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I have a fantastically high, fantastically gorgeous pair of shoes called Arena by Carvela in my shoe wardrobe - yes, I really do have a wardrobe (well, part of a wardrobe) dedicated to my massive and very impressive, shoe collection. I adore heels, the bigger the better, and I rarely wear flats, unless they are for a specific purpose. I feel dull and a little bit depressed in flats and I even like to wear heels to do my grocery shopping.
I bought these fantastic deep plum coloured shoes for full price (£129) approximately one year ago in town and they were reduced about six months afterwards to £49, but I tried to put that out of my mind. I had been lusting after these shoes for weeks as they were on display in the shop window, and every time I walked by I just used to stand there and ogle at them through the glass. I knew that just as soon as I'd tried one on, I'd have to buy them, so I tried to put off for as long as I could. Well, at least until the end of the month when I got paid.
Carvela is one of my favourite brands in shoes. I always think they make such a sophisticated and glamorous looking shoe and the quality, style and fit are always second to none. The Arena shoe is feminine, glamorous, stunning, dramatic and really eye catching and I simply love the gorgeous little bow detail they have put at the front, which really catches the eye. These shoes look fantastic with either a smart skirt or a pair of good, well-fitted, tailored trousers.
Arena comes in either metallic, purple or black. I toyed with the idea of black for a while as I thought it was a colour which would go well with most of the clothes in my wardrobe, but I finally settled on the purple as I thought they were just a little bit different. Besides, it was the purple pair I had been lusting after in the shop window for so long. The colour of these shoes is rich and deep and more a deep dark plum really, than a purple. To say they are simply 'purple' doesn't really do them justice or really describe truly the depth of the colour.
They have a gorgeous (and comfortable) rounded toe with the same coloured bow (in fabric with a tiny gold chain), which to me, really is the finishing touch. Obviously, at this price, the shoes are made of real leather and although the heel height is fairly high at almost five inches, they also have a contrasting and equally high platform, which makes the shoe a lot easier to walk in than you might imagine.
The leather is soft and supple and despite walking and standing up in these quite a lot, I have never found that they have rubbed at my feet or toes or caused me any discomfort at all. My feet are a size five and my shoe is also the same size. I have worn these with stockings, tights and also with bare legs and every time I have worn them I have received compliments and positive comments about how nice they look.
I actually feel more confident in a high heel and I think they enhance the shape of my legs, in particular my calves. These shoes are my pride and joy, I simply love them. I am a real high heel shoe fiend anyway, but these particular shoes are so gorgeous I wear them whenever I need to feel or look more confident or just want to look stylish. They brighten up my outfits and add a splash of colour and style.
I love them and really recommend them as an investment.
I am not the sort of girl who usually goes for flatties, when it comes to shoes. However, I have recently come home after a two week holiday and I invested in some cheap ones just for the sole purpose of taking on holiday, you understand, as my friends kept on telling me that I couldn't possibly wear heels for the entire two weeks! I bought these extremely cheap, extremely basic looking flip-flops in black from George at Asda. I bought black as I really did think all the other colours on offer looked trashy and terrible, if I am completely honest. They were quite garish and 'in your face' and the terrible colours made them look even nastier! Sorry to anyone who has a pair in any other colour other than black - but I just don't like this type of shoe so I was slightly biased to start with!
I bought a medium size - fits shoe size 5/6 and this gave me ample room around the whole of my foot. They were only £2 so it wasn't like I was making a massive investment. I have to admit to the sole being surprisingly soft and comfortable and a lot easier to wear than I had anticipated. I liked the fact that the base of the flip-flop had small indentations and was also slightly embossed. I felt this made my foot 'adhere' to the bottom of the flip-flop better, and made them feel more secure on my foot and less likely that my foot might slip out. I wandered around in them at home the same night in my pj's, just to get used to them and made sure they felt okay on my feet. They did!
