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A fair few months ago I thought after reading and rating so many rave reviews on Yankee Candle Wax Tarts I'd actually try some for myself and see what all the fuss was about. Now days I'm a little bit obsessed. I burn a tart daily, I have at least thirty tucked in a drawer ready to be used and every time I see one I haven't tried or do not already have waiting to be tried I cannot resist buying it. It's getting a little ridiculous now but at least my home smells wonderful!
If you're currently sat starring at this review blankly thinking 'what on earth is a wax tart?' like I was not too long ago then allow me to explain. These are little circular pieces of scented wax with fluted edges making them resemble a flower head slightly in shape. They came in a vast amount of different scents and a wide variety of colours to represent those scents. These are candles with a difference though. Wax Tarts do not have a wick. To burn you must place them in a tart or oil burner and light a tea light underneath them. The heat from the tea light below melts the wax tart and releases its, more often than not, beautiful scent around the room. They're a really lovely way to scent the home.
I purchased this particular tart from my local Clintons Cards priced at £1.25 or five or £5.50. Typically Yankee Tarts can also be purchased from House of Fraser, Debenhams, plenty of independent stores and Asda along with countless amounts of online websites. (A quick google search will leave you spoilt for choice). I think, however, that this particular scent may be getting on a bit now and have been replaced with newer fragrances as the only websites I can find selling this Lemon Cream tart are Ebay and Amazon. Like all Yankee tarts, this scent comes in a wide variety of other candle types including jar and tumbler candles, tea lights and sampler candles.
The Lemon Cream scent is part of Yankee's 'Simply Home' range as the sticker on the front of this tarts clear, tight plastic wrapping tells us. On this sticker is also the Yankee Candle logo, scent name and a picture of plenty of Lemon Macaroons, all looking absolutely delicious.
Upon opening the wrapper I was greeted by a mouth-wateringly good scent. A mellow, sweet lemon scent entwined with sugar, butter and vanilla. If you were to make a blindfolded person smell this I have no doubt they'd expect you to holding something edible in front of their nose rather than a candle. It certainly smelt true to life and was amazing, I couldn't stop sniffing!
I did eventually have to stop sniffing though as I really wanted to get this one burning so I placed it in my tart burner and lit a unscented tea light. I then waited.
I waited for longer than I thought I was going to need to actually. I expected this scent to be one of those which starts travelling within a couple of minutes although it didn't. In fact, after a full fifteen minutes the scent was still extremely weak and whilst it was vaguely detectable it was difficult to pick up on any individual sent.
Despite its disappointing beginning the tart soon started to shine. After about half an hour that sweet, light lemon scent came through and reminded me of a lemon wafer, very pleasant but still a little underwhelming.
After giving the tart another half an hour its scent was in full swing and was much more as I was anticipating. A rich, creamy, smooth buttery sweet sugared lemon scent with a much stronger kick of sweet vanilla was left sweeping through the air in my room. It left my room smelling like a bakery and ended up making me take a trip to the shop as I fancied something 'nice' (and by nice I mean sweet and filled with calories and fat, of course). It was an absolutely gorgeous smell!
What I particularly loved was the strength of this tart. It was very slow but when it fully kicked it in became strong enough to be constantly detectable but weak enough never to become overbearing. I think, no matter how nice a sweet foodie smell it, they can become far too much if the correct balance between power and subtlety is not found. Yankee certainly found it here though and this one never became sickly, over bearing or headache inducing. The scent just remained constant and extremely pleasant.
Its subtle aroma lingered in my room for hours after burning too. Again, it always remained light and airy, never stuffy or overbearing. It wasn't as strong as some tarts which end up leaving their fragrance travelling outside the room it was being burned it but was the perfect strength just the room I was burning it in.
Yankee Candle Tarts have a burn time of eight hours although I find this varies from scent to scent. Some last much longer, some don't make anywhere near that mark. Lemon Cream, I felt, seemed true to claims and burnt for around eight hours before the scent become too weak to be noticeable.
I'd love to give this one five starts just for that beautiful fragrance and its perfect strength. However it does take a fair while to get to that point and I feel a star should be knocked off for that reason. Despite this I would still highly recommend this tart. The scent was worth the wait!
As a Bzzagent every now and again I receive products to try and all it costs me is my honest opinion of said products. Most recently I received a few new Batiste products which I was delighted about as I really like the brand and use their products regularly.
Batiste are most well known for their dry shampoos which, in my opinion, simply cannot be beaten (and I've tried a fair few out to test that claim)! I love to use their dry shampoos to freshen up my hair style on a day to day basis but have often joked that what I really need is a dry conditioner. I find my hair tends to become greasy at the roots really quickly whilst my ends look and feel dry and brittle. A good dry shampoo sorts out the greasy roots problem but without lathering my hair in more conditioner I haven't found anything that will leave my ends looking nice, healthy and hydrated twenty four hours after washing.
Batiste Smoothing Conditioning Mist is essentially a dry conditioner and I was really hoping it'd be decent. All my hair worries would be answered if this did a good job and I could pair it with my usual Batiste dry shampoo!
As far as I'm aware this is only available in Boots at the moment with a 200ml can costing £3.99 so it's the same price as the Batiste dry shampoos.
The product comes in a tall, cylinder can shown in the Dooyoo picture. It's silver and pink with the Batiste logo clearly visible through the middle of the can and the product name written below. We're told in a pink band running across the can that is a 'dry conditioning mist with Argan Oil'. The back of the can is filled by an ingredients list, the usual warnings about solvent abuse, directions for use and a little more detail about the product.
Batiste claim 'a quick burst smooths fly-aways and helps to nourish hair, giving a non-greasy shine. Hair feels gorgeously smooth and manageable'. As usual the product sounds pretty good in theory but then, show me one that doesn't!
You use this pretty similarly to using dry shampoo. It is to be used on dry hair and , shaken before use and sprayed about 30cm away from the hair concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends. You then just need to brush through and style as usual. On my shoulder length, fairly fine hair using literally takes about twenty seconds which is handy for rushed mornings.
Unfortunately the product does have quite a chemical scent to it which is rather chesty and leaves a mild bitter taste in the back of the throat. Thankfully I don't require much of it so this isn't too much of a problem for me, I would imagine if you had particularly long and/or thick hair and needed to spray much more than I do though it'd be quite intolerable. I don't find its scent lingers in my hair though and once I've finished spraying it the whole thing is quick to disappear.
The mist feels quite damp although providing you don't spray it too close it doesn't leave hair wet or damp. It's a clear liquid so doesn't pose the risk of leaving a white powder in your hair like the dry shampoo does either.
It does do a lovely job though. Just a quick spray on my hair leaves it feeling and looking very healthy and shiny and does give that 'just washed' look. I have one part of my hair towards the front which suffers particularly bad with split ends, this section of hair ends tends to clump up and just look like a big mattered, straw like mess. I hate it! I do have to pay a little extra attention to this area of my hair than the rest of it but it is perfectly easy to get this bit of hair lying flat and smooth with all the ends separated and looking much less dry and damaged.
The mist is weightless so you cannot feel it's there once you've applied it. It's colourless too so doesn't affect the hair colour or show up more or less on darker/lighter hair either. Brushing through my hair once applying this instantly becomes easier and I can certainly tell a difference in my hair's texture pretty much immediately after spraying. This doesn't hinder my styling routine in the slightest bit and it really does just require those few seconds to spray it in.
I'd say the results of using this mist last about twelve hours. I can spray it in the morning and by the time I'm settling down for the night it looks as though it needs refreshing again. Fortunately by this time I'm getting ready to either wash my hair or go to bed so I don't feel it necessary to do so. I don't think is the sort of product which needs to last any longer than that so the results offer adequate staying power for my liking.
