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I have been buying the real techniques brushes for the last year and apart from one mishap, I have generally enjoyed them. Incase you are not obsessed with the makeup world, recently these type of sponges are all the rage. This started with the beauty blender. It is now time for the drug store to make their own once again.
First of all these sponges can not be used forever. Unlike brushes - that you could wash hundreds of times as long as you are careful - you might get up to twenty washes out of this. They need to be washes every three - four uses. I have recently had bad skin so have been washing mine more to keep it more hygenic. They are priced appropriately and this is much cheaper than one of their brushes.
This sponge is amazing! It has a flat top, that is great for larger service area blending, and I love the point to get into all my nooks and crannies! This gives an almost airbrush finish. These can be used damp, and I found this way the coverage was lighter. I really like using it dry though and that this where I find my best results.
I have had a couple of these and I find they last me about a month. This is with daily use and washing every second day. For this I used my normal brush cleanser.
These can be bought for around £5 from a number of retailers, such as Boots and Supedrug and I feel this is well worth the money. Save money (the beauty blender is around £15) and buy three of these instead!
I have a number of eyeshadows from Urban Decay, ranging from those you can find in palettes to ones I have bought individually. I have had great luck with all I have tried.
My favourites are:
Half Baked - this is beautiful opaque gold shadow. It is extremely well pigmented and is both blendable and buildable. I love to wear this as my all over lid colour for a night out. If you are looking for a darker version, they also do baked and double baked.
Buck - love, love, love this! I was introduced to this via the naked palette and I have since bought this seperately. It is great as a both a transition colour and has just right touch of warmth for my brows. This is a matte shadow that is just as blendable and buildable as half baked.
Betrayal - now time for some colour! This is the most fantastic light shimmery purple, it's almost like peacock purple. I love this in my crease with a darker purple it deepen it up a little.
If you have any of the older palettes, you will see that the older formulation is not as good. They revamped them all around three years ago and they are now perfect. All of the shadows I have tried are pigmented, blendable, buildable and very long wearing.
I would advise you to buy palettes, as they are much more worth it. The singular shadows sell for £14, whereas the palettes start from around £30. The best time to stock up is this time of year.
I am a huge makeup fan - as you may notice from my review choices- and lipgloss is something I have been trying since my early teens. It is safe to say that I do not like most of them.
This was something I bought to try and plump my lips a little. I have a thin top lip and and wished to add a little something to it. First of all this gloss is uncomfortable. I am familiar with the tingle of plumping glosses, but this took it to another level. This meant after a few application I could not continue to use it.
The lipgloss is also really sticky. This means that everything gets stuck in the gloss. This is really embarassing in professional situations and a couple of times I have found myself red faced! There is one plus to the stickiness - it does not feather!
With regards to the pigmentation this is great. The colour really pops on the lips. I have punchbowl and this is just the prettiest pink ever. It is such a shame that it is so uncomfortable.
These can be bought from Boots and a number of outlets on line. They retail for around £9.00.
Do I think they are worth it?
If I am honest, no. The gloss did not make my lips more plump, and it was not worth the lovely colour for the discomfort. I also really do not care for sticky glosses. I would not recommend this product. Instead have a try of Tanya Burr's glosses, they are fabulous!
I have recently been obsessed with foundations and have been trying more and more in the last couple of months. This was one that I have been looking at for a while and finally decided to give it a go.
The first thing I love is the packaging. The jar it comes in, makes it look more expensive than it is. This may be chunkier than other similar products, but this is just due to it having more product inside.
The idea is that this is a mousse foundation that has a very matte finish. This has been out for years and there have been varying opinions of it over this time. The first thing I noticed about this foundation is that it is a little dense.
I have tried a number of mousse type foundations and most of these feel lighter during application. My biggest fear was that this product may appear cakey (due to the dense feeling) on the skin. I did not need to worry. This product is very blendable. As this is a probably a medium finish to start with, you may wish to build it up and this definitely possible here. This is best applied with a beauty blender type product.
Does it last my 13 hour days?
As much as I would expect, yes. It does disappear a little from my nose, but it otherwise it wears quite evenly. I am very impressed.
This cost me £9.99 from Superdrug, but you can find this cheaper on amazon and if you wait for a deal it can be even cheaper. I feel this is definitely worth the price.
