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Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion 22/03/2017

A Summer Body All Year Round!

Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion Introduction This is a product I purchased several months ago. It's something I use now and then to help improve the way my skin looks. I have used a lot of Garnier products in the past and the quality of their products tends to be very good so my first purchase of this lotion was based on the reputation of the brand and my previous experience of using other products in their range. What Is It? 'Summer Body' is a moisturising lotion and also a subtle tanning lotion. The product provides the same hydration as a body lotion but also "gradually builds a natural looking tan". There are two variations in this range. One of them provides a "deep sun-kissed look" and is aimed at those with normal to dark skin tones and the other provides a "light sun-kissed look" and is for those who have paler skin tones. I would advise you read the bottles very carefully as the two products look virtually identical at first sight and they are easy to confuse. A small piece of text at the bottom of the front of the bottle distinguishes the two types. The text is also slightly darker on the "deep sun-kissed" variety. I'm reviewing the "deep sun-kissed" product. Packaging This comes in a 250ml sized peach coloured bottle. The bottle may be recyclable but you will need to check this with your local council authority. There is a lid on the top of the bottle which has a large and sturdy lip and can be flicked up very easily. It clicks back own into place and is reasonably secure. However if I was ...

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation Ivory 010 21/03/2017

Skin As Smooth As Satin?

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation Ivory 010 Introduction I needed a new foundation and I thought I'd try something different instead of buying my usual L'oreal product. I liked the sound of this Maybelline Dream Satin Foundation and I trust the brand after using many of their make-up products in the past. I wanted to buy online so I used a foundation colour matcher website to find out my perfect shade in this range. To get the best result for this you need to input your ideal shade from your regular brand and then the shade that is most similar to this is recommended. I was told that the Ivory 010 would suit my skin tone. I was pleased to discover that the foundation was a few pounds cheaper than my regular brand so I went ahead and completed the purchase. Packaging This comes in a 30ml sized glass botttle. The bottle is heavy and has a thick base. It's not an ideal weight for carrying around in a make-up bag when travelling but the bottle does feel unbreakable! It has a plastic top which clicks into position when pressure is applied. I find the top to be extremely secure so it never comes off when the product rolls around in my make-up kit. The top is easy to remove and underneath is a pump action button. This pump wobbles a bit and I'm always very careful to press it straight down and not move it around too much. I get the feeling that the pump button could actually break off fairly easily. The button needs to be pressed multiple times when first using the product but after this you can squeeze it gently until the ...

Pitrok Crystal Deodorant 19/03/2017

Crystal Clean?

Pitrok Crystal Deodorant Introduction I bought this Pitrok Crystal Roll On Deodorant in my local Boots the chemist a few weeks ago. It was reduced down to 50p to clear stock and I thought that was a good price for any deodorant product. At home I searched online for more information about the product and I was shocked to find out that the usual price for this deodorant was actually £4.05. I was keen to find out why this was so pricey and whether the quality actually matched the price tag! Packaging This comes in a small 50ml plastic bottle which has a distinctive gold top. The front of the bottle shows the logo and product name in front of an intricate floral design. The product is labelled as being "fragranced for women although the brand also sell a fragrance free version of this which would be suitable for men. The back of the bottle is printed with an extensive amount of information about the product. There is a lot to read although I think it is important to have this information available because this product has some very special features. Why Is It Special? This is a deodorant based on "pure natural mineral salts" and the formula contains natural ingredients including aloe vera and grapefruit seed. Aloe Vera has skin soothing and healing properties whilst grapefruit seed has a pleasant, sweet fragrance and it is also known to kill bacteria. The brand explain that the deodorant works because the "PitRok crystal is a natural bacteriostatic agent" which helps attack the bacteria that ...

W7 Powder Blush Tawny 17/03/2017

A Budget Brand Blusher...

W7 Powder Blush Tawny Introduction I discovered the brand W7 a few years ago and started purchasing their products on a regular basis. I also have managed to get a few freebies from the brand and I just love using anything from their diverse range. I am impressed that a budget brand like this can offer such good quality products and I am often recommending the brand to family and friends. I purchased this 'Powder Blush' because it was very cheap and I wanted to review it on my vlog. About The Brand W7 is a British brand which was formed in London in 2002 by a couple of young men who were passionate about designing an affordable but high quality range of make-up for women. The brand now have over 500 different products for sale which they offer for sale directly through their website. You can also find W7 at selected UK stores and online from independent retailers. What Is It? W7 make a variety of different blushers to fit your needs. This particular product is described as a "pigmented blush with a matte finish". It's a pressed powder blusher which comes as a single colour in an individual case. There are four different shades in this range. The company state they do not test on animals and withdraw sales from areas where animal testing is compulsory. Packaging This blusher comes in a flat oval shaped case which is larger than I imagined it would be when I first ordered this online. It fits in the palm of my hand but it is slightly bigger than I want it to be for putting in my make-up ...

