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      15.08.2015 12:42
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      An insightful look at grief and mental health

      An insightful book The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer


      When I started reading the book I had no idea what it was about, as the blurb on the back doesn’t really give it away.
      It had good vibes – Costa book of the year, “You’re going to love it” quotes the Daily Mail, plus a few others say its dark, moving and compelling.

      So What’s The Book About And What I Think?

      The book is written from the perspective of Matthew, a ten-year-old boy who is on holiday when we first meet him. He is in a caravan park with his dad, mum and older brother Simon who is twelve.
      Matthew sets about telling you his story of how he and his brother meet a girl at the holiday park called Annabelle. It doesn’t really seem that important at the time but the girl plays on Matthews mind over the years and features again at the end of the book.

      Simon has Downs Syndrome and quite abruptly within the first two chapters he’s dead. So is this book about grief and how a young child deals with it? Partly but it has many more aspects later to be divulged.

      We as the readers follow Matthew through his journey into teenage years where his parents, more the mother find it difficult to cope with the loss of a child. Matthew it seems is somewhat forgot, not on purpose but his emotional needs appear to have got lost in the day to day coping of life after death.

      He starts secondary school and acting out as teenagers do, becomes friends with a boy called Jacob. Jacob is somewhat of a mystery to Matthew to begin with he runs out of school at lunch every day and as soon as the bell rings, one day Matthew follows. To his surprise Jacob is a carer for his mother, something clearing not know to the teachers who just see an acting out teen. It is this which makes Matthew decide to be a care assistant when he leaves school. Which is when he and Jacob get a flat and smoke pot.

      Whilst at school Matthew realizes he is not quite the same as the other children. As a reader you get the idea that something is not right, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, you know there is something but cant quite put your finger on it. Turns out Matthew has mental health issues and later is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

      Matthew sees Simon frequently in his mind and in other people. Becoming more and more involved in his mental health issues Matthew appears to blame himself for the death of his brother and cant seem to get past it. His thoughts delusional or not escalate and he ends up sectioned to a mental health ward.

      This is an intriguing part and an integral one to the story as Matthew gives you an insight into how the ward runs on a day-to-day basis and because of the simplicity of his writing you understand better. I like the addition of letters from the mental health team when he does not comply with his medications; it makes it seem more real. The way the story is written is quite disjointed, especially when you start reading, but as you understand about the mental health issues you can see why it is so disjointed, that’s just how Matthews mind was working / thinking and he projects it well.

      Towards the end you see Matthew try to resolve some of his long-term grief by going back to the caravan park and meeting Annabelle again. Matthew continues his story of yet the rest is left to be told.

      Overall

      I did like the story. Its not one that makes me keep reading and demanding to know what’s on the next page, but it’s a realistic story.
      I found it interesting more than exciting. It was interesting to hear about the wards and that you as a reader could see how the mental health issues developed over the years. Starting the story in such a poignant way was crucial I think to the storyline.
      I don’t think it’s a book I love like the Daily Mail said, I’m not sure its that kind of story really, but I do find it honest and I like that.
      It is a well-written book in my opinion and although written by someone else on behalf of Matthew, it portrays his character well and I feel like I know Matthew somewhat.
      I hope Matthew has achieved some of the answers he wants.


      Published by Harper Collins 2013
      RRP £7.99
      Available from book stores like Waterstones and online shops like Amazon

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        03.08.2015 18:26
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        • " does not really set my make up"
        • "only 3 colours"

        not for me, given the price i don't think it does a good enough job

        I have no particular preference to brand when it comes to face powder, I just buy whatever I think is good or on offer at the time.

        Revlon face powder appealed to me as I had already tried some of their products and liked them before.

        ****THE PACKAGE****

        The powder comes in a black slim line compact measuring 11cm by 6.5cm and a depth of just over 1cm.
        There is a clear circle of the front so that you can see the product inside which is ideal for seeing at a glance what it is in your handbag and how much is left. The snap shut on the case is also very effective so no extra powder escapes.
        It’s not the standard circular compact but the fact that it is so long means it sits well in your hand more like a mobile phone sits.
        It comes with a mirror in the lid but it is quite small due to the clear circle so you have to move it around to see which part or your face you are powdering.
        On the bottom half below the powder is a small brush. The bristles are lovely and soft but the handle could be a bit bigger to hold on too. I have to say I prefer a soft pad to apply my powder when I am out and about, otherwise I end up covered with particles of powder and it makes more of a mess in the compact itself.

        ***THE POWDER***

        The actual powder – I have used better, I have used worse.
        This one feels cheaper to me, I think its because the powder has tiny particles which seem to sit on my skin rather than being matte. On this respect it does seem to matte better if you use a pad rather than the brush. It’s supposed to give an “airbrushed” look “cover flaws” and “eliminate shine”.

        AIRBRUSHING AWAY -
        With regards to the airbrushed look I can see that maybe this is what they are trying to achieve and for go the matte of the face, if you like a powder that doesn’t feel like its heavy on the face than this might be worth a try. To me though it still feels like its just not setting my makeup completely.
        The product apparently contains some “photo chromatic pigments” which are supposed to reflect the light giving the photo ready idea so maybe this is why it sits on your skin more than other powders.

