Friday, 24 May 2013

Avon Naturals- Apricot and Shea Shower Gel

Avon Naturals-
Apricot and Shea, Shower Gel
On Sale a while ago for £2.50

I am known to splash out a bit when it comes to Avon products, I have had my fair share of lipsticks, nail varnishes etc. But during the winter months that have just passed in the UK, I have become all too familiar with shower gels and bubble baths. This product in particular was on sale in the Bargain Book that you get at the end of seasons pretty much and I saw this and thought 'ooh that sounds like it would smell great', infused with apricot and shea, I couldn't resit it at the price of £2.50. Enough said lets get into first impressions and initial thoughts.

On first opening the shower gel I automatically smelt the apricot, not so much the shea, but when I applied it to the body and lathered it in, the shea butter left  my skin feeling soft, shiny in a good way, smelly fruity and of apricots. I've been using this range of shower gels on and off over the years but this has to be my favourite due to the smell and the great feeling it gives you afterwards. 

Why not give this a go, its in and out of the Avon brochure, but if you see it and the price is at your liking, go for it. I got it on sale but I would by this normal price as it is truly wonderful on the skin. 

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have tried this shower gel or if you're thinking of buying it. 

Stacey :D

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

MUA Nail Polish - Frozen Yoghurt

MUA Nail Polish in Frozen Yoghurt
£1 from Superdrug
When I saw this nail polish colour I had to buy it I love the MUA stand in Superdrug, I always find myself lured to it, with the new additions and the small prices. One thing that caught my eye other than the colour was the packaging they chose for the nail polish itself, it reminds me of the Essie nail polishes, which average around £7-8 depending where you purchase them from. However, I though being a new line these polishes would be good and for £1 what more could you ask for, well...

I found that you need to put rather a few layers on, two or three to really get that nail enamel like look. However, I saw that it wasn't very fast drying and after applying one or two coats of a top coat to further strengthen the look of the nails, a day down the line and what did I see? chips on the nails. I then left it a few weeks until I then tried the nail polish again to find that the second time was even worse. After applying the several coats and the top coat a few times, it just went blotchy and after an hour I thought that it looked dry, but no, these nails were still not dry and the result? Mushed up nails. Sorry for all the negatives guys but the only good thing about this nail polish is the colour, the packaging and the £1 price tag, however being a very cheap drug store nail polish this just isn't worth the effort of stroking on the nails. 

Shame really if only the formula was a little better, even if the formula was good and the price a little higher, that would do me. Oh well, at least you all know now, saves you the disappointment that got. Lovely colour though right? 

Hope you enjoyed
Stacey :D

Vaseline - Essential Moisture Lotion

Vaseline Essential Moisture
Lotion 400ml
This Vaseline Essential Moisture Lotion that I have picked up from my local Tesco recently has had many of people's attention in the UK. With the Winter that has come and gone, we try our best to become Summer ready, and this lotion in particular has my attention with it's non-greasy formula and multi-layer ability to moisturise skin deep.

I must say it has a very fresh smell with pure oat extract within the formula makes moisturising my skin seem less of a chore, yes, I am only human, I am rather lazy with my routine at times. But who isn't? Since I have been using this everyday I have noticed such a difference in the way my skin feels, especially my legs as my knees have always been quite rough and it is the same for my elbows too, however, this lotion has greatly helped my dry knee and elbow situation. My favourite aspect of this product is that it is non-greasy (as it says in the image above) and this then helps when you are on the go you don't have to worry about that greasy after moisturising effect. 

I believe that for a 400ml I paid (on offer) £2.50 but on looking at the Tesco website I see that it is originally £4.20, don't quote me on that one but this offer more than excited me and now I know for future reference, not that I will run out of this bad boy any time soon.

If your interested please go grab this as the offer at your local Tesco may still be on, and there are also other  formula's such as Aloe Vera and one other that may also interest you.

Hope you enjoy.
Stacey :D

Sunday, 19 May 2013

MUA: Undress Your Skin, Illuminating Foundation

MUA: Undress Your Skin,
Illuminating Foundation  in 'Porcelain'
Superdrug £5
Firstly, I'd like to point out the price of this foundation, '£5' what a bargain for a lightweight foundation, it's not just the price that had drawn me to this product, it was the idea of it being an 'illuminating foundation'. Now that spring is here in the UK I have been getting rather irritated with wearing heavy foundations, with the heat, well what heat we do get in the UK, I find that with my oily skin, it's just too much. With this cheap, lightweight foundation, it helps my skin and at the same because of it being an illuminating foundation 
, it brings out the glow within and displays your natural complexion.

