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I have tried a lot of different deodorants in my time, mainly because I am not brand loyal and I buy whatever is on offer when I go shopping. I have to say though that this is one I do particularly look out for to see if it is on offer because it is one of my favourites.
What Is Good About It?
Well the thing that I like most about this deodorant is the smell because it is absolutely gorgeous. It is so fresh and a little bit fruity rather than being florally, which is just what I like. I would describe it as being a bit like Davidoff's Cool Water perfume or perhaps CK One, so if you like that kind of scent, it is perfect for you.
The second thing that I like about it is the fact that it lasts well both in terms of how long it keeps you smelling fresh and how long the bottle lasts. It is a decent sized 250ml bottle and so lasts a while, especially because you don't need that much each time you use it. It claims to last 24 hours and I would just about agree with that because when I wear it I can still smell the deodorant under my arms when I wake up the following morning, which is nice.
What Is Not So Good About It?
At £3.29 a bottle, it is not the cheapest deodorant on the planet, although I would still say this is just about good value for money. I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for it when it is on offer though, which it very often is in the big supermarkets.
The other thing that is not so good about it is the dreaded white patches. having said that, I only seem to get that for the first few times I use it after starting a new bottle. Perhaps the problem naturally gets better when the stuff inside hasn't been left to settle. It is also not as bad if you hold the bottle further away when you are spraying it.
Would I Recommend It?
Yes I would because it smells nice and works well. The couple of things that aren't so good about it aren't enough to make me not recommend it - although I would, like i said, suggest keeping an eye out for it when it is on special offer.
I am fortunate enough to be able to go on holiday quite a lot and so do go through a vast amount of sun cream each year. One of my favourites is the Malibu sun lotion range. I like the fact that it smells amazing, it is cheap in comparison to others and it works well for me.
What Is Good About It?
The first thing that I love about it is the smell. It is coconut flavoured and it really is a gorgeous smell that will put you in mind of pina coladas on the beach in the Caribbean - you can't fail to start daydreaming when you smell it. It is a nice fruity smell that is not too overpowering that you can't put up with it all day. It is strong enough though that it lasts all day and covers up any smells that might have arrived as a result of sweating on the beach all day!
It is a nice thick sun cream that feels really soft and smooth on your skin. It really is a lotion rather than some of these thinner milks that you can get. This means that it doesn't dissolve within seconds so you can actually see where you have and haven't applied it, making it much easier to make sure that you get a full coverage.
The product is one of the cheaper ones on the market and I think it represents good value for money too - it costs less than £5 for a 200ml bottle, which is way cheaper than many of its competitors.
What's Not So Good About It?
Well I actually think that it offers really good protection and I have never been burnt whilst I am using it (I do follow the instructions and apply half an hour before going into the sun and reapply after going into water etc). But, having said that, I have just had a quick search for the product online and I came across a news story in the Daily Mail earlier this year that says the product was given a bad review by Which?, the consumer company. They say that their tests indicate that the SPF protection level of the lotion is not what it says on the bottle, which is obviously not a good thing. Like I said though, I use it regularly and have never had a problem with it.
Yes. Despite the bad reports from Which?, I have never had any problems with it and I really like the product. Like all sun creams and lotions, you have to exercise caution in the sun anyway.
I am a bit of a cheapskate it has to be said and so I tend to give all of the value style products in supermarkets a go, which is how I came to purchase this one from Tesco. I used to buy the Tesco standard range version (I can't bear spending the kind of money the big brands expect, for something that I essentially spit out), but I changed to this one when they had none of the usual one in stock and have never bothered to change back.
What Is Good About It?
Well the best thing about it is the fact that it is so cheap. At just 40p for a 600ml bottle, it is worth a try even if you aren't sure! It is a decent sized bottle like I said, so it does last a while which makes it pretty good value for money too. Hubby and I both use it on a daily basis and I would say that a bottle lasts maybe three or four weeks.
The second thing I like about it is the taste of it. It is a sort or peppermint flavour and is quite nice and not too overpowering. It doesn't have that horrible medical type taste that some of the more expensive mouthwashes.
What's Not So Good About It?
