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Radox Clean & Moisturise Handwash 21/06/2007

Clean & Moisturise

Radox Clean & Moisturise Handwash When I saw a range of Radox hand washes on BOGOF (buy one get one free) in my local Tesco recently, I couldn’t resist putting 2 in my basket. The range includes 6 different types; Clean & Soften, Clean & Replenish, Clean & Refreshing, Clean & Protect, Clean & Pamper, and Clean & Moisturise, and each one can be identified by it’s colour. I chose 2 which I thought sounded like they might do the dry skin on my hands some good, the second one of these was Clean & Moisturise. The handwash comes in a 300ml bottle, which normally costs £1.66 at Tesco, or 83p on the BOGOF offer. The bottle is made of a clear plastic, with a white plastic pump-action top. On the front is the name of the product and brief description, and on the back is a list of ingredients, and again some very brief information about the product. At the moment there’s also an extra sticker on the back, which explains that Radox will donate 50p to the British Heart Foundation for every one of these stickers returned to them. So, if you like to feel you’re doing your bit for charity buying this hand wash can help, but the campaign only runs until 30/06/07, so you best get sending in your stickers quickly. The information given on the packaging is rather limited, but it does tell us that this hand wash uses chamomile and milk to help leave your hands feeling cared for, it’s PH balanced and dermatologically tested, and that Radox is made with over 50 years of expertise in sourcing and blending herbs and minerals. ...

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask 19/06/2007

Breathe some life into your skin

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask This was the second item I purchased with a £150 Bliss Gift Card that I’d received as a leaving present from work. I’d never heard of bliss before, but found out that it’s a prestigious (translation - expensive) London Spa. Obviously as I’d not heard of Bliss before, I wouldn’t normally have bought anything from them, but I was actually very intrigued by some of the skincare items they offered, this being one of them. Bliss skincare is available to buy from Bliss spas (of which there are 7, 1 located in London, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, and 3 in New York), Bliss counters in upmarket department stores (mainly Harvey Nichols and Selfridges), online at blisslondon.co.uk, or from their mail order catalogue, which you can order on the website. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask is available in a 100ml bottle, and will set you back a whopping £38 direct from Bliss, but it may be found cheaper elsewhere online. The product comes packaged in a white card box, with a card sleeve over it, which I find utterly ridiculous as there is absolutely no need for this extra piece of packaging. On the front of the box is the name of the product and some brief info about it, on the sides is a more detailed explanation of how the product works and what it’s supposed to do, and on the back are the instructions. There is also a blue-grey band round the bottom of the box, and the words ‘solution specific’ on the top. The only difference between what’s on the box and the card ...

Korres Green Silt &Corallina Oligoelements Scalp Scrub 150ml 18/06/2007

Why the **** did i buy this!?!

Korres Green Silt &Corallina Oligoelements Scalp Scrub 150ml I’ve had this product sat in the back of my cupboard for months now, and can’t for the life of me remember what possessed me to buy it. I do vaguely remember, however, why I only used it once before it was resigned to the back of my cupboard! Anyway, not one to waste expensive products, when I noticed it during a cleanout of the cupboard, I decided to give it another shot. I bought this product from beautyexpert.co.uk for £18. I’m still in shock thinking I ever thought it was going to be worth that amount of money! I’m sure as with most expensive products, it could be found cheaper elsewhere. Korres is a Greek company with roots in the first homeopathic pharmacy of Athens, and uses top quality, naturally derived ingredients. Their aim is to create naturally beneficial products which are ‘a sensory pleasure’ to use. The product comes in a clear plastic cylindrical bottle with a label wrapped around it, and a clear plastic lid. The bottle stands on it’s end with a pump dispenser at the top. Through the side of the bottle you can see how the pump mechanism works - the bottom of the bottle is not fixed, and moves up inside the tube as you press the top, thus pushing the product out of the dispenser. It looks quite posh really compared to the packaging of similar products. The label has the name of the product, a description, directions, and ingredients in both English and Greek. The description reads as follows: ‘Rich in green silt, this scrub efficiently removes ...

