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      14.07.2014 00:10
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      Where's there's smoke, there isn't always fire...?

      I bought the MASTER SMOKEY on a 3 for 2 in Boots, after reading/hearing loads of good things about the product. Was it a good buy?


      I found the MASTER SMOKEY is easy to apply, as it doesn''t drag across my eyelid or scratch the sensitive skin and the line applies with a even colour in one stroke. It is also easy to smudge the colour out. This is where my problems start, as it is too easy to smoke out - the smudger works more like an eraser for me.

      Rather then this being a fast and easy alternative to using eyeshadow, I find myself having to take ten minutes blending, shaping and layering my MASTER SMOKEY until I get a nice, wearable look. Then comes problem two; this is NOT ''long lasting''. I''ll look in the mirror after about six hours and there will just be a little colour in my crease, the rest of the liner will have vanished. My skin is dry and setting the liner with powder makes no difference. I can set it with eyeshadow, but that defeats the purpose of using this for creating a smokey look in the first place.


      To be a bit positive; the feel of the ''lead'' of the pencil itself during application is very nice; not too hard, not too soft.

      As well as the feel of the pencil I love the product''s colours [I have black, grey and navy] and think that the pigmentation of the product is great - really vivid. It''s especially nice to find a black pencil liner that truly applies as black, rather then charcoal.


      At the end of the day I think that the size of the pencil, and the price (6 GBP) of it is pretty bad for using MASTER SMOKY purely as a liner when there are so many cheaper alternatives available, so that sort of cancels out the plus points.

      I do still use my MASTER SMOKY liners since I spent my money on them, but they''ve not grown on me during the year that I''ve had them. To other people I''d recommend trying Rimmel''s kohl pencils over these; they are cheaper, and can be smudged out across your lids better, if that''s the look you want.

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      12.07.2014 00:03
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      A flanker too far...?

      On first application I found GLOW AFTER DARK to be very sweet and fruity thanks to the listed passionfruit and lychee - plus I can pick out some mango, coconut and what smells like strawberry. Most of the J.Lo Glow flankers are sweet and fruity, but this time the fruits border on being too sweet, and this fruity mix did start to get to me after a few wears. The top notes of passionfruit and berries apply strongly and last through the perfume''s heart and base phrases. I normally like sweeter fragrances, but this is very artificial. The top phase is long lasting and lasts partially through the heart notes. The fruit is too strong for me to pick up on most of the individual floral notes in the heart, apart from the orange blossom.Two of the key scent notes - neroli and orange blossom - that are in GLOW AFTER DARK are the same as the original GLOW, but this fails to remind me of the clean sophistication of the original. I adore the soft base. The gentle notes of what I think is cypress and sandalwood mix with the remaining fruits and musk, and finally gave me a sense of the original and still the best (in my opinion) Glow with the simple, uncluttered, cleanness. Scent notes: Passionfriut, lychee ice, pink peony, orange flower, blond woods & soft pink musk. For a fragrance that applies so strongly and sweet the lasting power isn''t that great; It burns down within five hours on me. As the name suggests GLOW AFTER DARK is best suited as evening wear. It''s too full on for casual use and too sweet for work - if you work closely to other people I doubt that they''re thank you for wearing so invasive around them. All in all, I find GLOW AFTER DARK to be a younger, sweeter version of MIAMI GLOW. It''s a shame that Coty decided to make the fruit notes the sole focus, as I love the base, and if the middle floral notes had been more developed then I think that it''s likely that the fragrance wouldn''t have turned sickly on me. GLOW AFTER DARK was a limited edition release so it''s become hard to find it in stores, although it does sometimes pop up in Superdrug and TK Maxx. Many online sellers still stock it in the 50ml bottles. Thanks to third party sellers on Amazon you can still easily find the 7.5ml, 30ml, as well as the 50ml bottles. The prices constantly change between 10 GBP and 20 GBP. The 100ml bottle goes for between 30 GBP and 40 GBP. There is also matching shower gel and shimmery body lotion available on Amazon in 200ml bottles, which usually come in under 10GBP.

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      13.06.2014 13:36
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      • "Fairly unique"
      • "Very good longevity and sillage"

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      • "Becoming hard to find"
      • "Not suitable for migraine sufferers"

      Not quite as soft as velvet...?

