REVIEW: Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream

REVIEW: Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream
I was recently sent the Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream(*) to review. If you hadn’t guessed, Vita-E is a natural, fragrance free Vitamin E cream for use at day or night for problem dry skin areas. It is perfect as a moisturiser, which is what I have predominantly been using this as.
The packaging is simple, quite plain, but effective. A white background with green and black writing, it is inoffensive but still pretty enough to keep on your dressing table. All natural ingredients are listed on the label and the product has a screw-top lid which undoes easily to get to the product. The packaging isn’t perhaps the most elegant of designs but it does feel pretty sturdy, so if that you were like me and pretty accident prone, you could be pretty confident that it won’t break.
The cream is thick in consistency, although not gloopy – and like stated on the tub, it is fragrance free. However, it does seem to have a slightly medicated smell about it – I used to have eczema and the smell of this is reminiscent of the cream I used to have for that! It is not very noticeable though and would hardly offend anyone.
The product feels a little greasy when applied, however once it has been left to sink in, it leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth, with no hint of greasiness or oiliness whatsoever. I have been using this cream as a moisturiser instead of my usual product and I have to say it has done wonders for the tiny speckles of dry skin I occasionally get around the bottom of my nose!
The cream leaves skin looking smooth and radiant- no hint of dry skin in sight.
I will definitely be purchasing another tub when I’ve finished this one!
You can buy this cream on the Vita-E website or you can buy it from Boots for the price of £7.49.
Does this seem like your kind of product?
(This post denotes a PR sample)

REVIEW: L’Oreal Rouge Caresse in Fashionista Pink

REVIEW: L’Oreal Rouge Caresse in Fashionista Pink
Yes, I gave into the hype. After seeing numerous blogposts about not only the Revlon lip butters but also the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse alternative, I knew I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I finally managed to get my hands on a Rouge Caresse in the shade Fashionista Pink. So what did I think?

L’Oreal are a well known cosmetics brand, loved by women all over the world. Started in France, the brand is the worlds largest cosmetics and beauty company. Their products are a staple of many a makeup bag or dressing table and everyone is familiar with their well-known catchphrase ‘Because I’m Worth It‘.

The packaging is sleek and well-designed, aesthetically pleasing to the naked eye. It is easy to find with its clear casing, easily identifiable amongst the coloured plastic casings found on other products.
The packaging feels sturdy and unlikely to break, although I’m reluctant to test that theory out! I love that the shade is included on the bottom of the case with the shade name, so you know exactly what colour to expect.

Described as a mix between a lipstick and a lipbalm, the product looks surprisingly bright in the bullet but when swatched, the shade is less pink, more barely there. The pink is still noticeable but nowhere near as bright as it is in the bullet.

Apologies for my abnormally large freckles making an appearance in these pictures!

Once again, applied to the lips, the product looks barely there. There is a slight pink tinge but nothing of any effect. The Rouge Caresse lipsticks are described as being highly pigmented and I’ve seen evidence to support that – however, I feel this shade falls short. These pictures were taken after layering the product a few times to see if any colour built up – it couldn’t.

To apply, however, the product was a dream. It slicked on exactly like a balm and didn’t tug like some lipsticks have a tendency to do. The product left my lips feeling soft and moisturised like a lipbalm should.

Would I repurchase? I wouldn’t personally repurchase this shade, as I don’t think the colour payoff is worth it. However, I’m planning to try the other shades in the range as I feel the quality and application of the products themselves are outstanding.

Have you tried any of the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks? Or have you tried the Revlon lip butters?
What did you think?


