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Lucozade is an energy drink, and has been manufactured for numerous years. It's target audience is mainly athletes, hence the sky-rocketing sugar content. It comes in a variety of flavours, including: apple, lemon and orange. My most prefered flavour is 'original' and that is what I'll be reviewing today.
Lucozade Original has a unique taste, it's almost indescribable. It's sweet, but not sickly with a tangy, sharp taste. I would say that it's a cross between lemon and orange. A sort of citrus infused taste. I love the taste, I think that it is very refreshing and quenches thirst perfectly with no disgusting after taste, which is great for me because after tastes make me gag, I can't stand them. In colour, it is a muted orange, this obviously isn't a natural colouring as the e-numbers in Lucozade is very high.
The ingredients are unhealthy but when consumed as part of a balanced diet its fine.
In a 380ml bottle, Lucozade contains:
As you can see..Lots of sugar! 37% of your GDA.
It's a sparkling glucose based drink, which also contains: carbonated water, 25% glucose syrup, citric acid, lactic acid flavouring, preservatives, 0.12% caffine, antioxidant, colour (sunset yellow). The sunset yellow coloring may cause hyperactivity in children.
Lucozade gives a great buzz, if your feeling ill or run-down, it's great for a quick fix boost. It's great for me as I suffer from monthly hormonal flu and it gives me such a boost and makes me feel cured. It's better than any cough medicine or paracetamol. However, do not consume as a way of replacing fluids, still drink water, as it isn't a substitute for it. The product WILL stain when spilt, as noticed from past experiences! It's also best served chilled.
Overall, I love this drink. It's a great pick me up for hangovers and illnesses. Although don't consume regularly as it is very sugary. It's a great tasting drink with a great kick and I would thoroughly recommend! You can buy it in packs of 6, which works out at about 65p per bottle and you can buy it individually for about £1.10, the multipacks is the best value obviously. You can purchase it from supermarkets all over - Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys etc. A fantastic energy surge from such a tasty drink, just don't drink too much!
Benefit is a high-end cosmetic brand that supplies skin care products, fragrances and make up. The brand is primarily aimed at teenagers and young adults hence the decorative, abstract packaging and trendy names. Benefit is a quality brand that comes with a large price tag, although their products do last quite a while and are of large quantity. Counters can be found in most large department stores (e.g John Lewis, Debenhams) and staff are always delighted to assist you. It's a superb brand and hits all the right notes with me.
I was debating whether to buy 'brow-zing' for a long time, I wasn't sure if it would be too dark for my fair complexion or look too 'made up' for everyday. Upon a trip to John Lewis, I was drawn to the Benefit counter for a gander. The sales assistant was very welcoming and helpful (although she was slightly clown-faced with about an inch of foundation and eyelashes that looked like spiders!) She sat me down on her pedistool, I about fell off it (cringe), and she gave me a tutorial on how to use the brow kit. It took no more than 3 minutes to transform my brows, and when she shown me the results I was more than impressed. So, I brought it of course! Although the brand is aimed at youngsters, my mother was about drooling over the pretty packaging, so I think anyone could pull Benefit off. With my purchase, I also received two large sample sized skincare products: the Benefit polish scrub and the moisturiser, which wasn't a bad deal. Overall, service at the Benefit counter is superb, staff are always willing to help and the display always looks immaculate, it almost draws you in.
Brow-Zing is used to create a professional brow. The kit includes a wax tint, a powder, an angled brush, a blending brush, tweezers, a compact mirror and a step-by-step tutorial. Benefit isn't tight with the content of their products, as you can see. All of this comes in a cute black, compact box with a retractable lid. The mirror is located inside of the lid; the brow wax and powder is inside the box and the tools are in a mini compartment beneath the wax. In colour, the box is black, and plastic. The brow wax is a glossy, medium brown and the pressed powder is a few shades lighter than a wax - a sort of light brown colour. These colours are multipurpose and I believe they could be used as eye shadows aswell. The brushes are small, about 5cm in length, the brush tip is yellow whilst the bottom stick is black. Very professional, expensive looking packaging with lots inside.
Product claims: 'This complete brow kit comes with all the tools you need for clean, smooth, perfect brows. Shape & define brows with the soft wax, then fill in sparse areas with the natural looking powder.'
Application is quick and relatively easy although you do need to practise it a few times to get it spot on. Take the angled brush and swipe a few times into the wax and follow your natural brow line, don't put too much wax on or it will look unnatural. You only need one layer of the wax. Then, take the blending brush and the pressed powder to shape and define the brows and also to fill in any sparse places to get a full brow. Again, do not overload the powder or it will look too fake, especially if you have fair hair like myself. The wax is used to hold the powder and also to keep the hairs in place all day. The wax is darker than the powder, and the powder is easy to make your brows look natural and soft. The wax and powder work perfectly together, they combine so easily and professional, defined looking brows can be done in a matter of minutes.
You can create many looks with the kit. I tend to opt for a blended, soft brow that's also shaped at the same time for everyday. But, if you want to vamp it up a little you can use a little more wax and draw some more powder on with the angled brush. Don't over do it though or you will look like a drag queen.
Brow-Zing comes in three shades. Light is for fair complexions and hair; Medium is for tanned, dark to medium hair and Dark is for dark skin or very dark hair. I have medium blonde hair with a fair complexion so the shade Light works great for me, it isn't too dark and compliments my colorings great. You still get the complete brow kit in each shade, just different colours of wax and powder. Therefore, Brow-Zing can work for everyone.
Shaping your eyebrows makes a huge difference to your overall look. It just frames your face, especially your eye area and just completes your look. Even if you have no eye makeup on, defined brows make you look amazing. I used to use MAC's Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow with an angled brush to do my eyebrows but I think Brow-Zing looks and applies so much better. The wax makes all the difference, it acts as sort of a primer to hold everything in place. The powder and wax work in harmony together, giving you the best possible results. I tend to apply my brows as the last step of my makeup routine, because otherwise my foundation runs into it and it might get a little messy and smeary.
Of course, this superb kit does come with the Benefit price tag, Brow-Zing retails at £22.50. Although it does seem alot, I think that it's great value for money just because you get the brushes included, the tweezers and the brow kit. Buying all of these utensils separately would cost much more, so this is reasonably good value for a product that actually works. If your not convinced, just visit your local Benefit counter and the staff will be more than happy to give a tutorial or match you up to an appropriate shade for your eyebrows. Plus, this product will last over a year as the wax and powder supply is ample considering you only need a little bit each day to work with.
In conclusion, I couldn't be happier with this product! The powder is easily dupable as a crease colour in your eyeshadow, and the wax could defiantly be used as a liquid liner. I can't comprehend how professional my brows look after using this. The packaging is lovely, but remember to clean your brushes when appropriate. The wax is fragrance free and is easily roved with a baby wipe, vaseline or makeup remover. I was also happy with the service that I received from Benefit - so friendly! You can also buy this from the Benefit online store or on eBay but beware for fakes. I would urge anyone to buy this, I've never looked back.
Fantastic buy, and it has become one of my essential makeup items in my ever-growing kit. 5 stars!
Avon is a catalogue based brand, which specializes in makeup, haircare, fragrances and loads of little accessories and presents. The brand is a relatively drugstore, lower end supplier of products however there are some real gems and bargains on offer, one of which is this 'Glimmerstick Eyeliner.' It's a brand, which is well advertised on TV and is exclusive to catalogue orders so you won't find it in the shops although you could try various sites like eBay if you wanted to order online. Items are reasonably priced to link with their generally low quality although products are made in the USA rather than a sleazy, Asian factory, which I like and appreciate.
Avon delivers their brochure every few months or so to your house by an Avon representative, where you get a little order slip for you to place orders out of the catalogue then the Avon representitive will deliver your order in a few weeks to your door. To request a brochure either talk to an Avon Rep or type in your address online and sign up. It's a quick and simple way to order cosmetics and items are reasonably priced.
A 'Glimmerstick' is basically a crayon-like, retractable kohl eyeliner. The product claims to achieve a: 'Creamy, soft, silky formula is easy to define and blend. Applicator sharpens liner as it dispenses.' I was quite skeptical about this as I haven't been impressed with Avon's low quality products in the past but I was in need of a new eyeliner and this seemed to claim all the qualities I was looking for in a pencil. Eyeliner is my absolute staple cosmetic product, without it I feel bare, it is great to give a smoky evening eye, or create a different eye shape or even to define smaller eyes.
