Monday, 27 June 2016

Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares...

My BzzAgent pack for the new Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares has just arrived!

Inside is the usual BzzAgent intro card along with a promotional flyer with serving suggestions, 1 coupon for a free pack and 3 x 75p off vouchers.

The claim is an 'ultimate cheddar taste just spreadable' so I can't wait to try it out.

There's 8 foil-wrapped squares in each pack and there's two varieties available; original cheddar and lighter (30% less fat).

Just bought my pack...


I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to unwrap the little squares, and very impressed that none of the product stuck to the foil, not even a little bit. As with other similar products, the spread felt quite firm to the touch but was easily spreadable on even the most fragile of cream crackers. A little goes quite a long way, further than you think actually. If, like me, you don't like too much spread on your crackers you can cover 6 standard sized crackers with just one square, which is impressive.

Here's what I achieved with just one square:
  • Cheese and pesto
  • Plain cheese
  • Cheese and salad leaves
  • Cheese and cucumber
  • Cheese and tomato
  • Cheese and onion

I'd bought the 'lighter' version which was a very mild cheesy taste (I assume the original version is cheesier). Was expecting a stronger taste, especially given it's from the Seriously Strong range, but you could just about taste it.

I was 'dared' to eat a square with a piece of 70% chocolate. Quite why I agreed to this I'm not entirely sure, but I gave it a go. While it wasn't quite as stomach-churning as I anticipated, I won't be repeating it! Maybe it's just an acquired taste.

Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares Lighter 133G (V)


Cheddar Cheese (Milk) (39%), Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Water, Milk Proteins, Emulsifying Salts (E339, E450, E452), Salt, Preservative (Nisin)

Keep refrigerated.
Best Before: See front of pack.
Country of Origin: France

Origin: Produced in France with cheddar produced in Scotland using UK milk

Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares Original 133G (V)


Cheddar Cheese (Milk) (49%), Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Water, Butter (Milk), Emulsifying Salts (E339, E452), Preservative (Nisin)

Keep refrigerated.
Best Before: See front of pack.
Country of Origin: France

Origin: Produced in France with cheddar produced in Scotland using UK milk

Friday, 24 June 2016

Vaseline Vaseline Radiance Restore Healing Serum (200ml)

I was asked to review this tube of Vaseline Vaseline Radiance Restore Healing Serum (200ml) by BzzAgent, and here are my observations:

The Vaseline brand is extremely well respected so I knew the product wouldn't be of an inferior quality. I often use cocoa butter on my skin, so I was looking forward to testing this serum out on my skin as there was cocoa butter in it.

The serum (cream) is white with a pleasant scent but nothing I can specifically put my finger on, which is actually quite strong (some people may find it too strong but I was ok with it). I think I expected to smell the cocoa butter, but I couldn't. It sank into my skin almost instantly and didn't leave any kind of residue despite it having 'micro droplets of vaseline jelly'. A little goes a long way so it's actually very good value for money.

I used the serum on my hands and feet on a daily basis for just over a week and can already see and feel the positive results. My hands feel much softer and actually look younger, and my feet are silky smooth.

I also used it after getting sunburn on my arms, and it really seemed to help with the soothing and healing process. I certainly didn't peel as much as I usually do afterwards. I then decided to give it a go on my stretch marks and cellulite, and after just a few days there were a subtle improvement with both. It seemed to improve the elasticity of my skin as well as improving the overall look of it. I have no idea how they measure their claim that it has 10 times healing power, but it did seem to heal my skin.

The only negative thing I have to say is that information and instructions on the back of the tube were almost impossible to read, however the white writing on the front was very readable.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew...

New products to test... watch this space!

L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Night Cream 50ml

Product description from the Boots website: Laser Renew Night Cream

At night, it is the ideal time for your skin to renew whilst being protected from external aggressors.
Advanced Science
Hydration recovery treatment
1. Repairs: Enriched with a 3% concentrate of Pro-Xylane™. Helps repair the visible signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Even the deepest wrinkles seem to fade.
2. Resurfaces: Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and LHA, skin feels smoother and skin texture appears noticeably improved.
3. Redefines: Enriched with Centella Asiatica, a plant extract known for its restoring properties. Skin is firmer and contours appear more defined. Innovative cream-mask texture The ultra-fine cream-mask has a 'memory-cushion' texture which moulds to the contours of your face.
It provides a mask of hydration and continuous anti-ageing action throughout the night. Awaken to skin with more bounce, fine lines appear faded.
Visible results Wake up to fresher, softer and more radiant skin. After one week wrinkles appear reduced*.
After 4 weeks skin texture is smoother, as if transformed.
*Clinical score 44 women Intense Action: Repairs + Resurfaces + Redefines
Age: 30-60
Texture: Innovative cream-mask texture. Non-greasy.

To complete your Regime
Apply your Revitalift Laser Renew Day and Night treatments daily.
For intense action, apply Revitalift Laser Renew Super Serum before your moisturiser.
For targeted action, use Laser Renew Precision Eye Pen around the eyes.

