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    • Avon Mistake Proof Mascara / Make Up / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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      07.10.2010 15:49
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      Avon Mascara

      When using mascara I always make sure I have cotton buds around to ´correct`. Why is it that whenever I put mascara on, ever since I was in my young teens, I still manage to smudge or get blobs where I dont want to. It never ever ever goes on perfectly. When I saw this double ended mascara in the Avon catalogue, I thought it was a good idea so decided to buy it.

      This mascara come in a thinnish tube with two ends. One for the actual mascara and the other for the ´corrector`. The mascara itself isnt too bad. The brush is pretty normal, long with many bristles and applies pretty well. However, I do prefer curved mascara wands as I find that they seem to curl your eyelashes a little better than a straight wand.

      The other end of the mascara tip is for the corrector. It reminds me of a lip gloss actually. The gel stuff that you use to erase any unwanted mascara was a little sticky and didnt dry fast enough, so I was erasing the area of where I needed to erase, it would remain a little ´wet` and therefore attract more mascara, thus making abit of a mess not to mention the hassle.

      I didnt really like this product as a whole, even though the mascara was Ok. I would recommend you use cotton buds rather than this product to correct your make up.

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      • Benefit The Gloss / Make Up / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        01.10.2010 02:13
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        BENEFIT - The Gloss

        I abolsutely love Benefit ever since I had their Bad Gal lashes mascara. Since then I have bought many of their products even though I knew that my bank statements told me I kind of couldnt afford it. Benefit isnt a cheap brand of make up, but I usually find that they are value for money. Kind of anyway.

        I have this Benefit lip gloss in two shades: Corsage (a mild salmony pink) and No Peeking (a bright-ish bubblegum pink). Each gloss comes in a 5.2g tube with the noticeable Benefit writing across. They are tubes that you twist in order to open. They are nice and handy and fit very easily into your handbag. Very good for nights out!

        The applicator is a small sponged tip that grabs the gloss really well. I find that the gloss is easy to apply and unlike many glosses I have had, this one isnt sticky and has a really good texture to it. I find that the durability of this gloss is really good: on and off the lips. Usually a gloss will start getting dry and very gooey after having opened it, but this one has kept its texture.

        This gloss gives a really good finish to the lips and makes them feel soft too! I really like this gloss, even though it is a little pricey at around £9.00 for a small tube.

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        • Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser / Skin Care / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          01.10.2010 01:57
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          Pond´s Cleanser

          OK, so this product is actually my mums, but I use it all the time and I think its absolutely brilliant. Using facewipes all the time doesnt quite do the job so you need a good cleanser to take away all that extra hidden dirt! This Pond´s Cold Cream Cleanser seems to really work for me. I apply some onto my cotton wool and wipe away. The dirt that comes with it is amazing. I have sometimes used a face wipe then used this and still have come away witha dirty piece of cotton wool. It kind of makes me feel sick of how dirty my skin actually is.

          I try and use this product at least once every 2 days. As we all know a daily cleansing routine is hard to keep up with, so I tell myself once every two days.

          I find this really easy to use and the results to be really effective. I told my mum how great this stuff was but as she doesnt wear as much make up as I do.. or even near enough, I think its more effective for me.

          I like that the lid for this cream cleanser is flat so that when I (I mean mum) get to nearly the end of the tub I can tip it upside down and the cream will be readily available without too much messing around.

          Overall I really like this product and would recommend it to those who really would like to end the day with a really clean face. Whatsmore is that my skin feels softer too!

          A cleanser I recommend.

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            01.10.2010 01:44
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            An excellent concealer!

            I had always seen alot of Boots No. 7 products but never really bought much as there were always other things that seemed to grab my attention. I see Boots No. 07 as a brand that is of quality but sometimes is out of my price range.

            I had a No. 07 £5 off Voucher to use and as I was running out of concealer I thought Id give this a go. This was about £7.50 so I technically only paid about £2.50, which I was pretty pleased with.

            I got this concealer or as Boots calls it: Quick Cover Blemish Stick, in Medium. As far as Im aware it comes in 3 other shades; dark, fair and extra fair. If I could have chose, I would have gone for dark, but unfortunately they were out of stock, so I just went for medium.

