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I have been using this for years, but when I ran out last year, I decided to try to use up the other concealers and highlighters that were in my makeup bag. However, my thoughts kept drifting back to Touche Eclat and when I saw this in the duty free in Gatwick for £20, it was soon mine.
The packaging on this highlighter points to it being a premium product. The outside box is a gold colour with minimal detail. There is a small information leaflet inside the box which gives you some information about the product. Normally the pen itself is gold, again with minimal information on it, but my latest one is the (I think) limited edition animal print and gold pen. I do like the design on mine, as it really stands out in my makeup bag and still looks very glam.
To use the highlighter, you need to click the top of the pen a few times, until you see the liquid starting to come thorough between the brushes. When I first opened my new one, it was around 12 clicks, and then I needed another couple of clicks to get enough of the highlighter onto the brush. Having a click method of application means that there is no wastage with this product, as it only dispenses what is needed.
I use this to brighten up any dark areas under my eyes, and also add some to the bridge of my nose to brighten my complexion. As this is more of a highlighter than a concealer, while I do dab a small amount on any blemishes, I don’t want to be highlighting them, so a very tiny amount seems to do the job of hiding them slightly.
While this isn’t cheap, I find that a pen lasts a long time, as you only need a tiny amount to conceal and highlight. It really does make a difference to my skin, and leaves me looking more awake and my complexion looks radiant. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a versatile product that really does make a difference to your complexion.
This does cost around £20 - £25 but as I only need a tiny amount it does last ages - just so long as I remember to wash the brush as for some reason they start to smell slightly after a few uses.
My friend gave me this book a while ago. She had hated it and warned me that it was rubbish but at least I could read it and get a review out of it.
The main character is 32 year old Cas who is by her own admission amoral and uses and loses people. She's determined that men are only playthings and doesn't ever want a relationship or to give men the opportunity to hurt her.
The TV channel she works for had been losing viewers so her boss gives Cas the task of boosting viewing figures by coming up with a programme to grip the nation. Cas’s answer is ‘Sex with an ex’ which appeals to people who are unsure about their partner’s fidelity before marriage to find out if the person is faithful or if there is an ex they still had feelings for. The show is an instant hit although it does tear the lives apart of contestants.
Darren would be the ideal contestant – he’s attractive, moral and the fact that he refuses to take part only makes Cas want him more. She chases after him and after a few days, she has the feeling that Darren is someone that she could fall for. Will Cass take the plunge with Darren or will she stick to the barriers she has so carefully placed around herself?
I have always been a fan of Adele Park’s writing and her way of taking typical chick lit and turning it on its head. This book is a fantastic example of that. I have read many books which have featured men with Cas's attitudes but never another book which features a female lead character who has casual sex and whose favourite ‘conquests’ are married ones as there’s less chance of more than a quick fumble.
To be fair, Cas is an unlikeable character and one that I should be programmed to hate as her morals and opinions are far removed from my own but the overall feeling that I had for Cas was pity rather than condemnation. It is revealed why she hardened her heart towards men and it’s clear that she has never really gotten over the fact that her father left when she was a young child and having to witness the devastation of her mother. Yes, some of her thoughts and opinions are wrong but at the same time, I can understand why an event like that at a young age could shape your opinions of men for life.
I found this book easy to read and to follow. I think maybe it helped that I had low expectations of this book, but I did really enjoy the book and was surprised at how much I actually liked Cas once more of her story was revealed.
I am fortunate in that my friends know that I love anything strawberry scented and I normally end up with lots of strawberry scented bath stuff every year for Christmas and my birthday. I got this in a strawberry scented gift set from a friend last Christmas.
When you open the lid, you can immediately detect a lovely strawberry scent which isn't too synthetic. I think that The Body Shop Strawberry scented items always smell less synthetic than some other brands of shower gels and this one is no exception. The polish is quite thick but melts into the skin to provide you with a creamy lather as well as some light exfoliation from the walnut shells that have been included to give a bit of exfoliation.
While I normally use a shower puff in the shower, I find that using a puff with this sort of lessens the effectiveness of the scrub as it tends to get caught up in the mesh around the puff. Instead I use this with my hands although it does seem that I need to use more of this to get a decent lather.
