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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.

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Category: Natural Beauty, Green Beauty, Beauty

  1. Anne French Deep Cleansing Milk Review

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    [Note - I wrote this blog post before becoming obsessed with natural beauty products and avoiding questionable ingredients.  Suffice to say, I no longer use this product anymore]

    I was struggling to find a kind enough cleanser for my troubled skin so my Mum recommended Anne French.  She absolutely swears by it and has been using it for years. 

    The cleanser is a light and runny white milky liquid.  It pours our quickly so make sure you have a cotton pad or cotton ball close to the lid as you pour.  I drench around half a cotton ball in the cleanser and wipe firmly all over my face, including eye areas. 

    The cleanser feels lovely and soothing as applied and quickly gets to work.  I was absolutely horrified by the amount of dirt on the cotton ball after a quick wipe around my face and neck.  This really is a deep cleansing lotion which will lift up any imbedded dirt and impurities.  I have since tested this by using a cleansing wipe on my face until clean and then using the Anne French.  Shockingly the wipe will look spotless, yet the Anne French cleanser will still lift out dirt!

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    My skin feels much cleaner after using this product for over one week.  The proof really is on the cotton pads and not on the wipes I used to use!  The formula is lightly moisturising so as a bonus it leaves my skin soft to touch and great to look at.

    I was impressed by the ingredient list on the reverse of the bottle or should I say lack of ingredients. My old cleanser had a list as long as my arm of random long words, yet the list on the back of the Anne French is short and sweet which surely must be much better for facial skin.

    The brand itself is around 60 years old and the Anne French cleanser was the first cleanser of its time!  That’s pretty impressive and it really seems to still be as good as ever and after researching online since my purchase it comes highly recommended.

    The smell is light, clean and pleasing.  It is also suitable for all skin types.  It’s not so great at removing eye makeup so I would recommend using some specialised eye makeup remover or pads before cleansing with Anne French.


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  2. Tangle Teezer Review

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    A genius way to get knots out of long tangled hair

    I was pretty undecided for a while on whether to invest in a Tangle Teezer.  I had read numerous good reviews which totally raved about the greatness of this hairbrush, but then I also read some saying not to believe all the hype and it was a total waste of money. 

    Let me tell you about my hair.  It is long.  Very long.   Down to my ribs long.  The hair itself is fine but there is a lot of it.  Believe me, it gets tangled, very very tangled.  I try not to wash my hair often because of this.  It’s an absolute nightmare everytime.  I dread having to comb and brush it after a wash as it is absolute agony and my old brush just tortured my head each and every time.  I had to literally hold sections of my hair in one hand tightly (so as the hair would not yank my head off) and brush the knots using the brush in the other.   It was never a pleasant experience.  With this in mind I decided for £10.99 I’d take the risk and purchase my very first Tangle Teezer.

    Tangle Teezer Review - A genius way to get knots out of long tangled hair

    The verdict? 

    One of the best eleven pounds I have ever spent. 

    I should have invested in one of these super duper amazing tangle taming brushes yonks ago.  This has so far been the best brush ever for my hair and I am even washing my hair much more as the tangles are now easily and gently tamed out. 

    One blog review I had read complained the brush only took the top layer of tangles away.   Well yes, if you only brush your hair once or twice then that would be the effect.  You do have to brush a fair few times to get the tangles out, but it does it very gently and they do come out without yanking or pain.  It does what it says; it teases them out. 

    I have used this brush successfully on wet, damp and dry hair and am ever so pleased with the results.  It also smoothes my hair and adds an excellent glossy shine.  My hair feels softer too and is seemingly less damaged than usual.  The bristles do not have balls at the end and are two lengths.  They are arranged in such a way that they are extra kind to hair.

    I did think they look a little strange at first with no handle and wondered if I would actually manage to brush my hair without.  Now I find it much easier. Once you get a good grip and work out which way round to hold it best then it really does feel surprisingly more comfortable to use than a regular handled brush.

    So yes, I would definitely recommend purchasing a tangle teezer if like me you suffer from nightmare tangled hair.  Or even just to improve your hair’s condition, add shine and reduce breakage.  I now think it's worth the money!

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  3. Shills Black Face Mask Review

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    The most painful black peel off face mask in the world?


    That pretty much sums up this face mask in one wonderfully accurate word.  If you can’t bear waxing then you should definitely steer clear of this product.  That is what it feels like, yep… waxing your face!

    I applied this rather generously, but without using the whole tube, over my face being extremely careful to totally miss my eye area.  This was a much needed warning I am glad I noted whilst researching various bloggers reviews.   I probably should have used the whole tube in order to peel the mask off in one fell swoop, but was trying to be stingy and save a bit for later use.  I still managed to peel most of it off, there were just a few extra pieces than originally intended.

    The mask was easy to apply and can only be described as looking like thick tar.  It recommends leaving it for 20-30 minutes; however I left it for around 45.  It was only after 20-30 minutes that I felt my skin tightening as the mask dried.  When I removed it there was one tiny bit that still hadn’t totally dried.  Next time I will leave it for longer, especially if the whole tube has been applied.

    Shills Black Face Mask Review

    Now it was time to take it off. The part I had been dreading most as I had already read with horror what this entailed, yet was still so curious I just had to try this product for myself.  The nose, chin and forehead were not really a problem.  Yes it rips off like a wax strip, but these areas are taut and for me they cope with pain pretty well.  The only areas left to remove were on my cheeks and I anticipated pain.  Lots of it. 

    My cheeks are definitely a lot more sensitive than the other parts of my face with a much lower pain threshold.  I was unable to speedily whip the mask off, which I’m sure would have been the least agonising option, but no I instead resorted to peeling it off slowly and carefully whilst sucking in air through clenched teeth as my face began to grimace into all sorts of weird and humorous expressions. 

    Finally it was all off.  My cheeks were glowing red and burning slightly.  The redness took around two hours to calm down.  Do not do this in a hurry.  Make sure you have time to spare and are not leaving the house!  Although red, I could see some benefits.  My skin looked and felt incredibly soft and much more radiant.  It’s been a couple of days now and my skin is still baby soft to touch.  My spots (the entire reason I went through this pain) are still there and I cannot yet tell the benefits of the mask for these.  I am going to apply the left over mask to my spotted areas in a week or so to see if they start to clear.  I read a couple of blogs where girls swore by this product for keeping their spots at bay and they believed the pain was worth it once a month for this reason.  We’ll see.  

    I managed to purchase this from eBay for £7.75.  They were selling for up to £10 so this stuff is pretty pricey for one application.  It’s supposed to be like a facial in a tube, but I definitely don’t remember a facial being so painful.  I’m hoping my spots will start to clear otherwise I don’t think I’d use this again purely to make my skin soft, supple and glowing.  I’d much rather find a pain free, easy to peel face mask.

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