Gold Lady and Grapefruit

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I never would have bought the Imperial Leather Sweet Vanilla and Cherry Blossom Foamburst Body Wash as I thought (weirdly) the look of it was way too masculine and I couldn’t work out who it was aimed at. I mean what’s with all the spooky black background? Seriously odd. It was only because I came across a blogger who was raving about it and said how much both she and her husband loved it that I decided to give this one a go. This luxurious body wash transforms from a smooth gel into an abundance of rich, creamy lather that glides across your skin like silk. Benefits: Immerse yourself in a delicious heavenly fragrance with this sumptuous vanilla and cherry blossom body wash. Leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth after just one wash. Our expertly crafted blend delivers a unique fragrance burst and a lather so rich and silky it can also be used for shaving. I’m glad I bought it, because I must say I absolutely LOVE it. The smell is glorious – like immersing yourself in the best ever cherry pie and it somehow feels very Christmassy too. As with all Imperial Leather products, the foam is fabulous and you only need one small squirt for your whole body – bliss! I will definitely be picking this one up again very soon. You can find it at Superdrug for £3.15 for 200ml, but they’re doing a 2 for £5 offer at the moment.

I must admit that when I bought it online, I thought the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter was going to be a much larger tub so when it arrived it was fairly disappointing. I’m no good with measurements, as you can tell! This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Trade cocoa butter and has a zingy grapefruit scent. 

  • Body moisturiser
  • Lightly moisturises (24hr hydration)
  • Nourishes skin
  • For normal to dry skin
  • Skin is left feeling softer, and suppler
  • Easily absorbed
  • Refreshing, zesty scent

However, I enjoyed the product a lot more than I thought I would – the smell is great and not too harsh, and it rubs in very easily. The only issues are the size and the price – it’s £6 for 50ml, so you don’t get much bang for your buck. A shame really …

The Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream was sent as a sample, and left me fairly cold actually. Olay Regenerist 3 Point day Cream with SPF30 provides fast anti-ageing results on face, neck and décolletage. From the first use, its lightweight, non-greasy texture leaves skin brighter, hydrated and protected from the ageing effects of sun damage. After 5 days skin feels firmer. Firms and helps protect from damaging UV rays SPF 30 protection in a lightweight prestigious feel. Hydrates skin and regenerates for a youthful look. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliates, smoothens and brightens. The trouble is that it’s just so lightweight that I didn’t feel it was doing me any good at all – like putting absolutely nothing on my face. I do at least like to feel it’s making some kind of difference, LOL! However, if you like things being that invisible, maybe this is the one for you? You can get it at Boots for £19.99 for 50ml, but they are having a one-third discount on Olay products at the moment.

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The Tesco Lens Wipes are my go-to product for cleaning my glasses and sunglasses. For spectacles, cameras and optical devices: quick drying, smear free and individually wrapped. I only actually clean them once a week but I really should do them more – I’m just too lazy! I would say these ones do leave some smears but they vanish very quickly so there’s no need to scrub at them. They cost £1.25 for 26 wipes, so not too bad at all.

I tried the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, as so many beauty bloggers were recommending it. A refreshing & hydrating facial mist. Features a gentle & non-irritating formula. Contains fragrant Herbal Extracts & Rosewater to provide a boost of moisture. Instantly soothes tight, dehydrated skin. Leaves skin refreshed & comfortable. Perfect for all skin types. Can also be used on dry hair. To use: mist on face, neck & hair as needed. Also great for setting makeup. This one is fine and the rose smell is nice, but I wouldn’t say I was wowed by it at all. I think there are better and cheaper rosewater sprays on the market. You can buy this one at Amazon for £10.66 for 120ml.

The Milton Lloyd Gold Lady Parfum de Toilette is one of my reliable day-time/work scents and I already have a spare to use now I’ve finished one. The notes are:

  • Citrus, Fruity
  • Jasmin Lily Rose
  • Caramel – Musk
  • Oriental-Fruity

For me, it’s pleasantly floral with a slight spicy kick that I love. You can get it at Amazon for £2.95 for 50ml, so a real and worthwhile bargain!

I’ve got loads of the Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Blemish Mud Masks and they’re fairly good at clearing up the skin. The attributes are:

  • Special mud blend of Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary and WitchHazel
  • For Clear, Clean & Refreshed skin

The trouble is that the smell is starting to annoy me a bit so I have tended recently to approach it with a slight groan. It does the job fairly well, but I’m opting for one of my other blemish masks when the need arises these days. I’m hoping this is just a blip as I do have lots left, LOL! You can buy it at Amazon for £1.98 per 20ml mask, and this will last you at least two sessions.

