Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Pantene Pro - V new Range Review

Hi Dolls,

I was lucky enough to get sent Pantenes new range from SuperSavvyme to try out. I was given a project by them and samples to ask friends & family to test and review for me. Honestly I was soo excited to receive this pack. I use Pantene anyway so couldn't wait to give it a good testing.

For those of you that don't know about SuperSavvy you are missing out! They offer freebies for you and your friends to test and review and all they require is a small amount of time letting them know all the feedback. The Pantene Project was a huge success for me so I've just applied for the new Olay project. £50 worth of goods for you and your friends. Hell yeah... To sign up visit them on the Savvy Circle page Here.

1♥ Gift Bag
2♥ Intro Letter letting you know whats in the pack
3♥ How it works booklet, Coupons for money off & Feedback sheets
4♥ The samples to give out to everyone you know :)

Anyway, Back to the Product itself.  I have been using the products about 5 weeks now and there are some Positives & One Negative.

The first thing I noticed about the 'New and Improved' Pantene was the bottle (obviously) It's a lot more sleek and modern and looks better on the Bathroom shelf then the old one.
♥ Shampoo
♥ Conditioner
♥ Split End Serum

The next thing I noticed was the smell. It's much more fruity then the old Pantene and as I actually had the exact same one in the old version in my bathroom I gave them both quite a good sniff. I prefer the new smell much more to be honest.

When washing my hair I noticed the formula for both Shampoo & Conditioner is definitely more concentrated. You don't need too much of this as it lathers up a storm, and a small 50p blob was more than enough for me (I have quite long hair too)

It definitely made my hair shiny and soft and the feedback from my friends & family who used the testers has been great. My mum has Fine Hair so I gave her the Aqua Light tester and she was really impressed with it. It definitely made her hair more volumised and it looked really shiny too.

The only negative was after about 3 weeks of using it 3-4 times a week my hair stopped liking it and wasn't as shiny as it normally is and has to be washed nearly daily. My hair has never needed to be washed daily! I can normally get away with 2-3 days at least without washing.

My favourite product was the Split End Serum. This stuff has been transforming the ends of my hair! My last hair cut was like 6 months ago so of course I have the inevitable Split Ends. I've been using this on dry hair after it's been styled and it makes it look so smooth & Shiny :) Defo would recommend this!

Oh well, Overall I really like the new products and all my testers really liked them so Pantene must be doing something right ;)

Has anyone tried the new brand too? What do you think?


Monday, 16 January 2012

At Home Facial

Hi Dolls,

It's been a rubbish few weeks and now its starting to show in my skin. Lack of sleep, Too much alcohol and Too much make up to cover my broken heart have resulted in Dry, Dull skin and frankly it's rather pissed with me. I decided I needed a facial to apologise to it but with xmas not long over and an overdraft that also requires some attention I decided a DIY job is my only option (Cheaper and at least I wont have to feel sick every time I think of my bank account ha-ha)

My choice products this week were:

♥ Soap & Glory Clarity Face Soap
♥ Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Thermafoliant
♥ Montagne Jeunnesse Peel Off Face Mask
♥ Nuxe Oil

I got the Clarity Face Soap for Christmas and am really loving it. It's a 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial wash with little pink exfoliating beads. In all honesty the beads do absolutely nothing as you cant even feel them but I picked this as the words DETOX seemed perfectly fitting. It contains Superfruit Plum Skin Brightening complex according to them and my dull skin definitely needs some of that. I lathered up a small grape sized blob and thoroughly 'Detoxed' my skin. After that was rinsed off I went to work with the Dermalogica exfoliator. I got this in a previous Glossybox and completely in love with it. A pea sized amount is more than enough and so many little granules are packed in to that amount it never fails to get rid of any dead skin. Think of a really thick body sugar scrub but with the smallest granules ever. I've had it since October I believe and I use it once/twice a week and still have loads left, what's more impressive as it was only a 15ml sample size. Another thing I love is this product heats up once on the skin which I find quite soothing. I will definitely be re-purchasing this.

After detoxing and exfoliating I was ready for the face mask. I choose just a cheap Montagne Jeunnesse Peel Off Face Mask because A: I have several of them in my goodie draw and B: They are so cheap I won't mind replacing them (unlike my Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel) I definitely prefer A peel off mask as it's just so much easier. I used the Anti- Stress one that smells like cucumber. Not my favourite scent but just because I'm stressed doesn't mean my skin has to be.