REVIEW: My Cocktail & Alfies

REVIEW: My Cocktail & Alfies
How many of you enjoy a cheeky little cocktail? How brilliant would it be if you could have your favourite tipples in the comfort of your own home? Well now you can. MyCocktail are ready to serve pre mixed cocktails, handily designed with an easy to use tap for pouring.
I was recently sent the Mojito(*) and Cosmopolitan (*) to trial and review. As a mum to a young baby, I have been sticking to soft drinks or non-alcoholic wine of late but was itching to be a little naughty and have a glass of alcohol. These more than satisfied my need. As soon as they arrived, Steve (my boyfriend) ripped open the packaging to see just what was inside. I have to admit, he was a little naughty and poured some straight into his mouth but I let it slide, preferring instead to find out his views on the products themselves.
For someone like Steve who rarely drinks, an alcoholic beverage has to be amazing for him to carry on drinking it…and that he did. I invited my friend Michelle round for a cocktail night and a catchup and he must have outdrank us on both cocktails! The Cosmopolitan is divine, just the right amount of vodka to the other ingredients and has to be my favourite. I have never been a great fan of Mojitos – after working in a pub and being made them time and time again by my boss, any love I could have ever had for the cocktail soon faded. This Mojito though is totally different, the premix is definitely right in regards to each product-each flavour compliments each other perfectly, rather than one in particular outweighing the other.
After countless glasses and numerous tastings by family and friends, I still have plenty of cocktail in each pouch left to enjoy a cheeky little drink by myself. The resounding opinion of nearly all of my fellow reviewers is that these cocktails are fabulous and some are planning on purchasing these pouches for upcoming occasions. Only one of my friends was left unimpressed, she couldn’t put her finger on why they left her feeling this way but I’m guessing she may be used to slightly different cocktails – having a cocktail made for you in a bar can easily lead to a bit more of one ingredient than the other, altering the overall taste.
I personally think these are great tasting drinks, perfect for the summer we have coming up – these are easy to carry, easy to pour and are perfect for barbecues, picnics and parties alike. These cocktail pouches currently retail online and in store at Asda for just £10 – a great price for a great product.

I was also sent a few other premixed drinks to try – Alfies Gin & Tonic(*) Alfies Gin & Diet Tonic(*) and Alfies Vodka & Orange(*). Apologies for the stock photo, my parents did not want me having all the fun and quickly snaffled these off me before I even got a look in – my Mum saved me just a drop of the vodka and orange 🙁

As mentioned above, I barely got a look in with these BUT I am now the greatest daughter ever. My Dad adores his gin and tonic but recently has found the bartenders (or the cans he buys) can’t get the mix quite right. My Dad and his best friend Mick tried a can out each and for a week afterwards, no word of a lie, they were begging me to find them more of these! They say that there is the perfect mix of gin to tonic and they definitely want more – so being the lovely daughter I am, I am going to buy some when I next see them in the shops.

My Mum tried the vodka and orange, leaving but a sip for me of course, and as a seasoned vodka drinker (that sounds really bad-you know what I mean), I eagerly awaited her verdict. She too came back with the statement that these are the perfect mix of each ingredient and has also informed me she wants more.

It seems next time I go grocery shopping, I shall be purchasing all of the above to keep everyone happy! You can purchase Alfie premixed cans at your local Spar, Nisa or Asda.

Would you try any of these? Do they seem like your kind of thing? Let me know – what do you think of premixed alcoholic drinks?


REVIEW: The Book People

REVIEW: The Book People
I was recently given the
opportunity to review some books by the lovely people over at The Book People. The name may sound familiar to you for a variety of reasons.
You may have come across them on the internet or perhaps stumbled across one of
their leaflets in a magazine. I , however, have a fond memory of them from my
times at primary school. Every now and again, we would be given a little book
catalogue that we could take home and pick out some books from and that our
parents could buy for often majorly discounted prices. My dad even bought my
first Harry Potter novel from them! I remember the name vividly and have always
kept a keen interest in what the company has done ever since. That company is
of course, The Book People.
For the purpose of review, I was
gifted three books:
a set of two baby books for Jack and a crime thriller for myself. The baby
books were ‘Numbers’ and ‘Colours’ by Orla Kiely. Yes, Orla Kiely, the
designer. She has released a range of new things, including these gorgeous
 Now, Jack is still only tiny,
however I asked the lovely Lindsay at The Book People if they had any books
suitable for very young babies and she came up trumps with these. Although he
cannot talk yet and I’m not too sure how much Jack understands, when reading
these books to him, he takes a keen interest in the pictures and his interest
rarely wavers. As well as being great learning tools for young children, these
books also wouldn’t look out of place on your bookcase – the design is simple
but pretty.

