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I am a definite make up addict and have a variety of different foundations. My favourite's been MAC's studio fix fluid and Benefit's foundation faker. For some reason though, I keep returning back to this foundation.
I originally bought it about three years ago and it immediately became a firm favourite. I liked how easy it was to apply, the shade matched me well and it seemed to last reasonably well for a cheaper foundation.
The foundation comes is a mousse form, which is quite unique in itself for a foundation. It comes in a glass pot and you get a considerable amount of product; 18mls on my most recent pot. The product lasts a while and I ususally get a month out of one if I use it daily. The beauty of this is that you can have a light coverage or a fuller coverage. It blends very easily and covers a multitude of sins. It takes me seconds to apply it on a morning and generally lasts me six or so hours. I notice I do end up reapplying it around mid afternoon. I generally apply the product with my hands as I find it blends best that way, but if I want a more full coverage I use a flat stippling brush, such as MAC 187.
It comes in around 8 shades and I use Ivory, as I am quite pale. The colour matches me well. If blended I don't get a line around my jaw and neck. It looks very natural and if applied properly doesn't look 'cakey'.
It doesn't last as long as some of my other foundations, but the ease of use definitely outweighs this, as I can reapply in the afternoon. You can buy it in Boots, Superdrug etc for between £5-7.
I discovered Mac about a year ago and ever since I have been in love. I have used many different MAC products and have enjoyed most. One of my favourites are the eyeshadows. They never dissapoint.
I bought my first, Sable, a year or so ago. It is a beautiful shimmery brown; perfect for the crease. I then went on to buy Brule; a matte cream, swiss chocolate; a deep matte brown, Amber Lights; an Orange, Jest; a shimmery pink and finally Allthatglitters; a subtle gold. As you can tell from my taste I tend to go for browns and natural colours. Allthatglitters is without a doubt my favourite colour. I also have many other colours but these are my most used. It is perfect for day to day wear but can also be worn for a more formal eye.
The MAC eyeshadows are a dream to apply, they are highly pigmented and blend very easily. They have almost 100 hundred colours, so plenty of choice. The colours compliment each other well, and generally if you go to a MAC counter, one of the assistants will give you advice on the best colours to go for. Though I do enjoy going to just experiment and have a look at any new colours.
The packaging is typical MAC. Sleek black packaging with a clear lid, with the word MAC across. They are lightweight and easy to throw in your make up bag. Another major selling point are the pallettes. For £4.50 you can get an empty four hole pallete and £ 11.50 an empty 15 hole palette. You can then go and choose whichever eyeshadows you want and depot them and put them in the palette. Making them handy for storage or travelling. This is something I am yet to do but sounds like a great idea.
At £13.50 an eyeshadow they are pricey, but are most definitely worth it.
You can buy MAC from some debenhams and harvey nicols.
I bought this foundation around three weeks ago when I was shopping in Boots. I normally go for more higher end foundations such as Mac and Benefit but I was a bit strapped for cash so went looking for a budget foundation. I looked at several different brands and finally settled on this one.
Colorstay foundation is a medium to full coverage base that is available in two different formulas, there's one for oily and combination skins and one for normal to dry skins. I went for normal to dry - as I have normal to dry skin!
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with black writing and a black screw on lid. It looks fantastic and is quite similar to Mac's studio fix fluid in design. The bottle doesn't have a pump though, which is a major downside for me. This means that sometimes if you aren't watching what you are doing you can waste the product by pouring too much out onto your hand. The neck of the bottle also becomes very messy and sticky which isn't pleasant.
Despite my issue with the bottle I LOVE the product. The foundation is amazing. It comes in a range of shades; Ivory, Buff, Nude, Caramel, Cappuccino, Sand Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, True Beige, Natural Tan & Toast. I am quite pale so plumped for Buff. The range of shades is pretty good and I'm sure most people can find a shade to match their skin.
The foundation itself is so easy to blend. Normally I use a foundation brush but for this I use my hands and it leaves the skin looking flawless. I just pour it onto the back of my hand, then starting in the middle of my face, blend it out with my fingers. The foundation is a medium to full coverages and in my opinion doesn't look over the top. It feels lightweight and dries very quickly so it doesn't smudge on clothes etc.
I don't generally get spots but I do have quite uneven skin tone and the foundation works well to even that out without looking like I am plastered in foundation.
Revlon claim that the foundation lasts 16 hours. I wouldn't say it lasts that long but a good 12 hours after applying and you still look good. I generally set it with some powder which makes it last longer. It doesn't seem to fade too much during the day and doesn't rub on to clothes either. So I'd probably agree with the name of the product - Colorstay!
