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Having been a high street cosmetic junky for a long time I grabbed the opportunity to buy the much coveted Chanel Rouge Noir on offer in duty free, the shop was closing down so I actually managed to pick this up for £8!!
As you would expect with a brand like Chanel, the packaging is very simple and very classy. The bottle is a little more squat than some but this will be handy nearing the end of the bottle! The lid is square and black with the Chanel interlocking 'C' logo on top and actually comes off, this confused me at first but it leaves a screw top which holds the brush, although quirky I think this is a great design as the small lid to hold actually gives you greater control when applying the nail polish. The brush is quiet long with good quality bristles - none have come off as yet with much use.
The nail polish itself is very smooth and a great consistency, not too thin like some polishes that need 20 coats but not thick that it can't be applied easily. The main downside I think of the polish itself is that it smells quiet strong. Now my other half loves the smell of nail polish and quiet happy to sit and have a sniff when I'm painting my nails but even he said this one was strong. Certainly with the rogue noir I would recommend putting on a base coat as without it will stain your nails quiet heavily. The polish dries very quickly and evenly which is great as a dark colour like noir often needs two coats. Once dry it gives a very smooth finish with a great mirror shine. Be careful if you are painting your nails close to bedtime as a dark colour like this will show up small lines and marks from bed clothing - the easiest way to overcome this is to use an oil quick dry, the oil will give a cover to the polish to help prevent marking.
Now to the staying power. I will easily get 5days out of this polish if I have used a base coat and a top coat but without you will be lucky to get a whole day without chipping. This disappointed me slightly as with a brand like Chanel I expected a bit more however this hasn't put me off.
Overall a real quality polish that goes on easily and looks fab though does need a bit of extra attention to keep it lasting and looking good. Don't be put off by the high (£14) price-tag as this is quality and will last for ages.
Now that the winter weather has well and truly arrived I have found my skin and hands specifically feeling a lot dryer and looking a bit worse for ware! So time for action but with Christmas, the recession and just generally feeling a bit strapped for cash I went to the trusted Avon catalogue looking for a bargin.
Avon do many different ranges, this on "Skin so soft" promises to give you silky smooth, healthy looking skin. The tube is 75ml (so can go through hand luggage in an airport which is very handy) with a screw lid, the tube stands on the screw lid so gravity forces all the cream towards the opening meaning there is a lot less squeezing and shaking to get the last of the cream out! The tube has pink and black writing on it and some pink pictures and looks very classy, this surprised me somewhat as I often find Avon packaging can be a little basic and I know this is to keep the cost down but it is still nice to find something that looks the part.
This cream is specifically designed to help prevent chapped or cracked skin and to protect in cold weather, as a result I find it a little thicker than some hand creams, personally I really like to thick white texture but it is useful to remember that as it is thicker you only need a small amount. I use about a 20p piece size and massage all over my hands paying particular attention to my cuticles and around my finger nails as the cold weather can increase "hang nails" which we all know can look unsightly and hurt like hell!
I found that the cream soaks into the skin very easily and doesn't leave an oily residue that I have found from other hand creams. There is a very slight flowery smell to the cream but this doesn't last very long. I found that the cream left my hands feeling nice and soft and not at all sticky. I have been using the cream for a few weeks now and have noticed a definite improvement in the appearance of my hands and indeed my nails, so much so that I bought another tube. Just a s a little tip, I find that keeping a tube in my handbag and one at easy reach on my desk means that I use it a lot more and thus reap the benefits.
The only issue I have found with this hand cream is that you need to be very careful not to get it on your clothes, especially anything black as I found that it left a white mark that wouldn't rub out and hence the clothes had to go into the wash that evening.
The price varies per brochure, as with most Avon products, but can generally be picked up for around £1.50, a complete bargin as it really does work. Great product from Avon.
Having tried a few different products from the Schwarzkopf Osis range my hairdresser introduced me to the scream All round cream - trying saying that quickly three times!
The cream comes in a silver squeezy tube with a silver lid, it stands on its lid which is great as all the cream naturally falls to the bottom of the tube where the opening is meaning no struggling to get the lasts drops out. The packaging is very minimalistic but quiet funky and looks great sitting on the bathroom shelf.