        BECOMING FLAWLESS-
        I don’t think it really covers flaws to be honest, it is to light a powder to do that.

        SHINE BE GONE-
        Eliminating shine? It does do this reasonably. When I first apply it I think t is not going to but it seems to absorb the shine quite well and it is a fair period of time (a number of hours) before I need to reapply. Bearing in mind I do get quite shiny skin. The product is oil free and has a sun factor protection of 14.

        The powder only comes in three colours, which is a not that great a choice really given the wide range of skin colours of people. There is fair/light, light/medium and medium/deep.
        Mine is light/fair as I have quite pale skin and it does blend well with no significant lines noticeable.

        ***PRICE AND AVALIBILITY***

        Available from Boots and some larger chemist stores and online make-up sites.

        It is around £11.


        ***OVERALL***

        Probably not one I would buy again to be honest. Given the price I don’t think it does a good enough job for my skin.

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        26.07.2015 16:57
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        • "hydrates and plumps my skin"

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        My skin does feel better after using this, but it is expensive

        I had some vouchers for Boots so I thought I would treat myself to some nice facial products that I had never tried before – Cairns. The main reason I had not tried them was price if I’m honest but as there was the potential of a gift when you buy three items I was willing.

        On arriving at my Boots store I spoke with the women at the counter about products and the free gift. Unfortunately the free gifts had gone, but to my surprise she said she would throw together a few things for me if I bought the three products. So into the chair I go for a try out of facial treatments selected for my skin.
        The three products were a serum, being reviewed here, a night serum/oil and a facial moisturizer. The “gift” comprised of trial size treats of cleansing cream, bath oil and full size body lotion, exfoliating cream, face mask and hand cream. So I did feel like I got a bit extra.

        The serum she chose for me was Cairns Hydra quench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase.

        ***THE PACKAGE AND THE CLAIMS***

        The product comes in Cairns signature box of white with red writing, quite plain really but I suppose some might say it is elegant. The product information is written around the box in various languages, along with the ingredients list (listed at the end).

        The claims are
        • Works with your skin to provide and restore moisture balance
        • Smooths dehydration lines to give a more youthful skin

        The use according to the leaflet from the company

        Alfalfa – to help plump up the skin
        Katafray extract – to give a more even skin surface
        Inca peanut oil – to help restore the skins protective film
        Organic sorbier bud extract – for a brighter face


        ***THE PRODUCT AND WHAT I THINK***

        So the actual serum comes in a thick glass blue bottle with a pump action top covered with a gold coloured lid. Again the elegance theme is going on and it does look nice and expensive on the shelf, without being in your face.

        The smell is fresh and clean, no particular fragrance that I can identify but it is very nice.
        You need to shake the bottle well before use. When you look at your bottle you can see the liquid inside separates into two and you need a good few seconds to mix it up properly or you will not get the full benefit of the serum.
        When using Cairns recommend that you use a small amount about the size of a hazelnut to apply to your face. I agree this probably is about right, if you use too much you are wasting this expensive treat! And it just takes longer to soak in so go sparingly is my advice. Now the only issue I have with this, is that it can be a little tricky to stop the pump when you have enough serum, it took me a few goes to get it right. Whilst we are on the pump topic, I must say my other negative is that there are tiny little beads in the serum (not sure which bit they are), which don’t always disperse evenly if you don’t shake well and they end up clogging up, waiting by the hole so sometimes you end up with a splodge of beads. Its not a major issue and has never stopped the serum flowing, its just a bit of a niggle.

        The serum itself is a clear to pale blue in colour and the beads a white/blue. It feels velvety to the touch and slightly oily but feels lovely when you massage it onto your face with you fingertips.
        It absorbs quickly probably about 10 seconds at most, I tend to make sure it has otherwise when you apply your moisturizer you are mixing the two.
        My moisturizer glides on after applying the serum, probably as it has a better base to adhere to and my skin certainly feels more hydrated after applying. I have not used many other serums yet to compare it to, but so far I am impressed with the improvement it has made to by skin feeling.
        I do feel like it plumps my skin a bit and it does feel hydrated, I am not overly convinced on the easing of lines bit but it is not meant to be a line corrector I guess, just an aid.

        So would I buy it and use it again? I would, but given the price I would have to have a few other things like free gifts with it as I do think it is expensive, or if it was on a special offer.

        ***PRICE AND AVAILABILITY***

        A whopping £43 for 30mls – this in the more expensive make-up range! Lasts for 18months.

        Available from larger department stores where counters are like Boots and Debenhams

        Available at www.clairns.co.uk where you can get a few free treats and special offers.

        Also available on some make-up websites.

        Ingredients list –
        Aqua, glycerin, iso-hexadecane, isonoyl isononanovate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, sodium pca, trehalose, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, benzophenone-4, sodium chloride, parfum, phenoxyethanol, tocopherylacetate, ethylhexyglycerin, tromethamine, xanthamine gum, sodium hyaluronate, disodium edta, alcohol, caprylyl, carrageenan extract, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, alfalfa extract,cedreloprsis grevei bark extract, pyrus sorbus bud extract, sorbic acid, tocopherol, blue and violet colours.

