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Elemis Sweet Orchid Shower Cream 17/11/2017

A goody but expensive

Elemis Sweet Orchid Shower Cream I am fortunate enough to have a friend who often gives me Elemis gifts for Christmas , birthdays and other special occasions and Whilst I love the products I do think they are expensive and so really appreciate these gifts. WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES THIS DO? ... This shower cream promises to cleanse nourish and moisturise skin and is gentle enough to be used every day. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This tube contains 200ml of the shower gel. It has a picture of some exotic flower on the front, the name of the product and information and instructions on the back. The main colour is white and overall it not a fancy bottle. The product iteself is white in colour and almost a cross between a. Ream and a gel. It’s very smooth and creamy and has a slight sweet oriental scent. USING THE PRODUCT... This product should be used as most other shower products. I use a sponge and apply a small amount of the product to the sponge give it a squeeze and massage into damp skin. I’d rather use too little at first and add more later because this isn’t cheap and I don’t want it wasted down the plug hole. It does lather quite nicely and as it is worked into my skin the smell is released. A quick rinse and the product comes off easily leaving no sticky residue. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... Widely available online and in department stores this costs £26for 200ml. Not the cheapest! I don’t buy on qvc but I have been told that they do offers on Elemis products. VERDICT... this shower cream ...

Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion 11/11/2017

Smoothing body lotion

Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion I have no loyalty to any particular moisturiser and tend to pick up whatever is on offer when shopping. I do however like a lot of the Nivea products so bought this on a recent shopping trip WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO? ... Advertised as an indulgent formula that helps achieve beautifully soft, silky skin, this is apparently a non-greasy softening formula with Shea Butter. It promises to give your skin long lasting and intensive moisture and with regular use skin should feel smoother and softer for days. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The bottle is typical Nivea, blue and quite plain, nothing fancy. It contains 250ml of the product and has a flip up flip down to close lid with all of the information and instructions for use on the back of the bottle. The cream itself is white in colour and whilst I can’t distinguish any particular scent, it smells like Nivea products. The smell is very slightly floral but the overall scent is light and fresh, definitely something I like on my skin. The cream itself is slightly thicker than I would expect of a lotion and tends more towards creamy, which makes me think that this will be nice and moisturising. USING THE PRODUCT... It is suggested that this is applied daily, so I apply at night after bathing. Because it is thicker than I would expect of a lotion I find that I do use more than I would normally use, but as I apply it, I find that it massages easily into my skin and although it feels slightly sticky at first, it is quickly ...

Alberto Balsam Herbal Conditioner Sun Kissed Raspberry 04/11/2017

Decent enough for the price

Alberto Balsam Herbal Conditioner Sun Kissed Raspberry I bought this to “go” with the shampoo, because I always figure using the matching shampoo and conditioner will be better for my hair WHAT IS IT AND WAHT DOES IT PROMISE?... A conditioner for normal or dry hair. This promises to moisturise, smooth and detangle hair leaving it smelling great. It also has pro vitamin 5 to strengthen hair so for the price, this sounds good. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This is a large 350ml bottle of the conditioner, packaged in a tall bottle with a screw on off lid and all information and instructions on the back of the bottle. The conditioner itself is light pink and like the shampoo smells fruity but a synthetic fruity. USING THE PRODUCT... The conditioner is quite thick and creamy which gives me some confidence that it will condition my hair nicely. I use a good dollop of the conditioner and massage it into the mid lengths and the endsand while I’m doing this it gives it time to work itself into my hair. While conditioning, it does a relatively good job of detangling my hair and rinses out easily. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... Widely available. Boots do have an offer on at the moment buy two for £1.80 so beating the bargain stores on price! VERDICT... this conditioner did leave my hair feeling soft but a bit fly away. When I used it with the raspberry shampoo I found that my hair didn’t look especially clean after a day. I was unsure as to whether this was the shampoo or conditioner so tried the conditioner with another shampoo and ...

Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Shampoo 01/11/2017

Not very cleansing

Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Shampoo Whilst not my usual make of shampoo, I recently picked this up, along with the conditioner, mainly because it looked like just the thing for summer and was a bargain price. THE PROMISES... This shampoo promises to gently cleanse the hair whilst moisturising and revitalising the hair. It also apparently leaves it smelling great, and uses many of the same ingredients as more expensive shampoos, which isn't at all bad for a bargain shampoo. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The shampoo comes in a tall bottle containing 350ml of the shampoo. As expected, it is red in colour and all of the instructions and information are on the back of the bottle. When I unscrew the black lid, I can smell the shampoo and it does smell fruity although not especially like raspberries, more a synthetic fruitiness. It’s not unpleasant just not like real raspberries USING THE PRODUCT... I would definitely say that for this shampoo less is more. Using a small amount I apply to wet hair and massage it in, and there is lots of lather. When I first used this shampoo, I used too much and it took ages to rinse out. Using a little of the product, it does still take some rinsing out and often I found that after drying my hair still looked greasy which may have been the build up of the shampoo PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... The product is widely available and I bought mine in my local bargain store for £1 VERDICT... For an inexpensive shampoo which can be used daily, this isn’t bad. The smell of the shampoo, ...

