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Yves Rocher Hair Repair Oil

Yves Rocher Hair Repair OilI am not really sure what to make of the Yves Rocher Hair Repair Oil. You are supposed to apply it to dry hair and leave to sink in for 10 minutes before shampooing as usual. I have been reading lots recently about the new trend for conditioning your hair before shampooing so I guess this is similar to that. But I just don’t think it works for me. After using the oil and shampooing, my hair feels horrible and dry unless I condition my hair as well. I haven’t really noticed any difference to the condition of my hair after using the oil, even after using it regularly over a couple of months. I also don’t really enjoy using this hair oil – it doesn’t smell very nice and makes me look and feel very greasy for the 10 minutes before I wash it out so I don’t think I would repurchase even if it did work brilliantly. I have used other conditioning masks which I much prefer and which seem just as good, if not better for my hair.

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Pulpe de Vie

I have been lucky enough to try out some wonderful products from Pulpe de Vie. The Tickle Me Body Scrubbing Butter is the perfect product to make you feel sunny. It’s creamy apricot scent is lovely and it really works too.
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The apricot kernels, which actually do the scrubbing, gently buff your skin leaving it beautifully smooth. I love the thick texture of the scrub which makes it feel luxurious and more substantial than other scrubs I have tried.
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I was also sent a couple of sachets of the Luscious Glow moisturiser. It is a body milk which gives your skin a hint of shimmer. It has a pretty strong grapefruit scent which might be a little off putting to some, but I really like it personally.

You can buy Pulpe de Vie products online at Absolutely Divine. Tickle Me costs £14 for 125ml and Luscious Glow is £17.90 for 150ml.
After trying these two Pulpe de Vie products I am looking forward to discovering more of their range.

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Lush Peace Massage Bar

The Lush Peace Massage Bar is my new favourite moisturiser! It contains shea butter and cocoa butter, both of which are super hydrating and smell amazing. The idea of the massage bar is that it melts into an oil as you massage your skin and it works best if you use it straight after a nice hot bath.
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The name of the massage bar comes from the fact that the cocoa butter used in the bar comes from the Peace Villages of San Jose de Apatardo in Colombia. The Peace Villages are a cooperative who have chosen to step out of the civil war in their country and live peacefully off the land. The Fair Trade olive oil used in the bar comes from Sindyanna Women’s Cooperative in the Galilee.

The massage bar costs £6.95 for 50g. I will definitely be buying it again!

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Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Lush has so many lovely products but this Popcorn Lip Scrub is one of my favourites. It is made from sugar and salt, and flavoured with popping candy which smells and tastes delicious. The scrub also contains coconut and jojoba oil for moisture.

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It is brilliant at smoothing lips before applying a lip balm and I always use it before putting on lipstick as it makes sure that the colour looks even.  At £5.50 for a 25g tub, I think it is great value. I have been using mine a few times a week since November and have barely made a dent!

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Queen Cleanser & Toner

Every Queen product I have ever tried has been brilliant. My most recent discoveries are the Medicated Cleansing Lotion and Skin Freshener. Queen CosmeticsQueen CosmeticsQueen Cosmetics specialise in products for sensitive skin so like the rest of the range, both products are extremely gentle on your skin. The cleanser is thick and nourishing and can remove even stubborn waterproof mascara. The skin freshener is perfect for removing any last traces of make up which might be left after cleansing.

Sometimes I get allergic reactions to products I try (like the Radical Exfoliating Pads I tried out recently). These Queen products are the only things I can use on my skin in the few days following an allergic reaction and I can always rely on Queen to get my skin back to normal.

The cleanser and toner cost £16.25 for 250ml and they are definitely worth the money. Even though I know I will keep trying other cleansers and toners in my search for the best skin care products, I will always make sure I keep a bottle of each of these in the cupboard!