Finally, I’ve been using the Nyx Dark Circle Concealer in the Fair shade for a while now. A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names – just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. Coconut oil provides intensive moisture and ensures no caking. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage. It blends in well – but I don’t think it does the job as well as other products to be honest – though my eyes do need a lot of help! I was also annoyed by the way it caked up in the pot as I was coming to the end of it, which was very irritating. I kept putting caked pieces of the concealer onto my face and having to wipe it off and start again, grrr! So, while it’s been an interesting experience, I won’t be bothering again. You can buy it at Boots for £6.50 for a 2.9g pot, and it lasts a good while.

Happy Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books 

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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

Salt and Mud

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Only one picture this week as I basically like all the products I’ve used, hurrah!

First off is the good old Epsom Salts – I know this is something your granny used to use, but honestly, they’re brilliant. Really good for detoxing if you put them in the bath and there’s no weird smell or anything so you wouldn’t know you have them in there at all! The HSL one is only £9.49 for 3kg at Amazon if you’re a Prime Member (£10.99 if you’re not) and also comes with a really handy scoop so I love this. I use one scoop in all my baths but you can easily use a couple if you want to. I’ve also just bought the WestLab Epsom Salts and am about to start these – they’re £4.85 for 1kg so not as great a bargain but I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve put them into the HSL container with the scoop to make it easier to add them to the bath. Actually, if you really want to go cheap, then just pick up any pack of Epsom Salts at your local garden centre – so cheap!! – and you’re laughing. They do exactly the same detox thing.

I’ve always a total pushover for the Montagne Jeunesse face masks (supposed to be single use but I make them last for 2 facials and there’s no problem). The two I’ve used this week are the Cucumber Peel-off – every beauty blogger I’ve read seems to dislike this because of the strong smell, but it didn’t bother me though it’s definitely more lime than cucumber. I liked the colour of it too, and it peeled off with no issues. My skin felt very cleansed without being dry afterwards, so give it a go if you’d like to. You can get a pack of 6 masks for £5.00 at Amazon which is great. My favourite mask this week though is the Aloe Vera Blemish Mud which is just fantastic for congested skin and very calming. I will definitely get this one again. Again, they are £5 for 6 masks  at Amazon.

I can’t praise 4160 Tuesday’s Pillow Talk perfume highly enough – I really LOVE this stuff even though it’s definitely not cheap. It’s £15 for a handbag-sized atomiser and just so gorgeous a scent. A real treat for the evenings when you want to feel special!

Imperial Leather Summer Sunrise Hand Wash is a wonderful mix of shea butter and honeysuckle and makes summer last that little bit longer. It doesn’t dry the skin out either which is great. It seems to have gone out of stock at the moment which is a shame though I have provided a link to Amazon for you above. I hope they bring it back next summer as I really like this one!

I’ve blogged about the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream before – as it’s just so good on my feet (less so on the hands!) and I’m into grapefruit as a super-food & beauty product at the moment. It’s still £4 for 30ml which is just stupid prices, but I do enjoy using it – very invigorating for my morning feet.

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz feels lovely on my face, and rosewater is just so good for the skin! Plus the smell isn’t too overpowering, though I do really love rose products so I wouldn’t mind if it was, LOL. This is only £4.00 for 150ml so a LOT cheaper than other facial sprays currently on the market. I’m restocking this one for sure.

Ravensara Essential Oil is a must if you suffer from any kind of catarrh or sinusitis problems – I blend mine with sweet almond oil and grapefruit oil for using on my feet at night and also sweep it across my cheeks and neck in the morning – and it’s really amazing! I’ve already ordered a new bottle from Amazon – there are loads on there but the cheapest is £3.95 for 10ml. For me, it’s worth every penny.

Finally, I’ve just started taking one-a-day of High Strength 15mg zinc tablets from Simply Supplements, and I’m convinced it clears my skin brilliantly – plus of course keeping colds at bay over winter, hurrah! I’m trying some 10mg tablets from Boots at the moment, but I suspect I’ll go back to the Simply Supplements ones after that. They are £6.80 for 60 tablets. I love them!

