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Friday, 26 September 2014
With the British weather being so up and down over the last few months, it's really taken a toll on my skin. When ordering the Body Shop BB Cream (because everyone raved about it and I wanted in) I picked up a some skincare items and then brought a couple more when in the supermarket. I never usually buy so many skincare products at once, I like to try things bit by bit, but was very surprised with the results of some of these!

Starting with the supermarket items...I had read so many blog posts on how amazing the Bioderma Micellar Water is and I did want to try it but heard even more amazing things about it's dupe.
This is the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water and it's basically an alternative to cleansing wipes. 

The product description says:
"A super efficient and gentle way to cleanse, remove makeup, soothe the feel of skin and hydrate in just one step - it's not magic, it's Garnier Micellar!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water contains micelles which cat like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse. The result? Beautifully cleansed and refreshed feeling skin in an instant."
Honestly, this product makes my skin feel smoother, cleaner and more hydrated.
The downside? I find it so difficult to use this around my eye area and I feel I never get the eye products I have on off. 9 times out of 10 I still go in with a cleansing wipe.
It may be because I tight-line or the brand of products I'm using but even when I apply this product onto a cotton bud, it still ends up being there.

Rating this is a tough one for me because I do use it and I do think it's cleaner than using a wipe but Garnier just seem to be falling short for me. I didn't like their new Shampoo and Conditioner (reviewed in my last blog post) and I had problems a few years ago with the hair dye range.
If you wear a lot of base makeup or like to dramatically contour then I would 100% suggest this but if you are more of a eye makeup person I'd suggest to try it first, ask if they have a tester at the drugstore and see if it works for you.
I pretty much adore this next product. When I started to need facial products for blackheads, spots...etc I started with the Nivea Young range. Although I moved onto other brands I still like to pick up the odd skincare item every now and then. This is the Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Soothing Day Cream. I brought the dry to sensitive skin as it was very hot in the UK at the time and I was really feeling it. After using a facial wash and toner I love to follow up with this because it is as soothing as it says.
The product description says:
"Nivea Visage Pure & natural Soothing Day Cream for beautiful looking skin.
What the cream does:
-Gives Natural soft, smooth skin
-Provides intensive 24h soothing moisture
-Enriches skins natural healthy glow
The formula works by combining natural ingredients like Chamomile and Argan Oil, which are both organically grown. 
It has no parabens, no silicones , no colourants and no mineral oils. It has natural moisturisers for skin hydration and nourishment. 
Suitable for sensitive skin, Skin compatibility, dermatologically approved."
I definitely agree with most of the description although I still can't solidify that it lasts for 24h. If you are looking for a moisturiser that isn't too heavy or thick in consistency then this will be perfect for you.

Moving onto items from The Body Shop!


This is the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. The product description says:
"A refreshing instant foaming cleanser for blemished skin.
-Gently but effectively cleanses skin
-Removes makeup and impurities
-Regular cleansing will help keep skin blemish-free."
I was very surprised by this product as I thought it just foamed when you rub it into the skin, but it actually comes out as foam. I have never used a cleanser like this and learned after the first application a little goes a long way!
It is very gentle, smells lovely and I have noticed there's less redness to my skin but I will disagree that it removes makeup. I still follow up with the Garnier Micellar Water or a Johnson Makeup wipe to remove the makeup left.
This isn't an abrasive cleanser but when I rinse it off I do find it tightens the skin quite quickly so following up with toner and moisturiser needs to be done fast. I am on the fence on whether I'd buy this again, it's refreshing and I do see results but I do prefer other facial washes over this one.

This is the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. The product description says:
"This refreshing toner for blemished skin gives a beautifully matte, shine-free finish.


-Removes traces of makeup, cleanser and impurities

-Mattifying powders leave skin shine-free

-Clinically proven to give clearer-looking skin."

