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      14.06.2011 17:06
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      Not a must have but nice to have.

      When I saw the Simple eye make-up corrector pen I was very interested in trying it out due to wearing quite a bit of eye make-up. I saw it at Boots priced £4.99 and decided to get one. It clearly states on the packaging that it's used to remove eye make-up mistakes with an image of the product against an eye. I actually quite like the packaging for this product, it's appealing and what you see is what you get. It has useful and relevant information stated on the front such as no alcohol, no oil, no perfume and no colour making it ideal for sensitive skin.

      The tip of the pen is rather pointy and precise with quite a bit of firmness to it. The tip reminds me somewhat of a felt tip pen. When using due to it's precision it is great for getting the tiniest amounts of make-up off without removing any make-up which has been correctly applied. When first using it does have a little wet feeling to it but soon dries and isn't noticeable. I have used this pen to remove eye-liner, mascara and eye-shadow in which it really has no problem in doing so. Hardly any pressure is needed as it effortlessly glides away those mistakes.

      After using I feel no irritation on my skin or see any redness. There is also no greasy or any horrible feelings after using. The thing that I don't like about this product is that after using it is important to clean the tip in order to keep using it. They recommend using a facial wipe for cleaning the tip, typically their facial wipes. I know it sounds simple enough to do and takes less than 20 seconds but it's one of those things that I could easily forget to do. I've also noticed that even after using their facial wipe to clean the tip, the tip doesn't appear to be fully cleaned. No matter how long I wipe it for, the tip has a slight tint to it. It's also important to make sure the cap is pushed down firmly after using to prevent the pen from drying out.

      On one hand I really like this product for the results it gives and how easy it is to use. On the other hand I think using a q-tip or tissue gives the same results for a cheaper price, but takes more care and focus when removing make-up due to it not being as precise. I think this isn't a must have product but is a nice little extra to carry around in your make-up bag. I'll most likely buy another one of these if it's on offer or included in those 3 for 2 deals that Boots usually do.

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        12.06.2011 18:40
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        Great for dry and sensitive skin.

        I've been using Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser for quite a while now. When first purchasing this cleanser the reason I bought it was because it's soap and fragrance free, advertising as ideal for dry and sensitive skin, which I have. Another reason I bought this cleanser was because I wanted to able to clean out my pores and remove any blackheads I had without causing them to get clogged. I tried numerous products and methods yet always seem to have some. I noticed many recommendations for this cleanser to help remove them which made me go out and purchase it.

        The packaging of the product isn't anything special, to be honest if I was browsing around the store it doesn't really catch my eye. Regardless I bought it anyway from Lloyd's pharmacy for £8.20, the bottle size being 250ml. There is two ways of opening the bottle, either unscrew the cap or flip the lid. When applying I usually flip the lid as there is a small hole on top allowing me to squirt out the amount I want to use. Although as it gets nearer to the end of the bottle it is harder to get out.

        When squirting the cleanser out it doesn't appear very appealing. The consistency isn't thick, creamy or rich. It's quite faded in colour, almost looks like diluted milk but not as runny. The directions state to apply to the skin and massage gently. When doing so the cleanser doesn't foam up or become soapy, it sinks gently into the skin. Afterwards it says to wipe any access off with a tissue then rinse with water and pat dry with a soft towel. After using the product I felt no irritation and quite refreshed. Although I like the way it makes my skin feel and I'm very happy with how it cleanses, I do feel when I wear make-up I may need to do this process twice in order to feel fully cleansed. It is definitely more of a gentle approach, it is ideal for baby's skin as well.

        I've found this cleanser has helped remove many of my blackheads as well. Before using I open my pores up using a hand towel soaked in hot water, when massaging the cleanser into the area of which the blackheads are, I do notice them coming out. After about a week of doing this once a day, almost all of them had been removed. Now I've been using this cleanser for quite a few months I don't see a blackhead in sight which I'm really pleased about.

        Overall I do think this is a great cleanser for sensitive skin, the reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because like I stated earlier, when wearing make-up if I just cleanse the once I don't feel as if it has fully removed the make-up. It doesn't feel like a deep refreshing cleanse. I do love how it makes my skin feel really soft afterwards and my dry areas aren't as dry, but still need some moisturising. Usually one bottle lasts me around 6 weeks which I think is very reasonable for the price and results given.

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        06.06.2011 18:55
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        Definitely had my moneys worth.

        To say I dislike spiders is an understatement, whenever I see one I want to run the other way. I'm very squeamish to the thought of killing a spider and trapping them in a glass or jar means having to get close to it in order to do so, which isn't something I'd want to do.

        When browsing through the Betterware catalogue ages ago, I came across this spider catcher. What attracted me to this product was the handle seemed long, meaning I could use it at a distance. For £5.99 I thought why not! Can't run away from the pesky things forever.

        The spider catcher stick measures 14 inches long, but to my delight also comes with an extension. It's very easy to put together, there is a joining midway, simply pull it apart and slot the extension in. Once fully extended I think it measures around 20 inches. The catcher is plastic and the top end has a rubber hand gripper. The base of the catcher is just a plastic square with a lid. The concept is very basic yet very useful. All you need to do is slide open the lid, place the catcher on top of the spider and close the lid. Once trapped, just release outside.

