Reviews written by clare.mckenzie

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October 11, 2017 (Updated: October 11, 2017)
Overall rating
 
3.8
Packaging
 
4.0
Scent
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
3.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Average at best!

My hair is mid-length and I often use products to condition and add volume to my hair. I am always on the look-out for reliable conditioners that will help me to manage my hair and give me extra confidence when styling. Although it was very easy to...

June 23, 2017
Overall rating
 
4.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Fruit-burst gel sensation!

I have been using this shower gel for a couple of weeks now. The first thing that I noticed was that it was quite runny when I squeezed it from the bottle. More so than others I have used. The packaging was sleek and stylish and would be a nice...

May 25, 2017
Overall rating
 
4.9
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Light Pro-Definition Day Cream. Result!

I was sent two pots of the Pro-Definition Day Cream to review and I have been using this for a couple of weeks. Instantly, you will notice how light and easy to apply the cream is. It is lightly fragranced and provides wonderfully soft and moisturised skin. A little certainly...

March 20, 2017 (Updated: March 20, 2017)
Overall rating
 
3.8
Value for money
 
3.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Texture
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Eaux de Parfum
Floral summer fragrance

Although this fragrance is very pleasant, I am not sure it is much different to others on the market. There was nothing remarkable about it really.

March 20, 2017
Overall rating
 
4.2
Value for money
 
5.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Texture
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Eaux de Toilette
Poison Perfection!

I really liked this new addition to the Poison family of perfumes. It has some lighter tones and would work well in warmer months. I certainly did not find it as over-powering as some previous perfumes in the range.

October 17, 2016 (Updated: November 01, 2016)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
2.0
Absorption
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
2.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Spiced up!

I received a tube of Body Shop's Total Energy Enlivening Body Gel to test last week and my reaction to this product is somewhat mixed. I found the fragrance somewhat interesting. I am not sure that I liked it to be honest. I found the guarana, ginger and bergamot very...

September 18, 2016
Overall rating
 
3.7
Value for money
 
3.0
Packaging
 
3.0
Scent
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
3.0
Texture
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Does not deliver!

I received a sample of this fragrance from a maker that I did not recognise. Although the floral scent was pleasant it did not have much staying power and wore off very quickly. In my opinion, it's overpriced for what it is. For that reason i would not recommend this...

August 14, 2016
Overall rating
 
4.4
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Day & Night Moisturisers
Great results at a cost!

I have been using this moisturiser for over a week now, I have to say that it does deliver on its claims. My skin feels softer, refreshed and energised. Friends have noticed a difference. But hold that thought. This little pot of wonderfulness does not come cheap as you can...

May 14, 2016
Overall rating
 
3.8
Packaging
 
4.0
Long lasting
 
3.0
Well defined lashes
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Defined lashes, poor durability !

Admittedly I have tried lots of mascaras over the years each with promising all kinds of benefits. So I was excited to try this new product by Bourjois. Packaged in a sleek, white container, the wand was easy to manipulate and apply the mascara to my lashes....

March 01, 2016
Overall rating
 
4.3
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
4.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
2.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Intensive Care!

I have been using this product for a few days now and I was sceptical as to how it would deal with my dry, skin patches. I suffer with psoriasis on my elbows and trying to get smooth and manageable skin has been a real challenge over the years. ...

November 22, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
True Vibrancy!

These products smelt amazing from the get-go and did not fail to impress. I tried the shampoo first. You really do not need to use much to get a really good lather. It rinsed well before I added the conditioner. My hair was tangle-free, silky soft and smooth. And my...

November 22, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Cleansing power
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
True Vibrancy!

These products smelt amazing from the get-go and did not fail to impress. I tried the shampoo first. You really do not need to use much to get a really good lather. It rinsed well before I added the conditioner. My hair was tangle-free, silky soft and smooth. And my...

November 22, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Long lasting
 
5.0
Well defined lashes
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Great lashes, Bold effect!

From the packaging, to the way the wand felt in my hand, I found this mascara really easy to apply. With some I do struggle to get the lashes separated. This mascara really boosted my lash length and did not clot or leave lumpy bits (technical term of course!). I...

August 17, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Luminescent Finish!

I swear by Clinique usually, but I have swapped over to Olay Total Effects Age Defying Moisturiser. I have not yet found a moisturiser to rival the Dramatically Different Clinique Lotion, until now. The texture of the Olay Total Effects Age Defying Moisturiser cream was lovely. 1...

August 17, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Cleansing power
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Just peachy all round!

There is nothing not to love about this product. I tried it for the first time this weekend and I am a convert. I regularly dye my hair and these products really brought vibrancy to my colour. A word of caution though, you really...

August 17, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.5
Packaging
 
5.0
Long lasting
 
4.0
Moisturising
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Bold Lipstick Colours.

The colours are bold and the effects are pretty striking. I have been using number 40 and it's pretty bold. For this reason, I would recommended it for evening rather than daytime wearing. I found the texture to be a little dry and therefore it did not...

April 11, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.6
Packaging
 
4.0
Texture
 
4.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Reliable day/night moisturiser!

