- Premium reviews
- Express reviews
- Reviews rated
- Ratings received
Yet another sample received from glossy box. Well, two to be exact! I have been sent both the water fuse and premium versions. Down to business.
Water Fuse - £18 50ml
Premiun - £24 40ml (Sneaky!)
I've never used a BB cream before. I don't use liquid foundation as a rule as I feel it sits too heavy on my skin. I'd looked at BB cream before but wasn't sure, so didn't part with the pennies. I want to start by saying, first and foremost, I couldn't tell the difference between the two. So if you are going to buy, buy the cheaper one. Save yourself a fiver, and get more for your money!
Comes in a squeezy tube and is of quite thin consistency. It did settle in really well to my skin and provided a really nice and even coverage. Coverage was light. It didn't look like I had anything on my skin, but it really did dull down my bags and even out my somewhat erratic skin tone. It provided a lovely light base for my foundation. I've only used it under the bare foundations but the did sit lovely on top of it. I would recommend giving it five minutes to sink into the skin.
This product has prompted me to do something that I don't usually do. I don't wear make up every day, especially to work. But now, if I'm looking a bit pasty or uneven I stick this on over my moisturiser in the morning. It just evens out my skin a bit and helps me look more human when I leave the house, without having to pile on a full face of make up.
I'm really impressed with this product. I've got enough to be getting on with but as soon as they are finished then it's likely I will be replacing it.
As previously mentioned, I have very dry skin. I exfoliate 2-3 times a week, sometimes more. I have been an avid user of this exfoliator for a few years now. I've tried and tested many, and will always try something new, but I just keep coming back to this one.
I always get mine from boots, and only ever when there is a 3 for 2 on Sanctuary product on, as at around about £10.00 for 100ml, it's not cheap. One tube does usually last me about 3 months though, so it is quite economical.
Okay, so it's not pretty. It's a bit reminiscent of muddy, wet, sand. And what's with the minty green lid? Bit clinical isn't it?
''Ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seed exfoliate and refine, while a trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts work naturally to help increase cell renewal. Skin is left feeling smooth and glowing with radiance.''
What it does
It smells a bit sour. It looks a bit rubbish. But by god does it work. I use a pea sized blob on my finger, and scrub away. The actual beads are quite large so go easy. If you're too enthusiastic with your scrubbing then it's likely to have a cheese grater effect. I think you're only mean to use it once a week but I use it more. After, my skin is dry patch free, smooth and silky. I'm not sure if it's meant to but also, my pores are most definitely smaller immediately after using this.
I really can't recommend this product enough. Having been completely around the block with exfoliators, if you need something for very dry skin this is your one. I'll continue to try new ones, but I think I may always come back to this. 10/10.
When you move house and have a lovely, big new kitchen to play in, what better way to compliment it than with a new kitchen gadget. Over the last year I've started cooking more, and the husband, picking up on this, got me a Fresh Express for Christmas. They currently retail at around £30.00.
I've never had a kitchen gadget like this before. I was pretty excited to use it when I got it, so off we went to the supermarket to get food for a week with most of the meals involving some sort of sliced or shredded veg. Lucky husband.
So, 5 attachments that all claim to produce five different results. A plethora of veg ready, and here we go.
It's cute. It's small. The stack and store attachments are pretty. They are colour coded for ease of use, but I think it's a bit unnecessary, unless you're going to memorise which colour does what. But it does make it aesthetically pleasing.
Light Green - Thin Slicing
Lets start with something a bit different. A Potato! Thin sliced potato to make home made crisps. Only problem is you can't fit a whole potato into the chute. So a quartered potato went in. What came out was more mush than thin slices. No home made crisps for us then. Lets try a cucumber. Much better. Thin slices of cucumber worked.
Orange - Fine Shredding
Home made coleslaw. So we need fine shredded carrot and cabbage. In they went, out came mush.
Red - Coarse Shredding
Lets give the coleslaw another bash. It was better. Less mush. I'm nor sure you're meant to put cabbage in it but it did work (Just call me a rebel). Also grated some cathedral city. 10 points for the cheese. Was good stuff.
Dark Green - Thick Slicing
For this we tried an onion first. Not many slices, quite a lot of mush. Next was peppers. Not many slices, lots of mush. Mushrooms? Lovely. Mushrooms worked well.
