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      22.01.2013 12:22
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      I wouldn't use at home or buy myself but it certainly does the job. I would buy as a gift.

      Hello there ladies and gents!

      Since I started writing these reviews I've not been able to stop mentally judging every product I use! This cream Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil is the hand cream we use at work. Our boss brought it in for us, she received it for Christmas but is very particular, we use it a lot as we work in an old art gallery. We use our hands a lot for framing and hanging, there is also no central heating so hands really need protection against the cold and the dreaded fan heaters!

      Price.
      The lotion is £11.49 if purchased from Crabtree & Evelyn, although cheaper can be found on Amazon. This price seems quite reasonable because the product is of high quality, branded, and honestly does go far! There are 6 of us using this lotion a few times a day and it is lasting very well compared to the cheaper creams that you need to use more of.

      Packaging.
      The box the cream comes in is very attractive and make it feel like a substantial little gift! The bottle itself is clear with a pretty design displaying the "ingredients" the product claims. The top is a black pump action dispenser that releases an ideal amount for most hand sizes.

      Look.
      My hands look moisturised, but do not 'radiate with a healthy glow' as the product claims, but to be honest, who wants glowing hands!

      Texture & Wearability.
      Firstly, I can't imagine using this product over my entire body. It is a body lotion but the heavy texture would feel unpleasant all over! You can certainly feel it on your skin after it has dried, it is not sticky, but rather chalky feeling, some will find this uncomfortable but I like to "feel a barrier" as it were reminding me my hands are moisturised. It keeps skin moisturised for around three hours with no sweating or hand washing, after hand washing it does stay on slightly!

      Scent.
      The scent is very strong, this is another reason I would not want to wear the lotion all over, this strong smell would suit some but I don't think it works on me. The smell is citrus, avocado and olive blossom, they have done a good job of creating these smells. The scent is quite fresh but a lot of different notes make it somewhat competitive.

      USE IF.
      You like a rich herby smell. If you like Crabtree & Evelyn products I think this one is a winner if you are already a fan! You prefer a heavy moisturiser that you can feel on you.

      AVOID.
      If you want a fresh, light scent and texture. It smells fragrant, not fresh.

      Summed up.
      A nice gift for a person who likes a rich smell, and texture.

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      21.01.2013 17:37
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      A fine cheapie for the make up bag, but not something you'll want everyday.

      Hey there guys,

      This review is purely on the lipstick, I'm going to ignore the Kate Moss branding as I don't think this is important- definitely not as important as how it's going to look on you!

      I am a bit of a lipstick snob so this is a review to those very particular wearers, if your just looking for a particular colour this may not be the review to judge on!

      Purchase, Price & Packaging.
      I picked up this lipstick for £5.50 at Superdrug, I was keen to give it a go as I find Rimmel products one of the better "low brands" and I will occasionally buy their Bronzer or nail varnish as they are very reasonable.
      I really like the matte black packaging, however the 'Kate' emblazoned across the lid is a bit tacky, but I guess it's a good selling point (?!).

      Application.
      The texture made this lipstick difficult to apply, it really drags along the lips. The dragging sensation is usually reserved for matte effect lipsticks, so I didn't expect it from one with shine. I applied a coat and blotted off to allow the colour to stain my lips and then applied another coat. The shape was very precise and will not be to everyones taste, as the hard texture made the hard lines difficult to apply perfectly.

      Look.
      I went for 107 which is a nice deep, dark red. Great colour. It really lacked something for me, it wasn't matte, and it didn't offer the lovely moisturising effect of a lipstick with shine, it stands somewhere awkwardly in the middle.

      Wearability.
      Sigh, even after a really careful application it only lasted about an hour- and that was with no drinking, eating, or smoking. When I did smoke it got all over my fingers and really hadn't absorbed properly. I have quite full lips and the lipstick seemed to find creases I didn't even know existed to fall into! I could definitely wear it for a short thing, a quick meeting or something where it didn't need staying power because the colour was really nice!

      Removal.
      Removal was no more difficult than any other really, came off quickly with a creamy cleanser.

      USE IF.
      You don't need staying power but you like one of the colours lots! I can't comment on the light colours, but 107 is a bit of a pain.

      AVOID.
      You like your lips to look really matte and chalky, or the opposite moist and creamy.

      Summing Up.
      OK, it's fine as something to throw on but if you like good lipstick it really isn't great.

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        21.01.2013 16:10
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        Try in the shop, but order online to save yourself around £7.

        Hello there darlings,
        Thanks for the great response to my last review, I hope this one is just as useful. Also please get in touch if you need to know anything else.

        Purchase & Packaging.
        The purchase of this product was somewhat painful, I entered the shop in my town St Albans and asked, 'Do you have a powder that is around £12 and translucent?' I was told, or rather instructed, that they did not but that I should spend £20 for the 'all natural ingredients' and 'you only need to use a tiny bit.' After this pressure I agreed I would take the powder despite not having my questions and the sales assistant did not offer to apply any to test. I was not offered a bag, but handed a loyalty card- where by if you buy 6 Bare Minerals products you can expect to receive a 'free gift'...I can't see that happening honey!

