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I try to keep my reviews a little light hearted because that's my character and approach on most things. I'm not an English teacher, I didn't "stick in school" so my grammar isn't the best but I feel my reviews are true to my experiences.

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Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream 06/02/2017

Fresh, soft skin from Anew

Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream The Product Range Anew Vitale is a range of skin care available by Avon, the range includes the Anew Vitale Day Cream, Anew Vitale Night Cream, Anew Vitale Eye cream, Anew Vitale Visible Perfection Instant Blurring Cream and Anew Vitale BB Cream SPF 20. Avon Anew offers 4 age ranges in their skin care products *Avon Anew Vitale 25+ *Avon Anew Reversalist 40+ *Avon Anew Ultimate 50+ *Avon Anew Platinum 60+ Each range concentrating on different aspects of ageing to keep skin youthful and fresh. Anew Vitale Claims This range is aimed at ages 25+ plus but can be used before to combat signs of ageing earlier. Avon's caption from the current campaign catalogue (C05 2017) say "flawless-looking skin, everyday". And in fine print "Out of 161 Boots No7 users questioned, 72% preferred Anew when comparing like-for-like products". The website's description on the UK site is very vague compared to the US website so I'll show both. From the Avon UK website ( "With Perfect Cell Complex to help to maximise skin cell turnover, for improved skin quality. SPF 25. 50ml." From the US Website ( "Revive the look and feel of tired skin with Anew Vitale Day Cream. Formulated with VitaTone Complex, it evens out skin tone, while returning vibrancy, reducing dullness and improving clarity. This day cream with SPF protection helps your skin look beautiful and protect it from further sun damage. Comes in a 1.7 oz jar and is suitable for ...

B&Q Brass Effect Internal Locking Door Knob 07/11/2016

Easy D.I.Y Lockable door handle from B&Q

B&Q Brass Effect Internal Locking Door Knob Quick Update on 07/11/16 (8 months later) The door knob is still going strong, everything works fine. I really can't fault this product, it's durable. As a short introduction, I'll just say this. I'm writing this review literally hours after I've bought and installed this handle. The Product B&Q Brass Effect Round Internal Locking Door Knob, Pack of 1. Metal handle with a brass effect for internal use. Price and Availability This is a B&Q branded handle and can be purchased in-store or online for £17. Very reasonable considering I went to 2 independent door and security shops and wasn't quoted less than £35 and was advised to get a joiner to fit it. No thank you! My Story So I live in a 2 bedroom flat and have a friend from work staying in my spare room, he's moving out in the next few weeks. So, I've decided to lease out my second room to students, oil workers, anyone that can pay for it. So in order to feel safer about personal things, I wanted a lock for my bedroom door that wouldn't damage it. So off I went to a few independent shops only to get stupid quotes but some good advice on the type of lock to get. There was currently a round brass handle fitted on the door, so there were options to get a round handle that locks. After mooching this advice for free, I went to B&Q with the frame of thought that they sell EVERYTHING so they must have what I need. I went into B&Q and found the isle with all the locks and came across this handle that's under review. I ...

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 07/11/2016

YSL Black Opium, Femininity that lasts!

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum The Product Packaging YSL Black Opium is presented in a black box with pink edges and a sparkly YSL logo on it, the gift set is presented in a similar styled box. The bottle is a sturdy, quite short and wide bottle presented in sparkly black (it almost looks like sequins in some lights) with a glass circle in the middle which is great for seeing how much you have left. From Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent – new glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU? Top Notes - Black Coffee Heart Notes - White Florals Base Notes - Vanilla Price and Availability This perfume is available in both Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, the difference is price is only about £10 with the 50ml size EDP coming in at anything from £50-£66 (£66 is the RRP so when shopping around, don't over pay) and the Eau de Toilette coming in at anything from £40-£55. Make sure you take the gift sets into consideration when buying this product, personally I bought the 50ml Eau de Parfum gift set for £66, the same price as the 50ml bottle on its own. Within the gift set you get the 50ml bottle and a 7.5ml handbag sized miniature bottle, handy for occasions when you use a smaller bag (not that you'll need to top this fragrance ...