This is one of those products that does confuse me slightly as I'm not entirely sure of it's use. It's not a shower gel as there's scrubby bits through it but it's not an exfoliant as it's not 'scrubby' enough. It just seems to lightly buff the skin to leave it slightly softer and brighter. However,
I would rate this body polish as one of my favourite items from The Body Shop. It leaves my skin looking and smelling lovely and while I would say this is gentle enough to use daily, I prefer to keep mine for special occasions.
This is available from The Body Shop and costs £5 for 75ml and £10 for 200ml. While it is more expensive than a shower gel, there are often offers and 40% off deals with The Body Shop so you can usually pick this up for less.
When I hit 30, I started to notice some differences in my skin and a few fine lines started to appear around my eyes. Up until that point I hadn’t been that bothered when it came to ageing and using products that may help delay the effects on my skin. When these fine lines appeared, I decided to start using an eye cream to see if it made any difference. I also had a few dark circles under my eyes from those nights where my insomnia was at it’s worst so something that would help improve the appearance of my eyes would be a welcome addition to my skincare routine.
I chose this Garnier eye cream as I’d heard good reports about it and it wasn’t overly expensive.
This cream is quite thin and is a bright white colour. I only need a tiny amount of the cream to cover my eye area and as the nozzle on the cream is quite fine, it’s easy to dispense a small amount. This cream does leave a slight film on my skin for a few seconds after application but this disappears quickly and I can then start to apply my makeup if I’m wearing any. Once this is absorbed into my skin, the skin around my eyes feels softer and there are no traces left of the cream.
I was really surprised with the effects of this eye cream. It could just be my imagination but some of the fine lines around my eyes seem to have disappeared and others are less noticeable than they were before I started using the cream. I also look more awake and while I still get some dark circles under my eyes, the puffiness is reduced and I look more awake in the mornings.
I wouldn’t say this is a miracle cream as I’m not convinced that anything other than surgery can prevent or hold back the signs of ageing but I have noticed a difference to my skin and this has encouraged me to keep using this particular eye cream.
Even if this hadn’t made much difference to the appearance of my skin, I would continue using this as I think that anything that adds moisture to my skin is a good thing and I feel that this eye cream is very moisturising.
I would recommend this eye cream as I have noticed a real difference to my skin after using it and I am happy to keep on using it, particularly since I think it’s very cost effective as well as I only need a tiny amount each day.
At £8 for 15ml, it's not that expensive, although there are cheaper eye creams on the market, I think I will stick with this one as I noticed a real difference.
As I have mentioned in other reviews, I tend to use a lot of dry shampoo as I don’t like to wash my hair every day. I have tried lots of different brands with varying success but I do like to try as many types out to see what works and what doesn’t. I saw this in a small chemist close to home for £2.99 and thought I would give it a go as I really rated the shampoos from this brand.
The Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is said to be packed with ingredients that are said to boost blonde or grey hair.
* Violet Pigments to enhance Silver Tones and counteract fading
* Optical Brighteners which nstantly boost grey/white/blonde hair
* UV Filters which help protect Against Environmental Damage
* Sunflower Seed Extract which offers natural colour protection
* Natural Betaine, Guar, Panthenol and wheat amino acids which help to prevent wiry, frizzy, coarse hair
You use this dry shampoo in the same way as every other dry shampoo that I have used. Keeping the can around 30cm from my hair, I spray this on the areas where I feel that I need some extra help (usually around my parting and the roots around my face). I then rub it in lightly and leave for a few minutes before brushing out.
This dry shampoo doesn’t feel damp on my hair when it’s first sprayed on unlike some other brands that I have used. You can see this on my hair but I find that once I brush my hair, I don’t see any residue.
When I first sprayed this, the first thing I noticed was the smell. Unfortunately, this dry shampoo seems to have the same horrible chemical smell as the twice a week shampoo that I have used in the past. I was disappointed as I like my dry shampoos to have a nice scent but thankfully the scent of this one doesn’t seem to linger on my hair and I can’t detect this even when my fringe falls across my face.
