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Ok so Nail Inc have some lovely colors! And you would think that, since this varnish is circa £10-£12, that they would have a lovely, long lasting finish too - not so ladies!!
As with any polish you need to add a couple of coats to achieve the colour in the bottle, this polish initially goes on like very cheap water-colour paint. After the second coat it looks quite lovely actually. Generally, assuming i have the time, i seal with a clear top coat - as we all know we should - to lock the color firmly on our nails and prolong the inevitable period before the color chips.
I was sooo disappoint with this! Both with and without the top coat this bad-boy CHIPS! and i mean CHIPS, not a tiny bit on the edge, but whopping great chucks. I though that it was because i had been over zealous and applied too thickly, so the next evening, i took it off, buffed my nails, prepared my canvas (so to speak) and tried again, this time with less varnish. Same thing happening. Also, i must point out that this "wear and tear" was not from typing, clearing, tapping my nails on a surface, it literally had a mind of its own. Without any knowledge of bangs and bumps i happened to glace at my nails (approx 2 hours after applications) and they looked like nails in desperate need of a manicure. Sorely disappointed indeed!
This is not worth the money you will pay, don't even bother girls.
Whats all this then? This is a hair curling wand by Babyliss. And at £19.99 its a bargain! This is great if you have naturally curly or naturally straight hair.
Details: This tool has five different temperature settings. You can use the coolest of the settings if you have very think hair, because if you use the hottest it wont make any difference to the style, or the length of time the style will hold for, it will just damage your hair more quickly. (obv using any heat products on your hair is damaging so I would recommend using some kind of heat protection). I use the second to hottest as my hair has a mind of its own and I feel it needs a little tough love in order to look even half way presentable. The wand only has to be switched on for about 30 seconds before it reaches full temperature, this make it a lot more convenient than some similar products on the market.
This is very simple to use, turn the on button to, funnily enough, "on" and then select the heat you want - max is 200 degrees and I think this is perfect for thicker, fuller hair, but not necessary.
The wand has a handy little "stand". Its the little black bit sticking out at the bottom that you can see on the image. It stands up very easily, its solid and wont wobble, this negates the need and excess of also having to purchase a heat mat so that it wont damage the surface which it rests on.
This wand also comes with a heat resistant glove. if you are right handed you would put the glove on your left hand, holding the wand with the right, then when you wrap your hair around the wand you can go right to the tip without any danger of burning your fingers, Cool! it very thin, so wont make you cack-handed, but it keeps the heat out impressively.
The wand does not have a "clamp" to hold your hair n place, in my opinion this is much better as it means that the hair has nothing to get tangled with, and therefore you wont risk breaking or splitting the hair as you invariable have to tug it free. The part of the wand that heats up is totally smooth, again, better for your hair. you simply start at the root of your hair, select a small or large section, depending on how tight you want your curls, wrap is along the length of the wand, leave for literally a matter of seconds and glide free. You can hold the wand with the tapered tip at the roots, or at the bottom of t=your hair, depending on the type of curl you are going for. Both work equally well. I would recommend the fatter part of the wand is placed at the roots as this means that it will add more body, which is ultimately better for thinner, finer hair.
I always use a bit of hair spray to help keep the style but it tends to hold very well. Because the wand is tapered and smooth you wont get the un-fashionable Shirley Temple style curls, you will get a modern look, not uniform but elegant in its messed-up-ness. You know the style I mean, think Julia Roberts in my Best Friends Wedding, only slightly more tame - again depending on how you use the wand. I curl its all, so that it looks neat and fairly uniform in its repetition, the I shake my head upside down, letting the curls find their own 2seat", then spray and go. I love the look, it looks like I have double the amount of hair that I actually have and keeps the hair in actual curls as opposed to independent frizz.
the only thing to watch out for its that, although it heats up in a matter of seconds, it takes a long time to cool down. So don't forget about it and then try and pick it up on the hot part, sounds silly but im sure we've all at least nearly done it before!
Over all this is a great product, easy to use, doesn't con you in to needing to buy "optional" extras, comes with the heat resistant glove, very minimal damage on your hair, you can create a number of looks, its not expensive, easy to store, you don't need to pay any more than this for a great product that actually works. You can even look on the Boots website or youtube to see how you can effortlessly create the look you want.
