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Make up brushes have only recently been introduced to me since my friend has been training as a make up artist. She managed to give me the hard sell on them and I went to purchase a relatively cheap foundation brush for my liquid foundation a few months ago. I was really surprised at the difference it made, so when the lady working for Bare Minerals recommended that I buy one to apply Warmth (reviewed separately), I was keen to do so.
Bare Minerals are an American branded company who specialise in mineral based products (if you couldn't have guessed!) which they claim have no detrimental effect on your skin and that you can in fact sleep in their products. Each different product has its own natural mineral formulation specially designed for the skin with their exclusive ingredient, Active Soil Complex.
As mentioned above, I was happy to purchase a brush to go with the product I was buying - in my experience they can make a good difference to the application of make up. The one I had purchased previously for my liquid foundation was only a few pounds, so to my mind, a pretty expensive one is bound to work wonders (I know there is a saying for that!).
I was informed that this brush allows for light to medium coverage of a product which is perfect for me as I don't like any make up to appear too heavy. The bristles take a nice semi round shape which I thought would provide a nice even coverage, and the bristles are made from goats hair so they are pretty soft and kind to the skin. The name of the brush is printed onto one side of the handle in white (clearly visible against the black handle) and above this is a silver area which meets the bristles. It feels quite sturdy and well made. Similarly, the bristles are quite compact so they gather a fair amount of product on them.
The lady who worked for Bare Minerals showed me how to use to brush effectively in order to apply Warmth, using the swirl, tap and buff motion. I found that this gathered plenty of the product onto the bristles, and the 'tap' part ensured it didn't go over my face in any areas that I didn't want it to. The brush is very light and so this makes application as easy as it can be. Again, due to its weight, it is easy to control the movement and the way in which the product is dispersed. This allows for accurate application which is important for the kind of product I am using it with.
So, the first foundation brush I ever purchased I only paid a few pounds for. I was quite surprised to find that this sells for £19. I'm not entirely sure that I can justify the price even though I enjoy using the brush. This made the brush cost as much as the blusher/bronzer product that I bought which seems a little overpriced. You can purchase this from Bare Minerals directly, including on their website, as well as many third party retailers.
As pleased as I am with this brush and the way in which it allows me to apply my product, the price makes it really difficult to recommend. I can't imagine a cheaper brush would do any less of a good job at applying make up (if anyone has any views/experience on this, please let me know!). On this basis, I feel I can only give it 3/5 Dooyoo stars because as good as it is, the high price just can't be justified. I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I purchased it, miracles, perhaps? In future I will stick to the non branded ones.
Bare Minerals have only recently been introduced to me. I often used to see their stands within department stores but I didn't know much about them and so it never went any further than that. I had some time to kill recently and found myself wandering over to their very appealing display and I was most pleased with my discovery (of course, I didn't actually discover this. But can we pretend, just for the purposes of this review?!).
I would certainly describe Bare Minerals as a very unique brand, unlike anything else in cosmetics. They are an originally American brand, specialising in mineral make up (as their name would suggest!). So, their products come in what you may describe as a 'powder' form, although the lady who worked for them was not so keen on me referring to them as powders as she distinguished them quite explicitly. All of their products are made up of blended minerals that are in fact designed to help the skin, instead of just improving it's appearance like many other brands. They say all of the minerals they use are completely natural, including their exclusive ingredient called ActiveSoil Complex which "incorporates a comprehensive blend of potent macro and micro minerals to increase cell turnover, improve luminosity and help your skin defend against environmental stressors". So unlike most other types of make up, this actually sounds like it does some good for you. They even told me that you can sleep in it without causing any detriment to your skin!
Warmth doesn't fit entirely into the category of either blusher or bronzer. I use it for a bit of both. Its ideal for creating some extra colour on the skin to give a slight glow. I think the packaging has been changed since the picture used above is slightly different to my product. It comes in a round tub with a clear lid. When you remove the lid, there is a few holes on the top of the plastic, if you twist this, you can tap the product into the lid. This is the easiest way to dispense it (think of it similarly to the way in which salt is dispensed with the turning motion at the top - that makes sense to me, I hope it does to you!). Bare Minerals say this product is free of preservatives, oils, emulsifiers and fragrance.
Application is straightforward after you've had a couple of attempts. A minimal amount of product is needed in the lid (perhaps a five pence piece) to cover your whole face. The best way to apply this is using Bare Minerals recommended steps which are swirl, tap and buff. I use the Bare Minerals Flawless Application Face Brush to apply this product. I start with my cheeks and then apply any excess over any areas that catch the sunlight, so forehead, chin and nose. But on these areas I use a really small amount of product, so little that you would barely notice the difference.
While this is relatively easy to apply, I found it difficult to get the right amount on the brush each time. The colour is quite deep and strong and it gives off a bronzed sun look. You can imagine that this has disasterous potential if too much is applied! I can't stress enough that a little bit of the product really goes a long way. Once you have managed to perfect the amount you need, you can really start to see how good it looks. I liked it so much that I purchased another one for my mum a few days later!
I was skeptical about the effect these minerals could have on my skin as they do look very fine as they are dispensed and as if they wouldn't make all that much difference to my appearance. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they aren't like a 'powder' as I had originally been referring to them as; they apply with as much strength as ordinary make up but they are better for your skin. Surely this is a win win situation! Also, the product stays on my skin all day (although probably with the help of Mineral Veil, another one of their products which I will review separately) and doesn't look worn or dull even after being out all day. I didn't experience any irritation or rashes etc with this product which I have done with 'powders' in the past. It sits very comfortably and lightly on the skin, it literally feels like you don't have any make up on.
Removal of Warmth was very easy and I managed to remove it with a normal face wipe as I do with the rest of my make up. I didn't appear to leave any product left over on my skin. Although Bare Minerals do say their products can be slept in, I wasn't too keen on this idea!
You can expect Warmth to cost you around £19 from Bare Minerals which can be located within department stores and some Boots store as well as online. I would also recommend purchasing the brush mentioned above which is also £19, but I think this could really make a difference to the way the product looks on the skin. Although it is a little pricey, due to the minimal amount needed on each use, I have no doubt that this will last me for a considerable amount of time.
Overall, Warmth was a great buy. Once you have mastered the amount of product needed on each application, it couldn't be easier. The results look effortless and quite natural, but this can be built up if you require. It feels light enough on the skin to forget you're even wearing anything and it manages to stay on all day. I imagine that when it comes to summer, I will stop wearing foundation and just dust this over my face every morning to give me a slightly bronzed look. 5/5 Dooyoo stars - go and try it out!
Dior have to be one of my favourite brands when it comes to anything related to cosmetics. I have tried a large range of their products but as I am very fussy with foundations and I tend to just stick with one, Diorskin Forever has been my most recent purchase.
Most people can recognise Dior as being a premium brand in terms of cosmetics, perfume, handbags and clothing. They have an extensive cosmetics range with every essential product for a make up bag.
Diorskin Forever is part of their foundation range. According to the bottle, it is 'Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup' with an added SPF 25 which is always handy. In terms of aesthetics, this foundation couldn't look any more high end if it tried. It comes in a chunky bottle with a dark coloured lid. The foundation can be seen through the bottle, but there is also a clear outline around the bottle which gives it a good first impression. The product and brand name is displayed on the front of the bottle in a dark font. The lid is easily removable by pulling it upwards. This reveals a small pump which dispenses the foundation. I always have a little annoyance with pumps as I feel it wastes quite a bit of make up when it is running out which could otherwise have been scraped out. However that is the only criticism I have of the design!
