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PRODUCT: I was in my local PoundLand purchasing a few items for work, such as cleaning products and I came across a pack of these wipes which I thought would be great for cleaning the kitchen and wiping down the surfaces in there. They would be a lot more convenient than a spray and seperate cloth. The wipes are by dettol and are suface wipes which are bleach and fragrance free. Th wipes claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs, which means they are more than perfect for th kitchen. The wipes come in a handy resealable pouch so that they don't dry out. These can easily be stored in a drawer or kitchen cupboard.
PRICE: I purchased these from my local PoundLand for a small pack but can you purchase bigger packs from your local supermarket and possibly a local shop.
IN USE: The guy I work with is rather messy and tends to make rather a mess on the kitchen worktops when making coffee so I had stuck on coffee stains to tackle, as well as built up dirt on the microwave and stuck on food inside the microwave. It does sound worse than it was as it actually wasn't that bad. I removed one of the wipes from the packet. The wipes are white in colour and are quite wet. They are a reasonable size and as stated on the pack are fragrance and bleach free. I used a wipe to wipe down the surfaces in the kitchen and I found that thy left the surfaces looking clean and shiny. When it came to wiping off the coffee I did have to rub at it a little but the wipe still removed it revealing a lovely clean surface underneath. I also gave the microwave a wipe as well including the inside and the wipes removd any grease and food build up easily without having to put much effort into actually scrubbing. I found that one of these wipes go a long way and they leave the kitchen at work looking and feeling clean.
OVERALL: Great surface wipes that I will be using in my own home.
PRODUCT: I purchased this product as I have very dry areas of skin on my body at the moment and I wanted a good cream that would help to repair the skin. I have used Palmers products before and have been impressed with their products so I hoped that this one was going to be just as good. This cream is suitale for dry areas such as hands, elbows, knees and also feet. The cream contains Vitamin E which helps to repair skin and lock in moisture. This cream certainly sounded very good so I hoped that I was going to see some good results from it.
PRICE: I paid £1.99 for a 60ml tube of the cream which I think is very reasonable. The cream is small enough to fit into a handbag or small travel bag.
IN USE: I decided to apply the cream to my knees before going to bed as my knees often feel dry and a little rough, probably due to doing a lot of gym exercises where I have to kneel down. I flipped back the lid and carefully squeezed out a small amount of the cream. I wasn't really sure how much I would need to use which is why I only dispensed a small amunt at first. The cream had a good consistency to it and it was off white in colour. As I rubbed it into my knees it felt smooth and silky soft against my skin. The cream has that gorgeous light, cocoa butter scent which I love. I found that the cream started to sink into my skin quite quickly, so I was able to get into bed pretty much straight away after playing it.
RESULTS: In the morning when waking up I looked at and felt my knees to see the results My knees looked a little better and they did feel soft although they still felt a little dry and also a little rough as well. I have also used the cream as a hand cream and I find that it sinks into my hands quite quickly without leaving them feeling greasy. The cream felt moisturising, but it didn't moisturise my hands as good as other hand creams that I have used before.
OVERALL: This is an OK cream but it's nothing special and I actually think there are better one's out there.
THE PRODUCT: These eye shadows from the Body Shop are intensely pigmented and come in a pearlescent and matte colour (depending on the colour) and they have a silky-soft texture. The eye shadows are really easy to blend and are great for building up layers or colour. They can be used on their own or together to create different looks and effects. The eye shadows are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested and are also suitable for contact lens wearers. The eye shadow comes as a single and is packaged in small plastic packaging which is round. You can clearly see the colour of the eye shadow through the top of the lid as this is clear. The Body Shop logo appears on the top of the lid. On the bottom of the eye shadow packaging is a round label and it gives you the number and also the colour of the shade of the eye shadow which is great for future reference if you want to purchase that specific colour again.
PRICE: The eye shadow is priced at £7.00 which I don’t think is too bad. There are over 30 different shades to choose from.