How to Use
Apply the cream-mask every evening to a thoroughly cleansed face and neck, massaging into the skin in circular motions.
Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.

L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Super Serum 30ml

Product description from the Boots website: Super Serum

This isn't a laser treatment but it will give you intense action and target wrinkles, skin firmness and skin texture leaving your skin feeling smoother, plumper and looking more even. Advanced anti-ageing care for visible results in 4 weeks.
Revitalift Laser Renew contains a naturally-derived glycan (or complex sugar)-Pro-Xylane, which has been proven in a 6 month study to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles, boost skin density and improve bounce.
This wonder molecule has been combined with two other powerhouse active ingredients, LHA (Lipohydroxy acid) a smart exfoliating ingredient and fragmented Hyaluronic acid, a moisturising ingredient to boost the effects of the formula.
The luxurious texture has been proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and roughness in a test with a CO2 fractional laser session. The results are convincing-the test revealed that Revitalift Laser Renew resulted in an 18% improvement in roughness and the CO2 fractional laser session resulted in a 20% improvement. There was a 14% reduction in the appearance of wrinkle depth with Laser Renew and a 17% decrease with the CO2 fractional laser session.

Triple Action Anti-Ageing Skincare
1. REPLUMPS WRINKLES: enriched with Hyaluronic acid, an effective moisture magnet found naturally in skin, for a stimulating effect. The appearance of wrinkles is reduced.
2. REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF PORES: enriched with LHA. Pores appear tightened.
3. TRANSFORMS THE APPEARANCE OF SKIN TEXTURE: enriched with Pro-Xylane™ 3% and Pro Ceramide. Skin feels smoother and appears more even.

Visible Results
- Immediately skin quality is transformed. Skin feels significantly smoother and looks more even.
- Day after day wrinkles appear reduced, pores appear tightened and skin feels firmer.

How to Use
- Apply the Serum every morning and/or evening to a thoroughly cleansed face, either alone or before your Laser Renew Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser.
- Apply a few drops to your fingertips and massage on to your face.
- To complete your regime use with Revitalift Laser Renew Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser and Laser Renew Precision Eye Cream around the eyes.


The verdict:

Both containers are made of glass and are quite a bit heavier than I expected. The lid on the cream mask, and the little lid inside, are of a visibly high quality. The nozzle on the serum also looks very good quality. In fact, both items look like they belong in a luxury range of beauty products. I especially liked the red and black colour combination as it sat on my dressing table.

The instructions and other information is all on the outside of the boxes.

The cream was thick and silky and smelt really nice. For whatever reason I felt that it never fully absorbed into my skin and I always felt I had residue on my face. A little goes a long way and even with using very small amounts I still felt that my skin was never quite 'dry'.

The serum is white and is only very faintly scented. That also tends to sit on top of the skin for quite some time, rather than being absorbed quickly. I wouldn't want to be putting on any make-up after using this product, or at least, not for an hour or so. If you apply this serum right before going to bed you may end up with a greasy pillow.

After just a few days my skin was feeling a lot softer and looking smoother, especially on my forehead where my frown lines have definitely improved.

Out of the two products I much preferred the cream, although the serum was ok for very dry areas. Would I buy it? Probably not, although I'd use it again if I received it as a gift.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

L'Oreal Magic Retouch - Light Blonde

My latest product test has arrived!

At just 75ml it's quite small.

According to the official website:

Magic Retouch conceals greys and roots in just one quick spray - when, where and how you need it.


Perfectly matches and blends with leading shades, even salon colour.

Magic Retouch conceals greys and roots in just one quick spray - when, where and how you need it.

Our 1st Instant Root Concealer Spray:

*Perfectly matches and blends with leading shades, even salon colour

*From light blonde to black hair

*Lasts until washed out

*No transfer, lightweight formula

*Up to 30 uses

From the Superdrug website:

Product Specification

Isobutane, Ethyl Trisiloxane,CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methyl Trimethicone

Size (0) Unit (EA) Height (13) Width (4) Depth (4)

How to Use

Product Uses

Shake well before use. Keep the product upright. Apply to dry, styled hair. Hold can approx. 10cm from hair & spray roots in a light stream. Don't overspray. A small amount is enough.

The Verdict!

The good news is, it covered my greys.

The bad news is that it covered my hair, as well as my middle parting, with a dark-ish brown chalky substance that created an unwelcome dark stripe on top of my head!

I shook the can vigorously before applying a fine mist (which also created unwelcome brown spots on my sink, my white bath towel nearby and my white wall) onto my pre-brushed hairline.

Despite choosing the lightest colour they make (light blonde) it was still far too dark against my very light blonde dyed tresses. It looked ludicrous and felt dry and chalky as if I'd literally taken a child's brown chalk and rubbed it onto my scalp.

Maybe this product is good with much darker hair, and therefore more obvious greys, but there's no way I'm ever going to use it again.

Luckily it does wash out!