 Jack wasn’t the only person to
have some new books to try. I was kindly given the latest book by Dennis Lehane
to review. Lehane is perhaps most famous for writing ‘Shutter Island’, which is
a favourite film of mine, so I was keen to see what ‘Moonlight Mile’ had in
store for me.
I am an avid crime fiction
reader, whether it’s based in the 1800’s/early 1900’s a la Arthur Conan Doyle,
1930’s/1940’s Agatha Christie or modern day Lee Child. When offered the
chance to review a new thriller, how could I pass up the opportunity?
 ‘Moonlight Mile’ follows the
story of investigator Patrick Kenzie, who finds himself investigating the case
of a girl he is all too familiar with, Amanda McCready. Having gone missing
twelve years previously, Patrick returned her to her less than savoury family,
only to find out years down the line that she has done the disappearing act

The book follows his quest to
find her (and often himself along the way). As expected in crime fiction, there
is violence galore and a twist that I most certainly did not see coming. The
book is a little hard to get into, but once you’re past the first few pages,
this novel becomes hard to put down. You find yourself willing Patrick to find
Amanda and simultaneously wondering what will happen when he does. What secrets
is her neglectful mother hiding? Why has she gone missing now after all these
years? Your questions find themselves answered, and then some, at the climax of
the book – but you’ll definitely keep yourself second guessing until the very

Whilst given the opportunity to
review these books, I thought it would be a great idea to check out the website
for future purchases. I often use other websites to buy my books, but with some
great discounts, free delivery over £25 and a loyalty scheme in the guise of a
‘Points Passport’, I’m sure to be using this website from now on. The website
is simple to navigate around, as is the checkout process, and I can honestly
say I will be purchasing from them in the near future.
I am super impressed with the
quality of books The Book People have to offer. I also find their customer
service second to none and I believe they are definitely worth checking out if
you are a bookworm like me.

You can find The Book People
website here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
 Happy reading!

REVIEW: Lush Space Girl Bath Bomb

REVIEW: Lush Space Girl Bath Bomb
I recently posted a review of the Lush Think Pink bath bomb, which I bought as part of a Lush haul with a few other goodies. This bath bomb was one of those ‘goodies’. I’d seen a lot about the Space Girl bath bomb around the blogging community and wanted to see what the fuss was about.
It was Gemma-Louise’s review, which you can find here, that became the deciding factor in which bath bomb I would choose, and I soon had a Space Girl bath bomb winging its way to me.
About Lush
I won’t bore you too much with details of the company behind these luscious bath bombs, I’m pretty sure we all know who Lush are by now. However, if you aren’t so knowledgeable about the brand, here are a few things you may like to know:
Lush will only buy ingredients from companies who do not test on animals. They invent all their own products and fragrances by hand and try to use as little packaging as possible. They also like to make their customers happy & they believe the customer is always right. You’ll always find a happy face beaming back at you from your product – that’s the person who made it!
The Packaging
Not much can be said about the packaging. As mentioned above, Lush try to use as little packaging as possible, instead focussing on the quality of their products. The bath bomb turned up in a little air-tight plastic bag, just big enough for the bath bomb to fit inside. Not pretty but practical and as environmentally friendly as they can be. It gets the thumbs up from me.
The Product
The product is extremely pretty – a mixture between a lilac and pale blue colour. Shaped like a planet, the name Space Girl definitely makes sense. After letting it fizz in the bath for a few seconds, it looked like this:
As you can see, it is starting to foam up nicely and the water below is starting to turn a lovely shade of purple. I then dropped the bomb back in to see what would happen…
I was astounded by how beautiful the colour of the water was. Some people have said that they find this bath bomb to be one of the faster dissolving ones, but I can honestly say that this fizzed away merrily for quite some time. The smell that emitted from the bath bomb was unbelievable too. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the scent was at first, but after a little while of racking my brain, I believe it smells of Parma Violets, the sweets you used to be able to get from old-style sweet shops. Can you still get them?
If you listen carefully, you can also hear the popping candy that is inside, although I did have to strain to hear mine.
The bath left me feeling refreshed and in a much happier mood, the smell of Parma Violets really lifted my spirits and I got out of the bath with a spring in my step.
Would I repurchase?
Without a doubt, yes. This bath bomb smells divine, looks beautiful and just generally put me in a great mood!
The only downside was having to get out of the bath, unfortunately. With water as beautiful as the above picture, why would you want to?
What’s your favourite product from Lush? Are there any you’d recommend to me for my next haul?