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Reading back through it looks as though I have been reviewing more gifts (Hence high end products) than my budget alternative. And today will be no different. Except. This is really pushing the boat out because I can honestly say that the cost of this product, quite frankly, astounds me.
The product up for review is the Chanel Nail Colour. This particular bottle was given to me as a gift but I have brought them for family members in the past and if I remember correctly the retail from £16-17.00! So, what are we getting for this pricey polish?
Firstly, this is Chanel. So. In my books I feel a million dollars when I use it. It was beautifully packaged and there was a LOT of excitement opening my gift because what can make me feel more glamorous than something as lovely as Chanel? The packaging is, as would be exected, stylish and looks expensive. The whole thing comes in a little box with the standard Chanel branding - A black background with white writing and the classic gold band across the bottom (I say this like I own a lot of their products... I don't, I am fortunate that a friend works for the company and I am lucky enough to try samples by them!)
Inside this (very cute) little box is the product itself. As with all the Chanel polishes it is s standard size and shape glass bottle (Really not any difference here to other cheaper brands) They have gone a step further in incorporating another cap so to fit the Chanel logo on the top (It makes it look special in my opinion) But, and I fully agree if this was their reason for doing so, they have made it so they can be unscrewed to leave you with a "standard" (what you would expect from a nail polish) top which is much easier to hold when painting your nails.
As for the actual nail varnish I have to say I am a great fan, I mean, do not get me wrong, I was very pleased to receive this but I'll admit I was sceptical that something so expensive would really deliver more quality than cheaper brands. I must admit they did not disappoint. The product itself applies easily and evenly, giving good coverage with an even colour shade in one coat (By now I am just a little excited. I fond that the brush is just thick enough t distribute enough product without making it look like you have been finger painting with children all afternoon. I also found there were no lose fibres which you do sometimes find with cheaper synthetic wands. As expected Chanel polishes come in a choice of shades, they have their "classic" colours and, from what I have noticed, their seasonal, on trend colours.
I felt that the product dies well and actually, fairly quickly. I found it to be pretty sturdy, once fully dry I wasn't able to easily mark my nails (I like to test these things for review) and it was really difficult to chip, even without a top coat. As for wear time I have managed about a week each time I have worn it so far This is until minor chips at the top, my nails and I were good for about 2 weeks before it really looked like it needed doing again) I personally think it is doing well, I really don't do things that are preventative to chipping nail polish and we seem to be doing pretty well so far.
So far as re-purchasing this product. I think I would. But it would have to be for a special occasion, like my wedding day because, to be honest, there is a difference, and if you can afford it then go for a little bottle of luxury, but for that money I would be able to purchase several shades of cheaper lines of polish and only lose perhaps one or 2 days of wear. If you want to splash out, or want to get a lovely gift to make someone special feel special then I say go for it. I'm just not sure my nails need this type of luxury every day.
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"Always use a primer before you paint the colour" - My dad's advice when painting. Well. I guess that I have taken this into putting my makeup on (Hopefully not applied so I look like I AM wearing paint....) Now. This is something that I would normally never splash out on - May I just point out here that Laura Mercier is a high end makeup brand (To show this is normally stocked at such places like Harvey Nicholls and Harrods....) so the prices are high. I am usually happy to go with low budget high street makeup but if I have the chance then I will collect a few pieces because, and you cannot fault it, the quality is just so much better and lasts longer.
The reason I came into contact with Laura Mercier was through a birthday shopping trip with the mother. And this product was no different. I had read many, many reviews on this product so I wasn't totally sucked in by the sales. Well. Not quite. I actually found the staff very helpful and genuinely interested in helping.
The product itself is marketed as "eye basics" and the company claim it will hide imperfections and create a good base for applying eye makeup. At around £24 for 0.18oz it sounds like a huge amount of money for not a lot of product, but I should point out that you actually use very little per application and it does last well (I have had mine for several weeks and do not seem to have really used any) I actually used this as a change from the "eye canvas" (around £26) which is a more solid form of primer because I wanted something that would make my cheap eye shadows stay true to their colour - The canvas gives a more muted effect (I was informed that this is to keep make up looking natural - The Laura Mercier goal)
It comes in a choice of 8 shades with each providing a slightly different coverage so I would suggest letting the sales rep show you how to apply it and colour match you (and enjoy the 10 mins of pampering and make over) - This way you are guaranteed a perfect match that will suit your needs. Just to highlight that, with most high end products, LM keep a record (if you want them to) of your colour so you can order online in the future and can save time if needed - Not that I intend to make a huge habit of shopping here for financial reasons...
