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I dont like soap! This is not because I'm dirty but because it dries out my skin. I'm constantly washing my hands and my kids hands so they dry out really quickly. I changed to pump action soaps quite a long time ago and only ever buy ones with loads of moisturisers in them. I'm also the type of person who will only really buy household products like this one if they are in some kind of offer as I think that generally things are really overpriced.
The Dove Fresh Touch Cream Wash is currently on offer at Sainsburies for £1.11 a reduction from £1.66 for 250ml. The packaging is a pastel mint green with the usual navy blue Dove logo with the silver dove symbol underneath. Below this is the name of the product and a picture of a cucumber slice, hinting at the fragrance and in small writing a silver teardrop with 1/4 Active moisturising Cream written below it. At the bottom of the bottle is a navy "refreshed hands" enclosed in a silver box.
The packaging is not what I would call eye catching and not one of the new breed of trendy bottles aimed at a younger market. The promise of moisturising with a cucumber scent is what sells it to me and it happens to be the only moisturising hand wash on offer I can see.
The back of the bottle tells us that it will delicately cleanse hands with a special formulation which help protect the skins natural moisture level. Sales speak if you ask me, but then cosmetics seem to rely heavily on baffling customers with scientific non-meaningful terms like poly peptide charcoal ada thingamy wottsits. This does however contain extracts of cucumber and green tea and will leave hands clean and fresh. I would hope so!
The nozzle at the top of the bottle is nice and wide if not a little stiffer than your average pump action nozzle. My two year old finds it a little too stiff for her but my seven year old has no problems at all.
The cream wash is a similar colour to the bottle and has a pearlescent look to it. There is quite a nice cucumber fragrance to it which is not overpowering but does linger for quite a while, good if you like the smell. One squirt is sufficent for your average handwashing session but more is needed for really mucky hands.
It lathers up nicely and you can immediately feel the moisturising properties of the product. My hands feel softer and almost silky immediately after use and continue to do so for some time after. This product will not help hands that are really badly damaged by gardening or outdoor work or weather, but it will not make them worse either.
I would imagine that this isnt the best product for sensitive hands as the ingredients are the usual cocktail of chemicals and perfumes but as handwashes go this one isnt too bad. If it's on offer again I would definately buy it but wouldnt pay full price for it.
I have to say first of all that I am not normally swayed by advertising, but buying Max Factors Masterpiece eyeshadow coincided with the Geisha adverts that I saw on the TV and was a factor in my purchase.
At the time I needed a new mascara as the one I had previously, had been around a bit too long. I prefer to buy good qualiy products especially if they are going to end up on my face and this mascara stood out.
The packaging instantly caught my eye. The brushed gold of the exterior with the metallic gold writing looked very sophisticated to me, and was my first impression of the mascara. I then checked the price. £8.99, not too bad but certainly on the more expensive side of things. It is currently on sale at boots for £6.99 making it more reasonable and I'm sure with a little shopping around you might find it cheaper still.
The packaging which as I have already mentioned is brushed gold plastic and is tapered and thicker at the lid end. In metallic gold are written details of the product. The name Max Factor Masterpiece and below in smaller writing the words volume and definition mascara. On the back of the tube is the information that it is a Procter and Gamble product, 4.5ml and made in Ireland. So out goes the Geisha fantasy.
I purchasd mine in rich black but it was also avaliable in Black brown. The mascara is not waterproof, but then I tend not to buy waterproof mascaras as they are a pain to get off. I take my mascara to the checkout, and wince ever so slightly as the price is rung through the till but I dont mind too much as they last a long time.
The next time I come to put my war paint on out comes my nice shiny new mascara. I open the lid.. smooth action, not too stiff not loose at all and as I pull out the wand it makes a little pop as the wand emerges from the hole. I immediately notice that it is not made of the usual bristle but of plastic instead. It is black in colour with quite tightly spaced plastic bristles that taper down to almost nothing at the free end. I put the mascara on... very good deep rich colour, mildly sticky, good consistency but no clumps at all. The clever design of the brush becomes clear as I put it toward the inner corner of my eye. The smaller bristles allow you to get right to the corner of your eye without making a mess of the rest of your makeup.
I dont normally use a second coat of mascara, but something about this one made me want to. Secretly I was hoping my face would be transformed into the Geisha on the advert! I was pleasently surprised when I did (put a second coat on ,that is), I have always just used a single coat of mascara because I have found that using two just means you end up with less eyelashes as they clump together and feel really stiff which I find a little irritating. This mascara didnt do that, I think this is to do with the brush aswell. The stiffer plastic bristles mean that lashes stay separate but do end up thicker and longer also. It did look like I was wearing a good set of false eyelashes and I would recommend this product to anyone who loves that particular look.
I had no problem with the longevity of the mascara, it lasted all day and didnt budge, but I have learnt from my mistakes and know never to rub my eyes when I'm wearing makeup. It also came off easily enough with a makeup removing face wash and I didnt find that I still looked like I was wearing mascara as others have done in the past. It didnt irritate my eyes at all, but then I'm not prone to being irritated, except by my kids every now and then.
I wouldnt particularly rush out and buy the same one again, but then I am not the type of person to be brand loyal and usually like to try something new anyway.
I would recommend this product on everything except price, just dont expect to be the Geisha, but we can all wish.
Thanks for reading.xx
I picked up this product when it jumped out at me from the make up shelves of my local boots. I am a sucker for eyeshadow but this one seemed out of the ordinary. It was priced at £4.99 and considering eyeshadows last forever seemed like excellent value.
Metallics being one of the latest fashion statements i was drawn to it not being able to afford to change my entire wardrobe each season. The eyeshadow was pressed into a pretty 8 sided star shape. I chose two shades although there are plenty to choose from. A silver and a gold shade. They each came with their own applicator but I prefer to use brushes with makeup. When I tried them they were very smooth and had a silky texture when applied. They stayed true to their colour and did not end up looking grey or dirty yellow. They had really good coverage and a really deep colour could be acheived, but also provided just a hint of glitter if applied more sparingly.
The eyeshadow had fantastic durability and I did not need to re-apply it at all over the space of the day although I dont know how well they would hold up if you were to be wearing them at the gym or to a nightclub.
I would recommend this product to anyone who loves makeup and is not scared to use it, however the product could also be used sparingly on other parts of the body to give a hint of glitter for a special night out or in the summer to give a little glow to bare parts.