IN USE: These eye shadows can be used wet or dry, depending on the look you are trying to create and how intense you want the colour to look. I carefully ran an eye shadow brush over the top of the eye shadow a few times to ensure that there was a good amount on the brush. I carefully ran the brush lightly over my eye lid to cover it in the eye shadow. Although I could see that there was some eye shadow on there I wanted the colour to be a little stronger so I ran the brush over the eye shadow again and then applied a little more, ensuring I applied a little into the corners of my eyes (do this carefully) and also as close to the lower lash line as possible. I found application was very easy when using the eye shadow brush from the body shop and it’s perfect for getting close to the lower lash line as well. I finished the look off with a little brown eye liner and some mascara.
RESULTS: I applied the eye shadow in the morning before going to work and during the day I experienced no reactions such as sore, itchy or dry eyes. To my surprise the eye shadow stayed looking great all day and also into the evening without me having to re-apply it. From what I could see the eye shadow hadn’t really worn off either and it hadn’t faded or smudged which was great. At the end of that day I removed make make-up using a facial cleansing wipe (Simple cleansing wipes) and I found that the eye shadow came off effortlessly without me having to rub at my eyes.
OVERALL: A fantastic range of eye shadows that are easy to apply and look great.
THE PRODUCT: This concealer is called ‘Healthy Mix’ and is a fruit-therapy correcting concealer that smoothes away dark circles and imperfections for a visibly rested and radiant look. The concealer contains Apricot for radiance, Raspberry for micro-circulation and Melon to hydrate the skin. Bourjois claims that this product has a glide-on-formula that blends onto the skin for natural results, with no marks. The concealer lets skin breathe, has an oil-free formula and is dermatologically tested. I actually decided to purchase this foundation as I recently tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and was impressed with the product so I thought I would give this concealer a go as well.
PRICE: I purchased the foundation from my local Superdrug store for £7.99.
IN USE: I don’t suffer from many spots or out breaks so I wanted the concealer to purely cover the dark circles under my eyes. I have always suffered from dark circles, despite keeping my skin hydrated and moisturised and getting a good amount of sleep, so I like to try and cover them as much as possible to try and hide them. To apply the concealer I squeezed a small amount onto the back of my hand and then used a cosmetics sponge to apply it to the area under the eyes. One thing I found out pretty much straight away was that you only need to use a little of the concealer but you can build it up if you need to. The concealer seemed to glide onto my skin easily. I spent a good few minutes applying this to the area under the eye and ensuring that it was blended well. I prefer applying concealer before foundation but you can apply it after if you want to or easily touch it up after applying foundation.
RESULTS: I found that the concealer blended well under the eye area and helped to cover and disguise the dark circles without making them look a different colour or obvious that I had tried to conceal this area. The black circles weren’t completely gone but they did look a lot less visible than they did before applying the concealer. I was a little worried about applying the concealer as this area can sometimes looks dry and a little flaky but the concealer looked great after applying it and this area didn’t look dry or patchy. I applied the concealer in the morning before heading out with my boyfriend. I did actually notice that the eye area looked a little more radiant than usual as well. The concealer actually stayed looking great all day and didn’t wear off at any point during the day. I took my make-up off in the evening as always using a facial cleansing wipe and I found that the concealer came off easily. The concealer didn't caused any reactions with this gentle area of the face and it didn't dried it out either which was good.
OVERALL: A lovely concealer to go with Bourjois's Healthy Mix Foundation.
THE PRODUCT: This foundation is called ‘healthy mix’ and gives your skin a radiance boost to leave it looking flawless for up to 16hrs. The foundation is enriched with a fruit therapy formula to enhance your complexion. It has Apricot for radiant, melon for hydration and Apple to protect your youth. It’s also enriched with crystalline pigments to even out the complexion while letting in the natural light for that healthy glow. Bourjois claim that this foundation has a soft, fresh texture which easily blends onto the skin for a comfortable flawless finish leaving you with beautiful, radiant and hydrated skin for 8 hours. I purchased shde No.52 which is called Vanilla (Vanille). The foundation fits easily into my make-up bag and I have found that the lid stays on perfectly without falling off.
PRICE: I purchased the foundation from my local Boots store for £9.99 but you can also purchase it from Superdrug stores as well. The foundation comes in a total of 6 different shades.