The cream itself is white and of medium consistency, it smells fresh if a little sweet. There are a couple of ways to use the cream. The instructions suggests using on wet hair and then styling normally. I tend to use a small amount (10pence piece size for my shoulder length hair) onto towel dried hair and then comb through. Be careful to avoid your roots or using too much cream as I have found that doing either can make my hair look a little on the greasy side even though it is freshly washed and blow dried. I would also advise rinsing your comb out after combing it through as I have made the mistake of using the comb to style my hair once dry and thus adding in more product than was already on my hair.
After applying just style as normal and enjoy the results. For me the cream gave my hair an even texture, keeping down the usual frizz and flyaway strands on the top of my head but even better it gave my hair a healthy shine about it and I felt enhanced the colours. My hair felt very smooth and soft, gave great definition to my layers and was very manageable.
I also use the cream on dry hair, just a very tiny amount rubbed between the palm of my hands, to flatten any flyaway strands during the day or just to refresh my hair for going out of an evening.
Osis can be a little expensive, a tube of the Scream All Round Cream can by upwards of £10 in a salon but if you shop around on the internet you can get it a lot cheaper and a tube will easily last two months.
Overall a great little all round cream that saves having to have a styling cream and a finishing cream!
Being a self confessed Benefit-aholic I was not surprised to find Posietint all wrapped up as a birthday gift from my sister. Excited at the prospect of a new Benefit addition to my make up box (yes box - a bag is simply not enough!) I unwrapped and opened in seconds.
I thought for Benefit the packaging was actually quiet simple. The box is simply a strong pink colour with black and white writing, very tasteful indeed. The instruction leaflet that came inside the box didn't give me much more information than reading the back of the box so was quickly discarded. The Bottle of Posietint itself is a small, clear glass bottle, with a lot of pink and silver foil covering. The white lid screws on and off and holds the application brush. The application brush is quiet small which is good for precise application, it is very good quality and as yet I have had no fibres coming off the brush while using it. My only criticism of the brush is that it is a little short, in other words the brush does not reach the whole way to the bottom of the bottle meaning that when you come towards the end of the bottle you have to shake and shake and scoop with the brush to get what is left onto the brush.
The liquid itself is quiet runny in texture and bright pink in colour. I will admit to being a little frightened to use it at first, worrying about applying too much of the bright pink liquid. Fear not though, the result is no where near as scary as the initial look. Using on your cheeks Benefit recommends that you sweep a line across your cheekbones and then blend with your finger. As this is a stain and hence marks quiet easily I have found it a lot easier to apply using my finger as this gives me more control over where is being stained, of course it does mean my finger is stained after application but it washes off quiet easily with a little soap and warm water. I also use the Posietint as a lip stain, for this application I do use the brush to give a fuller coverage. I have found that when using as a lip stain it can take a couple of coats to get the desired colour and can take a while to dry between coats. From someone who has made the mistake more than once, be careful not to put too much on a one go, it will either run down your chin - hence giving you a nice pink stain like dribble on your chin, or it will dry clumped together and almost peel off - not a good look!
Used on your cheeks as a blusher I find Posietint has fantastic staying power, will easily last all day. However using as a lip stain I find you only get an hour or so out of the colour.
The only real downfall I found is the poor quality of the packaging. I started carrying the bottle in my handbag as I loved the colour it gave and wanted to use it to top up at lunch time however, the general wear and tear of a cosmetic bottle in a handbag, caused the foil type covering on the glass bottle to peel away, leaving everything in my bag covered in tiny bits of silver and pink foil - very annoying.
The product costs apx. £19.50 and for me is great value for money. I have been using my bottle on almost a daily basis for about a year now and am only now reaching the end of the bottle.
Overall a great value for money product that gives a very natural look but than be built up for a more dramatic look very easily. Easy, quick, effective results from a great little bottle.
Avon do a few different ranges of hair products designed for specific purposes. The Avon Advanced Techniques Styling Finish It Hair spray is one of their finishing/styling products.
I love the packaging on this range, it is very simplistic - two colours, red and white and is very minimalistic. It reminds me of some very high end designer products and looks great (i.e. expensive) sitting on the bathroom shelf. The can itself is white with red and black writing. The lid/top is bright red, it twists to lock which I find a really thoughtful feature as when your travelling there is no risk of it getting over your clothes.
I found the product a little difficult to use at first. You need to depress the top very hard to get it to start spraying. I later found (after pushing a little too hard) that there is a verys tiff internal seal, if you push through this - does take a good bit of force - then it is easier to spray from then on, I have found this with a number of different cans of the spray so I don't think it was just a fault.
