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      25.11.2014 03:29
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      • "covers pretty much everything"

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      • "irritates bad spots "

      Really great coverage concealer possibly the best I have found for coverage!

      I bought this at the start of the year when I was having a fancy dress night out, I was going out in drag and while looking online at options for covering my eye brows I found this concealer coming up over and over again. Because I suffer from spots I decided I would treat myself to one because if it could cover eye brows it could cover my spots!

      The product ....

      The product is a cream concealer that is opaque enough it is able to cover blemishes, tattoos, dark circles, birth marks (eyebrows lol) to name a few. It contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils which is really good for people like me who have oily spot prone skin! It is not meant to cause spots although I am not sure about this claim as I do find my spots flare a little when using this for long periods. This concealer also contains SPF 35 to help protect the skin.

      The packing ....

      The product comes in a small black plastic pot that is the same as the eye shadows, it has a see through flip lid that is fasted on.

      To Use ....

      The concealer is really easy to use, simply apply with brush sponge or finger to the required area of coverage then gently work the edges to blend in with the rest of the skin. Set with your powder to help keep it in place.

      Cost ....

      The concealer costs £15.50 retail for the small pot but it does go a very long way!

      Summary ....

      I like this concealer for coverage, it does cover pretty much everything and blends in well, it might not be cheap but it is very much worth it because after almost 9 months use mine is not even half used up. I do find this is not as spot friendly as it claims for me but it does hide them so it's something I use when I am going out. I do not find this lasts as long as all of my concealers but it does stay on for about 3-4 hours before it needs a top up depending how warm it is, if I am extra hot I do tend to need to apply it sooner to spots but it is ok on red marks and dark circles for me. I am not sure why.

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    • Witch Stick / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.11.2014 03:08
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      • "calms red hot spots"

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      • "tiny bit of residue"

      Brilliant spot fighting product.

      I have used Witch products on and off for years but they are one of my favourite spot products. As someone with combination skin I have spent a good amount of time battling spots over the years.

      The product ....

      The product is a small spot or blemish stick, it contains witch hazel and is designed to help calm existing spots and also fight the bacteria that causes spots helping reduce future break outs.

      The packing ....

      the product comes in a small turquoise tube that looks a little like a lipstick, the lid is a twist cap and the outside of the tube has the Witch logo as well as the product name of Blemish Stick.

      To Use ....

      The product pushes up from the base of the tube, there is a small gap and when you press upwards a small tube of cool to the touch gel appears, it is solid but only just set.

      Gently apply the product as and when required to the areas of the skin that have or are prone to spots and allow to dry. Sometimes this does come out a little thickly so does need to be rubbed in with a finger.

      I love the initial cooling effect this product has, its only slightly but if you have a hot red spot this is really calming.

      Cost ....

      This product costs £2.70 in Boots for 10g it is available in many chemists and supermarkets as well for a similar cost, I think the cheapest I have bought it for was around £1.99

      Does it work? ....

      Yes this product really does help with my spots, for me it works best on the really hot inflamed spots but it does help with all of them.

      Summary ....

      I love that you can use this product as much as you want, the only issue I find is that after several coats I do find I have a little bit of residue on my skin however its easily removed. The comfort it gives to bad spots way outweighs the small amount of residue. I have no problems suggesting this product to anyone having issues with spots.

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    • Boots Natural Solo Eyeshadow / Make Up / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      25.11.2014 02:53
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      • "nice pigment"

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      • "no applicator "

      Really nice even colour, good price!

      I do not use these as my main eye shadow but I do own many of them from times when I have an outfit that I need a basic eye shadow to match an outfit in a colour that I do not wear a lot and do not want to pay much for. These are my first choice for a single colour.

      The product ....

      The products are a single eye shadow colour in a small pot, I really like the size of these, they are small enough to fit in your handbag easily and not too heavy but not too small they go missing easily.

      These have a really good pigment to them and go onto the eye nicely only needing a single coat although for a stronger colour you can apply more layers.

      These eyeshadows last a good 8-10 hours on me without any problems and I have never had them crease.

      I think the biggest issue for me is that these eye shadows do not come with their own applicator so it means carrying a separate one.

      The packing ....

      The product comes in a small round plastic container that has a clear plastic lid, this is good because you can see the colour of the eyeshadow though the lid so its easy to judge if its the right colour you are looking for. The lid is a basic twist lid, on top of it is the Natural Collection text alone with the white daisy image.

      Cost ....

      These are really cheap at £1.99 a colour.

      Summary ....

