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We bought our maclaren quest when we were flying abroad with our 7 month little boy, so wanted a buggy rather than taking out larger pram. We bought ours from mothercare which didn't have a great colour choice, but we liked the black and lime anyway, which is great for a little boy (most buggies seem to be blue for boys) and is on trend at the moment.
So as usual with baby equipment, when it is your first time, you feel like a novice so we had no idea where to start and which buggy to get, but all the friends I spoke to loved their maclaren buggies so it seemed sensible to look at them. At first, the price seems a problem as maclarens are significantly more expensive than other brands, but when I asked the sales assistant his opinion, he told me in all his time at mothercare he had never had a return or fault on a maclaren, so I was happy with that!
We bought the maclaren while it was on offer so it saved us a bit of money, but I can say it was worth spending the extra. I have pushed a few other buggies that belong to friends of other brands, and can say I am most comfortable with the maclaren. I have also had lots of compliments on the buggy when friends have pushed the maclaren for me.
So features: hood, lockable swivel wheels, adjustable five point safety harness, three position backrest, shopping basket, shoulder strap for carrying the buggy when folded, brake, and the buggy can be folded down with one hand while having a baby or toddler in the other (I have done this on a few occasions too and it is possible and quite easy after a couple of attempts.)
The folding of the buggy is very easy, and when watching demos of other buggies, seems a lot easier than other brands. The shoulder strap I have found really useful too so when it is folded you can carry it like a golf bag. The buggy is quite light too so easy to lift and carry. When pushing the buggy, it feels really lightweight, even with a heavy toddler in it! And I have tried pushing the buggy on all terrains. It isn't made for very uneven off-road terrain but it does manage with a bit of effort. It even copes well with pebbles which seems to be the worst terrain. The three position backrest and hood are invaluable when baby needs a sleep, and the backrest can be altered with one hand very easily. It also feels very sturdy and secure where some buggies don't seem to give great support. The best thing for me is that the safety harness buckle is truly toddler proof. We haven't had an escape yet!
I know this probably sounds a bit weird, but surely no one 'likes' cleansing. Everything about it, I just don't like. Soap makes my skin feel tight, I can't do with the faff of cotton wool and creams, and then rinsing, and splashing water in my face is my worst nightmare. So cleansing my oily, blemish prone skin was always an annoyance. Something which had to be done, but I hated it. Until clinique brought out this cleansing foam.
It is in the anti-blemish range, so if you have skin like mine and are prone to blemishes and spots, this is aimed at you. The anti-blemish range has products in it which are used in acne medicine. Obviously not very strong in their skin care range, but it is a bit of extra umph to banish those blemishes.
It costs £14.50 for 125ml which does seem a bit pricey, but from my experience it is worth it. In the tube it is a liquid which when pumped out, turns into foam. This is really soft and light which you rub onto your skin, and then rinse it off with water.
Of course moisturising is always suggested after cleansing, but with this foam, your skin doesn't feel as though it is screaming for a bit of moisture after. I have found with some cleansers and soaps, that skin can feel really tight and dry and even itchy after use, but this foam doesn't have this effect. I have also found, that after regular use, along with other products in the anti-blemish range, my skin is noticeably better.
Because I have always had oily and blemish prone skin, I was always nervous about moisturisers. Anything I did try was either too thick, felt cloggy on my skin, gave me shiny skin, or just didn't feel right. Once again clinique came to the rescue. I was already using their skin care products but had never used moisturiser. I had tried their dramatically different moisturiser but still felt it was too heavy for my skin. This is why it is always worth going for a consultation, as the girl (or guy) at clinique really know their stuff and are great at offering suggestions. I had gone to the consultation for lipstick, but moisturiser came up at which point I went on my tyrade (see the above). The girl asked if I had ever tried the moisturising gel. I had not even heard of this, so the demo started and I was sold.
At £29.50 for 125ml it does seem very expensive but this truly has been one of my best buys. It has lasted me ages as you only need a small amount, and the product is just ace. It does come in a smaller size, but I went straight for the big one which has a pump dispenser. I find that one to two pumps of the gel is enough for my face, depending on what kind of skin day I am having, hence why it seems to last forever.
The gel itself is lightly tinted yellow, don't know if this is intentional or serves a purpose, or maybe it just makes it easily identifiable. Anyhow, the gel is so soft an smooth and light, it glides on the skin, sinks in really quickly, which is great when you are in a rush as I often am. It feels so light once it has sunk in too. Not cloggy or heavy at all, which for me is great. For oily skin too, which I have, the moisturiser is wonderful, as your skin doesn't end up shiny, or more greasy as some moisturisers can cause it to do.
