Tuesday, 24 December 2013

My Favourite Christmas Videos


So as it’s that festive time of year I have been spending lots of time with the family, and less time on my blog! So to make up for last Tuesdays absent post here is a little something sharing some, of my favourite Christmas videos of this year! 
The first one is one that I think has stolen the hearts of so many people and that is John Lewis’ Christmas advert, the hare and the bear. As you all know I love bunny rabbits and this one was just beautiful with the personality of both characters coming out in a matter of seconds.


The next one, another advert is the Baileys nutcracker advert. This uses members of the royal ballet and is a beautiful piece of dancing that echoes Tchaikovsky's nutcracker suite, making a wonderful piece of advertising.  


The last advert that I love is Marks and Spencer’s Christmas advert that merges the story of Alice in wonderland and the wizard of Oz to showcase their winter collections, with an all-star cast featuring the likes of Helena Bonham Carter and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.


The next video is a bit different and it a musical version of a ‘round robin’ Christmas card and the carefree nature of the family is really lovely and puts a smile of everyone’s face. Who wouldn’t want those Christmas jammies!


The last video strikes a heartstring and shows that there is good in the world. This story by WestJet showed that even a small gesture of giving means so much to everyone and really made a difference in these passengers’ lives.



I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

BarryM Nail Paint: Raspberry




Winter is well and truly here! Winter to me means cosy nights by the fire, Christmas and my favourite of all, warm dark colours. Especially for my nails and today I am going to share my favourite nail colour of the season with you! My nails have finally got back to a healthy state of no flakes, after the summer of wearing too much nail varnish and not taking care of them….I really need to invest in a nail hardener any suggestions?  To celebrate the occasion I used my favourite colour ‘Raspberry’ nail paint by BarryM. 

This dark red is the perfect colour for Christmas parties and all sorts of occasions. Application is smooth and the product dries quickly too. I find the last time on the nails, of these nail paints, varies so much. You can have one application last a week or more, but another chips in a couple of days, so on average it’s an alright last time. The cost of these nail paints are £2.99 each, so nice and cheap (and even cheaper if you wait for a 3 for 2 offer like I did). They are really awesome products!

What’s your favourite BarryM nail paint? 

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Superdrug Facial Cleansing Wipes: Cucumber

This week’s post is on something that I have been in love with recently and that is the Superdrug facial cleansing wipes: cucumber. These cheap and cheerful wipes did the job perfectly. 



With the pretty green packaging, and at a price of £0.99, they are very attractive. They state they are a 4 in one wipe that; cleanses, removes eye make-up, tones and moisturises.

They smell great, are very light and remove all my make up (except for waterproof mascara which I remove using an eye make-up remover). After use the skin is not left feeling sticky or heavy and you are left feeling fresh and refreshed.



At 99p these are really great and just the wipes that a student on a budget needs.

What are you favourite face wipes?

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

M.A.C Glaze Lipstick: Hue

This was my first M.A.C lipstick and I before I splashed out on it I researched the colours and lots of people suggested hue (hue is a pinky nude) as the best, first M.A.C lipstick. So I ordered it. Upon receiving my package I was very excited to try it out and to love it. However I was a tad disappointed, I felt it looked very cakey on my lips, almost like foundation. It accentuated every dry and cracked patch of skin on my lips, not the look I desired.



The packaging is the standard black bullet that all M.A.C lipsticks come in, which is very sophisticated and smart. The product being a glaze is super moisturising, not in any way sticky and it gives a lovely finish to the lips. 



My one disappointment is that I really don’t feel this colour works for me in any way. It is pale on my lips and it really washes me out whenever I wear it. The wear however is relatively long with reapplications only needed a couple of times during the day (after eating etc.).


At £15 they are pretty pricey lipsticks, but for the quality you really can’t go wrong. I just wish I had gone to a M.A.C counter and swatched colours to find one that would look nice and suit me more than hue. I will however be buying more at some point, this one bad colour has not put me off the whole range. 



What your favourite M.A.C lipstick?

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Sleek Make Up blush: Rose Gold

Sorry this is going up a day late and it is totally all my fault, but I had stuff on, sorry! Anyhow onto this week's review of Sleek Make Up blush in Rose Gold number 926.This is my first sleek product and I have been eyeing the whole range up for a little while with this being something I really wanted. Many 'beauty guru’s’ on YouTube love the stuff and claim this is an amazing dupe for NARS Orgasm (I wouldn't know I've never seen one, let alone owned one). 


The product is a beautiful pink peach, with gold shimmer throughout, that when applied gives a beautiful sun-kissed-goddess look. The shimmer is noticeable, but not enough that this is unwearable. I think it’s perfect for nights or occasions, but I personally prefer a more matt look for during the day. The wear time is pretty good and lasts the good majority of the day however, if any water is involved the blush will come off. I have issues with my eyes watering, and it happens particularly in cold windy conditions…Wales… tears stream so quick I could be crying, but I’m not. During those moments there was definite tear marks through the blush.