      I really like these eye shadows, while they are cheap they look perfect, last for a good amount of time and do not crease which is always important for me when it comes to eye shadows. They are not the longest lasting eye shadows and I hate that they do not have their own applicator but for the cost they are outstanding.

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    • Lush Eyes Right / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      25.11.2014 02:38

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      • runs
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      Odd mascara that did not really work for me!

      I bought one of these last year, I started using a lot of the Lush make up range and thought I would give the mascara a go, the lady in the store said that it did not clump and moisturised my lashes rather than drying them out like most normal mascaras do.

      The product ....

      The product is a mascara that has been designed to moisturise the lashes, be gentle on the eye, not clump but still give a lovely natural look on the lashes.

      The packing ....

      The product is a little heavy because it comes in a small glass bottle, there is a twist cap that when you open it has a very small basic straight mascara wand inside.

      I find the packing the biggest let down to be honest, the bottle is heavy and the wand is too small to get all my lashes easily. It is also a very odd shape and I expected the lid to have a dropper inside with the shape of them the first time I picked on up.

      The Cost ....

      The mascara has 5g inside the bottle and costs £12.

      Summary ....

      While this mascara does give a nice natural look I found the applicator was just too small and difficult to use! The wand is short and takes forever to coat all lashes plus the small lid is hard to hold.

      I did not find any difference in the look of my lashes but I only used it a few times.

      While it did not clump I found it very thin and I found it took ages to build up the layers, on top of that it is not water resistant and it smudged loads when it was warmer weather.

      I personally would not buy it again, it was expensive and did not really work for me.

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    • Lush Colour Supplement / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      25.11.2014 02:21

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      • "Multi uses "

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      • expensive

      3 in 1 product that does well for all 3!

      I have issues with my skin and struggle with finding foundations that do not cause my skin to come out in bad spots. Last year I was in Lush and the lady gave me a trial of this to try in a Light Pink.

      The Product ....

      The product is called a colour supplement, it is a multi use product that can be used as a foundation, a concealer and a tinted moisturiser.

      To Use ....

      To use as a concealer you simply use the product direct from the pot and spread it on the area of skin you wish to conceal using a brush or sponge. I actually find it best to put on with a small brush then blend with a clean finger.

      To use as a foundation you mix a small amount with a very small amount of moisturiser on the back of your hand and then apply to the skin again with a sponge or foundation brush.

      To use as a tinted moisturiser you simply mix as much as you want for the right colour between the colour supplement and the moisturiser, and I find it best to apply this with my fingers because it really blends in because of the moisturiser.

      Cost ....

      These posts cost £9.50 and there are many colours to choose from, if you can not find an exact match you can actually blend the colours. I do this but I only need a small amount of a paler one so I ask for a sample and blend with a full pot.

      Summary ....

      I adore this product, I use mine most of the time as a tinted moisturiser rather than a full day foundation because with my oily skin I do find I have to touch it up. As a tinted moisturiser I think it gives really good coverage, it blends well, does not give me spots and leaves my skin looking natural. I think its because you can mix the colours together that I can get the perfect blend.

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    • Scholl Express Pedi / Leg & Foot Care / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      25.11.2014 01:52
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      • "works well "

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      • mess
      • "cost "

      Amazing product my feet looked wonderful this summer

      I received one of these earlier this year from BzzAgent to try, I was over the moon! As someone who walks around in bare feet the soles of my feet need a good scrub and soften every few weeks, by hand it can be hard work but this really does all the hard work.

      The Product ....

      The product is a small electric foot sander that basically sands the rough skin from the base of your feet, leaving them smooth and soft.

      The product I have is slightly different in look, mins has a blue round handle with a white top section then a small black sand paper looking roller at the top. There is a small battery twist off area at the base and a on and off switch between the handle and the top section which looks like a silver band.

      To Use ....

      Move the small silver band so that the switch shows I, the sander will start rotating. Simply move to the area of dry skin you want to soften on the base of your foot and place the device agains the skin, moving slowly so it is never over one area for more than a few seconds. Within seconds there will be dry skin sanding off your feet.

      To clean the roller, there is a small button on one side by the top of the roller, press this and pull up the roller with the other hand. Wash and dry it then simply press it back into place, it will click when it is in right.

      Cost ....

      These are expensive at around £39.99, which is a lot of money for a device to give you a pedicure.

      Does it work? ....

      Yes the product certainly does work, it sands away and all I have to do is gently move it around. The downside is that it puts old skin all over, eats batteries and if you have very dry feet is slow at getting through the dry skin.

      Summary ....

      I adore my Pedi and would not be without one now, I wish it was a little lighter and to be honest for £40 would expect it to be a re chargeable device not run on batteries. my feet have never been so easy to look after as they were this summer.

