L’Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 Night


When I bought this I imagined it would be a lot like the Olay Total Effects, they do seem to have after all gone out of their way to make the packing as similar as possible.  Couldn’t be more wrong, the texture is completely different and so are the results.

I’m a fan of Total Effects, its one of the most reliable and effective moisturisers I’ve ever used and often out-performs the big expensive brands and the results appear quickly.

This stuff is pretty much the opposite of that. The texture wasn’t particularly nice, it had the feel of silicone as it went on, the smell was quite plasticky and it didn’t make any difference to my skin one way or another.  Not something I’d buy again.

I’m giving this 2/10 because it didn’t give me any skin problems but that’s the best I can say for it!


Nivea Double EffectI bought this eye-makeup remover thinking it would be just like the Boots Botanicals Icelandic Moss, which is fantastic stuff. I have a friend who swears by that stuff and she’s never let me down on a recommendation yet.

This stuff is half wrong, the oily blue half is great, it does a lovely job of taking off all makeup and makes a decent enough job of getting off waterproof mascara, its only when you shake it up to mix in the clear stuff that it all goes wrong. The clear stuff has some magical property that renders the blue stuff completely ineffective, but once you’ve used up the clear stuff you’ve got a perfectly good oil based eye make up remover.  Luckily the clear stuff seems to mix in unevenly so you’ll get through it pretty quickly if you do decide to buy a pot of your own.

If you do like an oily make up remover, and I do, then go for the Boots Botanical Icelandic Whatever It Is.  In an emergency or if you like a cheap natural option just use olive oil, ok you’ll smell like salad dressing but its fantastic for taking off eye make-up, doesn’t irritate and its nice to your skin. Of course you’ll want to steer well clear of anything oil based if you have gel nails or lash extensions because it’ll lift those off too.

I’d give this remover 3/10.


Bringing some order into things

The thing with me is I like rules and regulations. I don't like things to just happen, which is partly why I am really not keen on getting presents but we'll save that for another time. Ideally I want a fatalistic reason for things to happen, everything from when to do the washing up to choosing which brand of shampoo to do next.  For things around the house I use weekly lists like this one:

Its a fairly simple system. I go by the time if it is 11.49 I'll add the numbers up (15) and choose something to do from line 15 of my list, I change around the list every Friday.  This is fine for at home but doesn't help me choose what to buy when I get to the shops so what I've started doing recently is to just buy the next thing along on the shelf from what I bought last time. Just to be clear on how mental I am, I'm only doing this with make-up and toiletries in Superdrug. So far it's working out really well, normally I would just buy whatever is cheapest or on special offer but this is forcing me to try things I wouldn't normally have bought and eventually I'll be buying more upmarket brands.  To keep track of what I liked and more importantly what I didn't like I'm going to do little personal reviews here for future reference. 

At some point I'm going to reach the end of the aisle at when that happens I'll either go back to buying the things that have the best reviews or move on to another shop (Boots at Fleet or Debenhams at Guildford).