I would definitely recommend this product. It does exactly as it says it will and is such a quick and easy way to put a bit of shine and moisture into the hair whilst taming any fly aways. I shall certainly be repurchasing once I've come to the end of my current can.
As a Birchbox subscriber once a month I receive a pretty little box filled with four or five beauty products for me to try. I was very happy when I discovered my most recent Birchbox contained a miniature bottle of this Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash as my experience with Molton Brown products, although limited, has been extremely pleasing. The high quality of these products, however, is reflected in the price of them thus I don't use their products half as much as I'd like to.
The full sized product is 300ml and costs £18 from Molton Browns own website, John Lewis, Selfridges and House of Frasier. You may occasionally be able to find it a little cheaper online although this is quite rare and if you do it only tends to be a couple of quid cheaper.
My smaller 30ml bottle is contained the same bottle all Molton Brown body washes are, it's just obviously smaller than the full sized bottles. It's a simple yet elegant design, a clear plastic bottle with the Molton Brown logo and product name written in bold, clear blue font on the front. The lid is silver and has 'Molton Brown' engraved around the bottom of it. It's a fine example of 'less is more' and, even if you're not aware of the Molton Brown brand, it's clear to see this is a higher end beauty product by packaging alone.
What I really like about the bottle being clear is that not only can you clearly see how much of the body wash you have remaining but you can also see the body wash's absolutely stunning violet colour. Even before you've smelt or used this product it's a real treat in my opinion.
The bottle opens simply, just a screw on/off cap which then reveals a little hole on the top of the bottle for the product to be poured out of. Whilst it is a runny liquid I find if you're careful it's easy to tip out controlled amounts of this product so none of it goes wasted. A small amount is all that is needed, perhaps a blob just a little bigger than a pea. I pour this onto my sponge and wash my body was usual.
The body wash lathers really well which is why only a small amount is needed. It foams into copious amounts of rich, creamy bubbles and once I've put my blob onto my sponge I never feel the need to apply more because the lather is running thin. I find it cleans my skin really well, when I was helping my Sister decorate her flat I washed my paint covered skin with this and it came off perfectly easily so I've no doubts this tackles daily dirt and grime easily and effectively too.
By far the best thing about this product is its smell. It's a floral scent although not a one dimensional typical floral scent found in a lot of such products. It's something quite special. Very luxurious and natural, a little sweet and reminds me of violets (although that may be the colour of the product interfering with other senses). When in use I find the scent reminds of burning incense ever so slightly. It's a really beautiful and unique scent which lingers on the body after washing too although I don't find it lingers as strongly as I would like. Luckily there's a matching body lotion to combat that problem!
This product also works really well if you just add a little into the bath water and soak in it rather than wash in it. It still scents the skin but also scents the bath water and the air surrounding it making for a truly relaxing soak in the tub - the perfect treat after a busy day for me.
I really like this body wash. It does the job well with an absolutely beautiful scent. It has plant extracts and aromatic oils for ingredients and Molton Brown products are never tested on animals. It is expensive for a shower gel and whilst there are products I'm willing to pay over the odds for if pleasing results are offered I don't find shower gel is one of them, decent results can be found in much cheaper alternatives. For that reason I wouldn't buy this regularly. I'd definitely purchase for the occasional treat though and I'd be delighted to receive a bottle as a gift.
I can very much recommend this product; it's the perfect (albeit pricey) way to relax, scent and clean the skin. I'm a little bit in love with it.
I subscribe to a couple of beauty boxes, my favourite being Birchbox. Once a month they send me four or five beauty products for me to try out in return for a small charge and I find this a great and much cheaper way of trying out new products.
In my July Birchbox I received a sample sized bottle of this Protect & Detangle Leave in Conditioner by Beauty Protector. I'd never heard of the brand or product before so was unsure what to expect but I do enjoy using a decent leave in conditioner so I was hoping it would offer pleasing results.
My miniature travel size bottle contained 1oz of product, about 28ml with the full sized product, which I have also since purchased, containing 8oz of product, about 227ml. This is a product exclusive to Birchbox thus the full sized product can only be purchased from their online store where it's priced at £15.
My miniature and full sized bottles are exactly the same in every way but size. The product being housed in a bright red plastic cylinder bottle with black spray pump on top. The bottle contains the Beauty Protector logo in black along with a pretty border of black swirls and patterns, product name and bits of information about the product written across the back of the bottle. It's quite attractive packaging in my opinion and I really like the design on the bottle in both looks and practicality.
This product acts as a sort of one-stop-shop. Once many products were needed to achieve a range of different results but now all you need is this one bottle of leave in conditioner. It helps to detangle hair, gives thermal and UV protection, seals the hair cuticles and smoothes the hair whilst conditioning, adding shine and locking in colour. It also promises to be weightless and non-greasy. Suitable for all hair types this is a vegan, paraben and sulfate free conditioning product which certainly looks appealing on paper. I quickly became interested in finding out how many of those claims were true.
To use this I simply wash my hair, towel dry it a little so it becomes damp rather than yet, spritz the entire lengths of my hair with this product and then get to styling as usual. It only adds a few seconds onto my usual hair care routine and promises to give me a wealth of benefits in return - certainly worth giving a go.
I only have shoulder length, quite fine hair so I don't find myself needing to use much of this to adequately and evenly distribute the product. After using this regularly for just over a week I decided to order the full sized bottle and I then got a further just under a fortnights use out of my miniature bottle before I even opened the full sized one so this does last me a fair while even with regular use. Obviously that will depend on your hair thickness and length though.
The first thing you'll notice about this product when using it is its smell. It smells delicious. It's a creamy scent but with a kick of fruitiness to it, quite sweet and exotic with a clear hint of coconut in there. It's just beautiful and definitely the sort of scent I want in my hair!
The product comes out in quick, fine bursts which I tend to ruffle into my hair using my fingers before combing through (which is made very easy because this really does instantly detangle my hair perfectly).
Whilst I do spray my roots I pay particular attention to my midlengths and ends and find it works a real treat whether I've washed my hair in the evening and am just sleeping with it in or if I'm washing it in the morning and blow drying and straightening my hair with it in.
It doesn't hinder my hairs drying process be it naturally or using heat and the added heat protection in this product means I don't have to start spraying in a separate heat protector either. I find this heat protection works fine. No better than my usual separate one but certainly no worse either so I've no problems there.
Once dry my hair does look amazingly healthy. This leave in conditioner does add shine and really leaves my hair feeling super soft and strong. My dry, brittle ends become much stronger and healthy looking and I've just been really pleased with the results.
It certainly isn't greasy either and is definitely weightless. Apart from that lovely scent which lingers for a while you wouldn't even know you'd applied this. I've stopped colouring my hair and am not just leaving it natural colour-wise so how well this locks in colour I cannot say. It makes my hair much more manageable though and really tames my hair calming down any fizziness.
There's a noticeable difference in my hair's look and feel between washes and I'd say this keeps my hair looking fresh, soft, shiny and healthy for forty eight hours easily. I absolutely adore it and it has quickly become a staple product for me, I can't see myself without it for a very long time.
At £15 it's a little pricey but this all I need to add into my hair now so I'm saving money on buying loads of different products. I entirely think it's worth it's price tag though and am completely happy to pay this price for a product which actually works and delivers on its claims.
I subscribe to a couple of beauty boxes, I pay whatever is asked once a month and return have a lovely box filled with plenty of beauty samples for me try. The reason I love these services so much is that it gives me chance to try different beauty products I wouldn't normally pick myself for whatever reason.
I'm a big skincare junkie and I'm forever looking for the perfect products in this department so receiving a new day cream in my July Birch Box I'd personally never heard of let alone tried was quite exciting for me. I was particularly excited to give this a try when I learned its retail price. A 50ml jar of this cream will set you back a hefty £54.75. This would have be pretty amazing for me to feel it worth that price tag, personally I think you can get a face cream which does all you need and much, much more for less than half that price, it seemed like a very excessive price to me.
