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Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Cream 04/11/2017

English roses

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Cream Crabtree & Evelyn was first introduced to me on a holiday visit to my sister in Hong Kong. She showed me her dressing table drawer which was full of various beauty and skincare products from the brand. I was offered to choose any that I like. The few products that I'd chosen were Rosewater EDT and Rosewater Body Cream. I love the romantic look of beautiful pink roses and the delicate scent of roses, which are beautifully captured in this small bottle of luxurious body cream. What's not to love? I was attracted to the beautiful pictures of pink roses decorated on both the outer box and the bottle itself. This was the main reason I decided to take this particular body cream. The design of both is simple yet classic and extremely ladylike. The 200g clear glass bottle is nothing too fancy but the pretty pink roses make up any of the shortcomings it may have. It's practical and it's beautiful. Over the years my sense of smell has been gradually changing. When I was younger I was never attracted to the scent of roses; in fact I quite disliked it. However, I'm now gravitating towards floral and rose-based perfumes, and the enchanting fragrance of roses has become a favourite of mine. I knew this was a body cream I was going to fall in love with. Rosewater is the elegant scent by Crabtree & Evelyn and is inspired by an English rose garden. This Rosewater Body Cream has the similar unmistakable scent as the Rosewater EDT. The scent lingers and it’s a pleasant scent while it lasts, ...

White Glo Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste Professional Choice 02/11/2017

Extra strength whitening toothpaste

White Glo Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste Professional Choice I drink cups of green tea and the occasional coffee and tea so my teeth are not as white as they should be. I’ve used quite a few whitening toothpastes but to no avail. I’ve seen White Glo before but didn’t take much notice as their toothpastes cost less than most other whitening toothpaste brands. Because of its low price, it gives me the impression that it will not be effective. However, after seeing their most recent promotion I’ve decided to give it a try. The toothpaste that I bought comes with a free Anti-Stain toothbrush and dental flosser toothpicks The three items are packaged neatly into a box. The usual RRP for a 100 ml tube is £4.20 from Boots but I bought a pack for half price. At Tesco it’s even cheaper at £2 a pack. I was thinking even if the toothpaste does not whiten teeth as claimed, at least I have the free toothbrush and dental flosser toothpicks which alone cost more than £2. White Glo Professional Choice Whitening Toothpaste was originally formulated for models and actors. It was rated number one choice as the most effective whitening toothpaste in a leading independent Australian consumer trial. Its effective whitening formula safely and effectively whitens your teeth with the built-in Micro Particles in the toothpaste. The extra strength formulation in conjunction with the special Anti-Stain Toothbrush lightens discolouration and yellowing on tooth enamel which is often caused by food and drinks with strong colouring, such as coffee and red wine. ...

Boots Cold Sore Medicine 18/10/2017

Effective if used on the tingling stage

Boots Cold Sore Medicine Anyone who gets cold sores will know how miserable these sores are. I used to get cold sores every year during my younger years. Luckily, I stopped getting them when I reached my late twenties until recently I felt the familiar tingling sensation on my lips again. I knew it was a cold sore making its appearance again. Instead of leaving it untreated like before, I decided to go to Boots and buy an antiviral cold sore cream to promote healing. A 2g tube costs £4.16 in Boots. The leading brand Zovirax costs around £5 but contains the same active ingredient, Aciclovir 5% w/w, as Boots, so I decided to buy the cheaper one. Aciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals, which act to treat infections caused by viruses. It can be used to treat cold sores of the lips and face. Boots Antiviral Cold Sore Cream is suitable for both adults and children. Cold sores usually clear up without treatment within 7 to 10 days. Antiviral cream can be used to ease your symptoms and speed up the healing time. It may speed up the healing time of a recurrent cold sore infection if used correctly. The cream is only effective if you apply it as soon as the first signs of a cold sore appear, when the herpes simplex virus is spreading and replicating. Using an antiviral cream after this initial period is unlikely to have much effect. If you have frequently recurring bouts of cold sores, use antiviral medication as soon as you feel the tingling sensation that indicates a cold sore is ...

Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo 01/08/2017

A trusted brand with good results

Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo I’ve the occasional dry scalp and the urge to scratch my head in public is not very ladylike. So after trying many anti-dandruff shampoos, I was glad to find Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo. The few anti-dandruff shampoos I’ve tried were either too expensive, contain strong chemicals or simply don’t work. I was shopping in Tesco when I came across Aveeno Shampoo. I was glad that Aveeno created a shampoo as well as their popular skincare products. Aveeno is a trusted family skincare brand. Their skincare products are excellent for dry skin, especially those with eczema. I’ve been using Aveeno for many years with happy results so I was sure I would not be disappointed with the shampoo. Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo is part of the extensive Aveeno range of moisturising products that use the re-hydrating properties of oatmeal. These products aim to soothe the itching and sensitivity associated with dry skin conditions. This shampoo has a gentle formula that soothes a sensitive and itchy scalp while cleansing the hair to leave it feeling healthy, soft, and shiny. Finely-milled colloidal oatmeal helps to moisturise the scalp, which may be very dry or damaged from a skin condition. Oats, used in all Aveeno products, contain anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties, relieving itchiness, redness and irritations. This lightly-fragranced shampoo is free of many common irritants and formulated for frequent use. It can be used daily even on fine and fragile hair. ...

Comvita Active UMF 20+ Manuka Honey 21/11/2016

Made by nature in NZ

Comvita Active UMF 20+ Manuka Honey I always have a jar of Manuka Honey in the kitchen cupboard as it has many health benefits. But what is so special about Manuka Honey that you can’t get from everyday honey? Manuka Honey is one of nature's special gifts. Sourced from New Zealand’s remote wild green hillsides, it is renowned for its unique and distinct flavour. Manuka Honey is recognised worldwide for its unique antibacterial properties not found in ordinary honey. Beware there are fake Manuka Honeys on the market. When buying Manuka Honey, it's essential for me to check that the honey has been graded with a UMF rating. UMF stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ which is the only independently recognised quality trademark and grading system in the Manuka market, existing to protect your rights as a consumer. UMF Trademark on the label means that the honey inside has been identified as the natural, unadulterated Manuka Honey, assuring its purity and quality; effectively meaning this is the certified genuine Manuka Honey. The UMF grade reflects the actual purity of the honey. The higher the UMF number the higher the concentration of unique antibacterial phenols. The range of strengths, which signifies the activity level of Manuka Honey, ranges from 5+ to 25+. Generally speaking, the lower strengths of Manuka Honey are used to support good general health. The stronger Manuka Honey strengths 15+ and higher are generally used by those to treat medical conditions. I only buy 15+ or higher as I mostly take it for ...

Gengigel Gingival Gel 18/10/2016

Promotes natural healing

Gengigel Gingival Gel I first became aware of Gengigel when I was searching for information on receding gums. My teeth are in very good condition but due to my harsh brushing technique, a tiny part of my bottom gum had been receding. To prevent it from getting worse, I googled and searches suggested Gengigel was the answer to mild gum problems. So I went to Boots and bought a tube for around £7. Mouthwashes are also available. Both the gel and mouthwash have the same benefits and it’s entirely a matter of choice and convenience as to whether the mouthwash or gel is used. Both products can be used together. Gengigel is mainly used on the soft tissues in the mouth, including the tongue and palate. It soothes, heals, protects and promotes natural healing. Gengigel products contain a unique, natural active ingredient called Hyaluronan, a naturally occurring tissue component that aids healing. Gengigel can be used regularly as part of your oral hygiene routine, or when soreness occurs. It can also be used after dental surgery as it helps soothe and speed the healing process. To use Gengigel, apply gel to the affected area after brushing and massage gently. Use at least 3 - 4 times daily. Gengigel comes in a small plastic tube and contains only 20ml. It’s only a small tube but a tiny dab is more than adequate. If used regularly a tube can lasts for months. The blue gel is thick and stays on the affected area. Due to its thick texture, a bit of rubbing onto the affect area is required otherwise the ...

