Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Review: The Body Shop Brazil Nut

The Body Shop Brazil Nut
Body Scrub & Bath and Shower Cream

What Do I Think?
I must first start by saying I bought this based on the scent alone. It smells exactly like Playdough - nostalgia central! Smelling like Playdough might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is definitely not an unpleasant smell, its so comforting and 'homely'. Unfortunately, because I picked this up late in the January sales they only had one 50ml pot left of the scrub, so I have used this so sparingly! I have a day off work today, so I had a mammoth exfoliating session in the shower this morning, and luxuriated myself in the scent! I have used other scrubs from The Body Shop, and this is no different - grainy but not too harshly grainy, creamy but not overly creamy, and incredibly moisturising but not greasy. I almost can't be bothered to write about it in any more detail, simply because it's just fabulous, I just LOVE it :) The Bath & Shower Cream has the same delicious scent, and for a less intense exfoliation I use this on a puff in the shower. I literally want to bathe and shower in just water, but I restrain myself! If you use it as a bath cream it creates lots and lots of gorgeously scented bubbles, that last a long time too, and if you use this as a body cream it lathers up so, so much and the scent lingers for a surprisingly long amount of time.

Where Is It Available?
As always, products from The Body Shop are available to buy in store or online, nationwide.

How Much Will It Cost?
I can't actually find a price for it, but based on the prices of the same product, different scent, the body scrub is £5.00 for 50ml and £12.50 for 500ml. The bath/shower cream is £6.00 for 250ml.

Would I Recommend It?
OH YES! I'm actually quite concerned that I can't find it on the website, so I am desperately hoping they haven't discontinued it. Life without it would not be so good :(

Star Rating:

I bought this in the January sales with a £20 giftcard that The Body Sop sent me for Christmas, so technically I didn't buy it myself, but I did choose it!!! I am not affiliated with The Body Shop in any way, nor was I paid for this review.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A Review: Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
'Lash Plumping'

What Do I Think?
As you can see from the picture above (sourced from Rimmel), this mascara gets its name from the innovative 'curvy' wand design. The wand boasts lots of plastic 'spikes' all over its curves, making it a good tool for grabbing hold of even the smallest lashes. I felt inclined to dislike this mascara from the AWFUL advertising spiel Rimmel use: "Lash plumping, full curve mascara. Fuller figured brush - fuller figured lashes. Curves in all the right places! The first Triple Plump brush with 3 x the curves for 70% curlier lashes. Voluptuous brush with CurveControl technology wiggles easily through your lashes quickly coating them. Exclusive brush design curves IN to maximize lash loading, curves OUT to curl and de-clump each lash for a complete curved look. Lashes look lusciously curled, plumped and defined. Plump 'em up!" Awful right?! Curve Control technology my ass! However, aside from this, the mascara is actually pretty good. I personally prefer plastic bristles on a mascara, they seem to do a better job of reducing clumps, and I can't say I ever have trouble with them poking me in the eye! I don't know about it producing 70% curlier lashes, but it certainly doesn't clump, it coats every single lash (even the tiny ones) really evenly, it has a slight volumising effect and more importantly it doesn't flake off after a few hours either. Another thing that makes me laugh is when brands advertise something as lasting for a whole 12 or 18 hours: "Rich cream texture instantly amplifies your natural volume x 7 and fixes the curl for 12 hour hold." I mean, what happens after the 12 hours is up?! Limp lashes?! The mascara literally sliding off?! Sarcasm aside, as cheaper, low end mascaras go, this is pretty damn good at its job!

Where Is It Available?
To my knowledge Rimmel is stocked nationwide in most drugstores and supermarkets.

How Much Will It Cost?
I think this retails between £5.99 - £7.99 (although I got mine for £3.99 when it was on special offer!).

Would I Recommend It?
I probably wouldn't repurchase this, purely because it isn't quite as amazing as my old faithful Define-a-Lash from Maybelline, and I only purchased it because it was on offer, but it didn't disappoint, and it does the job nicely!

Star Rating:

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Yummy Mummy?!

Being pregnant is a funny thing...

It's the most incredibly amazing feeling know that there is someone growing inside of me, relying on me for everything, is slightly overwhelming but more than anything else, it's amazing. I've created a! A miracle, a true blessing.

It's also the most scary feeling ever...the realisation (no matter how much you've wanted/planned/anticipated) that YOU are going to be a parent, YOU are going to be responsible for another human being. That feeling is pretty intense, but as well as being initially terrifying, it soon turns into something amazing!

I can't wait to hold my baby in my arms, thinking "I made you"! I just can't wait to be a Mummy! The actual giving birth stuff...ahem, lets not think about that bit (I'm such a wuss when it comes to pain)! I hope I'll be considered a yummy mummy too, hehe!

From a relatively young age, I've known that I wanted to be a Mummy, and have lots of babies living with me in a big house in the country! I might not have all the aspects of my teenage daydreams, but I'm extremely fortunate to have a wonderful, loving partner who is going to make a fantastic Daddy, and we can't wait to be a family.

Pregnancy is a pretty crazy journey too...full of ups and downs from the raging hormones. Witnessing the changes my body is making to get ready for my baby is really quite amazing. The constant sickness in the first three months might not have been fun, but it was always in the back of my mind that it was a good thing, it was the babies way of showing me that it was in there!

My bump is growing, and I'm starting to feel movement from inside, little fluttery kicks...again, it just feels so incredible, it's an indescribable feeling. I'm sure once I have the baby I won't believe that it actually came out of me!

If I have a daughter, you just know this next picture will be true...

All picture courtesy of weheartit