I tend to dispense the product on the back of my hand - I find that one pump is enough to evenly cover my face, but usually have another half a pump (that sounds silly, but you know what I mean!) just to get some additional coverage. You will notice it is relatively thick, but it isn't gloopy and still maintains some movement.
I apply the product with a standard foundation brush, although I must admit I am very tempted by the foundation brushes Dior sell as they look and feel amazing! I get a small amount onto the brush, comparable to the size of a five pence piece. I then apply it the same way as I usually would. Usually my face will be covered and I will have some excess on my hand. I use this just to build the coverage as that is one of the things I like about this foundation - it can be as light or heavy as you like.
Application is very straightforward. It blends easily and applies smoothly. The only thing I found is that the foundation brush can leave small strokes that look like lines. To avoid this, I make sure I apply it in daylight with a compact mirror so I can rub those in. I'd rather not have a liney face if I can avoid it! The coverage looks really great even with only a small amount of foundation. You can really tell the difference and its nice to know that you don't have to use a great deal of product to achieve this. It is also lightly scented which is nice as I find it majorly off putting to apply a foundation with a nasty smell.
I find that the foundation will last all day. I usually apply it before I leave the house at around 6:30am and by the time I get home (anytime between 5-7pm) it is still intact. However it could do with a reapplication once or twice throughout the day as where by face is slightly oily, around my nose area, the foundation does appear to be a little patchy if you look closely. It doesn't last as long as I would like really, but it manages to stay on properly if I reapply during the day. However I don't think anyone else would notice where it has come off as it isn't at all obvious.
The foundation is easily removed with a normal face wipe such as Simple. However I do notice sometimes that a few patches are left on my face so its better to use a wet face wipe or to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisture to ensure its completely removed.
Diorskin Forever comes in 13 shades, so there is bound to be a colour that suits most skin tones. They start quite light, I have the lightest shade which is ivory (010), but they also have peach, sand, honey beige, dark beige, cream and linen to name but a few. It can be purchased from a variety of department stores including John Lewis, Debenhams etc although it is worth checking beforehand whether they have a Dior concession. Their products are also widely available online. The price is pretty steep at £31, it is the most expensive foundation I have purchased. However it does last a fair amount of time - I purchased mine in August and with daily use it is almost finished.
Overall I think this is a great foundation for daily use as it easily achieves smooth and flawless looking skin without feeling clogged up or as if you are wearing too much make up. However the price may put many people off and as I am now at university, I may think twice before purchasing it again when mine runs out. I am not entirely convinced that it is that much better than slightly cheaper alternatives such as Mac foundations. If you want to treat yourself though, this is the foundation for you! 4/5 Dooyoo stars.
Superdrug wouldn't usually be a place I would think of to buy a face mask, let alone one of their own branded ones. It wasn't until a friend of mine recommended it to me and let me try hers that I realised how good they are - I feel like I've been missing out for a long time now!
-- Superdrug --
Most places you go, you will see a Superdrug store somewhere. Their stores are in the large majority of towns and cities. Essentially they are a health and beauty retailer, selling all your necessary beauty needs. A lot of their stores have pharmacies too. To my mind, Superdrug has always been the slightly cheaper alternative to Boots although I'm not sure this is strictly true.
They sell many branded products that you would find elsewhere such as make up, fake tan and hair products. But they also have their own range of products, of which this face mask is one of them.
-- The Mask --
The mask comes in a purple coloured tube with a flip top cap allowing for easy access to dispense the product. On the front there is a white heart in the top right hand corner, with 'Mud Therapy' underneath and 'deep cleansing mud mask'.
The tube is a reasonable size and similar to what you would expect the size of a tube of hand cream to be (75 ml). No doubt it will last me for quite some time. The back of the tube contains ingredients, directions for use and safety advice.
The colour of the product when it is dispensed is a greeny/murky kind of colour that is very thick in texture. Because of this a small amount goes quite a long way and I only needed about the amount of a ten pence piece to cover my face and neck.
-- Use --
I dispensed the mask onto the back of my hand and used my finger to cover my face and neck. It went on very easily despite its thick texture. Although it contains the exfoliating particles, it didn't feel too bumpy on my skin. Also, initially my skin didn't feel clogged up at all.
After it had been applied, I left it for ten minutes as advised on the back on the tube. After around five minutes, I could feel that the mask had dried as my face felt very tight. I tried to smile at one stage but with great difficulty!
When it came to removing the mask it wasn't as easy as I had hoped. I have a sponge which I used, but it took some below grease. It was almost as if it had sealed itself to my face! I used warm water and the sponge and after around five minutes I managed to get it all off - it seemed the more water I used the easier it was, although as you can imagine this becomes quite messy.
-- Results --
My skin felt quite tight after all that scrubbing to remove the mask, but after applying some moisturiser I was really pleased with the results. My skin looked radiant and felt extremely smooth. I suffer with dry areas on my forehead and around my nose but both of those areas felt smooth and continued to do so for quite a few days.
I didn't experience any sensitivity issues or allergic reactions to the mask which I have had with other products in the past.
-- Pricing and Availability --
As this is a Superdrug branded product, as you may expect you can purchase it from the majority of Superdrug stores. Similarly, you can use their website to purchase it online.
The price of the mask is very reasonable at £2.59 or 2 for £3.49. It is probably one of the cheapest beauty products I have ever purchased! It also comes in a Raspberry flavour and an Aloe Vera flavour too.
-- Overall --
Despite the mask being difficult to remove, I was really pleased with the overall results. I have used it 6 times so far and the tube still continues to feel full so I'm hoping it will last quite a long time yet. For value for money, it doesn't get much better for this. 4/5 stars - only because its so damn difficult to remove!
I couldn't help but get drawn into the MAC counter as I desperately tried to resist when I walked into Debenhams. I wasn't on the hunt for a new eyeliner really, I just fancied having a look as I often do. As usual, I purchased a product that I wasn't sure I would ever use, but that I liked the idea of. Sound familiar?
-- MAC Cosmetics --
MAC produce high quality make up, often considered premium, along with application brushes and a range of skin care products. To me, their products tend to be a little quirky and not quite the run of the mill make up you might get from other brands.
-- Fluidline --
I had asked one of my friends a few weeks prior to my purchase what eyeliner she was using as she had the most perfect little black flick at the corner of each eye. Admittedly, this envied me somewhat as almost every time I have ever attempted a flick I have just ended up with a black smudged eye that looks like I have been punched in the face. Eyeliner application isn't exactly my forte.
She pulled out a little black pot which I later discovered to be fluidline. At first I thought it was eyeshadow as it is packaged similarly in a little round pot. I had always thought eyeliners came in a pencil or tube.
As you can see from the picture, it goes in a little pot (3g to be precise) with a wider base, displaying MAC on the front. The colour is then raised and in its own little compartment, shielded by a black lid. To open, this simply has to be screwed and it will become loose and able to be removed. When the lid is first removed, the eyeliner looks very compact and solid. To my surprise it actually wasn't.