Piz Buin Day Long Lotion Spf 15 06/09/2017

All day protection

Piz Buin Day Long Lotion Spf 15 Whilst I don't in theory think that a sun protection cream can work all day I always have one of these for those days when travelling around and when reapplication may be difficult. So I am underneath it a believer in the hype. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO? ... This apparently has advanced UVA and UVB protection to provide protection for up to 6 hours, so not quite the all day as it is marketed. It is Enriched with feverfew, which is an anti oxidant which helps to prevent premature ageing caused by the sun. The cream promises to be a non greasy, non sticky formula which will intensely moisturise skin, leaving it smooth and silky soft. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This is available in 100ml and 200ml. I have the smaller tube ready for days out. The product comes packaged in a tube with a flip up flip down lid, and all of the information and instructions on the back of the tube. The sun cream itself is white in colour and although it feels moisturising it's not overly thick. It's the smell of the piz buin products I like, and because I've used the products for a number of years they smell like summer. I don't know what the smell is but here's definitely coconut there somewhere. Whatever it is, it works for me! USING THE SUN CREAM... Apply generously and evenly before going into the sun. Reapply frequently, especially after sweating, swimming or towelling. Really no different to any sun cream which doesn't claim to be a once a day product. PRICE AND ...

Elemis British Botanicals Shower Cream 20/08/2017

Expensive English flowers

Elemis British Botanicals Shower Cream I like the Elemis products and every so often like to treat myself to some of the products. I bought this travel size shower cream alongside some of the other travel products when I went away for a few days. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?... This product contains ingredients grown in the British countryside, including lavender, chamomile, geranium and palmarosa, which together apparently do the job of soothing and uplifting. It contains Omega-rich Echium oil to hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as vitamin and mineral rich organic Oats and Rosemary to gently cleanse the skin. The end result is supposed to be a restorative in-shower experience, which sounds interesting. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... I have the travel size so it's a small 50ml tube with a picture of flowers on the front and information about the product on the back. A screw on screw off lid means that it sits firmly on a shelf. The shower cream itself is white in colour, feels light and creamy to the touch and has a spa smell although the flower I can smell is definitely lavender. It is a clean and fresh smell, and one which I do like. USING THE PRODUCT... I apply a small amount to a dampened sponge and then massage into my skin before rinsing off. The smell of the shower I cream is intensified and is quite strong, but this is pleasant and is a bit like being in a spa. The product produces a good lather and feels moisturising on my skin. Although there is a nic elather and it's pretty soapy, it does rinse ...

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment 17/08/2017

Average cream

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment I always like to have hand cream by the sinks and in my bag, and tend to buy the cream in whichever shop I am when I realise I need some. WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT PROMISE?... This, as the name suggests, contains Vitamin E to condition the hands and protect against damage. It also contains Panthenol to strengthen nails and shea butter to soften the cuticles. PRODUCT AND OACKAGING... The product comes in a tube containing 75ml of the product so it's a handy size for the side of the sink and also for my bag. It has a flip up to open flip down to close lid which immediately makes it unsuitable for carrying because so many times the lid has opened and the constants of my bag are covered in cream. The name of the product and all of the information and instructions are written round the tube. The hand cream itself is white in colour and has a faint sort of baby powder smell which isn't as pleasant as it sounds, because it smells a bit foists after a while. It is relatively thick and creamy although it does feel a little greasy USING THE PRODUCT... The product should be used as often as required. Simply apply the cream to the hands and massage in. I find that a little does go a long way and because this is quite creamy this does make my hands feel also immediately moisturised. It does take some time for the cream to be absorbed so best to wait a few minutes before picking up cups or driving but once it is fully absorbed then my hands do feel perfectly dry and not slippery ...

