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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (My tone of choice - Ivory)
Having a combination skin type I have found it difficult to find a foundation, or even a cover up that will suit all areas of my face - powders tend to lead to flaky skin in dry areas and liquids make me look shiny, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered a mousse which is matte!
+Less than fifty shades+
Personally I have always used a base which is slightly lighter than my skin tone to cover up the 'suitcases' under my eyes and pimple scars, then use a darker blusher to add colour. The 'Ivory' shade of this product is fantastic! I believe that it would blend well with may skin tones, as I imagine each hue would for different people, therefore reducing the number of shades in the product range and making it easier to chose the one which is right for you.
+Apply at will+
The mousse can be applied with a foundation brush, a sponge or a finger so is handy to use at home with all your cosmetic tools to hand, or to pop into your handbag to use a smidge on your fingertip as cover-up.
+A little goes a long way!+
This may seem like a lie told to you on an advert, but in this case it is true! On an everyday basis I use an amount less than the size of a pea to cover up unwanted everythings, and it covers the little things and blends well with normal skin tone so you don't end up orange and patchy. On the other hand I do occasionally venture out other than for work, and such times may call for a girl to be glammed up to the eyeballs. Still you don't need to scoop out half the pot, not much more than a pea can dress up my face for the whole evening.
+This mousse can last!+
Not only do you only need to use a teeny bit at a time, it stays once you've applied it. Many a time I have worked on covering up bags or spots for ages before going out, then halfway through the evening nipped to the ladies to power my nose and found half of it has vanished, but the moussey texture means it clings to your skin, while also being light, silky soft and breathable.
+Value for money+
The last two points just go to show that it is a foundation that will last you a good while. I would normally begrudge spending the £7.99 I spent (it was on 3 for 2 in Sainsbury's at the time) but the two pots I bought will probably last me most of the coming year so in the long run its well worth it!
+I like it!+
Great product, I will definitely be buying it again and I suggest you all at least give it a go!
Now only 12p for a pack of 100! (at time of review) The new and improved Tesco value range seems to have had a lot of time and thought put into it and many of the products which I have tried recently are far superior and quite often cheaper than before.
This product actually has not changed much in my opinion and while they are good, they are only good value for money, i.e. 12p worth.
As a doting Aunt, rather than a Mummy, I have changed a few nappies in my time and have always used nappy sacks as they are pleasant smelling and can keep in any unwanted mess. Although I do not have babies of my own I always have a pack of nappy sacks in the house as they are so very useful for so much more:
-All the ladies out there will know there are certain times when you may need to dispose of something not so pleasant and these handy little bags are great for those times, just to keep everything all wrapped up.
-My 'baby' is my Collie called Cora and the darling that she is leaves me lots of presents on the lawn and when we go out for walkies and I have found that nappy sacks are the cheapest and most effective way of cleaning these up.
-I always have at least one of these in my handbag or pocket at all times as they come in so very useful, for carrying things, for wrapping things up(e.g. the other day my necklace broke and I managed to find all the beads and popped them into a spare little bag I had rather than them rolling about in the abyss I call my handbag), for tying to things, the possibilities are endless.
While these are so very handy in many a tight spot, the actual quality of these particular brand are not tip top.
The scent is pleasing, if a little clinical, and strong enough to mask most icky smells.
The bags themselves are a little thin, which for their original use is fine as you just bung the nappy in, tie the handles and done, but as 'doggy bags' they are not so good. The almost see-through plastic leaves little to be desired, and you have to be careful if you have long nails not to put your finger right through.
Also they are not a big as other brands and the handles are not as long making it a little more difficult to seal the 'package' properly.
Overall, a cheap and cheerful little bag, very useful, but not the most sturdy nappy sack out there.
'Order Direct & Save £££'s'
I found this website while looking for cheap online glasses through Google. I had had an eye test a week or so before and was given my prescription on a small card but the glasses in the opticians were expensive and as I only need glasses for reading and looking at screens I felt it would be silly wasting tens or hundreds of pounds on something I would only wear occasionally. A good friend of mine, a fellow bargain hunter, told me about ordering prescription glasses online and a voucher she had found for buy one get one free from a similar website. During my search I found this voucher was no longer valid therefore I searched for the best and cheapest option.
When you have an eye test you are under no obligation to purchase glasses from that store, but the optician is obliged to give you a copy of your prescription before you leave.