Yellow - Fine Grating
Parmesan shavings worked a treat.
How it all comes together
It's only got a small opening for you to put food in. So you can't have big slices of anything. The blades are sharp, and when you find something that works with a particular attachment, it works well. Not everything works. We ended up with a lot of, you guessed it, mush. We also ended up with a lot of washing up. Is it worth the money? Honestly? I don't think it is. It takes longer to set it up, use it and clean it that it would to get a knife and chopping board out, cut and was up. It is a nice present for someone who enjoys a kitchen gadget, but if it wasn't a present, I'd have spent my money on some kitchen knives instead. So although it's fun to play with and does produce some good results, it's not something that I think is a must have for your kitchen.
I'm not one of those girls that wears make up every day. Truth be told, I just can't be bothered in the morning. I do like to get glammed up for a night out though. This eye set was my first foray into the make up world of 'counters' Previously I'd stuck to goof old rimmel, with a bit of Max Factor thrown in for good measure.
I purchase the set from House of Fraser after reading some fantastic reviews online and receiving vouchers for the store. It did cost me a pretty penny at an eye watering £28.50 (or at least it made my eyes water!!) but there are a lot of components contained in the packer for your money. And there were step by step instructions, so for a novice in smokey eyes that was a plus.
The kit contains - and forgive me but these aren't technical terms, it's how I would describe them:
A silver eye shadow
A black eye shadow
A pink powder
A pink wax
A brown wax
A little pencil eyeliner
An applicator with a plat pointy brush at one end and a full fluffy brush at the other
A little pair of tweezers
And a mirror in the case big enough to actually see your face in.
So, following the instructions to the letter, I slapped it all one, keeping my fingers crossed I wouldn't look like a drag queen.
The eye shadows:
Lovely. Really nice a light, great for layering if you don't want the colours too strong. They are very silky and wore incredibly well. A night out on the vino and they stayed firm. No creasing, rub off or running. The black required a good few applications before it came out black.
The pink stuff
The powder is used on the brow line and the wax on the outer edges of the eyes. The powder is great. A subtle but lightening effect. The wax? Not so much. It made my skin very dry and tight.
The brown stuff
Is meant to be wax to shape and define your eyebrows. Now if you haven't got very dark eyebrows this would work fine, but I have. I found that mixing a little of the black eye shadow and using it with the brown wax worked perfectly.
The eye liner
Went on smooth, stayed well and blended well. Much better that the Rimmel alternative and something I will be buying again when this has run out.
Great. It's small so a little fiddly to use if you're a bit clumsy like me, but does the job. I like the flat tapered end. Perfect for blending the eye liner and using on the eye brows.
Amazing. Perfect. They've taken the place of my other tweezers.
So, to sum up, for what you get it's amazing value. I believe that all of the components are available separately to buy, but if you're not sure this set is perfect to try them out. I would re buy the silver eyeshadow, the pink powder and the eyeliner again. But this set will last me a long time, there's a decent amount in there and for someone who only uses occasionally I can see it lasting a while. All the stuff had great staying power, I didn't even look like a panda the next morning! Great little kit in a handy, pretty box.
This was another cheeky little sample that I got from my monthly glossybox subscription. I have a few friends who completely rave about this cream, but as it retails between £15 - £30 per 50ml, it's a little outside of my usual Nivea for a quid budget.
The cream claims: ''to sooth and care for minor skin irritations and complaints. This cream is also perfect for the symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking as a result of minor burns. This multi-use cream from Elizabeth Arden can also be used to sooth the effects of sun burn, wind burn, scrapes, abrasions or even cracked lips.'' I was really looking forward to trying this as I have very dry skin, especially on my forehead and usually apply moisturiser three of four times a day.
The packaging is not very dynamic. It looks like something I'd find on my mothers dresser. But then again I doubt it is aimed at the younger generation who like bright and chintzy things.
The cream itself is orange in colour, slightly reminiscent of TCP. And to be fair it has about the same consistency. Thankfully, it doesn't have the rancid smell to match. It's very thick, and this worried my when I squeezed it onto my finger as I wasn't sure how it would sit on my skin.
Application wise, a little went a long way. It settled into my skin really well considering the thick consistency. My skin felt lovely on application. I did need to leave it to settle in for five minutes before applying make up.
