New Look ‘Night’ EDP – I should ‘Coco’?

Anyone who knows me will be aware that my all time favourite perfume is Chanel ‘Coco’. I’m one of the lucky few who suit it. Considering the cost of a bottle, it never ceases to amaze me that so many women will wear it, despite the fact it smells bloody awful on them. Only the other week, I had to sit for 45 minutes next to one woman who had made this glorious scent smell like TCP.

I have been wearing other perfumes since my bottle of Coco ran out, many years ago. I tend to wear it when I’m flying, and have sprayed it on myself in Duty Free. My expensive tastes cannot be fulfilled, or justified, by my meagre earnings, and over the years, I’ve become a very savvy bargain hunter.

Despite all that, I was telling The Bloke just yesterday that I was tempted to buy a bottle. We were killing time in New Look. I noticed that they now sold a range of perfumes (it’s been ages since I’ve been in New Look), and the first bottle I picked up was called ‘Night’. I couldn’t believe it. It smelled just like ‘Coco’!

Even better, New Look had an offer, 25% off all perfumes! Bargain!

Outside the store, I gave myself a squirt. Some dupes, and cheap fragrances don’t last, or the scent doesn’t wear like the more expensive product. NL’s ‘Night’ lasted for hours, and developed in a very similar way to the premium product, becoming warmer and more sensual.

If you too like ‘Coco’, and either cannot justify the price, or want to wear it more often, then ‘Night’ is a great alternative. It normally costs £8.99 for a 50ml bottle, but at the time of writing, cost me £6.74, thanks to that 25% off offer!

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Herbal Essences bio:renew

I was lucky enough to have been invited to try part of the new Herbal Essences bio:renew haircare range, via Savvy Circle. I was sent three of the range;

  • Arian oil of Morocco, to repair weak or damaged hair,
  • Cucumber and green tea, to give a lightweight shine to hair, and
  • White strawberry and sweet mint, a cleansing range.

Two of the ranges went to friends to try, whilst I kept the Argan Oil for myself. I did have a cheeky sniff of the other two, however, before passing them on. I’m not a fan of mixing mint with other fragrances, and was concerned that it would overpower the strawberry scent. Surprisingly, it didn’t. The minty smell was like a mere hint, rather than taking over, and the strawberry fragrance dominated.

Similarly, I don’t like cucumber, and wasn’t expecting to get on with the smell of that particular range, but again, I was surprised to find that I could hardly smell it, and it was more pleasant than I had expected.

On to the Argan Oil, however. My hair is long, fine, and lacks volume and strength. It is prone to breakage, along with the resulting frizzy appearance from the flyaway shorter strands showing. I couldn’t wait to see if bio:renew could help improve the texture and appearance.

First impressions were good. I liked the colour of the bottles, and the design was practical but functional. There’s nothing about the range that would make it stand out on the shelves, as such, certainly with the other products taken into consideration.

The first thing I noticed when pouring out of the bottle was the scent. It’s hard to describe, but it is amazing. I love it! Best of all, unlike many other products, it lasts on the hair for ages. This has to be my favourite part of the product!

The shampoo is rich, and lathers well. It rinses out easily, leaving my hair feeling clean, but not stripped.

The conditioner is creamy, but is applied easily enough. I like to leave conditioner on, and it rinses well, like the shampoo. My hair felt smooth and soft.

One thing I will say, and I think Herbal Essences are a bit cheeky, but the bottles state ‘apply… generously’. I didn’t find it necessary to sue a lot of product, even with longer hair, and did wonder if it was a ploy to get us to use it quicker by using more! Naughty!

I still had some breakage during washing, and it was no more or less that with other products, but I did find that I lost less hair whilst drying and styling. This is good news for my vacuum cleaner!

My hair has felt and looked smoother, and it smells gorgeous. It’s hard to say if it is stronger, and I would like to see how it goes over the next few weeks before making a definitive ‘yay or nay’. Overall, I have been pleased with the results so far, and this is definitely a product that I would use again.

So far as the other two ranges, I had the following feedback from my friends;

‘I like the Herbal Essences bio:renew White strawberry and sweet mint shampoo and conditioner. My hair has looked good, and it feels clean, and smells fresh immediately after washing. I’m a bit disappointed that the scent doesn’t last, but it wouldn’t put me off using it again!’