-- Application --
As I said above, applying eyeliner isn't one of my best skills. I purchased a brush from MAC which the lady at the counter recommended (I will review that separately), which is very thin and apparently ideal for applying this eyeliner.
So it isn't strictly liquid or pencil and in fact falls somewhere in between as it is a gel eyeliner. I dipped the brush into the top of the pot very gently and created a faint line in the pot to get some eyeliner onto the brush. It actually applied easily as it was much smoother than I expected. As it isn't as wet as a liquid eyeliner, it doesn't matter quite so much if you don't have a steady hand as it doesn't look like you've drawn a wonky line on your eyelid (hooray).
The flick took me a couple of attempts, but actually I managed it in the end. Perhaps not quite as well as I would have liked, but practice makes perfect! I was surprised with the ease at which it applied, although I'm not sure how much of this was down to the brush.
It created a nice black line that could easily be made a little thinner or thicker depending on the look you want. Because of the nature of the gel, the line looks quite bold but this is the way I prefer it to be.
It came off really easily using a face wipe and didn't stain my skin at all. I have on several occasions worn it for 9/10 hours without it smudging or coming off at all so it definitely satisfies the criteria for long lasting.
-- Price and Availability --
MAC don't have many stand alone stores so you are most likely to find them within a department store. I have seen a MAC counter in most Debenhams, but other large department stores will not doubt stock them too. They are also available to purchase from the MAC website directly and no doubt other third party websites.
They have a variety of colours available: blacktrack, blitz & glitz, dark diversion, dipdown, local wares, macroviolet, rich ground and waveline. They are very imaginative names, but basically there are all colours from green to black to purple.
It is priced on the MAC website at £14. This is above average compared to what you pay for a high street brand, but the quality makes it worthwhile and it is still priced at a lower price range compared to some premium branded products.
-- Overall --
I would definitely recommend this product for an everyday eyeliner as it is quick and easy to apply and it will last you all day without the need for reapplication! 5/5
I started at University of Leicester back in October and so I am in my first year of study at present. I live around 40 miles away from Leicester so I commute from home, although as the weather is getting bad I am sure this is a decision I will regret.
I was torn between Leicester and Nottingham Trent when it came to my UCAS application as I didn't think I would make the entry for my course. Leicester required AAA whereas Trent only wanted BBB. This is obviously a big difference and I was doubtful whether I would get the grades. I wanted to play it safe. However, evidently I did get the grades!
Rather stupidly, I did not visit the campus before I started so I had no idea what to expect from it. I know it is an old university so as you might assume, there are a mixture of both very old and newer buildings. University of Leicester has quite a small number of students compared to a lot of other universities and many people from Leicester are actually unaware that it exists. When people say Leicester Uni they assume it is De Montfort.
So, the campus itself is a really nice size and not too spread out. While it is a bit of a walk from one side right to the other, it is nothing in comparison to some universities that have buildings spread out across the city. Luckily for me, there isn't too much walking involved (I hate walking!).
My degree is Law, so I tend to spend much of my time in the School of Law and Library. Again, luckily for me, these two buildings are right next door to each other so it is literally a two minute walk from my lecture theatre more generally. I haven't got to experience that much of the academic staff side so far, but from what I have seen, tutors seem very supportive, responding to emails and questions promptly and effectively.
The School of Law is actually one of the older buildings. From what I have heard, it was once a mental institution and when you walk down the corridors, they are quite narrow with a lot of doors on either side. I can sort of see the resemblance which I find a bit freaky! I will just avoid being on my own in there at night...
I have been to a couple of other parts of the university for lectures and the theatres don't seem to be as nice as the one we usually use for our course which is really new. However they still serve their purpose nevertheless, perhaps I have just been spoilt! The Students' Union is also a nice building. From University Road it looks really grand with an open glass front. Inside it is pretty funky and to top it off, they have a Starbucks! From a nightlife point of view, the O2 arena is actually underneath the Students' Union which I was quite surprised about to being with.
The library definitely deserves a mention. It is a spectacular building over 3 floors and it is huge inside. It is open 24 hours with security during the night and even opens at the weekends! There are several different study zones, including quiet and silent zones and computer rooms. Also, they have group study rooms with a flatscreen TV, cables to attach to a laptop, a large table that sits about 10 people and a whiteboard at the other end of the room. These are a really good way to study in groups and have to be booked in advance. Similarly, the range of books available in the library is unbelievable and they can be searched for online for availability. They have also made the system of borrowing books really efficient.
As for the location of the university, it is outside of the city by 1-2 miles. It is around a 45 minute walk (or £4 in a taxi if you dislike walking like me!). There is also a regular bus service down to the city centre and Highcross shopping centre. I personally prefer it to be outside of the city as there is much less traffic and it has a more chilled atmosphere. Also, there is a big park at the back of the university which is quite picturesque and no doubt will be very nice for a picnic in the summer!
So far I am really impressed with the university. The use of facilities are great and really allow for students to make the most of studying. I am looking forward to the rest of my time at University of Leicester!
Recently, I started university and I am beginning to experience the financial constraints that come with a student loan. Until now, it would be a rarity for me to purchase high street make up as I tended to go for more premium branded products. A friend of mine asked me to pick her up one of these as she said she 'couldn't live without it'. I wondered what all the fuss was about and decided to give it ago myself.
** MAX FACTOR **
The majority of people out there will be familiar with Max Factor as they have been around for quite some time. In fact, the original Max Factor & Company was founded in 1909 by a Polish man. It is now owned by Procter & Gamble Co, and has been since its sale in 1991.
Their products can be located on the high street, namely stores such as Boots and Superdrug. To me, they are at the more premium end of high street products compared to other brands such as Rimmel for example. They have a largely extensive product range, from eyeshadow to nail varnish and everything else in-between!
** SMOKY EYE EFFECT EYESHADOW **
This is quite a unique looking product and one that, based on a brief description, you would struggle to miss amongst other Max Factor products. I don't think I have actually seen an eye shadow for quite some time in a style like this. Basically, the product consists of a black middle panel with the brand and product name. To the left is a creamy pen with a clear lid, and to the right is the same but a different coloured creamy pen. When the lids are removed, these make up the two different colour eyeshadows to create the smoky eye effect. Both ends are protected by a plastic cover (this is underneath the clear lid) which can be twisted to reveal more of the pen at either end. Both ends begin with a slightly pointed, but rounded end so they are slightly easier to apply than a flat end.
** USING THE PRODUCT **
I don't know about other girls out there, but I find a good smoky eye really difficult to achieve. Not only can it be difficult to get the right combination between right and dark colours, but to then get a near enough identical look on the other eye? To me, this constitutes impossibility!
For the reasons mentioned above I was reluctant that this product would be any different to other smoky eye products I have tried in the past. The fact that my friend raved about it so much was the only reason I really bought it!
The first thing I would have changed about it is that there were no instructions with the product. Although it might be self explanatory to some people how it should be applied, I feel I would have benefited from a light guide of some sort just to highlight where each colour should go. Nevertheless, I over came this issue quickly.