      "the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn" - ''The Hour'' by Bernard DeVoto


      VELVET HOUR is a smoky evening fragrance. I did like the overall impression it creates, even though it is so well-blended I can''t separate most of the individual scent notes in it. I''d say that VELVET HOUR is a rich oriental fragrance, with a vintage-type powdery floral undertone to it. Overall I think that it gives an exciting contrast between feminine and masculine accords.


      When I first apply VELVET HOUR I feel a bit overwhelmed as all of the scent notes seem to develop at the same time. At first the only notes in the jumble that I can place with any certainty are the listed pepper and nutmeg. After ten minutes or so things calm down, to reveal a powdery floral mix. Aside from the freesia I think that there must be rose to give that sweetly powdered air to the fragrance, and I believe that I can pick out some jasmine too.

      The dry down more then makes up for the busy start to the fragrance for me, and it lasts for hours; it''s a dark blend of e smoked wood, which mixes wonderfully with the lingering incense and earthy patchouli.

      Scent notes: blue pepper, freesia, cashmere incense, patchouli, nutmeg, sandalwood, amber, ebony and woods.


      VELVET HOUR has a strong longevity and sillage, which holds up with many high-end brands. For example I remember applying it shortly before going Christmas shopping and eating out, and I could still clearly smell it when I came back home and changed seven hours or so later.


      Unfortunately for me, I began to suffer from my usual migraines and sickness whenever I wore this, so I had to give my bottle away. As a result of my experiences with it, I''d strongly advice sticking to wearing VELVET HOUR on chilly autumn/winter evenings as it is stronger and louder then the other Kate Moss fragrances.

      I didn''t feel overdone wearing it on cold days - not for work though as the fragrance is fairly strong and carries, so your colleagues probably wouldn''t thank you for wearing it.

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      08.06.2014 21:13
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      • " behind-the-scenes shots"
      • "Includes mainly personal"
      • "The photos appear to be unretouched"

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      • "No texts or notes to accompany the photos"

      Picture imperfect...

      "In this book of original, behind-the-scenes photographs, acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson follows superstar Lady Gaga during one year of her life, from Lollapalooza through the final show of her Monster Ball tour. During the time period he followed Gaga, Richardson took over 100,000 images and attended more than 30 Monster Ball dates around the world.

      From the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to the Don''t Ask, Don''t Tell repeal rally in Portland, Maine, to the Thierry Mugler show at Maxime, Paris, Richardson captures Lady Gaga as you''ve never seen her before. A year-long global odyssey- -all access, nothing off limits--this is the book Lady Gaga fans have been waiting for."


      I''ll go ahead and warn you all now; LADY GAGA X is a photography book, so photos are what you get. So looking at the book with that in mind I''m pleased. There are over 450 black/white and full colour photographs, in a good mixture of posed and candid shots. When I say candid, I mean candid - no makeup or wigs, when she''s brushing her teeth and hooked up to a IV drip.

      I was very pleased that none of the photos appear to have been retouched - on one photo you can see that Lady Gaga''s fake tan is a bit streaky and in other photographs her lipstick is smudged. I wanted to see ''real life'' of a major celebrity on the road, so am delighted that the airbrushing has been left to a magazine''s art department.


      What could have made this book better in my eyes would be if Terry had included some text to accompany the photos; loads of the pics show Lady Gaga stood next to unfamiliar faces, so those photos have no impact on me. She is crying in several photos. Happy tears? Was she unwell? One photo shows her onstage somewhere with a girl talking into a microphone. Where was she - on tour, or at an event or awards show? Who is the girl? What are the two of them talking about?

      Many of the photos have left me with niggling questions, so the absence of even little notes or copies of newspaper/magazine articles to accompany the more thought provoking images is a disappointment. For me the photos didn''t tell the complete story.


      I''ve just bought my copy from a discount bookshop [The Works] for 7.99 and for the money have no real complaints with the book. I''ve made a large saving on the RRP, so I can just about overlook my lingering questions.

      However if I''d paid the full RRP [35.00] I''d be very unhappy with the complete lack of text and would give LADY GAGA X three stars.

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      08.06.2014 12:00
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      • "nice compact "
      • "price is reasonable for size"

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      • "very shimmery"

      More like lust at first blush...

      I hesitate to refer to Soap & Glory''s Love At First Blush as a straightforward blush; it consists of strips of a pearly off-white highlight, two soft bronze shades, a rose gold, and a baby pink shade of shimmery powder in one pan. You sweep your brush over all four shades at once for a three-in-one soft bronze/blush/highlight.