I do find the mouthwash a little on the sweet side and sometimes it gives me the feeling that it is perhaps too sweet to be doing any real good - shouldn't medicine type things and things that are good for you taste horrible? Also, whilst it does make my mouth taste fresh, it is quite subtle so it doesn't last all that long.
Yes, for that price, how can I not recommend it?!
i hate shaving. Literally I loathe it. I am one of those lazy folks who loves it when winter comes and I can wear long trousers and tights to cover up a multitude of sins (namely much less frequent leg shaving). This results in me begrudging spending a lot of money on shaving products and razors, which is how I came to buy the Aldi disposable razors.
What's Good About Them?
Genuinely, the only good thing that I can say about them is that they are cheap. Very cheap in fact - I should have seen this as a warning sign. You get twelve of the disposable razors in a pack for 85 measly pence, which works out at just over seven pence each. See I told you they were cheap.
What's Not So Good About Them?
Everything but the price. They are twin blade razors. I have to admit I was always scornful of these adverts where they boast that their razors have upwards of five blades for a smoother finish, but it turns out that they have a point, because two blades is not good for anything. They don't get anywhere near close enough and I find that I have to go over and over so often that my skin becomes sensitive and even sore. I also find that they don't last long at all before the blade is as blunt as a banana skin - two shaves maximum.
Absolutely not. The fact that they are cheap is not enough of a saving grace for me too recommend these and the fact that they don't last long at all means that even at seven pence each, they aren't good value for money - avoid, avoid, avoid!
i have a million and one different moisturising creams, lotions and potions, because I suffer from dry skin and am always trying new things. Hubby gets more than a little frustrated at the sheer number of half empty tried and tested bottles I have in the bathroom cabinets! This one is rarely left behind though because I really like it.
What Is Good About It?
Firstly, the thing that I like most about it and the thing that drew me to it, is the smell. It is a fabulously fresh smelling moisturising lotion that puts you in mind of warm summer days when you wear it which is perfect all year round in my opinion because it makes you reminisce about the lovely summer in winter and makes you feel fresh in summer itself. It has an aqua sort of smell that is light and not at all overpowering so is suitable for all day use and even applying before bedtime.
The mosituriser itself contains aloe vera which I think makes my skin feel really soft. I find that I do need a good dollop of it to cover my skin, because it isn't the thickest, but the results are excellent all the same.
What's Not So Good About It?
It isn't suitable for your face, which might seem obvious because it is a body lotion, but I find that most are suitable for your face too. This one isn't because it is a bit too thin and it doesn't really give my dry facial skin the moisture that it needs. I also find that it can sting a little bit on the sensitive areas of your face.
It isn't the cheapest product on the market either at more than five pounds for a 400ml bottle. It's not ridiculously expensive, but considering that a little doesn't really go a long way, it is not particularly good value for money.
I do like the product and the things that I like about it I really like, the problem for me is that I have found the supermarket own brand version of the same thing and I think that it is just as good and it has the added bonus of being half the price. So whilst I do like this, I would only recommend it if you really want to pay a bit extra for the Vaseline brand name.
I suffer from dry lips all year round - in summer they get burned and in winter they get chapped - which is why I have untold amounts of lip balms, glosses, therapies and creams. The one I have been using the longest though and the one that I always come back to is the Vaseline Lip Therapy tin, which is the best on the market as far as I'm concerned.
What Is Good About It?
It is a petroleum jelly apparently which just sounds weird, but it must mean that it is a super product because I find that it really does make my lips feel soft and moisturised, no matter what the weather condition outside.
I find that I don't need very much of it at all, which doesn't stop me from getting carried away when I apply it, but it does mean that the twenty gram tin lasts absolutely ages. It is currently sold for around £1.85 for the tin which I think makes it extremely good value. If you want to bag yourself an even bigger bargain, head to Tesco (at the time of writing) where you can get two tins for £2, which is cracking value!
What's Not Good About It?
Whilst I do think this is a fabulous little product, there are a couple of things about it that I am not so keen on. Firstly it can be a little bit greasy on your fingers, so you need to make sure you have some tissue handy when you are using it. It is this that makes it such a good lip balm though, so a small price to pay I'd say.
