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Today I'd like to review the Chocomania Shower Cream by The Body Shop.
I really love The Body Shop. I remember buying their passion fruit lip balm 8 years ago for the first time. I was amazed by the great quality and the lovely scent. My love for this brand has grown even more over time. I love how they offer so many scents for their products - with a quality that has never lessened.
I am lucky enough to not live too far away from a Designer Outlet Centre in the Netherlands where I often buy The Body Shop products half price, so I get the opportunity to try out many of them without spending a fortune. There I discovered the Chocomania shower cream. So far I hadn't tried out any of the Chocomania products.
The clear plastic bottle is in the usual style of The Body Shop bottles - wide and round with a lid you can just flip open. Said lip is brown with the brand's logo on trop of it.
A pretty brown label is wound around the bottle, showing a dripping, delicious-looking chocolate heart. Above that you can see the logo of The Body Shop. The Chocomania-name is written in pretty cursive letters, fitting the product quite well. Below the product is described as a "shower creme" in English and French.
On the back of the bottle there is not much further information. It is stated that the product is not edible and should be kept out of reach of small children.
Of course the ingrediensts are listed. The bottle contains 250ml.
While there's no further information about the shower cream itself on the bottle, you can find out more at the website stated on the label (www.thebodyshop.com). On the website it is said that the product contains real cocoa butter and honey. It's also soapfree.
Of course I sniffed the bottle at the shop to see if I'd like the scent at all because I've had some not so good experiences with chocolate-scented products in the past. But this one seemed alright and so I gave it a try!
My intuition about it didn't prove me wrong. I love the scent of Chocomania! It's very chocolatey, but not too odd, strong or even articifial. Most of all it reminds me of cake dough with chocolate. :) I'm loving it and didn't grow tired of it! But of course you should have a general love for sweet scents to enjoy this one.
The shower cream is not as thick as I thought it would be. It's somewhere inbetween of what I'd call a cream and shower gel. It's easy to squeeze out of the bottle and spreads on your body nicely!
It cleanses very well without robbing the skin of moisture. My skin didn't feel dry after showering with this product. Instead my skin felt clean and smooth. I still use a lotion afterwards begins my skin gets a bit dry in general when it's winter, but it wouldn't have been absolutely neccessary! I think if you have absolutely dry skin you should use a product that has some more "rich" ingredients, but for normal skin this is perfect.
The bottle lasted me very long - I have been using it for three weeks now and there's still about a third of the product in it.
My skin coped very well with this product and I had no bad reactions. If you are an allergic or have very sensitive skin, you should check the list of ingredients before buying the product.
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH Adjuster), Glycol Distearate (Viscosity Modifier), Mel (Natural Additive), PEG-150 Distearate (Surfactant), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen agent, Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Cocamide MEA (Surfactant), Laureth-10 (Surfactant/Emulsifying Agent), Sodium Cocoabutteramphoacetate (Hair-Conditioning Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), CI 14700 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).
On the website and in The Body Shop boutiques you can get 60ml of this heavenly shower cream for just £2.00. The 250ml bottle is £4.00, which is an alright price considering how long this product lasted me so far!
I love this! The scent is fabulous and the shower cream was fun to use while being kind to my skin. This is a great product for every chocoholic! Makes a great present too! :)
Today I'd like to review the Strawberry Laces hand wash by Carex.
I discovered this hand wash at Tesco whilst doing my usual shopping! The colour of the hand wash immediately appealed to me - I just love pink products and buy them whenever possible. When I saw that the scent of the hand wash is called "Strawberry Laces" I was won over! I don't think I have used a Carex product before, so from the view of a dedicated product tester this was very exciting. ;)
This hand wash comes in a slightly square-shaped, see-through plastic bottle with rounded edges. The blue Carex-logo can be seen in the middle with two waterdrop-like creatures looming above it, one saying "family favourite fragrance" in a white speech bubble. A pink swirl that looks like it is coming from behind the Carex-logo is shaped like strawberry laces-candy and the scent's name is stated in pink letters with a little strawberry next to it.
On the back of the bottle there is light blue label with all the product information you could desire. ;) The product is described as a "fun antibacterial hand wash that the whole family will love to use". The product is supposed to be "effective yet gentle in helping to prevent the spread of germs". The germ-killing formula of the hand wash is said to be working within seconds. It contains added moisturisers, supports the skin's natural antibacterial defences and was deramtologically tested for skin kindness.
The product's ingredients are listed as well.
The bottle can be recycled and contains 250ml.
I loved this hand wash from the first minute on! The scent is incredibly pleasant and really does smell like the famous strawberry laces candy and has a lovely pink colour. I used to love eating those strawberry laces when I was younger so the scent of this product awakens pleasant childhood memories. In general I really like candy-like scents, so this product is perfect for me!
I felt like the promises made on the back of the bottle were kept. My hands always felt and looked clean after washing them with this product. It is indeed very gentle to the skin and doesn't dehydrate at all, so I do think it is indeed suitable for the whole family. I tend to wash my hands a lot, sometimes more than neccessary, and still they felt great!
The bottle lasted me quite a while. I live by myself and use this at pretty much every trip to the bathroom and after a month it still wasn't empty yet!
If you have allergies or very sensitive skin, you should of course check the list of ingredients before buying this product!
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, tetrasodium Glutamate, Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, CI 17200.
At the moment you can get this lovely handwash for just £0.85 at Tesco.
I love this hand wash! It cleanses perfectly and smells fabulous. I suppose you have to be fond of candy-scented products to enjoy it, but if that's a thing for you, have a go!! :)
Today I am going to review the Jack The Rippler natural soap by Bomb Cosmetics.