What a great find these little things were! Don't get me wrong, I have no qualms in plucking, tweezing or threading, in fact, I find it quite therapeutic; however, we have all been in a situation where there is an impromptu invitation and those eyebrows are looking a little over grown! ...just me? 
So what is this product? Ready to use wax strips. They are small and handy. All you have to do is hold the strips on your palms for about 10 seconds to warm up the wax, then slowly peel one side of the readily waxed strip away from the other and you have two ready to use strips. This eliminates the need for pots of wax, material strips, the washing of them, the microwave, not sure why anyone would bother with all that when they are ready to use. Truth is, these days our beauty regimes have to contain a certain element of convenience, else we'd all walk around looking very unkempt due to time constraints!
The pack contains 20 strips and also 4 "perfect finish wipes" for after you have waxed.
Benefits of this product: As we said before, it negates the need for all the faffing as they are conveniently ready to go. They are not intimidating as you cannot risk burning yourself if you heat for too long. After use you simply throw them away, minimal mess. They work on very short hair so you don't have to look like a yeti before you preen! (just 2mm long). This is so fast that you wont need to make your skin score by repeated pulled, tugging, plucking etc.
I use these for my eye brows - Whilst the wax strips are still together, ie have not been parted, I use a pair of nail scissors and trim them to an 'arc' shape. So that when I go to use them on my eye brows they are already in the right shape, all I have to do is smooth on and rip off. As long as pull the hair in the correct angle, it really doesn't hurt too much. You'll know yourself which parts of the body are more sensitive than others and for me, eye brows are done so frequently that they really don't hurt anymore. Plus, if you cut them in this way then you will only need two strips (or one, pulled apart to make two) and then you are done.
Does this work well? Yes it really does, as long as you place on skin, smooth over area and then oil in the right direction then you will only ever need to do this once for removal. It will last a few weeks or a month, depending on whether you are fair or dark haired. The strip will remove any hair in its path so that you can be confident to wax and go rather than having to tweeze out any hairs that don't make the cut.
As with anything that involves some kind of pain to look beautiful, your skin will go slightly red. If you have sensitive skin, tread carefully and try out on a small patch of unobtrusive skin before you apply on your face. For normal skin, the reined will disappear after about ten mins, just make sure you know your skin type and leave enough time for your skin to return to normal before you face the general public again. If you use the after wipes it can reduce redness even faster. Should you have any tiny bits of wax left on your skin, then glide the wipes across aforementioned area and they will disappear like magic.
Over all these work so well and you cannot knock them. So quick and convenient. They cost about £6 and are, in my opinion, worth every penny.
This is a great little product. For styling, for making working with your hair more manageable, for colouring and for looking pretty.
The product: You get 4 in a pack, they come in a metal colour and black. They cost £3.49. They are for, funnily enough, sectioning your hair. These work especially well if you have layered or curly hair.
When would you use them: These clips are ideally suited for styling hair. Whether you want to curl your hair or straighten it, these speed up the job. They hold large amounts of hair also, so although you may not need a pack of four, it means you can keep some spare! Part your hair in to the layered sections, leaving the bottom section of your hair loose, then simply use the grip to hold the other layers of your hair out of the way until you have straightened of curled the bottom layer of your hair. Then allow the next section of your hair to drop and repeat the process. Simples! When you style your hair in this way it means that the other layers do not get tangled up or knotted, or just in the way of the section that you are working your magic on. These clips are designed to make styling your hair a less frustrating process.
They are also greatly suited for when you are dying your hair. Obviously if your hair is short then its easier to apply colour, but for longer hair its best to split into sections for a full coverage. You know the drill now so no need to repeat. The best thing about these clips is that if you do get any dye or styling products on them they are very easy to clean, the dye just rinses off with no effort at all and no need for scrubbing.
Although these clips are mono-colour, they are very attractive when used to sweep the hair back. They work if you want to hold all of your hair up in a twist, or just as well if you are going for the effortless-messy look with little tendrils that have accidentally-on-purpose fallen loose. They are also great for keeping one in your hand bag, then when the wind gets too much or you are outside but trying to eat, sweep your hair back, hold in place with the grip and voila!
