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When Eau de Lacoste was released they were giving away free roller ball pens of the fragrance and I was lucky enough to get one. This is definitely the most generous perfume sample I've ever had, being 6ml in size - which doesn't sound huge, but is actually quite big when you see it.
I don't think this is a scent I would have ever been drawn to try in a shop, as I am really not keen on the bottle. In fact, the round glass bottle itself is fine, it's the lid I don't really like. I'm not sure why I dislike it so much, although I do think it makes it look a little bit cheap. My roller ball pen is plain glass with a silver lid and I think it looks much nicer, as it's quite sleek.
The perfume has notes of pineapple, mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, orange blossom, sandalwood and vetiver. On paper I really like the sound of that, I tend to like fruity, juicy scents and the pineapple and mandarin sounds really lovely, if a tad unusual for a perfume.
When first applied to my skin, the immediate thing that always comes to my mind is how much this reminds me of a perfume I used to wear in the 90's. I have no idea what it was, but I believe it was quite a cheap fragrance, such as Exclamation Eau or So...? Something like that anyway. If by any chance anyone reading uses this scent and knows what I'm talking about, please let me know, it's been driving me mad for months!!
The perfume is quite fruity at first. I can smell the mandarin in it quite clearly and it also has a sort of white floral smell to it. It perhaps sounds a strange thing to say, but I think this is quite a sporty fragrance, although I don't know if that's just a subconscious thing because it is the Lacoste brand.
I find after a while on the skin, the perfume starts to smell more floral and it loses some of the fruitiness that comes out when first applied. I find it to be a nice, inoffensive scent, but nothing I find special. In fact I'd say it's quite generic and doesn't stand out to me as being particularly special or unique. Once settled on the skin and the mandarin fragrance has gone, I find it difficult to pick out any one ingredient from the scent - it just smells like a fresh, floral.
I think the longevity of the fragrance is quite good. Last night I applied it and I could smell it for several hours afterwards. I'd say I tend to get around 5-6 hours staying power from this scent.
This is not a scent I wear often. I can't really find the right occasion for it to be honest. I do think it is a daytime scent, rather than a night time or evening fragrance as it's quite light. I'd also say it's suitable for all year round. I put this on last night because I knew I wanted to review it and asked my husband for his opinion. His response was 'err...it's a bit different'. I take that to mean he doesn't like it!
A 50ml bottle of this perfume costs £27.20 from Allbeauty.com. Personally I do not think it is worth that, I wouldn't have said it was worth any more than £15 at the most.
As you can probably tell I'm not overly keen on this fragrance. There's nothing wrong with it as such, it's just not special and doesn't stand out in any way. If I wanted a light, daytime scent, there are several I would choose ahead of this one, as I feel there are much better fragrances available for a similar price.
I got my Lady Gaga eau de parfum as one of those little sample sprays. I am usually very sceptical about celebrity perfumes, despite the fact that I have found a few that I have liked in the past. I think it must just be a bit of a mental block, I automatically think they won't be as good as the more expensive branded perfumes.
The Lady Gaga perfume comes in a very unusual bottle as you can see from the picture. As I said, I don't have the full sized bottle, but I do quite like this bottle just because it's a bit different. The black colour and the gold claw-like top appeal to me, even though it's the opposite to the kind of thing I'd normally choose.
The card I was sent with the perfume lists the notes of the perfume as 'Tears of Belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverised apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops'. That all sounds very dramatic and to be honest I have no idea what half of those things are, so I still didn't know what to expect!
When first sprayed, the perfume (which comes out grey on the skin, so make sure you rub it in) smelled to me a lot like liquorice. I don't mind eating liquorice but I don't necessarily want to smell like it! I found it quite a strong scent and it had musky/smoky tones at first, which were a little heavier than I would prefer.
As the perfume settles on the skin, the fragrance seems to calm down and becomes, in my opinion, much nicer. I can detect a sort of muted jasmine scent which to me seems to be combined with a kind of dark fruity fragrance (possibly plum?). As I said, much nicer than when it is initially sprayed. I'd describe it as a feminine scent, yet it isn't girly if you know what I mean? It probably says 'strong woman' which I guess fits a Lady Gaga product quite well.
I'd say this is suitable for day or night, although I'm inclined to wear it more in the evenings, especially as it can be a little heavy when first applied. To me it is more an autumn- winter fragrance than a summery one.
