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    • Carmex Lip Balm / Make Up / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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      13.06.2011 23:17
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      A great little lip balm which moisturises your lips and lasts forever.

      What is it?

      Carmex is a moisturising lip balm for daily use. It's available in Original (non-flavoured), Cherry, Strawberry and Mint depending on shop and in 10g tubes or 7.5g pots. Both pots and tubes cost around £2.65. It contains Camphor to alleviate pain, Menthol to kill germs and relieve discomfort and Phenol to gently numb sore lips and remove dead skin.

      What does it claim?

      Carmex promises soft lips which are protected from wind and sun . It will also heal chapped lips speedily with its germ-killing ingredients. It also relieves cold sore symptoms and is not tested on animals.

      How is it applied?

      Unscrew the lid and squeeze a small amount out of the tube. Slick it onto the lips using the round end of the tube. If using a pot simply smooth on your lips with a clean finger.

      Does it work?

      Yep. My lips are really dry, especially in winter when I spend far too much time walking about in fields trying to explain to two horses that they're welcome to come to me rather than vice versa. This takes its toll and occasionally I'll wake up with really painful cracked lips. All I do now is apply carmex regularly and my lips become smooth and pain free, with the crack disappearing within a day. I use original and strawberry, which tastes great. Cherry has a bit of a chemical tang to it so I haven't bought it again. I think I have about 7-8 tubes and tubs of Carmex scattered around in coats, bags and desk drawers to ensure that I have one to hand and they last for ages so prove to be great value for money (tip: if you're getting to the end snip off one corner of the tube end and you'll get a few more miles out of it). It's also good for smoothing and shaping eyebrows!

      Would I buy again?

      I do, have and will in the future.

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        12.06.2011 22:09
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        A great looking product but not quite as nourishing as it claims.

        What is it?

        Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm is a new lip tint from Clinique. It comes in eight different tints (Richer Raisin, Whole Lotta Honey, Whoppin' Watermelon, Super Strawberry, Mega Melon, Chunky Cherry and Graped-up) which give lips a subtle colour. The chubby stick looks a lot like an upmarket wax crayon, with added style, and is used via the twist base which pushes up more product as required, much like a lipstick. The Chubby Stick retails at £14.00 for 2g

        What does it claim?

        Clinique are confident that the Chubby Stick is super-nourishing, containing mango and shea butter to soften and smooth out dry, delicate lips whilst giving them a subtle coloured sheen.

        How is it applied?

        Simply by twisting the base and slicking the product on lips. The stick starts life pointed much like a wax crayon but is rounded down with use so although it can be used as a liner too, it's quite difficult to be precise.

        Does it work?

        To a degree. I have extremely dry lips and had hoped that the Chubby Stick would serve as a lipstick whilst offering the mosturising abilityof a lip balm. In reality I still have to use Carmex Lip Balm on my lips prior to applying the Chubby Stick otherwise I find that they become dry and sore. Unfortunately this means that the colour is less vibrant, however it's still enough to brighten my lips. The stick is attractive and was a hit in my office, with the ladies immediately deciding they wanted one. I haven't used it daily because of the adverse affect, however you don't get much product to a stick so I suspect it wouldn't last that long. I imagine that a similarly priced lipstick would provide much better value for money.

        Would I buy again?

        Probably not. I want to like Chubby Stick but it's just too like a lipstick to work with my lips and I do think it's priced to reflect the design rather than the actual lip product itself.

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        12.06.2011 16:52
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        A lightweight gel which, when applied to blemishes, reduces swelling, redness & aids healing

        What is it?

        A clear gel which, when applied directly to blemishes, helps to reduce redness, irritation and heal the blemish. It comes in a standard 15ml mini plastic bottle (measures about 8 x 2.5cm) with a screw lid and retails at £12. It is part of Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions range, which comprises of various skin care and make-up products to fight and prevent blemishes. It is suitable for all skin types.

        What does it claim?

        Clinique assures us that Anti-Blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel will reduce blemishes and promote healing whilst also minimising redness and irritation. It is invisible under or over make-up.

        How is it applied?

        Squeeze a drop out of the bottle and dab on blemishes, morning and evening.

        Does it work?