        Now for the flaws. When catching a spider at a high distance such as on a ceiling or top of a wall can be quite challenging. This is because once I've placed the catcher on top of the spider, I can't reach the lid to slide it shut. Even if I nudge the spider to fall inside, it would mean having to move the catcher away from the ceiling in order to close it. That is something I wouldn't want to risk doing, since the spider could easily get out. The only solution I've come up with is to stand on a chair.

        Another thing that can make the spider catching a little difficult, is tight spaces or curved surfaces. If a spider is on a curved surface, such as a pipe it does come down to just waiting for it to move. Placing the catcher on such an area will just cause the spider to fall and run away, for me the thought of the spider falling so close to my feet then frantically start running around for freedom makes me feel petrified, I can not risk this happening. Then there's the times where I'm getting close to the spider and it quickly sneaks behind the TV or in-between something small, small enough so the catcher won't fit into that area. It does sometimes feel like a game of hide and seek.

        I would suggest on carpeted areas when sliding the lid shut to push downwards slightly, sometimes if I just close it quick as I move the catcher away I see the lid closed above the spider, meaning the spider didn't get caught. Also when carrying the catcher I'm always certain to make sure the lid is fully shut and I hold the lid upwards, this preventing the lid sliding open whilst carrying the catcher outside.

        Flaws aside, this is a great product for flat areas. Every time I see a spider now I still get a moment of panic and wanting to run away, but I tell myself "get the catcher". I act upon it quickly before it runs away, this actually makes me not think about the fact of I'm walking towards a huge spider. Once trapped it is a sense of relief. I have actually bought another one of these, so I can keep one upstairs as well as one downstairs, which is very beneficial during the warmer months. I've had mine now for about 3 years and it hasn't broken or gotten damaged, yet.

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          25.05.2011 19:10
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          My favourite Avril Lavigne album.

          Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer who released her first album at the age of 17. I've always been a fan and now Avril is 26, Goodbye Lullaby is her 4th album. Over the years her albums have varied in style, her third album was quite different from her first two as it was a lot more upbeat and girly. There was numerous rumoured dates as to when Goodbye Lullaby would actually get released, it made me very anxious and excited! Then finally March 2011 the album hit the shops.

          I've had the album for almost 3 months and have played it numerous times. Now I've had plenty of time to listen to each song individually so I thought it was a good time to review it. Prior to the release of this album Avril said "it's more pop/rock and mellow, it's not like my last album". I completely agree! This album is by far her best to date. When I received the album in the post (had to pre-order) I opened it up and just by the cover I had high hopes. The front cover is beautiful, it looks like some kind of magical fairytale garden with Avril sat on a piano, it definitely sets a tone for the album.

          Now for the songs!

          1) Black Star - Avril wrote this song on her own for the commercial of her fragrance "Black Star". The song is 1.34 whilst the commercial is just 20 seconds long, so it is nice to hear an extended version, although I would have liked it to be a little longer. The song is more instrumental, it is mainly piano with a few lyrics. As it's the first listed on the album it gives a good starting mood; relaxing and calm.

          2) What The Hell - Which was exactly what I thought when I first heard it. What The Hell was the first single for this album, personally I think this song does not reflect the album properly. This song is a lot more fast pace compared to the majority of the album and does not really fit the mood of the other songs. It definitely reminds me of her previous single "Girlfriend" with the typical catchy girly vibe it gives off. Don't get me wrong, I like the song but it isn't one of my favourites.

          3) Push - When I first heard this I fell in love with it and even now I adore this song. A more slow pace song talking about how in a relationship when times are tough just bare through it as you love one another. It's definitely a song which can be related to by many, during times of frustration and arguments. Something else I thought was a nice touch to this song was that Evan Taubenfeld is featured on it. He was the lead guitarist for Avril's first album and they have remained friends.

          4) Wish You Were Here - The title pretty much speaks for itself, this track is reflecting loneliness and missing someone. Another one of my favourites on the album although when I first heard it I wasn't that keen on it due to how the chorus begins with "Damn damn damn" I thought it was going to be quite repetitive but the song soon grew on me. When hearing this song live Avril's vocals are beautiful, I can only hope this will become a single.

          5) Smile - This is the other catchy upbeat song on the album and surprise surprise it's the second single. With that said, I do prefer this song a lot more than What the Hell. The song is about someone being able to make her smile. It is a very fun song with lyrics such as "I woke up with a new tattoo, your name was on me and my name was on you". In the music video for this song it is quite split, we see a fun side of Avril with noticeable green hair jumping around and generally having a good time. However this is split with scenes of black and white footage of Avril looking more mature walking in slow motion collecting pieces of a heart which is shown at the end to be whole. It's a nice concept and I like how they handled the video by mixing both the fun and mature side of Avril together, rather than just a party music video.

          6) Stop Standing There - Another song Avril wrote on her own. Avril described this song to be about wanting "that guy" to make a move, wanting to know if you're both on the same page and if so for him to stop waiting around. The chorus has a subtle catchy clapping sound which is something I quite enjoy about this track.

          7) I Love You - Another one of my favourites! The song expresses how Avril loves someone for them being themselves. With the lyric "even though we didn't make it through I am always here for you" leads me to believe that this song is relating to Deryck Whibley, Avril's ex-husband. The vibe of this song is quite happy but in a romantic kind of way, it has a subtle catchy-ness to it.