I did like this dry shampoo but I just wish that the scent had been nicer. It does give my hair a boost though and really helps to bring out my highlights. I would recommend this dry shampoo to anyone with blonde or white hair that can have a tendency to look slightly dull after a day or so, as it does help to make my hair look brighter and shinier as well as removing grease or oil that is along my hairline.
Price and Availability
I bought my 200ml can from a local chemist for £2.99. I haven’t seen that in many shops but I am sure that larger Boots and other chemists will stock this. I think that it's a decent enough dry shampoo for the price that I paid.
I was in H&M in Dublin a few months ago and as I only had about 2 euro’s worth of stuff to buy and needed to use my card so when I saw these 5ml nail polishes at the till, I decided to grab two just so I’d have enough to warrant a card purchase.
These nail polishes were 95 cents or 99p had I bought them in the UK, so I figured that even if they were rubbish, I hadn’t wasted a lot of money. I bought a dark blue and a pale pink as I thought the blue would be nice for evenings and the pink for daytime. This review will recount my experiences of the dark blue coloured polish.
As I had also got a base coat with a recent beauty box, I decided to try out both of these together, so the fact that I used a base coat may mean that two coats of this polish was all that I needed to produce an even colour. This polish comes in a small bottle which is clear so you can see the colour through the glass. The brush is understandably quite small as the polish itself is only 4.5cm in height and the brush is quite fine as well. Despite this, I found that it this polish was easy to apply as it was a good consistency. I thought that this polish was a nice consistency as well, it was thick but not so thick that it was hard to apply.
I hadn’t expected a lot from this polish but I was pleasantly surprised. The polish was a good consistency and was easy to apply. I only needed two coats to give me a deep dark blue colour on my nails and it was also dry quite quickly. I did find that when I first applied this polish, I was stupid enough to be wrapping some presents a few hours later and the polish did chip quite badly on two nails. It was easy to remove and start again though and as this was quick drying, I didn’t mind too much.
Oddly, despite this chipping quite badly while I was wrapping presents, once I had the polish applied on all nails, it lasted around 2 – 3 days without chipping too much. Maybe it was just because I was peeling off tape and giving the polish too much abuse that it chipped so badly at first.
Would I recommend?
Despite my few niggles with this polish, considering it cost me less than £1, I really can’t complain. I have paid a lot more for polishes that have performed worse than this one. These also have a recommendation of around 30 months after opening so it's a good buy in my opinion.
Unlike other Nightwish albums, this one is a film score rather than a standalone album. I knew it would be different from other Nightwish albums but I was unprepared for just how different it would be.
1. "Taikatalvi" 2:35
2. "Storytime" 5:22
3. "Ghost River" 5:28
4. "Slow, Love, Slow" 5:51
5. "I Want My Tears Back" 5:08
6. "Scaretale" 7:32
8. "Turn Loose the Mermaids" 4:20
9. "Rest Calm" 7:02
10. "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove" 4:10
11. "Last Ride of the Day" 4:33
12. "Song of Myself" 13:38
I (along with many other fans of the band I'm imagining) felt the band wasn't the same without Tarja's powerful vocals. This album shows that Anette can hold her own, and if I'm honest, this album would never have worked with Tarja's vocals, and if anything, operatic vocals would have ruined the atmosphere of this album. Anette has a strong clear voice, and although her vocal range is a lot lower, her voice fitted perfectly on this album. I know that Anette has now been removed from the band and they have gone back to the operatic roots with theirnew singer, but Anette should be really proud of this release.
I can understand that this album really divided opinions of Nightwish fans, as it was so different to anything else the band has done. There are some real surprises on this album, even jazz influenced tracks and ballads. I think you need to keep an open mind, and remember that this is a film score as well as a Nightwish album, which explains some of the twists and turns through the album and the inclusion of tracks that seem slightly out of place. I am a massive fan of Tuomas Holopainen and I can understand the vision behind this release and think it was executed well. The inclusion of many diverse styles and artists, as well as the full orchestral backing on some tracks really helps this stand out in my opinion.
I have to confess that listening to film scores would never usually cross my mind, and I rarely purchase soundtrack albums. Maybe if I had more of a background of listening to film scores, I could critique this better, but as it stands, all I can do is critique it as a Nightwish fan, even though it's very different to anything else released by the band.
