Shampoo and Paradise

Products I’ve Enjoyed This Week

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I’ve used Vick’s VapoRub for a very long time and ALWAYS carry one in my handbag – I’m a regular sufferer of throat sinusitis (no, don’t ask!) and it really helps to settle things down. On days when things are okay for me, I use it at night on my neck, chest and upper back. When things aren’t so okay, I’ll use it in the morning as well, and throughout the day as and when needed. It’s one of my serious health staples, though I never actually use it with steam as that’s way too strong for me. You can get it from Boots for £4.36 for 100g and it’s a little miracle worker.

Pantene 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is also brilliant and up until now I would never be without it. Sadly, however, it seems to have been discontinued, so I will have to look for other options, DEEP sigh …  I do mix and match my shampoos and usually have two different types of anti-dandruff shampoo on the go, alongside one normal shampoo. However, this one has always been one of the choices. NB I never use Head & Shoulders as I think it’s awful and makes my dandruff worse!!! Anyway I’m really sorry this one has gone (badly done, Mr Pantene, badly done) …

Before the menopause hit me, the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in ivory was always my go-to choice of foundation – and to be honest the only one I had! Then, when the menopause arrived, it was seriously drying out my skin and making me all flaky and horrid so I had to stop using it and try to find more suitable products. That search included totally revamping my skin-care regime anyway so things are now a lot better – and recently I’ve been using this foundation again. And it’s been fine – maybe not as good as other foundations I now use and trust more, but I still like it. It’s £7.99 for 30ml at Boots, but is currently part of a 3-for-2 Rimmel offer, so a good time to try it out.

I received a sample of the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque recently and have found I really love it! It’s very soothing, easy to put on, I like the light-blue colour, and it makes my skin feel really fresh. What’s not to like? I’m definitely going to be getting a full-size product, and you can buy it at Boots for £16 for 50ml. When I next get low on masks, that one is going into my shopping basket for sure.

Products that have Disappointed Me This Week

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I’m really sorry to have to include an Imperial Leather Body Wash product in this mix, as I usually LOVE them, but the Tropical Paradise Body Wash has an overly-fruity smell I just can’t warm to. I think when I bought it, I was seduced by the concept of lotus flower, but the guava smell takes over and it’s really wearing. That said, as ever, Imperial Leather knows exactly how to do a bath wash, and one squirt is so luxuriously foamy that it does everything, LOL! If you want to give it a go (though I don’t advise it), it’s £2.00 for 250ml at Superdrug.

The Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser came as part of a pack and it was okay, but nothing special really. I also found it really hard to get the pesky stuff out of the bottle and had to keep shaking it and putting my finger in to retrieve it. All a bit too much like hard work for me, and with little result. You can get it at Amazon for £22 for 250ml, but I don’t think it’s worth it.

I would also definitely advise you against the Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist – what a truly awful medicinal smell!! It’s like being in a hospital, which isn’t actually something I want to be reminded of. It’s definitely this week’s worst product by a long chalk. Why on earth do companies think we want to smell like this?? Yes, it might be doing me the world of good, but I was so busy rushing to counteract the horror (oh, the horror!) of it by spraying perfume on myself that I decided it’s just not worth it. If you want to have a go, it’s £29.48 for 177ml at Amazon, but you’d have to be feeling brave!

Lastly, I’ve finished my last tube of the Body Shop’s Pink Grapefruit hand cream – which I’ve been using on my feet. The smell is lovely, but really I ain’t paying £4.00 for a 30ml product for anyone! It’s worth £2.00 at the most, surely. Wicked Body Shop, eh! Such a shame, as if it was priced at a reasonable rate, I’d buy more of it. But, alas, the cost alone means it’s a disappointing product, ah well.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Anne Brooke

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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

 

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