Thursday, 24 September 2009

Let's give Liz Earle a whirl!

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Skincare...if your skin is anything like mine it can cause somewhat of a headache. My skin is pushing me to the migraine stakes!

Back in the Spring I purchased the Liz Earle 'Skin Secrets' book, which is a really interesting and informative read. Every so often I pull it out and have a look at what Liz suggests for various different skincare issues/concerns. If you dig back into my blog post archive you'll find a post about the book somewhere, I'm not going into any more detail here. I'd been interested in trying Liz Earle's skincare products for some time, but wasn't sure how I felt about having to order online and pay a fair bit of money for something that might not work for me. Helpfully, you can purchase a 'Try-Me' kit, which consists of miniature versions of key products, tailored to meet specific skin care needs. I wasn't sure which kit I needed, so I took the online 'Know Your Skin' consultation, which basically asks you a series of questions about your skin type and requirements, then suggests the products that are best suited to meet your needs. It turned out that my skin type (oily/combination) best matched the 'Young Skin Try-Me Kit', which retails for £21.25. In the gorgeous little zip-up kit bag you get:

1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml
1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 30ml
1 x Skin Repair Light 15ml
1 x Spot-On Roll-On 6ml
1 x pure muslin cloth

I've been using the products for approx two weeks now, so this isn't a full review, more of an update I suppose. I'm genuinely enjoying my new skincare regime, and although it takes a little longer of a morning and evening, I'm already seeing some benefits to my skin. I have cut out any other products from my skincare regime, including my beloved No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum (although I *may* start using it again, of a night time), in an attempt to go back to basics, and try to improve the look and feel of my skin. Expect a review soon.

I have to mention how very impressed I am with the customer service at Liz Earle. Not only is the website ridiculously easy to use (not to mention very aesthetically pleasing!) and very informative, the payment process was swift and efficient, with email notification instantly. I placed my order at approx 1pm GMT, and received an email to say my order had been dispatched at approx 5.30pm GMT! Wow, now that is fast! I had chosen the standard delivery option, which stated a waiting time of 5-7 days...I got mine in 2! The items were really well packaged, and I even received a 'with complements' gift! I will most definitely be returning Liz Earle, thank you for a very pleasant experience!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

A Review: Tresemme 24 Hour Body Collection

Tresemme 24 Hour Body
Root Boosting Spray, Foaming Mousse & Finishing Spray

I was lucky enough to win 3 products from the Tresemme 24 Hour Body hair care collection, not only did I win them in a super generous giveaway, but I won them from one of my favourite people, Marie :) It's taken me ages to get a review up, but then again it did take Tresemme AGES to send the products out to the winners, so fairs fair! Tut tut to Tresemme!

What Do I Think?
My hair is fine, and although there is quite a lot of it, I really struggle to create and keep volume in my hair. Too much product of a morning on freshly washed hair simply results in lank, flat hair which really turns me off! My hair gets greasy very quickly, and even too much of certain hairsprays can turn my freshly washed locks into an oil slick in a couple of hours. My hair type is something I'm gradually getting used to, and although I'm not massively into hair products, I do like to try different things and get a feel for what I can and can't use. The 24 Hour Body collection obviously appealed to me, and I was sent the Root Boosting Spray, the Foaming Mousse and the Finishing Spray. The only thing I normally use after shampooing and conditioning my hair is the Tresemme Heat Defence spray, because I use my GHD's daily, and I have to say that when I used the Root Boosting Spray alone or in conjunction with the Heat Defence it simply made my hair feel overloaded with product, and counteracted any volumising properties the product claims to have. I don't really have a need for using mousse, but I do sometimes leave my hair to dry naturally, in which case I will sometimes scrunch some mousse through it in an attempt to enhance my natural 'waves' and reduce frizz. I really liked the 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse for this purpose, and it holds the style really well, without being too crunchy or sticky. I really like a good hairspray, and finding one that has decent hold without making my hair feel like concrete is a definite plus! I am still consistently using the 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray, and it's the only spray I've found that gives a natural looking hold to my little side sweeping fringe. I really like the sleek packaging of this collection, very aesthetically pleasing and easy to hold when you're juggling hair brushes and styling tools all at the same time! I do think it's slightly overpriced, but I suppose Tresemme is a 'professional' brand with quite competitive pricing, and on the whole the products do work, so it's something I can overlook!

