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Hopefully lots of skin care reviews as i am able, lots of freebies to try out! :0

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since 15/04/2011


Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream 24/06/2017

Oh so thick cream cleanser

Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream I tend to vary my face-cleaning regime. Mainly I wash with a foam cleanser in the mornings but in the evenings I prefer to use either an all in one cleanser or cleanser and toner. I was quite keen to try the Clarins extra comfort anti pollution cleansing cream as I do tend to like Clarins products and the extra comfort sounded nice as my skin can feel like it needs a treat, especially after work in air conditioning all day. *****THE PACKAGE***** The cleanser comes in a pink/ peach type colour plastic tube with a white lid upon which it stands. I quite like that it stands on its lid as it is far easier to get the cream out as it is already at the base. I like the colour and the fact the writing is easy to read on the tube as it is in a red that stands out from the background. As with all clarins products you do tend to feel like you are getting a quality product, mind you, you do pay for it also. *****SQUEAKY CLEAN?***** The cream I first noticed is very thick. No chance of this running away from you out of the tube. It is so think in fact that I had to re read the instructions as I thought I might have mistaken it for a cream wash to add water, but no it is a very thick cleanser. I do like the thickness actually it certainly adds to the extra comfort that clarins sell to you as it almost feels like it is moisturizing your face as well as cleansing it. This is so much so that some people may feel they don’t actually need a night moisturizer afterwards. This is not so ...

Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser - All Skin Types 06/06/2017

Clarins One-step cleanser and toner

Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser - All Skin Types I have to admit when it comes to taking my make-up off at night I prefer something quick and easy. In with some Clarins purchases I received a couple of sample pots of the one step facial cleanser to try. *****THE LOOK***** The lotion comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid, nothing unusual quite standard but it works. I like the fact the bottle is fairly clear, it is somewhat so that you can see exactly how much you have left. The other advantage of this is that because the product is designed to be shaken as it has two separating parts you can see when you have done this sufficiently to use it. Easy to pour onto a cotton pad from the top, but with the security of a screw top lid should it fall over in the cupboard. *****DOES IT CLEAN UP?***** One of the things I really like about this product is the smell. Its lovely the lotion has orange extract and moringa in it. I assume there is other fragrance added but I adore the scent the orange hints through which you can still smell as it is applied to the face. To use Firstly shake the bottle for a few seconds to mix the two products – cleanser and toner I assume together. Just apply a small amount onto a cotton pad and wipe gently all over the face to remove make-up. The lotion feels quite moisturizing on the skin; it is not drying at all which is a welcome surprise as this is a cleanser and toner all in one. Clarins sell this product as an anti-pollution product, which will aid to cleanse, tone and revive your ...

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer 31/05/2017

Little black dress- wait no primer or is it a mascara?

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer I often buy more expensive cosmetics when they have an offer on so that I receive samples, so I feel like I am getting a better deal. With an Estee Lauder purchase one of my samples was The Little Black Primer for your eyelashes. *****THE PACKAGE***** The sample came in small size about 5ml mascara type tube. Dark blue tube holds the product and the eyelash wand is held in a screw top gold lid, about a third of the whole length. If buying the full size product, it comes in a completely dark blue tube and top with gold writing, not sure why its different really. *****WITH IT? OR WITHOUT IT?***** So I have to admit when I first got the free samples I look at them then they go into my bag of tricks ready to be used when I finish something else. So when it came to using my little black primer, I picked it out didn’t read the label as I thought it was mascara. Note to self-read the label! When I opened the tube it has a nice little wand to apply the product, slightly arched with little tiny bristles all over. The colour of the primer is black and so I was not alerted to my mistake. The product goes on very smoothly, just like a mascara, to clean eyelashes. To apply just start at the base of your lashes and raise the wand up to the ends. As a base coat --------------- ----- As I said I thought it was a mascara. I was initially very disappointed in my using it for a few times, thinking god, it hardly looks like I have any mascara on! I then looked at said tube and the ...

Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream 21/05/2017

Clarins Extra Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream

Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream My next eye cream that I have tried is another Clarins one; this one is extra firming eye wrinkle smoothing cream. *****THE BRAND***** Clarins is a high-end cosmetic company that tries to manipulate plant extracts into most of its products from what I can see and always has done. I like the idea of this and especially as according to their website they do so in an eco-friendly and preservative manner as is possible. *****THE PACKAGE***** This little eye cream was a tester for me so came in a squeezy tube. The actual eye cream when purchased comes in a small pot of 15mls with a gold colour screw top lid. Easy to read blue writing with the brand and product name on the front and as with almost all of their items comes in a white box. The package is simple and does the job of the product need and it’s all recyclable which is good. *****EYE, EYE, BIG PROMISES***** Reading about the eye cream I was expecting a fairly good result. I am not expecting miracles, I know it is not likely to be a cure all cream, but the blurb raised my expectations. The name is big and bold extra firming eye wrinkle smoothing cream. The cream Clarins say uses shea butter, rose wax and blackcurrant (yes another odd combination to me at least), to provide an eye cream that will reduce your wrinkles, crinkles and generally tired looking eyes It does this my deeply moisturizing the soft skin area around your eye and soothes lines to give an appearance of brightness. When I first tried it I didn’t ...

Roberto Cavalli Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum 10/05/2017

Going for Gold with Roberto Cavalli perfume

Roberto Cavalli Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum I vary my perfumes quite a lot, I have a few specific ones that I always go back to but like to have a variety to choose from depending on my mood. As I was running low on perfume I had a look around in Debenhams to see what took my fancy. The perfume of choice was Robert Cavalli. *****FIRST IMPRESSIONS***** I had tried a sample of this some time ago and remembered the name and bottle but the scent was eluding me. In Debenhams when I purchased they had a great offer of half price bottles on this so I was immediately drawn to it (I do like a bargain). Robert Cavalli is an Italian designer who has branched out into perfumes like so many others. He has a reasonable range of different perfume choices currently but this one I choose was one of the originals I think. The box is gold colour with tiger print to the bottom part and a bright blue band. It is not my favourite box design I have to say and the in your face look of it might put some people off. That said it is not unusual for the designer who is known for his flamboyant designs. I am not that fussed, it’s a box at the end of the day. The bottle is fairly thin and rounded so it makes it easy to handle, even at 75 mls. The perfume inside is easy to see as the glass is clear and oddly enough the perfume is a similar colour of gold to the box, not sure if that was on purpose or accidental. The lid is an ornate gold top with his name printed on it and logo, kind of looks like a crowning piece with a tiny band of tiger ...

Lancome Energie de Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask 06/05/2017

Make me a Sleeping Beauty Lancome - Lancome night Sleeping Mask

Lancome Energie de Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask I wanted to purchase a new night cream and so as Lancôme had an offer on I decided to buy theirs. I actually bought the full size version of this product and got a sample in the gift set anyway. Picture is of full size and sample pot. *****LANCOME***** Medium to higher end cosmetic brand that has been around for years now and I have to admit there is not often a product that I don’t get along with. Products tend to be very good quality and have a lovely decorative touch to their presentation. *****LITTLE GREEN POT***** So the cream comes in a small, thick glass pot, which is transparent enough to see the cream through, but has a green tint to it. The pot does look nice it is quite heavy too. The lid is screw top, plastic but with a lovely silver finish and the trademark Lancôme rose motif on the top. All the writing is written in black and even the small font is clear enough to see. Lancôme provide this little green pot inside a silver coloured box with a substantial amount of detail about the product on it in black writing. This includes the name, product detail, ingredients, contact information and how to use. All this with the Lancôme rose imprinted in gold on the top and sealed in cellophane. They do provide a lovely looking product and the attention to detail is nice and makes you feel special about the item, they would also make lovely gifts because of this. You can buy from the Energie de vie range to have matching items. ****GIVE ME SOME SLEEPING ...

