Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Nair Sensitive Formula Glide-On Hair Removal Cream


Sadly/ annoyingly for me, I do have quite hairy arms, and so every couple of months I use hair removal cream to ensure that they are smooth and fuzz-free!

What I hate about hair removal cream is the smell, the mess, and the effort that it can take to apply and then wait for it to work. Also, sometimes it can leave little patches of hair on my arms- which is not a good look!

I decided to try this Nair hair removal cream because of the design of the bottle. It says for bikini and underarm areas but, like I said, I used it on my arms because they can be quite sensitive anyway, and the others weren't of the same design. I liked that it looks like a deodorant stick and imagined that it would be much easier and less messy to apply than normal hair removal creams.

I was right. Instead of the hassle and the mess of having to get the cream out and spread it on with one of those annoying plastic things, I could simply twist the nozzle, wait for the cream to appear at the top and then just smooth it onto my arms like I would do a stick of deodrant. It left my arms feeling really soft and smooth. It took all the hair off completely- with other creams that I have tried there has always been a few patches left.

However, I did spread it on quite thick. I left it on for at least 10 minutes- the pack says 10 minutes maximum but it is always a minimum for me as my hair is quite thick. Yet, I always spread hair removal creams on quite thickly and leave for the maximum time, and have achieved much worse results than this one. I used it just before I showered, and then while I was in the shower I gently rubbed my arms with a flannel which helped a lot to get rid of all the hair.

Overall, it is the best hair removal product that I have ever tried and I will certainly be purchasing it again and again! If you use hair removal cream and hate the mess/ fuss I would definitely recommend trying this one- it just makes life so much easier!

Price:£5.10 (Available at Boots)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Great Beauty Items For Under £10- Post #1

This is the first post of my series featuring beauty products that I have tried, liked, and will be repurchasing, all for under £10.

Soap and Glory Hand Food (£5)
-I love the smell of this hand cream and it works amazingly. It's not greasy at all, and it really softens and moisturises my chapped hands. (Full review here)

The Body Shop Shower Gels (£4)
-The Body Shop shower gels always smell amazing and are a real treat to wash with. They are thick so last a long time too :) This Jasmine one is one of my faves! (Full review here)

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spray (£9)
-This face spray is really refreshing, I spray it on in the morning and it brightens my face as well as wakes me up! It's particularly good during the summer or for holidays.

John Frieda Anytime Volume Refresher Spray (£5.50)
-I use this volume spray everyday after I've straightened my hair. It gives it a huge lift, making it easy to style and adding lots of texture (Full Review here)

No 7 eyeliners (£7.25)
-I have been using these No 7 eyeliners for years- I love them, they never smudge  (Full review here)

Blotting sheets (Approx £1.99)
-These are fantastic for combating shine and oily skin during the day. I keep them in my handbag and simply dab onto my face when it's looking greasey (Full review here)

Carmex (Approx £1.30)
-This is a little wonder product- it keeps my lips soft and not chapped all year round, I'd be lost without it! (Full review here)

Essie Nail Varnishes (£8)
-My favourite nail varnishes at the moment! I love the intensity and strength of the colours, and they last about 4 days without chipping! (Full reviews of some here)

Broadway Nail Stickers (£2.99)
-A great way to make your nails look interesting and creative without much faff or effort! (Full review here)

John Frieda Hair Dye (£9.99)
-This is my favourite brand of hair dye to do at home. It is easy to apply with the foam formula, hardly any mess, and the colour stays vibrant for at least a month. I particularly love the Dark Red Brown shade! (Full review here)

Rimmel Acopolips (£5.99)
-There's been a lot of hype about these, but for a very good reason: they're fab! The colours are intense, they're not sticky at all and they last quite a long time on your lips! (Full review here)

What do you think of this series? Have you tried any of these products?

Monday, 25 February 2013

Essie Nail Varnish - Pink Diamond

This shade is so girly and cute that I couldn’t resist it when browsing the Essie stand in Boots the other day. Light metallic shades are always flattering and make you look more tanned, and this light pink colour is appropriate for work as well as play time it is quite subtle and sophisticated.

I applied a nail strengthening base coat, then two coats of Essie, then finished with a top coat of clear nail varnish to make it stay chip-free for longer.

The Essie nail polishes have really impressed me so far (this is the second one that I’ve tried). They are so easy to apply, I never make a mess as the brushes are a great shape and size. Also, the colours are intense and long-lasting- at least 4 days without chipping!

What do you think? Is anyone else a fan of Essie nail varnishes? They are fast becoming my favourite nail varnish brand!