Secondly, I am not so keen on the fact that it comes in a tin because I find that after a while the smell of the tin impacts on the balm and it results in a slightly metallic taste which isn't good. They do sell this in larger plastic tubs though, so it might be worth paying a bit more and getting that.
Overall this is definitely a yes because, despite its small issues, it is a great product.
Last year, hubby and I each filled an advent calendar for the other person and in my calendar, I got three of these Body Shop Born Lippy lip balms. It was such a lovely idea because hubby knows how much I love lip balms in all shapes and sizes, the problem is that I was really disappointed with these balms because they just aren't that good as far as I am concerned.
What's Good About Them?
Well, as with all Body Shop products, these balms come in a range of flavours and all of them pack a serious punch. The three that I got were orange, strawberry and blackberry. The scents are all really nice and smell exactly how you would expect them too. The flavours last a while too and I find that I do wear them, the smell lasts well. My favourite is the blackberry. They are really fruity and are nice to have on your lips in that respect.
I also think that the ten mililitre tubs last quite a while. I am not a big fan of balms in tubs, but I do concede that they seem to last a bit longer than a stick for example because I get carried away with sticks and end up putting too much on.
What's Not So Good About Them?
The first thing that I don't like about them is the fact that I think they feel a bit greasy. I find that my fingers are really greasy after I have applied them which is a pain when you are somewhere with no tissues!
Secondly I don't think they are very moisturising. In fact I find that my lips actually feel drier when I have put this on than without it.
They aren't cheap at two pounds for a tub although I think The Body Shop often do offers where you get three for five pounds, which is not too bad really.
Would I recommend It?
No is the short answer. Whilst I love the smell of them and think they last well, I just don't think they are very good at all as a lip moisturiser and so I can't recommend them and I certainly won't be buying them again.
I am obsessed with lip balms and I go through them like there is no tomorrow because I have one in every pocket, bag and drawer that I have! Despite this, I still end up buying them on a regular basis when I am out and about, which is how I ended up with this strawberry one from Boots (I blame the shops that have them at the tills!).
The balm is a standard stick on that is twisted at the bottom to make the stick come out of the top. The twisting mechanism works well and has lasted, which is actually a surprising thing because I have had so many cheap balms where the packaging breaks easily.
The balm is a good moisturiser and I find that it works really well. It is long lasting and I find that it makes my lips feel really soft afterwards. I find that I don't need very much of it at all on each usage which means that it will last a long time. I think this makes it really good value for money, especially considering that it is only a pound for a standard sized five gram tube.
The only thing that I don't like about this balm is the scent of it. I am not a particularly big fan of strawberry scented things in general but this one is particularly sweet. Too sweet for me in fact. it really does smell like strawberries and so if you like strawberries, I am sure you will love this product.
Overall I would recommend this balm because it is good, but only if you like sweet, strawberry scented things.
This is yet another of the vast range of Body Shop body butters that I have. I am a big fan of the product in general, although I have to admit that this is not my favourite version of it by a long shot.
The thing I love most about this body butter, and in fact all of the ones from the Body Shop, is the fact that it is really thick which means it lasts for absolutely ages - I find that a tub generally lasts me about six months with very regular use. The other good thing about the thickness is the fact that it makes it a really good moisturiser and it leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and smooth.
I find that it is suitable for all over your body, including your face. One thing you do need to do though is soften it up a bit in your hands first otherwise it is tough to put on because it is so thick.
The body butters in general pack a punch when it comes to their scent and this is great when it is a scent that you like. And therein lies the problem for me because this blueberry one is just too sweet. It certainly smells like blueberry (or at least like blueberry things generally smell), but with it being not one that I particularly like, I find it a bit overpowering and too much to put up with all day.
The body butter has a recommended retail price of £13 for a 200ml tub. This seems expensive at face value, but I think it is pretty good value because of the longevity of the product. Having said that, this is one of their seasonal ones that tends to be available in summer so at the end of the season it's price is slashed - I actually got mine for the bargain sum of £5.
Overall I would recommend the product in general but not this version unless you like the sweeter smells - I would definitely suggest trying a tester before you buy. If you can get it at the discounted price - even better!