IN USE: I used a cosmetic sponge to apply the product with. I carefully dispensed some of the foundation onto the back of my hand to let it warm up and I then dipped the sponge into the foundation and started to apply this working from the centre of the face outwards. I used a little of the foundation at a time so that I could build it up if I needed to. I didn’t want to apply too much of the product as I wasn’t sure what the results would be like. I would say that this foundation has a medium coverage to it; although you can probably build this up if you want to I found that this foundation had a nice, light fruity scent to it which takes some getting used to but it was nice. I don’t like anything too thick or heavy on my skin so I always tend to go for a foundation with medium rather than anything too light or too heavy. I found the foundation was easy to apply and blended very well with my skin.
RESULTS: After applying the foundation to my skin I was pleased with the results. The thing I liked about the foundation is that although it gave me a medium coverage it didn’t feel too heavy on my skin during the day. I applied the foundation in the morning and I found that it lasted all day without me needing to touch it up. Although I had applied moisturiser before applying the foundation the product didn’t dry out my skin either and it felt hydrated all the time I was wearing the foundation. The foundation was easy to remove at the end of the day using a facial cleansing wipe. I found that this product didn’t block my pores or cause me to have any outbreaks which is good, despite using the foundation a good few times now.
OVERALL: A fantastic foundation and one that I will continue to use.
THE PRODUCT: At first I thought this product was just a concealer, how-ever I then learnt that it is actually a foundation rather than a concealer. I haven't seen a foundation in this formula which is why I presumed it was a concealer rather than a foundation. Despite this, on the Max Factor website it states that this product can be used to conceal. This product is convenient to use and is a fast fix at applying foundation to your face. The creamy texture of the stick provides a soft, dewy finish. The product gives you maximum coverage with minimum effort and helps to conceal pigmentations, birthmarks and blemishes. The product also claims to smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
PRICE: I purchased this from Superdrug for £6.99 but you can also purchase it from Boots as well. I believe it comes in at least 5 different shades.
IN USE: Apply the product with your fingers to warm the Pan Stik and ensure a smooth coverage. I turned the dial to push the stick up a little and then used a clean finger to apply this under my eyes as I was going to use this as a concealer rather than all over my face as a foundation. The colour blended really well and the colour was well suited to my light coloured skin. It didn't totally cover the dark circles I have under my eyes but it did make them appear a lot lighter than they look. I also used it to cover a few blemishes on my face as well. I found the product really easy to apply and it does warm up when applying it with your fingers which in turn make it much easier to apply. I applied this in the morning before work, so I was hoping that it was going to last throughout the day without wearing off.
RESULTS: I checked my make-up approximately 5hrs later and it still looked great. Where I had applied the product under my eye and on blemishes these areas still looked covered and hadn't started to wear off yet which was great. I was a little worried that this product would wear off under my eyes or make this area dry, how-ever I was pleased to see that it still looked great and hadn't started to look or feel dry. At the end of the evening when taking my make-up off with a cleansing wipe I found that it came off easily, without me having to rub at my eye area and the other areas where I had applied the product. Since using the product for the first time I now use it on a regular basis as a concealer as I think it's great and better than any other concealers I have tried before. I personally wouldn't use this all over my face as a full foundation as I love the foundation I am currently using.
OVERALL: Great to use as a concealer.
THE PRODUCT: I am always buying new eye shadows and I have to admit that I love the eye shadow range from The Body Shop. I purchase one of these shimmer cubes months ago now and loved it so much that I went and purchased two other sets in this range. The shimmer cubes contain a palette of four subtle iridescent shades to mix and match together to create different looks. The eye shadows are crease resistant and suitable for contact lens wearers. They also have a lovely iridescent finish and are dermatologically tested. You get a total of 4 different shades in the pallet each one being square in shape and coming in its own plastic packaging. These can be removed from the main packaging which holds all four of the eye shadows. I purchased the Warm, Spring Bronze and the Blue/Grey shimmer cubes.
PRICE: The shimmer cubes are priced at £16.00 and comes in a total of 7 different shades including Warm, Blue/Grey, Pink, Green, Purple, Hot Pink and Spring Bronze.
IN USE: The thing I love about these colours is that they can be used wet or dry and I often wear them wet. I simply wet an eye shadow brush and then wipe it across the shade of eye shadow that I want to use. Applying the eye shadow is easy and it glides onto my eyelids easily. The colours that come in the palette are gorgeous and look great with my blue eyes. I love the shimmery look to the colours as well which makes them perfect for day or night. You can build the colour up a little as well if you want. The eye shadow lasts all day and well into the evening and it doesn’t cause any irritation to my eyes. At the end of the night it’s easily removed using a facial cleansing wipe.