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    • T Zone Nose Pore Strips / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.11.2014 01:35
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      Brilliant Blackhead removers

      I have problem combination skin, not only is it prone to spots but my pores seem to think they are collecting black heads, over the years one of the best things I have found to help keep the black heads to a minimal are pore strips. T-zone are one of my favourite ones because they contain tea tree.

      The Product ....

      The products are small white strips that you wet and apply to the skin, allow to dry and when removed they pull out dirt and black heads. The outcome on the strips is visible, if not a bit yucky to see but interesting to see how much comes out of the pores.

      To Use ....

      The strips come on a bit of clear plastic, to use you simply :
      1) Remove the plastic
      2) Wet the shiny side of the strip
      3) place the strip shiny side down onto the nose and press down
      4) Allow to dry until the strip is hard, this takes around 10 minutes.
      5) Remove the strip slowly, as you do so it will take with it dirt and black heads.

      The strip does sometimes hurt when removing, if it hurts too much just dampen it and it will remove easily.

      The Cost ....

      These really vary in price, they can cost from around £5.00 in Superdrug to around £2.99 in cheaper drug stores or even sometimes they have them in the pound stores.

      Summary ....

      I adore these strips, as someone who suffers badly with black heads these are an important part of my routine, the reason I like this brand is that they have tea tree in them which is a natural antiseptic and it helps clean the pores as they remove the dirt. If you do not believe in them then simply look at the strips and see the outcome on them.

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      21.11.2014 03:35
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      • "Very gentle "

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      • "beads a little small to remove all black heads "
      • "cost "

      Great scrub perfect for sensitive skin!

      I had not heard of this brand until earlier this year, I actually won several products in a competition, this being one of them. I have fallen for a couple of them but they all are really good so I am shocked they have passed me by until now.

      The Product ....

      The product is a gel facial scrub that is designed for sensitive skin, it is meant to gently exfoliate sensitive skin removing dead skin and back heads, it also contains keratoregulating agent which is meant to stimulate skin cell renewal.

      The packing ....

      This came in a white box but I do not remember what it looked like other than that, inside the product comes in a small clear plastic tube that stands on its head. There is a white twist cap at the base.

      To Use ....

      Twist the cap off and gently squeeze to remove the gel, massage the gel onto you face in small circular movements, wash off and pat the skin dry.

      Cost ....

      The product is £9.50 for 50ml. The tube is very small and does not last very long.

      Summary ....

      I really like this scrub but I do find it a little to gentle for my blackheads. It is certainly very gentle on my skin though and leaves my skin feeling very fresh and soft and has never dried it out in the slightest. The gel is not to thick and the beads are small and very gentle, there is no foaming to it which is a shame because I think it would help it last a little longer if it did have. I think this really is a brilliant scrub and suitable for even very sensitive skin.

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    • Boots Natural Cover Up Stick / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      21.11.2014 03:02

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      • "Cost "

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      • "not much staying power"
      • "Not brilliant on spots"

      Basic cover up stick but not brilliant.

      I suffer from spots so I often need a concealer to help cover up the huge red ones and make them less visible. I recently bought one of these after being talked into trying the natural collection mascara that I loved sadly this one was not added to my favourites list.

      The Product ....

      The product is a cover up stick, it is basically a skin coloured stick that has a solid lipstick shaped cream that is heavier than foundation and used to cover up red spots or dark circles and make them less visible or ideally covered completely.

      The Packing ....

      These are identical to a small lipstick, they come in a white lipstick tube and twist up the same as a lipstick. The tube is very basic and has brown text with the natural collection name and daisy logo.

      To Use ....

      Open the tube by removing the lid, twist the product up a little then gently press on the required area of skin you want covering, move gently over the skin until you have a good layer on the skin, then taking a clean finger gently blend out the edges to blend in with your foundation.

      Cost ....

      This is really cheap at £1.99

      Summary ....

      I did not find this blended that well on my skin, my spots get quite hot and it just did not cover the redness as well as I hoped. On top of that it just did not blend well with my skin or foundation, it was too heavy and no matter what I did stood out. It also wore off within about an hour and a half which was a total pain. It worked slightly better under my eyes, covering a little better but still was fairly heavy on my skin.

      I would not buy it again and I admit I threw it in my make up boxes after only a handful of tries.

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      21.11.2014 01:20
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      • "calm spots "

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      • "strong scent"
      • expensive

      A nice wipe for combination skin.