I discovered Bomb Cosmetics a few years ago while browsing Amazon. I was looking for interesting body care products. Funny enough, soaps by this brand came up in the search when I typed in the famous soap brand Lush. When I had a voucher for Amazon, I was curious and wanted to find out whether the Bomb Cosmetics soaps could really stand up to Lush soaps, which I love dearly. I tried out two different soaps and liked them, so when I stumbled across a shop that sold Bomb Cosmetics soaps on my holiday in South England, I bought two more soaps. Since I really like raspberry-scented products, my choice fell on this particular soap.
If you order this soap, it comes wrapped in see-through foil and is packaged in a brown little cardboard box. Since the shop I found this soup at was presenting the soaps lined up on a table without packaging, the soap was simply put in a nice little bag once I purchased it.
So there was no further packaging except for the paper bag the shop provided. All other information about the soap I could look up online easily at bombcosmetics.co.uk.
About the soap...
The soap slice has a coconut coat that gently exfoliates. On the official website, the soap is said to contain "pure Coconut and Evening Primrose oil to moisturise and condition". The soap's scent is described as "a potent raspberry blast with a creamy, vanilla base".
The soap par is about 9cm wide and 2cm thick. It's of a light pink colour with a white coconut coat. In the middle of the soap piece is a little swirl-like shape that seems to be made of another soap. Looks fun!
I really loved this soap's look! Pink beauty products always catch my attention and this one looked especially great. The coconut coat promised a nice, gentle scrubbing effect and I was really looking forward to trying this product out.
The soap smiled of raspberry quite nicely before I used it for the first time. The scent was gentle and sweet, but with a unique edge I couldn't really name.
Upon using the soap under the shower I was slightly disappointed. The scent didn't turn out to be as great as I thought it would be. I was still able to smell the raspberry scent, but it now had a funky edge that smelled artificially - kind of like plastic. It's hard to describe, but the scent simply was kinda off and didn't envelope me.
However, I was satisfied with everything else about the soap. It cleansed me nicely while providing a very gentle and pleasant scrubbing sensation. My skin felt really good afterwards - clean, but not deprived of moisture. I loved it! It was smooth and felt great after the shower.
The soapbar lasted me about a month although I used it daily!
My skin didn't show any negative reactions, but if you tend to have allergies or have very sensitive skin, check the list of ingredients before buying this product.
Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Benzoate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 17200 (Red 33).
At www.bombcosmetics.co.uk you can this soap and many other varieties for £2.49 a piece.
I liked this soap and it cleansed me well. It was perfect for my skin! The scent pleased me at first, but then I felt like something about it was off. More raspberry scent and this product would be perfect altogether!
Today I am going to review the Saucy BBQ-flavoured Space Raiders snacks by KP.
I bought this on Approved Food. I have eaten Space Raiders before and I find them to be alright, especially because they are strong in flavour but puffy and light-weight, having a few less calories than your average bag of crisps. I like these snacks most for their retro-style packaging though! I always check the best before date when I buy crisps on Approved Food because crisps can taste a bit bland if they are too far over the date. These were still in keeping with the best before date, so I thought I couldn't go wrong with ordering a few packets.
These snacks com in cute little bags that are mainly black with a different coloured alien-head on the front. On the Saucy BBQ variety, the alien is purple with big black eyes. In big bold writing the price of only 20p is stated on top of the bag.
The snacks are described as "Saucy BBQ flavour cosmic corn snacks". The nutritional values for one bag are given on the lower left side of the bag. Each bag contains 110kcal, making it a reasonable snack.
On the back of the bag you get some more information about the product. These corn snacks are baked instead of fried. There is also some advice on eating healthy and staying active so the consumers know how include such snacks into a healthy lifestyle.
On the right is a picture of the alien that has already made an appearance on the front of the packaging. Some fun facts are given about the monster so kids (or bored adults) can have something to read while snacking. ;)
The bag contains 22g and the snacks are suitable for vegetarians.
I initally liked these corn snacks. They are light but have a strong flavour, which makes them a satisfying snack! What I didn't like, however, was the varrying quality of the product. Although all of the bags I had were within the best before date and had not been broken, some of the snacks tasted dry and stale to a point where I couldn't eat them.
The once that were in good quality were lovely! They were crunchy, fun to eat and the Saucy BBQ-flavour is really nice if you like meat-flavours on crisps. They are quite spicy, but not too much so. They also have a slight vinegar edge to them, But I liked that quite a lot despite not being a big fan of vinegar. I loved it!
I found them to be a quite satisfying snack and with so few calories, it's an almost guilt-free snack.
I also found these great to eat for me when I was on dialysis for a year. As potato crisps are too high in potassium for dialysis patients, corn snacks are a great alternative as the only contain a little bit of potato!
So, apart from the odd dried-out bags I had inbetween, I really enjoyed these!
Maize, Sunflower Oil (22%), Saucy Barbecue Flavour (Sugar, Flavourings, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Salt, Citric Acid, Spices, Dried Onion, Yeast Extract, Dried Garlic, Colour: Paprika Extract), Dried Potato, Salt.
The nutritional values
Each pack contains
Just 20p a bag! Quite an affordable way of snacking.
If it weren't for the dried-out, horrible bags I have had more than once, this would be a five-star-product for me. But it really shouldn't be the case that you have to throw a whole bag of these away quite often.
Otherwise I loved them and recommend them!
Today I'd like to tell you all about the Fab body fragrance by So..?.
I have been using deodorant sprays by So..? for many years no. It all started with the Sensual variety and the Kiss me one. The simply smell good, work well against sweat and have pretty bottle at an affordable price! As times goes on, special editions and new varieties come out and I always try to test them all. There hasn't been a single So..? fragrance I didn't like, so I never felt like I was risking anything when I bought them!