‘When I was offered the chance to try the Cucumber and green tea Herbal Essences bio:renew range, I couldn’t wait to get started. I need a lightweight product that doesn’t weigh down my hair, and this was just perfect. Loved it, and loved the smell, it’s so refreshing! My hair is looking great!’

I wish I had tried them both now! Overall, a good range of products that do what they claim to!

Thanks to Savvy Circle for the samples, and for allowing me to try Herbal Essences bio:renew. The review is my own, and these are my own opinions. I have not been paid, etc etc.

Decléor Micellar Oil

Oil? As a cleanser? Are you having a laugh?

Well, no, no they are not. Olive oil has been used as a cleanser, for hair, face and body, for centuries, and it also forms part of the base for this micellar cleanser by Decléor.

You cannot mistake the faint aroma, but trust me, it's not as unpleasant as you think. You aren't going to walk around smelling like a well drizzled Mediterranean dish. In some ways, it's a pleasant, comforting scent, and other ingredients also contribute.

Does it work?

Yes it does!

My skin looks and feels clean and fresh. I have very mixed skin, extreme combination, I'd call it. I've had fewer breakouts of both spots and dry patches since using. Despite being an oil, it is quite drying on those areas, mind you, and a good moisturiser is still a must.

It hasn't reduced the amount of oil on my skin, but I have had fewer issues with blocked pores, and my skin looks better. The theory is that the oil 'melts' the build of natural oils to keep pores cleaner.

One squirt of product is good enough for most occasions. If I'm wearing a lot of foundation, eyeliner or waterproof mascara, it needs a little more, but two squirts of this will shift anything. It's the best product I've found for removing waterproof mascara in its entirety.

This bottle is going to last an age, but I will be replacing it when it's empty. It is great value for money, and does a fantastic job.

This is not a sponsored post. The views and opinions are my own!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

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If it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it’s going to be good enough for me, right?

I was sent a full size bottle, as a sample, to try. All I had to do was to answer a few questions about my opinions on the product.

So what did I think?

Overall, I liked this product. It is just the right consistency for me; not too watery, but not so thick that it doesn’t absorb into the skin. In fact, it looks like the lotion hasn’t actually rubbed in well, as my skin had a moist sheen to it, however, I can confirm that it had, and there was no transfer onto clothes, furniture or bedding!

It kept my legs, which get particularly dry as they are exposed to the elements when I am out running, feeling smooth and soft all day.

As with most products, there were a couple of niggles.

The fragrance was a bit insipid. This is good if you like to wear a completely different perfume to the scent of the lotion that you are using, but on days when I forgot to spray myself, I felt a little lost without anything nice to smell.

Secondly, I really don’t like pump dispensers, especially with a lotion that cannot be watered down when it starts to run out. It’s not like soap, or shower gel, where you can unscrew the bottle, add some water, and get to all of the remaining product. No, Aveeno had packaged their moisturising lotion in a way that makes it awkward to empty the bottle. The shape of the pump is curved, so it has to be propped up to give the remnants any chance of making it to the neck of the bottle. There was quite a lot left by the time that the pump stopped drawing up the lotion, and I was still able to get a good week or so from the bottle before I was forced to give up on it.

That aside, it moisturises really well, and made a big improvement on the appearance of my skin, and so I would, despite the little grumbles, use this product again.

 

Note: I was given the sample for free, but this is not a sponsored post. The opinions are very much my own.

Cowshed ‘Wild Cow’ strengthening shampoo and conditioner

I'd heard great things about the Cowshed range, especially the hair care products. When I saw these two in TK Maxx at less than half price, I snapped them up. I love the names for their products, like 'Wild Cow', 'Knackered Cow, and 'Moody Cow', which could all apply to me right now!

My hair is very fine, and prone to breakage, and looked forward to seeing how Cowshed would treat it. The only concerning thing for me is that I have a fear and loathing of seaweed. I know, totally irrational, but I cannot abide the thought of coming into contact with it! For the sake of my hair, I took a deep breath and used the products!

The smell is 'herby', sort of 'natural. It's not overpowering, and it certainly doesn't linger like some perfumed products can. The shampoo is light, yet lathers well. It also rinses out easily, leaving my hair feeling stripped, if that makes sense?