This smells incredible and again is a little goes a long way product. I've had this since the beginning of September and have only just reached the top of the label! It's very refreshing and it creates a lovely smooth canvas for the moisturiser. I really rate this and it is something I would repurchase.
The Body Shop has such a wide range of skin care items, I was drawn to the Tea Tree range but I also wanted to try the Aloe range so I brought a day and night cream.
This is the Aloe Soothing Day Cream and it's one of their best sellers.
The product description says:

"This dermatologically tested daily moisturiser hydrates skin that needs more gentle care.
-Gentle hydration
-Leaves skin soft and smooth
-Fragrance, colour and alcohol free
-No added preservatives."
This has such a lovely consistency, it's not greasy or too heavy and it has such a good coverage. I can see why it's a bestseller as I have already re-purchased this. When I am having a good skin day I use this because as it says it has gentle hydration. I like the fact it doesn't overcompensate on that because it leaves my skin feeling less dewy.

Moving on, this is the Aloe Soothing Night Cream. 

The product description says:
"This rich, dermatologically tested night cream hydrates skin that needs more gentle care.
-Moisturises
-Fragrance, colour and alcohol free
-No added preservatives"

This again works well and is very soothing but the consistency with the gradual hydration makes it feel a bit heavy on the skin. It is a thicker moisturiser so it takes a while to set into the skin and as a night moisturiser it is off putting when I want to lay down and sleep. I don't think I'll be re-purchasing this one.



This is the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
The product description says:
"Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.
-8h beauty sleep for your skin
-Skin feels recharged, replenished and softer
-Skin looks fresher,rested and more radiant
-Our highest concentration of wheatgerm oil
-Non-greasy, fast absorbing formula."

This is my favoruite product from The Body Shop at the moment. I have been using this around 3 to 4 times a week at night and it does everything the description says. I wake up more radiant, softer and relaxed. The formula is as it says non-greasy and fast absorbing but the application is brilliant as well. When you unscrew the top there's a lovely glass pipette so you can squeeze it drop by drop either onto your fingers or straight onto your face. I absolutely love this and definitely recommend it!



What do you think? Would you try any of these products?

As always, thanks for reading...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
It has been so long since I have done a product review and I'm sorry for that! To make it up today I have a review specifically on hair related products and to come will be a post on skincare and makeup products...so keep an eye out for those!

A couple of months ago I desperately needed a new hairbrush and when out shopping I was contemplating between a couple of brands.
I really liked the look of the Remington Keratin Therapy Paddle Brush but had read mixed reviews on it. My mum then advised me that Denman was a very good brand and after looking at the range I picked up two.
 
The first one being the Denman Classic Styling Brush (D3).
This has been one of the best brushes I've owned. It has smooth, rounded pins which gently de-tangles and when I wear my hair up it gathers easily without that pull feeling.
The main thing I love about this brush is that it has anti-static properties because of the natural rubber pad.
I have normal to fine hair and would usually use a big paddle brush with a cushion pad but have found that having the rubber pad makes it easier to clean. This is a brilliant everyday standard hairbrush. 

Pros:
- Rubber Pad
- Easy To Clean
- Flexible Pins That Still Retain Shape


Cons:
- None!




/Next is the Denman Grooming Brush (D81M).

This has boar bristles with nylon pins on a cushion pad and is suited to finer hair.
This is lovely to use when styling curls or smooth pulled back hair as it creates a polished look. It's very beneficial when I need to use dry shampoo as it evenly distributes the product throughout and helps discard that white colour the spray can leave.
The only downside to this brush is that I find it difficult to use on wet hair as it makes it top heavy. 


Pros:

- Anti-Static
- Mix Of Nylon & Boar Bristles
- Creates A Polished Look
- Not Harsh On The Scalp


Cons:

- Cushion Pad
- Becomes Top Heavy On Wet Hair


Denman products are built to last, the quality is amazing and they have a wide range so everyone can find something that suits them.        

                      
Moving onto toiletries; something I have tried a lot of over the past couple of months are Shampoos & Conditioners. My hair is quite long and needs a lot of maintenance so I often try out different brands and newer products from the hair section of the drugstore.
For me Aussie has become on of those brands that I go back to every time I feel my hair is being problematic. Whether it feels too dry, oily or when it just won't do what I want it to I can always find something to suit.
On the hotter summer days in the UK, I used the Take The Heat line and I got all three products in a 3 for £10 deal Boots were having. 