While this album won't appeal to everyone, I would recommend giving it a listen, as it really is something unique. I know that this album really divide Nightwish fans, as it's so different to everything else that they have released.
Price and Availability
You can buy a physical copy of this album new on Amazon for £10.00, and from £5.00 for a used copy. The mp3 version is £7.49 on Amazon.
Clinique’s chubby sticks have been on my wish list for a long time. Hints to friends and family hadn’t worked so when I heard you could get one free with Glamour, I went in search of the magazine. I was very keen to try out these, particularly as I have read so many positive reviews online about Chubby Sticks. The one that I will be reviewing today is the 'Super Strawberry' shade.
These crayons promise to relieve dry, cracked lips and to provide moisture as well as a slight sheen. According to Clinique, they contain comforting oils and butters to relieve dry, cracked lips and Vitamin E to prevent further damage and to provide defence against environmental damage.
The chubby stick itself has a chunky crayon style applicator with a thick applicator. To use this, you can just twist the tube to reveal more or less of the crayon, depending on what you need. You then just apply this to your lips as needed.
While it's never advisable to eat lip glosses and balms, I do like glosses and balms to smell and 'taste' quite nice. Oddly, this one just has a slightly synthetic almost playdoh smell and similarly, there isn't really any taste to this if I lick my lips after applying this.
The gloss goes on easily and doesn't drag at all across my lips. It seems to melt onto my lips and leaves behind a slight texture that reminds me of some of the thicker balms that I have in my collection. Colourwise, this seems to leave a slight red tint on my lips rather than being a full on red shade. I do feel that the shade is quite flattering though and would suit most people. The colour on my lips is a quite matt shade and not the gloss that I was initially expecting it to be.
After wanting to try these for over a year and it had been my plan to buy one as soon as I had used up the glosses that I had, I jumped at the chance when I could get one for the cost of a magazine. I have to admit though that I was very disappointed when I tried these for myself.
I did find that these seemed to dry out my lips slightly after I used them rather than the softening effects that I had hoped for. After hearing so many good reviews about the Chubby Sticks, I had convinced myself that they were amazing and instead I was slightly disappointed with the effects of these sticks. There is a hint of colour and it does leave my lips looking and feeling nice, but I have used tinted balms that are a lot cheaper to buy with similar or better results.
Considering the high cost of these balms normally, I feel I can't really recommend them and I'm now glad that I didn't spend £17.00 on one.
To be fair, when I think of cup noodles, I think of the Pot Noodles and the stores own branded ones which seemed to be cheaper and also have less taste. Therefore, when I seen these noodles which were more expensive but which also promised more flavour, I was intrigued.
These noodles come in come in five flavours:
Prawn Tom Yum
I have noticed from their website that they now have gluten free versions of two of their noodles – the miso one that I am reviewing and the chicken one.
These noodles are easy to prepare as you would expect. You boil a kettle of water and peel back the foil. As this is a two in one product, you fill up the pot to the lid with water. You put the foil back onto the pot loosely and then leave for 3 – 4 minutes. Stir well and leave for a further minute or so before tucking in. The noodles should be eaten warm and if cooled, they shouldn't be reheated.
I decided to try this one as I like miso soup. Unlike pot noodles, you make this with a lot of water so you are left with more of a noodle soup rather than just your noodles in some a sauce.
When you open the lid, you do notice that there is a very generous portion of noodles included in this pot. There are dried noodles almost up to the lid of the pot, and while at first glance, I can't see any flavouring, I assume this will be found closer to the bottom of the pot.
When you have finished making up the noodles, you are left with a large pile of noodles surrounded by a greeny coloured soup. I didn't mix mine as well as I could have, and I found that most of the vegetables had sunk to the bottom of the noodles, but this didn't affect the taste. The noodles were very soft and there was a very delicate miso taste, although it did get stronger as I worked my way down the pot.
When I was eating these noodles, I was surprised to find that I struggled to finish the pot of noodles as it seemed that unlike some other pots of noodles, these ones were very filling. As this is a two in one product, you also have the miso soup after you have eaten the noodles, but I struggled with the noodles on their own, so my soup went to waste.
