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I don’t get to wear it often because I do seem to work a lot of the time, but the days I get to be off and enjoy myself – I do like to do myself up and give myself a day of treats and pampering. So if I head out to meet a friend, or just for a walk around I always make sure I stick on a slick of lipstick.
I’ve not long got into lipstick, I was always a lip gloss kind of girl, and I’d always loved the MAC lipsticks – so when I decided I was going to buy into the whole idea of lipstick MAC was where I went to first.
I’ve got a few more than I care to admit but I’ll give you a bit of a thought about MAC lipsticks in general. What I find with them mostly, is that the choice of colours and finishes is absolutely astonishing, go to a MAC stand and there are more lipsticks than you know what to do with – I find it hard every time I go in to decide what I want to buy. The shades vary so much that there is something to suit every skin shade, no matter how pale or dark you are.
The lipsticks smell absolutely gorgeous – if I open the lid of my closest lipstick, and sniff it, it smells a bit vanilla like. It’s lovely to be able to apply a lipstick and have that kind of smell underneath your nose all day long, it’s an unadvertised bonus that comes with MAC lipsticks really. Along with the fact that despite shimmer and metallic looking lipsticks they are nice and smooth – and make my lips feel really soft and moisturised while I’m wearing it.
The colour pigmentation is great, they’re easy to apply and look so good when they’re on. They last a long time as well, provided I’m not eating lots I can easily make the colour last in excess of 6 or 7 hours – but it depends how much you apply in the beginning and if you put a protective top coat over your lipstick. The colour can transfer on skin as I’ve managed to transfer it by kisses to my other half when I’ve kissed him much to his dismay!
Lipsticks are around the £15 marker, I tend to by normal MAC lipsticks nothing limited edition which is £15.50 new – there are more expensive but I stick with my basics!
Foundation is a pain in the backside for me, it seems when I first get it that it suits perfectly and I can’t get enough of it. Then it takes a month or so and then it starts to look a bit different on my skin, so I figure either it changes colour, or my eyes just think it does. So this time I’ve decided to go for something a bit different!
I’ve always loved MAC lipsticks, and currently own a few too many than I care to admit to, but I decided that I wanted to give some more of their items a go. The foundation was the first place I went for.
This foundation is a little on the pricey side for a bottle that’s only 30ml in size, however when you look at all high end foundations they’re all around the same £25 marker maybe a little more or a little less. However I am thinking now that I’m not going to be too upset about spending this on a bottle of foundation – as this foundation seems more than worth the money in my opinion. The bottle is glass so be careful, it comes with a pump lid to get the foundation out and a sliding lock top to prevent leaks.
The foundation claims to last 15 hours, and having worn it for a full 13 hour shift and the time either side of it to work – I can safely say it holds that claim nicely. I could have probably gone on to go out after work with it on, and not be worried that my skin was beginning to look a mess or tired. A medium coverage foundation, that will cover problem skin, without making you feel caked up – or too heavy, help to prevent oils and keep your skin looking fresh all day, which is something I’ve struggled with for years. This foundation seems to have cured that!
There are so many different shades it’s unbelievable, in store they’ll colour match you depending on warmth or coolness of your skin. Easy to remove with soap and water, remover or a wipe – without any redness or irritation noted at any point. 30 mls will easily last me a couple of months if not more since I’ve still got some left, so although it’s pricey it’s worth every penny!
30ml of foundation is currently £25 with MAC, from the website or Debenhams, and House of Fraser.
I think if you were a very potent eyeshadow or mascara you really need a good eye make-up remover to save your eyes from getting sore and potentially infected or blocked tear ducts – don’t want to risk sore eyes.
So when I got my new set of make-up removers I decided to invest in this eye make-up remover. I wasn’t expecting to like it this much though, even though it is slightly expensive in the grand scheme of things.
This eye make-up remover is made from two different liquids of different densities so they sit one on top of the other in the bottle, so the best thing to do when you get your bottle is shake it and mix the two together before putting it on the cotton wool pads or balls. I recommend pads because it seems to last a bit longer on them, the balls just tend to absorb it all.
I tend to give it a couple of seconds squeeze on the pad until I’ve got something about the size of a twenty pence piece on it – so that way I know there’s enough to cover the whole of the top of my eye without having to put two lots of the remover on it. Then take to the eye and rub, keeping eyes closed at the same time. It’s surprising how much you get off in one go really, scary actually – but it means it’s nice an easy to get make up off, even waterproof ones.