The product is waterproof (tested, and agreed) and contains various vitamins that are supposed to provide protection (Have I noticed any difference?! Not really. Don't rely on this to perform miracles) I was shown to apply this using the applicator (This is built into the lid, think your standard lip gloss applicator) and then blending with a brush and setting with a powder. This to me is a little extreme and to be honest also relies on your having yet more tools to use (I wouldn't mind but it costs enough already) I personally have fund the best way to use it is to put a few "blobs" in the center of your eye lid and use your fingers to blend out to the edges.
I have found that the product lasts well and does enhance the bright shades from my summer colours and also keep the warpaint on. I, as with other products, put this on, spent the day at work and then went to the gym. I managed to get it to last right up until dinner and didn't really notice any creasing on the lid (The main point of a primer) so I would say it was a success.
The product is made from fairly natural ingredients and I have found it not to irritate my very sensitive skin. Would I purchase this product again? If I'm honest probably not, this is not to say I don't think it is extremely good quality and does give you value for (all be it a lot) of money but I personally prefer the canvas solid primer. I rarely use bright colours, and whilst it is nice to have a primer for such occasions I am happy to keep with more natural tones. For me, the solid worked better and lasts longer - I felt you used less with this and do not risk any leaking into your bag.
I would say if you consider buying this go to the counter, explain what you use and ask questions, don't feel rushed as they do want to help, and, ultimately you don't want to come away feeling let down. It's a great product, yes, it is expensive but I think you will probably get a good 8 - 12 months if you use this properly and it will be worth it as I didn't have to top up the warpaint during the day like I have with some of the very cheap products.
Gym memberships, personal trainers, classes, new kit.... It feels like keeping fit has become more expensive than ever. Over the last few months, for various reasons (Not only that I have just qualified as a fitness instructor but because of future relocation) I have been trying to get fit free... Now, for most things this isn't too hard, especially for aerobic workouts - Think running, walking, cycling etc. But for toning (just as important to get you bikini ready) whilst there are some options (Tricep dips on your sofa, Bicep curls with your water bottle, dreaded lunges and squats.....) it does help to have some extra backup.
We do have selection of fit-balls at my parents home (my brother has always trained semi professionally too) I needed something cheap that I can take with me and keep at my home. Cue a mini Google search for a cheap and easy set. I came across the Davina set for £9.99 and whist (No offence intended) I wasn't really taken by the Davina marketing it was the best one I could find and was cheap.
The set comes with a 65cm Fit Ball, a Fit Band and a pump (Not to be a captain obvious but you need to pump up your Fit Ball) You can use the ball for advancing lower and upper body training (Think crunches, push-ups, tips on the ball to name a few) Now, the reason you want to be using one of these is that, whilst you can use it to make the workout harder it also causes you to engage your core throughout the workout so you are training your trunk at the same time (I'll highlight that if you don't you might fall off)
The band is great, just long enough to use (I am fine at just over 5" and likewise my brother who is taller at nearly 6" was OK too - We are talking exercises like Bicep curls where you hold it under your foot) and has a decent resistance. Meaning you will get a workout and feel the resistance but you wont feel like you are losing a tug of war against it.
The ball itself, as I mentioned before, is 65cm which is a fairly standard size that should suit most people (If you are used to really big balls you might find it a little small and need some getting used to but it will still do the job perfectly well). It appears to be made of a durable rubber material and, thus far, has shown no signs of wear and tear, thinning or degrading. With it being rubber it is also easy to wash/wipe down if you, for example, get it muddy if you take it outside (Why not enjoy the sun whilst you can eh...?!) The colour is a yellow/green colour that I see no issue with, personally colour co-coordinating gym equipment is not high on my list. Will I be put off by the Davina signature on it, not really, it' not huge and it's white so not hugely obvious but would by brother and my chaps be bothered by it.... Not sure, perhaps for the more "manly" of them floating with Davina's latest kit might just put them off..
The ball comes flat and with a pump which you have to inflate, I had to issues with this, it all worked and was pretty easy to use - You might find it like a workout to get there though! I would recommend this to people to use, not only for working out but also, it makes a good alternative for a desk chair (You can bounce and move on it, this way you burn more calories and have to keep your core held so you are actually working out as you write/read reviews!) I haven't experienced any issues with losing air but I do try to keep mine topped up every few weeks anyway just to make sure I have full capacity in the ball.