          8) Everybody Hurts - Avril co-wrote this song with Evan Taubenfeld. When I first heard this song it really touched my heart, expressing how it's okay to be afraid. Which is very relatable and when listening to this song it brings a smile to my face, I find it a song which is very comforting as well as relaxing as it's rather mellow sounding.

          9) Not Enough - This is another song which Avril co-wrote with Evan Taubenfeld. The song talks about not getting enough from a relationship. At first I played this song on repeat quite a bit, I find it to be rather catchy yet the lyrics are very powerful. I like the combination of the two, I would be really interested in hearing this song live to see if Avril takes a more mellow approach on it or not.

          10) 4 Real - Out of all the songs Avril wrote herself I would have to say this is probably my least favourite one. Even though it's my least favourite, I don't skip it, I still like it. I just find it not as appealing. The lyrics are well thought of but how she keeps singing "cause I'm for real, are you for real" gets slightly boring to hear over and over again, thankfully there is 13 tracks before hearing it again. Definitely a song I enjoy hearing mixed but not one I could just listen to on repeat.

          11) Darlin - Avril actually wrote this song when she was just 14/15 years old. I think it's great being able to hear a song which Avril wrote before she even had a contract. It's a good quality song and I was surprised that she wrote it at a young age. I am glad it got recorded and produced. It's another one of those songs which grew on me, it didn't stand out at first but after hearing the lyrics a few times I really began to like it. I partically like the part when Avril sings "I just want you to know, want you to know it's not your fault" due to how her vocals sound.

          12) Remember When - Such a beautiful song, the piano in this track is wonderful. A very meaningful song which can come across as quite sad due to lyrics such as "I remember when, it was together 'til the end. Now I'm alone again, where do I begin?". I find it very heart moving to listen to. This is another song which Avril wrote by herself and out of all the songs Avril wrote by herself this is by far my favourite one.

          13) Goodbye - Avril has said that this is her favourite track on the album but also one of hardest songs she has ever recorded. Avril thinks she won't ever sing this song live because even when she listens to the song she sometimes cries. Avril wrote this song which is very clearly referencing Deryck and how it's time to say goodbye. Out of all the songs I do find this the most touching one. When I think of this song the word delicate comes to mind, the way Avril sings this song and how the piano is played, that is the first word that springs to mind about how to describe it.

          14) Alice - Avril wrote the song Alice for the 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland". This is an extended version of the song and supposedly a hidden track on the album, although it is listed on the back cover. The piano in this song is more dramatic sounding than the other tracks. I find Avril's vocals to be very strong and powerful in this track. A lovely ballad type song.

          Overall I love this album. It is very emotional, romantic, meaningful and for me shows Avrils true talent. Avril had a lot more say on this album and wrote many of the songs herself. Deryck Whibley had a huge influence on various of the songs but he also produced many of them. The album is available from many places such as Amazon and HMV for £6.99. There is also a deluxe version available which includes a bonus DVD showing the making of the album as well as 4 bonus tracks for around £10 depending where you shop. Not forgetting there is even a expanded version which includes everything given in the deluxe version as well as an exclusive booklet with bonus photos, a hand written note from Avril to her fans, an official Avril Lavigne guitar pick and instant MP3 download of the song What The Hell. The expanded version is currently priced at £12.99.

          Avril has also started a tour called "The Black Star" in which a couple of dates for the UK has been released so far and will be taking place in September 2011. I do look forward to attending this tour, I'm very curious as to how this album will sound live and how Avril will connect with her audience as I do feel it will be a lot more intimate.

          One final thing I'll say is, if you like Avril's other music then you'll most likely enjoy this album.

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            24.05.2011 15:34
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            Wonderful moisturiser.

            Kiehl's isn't a brand I've ever considered using before until my friend told me about it, and that's because I never actually heard of it. My friend kept emphasising how good they are, so I did a little research and saw they do this Ultra Facial Moisturiser. I immediately found it very appealing because a good facial moisturiser is what I've been looking for quite a while. I have quite dry skin on the bridge of my nose and a little on my forehead, I've tried countless products and so many of them only work for a couple of hours, if at all.

            When purchasing the product the first thing I noticed was the price, my eyes bulged and I thought to myself, it better be worth it! For a 125ml bottle it costs £24 and when it comes to facial products I'm always one who would rather pay that little bit extra for a good product that works than a cheaper product that isn't as effective. The packaging of the product is quite plain and simple, the bottle itself is white with a label giving a brief description, directions and list of ingredients.

            There is two ways to open the bottle you can either unscrew the top or flip the cap which has a little hole on the top allowing you to squeeze the bottle which will squirt the moisturiser out. The first thing I did was unscrew the top to see what it smells like. there isn't any fragrant scent to it, just a subtle smell of cream which I assume is just the ingredients. The moisturiser itself isn't a creamy thick texture but it isn't extremely runny either. I would describe the consistency to be a little on the thin and runny side but with a good balanced flow.

            When applying, I simply dabbed the tip of my index finger into the moisturiser and rubbed it into my dry needed areas. A little bit is all that is needed because it seems to spread in the skins surface very well, I think if you apply too much in one area then it may feel a little oily so it is best to just do a bit at a time. Once applied I didn't feel any greasiness or discomfort, sometimes after apply moisturiser to the bridge of my nose it begins to tingle but this doesn't give me any uncomfortable sensations.