I’ve never had any kind of skin reaction or any stinging eyes, just make sure you’re not rubbing the make-up you’re removing into your eye as it may then sting. However it’s not the remover as that is apparently made from as much natural ingredient as they can muster, so I think if you’ve got sensitive skin it’s not going to aggravate that either. Well recommended apart from the price!
This retails at £21.50 from Lancome, but if you’re worried getting a sample at a counter or over the internet may be a good place to start!
Some days when I get up in the morning I am getting up at the crack of dawn, so I don’t really feel like I can be bothered to wash my hair before going to work – so I have a couple of cans of dry shampoo in my room to save me vital money before a 13 hour shift!
When I was a brunette I had the hint of brunette can, as I was fed up of using normal batiste and no matter what I tried or how far away I sprayed it I was getting grey hair!
Don’t spray this near anything white or cream, as I find if I do that there’s little bits of dark brown flecks all over the bedding. So it’s not as concentrated as I expected really, it’s not a bad dry shampoo because it does cover the hair without making it look really grey. It does give a bit of a browner hint to your hair as well, not that with really dark brown hair it made a huge difference. It’s also got a really nice smell to it, which makes it a bit easier to tolerate since you won’t worry about it smelling chemical-like.
However, the same thing I find with every Batiste item I use, it sticks my hair together even after I’ve brushed it through. I don’t like it feeling all cotty and stuck together, I still want to be able to run my hands through it afterwards. So that’s my big issue with this dry shampoo really.
That said, it does give your hair a good clean looking shine to it – I find that I only tend to use it on my fringe mostly, but I can then cheerfully put my hair up and not worry that it looks greasy or that I’ve got grey roots from the powder that’s used to absorb the grease. It only tends to last the day for me though, I find after that I need to either use it daily or be less lazy and just wash my hair – it’s a staple on my table though, wouldn’t be without at least one dry shampoo!
This dry shampoo is £1.97 in Superdrug at the time of writing, and £3.99 normally.
I love models own nail varnishes, they’re always coming out with pretty colours and effect for your nails – my other half knows this too so he keeps buying them for me – and well he doesn’t help me in my addiction nowadays!
I was quite excited to get these nail varnishes as I’ve got the whole set, so got them in varying colours – which made me very excited one Christmas.
However this nail varnish is a little bit weak, as beautiful as the colour is in the bottle – you have to remember that in the bottle it is a lot more concentrated than it is going to be on plain fingernails. Which is the massive downfall of this nail varnish unfortunately – even with 5 or 6 coats it’s still not the colour that’s on the bottle. So if you want that beautiful blue-ish colour that is there, I advise putting it on top of pale blue or white nail varnish to start with. Even then it’s not quite there, but it’s going to be as close as you get – it’s best as a top coat really.
In my opinion, the brush is a little bit too thin for my liking, I’d like it to be a bit thicker so I can at least use the brush to cover a nail in three strokes as my nail lady has taught me. So that’s a complaint I’ve got really but – it’s just one of those things that there’s not a great deal I can do about that!
It will last you a good four or five days as a top coat before the pain starts to chip, so that’s really useful as I find that I change my nail varnish at least once a week when I’m off. So that works out really well for me, as I would change it then anyway. It doesn’t take much to come off either really, only a quick rub with the nail varnish remover will take it off with it just on your nail on it’s own. With other colours underneath it might take a bit more but it’s quite thin on the nail so you don’t need to work too hard to get it off!
This nail varnish is £4.99 a bottle from Models Own website and is available in some branches of Superdrug!
Using a base coat for nail varnish, I learnt very quickly was a must – as I had a few mishaps with some bright nail varnishes as a teenager and left myself with some dodgy coloured nails after I’d taken it off.
Revlon are quite a good brand in my opinion, but not one that I use very often – or didn’t before but now this base coat and top coat is a regular feature in my Boots shopping basket.
This base coat is brilliant all things considered, although it only goes on underneath the nail polish – I will often wear it over my natural nails when I can’t wear normal nail polish because it’s got a good boost to not allow splitting and peeling of nails. Now my nails don’t peel, but the edges often split so it’s nice that something can protect them when I’m washing my hands a lot of times a day.
Apply it with the brush provided and it doesn’t take very long to dry at all, I tend to do two coats of this and leave it around ten minutes before putting my actual nail polish on. Just in case I managed to smudge it, even though I know within a minute it’s dry – I just cannot abide having to redo my nails if I don’t have to.
This nail polish top coat effectively prevents yellowing of the nail due to nail polish, it’s great to know I can stick on a pretty colour and it won’t make my nails look a strange colour when I take it off!
This base coat is £6.49 in Boots, and worth getting the top coat in the three for two when the offer goes on – which it is at the time of writing this review.
