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I've been a fan of Clinique products since I first tried them a year ago. I started using the 3 step system with great results and I was keen to try out other products of theirs so I made the most of their bonus time offer one time where you get a lot of sample size products to try out. This included the ALL ABOUT EYES cream.
Usually this will set you back around £25 for 15ml which is quite pricey. So always make the most of offers they have and extra points in Boots for example.
I started using my 7ml test pot a few weeks ago and have been impressed. The cream itself is almost gel like and has a peachy colour to it. You only need a tiny amount so it'll go a long way.
I use the cream after the first 2 steps of the 3 step system and I apply it all around my eyes and eyelids. It feels so smooth and silky, it's a joy to use.
As with any eye cream it'll take a few weeks to see any effects, but I have noticed my skin being smoother and more refined. I don't have any wrinkles around my eyes yet, just the occasional dark circles which I have noticed are getting less.
I will finish the sample pot and would definitely purchase this if I can get a good deal as £25 for a tiny pot is a lot of money.
Overall you are getting a great quality product but it is a bit on the pricey side. So you really need to weigh up the pros and cons here and whether you'd be willing to pay the amount of money on a beauty product. But Clinique also offer great advice in stores and a money back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the product so well worth a try.
I am on my feet a lot during my working hours, 6 days a week and during that time I wear steel toe cap shoes, so you can imagine how knackered and often sore my feet are by the end of the day. So I liked the thought of treating my feet to a Spa experience in my own home.
I bought this a few years ago and think I paid around £30, which I thought was a good price. Scholl is a well known company for any kind of foot care so I went for one of their Spas rather than a non-branded one.
The Spa itself is fairly big. Of course you need to allow for different sizes of feet and not just my tiny size 4s. So it's good it caters for a range of people, but it's also bulky to store.
It comes with a little foot care kit like scissors and clippers, I must say I have never used these as I found them not the best quality.
The Spa itself comes with different "attachments", these are massage rollers for the soles of your feet that slot into the bottom of the Spa. Best try them out dry and see if you want to use them whilst using the Spa as they are optional. I have tried them once and never again, just not my thing, but I have very ticklish feet maybe that's why I don't like them.
So get yourself comfortable and get some water ready in the right temperature and you are ready to go.
Plug it in, fill it to the right mark and switch it on. You have the choice of 3 settings - keep warm, massage bubbles and Infra-Blue heat.
I find the keep warm setting is just like having a warm foot bath and you could do that without a posh Spa, you could just use a bowl.
The bubbles setting is quite nice but I don't get any specific benefit from it, I just find the setting noisy. I would not use it in my room any more as my housemate in the room underneath could hear it through the ceiling. So much for a relaxing experience if you are constantly wondering whether you are annoying someone.
And the Infra-Blue heat I feel is just pointless.
None of these settings have giving me a better experience than just a bowl in which I can soak my feet, maybe with some essential oils or a scrub. I found it was a bit of a waste of money.
So at the end of the day I spent £30 on just a posh bowl to soak my feet in. I have tried it many times just to see if maybe I was being too negative towards the product, but I still don't like it and it has sat in the bathroom cupboard for ages now gathering dust.
I would say do not waste your money on one of these. Just do a nice simple foot bath in a tub every now and again or treat yourself to a professional Spa Pedicure at a salon sometime.
I'm a huge fan of CK perfumes. In fact my all time favourite is the CK Be, maybe because it's unisex and I also love men's fragrance so it appeals to me a lot as it's not too girly and not too manly, just right! I also own some others of theirs and love them!
So whenever there is a new fragrance coming out by CK I need to try it. And when CK One Shock came out it was love at first smell!
The bottle is the standard CK One bottle but in white with bright pink SHOCK lettering, it looks very cool and funky and girly at the same time. It does certainly stand out on the shelf. More so than the men's version of this.
It comes in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml bottles. Priced at around £23, £34 and £48 it is one of the cheaper fragrances on the market and you will always be able to find some kind of offer as it's very widely available. Whether Boots, Superdrug, Perfume Shop, Fragrance Store, Fragrance Direct if you shop around you are bound to get a good deal.