OVERALL: Great shimmer cubes that come in a lovely range of colours. Definitely a product that I will continue to use.
THE PRODUCT: During the winter I tend to suffer from bad spouts of Eczema and this year has been particularly bad with patched on my legs, arms and chest area. These areas are dry and can get very itchy and it got the stage where I was scratching them so much that they started to bleed. I went to see my doctor and she prescribed me some of this cream which relives dry skin and eczema. This cream is moisturising and protecting and relives symptoms such as red, inflammation, dry and chapped skin. The main ingredient in this product is white soft paraffin which is a product used in a lot of eczema and dry skin products. This cream works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin which helps to lock in moisture and to stop water evaporating from the skins surface. This cream also contains glycerine which is absorbed into the skin helping it to retain water where it’s needed the most. I was hoping that this cream was going to help my eczema or at least relieve the itching.
PRICE: I managed to purchase this from my local pharmacy but I believe you can purchase it from Boots stores as well. The cream comes in a range of different sizes which I have listed below.
• 50g Bottle - £1.99
• 150g Bottle - £5.45
• 500g Pump Bottle - £9.25
• Bath Additive - £9.38
IN USE: For best results they suggest using the lotion after a bath which helps to lock in moisture and apply this 2-3 times a day for best results; although I realise this may not always be possible. Even when your eczema goes they suggest continue using product although you can reduce this to once a day. This cream is quite thick and a little goes a long way. It has no scent to it and it’s easy to apply. I have been using this cream all over my body, especially on my legs, shoulders and chest where I am currently suffering from dry skin. I did apply the cream straight after the bath and I didn’t get any itching at all from the product before going to bed. In the morning my eczema didn’t seem to look that much different so I continued using this cream applying it at least twice a day (morning and evening). In all honesty the lotion did help to relieve some of my dry skin but it didn’t really improve the appearance of my eczema a great deal. I was disappointed by this as I desperately wanted to get rid of the dry, scaly skin on my legs, arms and chest. For some people this probably works a lot better but for me it wasn’t great.
OVERALL: It helped to relieve itching but it didn’t do much else.
THE PRODUCT: I have recently got back into wearing liquid eyeliner and I thought I would try a different brand rather than the brand I used to use all the time when I used to wear liquid liner before. I have heard quite good things about this particular eyeliner which is why I went for this one in the first place. I am also a fan of Barry M products so I was hoping it would be as good quality as some of their other products. This eyeliner actually comes in a range of different colours including Black, Mermaid Green, Electric Blue and Turquoise. I am actually basing this review on the black liner as this is the one I purchased. This eyeliner has a superfine brush for easy application and it's quick drying so you can create a flick at the outer corner of the eye in just a few seconds.
PRICE: I purchased this from boots for £4.79, but you can also purchase it from Superdrug and from the Barry M website (www.barrym.com) for the same price.
IN USE: The first time I used the eyeliner I had applied an eye shadow to my eyelids first. I want to put a thin line of liquid liner as close to my top lash line as possible to define my eyes a little and give them a slightly different look. I have to admit that i was used to using an eyeliner with a bit of a longer brush and one that's less stiff that this one. I used the liner on my right eye at first and I actually managed to do a great looking line across this eyelid sticking as close to the lash line as possible. The line was almost perfect and only needed touching up a little which I was able to do easily. I used the liner on the left eye and I actually found this a lot easier to apply in a gentle but reasonably quick stroke of the brush. I still haven't quite mastered the technique of creating a nice flick at the outer corners of my eyes yet.
RESULTS: After applying the liner and adding a few coats of mascara to my lashes I thought my eyes looked great and the liner gave my eyes a different look and made them more defined and a little more noticeable. I found that the liner dried very quickly so I was able to use eyelash curlers on my lashes without having to worry about smudging the liner. The liner lasted nearly all day, but it did start fading into the early hours of the evening, although thankfully it didn't start looking messy. I found this product easy to remove using facial cleansing wipes.
OVERALL: A decent liquid eyeliner and one that I will definitely be using again.
