Review of AA Skincare Products.

The products I received for review were, a roll on deodorant, and a sample each of moisturiser and face wash.  All were in the Bergamot range.

The face wash smelt lovely and left my face feeling wonderfully fresh.  It didn’t dry my skin out or cause any irritation afterwards.  The moisturising lotion also smelt lovely and I had no problems with that either.  Both products left my face feeling soft and clean.  The face wash/cleanser in this particular product is aimed at problematic skin – such as oily, or skin that is prone to breakouts.  This product has natural antibiotic and natural antispetic properties which are calming and soothing.  They are designed to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.  The moisturiser I used was also designed for oily skin and breakouts etc.  It also has a soothing and calming effect on the skin.  These products are made from natural ingredients and essential oils, no harmful chemicals at all.  The face products I tried out had a subtle. fruity aroma with an earthy finish.

The deodorant I am trying out is the Bergamot and Aloe.  This smells wonderful too, not unlike the fruity, earthy smell of the facial products.  This natural deodorant is suitable for all skin types.  It contains only pure essential oils and natural extracts; these products do not contain aluminium, alcohol, or artificial fragrances.  this natural deodorant allows your skin to breathe, it will not block your pores, and it also provides day long protection against body odour, keeping you fresh throughout.  The antibacterial and antiseptic properties in the Bergamot help to attack the bacteria that causes body odour.  The Aloe helps to soothe and calm the skin.

The deodorant is listed on AA Skincare’s website priced at £4.94.  The cleansing lotion/facial wash is listed as £5.94 and the moisturiser is listed as £6.96.  They all seem reasonably priced to me.

Review of Jacob’s cracker crisps.

Are they crisps? Are they crackers? To me, they seem to be a bit of both. They have the shape of crisps and the texture of thin crackers and this particular flavour is just so tasty. The flavour is really full, the vinegar taste comes through the strongest, but it isn’t so strong that your taste-buds feel overwhelmed. I got all three bags and poured them into individual bowls and then had the family taste each flavour, then give their verdict on them. The Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar was the outright winner as the taste is just so yummy.

The other two flavours that I was sent for review were sour cream and chive, and Thai sweet chilli.  The sour cream and chive flavour was pretty tasty too, although I have to say, I preferred the sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour.  The Thai sweet chilli flavour is very hot, but, if you love your snacks with  kick to them then this flavour is for you.

The only problem you’ll have is once you start eating them you won’t want to stop, they really are that delicious. The bag size- 150g – is designed for sharing, but they are so moreish that you won’t want to share them. Obviously the bags we had were sent free of charge, but I do know that certain supermarkets have them on sale at £1 right now. I think that is reasonable and good value for money.

Review of Karma, Deception And A Pair Of Red Ferraris.

Karma, Deception And A Pair Of Red Ferraris was an enjoyable read right from the beginning.  Elaine, the protagonist tells her story of her quest fro true love.  The book follows her on her quest to find her soul mate, and she’s already been married three times!

Elaine is successful, she doesn’t need a man in her life to take care of her.  She doesn’t need a man in her life to define her.  She wants a man in her life to enjoy spending time with.  But as she has found out the hard way it isn’t always as easy as meeting someone and hitting it off.

The main bulk of the book deals with Elaine’s relationship with Jake, an OBGYN.  Jake seems perfect for Elaine and she embarks on the relationship with high hopes that he is the much desired “one”.  Her psychic tells her that she is about to embark on a wonderful relationship and Elaine firmly believes this must be with Jake.  Jake has issues.  He has also been involved with a few women and has a complicated relationship with his ex, whom he still sees from time to time.  He hasn’t gotten over his dad wife either.

Throughout the book we get to share the ups and downs of Elaine’s life, especially the downs.  Her beloved dog, Graeble, is diagnosed with cancer.  At first the vet is able to treat her and Elaine appreciates and values the time she gets to spend with Graeble.  But just as her relationship with Jake is becoming a little more established Graeble’s cancer returns and there is nothing to do be done for.  Elaine decides to go with the most humane option and takes her beloved dog to the vet to have her put to sleep.  Quite clearly she needs someone to talk to but Jake is absent, spending time with his adult kids instead.  This is when Elaine begins to realise that he is never going to be all she wants him to be.

They eventually go their separate ways and Elaine slips into a depression caused by the break-up and the grief of losing Graeble.  Her life feels hollow and she almost ends it at one point.  Thankfully her doctor prescribes anti-depressants and HRT – Elaine is hitting the menopause – and she is able to slowly lift herself out of her depression.  She becomes a volunteer for a homeless charity and begins to appreciate her life once more, even without Jake in it.  She finally bumps into him again and is shocked to learn that he has an aggressive form of cancer.  She offers to be a companion to him until the end.