Up until a couple of years ago I never really thought about using eye make-up remover, I just used to use water or a face wipe. Then as a teenage I was getting panda eyes and mascara all over my pillow I decided it needed to change.
No7 make a wide variety of make-up removal products, and this just happens to be one of them I’ve had numerous bottles of this blue liquid, from the tiny bottles up to the big bottles and it’s safe to say now I’d never change.
Before this point I was using the Lancôme version and I found that to be quite oily on my eyes and it took a long time to get all the make-up off my eyes. However the No7 version, although it is slightly oily as I think all eye make-up removers are – it’s nowhere near as bad as the Lancôme version for making my face feel oily.
I use a flat cotton wool pad to put it on and then give my eyes a good rub, without getting it actually in my eye obviously – it doesn’t make too long to come off my eyes either, I only tend to use both sides of the folded over pad to get rid of it all. Then change to a new pad for the other eye – it leaves my eyes feeling quite refreshed as a result as well instead of greasy and my eye lashes really soft.
I tend to find that I finish one of the larger bottles within a few months, I never leave it over the recommended length of time that’s on the bottle – because I don’t want to risk my eyes. So in my opinion its good value for money as it does its job, and doesn’t give you oily eyes as a result.
I’ve never had any nasty reactions when I’ve accidentally got it in my eyes either, just cleaned off the make-up and I am done, it’s really quite quick so there’s no excuse for panda eyes!
In Boots the price for a 100ml bottle is £8.50 at the minute grab it when it’s on offer on 3 for 2 and you could be stocked up for a year!
I first found this nail varnish a few years ago when I got my nails done by someone professionally, she used this to create polka dots on my nails and I fell in love with it straight away – so I had to buy it. This became my first bottle of OPI and I’ve not looked back since.
OPI aren’t what you’d call the cheapest brand of nail varnish out there, but they do come in much larger bottles than the average bottle of nail varnish so I feel like I get a little bit more for my money – well it’s probably the only way I can justify spending almost £10 a bottle on nail varnish.
This nail varnish is actually called Flashbulb Fuchsia not just Flashbulb, so the listing is slightly wrong but the colour is just about right. I think it’s actually a bit brighter than that, it’s a gorgeous bright pink varnish with a metallic like sparkle to it. I’m a big fan, think it looks lovely and it’s a real catch your eye nail polish without being so bright it slaps you in the face.
I find it takes a good two or three coats to get a good rich colour on your nails, it just depends how much of a basecoat you put on your nails. I find onto bare nails I need three coats of it to make it a deep colour – but if I’ve stuck a coat of base on it that’s quite a creamy colour it only needs two coats because there’s already a deeper colour on the nail than bare nails.
Once it’s on I find it will last a good couple of days before chipping on the ends of the nails – although it depends how active you are with your hands. If you’re one of those ladies that has a dish washer rather than washing up you’ll probably be alright – if not stick on a hardening top coat and you’ll get a good week out of one application of the nail varnish.
To remove it doesn’t take a lot, a good rub around on the nail with some remover and you’ll find it’ll start to disappear. It doesn’t tend to leave any kind of residue on the nail, I’ve never had any staining on my nails from it either!
Online the price is between £5 and £10 a bottle depending on where you get it from!
I don’t get to wear eye shadow as much as I’d like nowadays as it’s not really the first thing on my mind when I get up at 5.45 in the morning to go to work, so I only really get to wear it on special occasions. Which is a shame as I love experimenting with colours.
So when I do wear it I use the one that I know works, stays put and blends well – which as the same as a great deal of my make-up is made by Bourjois, a company I trust to make great make up that my skin doesn’t mind having too much.
The smokey eyes trio comes in varying shades from shades of pink, all the way through to black and greys, so you’ll not have trouble finding some shades that fit the colours of your eyes or just a specific colour scheme if you’re on a night out.
You get three separate complimenting colours in your shadow tray, from dark through to light in varying shades of the colour you’ve chosen, each are in rounded domes in the tray and are very light and easy to pick up either on a brush or on the two ended sponge provided.
It takes a couple of coverings to get your colour quite as perfect as I like it, but the eye shadow is so soft and light piling it on doesn’t matter because it doesn’t weigh down your eyelids, especially when you want shocking colour on your lids. Bonus is that it’ll last all day as well, even on a night out I can happily apply and come getting come at night it will still be there, sometimes more than my blusher actually!
To remove, easy either use a wipe or eye make-up remover and you’re good to go, although it may look bright and stunning on – it is very easy to remove and I’ve never had any sort of skin reaction to the item. So will continue to keep using it for as long as they make the colours I like!