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        20.07.2015 16:11
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        • " quite gentle for a scrub"
        • "nice smell"

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        A great scrub which is gentle so ideal for the srcub starter

        I often purchase Original Source shower gels and spotted this one which was a daily scrub instead so thought I would give it a go.

        ORIGINAL SOURCE – CRANBERRY AND HONEY DAILY SCRUB.

        Original Source is a company that provides a variety of items like shower gels, hand wash and similar bathroom items. They are made in the UK, not tested on animals, recyclable packaging and generally have fruity based products.

        ***FIRST IMPRESSIONS***
        I love the colours of Original Source items they are almost always bright and cheery just what I need when getting up in the morning.
        I also love the fact that they say how many fruits etc. it took to make the product – in this case 425 crushed cranberry seeds.
        The bottle is clear plastic so emphasizes the lovely deep pinky colour, which is dotted with black specks or cranberry seeds.

        ***SCRUBBING AWAY***
        On opening you are not blown away by smell like some, this is quite delicate as the cranberries are missed with honey to aid with some skin moisturizing after the scrubbing effects of the cranberries. I like it, it reminds me of summer time for some reason.
        So when applying either with your hand or a cloth of some sort you get a little lather, its not excessive but I guess the idea of this product is to exfoliate. The little seeds don’t give you a harsh scrub like some others, this is gentler and I deal if you want to use it every day. It would also make a great starter scrub for the newbie or someone who has slightly more sensitive skin.
        It washes off very easily although if you do use it in a bath, beware some cranberry seeds will remain on the base of the bath.

        ***THE AFTER EFFECTS***
        My skin feels clean and slightly healthier to me. I feel like I have had a deep clean. I personally don’t use it every day but that is because I like to mix and match my products so I don’t get bored! Its not overly moisturizing but it is not drying and so good enough for me.

        Overall, yes I recommend!

        ***AVALIBILITY & PRICE***
        Available in many big supermarkets and online beauty sites for around £2.20 but can often be found on deals.

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      • Skellig - David Almond / Junior Book / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        16.07.2015 19:29
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        A great book that is suitable for all ages to read from about 10 up

        Skellig by David Almond

        This book is written from the perspective of a young boy, in my estimation about 10 years old but it doesn't actually tell you.
        He is at school and has recently moved to a new house with his parents and new baby sister who is sick and in and out of hospital. He didn't really want to move, he was happy at his old house with his friends close by. Now he is in a house that needs significant remodelling as the previous occupant was old and died there.
        His little area of salvation from the day-to-day trials and tribulations of being a child comes in the form of the outbuilding. This is almost derelict and his parents warn him it will collapse if he goes in, but children being children this only enhances his curiosity. In the corner is a noise "he" is there sat against the wall in a dusty suit eating spiders and dead bluebottles. Is it a person? Is it a figment of his childhood imagination? I have not figured out yet.


        The chapters are short and concise which makes for easy reading, as does the language, I think the book is aimed at youngsters from about 10. That said the story is a fun and an enjoyable one which is light hearted and a quick read for adults too.

        After finding “Skellig” as he is later found to be know Michael the little boy cant quite figure out if he is a figment of his imagination to begin with. Michael has had a lot to cope with for a young lad in the space of a short time. The move of house away from his friends, a longer journey alone to school, trying to help sort out the house, worrying about his parents and top of the list worrying about his baby sister and whether she will survive. So to have an imaginary friend would be acceptable some might say.
        It soon becomes clear though that Skellig is not imaginary and is real, but what he is, is another question. Michael realises that Skellig himself is not well he wants food and painkillers for his arthritis. These are things that Michael can provide and despite Skelligs initial denial at wanting help from Michael he does accept the offerings.

        Michael at the same time discovers a new friend in Mina the girl along the road. She is an oddity to Michael. Not only because she’s a girl, but because she is home tutored by her mother and seems to know a lot about things like poetry and art, things that Michael discovers are quite interesting aside from his usual football.
        As the friendship between Michael and Mina grows, he introduces her to Skellig and together they find him a safer place to gather his strength on aspirin, takeaway leftovers, beer and dead animal bits.

        There becomes a strong bond between the three and Michael confides his deepest fears to them about the baby dying. Mina helps Michael express himself more though art and nature whilst Skellig has an unusual power of his wings that have started to grow stronger from his back. Is Skellig an angel? Michael prays for the baby and wants her to grow strong. Skellig has an immense power about him, but is he able to make the baby better?

        To find out you will have to read the book!

        Published by Hodders Children’s Books in 1998

        Available from around £2 - £8 online at places such as Amazon and good book stores in paperback, hardback and Kindle format. There is also a DVD.

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      • Trixie Lint Brush / Cat Accessory / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        09.07.2015 21:31
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        • "cheap and easy to use"

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        • " unless your there for hours!"
        • "it will not remove all hair"

        A great cheap item that works well and is essential for pet owners

        When it comes to having immaculate clothes, by which I mean fur free, I am pretty much resigned to the fact I am in a no win situation!
        I have two big furry dogs, Siberian huskies to be exact, that moult a lot so there is always going to be dog hair somewhere, its guaranteed.

