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Overall rating:
5.0/5
2nd September, 2018 at 9:42 pm
La Roche-Posay® Toleriane Duo Reviews
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I want more of the range!

I was so pleasantly surprised by the Toleriane Ultra moisturiser and Eye Contour.

The packaging is very clinical - it looks like prescriptive skincare, very flash. Both pumps come in a box packed with information in English and French.

The products are hermetically sealed, which means there's no need for preservatives, and there's no chance of oxidation or contamination. This alone sets them apart from other sensitive skin products.

I used these products while having a bit of a hayfever/pollen related episode. My eye area was dry and flakey, and so irritated. The eye cream was just lush to use - so soothing and healing, my eyes felt better after the first use, and after twice daily use for 2 days they were back to normal.

Both products apply evenly and smoothly and absorb really quickly.

The moisturiser leaves skin smooth and creates a great base for makeup.

I think the price is pretty fair for such well formulated products and if you do have sensitive skin you really should give them a try.

Tips: Open the Eye Contour cream for more instructions on the inside.

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Ooh I didn't know about using eye cream in pollen season either. Great review.

great review - I am always using eyedrops in the pollen season and this could be a really good product to try -Thanks

Hmm interesting. I've never actually thought of using eye cream during hayfever season.

Interesting read... =)

Overall rating:
4.7/5
29th August, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Teddy Lane Nails Reviews
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Very sturdy chip resistant false nails!

For my Teddy lane nail trial I choose the shade Kristin from the classic collection. This is a lovely nudey/pink shade which is a prefect shade for everyday wear.

On opening the nails my first impressions were how lovely and natural they look unlike other false nails I have seen before (obviously this depends on which collection you go for). They feel very smooth to touch and have a lovely glossy finish.

What is fantastic about this brand of nails is that they have so many different collections and choices within each range. I have very short nails so didn’t want them too long in length. The ones I chose were prefect as they were medium in length. Everything needed apart from a cuticle stick is include in the pack which includes 24 nails in 12 different sizes, a nail file and glue and off course instructions.

I did find that the application of the nails does require a bit of time. I am a bit of a novice when it comes to applying false nails so perhaps I would get faster and find it easier the more I did it. I definitely can’t stress enough how important it is to properly follow the instructions provided and to do good prep work of your own nails before hand. I was so excited when these arrived that I skip the step or using a cuticle stick to push back extra skin the first few times I apply the nails and found the result wasn’t as neat as the rest.

The only issue I had was finding the right size to fit my thumb and my little finger but the nails are easy enough to file down to size and this didn’t appear to affect the strength or quality of the false nails. The nail sizes are numbered on the back too so it easy to make sure you get the same size nail on each hand.

As I only wanted to wear them for a few days I followed the 1-3 day wear time instructions which meant only using a thin strip or a dot of glue in the centre of the nail. I was a bit concerned that they might not last the full 3 days using only a small dot of glue but the false nails felt very sturdy on once dried and didn’t chip during the 3 days. So I can definitely reuse them again.

When I went to remove my nails I soaked them in reasonably hot water for a good few minutes and then gently lifted the nails off using a cuticle stick. My natural nails didn’t look damaged or appear any more brittle from wearing them and the removal process of soaking in hot water is easy and did work.

I believe they are good quality as they look very natural and felt very sturdy on but I would probably only use them for special occasions as they would get expensive for every day use and they did take a bit of time to apply properly.

Tips: Wear dish gloves if doing dishes by hand as the hot water will loosen them.

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I wasn't quick enough to accept this trial and am really envious of you -This is a great review Thanks

Overall rating:
5.0/5
13th July, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Papaya Review
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Tropical Hair Repair in a Tub

I've tried a few hair treatments in the past from the inexpensive through to the higher end products and I think this might just be my favourite. It is value for money and an absolute quality product. Great-sized tub of delicious-smelling goodness. I've recently gone from very blonde to very dark hair and have long hair which tends to be quite frizzy if left to its own devices. During the short time I've been using this product I've noticed quite a dramatic difference - both in shine and manageability. If I don't straighten my hair it's quite curly and this product has really helped to define my curls and make my hair look a lot healthier. I've so far used it as a mask and conditioner - I haven't used it as a leave-in conditioner but am keen to try this. I'd absolutely recommend using it as a mask and leaving it in for as long as you can if your hair is prone to the Auckland frizzles which mine most definitely is! It really has helped and the lingering smell once washed out is absolutely divine. I will be sticking with this product and will buy it again when I run out of this one which, given the generous size of the container, should be in quite a while. Great work again Garnier - value for money and a top-quality product.