As you may have guessed this brand is a French one, apparently a fairly popular high end one over there at that. The brand is only just being introduced over here in the UK and the only place I can really find this currently is Amazon or the Birch Box store.
The full sized cream comes in a rounded, clear glass pot with silver screw on lid. It looks fairly expensive with its sophisticated less-is-more look and I was quite pleased with my 15ml trail size, probably worth what I paid for the entire beauty box alone. My smaller version, however, comes in a white plastic tube which stands upside down on its white plastic screw off lid. The Product name is written across it in bold, easy to read grey font with 'crème de jour protectrice' being its original name and the one written on my tube.
The cream is made with 100% natural ingredients, is paraben free and is cruelty free. It includes a bio-organic calcium complex and proteins from cashmere extracts. The day cream apparently boosts cell renewal and stimulates the production of collagen making it an anti-aging moisturiser as well as a protective one.
It's used the same way you'd use any day cream. Just apply to the face each morning after cleansing. If you've got much more money than me you may like to cleanse with Blanc Cachemire cleansing milk (another £24.60) and finish with their eye cream (another £41.90)!
The cream is relatively thin and white in colour; it does smell really nice too. It has a very fresh, natural and subtle fruity smell to it which I had no problems smearing all over my face. Thankfully a little of this cream goes a long way. I only need a pea sized blob to cover my face and a little less than that do my neck too. It's absorbed into the skin effortlessly, leaves a matte effect and just feels really high quality.
I suffer from really sensitive skin so I have to be careful about what products I use on my face but I've experienced no negative effects from this one whatsoever. It's really light weight, once rubbed in there are no visible signs that it's even there and you wouldn't even know yourself if it wasn't for the softness and hydration this cream leaves behind.
My skin is really left beautifully soft, I cannot stop stroking my face when I've applied this! It not only feels really smooth and supple but it looks it too. Obviously this is just a day cream so it doesn't cover imperfections as such, blemishes, spots and uneven skin tone, these are still there as ever but the condition of my face just looks better. The skin looks and feels much healthier. I'm really pleased with the results this gives.
The results are long lasting too. I get a really soft and smooth face for the entire day. My skin is quite dry and this definitely hydrates it a noticeable amount again, that hydration lasts all day.
Long term results are not very apparent. I can't really comment on the anti-aging claims. At twenty years old I suspect I'd have to wait a fair while before writing this review to tell you if those are any good. I'm not sure what the day cream is protecting my face from exactly and I can't claim I've seen any results which make me suspect my face has been protected any more than usual. I would certainly prefer an SPF in this cream, sun damage is the only real thing I'm really bothered about protecting my skin against and much cheaper face creams offer this protection whilst still giving me soft and hydrated skin.
All in all I do enjoy this day cream. It certainly leaves my skin looking and feeling amazing. It appears safe for sensitive skin and it's just a very effective day cream. I still don't think it's worth the price though. I'd more than happily receive this as a gift, even buy it myself if I were to find it very heavily reduced. For me though it's £55 price tag isn't justified. I've used face creams which have offered just as good results for much, much less. A nice splurge if you have the money but if not, just as effective alternatives are available.
I used to be a lover of burning incense and fragrance oils in order to burn my home. Then, thanks to Dooyoo, I discovered Yankee Candle. Now these wax tarts are pretty much the only method I use to fragrance my home and recently I've found myself burning one a daily basis (I'm getting through quite a lot of them)!
Usually I order in bulk from the likes of Amazon or Ebay where I can get ten tarts for £10 which offers a little bit of saving to usual individual prices (around £1-£1.25 depending on where purchasing) but I've recently started browsing high street stores to pick up a few to tie me over until my next batch arrives. These can be purchased from the likes of Clinton Cards, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Asda and some local independent stores. There are countless amounts of online stores these can be purchased from too although Amazon, Ebay and Yankee Candle's own website are probably the main ones.
I popped into my local Clintons recently to look for a couple more tarts and was pleasantly surprised to see the wide variety they stocked considering they were such a little store. There's a much bigger store in my local town centre that doesn't stock nearly half as much as this little one stocked and I went a little overboard with the amount I purchased because of this. The tarts were on offer at five for £5.50 or £1.25 each so I picked myself five one of which was this Pineapple Cilantro.
Wax Tarts are a wickless chunk of scented wax which should be burnt above a tea light in an oil or tart burner where they will release their fragrance. They come tightly wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper showing a sticker on front with the Yankee Candle logo, scent name and relevant picture. This one shows a sliced in half pineapple with a few purple flowers around it. This particular tart is lime green in colour.
Upon opening the plastic wrapper I was a little surprised at the lack of fruitiness this one's scent contained. It was a fruity scent which was unmistakably pineapple but there was quite an herbal, floral type scent mixed in there too which really mellowed out the fruitiness of the pineapple. I later discovered that 'cilantro' is another name for coriander which explained that one! I won't deny I originally thought it was going to be some wild and exotic fruit I'd never heard of, that would certainly fit the bill better than coriander!
I placed the tart in my tart burner and lit a tea light underneath. Then I waited for the scent to travel around my room. This took about ten-fifteen minutes for the scent to become clearly detectable in my room which is a little longer than a lot of others I've tried. It did, however, smell rather pleasant.
Pineapple constantly remains the dominant scent in this one and it's a really fresh, natural smelling pineapple scent too which is quite light and summery making it perfect for warm, summer days. I also detected a slight hint of coconut in there too and actually, about an hour in when this scent was in full swing, it reminded me of the pineapple and coconut juice I usually pick up from Asda and have with my breakfast.
That floral scent remains strong and constant throughout this one's burning life though and, whilst it is pleasant, I do think it spoils the smell somewhat. It doesn't smell like coriander in my opinion and is just you're typical, standard, rather boring in places, floral scent. It really interferes with the fruitiness of the pineapple and coconut and without this element to the scent I feel this could smell quite mouth wateringly fruity which I'd have much preferred. The floral scent doesn't make the tart smell horrid as such but I just don't feel it goes very well with the rest of the fragrances being released from this tart. It seems like quite an odd element of scent to add and I don't think the tart benefits from it.
The aroma of this tart remains constant throughout burning and it's always very subtle. It's easy to forget you're burning this one when you're sat in the same room as it although I think I prefer that to a really in-your-face (or rather, up-your-nose) type of scent which is constantly very obviously there. It's still detectable just not overly obvious and it still masks other scents around the home. With two dogs and three cats I have a fair few 'pet smells' to hide and this tart does do that.
It sticks to its promised eight hour burn time claim which means I was able to continue to use this to fragrance my home over the course of a few days as I only tend to burn my tarts a couple of hours at a time. Once I've finished burning the tart I find the scent lingers in the air for a couple of hours but again, very subtly does so. After that the air in my room smells clean and fresh for a good four hours or so but you can't really pick up on individual scents. It leaves a sort of 'nothing' smell which is still much better than a 'look at how many four legged animals live here' smell.
All in all I was happy enough to burn this tart until the end of its burn life however I don't think I'll bother to purchase again. It's an okay tart, not awful but nothing special either. If it were not for that strange combination of scents sticking in my mind I'd say it'd be quite a forgettable tart.
I first started using dry shampoo about four years ago; I had bright pillarbox red hair and could only achieve such a vibrant, bright and bold shade using semi-permanent dyes which would start to fade incredibly quickly as soon as it was washed. (It didn't last very long - it was a nightmare to maintain). I used to use dry shampoo to delay washing my hair quite as often to keep my colour for longer. Back then you could pretty much only get Batiste dry shampoo and even then it wasn't incredibly easy to find.
