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      21.07.2015 20:43
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      • "Deep Cleaning "
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      Great smelling deep cleaning shampoo

      Price and Availability :
      These are available widely from most supermarkets and chemists, they are usually around the £1 price for a 400ml bottle so really good value. Currently they are on offer in ASDA for 75p and Tesco and 4 bottles for £3. You can also get a matching conditioner for the same price and on the same offers.

      Packaging :
      All the Alberto Balsam bottles look similar they have a black plastic clip top lid, the plastic is clear slightly frosted. On the front you have a black panel that says Alberto Balsam and then a nice picture of some sliced Mandarins. Underneath it says Mandarin and Papaya, shampoo with mandarin and papaya extracts revitalising for normal / dry hair. 400ml. The packaging is simple but smart enough looking, it doesn't look like a value brand but doesn't look luxurious either. The bottle is strong as is the lid and I have never had any problems with them breaking. The bottle is also flexible enough that it is easy to get the shampoo out, even the last drops.

      In Use :
      The thing I love about the Alberto Balsam range is the scents, everyone I have tried so far has smelt lovely and this is no exception. It is a really fruity smell which is quite strong and fills the bathroom when you use it in the shower, I am not sure what Papaya smells like but you can definitely smell the mandarin. When using you only need a little bit as it creates a lot of lather which means a big 400ml bottle lasts ages. Even though it creates a lot of lather it is really easy to rinse of. Once used my hair is really shiny and light which I find with a lot of this range, it really does make my hair feel super clean. The only downside is that it doesn't detangle on it's own but combined with the conditioner it does so it's not a massive problem as the conditioner is only £1 as well.

      Overall:
      Overall I am going to give this 4 stars I would have given it 4.5 if I could as it only loses a little bit because it doesn't detangle, most people probably wouldn't find this a problem but my hair is pretty damaged at the moment so it is an issue for me.

      Ingredients:
      Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Carica Papaya Fruit Juice, Citrus Tangerina Peel Oil, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-39, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Nitrate, Glycerin, Pantolactone, Parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Chloride, PPG-12, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone,

      *Note* All of my hair care reviews that I have written so far have been used in a soft water area I have recently moved to a hard water area and have noticed a huge difference in results, I haven't tried this one in a hard water area yet but will update when I do.

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      21.07.2015 16:11
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      • "Leaves Hair silky"

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      • "a bit pricey at full price"

      Great shampoo for silky hair

      Price and Availability:
      This is made and sold by Avon as with all other Avon products. It comes in two sizes 250ml and 400ml the small one is priced at £2.80 and the big one at £4.50 but they are both on offer at the moment for £1.65 and £2.80 for the big one. You can also get matching conditioner in the same sizes at the same price, they are also currently on the same offer.

      Packaging:
      Like all advance techniques products this comes in a very sturdy bottle, like I have mentioned in other reviews it can be a little too stiff making it difficult to get the last bits of shampoo out. The bottle itself is a standard looking shape curvey oval. It is a pearlescent silver colour which is pretty. On the front it says ' AVON Advance Techniques 360 nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil' bit of a mouth full. Then there is a pretty gold twirley pattern and underneath that it says 'Shampoo for all hair types' 250ml.

      In Use :
      What it claims to do :
      Effectively cleanses hair leaving it feeling smoother, stronger and more manageable*. Instantly detangles hair*. With Argan Oil and vitamin E
      What it does do :
      When using you really don't need much it lathers really well so covers all of my hair easily with just a little blob, it's quite easy to use too much so you need to be careful, if you do use too much it takes a long time to rinse out which is a bit of a hassle but nothing too excessive. The lather is really frothy and makes you feel like your hair is getting a good deep clean.
      I find that once rinsed out my hair does feel really smooth and clean and has a nice shine to it, definitely much better than the standard shampoos I normally use. My hair does tangle really easily but this does seem to make it a lot more manageable, especially if I use the matching conditioner with it. On it's on it still needs a little work to detangle my hair but with the matching conditioner I can brush it through really easily.

      Overall :
      I was really impressed with this product as it gave much better results that I was expecting, I do normally tend to find shampoos all the same really but this one has an edge, obviously it is more expensive that basic shampoos but when it is on offer there's not a huge difference so I would definitely pick some up again.


      *Note* All of my hair care reviews that I have written so far have been used in a soft water area I have recently moved to a hard water area and have noticed a huge difference in results, I haven't tried this one in a hard water area yet but will update when I do.