The Glimmerstick is regularly advertised in the Avon catalogue, in the makeup section (around page 50). And it usually has some special offer on where you can buy a mascara and get an eyeliner free. Alternatively you can purchase this alone for around £3, which is reasonably priced for such a great product. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a lot from a £3 eyeliner when I first purchased it but I was pleasantly surprised. It came in a long, sleek, black shiny rectangular box with 'Avon Glimmerstick' and product information on it. The packaging did not look cheap or tacky and was of the same quality as higher brands like MAC. I was more than happy with the packaging. Once opened, you can retrieve your eyeliner. The eyeliner casing is about 10cm long, patent shiny black and is a sleek, elongated shape. Like the packaging the eyeliner looks and feels very professional. Overall, more than impressed with the packaging and appearance of product.
To use, simply twist the bottom of the eyeliner to retrieve the soft, kohl pencil. In length the pencil is about 4cm if you twist it all out. Glimmersticks come in 4 colours: black, blue, brown and grey. I purchased the shade 'blackest black', which is black in colour obviously. The colour is a deep, coal and this intense colour can also be transferred onto your eye, although the colours can be softened out with an eyeshadow brush to give a softer look. To apply, simply gently line your lower lashes with it, to shape your eyes, then optionally you can line your top eyeline to create the illusion of thicker lashes. Apply a coat of mascara to make your eyes pop. Application is very easy and the eyeliner smooths and blends like a dream due to it's creamy consistency.
The eyeliner pencil itself is a very smooth and creamy kohl but it doesn't smudge throughout the day or run. It stays put virtually all day unless you really rub your eyes. It's a really great quality eyeliner. You can also create so many looks due to it's versatility. It gives really great coverage and creates an intense colour. It's very impressive and highly recommended by me, I've never came across anything like this. It's smooth in texture and isn't like them ridiculously, sharp eyeliners that drag your skin as its just smooth and really comfortable to wear. I hardly have to retouch it throughout the day as it's very long lasting. It makes my eyes look more prominent and really draws attention to them.
Overall, I was really impressed with this eyeliner. It's fool-proof and is so easy to use. Despite the low price, it really delivers and since purchasing I have purchased another 3! Yes, I love them that much. They last ages, around 3 months and don't need sharpening because it always stays relatively sharp. I can't believe the quality of both the packaging and product because it's just so professional and easy to use. Glimmersticks also come in a brow and lip pencil although I haven't yet tried these. I will definitely repurchase again and again because it's the best pencil I've ever used and I have used ALOT of eyeliners, ranging from Clinique, MAC, and Estée Lauder but this little underdog from Avon takes the prize everytime. I can't stress how much I adore this little gem.
Such a great buy from Avon, 5 stars and I would give it 10 stars if I could! Highly reccomended.
1. My family and friends. I love being around my family and friends, I can just be myself and not have to worry about being judged or scrutinised. They are the very few people that I can actually open up to about problems whether it be about school issues or if something's playing on my mind. Whether it be friends on the Internet (like on Dooyoo!) or friends in reality, they have made me the person I am today and they never fail to put a smile on my face. Without family I wouldn't have any security or someone to look after me and I'm grateful for that.
2. Achieving aspirations and goals. This really came to light when I was revising all week for my English exams and then I managed to get an amazing grade that I wasn't expecting at all for my GCSE. I was overwhelmed with what a bit of revision can do. My main aspiration at the moment is to pass my GCSE's and I'm hoping the hardworking will all pay off. The satisfaction of hard work paying off makes me happy.
3. Cosmetics. Okay, it may seem a little girly but I can't live without makeup! My favourite brands are Clinique, MAC, Lancome, Neutrogena, Rimmel and Max Factor. I feel more confident with it on, and it makes me happy when I buy it or read or write reviews on various products. Dooyoo has inspired my love of makeup through new products being introduced to me by other users and recommendations. I love makeup and I feel bare without it on, it makes me happy to use it and I love it. It's not only an interest it's a form of art and a security blanket, which I love. It's a chance to express yourself.
4. Fashion. I love all the big labels at the moment like Jack Wills, Abercrombie, Hollister; Topshop and Superdry because I just love the clothes they sell and their each individual style. For example, Jack Wills is aimed at university students and it's soft and playful (see my review on it!); Abercrombie is a vintage, classic American style brand with both soft items and bold, stylish prints; Hollister is a kind of surfing, bright, young style; Topshop is modern and always on trend and Superdry is a modern, urban brand with a Japanese flare. I love fashion, I actually work at a well known fashion retailer and I love it because it gives me such a great insight into both business and current trends. I like exploring new stores, reading fashion magazines and creating looks. It really is a passion of mine and it makes me happy. I prefer higher end brands because they are of better quality and design.
5. Languages. Another passion of mine is languages, I'm learning French at the moment and have been for the past 5 years thanks to private tuition and schooling. I love it because it improves your literacy skills and is ideal for travel. I love learning it although it takes time and effort. I hope to one day get a job or travel with aid of French so it's also beneficial to my future. Learning a language is one of the best things you can do education-wise and it is the most desirable qualifacation.
6. Travel. Also linking in with my love of languages, I also love to travel whether it be to traditional English seaside towns or to various countries around the globe. So far, I have travelled to Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Monaco, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Cyprus, Greece, Wales, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Ibiza and Majorca. I love the medertaranian! My favourite country is probably Greece because I love the culture there (like music, food, people) and I have so many great memories from there. In future, I hope to travel further afield to places in Asia, or America. I want to take a gap year when I'm 19 aswell but I'm not sure where to. I'm also looking forward to travelling this Summer. My favourite cities are Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Cannes and London, mainly because of the shops there. I go to London with my college each Summer and I have many memories of there, I've seen 3 westend shows so far (Wicked, Mamma Mia and Hairspray); and I've visited many landmarks, I've been on the London Eye, ate lunch on Hyde park and chilled on Trafalgar Square.
7. Half Terms. I love half terms, I like having a break from schoolwork and I just love to relax or go out with friends. I have more time to write reviews aswell. It's a much appreciated break that is great after 6 weeks of revision. I have more time to do the things I love and that makes me happy.
8. Pets. I have both a cat and a dog, I love them both! They are someone to cuddle with when your feeling down and it's someone who wont judge you. They make you laugh and are great to teach responsibilty especially to young children. I've grew up with animals and they have always been a part of the family and the house would feel empty without them, they are a great addition to the family.
9. Reality TV. I know this seems sad, but I love reality TV shows. My favourites include Big Brother, The Apprentice, X Factor, Britains got Talent and Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. They are all entertaining to watch, especially as it's people's lifes in their hands. I was disheartened to see that Big Brother was ending but it is coming back in August to Channel 5, which makes me happy! Although it is a commitment to watch it every night for 3 months. I love reality TV!
10. Dooyoo. It has to be said, I love Dooyoo! It's such a happy, small community that you can share your opinions and read others too. It's good if you want to buy something, because you can read reviews beforehand to save money. I like everyone on here, no one is mean or spiteful and it's a superb community to be apart of!
Thanks if you read all that, I'm just sharing what I love. Hope you agree with me on some of these topics, as they are some of my dearest passions.
Jack Wills is a British clothing brand with a target audience of university students. In 1999, a small Jack Wills outlet was established in Salcombe in Devon but it has since expanded into 45 chains, most are located in the UK however there are a few in the US aswell although the brand isn't very existent over there. Six of the stores are located in London whilst the rest are situated close to seaside towns and universities. Three stored are in Scotland, and two are in Ireland. Jack Wills was founded by Peter Williams and Robert Shaw, the former who named the company after his grandfather, Jack Williams. The original store was located at 22 Fore Street. This original address is often written into the Jack Wills handbook, clothing labels and in-store signs. The brand has a truly British-esque to it, and is designed closely with British sporting events, British history and British heritage.
The clothing brand produces many types of clothing, these include: bags, sweatpants, hoodies, crew knits, scarves, brogues, court shoes, flip flops, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, shorts, swimwear and polo shirts. There is a huge variety of products to choose from. Also, homeward goods like bed sheets and mugs can also be purchased aswell as an array of stationary to suit the needs of students.
Each season, Jack Wills publishes a 'handbook' to customers, which is a sort of paper catalogue that us avaliable to be posted to your door or to be picked up in store. The handbook is released numerous times of the year, seasons include: Christmas, Autumn Term, Spring Term, Summer Term and Summer Holiday Handbook. Each has appropriate clothing to twine with each season. The handbook also has many snapshots of Jack Wills models, and various university student scenes. Handbooks are wellmade and aren't flimsy and cheap like other catalogues. You can order products direct from the handbook or order online from www.jackwills.co.uk.