After peeling off the mask and wiping my face with a damp flannel I treated my skin to a 3 minute massage with the amazing Nuxe Oil. This product is something else I received in a Glossybox and again, I love it. It's a repairing oil and every time I use it my skin glows. I usually put this on twice a week at night so it can do its magic while I'm sleeping. I figure that if you're skin repairs itself while you sleep then the Nuxe Oil will double the benefits. The oil can be used on all of your body but as it was a sample size I'm reserving mine for the skin everyone See's. The face.

The morning after my DIY facial my skin glowed. I met up with friends for dinner and my friend Ann said I look a lot better (the week before she walked in the door and said "Oh Sade, you look knackard" Charming I know but I will embrace her 'Look a lot better' sort of compliment and trust my skin has accepted my apology ;)

Anyone know of any amazing facial products I should try out?


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Feel unique Beauty Box - January

Hey Girlies,

On Friday I received my second Beauty Box from Feel Unique. For those of you that are not familiar with the Feel Unique Beauty Box, it is exactly like a Glossybox (except the packaging) You pay a monthly subscription cost of £9.95 and each month will receive a box filled with 5-6 goodies to try out. You have no idea what products are in the box until you receive it but you can bet your life on Skincare, Hair Care, Nail stuff, Perfume Samples and Makeup. Each month you receive a bunch of different products that are either new or old but need some advertising. It's a great way to test out high end or high st brands without paying the price tag. Most of the products are sample sizes but you do get your full size products too (Glossybox are great for full size and previous boxes have included full size Nars, Illamasqua and L'oreal professional hair stuff) If you would like more information about these boxes or want to sign up please see Glossybox link Here and Feel Unique Beauty Box Here.

The boxes are taking the beauty world by storm and I get so excited each month wondering whats inside so I will show you this months.

From Left to Right
♥ Dead Sea Spa Salt Brushing Sachets x2, 50g each
♥ Caudalie Anti Oxidant Body Lotion for Normal to Dry skin - 30ml
♥ Phyto Express Conditioner - 20ml
♥ Green People Gentle Cleanse - 10 ml
♥ Lierac Comfort Peel - 2ml
♥ Lierac Extreme Age Defence - 15ml

I am really pleased with the Dead Sea Salt sachets as I have a few Dead Sea products and they are really good. I like the Brand as it's nearly 100% all natural and from what I've found the products do exactly what they say they will. According to Dead Sea Spa these are an "exfoliating scrub which is deeply hydrating, aids skin repair and rejuvenates appearance of skin. It also contains coconut oil & Vitamin E to nourish" Sounds good to me. I actually reviewed the Shampoo & Conditioner not long ago so feel free to take a peak Here

Glossybox have actually sent Dead Sea Spa products in past boxes so I was a little disappointed Feel Unique didn't tap in to the competitors and send something different. Never the less, I will enjoy using these.

I was quite happy with the Caudalie Body Lotion as I moisturise daily so get through a lot and I've used Caudalie before. I've used this cream today and I like it. I smells like my nans roses and I personally hate the smell of Rose but this is pleasant. It has a thin texture so spreads well and sinks in quickly and feels quite luxurious.

I'm keen to test out the Phyto Conditioner as last time I used Phyto (many years ago) it was horrible. A Hairdressing friend worked in a salon which only used Phyto and after using it my hair was so dry. I love that it's more natural, and this conditioner in particular is designed for Damaged and Weakened hair so I'm hoping after all these years I may find a jewel from something I hated :)

The Green People Cleanser I'm personally not too fussed about. I'm more of a face wash or Hot cloth cleanser gal and this product requires cotton pads. I like using water on my face as it feels more 'washed' but with this product you just massage it on and wipe of make up with the Cotton pad. I know that sounds a bit negative but It has positives. Its alcohol free and is made with 93.77% of certified Organic Ingredients. I did chuckle at the exactness of that percentage but hey it's impressive. Will I brave the loss of water and give it a go? Probably as it would be rude not too ;)

The Two Lierac products I gave to my mum who kindly hovered at the opening of the box, and pointed out I'm too young to be using Wrinkle cream anyway. We received Extreme  Age-Defence Infra Red Lifting cream which apparently "Re-activates the synthesis of collagen fibres and produces a face resculpting effect" Fancy. I'll let my mum get on with that one. We also received a small Comfort Peel Wrinkle Smoother. It didn't come with any instructions so mum has no idea what to do with it. Oh well she seems happy enough.