You are then able to use this to order glasses through this website, and they suggest you use a prescription less than 2 years old to make sure you are using the right strength for you.
I found this website to be very easy to use and the product is exactly 'what it says on the tin'. I chose simple frames (sbp198-Ladies Glasses-Metal-Sprung Hinged Side) at a bargain price of £12! Including postage my order in all came to £15.70 - a snip compared to the prices you can pay on the high street.
The frames are clearly categorised by price, gender and lens options and all you need to do is find the frames suitable for you, click on them, click on 'Place Order', choose the colour (if the option is available) and lens type, and fill in your prescription as it is on the card given by your optician. All that is needed from there is choose your preferred postage method and pay.
I received my new glasses around 6 working days after I placed my order and was extremely pleased with the product. They came in a hard glasses case with the website/contact information printed on the top, a very sturdy case it is with a sprung button clasp, and included a polishing cloth inside. The glasses themselves are great, nothing spectacular but for £12 they are more than adequate. The lenses are perfect and I find them easy to use and help with my headaches.
I will be ordering more from this website, at these prices I can afford to have spare pairs and various colours!
If you, like me, were born in the late 80's you might remember using Berol pens and felt tips at school. In fact in my primary school the Berol Writing Pens were the first pen we wrote with, the big step up from pencil!
Until writing this review I hadn't really noticed how many times I have used Berol products for most of my life. It is a good strong brand, made by a British company since 1969.
As the crafty little lady I am I have always kept plenty of pencils and crayons and paints etc. around. I actually bought my 12 pack of Berol Colour Paint Pens when I was 15 for my art GCSE, and believe it or not, after nearly 10 years, they are still going strong! I do look after my things so always putting lids back on straight away has probably helped, but still, they are resilient.
I still use them regularly to this day making cards for family and friends and always turn to them as my first port of call.
Because of the pointed tip you can use them for fine detail, or push down a little or use at an angle for broader strokes. If you treat them like a watercolour paintbrush you can get pale, delicate tones, or use as a pen, possibly going over them once or twice, to get bolder brighter colours.
Also these can be used for writing, and given the shape of the nib you can produce italic font.
Best price online at time of review :
£3.54 + free P&P from costcuttersuk.com
These little cylindrical packages of delight are only 40 pence* for a pack of 6! Need I say more? Yes because otherwise it would be a pretty poor review!
Sponge - Light and fluffy, not too dry, not too moist and sticky, and the filling does not seep into the sponge causing an unattractive mess.
Jam - not lumpy and chewy, actual jam rather than some other brands which use some jam flavoured relative to rubber. Smooth and plenty of it.
Cream - not too sweet and sickly, nice and light, not hard and chewy but almost fluffy, also ample amounts of this.
All in all the sponge/jam/cream ratio is spot on and means you can easily polish off the entire pack in one go without feeling sickly or in desperate need for a drink. Although this is not recommended as we are a country fighting obesity and I wouldn't want to give out the wrong impression :)
Another plus - only 85 kcal per roll rather than the possible 125 from other leading brands and chocolate covered varieties.
*40p for a pack of six at time of review - 2/11/12
You may remember a television advert for Sony Bravia in which 250,000 bouncy balls were released onto the undulating streets of San Francisco set to the almost haunting sound of Jose Gozalez' 'Heartbeats'.
This advert had a mesmerising effect on many viewers, in our house especially - we would all just stop what we were saying and doing to watch and listen. That is some good media promoting!
At the time I didn't even think about finding out who sang the song or finding the album which it is on and just carried on with my life, until Jo Whiley played it on BBC Radio One weeks later and something inside me lit up at the sound. As soon as it finished and she told us who it was by and the album title I was on a mission! I found it a few days later in an HMV store and bought it straight away.
Jose was born in 1978 in Gothenburg, Sweden and is a singer/songwriter/guitarist, making 'indie folk' music as a solo artist and as part of a band called Junip. Most of the songs on this CD are written by him, but he is also famous for putting his own acoustic, soothing twist on classics such as 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division and 'Hand On Your Heart' by Kylie Minogue.
It is so difficult to put into words how the music on this CD makes me feel, but I'll try. It makes you want to smile and cry at the same time, you find yourself drifting off, occasionally totally stopping whatever you are doing just to breathe and listen. People who are in love might know of the ache you feel for someone you truly love, not a rude ache or a painful ache, it is a longing, a misery and an excitement at the same time, and your whole body feels weightless yet profoundly heavy all at the same time. This is how this whole album makes me feel. Every song is similar to the last but unique in its own way, meaning you can listen to it on repeat or shuffle for hours on end.