Tips: If you suffer from the frizzles, leave the product in for as long as you can as a mask on towel dry - or even dry - hair. I've tried both and it works equally well.

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Yes I love this product and have tried a different one -love the big fat container and the way my hair feels after

Overall rating:
4.0/5
27th July, 2018 at 7:35 pm
Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF30 Review
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Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive Skin SPF30

I was fortunate to be chosen to review this product, just in time for mid-winter when my skin seems to be needing all the moisturising help it can get.

First up is the bottle it comes in, it’s a great size, it will slot nicely into your bag if necessary and the twist top on/off pump-action is great for travellers, no messy leaks to be found here. It has a very light scent, nothing to offend and not over-powering in any way. Pump action bottles always leave me indecisive, a) I know some people don’t like dipping their fingers day after day into pots, but at least you can get all the product out and there’s no wasteage, b) some pump action bottles are great at getting most of the product out of the bottom, some not so much. Unfortunately due to the time limit on testing this I can’t give an answer on this burning question.

It’s lovely to apply, it leaves an almost cooling sensation when applied to the skin and for me the big plus is that it absorbs really quickly, so only a few minutes waiting-around-time before applying primer/foundation etc. When not applying any makeup over the top, it does leave your skin feeling moisturised all day, great for the weekends when it’s a no make-up and pj zone in my house. The SPF30 is a big plus in my book, so I will definitely be looking at purchasing again.

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Yes I find a makeup free day too that this product is perfect

Overall rating:
5.0/5
18th July, 2018 at 8:41 pm
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Coconut Regime Reviews
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Gives Me Beautiful Hair!

This is a fabulous range and has made my hair look so healthy and beautiful. I am in love!

SHAMPOO: I was excited to trial this range so when it arrived I was straight in the shower. It came in a large bottle which surprised me as the other Elvive shampoo I have is considerably smaller. I like that it has a flip top lid which makes it easy to open and you can stand it on the lid to get the last bit of shampoo out.

It is a lovely thick consistency and man it smells devine! Beautiful coconut scent which I really loved. A little bit definitely goes a long way, it lathers up very well and washes out easily.

It didn't leave my hair feeling dry or knotty at all. The only negative thing I found was the amount of colour that washed out when I was rinsing. I know it is not a colour lock shampoo but I was shocked to see how much come out.

Overall it is a lovely shampoo which made my hair feel clean and smelling like coconuts!

CONDITIONER: Like the shampoo this comes in a great sized bottle with a flip top lid. I love how you store it standing on the lid which helps get all the conditioner out.

It is lovely and thick! I have very long hair but you don't need to go overboard with this as it spreads so well. It has the same amazing coconut smell as the shampoo, sooooo yummy!

I leave it on for a few minutes then rinse out. It leaves my hair with no knots and my comb runs through it with ease. After blow drying and straightening my hair looks transformed. So soft and shiny, my frizz is tamed and my hair looks fabulous. The coconut scent lingers all day which I love.

A beautiful conditioner that I am loving. I do not get any colour wash out at all from this unlike the shampoo.

MASK: I have not used a lot of hair masks before so was keen to see what results this would give me. It comes in a tub with a screw on lid which makes it easy to scoop the right amount of product out.

It is very luxurious and thick which I love and has the most incredible coconut smell which lingers in my hair all day, I love getting wafts of it throughout the day.

It seems like it can be used in a few ways, I tried a mask, overnight treatment and leave in conditioner. I like it all 3 ways! When used as a mask I shampoo my hair then leave this on for about 5 minutes then rinse, as a treatment I used it on damp hair as it was easier then popped on a shower cap and left it on overnight, as a leave in conditioner I put a tiny amount on my mid lengths and ends. My hair was never left feeling heavy or greasy. This really is a lightweight mask and my hair was left feeling so soft and hydrated with each use.

Definitely a winner for me and I would recommend for anyone wanting to give their hair a boost of hydration. Love this!

Continued below......

Tips: OIL: I love a good hair oil and this one was really great! It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump. It holds 100ml of oil which will last ages as you only use a little bit each time.

The oil itself is very lightweight, I use 3-4 pumps, rub my hands together then apply to damp hair, it does not leave any greasy feeling at all or make my hair feel limp and heavy.