Since then the popularity of dry shampoo seems to have rocketed. Now days just about every hair care brand going does one and they're sold everywhere. You can purchase it for all hair needs now. Dry shampoo catered for specific hair shades and types, results that you want and even different scents. The choice can be a little overwhelming! Personally I still think Batiste Dry Shampoo is miles ahead of any other brand, I don't know what they do different to everyone else I've never tried a Dry Shampoo which even comes close to Batiste. For that reason I've stopped buying different brands, I stick to what I knew and what I like, knowing I won't have wasted any money.
I do, however, subscribe to a couple of beauty boxes. In return for a small fee I receive a box full of beauty goodies for me to sample each month and in my July Glossybox I received a 150ml can of this Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo by Inecto.
I recognised the packaging and brand logo on this can, I couldn't quite place what other products I had seen from Inecto or where I had seen it but there was definitely something. I was fairly confident I'd never actually tried anything from this brand though so what I to expect I had no idea. I did know, however, I like the smell of coconut and I use Dry Shampoo regularly so I was fairly pleased with receiving this product.
This brand isn't the most easy to get hold of and your best bet of finding this is online. Amazon and Ebay are full of this product and others from the range. Bodycare, Holland & Barret and Superdrug also stock it according to Inecto's website although to perfectly honest I can't recall seeing it in any stores. I did, however, soon to realise where I recognised the packaging from. Inecto also do a Pure Coconut Body Lotion which is pretty always in every Poundland I go into - I'd wanted to give it a go because I love the Coconut smell but suffering with sensitive skin I've always thought it best to avoid a £1 body lotion (perhaps a little judgemental of me). So you may be able to find this there too.
Looking online it seems this 150ml can of product is sold at around £1 to £1.50 (although there's always that one person who tries to charge way over the odds and some are listed at £5+ on ebay, please don't pay for this)!
So it's cheap albeit not the easiest product to just walk into a shop and purchase, coconut scented and promises to banish greasy roots - sounds promising.
The Dry Shampoo comes in the usual cylinder can with press down nozzle to release the spray. The can is white in colour and contains the green Inecto logo and product name. We are also told this paraben free and there's a nice picture of some coconuts on the front. The back has the usual warnings about this being flammable and solvent abuse killing. We're also given a little information about the product which states this 'has a fantastically absorbent formula which will refresh and revitalise dull, greasy hair, adding texture and leaving it clean and lightly fragranced'.
You use this like just about every other dry shampoo. Shake well before use, hold at a distance (25cm for this one) and spray, concentrating on the roots. Massage through with fingers, brush and style as usual.
I find compared to other dry shampoo's this one comes out in quite a fine mist which I both do and don't like. On the plus this has never turned my hair white, no matter how much of it I've used. Others seem to do so with just the slightest amount so that's pleasing. On the other hand it's much finer and I need to use much more of it get effectiveness. This not only makes the product go down much quicker but also gets on my chest rather a lot.
Since I cut off all of my dry, damaged hair from years of colouring and bleaching and just left it natural I've noticed my roots do become quite greasy quite quickly. I find twenty-four hours after washing now days that roots benefit from a bit of dry shampoo as they're already beginning to look a little greasy. Not drastically so but still enough for me to feel the need to use such a product.
In these instances I find this product adequate. When my hair has been washed the day before and just needs a little boost this will do the trick easily enough. As mentioned I do require more of it to achieve these results than I do my usual Batiste but it still only takes less than a minute and I do get those results.
If, however, my hair has been left longer than twenty-four hours since washing where the grease has built up more, of I haven't washed after using hair spray which has left my roots looking quite greasy then this just doesn't cut it for me. I could use the entire can; I still wouldn't receive a fresh, grease-free style without actually washing it.
It does have a really nice coconut scent to it though which is obviously coconut from the first spray. It has that sort of misty, dry undertone to it which I have yet to find a dry shampoo that doesn't have it but the main scent is a very natural coconut scent which I really like. I haven't noticed that the scent particularly lingers on my hair but it's still nice to have it whilst I'm actually using this product.
It doesn't really get rid of any dullness in my hair nor does it give body or texture. It does remove light grease. If my hair is looking dull and flat before using this then it'll still look dull and flat after using this.
All in all it's an average dry shampoo. Definitely not the worst I've tried by a long shot but nowhere near the best either. If you don't suffer with particularly greasy hair then I reckon this would be fine for you. It does get rid of a light greasy look and feel with relative ease and it smells beautiful for a pretty decent price. Should you require something stronger, however, if you like your dry shampoo to give your hair a really fresh, almost just washed look really then this won't do at all.
I personally I don't think I'd even bother paying £1 to replace this but then my hair is just too greasy for me to feel the benefits from it. I dare say there are people out there who would find this perfectly fine for their needs and for the price it may be worth a try to see if you are one of these people.
During that dreaded 'time of the month' I usually stick to using tampons as I just find these feel more hygienic and comfortable. Having said that there are times when my stomach is cramping and I'm just feeling rubbish and in slight pain that inserting a tampon just heightens that discomfort and cramping feeling - not what I want.
When I heard about Always Infinity I decided to give them a try. They promised to be a more comfortable pad boasting of new technology which will absorb 10x its weight, being so flexible you'll barely feel it. I was a little sceptical but picked myself a box up from Tesco with my shopping none the less, I'd never know if I didn't try them after all.
Always Infinity pads come in three types. Long Plus with wings, Normal Plus with wings and Night with wings. Each box usually costs in the region of £3-£3.50 and the number you get in a box depends on the type you purchase. The Normal ones contain ten pads, Long contain nine pads and Night contain eight pads. These are, even compared to other branded sanitary products, quite expensive. But if they were as good as the advertising for these pads made them out to be then I would probably be willing to pay this price regardless.
I purchased the Long Plus pads. I feel I'm fairly lucky with my periods, they tend to be quite short and I only have about twelve hours of anything you'd consider to be 'heavy'. This half a day tends to be when I'm in discomfort and not wanting to use tampons though so I purchased the pads I thought most appropriate for this specific time.
The pads come in a rather attractive shiny silver cardboard box. Each type has a different coloured panel along the side and top of the box to distinguish between the different types, Normal is green, Long is pink and Night is blue. The front contains the Always logo, tells you which type of pads these particular ones are along with a little diagram to help you select the best pads for your flow and tells you how many pads are contained within the box. The side of the box gives you all the information you'd require about this new technology in the pad world.
So what is this new technology exactly? Well that's Infinicel. These are the first pads to use Infinicel, with most others containing a fluffy 'filling'. These pads contain a foam core rather than a fluffy one making even the pads suited to heavy flow periods quite thin and lightweight without, hopefully, compromising on absorbency. The pads are made of two layers, the top layer absorbing fluid with the bottom storing and distributing it. Of course this all sounds very interesting but what we really want to know is how they perform.
Each pad is individually wrapped in a purple plastic wrapper with little white sticky tab holding it shut and allowing it to be easily opened. The pads are folded into squares before being placed in this packet and, from this point at least, look no different to any other pad I've ever used. Again, pulling open the packet doesn't reveal anything too exciting or different. The long pad is stuck to the pack of the packet with the pad's wings folded in front with another sticky tab covering them. This tab also tells you which way is the 'front' of the pad.
You will, however, notice a slight difference in appearance here. The pad's front contains quite a few little holes which start about three inches from the top and continue down towards the pack of the pad. From here those dots turn into longer stripes running down the back of the pad. These are the 'microdots' designed to give the pad its 'super fast absorbency'.
You can also immediately feel a difference too. Aside from the fact they're visibly much slimmer than your regular heavy flow pad they're feel much different too. I wouldn't say they necessarily feel softer as such but they do feel much more comfortable. Always describe the foam core as being similar to memory foam and I can't argue with that, they do feel pretty similar. Despite the pad's slimness pushing my finger into the pad does reveal plenty of cushioning, it isn't hard or firm.