They are a great little buy, very durable, very hardy, very convenient. I would highly recommend purchasing these as part of your styling routine, if just if you cannot be bothered to try and tame your hair with a standard elastic hairband.
Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel strips are for your nose. Unless you are very lucky indeed, no matter what you do you will invariably get teeny little blackhead-esq imperfections on your nose. Sometimes they really don't show but you can tell that perhaps the make up goes on a little uneven; or if you look in a magnifying mirror you will probably be able to see them. If left untreated then widen your pores and can lead to spots.
In my experience, no amount of facial scrubbing can get rid of these entirely, no matter what the adverts say, and this is where these little strips come in!
How to use: wet your nose, all along the bridge - not so that's its dripping, but wet. Peel off the seemingly inoffensive strip from its clear plastic back. Place along the middle contour of your nose, then smooth the adhesive strip down from the center so that it sits flush with your skin wither side of your nose. TIP: do not place high enough up on the nose so that your also stick the strip anywhere near the delicate eyes area, trust me on this! The strip should be positioned so that it fully covers the tip of your nose.
Then...you wait. Between 10 and 15 mins until the strip is bone dry, I will feel hard to the touch, almost like cardboard. Now comes the pain! This is not like a plaster, you cannot rip this off quickly else all your hard work will be to no avail. This time you start at the outer edges, both at the same time. SLOWLY, peel back the strip pulling gently so that you are lifting it towards the center of your nose. I will be totally honest here, it hurts! Remember, don't be tempted to pull it off too fast. This will invariably make your eyes water but go slow, keep it moving in a fluid motion until its all the way off. Once your eyes clear of the tears and your visions returns (im only being slightly dramatic here!) check out the strip! It looks like a tiiiiny snowcapped forest. Haha its not very nice but that means its done its job well. All plethora of toxins and nasties are literally plucked from your pores.
Now that your pores are clear its a good idea to immediately splash face with cold water. Not only will this get rid of any 'glue' residue, but it will also close your pores being anything offensive can get back in.
This costs circa £4.50, but you get 7 strips and you won't want to use more than once about every 5-6 weeks because you simply won't need to. I would not really recommend using this is you have very sensitive skin as I think its quite harsh. But for a sporadic clearing of your pores its well worth the 30 seconds of pain.
A worthy buy for our beauty regime!
This is the one and only hand cream I ever use and I could not be without it. In this cold season my hands get utterly parched. Every time I wash my hands they cry out for moisture, they feels uncomfortable and literally need the extra moisture from this hand cream.
What is it: Norwegian formula "instant relief of dry, chapped hands, just a dab needed". It is indeed!! So many hand creams are too oily, leaving your hands slippery and greasy and unable to pick up your coffee mug without fear of losing your grip. This cream goes in like a dream. A small amount is needed, your know the drill, rib in to hands, smoothing over the back of your hand and along your fingers. For me, this cream goes in instantly, in seconds and my hands are left smooth and moisturized and not in the least bit slimy.
The price: Circa £3.49 from Boots, well worth it and lasts for a long time. I keep it in my hands bag, I use it a couple of times a day or after using drying soap and it lasts for month at a time. I would highly recommend using this, any other hand cream just won't do!
The size: This tube comes in a chunky little 50ml tube, so its very light weight and will fit in to small clutch bags. Im never without it so it is essential that it'll fir in all my handbags . If it doesn't fit I won't get that bag...either that or I squirt a tiny amount in to a teeny little tub. Either way, I don't leave home without it and it never lets me down. I do not need it so much in the summer but the cold is very harsh on my poor little hands.
The scent: I buy un-perfumed, I don't need my hands to smell like flowers, I just need to keep them soft . Also, its worth pointing out that if you use this hand cream and then moments later you use your hands to eat something, you cannot taste any residue on your hands, there is none to be had. So if you are on the go you do not need to wait even a small amount of time before the cream sinks in, it is instantaneous.
I would highly recommend this cream every time if you have a tendency towards chapped hands.
If however, your hands naturally retain moisture then you would not need this concentrated formula. I asked my friend to try some (she has painfully soft, moisture-healthy skin) and it did not sink in very well. She used a much more gentle formula.