The spray is nice and fine which makes it easier to get an even coverage. The smell is a little sweet but fades very quickly. I find the product works really well to create a little style, nothing too outrageous as there are other more suitable products for that, but for example, I spray it on and while still wet shake my fingers through the area to make my layers sit a little messy giving great life to my hair. I also find the spray really good if you tip you head upside down and spray to give a little volume.
This finishing spray has fantastic staying power. Avon do claim that it is a flexible hold but I would class it more as a firm hold. I found it quiet difficult to brush out so now just wash it out. The product isn't sticky like some finishing sprays either.
The price on this varies between brouchers but you can generally pick it up for around £1.50 and this will easily last a month with every day use. So great value for a product that works well.
I suffer from bad dry skin on my knees and feet and had heard that Shea butter was really good. I always look in the Avon book for new stuff to try as they do great offers, so when Shea butter was on offer I gave it a go.
The packaging is very classy. It has the minimalistic look that many designer products have. The tub is clear, so easy to see when you're nearly done, and the lid is white. The tub comes sealed under the lid, I found this quiet difficult to remove but once I got it started, the rest came off easily.
The first thing that I noticed when I opened it was the smell. It was very strong indeed and very sweet, almost sickly sweet. The cream itself is very very rich and thick. I found that you need to use less than you think, a small amount goes a long way as it spreads very easily. The cream soaked into the skin quiet quickly but left a slight oily film on my skin. At first I thought that it was just one of those creams that took a while to settle but alas this was not the case, the residue sat on the skin for a good hour and probably only disappeared due to contact with clothes.
The effects however were not a disappointment. A few hours after the first application my skin felt noticeably better, less tight and dry. After a week or so of continually use the appearance of the dry skin on both my knees and feet had greatly improved and felt a lot smoother. I can't say that with, what is now, a months worth of continual use that the appearance of my dry skin has gotten any better than after that first week but that could well be my skin and not the cream.
Overall a real value for money product. Lasts a good while as you only need to use a small amount, only downfall for me was the smell and little greasiness left behind.
For any of you out there that have stupidly fine hair that refuses to do anything - you will know where I am coming from.
My hair is very very fine and no matter what I use or how I have it cut, it still ends up looking limp and gets greasy very quickly - or should I say shows the grease very easily!
I have tried a lot of products that claim body and volume and lift for my fine locks but never tried Bumble and Bumble - simply because of the price.
I was introduced to this shampoo at the hairdressers. It comes in two sizes - small 50ml for travel (or trial use) and 250ml full time use bottle. It is clear, the usual shampoo texture and smells really fresh with just a hint of sweet. You only need to use a small amount, about a 10p piece size for medium hair, this is because the shampoo is very concentrated. It doesn't lather up quiet as much as some other shampoos I find but a little research has explained that that is due to less chemicals in the shampoo so is actually a good sign that your not putting as much rubbish into your hair and weighing it down. The shampoo washed out very easily indeed and didn't leave my hair in a tangled mess as some have done.
The results were great. My hair felt very clean (again due to less chemicals than my normal shampoo) and it also had a good shine to it and good volume. Continued use has given even better results, as well as the added volume, my hair is now lasting for two days instead of having to wash it every day which is a massive bonus.
It is expensive though. The trial size bottle was £5 and the full sized 250ml bottle is about £17. Personally I feel that it is worth it, not only am I washing my hair less, saving time and shampoo but my hair is a little more manageable with a decent bit of volume. The product also lasts really well. If you fancy giving it a go my advice would be to but one of the travel sizes, only costs £5 and means you can see if it works for you. I bought the travel size first to try and it lasted me for 4 weeks (I have medium length hair).
During my work travels I have stayed in many Glasgow hotels and have found the Thistle to be one of the best. It is situated smack bang in the middle of the city centre making it ideal for commuting throughout the city and for evening entertainment. The main nightlife of Glasgow and a wide variety of eateries are just a 5minute walk from the hotel and 2mins down the same road is a large UGC cinema - ideal for passing evenings on your own during business trips.
The hotel itself has a large modern reception, with check in located to the right as soon as you walk in and concierge on the opposite side. The reception staff are very friendly and attentive whether in person or on the phone, I have never had to let the phone ring more than twice before it has been answered and my query dealt with.
