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On one of my many recent trips to Boots with a friend (I think we spend far too much of our lives in there), we were walking out after making our purchases at the till and we passed a Stila stand. I've never seen a Stila stand in Boots before, so obviously we had to stop and have a look. The first thing we noticed was this beautiful palette. Never one to pull off bright colours on my eyes, I am very much a neutral eyeshadows girl, so this was right up my street. We swatched a few of the colours and instantly knew we NEEDED to have this. It cost £25, and luckily, I had saved around £27 worth of Boots points (got to love Boots for their points system), so I was able to essentially get this for nothing, just using the points on my card. Bargainous!
The first thing I absolutely loved about this palette, was the colour range. This one has 4 matte shades and the shimmer shades are colours i'd wear a lot. The second thing I loved, which is an important factor, is the consistency of the shadows. The shimmer shades are so creamy and easy to blend and the matte colours are velvety and soft. Both are also extremely highly pigmented. The other thing which swayed me to purchase, was the fact that it came with a Stila Smudgestick. These liners are absolutely amazing. They apply so easily, have super pigmentation, and within seconds of you smudging it out or leaving it how you'd like it, it stays puts until you wash it off. The shade is "Damsel" and is a deep matte brown (my favourite colour for eyeliner).
You can create so many looks with this palette, I feel like it ticks all the boxes for me. There is a gorgeous inner corner colour (Kitten - A Stila staple I believe), various other gorgeous shades to apply to the lid, and a matte brown and black for smoking it out lightly, or more dramatically for night time. The only colour I feel I won't get too much use out of is "Night Sky" which is the shimmer grey/blue. Blue toned greys don't look good on my eyes (I think it might be because I have blue eyes or possibly just doesn't bode well with my skin tone, I don't know). I think it's such good value for money, £25 for 10 good sized eyeshadows of great quality and an eyeliner, which on it's own is priced at £14 anyway! I absolutely love it, and I've been using it every day.
You can buy this Stila palette in Boots (if your local one is lucky enough to have a stand), or there are many sites that sell it online (ASOS, FeelUnique, LookFantastic).
I am a really big fan of all the soap and glory products not just for their unique smell but the fantastic quality products they offer too. When I go into boots I always have a look at the soap and glory section as they often have deals such as 2 for 1 on, when I went in this time I noticed a product I had been eyeing up for a while, the breakfast scrub.
The product is supposed to be an exfoliator that smoothens out bumpy skin and clears pores, this scrub is not for the face though. Although the product doesn't look the most appealing, being a speckled brown/beige colour it smells good enough to eat and has amazing grainy texture.
The product smells exactly like brown sugar, it is a very sweet smell some say it smells like golden syrup, although the smell is very strong in the tub only a faint pleasant smell comes off onto the skin. The packaging of the product is a nice touch as well, it is a rounded bottom bowl with pink screw lid and the original soap and glory label on the front. I think the pretty packaging just adds a nice touch to the whole experience.
To apply the product I simply put my fingers in the bowl and get out a little handful, then rub it between my two hands and wipe it over the area that needs smoothing. I put it on my back, arms and thighs. Apply in the shower when your body is wet and just rinse as usual and I noticed an immediate difference after the first time using it I have only used it a few times and the result is already noticeable my skin feels and looks smoother so I can't wait to see the results after I continue using it.
With other body scrubs I found that after you had used them they would leave a greasy residue on your skin that you couldn't remove and even after a few days your skin felt oily, this scrub however doesn't do that at all and I think that is because of the natural ingredients used in the product. I think the natural ingredients used gives this product an edge on all other scrubs and for £8 I think it is amazing value for money.
Okay so I'm a little late to jump on the naked band wagon but I'm in love the Naked Palette by Urban Decay! I had been eyeing this product up for a while so when I got some House of Fraser vouchers I just couldn't resist.