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss 15/03/2017

Pink Pout!

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss Introduction I am a bit of an addict when it comes to using make-up products on my lips! I have been using the Maybelline Baby Lip balms for many years and usually have a handful of different coloured balms at home to use. The Maybelline lip balms are my favourite product from the brand so when I discovered there was also a lip gloss in the 'Baby Lips' range I was very keen to try the product. Packaging This comes in a tube which looks long and as though there will be a lot of gloss inside but once the top is removed the bottle is very tiny. It actually is only a 5ml sized product with the lid accounting for the length of the whole tube. I do think this is a rather small sized gloss. I have many other glosses at home and they tend to average at around 8ml in size. The fact that this Maybelline product is priced at around the same price as larger gloss products from other brands is something I'm unhappy about and something you may wish to consider before purchasing. The bottle is transparent so you can see the difference in shades if you purchase more than one of these glosses. However, the colour you see in the bottle is not what you get on your lips. The glosses tend to look very watery and sheer on the lips. I actually have a few shades in this range and they are all the same. The colour appears very dark and dense in the tube and then it goes onto the lips and has a 'barely there' effect. The applicator is a small soft sponge which absorbs the gloss and then deposits ...

Dettol disinfectant spray 12/03/2017

A Useful & Powerful Disinfectant!

Dettol disinfectant spray A am reviewing the Dettol All In One Disinfectant Spray. I recently bought this product because I was looking for a disinfectant spray that I could use on hard surfaces as well as on upholstery. Many years ago I used to use a similar product called Oust 3-in-1 but this was discontinued. This Dettol All In One is the only other similar product I've been able to find since then. I've actually used this product once or twice before now and have continued purchasing it because it meets my needs very well. Packaging This comes in a large aerosol cannister. This is 400mls in size and it's a heavy, thick can which requires a little bit more space in the cupboard than other cleaning products. The aerosol has a spray top. It doesn't have a protective lid but the top is designed so that the spray button is indented in a large plastic casing. It means that the actual spray nozzle is well protected and will not be damaged easily. I find the button on this aerosol very strange. The hard plastic button is slanted at a steep almost 90 degree angle. When you press the button it feels like you are pushing it sideways rather than pushing it down. I had to adjust to this as it's an unusual product design. The slanting button means it is easy for your finger to slide upwards as you push. It's a little awkward and I see no advantage to designing the button and nozzle like this. The can is printed with a lot of useful information. There is a handy illustration on the front of the can which ...

Burt's Bees Peony Lip Shimmer 08/03/2017

Happy Lips!

Burt's Bees Peony Lip Shimmer Introduction I really enjoy using make-up products on my lips and I have a large collection of balms, lipsticks and glosses at home. My lips actually feel naked and sore if I don't use a product on them and I suppose you could call me a lip balm junky! I've used several products from the Burt's Bees make-up collection and when shopping online a few weeks ago I decided to add this 'Lip Shimmer' to my collection. I bought it because I liked the shade and I thought it would be a versatile and pleasing product. What Is It? Burt's Bees have a collection of products for the lips. This one they call a 'Lip Shimmer'. They also sell lipsticks, tinted and clear lip balms, lip crayons, lip glosses and 'lip shines'. So what is the difference? Well, to categorise these products as simply as I can: the lipsticks and lip crayons are dense lip colours, the lip glosses and the 'lip shines' offer a fluid 'wet' look whilst the lip balm collection includes a tinted range, some basic functional clear balms and the lip shimmer. The Lip Shimmer product is basically a tinted lip balm with a sparkly base. It has a creamier consistency to the Burt's Bees lip balms and it offers a more glamorous finish. The brand offer a range of colours in this product with pale pinks, peaches, coral reds, biscuit browns and rich plums being available. The Burt's Bees website currently have eleven shades listed as available in this product. They have recently added two new colours to the range called 'Apricot' ...

Cif Kitchen Ultrafast 06/03/2017

Tackles Daily Dirt!

Cif Kitchen Ultrafast Introduction I often buy household cleaning products if they are on offer and this is the reason why I purchased this Cif Kitchen Ultrafast cleaner. It was only £1 so it was slightly cheaper than the product I normally buy. I thought the product looked promising and because my kitchen sees a lot of action I really need a cleaning product that will be effective! The Packaging This product comes in a 450ml sized spray bottle. It's a tall, slim bottle with a slender neck and a spray gun top. The neck has one ridged edge which is designed to allow you to grip the bottle and I find the raised nodules allow my fingertips to stay in place so when I'm pulling the trigger on the spray gun the bottle doesn't slip. I find that the bottle shape and size means I can store this on a shelf without it taking up much room. It also slots into a cupboard next to other products very easily. I never fear that the bottle will leak accidentally because the spray gun nozzle can be twisted into an 'on' or 'off' position. The label on the bottle is a wrap around one and needs to be cut off when the bottle is empty before the plastic can be recycled. The brand logo is fairly prominent on the bottle and the colour of the label, a orange-yellow background, can help distinguish this product from the rest of the Cif range. The front of the bottle is marked with some helpful information for people who might pick this up in a supermarket and need quick information about what the product can achieve. ...

