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ReviewS: Tried and tested! Who are my product Heroes of 2011?

Who are my product *HEROES* of 2011?
Its almost the end of 2011 and I wanted to share some of my products Heroes with all you darlings out there! Also taking a look at some products that have not been as helpful, so have a peek at what I think of them and decide for yourselves! [Please note: All product reviews are my own views of what worked for me throughout 2011 and I have not been paid or sent products by any companies for the reviews.]

Clinique Stop Signs hand Repair
As they say, you hands never lie when it comes to revealing your true age! Having spent my own little chunk of time on this earth with very dry hands, especially during the winter months, and a kitten who has taken to play-biting my hands as he is currently teething, I decided to set out to find the best hand cream!

One of the hand creams I invested in was Clinique's Stop Signs Hand Repair, which will get 4 ♥♥♥♥ lovely hearts out of 5 from me! It is a hand cream I use occasionally as a treatment cream for my hands, not only because it is pricey but also because of the musky wood smell it has that I can't seem to get used to. But don't get me wrong, it is a good cream that does what it says on the label by repairing or lightening the brown age spots on my hands and absorbs fairly quickly. In terms of moisture levels it is not the most moisturising hand cream I have used and does not protect against the elements, but that could be mainly cause I have very dry skin on my hands during winter. So it is not a hand cream I would use every night before bed, but maybe used once every month.
Sanctuary Anti-ageing Hand Cream with SPF 15

Next is Sanctuary's Anti-ageing Hand Cream with SPF15, which I will give 3 ♥♥♥ out of 5 lovely hearts. I liked that this hand cream had a protection factor of SPF that prevented new brown age spots and UV damage to the skin of my hands, as there are not that many hand creams with SPF protection on the market, but it is pricey for a hand cream. From using it almost every other day for the past 3 months, I have seen some lightening of the brown spots on my hands. But it is quite thick in consistency, takes some time to dry and after applying leaves little sticky grains of residue on your hands. Also there is quite an overpowering smell of zingy orange and ginger-like beetlenut that is not for the faint hearted. After about a month, the cream began separating from the oils used to make the product inside of the tube, so whenever I squeezed some cream out oil would also leak out. If you are not often in a rush, value the protection factor more than moisturisation and mainly want a medium range anti-ageing hand cream to take care of age spots then this could be the cream for you.

Next up is Yardley's English Lavender Hand and Nail Cream, which gets 4 ♥♥♥♥ out of 5 lovely hearts from me. I love that this hand cream smells of lavender, is cost effective and simply just a hand cream that makes a good bedtime companion. It absorbs quite quickly with its light texture, smells nicely relaxing and makes my hand feel pampered with its moisturising vitamin E, jojoba oil and glycerin. But as it washes off as easily as it goes on, it is definitely a cream of leisure for moments of rest and relaxation....also it does not do more than just moisturise and if possible I wished it could be even more moisturising than it already is.

In terms of lasting through hand washing, I have also tried Aveeno's Hand Cream made with colloidal oatmeal, which I will give 3 ♥♥♥ out of 5 lovely hearts. It claims to moisturise for 24 hours and last through hand washing, which could be true to a certain extent. I can still feel the moisturising layer of cream after washing my hands the first time, but after the second and third wash I can no longer feel the cream on my hands. As there is not much of a scent to the cream it is hard to tell if it really does stay on for 24 hours, but usually after washing my hands twice my skin does feel dry again. It is more expensive than your normal high street range hand creams coming in at mid range, but as I have read reviews from nurses who claim it is a great cream that stays on all could really be that I just have super dry hands.

Of course there is also my beloved Soap and the Soap&Glory Hand Food gets 4 ♥♥♥♥out of 5 lovely hearts. The fabulous thing about Soap&Glory products are that most of them smell utterly divine and some are almost good enough to eat! Hand Food is no exception as I absolutely love the sweet floral smell and it is a really moisturising cream too. I once gave it as a gift and was told that it managed to save even rough cracked skin on the heels! But after a month of daily use, which kept my hands soft and moisturised, it seemed as though the moisturising magic was slowly wearing off and my hands felt a bit dry again. It could have been caused by the increasingly chilly weather or perhaps there could have been other reasons, but Hand Food is definitely one hand cream that I have returned to....even after other hand cream trials. I just wish that Soap&Glory could design a new hand cream that is even more moisturising and includes some protection against the element....that would be the ideal hand cream!
Soap&Glory The Righteous Butter Body LOTION!

On the subject of Soap and Glory....I must also recommend the Soap&Glory Righteous Butter Body Lotion which gets 4 ♥♥♥♥ out of 5 lovely hearts. The divinely sweet fragrance combined with a light and creamy texture seeps quickly into the skin and creates a feeling of thirst quenching 'aaaaahhh...' satisfaction. In comparison to the Soap&Glory Righteous Body Butter, which is marvelous and I tend to use occasionally when I am not in a rush or during the chillier days when extra moisture is needed, the lotion is not as moisturising but the light texture allows quicker application, easier absorption and keeps you smelling just as lovely every time. In comparison to other brands Soap&Glory can be seen as a mid-range priced product and can be costly, but it works, lasts for a relatively long time and is an investment in yourself that is worth making. So go on ladies......and butter up this festive season!

Last but not least is another favourite of mine called Burt's Bees that churns out an amazing line of lip balms.....this time its the new Burt's Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom which gets ♥♥♥ out of 5 lovely hearts. More expensive than Burt's Bees normal range of lip balms and costly compared to many high street brands. The texture, feel and resulting matted sheen is more like a lipstick than a lip balm. Packed full of colour so only one or two coats is needed for it to be visible and may be a good alternative to a lipstick, but the moisturing levels is lower than the usual Burt's Bees range lip balms such as the Honey or the Replenish Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (which both deserve 4 ♥♥♥♥ lovely hearts). After about an hour of application my chapped lips started to feel dry with the Natural Tinted Lip Balm, whereas when I use the honey or pomegranate lip balm before bed I still feel softly moisturised in the morning. 

BouBou gives his approval to the product heroes of!
And Clinique's Dramatically Different continues to be indispensable as a moisturising base for me throughout 2011 (previously reviewed in 2010) of course! Hope this long review post has been helpful and that you will all find brilliant products to keep you fabulous in 2012....happy festivities!

Until the next time,
May xx


  1. LOve the reviews I'm going to have to try some of these products out!
    Now following!

  2. Love clinique! Great post dear :)
    If you like my blog and you wanna... we could followed each other! :)

    KISSES and Merry Christmas!
    Estefanía J. ABSOstyle


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