The packaging is sleek and sophisticated (see what I did there), with a good amount of product (8g) and a small mirror useful for those mid-day touch-ups. I do find mine is difficult to open, but I could just have a bit of a dud one.


At £4.49 (Superdrug) it is an affordable product, and well worth the price for everyone, along with the regular 3 for 2 offers it really is a bargain! 

Have you used any of the Sleek blushes? What colours would you recommend? 
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter

These super moisturising lipsticks have been out for a short while now and recently I picked up a new colour ‘Sorbet’ which has totally re-sparked my love for them and prompted me to write this little post about how great they are. 

From Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Strawberry Shortcake, Sorbet

Revlon state that the hydrating mango, Shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156% and boasts a colour selection of 20 shades.

From Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Strawberry Shortcake, Sorbet

The packaging is sleek and smart with a plastic colour cover that matches to the lipstick with a cute quilting pattern on it for extra fun. 

 From Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Strawberry Shortcake, Sorbet


I have 3 shades, ‘Juicy Papaya’, ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ and ‘Sorbet’ and they are all as lovely as each other in application. The smooth, almost balm like, product glides seamlessly distributing product evenly onto the lips. The product is so moisturising and doesn’t dry lips out like most lipsticks, (on me anyway) and the pigmentation is just as vibrant as a standard lipstick, but with a slight gloss effect.

Juicy Papaya

Sorbet

Strawberry Shortcake

Onto how long they stay on the lips. Due to the moisturising nature of this product I don’t think you can expect an all day stay of colour, but saying that I have found the colour does stay for approximately 2 -3 hours, particularly for the darker colours. 


The only downside is that when hot the product can become soft which can cause it to break. At £7.99 in boots they are not the cheapest, but when on offer I would in no doubt say they are worth it and I will be keeping my eyes out for more colours that I love!


Have you tried the Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters? What’s your favourite colour?

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Olay Total Effects 7 in one Eye Transforming Cream


Buying this made me feel about 40 years old, but it has got to have been one of the best products I have had for my eyes. After having a bad reaction to a face product, with the delicate skin around my eyes taking the brunt of it, I felt I needed something special and less harsh for my eyes. So, off I went on a mission to find something and came out of Superdrug with the Olay Total effects 7 in one Eye Transforming cream, having spent £9.99 on it (15ml).


When I first started to use this it did sting, but I attribute that to the dryness of my skin after the reaction, and within about 3 days my eyes were back to hydrated goodness. The product is a light, hydrating, tinted cream that is placed and smoothed until absorbed around the eye. It brightens the under-eye area reducing dark circles and really revitalizes the eyes for a younger radiant looking eye.


The product is not fragranced, but does have a very slight surgical spirit smell to it, despite this it is not unpleasant. It is recommended to use both day and night and the tiny amount needed per application will ensure that this product will last a long time. 


As for the claim of line minimisation I cannot really comment on this as luckily I don’t have any age lines yet, but will you updated when I do start getting some.  


£9.99 isn’t a bad price for such a good product that will last a long time and is designed for an area of sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend this as the product does everything it claims and Olay have such a good reputation you really cannot go wrong with any of their products. 

Have you used Olay Eye Transforming Cream? 

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

got2b Beach Matt Mermaid Look Texturizing Salt Spray

This was always going to be a either a hit or miss product, but I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. Now don’t take my word completely as I’m sure it works amazingly on some people’s hair, but my hair didn’t do anything like the product claims.

I picked it up from boots shortly before going on holiday thinking it would be a great no hassle product that would slightly tame my hair into looking acceptable after a day at the pool. The cashier said that it was amazing and that she loved the stuff, so you can imagine my disappointment when I spayed it in my hair and it looked dreadful! I got nothing in the way of beachy mermaid waves; instead I got matted, heavy, sticky hair. I have pretty average hair, not overly thick, but not thin so I tried multiple ways to get the desired look. I even tried straightening my hair before spraying the product, but nothing worked.  It made my hair feel disgusting and whenever I had used it, I wanted to wash it out right away. 



Despite this, it does smell great with a summery, citrus, salty scent that is pleasant and it does come in an attractive bottle. I just think a quick hair curl would have been a much nicer way to get this look. At £3.99 it was not too expensive, but I expected so much more from this product.  