For those with allergies or are sensitive to some ingredients, these noodles contains Gluten, Eggs, Milk and Soya/Soybeans. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
Price and Availability
I paid £1.99 for mine from Sainsbury's. You can also buy these from Waitrose and Tesco as well as Whole Foods if you have a store nearby.
I had recently read and reviewed a book that had been described as the UK version of Gone Girl. As it was a book that I really enjoyed, I was keen to try out this version of the story.
Nick and Amy Dunne have recently moved back to Nick’s hometown, despite Amy’s protests as Nick wanted to be closer to his dying mother following his redundancy.
On the day of their 5th wedding anniversary, everything is normal in the Dunne household. After going to work, Nick is advised that Amy has disappeared. Nick then finds himself in his worst nightmare – the police believe that he was somehow involved in Amy’s disappearance and the more he tries to protest his innocence, the more seems to happen that proves his guilt.
Meanwhile there is no sign of Amy anywhere and all signs point to that Nick is somehow involved. When the police uncover some clues that indicate that Nick is guilty, can Nick prove that he is innocent before it is all too late?
While this was a well written book that kept me guessing, there was something that prevented me from getting lost in the story. I wanted to love this book but there was something that stopped me. Maybe it was because the two main characters appeared to be so unlikeable or the annoying quizzes that kept appearing in Amy’s extracts but it didn’t grab me as much as I had hoped it would. I wasn’t overly bothered about the main characters and almost would have preferred had they managed to kill each other , that to have just ended it for both characters would have been a lot less painful.
I got the impression that the author was trying to write something dark and twisted but somehow this didn't manage to quite come across with the book. It seemed the characters were selfish and spoilt rather than evil. It read more as a dark chick lit style book rather than a psychological thriller style novel.
I wanted to love this book but there was something lacking for me. I wouldn’t let my review put you off though – if this is a book that you want to read then I would suggest that you give it a try. Considering the rave reviews that this book has on Amazon and from critics, there are lots of people who really liked this book and recommend it.
I was disappointed with this book and I didn’t think it was a great read but I can understand why other's really rated this book as there is suspense and it keeps you guessing. It’s a great idea for a book but I think it was poorly executed. While I think the author’s idea was to make this a very dark, evil story, there was just something that stopped this from being the deep psychological thriller I assume she had been hoping for.
The Tower Centre seems to have gone from the hive of activity that I remember when I was younger to a ghost town.
The centre has a great location right in the town centre and there is a large multi story car park to the rear of the centre. Prices are reasonable and around 50p per hour which I think is cheap for parking. It's also very handy when you are at Iceland for some food and you can just wheel the trolley back to your car.
While there are some shops worth visiting here, such as Primark, B and M and Poundland, there isn’t much else, and a lot of the shopping centre has taken on a slightly worn quality and most of the high street names that used to be in the centre have left to go to the other shopping centre, probably because the discount stores are moving in more. It seems that over the last few years, the owners have spent a lot of money on the centre, which has improved the overall look of the centre, and has left the centre looking bright and airy with lots of natural light which is usually lacking in a shopping centre. The lack of shops is really off-putting though, particularly when every time I am in there are more closed. I did notice that recent work was completed which has turned some of the closed stores into walkways to improve the overall look of the centre, but it doesn’t seem to have helped that much.
It is a real shame, as it is a great centre, in a handy location, it just can’t compete with the Fairhill Centre. Just as an example, walking from the main entrance to Primark, you pass around 5 empty stores, in fact, there are only about 2 or 3 open stores on this part of the concourse. There is also a small food court in the Tower Centre, which is located on the 1st floor of the centre and is a fairly recent addition. There is a Burger King and a StrEAT located up here, and while Burger King can be busier, it’s never too crowded.
If you are in Ballymena, I would recommend having a wander around the centre but I wouldn't come here unless you are in the area itself. There are some great shops such as Primark, Poundland and a large Boots as well as some other stores such as Dunnes Stores and Semi Chem which are usually good for a bargain, as well as a few card shops but unless you are looking for these stores in particular, I wouldn't bother coming to the centre.
When I heard there was to be a Lego Movie released, I knew it was something I wanted to watch.
