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Montagne Jeunesse despite the name is actually a Welsh company.
These face masks are sold in many shops from boots through to on line and Superdrug etc. I think i have seen them in Primark too. They also make foot masks and hair masks as well.
They masks are usually around £1 each but you often see them on deals for 5 for £4 and similar so it is worth shopping around. Often on Ebay you can find bundle lots for less too.
This particular one of mine is a smaller pack and called a sample pack but there was more than enough for one face. Usually I find the full packs will do two faces and i share them with someone or clip the top and use the rest the next day.
This mask not only contains cucumber but has aromatherapy oils to help de stress you at the same time as making your skin feel refreshed.
Cucumber is cooling and refreshing and as I applied this is was certainly cool and it made my eyes sting a little from the vapours, not because I got it in my eyes I hasten to add. I kept it well away from my eyes.
As it dried it became less cool and gradually tightened. My skin looked like I had wrapped it in cling wrap, smooth and shiny.
The most satisfying part of the peel off masks is after you have enjoyed relaxing for as long as you feel you deserve, you can peel the mask off.
It is like peeling off a layer of skin but not at all painful, just very satisfying. I try to get it off in one piece as a challenge but usually fail!
Once I have peeled it all off I wipe my face with my favourite Lush toner to clean it all off and them moisturise as normal.
I can’t honestly say my skin felt much different but I enjoyed the relaxation and the cool feeling as it dried on my skin. It didn’t dry out my skin nor did it irritate it in any way.
The mask is designed for faces that have oily skin and it will deep clean the pores. I believe the peeling off it meant to pull out the gunk but I didn’t inspect the ‘skin’ that I pulled off. I do have enlarged pores and we have been in the sun a lot recently so I felt it would give me a good clean.
My skin feels nice and clean and now I have moisturised it too so it is well nourished as well.
If you want a refreshing and cooling mask after a day in the sun then I would say this would be perfect.
This lovely rich and natural night cream costs around £24 for 30 ml but it is a good price when you consider that everything in it is beneficial, there are no filler ingredients.
This cream won the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) award in 2012 so has been found great by a number of women who know about these things.
I like the smell as it is quite fresh but not too overpowering. It feels nice when applied to my skin, sort of cool and slightly tightening and sinks in pretty quickly into my skin. Initially I though I should apply more but I have been told that I need only apply what my skin will readily absorb so I was happy with that.
In the morning my skin looks healthy and feels soft and not at all tired and grey looking.
Weleda use only natural ingredients and absolutely no petroleum based products or parabens etc. this product is actually suitable for vegans as well.
This night cream has been dermalogically tested and they found that it reduced the appearance of wrinkles, improved elasticity and actually encouraged skin regeneration.Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
"Dermatological test shown that after 28 days of use depth of wrinkles reduced by 35%" According to Weleda website.
I did honestly find my skin looked fresher and the lines less obvious after using this for some time.
Even though Weleda use all natural ingredients they are quite powerful and they suggest that you do a test on a small area for a few days when using something new. I have not had any issues with any of their products and I have skin that is prone to allergies and eczema but best be on the safe side.
I apply this after I have cleansed and cleaned my face and toned it to close the pores. I apply it to my cheeks, forehead and neck and less around my nose and I avoid my eye area as it may sting. I have another product for this sensitive area.
I would certainly recommend this night cream especially if you are slightly older as it is great to help the skin rebuild itself.
According to Weleda : "Weleda's Pomegranate Firming Facial Care is a reinvigorating skincare system created for maturing skin aged 40+. The organic cold-pressed pomegranate seed, argan and borage oils are rich in antioxidants. With daily use the skin becomes firmer and smoother, wrinkles and lines become less apparent."
By using this at night it gives the skin a chance to rejuvenate while relaxed and awya from the stresses of daily life.
I would certainly say my experience backs this up and I would be happy to buy this again once my other stash of products runs out.