            Admittedly after using the moisturiser for the first time my skin did not feel incredibly super duper silky soft, it might be an ultra moisturiser but I'm not expecting miracles over night. Especially since that area on my face can be quite, crusty. However, within a week I noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin, it felt and looked a lot more hydrated and softer. I maintained applying the moisturiser once a day and now my skin has no dry patches and feels a lot more smoother.

            The product for me lasts quite a while. One bottle takes about 3 to 4 months to fully use as I'm only using a couple of dabs once a day, every day. Due to the great performance of the product and how long it lasts, I definitely think it is worth the money. The bottle states "for all skin types" I do think those with dry skin would find this very beneficial. I usually purchase mine from Space.NK.

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            23.05.2011 17:44
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            A great affordable hair colour which covers up my greys and keeps me happy.

            Being early 20s and getting grey hair isn't a look I go for and I can't afford to keep going to the hairdressers so I'm always looking out for new hair colour products. When I first saw this advertise I was interested in trying it out due to it being foam rather than a liquid.

            I have quite dark brown hair, so when purchasing I picked shade 2 "Black" as I'm not looking for a new hair colour, I'm just wanting to cover up those greys! On the box it does state 100% grey coverage. Also on the back of the box it shows pictures of what your hair colour result will look like depending on what your current hair colour is. As well as 3 images showing you the 3 simple steps it takes to colour your hair.

            Inside the box there is a instruction leaflet, gloves, 2 bottles, a nozzle and 2 conditioner sachets. After putting the gloves on, which fitted a little loosely, I added the contents of bottle 1 into bottle 2 as the instructions stated. Things seem to be going well, I gave the bottle a little shake so the colour mixes but nothing too aggressive. Followed by adding the nozzle lid, at this point I didn't have the instructions with me as I thought it was going to be quite straight forward and you simply push the nozzle downwards to extract the foam. However this was not the case, I tried for a few minutes and kept thinking to myself, is it stuck? as nothing was happening. I then looked at the bottle which clearly has printed on "SQUEEZE HERE" located on the middle of the bottle.

            When i squeezed the bottle, after a couple of tries the foam started to come out. My first thoughts were "yay it works" I was a little nervous thinking it might just squirt a load of liquid out. Although I wouldn't really describe the texture as foam, it came out more like froth, but it wasn't liquid so I was happy. I then began to apply to my hair, it worked in nicely and didn't come across any problems. I have thin hair but it's quite long, mid-back length and no matter how much I kept applying into my hair I felt as if the bottle wasn't getting empty. I did actually end up throwing some of it away as there was too much, which is a first!

            Whilst waiting for the 25 minutes to go by I noticed the smell of the product, it wasn't very pleasant but I don't really know how to describe it. It wasn't too strong although my mum didn't seem to impressed, as she said "it smells like cat wee in here"...I don't have a cat and I'm assuming she was referring to the smell of the hair dye. Once the 25 minutes was up I rinsed my hair until the water ran clear which didn't take that long then conditioned my hair using 1 of the sachets provided and I have to say the smell of the conditioner was beautiful! It made up for the poor smell of the hair colour, the conditioner smelt fresh and of coconut. It also left my hair feeling incredibly soft.

            Once finished I was excited to see the outcome, I felt it had coloured my hair really well, the shade of black was natural looking and not too bold. I checked through my hair several times and found no grey hairs in sight which I was very pleased with. Now came the part I never look forward to when using hair colour products and that's having to remove any of the dye which has gone onto my skin. I always try and remove any as soon as I notice it, whilst it's wet as it comes off much easier but I always seem to find some on the back of my neck and behind my ears. At first I tried soap and water but it didn't work. I then tried using a damp towel but that didn't remove it either, I added a little body wash to the towel and the dye came off a lot easier, I had to use a little pressure when rubbing the towel but not to the point where it made my skin sore.

            On the box it stated that the hair colour lasts up to 8 weeks, at around the 5th week mark I noticed a couple of greys coming back through. Then at 8 weeks quite a few more were visible and my hair was ready to be coloured again. Even though the smell was unpleasant it didn't put me off using this product again. I have bought and used quite a few of these, usually from Boots for £6.99.

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              10.08.2010 23:18
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              I wish the staying power was better then it would almost be the perfect lip gloss!

              A while ago I purchased a L'Oréal Glam Shine lip gloss, when purchasing this particular product I found the design of the bottle to be quite appealing. It looks very sleek with a shiny silver lid, the bottom half of the bottle is transparent allowing you to see the lip gloss which is handy when choosing a colour.

              When applying the lip gloss, simply unscrew the lid and carefully pull upwards. Attached to the lid is the applicator which is a thin wand with a tear drop shaped sponge on the end. I'm really fond of the applicator, the shape of the sponge makes applying the lip gloss really easy and it feels very soft on the lips. Also when applying I find the lip gloss glides on very smoothly and doesn't feel thick or greasy.

              Once applied it does offer great lip coverage, the colour it adds is very bold with less transparency. On the bottle it states "Pure Wet Shine" which is completely true, this lip gloss really makes the lips look extremely glossy with such a gorgeous shine. There is a little fragrance to the lip gloss but I find it to be very subtle and after wearing it for a few minutes I no longer notice it.

              This lip gloss however is a bit sticky in terms of attracting hair. One blow of wind and my hair is glued to my lips, so that can be a little annoying. Another thing which I found quite bad about this product is that after wearing the lip gloss for just 15 minutes I needed to reapply some of it. The staying power is awful, any form of contact with the lip gloss and it will come right off, it makes absolutely no effort to stay on.