      The resulting pinkish bronze shade gives a luminous glow - which is perfect for my very fair skin, as most bronzers just turn out orange on me. I''d say that this can be worn all year round, but I''ll mainly use it in spring and summer as it is very shimmery and glowy. The formula is great; it lasts all day on me, but be aware that all four shades are light and they are all shimmery.

      I''ve also used the individual colour slices as eyeshadow quite a few times - the soft bronze shades flatter my fair skin and really gives my blue eyes more of a pop. The individual colour slices are too thin to use as individual blush/bronzers, although I can use the highlight shade with a tiny brush.

      One last thing; I do have very fair and cool-toned skin, so the soft, averagely pigmented colours show up easily on me, but I don''t think this product will show up on medium or dark skintones, as the shades are all light. At the moment Soap & Glory only make this compact in the one shade selection, but as it has proven popular hopefully they''ll soon bring out more colours [they do make two shades of a similar product; their ''Blush Brick''].


      Overall I think Love At First Blush is similar to Too Faced Pink Leopard, but even though I still think Pink Leopard is better overall as the shimmer isn''t as obvious so I feel comfortable wearing it all year round, I will still definitely maybe re-buy this version if/when I need to for a spring/summer glow as it is cheaper and you get more product for your money.


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      11.00 [7.5g]
      Soap & Glory cosmetics are sold at boots.

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      08.06.2014 11:17
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      • "likable characters"
      • " engaging read"
      • fast

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      • "fairly short book"

      It doesn't suck...

      "On the evening of Sofia Claremont''s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

      She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

      Sofia''s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

      Will she succeed? Or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met?"


      First things first; Sofia makes for a very likable heroine, which is good as the book features her POV in alternating chapters. She isn''t a coward, but she doesn''t wander around putting herself in a endless loop of dangerous situations and she knows when to back the hell away. She isn''t anyone''s doormat, but she realizes that sometimes she''ll be better off keeping silent. In other words she doesn''t irritate me by being a dumb, horror movie-like bimbo, whilst still having vulnerabilities to go with her backbone, so you''ll never be sure that she''ll walk away from the incoming disaster in one piece.

      Sofia also manages to squeeze in a bit of romance. So if you like romantic angles in your books, the author has you covered. I don''t mind a bit of romance in my non-romance books - as long as it doesn''t start to distract from the main story and, I always go on about this I know, as long as we can avoid the usual cliques, e.g. love triangles. A SHADE OF VAMPIRE ticks all of those boxes for me, so it''s all good on that score.


      The only compliant I can think is that I don''t like Ben, but that is down to my personal preference and has nothing to do with the actual writing. Hmmm; I also wish that that book was longer?


      I think that A SHADE OF VAMPIRE successfully straddles the line between a young adult and adult book; the plot mixes drama, horror, action and romance together successfully, and the book is less then 200 pages long, so it makes a fast, engaging read - perfect for a lazy afternoon or a train/plane journey [the sequel is apparently twice the length of this book].

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      08.06.2014 01:10
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      • "Suitable all year round"
      • "Easy to wear"

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      • "Too similar to the original Daisy"
      • "Poor longevity"

      Fresh as a daisy??

      "Vibrant, charming, whimsical Daisy Eau So Fresh is the spirited new version of the original Daisy. It transports you to a place that is happy and sunny"


      This evening let''s check out a birthday present that has been regulated to my wardrobe shelf: Daisy so Fresh is meant to be a completely different fragrance from the original Daisy, but in all honesty I''ve found it to be very similar...

      A major way in which the two fragrances are similar is the way that this surprised me with its lightness. I was expecting something a bit bolder and slightly tart based on the list of scent notes; but It is just a simple, mild mix of berries, violets, powdery rose and vanilla on me; It seems very watered down thanks to the long lasting pear note. What I guess to be the ''green notes'' is a faint undertone of something that reminds me of trekking through the woods after the rain - this is the only real difference I''ve noticed between and Daisy.

      I guess as this fragrance has ''fresh'' in the title I can''t really complain that it is light and watery, but I can''t detect any real changes between the top, heart and base notes - everything seems jumbled together.

      Scent notes: grapefruit, green notes, raspberry, pear, jasmine, rose, violet, litchi, apple blossom, musk, virginia cedar and plum.


      Aside from this edition''s close similarities with the original Daisy, my main complaint with Daisy so Fresh is the poor longevity; within three hours I had to press my wrist against my nose and could only get a faint sense of vanilla and musk.