I found it felt very nourishing and creamy when applied to my clean damp hair and half the sachet was plenty for one use. I did use the oat shampoo from Weleda so as to get the most advantage from the conditioner.
If you buy the full sized product it comes in an upside down tube which I like as they are easy to get the product out. I had to cut my sachet and I just guessed when I squeezed out half a sachet.
The conditioner was not thick and gloopy and about the consistency of a body lotion yet seemed to feel very creamy and conditioning in my hair. It was a sort of creamy colour too not olden like the shampoo in the same range.
I quite like the smell , it is kind of oaty but with a hint of something herby and slightly floral but very subtle.
The notes I have since discovered are “Mimosa are combined with the sweet-balmy scent of tonka beans to create a delicious fragrance, anchored by the aromatic scent of Cedar wood oil.” I have to say the scent was subtle and pleasant but certainly not overpowering and I would not have detected all those.
After washing and then conditioning with this my hair felt light and well fed. It was easy to comb through when wet and it felt silky yet not heavy and greasy. The smell didn't really last in my hair once dry but my hair smelled clean and fresh.
I was impressed that my scalp did not itch and become eczematic as it can do at times around the back on my neckline . My hair dried nicely and was Easy to style. My hair felt light and clean and looks healthy too . I can't say I noticed any shine but my hair being so curly rarely shines. If I ever use a straightener it shines but not unless.
I liked the conditioner but didn’t find it did any better job that some of my other natural conditioners. It certainly beats some of the cheaper ones I have used which leave my hair feeling heavy and greasy though.
This is a really good quality conditioner that I would be more than happy to buy as it smells pleasant and does a good gentle job of conditioning my hair. It doesn't harm the environment and the product has not been tested on animals not is anything Weleda make or use. Although I am happy to use this conditioner it comes at a price comparable with other natural products and is more expensive than those full of parabens and chemicals. So if natural, organic earth friendly products are something you appreciate then give this one a try.
One of my favourite products from Weleda are their shampoos. I have now tried them all in the new range and like them all. They have a wheat one, an oat one and this millet one and they are all 100% natural and lovely fresh natural scent which is quite subtle but very pleasant.
This is suitable for anyone to use as it is very gentle on your hair and is vegan friendly too. This Millet shampoo is their Nourishing Shampoo. The Oat one is the Replenishing one while the Wheat is the Balancing one. I like them all but I think the Millet one is the best for my quite dry hair.
This lovely nourishing shampoo has organic macadamia nut oil and extracts of organic millet husks and sage included in the ingredients and these all provide gentle cleansing whilst also nourishing the hair so that it keeps its natural suppleness.
I find this shampoo doesn't instantly lather like some but it lathers enough to wash my hair and I don't use any more than with any other shampoo. My hair feels clean and it does not feel heavy or weighed down. I use the Weleda conditioner after and my hair really does feel softer and lighter than with many other more popular brands of shampoo.
I love the way it feels light and soft and yet also has a nice shine as well. If I wash my hair with this I don't need to wash it again for a couple of days as it doesn't feel heavy and greasy and keeps quite nice and soft. Because my hair is thick and quite course I wash my hair when I feel it needs it. I don't like it feeling heavy, it never looks greasy but is just stiffer and heavier. This shampoo allows me an extra day of no heavy feeling.
It is not the kind of scent that people will be bowled over with once you have dried your hair but if you smell some one's head when they have used this you can detect the scent just.
You can buy this from Weleda on line of Naturisimo and sometimes the latter is cheaper. I have also found some on Ebay for less too. The recommended retail price is £8.95 and for that you get a recycleable squeezy bottle of 190 ml of product. I am nt sure why it is 190 ml and not 200 ml as that is an odd amount I think.
I find that my bottle using it daily will last me about a month but my daughter who has longer thicker hair might only get a couple of weeks of washes from this. I find it hard to judge as I use different shampoos and don't always use the same one for a set time period.
