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      25.11.2014 16:06
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      • "soft underarms"
      • "good for light sweaters"
      • smell

      Disadvantages

      • "drying time"

      Beautiful underarms..

      Nivea Pearl and Beauty

      This anti-perspirant contains 0% alcohol and pearl extracts. It is designed to offer 48 hour protection for your underarms. This anti-perspirant is free from colourants and has been dermatologically tested. The packaging consists of a girly, baby pink aerosol can with a twist and press dispenser - no lid. There are some warnings noted on the can and the ingredients are also listed should you wish to check them.

      A 150ml can of Nivea Pearl can usually be found on offer around £1 in Wilko, Superdrug and supermarkets. The regular price is around £2.

      I personally sweat quite heavily which can be embarrassing. I shower twice a day and change my clothes daily - I'm not smelly by any means but underarm wetness is an issue for me. I normally buy a more expensive anti-perspirant (around the £5 mark) and this suits me when I am experiencing heavy bouts of sweating (warm days, crowded places etc) but sometimes I can get away with using a lighter anti-perspirant (colder days for example).

      I normally opt for this Nivea Pearl spray and buy it when it is on offer. I would say that is fine for those who do sweat but not to extremes. The can is easy to use. A quick push down on the dispenser releases a cloud of slightly damp anti-perspirant on to my underarms. I have used it after shaving my underarms and it doesn't irritate. It is best to use this in a ventilated area but I don't find this product to be as overpowering as other anti-perspirants that I have used.

      What I like about this anti-perspirant is that my underarms feel soft and smooth shortly after applying. It isn't a harsh anti-perspirant. It does take a short while to fully dry and it is important to allow it to dry otherwise my top becomes damp. The scent of this anti-perspirant is lovely - clean and quite sweet. My underarms do stay smelling pleasant and the scent lasts quite a while. I find this anti-perspirant to be effective at keeping my underarms from becoming soaking with sweat. I don't find it effective if I am sweating badly but it is definitely better than alternatives such as Dove or Sanex in my experience. I do need to apply it morning and night (after washing) to keep my underarms fresh - I wouldn't go 48hours without washing or spraying anti-perspirant so cannot comment on this claim.

      Overall I would say this is a pleasant and effective anti-perspirant for light sweaters. My underarms feel nice and not clogged up whilst using this anti-perspirant and I haven't experienced any irritation from using this regularly. It is inexpensive and worth a buy.

      Thanks for reading :)

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      24.11.2014 22:44
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      Advantages

      • antibacterial
      • "soft and clean hands"
      • price

      Disadvantages

      • "no additional hydration"

      Care by Carex..

      Carex Complete - original hand wash.

      This hand wash is presented in a clear, plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. This particular hand wash is a transparent blue colour. This hand wash has an anti bacterial formula which kills 99.9% of bacteria. It has been dermatologically tested. Carex promise that this hand wash will help clean, protect and care for your hands.

      This hand wash can often be found on offer around the £1 mark from chemists and supermarkets. At full price, it is nearer the £2 mark for a 250ml bottle.

      I never pay full price for hand wash - I generally buy them when they are on offer. I have used Carex hand washes on numerous occasions. I purchased this original hand wash around a month ago and paid 87p (from memory) and this included an extra 33% more hand wash so 333ml in total - a bargain really! The bottle is simple and functional. The pump works effectively and this hand wash is easy to dispense by both adults and children.

      I use this hand wash in the kitchen and it is fit for purpose. The gloopy, gel like consistency of this hand wash makes it easy to dispense and use without being too messy or wasting any. In my experience, only a tiny blob is required to fully cleanse my hands. This hand wash lathers up lightly when I massage it in to my damp hands and the lather spreads well and is soft and refreshing against my sensitive skin.

      This hand wash has a pleasant and neutral (not feminine or masculine) aroma which is likely to appeal to the entire family. It is a fresh and clean smell - no frills or fancy perfumes with this one. The lather rinses from my hands well and whilst my hands do feel a little funny after rinsing (I noticed this with various hand washes), they do not feel uncomfortable or tight after I dry them off. The scent lingers and my hands are left clean and refreshed without the need for me to apply hand cream immediately after washing my hands.