It's a decent price for a fairly good quality piece of kit, it doesn't come with the perfect body or the motivation but if you supply the latter this piece of kit should get you there without any issues. Mine came with a set of example exercises so this is also a good place to start.
That old saying. Beauty comes from within. Well, for me that involves a good breakfast usually consisting of rye bread. I'll be honest, rye bread when it isn't toasted is not the best. Which leads me to my next review, living in a house that not only has to feed me but several other people we need a butch toaster built for stamina that can take on hoards of people wanting breakfast.
The Dualit 4 slice toaster has proven to be just the gadget, not only have I found it to be a superb toaster it also suits my old school glamour taste for my kitchen accessories.
The product itself boasts 4 slots so you can toast 4 slices of bread at a time - A bonus when feeding lots of people (Cue production line in the kitchen when we have friends to stay) As opposed to have a button to "pop your toast" it has a handle at the front which you use to lift out the slices (No more showers of bread crumbs with an over zealous pop) As you would expect with any standard toaster it boats a full length crumb catching tray making for very easy cleaning. I have found that the slots are quite wide so for those of you with a penchant for eating bagels of a Saturday morning this could be just the ticket.
The product I have runs on a standard UK mains voltage (240v) power supply but I am not sure if you are able to purchase for overseas - I am sure if you check the website at www.dualit.com you will be able to contact them to ask.
The product works on a twist timer (The further you twist around, the more toasted your toast will be!) For my particular model I have a handy guide for light/medium/dark toast which suits us well as we all now know where we want our setting to be without having to re-adjust each time you use it. I have found it is quite quick to toast the bread, it doesn't appear to leave you hanging around waiting (Perhaps this is because I like my toast on the light option)
The product, thus far, has been easy to clean, as I mentioned before it has a crumb catching tray which makes emptying it much easier and for cleaning the outside I have just given it a wipe with a cloth and this seems to do the trick. The toaster is quite heavy (I am going to call it well built) but be honest, once you have it in place, how often do you relocate your toaster of a morning.....?! It appears to be made well, and so far I have not had to replace anything or send it for repairs (I hope this review isn't the toasty kiss of death...) From a Dualit point of view I actually purchased this item as my parents have had the older model for around 30 years and have so far only replaced 2 of the elements. Something I am hoping to beat.
The product is a little on the pricy side (Coming in at about £150 when I brought it) but I would say that having used £6 toasters throughout my uni years it is well worth it. Especially if I am going to get the next 30 years from it... (Fingers crossed) Also, for this price please remember you do get some old school glamour into the kitchen because this is a lovely looking toaster (No cheap white plastics here) and you can even colour co-ordinate to your own style (Or heck, go all out and get spotty - I suppose at least that way you match whatever kitchen you change to......)
Would I recommend this to you? Yes, as students if you told me I was going to spend such an absurd amount of money on a toaster I would have, quite frankly, laughed in your face and told you that my precious supermarket special would have been just fine. But now I look back I realise just what I was missing, my toasting epiphany if you will, we had to purchase several of these because, well, we just kept breaking them, or they kept trying to attack us (We melted one....) I would say take the leap, splash out and get something that is well built, will last you and will toast you some beautiful slices (and or bagels, depending on what your poison is)
The only negative I have is that I still have to slice the bread, take it out and butter my toast....... Can you buy something to do that for you....?
I have been very blessed recently to enjoy my Saturday evenings with the most handsome young man that I know, even getting a cuddle before bed. No, I have not been dating but instead (and it's far more fun) I have been babysitting my nephew. What a delight. Until bed time. Knowing mummy and daddy, for the first night at least, were not in really set the little fellow off.
What to do. Now. I remember reading these to many of the children I have looked after and been a nanny for and I know that some good old Hairy Maclary never fails. I sat down with small fry for a bed time read and this time we opted for Scarface Claw. Now, without any spoilers for mummies and daddies out there (You also wont want to hear it again I'm sure) Scarface is supposed to be the big bad cat that isn't afraid of anything. This story is the tale surrounding the characters from the Hairy Maclary series with a focus on Scarface Claw showing that, actually, he might not be as tough as he tells everyone. As with all the other books by the wonderful New Zealand author Lynley Dodd the story is written as poem that flows beautifully, with great use of alliteration.
