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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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St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Mousse 17/11/2017

Golden brown, texture like... skin

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Mousse I picked up a bottle of the gradual tan mousse by St Tripez from the Boots clearance shelf at a great price of £2.50. This is usually a very expensive self tan brand so I am always on the lookout for a bargain! First impressions The bottle is neat and looks nice with a white plastic body and the St Tropez branding. You also get a clear plastic lid which I have somehow now lost!) and you press down on the plastic top to release the mousse. In use This is a very easy product to use. I always wear either a tanning mitt which is like an oven glove spongey thing that fits over your whole hand, or plastic gloves and this is to prevent staining of my fingers and palms, the areas where you don't want to tan. I press down two to three times to release the mousse then sweep it over my arms and legs. It dries quickly and there is a slight smell but nothing too offensive. I always do this on an evening and air dry before putting on any clothing. ... the next morning After tanning where it is a developing product the next morning is always a little tense to see what happened to your carefully applied product. With this mousse though you don't need to worry as it builds gradually so you get more of a golden glow than a streaky skin. My thoughts I do really like this product although it is hard to know how much is left in the bottle when you are using it as it's an air driven mousse and quite light to start off so you need to keep a reserve bottle in really in case you run out after ...

Colgate Twister Fresh Medium Toothbrush 16/11/2017

Tongue twister?

Colgate Twister Fresh Medium Toothbrush his is a review of the Colgate Twister Toothbrush I am currently using. I like to replace my toothbrush regularly and whilst I am not fussy about what toothbrush I have, I usually buy a Colgate branded brush as I generally use their toothpaste too. Description The Twister brush is a medium bristle brush which is good as I tend to brush too hard with a firm bristle and worry about damaging the enamel. It is available in a number of different colours but I chose pink. There are multiple cleaning dimensions on the brush as it has a unique twister bristle pattern (hence the name). It gets between teeth and along the gum line and also includes a special tongue cleaner on the head too. In use I was really surprised about how slim the handle is on this brush. I do have large hands for a lady and it felt really quite lost in my hand, I must admit I prefer a bigger handle to grip on to. As for the special twister head, I didn't particularly notice the difference between this and other brushes but it did make my teeth feel clean to be fair. What they say Medium toothbrushes. With a unique Twister bristle pattern, it cleans in-between teeth and along the gumline. Colgate Twister tongue cleaner. Price I bought this brush from the Pound shop for just £1. I don't really like paying a lot more for a toothbrush as I said earlier, I do like to change them regularly. Final word I won't buy this style of tooth brush again purely for the fact that the slim line handle irritated me. I ...

Schwarzkopf Supersoft Shampoo 15/11/2017

One of my hubby's favourites...

Schwarzkopf Supersoft Shampoo When I went out shopping for toiletries, my husband set me a mission to buy him some shampoo that wasn't too girly and I accepted the challenge. I settled upon a green bottle of Supersoft apple shampoo by the well known hair product brand Schwarzkopf. Description The bottle is dark green and has a flip top lid. The label shows a sultry woman with dark brown hair. The label also has a sticker that says New with intensive care protein and it is for fine, weak and lifeless hair which may sound a bit mean but I don't think my husband took it personally. In use Of course I tried it even though it was for my dear hubby! I normally take a bath but when in a rush I use the shower and use the products that are in there which include this shampoo. The shampoo is clear and green and quite thick in consistency. I found it easy to lather up although I had to use a little bit more on my hair than normal. The bottle promised it strengthens and cares down to the tips which is important on my fragile long and damaged hair. My thoughts I really actually liked this shampoo and found it made my hair go really soft and fairly manageable. Whilst it was bought for my husband (and he has informed me that it's OK on his hair but he isn't that fussy when it comes to shampoo). For the price paid I'd definitely buy it again. I also bought a yellow bottle of this in another 'flavour' which I am looking forward to using once the bottle makes it in to the shower. Price I bought the bottle from Home ...

Domestos Bleach 14/11/2017

That clean smell...

Domestos Bleach When my now husband and I first moved in together, one of his first observations on me was that he thought I was obsessed with bleach. I think on our first supermarket shop I bought loads of the stuff, for the toilets in the house and general cleaning duties. Prior to living with him I had lived in a dirty student hole with other beasts and the only thing we cleaned with was bleach and so this was really all I knew. My choice of cleaner For general cleaning in bathrooms I tend to use a big bottle of Domestos bleach, watered down or sometimes neat and this tends to result in clean sinks, showers and drains. I must admit I find the bottles with angled necks easier for using down the toilet but I always have this strong concentrated bleach in for heavy duty cleaning tasks. I am not really bothered about getting nice smelling products as for me the cleanest smell is bleach anyway! In use I always don the rubber gloves before using this product as it is really strong and not kind to hands and it can be lethal if you get it in your mouth or eye. Now we have children, I make sure it is not accessible to little hands and always keep it out of reach. In the kitchen I use bleach to clean the sink and soak any kitchen cloths. When we mop the floor which is a laminate wood, I use this in the water to make sure the floor is germ free too. I use the bleach watered down for cleaning outside the house, doors and windowsils and any other dirty jobs that require cleaning in the garden, for ...

Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief 13/11/2017

Super treat for skin

Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief I was fortunate to have a bunch of Dermologica products land for me to test and this masque was amongst the goodies. Directions for use ... We are advised to use this ultra calming masque any time skin needs lasting relief from sensitised skin flare ups, redness and rosacea. My choice I chose to use this after a long day outside in the elements and occasional sunshine. I felt a bit glowy and warm after the day so it felt like a good time to use the masque. What's in it? The masque has oat and botanical actives that work below the surface to interrupt inflammatory trigger that can leed to sensitiation, while helping to minimise discomfort, burning and itching. The masque is also enriched with colloidal oatmeal to sooth enraged skin with algae, mogwort and a blend of mushroom extracts help to reduce redness and calm your. There are no artificial colours or fragrances in this masque. In use I found this looked a bit like a soap but it went on the skin well enough and didn't lather up. I relaxed as advised for ten minutes wearing the masque in the bath then used a warm and wet muslin cloth to remove the product. Afterwards... My skin looked no worse for using this masque and it felt nice and soft before I added my serum and moisturiser. My skin always feels dry when I have been in the bath or shower so I usually dive for the moisturiser to relieve the tightness but it didn't feel so bad after this masque although I still used some moisturiser. How much? A 75ml tube ...

Colgate Max White One Optic 11/11/2017

Ink spots?

Colgate Max White One Optic I've been trying out a few new toothpaste brands and types recently as the market seems to be altering a bit, offering more natural ways to get a brighter, whiter smile. Yes I know it's a marketing ploy and most dentists will say the best way to maximise your teeth whiteness is simply with regular brushing. The purchase I picked up the Colgate Max White One a couple of times, when it was on offer usually. I lean towards the brand Colgate as it is the one I used through all my childhood so it just tastes 'right' to me. The ad I remember the advert for this particular toothpaste, which is a girl in her early 20s giving a blinding white smile... yet the inside of her mouth is like a black hole, I am sure they have died her tongue black in the ad, in fact maybe they gave her a blackjack sweet to chew before they shot the footage? This is something I really came to notice when this advert was on the TV and it annoyed me quite a bit, I guess they were aiming for a contrast of white teeth with the rest of her mouth being black. I suppose it could have been digitally altered... I haven't seen the advert in a while now so perhaps it has been retired! In use This is a regular white toothpaste with small dark blue inky dots in it which you will discover when you spit out the residue when brushing. It is used like a normal toothpaste with around a pea sized amount on the brush. I'd say it is not suitable for kids to use. Results? I get clean teeth with this toothpaste but I am ...

Caudalie Vinotherapie Nourishing Body Lotion 11/11/2017

Super smart body lotion

Caudalie Vinotherapie Nourishing Body Lotion My advent calendar a few years ago from You Beauty Discovery was a true joy to open every day in December. Far more fun than a chocolate one and high end quality products means I spring out of bed in the morning to open it! I have got another one this year but a reflection on some of the products I have had in the past is in order before the new one begins. A welcome sight ... In the week I got a Caudalie Nourishing body lotion which I was pleased to see as I like the French range of beauty products and knew I would probably like this anti oxidant and hydrating body lotion. How much is it? A 400 ml bottle on the feel unique website is £26 so this is not a cheap body lotion but I have to say it is the perfect consistency and smells so lovely and fresh. In use To use this to its best effect, I tend to use it after a bath or shower and on my arms and legs to keep the skin there nice and supple. What does it do then? This body lotion claims to activate micro circulation with its ingredients of grape seed polyphenols, grape oil and gingko biloba. In turn these encourage softness and elasticity of the skin. My thoughts on this product ... All in all I am pleased with my sample and will savour every use. I'd happily buy it again if I ever spotted it on a good offer and you can often find discount codes for online purchases. Final word I did find this gave my skin a significantly moisturised improvement straight after use, it's a really good product, just a little ...