The shade range with all Maybelline foundation is a little off. I am normally an ivory with other brands (this runs this tiniest bit light normally), but with Maybelline I am normally porcelain and they are slightly to dark for me.
I have been going to gigs on a yearly basis since I was 11 and I have seen dozens of acts. As a result I have used a lot websites to buy my gig tickets, with some miuxed results. Ticketmaster was the first I ever used and still the one I use most of the time.
First of all I find there prices and the books costs fair at £3.95 (I have the tickets sent to me), you do however have to pay certain costs if you print them out yourself, which I think is a little unfair .
The website lets you choose where you want to sit and always has a good variety of tickets, however not all dates will be covered. For instant I bought some tickets to go and see the Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour this year from Ticketmaster they did not have nay tickets for Manchester so I (rather naively) assummed they were not playing there. It just turned out Ticketmaster were not supplying all of the dates. I have noticed this a few times.
I find there website easy to use, and easy to search and I like the fact that bands can be reviewed. This means I know whether it is worth me going to see them or not. They also send emails of bands I may be interested in seeing and they are normally quite accurate.
The tickets have always arrived in good condition with plenty of time before the event. I have never not received tickets from them, or had any other issues with them.
In short this is a good website, with a good range of tickets that is easy to use. They are no more expensive than any other site and I will continue to use them for all my gigging needs!
I hate to cook rice. I hate the mess it makes of the pan, the time it takes to cook and the danger associated with cooling it. This is where Uncle Ben's rice comes in. They cook in just two minutes in the microwave, have long dates on them and come in a variety of flavours.
These are perfect to have in the cupboard and there are so many flavours of rice available. My favourites include:
The Egg Fried Rice - This is a great all rounder that does with any Chinese meals, or even Indian Cuisine.
The Mexican Rice - This is delicious! This is perfect with just a little bit of cheese on its own or with a family meal of fajitas. This comes in both spicy and mild editions.
The Golden Vegetable Rice - I love this for lunch at works with some shredded chicken. This has peas and peices of pepper into too, making it a little more meal worthy.
Note: if you do not seperate the rice whilst still in the bag it will come out lumpy and stuck together. Weirdly I love that - but it is not for everyone.
I love these little packs of rice. Yes they are higher in calories than if you were to make normal rice, but they are so convenient. There are two side portions of rice in each packet and one pack with a few adjustments makes a really good meal.
There are often deals on these, including 3 for 2 or buy one get one free and there are often a variety of flavours available in pound shops too.
These are an essential in any kitchen cupboard!
Somtimes it is best to look for meat free alternatives, they are often lower in fat and somethimes easier to use. quorn is my product of choice and I have used their mince, chicken pieces, burgers and the sausages. Not all have been fantastic, but I have always really enjoyed the mince.
The first thing to note with this mince is it does not taste very good plain. It really needs to be mixed with other flavours. This is the case with most of the quorn products and is something to keep in mind when buying from them.
This is also a slightly different texture to meat. It is a little softer and not as chewy as meat normally is and it can be a little less substanial. As I normally use this in meals (such as cottage pie) it is not too much of an issue as I can add more peas to bulk it up. My boyfriend will not eat meat substitutes he says they are a waste of time and they taste nothing like the real thing, however he has had this a number of times (without his knowledge!) and has enjoyed it just assuming it is beef mince.
One of my favourites things about this is that it can be cooked from frozen. This makes it perfect for those living alone, or who need it as emergency food. It only takes a few minutes to cook, making it even more convenient. This is now one of my favourite products.
This is also cheap and is normally sold for £1 for a 250g bag, making it great for people on a budget. I would reccommend this everytime.
I love all sweet smells, when it comes to my shower gels so when I came across this one on offer I decided to give it a go. I have a number of other shower gels by them and I already had this in lotion form.
First of all this does smell quite like chocolate. I have always found that 'chocolate smelling' items normally smell nothing like chocolate so I was very impressed here. This shower gel is so thick it is just like chocolate sauce - making me try it!. This tastes nothing like it, so don't taste it.
As this is so heavily fragranced, I doubt it would be good for very dry or sensitive skin types.
This does not lather up too much, which to me is a slight downside. Something about a good lather just makes me feel cleaner. This does still work though and is not harsh on the skin. The smell is fab in the shower, but unfortunately does not last. I find that once I am out of the shower, dry and have sprayed by deodrant the smell is totally gone. This is a real disappointment, but I find this to be the case with most of The Body Shop shower gels.
