Sunday, 22 May 2011

Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Daily Gentle Facial Cleanser Review

I was sent this a while ago to review and have now been using it regularly for about a month.  I do like to make sure I have given products a good road test before reviewing them.  It's only fair to:

  1. You, my lovely readers
  2. The product
  3. The company
  4. Me!!
This comes in a tube(95g), like most soapy type cleansers.  It is a lathering cleanser and is to be applied to a wet face and massaged gently in a circular motion avoiding the eyes.  Then it should be rinsed off with lukewarm water.

On re-reading the instructions I have realised that I make a huuuge mistake with this every time!! And that is that I don't avoid my eye area.  I am pleased to report that my eyes have not suffered in any way but obviously this is not recommended and undertaken entirely at your own risk.

I am most definitely a soapy cleanser in the morning type person (as I cleanse my face in the shower and this is the most convenient way for me) and I use either a creamy cleanser or my Bioderma at bed time.

I love the smell of this product, it's very fresh and light.  There is a faint hint of cucumbers off it but not in the same way as other cucumber products I have used.  I would describe this smell as "soapy cucumbers".  It is lovely.

It lathers up well on my skin and I find that I don't need as much of it as I do with other cheaper cleansers.  However I do need slightly more of it than I would with my more expensive foaming cleansers.  This product definitely sits quite happily in the middle.  

I think it is priced accordingly.  Not too cheap and not ridiculously expensive.  It can be bought online at here for £8.99 and free delivery.  Currently they are offering a free gift when you buy any 2 Yes To Products.  Definitely worth checking out.

This product is designed for sensitive skin.  It contains 99.6% natural ingredients, Dead Sea Minerals and most interesting for me is that it is Petroleum, SLS and Paraben free.  Having used other SLS free products in the past (mostly baby products as I was trying to go SLS free for my kids) I am very impressed at how well this stuff lathers up.  Other SLS products do not lather like this.  In fact, I have always found their lack of lather has put me off repurchasing.  I'm definitely someone who needs to see the suds to feel like the product is working.  It's probably all in my head but I'm sure a lot of us feel the same way.  

This is one not to be missed if you are allergic to SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) or indeed you just want to cut it out of your life.  It has been linked to cancer and a lot of people now actively keep it out of their lives.  

Would I repurchase?

This is the biggy for me.  I would repurchase if it was more readily available in somewhere like Boots or Superdrug.  I just don't think of buying skin care online and that probably won't change.

I think this product (and company) could benefit enormously by being more easily accessible.  Especially in these times when people do think more and more about what they put on and in their bodies.  I'm sure there is a huge market place out there for this type of product, just waiting to be tapped into.

Maybe in the near future we will see the Yes To range being available in Boots.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!

Friday, 13 May 2011

Who Knew?

That the business of fixing GHDs was so HUUUUGE or that it even existed?

I certainly didn't, until my hairdresser told me that GHD themselves would fix them.  I was telling her my sorry story of my husband dropping and breaking mine and she gave me this wonderful information.  As soon as I got home I checked the GHD website, only to be disappointed that, as mine were old (GHD3s) they were not repairing these any more.  

Not to be beaten I started Googling (how did we ever manage before Google etc?) and found a repair service locally.  There are lots of services out there that will repair them for £20.  All you have to do is send them off to the relevant company and they will fix them and return them.  I decided to go locally as this would mean a more speedy repair.  I emailed the guy late on Friday night and didn't expect to hear anything until the Monday.  However, when I got up on Saturday morning he had already replied to my email.  A sure sign of a great service me thinks.  I then phoned him to arrange a time and find out the exact location of his shop.  He gave me excellent directions and we agreed a time of 11am that same day.  

Off I went, slightly nervous that he might say that my precious GHDs were unfixable or that they were fake.  I had purchased them on eBay but I was quite sure they were genuine.  That didn't stop the doubt creeping in though.  I found the shop no problem and went in.  He took a look at them and told me that he had an arm that would suit but it was cracked.  It wasn't cracked all the way through though and he had repaired it and stuck his sticker over the top.  He had them fixed in a couple of minutes and charged me £10.  And voila .......

........ precious GHDs live to fight another day.  They are in great working order again and I am very happy with the result.  It was much better to spend £10 than to have to spend in and around £100.

My GHDs are 7 years old and I hope to get another few years out of them yet.

If you are unfortunate enough to break your GHDs too then definitely check out the repair services that are available everywhere.  Definitely worth it to save a few quid and much better for the environment too:)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Estee Lauder Gift With Purchase At Boots

Yet again I have been sucked in by another Estee Lauder gift with purchase.  I just love them!!

This one features a bronzer, blusher and highlighter set which is not available anywhere else.  So as you can see I just had to have it:)

To get the gift I bought a Bronze Goddess Shadow Stick Duo in Gold Bronze and the Soft Clean Moisture Rich Exfoliator.

The shadow stick duo is gorgeous and here are the swatches.

