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This is available in six shades and can be bought from Boots and Superdrug for £3.99. There is usually a 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel products as well.
I bought this product because a few hours after applying foundation my forehead and nose tend to look a bit oily so I wanted something that would keep my skin looking more matte. Powders also set your make up, stopping it sliding off in the heat etc.
After applying my foundation, i dab a powder brush/bronzer brush into the powder and sweep across my face. However this can be applied on its own but I don't think it offers enough coverage.
The powder feels really lightweight on my skin and it doesn't change the colour of my foundation, it just takes away the dewiness which is what I wanted. If you don't like having a matte look then this may not be right for you.
It also doesn't look chalky or settle into fine lines which I have found to be the problem with a lot of powders. It also didnt settle into my pores.
The fact it is a pressed rather than a loose powder is another positive. Loose powders are too messy and it's hard to get the right amount on your brush.
This powder manages to keep my shine at bay for a good few hours before I have to reapply, but for the price that is to be expected. The case it comes in is also small enough to carry in your handbag on a night out.
The one negative is that as I have mentioned it comes in six shades which isn't that many. The shades are all pretty light too so if you have a darker complexion i don't think you would find a suitable shade.
But as someone with pale skin i feel this powder is great for me.
The Righteous Butter from Soap and Glory is a body moisturising butter which was voted Best Body Butter by the television programme 'How To Look Good Naked'.
It comes in a round pink pot and contains shea butter which is meant to soften the skin and aloe vera which helps to attract moisture.
This is to be used like any other body moisturiser by applying all over your skin after a shower or bath.
According to product information you are meant to apply this to damp skin and massage lightly until it sinks in.
Opening the pot i notice immediately the smell of the product. It is a very perfumed scent which i love but it might be too overpowering for some people.
On the Soap and Glory website it says: Smells like bergamot, strawberries and mandarin, with floral and fruity mid notes and musk, amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom." It is an absolutely gorgeous scent which smells really feminine and sexy and quite summery too. I love it!
The butter itself is a cream colour. I scoop up a handful and then apply all over my body. It feels really creamy and luxurious but doesn't feel greasy in the slightest.
It felt very light when I applied it and rubbed into my skin easily. My skin afterwards felt so soft and i smelt great- it smelt like i was wearing perfume.
The 300ml pot is available from Boots for £10.21 which is pretty expensive however it does last a long time and it is a great product. A travel version is also available at £2.35 which is good for people who are unsure about the product and just want to have a try.
This concealer comes in a tube with a built in applicator brush. The tube is see through so you can see the product and has a black lid with the words Mac written across. It looks a bit like a lip gloss and the applicator also looks like something you would use on your lips.
Most of the time i use YSL Touché Éclat, which is a miracle worker but is also extremely expensive at about 20 pounds plus, so sometimes when i run out and money is a bit tight, i use other cheaper concealers and this is definitely one of the best after Touché Éclat. It costs £13.50 which is still quite expensive but i find really cheap concealers are not that great.
For a start it has lots of shades so whatever your skin tone is you should be able to find one that suits you. I find with many concealers there are a limited number of shades available and it either looks too orange or yellow on me.
Mac counters are great as the women (and sometimes occasional man) that work there are really helpful and will give you a lot of information about the product and will match your skin tone to a shade that they think is best- instead of you trying to work out what suits you and usually failing!
On the Mac website it says use this product with the 194 Concealer Brush, which is a brush that Mac sells. However i don't see the point of having a product which has a brush applicator and not using it?!
So i apply this with the applicator brush which is inside the tube and attached to the lid. I apply about six dots under my eye and up towards the inner corner of my eye over my foundation. And then i pat in with my fingers - don't rub as this will drag the delicate skin under your eyes. The lady at Mac chose the right shade for me which matches my skin tone perfectly.
What i have noticed when applying this is how creamy it is, and because of this it is really easy to blend in. Even though it is creamy it's really lightweight and so it absorbs really quickly and easily into my skin.
After applying this it does cover my dark circles well. It seems to do the same thing as Touché Éclat in that it doesn't just cover circles it also seems to reflect the light and make the eye area much brighter.
I have also used it to cover up some spots but i don't think it covers them up sufficiently. I would say this is more a concealer for under eyes rather than blemishes.
Urban Decay eyeshadows come in a round silver pot with the word Urban Decay on the front and a see through window in the middle so you can see the product. The window also has a star on the front. It is a really pretty case.