Carmex Lip Balm Pot 16/03/2016

Soft kissable lips from old faithful Carmax

Carmex Lip Balm Pot The Product I first bought this when I was in Boots looking for something to repair my lips when they were dry and chapped a couple of years ago. I found Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm for £2.69 and, despite trying others regularly, I always land back to the original Carmex Lip Balm Pot. The product comes in a 7.5g pot with a screw off lid, the pot is white with the signature yellow Carmex top and the Carmex logo. The product smells quite herbal to me and is a yellow colour in the pot. I quite like the smell but some people don't. I like to think of Lip Balm like medicine, if medicine tastes bad, it works. If lip balm smells herbal/menthol, it works. Anytime I try something fruity it's just a let down. The product claims to sooth dry and chapped lips with long lasting relief. I'd have to agree, the only time I get dry lips again is when I change product, I never learn. Ingredients camphor, menthol, petrolatum, lanolin, cetyl esters, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, paraffin, beeswax, flavor, salicylic acid, phenol The petrolatum in the lip balm helps to barrier the lips to allow the healing process and the lanolin helps to retain moisture. Price and Availability Carmex is widely available in most supermarkets, pharmacies, beauty stores and even some corner shops! It varies in price but is usually around the £2.50 mark. You can often get it on offer for a little cheaper or as I do, use your Boots points to buy it so you feel like you get it for free (love me a ...

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum 15/03/2016

Jimmy Choo, it ain't all about them shoes!

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum The Product My review is on the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum, first launched is 2011. The perfume comes in a patterned bottle that you can see through, so you'll always know how much you have left and is presented in a pink and black snake skin design box with a black/silver Jimmy Choo logo on it. This fragrance is also available in Eau de Toilette but for the sake of a few pounds, I'd recommend sticking to the EDP, purely for the staying power and the more intense fragrance. (from fragrance Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent and with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Is is a fragrance inspired by modern women, strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality. This fragrance, in my opinion, is the epiphany of feminine class. It's scent notes are as follows. Top Notes Pear Nectar, Sweet Italian Orange Heart Tiger Orchard Base Notes Sweet Toffee Caramel, Indonesian Patchouli The combination of these notes makes for an amazing fragrance, in my honest opinion. Price and Availability This fragrance in available in 3 sizes, 40ml, 60ml and 100ml. It's also available in Eau de Toilette but the price variance from EDT to EDP is very little and the Eau de Parfum smells just that little bit stronger. I'd advise you to test both before making a purchase as the EDP ...

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette 14/03/2016

Fruity spring fragrance from D&G

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette The Product D&G 3 L'Impératice is part of a collection by Dolce & Gabbana called Anthology inspired by tarot cards. This particular one is "The Empress". The collection started off as a 5 piece collection that was unisex but has since become a collection of 9 fragrances divided into men and women's fragrances with this one coming under the women's. The product comes in a 100ml classic clear glass bottle with the D&G logo and a simple white label on it. The Anthology fragrance collection is only available in Eau De Toilette. Top Notes Rhubarb Red Current Kiwi Heart Watermelon Base Notes Sandalwood Musk Grapefruit Price and Availability This fragrance can be found in many common retailers such as Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser and The Perfume Shop but retail around £41-£43. If you shop around online, you can find it much cheaper. I found it on fragrance direct for just £25.95 + P&P. So if you fancy trying this, I'd advise you to go to one of the top retailers next time you're in town to sample it and then shop around online to save some money. My Use Of The Product I've only recently started using this fragrance in the past week or 2 after finishing a bottle of Jimmy Choo and I must say, I've had a few comments on it, all of them good. I find this to be a very feminine fragrance because it's so fruity. I'd even go as far as to say it's quite a "young" fragrance, I couldn't imagine smelling this on an old lady on the bus (they all wear rose and lavender ...

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings 11/03/2016

"Blissful" weight loss from Slim Fast

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings The Product SlimFast Blissful Banana Flavour Powder Shake is designed to be part of a healthy 3-2-1 diet from Slim Fast for weight loss and management. Each shake supplements 1 meal. Each shake is high in protein with 15g of protein, 4g of fibre and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving and only 230 calories. It is quite high in sugar though with a whopping 20g per serving. One tub is 438g and makes 12 servings of the milk shake, it comes with a measuring scoop inside for easy mixing. The shake is really easy to make, 250ml of skimmed milk with 2 scoops of the powder, mix it up either in a shake bottle or with a blender and drink. Due to the high sugar content in the shake you can imagine it tastes very sweet, but it does taste of banana also. The consistency of the shake is slightly different to shop-bought milkshakes, it's thinner but still tastes great when mixed right. Ingredients Ingredients Skimmed Milk Powder , Sugar , Maltodextrin , Fructose , Corn Oil , Inulin , Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum) , Lactose , Bulking Agent (Cellulose) , Milk Proteins , Stabilisers (Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Potassium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate) , Flavour , Colour (Beta-Carotene) , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) , Vitamins and Minerals1 , Antioxidants (Tocopherol-Rich Extract) , Sodium Ascorbate , 1Vitamins and Minerals: Magnesium Oxide, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Vitamin C, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin E, Niacin, Vitamin A, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenite, ...

