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      16.10.2012 23:55
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      Barbara Daly Concealer

      I am still on a quest to find a reliable under eye concealer and I can definitely add this Barbara Daly for Tesco product to my list of don't bother with make up items. I received this product as a gift from a friend (charming eh?) and my hopes weren't particularly high.

      The product isn't nearly thick enough to provide any semblance of decent coverage for people like me who suffer from perpetually dark, puffy eye bags. It was also a strange colour which I can't imagine would suit many peoples' skin tones. I am pale and it certainly didn't do anything for me shade-wise. Maybe someone who has the occasional bout of dark circles which aren't that bad would find this product more appealing.

      I'm glad that my friend didn't pay too much for this concealer as it isn't worth a lot of money. For a similar price there are concealers available in places like Boots and Superdrug which are much better value for money. The packaging isn't particularly appealing and I'm afraid that this product doesn't really have much going for it in my eyes.

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      16.10.2012 23:42
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      Dyson Hoover

      I am in love with this little vacuum cleaner! After struggling with a useless Vax vacuum for a long time I was thrilled when we bought this hoover in the sales last year. As the previous vacuum lost any form of suction long before we upgraded, the carpets were in dire need of a good clean, and I am thrilled to report that this Dyson did not disappoint!

      Although it is not necessarily light, I much prefer to drag this style of vacuum around behind me than push an upright, however this is just a personal preference. As the design is quite robust, this particular Dyson can become quite heavy, especially when full of lovely dust and other things! It is much easier for me to carry up and down the staircase so I would recommend this design to anyone. This product comes with a few extra accessories such as alternative brush heads however I rarely use these so I don't really have much to say about them other than that I'm glad they are available if I ever need them.

      This hoover is bagless so there are no hidden costs in that respect. The cylinder does need emptying after cleaning 7 rooms (our whole house) so if you don't like emptying a dusty compartment regularly then maybe this Dyson isn't for you. I find it very easy to take apart and fit back together again and have not had to deal with the dreaded unintentional empty all over your newly cleaned carpet!

      One negative aspect of the design is the extendable head. I find that the head can be adjusted to find a comfortable position for people of most heights (my very tall father has to crouch however and says that it hurts his back) but it is not long enough for the stairs. I end up having to place the hoover precariously on the landing and do have visions of it falling and knocking me out one day! It would be better if it could extend further and I could hoover all of the stairs safely from the bottom of the staircase instead.

      Overall, for the price we paid, I am satisfied with the suction and after using it for 6 months it hasn't lost any of it. I would recommend it to anyone although if you're desperate for a light pull along vacuum you may be disappointed.

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    • Metro / Magazine / Newspaper / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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      03.10.2012 16:41
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      Metro Newspaper

      I use the Metro (the train not the newspaper!) every week day to get to school. This journey lasts around 30 minutes and I enjoy reading this free paper to make the time pass quicker. However, my local station has a bin where the papers are kept and this is empty pretty quickly in the morning so if you're trying to find a paper later in the day it will probably be one of the scrunched up ones stuffed down the side of the seats on the train.

      This paper is completely free which is why I read it mainly. I find the huge adverts obnoxious, especially when they are covering the front page, so I wouldn't pay for it if it wasn't free. It does have a wide range of articles with a nice mixture of general and world news padded out with entertainment pieces. The front page is usually a doom and gloom article or something about X Factor which can be repetitive but I understand that this is merely a reflection of modern reality. The articles aren't mind-blowingly brilliant but I do enjoy the fact that the writing doesn't offend me like most pieces you'd find in The Sun or The Daily Mail.

      Overall, the Metro newspaper is nice enough considering it's free and I would recommend it if you want to read something that isn't horrendously right-wing and closed minded but isn't bulky and awkward to read on public transport like most broadsheets.

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    • Adventureland (DVD) / DVD / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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      21.09.2012 20:48
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      Adventureland

      Set in 1980's Pittsburgh, Adventureland is a charming indie picture which chronicles a young man called James' dismal summer job at a fairground. Jesse Eisenberg stars as James, and gives an impressive performance as the endearing young man working a tedious job to earn some much needed cash.