Being on holiday, however, and wearing them on a daily basis was another matter entirely. They have the standard Y bar at the front and this is designed to allow your largest and second largest toes slip between, thus holding the flip flop in place. I found that as I was wandering around, sightseeing, going to the beach, etc., my feet were constantly slipping out of the bottom of the flip-flop and landing on the ground.
Added to this was the fact that the Y bar rubbed me so bad I was in agony and had really horrible blisters - especially between the toes of my right foot. It to could just be that I am not used to wearing this type of footwear, but I truly did not find them at all comfortable and felt it was a real struggle to keep them on my feet. Most days I wore my New Look blue canvas wedges and I personally found these heaps more comfortable.
Overall, I was not impressed with these flip-flops. They were basic and cheap but oh so uncomfortable - I would never buy them again or recommend them at all.
I award them only one star I am afraid.
I can't bear to wear flat shoes or no heels, I feel a bit drab to be honest and I always feel a bit better when I have at least a little bit of a heel. I have been on holiday recently and although I took with me a couple of pairs of (flat) flip-flops, I felt I needed something a little bit more 'glam' for nights out. I like to wear long floaty dresses on warm summer evenings when I am on holiday, and although flip flops or flat pumps might be more practical, I just would have withdrawal symptoms, I am sure, if I couldn't take something with at least a little bit of a heel.
Before going on holiday I had a look around the shops for something 'summery' but nothing too formal and I stumbled across a great pair of wedge shoes in New Look (not a shop I go into that often, but I had heard they did a good range of cheap shoes). Mine are in navy blue, exactly as per the picture and they have been fantastic to wear whilst on my holidays.
I love the look of these shoes, because they look like a proper summer shoe. The top is in canvas with a knot type tie at the front, near to the toe. They are peep toed with sling backs and a cork wedge of approximately two and a half inches high - the perfect height really for a glam type holiday shoe, I think! They cost me £15 at the time but I think they have since gone down in price. I still think £15 was a bargain though.
As they are a fairly neutral colour, I found they went well with most of my holiday outfits. I primarily wore them during evenings out with my maxi dresses but I also wore them once or twice during the day with shorts. Whatever I wore them with, they looked fab!
They were so comfortable and I got no blisters or marks at all during the entire fortnight - which is something of a miracle for me! My flip flops, on the other hand, rubbed like crazy between my poor toes and caused me no end of problems.
Although it's been very wet since I got back home, I have worn them once or twice on dryer days with jeans and again they look great. They are smart yet casual and look really trendy. I simply love them.
Highly recommended and I give them 5 stars out of 5.
I have a pretty huge stock of make up from Clarins - my favourite make up brand. When I needed to replace my old eyebrow pencil I immediately went to look at the Clarins counter at my local department store. I decided on this particular eyebrow pencil as it has everything I could possibly want in an eyebrow pencil, at a good price. Bear in mind, most products from Clarins do not come cheap, but they are worth it in terms of quality, effectiveness and usually longevity of product.
This pencil cost me £16 and it was available in three different shades to choose from - soft blond, soft brown and dark brown. I have a fairly dusky complexion with very dark hair so the darkest pencil was obviously going to be the best option for me. The assistant in the store gave me a look at all three shades and she tried the darkest two on my own eyebrows, just to ensure I was happy with my choice.
This pencil is approximately five inches in length and comes with a fine comb/brush at one end for smoothing down the hairs both before and after application of the pencil. It's simple and easy to apply (so long as you have fairly steady hand). I simply brush the hairs on my brows in the right direction before application, taking care to brush them ever so slightly upwards as well as away to my hairline, to ensure they look 'just right' once the pencil has been applied. I then very carefully apply light, delicate strokes with the pencil.
It's really important not to just 'draw a line' across the brows, otherwise you'll end up looking like Coco the Clown - there is an art to this, and it does come with practice. From experience of using this pencil, I would say light, quick strokes create the best and most natural effect. I then finish off by again stroking the brush across the eyebrow to create a perfect finish.
