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Having just had my baby daughter, I found that towards the end of my pregnancy I could no longer reach my feet and as a result, they looked depressingly like they should belong to a rhino rather than a 26 year old woman! With this in mind, I decided to embark on a new footcare regime to tackle the issue!
I have always liked the body shop and I have previously used their foot cream (which I love), for that reason I decided to try their peppermint cooling pumice foot scrub.
Price and availability:
The product retails at £9 for a 100ml pot which I believe represents good value for money (at first I thought this was quite expensive however a little goes a very long way so one pot will last a long time). Body Shop products are available in store (on most high streets) or online via the Body Shop website, quidco often do cashback offers so it's worth checking before you buy online as you can get some decent cashback on your products too. The Body Shop also have a members card which costs £5 and entitles you to discounts and £5 off a product of your choice during your birth month- again another way to save.
Packaging and presentation:
The foot scrub is presented in a blue pot with a screw top, I think the packaging is quite unisex in nature. Although it isn't the most luxurious looking brand, it fits in with the eco conscious ethos of the body shop by avoiding excess packaging. The blue colour looks fresh and clean which helps me feel inspired that the product will do as it is supposed too.
The foot scrub itself does not look particularly attractive in the pot, infact its a grey sludge with a jelly type consistency which reminded me of something you may see on ghost busters!! However, I ask you to bear in mind that appearances can be deceiving and the effectiveness of the product matters more to me than it's appearance.
The scrub contains pumice- a volcanic stone, which is used to buff skin and remove dead skin cells (you may have a pumice stone at home).
Despite being a peppermint foot scrub, I didn't find that there was a strong peppermint aroma, more of a subtle scent- I quite liked this as I find that most foot products have that overpowering minty smell which can overwhelm the senses.
For the first application I decided to use the scrub during my daily shower. I dipped my fingers into the post and applied the scrub to my feet, a 5 pence piece sized blob was more than adequate for one foot. I have to say that the texture of the scrub is very gritty due to the particles of pumice contained in the scrub. This is good for the feet but I didn't like the feel under my fingernails, this would be my only criticism of the product- I wish it came with a spatula!
The scrub was easily applied to the feet and water helped the scrub melt into my feet and lather. After massaging, I rinsed the product off and was pleased that although gritty, it rinsed away very easily without too much rubbing.
I would like to say "be careful" when using the product in the shower, I found that it made the bath a tad slippy afterwards (in the same way some salt scrubs do) so bear this in mind, apply to one foot at a time and rinse the bath thoroughly after use. I decided to sit on the edge of the bath for subsequent applications in order to remove the risk of slipping!
After drying, my feet felt smooth and silky. I was very impressed because there was quite a build up of dry skin and I thought I may also have to use a foot file on my heels to tackle the problem. Even without applying foot cream, the skin looked healthy and there were no visible cracks or dry patches.
I have since started using the scrub weekly as a bit of "maintenance" for my feet and I am really pleased with the results. I have since converted my mum to using it too- she loves it as much as I do!
All in all, your little piggies deserve this treat!
Product and presentation:
Lansinoh lanolin is a cream used for treatment of cracked nipples. The product was recommended to me by a midwife as I have recently started breastfeeding and I had developed cracked nipples (which is very common in the initial stages of breast feeding), I also had a particularly sore area where my little girl had suddenly moved her head while latched on causing my nipple to bleed.
The product comes in a tube- which I really like as sticking your hand into a pot of cream contaminates it with any bacteria that happen to be on the hands at the time. The tube contains 56g of cream which doesn't seem like much but a little goes a long way.
In terms of appearance, the cream itself looks like petroleum jelly but is much much thicker in consistency. There is no smell to the product- I believe because it must be formulated in a baby-friendly way.
I have seen this product priced in the range of £7-£10. I recently bought a tube from Amazon for £8.
The product is applied to the nipples after feeds, unlike some creams it does not need to be wiped off before feeding again. I considered this to be an advantage compared to some other creams I have tried where they have to be removed before you can safely feed.