        When I am off to work or going out somewhere nice, the dance of trying not to let them brush up against you and a quick dash for the door before I make my escape begins. So a lint brush is an essential piece of kit in my house.

        ***THE BRUSH ITSELF***

        The lint brush is a basic brush shape, oval top with a long handle. This is not a particularly made to last product, it is obviously made in mass as the quality seems fairly basic to me. That said it does the job, is sturdy enough to last quite some time and is a cheap price. The dark grey plastic brush is quite sturdy and solid and is made in two haves so that the material can be placed between. There is a hole at the handle end so that you can hang it up if you wish, mine just goes in a drawer.
        The material brush part is not actually a brush, it is a red material that is quite matt and cut very short to give a tiny bristle effect if you run your hand over it.
        This appears on both sides of the brush base.

        ***USING THE BRUSH***

        Using it is simple you just brush over the area of clothes or furniture you want to rid of fur/hair. It works better in a downward motion in my experience and the hairs are caught on the material. You do have to work against the tiny bristles of the brush or it doesn’t appear to work. This can be difficult to tell as they are so short but if you find it doesn’t work just brush in the opposite direction. Or more simply on my brush there is an arrow below the material on the plastic telling you which way to brush! I cant say whether this is on all lint brushes though.

        ***WHERE IT WORKS***

        It works better on some fabrics than others, good on thick cotton things like hoodies (see picture) but a bit more difficult on thinner cotton t-shirts.
        Furniture wise better on carpets – ideal for niggling corners if you don’t want to drag the hoover out, more difficult on duvet covers.
        Generally I find the firmer, thicker the material the better it works. It works on the rest just takes a bit more time and effort.
        Its not perfect and wont remove all hair but it is good.

        ***REMOVING HAIR***

        Removing the hair from the brush is easy just with a rubbing of the hand over it or a damp cloth works quite well to and is good to keep it clean and fresh.
        You may need to do this quite frequently as you acquire a surprising amount of hair from one item.

        ***PRICE & AVALIBILTY***

        I bought mine in Wilkinson’s for £2.50 but you can buy these is various places and cheaply I have also seen them in Tesco for £2

        I would certainly recommend for those with pets.

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        17.06.2015 14:25
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        • " fresh smell and bright"
        • zesty

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        • "bit expensive if at full price"

        A bright, fresh smelling hand wash ideal for bathrooms or kitchens & includes tea tree

        I use hand wash in our bathroom, as I generally prefer it to soap. I have no particular preference to brand or scent, I just go with whatever is on offer usually and takes my fancy.

        Original Source is a brand that I do tend to like they are a company which is supported by the vegan and vegetarian society, the aromatherapy council, don’t test on animals and seem to use more natural ingredients than some others.
        They are part of the Cussons Company.

        www.original-source.com

        The first thing that attracts the customer to the hand wash is that it is bright green. This is one of the things I love about Original Source they are bright and the colours generally do match the fragrance they are selling. This fragrance is Mint (hence the green) and tea tree.

        It does smell of mostly mint but you can also notice the hint of tea tree and they have apparently used 3,203 mint leaves to make my bottle. The smell is refreshing and awakens your senses so is perfect for the bathroom. Having the tea tree aids the product to have anti-bacterial properties, which is an added bonus in a hand wash.
        The mint gives a zingy feeling to your skin, they say it tingles and it does which is surprisingly nice and emphasizes the feeling of being clean. You get a lovely lather from just a small amount and it certainly cleans your hands of everyday grime with no issues. This is dispersed via a pump action top to the clear bottle. It is easy to disperse an adequate amount to use but I find I do need to run my hand under the nozzle to catch the last bit or it drips down the side. The clear bottle is of great benefit, as not only does it allow you to see the fantastic colour but also how much you have left. All is recyclable.

        Ingredients:
        Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, C11-115 Pareth-7, C11-15 Pareth-40, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, BHT, Limonene, CI 19140, CI 42090

        The wash should be used within 12 months of first opening.

        A bottle of 250mls is around £2.30 which is a bit more than many other hand washes but you can frequently find them on offer at half price in big stores like Tesco and Boots, this is when I buy a few bottles of various fragrances and stock pile!


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        12.06.2015 16:41
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        • "ends not bad"

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        • "slow to start"

        its not one for me not exciting enough

        Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White.

        I picked up this book for just 50p from my GP surgery; they have second hand books for sale for charity.

        On starting to read the first chapter it seemed like the book was going to be set in history of some 200 years ago. You are then introduced to Georgina the main character in the book set in present day. The first chapter makes comparisons between Georgina and Millie who is from 200 years ago.
        I have to admit that after reading the first chapter I was confused, I wondered whether to carry on reading, as it appeared it was possibly going to be something not for me. However I perceived and thankfully the book started to make more sense.
        Millie had lost a child, went mad and died. Georgina a social worker had a case where a child had died and although cleared of any wrongdoing, the press and herself still blame her.