You use the pad the same as you would any other, remove from the plastic backing and stick down into your underwear. You then take the backing paper off of the wings and fold them over to stick to the underside of your underwear to keep the pad in place. The pads stick firmly in place and I've never experienced them coming unstuck or moving throughout the day. They're still easy to remove though, some pads I have tried have stuck down so well I've really had to tug at them to remove them from my underwear but these ones still come off with ease which is nice.
In use these do feel much better. I wouldn't say you can't feel the pads at all but they are much less noticeable to me throughout the day and are extremely comfortable. I have no problems with how they feel at all. With them being so thin I also feel much more confident wearing them. With thicker pads suited for heavier flows I sometimes feel as though you can see the pad through the clothes, probably because it feels so obvious to me and therefore I think it must look obvious too. Similarly these don't feel obvious to me therefore I don't think they look obvious either.
In terms of absorbency I once again can't fault these pads. I've never had any leaking with them, even when my period has been at its heaviest and whilst I obviously wouldn't do it for hygiene reasons I'm fairly confident that these would manage to go leak free for twenty-four hours - no problems. They constantly feel lightweight and comfortable with the pad not feeling much different five hours down the line as it did when I first applied it. I feel fresh and protected when wearing these and that's all I can ask for really.
Whilst I still prefer tampons I'll definitely be using these in future for days when I require a pad. They're by far the best pads I've ever used and I really cannot fault them. I suppose their price may be quite off putting, particularly if these are all you're going to use throughout your period but then I think that extra money is worth the extra comfort and piece of mind.
A few weeks ago I dropped and subsequently smashed my little table top mirror. My seven years of bad luck started a couple of days later...
Whilst I was confident I'd picked up and thrown away all the pieces of glass left on my carpet it appeared I'd concentrated so much on picking up all the tiny, little pieces that I overlooked the rather large, sharp pointy piece which I ended up standing on first thing in the morning on my way to the loo. Not the wakeup call I needed!
I ended up in A&E as the cut was rather deep and bleeding far too heavily for me simply applying pressure to be of much use. In fact by the time I'd finished wondering around looking for something to wrap my foot in the upstairs of my house resembled a murder scene, I'm still scrubbing blood out the carpets! Anyway, I ended up with stitches and some dressings to take home although I knew I'd require more than I was given so as soon as my poor foot felt up to it I hopped down to Tesco and purchase some more.
I picked up these dressings as they looked pretty similar to the ones the hospital had given me so thought they'd do the trick. The box contains five dressings, 10cm x 7cm in size and cost me around £1.30 if I remember correctly, they were not particularly expensive.
The dressings are contained in a green and white cardboard box holding all the relevant information along with the Tesco logo. We're told these sterile adhesive dressings are hypoallergenic, contain a non-stick absorbent pad, provide cushioned protection for he wound are ideal for large cuts and grazes. The back of the box gives directions for use and warnings about using although these all pretty obvious really. Things like washing hands and cleaning the wound before dressing and only use each dressing once (who on earth would try and re-use one?) There's also an expiry date on the back and we're told not use these after that date although my pack had just under three years left on it yet so unless you found these deep in the back of your cupboard or something I don't think this needs worrying about too much.
Inside the box each of the five dressings are wrapped in a thin, white paper packet. You simply pull this open at the top and the sides will easily peel down revealing the actual dressing. This is another white rectangle with a plastic backing. It's basically a giant plaster. You pop the non-sticky part over the wound and remove one side of the plastic backing sticking firmly to the skin. You then remove the other side of the backing and stick that firmly to the skin as well, simple! Obviously take the time to clean and dry the wound before doing so.
I found the dressings to be decent sized for my requirements although this will obviously depend on your wound. The non-sticky middle section takes up most of the dressing so there's plenty of room for covering a wound without getting anything stuck to it and these does offer about a cm of soft, cushioned protection to the wound for added comfort.
I started using these after my stitches were removed, my hospital freebies lasted me until then and I wanted to continue to keep the area protected until my cut had healed completely. I think a cut on the foot would possibly be on the easiest places to become infected and I really didn't want that so was taking no chances.
By this point the bleeding had pretty much stopped so I can't really comment on how absorbent these are, they did manage to take the occasional trickle without leaking though and I managed perfectly comfortably on one a day during this time.
The sticky outer of the dressing stuck down to my skin firmly and never came unstuck even the slightest during the course of the day. That said the dressings were also easy and pain free to remove.
These stopped my wound from becoming infected and gave it perfectly adequate comfort and protection during its healing process. Personally I can't fault them and would highly recommend them to anyone who requires protection for a large wound.
I do like to take good care of my face. I insist my appearance will thank me for my strict, twice daily skincare routine in twenty years' time! After a few years experimenting I've found a good list of products which work well for me and products I should completely avoid. I have my favourites, of course, but I still like to experiment with new and different items.
My favourite way of experimenting with such things is to find samples, samples and more samples. Whilst there are plenty of decent budget skincare products available, in my experience you do tend to have go a little higher in price to find the items which deliver truly great results rather than just 'decent' ones. But, of course, we don't all have the spare cash to be throwing about on high end beauty products if we're not even sure they'll give us the results we desire (I certainly don't anyway)! And that's why I go for samples. It's a cheaper way of testing out lots of different items and, if you don't just love them, you haven't really thrown away too much cash. If you do then you can splash out safe in the knowledge you're getting something you like for your money.
I subscribe to a few beauty boxes. I pay a small fee each month and in return I receive a few beauty samples to try out. I love them and think it's a great idea. But I also find myself searching the shelves for glossy
magazines giving away free samples. I don't have any intention of reading the magazines, I just want some cheap samples! And that's how I came about this night cream.
If I remember correctly this sample came with Red magazine and it cost me about £3.50 (again, if I remember correctly). I thought this was an acceptable price to pay given I received a sample of this night cream, a REN day cream and a REN face wash too. This night cream was a tiny sample in comparison to the other two though; I received just 3ml of the stuff. Having said that I did find it lasted me much longer than I suspected and I got two weeks of nightly treatments out of this tiny tube so feel I can effectively review it.
Prior to trying my samples I had heard of REN and quite liked the idea of trying their products although hadn't yet done so. They're not the cheapest, certainly not the most expensive either but still too much for me to pay without being sure I'm going to like the product first. This Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream costs £32 for 50ml, I certainly wasn't going to pay that without trying it first. It's available from REN's own website, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer's along with the typical amounts of other websites no one has ever heard of and Ebay and Amazon. It doesn't appear as though shopping around will get you too far, this is more or less priced at £32 wherever you look, the cheapest I can find it being £29.95.
It does, however, make some pretty impressive claims. REN claim this night cream will reduce the appearance of fine lines and fight signs of premature aging whilst softening and firming the skin, improving its radiance and vitality and hydrating and replenishing the skin's moisture barrier. It's suitable for all skin types and simply needs to be rubbed into the face and neck each night after cleansing.
My tiny 3ml tube is a little white, plastic thing with the very neutral REN appearance to it. The pale grey strip along the top contains the REN logo and the product name is written in clear, simple black type-writing sort of font on the front. My little sample tube displays directions for use and company address on the back although I suspect the full sized product would contain more information. My sample tube has a screw on lid and a little cream can be squeezed out of the tiny hole revealed when the lid if removed. It looks as though the full sized product is contained in a clear cylinder with pump dispenser which does look like quite nice packaging in my opinion.
As we all know though, what is inside counts much more. This product contains three 'bio extracts' which are as follows:
- Vitamin C and citroflavonoids - This comes from oranges and aims to reduce skin damage and boost collagen formation to lift the skin and make it feel and appear firmer.
- Frankincense and Boswellic acid - These two should relax facial muscles helping to smooth out expression lines and wrinkles.
- Phytoserols - This is from camellia and wheat germ and should boost and restore lipid content.