Jack Wills brands itself as 'preppy' and for the middle class university student. This also comes with a price tag that isn't affordable to everyone, especially the average university student. The brand is however popular with secondary school and college students. In my opinion, anyone over the age of 30 would look odd in Jack Wills as it is aimed at a younger audience. Jack Wills doesn't rely on media advertising but instead viral, word of mouth, advertising, which makes the range quite exclusive. The brand however does hold Seasonaires events, Varsity Polo events and university days to stimulate customers.
The brand is sparsely avaliable around the UK in major cities. In the UK, these location include: London, York, Bath, Bicester, Cambridge, Birmingham, Burnham Market, Leeds, Marlow, Manchester, Norwich, Cornwall, Devon, Portsmouth, Oxford, Avon, St. Albans, Winchester, Exeter, Guilford, Harrogate, Brighton, Eten, Durham, Chester and Canterbury. In Scotland, locations include: St. Andrews, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In Ireland, Dublin and Kildare. In Wales, Abersoch. And in the United States, Boston, Southampton, New Haven, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Jack Wills does not look good on everybody admittedly. Anyone over the age of 30, pre-teens, obese people and generally unattractive people will not pull off the preppy look. Jack Wills is tailored for a 'slim fit' so as you can imagine there's only a certain weight that you can be to wear this. Sorry if this offended anybody, but it's true.
It isn't the most affordable clothing. Some of the prices include: £60-£70 for hoodies; £34 for t-shirts; £9.50-£40 for bags; £49 for jeans; £19 for flip-flops; £29 for bras and £19 for breifs; £12.50 for socks and £24 for leggings.
I brought a hoodie from Jack Wills, it's a smart, presentable item from their Spring Summer handbook. Although I was shocked to see that it was made in China! What happened to it being 'fabulously British?' I thought for the obscene price, it would have been made in the UK. Nonetheless, the quality of the zip up is amazing. Inside it is lined with a light, soft fleece. The outer lining is a durable, cotton material with the Jack Wills pattern transferred onto the back. This hoodie is not only attractive but it will last a long time because of the enchanted quality. From Jack Wills, I have also brought another fantastic sweatshirt, a cute canvas tote bag for college and some comfy, on trend leggings. I have been 100% satisfied with all of these products and the quality is second to none.
If you are fortunate enough to go into one of Jack Wills's shops, you will not be disappointed. I have been to three of these locations (Burnham Market, Bicester, Devon) and all of the shops decor is very similar. The shop is quite big, and spacious with products aligned both upstairs and downstairs. The shop isn't posh at all, it's a very relaxed vintage place. My favourite thing about the outlets are the window displays, for example the Summer Holiday window was decorated with brightly coloured, flourescent boom-boxes, which looked so cute and complimented the season perfectly! Staff in there are specially selected preppy, young students and they are polite and always willing to help you. You never feel inadequate or out of place instore as it is very welcoming.
Overall, Prices are high but I love the products. Clothing has a vintage, English rose feel. I love how the style isn't ultra modern like Superdry and Henleys or really trendy like Topshop or New Look. There isn't anything similar to this range in the UK. I think it is the British version of Abercrombie and Fitch. The women's clothing is soft, feminine and lighthearted but still has that edgy student esque to it, which I adore. Men's clothing is playful and smart. I think this is the ultimate students clothing brand. I will definately continue to purchase Jack Wills, their stock changes regularly every 6 weeks, so their apparel is always entertaining to view.
Such an amazing range and is one of my most loved clothing brands although some items are quite overpriced to say that they are made in Asian countries and ironically aren't from Britain. 4 stars!
L'Oreal Paris is a French drugstore cosmetic brand sold worldwide. Their products are of a huge variety, quite affordable and widely available to all. The brand is frequently advertised on TV and in magazines and is endorsed by various A-Listers with the likes of Eva Longoria and Cheryl Cole. L'Oreal Paris products include hairspray, mascara, eye shadow, primer, foundation, eyeliners, conditioners, skin care products and shampoos. Their products have won numerous beauty awards mainly for their quality and immaculate results.
I purchased this 'Lash Architect' mascara upon visiting my local Boots store. Originally, I was intending to buy the 'Double Extend' mascara by L'Oreal but unfortunately it wasn't in stock so I opted for this mascara instead. Having read no reviews on it I was very skeptical. I had saw it advertised on TV recently but I never tend to believe mascara advertisements because the models usually have some lash inserts in, which makes it totally unreliable. It was originally £12 but Boots had a special offer, which reduced it to £8. I was looking for a mascara that both lengthened and volumized my nimble, stumpy lashes and hoped this would do the trick.
Packaging of this 'Lash Architect' is something to be desired. In colour, it is a light gold with silver metallic undertones. And in shape, it is a long, elongated, tube with a slightly curved twist to it. The tube also has 3D-like edges to it, which tie in with the products claim of being '4D.' The tube has no product information on it, there is no ingredients listed so if you have allergies I probably wouldn't use this. 'Lash Architect 4D, False Lash Effect in 4 Dimensions' is printed on the side in black. The lid to the mascara is an twistable one. Overall, I think the packaging is sleek and expensive looking although I do think some product information would be useful.
So, what were my first impressions of Lash Architect? Upon being impressed with the packaging, I remover the plastic film surrounding the product, which was there for security reasons obviously. I easily twisted the lid, and pulled the wand out of the tube. The wand is straight but the mascara brush is slightly bent to make it easier to coat your lashes supposedly. I personally prefer a straight brush but I was willing to give it a go. The brush itself is digusting; it looks knackered before you've even used it! Instead of a plastic comb, the comb is made up of small fibres but instead of the fibres being separated they are all clumped together and appear dry looking. Also, when you remove the wand, way too much product is transferred onto the brush so you have to kind of wipe it off onto the lid. As a result, I was not immediately struck by the mascaras overall appearance.
I applied this mascara the same as I do with any mascara. First, I tilt my head back slightly and take the wand to position the brush right at the roots of my lashes, then I gradually move the wand back and forth to the tips of my eyelashes. For bottom lashes, I do about 2 coats of mascara just gently sweeping down. I had to apply about 3 coats of this mascara to stop it looking clumpy. The first coat didn't do much at all, so I applied a second coating to find my lashes clumped together so I had to do a third coat to try and balance it out. Granted, my lashes did appear lengthened but at the same time they looked clumped together and unnatural. The brush is also too long in comparison to my eye shape, which made it hard to manoeuvre around my eye. Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed with the results of this mascara and failed to see how my lashes looked like falsies as the product claimed.
I apply my mascara at about 7:30am, before college, and then remove at around 8:00pm before I shower. After about 3 hours, my mascara failed to stay put and was flaking and smudging all around my lower lashes. This product claims to be waterproof but it really isn't. In addition, the mascara is an absolute nightmare to remove! I applied a regular sized amount of Clinique's Take Off The Day makeup remover but even that failed to completely remove the product. As a result, I am constantly left with a slight panda-like residue under my eyes upon waking up the next morning.
Mascara is my absolute staple makeup product but unfortunately I won't be trying this one again. The 'false lash effect' and '4D' claims are merely a gimmick and the TV advertisement is a total lie. I will still use this product in the meantime because I don't like to waste makeup but I will never repurchase.
In conclusion, a very poor attempt by L'Oreal. This is not one of my favourite mascaras, and I will be reverting back to my regular Max Factor mascara once I've finished this one. The mascara comes in 3 colours; blue, black and brown I brought black and it looked totally unnatural and I can imagine it being even worse in brown or blue. Don't buy this mascara unless your dressing up as a chav or a Barbie for fancy dress. The only thing I like about this product is the affordable price of £8 and the sleek packaging. If anyone could reccomend a mascara that I could purchase in future please let me know because I'm struggling to find a mascara that actually lives up to it's claims.
A very misleading, poor mascara with vile results. I would not recomnend this to anyone. 2 stars.
I picked up this 'white peach and almond' hand and body at my local M&S for the bargain price of £1 for a 300ml bottle, which I thought was a pretty good deal considering other rival brands are quadruple the price. I thought I would give it a try, I didn't have anything to loose at that price.
This product claims to be: 'specially formulated with natural extracts of peach and almond, this hand and body lotion will soften and moisturize skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth.' Product information is written on the back of the bottle, and this product is also made in the UK, which I like because I really hate the fact that some cheaper brands mass produce in sleazy, Asian countries with all kinds of chemicals. Another bonus is that it is not tested on animals.