And did it do the job? Well.... It was slightly better than my usual Nivea but not by much. By the end of the day my skin was dry again. So although it was slightly better, I don't think it's something I will be forking out full price for. I was a little disappointed. I think that probably, if you don't have very dry skin like me, then it might be ideal, but for those of us that need super strength, I would say stick to the Nivea and coco butter.
My husband and I had not had a holiday for two and a half years since our honeymoon. We booked a last minute jaunt to Egypt and completely forgot that the last time we used our cases, the both broke! His handle went and my zip went. We needed cases, and fast!
After trawling around our local town we found these little bad boys. Ok, they are two wheel and not hard shell, but they were so very much cheaper than the other options available! We got two sets, one blue for him and one pink for me. This totaled £50. Lots of other places that we went to, including the independent shop wanted more than that just for one case. We each got a large and a small case that came packed inside each other, very handy for storage when we are done.
The dimensions are:
Size H46, W33, D15cm.
23 litre capacity.
Size H67, W43, D20cm.
57 litre capacity
When we got them home I was slightly concerned that the large one wasn't going to be large enough as it is not extendable. But we packed up, everything fit in, and the few bits that didn't went into the smaller case as cabin luggage.
I've never used a small case on a flight before as cabin luggage, but these were no problem. We flew with Thompson and no one batted an eyelid at the size / weight of them, they were fine.
On both sets of cases there is a zip pocket inside, and a zip pocket at the back on the outside. They both have extendable handles and 2 wheels. They are really sturdy and didn't keep toppling over when we were using them.
The pink is a really lovely and vibrant magenta. The navy blue is very dark and can easily get lost in among the other back at luggage re claim so it's advisable to put some stickers on it so that you can find it easily.
These do not come with locks, but you can pick up padlocks at the pound shop so no problem there.
Overall, I'm really please with this purchase. Really cheap, very cheerful and does exacrtly what is says on the box. A proper bargain, thank you argos!
Every girl loves a princess dress, even if it's only secretly, and AX Paris offer a huge range of dresses to suit every occasion. So when I needed a princess dress for a special occasion, I hot footed it over to their website.
Now I would like to say I have zero issue with their clothes. Gorgeous, beautiful and stunning. I'd never used their website before to order, I had only previously bought in store, New Look.
As a first time user of the website it was very easy to navigate. Lovely pictures, and even got a 20% discount as newbie buyer. Paid my pennies, paid the P&P and was all set!
The dress turned up two days later. Super quick delivery, very impressed so far! It was amazing. I'd over shot the size I needed. Too big (Yipee!). BUT - the AX Paris do not offer exchanges, only returns. Bit strange, but fair enough, no problem, I'll re-order.
So check the returns policy, e mail my request, get confirmation, pack it up, pop to the post office and pay £3.00 for recorded delivery, send it back, and get confirmation that the refund had been processed.
The refund shows up, only a partial amount. The original P&P I paid had not been refunded. I contact support, and basically get a message back saying, ''Tough, it tells you on our website''.
So at this point, I've paid out £6.00, and I have no dress. £3.00 P&P for them to send it to me, and another £3.00 P&P to send it back. I have no issue about paying to send it back, but not getting a refund on the original? Hmmm.... not so good! I'm not running the risk of ordering another one, just in case it doesn't fit! If it didn't, I'd have spent £12.00 with nothing to show for it. No disrespect to your stunning dresses, but I could get a Primark jobbie for that!
So the only other option for me to go down is the official complaint route. This would cost more money to send a letter recorded to start the process. More money. For the sake of £3.00, I've admitted defeat. Well done AX Paris, you won.
I really love the dress, and have since found the same one, a size smaller, on eBay for a quarter of the price. I won't buy direct from you again.
Just to add, Distance Selling Regulations state that if you cancel the contract within 7 working days and full refund of all monies paid must be given. What a shame that a company this big are not aware of the rules that govern their trade.
And here is there returns policy:
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the item or items to us in their original condition and in their original packaging within 14 days of receipt. Shoes must be returned in their original boxes.We will then issue a full refund minus the original postage cost. Unfortunately we regret we are unable to offer exchanges.
Returns are your responsibility as we do not offer a pre-paid returns service, and so we recommend you send back items via Royal Mail Recorded Delivery or a similar trackable method - please see below steps for how to return items.