This one comes in a purple bottle with an old school tattoo design of a pink butterfly. "Fulfil your destiny" is written across the picture and the brandname and the body spray's name are given above the picture. At the top of the bottle, just below the cap, you also see the silhouettes of pretty slim girls dancing. Below the butterfly picture, the product is described as a "body fragrance" and it is stated that the bottle contains 75ml.
The bottle's cap is made of clear plastic. The spraying bit of the bottle works well and makes the fragrance easy to dose.
On the back of the bottle, the brand's slogan "Fragrance with Attitude" is given. There is no further description of the product or it's scent. The ingredients and the usual safety instructions are listed in various languages. The product was made in the UK and you can find out more on www.sofragrance.com.
I really liked this bottle design and thought it was cute, but I was a bit surprised that neither the name nor any kind of description told you what the fragrance would smell like. Odd!
I ended up being really happy with this deodorant although I was a bit warry of the fact that the smell wasn't described at all on any part of the bottle.
However, I did end up loving the scent! This body spray smells like vanilla with an elegant edge, making it classier than your average super-sweet body spray. The smell mixes well with perfume you might want to put on, even though the body spray's smell is quite strong and unique.
I felt really refreshed by this deodorant. It helped me well when I got sweaty and wanted to feel save and fresh. It doesn't stain your clothes, so you can put it both on your skin or your garments.
I've been using deodorant extensively lately because I have been sweating a lot, so this bottle only lasted me two weeks, but I have been using it several times a day. If you use it once or twice a day, it will probably last you a month!
My skin coped well with it, but of course you shouldn't spray it under freshly shaved armpits or it will sting. Allergics and very sensitive people should check the ingredients before buying.
Alcohol Denat. (Alcool Denature), Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aqua (Water, Eau), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol (Propylene Glycolique).
You can find this body fragrance at Superdrug and most of the time it is on offer for just £0.99.
I love this body spray! The bottle looks pretty, the scent is great and covers up sweat and it lasts you a while. The price also is quite reasonable, so what more could you want? :)
Today I am going to review the Cranberry & Honey Daily Scrub by Original Source.
I discovered this scrub at Boots while I was simply browsing. I like using scrubs now and then. They make my skin smoother and using them feels like giving yourself a little massage under the shower! So far I've only had good experiences with Original Source and the scent sounded really good, so it wasn't a hard decision to make when I wanted to buy this scrub!
This scrub comes in a see-through bottle that stands on it's cap. The cap is black and can easily be flipped open. As usual, the bottle is rather flat but wide, getting smaller towards the top. Through the bottle you can see the pink scrub. In red writing it says that the scrub contains "425 crushed cranberry seeds" on the front of the bottle. The brand name is given on the middle part of the bottle and the product's name is given below. The product is supposed to be "packed with natural stuff".
On the back of the bottle is a bright pink label with black writing on it. The daily scrub is supposed to be good for thos days when "showering is just not enough". After using this product, your skin is supposed to feel nourished, smooth and smell good!
The bottle contains 250ml and the scrub was manufactured in Great Britain. Of course the ingredients are listed on the bottle as well.
I was very excited about using this scrub as cranberry and honey sounded like a great scent. The pink scrub looked great through the bottle which doubled my excitement. ;)
The scrub itself is pink with tiny black seeds that provide the scrubbing effect. When I first squeezed some of the scrub out of the bottle, I was surprised by the gel-like texture. When I rubbed it over my skin, it turned out to be creamy enough though. It was also easy to rinse off.
I was slightly disappointed by the scent. I expected a quirky sweet, fruity scent. However, the scent was a bit too natural to me. It just smelt like berries with a slightly sour edge to it. I didn't smell any honey and was a bit disappointed - I prefer quirkier scents and like it a little sweeter.
The scrubbing effect was pleasing. It wasn't too rough and gave my skin a gentle little massage. Afterwards, my skin felt smooth and smelt nice. It didn't feel dry at all and I was pleased over all.
Even when you use it daily, the scrub will last you about three weeks. I was very pleased with how long it lasted me!
My skin reacted well to it and I had no problems. Allergics and very sensitive people should check the ingredients before buying.
Aqua,Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Acrylates /Steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer ,Polyethylene ,Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil ,Mel ,Glycerin ,Parfum ,Sodium Benzoate ,Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate ,Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer ,Copernicia Cerifera Cera ,Sodium Lithium Magnesium Silicate ,Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate ,Sodium Hydroxide ,Potassium Sorbate ,Phenoxyethanol ,Methylchloroisothiazolinone ,Methylisothiazolinone ,Magnesium Chloride ,Magnesium Nitrate ,Acetic Acid ,DMDM Hydantoin ,Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol ,Limonene ,Linalool ,Caramel ,CI 14700 ,CI 19140 ,CI 42090
This scrub is £2.65 at Boots.
I was okay with this scrub and didn't mind using it up, but the scent failed to amaze me. I prefer sweeter scents and expected this scrub to be a little sweeter since it contains honey, but the scent wasn't sweet and a bit too sour for me. Everything else was okay though. This product had the usual Original Source quality!
Today I am going to review the novel Glass Houses by Rachel Caine.
I picked this book up at a charity shop. I had never heard of it before but the book's outer appearance was very appealing! I like to read teen novels from time to time and I do like vampire stories now and then, so I thought this might be a nice, easy-going read. Since it wasn't too expensive, I didn't feel like I was risking anything. ;) A few weeks later I finally found the time to start reading...