The longevity on this fragrance is not very good, which I find to be its main downside. After around 3-4 hours it seems to disappear to the point I can't smell it any more which is a little disappointing.
When I checked prices, the cheapest I found this was £10.90 for a 30ml bottle at allbeauty.com. I was surprised it was that cheap to be honest, in my mind I expected it to be closer to the £18-£20 mark, so I think that's quite a good price. You can buy matching products such as the shower gel and body lotion if you like to layer your scents.
Overall, this was another celebrity perfume which was nicer than I expected it to be. That said, I find the staying power quite poor and it's not the most special of fragrances or one I choose a lot, so I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars - but I'd maybe stretch to 3.5 if half stars were an option!
There were a couple of reasons that I bought the Barry M 3 in 1 Nail Paint. The first was that I liked the idea of having just one product to perform three functions, the second was that I prefer to use a clear base coat than a tinted one, as I find they can go a little streaky.
The Barry M 3 in 1 Nail Paint is a base coat, top coat and nail hardener all in one. It comes in the same rectangular clear bottle that the rest of the Barry M Nail Paints come in, so is easily recognisable as being the Barry M brand.
To use, you simply paint the clear polish over your nails. The brush is a good size and covers the nails easily. I like the consistency of the polish, it's not too thick or too watery and it goes on easily. As it's clear, it can be difficult to see where it's been applied, but then again, being clear you can't see any bits that have been missed either!
As a base coat, I find it quite effective. In the colder months I wear a lot of dark colours that can stain the nails and this does seem to stop the staining and makes the polish go on more smoothly too.
As a top coat, I also find it very good. It is very glossy, so gives a good sheen to the nails, but it also helps my polish last longer too which is never a bad thing really, as I hate the whole process of actually painting my nails.
The only place I think this falls down is as a nail hardener. My nails have been quite brittle lately and this doesn't seem to make a huge amount of difference - certainly not a noticeable difference anyway.
This product costs £2.99 from Superdrug or Boots. I think that's a really good price, considering it is multi-functional. I know that I have paid more than that for just a base coat or top coat on their own in the past, so even though I don't really think much of it as a strengthener, I still think it's a really good bargain.
Overall, I'm really pleased with this product. It's handy to have a base coat and top coat in one because not only does it save money, but it saves space which is important to me as I have so many hundreds of beauty products cluttering the place up! I'd definitely recommend this, as long as you are not expecting too much from it in terms of strengthening properties.
I love scented candles and on having a sort out recently, I found a couple in a drawer which I'd completely forgotten about. One of those was 'A Child's Wish' by Yankee Candle. My husband bought this for me when it was first released, which I'm guessing was probably a year ago, maybe even longer.
Usually with candles I prefer to know what I'm getting with the name. A candle called 'cranberry' or 'coconut' tells me straight away, but when they are given names like 'A child's wish' I think it's hard to know what to expect and so I don't find myself as drawn to the fragrance as I would be to others. For the record, the Yankee candle website describes this as 'A warm breeze of soft flowers and fresh green fields captures the sweet innocence of childhood days playing in the backyard.' Each Yankee Candle is split into fragrance families and this one is from the floral range. The label features a child blowing a dandelion clock.
I have this in a wax tart, but like all Yankee Candles it is available in the form of a votive, tea lights, glass jars or glass tumblers. Since I am reviewing the wax tart, I should explain that the idea of a wax tart is that it is just a disc of wax (it doesn't have a wick) which you melt in a burner to release the fragrance into the room. You can use it multiple times until the scent runs out and these wax tarts are the most affordable way of buying Yankee Candles.
I was surprised by the scent of A Child's Wish when I opened it. It smelled much nicer out of the wrapper than in it. It has a very fresh, floral fragrance which is incredibly green and summery. It vaguely reminded me of one of my favourite perfumes which is the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom too, which was a welcome surprise.
It took a little while for the smell of this to come out after I started burning it. When the smell did become apparent, it quickly filled the room. I really liked the scent of this one, I often find the floral scented candles can be quite heady, but this one was a nice intensity (strong enough to smell clearly, but not overpowering) and it smelled very fresh and summery. I think I'd liken it to freshly cut grass on a warm day.
A wax tart gives approximately eight hours burn time. I didn't really time it, but I'd say that's probably quite accurate in this case.