        Whilst this is occurring Georgina's brother dies. Georgina had never met him, he was a recluse apparently and left the family home before she was born, She never found out about him until she was at school. That said his pretty much derelict house is now hers and she decides this would be the perfect getaway from it all.
        I have to say the book proceeds to tell the story of Georgie doing up the cottage, meeting the strange neighbours which comprise of a mother and two farming sons who are two sandwiches short of a picnic, an grumpy old man and his downtrodden younger girlfriend and the posher older couple.
        Georgie has a few odd happenings in and around her cottage that take a sinister turn, ending up in murder. But who is the mystery person? Does it have anything to do with the odd occurrences? And who is the eventual murderer?

        The story started off quite bizarre to me with the story of Millie and if I am honest I have no idea how it fits into the story or why it's there.
        The story starts to get a bit better when you get involved in the Georgina and Angie the girl who died, as it explains why Georgie goes to the cottage and decides to stay.
        For me though the story gets a bit boring I lost interest really until about the twenty chapter which is when the story heats up and the mystery becomes more dark and sinister happenings occur.
        The ending was ok it made sense about who was behind the sinister mystery but I would not have guessed it. What was disappointing though was that I didn't find out what happened to Oliver, Dave or whether Georgie stays or goes. It was left a bit unfinished.

        Overall it was an ok book I am undecided as to whether to recommend as although I wouldn't read it again I can see it may appeal to some people.

        RRP £5.99 published by Corgi books 1998

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          10.06.2015 17:46
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          • " really foamy"
          • "lovely smell"

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          • "maybe price for some"

          a great foamy wash that doubles as a shaving gel

          I often tend to buy bath and shower gels when they are on offer. The Imperial Leather foam burst is something I have been wanting to try but thought was a bit pricey, so when I so it on offer I got one.

          ***BACKGROUND***

          The product is advertised as a luxurious body wash, which is why I guess they charge a slightly higher price than many other bath and shower gels.
          The foam burst is made by Imperial Leather which seems to have moved away from the older person brand that it used to be and now provides much more fragrant smelling hand wash’s and shower gels than before, that said they still make and sell well, the traditional soap and talc.
          Imperial leather comes under the umbrella of the Cussons brand that has been around since the late 1800’s and is a worldwide manufacturer of bath type products; they have bought and sold many products over the years and in recent years bought out the Sanctuary products.
          So, one of the newer products is Foam burst bath wash. It comes in many fragrances but the one I chose was sweet vanilla and cherry blossom.

          ***THE PACKAGE***

          The foam comes in a black aerosol can a resembling a shaving foam bottle, but has no lid. Having no lid it does mean it left out it can attract the dust to the top, especially if you forget to wipe the foam remains off. Ok if you use one product at a time, but I tend to have half a dozen different gels on the go at the same time. It is easy to clean and wipe over though but I recommend it goes in a cupboard if not using for a while.
          The black can is ideal as it shows up the bright colours the company use to portray the different smells, mine being pinks with a splash of gold, the gold representing the luxurious element.
          On the back of the can is the relevant information such as, ingredients, how to use, the fact that it is an aerosol so not to pierce, highly flammable and not to inhale in relation to solvent abuse.
          There are also two useful little circles, one telling you to expect 40 showers per bottle and the other saying you can use it as a shave gel.
          All in all I am impressed with the package.

          ***USING AS A SHOWER GEL***

          One little squirt does go a long way like they say; in all about three squirts does my whole body. The smell is divine they have just the right amount of vanilla to cherry blossom in my opinion, it is quite sweet smelling so may not be to everyone’s liking. When you spray it comes out the same as a shaving gel, a pink gel that disperses into white bubbly foam before your eyes. You could be mistaken for thinking it was a shaving foam in a blind test.
          As soon as the foam hits the water or on your sponge etc. it gives the most amounts of thick lathery bubbles I have seen in a long time of a product. I am suitably impressed and although the smell wears off quite quickly I can see why they have marketed this as a luxury product, as it certainly feels like it. Very soft and soothing on the skin with a small amount of moisture.
          Rinses off well despite the mass amount of foam!

          ***USING AS A SHAVE FOAM***

          I didn’t really believe it would be any good to be honest on reading the can and before using it.
          How surprised am I! It does remarkably well. It is just like a shave foam as I have previously said and I had no issues when I shaved my legs, no rash afterwards and its nice to have such a lovely smell with it.
          A great idea and perfect if you are going away as it does two jobs for the price of one.

          ***OVERALL***

          I am sold. It is a lovely product that I will look out for and enjoy trying the different scents they have on offer.

          ***PRICE & AVALIBILTY***

          Available in most supermarkets and chemists. Retails at £2.99 and if you can get it on offer (I got mine for £2) stock up!

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            31.05.2015 20:03
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            • "vitamin E"

            Disadvantages

            • "didn't see any improvement"

            Moisturises a bit but no viable improvement for me

            I started using an eye cream a little while ago now as I feel my eyes are starting to look a bit tired and need a bit of tlc.
            On a visit to The Body Shop a few months ago I picked up a Vitamin E eye cream.

            ***WHAT DO THEY CLAIM?***

            The cream obviously has vitamin E in it as you would expect which is a vitamin having antioxidant properties and is good for skin texture, helping to repair – therefore good for lines.
            They also include Shea butter and rose hip oil amongst the more chemical ingredients which both help to moisturize, soften and repair skin.