Loreal Revitalift Repair 10 Instant Face Serum 28/09/2016

Targets 10 signs of ageing

Loreal Revitalift Repair 10 Instant Face Serum Whilst shopping in Tesco, I came across a few items that had been reduced dramatically on a small shelf. L’Oréal Revitalift Repair 10 Instant Serum caught my eye because of the reduced price and also the vibrant red packaging. RRP is around £20 and I was glad to see this serum had been reduced to only £5. L’Oréal Revitalift can be purchased from most supermarkets, Superdrug and Boots. L’Oréal Revitalift Repair 10 Instant Serum is an intensive treatment and an instant multi-active serum that helps to fight ten signs of ageing, with visible results in just one hour. It claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and firms your skin, leaving it hydrated, softer and suppler. This serum targets deep wrinkles, fine lines, loss of firmness, loss of tone, lack of plumpness, lack of suppleness, dull complexion, uneven skin tone and dryness. This serum comes in a 30 ml thick red glass bottle with a pump dispenser that makes it look premium and classy, like a high end skin care product. The pump dispenses adequate serum and you only need a couple of drops to cover the entire face. This serum has a lovely floral scent that dissipates quickly. The serum has a smooth and silky texture, and is off-white in colour. It glides over the skin and absorbs well, leaving no oily residue. This serum can be applied alone or before your daily moisturiser, morning or evening. It moisturises well and depending on your skin type, there may be no need to follow with a moisturiser. I mostly apply ...

Cussons Imperial Leather Foamburst Body Wash 31/08/2016

Lots and lots of foam

Cussons Imperial Leather Foamburst Body Wash I’m reviewing Imperial Leather Foamburst Sweet Vanilla & Cherry Blossom Luxurious Body Wash. I first came across this product when I was staying at Alton Towers Hotel a few years ago. I remember fondly the amount of foam it produced and using this body wash always brings back happy memories. Due to its price at more than £3 for a 200ml bottle, I resisted the temptation to buy one to be used at home. I have three girls and the amount of body washes we go through is quite quick so I try to look for less expensive ones. Whilst paying at the till at Superdrug, I came across Imperial Leather Foamburst and this particular fragrance - Sweet Vanilla & Cherry Blossom caught my eye as the colouring of the packaging was eye catching. With the colours of pink and black, it really did stand out. I couldn’t help but noticed the price has been reduced from £3.09 to £1.45. I bought a bottle but in hindsight I should have bought a few more bottles since they have been reduced to less than half price. According to Imperial Leather, this luxurious body wash transforms from a smooth gel into an abundance of rich, creamy lather that glides across your skin like silk. Immerse yourself in a delicious heavenly fragrance with this sumptuous vanilla and cherry blossom body wash. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth after just one wash. Its expertly crafted blend delivers a unique fragrance burst and a lather so rich and silky it can also be used for shaving. This body wash comes in a ...

Superdrug Coconut Oil 16/08/2016

Tames and nourishes hair

Superdrug Coconut Oil My sister in law recommended using coconut oil on hair. Recently I’ve been hearing a lot on the benefits of using coconut oil, be it on cooking or hair and skin. My hair is in need of some TLC so I was intrigued to try. I bought a tub of organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil from Sainsbury’s. This particular jar looks and smells too good for using on hair, not to mention once melted it becomes too oily and messy. I decided to use this jar for cooking only and it was a coincidence that day I received an email from Superdrug advertising its own brand of coconut oil, specially designed for hair and skin. A tub of coconut oil from Superdrug comes in 2 sizes – 125ml and 500ml. A tub of 125ml costs £2.49 and the bigger tub costs £8.99. Currently these tubs are on offers - £8.99 now reduced to £4.39 and £2.49 now £1.66. Additionally, if you buy 3 selected haircare products you get a free pack of mini coconut water shampoo and conditioner. I bought the smaller tub to try. It’s packaged in a white plastic tub with a twist-to-open lid. It’s basic but practical. Inside the tub contains the solidified white coconut oil. This natural product is solid at room temperature but will gently melt on contact with your skin. For hair I use a big dollop and rub the coconut oil on the palm of my hand until it melts into runny oil. In oily format it’s quite messy to use. I apply the oil evenly through the hair, avoiding the roots, and then tie the hair up into a bun. After a few hours I ...