I don't just have the standard bottle at home but have also bought the 20ml travel spray in a shock absorption bottle. It's great to keep in your handbag and costs around £10. As the standard bottles don't have a lid over the spray top they are tricky to take with you in your handbag. That I always find a negative about the CK bottles.
The smell itself is very sweet and strong. It's fruity with flowery tones.
It lasts fairly long when sprayed on your skin, when I use it in the morning I can still detect it on my clothes and skin in the evening, although of course it does fade throughout the day. And once you get used to a smell you may not detect it so much yourself any more but others can.
I always try to rotate my perfumes so I don't get too used to one particular smell.
I have had my bottle for over 18 months and it still smells lovely when sprayed. I have had other perfumes before that started smelling off after about a year. It's the trouble with large bottles I find but my 100ml bottle is still half full and smelling lovely!
Overall I would recommend this for anyone who likes strong, girly, flowery perfumes. It's yet another quality fragrance from CK and efinitely worth its money!
I've used many Nivea products over the years, most of them I loved, some I keep in my handbag for everyday use. So when I needed some eye make up remover I went for a known brand I like and trust.
The fact that it is 'extra gentle' drew me to this as my eyes can sting quite a bit when getting products into them.
It comes in a blue bottle with a flip lid and is easy to dispense onto a cotton pad or ball. It smells very nice and fresh and not chemical at all. I like the Nivea range for the smell of their products, haven't really comes across a bad smelling product with them.
I use a cotton pad and squirt a generous amount onto it then wipe it over my closed eyes a few times. It feels a little oily which I think is nice. Even after wiping over my eyes repeatedly it doesn't leave my skin all red like some other products. It's a good make up remover if you don't wear too heavy make up, I only ever wear a bit of eyeshadow and mascara. It takes the make up off well, although I do always wash my face after and still have some residue come off.
It's good to get the majority of make up off and if you don't wear make up daily. It has done the job for me well, but I only wear make up maybe twice a week. It has also lasted me a long time and has kept well even over the recommended 12 months 'use by'.
It comes in a 125ml bottle and will set you back just over £3. I think that's acceptable but if you can find it on offer that be even better.
Overall I find it's a good product, not outstanding but ok for someone who wears make up occasionally or even teenagers just starting to wear make up as it is extra gentle to the skin. I would recommend it and would buy it again.
Nivea is a brand I trust and I love trying out new products of theirs and there's a few favourites that can always be found in my handbag. The Nivea Soft cream is one of those favourites.
It comes in many different sizes and is always worth comparing the prices in different shops as at its RRP it is quite pricey for a simple moisturising cream like this, but when on offer it's worth the purchase.
Available from most supermarkets and drug stores are:
- 75ml tube (as pictured) Around £2.50
- 200ml pot around £4.00
- 300ml pot around £6.00
I have found good offers in Savers and Wilkinson before so do look around and stock up when on offer! I often even buy then when abroad as it can be much cheaper in other countries such as Germany.
Whether you get the tube or pot, the cream is white in colour and nice in consistency, not too thin and not too thick. It has a nice creamy smell to it, not overpowering and artificial like some creams, just fresh and lovely.
I use it all over my body and face and it absorbs quickly and nicely, leaving my skin feeling soft and nourished. It's a very good all-rounder for the whole body. It doesn't feel greasy and heavy on your face and it keeps my arms and legs and body nicely moisturised too. So if you are after one lotion for everything this is it.
I have a miniature pot of it that I keep in my handbag and top up when I need to.
Overall it is another fabulous product from Nivea and if you use some of their products already why not give this a shot, it's worth its money.
I'm sure I'm not the only woman out there having tried various different methods of hair removal before sticking with one or maybe you haven't been so lucky and found your perfect method yet. Well, the Veet strips were one of the things I tried in my quest. Here are my thoughts:
I used to shave but it's tedious and the constant regrowth and stubble is annoying and I I wanted to see if waxing is for me I tried the strips to try it out at home. I didn't want to spend a lot of money at a salon only to find out I can't stand the pain. So I got the sensitive skin kit from Veet.
The kit gives you 20 wax strips and 4 aftercare wipes to get rid of any residue of wax. These are very handy, I just wish there were more in the packet.
It is recommended that you rub the strips between your hands to warm up the wax a bit. What I do in colder months, I put them on the radiator which makes them nice and soft, or in the summer put them in the sun for a bit.