I am not a big fan of The Body shop in general because I find the smell as you enter their shops very overpowering and I think that the stuff that they sell is generally overpriced. That said, I do brave visits to the shop to get my hands on some of their body butter, which I think is without a doubt the best version that there is on the market.
There are lots of things that I like about The Body Shop body butters. On a general note, I think that they are lovely and thick and that they feel really luxurious when you are applying them. I find that you need to rub a bit in your hands first to soften it up because it is far too thick to rub straight into your skin, unless you like applying moisturiser to be some kind of torture! I also like it because it is suitable to use all over your body, even your face (as long as you do soften it a bit first).
The second thing I like about them is the fact that a little goes a long way with them. This means that, although they are pricey at £13 for a 200ml tub, they are actually pretty good value for money. I find that a tub lasts me about three months, using it all over my body pretty much every day. In fact I find that I tend to decide I want to try a different flavour before the tubs actually run out, which is why I have so many of them!
This brings me on to the flavours themselves, which is the thing I like most about the body butters because there are just so many of them to choose from. The scents vary from fruity to flowery and every single one of them packs a punch - they are not for those who like a subtle flavour. There are the most popular flavours such as the coconut and mango ones that are available all year round, then there are seasonal flavours that are only available at certain times of year and are only continued if they are popular - so don't fall in love with one that nobody else likes!
They do tend to try and up sell their body scrubs with the butters when you go in, but I would avoid these like the plague because I hate them!
Overall I would definitely recommend the body butters from The Body Shop because, whilst they are expensive, they are good and they last a long time, making them good value for money and a great all round moisturiser.
When you are pregnant, you get useful bags from a company called Bounty that include lots of treats and things to help you through the pregnancy and beyond. One of the things that I got was a tub of this Cussons Mum and Me Bump Stretch Mark Cream and I have to say that I am very impressed with it and I will definitely buying a lot more of it.
The cream is designed to promote elasticity of the skin which in turn is supposed to help with unsightly stretch marks. The cream is ultimately designed for stretch marks caused by your baby bump in pregnancy, but it does say that it is suitable for all areas prone to stretch marks. I honestly think though that I'll be using it well beyond the pregnancy because I like it that much.
The first thing that I like about it is the consistency. It comes in a little round tub a bit like what you'd expect to see a body butter in, but it isn't anywhere as thick. It isn't as thin as body milks or even moisturising creams either; it is somewhere in the middle. I love the consistency because it is thick enough that you feel that it is a substantial enough cream to do something but it is not so thick that it is uncomfortable to apply. The latter is something that is essential when pregnant because you obviously don't want to be having to rub the skin too hard.
The second thing I like about it is the fact that is leaves my skin feeling so silky afterwards. It really does feel like an expensive night cream or something because it feels so nice. I am not naive about claims to remove stretch marks and have read all the information that says that it is nigh on impossible, but I am not all that bothered with this cream because it feels so nice and is so easy to apply that I would happily use it as a simple moisturiser anyway.
The third thing that I like about it is the smell. It is simply gorgeous. It is a very light and subtle smell that is perfect for me because I am suffering with strong smells during pregnancy and them making me feel queasy. This one is just the right combination of being a fruity and flowery scent without being at all over powering.
The cream is not cheap at around £10 for a 125ml tub, but a little goes a very long way and, even though I am using it twice a day as suggested, I have still not used even a half of my sample tub twenty weeks in. I doubt you'd need more than one tub during a pregnancy and so it is good value for money. Recommended.
Like most people, I have tried hundreds of different kinds of shampoos over the years. I don't like to spend a lot of money on shampoo and conditioner and so tend to go with whatever is on offer. The one that I come back to time and time again is this coconut and lychee one from Alberto Balsam because it is great value and works well.
The first thing that I like about this is the fact that it smells absolutely gorgeous. It has a really nice summery smell to it that puts me in mind of summer holidays in tropical places. The lychee adds a nice twist to the traditional coconut scent. I find that it is a long lasting smell too and that people comment that my hair smells nice even hours after I have washed it. The other thing that is good about it is the fact that you get a fresh whiff of the scent when your hair gets wet again (which is all the time in this country!).
The second thing I like about it is the price. For a 400ml bottle it only costs £1.50 at full price. I have also found that it is very rarely at full price because there is always some kind of offer on it.