Have you tried the got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing salt spray? Did you get mermaid waves?
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H

This is my favourite foundation! I had been looking for a new foundation and was constantly getting samples as I didn’t just want to splash out when I wasn’t sure. So when this came out, and they were advertising samples, my Mum insisted that I should get a sample (she went and got one too). As soon as I applied this too my face I was hooked. With a majority of drugstore foundations I have issues with caking particularly in my t-zone. There is no story like that with this.


The formula applies smoothly all over the face and does a great job at covering even some of the biggest blemishes (concealer as well would be advised though).  It is slightly fragranced, but this is nice, it does however get stronger the closer you get to finishing the bottle. However it’s not a scent that lingers after application. My skin looks flawless when I use this and really boosts my confidence as it would with anyone. The product also protects the skin from the sun as it contains SPF 15. Retailing at £27.50 (30ml) it’s not the cheapest of products, but I do believe it is worth every penny and it lasts a long time.

The colour range is good with 18 shades to choose from, catering for a vast majority of skin tones.  I use shade 010 which the lancôme site stated is their 2nd most popular colour.


As for the 24 hour claim, I wouldn’t say it does last 24 hours, but how many times do you need to wear make up for that length of time anyway. At the 12-14 hour mark it does wear off a bit and if there is any form of sweaty face (eww) this foundation will wear off earlier, but it’s nothing so serious a quick touch up will not fix.

I have on multiple times recommended this and would again to anyone. 



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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover

Only once before have I had an eye make-up remover, and that was a gift. I started to feel the need to purchase one when I started using waterproof mascara, which my usual make-up removing wipes were unable to budge. I went to boots and hit the No 7 Counter looking for the one that was gifted to me almost 5 years ago. I couldn’t find the exact one but, spotted the No 7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up remover and at £8.50 (100ml) was not too bad of a price.

Not Mixed Product
The product is a dual layer formula which needs to be mixed before use and then applied to a cotton wool pad before taking the eye make-up off. This is the problem. After mixing the two layers you then have to take the lid off before applying to the pad. In that short time the product has already separated, a simple pump dispenser would have sorted this packaging error out.
Mixed Product
Despite this it does do remarkably well at removing my eye make-up. It removes all my eye make-up leaving a clean conditioned eye with no chance of any form of panda eyes in the morning! Another small issue with this product is that it is very oily, I feel the need to wash my face thoroughly after using this to ensure no acne breakouts, thus making it a double job! 

Overall it is a good product but, with some issues. I will continue to use it although I will then look for a different product that does the job a bit better.

What do you think of the No 7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up remover? Would you suggest any others?

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Urban Decay Naked Palette

The Naked Palette by Urban Decay came out almost 3 years ago. I have been eying it, and the Naked 2 Palette, up since then although I could not justify spending the £37 on some eye shadows. So this was easily one of my biggest impulse buys I have ever had! I went into Debenhams looking for a nail varnish gift for my sister and got drawn in by Urban Decay… and before I knew it I was at the register paying for the Naked palette and I must say I have not had one regret since!


For £37 you get 12 (1.3g) shadows, a shadow brush and a primer potion (in sample size 3.7ml). This does come out as very good value for money, compared to the price of singular shadows. There are a mixture of matt and shimmer shadows, mostly in neutral brown colours, but also a couple of deep purples, a blue and of course a smoky black.

Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

The colours are all extremely pigmented with minimal fallout with Darkhorse having the most fallout. The blend of shimmers and matts give a whole host of different looks that can be created with this pallet, ranging from a simple sophisticated look, to a dramatic dark smoky eye. My favourite combination is to use Virgin, in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone, followed by Half Baked for the first quarter, Smog for the middle and a tiny bit of Darkhorse in the outer quarter and crease to give a nice look suitable for any occasion.


Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
 Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked. 
 Left to right - Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

The packaging is awesome as it comes in a foldaway magnetised box so there is no chance of it breaking or the shadows being damaged in transit (although the box does get a bit battered and doesn’t look new for long). It has a section to keep the brush and has a mirror for those days when you are in a rush and have to finish your make up on the go!

 Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

This pallet is perfect for people who want to upgrade their make-up to include some higher end products. It is also perfect for people starting to explore make up as it gives so many options for what is really a reasonable price.

Have you got the Naked pallet? What is your favourite shadow combination?



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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish Oil Control Day Cream

To coincide with the arrival of a new pot of my all-time favourite face cream I thought I would write a blog to tell you how much I love it and why. So what cream am I talking about? The Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish Oil Control Day Cream of course!


When I first used this product years ago I noticed straight away how it didn't leave my skin feeling sticky and wet, but it gave my skin a much needed relief from the harsh acne products that can seriously dry your skin out. I have been using it ever since and am just as in love with it as I was back when a 15 year old me used it for the first time.