              This product is currently priced at £6.99 for a 6ml bottle from places such as Superdrug and Boots. Due to the lack of staying power the lip gloss usually lasts me around 2 months due to having to reapply throughout the entire day. If you don't mind reapplying lip gloss then I would recommend looking at the range of shades they have to offer as there are some beautiful ones, if you're not so keen on having to reapply your lip gloss then I suggest you skip this one.

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                07.08.2010 23:43
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                A great eyebrow pencil is the shade matches.

                I usually use eyebrow pencils just to fill in the end of my eyebrows as well as powders. A while ago I noticed Rimmel has their own eyebrow pencil and decided to purchase it. Originally when purchasing the eyebrow pencil I went for the shade 001 Dark Brown, however even though it stated dark brown when applying it I found it to be a little light for me.

                I went back and purchased 004 Black Brown, this time when applying I found it to be a much better match. When applying I found the pencil itself to be somewhat smoother than most eyebrow pencils and not as chalky. The pencil is incredibly soft, I find it glides and fills in the gaps like an actual powder would.

                Something I really like about this eyebrow pencil is on the lid there is also a brush attached. I think it is a very cute idea having it there but also very convenient. At first I didn't think I'd make much use out of it but I actually use it almost every time I apply the eyebrow pencil. The bristles of the brush are a little hard so I usually brush along my eyebrow gently so it doesn't hurt or irritate the skin. I find the brush helps blend the eyebrow pencil in to give a more natural look.

                After applied the pencil lasts quite a while before fading, I'd say around 4 hours on average which I think is very good. Another plus is, although it fades it doesn't seem to smudge and stays in place very well. Removing the eyebrow pencil was no trouble, it came off quickly without any problems. As for sharpening the pencil, I've always found it to work well and has a smooth finish.

                The only downfall for this product is that there is currently only 3 shades available so I'm assuming for many people the shades won't be the right match. Apart from the 2 shades I mentioned earlier the only other shade they have is 002 Hazel. Previous shades seem to have come and gone so this may change within time.

                Each pencil is 0.05oz/1.4g in size and costs an average of £2.99 from places such as Boots and Superdrug. Personally I think it's a great buy if the colours right and I would recommend giving it a go.

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              • Rimmel Duo Eye Shadow / Make Up / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                Good to buy when on offer.

                When I was at Boots I saw these eye shadows were on offer so I decided to purchase a couple. Each eye shadow palette comes with 2 different shades, usually ones which will blend well together. There are quite a few shades available so it was nice to have a selection to choose from,

                I ended up buying 331 Biscuit Box which consists of two shades of brown, one light and one darker. The other one I bought was 620 Pink Fever which is a soft pink and purple in shade.

                An applicator is also provided with these eye shadows, even though I appreciate that they included the applicator it is not one I can use. It looks like many other eye shadow applicators, a little plastic stick with a brush on the end. I find the brush on the end to have a very rough texture and when applying the eye shadow it does irritate my eyelids and make them red, so I decided to use an alternative applicator instead.

                When applying the eye shadow I find it goes on very easy and blends together really well. I'm very happy with the eye shadow when it is first applied as it doesn't look to thick or over powering yet others more of a subtle effect. However I did notice that the eye shadow fades quite quickly, within just a couple of hours I have to reapply, so depending on the occasion this may not be the best option.

                When removing the eye shadow I didn't have any problems, it came off very easily and quickly. The overall presentation of the eye shadows is something else I quite like, it comes in a great compact case which can fit into make up bags no problem.

                With all that said, they currently retail at £5.49 each (when they aren't on offer) which I think is a lot to pay for an eye shadow which doesn't last that long. I'd personally prefer to pay a couple of pounds more for an eye shadow which offers better longevity.

                When on offer I think they are worth purchasing a couple, a nice little addition to the make up collection.

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                29.07.2010 18:30
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                Perfect appliance to make apple eating easier.

                This is definitely one of my most used kitchen appliances by far. It is such a simple idea and design but its something which I use every day. For me I can't eat an apple whole, my teeth seem far to sensitive to bite into an apple so for years I've sliced up apples using a knife. When I saw this item in Ikea for just £1.79 I thought it was a must to try.

                Considering the price I paid I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but its surprising of how amazing it actually is. The apple slicer has these 2 big handles either side which are great to get a good firm grip. The idea is to place the centre of the apple slicer onto the centre of the apple and push downwards. The better aligned the slicer is the easier it is to cut, the slicer does require a certain amount of force to cut into the apple. This also depends on the size of the apple, I find the smaller the apple the easier it is to slice, but I personally prefer the bigger apples so it can take quite a bit of pushing to get it all the way down. Sometimes if the slicer isn't aligned that well it can be tricky to get it all the way through.

                The slicer slices the apple into 6 pieces, usually the chunks are even in size but this will vary on how well aligned it was. Not only does it slice the apple it removes the core, after slicing the core will need a slight pull to be removed from the apple slicer. The blades on the apple slicer are stainless steel and are quite sharp so I am a bit cautious every time I use it.

                I think this appliance is a great way to get kids to eat more fruit as well. Whenever my niece is given an apple sliced she'll eat the whole thing but will never finish an actual apple if it isn't sliced. With that said due to the sharpness of this slicer I wouldn't recommend a child using it even with supervision, I would be a little nervous allowing them to use it - personally I'd rather just do it for them.

