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I got this product free with an Elf order and was so impressed the second I saw it here is my review.
This comes in the nicest see-through square plastic tub with a black square screw top lid. This then has the text on the top in white. This looks very expensive and for the small price charged it is a real surprise.
I have mine in Romantic Rouge and I adore the colour, it is a lovely dark red that gives a really nice flush to the lips. This is the type of lip people notice and I really enjoy wearing it over a lip stain as it really intensifies the colour.
The Staying Power
As this is a lip balm the staying power was never going to be ground breaking. After a cup of tea most of it is on the mug, but staying power is probably not anybody's first priority when it comes to balm so I will not mark it down for this.
Does it Hydrate my lips?
Yes and very well too. I will have to mark it a little as if this is put on very dry lips it does cling to the dry patches very easily and can unfortunately highlight them. If I have really dry lips though I would always go for carmex so this hasn't been a massive issue for me.
Not only does the products smell just like sugar it tastes like it too. Bad if you are in the habit of licking your lips, but for me this was fantastic. Just a note all Elf lip products I have tried smell and taste like this so if you don't like them sweet you have been warned!
A Note on Book Reviews
I will always keep my reviews spoiler free and will focus more on my opinion and other aspects.
James Patterson is a prolific writer with Alex Cross being his most well-known protagonist. He reality he has dozens of series, appears on Castle and also writes Children's Books. He also does a lot of collaborations with other authors. I decided to try Patterson when a lady from work was excitedly talking about one of his books. I thought the Women's murder club series might make a nice change. 1st to die was written in 2001.
In this first book we meet Lindsay Boxer a police officer who has been called to a scene where a married couple have been mercilessly killed - soon other couples are found this then becomes known as the honeymoon murders. We also meet a reporter Cindy who has snuck onto the crime scene to get ahead with her paper and annoy the boys working crime. There is soon a connection formed between the women and they agree to work together to solve the murders, add in Claire the pathologist and Jill the prosecutor and soon we have the Women's murder club. They share facts throughout the process to find the killer. Add that to Lindsay's illness, her new partner and a famous author who knows what could happen?
First of all I love the fact that a woman is the one heading the investigation and that it is other women she is turning to, to help solve the crime. This story (and subsequent books in the series) is really fast paced and there are split second changes making you wonder, 'wait. What happened?'. Just when you think it is wrapped up something new is brought to the table. What is probably one of my favourite things about this book is that the identity of the killer makes sense. So often in crime books the murderer is someone totally unrelated - or who has previously only taken up two sentences. This felt much more real and established. I might be thinking about the other series soon!
Format: Kindle (of course)
Goodreads Rating: 3.98 (I gave this four)
A Note on Book Reviews
I will always keep my reviews spoiler free and will focus more on my opinion and other aspects. This has been adapted from a post on my blog at http://lovesandhatesofagrumpyyoungwoman.wordpress.com/
He is normally a horror writer and one of my favourite authors and I have read a large number of his books. He is from Maine (where most of his books are also set) and a huge number of his books have been adapted to make box office hits. Misery was the first King Novel I ever read when I was 18 and I have been in love ever since.
About Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime is a publishing house that specialises in Noir-style crime books and a huge range of authors are available. All of the covers of the books are beautiful and very dramatic. As a film noir fan this suits me perfectly.
Stephanie is an Intern at a small local paper and she is talking to the two owners about stories to go in that week's edition. There has also been a man hanging around the town who has been putting a number of stories together for an edition of a state magazine. He is looking for paranormal themes and this gets the old owners talking. They begin to tell a tale a number of years old of man who was found washed up on the shore and their search of how he came to be there.
I am a huge fan of King's shorter works, and this is no exception. The story had a number of details that really got me thinking and trying to figure out quite what had happened. I may not have found out but this makes the whole story more interesting as it played on my mind for a number of weeks after. This is brilliantly written with the characteristic flashes to the future - most of them morbid. There are also the crude descriptions that I so much enjoy from King. I know a lot of his other regular readers were not so impressed, however a love the slight change to writing style and the 'crime' angle. Next stop - Joyland.