This is "full on glitter...high coverage...8ml...precious stones nail polish". I defy the Magpie in you not to oooh and ahhh at how pretty this looks. I went for the charcoal colour, i.e 001 Diamond Dust. This nail polish is not expensive, just a couple of pounds and also comes in a pink colour. It genuinely looks like there are precious stones ground up in this little bottle. It does not look like cheap, dressing-up glitter, the charcoal means it has a sophisticated air. Even if we are not 15 anymore, why can our nails not shines along with the best of them? Im rather partial to a glittery polish if truth be told, on hands and feet! ha!
As per usual, to achieve the 'fierceness' of the look in the bottle you need to apply two thick coats, and finish with a clear top coat. I find it best to glide and 'tuck' slightly under the tip f the nail, this helps to protect from things like typing and housework. the effect is just beautiful, shiny, (grown-up shiny), sparkly, sets off an evening outfit or gives a bit of perzazz to a pair of jeans.
However, my adoration of this nail colour was very short lived! Despite applying the top coat and really not doing anything particularly strenuous the little bliters chipped when i was not looking! Not just a small chip on the corner of your thumb that you can cover up very well, but huge chunks little a 5yr olds peel-off, fake nail polish. i was gutted! You can imagine that with such a strong colour it is very exposing to have chunks of it missing, it looked tatty and unkempt very fast.
Removing the nail polish is also a chore - from what was left of it after 24 hours wear - the amount of glitter in it means that your cotton wool is ripped to shreds and you need a very oils remover to do the job. I normally swear by the bottle and cotton jobby, but in this case, it needs the oils pads in the travel pots, else your scrubbing simply destroys the cotton wool. We all know that picking nail polish from your fingers means that you damage the nail; nails are left looking 'scratched' and not very pretty. For thi polish, i found it easier to slide my nail under the offending colour and simply lift, it came off easily and i wish i hadnt wasted time using nail polish remover on the first hand. It did damage my nails, but it was not anything that a quick buff couldn't fix.
Despite my disappointing results, i cant help but love the colour. I took it to my friends house whilst we were getting ready for a night out (2 weeks after my first use), i was not fussed about the chipping as i figures it would have the desired effect for our night out. However, yet more disappointment! the brush has clogged! Believe me i have plenty of nail polishes, pearl, glitter, dusted, bits of shiny things and i have never seen the likes of this clogging before. The brush wa almost impossible to use, i tried cleaning the brush, wiping off the excess etc but the actually brush was very much like emulsion on a paint brush that you have forgotten to white-spirit. It was impossible. i had to throw it away. gutted.
What a waste of money. Ladies, dont be fooled by how pretty, generally with things that look to good to be true, they invariable are! Shame. but i wont let this put me off glittery polishes, i am only glad that i wasn't greedy and didn't buy both the pink and the charcoal in one fell swoop.
Ok ladies we all know this is a chore, not only do we have to make sure our legs are silky smooth, but that the feeling lasts, that our legs are left moisturised and that we dont have a knees that end up looking like join the dots. I found this little razor and i was really pleased.
why did i buy this? To be perfectly honest, because i know the brand name and all the other razors on the shelf were circa £11 and this only was £6.99. I have having to spend a lot of money on essential products, that is, the ones we really cannot do without. I cheat, instead of buying a razor, sticking to it and simply buying refills, i find it cheaper and a little more of a novelty to just replace the whole thing for half the price!
This package made me laugh, it has a "scent of white tea scratch and sniff, reminiscent of all the mags we used to buy as teenagers sampling the latest fashionable perfumes. In this case, it is the scent of the "shave gel bars". these bars are generous in proportion to the blades. Surprisingly it does remove the need for shaving gel or lather from your shower cream. You wet the razor head and these strips allow the blades to glides over your legs with minimal fuss. I actually used shaving cream the first time but it created too much of a non-friction surface and did not give me the desired close shave.