Bliss Pore-Perfecting Facial Polish 22/05/2007

If this is what bliss feels like you can keep it

Bliss Pore-Perfecting Facial Polish After recently leaving my job, one of my managers had a whip round and came round to my house with a card and presents from everyone I’d worked with. The majority of the money collected had gone on a £150 Bliss Gift Card. I’d never heard of Bliss (at least not as a brand), but he informed me that it was a rather prestigious London Spa, and that the girls on shift had suggested this would be a great leaving gift, as I could have some well deserved pampering. Now, being as I live in Yorkshire, and have no desire to ever go anywhere near London, it’s safe to say I wasn’t overly keen on the idea of travelling all the way down there for a £145 facial lasting 85 minutes (yes, really!). Luckily for me then, after reading through the booklet that came with my Gift Card, I found I could also use the card to buy products from their website, blisslondon.co.uk. After a while looking round the site I decided on 5 items to make up the £150 on the card, paid, and waited for my items to arrive. The first item I decided to try was Bliss Pore-Perfecting Facial Polish. The reason I went for this particular product was simple; I’d run out of my usual face scrub, and thought I may as well give a Bliss one a try being as I was effectively getting it for free. Bliss Pore-Perfecting Facial Polish is available in a 125ml tube, priced at £24. The tube comes packaged in a white box, with a light blue band round the bottom, with the name and brief details of the product on the front and back, and ...

Radox Clean & Replenish Handwash 21/05/2007

Peachy Clean

Radox Clean & Replenish Handwash When it comes to handwash, I have my old faithful that I always keep a stock of, but I still love to try different ones when I see them to see how they compare. So, when I saw a range of Radox hand washes on BOGOF(buy one get one free) in my local Tesco, I couldn’t resist putting 2 in my basket. The range includes 6 different types; Clean & Soften, Clean & Replenish, Clean & Refreshing, Clean & Protect, Clean & Pamper, and Clean & Moisturise, and each one can be identified by it’s colour. I chose 2 which I thought sounded like they might do the dry skin on my hands some good, the first of these being Clean & Replenish. It was only when I got home and Angel reminded me that the last hand wash I’d had an allergic reaction to was a Radox one that I started to wonder whether buying these was such a good idea after all. The handwash comes in a 300ml bottle, which normally costs £1.66 at Tesco, or 83p on the BOGOF offer. The bottle is made of a clear plastic, with a white plastic pump-action top. On the front is the name of the product and brief description, and on the back is a list of ingredients, and again some very brief information about the product. At the moment there’s also an extra sticker on the back, which explains that Radox will donate 50p to the British Heart Foundation for every one of these stickers returned to them. So, if you like to feel you’re doing your bit for charity buying this hand wash can help, but the campaign only runs until 30/06/07, so you best get ...

Remington D 2025 HAIR ENVY Volume&curl 15/05/2007

Great value, Great quality

Remington D 2025 HAIR ENVY Volume&curl When it comes to my hair, I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of girl, tending to simply wash and leave it to dry naturally. This is why I’d had the same hairdryer, which had been handed down to me by Angel’s mam, for the past 5 years or so. I did use it every now and again when I had a big night out and wanted to make a bit of an effort with my hair, but it had spent most of it’s life being chucked in various places when I tidied up, and somewhere along the line had lost it’s concentrator nozzle and other bits and pieces. So, when my next party came up, I decided to finally buy a new one. I had a quick look round on the net, before deciding on the Remington Hair Envy Volume & Curl. The main reason I went for this particular model was that it seemed like really good value, as I managed to find it on offer online for £19, the normal price being around £35. For this you get: Hairdryer Concentrator and Diffuser nozzles Brush 4 Velcro Rollers 4 Metal Sectioning Clips Storage Gift Box The storage gift box is really handy to have, especially if, like me, you don’t use your hairdryer that often and don’t want to lose all the bits that come with it. The box is an almost fuschia pink suede-effect material, lined inside with a satin-type material. It has a ‘flip-down’ lid, hinged with a piece of the material, and inside is a piece of card keeping the accessories separate from the dryer. Obviously you’re free to remove this piece of card, but I’ve kept mine in as I feel it ...