      Without wanting to give too much of the plot away, the film is a coming of age drama with some comedic scenes padding out quite a slow moving storyline. I wouldn't categorise the film as a comedy, despite having the makers of teen favourite 'Superbad' at its helm, although supporting cast members such as Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Martin Starr provide well-delivered comic relief at times. Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds round off the cast as James' reluctant and troubled love interest, Em, and Connell, the theme park's maintenance man. Their sub-plot is the least interesting part of the film in my opinion, although crucial to the narrative. The actors give wooden and stilted performances and there are no comedic moments to spice up their scenes together.

      The pacing of the movie is interesting in that the film seems to drag in places, but this may be Director Greg Mottola's desire to create nostalgia for his 80's youth. The frequent dialogue-free sections of the film would certainly detract from the film's likeability if it weren't for the wonderfully-selected accompanying 80's soundtrack. Whitesnake, The Replacements and Judas Priest are just some of the artists who you can expect to find popping up at various parts of the film.

      The supporting cast is the highlight of the whole picture, particularly Wiig's 'Paulette' and Hader's 'Bobby', who are the theme park managers. Their performances are laugh out loud funny at times but nuanced enough to be realistic. They are the stand outs in the cast and steal every scene they're in. For me, Adventureland is an enjoyable film to watch if you're in the mood for something nostalgic, but it is probably too subtle if you're on the hunt for a big-laughs comedy.

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      21.09.2012 14:20
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      No. 7 Foundation Brush

      Although £14 may seem a little steep for a makeup brush, I would recommend forking out the money for this product if you're looking for a foundation brush that will last! This brush is made from synthetic fibres which means that you're foundation won't be absorbed, and therefore wasted which saves you money in the long run. This brush allows your foundation to go on smoothly, although you probably will have to use your fingers to blend in product around your nose and hairline. I use this brush every day and therefore have to wash it to keep things hygienic.

      After washing, the brush definitely doesn't go back to its original state but I think it fares much better post-wash than any of the other makeup brushes I've tried in the past and, for me, this is indicative of its high quality. The brush is also a nice size to use and you can get a good grip easily. It isn't too big to fit in your makeup bag and isn't too small so that it's fiddly to use. I have also never experienced shedding with this product which is fantastic and the first time this has happened, and trust me, I've purchased many makeup tools over the years. Overall, this No. 7 brush is worth the £14 as it will last you for many years as long as you take care of it with regular washing.

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      16.09.2012 22:01
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      No.7 Brush

      Whilst having my makeup applied, the lady told me that I should start using makeup brushes rather than my fingers or sponges because they are more hygienic and apparently you end up wasting less product. She seemed to know what she was talking about so I invested in a set.

      I find this particular makeup brush to be unnecessary and, unlike my foundation and blusher brushes, I hardly ever use it. It cost me £8 which I think is quite a reasonable price as it is a good quality brush. Also, Boots regularly gives out £5 vouchers which is great and £3 for this brush is a really good price.

      For me, the main problem with this brush is that it's too big for what it is used for. Also, even though I regularly clean all of my makeup tools, I don't like the idea of spreading germs around my face when I've been trying to cover acne. It is also a little rough for the delicate under eye skin and I don't think that this tool helps with under eye bags one bit as it pulls the skin no matter how softly you try to use it. Also, I end up having to use my fingers anyway to blend concealer into the skin so it seems futile to use the brush as well.

      In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, this No. 7 brush would be a valuable tool I'm sure, but for me, it was simply a waste of £8.

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      12.09.2012 23:15
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      Instant Radiance Concealer

      My dark under eye circles have driven me up the wall for many years now. After finally accepting that I'll never get rid of them completely, I set about trying to find the most effective way of covering them with makeup to make them less noticeable. Whilst having my makeup applied by a lady who seemed to know her stuff, I was told that this product would be the answer to all my prayers so I purchased a tube in shade 1, the lightest shade, and hoped that the dreaded circles would be eradicated.