You cannot smell the scent of white tea being released as you shave, but i blame that on the the mist of shower cream already in the bathroom in preparation for shaving. the bars hold their own. that is, they do not disintegrate once the blade dries out after use and they seem to remain for quite a few weeks on an average of shaving twice a week.
where this razor is perfect for your legs, i did not love the effects of shaving the underarm. the shave simply was not close enough and the bar seemed to irritate my skin, this is due in part to repeated shave-action as it did not seem to do much. similarly i actually cut me knees, both of them! something which i have not done in years! To me, this means that the actual head itself is not flexible enough. Call me silly but i do tend to use a mans razor as i find women's ones simply do not curve around our contours - in this case arm pits and knobbly knees!
the package itself is a breathe of fresh air, a breeze if you'll forgive me ;-) you know these plastic packs where you have to use scissors and take your life in to your own hands when you wrestle with the razor sharp plastic edges? not so in this case. It has an easy-pull, perforated tab that means you can get in to the packet in a matter of seconds, no sharp edges, not tiny bits of lacerating plastic to pull off. Very refreshing indeed. the pack contains the razor plus two heads, the sharpness of the blades last months and months. you will need to dispose of the head as the gel bars start to go, but then i just replace that with shaving cream. the blade itself cannot be faulted, just, again, the movement of the head.
As far as women's razors go i like this one, leaves my skin soft and moisturised, durability of the razor, comes with a handy suction thing to pop it on your bathroom tiles letting the bars dry out after each use, and generally i like it because its pink and makes me feel feminine - cant help it. it does :-)
We know that we should all clean our teeth after each meal, floss morning and night, brush for 3 mins on each side - the reality of it is that not everyone has enough time to be that regimented about doing ones teeth! Therefore we rely on the cheats of 21at century time saving in the form of mint sugar-free chewing gym and the good old mouth wash. My personal favourite of Listerine Stay White mouth wash. Why? Because i drink lots of coffee and i **clears through in embarrassed manner** have the occasional cigarette. Thus i tend to stick to whitening tooth Paste and whitening mouth wash when at all possible.
I am blessed in that in which ever i abuse my poor little chompers, they have a natural whiteness that is far from yellow. If only i knew whether it was the products i use, or am just very lucky?? Either way i seem to be on to a good thing and i see no reason to change now. On the back of the bottle it tells us that "Listerine stay White is proven to reduce tarter build up, to help prevent stains keeping teeth cleaner and whiter". In truth, aren't all mouth washes meant to do that? Perhaps i am a victim of clever advertising?
You are meant to pour some in to a glass and swirl around your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit out. The funny thing is that this mouth wash is really rather strong, so sometimes to rinse for 30 seconds is a lot harder than it may appear! This stuff BURNS! If you are going to be girlie about that then i would recommend watering down ever so slightly, but you do get used it to. I have used this mouth wash for some time snow and sometimes i can take the pain, other times after seemingly only a few seconds my mouth feels like it is on fire and i simply have to spit out before the allocated 30 seconds. Try it and see if you can last longer :-)
So the product itself is fresh and minty and all things associated with a mouth wash - leaves your breathe fresh, makes your teeth squeaky clean, leaves mouth cleaner than brushing along, a good form of protection against gum disease etc etc. You cant really go wrong can you. Use this twice a day after brushing your teeth in the morning and then just before bed. It does what it says on the tin, it leaves your mouth feeling clean and a little tingly, your teeth feel smoother when you run your tongue along them and you can rely on the fresh breath part of the blurb too.
You can buy good mouth washes for around a pound, Listerine is much more expensive. For a standard bottle that will last a few weeks you are looking out nearly £4, i do think that is a lot for what it is. You are paying for the name. But like i have mentioned before, i am a little guilty of being an advertisers dream :-). For me, this works, my mouth is clean, trips to the dentist very minimal, teeth are nice and white and gums feel healthy, i can much on ice cubes with the best of them.
If you want a mouth wash that works that i would really recommend this. However, not for kids, the 'taste' is way too intense. But if you enjoy red wine, coffee, all things that are lovely but that will ultimately cause stains then try this, i think you will be very pleased with the results.
This particular mouth wash comes in many different size bottles so its handy to pop in an over night bag, handbag, have a large one oin the family bathroom etc. i really cannot fault it.
What is this product?
Garnier body - Intensive 7 days Soothing gel-Cream. Whats gel-cream you ask? Somewhere between the two. Not as runny as a lotion. This peach coloured gel-cream is for intense hydration, especially brilliant in the cold as skin tends to dry out. This is the first product i have tried that has this "new gel-cream texture". I have to say that i prefer it to the standard creams and lotions, its much thicker and feels that much more moisture rich. This particular one is L-Bifidus and peach. According to the Garnier website L-Bifidus is a "...naturally-based extract selected to meet moisture needs of each skin type". sounds a bit like L. Casei Immunitas that we hear about in the Activia Yoghurts doesn't it? Well, its from the same family. It is a natural probiotic that acts like a barrier to lock the moisture in to our skin.