The following prices are approx and vary depending on where you shop. These are from yankeecandle.co.uk you can also buy Yankee Candle at various places on the high street - Boots stock them now - but mostly independent card shops tend to be the best place.
Wax Tart - £1.25
Votive - £1.80
Small jar - £8.39
Medium jar - £16.99
Large jar - £19.99
Tea lights (box of 12) - £6.75
Overall I was pleased with this particular fragrance and it is one I would buy again. I don't think it is the most special of the fragrances I have used, but it is a nice scent for spring/summer. The intensity is good as is the longevity and if you like clean, floral, grassy sort of scents, then I'd recommend it.
I've had a couple of these Soap and Glory shower puffs now, both received in gift sets. I don't normally buy shower puffs myself because I do find at Christmas and birthdays I often get sets with them in, so I always seem to have a supply.
If you haven't used this type of product, it is essentially nylon netting which is tied in the middle to create a ball. The Soap and Glory ones are tied with a loop of Soap and Glory branded ribbon which allows you to hang them up in the shower. You then use this in place of a flannel or sponge in the shower.
The Soap and Glory shower puffs stand out from other brands just because of their size. I'd say they are probably around twice the size of other brands. They are of course a baby pink colour, which fits in with other products in the range.
You may think that being a bigger size would be beneficial, but personally I find it to be a hindrance. Perhaps it's because I have quite small hands, but I do find these quite difficult to hold in the shower, as I just can't get a good grip on them.
One of the benefits of using a shower puff is that it can make your shower gel lather better, meaning you can use less of the product each time. Whilst this is the case with this one, I do find that some of the lather almost gets lost in the huge ball of netting (if that makes any sense?!) and so never quite makes its way onto my skin. The ball also takes extra rinsing to get it clean and takes longer to dry out than smaller versions. The netting used on them feels good quality and is not too scratchy on the skin.
If you buy these individually they cost £3.50 from Boots. I do think that's quite pricey, considering you can get similar (albeit smaller) products much cheaper elsewhere - ASDA for example, sell them for less than £1. If I had to buy a branded one, I'd suggest The Body Shop's version which I think cost £1.50 each.
Overall, I'm not too impressed with the Soap and Glory shower puff. The quality is fine, but it's too big and the price is too steep for what you get, so I would not recommend it.
I bought this because it was just £1 in Tesco, which is pretty much the cheapest you will find for a laundry detergent. I'd already tried the pink version which I thought was OK but not great, yet still I thought I'd give this a go anyway, although I can't say I had particularly high hopes for it.
The product is a laundry gel and comes in a white bottle with a purple lid that doubles as a dosing device. The label features a purple heart and instructions are printed on the back. On removing the dosing device there is another lid underneath with a flip top cap and unfortunately mine stopped closing properly after the first use.
The packaging advises this will combine 'real cleaning power' (opposed to fake cleaning power?) with exotic fragrance. Dosing advice is given on the pack depending on water type and whether clothes have light or heavy soiling. A 770ml bottle will give up to 22 washes.
To use, simply fill the purple cap with the required amount of gel and place in the drum of the machine. The gel itself is a lilac colour, quite runny and only just qualifies as being a gel really. The fragrance is very light and slightly floral, although I have never been great at distinguishing one floral from another, so I can't really be more specific. I could tell before I even used it for the first time, that the scent was not strong enough to stay on my washing.
After washing, I found that the results were pretty much as I expected them to be. The gel will clean and freshen clothes without any problem, but if you're looking for stain removal power, then you need to use something else - or at least add some stain remover in with your wash. For us, I've found this product to be fine though, as most of our clothes do just need a freshen up. I suspect if you were doing washing for someone in a dirty, manual job or for young children, this probably would not be adequate for your needs.
As suspected, no trace of scent was left on my clothes after using this, yet everything did smell clean. Myself and my husband both have eczema and I am allergic to some washing powders (Bold 2in1) and neither of us has experienced any reaction from using this.
Overall, I think this is OK, as long as you don't expect too much from it! It cleans clothes with light soiling fine, so suits our household - I suspect however, whether you will get on with it, will depend on the sorts of washing/stains you are regularly dealing with. For £1 I think it is worth a try.
I seem to remember when Maybelline Baby Lips was introduced in the UK, there was a lot of hype about it. I think it was out in America first and there had been quite a lot of positive reviews in the online beauty community. It took me a while to jump on the bandwagon, but I finally purchased myself a tube in the colour pink punch.