      There are only 3 shades available, which sadly isn't enough to compliment everyone's skin tone. I am very pale and often find that makeup is way too dark for my complexion, but shade 1 is actually perfect for me which was pleasantly surprising. It cost around £13 for 2.5ml when I purchased it which I think is a little steep in price as I can buy my favourite under eye concealer for £5 (and it works much better in my opinion!) It comes in a black tube with a clicky button on the end and a brush on the other end. The click button is a good design as it is very easy to use and means that you don't waste product as it doesn't gush out all over the place! The black tube however, means that you can't see how much concealer you've used so when you've finished the tube it simply clicks differently but you get no prior warning.

      I personally think that this concealer works well on less severe under eye dark circles as it's light reflecting and provides decent coverage. However, for dark circles like mine, which as worse than average, I have to use this product on top of another similar concealer to brighten the under eye area as it doesn't provide enough coverage on its own. It does, however, stay put for hours and I don't usually end up touching up my concealer throughout the day which is great.

      I would recommend this concealer to people who are looking to banish their dark circles but for anyone who considers theirs to be on the more severe end of the scale, I would suggest that this isn't the product for you.

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      10.09.2012 19:14
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      L'Oreal True Match Foundation

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      My makeup bag is filled to the brim with foundations from various brands which claim to match any kind of skin tone and even somehow magically change to adapt to my individual tone (come on now it's only makeup people!) My main problem with foundations is that they are either too dark for my ridiculously pale face or don't provide enough coverage for my problem skin as they have the consistency of water. After hearing rave reviews from pale-skinned friends of mine, I decided to give L'oreal's True Match liquid foundation a try, and was pleasantly surprised as I didn't expect much from it.

      ~Price~
      I managed to find the foundation in a few different shops in my town but they only sold a few different shades and didn't supply the one I needed (Rose Ivory), which was frustrating. I eventually found it in my shade in Boots, who actually had every shade in stock for £9.99. I think that this price is a bargain seeing as the 30ml bottle has lasted for 6 months and doesn't seem to be running out too badly yet. I wear it 6 days a week usually so for a product that you're covering your face in most days I would be happy to pay a lot more than £10. After searching around on the internet, I've discovered that you can find the product for around £6 on certain websites which is definitely a steal!

      ~How good is it?~
      The foundation itself is quite runny but I actually prefer this as it goes on really easily and feels really light and airy whilst on your face. I prefer this consistency to the thicker liquid foundations as some can feel too thick and create a cakey look once applied. The difference between this particular brand and the other runny foundations that I complained about earlier is that L'oreal's actually provides decent coverage whilst still being feather light on your face. I use a foundation brush to apply the product and I find that a pea sized blob of this foundation is more than enough for your entire face and the brush makes it go on really nicely. I've also had to use my fingers to apply it and it also worked well but I would definitely recommend the brush if you're going to be using foundation as part of your daily makeup routine.

      The shade I use is perfect for my pale skin tone and the foundation blends well too. I'm glad that L'oreal has catered to their pale customers as so many foundations that are meant to be perfect for us are still to dark and/or orange and just unpleasant! The wide range of shades available means that hopefully everyone can find their true match shade!

      As someone with problem skin, great coverage is paramount for me when searching for makeup. It provides a pretty good base over acne and scarring but I usually end up using a concealer as well afterwards. I also use it on my dark under eye circles and when they are pretty light I don't need to bother with concealer here. I'm also really happy with the way it hides the red patches around my nose and on my chin, which I have always been really self-conscious about.

      It stays in place all day for me and usually when I get back from work and am about to go out I don't have to touch it up, which is really great and time saving! It didn't sweat off during summer but I sometimes had to rub in the foundation around my temples again where my hairline is, lovely haha!

      ~Overall~
      I would definitely recommend this foundation to my fellow pale girls as the fair shades are actually light enough for once! Also, those with problem skin will appreciate the coverage and light feeling. For only £10 I have been able to increase my confidence through this product, something I am really grateful to L'oreal for!

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      • JVC HA-F240-VN-E / Headphones / 28 Readings / 26 Ratings
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        02.04.2012 23:16
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        JVC headphones

        I have some pretty decent over ear headphones that I love, but I use in-ear gummy ear buds like this everyday when I'm walking out and about. I prefer these cheaper styles as they are perfect if you're looking to listen to music or podcasts on the bus or train. I bought mine for around £8.00 but I know that you can find the same model for much cheaper online, however I think they're worth it if you're going to be using them regularly. The ones I bought are a funky purple colour which makes them easy to spot in my messy room and inside my handbag.