        Yes! I'm surprised that this product has received average to negative reviews as I think it's fantastic (as, apparently, do the Boots and Clinique reviewers, however what works for one is not necessarily right for another). I usually buy more expensive beauty products because my very sensitive skin reacts to everything cheap. Clinique products have the best success rate for me so I purchased their Blemish Gel and began using it. It definitely does what it promises and if applied regularly to blemishes I notice that they heal much quicker than if left and that any swelling reduces within a day. It's most definitely my go-to product when I suffer breakouts. The tube seems small but it lasts for ages - I suspect the one I have now is approaching a year old and is just reaching the bottom of the bottle. This would make the price per month around £1 - great value for money.

        Would I buy again?

        Definitely. I'm a devotee to this gel for as long as I require it. I have and will continue to recommend it to people.

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        12.06.2011 16:18
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        A foundation which fights and prevents blemishes whilst maintaining a dewy, oil-free complexion.

        What is it?

        A liquid foundation for oily skin which offers moderate to full coverage. It comes in a standard 30ml plastic tub with a screw lid and costs £21. There are 12 shades to choose from (Alabaster, Ivory, Fresh Neutral, Vanilla, Beige, Fresh Clove, Golden, Amber, Fresh Honey, Fresh Almond, Fresh Ginger and Sand). It is part of Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions range, which comprises of various skin care and make-up products to fight and prevent blemishes.

        What does it claim?

        Clinique promises that Anti-Blemish Solutions liquid foundation is lightweight, non-irritating, oil-free and provides long-lasting coverage, neutralising redness and smoothing bumps. It contains ingredients to fight existing blemishes whilst preventing new ones.

        How is it applied?

        Simply shake the bottle and squeeze a couple of drops of the foundation onto the back of your hand. Starting at the centre of your face, blend in and towards your hair and jawline using a foundation brush or clean fingers. Remove at the end of the day easily with facial wipes, lotion or whilst showering.

        Does it work?

        I began using this foundation following the discontinuation of Clinique's 'Superfit' range. I was wary at first as my skin is very sensitive and takes a while to adapt to new products. This was promoted as Superfit's successor and given that I like Clinique's products it seemed like the natural alternative. Being pale I had no problem selecting the right colour - fresh Ivory - from the wide range. It was easy to apply with my foundation brush and simple to blend, even when dried a little. I suffer from Rosacea so tend to have quite a red complexion with break-outs, large pores and very oily skin, so I was pleased to notice that after application my pores had reduced vastly, my skin tone was more matte and much more even with a velvety finish. For the first 2-3 months my skin objected a little and I had a few breakouts, however I persisted and am now very pleased I did: it does exactly what it claims and has totally lived up to my expectations. It lasts for ages - I think my first buy lasted for well over 6 months and I use it every day for full coverage.

        Would I buy again?

        Absolutely. Clinique is a premium beauty brand and, as such, comes with the premium beauty price tag, however it does what it promises and lasts a long time if used correctly (i.e. if it's not plastered on with a trowel!). £21 spread over the 6 months my first tub lasted me works out at £3.50 a month: excellent value for money.

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        12.06.2011 00:41
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        A mascara that promises long, dramatic, elegant lashes and delivers.

        Like most women, in my quest for the holy grail of mascara, I've tried dozens of different brands, from cheap high street through to expensive premium. Until Max factor's Lash Extension Effect mascara I hadn't found one which actually lived up to its claims whilst delivering MY expectations.

        You can find MF's Lash Extension Effect Mascara in most good high street stores (Boots, Debenhams) priced at around £10.99. It's available in Black, Black/Brown and waterproof Black and promises 'dramatic length for all lashes, even tricky corner ones'.

        The product looks expensive, with a black tapered outer which is subtle, easy to hold and slimmer than many other brands I've seen and used. The brush itself is rubber with hundreds of tiny bristles and it's really slim which makes it particularly easy to reach the inner lashes without poking yourself in the eye. With a couple of coats it lives up to its name and does produce long, lashes which give the impression of false lashes whilst remaining natural. I also find that despite having sensitive eyes I have no negative reaction to this product at all.

        The extra plus which makes me like this product is the total lack of clumping. Every mascara I've used clumped, either on the brush or on my lashes, resulting in an untidy mess which I'd have to faff about with to fix. I really dislike the 'spider lashes' effect which many people sport - it looks messy and unnatural; mascara should highlight your eyes, not drown them! Lash Extension Effect mascara comes out of the wand smoothly, goes on the lashes smoothly and individually and is easy to remove at the end of the day. Perfect for every occasion.

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