I's just like to start by saying I'm an avid Carmex user, and have been for the last 10 years. I've never managed to find anything that comes close, and okay it doesn't taste amazing, but it really, really does the trick!
This Jason Lip balm turned up in a recent Glossy Box of mine. I've never heard of the Jason brand before. First impressions of the packaging wasn't very good. It looked a bit cheap and nasty, not something you'd see on a high end beauty counter.
I do love a natural beauty product. But I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. I found it a bit, well, chalky. And if there's anything a lip balm shouldn't be it's chalky. I expected a waxy texture at the very least. It tasted a bit like feet. It wasn't at all what I want from a lip balm. It didn't heal the chaps and didn't moisturise.
I'm really dissapointed with this product. As I said previously, I'm all for a bit of natural product but when it doesn't do the job, it doesn't do the job. I wouldn't buy the product, and will stick with my Carmex.
I've never been a fan of our Jamie. I've always found his mockney-slapiton-drizzleofthis-blobofthat way a bit hard to follow. I like being told exactly how much of this and the measure of that. I stumbled across his 30 minute meals program on telly and he was cooking the duck salad. My partner loves duck so I went on the net, got the gubbings and gave it a crack. I was really really surprised at how well it came out, how simple it actually was and how quick the process had been. Granted it was a little over 30 minutes but still, he fell over when he saw I had produced something that didn't involved frozen chips....
So I watched again the next day, and the next day and the next day. The next escapade was the piri piri chicken. Again it was simply superb! I've never made food like this, I shrink away from 'cooking' anything more complicated that spag bol!
I purchased the book from Sainsburys and was well pleased whith what I got. There's a ton of meals we've tried and a ton we've left to do. I must say, it wasn't just the book I've purchased though, I soon found that I needed additional kitchen equipment. Nothing too specialist, just a blender, processor, whisk etc. This is something to bear in mind when embarking on your 30 minute meals adventure!
The recipes are very easy to follow. We've enjoyed the 10 or so that we have tried, with particular emphasis on the Tapas Feast, the Chorizo is to die for! The only thing I would say regarding the final taste is that Jamie is a bit heavy handed with the herbs. We tend to only use a small amount of whatever is suggested as we were finding the taste of rosemary and thyme overpowering. Also he does love a bit of olive oil! Again we have cut down the quantities as we were finding the dished oily, especially the salads.
Overall it's a great book. It's very easy to follow but lets be honest, if you're a kitchen novice you're not going to find that you complete all the meals in under 30 minutes, but with a bit of practice you might. Lots and lots of lovely side dishes as well as mains so it's good for a bit of mix and match action.
The one thing that surprised me in a bad way about this book is the cost of the ingredients. If you're cooking on a budget you won't be eating from this book every night!
I am one of those lucky (unlucky?) people who have been blessed (cursed?) with a very full and thick head of hair. It isn't curly but is by no means naturally straight. There are a few kinks in it, but it's not kinky (ooooerrrr!) enough to wear it curly and blow drying it straight just doesn't cut it. My OH calls me Diana Ross.
About 4 years ago I discovered the wonder of the GHD large plate straightners. Never had my hair looked so wonderful and taken so little time to do! A few months ago they died, RIP :[
I bought these straightners as a replacement. There are a few noticeable differences between these and the older models.
1. The plates are slightly smaller. Only just noticeable to they eye but I can honestly say that it has not made a difference to the amount of time it takes to do my hair, so maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks.
2. There is a nifty little light that beeps when you switch them on, and beeps again when they are ready to use. They take about 20 seconds to heat up so they are super fast.
3. There is a sleep mode so if they sit unused for 30 minutes then they automatically switch off. This is a god send as I'm always paranoid that I've left them on, and now I know that if I do my flat won't burn down!
4. A bad point, they don't seem as hot - but I've no actual way of testing this so maybe it's just my imagination.....
5. They do not open as wide as the old pair did. Again this is not something that has had any impact on the quality of use.
