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      30.06.2012 22:00
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      One of the best survey sites I have tried so far

      Valuedopinions.co.uk Review


      Who are valued opinions.co.uk

      Valuedopinions.co.uk are a market research site who work with small and large organisations to ascertain what makes customers tick, what will be the next big thing and consumer habits to name a few. Market research is invaluable to organisations. It makes sense to pay a lot less for consumer market research then spend a lot more on a product that no one really wants or likes. The great thing about valuedopinios.co.uk is that topics are diverse, so you won't be inundated with surveys on topics that you couldn't really care less about. You could be asked on anything from entertainment to fashion to holidays. I always enjoy survey topics that actually interest me and it helps when you're spending approximately half an hour on that one survey!

      My Story

      I became a member of valuedopinions.co.uk in mid-January 2012 after reading about it on various internet forums. The sign up process is simple and very straight forward; a monkey could do it with his eyes closed. There is an initial registration profile survey which you will get paid 50p for and this will be instantly credited to your account. Here is a breakdown of how many surveys I received per month and how many I actually completed!

      There is a lot of vaguery₁ on forum boards about how much you earn and what not. It is my aim to be as transparent as possible and give an accurate perspective of the brand.

      Month Surveys received Surveys completed Amount made (£)

      January 5 1 0.50

      February 13 0 0

      March 11 4 3.25

      April 6 3 5.00

      May 17 8 7.50

      June 22 7 8.00


      Amongst the surveys I received there were a fair few that I was screened out of, almost half, otherwise I can assure you I would be positively ecstatic if I actually made the money I should have. Also I put my hands up and say I did not complete each and every survey, as if I got to the survey too late, target numbers would get filled up and the survey would close. As is evident, February was a dire month, when I simply did not bother to fill out surveys.

      Survey format are usually tick boxes and relatively easy to understand and complete. On occasion you get invited to do a follow up telephone interview and you can earn a few extra pounds for this. I was also asked to complete an online diary for a week, a less common survey format. This was very easy to do and not inconvenient at all. I appreciate the information Valued Opinions provided me to complete this task, it makes me feel they are a genuinely upright company that value their customers. This earned me £4; the highest amount I have received so far for a survey.

      How much do they pay?

      The survey site is very upfront of what you can expect to earn per survey, how they can be claimed and what vouchers you can exchange your earnings for. Typically surveys will pay you between 50p-£5. From my experience I have only ever earned £4 maximum, but I'm not complaining. Valued Opinions surveys usually pay for amounts of £1-£2. Survey lengths can also vary, anything between 5-25 minutes.

      What can you redeem earnings for?

      Now, you can't convert the online pounds to physical pounds, but what you can do is redeem them for vouchers at your favourite stores. Valued Opinions have a very good selection of stores from whom you can select vouchers for. Vouchers can be bought for Boots, Argos, M&S, outfit, Amazon.co.uk, Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Wow HD, John Lewis, Marriot, Sainsbury's, Burton, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and Eventim. So you really are spoilt for choice here. Just so you know some of these vouchers are only for in store purchases. It beats amazon vouchers which is what countless survey sites opt for, not realising some of us actually shop on the HIGHSTREET as well as ONLINE.

      You can redeem as soon as you earn £10. I have recently redeemed my earnings for vouchers and I'm waiting for them in the post. I will update this post as soon as I receive them to let you know exactly how long it takes to arrive.

      The Valued Opinion smartphone app

      Valued Opinions also have a very handy (and not so handy) smartphone app. They claim you can receive compatible surveys via this app. However I have not received one survey since downloading the app months ago. Now don't get me wrong, the app isn't totally fruitless. The app can also access a very informative breakdown of all surveys you have completed and how much you have earned so far. It's good for checking up on your balance, but not much else. I strongly suggest valued opinions sort this issue out as for most smartphone users this app just eats away memory.

      In my opinion....

      Personally Valued Opinions are by far the best survey site I have used (no I am not getting paid to say this, honestly!) Surveys are frequent, well paid and can often be quite fun to do. My only qualm is getting screened out of surveys, which happens in almost half the cases. Now this isn't uncommon in survey-land and research companies can have stringent consumer profiles they are looking for, so I won't push it. To make the most of this site I recommend checking your emails daily and completing surveys as soon as possible to be able to complete them and also qualify for them. Your not going to get rich or anything but it is rewarding and what you do earn can be used to help you save those few extra pennies.

      ₁ No, 'vaguery' is not in the English dictionary, but it emphasises my point.

      This survey is also available on www.pressedformoney.blogspot.co.uk

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        16.04.2012 14:00
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        A great organic alternative

        *****Introduction *****
        Recently my hair has been suffering and I seem to have a more hair falling out than usual. Quite a lot of strands have been falling out whilst rinsing and when I generally run my fingers through my hair. I can put this down to stress and heat styling! I'm only in my early 20's and do not plan to go bald or grey anytime soon. I cannot get rid of the stress, but at least I can do something about my hair and the shampoo that I use. I should mention I have dry, coarse and fine hair. I was in Holland and Barrett to purchase the Dr Organic Rose otto skin lotion when I spotted they had a buy one get one half price offer. I love scented and organic products and with my recent hair loss dilemma I bought the dr organic rose otto shampoo.