Mr Muscle Shower Shine 10/05/2007

Shine Shower Shine

Mr Muscle Shower Shine We’ve recently had a third bathroom put in our house, with a shower over the bath and a rather posh looking glass shower screen. The only problem with this is that as we live in a very hard water area, the glass was covered in watermarks and looked disgusting after using the shower just once, which really detracts from the overall look of the bathroom. After a good clean it looked positively sparkling again, but I really didn’t want to have to clean it every single time I had a shower, so off I went to Tesco to see if there was anything I could use to stop it getting like that in the first place. After spending a few minutes standing completely overwhelmed by the amount of different bathroom products there was to choose from, I spotted Mr Muscle Shower Shine. What drew me to this particular product were the words ‘Never scrub again’ written below the product name. The blurb on the back of the bottle (well, it’s not really on the back of the bottle, but on the back of the sticker on the front of the bottle) reads, ‘Shower shine’s formula cleans by PREVENTING BUILD UP of limescale, soap scum and grime so avoiding the need to scrub clean. Effective for use on most shower surfaces including fibreglass, porcelain, chrome, tiles, glass, plastics, acrylics, enamel and shower curtains.’ This sounded like just what I was after, so into my basket it went. The 500ml bottle cost £1.27 from Tesco, but you may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere. The product comes in a transparent ...

Clinique Dramatically Differnt Moisturising Gel 09/05/2007

Dramatically Different Indeed

Clinique Dramatically Differnt Moisturising Gel After writing my review of Clinique Liquid Facial Soap I thought it only right to follow it up with reviews of the other products I used alongside it, so this time I’m reviewing Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. As mentioned in my review of the facial soap, I would not normally have used Clinique products, as I’ve tried a few before and not been at all impressed with them, but I received this for Christmas as part of a 3-Step Gift Set so decided to give it a go. For those that aren’t familiar with Clinique, their famous 3-Step system constists of Step 1: Cleanse (Facial Soap or Liquid Facial Soap), Step 2: Exfoliate (Clarifying Lotion), and Step 3: Moisturise (Moisturising Lotion or Gel). As I have oily skin, my Step 3 is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, which is formulated for Combination Oily to Oily skin. Dramatically Different Moistursing Gel is priced at £15 for a 50ml tube, or £27 for a 125ml bottle. They can be bought direct from the Clinique website, from a Clinique counter (of which there are many, situated more often then not in Department Stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis, Boots etc.), or online from one of several discounted beauty retailers. I’d also suggest looking on Ebay if you’ve never used the product before, as many people sell Gift With Purchase size Clinique products which allows you to try the product before splashing out on the full size version, and are also great for taking on holiday. If you opt for the tube, ...

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild 06/05/2007

I'm a Clinique Convert

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild Having tried a few Clinique products and being left disappointed that they didn’t work as well as I’d expected, I’ve always avoided, despite many attempts by several friends to ‘convert’ me, trying the Clinique 3 Step System. I finally gave in however, when one of said friends bought me a 3 Step Gift Set for Christmas. She knows I have oily/spot prone skin, and so she got me the set for skin types 3 and 4, which is for normal to oily/oily skin. The 3 Step System, for anyone who doesn’t know consists of, you guessed it, 3 steps, as follows: Step 1: Cleanse (Facial Soap or Liquid Facial Soap), Step 2 : Tone (Clarifying Lotion), Step 3 : Moisturise (Moisturising Lotion or Gel). My step 1 is the Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula. Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap is priced at £13 for a 200ml bottle, or £15 for 3 50ml tubes which would be ideal for taking on holiday etc. if you’re a fan of travelling light. They can be bought direct from the Clinique website, from a Clinique counter (of which there are many, situated more often then not in Department Stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis, Boots etc.), or online from one of several discounted beauty retailers. I’d also suggest looking on Ebay if you’ve never used the product before, as many people sell Gift With Purchase size Clinique products which allows you to try the product before splashing out on the full size version. As already mentioned, the cleanser comes in either a tube or a bottle, depending on the amount it ...