Simply peel off the protective strip and smooth the wax strip onto your leg. I do this with my hair at about 5mm long and it works well for me. Once I've smoothed down the strip it's finding the courage to rip it off in one go. This is the trickiest bit I find cause if you do that yourself you know when you are about the rip the strip off. If someone else did this for you it's easier to bear I find.
The results are ok. There were quite a few hairs left on my legs. I had to go over them again but never got the perfect smooth result.
Also you end up with little sticky wax bits on your legs. These clean off with the wipes that are supplied.
I ended up shaving the rest of the hair off. I have since been to a salon to have my legs done and got perfect results. Of course it's much more expensive, but the results are worth it I think.
The kit costs around £7 but you can surely find it on offer somewhere if you shop around. One kit gave me 3 legs waxes. I just do half leg and reuse the same strip 2-3 times. So it's good value for money, if you want to give it a go then it won't cost you a fortune and I'd say go for it. It be useful if there was an extra 2 wipes in the kit though cause with 3 leg waxes per kit, one wipe per leg (3x2=6) that would work for me. But everyone is different.
I have since bought an epilator and although the initial price is much more, I think I'm gonna got much more value for money out of it. The pain is similar and with an epilator there is no messing around with sticky wax and wipes.
I would say if you have considered waxing then try it, the price is right. But for myself I have now found my own preferred method and that's epilating. It's the end of my quest.
I think most of us girl are after a miracle product to scrub away cellulite and rough, dry skin and leave us with super smooth skin and looking beautiful. Well, this product is a step in the right direction. It promises to "exfoliate and smoothe skin" and it certainly delivers on that promise.
I have used this product years ago in combination with the bodytonic firming lotion and what I remember from it is the heavenly smell. The product just smells so fruity fresh and lemony, I love it. So when I came across it on offer recently I had to buy some more.
A 200ml tube will set you back around £7 which is quite pricey and I would not spend that, but at half price it's a good deal. So do shop around, it's bound to be on offer somewhere!
What also attracted me to this originally is the bright yellow and fresh looking packaging, it screams fruity fresh at you, I almost want to eat it!
The scrub itself is yellow with little red speckles. It dispenses easily and depending on what parts of your body you want to use it on you dispense just the required amount. I only use it on my legs so the tube lasts me quite a long time.
I just rub it all over my thighs and give it a good scrub, then wash it off. My skin feels lovely and soft afterwards. Some other scrubs I have tried in the past have left my skin all oily and greasy and not nice at all, but this one is great. My skin feels clean and fresh.
It is advised to use it 3 times a week and I use it every other day whilst in the shower. Just make a routine of it and you will find your skin is soft and toned and just feeling great!
Overall I would recommend this product, it is my favourite scrub of all. So fresh and with great results. Although I'm currently using a different brand cellulite cream I would also recommend the bodytonic firming lotion as it smells just as great and feels nice and cool when applied and if you enjoy the scrub you'll love the lotion too. Great range!!
Converse have been around for so long and I'm sure you know many people who own a pair or some people I know even have 5 pairs. They seem to be the easy option trainer for everyone these days.
They come in sizes from toddler, junior, womens up to mens sizes. You can find them in all sorts of colours and patterns, with double tongue, in band designs and special editions. How they keep coming up with more designs every year I don't know but well done! There is bound to be a few that appeal to you as well.
A lot of shoes shops sell these, Schuh and Office have a large collection in the UK with the high tops costing you around £50 -£70. You can even get leather ones with studs at £75.
A large part of that cost is of course for the name. I mean you can pick up similar canvas shoes much cheaper but without the name. To be honest, I have never tried the cheaper ones so I can't comment on their quality but as far as the Converse trainers are concerned I think they are well made as far as you can make canvas shoes to last. They will start wearing down quickly as any fabric and the rubber has started breaking on mine with the fabric ripping. But I also have to say I have had my pair for over 5 years and I wear them on average once a week. So I have made them last quite well I think.
I know people who buy new pairs every 3 months but they wear these daily. I personally have lots of different shoes I wear depending on my outfit so the Converse only come out to play every now and again now.
So depending on the amount you wear them and how well you look after them you can make them last with a bit of care. They also wash in the machine on a shoe programme, especially great with light coloured ones. They'll come out fresh and clean.
