20 September 2015

Irritant free skincare with Dermasalve

Dermasalve range

Allergies and sensitivity to certain products are the bain of my life....so the concept of Dermasalve was a pretty attractive one. Let me introduce the brand to you a bit more.....

For those of you that haven't come across Dermasalve before - they are the very first moisturising range that is completely free of all known irritants, you know...those general nasties that make you blotchy, itch, swell (well in my case anyway).....to prove this they have compared their range to 5 other well known moisturising creams on the market and you can see from the table below that Dermasalve score a big fat zero against all of them in relation to known irritant ingredients.

Dermasalve comparison table

So what DO the creams contain - well they are packed with natural oils such as aloe vera, palm oil, wheatgerm and jojoba and these are then bundled together with vitamins and antioxidents with help repair and rejuvenate dry skin.

There are several products in the range from face cream to body cream to one especially for baby skin - the 3 i trailed from the range were the Face, Body and hand cream.

Dermasalve Cream

All the creams come in an easy dispense push down bottle. The first thing you notice about these creams is the feel of the cream - its almost a watery consistency...really light, which may feel a bid odd at first......but bear with it!!. There is none of that greasy feeling you tend to get with creams, a little goes a long way and it absorbs pretty quickly. The results are instant, skin feels soft and hydrated, you don't have to wait ages for it to dry and also it doesn't block pores which is a bonus. The best thing about these creams is that the effects last, its not just a quick fix. 

I have to say when i first tried each of these I just didn't think they were going to work very well - the watery consistency wasn't something i was used to.....but the feel of my skin after application proved me wrong...love the way my skin feels after application and this range is a pure godsend for anyone out there who suffer with allergies, sensitive skin etc. It also means this range can be used by anyone with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. 

Products in the range are exceptional value and range from £5.99 up to £30.00 for an eczema treatment pack - You can buy they direct from the website but they are also currently on offer over at Pharmacy 2u   - so grab yourself a bargain quick.

You can follow Dermasalve via Facebook or Twitter

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19 August 2015

Batiste launch new stylist range

Batiste stylist range

So finally Batiste as now expanded its classic dry shampoo brand with a brand new stylist range featuring a whole host of styling products from hairspray to texturising spray - all have been infused with a special blend of strengthening keretin and nourishing Inca
Inchi oil designed to care for your locks each time you style your hair.

The range in full:
Hold Me Hairspray
Shield My Locks Heat & Shine Spray
Texture Me Texturizing Spray
Smooth It Frizz Tamer
Oomph My Locks XXL Volumising Spray
Oomph My Locks XXL Plumping Powder

I got the chance to try two of the new products (pictured above) the Heat and Shine spray and the XXL Volume Spray.

Heat and Shine
Heat and shine is designed to protect your hair from heat damage, it can shield your hair from heat up to 230°c and is designed to be used on dry hair - NOT damp. In addition the spray also doubles up as a finishing spray - simply spray on dry hair and then style as required leaves your hair feeling sleek and smooth and eliminates the flyaway factor which i do sometimes get after styling.

Oomph My Locks XXL Volumising Spray
This is basically a backcomb in a can - designed to provide an instant volume boost to styles, i found this very similar to the original dry shampoos.....spray in the roots, give it a rub and voila - volume accomplished. It also smells super sweet so great for refreshing hair.

Both the above products along with the others in the range have been launched exclusively in Boots and range from £3.99 for the powder up to £4.29 for the rest.

So grab yourself a can now!!

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5 July 2015

Chemist Direct - The one stop shop for holiday essentials

Chemist Direct

So you are off on your summer holidays soon, if you are anything like me you will have a toiletries list a mile long....especially with 2 kids.......so would an online pharmacy be your first point of call?? Wouldn't have been my first choice but maybe Chemist Direct can change your mind!