Packaging isn't anything special but it does the job. The lotion is contained in a rather wide plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, which I love because it saves time so you don't have to open a lid and spend ages squeezing the product out. It's quite uncommon for body lotion to be stored in pump dispensers however I much prefer it. It looks more like a soap dispenser rather than a body lotion. Two long stickers are placed either side of the container, one at the front shows the products name, logo, a cute picture of peaches and how much is contained inside. The other sticker, which is situated on the back, shows the products claims, how to use the lotion and where it is made.
This 'white peach and almond' lotion is part of the 'essential extracts' range at M&S, along with many other skincare products and flavors. I also brought the white peach and almond shower gel and bubble bath, which are equally as good as this body lotion. The 'essential extracts' range products are all priced at £1, such a bargain.
The smell of this product is delicious, and is also transferred onto your skin. The scent is a musky, sweet peach fragrance. Although it does have almond flavoring, I cannot smell any almonds..I was unaware that almonds even had a scent? Nonetheless, smells divine, especially for a moisturizer.
Using it is really easy. Just gently press the pump to retrieve about a 10p sized amount, which is ample to cover an arm or hand at least. About two to three pumps are needed to cover large areas, like legs or chest. To use, simply slap onto your desired area and gently rub in, working in small circles until the lotion is completely absorbed. The product takes merely seconds to sink into skin and dries very quickly. After usage, your skin just feels soft, supple and hydrated with a light peach fragrance. Perfect! However, I wouldn't advise to use this on your face because it's quite thick and could clog pores.
I have very sensitive skin and this fortunately hasn't made me break out or itch, so it's great for people with allergies. It is also approved by dermatologists.
In consistency, the lotion is quite thick and in colour is an off white with pink undertones. The liquid is fluid with no added bits and texture, it is a smooth creamy goo. It looks similar to yoghurt. A 300ml bottle will last months, I've had mine over a month and I'm only a quarter way through it, baring in mind I use it everyday.
Overall, a real winner from M&S and at a price that won't break the bank. I would thoroughly recommend sampling a bottle. It does all I want from a body lotion. You could even use this as an aftersun for after sunbathing or to soothe sunburn and you can rely on it to relieve patchy, rough, broken skin. I love it and will continue to repurchase. 5 stars!
Lee Stafford, a slightly pricy haircare range that you can find in your local chemists, it specialise in making your hair sleek, sexy and healthy. With a variety of products, ranging from conditioners, shampoos, serums and sprays, there is plenty to choose from depending on what look your going for. I've never actually tried anything from.Lee Stafford, so I was a little apprehensive as to how it would suit my dry, bleached locks. I had been trying to grow my hair for about 4 months, with little success, so I was on the look out for quick-fix solutions, and that was when this gem caught my eye..a hair growth treatment! Having never come across a hair growth treatment before, I decided to give it a shot.
The products claims and promises, as stated on the container, are very desirable. Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment claims to: provide vital hair and scalp complex, helps to reduce hair loss, improves folicle health which in turn increases the ability of the hair to anchor to the scalp, soothing formulation reduces irritation and moisturises the scalp, addresses hair and scalp ageing at a cellular level, improvement in tensile strength to give body and texture by penetrating the hair reaching the inner cortex and to improve texture and to add volume. Pretty good claims, right? I was a little dubious about these promises as I have never came across a product that can do all of that.
The treatment is stored in a cute, 200ml, hot pink tub with a twisty lid. The pot is rather squished and stands at about 5 inches high. It says that it is a protein based complex to fertilize your follicles and create a healthy environment on the scalp to help hair grow and reach it's maximum potential length. It compares itself to fertiliser on plants by saying "if the earth is not nourished, you'll never grow beautiful flowers," which I found rather amusing, yet strangely true! Comparing hair to flowers and soil..Makes sense! The trademark Lee Stafford staffordshire bull terrier logo is printed on the lid, as well as that little anthology. The tub is made out of hard wearing plastic, and a durable lid, so it is ideal for traveling with. Overall, gorgeous packaging, which stands out on any cosmetic counter and looks fancy in any bathroom.
Upon opening, you are presented with a whipped light pinky/ off white goo with an iridescent shimmer to it. I love the colour, looks good enough to eat! Although, I wouldn't recommend actually eating it because that would just be sickly and pretty rank. The product also smells divine, a kind of sweet, light perfume-ish fragrance so it doesn't smell chemically like other hair products. The scent stays with you for a long time after using, it's a memorable smell. In consistency, the product is a gloopy, thick substance. This is possibly one of the most attractive hair products ever.
Other natural ingredients include: vegetable protein, beeswax, sugar cane, green tea and natural perfume. These ingredients probably explain why it smells so nice! I also like the fact that these are natural goodness.
For usage, it is suggested to use an 'egg sized' amount however I think that is way too much and could result in alot of wastage. Maybe use half an egg..or a baby chicken sized amount. Firstly, wet your hair in the shower or bath with warm water and shampoo with your favourite shampoo product (I use Aussie Heat Protection Shampoo, it's amazing), massage the shampoo for a few minutes to create a heavenly foamy lather. Then, rinse with water. Next, apply your Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment! Squeeze most of the water out of your hair, leaving a damp head. Scoop a baby chicken sized amount onto your fingertips and massage gently into your scalp then smooth it onto your ends. It's important to massage it into your scalp because that's the area we are trying to stimulate to promote hair growth. Leave on for as long as possible, I left mine on for 30 minutes, so whilst waiting for it to work just relax..catch up on Eastenders, read my reviews, write an express review, text your friends, pray to god for longer hair. There's loads to do whilst you wait, the time flies by! Then, rinse off in warm water. The next part is vital, you MUST apply conditioner after using the treatment as it isn't a substitute for a conditioner! Leave your conditioner on for a few minutes, rinse again and then dry your hair.
Don't expect your hair to miraculously grow after using it, as it takes time fo grow hair. After drying my hair, I can immediately see a difference in the condition and texture of my hair. My hair feels replenished and healthy as opposed to dry and brittle. It feels soft to the touch. After styling with straighteners, my hair also appears volumised and thicker. I love the appearance of my hair after usage, and it definitely lives up to many of them claims. The gorgeous smell of the treatment is also transferred to my locks, which is an added bonus.
I got about 8 uses out of this 200ml tub, which is rather reasonable. Admittedly, after using for a month, my hairs length wasn't particularly longer. I don't believe there is actually a product that can make your hair grow to be honest. However, the overall appearance abd texture of my hair was a huge improvement. Rather than stimulating your hair follicles, it creates more of a healthy base for your hair, which in time would make your hair healthier and reduce split ends.
Other ways to promote hair growth are as follows. Drink 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your body and reduce dryness; avoid heat appliances as they cause split ends; go for regular trims every 6-8 weeks to get rid of any damaged ends, because if your ends are damaged your hair simply won't grow; massage shampoo deeply into your scalp whilst washing to stimulate hair follicles; excerise increases blood flow to the scalp and eat a balanced diet rich in proteins and iron. A healthy lifestyle means healthy hair thus more growth.
In conclusion, I do like this treatment and I would repurchase. The product retails for around £7 in Boots, Superdrug or any chemists, which is a little pricy however it's worth it for stronger hair surely and is perfect to treat your hair once in a while. I don't believe the product could miraculously make your hair grow (it isn't Miracle Grow, for god sake!) however it does lay the foundations, kind of like a fertiliser, for your hair to grow. The volume and texture properties in this product are second to none, like nothing I have ever come across. A great buy and is definately worth a shot! 4 stars, would of been 5 but it doesn't actually make your hair grow faster necessarily.
I got into MAC cosmetics about a year ago, after watching makeup gurus online and reading raving reviews and since then I have not looked back. Their products are of such superb quality, and there is so many shades and items to choose from. You can find MAC counters in most large department stores in the UK, these consist of Debenhams, House of Fraser and Selfridges.
Upon entering Debenhams, I was greeted by a number of clown-faced 'artists' trying to sell me various items and I was eventually persuaded to buy a lipstick. I never usually wear lipstick or lip gloss so I was a little apprehensive as to how it would suit me. There are 148 shades of colour to choose from, so there is something for everyone here. I decided to purchase a subtle, Barbie medium/light pink with blue undertones and a creamy finish. This little beauty is called 'Creme Cup' and it is part of the cremesheen line at MAC, which is a creamy, slightly glossy finish. Additionally, MAC also do a number of other finishes, these include: lustre, matte, amplified and frost.