At the end of the day, the foundation is quite easy to remove with a good make up remover and hasn't made my skin break out which is always a good thing when trying a new foundation. One issue I have noticed though is that my chin became quite dry when using this foundation, which has never happened to me before. I solved this though but putting a little bit of extra moisturizer on my chin and it cleared it up.
As well as the issue with the lack of pump, I did also notice that after two months of using the foundation the product separated in the bottle and didn't look as good when applied which is a bit of a let down. So I'd say it isn't one for putting in a collection for occasional use.
Overall, I think the foundation is fantastic. It applies wonderfully, lasts all day and is easy to remove. I would recommend this to anyone and will definitely be repurchasing.
Price: £12 .49
Stockists: Boots, Superdrug ETC
Shades: Ivory, Buff, Nude, Caramel, Cappuccino, Sand Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, True Beige, Natural Tan & Toast.
I have quite short lashes so I am constantly looking for mascara which will make my lashes look thicker and longer, despite finding the perfect one (which I have a review for), I am still looking. I noticed two weeks ago Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on all their make up, so I went a bit wild. I bought some eyeliner, lipstick and this mascara.
The RRP is £6.99 but you can probably get it a bit cheaper if you shop around. It comes in sleek, reflective purple packaging with a unique curved shaped bottle and a slanted lid. I love the packaging, I think the curved bottle really gives across the message that it will give you curved lashes. The colour of the bottle looks very eye catching, and it does look very Rimmel if you know what I mean.
The brush (which I personally think is the most important part) is very unusual. It curves in and out three times as seen in the picture above. It is quite a slim brush, which disappointed me, as I think the bigger the better when it comes to mascara brushes. One definite benefit of a slim brush is that it makes it easier to do your under eye lashes. I think the unusual shape of the brush does nothing special so I think that is just a gimmick.
Despite this, the final look is very good. It gives nice separated, long lashes and will definitely become a regular in my make up bag. Whilst is doesn't compete with my favourite mascara (Maybelline The Falsies) it is good for creating a good day time look as the effect isn't too over the top.
I put on two coats of this mascara and I feel this creates the best look, anything more starts to look clumpy.
Overall, I like this mascara. It is handy for a daytime look and I would recommend to a friend.
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I bought this playmat for my daughter when she first started crawling. I have a large living room so wanted something which was easy to put down and remove when needed and was easy to clean and fun for her. I thought this looked a great idea so when an bought it! I bought the mat from Amazon for about 20 mat the time.
The Playmat arrived within a few days. It consists of a mat for each letter of the alphabet and the numbers 0-9. Each letter is part of a different jigsaw like piece and and you can put it together how you choose. So aswell as it being a great playmat when she is older she could potentially use is as a large jigsaw. It fits together very easily, I put the letters in alphabetical order as that seemed the most logical but you can put it together how you choose. The pieces of the mat are about 1cm thick and quite squishy, it's a similar material to flip flops. Each mat is 1ft squared so the total mat is 6 ft squared! Which covered all the middle of my living room giving her a safe space to crawl on. The pieces of the mat are all brightly coloured - purple, yellow, red, blue, green and pink and each has a letter or number that is a contrasting colour.
The letters and the numbers pop out from the play-mat pieces which give a great toy for a baby to chew on or a child to play with. We've have used them as toys in the paddling pool in summer and we are currently using some as bath toys. It is educational as it contains letters and numbers, which is a great bonus for any toy.
The mat is very easy to clean. It just wipes down and once in a while I give the pieces a real deep clean. This is good if you intend to use it outside, as you can wipe of any dirt or germs and bring it back inside.
I now have the mat in her bedroom, as there is only so long you can look at the mat in your living room!
The mat is recommended from 3 years + because of some of the pop out pieces but I used it from her being 7 months and just removed the smaller pieces.
Overall this is a good versatile buy which is handy indoors and out.
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I bought this for my Daughter when she was around 3 months. You can buy them from Argos, Amazon, Tesco etc and they are generally around £45.
It has been invaluable, it was great to sit her in and play with her toys with her, put her in it for naps and I also stored quite a few toys in it. You can blow it up so it is either quite soft or very sturdy depending on your preference.
When you get it it comes in two separate parts. You get the inflatable ring and then the fabric cover. The inflatable ring is very easy to blow up on your own but you can use a hand pump if you wish. It is very easy to assemble and took me 5 minutes tops.
You just need to put this deflated ring in the fabric cover with the hole accessible and then blow it up. Dead easy!
