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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!
In the attempt to save more money for the future and getting a house of my own – I’ve put off going to the hairdressers to get my hair dyed so I’ve decided to put it back to a more normal and manageable colour. However with all the choice out there I really struggled to pick a colour and brand.
I’m a big fan of Garnier, I know they are very suitable for me I use their deodorant and I’ve used the Olia brand in the past and really liked it. Last time I used it was straight onto my red hair – however this time the circumstances were a little different!
Garnier Olia comes in a good range of different colours, and the box comes with a circle that can be popped out to use as a stand for your bottle. It’s a right faff getting the developing crème and the colour into it because they come separately – so you have to put them in together and get them mixed but don’t leave it too long otherwise when you take the top off it will start coming out of the top!
Other than that though it’s a quick process applying the hair dye to be honest, you just find that when you get to the end of the bottle as it gets empty it’s hard work to get any out so I feel like you do waste a big amount unfortunately! The applicator nozzle is really easy to get to specific places – can’t really complain to be honest!
If you’re going to try and cover a colour that is similar to the dye then you’ll be ok with the same or similar shade and only one box if you’ve got shoulder length hair. Now if you’re trying to change the colour, get two boxes and a shade darker than you think you need – as I’ve had the issue of trying to go from red to brown, the iced chocolate I started with didn’t cover properly. So I had to try again, but with blond you’d be ok to go brown as it’s easier to cover than a very potent red.
Half an hour on for a full head cover, and it’ll wash out quite easily with warm water and with the conditioner on your hair will feel lovely and soft, really nicely replenished and hopefully the colour you were trying to achieve.
These are £6 a box in Boots at the moment and on offer for two for £11 in Asda and Tesco too, so you can pick them up with your weekly shop without breaking the bank!
Bourjois has become a favourite brand of mine over the past few months, I’ve really started to enjoy their products, as they’re a bit more fun than some of the rivals out there. It’s also a little bit on the cheaper side so you don’t really have to worry about breaking the bank to buy them.
As a brand that’s been around for ages you’ll not struggle to find it in shops I can’t imagine, I don’t seem to as both my local Boots and Superdrug have them in store. I’m a bit of a mascara fiend and I buy them every time I see something new I just can’t help myself!
This mascara was one I’d looked at a couple of times before buying it as I wasn’t convinced straight away that I wanted, it – although it was advertised as a ‘One Coat Thickening’ Mascara I wasn’t sure about it. Having tried these thickening mascaras in the past, but I thought I’d give this a go. Surprisingly though it’s not all that bad, although it does take a little bit more than one coat to thicken it up. It’s either my lashes being very thin to start with or something but it took two or three coats to get a nice thick coating on my lashes.
It’s got black pigments in it, with silicone and natural wax – so even when you’ve been wearing it all day you don’t find that your lashes are very solid like some mascaras that get very hard and brittle on your lashes.
I think due to the fact it has silicone in it, and makes it a little more flexible makes it less likely to flake off and end up pooling under your eyes – so you don’t get a panda eye look after a long day at work, or a long night out. It doesn’t give me big enough lashes to be used on a night out, but for someone with naturally longer eyelashes it would do the job perfectly.
The natural wax in it makes it feel far less chemically when you take it off, it comes off a lot easier than my Clinique mascara does anyway – and doesn’t sting if I get water in my eyes. This mascara should last you 6 months before throwing away but you’ll get through it in that time used regularly in my experience!
This is £7.99 in Superdrug at the moment on buy one get one half price in Ultra Black no other shades!
I like Bourjois items I’ve got a fair few in my make-up bag now, and their foundation was the first thing I tried – purely because I was curious really. This foundation now sits in the make-up bag, which lives up in Scotland with my boyfriend.
Bourjois is a brand that’s been around for ages and it’s one that’s very much in a mid-price range. It’s not overly expensive and on a 3 for 2 it’s an even better price – and even more worth getting your hands on. Originally I wanted the healthy balance foundation but to get one pale enough for my skin I had to go for the 123 perfect foundation – in all honesty I wasn’t fussed either way I just wanted to try something that wasn’t costing me a fortune.
Apparently this foundation has three different types of pigment to give you good skin, the first is a yellow pigment to help correct dark circles and normally I try not to put too much foundation under my eyes but it does help neutralise them and I do look a bit more awake with it on. It will last me all day at work as well, so that pigment I’m definitely more than happy with.