I love the colour pay off, just one layer makes my thin lips look more plumped and healthy. My lips are usually quite dark, a kind of dark dusky pink so I was looking for a colour that was a little lighter and Creme Cup is perfect for this, it's not fake looking and still makes my lips look natural as if I'm not wearing lipstick or trying too hard. This colour is great to suit fair to medium toned skin like mine. It's also great if you want subtle lips and smokey eyes. You can pull off so many looks with this lipstick, it's so versatile.
Packaging is simple yet has that classic MAC-esque. The casing is black with an iridescent shimmer in the shape of a bullet. The bullet shaping is attractive to the eye and is made out of a smooth, sleek plastic and doesn't look cheap or tacky. The MAC logo is engraved on the lid in silver. Upon purchase, the lipstick is contained in an elongated, black cardboard box with product information on the back. To retrieve the lipstick, simply twist the casing and the stick will slide up. It is average sized, around 3 inches. Overall, gorgeous, professional packaging.
I only brought this last week, but I can't see this lipstick lasting a long time. The cremesheen finish makes it very prone to melting so keep this in cool conditions, away from direct sunlight. I've used this every morning for 7 days, and I think I have already wore away about half a centimetre so I can only see this lasting 3 months at the most. This is my only gripe with this product, I will however repurchase.
In conclusion, I love this product from MAC. The quality is amazing, and lasts around 3 hours. If I apply this at 8am, I will probably have to reapply it around lunchtime, so wearability is great compared to other brands. You can also change the finish you want with this lipstick, for a subtle stain of colour apply one coat; for a more glossy, vibrant colour apply a second coat and then for an intense, glossy, nighttime look apply a third coat. However, I believe two coats is ample for a daytime look. MAC lipsticks also have trademark a light, vanilla fragrance to them, the lipstick doesn't taste of vanilla at all but does smell like it once applied. The scent isn't pungent or sickly, it's just right.
Thumbs up for MAC's amazing quality, and variety of lipsticks. It will be hard to find another lipstick as good as this, my claims are also backed up with an award from top beauty editors for best lip product. You can pick up this gem at MAC for the retail price of £13.50, which is reasonable considering the superb quality. Well done MAC, another product to add to my makeup routine. 5 stars!
McDonalds is the worlds largest chain of fast food, serving 58 million customers daily. The American restaurant is either presented as a franchise, an affiliate or by the corporation itself. McDonald's revenues grew 27% over the three years ending in 2007 to $22.8 billion, and 9% growth in operating income to $3.9 billion. Obviously, it's a fast-food restaurant, which specialises in hamburgers, fries, milkshakes, chicken nuggets and soft drinks. However, the brand also sells wraps, salads and milk due to criticism for being 'unhealthy.'
The business started in 1940, by creators Maurice and Richard McDonald. In 1967, the infamous Ronald McDonald was created, which is a brightly coloured clown made to mascot McDonalds however the mascot was originally a chef cartoon called 'Speedee.' The famous gold, arched 'M' is also part of the restaurant's branding. The first McDonald's restaurants opened in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, El Salvador and Sweden, in order of openings. The firm has globalised in the last years, bringing a piece of America to every country in the world.
McDonalds restaurants are found in 119 countries, operates in 31,000 restaurants and employs 1.5 million people.
Designs of restaurants vary in different parts of the world. Recently, in Europe, McDonalds interior was completely revolutionised making it a more modern, cosy place to eat. Especially in the UK, the design is very urban and has a trendy vibe to it, furnishings include: classy bar stool; snazzy wallpaper; which is ironically taking a green, brown and pink theme despite McDonalds colour scheme primarily sticking to red and yellow; stylish wooden floors and comfy dining seats. The kitchen and cash registers aren't modernised and are still chaotic and busy, as usual. Overall, a fast food restaurant with a chic twist, especially in UK restaurants. One let down for me however, is the fact that it is always cold in there and I always need to keep a coat or fleece of some sort on, which is very off putting when trying to relax and enjoy your meal.
I'm writing this based on a recent visit to McDonalds with friends. I visited a town centre McDonalds, so as you can imagine it was very busy but after battling through herds of queues and customers, I finally reached the register. I ordered what I usually order, a McDonalds Happy Meal (yes, I'm 16 but I still love Happy Meals, ridiculous I know!) In a Happy Meal, you can order almost anything: burgers, nuggets, salads etc. With this, you also get fries and a character toy from their latest film or toy promotions, most of the time the toys are pretty poor though. So, anyway, ordering food wasn't easy. The woman at the till hardly spoke a word of English and I had to repeat myself at-least 6 times, whilst my friends waited impatiently. I think McDonalds should make sure their staff have standard English, as it is hard to order food. Like the name, 'fast food' the food came quick, I waited one minute max. Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed with staff however service was fast.
Also, inside the restaurant, it's very hygienic and clean. Every time I go in, there is always a cleaner on hand cleaning tables and surfaces. Bins are also laid out the shop to avoid litter.
We then had to wait about 10 minutes to find a seat, however that was a fault of ours because we got there late, it wasn't a fault of McDonalds as there are many seats inside. So, finally sitting down, we scrambled for a seat. Happy Meals are contained in a brightly coloured box, that is easily openable. In my Happy Meal, I ordered a cheeseburger, fries and a thick chocolate milkshake - delicious! Inside, the burger is carefully wrapped in a greaseproof paper material, and chips are contained in a small bag, there are about 30 chips inside. They aren't standard thick oven chips, they are thin, crispy salted fries that you can't seem to buy in supermarkets. The milkshake was contained in a soda cup with a straw. Therefore, food is attractively presented and is appealing to young children and of course, young adults like myself.
Anyone can enjoy a Happy Meal, they are priced at £1.99, which is great value for such a yummy treat. Larger meals are about £4-£5, but I find Happy Meals much better value but there is more choice in the meals, including sandwiches, wraps and chicken burgers. You can buy nuggets or burgers alone for just £1 also. Overall, great value food!
As I carefully unwrapped my burger, it was still hot and ready to eat. The burger comes complete with cheese, lettuce, gherkin, bun and of course, the patty. Chips appear golden, thin and crispy to eat. The milkshake tasted divine - sweet and chocolatey but not too chocolatey that it's sickly. The milkshake is however difficult to suck up the straw, so brace yourself! You also get minor brain freeze from the milkshake too, but it's only temporary. The cheese burger is savoury and the balance between the soft bun and crunchy lettuce is excellent on the palette. The cheese and patty just melt in your mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed my Happy Meal, and will repurchase every time I visit.
One of my friends brought a McChicken sandwich meal. I've sampled one of these before, and loved it! The meal contains £3.99 and you get a large drink, chicken sandwich and fries inside. Food is slightly larger than Happy Meal sized food, and tastes great also. McChicken sandwiches are made up of a golden bun, a battered chicken patty, a creamy mayo sauce and some crunchy lettuce. The burger is filling without being starchy and makes a perfect lunch.
Other drinks that McDonalds sell is Sprite, Coca Cola, Strawberry Milkshake, Chocolate Milkshake, Milk, Diet Coke and Fanta.
This delicious meal does come at a cost though. This disadvantage is of course, the calorie content. McDonalds are often criticised on the health of their meals, this includes the amount of artificial flavourings and salt going into their products. To name a few, a cheeseburger has 295 calories; BigMac's have 485; Chicken Sandwiches have 370 and milkshakes have 400 calories. This is a lot of calories but if you enjoy McDonalds as a balanced diet and in moderation, it's fine.
To combat the issue of obesity, McDonalds introduced salads. But ironically, these 'healthy' salads have as much calories as one of their burgers due to all of the dressings on-top of them.
Desserts at McDonalds are huge in variety. There's so much to choose from! McFlurrys, Sundaes, Brownies, Flapjacks and Pancakes to name a few. McFlurries are personally my favourite, they are basically a Mr Whippy style ice cream in a tub served with sprinkles and sweets on top. The ice cream is sweet and creamy, and the sweets give it that extra crunch. I enjoy McFlurries however I've heard that the brownies can be quite thick and stodgy so beware of them.
In conclusion, I love McDonalds, like many of us. It's a convenient restaurant that can be found in most town centres and shopping malls. The food always tastes great despite the calories. The restaurant layout is flash and modern, although the staff sometimes come across as quite ride and illiterate. There is a lot to choose from, including meals, desserts and drinks. Overall, a great place to eat as a treat and I'll continue to eat there, like 58 million people all over the world daily!