This review may seem 'touchy feely' to some people, but I urge you to listen to this music and see if you don't feel the same. If you don't then I'm sorry - for building it up and because you are missing out.
1. Slow Moves
6. Deadweight on Velveteen
7. All You Deliver
8. Stay in the Shade
10. Save Your Day
11. Broken Arrows
Favourite Line - "While the crowd is waiting for the final kiss, the one which allows them to sleep well"
I was rushing around a shopping centre a couple of weeks ago and I needed a couple of beauty products, in which instance I would normally go to Home Bargains which always has good deals on, but in this particular mall there wasn't one, so I went to the place I know to also be reasonably priced - Superdrug.
As I was in a hurry and was going out later on I decided to pick up some dry shampoo while I was there. I have always found dry shampoo very useful for a little pick me up for my hair between washes and usually buy the Batiste range which is great, but this time I was diverted by a good looking offer of 3 for 1 on Superdrug own brand dry shampoo.
I purchased one 'Chocolate Brownie', one 'Floating on a Breeze' and one 'Head in the Clouds' scented 150ml aerosol cans.
When I got outside to my car I sprayed my hair with the 'Floating on a Breeze' dry shampoo, which smells sweet and fresh and a little fruity, and thought 'mmm... lovely' but when I looked in the rear-view mirror my hair still looked limp and lifeless and I must admit a bit greasy. Normally, using the Batiste range, my hair would look fuller and lifted and clean (the whole point of dry shampoo!) but I was thoroughly disappointed, especially when I was hoping to get ready to go out later on without having to wash, dry and style my hair taking up time I didn't really have.
I have since used the other two scents I bought and was equally disenchanted, I feel as though I have just purchased deodorant for my hair - pointless.
This is one occasion when a good deal is not as good as it seems.
Price in Superdrug at time of review £1.99 / 2 for £2.49
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (DVD)
My personal Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
Life is a series of events. A glance. A moment. All part of a plan.
Davis Norris is a young, aspiring politician aiming for a seat in the U.S. Senate, his whole career ahead of him, when he meets Elise Sellas, an up and coming ballet dancer, and his whole life changes from their brief encounter. Chance leads him to stumble upon a well-kept secret in which strange men in hats (the Adjustment Bureau) steer people through life, changing seemingly meaningless actions to keep them on their chosen path, but when fate intervenes and brings David back to Elise the bureau fight their connection and David has to decide between the girl and his career, his chosen life.
Cast and Characters
Matt Damon / David Norris
Emily Blunt / Elise Sellas
Michael Kelly / Charlie Traynor
Anthony Mackie / Harry Mitchell
John Slattery / Richardson
Special DVD Features
* Deleted and extended scenes
* Leaping through New York
* Destined to Be
* Becoming Elise
* Feature commentary with writer/director George Nolfi
My Personal Opinion
An intelligent film, not totally dissimilar to others such as Butterfly Effect and Vanilla Skies in that not is all as it seems and brings you face to face with the ever niggling question of how or who controls our destiny. A wonderful new conspiracy based theory of a secret organisation changing our lives to keep us on the course which they have chosen for us. It leaves you thinking afterward, which is always a good sign in my book, not only about fate and the like, but also about who these men in hats are - angels, aliens, something else beyond our understanding...???
And all of this cleverness is tied together with a romantic pursuit accompanied by the age old 'will they, won't they' ending with a heart wrenching, dramatic kiss and a happily ever after. Saying that however, it was not as soppy as perhaps I've made it sound and not just a film for girls.
Even Matt Damon, who is not always a favourite of mine, captured the viewer in the storyline and character with a brilliant performance.
The only fault I can pick is with the pace of the film as a whole - at least twice it is hinted that time has passed, one instance being 3 years, where you can be left feeling a little confused because it is done so nonchalantly and nothing seems to have actually changed, but apparently it has. At the other end of the scale, some points seem to drag and you feel like you have been watching the same scene for an age, then it will catch up with itself and all is great again.
Some action, some thriller, some romance, what's not to love?!
Available online at...
£2.10 Amazon Marketplace
£2.99 Sainsbury's Entertainment
£3.00 Tesco Entertainment
(the above prices were correct on 25/10/12 therefore may vary)