      I have problem skin, it's combination skin so I get dry patches, oily patches and spots at 36 that is not good. I have always liked to use Tea Tree and Witch Hazel products and something I often purchase are these wipes because unlike most they contain both.

      The Product ....

      The product is a pack of cleansing and toning facial wipes that contains both Witch Hazel and Tea Tree. The wipes are designed to help calm spots, remove dirt and grease, fight the bacteria that can cause future spots and tighten pores.

      To use ....

      These wipes recently had a revamp so no longer look like the packet above, they now come in a white packet with the boots logo, a green band and large green text informing us that there is Tea Tree and Witch Hazel in them. To use the wipes simply unseal the packet, take out a single wipe and re seal the packet so they do not dry out. Gently rub the wipe on the skin until it comes away clean, bin the used repeat as necessary to clean your skin.

      Cost ....

      Sadly these are expensive for an own brand, they are £3.39 for only 25 wipes.

      Summary ....

      These wipes work well, they remove grime well, I do not use them to remove make up because they are not as good as some others at removing the long wear and water proof make up that I like to wear, I also do not like to use them on my eyes so I use my make up remover first then use these to remove the residue of the remover and clean the face. I find they leave my skin really nicely cleansed and not at all too dry. They are a nice thickness so I usually only need 1 to do my face if I have managed to remove all my make up. I think these do help with my spots and skin. I think they only downside to these is that they do smell a little strongly and I do think the cost is a lot for own brand wipes though.

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      21.11.2014 00:19
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      A great effective mask that does not break the bank!

      I have been using Boots own Peal off masks since I was a teenager, they used to make one similar to this that was under the Natural collection range but now they call them their own brand and have added Tea Tree to the formula.

      The Product ....

      The product is a peal off face mask that contains Witch Hazel and Tea Tree, the mask is a gel style mask that is designed to calm spots, remove black heads, tighten pores and reduce future break outs.

      The Packing ....

      The gel comes in a small clear plastic tube with a flip style lid, there is a small hole in the base of the tube that the gel easily comes out of, the only issue I sometimes have is that I do not get the lid 100% closed I can dry the gel out and it sometimes clogs the hole.

      To Use ....

      I have never been sure if you are meant to use this on clean skin or not but I always wash my face and use a face scrub before I use my peal off mask to help loosen up the blackheads. I then pat dry my skin and apply a generous layer of the mask. The instructions say to apply a 1mm but I think I apply more. I find it very important to apply it as evenly as possible or it does not remove evenly.

      Next you need to wait for the mask to dry, its best to not be in a warm bath for this because I find the humidity makes the mask take twice as long to dry. Once its dry it will start coming away from the skin at the edges, make sure all areas are dry then simply grab a side and pull the dry mask off the skin, as it removes it should take dead skin and blackheads with it.

      Does it work? ....

      Yes, this is a really good mask, the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel do help calm the skin and the mask does help tighten pores and remove blackheads. It does not leave my skin feeling dry at all which is a good thing too.

      Cost ....

      A tube of this costs £2.99 which is really good value, sadly I do not find that the tube lasts me long, usually around 2 months.

      Summary ....

      A really great mask if you have problems with spots, open pores or blackheads. Brilliant value and does a really good job. I would suggest this more for problem or combination skin though rather than dry skin.


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      20.11.2014 22:42
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      A really good value basic eye shadow

      I am always forgetting my eye shadows, I do not know what I do with them but I loose them or forget them and often end up wanting a new one. I have loads of the singles of this product so I decided to try out the duo's.

      The Product ....

      The product is a small plastic container that has two different eye shadow colours inside.

      The Packing ....

      These eye shadows come in a small circle plastic pot that has a clear plastic twist cap. The eye shadows are inside the circle in two half circles. Across the centre of the lid is the natural collection text and daisy logo.

      I am not a fan of the lids to these eye shadows, they sometimes do not twist on well and I have had them open inside my bag, I also have lost some, I prefer a cap that stays fastened. Because they are clear I just seem to put them down and loose them.

      What do I think? ....

      I find the shadows spread on fairly evenly, the pigment is not the best but they do last a good few hours without creasing.

      The only real problem I have found with these is that for some reason if I carry the duos in my handbag they start shattering after a while. I am not sure if its something to do with the packing.

      Cost ....

      These are really good value at £1.99 for a pot.

      Summary ....

      A decent eye shadow, not the longest lasting or the strongest pigment but a good range of colours and does stay on for a few hours without creasing or wearing off. Certainly worth it for the cost.

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    • Boots Natural Nail Colour / Make Up / 4 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      20.11.2014 21:58
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      • "Cheap "

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      • "chips easily"
      • Thin

      Average polish, cheap but chips easily.