Approx Pages: 184
Goodreads Rating : 3.18 ( I gave this a 4)
A few weeks ago I was stuck at the train station with very chapped lips and no balm so I ducked into Boots. Not have an awful lot of time I just picked up the first thing I saw and it happened to be this.
The one thing I do not like about this is that it is in a 'tub' meaning that I have yo use my finger to apply to the lips. Even though this product leaves very little residue this is still a little inconvenient. That being said this little plastic tub with my metal lid could really fit anywhere. Due to the bright yellow I can always find this at the bottom of my bag. There is also a screw top! If you regularly read my reviews you will know how much I love these - they just keep things fresher!
Now the first thing I noticed about this balm was the scent. It is ever so slightly medicinal - like Jakeman's Cough Sweets. Once on the lips though I can not smell this at all, which really works for me. The balm had quite a thick waxy consistency that still spreads very easily onto the lips and leaves a matte finish. This leaves my lips feeling instantly refreshed within seconds though there is what I call the 'after effect'. This is very hard to described the lips go cool and there is a slight tingle - they feel as if they are being medicated.
I use this every night on my lips now and they are in best condition they have ever been.
I purchased this for £2.99 from Boots, but this is really available everywhere and it can be found on some Ebay sites for just 50p. This is a great product I would totally recommend.
I have been looking at this for ages and finally for Christmas I decided to treat myself. Here are my thoughts.
This is where it falls down a little bit the palette is an velour material with gold lettering. The gold lettering wears really easily making it quite hard to keep the palette looking perfect. There is a small mirror inside that could also do with being a little bigger. I understand that these little kinks were straightened out for the Naked 2. There are twelve shadows in here and as you can imagine they are all on the neutral side. There are a couple of darker ones that would be great for day to night eyes.
This is a nice sleek palette though and the selection means it would be great for travel.
These are all amazing quality. The shimmers are my favourite as they really stand out , however 'Buck' is an amazing matte that is perfect for my eyebrows! I have heard the texture of these described as buttery and I have to say I agree. They blend perfectly and create a seamless eye look. I have had Urban Decay palettes before and have had trouble with fall out of this glitter but this does not happen with this one at all. Also ' Virgin' can be used as a highlight for the brow bone and possibly in the inner corner.
Now this is a premium product so you will need to pay a little more for it. It currently retails at £37 and can be found at department stores and also at Beauty Bay. I feel this is well worth the cost there is a lot of product here I have used sin as a base everyday for a full month and I still have dozens of uses.
A great palette that I would thoroughly recommend - next stop Naked 2!
I used to work at ASDA and so a lot of my usual shopping was done there. I am more of a tampon wearer as oppose to pads as I find them so much more convenient - they don't limit your underwear.
I rarely wear applicator tampons sometimes though they may be all that is available. The applicator on these is a thin smooth card and is quite large. I found this particular applicator quite hard to use, it was so easy to damage or lose the tampon as a result of this. These also cause much more waste than is needed and are much harder to dispose off. This also makes them harder to transport discreetly, even though these look like a 'sugar sachet' (supposedly) it is still very obvious.
The box is also really bulky so it cannot just be picked up and stowed away discreetly whilst out and about.
As always quality is lost when an applicator is added. These did not have the 'bullet' style shape of other tampons without applicators, which makes them much more difficult to position correctly. These tampons get very easily squashed during insertion and can become mishapen very easily.
I did not find these absorb so well for hygiene reasons I would never leave a tampon in for more than four hours but these need to be changed every two hours. This is really annoying and inconvenience.
I have picked these up for £2.99 and even though this is a little cheaper than tampax I do not feel like this is worth it maybe it is because they have an applicator and I just don't get on with them - but they definitely were not absorbent enough.