The palette comes with 12 shades varying colours from neutral shades of light champagne to deep browns, but all the shades are neutral hence the name' Naked'. Coming with a flat headed brush to replace the eyeliner that used to accompany the palette and a miniature version of the urban decay primer potion, I don't think the price of £36 is high at all. Another touch I find very useful is the large mirror on the lid of the palette, the mirror is big and is very handy for applying eye shadow quickly or on the go, it is also incredibly long lasting.
All twelve shades are a lovely creamy rich texture making them so easy to apply. The pigmentation of the product is very very impressive ( If a product is heavily pigmented it means you don't need to apply a lot of product to get a good result) Although I have been using this palette daily for almost 2 months there is barely a dint in any of the pans. When the colours are applied they feel very light on the eye and don't look to caked even if a lot is applied. The colours are all very compacted which means fallout is also never an issue with this palette which is always good as I don't like making a mess.
I am surprised to say that I have used absolutely all of the shades although some like the shimmery gold's and dark browns I thought I would find hard to make work with my skin tone. It is very easy to get many different looks with just this single palette, some looks just a little brightening for the eye to really bold eyes for going out on a night. The smoky eye effect is one of my favourites with this colour range, I find trying to make a smoky eye with greys and blacks on my very pale skin makes me look a bit gothic so making it with dark browns and beiges is a great alternative and I find it really compliments my ivory skin.
The colour range In the naked palette is exquisite and I can't fault it at all. The colours are all different in ways but similar in others so all work together In beautiful harmony in a single look. The shades are easily blended with one another making the amount of looks possible endless. If you are a fan of matte eyeshadows I wouldn't recommend this product too you as it only contains two matte shades, the rest are usually shimmery or glitters enabling you to make your eyes look stunning and catch the attention of anyone who passes by.
This is the first shade of the 12 and is also the lightest shade in the palette, although I wouldn't use this colour on its own on my eye lid I find it very good for underneath the eyebrow and on the brow bone to highlight and brighten up the eye. It is a sheer shimmery colour and is less pigmented than the rest of the shades because it is mainly used for highlighting and not an actual eyeshadow.
Sin is the next lightest shade; it is a shimmery slightly pink champagne colour which I also find to be very pleasant on the brow bone if you are going out on an evening. I wouldn't recommend using this on the bone as an everyday look because it is very shimmery.
Naked is one of the two matte colours in this collection and is a beautiful light brown/beige nude. I find this looks good just swept over the whole eye if you want a rather subtle look on the eye or if you are in a rush. This is one of the much pigmented colours so you don't need a lot on the brush to get a good coverage
Sideacar is a lovely warm brown often described as hot chocolate colour, with very slight hints of gold shimmer running through, this colour is very unique and looks beautiful just above the top eyelashes and right in the inner corner of the eye. Although it is a very shimmery colour I find that I can pull this off for every day because it isn't a bright vibrant colour.
Buck is the second of the two matte colours and probably one of my favourites from the collection, it is quite similar to naked in the way that its very pigmented and easily applied but it is significantly darker and richer, this also looks good as an all over the eye colour. Can be worn with ease day or night.
Half-baked is probably one of my least favourite colours in the collection, however I do still like it and use it I find it only looks suitable on a night time and with certain outfits and colours. The colour is a very shimmery bright gold colour which catches the light beautifully. If I am going to wear this colour I would put it in the corner of my eye or sparingly in the crease.
Smog is by far my favourite of the bunch, It is such an easy shade to wear day and night and has amazing pigmentation and colouration, it blends with most if not all the other colours very well and suits lighter skin tones perfectly. The colour is a slightly shimmery bronze, I find it blends fantastically with darkhorse and sidecar.
Darkhorse is rather similar to smog as it has the same pigmentation and the same base colour-bronze- but this is a lot darker, this shade is harder to wear over the whole lid because it is very dark but in the crease and on the lash line it looks lovely.
Toasted is a wonderful warm shimmery pinky nude which is beautiful for an everyday look, it is very pigmented but not overly shimmery and compliments the other colours very well.