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      20.07.2015 12:00
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      • "Smells Nice"
      • "Controls Frizz"

      Disadvantages

      • "Smell doesn't last"

      Good but not Great Frizz control

      Price and Availability :
      This, like all other Avon products is made and sold by AVON you can get it directly from their website, or from your local AVON representative. Full price is £2.80 for 250ml or £4.50 for 400ml but the Advance Techniques range is always on special offer so I wouldn't pay full price for it, currently to 400ml is £2.80 and the 250ml is £1.65.
      This is also available on ebay for £4.80 for 250ml or £4.49 for 400ml

      Packaging :
      The packaging matches the rest of the Advance Techniques range, it is a pearly white colour, quite a boring shape, just a slightly curved oval shape. On the front it says 'AVON Advanced Techniques' then in an orange banner 'frizz control' then there is an orange circular logo and underneath that it says 'shampoo for all hair types' nothing particularly exciting to report hear. I do find all of the advanced techniques bottles very sturdy but this sometimes makes it hard to get the last bits of shampoo out of the bottle. The packaging has been changed loads over the years and I think the ciao pictures is an old one.

      In Use :
      The shampoo has a nice florally fresh scent which is obvious but not overpowering which is nice. It is a thick whiteish creamy liquid, which lathers really well, you don't need to use a lot. I have long hair below my shoulders and blob about the size of a £2 coin. The shampoo rinses off reasonably easily.
      I do think this reduces frizz a bit but not as much as I was expecting from an ant frizz shampoo. It made my hair more manageable and left it feeling nice and soft and light but the frizz results were just good not great, not significantly more than some of the other advance techniques shampoos. The scent also doesn't last very long on your hair only about an hour then it's pretty much faded.

      Overall:
      Overall I am going to give this product 4 stars as it does do a good job of de-frizzing and leaves my hair feeling soft and light but it's just not good enough to get a 5 star. If the scent lasted longer and the de-frizzing was just a little better I probably would have given it 5.

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      14.05.2015 15:51
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      • "Doesn't do anything"

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      Just doesn't do anything :(

      Price and Availability :
      Discontinued but can be found on amazon/ebay for around £7

      Packaging:
      The packaging matches the rest of the solutions range just with a wintery twist. The tube is sky blue and fades to pearlescent white , it has snow flakes all down the side and a blue band around the bottom. On the front it says 'Solutions winter fabulously clean cleanser'. On the blue band it says AVON 200ml. The bottle is soft and easy to squeeze but feels well enough made. The lid is a standard flip top lid and again feels well made and I have never had any problems with damage etc.

      In Use:
      This is one of a few 'moisturising' cleansers I have tried in the past and although this isn't advertised as a time safer but as a rescue method for your winter chapped skin, I still feel that mixing a cleanser and a moisturiser just can't work. This is a thin creamy white consistency that smells like a cleanser (a faint dentists smell). It is easy to apply with a cotton pad or with your hands, and doesn't irritate the skin at all and feels nice on. It is a little tough to remove and I found it slides around the face quite a lot, I gave up on the cotton pads in the end and washed it all off with a flannel as it was taking to long. Now I don't know if it was because of the way I removed it but it just didn't seem to have done anything at all. My face did feel cleaner but not as clean as it would have using any other cleanser, or even soap and water. My skin did feel a little bit softer which makes me think the moisturising element had worked a little but definitely not enough to call it a moisturiser. I have had this tube for about 2 years I would guess at now (hopefully not longer) and it is still about a quarter full as I only really use it when I start feeling bad about the amount of half used or not even open products there are in my bathroom (I know most things have a 12 months when open lifespan but I have never had any problems using things past this time).

      Overall:
      Overall I was really disappointed with this product as it didn't do much to any great level and just seems like a waste of time using it. At £2 or £3 it is not a huge loss and I will finish it eventually but I would definitely not pay the £5-£7 that is being asked for it nowadays. I dislike this so much I didn't even use it today to write my review (which I normally always do for a refresher), I opened it and changed my mind, for that reason I will have to give it 1* as a product I thoroughly dislike.

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      14.05.2015 15:49
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      • "leaves skin feeling lovely"
      • "Smells nice"

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      A great hard working scrub

      Price and Availability :
      I love AVON's Planet Spa ranges, they always come is really pretty packaging and are always pretty good quality but as they are one of AVON's more expensive ranges I don't often buy much of it unless it is on special offer. This has an RRP of £5 and although that may not seem much it is on the higher end of AVON's prices for a scrub. It is currently on offer at half price (£2.50) as are a lot of Planet Spa products at the moment so if you did want some now is the time to buy. Unfortunately I am on a no spending mission so I won't be indulging.