The conditioner is rich but viscous enough to evenly apply to even longish hair. It rinses out well, leaving my hair feeling smooth.

If you are cost-conscious, don't be put off by paying full price for these products. You really don't need a lot of product, and these bottles have lasted me a long time!

After blow drying, my hair looked as though it had some volume, but not necessarily smooth or lush. I have a lot of breakage, and this was noticeable along the lengths of my hair, looking frizzy on occasion. At first, my hair felt nicely conditioned, but over time, I found that it was getting tangled far too easily, if I wore it down. The ends are definitely very dry.

I also found that my hair still broke when trying to French/Dutch plait my hair for running. On the plus side, I didn't lose too much during the washing process, and the plug was not as clogged as it can be when I use some other products. I was disappointed that 'Wild Cow' failed to fully achieve what it said on the bottle.

Longevity was also a bit of an issue. I have long hair, and don't like to have to wash it every day, but I have found that it needs to be washed every other day (without wanting to look scuzzy, I like to leave it a couple of days between washing, simply because washing and blow drying seems to make my hair even worse than leaving it).

One other strange thing I experienced using these products was that my hair seemed to have trouble with static! I am more prone to most to picking up static, but this was mad, and made controlling my hair even harder. Shocking!

Overall, I was disappointed with 'Wild Cow'. It hasn't lived up to my expectations, which has made me feeling a bit sad, as I wanted to like it. At normal retail price, it's a lot of money, and it hasn't addressed the issues with my hair. It may be more suited to more robust hair, which would then would go against the whole point of strengthening! I may revisit Cowshed in the future, but try one of the more moisturising products.

Note: This post has not been sponsored, and there is no incentive here for my review. I bought this product myself, and these are my own opinions after using for a few months!

French Braid Into Bun – An Attempt At Something Different

I’ve been doing the braids long before they became fashionable. I remember turning up to Bar School with the braided fringe, and the other girls loving it. I hadn’t seen it done on anyone else before, this was about 8 years ago. Now it seems everyone does it, and things have got even more inventive. 

It’s summer, and I’m going out tonight. I want my hair up, I can’t be doing with it down, and I saw the braid into a bun thing on a retweet. I thought I’d give it a go, and so here is my first attempt. Well, it took three goes, but before today, I’d never even tried! 

It’s pretty fiddly, but if you can self-braid, it’s doable. It’s not comfortable, however, as the way to do it is to hang your head upside down. It’s back achingly annoying if you don’t manage it the first time. 

Don’t ask me how to braid, other than take a segment of hair, divide into three sections, and plait them once, over for a French or under for a Dutch braid. After the first turns, scrape some hair from the side to add to the strand that is to be plaited next. Repeat on the other side. Continue until your braid is as long as you want. I hope that makes sense! I can do my own hair, but I cannot, for the life of me, braid another person’s hair! I find it easier if I can’t see what I am doing!

Once the braid has reached the desired position of your bun, tie the remaining hair into a ponytail. Then make up your bun in whatever usual way you do. 

(Excuse the errant pin, The Bloke didn’t warn me). 

Sensodyne True White Toothpaste


We all want whiter teeth, right? And we’ve all tried toothpastes that promise to whiten your teeth, but fail to deliver, yes?

Well, here’s another one to add to the list. Sigh. 

Whitening toothpastes that have worked haven’t done my sensitive teeth any favours. I have the choice between a brighter smile, or icy drinks but not both. 

That’s why I was keen to try Sensodyne True White. It promised to ‘restore the natural whiteness of my teeth’ without being harshly abrasive. 

Unfortunately, it made little or no difference to the colour of my teeth. Of course, it may be argued that I don’t have naturally white teeth, but I have had whiter teeth using other products. (I would post pics, but because of an accident several years ago, and a repaired chipped tooth, I’m too ashamed to share).

My teeth did, however, feel super clean after brushing, and they did shine. It was just a shame I saw no whitening. 

Other positives were the taste, and it was great for my sensitive teeth. For the price, I can get the same benefits from other products in the Sensodyne range that are a lot more cost effective. 

This is not a sponsored post, I was not provided with a free sample, etc etc