The Life of Aaliyah

24 March 2015

Chemist Direct Haul

Chemist Direct Haul And Review

There's nothing better than shopping, online that is. I was recently contacted by Chemist Direct and asked if I wanted to review their site and place an order with them. I have previously reviewed the Derma Oil (£7.50) which is an exclusive item to Chemist Direct. I still regularly use it and I'd highly recommend it as an alternative to Bio Oil.

As you can see from my haul, Chemist Direct have a wide range of items available from medicines to supplements to cosmetics and toiletries. The brands include ones you'd find on the high street and those which are more mid range. They also offer a service where you can purchase prescription items from them, providing you have a valid prescription. If you don't, you can have a consultation with an online doctor whom can prescribe something for your ailment. In addition to prescription services, there's also self testing kits where you can give a sample to see if you have diabetes, a high cholesterol or another condition. The site itself is very easy to use and items can easily be defined into various categories and sorted price wise.

Here's a list of the items I chose → Faith In Nature Tea Tree Shampoo (£4.99); Palmers Olive Butter Organic Therapy Cream (£1.97); Vitabiotics Feroglobin B12 Liquid (£4.15); Vitabiotics Osteocare Liquid (£3.99); Epsom Salts (£2.59); Dr Johnson's Antiseptic Spray 100mlFisherman's Friend Aniseed Lozenge (£0.60); Halls Soothers Cherry (£0.59); Olbas Bath (£3.32); Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (£4.29); Sarakan Mouthfresh Alcohol Free (£2.69); Green People Fennel Toothpaste (£2.99) & Faith in Nature Seaweed Shampoo (£4.49).

I received a voucher for my order and had no problems redeeming that. However when it came to the delivery of all of my items I had some issues. With my order I ordered one box of aspirin 75mg and two boxes of paracetamol tablets. When placing the order I was asked the reasons for why I was purchasing the items. The items I chose can be purchased from any chemist or supermarket freely, I might add. After placing my order I received an email from the pharmacy advising me that they couldn't approve my order for 75mg of aspirin and instead recommended 300mg. I replied to that email within a few hours advising I understood and that I wanted to change my order and replace the 75mg of aspirin for the 300mg. The next day I received another email reminding me to reply to the initial email about the aspirin. I replied saying I had previously responded and attached my response again. It looks like my responses weren't taken into consideration as I received a despatch email with the paracetamol and aspirin missing. Then five days after placing my order I received another email informing me that one of the items I had ordered, had been discontinued and therefore that item was unable to be fulfilled. Two days after that email I received a dispatch email giving me the link to track my parcel. Apart from the issues I had with my order, the delivery was pretty speedy and hassle free. My items were despatched via Hermes and I received them the following day. It took around 9/10 days for me to receive my order from placing it.

I have spoken with Chemist Direct after mentioning the above issues I had and they have apologised for the delay with my order and have assured me that the issues I had, would be fed back to the relevant departments so they don't occur again. Despite the issues I had I would give Chemist Direct another chance as I do like the fact they stock a wide range of items which are well priced.

Where do you like to shop online for your everyday toiletries?

17 March 2015

Disappointing Products #8

I read numerous raves about this kajal on a of the few blogs that I read. For me I found it wasn't as soft as a kajal pencil should be and the colour pay off wasn't great either. It seems to be a bit of a pattern with Maybelline eye products and I, we just don't seem to get on.

Revlon Baby Sticks
These didn't seem to stick around for that long in the drugstore and now I know why, they are absolutely rubbish! I picked these up from my local pound shop so I didn't swatch them beforehand. They have no colour pay off and they are barely visible when swatched. What on earth were Revlon thinking when they launched these?

Vichy Idealia BB Creme (£14.65)
I got this little sample with a Feel Unique order I made back last summer. Firstly the colour isn't the greatest match for me even though this is the lightest shade, it looks too dewy and just does nothing for me at all. It is targeted as a illuminating product so maybe that's why I disliked it.

I normally love Palmers products but this one let me down. It left my lips feeling incredibly itchy and I couldn't leave it on for even a minute without wiping it off. I'm not sure whether it was an allergic reaction or what but in the end I admitted defeat and threw it in the bin.

Yes To Soothing Cucumbers Soothing Natural Glow Facial Towelettes (£3.99)
Another highly raved about product on YouTube. I found it difficult to remove my make up with these and if I used the wipe for too long it left my face feeling tight and slightly sore. I'm tempted to try other facial wipes from the Yes To range but don't want to be left disappointed again.

What products have disappointed you recently?

12 February 2015

Valentines Red Lips & Nails


There's no denying that red is the colour most associated with Valentine's Day. Red is a colour which has many different tones and everyone can find a tone to suit them.

The MeMeMe Long Lasting Gloss Nail Polish in Amourous* (£4.00) is a deep red berry shade nail polish. It comes with a thick maxi brush which coats the nails beautifully with just one stroke. One coat gives an opaque finish but two or three coats can be used for a deeper red. It lasts for a few days without chipping even with semi-laborious work.

In the sleek matt black tube is the MeMeMe Long Wear Satin Lip Cream in Ruby Rich* (£7.95). Pigmented and long lasting, it's intense colour lasts on the lips without drying them out as the formula is creamy rather than matt. I always struggle with lipsticks staying put as I find they tend to fade quickly but I've found with this lip cream it lasts for at least three hours before I have to reapply it. It's shade is more of a classic red (think London Bus or Telephone Box red) and would compliment various skintones beautifully. 

Fancy 25% off your next MeMeMe order? Simply enter the code VALENTINE25 at the checkout to get the discount.

What's your favourite MeMeMe product?
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