THE PRODUCT: I purchased these wipes a few months ago as I thought they would be more convenient and easier to use rather than using a spray and separate cloth all the time. These are anti-bacterial wipes which kills E.coli, salmonella, MRSA and the flu virus which means they are perfect for using in the kitchen. These wipes are non bleach which makes them perfect for using around baby equipment and food preparation areas. The wipes come in a convenient re-sealable pack meaning that they don't dry out when not in use. The wipes come in different pack sizes including 20, 36, 84 and 126. They also come in original and the scent I am reviewing which is Lime & Mint.
PRICE: You can purchase a pack of 72 wipes from most supermarkets for around £3.00, although Asda currently have these eon offer for £1.50.
IN USE: The wipes are easy to remove from the pack. Simply peel back the re-sealable plastic sticker and gently pull one of the wipes out of the packet. As soon as I started to pull a wipe out I could smell the lime and mint scent from them which smelt quite refreshing despite not being a fan of minty scents. I use one of the wipes to wipe down the kitchen surface and although it looked clean anyway I felt happy using this wipe knowing that it kills bacteria and other germs and leaves the kitchen surface looking clean and smelling fresh. I don't tend to use the wipes on really tough stains as it does require a lot of scrubbing when using these wipes. The wipes always leave my kitchen smelling clean and fresh and I feel confident knowing that the wipes kills germs and viruses.
OVERALL: These wipes are great and leave my kitchen smelling fresh and clean.
THE PRODUCT: My boyfriend's bathroom seems to attract dust and fluff from his towels so I am always wiping areas of the bathroom down. The bath also sometimes gets rather dirty from us cleaning the reptiles out so we have to clean it quite often. These Dettol wipes are perfect for tough bathroom cleaning without leaving any harsh chemical residues behind. These wipes with Active Oxygen cleans the toughest bathroom stains killing 99.9% of bacteria. The handy wipes come in a re-sealable pack to stop them from drying out and they come in a pack of 32 or 80 wipes. The wipes do only come in one scent which is Fresh Mountain Spring.
PRICE: I purchased these from Asda for around £1.50 which I think was very reasonable. You can purchase them from other supermarkets and some local shops as well.
IN USE: The packaging which holds the wipes is made from plastic and its easy to pull the plastic tab up which reveals a small hole where you can pull a single wipe out from the packet. The wipes are a reasonable size and they feel quite wet when taking one out from the packet. I used one wipe on the sink area wiping it gently around the basin a few times to get rid of any dirty or grime. The wipe seems to remove most of it but I did have to rub the wipe a little harder over some areas in order to make it look clean. The wipes have a nice fresh, clean smell to them which I find quite pleasant. The wipes left the basin looking nice and clean and smelling fresh. I also used this on the toilet area as well and it seems to pick up the dust and the fluff from the towels easily. I did find that I have to use quite a few wipes for each area and some areas require a little harder rubbing. The wipes definitely get rid of light stains but for tougher stains you may need a spray cleaner.
OVERALL: Good wipes for light stains.
PRODUCT: Ths product I am reviewing is by Air Wick and is an air and fabric refresher. This product claims to last for up to 12hrs on fabric. My boyfriend smokes and I can't stand the smell of smoke on my clothes so I have a bottle of this at work which I use to spray my jacket, weekend bag and clothes sometimes. I thought this might be a little better than febreze. This spray comes in one scent which is Pink Sweet Pea, which I hoped wasn't going to be too strong as I normally prefer fresh smelling scents to floral one's. The spray bottle has a trigger spray so is easy to aim and spray at the item you want to spray the product onto.
PRICE: I got this from my local shop where I paid around £3.48 for a 345ml bottle. You can also purchase this from Supermarkets as well.
IN USE: I find that a few sprays of this product is more than enough. The spray comes in out ain a fine mist which is clear. Unfortunately it has a rather strong floral scent which I wasn't very keen on and I hope that the scent would disperse a little so the scent didn't stay as strong smelling. When using the spray in the air I find that it does make the room smell nice and the scent seems to last for a reasonable amount of time before dissapearing which makes it quite good for use in the bathroom/toilet area. When spraying this product onto clothes I find that it does help to take away smells such as smoke but I find that it tends to mask the smell rather than elimnate them like febrese does. The floral scent does stay in material which some may like but when putting my coat on later I decided I realy did not like the scent of this product at all as it was just too florally for me. In terms of value the product is OK, but I personally wouldn't purchase it again.
