I have extremely dry lips during the day and I bought this on an aeroplane as part of a duty-free travel kit. I was convinced it would be a wonderful, highly-moisturising lip balm as I've tried numerous shea butter products from other companies before. However, it is not what I thought it would be.
Unlike other lip balms I've tried, it does not really sink into my skin to moisturise it. It sits there on my lips, feeling quite greasy, until it evaporates away or gets wiped off onto a glass or something.
It did not alleviate my dry lips well. First of all, the slight colour to it made the dry patches more obvious. Secondly, it seemed to slowly turn this dry skin into a disgusting, lumpy white slime.
I thought perhaps it is not so good at getting rid of dry lips, but perhaps it is better at preventing them. So I gave it another chance. I made sure to apply it first thing in the morning: the only time when my lips are plump, soft and hydrated. It did nothing to keep the moisture in and the next time I felt I needed to apply some and did, I found I had the white slime again! It actually seems to encourage this revolting stuff to appear.
I'm afraid the only positive thing I can say about this lip balm is that it smells nice. If you have very dry lips like me and suffer from various lip balms giving you 'white slime', I would recommend Palmer's lip balm stick for a cheap solution, or Lush's Lip Service for a more expensive but longer-lasting option. If you want to stick with The Body Shop, I like the vitamin E lip balm stick.
If you're only going to be keeping your products at home, this is fine, although expensive (which is why I gave it a 3). However, if you travel a lot and bought a tin specifically for this reason, these are rather useless. I bought a tin for a deodorant bar and baby face. Both tins came open in my suitcase and the products went all over my clothes. I would have been better off sticking with my original method of wrapping everything in sandwich bags.
This product is fairly expensive. I find it does moisturise, but not to the degree I was expecting. The scent is very strong and if you dislike the smell of lemons, I wouldn't recommend it! I also find it is very greasy and doesn't sink into the skin and this is something I really do not like about hand creams. I need to do things with my hands and that's difficult when they are greasy. Yet I don't want to have to wipe my hands every time after I apply hand cream, I want it to sink in so I can apply it on the go.
Overall, I do not think I would purchase this again, but it would be great for people who don't need a huge moisture boost, love the smell of lemons and don't mind greasy hand creams.
This is an excellent lip balm. I normally have lips that are always dry, chapped, sore and peeling. With this, they are plump and soft so I know this product is really moisturising and not simply sitting on my lips like a gloss.
It has a pleasant scent of tangerine and shea butter, but it is not overwhelming, nor does it have a bad taste. The balm can be rather hard and solid if you don't live in a warm climate. As a result, it can be a bit difficult to get out if you are unable to keep it in a warm place all the time.
It is expensive and the packaging is not very hygienic. It is not easy to get the product out towards the end if you like to keep your nails long.
If LUSH were to package this product as a stick, I would rate it a 5 because the lip balm does a great job keeping my normally dry lips luscious.
I am currently using this product as my exfoliator.
The smell of this product is unusual and reminds me of brown bread. However, the scent is not so important to me unless it smells so revolting I wouldn't dare put it anywhere near my face.
As with Angels on Bare Skin, this product is a bit fiddly when you use it. It is challenging to keep a lump of it into a neat little ball while simultaneously trying to scrub your face with it.
It doesn't leave me feeling very clean, but I haven't had it long enough to say whether it does anything for my skin. I haven't had any spots with it. Still, I think I would prefer to go back to a previous product or try a new one as opposed to buying Herbalism again.
This is rather expensive, even if you're only planning on using it once a week as an exfoliator.
I decided to give this a go. It smelt strongly of vodka, lemon and lime, felt a bit rough on my face and stung my eyes if any of the alcohol got into them (somehow it always did). It did give the feeling of my face being very thoroughly cleansed and definitely woke me up in the mornings though.
I originally chose this as I thought a strong exfoliator would help get rid of my blackheads. I did not see a difference, so I may have to use it daily, but I am reluctant to do so because of the price.
I was given a sample of this when buying other products. I used it as an exfoliator once a week.