I love this stuff, put simply. Fair enough it is quite pricey in comparison to other lip glosses on the market, but this is the best one in my opinion and so worth the price.
It comes in a variety of colours, I have used grape and watermelon. In the tube, they look quite like the sort of colours you would find in a little girl's first make up kit, but because the glosses are just tinted, the colours are not that scary when actually used. They give what the tube says, a slight tint, great for the day to day, natural look.
The gloss itself is really smooth and glides on easily. Because it is moisturising, it doesn't dry out, feel tight, or sticky. And I find it lasts for quite a while, despite eating and drinking.
It comes in a squeezy tube with a screw on lid, so no accidents in the bottom of your handbag. When the top is off, the applicator is on the end of the tube and is shaped like a lipstick - on an angle, great for applying. You just have to squeeze a little out which comes through a tube onto the end of the applicator, and the gloss glides on.
So at some point, I think every girl starts the quest for the perfect red lip. But with so many lipsticks on the market, where does a girl start? Clinique. Or my quest did anyway. I have always been a big fan of clinique as their products have never let me down so I went straight there for a consultation. They used the high impact lipstick in the perfect red colour which suited my skin tone, and the quickiner for lips. I had never used a lipliner before as I never really went for the strong lipstick look, so can't comment on the other colours, but for the statement red lip, this lip liner is a must. I have number 12 'deep red' and it is great.
I have tried the red lip look without lip liner when I have been in a rush, and it just doesn't cut it really. Still looks good but just not as precise as when using the quickliner. The quickliner is really easy to apply as it is so smooth. You can get a really precise line which doesn't bleed and lasts all day, despite eating and drinking. I always top up on lipstick, but don't have to with the liner, so it also lasts for ages. I can't remeber how long I have had mine for but no signs of it wearing out.
The other great thing is that it is self sharpening, so no messy pencil shavings, or looking around for a sharpener. You just twist the bottom of the plastic casing and the pencil moves up.
At £12 it does seem quite expensive but I can really say it is worth it.
Since being a teenager I have always suffered with spots and blemishes, and have used the clinique scincare range to try and combat this. So when I decided I was totally fed up, and foundation was the solution, even though I probably was still a bit young, clinique was the natural choice and I went for a consultation. Superfit makeup was suggested and it was great.
The price does seem a bit steep, as all clinique products can do, however I do think it is worth it. It is about £20 I think (recently switched to the anti-blemish so not sure exactly). I once had to buy a cheap foundation off the shelf at a supermarket when I had left my makeup bag somewhere, and soon realised I would never buy it again, so the price of clinique foundation is definitely worth it!
So, the product itself. It gives medium coverage which is great for blemish prone skin, although I still use a concealer for especially noticable blemishes. However, for small spots and light blemishes, the foundation itself covered them fine. The coverage can be built up and blended into the neck, which I found easier to do with a brush. It gives even coverage too, so no patches.
The only problem I found with this foundation was the choice of colours. It doesn't have a great range, so when I got a bit older and my skin changed, there just didn't seem to be a shade that matches exactly. The shade I had was by no means orange, but just didn't look natural enough for me. But in the meantime the foundation was great, and did everything it needed to do for me.
It is such a shame about this coffee maker, as it is great for the price, but despite that you really shouldn't buy it. I will explain, but basically the bottom line is this model has been discintinued as it has a design fault, so unfortunately, for the sake of one little problem, it really isn't worth it. Despite it seeming value for money, it is still a lot to spend when not every single feature works.
When we first bought it, we used it all the time. Everything about it is easy to use; set up of the machine, brewing coffee, changing the used coffee to new, cleaning the machine. Since using a different coffee machine now, brewing was a little slow, but did the job all the same.
The problem we had was the milk frother. This was fine for the first couple of months, but then broke entirely. There is a pipe from the machine to steam the milk with an attachment on the end. The attachment has three little arms at the top which connects to the pipe for steaming and then release in order to clean it. The design flaw is that the three little arms can't hold for very long. After a couple of months usage, I was steaming milk one day, and the attachment flew off into the milk spraying hot milk everywhere, and the pipe blowing out steam. Needless to say I ended up with some minor scoulds on my hands. I thought it was maybe a one off but everytime I tried it since, it happened again. When I looked closely, one of the arms had snapped. I wondered at first if I had done something wrong, but as it was still under the warranty I phoned the shop. I bought it from home & cook, and they were great. I took it back into store and they were not surprised to see it. I was told it was a design flaw, the machine had been discontinued, and seeing as there was nothing else for the price, they had no problem refunding the money.
