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      21.01.2015 15:59
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      • "Nice colours"

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      Very happy with this stuff

      I got a Soap & Glory make-up gift set at Christmas and included in the set were 6 shades of their Lid Stuff eyeshadow. I’ve used these shades frequently since.

      Normally you can buy 4 shades in a palette, costing £10 from Boots. Each palette has a black base and a clear plastic lid for portability. There is no brush or applicator included so you have to use your own (though there was a brush included in my set).

      The palette is available in 3 varieties: one containing nude shades (cream, gold, brown), one containing smoky shades (white, black, grey) and one with colours (such as blue and purple). My selection is a mixture of the above.

      Minky: a shimmery light brown
      This is a lovely colour which goes with everything. I love the shimmer effect. I can wear it during the day with a light lipgloss, or in the evening with a darker lipstick – it’s very versatile.
      Dandy Plum: a rich dark purple
      I love this colour; it’s dramatic and makes an impact. I can wear it alone or blended with one of the other colours in the set: I’ve used it with the blue for a dramatic look, and with the grey and black shades for a smoky evening effect.
      Black Gold: black with tiny flecks of glitter
      This makes a dramatic impact worn alone over the lid in the evening. I also use it to accentuate other colours, and as an eyeliner.
      Vanilla: pale cream
      I use this as a base, and also as an all-over shade on the days when I don’t want to look as if I’m wearing too much makeup.
      Wild Blue: a rich bright teal
      This is a wonderfully bright and dramatic colour worn alone; I also like to pair it with the purple shade.
      Smokin’: matte dark grey
      Worn alone, this is a sophisticated smoky shade, but I also blend it with the purple colour for a strong look.

      Overall I love the colours: they are versatile and together suit any occasion. I find that you can brush them on to give a light wash of colour or build up the shade using an applicator for a more dramatic look. It is claimed that they last for 8 hours: I wear them for work so it’s easy to judge this, and I find that the claim is true unless it is a particularly hot day. Any longer than that and they do crease; but applying primer beforehand helps them last all day, and also makes the colours ‘pop’ even more.

      Overall I’m very happy with these eyeshadows, and would consider buying a palette in the future. Which one, though?

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        20.01.2015 12:16
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        • "Lovely scent"
        • "Good range of products"
        • "Well priced"

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        • "None in particular"

        Shimmer and sparkle with this set!

        I’m addicted to toiletries but I mostly have products from Lush, The Body Shop and Soap & Glory. After Christmas I was having a look around the Superdrug website and found a couple of gift sets from the I Love… range, which I’ve tried a couple of times. Though they weren’t in the sale, they looked like good value – each set cost £9.99 and contained five products: lip gloss, hand cream, soap, bubble bath and body butter. One was the Shimmer & Sparkle set and one was called Glitter & Gold. This review will discuss the Shimmer & Sparkle gift set.

        *Lip Gloss*
        My favourite thing about this lip gloss is the taste. It really does taste chocolatey and sweet, although this could be construed as a bad thing since it means I lick it off more readily! The gloss adds a pleasant shine to my lips but doesn’t last incredibly long – about an hour or two. I tend to wear it for more informal occasions, such during a relaxed weekend or on a quiet day in the office.

        *Hand Cream*
        The hand cream came in a flip-top tube which was easy to open and access, but luckily wasn’t loose so it didn’t come apart in my bag. The tube was just the right size to fit in my handbag and had a lovely chocolate scent. It sank in to my skin well and didn’t make my hands feel greasy.

        *Soap*
        The soap was a pretty pale cream colour and had a lovely sweet scent. It was slightly drying on the skin but left a pleasant scent behind after use and the bar lasted ages.

        *Bubble Bath and Shower Crème*
        I’d already tried this product, having bought it as a separate item in Superdrug previously, and was happy to have another bottle to use. It produced a good deal of bubbles with only a small amount of product. The product smelled lovely, though the scent was a mild one, and it lingered on my skin slightly after use.