At first, it took some getting used to: having to carefully pluck a piece from the container, roll it into a ball and attempt to rub it on your face without it crumbling into pieces and being washed down the drainhole.
It had a lovely lavender scent, felt soft and soothing on my face and did leave my skin feeling silky and refreshed. However, if you have oily skin, acne or blackheads, I don't know if it will do the job of unblocking pores well enough.
The packaging wasn't beautiful, but it was perfectly functional.
Overall, I think this is a good product if you're looking for a gentle exfoliator.
I bought this when its slightly more liquefied form, Ultrabland, was not available. I was sceptical, but it smelt nice, was easy to use, did not sting my eyes and got rid of all the make-up in a jiffy.
In the beginning, it glides onto your skin and is wiped off effortlessly with cotton wool. However, I would recommend buying a container with it as, even if you store it wrapped in several plastic bags, it can get hard with exposure to the air and not be as useful as before.
This facewash is good for my oily skin. It lathers up well and swills off easily, leaving my face feeling fresh and clean. I have had hardly any spots since using this product.
I recommend buying some sort of container for it though, as it can lose its scent and go crusty and rather unpleasant-looking if constantly exposed to a wet and humid environment. It still does its job, but it looks disgusting.
My only complaint about this product is that there can be sharp bits of charcoal in it that you can accidentally scratch your face with (just a little pointy bit that can cause minor pain, not something that will cut your face open). Other than that, it's a great face wash and works well for me.
Tools -Unlisted Brand - Ms. Manicure 4-Way Nail Buffer
EurasianMelange 3/28/2009 5:08:00 PM
The packaging and the price of the fold-away keyring version caught my eye. I needed a new buffer anyway. I decided to give it a try as it was so cheap, but found the smoothing and buffing layers only made my nails look as if I had used an ordinary file and scratched the surfaces up! Did not look attractive at all.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Parissa Studio Warm Wax
EurasianMelange 1/15/2008 6:50:00 PM
This is one of the best waxes I have tried and very cheap (though buying replacement strips and oil will most likely add up). Easy to warm up, easy to spread on in a thin layer, easy to rip off with the strips. Every time I ripped off a strip correctly it took away 95 - 100% of the hair. Far, FAR better than Nads.
The only thing I did not like about this product was the fact that it was very hard to clean off, I cannot reuse the strips as with sugar wax and I have to buy azulene oil regularly. It was easy to get off of my skin with the azulene oil, but trying to scrub it off of the spatulas and the plate I used to heat the wax on... took me ages!
I personally would not buy this product again as I was looking for something more like Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar (which was not available in the store I went to and I thought this wax I am reviewing was sugar wax) as it is easily cleaned off with warm water and a flannel. This method of clean up is much less time-consuming. Also, this means you can reuse the strips and so you only have to pay more money when you need a new tub of sugar wax. However, if you do not mind wiping everything with oil, buying new strips and buying new oil I would highly recommend this.
Misc Beauty Tools -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues
EurasianMelange 1/13/2008 3:55:00 PM
I always buy this, but only because I cannot find the Clean & Clear where I am currently living and it is the only powder-free oil blotting tissue pack I have discovered.
I can smell the tea tree oil in the tissues and to me it appears quite strong. Especially when I first open the plastic package it comes in.
It does not remove oil 100% and it is not as clear where on the paper oil has been absorbed, but it is obvious enough for me and it removes enough oil for me to look decent (and this is coming from someone whose face produces enough oil that I could literally scrape enough off to fry an egg in after an hour or so).
I normally use two sheets at a time for my entire face and I do not have any problem with tearing. Perhaps others are being too rough? I only glide the paper over my skin with my fingertips, pressing a little. I would really have to scrub my face to tear them.
Overall, I think this is a good product, though not really worth the expensive price it is sold at. Definitely not fantastic and far from being the best, but it is adequate for me.
Lip Treatments -The Body Shop - Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15
EurasianMelange 1/12/2008 5:14:00 PM
This is one of the best lip balms I have tried so far. I always have very chapped lips, so I have tried a lot of lip balms and chap sticks that others said were amazing and they did not really work for me... I was hoping to buy the shea butter lip balm, but it was sold out and my current lip balm had run out so I grabbed what was available (this lip balm).
