Scents and Sensitivity

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Lots of products to love this week, hurrah! It’s not a beauty product as such but Beconase Nasal Spray stops me snorting like an old horse and wanting to gag all the time (ah, the joys of throat sinusitis are so many and glorious that I couldn’t possibly recount them all here, LOL!) so it’s a health & beauty necessity in my book. I have to have mine on prescription from the doctor, but other nasal sprays can be found in all good chemists and and are also very good at stopping The Beast (as I like to call it). Just try to balance it out with the inevitable nosebleeds and if you’re a serious sinusitis sufferer (yes, you know if you are – all those nights being unable to sleep and being sick all the time will give you the clue …), then try my short guide to coping with the worst of the effects, Atishoo and Bless You! The ABC of Mucus Management – only 99p for your Kindle! Advert over, phew …

4160Tuesdays are my go-to perfume provider for special occasions – and I try to mop up their products whenever they have a sale on. They’re not cheap but they last a good long time and people always comment on how nice they are. They also have some FABULOUS names for their scents – the handbag sized one above is The Sexiest Scent on the Planet Ever (IMHO) and it’s perfect for both day and evening wear. Their description calls it “smooth, soft and seductive – lemon meringue pie, blended with velvety woods. Really.” And I can’t argue with that, LOL. The 9ml handbag size ones are £15.00, but they send small samples with their parcels, so an added bonus.

This week, I ventured into TK Maxx for the first time in a long time – I always get depressed and confused when I try to shop there so have given it a miss for a while. However, I hadn’t realised they did discount beauty products as well, so ventured in one lunchtime and collected a small stash. The Cettua Clean & Simple Anti-Redness Mask for Sensitive Skin was only £2.00, down from £4.99, so a total bargain. It’s a sheet mask but I managed okay with it and it’s definitely very calming and reduces the redness. What more can you want? If I see it again, I’ll pick up another one, and am definitely tempted by the link above which goes to the Beauty Spin site – there it costs £2.60, so not bad.

I totally LURVE the Max Factor CC Cream in Fair as it just gives my skin a second wind and an added glow when I redo my face for the evenings. I’ll be buying some more when I run out of CC cream again, but I’ve got others lined up in my over-stuffed bathroom cabinet to try out so I’ll leave it for a bit. At Amazon it’s £4.80 for 30ml, which is great news.

The Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Cleanser is very good for sensitive spot-prone skin like mine and I’ve been using it for a while. It doesn’t dry my skin out either, hurrah! I’ve got another back up which I’ve started, but I’m also trying out other stuff so am seeing how I go with everything before repurchasing the next in the line. If you see what I mean! It’s £9.50 for 200ml at Boots, but there’s a 3-for-2 offer on selected Boots expert skincare products at the moment and they’re well worth a go. Have fun!

Finally, in this section, I have to expound the virtues of the Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening toothpaste – it’s brilliant for people such as myself who have enamel problems (my father was an apple farmer and it’s now known that apples attack the enamel of teeth if you eat too many of them. My dears, as I lived on an apple farm for the first eleven years of my life, you can imagine how many apples – in all sorts of disguises! – have come my way!!). This toothpaste also keeps my front teeth white and is good for my delicate sensibilities too. I use it once a day in the morning, and have other similar toothpaste for the evenings. I like to mix and match for a healthy mouth! At the moment, it’s £3.00 for 75ml at Boots as they have a one-third discount on. Shop early shop often and wake up to beautiful teeth!

However, in the midst of all this beauty joy and happiness, we have one lonely and surprising dud, alas!

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The Boots No 7 range is one I tend to rely on in many areas, but this No 7 Restore and Renew Foundation has proved very disappointing indeed, oh dear me. It can’t be just me either because, as you can see, it’s been discontinued and you can’t get it anywhere. Probably a good thing. Anyway, as you can tell if you look closely at the above picture, the actual contents are only about one-third of the volume of the bottle they come in. One third!!! Do they think we’re idiots or something??? Why not just put the pesky product in a smaller jar instead of wasting all that plastic?!? Badly done, Boots No 7, badly done … To add to my rant, it’s not a very good foundation either – rather too runny and feeble for my tastes, and covers nothing that you want it to cover. I’m glad it’s finished and – you guessed it! – I won’t be buying it again, should it ever have the temerity to become available, ha!

