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The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lilly 18/09/2014

An ultra fine lily

The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lilly I have received so many shower puffs as part of gift sets that I never thought I would need to buy one for myself but I have finally got to the bottom of my stockpile. I decided to invest in one from The Body Shop as I liked the sound of their ultra fine version. It wasn't the cheapest at £2 but not exactly expensive either. The Body Shop actually call what I call a shower puff, a bath lily, but you may also know them as a shower scrunchie. They are those round ruffled things made of (plastic?) netting that you use to get more lather from your shower gel or body wash plus exfoliate at the same time. I chose the coral coloured one but there is a choice of several shades at The Body Shop. I have noticed that even when you receive a "bath lily" in a giftset with products that would not be cheap, you often get a lily that is fairly poor quality in feel, and sometimes scratchy. I know they are intended to exfoliate but the emphasis is supposed to be on gently. I want to feel like they are doing something but as I am going to use one twice a day, I don't think the lily needs to be that rough to do it's job. If it is scratchy, I think I am probably doing more harm than good long term. The Body Shop seem to have got the balance just right. Moving it on the skin feels productive but I can happily use it everyday without feeling I have sandpapered myself! My skin feels extra fresh and invigorated after using it whatever shower gel I pair it with but not uncomfortable. The netting ...

Peanut Hottie 16/09/2014

Peanut Hottie - A peanut hot drink

Superdrug B.Pure Micellar Water 12/09/2014

Super "Water"?

17 Colour Clash Nail Effects 05/09/2014

Confetti nails - 17 Colour Clash Nail Effects

Yellowstone Solar Shower 29/08/2014

Showery weather?

Yellowstone Solar Shower My boyfriend and I like to go camping, especially off the beaten track. That means we may not have much in the way of facilities in every place we choose to stay. For that reason, my other half always brings along a solar powered shower as an extra source of hot water. He has had one for years which was pinched at a festival when borrowed by a friend, so the Yellowstone solar shower I am reviewing today was something of a last minute replacement. It only cost £5 in Wilko, which was cheaper by half than the ones I had browsed in a local camping good store. A solar shower is like a large bag made of thick black pvc. You fill it will cold water, and lay it down in the sun for a number of hours, while the water heats up. Then you hang the shower up, and open the water release at the bottom, which sends a flow of the hot water down a pipe and out through the small shower head. Before I ever used one, I was very sceptical that the British sun in particular could produce hot enough water to wash with, but it does - on a summers day. There is no point using it when it's really overcast, but more of that in a moment. The shower comes in a box with instructions on but they are also printed on the shower itself. Assembly involves putting in a metal pole in a pocket adjacent to the shower hanger- no doubt to reinforce it as the shower has a 20l capacity and it is easy to underestimate just how heavy that is when full. Then you just need to insert the water tube and shower head into ...

Rimmel Lasting Finish Blendable Powder Blush 25/08/2014

Three blushers are not as good as one

Barry M Kohl Pencil Navy Blue 23/08/2014

Feeling Blue thanks to Barry M

Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturising Lipstick 22/08/2014

Beauty Without Cruelty is worth it

Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturising Lipstick Beauty Without Cruelty is a make up brand that was recommended to me as vegetarian and vegan friendly. In other words they don't contain ingredients of animal origin. I decided to try a lipstick first because I found a particular colour that appealed to me. It cost £9.99 for a 4g tube on Amazon - most of the stockists are online but you may find local health food shops or similar shops that stock natural beauty products also have the range. Even if you aren't vegetarian, the brand may interest you because they focus on using natural ingredients, their products are fragrance free, and clear of parabens too. And if that's not enough, the lipstick is made in the UK. FOXGLOVE FEVER There are plenty of colours within BWC's range to choose from, including a carmine free red which is unusual indeed, and perfect for vegans. I intend to try that next but my first choice was Foxglove Fever, a shade that I would not exactly say matched the traditional foxgloves in my garden, whilst sill being very nice. It is a light pink, with a more peach tone than a cool one. I had to buy it without the help of a tester, due to ordering online, and I found the colour looked wildly different on different suppliers websites. The picture on Amazon is closest to reality - I have attached my own image to this review. Foxglove fever is one of the Natural Infusions moisturising lipsticks range, containing 40% jojoba oil. It is suppose to last all day, and promises a super conditioning feel. My opinion ...

