gives you an even exfoliation. With normal exfoliating products you would have to use the product once to three times a week. However Salicylic works gradually so this is why you can use it on a daily basis. So if you have Sensitive Skin then use this product at night only as this can irritate your skin during the day.
I got back home after purchasing the product, had a shower and was waiting to try my new product. When I opened the distinctive orange lid, the smell of the product was very strong like spirit that could strip paint. Initially I was quite put off by the smell but then applied a little on a cotton pad and applied it to my face. The feeling was very cool but then I felt a little bit of a stinging/tingling effect, which went away after a couple of seconds. The following day I did get the same cool sensation but without the stinging.
I only use this product at night, as in the morning I use a daily face wash that has exfoliants in them and did not want to over do it. Also when you are using this product in the morning or daylight hours make sure you apply SPF after application, so your skin is protected from sun damage.
On the first couple of days I found my nose (where most of my blackheads are) went dry, a little embarrassing and had to keep on putting my lip balm on it to stop the skin from looking flaky. After a couple of days the flaking skin had stopped. I have seen a little improvement but not a great amount of reduction of blackheads. May be if I combine the wash and the toner it would have better effects. One positive effect I did see was that my spot breakouts had decreased. I hardly get any spots on my face now, which is fantastic!
I then went out shopping again but this time round I bought the Tweezerman Blackhead Remover. I started using the Tweezerman Blackhead Remover after my shower in conjunction with my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Cleanser. I have seen a dramatic improvement to my blackheads, they have near enough disappeared and my pores look smaller.
All in all I now have a clearer complexion. My pores are small and reduced, blackheads near enough gone, spots are not to be seen and my skin looks toned. I am actually really happy with this product, even though it didn't initially do much for the blackheads but it gave me a clearer complexion and my spots were seldom.
You can purchase this product in Boots, Superdrugs and selected Chemists for £3.99.
What isn't in my bag!
I have been told that the amount I carry in my bag is how much a man would take on holiday... dear lord, let's hope they never see how much I take on holiday.
Well I don't really have a bag, I hav a Rucksack... not very flattering but it is the most convenient thing for me to have due to my lifestyle. I have to carry my laptop as I have to work in different locations nearly everyday.
The first and foremost my make up... I thank all the people in the past, present and future for creating such products that enhance our beauty. I usually get away with not wearing make up but it is useful to have especially if I know I am going for a drink or meeting friends after work. So my Laura Mercier Concealer and my Dior Skinflash does wonders for under my eyes and my face and Dior's Waterproof eyeliner for inside my eyes.
My keys... I think that was rather obvious, but I don't think it is a wise idea leaving your keys at home and then trying to get back in like a robber in your own home.
My iPhone USB Charger and TeckNet External Battery, with out these two inventions my iPhone would always be dead and I would not be able to keep up with news and listen to my music, especially when I am tavelling around due to work.
Hand Cream and Lip Balm... I also use the lip balm to correct dry areas on my face during the day. The Lip Balm I use is Caudalie's as it is for sensitive skin and doesn't have all those harsh chemicals and products that irritate the skin. Hand cream soothes my hands but I sometimes apply a little to my hair to give it shine and to stop frizziness (if that's a word).
My Gym clothes as I love going after work as it relieves the stress and calms my senses as I go to classes like Yoga and Pilates.
Purse, you'd be silly without it!
Fragrance, to refresh you and to uplift the senses especially when you are having a tough day at work or ate smelly food for lunch.
Water and Almonds, always good to keep hydrated and keep the skin hydrated too and Almonds have Vitamin E, which are good for stopping moisture loss and also are full of antioxidants.
Lastly an Umbrella, because this god forsaken country always rains even when not predicted.
Please let me know what you have in your bag as I can start adding them to my collection or we can have a laugh about them.
This question has a lot of fun memories, as nearly every year of my life I have been asked, "What would you do if you won the lottery?" and over the years my answers have changed and probably will do again when time goes on.
At 18 - I wanted clothes, Gucci to Louis from Dior to Prada. Cars, a mansion, holidays and give some to charity
At 20 - I gained weight and was going through a bad break up. I wanted surgery, make up, skin care and clothes that would suit my new self after the surgery and also try to plot revenge against my ex (now at 26, we are good friends). Also give to charity
At 22 - Go on loads of holidays, buy lots of properties, clothes, give to charity, surgery, start my own business.
Now at 26, I feel, as there has been a transition.
I feel I have started to feel the change because I value the smaller things in life and after seeing such catastrophic events caused by natural disasters I feel as a human I need to give back to the poor people, hence why I believe strongly in charity. I know it will not solve everyone's problems but knowing that I have eased or helped someone's life, is rewarding to me.