The images throughout the book do not disappoint, they are of a beautiful quality as always, and are still the same wonderful paintings that have been throughout the series. I would recommend really taking the chance to go over these with the kids as there is so much to spot.
We had great fun reading this book together, whilst it is a little above small fry's literary level at the moment he still had great fun telling me all the spectacular names of the wonderful characters and giving me very interesting descriptions of the beautiful images :)
The book is the perfect length, little ones enjoy it, mummies and daddies don't feel like they have been reading forever. The images are fun, creative and the story is fun. I would also highly recommend that you read some of the other books in the series - Most come in at around £4 which is a fairly reasonable cost for a book that will be read so many times.
Is it worth it? Yes, very much so. I highly recommend this, just a few points to make - I've not come across this in hardback so to be aware with little sticky fingers turning pages. And. Most of all. Be prepared to read this time and again. I actually just recite the story whilst he holds it now......
Be prepared to enjoy many hours of fun reading this beautiful book.
One of the perks of visiting your parents for a holiday is that you don't have to pack too many towels and bathroom essentials - Especially when we go to my parents - I it's not the freshly cleaned towels it's the on tap toothpaste and mouthwash, and, if needed the drawer of samples and spares (Thanks for the toothbrush I did actually forget mum..... :)
Whilst I was there I decided to try out a few new products, not just for review but also to see if I can find something better than what I already use. Mum and dad must have been shopping when there was a BOGOF because they had the two flavours of these currently in use - One is a mint and the other is a clove....
The product itself states it is alcohol free, gives you up to 18 hours fresh breath and will show you visible "bacteria and debris" It is sold in 500ml bottles for around £3 which I feel is pretty good value for money as it doesn't appear to go down a huge amount each time you use it (Be aware that this is a little more expensive than other mouth washes). Dentyl claim that you can see the bacteria and debris that was around your teeth coming out in the sink, now, I agree you can see something but I'm not sure if it really was "debris"
The product works by shaking and mixing the two parts together to form an emulsion which you then swill around your mouth and spit out - Much like any other mouthwash. Does it taste nice? Well, the mint one does yes, but the clove one, beyond horrendous. I warn you now, unless you are partial to chewing a clove avoid the pink one. I used it one morning, then quickly went to cover it with the green but could still taste it that evening..... Not nice at all.
The product claims not to "sting" and I would agree. I would imagine this is due to the no alcohol formula that the product has. It doesn't leave you with that, sometimes painful, tingle in your mouth, especially around your teeth.
I think this product works well, it makes my mouth feel clean, the green mint one tastes great, but the pink leaves some to be desired. It leaves my breath feeling fresh - No moments of worry when getting up close and personal! Would I purchase it myself? If I'm honest, not if it wasn't on offer - I think you get just as much from other mouth washes that are cheaper although perhaps not as funny (Yes, my little brother and I did the really gross thing of looking at what was in the sink... Sorry to share that....)
What you would expect from a mouthwash, nothing to really wow but (other than the pink clove one) nothing really dire.
Another year, another summer, another few months of melting in the office and getting just a little bit chilly making my wine filled evenings last too late into the night.... Not a problem, I have all my summer clothes stored ready for this year. I'll just get those out and everything will be fine. Well. Not quite. I think I should be pleased but it's an expensive moment when you realise you are a dress size smaller than this time last year and nothing fits.
Cue shopping spree. I went in with a mission, a select list of exactly what I needed. And, through sheer self discipline (and a card limit) I managed to get everything - Apart from a cardi that fit well. Looking around the high street I noticed this was proving to be a little bit difficult trying to find something to fit that was light enough to not make me feel like I'm wearing a jumper in summer but that would cover my arms and keep the chill off later into the evening.
New look are currently stocking these cardigans in most shops and I believe you can still purchase them online at, what I feel, is a reasonable price of £12.99.
The cardigan itself is a "boyfriend" style cardi which means that it hangs a little looser around the body and has a really nice detail at the inside seam in the form of pockets. The product is made of 3% viscose and 97% acrylic but it has a soft cotton feel and I haven't found it make me sweaty like some acrylic materials can.
The sleeves are nice and shapely and quite well fitted - I found them not to be too tight like some other styles are. The style is well cut and a great shape across the front so it hangs properly when either puled across the chest or hanging lose (A bonus in my book) So far as I know these come in a size 8-18 but they may well have a further range of sizes (You may have to search online or ask in store about this) I went for a size 10 as I have found the cardigan to be quite stretchy.