At £7.99 in Boots, I’m quite happy that they last a good 6 months if not more for an infrequent wearer, so I cannot complain at the quality of that. The Bourjois name stands for itself!
I’ve been toying with the idea of buying one of these blackhead removal tools for a while now, every time I go into the body shop they’re there and I think shall I get one and try it or not?
My skin is littered with them, no amount of exfoliating or washing my face seems to stop them from rearing their ugly heads and normally no sooner have I got rid of them do they come back again. In all honesty I’m not a big fan of squeezing them because they tend to end up deeper if I do – so it was only a matter of time before this item was purchased.
So before using this make sure your skin is really clean, and I like to open up my pores with a nice hot cloth against my face – so anything there is going to be needing to be removed is going to be a little bit more open than just normal.
It’s got two ends to it, one small and one large – to begin with I had no idea what on earth I was doing to use it. In the end I decided the easiest thing I could do would be to press it against the area around the black head and press – incredibly easy when you try. Found that the spot was easily removed and I just used some cotton wool with tea tree on to wipe the area.
Yes it does make your skin a little red and sore afterwards, but using some soothing tea tree afterwards will calm it down a lot. Your skin will look lots better afterwards as well, with all those pesky blackheads removed, I don’t find they’re gone for too long, but longer than if I just tried to exfoliate them out.
Close up pores afterwards with a cool cloth to the face and moisturise and you’ll be good to go.
These items are only £4 in the body shop – so they’re hardly going to break the bank, and I can’t see they’ll wear out very quickly either!
I love my nail varnish, and nothing makes me happier than finding a new one that I can fill up my collection with. I’d never really got into using the Bourjois nail varnishes up until a couple of months ago – when I found some in a cheap shop outlet not far from me.
Bourjois is a brand of make-up that has been around for a while, it has some nice quirky aspects to it at times – some of the items it has to offer at the minute especially are a bit different to a few of the more widely known make-up brands.
This nail polish, is the particular one that comes with ultra-shine – so I would imagine is meant to rival some of the high shine gelly nail varnishes that are out there. With a nice thin brush and polish that is meant to last up to a week, or so it says.
The brush is not overly thin, it’s easy enough in three strokes to cover the entire nail – can’t say though that it would have a great deal of influence over the amount of shine the polish has but apparently it helps. It does give a lovely shiny sheen on your nails with this polish I won’t deny it, and when it’s dry it’s definitely competition for the Barry M Gelly range.
Apart from the fact that it takes an absolute age to dry which is absolutely ridiculous, it’s really slow to dry and even a couple of hours later I touched it and it smudged so if you’re going to use it, get a good quick drying top coat. Unfortunately that’s a massive downside to this nail varnish which is a shame because the colours are gorgeous, and when it is dry its lovely and shiny with such a rich colour – you just need a day to sit doing nothing!
It will last me a week with a good top coat on, but then it is hard work to get off – but it does have good staying power. Even the darker colours don’t stain the nails but I always put a base coat on anyway because it preserves my nails a bit more – than just sticking a colour straight on them.
Bottles of this are £5.99 in Boots in varying colours, which is acceptable but I’d just like it to dry a bit faster in all honesty!
When I bought my No7 make-up a little while ago, I was keen to make sure I had a powder to go with them – because I’m one of those people who no kind of mattifying foundation or anything stops my skin from looking shiny unfortunately.
No7 are a more sophisticated and posh brand than I used to use - it’s also a little more expensive but it seems to work really well with my skin so it’s more than worth the money to me.
I rarely use this just on bare skin because I’m not blessed with the best skin in the world – so normally this goes on to give a matte sheen to my skin over the top of foundation on a day where my skin is looking and feeling quite good.
It’s not a powder that is designed to cover imperfections as it’s a quite thin and light powder, if you’re looking for something to wear that’s going to give thick coverage you’re looking in the wrong place. This is a powder that is fine, soft and airy – it goes well over foundation to smooth out the complexion and gives the skin a nice glow.
It comes in a compact with a mirror in, and a sponge for application, it’s quite a cardboard like sponge though so not one I used more than once – I’m far happier applying it with a brush than the sponge that crackles when you use it. Feels like you’re losing a lot of it into the sponge as well so my brush definitely makes it last longer. This powder will last on your skin all day without fail, and is easy to remove with water or a wipe at the end of the day. A compact lasts me a good two or three months before needing to buy another one – but that might be because I don’t wear make-up every day.
This powder comes with vitamin E in which is good for the skin, and hyaluronic acid in which is meant to help keep skin moisturised – which I think it does as this is the one powder that doesn’t dry my skin out at all. Which is part of the reason I keep going back to it now!