Lancome Energy de Vie Liquid Moisturiser 23/04/2017

Lancome Energie De Vie Liquid Moisturiser

Lancome Energy de Vie Liquid Moisturiser I often buy Lancôme products and as part of a free gift I was given the new Lancôme Energie de vie moisturizing lotion. *****LANCOME***** A good and stood the test of time cosmetic company, which tends to be on the higher side price range, with generally good quality products. *****THE PACKAGE***** The lotion comes in a slightly different package than many of Lancôme’s other facial moisturizers, mainly because it is a lotion and not a traditional cream. The green colour of the bottle is a nice bright change from the usual colours, although to be fair Lancôme do change their colour of package depending on the range. The green is nice and does match with the rest of the range so you can instantly see which products go together. I like the bottle it has an elegant look about it and comes with a pump action top which is great for delivering the correct about of lotion with out a mess. The whole thing is recyclable too, which is fantastic. *****LIQUID LOTION INSTEAD OF CREAM? ***** I was a little unsure about using a liquid lotion instead of a traditional cream moisturizer I have to say. I though it would be too oily for my combination skin, but never one to discard a free gift I gave it a go. The liquid is just that. Even with a pump action dispenser it is very easy to over estimate the amount you will need as the liquid will run freely onto your fingers, so just be prepared or you hand or carpet may get an expensive moisturizing. I tend to go cautiously with the pump ...

Look Back In Hunger - Jo Brand 13/04/2017

Look back in hunger by Jo Brand

Look Back In Hunger - Jo Brand Jo Brand is very much the British stand up comedian in my opinion; Not afraid to make fun of herself and quite loud in looks and opinion. I saw her book actually in my GP’s surgery where they do a bring and or buy a book and sales go our local hospice. I decided to buy it as she is a comedian that I like and would like to see live and I actually would like to know a bit more about her. I only really see her on TV occasionally or doing something for Red Nose Day and my knowledge of her life is just that I am aware she used to be a psychiatric nurse. *****SO THE STORY BEGINS***** The book starts with Jo on her way to a show where she is about to be a stand up in a university for students I like the way she writes the book. It is very much like you are actually talking to her, you could be sat in a pub having a chat with a beer. The first 6 chapters are primarily about her early childhood and family life, There are a few references to her comic role and life now but generally pre teenage years. Then in chapter 7 you move onto one she calls teenage kicks. Teenage rebellion – the majority of us do it at some point and so it appears did Jo Brand and funnily enough I am not in the least bit surprised. The book continues to take you through Jo's young adult life, love, work, family and all in between. Jo has had many jobs over the years with the last pre comedian being about her job as a mental health nurse. It isn't until the last couple of chapters she becomes a ...

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick 11/04/2017

Studded Kiss Lipstick by Kat Von D

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick My introduction to Kat Von D was first through the TV program’s Miami Ink where she was a tattooist, then later LA Ink which was based around her own tattoo studio High Voltage. She has also created her own make-up line called Kat Von D in 2008. I was very keen to try this as it has such great colours and her makeup always looks fab. At first this was only available through American websites but eventually in 2016 Debenhams answered my prayers and added the line to their online website. My review is of the lipstick Studded Kiss in Prayer. *****BEHIND THE BRAND***** So as said the makeup line started out in 2008 in American. All of Kat Von D makeup is now vegan and cruelty free, she has done numerous works to this including a special limited edition lipstick colour “project chimps” which 20% of the proceeds went to aid retired research chimpanzee’s welfare. She has also gained an award for work on animal rights. *****THE PACKAGE***** As you would expect Kat Von D makeup is artistic in the design, well she is an artist! This particular lipstick comes in a jet black box which has subtle little raised squares over it. On the front is simply Kat Von D in italic silver writing and in grey the lipstick type – studded kiss. There is the weight on the bottom along with an expiry of 12 months and the dispatch details. On a sticker, which goes over the back to the top, is the ingredients list finishing on the top with the colour and a colour swatch. I really like the box it shows ...