Anyway, have a lovely weekend, and keep beautiful!

Anne Brooke Books

A Hair & Teeth Week

Products I Don’t Like

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This week I’m afraid I’ve taken against the Innisfree Bija Mask – as though it’s nice enough, sheet masks are still a bit of a faff all round – I’m happier with normal masks so I won’t be restocking on this one after all. It is good for sensitive or congested skin so if you like sheet masks, then this is one to consider. You can get it from eBay for £1.89, postage free.

I started off really liking the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner but I soon got a bit bored with the scent and struggled to finish it. My verdict is it’s okay but I have other more interesting hair conditioners. It’s available at Boots for £1.00 only so a real bargain.

I don’t have anything drastic against the No 7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away primer as it does the trick but not as well as other primers. Its main and unsurmountable problem is that it costs £16.50(!!) for only 30ml at Boots – so way overpriced to my mind. Then again, it’s currently part of a 3-for-2 offer so you could get it free if you can find anything you want in Boots that is more expensive. Good luck with that, LOL. There are other alternatives out there, girls!

Products I Like

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Teeth! Teeth are my bugbear at the moment (no, don’t ask!…) but I would NEVER be without my trusty Dentyl Active mouthwash – a lovely minty taste and it’s alcohol-free, which is very important to me. If I’m going to put alcohol down my gullet, then I want it be the Real Thing, not a health product with it added. It costs £1.30 at Boots – though currently out of stock online – and it really does the trick. Watch that plaque go!

I started off not liking the Olay Anti-Wrinkle Booster and Firming Serum – now I can’t live without it, so thank you very much to ever-lovely Mrs Strawberry Blonde for tipping me off on this one! I use it on my face in the evening and it just smooths out my skin ready for the evening make-up touch-up. Bliss! More than that, it’s now HALF-PRICE at Boots at only £4.99 so grab your bottle now!

I’ve used Rimmel’s Hide The Blemish Concealer (Ivory) for years now and it’s a pretty decent standby – these days, I’ve got other better concealers I totally rely on and which do a wonderful job, but this one is like an old friend I can’t quite let go. I’ll always love it and it’s well worth a try-out, but I suspect I won’t be restocking it once my supply has run out, sob! It will cost you £3.99 at Boots.

A new discovery for me is L’Oreal Perfect Match Foundation in Ivory Rose (1R1C) – I picked up a sample size very cheaply at eBay and have enjoyed using this one – it blends into the skin superbly well, covering all my imperfections (hey, let’s not list those then, LOL!!) and stays on pretty decently too. I’ve now bought a full-sized bottle, also from eBay as it’s cheaper than at Boots (£9.99 for 30ml, though there is a 3-for-2 deal on L’Oreal products at Boots …), and will look forward to getting that soon. I am indeed a TOTAL Foundation Tart!

Anne Brooke Books

 

A Scoop of Foundations

I thought I’d give you a chuckle or two with this picture of the box I’ve started keeping my foundations in – I’m just a cheapskate and can’t be bothered with paying for a pretty box, LOL! It does the job though, and means my bathroom cabinet is a bit clearer, plus I can get to the foundation I want more easily, hurrah!

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Has anyone else got a worse foundation box, or is it really just me?… 🙂

Products I Like This Week:

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The Sanex Sensitive Shower Cream is one I’ve had in my bathroom for a while and gave up using it as there were lots of other more interesting shower/body creams to use. However I’ve started using it again on my chest and upper back as one or two spots have crept back in and this is TOTALLY brilliant at clearing them up. This time round though, I’m just using this cream on those areas, and using nice scented stuff for everywhere else – I’m multi-cleansing, LOL (Multi-masking is so last month, don’t you know …). It’s only £2.00 from Boots, so a complete bargain.