The online pharmacy Chemist Direct has been hanging around on the web for a while now (since 2007) and with a recent website makeover is now more user friendly than ever and is packed with great deals making it an ideal pit stop for pre ordering for your holidays.

From travel products to vitamins, toiletries, medicines, online prescriptions and even pet health...Chemist Direct ticks all the boxes and has a huge range of products and deals. One particularly good addition that stood out for me is their bulk buy section...allowing you to bulk buy items such as deodorants, haircare, skincare, dental, hair removal...perfect for stocking up on those home essentials. It made my holiday shopping easier...everything i needed in one place.

With the recent makeover searching and ordering is simple with free standard delivery (note this is within 5 days but mine did come sooner) so if you did require something sooner there are next day options available.

When your order is complete you also get the option to get £5 off for each friend you refer to the site...perfect excuse for more shopping!!

Overall a very handy little site, hassle free, easy to use and chock full of bargains and offers.

You can follow Chemist Direct via Twitter (@chemistdirect) 
Web: www.chemistdirect.co.uk

(Thank you to Frank Pr for letting me trial the site for this review)

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16 June 2015

Batiste collaboration with Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson Batiste

Batiste have announced yet another new collaboration and this time its with the double platinum award winning singer Ella Henderson.

This limited edition spray was designed by Ella herself (can design and fragrance). The fragrance is perfect for summer with hints of vanilla, coconut and various fruity tones, perfect timing for the festivals and an absolute must if you are camping over the weekends.

Ella's top Batiste tip: Spray through mid lengths and ends and then brush out for an instant texture boost.

The special edition Ella Batiste is available from all the usual outlets and is priced at £3.29....get it while you can!!

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15 June 2015

Foodie Review - The New Beefeater

So the long running Beefeater chain has just had a long overdue branding overhaul with all restaurants being updated, refreshed and a new menu also launched. I was recently given the chance to review the new menu so took my willing family and popped over to the local Coach and Horses pub, Castleton Cardiff.

The first good sign for me was the fair sized queue, luckily we had pre booked so didnt have to wait too long.The restaurant was packed and buzzing when we got in and we were whisked straight off to our table. Straight away we were greeted by our server and offered a flat bread to start if we wanted. Now you'd assume with a flatbread we would be talking a small garlic bread sized creation, oh how wrong we were....when the thing arrived it literally took up half the table.....it was huge....perfect when you have 2 hungry boys....so it was a great start to the meal!

So onto the new menu. Quite a varied selection of foods from grills to chicken, salads, fish, burgers etc and the option to chop and change your sides as you wish. (There is also a great kids menu). I decided on the Paprika chicken, other half went for mixed grill and kids went for Smothered chicken melt and a kids burger.

The wait wasn't too long for the food and when it did come out it was hot, well presented and the portions were spot on. Eating out with kids can be a bit of a minefield so i always gage a good family restaurant on the kids reactions.....and mine were both very happy, no pushing food round their plate, no dissecting, no offloading onto my plate....they just got down to eating it.....so full marks there!!

As for mine and my other half's meals......really nice, chicken was lovely, really tasty and not dry at all, mixed grill was well cooked and all sides were great.....triple cooked chips went down a treat. Wasn't overly keen on the coleslaw but apart from that everything else was great. We didnt go for desserts this time but the selection is very tempting with some really quirky options such as a zingy lemon pudding served in a jar with shortbread biscuits or a chocolate rum melt (I know, sounds amazing!!).....i was very good this time round but i think it would be rude not to dabble on our next visit.

All in all a great venue for families, we always struggle finding somewhere different to eat apart from the usual choices so its great to add another option onto the list. All food is reasonably priced, well cooked and more importantly the kids enjoyed it. The restaurant was constantly busy and we never saw a table empty the whole time we were there.....will be definitely making a return visit....(if only to just try the rum melt)

Our meal was booked at the local Coach and Horses Beefeater which is based in Castleton, Cardiff. For full details of the new menu or to find your local Beefeater check out:

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