        *****Price and Availability*****
        The Dr Organic range is available exclusively at Holland and Barrett on the high street. You can also purchase directly from the Dr Organic site which can be accessed at www.drorganic.co.uk. For this reason you may not have heard of the brand as it is not stocked anywhere else on the high street or in the large beauty department stores. However the Dr Organic range has beauty editors all abuzz and a flurry of nominations and awards have been given. Fashion and beauty bible Cosmopolitan has awarded the Dr Organic hand and nail cream. The shampoo is a little expensive at £5.69 for 265ml. The bottle is a lot smaller than your average shampoo and a lot more expensive. I was willing to pay this price, as I was desperate for a miracle cure! I also purchased the conditioner too which I will review separately.

        *****Packaging*****
        The shampoo comes in a red tinted bottle so it appears as if the bottle is clear and the liquid inside is red. However the shampoo is clear and not the bottle. The bottle front features the dr organic logo and the title ' Dr Organic Rose Otto Shampoo.' Underneath it is written ' volumising hair therapy.' Another plus for me, as I always opt for volumising products for my fine hair. Underneath that there are three words: revitalising, nourishing and volumising. The product also claims to be bioactive and formulated using ingredients organically certified and natural extracts. I did a little research into this for the purposes of this review and found out that the definition for bioactive is: 'referring to a substance that can be acted on by a living organism or by an extract from a living organism.' Now I am no science buff and I am a little confused by this, but I am sure it is something for the greater good!

        *****Key Ingredients*****
        Rose Otto oil is an uplifting essential oil that has been used throughout the ages on skin and hair. The shampoo penetrates deep into the keratin fibres and follicles to gently cleanse, nourish and hydrate. The key organic ingredients in the shampoo are; rose otto oil, aloe vera, vitamin c, lime flower, chamomile, passion flower, calendula, geranium and clove.

        *****Ingredients List*****
        Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Aqua (water), Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Shea butteramidopropyltrimonium chloride, Coco glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Parfum, Sorbitan sesquicaprylate, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Eugenia caryophyllata (clove) flower oil, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, Rosa damascena flower extract, Passiflora incarnata extract, Tilia europaea flower extract, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Ascorbic acid, Potassium sorbate, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric acid, Citronellol, Geraniol.

        *****Caution*****
        I should mention that after I purchased this item I did some research on the internet to compare what other people thought of this product. Now there have been rave reviews about the shampoo, however some people have had adverse reactions to the other products in the dr organic range. As with any product I ask that you take caution and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Just because the product is organic it does not mean that you won't get a reaction like any other chemical product. I must reiterate there have been no incidents where there has been a negative reaction to the shampoo or conditioners. I also use the Dr organic body lotion and have had no reaction whatsoever.

        *****Results*****
        The shampoo is a clear liquid that lathers well in to the hair. It does have a faint rose oil smell, but nothing too strong. The instructions state to lather and rinse, much with any other shampoo. Once I washed the shampoo out my hair felt instantly softer. I could tell that the product contained oil as my hair was thinner when wet, than in comparison to regular shampoos. It didn't feel at all oil or greasy, which was something I was worried about. Once dried my hair was soft, smooth and clean with a very faint fragrance. My hair definitely looks a lot healthier with natural shine and bounce. I cannot say that it creates volume as I usually apply volume through styling products or through blow drying. The only negative I would have with this shampoo is that it is not 100% effective on my slightly frizzy, coarse hair. I use this product with the conditioner and the it still doesn't solve the issue. I think I would probably have to use a stronger smoothing conditioner in order to resolve this. However this does not put me off the shampoo as it still works quite well. If you have normal hair, then this shampoo would be very effective.

        After two weeks my hair is still falling out so I wouldn't say that the shampoo has combatted this issue. I assume I will have to use the shampoo for longer for my hair to really benefit. I did a little more research on hair loss within women and apparently it is normally due to stress and vitamin deficit. Additionally hair loss will usually only occur for up to 6 months and then hair may or may not regrow. So using a new shampoo and hoping for it to work miracles is probably not the answer here. However I am still very impressed with the results.

        *****Conclusion*****
        I would buy this product again and recommend to others if your hair requires extra nourishment. Using organic hair care has really opened my eyes to the effectiveness of it and quashed any sceptical thoughts I may have had previously. I am determined to make an active change in taking care of myself inside and out, so hopefully I will continue to use this product and replace other hair care products with organic alternatives. As this product isn't 100% effective on my coarse hair I would have to give it 4 stars out of 5.

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          05.04.2012 13:48
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          Basic wipes for all your needs

          Firstly I must mention that I purchased these wipes for use on the face and not for a child, so the review will be simply about its effectiveness on the face. There was a recent offer on at Boots for these wipes for only £1!!! I usually shell out £3 for a pack of 25 wipes so paying £1 for 56 wipes is a bargain. The purse strings have also been a little tight lately prompting me to go for the cheaper option rather than buying my usual face wipes.
          The packet states that the wipes can be used all over the body, including around eyes. Reading this, I assumed that its use on the face must be safe and effective. As these are intended to be baby wipes the size of each wipe is quite large, ensuring that I can get a lot of use out of each wipe. The wipe smells clean and is moist. Now in regards to its effectiveness, I end up using four wipes in order to completely remove my make up. It seems that the wipes only clean the surface of my skin and after cleansing; my skin doesn't feel completely clean. I also notice my skin goes a little red, this could be because I have to scrub my skin, rather than wipe, as the wipes feel more abrasive on the skin than regular face wipes. Additionally the wipes I had previously used also toned my skin, so my skin always looked even after cleansing. And as this wipes aren't specifically made for the face I can't expect the same results. My skin tends to break out if not cleaned properly, so these wipes are probably not right for me.