After blow drying my hair is smooth and frizz free, it has a beautiful shine and smells incredible. I really love this oil!

I have also used it on dry hair to tame any Flyaways and it did a fantastic job, you only need a little bit, it is so effective.

Overall this is a beautiful hair oil which I will gladly keep using and would happily repurchase when it runs out. Love it!

I highly recommend this entire range. It will leave you with beautiful hydrated hair and smelling like coconuts!

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awesome review and I am now really keen to try -Thanks

Definitely want to try this out.

Overall rating:
2.7/5
13th July, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Banana Review
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Smells so good I want to eat it!

If you like banana smoothies, you'll love the smell of this product! If you use it as a conditioner or hair mask, washing it out afterwards, you still get a pleasant lingering smell. The smell is a lot stronger if you leave it in.

As a conditioner, I would rate it about average in effectiveness, in comparison to other supermarket brands. My hair didn't feel any softer than usual, even when I used it as a mask, but nor did my hair feel as dry as when I don't use conditioner at all.

As a leave in treatment, I was worried it would be greasy and stain my pillowcase, but actually it wasn't too bad. But it was a little too oily and smelled too strong for me to leave in during the day.

I admire the attempt at producing something that's based on natural ingredients, although just because something is natural doesn't mean it's good for you. The ingredients list has a lot of healthy sounding items in it, alongside a list of chemicals that have 'vegetable origin' or are 'perfume or plant derived'. This is where I get cynical and don't buy into the marketing, as everything is made up of chemicals and originating from plants doesn't necessarily make them safe! But kudos for appearing to try.

I think this would be a good product for children and young adults in particular, due to the fresh, sweet smell and possibly healthier ingredients list. I can imagine myself loving this as a child,

Tips: Add a small amount to your hair before going to bed, to give it an overnight treatment.

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I did the Goji trial for coloured hair and loved it too-awesome product.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
10th July, 2018 at 6:42 am
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Goji Review
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Hair Food for Thought

Let's start by saying that during winter my hair and skin become very dehydrated. On my skin I use a lot of hydrating products and on my poor coloured hair I need to step up my game. A recent convert to hair masks I had actually dropped and cracked my one, so the timing for this one was serendipidous.

Firstly the packaging is HUGE! You get a lot or product in here. I liked that Garnier were straight up about this not being 100% natural, but very close to. I really respect the transparency there.

The smell was very sweet, but I like it, especially first thing in the morning when you're feeling a little less fresh, having something so fruity and fragrant is lovely on the senses.

The product itself is white, thick and creamy. You can use this as a conditioner, a mask or a leave in conditioner. I used mine as a conditioner and mask. I really liked that there was a lot or product because I could really cover my long hair from root to top and make sure all the goodness covered everything. And because it's sulphate free I didn't have to worry about it stripping my hair of colour.

The result was that my hair was soft, silky and smooth. I found I didn't need as much hair oil to tame the frizz which is awesome and has left my hair a lot lighter in weight.

It definitely does what it says, and for a drugstore brand I'm really impressed. Garnier really came to the party!

Tips: Cover all your hair with a generous dollop, massage it in making sure the products covers all of you hair. Get a shower cap, put it over the top and take 15 mins to put your feet up and read a good book! For extra oomph you can wrap the shower cap in a hot towel and really lock in that moisture. Then rinse and enjoy those locks!

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Good tip -I left on 5 mils but shower cap for 15 mils excellent

Overall rating:
5.0/5
7th July, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Schwarzkopf Hair Mascara Reviews
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Exceeded My Expectations

The hair mascara packaging is super sleek and luxurious. I have naturally dark hair that has been highlighted to a medium blonde. I also have a few grey hairs that need to be blended in. I was a bit weary about the concept of the product. I was worried that it was going to look like I had painted hair. But the result was nothing like it. I was amazed at how it gave 100% coverage,but it didnt look caked on or painted on. It looked so natural! Just like any mascara, the applicator wand is just as, if not more important than the formulation in the bottle. And this one doesn't disappoint. The wand is silicone one, with very short stubby silcone bristles. They are nice and firm to help you "comb" on the product. I have a dark blonde, that I use to covers stray greys and regrowth. I am actually quite keen to get a dark brown to try a more regrowth/lived in colour look. A sort of balayage effect.

Tips: You dont have to restrict it to just the hair on your head. I found it looks great on my eyebrows! Giving them definition and texture. Love it!