      Packaging :
      The scrub comes in a lovely light grey matt bottle with a curved end and a flip top lid. I don't know why but I really like the feel of matt packaging. It has the large Planet Spa logo on the top in Silver, and then underneath it says 'Perfectly Purifying with dead sea minerals face scrub' There is a pattern along the base and then it says 75ml so you know how big it is. The packaging is good quality, this is one of the few items I have actually finished a tube of and it worked well until the end. The lid clicks into place firmly and I have never had any spillages etc.

      In Use:
      The scrub is a thick white substance with tiny gritty bits in, it has a faint smell of seaweed which is pleasant and does remind you of the sea which is what I am assuming they were going for as it claims to have minerals from the dead sea in it. It works really well when scrubbing with it without causing any damage to the skin or any irritation. The packaging advices to leave the scrub on the skin once you have finished scrubbing with it and then to allow it to dry before rinsing it off, I thought this was a bit strange but it did leave my skin feeling very refreshed once I had followed the instructions so I do this every time now. It doesn't take long at all to dry so it's not a huge hardship to wait a little. I used mine about 1-2 times a week and the tube lasted ages around 6 months as you only need to use a small amount at a time.

      Overall:
      Overall I am more than happy to recommend this product as it is a very nice scrub with a lovely scent and it leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed. I would recommend waiting for it to be on offer though as it often is to save you from paying full price which is a little pricey but still worth it for the quality you are getting.

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      02.05.2015 23:41
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      • "SPF 25"

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      • price

      Great Day cream by avon

      Price and Availability
      This is made by Avon and is available from their website or from a local Avon representative (side note : if you don't have a rep and would like one their is a form you can fill in and they will send your details to your nearest rep.) The RRP is £24 and although Anew products don't often get reduced they are sometimes on offers where you can get something free or a discount for buying a few items so it is still worth holding out for an offer with this one. You can also purchase this on Amazon for £12.99 (currently on offer from £22.99) or eBay for £9.50

      Packaging
      The packaging is trying to look luxurious as all the Anew range does, it comes in the standard face cream shaped tub and is a pearlescent gold colour with a solid gold coloured screw on top. Under the lid in gold solid lettering it says 'Anew Ultimate Cream SPF 25 UVA/UVB 7S Day' The tub is 50ml.

      In Use :
      The cream is thick and luxurious feeling but it sinks in quite easily and doesn't feel greasy as some moisturisers do. Although the cream looks thick it doesn't feel heavy when you are wearing it and you just forget you have it on. This leaves my skin feeling really soft and moisturised and it remains that way all day. It is also no problem to apply make up on top of this cream, I find as long as I leave it a few minutes to make sure it is all soaked in my make up goes on easily and lasts longer when I am wearing this compared to not. I can't say I have noticed any long term effects from the cream but I only use it sporadically, if i was more disciplined this is one I would be happy to wear every day and I am trying to do so now, hopefully I can update this review in a few weeks and say how great my skin is looking. The SPF factor 25 is also a big plus coming into summer as it is especially important to protect the facial skin from sun damage.

      Overall :

      Overall I am going to give this 4 stars as it leaves my skin feeling lovely, isn't greasy, soaks in easily and you don't have to use very much so although it is a little expensive it will last ages even if using it everyday. If I manage to use it all the time and notice an improvement in my skin I will re rate it a 5.

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      02.05.2015 23:39
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      • "not greasy"
      • "easy to apply"
      • "leaves skin soft "

      Disadvantages

      • price

      A great Night cream by Avon

      Price and Availability
      Like the day cream this is made and sold by Avon it can be purchased from their website or bought from a local representative, it is priced at £24 for a 50ml pot. I got this and the Day version in a representatives only special offer and I think I paid £15 for both, I can't remember the exact amount but I remember it was a bargain as I don't normally buy Anew products as they are a little out of my price range. I will review them based on the full price though as I think that is more fair. You can also get this on Amazon for £11.39 or eBay for £9.50.

      Packaging:
      This is the same shape tub as all the Anew products and the same style as the Day cream except the top of the tub is black and it fades to gold at the bottom, it has the same screw on gold lid. On the front in gold writing it says 'ANEW ULTIMATE Cream 7S Night'. I really like this tub I think it looks very sophisticated and is more luxurious looking than the day cream.