        The sound quality is reasonably good compared to the numerous other gummy style ear buds I've tried over the years. I find that they sound best when plugged into my laptop, and I was a bit disappointed when I tried them out with my mp3 player as I expected them to be as good then too. The cord is thicker than most of the others I've seen which has is good as it is more durable and long lasting.

        Although it's expected in these cheapy ear buds, I was disappointed when the right bud stopped working after about 7 months. This particular bud then kept coming on and off which made listening to music a bit of a pain as the bud crackled and couldn't seem to make its mind up. My main issue with these headphones is the bizarre shape of the 'soft' covering on the bud. It has a pointy bit which did not agree with my ears and just got in the way. I ended up having to pull these coverings off and using the buds without, which made them much better as the bud went further into my ear so the quality of the sound improved drastically. I'm not sure whether this is as safe as using them with the covering but they were really quite uncomfortable in my ears.

        This model of ear buds isn't the best in its class, but it gets the job done and for less than a tenner they are perfectly acceptable headphones.

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        25.03.2012 16:43
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        Veet

        -Introduction-
        I really wish that it was perfectly acceptable for women to walk around with totally natural body and facial hair the same way men are able to. But alas, it is not, and this is the reason why us women have to subject ourselves to the pain of waxing such sensitive areas like our faces using products like this. If only someone had invented a pain free alternative to waxing that actually worked then maybe we wouldn't have to spend money to put us through this hell!

        Anyway, I recently realised that I cant deny the hair that has set up camp on my upper lip for much longer, so I set about looking for a good at-home waxing kit as I haven't worked up the confidence to visit the beautician to get my problem sorted. I saw this waxing kit at my local pharmacy and as it seemed pretty cheap in comparison to the other products and I've heard good reviews from friends about other Veet products before, I purchased it. The packaging is pleasant enough but it's the claim in the corner of 'Very effective formula!' that irks me. In short, for a waxing product this is disappointing. This particular Veet product can be used on the underarm area and the bikini line as well, but I cannot comment on how effective it is on these areas as I only used it on my upper lip.

        -What you get-
        The box comes with 20 individual wax strips and 4 'Perfect Finish Wipes' as well as instructions. It is advisable to do a patch test on your skin to test for an allergic reaction before your big waxing day. The advise that Veet gives is to exfoliate 24 hours before waxing for best results (I did this, it didn't help at all), to make sure that the hair you will be waxing is between 2mm and 5mm in length and to not use the wax on any dry or irritated skin.

        -The Procedure-
        When you're ready to wax the procedure it simple. You just rub one wax strip between your hands until it feels warm and then peel the papery bits apart. This was a bit fiddly to do at first, especially as I was aware that the wax would cool down quickly. My advise would be to make a small break in one end of the paper before you get it warm so that it is quick and easy to rip apart. You then place it on the area you want to wax and rub in in the direction that the hair grows. Here's the painful part! Pulling the strip back on itself towards the nose should, in theory, rip the hairs out and leave your skin feeling like (in Veet's words) 'beautiful, touchably smooth skin'. Wrong!

        I am not so bothered about the pain part as I've been plucking my hairs for years, but I can see how lots of people would hate the ripping part. The wax is pink and after you've pulled the strip off you're left with a pink goo along your upper lip that definitely doesn't want to come off! The instructions suggest that baby oil will get the goo off as water and soap is ineffective. I made the huge mistake of using a 'Perfect Finish Wipe' and whilst it removed the sticky goo from my face, it wasn't good for anything else. The wipe felt disgustingly greasy and when I was wiping it over my face I knew it wouldn't be doing it any good. I'm not sure whether it was the wax, the greasy wipe or a combination of both that left hideous red bumps along my upper lip but it made me hate this product even more.