      As I can't see germs on my hands, I cannot comment on the 99.9% bacterial removal claim. I can say that my hands are very clean after washing and any food smells are effectively removed especially garlic or onion as is any dirt or food marks. This is an all round, versatile hand wash which cleanses and refreshes my hands without causing irritation or additional dryness. I wouldn't say that it delivers additional moisture to my hands but my hands do feel nice and soft.

      Overall a cheap and worthwhile hand wash for all of the family to use and therefore recommended.

      Thanks :)

      Ingredients can be found online should you have concerns or allergies.

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      24.11.2014 21:16
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      Advantages

      • "uplifting scent"
      • cheap
      • bottle

      Disadvantages

      • "poor longevity"

      A short lived fantasy..

      Review of Britney Spears - Island Fantasy EDT - released 2013.

      This EDT is part of the Fantasy range and is presented in a curvy bottle featuring green and blue tones, small gems and a click on lid. Described as a 'tropical getaway', this EDT includes notes of clementine, mandarin, watermelon, red berries, violet, jasmine, freesia, sugar cane and musk.

      This EDT can be purchased from various retailers :

      *Debenhams - £12.00 (50ml)
      *Superdrug - £15.00 (100ml)
      *Amazon - £11.89 (30ml

      I personally bought this during a promotion that Semi Chem were running around 6 weeks ago. I snapped up a 30ml bottle of this EDT for myself and another bottle for a friend for just £5.00 a bottle. I like the Fantasy range so was pleased to pick this up so cheaply. I do like this EDT and find it to be a nice 'everyday' fragrance rather than a special perfume.

      The bottle is pretty and easy to carry around. The spray top produces a sufficient burst of perfume to be released on to my skin and it is important not to spray too much as the initial aroma smells quite overpowering and quite cheap. Thankfully this aroma quickly disappears and is replaced by a pleasant, Summery scent.

      Island Fantasy has a decent strength - it is detectable on my skin and clothing but doesn't create a big impact through strength. The scent is youthful and quite refreshing which ensures that it reflects the 'Island' name well. The main aroma is offered by the citrus notes and I find that the orangey notes of clementine and mandarin all of the other top notes - zesty, sweet and authentic. Before long, the zest starts to die off a little and a touch of sensual jasmine mingles with a sweet trace still on my skin.

      After an hour and a half, there is a sugary sweetness combined with a warm, delicate musk on my skin. The base notes sit close to the skin and are a little more subtle than I would normally appreciate. Sadly this EDT has quite poor longevity. Around 3 hours after I apply it, I can barely notice any scent on my skin. It does linger on my clothes for a little longer but I had hoped for better longevity on my skin.

      Overall I would say Island Fantasy is a pleasant and upbeat scent. It would make a nice gift for a teenager or young person as it is quite simple but pretty. I do need to keep topping it up through the day so my bottle has very little left in it but for the price, I can't complain. It isn't my favourite Fantasy perfume but I do like it.

      Thanks for reading :)

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        22.11.2014 23:45
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        • "soothing and moisturising"
        • longevity
        • smell

        Disadvantages

        • nothing

        My night time Sanctuary

        This review concentrates on my experience of the Sanctuary Spa Comforting Night Butter which is priced at £9.50 for a 200ml tub from Boots.

        This body butter is designed to be used at night. It is enriched with mango and shea butter to nourish the skin. These ingredients are combined with essential oils which help promote relaxation before going to bed. Included is ylang ylang to reduce tension, frankincense to calm and patchouli to reduce anxiety. The ingredients list can be found on www.boots.com - please check if you have allergies or ingredient concerns.

        I have been using this on a regular basis for around 4 weeks now and use the matching body polish weekly. On opening the tub, the first that attracts me is the fragrance - very natural and mild essential oils. I love using this body butter as it feels rather indulgent. The butter is a rich, thick cream which feels incredibly smooth as I dip my finger in to the tub. Little is needed per use. I find it enjoyable massaging this body butter across my rough skin thanks to the creamy texture and soothing properties.