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 02/04/2017

Blasting my Lips with Colorburst Lacquer Balm

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm I quite often buy a varied range of lipsticks and lip-gloss, as I like a wide variation of colours and finishes. My lippy of choice this time was Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm, in Coy (brown). *****REVLON***** Revlon has been around since the 1930’s making a variety of cosmetic ranges. Revlon also has a number of other companies under its belt aside from the ones branding the Revlon name that include the likes of Almay, Mitchum and Charlie perfume. *****COLORBLASTING MY LIPS***** Available currently in shades coy (brown), demure (pale pink), provocateur (bright pink) and enticing (red). Just to point out there are also colorburst satin and colorburst matte balms each having different finishes and colour selections. The colours are quite bright and fairly intense considering it is a balm. It is not as see through as a plain lip-gloss mainly due to the high colour and so it does stand out more than most lip-gloss that I have had. It is high shine, and transferable so when you use a glass you are going to leave your lip-gloss behind. Due to this I find that I need to reapply more often than with a lipstick. That said the colour does stay around on your lips for a few hours I find when I am out and about. The balm is exactly that. It is not a lipstick or matt in any shape or form, it is a balm, more like a colourful lip-gloss in a pencil set up. The balm has mango, shea and coconut butter in each and so you can see why they are more balm like with a high amount of ...

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape & Fill Expert Serum 30/03/2017

Estee Lauder shape and fill -Can this fill in any cracks?

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape & Fill Expert Serum Serums have become part of my daily routine now and I am not particularly loyal to any one as yet. Estee Lauder do a serum called New Dimension shape and fill. I received a free sample of this when making another purchase so was keen to try it. *****ESTEE LAUDER**** Estee Lauder is a well-known cosmetic company founded in the 1940’s and still remains a top contended to date at the higher end market. *****PACKAGE***** The bottle I have is a sample bottle and is a clear blue with out a pump. The full size product comes in a lovely blue silver bottle with a pump. I am glad they have decided to incorporate a pump into the full size version as I feel it is much easier to get the liquid flowing. *****GETTING READY TO FILL AND SHAPE***** The instructions say to use two-pump worth to apply the serum to the face avoiding the eye area. I have to say I am not sure I would use two full pumps worth for my face but maybe I am a bit stingey! It does seem to go quite far in my opinion and even my free 7ml sample has last me a couple of months. The consistency is quite thick compared to some other serums that I have tried and a bit gloopy in texture. That makes it sound unpleasant which it is definitely not, just different. With this consistency it doesn’t run away in your fingers, which is nice especially as serums are expensive generally. The colour is off white and it has tiny little bits in it, which at first I thought would be rough particles, but they are not and I don’t ...

Clarins Eye Contour Balm 26/03/2017

Clarins Eye Contour Balm

Clarins Eye Contour Balm I am still looking for a good eye cream that I particularly want to purchase again, having not found that yet really, I recently tried the Clarins Eye Contour Balm as a free sample with another purchase. *****CLARINS***** Clarins is a worldwide company that has built up a trusted fan base of purchasers. What I like about Clarins is there commitment to the environment and community that they take there plants and flowers (which is a basis for a lot of there products) from. For instance they believe in fair trade and always aim to replace what they are picking to do the least about of damage possible to the flora and fauna in the area and don’t take this that are endangered. They contribute to local communities from where they are collecting plants and work towards keeping their own environmental footprint lower. They have apparently placed three beehives on top of their new headquarters in France. (Taken from the Clarins website). *****THE PACAKAGE**** The product comes in a small white tube with red writing. It is quite classic of Clarins and is somewhat understated in comparison with other companies. It does the job though and the tube is recyclable and easy to use and the writing clear to read. With this it states on the tube what it is, when to apply and contact details in the form of address. If you require more information like the main ingredients and how to apply, look inside the box, there is a large leaflet, which says it all in several different languages. The ...