The SebaMed Clear Face Care Gel is just brilliant for those difficult-to-get-rid-of spots – I put it on my face where needed at night, and on the rest of my body at morning and night. It’s not drying either, which is great. It’s £7.18 from Amazon and I really rate this product.

I picked up a few samples of the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream recently – as grapefruit is really good for my sinusitis problems, I’ve recently learnt – and it contains real pink grapefruit seed oil. I don’t really like it on my hands – too citrusy, to my mind – but it’s brilliant on my feet and I’m putting it on, using reflexology movements to ease sinusitis, every morning now. I think it’s working! It’s £4.00 for 30ml which I think is a bit steep but I really do want to buy this one again. I wish they did an actual foot cream in this range, but sadly they don’t …

However, my Product of The Week is definitely the Montagne Jeunesse Nut Oil Masque – which contains Baobab Oil and Marula Oil, which are both A-MAZ-ING for congested skin. Honestly this mask is brilliant – it clears up my skin beautifully and leaves it so soft, it’s almost unbelievable. It gets a tiny bit dry on the face, but not in a horrid way and washes off easily. I’m going to stock up on this one for sure. I LOVE it! It costs £1.86 for one mask (and I get 2 uses out of this) at Amazon – so rush out and buy it now! You won’t regret it.

Products I Dislike This Week:

I blogged about the Salcura Bioskin Zeoderm moisturiser a couple of posts ago, I think, and  I’ve now just finished up the last sample – it’s okay but nothing to write home about, so I won’t be purchasing a full size product. Others might like it though! It’s £16.03 for 150ml so not exactly a bargain …

Sadly, my Worst Product of The Week has to go to the Tanya Burr Nail Polish which I picked up at Superdrug earlier on. The colour I chose is Mini Marshmallow, which is fine, but honestly the consistency is truly awful – very runny indeed no matter how much you shake the darn bottle, and it just made my nails look awful. I’ve liked other items in the Tanya Burr range, so this is a real shame – but at least I only paid £4.99 so not much money wasted. I see someone (not me!) has already given it a 2-star review at Superdrug, so I don’t think this nail polish range is going places anytime soon …

Anne Brooke Books

 

Skin Solutions: BB and CC Creams

Call me ignorant but I’d never heard of either of these creams before and was deeply confused as to what they stood for until I looked them up on Google. Good old Google, eh! And, yes, I know that means I am probably the least Girly Girl in the universe, but hey at least I admit it, LOL.

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I bought both the Max Factor CC (Colour Correcting) Cream and the Rimmel BB (Beauty Balm) Cream on a bit of a whim though I had done some research on both when I went into Boots in Guildford.

I started off using each them as an individual foundation, but for main daytime use my skin needs something more – though for me it’s fine to use either for the evening if I’m just at home. I’m finding the BB Cream is slightly better for me – and even more brilliant when mixed in with the marvellous Max Factor Whipped Creme as together they provide excellent and moisturising coverage.

Whipped Creme

This is the first time I’ve ever been brave (or desperate!) enough to mix my foundations, and it’s really working well, hurrah. As an added bonus, adding in the slightly lighter in colour BB Cream to my Warm Almond Whipped Creme foundation makes it lighter, which suits my skin more.

I purchased all these items at Boots, and they are also available at Boots Online.

Anne Brooke

Skin Solutions: Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Whipped Creme

I bought Max Factor Whipped Creme foundation as I was desperate to leave the matte foundation I’ve used for years – and my menopausal skin was crying out for help! This is really very good indeed and the favourite of the new foundations I’ve tried so far. It feels very smooth and moisturising and doesn’t dry out or cake in lines during the day. It also covers my Old Woman Spots(!) very well, hurrah. It’s a shame the pot is so small (18ml) but a little goes a long way, and I will definitely be buying it again soon.

At the moment I have it in Warm Almond, but this is a tad too dark for me, though not noticeably so, but I’ll try a lighter version next time. I bought mine at Boots online.

Anne Brooke Books