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Enjoying life, busy working full time and having fun with my family and always on the lookout for new beauty innovations!

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Conditioner 24/09/2017

My favourite treatment for dry hair

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Conditioner i have always liked using the Aussie range of hair care although it is slightly more expensive it is still affordable. My supermarket sells three bottles for £10. I usually stock up when this offer is on and I like the three minute miracle treatment as it is a fast fix. My hair can tend to get a bit on the dry side so the miracle moist is one I have used on a few occasions and I have also found it in sachets in Savers and took those on holiday. First impressions First of all, none of the packaging I saw was purple so I don't really know if they have done an update or if this is an old version or they sell this one abroad. I have the three minute miracle moisture version so I can only assume it's the same product!! It is white with the Aussie labelling and it stands on its head - you have a seal to remove the first time you use it. I like that it stands this way as the product is always ready to use when you squeeze the bottle. There is 250 ml in the bottle which is enough for around 12 treatments for me as I do have long hair. In use I just wash my hair then apply this treatment (although sometimes I reverse wash so use it before shampooing but mostly afterwards) and leave it in for three minutes minimum. Then rinse out and style as usual. My thoughts This conditioning treatment is brilliant and best of all it smells lovely and fruity. It is a real treat to use this and it is nice and thick when you squeeze it from the tube so it is quite simple to apply and non messy ...

Tomy Pop Up Pirate! 23/09/2017

Ooh-Arrrgh 'tis a Pirate's life for us...

Tomy Pop Up Pirate! My kids love playing games and seem to know what's on the market thanks to adverts on the TV and YouTube. When they saw a Tomy Pop Up Pirates game recently they begged me to buy it. We were in a charity shop and it was bagged rather than boxed but it looked in good condition so we bought it for a couple of pounds. First impressions the game comes with a barrel that is branded Tomy on the base. It has a loose pirate and a number of coloured swords. Actually we have two missing but we have found a way to make it work. The barrel does not store the parts so a box or bag is handy when play has ended. The bonus part for us is that it does not need batteries, as it works with a spring, hurrah! The set up The pirate should be pressed in to the top of the barrel, it sort of clicks in to place so you will know when it is set as it sort of lolls about in the top if it is not set correctly. Once set you can take turns to put the swords in to the holes, taking turns. How we play it We take turns, not bothering to keep to a colour as we can keep track just going round in a circle. It can be the last sword hole that activates the pirate and there are 20 holes so a game can last from around 5 seconds to 2 minutes. A few rounds in and my eldest girl (age 6) was scared that the pirate would pop so we changed the rules around. Instead of the one to make the pirate pop being the LOSER we decided they would be the WINNER so she was not scared any more. My thoughts My four year old loves ...

Mane 'n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner 23/09/2017

I have a knotty mane after using this!

Mane 'n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner I had been looking at the brand Mane 'n tail online for a while, tempted to buy it to try it out but never quite hitting the order button, I don't know why, I think it seemed expensive for what it was and the postage on top made it a bad buy. Roll on a year or two and I got a mini bottle of the conditioner, along with the shampoo to try out in my Look Fantastic beauty box. I immediately recognised the bottle and was pleased as it was on my list of items I wanted to try for my hair. First impressions Similar to the shampoo, the conditioner is packaged in a white plastic bottle with a screw top lid. It has a big label on it and the main colours are yellow and blue. To me it looks a bit old fashioned but then I think it has been around a while and they have not particularly updated the branding or packaging. In use The conditioner is fairly thick and gloopy as you would expect and it is hard to get it out of the bottle as it prefers to stay in the bottle rather than coming out so I can get it on to the lengths and ends of my hair! It is a yellowish colour and smells non descript but definitely identifiable as a hair product. Nothing special or floral or even fancy about this smell. I left it on a couple of minutes before rinsing out. My thoughts After managing to get some out of the bottle, I was left a bit lacking on my impression of this conditioner. It did work OK but did not make my hair feel special, or shiny and 24 hours later I had some proper knots like you would ...

Mane 'n Tail Shampoo 21/09/2017

Originally for horses, but also now for humans too!

Mane 'n Tail Shampoo I have considered buying this shampoo a few times, mainly online as the packaging is quite distinctive and I was curious to see how it would perform. The price was always just enough to put me off my purchase so I never bothered ordering it. I ended up getting two little bottles (the shampoo and conditioner) in a beauty box with a few applications inside to try. First impressions To me, the packaging looks a bit old fashioned. I am not sure if it is the colours in particular but to me it looks a bit 80s with the font. The bottles are white plastic with a screw top cap and a bit label on the front with the main appeal, horses pictured. I noticed on the shampoo it says "mane 'n Tail" and underneath and body which sets off my alarm as I am not keen on multi tasking shampoos and prefer them for hair only but I was still prepared to give it a go. In use The shampoo is a white pearlised colour and smells like any other shampoo with no extra fragrances added in. I had to use quite a lot on my hair to get it lathered up but this is not unusual. After rinsing, my hair did not feel squeaky clean but it felt clean enough and I did use the conditioner from the same maker at the time. After drying it was OK and not too frizzy but it needed some oil in it to help calm it a bit. The shampoo did not last me as long as usual and I had to wash again two days later which is quick for me nowadays as my hair does not really get greasy. It also got very knotty underneath but I think that's ...