          Now I would probably not buy these wipes again as I require more effective wipes due to the nature of my skin. In the long run I would probably end up with bad skin and it is probably better to pay a little more. However if you don't wear a lot of makeup or just want to freshen up, these wipes are probably fine.

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          05.04.2012 13:44
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          A wonderful overnight balm that nourishes the hair

          I am one of those people with perpetual bed head. I always wake up looking like an 80s pop star with my short layers poking in all directions. I purchased the overnight beauty moisture balm as part of a gift set, so I was essentially saving a few pennies, as well as treating myself. I think the price of the gift set was around £10, but it was months ago so I can't really give an accurate price. In the gift set I received the miniature beauty moisture balm, which is 50ml in size. You can buy a full size bottle from Boots at £5.61 for 150ml.

          The tube is very attractive and features an illustration of a woman. I like pretty packaging as it makes me feel good and gets me all excited.

          The overnight beauty moisture balm is aimed at all hair types. My hair is thin, wavy and coarse. A real dreaded combination that is hard to manage. The product aims to give super soft healthy looking hair. To apply you simply smooth into dry hair overnight. You leave it in and apparently it works its magic.
          My experience with the balm have been fairly positive. The balm itself is a white lotion that is non-greasy and is well absorbed by the hair. I do apply a fair amount of product and even so my hair is not weighed down. I wake up with soft hair that has not wreaked ravage whilst I was sleeping. It also adds a nice sheen to hair and smells very nice. The balm is great for touch ups and smoothing down stray hairs. In fact I have started using the balm during the day or after styling my hair. I'm not sure why this product is targeted as an overnight product as it makes a great balm for general use.

          I am impressed with this product. Unlike general hair serums and potions this product really does not weigh hair down. Even if I apply the balm through the whole hair I can still achieve volume after styling. I will be buying this again, preferably in the larger bottle size. I would recommend this if you have fine hair that needs taming.

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          05.04.2012 13:41
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          An attractive pen with great results!

          Even my friends who turn their noses up at premium brands, can't resist the temptation of touché éclat. Perhaps it's the wondrous gold casing or the promise of light radiating skin, who knows? What I do know is that Touche Eclat is a concealer that has generated a huge beauty buzz and has continued to do so for many years. Like many others, I was swept up by the craze and purchased my very own touché éclat.

          I purchased my very first touché éclat at John Lewis for £25. They cost the same price pretty much in any beauty or department store, so I didn't really feel the need to shop around. There are a lot of sellers on ebay and amazon, from whom you can buy at knockdown prices. Yet nothing is quite as exhilarating as buying first hand from a glossy department store and taking it home with you. Also I wanted to buy the genuine article as I was aware that there may be fakes loitering on t'internet.

          When I purchased my first touché éclat there were only two colours available, these were 1 and 2. However Yves Saint Laurent has now introduced a much more varied range to meet the demands of their customers. Now you can purchase 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6 and 7, which ascend from fair to dark. I purchased number 1 as at the time I only really had two options, either 1 or 2.

          The concealer claims to be the UK's no1 luxury beauty product. It provides light, luminosity and radiance to the skin. Touche éclat is in fact both a highlighter and concealer. It can be used under eyes, the hollow of the chin, contour of the lips and the sides of the nose.

          The pen comes with a detailed booklet explaining how to use the concealer. On first purchasing you need to click the pen 30 times in order for the liquid to break through. I find the clicking bit quite addictive and have to constrain myself sometimes! I use primarily under eyes and to conceal blemishes. To use you apply the brush to the skin and dot using the tip of the brush. Then using your fingertips pat into the skin. The pen can be applied under make up or on top of makeup. I find you get best results if applied under makeup and then foundation can be used to evenly cover the skin. If I apply above make up, it can sometimes cake and it always looks a slightly lighter shade than my foundation.

          This product is impressive enough. It really does eliminate dark circles and looks very natural on the skin once blended. I use other concealers on alternative days and my friends also state they can see visible improvement. I would buy this product again and maybe look at purchasing online so I can get a better deal.

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          29.03.2012 15:00
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          A wonderful mascara that gives you va va voom lashes

          Now I have never used no7 much before, but have recently become a convert after trying out a few products. There was a 3 for 2 offer on at no7 and so I invested in three experimental choices. One of the choices was the lash adapt mascara, which was more out of necessity rather than experimenting. I had run out of my last mascara, which was also disappointing so I was looking to try something new. The no7 lash adapt is created for 'buildable volume.' I always buy volumising mascara as I'm not really one for subtlety.

