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      18.11.2014 22:58
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      • 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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        Advantages

        • 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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      • Avon Bronzing Pearls / Sun Care / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        12.11.2014 23:15
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        • longevity
        • "nice coverage and colour"
        • quality

        Disadvantages

        • "I don't like the sponge"

        Bronzed without being orange..

        These bronzing pearls are from the Avon Glow range and are normally priced around the £10 mark. They are available in two shades - warm and cool.

        The pearls are presented in a functional plastic pot with a screw top lid. Included is an application sponge and lots of little pearls. To use this product you simply swirl the sponge or a brush over the pearls and transfer the colour to your face for a bronzed look.

        I paid £5 for these face pearls and purchased the cool shade as I don't like to look overly bronzed. These bronzing pearls are perfect for using during the summer to compliment a summer glow. I personally liked using them when I had a slight tan but probably would use a blusher during the colder months.

        I am not a fan of the sponges Avon provide but it is a decent size and soft to the touch. I personally choose to use a chunky brush. The pearls are different shades - warm pink and also golden. A decent amount of powder is transferred with little effort on my part and I find this product easy to use.

        The colour transfers to my skin well and can be builded to achieve different levels of colour. I only apply a small amount to my cheeks and this offers just the right level of colour for my pale to medium skin tone - not a heavy, rich bronze but more of an even, warm glow which I prefer. My skin feels soft and not irritated when using these bronzing pearls.

        The colour lasts well on my skin and feels lightweight. I find that the sun reflects a delicate shimmer on my skin which is nice and therefore I sometimes apply a little of this bronzer around my shoulder and neck area if I am wearing a strappy top. At no point does the colour look orange of fake and it lasts most of the day without going patchy or needing topped up.

        I recommend the cool shade for those who don't like heavy bronzers as it can be adjusted to suit your skin tone. I never pay full price for these pearls as they can usually be found on some kind of offer online at www.avonshop.co.uk or through your Avon rep.

        Thanks for reading :)

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        08.11.2014 23:30
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        • light
        • refreshing
        • gentle

        Disadvantages

        • "there are better available"
        • "not hydrating enough"

        Perhaps a little too simple for my skin..

        This facial toner is from the 'Kind To Skin' range offered by Simple. It contains pro vitamin B5 and B3 along with a combination of skin kind ingredients. Chamomile soothes the skin,whilst witch hazel tightens pores and helps tone skin. This toner is free from alcohol, perfume, colour and harsh chemicals. It is suitable for sensitive skin as it has been dermatologically tested and approved. This toner should help remove make up and leave skin soft and refreshed. This toner is presented in a green bottle.

        A 200ml bottle will set you back £3.29.

        I like to cleanse, tone and moisturise nearly every day (if I am not going out, I sometimes don't bother). My sister picked this up for me from Boots as my skin hasn't been too good recently. I have dry, sensitive skin so she thought it would be useful for me to use this.

        I dispense a small amount of this toner on to a cotton pad. It is clear and looks like slightly bubbly water. There is a very faint scent present but it doesn't smell perfumed. It is a very light and gentle scent. This toner feels lovely and cool against my skin. I don't need to use much to tone my full face and this toner is non-irritating and very nice and soothing against my rough, sensitive skin. It is a light toner which doesn't feel greasy on my skin.

        This toner helps remove traces of make up that my cleanser may have missed. My skin is left looking healthy and feeling refreshed after using this toner. I don't use it around my eye area. I often use this without using a cleanser beforehand and it does effectively remove my make up without me needing to scrub or put in much effort. One issue I have is that my skin doesn't really experience much in the way of hydration through using this toner. My skin is prone to dry patches and I feel that my forehead area in general feels a little dried out. The rest of my skin absorbs the toner well without leaving any residue. I do need to apply a rich moisturiser after using his toner to lock in the hydration that my skin needs. The rest of my skin feels nice and soft for a short while.

        I like the toning and refreshing aspect of this toner but my dry skin on my forehead doesn't reap the hydrating benefits of this toner. This toner is reasonably priced but I had used better for around the same price. Now that we are coming in to colder weather, I do need more intensive products for my dry skin so this one is likely to end up at the back of the shelf in favour for a less drying toner. A little is needed per use so the bottle lasts well in my experience. Recommended if you have sensitive but not overly dry skin.

        Thanks for reading :)

        Tweaked ciao review

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        08.11.2014 22:09
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        Advantages

        • "soft skin"
        • " asborbs well"
        • "light and refreshing"
        • scent

        Disadvantages

        • "not as hydrating as I would like for dry areas"
        • expensive

        Just not enough for my skin..

        This review discusses my use of the Clarins HydraQuench Cream for normal to dry skin types. It is priced at £35 for a 50ml jar.