The eyeshadows come in different finishes such as shimmer and satin and comes in a wide variety of colours.
I have this eyeshadow in the colour Maui Wowie which is a gold shade. It is shimmery and is really pigmented and so comes out as really intense gold colour.
The shimmer makes it perfect to wear on a night out and always makes me feel really glamorous when i wear it. It is very easy to apply and goes on really evenly and smoothly. It lasts all night and doesn't fade. I wear it with either black or brown eyeliner. I wouldn't wear this eyeshadow in the daytime though as it wouldn't be suitable for work. Though Urban Decay does do more natural colours and finishes.
I bought this from an Urban Decay counter in Debenhams and it cost me £13.00. Urban Decay products are also sold in Boots and House of Frazer as well as online.
The price is expensive but the eyeshadows are really good quality. However Mac eyeshadows which i have a lot of are cheaper at £11.50 and they are really good quality too so out of the two i am more likely to go for Mac eyeshadows.
I first used this mascara a few years ago after hearing so many positive things about it. People go on about this mascara all the time. It has won a number of awards and been voted the best mascara of all time. It has even been described as 'legendary' and 'iconic' so i really wanted to see if it lived up to the hype.
As it was a few years back i can't remember the exact price but on the Boots website it is priced at £5.19 which in my opinion is average to cheap for mascara.
The packaging certainly stands out. The lid is bright green while the body is pink with big black writing. It doesn't look that classy or sophisticated but it does look funky.
Product information says: Lash building formula makes lashes look fuller. No clumps. - Lash building brush helps build even the tiniest lashes for a cleaner, more separated lash finish. - Conditioning formula gives great looking lashes. - Ophthalmologically tested - suitable for contact lens wearers.
When i first took the lid off the first thing that struck me was how small the brush was. It is really small and thin, a lot smaller than any other mascara i have used.
I applied two coasts which is the amount i usually put on; sometimes i apply more if i am going on a night out.
So the results...............well i have to say i was a bit disappointed at the time because after hearing how wonderful this product was i was expecting more.
It did separate my lashes making them look longer and there were no clumps which was great. But for me it didn't give me enough volume and i think this is because the brush is simply too small. While the brush is a great size for separating lashes i feel that bigger brushes are better for volume.
Don't get me wrong my lashes did look good afterwards, but after hearing so many great things i was just expecting them to look amazing which they didn't. But for someone who wants a nice natural finish then this mascara will be right up their street. But for me the results were not dramatic enough, i like my lashes to look full of volume and so it looks a bit like im wearing fake eyelashes.
I'd say this is more a mascara to be worn during the day rather than on a night out.
It was easy to remove at the end of the day and it didn't smudge. It was also easy to apply, the small brush helped me get into the corners and hard to reach areas but like i have said it wasn't big enough to create sufficient volume.
My mum uses this mascara and she loves it. Maybe i was expecting too much..........
I bought this after developing spots and red bumps on the back of my thighs and i was hoping this would help.
The bottle is 250ml and costs £4.50. It is soap free, anti bacterial and is meant to leave you with clearer looking skin.
The bottle has a lid which you flip open and then squeeze the product out. The liquid is bright green and smells very fresh and almost herby. It isn't a girly or sexy scent. In fact i would say it smell quite medicated. I have to admit im not so sure about the scent.
It isn't very creamy and so doesn't lather up particularly well. To get a good lather quite a big amount of the product is needed. However afterwards my skin did feel and smells really clean. It didn't dry out my skin either. It felt really refreshing to use and seemed to really wake me up in the morning.
After using this for a few weeks i noticed that i didn't get any more spots on the back of my thighs or anywhere else on my body, but it didn't clear up the marks that i already have which is what i was hoping for.
For quite a small bottle, it is very expensive so i am not sure i would buy again as for the price i would expect much better results.
Batchelors Cup A Soups are available in many flavours including minestrone, chicken, vegetable, tomato, potato and leek, or mushroom. You can also buy a packet which has sachets of tomato soup, vegetable soup and chicken soup all in one packet.
Each packet usually costs around £1.10 and you get four or five sachets in a packet. Each sachet makes one cup of soup. Currently there is an offer on at Sainsbury's where you can buy two packets for £1.80.
These are really easy to make, you just pour in a sachet into a mug, then add boiled water from the kettle, stir, wait for it to cool down a little and then drink.