There are actually six colours available and they are not the usual colours you would expect! There is a yellow, pink, blue, lilac, orange and green. I thought by buying the pink version, I was playing it safe...
The lip balm comes backed onto card and the tube itself is bright pink (or bright whatever other colour you have bought!). The text on the tube is a graffiti style and I think that makes it look quite a young, funky product rather than a sophisticated product. It even says on the tube 'for adult use only', although perhaps that's in case anyone sees the name and thinks this is suitable for a baby!!
I found that the balm had quite a sweet, sugary smell to it, and glided onto my lips really easily. The packaging suggests that this will give a 'hint of colour'. Now let's just say my idea of a hint is obviously not theirs! I found the colour to be very bright. The product was very pigmented and the bright colour looked incredibly pink. I'd say the colour also looked quite thick and bold on my lips and to be honest I found this disappointing. I didn't really feel that this was a wearable colour on me, so I have only ever used this product around the house - it's not a balm I'd put in my handbag to use on the go.
The product claims to give 8 hours of moisturisation. Whilst it does have a very creamy formula and does feel moisturising on the lips, I think 8 hours is an exaggeration. For a start, if I eat or drink anything it will come off (leaving a noticeable pink mark on any cup or glass). Unless I'm asleep it's rare that I'll go 8 hours without eating or drinking at all, so I don't really believe the claims.
Another thing I will mention, is that if I have dry skin on my lips - which I often do, especially in cold weather - the pink colouring of the product really highlights that fact and looks awful.
These lip balms cost £2.99 from Boots and Superdrug.
Overall, I was quite disappointed in this product. Whilst it feels really creamy and moisturising (at least when first on, not after 8 hours as claimed!), the colour was just too much for me personally. I didn't expect it to look so bright and because of this I don't think I would buy it again.
I bought the Superdrug Vitamin E radiance moisture cream a few months ago, as I noticed it when looking for the Olay Multiradiance Fluid and thought it sounded like a similar, but cheaper alternative.
The product is a face cream suitable for normal-dry skin. My skin is quite dry around my nose and my forehead, but my cheeks and chin are more normal, so this should be perfect for me. The cream contains vitamin E, has SPF 15 and claims to provide 12 hour moisturisation.
The cream comes in a small 50ml tube, which is a beige colour with lots of text on the front and has a flip top lid. The packaging does not particular stand out to me as being special, but it's perfectly functional which I guess is the main thing. The only downside I can think of, is that sometimes if I don't use this for a few days, a hard lump of cream can form in the nozzle of the tube, which has to be removed before I can use this.
The cream itself is a creamy beige colour and it contains lots of very fine particles of shimmer. I have used other products like this - such as the Olay product I mentioned above - but I think this one is possibly the most shimmery. In fact, in some lights it looks almost like liquid gold, which although pretty, is not exactly what I want to put on my face!
The cream has a subtle scent to it which reminds me of sun tan lotion. When it comes to application, I find it rubs in easily and thankfully as it is rubbed into the skin, the gold particles seem to spread out and disappear, so it does not make my face look hugely shimmery or particularly gold looking! What it does instead, is to give my skin a subtle dewy glow to it, without looking like I have applied make-up or lots of product.
As a moisturiser I find it to be quite effective. It leaves my skin feeling very soft - especially for the first few hours after application. I don't think I can agree with the claims that it moisturises for 12 hours - I would say it tends to wear off in closer to four or five, but during that time it is effective at keeping dry patches at bay.
A 50ml tube of this cream retails at £2.99 in Superdrug, although it can often be found on offer when bought with other products within the same range, such as 3 for 2 or 3 for £4. I think that's fairly good value for a moisturiser.
Overall, I think this product is OK, but if I'm totally honest, I probably wouldn't buy it again. Although it makes my skin feel nice initially and gives a nice subtle glow, I would prefer something that gave continuous moisturisation. The fact that I have to top it up after a few hours, means it is not as economical as it first appears, so I think an average rating of three stars would be fair for this product.