You don't need much of it either. Even though the bottle says that you should use a generous amount, I find that you don't need much at all because it is very easy to work up into a nice lather. I like to use it as a body wash in the shower too because it feels really nice.
The last thing I like about it is that it doesn't leave my hair all tangled. I have very sensitive hair and so generally always use a conditioner to stop tangles. I don't like to use a conditioner all the time though because I think it makes my hair a bit heavier. With this shampoo, I find that a conditioner is not actually necessary and that it leaves my hair feeling really soft and tangle free and looking very shiny.
I am a bit of a fan of Smashbox products and I admit that I got a little bit swept up in the hype surrounding them, so I was quite excited about this Brow Tech To Go product when I saw it. I am afraid to say though that I am quite disappointed with it and it just hasn't lived up to my expectations at all.
What's Good About It?
Well it isn't all bad, because it is a nifty little product that is very handy. It is more or less the size of a very narrow mascara, which means that it is easy to stick in your hand bag or purse and can go with you on a night out for a top up.
The product itself is easy to use. It is double ended with one end a bit like a mascara with a brush in it and the other being the coloured end. The brush end has gel inside that is designed to help you shape your brows and to make sure there are no sticky out bits and that they are nice and smooth. The pencil end is for adding colour to your brows and to make them stand out against your make up underneath. The pencil end has been shaped at an angle so that it is easy to get a smooth line, even if you ahve unsteady hands.
What's Not So Good About It?
So, it sounds good, but I am afraid that is where the good stuff ends. The main problem I have with it is that the colours just aren't right. It comes in two shades - light and dark - and the problem is that I have light auburn hair and the light one is so light that you almost can't tell that there is any on unless you really go over and over it. The dark is the opposite and is just too dark for me.
The other problem with it is that it is pretty pricey. At £19, I would say that it is probably not worth the money - not recommended.
I usually use Clarins cleansing products, but for my last birthday my sister gave me a big goody bag full of little treats and things, some of which were from the Simple range. I ahve never tried anything from this range before, but I have to say that I am impressed and the best thing for me was the Kind To Skin Moisturising Wash.
The idea behind Simple products is that they are natural products that are kind to your skin (hence the name!). As a result, this facial wash is unscented. I didn't think I was going to like this because I find that unscented things are generally quite clinical, but that wasn't a problem with this and it was actually nice because when I applied my mosituriser afterwards, there wasn't a clash of flavours if you will.
The wash itself is very foamy and I loved that a little bit went a long way. You only need a pea sized amount and you rub it into your skin and it gives a nice foam that really makes you feel like you are giving your skin a good clean - a bit like a scrub.
I think it works really well and it made my skin feel really clean afterwards. It did get rid of my eye make up too, although I will say that it stings a little bit if you get some in your eyes, so be careful with that. It says that it is a mositurising wash and it is indeed, although I still feel like I need a little bit of extra moisturiser to help with my dry skin. It doesn't leave your skin feeling softer than some washes do though and you might not need a moisturiser as well.
The product is only £3.49 for a 150ml bottle, which I think is cracking value for a great little product and I would definitely recommend it.
I got a couple of these for presents last year and got one for myself because I was so impressed with them. I think they are a quirky little set and are great for a treat for yourself or for somebody else - and they make a great stocking filler for the big day!
The set shown in this picture must be an american version I think because the one I have has the UK versions of fizzy drinks in . . .
Coca Cola Vanilla
Although I have never heard of Fanta Pineapple, I'm glad it is in there because it is my favourite one! The range is a good one because the scents of the balms are all very different and there is bound to be something you like love and hate in there! Personally I find the Coca Cola Vanilla far too sweet, but the other ones are nice enough to make up for that.
The balms come in a funky Coca Cola theme presentation tin and, if you don't want to keep your balms in there afterwards, it is ideal for knick knacks or even as a pencil case for younger girls.
As for the balms themselves, they are good but not great. If you have really dry and chapped lips, they aren't brilliant but they are nice for giving you slightly smoother shiny lips.
The tin costs between ten and thirteen pounds, depending on where you buy it from and I would say that it is worth that for six balms - considering how much you can pay for just one in some places.