The ones i have tried are tomato and chicken so i will be reviewing those.
When i pour the boiling water into the cup the end result is very watery- it does not have that creamy consistency which i love about Heinz tomato soup. Taste wise isn't any better. It tastes quite artificial and also very sweet which i didn't like. It had a bit of an after taste too which wasn't great.
Each serving of the soup (so basically each mug) is 93 calories and it has 2.2grams of fat so it is a low fat option to eat at lunch instead of a sandwich, though i had to have a few slices of bread with it as it just wasn't filling enough on its own.
This one was much better. It looked nice and creamy- just like any other chicken soup i have had in the past. The taste was pretty much the same too, in that it tasted of chicken.
This has 103kcal and 5.5grams of fat. It is a bit more filling than the tomato one but i still needed a few slices of bread to go with it.
These soups are a good alternative if you are sick of eating sandwiches at lunchtime or you want to eat something a bit less fattening. I liked the chicken soup but wasn't so keen on the tomato one as it lacked the creaminess that i like.
Benefit Moon Beam is an illuminator/highlighter which is meant to add a warm shimmer to your complexion.
Like its sister product High Beam, it comes in a 13ml bottle which looks like a nail varnish bottle. It has a brush attached to the bottle which you apply the product with.
Unlike High Beam which is a pink liquid, this is a golden apricot colour.
I apply a thin line from the apple of my cheek to the outside corner of my eye and gently blend with my fingers. I blend 3 dots on my brow bone, and i apply a line along the bridge of my nose.
The results are lovely. It makes my skin look glowing and radiant and if i want even more of a dewy look i mix this in equal parts with a matte foundation.
The results are the same as High Beam except this gives more of a warmer golden glow rather than a cooler silvery pink look. I would say Moon Beam is more suitable for nights out while High Beam is more of a daytime highlighter.
It retails at £18.50 which is very expensive for such a small bottle. However it does last a long time as you only need a little bit of the product each time you use it.
Guerlain certainly know how to do impressive packaging. Just like their lipstick this bronzing powder also looks beautiful. It comes in an orangey/reddish case which has a marble effect with the words Guerlain written on.
When you open the case it is gold inside and the Guerlain sign is marked in the powder. It looks really luxurious and expensive. And it is expensive. It retails at around £30 and can be bought In House of Frazer or Debenhams. The powder has a slight perfume smell which i really liked.
It comes in different shades. The lady at the counter paired me with shade 1 which is the lightest shade. Even though mine is the lightest shade you can get, the powder looks really orange which did scare me a bit.
I applied this with my Body Shop bronzer brush and i loved the results. Although it looked orange in the case it did not appear orange or muddy on my face, instead it gave me a sun kissed natural look. It was really easy to apply and blend as well. I have found that some bronzers are hard to apply leaving me with obvious marks but i was able to sweep this on my face for an all over glow.
This bronzer is also 'enriched with moisturising ingredients' and it does feel really smooth on my face. Although it is matte i.e it doesn't have any glitter particles that some bronzers have, it uplifted my face and made my skin look luminous and it didn't dry out my skin.
It was one of the first bronzers i have ever tried and probably the best i have tried. The reason i have continue to try different bronzers is because it because i like to try different brands and also it is so expensive.
I bought this lipstick years ago when i was first getting into make up properly. I decided to go to a Guerlain counter in House of Frazer because i hadn't really heard of that brand except knowing that it was very high end brand.
This caught my eye first of all because of the packaging; it looks so classy and elegant. It comes in a silver case which as you can see from the picture looks very fancy. It is very detailed and intricate and the rectangular case is not just your typical cylinder tube. Guerlain is written at the bottom in silver and i think it looks beautiful and really expensive.
I bought the shade honey nude as i wanted a natural colour that i could wear in the day.
What i like so much about this lipstick is how moisturising it is to your lips.
It feels so soft and silky to apply and unlike a lot of lipsticks i have worn it does not dry out my lips or accentuate the flaky skin because i am prone to getting really dry flaky lips. This lipstick just glides on and it is so creamy. It seems to moisturise my lips and improve the condition.
The colour 'honey nude' looks like my natural lip colour but a bit darker so it gives a really natural effect. It doesn't really look like im wearing lipstick it just looks like my lips but a million times better if that makes sense.
Because it is so creamy it isn't matte so it does have a tendency not to last that long and i have to keep reapplying but i have found the same issue with all lipsticks i have used.