I have never liked the smell of Dettol, it's far too medicinal for my liking, and although I've tried some of their other products - such as the green apple spray - I have never really liked the brand. The only reason I came to try Dettol's Power and Pure Kitchen Spray is that we often shop in Costco and they seem to regularly have offers on this product. I believe we paid £2.99 for three 750ml bottles, which is exceptional value. Considering that the same size bottles cost £2 each in ASDA or £3 each in the other major supermarkets, we essentially got three bottles for the price of one.
The kitchen spray comes in a white bottle with a trigger spray. The nozzle can be locked into the on/off position by twisting. I quite like the white and blue design of the packaging, however I think ultimately I would prefer a clear bottle as I like to have a visual reminder of when things need to be replaced.
The product claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and leave no chemical residue. It is nice to know that a product is killing germs as well as getting things clean.
To use, simply spray and wipe. I mostly use this on my kitchen benches, but also on the stainless steel hob and draining board, the kitchen table and the tiles. Essentially it has been used on virtually every surface in my kitchen except the windows! I have also used it to clean the sink in the downstairs loo and have even wiped the paintwork down with it.
The smell of the spray is not as bad as that of other Dettol products I've tried but is still not really a fragrance I like very much. It's very hard to describe the scent - I find it has a fairly chemical tone, but somehow smells clean at the same time. I really prefer something that has a distinctive fragrance to it - for example lemon - which is why I normally buy Flash.
In terms of performance I cannot complain. The product is a thin, clear liquid and only a few sprays are needed for most surfaces. After wiping most surfaces look clean - it effortlessly removes any splashes or stains and I would have to agree with their claim that no chemical residue is left behind.
The worst surface this product has to contend with is my hob when it is covered in burnt on food. My husband recently spilled chicken gravy on the hob and because it was hot at the time it all dried on. I usually spray and wipe, but this time I sprayed and left this on for a few moments and it came straight off with just a cloth. I was really pleased as looking at the state of it, I had expected it was going to be a 30 minute job involving twenty different products and a full packet of scourers!
The only time I can recall this product struggling with anything, was when I noticed that the plastic door on my washing machine was covered in a sort of soap scum residue. This product didn't cope very well with that as I recall, despite spraying it on liberally and in the end I resorted to hot water and soda crystals which were cheaper but much more effective.
On the whole this is a good product. It wouldn't be my first choice, again, just because of the smell. That said I would buy it again, especially if I see the same deal at Costco. Not only is it anti-bacterial, but it is very effective and leaves no stickiness or residue behind, so I feel it was a good buy.
I had wanted to try Clinique Chubby Sticks for a while, but could never justify the price. When I saw Revlon were making a product which looked near identical for a fraction of the cost, I couldn't wait to try it, especially as it seemed to get such great reviews and feedback online.
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain comes in a selection of ten colours, so hopefully there will be something to suit most people. The colour I chose is called Honey. It looks a dark, dusky pink in the tube, but comes out as a slightly softer pink.
The packaging, as mentioned, is near identical to that of the Clinique Chubby Sticks. It is plastic casing, the colour representing the product inside, and has a silver twist up base. The balm itself looks a lot like a crayon. I like the packaging, it seems nicely made and despite having owned this for around a year or so, none of the lettering has worn off or anything like that, so it looks in pretty much perfect condition.
The idea of the product is that it is a lip stain which is in the form of a balm to moisturise lips as well as provide a long lasting colour. I liked this idea as I find a lot of lip stains are quite drying.
To apply, you simply colour in your lips with the crayon. It's probably advisable to go round the edge then fill the rest in, as being a stain if you go over your lips and get this on your skin it's hard to get off. That's how I do it anyway.
I have to say, I really don't like the way this feels on application. I find it quite dry and it really seems to drag the skin on my lips. I was surprised by this as being called a balm, I would have expected it to be creamier.
In terms of colour I find this has good pigmentation and gives a good all over colour. Surprisingly, given how dry it feels, the finish is slightly dewy, so it does not look like your typical stain.
I guess the benefit of this being a stain rather than a regular lipstick, is that it does last well. It does seem to transfer onto cups and things a little bit, but it also leaves a stain behind, so lips have some colour quite a long time after application. I can't say I've ever really timed how long it lasts, but if I put it on in the morning, I can often still see it by mid-afternoon. It wears evenly too, so I don't find I'm left with colour around the edges of my lips but not the middle.