Weleda have developed these lovely baby products in collaboration with midwives and they are specially formulated to be gentle enough for baby and infant skins. I bought this for using on my granddaughter after hearing about the new baby products at my Weleda promotion Day
This Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash has extracts from Weleda's biodynamically grown Calendula flowers . Calendula is perfect for gentle skins as it soothes the skin and scalp while at the same time it makes skin baby silky soft.
The entire range of calendula baby products including this have been approved by paediatricians and dermatologists.
This is created for babies but you can of course use it as an adult or for children as well especially if they suffer from sensitive skin with the potential for eczema and rashes.
This entire range of baby products have won many awards for natural baby products from magazines and baby groups and parenting magazines. On the website there are at least ten awards for the products as natural baby products but I won't list them all just take a look at the website.
This is a 2 in 1 product which can be used as a shampoo and a body wash . It has almond oil as well as the wonderful organic calendula extract and both these help prevent dryness as they get deep into the skin's protective layer.
Weleda say it is gentle on the eyes but I was still careful when using it on my granddaughter's hair. I didn't have any issues when using it on my hair. I found it left my hair soft and well cleansed but I did use a conditioner after washing on my hair.I didn't use a conditioner on my granddaughter's hair and it felt lovely and soft and was not hard to comb through after washing.
It lathered well both as a body wash and as a shampoo but not so much that we would use it as a bubble bath. This is a lovely gentle body wash and neither my granddaughter nor I found it irritated our skin and we both have a tendency to eczema
As with all Weleda products this is 100% natural with 53% organic ingredients and it is suitable for vegans.
This Calendula range has been Certified Natural Baby Care and is free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants and raw material derived from mineral oils. It is as they say full of 100% natural ingredients.
This is a lovely gentle product that I would thoroughly recommend.It costs £6.95 for 200 ml .
This product was one of a few I have been given by the lovely people at Weleda and I have yet to find a product that I don't like.
Weleda make all their products using natural ingredients and none of them have any parabens or synthetics so they are great for anyone who cares about these things and for anyone with skin that is sensitive. having said that Weleda do say that if you have sensitive skin it is best to do a patch test on new, untried products.
This is a day cream so not quite as intense or thick as the night cream but even so it is a lovely rich, moisturising cream. It has been created for those with dry skin as it is designed using ingredients that helps regulate the skin’s natural balance at the same time as giving plenty of moisturising.
This lightly scented moisturising day cream has witch hazel which is soothing and jojoba seed oil which helps to soften the skin at the same time as improving elasticity.
I find this is light enough to not feel heavy and soaks in quickly leaving my skin feeling healthy and not greasy at all. It allows my to apply my make up with no slippery feeling at all.
I have found that my skin feels good day long and at no time do I feel I need a moisture top up.
I love the scent , it isn't overwhelming but is pleasantly floral with a hint of talciness to it.
This is a perfect day cream and at night you can use the Iris night cream or a different night product should you fancy. This day Cream is a richer choice than the Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion so you have a choice of a number of different creams in the same iris options and so you can use which suits your skin at the time.
The thing to remember when applying creams to your face or indeed any other part of yor body, only apply as much as the skin can readily absorb. there is no need to plaster it on as it does not get any better by applying more than needed.
The iris in this day cream is there because the iris properties help the skin regulate its moisture level. Iris extracts not only moisturise the top layer of the skin but they stimulate the skin layer which produces keratin which helps keep skin younger.The iris fatty acids in the extracts also work on the deeper layers of skin.
This is a lovely gentle, pleasant smelling day cream that makes my skin feel lovely and well balanced and moisturised.
I was lucky enough to go to a Weleda promotion Day and we learned a lot about their ethics, products and we visited the garden and were given tour by the head gardener.
The calendula were all in flower and we had the chance to make the infusion from the fresh plants. The garden is organic and while they don#t make this product at the Ilkeston site we were still able to try the entire range of products and were given many samples to take home.