        My skin drinks up this hydrating treat and within minutes it is fully absorbed. This body butter instantly penetrates my skin and leaves it feeling amazingly moisturised. As I sleep, it works its magic and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is hydrated deep down and extremely silky smooth. I find this body butter to be very effective on dry patches of skin.

        This body butter smells lush and I love the way the essential oils have been blended together to create a pleasant but not overpowering aroma. The scent lingers on my skin and is still evident in the morning. I find the scent to be very relaxing. I can't say that either of the essential oils stand out as they are so well combined and compliment each other effortlessly. Whilst I can't say that slathering on this body butter sends me to sleep, I do appreciate how the essential oils encourage my mind to settle a little and in general, I find myself feeling more relaxed compared to when I don't use this at night. It isn't a miracle worker and nor would I expect it to be but I appreciate the calming properties.

        I love this body butter for many reasons. My skin feels pampered and highly nourished immediately and the next day too. Dry patches are eliminated and the essential oil aroma is just warm and soothing. I consider this body butter to be a worthwhile purchase even at just under £10. My 50ml tub has lasted well as I alternate with other products. I am hoping to receive a full size tub from Santa this year. I recommend this body butter.

        Thanks :)

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        22.11.2014 21:23
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        • "soft and silky skin"
        • longevity
        • scent

        Disadvantages

        • "takes a while to absorb"

        Sensational satsumas!

        Today I will be reviewing the satsuma purée body lotion from The Body Shop. There is a wide selection of complimenting beauty products available in the satsuma range.

        This purée is presented in a pump dispenser bottle made from clear plastic. It is designed to be used like a body lotion - massaged over skin to leave it soft and smooth. The Body Shop promise that this purée will deliver a 'fresh citrus scent'. For those concerned, the full ingredients list for this product can be found by visiting www.thebodyshop.co.uk. Please check if you have allergies. 

        Expect to pay £8 for a 250ml sized bottle.

        I rarely buy anything from The Body Shop but gladly accept gifts or freebies. I came to try this particular product by way of a freebie from a friend - a small, travel sizes bottle. I love citrus scents so was looking forward to trying this out. My skin is dry and sensitive - TBS shower gels don't seem to agree with it but thankfully the other body products do.

        This pale orange 'purée' would likely dispense a lot easier from the pump bottle than the awkward little bottle I have here. The consistency of this purée is that of a fairly thick body lotion. It spreads beautifully across my skin and whilst quite thick, it feels lightweight and smooth as I massage it in to my thirsty skin. It does take a little time to fully absorb and I notice my skin appears a little shiny and sticky for a short while. I just spend a little extra care to massage it in. My skin feels perfectly refreshed after application and the surface of my skin is silky soft and smooth. I am pleased with how hydrated my skin feels all day long and I haven't experienced any issues with sensitivity from using this purée. I love the scent of this body lotion but some may find it too strong. The satsuma aroma is delightfully uplifting and smells delicious. It is sweet, fruity and natural smelling. It lasts well on my skin and is perfect for the warmer months as it is fresh and long lasting. I have used it with other citrus scented products (shower gels mainly) and they compliment each other well.

        Overall I feel able to recommend this purée body lotion. It leaves my skin feeling and smelling amazing and I don't consider it to be an expensive purchase especially as TBS products can often be purchased at a reduced price and one bottle lasts well. Some may find the smell overpowering or sickly but I personally really like it as it a lovely 'wake me up' sort of scent. 

        Thanks

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        18.11.2014 22:58
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        Advantages

        • effective
        • price

        Disadvantages

        • "not as strong as vicks"

        A value for money rub..

        This vapour rub is presented in a blue and green pot made from plastic. Each pot contains 50g of vapour rub and the pot is boxed. This vapour rub is in the form of an ointment containing an aroma of eucalyptus and menthol. The purpose of this rub is to encourage clear breathing. 