Remember to enjoy McDonalds as part of a balanced diet in moderation as it is quite fattening and greasy. I watched a daunting documentary of a guy who ate McDonalds for about a month, everyday, then he ended up weighing almost double his bodyweight. Scary, I know!
Well done McDonalds. 4 stars!
I started using MAC cosmetics last summer after reading raving reviews on products from there. Originally, the range was used only by professional makeup artists, but due to it's growing popularity, MAC can now be found in department stores and free standing shops to the public. Although their products are pricey, you can be guaranteed they will deliver top class results. After all, why spend tons of money searching for that perfect product when you could just by something as high quality as MAC? Additionally, MAC Studio Fix concealer was also named best concealer by Company magazine (aswell as MAC's lipsticks, pressed powders and blushers!) They specialise in everything: a rainbow of eyeshadows; an array of foundations to match every skin tone; perfecting primers and of course, this outstanding concealer. The award speaks for itself.
Concealer can be either used on bare skin or on top of foundation for maximum coverage. The aim of a concealer is basically to disguise blemishes, to hide dark circles under eyes or to cover uneven skin tones. So, if your suffering from a real bad breakout, this is your answer. Most concealers provide full coverage but toy can also get sheer coverage too, whatever you prefer. For a subliminal look, use over a tinted moisturiser or a bare face and for full coverage, wear over a medium to build able foundation. Concealers make your skin appear flawless, especially this one.
Mac Studio Finish's concealer is contained in a small black, squished pot with a retractable lid. The packaging compliments MAC's sophisticated, but simple packaging and I just love the design. The 7g pot is circular, with a see-through dome lid, in which you can see the concealer through. The packaging isn't anything special or vavavoom but it does it's job. Nonetheless, the plastic isnt flimsy - it's sturdy and will not easily dent or scratch. Overall, simple but effective pot and delivers in results.
The concealer can be applied with either your fingers or a brush - either works. Personally, I just use my fingertips. Just rub the concealer top lightly, not too hard, to achieve a thin layer onto your ring finger. I use my ring finger because it isn't as heavy as other fingertips, and it's easy to lightly tap it onto your skin with that finger. Usability is simple, gently pat the concealer onto problemed areas and lightly pat it until it's disappeared and blended in. I was suprised at hoe lightweight this product was despite it being a full coverage concealer. Results are faultless - you can cover any blemish in just one application. Blemishes disappear with ease, my skin always looks flawless.
You can also apply this over dark circles as it is a non-crease formula and it is very breathable. With 2-3 layers, tattoos and birthmarks can be disguised. I don't think there's anything this concealer can't cover. It's a longwearing, creamy product for all skin types. Don't worry about breaking out - it's fragrance free, water resistant and enriched with vitamin A and E. Silica is also contained to absorb the skins oils. This highly concerntrated concealer is SPF35 to protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays, which can lead to premature aging.
Personally, when I apply Studio Finish concealer, I follow an easy base routine to ensure flawless skin. Firstly, I apply MAC's Prep and Prime primer (also see my review on that); then I apply about two to three layers of MAC's Studio Fix foundation with a MAC 187 brush or a flat topped blending brush (also see my review); then I apply this Studio Finish concealer to problemed areas with my fingertips; I then take MAC's Studio Fix pressed powder to mattify the foundation and to make it last longer; then finally, I apply MAC's Pinch o' Peach blusher to my cheeks. I apply both my blusher and powder with a dense kabuki brush to buff it all in. The end result is truly flawless.
I would seriously recommend investing in some Studio Fix products from MAC, it has to be my favourite range in bases. I am shade NC15 in MAC, in both my powder, concealer and foundation, but I would recommend visiting your local MAC counter for a shade consultation because being too orange or too pale isn't a good look. Also, MAC offer an hour and a half makeup tutorial WIRH one of their makeup artists for a price of £50, which is redeemable in products. This tutorial is great for girls just starting out with makeup, it really helped me in my makeup routine. The staff are all professional and provide excellent advise.
In conclusion, a great little pot and I couldn't live without it! A 7g tub will set you back £12.50; which may seem expensive but nothing is comparable to this concealer so I would definately invest in this high quality product. Remember, you only need a small amount to provide optimum coverage. The concealer doesn't go on cakey and lasts in excess of 8 hours. I love the fact that MAC's Studio Fix range delivers opaque coverage with professional results. I would highly recommend this concealer, you can pick it up at many large department stores including House of Fraser, Debenhams and Selfridges. I've been using this concealer everyday for the last 4 months, and I've only just started to make an indentation in the concealer - it lasts forever!
Overall, an amazing buy from MAC and I'll definately be repurchasing. It is a faultless concealer that never fails to give me outstanding results. 5 stars.
MAC is the almighty God of the makeup world. The brand specializes in creating professional, high quality cosmetics, including: a vast array of eyeshadows; a sea of lipstick and lip glosses; flawless foundations and of course, these stubbing 'paint pots.' MAC was originally only available to makeup artists however due to it's increasing popularity, it's now available globally to everyone. In the UK, MAC counters can be found in most large department stores (House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges etc.) but if you are lucky enough to live in the US, you can find MAC in free standing stores. Admittedly, the brand is quite pricey but you have to bear in mind that you are paying for products that actually work and are of amazing quality.
MAC really is my favourite range of makeup; there is so much to choose from! You will be like a kid in a candy shop when you visit their outlet. If you are stuck on what to purchase, there are plenty of staff on hand to help you choose what will best suit you. Their products range from prices £10 to about £30, but the products last months and months on end and deliver great results everytime without fail. MAC is used on TV shows and in the theatre so as you can imagine, this really is top stuff.
I brought this little beauty about a week ago upon visit to a MAC outlet, in Debenhams. I opted to have a makeup tutorial by one of the makeup artists, tutorials last an hour and a half and cost £50, which is redeemable in products. The pushy, slightly clown-faced assistant eventually persuaded me to buy one of these paint pots. She claimed they make your eyeshadow stay in place, make the colour more vibrant and doesn't crease your eyelid. At around £12.99 a pot, for a 5g jar, I decided to give it a go.
Packaging is very similar to their Fluidline range. It is a short, squished glass jar (about 2 inches in height) with a screwable black lid. The product is visible through the glass and looks very sleek. However, due to them being glass, they probably aren't ideal for traveling as they are quite fragile so if you want to take this on the go make sure you put some bubblewrap around it or some sort of casing. I also dislike the fact that you have to use your fingers to use the product, it's unsanitary, therefore it's sensible to cleanse your hands before usage. You could use a brush but it's much easier to apply with your fingers, you have more control of the paint. Plus, your fingers warm the product making it smoother to blend. Overall, sleek, professional packaging however it isn't ideal in some aspects due to hygiene and breakability.
The consistency of the paint pot isn't like actual paint at all. Afterall, it would be pretty daunting putting something as runny as that onto your eye area. Instead, the paint pot is quite dense and thick in texture. The product is tightly compacted into the jar, there is alot of product for a 5g pot. The paint is smooth and easilly slides onto your fingertips and glides onto your lids. The product is creamy without being too sticky or greasy. I think the balance in texture and product is perfect. It goes on light but dries to an intense, vibrant finish.
Application is seamless. Just take your ring finger, or a brush, and sweep it around lightly on the surface about five times. Then, gently pat it onto your eyelids then up to your brow bone. They dry straight away, so no need to weight for it to sink in. Paint pots can be used as an all over colour or as a primer to go under eyeshadows to make the colour really pop. I personally use it as a primer. After applied, I apply my MAC eyeshadows over the top of the thin layer of paint so my eyeshadow creates a gorgeous, intense colour. The eyeshadow sticks to the paint like glue and won't budge throughout the day or smudge.
There are 12 permanent shades in paint pots; some are limited editions that MAC re-released. The colours range from pale, creamy nudes to deep shimmery blacks and greens. You can either buy a shimmery one or if your not a glitzy person, a matte one. I could imagine the dark ones would look a little messy though if used alone, so if your looking for a great, all around colour go for a nude shade. I personally have the 'Bare Study' paint pot, which is a gorgeous pale, shimmery, champagne colour that looks stunning under eyeshadows and really highlight ny blue eyes, it dries to a subtle nude colour with gold and pearl reflects.
