Thursday, 15 August 2019

Speed Review: Dove Coconut Oil Shower and Shave Mousse

I quite like shower mousses as they work effectively to double up as a shaving foam. I believe Imperial Leather were the first to bring out such a product- it's certainly the brand which springs to mind when I think of a shower mousse and the one with which I'm most familiar. For that reason, much of today's review will be something of a comparison, as I found it hard to avoid doing so.

It seems as though I'm not alone in liking the concept of a shower mousse- that's if the current influx of brands recently adding a shower mousse to their range is anything to go by. Clarins, Dove, Nivea, Radox and Original Source all feature shower mousses in their line up now. I decided to try out the Dove Coconut Oil Shower and Shave Mousse as it was on introductory offer in Boots.

Interestingly, Dove actually promote the fact that the shower mousse doubles as a shave foam by incorporating a mention of this on the packaging & reflecting it in the official name on the website. The packaging is simple and in keeping with the Dove branding. I liked the inclusion of a "scratch and sniff" sticker which made choosing the scent in store easier- there's a choice of Argan Oil, Acai, Rose or Coconut Oil, which I opted for.

The aerosol pump makes for easy dispensing although it's a little difficult to tell how much product is remaining, owing to the can packaging (I don't know how else they could present it though).

Unlike Imperial Leather, which comes out as a gel before transforming to a foam (akin to a shaving gel), Dove Coconut Oil Shower and Shave Mousse was dispensed as a rich and creamy foam. A little goes a long way. I found it a little softer in texture than the Imperial Leather versions I've tried but agree that it works just as well to use when shaving legs.

Personally, I couldn't detect coconut in the scent during use. To me, it smelt sweet- more like vanilla than coconut- but it wasn't sickly. I could only detect the scent very subtly on my skin following use.

After use, my skin felt soft but not stripped or dry. That said, I still needed to moisturise.

I found Dove Coconut Oil Shower and Shave Mousse pleasant to use. Overall, I think I prefer the Imperial Leather versions but that may simply be because I'm more accustomed to using the brand. I probably wouldn't repurchase the Dove version at full price (£4.89 for 200ml) but might be inclined to try other scents from the Dove range, if on offer, in future.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Speed Review: Wella Enrich Moisturising Conditioner for Fine to Normal Hair

wella enrich moisturising conditioner for fine to normal hair

I originally decided to try Wella Enrich Moisturising Conditioner for Fine to Normal Hair based on a Twitter recommendation and, spoiler alert, I'm so pleased that I did!

On first impressions, the bright tube and minimalist design reflects the salon branding. It is clear which hair type it's aimed at (fine to normal, which is my hair type so appealed to me) and the directions are also easy to follow. I appreciated the functionality of the tube dispenser- it's generally my preference when it comes to conditioners as tubes allow for controlled dispensing without wastage.

Wella Enrich Moisturising Conditioner for Fine to Normal Hair has a lightweight cream texture which I found easy to work through my hair. It has a pleasant, fresh and fruity fragrance.

When it came to rinsing the conditioner away, I was able to do so with ease.

Following use, my hair felt wonderfully soft and well conditioned/ cared for. I could detect the scent ever-so-subtly. Whilst Wella Enrich Moisturising Conditioner for Fine to Normal Hair isn't the most smoothing I've tried (I still had some flyaways, but nothing that couldn't be tamed with a little dry oil spray), I was impressed that it didn't weigh down my fine hair and I feel that it delivers on the claims.

Overall, I found Wella Enrich Moisturising Conditioner for Fine to Normal Hair enjoyable to use and was impressed with the results. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you have this hair type.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Speed Review: Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask

radical skincare instant revitalizing mask

I've been impressed with the Radical Skincare products which I've tried previously so I was excited to try out their Instant Revitalizing Mask.

Described as a reinvigorating and rehydrating mask (who doesn't need such benefits?!), Radical Skincare claim that the Instant Revitalizing Mask gives skin everything it needs to be in perfect shape, providing optimum amounts of oxygen, hydration, vitamins and energy. Some bold claims right there!