        This rub is suitable for children over the age of 5years. The box has some warnings on it - don't place in nostrils, external use only, keep away from children. It is recommended that you rub a little of this onto your chest, throat and back. Adults can also mix it with some hot water and inhale the vapours for up to 10minutes. 

        This vapour rub is priced at £1.25.

        I have mainly used this for myself but also on my son as he had a blocked nose recently. He is six. The ointment looks fairly solid in the pot with a shiny surface. The ointment feels soft and a little greasy. I find it easy to spread across my chest and throat as it melts with the heat of my hand and settles clear on my skin.

        The first time I opened the pot, I could barely smell a thing. My nose was ridiculously blocked. I applied some on to my skin and before long I was able to detect a faint menthol aroma. This aroma got stronger as my nose began to clear. Through the day I coped with the occasional sniff inside the pot to quickly clear my nose. At bedtime, I applied a small amount to my throat, chest and my back. The aroma offered is fairly intense and moreso as my blocked nose lessened. The eucalyptus aroma combined with the method had a positive impact on my nose and I was able to sleep a lot easier without needing to sleep sitting upright. I have used it once mixed with some hot water in a bowl and found this method to be highly effective at ensuring the vapour rub cleared my nose very quickly. I found a little rubbed on my sons chest before bedtime to be more than sufficient.

        I find this vapour rub to be a worthwhile purchase. I am feeling a lot better now but made use of this over a week until my cold subsided. It doesn't eliminate cold symptoms but makes them much easier to deal with.I do find the initial aroma of Vicks to be more prominent when completely blocked up but this vapour rub still gets to work quickly and I am happy to recommend it. The results are long lasting and I didn't feel the need to constantly reapply this rub all the time.
        Thanks for reading :)

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        • School Unisex Polo Shirt / Clothing / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          16.11.2014 22:39
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          • "simple design"
          • price
          • comfortable
          • "wash well"

          Disadvantages

          • "one developed a tear"

          Comfort at a low price..

          These polo shirts from the George range at Asda are available in a pack of 2 and the sizes range from age 3 up to age 16. The polo shirts are made from 100% cotton and are designed for wearing to school. They can be machine washed, tumble dried and ironed. Each pack is priced from £2.50 to £4.00 depending on the size purchased.

          My sons school has a casual and smart dress code and as my son is more comfortable in casual clothing, we opted for this dress code consisting of black trousers, a white polo shirts, a school jumper and smart shoes. My Mum bought these polo shirts for all four of her grandchildren.

          We generally find George clothing to be good quality and affordable. We have the white polo shirts but different colours are available. The sizing of these polo shirts seems to be accurate and they are unisex. My son is 6.5years and the 6-7 years shirts fit perfectly in terms of width and length. He still has room to move about but they aren't baggy.

          These polo shirts are bright white and soft to the touch. The thickness is decent and my son is able to keep cool if it is hot and warm (including his jumper over the top), when it is cooler. My son comments that these polo shirts are comfortable to wear. The neck line is neat and there are three buttons which can be opened to allow my son to slip this shirt over this head. The collar folds neatly over the neckline of my sons school jumper and the sleeves sit nice on his arms without being tight or baggy.

          In general, we have found the stitching of these polo shirts to be neat and tidy. After around 6 weeks of wear, one polo shirt developed a small area around the sleeve area so needed to be replaced. We haven't had any issues with the other polo shirts and they have now been worn for a good 3 months now so I think we may have just got a bad one. They wash well on a 40c wash and do need ironed as they crease badly. They haven't faded.

          I would recommend these polo shirts as they are good value for money and comfortable to wear. The tear was unfortunate but with an active six year old, sometimes this sort of thing is inevitable.

          Thanks for reading :)

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          16.11.2014 22:23
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          Advantages

          • imagination
          • "appealing to Thomas fans"
          • durable

          Disadvantages

          • "batteries run down quickly"

          Dart does day of the diesels..