      The light, airy fragrance is ideal for the warmer weather, although I do wear mine all year round - when I remember that I have it.

      Daisy so Fresh can be worn to work, weekends and would be a good choice for crowded parties, when a stronger fragrance could cause headaches and/or dizziness.


      I never reviewed this before as I can''t separate any of the floral notes out - aside from the listed violet and rose, so it''s a pretty boring review.

      For the short time it lasts Daisy so Fresh is clean, airy and very feminine, but one problem I had was boredom. Light fruit and vanilla is nothing new, and the notes were so mild they didn''t capture any attention. It was a gift, so I wore it and didn''t dislike it, but I''d never pay money for this - it wears like a body spray.


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      50ml: 44.00

      100ml: 54.00

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      07.06.2014 21:11
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      • "easy to wear"
      • inexpensive

      Disadvantages

      • "not overly original"

      nice for everyday wear...

      "Embodying sun-kissed petals carried by an ocean breeze, island fantasy is inspired by Britney''s ideal paradise ? a remote island where she can relax and rejuvenate with her loved ones. The scent channels the warmth and playful spirit of the tropics, and brings an island escape to everyday life"

      The mandarin is the strongest fruit note on me and, and coupled with the raspberry, gives the fragrance a soft, fuzzy feel. The lemon gives the quieter fruit a bit of bite and energy.
      The floral notes used in ISLAND FANTASY remain watery and in the background. There is a breeze of orange blossom, freesia and occasional hint of violet underneath it all, but none of the floral notes are truly strong enough to stand out from the fruits for long. This is definitely a fruity perfume.
      There is no strong indication between the heart notes and the base, thanks to the constant trickle of summery fruits. I''m sure there is some sandalwood here, as after a few hours ISLAND FANTASY begins to remind me of J.Lo Love & Glamour, which uses bucket loads of it. I also detect a coconut scent too.
      Official Scent notes: citruses, mandarin, clementine, red berries, jasmine, violet, freesia, musk and sugar cane.

      ISLAND FANTASY wears well for a mass market EDT - it does go close to the skin fairly quickly, but a faint woody scent is still detectable five hours later. So yeah; this is quieter and doesn''t wear as long as the rest of the Fantasy line, so beware of that.
      I''ll mainly stick to wearing it on ''casual'' days, but you could get away with wearing it to work if you wanted to. As it seems like casual day-wear I''ve not used it in the evening or for going out. Then again who cares if the bottle says ''Britney Spears'' or ''Robert Piguet''? If the juice is something you like, then that is all that matters.
      with most of the focus being placed on the summery fruits I can''t see this being appealing in colder weather, since most fruit heavy fragrances generally seem watery and sickly in cold air [on me anyway] and EDT concentrations generally have shorter ''lives'' in the cold.

      Overall: ISLAND FANTASY is pleasant and easy to wear and I will happily continue to use my bottle, but this isn''t a fragrance I''d choose to buy for myself; whilst it is easy to wear and inoffensive to other people, it is also a bit too generic for my tastes.
      The Britney Spears perfumes have all been well made. I''ve found a few to be "meh", but even though they haven''t been to my taste, the overall quality of them was impressive.

      **** RRP ****

      You can now buy 30ml & 50ml bottles of PULSE SUMMER for around 15.00.

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      06.06.2014 22:25
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      • inexpensive

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      • "too similar to Pulse"

      middle of the road...

      ?Life is a flirt. Love is a game. The sky is your limit. Beyonce Pulse Summer Edition gives you a burst of the inexplicable energy you feel during the Summer. It will leave you feeling great, ready to conquer anything, as if nothing and no one could ever resist you."

      The thing that made the original Pulse stand out from the crowd was the accords of Curacao liqueur in it, which PULSE SUMMER leaves out, so I knew right away that I wouldn't love it. I'm not sure if there is a hint of coconut in the mix, but I sometimes think I can sniff some caught up in with the mandarin. I also catch a watery pear note, but the pepper remains undetectable to me.

      'Ginger orchid' is a fancy way of saying ginger infused with vanilla, so PULSE SUMMER does become a slightly bit spicy after twenty minutes or so. From here on out PULSE SUMMER is the same as the original Pulse; the florals are watery, fresh and mild, and a hint of fruit hangs around. The only floral note that I can place with any kind of certainty is the jasmine note, but it does seem a bit underdeveloped - the reminder of the pear note does dilute everything.