            The Body Shop claim the product is for all skin types and helps to reduce fine lines, puffy eyes and dark circles.

            ***MY EXPERIENCE***

            I liked the idea that the product was suitable for all skin types as around the eye is more delicate than the rest of your face, although I am not particularly sensitive to many creams. The product seems to have quite a general claim, in that I mean they offer a potential solution to most problems in fine lines, puffy and dark circles. If you have one or all three the cream should cover it. Personally I am in the fine line and puffy section, never really had a problem with dark circles.

            The product comes in a small tube pink in colour with a screw top lid, which is pointed to enable an accurate application to the eye area. No issues with this it does the job is easy to squeeze and the tube covers the relevant information of ingredients and how to use on it.

            So to applying – using a few small dot effect along the under of the eye just above the socket bone, I dab the cream into my skin.
            The cream is very light, which is good, as you don’t want anything to heavy to drag down the delicate skin. It gives off a slightly shiny affect to my skin, which is ok, I think I would prefer matt though and takes a good few seconds to absorb.

            I am sad to say though I have seen no benefit to my skin around my eyes what so ever! My fine lines are still fine lines and my eyes are still puffy on occasion. Whether it is doing good underneath who knows, I don’t expect miracles of teenage eyes again, but I need to be able to see some benefit.

            ***PRICE & AVALIABILITY***

            For 15mls expect to pay around £11 from www.thebodyshop.co.uk or the store itself.

            Overall, it’s apparently a best seller of The Body Shop, but not for me I’m afraid, my search for an eye cream continues…….

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          • Lancome Blush Subtil / Make Up / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            24.05.2015 15:02
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            • " good classic colours"
            • "last ages"

            Disadvantages

            • "maybe pricey for some"

            A lovely lasting blusher in a classic range of colours

            When I purchased my Lancôme blusher I didn’t go out and intend to buy a blusher, I went to buy a foundation. However Lancôme were doing a deal where if you buy two products you get a free gift.
            The counter assistant did a min face touch up using a blusher and I liked it so I bought it as mine was running low anyway.

            WHATS ON THE OUTSIDE

            Once purchased the blusher comes inside a silver cardboard box.
            This gives you Lancôme in large letters across the front, so no forgetting what you have bought! Along with the size, colour and a Lancôme motif. On the back of the box is the same detail but also written in several languages the fact that the blusher is proclaimed to be gentle and long lasting. They also provide the ingredients on the side of the box as follows: -

            Talc, synthetic fluorphlogopite, magnesium stearate, triisostearin, phenyl trimethicone, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, silica, alumina, caprylyl glycol, polyethylene terephthalate, polyurethane-11, parfum, linalool, geraniol, alpha-isomethylionone, coumarin, limonene, citronellol, benzyl alcohol. Plus a whole load of colours that the say may or my not be included, I assume that they print off the same ingrediants for all colours of blusher.

            SO WHATS INSIDE THE BOX?

            So once you open you box you discover a smart looking black snap shut plastic case with a small gold rose in the corner, which is the Lancôme motif.
            Inside the case there is a mirror in the lid, making it easy to topping up on the go.
            On the bottom half the one side holds the blusher set with a rose motif in it, which is 3.5 cm by 5 cm so quite large, compared to some blushers, but I cant tell you the depth as it is secured in the case. Alongside this on the other half is a small brush with which to apply the product. The brush is quite good with a small wide handle and thick bristled so provides good coverage and the width of the brush is adequate to give a good splash of colour over the cheekbone. To be honest I tend to use this brush for applying rather than one from my set most of the time as it saves me cleaning my brushes between other products.

            WHAT COLOUR WILL YOU PICK?

            My colour is Brun Roche. Lancôme currently do a range of eight colours, perhaps not the most number but they do have a good range within it. My blusher looks darker than it actually comes out on the skin, but I guess that also depends on how much of it you use. Intend to just use a slight sweep as I have pale skin.
            You do only need a small amount on the brush as you get good coverage and it does last a long time.
            I also have Rose paradis.

            LASTING POWER

            My blusher does tend to stay all day. This I find very god and means that my blusher has already lasted my nearly a year with daily use, so I am quite happy to pay a higher price.
            With regards to removing. It does come off with a simple make-up remover, better with a cream cleanser I find.

            THE SCORES ON THE DOORS

            The price from www.lancome.co.uk is £28 and they have guides on how to apply both in written and video format. It can also be purchased at Lancôme counters in big department stores of Debenhams and House of Fraser or the websites. You may also find Lancôme products on some online beauty sites at perhaps a cheaper price.
            This maybe a high price for some but you do get lastability so I feel it is cost-effective, especially if you buy when they have a free gift deal as the gifts are usually very good.
            Also if you buy at a counter make sure you get an assistant to show you how to use it, you get a mini face touch up for free!

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            17.05.2015 20:09
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            • "smells divine"

            Disadvantages

            • "moisture could last a bit longer"

            Lovely hand cream with a divine smell but moisture could last a little longer

            I buy a lot of hand creams. This is mainly because of my job; I am constantly washing my hands in sometimes quite harsh cleaner and wearing gloves. All in all this makes my hands susceptible to being dry, especially if it is cold outside when I am walking the dogs too.
            I don’t have any particular rhyme or reason to buying a hand cream just what takes my fancy at the time, or what’s a good deal.