This pencil creates a very dark effect with even the lightest hand so care has to be taken to make extremely light strokes, particularly when you first start to use it, otherwise you will be left with a harsh dark line, and that is not a good look. On the positive side though, I have personally found that if I do get a little heavy-handed with the pencil and find I have applied to dark a line, this is easily remedied by gently taking the brush across the brows several times, until the pencil is gradually 'lifted' for a more natural effect.
This pencil also comes with handy little tops for either end - one for the pencil end and the other for the comb/brush end. This protects the ends of the pencil and keeps any dirt and debris out.
The final thing I really like about this pencil is the fact that it does not break when I sharpen it. I have had so many eyebrow pencils in the past which have cost quite a lot of money, only to find that when they have become blunt and when I have attempted to sharpen them, this has resulted in the pencil breaking over and over again until I end up with about two inches of pencil after a fortnight.
The Clarins eyebrow pencil sharpens quickly and effortlessly and has never broken on me once. It is isn't waterproof but I have been on holiday recently and did a lot of swimming and I have to say I have been impressed that it showed no signs of wearing off or smudging in the water.
I have only positive comments to make about this great eyebrow pencil. It a a little on the expensive side but it's good quality and a brand I go back to time and time again and happily recommend it.
I normally use Johnson's Facial Wipes but have recently started to use Simple Exfoliating Wipes as they were on special offer. Ordinarily, these cost £3.99 from Boots or Superdrug but I managed to pick up a pack in Savers for £2.49. I had read a lot of good reports about these wipes as they are not your 'normal everyday' facial wipe as they are designed to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells which can build up over time and make the complexion look slightly dull. I am all for having a brighter complexion, so I decided to give them a try.
The packaging is plain and simple and not dissimilar to the 'ordinary' Simple facial wipes. The only difference is in the price. The pack is green and fairly bright and eye catching and it has the familiar sticky seal on top, which has to be removed before you can take out your first wipe. The pack is resealable but I do prefer the 'clicking lid' seal that came with my last pack of Boots No 7 facial wipes.
As these wipes are from Simple, they are marketed as being 'not perfumed, not coloured, just kind'. For anyone who likes at least a little bit of a pong from a facial wipe, these are not for you. These are completely without any aroma whatsoever, however, my colleague at work tells me I'm wrong and that she can definitely detect a slight perfumed smell emanating from her pack! Weird!
The wipes are standard sized, and very moist. They feel fresh on the skin and don't sting at all. What I love about these exfoliating wipes is that they are 'two sided'. By that, I mean that one side of the wipe is completely smooth and the other side is rougher to the touch. Obviously, the smoother side is meant for removing make up / cleansing the skin and the other side is designed for exfoliation purposes.
I do not use these wipes on a daily basis, but I do use them about two to possibly three times per week. I think that to use them every single day would be a little too harsh on my skin. I don't have a particularly delicate or sensitive skin, but the rougher side of these wipes, if used too often, I would imagine might cause a bit of reaction to my skin.
When I do use these wipes, I tend to concentrate on those areas of my face where there is a build up of dead skin cells such as at the sides of my nose or across my forehead. The wipes are gentle and yet very effective at making my face 'glow' slightly after I have used them. It's important not to rub too hard with these wipes - they are rough enough to be able to just wipe them over your face, and the texture of the cloth itself does all the hard work at removing dead skin.
I feel that these wipes work very well at not only removing all traces of my make up, but they really do help to improve the tone and texture of my skin, allowing me to feel that my skin has had a bit of 'deep clean' a couple of times a week.
I am going to continue to buy these wipes and use them as part of my weekly facial care routine. They are slightly more expensive than a regular wipe, but then they do offer something a little bit different so I feel they are worth it.
I had a Boots No 7 £5 voucher the other week and was looking around the shelves trying to figure out how best to spend it. I don't normally purchase anything from Boots No 7 and to be honest there wasn't really anything I fancied. Everything seemed a little too pricey for what it was. I finally settled on a pack of facial wipes (Quick Thinking Wipes) and they cost £7 so I only had an extra £2 to pay towards them, which wasn't too bad. Not having had these facial wipes before, I wasn't too sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised when I did try them out to remove my make up.