If all of these claims turned out to be true then I don't think I'd mind forking out £32 for this cream personally.
The night cream itself is white in colour and of average consistency for such a product. It flows freely out of my tube with a gentle squeeze but is still thick enough to be easily controlled whilst doing so. You only need a tiny amount. A pea sized blob evenly covers my entire face and another half a pea sized blob is good for my neck. I've no doubt a 50ml tube would last for ages, even with daily use.
Night creams have the tendency to be quite thick and heavy and feel as though they're sitting on your skin a lot of the time. I do find these really rich, heavy creams are really good for adding moisture into my dry and sensitive skin although they can be a little uncomfortable to wear, even if just sleeping. I don't want to have cleansed my face and removed all make-up and traces of dirt just to put a cream on which feels as though it's clogging my skin up again. REN have sorted this out for me.
This cream is extremely lightweight. It sinks into the skin effortlessly and instantly and doesn't feel like it's uncomfortably just sitting there at all. Once I've rubbed it in I cannot feel it at all. Regardless, it still manages to give me that rich, highly moisturising and hydrating feel the thicker, heavier creams give me. It's the first of such a product I've found which has been both light and comfortable to wear and given the really intense, rich results you want from a night cream. In those respects, it's just perfect.
It also leaves my skin feeling irresistibly soft. I've probably said this before at some point about another product but this one really has left my skin feeling the softest I've ever known it to feel. As cliché as it may sound it really does feel as soft as a baby's bottom! But it doesn't feel like there's a velvety soft cream sitting on my face which is giving it this softness, again like a lot of other night creams do. It feels like my actual bare skin is the soft one, not the cream I've applied to it. Once again, I've never found a cream which has given these results.
It smells really nice too. It's quite an expensive, high quality sort of scent really. What it is I can't quite say but it's very relaxing and very subtle and delicate scented. It's a sort of herbal, floral scent with ever such a mild spicy undertone. It's quite special!
Immediately after applying the cream my face is given a nice sheen. Not greasy, shiny or oily looking but just a sort of glowing appearance. It doesn't look like I've applied product either. Again it just looks like my bare skin is in great condition rather than I've just applied a really good skincare product.
What's really impressive about this cream is its ability to make me like my face first thing in the morning! My skin still feels absolutely gorgeous when I wake up, still very lightweight though with the cream still invisible. By this point it's sunk in completely and I'm just left with the longer term results. I still have that glowing look about me and I just love everything this cream does for my skin, visible or not.
It has given me long term results too. I have massive dimples; they looked cute when I was five, now they just annoy me. I'm also lucky enough to lead a life which has me smiling and a laughing a lot which means these deep dimples are often on display, creasing my skin. Every now and again I'll catch sight of myself in the mirror to find my perfect relaxed face is still displaying the crease from my dimples. I'm twenty years old; I really don't to be getting expression lines just yet. If they're like that now what will they be like when I'm forty!?
In just two weeks those dimple creases are completely invisible on my relaxed face. This cream has ironed them out, my skin looks and feels firmer and tighter, much more refined. There wasn't exactly much for it to sort out though, despite my dimple creases I'm still only twenty so didn't have much in the way of age marks to begin with. This could mean one of two things. Either this only works a little bit and it just appears to have worked so well on me because it only had a couple of things to get rid of or it's an absolute miracle cream and all women of a certain age will end up falling head over heels for it if they try it. Judging by the reviews left on REN's website I'm going for the latter option. Although I obviously have no way of knowing for definite.
I do suffer with sensitive skin, especially so on my face. This cream has had no negative effects on me whatsoever though so it appears to be sensitive skin safe.
As soon as I finished my little tube I went straight over to REN's website and forked out £32 for the full size version (actually £28.80 after my new customer 10% discount was applied) which I think speaks for itself. If you were to buy this or anything else from REN I'd recommend buying from their website (www.renskincare.com). They have a fair few benefits such as free delivery, reward points, more free samples with every order (yay!) and, when you create an account, you can select your favourite REN item and receive 10% off it for life. I'm waiting until I've tried to a few more products from the brand before I select mine but I have a feeling it'll probably end up being this stuff.
I cannot recommend it enough. I've tried many skin care products and many night creams and none have come even close to this. Up until know my favourite night cream was The Body Shop's Vitamin E one. I've swore by it for about a year now. This stuff has made it look utterly rubbish in comparison though. I absolutely adore it and I can't imagine many other people not feeling the same way after trying it.
As a Glossybox subscriber I receive samples of beauty products every month with this Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz by Anatomicals being one of those samples. I received this in my July Glossybox, smack bang in the middle of all that glorious weather we were having so this got lots of use straight away!
----- Anatomicals -----
Anatomicals are a brand I had heard of but had no experience with prior to receiving this spritz. I'd often giggled quietly to their witty, usually humorous product names (I admit this one isn't the best example of that) but never actually tried any of the products leaving me quite excited to give this a go.
Anatomicals sell a variety of bathing and beauty products. They produce shower gels in many different scents from fresh and floral, rich and creamy to light and fruity. Body scrubs and lotions, shampoo and conditioner, hair masks, hand wash and creams, foot creams, face masks, washes and scrubs, moisturisers, spot sticks, lip balms, eye gels and creams, breath spray even nail fails, eye masks and tote bags, this brand seem to do it all! They're an affordable brand, in my opinion, with most products costing a couple of quid, this particular product is one of very few costing more than £5.
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The facial spritz, along with many other products from this brand, can be purchased from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons as well as Selfridges and Superdrug. Countless amounts of websites sell this brand too, asos.com being the main one. A 100ml bottle of this sprtiz costs £6. For me, a little pricey considering how much I used and how quickly I got through the bottle in the stuffy heat of July.
----- The Bottle -----
The appearance of the bottle sticks closely with the rest of the Anatomicals range. A clear background, in this case lilac, with the Anatomicals logo and product name written in clear, large font of the front. There's product information on the back too. At the top of the soft plastic, long cylinder shaped bottle is a yellow plastic spray dispenser along with matching cap. The lid stays on the bottle well, I carried this around everywhere with me when I first got it so there was plenty of opportunity for the lid to come off in my bag but never did.
Overall I find this bottle, along with the rest of the Anatomicals packaging, to be a little cheap looking. I'm not a great fan of its appearance but it is practical and what is inside counts much more in my opinion.
----- The Spritz -----
The product contains peppermint, rose, lavender, aloe and witch hazel which aims to 'leave your skin refreshed and radiant.'
For me the product's main use is cooling you down on a hot day. When it all gets a little too muggy for me, be it outside, at work or at home. You can feel the sweat dripping off of your forehead and you just feel uncomfortably hot. Ever feel like you just want to stick your head in a bucket of cold water? Well this is the more socially acceptable (and practical) way of doing just that.
Close your eyes, give your face a couple of sprays and bob's your uncle, cool face! You can either let this sink into the skin on its own or dab off with cotton wool. Personally I'd never dream of removing this from my face!
A couple of sprays instantly cools you down. It's like finding a spot in your desperately overheated, overcrowded, stuffy work place where you're forced to spend all day in trousers that cling to your thighs and shirts with collars that leave heat rashes on your neck where the air conditioning actually works!
(Not that I know much about that feeling...)
That sigh of relief, that breath of fresh air, that 'I finally feel comfortable again' feeling. (The heat is my worst enemy at work). Basically, this stuff is a grumpy, hot and bothered, stressed related tantrum preventer in a bottle.
Not only does it cool the skin and instantly refresh you but it smells beautiful too. The calming rose and lavender scents with that slight minty fresh hint really relaxes the mind as well as the skin.
The spray comes out in a really fine mist which means even with five or six squirts it doesn't leave my face looking wet. It just reduces the hot, redness of my cheeks. It doesn't make any make-up run (not that I could stop it sweating off in 0.5 seconds in THAT heat anyway) and is just perfect, absolute bliss when you're hot and stuffy.
