Friday, 4 April 2014

The Body Shop: Almond Hand and Nail Cream

Hand cream is something I have never been that interested in, I like it and use it but that's all. Recently I started using the Body Shop's Almond Hand and Nail Cream and thought I would do a little review on it. 

"This effective daily hand cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains two manicurist’s essentials: sweet almond oil and panthenol."

I bought the smaller size at £5.00 because I wanted to try it first before buying the larger size, find out more HERE.

The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream
First off, this hand cream smells amazing and I love putting it on just for the smell. It dries in quickly which id important as I hate my hands getting everything I touch all greasy and mucky, it makes my hands feel really soft and smooth too. Although it is a nail cream as well, I haven't noticed any improvement in my nails since using it, although my nails have been in bad shape since I stopped biting them about eight years ago. Maybe it's something that will take more time and it is difficult to measure as nails get damaged everyday. 

I started off using this hand cream just at night as I hate having greasy hands, but when I gave this a chance during the day I found that it didn't leave my hands feeling greasy, just moisturised. Now I use it whenever I remember and keep this one in my bag, I think I will buy the bigger size for beside my bed and I can use that at night. 

My only criticism would be that the lid is sometimes difficult to get back on, especially with freshly moisturised hands, but it's not anything that would stop me from buying it. The tube is also flexible and allows you to roll in up and squeeze out any leftover product so nothing goes to waste. I am making a better effort with hand cream and trying to use it as often as I can, we are constantly using our hands and they will come into contact with chemicals, germs and goodness knows what so keeping them moisturised while using natural ingredients can only help protect the skin and help it to heal.

I usually bite the skin around my nails, I know it's horrible its just a bad habit that I'm trying to break, but since using this hand cream I have noticed that the appearance of them is a lot healthier looking, this could just be down to actually using hand cream more, but I love and believe in natural products and think that they might have something to do with this, either way it has encouraged me to take better care of both my hands and nails. Thank you Body Shop!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

MUA Intense Kisses Lip Gloss

I bought these MUA Intense Kisses Lip Glosses a few weeks ago and have been using them ever since. I bought them for £2.00 in my local Superdrug, you can also purchase them from the MUA website HERE. I liked the red colour first, Pucker Up, and when I swatched it on my hand I couldn't believe how pigmented it was! For only £2.00 it was a steal!

"The newest lip gloss in the MUA range! Intense Kisses lip gloss £2 each. They are sealed with a kiss in a high-intensity gloss which comes in a wide range of bold colours adds just the right amount of glamour to lips whether you're strutting down the street or the red carpet. Wear alone or over your favourite MUA lipstick colour for gorgeous kissable lip effect."

Pucker Up and Sweet Nothings
I bought these two colours as most of the other colours on offer were out of stock. You can see from the swatches how pigmented they are and that is why I bought them. I like wearing lipstick because I like the colour payoff, but I have been looking for highly pigmented lip glosses for a while, most of them I found were disappointing and were too thick or sticky, but these just glide on beautifully and give a less intense effect than lipsticks. The packaging is nice, more of a square shape and they are a nice small size to fit easily into your handbag or pocket.

I wear the red one the most because I am in love with red lips at the moment but I think I will wear the pink shade more in spring/summer. These glosses last a decent amount of time on the lips, they come off if you eat which most lipsticks do anyway, but they are just so quick and easy to apply and are better for day to day wear. Another bonus is that you don't have to worry about it coming off on your teeth, and if it smudges a bit it doesn't stain the skin as much as lipstick does.

These lip glosses are amazing for only £2.00, well done MUA, I can't wait to buy more colours.