I quite like the packaging on these wipes, which is different to my usual brand of Johnson's Face Wipes. These Boots wipes have a sort of sturdy little clip down / lift off lid, rather than a simple plastic seal you see so often now. This type of lid helps to keep the wipes fresher and moist for longer and I quite like it. The wipes are still housed within a plastic soft pouch, just like my Johnson's wipes are - the only difference in the packaging (apart from the pack being blue) is the design of the lid.
The wipes themselves are large and strong and yet feel soft and very gentle on my face. I wear a full face of make up during the day for work and I have to use two of these wipes before all traces are removed. This is also the case with my normal Johnson's wipes, however, so there is no difference in that respect.
These wipes actually feel thicker than my normal Johnson's wipes and I think I prefer the texture of them. Also, they are not heavily perfumed and I am able to use them around the sensitive eye area without any adverse effects. They remove all of my make up very well, including my heavily made up eyes (with several coats of mascara). I don't find I have to pull or tug at my eyelashes in order for the make up to come off.
The wipes are incredibly moist and they feel really fresh and gorgeous against my skin. I use them all over my face, including the entire neck area and although they are very effective at removing all traces of the day's make up, I don't feel that they are too strong or powerful to the extent that they sting my skin or cause me any discomfort at all.
Overall, I do have to say I have been pleasantly surprised with these wipes. However, weighing everything up, I still feel that £7 per pack is a little bit on the expensive side and for now I will stick with my usual brand, unless I receive another £5 voucher for No 7.
I have so many different lip salves and balms, I lose count. I think they are essential though, not only from a beauty point of view but also due the fact that if I didn't use at least one on a regular basis, my lips would look terrible. I have always had a tendency towards dry and cracked lips in extremes of weather or if I am feeling unwell. One of the ones I have is Boots own brand strawberry lip salve (I also have a couple of their original ones too) and I paid only £1 for this. The trouble is it is quite tiny and consequently, it has a tendency to get 'lost' within the deep dark depths of my handbag. I try to keep it in the zipper on the inside of my bag but I still mislay it on a regular basis.
This great little salve doesn't look anything special. The packaging is plain, to say the least. It resembles a very small tube of paper glue. It has a white twist off cap, which you have to remove before twisting the bottom of the tube as the salve emerges from the top. The salve is not coloured - it is transparent, but I prefer this as it allows me to wear it on top of lipstick or lip paint. In order to prevent any of my lipstick from getting onto the salve in the tube though (as that's really horrible), I tend to apply it to my ring finger and then I gently wipe my finger over my lips.
The salve smells delicious - just like a fresh bowl of strawberries. It glides onto my lips smoothly and easily and doesn't feel sticky or gloopy or thick. It stays put for ages after application and it immediately gets to work at hydrating and moisturising my poor old lips. I actually prefer this fruit flavoured one to the original. I am unsure if these little salves come in a tinted variety, but if they do I haven't actually come across one myself yet.
I like to wear these at weekends, just on top of my lips and without any lipstick, particularly if I am taking the dogs for their walk and it's windy or cold weather outside. The salves contain no SPF however, but on the other hand, I really wouldn't have expected them to at this price. On the plus side, they do a fantastic job of both moisturising and hydrating my dry lips, as well as acting as a barrier and protecting them from further damage.
Fantastic little salves, so handy to have but I just wish mine didn't keep on disappearing so often!
Blistex has been around for as long as I can remember and although I chop and change lip creams and salves, I always tend to go back to this one time and time again. I have two in my bag at the moment and another one in my desk drawer at work. I think I must collect them! My favourite one of the Blistex range is their Hydrate one, which really does give long lasting hydration to chapped and dehydrated lips. I think the main reason I like this particular one so much is due to the fact that it contains one of my favourite ingredients as far as moisturisation goes - Shea Butter. I find this product works incredibly quickly and efficiently in replenishing lost moisture to my poor old lips. I don't know about you, but if my lips are not looking at their best and are dry, cracked and sore, I feel a mess. There is nothing worse than lipstick over the top of dry, cracked lips - it looks a terrible mess, not to mention being quite painful.