When Uggs first started to become popular I was very sceptical and couldn't understand why anyone in their right mind would pay so much money for boots that, in my opinion, didn't look that special or even nice. I have always loved fashion, but this new trend I just didn't subscribe to. My, did I change my mind! It took a trip to a very cold and snowy New York, and my bag being lost which had my boots in, to make me find out for myself the wonders of Uggs. Seeing as there was a shoe shop a few doors down from our hotel, (and the shoes and boots were very nice) we spent a fair amount of time and money there. I eventually tried on the black tall classics and was converted. So the short Bailey Button boots are now my third pair.
The style comes in different colours and even textures. I have the brown stingray style which is a bit different from the traditional Ugg appearance. The stingray has a coating on it which gives it a slightly scaly appearance and is a bit shiny. I know that doesn't really sound all that nice, but they do look great. I like them especially as you don't see that many around, in comparison to the more traditional and popular styles.
Everything else about them though is typical Ugg quality. If however you are new to the whole Ugg thing I will explain. Firstly the soles are great. Made of a strong rubber they are none slip. The tread is also very deep and shows the Ugg logo. So the couple of times I have worn them in the ice and snow, I have felt a lot more steady than in other boots. For everyday use though, they are really comfortable. I find the short ones are great for shopping centres when a big day of retail therapy is on the cards. The soles are not slippy at all on those shiny floors, your feet are well supported and feel as though you are just walking on carpet rather than hard floors, and the short boots mean you don't get too hot.
The inside is lined with sheepskin, which especially in winter is wonderful. I am not very fond of socks and have found I can go out in freezing temperatures with no socks on but with my Uggs, my feet are still nice and toasty, and don't get cold. I have found that all my Uggs fit my feet really well, and because they are so soft, they are the only footwear I have owned that I have worn without first getting blisters. Because of the shape of the toe, they are roomy at the front and toes can be wiggled easily.
But what about the price? Are we just paying for the name? Possibly. However I have tried on 'Fuggs' (boots in the style of Uggs but not the real thing) and they just don't compare. I have found them either too soft and not sturdy, feeling more like slippers, or the other extreme being too firm and rigid and have given me blisters.
For me personally, the comfort of my feet is the most important thing, and although the price does seem very high for a pair of ankle boots, I would say it is defintiely worth it. Also the fact that Uggs are really trendy is just another advantage for me, but not my sole reason for buying.
So in all fairness, I love clinique products and have tried most of the different lines of make-up anyway, but this was an impulse buy for me. Why? because it is pretty. And I'm sure that's how this blush has found its way into many a make-up bag. This blush is a seasonal product so I can't remember how much I paid for it at the time (no longer on the website) but I can remember thinking it seemed a bit steep for a blusher, even for clinique's average prices. However my 'pretty thing radar' got the better of me when I was on holiday, and impulse buying always seems like a better idea. I was buying a few clinique things anyway and needed a blush, and as it is really pretty, I ended up having to buy it.
Is this the only thing which makes it different though? When I have my practical head on, I think it is really. So the product itself. It is an average size blush made of pressed powder in a plastic box. Prettiness aside, the quality is actually really good. I have tried many blushers and this has by far been one of the best (along with other clinique ones). It comes in different shades, and I have tried two of them: Peony which is pinky and better for paler skin, and a neutral toned one (can't remember by name) which is better for mid-toned skin but which I have used as a bit of a bronzer. Fortunately I only bought the Peony one which I wanted, and got a few mini tester sizes of the next shade.
The flower design has three different tones which are easily blended on your blusher brush. I usually go for a few swirls all over, but depending on the time of year, skin tone, type of look, I suppose you could limit the blusher on your brush, to lighter or darker.
The powder is really nice. It has a bit of a sheen to it, so gives a really nice glow on the cheeks, without looking shiny. But also, it is quite sheer, avoiding the doll or clown appearance. It gives a bit of a lift without looking too done. So if a more natural look is what you want, this product acheives it. After a while, it doesn't make your skin feel tight or dry either. So blusher wise I think this is a great option.