                After using the slicer, when washing it I find best to just wipe over the blades with a damp cloth and either leave it to dry or wipe over with a dry cloth - to prevent them getting rusty. Overall it is a very quick and easy way to slice up an apple, I've also used it for pears and found it to work perfectly well. If you're looking for an apple slicer and core remover I would definitely recommend this.

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                  I would not recommended this foundation.

                  After using other mineral foundations I thought I'd try this one out but I wish I hadn't. When looking at the box the foundation comes in it seems somewhat appealing, it states that the foundation lasts up to 12 hours and is oil, preservative, talc and fragrance free.

                  When purchasing this foundation I found there wasn't a huge selection of shades to choose from, I think 6 in total. I have quite pale skin so I went for the lightest shade they had which was 100 Ivory costing £4.99 - for a 6g pot.

                  In the box there is also a kabuki brush included, the brush is quite mini but I find it to be a good size to carry around. The bristles of the brush I thought were relatively nice, not to hard or stiff. When removing the lid from the foundation there is a seal which needs to come off also, once peeled there is about 10 mini holes the idea is to tap the foundation into the lid in order to use it. Already I didn't like this concept for a few reason the first being I didn't know how much to tap out, so I found myself having to tap little by little until I didn't need any more. Another reason why I didn't like this method was because I found the foundation would go everywhere, it just seemed very messy. Also after using the foundation there would be some left in the grooves of the lid, so when I screw it back onto the pot the remaining foundation would go everywhere.

                  Applying the foundation - once I tapped some of the foundation into the lid, I dipped the kabuki brush into it and tapped off any access powder, I didn't want to apply to much to soon. I began applying it, at first it seemed to be going good the foundation went on smoothly. After I went over all of my face I noticed it was there but was offering hardly any coverage and that it was very light. I began to apply a bit more, I wasn't thickening it on I was just adding little amounts building it up slowly. I then noticed at this point it seemed to have an orange tint to it and became quite blotchy - no matter how much I tried to even out the patches it just looked unbalanced. The orange tint I thought seemed quite noticeable, it looked awful.

                  I removed the foundation from my face and thought I'd give it another go. This time after applying a thin layer I thought I'd wait and give it time to fully set hoping it would make a difference. After waiting a while it looked no different so I tried to add the tiniest amounts again and the same thing happens, it seemed as soon as I asked for some coverage it decides it can't handle that and just becomes an orange blotchy mess. If that wasn't bad enough, I noticed my face sparkling, I realised not only is this the worst foundation I've tried but they've added glitter into it.

                  Removing the foundation was easy but to be honest I couldn't seem to get it off quick enough. I don't know if the staying power is 12 hours like stated on the box as I haven't worn it that long to find out. Overall I think this is a complete waste of money, the only good thing that came from it was the brush. I don't think this is still available in stores but can still be purchased online for sites such as Amazon, my advice is save the £4.99 and run.

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                  The perfect place for handmade things.

                  Etsy.com is the perfect place to buy and sell handmade items. They have many categories to choose from such as Jewellery, Toys, Vintage, Knitting, Art, Bags, Accessories, Ceramic and even Edibles - and that's only naming a few. I was surprised at the wide range of categories they have to offer and have spent many hours just looking at all the different things they have.

                  I've been a member for just a year and it is by far one of my favourite shopping websites. Overall the format of Etsy is somewhat similar to Ebay when it comes to buying and selling items but it does have its differences of which I'll explain in more depth.

                  When creating an account it is free to join and very simple to register. When browsing for items I always find it best to choose the option "Ship To United Kingdom" due to this website been used by various sellers from different counties some of them don't offer worldwide shipping. When browsing there is also options to sort your search results by Most Recent, Relevancy, Highest Price or Lowest Price. I usually sort by most recent but I like how they have the different options available, in case I have a small price budget I'm able to see what the cheapest things are first.

                  When viewing an item there is usually a nice clear image(s) with a description underneath. At the bottom of the page it tells you the shipping rates and what payment methods are accepted by that seller. Something I really like about this is if you buy multiply items from the same seller it tells you how much each additional item will cost to ship, meaning there is no need to wait for a payment invoice combining the shipping, it does it all automatically. To the top right you will see the price of the item which is in USD just below the price there is an option to "Add To Cart". I think when viewing items for sale it is very clear of what everything is before you commit yourself to buying something, the layout is very obvious and the design is very user friendly.

                  If you see something you like, buying it is very easy! I get tempted far too many times. You simply choose "Add To Cart". At this point you can either continue browsing or buy and pay for your item, adding the item to the cart makes it still available for other people to buy before you, so I usually prefer to buy and pay right away. When viewing your shopping cart it will show you the items you've added, if there's anything there you no longer want you're able to remove them. Once you're happy and ready to buy the item, you click "Checkout" which is very clear to see. It will ask for your shipping information, if you have previously bought an item you can select an address you have used before via a drop down menu or you can enter a new address. Once you've entered your address you will see one final over view before committing yourself to buying this item. if you're happy with it all then simply press "Commit To Buy".

                  Once you've bought your item the next step is paying for it. If you've selected to pay via cheque or money order then its should be sent off as soon as possible. If you've chosen to pay with either credit card or PayPal you will see a "Pay Now" button in which you will need to enter the relevant information in order to pay for you item. Once your payment is complete you will see a green check mark/tick under the item you've purchased.