This book contains an awful lot of emotional stuff and you may need a box of tissues when you read it.  It was a love story but not the whole hearts and flowers, which was unexpected.  Elaine goes through a huge personal transformation and it is really emotional for her.

Very well written.  Thought provoking.  Often emotional.  Witty.  I loved it.

5 stars *****

Younique 3D+ Mascara.

The first thing I want to say about these products is that I have not tried any of them myself, but that said, I know quite a few people who have tried these products and have said that they are much better than their usual make up products.

Today I want to focus on the launch of the the Younique 3D+ mascara.  When we use mascara we are doing so to achieve long, sexy looking lashes.  As one of the most commonly used make up items mascara comes in many varieties, whether that be your normal run-of-the-mill dry mascara or one of the waterproof varieties.  Whatever variety you choose you are most likely aiming to have long, luscious lashes.  We wear mascara because we know that it will make our lashes darker, longer and thicker, drawing attention to our eyes and giving us the confidence to be who we want to be.

Younique’s new 3D+ mascara claims to plump your lashes up to 400% thicker, compared to bare lashes and after three applications they claim your lashes will look 2000% thicker.  As this a new product launching today I cannot personally vouch for any authenticity, but my friend Jody sells these products and I trust her judgement when it comes to such matters as beauty and make-up.

The products Younique offer are good for you too.  Paraben free, carcinogen free, chemical free, hypoallergenic, not tested on animals and even gluten free.  When it comes to buying make-up these things really make a difference to so many of us and it’s good to know that the products offered here are ticking all of the right boxes.

I hear many good things about Younique and I hear some bad things too.  The negative things tend to be about how you can buy similar products at your local beauty shop and I guess that will be true to a certain extent.  But what if you don’t get out much to go shop for beauty products?  What if you online shop?  A company like Younique would be perfect for all of your beauty needs and you know you are getting a reliable product that is free from all of the harmful chemicals some of the much cheaper products still contain.  Again, I have never used these products so I am not speaking from experience, which is a shame, but I do know people who have bought products from Younique and have never had any issues and have loved the products they sell.  I have to confess, I do not wear a lot of make-up and that is the main reason why I have yet to try this product range, but I am definitely going to be trying out some of these products in the near future.

For all things Younique, including the new mascara range, you can check out Jody’s online shop here.  You can also read about Jody’s Younique business here.  Jody also has a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with the latest product news and any events that are being held, follow this link to be redirected to her Facebook page.  Jody’s make-up range can also be found on Pinterest and G+.

Center of Gravity, a review.

Before I begin, oh my word, you MUST go out and buy this book.

What a read!

The story is told from a couple of points of view, mainly Ava Carson and her step-son, Jack Carson.  Occasionally there is another point of view in the book, namely Mitchell Carson’s and lawyer, Graham Thomas.  The story starts with Jack, an eight year old boy who wishes more than anything that he was a superhero.  He gets into a lot of scrapes, often ending with him having to attend the emergency room.  It is on one of these occasions where we are introduced to Ava.  Ava comes across as kind and sweet, the impression is that she has a perfect life and if you don’t really read the blurb then you can be forgiven for thinking that this sweet lady has it all.

However, her husband, Mitchell Carson is so jealous of her popularity and it soon becomes apparent that he is quite controlling.  Pretty soon Ava’s world is turned upside down by Mitchell’s callous and controlling behaviour and she goes from having the perfect life to having everything ripped away from her.  After having a few issues Mitchell decides that he should move out for a while and one day tricks Ava into thinking he wants to spend time with Jack, who Ava has adopted, and his baby brother, Sam.  Mitchell does not take the boys back when he is supposed to and everything spirals out of control for Ava from that point on.  Mitchell hires a top lawyer and then rings around other lawyers preventing them from helping Ava.  There is a glimmer of hope though in the form of Graham Thomas, a lawyer who is trying to rebuild his reputation after a drug scandal saw him suspended from practicing for a time.  Between the them Ava and Graham manage to rustle up a defence, but not before Mitchell manages to restrict Ava’s access to the kids to one hour per week and lies his way to getting a restraining order against his wife.

This book deals with the issue of domestic abuse and there may be many triggers in it for anyone who has been a victim of this kind of abuse, or knows someone who has been.  It is quite shocking to read about Mitchell’s manipulation and how he goes all out to get the boys off Ava for good.  The book also delves into how divorce and abuse affect children and some readers may find this quite harrowing.

That said, I was hooked right from the beginning of this book.  I just could not put it down and read it in one sitting.  There were times in the book that I was sad, then I would find myself become so angry on Ava’s behalf.  I hated Mitchell and really hoped he would meet a nasty ending, although how things turn out for him left me feeling satisfied that he would feel tormented.

