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I am a firm believer in using natural products on my skin and was introduced to The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil a couple of years ago when I first moved to London and my skin was going through a bit of a rough patch. The body Shop uses natural ingredients and is against animal testing so for those of you who have any thoughts on this The Body Shop products are great.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is a soothing oil which has antibacterial properties which is perfect for problem skin. My skin is fairly normal but with a tendency to go dry especially in winter. I use this oil when my skin flairs up and will then dab the oil using my finger directly to the spot usually in the evening and mornings. It does initially tingle but if you're anything like me the tingle means its working! The oil reduces the inflamation and redness overnight and will dry out the spot within a couple of days. The thing that I like about this product is that it doesn't dry out the skin surrounding the spot like most antibacterial products which is great and you are able to wear make up over the oil, as long as your normal moisturiser is used as well. The oil smells fairly strong and does linger a bit but its a small price to pay for clear skin!
This product is also nice to use to steam your face once a week. I add a couple of drops to a bowl of steaming water and steam my face for a couple of minutes. Your skin feels refreshed and clean afterwards and this is definitely a must in my beauty regime.
It is priced at £6 for a 10ml bottle which is quite handy to put in your handbag should you wish to reapply during the day. It may sound expensive but this bottle lasts forever and I have had mine for 2 months now.
If there is anything that I have to say is a negative about this product is that the lid is a little tricky, it is probably childproof, which I still have yet to master!
The Wilkinson Sword Quattro Bikini Trimmer is an essential tool in any busy girls beauty toolkit! The fact that this is a razor and trimmer in one is a bonus as the less things that fill up the beauty bag the better.
The Wilkinson Sword Quattro Bikini Trimmer is a dual function hair removal appliance that has a razor, with changable blades, on the one side and a waterproof trimmer on the other side. The trimmer has different length settings and you are able to get a very close trim with the shortest setting at the touch of a button. The problem I find with the trimmer is that the blades are unable to be changed and so when they start getting blunt the trimmer on the shortest setting does tend to tug a bit....ouch! The trimmer is a good shape though and is very comfortable to use on all the little awkward spots.
The razer itself is also a good one and the wide blade serves its purpose well and is nicely shaped should you wish to shave your bikini area. As a razor alone I find that it sometimes is a bit too heavy but as it is a dual hair removal tool it does get away with it.
I really do love this product and when the blades of the trimmer do get blunt I happily replace the whole thing as there is no other way to do it but this does get pricey over time....and a collection of the same razor is hard to explain to the boyfriend but so hard to throw away!
This is a nice little tool and quite handy between waxes or if you're feeling a little lazy with the upkeep.
After wanting a coffee machine for a while I received this machine as a birthday gift. The thing I love most about this is that it's compact and attractive, unlike most coffee machines, with an eye catching design and colour. I have always been conscious of having clutter on my kitchen tops but the fact that this machine is so small and cute makes it the focal point of my tiny kitchen.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto is simple and straightforward to use once you have gotten the hang of it. In the beginning it took a while to figure out your preferred strength and I did realise that using a smaller mug helped.
The quality of the coffee is fantastic as is the variety that you can find. The pods can be found easily enough in any big supermarkets. I do however find the pods are a bit expensive but saying that they are coffee shop quality and I look forward to mine in the morning. If you don't have too much of a sweet tooth though I find the milk used is quite sweet, my partner cuts out a spoon of sugar, which for the sugar monster is saying a lot! This can be balanced out though by varying the strength of the coffee or amount of milk used. I also find that if if you forget a pod in the machine you do struggle to get the pod out if left in the machine for a while. This is user error though but be sure to take the pod out!
The machine is sturdy enough to use everyday as I do and after 5 months I am yet to encounter any problems with it.
All in all this is a fantastic little machine for those of you who enjoy your coffee but who don't have the space or the cash to buy a bigger machine.