Nip + Fab Kale Dry Skin Moisturiser 20/09/2017

Time for a fix of Kale

Nip + Fab Kale Dry Skin Moisturiser I received a small tube of the Nip + Fab Soften Kale fix moisturiser and I have tried and liked other products from this brand before so I was keen to try it out. The Nails Inc base coat I often use contains Kale and has been great in helping to get long and strong nails so I was eager to see what it could do for my face. First impressions The moisturiser comes nicely boxed and is a pale green colour with a darker green lid. I believe the full size is in the same colours but has a pump top dispenser. There are other products in this range too so if you like the moisturiser you might like to try out other items from the range. The moisturiser is described as a dry skin fix What they say A super food powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil enrich skin with deep nourishment and protect against external aggressions that can cause dry skin whilst concentrated aloe vera and Shea butter help soothe skin and improve texture. My thoughts This skin cream is lovely and can be used as a day or night cream. I think I prefer it as a night cream as it is quite thick and leaves a bit of a sheen which is the oils and butters in the lotion. I like my day moisturiser to be a bit lighter as I use a primer over the top so I don’t want one sliding off the other. This face moisturiser is not a cheap item to buy but it is really nice and just falls in to the luxury category for me. Price and availability A 50 ml tube is £19.95 at Superdrug. You can get a mini set of the whole Kale ...

Double Jeopardy (DVD) 19/09/2017

Where's the twist in the tale?

Double Jeopardy (DVD) This is a 1999 film starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd and Bruce Greenwood. I watched it for 'free' through my smart TV on Amazon Prime. There is more than one film with this title but I am convinced I am posting this review under the right listing as the year is consistent. This film had a real 90s feel to it, I don’t know if it’s the quality of the filming or the clothes but you could easily date it with the hairstyles too! I had never seen this film (that I can remember) until recently but I do like to mix up my viewing a bit and watch things from different genres to keep my interest. I like watching a film on an evening as it’s not too much of a time consuming buy in like a box set or series and you can switch it off if you don’t like it. I had to watch Double Jeopardy in two sittings as I fell asleep half way through on the first evening – not because it was boring but because I was a bit too tired to see it through. A bit about This film has a clue in the title, you know there will be a twist to the tale but it starts off with family idyll, a happy couple, in love with a young son thinking about buying a luxury yacht. It quickly descends to a murder scene and the woman is in the frame. She doesn’t know what happened as she had been drinking but there is blood everywhere and her husband is missing. The coastal police find her on deck with a knife in her hand and she is sent to prison for his murder. That’s all the first five minutes so I am not giving away too much ...

Dirty Dancing (DVD) 18/09/2017

Now I had the time of my life...

Dirty Dancing (DVD) Along with the film Grease, I’ve probably watched Dirty Dancing at least once a year for most of my life, it’s a film I’ve seen many many times and we go back a long way together. I’ve been to see the stage show in London too so you can see I’m a fan. In the late 80s I remember asking for the soundtrack for my birthday from my Nan who was not keen to buy me a tape cassette with that title. My mum assured her it’d be fine and as a result I have happy memories of the school trip to France sat listening to my Sony Walkman with the film soundtrack playing. I hadn’t even seen the film at this point, so no idea why I requested the tape but it was a cracker that has stood the test of time to be fair. So move on to my teenage years when I started watching the film which to be fair does have some adult content in it. I’ve also fallen upon a time when the film is free to watch on Prime so I can tune in whenever I like thanks to this subscription. Weirdly, it is not one that I own on DVD but it is on TV a lot so you don’t have to wait long to see it. A bit about… (from IMDB) This is a 1987 release film but it is set in the 1960s. In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's ...

Due Date (DVD) 17/09/2017

If you liked the Hangover, you'll probably like this too...