I like the applicator on this product. It is simple and easy to apply straight to the lips but I actually prefer to pop a small amount onto my ring finger and then apply to my lips. I use this both on bare lips and also over the top of a lip colour. Although it is white in colour, it won't change the colour of any make up product I have on my lips and it sinks in immediately and I can feel it working straight away at moisturising my lips.
I like to use this product if I am going outside in harsh winter weather and I have also taken it on holiday with me to protect my lips from the sun. As well as providing protection from chapped and dry lips, it will also heal and mend lips which are dry and cracked and bleeding. The smell of this product is fairly intense though not unpleasant. It has a deep medicinal smell and I like this as it makes me feel like it is healing and protecting my lips from further abuse.
One small tube costs only £2.59 and is widely available. A tube will last me many months but I think that I have so many as I tend to lose track of where I have put them. They are small enough to become easily mislaid and consequently I ended up buying another one then finding the one I have 'lost' - that way I end up with loads. They have a long shelf life, however, and are not going to go off quickly and it is always handy to have a few.
I can find nothing negative about this product at all. It works extremely well, it heals and protects and I can happily recommend as a great lip cream.
I love Body Shop products. You can usually find me in there, just browsing round the aisles most days during my lunch break from work. Whilst I do buy a lot of their creams, body lotions and bath products, I also buy more 'standard' stuff, such as bath sponges, make up brushes, candles, flannels, and their gorgeous cotton wool. The reason I say 'gorgeous' is because this is tip top quality cotton wool and so so much better than the cotton wool pleats or tiny little balls you can buy in most major supermarkets. It's more expensive from the Body Shop, at £2.50 for a pack of 100, but honestly, once you've used these you won't be going back to your usual supermarket pack, I assure you.
These great little rounds (or squares, take your pick) come in a clear transparent bag with a great little drawstring top. This is a good idea for keeping them all together and making sure they don't fall out in my make up drawer. With the cotton wool pleats I used to buy (and the balls) I used to find that they would spill out over the top of the plastic bags and consequently I was always finding my top drawer full of lost little blobs of cotton wool. Not the most hygienic way of storing your cosmetic tools.
I have used the 'square' variety of this cotton wool but I tend to prefer the rounded shape better, though they seem to sell out the fastest in my local shop. I love this cotton wool because it is so obvious that it is superior in quality to the supermarket brand. Whilst it is strong and durable, it is also incredibly soft and luxurious and so versatile and handy for a huge variety of purposes. I also love the fact that the Body Shop have made these rounds into two different sides. On one side is smooth and has no pattern and the other side is patterned with a cross design. The pack states that one side can be used for the application or removal of lotions such as face creams etc., and the other is a more suitable texture for liquid, such as facial toners. I tried to use them as the pack stated but to be honest I keep on forgetting and I just use them now without considering whether I am using a lotion or a cream. It really doesn't make any difference at all.
As well as using them for removing make up from my face, I also find them incredibly good for removing nail polish - from my toe and fingernails. I love the fact that they are so absorbent and even if I get a bit heavy handed with the old nail varnish remover and tip too much onto a pad, it will be all absorbed and won't leak through onto the floor.
I usually find it impossible to use cotton wool pleats or balls on or around the eye area to remove make up. These fantastic little cotton rounds never ever tear off or come apart, which makes removing mascara, eye shadow etc a doddle - it also means that afterwards I am not having to pick off minute bits of cotton wool from my eyelashes.
I really cannot fault these cotton rounds at all. They are so useful for a variety of purposes. They are strong and yet soft and gentle, absorbent excellent quality.
I adore this gorgeous Satsuma Hand Gel from The Body Shop. I first found out about this when I was given a small gift pack of Satsuma Products at Christmas. I had a whole range of miniature Satsuma products and I immediately fell head over heels in love with this absolutely fantastically fruity scent. It smells just like the real thing - a whole bag of satsumas! As soon as I had finished the tiny little bottle, I just had to go out and buy the standard sized one.