As for the fit, I find them quite narrow and also they rub my feet in places and give me little blisters, another reason why I don't wear them daily. Usually I expect after a shoe is worn in it'll be comfy and not hurting my feet any more but the Converse are still a little uncomfortable every time I wear them, which is a shame really. But maybe they are just not right for my feet. Everyone has different requirements and shape feet. Maybe I should try going for a larger size next time, it may just make the difference.
Overall I love the great colours and designs they come in and they are fun shoes. Especially for kids and kids at heart. I find them overpriced these days but then again everything is getting more expensive. If you can get them in the sale or maybe snap up a deal online then go for it, they are fun and especially for the (dry) summer months they are a fabulous trainer to have and they go with skirts, dresses, shorts alike.
I love sunshine and I love a beach holiday and the tan that comes with it, but there is trying to get a tan and there is frying your skin.
My other half purchased this product for a holiday in Spain as he was trying to speed up his tanning and I tried it out one day, that was the only time I ever used it.
The oil comes in a 150ml brown bottle with a spray top. It can be a bit tricky to apply, just spray it all over your body and then rub it in as you would a sun lotion but I find the spray bottles very tricky to use cause once you got some oil or lotion on your hands it's not very easy to spray as your hands are slippery. So either spray yourself all over with clean hands and then rub it in or if you can get someone to help you with applying this oil than that would be really handy.
The oil smells very much of chemicals I find, it's not nice but not hugely unpleasant either.
Due to the nature of the product, of course it leaves your skin very oily. That is to be expected and I really did not like it. It's not worth it feeling all slippery and slimy just for an extra bit of tanning.
It does of course offer protection from UVA and UVB rays and depending on the SPF it'll offer more or less protection. I did not burn whilst using this product so the protection works well, but I didn't find I tanned any more than whilst using a normal sun lotion.
Overall the product does not feel very nice as you end up all oily, it doesn't smell very nice and for the extra bit of frying to enhance your tan you get out of it I don't think it's worth it feeling uncomfortable for an entire day on the beach or by the pool.
I would recommend stick with a sun lotion that will also give you the protection this product offers and you will feel a lot more comfy in your own skin and enjoy your holiday more!
I never used to be a girly girl, you know doing my hair and make up and playing with nail varnishes etc but in my late 20s I got more interested in making more effort with my hair and so I went to try out different things. One of them was curling irons as I have always liked my hair in curls. Heated rollers did not really do it for me as I found them difficult to put in my hair on my own. So I ended up getting a curling iron. It was one with a much smaller barrel than the one I'm reviewing and although I liked it and still use it, I also wanted one that had a bigger barrel for a looser curls look.
I had a browse online and in various shops to see what's on offer. I ended up goin for the John Frieda one as it's a company I trust to produce quality. They cost me around £30 and that's the normal price in the shops now. You may be able to find an offer if you shop around or make the most of your Boots points and offers.
The stats are as follows and courtesy of Boots:
· Advanced ionic technology controls frizz for a high shine finish
· 205°C top temperature for salon results
· Large 32mm titanium-ceramic barrel for soft, loose curls and waves
· Ultra fast heat up - ready to use in 30 seconds
· 11 heat settings - adjust the temperature for your hair type
· Digital display shows temperature
· Auto shut off
· Includes heat resistant mat to protect surfaces during use
· Extra long 3m salon length swivel cord
· 3 year guarantee
The product comes with a manual of course and a heat resistant mat, which is very handy cause you will need to put the tongs down whilst styling your hair and that way you don't end up with nasty burns on any carpets/furniture.
The cable is plenty long enough to reach from power points to mirrors, well, I've not had any issues and I've used them many places other than my own home.
Once plugged in just switch on and select desired temperature with the +/- buttons. Working out the right temperature for your hair might needs some experimenting or maybe you already know it from using straighteners.
I clip up the top layers of my hair and curl the bottom bit by bit. Just clip in one strand, twist it round the barrel and hold for a moment. Then release.
Sometimes I use a styling spray on each strand, sometimes I don't. That depends on how long you want the style to stay and whether you want curly curls or a more natural wavy look. Just play around with different products and things and you will work out what suits you best.