It is a little expensive, but for someone who is constantly having to deal with the discomfort of rough, dry, sore lips I think it is worth it.
It has quite a strong smell and although I normally do not like any kind of artificial scent in lip balms, it smells just like incense. So although it is annoying to have such a strong smell, it reminds me of nice, calm, relaxing things. Also, my husband likes the smell, so he does not refuse to kiss me with this lip balm. LOL
It goes onto my lips very easily. You can feel it there on your lips, but it is not one of those thick, slimy I-feel-like-I-rubbed-my-face-in-jam lip balms that only sit on your lips and do nothing beneficial. With this lip balm my lips do still get slightly chapped, but so far this one has been the best at keeping my lips soft (despite some creasing) and preventing them from getting completely chapped.
Normally when a lip balm does not feel slimy it feels hard and waxy and maybe even feels as if it has grains of sand in it. Not so with this one. I was pleasantly surprised with the texture as I have come to expect either slimy or hard and grainy textures. To me, the texture of this is just right. Neither too liquid or too solid, not like goo and not like a lump of wood covered in sandpaper.
I have also found that with this lip balm, I do not have to apply it as often. Perhaps a maximum of four times a day to keep my lips feeling soft and moisturised. With others I found myself applying every half an hour because my lips began to feel rough and dry despite already having lip balm on.
This lip balm is not perfect for everybody, but it is definitely the best lip balm that I have tried.
Skincare - Body -NADS - Hair Removal System - No-Heat Hair Removal Gel
EurasianMelange 12/18/2007 1:14:00 PM
I bought this product because I could not find the wax kit I usually buy and had heard it was good. It wasn't.
Comparing to the kit I usually buy (Wax-A-Way sugar waxing kit) Nads was bad. It was very hit-and-miss with the hair removal, removing anywhere from 10% to 50% of the hair and I had to wax the same spot at least twice to get anything similar to the results with my previous kit. Due to this I was left very sore and all my skin was red. Normally it is only the hair follicles that are red for a while after waxing. Even after waxing the same spot several times it never removed 100% of the hair and in the end I had to resort to epilating and plucking the leftover hairs.
I am an experienced self-waxer and followed the instructions exactly so I can assure you it had nothing to do with me (unless the people it is working for have completely different hair, but I cannot help what I was born with). I even spread it so thinly that you couldn't tell it was green!
In addition it did not remain liquid for long enough (after heating a little as it was too thick) and was more difficult to smooth on to my skin. My husband usually helps me with one difficult-to-reach area and he also complained of the same thing before I mentioned it to him myself.
With my usual waxing kit I can easily wipe away any residue on my skin with a wet cloth. Not so with Nads. It made an enormous mess.
I am probably going to end up throwing this in the bin and never buying it again, even though I feel bad about having wasted my money. For those of you who feel the same way about this product, I would recommend trying Wax-A-Way sugar waxing kit instead. I find it to be a much better product than this one and it is cheaper, too.
When I read about how 'wonderful' this product was I had to try it, so I bought a small package of four OPI nail polishes. The package contained a clear polish, a pale pink, strawberry pink and orange-red (sorry, but I can't remember the names and they aren't on the containers). I tried the darker ones and they came out much brighter than they looked in the bottle and were somewhat transparent with only one layer, so I painted a second layer. I did not like the end result: it looked like I was a three-year-old experimenting with Barbie nail polishes because they were so bright and plastic-looking.
I tried the paler one and even after two layers it was still very transparent and looked horrible and streaky like some cheap 'little girl' nail polish from the dollar store.
Every time I have used these polishes large bits began flaking off after two or three days, which is too early from my experience.
I like Sally Hansen nail polishes a lot more than these. The lighter polishes are still solid when you paint them on, if you do it carefully you don't need a second layer, they don't look too bright or plastic and they don't even begin chipping until at least a week has passed (which is normally time to remove the polish anyway).
I won't be buying OPI again.