Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

I think I was setting myself up for a disaster by using this. I received it as part of a gift set for Christmas, so it wasn’t the full sized bottle (thankfully!). It smells lovely; very fresh and pepperminty, and it has a nice consistency – It’s a cream cleanser, so it doesn’t foam (this can be off-putting for me as I like my skin to feel like it’s being cleaned, but I gave it a go anyway).  I love that it’s mostly natural and BUAV approved (not tested on animals), and I find the packaging rather attractive.

Unfortunately, it ruined my skin. I should have seen this coming, if not from the words “deep cleansing”, then from the strong peppermint scent. It stung my eyes and made my skin angry, red and itchy, so I will be giving this away. I do think it would be lovely for someone with more resilient skin – not necessarily oily, as it didn’t dry me out; it just irritated/made my skin red. I’m quite disheartened by this experience as I like the idea of Burt’s Bees as a brand, but I’m now a little hesitant towards trying any other products from the line.

Consistency: Typical lotiony type stuff.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 1/5

Price: About £10 for the large size

Rating: 3/10

Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care Moisturiser | Review

I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect moisturiser. My ideal day moisturiser would be suitable for sensitive skin, non-comodogenic (that goes without saying), SPF at least 15, and completely colour and fragrance free. I bought this on a whim on a visit to Boots when I had a little more cash than sense to hand;

it cost me about

£12 for 50ml

, which is slightly more than I would like to pay for a staple product, but I’d have been willing to fork out on this every few months if it had been perfect.

It does not contain any SPF. It is highly fragranced. It has a gel-like consistency (a nightmare for my dry/sensitive skin). Not exactly Holy Grail material. After the first few tries I rather liked it: it made my skin feel very smooth, and I liked the idea of it getting rid of blemishes. However, after using it morning and night for 3 days, it started to really irritate my poor skin.

I think it would be perfect for those with oiler, blemish prone skin; but this one’s not for me. On the plus side, the pump bottle is very attractive, and it smells nice!

Consistency: It’s a gel moisturiser, so uh…gel-y.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 2/5

Price: Around £12 for 50ml

Overall Rating: 5/10

TiGi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Level 2 Recovery Shampoo

This is officially my Holy
Grail shampoo and conditioner set. Before I tried this, I had just dyed my hair
blonde. Now, my natural hair colour is golden brown, so it looked simply
hideous with a box-dye blonde over it. I proceeded to dye it again, with a
colour close to my natural tone (what an absolute farce that was); and alas, my
hair was ruined! I decided to go for the chop and start all over again, but my
hair usually gets damaged when it reaches a certain length anyway, but I

I decided to invest in a
salon quality shampoo (Tigi Bed Head – Urban Antidotes 2) so that my hair would
grow out and hopefully remain undamaged. I blow dry my hair most days, so
anything past shoulder length minus split-ends would have been great. It’s been
4 months since I bought it and I’m still on my first bottle; my hair is way
beyond my shoulders and for once in my life, I haven’t got a single split end! The
consistency is lovely and it cleans well, however I do shampoo twice (I do this
with all shampoos so it’s not an issue). The scent is lovely – citrussy and
sweet. It leaves my hair silky, manageable, soft, and doesn’t weigh it down. I
love it!


: Foams into a luxurious lather. A beautiful, pearly blue colour when it comes out of the bottle.

Sensitive Skin Suitability

: Doesn’t sting my scalp, 5/5

Price Range

: £6 and up, depending on where you buy it (

I get it online

); the conditioner is usually about £1 more expensive

Overall Rating

: 9/10