Primark Facial Cleansing Pad

Thursday, 9 October 2014

I was browsing Primark the other day and wandered into the beauty section to have a look at the nail varnishes. There are so many little make up bits and bobs hanging around, and the Facial Cleansing Pad's bright pink bristles caught my eye. I've heard so many good things about Primark's beauty products recently, but no mention of this!  I picked it up to have a feel through the packaging because it looked so bizarre. It was so soft and flexible, and I'd been looking for something to help with cleansing, so I thought I'd give it a try!

I was so excited to try it, mostly just because I was curious about how it would feel on my face. It's so soft and it definitely delivers it's claim to exfoliate the skin. It definitely doesn't feel harsh or abrasive against my skin, but you can feel it giving you a good clean. I removed my make up first with a make up wipe (you could probably avoid this step, but I like to avoid making a mess!), then applied my Tea Tree Face Wash from The Body Shop. The cleansing pad has a really handy ring so you can put your finger through and get more control when cleaning your face.

 I like that it is tapered at one end to really get under the eyes and sides of my nose. It removes all make up that the make up wipe left on my skin, and also leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft, not only immediately after but throughout the day too. It's helped improve the appearance of my make up too as it has created a smoother base for my application.

It also claims to help 'the removal of blackheads'. I've been battling with blackheads for a while now and nothing I do seems to get rid of them! I've been using this for almost a week, and I can honestly say that I have seen an improvement in their appearance. I definitely have a few less blackheads, and I'm hoping that if I continue to use it, they'll all clear and it'll stop new ones forming. 

The bristles are made out of silicone,  which means that it is easy to clean so there are no unsightly make up stains. I've also heard that silicone bristles are more hygienic than nylon bristles, and that they last a lot longer. It also has a suction cup on the back so you can stick it on the wall near your sink for easy access if you fancy!

I definitely recommend you go and grab this next time you're in Primark. Clearer skin and better looking make up for £1.50? You'd be a fool not to! 

Have you used any of Primark's beauty range? What do you think?

Top Notch Hair & Beauty

Sunday, 5 October 2014
This week I was invited to Top Notch Hair & Beauty Salon in Eccles to see the services they have to offer - and there are a lot! From hair styling to face mapping and everything in between, Top Notch offers affordable prices for to make their services available to any budget.

The salon looks deceptively small and cramped on the outside, but once you step inside you can see the great use of space, with 4 hair stations, a row of backwashes and a nail bar tucked at the back. 

As I arrived I was greeted by the lovely owners of the salon, Jackie and Tony. Jackie took me straight to the comfiest salon waiting area I've ever experienced.

After a few minutes, a hair stylist led me to a hairdressing station and introduced herself as Olivia. She asked me what I wanted doing to my hair and if I had any particular problems with my hair that I'd like addressing. I bleached my hair for five years before dying it back to its natural colour, and so I suffer with extremely dry and damaged hair. Olivia recommended the anti-frizz and shine enhancing treatments, so I had those and a curly blow. Olivia talked me through all of the products she was using on my hair and told me how and why they would benefit my hair. 

All of the products used have the same gorgeous smell, so there is no build up or clash of different scents.

This is how my curly blow looked just as it was finished:

This is my curly blow after around four hours - exactly the same!

I found that my blow dry lasted for a good couple of days, which for £12.30 (or £14.95 for longer hair), is great value.

Some other styles created on the night:

It took about half an hour to get to the salon from Manchester Piccadilly by bus. I would definitely visit again regardless of the time it takes to get there, as all of the staff are super friendly and the results are amazing, especially for such great prices! 

Top Notch offer special deals on Fridays, which have in the past included Lauren's Way Tans, blow dries and one hour facials for £10 each. Top Notch also offer hair removal, lash extensions, dermalogica treatments, make up and more. 

Why not have a pamper day with your girls? Top Notch offer 10% discount to groups of 4 or more!

You can find Top Notch on 
Twitter: @Top_Notch_Salon

or call their salon on 0161 788 8811