          Age recommendation : 3 years+
          One AA battery required - not included
          Size : 38.1x7.6x8.9cm

          Dart is one of many engines from Sodor and featured in the Day of the Diesels film. He is designed to be used on Trackmaster track and a screwdriver is needed to insert the batteries. Dart is made up of the main engine and two other cars connected with tender hooks.

          Dart is available online for around £18.00.

          My son was a big Thomas fan up until he turned 6 (now it is superheroes) so we acquired a number of Trackmaster engines and sets over a few years. He received this engine last Christmas and he was pleased as he had added this to his Christmas wish list.

          Dart is well made - durable and perfect for small hands to play with. He withstood plenty of hours of play and rough handling by both my son and his 3 year old cousin. The attention to detail on this engine is accurate and specific. Dart is bright and colourful making him appealing to young children. He has a happy face too.

          The cars supplied with Dart are quite plain - one is grey with a box and the other is blue with a flatbed). They serve no other use than to be extras. They do remain attached well when the engine is in motion. A little lever on the top of Dart activates the engine and Dart has free run of the tracks. Dart chugs along the train gracefully and when fully 'charged' can travel uphill without any issues. My son was alert to the batteries needing changed as the engines become a little lazy and slow. The batteries do not last long with regular play.

          Trackmaster sets and engines offer fun and imaginative play to young children though they do work out expensive when these new engines make an appearance. My son, before he became bored of these sets and engines, would reinact scenes and phrases from the show and handle the engines with care - very different to his rough cousin who preferred to bang them about one minute and be more attentive the next.

          Dart was a valuable addition to our collection (which has since gone to another home at the request of my son) and was fun to play with at the time. His friend Den is also available should you wish Dart to have a friend to play with.

          Thanks for reading :)

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        • Ghost Moonlight Body Lotion / Body Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          16.11.2014 21:56

          Advantages

          • "soft skin"
          • "complimenting of the perfume"
          • "smells lovely"

          Disadvantages

          • "not as strong as other perfumed lotions"
          • expensive

          Moonlighting with the Ghosts..

          This body lotion compliments the Ghost Moonlight perfume.

          This body lotion contains notes of cantaloupe, ginger, bergamot, lily of the valley, pink peony, orange blossom, sandalwood, white chocolate and amber. It is designed to compliment and layer with the perfume and to soften the skin. This body lotion is presented in a purple tube and can be purchased for around £17.00 online for a 200ml tube.

          I received a small tube of this body lotion as part of a perfume gift set earlier this year. I love Ghost perfumes/lotions so was pleased with this gift. I find it perfect to wear alongside the perfume for a deeper, evening scent but it is nice to wear on my bare skin through the day.

          This body lotion is pleasant to use. It is reasonably thick and spreads like a dream across my rough skin. I only need to apply a little to achieve the desired effect and I find that my skin feels cooled and soothed whilst I massage it on to it. This body lotion absorbs well and leaves my skin feeling perfectly soft. It is ideal for using on rough/dry patches of skin and leaves my skin supple and hydrated for around 6 hours. Scent wise, this body lotion doesn't overpower but does deliver a decent strength of fragrance. It smells sweet and rather sensual - perfectly complimenting of the perfume.

          I like this body lotion as it is kind to my sensitive skin and leaves it smelling lovely for a good few hours. This is increased by topping up with the Moonlight perfume and both products compliment each other perfectly and the overall smell is gorgeous. This isn't a cheap body lotion to buy and I would recommend purchasing the complete gift set and using both products together for the best value.

          Thanks for reading

          Note that this review was taken from the gift set review I wrote on Ciao.

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          16.11.2014 21:39
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          • versatile
          • price
          • quality

          Disadvantages

          • "care needed reg temperature changes"

          Dishing up a quality meal

          I am reviewing the Pyrex Glass Dish With Lid in the 1.5l size. This cost me £5.00 from Asda and is still available at this price.

