Skin Care Review

As part of my self improvement, turning 40 and just really wanting to look after myself a bit more, I thought I would try out a new regime and in turn, teach the eldest about having a bit of a routine for when she starts (should she choose to), wearing make up.

I was lucky enough to be given two products to try out and I have to say that I really liked them a lot and will be using them in the future,especially after seeing the results and costing isn’t high at all compared to a lot of other high street brands.

I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and apart from the occasional breakout once a month when due my period, water has been my saving grace. That’s it. I don’t buy into the heavy and expensive brands because to be honest, its a load of rubbish and a waste of money. In reality,  we are paying for the advertising costs and a life style that they want us to think we want. I got wise to that a long time ago and as a feminist it isn’t within my belief system.

One thing I do participate in though is a good face mask because I like to soak in the bath with the candles, have some relaxing music on, a book and have some time to myself. It’s one of the few things that I will indulge in because I like how it makes me feel. The coolness of the mask followed by the  softness on my skin thereafter, is a really nice feeling and my face does feel more firm as well. I think it might be something that I’ll be introducing to my clients when doing facial treatments because of how indulgent it is and the one that was sent to me was the Skin Republic Collagen Infusion, Mask which if you purchase in Superdrug, is £4.99

The other product that I was sent, was the really lovely Nouveau Lashes Enhance Mascara. It was so much better than getting fake lashes applied and as its completely natural you don’t look like you have spiders glued to your eyes! Although these come in at a cost of £18.99, it usually costs more than that to have lashes done in your local salon by someone who is very inexperienced and you end up removing them anyway! The great thing about the wand is that there are two sides where one separates for a much more dramatic look and the other side is used to apply the mascara.

These products are perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wear a lot of make up but does like to treat herself now and again, with minimal effort and likes the affordability, and the reliability of the products that I buy.

*disclaimer, these are my own opinions based on personal experience and I was not influenced, nor paid for my review. The only compensation received, were the products.

Aldi Washing Powder:Review

20130424-101754.jpgI was sent some washing powder last week and was asked to review them, and with being on maternity leave where money will be tight soon as I want to extend the time that I originally thought about taking, I was pleased to be given the opportunity to do so. The Gel costs£2.19 for 630ml and the powder tablets are £2.49 for 36 tablets.

I was given two products which are non bio, with kids in the house this is the type that we buy anyway and we are always open to trying new things. Immediately I liked the scent even before doing the wash as it was very refreshing and I knew that the 5 year old would think it was great as she has a thing about smelling nice already.

The name of the products are “Almat” and the gel has a stain lift, does 21 washings and can be used with a water temperature as low as 15 degrees. The washing powder contains 36 tablets and can do 18 washes and again can be used at the same 15 degree temperature as the gel . The tablets and gel have been approved by the “Good Housekeeping Institute 2012” which provides honest reviews of products and you can see more here.

As much as I read reviews though, I need to test them out myself and I am so very impressed by the result. Having an 8 week old baby in the house who’s nappies end up spilling over (sorry for the mental picture guys), and it always ends up on his sleep suits resulting in approximately 4 changes in one day, and a 5 year old who likes getting dirty and playing in her sandpit and has been known to take off her shoes at the park, the dirt and grass stains are usually difficult to get out. However, after using these two products I was immediately impressed that the stain life technology actually did what it said it would do. I did have to increase the water temperature for the heavily soiled items but its a small price to pay and I didn’t have to throw out socks or sleep suits as I have done in the past.

Also, as a Canadian being brought up to respect the environment, I am conscious that it can be used at a lower temp and the packaging is recyclable as well, so its a winner in all respects I feel. I know that I will continue to buy this product and many others as they increase their brands and quality, whilst helping our family save money in the process.

I received Aldi’s Almat washing powder and gel in order to give you my honest thoughts on this product. The thoughts and opinons above are my own, yours may vary. I was not paid for this post.






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