I have adored the Britney Spears Fantasy Perfume for a number of years but it's only recently that I actually took the plunge and bought it. It came in a set with this lotion, some shower gel and some bubble bath. Here are my thoughts.
Now I am not really a fan of these squeezy tubes I much prefer a body butter style format. It allows me to see how much I have left. I know a lot of people prefer a tube though as they feel it is cleaner. This is very easy to apply and the dispenser makes it easy to control how much is applied. The bottle is really pretty and is a welcome addition to my vanity table it is a beautiful pink that sits next to the bottle of perfume.
In the past I have been disappointed by the smell of such lotions. I have found they do not smell anything like the perfume, however this one genuinely does. This is such a sweet vanilla perfume and lotion holds the smell. The scent does not last all day but combined that with the perfume and you were smell delicious all day!
The lotion is fairly thick and is absorbed into the skin very easily only small amount is needed and my skin feels lovely and sift. This solution is not greasy and I often put clothes on within a couple of minutes of applying this.
I am not sure if this can be bought on its own however I have seen it on EBAY for varying prices and the set I bought it in was in the Christmas Sales and down to just £15 for all that stuff.
Great lotion to add to my collection - I have also have the midnight fantasy one - review coming soon.
I have been washing my hair for every day since I was 15 and it has now got to the point where it is ridiculous. My hair becomes so greasy when left I certainly couldn't face work with it.
This dry shampoo comes in a number of different sizes from very small travel with may 3 or 4 uses to huge tins with 100! I started with the original to just give it a try.
This is almost a talcum powder that is sprayed onto the hair once sprayed this should then be massaged into the roots and after a few minutes is allowed to soak up the oils this should then be brushed out. This has had a huge amount of press with beauty gurus around the world ready to scream and shout of its qualities.
Did It Work?
YES! Every Sunday morning I have a driving lesson and instead of washing my hair in preparation I use this. I leave it in for around 20 minutes whilst I do my makeup and will spray this on whatever part of my hair is greasy.
This gives my hair loads of volume and hates mold my curls in to nice waves there is no need for me to style this when I have the shampoo.
An Unexpected Extra...
As I am now having at least one no wash day a week my hair does now not get as greasy as it did before. Now I have a day mid week when I don't even put dry shampoo in it. I am really impressed.
Bottles of this go anywhere from £1 to £8.99 and there are tonnes of different scents and effects you can use. I can't wait to try one of the coloured ones!
I have previously reviewed the slim fast plan - as I tried this for a sustained amount of time I tried a number of the the milk shakes here are my thoughts on the vanilla one.
This comes in a large metal tin with a red plastic lid and when first opened there is a metal ring pull - this is to keep the milkshake fresh. This packaging is tin and can be quite bulky - you may not have space for many in your kitchen cupboards! This comes with a scoop to help serve the milkshake - this is really convenient as it would stop me putting too much in to mine, which would have incrreased the calories.
How To Get The Best Milkshake
I always put a little extra milk in mine so that I could have a full pint. So put just under a pint of milk in a pint glass and poor this into a blender and then add two scoops of the milkshake powder. Blend for around 30 seconds. The milkshake will now be lovely and fluffy and fill you up for much longer.
This is actually really good infact it was one of my favourites. This tastes not too dissimilar to some of the high fat and calorie offerings from other brands and contains the 230 calories and all of the necessary nutrients needed for a meal. It isn't too sweet, which was a nice change from the rest of the milkshakes.
These tins are always 2 for £5 at ASDA and there are 12 servings in each one tub would contain six days worth of milkshakes - this diet is very cheap to follow.
Please find a review for the diet on my page
At 22 I already have fine lines and this really bothers me I do not want to get to my thirties and by covered in deep wrinkles as a result towards the end of last year I started an anti aging routine and after reading about this online I decided to give it a go.