      The base is a bit dull as it's the standard vanilla (benzoin), sandalwood ('sapphirewood') and breeze of musk mix. To be fair a bit of the 'ginger orchid' does stick around for a bit, so there is a bit more life for most of PULSE SUMMER's wear.

      Official scent notes: Icy mandarin, pear, pink pepper, ginger orchid, jasmine, orange blossom, sapphire woods, musk and benzoin.


      As the floral notes are largely underdeveloped, its no shock that the lasting power of PULSE SUMMer isn't the best around five hours, on average. Not great, but it's a step up from the likes of Heat, Heat Rush, Heat: MCSWTLE & Rise.

      I think that this is best suited to use for day wear, as the notes are fairly mild. To me it is too soft for evening/special occasions, but you could wear pretty much anywhere, anytime; it's not too floral or too fruity and the sweetness is creamy, not syrupy.

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      06.06.2014 18:55
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      • "Good for my dry skin"
      • "Nice dewy finish"
      • "Reasonable price"

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      Not amazing, but not really bad either...?

      I love very other product I''ve tried in the Revlon Photoready line, so I thought that the cream blushes would be just as good and bought two [Pinched and Flushed] at the same time. A buy that I''m beginning to regret. I''m reluctant to say that this a bad product, as the formula is top-notch in how well it applies; it so extremely easy to blend into skin, perhaps too good...


      Pinched is a peachy shade, that looks lovely in the pot but barely shows up on my fair skin. I have the skintone of Casper, so I was really surprised that the shade barely shows up. I''ve tried layering the colour, but as the product blends so well on skin, layering it makes no difference; the formula seems to just melt away into my skin.

      The way the formula blends so well and melts explains my problem with Charmed. Charmed is a bright pink, that looks scary in the pot, but applies as a sheer and wearable brightening pink. I fell in love with this colour as soon as I applied it, so I was upset by the lasting power; the blush can barely last five/six hours on skin - and my skin is very dry. I''ve tried setting the blush with powder, but the doesn''t make any difference, and defeats the purpose of using this rather then a powder blush in the first place.

      I was so underwhelmed with the performance of the shades above that I''ve never bothered buying the third available shade, despite liking the colour when I swatched it in Boots. Coral Reef is a warm toned coral, and is similar to Charmed in that the shade applies a fair bit lighter then it appears in the pan. Judging by how sheer it applied, I''d guess that it will fade as quickly as Charmed does on me, so unless I see it on sale anywhere I just can''t justify the price.


      I''ve rated the blushes 3 stars as I do still wear them - only on days I''ll just be out for a few hours, as they aren''t suitable for ''all day'' looks. Such a shame the colour pay off is so iffy, as they give my cheeks a nice luminous glow.


      **** RRP ****

      7.99

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      06.06.2014 10:44
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      • "burns evenly "
      • "the entirety of the wax is perfumed - not just the top portion of the wax \""
      • "nicely balanced fragrance - not too sweet nor too fresh"

      Disadvantages

      • "getting hard to find "

      It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas...

      SPARKLING SNOW is one of Yankee Candles ''Festive Collection'' fragrances and is officially described as "the crisp, naturally fresh scent of gleaming, snow-covered pines with hints of patchouli and fruit". I''d describe it as fresh mint and pine, with a undertone of patchouli, for a earthy bite. I''m not sure what the fruit is - sometimes I get a light breeze of what I think is cherry, but it is so faint that I can''t be sure.

      I do enjoy the fragrance as it is fresh/clean, and the pine is very festive. I usually prefer Yankee''s sweet/spicy mixes for Christmas, but this is an exception. As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I''ve used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here.


      I''ve found that the tarts and tea lights throw off a stronger scent than the candles, so I think that they are the better buys. I personally prefer to use the tealights; as well as having a stronger fragrance, there''s the fact that for the price of a box of 12 scented tealights you get a total of 48 to 72 hours burn-time, so they offer the most value for money. The tealight costs less then 12 tarts or samplers would, so as well as being cheaper - and offering a similar burn time - then either the small jars and tumblers, and over half of the price less then the medium jars or tumblers.

      The tealights come in individual clear plastic cups, so you don''t have to bother with a tealight holder if you don''t have one; just sit the cup on a saucer. Yankee do many special ranges of tealight holders all through the year - many of the decorate models are under 10.00, and their basic tealight holder can be found online for only 1.00, so it won''t cost as much as buying a tart burner.