Down to the nitty gritty - if you have unruly hair you simply can not beat these straightners, trust me I have tried. You name it, I've had them, Nicky Clarke, Vidal Sassoon, Babyliss, Remmington - the list goes on. I have simply never used any straightners that come even close to a GHD finish. All the professionals use these, and there is a reason for it! I got my pair on amazon for £86.00, a snip of what a salon would charge and in my mind worth every penny. I'd happily pay the £140.00 'going rate' if there wasn't another option. Lets face it if I use these every day for a year they are costing 20p a day and in my mind are more than worth it, the time I save is enough of a reason alone.
If you have hair that needs taming, you'd be wasting your money buying imitations or other makes that claim to be better, they are just not! A complete investment for anyone who had huge bad hair days.
After moving house and tightening the purse strings I sceptically purchased this book. I love take aways and im not ashamed to admit that 3 out of 7 nights we would order in. Let me take you through my 'take away secret story'.
Purchased the book. Three pound something, bargain.
Received the book. Looked through the book. There aren't any pictures but lets be honest, I know what a big mac, kebab and curry should look like.
Compiled a shopping list. Lets be honest, most cook books entail recipes that require a vast number of fiddly ingredients. Various herbs and spices which aren't usually found in my store cupboard (and sometimes not even in the shops!) and expensive meats. Not this book. Nice and cheap, dried herbs and spices, all available in the local supermarket. The book had already partly won me over when a shop for 4 different meals from the book came to less than one order placed to our local curry house would have.
Meal 1 - Lamb Donner. I actually can not put into words how simply amazing this meal was. I'm not a huge fan of Donner as I find it terribly greasy but the OH loves it so this was the first meal requested. So so easy to make and better than any donner I've experienced from a kebab shop. And yes this includes the ones after a few too many vino's on a Saturday night! Roaring success, quick, simple and cheap. Win, win, win!
Meal 2 - Garlic Chicken Curry. I will say one thing and one thing only about this meal; Bye bye Curry House, you will no longer have my custom. Once again simple, quick, cheap, easy (OH who is not au fait with the kitchen has made it, successfully I may add :D) tasty and authentic. 10/10.
Meal 3 - Mega Burger. Try it. You have to try it to believe it.
So in short, this is actually the best cook book I have ever got. Both of us are fussy eaters so we're usually hard pushed to find more than 2 or 3 meals in a cook book that we would use but I can't wait for the weekend to try even more of these! The book is a god send if you find yourself over spending on take out and it's in plain, simple easy to do step by step English. Simply a must have!!
Okay, so I need to give you a little background here - I have very thick hair. It comes just below my shoulders. It's not afro hair. It does have a few 'kinks' in, but you wouldn't be able to wear it curly, naturally. It's in good condition, no colour of chemicals on it. The 'wide plate' GHD's do my hair lovely however I found it hard to create 'style' with the wide plates. I wanted something multi-functional that I could use to style and curl my hair. This set was a lovely surprise; I adore the colours and the pouch. The hair dryer is also an added bonus.
The straightners do straighten my hair. However they do not keep my hair straight. After 2 hours my hair had kinked back up. Basic functions are like any GHD. They heat quick, stay hot and are easy to use. My hair kept catching in the places. Not sure why as this has never happened with the wide plates. So for straightening my hair they were not good at all.
Styling was more successful. I curled my hair with ease, it held for a few hours as was expected.
The hair dryer is small but powerful with two heat settings.
The sparkly puch is my favourite thing about the set.
Unluckily I had got ride of my wide plates. Less than a month after getting these I have already purchased another pair of wide plates. These just don't cut it with thicker hair!
Having found myself completely enthralled with Jamie's 30 Minute Meals last year, suddenly I was in dire need to a food processor! I duly told the parents who purchased this as a Christmas gift.
It's compact, quick and capable. Really really easy to assemble and use. I'm reliably informed by the other half that it's a doddle to clean as well (I cook, he washes - that's fair!). Admittedly it's not all singing and dancing, it is a simple food processor. There are no attachments for shredding or slicing. It's small and robust and has had no problem whizzing through the harder items (nuts, potatoes) that I have put in it. The bowl is small, so if you are looking at doing large batches of anything it can be problematic. There are only two of us so the space is ample. I've only had the product since christmas but I think it will last! It's not too loud, but does interfere with the telly box.
As I received this as a gift, I think it is fantastic value. However, if I was purchasing this myself I might have gone for a 'value' range proper food processor with all the attachments. Overall I would recommend the product, but do be aware that it is restrictive in the size and the fact that there are no attachments.