I began with the lightest colour (note there are a number of colours available which I will list later) and put this across my eyelid, into the crease and slightly above towards my brow brown. I repeated this onto my other eye. This was very easy and does not make a mess at all because as mentioned before, they are creamy as appose to powder so they glide on easily and quickly. Using the slightly darker colour was the part which concerned me most as this is when I usually go wrong! I took the darker shade and gently coloured the outer part of my eye and along the crease of my eye. When I immediately looked in the mirror this looked awful, just like someone had literally drawn a dark colour over my eyelid!
At this point I realised the trick probably was to blend it a little. Using my index finger, I went over the dark colour and made it blend with the lighter shade. Within a couple of seconds, the colour actually looked like they had been applied with a powder as they sat really nicely together. I then repeated this onto my other eye.
** OPINION **
I did not have the challenge I expected in making the colours on my eyes match. I feel this is because this eyeshadow is creamy and it does not sit heavily like a powder, so even if the colours aren't exactly the same on both eyes, the colour isn't intense enough to notice.
To finish off the look, I applied some liquid eyeliner with a small flick at the side and I felt it gave a really nice look. I was so surprised at the ease of applying the product and the ease at which I felt I could blend it and make the colours sit together nicely.
I was slightly concerned whether the eyeshadow would run, crease, or come off easily as it is so creamy. I found that it sat perfectly for a couple of hours but began to crease a little after a few hours or so. This is fairly easily rectified as if you run your finger along the crease it seems to provide a temporary fix but it would be better if it lasted longer. I imagine that in humid temperatures it wouldn't last very long at all. A plus side to this, is that when it comes to taking off your make up at the end of the day, this is very easy to remove!
** PRICING AND AVAILABILITY **
As mentioned above, Max Factor is readily available in high street stores such as Boots and Superdrug, as well as many supermarkets and online. The product comes in a variety of shades: bronze haze (this is the one I purchased), blue tempest, silver storm, onyx smoke, indigo mist, citrus thunder and pink plume. There is likely to be a colour to suit every skin tone and complexion.
I thought the price was very reasonable at £7.99 and competitive against other eyeshadows from different brands. In light of the price, I would definitely purchase it again!
** OVERALL **
I am really pleased that I decided to purchase this product as I have used it almost every day since. As the colour it quite subtle, it is suitable for an everyday look but you can layer it slightly too so it becomes a little more dramatic, making it adaptable for a night out.
Although the product does crease a little and it requires reapplication throughout the day, in light of the price I don't think there is much room for complaint. Even with almost daily use for just over a month the eyeshadow is showing no signs of needing replacement and I think it'll last a good few months yet.
I will give the Smokey Eye Effect eyeshadow 4/5 Dooyoo stars - losing one star because it unfortunately does not last all day. Give it a try!
Recently, I came across Moroccanoil products while I was at the hairdressers as they used an oil treatment on my hair. Afterwards, I purchased the oil but it didn't have as much of an impact on my hair as I was hoping for so I treated myself so this instead, which is an intense hydrating mask.
-- THE BRAND --
As I mentioned above, I wasn't particularly aware of Moroccanoil oil until I came across it in the hairdressers, but I had seen it mentioned by a few celebrities on Twitter and they had a spread in Cosmopolitan magazine a few months ago.
The idea of using oil based treatments originated from the co founder of the company who had a bad experience with a hair colouring in a salon while in Israel, then she went to another salon who really improved the condition of her hair with the help of oils.
They have since developed a larger range of products including body products as well as hair such as a souffle, hand cream and a cleansing bar. Their other hair products include a hairspray, a range of shampoos and conditioners and the oil treatments and masks.
-- INTENSE HYDRATING MASK --
Similarly to the other Moroccanoil products I have come across, they are all designed really effectively and in a unique way. This is no exception. The mask comes in 250ml pot that is is a bright blue colour (similar to the classic Tiffany blue) with a brown surround on the lid and white writing. The lid contains 'MOROCCANOIL' in a relatively large font, followed by the product name underneath and a recommendation that it is for 'medium to thick dry hair'. It states further that it aims to achieve 'deep hydration and conditioning' as well as an improvement in elasticity. Under this, 'HYDRATION' is printed in a bold font that really stands out.
There is other product information around the pot including ingredients, the product name and information and directions for use. It advises to apply 'a generous amount to towel-dried hair' which should be left on for 5-7 minutes and then rinsed. This should be repeated a couple of times per week but 'less frequently as hair improves'.
The key ingredient in this mask is the argan oil, which is present in all of the products by Moroccanoil as it is an effective way to reducing dryness and hydrating the hair to 'improve texture, elasticity, shine and manageability'.
-- PUTTING IT TO THE TEST --
As I wasn't overly impressed by the original oil treatment, I had my reservations about using this. When I removed the lid, I was pleased to see that the texture is very thick and creamy which seemed like a good start if hydration and shine are my ultimate aims. The scent is amazing and the same as that of the oil, really fresh smelling but the sort of scent you could sit and smell all day!
I applied it after I had just used shampoo and conditioner in the shower, as advised. I didn't want to make my hair appear greasy so I chose to apply it mostly to the bottom of my hair knowing that when it was combed through it would give a good overall coverage of my hair anyway. I toweled dried and combed my hair through before I put any product on. The application was easy as although the texture is thick, it is easy to manage and apply to the hair. I found that I used a fair bit of product to feel like my hair was covered, probably around the size of two fifty pence pieces but I do have quite a lot of long, thick hair.
After leaving it in my hair for 6 minutes, I rinsed it off with my hair over the bath (seemed a bit silly to get back into the shower again!) and it seemed to come out really easily. I could instantly feel the areas where I had applied it and where it hadn't had so much contact with my hair as my roots didn't feel anywhere near as soft as my ends. I then brushed it through, applied a small amount of the other Moroccanoil treatment and dried it as normal.
-- RESULTS --
So as I said above, before I had even dried my hair I could tell it was much softer. I usually find that my ends feel very dry and straw like particularly after drying or straightening my hair as I can only assume the heat makes it feel this way. This was where I saw the biggest difference as the ends of my hair felt soft and hydrated and even after straightening my hair this feeling remained.
The mask definitely reached the top of my hair too as it had an intense shine that was much more noticeable than normal. I was concerned however that in a short while my hair might appear greasy but luckily that wasn't the case and it has not since happened either.
The other factor which I really noticed and my mum commented on it too was that it really brought out the colour of my hair. I have it dyed at the hairdressers usually with a semi permanent colour that fades after 6-7 weeks but this really made the colour appear intense and particularly under a light, it was very noticeable. My new theory is that if I use this, I can get my hair coloured less often as it will look like it has only just been done, winner!
-- PRICING AND AVAILABILITY --
So far I have only come across Moroccanoil products in salons or online. As far as I am aware they are not available on the highstreet. They seem to be widely available online on websites such as www.feelunique.com as well as Amazon or eBay if you want to track down a bargain. The average price seems to be around £25 for a 250ml pot.
Admittedly I felt the price was a little steep, particularly as I hadn't been that happy with the other oil treatment so I was very reluctant to purchase this. However I now feel that it was money feel spent, especially as my hairdresser seemed to think it would least me around a year!
-- SUMMARY --
This is definitely my ideal hair product at the moment. The humidity of the weather we are having at the moment, as well as my regular drying and straightening really takes its toll on my hair and dries it out making it appear dull and limp. This has really given my hair a boost, adding some hydration and shine that then makes it really easy to style afterwards.