This costs around £4.00 for a small bottle, however they do normally do a four for £10 deal, making it not much more expensive than other products. If you get a Body Shop Membership card you also get 10% off every purchase.
This product is fine for someone who is quite happy to top up with perfume like me. If you are looking for a scent with stamina I would give this a miss.
I have been buying imperial leather products for ages and I have a little obsession with all shower gels. I first bought the Japenese Spa one on offer and I have loved it ever since. This also comes in a bubble bath formula, which is also worth a try.
First of all the formula of this product is so creamy. It lathers beautifully (as the adverts suggest) and it leaves my skin perfectly moisturised. I particularly love this for winter.
The smell of this is also fantastic. I would say the title 'Japenese Spa' describes it perfectly. This is sweet and girly, but also has a slight spicy tang. This hangs around on my skin all day and I get so many compliments on how I smell after I have used it. Due to the slight tang this is a shower gel that men could get away with using if they ran out of their own.
The one down side to this and all Imperial Leather shower and bath cream products is the packaging. Thiis is a squeezy bottle, it makes it very hard to control. This means I often dispense more than I need and I can go through a bottle of this very quickly. I much prefer pump action bottles.
These can be found at most chemists and Supermarkets, but are cheapest at pound shops. I have seen a lot of 2 for £1 deals at these types of places, stocks are fairly limited but stocking up is a good idea. There are also a number of other products in the range worth a try (such as the shower foam) - this is definitely worth a go!
My Experience with these Tablets
When I started University my days were long. I would start the day by leaving the house at 6am and would not return until about 9.30pm. This meant that I almost constantly suffered from headaches and ofcourse was very tired.
This meant I was pretty much living off paracetamol plus. As the branded ones were so expensive, I started to buy the Tesco ones. These really did the job I would take one at breakfast in the morning, and normally one a little later in the afternoon after lunch time. These would ease the headaches and keep me feeling a little more alive. As time went on though I realised I had a bit of an issue. I started to take these in the evening as well, even though they made me feel sick.
After a few weeks I realised the state I had got into and stopped taking them I found this very hard. These tablets are great to use on occasion and I can use them now with no further problems. They make you feel ill if you have not eaten properly before taking them, and they also do give you a boost. Un like caffiene pills there is not the unreal tiredness once they wear off either. Just don't begin to rely on them.
These tablets start at 55p and for sixteen tablets, I feel this is a fantastic price. They sell these at all of there supermarkets and a number of the Express stores too. Just be careful.
As you may know from my other reviews, I have the most frizzy hair ever. I have tried so many things over the years and nothing ever seems to work. I decided to the give the well know frizz ease a try. I have heard good things about it.
This needs to be used on either wet or damp hair and should not put on dry hair (it makes it look greasy), and you need to be very generous. If apply wet the product sinks into the hair and makes it feel thicker when it dries. This works best for me if I blow dry my hair straight. If I leave it to dry naturally it seems to have very little effect and is just a waste of time.
Does this work?
It works a bit. It definitely reduces the amount frizz, but it does not stop my frizz altogether. The more I used the more of an affect it has and I have to make sure that I cover all aspects of my hair, otherwise the difference is obvious. I used about six pumps on my mid length hair and I use it liberally on both the ends and the roots of hair. It will still get to the end of the day and I have frizz, but not to the same extent.
This product can be bought from most larger supermarkets and chemists and is sold from around £3.00. Of all of the products I have tried this is one of the best. If you are happy with just a reduction in Frizz and you do not need it to go completely this is the product for you.
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I have some of the worst periods imaginable and it is so much worse at night than it is during this day. This means that I have to feel comfident in what I am using at night. Tampons are not an option, a family member of mine died from toxic shock syndrome and this has put me off using them for anytime when I am not fully in control.
I have had so many mishaps as a result of the wrong pad. I need them to be long and wide with some decent wings. This is where these come in. They keep me dry and comfortable all day and they don't shift and slide. I often have issues with pads twisting, turning or starting to peel away during the night - this does not happen with these. The pad has enough stick to it that it does not come away and the wings, do not rip, tear or disconnect.
They are also very good at controlling any 'odours'. This is definitely something that the cheaper brands do not do. These towels are thick and very absorbant, but they are still discreet. They could quite easily be worn during the day and would not be obvious.