          This roasting dish measures approx 6.3 x 17.5 x 22.5cm and is made from borosilicate glass. It comes with a 10 year parts guarantee and is said to be 'highly resistant' to shocks and scratches. This roasting dish (minus the lid) can be put in the oven up to a maximum 300c temperature and is also suitable for use in the microwave. It can also be dishwashed. The plastic lid is designed to be used outside of the oven/microwave to keep the heat in the food should there be any delay in serving it.

          This dish is simple in design. It is clear which allows the contents to be visible whilst cooking the food. The glass is thick and very solid with the Pyrex name engraved on to the bottom of it. The lid is made of plastic and fits perfectly on the dish. This roasting dish has been well used in our home. I have used it mainly in the oven and it is the perfect size for making food for 2-4 people (depending on your appetite and what you are having with it). I have used my dish to make pasta bake, casseroles, macaroni cheese and also quiche. The capacity is great and the depth is perfect for layered meals including lasagne. I often use this dish to make rice pudding and also bread and butter pudding. The clear glass makes it easier for me to see if the inside of my sweet dish is fully cooked. I also use it in the fridge for jelly. If I need to reheat quickly in the morning, the dish slips nicely in to my microwave. Pyrex state that this roasting dish has a non-stick interior. Whilst this is true for most meals, I do find that rice pudding does stick to the interior. I do not own a dishwasher so handwash my dish - no issues.

          This Pyrex roasting dish is definitely worth buying. It can be taken from oven to table to serve food and I have no issues with it coping with temperatures from 160c to 250c. I find that the glass contains the heat well and my food stays warmer for longer if I am still preparing other parts of the meal once I have removed it from the oven.

          Thanks for reading :)

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          16.11.2014 21:22
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          • "soft skin"
          • "longlasting results"
          • price
          • smell

          Disadvantages

          • "could be too sweet for some"

          Shockingly lush!

          Today I will be reviewing the CK One Shock body lotion manufactured by Calvin Klein. This body lotion compliments the perfume and there is also a body wash available in the same scent.

          This body lotion is presented in a simple white tube with black writing. The word 'SHOCK' stands out thanks to a flash of pink writing. CK promise that this body lotion will deliver soft and soothed skin thanks to its creamy texture. It is also beautifully scented with the Shock fragrance of liquid chocolate accord, passion flower, amber and blackberry.

          To buy this lotion as an individual product, expect to pay £6.99 from Amazon.

          The body lotion itself has a pleasant and easy to work with consistency. The lotion appears to be quite thick and rich once initially squeezed from the tube but spreads like a dream across my skin and melts right in to my skin. This body lotion is cooling and soothing to my skin. This, for me, is definitely a positive aspect as my skin is dry and often uncomfortable. I find this body lotion to be a treat to apply after drying off from a hot shower as it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any sticky residue on the surface of my skin. It also helps to lock in moisture and keeps dry areas of skin feeling supple and moisturised. My skin feels beautifully soft and smooth for most of the day.

          The scent of this body lotion is simply lush and complimentary of the matching perfume but I find that the lotion is strong enough to use without the perfume. The scent that lingers on my skin is quite strong but not overpowering. There is a really indulgent, luxurious air to it and I notice the chocolate and amber scent the most. The initial scent is sweet with a touch of sourness from the blackberry but after an hour or so, it becomes a little milder and more of a creamy sweetness with a touch of fruitiness lingering in the background. The scent remains noticeable on my skin for at least 5 or 6 hours which I consider to be really good.

          Overall I can recommend this body lotion as it leaves my skin feeling great, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and smells amazing. This body lotion is very cheap too and represents value for money as you do not need to apply all that much to get good results. It is a nice lotion to wear as an alternative to the perfume but both work together fine in small doses. The scent won't appeal to all as some may find it a little too sweet but I personally love it and enjoying using this body lotion on a regular basis.

          Thanks for reading :)

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          16.11.2014 21:13
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          • "soft skin"
          • "lasts well"
          • "lovely scent"

          Disadvantages

          • expensive

          Lovestruck by this lotion..

          Today I will be discussing my opinion on the Lovestruck velvety body lotion by Vera Wang. A matching perfume and shower gel is also available.