I do enjoy using this product too as I feel like I am giving my hair a little treat and it makes me feel nice afterwards knowing that it looks super shiny and healthy. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is suffering from dry hair, or even if you think you could do with a hydration or shine boost. It has certainly done the trick for me and I continue to use it once a week after I have washed my hair. 5/5 Dooyoo stars for giving me healthy looking hair!
For more information visit www.moroccanoil.co.uk.
If you read my review on Fifty Shades of Grey, you will already know that I am a fan and really enjoyed reading it. I was gutted when I finished it as the rest of trilogy had not yet arrived and so I was left in suspense for a few days while waiting their arrival!
The story follows on from Fifty Shades of Grey and it would be quite difficult to pick up the second book without reading the first book and not be at least a little bit confused. It continues with the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele who met somewhat accidentally and started a 'relationship' based largely around Christian's dominant and submissive ideals. At the end of Fifty Shades of Grey, Ana feels that she can't continue to carry on as she is with Christian and so we are left guessing what will happen in the second book.
It begins with Ana trying to return to her life 'pre - Christian' and she experiences a lot of emotions which are well relayed to the reader and I felt like I could really put myself in her shoes. When they see each other again, the story develops as the author goes into a lot of detail that the first book seemed to be missing at the time I read it about Christians past. Again, this is put across really well and really allows the reader to connect with the characters. In parts of the book, I felt really emotional while I was reading it (which is very unusual for me!) as Christian lets Ana touch him in places he has never allowed anyone else to and he goes into more detail about his childhood.
Also, we are introduced to characters who are only briefly mentioned in the first book but are actually quite important such as 'Mrs Robinson' who is clearly rather jealous of the relationship between Ana and Christian. This again allows us to have a better understanding of Christian past and paints a really good picture of the characters and everything that has gone on.
As in the first book, the sex related scenes continue but perhaps are not as repetitive as in the first bit as it seems to happen in different places and E L James uses slightly different descriptions which for me, just about save them from becoming boring.
Similarly to the first book though, I found some bits although romantic, slightly far fetched and very surprising. I am unsure whether this was done purposefully for effect but for me it felt like they had jumped a few years in their relationship. That might sound confusing if you have not read the book but I don't want to ruin any surprises, you'll have to read it to see what I mean!
I did find though, nevertheless, that it was a very entertaining read and I was gripped to the book, starting and finishing it in only a matter of days. Of the two books I have read so far, I think my favourite has to be Fifty Shades Darker as it is much more detailed and elaborates on the information that we gathered in the first book. I really struggled to put it down as I could empathise with the characters and I loved the way in which I was drip fed information page by page.
All in all, a fantastic read. I would highly recommend the trilogy, but only if you have some spare time on your hands as you might not be able to put it down! This book retails at £7.99 but is available for just £4 on Amazon. 5/5 Dooyoo stars.
A few months ago I was complaining about dry, chapped lips and how I've tried so many lip balms but nothing under the sun seemed to work. A colleague recommended Carmex lip balms to me and at the time I was unaware of their existence.
-- THE BRAND --
Carmex have actually been around a lot longer than I thought. The first lip balm was cerated in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing in the family home. He and his wife continued to make the lip balm by hand for the next 20 years which they poured into yellow capped jars, as they still appear today. It is still a family owned company that has been passed down through generations, although it isn't made at their house anymore, surprisingly!
They have since developed a somewhat extensive product range, all of which seem to have the focus of moisture in them somewhere. As well as their lip balms (including lip balms with a hint of colour), there are also healing lotions and creams that are suitable for use all over the body, not just the lips.
The products by Carmex are not tested on animals, and instead, they joke that they are tested on Woelbing family members instead (although that is probably closer to the truth!!). Similarly, all their products undergo chemical experiments and analysis to ensure they are safe.
-- THE PRODUCT --
I purchased the cherry moisturising lip balm that comes in a little pot. However, as silly as it sounds I never really read the lid and I didn't realise until recently that it was the cherry version at all. When I realised, I gave it a good sniff and at that point it became obvious that there is a hint of cherry in there but until then I was completely unaware!
Visually, it is quite attractive. The 7.5g pot has a plain white bottom, but is distinguished by its bright yellow lid, on which 'CARMEX' is printed in white with a rectangular red background. Above it, it says 'cherry' in quite a small font and there is a picture of two cherries printed on the right of the lid (I regret admitting that I didn't realise it was cherry now). Underneath is the brand slogan, 'it soothes, it relieves, it moisturises', followed by their website written very small at the bottom. It also contains SPF 15, which is an added extra benefit if you're keen to protect your skin from the sun.
Around the side of the lid states the usual information such as directions for use, shelf life and ingredients. All Carmex products, including this one, contain camphor and menthol which give a cooling effect and help relieve irritation, however it is more easily recognisable by a 'tingle' sensation.
-- PUTTING IT TO USE --
I was very keen to try this lip balm out when I purchased it, particularly as it was during the winter when I suffer mostly with chapped lips. The pot has a lid which can be twisted to come off and similarly to put it back on. The product inside is quite thick and largely similar visually to the look of Vaseline in terms of the 'gel' like consistency that a lot of these products seem to take the form of. The lip balm itself is a yellow colour, similar to the lid.
Although I didn't notice before, the balm does faintly smell like cherries although I think the menthol is the most powerful scent, probably overriding the cherries (explains why I didn't notice, sort of...). I found it easiest to apply with scooping a bit out on the upside of my nail and then putting it on my lips from there. I have found though, if I try to apply it carelessly it can get stuck under my nail which is annoying and can be difficult to get rid of.
The texture is quite heavy but it actually feels like it is working unlike other balms like Vaseline, which feel as if they are just sitting on your lips. I found it very easy to use too much product in any one go and so after some practice, I found it works much better if you apply the balm to your top lip and then rub your lips together which then avoids wasting any.
-- RESULTS --
Once the lip balm is on, it doesn't feel uncomfortable or as if it is getting in the way at all. Within around 30 minutes, I usually find that the product is absorbed into my lips, although it will usually leave a thin layer on the surface which I quite like, but my lips will always be left feeling smooth.
Although it makes my lips feel nice and protected when it is on, I like the scent and the tingling sensation that I experience after I have applied it as I feel like it is actually doing something. I have also found that it looks quite nice on and gives a nice shimmer to my lips particularly if some foundation has found its way onto my lips before applying the balm, as it gives a nice shade of colour then too.
I usually find that once the balm has been absorbed or I have forgotten that I applied it, my lips will be left feeling soft and they will appear much smoother.
-- PRICING AND AVAILABILITY --
This product can be found it many high stores, although I actually came across mine by accident when I was in Topshop, Knightsbridge as it was sitting near the payment counter amongst lots of other products in a little packet. Similarly though, it can be located in Boots and Superdrug with prices varying but it seems to retail at around £2.69, but I have seen prices as cheap as £1.80.
As ever, it is worth shopping around for a bargain on websites such as Amazon or eBay or waiting to see if you can pick up a sample to see if you like it before purchasing it.
-- SUMMARY --
All in all, this is one of the best lip balms I have purchased. I bought it in October 2011 and with almost daily use, I haven't even used half of it because so little needs to be applied each time.
The price also seems very reasonable, especially considering the amount of time it'll last, with similar products often costing twice the money.