Glass Houses is about Claire Danvers, a girl of sixteen who attends Texas Prairie University in Morganville. Claire is incredibly excited about going away from home for school and living her own life. But her dream of independent living soon shatters under the cruel treatment of classmate Monica Morrell, who is the school's diva and has made it her favourite activity to bully Claire. When Monica pushes Claire and really hurts her, Claire decides against seeking help from a grown-up and instead starts planning to live off-campus.
At the same time, the inhabitants of a shared house coined the "Glass House" seek a new housemate. When Claire seeks them, they quickly decide against her because she is too young, but let her stay to rest for a while when they notice her injuries and the state she is in. Punky housemate Eve quickly becomes Claire's big-sister-type friend, explaining to the younger girl how thinks work in Morganville. Claire thinks Eve is a bit crazy when the punk girl explains to her that Morganville is controlled by vampire clans. She realizes how serious Eve's fear of the bloodsuckers is when Claire mentions the name of bully Monica Morrell and Eve explains to her that Monica's family is a wealthy one, protected by a famous vampire clan.
But there also some weird things going on within the Glass House. Inhabitant Michael Glass' constant disappearances during the day have mysterious reasons that Claire has to find out about.
When Claire finally does get in trouble with one of Morganville's vampires, Glass House-inhabitant Sean, who seems to have a soft spot for Claire, suggests a deal to said vampire. He will regulary give him blood to spare Claire. The only way out of this deal is to find an old, special vampire book. If Claire and her new friends could find it, they could trade their way out of their problems and spare Sean the danger of giving himself to the vampire.
Oh dear, where do I start? I read the Twilight series and didn't really love them, and still I will say that "Glass Houses" does in no way match with Twilight.
I am sorry to put it so bluntly, but this novel was utter trash of the young adult book section to me. I was hoping for an entertaining read and at no point did I expect a high class novel, but this wasn't even mildly entertaining. Everything about the book annoyed me.
Claire is a character I could hardly develop any sympathy for. She is a little goody-two-shoes who constantly tries to learn for school, even if people are trying to kill her. Of what use that is supposed be when it seems like she almost completely quits going to school I don't know.
At first it is fairly understandable that Claire does not immediately turn to her parents when the bullying problems occur. But when Claire can no longer attend classes, her life is threatened and she has nowhere to live, I simply can not understand why she does not leave Morganville. As Eve's explanations make clear, you can leave Morganville and merely use your memories of all vampire-related problems. Sadly, that is just one of the pretty lousy explanations for the vampire issue vs. reality problems in the book.
It is also hard to follow why the inhabitants of the Glass House are ready to risk their lives for Claire within a short time of meeting her when the whole thing could have been avoided by just sending her back to her parents. You can drive a bus through these plot holes!
The only thing I liked were the descriptions of the whole atmosphere in the Glass House. The eery, slightly lethargic living there was interesting and nice to imagine. It was also interesting how Claire meets the other characters, but that's it.
You can get this novel for £5.75 at Amazon.co.uk.
I didn't enjoy this book and was very disappointed. I don't recommend it at all and I am very surprised by all the good ratings it got. Twilight is defenitely better - and if you want some serious vampires, turn to Anne Rice. Even as a teen, I wouldn't have enjoyed this novel.
Today I am going to tell you all about the tea tree oil by The Body Shop.
I was shopping at the The Body Shop outlet at the designer outlet store at Roermond in the Netherlands when I got a little vial of their tea tree oil to try out at home! I forgot about it completely after I had an allergic reaction to medication and my skin was a mess! I was willing to try out anything to ease the blemishes I got when I remembered I had a little bit of tea tree oil to my aid! I quickly put it on and was
full of hope! :)
The tea tree oil was in a very small vial stuck inside a paper card giving you all the information a usual bottle of the product would provide you with! The cardboard was green and decorated with leaves to suit the product and "Tea Tree Oil - Targeted care for blemished skin." was written on it. You can also see the logo of The Body Shop on the front of the card. When you fold the card open, the product's ingredients are listed. In various languages it is stated that you should put the oil on the area of the skin that is causing problems, but that you should discontinue use if the skin gets irritated. It is also stated that the product is actually tea tree oil diluted to 15%.
According to what is written inside the card, The Body Shop is against animal testing. Regarding the product's origin, it is said that the tea tree oil is organic and comes from Kenia. It was manufactured in Great Britain.
I opened the little vial and dribbled some of the tea tree oil onto my fingers. It was easy to apply to my face and it didn't sting. After I used this small vial I tried out another brand of tea tree oil and discovered that usually, you need to blend the oil with something so it isn't too strong - if the area you want to apply it to is close to your eyes, you need to be careful with pure tea tree oil. So with the one by The Body Shop it was very practical that it was diluted and thus didn't sting at all!
Due to my allergic reaction to my medication, I had blemishes down the sides of my face. I managed to cover the whole area for three or four times with just the 2ml vial of oil.
The smell is unique - you either like it or you don't. The scent is a little minty and earthy, but mainly fresh.
The oil is easily absorbed. I usually apply it before I put on my daily moisturiser and it blends in well!
My skin got better so quickly I almost couldn't believe it. I was amazed! The blemishes were a lot smaller and less visible after the first use already. My skin coped well with it and didn't dry out although tea tree oil can sometimes do that.
I had no allergic reactions, but if you are an allergic or have very sensitive skin, check the ingredients before buying.
Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Polysorbate 60, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Limonene, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, t-Butyl Alcohol, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol.
A little bottle with 10ml of this oil costs £7.00A and you can get it at regular The Body Shop shops or at http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/.
I loved this and I am now always using tea tree oil to help with blemishes. Highly recommended!!
Today I'd like the review the Calacas shower jelly by Lush.