Pritt Glue Stick 10/11/2017

Stick with this one

Pritt Glue Stick Pritt is a versatile and relatively non messy glue that is the first choice for many. I enjoy crafting sessions with my kids and we often use a Pritt Glue Stick to adhere our parts together. We currently have a medium sized tube on our study desk that we are using. How it works You just twist up the base of the tube - a bit like a lipstick but with a flat top - and rub the glue on to the bit you want to stick. You can twist it back down afterwards and fit the cap on to protect the glue. My thoughts I do like Pritt stick but I prefer them when they are new and unsticky (when the kids get hold of them...) and towards the end they can get a bit messy and fluffy or glitter strewn depending on the projects we have done. They are a good quality item and worth the money but I prefer the small tubes although they do not last as long, obviously. Variety In the past I have seen the company Pritt make charity tubes of clear pink glue or character tubes which can be more fun for the kids to use. Alternative options On the other hand, the glue that the supermarkets sell as a supermarket own or unbranded version comes in a similar format yet is a lot less sticky than Pritt and I have come to prefer it. Childproof This glue is described as childproof and washable, it's definitely easier to use than runny glue and less permanent than super glue! Price and availability These are easy to find in many stores, we often just pick ours up from the supermarket during the weekly shop. ...

Barry M Nail Paint 09/11/2017

Barry M's got it covered

Barry M Nail Paint I have been buying Barry M polishes for a while now and I have a nice collection of pastel shades from the range. I also have a matte clear top coat which I love and a matte white shade. Special editions Barry M do some lovely special finishes and top coats. I have some great sequin effect, some magnetic polishes and of course my favourite matte range that I love. Offers It is worth looking out for offers on the Barry M range which can be bought in Boots and Superdrug so are widely available. It is often on 3 for 2 which is when I tend to take the plunge. My experience I use the matte white as a base for nail art and stamping and also for the tips of a French manicure. The matte top coat gets used all the time too as it can totally transform a colour and I love a matte French manicure too. I do a black and white striped nail (vertical stripes) with purple flowers (hand painted) and I always top coat it with the Barry M matte as it lasts a lot longer with the top coat and as it takes so long to paint this one I like it to last as long as possible. Price A Barry M polish is inexpensive to start with, expect to pay around three pounds per polish. Even better value when you get Boots points or freebies. Final word Barry M is a brand I keep buying more of as they are consistently good and there is always something new to try in the range. They come highly recommended and especially their matte colour range and top coat. ...

Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure 08/11/2017

Corrupted nails - good for fancy dress

Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure This review is from a while ago. I sorted out my collection and decided I probably wouldn't use them again so I decluttered them and no longer own them. I would not buy them again but here is an account of my experience with the Ciate corrupted neon manicure. I was quite intrigued to see this Ciate set on one of my favourite websites, Fragrance Direct for just £5. Inside the set you get a full sized polish, the same sized glitter and then a 'black light' top coat in a smaller 5ml size. You can buy the set in three themes: blue, yellow or orange. I went for the blue set as I do like a blue nail polish. What do you do with it all? Paint the nail with two coats of colour then sprinkle glitter on the top (for texture and sparkle) and then paint the top coat on. What happens? Under UV light you get a weird glow with this polish but by day it just looks bright like neon colour. The glitter definitely adds strength and texture to your nails and you can just sprinkle it on or totally cover it for a more dense effect. My thoughts I think you have to be wearing this to a party where you know there will be some neon tube lights to be able to appreciate the effect, otherwise it is wasted. I think it's a bit fun and different but I don't have many occasions where this will come in so I swapped my set online with a fellow enthusiast who fancied a go (and probably goes out more than I do!). About the price I think the price online reflects the nature of this set, that it's for an ...

Pure Digital Pure Deep Cleanse Wipes 06/11/2017

Pure wipes, not very digital though!

Pure Digital Pure Deep Cleanse Wipes Not sure why these have digital in the title as I thought the brand was pure! You can buy these in the Poundland shop so look out for them. Do I need to tell you the price...? The introduction I received a pack of these Pure wipes in a beauty swap recently. I knew they were not expensive but I also thought they were handy so I was pleased to receive them. How big? You get 25 wipes in a pack and they are from Poundland. I don't really use them to remove make up, but I use them to clean my hands and make up items when they get dirty as I like to keep them clean and also use the back of my hand as a pallette! What do they claim to do? The Pure Deep Cleanse Wipes help to unclog pores and remove make-up and unwanted oils while protecting skin against blackheads and other impurities. These deep cleansing Paraben Free wipes contain Zinc, Vitamin B3 and Witch Hazel. My thoughts I like these wipes as they don't have much of a smell to them and the material is tightly woven so it doesn't tear when you open them up or pull them from the pack. The pack seals with a sticker which is fine as it keeps the wipes fresh and moist. In use I do try to use one pack of wipes at a time or they can dry out if left too long. Another good tip is to keep the pack upside down so the sticker remains sealed. Repeat purchase? I would buy these wipes again, they work well and do take make up off as well which I find handy when travelling away from home. The witch hazel ingredient is nice and ...

