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Review: Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturiser

November 29, 2011
Product

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

Price

Cleanser- £8.99 RRP
Moisturiser- £8.99 RRP
This product was sent to me for review purposes.

What does it claim to do?

"Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser cleanses, moisturises and gently removes what your skin doesn’t need, without stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils, and without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance. Cetaphil offers gentle and thorough cleansing without the irritation associated with harsh soaps."

"Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion enhances the skin’s natural moisture-protection system and helps restore the skin’s natural protective barrier." - press release

What do I think?

Cetaphil's strapline is 'seriously gentle skincare' which appealed to me straightaway. I've heard lots of good things about Cetaphil as it is so popular, especially in the US . It's only last month that Cetaphil became readily available in the UK. From the 10th October it has been available in larger Boots stores and other leading pharmacies- their UK website lets you find your nearest stockist.

I have been trying the cleanser and moisturising lotion over the past few weeks and impressions are good so far. You apply the cleanser by simply applying to the skin, massaging and then remove by either rinsing or removing the excess with tissue or cotton wool. I started by just rinsing off the product but have started to use it with a muslin cloth as I feel more satisfied when I see the make-up left on the cloth. The first thing that I noticed was just how gentle it was- it is unscented and feels lovely on my skin. When I remove it my skin feels so squeaky clean, but not in a stripping of the skin way.

The only negative for me is that I'm a massive fan of the cleansers such as the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and the MAC Cleanse Off Oil which remove eye make-up as well. I wouldn't use the cetaphil to remove eye make-up so have been using my Bioderma to do this seperately. I'm not used to doing the two steps again!

There is not a huge amount to say about the moisturising lotion- as with all Cetaphil products it is unscented and has almost a gel like texture. A little goes a long way and it feels really light on the skin. I feel that this a good moisturiser but not a brilliant one. With my favourite moisturisers like the Liz Earle Superskin and Embroylisse I wake up the next morning and my skin still feels soft and lovely- but I didn't get this with the Cetaphil.

Would I re-purchase?

I would buy the cleanser but not the moisturising lotion.

Pro:voke Touch of Silver range

November 27, 2011
I mentioned the Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo in my June favourites- it was Lucy who introduced me to this shampoo and I was so glad she did as it's a brilliant shampoo for brightening blonde hair and taking out any 'orange' tones. After using the John Frieda Lightening Spray a bit too generously it made my roots slightly orange and so used this shampoo twice a week- it worked a treat.

I have now been introduced to the whole range which you can see above. The range includes:

♥ Daily Maintenance Shampoo - Its gentle formula cleanses and protects hair against fading & dullness to help maintain silver tones in-between washes. An Optical Brightener optimises reflected light to instantly boost shine, whilst Sunflower Seed Extract and UV Absorber help to protect against photo-damage to safeguard your colour.

♥ Daily Nourish Conditioner - Its creamy protective formula helps repair dry, damaged hair by infusing extra moisture to give hair an improved smooth and silky texture.

♥ Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo - This hair hero contains colour violet pigment to instantly revive, lacklustre grey, white or platinum blonde hair. It neutralises yellow tones, adding vibrancy and depth to bring a new lease of life to dull lifeless hair. Active ingredients penetrate the hair shaft, softening the hair and improving the hair’s suppleness.

♥ Silver Glamour Hairspray - This professional hairspray has a micro-fine, quick drying mist, to provide long-lasting firm hold, without crunch or stickiness.

♥ Silver Revitalising Dry Shampoo - Perfect for in-between washes or glamour on the go, this dry shampoo has a fresh fragrance with lots of zing and sparkle.

I am yet to use the hairspray and dry shampoo but have been using the daily shampoo and conditioner- I've only used it a few times but so far so good! It is a lighter purple colour than the twice a week shampoo (which is so purple its a bit scary to use at first!) so feels more gentle and can easily be used regularly.

I first bought the brightening shampoo from Ebay for about £4 as I think it was quite hard to get hold of, but their brand new website lists the stockists and it now seems to be easier to get hold of at places such as Sainsbury's.

Have you tried any of the items from this range?

On the subject of shampoo and conditioner- a quick question for you. Do you run out of shampoo faster than your conditioner or vice versa? I asked this on Twitter and it was a complete mix of answers. I always run out of shampoo faster, probably because I only use conditioner on my ends- it's interesting to see how people differ!


November Favourites: My Favourite Three

November 25, 2011
Oops- looks like I missed my October favourites in the rush of moving house. To make up for it here are my November favourites early! I took advantage of the sun in Tenerife and took these photos out there.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Light & Silky Sun Cream SPF30- bit of a strange favourite for November but I wanted to share it with you while it's in my mind! Hopefully it will be useful for people going to get some winter sun or even for holidays next year. I picked this up for holiday as it was really reasonable for suncream at about £6 and I really loved it. It feels so moisturising when you use it and absorbs into the skin so quickly. It doesn't feel greasy on your skin at all- after applying your skin just feels lovely. I've never felt inclined to rave about a suncream but this is really great and I'll be buying it for the next time I go abroad.