This is a lovely gentle creamy bath product and designed for babies but can also be used for anyone with very sensitive skins. Weleda make a range of creamy bath washes and this is similar to those in that it doesn't really lather much but feels lovely and creamy leaving the skin gently cleansed land feeling soft and healthy.
This costs around £8.95 for 200 ml which is a little more than some brands but for a natural product this is not a bad price I feel.
Calendula is a wonderful plant well known for healing wounds, reducing inflammation, and as a natural antiseptic. It is great for anyone suffering from eczema.
This not only has the lovely calendula in it but also has Almond and organic Sesame oils which ensure baby's skin and yours if you use it will be smooth and supple and it also protects the skin from moisture loss as well.
This is a liquid creamy product a bit like thin cream and smells pleasant but quite mild, a natural sort of herby aroma to me.
The scent doesn't linger long on my skin after drying off but I did find it lingered longer on my granddaughter who I used it on as she has sensitive skin prone to eczema and it certainly didn't irritate her skin but I only used it a couple of times when I bathed her at our house.
I liked this so much that I am buying this as part of my welcome basket when our next grandchild arrives. I would recommend all the calendula baby range as they are guaranteed all natural and designed for baby skin which is so much more sensitive than ours.
To use this just squirt a couple of squirts into the bath water when you have filled it and tested it for the temperature for baby.
To keep the product clean and free of nasties make sure you close the cap properly and keep the nozzle clean too.
The product has won numerous awards for it quality from various baby groups and magazines such as Prima, Mother and baby and Best natural baby brand so it is well respected by those in the know.
You don't have to be a baby to use this and I love this and their other creamy baby washes; they are all great but this is specially good for babaies and those with skin alllergies.
My niece uses this shampoo all the time as she has very sensitive skin and scalp so when I stayed with my sister for a few days I used this .
My experience is based on the uses over four days and I washed my hair daily.
I found that this lathered well and although the scent is not strong it os pleasant and mild.
I loved the way my hair felt afterwards as it felt clean, light and felt lovely and soft.
Some shampoos are just too heavy and leave my hair feeling heavy and lank. This felt like it had washed all the garbage out of my hair and left it feeling naturally healthy and yet still easy to style.
I checked up on how much this cost as I thought I would buy some but after i saw the price I decided I could not afford it.
There is a matching conditioner which is clear like this shampoo and also leaves my hair feeling clean but not striped, healthy but not heavy.
I did like this but find Weleda shampoo does a similar job for less money
I bought this hoping it would tighten my tummy which is showing signs of enjoying my food too much combined with old age. This claims to have fat burning caffeine which is supposed to help get rid of fat cells. It also has Synephrine which they claim smooths and tightens skin. Also in this product is Lecithin which is known to soften and hydrate skin.
They suggest you apply this after a shower or bath when the pores of your skin are open and receptive to absorbing anything you apply to it externally.
Once you are dry then apply this cream in a circular massage motion to your tummy. I find it goes in pretty quickly and smells okay, certainly not unpleasant but I get no tingling or anything sensational happening to make me feel that the fat is burning up.
I do think that this works better if you also do lots of tummy exercises too as it is not a magic fat reducing cream despite its claims.
Like all fat burning products this is expensive and costs around £20 for a measly 100 ml and you need a fair amount to spread on the tummy I found as it does soak in pretty fast .
My verdict is don't bother. It is exensive and doesn't make a scrap of difference or rather it didn't for me. As always diet and lots of tummy toning exercise is the only effective tummy tightening. If it was really this easy then they would sell buckets of the stuff.
It is a nice enough moisturiser but there are just as good for a lot less money in my opinion.
The idea of this is that you apply this cool clear pale green gel to your face skin when it is dry. I then left it for some time – depending on how long I had it was between five minutes and half an hour. When you apply it you rub it in with dry fingers gently in an upwards movement for about a minute and you can rinse it off then but as I said it depends on what I am doing when I apply it as to how long I leave it. Some skin rubbish comes to the surface as you massage the product into your skin After that I rinsed it off with warm water and used a face cloth.