The second pigment is mauve which is meant to alleviate dull skin, now I don’t think personally dull skin improves with anything but good skincare regime and moisturising - your foundation won’t change it much and this doesn’t do a lot without a bit of pre-treatment so it’s not the biggest plus point but it doesn’t go against it.
The third pigment is green so designed to reduce redness, and it does to be honest, a good covering over red areas of your skin will make it look a bit better. Spots not so much but your actual skin it’s not too bad on. It keeps it a less obvious red all day too, so it’s definitely a long lasting foundation in that respect.
A bottle will last you a few months, mine will last longer as I won’t now use it as much but after a month or so before I took it up I’d not got far through it – so even at the price it’s more than worth it as it’s long enough lasting even with good coverage. A thick coverage will last you all day and into the night, but might take a good scrub to get off, a thin coverage will last you the day and won’t take a lot to get off. I’ve never had any skin problems as a result of using it!
This is £10.99 in Boots at the moment on buy one get one half price – in varying shades!
I’d been looking at Bourjois items for ages, as I’d always liked it and thought I’d add to my make-up collection one day with a few items from their range.
I’d toyed with the idea of having a lip crayon once or twice, never really took the plunge – but when I bought mine it was on three for two so mine was essentially free so I figured I’d give it a go and if I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be a great loss.
My colour boost lip crayon is in a colour called ‘Peach on the beach’ which looking at the swatches online, looks a very demure colour – but when it’s on your lips it definitely comes out a bit more on the orange side so it’s not totally peachy. Not a bad thing though as it gives a little bit more colour and depth to it!
This colour boost crayon is meant to give comfort and moisture for 10 hours, now that is probably true if you don’t eat, drink or talk once you’ve applied. In reality you might be alright for an hour or two but it won’t be moisturised for 10 hours – not that it’s really a problem for me because I always rub it off with drinks or food anyway.
I do like the fact that you can apply as much or as little as you like, to give you varying colour depth. I use a small slick for day time if I just want to add a little colour to my lips, or if it’s for a night time use I’ll put on a good couple of coats before going out.
I will give it it’s due though, it is non sticky – and relatively waterproof if you use a straw or if you go out in the rain. Take a sip of something carbonated and you’ll lose it. When it’s applied it’s lovely and soft on your lips – like when you rub them together it feels soft and silky as advertised. It’ll last you for a good few months depending on how often you use it of course I’ve had mine two months and I think I will need a new one in the next few weeks so for the price they’re not too bad!
At only £7.99 in Boots and Superdrug they’re not too expensive really – for something that will last you a few months in four different shades or more in boots – give it a go!
I love to read, I always have done since I was a child – but just recently as I’ve been travelling a lot to see my other half that lives nearly 500 miles away I do a lot of train travelling. So I have been thinking for a while if I wanted an e-reader, debated it for a long time even though I knew it was always going to be a Kindle.
I’ve personally got a simple 6 inch Kindle with Wi-Fi and touch screen – all I wanted was a basic bog standard black and white e-reader. I’m so easily distracted when I’m on my phone or iPad so wanted something that no Facebook could reach and I tell you what it was the best decision I ever made.
The kindle when bought from Amazon comes already linked to your account, so it’s a lot easier when it arrives. You can literally turn it on and go – all you need to do is put your Wi-Fi password in and it’ll start to download everything you have on your amazon kindle cloud – if you want them downloading. I sent everything to mine from my Amazon account so now I’ve got all my eBooks on my reader.
Due to the fact that it doesn’t use a full colour screen, the battery lasts ages, I’ve not yet had to fully charge mine – I’ve had it nearly a month and it gets used on average every day for a good maybe an hour or so every day. It’s well worth the money, mine was quite cheap to be honest because I got an extra £10 off mine because it was preprogramed to send me the adverts and special offers but that doesn’t bother me.
When connected to the internet it’ll update for you, my most recent update gave me the ability to buy another book straight from finishing the current book. I tend to buy a selection of books rather than just one so might not need it so much, but it’s still useful to have. My only complaint is that when you hold down the power button it doesn’t give you an option to turn off completely. However I can overlook that for the easiest to read e-reader with no distractions!
The screen is identical to a book, you need light to make it readable but that doesn’t bother me it’s ideal if you just want something to read and nothing else!
There are so many different Kindles from a basic up to a singing and dancing Fire HDX which is essentially a tablet so prices go up from £59.99 – on Amazon and varying websites and shops.