Other shades include:
Bare Study - a soft beige with gold pearl (frost)
Soft Ochre - yellow beige (cream)
Painterly - nude beige (cream)
Groundwork - midtone neutral taupe (satin)
Rubenesque - golden peach with gold pearl (frost)
Constructivist - metallic brown with red pearl (frost)
Quite Natural - dirty chocolate brown (cream)
Indianwood - metallic antique bronze (frost)
Blackground - black and grey with multi colour (pearl)
As you can see, all are colours to die for. Nudes would look great with any eye colour whereas darker colours would look great with darker, defined eyes for dramatic look. They all perfectly disguise blemishes although don't try to cover dark circles with them as they aren't formulated to do that. All are pretty colours but I would definately try them in real life, rather than buying them online, to see the colours in their true colours.
There are many ways to wear a paint pot to create different looks. With Bare Study, I firstly prime my lids with that in a patting motion; I then use the eyeshadow 'Orb' (a soft, matte cream colour) as an all over colour; I then take 'Dazzlelight' (a pearly eyeshadow with shimmery reflects) in the inner corners and as a brow highlight; then I take 'All That Glitters' and apply that in the outer 'v' of my eye, in the corner and blend that up to my brow again; then I take 'Swiss Chocolate' and apply that as a crease colour to complement my blue eyes and give depth and shape to my eyes, I finally finish with a black or brown eyeliner on the bottom lashes and on the upper lash line and then finish with a volumizing mascara. This look is achieved using all MAC eyeshadows. It's a very subtle, daytime that anyone can pull off.
In conclusion, a perfect, shimmery paint pot that can be used as a highlight, primer or as an all over lid colour. It's truly beautiful. I cannot wait to buy more pots in future, particularly matte, cream based colours. Anybody can use these paint pots and they are the perfect addition to my makeup collection. It's a great multi-purpose product. They can be used to create dramatic or subtle looks for any occasion. I only brought it last week but already I cannot imagine life without it. It's a must-have MAC product. I would strongly advise anybody to give it a go.
I never used to wear primer, but having gone to a MAC counter to have a makeover I was persuaded by the slightly clown looking, pushy makeup artist to buy one. So, I gave it a try. Primers basically create a smooth base for your foundation, making application easy and more blendable; it's like having another layer of skin almost. The principle of the primer is to prepare the skin before the application of the foundation that it would soothe the skin, blot away any excess oil that the my skin had preventing any shine through, that it also acts as a filler to fill any pitting to the face and would provide a smooth base for the application of the foundation, which I use. About 4 months ago, I never realised the importance of a primer but since then I've never looked back because without it my skin just looks dull, and dry so a primer now is one of my most essential products.
MAC is globally used by professionals and mere mortals like myself. The brand was originally only made for makeup artists however due to it's increasing popularity it is now available for the public. MAC, in the UK, can't be widely brought in free standing shops but instead it is available in large department stores, such as Debenhams and Selfridges. It has to be my all time favourite brand of cosmetics by far hence why I am rating so many of their products just to show you how professional your makeup would look if you invested in some of their products. I cannot stress enough how much I adore MAC, and I would highly recommend any of it's products. Although their products are pricey, they last months and months on end so it's well worth paying for it's outstanding quality.
A standard 30ml bottle of this primer costs £16.50, I've had the primer for about 2 months now and I use it everyday and it still feels like a full bottle. I think it will last me years. I think the price is quite reasonable as you only need a small amount to cover your face.
Packaging is very attractive. The primer is contained in a long, smooth black bottle. The bottle is a cylinder shape and measures 4.5" tall and 1.25" wide. The black bottle is complimented by a subtle glitter. Like most MAC products, it comes in a simple, standard bottle and the traditional MAC logo is neatly placed on the front and ingredients and product information is shown on the back. Additionally, there is a handy pump dispenser to retrieve the primer, to open the primer just lightly pull the lid off the top of the bottle. The pump dispenser is an added bonus because you usually have to buy the pump separately with foundations whereas here it already comes with the product. The plastic casing is very durable and won't crack or split when travelling. Overall, a very attractive, purposeful package and looks very classy in a makeup purse or on a vanity table.
Application is superb. After cleansing and moisurising with Clinique's 3 step system (also see my review on that) just lighty press the pump to retrieve the primer. Just the right amount of product comes out, it looks small but it's ample to cover your entire face. Don't bother with any fancy brushes, just use your fingers to dab it in key places: forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Then simply smooth it onto your skin with your fingertips. Don't worry with blending it into your skin too much as it tends to sink straight into your skin. Move in small, circular motions to ensure every crease and crevacice is full. If you feel your skin after application, you can immediately feel and see a difference to your skin. Skin appears more radiant and dewy, if you just want light coverage you could just wear it on it's own but personally, I prefer a full coverage. After applied, I apply about two layers of MAC Studio Fix foundation (also see review on that.) you can immediately see a more flawless, perfected finish after usage. Skin is glowing, and smooth to the touch.
The primer itself is a light, fluffy, air-whipped liquid. That light, smooth feeling is also transferred onto your face aswell. In colour, the primer is a white creamy colour with microscopic hints of shimmer to help you achieve that dewy glow. The primer is scentless, so it wo t irritate your eyes or irritate your skin. The cream doesn't act as a moisturizer so make sure you moisturize beforehand. Although the product is white, it dries to a clear finish.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sucrose, Isopentyldiol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Myristate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Alumina, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenyl
Trimethicone, Sialyllactose, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol
Prep & Prime Skin may contain:
Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride.
As you can see, many ingredients but the product is mainly silicone based. MAC's products are allergy tested so don't stress about breaking out. It doesn't leave a greasy residue like most primers but instead a light powder-like finish. It wont dry out dry skin either and will easily suit even the oiliest of skin.
The only gripe I have about this product is the fact that you can't tell how much product you have left, I would be horrified to find out I had run out one day before using it. This also seems to be a problem with foundations too. So, if you have the money, maybe keep one in stock incase.
I'm officially hooked to this primer. It will permanently be part of my makeup routine. After years of practise, using MAC products, for a truly flawless face I stick to a routine. Firstly, I use Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturiser and let that sink in for 5 minutes; then I apply this MAC prep and prime primer; then I take a MAC 187 stippling brush and buff in about two layers of MAC studio fix foundation; I then apply MAC studio fix concealer wit my ring finger to problem areas; leave the foundation to try for 2 minutes then apply a full coverage powder, I use MAC studio fix powder for a matte finish; then finally, I contour my cheeks with MAC's 'pinch o peach' blusher, which is a beautiful candy pink colour, then I buff it all in with a dense kabuki brush. And I'm ready to go! This routine really works for me, I would most definitely recommend buying some MAC studio fix products too.
In MAC foundations, I'm one of the lightest shades, NC15. I would recommend visiting your local MAC counter for a skin match up to suit your colouring. After all, being too pale or top dark isn't a good look. MAC also supplies eyeshadows, brushes and lip sticks so you will always be spoilt for choice. Their base products have to be my favourite though. For £50, MAC makeup artists do a makeover tutorial and that is redeemable in products, I would recommend doing this if your just starting out with MAC to see which colours suit you.
Prep and Prime also comes in an SPF 50 form, which acts as more of a sunscreen rather than a primer, and there is also one as an eyeshadow primer however as an eyeshadow primer, I wear a MAC paint pot as they are more pigmented. I've not tried the SPF 50 primer neither because there's not much point when your living in the rainy, dull UK.
Overall, an amazing, sublime MAC product - one of my all time favourites! It's so versatile and never fails to give a professional finish and application. Foundation smooths on perfectly, and last atleast 8 hours. I put it on at 7:30, then by the time I'm back from college or work at about 6, my skin still looks new and fresh. All ages can use thud primer, more mature skin would benefit from this because it smooths out lines for a more youthful appearance. I'm officially hooked on this primer and I will most definately repurchase in future, a 30ml bottle would last in excess of a year. MAC counters are available in all large department stores, in the UK, such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. Alternatively, you can buy on the MAC website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) however it is better to try in real life to see the true colours and consistency of the product.
If your feeling brave, buy off eBay, for a cheaper deal but beware of fakes. There are many fakes on the internet at ludacris prices but buy at your own risk. For an authentic MAC product, buy off the official MAC website or from the Debenhams website possibly. MAC delivery is free on orders over £50. Fakes are dangerous - they could be made anywhere and have many harsh chemicals inside or be mass produced in some speedy factory, real MAC products are produced carefully in Canada.
In conclusion, a perfect primer. I cannot fault it. If you are still confused on how to use, just watch YouTube tutorials by makeup gurus or visit a MAC makeup artist for a consultation. This product saved my skin and I can't live without it. I strongly hope they don't discontinue this outstanding product, it's simply divine. Well done MAC, 5 stars.