        -The side effects-
        I have been self conscious about the hair on my upper lip for a while and I thought that waxing it off would leave me feeling more confident about my appearance. Unfortunately, the after effects of waxing left me even more self conscious about my face as I was left with angry, red, spot-like bumps along my upper lip which stayed for a week after the initial waxing. They were sore and hard to conceal with makeup so I felt very down about my appearance for a good while after and I wished that I hadn't bothered with the wax in the first place.

        -How good was it?-
        The other big problem with this product is that it DOESN'T WORK! I was expecting to be hair free but it managed to miss a lot of hair along my upper lip. I did it multiple times with a lot of pressure and even pulled my skin taught in an effort to help. After I had rinsed my face to get rid of the horrible gooey, greasy mess, I found lots of hairs still there which was very disappointing after the debacle beforehand. I wouldn't hate the sticky, messy nature of waxing quite as much if it actually did what it was supposed to. The instructions also claim that the strips were reusable which they weren't, as only the first application really did anything for me. I ended up having to use tweezers to pluck the rest of the hairs out which defeats the purpose of waxing for me. Another issue I had with it was the fact that you only get 4 wipes in every packet. Surely it's clever to put in as many wipes as there are waxing strips? Also, it's more like 40 wax strips as when you separate the papers, wax is on both sides so you end up with 2 strips.

        -Final opinion-
        I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, especially people who have acne-prone skin as this may make you feel even worse about your appearance. For the problems it caused, its cheap price became irrelevant. I would much rather spend a bit more money on a product which worked well or even splash out and go to a salon where a professional could get rid of the hair for me. Overall, I am very disappointed with the quality of this waxing kit and I will never be using it again.

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          24.03.2012 00:21
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          Rimmel Long Lasting Nail Varnish

          I received a variety of Rimmel London's Long Lasting nail varnishes for my birthday but the colours were quite dull so I haven't tried them out yet. I was still interested in giving it a go so I bought the '198 Azure' colour which is a striking cobalt blue colour in the bottle with a pearly metallic finish so it was the most eye catching shade in the bunch. There was only a few choices of brightly coloured polishes in the pharmacy that I went to but after looking on the internet it seems that there is a much wider variety of colours available if you know where to look. It is around £3 in the shops but I'm sure you'll be able to find it on offer as most pharmacies will have a 3 for 2 offer or something similar fairly regularly.

          When it came to applying the nail varnish for the first time I was disappointed with the colour and texture of the product as it wasn't nearly as brightly coloured as it seems in the bottle. It also was difficult to apply as the pearly finish meant that if your fingers were at an angle, the polish would slide around and settle in a weird way so that there would be more liquid at one side and it dried in a way that made your nails look terrible. This was a problem mostly with the thumb as I lay my hand flat to let the polish dry which meant that my thumb was on an angle and the polish slid down to one side. Also, the product is extremely thin and I needed 3 coats in order to hide the paler areas of the nail where the polish had gone on unevenly.

          If you have the time to your nails well then this isn't a problem, but you definitely need to
          devote a decent amount of time as you need to make sure that the first layer it totally dry or it spoils the effect and you need to start again, I learnt this from experience. You can get away with doing the next coat without the first being completely dry with other polishes but this one just smears around and looks terrible. It didn't dry particularly quickly either so I spend a lot longer than I had originally intended doing my nails which was a pain! I found that other products are much better (and cheaper) than this and dry quicker too.

          As for how long it actually stays on your nails, this product does not live up to its branding at all! It began to chip after 1 day and at the end of day 2 it looked so untidy that I removed it completely. After all the effort that went into getting the polish on, I was happy with the final effect and received compliments on the colour. It did end up looking like the colour in the bottle after the 3 coat applications which was nice as I got what I paid for. The only other issue that I found was the size of the lid/applicator as I have been spoilt by other products which have longer lids which makes it much easier to put on, especially if you suffer from shaky hands like me. It can get a little fiddly with this product's lid and therefore makes the polish look messier than necessary.

          I wouldn't recommend this product to everyone as, for most people, it takes too much time to make it look decent and you can find higher quality nail varnishes for less money. The colour is great in the end but most people won't have the patience to achieve it.