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Moisturising Cream 15/08/2017

Good all rounder

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Moisturising Cream I have no real allegiance to any tYpe of skin products and bought this when I was away and it seemed handy because it's suitable for face and body. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?... This seeks itself as a highly effective, quickly absorbed formulation which delivers a fresh feeling moisture boost to skin. The combined formula of Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, and delivers long lasting moisturisation for your face, body and hands. If all this is true, then it seems like a great all rounder. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... I bought the 75ml tube, which has a screw on off lid, and all of the information and instructions around the tube.the cream itself is white in colour and as expected has no discernible smell, so all very clean and pure. The cream is thick and creamy and it does feel as though it will do a good job of moisturising my skin. USING THE PRODUCT... This should be applied as required to face body and hands. Because the tube isn't that big, I feel that it wouldn't be viable to apply it to my whole body on a regular basis. I have therefore been using it mainly on my hands and face. A little of the product goes a long way, it is easily absorbed by my skin and leaves no sticky residue. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... The cream is widely available in tube and pot form and in different sizes. The RRP of this size and type is £2.49 although bargains can be found at local bargain stores. VERIDICT... The cream is suiatable for all skin ...

Mane 'n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner 02/08/2017

Fuss free conditioner

Mane 'n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner I bought this alongside the Mane and Tail shampoo because I am always hopeful that using the same shampoo and conditioner will be better for my hair. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT PROMISE?... This is advertised as an exclusive micro-enriched protein formula that leaves the hair soft and shiny, without stripping all the natural goodness out of the hair. It is apparently fortified with moisturisers and emollients to give body, shine and manageability. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING.... Like the shampoo, this is an a fairly industrial looking bottle, again with a picture of a horse and with the instructions and information on the bottle. The conditioner itself is white in colour and for me, has no particular smell. The information about the product says that there is a fragrance but I can't smell anything. I personally don't mind this but for anyone liking a fragranced hair product, it might not be the right conditioner. It is a creamy conditioner and when I pour some onto my hands, it does feel as though it will condition my hair. USING THE PRODUCT... After shampooing, apply a small amount to hair. For best results comb through theN rinse thoroughly. It does lather up nicely when massaged into the hair and rinses out easily. It can also be used as a leave in conditioner, and for this, apply a small amount of conditioner to mid lengths and ends of the hair. I have tried this and it does leave my hair looking and feeling soft although if too much is applied it can feel a bit ...

Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan 28/07/2017

Gradual tanner

Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan It's that time of the year again , pre holiday and wanting to look less pale when out and about. I'd never used this product but had heard a few good things about it and so decided to give it a go. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT PROMISE?... Basically this is a self tanner which promises to give you a gradual natural looking tan Ina few hours. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The product comes in a 200ml bottle which is apparently sufficient for 10full body applications. It has all of the information and instructions around the bottle and a pump action dispenser which is handy because there are recommended amount s for different body parts. The self tanner itself isn't dark brown, but rather a kind of brown beige colour, feels nice and moisturising and has a lovely coconut holiday smell. USING THE PRODUCT... Before I use any self tanner, I always give my skin a good exfoliation because although I used to think that it made no difference, I do now think that the better the prep, the better the tan. I usually use this one my legs if wearing a dress and the suggested amount is three pumps for the thighs and two for bottom of legs. Following these instructions, I apply the product directly to my legs and using a mitt in each hand I massage the product into my legs. I do find that using two mitts helps me to get a more even tan although I appreciate that some of the product is getting lost in the mitt. It massages nice and easily into my skin and whilst it's not dark, I can see where ...

Mane 'n Tail Shampoo 26/07/2017

For a healthy mane

Mane 'n Tail Shampoo I had read a lot about this horse to human crossover shampoo promising fuller longer stronger, healthier hair and was keen to give it a go. WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO? ... This micro-enriched protein formula promises to leave hair soft and shiny, and clean, without stripping away the natural oils. It is apparently fortified with moisturisers and emollients which help to provide body, shine and manageability for healthy-looking hair every time you shampoo. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This is available in In three sizes, with all products looking the same. I bought the middle option to see how I got on with it. The bottle is quite functional looking with all information and instructions written brightly around the bottle and naturally a picture of a couple of horses. To dispense the shampoo, simply lift up the small spout, give the bottle a bit of a squeeze and the product comes out. Because it is quite a thick shampoo, as it gets further down the bottle, the bottle does need a bit of a shake a more of a squeeze to get the shampoo out. The shampoo itself is white in colour, creamy and surprisingly, has a faint floral smell; I was expecting this to be more medicinal smelling. It's nothing overpowering and certainly nothing which I feel would linger in my hair. USING THE SHAMPOO... Squeeze out the shampoo and massage into damp hair, rinse and as with most shampoos, repeat if necessary. This does lather up easily and I feel that I am giving my hair a really good clean. I ...