The product is quite difficult to get out of the tube (due to it's thickness), this is a minor annoyance but it is a necessary evil! The instructions state that the product should be warmed on the fingers before use, this eases the application process as the lanolin warms from a solid to a more liquid texture.
One tip I have learnt from a midwife is to also apply the cream to the breast pads so that once it has sunk in to the nipples there is still product in contact with the skin at all times. I have found this to be very soothing.
This product is the best that I have used for cracked nipples, although they aren't totally better, they are no longer painful and the cracks aren't as deep as they were. I find the product is moisturising and soothing and in my opinion, this makes it well worth the money.
More expensive than many of the creams on the market but streets ahead in terms of effectiveness. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any breastfeeding mums!
Available only from Boots' stores, No. 7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover costs £7.75 for a 100ml bottle. I consider this to be a "middle of the road" cost for an eye make-up remover as they tend to range from about £2.99 for a high street brand to £20+ for a premium skincare brand.
I have previously used No. 7 Eye Make-up Remover in it's previous incarnation as "Clean and Care" Eye Make-up Remover however I wasn't that impressed by the results it delivered. Boots' have re-formulated and re-packaged their No. 7 range and this is what led me to try the product again.
The product claims to be a "Dual action formula" and is designed to remove all types of eye make-up (including waterproof mascara). The information on the bottle states that it is hypoallergenic and opthamologist tested, this appealed to me as I wear contact lenses and I have found that some eye make-up removers don't completely remove the product and my eyes get irritated by flecks of left-over mascara on the contact lenses.
Bright blue in colour, the product is presented in a clear bottle with a white lid. Once opened, there is a 6 month shelf-life on the product. Two distinct layers are visible in the bottle- the "dual action" formula. These layers mix together when the product is shaken. On removing the lid, I was disappointed to see that rather than a pump or nozzle, there is merely a large hole to dispense the product. Generally, I prefer a pump type device to control how much product is used each time and prevent waste.
The product is used by shaking thoroughly to mix the layers and massaging the product onto the eye area with cotton wool. Once shaken, the product needs to be used immediately as it starts to split into layers again as soon as you put it down. The consistency of the product is very oily, which I know is standard for products designed to remove waterproof mascara. I would say however that this product is even oilier than most waterproof eye make-up removers I have previously used and I found this very off-putting. I had to wipe around the eye area with a clean cotton pad after I had used the product in order to remove the oily residue- it would be very difficult to take my contact lenses out had I not done this! I also feel that applying eye-creams would be very difficult unless the eye area was wiped after using the eye make-up remover.
In terms of effectiveness, the product did thoroughly remove all of my eye make-up. I didn't find that I had any flecks of mascara under the eye area and when I woke up in the morning I didn't have the dreaded "panda eyes" look. I felt that this effectiveness was partly due to the very oily nature of the product and also because of the large quantities I was using from being unable to control the amount of product coming out of the bottle.
All in all, although an effective eye make-up remover I have decided to poorly rate this product because it is very oily and the packaging is particularly wasteful. Boot's could improve the product by bringing back the pump device previously used (even then I don't think I would buy this product again).
Chubby and charming!
Clinique chubby sticks have been around for a little while but their recent advertising campaign (in magazines and on TV) and launch of several new shades made me curious about the product.
At 9 months pregnant, shopping for treats can get a little boring- my feet are too fat for pretty new shoes and the shops are full of gorgeous clothes that I have no hope of getting into. That's why I decided that my little treat should be make-up related!
I'm not a fan of lipstick (unless it's red and being worn on an evening out) and I hate the way lipglosses dry the lips and stick to your hair when it's windy. With this in mind I have long been searching for a product with a balm like texture that adds some colour- the chubby stick did not disappoint in this respect.
I bought the chubby stick from Boot's where it currently retails at £16 (I used my ad card points which makes it even better- a treat for free!). Before choosing I asked if the colours are as strong as they look in the stick- a very important point as the consultant said the colour in the stick looks a lot richer and when they go on they are very sheer. I would advise trying on the back of your hand to get a true representation of the colour when it's on.