On first application, I have to say I was a little stuck on how to apply it as it has a rather runny consistency, even for a foundation. The first time I applied it I used a foundation brush to buff it into the skin. However, I felt that because the foundation itself is of a thin consistency, the foundation didn't buff into the skin and didn't look well blended, it formed a white mask type of look. Although the first application didn't go too well, once I had used it again, instead of using a foundation brush I decided to use my hands, this helped the foundation blend well and gave an overall natural look.

Now its time for the negatives. I don't necessarily like to point out negatives of the products I use because I am a positive person (cheesy grin), but this foundation is said to cover up imperfections and blemishes, however, I suffer from problematic skin and this didn't do it for me, I could still see the imperfections. Another thing I found was with the colour, being pale I usually have Porcelain, but this Porcelain coloured foundation has a white wash effect to it if too much is applied, this then clings to dry patched, such as around the nose area and any dry areas where imperfections and blemishes are.

I must say for the price you can't grumble, I like this for an everyday light foundation, it's not the best, but it'll do for me. 

Give it a try for yourself and comment below, telling me you thoughts

Stacey :D

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Beauty Parlour - T-Zone Oil Control, Mattifying Moisturiser

The Beauty Parlour
 T-Zone Oil Control  Mattifying Moisturiser
Approximately £2.99

I must say I have been through my fair share of moisturisers from drugstore brands like Garnier, Nivea, Vaseline, and it goes on. However, I saw this one day in Savers after a long morning at Uni and thought to myself, I know I have many moisturisers but none of which are 'mattifying'. I suffer from a very oily T-Zone especially at this time of year when the weather is unsure of what it is doing, that's the UK for you, but all the other moisturisers seem to trigger off my oily skin even more. Well this is where this bargain came in. 

It seems to have packaging similar to the Soap and Glory line, however, it doesn't have the price tag. When first testing the moisturiser on my hand once I had brought it, I found it to have a thin, water based consistency, I must admit this did throw me a little bit. I gave it a whiff and it smelled incredible, It is said to contain Witch Hazel to fight the oil within the skin and Neem an Quassia Bark extracts to fight bacteria. All these ingredients make your skin smell fresh.

Once I'd got through my nightly routine of removing my make up, cleansing etc. I took as small amount of the products and dabbed it on my face, rubbed it in and allowed to dry. On first impressions once it was applied my skin felt smooth, smelling lovely ,and feeling above all fresh. /Better yet I wore it before bed and the next morning I didn't feel oily at all. I'm glad I found this at my local Savers drug store, it has changed the way I feel about moisturisers forever, who knew a moisturiser could work for my forever oily skin?

I would recommend anyone with oily skin to try this moisturiser. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Stacey :D

Monday, 13 May 2013

Oz Botanics - Major Moisture Conditioner

Oz Botanics Major Moisture Conditioner
£1 from Poundland.
Oz Botanics Major Moisture Conditioner, I have found to be a god send, it simply makes your hair feel great and like it says on the tin, it has major moisture that locks into your lovely locks. Personally through dying my hair several times I have found my hair to feel limp, lifeless and dry towards the ends. This conditioner I saw on the shampoo and conditioner shelf in Poundland and straight away I thought to myself 'Major Moisture' for £1, well that'sjust what I need. What a bargain, it automatically rang a bell of the Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, which I haven't personally used, but the Oz Batanics Conditioner will do for me. 

At first I didn't see much of a difference in the look or feel of my hair, but this may have been because I didn't leave it in for the allocated time of 3-5 minutes due to a busy schedule with Uni, but the more I used it on a regular basis after you leave it whilst you scrub, shave or what have you, rinse it out with clean warm water and dry your hair, your hair feels silky smooth and nourished. 

Overall for a product that I found in a pound shop, I didn't expect such good results, but this just proves you don't have to pay excessive prices for good hair products, as my Mum always says, "it is all the same" and for someone who has a tight budget this is would be right up your street. 

Try it for yourself and leave me a comment and tell what you think of the conditioner.