      In Use:
      This isn't as thick as the day cream but it is still creamy and luxurious feeling, it goes on easily and sinks in nicely, once on I don't find it feels any different from the day cream, it leaved my skin feeling really soft and moisturised and it looks fresh when it is on. It feels really light on my skin when I am wearing it and I am able to forget it is on (which may sound silly but I can be a bit strange with moisturiser if they are heavy they irritate me and make me feel like my skin is really greasy, and I have to wash them off). My skin still feels good in the morning when I have worn this and I don't think it all rubs off in the night so I think it is working most of the night which is good. I probably wouldn't buy both the day and the night cream again as it is a bit pricey but I may buy one and use it all the time. I can't see there being any problem in using either day and night, the only difference is the day one has SPF protection so I might chose that one. I won't hold that against the night cream though as it is great in it's own right.

      Overall:
      I am going to give this one a 4 as well, I am not marking it down because of the SPF as it is intended for night time wear, it is easy to apply, soaks in well and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised and I am sure if I used it more often it would give long term improvements to my skin.

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      02.05.2015 22:20
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      • None

      Disadvantages

      • "Doesn't work"
      • Smell

      It just doesn't work

      Price and Availability :
      This is made and sold by Avon, it used to be available from your local representative or the website but is no longer on there, I would assume it was discontinued but it is still available to buy from the US store for $14.00 (£9.25) so I am not sure why it's not on the UK site anymore. You can still get it though from Amazon £5.99 or eBay for £5.35.

      Packaging :
      The packaging is quite good it is a silver bottle with a clear flip top lid, it says 'Avon Clearskin Professional Liquid extraction strip' 30ml. The box it comes in is exactly the same. The reason I like this packaging is that it looks very unisex so you would have no problem buying this for a man or a woman. I have had not troubles with the bottle it doesn't get used very often but has remained intact and in good condition.

      In Use :
      Unfortunately this product was a bit of a let down when I got to the using it stage, firstly the smell is far too strong and manly, it smells a bit like cheap aftershave which is really not what I was expecting.
      This mask is not designed to be put all over the face just on the T-zone hence the name 'strip' you place a small amount of gel on the problem area adding a bit extra at the end so you have more to pull when it's time to remove the mask.
      While wearing the mask I found the smell really off putting and uncomfortable but the mask itself didn't seem to be causing any sort of sensation as others do. It came off easily in one piece which I was happy with but I couldn't see any difference to me skin at all, my pores looked exactly the same and on inspecting the mask there was nothing on there that made me think it had removed any impurities. Overall I was really disappointed as it didn't do anything it said it would.

      Overall :
      I can only give this 1 star because it has zero effect on the skin and was an unpleasant experience wearing it because of the smell. Even if it was on a good offer I wouldn't buy it again.

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      22.04.2015 21:06
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      • "Good Price"
      • "Multi Purpose"

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      • None

      An item every house needs

      Packaging :
      The packaging for Sudocrem is very clinical and it looks more like a medicinal cream than a beauty cream which it is, but I do think people like to use it as a beauty cream as well. The tub is grey with a twist off top, it has a white and red sticker that says 'Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream' then underneath it gives a list of ailments that it can be used for ' Nappy rash, Eczema, Surface wounds, Sunburn, Minor Burns, Acne, bed sores, chilblains '. Then it tells us that it is a 400g tub. You can get mini sized ones (usually free when you are pregnant) they look the same but are just really small.

      In Use :
      Like I mentioned earlier I used to get this used on me as a child for all sorts but usually grazes or burns, it always did the job of reducing swelling, cooling and preventing infection pretty well. When I worked in the hospitals during my Nurse training (I am not a Nurse by the way I dropped out after 2 years as I was never meant to be a Nurse) this was used a lot on the stroke ward as you had a lot of bed bound patients that were prone to bed sores, this did a really good job of soothing the areas as well as preventing them worsening, on patients were mobility was improving it helped improve the effected skin quite well by keeping infections at bay and creating a barrier to any irritations such as clothing etc.
      Nowadays I only really use it as a nappy cream, Luckily for us Vinnie has never really had a problem with Nappy rash but he has it a little a handful of times, most of those times we have used sudocrem and when we change him again it is already looking less red and sore so it definitely works, now he is getting a bit older he seems to be getting it a bit more often, I think it is because he is more mobile and the nappies might be rubbing, I continue to use this as I think it has been trusted by so many mums in the past it must be good and when it comes to Vinnie I don't like to take too many risks and would rather use something tried and tested than new.
      As a side note this also works really well on baby acne which Vinnie had when he was new born, although baby acne doesn't need to be treated as it doesn't cause the baby any distress, if they get particularly nasty looking spot you can just dab a bit of sudocrem on it before bed and in the morning it will normally be much less angry looking, and a lot smaller.

