REVIEW: Clearasil DailyClear Perfectawash

REVIEW: Clearasil DailyClear Perfectawash
Clearasil are an incredibly well-known brand, and the top selling skin care and acne medication orientated brand on the market. I recently received (as part of the Glamour magazine reader panel) the brands latest product – the Clearasil DailyClear Perfectawash. 

Described as an ‘Automatic face wash refill’ with ‘superfruit extracts & Vitamin E’, this product is the latest in a long line of brilliant skincare products from the brand. Although not widely available as of yet (predominantly available in the US), I predict big things for this product. The new product has a beautiful design and is not a product you’d be embarrassed to have on display in your bathroom. However, there is one design flaw.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may recall me posting a picture of the above dispenser and asking you what you thought it was – most people said a soap or handwash dispenser, and I can see why you would think that! I wanted to keep this in my bathroom, but my guests kept trying to use it as a handwash instead (this would be the one flaw)!  Perhaps a more prominent brand name across the front of the product would deter people from making the same mistake. The product has a convenient on/off function which prevented me from running out of the facewash prematurely – although plenty of my friends had fun playing with it – overall, a big hit!
Enough of the aesthetics, to the product itself.
The product is not only designed as an acne treatment, but also doubles up as a cleanser and moisturiser for the skin.
I have been an avid user of Clearasil since my early teens –  although I do not suffer from acne, I have been battling dry skin for most of my teenage life, and have been using a range of moisturisers over the years to combat this situation.  I cannot comment on the prevention of spots (as aforementioned, I rarely suffer from them), but can say my skin has felt much more refreshed and revitalised than before. I have also found that this product is a fantastic make up remover, however it stings like hell if it makes contact with an open wound!
The facewash is very fruity in scent, and foams up rather nicely, to make applying it to my face easy and a pleasurable experience, and the motion sensor allows me to apply the perfect amount every time, ensuring the product lasts for its full 100 dispenses (the product is said to last roughly 7 weeks, if used twice a day). The sensor works by placing your hand under the tap-like feature, and expels a set amount of product into your palm. The dispenser is hands-free which also means no mess when applying your product.

The Clearasil DailyClear Perfectawash will be available for retail in the UK as of January 2012, retailing for a price of approximately £12.99. I do not know which stores, other than Superdrug, which will be stocking the item, and I am also uninformed of where you can purchase/how much the refills will be.
What are your thoughts on this product? Could you see yourself using something like this on a daily basis?
I personally see this as a product of the future, and a must-have for most teens who care about the condition of their skin.

A Little Thank You.

A Little Thank You.
As most of you know, I was finally booked in for an induction after going ten days overdue, and being in agony. These eight girls above, either Twitter or blogging friends, were so kind during that time – constantly texting me, messaging me, commenting on my blog, tweeting me – you name it – offering support and love, which meant so much to me.
I just wanted to post a little thank you to them, because they really helped me get through the days when I was becoming seriously fed up of everything, and doubting my own abilities as a mum. These girls reassured me everything would be fine, and I am so grateful to them.
Another reason I wanted to post this is because a lot of people say you can’t trust people you’ve met online, but with these girls, I would trust each and every one of them, and I hope to meet them all at some point (okay, I’ve met Katy for two minutes, but that doesn’t count as a proper meetup!). What are your thoughts on making friends in real life with fellow bloggers? I say go for it – you can meet some amazing people like these girls above!

Five To Follow

Five To Follow
Five To Follow is a little feature I run every now and again when I find some great blogs that I think you should be checking out.
These five to follow all have amazing blogs, and keep me hooked each time they post. Why don’t you take a peek?
1. Violet Bella – awesome posts & her blog design is absolutely beautiful.
2. A Piece of Lisa – something about Lisa’s blog just keeps me going back for more – and just how adorable is her layout?
3. These Hazel Eyes – a recent discovery of mine, and very worthwhile it was too.
4. The Daisy Chain – her blog is just adorable!
5. Lips So Facto – another recent discovery that just keeps me going back for more.
Have you found any great blogs recently?

How To: Samples

How To: Samples
The lovely Rachael from Island Girl Insights recently asked me where I get all of my free samples (that I often review) from.
I often find a free sample is a great way of trying a product and often makes for a great review too! Whether you received it through a PR or through your own doing, it’s great to be able to try before you buy.
 I thought I would compile a little list of places where I find them, so that you can benefit from them too!
Here’s a little look at my To Review bag, most of which is filled with free samples, magazine freebies or giveaway wins!
Remember: Facebook is your friend. First things first, what kind of samples would you like to receive? Beauty, fashion, stuff for the home? Keep an eye on your favourite brands and their Facebook updates, as often brands post about a free sample and many people miss it. Who can forget the free sample of Burberry Body perfume given out from the Burberry facebook page, which surprised us all by its size? Recent samples I have received or ordered from various brand Facebook pages are Herbal Essences products, Garnier BB cream, the Burberry fragrance mentioned above, and many more!
Look out for specific freebie websites/Facebook pages. I know, I know – not everyone is a fan of these, but as a makeup addict and a mum, I know that free stuff often helps. Websites like MagicFreebies and FreeStuffWorld compile the best free samples of the day, and I have received many baby products through using this site – I have nappies, nappy creams and much more spilling out everywhere!
Don’t ditch the magazine! I know plenty of us make use of the freebies that come with magazines, such as the recent Nails Inc polishes with Glamour magazine, and the Kurt Geiger giftcard with Elle, but how many of you remember to take the little sachets of perfume and cosmetics out of your magazine, before passing them on or recycling them? I bet that it’s not as many as you would think! I try to always remember to take these out before recycling, as they are another great way of trying a product you’re interested in, without forking out an extortionate amount of money.
Don’t be afraid. You want to try that great new product from the luxury beauty counter, but the sales girl slightly intimidates you? Don’t be scared! Although not all sales assistants love to give out samples of their products, most generally will because they realise that if you LOVE the product, then you may just come back and purchase the full-sized product from them. Yu wrote a great post here about how to sample haul.
Look out for the special offers at your local stores. Obviously, if you don’t drink Diet Coke on a regular basis, then spending near enough a fiver just so you can pick up two exclusive Models Own lipglosses may seem silly, but to those of us who do drink the stuff regularly, the lipglosses (and Nails Inc polishes from a previous promotion) proved a great freebie! Only spend money though, where you would normally be spending money. I’d hate to advocate reckless spending, hence why I say that it seems silly to buy certain products to get others free if you despise what you’re buying!
Don’t be scared to respond to PR tweets. If you see your favourite or even a new brand offering free samples to review, where’s the harm in registering your interest? You may not necessarily be chosen, but you’ve shown an interest, which is always great. I’ve never done so, but I know bloggers who have occasionally contacted PR’s themselves asking about products to review. Myself personally, I like to respond to tweets put out there by the companies themselves, rather than asking them myself, but I don’t have anything against those who do. However, if you do have to ask companies for products to review, don’t harrass them. It not only makes you look bad to the company, but sometimes, if it’s in a public domain such as Twitter, can make you look bad in front of fellow bloggers or tweeters too!
Although I wouldn’t consider these free samples, I often view giveaway wins as great reviewing tools. You haven’t received them for free from a brand (so you don’t feel as bad if you give a negative review), yet you haven’t paid for them which is also a win-win in my eyes.
Do you collect samples? Or have you learned something from this little guide?
I’d love to know!