A note to sizing, if you are ordering online they do give a little so you should be ok (for a tight look) going for a smaller size (I can go from an 8 for stretchy to a 12 for fitted so plonked for a 10 - in English sizes of course)
New Look currently stock this style in 7 different colours, I went for a stone as it was what I was looking for but I know, in my local store at least, they had a black, white and a pink/orange colour.
The quality of the product is sound. As I make a lot of my own clothes I can be quite critical of how something is made, but New Look seem to not disappoint - Even though this is a really good price for a cardi they have ensured that the seams are well made and that the construction on the piece is of quite a high standard.
Washing wise I have been washing this with my lights on 30 with an anti crease, thus far it has washed well, kept it's shape, size and colour and, as long as I have hung it does not crease too much. Likewise I have found when wearing it there isn't too much change in the shape/creases so well recommended if you are likely to be wearing this a whole day.
I would recommend this cardi to anyone looking for a light summer cover up, if you need a winter warmer to protect you from an Arctic wind then you wont find it hear but other than that this is a good quality, well made item that, I personally think, is great value for money.
When I first started looking for an upper lid liner (as opposed to a waterline only) I quickly realised that either the pencil liners I had were rubbish, or (as it turned out) my level of skill was not high enough to apply a decent eye liner using this method. Hence the trails of countless liquid liners...
Now the issue I had with these are that they don't dry quickly enough and I find that they tend to smudge. So. To recap, I can't get a pencil to show or go straight and a liquid smudges and doesn't dry. There must be something in between eh? Well. There is, and the wonderful lady at the Bobbi Brown counter proved her point to me. Cue - The purchase of the gel liner.
The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner itself comes in a small glass container with a little screw top plastic lid, weighing in at actual product amount of 3g. Whilst this sounds like not a lot, for the product you get and how much you actually use for each application it lasts well.
And on that note can I just point out that not only does the product not seem to run out. Ever. But when they call this a long-wear eyeliner they were not joking. I like to test my products fully when I get them to make sure I know how they work before I review them, and this more than passed. I applied my liner (all be it over a primer) first thing in the morning (and it was a 6am start that day) and tested it through work, gym and an evening out, I then (and I know, but don't judge my "purely testing and not too tired" methods only....) left it on and, curse me, slept with it on all night. I'll be honest, whilst I did have a slight panda eye the next morning, it was minimal and, all in all the eye liner was still in place.
For me using the product is a lot easier than most but let me point out know you do require a brush to apply this, I personally use and angled brush and find this works best for applying the product smoothly and accurately. It goes on well and it dries quickly, and as I mentioned above that is pretty much it once it is on. The lovely lady on the counter advised it is best to work as quickly as you can as once it is on it doesn't smudge... Also now might be the point at which to mention this is a water resistant product so you should be fine for a little splash back but you will need a proper eye makeup remover to take it off. But I suppose I can't have both - A long lasting, non smudging and "easy to remove with water" product...
For those of you who are wondering I wear shade 27 which is "Caviar Ink" and this, I find, is the darkest and most "black" shade, searching the website it seems this does come in several shades (13 if I remember correctly) so you are best to go to the counter and check out what works best for your skin tone/preferences if you can.
The product is expensive, when I brought mine it cost a pretty penny at £16.50 which, while for high end makeup is not expensive, for an eye liner in comparison with high street buys it is a little costly. However, that being said, it does last well and you don't use a lot of product for each application.
Would I recommend this? Very much so. Will I re-purchase again? Yes. In love with this product and most definitely recommending you to all try it - Just remember to make sure you have makeup remover and a brush to hand.
I always like to try out new products (Unless something I am using is beyond good - Take the Touche Eclat - Miracles will happen for me to now switch over) so with summer coming up I have been looking for a tinted moisturiser. The next on my list to test again (I'm sure I used this way back when, when my housemate was a Benefit addict also) was You Rebel by Benefit.
This is marketed as a tinted moisturiser - Basically a very light coverage that will look after you skin. So. If you are looking to really cover blemishes and even out scarring and patchy skin tone this might not be the product for you, but, if you generally have good skin and are looking for something to give you some coverage then this could be your option (especially as you can avoid your makeup sliding down your face in a hot office......)
