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I first started using SBC Collagen Gel after watching a presentation on QVC. SBC products can be bought through the QVC website, however I have found them cheaper on feelunique.co.uk, at £15.95 for 500ml. This may sound expensive, but this gel can be used absolutely everywhere and a 500ml bottle can last up to a year. SBC itself is a bit of a behind-the scenes brand, originally exclusive to salons but now available to purchase online. The gel comes in a 500ml size, but you can also get a big litre size plus I believe smaller quantities. The product comes in a stand up bottle with a punp, which I find really handy as you can control how much comes out, but also you don't need to fiddle around picking up a bottle, unscrewing the top, squeezing some out and putting it down again, which is especially awkward if your hands are covered in moisturiser, meaning you get cream all over the tube (we've all been there!!). The pump means it just stay on the shelf, and can just be pumped out quickly and easily whenever you need to use it, without need to touch or pick up the bottle.
The collagen gel is a really versatile product, primarily a mosituriser with anti-wrinkle effects, it can be used all over your body, face and under the eyes. It can also be used in a thick layer as a mask. Although it doesn't smell of anything in particular, it has a really fresh, calming kind of smell.
The gel itself is a light, thin gel, and is pink in colour. It feels very lightweight. When applied to the skin, it has a cool sensation. The first time I used this product, I couldn't believe how quickly it sank into my skin. The fact that it is really fast absorbing is really handy, and you don't get that awful sticky feeling when you feel like you can't get dressed after applying moisturiser. After it has sunken in, the skin initially feels quite tightened, but not in that horrible way when you use harsh soap, its a good feeling.
I could not believe how soft my skin was after using this product. Even the next day, my skin was still just as soft, showing that it really does sink in and continue working. I have used moisturiers in the past that have made my skin soft, but not for very long. This product moisturises my skin to a point where friends were amazed.
I have been drinking Snowballs for many years now and they are one of my absolute favourite drink. They do have an association with Christmas, however they can of course be drunk all year round.
A snowball is essentially advocaat and lemonade, althought these also contain lime. The drink itself is yelloe in colour and has a slight head when poured out. Each serving is quite small, but as the consistency is quite thick, you do tend to sip it slowly. It is a lovely rich consistency, with a slight sparkle, just enough to give it a bit of texture but it doesn't feel like a 'fizzy drink'.
The taste is quite hard to describe if you haven't tried advocaat - but its a sort of creamy taste, with a bit of a kick. Many people are out off advocaat and snowballs because of the presence of egg - but its doesn't taste off egg like you'd have for breakfast. You can taste the lime in it which gives it a bit of a twist.
Like I say, its quite a hard thing to describe, as its not like anything else, but I absolutely love them and would encourage anyone to try one.
Pond's has been experiencing a bit of a comeback since Kylie Minogue said she uses the cream religiously to keep her skin looking young. Very much a classic, it has been around since the early 20th century and is what our Grandmothers used to use on their skin.
The cream itself is bright white in colour, and has a lovely, fresh kind of smell. The cream is quite thick and rich in consistency. When applied to the face, it feels very rich and soft. I normally apply it all over my face with my finger tips, and then remove with cotton wool pads. You can also remove it with a hot flannel for an extra deep cleanse. As the cream is quite thick, it does take quite a bit of work to remove it, and I normally have to push quite hard over the cotton pad, otherwise it will just stay on your face. For this reason I do tend to use a separate eye make up remover to take off my eye make up. It can slo be used as mask, so deep cleanse and soften. Sometimes I will smother it all over my face and relax in the bath while it does it's work.
After use, my skin feels really clean, but nourished and moisturised. A lot of people who have greasy skin would be out off by this product, thinking that a cream cleanser would make it worse, but its quitw the opposite. With greasy skin, it is expecially important to keep it really clean but also, if you strip too much of the skin's natural oil off, the skin will over-compensate and produce even more, leading to even greasier skin. Therefore, this cleanser is as great for oily skin as it is for dry skin. Overall, a lovely, versatile product, and there's just something about the fact that its so old and trusted that I really like.
