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My boyfriend and I bought two bottles of this Morrisons value anti-bacterial handwash absolutely ages ago, when I told him that we really needed some handwash in the kitchen rather than faffing around with soap. We don;t normally shop in Morrisons, but I'm glad that we did on that occasion.
The bottle (not the most exciting bottle in the world) is 500ml so pretty big for a handwash - it came in a sort-of transparent bottle (not completely clear), so you can see the blue liquid inside - useful for knowing how much is left. On the back is a list of ingredients and other information.
To use simply push down the nozzle on the top, get some of the liquid soap on your hand, get some warm water and lather together with your other hand. Clean, and rinse. It's not the most exciting handwash in the world - it is an aquatic type smell, very fresh smelling. It's certainly not chemically smelling like many cheap products are.
Although this is a cheap value product, it's a bit thicker than some cheap handwashes. However, although it isn't as thick as some more expensive brands, you really don't need a lot of it to feel like you're getting a good clean. I have to say that our first bottle lasted for absolutely ages - I am not sure how it lasted so long actually. We are now coming towards the end of our second bottle. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again if we happen to be in Morrisons when we're next looking for some handwash. I'm not sure how much it cost, but I imagine it was less than £1.
I imagine I was initially attracted to this Palmolve aquarium handwash due to the cut packaging. It is a transparent handwash bottle (containing 300ml) with an aquarium scene with a fish set back in the bottle. It is colourful and lovely looking (I think children in particular will like it, and it will hopefully make handwashing more fun) - a welcome addition to any kitchen or bathroom I think. On the back of the bottle is a label with loads on information on such as ingredients (which I won't regurgitate as you can see for yourself if buyingO.
We are currently using this handwash in our bathroom. Personally I prefer handwashes to soaps as I find them easier to use, and less stressful than ending up dropping wet bars of soap on the bathroom floor. I'm not sure they're actually more hygienic, but I like to tell myself they are.
To use this simply push down on the nozzle, get some of the blue liquid soap on your hand, run under some warm water, lather up with the other hand and rinse. The smell of this handwash is lovely and fresh, with an aqua fragrance. It makes my hands feel clean, with a nice scent, but nothing which is overpowering or lingers which I wouldn't want.
I'm not sure what I paid for this, but looking on the Internet it costs just 89p in Superdrug which is very good value for such a high quality handwash. Unlike cheaper brands it is thick so less is needed, and the bottle seems to last for a long time. I would highly recommend this handwash and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I have a massive 900ml bottle of this TRESemme Colour Revitalise conditioner. I also have the matching shampoo. I bought them absolutely ages ago, but they have been sitting in the bathroom at my house, and I only brought them to my boyfriend's house recently. Being big bottles they don't fit as well in the shower as normal bottles, so I was waiting until I had run out of my normal shampoo and conditioner, so now was the time to start using them again.
The bottle is white in colour, with a red and white label on the front. On the back there's loads of information, such as ingredients, how to use, and other stuff like that it protects colour for 40 washes.
This conditioner is has colour fade protection. I bleach my hair, so not sure if this is exactly the right one for me to be using, but it seems to work ok for me.
I firstly wash my hair with shampoo and rinse. Then I apply a very generous amount of this conditioner, mainly because the bottle is so big rather than actually needing a lot - starting at the roots and ending at the tips. I feel it's nice to use a bit to make sure I cover all of my hair well as it's pretty thick (even though it falls out everywhere since having a baby!) As it says on the bottle I leave in for 2-3 minutes before rinsing out. I normally pass the time by doing something like having a half hearted attempt at shaving my legs.
I find this conditioner works as well on my hair as any other does - nothing really makes my hair look amazing as it's in a bit of a state, but it definitiely helps keep it look reasonable, and it feels soft after washing.
Tresemme used to be expensive I believe, but it's not now. In fact, these 900ml bottles are currently on offer in Asda for £2.30 which is a bargain for so much.
