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I have both problem skin and pale skin so finding a foundation which would suit me has always been difficult. I used to use L'oreal infallible true match foundation as this was the lightest foundation for my pale skin but I found it too oily and not very good for my spotty skin so I went looking for an alternative. I'd heard a lot about mineral foundation being good for your skin so I searched for all the companies that produced it. The cheapest I could find was Lily Lolo. I didn't have much hope for it being any good, as in my eyes foundation should be a liquid as that's the only way it could cover any spots or blend in with the skin. Boy was I wrong, this is infact pretty amazing. I started off ordering the little sample pots at £1.25 each on Lily Lolo's website, this was to make sure I got the right colour for my skin as I didn't fancy spending £12 on a big pot and it being the wrong colour. I found out from these the best shade for me was Porcelain (the lightest one there is) This matched my skin Perfectly! So perfectly infact that I couldn't believe I hadn't found it earlier as compared to this foundation, L'oreal's looked really orange on my skin. At first I applied it with just an ordinary powder brush, but this wasn't letting it blend in that well so I ordered the kabuki brush off Lily Lolo that they recommended for applying the foundation. This made a world of difference so if you do fancy trying this foundation, buy the brush as well! I initially thought that as it was powder, it wouldn't blend in to my skin that well and just sit on top looking cakey, but it really didn't. It blended in perfectly and covered all my imperfections. It didn't look as though I had any make-up on at all. Good Points * Blends Perfectly* Using the kabuki brush and applying it as Lily Lolo's website suggests (swirling the brush in the foundation then applying to the face in swirling motions) will make sure that your face is perfectly covered and the foundation is blended in so it isn't noticeable. No more orange foundation lines on your jaw! *Good for your skin* As it is mineral foundation it is actually good for your skin as it doesn't clog your pores as many liquid foundations do. This is really good, if like me, you have problematic skin. I've tried this for a couple of months now and I can really notice a real difference in my skin. It is a lot fresher and clearer and I have hardly any spots any more. *Cheap to try out* As I've mentioned, Lily Lolo lets you to buy sample pots so you can try each of the colours out. These are only £1.25 each and can save you a lot of money when trying to pick the perfect shade. *Available in a whole range of colours* There are 17 different colours to choose from in total, which makes for a greater possibility of a match for your skin. The best thing for me was that they had shades which were for the very lightest of skin (like mine) as this is very rare on the high street to find. Bad points *Price* The only thing I can think of for a bad point is price. It is £12 for a 10g tub which in my opinion does not last very long at all, so it can end up being very pricey. However, when comparing to other mineral foundation companies, it is the cheapest. Also I am willing to pay more to keep my face looking perfectly covered and unclogged rather than orange and full of spots so it's not so bad after all. All in all, this is the best foundation I have ever used and I very much doubt there is better.
As I'm sure every girl knows, any hair on you, other than on your head, is a big no no. I hate it, and I've always hated the fact that the only quick and easy method available was to shave it, only for it to regrow about a day later. There were of course other, more fussy methods of getting rid, such as the cream which didn't work on my thick stubborn hair and waxing which is, if you go to a salon, embarassing, expensive and really hurts. The at-home waxing strips are maybe cheaper but still hurt and are rubbish. I have also looked into permanant hair removal, but I can't have it as I'm not loaded. I thought I'd just have to keep shaving all my life until an advert came on the telly for the Braun Silk Epil epilator. It sounded really good. Apparantly removing hair smaller than a grain of sand (wow) and the best bit is it wouldn't grow back as quick or as thick. But, I thought, what on earth was an epilator? So I did a bit of research on the internet and found out it was like a plucking device. There were loads of little tweezers inside of it that plucked the hair out really fast. Lots of people were really rating the silk epil one as one so I nipped out and bought one. Good points *Hair doesn't grow back as thick or as fast* tried this on my underarms (which REALLY hurt by the way) and it didn't grow back for 1-2 weeks. Now I know this doesn't sound that good, but it takes time for the epilators effects to really show, you have to do it for a great while until its weeks on end that the hair is a no-show for. It was really fantastic to have a bath and not worry about having to shave. I can be washed in an instant. *Saves money in the long run* I'm a bit of a cheapo when it comes to hair removal, why spend loads down the salon when you can get rid at home for less? I know you don't get the serene 'experience' but I have more money which I'm more