Peach. Pure and simple. It is not over [powering at all and leaves a very gentle scent on your skin after use that will linger for a few hours, depending on how much of your body you have applied it to. we know straight away this this will be a good product to use due to the rich "essential nutrients" that we find in peaches.
It does actually absorb in to the skin very quickly, especially if you use right after the shower. for me, my legs are the parts of me that get dry, constant shaving, towel drying after my morning shower, then after my shower from the gym at lunch time etc, so i tend to lose more natural moisture, this gel-cream rehydrates them instantly. some moisturisers can leave your skin feeling sticky and you have to make sure you air-dry before you get dressed. This product absorbs instantly. How can i tell? Because not moments after i have applied this to my legs i can easily pull up my tights without resistance! - you know what im talking about ladies. Lads, take my word for it :-). My skin feels soft and smooth after-use. It is also (apparently_ "formulated especially for sensitive skin"). I am a little over-cautious when it comes to these types of products so tend to buy everything for sensitive skin as i want to avoid a reaction. This gel-cream does not irritate, itch or leave a greasy residue, it glides on, absorbs very quickly and creates lovely soft skin.
From Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies you will pay about £3 for a 250ml bottle. It will last you a long time. You can use this sparingly because a little goes a long way. Also, no matter how dry or irritates your skin is, you will not to reapply through the day.
How to use:
Smooth in to skin any time of the day, but for best results after bathing.
The gel-cream boasts intensive hydration and that your skin will feel softer after 7 days of use. It does too. Though on the back of the bottle it also says that, and i quote: "after 4 weeks of use, skin still feels intensely hydrated for up to 7 days after the last application
". However, not a paragraph about this it also says: "After only 7 days of use, a clinical test confirms that skin's quality is improved". So it seems that you have to use religiously for a month before you get lasting results. I have been using for a couple of weeks and it works well, but i am not sure i would be able to go 7 days without moisturising my legs at all. Perhaps in the summer but certanly not just now.
Over all this is a lovely buy, i especially like the texture and the rate of absorption, the gently scent and the fact that the bottle seems to last for so long.
This is a simple product, but simplicity is sometimes all you need. If you or the little ones in your home and not feeling well then this thermometer will give you a fast, accurate, hassle free reading so that you know if you (your little'uns) have a fever or not. This will let you know the temperature of your system within about 15 seconds. This is very erective if you are taking the temperature of your child who is hot, irritable and not in the mood to sit still for long.
Benefits of the product:
This thermometer is actually water proof, if your not-so-well loved one is in the bath you can use this contraption without the worry that if you drop it, you will break it. I would not recommend prolonged submersion but you certainly wont risk an inaccurate reading if you drop it. The thermometer actually has a rechargeable battery so you know that you wont have to keep buying new ones, then again I think that is a fair bit of hassle and for a £7 aid that will last a couple of years you may as well just get a new one! Due to the shape of this thermometer it can be used for oral axillary or rectal use. Cant stress this enough - pick a body orifice and stick to it! Haha If you are distracted - who wouldn't be if you are looking after someone - and forget to turn it off (there is only one button so not complicated) it will turn itself off automatically to save the battery life.
The product is, naturally, available Boots for circa £7.50.
How do you use it?
If this is your preferred method then pop it in your mouth under your tongue and hold still, the thermometer will steadily climb from room temperature to body temperature, once this has been reached the thermometer will beep beep beep to let you know that the reading now displayed is your temperature
According to the tube this product "helps support mental performance and energy release". Call me boring but I have always stuck to coffee for such effects! However, being struck with a recent bout of the good old British cold, I decided to invest!