4 out of 5 stars from me.
I had never even heard of dry shampoos until I joined review writing sites, and I didn't have much of a need for it, as I tend to just wash my hair every other day.
However, I was in Superdrug before having my baby and decided on impulse to buy a bottle just in case, and I put it in my hospital bag. It's a big 200ml bottle, and was on special offer costing just £1, rather than the usual £1.99 - bargain! It is a brightly coloured bottle with green stripes on it. It is suitable for all hair types.
I didn't need to use it in hospital, but have used it on quite a few occasions since having the baby. I was so blessed during pregnancy as my hair only needed to be washed every thired day, but after childbirth it was back to being every other day. Sometimes there just isn't time, especially if my boyfriend is sleeping after a night shift and I don't want to disturb him with the hairdryer, but I still need to get out to go to a baby group.
Today is one of these days. I also really need to dye my hair, so don't see the point in washing it now if I'm going to have to do it later. Therefore since it's a hair washing day, my roots and fringe in particular were a bit greasy. I got the bottle, shook it vigorously, and sprayed quite liberally on my hair, especially on the roots and fringe. I then massaged it through with my fingers, brushed and tied up as usual.
To look at it has made a big difference, and I feel ok to go out looking like this. My roots no longer look greasy at all. Probably I will have to reapply in a few hours as I have another appointment. But it really is amazing for a short term fix.
I am pleasantly surprised by the smell (I have the original one) which is quite mild, slightly floral, but nothing offensive.
I definitely recommend this, especially to other mums - this really is a brilliant product, and although I only use occasionally, it's great having it on standby. 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Having finished my boyfriend's Radox shower gel I decided today to use one of his others. This is Morrison's Aqua Splash shower gel. There's not a great deal left in the bottle so he must have been using it (although he prefers soap - weirdo!)
This comes in a very plain clear bottle which is 400ml. You can see the blue shower gel through it. On the back there is a comprehensive list of ingredients (which I won't regurgitate) and other usual product information as you'd expect, such as the bottle being recyclable.
The bottle opens at the top which I don't like as it means it's harder when you get to the bottom of the bottle and you can't stand it upside down.
The shower gel is thinner than more expensive ones, but not too much so, you don't need much extra, It lathers up surprisingly well, and was nice to use with my shower puff. It smells aquatic, not overpowering, but generally quite nice. I think it's suitable for men and women. I like aqua fragrances anyway. The shower gel leaves me feeling clean and refreshed. The smell doesn't linger afterwards.
I'm not sure what it cost (and can't find on the website) but think around 70-80p which isn't bad. It's nothing special, and obviously I prefer my Soap and Glory products, but it's perfectly adequate for the job, and particularly good if you only have time for quick showers (in my case due to having a baby).
3 out of 5 stars from me.
Since I'm reviewing loads of my soap and glory products I thought I might as well review the shower puff which I have too. I actually got this is a Soap and Glory gift cube set which I was given for my birthday and contained a number of lovely products.
I have used shower puffs for years now since finding that they make shower gels go a LOT further, thus saving me lots of money and making my lovely Soap and Glory products last longer.
It is a good sized shower puff (some people seem to say it's too big, but I'm used to using big shower puffs), and a gorgeous pink colour - makes my shower nice and girly. It has a tag on it saying Soap and Glory which you can hang it up by. However, the one downfall of this puff is that there is no suction pad on it - I prefer to have a suction pad so that I can just stick my puff onto the shower screen. But I guess you can't have everything.
This shower puff is described as 'super sudsy' and I guess it is - I find that shower gel lathers well with it, and it is so lovely and soft on my skin.
I have been using this puff now for several months, and to me it seems like it has quite a bit of use left in it, although I don't think it's going to last as long as some. I'm not really sure how long these things are meant to last.
On it's own this puff costs £3.50 in Boots - you can get cheaper ones. But this is a very nice colour and it works well for me anyway!
4 out of 5 stars from me.