happier about. Think how much you can save in just one month not alone one year. No more razors or shaving gel (if you shave) no more cream, and no more paying shedloads at the salon (if you wax). It may be a bit expensive initially when buying the epilator but that more than makes up for the amount you'll save by using this instead. *The light* The little white light on it is awesome. It lets you see the hairs that you'd most normally miss in natural light. Good little gadget! *Both wet and dry* You can use this product both in and out the water. Personally I would recommend it in the water, it hurts much less. Bad points *Not so great on legs* The problem with your legs is that they are such a big area that it takes ages to epilate them and most of the time you notice afterwards that you've missed quite a few. Sometimes you can go over and over a hair but it just won't come out! Also the advert where it says it can lift out a hair as small as a grain of sand, that is soo wrong. It can struggle pulling out a reasonably sized hair. *It really hurts for the first couple of go's* And I mean it really does. When I read the reviews where everybody was saying it hurts, I just thought that they were just people with low pain thresholds, I mean how painful would pulling a couple of hairs out at a time be? I've waxed a whole area of hairs before and it hasn't really hurt so a few at a time shouldn't be so bad. How wrong I was. It kills. Especially on your ankles and definitely on your underarms. I haven't tried it on my bikini nor do I want to ever dare to. The pain does lessen as you go on, but you have to have very strong willpower to get through the first couple of go's. *It seems to have the opposite effect on me* For one of my good points I said that it took 1-2 weeks for my underarm hair to grow back, but the more I've seemed to have used it, the less time it takes for the hair to grow back. It's only a couple of days and the hairs have already grown back. When I bought the epilator I was told the amount of time would increase between epilation not decrease!! Now its the same as shaving but still more painful. Very disappointed. All in all, it is a good idea in theory, but the outcome was not as expected. My hairs still grow back after a short amount of time and it still hurts. Shaving may be a real pain but I still prefer it over epilating. You don't have to concentrate on getting every hair with shaving, it can be over with in seconds. It also doesn't live up to the claims of getting hair out as small as a grain of a sand. Total lies.
I have quite long and very dry hair, which I dye blonde about every 4 weeks or so, so I was after a really good shampoo and conditioner which wouldn't cost a bomb (I am a student). I use JoJoba oil for my skin and I really rate it as it moisturises brilliantly so I popped Jojoba oil into the search engine on Boots website and up popped the shampoo, conditioner and hair mask of this. I didn't realise you could add the oil to conditioners aswell so this was a brill suprise. I found it in my local Boots store the next day (and found out it was only a quid. Bargain!) and so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Good Points *Smell* This is the first thing you mainly notice when you use the product, JoJoba oil has a pretty neutral smell and honey (in my opinion) tastes and smells disgusting so I wasn't expecting it to smell that good. I was wrong! It smells delicious and the best bit is that the smell stays on your hair throughout the day so you occasionally get a nice whaft of it, which I always love as it makes you feel dead clean. *Price* Obviously this is a big winner. I got it, like I said, for £1 and that was on offer. But on full price its only like £1.26 or something like that which I thought (for Boots) was really really good. *Natural* I'm a big fan of using natural products instead of nasty chemicals on your hair, skin etc. so I thought this ticked my boxes aswell. I know that it has some chemicals in it, but it mainly, or so it implies, is mostly made up of honey and JoJoba, which are known for being natural and really moisturising. *Makes your hair conditioned and shine* The first time I used this, my hair was really quite shiny which I never expected for £1. The next couple of uses it was still quite shiny but not as much. I suppose you would expect this, as with every shampoo and conditioner you get immune to its effects and so it doesn't work as great next time round. Don't get me wrong though, my hair still shines, maybe not as much as it did, but it shines. Bad Points *Packaging* It doesn't exactly scream out as being a top stylish conditioner. But its whats inside the box that counts so I won't dwell on this. *Shine* Like I said before the effects do die down the next couple of washes you have, but it does this with even the most expensive of conditioners so I won't dwell on this either *Condition* I suppose this is the main bad point of it. Normally when I use a conditioner you can feel it conditioning your hair as soon as you put it on but with this I didn't. I think that conditioners should be silky and smooth so that as soon as you put it on, you can run your fingers through your hair without breaking your hair, with this you can't really do this. I find the Shampoo to be more conditioning then this to be honest. Maybe thats just me though.