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        • House / TV Programme / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          'House' centres on the life and work of the blunt yet brilliant Head of Diagnostics at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr. Gregory House. The main character of this medical drama may appear to be an unattractive curmudgeon on paper but it is his totally un-PC, pessimistic outlook on life that makes this series so enthralling as you can't quite believe the things that House does and says and this is exactly why you can't quite look away.

          The other characters are all doctors at the same hospital and most make up House's diagnostic team. Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy and Head of Oncology James Wilson round up the rest of the cast and for me the acting is the second best part of this series behind the inimitable writing team. The dialogue is witty, sharp and totally unprofessional at times and this is what makes House so unique and intriguing. I actually gasp at some of the lines House comes out with and you'd be horrified if your real life doctor spoke to you this way!

          Some people criticise 'House' for being formulaic, but for me it's familiar structure is oddly comforting as you know exactly what you're getting. The basic premise of most episodes is a person with an unusual case is referred to House and his team, who give a few incorrect diagnoses before a lightbulb goes off in House's head at just the last moment and he steps in and saves the day. It does sound as though 7 seasons of this could get repetitive and boring but the writing is so good that you never see any two episodes remotely like each other and the drama in the characters' personal lives keeps each season fresh and exciting.

          As much as you try, you won't be able to work out what's wrong with the patient as it is usually something as subtle as seeing an insect on a window that leads to House giving the correct diagnosis, although it is very fun (and makes you feel clever haha!) to try and beat the team to the magic answer. I feel as though, although its genre isn't original, 'House' has that something extra that most medical dramas don't and for that reason I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a high quality television series to get drawn into, because trust me you will if you give this a go!

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          • St. Ives Apricot Scrub / Skin Care / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            Apricot Scrub

            I have used this scrub for years and I wouldn't use anything else! It is a facial scrub which exfoliates the skin to make it look brighter and, although my skin isn't completely close-up ready, I really do feel that this product makes my skin less dull. I have sensitive skin so I'm usually wary about trying exfoliating products as they tend to just make my face more red, blotchy and sore than it was before. Something about this scrub makes it different as I haven't had any trouble with it irritating my skin if I use it no more than twice a week. The back of the bottle advises that using the scrub 3-4 times per week will give the best results but in my opinion this is too often and I'd recommend using it every other day to give your skin a break in between as if you scrub your face really really hard then it can be quite harsh on the skin.

            The scrub doesn't smell awful so when you're putting it near your nose you won't be desperate to rinse it off. It has a creamy texture with particles of something hard (sorry but I have no idea what it is exactly and I'd hate to write the wrong thing!) so it is really invigorating and definitely feels as though it's taking the dead skin off of your face when you're scrubbing. The bottle says that it is made with 100% natural extracts and is formulated without parabens and phthalates. I have no idea what these are once again but hey it sounds like a good thing to avoid putting anywhere near your face!

            It's nice and simple to get the product out of the bottle as the lid on the bottom and when you're running low on scrub it's easy to squeeze out every little bit so you're not wasting any. After a few times of using this product I did notice a difference in the smoothness of my skin but it won't give you perfect skin. I've also noticed that it doesn't really help with acne as it made some red bumps on my forehead even redder so if you're using it during your morning shower routine be careful as you may end up going out of the house with a bright red face. I use it at night time and apply moisturiser afterwards and by the time I wake up my skin looks a lot better. It's easy to find in most supermarkets and pharmacies but if you were a bit put off by the price as I was, it is often on sale so you can find buy one get one free deals in a lot of places. I'd recommend this to anyone with normal skin but if you have sensitive or acne prone skin I'd say 'be careful'.

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              Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

              I have always used pencil eyeliners and have been reluctant to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. The pencil eyeliners have started to hate me though as by the time I get home at the end of the day I look like a panda and no matter how sparsely I try to apply it, it inevitably smudges so I decided to try something else. My friend recommended this product as it seemed to dry on her eyelid and not budge for the entire day. I found it in Tesco and, although it was a bit more expensive than I'd expected for such a small pot, I was pleasantly surprised.