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub 11/03/2016

Softer, fruitier skin from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub The Product The Body Shop Mango Body scrub is a gentle exfoliant with mango seed oil to help moisturise skin. With exfoliating salt and sugar. The product claims to remove dead skin cells, stimulate skin microcirculation and leave skin feeling smooth and soft and I agree. The scrub has a fresh mango scent and leaves skin feeling great. Th product comes in a durable plastic pot with a mango motif and the signature The Body Shop logo on it. The product looks slightly gritty, it reminds me of how butter and sugar look together melting in a pan. You can see the oils in it if you look close enough. Ingredients Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Capsicum frutescens (Capsicum Extract) (Natural Additive), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Amylcinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Rosmarinus ...

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel/Cream 11/03/2016

Get fruity when you're steamy with The Body Shop!

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel/Cream The Product The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel is a soap-free cleanser with satsuma fruit extract. Available in a 250ml bottle or you can purchase it in shop-made gift sets in-store. The smell is incredible. It's very sweet and zesty smelling, and is true to it's claim of being satsuma based. I can smell the zingy satsuma fragrance all through my flat for about 30minutes after having a shower and I love it. The smell lingers on your skin throughout the day and leaves your skin feeling clean. The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a snap top lid for easy access when showering and has a satsuma motif with the classic The Body Shop logo on it. Ingredients are printed on the back. Ingredients Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH Adjuster), Mel/Honey (Natural Additive), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract/Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Benzophenone-4 (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Hexyl Cinnamal ...

Dove Cleansing Bar 09/03/2016

Creamy goodness from Dove

Dove Cleansing Bar The Product From the Dove Website ( For skin that's soft and smooth, turn to the Dove beauty bar. With ¼ moisturising cream, it goes beyond cleansing, nourishing as it washes away the day… The secret to beautiful skin is moisture, and no other bar hydrates skin better than Dove. That’s because Dove isn’t a soap bar, it’s a Beauty Bar. While ordinary soaps can strip skin of essential nutrients, Dove beauty bar has mild cleansers to care for skin as it cleans. With our ¼ moisturising cream, Dove Beauty Bar leaves your face and body feeling soft, smooth, and more radiant than ordinary soap. You can see why we call it a beauty bar. Ingredients Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891, Ingredients correct at time of publishing. Always check product packaging Price and Availability This product can be bought in a few weights and quantities. The most frequent is 4 x 100g bars for around the £2 price mark. I bought a 75g bar for £1 from a convenience store because I didn't shop around, but it's available for much less. It's widely available in most supermarkets, pharmacies and beauty stores like boots, ...

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel 09/03/2016

Subtle fruitiness from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel The Product The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel is a soap-free cleansing shower gel with mango fruit extract. The product is available in different sizes and many gift sets if you shop in-store. The smell from the bottle is quite strong and sweet and when you use the product, your bathroom smells lovely afterwards. Just a lovely fruity mango smell. Although it smells quite strong in the bottle and in the air after use, the scent left on the skin is subtle enough not to over power any perfume you want to wear. This pairs really well with the Mango Body Whip, which I love and have also reviewed. The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle no matter what size you buy it in, larger bottles with a pump top are available. Ingredients Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower Oil) (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Mangifera indica (Mango (Mangifera Indica) Extract) (Natural Additive), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), ... 08/03/2016

Excellent service and deals from yankee The Site The site is exactly what it says on the tin, it's everything yankee. The site stocks all the latest, greatest and classic yankee scents in all formats along with all the different accessories you can purchase to compliment your scents or make your yankee life easier. The site is very easy to navigate round with everything in categories and sub-categories. The Categories Special Offers where you can find anything and everything that is reduced in price or on promotion. Jar Candles which then has sub-catagories for the size you're looking to shop for. Accessories where you can find everything from shades and trays to wax burners to lids to wick trimmers. Tea Lights which is exactly what is say, it's the range of tea light candles. Samplers These are small votives that you can buy to sample a scent before dedicating yourself to a larger purchase. Wax Tarts Stock up on your little tarts for your wax burner here! Car and Home Fragrance Here you can find the yankee range of car scents, reed diffusers and plug-ins. What's New Here is where you can find information on new fragrances, special appearances (like easter or christmas promotional scents) and sometimes any news the site has. Prices Everything is standard yankee prices but there is always some kind of discounted scents or accessories on offer, rough price guide below. Large Jar - £20 Medium Jar - £17 Small Jar - £8 Tea Lights - £6.75 per box of 12 Samplers/Votives - £1.75 Large Pillar - ...