        The packaging I must say is rather great, you remove the black lid, then twist the top of the clear jar- exposing 5 or 10 small holes which release the powder that you should pour into the lid. The instructions come with the product and will explain this.

        Price.
        I was not too pleased about spending £20 on a powder from an American brand, I don't think I'll be doing this again, please read the rest of the review before making your own decision as I am not saying that the product was not worth £20!

        Application.
        OK, to start with the application was a nightmare. The fact the sales assistant had said so few words to me meant I was focussing on the little information I had received, 'you only use a tiny bit' so thats what I did and the results were terrible. The application instructions were difficult with my brush being as large as the lid it meant all the powder was collected when I placed my brush in the lid. I decided to stop focussing on instructions and just use as much as I wanted as not fuss around swooshing, and tapping, and whatever else.

        Look.
        The look of this powder is matte without altering the colour of you skin or foundation. I would say the translucent powder is too pale for some, but it is available in a darker colour. I did not think the look was particularly impressive at first, but over the next few days I received compliments from three different friends on different occasions. Each was about the skin looking fresh, blemish free, and pore-less. After these I examined my skin further and did notice these attributes. I am not a person with perfect skin, far from it, so these reactions from my friends have proved that the powder does improve the look of the skin!

        Feel.
        The feel is very light and smooth. I was not aware of the powder being on my face, which I enjoyed.

        Wearability.
        The powder lasted longer than cheaper powders I have used, and I did not feel the need to reapply as often as I would normally. I wore the powder on a snowy day and it held out quite well, I also wore the powder on a big night out and it lasted from about 8pm-3am before I felt I needed to reapply, which is rather impressive.

        Removal.
        I had no trouble removing with cleanser or warm soapy water.

        Use If.
        You can afford this powder which I feel will run out quite quickly. You have oily skin, that is only slightly blemished, and that doesn't need a lot of coverage.

        Avoid.
        If you have dry skin, I had a little on the end of my nose and despite moisturising the powder highlighted this massively.

        Summing Up.
        The sales experience really put me off, if you decide to try this powder ask the assistant to try some on you and explain the technique properly, if it doesn't look right stand your ground- it is a sales driven store, don't be baffled by rubbish like 'all natural'- The fact is the powder is quite good, judge on the way it looks on you, not on the rubbish the sales assistant spouts.

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          16.01.2013 00:20
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          OVER 40S WITHOUT OILY SKIN, THIS IS A GREAT OPTION FOR QUICK MAKE UP APPLICATION.

          Hello there darlings,
          Now as this is my first review, be sure to let me know if i've missed anything out, or if there's any extra information you need!

          Purchase & Packaging.
          I decided to give this 3 in 1 a try, as I was in need of all of these products and was drawn in by the promise of this simplicity! The packaging is attractive, with a good sized bottle, a black pump action top. The foundation does seem to get around the inside of the clear lid somewhat.

          Price.
          I paid £11.49 in Boots for the foundation, I consider Maxfactor to be one of the better "high street" make up brands, so this price seemed reasonable on purchase. At Boots 3 for 2 is often available on Maxfactor products.

          Application.
          Cleansed, toned and moisturised by face was ready and prepped for application, the foundation was slightly oily. This oiliness prevents the wearer from applying more than one coat as the second causes the first to rub of and separate with a streaky outcome. A single coat, over exfoliated skin, goes on rather smoothly and it is reasonably easy to apply effectively.

          Look.
          This foundation is just that, a foundation. My skin did not feel effectively prepped nor did it look as good as with primer and concealer. The 'concealer' element was slightly effective in covering small blemishes, but without the targeted application less though than a good concealer. The foundation offers medium coverage, which will work well on most people. I would consider it very shiny on the skin, but the bottle does not promise a powder! With a good translucent powder the foundation does look rather nice considering the lack of prep. There are a good range of colours.

          Feel.
          The foundation feels ever so slightly sticky, it is certainly not matte, the oily texture can feel heavy on the skin. I was very aware that I was wearing it but the application of powder did help.

          Wearability.
          On a normal day without excessive sweating, or heat, it holds up pretty well. After a day at work it slides off face somewhat, again because of the oiliness. Keep topping up on powder every few hours and it'll stay on OK. I have a slightly red complexion and this was only eased in the first couple of hours of wear.

          Removal.
          Removal after a day of wear was simple with a cleanser, or warm soapy water!

          USE IF.
          You're in a hurry for a quick make up fix. If you can get away with reapplying mid way, or powder every couple of hours. If you are 40+ with skin that is not oily it is very moisturising and works well skin that is dry or normal.

          AVOID.
          If you are in your teens or 20s, or have oily skin! If you are very particular about coverage, if you want light coverage and a barely there feel, don't even go there. If you have rough or heavily blemished skin I would avoid as it seems to not fill skin out and cover larger blemishes.


          SUMMING UP.
          MEDIUM COVERAGE- HEAVY- OILY- 7 HOUR STAYING-GOOD COLOUR RANGE.

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