I was lucky that my boyfriend gave me one of those huge Soap and Glory gift boxes for Christmas last year (in fact he actually bought me two, but I haven't opened the second one yet as wanted to finish everything first) - one of the products in it was a large container (tube I guess you'd call it) of "The Scrub of your Life". This was a product I'd already tried before having received it in a previous gift set, and also have had travel sized ones before now, so I knew it was nice.
This comes in the usual lovely pink coloured Soap and Glory retro style packaging (although no picture of a woman on like most of the shower gel seems to have) - there's the usual witty (ish) text that you find on their products, which might bring a smile to your face while in the shower. I use this instead of a shower gel sometimes, and it's been particularly nice to use lately when I have run out of my favourite Soap and Glory shower gels (Clean on Me being my favourite) which didn't come in the gift set (a different one did), as this has a more traditional Soap and Glory flavour unlike the citrus scented shower gel in the gift set.
I tend to put a big blob of this onto my shower puff and apply to my wet skin, starting from the top of my shoulders and working down, and then rinsing off. Being a scrub this is quite grainy and bitty, so I need to make sure that it all washes off - having a baby I don't really have time for long relaxing showers anymore.
I particularly like using this scrub instead of a shower gel if feeling like I need a really good clean. This leaves me feeling refreshed and clean, ready to be covered in baby sick again. The original Soap and Glory fragrance is lovely, and although I don't find it really lingers on my skin, it would do more if I religiously used the other products that I have afterwards (moisturisers etc).
5 out of 5 stars from me.
Unfortunately this is one of the few Soap and Glory products which I have not liked in the slightest.
I got this one i the big gift set that I received last Christmas from my boyfriend. However, I do seem to recall buying it once before and then throwing it away. I think that is where this tube of lip gloss is heading.
The packaging is nice, mainly see through so you can see the pink lip gloss, but with silver at the ends.
This lip gloss is meant to plump up the lips. There is a caution on the back that the lipgloss will "almost immediately plump, buzz, tingle and zing (it's not for the meek of mouth) - For review writing purposes I gave it a go today before I went out to the library with my baby. For the first minute everything was normal, then suddenly my lips began to tingle. It wasn't pleasant, but I thought I'd stick with it. I have to say that my lips didn't look any different really, just shiny which would happen with any lipgloss.
After 15 minutes they were still tingling. After 30 minutes I realised that I should probably remove it if there was a chance I might kiss my baby without thinking. It tasted ok as I licked it off, but that was the only good point about it really.
This lipgloss costs a whopping £10 to buy, even if it's part of a 3 for 2 deal that's still a lot of money for something which just feels so uncomfortable. Even pre-baby I never managed to keep it on, and I can't say I ever really noticed much of a difference in my lips in terms of them looking plumper! If I want shiner lips I think I'll just stick with vaseline (although not the tub I use for nappy changes).
1 out of 5 stars from me.
I have two bottles of this 'Mist you Madly' Soap and Glory body spray - they have a spray nozzle at the top. The 250ml one which is in front of me now, and a smaller one, both of which I have got in gift sets. It comes in an attractive pink bottle which fits in well with all of the other Soap and Glory products.
This is described as a 'flirty floral fragrant body spray'- it definitely has a floral smell to it, but in a nice Soap and Glory way rather than an old lady kind of floral!
On the back of the bottle it says to spritz it on you whenever you need a flash of fabulousness. I don't tend to use body sprays that often as tend to use a perfume, and you definitely wouldn't want to use this in addition to a perfume as it would clash. As it is, this smell is pretty intense if you're as liberal with it as I tend to be - so perhaps be a bit more sparing until you know how much you should use.
It costs £6.50 for the 250ml bottle, which is fairly expensive for what it is, but not so bad at all if you buy it during the 3 for 2 offers at Boots which always seem to be on, or at least I always wait until they're on to buy things. I'm unlikely to actually buy it as still have quite a lot left from gift sets, but as part of a set it's something which does actually get used eventually.