My mother got this for me last year around Halloween! I was going on and on about how I want to try it out because I smelt this jelly at the shop and thought it was amazing. I've never had a shower jelly before and so I was curious about the texture as well. I was really happy when my mother presented the little pot to me. :)
I've had a lot of different Lush products before, so my prior experiences were quite good and I wouldn't have hesitated to buy this for myself at some point!
Calacas comes in a clear little plastic pot. On the lid there is a black and white lavel telling your the brand and product name. The product is described as "the spookiest and most refreshing lime jelly to get your bones moving". The little pot is also included in the offer where you get a free fresh face mask if you return five clean full-size pots to the shop.
Further labels are applied to the sides of the pot.
Directions for use are also given: How to use: Chill it, freeze it or use it straight from the pot. Stroke our wobbbly bit over your wobbly bits in the shower.
It is also stated that the seaweed gel in the product is great for your hair and scalp, so you can use it all over. The limited edition bathbomb "The Enchanter" is supposed to have a similar scent to Calacas.
The product is vegan and is good to use for a year.
I was very curious about this product as I've wanted to try it out for ages, but never actually had a shower jelly before!
This jelly is of a dazzling green colour that amazed me when I unscrewed the pot for the first time! It looks funny and wobbly, making showering a playful experience! It surprisingly easy to get out of the pot and stays in shape for quite a while if you don't squeeze it too tight! The part of the jelly that faces down in the pot is imprinted with a skull-design, but of course that was gone quickly. Still a nice little twist!
The scent is very, very fresh, but still has an earthy quality to it that gives it that spooky edge! On the official Lush website, the scent is described as "lime and jelly bean". It's really fresh and playful at the same time. I love it!
However when it comes to it's cleaning effect on the skin, I have to admit that Calacas is more for fun than it is practical. While it's fun to slide the wobbly jelly over your skin and enjoy the great scent and funny texture, the practical use of this product is limited. I just didn't feel clean enough with only this product alone. I defenitely needed to use a proper shower gel or soap bar before or after.
I've also tried out what was recommended on the pot and put the jelly in the freezer for a while and used it frozen. That was very refreshing and fun! Defenitely something different. The jelly still had it's wobbly texture, but was easier to handle and even more refreshing!
Another plus tho: This jelly will last your for ages. I already joked to a friend that my kids will inherit this pot from me. The jelly takes ages to get smaller, so this will last you quite a while .:)
My skin was fine with the jelly and didn't show any negative reactions. Allergics and very sensitive people should check the ingredients before buying.
*Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Propylene Glycol, *Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Shower jellies are £3.25 for 100g or £6.45 for 240g at Lush shops and at www.lush.co.uk.
Calacas is defenitely fun and smells fabulous but for me it just can't replace a shower gel or a soap bar. It's more for fun than for proper cleaning - but hey, that's okay, because you're probably aware of that if you buy a funky product like that! :) After all, you can try it out at the shop before buying and for Lush, this product is quite affordable. Four well-earned stars!
Today I am going to tell you all about the Bewitching shower crème by Imperial Leather.
To be honest, it's the beautiful bottle that caught my attention! I was simply browsing at Boots when I came across the beautiful purple bottle with the interesting name Bewiching. The design looked so pretty, I just had to take a sniff. I ended up loving the scent and bought it!
So far I have used a few Imperial Leather products and ended up liking them all, so nothing was speaking against trying this one out!
The shower crème comes in a beautiful plastic bottle with a purple cap that you ca just snap open for easy use under the shower. On the top of the bottle you can see Imperial Leather' 's red logo. Below that, "Limited Editions" is written in very pretty letters. The mid-section of the bottle is decorated with beautiful swirly ornaments.
The product's name "Bewitching" is given on the lowest part of the bottle and it is stated that it smells like blackberry blossom and wild fig.
On the back of the bottle, further information about the product is given. The "Bewitching" shower crème is supposed to embody "the spirit of Twisted Fairytales" in their "dark variant", "standing for all that is mysterious and foreboding, creating a truly bewitching showering experience". The shower crème is supposed to combine beautiful, signature fragrances and decadent, suspended shimmers" to create a special shower crème that will help your skin feel "renewed and radiant".
The ingredient wild fig is nown to help nourish and moisture the skin while Blackberry Blossom fraqrance "uplifts your soul".
Of course the ingredients are listed as well. The product was manufactured in England and contains 250ml.
I was really excited about using this product because the packaging just looks so pretty and the scent was fabulous when I gave it a quick sniff at the shop.
The shower crème itself is purple with a hint of glitter. When you rub it over your skin it builds up and nice lather that glitters, inviting you to get dreamy! It's easy to rinse off and the shimmer doesn't stay on your skin.
The scent is amazing! This product smells fruity and mysterious at the same time. The scent is warm and deep without being too heavy. I really love it! If you like it fruity but still elegant, this one is perfect for you!
I was satisfied with the product's impact on my skin. The shower crème cleans your nicely and makes you feel fresh without drying out your skin. I felt really good after using it and my skin was in good condition! If you need extra care, you might want to use a body lotion afterwards. Anyone with normal to just a little dry skin will do well with this one.
The bottle will last you quite a while as you only need a little dollop of it to rinse yourself completely!
My skin didn't show any bad reactions, but if you are an allergic or have very senisitive skin, check the ingredients before buying!
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates / Steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Parfum, Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Ficus carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium hydroxide, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Silica, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Mica, Tin Oxide, Limonene, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 17200, CI 42090.
You can buy this one at Boots for £1.89, but quite often it's on sale for £1.00, making it quite a bargain!
I love this one! The scent is fruiy, dreamy and elegant at the same time and the shimmer effect makes it more fun to use under the shower. The packaging makes it a real eye-candy in your bathroom, so I'm happy all over with it!