The Shampoo description says:

"Shampoo for heat-damaged hair. With soothing, smoothing ingredients and Australian Jojoba seed-oil, it's getting hot in hair-protection (smells nice too!). Get ssssssizzling, girl! helps you style your hair to hotness without all the heat damage. 'Once burned, twice frizzy' say the philosophers. 'But I want to look hot!' you shout. 'Chill out' say Aussie. “There's more to life than hair, but it's a good place to start“ The Aussie Philosophy. Helps protect against heat damage! Use this shampoo together with Aussie Take the Heat conditioner (they like each other). Then you can style away to your heart's content and let Take The Heat take...er, the heat. Aussie Shampoo Take the Heat helps you style your hair to hotness without all the heat damage. After all, who knows more about heat than Aussies? Ancient Australian tribes used jojoba to heal sore skin."

I haven't come across a shampoo that has the same lathering ability as this. From such a small amount I can spread it over my hair evenly without creating a lot of tangles or knots. I do use a comb in the shower to evenly distribute everything and check it's all washed out at the end but with Aussie products I don't feel I need to as often.

The Conditioner description says:
"Helps protect against heat damage For heat-damaged hair With Australian Jojoba Seed Oil Who says heat-styling your hair has to cook its goose? Not Aussie. We know it takes heat to get sizzling-hot styles, so we whipped up this conditioning concoction to help shield your hair from singeing. It’s an anti-frazzle formula with jojoba seed oil from the Antipodes (That’s Australia by the way). Use with our Take The Heat shampoo for styles to send temperatures soaring."

I love that this conditioner has a thinner consistency without that greasy feeling. I am really particular with conditioners and this makes my hair feel really hydrated and smooth. After drying it leaves a lovely shine so I don't know what more you could ask for!

The 3 Minute Miracle says:
"Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Take The Heat is a deep treatment for heat damaged hair, it contains Australian Jojoba-seed oil, used by Australian natives to heal skin. Its oil can be found in the blessed bottle. They will reconstruct damaged hair, smoothing and soothing and leaving it manageable, shiny".

I've briefly mentioned the 3 Minute Miracle in another post, but just to recap I said I used this a couple of times a week before bed, or in between washes. If my hair was feeling dry but I had washed it the day before I will run a small amount through my hair in the shower (mainly on the ends) and it leaves my hair feeling nourished.
Overall, the Aussie Take The Heat range is my favourite from this brand. I always use it on hotter days or when I have to use a lot of product and hot tools on my hair.
If I am going out in the evening and wash my hair in the morning, I always reach for this as I can re-straighten or style my hair in the evening and still have protection from hot tools.



This is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother Shampoo.
The description says:

"Our Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother Shampoo blended with Madagascan Vanilla milk and Brazilian Papaya extracts, leaves hair clean, manageable & feeling revitalised.
Refresh mid-long hair between washes, with our Ultimate Blends Silky Dry Shampoo.

I was very disappointed with this as a shampoo. It created so many knots, it didn't lather or spread well and my hair didn't feel clean after I used it. 

I did try it on a couple of occasions because I did think it may be the humidity but every time I got the same disappointing results. I found myself needing to use dry shampoo so it wouldn't stick to my head and hairspray as it became static.


This is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother Conditioner.

The description says:
"Our Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother Conditioner with Madagascan Vanilla milk and Brazilian Papaya extracts and nourishes mid – long locks.
Use with our Ultimate Blends Silky Smoother Shampoo for healthy looking hair that feels silky soft right down to your split ends.

I didn't enjoy the consistency of the conditioner, it was quite thick and I had to comb it through as it sat on my hair and didn't reach the root when I applied it. It also took ages to wash out and it didn't make my hair feel hydrated at all.


My hair did not agree with this duo, which is strange because I have used shampoo and conditioners with vanilla milk before and it really benefited my hair and gave it a shine. In this case I will not be repurchasing this product.

Saving the best for last! This is the Pantene Pro V Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner.
The line description says:
"Helps nourish fine hair with virtually no weight. The Aqua Light Collection: Helps reinforce fine hair along each strand, Nourishes your hair, Leaves virtually no weight"


I love the no weight hair care that various brands have been coming out with, by far this one is my favourite. This duo leaves my hair hydrated with no flyaways and a lovely shine.
They prove that a small amount can go a long way as this does give you the best value for money and lasted longer than any other combo I've used. If you like that weightless hair feeling then I would definitely, definitely recommend this!

What do you think? Did you get on with the Garnier Ultimate Blends? Have you tried any of these products?

As always, thanks for reading...

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