        This cream is designed to moisturise and refresh skin whilst leaving it looking radiant. It contains :

        *Katafray - limits dehydration
        *Hyaluronic acid - restors water reserves
        *Rowan tree buds - radiance booster
        *Alpine willow herbs - vitamins and antioxidants
        *Pomegranate - tightening pores
        *Sorbier tree - circulation

        My experience of using this face cream is through using two gift with purchase tubes I received in different sets. I have dry, sensitive skin and hoped this cream would be beneficial for my skin. The texture of this cream is thick yet creamy and lightweight. It does feel a tad greasy during application but quickly absorbs and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cool. This cream doesn't feel overly rich or heavy on my skin and it has a light scent that reminds me of baby lotion. It is kind to sensitive skin.

        My skin does feel nice and soft after applying this cream and whilst I feel that it hydrates most of my face, I don't feel that it is intensive enough for the dryer areas such as my forehead and nose. It is definitely better suited to normal to lightly dry skin as opposed to very dry skin in my experience. It doesn't deliver enough hydration to cope with my bouts of really dry skin but is fine for when my skin is behaving a bit better.

        What I do like about this cream is that my skin is left glowing and healthy in apperance. The normal areas of skin are left hydrated for a good number of hours but I would expect something a bit more intensive for the price. I would highly recommend trying before you buy as £35 is a lot to shell out for a potentially unsuitable product.

        Thanks for reading

        (this review has been shortened from my review originally posted on Ciao)

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        08.11.2014 21:55
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        Advantages

        • "soft skin"
        • "classy scent"
        • "long lasting"

        Disadvantages

        • "highly perfumed"
        • expensive

        'The fragrance of a thousand flowers'

        This review is based on my experience of the Estee Lauder Beautiful Body Lotion which is priced around the £34 mark for a 250ml bottle.

        This body lotion is promoted as being lightweight and hydrating. It offers the same scent as the matching perfume and includes notes of lillies, roses, orange blossoms, marigolds and also citrus and woody notes.

        My Mum gave me a tube of this body lotion and whilst I rarely opt for heavy floral scents, I quite like this one for occasional use. It is strong enough that I do not feel the need to layer it with the matching perfume. Both products layered together offer a rather overpowering aroma in my experience.

        The body lotion itself has a nice consistency which is easily dispensed from the tube or pump dispenser bottle. Only a little lotion is needed to coat my skin and I find that this lotion spreads well and leaves my skin feeling soothed. This body lotion absorbs quickly leaving no residue. I find it to be light yet hydrating for my skin especially on dry patches. My skin feels moisturised all day long and very soft.

        If you like floral scents then you are likely to appreciate the classic scent of Beautiful. There is a nice blend of floral notes used and the overall scent is highly perfumed. The rose note is most prominent with there being a delicate sweet and citrussy undertone present too. This aroma lasts for a few hours before a warming touch of amber and sandalwood becomes evident. The scent is long lasting - around 8 hours.

        This body lotion is expensive but it offers a nice treat for the skin and I recommend it if you are a fan of the Beautiful scent. I have sensitive skin and this body lotion is kind to my skin.

        Thanks for reading

        (shorterned version of my review posted on Ciao)

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        06.11.2014 21:27
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        Advantages

        • "easy to use"
        • "longevity of results"
        • "hydrates hair"

        Disadvantages

        • "not crazy on the smell"

        a deeply hydrating conditioner

        Under review is 'Natural Classic Original Formula Hair Conditioner;.

        This conditioner is a treatment wax made from pure henna. It is designed to revitalise all hair types and in particularly damaged hair. This conditioner will not dye hair. It is presented in a tall, cylinder shaped tub with a screw top lid.

        My sister gave me a tub of this condition as my hair is very dry and is damaged through tinting and heat. This conditioner should be applied to wet,just washed hair. A towel should be wrapped around your hair for 15-30minutes before rinsing.

        I personally have been using this conditioner once per week for the past month to deeply hydrate my dry, coloured hair. This conditioner is thick, white and glossy. My hair is half way down my back so I apply a generous sized dollop of this conditioner to my hair. The conditioner spreads well and my hair is well coated. The conditioner has a light scent which is quite fresh smelling - not my favourite smelling conditioner but nice enough.

        Due to the condition of my hair, I wrap a hot, damp towel around my head and relax for the full 30mins. The conditioner takes a few minutes to fully rinse from my hair as it sits quite heavy in my hair. As I rinse this from my hair, I am immediately aware of how soft and smooth my hair feels. This conditioner effectively conditions and hydrates my hair with each use and I find that I can get away with not conditioning my hair in between uses.

        My hair is left hydrated, light and bouncy without any residue or greasy feel. A mild scent remains on my hair for a short while. I am happy to use this as a deep conditioning treatment as my hair does benefit from the henna formula. My tub is 480g and this provides approx 6-12 applications depending on the length and thickness of hair. My hair is both long and thick so I don't have much product left. This product hasn't irritated my sensitive scalp. You can buy this conditioner from Amazon for £3.99.

        Thanks for reading :)

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