There is a large variety of rooms on offer at the hotel from single to executive suits. The hotel is currently going through refurbishment floor at a time, starting at the top. The newly refurbished rooms are quiet modern with all amenities and look very fresh and comfortable. The rooms on lower floors that have not been refurbished are still in great order though tend to be decorated in a more old fashioned way. All rooms have tea making facilities, television, safe and mini bar, along with hairdryer and basic toiletries. Most rooms also have a trouser press and iron. Dressing gowns and slippers are available upon request for the duration of your stay.
The hotel has many options for eating with a full and varied room service menu (£5 tray charge), silver service restaurant and if eating in the bar you can choose from the bar menu (very similar to the room service menu) or the restaurant menu. Breakfast is served in the restaurant with a wide range of cooked breakfast, cereals, fruit and pastries. I have had several meals as well as breakfasts and always found the food to be very fresh and enjoyable; the room service has always been very quick indeed.
The hotel also has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi along with a beauty room. I have never used the beauty room although it looks very well equipped and uses good brands such as dermalogica, the prices also seem reasonable. The swimming pool is quiet small but more than adequate for a quick dip at the end of a long day. The sauna and steam room are also small but I have never found them to be too busy to use. Towels are provided for guests but you will need a pound coin for the lockers.
The only problem I have ever found with this hotel is the mobile phone reception. I carry two mobiles (work and personal) and they are on different networks but neither gets any reception in the bar and reception can be patchy throughout the hotel.
Really great hotel though with friendly staff and good food.
I was introduced to stardrops a couple of months ago when a friend was given some as part of a moving house present (wonderful idea I thought!). I have always been one for using brand named cleaning products - even more so if they claim to make light work of all the cleaning! This means I was a little sceptical of stardrops at first.
It generally comes in a half litre bottle, very simple packaging and is bright yellow in colour. It is also very cheap indeed! You can easily get a half litre bottle for 80p - sometimes even less.
The first thing I noticed with stardrops is the smell. Personally I think it smells horrible and has one of those smells that catches in your chest when you breathe in. The smell does wear off quickly though and certainly hasn't stopped me using this wonderful product.
For general cleaning simply dilute a couple of drops of stardrops into hot water and mix, it will soap up quiet a lot. Then use a clean cloth to clean as normal. For such a small amount of such a cheap product the results are amazing. Stardrops gives a fantastic shine to metal work such as taps and sinks, makes ceramics look really fresh. A great tip for the bathroom is to dilute some stardrops in a spray bottle and spray tiles etc after a shower, it really helps to keep the limescale at bay and keep things looking fresh on a daily basis.
I have also used stardrops neat on tough cooker staines, leave it for a couple of miutes then wash off, it really does make light work of burnt on food. Like wise stardrops diluted can be used on windows, mirrors and even floors. Very diluted stardrops can also be used as a stain remover on carpets and even bed clothes!
A really cheap, really effective cleaning product that lasts for ages!
If you have read any of my other reviews you will know by now that I am a self confessed Benefitaholic! If its Benefit I must try it. So on my latest trip to Boots the lovely lady behind the Benefit counter suggested I try their new cheek colour - CORALista.
Now I don't usually wear much colour on my cheeks as I am very pale and it can look, well just a bit too much but true to my Benefit form I had a go. Now like all other cheek powders from Benefit, CORAlista comes in a small square box with its own application brush and is very well packaged. The first thing that I noticed about CORALista was how bright it was! I think the Benefit lady saw the horror on my face, it is very very bright pink colour, but I trusted in the brand.
Although very bright in the box the powder goes on a very natural colour, especially for us pale people! Although it goes on very sheer, as it is a powder it is easy to build up the colour. The brush supplied with it is the perfect size for sweeping across your cheeks, which makes application very quick and easy. I think the powder also has a very light sparkle to it, nothing in your face just more of a shimmer.
One of the best things I have found with this powder is its staying power, come lunch time when other makeup has well and truly gone, there is still colour on your cheeks, avoiding that washed out look and brightening your complexion. Now I have only been using this for a week so I can't comment on how long the product will last but other similar Benefit products have lasted me up to a year, so overall fantastic value!
Having upgraded my handset to the Nokia 5800 6weeks ago I thought it was about the right time to share my views. Having upgraded from a Samsung I was looking forward to going back to Nokia but a little apprehensive having used other touch screen phones where the software was simply not up to scratch.
The handset is not large by any menas but it is a little chunkier than some of the most recent handsets. It is a very stylish sleek black with red accenting. The screen is very large and bright making it user friendly. It comes with many accessories including an ear piece and cables to connect the handset to your PC. I found it a little difficult to get my sim card in as it slots in behind a flap at the side and once in needs to be pushed out from the inside of the phone (unless I am missing something!).