          The lash adapt mascara is quite a chunky specimen and it's shape tapers from narrow to wide at the top. The surface of the mascara bottle is glittery, so I'm assumed the mascara is aimed at special occasions. It has gold font over the bottle. On the bottle is written, 'a smooth glide on mascara that builds layers to create multiple lash looks.' The product is also hypo allergenic. For £12.50 you get 7ml. It also has a life of 6 months. I know people say that mascaras should really only be used for a month but I always use for a few months without any problems. This mascara is available in brown/black, black and deepest black. I brought the mascara in deepest black which is apparently new to the range.

          The wand itself is thick, but not the thickest I've seen and is a reasonable length. There is no excess residue on the wand when using which I like. The first stroke you get a hint of colour and lengthening of the lashes. I usually apply 5 strokes or more to build up the volume, depending on the occasion. I really like the fact that you can go for different looks simply by building up the mascara to your chosen stage. The mascara does give me volume and really elongates my lashes. I find it easy to reach into corners and the length of the brush is perfect. I have found that in most mascaras I always get a bit of transfer on to my eyelids when applying and this mascara has virtually no transfer! There is no clumping at all, which I am very grateful for. This mascara will allow you to layer as many times without any clumping or resulting spindly lashes.

          Overall I am liking this mascara. I would probably buy this again or try another mascara from the range. I do find the price a little expensive so I would probably only buy when it is on offer.

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        • Boots No7 Perfect Lips Liner / Make Up / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          29.03.2012 14:52
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          Wonderful colours available and strong pigmentation

          I absolutely love lip liners, they are a must for me. I am steadily growing quite a collection! Lip liners always tend to be quite harsh and I am constantly on the search for one that provides a natural coverage. I use lip liners to fill in the whole lip as I prefer a matte look and hate shimmery lipsticks.
          I have never used the no7 perfect lips pencil before but as there was a 3 for 2 offer on I thought why not. The lip pencil colours available are nude, melon, plum and caramel. I eagerly purchased nude and melon. I tested these pencils on the back of my hand whilst in store and I was impressed by the strength of colour. I am quite wary of lip liners as certain brands provide a weaker pigmentation than others, so it is always best to try some on the back of your hand.

          The lip pencils cost £7.50 from Boots who do the no7 range, as I'm sure you all know. What's innovative and different about this lip pencil is that it does not sharpening.YAY! I hate it when I cannot for the life of me find my sharpener and my lip pencil is completely blunt. All you do is twist the pencil so the lead emerges or twist to retract the lead back inside its case.

          I use these colours on top of foundation to achieve an accurate colour. I find that melon especially becomes deep red if I use without foundation. I have naturally red lips and therefore any colour becomes darker on lips once applied. The lip pencil feels surprisingly creamy on lips. Beware if you have cracks in your lips as the lip pencil will disappear in these areas after an hour and you will have to re apply. It is ok if you use lipstick on top, as this will fill in the cracks. The lip pencil also tends to create a layer upon the lips, so after approx 5 hours you will need to re apply as it won't look very pretty any more.

          I have to use foundation on my lips before using nude as it just won't show. This causes my lips to dry out a little and doesn't quite allow me to achieve flake free nude lips. I like the colour and it will probably work on other peoples lips, but as mentioned I have red lips and so I cannot avoid foundation.

          Overall I love the colours available and the quality of the pigment. They are however not transfer proof and will transfer as soon as your lips touch something. I may buy the lip pencil again in melon, however I find the nude a little harder to pull off so may opt for darker colours in future.

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          A wonderful primer

          I have suffered from a shiny t zone for years now. I actively sought to combat it by using specific face washes for oily skin and moisturisers but nothing worked. As soon as I applied foundation my skin would always look very shiny in the t zone area and I couldn't always pass it off as 'radiance.' When the weather would be really hot, my face would sweat and I would have to dab my skin with my hand all day. This would get really embarrassing if I was on public transport or with people. Coming across this primer was pure chance. I was browsing the no7 counter at boots as there was a 3 for 2 offer on. I saw the shine free primer and new I had to have it.

          The primer costs £11.00 for 40ml from Boots. I think this is a reasonable price to pay. I did do a 3 for 2 so I bought a lip liner, mascara and this, I got the lip liner free as it was the cheapest. Product life is 24 months and I can see it lasting at least a year.

          The shine free primer is a make up base that stops shine for a matte finish. The oil free primer claims to keep shiny skin under control all day. It also contains light reflecting particles that help disguise fine lines and flaws, whilst oil absorbing Biopol hels minimishes blemishes and blot away shine without blocking pores. It comprises watermelon and cucumber extracts to help soothe and cool your skin. It is formulated to be non pore blocking.
          The back of the primer states to moisturise before applying. You can smooth on alone or under foundation. The product itself is a white cream that absorbs instantly onto the skin. As soon as I applied the primer to my face the area that I had rubbed became completely dry. I was really impressed that such a small amount of product could create such dramatic results. I have found that it is best to use a dot sized amount on the t zone areas, as too much primer can over dry the skin, making the foundation look flaky once applied. I also apply more moisturiser than I used to before as this product will suck up any trace of moisture. I tested this product on sunny holiday in Spain and my skin did not sweat or look shiny all day, I was stunned. My face does look very matte once I have applied foundation, even if I use a luminous foundation. I am not too sure about this products ability to minimise fine lines and wrinkles as I have none! And I also can't comment on its ability to minimise blemishes as I have not noticed any differences.