NYX Cosmetics Blusher Mosaic Powder Blush 04/03/2017

I Love Blushing!

NYX Cosmetics Blusher Mosaic Powder Blush Introduction I have been trying out many different make-up brands lately and one of the products I added to my collection was this NYX Cosemetics Mosaic Powder Blusher. The brand offer a range of nine different shades in this range and I am reviewing the one called 'LOVE'. I purchased this particular variety because I thought the shades of the blushers in the palette would suit my skin tone and personality. What Is It? This product basically offers a "mosaic" of blusher colours in one product. The palette is comprised of five different shades and you can either choose to apply just one of these or simply pick all of the shades up on the same brush. The product comes in a little round pot which has a clicking lid which can be opened easily and which is also easy to snap down. I feel the weight of the product is very light and I am happy to carry this around in my make-up bag. I feel certain the lid would never pop open accidentally. The pot has a label on the base which shows the colour variety alongside a list of full ingredients. The product is marked as "cruelty free" and "hypoallergenic". Overall it's a nice looking blusher case but it is not very unique and it does not look very chic or as though it belongs to an upmarket brand. It looks like a high street brand product. The palette design is arranged to look like a camera shutter as it is closing so the central shade is a small square dot whilst there is a little more substance to the other colours. I imagine that ...

Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss 02/03/2017

Let Me Give You A Big Juicy Kiss!

Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss Introduction One of my favourite make-up products is lip gloss and I enjoy using a lot of different types of gloss from a lot of different brands. I decided to buy one of these Lancome Juicy Tubes because I liked the shade and I have used products from this brand in the past and liked the quality of the products. These lip glosses are often mentioned by beauty experts as being one of the best lip glosses you can buy. I am reviewing the shade 'Caramel Gospel'. Packaging This product comes in a little box which has a lot of the product information printed on the front. The box looks very chic with the Lancome logo emblazoned on the top and their floral motif edged in gold. I think this gloss would make a nice gift because of the elegance of this outer packaging. The gloss itself comes in a 15ml sized malleable tube. The plastic is soft and easy to squeeze, allowing you to pinch the very end of the tube and pump the gloss towards the dispensing end. I imagine that every last drop of this gloss will be able to be accessed. The tube has a screw off top which I find very easy to remove and to secure. The end of the tube has a hard plastic slanted edge with a hole in the middle where the gloss oozes out. The shape of the applicator means you can spread the gloss over a wide area of the lips but also get a more precise application up in the arches of the lips and in the thin corners of the mouth too. The Formula The first thing I notice about this gloss is the fragrance. It ...

Ewbank Carpet Sweeper 27/02/2017

Sweeps Me Off My Feet!

Ewbank Carpet Sweeper Introduction I bought one of these Ewbank Carpet Sweepers a few years ago and have used it regularly ever since then. I had three dogs at the time and I was very used to my electric vacuum cleaners breaking down due to the amount of hairs that would go through the systems. The breakdowns often happened at the most inopportune times like holiday periods when shops were shut and I couldn't immediately replace the product or perhaps when guests were just about to visit. I therefore decided to buy one of these floor sweepers as a 'back up' in case I didn't have access to an electric vacuum. I have actually found that the carpet sweeper is more handy than I imagined it would be and have used it more often than I imagined I would when I first bought it. About The Product The Ewbank Carpet Sweeper is a manual carpet sweeper designed to pick up from both carpets and hard floors. It features a long handle with a lightweight 'dustpan' on the base of the model. This base features two sections which collect the dust and dirt and a large, sturdy roller brush. This model has been described as having an "8 inch sweeping path" which I find covers a smaller area than any electric vacuum I've ever used. However, the smaller sized base means this is easier to pick up and carry around and it can also be pushed into awkward areas such as underneath furniture. When I first purchased this model it required self-assembly of the handle as there are several pieces to screw together. This is easy ...

Marks & Spencer Florentyna Body Lotion 25/02/2017

Flower Power!