Now with the set up completed its down to using the phone and its software. I have to say my initial impression was wow! The phone is very intuitive to use, which is typical of Nokia software and the touch screen actually works well though it does take a bit of getting used to. There are many many features on the phone, most of which you can read on any promotional info but I'll cover a few highlights.
Making a call - this can be done by conventional means, scrolling through your phonebook or you can teach the phone your voice and call that way. The phone will go dark while it detects that the phone is at your ear, this means that the battery life is increased but also that it is locked and therefore prevents and accidental button presses while using. The screen automatically unlocks when you move it away from your ear. The sound quality is great although the volume when using loudspeaker is not fantastic.
Texting - you have all the usual options for texting with caps and predictive etc but the software on the 5800 allows you to enter the message using a conventional telephone key pad, by handwriting or my QWERTY keyboard. Makes it really easy to enter email address etc though to make the handwriting tool worthwhile you do need to spend some time teaching the software your handwriting.
Games - Fantastic! There are two games included on the handset, Bounce and Guitar Player. Bounce is a fun looking game where you use the touch screen to move a red bouncy ball around and defeat the evil villain but don't be fooled - it is really difficult! Guitar Player is a lot of fun with many many levels and lots of recognisable music, you simply touch the correct coloured chords at the correct time to play the song.
I have also connected the handset to my PC and have to say it was completely painless, very very simply and again like most Nokia software Intuitive.
Overall a fantastic phone with all the merits of Nokia and software that is advanced in many ways.
I stay at the Crown Plaza Glasgow on a regular basis - at last twice a month for a couple of nights at a time, so I thought I would share my experiences.
The hotel is situated beside the SECC, this means that it is only 15minutes from Glasgow airport (£19 in a taxi usually), 5minutes from the train station and 5minutes from the city centre. It has a covered walkway connecting to the SECC so is perfect fir concerts etc. It also has a lovely view of the river out the front. It also has a panoramic lift offering fantastic views over the river and the city - right up to the 16th floor!
A little known fact about the hotel is that it is part of the Holiday Inn group. This means that if you are a Holiday Inn priority rewards card holder you can collect points for each stay, you receive points for the room and for any food/drink charged to your room while you are there. This means that there are two ways of checking in. Standard check in at a desk to your left when you enter the hotel, or the priority check in desk further round to the left. Both are staffed by the same core team. Priority check in will give you a greater chance of getting upgraded free of charge to an executive room on the 15th floor with access to the free bar. I have always found check in to be very easy and quick.
The hotel itself has 16 floors including the covered walkway to the SECC, small gym, swimming pool, small shop, beauty salon and a cocktail bar and restaurant. I have used the gym a few times and although small it does have most equipment though can get busy. The pool is small but always clean and tidy. I have also used the beauty salon several times and the staff are lovely and the prices are fairly standard but watch out for special offers, they do one treatment on offer each month, Feb was a full body hot stones massage half price! Summer months have wax/fake tan combo's at great prices.
The rooms are all pretty spacious with individual air-con units in each room, mini-bar, hair-dryer, tea making facilities, television and wireless connection. Basic toiletries are supplied in each room with extras in the executive rooms (such as toothbrush and toothpaste). Room have always been cleaned to a good standard and beds made everyday (with maybe too many pillows!). There is also a trouser press in most rooms.
The food in the hotel can vary; I usually eat out in the evening as I have found room service to be quiet slow, although the restaurant and bar serve great food. The breakfasts are fantastic! Full range of fruit available, yogurts, bread and pastries, cereals, cheeses and of course a full fry. I have always found the staff to be very accommodating, offering me napkins to take food away when I am rushed or making fresh poached eggs to be a little healthier.
All in all a fantastic hotel in a great location. Watch out for special offers on their website to reduce the price from its usual £99 pr room per night.
I have always struggled with my fine limp hair. I had to have it shaven off several years ago for an operation and since then - nothing. I either have it really short to give an illusion of more than one strand of hair or I grow it (to be able to put it up) and it just clings to my skull. As a result I will try ANY product claiming to give me some volume - hence the Paul Mitchell Thicken Up Shampoo.
The shampoo comes in a couple of different sizes - I tried the travel size 100ml. The bottle white with purple writing on and a purple top. The packaging is very plain but bold and classical. You can either screw the lid off of push open the purple top, squirt enough out and flip the purple top back - really simply but less messy.