Recently my Sisters have been going through financial difficulties as one of my sisters has two kids and is a house wife and due to the recession my brother-in-law lost his job, at moment in time I supported her but I wish I could do more but I know every little helps. He has found a job and my sister has started to work full time but are finding it difficult.
My other sister after 13 years her marriage collapsed after finding out that he had cheated on her several times and she has been supporting herself and her three kids by herself, with a little help by mother (she picks them up from school). Her husband is not supporting her and is battling to get half of the house. Also anyone who has ever gone through a divorce, it can be very expensive. I wish I could support her more to free her from this misery so she can lead her life with her beautiful kids happily and as normal as possible.
I mentioned clothes and surgery. I am now more confident than I have ever been before. I look great, regardless what others may think but not being arrogant about it. I love spending time with my family and friends, this is who I owe my life to as they have supported and moulded me to the person that I am... and I will always thank them for that.
So if I won the lottery me, my friends and family will go on a huge holiday so we can all forget our worries even if it is for a bit, go shopping and then come back home and help them so their lives are a little easier. I would support charities and consider going abroad to countries where females are not allowed to have an education. I would build a school for girls and women for all ages. You can give people tools to get their food for a month but with education they can use their tools forever.
Of course some of your winnings should be enjoyed by yourself and doing somethign that you like doing.
I have used many products from Bio Oil to Palmers. They gave me beautiful and moisturised skin but had no effect on my stretch marks. So I started to search for a miracle product that could help.
I was very fat in my teenage years and then finally started to shed the weight by eating soup for lunch with brown bread, sushi, fruit for desserts, herbal tea after meals, oven food, moderate amount of Jaffa Cakes, multivitamins to make sure I was getting enough of the good stuff and going three times a week to the gym (just in case you guys were wondering how I did it).
With this accomplishment I have gained far too many stretch marks. They are around my armpits, my hips and lower back. They are like white veins and look odd on my complexion.
After reading about the miracle cream ' Klein Becker's StriVectin-SD' about a thousand times in different articles and magazine, I decided to take a plunge and buy this expensive cream.
This benefits in three ways firstly for your stretch marks, secondly by accident they discovered it was one of the best anti-wrinkle creams on the market and lastly it is hydrating (Shea butter).
The accident of discovering that it was a great ant-wrikling product was minor but by word of mouth this cream has become a modern classic for people who are looking for a good anti-wrinkling cream. It has a following of many men and women, especially celebrities like Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
Gina Gay, a spokesperson for Klein-Becker, said that this was 'pure luck' and they were 'dumb struck', when they found out it was a remarkable anti-wrinkling cream.
StriVectin-SD's formula was sampled out to employees and customers as part of a market research, the sample tubes were simply marked 'topical cream' with the lot number underneath, the samples were passed to friends and family, the message became a little muddled and some people used this 'topical cream' as a facial moisturiser. When the feedback came back from the users, 93% reported looking 'younger' and crow's feet diminished. Soon after StriVectin was being bought for both reasons not just for one.
StriVectin-SD has wrinkle-reducing properties of a patented 'Oligo-Peptide' called 'Pal-KTTKS'. The product also contains Vitamin C.
Studies showed that when the cream was applied twice a day for two months showed amazing improvement in the appearance of skin tone and wrinkles. Also applying the cream three times a day on the area to be treated for stretch marks had improved by the stretch marks flattening, the colour becoming fainter and the area looking smoother.
The results confirmed that the pateneted ingredient was effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. As a result you ended up with a smoother, younger complexion, with less irritation and cheaper than other treatments.
The treatment has firming agents and hydrators, which optimise skin tone and texture, by having glycosaminoglycan, peptides & collagen.
I followed the instructions; I applied it 3 times a day (sparingly) in the area I wanted treated for the next 4-6 weeks. It was creamy in texture and has a very fresh but slightly minty smell to it. At one point it felt and smelt like toothpaste but when I used the product and it had absorbed into the skin it gave a warm and hydrated feeling to the skin.
I applied some over my forehead lines to, to see if it was good for both.
My stretch marks are still there but definitely do not look so visible anymore and the colour of them have become subtle. Skin feels hydrated and looks good.
It has done wonders for my forehead lines (in conjunction with using my serum) and they are hardly visible. The only thing is that it is a bit oily for the skin and would suit dry skins, but nothing to worry about I used my pressed powder to get rid of the shine.
Available to buy for £135 (177.4ml) in most department stores but you can pick them up for a bargain online especially on www.strawberrynet.com, which is where I bought mine for half the price.