The main problem with this and the reason I don't particularly like it, is that I do find it incredibly drying. That was really disappointing to me as I'd bought it hoping that it would be the complete opposite. It has even got to the point where my lips have felt quite sore after applying this because they have become so dried out. I've even found myself applying non-coloured lip balm over the top of this to keep my lips hydrated, so for me it really fails on the 'balm' side of things.
These balm stains cost £7.99 from Boots and Superdrug. I seem to remember I got mine when Superdrug had an offer running, so I didn't quite pay the full price for this, which makes me feel better about the fact I don't like it!
On the whole, I would not recommend these. I do think as a stain they are effective though. The colour is strong and they last very well. The fact that I found this quite dry and difficult to apply and the way it dried my lips out so much however, means I would not consider purchasing another one of these. I do wonder if perhaps it's just me, because as noted at the top of this review, I researched the product and it seemed to get rave reviews, it just didn't work for me. Given my experiences, personally I would not recommend it, I'd suggest trying something else instead.
ELF (which stands for eyes, lips, face) is an American brand of budget make up which is available online in the UK. I have been using the site for several years and found the products hit and miss, but with the prices being so low, it is possible to try out quite a range of products for not much money. This is especially good if you want to experiment with colour.
I am a big fan of the ELF Studio Mineral lipsticks. The studio range is the slightly more expensive range ELF do and those lipsticks cost £5, whereas the lipsticks I am reviewing today are from the more basic range and cost £1.95. It might be my imagination, but I think the prices have gone up slightly just recently - I could have sworn I only paid £1.50 for these, sometime last year, but I may be wrong. Either way, they are still very cheap.
There are twelve colours available, mostly brown, pink and plum toned shades. I believe I bought three colours, however one has gone AWOL, so I will just discuss the colours I have with me at the moment which are 'Classy' a deep pink and 'Nostalgic' which is a brown/nude colour. Obviously buying make-up online is not always ideal in terms of choosing a colour, but what I tend to do now is just google image search the shade and there are nearly always pictures of someone wearing it. I found the shades to be quite similar to the swatches on the website.
The packaging of the lipsticks is nice enough for the price paid. They come in silver tubes and when you remove the lid, the inside part is clear. I don't think they look obviously cheap, but at the same time I doubt anyone would mistake them for a very expensive product either. The only complaint I have with the packaging, is that the twist up mechanism can be quite stiff and almost seems as though it jams at times.
I find the lipsticks to be quite creamy in consistency and to go on easily and smoothly. I have noticed that they have a very slight fragrance to them - it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what this is, but I'm not keen on it and would prefer it didn't have this.
In terms of colour I found Nostalgic to be awful. As it was quite pale, it showed up any imperfections on my lips and the coverage was quite poor - it almost went on patchy and if I tried to go over it, it then looked too thick, so I felt I couldn't win with it. In fact, I think I will throw it out once I've finished this review, as I don't imagine I'll ever be able to wear it.
Strangely, Classy, was a much better colour. It gave good, full coverage to my lips and although I think it is perhaps a little more pink than suits me, I really like it as a product. It feels quite nice and moisturising and doesn't dry my lips out at all. Unlike the paler shade, it does not seem to draw attention to dryness or other imperfections on my lips. It seems to last reasonably well - perhaps 3-4 hours as long as I am not eating or drinking. If I do eat or drink the whole lot seems to disappear, but I often find this to be the case even with much more expensive lip products.
Despite experiencing mixed results, I would buy these lipsticks again in the future. I do think the problems with 'Nostalgic' were due to the pale colour. My natural lip tone is quite dark and I think I chose a colour that was too pale for me. If I was to buy another one of these, I would stick to the mid-dark colour range, which I think would give better results.
Given the mixed results I've had it is difficult to know whether to recommend these or not! I would definitely recommend the shade 'classy' and I suspect the other, slightly darker shades would also be good, but I will avoid the lighter shades in the future.
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I am currently using the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, so thought I would share my experience with it. I am onto my second tube of this - both tubes I have I got free - one was from a beauty box, I think the other might have actually came free with a magazine. I'm not sure if I would necessarily have chosen to buy this product because although I have tried a few Balance Me products now, none of them have really wowed me, but still it is always good to get the chance to try something before you buy.
The product comes in a pump bottle like the one pictured. I'm not overly sold on the orange and white packaging, but it's fine and fairly innofensive. The pump bottle contains 15ml, whereas the smaller sample tubes I have contain 7ml each, so over the time I've been using this (several months now) I have used nearly the equivalent of a full bottle.