            This cute little concealer comes in a stainless steal metal container that you could easily mistake for lipstick. When you take the lid off, that easy pulls off you twist the bottom half to roll up some concealer. The product is really easy to apply and mess free too. I find you can put this on really quickly without much hassle. Once on, this stuff is really easy to blend in to hide away those unwanted blemishes and marks. I have used this stuff on my leg too to cover an insect bite and it seemed to do the job. Its good for face and body, which is great to know.

            I am really happy with this product and really glad I managed to get it for a bargain of £2.50! When this runs out, I will be sure to be getting another one..but maybe in dark this time.

            A really good concealer for face and body.

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              26.09.2010 02:03
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              A Peruvian City

              Cusco is a city located in Peru and is known to some of us as the Capital of the Incas. Located at an average of 3400m, 11150ft in altitude, it is very highly situated city and those arriving should allow time to acclimatize first. This may be to head to a slightly lower evelavted place first or taking it easy if you are coming straight from sea level.

              Cusco has alot to offer and it is really close to many sites and attarctions in and even around Peru.

              Some of its many attractions within the acutal city is Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha, Qenko, Tambomachay, Cusco Cathedral, the Inca Museum and the Pre-Columbian Arts Museum. All of these sites have an interesting history and story to go with them, which in one way or another link to the Incas.

              In Cusco you will also find a statue of Pachacuteq, who is said to be the most important Incan that ever lived. When at this statue, you can actual go up for s/.20, which is about £5.00 and it gives you a pretty good view of the surrounding mountains.

              In Cusco, there are two seasons - wet and dry. Wet season, which also happens to be summer is from October to March and dry season, winter is from April to September. During most days in Cusco there is sun and some cloud. During rainy season it will rain for an average of 2-3 hours but usually only ever rains the one time, which is useful to know. The nights are alot colder during the winter but the days during both seasons, I would say that the temperature is pretty much the same.

              The most famous attraction that Peru has to offer and is also very close to Cusco is of course Machu Picchu. There are daily trains that leave Poroy (Cusco´s train station) to Aguas Calientes (the town of Machu Picchu). This train also stops at Ollantaytambo (located in the Sacred Valley) and departs from this station too.
              The Sacred Valley is very accessible from Cusco with many transport links there daily.
              Puno, where Lake Titicaca is located is a 7 hour bus away or 9 hours with stops. The capital city Lima, is only an hour on a domestic flight away, thus making Cusco a very good place to be based. Although Cusco does not yet have permission to have flights during the evening, it does serve to many places in Peru. More so, there are now even flights from Cusco to Rio Branco, a city in Brazil.

              Cusco is a great Incan city, but it does have to be said that there needs to be slightly more to do. They are plans for a multi-complex to include a cinema in the main avenue - Avenida de la Cultura by 2011, but who knows when this will actually happen. I would love to see this as there are many in Lima, which creates jobs, gives young people something to do and also gives an alternative to clubbing every night.
              A city that I love, but I think it needs a few more facilities for its locals.

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              • tripadvisor.com / Internet Site / 28 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                22.09.2010 15:28
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                Trip Advisor has been around for a long long time, designed to help travellers spread their word about their travels, opinions, tips and other useful information: all to do with travelling and trips.

                Tripadvisor is available in approximately 22 countries and with those countries a selection of languages.

                You can find information on a number of travel components to include: hotels, flights, restaurants, things to do, cruises and new to the list is vacation rentals.

                The amount of information that you can find that you wont find ´in the book ` on here is absolutely priceless. Most of it anyway.

                I find that I use the Forum the most. I like to post my own tips, my experiences and even give my opinion on certain travel related things on this forum. Many other Tripadvisors are very very useful and probably saved me alot of hassle and sometimes even money from their generosity and time of posting on this website.

                Something I dont particularly like about this is that you can get some Tripadvisors who are a little cocky and seem to act like they own the website just because they have post god knows how many times and have been given the title of ´destination expert`. This can be a little annoying.

                Another thing is that, as hotels, restaurants etc can be rated and reviewed on this site, I find that some of the ratings and reviews are a little misleading and unfair. You kind of only get the opinion of those people who have time and knowledge of going on a computer but I guess you could say that about alot of review sites.

                Overall I like this website, maybe it does help that I love travelling and talking about it!

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                • Channel 4's Comedy Gala (DVD) / DVD / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                  11.09.2010 15:52
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                  A great dvd

                  As a big fan of comedies and comedians, I noticed this on dvd in my nearby music and dvd store. I really like alot of channel 4`s programmes and had never seen this before so thought Id give it a go.

