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I am absolutely rubbish at applying liquid eyeliner, and get highly jealous of anyone who manages to use the gorgeous metallic shades and have that gorgeous dramatic line swept across their upper lashes. If you have the same problem as me..... never fear No 7 is here!
Boots own brand have created a really cute range of metallic eye pencils to problem solve for unsteady handed people like me. Found in even your smallest Boots make up aisles - the little black pencils come in 5 different shades: -
Inside, the actualy nib of the pencil is really soft and creamy, and when sharpened to a point it is so easy to sweep it across your eyelids to get that glam party effect without ruining the rest of your make up with the tricky liquid stuff. You just need to hold on to the skin just below your eyebrow and lift it slightly - just enough to tighten the skin of your upper eyelid. Sweep the pencil across your lid as close to your eyelashes as possible and your done! Easy!!
Ive tried to turqoise and the gold version - the gold is quite subtle, and when blended with some brown eyeshadows its even suitable for nice day time make up. The turquoise one is more dramatic and looks awesome on a night out!
They are £7 each to buy - but ive bought mine when Boots have the make up offer on where if you spend over £10 in store you get a £5 No7 voucher - that way you get to buy it for £2! Bargain! The good news is - Boots have that offer on at the minute too!!
Head down to Boots and grab yourself one of these... theyre easy to apply, you will never spill them, and because its a pencil it last for ages (with a good sharpen!!!).
This is the best thing ever to even skin tone, hide dark circles, cover spots and generally just make your skin look young and fresh again. Seriously. Its an amazing product.
Made by the wonderful people at Benefit, Boi ing comes in a small, round black tub with a clear window in the top. Its quite a small pot and considering it is quite pricey it doesnt look like you get much for your money, but believe me it will go a long way.
The actual concealer itself is very heavy duty. Its very thick to touch and to apply it you just need to rub your fingertip across the surface of the product (dont dunk your finger in and scoop it up - you wont need that much) then just pat the area that you want to conceal. It applys very easily, transferring from your finger to your face swiftly, and once applied it stays in place the whole day without creasing or fading. Great!!
It is quite expensive - i bought mine in the airport and paid about £13 for it, but i believe it will cost you about £16.50 anywhere else. But, like i said, you dont need to use very much of it so it will last for ages.
It comes in three shades - dark, medium and light - so theres a shade to suit everyone! I use the medium on my olive skin tone - i use it mainly under my eyes and it makes me look rested and hides any bags really well!
The only thing that has disappointed me about this product is the packaging - one of the best things about Benefit make up is its kitsch packaging, but this is boring! The box it comes in is pink and quite cute, but that hit the bin soon after id bought it - so now im just stuck with the boring black pot. Disappointing.
All in all, this is a great concealer - and if you can afford to give it a go i would definitely recommend it!!!
I love foundation... and am willing to give any a go. As a lover of a good bargain - a foundation that costs £2.99 has got to be worth a go.
I picked it up in the supermarket (which was handy). Its got nice, inoffensive packaging that reminds me a little of some of the old revlon packaging. Its about 10cm high with a large lid that clicks onto the bottom. The bottle is tube style, so you squeeze the product out.
You only need to look at the actual foundation to realise how thick this is going to be. I oozes out of the hole like toothpaste and rather than blobbing onto your foundation brush or sponge, it jut sits worm style on it. Despite this, as soon as you start to apply it to your skin it does actually blend in quite well and with a bit of perseverance you can make sure that you dont get any lines and can get even coverage.
Because it is so thick - it is quite heavy on your skin (which wasnt very good for my pores) but it does cover spots quite well. You really wouldnt need much concealer with this. Apparently it has 'skin loving minerals that leave your skin looking refreshed'.... i would say that it leaves your skin looking like you have a full face of make up - you definately dont get the dewy look with this.
It comes in 6 shades and caters for really pale to dark skin. I used the natural beige - with i would say looks like nude.
For under £3 - you cant be expecting too much. But if your on a budget and want something to hide uneven skin tone... this aint half bad!
Chanel is officially my favourite brand of nail polish EVER! It does everything that it is meant to and more.