Anne Brooke Books

 

Tea Tree and a Bit of a Rip-Off

Here are the products I loved this week:

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The Avene Eau Thermale is a facial spray I’ve used for a long time and I really love it – it’s very soothing and I tend to use it several times a day, whatever the season. It’s only £3 from Boots, so well worth it.

I’ve used a couple of masks this week – one is the Innisfree Real Squeeze Bija Mask – which confused me as I didn’t realise it was a sheet mask until I opened it up. However, it’s very soothing indeed and I shall definitely buy more of that one. The other advantage is that you can wear it at the same time as brushing your teeth and it doesn’t slip off, hurrah! What could be better, LOL? NB I bought this one as part of a really cheap set from eBay so that’s good too.

The Montagne Jeunesse Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask is also very cleansing but not in a horrid way -though I must say peel-off masks aren’t my favourite, I will be buying this one again as it made my skin feel refreshed and ready for action. And that’s a rarity at any level! It costs £1 from Boots, but they’re doing a 5 for £4 deal at the moment so I’d stock up if I were you.

Keeping to the tea-tree theme, I’ve just finished using the Boots Tea Tree Cream– which I use for keeping my spots under control in the mornings (I use a stronger product in the evening for overnight healing). I really do like this cream and I will buy it again. It’s priced at £4.39 for 30ml, but there’s a 3-for-2 offer for herbal products and complementary medicines at Boots.

I’ve also been trying out the Dove Invisible Dry roll-on Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, which is good as it doesn’t leave white marks on my clothes like Mum Deodorant always does. Yes, I think Mum is probably better at keeping me entirely sweat-free, but Dove isn’t bad and at least it’s doesn’t ruin my clothes! This costs £2.30, but Boots are doing a 2 for £3 offer on it, hurrah.

My final favourite of this week is by far the best – I bought a sample product of Dermalogica Ultra-Calming Barrier Repair recently just to have a go – though I know Dermalogica is very expensive and it’s the slippery slope to bankruptcy, LOL. Much to my purse’s horror, it’s TOTALLY brilliant – I use it in the morning after toner and before adding my moisturiser and it just creates an amazing barrier across the skin which feels wonderful and is totally invisible. I LOVE it. I have already bought a full-size version, eek! It’s £36.90 for 30ml (double yikes and call my bank manager) but you can get it cheaper elsewhere if you search the Interweb thingy and it is SO GOOD.

Products Which Have Disappointed Me:

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I’ve already spoken about my disappointment with the Soap & Glory Smooch Operator Lip Balm, but have now finished this jar and it didn’t really impress me any more than at the beginning – which is a shame as I normally rate S&G very highly indeed. Yes, it became easier to get out and onto my lips by the time I was halfway through, but it wasn’t anything above average, in my view. It’s priced at £5.00 which is WAY too much for the minuscule size of jar, but you can buy one and get a second S&G product half price at Boots, so you might want to give it a go? Needless to say, I won’t be joining you …

The funny little pink & silver foil package in the picture isn’t a really odd shaped condom (perish the thought!) but a sample of Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream – no I’d not heard of them either, but they’re very big in Korea, which is where it’s all happening in the beauty world, I gather. My big problem with it was that I got terribly confused and thought it was a serum so put it on instead of my morning moisturiser and was deeply bamboozled, until I got my glasses out and read the packet properly, deep sigh! What am I like?!? There’s nothing wrong with it, as far as I can tell, but at £54.99(!!) at Amazon, it doesn’t inspire me to rush out and buy it, even in order to use it properly!

However the biggest swizzle-stick disappointment of my week was my ‘sample’ of the new Charlotte Tilbury Scent of A Dream perfume. Call me an old fool (many do), but when I think of sample perfumes, I think of actual mini-handbag size tubes that you can get three or four decent sprays out of. This however is just a piece of card that you have to rub to get the scent off so can’t even put it onto your skin!! How are you supposed to know if it suits you or not? When I pressed my nose to the card, it’s a pretty decent scent – though remarkably like the other 150 million scents there are around, but I was so annoyed by the ‘sample scam’ that I couldn’t be bothered to pay £49 for a 30ml bottle. Who would, harrumph? It certainly hasn’t filled me with the ‘light, power and positivity’ it’s supposed to give me, and in my view a good bottle of champagne will give you far more l, p & p and at half the price, hey ho.

Have a great week!

Anne Brooke Books