          Pros
          - leaves skin shine free
          - lasts all day
          - only requires a small amount
          - Affordable
          - Hypo allergenic

          Cons
          - Can be drying

          Overall I am very impressed with this product. I never considered no7 to be very innovative in regards to cosmetics as I had never had the opportunity to use their products. But now I have tried their primer with great success I think I will explore more of the no7 range. I will be buying this again hopefully.

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          25.03.2012 21:47
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          A treat for the hair

          Aussie products always smell great and feel very luxurious. I straighten my curly hair daily and they suffer for it. Aussie is an Australian brand (can you guess!) that are well known for their luxurious hair products that use wonderfully smelling natural ingredients.

          The aussie dual heat protection spray is a leave in spray. The product contains Australian jojoba seed oil which naturally conditions hair. It will help guard you hair from heat styling damage and leave hair super smooth and shiny.

          It comes in a white bottle with the typical aussie font and design. I quite like aussie are not one of those showy brands, but focus more on quality than the aesthetic of the bottle. It has a clear cap and a purple spray nozzle.

          To use shake the bottle well before spraying. Then spray liberally through towel dried hair. For me 10-15 sprays is usually more than enough. The product recommends to spray from root to tip and then use a comb to distribute evenly. As with all styling brands, Aussie recommend to use with the frizz miracle shampoo and conditioner.This product has a very lovely sweet smell to it too. It leaves my hair, shiny, healthy and full of bounce. This product will not weigh down hair if you spray sensibly.

          This product has lasted me absolute ages. One bottle lasts me a year! Then again I only use it once or twice a week. I have been using this product for a few years now and will stick with this heat protection spray.
          I would absolutely recommend this to everyone who heat styles their hair. I love how it makes my hair look incredibly shiny, even if I don't use a great shampoo and conditioner. I will definitely be buying again. If your going to buy the aussie heat protection spray you may as well wait for Boots offers, when you can get 3 for 2 or 2 for £6, it varies. Otherwise it cots £4.69 a bottle which is a little expensive.

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          a truly impressive eyeliner

          Now collection 2000 isn't my go to brand for cosmetics. I don't dislike them, but I'd never tried any of their products before this, so didn't know what to expect. I enjoy experimenting with new makeup and creating different looks. Angelina Jolie does the 'cat eye flick' look really well and I was eager to recreate that look. I think it really emphasises the eyes and adds depth. I tried using an eye pencil, but this would eventually fade during the day and I hate having to reapply makeup. I bought a liquid eyeliner from a reputable cosmetic brand. It was a pen applicator and had dried up after a few uses. I was very disappointed and becoming despondant at this stage. I was browsing the make up stands and going through each eyeliner offered by each cosmetic brand. I was in a mini boots so there were only six different brands to choose from, which helped me to whittle it down pretty quick. Collection 2000 had a very unique design and applicator in comparison to the other brands. I was trying the tester on my hand and found it incredibly easy to use and the liquid would create really definitive, strong streaks. It was basically like ink in a pot.

          The collection 2000 eyeliner is priced at £2.99. This was the cheapest out of all the eyeliners on my list and another reason to buy it. The pot itself is quite small and you would think that it may not last long, but trust me it will. The lid also doubles as wand brush.

          To use you simply dip in the pot and wipe off any excess around the rim and apply. The wand is incredibly easy to use and creates a really strong stroke. I was really impressed with the results. I could now easily create that perfect cat eye look in minutes. I received a lot of compliments at work and all the girls in the office were asking me how I can draw such a neat line. It's a bit of an art to perfect, but it is something that you can learn in no time. I usually hold my eye taut with one hand and apply the eyeliner with the other hand whilst looking into a mirror.

          I was a little worried that the eyeliner may fade but it actually stays put for the whole day and does not fade at all. I have also tested the waterproof eyeliner in rain and it does not bleed! If you are going to buy the eyeliner you may as well opt for the waterproof one, what with unreliable british weather. Obviously my eyes have never been drenched in rain, so I can't say how effective it would be then. The eyeliner comes off well with wipes. It does require a little extra effort in your cleaning time, but I don't mind.

          I have been now using the fast stroke eyeliner 5 years which is somewhat of an achievement as I find it hard to stay loyal to a brand. The product is still the same and just as effective now as it was then. I've also become known for my cat eye make up, as it has become a daily fixture on my face.

          I would recommend this product to everyone as it is truly impressive. This is such a great eyeliner, I am not tempted to try any other brands. To be honest I doubt any other brands could measure up to this and even if they could, they probably would be more expensive. This eyeliner easily gets a five star rating from me.

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          13.03.2012 20:57
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          It's a basic shampoo that will clean your hair

          I've always thought highly of Pantene, even though I wasn't a regular user of their products. I do remember using it growing up, but I stopped using it once I got to my teenage years and I started experimenting with fancier shampoos. I purchased this shampoo as I saw it was on offer and I always love to grab a bargain. I also thought it would be nice to see whether pantene had changed after all these years.
          Pantene Classic Care retails at £4.49 for a 500ml bottle. I got this on offer at £2.99 which is a third off the original rrp price.

          The shampoo aims to give healthy looking and manageable hair from root to tip. It brings out shine for healthy looking hair. It will also leave hair moisturized and incredibly clean. The shampoo is aimed at all hair types. It contains Pantene Pro V advanced technology that precisely cleans and conditions hair for manageability and to keep it strong.