The product contains roman chamomile, lemon oil, cucumber oil, witch hazel, rosehip and carrot oil amongst other things and is of 99% natural origin and made in the UK. It promises to smooth fine lines and reduce under eye circles. It was the under eye circle promise which appealed to me as I have really dark circles and nothing I've tried has really helped them. The cream is suitable for all skin types. For the record I have fairly dry skin in general, but on the area around my eyes I'd describe my skin type as being 'normal'.
To use, I simply apply a tiny bit to my finger and then pat it into the area under my eyes. I never rub it in, because the skin around the eyes is very delicate and I don't want to damage it. The product is a sort of light, cloudy white gel. It's quite a runny consistency - not watery so much, just light, so good for those who don't like a heavy eye cream. I find it absorbs quite quickly, although I have to be careful not to apply too much, as doing so can leave a slightly sticky feeling on the skin. A little does go a long way, which is a positive as it makes the product more economical in the long run.
In all the time I've used it, I have never really noticed the product to have a scent. I've just squeezed a bit onto my finger to test it and it does have a smell to it - it's almost a spicy fragrance - but it's quite subtle and obviously not really noticeable to me. The scent is certainly not strong enough to irritate my eye area or make my eyes water, which has been the case with some products I've used in the past.
In terms of results, I can't say I have been overly impressed with this unfortunately. Whilst it is cooling and feels nice to apply, I can't say I have noticed a huge difference to the skin under my eyes since I began using this. There is certainly very little difference to the dark circles under my eyes which is disappointing (although not particularly surprising to me!) and I haven't found the area to look particularly smoother or brighter. On the positive side, the skin under my eyes does always feel nice and smooth to the touch - although since not many people touch me under the eyes, I can't say that's really a huge benefit!!
As I'd got this free, I had to look up the price and was shocked to see that it retails at £20 for 15ml. I was expecting it to be closer to the £8 mark and even then I would have thought it was overpriced! I certainly would not pay £20 for it as it has not really made a noticeable difference to me. You can buy the product from John Lewis, Debenhams or LookFantastic.com
Overall, I found this cream disappointing. It is a nice cream to apply and it made my skin feel smooth and also cooled the eye area, but I noticed very little difference in relation to my dark circles or the way the skin looked around the eye. I also think the price tag is too steep and would not buy it again, therefore I feel the maximum I can give it is a two star rating.
Hand sanitiser is quite a boring product and not necessarily something I would buy frequently, but I do tend to keep a bottle in my bag because it's handy to have, especially when working in an office where you share desks with people.
I picked up the Wilko Fruity Citrus Instant Hand Sanitiser mainly because I noticed it was only 50p in my local Wilkinsons. I would usually pay closer to £1.50 in Boots for a hand sanitiser and even then it would tend to be a plain one rather than a scented one like this. I have also used other products from the Wilko Fruity range and been pleased with them, so I hoped I'd like this too.
The product comes in a small (50ml), clear bottle, perfect for keeping in a hand bag or desk drawer at work. It has an easy to open flip top lid so is easy to dispense.
To use this, you simply squeeze a small amount onto your hands and rub them together, making sure to cover all surfaces, such as in between your fingers. The high alcohol content kills any germs which may be on your skin, therefore sanitising your hands.
The scent of the gel reminds me of weak orange juice. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It is far preferable in my opinion to some of the plain gels which can smell strongly of alcohol and can be a little sickly.
The gel is quite runny, which I suppose I would expect for a product in this price range. This does not seem to really affect using it, as it rubs easily into hands (and being runny, a little goes a long way) and it leaves no residue or stickiness behind. The citrus smell does linger on my hands for some time - perhaps up to 30 minutes - after use.
I cannot really comment on how effective this is at killing germs without the aid of a microscope. Using it however, certainly makes me feel better that I am not transferring or picking up lots of germs.
I should note that I have not found this to have any negative feeling on my skin. I do suffer from dry skin especially on my hands and this tends to get worse during winter. Some hand sanitisers I've used in the past have left my hands feeling very dried out and sore, but I have used this for several months now and I haven't noticed any dryness or other negative effects on my skin.
Overall I would recommend this product. The low price is a big selling point for me and the fact it doesn't dry my skin is a bonus too.