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster, Sheffield 05/11/2017

Handy for me to fly from here

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster, Sheffield Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is also known as Robin Hood Airport. It is based in Finningley, Doncaster and used to be an air base (in 1915). It has one of the longest runways in the UK and as I live in Doncaster I find it extremely handy to fly from. My journeys Since it opened commercially in 2005, I have flown to Dublin twice, Malaga, Majorca (x3), Mexico, Cyprus (x2), Tenerife (x2), and the Dominican Republic (I think that's all but my memory is terrible). The destinations tend to change so you have to check before you plan a jouney from there. Flight operators It's a small airport when you compare it to others like Manchester but I find it perfectly adequate. The main holiday companies I use from there are TU, and Ryanair. Minimal delays Because it's small, I think less flights tend to get delayed there as there's less competition for take off and landing times than other bigger airports. I might be wrong with this theory but we've always gone on time from DSA. Where do they go to ? We have a good train network from Doncaster to most UK cities so I can't complain but flying is quicker . You can currently fly to 30 destinations from the UK options of Dublin, Jersey, Guernsey and Newquay to Europe Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Mediterranean Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey (amongst others) then worldwide America (various States, but not Florida), Jamaica, Barbados, Canada and United Arab ...

ASDA Smartprice Sponge Scourers 04/11/2017

It doesn't do to be too fussy...

ASDA Smartprice Sponge Scourers ++Vintage review alert but a product that I still buy regularly!+++ This is a review of Asda Smart Price 5 Sponge Scourers which I buy regularly, as we have only just got our dishwasher re-installed, I have been hand washing all the pots for the last year since we moved in to this house. One of the most helpful things for hand washing is to have a good supply of these sponges to hand as they start off springy and keen and then end up a bit flat, sad and discoloured. In use I have used more expensive brands in the past and found their performance to be equally limited. Plus, I just don't think it's healthy to use the same sponge for weeks on end so taking out a new one of these every few days won't break the bank. I tend to use these to mop up spills on the floor and then throw them away taking out a new one for the pots again. Another thing I use them for is disinfecting the surfaces and chopping boards. We use a spray cleaner which is important having a toddler in the house and a baby on the way so any bugs or bacteria are kept at bay. Description To look at, the pads are yellow for the sponge bit and green for the wiry scouring part. OK they don't look glamorous but they do the job just fine. Price A pack of five sponges costs just 14p which is brilliant, and I don't feel guilty chucking them away. You have to look hard (usually on the lower shelves) for these as the more expensive versions are usually place at eye level in store. My thoughts Really, my thoughts ...

Do you still celebrate Halloween? 03/11/2017

My youngest child's costume? in her words, "A dead bride"

Do you still celebrate Halloween? Yes this is true... This year, 2017 was the first time I ever actually celebrated Halloween because the kids were desperate to go trick or treating. They had had school discos and parties in the past or been too young to know or care but last year ended in major strop so I promised this year I would do it. Preparations In preparation for Halloween I bought the kids fancy dress outfits and accessories, pumpkins for carving, lights for the window and face paints. Oh and also a light up jar that i left at the wrong house on the day oops! Their costumes The kids are aged 4 and 6 and we picked up their costumes from Tesco. They had predecided what they wanted to be and fortunately we found close costumes for this. The eldest chose a vampire girl costume and felt she also needed false teeth, a staff and lace elbow length gloves to complete her look. I bought the accessories on ebay. We had some purple stripey tights in already that matched her purple and black costume so that was fortunate. The youngest found a skeleton bride costume she liked and told her teacher she was going to Halloween as "A dead bride" - i am friends with her teacher (we actually went trick or treating with her and her child) and she was in stitches telling me this. The weekend before Halloween fell on a Tuesday so on Sunday evening hubby rolled up his sleeves and began carving the pumpkins after taking full instructions for the girls' demands of what they wanted on their pumpkins. They did help to ...

Mothercare Baby Nail Scissors 03/11/2017

Not worth the bother!

Mothercare Baby Nail Scissors I bought a pair of these Mothercare scissors when I was expecting but never had much success using them to cut our children's nails when they were babies. Babies' nails grow like wild fire and they will scratch their faces even at hours old if you don't cut their nails for them. The problem is they will not stay still while you do it and usually hate the feeling of someone cutting their nails so you do need to find a safe solution to this issue. I managed a few times to use these on their toes but fingers were impossible as they did not grow long enough to get at the nails so I ended up using clippers instead as they could scratch with just a millimetre of spare nail! We still have the scissors now even though the babies are now both toddlers and they have been relegated to a high pocket in the door hanger I made where we use them to cut tags from new clothing and also open the tape from nappy boxes and wipes. They are metal so still quite sharp blades. I don't know why these did not work well for me. I know I was and still am nervous at cutting the girls' nails in case I slipped and chopped their fingers, this is possible with the scissors if a sudden movement is made. The kids also bite their fingers and toes despite me telling them not to but they will sit still now if I wave the nail clippers at them to cut off any sharp bits but generally the scissors are defunct.
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