The Tower Cafe, Newcastle upon Tyne 24/07/2017

Quirky restaurant cafe

The Tower Cafe, Newcastle upon Tyne I was in the Ouseburn area with my daughter when we chanced in this quirky restaurant / cafe. FIRST IMPRESSIONS... The restaurant is located on a quiet street with a couple of cafes close by and a vintage store. The front of the restaurant is in keeping with the area, comfy chairs and tables outside as well as potted plants. On the walls of the building is a colourful mural taking over the whole of the front of the building. INSIDE THE RESTAURANT... The interior is even more eclectic and quirky than outside. The place is small with three or four mis matched tables and mis matched chairs as well as comfy sofas and a low table where people were sitting and chattting. The place is packed with objects and books so there's plenty to look at. At the back of the single room is a small countr where food and drinks are ordered and the one member of staff took our order quickly. THE MENU... The restaurant apparently strives to promote healthy home cooked food and serves a range of pizzas including a gluten free option. I chose the Stepney whilst my daughter opted for the Marguerite. When they arrived they were large with thin base and my pizza had just the right amount of topping... chicken red onion, sweet corn. There wasn't an overload of cheese which I like because sometimes I think that pizzas are too soggy with the cheese. The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol but diners are free to bring their own booze. We had bottles of water with our pizzas and the whole bill came to ...

Palmolive Aquarium Hand Wash 06/07/2017

Bathroom aquarium

Palmolive Aquarium Hand Wash I always have liquid hand wash at the side of the sinks, and tend to pick up whatever takes my fancy when shopping WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO? ... This makes no claims about killing germs and being anti bacterial so I assume that it does the job of leaving hands clean. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and given that the style of it must surely be appealing to children, it must be suitable for children. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The main attraction of this hand wash is the marine scene. There are several scenes to chose from; I picked up the one with a large blue fish in the centre and several orange fish swimming along behind. This fishy picture is I believe on plastic which is held in place inside the bottle while the scenery is directly on the front of the bottle. This gives it a 3D effect. The hand wash itself is white and has a slightly marine smell, nothing floral and overpowering. I like the smell because it's not sweet and does smell clean and fresh. USING THEPRODUCT... Simply press the push down dispenser and the product comes out. A couple of presses are sufficient because this, when added to water does foam up nicely. The hand wash is easy to rinse off and does leave my hands smelling and feeling clean although they don't feel moisturised and so I tend to use hand wash. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... Widely available, this is generally sold for £1 or cheaper. VERDICT... A decent handwash which smells good and does what it says ...

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish 29/06/2017

For a summer glow

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish As summer gets into full flow, I like to use something light on my face but which gives me a bit of a summer healthy glow without looking false tan like. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PRODUCTS... Selling organic products, free from parabens, perfume and alcohol, and using organic botanicals, the tanners have an odour remove technology and a moisture lock system which draws the moisture to the skins surface. The company is based inIreland and originally created anti ageing products. the products are cruelty free and contain no Parabens,Sulfates or Phthalates. WHO IS THE PRODUCT FOR?... This is suitable for all skin types, normal, oily, combination sensitive and dry. WHAT DOES IT DO?... This is a formula for face and body which apparently minimises imperfections and reflects light for HD-ready skin. It promises to make skin tone more even, eradicate dullness, and give a healthy looking glow, as well as a bit of a tan. It can so the instructions tell me also eradicate cellulite. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The 100ml tube is brown in colour with the information and instructions written round the bottle. It has a screw on off lid and when I squeeze out some of the product, it looks and feels like a tinted moisturiser. It is quite dark in colour (I have the medium) and feels creamy but not overly thick. As expected given all of the hype, it has no scent. USING THE PRODUCT... The product can be used on face and body but I have used it only on my seems a bit too expensive ...

Villas Plat, Plat 26/06/2017

Holidaying in croatia

Villas Plat, Plat When I was booking to go to Croatia with my daughter we had a few criteria which decided on the place we would stay. We definitely knew we would like a swimming pool, be close to the sea and also be close to Dubrovnik, and with all of this in mind, this was a reasonably priced and decent looking prospect. WHERE IS IT?... The hotel is situated in a small town, Plat, right on the beach and about 20 minutes south of Dubrovnik if travelling by taxi. It is also not a long transfer time from the airport, about 20 minutes or so, so not a great deal of travelling time, which I like. The hotel is in a small residential town with a couple of restaurants and although we spent two weeks here, we didn't find a supermarket although there must be one. CHECKING IN... We arrived at possibly the hottest time of the day, which was hot, and having past a gate, used to stop too many people parking in the hotel grounds, we were left at reception. The reception area is large with a bar area at one side and the desk at the other complete with tables and sofas. The staff at the desk were really helpful and the check in process was painless and after giving us our key, a young man offered to help us with our bags. Usually I would decline the offer but it was hot and the complex looked very hilly! THE ROOM... The complex is indeed built up a hill and there were lots of steps up to the room since we were at the apartments right at the top. When we got there, the building consisted of about 10 ...
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