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    • Tempur Cloud pillow / Furniture / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      19.04.2015 22:26
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      • "Zip off cover"

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      • Price

      Too expensive and too uncomfortable

      Price and Availability :
      Like I mentioned I paid £90 each for these pillows from Dreams but after doing some research they are available elsewhere :
      John Lewis : £85
      Tempur Official : £129
      Dunelm : £84.99
      Amazon : £104.95
      Debenhams : £90
      According to most people the RRP is actually £129.99

      The pillow :
      The pillow itself is a beige colour sack of Tempur foam, it has a zip of cover which can be washed, the cover has little circles all over so if you fall asleep heavily on the pillow you end up with an indented pattern of bubbles all over your skin which is always fun. The pillow is really heavy which surprised me, I mean super heavy, moving it around when you are half asleep is actually a bit of a struggle.
      So the main question, is it comfortable ? I really want to say yes this is the best pillow ever, it was totally worth £90 but unfortunately I can't, I find it way to thick and even if I lay on my back and let my head sink in, as soon as I change positions my head is way to high up again and it strains my neck. I think this might be good for people who sleep quite still, or heavy sleepers but I move around so much in my sleep and am a light sleeper so it just causes me too much stress during the night its almost like a pillow made out of wet sand if that makes sense to anyone but me.
      My partner luckily likes them a bit more than me, he finds them comfortable enough but said he wouldn't miss them if they were gone so they are nothing special to him either, definitely not good enough to justify £90.
      When I was pregnant they were a little bit more useful as I used to squash the one corner under my bump and wrap my leg around it which I found quite comfortable during the last month or two. It offered good support for my bump and when my partner was in camp it was like having a small person to cuddle (how sad my life was lol). Obviously at this point I wasn't moving around in my sleep to much as the baby would swoosh from side to side if I did so once I was comfy I pretty much stayed put.

      Overall:
      I can only give these 2 stars because apart for being useful during the last two months of my pregnancy these really aren't very good in fact now I use mine as a giant teddy and use a normal pillow for my head, they are surprisingly comfy to cuddle. If they were more reasonably priced I may have given them 3 as a standard OK pillow but they are so expensive they can only get 2 stars, for £90+ you really would expect a lot more.

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      18.04.2015 23:15
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      • "Easy to peel off"
      • "Great results"

      Disadvantages

      • "1 application per pack"

      A great peel by Montagne Jeunesse

      This is another one of the Montagne Jeunesse products that I had in my gift hamper and one of the ones I continued using after my freebies were finished with. As I mentioned in my review of Montagne Jeunesse Blemish mud they have no changed their name to 7th Heaven for the reason that no one could pronounce their name (fair enough really). They are a BUAV and Vegetarian society approved company and all of their products have the logos on the back so you know you are buying Cruelty free.

      Price and availability :
      Like most Montagne Jeunesse / 7th Heaven products these are widely available from Chemists such as Boots and Superdrug, Supermarkets, Discount stores and even clothing stores such as New Look. They are Priced at £1 and I have never seen much variation from this price point.

      Packaging:
      Following the standard look of all Montagne Jeunesse products we have a smiling girl on the front, this one has a bright lilac face mask on with pomegranates and leaves covering her eyes. Across the top it says Deep cleansing Passion Peel Off - Pomegranate pulp and Passion Flower. On the Bottom it tells us that this sachet is 10ml. I do like this packaging it is nice and bright and stands out compared to other brands it is unmistakably Montagne Jeunesse.