Hustle is a shade very similar to darkhorse but it is a bit brighter and less shimmery, the shade is similar to that of milky coffee and I think it is a gorgeous colour. I usually wear hustle with a pinkier colour such as toasted or sin to brighten it up a bit, the more of this colour you put on the darker it gets so you can control the intensity of the end result with the amount of product applied.
Creep is by far the darkest of all the shades and I would say the hardest to work with as its it such a dark brown its almost black, this is another one which gets darker the more you apply but it is still very dark, it has shimmery hints of grey/silver in it which gives it a very glamorous edge on the rest of the colours. I find this colour easiest to wear in the crease or thinly on the lashline.
Gunmetal is the last of the colours in the collection and personally I think it's the one that stands out the most, it doesn't follow the general idea of the naked palette being all neutral colours as it is a dark silver grey shimmery tone with a slight blue hue. I think this adds a little bit of attitude to the palette and makes it a little more exciting. The only downside to this colour is that since it is pretty much the only grey in the palette it doesn't blend with most of the browns, the ones it goes best with are creep and virgin in my opinion.
I wouldn't say primer was a necessary make up item for my make up bag as I don't think k it does very much and think it's a bit of a waste of money however since the Urban Decay Primer Potion came with my naked palette I thought I might as well use it up. I had heard good things about this primer so I had wanted to try it out for myself. I tried the eyeshadows with and without the primer to see what difference it made and I found it did make the colour stay on for a little bit longer and kept the colour a lot brighter. Also the primer potion made applying the colour a lot easier as it gave a really smooth even base, I probably wouldn't buy this product on its own though because I didn't see a sufficient difference in the quality of the colour when I didn't use it but I did think it was a nice added extra to the palette.
I use the brush I got with the palette every time I apply any eyeshadow I just think it is amazing quality. The bristles feel very soft on the skin and don't leave my eyes feeling irritated, it holds the product amazingly well resulting in no or hardly any fallout and the bristles are very strong and don't fall out or snap. You do need to clean the brush if you wish to blend more than one colour with this brush and sometimes I do think it is a bit heavy and clumsy for applying to such a sensitive area.
Overall I am chuffed with the standard of this product and couldn't live without it, the amount of looks you can make with the one palette are endless and they all look amazing however this doesn't affect the quality of the colours at all, they are all super pigmented easy to blend and all compliment each other really well I would happily recommend this to anybody. And the fact that you get 12 gorgeous shades a brush and the urban decay primer potion I think £36 is a bargain and I would happily spend it again on a product of such high quality. Absolute Brilliance!
Im a big fan of the no 7 products but i dont buy them often as find them very expensive so when i got a £5 off skincare voucher i was prepared to splurge! The next time I went into a boots I was in need of a new eye make-up remover, since I wear quite heavy eye make-up I want a strong remover to make sure it all comes off on a night, but I have quite sensitive skin so finding one is hard. After talking to some of the staff in boots and decided on the 'Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser'. The first time I tried it I was definitely impressed, one quick swipe took all my make up off, the foam lathers up quite well which gives it a bit of an edge on other products and makes it easier to apply. I noticed after a couple of days of using that the pores around my eyebrows were a lot smaller so I started to use it all over my face. I have noticed a tremendous difference to the pores on my nose and chin and am now using it to remove the make up all over my face. I squirt a bit onto a cotton pad and remove my face make up then on another do my eyes, I thought it would take a lot to remove all of my makeup but it seems to be okay and you don't need a lot to get great results. Another thing I really like about the product is that it doesn't have a distinctive smell to it, I don't like putting something on my face that has a strong smell right before bed so this was perfect! It doesn't have a really strong sweet smell but it also doesn't have a chemical smell either, it just smells fresh and clean.The price of this is £9 for a 150ml bottle, for the brand plus the product I don't think that the price is too steep, also vouchers are flying round boots all the time so watch out for those because you can get some great products for very cheap with a voucher. I would recommend this to anyone as I've noticed a fantastic difference to my skin since using it.