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I am really impressed with the product but please note on instructions it says not to use on eyebrows so possibly too close to eyes.

Ohhhh I never thought about using it on my eyebrows...great tip!

Overall rating:
4.7/5
30th June, 2018 at 4:19 pm
Remington AIR3D Hair Dryer Review
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Remington AIR3D Hair Dryer - Review

When I received an email inviting me to trial this I was super excited, thank you so much BR for all the incredible trial opportunities and the work you put into this site! I was even more excited when I saw the package on my doorstep, and quickly opened it to find the beautiful box that this hair dryer comes in. It is black and rose gold, and absolutely beautiful! In the box, you get a storage bag, two concentrator attachments and a diffuser. It claims to use '3D Airflow' and 'Smooth Conditioning Technology' to help style, reduce frizz and create a smooth finish - which is definitely something I'm into! This hair dryer retails for $299.99, which is rather steep for a hair dryer, however I think it could be worth it depending on your hair type and needs.

This hairdryer looks like something out of a space movie - it just looks so futuristic! It's triangular, with a hole through the middle, and mesh at the back where I believe air is sucked in to blow dry with. This mesh means that there is no way for your hair to get sucked into the back, which has happened to me multiple times in the past and is always a huge pain. The hairdryer has good weight to it, but it is balanced well so is easy to manoeuvre while in use. The attachments included in the box easily pop onto the hollow head of the hairdryer. It also has a very long cord (3 metres if I remember correctly) with a loop to hang the hairdryer if needed. It has 3 heat settings, a ‘cool shot’ button, and 2 speed settings. I found that there wasn’t much of a difference between the lowest heat setting and the cool shot setting.

When I used this hair dryer I was amazed at the speed it dried my hair, it only took around 10 minutes compared to around 30-45 minutes that my old hairdryer took - keep in mind, I have very thick, frizzy curly hair! Using the diffuser attachment took longer, but gave me even better results - my curls looked smooth, and they weren’t frizzy, plus my hair was nice and soft with lots of volume! I used it by ‘cupping’ my hair in the attachment and holding for a while, repeating every minute. I think the ‘Smooth Conditioning Technology’ actually works, which I was very impressed with. With the other attachments, my hair took a bit less time to dry, but my hair wasn’t as curly, instead it was more wavy-straight, which is good as I am able to get 2 different styles without the use of a hair straightener at all.

Overall, I love the experience I have when I use this hair dryer - it looks good and performs great! It has lots of features that make it just that little bit better, such as the included attachments and storage bag, and many settings to choose from. It gave me amazing results, even though I have thick, curly, frizzy hair. The price tag is steep though (and that is why I have rated it slightly less than 5 kisses), so that is something to consider if you’re thinking about buying this hair dryer - it is sure a good one though! Thanks again to the Beauty Review Crew!

Tips: If you have curly hair, use the diffuser attachment - it means less air is blowing your hair around everywhere, therefore reducing frizz!

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Eeee $300 is pricey alright. Its worth it if it reduces frizz though - that's a big problem to deal with.

Good review - bit pricey but sounds great.

Great review! It sounds fantastic, but the price tag will be keeping me away...Hopefully they are a sale on at some stage!

It sounds wonderful. I agree the price tag is huge . One day hopefully

Overall rating:
5.0/5
29th May, 2018 at 9:38 am
Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh It Up Extra Fresh Reviews
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My First time

So as you may have guessed from the title, this was my first time using dry shampoo. Now this wasn't because I didn't know what dry shampoo was, this was because I didn't like the sound of it and the thought of sticky, white residue in my hair had put me off. I finally decided to give it a shot and luckily made the cut to be receive a sample to review - boy was I converted!

Firstly, I LOVE the way this dry shampoo smells. It has a lovely fresh scent that lasts all day and sure does make you feel good, especially if you're like me and forget to wear perfume some days coz you're in a mad rush!

Much to my surprise there was no sticky white residue. There was no stickiness at all - it was a cool dry mist that seemed to mop up my three day old oily hair. There was no residue, not even the slightest bit which was great.

The dry shampoo was easy to apply and the instructions were clear and simple - easy enough for a first timer to follow.

The can was cool and funky, it had me intrigued and made me want to try it.

Once applied, the dry shampoo was very effective and lasted all day.

Like I said I am converted and will definitely be buying more of this.

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Lovely review -I have not been a dry shampoo fan but this one seems sp much better than other's on the market and priced well too.