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So as you may guess from my previous reviews, I was spoilt this Christmas with a whole load of Guerlain goodies and this eye shadow was one of them. I got my singular eye shadow in a plum colour, but there are a whole load that you can pick, so I am sure you will get something that suits. As a present it makes a lovely little gift, but if you buy one for yourself then it's going to leave a dent in your purse because these bad boys retail for around £20 in department stores.
The eyeshadow comes in a nice gold compact, which has a mirror on the inside and as you can see in the picture above it comes with it's own applicator. I find this compact is a nice handy size to pop into your handbag or into your makeup case.
The eyeshadow itself is a nice texture and it's dead easy to apply. The shade that have produces a very deep plum colour, so I normally wear it for nights out rather than everyday wear. I'm not sure what the other shades look like, so I guess you would have to try them out for yourself. I found that the colour lasted well, at least for my entire night out rather than getting clumped up in my eyelids. It didn't irritate my sensitive skin or cause me to have an ezcema breakout, so all in all I was very happy with it.
Would I pay the £20 to buy it myself? Probably not, because after all it is just an eyeshadow. Don't get me wrong I think it is lovely and am thrilled to have been given one, but it is a lot of money to spend on one piece of makeup, no matter what brand it is. So in conclusion, just hope that someone is kind and buys you one as a gift!
As part of my bumper Guerlain themed Christmas stocking, I got these lovely bronzing pearls (which what they basically are). They come in a round cardboard container that has a pretty bronzing pearl design around the outside. You can get various different colour combinations to suit your own particular skin. My set is for fairer skins with a hint of red (from my lovely rosy cheeks). So the bronzing pearls are a mixture of quite strange colours, there is green to counteract red, and series of light pinks, purples, browns and yellows...sounds weird doesn't it?
Well obviously if you painted green or purple all over your face you would look silly. However, a sweep of a big powder brush over the pearls and then over your cheek bones gives a lovely light blusher that adds a nice colour to your face. As with all bronzing pearls you can use this product all over your face for a general glow, just as a highlighter for your cheek bones, over your t-zone or even around your collar bone area.
I found this product gave a nice natural finish to my make-up. I wear it on it's own for a day when I want a natural face or over foundation for a full makeup day. My skin is also sensitive, so I am pleased to say that this bronzer doesn't react with my skin or cause my ezcema to flair up.
Now being Guerlain this bronzer is expensive, obviously I didn't buy this for myself, however I have had a look online and you're going to be looking at around £35 to buy this. Personally I don't think that this product is worth this and I wouldn't buy it for myself, although I won't be upset if Santa puts it in my stocking again!
Another little present in my Christmas stocking was this Guerlain mascara. Having just written two reviews about other similar gifts that I got from Guerlain, I am not surprised that this mascara retails from £20. Personally given how much everything else from Guerlain costs, I don't actually think that this is a bad price.
The mascara itself comes in a gold tube that is very elegant and sleek. The difference between this mascara and all of the others is that it uses a two brush system. A little fidldy you may think (and you would be right), however, I actually think the results make this faffing on worth it. There is a normal mascara sized brush and a much smaller brush that allows you to get at the smaller eyelashes. This means that you actually acheive a much wider eyed look than just using the normal brush.
The mascara itself has a nice consistency, being quite smooth and not at all lumpy. I've found that I only need to use one application to get a good everyday look, which might actually make this a more cost effective purchase than a cheap mascara that needs several applications. My eyelashes don't look spidery or clumped up and although it takes a bit longer than usual to put this mascara on I have to say that I think it's worth it.
All in all a lovely gift and not really an expensive mascara to buy for yourself. I really do think that this is one Guerlain product that's worth buying for yourself!
As I have mentioned in a previous review, I was very lucky this year and got quite a few lovely beauty products in my Christmas stocking. This Guerlain lip balm was one of these lovely gifts, which is lucky because you can never have enough lip balm in the winter. I received a light pink one called Rose Venus, and I think this must be the lightest one available.
The packaging is a nice classy brown swirly pattern on the lid, with the rest of the container being clear. The one thing that I am not keen on with this lip balm is that it is one of those that you apply with your fingers. This means that not only can you introduce bacteria from your fingers into the pot, but you end up with sticky fingers after applying the lip balm....not a great result.
The product itself is a very hard lip balm, so you will find that you have to warm it up a little bit before using it. It's also has quite a thick and sticky consistency, which means you don't need to put a lot on. I find the best thing to do is to use a lip brush to apply this, which isn't convenient if you wish to have this in your handbag. The finish is a really nice lightly tinted pink colour (for my shade of lip balm anyway), so you don't need to wear lipstick as well. It last for a long time on your lips and doesn't feel too sticky once applied.