The actual nest has lots of bright colours and pictures. It has a fluffy sheep, a duck who's beak squeaks and a barn door which is made of crinkly material. So it stimulates all sorts of senses. It is deep enough to stop a younger baby getting out of but also when the baby gets older and more mobile it is easy to get in. I have now sold the ring and my daughter is 15 months so it lasted me a whole year and then I resold on Ebay for half the RRP so not a bad resale value.
The nest is very easy to wash. You simply deflate the ring, bob in the washer and once dry assemble as you did at the start.
Age: suitable from birth.
Overall this is a great nest and a handy place to put baby.
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The Vtech baby walker is a popular walker among my friends. I don't think I have one mummy friend who hasn't got one!
I got the walker for my daughter for Christmas, she would have been around 7 months at the time. It is a great age to buy for as they are generally pulling themselves up on their feet and starting to move a bit.
It is a traditional A shaped walker where baby walks behind the walker and pushes it along. It is just the right height so they aren't reading too far up or stooping over the walker. The walker has a detachable learning centre which is packed with activities. Shapes and light-up musical keys introduce letters, words, numbers, animals, colours, sing-along songs and melodies
As I said the front part of the walker is detachable so before the baby is mobile you can lay it in front of baby and he or she can play with it. This part is very educational, it has different colours and letters and sings songs. It is bright which is very attractive to babies and has a telephone which is a big plus point for my daughter! It is a classic children's toy and has all the features which would attract a baby.
The actual walker is sturdy and seems to hold quite a weight. It pushes along smoothly and doesn't seem to go too fast. It has a good handle with plenty of grip and the music plays when you push it. It is excellent for developing the childs motor skills and in my opinion much safer than the sit in walkers.
It is suitable from 0 to 36 months and requires 3aaa batteries. You can buy it for between £20-30.
Overall it is a fantastic walker, really educational and a safe way to encourage those first steps.
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Benefit is easily my favourite make up brand. Their products excite me and I love looking at their packaging.
Benefit's Some Kinda Gorgeous Foundation Faker is not a disappointment. The packaging is amazing, it is in the style of an old fashioned record it looks expensive and most of all looks fun. It is a good size foundation with 9.5 g worth of product. It costs around £21 and can be bought from your local Benefit counter or online. I would strongly recommend not to buy from Ebay as it is difficult to tell which is fake and which isn't.
The product itself is a cream to powder finish and goes on a one shade suits most basis which is quite unique. They only have three colours, 'lite', deep and original. I am original and have quite a normal skin colour. The original is a beige colour and seems to blend really well into your natural skin tone, I have no idea how they do it!
The powder comes with a sponge which I have only used once and didn't like the finish so I applied it after with a MAC 190 brush. It is great when applied with a brush. I am really pleased with the finish and it is a great day to day mascara.
I start by applying in the centre of the face and work my way out. It is a translucent finish so perhaps not one if you want a night look but for day time/work it is great. It does leave the skin with a slightly dewy finish so I wouldn't recommend for oily skin.
The product lasted me around 3 months using it almost daily so it is good value for money. It is easy to remove at the end of the day with a good make up remover. It also seems to last all day but may need topping up later in the afternoon.
Overall I love this product and will be repurchasing it! Benefit certainly didn't let me down in this case.
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Each Peach Pear Plum is a wonderful children's book which is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It contains many classic nursery rhyme characters and is a fantastic bedtime story.
My copy is a board book, I am unsure whether you can get a paper copy, The board book is handy for us as my daughter is still young and very rough with books.
The books itself has very few words, with very detailed illustrations which are wonderful to sit with your child looking through pointing out any pictures which interest them.
There is no real story to it. It goes;
Each peach pear plum,
I spy Tom Thumb,
Tom Thumb in the cupboard,
I spy Mother Hubbard,
Mother Hubbard down the cellar,
I spy Cinderella,
And so on. While the Rhyme is catchy and I know it word for word, it is the pictures which are the real star of the book. The pages are so detailed with different items to sit and spot, such as different animals, household items, food..It is just wonderful and you can sit there for hours with your child just looking.
As there are few words though, it is handy for a child who is just learning to read, and isn't too demanding.
It is very short so perfect for a young child. You can get Each Peach Pear Plum from most book stores. I got mine from Amazon.
Overall this is a wonderful book and a must have for any child's book shelf, a classic you can read time and time again.
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I heard about St Moritz through a You tube video and for an average price of £3 I thought why not?
I bought mine from Ebay but they are also available from the discount make up store Extras and various online stores. It arrived very quickly and I used it immediately.