      **** RRP ****

      Tart [A tart is a wickless wax patty, so you''ll need to buy a tart burner to be able to use it] 6 - 8 hour burn time - 1.25 GBP

      Sampler votive 15 - 20 hour burn time - 1-2 GBP

      Small jar 25 - 40 hour burn time - 8-9 GBP

      Medium jar 65 - 90 hour burn time - 15-17 GBP

      Large jar 110 -150 hour burn time 20-22 GBP

      Tea lights [12 per pack] 4 - 6 hour burn time per candle - 7 GBP

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      06.06.2014 10:28
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      • "good price"
      • "wears well"
      • " blends easily"
      • "well pigmented"

      Disadvantages

      • "all four shadow shades are shimmery"
      • "eyeshadow pan very user unfriendly"

      Not all right Jack...

      review is for the Union Jack palette design compacts **** I''ve got the Glam Eyes quad in Sugar Rush [I think it''s now discontinued, but Purple Reign is still available and has similar shades], which contains a pale pink shade, a grey-tinged purple shade, a bubblegum pink shade, and a orchid shade. I bought this palette because the orchid shade looked pretty in the store, and now having worn it I''m totally in love with it. The shade that looked like a boring sparkly grey was a real surprise as it transforms to a lovely medium purple shade on skin, and it is no more shimmery then the other shades. The two pink shades are pretty and wearable, but as I already own similar shades in a Clinique compact, I''m a bit ''meh'' overall. First up: the quality of these shadows is fantastic. They are well pigmented, blend easily and last all day with none to very little creasing [depending if I bother with a primer or not]. I really want to give the product a higher rating because of the fantastic quality, but... The design of the eyeshadow pan does look great, it really makes this quad a pain to use. Three of the shade sections are tiny - none of my actual eyeshadow brushes fit in the sections easily, so it is a struggle to use. My biggest gripe here is with the pretty purple shade that is intended to be used on the lid, as it is the shade with the smallest pan section. I really love the purple and orchid shades so would to use them for quick and easy one shadow looks, but as the palette is so user unfriendly I''ve never bothered playing around with using the shades for other looks. Seriously: as Rimmel gives a guide on the back of the palette as to which shadow is meant to be used as the highlight shade, which one is the lid colour, the crease colour, and the shade for using to define the outer corner of the eye, why did they then make the pan sections so tiny - for every shade except the highlight shade - that you can''t fit many brushes into them without a major struggle? At the very least they could have made the section for the intended lid colour a bit bigger. My other complaint is that all shadow shades in the palette I have are shimmery. I really think that if I''m going to wear two or more shades of shadow at once then at least one of the shadows should be matt, especially the crease shade as shimmery finishes in the crease move around on me and are more prone to causing fallout. Plus matt shades seem to make blending easier. Is this just me? If Rimmel ever bring the Sugar Rush or Purple Reign out in a different palette I''ll definitely buy it. In the meantime I''ll check out other brands. **** RRP **** 6.99

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    • Benefit Sugarbomb / Make Up / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      05.06.2014 21:31
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      • "works well with any mu look"
      • "great shade for my very fair skin"

      Disadvantages

      • "BeneFit now make similarly coloured blushes"
      • Pricey

      Candy Crush...

      Having very fair skin and a heavy hand I find blush a challenge to get right, but SUGARBOMB can save me from myself and always give me a natural looking pinky peach shade, that looks natural all year round. SUGARBOMB is made up of four slices of lightly shimmering blush (peach, two pinks and a dusky plum) in one pan, and you simply sweep the provided brush over all four colours to create the highly wearable shade. You can also use one or two of the shades mixed together for a contouring/highlighting effect. I''ve also used the individual colour slices as eyeshadow - I especially love using the peach shade for this, as the soft shade flatters my fair skin and really gives my blue eyes more of a pop. I don''t usually use the brushes that come with Benefit''s Box O'' Powders, but Benefit have updated the style of brush that comes with this, so I do like using it for application; the flat shape of the brush is the same as the previous ones, making precise strokes during application easy. However the brush bristles now softly taper off, so that the brush never picks up too much product, and makes it easy to distribute the powder evenly onto skin. On the downside; SUGARBOMB is a sheer product and as such I don''t think people with medium/olive and darker skintones will achieve the same results I''ve been getting, and the shimmer is too light for soley using this product as a highlighting powder. After having used SUGARBOMB for over a year - and now having Benefit''s Rocketeur blush to compare it against - I''ve decided that I won''t be repurchasing SUGARBOMB, as when I looked at photos of me wearing the two blushes the shade of both looked similar on me, but I prefer the glowy finish of the Rocketeur blush. **** RRP **** 23.50

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        05.06.2014 14:37
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        • "strong stuff..."
        • "everything you need to bleach in one kit"

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        • "... still not quite strong enough to whiten pre-dyed hair"

        In a flash..