Where Are They Available?
Tresemme is available from most drugstores and supermarkets, nationwide.

How Much Will They Cost?
I think the prices start from £5, and will vary according to location.

Would I Recommend Them?
I would definitely recommend the Finishing Spray, it has fantastic hold (even in strong wind!) and doesn't flake off or feel sticky to the touch. The Root Boosting spray I wouldn't really recommend to people with a similar hair type to mine, it didn't boost my roots at all, in fact I think it just served to weigh them down giving me anything but 24 Hour Body! The Foaming Mousse is not a product I personally would use daily, but I'm not particularly adventurous with my hair style, so I simply don't have need for it, however as mousse's go, this one is really nice!

Star Rating:

Monday, 14 September 2009

A Review: Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara

Maybelline Pulse Perfection
Vibrating Mascara

Firstly, may I just say thank you to the lovely Natalie from Headstream PR for sending me a couple of the new Maybelline goodies, after I was unable to attend the bloggers Maybelline event last week, that was a really kind gesture that I didn't expect!

As you will (hopefully) have noticed, I've been somewhat MIA from the blogging scene, nothing serious has happened, I've just been really busy with work, and making the most of my time off. I'm a PA to a Director, so my job involves a lot of time spent in front of the PC, meaning I've not been so willing to come home and stare at a screen for ages!

I have to say I had dismissed the Pulse Perfection mascara as a gimmick, and at a cost of £15, a pretty expensive gimmick at that! However, on with the review...

What Do I Think?
Initially I was excited to be able to try out this mascara, I adore mascara and it's my ultimate 'can't live without' make up product. My HG mascara is the Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume, which the Pulse Perfection is actually modelled on, in terms of the wand shape. However, that unfortunately is where the similarities end, in my opinion. I excitedly ripped open the packaging and demonstrated to my not-so-interested boyfriend that there was such a thing as a vibrating mascara (cue silly, dirty jokes!), and I hoped I'd like it. There was no overpowering scent, which is something that often lets the more hyped up Maybelline mascaras down in my view, which is a small plus point I suppose! However, when it came to the next morning and make up application time, I was thoroughly disappointed to find that the vibrating button no longer triggered anything, except much annoyance from me. I have no idea why it won't work, and if I had purchased it for the astonishingly high price tag, I would have marched right back to the shop for a refund. I decided to go ahead and use it without the vibrating action, given that the wand is the same as Define-A-Lash...all I will say is that I actually took the majority of my make up off and started from scratch after it TOTALLY ruined my eyelashes, leaving a clumpy, sticky mess. I was so unimpressed I actually threw it straight into my bin. The formulation of this mascara is too thick, it clumps on the wand so you know it will have the same effect on the lashes, and there is simply nothing going for it whatsoever!

Where Is It Available?
To my knowledge Maybelline is stocked worldwide, instore and online, in drugstores, pharmacies and supermarkets. If you can't find particular products in your part of the world, try eBay :)

How Much Will It Cost?
A staggering £15.00...say no more!

Would I Recommend It?
I hope this review proves to cynics who think us bloggers rave about everything sent to us by PR companies. I am very appreciative of having been sent something, I really like Headstream PR, Natalie is an angel for thinking of me and sending me some goodies, and on the whole I like Maybelline. However, I wouldn't recommend this mascara to anyone, I'm not even sure if I'll put it on SwapsiesUK (partly because it's broken), in my opinion it's only deserving of the bin! Sorry Maybelline!

Star Rating