I received a sample of this product and was not sure what to expect. Often products that say anti-blemish do very little to help my sensitive skin. I may need to rethink that... A little is all that is needed to moisturise the skin; day or night....

April 04, 2015
Overall rating
 
3.8
Packaging
 
4.0
Long lasting
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
A Fair Blend!

I received a sample of this new foundation from L'Oreal and thought it gave OK results that lasted my working day. The colour blended well into my skin and gave a natural finish. It covered my blemishes without looking caked! It also absorbed well into my skin...

April 04, 2015
Overall rating
 
2.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Long lasting
 
1.0
Effectiveness
 
1.0
Ease of use
 
1.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Very Liquid Bronzer!

Unfortunately I did not like this product at all. I found it to be too watery and struggled to apply it with great results. I did not try this under make-up and perhaps I should have to give it a fair testing. However, I was so put off by the...

April 04, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Smoother, tighter skin at a price!

I have been using this for a few days now and I have to say that I am impressed. It's not a product that I would naturally choose, but as I received a sample I thought I would try it out. I applied the gel in two...

March 08, 2015
Overall rating
 
3.0
Packaging
 
3.0
Texture
 
3.0
Absorption
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
3.0
Scent
 
2.0
Value for Money
 
2.0
Pricey facial oil!

Initially I had trouble getting into the bottle itself. Once I did, the liquid absorbed fairly quickly and my skin was lovely and supple and moisturised. That said, I didn't really like how oily it felt on my skin afterwards, Although it did give me a healthy glow! ...

February 28, 2015 (Updated: February 28, 2015)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
3.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
At home salon experience!

I tried my first of the VS packs from a trial I was participating in with Supersavvyme; 4.0 colour. I was interested to see that the kits were quite different from others. Here my comments as follows: - the gloves were better quality and fit -...

September 07, 2014
Overall rating
 
3.8
Packaging
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
3.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Nature's Moisturiser!

I received a sample of the moisturiser and have been using it for about a week now. You will notice that I have mentioned the fragrance of the perfume as a strength and a weakness. It really depends on your preference. It smells of oatmeal which may...

September 07, 2014
Overall rating
 
3.2
Packaging
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
2.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
2.0
Disappointing Hair Mask!

I tried the Argan Dew hair mask yesterday and was hoping that it would give my hair 'natural hydration, with the nurturing power of Argan oil in every drop' as quoted on the card that I had received with the sample. Unfortunately it failed to realise this claim. ...

August 25, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.8
Value for money
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Typically Dior!

As with many fragrances in the Dior range, this one blooms over time. It started with fresh floral notes, building to a rather more musky aroma. It lasted well and I received many comments. I think this may make the short list for Christmas!!!

August 24, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.2
Packaging
 
5.0
Cleansing power
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Lasting colour.

I regularly dye my hair and I am always on the look out for products that will enhance my colour and maintain it's vibrancy. This product was easy to use. It lathered well and was not too heavy on application. It rinsed out easily too. The fragrance was gentle and...

August 24, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
2.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Disappointing results!

I received a free sample and was keen to try this new product from L'Oreal. I do not wear a lot of make-up and therefore I am always keen to try skin correcting products. Although this cream was light, easily absorbed and pleasant in fragrance, it did...

August 17, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Scent
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
2/3; glossy finish.

I have been using this conditioner (and the shampoo from the same range) for the last week or so and wanted to find out if my hair would a) look younger, b) look glossier and c) feel stronger. A big ask from one bottle of shampoo?! Perhaps. ...

August 17, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.5
Packaging
 
5.0
Cleansing power
 
5.0
Scent
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
2/3; reliable results.

I have been using this shampoo for the last week or so and wanted to find out if my hair would a) look younger, b) look glossier and c) feel stronger. A big ask from one bottle of shampoo?! Perhaps. Those of you who are price conscious...

August 16, 2014
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Body Butter...but not as you know it!

I received a sample of this with my copy of Glamour magazine and I had never tried it before. Some of my friends rave about this brand but I have never tried it until now. I applied the body butter after showering and the fragrance was amazing....

August 16, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.5
Packaging
 
4.0
Cleansing power
 
4.0
Scent
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Enduring Colour Solution

I dye my hair every 6 weeks so I am always on the look out for products that focus on nourishing and extending my colour. I received a sample of this Matrix product. I have used their products in the past and they have always given really good results. ...

August 16, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.7
Packaging
 
4.0
Texture
 
5.0
Mildness
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Naturally Good!

I received a sample of this product to test from Beauty on Trial and was sceptical about the product initially. I see so many new products on the market that purport to me natural, organic and will revolutionise your skincare routine. This product range was unknown to me before the...

July 17, 2014
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Natural Finish!

I tried this product for the first time yesterday and was impressed by the results it gave. During summer, I am always on the look out for a reliable product that will give my skin the coverage it needs, but at the same time not feel too...

June 25, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.2
Packaging
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Baths and Showers
Soft and gentle but no foam!

I was looking forward to trying this new shower cream by Nivea. Unfortunately I did not experience the luxurious foam as when I used the cream it just did not work up any bubbly lather at all. That said it did feel great on the skin and smelt like other...