Chanel have really invested in making a product that treats your nails properly. It coats them with a really pretty or dynamic shade without damaging the nail or staining it in anyway. I really like dark nail polishes, but find that once youve removed them (with or without acetone nail polish) your nails become stained or marked and look dirty. You dont get this with Chanel. It glides off your nails as easy as it goes on - and leaves your nails looking as fresh as they did before you applied it.
When the polish is on - it is really hard and really tough. It lasts for ages before it chips (unlike Dior polishes which chip with the day youve applied them) and apparently this is because it contains bioceramides!
Chanel Le Vernis comes in every shade imaginable... my personal favourite if 499 Gondola, which is a deep reddy brown/black. Its really vampish and striking and looks great with that little black dress on a night out.
These polishes arent cheap - they cost about £12 in Selfridges - but because they last so long before you have to reapply they are well worth it. And with so many shades - your bound to find one you like!
Im a foundation addict. I love trying the different brands and seeing what coverage you can get and how well it blends etc. Im not fussy - ive used everything from Collection 2000 to Clarins - and i generally buy dependant on the offer thats on the product at the time i buy it.
I picked this up with one of those £5 no7 vouchers you get in boots when you spend over a tenner. It costs £10.50, so it only actually cost me £5.50 with my voucher - which is a bargain for a foundation really. Im always surprised at how expensive No7 products are really considering that they are technically Boots own make - but generally speaking they are good quality and so i usually trust them.
This foundation comes in a black tube with gold writing on it. You can get it in the following colours: -
I bought the buff, which i would describe as nude.
Inside the tube, the liquid is quite runny. I apply my foundation with a brush not a sponge, and it spreads well because it is so runny - which means that you dont need a lot. It blends well into your own skin tone, and doesnt blotch or blob together in any places. It doesnt lie heavy on your skin because it is thin - and it has a SPF 12 in it too.
However - because it is so runny it doesnt stay on your skin very well. It tends to have vanished after about 4 hours, and therefore isnt suitable for a full day at work unless you want to reapply. Id your looking for all day coverage or wanting to hide spots or blemishes - this isnt for you.
I really would compare this more to a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. Its quite nice on your skin - but doesnt give the coverage of a decent foundation.
Only buy it with tinted moisturiser in mind.
Ive had my issues with Maybelline mascaras in the past (see my review on Great Lashes mascara for further info on that tale!) but my friend uses this all the time. She always has amazing lashes, so i decided (after a couple of drinks and not being entirely sane) to give it a go!
Had i been in a sane state, i probably would never have tried this - and i would have been very disappointed. Its a great mascara!
The packaging is slightly ridiculous - its bright purple with bright blue writing on - and its huge and really fat in the middle. At least you'll never lose it though.
Inside, you will find thick, but not gloopy, mascara that can be swept across your lashes with the special spoon shaped brush. The brush is arced in the middle, meaning that it glides across your lashes along the shape of your lids and reaches right into the corner of the lids with ease! Great!
The brush is really thick, and it makes your lashes look really thick too! And really long!!
Ive had reactions to maybelline mascaras in the past, and as a contact lens wearer i do have to be careful with what mascara i use - but this has been great!
Its on offer in boots at the moment for £5.99 - usually £7.99 i think - which makes it a bargain! Plus, you'll get yourself a few boots points too!
For the price - this has got to be worth trying!
This is a really nice toy for both boys and girls alike. My daughter got this for christmas a couple of years ago, weve only just decided to pass it on to our friends with younger kids, and that was only because we had to make room for this years christmas toys - not because it looked any different than we did on the day we got it.
Basically, its a bright pink piggy bank with a red nose and a big blue coin slot in his back. There's a clear window in the pigs side that opens for yrieve your coins and you get a bunch of chunky multicoloured coins, perfect for chubby little hands to grab hold of, and every time your child manages to pop a coin into the slot in his bag the little pig sings a funny little song.Weve got videos of our daughter aged about 7 months wiggling away dancing to this song. She loved it.
Its a really nice toy for little ones aged 6 months up - and ive recently seen it in boots for about £17. It doesnt damage easily, meaning your child can push it around and kick it without damaging it, and the funny songs means that theres a little bit more to it than your average shape sorter.
Snack-a-jacks are a dieters dream! Seriously. They are a saving grace for me when im trying to shift a few extra pounds.