I've had this for a good couple of months now and I am really impressed by it. The main thing I like about it is that it keeps you smelling clean and fresh but without being so overpowering. You don't notice how good it is until you forget to put it on one day and just stink (well thats me anyhow) I thought at first cucumber & green tea would create a horrible smell but I was pleasantly suprised, it was really nice. Fresh. Good Points *Fresh clean fragrance* Not too obvious but if you do like to smell your armpits you will notice the fragrance is there. *Lasts all day* Never have I had to re-apply it throughout the day, just once in the morning and I'm ready to go. *Good Value for money* I bought this a couple of months ago and its still going strong well worth the couple of pounds I paid for it. A little price to pay for smelling good all day. *Leaves no marks on clothing* Some deodrants I've used in the past have left marks on my clothing but I haven't had one mark from this one. Bad Points There are none
Being really pale a blusher is a staple item for my make-up bag so I've tried loads of different ones. What first drew me to this one was the fact that it had 3 different shades of pink so I could vary my look whenever I wanted. After using it for a while now I can't say that I've been too impressed with it. I think its more suitable for younger girls or teens more than anyone mostly due to the amount of glitter thats in it. I don't get what the obsession is with putting glitter into every make-up product out there, it just makes it look cheap and nasty. Good Points *Not too expensive* I suppose getting 3 blusher colours for under £5 is pretty good even if the quality of them is nothing to write home about Bad Points *Glitter!!* This is not a product that looks natural when applied to the skin mainly due to all the glitter in it. In clear daylight it is really obvious and it comes across as being really cheap and nasty because of this. Not a product to use if you want a natural glow to your skin. *Rubbish Brush* The brush you're supplied with is really rubbish. I mean I don't expect it to be a proffessional brush or anything like that but this is beyond useless. It won't let you blend it into your skin at all meaning you have a little bit sitting obviously on top of your skin. *Won't blend anyway* I said above that the brush doesn't help to blend the product into the skin, but even if you used a proffessional brush which I have in the past, it is still useless at blending into the skin. *Slightly Orange* When I've applied it to my skin it seems to go orange after a couple of minutes which is really annoying and strange.
I first found out about this whilst looking on the internet for a lip balm other than Vaseline. I've heard that Vaseline isn't good for your body if it gets into your system and so I wanted to find one which works just as good but is also safe to use. I tried the original Carmex first which was good, but the smell and taste of it is horrible, so I found myself constantly rubbing it off which, suprise suprise, meant my lips were'nt getting any moisture. I then tried this one and its brilliant!! The smell of its so gorgeous, I can't stop myself from re-applying it. Good Points *Treats Chapped Lips* My lips are no longer dry and cracked, they look healthy and shiny. *Taste & Smell* The best bit about this balm is definately the taste & smell. The problem now is I keep having to re-apply it cause I keep licking it off my lips. *Texture* For me this has a much better texture than Vaseline. It's more like a balm whereas Vaseline is a lot like a gloss that just sits on your lips. Carmex absorbs really well into the lips but still adds a little shine on your lips without being too obvious. *SPF15* I didn't particularly mind whether my lip balm had any protection against the sun in it, so this is an added bonus. Handy really as I suppose the sun has a drying effect of the lips which adds to them cracking and so it prevents it from happening aswell as treating it. Bad points *Small pot* I really think they should make a bigger pot of it because if, like me, you lose things really easily you will definately lose this pot. Its really small. I must have lost about 4 tubs of it now and at around £2.50 a pot it mounts up. It's not really about the money though, its about having to survive a couple of days without it before I give up trying to find it and have to buy another one.
