Monday, 18 November 2013

Mini Monday - TRESemme 24 Hour Body Weightless Volume & Shine Conditioner

I bought this months ago for my travel bag, but after using up my last conditioner and never really travelling I decided to give this a go.

I can't say that this made my hair any more voluminous but then I am not sure much can. This didn't seem to hydrate my ends enough either. I felt like my ends were getting drier and drier however long I left this on. I do find my ends gets very dry when my hair is longer - my hair is about an inch and half below my shoulders. It doesn't really get much longer as it just seems to get really dry, split and snap.

I feel a bit bad for this product as I know this isn't a glowing review but my hair is a real pain in the backside. It is very fine with a very sensitive scalp, it also doesn't like being styled or growing. To put this review in context I felt exactly the same about Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner which is £15.30 for 250ml from

This is on the other hand £1.49 for 100ml from or £4.50 for 500ml for the full size available here.

If your hair isn't as problematic I would definitely recommend picking this up over the Philip Kingsley as to me they are pretty much the same.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good conditioner? 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

October Empties

Right sorry it's late, but here is what I have used up in October.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution this is the second bottle I have been through and I still haven't written a full post - naughty blogger. Safe to say I like this, I haven't tried Bioderma so can't compare but can't see myself shelling out for that when this is so good. It is available everywhere including supermarkets but is currently on offer on for £3.32.

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion which I reviewed fully here. There is nothing really wrong with this product I just think for what it is it is expensive. My boyfriend really liked this, so maybe I am missing something. That said however much he likes it I wouldn't be buying the full size.

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser I have lost count of how many of these I have now got though but I have banged on about this here and countless other times. I have found my skin has been a bit oilier than usual so may try one of the other hot cloth cleansers they do. At the moment I am trying to use up all the small samples I have stashed away, but can't recommend this enough.

Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme which is not something I would have bought but it came with a gift with purchase. I did write a full review here and I love the packaging as it looks so luxe, but the product itself did absolutely nothing for me.  It is seriously expensive so unless you have a sample I would save your money and try something else.

Rituals Honey Touch Rich and Nourishing Body Cream this has to be one of my favourite products of the last few months. It smells absolutely amazing and is gorgeous to use. I even cut this bad boy open so I could get ever last bit of this out. I have written a full post which you can read here. I don't need any more body lotions but this has made my Christmas list, so maybe I will be lucky and get the full size.

Dior Miss Dior only a tiny sample but this packs a punch. This isn't a scent I would normally be drawn to but now this reminds me of my holiday, so have been using quite a bit. I do like the scent for a night out but doubt I will buy the full size. I am looking for an everyday fragrance which isn't too pricey so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know. I have done a full review on this which you can read here.

Sure Clear Aqua after using the Aloe Vera Sensitive version for months and being sick of the white marks I decided to try this one. I am happy to report that this has the same protection with an non offence scent and a great anti white mark formula  I have already picked up another one of these.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara was a bit of a disappointment, maybe I was naive in thinking that a mascara could actually help my lashes grow but this didn't  It also has a huge wand which I found difficult to use. This did give a nice natural look but I just couldn't get on with the wand. I have written a full post here.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Mini Monday - Rituals Honey Touch Rich & Nourishing Body Cream

I got this as part of a gift set last Christmas, you can read what else I got here. I decided to take this on my recent holiday as it smells amazing. I can't really describe the smell other then divine and heavenly. 

The product itself is quite thick, not so thick that you are furiously rubbing away to get it to sink in though. It isn't as emollient as L'Occitane's Ultra Rich Body Lotion which you can read my review on here, but I do prefer this.

If you use the correct amount, which is less then you think, this absorbs into the skin almost instantly. There is no residue left on the skin. Your skin is left feeling and smelling amazing with no greasiness or stickiness so you can get dressed straight away. If you use a lot this will take a little longer to sink in but it still isn't tacky and will fully absorb within a few minutes.

I have horrible skin on my upper arms but I do think that they look and feel better after using this. In my opinion my skin is smoother and less bumpy.

I have some other products from Rituals stashed away and after using this I can't wait to get started on them. I am always banging on about premium priced products not smelling luxurious or just not being worth the price, but I genuinely love this. This isn't cheap but if you are looking for a real indulgent treat or a lovely gift then I don't think you can go wrong with this.

That said I am not sure I would purchase at the moment as one I am on a spending ban (let's see how long that lasts) and I really don't need any more body lotion.

This is available from for £17 for 200ml.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Magazine Madness - December 2013

This month there is a plethora of freebies and I picked up a Cosmopolitan  Elle, Glamour and Marie Claire. 
Cosmopolitan have four mini nail polishes from Orly available. I picked up the shade Star Spangled which looks like it will be perfect for the party season. I will definitely be rocking this on my work Christmas party.  I haven't ever tried the brand before, so it will be interesting to give this a go. 

The other shades available are Hair Band a gold glitter, Country Club Khaki a nude shade and Naughty a deep red.
Elle have three mini Benefit Ultra Plush lip glosses available, Dandelion, Hoola and Coralista the shade I picked up. Shockingly I have never tried any of their lip glosses or blushes but have wanted Coralista for ages. I was so tempted to pick up all three but stuck to the shade I most wanted to try.
Glamour have four full size Nails Inc polishes, they are exclusive Kate Spade shades. I picked up Uptown Glamour a gold metalitc. I know I have very similar colours in my stash but I felt that way about all of the shades. I guess that is a sign that I have too many nail polishes but I couldn't resist another one for the bargain price of £2.  

The other shades available are New York Noir, a black, Soho Silver a metalictic silver. Thinking about it I don't have in my collection, but I can't imagine I would ever wear and Big Apple Red.
Lastly Marie Claire had a full size Rituals Fortune Scrub. I have been loving a body lotion from Rituals recently so knew I had to pick this up. I haven't tried yet but this smells gorgeous.

This month really has been a good one for freebies what did you pick up?