                  Something I quite like about this actual DVD also is that its profits go to Great Ormond Street Hospital. I wasnt only treating myself but I was helping others too. Bonus!

                  This dvd was realeased in April 2010 and I bought it for £10.99, which wasnt too bad for a stand up comedy of approximately 25 excellent comedians. Some of my favourite comedians from this dvd and also in general include: Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Lee Evans, Sean Lock, Ruth Jones, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop, Jack Dee, David Mitchell and Catherine Tate. To get most of my favourite comedians on one dvd was pretty amazing.

                  This comedy is set in o2 arena in London and it does a good job. The jokes in it are funny and had me laughing out loud pretty much all the way through, even though I did watch it on my own for the first time!

                  One of the true highlights of this dvd are the comedians that are featured. I would describe them as the top of the top, when it comes to stand up comedians.

                  Something that might put you off buying it, is the fact that it has already been shown on 4od and you may not want to pay for it if you have already seen it. This is probably something channel 4 should have thought about when giving the profits to Great Ormond Street Hospital. I really think that proceedings could have been alot better if they hadnt already shown it.

                  Overall I really enjoyed this dvd and thought it was really good value for money considering you are also donating to charity with the money you spent too.

                  Highly recommended.

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                  10.09.2010 15:51
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                  A good sitcom

                  Two and a half men is about Charlie (played by Charlie Sheen Jnr), Alan (played by Jon Cryer) and Alan´s son: Jake (played by Angus Jones). After Alan`s divorce he and his son moves in with his bachelor and womaniser brother, Charlie.

                  Charlie used to live alone with a helper, who now has two extra additions to his household. As you watch this season, you see how the three start to begin their journey together. Alan and Charlie are almost opposites of each other. Charlie is always the one who gets the women and Alan... well he doesnt so much. Their treatment towards women are also quite opposite as Alan tries to look for a relationship by treating the women with respect and Charlie literally just uses them for one night stands.

                  There are many other characters in this show that pop up every now and again, such as Berta (played by Conchata Ferrell) who is the boys` helper with a very dry and sarcastic humour towards the boys. A good little addition for some short and witty jokes. Rose (played by Melanie Lynskey) who always makes quite a regular appearance is a crazy stalker living in the neighbourhood. All the characters work well together and give good storylines to season 1.

                  This funny and relatable (as a woman) sitcom is really easy going and very easy to get into. All the actors play their parts really well and the characters in this show are very believeable.

                  In these dvd`s you get a full 24 episodes of Two and a half men. Each episode lasting an approximate average of 24 minutes. You get to watch as they go through their lives and it really is a good watch. I really enjoy this show and think I will continue watching it.

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                • Superbad (DVD) / DVD / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                  09.09.2010 15:54
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                  A great teen comedy

                  I recently watched Superbad, after being a little bored around the house and finding it in my brothers DVD collection. I had never seen this before, heard it was pretty funny and love Michael Cera as an actor, so decided to give this a go.

                  Super Bad is about 3 teenage boys and their teenage life that involves parties, alcohol and girls. Evan (Michael Cera), Seth (Jonah Hill) and Fogell, aka. McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) play 3 unpopular boys in a high school, who soon after a very eventful night become a little more known.

                  The actors and characters in this film fit perfectly with each other. Fogell, aka McLovin is played by Mintz-Plasse, who has been dressed or actually is a geek which gives his character that extra lift. Evan, played by Cera is a little weeny teenage boy and fits into his role perfectly. Seth, played by Hill is a little on the chubby side, which is part of his fun bubbly character. Overall, I definitely think that the actors are brilliant at pertraying their characters.

                  I think the film storyline is actually quite realistic even though it is very eventful. This makes the fun more enjoyable. As this is a comedy, there are many many funny parts in this film and you must watch it for yourself in order to see what I am talking about.

                  This is a teen comedy that will have you laughing all the way through. A very good film, that I would gladly watch again.

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                  • The Back-up Plan (DVD) / DVD / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                    08.09.2010 15:20
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                    A typical J.Lo film!

                    Recently having been on a long haul flight I was eager to watch some films in order to pass my boredom and to just generally catch up with any films that I had not seen before.