After ages of hunting for a scrub that actually makes a difference to my dry skin I have finally found one. I've always liked the Soap & Glory range particularly because of the gorgeous smell but also in the fact that they actually do what they say they do be it moisturise or in this case exfoiliate. I've always used the moisturiser which is awesome!! so when I went to but another pot of it I came across this. I've always loved the moisturiser but it my eyes my skin wasn't getting as soft and smooth as I wanted it to so I thought I'd give this a try and see if it made any difference. Good Points It does actually what its meant to in the fact that it transforms my dry, flaky skin (I swear I'm a reptile) so now its soft and smooth to touch. I've tried a few exfoliaters before but they weren't tough enough for my skin. Now I know its not good to be too harsh on your skin but these ones were beyond useless. This one is brill. The smell! Mmmmm. The best bit about all Soap & Glory Products is the smell. It smells clean and fresh but in a subtle feminine way. I also love the fact that you can still smell it on your skin at the end of the day. It lasts FOREVER as only a small bit of it goes a long long way. I must have bought this a good 4 months ago and I haven't reached the bottom of it yet. Really good value for money. I don't usually review the packaging as in my eyes it doesn't make any odds what the product comes in, you want the review of the actual product, but in this case I will as I think the packaging is great. Its really quirky and different and if I'm being honest the reason I first started using Soap & Glory Products as the packaging catched me eye. Bad points I can't think of a single one. Nope, there aren't any.
I've always had problems with my skin, blackheads being the biggest problem of all, so I'm always on the look out for a facial wash that will combat them. From going on the internet and asking others what works for them one brand kept popping up...Neutrogena, so I nipped down to my local supermarket and found this one which is specially formulated to combat blackheads. Perfect. Or so I thought. I've been using this for about a month now and it doesn't seem to have made the slightest difference at all as I still have zillions of blackheads all over my face. Good points I do love the fact that it is a daily scrub and so can be used twice a day unlike most scrubs. This is great as I get such flaky skin particularly around my nose and so this helps keep it at bay. Aswell as this, it doesn't leave my skin feeling really dry afterwards like other scrubs which is a big bonus as most of the time my skin feels really horrible and tight after washing. Also I now love washing my face because the smell of it is gorgeous, kind of like a medicinal smell not a manufactured one. It lasts for ages. I've had my bottle for about a month now and theres still loads left in it. Bad points Well it doesn't work is the main one here. Also I wear quite heavy foundation and it is useless for getting all of it off. I could lather it into my skin for 5 minutes or more but it won't lift every scrap of make-up up and so I have to use a seperate cleanser to help. Maybe the fact that I wear such heavy foundation is why I'm not seeing any results in the clearance of my blackheads as it is hard for the scrub if I'm constantly clogging my pores up everyday but I doubt that even if I didn't wear much foundation it would help eliminate my blackheads.
I've always struggled to find a foundation that would be pale enough for my beyond pale skin and that would cover my horrible spots and blackheads aswell, so when I tested this one in Boots I was thrilled! I tried the Porcelain one (the lightest one in the range) and it blended in with my skin perfectly. With other foundations I've tried, the foundation always seems to just sit on my skin and just look thick and cakey but with this one it really absorbed well into my skin and just looked natural. The only downside with it absorbing so well is that I don't think its the most ideal for my problematic skin, especially my blackheads, as it seems to really clog my pores up and is it really difficult to remove all of it at night. However I've found this to be true with most foundations, I mean what foundation is actually good for your pores? It really is fantastic though at covering these problem areas up. The front of the bottle claims it can last up to 16 hours, but I don't find this to be true as I have to constantly re-apply it throughout the day. The whole bottle itself though does last a long time, about 2-3 months for me (and I do wear A LOT!) so its worth the £10.99 I paid for it.