        *Body Butter*
        I really liked the Body Butter from the kit too. Again, it had a chocolate, slightly nutty scent that was rich and sweet but not too sickly. The butter was fairly thick, so I stuck to using it in the evening as it took a little while to sink in. It didn’t irritate my skin and it left it feeling moisturised.

        ***Conclusion***
        I really liked this set: the products were all of good quality, if not as amazing as Lush, and what they lacked in brilliance they made up for in price – the set works out at only £2 per item. The scent was lovely and the products worked well together. Recommended as a gift or for a personal treat.

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          16.01.2015 11:52
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          • "Nice smell"
          • Natural
          • Effective

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          • Expensive
          • Messy

          A good product, but a bit messy for me

          I am gradually trying to sample every Lush product, but it’s taking ages! The most recent product I’ve tried is The Guv’ner.

          This product is a deodorant powder that was designed for men, but there’s no reason why women can’t use it too. Lush describe this as “a hardworking, absorbent deodorant powder that means business”. It is made up of charcoal powder and lycopodium powder (made from an Icelandic moss) which are both super-effective and absorbent powders. They control perspiration by absorbing it; this deodorant is designed to be a more gentle, more natural version of the normal deos you get in a shop. It also helps to mask scent thanks to a combination of vetivert, patchouli and sage.

          The packaging is a clear plastic bottle with a black flip-top lid, which stays securely on so the powder won’t fall out. The bottle is easily recyclable once finished, and it’s easy to see how much product you have left. I was somewhat troubled, though, by the grey colour of the powder – did I really want to put this on my underarms?

          I first applied the powder after my evening shower. Despite my best efforts it was rather messy, so I’m glad I put a towel down. My hands were a bit messy too but I wiped them on my towel and they were fine. Unfortunately my underarms looked rather dark and a little dirty – I was glad I was using the product at night, and not out and about during the day!

          The product has an unusual charcoal smell – I can’t really detect the presence of the herbs and spices included. I really like the smell though – it is strong without being overpowering, and I am confident that it would help to mask body odour.

          As an overnight product, the deodorant worked fine, causing no bad smells although it didn’t actually stop perspiration altogether. I tried it a couple of times during the day, and though it wasn’t as good as my usual antiperspirant, it wasn’t as bad as I had feared.

          I have experimented with using this on my feet and it seems to work fairly well, with the scent helping to mask the horrible smell of my sweaty feet. Again though, I need to be careful with the shoes I use it with – sandals, for example, would show up the dark powder.

          Although the product does look messy on the skin, it doesn’t seem to transfer onto clothes: I don’t get grey marks on my nightclothes or on my (white) bedsheets and duvet cover, which is impressive. I am happy, therefore, to use it overnight, and I will continue to do so until it is used up. I probably won’t buy it again, however, as I would rather use another product that isn’t so messy.

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        • Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara / Make Up / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          14.01.2015 12:08
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          • " lasts ages"
          • " dramatic look"
          • " no irritation"
          • "Easy to use"

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          • Expensive

          A star of a mascara

          I really like Lancome mascaras so I was happy to get a sample of one of their newer products, Hypnose Star. Mine came in a small cylindrical tube, but the normal packaging is the typical curved black Lancome tube, with a pretty silvery star pattern. The packaging for this brand is among the most luxurious I’ve ever come across, which is just as well, as it’s pretty expensive!

          The brush is dual-sided, with a triangle design, supposed to create volumised, curled lashes. The mascara is easy to apply, and I particularly like the pointed end of the wand, making it easy to get into the corners of my eyelashes. The mascara doesn’t clump or flake, nor does it irritate my eyes, and although it is not waterproof if doesn’t run except in cases of extreme wetness – like a massively heavy downpour!

          Mascara is a necessity for me as I have naturally pale eyelashes and dyed dark brown hair, so if I don’t wear mascara I look pretty odd! I wear contact lenses so want a mascara that won’t irritate my eyes; I don’t use waterproof mascara as I don’t go swimming or anything, so I don’t really need it; but I don’t like mascara to run really easily! This mascara performs really well in all of those respects.

          One coat gives a pretty natural look, making my eyelashes look longer and more defined. Two coats give a more dramatic look, with increased volume, and again no clumping.