It is a great product to guarantee smooth and soft lips and to combat any dryness! I am very pleased with my purchase and it still works great after 9 months of using it, showing that my lips haven't built up a resistance of any sort to it.
This lip balm deserves 5/5 Dooyoo stars and I can't wait to try out some more products from the Carmex range. For more information, visit 111.mycarmex.com.
During recent years I have been keen to opt for premium hair care brands and I could end up spending £20 on a small bottle of hair spray. Obviously this isn't ideal and so recently I decided to purchase Wella Silvikrin hair spray for a change. I can remember my mum using this when I was younger so I picked it up without much thought.
** THE BRAND **
Wella have been around for quite some time now, having been set up in 1880 when a 25 year old hairdresser called Franz Stroher decided to set up his own business. They began making wigs, then later moved to perming and began styling hair in the 1940's.
Now they are a widely recognised, international cosmetic brand offering products for hair care and styling. They have been recognised for designing products for specific hair types such as scalp protection, adding shine and lots more.
** THE PRODUCT **
This product is the maximum hold hairspray. It comes in a dark green can with slightly lighter shades of green around the product and brand name, both of which are displayed in the middle. 'Wella' is written in gold, while 'silvikrin' is written in white. The can comes with a green lid, which when removed reveals a green dispenser nozzle. Underneath, there is a pink strip which goes round the entire can. Similarly, approximately 3/4 of the way down the can there is another pink strip with has 'hairspray' printed on it. Below this, is the product variant which in this case is maximum hold so the number '4' is hightlighted on the can.
On the can of the bottle is some product information and directions for use. Also, there are safety instructions as it is a flammable product. A full list of ingredients can too be found here and contact information for Wella.
** USING IT **
The first time I came to use this hairspray was after I had washed and dried my hair. After straightening it and backcombing it a little, I put it to the test to see how well it would hold.
I held the can at a distance of around 30cm and pushed down the nozzle. It seemed to dispense evenly and didn't come out lumpy or spray in different directions which is a problem I have experienced frequently. There was a slight scent of chemicals but nothing overpowering, although it is the sort of smell that chokes you a little if you inhale too much of it!
I didn't need to spray too much product to feel like it had taken effect. I touched my hair almost immediately affterwards to check it had worked and it felt slightly stiff but as if the product had settled.
** RESULTS **
I was pleased with the ease of using this product as it came out and settled quickly onto my hair. As I mentioned above, my hair felt a little stiff but I quite like a hairspray to take this effect as this way, I know it has worked. However it did not feel hard, it maintained some movement and it didn't look as if it was wet (when you apply too much).
Throughout the day, my hair stayed in place on the whole. By the time I got home though, my hair had gone a little flat and droopy however this is more a result of having freshly washed hair than the hairspray itself.
If it is still in place though, it does brush out very easily without leaving any residue or making my hair look greasy in any way.
** PRICING AND AVAILABILITY **
This product, like most Wella products, can be easily located on the high street in drug stores and supermarkets alike. For a 400ml can, you can expect it to cost you around £2.89 (if you have a Boots advantage card you can gain 6 points from this purchase).
As always, high street brands such as this can be located on discounted websites such as Amazon so you're likely to be able to find it at a discounted rate if you shop around.
** SUMMARY **
In conclusion, I am really pleased with this product. It holds my hair in place without leaving residue or stickiness and it is still strong enough to hold a style in place without sacrificing movement or manageability.
Unfortunately, it doesn't last as long throughout the day as I would perhaps have liked and I found the can ran out relatively quickly in around 3 weeks, although I was using it daily. However given the price I do feel that it is a bit of a bargain and so if I have to purchase it more regularly than I would a premium brand it doesn't really matter as I am saving money either way!
I will give this hairspray 4/5 Dooyoo stars, only because it is such a good price, as I would have preferred it to last longer.
Generally, I do not have much spare time and as a result, show a minimal interest in reading. However everywhere I have turned recently, people seemed to be talking about this novel. Opinions surrounding it seemed to be controversial and so I decided to give it a go.
Fifty Shades of Grey is one of three books by E L James, which follow on from one another. The next book is Fifty Shades of Darker, followed by Fifty Shades of Freed. Admittedly, I was largely skeptical before I began reading it as I had heard quite a lot of negative comments but I am now glad that I did.
The book appears to focus on the characters of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Anastasia is a university student, while Christian is an entrepreneur and she stumbled across him largely by accident. The story line in short, follows the two main characters as Ana begins to realise there is more to Christian than meets the eye. He has a very mysterious character that I was curious to find out about. After finishing the book, I am happy to report I think I am in love with him! Arguably, the character of Ana could have been a little stronger and there were times when I was left thinking she was a bit of a wet lettuce.
Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read for me and I did struggle to put it down. It has been criticised as being poorly written and although there is a great deal of repetition within the book related particularly to character expressions, I felt that it was very fitting for the situations and in a way, I felt I got to know the characters and their reactions much better because of this. The sexual scenes again were quite repetitive but still quite interesting to read throughout, albeit a little far fetched and not entirely realistic perhaps.
I felt the character of Christian Grey was very well written and I was left thoroughly intrigued by his character. He is very mysterious and rather moody, but I can't help think that the next two books will allow the reader to gain a deeper insight into his background, thus providing an explanation for his behaviour and desires.
My favourite part of the book has to be the emails between Ana and Christian, in particular the subject of the emails. They were quite humorous and I found myself chuckling away on several occasions. Similarly, I was highly amused by Ana's subconscious and 'inner goddess' descriptions which I felt sort of gave it the 'Bridget Jones' edge that most women can relate to.
Before I even finished reading the book I ordered the next two, although I hope they live up to this. This certainly ended on a cliff hanger and I am itching to see how the plot develops.
Admittedly, I have read books in the past that are better written, but the most important thing for me is being excited to turn over the page to see what happens next, connecting to the characters and most of all actually enjoying the read. It certainly had me intrigued and I experienced a whole range of emotions while reading it, from happiness and excitement to sadness and heart break!
If you are unsure, it is without doubt worth a read. In Waterstones, it will cost you £7.99 although I noticed they are offering another book half price when you buy one at full price. Failing that, I purchased mine from Amazon for £4.79, it should keep you entertained for a good few days at least!
I make every effort I can to look after my skin properly but often it can be really hard to find the time. A good moisturiser is essential for me, but until recently I put the other elements of a beauty regime to one side.
After applying foundation a few weeks ago, I caught a close up glance of my skin in daylight and noticed a few dry patches of skin around the area of my nose. It wasn't particularly noticeable, but once I knew it was there it really began to bug me. I decided it was probably time to invest in some products that will look after my skin properly and bring it back to its silky soft self. Dermalogica seemed to be the right brand for me.
** The Brand **
Dermalogica are largely considered as a high end beauty brand, focusing primarily on facial products although they do a few body products within their range.
They have specially formulated products for particular needs such as ageing skin and even a selection of products for shaving which are for men. Aside from that though, they have products which are designed to restore dull skin and make it healthy and smooth.
They offer a unique service called face mapping which looks at different areas of our face individually and uses this to give you the best possible products for your skin. This service is highly recommended by Dermalogica.
** The Product **
In terms of the exterior of this product, it is typical of Dermalogica. It comes in a white container, that has fairly dark grey writing stating the brand and product name on the front. The back of the container contains some general product information and directions for use.