My major drawback, which I was not happy about was actually because of the flower design. After only a few weeks of use, I picked it up one day to find the entire block of pressed powder had decided to break up and disintegrate into a big mess. Especially not good, as I was in a rush and didn't have the time to sort it out or find another blusher. Needless to say, a fair amount was wasted even trying to open up the plastic container carefully. In the end I bought one of those little plastic pots from boots and put all the powder in. I took it back to a clinique stand, but because I had bought it in America (even though it is exactly the same as over here) they said they couldn't do anything or even swap it for me. I still use the powder as it is still great stuff, and i am refusing to waste so much money, but it is a pain. Because it isn't in pressed form now, it does go everywhere, and big clumps are picked up by the brush. Could this be a one off problem though? Had I dropped it and not realised? Probably not. The same thing happened with all of the smaller sample blushers I was given unfortunately.
It seemed ironic to me that the main pull in this product was the appearance, and now it is the most ugly blusher I own: a big powdery mess in a big tub. It does seem a shame and that is why I have to mark it down in comparison with my reviews on other clinique products. It is a great product, but I'm hoping someone at Clinique will have a look at this design flaw.
I have normally avoided bronzers as they always just used to scare me. The orange look put me off from anything giving fake colour but now I am a convert. I first tried it at the clinique stand, so of course the girls there know what to do anyway, but after a demo, I wondered why I was fussing so much. I am very fair, with blonde hair and blue eyes, so am more used to pinky tones, but during the cold winter months especially, a sweep pf this bronzer is a good pick me up for cold pale skin.
There are two shades, the lightest one is Sunkissed which I use. Colour can be built up, so when first applied it is not too dark too soon. And it can easily be blended into the neck to avoid two tone. A couple of sweeps across my cheek bones and a bit around my jaw and neck to blend my foundation down is enough for me, but as I said it can be built up. Even then though, it doesn't go a funny colour or look a bit dirty, as some can do.
The powder is pressed so doesn't go everywhere when applying onto your brush and it is really lightweight. I have found some powders have left my skin feeling tight and dry, and sometimes sticky, but this is almost weightless, lasts nearly all day,and you would not know you had it on. I have also found it is pretty good on oily skin after long wear as it doesn't melt, smudge or go shiny.
Fair enough at £14 for an eye liner this does at face value seem to be a really steep price, especially when, in my opinion an eye liner is an eye liner and I think most are much of a muchness. However I am a big fan of clinique in general, and it can be a bit dangerous for me if I walk past a stand and look at new products. I have had a couple of these for a while now, but I can remember the lightbulb moment when I realised the clever design feature of the inbuilt pencil sharpener. For me, this has to be the best thing about it. I may be wrong, but I can't remember ever seeing another eye liner with with this, so this clinique one ticks all my boxes.
So before I get too excited I will try and describe it in an orderly way. Firstly, the lid. The lid simply pulls off like normal pencils, however on the end of the lid there is another lid, which when pulled off, reveals an inbuilt pencil sharpener. For me this solves a massive problem. As many sharpeners as I buy, they all seem to go missing, and I end up wilth multiple blunt eye liners in my make-up bag. So the fact, that as long as you have the pencil, you also have a means of sharpening, makes it just great. The pencil shape itself is triangular, which I find is actually easier to hold and helps me get a more precise line if I want one. However this can mean that when sharpening, it can get stuck at times. Other than that, these features seem to be strikes of genius.
The pencil comes in 4 shades. I have used black (classic for the smoky look) and black coffee, which I really like for a more understated and natural day look. The pencil is quite soft, but I find this a bonus as the 'smoky eye' is easy to acheive by blending. When sharpened to a fine point though, getting a fine precise line is also easy enough though, which I think the look rivals any liquid liner as the black is so dark and intense.
We had these bought for us 4 years ago when we got married and moved into our first home, and have used them now and again since then for DIY work around the house. As they are aluminium, they are really lightweight so easy to move around and up and down stairs. And seeing as I do most of the DIY while my husband is at work, this is a real plus for me, as I can just get on with it. This does contribute to the one disadvantage however. Especially if standing on carpet, or the floor is slightly uneven, which is in a lot of places in our old house, they can feel a bit wobbly, especially when getting closer to the top rung. I am now used to this, but at first it can be a bit daunting.
Other than that though, these ladders do fulfil their purpose. For average DIY around the house, these ladders will serve you fine. At £29.99 I think they are a fair price, and if you are into doing your own decorating, ladders are a must and these are a good as option as any. When not in use they fold down for easy storage. When in use, the height seems to be just right. Each of the five steps have grooves on, so they are not slippy, which is great if you only need to use one or two of the steps, but have to balance on one of the steps. But at full height, they are tall enough for most internal jobs. We have an old house with really high ceilings, and as I am just over 5 feet this could have caused a problem! But the ladders have been fine, and I have been able to paint ceilings in the highest rooms without the help of someone taller!