I paid £2.95 from the Body Shop store for the 'normal' sized 60ml bottle but I had a 20% discount voucher, which I had torn out of a magazine, so I got about 60p off. I love the little flip top lid on this bottle because it makes it so simple and easy to dispense just how much you need, without any going to waste.
This hand gel is designed to keep your hands fresh and clean when you can't always make it to washroom facilities. It is a fantastic product to use, simply because I love the smell and I find it so refreshing. All you need is a tiny amount on the palm of one hand. I gently rub my hands together and the gel instantly releases the most fantastic smell of fresh satsumas. The gel feels a little 'cool' (this is the best way to describe it) when it first goes onto your skin. However, this soon disappears, leaving my hands feeling clean and fresh and not at all tacky.
This gel dries incredibly quickly and there is no tacky residue left over at all. With the bottle being a 60ml in size, it is the ideal shape and size to pop into my bag and take with me to work. The bottle lasts and lasts even though I use it every day - sometimes several times a day! It is well worth the money.
I have recommended this product to loads of friends and family members. I think it is so much nicer than the usual medicated hand gels you can buy, which all seem to smell very medicinal to me. This one from the Body Shop, on the other hand, is so much nicer and makes a great change from the norm.
I simply love it and now I can't do without it!
Unfortunately, I suffer from dry chapped lips. The winter months are obviously the worst time for me, but I also recently suffered from the effects of dehydrated and flaky lips whilst on holiday in Morzine, France. I use an array of various types of lip salves and balms and I have been using the Carmex range since goodness knows how long now. Up until recently though I had only been using the 'original' Carmex but last time I went to Boots I bought a small 10g tube of their cherry flavour. I bought it because I love cherries and thought it might make a nice change from my usual plain lip balm.
This teeny tiny little bright yellow, quite distinctive looking tube, cost me £2.69. I don't think that's an unreasonable amount to pay though as Carmex have been making some great lip salves and creams for years and they are always great products which work extremely well for me. I love this lip balm especially though as it also contains SPF 15, which means that not only does it help my poor dry chapped lips during the colder winter months, but it will also offer some sort of sun protection when I go off on my jollies again!
This lip balm is super easy to apply, and to be honest I prefer it in a tube, as I find it a bit more hygienic than popping my ring finger into a pot over and over again. The balm is of medium consistency and clear in colour. I was actually expecting a bit of colour to it, I'm not sure why - possibly because it is cherry flavour! Once applied to my lips it gives me a sheer glossy finish and I quite like to wear it on top of a matt lipstick as it gives me a great looking sheen.
It works very well at hydrating my lips as well as offering me good protection from extremes of weather. If my lips are flaking and chapped, just a day or so wearing this balm will soon put things right again and my lips will be looking and feeling super smooth, moisturised and kissable again. The smell of cherries is quite intense and I love the rich fruity aroma as it sits on my lips.
This is a great little product which I am rarely without now. It's handy to pop into my bag before I leave for work and a tube seems to last a lifetime as I never need to use much for fantastic results.
I had read a bucket load of excellent reviews on Olay's 3 Point Serum and so I was expecting good results. I do love Olay products (or Ulay as they used to be called) but I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed lately, as their range just seems to be getting bigger and bigger and I am even losing track of what I have used, and what I haven't yet tried.
I bought their 3 Point Serum from Sainsbury's about three months ago and as there was one third off the RRP I grabbed it while I could. The 50ml pump dispenser bottle normally sells at just over £30 but I managed to get mine with ten pounds off. I like the packaging, which is a rather stylish looking red bottle with a gold top and looks like it costs more than it actually does!
Now to how it works and what it feels like... I'm not impressed. Sorry folks, but I really do think this serum is totally overrated and over-hyped. I have used it now for several weeks, following the instructions that came with it. I apply two pumps of this both morning and evening (as well as using my normal moisturiser). It is transparent and of medium consistency and has a very slight aroma, which I cannot quite put my finger on. I apply it to the entire face, neck and décolletage and blend in using small, gentle, circular motions, as directed.