I like the Feel Unique box but I did cancel my subscription to it. I'm trying to save and I currently get the Glossybox so can't afford two boxes. Also, Glossybox offers more products I like and at least one full size product. Don't get me wrong either box offers amazing value for money for £9.95 for this box or £12.95 for the Glossybox (they charge packaging) you always get triple your moneys worth in the products. But this is my second box and to be honest it hasn't impressed me the way my Glossybox does. You should have seen last months Glossybox. I haven't really used any of the products in either Full Uniques box but I am always using the Glossybox products.

Did anyone get this box too? If so, what are your thoughts?


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Garnier Exfo-Brush Wash Review

Hey Dolls,

Religiously I never go to bed with make-up on and to me it's the Cardinal Sin. That's why I always have some sort of facewash available. I've used several in the past few years and always get excited about new ones available.

While in Superdrug a few weeks ago I was scanning the section for my next purchase, when I spotted this newish contraption. The Garnier Exfo-Brusher Wash from the Pure Active range.

As A brand I quite like Garnier products, and as it was half price I thought why not give it a go? Also, reading the back of the bottle I liked the sound of the benefits. Intensive Deep Cleaning, Helps to Fade Marks, Unclogs impurities from pores and apparently dramatically reduces shine by reducing surface sebum levels.

The Exfo-Brusher Wash is designed more for spot prone skin and although I have normal skin, when that Lady's time of the month comes it's a whole different story. Also I'm a firm believer that prevention is better than cure.

At the top of the bottle it has 170 Soft Flexi bristles which is designed to gently remove them horrid dead skin cells and the actual product contains 2% Salicylic Acid which is a natural anti-bacterial ingredient. It also contains something they have labelled HerbaSoothe which they claim is a "Natural active derived from Blueberries, selected for its caring and soothing properties"

The first time use was a bit tricky as I had absolutely no idea how to open it ha ha! What I realised after, is on the back, when you peel back the info it has instructions. Yes, I should have been born blonde. ha-ha. This product is designed to work on wet skin so make sure you splash some water on it first.

To use you need to follow these instructions:
1. To open you must twist the head with the Bristles 180 degrees so its facing away from you.
2. Turn the bottle upside down and squeeze out the desired amount of product.
3. Lift the bottle up and then close the bottle by twisting the head back round.
4. Off you go. I normally massage in circles avoiding the eye area.
5. Once finished clean the bristles under running water.

I found the bristles really soft and although the product spreads quite well It is quite thick so I have found myself needing to squeeze a bit extra out. That might just be me not putting enough on originally though, but I am learning to get the right amount out first time.

The product itself leaves my skin tingly clean in a really good refreshing way. After using the bristles I just rinse it off with water and that's that. I also really like the smell of this product, I can't pin point what it is but it reminds me of the Sea mixed with something Anti-Bacterial. In other words a refreshing Clean smell.

As I have normal skin I HAVE to use moisturiser as it makes my skin quite tight afterwards. This isn't such a big deal to me though as I always use moisturiser anyway.

I can definitely see how this product would work well on an oily or spot prone skin as it really did mop up all my oils. A few months ago a friend of mine who suffers quite badly with acne and oil asked me for a recommendation and I told her to get the L'oreal Perfect Clean in the White bottle. She purchased it and started using it and in a week you could definitely notice the difference. This product has the same sort of ingredients and the same sort of method so I've recommended this for her too now.

Another positive is that even when you've finished with the bottle you can use the bristles with another cleanser or face wash :)

If you would like to buy this product you can get it from any Boots or Superdrug store and the RRP is £7.99.

Has anyone tried this? What did you guys think?


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Hello Again

Hi Dolls,

I have been the worst blogger recently so i'm really sorry. My start to 2012 hasn't been great either. Me & The Hubby of 4 years parted ways *Sniff Sniff* and as the camera was his I was left cameraless for my posts. Fear not though, thanks to the January sales and 50% off I am now a proud owner of my very own camera and am BACK!!

*Just incase you were wondering it was a mutual agreement and we will hopefully remain best friends for life. How mature does that sound? Guess I'll have to add dating posts now and fill you in on those terrible first dates, emotional re-unions with the Ex & Drunken nights out.

As you are reading this, I am currently working on several reviews due to be up shortly ;)

Much Love,

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