          The mascara is quite pricey at £22.50, but it is a really good quality product that I would definitely consider purchasing again. I would probably wait until there was a special offer, however.

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          12.01.2015 10:03
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          • "Makes hair shiny"
          • "Lovely scent"
          • Gentle

          Disadvantages

          • Pricey

          Going bananas for this conditioner!

          I really like trying products from The Body Shop – I’ve been using them on and off for as long as I can remember, and have seen lots of changes over the years. I remember their banana shampoo and conditioner from when I was a child, and was excited to see it back as part of their retro style range a couple of years ago.



          I bought both the shampoo and conditioner; at the time they came in clear plastic bottles, the same style as the shower gel bottles, with a green-tinged picture of an old Body Shop store on the front. However, when I went onto the website to research the products for my review, I saw that the packaging has now been changed. The bottles are now opaque and the design is more modern, fitting in with the standard Body Shop haircare packaging design. I guess this means they’ll be staying around.



          A full-size 250ml bottle of either the shampoo or the conditioner costs £4.50. This sounds pricey, but the store is always having sales or discount events, and personally I’ve never paid more than £2.50 for a bottle. The size and shape of the packaging is still the same, and the bottles have flip-top lids: handy for squeezing out the amount you need, and easy to use with wet hands. The new bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (I am not sure whether or not this was the case with the old ones) but one of the things I don’t like about them is that you can’t see through them, so you don’t know when they are about to run out!



          ***Banana Conditioner***

          This conditioner is just like the old one as far as I can remember – a real blast from the past! It definitely smells of banana and has an authentic pale yellow colour. It contains real banana puree, and the shampoo is designed to leave hair soft and tangle-free. You use it just like any other conditioner: shampoo, rinse, apply conditioner, leave for a couple of minutes, and rinse. I find I don’t need to use much of this product to do a good job. The conditioner feels as though it’s looking after my hair, and it is easy to rinse out.



          I use the conditioner in conjunction with the matching shampoo. After use my hair smells lightly of banana, and it looks soft, smooth and shiny. I am impressed with both of the products as my hair can be quite dry, so the conditioner is clearly effective. I am particularly impressed at the softness of my hair.



          ***Conclusion***

          I recommend this conditioner. It’s pricey but effective, and it smells lovely. No wonder The Body Shop brought it back!

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          08.01.2015 11:01
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          • "It works"
          • Moisturising
          • "Small amount needed"

          Disadvantages

          • "A little thick"
          • Expensive

          Shave the planet - and your legs!

          I am a huge fan of the shop Lush and am trying to sample all of the products that they make. Though I am not a man (obviously) I still use shaving cream when I am shaving my underarms and legs.

          I have used Lush shaving creams in the past, including Prince and Dirty, and I like them because, although it is tricky at first to get used to the idea of using a cream that doesn’t foam, on balance I prefer this as I find it more moisturising. This is particularly true of Shave the Planet as the formula is based on the Handy Gurugu hand cream. This contains lashings of shea butter which makes it incredibly moisturising; in fact it is the richest and thickest of all the shaving creams that Lush make.

          It has rather an odd smell, slightly herbal and fresh, unisex and pleasant. It is a very faint green in colour. I scoop some out of the tub – only a small amount is needed – and smooth over my skin. The cream helps me to shave without getting any nicks or cuts. It helps the razor to glide over the skin easily without drying out my skin.

          After use, my skin feels incredibly soft with no irritation. I can often get away without using moisturiser. It’s worth noting that the smell does linger so if you can’t stand it, this is a product to stay away from. Also, it is slightly too thick for me as it can sometimes be hard to use with a razor.