For me this has proven to work really well, I like the smell of the product, I like the way it feels on my skin and I find it gives my skin a good finish. I will be honest, this is going to be for summer only for two reasons: Firstly I need a thicker product for better coverage in winter and secondly because without a natural summer tan this is far to dark for my skin tone (If you haven't read my reviews before I am very pale skinned so if you don't get any colour in the summer I wouldn't attempt this - You might just look like you've been "Tangoed") Actually, on a slight side note from my "pale and interesting" tales I have very sensitive skin also and I don't seem to react to this.
The tinted moisturiser comes in at £23.50 for 50ml (although I think you can get it slightly cheaper if you look around sites like Amazon or bay) But, considering Benefit are a high end makeup line and you are also getting a moisturiser and SPF of 15 which, Smells nice and works well I think you are on your way.
The product comes with Benefit's standard quirky packaging and the product seems to last well (I've been using it for a while now and I don't seem to be hurtling through at a rate of knots. And it can use also on neck/collar bone too. It applies well using fingers or sponge (although that mops a lot up so you use more) but I wouldn't recommend using a brush, it just doesn't seem to work - I think, for me at lease, applying like you do a moisturiser (making sure you don't leave any marks) is the best way to get the product on your skin.
Yes, it is expensive but personally I think it is worth the splash as works really well, it lasts on your skin and gives you a great finish. I think it's worth getting as all in one for summer, and, according to the Benefit website so do many of their other customers as they have now flagged it as a "top seller" - If you need a change check this one out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
After seeing a surge of advertising (admittedly a LONG time ago) for this product I had to have a look... The idea behind this product is that you paint your nails with a base coat and then paint this over the top - The affect you get is that of a "cracked" distressed look, an antique effect if you will (Don't panic yet)
The product itself is sold on most high street drug-stores - I believe I brought mine from Boots. Looking around it normally comes in about £3.99 which, for a good quality nail varnish is fairly standard, if not slightly cheaper, price in comparison to other brands (Baring in mind that you do need to own/buy other colours to use with this item)
Originally this product came in only two colours (Black and White) and now Barry M have another 4 colours (The 6 being - Purple, Gold, White, Blue, Pink and Black) Personally my favourite is the black as it's easier to mix with other colours.
To use the product you paint (and let dry) a base coat in a colour (Please note that metalics and bright colours work best under this) and then paint another coat of the product over the top - This then "cracks" as it dries, allowing the base colour to show through. You can just paint in one stroke (I personally prefer this look) or you can use the brush to move around the product and attempt to create different patterns (I found this didn't work well for me)
I do love this product. It's fun, quirky and makes a nice change to plain nails. You can switch up the base colours and, for a different look, paint a white base "French tip" and then paint the polish over the tip - This gives you the effect but in a more subtle way.
As for the wear of the product it doesn't chip but it does start to fade off after a while, I find I can get about 4 days before it starts to fade as I, as yet, haven't managed to get a top coat to work over the top.
The product comes in a standard 13ml glass bottle with a plastic lid and attached applicator. The brush is thick and doesn't lose fibres so you should be fine for a smooth application that doesn't leave your finger tips in a mess. Now, just a little note for those who are buying this product - The more you bring out the brush the quicker the product "dries" around the applicator. This doesn't actually cause an issue, you can still use it, but if you screw the lid back on and shake it well then you will get a better result.
Would I buy this product again? Probably not if I'm honest, I like using it, it's cheap, fun and it lasts well but for me this was definitely more of a passing phase rather than a nail art epiphany. Would I recommend it to you? Yes. I would, I know there are other brands that do similar effect polishes but personally I think this is the best value for money for the product you get.
Why is it that women spend hours getting ready? So you can rock that "oh this, yeah, fell out of bed and looked like this..." you see, I am one of those who spend, probably much longer than most, putting on my makeup... just to make it look like I'm not wearing any! I have perfect skin...Obviously... not.
They were right in naming it the magic wand. I wanted this for so long but as it is quite expensive I held off and just kept on the review reading. All the Magazines, reviews and my friends swear by it so for one birthday several years ago (during an exciting trip to Harvey Nicholls) I was brought this and since then I have used it every single day. The product itself is marketed as a highlighting product, this means it is used to under the eyes, around the lips, above the eyebrows and anywhere that the light should hit your face. Now, it is not advertised as concealer but I do find it works well if you do, for whatever reason, need to cover something - Basically it works well as a "throw in your bag" and use for everything at times of need product.