Such pretty colours that will enhance the blue in my eyes.

The gift consists of the bronzer, blusher and highlighter trio, a mascara, a lip liner (Spice) and lipstick (Tiger Eye), a make up remover, a sample of Advance Night Repair and a Time Zone moisturiser.

The trio consists of Nude Rose Blush, Bronze Goddess Matte Bronzer and EL Signature Shimmer Powder in Gold Pearl.  Here are swatches in the same order as above:

They aren't the best swatches but you can get the idea.  I'm going to have great fun playing with this!!

The GWP is available exclusively at Boots from now until 28th May 2011.  Definitely one worth picking up.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Superdrug Launches Loyalty Card

What has Superdrug been seriously lacking in that Boots didn't?

A loyalty card, of course.  Well now Superdrug has launched its own loyalty card.  It's official launch is today (according to the girl in the shop who gave me mine).  

This card is the usual credit card size and conveniently doubles up as a mirror.  Excellent for those touch ups on the go!!

You must register it online in order to use your points.  You can also register by post, but if you register online you will receive more offers for extra points and money off etc.

Here is a picture of the latest addition to my purse!

You will earn 1 point for every £1 spent.  Not as generous as the Boots 4 points for every £1 spent but it's better than nothing, especially if you are a regular Superdrug shopper anyway.  There are also various offers around the store that will earn you extra points for buying certain products or spending a certain amount.  

All in all I think this is a great addition to Superdrug and something that it has been needing for a long time.  So many shops now have loyalty schemes and they are a great incentive for choosing one shop over another. In the past I have always used Boots more than Superdrug but now I will be giving Superdrug more frequent visits.  

Get yourself off down to Superdrug to start earning your loyalty points now:)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Skin Science Bio Active Eye Contour Cream Review

I was sent this eye cream for review purposes.

I have to say that I'm loving it.  It is a really nice, light cream, which sinks into the skin really quickly.  This makes it really good for day time use, especially if you are applying eyeshadow.  It sinks in without a trace.  I know a lot of people don't use eye cream in the morning but I think it's totally necessary to use it morning and night.  The eyes are real giveaways to your age and often show the first signs of aging.  Any product that will help in the war against wrinkles definitely needs to be applied twice a day.

What it does and How To Apply

"Apply twice daily with consistent circular movements onto the eye orbital area.  Allow 45 seconds to fully absorb into the thin, poreless skin that surrounds our eyes.  Quicklift (TM) will de puff, "open your eyes"
and rid you of persistant dark circles."

I have noticed a difference in my dark circles.  They are definitely reduced, so much so, that on a few occasions I have forgotten to use concealer as my foundation was enough to cover the dark circles.  Usually when I put on foundation it makes my dark circles look really obvious, but not any more!!  I haven't really noticed much de-puffing but I've been too fascinated by the dark circle miracle that I haven't been paying much attention to that part.

This product comes in a tube (15ml) and it has a pump which is great as it means easy application and no fingers being dipped into a jar.  Much more hygienic.  I find one pump too much though so I now have a knack of dispensing half a pump.  It took a bit of practice but I got there.

The big downside to this product though is the price.  It costs £75!  Definitely not for the faint hearted.  It is available from Harvey Nichols in the UK and you can check it out on their website here.

Will I be repurchasing?

Most likely not as I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on an eye cream.  Maybe one day, if I manage to get those 6 numbers right, I will be able to splash out on luxury, high end skin care.  I love skin care, probably more than makeup, and would love to be able to afford to splash out on great quality products like this.  However, for now, it's only something I can dream of.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Bliss At The Basin

Today I got my hair cut and as I suffer from Psoriasis on my scalp I had booked myself in for a conditioning scalp treatment.  I will try anything once to see if it helps my condition.

I was supposed to get it before my cut but as I was (as usual) running late, I got it after my cut, which meant I had my hair washed more times.  Score!!  I love getting my hair washed at the hairdressers and I love the scalp massage that they do.  It's my idea of compete and utter bliss.

This treatment involved a treatment shampoo, followed by the application of a lotion and another massage.  The lotion smelt of peppermint to me (I've no idea what it actually was) and after it was applied it was left for 10 minutes.  It made my head feel strangely cold but it wasn't unpleasant.  It was then removed with another shampoo and another (yay!!) massage.

So far I am impressed with it.  My head (on the area of my psoriasis) has been noticeably less itchy.  It does still get the occasional itch but not like it normally does.  And it seems to be a LOT less flaky.  I suffer terribly with itchiness and flakiness (lovely I know).  I am now wondering how long it will last for and if it will be as bad as ever again once I have washed it.  Only time will tell.

This cost me £5 on top of the price of my cut, so in my opinion, it was definitely worth a try.  Perhaps I'll need to have this treatment regularly to see any real benefit.  I will definitely be getting it again because, even if it is only a temporary result that I get from it, for £5 it is an extremely inexpensive treat.

Check out your local salon to see if they offer anything like this.  Definitely worth a go:)


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