OVERALL: It works but I can't stand the smell!
THE PRODUCT: I purchased this bleach a around a month ago for the toilets at work. Hsrpic is a well known and popular brand of bleach and one that I tend to use a lot more than others. This bleach from Harpic is a thick bleach that grips to the sides of the toilet bowl to kill all gersm and viruses. The bleach contains backing soda which leaves your toilet disinfected, refreshed and shiny. This sounded perfect for the toilets at work as the guy I work with never seems to clean his toilet so I hoped this would help to make the toilet look and smell cleaner.
PRICE: I purchased this from my local PoundLand but you can also purchase it from Supermarkets, although it's probably not as cheap as Poundland.
IN USE: The bleach is easy to apply due to the neck of the bottle meaning you can squirt the bleach under the rim and around the bowl easily. The bleach is white in colour but you can easily see where you have applied the product. I squeeze the bottle whilst moving it round the rim to ensure that every area is covered. I tend to do this twice for certainty. The bleach has a typical bleach smell to it, which I don't really mind as it makes the toilet smell clean. I tend to apply this and leave it to settle and do it's work over-night. When I flush the toilet the following morning the bowl looks lovely and clean. The bleach definitely helps to get rid of most marks and stains although it doesn't help with limescale or the line you get where the water sits. The bleach seems good value for money and it definitely helps in keeping the toilet looking nice and clean and smelling clean as well.
OVERALL: A good bleach that leaves your toilet sparkling clean.
THE PRODUCT: I have sensitive skin which is often dry, especially during the winter and for the past few weeks something has been irritating my skin and I am not really sure what so I decided to change the washing powder I use to a sensitive one that I thought might make a difference to my skin. I decided to go for the Fairy Non-Bio gel as it convenient and claims to leave clothes feeling huggably soft. This particular product was voted product of the year in 2011 and has the seal of approval from the british allergy foundation.
PRICE: For a bottle of Fairy Gel which should last upto 24 washes it normally costs around £4.00 which I don't think is too bad.
IN USE: This gel is very convenient to use and it comes with it's own dosing cap so you can simply remove the cap from the top and squeeze the required amount in the lid and then placed this into your washing machine drum along with the clothes. I always use a full cap when doing a full load of washing and there is no need to use anymore than this as one cap is more than enough. The liquid comes out easily and is a dark blue colour. I carefully place this upright on top of the washing in the drum, close the door and press the start button. I find that this product washes clothes very well and even gets out light stains as well. Once the clothes have dried they come out feeling nice and soft and they also smell lovely and fresh as well and this smell lasts for a good amount of time. The product has been very kind to my skin and hasn't caused any problems or reactions and in fact my skin is a lot less itchy since I have started using this product.
OVERALL: I have been converted to Fairy Non-Bio Gel.
THE PRODUCT: When it comes to washing up I can't stand cheap washing up liquids and supermarket own brand of washing up liquid as I truly believe that branded one's are better and make the job a lot easier. When staying at my boyfriends over the weekend I always get landed with the task of the washing up so I wanted a decent washing up liquid that would help to make the cleaning a little easier. This was actually voyed best washing up product by Which so it must be pretty good.
PRICE: You can purchase a 100ml bottle for £1.90 which I don't think is too bad as the bottle is long lasting.
IN USE: My boyfriend seems to go through god knows how many glasses during the week so by the time the weekend comes I normally have at least 6 glasses to wash up amongst other things. I always run a little warm water first and then flip the lid to the bottle open and squeeze a small amount into the sink. This product is a blue colour and as soon as it goes into the water the running water makes it foam up creating a nice soft foam. This product doesn't really have much of a scent to it. This wahsing up liquid cuts through grease perfectly and even the glasses I wash come out looking sparkly clean rather than smeary like they used to. The product was kind to my hands and didn't really cause them to dry out that much. The bubbles in the sink last all the way through the washing up and don't tend to dissapear like some cheaper brands. I am not able to do the washing up a lot quicker with this fantastic product.
OVERALL: A great washing up liquid that I will continue to use.