      In Use:
      When you open the sachet you get a wonderful fruity aroma hit you which is so nice, I would wear it as a perfume if I could, it is sweet and summery. The mask itself again doesn't look like what the girl on the pack has on it is a clear pinky red gel. It is really easy to put on and doesn't drag, Once it is on it takes about 10-15 minutes to dry which is normal for a gel mask, once dry it feels quite tight but not unpleasantly so. This peels off really easily when it's dry which is always satisfying, it leaves my skin feeling really smooth as soon as it is removed but a little bit red, the redness dies down after about 5-10 minutes so is not a problem, it doesn't leave blotches or anything like that though. This also seems to reduce my spots which is nice and keeps them at bay for a few days. The sachet suggests using the product weekly. Unlike most of the Montagne Jeunesse sachets this one definitely only has one use in it but as it only suggests using it once a week that's not too bad.

      Overall:
      Overall I will give this 5 stars as it leaves my skin feeling great, is easy to use and is reasonably priced for the amount you need to use it. The fact that it is also cruelty free is an extra benefit.

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      18.04.2015 14:16
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      • "Good price"
      • "BUAV Approved"
      • "Leaves skin feeling lovely"

      Disadvantages

      • "small packet"

      A Cruelty free way to blemish free skin


      Price and Availability
      These are available everywhere, you will find them in supermarkets, chemists, cheap shops, even clothes shops will have them at the checkouts. They are pretty much always priced at £1 or 99p.You can also get them directly from the Montagne Jeunesse website for £1.

      Packaging
      These come in individual use sachets which you just rip the top of and use. The package shows a smiling blond lady with a bright green mask on and leaves and flowers covering her eyes, it is very obviously a Montagne Jeunesse product as they all have similar images on the fronts. The sachet tells is that this is 'skin clearing Blemish Mud with Aloe Vera & Willow' on the bottom it tells us that this is a 20g packet. I really like the packaging style of Montagne Jeunesse I think it is unique and really eye catching.

      In Use
      I find these sachets easy to open and normally just rip them open but if you want to be a bit tidier you could always use scissors. I was really disappointed when I first squirted this out as I was looking forward to an avocado green face mask but it is in fact a lot paler than that more of a beige yellow colour. The scent is strong Aloe Vera which makes it feel very clean and clinical which is unusual for these products as I normally find them much more scented. I like the scent very much. I always find there is too much in the sachet for one sitting, if I try and put the whole lot on it takes way too long to dry and ends up being a bit annoying. I can normally get two goes out of one sachet or at least one and enough to do the main areas. I find this quite easy to remove with warm soapy water and a sponge. I was really impressed by the results of this product if left my skin feeling so refreshed and clean, the spots I had were clearly reduced in redness and overall my skin just looked a lot healthier, there was no redness or blotchiness either which is nice. The results lasted a few days as well which is longer than most masks, I think if you used this every 3 days or so you could maintain that just had a facial look most of the time.

      Overall
      Overall I am going to give this 5 stars it gives great results, smells lovely, is easy to apply and is vegetarian friendly and approved by the BUAV which means that none of the ingredients or the product itself has been tested on animals. At £1 for 2 applications I think it is also a pretty decent price.

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      17.04.2015 22:46
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      • Durable
      • "Great storage"

      Disadvantages

      • None

      Great storage for all your miniature things

      For the last 4 and a half years I ran an online business selling hand made Jewellery, this is one of the first storage containers I bought to keep all my little bits and bobs in when I first started getting orders, the business soon outgrew this little organiser but I still kept it on my desk with a few of the most often used items in it. Sadly I closed the business last month and have since passed this on to a young budding crafter.

      Price and Availability:
      This is a made by Hobby craft and is part of their 'Really useful boxes' range which comes in way to many variations for me to list here but this one is £12.

      Design :
      This is basically a miniature cabinet of miniature drawers with lids on. Each drawer or box holds 0.14l and there are 16 drawers in total 4 rows and 4 columns. Each box has a lid which clips in place on both sides with blue plastic clips. The lids are really secure once they are in place. This is ideal for storing beads, small craft items, beauty products like bobbles and clips etc or stationery items such as elastic bands, drawing pins + paper clips. Or it could be a really funky way to store loose change, you could put 1ps in the first drawer 2ps in the second etc etc Ok maybe I am the only person in the world that would do that but it has plenty of uses none the less.

      Durability:
      I used this every day for over 4 years it moved house with me 5 times at least ( I move a lot) and I never had a problem with it, it suffered no damage all the lids were still intact and hadn't loosened over time and apart for a few scratches it was still in perfect condition which is much better than I expected from it to be honest.

      Overall:
      Overall I will give this 5 stars as it lasted way longer than expected and probably would have lasted a few more years at least, it is a good price and is very useful for crafters and non crafters alike. I would definitely recommend this product.