I love this stuff. I really could just leave it at that as I think when you try it, you will see for yourself but I will try and describe it without sounding like a clinique advert!
So, it is an exfoliator for the body to be used in the bath or shower basically. Similar to a salt scrub, it has tiny course grains in it which scrub away dead skin. Unlike other scrubs though, it isn't sticky or too harsh as the gel itself is soft and smooth so the product as a whole has a great balance.
When using it, I don't think you particularly need a lot, so it does go a fair way, and I just use it as a bit of a treat on tired skin as a pick me up. Just a small amount is needed to rub across skin. I just use my hands but a glove or mitt could be used. You will feel the little grains on your skin doing their job, so no scrubbing or a lot of pressure is needed. You feel a difference in your skin as soon as it is all rinsed off as skin feels soft, smooth and pampered.
It comes in a squeezy tube with a cap that clicks open and shut at the end, and because the consistency is thick, you do have to squeeze which means it doesn't just pour out like some shower gels giving a lot of wastage. On the other hand, a lot of scrubs come it tubs which you have to scrape out with your hands, getting it up your finger nails, and inevitably get water in the tub making it a sloshy mess by the time half of it has been used. So the fact that this comes in an easy squeeze tube eliminating these disadvantages seems a strike of genius in itself to me.
At £17 for 200ml it does seem expensive, but as a treat I think it is worth it. And on the other hand it is cheaper than some of these posh spa brands, but I think just as good. For extra value check out the gift sets, especially at Christmas as this is sometimes included. I got a set in the January sales which included this and the fake tan products.
I love all things clinique, and this lip gloss is just another product to add to the list. At £14.50 for a tube, the price may seem a bit steep but I think it is worth it. Unlike a lot of lipglosses I don't find this one sticky at all. Instead it gives a really glossy finish with a smooth feel on your lips which lasts for hours with an SPF on 15. I have trouble with dry and chapped lips too, but I haven't had a problem with this lipgloss making it worse or drying out my lips more.
There are quite a few shades available suiting any skin colour, from pinks to nudes. The one I use is Knockout Nude. It is a neutral colour, browny pink with a gold kind of shimmer in. I don't think from that description I have done the shade any justice but I love it. Depending on the look I sweep my lips with just the gloss, or put a layer over a matte lipstick for a more 'done' look. The gloss is in a tube with a wand with a small sponge applicator so you can get precise lines.
The shades are all quite classy but I do prefer the nudes personally. I usually opt for lip balms rather than glosses as I don't like the shiny plastic barbie look, but this gloss is just right. It gives shimmer and gloss without looking as though a young teenager would want to wair it. A bit more sophisticated but still fun.
In general I am a really big fan of everything clinique. Since I was a teen I have had really oily skin and am prone to breakouts and find that clinique's products are the only ones that really help. So naturally, when I got really into make-up, although expensive, clinique's products seemed liked the natural step as I at least know I have no funny reactions. I am always excited about new products from clinique and try out most things, however as far as mascara goes this is most definitely my one and only.
At first, in comparison to off the shelf mascaras, this is an expensive option. However for me, I am quite prepared to pay for a better product. At £16 for a full size tube it is at the higher end. Clinique though often has 'bonus time' events at some store or another. This is where if you buy two products, or sometimes spend a minimum (depends on the store) you get a free gift. The gift usually includes a make-up bag and about half a dozen sample products of skin care and make up, and usually a half size tube of this mascara is included. So, if you are like me and buy clinique products anyway, it is worth looking for bonus times, as it can end up saving you a bit of money on some products as you get them free. Try Debenhams, Boots, Selfridges etc, but even times are always shown on Clinique's web site.
Anyhow, about the mascara! There are two colours available, black and black-brown. The samples are always black and I have never tried the black-brown so can't comment. I love the black though. I am fair with pale skin and blue eyes but don't find the black too strong. Having said that, I don't wear heavy eye make-up or falsies so prefer to go for a high impact mascara. Even when I'm having a non-makeup day (which is rare in all fairness) I still don't leave the house without a coat of the mascara.
The wand is wide and the bristles are full and long capturing plenty of the mascara on it, but of course as the tube narrows at the top, any excess is removed so I have never had a problem with clumps. Usually two sweeps do it for me on the top lashes, starting at the bottom next to the lid and giving a bit of a wiggle up towards the tips. But on the bottom I just lightly wave the wand past them sideways so it isn't too heavy. Of course the more impact you want, the more layers etc.
I would definitely recommend this mascara, and would be surprised if you don't love it as much as I do!