With this in mind I chose the shade "Whole lotta honey". The product is easy to apply, you simply draw it on like a giant crayon. One coating will give a very sheer coverage and the product feels lovely and light. I personally like to apply two to three coats in order to get a slightly stronger layer of colour. I should point out that you absolutely aren't going to get the sort of coverage you do with a lipstick as that's not what this product aims to do.
In terms of moisturizing, even one coat leaves the lips soft and smooth. I find this effect lasts a good couple of hours (along with the colour) before you have to re-apply. There isn't the "greasiness" that you find with other, heavier lip-balms which was a huge plus point for me.
This product will be a new addition to my every-day make-up bag. The shades are subtle enough to wear to work when you may not want a very strong make-up look and as it's relatively long lasting for a balm you don't have to constantly re-apply. The only down-side for me is that £16 is quite a lot for a tinted lip-balm and I would like to see how long the product lasts before saying I would definitely buy it again.
Stretch your budget and buy something cheaper!
I was first attracted to Sanctuary Spa Mum To Be Stretch Mark Oil because I have used the Sanctuary Brand previously (and been very happy with the results) and also because the packaging states that the product is mid-wife approved and also free of chemicals like parabens and SLS.
The oil should be massaged into clean skin as often as possible, I used it morning and night (and a third time during the day too if I felt a little itchy!). As with most oils, you do get a greasy feeling afterwards which means it can be a little time before you can put your clothes on afterwards. The oily texture of the product does mean that a little goes a long way- I have only used one bottle of this oil throughout my pregnancy so in that way is represents good value for money.
In terms of effectiveness, my stomach was (and still is) lovely and moisturised however I have still developed the dreaded stretch marks around my belly button! I was really disappointed about this because I have religiously applied the oil, which is even more expensive than other well-known brands such as Bio-oil.
I should point out that the stretch marks are quite superficial so they may heal up quite well after I give birth but they are so red and angry that even the mid-wife commented that my stomach looked "pretty sore". I am not someone who is "prone" to stretch marks and I know that nothing can work miracles but my skin type (and the fact I haven't actually put on more than a stone during my pregnancy!) has led to this negative review.
At some times when my skin has felt particularly stretched and itchy I have resorted to applying body shop body butter to my bump instead which as far as I am concerned did a far better job of soothing the stretched skin and relieving that awful itchy feeling.
All in all, I would say that this oil has essentially been a very, very expensive moisturiser. It's plus points are that it is mid-wife approved and free of many chemicals however I doubt it's effectiveness as a preventer/reducer of stretch marks and I would advise consumers to either use an ordinary body moisturiser or an alternative product.
It might be "marine cream" but unfortunately you don't get a hunky man in uniform either....but it's still a miracle worker in my book!
First impressions do count, and the frosted white packaging with silver writing doesn't disappoint. It's one pot that you won't mind showing off on the bathroom shelf!
At 26, my skin has yet to reach the "leather handbag" look, and I'm pretty good with sun cream and water but I do still have some early signs of ageing- most notably on my forehead and my "number 11" at the top of my nose as my mum calls it (thanks mum- I inherited it from you!).
Formulated with Padina Pavonica (a type of marine algae hence the name Pro-collagen Marine Cream), the product claims to improve suppleness, firmness and elasticity.
I began using the product just once daily as a night-cream then later on twice a day as I was so impressed with the results. It has a lovely fresh smell, which is slightly floral without being over-powering. I find that one fingertips worth of cream will cover my entire face. The reason I am so sparing with the product is that it glides on very easily and sinks in quickly, you simply don't need to cover yourself in a very thick layer (just as well given the price!)
I noticed an improvement in my skin immediately- my face didn't have that "tightness" that it often has, but at the same time the cream didn't make my oily T-zone any worse (a major plus point as most anti-agers tend to make me a bit shiny) but this is clearly just a superficial effect.
