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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 ...

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand & Nail Lotion 20/06/2017

Decent hand cream

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand & Nail Lotion I always like to have hand cream in my bag as I find that my hands can dry out quite quickly.i have no loyalty to any one particular brand but tend to buy a well known brand and something which promises intensive moisturising. WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?... This contains keratin and micro droplets of Vaseline jelly, which promises to deeply moisturise and help heal very dry hands. It also apparently strengthens nails making them less likely to ship and break, and states that within two weeks nails will be ten times stronger. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This comes in a pink 75ml tube with the information and instructions written all around the tube. It has a flip up and flip back down lid and the hand cream is dispensed through a hole at the top of the tube. The hand cream itself is white I. Colour and has a nice creamy consistency and a ain't sweet smelling scent. When I massage some into my hands it doesn't feel greasy and is quickly absorbed, leaving my hands non sticky but with a nice lingeringbut not cloying floral smell. USING THE PRODUCT... I find that if my hands are really dry, this is absorbed really quickly and so depending on the dryness of my hands, I need to use different amounts of the hand cream. I tend to have this near the sink and use it whenever I have wet and dried my hands, which seems to keep any dryness at bay. It sits on its lid and the only trouble I find when applying the product is that when I lift up the lid, the hand cream comes out ...

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm 12/06/2017

Nourishing but pricey

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm I do like the Elemis products and whilst they are expensive, I find that they do deliver and do as they promise. WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?... This is sold as a super cleansing treatment balm which deep cleanses, softens and nourishes the skin. It apparently dissolves make-up, daily grime and pollutants leaving skin renewed and giving a glowing complexion. It is suitable for all skin types. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... This comes in a 105g plastic pot, very simple packaging with the name of the product on the front and instructions and information on a peel off strip on the bottom. I get to the product by unscrewing the silver lid. It is yellowish in colour and has a faint citrus/marine spa type scent. It's not floral and neither masculine or feminine but more something I would find in a spa. It looks quite waxy and has a sheen to it, and when I touch it, it feels solid to the touch. It can melt when it is in a warm environment but it does reset and I don't think this change of state affects performance. USING THE PRODUCT... A 10p piece sized amount is sufficient, and this should be warmed in the palms of hands. When I do this, what is solid turns oily and with a more distinct smell. Once it is more of a liquid constistency, it should be massaged into the face and neck and removed with a damp cleansing cloth (provided in box). I have also used this as a more nourishing and moisturising treatment by applying the product and leaving it for ten minutes before wiping ...

Boots Dual Action Ear Wax Remover 09/06/2017

Helping me to hear

Boots Dual Action Ear Wax Remover For no apparent reason and quite suddenly, my right ear completely blocked up, causing real discomfort. A visit to the pharmacist assured me that it was wax but when I phoned the doctor, they told me I had to have applied drops for three weeks before they could syringe my ear. Three weeks of muffled sounds headaches and feeling at odds with myself! WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?... This is basically an ear wax remover which apparently softens and removes hardened ear wax and reduces the need for stringing, they do this by gently releasing oxygen to help disperse the wax. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The product comes in a box clearly stating the type of product and with the instructions and information written around the sides. Inside the box is a small instruction leaflet and the small 10ml bottle of the product. The bottle unscrews and reveals a dropper type dispenser. USING THE PRODUCT... Tilt head to the side and release five drops into the ear. This in itself is quite tricky because I can't see how many drops are going in and can just feel the liquid. When the oily feeling liquid is in the ear, keep head tilted to the side for it to work it's magic and then wipe the excess oil away. When I apply it, it does feel very oily and there is a faint bubbling sensation which is apparently quite normal. I assume this is the oxygen breaking up the wax so I feel heartened by this. The thing to remember is not to give in to temptation and press the dropper right into the ear, ...

Max Factor Translucent Loose Powder 24/05/2017

Very loose powder

Max Factor Translucent Loose Powder I prefer loose powder and whilst I don't use it very often always like to have some in the house. WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?... This is an ultra fine translucent loose powder which suits all skin tones, blends with any foundation and which helps keep make up in place all day. It is dermatologically tested and apparently won't feel dry on the face. PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The powder comes in a black plastic tub and when I lift up the lid, inside there is a powder puff which I don't use as I always apply with a brush. As advertised, the powder has a mesh sieve which is supposed to dispense the perfect amount of powder. This is not the case. The sieve is not attached to anything and so doesn't contain the powder. This means that when the lid is opened, the powder spills out of the sides, on top of the mesh, everywhere except under the sieve for easy dispensing. The powder itself is fine and being translucent is great for applying over foundation. USING THE POWDER... The powder should be applied after foundation concealer and blusher to set your look. In theory the application of powder is very simple, just tip up the tub, and let a small amount come out of the mesh, put the brush in the powder, apply loose powder to the back of the hand, tap off the excess and dust over the face. Not so with this powder. I lift up the lid and there is powder on the edges, in the lid, and in fact everywhere close by. I find myself having to open the pot over the sink to minimise ...
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