                  That's pretty much it for buying something, then it's just a matter of waiting for it to arrive. Some items will clearly state that they are made to order, meaning it may be a few days before they can actually ship the item to you as they have to make it first. I find patience is needed when ordering items on Etsy, especially when it's coming from another country, for example I have ordered things from America and it has taken 4 weeks to arrive - but for me I always find it worth the wait. If there is any problems with receiving the item or you're generally unhappy with what you've receive it is always advised to contact the seller first to try and resolve the situation. If you're unable to resolve the situation Etsy does offer the option to "Report a Transaction" so its always peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong Etsy are there to help.

                  If you have created an account and would like to sell an item there is one extra step you have to do. You will need to click the "Sell" tab found at the top of the page followed by the "Sign Up to Sell" button. Here you will be asked to fill out some personal information and billing information. Once you've completed that there is many things you can customise all of which can be found by going to "Your Etsy" at the top of page. To the left you will see a section called "Shop Setup" it is important to go through each one and fill out the relevant details before listing any items for sale.

                  To list an item for sale you have to go to "Your Etsy" then "Add New Item" which can be found to the left. There is only 5 steps to complete!

                  Step 1 is where you have to give your item a title, a description and state what materials you've used.

                  Step 2 you will need to select what category your item fits best and add some tags - tags are subcategories that can be found on Etsy, so for example if you adding something which is "Clothing" the subcategory may be "Dresses".

                  Step 3 is asking for all the important selling information. Such as price, forms of payment, shipping information, quantity. It is very important that you take your time filling this section out as it needs to be accurate. For every item you list it costs $0.20 USD - this also applies for the quantity, if you have 3 available for the same item, you will get charged 3 times $0.20 USD.

                  Step 4 is adding images, The first image you add will be your default image as well as the image that gets displayed as the thumbnail. You're allowed to add 5 images in total with no additional fees.

                  Step 5 is a preview of your listing, make sure to re-read all the information you've entered. If you notice any mistakes you can go back and edit it, once you're happy click "Finish" and you're done!

                  Every item you list on Etsy is available for 4 months unless you sell them beforehand. If you want to end an item for sale before those 4 months are up that is also an option. When selling an item Etsy only takes a 3.5% fee which is billed monthly. To view your billing statements they can found by going to "Your Etsy" then "Your Etsy Bill". It is advised to pay any outstanding fees as soon as possible using either PayPal or credit card.

                  Just like Ebay, there is an option to leave feedback. They can either be Positive, Negative or Neutral. When leaving a feedback adding a message is optional, I personally like leaving a message as it shows my appreciation for the item. There is also a feature to add an appreciation photo to your feedback, this is optional. Even though I haven't used this feature myself I think its a cute idea. Feedback is always a good way of seeing a sellers record before buying off them.

                  My overall thoughts of Etsy.com is that it is a fantastic website. I love going on there spending hours just browsing at all the different things. I find myself adding loads of things to "My Favourites" as there is just so much to choose from. The quality of the items is something I'm very fond of. You can tell sellers take pride in what they do and many want to give the best service possible, when receiving items I can tell the care and effort put into making them. It feels much more rewarding buying an item from someone who is making it just for you, rather than going to a shop buying ones which is factory made.

                  I feel the layout and design of Etsy is very user friendly. It is simple and straight forward to use. I feel they make everything very obvious and wants the user to be enjoy their experience. They also offer a great archive of FAQ and help for those who need it, Etsy gives the vibe that they care about those using their site.

                  I think if you're wanting to purchase something handmade going on Etsy.com is definitely a good place to look. The pricing varies, overall I think items are priced right, to some it may be slightly pricey but I think remembering that it is handmade, and you're not just paying for the item you're paying for them to make it - that makes it seem like a bargain. I find many sellers to be very friendly, they will offer to customise the order for no extra cost.

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                    22.07.2010 23:48
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                    Great little mouse.

                    When purchasing a mouse I always prefer to buy a USB one, which was what originally made me want to purchase this particular mouse. With this USB mouse it is a simple plug in and play device, no installation required.

                    The mouse itself is smooth black, with 3 buttons. It has the standard left and right button, in the middle it has a scroll wheel. The scroll wheel can be used in two ways, you can either scroll using your finger or alternatively you can press the scroll wheel (like a button) then move the mouse up and down to scroll the page. Personally I prefer to scroll using my finger as I find it much smoother and easier to control.

                    The size of this mouse is something which I really like about it. It isn't as big as a standard mouse but isn't as small as most notebook mouses. I find it to be the perfect size, I feel the mouse fits perfectly in the palm of my hand allowing my fingers to rest nicely on the buttons. I don't find the mouse to be to small to the point where my hand is too large for the mouse which sometimes is the case for mini mouses. Due to this convenient size, it is ideal to fit into laptop cases without taking up much space.

                    I find this mouse to be very comfortable to use, I've used it for a few hours in one sitting and never noticed any discomfort or pain.

                    This mouse has a 800 dpi optical sensor, I find it to be very accurate and delivers a very smooth performance. When I first used this mouse it was on a table surface, due to using it on such a smooth surface I noticed it would cause some problems with the tracking - such as the mouse pointer jumping randomly at times. Since then I have been using a mouse matt and have not experienced the same problem. When sitting on with the laptop on my lap I sometimes use the mouse on the couch or on my leg and have found it to track smoothly, I think as long as the surface isn't laminated, smooth or shiny then it should work without any problems.