The real improvement came after about 2 weeks when the fine lines on my face began to look a lot less obvious! I would go as far to say that the lines on my forehead are barely visible now and my make-up no longer "feathers" into them which I think backs up my belief that they are reduced. I can't rave enough about how lovely my skin feels, the texture looks great- so smooth and also a lot brighter than it was.
I haven't noticed any change in the elasticity of my skin, I think mainly because at 26, the sagging effect of ageing hasn't quite occurred yet. I have also read other reviews that state it hasn't worked so well on deep wrinkles which leads me to think that although this cream is marketed as a heavy-duty "anti-ager" it is perhaps better suited as a preventative measure or for younger skins who are just beginning to show signs of ageing. Either way, it works very effectively as a moisturiser- my mum (who has very dry skin) also uses it and loves it as much as I do.
The ONLY disadvantage as far as I am concerned is the price, I would advise anyone considering a purchase of this cream to check out QVC as they very often have the cream in combination with other products at a price far less than you can buy direct from Elemis.
I have been using this face mask for years now (before they updated that packaging of the Santuary range) and it's one of my old faithful products that I use time and time again.
I'll set the scene for you, Tuesday night in my house is pamper night. That means face mask, hair mask, nails and eyebrows! (Seriously girls, tuesday night pampering is the way to go!) I use this mask every week and I love how good it makes my skin feel.
Firstly, we will talk packaging and price. The product itself comes packaged in a 100ml tube in a dark grey colour (which reflects the colour of the mask itself). The Sancutary logo is in blue on the top of the tube and the white writing tells you exactly what the product is. The packaging itself makes the product look high end although the £9 (approximately) price tag is slightly more expensive than some other high street skincare brands.
I have often harped on about how much I love products in a tube as they keep bacteria out and make the product last longer. One concern with products in a tube is that you can't put excess back and there can be wasteage. This mask isn't too runny, in fact I would say its a tad on the thick side when you squeeze it out, so you need not worry about wasting product.
The mask itself claims to help absorb excess oils and draw out impurities and also calm the skin. The ingredients within the product to achieve these effecte are Kaolin (a well known warming ingredient which draws out impurities) and myrrh essential oil to soothe and calm. As myrrh is one of the most expensive essential oils that you can buy, I feel the £9 price tag is well worth it as a bottle of the pure essential oil would set you back around £20 (and you can't use it neat on the skin).
In terms of application, the mask should be applied to wet skin (cleanse to remove any make-up first) and spread in a thin layer over the face (avoid the eyes). It is then left for 5 minutes before washing off with tepid water, you can use a sponge if you choose. Follow this up with moisturiser and your treatment in complete.
I have used other warming face masks before and this mask definately heats up better than any other mask I have used. It is very important to leave your skin wet as this enhances the warming process and helps you spread the product evenly.
Just one word of warning girls, if you may need to answer the door during your pampering sesh, this mask is a no-no! Its really does have that traditional grey-green mud mask colour and the boyfriend may be put off if he sees you with this on your face.
So, does it really draw out impurities? I have to say that I think it does. I tend to find that any spots I have look a lot better and smaller after using this product. My skin also looks more even in terms of tone and texture. Probably my favourite effect that this product gives is the really nice "squeaky clean" feeling that you get after using it, without the skin feeling tight or dry.
Overall, despite the price this is a product I will continue to buy time and time again. I believe this product is actually quite economical as the single use face mask sachets (from any manufacturer) tend to be about £1 each. You will get considerably more than 9 applications from this tube making the £9 price tag well worth it in my book.
In an ideal world, us lovely ladies would have smooth and sexy legs naturally. In the absence of miracles, the leg shaving routine becomes one of the less glamorous parts of our beauty rituals.