This comes on a very sturdy glass tub with a screw top cap. Somehow the glass always seems to keep the cream cold! As this is real glass as oppose to the plastic found on the Garnier Creams this actually feels a little more luxurious - not a discount supermarket beauty cream at all! This sits nicely in my makeup bag.
This is thick white cream that spreads and blends in very easily. Only a small amount is required I have been using mine now on a daily basis for 2 months and still have loads left. It has an ever so slight scent that I can't really describe. I think it is floral.
Be careful not to slather on too much as it can become hard work and you'll be there for a while!
One of my first concerns was that this may cause breakouts as it is so cheap, however it hasn't.
Have I Seen A Reduction?
Definitely! The fine lines are showing massive improvement on my forehead and somebody has actually asked me what I've been using. This didn't happen overnight it took around a month to see a real improvement however I still think this is great! I have a dimple on my upper lip and when I am not smiling a fine line would show and that is now invisible.
I also have the night cream in this brand and I am finding them the perfect combination.
Where can this be bought?
This can be bought at your local aldi and it cost me only £1.99 - this may have had some money off at the time though.
Great Wrinle Cream
I was always a size ten and then meeting my partner going out for meals etc I piled on the pounds and I have been a size 16 for just over a year. Last year I decided to do something about it. Knowing I would make a lot of mistakes if I went at it alone I decided to give slim fast ago.
1 Milk Shake For Breakfast
1 Mid Morning Snack
1 Milk Shake For Lunch
1 Afternoon Snake
A 500 Calorie Dinner
How it Worked for Me
This was fine for the first two weeks when I lost just under 9lbs it was during the third week that the constant hunger began to get to me. The snacks can't be anything substantial and as by the time you get to them you are starving anyway! I also found the 500 calories dinner would only make someway in filling up the hole. Now I do admit I am a big eater (which explains the size 16) so may be this was not the plan for me but it was so difficult.
By the fourth week I couldn't exercise probably as I would feel really weak and I would have an almost constant headaches and then the binges would come...
I would be so hungry from this diet I would go to the fridge to get my prescribed low calories snack and would notice the a tub of potato salad or some maltesers that were for my partner and before I knew it the tub/packet was empty. Once that was eaten I would go for something else. I would eat until I was stuffed full and would spend the next however many days feeling guilty until it happened again.
So What Did I Lose?
I followed this for three months before I finally gave up and I lost a total of 18lbs considering the amount of time I spent starving hungry I really was not very impressed. When I went back to normal food full time it did just go back on. I would recommend this if you have half a stone to lose and just a couple of weeks to do it in - but this is not a full time solution.
The tubs of milkshake powder vary greatly but I actually saw a reduction in my food bill.
I have very curly, very frizzy hair as as result I like to use straightening shampoos that may help to smooth and make my hair a little easier to style. This was bought on sale at Boots for £1.
I prefer the old style to be honest, however this is a nice plastic bottle with an easy to close cap that does not clog. They are different colours dependent on the shampoo- a lot of companies do this and it is a concept I really like. It means if I'm going to repurchase I don't need to read it. This sits nicely on my bath however the shape is very annoying in my cuprboard. As we are both obsessed with buying toiletries in bulk this little bump has caused issues.
It is very easy to dispense too much from the bottle and it end up down the drain - so be careful.
This is a fairly thick and rich light pink liquid. Only a small amount is needed and that lathers very easily in the hair. Just like I would expect it washes out very easily too. I was always under the impression Herbal Essences shampoos were meant to smell gorgeous but I just don't get that here. It smells very similar to be my elvive shampoo and the smell doesn't hang around for any longer.
I was my hair daily and this does not get greasy in between washes.
Did it Straighten and Smooth?
Actually it did my frizz is probably down by 25% (but this could be that I m actively caring for my hair in other ways and it does appear straighter. My very thick and fine hair still holds a curl if I want it to.
As with all lower end shampoos the prices vary greatly where ever you go this is sold from £1- £3 in pound shops, chemists and supermarkets.