          This body lotion is designed to leave your skin feeling touchably soft and feeling beautiful. It is perfumed with the Lovestruck scent which includes notes of tuberose, lotus, jasmine and guava. This body lotion is presented in a dark pink tube made of squeezy plastic.

          A 150ml tube of this body lotion can be purchased from www.escentual.com priced at £14.67 or £12.00 from Amazon. It can also be bought as part of a gift set.

          This body lotion is a fairly new addition to my beauty collection. I am a fan of the Lovestruck perfume so it made sense to have the body lotion to go with it. I enjoy wearing perfumed body lotions as they enhance the strength and staying power of a perfume and this one is no exception. Whilst I find this body lotion to be fine alone on my skin, I favour spritzing some of the Lovestruck perfume over the top for better longevity and scent.

          This body lotion has a favourable consistency. It is fairly thick and beautifully creamy so spreads across my skin smoothly and with no dragging. Despite being thick, this lotion feels lightweight and silky during application and it leaves my skin feeling soothed. The lotion absorbs quickly leaving no residue behind. What I love about this lotion is how velvety soft and smooth my skin feels. I only use a small blob of lotion to achieve the amount of hydration that my dry, thirsty skin desires and the results are long lasting as my skin still feels quenched and soft even after 12 hours.

          Whether or not you like the scent will be down to personal tastes. Lovestruck is a little different compared to most of the body lotions I own but smells really lovely on my skin. This lotion delivers a light and fairly mild scent on its own and a stronger, more prominent scent when used with the perfume. The main scent is a blend of mild floral notes and whilst I rarely appreciate floral notes being the main scent, it works well with this scent. The jasmine and tuberose notes come through beautifully and blend together to form a pretty, feminine scent. The guava is there in the background and simply adds a subtle sweet undertone.

          This body lotion smells gorgeous on my skin and delivers a excellent amount of hydration. The scent isn't overpowering but is noticeable for around 6 hours before fading. I would recommend this lotion as it is lovely and lasts well.

          Thanks for reading :)

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          12.11.2014 23:56
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          Advantages

          • strength
          • "lovely scent"
          • "gorgeous bottle"

          Disadvantages

          • "not very special or VIP"
          • "some may find it too sweet"

          Gorgeous scent without the VIP treatment

          This is a review of the 212 VIP eau de parfum by Carolina Herrera.
          This EDP can be purchased on the high street and online priced from £27.

          This EDP is a fruity-floral fragrances inspired by New York's 'creative young talent'/ The bottle is sleek and golden in colour - it looks stylish and modern if not rather awkward to display. The notes used to create this EDP are :

          *Top notes - passion fruit and rum
          *Heart notes - gardenia and musk
          *Base notes - tonka bean and vanilla

          I received a half full bottle of this EDP from my Mum and whilst I liked using it, it didn't have VIP quality. This EDP is a feminine, confident scent which is best suited for daytime through to evening use rather than for wearing when going on a night out. It is quite strong so little is needed.

          I loved the modern yet intense scent offered by 212 VIP as the scent notes were blended together in an attractive and appealing way. The initial scent offered up a sweet and succulent plent of passion fruit with a warm, rum twist. It didn't reek of alcohol but offered a fruity sort of cocktail scent. The cocktail aroma disappeared after an hour or so but left behind a trace of sweetness.

          After this time has passed, the remaining scent comes across as being quite powdery due to the floral note of gardenia and the remaining sweetness - a nice combination indeed. After around 2hours from the initial application, a rich and authentic vanilla aroma makes an appearance and is not interupted by any artificial or sickly notions about it. The tonka bean adds depth to the vanilla and the overall scent is pleasant. There is a slight trace of the scent on my skin after 7 or 8 hours.

          I like the sweetness of this scent and it sits well on my skin. I wouldn't say it had VIP quality to it but it is worth a buy if you appreciate very sweet perfumes. It isn't overly special or unique but does smell gorgeous and is appealing to me.

          Thanks for reading

          This is a cut down version of my review initially posted on Ciao.