I first bought this toner after searching through the boots website to find something that might help with my oily skin. I do get spots and blemishes on my skin, which tend to leave red marks on my face which are unsightly. This product promises to protect agaisnt spots and also fade red marks - which is exactly what I was after.
The products itself is a pale blue liquid, which has quite a medicinal smell to it, although not in an unpleasant way. I applies it with a cotton wool pad all over my skin, avoiding the aread around the eye. As it went on, I noticed a very cooling sensation. I then noticed a tingling which was quite intense, that told me that the product was at least doing something. Within minutes, my skin looked better, and after a couple of hours, the size of my spots was reduced, and the red marks on my face had faded - I was astounded! My skin felt really cleansed and clean, which I think always makes you feel nice. I also noticed that it did a really good job of getting off the remnants of the cleanser, and even removed hidden dirt that the cleanser hadn't managed to. This made me confident that my skin was absolutely clean.
I can't believe the difference this has made to my skin, I now use it religously twice a day. The tingling sensation is less so now, I guess because my skin has got more used to it. Since I have been using it, my skin is in much better condition.
The toner cost around £5, however as it is a very thin consistency, you only use a tiny amount each time. There are cheaper toners out there, but I have never used a toner before that has actually has a real noticable effect on the tone of my skin. It really does do the job.
I first bought this licorice after seeing a work colleague munch her way through on in the office and asking her what it was. After she gave me a tast of her I decided to go down to the shop where she bought it from and get one for myself.
When you peel back the wrapping, the log itself looks smooth and quite shiny, and is a natural reddish colour.
When you bit into the licorice, it has quite a dense, thick texture. It feels quite substantial and is not too sweet. Its lovely to eat - it is surprisingly juicy and takes quite a while to chew. It feels smooth and quite soft in your mouth.
None of that typical licorice that many people don't like, this has a real raspberry flavour that is not too strong but very clear. It is very fruity and natural tasting, but refreshingly it is not too sweet at all, and doesn't taste sugary. It tastes really natural, not artificial or loaded with sugar.
The nutrition for a 40g bar is as follows:
Sat Fat - 0.16g
Carbs - 30.6g
So 7% RDA of calories, 1% saturated fat and 10% carbs - not too bad at all.
I guess prices will vary between independent retailers but a bar cost 69p from my local fruit and veg shop.
I bought this shampoo after I'd been using a cheaper shampoo from which I'd had dissipating results. I decided to treat myself to this Aussie Shampoo as I'd heard great things about the brand.
I had high hopes for this shampoo after having a bad experience with the previous one I had tried - I thought that it would give guaranteed great results as it is a good brand. My first worry about the shampoo came when the cashier at Tesco where I bought the shampoo said as she scanned it - 'I love the smell of this shampoo but I can't use it as it leaves my hair so lank!' I paused and wondered whether to stop her putting the shampoo through the till. I decided to go ahead and buy it as everyone's hair is different.
When I got the Shampoo home I gave it a good sniff as the description on the back of the bottle promised an amazing aroma. I was pleasantly surprised - the hoppy smell was lovely and quite unusual - a bit of a refreshing change from the usual fruity smell with other shampoos.
It was all looking pretty promising so I was looking forward to having my first shower with my new product. As anticipated, it smelled gorgeous as I lathered it up. It produced a good rich lather, and did feel very nice as I washed my hair.
Unfortunately the results after I got out of the shower were disappointing. As I dried my hair the Tesco cashier's words rang in my head as I realised my hair was suffering the same fate as hers - it was turning out to look quite limp and lifeless - what had happened to my huge mope of curls?!! Grudgingly I stuffed my hair up into a bun. My hair treat had turned into a bit of a hair disaster!