Pixi Glow Tonic 19/03/2017

Pixi Glow Tonic - Toner

Pixi Glow Tonic I was bought Pixi Glow Tonic as part of a Christmas gift and so have been using it for a few months now. ****WHERE DID PIXI COME FROM?**** The brand was first launched over 10 years ago apparently; I have to admit I had never heard of the brand until I was given this gift. The brand “Pixi” is the creation of Petra Strand a make-up artist and has designed the brand for women who want to have the look of a healthy glow without much effort and not wanting to be made up particularly. According to the website they do have a store in London, however I have seen the brand most often in Marks and Spencer stores. ****THE DESIGN**** =THE BOX= The bottle I received was in a lovely pale green box with holly on it but I suspect this to be a Christmas edition. On the box you receive all the relevant information, ingredients, what the product is and contact details in the form of website. They also inform you that it: - - Contains no parabens - Is not tested on animals and has the bunny logo - Plus a caution not that it contains AHA, which apparently may increase you skins sensitivity to the sun - Alcohol free All written in a silver font which is nice a quite easy to read. =THE BOTTLE= The bottle is standard clear plastic with an orange tint to it and a green screw top lid, all recyclable. The bottle has a green label that replicates the same information as on the box. Quite useful really as most of us discard the box on opening. It is a very simple design, ...

Fitbit Blaze 11/03/2017

Blazing my way to a healthier lifestyle with FitBit

Fitbit Blaze My FitBIt Blaze, keeping me up together. As you may have read in my previous reviews I did have a FitBit Charge. When this was no more I felt an urgent need to purchase something to replace it to maintain my steps count! Bring in the FitBit Blaze ☺ ****SETTING UP**** The product as many similar items these days comes with no really instructions on how to set up. They provide you with the website you plug in and go to set up and follow the instructions. Yes this seems simple however, may I recommend that you first charge your Blaze and least a little as it comes virtually uncharged and so it is easier to do the set up I found. Now this did slightly irritate me only because I could figure out how to get the screen out to charge it! I resorted to You Tube in the end for a quick fix – where would we be without You Tube! The Blaze is different from the other FiBits in that the screen comes out and sits in a small case then charges via a USB cable, unlike others where there is a charge point attached to the FitBIt. This has pros and cons for me. Much easier to charge and less likely to break or damage the connection, but the taking it in and out does make me wonder if it will keep sturdy in the long run, lets hope so. ****CHARGING**** Firstly, ok maybe I’m a bit dopey but I couldn’t figure out how to get the screen out. I resorted to You Tube and was pleased to find out it was very simple. You just firmly push the screen out of the surrounding watch face. This did make me ...

Do you see your garden as a haven, a labour of love or a chore to keep on top of? 05/03/2017

Fresh air, flowers, veggies and wildlife

Do you see your garden as a haven, a labour of love or a chore to keep on top of? ****Do you see your garden as a haven, a labour of love or a chore to keep on top of?**** --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- ---- Both of my parents love/loved gardening, my mum is into the flower version and my dad was into the vegetable kind whilst both enjoy/enjoyed the wildlife. Therefore I guess it was somewhat inevitable that I, having grown up amongst it and living in the countryside am a lover of one and all gardening and wildlife. As I say I live in the countryside in a mid terrace and so have a smallish garden. So let me take you on a tour. ****HEDGES**** My garden is enclosed by two hedges on each side one a fir tree variety and the other a large bush of some variety I am not sure what. Now these are a labour of love I guess. They divide my garden nicely from the neighbours; I do have wire fencing up through the middle due to myself having two dogs. The regular hedge cutting I find a bit of a chore, especially the top that I find difficult to reach and it usually takes me a good few hours to cut them. However once it is done several times a year I find great satisfaction in seeing it neat and tidy. Some may ask why keep them if they are a chore to cut? Well they keep my garden enclosed from the neighbours but primarily, the birds. The birds love them, especially the bushy one which the thrushes nest in every year, whilst the starlings prefer to nest in the fir hedge. I love this and ...
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