4 out of 5 stars from me.
As a rule I don't really use hand cream - I don't really like it or see the need for it. However, this Soap and Glory Hand Food is an exception to the rule, simply because it is a Soap and Glory product and smells so nice - the majority of other hand creams gradually make their way to the bin after years of not being used.
I got this product in the massive Soap and Glory gift set which my boyfriend gave me for Christmas last year. It is packaged differently from dooyoo's picture (which is the old packaging), instead it is a see-through cylindrical plastic bottle with pump on top (like hand soap). The packaging is lovely, and fits in well with the other Soap and Glory products with that retro feel to it (although unlike the shower gels there is no picture of a woman on it).
On the back the instructions are to apply hand food hand cream as often as you want to soften, smooth and soothe dry, chapped, or otherwise hampered hands. I don't really suffer with problematic hands, although did you through a bit of a period of dry hands earlier in the year (I can't remember why, probably due to the stress of having a new baby) and I have to say that using this really did help.
The hand cream is white in colour and has that distinctive Soap and Glory floral fragrance which is lovely. It rubs into the hands really easily and isn't very greasy like some hand creams, which is what mostly puts me off them. It says that it contains shea buttet, macademia oil and marshmallow.
Although this isn't something that I use very often, it is good for me to have in if I ever do need a hand cream, as this is the nicest one I've ever come across. The bottle will last me AGES though! The 250ml bottle currently costs £7 in Boots which is quite pricy, but is usually available in the 3 for 2 offer.
In my early review writing days I reviewed the toothpaste 'Ultrabrite' as it's what I had used forever, and I could NEVER see myself changing. However, a couple of years ago I suffered with sensitive teeth for a bit, and started using Sensodyne. I no longer use that currently, but having changed toothpaste I am no longer bothered by which one I use, so we tend to get whatever is on offer these days!
We seem to have been using this Colgate Total Advanced Clean toothpaste for quite a while now. It's in a 125ml tube, which is currently on offer at 2 for £4 in Tesco. I'm not sure if we paid that or less for it. A tube seems to last us quite a while, I think we use less toothpaste now we're using electric toothbrushes.
This toothpaste claims to provide complete protection for a healthy mouth - protecting against cavities, plaque, gum problems, sensitive teeth, tartar, enamel, staining and bad breath. Obviously it's not a miracle - you still need to see a dentist regularly - I just wish I could find one that I could get to and get an appointment at, but that's another story.
This toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling clean, and the minty taste lasts for quite a while after brushing which leaves me feeling fresh. It claims to give a 'dentist clean feeling that lasts' - I suppose this is a pretty fair claim, as it is a very nice toothpaste.
We will continue to use this, but I'm not brand loyal anymore, so will just buy whatever is on offer. But I have to give this 5 out of 5 really!
I tend to mostly use Soap and Glory shower gels, but I must have finished my bottle in my last shower and forgot to put the new one in. Therefore rather than getting out of the shower while wet I thought I'd use the Radox Active shower gel which was in the shower. I used to actually use this quite a bit before I got into Soap and Glory! However, I then gave my half used bottles to my boyfriend to work his way through, and it's been pretty slow going as he prefers to use soap.
This Radox shower gel currently costs £1.90 on the Tesco website, but you can probably pick it up for £1 in cheap shops, or in supermarkets when it's on offer. It's definitely good value if you're only paying £1.
It's in a 250ml bottle with a useful bit at the top so you can hang it up in the shower. The bottle is clear with blue plastic at the top and bottom.
The one I have is blue in colour, and has a lemongrass and seasalt flavour. I can definitely get a citrus smell, but not too sure about the sea salt. To me it smells lovely and fresh (a bit like holidays - in fact would be idea for when getting out of the pool) and is suitable for males or females I think.