          The cream costs £10.85 for a 200g pot and £5.45 for 100g. Although it is pricey, it is such a good product that I feel it is worth it. Also, only a very small amount is needed. The fact that it is so moisturising is a big plus considering it is likely to be used by men, many of whom I would assume don’t habitually use moisturiser, and this will help keep the skin on the face soft and moisturised. For women, it helps to prevent shaving rash and burn. Although it is a little thicker than I would prefer, it is an excellent shaving cream that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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          07.01.2015 11:32
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          • " softening"
          • " unique packaging"
          • "Amazing smell"

          Disadvantages

          • Expensive

          A lovely product, but very expensive

          I went through a phase last year of subscribing to a lot of beauty boxes and I am gradually working my way through my stash of products. One item I got was a small bottle of this Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom “foaming shower gel sensation”. A full-size 200ml bottle of this stuff costs 8.50 in QVC, feelunique.com and other places that sell it (there are several online) so I was very happy to receive this as a sample.

          Actually, ‘bottle’ isn’t really the best name for it. The product comes in a pressurised can, and you squeeze it out just as you would a shaving gel. This packaging is pretty innovative, as far as I know, where shower gel is concerned.

          The packaging is simple but attractive, with a white background and a minimalist grean leaf design. To use the product, just squeeze some out onto your hand or sponge, and wash as usual. I tend to use my shower puff, as it means I get a good lather from my shower gels without using too much.

          The product came out easily and lathered up with no problems. It didn’t lather straight away like a shaving gel, does, though – I had to add a little water before it would do so. Just like a normal shower gel, really. In some ways the packaging was a little unnecessary, as the product could have just as easily been put into a bottle. However, the pressurised container does heavily reduce the chance of leaks, so it would be ideal for travel purposes (not on a plane though I’d imagine!).

          The shower gel had an amazing smell, fresh and floral, that I loved. It was really strong and made my showering a genuinely enjoyable experience. The scent lasted a little afterwards, too. The product didn’t dry out my skin, but it didn’t actively moisturise it afterwards, and I did have to use moisturiser.

          Overall, this is a really lovely shower product from a brand I hadn’t previously tried. It’s pricey though, so I’d only buy it again if there was a really good offer on.

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          06.01.2015 12:31
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          • Effective
          • "Pleasant scent"

          Disadvantages

          • "Nothing majorly special"

          Apple shower gel

          I’m a big fan of The Body Shop, and often buy their products when they are on special offer. Recently I’ve been using some products from their Retro range. This is a range of products that used to be sold years ago, and have been repackaged with their original labels. The bottles are the standard clear plastic ones, however the lids are black, and the labels are dark green with a picture of an old Body Shop store. The packaging is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, like all Body Shop packaging.

          This product is the Green Apple Shower Gel. It is a lovely shade of green and contains Community Trade aloe vera, known to be gentle on the skin. It has an amazing fruity smell with a definite scent of apples ideal for the autumn.

          The shower gel lathers up well and cleanses perfectly adequately. It isn’t moisturising, and I do need to use body lotion afterwards, but the aloe vera ensures that it is still reasonably good for my skin. I don’t like the scent of this gel as much as the Raspberry Ripple one, but it is certainly very pleasant and I’ve really enjoyed using it.

          I have also used this product as bubble bath. It does produce a good amount of bubbles, and the smell is lovely, but for baths I do prefer to use my more luxurious Lush products.

          I don’t think this is available at The Body Shop any longer, but it may come back in the future. Alternatively, it might be possible to track it down on eBay. It is a recommended product with a lovely smell.

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          05.01.2015 10:42
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          • Gentle
          • Effective
          • "Lovely smell"

          Disadvantages

          • None

          Lovely shampoo

          I really like trying products from The Body Shop – I’ve been using them on and off for as long as I can remember, and have seen lots of changes over the years. I remember their banana shampoo and conditioner from when I was a child, and was excited to see it back as part of their retro style range a couple of years ago.

          I bought both the shampoo and conditioner; at the time they came in clear plastic bottles, the same style as the shower gel bottles, with a green-tinged picture of an old Body Shop store on the front. However, when I went onto the website to research the products for my review, I saw that the packaging has now been changed. The bottles are now opaque and the design is more modern, fitting in with the standard Body Shop haircare packaging design. I guess this means they’ll be staying around.