Made by Quaker, they are a rice snack - basically they are a rice cake that looks like crispy puffed rice grains stuck together. Unflavoured (and very often unbranded) these can be really cardboard like and untasty, but add a yummy flavouring and have them made by a recognised company and they can be delicious.
My favourite flavour is the salt and vinegar. The bite sized rice cakes are really crispy and crumbly, and are heavily dusted with a really tangy salt and vinegar flavour powder. If your a crispaholic on a diet, then these really make a delicious alternative.
Dont get me wrong - theyre hardly as good as tucking into your favourite flavour bag of walkers, but they arent half bad.
Plus they are calorie heaven - per 22g bag you'll find 89 calories and 1.6g of fat! Thats nothing!
You can buy them in multipacks too - 6 bags for about £1.99, or you can pick and mix your flavours. Tesco has a 3 for £1.20 offer on so you can try all the flavours and find your favourite.
Really worth trying.
I never liked Poison. I could smell it a mile off and for some reason,
everyone in its heyday wore it and it gave me a headache. Tendre de poison is a milder version of the original - and whilst it still wouldn't be my favourite perfume, it is ok. And seeing as it is one of my mums favourites - its lucky that I can tolerate it.
When you first squirt it the smell does seem quite heavy and you do think
its going to be as strong as the original was. But this does settle and
becomes more subtle after just a few moments. It doesn't have the heavy, musky smell of Poison - instead it smells almost florally or has a hint of citrus fruits in. Apparently it's sweetened with vanilla honey, but I can't pick out any vanilla in it.
Its quite a mumsy scent - not the type of perfume you would buy for a
teenager (or even a thirty something) but for a grandparent or mum, I think they would appreciate it!
Made by Christian Dior, it is expectedly quite expensive. The average 50ml bottle costs about £37.00, but the bottle and packaging do look lovely so it would make a nice price.
Its much less offensive than Poison,a nd therefore I prefer it - but if
your expecting that abrasive poison smell .... You wont find it!
God bless the man who invented Nurofen (actually it was a team of
scientists at Boots pharmaceuticals, but that's irrelevant). I honestly
don't know where I would be without my monthly dose of nurofen... in bed probably.
This is the only thing that has an impact on period pains, nothing else
even touches them! It clinically proven to provide relief for a whole host
of pains - headaches, backaches, muscular aches, neuralgia, cold and flu
like symptoms, dental pain, pains caused by swelling and of course that
monthly period curse.
Apparently the founders of Nurofen came up with this product after 25 years of hard work - but it was 25 years of hard work that has been well worth while. You can take two of these every four hours (no more than 8 in a 24 hour period though) and it will definitely ease your niggling by targeting the pain right at its source.
It's a NSAID (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drug) and works to ease pain by blocking the chemicals that cause it.
You can pick up a pack of 8 of these in the pound shop - and they are
always handy to have around to treat any ailment. Because they have a bit more power than paracetamol, you've a very good shot at eliminating
whatever is bugging you.
Seriously, for all you women out there with horrific periods or all you
blokes with niggling sports injuries - nurofen will sort you out!
I picked this up after a holiday in the sun, when my hair was seriously
parched from sun exposure and chlorine and was I desperate need of some tlc.
I bought this because it wasn't too expensive (£4.99 for a 45oml pot). It
was in the Boots own Botanics range and it comes in a clear pot with a
silver screw top lid. You can see that the moisturiser inside is really
thick and heavy, which I thought would be perfect for conditioning.
You slather it on your hair just after you have shampooed and rinsed. That is easier said than done when your stood in the shower with a screw lid jar that you have to scoop the product out of with your fingers. When you do finally get the conditioner out and onto your hair though, it is great. It is so heavy and it really weighs your hair down as soon as it hits it. I wouldn't say that it has much of a smell, maybe a slight hint of vanilla but that's all.
When your three minutes are up, rinse it off and look at your beautifully
My hair felt so sleek and shiny - the product contains rice bran protein
which apparently binds moisture into the hairs surface, and it works! Your
hair feels in such good condition, even after its been tortured on holiday.
My only other gripe (aside from the impractical packaging) is that you
really do have to rinse your hair thoroughly - make sure that you get every inch of product out otherwise you'll end up with greasy hair, not well conditioned.
At this price though - give your hair a treat!