Essence Stay Natural Concealer 20/08/2014

A good and inexpensive concealer from Essence

Zoya Channing Nail Polish 16/08/2014

For rusty fingers, Zoya polish is just the thing

Zoya Channing Nail Polish I love nail polish and was delighted to receive a Zoya nail polish as a gift from a friend. They are an American brand, not widely seen here but available from the likes of Amazon and some salons. I have bought a few of their polishes now for around £10.50 - £11.00 per 15ml but keep an eye on Amazon as there are very often some reduced to more like £5-7. The main thing I knew about the brand before using it was that Zoya say they were the first brand to remove potential toxins such as formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP and camphor from their products. Others brands have followed suit to a greater or lesser extent but it is good to know that Zoya are innovative in this way. They also call themselves vegan friendly. IT'S RED..SORT OF With more than 300 colours to choose from, picking my favourite is hard but it''s probably Channing, which I am reviewing today. I have attached a picture but I am not suure my camera phone does it justice. It's an unusual metallic rusty red/orange colour that was first available as part of the fall 2013 collection. Being serious about their polish, Zoya organise the colours into all sorts of collections - Channing is part of the satin finish line and is rated as colour intensity 5, meaning it should be opaque. (A 1 rating indicates a sheer polish). No one can say the brand doesn't help you pick just the right colour and finish for your desires! There are certainly colours within their collection I haven''t seen anywhere else, which is saying a ...

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick 13/08/2014

Essence Lipstick for a purse friendly price

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick I have noticed products from the Essence make up brand popping up in magazine features and I noted that the prices were low and the general comments about them positive. I presumed that they were some new online only brand as there was never any high street stockists listed. but to my surprise I have discovered that the products are available in Wilko or Wilkinsons as they were previously known. The brand isn't new either - it is Europe's biggest selling one, according to the Essence website. Anyway, the products were on a 3 for the price of 2 offer in Wilko so I bought some to try. Today's review is the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick, which I have in shade no.4 also known as "On the catwalk". It cost me £2.30 and it's a dark dusky pink. THE RANGE I think, judging from the images used on the brands website, that the are aiming at the young market, which is not surprising considering it is a budget brand, with most things being under £5. But the packaging doesn't look especially juvenile or cheap, at least as far as the lipstick is concerned. The colour range covers the basics and I found several lipsticks that appealed to me. ( There's 13 in the long last range).Testers are available now which were not out when the make up was first stocked in my nearest Wilko so if a lack of those put you off, it may be worth a second look. The lipstick tube is black with a ring of colour round the centre that is supposed to reflect the shade inside but I wouldn't rely on that if I were ...

Cawston Press Brilliant Beetroot juice 12/08/2014

Brilliant Beetroot

Cawston Press Brilliant Beetroot juice I may be a late covert to the taste of beetroot but I certainly make up for lost time. Whilst I grow a lot of my own beet, there is always so many other things that I want to do with it that I never manage to sacrifice enough to make a worthwhile amount of beetroot juice. So I have been shopping around and I have found the juice that I think has the best flavour - and that is Brilliant Beetroot by Cawston Press. It isn't the cheapest juice at from £2.09 (Tesco price) to £2.69 (local farm shop) for the 1 litre tetra pack carton but considering the silly prices that can be charged for beetroot products especially in health food shops, I don't think the price is too bad. I find the flavour is intense so one glass does feel satisfying and I do get my money's worth from it. Cawston press are probably best known for their apple juices and this does indeed contain 10% apple juice. I have noticed that a lot of beet drinks are mixed with apple which acts as a sweetener. Whilst the flavour combination works well, I prefer a drink where the apple taste is not too obvious. That is just because I don't like apple as much as other drinks. Thankfully, the fact the drink is 90% beetroot means the flavour ratiois definitely inclined towards my favourite vegetable. I must say that before I become a beetroot groupie, I wouldn't have been able to imagine it as a drink but the taste is just delicious - a little sweet, a little earthy and very distinctive. It is completely different from other ...

Eat Real Quinoa Chips Hot and Spicy 26/07/2014

Made from ancient grains - and plenty of salt

Bourjois Effet 3D Lip Gloss 13/07/2014

3D lip gloss falls a little flat

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm 11/07/2014

Bargain Baby Lips

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm I had heard a lot about Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm before it was launched in the U.K because it was a favourite with American beauty bloggers. I expected something so hyped to be disappointing so I delayed trying it for myself until quite recently. However positive reviews persuaded me to take advantage of a special offer price of £1.25 for the balm in B&M. Elsewhere you pay £2.99. I don't regret buying it but I don't think I would have been quite so anxious for it to have a UK launch as some people apparently were. BABY LIPS FROM HOME AND ABROAD The baby part refers to the claim that the balm will give you baby soft lips and that they will stay feeling moisturised for up to 8 hours. It has an SPF of 20 and some are also tinted. If you buy your balm somewhere like Boots or Superdrug you will have a choice of around 6 varieties to choose from, but if like me you get them from a discount store then the selection is different. That is because different varieties of balm are available across the world and B&M for example have imported ones normally sold in the Far East. The colour that I chose - Smoothing Cherry - doesn't seem to have a direct U.K equivalent - it is NOT the same as the Cherry Me U.K balm which is tinted. Mine is colourless for example. The packaging is similar for all balms with just different colours used so you will have to read the name /number carefully to be sure what one you are getting. WHAT CHERRY? My balm is in a baby pink and pistachio green ...
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