Price: £8 (Available at Boots)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Review: Benefit They're Real Mascara


I am absolutely in love with this mascara!!! Super, super impressed!! There has been so much hype about this mascara that I was intrigued to find out whether it would actually live up to it's reputation: IT CERTAINLY DID!! Haha, sorry, I am just very excited about this product!

I used to use Benefit’s Bad Gal mascara which I also rate very highly, although I now think this one is better. It's great for during the day or for an evening out- it just makes your lashes really stand out, adding volume and thickening them.

The brush is very different to other mascaras that I've used, the bristles are like little plastic spikes as opposed to soft squashy ones, which means they really get to the root of your eyelashes and properly comb them. As the packet states, they did curl my lashes from root to tip, as I have tried to show in the side picture above.

So, all in all, Benefit's They're Real mascara really did make my lashes look longer and thicker; I cannot fault it!

Is anyone else in love with this mascara? Does anyone fancy trying it now? 

Price: £18.50 and it's worth every penny! (Available at Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser)

Rosy x

Book Review: When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman

This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be a light and easy read (as portrayed by the title and the front cover), but it was actually very deep and quite dark in parts.

It tells the story of Elly, her family and her best friend Jenny. The book reads like an autobiography of the most important moments of Elly’s life. It is divided into two parts; childhood and adulthood, both of which are told through Elly’s voice.

One of the biggest and most central themes of this book is family. Elly is very close to her family, particularly her brother Joe. She, and we, see a contrast in that of her best friend Jenny who comes from a broken home and who longs to be a part of Elly’s family. Love in all its forms is also a key theme to this book. Both these themes are expressed in a way that feels very true to life. The effect of devastating moments or world tragedies on the family and relationships is conveyed throughout.

I found the writing slightly confusing in places, such as how old Elly was supposed to be at certain times, and to whom she was talking to. Despite some terrible events happening in her life, Elly always seems quite detached, providing an almost dry commentary. I’m left feeling a little confused about her, and did not particularly warm to her.

This is not really my sort of book if I’m honest. A lot of people have really raved about how good this book is and for that reason alone I wanted to give it a chance- and others should too. I can appreciate that it is a good book and can be quite gripping in parts, so I would recommend it to fans of Mark Haddon or such like. I will not be keeping it however, and would like to read a much lighter book next!

Has anyone else read this book? I would love to hear other people’s opinions on it- please comment if you have!
Rosy x

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Brand Review: Clarins

As part of a weekly or so feature I am going to start doing Brand Reviews. I will put all the products that I own of that particular brand into either the HITS category if I think I would repurchase it and have liked it, or the MISSES category if I will probably not purchase it again or it has disappointed me. As I try new products from each brand I will keep updating the Brand Reviews so that they will always be up to date with all the products that I have tried.

The first Brand Review that I am going to do is Clarins.
HITS: Combination/ Oily Skin Care Range
HITS: Face Mask
HITS: Fake Tan Range
HITS: Blemish Control Sticks


Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind For Oily/ Combination Skin (Full review here)
-A lovely cleanser, it gently exfoliates my skin, leaving it feeling very clean and refreshed.

Cleansing Milk with Gentian for Combination or Oily Skin
-I use this to take off my face makeup (not my eyes though) and it effectively cleanses it and removes all makeup.

Toning Lotion with Iris for Combination or Oily Skin
-A refreshing, gorgeous-smelling toner that calms, cleans and purifies my skin after cleansing, prepping it for moisturising. 

Hyrda-Matte Lotion For Combination Skin (Moisturiser) (Full Review here)
 -A great moisturiser for oily or combination skin, it stops shine and mattifies the face while moisturising at the same time.

Exfoliating Face Mask: Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream (Full review here) 
-It made my face feel soft and thoroughly clean. It really brightened up my whole face too- my skin looks radiant after using it!

Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face (Full review here)
-This adds a natural and healthy looking tan to my face without making me look orange! 

Fake Tan for Body (Full review here)
-The best fake tan I have ever used and the only one that never leaves streaks! It's natural-looking yet makes a big difference.
 Blemish Control Sticks (Full review here)
-Fantastic little spot treatment sticks- they reduce the redness and swelling of spots and heal them quicker.

Honestly, I haven't tried a product that I've been disappointed with from Clarins yet, which isn't a bad problem to have!

I will keep updating the HITS and MISSES categories every time I try a new Clarins product.

What do you think about Clarins? Do you have any HITS or MISSES from them?

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