          A full-size 250ml bottle of either the shampoo or the conditioner costs £4.50. This sounds pricey, but the store is always having sales or discount events, and personally I’ve never paid more than £2.50 for a bottle. The size and shape of the packaging is still the same, and the bottles have flip-top lids: handy for squeezing out the amount you need, and easy to use with wet hands. The new bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (I am not sure whether or not this was the case with the old ones) but one of the things I don’t like about them is that you can’t see through them, so you don’t know when they are about to run out!

          ***Banana Shampoo***
          This shampoo is just like the old one as far as I can remember – a real blast from the past! It definitely smells of banana and has an authentic pale yellow colour. It contains real banana puree, and the shampoo is designed to cleanse hair gently and leave it shiny. You use it just like any other shampoo: wet hair, squeeze out some shampoo, lather up and rinse. I find I don’t need to use much of this product to do a good job. The shampoo feels as though it is doing a good job of cleansing my hair, and it is easy to rinse out.

          I use the shampoo in conjunction with the matching conditioner. After use my hair smells lightly of banana, and it looks soft, smooth and shiny. I am impressed with both of the products as my hair can be quite dry, so the shampoo is clearly effective.

          I colour my hair but have noticed no evidence that this shampoo strips the colour.

          ***Conclusion***
          I recommend this shampoo. It’s pricey but effective, and it smells lovely. No wonder The Body Shop brought it back!

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            02.01.2015 10:22
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            • "Well priced"
            • "Makes a difference to eyelashes"
            • "No flaking or clumping"

            Disadvantages

            • "None particularly"

            A good mascara

            I’m a huge fan of Soap & Glory, but I am a relative newcomer to their makeup line. At Christmas I got a makeup set in the sale, and I’ve been trying out some of their products.

            One of these was their Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara, which normally retails for £10 at Boots. It is designed to create longer and fuller lashes, and features “SUPERFILL™ False Lash Fillers, SHINE AMPLIFIERS, and NOFLAKE24 technology”. I don’t really understand all that – I gathered that the mascara was designed to resemble false lashes and not to flake – both good things!

            The tube is large, black with pink writing on it. On opening, I could see that the wand was much bigger than usual – rather scary in fact! Otherwise it was a pretty standard mascara wand.

            The large wand made it slightly tricky to apply the mascara at first, but when I got used to it I found it really easy to use. I typically used one coat for daytime and an extra one for night. The mascara dried quickly without clumping and it didn’t flake or run throughout the day. It made my eyelashes look longer and even more curved. One coat gave them an impressive look, thickening them and making my eyes stand out without being too ‘in your face’. Two coats produced a much more dramatic look, worthy of an evening out.

            The mascara was removed easily with eye makeup remover, and didn’t irritate my eyes at all. Mascara is an essential for me as I have dyed dark brown hair with naturally very pale eyelashes, and this is definitely a mascara I’d consider repurchasing.

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            22.12.2014 22:15
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            • "Matches my skintone"
            • "No irritation"
            • "Doesn't cake"
            • "Good coverage"

            Disadvantages

            • "Need to reapply throughout the day"

            A good quality powder that fits my face

            I am super pale and find it very difficult to find base makeup products to suit my skintone. I was pleased when I was looking at the Maybelline makeup range in my local Boots and saw that their new Fit Me powder would probably suit. This is available in several shades; mine is 120: Classic Ivory, which is perfect for my skin.

            Maybelline introduced the Fit Me range as a range of base products to perfectly fit your skin tone. It consists of 3 steps:

            Step 1: Fit Me Foundation unifies the skintone.
            Step 2: Fit Me Concealer corrects the appearance of imperfections.
            Step 3: Fit Me Powder mattifies and sets for a natural, non-cakey looking finish.

            So far I’ve only used the foundation and the powder, because despite the claims of suiting every skin tone, even the lightest concealer is far too dark for me. The foundation I have is ever so slightly too dark, though it is still wearable if I blend carefully; only the powder is a perfect match.

            The powder compact is square and black, with a clear plastic window allowing you to see the colour of the powder. Inside, the powder is in a round pan, and you can lift it up to find a mirror and a powder puff. In one respect, this is very handy: everything you need to apply your powder in one handy portable compact. However, I do wish the mirror had been on the lid; as it is, I have to keep flipping it up and down, to get powder on the powder puff and then look in the mirror as I apply it!