Superdry was established in 2003 by young entrepreneur Julian Dunkerton. However the brand's popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years with increasing popularity. The range is aimed at youngsters aged about 18-23 although many young students also tend to wear this brand. Superdry is a British brand infused with a little Japanese flare hence the Japanese lettering in the logo. The brand sells clothing, ranging from t-shirts, dresses, jackets and jeans. The style of Superdry is modern, edgy and urban and is constantly on trend with consumers.
Julian Dunkerton had been in the clothing industry for almost twenty years before he started the label. In its first full year of operations after going public, the company has broken records as far as profits, sales and growth go. Not bad for a guy who started his own label at a market store! 25 years ago, Superdry was sitting along pots and pans at a Cheltham market thanks to Margaret Thatcher's £40 a week entrepreneur scheme. Dunkerton was determined to make his label go global and since then Superdry has been sported by many celebrity faces. David Beckham was first spotted sporting an Osaka tee-shirt along with a jacket, which made Superdry's popularity rapidly increase. Additionally, many other celebs have been seen wearing the brand including High School Musical star, Zac Efron; Jude Law and Kate Moss. That was along way from any market store, making Julian one of fashion's most prestigious designers.
Profits soared in recent years. The brand made in excess of £100 million in the past few years and is expected to increase again in the next year. Superdry outsold US giants Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister making it one of the most popular brands in the 21st century. There are currently nearly 40 franchises in 14 different countries and that is expected to grow.
A franchise opened in my local shopping centre about 2 years ago and it is definately the most visited part of the entire mall. Everytime I walk in, the store is jam-packed with shoppers of all ages. Inside, the store is very spacious and open - it's not tightly squeezed in like other shops and clothing displays are arranged widely throughout. Clothing displays are always neat, and folded it's not carelessly flung onto the floor like it is in Primark. So, there is obviously alot of pride and effort going into the shop. There is certainly an urban flare inside, the walls are either brick or have some snazzy wallpaper on them to make shopping more appealing. Also, the store is well lit so the clothing is visible. Music played in store is usually pop, or clubbing anthems to appeal to younger audiences. Womens and men clothing is segregated in different sectors inside, the mens clothing is generally at the front whilst womens is at the back along with large changing rooms. Helpful, trendy staff are always on hand to assist you in sizing, opinions or purchasing. There is a certain relaxed, chilled vibe inside, there isn't any rushing around or hassle. Overall, I think the layout of the Superdty shop is modern and staff are very polite and helpful to clients.
Superdry isn't ridiculously overpriced like other brands. All of their clothes are affordable and are of superb quality. Admittedly, some items are quite steep in price - a gilet is £80, but I guess you get what you pay for. T-shirts are £20, sweatshirts are £40-£50, jeans are £40, dresses are about £29 and skirts are £20. I've brought many items in my time from here and I can safely say I have no complaints. I brought a sweatshirt about 2 years ago and it is still as good as new. All clothing washes perfectly so you don't have to worry about it shrinking or fading. Superdry doesn't follow the average sizing patterns (like size 8, size 14 etc.) they instead follow sizes labelled XS, S, M, L and XL, so it's quite easy to distinguish your size. I would say that XS is sizes 6-8, S is sizes 8-10, M is sizes 10-12, L is sizes 14-16 and XL is anything beyond that. The clothing does generally cater for smaller sizes and are quite tight fitting of how they've been designed. Make sure you try on the clothes before you purchase because returning clothing is quite difficult, returns are either exchanged for a different piece of clothing, a new size or a credit note/voucher so you won't receive any money back. Reciepts are also required on returns aswell. Their clothes come in all colours, their sweaters and t-shirts are generally bright whereas their jackets are muted colours so they go well with anything. I think the colour schemes complement one another great, and match perfectly.
Superdry's fashion is bold, however it does have some understated pieces too. Their clothing caters for all seasons and there are many things to choose from. Their sister brand, 'Cult' has womens clothing - mostly party dresses, which are perfect for a night out. Their summer clothes are my favourite collection, they have brightly coloured sun dresses and skirts, so I always tend to stock up for my holiday. Winter and Autumn has padded gilets and coats, I brought a gilet from there and it is extreamly warm and waterproof in any weather. Mens clothing is also trendy, there are stylish boxers, tees and shorts. I think Superdry has a huge variety of clothing for all tastes and seasons.
Online ordering is simple, their website is easy to manouver around. It's a kind of catalogue theme, you basically slide the cursor along to view items then click an item you like and the product information and price will be displayed. Each clothing category is in a list and is attatched by a hyperlink to it's ascending catalogue. To buy, just click 'add to basket.' Delivery is free and takes up to 48 hours to arrive via Royal Mail. To return, simply send back with the package's address for a refund. And if there are any delivery complications, just email Superdry or call them during office hours.
I've fallen in love with Superdry, their clothing is great for all occasions. Whether it's a lazy day at home with Superdry joggers and a sweater on, or for a night out in Cult dresses. There really is something for everyone. Quality is flawless and will always be in fashion. However, I don't think their clothing is for the older generation, I don't think a grandma could rock an urban, edgy piece, sorry! Nonetheless, I think for people under 30 this brand is appealing to. Why not visit the Superdry website? Or visit your local store? This brand is faltless, and I will be repurchasing in the future.
Website - www.superdry.com
Oreos are originally from America however they made it to the British shelves a few years ago due to their increasing popularity. You can find them in any supermarket or corner shop, and I managed to bag myself a packet from Sainsburys for the price of just 40p. I'm a sucker for all things sweet and chocolately so Oreos are right up my street! They are manufactured by Kraft foods, and sit perfectly with a glass of milk.
Oreos are described as a chocolate flavored sandwich biscuit. Sounds delicious! Like the advert says, (you know, the one with the dog!) first you twist it, then you lick it then you eat it but I prefer to eat it in one because I'm quite greedy, however it's entirely personal preference on how you devour these chocolate filled treats. Oreo is a basically two dark chocolate biscuits with a creamy, sweet filling jam-packed in between. 'Oreo' is printed on the front aswell as a decorative pattern. Overall, a very attractive cookie!
The taste is quite unique, not like any ordinary chocolate biscuit. When you bite into it you get the sharp, bitter taste of the biscuit shortly accompanied by a sweet, light cream. Although the biscuit is strong, it doesn't overpower the filling, there seems to be a perfect balance of flavours. Once eaten, there is a mild chocolate aftertaste, and I just love that. They are quite easy to chew, they aren't too crunchy or hard and the cream just melts in your mouth, the texture is to die for. The taste of these snacks is simply delightful. For an extra treat, eat with a glass of milk however I think they taste better just on their own.
Oreos are available in three different forms. Mini Oreos, Packet form and individual lunchbox packets. Recently, I brought the packet form, which is a long, tube like structured packet containing around 20 medium sized cookies inside. The packaging is a lightweight, thin plastic skin and has a handy tearable opening to retrieve the biscuits. Just tear the seal and behold these wonderful treats! In packet form it weighs around 154g. Lunchbox sized packs are different to the packets. They are contained in a cardboard box, along with 4 individual packets inside containing precisely 4 oreos in each. Each pack is small, and easy to open so they are ideal for on-the-go. I'm sure your kids would appreciate a packet in their lunchbox now and again! Each individual pack is air tight, and made with foil and a thin layer of plastic to keep them fresh. Each pack weighs around 100g each. Finally, mini oreos! Mini oreos can be found mostly in newsagents - they are a plastic bucket containing about 30 mini sized oreos. Each one is bitesized and easily chewable. Mini oreos are about half the size of an origional oreo. A tub of these weighs around 200g, so they are obviously not ideal for transporting.
A regular packet of Oreos contains:
Per 100g serving:
Energy - 1964KJ, 472 calories.
Protein - 5.7g
Carbohydrates - 65g
Sugars - 41g
Fat - 21g
Fibre - 3.6g
Sodium - 0.49g
As you can see, quite alot of calories! But it's fine in moderation to treat yourself. You can find Oreos in all good supermarkets including; Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. The usual retail price is no more than £2, however they have special offers on all the time so expect to buy them at a lower price.
Overall, a deliciously rich biscuit filled with a fluffy cream. I love both the taste and the texture. Why not try them if you haven't already? They make great snacks, lunchbox fillers and you can also use them in baking too! I recently used the chocolate biscuit to make a base for my keylime pie and it worked perfectly! There are so many uses. Remember to eat Oreos in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Enjoy!