Garnier BB Cream - I used this on holiday in the evening as it is great for when you don't want much product on your skin, but you do want it to be evened out and to look more glowy. It's also in the shade medium so perfect for my tanned skin- sadly it's too dark for me normally so I'm going to buy it in fair for when my tan fades (sad face). There have been mixed reviews on this cream but I really like it. You can read a full review here.

♥ Elf eyebrow kit in ash- I don't know how I did without an eyebrow kit because I use this without fail every day- you can probably tell by the tatty looking product. It's so cheap at £3.50 so I really recommend. I bought this in the shade ash which is a really fair shade and good if you don't want your brows too dark. I've used the ash powder a few times but tend to use MAC's cork eyeshadow to fill in, and then the wax in this set to keep them in place. I really rate Elf cosmetics- they're so cheap but really good quality.

Hummingbird delights

November 22, 2011


I am back after a lovely holiday in Tenerife. We literally did nothing but lay by the pool, eat and drink cocktails- it was gorgeous. Can't go wrong with the Canary Islands for the winter sun. We stayed here and although it was quite remote (wouldn't recommend if you like to do lots on your holiday, unless you rent a car) it was perfect for what we wanted. I've never been on holiday so late in the year but it's given me a great boost as the weather gets colder.

Whilst away I thought of lots of blog ideas and will get posting soon. To get back in the swing of it I just wanted to do a little update and share some lovely photos of a Red Velvet Cupcake from The Hummingbird Bakery. I have never been to the Hummingbird Bakery before this evening- I own both of the cookbooks and highly recommend them so was very excited to see it as we walked to the tube station from at Busaba.

Yum!

Mary Berry's Mega Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 10, 2011
The last recipe I posted was also a chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book however I've tried another recently from an old Mary Berry cookbook and thought I would share it as it is sooo super easy and less fuss than the Hummingbird recipe (even though I slightly prefer these cookies). I made this recipe for a party last weekend and they went down a treat. I then made them again yesterday for the family and they are being very much enjoyed. So here goes...  

Ingredients for approximately 24 cookies  
175g soft margerine  
225g caster sugar  
2 eggs  
350g self-raising flour
100g plain chocolate chips (I used a mix of dark and white chocolate and just chopped up roughly)

Method  

1) Pre-heat oven to 180°c and lightly grease 3 baking trays. At my friend's we had limited oven space so I just used 1 baking tray and would bake a small batch of the mixture at a time.

2) Measure all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix until a smooth biscuit dough is formed.

3) Place large spoonfuls of the mixture well apart on the baking trays and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon

4) Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

I wasn't lying- it's so easy!

Made in Chelsea: Millie and Caggie

November 08, 2011
I watched the first episode of Made in Chelsea and wasn't drawn in, however since watching more episodes I found myself eagerly awaiting it each week. Yes, it's another 'reality but a lot of it staged' show but the scenes of London are gorgeous (I think it's the lighting they use) and I love seeing all of the girls' outfits.

Caggie Dunlop and Millie Mackintosh are my favourites in terms of look and style. They are both stunning and always look amazing. I love love love their make-up- it always looks glowing, bronzed and so well done. Millie is actually a make-up artist and has her own blog and YouTube channel (she has a video on her channel with Tanya Burr/Pixi2woo). From reading and watching she usually wears the Chancecaille tinted moisturiser which is ridiculously expensive at £55 but oh, how I want it now!

Millie


Caggie


Do you watch Made in Chelsea?

100 Things: 61-70

November 06, 2011
These are one of my favourite posts to write- I love thinking of the things that make me happy and looking for lovely photos. Here's the seventh post in the series.

61. Dexter

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62. Making the flat pretty

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63. The first inklings of Christmas

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64. Winter trips to the beach

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65. Leaving the hairdressers with lovely new hair

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66. Takeaway from our local Indian restaurant

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67. Sleepovers

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68. Florence

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69. The airport before a holiday

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70. Party rings

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UK Beauty Awards 2011 Shortlist

November 05, 2011

This year I was asked to help judge the UK Beauty Awards as they decided to add a set of bloggers to the panel which is made up of beauty editors and cosmetic professionals. I helped to judge the best new beauty appliance category which was really exciting and I loved trying all of the new styling tools and beauty appliances- I'll make sure I do a post soon on my favourites in the category as I am still using most of them!

The shortlist for the UK Beauty Awards has now been announced so thought I would share with you. Diva Professional Styling and L'Occitane top the shortlist with four nominations each, closely followed by Garnier, Elizabeth Arden, Arbonne, Liz Earle and Lucy Russell Organics.Winners are going to be announced at the Clothes Show Live on the 2nd December so I will of course let you know the winners!


I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite

November 02, 2011

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."

"You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa."

" I thought maybe we could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands. "

Is it too early to start watching Elf? Probably my favourite Christmas film. I know it's barely November but I'm feeling extremely festive this year, mostly down to being on the Christmas Commitee at work. Our first meeting was last week and came with homemade mince pies and lots of excited people. I've already bought my sister's present, am starting to think about Christmas cards and cannot wait to buy a tree. Expect a few Christmas posts from me because at the moment I can't get enough of it!