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I was sent one to review, and let me tell you, it is the easiest thing in the world to apply neatly. You outline and then you colour in – you don’t even really need a mirror for this, AND it doesn’t come off on your teeth or glass (volunteers needed for a pash test though). I scrawled some on before leaving the house one morning and was surprised to discover I was still wearing it at lunch, and it still looked fine. That speaks volumes to me about how it feels as well, not at all drying like most colour-stay stuff.
Here’s what Max Factor say about it:
Launching in 6 super-rich shades, it’s time to unleash your inner-artist to create your boldest glamour statement yet. The easy application of a lipstick bullet tip combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo design; means Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick is your perfect lip painting tool. The ultra-pigmented formula delivers strong colour, a sculpted tip ensures a precise result whilst the smooth texture means colour glides on effortlessly without bleeding. It’s easy – simply play, experiment, and show off your signature style. You are the artist.
The two things I didn’t like about it? I’m not sure how I will sharpen it when I need to (I guess I’ll buy a sharpener?) and also the colour. I was sent Princess Pink, which is much paler than I would normally wear, to the point where it’s pretty much a nude, as you will see in this fairly unhinged looking picture of me.
Yeah I know it’s rude to complain about things that are free, so instead, since they’re only $17, I will go buy myself a brighter colour and wear that very happily.
If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’ll know that I love the Gillette Venus razor but in its original form. None the less, when I received a Venus Spa Breeze in a package of goodies from a PR company, I figured I’d give it a good go. First, the official word:
The secret to an easy yet indulgent shave? Venus Spa Breeze. Simply add water for a skin-loving, light lather and a smooth shave—there’s no need for separate shave cream. Even better, the shave gel bars are infused with the fresh scent of white tea to soothe your senses.
The shave gel bars did indeed help the razor glide over my legs, and I didn’t feel any of that hitching you get if you ever stupidly try to shake without lube. However, I do feel like I didn’t get the closest shave possible, because the bars kept the blades from making perfect contact with my skin. That was actually a good thing in my armpits, where I’m more prone to irritation, but my legs didn’t feel as smooth as usual. They did improve with a buttload of moisturiser though, but I can’t help but feel I will get hairier sooner than usual.
I can see the benefit in not wanting to lug shaving foam around with you, but as a person who washes her hair every day, I’ll always have conditioner with me that I would use instead. They might be more useful if you shave with a leg propped up on the sink instead of in the shower though, less drippy.
Frankly though, given that regular Venus blades sell for around $15 at Chaffers New World, and the Spa Breeze ones sell for $26, it’s clear that the biggest benefit to this new razor is to Gillette’s bottom line.
Also, and this is a problem with SO many things, but the day that clamshell packaging dies in a fire forever will be a very happy day indeed. Those things are way too hard to get into.
A while ago a lovely PR rep sent me a whole bag of Nivea goodies to try out. I’ve been encorporating them into my daily life, and am finally ready to start reviewing them now!
oads/2012/06/nivea-wash.png”>First up, Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. From the Nivea product site:
NIVEA VISAGE DAILY ESSENTIALS REFRESHING FACIAL WASH GEL is a soap free, lightly gel which purifies and invigorates for a fresh skin feeling.
HOW IT WORKS
Whilst cleansing it is important to respect your skin’s natural moisture balance to keep your skin fresh and hydrated all day long.
NIVEA VISAGE DAILY ESSENTIALS REFRESHING FACIAL WASH GEL enriched with Vitamins & Natural Lotus Extract, gently yet effectively cleanses your skin:
- By purifying your skin and removing dirt whilst respecting your skin’s own lipids, preventing skin dehydration.
- The refreshing formula invigorates and hydrates your skin.Your skin is deeply cleansed, looking and feeling refreshed all day long.
For normal and combination skin.
I have purchased this product in the past, and I will purchase it again, for one big reason: it’s about $10 in your supermarket. I like cheap products that work! It makes me feel clean but not unbeliveably dried out (unless you’re a teenager, stay away from Clean & Clear!), and it’s pretty decent at removing makeup at night. I can use it in the shower, and while it doesn’t smell delicious, it doesn’t smell of anything unpleasant either. It’s a good product to alternate with a scrub, and I don’t have a problem using it twice a day. It’s not luxurious, but it does its job, and that is probably all you really need in a facial cleanser, right?
Well, you will need to moisturise afterwards, at least if you’re a combination skinner like myself. So that’s where Daily Essentials Light Light Moisturising Day Cream comes in.
NIVEA VISAGE DAILY ESSENTIALS LIGHT MOISTURISING DAY CREAM with Vitamins & Natural Lotus Extract moisturises & protects for a fresh skin feeling.
HOW IT WORKS
Replenishing moisture and vitamins are essential for your skin to make it look beautiful and feel fresh all day long.
NIVEA VISAGE DAILY ESSENTIALS LIGHT MOISTURISING DAY CREAM enriched with Vitamins & Natural Lotus Extract, gives your skin the intensive moisture it needs to support its natural balance:
- Provides your skin with intensive moisture for 24hrs to leave a fresh skin feeling
- With SPF 15 and extra UVA filters it helps to protect your skin from environmental influences and premature skin ageing
Your skin is intensively moisturised and protected, feeling refreshed and soft all day long.
For normal and combination skin.
This moisturiser does indeed feel light, which is good, and it has an SPF of 15, which is important. It does a good job of moisturising, and is around $13 in supermarkets.
So am I converted to it? No. It has a little bit more of a smell – not unpleasant, just noticeable for my super sensitive nose – than my usual moisturiser, Olay, and
I feel like it’s not quite as soothing. Apart from just using facial moisturiser on my face, I also put it on my hundreds of tiny kitten scratches, and the Olay calms my skin better. If you haven’t found a facial moisturiser that you love though, perhaps you should give this one a try on your next supermarket trip.
Coming up soon – Nivea body moisturiser, I try toner for the first time, and a facial wipe face-off.
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