LG 800 Chocolate mobile phone 30/12/2006

Sexiest Phone Ever?

LG 800 Chocolate mobile phone Before I start I'd best just warn you this is a long review, but most of what I've written is personal experience and opinion of the phone which I hope will prove useful to anyone thinking of buying it, rather than technical specification (I'm no good at all that stuff!). I was absolutely gutted on my 21st birthday, when my trusty Motorola V620 with the cool flashing colour changing lights (yes, the lights were the only reason I bought the phone in the first place!) was stolen. But after a short grieving period, I figured at least I had an excuse to buy a new, even flashier phone! After looking around at the latest models, I decided to go for the phone dubbed 'the sexiest phone ever', the LG KG800 chocolate. Again, I was seduced by the pretty lights, rather than the features the phone offered, but I was sure I wouldn't be disappointed, after all, I rarely use my mobile for anything other than calls and texts. I've had phones by all the other major mobile phone manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola), but never an LG, so I was keen to see how it compared. When my phone arrived I looked at the box and just thought 'wow!'. I was sure I'd chosen a quality product, and this was before I'd even seen the phone itself. I've never seen such a nicely packaged mobile phone. There is a cardboard sleeve on the box with a picture of the phone, nothing too special, but under this cardboard sleeve is the sexiest mobile phone box ever! It's very posh looking, and even ...

Most frightening thing that's happened to me 24/12/2006

How To Ruin A Great Night Out

Most frightening thing that's happened to me The most frightening thing that's ever happened to me? Well, I've had a few frightening experiences in my time, but I'm going to write about the most recent, and I feel, most relevant experience. Our staff Christmas party is always held on the first weekend in December, and this year was no different. The party was being held on the 2nd of December at a hotel a mere 10 minute walk from my house. Normally I take Angel with me, or if he can't make it, I take one of the guys along instead, but this year I was going alone. I hadn't been too impressed by the previous years do's, but was really looking forward to this years as there were far more people from nights going, and the night team as it stands at the moment all get on really well, so I was sure it would be a good night. We'd all agreed to meet at my house, as I live closest to the venue, and walk there together. I'm not normally one to spend ages getting ready, but on the odd occasion like this, I do like to make an effort, so I spent hours pampering and preening to perfect my party look. I'd bought a new outfit specially for the occasion, and for once even I thought it looked great on me! When I'd finished putting the final touches to my make-up and people started arriving, Angel was busy taking pictures of everyone, "to remind you what they all looked like BEFORE they were drunk!". Nearly everyone complemented me on my choice of outfit and how great I looked, which really boosted my confidence and made me feel ...

Sebastian Body Double Thick In Conditioner 15/12/2006

Make Way For My New (static-free) Hair!

Sebastian Body Double Thick In Conditioner After recently purchasing Sebastian Body Double Thick-In Shampoo and being more than impressed with it's results, I decided to give the conditioner a go as well. I got my 300ml bottle for £13.95 (£2 more than the shampoo) from beauty sleuth.co.uk, but as with the shampoo, I'm sure this can be found cheaper elsewhere. The conditioner comes in a black cylindrical bottle with a pink lid, just like the shampoo bottle. The top of the lid however, is black, rather than pink, making it easy to differentiate between the shampoo and conditioner without having to read the bottles when you grab them in the shower. The packaging looks stylish and effective, so it's not something you'd worry about people spotting in your bathroom. Printed on the back of the bottle is all the information you would need, including what the product is and does, directions and a list of ingredients. As with the shampoo, the writing is clear and easy to read, being white against a black background, but it is quite small so may be difficult for some people to read. The lid, apart from the difference in colour, is the same as that of the shampoo, where you press one side down and the other side pops up to reveal the hole through which the product is dispensed. Again, as with the shampoo, the lid can be quite difficult to open with wet hands, as it takes some force to open and the surface is smooth and so doesn't provide any kind of grip. Once the lid is open, you'll find the hole is a reasonable size, ...