Needless to say I didn't bother to finish the bottle. I tried it a couple more time but each time the result was pretty much the same. For £3.40 a bottle a I expected more. Granted, it's not a huge price but I've bought much cheaper shampoos that have given much greater results.
I decided to buy this lipgloss after being attracted by the price - the lipglosses were £1.95 each and seemed to be a standard size - not one of these mini sizes. I picked a very pale nude/brown shade which had a bit of shimmer.
At first I was a bit dissapointed with the colour which didn't come out as well as I had expected and was paler on my lips than it looked in the tube, but I really liked the shimmer effect it had. I was impressed by the fact that it wasn't too gloopy or thick. Some lipglosses feel horrible on your face and you can really feel them on your lips. This one I forgot about and could barely feel once I had put it on. The applicator is a good size, not too small and not too big, allowing you to put the gloss on quite precisely.
There were quite a few other colours in the range, but as this one has come out quite a lot paler than I thought it would, I would suspect that the others may well be the same, so it may not be the best lipgloss to buy if you're looking for quite a strong colour impact.
I noticed that it smelt quite nice and fruity which I thought was a nice touch. It didn't taste great when I accidentally got some in my mouth though - but then I wasn't tooo suprised about that!
The tube is quite plain and pretty. It has a simple daisy design on the front with the words 'natural collection'.
Overall I would definitely buy this again, as it one of best lipglosses I have tried for a great price.
I got this lipstick as part of a 3 for 2 offer at boots. I got the 'dare to bare' shade, which is basically a rich nude colour. I have to say that I wan't very impressed. When I out the lipstick on, it bled quite a lot even though it isn't a glossy lipstick. This made my lips look really messy. It isn't a very glossy lipstick and it isn't supposed to be a gloss, but i thought it made my lips look quite dry and didn't give a really full lip affect like some other lipsticks do.
The weirdest thing about this lipstick is although it is supposed to be a pale nude colour, it left a really bright pink residue on my lips when I took it off (which wasn't very long after I had put it on). This residue was like the consitency of a lipstick in itself, almost as if i had put on a spearate pink lipstick underneath. I thought this was very weird and it kept happening on subsequent days when I tried the lipstick again.
I quite like the look of the stick itself as it looks quite elegant and modern, which is one of the reasons I picked it as part of the buy one get one free offer - it looked like it was going to be a good lipstick.
The other good thing about this lipstick is that it comes in quite a lot of different colours, ranging from browns to pinks to reds - basically the range has all the staple colours you would want and more.
Overall I would not buy this lipstick again as it bled over the edge of my lips, making it look more like I had a dirty mouth rather than had new lippie on. I spent quite a while applying it properly and it still did this. Worse was the strange pink residue it left underneath. I also noticed the the end of the lipstick itself was tinged with pink the next time I went to use it - as if there was residue of another lipstick on the end. Very strange.
I was dissapointed with this lipstick a I had been looking for a really nice nude shade for ages and I could've used the 3 for 2 offer for something else.
I normally go for a supermarket brand of peanut butter, but I have bought this brand on several occasions when supermarket brands haven't been avaliable.
As far as peanut butters go, I thing this is quite a good one. It is quite thick whilst still being spreadable, and there are quite a lot of nice crunchy bits in it. It has quite a strong salty taste to it, which can be a bit too much. Although this is a good peanut butter, I didn't find that it was particularly any better than any own brand I have tried. It nis also more expensice and contains more additives such as e number than a lot of its own brand rivals.
Overall I would say that if a supermarket brand was avaliable I would not buy this again as I didn't think it was particularly any nicer than own brand versions, and can be a lot mkore expensive depending on where you buy it.
I tend to buy these to eat at breakfast time as they are really quick and convenient as they are already made and in the pot - no preparing cereals or toast and no washing up! You can also take them into work if you are in a rush, or If you don't feel too hungry until later.
The thing I like most about the taste and flavour of these is that the yoghurt is very creamy without being too rich or sweet. The fruit compote is always very tasty and makes these ideal for breakfast. I find that it is just the right amount and is really easy to eat early in the morning as it just slips down nicely.