I have always shaved my legs, it's less painful (and expensive) than waxing and it's probably the easiest hair removal method. I previously had a Gillette Venus razor but decided to try the new Gillette Venus Embrace as it was on offer at Boots for £5 (cheaper than replacement blades for my old Venus which was a tad covered in lime scale!) The package itself contained the razor, one cartridge and a holder to use with it in the shower (I am sure you used to get two cartridges when you bought a razor but maybe Gillette need to up their profit margins!)
Now, the gimmick about this razor is that is has 5 blades to give you a close shave and also has what the manufacturer calls a "ribbon of moisture" around the blades. This makes the razor glide more easily over the skin and lessens the need for shaving foam etc.
I wasn't convinced that this razor would be any better than the previous 3 blade version but I have to tell you I was incredibly surprised when I used it for the first time. Getting a tad personal, my legs were just a little bit stubbly, so I wasn't convinced the razor would get rid of hairs that were so fine- it did a great job at removing the hair and I only had to go over each area once rather than twice (or maybe even three times) like my previous razor.
The moisturiser round the blades really does make the razor glide across the skin more easily and I didn't need to use any shaving foam (normally I do). Afterwards, my legs felt smooth and soft and I had managed not to nick myself anywhere.
The replacement blades for this razor are quite expensive at around £9 for four but I really do think it's a worthwhile investment because you get a good few days of being hair free because it really does get rid of even the shortest hairs.
My make-up/skin care drawer is still bulging but when I recently ran out of moisturiser I was pleased to find Nivea Visage Q10-plus Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser in a new, light formulation at a very reasonable price of £9.99.
I have used to ordinary "heavier" formulation of this cream for some time as I like the way it makes my skin feel, but as someone with combination skin I found it made my skin quite shiny so I was hoping this new lighter version would make me less "shiny and happy" and more just happy.
Perhaps the main selling point of this cream (from my point of view) is the fact that it contains SPF 15 protection to lessen sun damage to the skin. The effects of sun on the skin cause most of our ageing so it's very important to protect the skin from sunlight either by using a specific sun cream or products that contain an SPF. Although there are many moisturisers out there that contain an SPF, I believe this to be one of the first marketed specifically for normal/combination skin.
In terms of packaging, this moisturiser looks very much like any other pot of cream. I have to say this is quite disappointing (I know, I know, there is only so much you can do with a pot!) but I much prefer beauty products in a tube because it's a lot more hygienic than having to stick your fingers repeatedly in a pot of cream. There is an advantage in that you can get every last drop of product out of the pot which makes it good value for money.
On opening, the product itself looks pale yellow in colour and has a lovely rich appearance. The smell is "clean" and subtle- perfect for those who don't like heavily perfumed products.
The moisturiser is easy to apply and sinks in quickly (a little goes a long way) and I found that it left my skin with a subtle sheen. It also made a great base for make-up as my skin was very even after applying it and there were no dry patches whatsoever.
In terms of what this cream claims to do, the manufacturer promises "smoother, younger-looking skin" and to "fight existing lines and wrinkles" I have to say my skin does look smoother and more even in texture since I used this.
I don't have many lines at this stage (maybe a couple on my forehead) and I have to be honest and say that these look exactly the same now as they did before I started using the moisturiser. The cream is targeted at the age range of 30-45 years. I am 24 and as I mentioned previously, the wrinkles haven't quite set in yet but I want to keep them at bay. I would say that this cream is a good moisturiser but I don't really feel that it would be enough for the 30-45 age range in terms of combating wrinkles.
Overall, I was very pleased with this cream. Having used a number of luxury brands (before the budget cuts of late!) I would say this cream does give some of them a run for their money in terms of moisturising ability but if it's a serious wrinkle treatment that you want, I don't think it's the one for you!
I decided to try this Kohl pencil as it was on offer at Superdrug (it normally retails at £2.95). I bought shade number 18- a purple/lilac colour which looked bright without being shimmery or glittery. There are also a number of other colours (however this is the only one I have tried)
The packaging of the pencils is in the same shade as the product making them easy to find in your handbag and more attractive than bog standard black eyeliners with a coloured top.
Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed by this product. It was very hard to apply (even though Kohl pencil is generally quite soft) and I really had to "drag" it across my eye lids which was both annoying and uncomfortable. The colour looked a lot brighter in the pencil and despite applying many layers I just couldn't emulate it on my eyes!
In terms of longevity, the eye liner wore off very quickly- it had to be constantly reapplied throughout the day. This may have just been because it was quite a pale colour but I was still quite disappointed in it.
I can't even think of anything more to say, such is my disappointment!
Sorry to say, but I wouldn't really recommend this product to anyone. Yes, the price is cheap but I think you get what you pay for. It's worth paying a couple of pounds more for a better quality product.
£5.99 for 4ml. Look out for 3 for 2 offers at certain large chemists!
I have tried a great many liquid eye liners in my time. And in my search for perfection have found many that: don't stay on/are hard to apply/too expensive/too watery. So bring on the next contender: Bourjous Liner Clubbing.
I went for a classic black: Noir Intense, as its great for day or night.
In terms of packaging, it looks much like many other black eye liners (I don't think you can be too creative with them!!) but the label is attractive with gold and silver writing. Its also quite a small package so can easily fit in the smallest of clutch bags.
I found the product really easy to apply as the brush is very very thin, this makes it easy to control exactly where the product is going and layer it up to the thickness that you would like. It dries quite quickly which is great- the last thing you want is to be hanging around waiting while a product dries.
In terms of colour, intense black really is intense, this is exactly what I was looking for and I haven't found such a great black liquid liner in any other brand that I have tried.
This eyeliner stayed put all night, it didn't smudge or crease which meant I didn't have to top it up (even though I was in a very hot nightclub and expected some of it to come off). Equally, this made it quite hard to remove at the end of the night as I had to use quite a lot of eye make-up remover to get it off.
I really would recommend this eyeliner to anyone- several of my friends are now converted after I have told them how great it is. Its a fabulous all rounder.
I was attracted to this L'Oreal Colour Appeal Eye Shadow Trio (313- Golden Green) while browsing in Boots. I particularly liked the fact that the shades are suited to eye colour, and even more pleased at the fact there was one for green eyes- they often get forgotten about!
The packaging is typically L'Oreal, compact and black. Its slightly larger than a credit card which, when you consider there are 3 eyeshadows and 2 brushes in this kit, is pretty good!
The back of the package tells you exactly how to apply the colours, the darkest shade (Number 1) is applied to the base of the lashes similar to an eye liner.
Shade number 2 (a golden shade) is then applied across the eyelid followed by a final application with shade 3- a golden illuminating colour which can be taken up to the eyebrow.
The instructions make the kit very easy to use and the slim brush can be used to get a precision line using shade 1- easier than trying to make a line with a normally sized eyeshadow brush. Shades 2 and 3 are best applied with the normally sized eyeshadow brush. The applicators are of good quality- not like the scratchy sponge ones that you get in cheap products.
In terms of the actual eyeshadows, the colours are gorgeous and they glide on evenly and easily. I found that they last most of the day without a touch up but were easy to remove with eye make-up remover at the end of the day.
As the shades are tailored to match your eye colour, they really do bring out your eyes. I also liked the fact that if I didn't want "full" eye make-up, the shades could also be used individually and still give a nice effect.
In terms of price, when you consider that you are getting 3 eyeshadows from a high quality brand for £6.99 I don't see the need to go elsewhere for more expensive individual eyeshadows.
Altogether a great product- in terms of price and application! This product would be great for a make-up novice- thanks to the instructions, or for any make-up lover that wants a gorgeous look for day of night.
I recieved a trial size of this Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser with a package of other Ojon products. As I love all the other products in the range I was keen to try it out.
In the past I have used Batiste dry shampoo and also baby powder to give my hair a pick me up inbetween washes both of which give great results.
The product packaging is minimalist and attractive, it looks a lot more high end then a bottle of baby powder!