The shampoo itself is quiet a thin consistency, I was surprised by it as a lot of other volume products are thick and kind of gooey but this is almost clear and a nice consistency. It smells fresh, that's the only way I can really describe it, not flowery or fruity but fresh and clean. The smell doesn't last very long and certainly isn't still there after your hair has dried.
I live in a very had water area and find that some shampoos require a lot of product to get a good lather in your hair, and I am the kind of person who needs a lot of lather in their hair before it feels clean! Though fear not anyone in a hard water area, the smallest amount produces a nice light bubbly lather. I also found that the product washes away quiet easily, making it nice quick and simple to use.
Now as for the results, it's a bit of a mixed bag. When I left my hair to dry naturally after using the product I didn't notice any difference at all, granted it my hair felt clean and light but no thicker and fuller. However when I blow dried my hair properly after using the product there was a definite difference. My hair had more body and lots more bounce and the body actually lasted quiet a while. The shampoo also gave a lovely shine to my hair. As well as good results one of the things I really loved about this product was the fact that it didn't leave a product build up in my hair with continued use. Good Quality and Good results, although a little pricey at £11.50 for 250ml - but worth it.
I also used the matching finishing spray and found this helped the body and bounce stay longer (see my other Paul Mitchell Review).
The showcase cinema de lux has recently opened in Cabot Circus in Bristol and is one of the flagship "stores" right up on the top floor. The fully glass fronted cinema is always clean, tidy and well kept as is the inside. When you walk into the lobby the first thing that hits you is the space, it is really well laid out. Automatic ticket machines are just to your left where you can pick up pre-booked tickets, purchase tickets (instead of queuing) and also buy confectionary vouchers - which basically means you pre order all your cinema nibbles, pay there and don't have to queue to pick it up - ingenious idea! In the left-hand corner are the ticket sales, be careful there are two queues! The first is for standard tickets and to be honest certainly in Bristol there is generally a queue but to the right of this queue is the Directors hall ticket sales (I'll come back to the Director's hall later). On the far wall of the lobby is the confectionary stalls - offering all the usual cinema eats but on the opposite wall is a restaurant that is fully licensed!
To head up to the cinema screens there are escalators and lifts at the back of the lobby - after you display your tickets. Now there are 13 screens in total - 11 standard screens and 2 Director's screens. The standard screens are all located just off the escalators, where there is another place to buy nibbles (generally very quiet) and also some nice leather sofas so that you don't have to stand and wait to get into the screen - another great idea! I have been in a couple of the different standard screens and they are quiet spacious, with good leg room and well padded seats, toilets are well distributed between screens so that if you do need to nip out it wont take you too long!
Now the Directors screens and Director's lounge! This is just a great idea. Tickets to the Director's area will cost you more - its roughly £4.50 more than a standard ticket but with great benefits. The Director's lounge is fully licensed and also serves nibbles - all of which can be taken into or delivered to you in the cinema. The cinema itself is huge! The seats are more like sofas, leather and quiet large, generally separated into two's with the exception of the disabled areas. Each seat has a small wooden table that can be pulled across from the arm to sit basically across your lap to hold drinks and food. It really is very comfortable and more like watching a movie at home but with a really big screen and great sound.
Overall the cinema is definitely De Lux, well kept, clean, tidy and with friendly staff makes for a great evening out.
I have been using the Get even face powder for a few months now and have found it very good. It comes in a round black compact, complete with mirror and sponge applicator - Handy to carry in your handbag!
Now the powder itself has quiet a yellow tinge to it - this is due to the ingredients that help cover the red areas. The powder is light but has really good coverage. I have used the powder in two ways, on its own and over a liquid foundation. Firstly when using it on its own - the powder is very light so doesn't feel heavy on the skin and gives a matt finish. Personally I don't use the sponge applicator that comes with it as I feel that using a big brush gives me much better control over the application and also allows me to build up coverage where needed. The powder does not cover all areas of redness and give a completely even face but it does give good coverage and certainly for me enough. I have quiet oily skin but find that unlike other powders it doesn't crease in the oily spots or slide of my face completely!
Now when using the powder over a foundation it really does cover the red areas! I find that just a light dusting over the entire face with a big brush after letting your liquid foundation dry sets your makeup in place and extends its life by a couple of hours, but it does give a much heavier coverage and will slightly change the colour of your foundation.
Overall, a very versatile powder that gives good results and lasts a long time.