Once rinsed off my skin felt clean and smooth and I think my pores looked cleaner and less obvious too.
After using this for a week or so I found my skin did seem to look brighter and it certainly felt nice to touch.
It is a kind of exfoliator but it has no scrubby grains in it so it is very gentle so fine for sensitive skins and also okay to use on acne prone skin as it will not aggravate it. It also has anti ageing benefits which is the appeal to me!
I can't say I am wanting my skin whitened but the other benefits make this a great product to use. It isn't cheap as it costs around £22 for a 60ml tube. I felt quite pleased with my two 10 ml samples for which I paid nothing as that would have cost me around £7 to buy.
Green Tea extract is a strong anti-oxidant as those that drink it regularly already know and it helps to delay the skin’s ageing process and reduce the damage from sun’s rays.
Apart from green tea it also has Korean soybean which whitens the skin which is considered important in Asia. This soybean is fermented with 'Bacillus Subtilis which will produce Cellplus+ which helps whiten and moisturise the skin.
he Ginseng increases skin cell renewal and also helping hydrate ,nourish and brighten dull skin.
Pomelo( kind of like a large grapefruit) Extract is rich in Vitamin C and helps protect the skin from free radical damage and again helps whiten.
Pearl Power is once again whitening and also nourishing , it renews skin cells, corrects UV damage and leaves skin with ' a sheer, radiant glow on skin.'
Biogel in this helps the skin absorb nutrients into the skin cells
I have been using mine about two weeks and I only use it once or twice a week and I think it is going to last me some time at this rate.
After using this and rinsing it off as described I then toned and moisturised my face as usual. I have been very happy with my experience so far and would buy this again.
Mine is a pretty simple mini spray vial but the real thing comes in a bomb or grenade shaped bottle with a silver pull off cap. The box is very pretty with a dull pink colour looking as though it is wrapped with a dark ribbon and sealed with V&R in the centre like a blob of sealing wax.
I like the bottle and the box is feminine without being too girly and ‘pretty pretty’.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The prices vary but the 30 ml is around £49 and 50 ml is £55 on the Boots website. I would say it always pays to shop around as it is widely available so may be on offer somewhere.
NOTES AND SMELLS
The top notes are tea and bergamot, middle notes of sambac jasmine, orchid, freesia, and rose, and the base note of patchouli.
This is a good strong scent that is sweet, floral with a creamy note that then dies down to a lovely feminine deep creamy floral as the patchouli begins to give the lighter notes some depth.
I find this a lovely uplifting aroma and when I wear it I feel good and content. It might be because in my mind I associate it with holidays as I spray it liberally on me in the Duty free shops.
It is not subtle when it first is applied. The floral profusion hits with a bang. These are the sweet, notes of freesia, orchid, jasmine and rose which I think are pretty and lovely floral scents mixed so that they give a lovely strong floral scent but not sweet and sicly or cloying at all. After some ten minutes this dies down to the lovely feminine scent and this lasts for some good time and this is when you benefit from the subtle notes of patchouli which gives it the warmth, depth and body. It can often still smell it on me after a seven hour flight so not bad really.
This is in no way a unisex scent, it is definitely a feminine scent. It is summery and fresh but I don’t think it is restricted to being a summer scent as the heart notes do give it depth and lasting quality.
When I wear it my husband comments . He doesn’t always notice scents but he does become aware of some and this one he does say ‘you smell nice’ when I wear it. I do notice he tends NOT to say it at the airport just after I have applied it though and that it probably tactical so I am not encouraged in any way to make a purchase!
I would be happy to have this in a full size as it could be worn anywhere I feel. It is light enough for day but has a depth that would take it into an evening perfume too. It lasts well and is pretty and feminine and flirty.
This one came in a nice mini box similar to the one the full sized perfume comes in. It is quite understated but also classy.
My mini spray is white plastic with a pink lid. Simple and rather functional to my mind. The actual full sized bottle is more attractive and is sort of chunky square in clear pale pink glass with a clear diamond cut plastic/glass stopper of the spray.
