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L’Occitane’s latest summery launch is Sorbet Verbena and it couldn’t have been timed better with the recent hot sunshine the country has been basking in.

This limited edition collection comprises of an Eau De Toilette (100ml – £38), a Cooling Gloss (15ml – £8), an Exfoliating Shower Gel (200ml – £15), a Body Ice Gel (250ml – £18.50) and a Refreshing Mist (50ml – £10). The citrus fragrance has top notes of lime and grapefruit, heart notes of verbena, peppermint and spearmint and base notes of white woods and musk – sounds like my kind of scent. 

I’ve been using the Exfoliating Shower Gel and Body Ice Gel collectively and they are simply gorgeous. I love zingy, citrus shower products and L’Occitane’s Sorbet Verbena is as refreshing as you’d imagine it to be, not to mention luxurious. The shower gel lathers up nicely and exfoliates the skin gently with its fine lemon peel granules while the Body Ice Gel does exactly what its name suggests, cooling off the skin and moisturising it at the same time. It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves a subtle scent. Both of these were just what I needed to wake me up this morning after a rough night’s sleep in this sticky weather.

I think I will have to stock up on the exfoliating shower gel and right now it’s on special offer for £14 on L’Occitane’s website. What do you think? Does this collection sound tempting to you?

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Today we have a guest post courtesy of the lovely Rhian from Pretty Green Eyes who’s been trialling some products from Gillette’s Venus range. Rhian is new on the beauty bloggers’ block so do check out her blog and her eye make-up skills. In the mean time, let’s see how she got on…

I was asked by Sheenie to trial some new Gillette shaving products. Perfect timing some may say as the sun has decided to finally show itself, giving everyone in Britain the hope that it may be here to stay.

I have been a fan of the Gillette Venus range since the product was first introduced. It has always been my ‘go to’ brand when selecting a new razor so I was more that happy to do a guest blog post.

The products I’ve reviewed are two different razors (Pro Skin – Moisture Rich and Pro Skin – Sensitive) as well as a Satin Care Shave Gel, so let’s take these products one by one.

Satin Care Pure & Delicate
This is an interesting one, as I have never actually purchased shaving gel previously – shocking, huh? I always had the preconception that it wouldn’t really make much difference and opted for either shower gel or conditioner. I went into it with an open mind and the outcome? WHY HAVE I NOT USED THIS PRODUCT BEFORE? A little goes a long way and it makes the whole shaving process far more pleasant. My skin definitely felt smoother afterwards and I am not sure whether it was a psychological thing but my legs also appeared to stay smoother for longer than usual.

The shaving gel that I had to test was designed for sensitive skin and for that reason was unscented. Normally I would always pick up a toiletry product with some sort of fruity scent as this is just my preference but I cannot actually fault the product itself. It also promises to minimize the risk of skin irritation (I’m not someone that suffers from sensitive skin) so I’ll take their word for it.

This product has definitely made a shaving gel virgin in to a shaving gel convert in one application and is something I would repeat purchase. Gillette Shaving Foam retails for £3.99 and is available nationwide.

Pro Skin – Moisture Rich
The first razor I plumped for was the Moisture Rich. The product promises to protect your skin as you shave using the fitted shave gel bars enhanced with body butters (olive, kokum and avocado).  It did not disappoint in terms of the efficiency of the blades and if anyone should be an expert in this by now it would be Gillette.

I used the product with both the Satin Care shave gel and on its own with just water. If anything the product performed better without the additional shave gel as it seemed to leave my skin a little too lubricated. Without the additional shave gel the shave gel bars were great especially for those times when you need to shave your legs in a hurry – girls, we’ve all been there. My only gripe is the price of the razor at £10.99, which is pricey when you need to change the blades more often due to the shave gel bars wearing down quicker.

Pro Skin – Sensitive
I switched to this razor coincidentally after the shave gel bars had disappeared on the Moisture Rich razor. Again this razor is designed to reduce the irritation that comes with shaving. This razor has five blades as opposed to the Moisture Rich that has three. The blades are spaced close together to reduce pressure and achieve a closer shave. In addition the razor also has a lubricating strip and an “extra-rich ribbon of moisture” to lubricate and protect the skin. The result? A really close shave. In all honesty I was more impressed with this razor than I was with the Moisture Rich mainly because of the finish of the actual shave, this razor seemed to get much closer than the previous and it doesn’t have the limited use of the shave gel bars that the Moisture Rich has. It also retails for £1 less than the Moisture Rich at £9.99.

Would I recommend all products? Yes, I would. However I would wait for them to go on offer, most retailers run half price offers a lot of the time.

On one last note to the people at Gillette if I could improve a Gillette Venus razor in any way it would not be colour or added shave gel bars or even a fancy advert showing everyone how perfect Jennifer Lopezs’ legs are. It would simply be to add the one little blade on the back that they have on the men’s razors. Not much to ask for surely? That little blade is perfect for around the ankles and those other hard to reach areas – So please Gillette add that one little feature to a Venus razor.


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