The main storyline is revealed within the first few seconds of the film which is handy. The wizard Vitruvius is attempting to protect a superweapon called the "Kragle" from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but prophesies that "the Special" will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.
Jumping forward eight years, we meet Emmet Brickowski who is a Lego construction worker, who is happy and content in his Lego world, following his instruction manual to every letter. After leaving work one evening, he is distracted by a figure jumping across the construction site and goes to investigate further. He then meets Wyldstyle and when lifting his phone to call and report the intruder, slips and falls down a hole. He accidentally stumbles upon the Piece of Resistence and is compelled to touch it. He has visions and passes out and when he awakens he finds that the Piece of Resistance has attached itself to his back.
He then finds himself in custody of BadCop who shows him what the future holds for the people of Emmet’s Lego world. Believing Emmet is the special one, Wyldstyle and her friends won’t go down without a fight.
It is weird seeing moving Lego figures on screen and the first new minutes of the film had a trippy quality for me. As the film went on thought, I adjusted to seeing the moving Lego figures and when the theme song started, I was dancing along! The theme song ‘Everything is awesome’ does reappear a lot in the film either with the lyrics or as an instrumental backing track to some scenes. It is a catchy song and one that I had stuck in my head for a few days after watching this film.
There were some very funny scenes and parts where I laughed out loud. I loved the first scenes which showed Emmet at home and using the Lego instructions manual as a guide as to how he should live his life. When he started dancing to the techno influenced version of the theme tune, I found it hilarious. I can definitely see that children would love this film, as it appeals to the simpler forms of getting a laugh.
This is a real feel good movie with a message about both teamwork and being individual. It manages to be entertaining and also delivers a message that is important to both adults and children.
This film is jam packed with action and features that even the most mature of adults are sure to enjoy. A catchy theme song, jam packed with celebrity voices and a very cute storyline means that this film will suit everyone .
I'd imagine that most children would love this film but there is also enough in the film that appeals to adults too.
Munchies are one of those chocolates that I don't eat often, but sometimes I can't resist.
Each munchie is about 2cm square with 4 squares embossed on the top of each trapezium. They have a chocolate smell, although I know that nestle chocolate isn't as sweet as Cadbury's and some premium brands and you can tell this from the smell alone. You can also detect a slight caramel scent if you try hard enough. Biting in, you get chocolate first, then the gooey caramel, and finally, the slightly crunchy biscuit interior.
Normally I love caramel and chocolate with a crunchy biscuit, there is something that makes these not as sweet as they could be and I find this slightly off-putting. Considering I am expecting very sweet caramel this doesn't quite live up to this. Combined with the not so sweet chocolate, while these are nice, I do find them slightly disappointing when I do eat them. It doesn't stop me eating them though, if I'm honest.
For some reasons, much as though I love the idea of these, and I keep buying them, they aren't as nice as I keep thinking they are. They're not as sweet as I think they will be, and towards the end of the packet, I start to find them slightly sickening.
I also found the fact that the biscuit isn't that crunchy slightly off-putting as well, as I kept expecting it to be crunchy and to be a contrast to the soft caramel, but it's not that crunchy, and would be nicer if it was something similar to a shortcake filling in these, something that would hold the crunch better.
I doubt that I will buy another packet of these in the near future, but as I seem to forget that I'm not that keen on these after a while, I'm sure that about six months down the line, I'll see them and fancy a packet, and the circle will start again!
Price and Availability
A 126g pack is £1.59 from Tesco. I can't remember how much I paid for my bag, but I know it wasn't more than £1. I do think that the smaller foil packets are better in some ways, as I found that a few in my bag has got slightly damaged, and oozed caramel, which doesn't seem to happen with the foil wrapped packets. The smaller foil wrapped packs costs around 70p – 80p, and contains 11 individual chocolates.
Nutritional Information (100g)
Energy (kJ) 2064kJ
Energy (kcal) 493kcal
Saturated Fat 13.8g
Each foil wrapped packet contains 255 calories and 12.5g of fat.
As you can see, these aren't the healthiest of snacks, but I think they are okay as an occasional treat.
Each munchie contains milk, but is free from artificial colours, additives and flavours.