The lid can be removed by giving it a little twist and pulling. One thing I noticed was how cheap the lid felt, quite flimsy and very thin plastic. Admittedly, this surprised me a little. Once the lid is removed, there are small holes which the exfoliator is dispensed from. It does come out quite quickly, so it's definitely worth doing this with caution!
The exfoliator itself is actually a rice based enzyme powder so when you initially dispense it from the container, you will see small solid granules and not liquid as you might expect. It also contains papain enzyme and salicyclic acid which help to dissolve excess surface skin cells. Similarly licorice, grapefruit and aspergillus help to even out skin tone.
** Using the product **
I had received a small sample of this product before I purchased it so I half knew what I could expect from it. As I mentioned earlier, it is in a solid powder form which is something I had not come across with an exfoliator before. Because of this, Dermakogica recommend you dispense it into very wet hands. I found this can be tricky, so I prefer to dispense the product into my left hand (dry) and then wet my right hand and rub them together, it's a lot less messy that way!
Once it meets water, it turns into a thick paste and the exfoliating granules remain and can be felt when rubbing it onto the skin. It creates a really creamy paste that is relatively easy to spread across the whole face. It is recommended on the container that you use half a tea spoon of product and I personally find that is plenty for me.
The directions for use state it should be rubbed in circular motions for one minute for the best results. This is relatively easy to carry out as unlike some other products, the skin doesn't seem to soak the product up so you can continue to rub it over the skin for the recommended amount of time. The granules don't feel too harsh on the skin and do not leave it feeling tingly at all, making it suitable for everyday use.
When it comes to removing the product, it is really as easy as applying it. A massive issue for me is remaining granules that are left on the skin, despite thinking you have washed them all off. This really drags out the process and is the most irritating thing for me. However, with this product, I only have to rinse my face with warm water either using my hands or a face wipe and it comes off immediately without leaving any residue behind. It also has a slight scent, although nothing overpowering but it isn't particularly pleasant and it smells quite 'natural' but this doesn't stay around for long afterwards.
** Results **
Usually, after removing the exfoliator I will use a toner and moisturiser. However, I think this product is probably the one that has the most impact on my skin.
After the first use I noticed the patches of dry skin under my foundation had miraculously vanished, with no explanation for it other than the work of the exfoliator. It leaves my skin looking bright and revitalised, reducing the appearance of dull and neglected skin.
I do also have slightly uneven skin tone, again around my nose area, and although it isn't noticeable unless you are aware it is there, this really seems to reduce its visibility and so it has helped to give me a bit of a confidence boost too.
My skin is left looking fresher and with the help of the moisturiser, it creates a great base for foundation to be applied evenly over the top.
** Pricing and availability **
Like all Dermalogica products, they cannot be located in your usual high street stores. They seem to have various stockists, but you can check your local ones by visiting Dermalogica's website and using the locator tool. However they are readily available online. I purchased mine from Pure Beauty, getting a fair few Dermalogica samples and free next day delivery included too.
I purchased a 75g container, which according to www.purebeauty.co.uk has a recommended retail price of £38.50 however you can get it from them at £29.65 which is definitely a discount worth having.
** Summary **
On the whole, I am very pleased with this product. I really wanted a beauty routine that was easy and convenient for me to carry out and as lazy as it sounds, requiring as little effort and time as possible. The exfoliator has given me everything I was expecting in that respect.
I has exceeded my expectations in terms of the appearance of my skin as it looks so much fresher and very healthy. More importantly though, my foundation applies flawlessly over the top as my dead cells are removed leaving a smooth and even layer.
Although this is by no means a cheap product, I haven't come across anything that comes close to this on the high street and I have tried a lot of products. Despite the price, I fully expect this to last me at least a year of regular use, making it slightly easier to justify the price. Nevertheless, I will purchase it again when I do run out.
I am giving this product 5/5 Dooyoo stars as I am really impressed with the quality and results. For more information, visit www.Dermalogica.com.
Split ends are something I've been trying to combat for quite some time now after endless hours of straightening, curling and general use of heated products began to show themselves. It seems that once the split ends arrive, they're not going anywhere!
** The Brand **
Sitting in the chair at my local hairdressers, she got a bottle of Morrican Oil from the shelf. It wasn't the first time I'd seen it, as several celebrities had been 'tweeting' about it on Twitter and they had a rather large spread in Cosmopolitan a few months ago, but I didn't think it would have made its way into salons just yet.
The way the company began is something most of us ladies can relate to. The co founder had a colour treatment in Israel which left her hair really badly damaged and so a friend took her to another salon that used oil treatment and it really improved the condition of her hair. This then gave her the idea to form a brand based on the use of oil treatments and so she started the company with her husband, forming 'Morrocanoil'.
From there, it seems they have certainly come a long way. With their products being widely used by celebrities, famous faces and even on the cat walk, they are still largely growing.
They have developed a range of others products now, emphasising on both the hair and body. Their body products include a souffle, hand cream and a cleansing bar, while their hair products include a hairspray, a range of shampoo and conditioners and the oil treatment.
** Morrocan oil - apparently, the answer to my prayers **
So, this product contains all the ingredients that damaged hair will love as it contains proteins to build strength including fatty acids, omega 3 oils, vitamins to create shine and antioxidants for protection. Apparently, there are immediately and very easily absorbed by the hair to fill in any gaps that have been caused as a result of heat, styling or environmental damage.
According to Morrocanoil themselves, you can expect this treatment to 'completely transform' the hair with its combination of ingredients that will repair damaged hair. They claim it should be used as a 'conditioning, styling and finishing tool'. Apparently, it even speeds up drying time!
It comes very well presented. The bottle it comes in is 100ml in size, and is transparent, albeit brown in colour, so you can see the product left inside. Initially, it comes with a lid that can be twisted on and off however included in the box is a pump which you just swap with the original lid, making it much easier and accurate to dispense. The front and the back of the bottle both contain a light blue sticker (which seems to be a colour repeatedly used by the brand). The front sticker makes the brand apparent, with 'Morrocanoil' written vertically on the left hand side in white, with an orange 'M' in the middle. Underneath the product name is stated, with information including 'for all hair types' which is also repeated in French.
It seems that the design of the bottle itself has had a lot of thought put into it which is evident with the detail that can be seen, including the brand name printed along the side as part of the bottle. I felt this was a nice touch. The back sticker contains product information and directions for use which are somewhat minimal, 'apply a small amount throughout dry or damp hair. Style as usual'. It also claims that it is 'rich in antioxidant organ oil' which helps to enhance 'manageability, shine and deliver long term conditioning without leaving residue'.
** Putting it to the test **
When I left the hair salon, my hair looked and felt so soft and shiny but then it always does, I think that's just the hairdresser touch! Admittedly it sounded like the answer to all my problems, so I decided to treat myself.
A couple of days later when it came to washing my hair again I was looking forward to seeing the results, particularly as my hairdresser had said it improves the condition of the hair over time and so it should get better with every use. I towel dried my hair a little bit, a pushed down the pump once which dispensed an amount slightly smaller than ten pence. I rubbed my hands together and ran my hands over my hair, emphasising on the ends to ensure I didn't make my roots greasy!