      I am often not a huge fan of cheap polishes because in the past I have found they just are not as good as some of the more expensive brands but I do like to try them out as I have found a few that nicely surprise me.

      The Product ....

      There are many colours of this polish available but the one I am reviewing is called crystal clear and is actually a completely clear polish. I find this polish very thin, it needs more than one coat and sadly chips off fairly fast.

      The Packing ....

      The polish comes in a small glass bottle which has a white cap. The bottle is a normal style twist cap with the nail polish brush located inside the cap. The front of the bottle is very basic, its a stuck on label with the natural collection text and logo which is a small daisy flower.

      To Use ....

      You simply open the bottle and using the brush evenly coat prepped nails with the polish, allow to dry and re apply as required.

      Does it work? ....

      While I have not found this polish the worst I have ever used, it is very thin and I found it chipped the first day I wore it. Thankfully because it is clear it is not the end of the world but if I was using a dark colour it would be bad.

      Cost ....

      These are very cheap and this cost me £1.99 for 8ml.

      Summary ....

      A very average thin polish, it's not the worst I have used but not much staying power. For the price it does an ok job but it's not going to be my first choice when buying another polish.

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    • Lush Vanilla Puff Powder / Sun Care / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      20.11.2014 03:46
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      Talc plusses without the baby smell, good enough to eat instead!

      I have not used a talc type powder in years until I was talked into trying out some of the dusting powders in Lush a few months back, I had been talking about how my skin often still has a residue after moisturising due to it being combination and the member of staff suggested I tried one of their dusting powders. I was expecting some nasty talc scented powder but was shocked by the delicious tasting products she showed me!

      The Product ....

      The product no longer comes in a container as above but now comes in a small clear plastic bottle with a black plastic flip cap lid. Normally we are used to talc having a lid with many small holes but this just has a single hole like a shampoo bottle.

      The dusting powder is a very fine silky white powder that you can massage onto the skin to help absorb excess moisture or oils on the skin, in my case it soaks up the excess residue left after moisturising in some areas of my skin that are not as dry.

      The talc is really soft and rubs onto the skin without leaving any visible residue, it does however leave a wonderful strong scent of vanilla that lasts for a good 2 hours on my skin.

      With the bottle being see through I noticed after a little use that there was something inside my talc, I was shocked to find a full vanilla pod in there, so no wonder it smells so delicious.

      The talc also contains Jasmine and Tonka Absolute, I can not really smell the Jasmine myself and I have no idea what Tonka Absolute smells like so I can not comment on this ingredient but together the talc is wonderfully scented.

      Cost ....

      The 50g bottle cost £4.95, it does not look a lot but to be honest I am on month 3 of using it now and still have a little left, I only use this about once a week maybe twice.

      Summary ....

      A wonderful scented talc, long lasting scent, soaks up oils and moisture without caking on the skin and leaves the skin silky smooth. I adore this product and will be replacing it when it has run out. I think it's really good value and love how long the scent lasts.

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      20.11.2014 03:06
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      Brilliant help for my hair strength and helping with the loss.

      I started loosing my hair at the start of this year, as a women I was and still am very distressed by this, as it is thought to have been through stress and health issues I sought some products that are designed to help stimulate the hair follicles into growing faster.

      The Product ....

      The product comes in a silver plastic bottle, it has a white plastic pump spray nozzle, this has a really clever little cap that fastens over the front of the spray and clips around the neck preventing the spray from going off by accident.

      The spray is designed to help strengthen existing hair strands, reduce hair loss and to stimulate the follicles to grow new stronger hairs faster.

      To Use ....

      The spray can be used on wet or dry hair, you simply spray onto the roots of the hair and massage in then allow to dry and do not rinse out.

      The spray is a clear water like liquid, very light and leaves no residue on my roots, it does seem to leave my hair more healthy and smells divine. Its a very fresh fruity but not overly sweet scent.

      I am not sure if it is helping stimulate growth but I can tell the difference in my hair quality if I stop using this for a few days so it is helping with the strength of the hair and the hair loss is certainly less when I am using it. I had a break between bottles and noticed a big difference.

      Cost ....

      This is not cheap the bottle is 125ml and cost me £30.

      Summary ....

      Another brilliant product from Kerastase, it really does seem to help with my hair loss and care not to mention leaves it looking more healthy, thicker and smelling lovely. It sounds expensive but I use mine every other day on wet hair and my bottle is lasting about 4 months although I only spray about 4 pumps onto my hear when I massage it. I would have no problems recommending this and give it 4 hearts out of 5.

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