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          12.11.2014 23:42
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          Advantages

          • "long lasting"
          • "soft skin"
          • "smells lush"

          Disadvantages

          • nothing

          I love you Jimmy Choo!

          This body lotion compliments the original Jimmy Choo fragrance and is available from £18.00 for a 150ml tube from online retailers.

          Presented in a baby pink tube, this body lotion contains notes of sweet orange, tiger orchard, pear nectar, toffee and Indonesian patchouli.

          I love perfumed body lotions and this one is no exception. It is perfect to wear alone or topped up with the fragrance. This body lotion has a gorgeous consistency - rich and thick. It feels amazing as I massage it on to my thirsty skin as it becomes quite silky smooth. My skin feels perfectly soothed and cool during application and I find that a small blob is enough to cover a decent sized area of my skin.

          As my skin is dry, I need a decent lotion to keep it hydrated. This body lotion is effective at moisturising my skin and the lotion is quickly absorbed leaving no sticky residue behind. It effortlessly penetrates my skin deep down and leaves it feeling soft and supple all day long. It is very effective on extra rough areas including my elbows and knees. I have sensitive skin and can report no issues with irritation from using this lotion on a regular basis.

          The scent of this lotion is just amazing - definitely one of my favourite designer body lotions. It is quite a strong scent which can easily rival a perfume in terms of strength. It smells expensive and luxurious in my opinion. It has a nice sexy and Summery feel to it which makes me feel special when wearing it. The initial sweet aroma detected by my nose is that of orange. I do notice the other notes in the background and they seem to push forward at random times allowing me to experience a different note with each sniff. I love detecting the warm, succulent toffee and patchouli twist that emerges occasionally. The scent is definitely interesting and unique due to the way the notes come and go.

          This body lotion keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturised all day. The scent is evident on my skin for around 6 hours before it gradually fades and I have been pleased with the overall performance of this delightful body lotion. It therefore comes with my full recommendation as it is a treat to use.

          Thanks for reading :)

          This is an altered version of my review initially posted on Ciao.

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          12.11.2014 23:28
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          Advantages

          • "no need to build the colour"
          • "vibrant colours"
          • design

          Disadvantages

          • "not very moisturising"
          • expensive

          Intense colour but little hydration

          Chubby Stick Intense is a lip balm range offered by Clinique. Today I will be reviewing shade Plushest Punch 05 which can be bought from Clinique stockists for around £17 (3g).

          This lip balm takes form in the shape of a chunky crayon which is coloured like the chosen shade. I received a smaller sized Chubby Stick Intense as part of a Gift With Purchase so didn't have a choice in regards to which shade I received. Plushest Punch is a strong pink shade which blends in well with the other bold shades in this range.

          In use this balm is practical as the crayon is easy to grasp. The lip balm glides across my lips well. The crayon doesn't need sharpening - it simply twists up at the base. The colour transfer is instant and the colour is strong from the moment I apply it on to my lips - this is good and bad as only a little is needed but at the same time I prefer having the choice to control the depth of the colour a little more. Plushest Punch definitely stands out as it is bright and bold on my lips. One slick of colour is definitely enough for me personally.

          The balm itself is lovely smooth. It softens the surface of dry lips but doesn't offer a massive amount of hydration so the softness doesn't last all day. At first, the balm does feel quite heavy on my lips but not for long. It isn't sticky or unpleasant to wear and I haven't experienced any irritation from using it.

          My lips adopt a bright pink colour with a nice glossy finish. I can tone it down a little by lightly dabbing my lips with some tissue paper. The colour and gloss lasts a few hours even when eating and drink. The colour fades gradually and evenly and I do need to reapply it if I am out for the night.

          I recommend this lip balm but would probably opt for a slightly weaker shade if I was to purchase it at full price. The pink shade doesn't look out of place if I have a full face of make up done for a night out but for day to day use it is a little too much for my skin tone. I recommend adding some moisturising lip balm under this if, like me, your lips are prone to cracking.

          Thanks for reading :)

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