As with all fake tans it is vital to prepare your body first. It is vital to exfoliate and moisturise your whole body and then you can start.
The packaging of the product is very basic, with a pump. It doesn't look like an expensive product but it isn't so that isn't an issue. The bottle is easy to use, just give it a shake and pump the product out. The product has colour to it so you can see where you are applying the tan. This is a major selling point for me as it makes it easy to get tan everywhere an there will be no white patches.
I apply this with my bare hands and as long as I wash my hands immediately it doesn't stain. It dries very quickly so there is no walking around naked waiting for it to dry.
Once it is dry in my experience it gives a natural looking, even tan. I am so pleased I found this product. If applied carefully it doesn't streak. It lasts up to a week before needing topping up but doesn't tend to flake if you keep your skin moisturised.
The main flaw with this product is that it smells. It has the really be fake tan smell and without that this product would be perfect. I'd probably describe this as St Tropez with the smell.
Overall a great product and worth every penny!
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I don't drive so didn't want to spend a huge amount on a car seat as it is probably used once or twice a month. I saw this Nania car sear in Argos and thought I would buy it and see what I thought.
The car seat is very good value at £49.99. This was a major selling point for me being on a budget. It is a group 0-1 car seat and suitable from birth to 4 years. It is certified to European Safety Standard ECE R4403. It has a five point harness which is very easy to fasten and difficult for child to undo. It is rear facing until the child is 10kg and then forward facing from then on. It is easily fitted with a seat belt and seems very sturdy and secure once properly fitted. As with all car seats though, it is best to take your time and ensure the seat is properly fitted. The straps are easy to adjust as baby grows ensuring baby is comfortable.
The car seat is very lightweight so fantastic if you get taxis and need to carry car seat and child from taxi to location. It cleans easily and there aren't many hiding places for crumbs and food.
The seat is comfortable and has plenty of padding underneath the child. The part which concerns me about the car seat is that their appears to be less padding on the side panels but there is still some. This raises safety concerns for me though and if it was a permanent car seat which was used daily or weekly I may think twice about buying it.
The car seat looks good, is a nice size and fits nicely in all the cars I have used it in. As with all car seats though I would spend time fitting it before your first journey and if you can go to Halfords who help fit the car seat for you.
Overall it is a good occasional car seat but probably wouldn't last 4 years if used daily. It was a good but though in our circumstance and would recommend.
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I was given the bumbo as a gift and to be honest had never heard of one or new what to do with it.
The Bumbo Baby Seat was invented by a Grandfather in South Africa to help his Grandson sit up and see the world in 2001, now it is popular world wide and they have sold millions.
The Bumbo is a very unusual seat which looks almost like a potty. It comes in a variety of colours including pink, red and green and you can normally pick one up between £25-35 from most baby stores. Baby fits nicely into the Bumbo with two slots for the legs, these keep baby firmly in place and also encourages them to sit up. It comes with a handy tray which you can put some toys on or using during the early days of weaning.
They are safe to use from the point that baby can hold it's own head. Baby can sit and see the world. I wouldn't put a younger baby in one though for longer than 30 minutes at a time as I would worry about it damaging their neck and back though.
Despite thinking it looks like a potty and not having a clue what it did I now cannot rave about it enough! I used it as a highchair in the early stages of weaning, where I used the tray and put a few bits of food down for her to chew on. It was light enough to carry around, put in the boot of the car and take where ever we liked. It was so handy. I started using it at around 4 months occasionally so she could have a go at sitting up, though I would advise to follow your baby's lead as my daughter was quite strong so some may not be ready at 4 months.
We used it until she was around 9 months when she learnt how to get out, but was so much use to us before then.
It is very easy to clean as you can just wipe with a warm cloth which is very good when you have a messy eater!
Overall this is a wonderful product. It is so handy and great for encouraging a baby to sit up.
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I discovered Barry M dazzle dust around Christmas time when looking for make up for a night out. I wanted something dramatic, glittery and inexpensive. I plumped for Bronze and Fawn which created a great look. They are highly pigmented loose eyeshadows which create dramatic eyes.
They have over 60 colours and cost £4.50 each. Which are very affordable and superb quality for the price.
Each dazzle dust is finely milled, shimmery and very highly pigmented. You can create a dramatic eye by teaming different colours together and simply patting the product on o a more subtle eye by blending a small amount of the product in.
My favourite colours are Petrol black, Winter berry and Fawn. I love how each colour seems to have different colours within if you look hard enough, for example Petrol black has flecks of blue and green which looks very dramatic. I have used them all for different styles of eye and I find them a dream to work with. I apply with a MAC 217 and then blend.