These wipes promise to cleanse skin remove makeup and to nourish skin, all with one wipe. Each wipe contains organic cucumber to soothe and soften the skin, aloe vera to refresh and sooth and green tea which is is a natural antioxidant and astringent, and is effective in treating troubled skin and breakouts. According to their website, this product is 98.7% natural, which is an unusual number, but it does show that there aren’t many hidden nasties in this products.
I do think that these wipes do seem smaller than some other wipes that I have used in the past. The wipes have a faint cucumber scent, which does seem to linger on my skin slightly after use as well. Compared to some wipes I have used in the past, these feel really moist, and even after I have used the wipe, they still feel cool to the touch.
These wipes are Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested, so they shouldn’t cause any issues with skin or eye irritation. I do have the issue that some wipes can irritate my eyes but I have had no issues with these wipes. Thankfully, I don’t suffer from sensitive skin, but as these are natural, they shouldn’t cause issues for most people either.
I do find that these wipes leave my skin tingling slightly when I use them, and the tingling effect does last for a couple of minutes after application. I know that tingling can be a sign of discomfort or allergy, but I haven’t found any issues after using these wipes. These wipes leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh, and I do like the feeling that these wipes give me. As I may have mentioned in some other reviews, I do have issues with some products which irritate my eyes, but these wipes have caused no irritation or other issues with my skin or eyes.
Occasionally after a night out, I can't be bothered faffing around removing all my makeup so I use facial wipes. After a recent night out I decided to try one of these to see how they performed removing makeup. I found that they were very effective, one wipe and my makeup was removed. Some eyeliner remained but I find this happens with most, if not all, wipes and I wouldn't mark them down for that.
The company do mention that these wipes are biodegradable, but I wouldn’t assume this, and dispose of these in my normal bin just in case. These wipes should be used within 3 months of opening as well.
Price and Availability
I have yet to see these in any shops but some websites that sell these include ASOS.com and lovelyorganic.com for around £4 - £5 for a pack of 30. I did like these wipes but I feel that the RRP is a little steep for these and I wouldn’t purchase them again at full price.
I got a 50ml sample of this in a recent Glossybox. Having used the lip balm in the range, I was aware of the brand but the high prices has put me off buying any of the products.
According to the website this wash has been designed to “improve skin tone, soften, smooth and encourage good circulation thanks to the unique blend of natural active ingredients found in juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender.”
The instructions are to use as frequently as desired as it has a gentle formulation that will cleanse skin without striping it of it’s natural oils. The gel is a pale yellow colour and has a flowery smell. I can really detect the geranium and lavender. Normally I like the scent of lavender, but the combinations in this seemed more of what I would describe as a 'granny scent' rather than a relaxing one.
This is a quite thick gel, although it is a slightly off-putting colour of yellow, which reminds me of urine. It is easy to lather and I only need a small amount to produce a rich lather. It also leaves my skin feeling really soft and slightly moisturised after I use it. It doesn't have a really strong scent, and as much as I try, I don't really like the scent. Thankfully, the scent doesn't seem to linger on my skin after use.
I can't say I've noticed any difference in my skin tone or circulation since I started using this, although it's not the easiest to prove either way in my opinion. On the website, it is 'suggested' that you can use this after dry body brushing for better results, although I would argue that doing that before using any shower gel might increase effects on your skin tone and circulation.
I had liked the BalanceMe lip gloss that I had previously reviewed, but felt it was too expensive for what it was and I feel the same way about this shower gel. It left my skin really soft and I liked the effects, but I wouldn't pay the retail price for this shower gel as there are amazing products out there which are cheaper. I also found the smell off-putting, and was relieved that it didn't linger on my skin like some other shower gels I have used in the past.
Due to the scent and the price, I feel I can't recommend this shower gel, as it is very expensive for what you get. It did leave my skin feeling soft, but I have had similar effects with much cheaper gels, and I find the claims of toning skin and improving circulation are hard to prove, so it seems a lot of money to spend on a product that might or might not work.
Price and Availability
This wash retails for £10.25 for 260ml. The wash is available to purchase through https://www.balanceme.co.uk/ or you can purchase it at some John Lewis, Debenhams and Waitrose stores.