          The shampoo itself is white and foams easily. It doesn't have a distinctive smell, but then again it is a basic shampoo in the pantene range. It lathered really well in my hair and washed out really easily. This shampoo does leave you hair feeling clean, but it doesn't do much else. I must say I have dry hair that is wavy/curly. So after shampooing my hair didn't feel any softer or conditioned. Also after drying there was no shine. These are the results without using the conditioner. With conditioner my hair is left in a much better state. But in comparison to other shampoos that I have used on their own, this product isn't really worth the £4.49 price tag. I have bought similar shampoos that have only cost me a pound from Tesco. So in that sense I may as well buy the tesco shampoo if I am on a budget.

          Pros
          Gentle oh hair
          Foams quickly
          Leaves hair clean

          Cons
          Basic shampoo, no distinct features
          Too expensive

          I really wouldn't recommend this shampoo, purely because you can buy similar shampoos at a much cheaper price. I'm not saying this is a bad shampoo at all, just that it's not worth the money

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          13.03.2012 20:54
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          I'm not happy with this product

          Revlon Lipstain

          I like lip colours that make an impact and so I always look for highly pigmented lipsticks. As fate has it I also have dry lips, meaning that most pigmented lipsticks will also dry my lips and make cracks obvious. So as I was browsing the shelves at Boots I came across Revlon just bitten lipstain. I have had bad experiences from using lip pens (I won't name names) and was wary about how effective this product would be. However the addition of an integrated lip balm was reassuring, as I assume Revlon were aware of the disadvantages of the first bout of lip pens (very drying).

          Price and Packaging
          I must admit the main allure about this product is the name. It has connotations of vampires and blood. Sounds gory, I know, but with all the hype around vampire movies, it's a positive tactical move for Revlon. The just bitten range is basically lip pens for twilight die hard fans.
          The just bitten lip balm can be purchased for £7.99 at Boots. This is the average price you pay for a lipstick, so I was happy to part with my coins. The lip pen comes in 7 tantalising shades, passion, twilight, frenzy, gothic, forbidden, flame and beloved. This further cemented the notion that this clearly was Revlon jumping onto the twilight bandwagon. It's hard to test lip pens, because the colour you will get on your hands, won't appear to be the same when you apply to lips. I actually ended up purchasing twilight (can you tell I'm a fan!) Twilight is like a mystic plum. I haven't tried a plum shade before and was very excited to see the results. It's a shame Revlon haven't introduced more on trend lip colours like coral or nudes, but then I guess they don't fit in with their twilight themed range.

          Description
          The just bitten lip stain and balm will give you kiss proof colour, for all those behind the gravestone kisses. The balm promises to be nourishing and provide supreme comfort. When make up brands use adjectives like 'supreme,' I start expecting a lot and usually am disappointed. Let's hope this one lives up to it or things could get bloody. (only messing.)

          To use you simply apply to dry lips. The colour was very nice, but a little too 'emo' once applied. Maybe this is just preference and if you've got the confidence to work it, then you can work it gurrrl! The colour had built up quite strongly and seeing as I had bought the safest colour possible, I was surprised at how dark it was. I suppose it also depends on what colour your lips are in their natural state, that determines the intensity of lipsticks. I have post box red lips and usually need to apply foundation before applying any lipstick. I didn't want to use foundation with the lip pen as my lips would become too dry. But I tried it anyways and guess what, I was right. It definitely gave me a lighter shade. However my cracks and wrinkles were in plain sight for all to see! It really is not a good look. My lips looked a lot worse with the pen applied on top of foundation. This lip pen is very very drying, it seems the guys at Revlon learnt nothing from Max Factors mistakes.

          In regards to the balm, it was great. I say it was great, but that I didn't say it was great WITH the lip pen. Once applied on top of the lip pen my lips looked better and conditioned, but it didn't hide last very long. It also didn't hide the cracks in my lips. I also tried it on with smooth lips after an intensive carmex'ed 2 days. And (DRUM ROLL).....It looked miles better, but my lips still felt very dry a while after using the balm.
          A few days later and the lip pen stopped working! I mean this really is not on! I was quite angry that such a shoddy product is being sold by a reputable cosmetic brand.

          So unless you are blessed with super soft hydrated lips, then this lip pen won't work for you, guaranteed. It really is an awful product. I'm still kicking myself for spending £8 on this. I guess it pays to read reviews beforehand huh.

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          09.03.2012 17:00
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          A very nice, moisturising lipstick

          maybelline Color Sensational

          ******Introduction******
          For me Maybelline products can be hit or miss. I have found that some of their products are very good value for money and work exceptionally well, whereas others are just average and before you know it are discontinued.

          I was on the hunt for a very specific nude pink lipstick. I am the kind of shopper that really knows what they want and if I can, I do a little research beforehand. You would think nude being such a big trend within fashion and make up that there would be more choice within nude lipsticks! By the way this event occurred 10 months ago and I am not sure as to how much selection there is in the 'nude lipstick' area. So I was really limited to what brands I could use, as a lot of brands did not have the specific nude I had in mind. Maybelline wasn't my first choice and is one that I rarely consider. But they did have a very nice nude pink lipstick called 'velvet beige.' It's a good thing that make up stands have testers, as I was able to test the product on the back of my hand. I liked the colour and seeing as it was the closest to what I was looking for; I bit the bullet and bought it.