I find this product is a really good alternative for the high end eyeshadows and i think they give around the same quality. The palette Heaven and Earth has a wonderful array of browns beiges and gold's in matte and shimmery colours. The pigmentation of the colours is just as good as a high end product and stays on all day. The colours are all really blend-able and easy to work with. The palette does come with a double ended eye shadow brush but I wouldn't recommend using it unless you don't have a bristled eye shadow brush, there isn't anything wrong with it I just think it is as easy to blend with it. The shades all complement each other really well so you can mix shades to create your own unique one. The palette is amazing value for money at only £4 in most shops with 12 shades in a single palette I would highly recommend it. It's a fantastic neutral palette.
The reason I wanted to buy this product was because it was supposed to clear up stretch marks, I have them on my inner thighs. I already owned another palmers moisturiser and really liked it so I thought I would buy this one since it was rather cheap. The consistency is a lot wetter than the other moisturisers I own but it is still quite creamy. The bottle says it should smell of Shea butter but I don't think it does and actually I really don't like the smell so I wouldn't use the product on my whole body especially not on a morning. If I could get past the smell I would say the cream has worked really well on my stretch marks, not making them totally disappear but just fading them and firming the skin around them. I would reccomend this product to pregnant women because I think it would elasticate the skin and make you less at risk of getting marks. I hope this review has been useful!
The reason I decided to buy the evlive nutri gloss shampoo and conditioner was the advert on tv, I thought it was a really good advert, so pretty much as soon as I had seen the advert I went out and bought them. The shampoo and conditioner are usually £3 each which I don't think is too bad for a quite high end brand. The first time I used the product I was a bit sceptical because you could see the crystals/sparkles in the product but when it is in your hair you can't see it at all it just gives your hair a beautiful healthy shine. The smell of the shampoo and conditioner is just a really sweet and clean smell which is really nice although I don't think it is as strong as I would like when your hair is dry. The one thing I would say about the product is it's not for people with rather oily hair as I have noticed that I need to wash my hair more often than a normal shampoo. For the best results I wash my hair with just the normal amount of shampoo you would usually use for your hair length, massage it into your head making sure you get right to the tips of your hair then wash it out making sure all the suds are out. I then do the same with the conditioner but leave it in for 2-4 minutes then wash it out. I find the shine lasts a few days before starting to fade but there is a noticeable difference from the first wash. I wouldn't say this product is amazing but it good for giving extra shine to your hair.
The erase paste by benefit is an amazing concealer, I have been using it for a few months now and I will never be turning back. The coverage given is very high and would cover dark circles, spots, redness and just places that need a bit of brightening up with ease. The concealer comes in a little pot which can be purchased on the internet or in shops that sells benefit products, for application you simply put a tiny amount of the creamy paste onto your ring finger apply to the area you want concealing. Dab the paste on also using the ring finger until it matches your skin tone, If you want even more coverage just repeat this until you get the finish you want. I think the product is easily buildable without making your skin look too heavy and caked. The paste can be bought in three shades light, medium and dark; although this may not seem like a wide range to choose from the colours of the shades will easily match most skin shades. When I apply the benefit erase paste I put my foundation on first then put the concealer on as sometimes I find putting the concealer on beforehand makes the areas of the skin where erase paste is applied a slightly different colour to the rest of the face. Basically it makes you look a bit patchy however if you put it on afterwards it gives you a really even natural coverage. Although I would say the paste would work better on normal to oily skin, if you have dry skin I wouldn't refrain from buying the product just make sure that the skin is well moisturised before application. The reason for this is If the skin is dry the paste can go a little bit flaky as the paste is an air whipped product. Although you may think that £19.50 is a bit extortionate for a concealer I guarantee It is a great product and can be found for cheaper on the internet. Hope this helps anyone fancying a change in concealer good luck!