This is currently £11.50 for a palette in Boots at the minute, it comes in four different colours. There is an offer at the minute (06/02/15) that means No7 items are buy one get one half price!
Since I started using electric toothbrushes and getting a really good clean on my teeth, I've noticed how my teeth have been affected by the foods I've eaten in the past. I decided I needed to use something that could help protect against it in the future, although I had done some damage I wanted to protect from having anymore.
Sensodyne is probably one of the biggest brands of enamel protecting toothpastes, and to be honest the only one that I trust to protect my teeth - there may be others out there but I think with toothpaste you get what you pay for.
This toothpaste comes in a really nice tube actually, it stands up better in the bathroom than your regular tube - but really that's the only way you'd differentiate it from a normal toothpaste. I do feel though the tubes are a little underfilled now they're not the biggest tubes in the world anyway, and having one and squeezing it - I do get the impression that there is more air in the tube than there should be.
The taste of this toothpaste is great, it's not an overly minty or under minty - it's just right without burning your mouth out while you're brushing. A pea sized amount as per usual instructions with a toothpaste, when mixed with a little water provides more than enough to give your teeth a good clean for the recommended two minutes per brushing. It does say you can use this toothpaste up to four times a day but I find that excessive twice a day is enough and effective for me.
This toothpaste won't replace enamel you've lost through acid wear but it does help with a little sensitivity - to be honest my teeth do seem to be a lot less sensitive than they were before, and I know it's the toothpaste because if I take a break from using it, it does come back. So I try not to now, and my teeth feel a lot better for using it, and now I don't feel bad having acidic foods and drinks. It's well worth a try if you're worried about enamel breakdown or have somewhat sensitive teeth.
It's not cheap at £4.40 a tube in Boots but I tend to stock up when it's on offer!
I always thought that I wouldn't ever pay all the money out for a benefit product, however in the past few months I think I've started to change my mind. I don't like spending too much money on something that's really quite small compared to other products - but this one I am pleased I spent the money on in all honesty!
I've always had large pores on my face, so when I saw this as a freebie in a magazine about a year ago - I knew it would be a nice trial before spending all that money, and I fell in love with it really quickly.
This balm is good for minimising the fine lines and pores on your face, it works somehow like you've got some filler on your face to smooth all that out - don't know how it works but I know it does. Now I always use this under foundation to give me a nice smooth base to start with.
It's a really soft balm to apply on your face you don't need a massive amount it just needs to be smoothed over the troublesome areas and you've got great coverage. When you squeeze the tube it comes out a nude colour but soon turns transparent on the skin, it's a great way to keep your make-up in place and keep your skin looking smooth all day!
A tube will last me around two months if I'm lucky and all though it is £24.50 a tube for how it makes my skin look and feel I won't begrudge paying that amount of money!
I always thought nice and easy, and the Clairol brand was for people older than me, just being in my twenties I thought no I need the trendy brands of hair dye you know because well I was a bit shallow. Tell you what my mind soon changed, and it won’t be changing back any time soon!
Clairol have been around for as long as I’ve been dying my hair and a long time before then I can only imagine, they’re an old faithful in the hair dying world – and they’ve fast become one of my favourites.
A perfect ten hair dye does exactly what it says on the packaging, and literally takes ten minutes to dye your hair to the colour on the box – which in my opinion is absolutely fantastic, taking half an hour can sometimes be a little too long, depends how much time you’ve got on your hands.
Mix the colour into the bottle, with the developming crème already in, and give it a good shake to get the crème mixed and you’re ready to go. A slim line tip for root coverage, or a comb attachment for all over colour, and if you’ve got long hair this is the best development I have ever come across. It covers roots effectively because you can properly apply it, then just smooth the rest through the lengths of your hair with the comb. It’s the best coverage of any hair dye I’ve ever used.
Due to the brilliant way you apply, for anything shorter than shoulder length unless you’ve got very thick hair one box will do you fine, because you can be more specific to where you’re applying. The colour is very rich and will give a brilliant covering to every strand and with the shade you want, go for the lighter one as they do come out a bit dark – but that wasn’t a problem for me because I had red to cover!
10 minutes full head cover, it will take a good bit of scrubbing to get the colour out as it seems to get quite deep quite quickly. I found to get the residue out a small blob of shampoo made it really foamy and really easy to wash out, covered with the conditioner and you’ve got some seriously healthy feeling shiny hair!
These are £7.14 a box in Boots at the moment or buy one get one half price and on offer for two for £10 Tesco too, which is where mine came from today!