Today I am going to review the perfume My Place Or Yours Gina by Benefit!
I bought this pefume about a year ago when I was on the P&O ferry to Dover! On the ferry you can shop for beauty products and that's where I first discovered Benefit. What caught my attention were the beautiful boxes and packagings of the products. They are very feminine and playful without looking cheap and the products are simply very ineresting all over. I've never had a Benefit perfume before and was eager to try them out when they were on display. The Gina one appealed to me the most, si I got it to treat myself!
The perfume comes in an incredibly beautiful box. If you lift the lid, the front part of the box goes down to reveal the bottle. The inside of the box looks like a fancy city appartment and the bottle is standing in the middle. The box is made to look incredibly pretty with lots of playful details. It's so pretty I kept it until now!
On the back of the box there is a little "poem" about the scent.
"gina lives to seduce
to tempt & flaunt
and knows you should always
get what you want
so sinfully sexy
her allure is unjust,
but as they say...
"all's fair in love & lust.""
The bottle itself is pink and black with many decorative ornaments and a golden cap that is easy to unscrew. It contains 30ml. It worked well and never broke although I took it with me often!
The perfume is very easy to apply. The amount of perfume that comes out if you use the bottle is just perfect!
The scent is very fresh and playful at the same time. It's sexy without being too heavy, so it's perfect for pretty much every occasion!
The perfume's top notes consist of pink pepper, bergamot and tangerine, which gives the scent it's dep but fresh scent! The middle notes are peony, wild raspberry and white lily, given it a light flowery feeling! And then there's patchouli, tonka bean and vanilla bean as the bottom note, giving it a heavier, sweet lingering scent.
I am one of those persons who really loves patchouly, but even if you don#t do not worry - it's very, very subtle and doesn't dominate the scent.
The scent stays on your skin for a long while. It really feel like this perfume is a high quality one that you don't have to keep reapplying.
The bottle still isn't empty although I have been using it very often for about a year now, so i'd say it lasts you quite a while!
My skin didn't show any allergic reactions. If you have allergies or have very sensitive skin, check the ingredients before buying!
Alcohol denat., Fragrance (Parfum), Water (Aqua), Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Coumarin, Citral, BHT.
I don't remember exactly what I paid, but I think the perfume was about 20 pounds. I think it's defenitely worth it!
On the Benefit website, the perfume is listed for $36.00.
This perfume has quickly become one of my favourites. I love it! It smells amazing and the bottle has lasted me for ages now. The beautiful design of the bottle and the box really appealed to me. I defenitely recommend it!
Today I'd like to tell you about the Jamie's Italian restaurant in London's Covent Garden area!
Why we visited
I have been to Jamie's Italian for a few times now. My first visit was with my father when we were on holiday in London! I really like Jamie Oliver as a chef and I like to buy his products at the supermarket. I knew he had restaurants in major cities but somehow I never had the chance to visit one of them. But last year we finally wanted to go and decided on Jamie's Italian as it's menu sounded quite promising. I tend to not like too upscale food, but their menu seemed friendly enough!
The restaurant's look
Jamie's Italian is hidden away in a nice passage a little away from the Covent Garden tube station. It's easy to find though! There are shops sorrounding the restaurant and it blends in nicely.
The restaurant's atmosphere is relaxed, but still unique! The chairs and tables are not too big and simple so you can have a laid-back lunch there, but there are plenty of nice decorations to give the place a slightly Italian feel!
There is a bar at the entrence where you can have a drink, which can be useful if you have to wait for your table. If you come in and a table isn't immediately available you get a little beeper that will tell you when your table is ready. We haven't waited for longer than ten minutes on all of our visits!
The restaurant is buzzing as there are lots of people there and it's quite busy, but the decorations and the friendly staff still make it comfortable! The place's look just suits Jamie Oliver's image - it's a mix between a small English restaurant and an Italian trattoria.
My impression of the food
We've been to this restaurant for a few times now and I've liked what I ordered every single time. As I am not to keen on burgers or things that mainly consists of meat, I tend to order pasta. The pasta has been great on every single occasion!
I've tried tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, which were simply amazing. You can defenitely taste that the pasta is home-made at the restaurant. It is a fab meal to dig into, perfectly cooked with a well-seasoned sauce. Very filling!
Last time I tried a dish called "spring ravioli" which consisted of two big doughnut-shaped pasta pieces with lots of green leaves, some purple potatoes and a great slightly minty sauce. It tasted unlike anything I have ever eaten and it was also well-seasoned and filling!
My father has fallen in love with their pork chop! It was well-cooked and the sauce was fabulous! As a side we ordered the "funky chips", which are chips that are seasoned with fresh garlic and taste amazing!
The food always arrived quickly and was very nicely arranged! We loved it. It was filling and satisfying. The dishes are not overly big but just right to keep you well-fed!
Here is an small selection from the menu!