          ******Price and Packaging******
          The lipstick is attractive to look at and is rectangular shaped. It comprises of a rectangular burgundy coloured lid (which is an odd choice, but doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.) The actual lipstick component is silver. The packaging is quite minimalistic, but I think it looks very sleek and stylish.
          The lipstick costs £7.19 and comes in a wide range of colours, so you will find a colour to suit you.

          ******Product Description******
          The Maybelline colour sensation lipstick provides crisp colour due to their pigment technology. It has a creamy feel, enriched with honey nectar. The lipstick has a 24 month life, which seems a little long as most lipsticks I have used tend to go off after 6 months.

          ******Results******
          On first applying the lipstick is definitely creamy and glides on easily. The colour pigmentation is also very good. In fact this lipstick is very similar to a yves saint Laurent lipstick I own and this is a very good contender at a much cheaper price. The lipstick lasts a few hours, but transfers very easily. If I touch my lip I immediately get a stain on my finger. I guess this is due to it's creamy nature. A lot of lipsticks can be drying, but this lipstick provides great moisturisation and lips look healthy and plump.

          The colour 'velevt beige' is perfect and exactly what I was looking for. It is a really flattering colour and is wearable for everyday use. I have also bought Pink Brown from the same range. Pink Brown is also amazing and is slightly more pinker than 'velvet beige', for days when I want to turn it up a notch.

          ******Conclusion******
          I really like this lipstick and the colour choices available means that I will probably explore more colours in future. I would definitely recommend this lipstick to others. I have dry lips and it works extremely well for me, so it will work wonders on everybody else. I have has this lipstick for 10 months now and it lost a little bit of it magic a few months ago. I guess it's time to change it and it has lost its freshness. It's a shame that the lipstick isn't long lasting or transfer proof, otherwise it would be a five star rating.

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          09.03.2012 13:56
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          A perfect liner

          Rimmel 1000 kisses lasting finish lip liner

          ******Introduction******
          My perception of Rimmel has always been somewhat negative. It really only sells so well because of Kate Moss fronting their 'get the London look' campaigns and I always thought their products were 'average.' It also kind of disappointed me when the whole Kate Moss drug scandal came about and for some reason I affiliate her with the brand, which led me to think negatively about the brand too.
          This lip liner was actually recommended by a friend. I saw her wearing this particular colour and I was surprised when she told me it was in fact a Rimmel product (to my dismay and horror!) Only kidding.

          ******Price and Packaging******
          The lip liner is 1.3g in weight and is a decent size. The colour of the lip liner is reflected in the colour of the pencil and lid. The lip liner has silver writing that states' lasting finish, 1000 kisses, stay on lip contouring pencil.' It has also the rimmel crown logo wrapped around the bottom end of the pencil.
          The lip liner costs £2.99 from Boots. It is definitely on the cheaper side, but as you will find out, this is not a reflection of quality.

          ******Product Description******
          The 1000 kisses lip liner guarantees to provide long lasting lip colour for up to 8 hours. The lip liner is transfer resistant and it's soft creamy texture allows it to glide on easily. It prevents bleeding of colour. The lip liner also has a life of 30 months which is a very looong time.

          I purchased the lip liner in spice. Spice is a more wearable 'red' that has more of a pink pigmentation to it. However I must state that the lip liner is not a deep pink. It's hard to accurately describe the colour, but basically it's a subtle red that isn't 50's pin up bright red. The lip liner is available in a variety of colours including, Indian pink, spice, red dynamite, cappuccino tiramisu, cocoa mandoria and black tulip. I have also recently bought tiramisu which I shall also review here.

          ******Results******
          So was I tantalised and stimulated by this lip liner??
          Yess! The lip liner has a good vibrant pigmentation that allows it to give even coverage on the lips. I always find that cheaper brands suffer in this area and always provide really lack lustre colour and weak depth of colour. This lip pencil is easy to outline lips and comfortable to wear. I tend to wear the lip pencil as a lip colour and fill in the whole lip. This gives me a really nice matte look. I then use sheer lipstick on top or gloss to finish if I fancy it.

          The spice lip liner lasts approximately four hours and I do need to reapply if I have eaten or drank. This lip liner isn't transfer proof and will leave lip stains on glasses. My lips do feel drier after a few hours, but this is inevitable, as this is not a moisturising lip pencil.

          I was really impressed with this shade that I then also purchased a lip pencil in 'tiramisu.' Tiramisu is a nudish pink. Again hard to describe, but it's the kind of nude that Kim Kardashian tends to wear a lot, but this provides a slightly more pink pigmentation. I love wearing this lip pencil above foundation covered lips. It gives me that nude pink matte lip that I find really hard to achieve with lipsticks. I apply a smudge of beige moisturising lipstick so my lips don't look too dry.

          ******Conclusion******
          This product has changed my view on rimmel products and I am now more willing to try their products if I see something I like. I have tried more expensive lip pencils, and they don't quite provide the strength of colour I am looking for. I would definitely recommend this, especially if like me, you like to fill in the whole lip. I will definitely buy this product again and I can't imagine using anything else! At this price it is also a very good bargain and you can usually get 3 for 2 on rimmel at Boots so you can possibly get this free!