                    I came across The Back Up Plan, which is about a woman (Jennifer Lopez) called Zoe, who thinks she has everything but one thing... a baby! She feels that a baby is the only thing that can complete what is missing from her life. As she is not in a relationship, she opts to be artificially inseminated through a sperm donor. On this very day that she conceives, she meets the perfect man, Stan played by Alex O´Loughlin. Zoe is an independant woman who owns her own pet store and Stan makes cheese on his family run modern farm. As you watch this film, you get to see the ups and downs of how this would actually work (in hollywood dreamland).

                    The actual storyline of this film is very very unrealistic, which is why I have out above about how this situation would turn out in hollywood dreamland and this would never ever happen in reality. Some of the scenes in this film are so unbelieveable, I could feel myself cringing at times, as things like that just do not happen.

                    The characters in this film do an OK job for the storyline they are put up with. My favourite character in this film is Zoe´s grandmother, played by Linda Lavin. She portrays nana as a fun loving grandmother and ends up showing Zoe what she should be doing. I think Alex O´Loughlin is a good actor for this part as he is handsome and something that kept me watching!

                    This film is definitely very typical for Jennifer Lopez as it stars her as the girl with the love life of anyones dreams, where in reality, this may not be true. Done get me wrong I like J.Lo, but Im a little bored of the same films that she has to offer.

                    An average film with a very underaverage storyline.

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                    • My Super Ex-Girlfriend (DVD) / DVD / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                      An ok film to watch id there is absolutely nothing else on!

                      I recently watched this film having already seen it previously but having forgot what happened in it.

                      This film, released in 2006 stars Luke Wilson as Matt as an average guy who happens to meet Jenny (Uma Thurman) on the train. Matt who is with his friend at the time tells him that he thinks Jenny is cute. Jenny gets attempted robbed and Matt ends up saving the day and asks Jenny out on a date. The date goes well and they start dating some more. As the film goes on you find out that Jenny is in fact a superhero (known by only the audience, Jenny, Matt and of course G-Girl herself). Matt breaks up with Jenny for her insanely jealousy and slightly strange behaviour and before you know it Jenny is trying to ruin his life but not as a normal ex girlfriend, but one with special powers. As you watch this film you get to see the adventures of Matt and his super ex girlfriend. As we all know all super heroes have enemies and there is no exception with this one. G-Girls arch nemesis tries to stop her with the help of annoyed Matt.

                      This film has some good actors in it to include the mentioned Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris and Eddie Izzard. All the characters play a good role.

                      I find the storyline to be a little weak. Even a story with a super hero, I find that Matt's character to be a little unreal. Not to be mean but I do not think Jenny's character is hot enough to be considered to be asked out on the train. I find this part of the film to be a little unrealistic and as this happens right at the beginning of the film I am left with that impression throughout the rest of the film.

                      I find this film OK, but just that. It wasnt exciting enough or anything i could actually relate to. To be honest even though I managed to watched this film twice, I would say that it was once too many.

                      I will not be watching this film again and find it kind of below average.

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                      • Definitely, Maybe (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                        A good little film

                        I recently watched this film on a long haul flight, which not only helped pass the time but was also very enjoyable too. I had never heard of this film before and the title just reminded me of the band Oasis.

                        As I was flicking through the selection of films on my screen on the plane, I came across this film and the first thing that attracted me to watching it was the fact that it stars Ryan Reynolds, someone who I think is very dishy. I then read the blurb and as it a romantic comedy and something that sounded interesting, I decided to give it a go.

                        This film shows you the life of Will Hayes (Reynolds) as a dad of a little girl called Maya (Abigail Breslin). Maya wants to know the story of how he met her mum and the film shows the journey that Will went through before meeting the little girls mother. To make things interesting Will changes a few names in the story and tells his daughter about his life before she was born. As her dad goes on to tell the story, Maya finds out that there was more than just 'mum' who used to date her dad.

                        This film has some good actors to include the already mentioned Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz. All the actors do a really good job in showing the full personality of their characters. Will's character is one that is good looking and quite charming thus Reynolds meets this part perfectly. The women in this film all have their own style and personality and are played rightly by their actors.

                        This film is funny at times and also one that is rather lighthearted and very easy to watch. I found this film to give off a very happy sense of feeling and I could watch this over and over again. This is quite an unpredictable film as the ending keeps you on your toes throughout the whole duration. When you think it is going to end a certain way, you get thrown off and are left wondering.

                        This lighthearted romantic comedy is a very good watch and really helped me along on my long haul flight. I enjoyed it alot and would certainly recommend it.