I use a shower puff thing to apply my shower gel, and I find that this lathers up really well. It can also be used as a shampoo - I wouldn't myself, but it's probably ok for men. I won't bore you with a list of ingredients, you can check these before you buy anyway.
I would recommend this as something to have in, but it's not my favourite shower gel by any means, and for this reason can only give it 3 out of 5 stars!
I don't have money to spend on makeup, so I was really pleased last year at Christmas when my boyfriend got me one of those HUGE Soap and Glory gift boxes, and I found that inside there was a tube (is it called a tube? I'm not sure) of their "Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara".
Looking at the Boots website (Boots where you get Soap and Glory products) a 10ml tube (like I have) of this costs a whopping £10 which in my opinion is a lot to pay for a mascara (even though I'm aware that many cost more - my friends sell one which costs £23!) - so with this in mind one would expect pretty good things from it.
Initially I found this mascara quite easy to apply, but the brush isn't the best, and it can get quite clumpy. I is also a pretty wet mascara to apply, so pretty easy to get all over your face, especially if you sneeze. It is also a pain if like me you have a fringe - I always end up with some on my hair, especially as I'm usually in a rush.
For review writing purposes I have just applied this on my other eye (having just reviewed a Superdrug mascara and tested that on one of my eyes), and I have to say that this mascara definitely makes my lashes look thicker. However, they also look clumpier, so really my view on this is is mixed.
I will continue to use this mascara - and I also have another one waiting to open from another gift box - lucky me! However, I definitely wouldn't pay £10 for it, and for this reason I can only really give it 2 out of 5 stars.
I have friends who are into selling this really expensive volumising mascara - which costs £23. Since I'm not working, and since I have a baby now, spending £23 on myself for anything is a major decision - so it's definitely not going to be on mascara! I do make up for it by spending money on moose related clothes for the baby, but that's another story!
Anyway, I tend to mostly just wear a bit of foundation, powder and blusher, and mascara is only for when I'm going out which isn't that often. I did make an effort the other day, but unfortunately as I'm so tired I found myself rubbing my eyes and getting it all over my face.
The mascara I am reviewing now is the 2true Instant Volume mascara from Superdrug which cost just £1.99, in a black shade.
The mascara is easy to apply with the wand (which leaves excess mascara in the 'bottle' (not sure what you call the packaging!), and goes on well without any clumps. It draws some attention to my eyelashes, definitiely making them look thicker. While writing this review I'm doing a test and have applied it to one of my eyes, leaving the other with nothing, and have to say I'm pleased with the effect.
When I have worn this for an evening it has lasted well, and it hasn't smudged (unless I have been rubbing my eyes!)
I think that for the price you can't really complain. I have used better mascaras, but have used a lot worse too. I really don't see how anyone can justify spending over £20 on a mascara though.
I have used some sort of Rimmel foundation for as long as I remember, but it's the Lasting Finish one that I've been using for many years now. It seems to be more expensive to buy in the shops, so I tend to buy it online (usually on eBay) to ensue that I never run out. Although I don't have much of a beauty regime, I'm really not very happy leaving the house without foundation on (even if due to lack of time with baby it's applied badly!)
I usually get the 25 hour Lasting Finish which comes in similar packaging to this (a 30ml tube), so I think I probably bought this 16 hour one by mistake. Not to worry though, I don't need my makeup on for more than 16 hours! Looking back on my purchase history, I paid £4.25 for it which is pretty cheap.
As with all foundations there is a a range of different colours to suit different skin types. They seem slightly different from the ones available in the 25 hour foundation, and I have got ivory number 100, while it's normally 101 that I go for.
I put the foundation on with my finger and rub in. If I have a spot I will tend to use some sort of concealer on that too. I don't really have much clue on what I'm doing when it comes to makeup, hey ho.
This foundation blends in well, and I'm happy with the look that it gives. I'm not sure there's much difference between this one and the 25 hour - I think perhaps this is an old one which Rimmel don't make anymore. A tube of this lasts for ages too.
4 out of 5 stars from me.