In terms of price, I have to say I was pretty horrified to find out that this 5ml tub of lip balm costs £16.99. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given that it is a high end brand, but I don't think I would purchase this again for myself, unless it was on offer. Mind you I wouldn't say no to it appearing in my stocking again!
I think perhaps my family were making hints this Christmas because I got lots of lovely beauty products in my stocking. This Guerlain KissKiss Gloss was just one of them, I got number 864 Rose colour, which is (as you would imagine) a light pink, rose colour. I think this is a nice natural looking colour, and seems to suit my complexion, which is fair. It also doesn't look like I've got a really dark colour on, which I dislike.
The packaging is pretty standard for a lipgloss, a square tube with a gold lid, which is embossed with the Guerlain logo. The applicator, inside the head has a flat end, which makes putting the lipgloss on very easy and accurate.
In terms of applying the gloss, it's a nice smooth consistency, that isn't sticky, so putting it on is very straightforward. I found the colour to have a nice pearly sheen, rather than a massive high gloss impact. However, I have found that some high gloss lipglosses tend to make you look like you have been dribbling, so tend to avoid them. The colour didn't bleed and it stayed on my lips without reapplying for a good couple of hours, except when I had a drink, in which case I needed to reapply. I didn't notice a fragrance with this product and it didn't irritate my sensitive skin.
Now I got this as gift, so it wasn't until I came on here to write this review that I noticed how expensive it was. You'll pay between £18 and £21 depending on where you buy it from. The cheapest prices seem to be online, so I would recommend trying them in your local department store and then searching for the colour you like online.
All in all a gorgeous luxury lipgloss, that is well worth the spend....go on treat yourself!
We purchased one of these chillers in the run up to Christmas to keep everyones drinks cool at our parties. We got a good deal at Argos and bought it for just under £90, which I thought was a little pricey for a drinks fridge, but my other half was determined.
The fridge is medium sized, 43.5 x 47.5 x 50.0 cm and it has a 50 litre capacity, which means it can fit 36 cans or bottles of beer and around 16 bottles of wine. We thought this would be more than enough for our parties and small enough to fit into our kitchen. Once set up on the side and plugged in (the flex is pretty long) it was cool within an hour, and so soon stocked up. We found it very useful for our Christmas parties, but now it has been put into storage awaiting the summer parties. I'm sure that it is mainly designed for those who want it permanently in their kitchen, but we don't drink enough wine to warrant the power usage.
I've seen a couple of people suggest that this could be used for keeping food in for students or those working away from home. I think this would be a good use if you had one already (although it does take a couple of people to lift and move this thing!) but I wouldn't buy one specifically for that purpose. In fact I think for £90 you could pick up a much bigger fridge either in a sale or second hand that would be perfect for students.
In summary I have to say that this is a good drinks fridge, that is very useful if you are often entertaining. If you only throw the occasional party though I would probably think twice about buying this because it will be unused most of the time!
Well I was well and truly spoilt rotten this Christmas and one of the little gifts in my stocking was this daily facial kit from Dr Hauschka. I've just had a look and you can pick one of these up for around £15, which isn't too bad because you get to try a few of the products that retail for around £13 each. Inside the box you get a Clarifying Toner 10ml, Cleansing Clay Mask 10g, Normalising Day oil 5ml, Rejuvenating Mask 5g and Cleansing Cream 10g. Obviously the products are just trial sized and you only get a couple of goes with them. So you can either use this kit to test out Dr Hauschka skincare and see if it suits your skin, or alternatively (which is what I am going to do) you can use them as travel sized versions.
In terms of how the products feel on your skin, well for me with my sensitive, ezcema prone skin I find these products to be quite calming. I like the fact that Dr Hauschka products don't use anything except natural products, no additives or preservatives and they boast about using medicinal herbs. Now I don't know whether these facts are the reason why I find these products so nice on my skin, but they suit my skin type so I'm happy. I also didn't have an outbreak after using them either.
Obviously this is designer brand and so this and the full sized products have a designer price tag (which is why I like to get them as gifts). The packaging is very plain and some may say boring, but I quite like the minimalist look.
All in all a great little set for either trying out the products to see if you want to buy the full sized versions or to use as travel sized versions.