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                      • Marley & Me (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                        26.08.2010 16:10
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                        A lighthearted romantic comedy

                        After having seen this in the adverts many times, I didnt really know what to think of it. I like Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson as seperate actors so it was nice to see what they would work like in a team.

                        Marley & Me was released with a PG rating in 2008 and directed by David Frankel. This romantic comedy stars a couple known as John (Wilson) and Jennifer (Aniston) who are great together, both got great careers and have just moved in with each other. The obvious thing to do next is to have a baby, but John doesnt quite feel ready yet so decides to get Jennifer a puppy. They end up calling the puppy Marley, named after Bob Marley when listening to his music. In the film you see the journey of the couple and the mischievious Marley. You see how life goes with the addition and other things that get thrown their way.

                        This is a heart warming story with comedic bits thrown in to keep in the theme with genre. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson do a great job in portraying their characters on screen and I could not imagine any other 2 actors who could have done a better job. The dog does a brilliant job of being a hazardous pet and he makes about 90% of the film funny.

                        The storyline isnt the best that I have seen but it works. The film is believeable and is a little on the safe side with no really dramatic or shocking parts to it.

                        Overall I did enjoy this film and would watch it again but only if there was nothing better on. Dont get me wrong but it is a good film, I think that I need alot of energy to watch it as it does get boring and predictable in some parts.

                        If you like romantic comedies and films with dogs in, then this could be for you. The best bit about this film are the main actors - Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and the adoreable dog (in all ages).

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                          26.08.2010 15:39
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                          A biscuit with raisins in

                          Fruit Shorties remind me of childhood as they are one of those biscuits you used to get given all the time. Our primary school teacher used to give us these as a reward when we were good or done something that was worth rewarding for. My nan used to always bring these around for us too, which is probably why I have such a good feeling when I think about thes.

                          I found these Asda Price Fruit Shorties in the biscuit isle for a 'worth trying' 39p. In each pack are 250g worth of fruit shortie biscuits. Fruit shorties are milky buttery biscuits with bits of raisins in. I usually find that fruit shorties are round with a funny shape around the edges whether it be round arches or sharp spikes.

                          These particular biscuits have a good texture to them and have a good amount of raisin. Not too much so that you can hardly taste the biscuit and not too less so that its just biscuit. The taste of these biscuits are just as you would expect and honestly if you were to give me one biscuit from the leading brand and one from the Asda smart price range, I really would not be able to tell you the difference except for the price.

                          Overall I am happy with these biscuits and they seem to get the job done for a fraction of the price. I will be buying these again.

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                          19.08.2010 11:12
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                          A recommended mascara

                          I was given this mascara as part of my leaving present just before I was off on my travels. My friends decided to get me some bits and bobs that I would need that would perhaps be a little hard to find once away.

                          This Cynthia Rowley mascara which had been created especially for Avon comes in a long black tube with rather pretty and girly swirly patterns on. Cynthia Rowley is famous for her fashion designing skills but now has many products to include beauty - hence the mascara.

                          When you unscrew the lid of the mascara, you reveal the brush attached to the lid as with most if not all mascaras I have ever known. The brush does not have anything in particular that stands out from it but just looks look a normal mascara brush. Long and thin with many bristles coming off it.

                          Applying the mascara was easy to do and the shape of the wand allowed this to be done effortlessly. The first coat of mascara leaves your lashes feeling and looking longer, which is really good. Then the 2nd and 3rd coats of this stuff helps with volumise the little hairs on your lids.

                          What I particularly like about this mascara is that you can build more and more layers to add more volume (to a certain extent) and it doesnt start to clump or give your lashes the 'overdone' look. I usually like to have 4 or 5 coats on when it comes to mascara and with this one.... well I can actually do that. When it comes to removing the mascara from under my eyes, when I blink too much when puttting it on or whatever, I usually use a damp cotton bud. This comes off absolutely fine, which is something I find really handy. When taking this mascara off with a face wipe, it comes off really easily without any hassle or giving me sore eyes. Im happy for this.

                          Overall I liked using this mascara and it certainly stood out as a good mascara. I have been trying to find this again even though I have a feeling it will be out of my price range. The finish of this mascara is really impressive and its duration is good too. I dont like mascaras that apply kind of thinly and you usually need about 20 coats just to make a difference. With this one, I find 2 for an average person would be enough.

                          I would recommend this mascara but apparently its limited edition so may be slightly hard to get hold of now. A good mascara.

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