I see on the Boots website that 50 ml of this in a spray bottle will set you back nearly £50 while 100 ml is pretty close to the £100 mark. I suspect if you shop around you may find it cheaper but it is one of the more expensive eau de toilettes generally.
WHAT NOTES ABOUND?
The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord.
The heart notes are Peony, magnolia and fresh lotus
The base notes are amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods.
The initial spray of this is very light and fresh, sweet but with a pleasant sort of water melon note to soften the sweetness. That is probably the pomegranate as that is not a sweet aroma. The yuzu is a Japanese orange type of fruit so again fresh and citrussy and heaven knows what frosted accords are except presumably fresh and like a frosty day.
It began to fade after about half an hour which is not surprising as it is an EDT not an EDP. The floral notes became more obvious but again in a subtle way not heavily floral nor too sweet. The strange thing is that I can also smell roses and there is no rose element listed in the notes maybe it comes from the peony notes combined with others. This stage was lovely freshly floral and a very 'pretty' feminine fragrance to me.
About three hours after I first applied the eau de toilette I could still smell it on my wrist which is where I apply all my perfumes for reviewing purposes. I then write the review over time taking note of the scent developing and changing.
The dry down is still floral and fresh with the warm musky notes giving a depth to the scent. I am afraid the amber was too subtle for my unqualified nose but the end result is a lovely fresh floral scent with a warm heart but not at all heavy.
This to me is a lovely light fresh floral, very feminine and perfect for a summer 's day.It is not dominating but it is very much there and I would be happy to wear it.
I can't say I will be rushing to buy it , mainly as I already have far too many perfumes but also because it doesn't have the wow factor for me. It is a pretty and youthful scent and I will happily use my sample and would apply it at an airport but probably not buy it myself.
These usually sell for £2.50. There are three different scents to chose from; ‘Cool and Zesty’ which comes with a lime green lid, ‘Chilled and Breezy’ with a blue lid and finally, ‘Fresh and Floral’ with a pink one. Each of the scent options comes either in a roll on or a stick option and my choice was the roll on. The roll ons also have the option to buy refills which are 50p cheaper than the full roll on kit .
This ‘ Chilled and Breezy’ The smell of this deodorant is quite pleasant, kind of sea beeze, cotton fresh or clean linen kind of scent. I found it pleasant enough but not wonderful. The ingredients state that this has volcanic minerals and essential oils. I think this has a hint of rosemary but nothing much else really stands out. The scent is subtler that the ‘Cool and Zesty’ one and I also found this less effective as a deodorant as well.
This deodorant contains has aloe vera from Guatamala and alcohol from Ecuador both countries being part of the Community trade projects. The aloe vera and sugar cane needed to make the alcohol are both grown on farms using organic production processes. The Body Shop’s trade with these Community Trade farmers ensures that they receive a regular and fair income.
It smells quite pleasant but I find that as a deodorant it is less effective that the other one I tried. It would certainly require a re application during the day to keep my arm pits smelling fresh. I was rather disappointed with this one and would not buy it again.
On the plus side there were no stains or marks on my clothes under my armpits . Also a positive is the fact that I was able to use this deodorant straight after shaving my armpits and it didn’t sting at all . Another positive is that I had no reaction or allergy from using it either.
This is a deodorant not an anti perspirant but I did expect it to keep me from having smelly armpits.
The difference between a deodorant and an anti-perspirant is that a deodorant will help mask or kill odours caused by perspiration whereas, anti-perspirants control or stop perspiration by using ingredients such as aluminium salts.
This product is a deodorant but not the best I have used as I found it was not that effective and I have found other better products that I will buy in future.
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I was actually quite impressed with the price of this for a serum. For the small 28 ml bottle you pay around £12 which is a lot less than many serums around. However if it is cheap does it work as well? It is always hard to judge these things as it is a bit subjective. The lines are realistically NOT going to disappear now, they are here to stay and will inevitable get worse as I get older but what I am hoping for is to delay the inevitable.