            ***WHY I CHOSE THIS PRODUCT***
            This review is on The Body Sops almond hand cream. I chose this product 1) because I was in the store looking for something else as I had a voucher and 2) I seem to have a thing about almonds lately :/
            The girl in the shop spied me and advised me that the cream was good for dry hands and got me to try the tester, on smelling it I was hooked – I know not really a reason for buying it but it convinced me at the time.

            ***THE PRODUCT AND MY FINDINGS****
            The hand cream itself comes in an aluminum tube with a screw top lid. This I like, I find it easier to get all of the hand cream out of such tubes as you can wind them down, allowing you to know when you are near the end. The only possible down side is occasionally if not used for a long time the aluminum has potential to crack where it is folded down. This one is silver with brown as it is almond; some others have different colours to match, which is useful if trying to spot the cream quickly in the shop.
            The tube has a long list of ingredients on the back but the main point is that it is made with almond and Brazil nut oil that are happily from community fair trade. The product has a 12 month use by time frame, but mine has well gone in a couple of months! This is suitable for all skin types apparently and not tested on animals.

            So the smell – certainly almond! Not more I can say really, I like it smells sweet, nice, nutty and somewhat healthy. The smell does stick around on you skin for a while.
            The cream – a nice white fairly thick cream. You only need a small amount for moisturizing your hands and nails and it soaks in within a few seconds. It does leave a little shine on your hands from the oils but this is actually quite nice as it makes my hands seem a bit more healthy to me.
            So does it moisturize? Yes it does but I do find that I am re applying it every few hours even if I am not at work. This is because the moisturizing effect seems to where off after this time and my hands are feeling a little dry again.

            ***OVERALL***
            Would I buy it again? Yes I am a sucker for the smell. I would ideally like it to have longer moisturizing effects though. It would be a cream I keep in my handbag but have another intense hand cream for more moisturizing emergencies.

            For 30mls it cost £5 so its not the cheapest hand cream in the world but if you want a set they have other hand and nail items in the range.
            Available from www.bodyshop.com or the shop itself.
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            08.05.2015 18:08
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            • " really moisturises"
            • "great smell"

            Disadvantages

            • "body shop sometimes take it out of circulation"

            A lovely smelling moisturiser, which does really moisturise and rehydrate your skin

            This review is of The Body Shop’s Almond Body Butter.


            ***THE PACKAGE AND WHAT I THINK***

            The package is simple, a round tub with a screw top lid; basic yet ideal for the job it is entailed.
            In this case the tub is beige colour, different flavours have different mostly corresponding colours. I like this idea as it helps me to navigate the ones I like quicker when I am in the shop. On the top is a sticker that has almonds on it along with the name “Almond Body Butter” and enlightens you to the fact it is made with almond oil and is for normal to dry skin types, also written in French. The weight is also displayed – 200ml = 6.75oz = 192g. Above which is the signature body shop logo.
            On the underneath of the tub is another sticker, which tells you to store the product in a cool place, that it lasts for 12months from opening, that they are against animal testing and that the product is made in the UK. The fact it lasts 12 months is a good amount of time, but mine never gets the chance to be tested as its gone in a couple of months. I am very happy with the fact that the product is not tested on animals and I am encouraged to buy more just because of this fact.
            If you open up the sticker you reveal the product list of ingredients which if interested can be found on the website or product. This I can see is probably because of space you cant fit everything on the tin, well you could but it would probably look a bit messy. However for those who are particular about certain ingredients in there products, it would be difficult to peel back the label in a shop to investigate. I suppose you could look at the one on the tester though.

            ***THE PRODUCT AND WHAT I THINK***

            When I open the tub for the first time I am immediately hit with a rich almond smell, it is quite divine. This smell continues as you use the product and does not decipitate over time, which is really good. To this point when on your skin the smell lasts for hours, it is not to overpowering but you can notice it is there.
            The colour of this body butter is beige too, like the tub! I have never been so excited about beige! It looks good enough to eat (not that this is recommended!) Dipping you finger in the butter cream is thick, creamy with a slight oily texture. It almost melts into your skin as you apply and a little goes quite a long way.
            The cream is for normal to dry skin and you can almost feel your skin absorb the moisture from it, my skin definitely has a healthy glow after applying and feels more moisturized for 24 hours.
            I have had no issues with the cream, not that my skin is particularly sensitive, but I have used it on just shaved legs with no sting effect at all.


            PRICE £13.00 - Ok I know this may seem a bit steep, and I agree but if you buy when they have half price deals it is good value so stock up then, that’s what I do!

            AVALIABILITY From body shop stores and online at www.bodyshop.co.uk if you shop online the product ingredients list is available and useful how to guides on applying if needed.
            The only down side is that for some reason body shop seem to withdraw it from purchase at times, which is really annoying when you find something you really like!

            ***OVERALL***

            I am in love with this product!