Sebastian Body Double Thick In Shampoo 12/12/2006

Make Way For My New Hair

Sebastian Body Double Thick In Shampoo I've spent the last few years of my life trying out shampoo after shampoo in the vain hope that something will actually do what it promises and add some much needed body to my super-fine blonde locks. This has turned out to be a somewhat expensive habit, buying products ranging anywhere from 99p to over £20, only to find that they leave my hair in a worse state than it was to start with or, failing that, simply don't DO anything. This in mind, I'd been eyeing up Sebastian's 'Body Double Thick-In Shampoo' for quite some time before finally deciding to part with the £11.95 it was selling for. Sebastian is a professional hair care range available through salons and online. I got mine from beauty sleuth.co.uk as I was already buying some other stuff from there, but I'm sure if you do a bit of searching you will be able to find it a little cheaper (there seems to be a link on this page to get it for £10.49 from beauty bay). The £11.95 price tag gets you a 300ml bottle of the shampoo, which I believe is the only size they sell individually. It's a tall cylindrical black bottle with a pink lid, and I have to say even though I hate pink, the colours work well together and the packaging looks stylish and effective. The bottle has printed on it all the information you would need, including what the product is and does, directions and ingredients. I found all the writing clear and easy to read, it stands out well as it is printed in white on the black of the bottle, but it is ...

Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette 29/11/2006

My New Addiction

Dior Addict 2 Eau de Toilette Up until recently I didn't really wear perfumes, tending to limit their use to nights out and special occasions, so it will come as no surprise to you that I only owned one bottle. The problem was that the one bottle of perfume I own is more of an evening scent, and I was going to a wedding at 2pm, so it really didn't fit the bill. As it was a special occasion and I was getting all dressed up (I wore a dress for the first time since I was about 10!) I wanted to wear a nice perfume as well, and after testing a few, decided Dior Addict 2 would be perfect. Dior Addict 2 is available as an Eau De Toilette Spray, priced at £25 for 20ml, or £39 for 50ml on boots.com, though I'm sure it can be found cheaper. Considering the fact that I don't often wear perfume, I opted for the 20ml version. There is also a 'girly collector' bottle available at the same prices, and a 'shimmering perfumed body moisturiser', which would be perfect if you wanted to layer your scent to make it last longer, priced at £21 for 200ml. The bottle comes packaged in a girly pink shiny box with Dior Addict printed in red and a big glittery number 2. When you open the box, you'll find instructions for how to use the spray printed on the inside of the top flap, with a little instructional diagram. The bottle itself is a very light pink coloured transparent glass, with a silver top. The top has the words Dior Addict in raised lettering down the front, to the left of which is the hole where the spray comes ...

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Luminous Colour Glaze Honey/Caramel 27/11/2006

Sheer Blonde Rubbish

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Luminous Colour Glaze Honey/Caramel I've always had the kind of naturally golden blonde hair that prompts even complete strangers to comment on it, and my hairdresser to coo, 'ooh, isn't it a lovely colour! Don't ever dye it will you?' every time she blow-dries it for me. However, over the last couple of years, probably mainly due to me working nights and my hair rarely seeing the sun, I've noticed it has started to look darker and a little dull. So, although I've never been particularly fond of blonde in general, I decided this new mucky blonde just had to go, and started looking around for something to bring the life back into my blonde. Not wanting to resort to dye, I decided to try a John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze, which I'd seen advertised on TV and in various magazines. I found it in my local Boots, priced at £6.99 for a 190ml bottle. There are 5 shades available; Sheer Blonde Platinum/Champagne, Sheer Blonde Honey/Caramel, Brilliant Brunette Hazel/Chestnut, Brilliant Brunette Chocolate/Expresso, and Radiant Red. I chose the Sheer Blonde Honey/Caramel shade as this is the category I feel my natural hair shade falls into. The packaging is quite distinctive and easy to spot amongst all the other hair products out there. The outer packaging consists of a fairly flimsy plastic tube, with a pull off lid in a more sturdy plastic. The bottle itself is cylindrical, the bottom having 4 indentations which if you turn it upside-down, make it look kind of like a castle tower with turrets (that was the only ...
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