Unfortunately when I was younger and living in Australia I probably didn’t look after my skin as well as I should have so I am desperately making up for it now.
This is a clear slightly gel like serum which smell lovely sweet and fresh. It goes on so easily and is very quickly sucked into my skin leaving it feeling slightly tighter, firm and not at all greasy or oily, quite matt in fact.
I was quite surprised at how matt the effect was considering this is a Vitamin E serum with oil but the oils in it must be very light and quickly absorbed. The oils in this serum are wheat germ oil, Sunflower and Jojoba oils and it also contains Marula, Sesame and Soya oils from Community Fair Trade farmers . So lots of lovely oils to feed your skin and keep it healthy.
I just dipped my fingers in my pot then gentle massaged it over my face.
There are lots of lovely good ingredients in this but I fear there are others which are not so great. I am not going to list all the ingredients but some do cause me concern and they are mainly the fragrance ingredients. Now although I said I liked the smell of this I would prefer it smelled of natural ingredients rather than non natural ones. To be truthful I would prefer no scent if it meant no artificial ingredients. Now some artificial ingredients are harmless but some are questionable.
I rather went off Body shop when they sold out to L’oreal and I know that they do sometimes test on animals. They cannot do this in Europe but they have recently bought a Chinese beauty company and in China the government requires such trials for every new beauty product.
The Body Shop products cannot be sold in China as they do still stand by the non animal testing ethic but it is a bit tricky when they are owned by L’Oreal to separate the two in my mind.
I will leave the ethics question up to you to research further but as a product I would recommend this.
It is good value compared to some of the premium brands and having tried them both I would choose this one over the Clinique one any day. They seem to do about the same to my skin and this is far cheaper and actually feels nicer and smells pleasant too.
Audrey and Joel marry in kind of a whirl wind rush and commit their lives to protests and fighting the injustices of the world. Joel is a lawyer and Audrey supports all his causes.
One day Joel has a stroke and ends up in a coma and the family are left rethinking their lives and what it all means.
Audrey discovers Joel had a secret life and she is forced to re-examine her ideas about their forty-year marriage. This forces her into a kind of angry depression.
Their children all have their own issues that they are living through and then their father's coma also forces them to think about their lives as well as their relationship with their rather unpleasant and angry mother.
Rosa has found some solace in hunting for her Jewish roots and finding out about Judaism. She is mocked by her mother but pressured by her Jewish friends to be more committed.
Karla found her comfort in food and is rather overweight. She is married but they cannot have children and her husband Mike wants them. They are going along the adoption route and Karla is not quite so sure. She also becomes involved with the owner of a newspaper concession at her work.
Lenny the adopted son who Audrey feels closest too and Joel didn't get along with is back on drugs and enabled by Audrey handing him money as she feels that is showing her caring for him
Jean, Audrey' long suffering a very supportive friend is constantly there for her despite Audrey's anger and rudeness.
Hannah, Joel's mother feels resentful and upset that her son should be dying while she is still around.
Such is the story, not a lot happens and we are really just joining a rather odd family in their time of crisis as they look back over their lives and question their relationships.
I found the characters a little too extreme but that is part of the humour I think. The Litvinoff tribe or family set their stall out as being hard line socialists who have proudly and loudly rejected their Jewish heritage. They are anti establishment ans unorthodox in every way.
I found it very hard to warm to Audrey who was not a great mother and an angry bed tempered person, lazy, slovenly and not really appealing at all. I did wonder why her friend, Jean was so good to her and why her daughters still came round and also tried to support her as she was like a prickly bad tempered cactus.
I particularly liked the story when Hannah was struggling with her fancy massage and adjustable chair. She couldn't work the chair using the control yet would not allow any of her granddaughters to help. She almost ended up being ejected after her efforts.
I found it a very different book, a strange story but somehow compelling and I certainly didn't find it hard going.