Lancome Hypnose Senses 13/08/2016

Floral and spicy

Lancome Hypnose Senses I received a set of miniature Lancome perfumes from a relative in Canada. The gift set contains 4 miniature perfumes from the famous Lancome range. I couldn’t decide which one to use first but the Hypnose Senses caught my eye with its striking colour and bottle design, so it was this particular perfume I’ve chosen to use before the others. Lancome's Hypnose Senses, its flirtatious floral fragrance, is the playful and sensual partner in the Hypnose range. According to Lancome, Hypnoses Senses EDP is the scent of playful sensuality that adorns bare skin, and for the woman who plays by the rules of seduction, but with a light, frivolous twist. I don’t know how much the gift set costs but the full sized 30 ml costs £39 and 75 ml costs £65 directly from the Lancome website and can also be purchased from most department stores. This lovely EDP comes in a beautiful curvaceous bottle and is light peach in colour. Similar to most perfumes, the glass bottle is transparent. Its miniature sized contains 5 ml of perfume which is a perfect size for travelling. Top Notes: Mandarin, Pink Peppercorn; Heart Notes: Osmanthus, Rose, White Honey; Base Notes: French Labadnum, Patchouli, Benzoin, Tonka Bean. The vibrant pink peppercorn brings a hint of playfulness. Osmanthus enriches the fragrance’s heart with floral tones and fruity sweetness. Finally, Patchouli brings a deep, woody base note to the overall fragrance. On initial spray, the scent is quite strong, mature and warm with rich ...

Chanel No.5 Body Lotion 05/08/2016

Luxuriously scented body lotion

Chanel No.5 Body Lotion Chanel No.5 Body Lotion was a gift my daughter received for her 18th birthday. She was not fond of the scent so she offered the bottle to me. I checked online and found a 200 ml bottle costs £42 from Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser and most department stores. Chanel No.5 is a timeless fragrance and I was glad I got to keep the bottle. £42 for a bottle is not cheap so you’d expect a more sophisticated packaging. In fact, this body lotion comes simply in a plastic bottle with a black and gold lid – nothing too fancy. Being cuboid shaped, I find the bottle slightly chunky on my dressing table, but I’ve got this free so I can’t ask for more. Despite being plain on the outside, what you find inside is a lovely surprise. The lotion is pale pink in colour – feminine and ladylike which I like. Its fluid texture is very light and silky. The lotion glides onto the skin and absorbs instantly, leaving skin feeling smooth, moisturised and refreshed. It’s very comfortable to use and feels gentle on my skin. I’ve been using this body lotion for quite a while and do not suffer from any irritations. What I like best about this light-weighted body lotion is that it’s luxuriously perfumed with the classic No.5 fragrance. The body lotion envelops the body with the feminine and sensual notes of No.5. Inspired by the smooth harmony of rose and jasmine that composes No.5, this delicately scented body lotion is formulated as a soft and sensual way to enjoy the floral bouquet of the classic ...

Biotherm Biosource Hydra Mineral Cleanser Toning Mousse 14/06/2016

Cleanses well

Biotherm Biosource Hydra Mineral Cleanser Toning Mousse Biotherm Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser is one of the many products I received from my sister when she came over for a visit from Hong Kong. Part of Biotherm's daily hydra-mineral moisturizing ritual, this non-aggressive skin cleanser is specially designed for normal to combination skin. This gentle formula cleanser contains 70 mineral complex and zinc, which is known for balancing and facilitating skin regeneration. According to Biotherm, this cleanser is designed to cleanse and tone without drying skin out. Skin is instantly cleansed and balanced. From 7 days, it radiates with a healthy glow. Also an anti-oxidant, it fights off free radicals responsible for premature skin aging. This cleanser comes in a 150ml minty green plastic tube with a flip lid. It’s easy to squeeze out the correct amount of cleanser from the tube. Inspired by Japanese skincare textures, these light formulas immerse the skin in a delectable bath of revitalizing, moisturizing mineral freshness for an authentic sensory experience. The cleanser has a luxurious feel to it; silky, creamy and soft. Its pale green coloured thick cream texture transforms into a light, silky mousse upon contact with water. It lathes well over the surface of skin and rinses off easily. This cleanser is a pleasure to use as it provides a cool fresh feeling when lathering up. The cream comes out of the tube in a thin line and around 2cm of it is adequate for a thorough clean. This is one of the cleansers I find works well ...