It doesn't really feel like it 'dries' as such. More that it just sinks into the skin. I'm not left with any residue left on my face nor does it start to feel sticky or uncomfortably cloggy. It just sinks in and actually leaves my skin feeling quite soft once it has done so.
I would give one word of warning though although it won't apply to everyone. If, like me, you're prone to the occasional spot (to but it nicely) and, like me, you have an awful habit of picking said occasional spot, probably best you wait a while before spraying this on your face. It will sting the area and then that's just another thing to be all grumpy and in a mood about.
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Yes, yes, yes and yes some more. Now we've come to the rubbish weather again you may have forgotten slightly just how that claustrophic, no air, muggy and uncomfortable hot feeling affects you. I urge you to cast your mind back and then you'll release why you need a little Spray Misty For Me in your life for such occasions.
Like many people I always like to have a box of paracetamol nearby and typically keep one box in my cupboard at home and one box in my handbag. I'm not particularly prone to specific aches and pains but I still get them from time to time and like to ensure I have some pain relief for when I do.
I've never seen much point in paying £2/£3 from branded paracetamol as I feel the much cheaper supermarket versions are just as effective. I seem to remember seeing something on Watchdog about some even being the exact same tablet just in different packaging! So I stick to Tesco paracetamol where I can pick a box up easily with my shopping and pay a mere 19p for 16 pills.
These come in either tablet or caplet form and personally I haven't found any difference between the two in terms of effectiveness. They're just differently shaped making it a matter of preference and I just find the thinner and longer caplets easier to swallow.
The paracetamol comes in a simple blue cardboard box with the Tesco logo and name of product easily read on the front. This information is also written in braille. You'll find a picture of either a caplet or tablet on the front too so it's easy to make sure you're picking up the correct type you want. All the main information you need to know about these is written on the back. Adults and children over twelve can take one or two caplets every four hours and up to four hours a day as required. Children under twelve should take half to one caplet every four hours up to four times a day and these are suitable for children under six.
These are 500mg caplets and are suitable for mild to moderate pain relief. I typically use these for headaches and the occasional bit of period pain although I've recently been taking them for some mild toothache.
Each box contains a leaflet containing all the detailed information you may require although it's pretty self-explanatory and I probably am not required to go into all of that!
The caplets come in a blister pack in rows of two across and four down. They're white in colour and contain a line down the middle making them easier to snap in half should you be giving these to younger children who only require half of one. They're rather small, only a couple of cm long and I find them easy enough to swallow with water and experience no problems there. I do, however, tend to push these right to the back of my mouth and swallow straight away. I find if these linger on the tongue, even for just a second, my mouth is filled with that nasty, bitter paracetamol taste which I feel is best avoided.
In my experiences the caplets take about ten-fifteen to fully kick in, by which point my pain has pretty much vanished. How quickly the pain relief wears off tends to depend on how strong the original pain is. I don't think I've had anything where I've felt the need to take more after the minimum time of four hours though and for my recent toothache I've been coping just fine on taking two when I wake up and another two a couple of hours before I go to bed.
In conclusion I find these to be an effective source of pain relief for a good price. Very cheap and easy to get hold of and extremely useful to have handy. Recommended.
I currently work a couple of nights a week on the clothing department at Tesco, just to pay my bills and whatnot whilst studying. Whilst it isn't the worst job in the world it does play absolute havoc on my hands. I don't really suffer with dry hands any other time but as soon as I get in that warehouse and start messing about with cardboard and fuzzy fabrics my hands become unbearably and uncomfortably dry. It drives me mad!
My biggest problem with this is that I find it difficult to find a hand cream which works for me. I don't know if I'm allergic to a common ingredient in such products or something but the majority of hand creams I've purchased over the years have ended up being given to someone else because they've just left my hands incredibly sore, itchy and covered in a rash - not pleasant.
I usually stick to Soap & Glory's Hand Food as I know this is safe for me to use and is pretty effective. I must confess though I've been using it for so long I'm starting to a grow a little bored of it so when I saw this N-Spa one in Asda I decided to risk it and give it a go.
I purchased this hand cream whilst it was a rather attractive offer. At full price this 75ml tube will only cost you £1.75 anyway so it's not exactly an expensive product but at the time of purchasing it was knocked down to just 50p. For that price I thought it would be worth the risk. The N-Spa range of products are sold exclusively at Asda so you can only purchase this hand cream from there (I dare say some may be floating about on ebay mind you).
The cream comes in a white, soft plastic tube which stands upside down on its white plastic flip top lid. The N-Spa logo can be found in the top left hand corner of the front of the tube and the product name is written in nice, big, bold and clear font in the centre. Towards the bottom of this tube we're told this is a 'step 3' product. All products in this range are either step 1, 2 or 3. Step 1 products for cleansing, step 2 for exfoliating and step 3 for moisturising. I do have already own a few products from this range in a variety of steps and generally have high opinions of them so I was expecting this hand cream to be pleasing providing it didn't bring me out in a rash.
The cream is quite runny. I found for the first week or so, when the tube was still quite full, the cream ran out of the tube and got caught in the lid. Luckily the lid stays firmly shut so I never had any spillages or anything and this didn't cause me too much of a problem. I just wiped my hand over the inside of the lid to apply the cream rather than squeeze the tube to dispense it. When I did start to need to do a little tube squeezing to release the cream I found I had to do so extremely carefully. It's very easy to dispense far too much of this.
Despite its rather runny consistency the white cream absorbs beautifully into my skin. It takes literally seconds and I don't need to spend ages rubbing it in. It dries pretty much instantly too, isn't greasy in the slightest so I can just get on with doing whatever my hands were required to do without getting residue everywhere.
It smells beautiful too. It's got a subtle yet distinct white musk scent which is very fresh and very long lasting. I can still smell this on my hands an hour after applying the cream which, for a hand cream, I think is pretty impressive.
I'm pleased to say this one doesn't have any negative effects on my hands and I seem to be safe using it. It does leave my hands feeling instantly hydrated and really soft and moisturised. It leaves a light sheen on my nails and helps to soften my cuticles and the effects are just generally very pleasing. Everything you need from a hand cream really.
The downside is that these effects don't last quite as long as I'd like. The scent certainly out lives the added moisture the cream initially brings and this means I'm applying it constantly. I'd say ten minutes after applying this I feel the need for some more. It seems to give a light hydration when I need something far more intense to get me through my shifts without licking my fingers every two minutes!
All in all I think this is great for everyday use. If you just need a little 'something' to add hydration and moisture to hands and treat nails during everyday life. It smells beautiful and does deliver as well as being fast absorbing and non-greasy. If, however, you suffer with particularly dry hands then you'll probably require something much more intense and find this one far too light for your needs. Should this not be a problem though I'd definitely recommend this hand cream, it's well worth the price.
I'm quite a fan of Sanctuary products although still fairly new to them so I've been trying to get around to testing out anything which sounds appealing to me from this brand. I really love a good facial exfoliator and when I saw this in Boots a few months ago I decided to give it a try using my points on my Advantage card. At full price this 100ml tube of facial scrub costs £10.50 although can often be found on some sort of offer reducing the price.
The scrub comes in a clear, soft plastic tube which stands upside down on its pale green flip top plastic lid. The clear bottle allows you to easily see how much of this product you have left and contains all the relevant information written in the usual neat, clear font Sanctuary tend to use on their packaging. Their logo can be found as well as the product name and a little information about it. It's said this 'refines and evens skin tone for a lasting glow' which sounded perfect for me as I do suffer with quite an uneven skin tone.