I normally go for the cherry variety as the compote in this variety is not too sweet and also has quite a sour quality to it, which makes a nice change. Other ones I have tried include the strawberry one, which is a lot sweeter, and the apricot on, which is also sweet but at the same time quite fresh.
Ireally like the fact that you can buy these in multipacks. They normally work out cheaper like this, but shop around as prices can vary.
Overall I think these are a really good product, more interesting then a normal yoghurt and really quick and convenient.
I bought this shampoo after I notced that Herbsl Essences had redesigned their bottles. I thoguht these bottles were a lot more funky and fresh, with a younger image than the previous bottles, which gave me quite a good image of the product at first glance. I also noticed that there were several different ones you could pick depending on what result you wanted. I think having this sort of selection is more interesting that just picking a shampoo for either dry, normal or greasy hair.
At first I noticed the one for curly hair and picked it up, however, I already have a lot of tried and tested products I use to manage my curls, so I didn't really think I needed that on, so i went for this dazzling shine one instead, as my hair is rarely what you'd call shiny.
I thought that the bottle was quite small - there were two sizes to pick from but I didn't want to get the bigger one incase i didn't like it.
The first time I used it I thought that it smelt quite nice and lathered up well. It wasn't a particularly amazing or unusual smell but it was pleasant and quite strong - quite a fruity smell but fresh, not too sweet. The shampoo felt quite nice and it was quite easy to sitribute around my scalp. It produced quite a dense lather in my thick curly hair which I really likes, although it took a while to rinse out.
After using the shampoo and drying my hair, I didn't really think that my hair was any more shiny, but it was very soft and smelt lovely and fresh. My hair is quite coarse and it does take a lot to make it shine, so I think that maybe for someone with straight or finer hair they would notice the shine more. I didn't expect this to be a miracle product and suddenly make my hair shine unlike the hundreds of other products I have tried!
Overall I would buy this shampoo again as I do like it, but it didn't particularly give my hair 'dazzling shine'.
I bought this product after being intruiged as to what 'black diamond' is actually supposed to smell like. When I opened the bottle and took a sniff, I couldn't really pick up on much of a particular fragrance when smelling the liquid itself. I was quite disappointed with this as I have had other fabric conditioners with lotus flower in that have smelt really fragrant. I noticed that the smell didn't seem to be anything in particular, although it was a pleasant smell.
I put one capful of this into the wash, which is the recommended amount. One capful is quite a large amount, so it is plenty. It is a white liquid, and it is quite thick in consitency compared with other conditioners I have tried. and I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the washing machine, as there was a really noticeable smell drifting out of the machine. Whilst the clothes were in the dryer I could really notice the smell, more so than with other fabric conditioners I have tried. I also notices that my clothes felt really soft and supple once they had dried. I didn't seem to notice the fragrance on my clothes after I had been wearing them though.
I do think that there are other fabric softeners out there that smell nicer than this one, so for that reason I wouldn't buy it again, but I would definitely buy a different Lenor one as they are obviously really good fabric conditioners.
Overall I would say that it is a nice smell, but not anything too special or different.
I first started using these after I saw them advertised on TV. I was at university, and as I never used to take a huge amount of clothes away me at one time, it meant that I never really had enough clothes do separate washes of different colours. For example, I only had two or three white tops, so it was quite awkward having to hand wash them all the time. These meant that I could wash all my clothes together. They also mean that if you don't have a full load of one colour, you don't have to waste water and energy by doing two separate small washes - you can do a full load of mixed colours.
I still use them now in almost every wash. After the wash is done and you take the sheet out you can see how much colour has been absorbed by the sheet and it is usually a lot. I have found out that items I thought were colourfast are actually not and do let a lot of dye out during washing. I even use colour catchers in same colour washes now, as it is surprising to see how much colour does actually run in the wash, and over time all these colour runs will eventually dull your clothes, as if you didn't use a colour catcher sheet then all the colour would end up over the rest of your clothes. So that means they are also good for keeping your clothes nice and crisp and colourful.