This book is a gripping tale of how abusive people manipulate others into believing their truth and how their victims are left helpless and often feel like they have no one to turn to.  I felt Laura McNeill dealt with these issues really well, as well as giving us the view point of a child who is also suffering at the hands of such a manipulator.  Throughout the pain and suffering you do get a hint of hope and you find yourself clinging to that hope, just as Ava does, as the story progresses. Dealing with such topics can often be difficult to get right but I feel the author has got the blend just right.

You MUST buy this book, it is sad, disturbing, beautiful and happy and it WILL move you, I promise.

Highly recommended!  ***** 5 stars.

E45 Review

This post first appeared on suesreviews.me.uk on April 16th 2013

I have a patch of dry skin that never seems to be hydrated enough, no matter what I use. A few years back I had tried the E45 range but was never really sold on it, it always seemed to leave my skin feeling greasy afterwards. That said, it did do the trick with the dry skin I had experienced back then, but I was always reluctant to buy any more of it as the after effects it had put me off.

When I was accepted for this trial I did wonder what I was going to do with the big bottles of lotion I was sent. I envisaged using the product once and discarding it, due to the greasy residue it had previously left on my skin.
I couldn’t have been more surprised. The lotion is light and leaves my skin feeling so soft – and it has cleared my problem areas up too – a win/win situation.

This is definitely a product I would recommend to all of my family and friends. It is a product I will be only too happy to purchase after this trial is over.

Wonderful product that leaves your skin soft and hydrated.

Review of Easy Veet Wax.

This post first appeared on suesreviews.me.uk on July 2nd 2013

Not being a huge fan of at home waxing products I was keen to see if this new system had indeed made this process any easier. I had high hopes about the product, after reading the blurb that came with it and reading some bits and pieces online I thought that this was going to be the product that actually sold me on at home waxing.

How wrong I was !!!

I found the product very difficult to use and it certainly did not remove ANY of my leg hair. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am, but I guess that’s just how it is.

There is no way I will be buying this product in the future and I am still not a convert to at home waxing.

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Vanish Oxi action stain remover.

 

This post first appeared on suesreviews.me.uk on March 1st 2013

 

Vanish Oxi action stain remover.
I have been trying out Vanish Oxi action stain remover as a Bzz Agent. I have tried stain removers before and thought they were ok, but I’ve never tried this product before.

I had a tomato based stain on a black t.shirt sleeve. I haven’t had that much luck getting it out, so haven’t worn the item for a couple of months. When I received the Vanish product to try I thought I would see if it could tackle my long standing stain.
I have to be honest here, I didn’t really think that much would change, after all, I had tried a few times to get rid of the stain.

But the stain vanished. I was quite amazed when I discovered that Vanish Oxi stain remover actually worked.

 

Sure Review

This post first appeared on suesreviews.me.uk on February 16th 2013. 

As a member of the Bzz campaign I am asked to take part in trials and surveys, testing out goods and so on. My first trial was the new sure compressed deodorants. I understood what they were trying to sell and I looked forward to my parcel arriving.
When it arrived I wasn’t certain that the product would live up to the claims the company were making. Those claims were that the smaller, compressed tin of deodorant would last just as long as the 150ml size tins. I read all of the literature that came with the package and understood that the nozzle has been changed so that less gas sprays out, but more antiperspirant ingredient is delivered. This technology allows for a smaller sized tin, less packaging, more environmentally friendly.

I haven’t actually bought a 150ml size tin for a while now so I am unable to show the difference directly, however, I can say this; I buy the 250ml size tins of sure deodorant as I always find the smaller tins don’t last as long as I want them to. The trial was always going to be interesting for me, I wanted to see how much use I was going to get out of this new size, how long it was going to last for and if it lives up to the hype that is surrounding it.

So far, I have been using it for 11 days and I still have what feels like at least 3/4 of a tin. I use the product twice a day – same great smell, same great freshness and the product lasts just as long as the usual size tins do. In the past when I have used smaller tins I would probably be over half empty by this stage – 11 days. At this point in the trial I can safely say that the product is living up to its hype and lasting longer than a regular size tin of sure.

It is understandable for any person to be a little dubious about the claims sure are making with regards to this product. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this product does exactly what it is supposed to and lives up to the claims sure are making about it.

Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed. The price is just the same too, so you really have nothing to lose.

Reviews.

For the past couple of years I have been reviewing on my blog.  I usually review books but on occasion I review other products and have decided to move the product review to this blog; it makes it easier for me to point potential companies in the right direction and not have them get lost in a sea of book reviews.  I guess I could have tinkered about with my other blog, but a) I wasn’t entirely sure what to do and b) I like how the two things are separate.  I’ll probably still have my usual musings, hey, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t ;p but I will be posting product reviews on this blog too, as and when I get them.