The product uses a number of fruity ingredients to give results. The exfoliation comes from 'ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seeds' and a 'trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts work natural to help increase cell renewal'. In theory rubbing this product on your face should remove any build-up of dead skin cells revealing the new skin cells and, subsequently, a more even, brighter skin tone.
With this list of ingredients it perhaps won't come as a surprise when I say this scrub smells rather fruity. It's quite a tropical fruity smell this apricot and papaya being the particular scents I can easily pick out of this cocktail of fruits. It's a really juicy and natural smelling product, nice and fresh and not in the least bit cheap and synthetic smelling. Its smell is really pleasant.
In terms of appearance it's a medium brown colour with plenty of dark brown 'bits' in it to exfoliate with. It's quite thick in consistency and comes out of the tube quickly and easily enough not to be annoying but slowly enough for you to be able to really control how much you're releasing. The cap stays in nicely in place protecting my product too so none of this gets accidently wasted.
To use I dispense a blob slightly larger than a pea and rub onto my facial skin in circular motions after cleansing. Whilst I can feel all of those grains exfoliating my skin letting me feel it's working it's also really gentle. It doesn't feel scratchy, uncomfortable or painful and I have no problems using it. I tend to scrub my face with this for a couple of minutes before rinsing off. Rinsing this off it, once again, a simple, easy and pleasant task. A little warm water and it comes off perfectly fine leaving behind no residue feeling of heaviness or product build-up.
The results are just as pleasing as everything else about this scrub. It really does leave my face looking bright, healthy and glowing. Best of all is that all of those red, uneven patches vanish and I'm left with a perfectly even skin tone. It even takes the redness out of any blemishes. There is definitely a visible difference after using this.
It also leaves the skin feeling quite soft and smooth too so my skin feels as good as it looks. The scent doesn't really linger but I don't find this to be too much of a problem with a face product. It appears to be safe for sensitive skin, even my delicate facial skin experiences no negative reactions to using this.
I've been using this two/three times a week for about eleven weeks now and I've only used about a third of the bottle so it lasts well making that price seem a little more manageable.
Another great thing I like to do with this is just use a tiny amount on the back of my hands. I have really constantly mottled skin on the back of my hand and just scrubbing them with a little of this product gets rid of that completely leaving my hands evenly toned and soft too. In fact placing both my hands next to each other when I've used this on one and not the other is a really great way to see just how well this works, the difference in amazing.
All in all I really like this product. It's a little on the pricey side but completely worth it in my opinion, it doesn't require replacing too often either making it more affordable. If uneven skin tone is a problem for you or you just want something to give your face that healthy glow then this is definitely what you need. Highly recommended.
I don't wear make-up all that often, not because I feel I can particularly get away with not wearing it and certainly not because I don't have an interest in it (despite make-up application being a rare thing for me to do I still insist on buying a new make-up item pretty much every time I walk into a shop selling them) but rather because I simply cannot be bothered most of the time. I'd rather have an extra half an hour in bed and just wash my face and stick my hair up in a ponytail before work than spend ages in front of the mirror making sure I look the best I possibly can look.
Still, my skin is by no means perfect. I don't suffer particularly badly with spots but I have plenty of blemishes, uneven skin tone and, more often than not, dark circles and tired looking eyes. These things do sometimes cause me a little self-consciousness (albeit not enough to apply a full face of make-up) so I like to apply a tinted moisturiser most days.
Nivea produce my absolute favourite tinted moisturiser which, unfortunately, I recently ran out of. Whilst doing my shopping in Tesco I went to pick up another tube only to discover they were all out. Panic stricken by the thought of no tinted moisturiser until I could find time to go elsewhere to repurchase I scanned the shelves for something else to make do with. I came across Nivea's BB Cream.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with BB creams although I have tried three or four of the countless amounts currently on the shelves. Personally I find the effects of these products to be pretty much identical to a typical tinted moisturiser, making them pretty disappointing when looking at all the extra claims they make. So I came to the conclusion that Nivea's BB Cream wouldn't be all that different to my beloved Nivea Tinted Moisturiser and decided to purchase that instead.
This BB cream comes in two shades. 'Light' and 'Medium/Dark'. Personally I don't find two shades is adequate enough with all the different skin tones people have and usually I'd suspect the 'light' wouldn't be pale enough for me but, again, I knew Nivea's 'light' tinted moisturiser matched my skin tone so I decided to risk it. I paid £5.99 for my 50ml tube, quite a lot more than the usual £1.35 I pay for the tinted moisturiser!
Like most brands, Nivea make all sorts of all-singing-all-dancing claims about their BB Cream. Nivea claim this is a 'five in one beautifying moisturiser' and that this 'one simple step provides a flawless complexion and instantly healthy looking beautiful skin'. Sounds pretty good on paper!
Apparently this cream will even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores; it'll leave a matte effect and cover imperfections like blemishes, dark circles under eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and uneven skin tone. It aims to 'boosts skin's natural glow' and 'illuminate complexion'. It gives 'light, fast absorbing moisture' and, probably most usefully, contains SPF 10 protecting the skin from sun and environmental damage.
All of these claims can be found on the white cardboard box this product comes in along with that large, blue Nivea logo. Inside the box is a little white tube of BB cream containing a fleshy coloured screw on lid and pretty much identical information to the box. The lid is nice, it's easy to screw on and off as it doesn't need to screwed ridiculously tight to keep it on. Likewise this also stops the cream from leaking out of the tube which is always a good thing.
The cream is the usual consistency of a moisturiser I find. If you place a blob on the back of your hand and turn the hand upside down it doesn't move any. It's still thin enough to easily dispense out of the tube with a gentle squeeze though and it's very easy to control how much you dispense too meaning none is wasted. It's a pale beige colour. I was a little worried on first application that it would be too dark for my skin as I am really very pale and this didn't look that pale at all. I tested out regardless though, knowing that, in my experience anyway, often these products look much darker before application than they do after application.
The cream does blend in easily and effortlessly. A little goes a long way too with a pea sized blob being enough for even coverage on my face and my neck so I suspect I'll get quite a bit of use out of my 50ml bottle. When you start to rub it in you start to smell it too. It has that typical Nivea scent to it, reminds me rather a lot of their face wipes really. It's just a very fresh, clean and subtle scent which is nice from such a product.
The cream is a little darker than my natural skin tone although it doesn't look unnatural once I've applied it, like I've obviously applied something to it so I still feel comfortable applying it. The effects of this BB Cream have their ups and downs though.
On the plus side it does give some obvious moisture which I can really feel, it is fast absorbing and it's definitely very light, I cannot feel this cream on my face when I have applied it which is what I want. I suffer with really sensitive skin on my face too but have experienced no problems with this so I would say its sensitive skin safe. It also does give a healthy glow. I look much more awake and alert after applying this, my face looks bright and healthy but not shiny, it does deliver on its claims of providing a matte effect.
On the downside the coverage is virtually none existent. I know such products only give a light coverage anyway so I wasn't expecting miracles but after application pores are still visible, blemishes are still quite red looking, dark circles are clearly still there and uneven skin tone is left uneven. I was left underwhelmed and disappointed here; their tinted moisturiser definitely does a better job when it comes to coverage.
How well the SPF works at protecting my face from sun and environmental damage I cannot say, I suspect I'll have to wait a decade or two before I see any benefits there but I do feel more confident knowing I do have that protection.
The effects of the cream which are actually there do last a long time. I can clearly still see the brighter look of my face and feel its moisture at the end of the day which is pleasing. It's easy enough to remove with just a face wipe too.
All in all I'd give this three stars. It's nice having that SPF and it does give my skin a moisture boost and lovely healthy glow. Its lack of coverage however, and subsequent claims it doesn't deliver on, does leave me quite disappointed though. I'd expect such a product to at least even out my skin if nothing else. I think this can best be summed up by saying I'll happily continue to use this whilst I have my tube but definitely won't bother replacing it when I've used it all.