This lipstick costs £21 which is very expensive but because it looks so pretty, i think it would be lovely to receive as a birthday or Christmas present or if you fancy treating yourself.
These are available in Superdrug or Boots for around £7.
I bought mine in the shade 'Coral' which looked like a beige pink in the bottle. It appealed to me as i was looking for a natural shade for the day time and i thought this would be suitable.
You open the bottle and attached to the lid is an applicator which you apply the product with.
The colour came out really nice. It was quite a peachy colour. There are darker colours in the range if you want something more dramatic. And there is a wide range of colours so there should be something for everyone.
As you can probably tell by the title of the product, this does make your lips look shiny and gives a real glisten to your lips but without looking too over the top so still suitable for daytime. It also made my lips look plumper, im not sure where this was solely down to the product or also to do with the colour- probably a bit of both.
However i did find it really sticky and my hair did keep getting stuck to my lips which was annoying, but i have yet to find a lip gloss where this doesn't happen.
It also doesn't have much staying power and after eating and drinking i had to keep on reapplying throughout the day but yet again i have not found a lip gloss or lipstick that stays on after eating and drinking.
I think it is quite a good product but i think it is too expensive for what it is. I would say the £4 mark would be more accurate.
As you can probably tell by most of my reviews, i am a beauty junkie- especially make up and i always want to try new things that i like the sound of. This captured my attention because it is meant to volumise and curl lashes. I had never really heard about a mascara curling your eyelashes before so i was intrigued.
It is available in black, brown or blue and cost about £22. I bought mine in black from the Chanel counter in Selfridges. Any big Boots store should have a Chanel counter too. I probably should have got a sample before i purchased but i am a bit impulsive when it comes to make-up!!
Being Chanel it is no surprise this product looks so classy. It comes in a black tube with the words Chanel written at the bottom in discreet white writing and the very top of the tube is gold with the Chanel logo on it.
The brush of the mascara is a bit different to your average brush. It has six sides with three sides of brush bristles for application and three sides of tiny comb bristles for separating the lashes. You are supposed to rotate the brush as you apply the mascara from the lash roots to tips. The mascara comes with instructions on how to apply and it is pretty straightforward so i won't bore with you the details.
I was really impressed with the results. The mascara comes out as a very intense black which i loved and it left my lashes looking voluminous, dramatic and lengthened.
I really liked that the brush could also be used to separate because this gave more length to the lashes and made them stand out even more. On the very few occasions I did get clumps I was able to just separate them awell which was great.
It did give my eyelashes a bit of a curl, more so than any other mascara I have ever used, which i accentuated with my eyelash curlers.
It didn't smudge throughout the day but was still easy to remove at the end of the day.
I was impressed with the results, however at a price of £22, this is very expensive for a mascara.
I bought this in Boots a while ago when i was looking for a body exfoliator. It caught my eye because the label says: 'The Power of Plants' and the packaging is the colour green as is the product inside, and so i thought it looked a natural product which appealed to me.
I can't remember the price but according to the Boots website it is £3.83 for a 200ml tube.
Also on the Boots website is a description which says: 'Crushed apricot seed lifts away dirt and dead skin, while cocoa butter smoothes and nourishes the radiant skin revealed.'
I first applied this while i was in the shower and i massaged into my skin. As I have previously mentioned the product is a green colour and it has little bits of brown in it which I assume are the crushed apricot seeds.
It has a fresh scent which smells quite similar to aloe vera, which I really liked.
This didn't feel harsh or rough on my skin and there lies the problem. I want a body exfoliator to be rough because then i know it is doing its job and working. If you have really sensitive skin then this product might be right up your street but i didn't feel that it was doing anything except make my skin smell quite nice. It feels more like something you would use to exfoliate your face.
The apricot seeds are too small and i didn't feel there were enough of them in the product to make a difference. Rubbing this into my skin it felt quite grainy but that was it, i didn't feel that it was lifting away dead skin which is surely what an exfoliator is meant to do right? But maybe i should have paid more attention to the title - body POLISH not exfoliator.
My skin didn't feel that much smoother after and it certainly didn't look radiant.
I have used up the bottle because I don't like wasting things and i noticed that when it was nearly running out it became hard to squeeze out the last bits of the product and it became quite messy. I prefer exfoliators to be in a tub or pot.
Ok for the price but i doubt i would purchase again.
Aldi is a German discount supermarket.