June 18, 2014 (Updated: June 18, 2014)
Overall rating
 
4.9
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Floral skin revitaliser!

I used this product after cleansing with my usual Clinique product. The INSKIN Precious Anti-Ageing Facial Oil absorbed well into the my skin with ease and left it feeling supple, fresh and fragrant. I did not really feel the need for moisuriser as it already felt very soft. However, I...

June 14, 2014
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Long lasting
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Radiance from CC Cream!

I love all Clinique products so I was not surprised when I tried their latest Moisture Surge CC Cream and instantly loved it. The foundation, well you can call it CC cream is you like, had a fresh fragrance and the sample I received lasted 2 applications. So a little...

June 07, 2014
Overall rating
 
3.7
Packaging
 
4.0
Texture
 
4.0
Absorption
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
3.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Kind to skin

The lotion is light and thinner than I was expecting. On application it needed a little extra rubbing for the cream to absorb into the skin. It's fragrance is pleasant and not overpowering. My skin felt soft, supple and moisturised after use and I found no problems...

June 02, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.7
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Nourishment for skin!

The cream absorbed very well into my skin and I used it mainly on my hands. The texture was light leaving my hands well cared for. Although I did not use the lotion on my face and arms, I do feel that It may be better suited for these areas....

June 02, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.4
Packaging
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
In-Shower Moisturiser.

I liked this skin conditioner from Nivea, but as the previous reviewer mentioned you need to use shower gel before the In-Shower skin conditioner. That said, it was effective and left my skin feeling soft and gentle after use. It absorbs well into the skin and rinsed off very easily....

May 29, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.7
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Noticeable Me Lippie!

It's my first introduction to the MeMeMe Cosmetics range of products so I wasn't sure what to expect. Whilst unpacking the lipstick I noticed the packaging was not branded and looked sleek anbd stylish. I really liked this as I thought it would look great in a handbag on a...

May 15, 2014
Overall rating
 
2.6
Packaging
 
4.0
Texture
 
2.0
Absorption
 
2.0
Effectiveness
 
2.0
Ease of use
 
3.0
Scent
 
2.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Better products out there!

Firstly I used the oil on my face but it felt really oily on my skin. I was surprised how green the oil was. Plus within a day I had quite a few spots. I do often try lots of different products and do not usually get spots, but this...

May 13, 2014
Overall rating
 
3.3
Packaging
 
3.0
Texture
 
3.0
Absorption
 
3.0
Effectiveness
 
3.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Not so light facial cream

I received a sample of this day cream and felt it was too thick to be called such. Lovely as the product was on my skin, it really was too rich to be classified as a light moisturiser. The fragrance of almond oil and vanilla was fabulous....

April 22, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.9
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Mildness
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Quality Face Mask!

I received a sample of this product and put it to the test against my usual face mask. After 10 minutes, the cream had done it's magic leaving my skin feel soft and nourished. It was a smooth and rich cream to apply, so a little goes...

April 20, 2014
Overall rating
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
These feet were made for walking!

I am a Bzz Agent and was asked to test this product as part of the Scholl campaign. The readers of Cosmopolitan magazine had recommended the product already and I was keen to find out if the product lived up to the hype. I am funny...

April 17, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.7
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Day & Night Moisturisers
Smells like Summer!

This cream was soft and gentle on my sensitive skin. The moisturiser smelt divine and I would love to use it everyday; if I could afford it.

March 31, 2014
Overall rating
 
5.0
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Day & Night Moisturisers
Banishing Dryness!

I tried out this moisturiser, not expecting much, compared to my usual more expensive brand. How wrong I was. My dry skin was transformed within 2 days and it left it feeling soft and supple. Great value for money too.

March 31, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.2
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Great filler cream!

This cream is rich, but absorbs well into the skin. After 1 week of using the cream, I felt that my skin looked much more balanced. The price maybe a little steep for some though.

March 17, 2014 (Updated: March 17, 2014)
Overall rating
 
4.5
Packaging
 
5.0
Cleansing power
 
5.0
Scent
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
4.0
Totally tropical results!

I tested a sample of this shampoo and the fragrance was intense. Any help I can get to tame my dry and frizzy hair is always much appreciated. I felt like I had been transported to tropical climates. I wish! The shampoo lathers really well and a...

February 13, 2014 (Updated: March 12, 2014)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Packaging
 
4.0
Cleansing power
 
4.0
Scent
 
4.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
3.0
Silky, Soft Hair; Guaranteed!

I'm a regular user of the Kerastase brand and normally opt for the green bottled Volum Active shampoo. So I was interested to see what the Bain Satin Shampoo would be like on my hair. I am sure I have tried it a while ago. As expected the shampoo got...

January 16, 2014
Overall rating
 
4.9
Packaging
 
5.0
Texture
 
5.0
Absorption
 
5.0
Effectiveness
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Scent
 
4.0
Value for Money
 
5.0
Small but mighty lip balm!

I received a free pot of the Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm recently and have been pleasantly surprised by the results. This small pot of balm really softens dry lips and leaves them feeling silky smooth in no time. Who doesn't suffer with dry lips; especially during winter? This pot...

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