I do hope this post doesn’t seem like a big cop out, but at 38 weeks pregnant, I really really am running on a nearly empty tank, and thought this would be an effective way to get some quick reviews up of products I have had for the last 3-6 months (possibly longer!) otherwise they would be forever lost somewhere on my computer. So, let’s begin!
Soap & Glory Orangeasm Range:
It’s funny, I never really look at Soap & Glory when I am in Boots, I think because in the past I used a cream which didn’t react well to my skin. I do generally always indulge in the Christmas Boots hat box or whatever it is though, because it seems like good value plus I can give out any products I don’t want from it. Also, it always comes in a good sized bag or box – I still use the hat box from a few years ago now for all my nail polishes.
Anyway, the Orangeasm (play on words, get it?!) is a citrusy orange set of body wash and body butter. It smells like orange but more of a orange peel, not overly synthetic and quite fresh and nice.
The body wash looks more like a lotion and isn’t very foamy at all – it’s not a bad thing because I found it less drying than most shower washes but I guess I did miss a bit of bubbly-ness.
The body butter is great! It has a almost thick whipped feeling, and little orange beads in it which disappear as you rub it in (it sinks in rather well despite it looking a bit thick) and has a nice fresh smell. It also makes the skin tingle nicely, not too much to be uncomfortable and I’ve enjoyed using this all over. I would definitely buy the body butter in the future.
Body Lotion – 5/10
Body Butter – 8/10 – if you like the tingle sensation
2. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum & Vitamin E Aqua Boost
I purchased the Aloe cream cleanser a while ago due to it being recommended by Paula’s Choice, and I absolutely love it – such a good value and quality cream/lotion cleanser. So I had high expectations for this Aloe Protective Serum which is a pre moisturising treatment to sooth the skin.
The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet also looked promising – this light gel like texture pink cream is supposed to give all day hydration without being heavy.
I was pretty disappointed with both of these products. the Serum Intense has a very silicone-y feel, which I dislike because it feels like a barrier on my skin. I also didn’t feel like it soothed my sensitive skin, if anything it made it sting a bit on the dry patches. I know instantly when a product for sensitive skins suits me or not and this didn’t.
The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet looked great – it has a baby cream type smell but my allergic reaction to this was instant – it was burning my face so off it came. I passed this on to my mum and she also experienced an allergic reaction not as bad as mine, but she got some spots and itchiness from it. Shame because it looks the part and I thought it could eventually replace my beloved Kiehls Hydro Plumping Serum (which is BRILLIANT) for dry skin.
Aloe Serum – 1/10 (because it did nothing for my skin really so I can’t really rate it for anything…)
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet – 1/10 (super bad allergic reaction unfortunately)
3. Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make Up Remover
I am pretty loyal to my Kose Softymo eye make up remover which will take off EVERYTHING. I tried this as I got it as a sample. As far as dual phase eye make removers go, it’s not bad but not the best either – for me, I wear super waterproof mascara and eyeshadow that is very long lasting so this took a bit of work with this eye make up remover. Someone who wears basic eye make up (such as powder shadow) and none waterproof mascara will find this effective enough.
It absolutely does not remove Japanese waterproof mascara, that is for sure.
For me: 4/10.
4. L’oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly
I had fun using this I really did. Similar to good old Sunnis (remember that stuff from school?!!) you can basically work this in to your hair and it will light strands (heat helps accelerate it). I used this on my roots at the time because I had extremely dark roots as my ombre was growing out.
It’s actually a half decent product – it is like a loose gel type texture and use too much, and it makes your hair crinkly and crunchy (ew) which is what happened to me. I used a hairdryer to speed up the dying process but my hair still looked quite crunchy – not a big deal as it’s not like I would use it all the time anyway.
I noticed after 1 application that my hair was lighter by around 1/2 – 1 shade. It definitely lifted the darkness but I didn’t use it again – why? because with the lightening came the dreaded slightly orange tone which is to be expected with my brown hair. I knew that with another application it would go orange-er so that lift I had was enough.
If you want to play with some subtle lightening and don’t mind the randomness of this product then it’s quite good fun to try.
5. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash
I almost never ever ever use face wash (too drying) but I really do have a soft spot for all Neutrogena face washes which I find pretty refreshing and none dying to use. I wouldn’t use it to remove make up – it won’t do the job, but it’s so refreshing and gentle on my skin.
This latest release is once again another lovely face wash which I like for the morning or for a refresh. It seems to remove any morning oil too.
My mum and aunties all use Neutrogena face wash of various types and to be honest, none of them are skincare crazy but they all have great skin and look younger than their ages so they must be on to something!
If I have to/want to use a face wash, I will stick this Neutrogena ones: 8/10
6. Nair Shower Power Cream
Nair hair removal cream products…well the last time I used one it was a face hair remover cream and it burned to high heaven. My cousin also used it, and she blistered – it was pretty horrific. As I am pregnant I don’t want unnecessary chemicals on my skin so the cousin, god love her, tried this out for me on her legs:
No blisters or burning this time, but slight itching after using this Shower Power Cream. It removed the majority of her hairs and left a few ‘snapped’ so to speak. She said quite frankly, shaving is easier and cheaper.
7. Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo and Conditioner
I do love that Lee Stafford has the Bleach Blondes range in Boots – it makes it easy for people who want to avoid brassy hair like me to get hold of. I love the Hot Shots product but this regular use shampoo and conditioner is what I use occasionally when I see the orange setting in and it works pretty well and making the hair look ‘cooler’.
I have no issues with this product at all, I don’t use it all the time as SLS products can make my scalp flake and itchy, but as a once a week treatment (I do wash my hair pretty much every day) it’s a nice top up item for my highlighted hair.
8. Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant
The cream deodorant is basically my go to deodorant every day – cream suits my sensitive pits so much more an a spray which makes my skin itch. It also is dearer than regular aerosols but lasts much much longer. It also does protect really well even if you are having a super sweaty day.
Another trend is these small compressed aerosol deodorants which save space – good if you like that kind of thing. However I am happy to stick to my deodorant creams.
Score – 9/10 for the cream – it dispenses a little too much which is why I knocked a point off.
9. A’kin Pure Facial Cleansing Gel
Not really one for my skin type per se (oily skin types) but I finished this gel off quite quickly and really liked it. It’s a rich brown colour like tar almost and has a almost smokey type smell – weird I know but it’s not horrible, but definitely unusual.
It’s quite a liquid gel texture and when you rub it in to your face it only slightly lathers. I liked the fact that it wasn’t drying at all and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed. In terms of removing make up, it did ok, but I wouldn’t rely on this to remove waterproof make up.
I did really enjoy using this, perhaps not enough to buy it next time but for people who don’t wear too much make up and have oily/combo skin you may really enjoy this product as it just doesn’t seem to bother sensitive skin at all.
10. Keratin Revolution Leave In Conditioner
I’ve tried a few products like this – it’s basically a very lightweight spray with keratin that helps to make the hair feel softer, look healthier and generally improves the condition of the hair.
I liked this for the lightweight feel (you can easily later this with other styling products) and it makes my hair feel soft and shiny when dry.
I wouldn’t rely on this on its own to condition the hair despite it being a leave in conditioner (I definitely need an in shower one too) and I would use something else like a mousse or thicker serum even if I am air drying my hair which is most days because it is so very light weight. I like how this product makes the ends of my hair look healthier though and less frazzled.
11. Fantastic Salon Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve been washing and going quite a lot recently, so using something that is on the richer side like these trio from is useful as my hair instantly looks less frizzy and dry (incase I forget to apply a serum before my hair dries – it does happen quite a lot!).
The nourishing shampoo contains avocado oil, argan oil etc as does the conditioner. I found both products non irritating to my scalp and left me hair looking softer and less frizzy, which is a win.
The Ultimate Protector spray is supposed to be a ‘does it all’ type product with oils again – it protects from heated products and it also does other things like decreases drying time.
I found this to be quite a nice product – once again my hair looked quite shiny and felt softer after using it BUT not as much as I thought it would be – perhaps this is a good thing as it would’ve weighed down my hair I think, if I had applied too much. I didn’t notice a decrease in styling time though.
The range is worth checking out, although it’s hard sometimes with so many hair products on the market to find stand out ones. I’d give everything in this range 7/10.
And those are my speed reviews from these last few months!
Anything here catch your eye?