PLanks (Woode planks with starters)
-Italian cheeses: Buffalo mozzarella with chilli & mint, pecorino& amazing chilli jam (£6.95)
-Cured meats: Fennel salami, pistachio mortadella, prosciutto & schiacciata piccante (£6.95))
-Cured & crispy fish: Beetroot-cured salmon, roasted shellfish, smoked mackerel pâté & mini fritto misto with yuzu mayo (£7.50)
-FRIED THREE-CHEESE GNOCCHI: Delicious crunchy gnocchi with a fiery arrabbiata dip (£4.75)
-BAKED CHESTNUT MUSHROOMS: With smoked mozzarella, thyme & crispy "music bread" (£5.45)
Bread & Bruschetta (Brot & Bruschetta)
-ITALIAN BREAD SELECTION: Homemade rosemary focaccia, sourdough, crispy "music bread", ciabatta & tortano, all from our own artisan bakery. Served with extra virgin olive oil & aged balsamicn (£3.95)
-CRAB & AVOCADO BRUSCHETTA: Grilled sourdough topped with Start Bay crab & avocado, with apple matchsticks, chilli, mint, lemon & olive oil ( £6.85)
-TAGLIATELLE BOLOGNESE: Ragù of British beef & pork, with herbs, Chianti, Parmesan & crunchy, herby breadcrumbs (£6.95/£10.75)
-PRAWN LINGUINE: Fried garlicky prawns, shaved fennel, tomatoes, chilli & rocket (£7.75/£13.25)
-BLACK ANGEL SPAGHETTI: British scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine, parsley, capers & squid ink pasta (£8.45/£14.25)
Ravioli & Risotto
-SPRING PEA & MINT RAVIOLI: Doughnut-shaped pasta stuffed with ricotta, peas & Parmesan, with broad beans, asparagus, pesto, mint, lemon & heritage potatoes (£10.25)
-WILD TRUFFLE RISOTTO: Finely minced black truffle with butter & Parmesan. A real treat ( £6.95/£12.25 )
-THE JAMIE'S ITALIAN BURGER: Prime British chuck & flank steak with smoked mozzarella, mortadella, sticky balsamic onions, tomato, pickles & chillies
Add chips to make it £13.95
-FREE-RANGE CHICKEN: Grilled garlic & rosemary chicken with a tomato, olive, chilli & caper sauce ( £13.50)
-GRILLED BRITISH PORK CHOP: Marinated & cooked under a brick with salsa verde, apples, kohlrabi, mint, lemon & crackling (£12.95)
-JAMIE'S FAVOURITE TURKEY MILANESE: Stuffed with prosciutto & fontina, with a fried free-range egg & truffles (£12.95)
-30-DAYMATURED PRIMERIB: Beautiful 10oz bone-in chargrilled beef steak served with wild mushrooms & peppery endives ( £20.50)
Add my truffle butter & shaved Tuscan black truffles for £2.50
-FUNKY CHIPS With fresh garlic & parsley (£3.45)
-MINTED PEAS With lemon & olive oil ( £3.25)
... and there's lots more! This is really just a small section of the versatile menu. Of course there are also drinks in every price range. After finishing your main course you also get a menu with things to satisfy your sweet tooth!
The staff & service
We were really happy with the staff and the service they provided on all occasions. All the people at Jamie's Italian are very quick and friendly. They guided us to our table quickly, offered us everything that was to offer and served us without making us feel uncomfortable. Although there is so much going on in the restaurant, the staff maintained a friendly vibe.
The only thing we didn't like where that all the glasses for drinks were extremely scratched - probably because they are stored on top of each other. At first sight it looks like they are dirty, but in the end they were just scraped and rough.
The bathrooms are located in the restaurant's basement. They were always clean and also have a unique style.
We never booked ahead but instead just went there a little later than usual lunch time. The place is busy as it's well-loved among Londoners, but we never waited any longer than ten minutes!
How to get there
Jamie's Italian is located in a passage called Upper St Martin's Lane. It's easy to find if you take the tube to Covent Garden and then go left. Follow the busy street with all the shops and Upper St Martin's lane will be on the other side of the street.
Jamie's Italian, Covent Garden
11 Upper St Martin's Lane
Phone: 0203 326 6390
Monday to Saturday:
12.00 - 23:30h
12 00 - 22.30h
We love Jamie's Italian! Whenever my dad and I are in London we have lunch there once! Jamie Oliver is our favourite TV chef and we love the food. There is something for everyone. My dad does really well with the pork chop and the sensibly small portion of garlic chips as he has diabeties and needs to watch his carbs while I can dig into a pasta dish without being scared of it being too crazy or too fancy. Jamie's Italian is unique and interesting, but still down to earth. I recommend it!
Today I am going to tell you all about the Big Fat Healthy Hair conditioner by Lee Stafford!
I've been a huge fan of Lee Stafford products for years. When this conditioner came out and I first saw it, I was immediately interested. I love having big, fluffy hair and if there's a conditioner to enhance that, it has to be mine!
I bought the shampoo a while ago but the conditioner was sold out back then, but when the christmas packages were on sale, I finally got both the shampoo and the conditioner!
The conditioner comes in a pink bottle that stands on its cap. The bottle is a little see-through so you can see the product inside. In the usual Lee Stafford style the product name and logos are in big, crazy writing to make the bottle look unique! It is also stated that the conditioner contains a "Pro-Volume Complex" that is supposed to make your hair look and feel bigger and thicker!
There's some more pink writing on the lower part of the bottle where it is said that the conditioner will give your hair a boost. Your hair should no longer be limp and have more shine! On the back of the bottle there is even more information given about the product. It is said that the conditioner contais nourishing ingredients and panthenol to satisfy thirsty hair. There are also some tips for styling your hair on the bottle.
Of course the ingredients are listed on the bottle as well. It contains 250ml!
This conditioner satisfied me just as much as the Big Fat Healthy Hair shampoo!
The conditioner is white and creamy. It's easy to get out of the bottle and it's also easy to spread in your hair! Washing it out causes no problems either!
The product's scent is the usual Lee Stafford scent. It reminds me a little of playdough, but it's also sweet. I love it!
The conditioner's effect on my hair was fabulous! My hair felt so much better right after the first use. The conditioner provides a lot of moisture and really gives the hair more volume and texture. It feels softer and looks healthier! It's so much fluffier and fuller without being weighed down by the conditioner.