In terms of application, I really struggled to use this product as its not applied in the same way as other dry shampoos. Rather than just spraying all over the hair, you spray on the roots then comb through to distribute the product to the ends of the hair. That doesn't sound complicated but I think I ended up combing out most of the product before it even had time to work.
After combing through, you are then supposed to leave the product in for 2 minutes then comb out. This was probably the worst bit about the product: once its been on for 2 minutes you just can't remove it!
The results: Afraid to say it didn't refresh my hair that much, left it looking rather dull and was very very difficult to remove. The only upside is the nice smell.
The price also lets the product down at £16.50 for 185ml! Overall I would say you should save your money and just buy baby powder!
Whenever a product says it lasts all day (or 6 hours for that matter) I have to take it with a pinch of salt!
So when I decided to buy this lip gloss it was because I liked the colour rather than I expected long lasting results. The shade I bought was 505- Everlasting Red. I have a serious addiction to red lippy and gloss and I have to say this is one of the nicest reds I have seen in a long time.
This lip gloss is incredibly easy to apply, it has a heart shaped sponge applicator which makes application very smooth and it means you can carefully trace the lip line without smudging! It also means that the lip gloss is easily spread evenly so you don't end up with more intense colour in one place than another!
When you apply the gloss it doesn't feel sticky (unlike some long lasting lipglosses which go on sticky then dry out making you feel like you need lip balm) It is very light when applied so you don't really notice its on.
So did it last six hours? Let me give you the vital stats:
The gin and tonic test: After taking a sip of my favourite drink the gloss was still well and truly there. There was some on the glass (its unavoidable) but most of it wall still on. I was impressed.
The 6 hour test: It did last a very long time. I was incredibly impressed because on the night in question I went home a little tipsy and fell asleep with the gloss still on, when I woke up the next morning it was still there! How amazing is that?! I mean, there was a little on my face as I had clearly rolled over during the night, still the less about my drunk sleeping habits the better!
Priced at £7.99, its not the cheapest lipgloss out there but I think it represents good value for money as a little goes a long way. Also, when you contrast this price with say a Lancome lip gloss it really is quite cheap!
I really would recommend buying this- I have added several shades to my collection and I would urge you to do the same!
Benefits Eyebright Pencil comes packaged in an understated (but nonetheless glamourous) black box with pink writing. As with all benefit products, you won't mind whipping it out of your handbag for touch-ups. It looks like a big pink girlie crayon!
What its meant to do: According to the literature, Eyebright is a"pick-me-up for tired eyes" which will give an "instant wide awake look"
What it really does: I have to say that this product really does what it says on the tin. It's great for when you have a hangover (to make you look like you got a whole 8 hours sleep) and works equally well with a natural look (maybe just a bit of mascara) or with full on eye make-up.
I have previously used white eye liner to make my eyes look more awake but it tends to look a bit obvious. The pale pink colour makes the whole look more natural but you can see an obvious improvement. As a contact lens wearer I need non-irritating eye make-up and this product doesnt flake and glides on very well avoiding eye irritation.
I noticed in some of the other reviews that people who have tried this product felt it was hard to apply and a bit harsh on the eye area. I got a little bit of advice from one of the girls on my local Benefit counter who told me the best way to apply this product is to put an "X" on the skin at either side of the eye then blend (which helps get rid of your dark circles) and then run the pencil on the inside rim of your eye.
Personally, I find that in order to get a smooth application, you should keep the pencil very sharp. If you let it get blunt it will be a bit scratchy so get into the habit of sharpening after each use and it will glide on.
And, less is definately more, I once gave it a good few layers but it looked a tad scary (like I had some sort of weird anaemia!) so just two strokes on the inner rim of the eyes is enough girls! You will need to re-apply throughout the day, this is not a reflection on the product- tear production will wash products away from the inner eye lid.
Price: £13.50 for a 1.4 gram pencil. But it does last a long time as you only need to use sparingly.
Overall: I have to say I really do love it, great for party girls and hard workers alike!