It takes me around an hour to curl my hair, so it can be a bit time consuming, but the results are great. Definitely worth sticking with. And it may take some practise. I am nowhere near perfect but get better results each time.
Overall this curling iron is well made, stylish looking, heats up quickly and gives me great results. I would recommend this for any beginner or someone more advanced, it'll give you a great loose curls look ready for a night out.
You have most likely come across the Adidas Superstar trainers somewhere in the past. Whether friends have them or you've seen them in the shops, they have been around for years and keep coming out with new colours. They are available in Women's, Men's and Junior's and they are all the same design just different styles and sizes.
I bought my first pair about 5 years ago in TK Maxx. I was never a big fan of the design with the rubber edge at the front of the shoe but i tried on some different shoes in my size in TK Maxx and was in love with the Superstars immediately as they were so comfy! And I soon got over the rubber edge design, in fact I quite like it now.
My first pair was yellow with little embroided flowers, very girly and pretty. The sides feature the 3 stripes as usual. I can't remember how much I paid, I would have thought around £30, which is a bargain really. In the shops nowadays they will set you back around £65. But for either price they are worth it. I have had my first pair for years and I am still wearing them today. The sole has worn and they gotten fairly dirty as they are a light yellow, but they are still in ok condition and perfectly fine to wear. I have washed them once and had no issues with a special shoe programme on my washing machine. They came out nice and fresh, although some of the year old dirt didn't quite come out. But that's wear and tear for you.
I still have the same laces that came with the shoes and although they gotten a bit dirty over the years, they are still in great condition otherwise. They haven't torn or anything like so many other laces you often get with shoes and then have to replace.
Over the years I have looked for a new pair but never quite liked the designs. They were either too boring and plain or too boyish. I miss the girlier designs in blue and pink or with flowers. But recently I found a new dark blue pair with a faint flower design. It was love at first sight. The design of the actual shoe has not changed much, I still purchase the same size and they fit just as perfectly. That's what I like about Adidas, you can rely on the quality and consistency. I mean how many times have you found a shoe that fits and you love only for it to never be made again.
I sometimes see this trainer advertised as a running trainer but I would not recommend it for that. It is much more a casual trainer for everyday wear. It is great with jeans or shorts in the summer and I can walk miles in it as they are just so comfy.
Overall I would recommend this as a casual everyday shoe. It's comfy, light, durable and you get your money's worth out of it. They come in fashionable designs and colours and are for men, women and kids alike.
I've seen so many people walking round in Toms slippers this year and they reminded my of those cheap fabric espadrilles I had when I was younger, but these look much better quality and comfier. So I had to get myself some. I like having a pair of easy slippers for the summer. Something you can slip into when just popping out to the shops.
I tried some one in Office as they seemed to have the largest selection of colours and patterns. They range from the basic fabric ones to crochet ones and patterned ones. Depending on the style you like they can set you back between £35 and £45. I find that quite pricey for what they are, but I guess you pay for the name too and the fact that they are in fashion at the moment.
So I picked out a burgundy pair to try on in my usual size (4) but they did not have the colour in stock and got me to try on a different colour. Size 4 was a little snug but fitted ok. So with that knowledge I went hunting for a better deal online and also the colour I actually wanted.
Eventually I came across a grey stone washed pair on eBay, in a size 4, perfect. I really like the look of them and they came to £25. Bargain!
When I finally got them in the mail I tried them on and again they were snug but I was hoping they would loosen a bit as they are made from fabric. I wore them round the house a bit to get used to and eventually wore them outside and they have become my favourite pair of the summer. They have become a little loser and are now super comfy. I wear them with cropped jeans and shorts for a casual look.
I have not tried wearing them outside when the weather looks a bit rainy and I assume they would get soaked very quickly. So they really are just for the hot summer days or to take on holiday where they may be less rain than in the UK.
Overall I would definitely recommend these as an easy slip on summer shoe. Make sure you shop around for a deal though and get them a bit cheaper as at full price they are a bit overpriced in my opinion!
I generally use Nivea sun care products when going on holidays and spending time out in the British sunshine. But recently I had run out of my after sun lotion and had to use some of my friend's. She uses the 'Garnier After Sun Soothing Hydrating Lotion'.
It comes in 200ml and 400ml blue bottes. The 200ml will set you back £7 at full price but can be found on offer in many drugstores and supermarkets throughout the summer.