Not long before Christmas I went shopping with my husband and we nipped into Lush. I decided to buy myself just one product because I already had quite a stash of bath products/toiletries at home and suspected that I would probably get more on Christmas day. After much deliberation, I decided to get the Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar.
Firstly for those not in the know, a bubble bar is solid bubble bath. You crumble it under running water and it will foam up like a regular liquid bubble bath would. Most of the bubble bars can be used either just once or a couple of times by breaking them into pieces. Every now and then Lush will release special bubble bar wands such as this one, which can be dipped into the water, waved around (like a wand) and then re-used again and again until all the product has dissolved.
The reason I chose this was that it smells of my favourite Lush product, Snow Fairy. Snow Fairy is a very sweet, bubblegum candy fragrance which is only released over the Christmas period. I already have a large number of shower gels waiting to be used up, so a bubble bar in the same scent seemed a great alternative.
Appearance wise, this is very pretty and presentable as a gift. It is a pink star shaped bubble bar on a wooden stick and it also has a small silver charm attached to it on a bright pink lace. There is no packaging, you simply place it in a paper bag whilst in the shop.
As the product is suitable for several uses I used it over a number of weeks. I have to be honest and say I was quite disappointed in the product for several reasons...
On the first few uses it failed to produce much foam at all, no matter how long I seemed to keep it submerged in water. The more the bar wore down the more effective it seemed to be, especially when the points started to fall away from the star and could be crumbled up. When I was simply waving this about under the water, it didn't produce much of a foam at all.
Although this smelled lovely when dry, when diluted into the bath water, the smell was very weak. By the time I got to the end of the bar, I could barely smell it at all when not in use.
I can't say I noticed any benefits to my skin and I wouldn't even say this made for a relaxing bath because when I first started using it I had scent but no bubbles and by the time it had worn down I had bubbles but no scent!
Another problem I found was storing this product between uses. When the bar is wet a lot of pink dye comes out of it, so I was not prepared to leave it on the edge of my bath for fear of staining. I tried standing it up in a tall candle holder, but this didn't work because the wooden stick was quite flimsy and the weight of the bar on top was making it topple. I resorted to wrapping it in a cleaning cloth as I couldn't think of a better alternative.
I paid £4.99 for this product which in hindsight I feel was overpriced. It is only available during the Christmas period and has been a staple in Lush's Christmas range for three or four years now.
Needless to say I would not purchase this again. It is one of the most disappointing bath products I have used in a long time and not what I would expect from Lush.
Not so long ago I wrote a review of The Body Shop's Strawberry soap. I have now moved on to using their Pink Grapefruit soap, so thought I'd give that a review too. Like the Strawberry soap, I received this as a gift.
The soap came packaged in a simple wrapper and the soap itself is a sort of pinky orange colour. The bar is rounded and slightly curved so feels comfortable to hold. It has The Body Shop logo printed into the top of it, but this wears away after a few uses.
I am using this soap in the bath rather than as a hand soap. The first thing I noticed about it was the smell, which I really like. As you would expect it smells like grapefruit, so is fruity with a sharp zinginess to the fragrance. I've found it a good product to use in the mornings as the zesty fragrance really wakes up the senses.
When it came to using the soap I found it lathered well. Like the Strawberry soap, it doesn't create a particularly thick lather, but it does feel nice against the skin. The problem for me, came when rinsing the soap off. At this point I found that it would leave my skin feeling really tight and uncomfortable. I do have fairly dry skin anyway, so perhaps I am more prone to this feeling, but I didn't like it and it ruined the experience of using the soap somewhat.
Thankfully, once I dry my skin the tightness seems to disappear almost immediately and my skin does not feel particularly dry or in urgent need of a moisturiser. Sadly I don't notice the grapefruit fragrance lingering for any amount of time, but my skin does feel nice and clean.
A 100g bar of this soap costs £2 from The Body Shop. Although that is not particularly expensive in the grand scheme of things, I do think that it is possible to buy general drugstore brands - such as Dove - which do more for the skin and cost a fraction less than this one.
To conclude, I found this soap quite average. The big plus point is the scent which I really like. The Body Shop make other Pink Grapefruit scented products, such as a body lotion, butter and shower gel, which I would quite like to try now, however I would not buy this soap again. The uncomfortable tightness it left on my skin along with the fact the scent disappeared very quickly were reason enough for me to give it a mediocre three star rating.