The product does come in at £25 so it is pricey but for what you get it is well worth it. Not forgetting that this product is made my Yves Saint Laurent so it is a high end beauty item - yet it still comes in cheaper than some of the other high end alternatives.
I personally have found that the product lasts for around 4-5 months before I run out (normally just as I need it) but please bear in mind that I use this every morning and I top up through the day when I need it too so you wont go away feeling like you haven't had your monies worth. The quality of the product is phenomenal, it is extremely luxurious when you apply it to your skin and the packaging is extremely well designed. It comes in a "pen" form with a button on the end which you click to dispense just the right amount of product into the inbuilt brush - (Just to note with the application I find the brush leaves a few strokes on your skin so I use my finger to smooth over the edges)
YSL have now introduced this product in a range of different colours. Initially designed for fair skin they now stock 12 shades from pale to dark skin. As I have mentioned before I have very sensitive skin with some really troublesome spots and I am fine with it so this product will probably suit most skin types. I was informed by the lady at the YSL counter that this is also a moisturizing formula so it should suit very dry skin types.
This can be used on it's own or under/over foundation depending on your poison... Would I buy it again, yes, I am on my, probably 5th one..... Personally I think it is well worth the price for the 4 or 5 months of glowing "flawless" skin.
After a somewhat disastrous experience with the Simple exfoliating wipes I am pleased to report that Simple have not let me down in supplying a suitable sufficient exfoliating scrub! Thank goodness.
The wash comes in at around £3 - £4.50 for approximately 150ml (Depending on where you buy it) and I can happily say it much better than the wipes, the product smells good and works well. As I mentioned in the other review I had had to revert back to the old school method of scrub wash, a little more effort but I guess Granny was right: Sometimes just a lick and some elbow grease is all you need (And she would know. He skin was FLAWLESS. Damn....)
I would like to just highlight one thing about the scrub, it does work, but you do need to use it on a regular basis as it is only a gentle scrub (As my darling dermatologist told me - This is much better for the skin) Likewise, as with any routine by which you aim to improve the quality of your skin expect to see it all get worse before it starts to get better: Trust me, every time I know this, and yet, without fail, I still panic and freak out when it all gets worse and ALWAYS forget that things will improve over time!
As with the whole Simple range the product is Hypoallergenic and is free from all the chemical nasties - Perfect if you want a more natural approach to skin care (It's perfect for us belles with delicate skin)
I think the product is good value as it comes in at a decent price and it lasts well as you don't need a lot for each use (About a 10pence sized blob will do) It also works out to be particularly good value if you buy this product on offer (No word of a lie, I mention this a lot, I don't see there being anything wrong in having rows of the same product at home..........)
As I use this often I'm going to suggest if you haven't, take the leap, I will be buying it again (Well, I wont, not for a while anyway as I have quite the supply....) It's a great way to keep you skin soft and free from flakes - Simple!
Tired of chapped lips? Well, as any beauty lover will know a little bit of a mild brush with your tooth brush and some proper lip balm and you are well on your way for a kissable pout.
Try it and see is my philosophy on most things - So, as Vaseline has been so proudly standing our bathroom cabinet for as long as I can remember I stuck with old faithful.
Now, I can tell you I have WAY to many lip products lying around, in my bag, by my bed, in my bathroom - Even in my drawer at work! It's BAD.... Well. Back to old faithful. The Vaseline Lip Therapy is your favourite product specially designed for you to take on the move. And not only have they given you that, but they have thrown in a whole collection of "flavours" too.
So, would I recommend it?
So far as purchasing the product price gets a good thumbs up: Cheap, cheerful and lasts for AGES (And that is saying something as I use it A LOT) That, in my opinion, makes it great value for money.
Also, it delivers in standard, now, I have read that the product is supposed to dry your lips, and with the original I find that I do have to apply it often so I am inclined to agree. What I personally find, and would recommend people trying, is that with the Aloe version you don't get this. It also smells amazing (Just a tip - The Rose and the Cocoa butter ones are good alternatives too)
I find the original product useful to keep in my handbag as I don't just have to use it on my lips, it can be used as Vaseline would be normally, so, you can soften dry patches and also put it on blisters to help ease the pain (Use this tip with caution as I wouldn't want to grease up my Choos......)
It's a small tin, light and I feel very much handbag friendly. It is useful to keep there too as the use by date gives you about 2 years.