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Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads

I am usually a bit rubbish at remembering to exfoliate. I always have a face scrub/exfoliator in the house but rarely seem to get around to using it! Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are single use pads so they are really easy to use. You don’t need to spend ages rinsing your face after applying as they don’t have the little particles you get with most exfoliators. This is the first time ever that I have actually stuck to using an exfoliator!Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsOn first glance, the pads seem really gentle – they are soft with none of the face scrub particles you usually get. The pads leave a bit of a residue but that sinks in pretty quickly and seems quite moisturising. It is recommended that you use one pad every night after cleansing. The first few times I used them, my face felt lovely and smooth in the morning and I definitely noticed that the pores on my cheeks looked smaller. However, after using the pads for around 5 days, they started to sting when I applied them. I kept going for a couple of days as it wasn’t painful and I thought that maybe it was just the pads doing their job properly. But the stinging got worse and I noticed that I was getting red patches and itchiness. I decided to stop and the itchiness took a few days to go away. I have started using the pads just once a week instead which seems to work much better for me. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin so I am not sure why I have this reaction to the pads. I do like them now that I am not using them as regularly but I am not sure if I would buy them again as every time I use them I am a little worried that the stinging and itchiness might come back. The pads cost £45 for a pack of 60 and you can buy them online or in one of the stores.

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Primavera Bath Oil

I love a hot bubble bath to relax but recently have been trying out the Primevera Bath Oil in Ginger & Lime. Before I tried the Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath and Shower Oils a couple of years ago now, I had convinced myself that I didn’t like bath oils and never went near them. I still don’t like all bath oils but the Primevera Bath Oil is just as good as the Arometherapy Associates version. It smells so good that it makes up for the lack of bubbles and I love that you don’t need to use moisturiser as it is really hydrating. And it leaves your skin scented for a few hours afterwards.Primavera Bath Oil

You can buy the bath oil here for £15 for 100ml. There are also other flavours if Ginger & Lime isn’t your cup of tea. I think the price is really good considering that the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils costs £39 for 55ml and would definitely recommend it.

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MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

First things first – this smells amazing! The MuLondon White Chocoalte Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream is based on shea butter and also includes jojoba oil and coconut butter. It is really great for keeping elbows soft and helping with cracked skin on heels. Cocoa extracts and bourbon vanilla are used to fragrance the cream naturally and it doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens, silicones or other man-made chemicals. The cream costs £19 for 60ml and is a really luxurious product that works brilliantly!MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm

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Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

I have heard great things about Moroccan argan oil and have been been wanting to try it out for a while now but just never got round to it.  The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil is actually not just argan oil but is a blend of 14 essential oils and plant extracts. Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan OilA small drop is enough for your whole head as it is really concentrated – the first time I used it I made the mistake of putting too much onto my hair so ended up looking more than a little greasy! I can’t decide whether or not I like this product. Some days it seems to work brilliantly and gives my hair a glossy, frizz free shine, but other days it seems to dry out the ends and make my hair really static. I have no idea why this is happening! I think that there must be an exact right amount that you need to apply and some mornings I must be using too little meaning it doesn’t really help my ends. I plan to try the pure Moroccan Oil to see whether that is any better but in the meantime I will make do with the Mark Hill version. The major upside to the Mark Hill oil is that it is around half the price of the pure Moroccan Oil!

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Front Cover Mini Lipstick

Front Cover Mini Lipsticks are the perfect size for me as I have never finished a whole tube of lipstick. I’m not good at remembering to apply it throughout the day and only put it on a couple of mornings a week. Seeing as the tube was pretty small and the price is low (just £4), I thought I would try a colour I would never usually go for if I was buying a full sized tube. Front Cover Mini LipstickFront Cover Mini Lipstick Strawberry Glaze is a really bright pink which I do like but am not convinced it really suits me! I’ve been wearing it on top of lip balm to tone down the colour a bit! I’ve noticed that because there is no shimmer to the lipstick, it shows up any flaws like dry skin on my lips. I’m glad I’ve tried the colour and think the range is a great way to try out new colours without committing to a full sized tube.

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