            The compact only costs £5.99, which I think is a bargain. It is reasonably sturdy and has survived a few months of being tossed around in my bag. Maybelline state that the powder is designed to give natural, flawless coverage.

            I really like this powder; it does give good coverage, and doesn’t cake so long as I am careful during application. It matches my skintone and doesn’t cause irritation. I have to reapply it a couple of times during the day, but this is normal for face powders, I find.

            Overall this is a really good product. It isn’t my favourite face powder – I still love L’Oreal’s True Match powder – but it is a high quality – and cheaper – alternative.

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            19.12.2014 10:26
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            • " effective"
            • "Lovely scent"

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            • "Scent will not appeal to everyone"

            Fly away with this lovely scent

            As you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I love Lush and am always trying to sample their products. Recently I used up a bottle of one of their most popular products, the Flying Fox Shower Gel.

            This is a nourishing, rebalancing shower gel that is an attractive orange colour. It contains angelica, burdock root and jasmine flower water, as well as jasmine absolute, ylang ylang oil and cypress oil. It also contains honey – this means that it is not suitable for vegans, although like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians. Honey is antiseptic and antibacterial; it soothes the skin and helps it retain moisture.

            I love the smell of this shower gel, although it is fairly strong and won’t appeal to everyone. It is a distinctive, seductive scent of jasmine, with hits of honey and other aspects. It is meant to be uplifting, and I do find that if I am a bit grumpy when I wake up, using this shower gel makes me feel a bit better. It is good for my skin too, and doesn’t dry it out. The scent lasts on my skin for a couple of hours.

            The shower gel is quite pricey: £4.95 for 100g, £9.95 for 250g and £16.95 for 500g. However it really is lovely and I like to keep a small bottle handy, not for every day but to use when I want to boost my mood. Definitely recommended.

            If you like the Flying Fox scent, there is also a Temple Balm with the same scent although I think this may only be available in spa stores. There is also a soap, Lust, and a fragrance, also Lust, which have similarly strong jasmine scents.

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          • Lush Marathon / Bath & Shower / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            16.12.2014 16:23
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            • " lots of bubbles"
            • Soothing

            Disadvantages

            • None

            A lovely relaxing bubble bar

            I made an order from the Lush Retro section recently, when the limited edition range of Retro products was added. One of these was the Marathon bubble bar.

            ***The Bubble Bar***
            The Marathon bubble bar was invented by Lush staff member Helen, who runs marathons herself and designed this to be a good product to use afterwards. It contains mustard seed oil, olive oil, myrrh, benzoin and olibanum, a selection of ingredients to comfort and soothe muscles after exercise. It is spicy and warming, and it is recommended that you use it with the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar – I didn’t, but that gives you a good idea of the scent of this bubble bar.

            In appearance, the Marathon bubble bar is a simple square shape with rounded corners, like many of Lush’s retro bathing products. It’s a burnt orange colour, which fits in well with the concept and scent, I think. To make it a little more interesting, each bar has a different country’s flag poking out of the top!

            The bar is suitable for vegans but it’s worth noting that it contains sodium laureth sulfate: this has been known to cause skin irritation in some people so you might want to be careful if you have sensitive skin, although it is a popular ingredient in shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (it creates the foam) and most people are fine with it.

            The bar costs £3.25, which is reasonable for a Lush bubble bar, especially as it can be used two or three times. I bought two of these bars and broke one into two, and the other into three, pieces. To use, you set the bath running and crumble a piece of bar into the running water. By the time you turn off the tap and settle into the bar, there will be tons of bubbles. This bar also turned the water a lovely orange colour.

            In the bath, I felt really relaxed and soothed. I hadn’t been running a marathon, but I had had a busy day, so I was glad to get into the spicy, warming water. My muscles felt soothed and comforted and the lovely scent wafted around the bath.

            I found that the bar didn’t irritate my skin at all, and made my skin feel quite soft. I still needed to apply some body lotion, though. The scent lasted, albeit fainter, on my skin, too.