The sheets themselves are small white sheets that you just lay out in the bottom of the drum before putting in your laundry, meaning they are really easy to use. If you are putting a very mixed wash in, then the recommendation is to use two sheets. You can find them easily in the supermarket near to the washing powder. You can also buy ones that have stain remover built in but I have never tried these. There is a similar product on the market that also claims to absorb colour runs called 'Magnet', I have tried these, but I much prefer colour catchers. The 'Magnets' are a lot bulkier and I didn't seem to see much colour on them after the wash like you do with the colour catchers.
I have been using these sheets for ages now and I have never experienced them not working, even when washing a real mixed bag of colours. I have also notices that things like white underwear and white vest tops seem to stay nice and white instead of discolouring like they do. I would really recommend this product not only to allow you to do mixed washes, thus saving time, water and energy, but also to keep your clothes from going dull.
I picked up a could of these nail varnishes as they were really cheap and I like to have lots of nail colours to choose from. They are less than £1.50 each so they are a great little cheap treat.
What I like most is the fact that the brush is quite wide - meaning that application is easy and quick as you can cover almost the whole nail. the brush is also easy to hold as it is quite thick it isn't dead straight like some are. I find that my fingers slip nif the brush handle is too straight. It dries to the stage where you don't have to sit with your hands in the air quite quickly, however it does take quite a while to completely harden. I've often found that even many hours after applying the varnish, the nail varnish will still dent, even thought the nails are touch-dry.
Another disadvantage of this product is that if you put it on too thickly, or put too many coats on too quickly, loads of tiny bubbles appear on the nails which is quite unatractive close up. Therefore I would recommend applying quite thinly and applying a few coats instead of one or two thick ones - waiting till each layer is quite dry before applying the next. However, this would take quite a while to complete.
It does last a fair while before chipping, I usually end up replacing after about 3 days.
Overall, I'd say this nail varnish is a good one to buy if you are looking to treat yourself to a new colour for not much money, however it is not of the highest quality and if I were to buy a specific colour for a special occasion for example I would probably spend a bit more money.
This product is a staple for me. I have naturally curly hair, and if I don't apply a product it dries very frizzy and is really undefined. For years I used Frizz Ease curly spray, but I use a lot of it and at nearly 5 quid a bottle it is quite expensive. I can't quite remeber when I first used this product, but a while ago I couldn't find it in any shops for a number of months and I was really worried that they had discontinued it. However recently it has appeared again in my local Tesco and Sainsbury's - but at really reduced prices - my local Tesco is selling it for 41p a bottle at the moment!
I spray it onto towel dried hair, and then I re-apply every so often until my hair is totally dry. I really like the results that this spray gives, because the curls that result from using this spray are really springy, separated and defined. My hair is definitely more curly than if I let it dry without it. My hair is also less frizzy. I doesn't make my hair any more shiny in particular, but then my hair is quite course and I've yet to find a product that will make my hair shine. I also notice that because my hair is more curly after using this product, it also had a lot more volume.
It also works on dry hair. I often spray into dry hair and scrunch to re-shape my curls instead of washing and styling it all over again as this makes my hair greasy. My curls will drop slightly sometimes but if I spray this into dry hair it really makes then spring back up again, which really surprised me.
I don't what I would do without this product, and I always try to have about six bottles stashed away. I can't really comment on the price, as everywhere I go it seems to bee different at the moment. I find that it doesn't last a huge amount of time, but then i use a massive amount of this stuff. I would really recommend it for anyone with curly hair - it is so much cheaper than other brands. The only other curly spray I have found that rivals the effect of this one is the frizz ease curly spray, but if that is 5 quid a bottle of this stuff is normally less than a quid I know which one I'm going for!