These can be bought from a huge number of chemists and supermarkets and can often be bought in value packs and these cost anywhere from £2. As I said earlier these are not the cheapest pads but for the level of comfort provided and the confidence they are definitely worth it.
I was bought this last year for Christmas. These were my first 'proper' brushes and I was so excited to receive this in my box of presents.
This set contains five brushes they are:
The Brow Brush - This is a thick angled brush that I use to add my eyebrow wax before adding the powder. This is too thick to use for eyeliner.
The Eyeliner Brush - This is a fab gel eyeliner brush. After a few washes the bristle start to split a little, meaning it uses it accuracy the longer you have it. When this happens you can start using it as a detail brush instead.
The Detail/Accent Brush - Perfect for use in the outer V to add definition. This can also be used for brown work (areas that need a little more concentration) and for lip and concealer application. Anywhere detail is required this brush works perfectly.
The Base Shadow Brush - This is one of my favourite brushes. This is somewhere between a blending brush and a flat shader. This means that only is is really good for packing on that shadow, you can begin to diffuse your look as you go.
The Crease Brush - This brush is huge! It is round and large and packed full of lovely shop bristles. This works best when blending with another colour (such as a matte cream) to really diffuse the look. As it is almost flat it is a little harder to work with than a normal blending brush. It is great for concentrated highlighter though.
This set is really worth while and starts from around £19.99. If you are new to makeup brushes this is a great starter kit, you can do every aspect of your eye look with this. The brushes are all soft and apart from the small hiccup with the eyeliner brush are really good quality. They are very easy to was and dry quickly. The set also comes with a brush roll/stand that is perfect for storage (and there is space for other brushes too).
If a relative has asked for a good set of basic brushes for Christmas, this is what you should start them on. It does need a little expansion for it to comprise of every possible what and need (a pencil brush, angled liner, flat shader etc etc) but it can very easily be built up on.
I had never used Amazon until about three years ago, but since then I have not been off it.
This online superstore literally sells everything. I have bought clothes, books, music and makeup from the website.
Number one for me is the Kindle. I have had mine nearly three years now and the number of cheap/ free books that are available are fantastic. I now have Kindle Unlimited and I am really enjoying that too.
Free Delivery - I must admit this does not seems to appear for as many items as it used to, but when you can get it, it's a real bonus.
The Variety of Goods - As I said in the introduction, anything can be bought here.
Returns - I have had to return two products in the past (not because they were faulty for other reasons) and as soon as they were scanned at the collect plus point the refund was in my account.
Ease of Use - I love the website I find it so easy to search and I love all of the suggestions and personlised deals it comes out with.
In all honesty there is one. The Packaging. There is often far too much, this is a little annoying. As I am environmentally conscious I do recycle all the packaging - but not everyone does.
I really like this website, it is my most used for shopping as I just love the variety and the prices. I also love spending all my Dooyoo Vouchers there. I get most of my Birthday and Christmas presents from here too.
If you haven't tried this site where have you been?
I am a huge Fall Out Boy fan. I have seen them twice, know the lyrics to all of their songs and I do not think this is going to change anytime soon. The first album I had any experience of was From Under the Cork Tree 8/9 years ago and I found this one a few months later and fell in love.
This album is full of Patrick Stump's amazing voice, Andy Hurley's fantastic drum work, Jo Troman amazing lead guitar and Frontman Pete Wentz fab writing. This is very much an 'emo' record and this is shown by the first song - 'Tell that Mick he just made my list of things to do today'! This singer has been cheated on my girlfriend and it is all about how he wishes to get his revenge. This song hold some of my favourite lyrics ever.
Grand Theft Autumn/ Where is your Boy? - is another highlight. He is after a girl but is having no luck. Eventually, he realises it is impossible so has decided he will help her 'find him'. This song is both self pitying and beautiful with some great guitar work.
Saturday - This song was released as a single and once I have heard it I can not get it out of my head for days.
This album is for pop punk fans who like emo lyrics. The albums has some quite strong lyrics for instance 'stop burning bridges, and drive off of them', so this may not be for everyone. Typically Fall Out Boy do not swear (they do quite a Save Rock and Roll, a later album), this is in stark contrast to other bands of the genre.
This album is very hard to find, it is not on Spotify nor is it on most sites. Often these can be found for around £5.00 and Ebay so it is always worth having a look.
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