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Final Verdict – No 7 Fanomenal Lash Serum

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It’s almost 8 weeks since I wrote this review on No 7’s new Fanomenal Lash Serum and now I’ve come back to give my final verdict.

This product claims to give you longer, thicker and darker lashes in 8 weeks of daily use, which consists of applying it to your lash roots daily.

Pros – It has made my lashes longer.

Cons – It’s expensive at around £25 for a very small tube.  It stings like fuck when it gets into your eyes, which is inevitable when having to apply it to the very roots of your lashes.  The tube leaks unless you keep it upright all the time and be careful how you dip the brush in.  It didn’t make my lashes fuller.  It didn’t make them darker either.

To sum up, this product worked fantastically well as far as extra length is concerned.  Trouble is, my lashes are already very long and I wasn’t after extra length.  What I wanted was extra fullness and a darker colour, neither of which I got.  It took seconds to apply so application was pretty trouble free, despite the fact that the tube oozes when dipping the brush so you have to be gentle or you lose some product and at this price, you don’t want to lose a drop.

Will I continue with it?  Nah.  Too expensive and it didn’t do what I wanted.  If you’re after extra length only, then I can’t recommend it highly enough but if it’s fullness or a darker colour you’re after, don’t bother.

Final Review of Wish Upon a Jar

wish-upon-a-jar2It’s now been quite a few weeks since I purchased this product for the first time and I thought it about time I gave my final verdict.  The packaging is lovely and I will admit that this was the first thing that drew my attention.  The instructions say to use the product for 21 days, after which you go back to your usual cream for three months, when you can then use it for another 21 days.

I still love the smell of this cream but I won’t be buying it again, for 2 main reasons.  Firstly, there is no noticeable difference in my wrinkles.  Secondly, it’s very thick and doesn’t spread easily when cold.  Let me explain.  I’m a destitute writer and cannot afford to put the heating on in my flat.  I’ve managed the whole winter so far without heating; through wind, rain and snow and because of this, my bathroom is colder than a penguin’s arsehole.  I find this cream very difficult to spread at these temperatures, due to its thickness, which forces me to use more of it.  This then makes my skin feel overloaded and uses the product up quicker.  Thirdly, it’s very expensive; over 15 quid a pot and I cannot justify such an expense when it doesn’t help my wrinkles.

Okay that’s three reasons, well I’m a writer not a mathematician!

For those who want a very thick cream that smells wonderful, who are financially comfortable and able to afford botox or laser resurfacing and who live in a warm climate, this product would be perfect for you.  Me?  I’ll stick to Lidl’s own brand at £2.50 a pot.

 

 

Wish Upon a Jar – Review

I seldom do review blogs but having tried a new product recently, I feel compelled to write about my experience.  The product in question is this:-

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This new face cream is made by the Soap & Glory company and they market it as a “21 day collagen overhaul cream.”  The wonderfully retro packaging always delights me and having used a few of their products before, I was happy to give this fairly expensive cream a go.

I bought it in Boots for just under £15.00 and the packaging says you should use it either in place of or underneath your usual moisturiser, twice a day for 21 days and then stop.  You have to wait 3 months before using it again.

It comes in a gorgeous silver globe pot which made me drool as soon as I saw it on the shelf as I’m heavily into anything chrome and I will admit that one of my first thoughts was how well it would go with my decor (yes, shallow of me I know, so sue me.)

The cream itself is thick in texture and a beautiful pale pink colour with the most heavenly slightly orange smell.  A little goes a long way and in fact, if you’re too generous with it I find it hard to get it worked in, so remember, less is more.  It glides on, despite being quite thick and even though I have oily skin, it sinks in quickly without leaving a shine.

It claims to reduce fine lines but as I’ve only been using it for 3 days now, I can’t verify that.  What I can verify is the amazing smoothness of my skin.  My complexion is fairly open and, being 50 now, not as fine as it once was but I noticed immediately how amazingly smooth my face feels with this cream.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product, just for the softness if nothing else (apart from the uber cool pot of course) and I will update after the 21 days are up as to the state of my ‘fine lines’ (wrinkles to you and me).

Paying for reviews

I recently read an article about an amazon best selling author who admitted to buying the bulk of his 5 star reviews in a deliberate attempt to fiddle the figures so he could get onto the best seller list.  I then read an article about a guy who admitted to running a website offering to write 5 star reviews for payment and how he made an absolute fortune from doing it.

My initial reactions are two fold.  First and foremost I’m not at all surprised that this has finally come out into the open for I firmly believe that this has been going on ever since online publishing/selling has been going on.  Maybe not in such an overtly commercial way but I would be willing to bet that at least 7 out of every 10 self published authors have ‘persuaded’ or ‘cajoled’ or just plain ‘begged’ their families and friends to write a gushing review for them.  I have always been amazed by the vehemence with which authors deny this goes on and similarly, by the lack of discussion or debate on this subject.

Secondly I’m disappointed, of course.  As indie authors we have enough stigma to deal with without this shit adding to our already less than perfect public image.  It also means that no one will ever be able to take a review seriously any more for we will all be wondering “is it a real one or a fake?”  and we’ll undoubtedly assume that gushing 5 star reviews are automatically fakes from now on.  It also means that those who write reviews genuinely (are there such folks?) will be less inclined to give 5 stars in case people think they’re fake.

In reality, it won’t make that much difference to me as I’ve found that people are very unwilling to write reviews at all and although hundreds of my novels have been downloaded, I’ve only received 4 or 5 reviews in total.  This is another thing that proves to me the the vast majority of reviews are fakes; people just don’t write reviews.  They can’t be arsed.  They want your free book and don’t want to give anything in return.  Yes I know readers are our customers but hey, they got my books for free y’know..!

I guess it’s all down to human nature at the end of the day.  People are selfish creatures; we want something for nothing and we don’t want to be bothered giving anything in return.  I used to be a bus driver and I found that passengers were very quick to complain when something was wrong but when everything was as it should be, they never said a word.  This used to amaze and disappoint me and in a way it still does but I’ve become a little more resigned to it now.

So where do these two revelations of review fixing leave us?  What is our next step?  Well, it will still continue of course and possibly even increase now that these two articles have been published to give hundreds of people the idea they never would’ve had before.

Maybe I’m in the wrong trade and I should turn my hand to review writing…!