Victoria's Secret Dream Fragrance Mist 11/06/2016

Fresh and crisp

Victoria's Secret Dream Fragrance Mist I received a bottle of Victoria’s Secret Dream Fragrance Mist for my birthday. Although I’m aware of Victoria’s Secret, I’ve never bought any of their products before. I find the name Victoria’s Secret very glamorous and sexy and with a name like this I thought it was owned by Victoria Beckham. In fact, Victoria’s Secret is actually wholly owned by L Brands, a publicly traded company. Victoria's Secret is an American designer, manufacturer and marketer of women's premium lingerie, womenswear and beauty products. The company dominates the lingerie market and is the largest American retailer of women’s lingerie. There are quite a few stores across the UK, with the ones in Lakeside and Bluewater shopping centres nearest to me. Victoria’s Secret products are not cheap. A bottle of 250ml Dream Fragrance Mist costs £16.36 which can be ordered directly from their website or stores. It can be found cheaper on Amazon for £9.97 a bottle. Scents New look, better-than-ever formula - this sheer mist is made to mix, blend and play for a custom scent; its refreshing formula is infused with peony and watery marine notes. It is most suitable for summer wear as the scent is fresh, crisp and clean. The scent has a floral touch to it with hints of peony and a subtle citrusy note. Dream Fragrance Mist is sweet, feminine and not at all overpowering. Staying power The staying power for Dream Fragrance Mist is not too long with average of up to three hours the most. After three hours there is ...

Vaseline Lip Therapy Sugar Coated 04/06/2016

Sugar coated lips

Vaseline Lip Therapy Sugar Coated I happened to stumble upon the exciting new Vaseline Limited Edition Lip Therapy Sugar Coated whilst I was out shopping at Tesco a few months ago. I love skincare/haircare products with pretty colours and gorgeous scents so I was drawn to this particular Vaseline Lip Balm, but I’m not a big fan of Vaseline so I decided not to buy. A small tin of 20g can be found at Boots and Superdrug for £2.99. Whilst browsing in Waitrose a couple of weeks ago, I came across this lip balm again. I was happy to see this was selling at a bargain price of 39p. I love a good bargain so I bought two tins – one for myself and one for my daughter. This lip balm is a limited edition and was launched in October 2015, which is the latest addition to the Vaseline Lip Balm range. This new twist to the classic Vaseline favourite comes in the trend-led edition which is adorned in the season’s most prominent runway colour, dusky pink, and is a lovely girly addition to the lip balm range. The tin is gorgeous and is decorated with tiny pink sugar crystals. Inside the tin, you’ll find the balm has a mix of colours in dusky pink and pale orange. The scent, like the name suggests, is sweet. I would describe it as sugar candy. The taste also has a subtle sweetness to it. This lip balm provides an iridescent sugar-like sheen to keep lips supple and sweet. Although this lip balm comes in subtle colour of dusky pink, when applied on lips it is transparent. Like all petroleum based lip balm, this is an oily ...

VAX Action 602 Base U86-AN-Be 27/04/2016

A good quality mid-range vacuum cleaner

VAX Action 602 Base U86-AN-Be There is a type of housework that I don’t mind doing and that is vacuuming. But only with a high quality vacuum cleaner with a good suction. The previous one I had was a rubbish one that had a weak suction and didn’t pick up dirt at all. I searched online and found good reviews on Vax Action 602 vacuum cleaner and so asked my husband to buy it for my birthday. When I received it I unpacked it eagerly and started hoovering the whole house with such enthusiasm that my family was laughing at me. I opted for this vacuum cleaner due to the mid-range price. I didn’t want to spend too much on a vacuum cleaner as all my previous ones only lasted a few years (even the expensive Dyson one). We bought this Vax Action 602 vacuum cleaner from Robert Dyson for around £59.99 which was on half price offer. This is a light weight vacuum cleaner, weighing at 7.5kg. It’s easy to manoeuvre around the house and I don’t need to struggle carrying it upstairs. The cord is 8m long. It’s one of the longest cords I’ve ever used. I can hoover the lounge and dining room in one go without unplugging and plugging the cord as it’s long enough to reach most areas. The first time I used the vacuum cleaner, the dirt container filled up with dirt and fluff in less than a minute which was very satisfying to see! It filled up so quickly due to the fact that my previous vacuum cleaner having a bad suction and was not picking up dirt, and also because this new one has a good suction power. I’ve used this ...
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