I absolutely hate the way this serum feels on my fingers as I blend it in. It feels tacky and gloopy and thick and it's not at all a pleasant sensation. I have mentioned this to friends who also use this product, and they have remarked that they don't find this is the case when they use it, so possibly it is just me being weird. It blends in well though, and after about three to four minutes my face no longer feels so tacky but I can just detect the serum still sitting on the surface of my skin, like it hasn't been absorbed properly. I have tried using less, and it's still the same. It's like wearing a permanent facemask - it feels horrible.
As far as rejuvenating and firming goes, well, I cannot honestly say I have noticed any difference at all. I use this serum in conjunction with other Regenerist products, as recommended, but I don't think I look any more youthful, line free, glowing or firmer than I did before. I really feel let down by this product and I seem to be in the minority as I have heard and read so many good reports about it.
Obviously I am going to continue to use it until the bottle entirely runs out. I am approximately two thirds of the way through now, I think, but it's hard to tell as I cannot see the contents inside. I definitely cannot recommend this serum, I feel very disappointed by it and have used cheaper serums from Superdrug which have been far more effective and a lot cheaper.
I adore Body Shop products and a firm favourite of mine is their Warming Mineral Mask. This costs me £7.50 per 100ml tube. I first stumbled across this as it was a sample-sized tube in a gift pack I received free about one year ago. I tried it for the first time and I simply loved it and knew I would have to go back to the store to buy a regular sized tube.
This mask is fantastic because it does everything. By that, I mean it boosts my circulation, it deeps cleans my pores,, it takes out the impurities from my skin and it makes my complexion glow. It is a fantastic mask to use once every now and again if your skin is looking bit drab and in need of a pick me up. It's fast acting, easy to use and certainly improves the appearance of my skin.
As this is a warming mask, you have to apply it slightly differently to the way in which you would apply a 'normal' face mask. I simply remove all traces of make up from my face by gently cleansing and toning beforehand. I then gently dampen my face and neck with a clean facecloth before I apply the mask. As this is a heat releasing mask, it is vital that you first dampen the skin beforehand, otherwise the mask won't be as effective.
This cream contains a substance called Zeolite, which has the ability to create heat on your face when used with water. I simply apply a thin layer of cream all over my face and neck, taking care to avoid the delicate eye area and the lips. I have to say, as soon as I apply a tiny bit of this mask, I can immediately feel a tingling and warming sensation on my skin as it begins to work. This is not unpleasant by any means, but it is certainly a strange sensation if you haven't used a warming mask before. I have used the Olay warming mask several times before so I knew what to expect.
I allow the mask to do its work by lying on the couch and relaxing for approximately five minutes or so. The first time I used this product I felt my eyes smart ever so slightly. I have no idea why this should have happened, as I hadn't placed the cream anywhere near to my eyes, but I'm happy to report this didn't occur on subsequent applications.
After approximately five minutes have elapsed, I simply remove al traces of the mask by carefully and gently wiping my skin with a clean damp cloth. The result is a fresher looking and a healthier glowing complexion. I finish off with a light coat of moisturiser.
This is a gorgeous mask and is suitable for most skins and as it's from the Body Shop, it's not been tested on animals and contains no harmful substances. I adore this facemask and have used several tubes and constantly recommend it to friends and family.
Try it - I am sure you will love it.
I love to try out different body lotions, potions, creams and mousses. I love most things from the Body Shop and I can often be found wandering around my local store during my lunch break - it's rare that I don't buy anything, unless it's towards the end of the month and I am totally flat broke. One of my favourite Body Shop products has got to the their Strawberry Body Butter. It's to die for, it really is. I buy the largest tub they have, with a twist off cap, and this cost me £12.50. Now, I know that seems like a lot of money, but it really is worth every single penny.