This shampoo does a good job and I am impressed with the change in my hair. I am just not impressed with the smell as never having used Herbal Essences before I thought it would feel really luxurious however it doesn't.
That said I feel 4 stars is an appropriate rating.
I had a horrible reaction to cream eyeshadow when I was 13 and as a result I have avoided them ever since. When I had read amazing things about this eyeshadow I decided to give them another go.
This is in a small glass pot with a screw on plastic black lid and this screws airtight meaning the shadow does not dry out. This is really durable and I have dropped them a number of times without trouble. These are great for a makeup bag and very easy to store.
These come in both matte and shimmer finishes I own five shades from the gorgeous eternal gold to the intense pomegranate. These are great bases they slide onto the lids really easily with creasing and are very easy to blend out. They have great sticking power when it comes to powder shadows and the paler colour tattoos are great at making powder shadows more intense. Shadows last all day with this. These are so pretty.
Only the smallest bit is required meaning these will last me forever. I always applies these with a finger - if you were looking for a more intense look use a brush.
There is a full range of 30 shadows in the US and here we only have about 15 but these are more than enough and there is always ebay!
Price and Availability
I bought mine all for £4.99 from Boots and Amazon and these can be bought at a huge range of
Note: Pencil eyeliner does not apply easily on top of this -try liquid instead.
A amazing cream eye shadow that with a good eye makeup remover is easy to clean away at the end of a busy day.
I am a huge lip product fan and I am always on the look out for something that I don't need to continuously touch up - this is where lipstain should come in. Here are my thoughts on this one.
This is like a marker pen - very similar to other styles available at the moment. The packaging is mainly silver with colour in the middle - this is different depending on the shade. There is also a translucent airtight cap. I love this style of packaging it makes the nib very easy to easy whilst applying to the lips and the cap can stop it going dry. Unfortunately this is where the fun ends.
I bought mine from Amazon and it was in the colour 'Tea Rose' I understood this was to be a light pink and was expecting a 'my lips but better' effect once it was on. This did happen and it looked great - for about five minutes. As a stain I would expect more like 5 hours! I tried putting more and more on but this did nothing but make my lips very dry and then the stain would seem to cling to dry parts and I'd look very odd indeed. I tried using this so many times but to no avail it just did not stain my lips.
I bought this from Amazon for around £4 although I have seen it in Boots for £5.99. I don't feel either price is worth it. Maybelline is a great brand - you can see how much I love them by reading previous reviews but this just did not stand up to their normal quality offering.
There are tonnes of these on Amazon but they can also be bought anywhere else Maybelline is sold but I would buy 17s Berry Stain instead!
If you watch YouTube Channels or reads beauty blogs you will have seen this everywhere. I actually got this for free with a huge purchase of other things a few months ago. Here are my thoughts:
This comes in a small twist tube very similar to lipsyl - it is plastic and the colour of this represents the flavour. For instance mine is cherry and the packaging is red and pink. This is so small this easily slips into a handbag as it is a twist up that can be applied direct to the lips this avoids the messy situation of using your hands.
One of my favourite things about this is that it is full to the brim - most of this products are half the size of the packaging whereas what you see is what you get.#
Mine has a very slight cherry smell - but once it has been on for a couple of minutes it has all gone. I like this I am 22 years of age and don't want to go round smelling of cherries - I just want to stop chapped lips! This could really bother some so this is something to look out for. There is also a slight sweet taste that isn't unpleasant but again goes away very quickly.
The balm is nice and moisturizing but is not for lips in really bad condition. This can tend to cling to dry patches. I exfoliate my lips a couple of times a week so I don't often get dead skin - but this can be by pet hate. I would always use this when my lips are just a little dry and gravitate to something more hard core at a later date.
This finish is slightly glossy and no colour is left - but I know they have some tinted balms out that I have yet to try.
This costs between £2- £3.50 and is sold in a huge range of stores both on the highstreet and online.
Great balm to use for low to medium dryness in great convenient packaging - great balm!