You get 20 orange flavor tablets per packet, they are approx. 2cm in diameter and you plop them in to a glass of cold water, water the bubbles, hear the fizz and down it! It is ready to drink once the tablet is totally dissolved, there will still be bubbles in your glass so has a slightly fizzy taste, it goes a very deep orange colour too. These tablets are packed full of various vitamins - Vitamin C (a must) Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Folic Acid. If you are bored of the cold and your body wants to give up and have a duvet-day then these might be of some help. Incidentally in case you were wondering, Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy cells and helps to prevent things like anemia. Bet you didn't know that :D
I am not sure how much of this is simply a placebo effect, but I did feel like I had more energy once I drank one of these. In my opinion, they taste disgusting! I made all of my team at work have one and 70% of them thought they tasted rather pleasant, I did not! This sounds like such a dramatic thing to say but I found that the bubbles smelt like vomit, im sorry but they really did. For me, they tasted very bitter with a not-so-nice after taste. Maybe it was just the smell that put me off? I did not think that they tasted like orange at all and at that point I wondered why I did not just buy a bag of clems and much my way through them.
Like I said, I did feel like I had more energy - but then again maybe it was the adrenaline of having forced myself to down such an un-delectable liquid? I drank the whole thing with bitter gulps but they cost £4 and I did not see the point in wasting it. To tell you the truth it even helped my headache to dissipate...go figure? I have had one a day for the last week and my cold is gone, my headache has gone and I have to say I feel pretty good.
I have a few more in the packet and will take them daily until they are gone, I might try and get a pack once a month and keep the old immune system topped up, at least till the sun is shining anyway.
Erm...I feel it necessary that I mention - though I did think about letting you discover it for yourself! - it makes your pee bight yellow! Im talking florescence, nuclear, glowing lol, its kinda funny. I guess it helps to flush out all the toxins and helps us to retain the good bits. Why not try it? Next time you are unlucky enough to get a cold give your immune system a little bit of TLC.
Over all, I think they do their thing, tastes like poo but made me feel so much better.
As essential part of your make up kit. Have you tried Bare Minerals yet? The best way to apply is with this shapely, all face coverage brush!
The brush itself:
Tends to be between £25 and £30 depending of whether you get it online or in-store. I paid £27.99 for mine in Debenhams a year or so ago. Once i discovered Bare Minerals i thought i may as well go the whole hog and get the best results. I had previously had a rather cheap make-up brush and the bristles fell out all over my face giving one the impression of rather dazed porcupine! tee hee. The brush is very soft so glides over the whole face and over your eye lids without anything digging in or feeling too course. Plus the brush is so soft that it will not remove your prima which you may have already applied to your skin.
To load the brush you put some powder in the lid of your Bare Minerals pot and swirls, tap, swirl tap. This Loads the brush with the correct amount of powder, if there is still powder left in the life then you have tapped out too much, the brush loads itself with just what is needed - clever little thing that it is! Then simply glide across skin in gentle circular movements, i start over the left eye, swirls down over the left cheek and chine, re-load the brush and repeat process for the right hand side of your face. This means that you get a full coverage with 2 tiny amounts of powder.
This brush sort of has the same effect as the diffuser on a spray paint can in that the coverage is even and wont be heavier in some areas over others. if you skin is clear then this is all you need to do, you would have successfully covered any slight discoloration of the skin or dark circles under your eyes, if however you need to add more covered to something then you need to use a concealer brush, no swirling this time, just a tap tap tap motion and again you really don't need much.
I have had my brish for over a year now and it has only juuust started to leave little brushes on my face, though this does tend to be if am am hot or have not let my moisturizer sink in properly. I certainly do not need to replace it yet.
The upkeep of the brush:
Every few weeks you need to clean your brush, you will find you have to do this more often if you over-charge the brush with powder. Fill the sink up with warm water and shampoo your brush, just your regular shampoo ios fine. once you have rinsed it thoroughly you need to use conditioner, just treat it like your hair. Let the brush dry naturally on a towel or tissue paper in the sun and then you are good to go. You will find that this pro-longs the life of your brush meaning that it has been £30 very well spent!
I would strongly recommend buying this brush to use Bare Minerals to its full effect.