The product is spot on in its claims to strengthen, tighten and refine skin's texture whilst helping to prevent breakouts and blemishes. Since using it my pores have become smaller and tighter reducing the appearance of scars and red marks on my face and neck. The oil control element of this face cream helps prevent breakouts. This has been particularly evident in my early twenties, but even when my skin was more acne prone in my teen years I noticed a considerable reduction in my breakouts. 


The cream has a slight smell, but not off-putting, similar to talcum powder, it is easily gotten used to and does not linger on the skin after application. I apply this moisturiser every morning to a dry cleansed face and then continue with any make up once it has absorbed into my skin which takes a matter of seconds. 


I purchased my new pot from feelunique.com for £17 for 50ml which does make it a bit pricey but believe me it is worth every penny. I did have trouble finding somewhere to purchase a replacement this time as I have normally been able to find it in larger Boots stores for £15.49, but they appear to no longer stock it at many stores and even online it is constantly out of stock. Despite this, if you can get your hands on it I would, and have, recommend it to everyone in the market to switch up or try a new daily face cream. 
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Range

I was taken in so quickly by the advert for the TRESemmè Keratin Smooth range, not just because of the awesome red packaging but because of how it claims to tame frizz. I had been looking for it in shops for a short while when I discovered it for sale in Superdrug at half price. I decided to just go all out and try the whole range which consists of shampoo, conditioner, a deep treatment masque, and a heat protection shine spray. I used the whole line that evening and my hair has never been so smooth!




Keratin is a key structural component of hair. It protects the hair by forming a film over the hair strands, shielding them and making hair easier to style.


So let’s start with the shampoo. It’s just like most shampoos, it cleans, lathers nicely, and felt lovely in my hair, it didn’t smell chemical but did have a pleasant, subtle, fragrance to it. It is not a clarifying shampoo so doesn’t make your hair feel stripped or bare, but does do the job.



The conditioner is a wonderful product; it comes out nice and creamy and while washing it made my hair feel silky smooth. It really feels like a luxurious product and as they say on the advert not at salon prices! 




The keratin deep treatment masque is something I have never used before or any hair mask for that matter, so I’m not really sure what I expected. The product was very runny but I only needed a tiny amount on the mid- ends of my hair to give it the extra nourishment it needed. After leaving it on for the 3-5 minutes that it suggests I can really see how this is a once a week product, my hair was incredibly soft and still is as I write this 2 days after I used it! 




The heat protection shine spay is a nice light consistency that doesn’t feel greasy or like it weighs the hair down. I like how it feels in my hair, I have used it both when my hair is damp and when it is dry. It suggests using it on damp hair before styling but, as most of my hair styling occurs in the morning having washed my hair on an evening I would tend to apply it when my hair was dry. Using the product on dry hair I have found found it distributes nicely and dries naturally quickly so while styling it doesn't steam as it evaporates. 


Onto my verdict for the reduced amount of frizz and easier styling as these products advertise. The products have reduced my frizzy hair particularly around my hairline and have generally made my whole head of hair softer and smoother which knocks on to make styling easier.

I would recommend this range to the frizzy hair girl or guy for that matter, but at £4.99 each for the shampoo and conditioner (both 500ml), £5.99 for the heat protection shine spray (200ml) and deep treatment masque (300ml) it could quickly become an expensive treatment.

As of 23/09/2013 they are still on offer in Superdrug, at £2.47 each for shampoo and conditioner and £2.97 each for the heat protection shine spray and deep treatment masque.


Have you tried the TRESemmè Keratin smooth range? If so what do you think about it?  

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Review: Garnier Fresh Essentials Scrub

I love face washes, and I am the first person to admit that, and there hasn't been one that I have gotten so excited about after the first use than this one.


The face wash in question is the Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Essentials Refreshing Scrub, enriched with grape extract. 


 

The first thing you notice with this is the attractive packaging. Garnier have used an attractive colour combination of white and green using a gradient effect. They keep the information nice and clear and to the point, to avoid overcrowding the packaging. The picture of grapes ties in with the grape extract that is in the product.

The product comes out as a thick white cream with sparse green beads. When applied to the face you can smell the product, and it smells lovely, the grape extract gives it a fresh and awakening feeling.



As you massage the product into the skin in circular motions, focusing on the forehead, nose and chin, you can feel the exfoliating beads. The beads are larger than in most face scrubs, and to me feel like grape seeds perfectly in keeping with the theme. As a result it does feel like a relatively harsh scrub, but I like how clean and radiant it makes my face and skin feel after use.


The product recommends this for normal to combination skin and I would recommend it for anyone, especially for the price I paid. I purchased this from Sainsbury’s for £1.67 (at half price, normal price £3.35) but, I would still pay full price as this product really impressed me.

Garnier have really created a wonderful product with a nice fresh take on the face scrub market and I am really impressed with their work and cannot wait to continue using this product.



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