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        • Chanel Mat Lumiere / Make Up / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          09.03.2012 13:51
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          A wonderful foundation

          Chanel Mat lumiere - spf 15 - cendre

          ******A little bit about Chanel******
          Chanel is one of those brands that always fulfils my guilty pleasures. I love how their capture that timeless essence in their products and packaging. I have become a hoarder of chanel, whether it's their makeup, fragrances, jewellery or bags.

          Chanel is a French fashion house that is famed for its haute couture and luxury goods. Coco Chanel established this empire in 1909 by opening a little shop in Paris. The brand now consists of fashion, handbags, perfumery and cosmetics to name a few.

          ******Introduction******
          So I was browsing the Chanel make up counter looking for an indulgent make up buy that would keep me satisfied for atleast a week! I was initially in the mood for a matt red lipstick, which is all the rage. The women at the counter asked whether I would like a free complimentary makeover so I could test the lipstick and she would show me how best to wear it. I was with a friend and we both found it hard to resist the offer. Mat Lumiere was one of the foundations the beautician used on my skin. It would apparently give me that luminous bright skin with a good coverage so that my skin could pull off a strong red.

          I was very impressed with the results and immediately purchased the foundation and the lipstick. On this occasion I will only be talking about the foundation, of course. The make up artist had selected the ideal shade for my skin, which I would highly recommend. This is one of the huge plus's of purchasing premium product, you will always receive a tailored service and you can try before you buy.

          ******Price and Packaging******
          The shade I purchased was cendre. Cendre is a light beige colour. The foundation cost £37.00 for 30ml (OOOF!), but i didn't mind on this occasion. It comes in 8 shades including ivory, clair, soft bisque , cendre, beige, ginger, natural and honey. Colours are listed from pale to dark. Cendre actually means 'ash' in French, which is very inappropriate for a foundation! The foundation has spf 15. I always opt for products with sun protection, it seems more sensible than buying an alternative without. It comes in a nice chic frosted glass bottle with a black lid. The front of the bottle states'mat lumiere,' 'long lasting luminous matte fluid makeup' and 'spf 15.' It also states the same thing in French. The top of the lid has the iconic chanel lock c's in white with a white circle around them. This product is made in France.

          ******Product Description******
          The foundation is oil free and is aimed at combination skin with a tendency to shine. The foundation promises a soft, matte look with staying power for up to 12 hours. I have combination skin which can get very greasy with certain foundations and so buying the perfect foundation can be tricky.

          ******Results******
          To apply foundation a brush, sponge or fingers can be used. However I have always preferred using fingers and think it's the best way to achieve an all over flawless look with no streaks. The foundation texture is nice and smooth and blends very well into the skin. The bottle has a pump, so you only squirt out how much you need. The pump is very well adjusted and only releases a very small blob size at a time. I usually only need two to three to pumps to cover my whole face.

          I really like the coverage this foundation provides. It hides blemishes really well and my skin definitely looks luminous. I would say that with this foundation you really don't need a lot, as your skin will end up looking greasy. The foundation has excellent staying power and I never bother carrying it around with me as I don't need to top up. The foundation does feel surprisingly lightweight on skin and can give the illusion I am wearing no makeup, on a good day that is when my skin is not acting up or I have a breakout which gives the game away. (foundation covered bumps!) In regards to its 'matte-ness' I would say that my skin always looks dewy, rather than matte. I don't know whether this is because of my oily skin or that I don't use a powder foundation on top. I think normal skin types would be able to achieve that matte effect. Again the product does say it gives 'luminous' coverage so maybe this could be why.

          However I must state that when I have bad skin day and my skin is very oily as I haven't had the chance to use a face mask, then a foundation, even this good will not help and can make my skin look worse. It does not cover red spots completely and I still need to use concealer. If I am having a bad skin day, I tend to not use this foundation as it is medium coverage and I opt for a different chanel foundation I own, that is more lightweight.

          I have had this foundation for 10 months now and have loads left over. As the bottle is frosted glass I can't really see how much there is left as the foundation has covered the insides of the whole bottle wall.

          ******Pros and Cons******
          **Pros**
          A very good sized bottle
          Available in a range of colours
          Hides blemishes
          Long lasting
          Great luminous coverage
          **Cons**
          Expensive
          Is not a miracle worker and won't completely cover red spots
          Doesn't provide a wholly matte effect

          As you can see the pros outweigh the cons.

          ******To Conclude******
          I would definitely recommend splashing out a little and buying this amazing foundation. Sometimes premium brands do have that something extra special about them, then your average cosmetics. This foundation is a must-have and I definitely will be buying again or exploring a different chanel foundation that is a little more matte (if possible!). Seeing as the bottle will last you ages, £37.00 really isn't a lot to pay. And to be honest you are paying for a really good product that is much better than any non-premium foundation I have tried. I do think that in order for your make up to work overall you need to have a really good base. It doesn't matter so much if you use cheap eye shadow or lip gloss, if you have clear, radiant skin as a base.

          ******Ratings******
          Coverage - 4.5 stars
          Long lasting - 4 stars
          Appearance - 5 stars
          Application - 5 stars
          Price - 3.5 stars

          Thankyou for reading :)

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