I'd especially recommend this conditioner to people who have very dry or limp hair or colour their hair a lot!
The bottle lasted me quite a while! You don't need too much of it at once, even if you have very long hair like me!
My skin and hair didn't show any bad reactions, but of course allergics and very sensitive people should check the ingredients before buying!
Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Acrylates / Lauryl Acrylate / Stearyl Acrylate /Ethylamine Oxide Methacrylate Copolymer Cetrimonium Chloride, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Panthenol, Hdroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylptopional, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Coumarin, Citric Acid, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Hydroxide.
This conditioner is £5.99 at Boots!
I loved this and will buy it again! This conditioner really provides a lot of moisture and makes your hair look healthier and bigger!
Today I will tell you all about the Walkers Red Sky Anglesey Sea Salt potato crisps.
I live in Germany and we don't have any Walkers crisps here - much to my sadness, because they are defenitely my favourites. When I visit the UK I load up on crisps, but supplies run out fast. ;) But to my luck there's Approved Food, where you can buy British food for very little money and have it delivered straight to your door.
I've tried some Red Sky crisps before when I was in England, but I couldn't remember if I had tried the Anglesey ones yet. Since they were quite cheap of Approved Food, I decided to give them a go!
These crisps come in a big bag that contains 150g. The bag is mainly blue, showing a beautiful sky above the outlins of farm's field with a tractor. The brand name Red Sky is written over that sky-like background in big letters. The slogan "Nature's promise of a glorious day" is set around that. The name of the crisps' flavour is stated and it is also mentioned that the product supports the Prince's Countryside Fund. On the lower right of the bag the nutritional values for a 30g portion of the crisps are stated.
On the back of the bag, the crisps are described as tasting of the countryside. The products is set to promote the beauty of rural Britain and Red Sky supports projects like Farmer Network in Cumbria.
It is promised that the products contains 100% natural seasonings, resulting in 100% natural taste. The sea salt that is contained in the crisps is supposed to be indeed be from Anglesey.
Of course the ingredients and nutriotional values are listed on the bag as well.
I really love the design of the packaging - the whole bag looks very calm and soothing.
Sometimes I really like crisps that are merely salted. Here in Germany, ready salted crisps are still a novelty - we are crazy about chips with paprika taste. ;) But crisps that are only seasoned with salt bring out the potato in the taste and thuss are something completely different!
I really, really liked these crisps. They are not too salty, but still salty enough to taste exciting. The crisps themselves are of great quality and taste like really, really good potatoes.
My urge to nibble was satisfied by them very well. I didn't feel the need to eat the whole bag in one go as it something happens with crisps, but I really savoured them. They make a great snake and made me feel less guilty than other crisps! They aren't as fatty as some crisps are and have indeed less calories than others.
If you don't finish the bag in one go, don't worry - the crisps stay fresh long if you roll up the bag a little!
Energy 1982 kJ / 473 kcal
- of which saturates 1.8g
- of which mono-unsaturates 17.3g
- of which polyunsaturates 2,8g
- of which sugars 0.5g
Anglesey Sea Salt Potato Chips
Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (17%). Rapeseed Oil, Anglesey Sea Salt.
The crisps are suitable for vegetarians.
I paid 99p at Approved Food and there was an offer of £1.60 for two bags.
At Waitrose they are also currently on offer for 99p.
I really like these crisps. They are crunchy, perfectly seasoned and not too fatty. I like them and i'd buy them again!
Today I am going to tell you all about the Royal Jelly shower gel by Boots.
This shower gel caught my attention when I was browsing at Boots. I had never seen it before though I believe it is quite a classic! I really like honey-scented products and shower gels with honey and milk are pretty much the standard product in Germany, so something with pure honey scent instead of the honey and milk kind was quite appealing to me! Since it wasn't that expensive and looked really nice, I decided to try it out!
The shower gel comes in one of these bottles you can hang in the shower upside down if you want to. It contains 250ml and has a golden plastic cap you just snap open (as opposed to unscrewing).
There's a silver label on the front of the bottle giving the brand name and product name. It is also stated that the shower gel provides moisture for the skin and contains pure honey.
On the back of the bottle there is a grey label with silver/grey writing on it. The shower gel is supposed to contain high quality ingredients (natural royal jelly!) and luxurious pampering for your skin to make it soft and nourished.
The ingredients are listed on the back of the bottle as well!
This shower gel does not only smell like honey, but the texture is also very much like that lovely sweet stuff! It's not too thick or sticky though - you can easily squeeze it out of the bottle and spread it on your skin! It's super soft to the touch and builds up a nice lather. Washing it off is easy as well!
The scent is absolutely lovely. It smells like real honey! The scent stays on the skin, but only ever so slightly.
It does a lot for your skin, too. My skin felt really soft and smooth afterwards! I was well moisturised and not as desperate for lotion as usual! I also felt nice and clean afterwards! Despite the scent being so sweet, I felt quite refreshed.
My skin reacted well to it and I had no problems. Allergics and people with very sensitive skin should, of course, check the list of ingredients before buying the product.
The bottle lasted me quite a while - I think it can last you for up to 25 showers because you need so little of it to wash yourself all over!
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citric Acid, BHT, PEG-40 hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-39, Benzophenone-4, Propylene glycol, Royal jelly, Panthenol, Mel, Methylparaben, Denatonium Benzoate, Proyplparaben, Tocopherol, CI 19140, CI 14700, CI 42090.
You can only buy this at Boots drugstores for £2.55. I think that price is quite acceptable!
I loved this! I was worried that the scent might be too sweet in an artificial way, but it smelt just like real honey and I fell in love with it. I defenitely recommend it to everyone who loves honey and I am sure it would make a nice gift. :)