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            26.04.2015 14:45
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            • " moisturises and reasonable price"
            • "lovely smell"

            Disadvantages

            • "none for me"

            A great cream that moisturises at a reasonable price ideal for your handbag

            As mentioned in my previous hand cream reviews, I use a lot of hand cream. My work means I am frequently washing my hands in sometimes harsh cleaner, using alcohol gel and wearing gloves? This combined with my dog walking on cold windy days, means my hands need some tender loving care.

            Hand Food is a hand cream made by Soap and Glory.

            They are quite clever in the fact that they print on the front of the tube "the most astonishing hand cream ever?" Which kind of draws you in, but then they say on the end "you decide" quite a good marketing technique I think. They do like to make a play on wording too. For example, "mend a hand?" Is on the tube as a heading for the usage instructions, instead of the term "leaned a hand". The design of the bottle seems 70's retro to me.

            They say you can apply the hand cream to chapped dry hands but do say not to use it on irritated or damaged skin. I have never really seen a hand cream with that on before I don't think. My hands are generally ok, but if at work for a stretch of nights they do suffer and my skin becomes quite irritated. I have to say I didn't really read the bit about not using it on irritated skin until later, but I didn't find it was an issues at all, it still soothed my skin. That said I would advise that you follow the manufacturer instructions as it may just be that I have tough, hard to irritate skin!

            The cream is quite thick but is squirtable from the tube and allows an adequate amount to be delivered and having a flip top lid makes it easily accessible. The flip top lid also means that you can stand the tube up allowing the cream to naturally fall to the bottom, making it easier to squeeze.

            The smell is divine. Apparently the original pink fragrance which matches the pink tube. I can not define it to any real smell myself or mixture but I like it.

            As the cream contains Shea butter, macadamia oil, grape seed oil and almond oil within its ingredients, I expect it to soothe my dry skin and it does quite well I have to say. It is not greasy
            and I can do routine tasks such as opening bottles, turning taps within a few moments of it being absorbed. Another of the ingredients is marshmallow, peculiar one, I am not sure of the marshmallow benefits but it works I guess!
            Apart from these ingredients the whole list can be found under the product details at the company website.
            When I have applied the cream it does last on my hands and I don't feel I need to keep reapplying that often, my hands feel nourished.
            This is certainly a product I would actively seek out and buy again.

            The cream has a long life span in my opinion of 24 months after opening. This is really good, many are 6-12 months.

            The 125ml tube is around £5.00 and the 50ml tube around £2.50 you can often get 3 for 2 deals on these products in Boots.

            Soap and Glory seem to be quite a fun company and have a large fan base and many products to try.

            The product is made in the UK but does have a distribution from the USA.

            Available from www.soapandglory.com or www.boots.com and Boots stores

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            27.03.2015 19:07
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            Advantages

            • " not tested on animals"
            • light

            Disadvantages

            • " "
            • "no sfp"
            • " or deep moisturising for me"
            • "not rich enough"

            its a basic cream, ok if you have good skin and don't need much moisturisation

            I am not particularly loyal to any brand of moisturizer as yet, mainly because I have not found an exceptional one that I love. Because of this I am happy to try different brands and this time I chose a moisturizer from The Body Shop, vitamin E moisture cream.

            ***THE CLAIMS***

            The Body Shop claim the moisturizer is for all skin types provides antioxidant and moisturizing.

            ***THE PACKAGE***

            The moisturizer comes in a pale pink 50ml pot with a black screw top lid. This provides easy access to the cream and the ability to use every last bit.
            The lid comes with a small Body Shop logo and the words Vitamin E in pink and below the fact that is a moisturizer with the claims stated as above. It is also written in French.
            Around the side of the pot is similar information in various languages. On the bottom is a peal open paper sticker with a full list of the ingredients, the fact that it is made in the UK, against animal testing and that it lasts 12months from opening.
            It is quite basic information but is all that you actually require, they don’t really claim vast amounts of things, which is refreshing, but at the same time did leave me wondering if it was just going to be a very basic cream.

            ***WHAT I THINK***

            On opening the pot the cream is again a pale pink colour like the pot it comes in, quite nice it makes a change from plain old white.
            The smell is quite strong for a face moisturizer I think and I am not sure what the smell is exactly but it reminds me of baby lotion. It’s not unpleasant and after you have applied and put makeup on the smell has decipitated.
            The texture is a cream but not a thick luxury one; it does seem quite basic in nature to me and slightly thinner than I personally like.
            It applies well to the skin and is absorbed within a few seconds leaving my skin feeling moisturized but I don’t think it does deep moisture that I would require. The product is for all skin types but I have combination skin which can get dry around the edges from walking the dogs and I don’t think it does a good enough job for this unfortunately especially as vitamin E is supposed to help against dryness. I think this cream is best suited for a young person with good skin who requires just a simple moisturizer.
            For myself I prefer a cream thicker with sun factor protection and some anti age properties.

            Overall considering this is apparently one of the body shops best sellers, I am not convinced.

            ***AVALIBILITY AND PRICE***

            The cream can be purchased from The Body shop or there website www.thebodyshop.co.uk

            Cost is £11 for 50ml, which I think you can purchase other creams that are better in the high street for that from the likes of Nivea, Garnier etc.

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