We bought this Kenwood ice cream maker because we love ice cream, wanted to have a go at making our own and didn't want to spend too much money. We bought ours from Amazon.co.uk for £29.99, which I think is quite reasonable. There are only 3 of us in the house so I didn't think that we needed anything bigger than this, which has a 1.1 litre capacity. To be honest it isn't often we eat more than a litre of ice cream at any one time.
This ice cream maker is really easy to use, you have to make sure that the pan has been in the freezer for 24 hours before you can make ice cream. Then you can make up any of the recipes that are in the accompanying book or just wing it and make your own combination of ingredients. I agree with a previous reviewer that if you like the combination of a few ingredients then they will probably make a really tasty ice cream.
The whole process takes around 30 minutes and you know the mixture is done when the paddle is struggling to mix the ice cream. Then you can either eat the ice cream in it's soft Mr Whippy style state or pour it into a container and freeze it for a couple of hours to get a harder ice cream.
In terms of cleaning, everything comes apart and cleans reasonably easily, although I don't use the dishwasher.
All in all a great little ice cream maker that means we are no longer a slave to Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Daaz!
When we had out first baby, we chose this pramette because it turns from a flat pram into a pushchair, so I thought it was good value for money. I paid £250 for this pramette, which seemed quite reasonable.
The first downside is that it doesn't come assembled, so it required a bit of effort trying to work out how to put it together. I suppose the upside of this is you can be sure everything is tightened and secure for putting your little darling in.
I liked having baby face me when he was little, and was a bit annoyed that I couldn't continue that when he was able to sit up, because the pushchair part faces outwards.
The basket underneath the pram is massive, so you can fit loads of shopping in there. However, many of the other accessories didn't come with my pram, I had to buy the cosy toes and a rain cover. I also didn't like how bulky the pram was when it was folded, it takes up almost all of the boot of my other halfs car and is quite bulky when getting on and off the bus. If I were to buy another pram I think I would choose one that I could fold up more easily and was lighter to handle, especially if I had to use the bus a lot.
On the plus side the pram seems quite solid and I find it easy when walking up hills. The handles also extend, which is handy if you or your partner is tall.
A final negative is the brakes don't seem to be as good as they really should be, once on the pram can still be moved, which is not something I am comfortable with.
All in all if I were going to buy a pram again I would probably choose something else, that suits my lifestyle more, but this pram was good enough to see our little on through to the walking stage!
When our kettle finally gave up the ghost we needed to buy a black replacement (to match the colour scheme in our kitchen). This Breville seemed to be the only option in Argos and costing £26.99 we thought it would be fine. The kettle itself is a smart, sleek design, only let down with a couple of grey bits of plastic. The unique thing about this kettle is that when you start to boil the water, there is a blue light and when it's done the light turns red. I don't really know what purpose this serves other than looking aesthetically pleasing. I wouldn't choose to purchase this kettle purely for the pretty light, as it really is a bit pointless.
In terms of the technical stuff you can have the kettle stand set up for right or left handed people, something I like. It has a capacity of 1.7 litres, that equals about 8 good cups of coffee/tea. It's quite a high wattage kettle, so it boils faster than other lower wattage kettles. The only downside I've found is that it's quite a bad pourer, which isn't a good thing when you're pouring out boiling water.
I don't think I would buy this kettle again, unless it was the only one that matched my kitchen decor. It doesn't do anything special other than boil water, but makes out like it is an amazing innovation by having flashing lights.
This is another one of the digital photo frames that I have at home, this one is considerably cheaper than the Sony one, costing around £19 online. I don't think it looks cheaper than the Sony one and seems to have more of less all of the features that the Sony frame does. The image of the frame makes it look like black, but in reality it's more of a mahogany or dark brown colour.
As with all digital frames you can load up photos onto the internal memory, but there isn't a lot of room. I tend to plug in a USB flash drive, just a small one so that it doesn't stick out of the back. That way I can have the frame cycling through as many pictures as I like. You can also use the SD card straight from your camera, although I wouldn't advise buying a separate one for the frame as these are more expensive than flash drives and are more difficult to get pictures back onto.
I really like this frame, it fits in with my decor and allows me to look at all of my pictures and memories. The only thing you have to have is a free plug socket nearby and then you're set to roll.
The age of digital photographs is brilliant, everyone can take loads of pictures and choose from the best ones. The problem is that you are left with hundreds of photos that are expensive to print out and then once you've done that where do you keep them? Well digital photoframes solve this problem, allowing you to display as many photos as you like in a slide show. I have a couple of these frames, and my favourite is this Sony offering. Despite being expensive in comparison to the others (around £60 online) I really like the clarity of the pictures and am a bit of sucker for Sony products.