The outer box is in keeping with Radical Skincare's branding and inside there is a sleek bottle with a lid which is twisted to reveal a convenient pump dispenser. It's just the sort of packaging that I love. I would prefer if the packaging were transparent to be able to see how much product was remaining. Interestingly, the directions on the outer box aren't particularly clear (especially in terms of how long to leave the mask on skin) but they are reprinted directly onto the bottle and it's these directions which I found clear and easy to follow. Simply apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin and after 3-5 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

The mask itself is a lightweight gel cream texture which works well with the pump dispenser, allowing for controlled delivery of product without wastage. It has a pale yellow colour with a gold shimmer which adds a sense of luxury. I did feel that I needed to use quite a lot of the product in order to cover my entire face with a thin, even layer of the mask. The mask has a pleasant fruity fragrance.

As Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask gets to work, it transforms into a creamy, bubbling foam and I noticed a cooling sensation on my skin. This is quite fun and also gives the impression that the mask is doing something! The mask didn't set on my skin and when 5 minutes was up, I found it easy to remove.

My skin was left feeling clean and felt softened. I noticed a slight tightening of the skin too. Otherwise, I wouldn't say that this mask provides particularly dramatic results. Maybe my expectations were set too high after reading the claims or perhaps I wanted more given the high price tag of £42 for 30ml. I enjoyed using this mask but don't feel that the high price is justified based on the results and therefore, wouldn't repurchase.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Speed Review: Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil

Regular readers will know that cleansing oils are my preferred method of cleansing my face. I like them because they're generally easy to use, gentle on the skin and have a balancing effect. Whilst my favourite (& the one I come back to time & time again) is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, I do like to try the offerings from other brands with the latest being the Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil.

Elemis describe Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil as being ideally suited to oily skin and great for removing waterproof makeup. They state that it's blended with over 90% natural oils to cleanse, soothe & soften skin and lift impurities whilst maintaining the skin's natural barrier.

On first impressions, I felt that the packaging is on brand. Presented in an outer box with a plastic bottle inside, it's sleek & minimalist in design. I was happy to have it on display in my bathroom. From a functionality point of view, I appreciated the pump dispenser and also the transparency of the bottle, which meant that I could easily see how much product was remaining.

Although Elemis recommend this for oily skin types, I feel that the texture lends itself well to a range of skin types. It's average in terms of the oil texture- not as lightweight as The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil but nor was it as rich as some others I've tried. Two to three pumps was sufficient to cover my entire face.

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil has a luxurious botanical scent which reiterates the brand's spa heritage and adds to a sense of indulgence during use. As an oil, it is inherently well suited to facial massage.

Upon contact with water, the oil easily transformed into a lightweight milk and rinsed away effortlessly, leaving no greasiness.

I felt that this cleansing oil worked effectively to cleanse my skin, although I did need to use a separate eye makeup remover to thoroughly remove all traces of mascara, etc.. on days when I was wearing a heavier eye look.

At £32.50 for 195ml, Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a pricey option but if you're looking for added indulgence factor then this is worth a look.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Speed Review: The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel

the body shop cactus blossom shower gel

I recently had a voucher for The Body Shop and upon browsing the shelves of my local shop, decided to use it to buy The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel. I like The Body Shop shower gels (although would prefer if they didn't contain SLS) & was immediately drawn to this area of the shop. The "newness" of the Cactus Blossom scent together with the eye-catching design of the bottle & unusual name caught my attention and when I smelt the tester, it sealed the deal.

The flip top packaging is functional and is well suited to the texture of the shower gel, which is a fairly liquid clear gel with a very subtle green tint. I appreciated that the bottle was transparent, allowing me to see how much product was remaining.

When I smelt the shower gel in the bottle, I thought that it had quite a fruity fragrance, however, during use, I found it to be a little different and I'd best describe the scent as "fresh & green"- very pleasant nonetheless! That said, I couldn't detect the scent on my skin following use.

I was easily able to work the shower gel into a generous lather and of course, a bath puff would help this even more so, allowing the bottle to last even longer.

The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel does the job and left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I'd say that it's perfect for summer and worth checking out next time you're visiting The Body Shop.
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