Indola Innova Color Silver Shampoo 07/03/2016

Easy toning for a brighter blonde from Indola

Indola Innova Color Silver Shampoo The Product Innova Colour Silver Shampoo from Indola Exclusively Professional. (Information from the bottle) Cools and brightens white, grey or blonde hair as it cleans. This colour purifying shampoo is formulated with a specialist caring agent and neutralises brassy yellows whilst repairing hair structure. Instrustions For Use (Information from the bottle) Use weekly. For white/grey hair leave in for 1-3 minutes. For blonde hair rinse immediately. Ingredients Aqua (water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoaamphodiacetate, Glycol Disterate, Laureth-2, Sodium Benzoate, Benzophenone-4, Laureth-4, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyquaternium-10, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Carbomer, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acid Violet 43, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract. Easy Description Silver shampoo is violet tone based. Violet tones neutralise yellow tones in the hair. So if your hair is blonde, using this shampoo will brighten your blonde and make it look cleaner. Make sure you rinse it immediately for blondes, if you leave it in your hair too long and your hair is porous (damaged and more sensitive making it act like a sponge) it will take on the violet tone. This means your lovely blonde could have a blue/violet tinge to it. If your hair is naturally white/grey, and especially if you're a smoker, this shampoo will ...

Wella Professionals Dry Create Character Texturising Spray 07/03/2016

Amazing style creations, made easy by Wella Professionals.

Wella Professionals Dry Create Character Texturising Spray The Product Wella Professionals Dry Create Character Texturising Spray is designed to enhance the texture and natural curl in hair. "Enhance your inner curl with the Wella Professionals Dry Create Character Texturising Spray. Moulding your waves into a silken dream, get curls and twists even the A-list would envy with this haircare staple" The product comes in a silver spray bottle, not an aerosol. The bottle size is 150ml Directions for Use Spray on damp hair, then manipulate waves or curls as desired. Air dry into naturally energetic curls. Ingredients Aqua, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Propylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, PVP, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Methylparaben, Ceteareth-20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Laurtrimonium Chloride, Hydroxycitronellal, CI15510, CI17200 My Experience As A Stylist This product is great for anyone with naturally wavy or curly hair. With a Wella hold level of 3, it provides your hair with a stable hold and finish. Now, before I go any further.. To get one thing crystal clear, if you have naturally straight hair, this product isn't going to magically make it curly. Your hair needs to have a natural texture/movement to it already. My own hair is naturally straight so I don't use this on myself but I use it on a few of my clients with great results. I have a client with a natural wave to her ...

Wella Professionals Oil Reflections 05/03/2016

Fantastic shine from Wella's Oil Reflections!

Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Wella Professionals Oil Reflections * Information on the box Anti-oxidant smoothening oil, for exceptional colour reflectivity with Macadamia oil, avocado oil & vitamin E. Our most multi-sensorial oil, with Macadamia seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, known as a natural anti-oxidant, smoothes hair for a glossy shine and luscious lightweight suppleness. Professionals Oil Reflections makes Wella Professionals colours up to 86% more reflective. With an enchanting sensual fragrance vs. low conditioning shampoo. Advised Use * Information on the box For Professional Results: Apply 1-2 pumps, distribute evenly throughout the mid-lengths and ends. Multi-use: apply on damp hair for smoothening and suppleness or on dry hair for a beautiful shine reflection. Salon Exclusive. Ingredients Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Alcohol Denat, Parfum, Tacopheryl Acetate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Aqua, Persea Gratissima Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. Packaging The oil comes in a glass bottle with an easy to use pump, similar style pump to what you find on foundations. The bottle is incased in a plastic box, brown in colour with orange/yellow reflection motifs on it. The box alone screams professional and expensive. My Usage Of The Product I use this oil on myself and my friends/family. As an ex hairdresser that keeps my hand in the trade, this oil is a great tool for me. A little goes a really long way, a 100ml bottle of this ...
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