The smell was fab, really fresh and fruity although quite subtle and it didn't seem to last on my hair but it's better than a chemical scent nevertheless! When rubbing it into my hair, it seemed that a lot of the product stayed on my hands and I had to rub it on a towel to get rid of it.
** Results **
The time it took to dry my hair does not seem to have altered at all. Once dry though, my hair did look nice and shiny. It looked healthy, but my hair isn't usually that dull or lifeless anyway so I couldn't see a huge difference. The most important thing to me was the condition of my hair particularly the split ends. I have to admit, over gradual use my split ends do seem to have become much less obvious but the impact isn't quite what I was expecting.
I did receive a comment or two that my hair looked shiny and my mum asked me what I had been using so it is likely that the oil treatment did make a difference, but not quite of the significance I was expecting. However as my split ends seem to have repaired themselves somewhat, I have to be pleased with it to an extent.
** Pricing and availability **
The back of the bottle states that the product can be found exclusively in professional salons, so you're not likely to come across it in your local supermarket! I have come across it on websites such as feelunique.com so there are online stockists available. Sounds good, huh? The price was a bit of a shock to me. At £35 it's far from cheap!
No doubt it will be available on websites such as Amazon or eBay for a discounted price, making it easier to justify the price
** Summary **
I have to admit I had high hopes for this product and I think perhaps that's why I feel slightly disappointed with it although in hindsight, I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting.
Although my hair does look healthy and shiny, I am largely undecided whether that is a result of the oil treatment or my natural hair. However, my split ends have improved a lot and are no where near as noticeable as they were before I started using it.
I am giving this product 3/5 Dooyoo stars which is a shame, as I was really excited about it. Although it has helped my split ends and I will continue to use it, I would not be able to justify paying it again. If it was cheaper, I would certainly consider it but when my bottle runs out, it seems that I will have to wait for trips to the hairdresser as I just cannot justify it.
For more information, visit www.morrocanoil.com.
I have been a fan of Dermalogica products for quite some time after receiving some of their samples but I tried to resist purchasing them and managed to put it off for a while. I have combination skin and I struggle to find the right balance in products to still have moisture in my skin but yet preventing it from appearing too oily, however Dermalogica products seemed to promise to help me achieve this.
** DERMALOGICA **
Dermalogica were founded in 1986 in Los Angeles and they have since become an international brand that are recognised for their innovative skin care products. They have highlighted the importance of properly understanding your skin through the use of a Face Mapping skin analysis which is available from Dermalogica health experts. The process involves looking at your skin and examining each zone in turn, then finding the perfect products to match you.
Their product ranges tend to focus on a particular skin type such as age smart, ultracalming, day light defense and even a shaving range that is suitable for men. Aside from this, their products can be located by type such as cleanser and exfoliator which are designed for more general purposes so you do not find yourself restricted to one particular range. Personally, I think the flexibility element here is great.
** ACTIVE MOIST **
As you may have guessed, this product is a moisturiser that is part of the Dermalogica range. It is recommended for skin with excess oil production as it is lightweight and oil free, making it suitable for daily use to protect your skin. It promises to soothe the skin as it contains botanical extracts with no artificial colour or fragrance.
In addition, it contains silk amino acids as part of a unique combination of plant extracts that work to help 'smooth and improve' the skin's texture. The natural ingredients of lemon, cucumber and burdock help to refine the skin, so there is nothing too harsh in there that should cause a bad reaction.
I purchased the 50ml variant although it is available in a 100ml too. The packaging is somewhat plain, as it comes in a white tube with dark grey lettering. As it sits with the lid on the bottom, it is ideal for making sure you squeeze every last bit of product from it! Although the packaging is simple, it is quite effective and still manages to look very elegant and expensive. The writing on the product includes the brand name which is quite eye catching as it has been printed vertically, 'active moist' just to the left of it and the product size in the bottom left hand corner. The back of the product contains some brief product information, directions for use and its shelf life which is 24 months. The dark grey lid is easy screwed off with a little twist to reveal a small sized hole which the product is dispensed from.
Dermalogica suggest that it should be applied after cleansing and toning, over the face and throat with light, upward motions. Similarly, it should be used twice daily in both the morning and at night time.
** USING THE PRODUCT **
At the time of purchasing Active Moist, I also purchased a cleanser, exfoliator and toner to go with it as I thought they would compliment each other nicely. So, unsurprisingly I used this at the end of a 'beauty session' as the final step. It is easy to remove the lid even with slightly damp hands and the product is dispensed very easily by giving the tube a little squeeze. I have found I literally need an amount the size of a pea to cover my whole face.
As the moisturiser is very light weight, it spreads across the face really easily and allows you to get away with using less product. I tend to apply it as advised by Dermalogica with 'light, upward strokes' and I have found this works really well for me. The product feels like it is absorbed into my skin really quickly and avoids that horrible feeling of having an extra greasy layer of skin although I assume this is because it is quite thick in consistency.
The product feels like it has been absorbed within 30 seconds to one minute and then I can start to see the results. As Dermalogica use natural ingredients, there is no nasty or artificial smell to it, in fact there is very little scent at all which makes me feel like I am putting a high quality product on my face and not something that is going to clog up my skin.
** THE RESULTS **
The results were what I was expecting, although largely seemed to exceed my expectations I suppose. Within around a minute my skin was left feeling really soft and smooth. Not only that, but sometimes my skin can look a little patchy when I have no make up on. It isn't very obvious but something I am aware of, however this really seemed to even out my skin tone and made it look really clear.
After using the moisturiser, my skin was left glowing, not oily but just healthy. Even my oilier areas such as my T zone did not look oily which I have found with other products. I could really tell the difference in my skin as before use, it can tend to look a little dull and this really seems to bring it back to life.
The smoothness of my skin creates a great base for make up to be applied and as the moisturiser hydrates all areas of my face, I am not left with any little lines around areas such as my nose that my foundation will not apply to properly which is a re-occurring problem for me.
** PRICING AND AVAILABILITY **
Dermalogica, unlike a lot of other brands, is not widely available on the high street as you might expect. You can locate your nearest stockist using the store locator on the Dermalogica website although I have found that most of the ones local to me are in really small, niche salons that I would not otherwise have come across.
If you know what products you want though, it is relatively easy to come across them on the internet. I purchased mine from www.pure-beauty.co.uk and as I spent over £75, I got free next day delivery included too and 7 Dermalogica samples of my choice. The 50ml version of this, which I purchased, cost me £22.10 although the website states that the RRP is £28.50, so that is quite a good saving. The 100ml tube is £31.65 with an RRP of £41.00.
If you have the time, it might be worth shopping around online. It seems that there are a number of sample products available on websites such as eBay which you are likely to be able to purchase quite cheaply in comparison.
** SUMMARY **
I did have my doubts about this product, purely based on the price as I would not pay out all that money on a moisturiser normally however I am glad that I managed to convince myself. I cannot imagine that I will use up the product before the 24 month shelf life as even with daily use, the tube seems to remain completely full.
I feel this has really enhanced my beauty regime and with daily use, has improved my self confidence without any make up as my skin appears much smoother and so much more even. Knowing that it feels great too is just a bonus!
I think this moisturiser deserves 5/5 Dooyoo stars as you can really tell it is well made and of really high quality. I wouldn't think twice about buying it again! For more information you can visit www.dermalogica.com/uk.