            ***Conclusion***
            I definitely recommend this bubble bar, particularly if you have been doing exercise before using it! It has a lovely warming scent and provides a luxurious, comfortable bath.

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            12.12.2014 10:15
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            • "Good range of shades"
            • "Widely available"
            • "Excellent price"
            • "Decent coverage"

            Disadvantages

            • "Slightly too dark"
            • "I've used better foundations"

            A good, well-priced foundation

            A while ago I sent off for a free sample of the then new Maybelline foundation, Fit Me. I soon received a tube of the stuff in Shade 115, Ivory. Though it’s a small tube, I only use a tiny amount per application so it’s lasted me absolutely ages. I tend to take it away with me on holidays and weekends away, as it is easier to transport than a large bottle of foundation.

            Maybelline introduced the Fit Me range as a range of base products to perfectly fit your skin tone. It consists of 3 steps:

            Step 1: Fit Me Foundation unifies the skintone.
            Step 2: Fit Me Concealer corrects the appearance of imperfections.
            Step 3: Fit Me Powder mattifies and sets for a natural, non-cakey looking finish.

            So far I’ve only used the foundation and the powder, because despite the claims of suiting every skin tone, even the lightest concealer is far too dark for me. The foundation I have is ever so slightly too dark, though it is still wearable if I blend carefully; only the powder is a perfect match.

            The Fit Me packaging is square and black. The foundation comes in a tall square-edged bottle, clear so you can see exactly how much product you have left, with a black lid. It costs £7.99 which I feel is a really good price.

            Maybelline state that this foundation contains no oils and no waxes. It is designed to provide natural coverage that makes your skin look fresh, a lightweight foundation with a translucent base.

            I apply the foundation with either my fingers or a foundation sponge. Either seems to work and the foundation, which is a runny liquid (though not so runny that it drips easily), blends in easily enough. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and is easy to remove at the end of the day.

            The coverage is light to medium, which is fine most of the time, unless I am having a particularly bad skin day! It helps to keep my shine under control, and I don’t have to apply as much powder, and as frequently, as usual. However I don’t think it’s quite as effective as my usual L’Oreal foundation for this.

            Overall this is a decent foundation which I do recommend There are better foundations out there, but few as bargainously priced as this one.

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          • 17 Doll'd Up Mascara / Make Up / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            10.12.2014 13:05
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            Advantages

            • Effective
            • Cheap

            Disadvantages

            • Nothing

            Love this mascara

            As I have dyed brown hair but naturally pale eyelashes, I have to use mascara every day or else I look very odd indeed! I’ve tried lots of different mascaras, from budget brands to high end varieties, with mixed success. The latest mascara I’ve tried is the relatively new Doll’d Up Mascara from the Boots Seventeen range.

            I suspect that the range is aimed at teenagers rather than older women, but a mascara is a mascara, right? This one costs £6.29 (and it’s often on offer) and comes in two shades, Brown/Black and Blackest Black. I have it in Blackest Black.

            The tube is attractive and curved; it’s black and red with the name of the product on the side. I really like the design – it’s eye-catching and stylish. It has a thin curved brush designed to give you “doll-like” lashes.

            The mascara is easy to apply and dries quickly with no problems with smudging. I usually go for one coat for everyday and two for evening. The style of the brush makes it very easy to get product on even the end lashes. The look I end up with is slim, defined, curled and long lashes. For extra volume it’s best to apply two coats.

            The mascara makes several claims:

            24 hour curl and volume benefits: I’m not sure about the 24-hour claim, as I rarely stay out that long anymore (if ever!). However, I am impressed with the longevity of the product. If I am going out in the evening, I will usually apply a second coat to increase impact, however I am pleased with how well the mascara lasts without flaking or smudging. It gives me a wide-eyed look which in some respects is quite doll-like (but not OTT), with defined lashes.

            Anti-clump brush: This mascara is one of the best no-clumps products I have used. It defines my lashes really well and doesn’t clump.

            I have nothing to complain of in terms of this mascara. It does a great job for a very low price – highly recommended for all ages.

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