The prices are a lot cheaper than the average supermarket such as Tesco and Sainsbury's. I would say it is even cheaper than Asda which in itself is cheaper than Tesco and Sainsbury's.
Because it is a German store there are lots of brand names that are not recognisable and Aldi does not sell brand names such as Heinz or Hellmann's etc etc. But do not let this put you off, just because the prices are cheap does not mean that the quality is low.
Their tins of baked beans are priced at 28p a tin, compared to a tin of Heinz beans which cost about 60-65p. And honestly there is really no difference in the taste. I love Heinz baked beans but these ones are just as good. I have bought Tesco own brand baked beans before which are 30p but you can tell straightway they are not Heinz as the sauce is really sweet and just not as nice.
The mayonnaise and salad cream taste virtually identical to Hellmann's mayonnaise and Heinz salad cream but are much cheaper. A bottle of mayonnaise in Aldi costs about 79p whereas Hellmann's mayonnaise is about £1.17 i think. They also have light versions too if you are on a diet.
Cereal is cheap too- i bought a box of bran flakes the other day for 99p which taste great and you can also get a bag of frozen chips for 99p too!!
I would recommend the pasta sauces which are delicious and come in a wide variety of flavours. The coleslaw is absolutely delicious too and really nice and creamy which is how i like it.
Alcohol is much cheaper also. I have bought a bottle of wine for £2.99, which i was worried wouldn't taste that great but i was surprised as it tasted pretty good and didn't have the after taste that a lot of cheap wines have.
The one thing i would express caution with is the fruit. I have bought bananas and apples and they don't seem to last that long, so im not sure how fresh they actually are.
As well as food and drink Aldi also sells toiletries all of which are incredibly cheap too. Tampons are about 79p and shower gel is 89p. I bought my shower gel in Lavender and while it's not particularly luxurious it does get you clean and does smell nice and for 89p you can't complain. It also sells things for the home such as bin liners, washing powder, bath mats etc etc.
In addition to all this, Aldi stocks beauty products. In fact one particular beauty product has received a lot of acclaim. Aldi's Lacura Multi-Intensive Serum priced at £3.49 has been called a 'miracle cream' for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, after beating 2,000 rival products in a series of blind tests. Boots Protect And Perfect Intensive Serum came second and that is priced at £20.50! So a big difference in price there! I have now bought the serum but have only been using it a few days so can't really comment though it does smell and feel gorgeous on my skin.
I think one of the main reasons why it can offer such low prices is because it doesn't offer any extras.
Carrier bags are not given away for free; you have to pay 3p a bag. But i think this encourages recycling which is good, so i would recommend bringing your own bags. You are also offered no help with packing. In fact there are signs telling you to take away your shopping to pack, so you don't pack at the counter like other stores as the counter is too small. So when your items go through the scanner you put them back into your shopping trolley, pay, and then go away from the counter to your own space to pack.
A trolley needs £1 before you can use it but you get it back after you have finished shopping.
I don't think credit cards or cheques are accepted, however if you use a debit card cash-back is available. There is also no customer service counter which most of the big stores have. Also there are not that many tills so expect to queue a bit more than your average supermarket.
The store layout is quite messy and it can be hard to find things but i feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives. It offers value for money and i find that i save a lot on my shopping bill by going here.
This is a body moisturiser that is supposed to soften, smooth and relieve dry skin.
I have been using this almost every day for about two weeks and i have noticed that the dry areas of my skin like my legs and the back of my arms have become a lot less dry. My skin does feel a lot smoother and softer. I also have a few stretch marks on the side of my hips - weird i know- and they have definitely faded.
Even though i think it has a really thick consistency, it absorbs really easily into the skin and is not greasy in anyway. It dries pretty quickly too and at about £3.70 for a 200ml bottle it is a cheap buy.
So those are all the good points, now for the bad- i do not like the smell of this product.
As you can guess by the title the scent is of cocoa and i prefer my body mositurisers to either not smell at all or to smell girly and sexy. The smell of this is really strong and quite overpowering and so it does clash with any perfumes or body sprays that i am wearing. I don't think it is a very girly or sexy smell either- i don't think men would find the smell attractive put it that way.
However i have heard lots of people rave about the smell and how gorgeous it is so it is obviously a personal thing so i would recommend you try it out. For the price it won't be the end of the world if you don't like the smell as it does work as a body moisturiser.
It is available in Boots and Superdrug.