The white liquid dispenses easily and I find it's actually quite runny. It smells very sweet and I wasn't keen on the smell at all. It's a sickly sweet smell and if you use the lotion all over your body the smell is very overpowering.
I applied the lotion all over my legs and arms and all the bits that got some sunshine and had gone a bit red. I didn't find the lotion soothing at all, it was stinging a bit on my sunburnt bits but that feeling soon went. The lotion did absorb into my skin easily which was nice, it didn't leave a white film like some lotions.
The lotion promises 24h hydration, but my skin felt quite dry the next morning and I had to reapply the lotion. This could be because my skin was really dehydrated after the sun exposure but having had similar experiences before and used a different lotion I never had problems with dry skin the next morning. My conclusion therefore is that this product doesn't deliver on the 24h moisture.
This lotion contains Aloe Vera which is known to moisturise your skin and it also has a cooling effect, but I would recommend not to waste your money on the Garnier product, instead just buy a much cheaper Aloe Vera gel and you get much better cooling effects and moisture from it.
I will not be buying this product and I'm glad I only had to use it once. I have since stocked up on my usual Nivea range and an Aloe Vera Gel.
Having tried so many different shampoos and conditioners over the years I have come across some good ones, some outstanding and some really bad but it's all about trying out what suits your hair best and of course your purse too.
I buy this product in 900ml bottles. They come in other sizes too but I find the 900ml is the best value. It's not a handy travel size, but you can always buy a smaller bottle if you are going away. Keep the bottle and keep topping it up next time.
At full price the 900ml is around £4-5. I find that's an acceptable price. But if you can find it on offer it is even better value and I often top up when I see them as low as £2 a bottle. Wilkinsons often have them on offer at just over £2 so it's worth shopping around cause at that price it really is the best value around.
The conditioner itself is a nice thick consistency and spreads nicely through my hair. It smells fresh and slightly sweet. It's not an outstanding smell (I love the fruity ones like Herbal Essences myself) but it's lovely and fresh. And I often use leave in conditioners afterwards which add extra fruity smell.
After conditioning my hair, rinsing and towel drying I leave my hair to dry naturally. It dries very nicely and feels soft and nourished. It styles very easily too.
Overall I would say this is the best value conditioner on the market if you can get it for under £3. It'll last you a long time and it will make your hair feel soft and not dried out like some other products on the market. And at that price you may as well give it a go, you have nothing to lose. I would recommend their other conditioners too so find one that suits your hair!
I generally have at least 1 summer beach holiday a year, to Spain or Malta in the summer months when it's the hottest. So I do go prepared and take my sun lotion with me, always stocking up when there's a good offer on at Boots or Superdrug. My sun care range of choice is Nivea but on a holiday earlier this year to Valencia in Spain I wanted something to boost my tan as I was only going for a few days and it was only May. So I wanted to make sure I get a proper tan whilst there.
At the airport I browsed the sun care options in Boots and was tempted by an oil or this "tan intensifying" lotion. The promise of tanning more whilst still staying protected sold this product to me. According to the packaging it combines UVA/UVB HELIOPLEX sun filters with Melitan, which helps enhance your skin's own natural tan.
And it was on offer which was also a plus. Normally this 150ml tube can be purchased for around £17, which I find very expensive compared to other brands. I bought it for half price, which was acceptable.
The sun lotion is a creamy white liquid with a pleasant smell. It's a very chemical smell I find and not as fresh and nice as the Nivea range, but it smelled ok. It dispenses very easily from the tube and feels nice once applied to my skin. I find it a bit smeary but a lot of sun lotions are like that I find. I applied it before heading to the beach or out sightseeing and my skin felt protected and moisturised. I did not have to reapply it during the day. I did not burn but tan nicely and I used an after sun product at the end of each day to keep my skin moisturised after all that sun exposure.
I returned from holiday with a nice tan but I can't say I tanned more or quicker than when using a normal sun lotion so not sure the whole tan intensifying thing is just a marketing thing or whether it actually works.
I find you can get cheaper, much nicer smelling, less smeary sun lotions that will protect you just as well. I will not be buying this one again, but glad I tried it. It's not a bad product by all means, it just isn't for me.