If I want a super dramatic eye I will apply with a wet brush or with Benefit's Shelaq which create an amazing look.
The main problem with these eyeshadows are the fact they have no powder guard like most pigments so if you drop it you create a huge mess and lose all the product. You also need to know how to apply make up to create a good look.
Overall these are really amazing, fun eye shadows which I really enjoy experimenting with. They are a must for any make up lover and I am so glad I found them.
The silver cross was a gift which I was very grateful for! It looks great is suitable from birth and is comfortable.
It has two settings. The carry cot mode and the buddy mode. From birth I obviously used the carry cot mode. It had the baby laid flat in a comfortable pram liner. It is a generous hood which helps keep the sun out of baby's eyes and a foot muff to keep the baby warm. My daughter adored her pram so much she had all her naps in there, she seemed to feel very secure in there. I'm glad it allowed her to lay flat as I cannot bare the prams with car seats.
The buggy mode I didn't like quite so much. My daughter was tall so by around 5-6 months she was out of the carry cot mode and needed to be sat up. This silver cross is only forward facing and I didn't like that, I wanted a parent facing pram which is what I the bought.
The pram is very easy to manoeuvre. I regularly get public transport and it was easy to get on and off the bus. It is lightweight and it is sturdy so if you are pushing over a bumpy pavement babies still remains comfortable.
The pram looks great. It has a silver structure with grey and green fabric. I sometimes think Silver cross prams can have negative connatations, however I never felt this way when pushing the pram.
The brakes are great on the pram which is handy when you get buses and the shopping basket is a reasonable size. It is easy to fold and easy to put back up, and is quite compact so when you are putting it in the boot of your car it isn't a struggle.
Overall it is a good pram I just wish it had the option of parent facing in buggy mode, then I wouldn't have had to buy a new one. If this isn't an issue for you though, then this won't be a problem.
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I am going to review my current mobile the Sony Ericsson Xperia. I was due an upgrade at the start of September and I really wanted the Iphone 4. I had the original Iphone and thought it was great. I spoke to my company, 02, who said to get an Iphone 4 I would have to be in excess of £100 with the contract on top, a cost I couldn't justify.
I had a look at other smart phones and came across the Sony Ericsson Xperia. So I decided to go for it. It arrived very quickly from 02 and was very easy to set up an I hardly used the instructions when first navigating it.
Before I start about the phone. I am by no means an expert with mobile phones this is just my personal opinion on the features which matter to me and my experience with the phone.
The phone is very attractive. It has a sleek black case, with a very large touch screen and 3 buttons. It looks expensive and feels expensive. It is light and a very nice shape. The screen is bright, modern and the writing is easy to read.
It is easy to make calls, you have the normal phone book and recent calls lists. The line is clear and the signal seems good. When you are on a call and need to press the buttons it does get a little fiddly though, the screen locks very quickly but that is the only downside I can see.
The text messaging system is similar to the Iphone, in the sense that you have the recipients name and then under their name is the conversation, making it easy to follow long texting sessions. The letters are quite small though, and it does take some practice writing messages
The internet was a concern before I received it. The internet on the Iphone was brilliant and I was concerned I would be disappointed as the internet is a really important aspect for me. My worries were not justified though, as the internet is fab! In my opinion it is better than the Iphone, it is fast, it is easy to zoom in and out and a big selling point for me is that you can easily turn zava script on and off which is important for a website I use most. It is easy to access websites and stream videos.
The camera is excellent. It takes fab pictures, the videos are great quality and has countless features such as face recognition. The only downside is that the pictures do become blurry if you move the camera slightly.
Timescape is great for any social networking fanatic. You can link it to you Facebook and Twitter and receive updates in time order with profile pictures. This includes any text messages or calls. It is a fab feature which I believe is very unique.
Mediascape contains any pictures or videos you have captures along with any music. I don't use the MP3 player so cannot comment but it looks a very handy feature for keeping all your media in order.
My main problem with this phone is the battery life. If you use the internet it drains the battery so I tend to carry my charger in my hand bag and charge at any opportunity.
Overall this phone is brilliant. It is now like my right arm and is so much better than the original Iphone. I am so glad I went for it and if you do too I hope you enjoy.
External memory card capacity Up to 16GB, 8GB included
External memory card type microSD
Internal phone memory 1GB
Camera megapixels 8.1
Colour screen Yes
Size 119 x 63 x 13 mm
Standby time Up to 17.7 days
Talk time Up to 8 hours
Video capture Yes
FM radio No
Music player MP3,
AACMedia messaging (MMS) Yes
Band type Quad
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