As well as the Strawberry Body Butter, I also use other products in the same range, including the Body Shop Shower Gel and Body Polish. If you love the smell of strawberries, you cannot fail to love this wonderful body butter, I promise you.
This body butter comes in a large, red plastic tub and as soon as you twist the top off, you will be rewarded with the absolutely gorgeous smell of fresh strawberries. Close your eyes and you honestly would be forgiven for thinking that you could eat this! The Body Butter contains a host of wonderful natural, ethically traded ingredients, including Shea Butter and strawberry seed oil. The smell is fresh and natural and has a real strawberry hit to it.
I love to apply this body butter as a treat at the end of a long day. The cream itself is very thick and yet remarkably light in consistency. It is slightly oink in colour and quite mousse-like in consistency, despite it being so dense. I apply this wonderful body butter all over my body. I pay particular attention to the bottom of my legs and the backs of my arms, where I am prone to dryness. The cream sinks straight into my skin and I apply using gentle circular motions for better absorption. It feels delightfully light on my skin and never greasy or thick.
I really don't think I can do the smell of this wonderful body butter true justice here in this review. You really have to smell this stuff to appreciate just how gorgeous it is. Once applied, the body butter goes on moisturising my skin throughout the night and this is why I especially like to apply it straight after a bath or shower and preferably just before bed. It moisturises my skin for up to twenty-four hours after application and what's more, the delicious smell of strawberries lingers for hours after I have applied it. When I use this is conjunction with the rest of the Strawberry Body Shop range of products the smell is even more intense and long lasting as the smell is 'layered'.
I can find no fault or negative issues with this product at all. It is everything I want in a gorgeous moisturising body butter. Although it is expensive, I feel it is well worth the money as it lasts so long, does a fantastic job and smells simply divine.
I have used Vaseline Lip Therapy for as long as it has been around and I really swear by it. I have recommended it to so many of my friends. Vaseline, as a product, always reminds me of when I was really young; it was something my mum would slap on my knee whenever I had fallen over outside and hurt myself, then, as I grew into my teens, I used to smear it religiously on and around my eyelashes every night, in the vain hope that they would 'grow thicker and longer' by the following morning when I woke up for school! - They never did!
I have probably used the whole range of Vaseline Lip Therapy 'flavours' but perhaps my favourite is their Cocoa Butter variety. I do love beauty products which contain cocoa butter as I find it intensely moisturising, not to mention the gorgeous smell it has. This tiny 20g sized little tin is so handy to keep inside my bag and to just apply to my lips throughout the day. I buy the tins from my local supermarket and the individual tins cost in the region of £1.99, though sometimes they may be on special offer.
When new, I find the little lids a bit stiff and fiddly to remove the first few times until eventually they do loosen up. The cream is fairly firm and smells divine. I gently dip my ring finger into the salve, taking care not to dig too deeply. It is actually quite easy to get too much onto your finger if you are not careful. With this salve, it is definitely a case of less is more. If you apply too much you will just look like you have eaten a greasy chop and forgotten to wipe your mouth.
Apply a small amount and press your lips gently but firmly together. The result is luscious, soft looking lips. I use this salve both on top of or instead of lipstick. I actually use it in place of a lip gloss. I find that some lip glosses are just too 'gloopy and can make your lips look overdone as well as being quite drying. With Vaseline Lip Therapy you get the best of both worlds. It not only moisturises and protects your lips, it also adds a really sexy sheen to you lips at the same time.
If there is one negative about this, I would have to say that I never use up the entire tin before I go out to buy a new one. The reason for this is due to the fact that I actually don't like to keep sticking my finger inside the tin - I find it a little bit unhygienic. Although I take care to make sure my fingers are clean before application, I cannot help but think that it's a little bit 'icky' and I must be leaving some germs behind me every time I use it. This puts me off slightly and actually makes me unable to finish the entire contents of a tin.
Overall though, I do really rate these little Lip Therapies very highly. As I say, I have tried just about every single one of them now and I love them all. They moisturise, they heal, they protect and they add a dash of sexy glamour - what more could you ask for?