Due Date (DVD) This is a 2010 film, I remember going to see it at the cinema but decided to rewatch it on Prime TV recently as it was on their 'free' listing of films. A brief synopsis High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time. Who's in it? Just few people you might have heard of in this cast ... Robert Downey Jr is the main man supported by Zach Galifianakis and Jamie Fox and the attractive Michelle Monaghanan and Juliette Lewis. A bit about You might remember Zach from the more recent Hangover films. He plays a big part in this film and is a funny guy Ethan. Peter is quite aloof and clearly thinks he is a high flyer. He is trying to get on a plane to go home as he has a heavily pregnant wife and in the first five minutes he gets in a minor car crash, his bag gets switched and his flight does not go to plan. This results in a road trip never to be forgotten. My thoughts This film was funny. The first time around it was totally not what I was expecting, more about the mens' journey than the imminent baby but in true hangover style where it's believable but it just gets worse and worse, it makes enjoyable viewing. I watched it willingly twice, it's been a few years in between, I think I needed that to forget some of the detail but it did indeed have me sniggering. There's a few unexpected twists and turns, a cute dog and a man with a dodgy perm which he refers to ...

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? 16/09/2017

Swim, sing, dance and laugh together

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? Last year we had an amazing and expensive trip to Florida so this year we scaled back a bit and had a week in Majorca. I say scaled back but it was still blooming expensive as we went in the school holidays and all inclusive. This was the first holiday we went without grandparents so it was a bit daunting knowing our kids were all ours to look after. I know that sounds silly but I don’t look after them all day usually! Aged 6 and 4 we tried to pick something they would enjoy and chose a hotel on the beach with the option of a kids club if they wanted to go. Before the holiday I felt the pressure was all on me, and working full time as well I didn’t have enough planning and prep time as I wanted so the usual mad dash to H&M to ensure they had clean clothes for their holiday that fit OK was the norm. While there I must admit to picking up a couple of matching outfits for them which leads me up to my best memory. The kids will only let me dress them in what I want them to wear for a bit longer now so I am making the most of it. Dressed in their matching sailor girl costumes I took a photo of them posing in front of the hotel pool…. Well I actually took a photo of them posing for their dad on the pool front. I love a good ‘behind the scenes’ photo. They were in the peak of their holiday, enjoying every moment from waking through to bed time. We swam, we played, we dug in the sand, we ate meals together, we had our evenings with the entertainment in the open air and it was ...

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel 15/09/2017

Papaya Perfection

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Elemis are a lovely skincare brand that are used in professional salon treatments so it is always a treat to gain a product through a beauty box and try out something new. The Papaya Peel sounded quite exotic and I was excited to give it a go. First impressions This is not a grainy exfoliator, it is quite smooth and a pinkish cream colour. The tube is white with a silver lid which is typical of the brand and my 15 ml tube is described as advanced skincare. It promises to exfoliate and purify tired, lacklustre skin. I was looking forward to soft, revitalised and radiant skin. It smells exotic and really nice to relax on the face as you can inhale this fruity beautiful smell. In use The product is quite easy to apply. I used a pea sized amount and warmed into the palms and apply to a cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. You are supposed to leave it on for 10-15 minutes and remove with lukewarm water. I use a flannel to ensure all the product is removed. I did not experience any discomfort during this treatment. My thoughts This is quite a gentle product which uses the natural ingredients to help renew and boost your skin. It is not cheap to buy but it is lovely to use and smells absolutely lovely. To me this is more of a mask than a scrub based exfoliator so it is very easy and relaxing to use. The skin after you rinse and flannel off feels fresh and soft and not at all dry. What they say Natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating Papaya and calming Pineapple ...

Skin79 Super Plus BB Cream 14/09/2017

English Rose complexion? Take note!

Skin79 Super Plus BB Cream For Christmas, my hubby bought me a subscription to a beauty box with Look Fantastic so I get a box of surprise beauty items in the post each month. I like it because I get to try out new items without having to spend a lot of money and make mistakes on full sized items. A couple of months ago, I had a box containing a 7g tube of the Skin79 Super Plus BB Cream pink. I had almost bought this in a set of three before as I have liked other things from this relatively inexpensive Korean beauty brand before including face masks, and I may have even tried a foiled sample of this BB cream. The cream comes in a few varieties but I have a tube of the pink one which promises to brighten, smoothen and protect skin. About the brand Skin 79 is a Korean cosmetics brand that fuses science and nature to create high-quality and efficient skincare and makeup. Some of their bestselling lines include the Pore Bubble Cleansing Mask and the BB Cream, otherwise known as the Blemish Balm, which they were first to pioneer in 2006. Each product has been formulated to bring vitality, radiance and health back into your skin to leave you with a gorgeous and glowing complexion. First impressions The BB Cream is in a nice pink foiled tube and contains a spf 30 to add extra protection. The tube is quite stiff and it has a pointy nozzle so you can squeeze out a tiny amount to use and not waste the product at all. Here’s their sales pitch: Do you avoid BB Creams for fear that they won’t suit your skin ...

Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Maverick 13/09/2017

Magnificent matte

Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Maverick I was really excited to get a matte liquid lipstick from Bare Minerals in my QVC “Try it love it” beauty box. This is a new line of nudes that Bare Minerals have created and I got the shade Juju which is a pinkish hue I think you can see the shade quite well on the photo I took. First impressions I noted that this was quite a plain tube, with a frosted clear body that to me indicates it is a matte finish. There is Bare Minerals printed down the side and a black sticker with the shade on the base. Other than that it’s quite a large tube although the contents are 4ml which I suppose is a lot for just lips so it should last a while. In use This liquid lipstick could not be easier to use. It is a lipgloss style applicator with a sponge tipped hoof stick and you can draw it accurately on your lips. I try to apply to moisturised lips as it is long lasting so I don’t want my lips to feel dry but the end result is not too dry and it feels nice on the lips although it does transfer to coffee cups which I hate generally. It is not a sticky finish though like other matte lipsticks I have tried. I find that it wears off when you eat and drink but if you leave it alone it stays on nicely. My thoughts I like this lipstick a lot and am even thinking it’s a good value although it is expensive it is long lasting and reliable. I would like to try other shades from this range although I am happy with the colour I get from Juju shade. What they say GEN NUDE™ Matte Liquid Lip Colour is ...

Ted Baker Butterfly Wings Body Wash 12/09/2017

Taken by this Ted Baker body wash

Ted Baker Butterfly Wings Body Wash I got a lovely set of Ted Baker products for Mother's day in a pretty case and one of the items was a large tube of body wash, sized 200ml. I've been using it regularly in the bathroom in showers and baths and thought I'd insert the review here. I don't think this is the Butterfly Wings variety but it's close enough and Ciao don't mind if you review the same brand under a different variety. First impressions This does not seem to have a name but it has lovely pink packaging with a rose gold screw top lid. There are flowers on the front and the words Body Wash. On the back it advises using within 24 months of opening (no chance once open it would last me that long!) and a description of the contents. Description This refreshing body wash entwines the soft floral notes of jasmine and neroli, whilst the base of patchouli, sandalwood and musk completes the scent. Apply to wet skin and lather up. Rinse thoroughly. In use This works nicely and foams up well even when a minimal amount is used. It smells nice and lightly floral and makes my skin feel very soft and clean. Price and availability This was gift set and I have no idea how much it cost but you can buy Ted Baker toiletries individually from Boots. A 200 ml tube of body wash is £8. I do think this is quite expensive to pay per tube but if you love that line it is probably worth it. I think they change quite often with the seasons so you can't guarantee they will continue to sell the same one all year round. My ...

Korres Coconut Body Milk 11/09/2017

Just like a pear

Korres Coconut Body Milk I wanted to review the Korres Bergamot Pear body milk I got in a beauty box recently but Ciao! have said I need to review it under this coconut category which is not ideal but still same brand. I am a huge Korres fan, their products are quality and high performing and I always look out for them when they are on offer. I bought loads of travel kits at a great price from TK Maxx and am still working through them. When this arrived with the beauty box I was please to try another item that I had not used before. First impressions I think body milk is a bit of a misleading name for this product as it is actually quite a thick cream in the tube. I have a tube sized 40 ml and it's got a nice pattern and label style front to it. In use I just tend to use this on my arms and legs. As it is so thick it takes a while to sink in so it is best to use it when you are not in a rush. I like to use mine at bedtime because the soft fragrance is very soothing when I am relaxing and drifting off to sleep. It has a very nice consistency and feels great on my skin. My thoughts I really like this body milk by Korres in fact I have not yet found a fragrance from them that I do not like. This one is very subtle and whilst you can detect it I do not find it sickly or overpowering. What they say ... Moisturising body milk, enriched with vitamins and trace elements, essential skin energy boosting agents. Key Ingredients The combination of Almond oil, active Aloe, provitamin B5 and Shea ...

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-up Remover 10/09/2017

Gentle yet effective

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-up Remover I re discovered this range in the last 12 months although it has definitely been around for years. The packaging has changed with a revamp but the product may be similar or a changed formula, I really don't know. I have used three full sized bottles and a travel sized bottle of this with another full size waiting in the wings or the stockpile as hubby likes to call it. The travel sized bottle came in a set but it was really handy to take on my travels. So with all this use, I feel quite experienced to do a good job on this review. First impressions This is a gentle liquid eye make up remover and it comes in a shaker style bottle so you can use a small amount on the tip of a cotton bud if you want a small amendment to eye make up or a full cotton pad if you want to sweep away a full eye make up job. The bottle is all white with a label on it so you can't see the contents inside or how much you have left. It says on the label that it is gentle with calming Camomile extracts. Sounds wonderful doesn't it?! In use This is the little bottle I took on holiday that lasted the full week and beyond as it is a hard working product and you do not need a lot. It is a clear liquid and I tend to soak a cotton pad and gently work it over the eye area and it removes eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara and also my brow products. My thoughts I really like this product. I like to use a cream cleanser on my face but always use a separate eye make up remover. It does the job with no rubbing or ...
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