The frame is about the same size as a standard 6x4 photo frame and has a sleek black outline. Set up is straightforward, literally get out of the box, plug in and slide your camera's SD card. Then the frame cycles through all of your pictures. You can also plug in a USB flash drive and cycle through all your photos on there. If neither of these options suit then plug it into your computer and load pictures up from there, the memory holds around 500. The frame itself has some nifty features, including being able to rotate the pictures when you change it from landscape to portrait, so they are always the correct way up. It also has a built in timer so will switch itself automatically at night and remote control for when you are having a lazy sofa day.
All in all a very modern sleek way to showcase all of your family photos in one place.
I was quite excited to receive my first epilator for Christmas this year, although also a little apprehensive when thinking about the pain. This Braun Silk-epil comes with both a razor and an epilator, which you can use together. It's also fully waterproof, meaning you can use it in the shower rather than after your shower. I first tried this dry and although I would say it was a little uncomfortable to start with, I soon got used to the pain. The epilator managed to remove even the shortest of hairs on my legs, missing only the very finest (I have since read that all epilators struggle with these). When finished my legs had no red marks and felt nice and smooth. The only problem is the head itself is quite large and inflexible and makes doing around your ankles and knees quite difficult. I suppose that it's handy it comes with a razor too so you can touch up these areas. I have since tried epilating in the shower and found that once wet this epilator was less efficient in terms of hair removal and also left me with red spots where the hairs had been removed.
In terms of cleaning, being a waterproof model means you can rinse everything under water, but it also comes with attachments for dry cleaning. Other positives about this model is that it's rechargeable so you are not restricted by a cord or cable and can happily remove your hair in front of the tv, although how the rest of your family will feel about this I don't know. I also found that it didn't make that much noise when I was using it. I was however, shocked when I saw that it retails for around £169.99, so make sure you look out for deals and grab a bargain.
All in all a good first time epilator that wasn't too painful to use!
This film based on the West Point murders in Edinburgh was released at Halloween, but I can't say that it was actually that scary. More of a semi-comical look into the lives of two well known murders in Edinburgh. William Burke and William Hare were Irish navvies, who were always trying to make a fast buck, they're schemeing always seemed to land them in hot water and if it weren't for the income from Mrs Hare's guest house they would all be stone cold broke. After returning from one of these schemes, they find Mrs Hare upset because one of her lodgers has died, which meant a loss of income. Tasked with disposing of the body, Burke and Hare realise that there is a market for cadavers at an Edinburgh Medical School. When they are given a good price, they realise that they might be onto a good thing. Cue the pair putting another lodger out of his misery, causing a huge obese man to have a heart attack and a whole host of waifs and strays disappearing.
I won't spoil the ending by telling all, but just as in the true story everything begins to unravel. I found Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis did a great job as these two characters. The story isn't a laugh out loud comedy, rather a dark, black comedy which will have you smirking rather than chuckling. The story itself is also quite predicatable, even for those who have never heard of the West Point murders. But on a positive note there are some excellent cameos from famous actors, as well as Bill Bailey as narrator and Ronnie Corbett as the Captain of militia. I think the film could have been better, but wasn't a total disappointment, not once did I want to turn it off, although I don't think I would watch it again!
All in all a good black British comedy, with rather convincing accents!
This I think can safely now be called a Disney classic, seeing as it's 22 years old. It was released on DVD in 2006 and I think is still available, although Disney often have their films on sale for a limited time only. The story doesn't seem to have dated at all and tells the tale of Ariel a mermaid who is the youngest daughter of King Triton. She has a a sidekick called Flounder who accompanies her everywhere and is often being harassed by a hermit crab called Sebastian who is an assistant to the king. Ariel falls in love with a 'been' otherwise known as Eric a prince from the mysterious world on the land. Cue several sing along quality musical moments, including Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl. A misadventure with Ursula the sea witch to get legs and a race against time trying to make Eric fall in love with her without being able to speak.
I have always found this to be a very charming film, and the music is very memorable, especially Ariels little song. It's a typical boy meets mermaid, boy falls for mermaid, mermaid falls for boy, mermaid exchanges her voice for legs and then boy doesn't know whether she is the one he fell for. As with most Disney films, it all ends happily and they literally sail off into the sunset. I think perhaps this a film made more for girls than boys, as both my other half and my little boy surprisingly didn't like it as much as I did!