Do I have any down sides? Yes. The package design is a small metal tin with a pop on lid - When you are cold, or, like my mum, you suffer with your hands getting this lid off can prove to be quite the mission. Likewise, unless you feel like puckering up to your pot you need to apply with your hand and this can cause all manor of complications when cold winter/gloved hands come into action.
I like this product, and I will continue to buy it - Will I recommend it? Yes, I would say look about, see what flavour works for you and try it. Just be warned that if small tubs are not your thing you may spend longer looking at your product than gaining kissable lips!
I'm pale. I mean. Very pale. I may be told that English Rose is the look, but if I'm not careful I end up looking like I've fallen out of a Twilight book. This is fine in winter. I try to rock my colours but when the summer rolls in I like to have more of a golden glow (I admit. I think I normally rock out lobster as I burn as soon as the weather report even mentions sunshine...)
To try and combat this, and just give myself a little more colour I have looked into a few fake tan methods. Sun beds are out as I had a family member with skin cancer so the alternatives are in: Thus far I can conclude that normal fake tans are too orange and I'm just not a fan. Spray tans are alright - But lets be honest, who can 1) afford them regularly and 2) always be prepared to book them enough in advance prior to a night out or a particular event.
The Rimmel Sun Shimmer instant tan was recommended to me by a friend when I was at uni so I thought I would give it a go. The product is pretty cheap and certainly much cheaper than most fake tan products but I still think you would be better to get it on offer.
Now, for the important bit - Does it work?
I would say, at a push, yes. Let me explain.
As I mentioned above I'm really pale so, I decided to go for the lightest option there was, got it home, exfoliated and did my legs - I must be honest, it was still really dark and gave me a definite orange glow - That one we can all spot a mile off.
It does have a nice shimmer to it, so it left my skin looking nice, and, because it was "instant" it was great to be able to see it going on as I could make sure I banished all streaks. It also smells a lot nicer than most fake tans.
As with all fake tans you need to make sure that you wash your hands straight away, I made the rookie error the first time and had some rather charming orange nails for about 2 weeks. I would say, if you are slightly darker skinned then this product is a great buy (Be warned, this is not a fake tan that lasts, it does build some gradual colour but the idea is it's a one hit wonder that you apply for a particular occasion.
I personally found that if I mixed it with body lotion it gave me a better colouring and coverage, it also meant that it spread better and smelt nicer too.
I don't think I will be buying this product again, it just didn't deliver 100% on all points. For now, I guess I'm going to rock out my English Rose and hope that when I next go on holiday I don't blind too many other holiday makers!
As a self confessed beauty product addict I can't help myself when it comes to testing new things. Perhaps it's the shiny packaging that gets you or perhaps it's the promise to get the body of Giselle that draws you in...
Well, if there is one thing that I always read these "super models" do it's exfoliate and body brush. Get rid of that cellulite. Banish those bumps and have perfect, non flaky skin... As some of my other reviews will explain I do like the good old fashion methods of doing things, so I tend to stick to my routines - And for exfoliating that normally consists of a brush and a body scrub. Well, what you will also see is that, I travel. A lot, and if there is something that will get me a short cut and make my life easier I am always willing to test it.
The idea behind the exfoliating gloves is that you put the mitts on and rub your legs in light circles and the rough texture of the glove buffs away all those imperfections. So, as they were highly recommended I got a pair and had a go -
I have to say I was really pleased with them, they worked well and were really great to use on those especially hard to reach places like your back, the backs of your arms and your shoulders. They literally are a glove that you put on in the shower so it saves you having to faff about with all your products and, more often than not, contort yourself into interesting shapes to reach the middle of your back!
As the product is so cheap it makes it a great bargain and I would certainly recommend them: But I will recommend them with a couple of warnings/informative points -
If like me, you have little hands, the gloves are a little bit big so, when wet, they tend to start to slide down your hand (Even though the wrist band is pretty tight) Also, and I'm sure it's because of the material they are made from you need to make sure you hang them out properly and wash them regularly as they tend to start to smell otherwise.
I would say it is worth it if you are prepared to replace or wash them often. In my opinion they were worth the money, and I certainly have a couple of pairs in my cupboard to take with me when I am off on my travels (They were on offer) but I personally will stick to some good old fashioned contorting, elbow grease, and exfoliating body wash as I personally find that my skin is in better condition when I do.