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      17.04.2015 21:31
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      Advantages

      • cleanses
      • "reduces pore size"

      Disadvantages

      • "leaves skin blotchy"

      Leaves my skin blotchy :(

      Squirting this out of the tube you get a very dark thick mask that you really don't want to rub on your face but you do anyway. Applying it is easy it goes on well and you don't need too much to get good coverage. When you first apply it, it doesn't seem to be doing anything it doesn't tingle straight away, then after it starts drying it gets really tight and quite itchy. I really don't like the feeling when it is on and am always in a rush to get it off. It takes about 15 minutes to dry and when it dries it looks horrendous, it goes a light grey colour and shows all your enlarged pores up as they stay black and it shows every line and wrinkle. As it is so dark and messY, I find it easiest to remove it in the shower and save splashing it all round the sink.
      It comes of really easily in the shower with very little effort. Now I was very surprised when I first used this and looked in the mirror afterwards my skin looked awful, all red blotches and blemished that I am certain weren't their before. I never got problems with any skin products so I was really surprised that my skin looked so bad, all the reviews I had read on this product had been fantastic. I don't think I am allergic to any of the ingredients, the only thing I can think is that the witch hazel may have caused some reaction I know I have used other products with salicylic acid in before and had no problems. My skin also had a weird texture to it almost like really fine sand paper but didn't feel dry if that makes any sense. After an hour or so the redness dies down and my skin looked much fresher and felt much smoother. I have not really used this product much since then, I have tried it a few other times, including for the purpose of writing this review and I have always had the same reaction. It hasn't resulted in any long term issues or improvements with my skin. I was disappointed with this item and if I hadn't read so many good reviews about it I would assume it was just not very good but I think it must just be me.

      Overall
      I was really torn about what to give this product as for me it doesn't really offer much but I know it has been better for other people. For me it does still reduce the size of my pores and I do feel like it removes dirt which should stop blemishes later on, and it is available really cheaply a lot of the time so for those reasons I am going to give it 3 stars as one to try when on offer but not a definite win.

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      15.04.2015 22:24
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      Advantages

      • "makes skin feel smooth"
      • "Moisturises well"

      Disadvantages

      • "Over priced"

      Overpriced Moisturiser with a fancy name

      Price and Availability
      I have no idea where this came from, I think I might have got it for Christmas off someone or it might have been in the hamper my Fiancé won for me one Valentines day, either way I know I never bought it for myself. Anyway it's available in the usual places including
      Boots £4.99
      Superdrug £5.99
      Allbeauty.com £2.98
      Ocado £4.00
      Ebay £4.70
      Amazon £2.83

      Packaging
      The one I have has old packaging and it actually says on the bottle 'New Pack Coming Soon' which is a first I have never seen that before. It comes in a box which is white with a pink stripe running through it and pale pink fading on the bottom. On the top of the boy it has the OLAY logo with 'beauty fluid' 'essential moisture' underneath. On the bottom it says 'Nourishing day fluid - Sensitive' The bottle has similar writing and is a small square white bottle with a black plastic screw on lid. There is no more information on the bottle other that on the back it says - apply liberally to your face and neck and avoid contact with eyes.

      In Use:
      To be honest the only reason I have used this is because I banned myself from buying new products until the ones in my bathroom were gone, this was because I had loads of face creams and body lotions and god knows what else that I never used, so I started working my way through them. I noticed during my exploration of beauty products that there is a million different names for what are essentially the same product. Like this one for example, what on earth is Beauty fluid... Sounds like some secret potion of sexiness but sadly no it is just a moisturiser, so is it a good moisturiser ?
      It's all right.
      Ok I will elaborate, it is a white coloured cream with quite a thin texture for a moisturiser, when you rub it in it actually feels quite watery. I don't know if you have ever tried putting liquid foundation on when your skin is still too damp and it just sort of rolls around, well that is what it feels like when you first apply it. It does quickly sink in after that though and disappears without much residue which is good. I was very surprised that this product seems to have no smell at all when you squirt it out, once you have rubbed it in you get a little bit of a sun cream sort of smell but it's very subtle. I don't like overly fragrances creams but a little smell is nice. It claims that ' as soon as you try it you will notice the difference: softer, smoother, more youthful looking skin!' unfortunately such a miraculous transformation was not to be. It did leave my skin feeling smoother initially but the feeling soon wears off. It does moisturise well so at least it does the basics.

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