              I'll start on the size. It looks disappointing when you open the packaging and find out that the tall packaging was solely to house the brush that comes with it and the pot is actually pretty tiny. After the first application however, I realised that this teeny tiny pot will last you forever as you need very little to make a dramatic effect. The product does come with an applicator brush which is good but makeup lovers may prefer to buy a better quality professional eyeliner brush as this one does the job but isn't particularly great. Also, the small size of the pot means that it takes up hardly any space in your makeup bag but this may be both a blessing and a curse as I seem to spend a lot of time locating the pot and then the brush when I'm in a hurry as it can get lost amongst other products. A good thing is the little plastic bit that you can put over the end of the brush when you're done to stop eyeliner from ruining everything in your makeup bag. It is see through though so it can be a bit of a nightmare to find once you've put it down!

              The eyeliner itself is great. It dries quickly and doesn't move which is exactly what I was hoping for. You can use the brush to make a very thin line for your everyday makeup look or create a thicker line with a wing for a going out look. It doesn't work on the waterline (at least not for me!) so I find myself going back to the pencil eyeliner to fill in any gaps as it can look strange if you just have a line of the gel above your eyelashes.

              My main issue with this product is that it isn't compatible with my shaky hands or my attention span. Your line can go very wrong very quickly so you need to have a steady hand and go slowly to keep it even. Every time I use it I have a makeup wipe on hand to eradicate any inevitable issues so it can take a long time to get right but I'm sure this will get better with practise. I also find it difficult to get close enough to the lash line which often results in a flesh coloured gap between the lashes and the line. I would recommend this product to people who are looking for an eyeliner that won't smudge but it's probably best to choose something else if you have shaky hands or limited time to do your makeup as it wasn't as easy to use as I thought it'd be. It is versatile in that you can use it for any kind of look but I'm going to stick to using it for going out when I have more time and I think it looks best when you want a heavier line for a more dramatic look.

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            • Crest Whitestrips Classic / Oral Care / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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              03.03.2012 16:48
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              I've been very self concious about my teeth from a young age and have tried what seems like everything to make them brighter and shinier! I talked to my dentist who told me that my natural tooth colour was slightly yellow (I don't drink coffee or wine) and that professional tooth whitening was an option. I don't have the money for that so I set about searching for an at-home whitening kit and found that Crest Whitestrips was the product that most people recommended. I gave it a go and I couldn't agree more: these strips have done wonders for my smile and self esteem!

              I found them on ebay for a very low price (£11) compared to what I would pay on the website. You receive 14 packets which contain one strip for the upper teeth and one for the lower ones, so it only takes 2 weeks to whiten. You apply the strips once a day for 5 minutes and it really is that simple! The strips are coated with a peroxide-infused gel which makes them stick to your teeth and you just pop them on and go about doing other things for 5 minutes. It doesn't taste awful or leave you incapable to speak like some of the tray style whitening kits do (I answered the front door and was able to get my words out fine thankfully haha!). You probably won't notice a difference for the first few applications but I definitely saw a difference after a week. After two weeks I was thrilled with the results and I would honestly recommend this product to anyone who feels less than confident about their smile.

              The instructions are easy to follow and provide all the information you will need. It is advisable that you refrain from brushing your teeth right before applying the strips. Also, they will lie flat on your teeth so you may want to do what I do and use your fingernail to press down on the strip in between teeth to ensure that the sides of the tooth are also going to be whitened. They are simple to peel off and if there is any gel left on your teeth after removing the strip, you can use water or just your finger to wipe it off. The strips are designed to be longer than your teeth so you can fold the excess over in order to keep the strip in place and also whiten a bit of the back of the tooth.

              The instructions say that the Whitestrips will not whiten caps, crowns, veneers, fillings or dentures so it's important to note that if you have any of these things. Personally I didn't have any discomfort but this may be because my teeth aren't particularly sensitive. The instructions advise people who are experiencing discomfort to avoid using the strips for 2-3 days and then start again. I have done 2 rounds of the Whitestrips with a year in between. I noticed the biggest difference after the first 2 weeks and then after a year the colour of my teeth dulled and I needed to do it again. It won't provide permanent change to the colour of your teeth but if you're looking for a quick, easy and cheap confidence boost- look no further than Crest Whitestrips!

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