        *** review is for 40 vol kit *** "FLASHLIGHTNING is strong stuff, with 40 volume developer, guaranteeing dramatic results. To obtain the most intense colors from our MANIC PANIC Semi Permanent hair dyes we suggest you first lighten your hair with FLASHLIGHTNING Complete Bleach Kits. NO NEED TO BUY ANY EXTRAS. Complete means you get everything from developer with bleach powder to mixing tub to gloves to tint brush to cap. Along with all this comes step by step instructions, plus instructions on how to do a preliminary strand test, which is always an essential part of the process." I''d used a pink dye over my failed ombre attempt and wanted to dye my whole head of hair next time too, so it was time to shop around for bleaching equipment. The pink dye had mostly washed out & there were just few stubborn patches left, which I was too impatient to leave and wait to fade on their own. The brown in the top section of my hair was also dye, so my Flshlightening kit had a lot to work through. The instructions tell you to apply the bleach to dry and unwashed hair, and to leave it on from anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes checking a strand every 10 minutes after the first 40 to see if it has lightened enough [I ended up keeping the bleach on for the full 90 minutes as my hair is thick and was slow to lighten]... Overall I was pleased with the results; it left my hair a bit patchy in a few places, but as I lost count years ago of the number of dyes I use on my hair I knew a uniform white-blonde shade was never going to happen for me. Having said that this has been the lightest result to come out of all of my past bleaching and dye remover experiments; my hair was left mainly blonde, with a few custard yellow patches - past bleaching attempts have only managed to lighten my hair to a fiery orange shade. If I''d chose to use a toner after bleaching my hair it was light enough that it would probably have been a wearable blonde. As is the one-step process gave me a light enough base colour to use my Crazy Color dyes in a variety of shades over. The kit gives you enough solution for 120ml of bleach - just enough for thick just-past-shoulder-length hair. Judging by my roots after using the kit: If you are someone who hasn''t dyed your hair before then this kit will take your hair straight to white blonde. *** I bought my kit from Amazon. Prices start from 11 gbp + p&p.

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        05.06.2014 11:16
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        • "the entirety of the wax is perfumed - not just the top portion of the wax "

        Disadvantages

        • "not the cheapest candle range "

        A coffee break with Yankee...

        Yankee''s Vanilla Chai scented candle range was released in the autumn 2013, and is described as "the perfect accompaniment to "me" time - a supremely satisfyingly rich and spicy recipe of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla." There''s nothing that I can add to that - thee fragrance fits the description exactly. As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I''ve used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here. The fragrance lasts as long as the candle does and is strong enough to travel over the house. I even catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit. I''ve found that the tarts and tea lights throw off a stronger scent than the candles, so I think that they are the better buys. I personally prefer to use the tealights; as well as having a stronger fragrance, there''s the fact that for the price of a box of 12 scented tealights you get a total of 48 to 72 hours burn-time, so they offer the most value for money. The tealight costs less then 12 tarts or samplers would, so as well as being cheaper - and offering a similar burn time - then either the small jars and tumblers, and over half of the price less then the medium jars or tumblers. The tealights come in individual clear plastic cups, so you don''t have to bother with a tealight holder if you don''t have one; just sit the cup on a saucer. Yankee do many special ranges of tealight holders all through the year - many of the decorate models are under 10GBP, and their basic tealight holder can be found online for only 1GBP, so it won''t cost as much as buying a tart burner. And for a final stab at a selling point, I''ll add that the tealights float, so you can, umm, float them in your swimming pool - or more likely in a garden pond - during a party. Tart [A tart is a wickless wax patty, so you''ll need to buy a tart burner to be able to use it] 6 - 8 hour burn time - 1.25 GBP Sampler votive 15 - 20 hour burn time - 2 GBP Small jar 25 -40 hour burn time - 8-9 GBP Medium jar 65 - 90 hour burn time - 17 GBP Tea lights [12 per pack] 4 - 6 hour burn time per candle - 7 GBP

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