My sister Megan has been trying out Bio Oil and here is what she thinks of it….
The red pigments on the tops of my arms have always made me self conscious, especially when wearing t-shirts or bikinis which are pretty basic necessities for the summer. After using countless creams and tablets all claiming that they’ll “work wonders” and “clear everything up” and evidently doing absolutely nothing at all, I officially gave up. With summer fast approaching and a fun-filled holiday with friends getting nearer by the day, I finally found the wonder that is “Bio-Oil”. Weary of it at first (call me a cynic), I was tempted to just forget about it and go on with my day. But what the hell, I thought, may as well. Bio-Oil is a specialist skin care for all types of skin problems including stretch marks, uneven skin tones, ageing skin, scars and dehydrated skin and with the special ingredient of PurCellin Oil (I don’t know what it is either) it smoothes skin and makes it soft and refreshed. I have been using this product for well over two weeks now and have already noticed a difference. It must be applied twice a day which is easy enough when waking up and before going to sleep – quick and simple and perfect for people on the go. The red pigments on my skin are gradually going down and I am feeling more confident about showing my arms during my summer holiday – on the note of summer holidays, BioOil does have a particularly sun-creamy type smell, constantly making me think of going on sunning it up on a beach…not so good whilst I’m in the thick of exams! Sceptical at first due to being let down by so many other products, I am extremely glad that I gave this a try and am definitely going to go and buy myself another bottle!
Bio Oil costs £14.99 for a 125ml bottle in Boots.
One of my favourite body lotions this winter was the Dove Winter Care body lotion so I was happy to see that they have brought out a new one for the summer – Beauty Blossom body lotion. It smells really lovely, kind of fruity but flowery at the same time. It absorbs really quickly into your skin and is a great moisturiser. And the best bit is that it’s just £3.99 for 250ml! You can buy it from Boots from now until the end of the summer.
My latest make-up remover is the Bi-Phase Eye Make-Up Remover from Nurture. It is definitely one of the best make-up removers I have ever tried as it is so gentle and dissolves my eye make-up so quickly. It hardly takes any rubbing to get rid of everything from around my eyes! You need to shake the bottle before you use it to mix up the two phases of the remover. One phase is an oil based cleanser and the other is to soothe and moisturise. As it is quite oily, I have found that it can leave my skin feeling a little greasy if I use too much but if I leave it to sink in it actually works well as a moisturiser. The Bi-Phase Make-Up Remover costs £6.95 for 150ml and is 100% worth it!
A few weeks ago Boots had a deal where you could get a free set of No7 goodies if you bought two No7 products. I needed new mascara so bought two to get my freebies. One of the free gifts was the No7 Moisture Drench lipstick in Mulberry. I only own one other lipstick and it happens to be from the same range. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off a lipstick that looks so red but it actually looks ok as it’s not too bright. The colour is more sheer than it looks in the tube but you can build it up easily enough to a deep colour if that’s what you prefer. I love that this lipstick feels almost like a lip balm and doesn’t dry my lips out at all. It’s nice to be able to mix up my makeup a little with brighter than normal lips!
I had this Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream free in the April edition of Marie Claire and I really love it. It’s my current favourite hand cream is equally as good as my all time favourite – the Cath Kidston Rose Hand Cream. The Bee Lovely hand cream is made with organic honey and orange essential oil so it smells amazing. It sinks in really quickly so is a good one to keep in your bag from when you’re out and about. The hand cream costs £10 for 50ml and 25p from that will go to a Bee Lovely charity to help protect the bees.
I ordered a few things from L’Occitane at Christmas and as I spent over a certain amount (can’t remember what it was now!) I got a free tub of Precious Cream. Precious Cream is a moisturiser for normal to dry skin which promises to improve firmness and correct wrinkles. I have a small 15ml sample size but I’ve been using it for probably over 6 weeks now and am not even half way through! The actual full sized tub which cost £43 is 50ml and it would probably last months as a little goes a really long way. I really love this moisturiser and would go as far as to say it is the best I have ever used. It leaves my skin feeling soft but not greasy or sticky and it smells lovely. The scent is quite unusual, it reminds me of drinking Pimms in the summer, but it’s not overly strong. I think the blue glass tub itself is really cute too!
You may know that my favourite ever mascara is the No7 Extreme Length but the Avon Supershock mascara which had was given at Christmas comes a really close second. (Sorry for the slightly fuzzy photo, I took this before I went out one night so didn’t have very good lighting and forgot to take another one in daylight before the tube ran out!) The formula is almost identical to the Extreme Length – even though it is supposed to be volumising as opposed to lengthening. It stays put all day without flaking or smudging under the eye. The only thing that bothers me slightly is the brush. It is a similar style to the Extreme Length brush so is really good at separating out lashes but it is quite a bit bigger making it harder to use. The Supershock mascara is cheaper though and Avon sometimes have some really good deals so I will be looking out for this mascara in the future!
Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to try the Hairy Jayne Hair Perfume with Heat Protection. It recommends using it if you don’t wash your hair every day but I always do so have mainly been using it if I am going out in the evening and haven’t washed my hair since before work. I also use it on days when my hair is frizzier than normal as it is good at calming it down. Hairy Jayne have a few different scents for their hair perfume but mine is the neroli, vetiver and patchouli. The smell is quite strong when you first apply it but it quickly fades to a more subtle scent. The hair perfume costs £11 for 50ml but is lasting me well so far as you don’t need to spray much due to the strong scent. I’d definitely recommend it and have been impressed by how good it is at minimising my frizz!
I was also sent a sample of the Treatment Conditioner in the same scent. Again, I was impressed with this as it left my hair feeling lovely and soft. I’ve tried a few treatments recently and this is the only one which seems to have had any effect on my hair! You can buy the hair perfume and a full size treatment in a gift pack for £17.50.