                    This mouse is currently available on Amazon for £8.50 which I think is a bargain price. I've used this mouse for a few years and had no faults, if I was to purchase another mouse I would definitely consider buying this one again.

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                      Good quality keyboard, comfortable to use and feels nice.

                      When purchasing a keyboard I'm not usually bothered about the design so long as it isn't a huge bulky thing, but I quite like the curvy design of this particular keyboard. The design is very smooth and the keyboard itself is black which is always a plus for me.

                      Due to the curvy design some of the letters are larger than others, for example G H B N. When I first started using this keyboard I found I made a few typos here and there due to the different size letters and the way it curves. However within a week or so I adapted to the design and then began to touch type much quicker without making the same mistakes.

                      The keys themselves are relatively flat and easy on the fingers. When typing the keys are loud but not very loud, but in a quiet room it can seem loud. The keyboard offers a range of hot keys (short-cuts) including Back and Forward, Web/Home, Search, Mail, Calculator and keys to higher or lower the volume as well as pause and play. I find the hot keys to be useful at times but personally find it quicker to click back via the browser rather than pressing back on the keyboard. The only hot key I make most use of is the calculator, but it all comes down to personal preference and whether you prefer to click or press. I think its good the keyboard has the hot keys for those of you who prefer to use them.

                      On the underneath of the keyboard there is these 2 little plastic legs tucked away, this allows you to pull them out and have the keyboard on a slight tilted angle making it more comfortable to type with. However when I first started using this keyboard I would prop the keyboard up on these little plastic legs and I found whilst typing, if I'm typing a lot they would just randomly collapse making the keyboard lay flat. Even though they are a nice feature, they don't lock into place making it very easy for them to slide back down. Since then I have just left them folded away and use the keyboard flat, I still find it very comfortable and easy to type with.

                      The keyboard is USB, once it's plugged in it's ready to go, it doesn't require any installation. I like the simplicity of it, and how hassle free it is. The keyboard itself is also very light weight and easy to move around. The overall layout is like most keyboards, it is a qwerty and typically has the number pad to the right with the arrow keys just before it.

                      I've been using this keyboard for about a year and a half now and fortunately haven't spilled anything on it although it does state that this keyboard is spill resistant and should withstand an accident spill. As of now this keyboard is available from Amazon for £11.99, which I think is a great price and is definitely worth the money.

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                        One of my favourite eye liners to use.

                        Eye liner is one of my favourite items of make-up to wear, I use to always use Kohl pencil eye liners, I still do from time to time but since trying this eye liner last year I have grown to love it.

                        When first buying a liquid eye liner, I really had no idea of what to get. After doing some research I discovered the Rimmel London's Exaggerate liquid eye liner had very good reviews on various websites so I thought I'd give it a go. When I first purchased the eye liner I noticed the size of the pot was just 2.5ml and for £4.99 I thought it seemed very pricey but since using this eye liner it does last a long time, I use mine frequently and it usually lasts me about 3 months so I think it is good value for money.

                        The design of the eye liner is very simple, the pot which contains the liquid in is black with a silver stripe around the top. The outside of the applicator is plain black and it feels similar to holding a pen, the bottom of it starts off thick and narrows out near the end. I find this very good as its easy to hold and allows me to get a good firm grip. The actual applicator itself is like a very thin pointy felt tip pen, when I first saw it I thought that its going to be incredibly stiff and hard to apply.

                        Before applying the eye liner I had previously researched the best ways to apply it as it was my first attempt, I didn't want to do something horribly wrong. The main tips I came across were to take my time and create small strokes going from the middle of the eyelash line outwards.

                        When I started applying I was a little nervous so right away the eye liner went places I didn't want it to go, I had a tissue soaked in cold water ready to remove any mistakes I made as liquid eye liner dries quickly. When applying I found the applicator didn't feel uncomfortable or stiff on my eyes as I first thought it might. The stiffness of the applicator is actually quite a big advantage I find, as it doesn't bend easily allowing me to be more precise. After completing my first attempt, overall I thought I did quite well but definitely knew there was room for improvement. On my first few attempts the lines I were creating were a little too thick, but overtime as I used the eye liner more I was able to apply the eye liner better until I got the look I wanted.

                        This eye liner does give a very dramatic and defined look to the eyes, once applied it looks solid black. I personally love how it makes my eyes look, I do use this eye liner for casual day to day wear and I don't find it overpowering - but I do think it comes down to personal preference and style.

                        For me this eye liner doesn't usually smudge unless I really rub my eyes a lot. I find that normally it lasts me around 6 hours before it begins to fade. I think that is a decent amount of time to last without fading, I don't mind doing touch ups, I find that when it fades I don't have to reapply the whole thing but just lightly add a little bit here and there.

                        When removing this eye liner I was scared that it was going to be very difficult. I normally use a cotton ball with a bit of olive oil on to remove my eye make-up, I thought I'd give it a go but wasn't very hopeful. I was very surprised as to how easily it came off, after wiping the cotton ball over the eye liner 2 or 3 times it had gotten it all off. This is something I'm really happy about because I don't like spending ages removing make-up, especially when I'm tired.

                        As far as I'm aware this eye liner is only available in 2 different shades which is 100% Black (001) and Absolutely Brown (002). I've only ever used the black eye liner.

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