Marks & Spencer Florentyna Body Lotion Introduction I was given this body lotion by an older friend as a gift quite recently. The lotion is currently available to buy from Marks and Spencer although the product seems to have had a packaging re-design. The packaging on my body lotion (as shown in my photo) is significantly different to the tube which is currently on sale although the actual body lotion formula is the same. The foam bath which is currently for sale has the exact same bottle design as the lotion which I'm reviewing. There is, in fact, a wide range of products in the Florentyna range available from Marks and Spencer. This includes perfume, shower cream, body spray and even a home diffuser. It's not a range I had heard of before receiving this gift but now that I've used the product I am more likely to consider the whole range in the future. Packaging This body lotion was initially in a rectangular shaped box which is shiny white with a floral design. Helpful details like a list of full ingredients as well as contact information for the brand appear printed onto the box. The box looks very pretty and feminine and makes the product look like the ideal gift. The bottle of this lotion is very special. It is a teardrop shaped 250ml sized bottle in transparent, recyclable plastic. You are able to see the lotion through the bottle so this makes it easy to see how much of the product is left in the bottle. The label on the front of the bottle features a floral print which is very eye catching, feminine ...

NYX Cosmetics Doll Eye Mascara Black Long Lash 23/02/2017

As Pretty As A Doll!

NYX Cosmetics Doll Eye Mascara Black Long Lash Introduction I like to change my mascara products more frequently than anything else in my make-up kit. I've had some health problems with my eyes in the past and I also wear contact lenses so I like to make sure that I'm using fresh make up items. I aim to use a mascara for only three months now before I get a new product. Although it is costly, one benefit of this quick turnover means I get to try different brands and products that I might never have tried in the past when using my mascaras for longer periods of time. I feel more adventurous about getting products I've never used before. I saw this NYX Doll Eye Mascara when I was doing some online shopping and I thought it sounded like a fun product to try. I have used several other products from this brand before and I find that they offer good quality products at a price I can afford. They aren't the most unique or individual brand and tend to follow trends and fashions rather than lead the way but they offer a wide range of well made items ideal for women of all ages. Packaging The mascara comes in an 8g sized tube. There are three varieties of this mascara available: Long Lash Black, Waterproof Black and Volume Black. The variety is printed onto the front of the tube so you can easily tell them apart if you opt to buy more than one variety. The tube is long and slim although it has a bulging waist. I'm not entirely sure there is any benefit to this shape other than to make the packaging look nice! Having used the ...

Strepsils Lozenges 21/02/2017

Soothe Your Sore Throat...

Strepsils Lozenges Introduction I've had a couple of nasty colds over the past few months. It isn't that unusual for me to become sick during the winter and I often have a supply of products at home that I can access as soon as I feel a cold coming on. One of the products I tend to buy quite often are these Strepsils lozenges. I'm reviewing the 'original' variety here although they are sold in different flavours too. The brand know that a sore throat can sometimes feel very dry and other times can feel congested so each flavour in the range has a specific benefit. The 'original' variety is aimed at those with "dry and scratchy" throats. They are lozenges designed to ease the soreness and to also help fight the bacteria that is causing the infection. I also find that the lozenges help me to breathe a little easier although the brand don't confirm this as one of the benefits of the product. The Pack The Strepsils come in a pack of 16 lozenges. They come boxed with two sheets of lozenges inside. Each lozenge is encased in a separate compartment with a foil covering over the top. The foil can be sliced with a fingernail to get at the lozenge or you can pop the lozenge out by pressing on the soft plastic cover on the other side of the foil. In either case it is simple to do. The box is printed with lots of useful information including details about the active ingredients, warnings about consumption and dosage instructions. The active ingredients here are: 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg and ...

NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Iced Mocha 19/02/2017

An Affordable and Good Quality Eye Shadow...

NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Iced Mocha Introduction I enjoy wearing eye shadow products and will buy any brand if I like the shade. NYX (pronounced 'Nicks') is a brand I've used in the past and which I find to be affordable and good quality. I bought this online when I was shopping and I based my purchase on the colour of the eye shadow, how the packaging looked and the price of the product. Packaging NYX produce various eye shadow products but this is part of their 'mono' eye shadow range so it comes as a single colour in a little case. I have this in a square case but I believe the brand have redesigned the packaging of their single eye shadows and they now come in a small circular case. The square cases are from slightly older stock although the eye shadow will remain fresh and usable for a long time so I would still buy these ones in the square cases in the future. The case is lightweight and portable with a clicking lid which stays shut when it is pressed down. I wouldn't be concerned about this lid opening up if I had the product in a make up bag which I was carrying around in my suitcase or handbag. The lid is easy to open up as well as there is a little lip on the edge which can be flicked up using a fingertip or your nail. The actual design of the case is quite pretty. The top of the case has a see-through section which is emblazoned with the NYX logo and the pattern on the plastic mimics the shape of the eye shadow inside with four diamond peaks. It is easy to see the shade through the top section ...
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