This is the first book of Sinead Moriartys that I have read - but as it is
the first in a trilogy of books I was ultimately compelled to read the
rest. It is funny, witty and really makes you laugh out loud, whilst also
tackling the not so funny topic of infertility.
The main character is Emma, and she introduces herself to the reader by
stating that she was a normal girl until she started trying to get
pregnant, and then she turned into Kathy Bates in Misery. Her whole life
becomes encompassed by getting pregnant - she becomes ruled by her monthly cycle and when pregnancy seems unachievable - she seeks medical help. Bouts of clomid and bouts of ivf follow, and whilst this isn't a lighthearted subject, she does manage to put a lighthearted spin on what is actually a very tense time for a couple. Its realistic and will definitely pull at your heart strings.
The way this author writes is captivating, and I couldn't put it down. I
was desperate to know if she finally got pregnant (but I wont ruin that
ending for you!)
I bought this on amazon for £5.49. If you have kids, are pregnant or are
trying for a baby - it will certainly reassure you that you aren't alone in
whatever you are feeling.
Really great book!!
Tea tree oil is an amazing thing - and so useful!
I always buy the Australian Body care one, and have done for years. When i pierced my bellybutton about 15 years ago the lady at the salon advised me to clean the area with diluted tea tree oil, i did and had no problems with it. Since then, i use it for everything!
Tea tree oil is naturally antbacterial - so it helps to clean the skin clean whilst maintaining a natural balance. It reduces bacterial and fungal problems and has anasthetic qualities too.
I do alot of walking, and having your feet in walking boots or trainers sweating cant be good for them. So, i will dilute a couple of drops of these in water and soak my feet to make sure i dont get athletes foot or anything.
If i ever have any insect bites or spots, i pop some tea tree oil on them and they sort them out no trouble.
I also put a couple of drops on wet hands and rub them through my daughters hair after washing (whilst its still wet). Its a well known fact that head lice dont like the smell of tea tree - so rather than spending money on costly sprays, this does the trick just as well, if not better.
The products in this range come in a pale green box with the name written on in white and the outline of a map of australia in the background. You can buy it in 10ml, 30ml or 50ml bottles. The 10ml, which last for ages, i can get in my local chemist for £3..50 - but you can pick it up for a similar price in superdrug.
Definately worth having a bottle in!
I got these from a Body Shop party. I didnt order them - the party organiser did a raffle at the beginning of the party, the prize being a big bundle of products... that i won! This was one of the products.
I was quite pleased as i love tea tree oil, it has so many cleansing properties that it just had to be good for your skin, right?
Well, as soon as i got home i used them to remove my make up - and they burned!! I hadnt even got to my eyes, and im glad i hadnt because im sure that would have been agony, but even across my skin - they tingled and stung. Where i had wiped was all red and tender.
So, assuming allergic reaction (i have a few allergies) i passed them on to my friend who uses anything and everything on her skin, and whilst she didnt have such an extreme reaction, she did say using them wasnt a pleasant experience!
These cost £4 in the body shop, and whilst they may boast numerous benefits like containing anti-bacterial tea tree oil, glycerin for moisturising the skin, and tamanu oil - personally i really wouldnt recommend these And if you do decide to use them - do a patch test first.
Leek and potato soup is my absolute favourite flavour, but ive always struggled to find it outside of a restaurant that tastes good.
Step forward Covent Garden!
Ive never tried any of this range before - theyre a bit out of my price range for soup, but this is absolutely delicious. It really is a carton of heartwarming, practically homemade soup.
The packaging is really fancy - none of your run of the mill tins here, no these are in a lovely refridgerated carton. Inside, you find a thick liquid full of chunky but soft leeks, muddled together with chunks of potato. Once heated, the taste is amazing - it is really creamy and i didnt even have to add pepper like i do with most soups.
The front of the carton states that it is made with all natural ingredients, and you really can tell. Inside this carton there is: -
What more do you need in soup? No icky preservatives mentioned - but that is why they all have a short shelf life. Good news though - they are suitable for freezing, so you can always have them to hand.
It is quite expensive though - just short of £2 per carton, but its worth it.
Calories wise - theres about 150 calories per serving and 6g of fat, making it a dieters friend too!
This is soup that will really warm you up - i just wish id known about it during the snow!