How to use: If you are giving your partner a back massage, ask them to lie flat on their tummies with their head down - it is important for their spine to be straight, you cannot give a nice massage if the the spine is bend as it will cause a build up of pressure on the lower back. Safety first! Apply to the palm of your hand and run together to ensure the oil is warmed up and therefore that much more pleasant for the recipient. Gentle smooth the oil directly to the center of the back along the contours of the spin and using the flats of your hand slowly spread so that the whole of the back is covered. You need to use a rather liberal amount for the oil to be enjoyed to its full effect. Using circular motions run the oil in to the skin, it provided a low-friction surface allowing your hands to glide effortlessly over the back and shoulder area.
Of course, we all have our own way of massaging but whether this is for a romantic interlude or simply to release the tension one gets built up in the muscles from day to day, this oil means it will be more enjoyable and allow for a much deeper tissue massage as your hands can move about more freely. If you have ever massaged with body moisturizer, although not at all unpleasant, you can tend to rub away the dead skin cells and end up with a not-so-nice residue that it just unnecessary. With the oil, its absorbed very easily in to the skin, leaves no residue or oily after touch. The skin will be silky smooth and have a very pleasant lingering scent which only aids the process of relaxation.
After the massage the recipient can put clothes on straight away without the risk of oily patches appearing - evoking images of your fish and chip wrapper, not terribly romantic or terribly relaxing!
Rose is the dominant scent, but its not a feminine scent, its very a-sexual so great to give your man or your lady a very sensual experience. It smells summary and not too mucky. If you over-apply you do not need to worry about too much of a heady scent, it tends to stay the same, unlike the over-application opf perfume.
This costs £5 from Ann Summers but you can get this cheaper on-line, just watched out for postage and packing that will ramp the price up. I would say that this lasts for quite a few months, depending on how frequently you use this.
It does the job, it allows you to perform a nice long massage without the need to top up the oil quantity used. It wont stain your cloths or the bedding or any other soft furnishing. It goes in to skin well and makes for a lovely massage.
As we all know im an avid user of pretty much all products found at Boots, this one is no exception. Sometimes toners can smell nice and look delicate and profess to do wonders for our skin, but most do nothing of the sort. From experience i can tell you that when i have used toner in the past in a desperate attempt to take my make up off (i had run out of said make yup remover) it really did not work. that is, i used the toner and then decided to pretend my moisturiser was cleanser, applied it to some cotton wool and swept over my face. there was more make up on that cotton wool than i thought i actually had on my face. thus proving that the toner really didnt do anything. How can it pretend to remove traces of dirt from the pores of my face etc if it cant even take up mineral powered make up?
Botanics is not really any exception, but if you use properly, ie wash your face first!! - then the toner is a lovely add-on to your daily face cleansing routine.
this particular one has the following ingredients (taken from Boots website):
Aqua, Alcohol denat.*, Glycerin, Rosa damascena flower oil*, Citronellol*
*certified organic ingredient
Not too many at all, the power of plants must stand on its own teo feet and not rely on chemical enhancements. thats why Botanics is such a good range, its very gentle on skin and for me, does not lead to any dryness, oily patches or potential breakouts. Its ,makes me face feel so fresh that when i apply my night moisturiser i feel as if i am locking in the goodness and creating a natural barrier to any nasties that want to get in my pores as i sleep!
This toner has rose water in it - no it does not smell like Turkish Delight :-). it smells beautifully fresh, please dont laugh here but it really does smell like rose bushes in the rain - you are going to have to trust me on that one hee hee. It smells natural, this is because there is nothing in it that is not gently organic and natural, why would you ever want to put chemicals on your face when you can use plants?
To add to the all-round naturalness of this product, when you see the bottles lined up on the shelves they actually vary very slightly in hue, this is because nature is not perfect, nature changes, if it all looked identical we could assume there was something more...manufactured going on in the making of this product. Next time you are in Boots have a look and see what i mean.
Simply cleanse face and then add a few "bottle-tilts" to a cotton wool pad and glide over the entirety of your face, it is gentle enough to sweep over the delicate eye area too so dont worry about that. Your skin will feel naturally cleansed (as opposed to toned) and fresh. There is nothing in this product to sting or itch. I would strongly recommend giving this a go, but as PARt of your cleansing routine NOT to be used alone as i really done think it would do much for you.
If i am being really honest i like to use this product because i like the freshness of my skin after using it, but if i ever un out and go a few days/weeks before i replace my bottle i see no detrimental effects on my skin so ts not a miracle cure, but it very nice :D