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Ok, so its not pink like the Superdrug little pink tin but it is just as good as the pink version except this one is green and hence called the Superdrug little soothing green tin and its my constant companion in my handbag as its so good and so handy and really works well on my lips.
Inside the tin you will find a Lip Therapy Lip Balm which Superdrug say, "softens and soothes dry and cracked lips." It's basically a solid small tin of petroleum jelly. I love it when you get a new tin because the formula is perfect and smooth and I love getting my finger and being the first to use this balm. The substance is much like a wax substance although it is not as sticky as wax. As soon as you rub your finger across the mixture it comes away on your finger and you can then apply it to your lips. I find that you really only need a bit of the lip balm and it smoothes onto my lips really well. It does keep them nice and smooth and I like how it keeps them that way throughout the day. What I like about this lip balm is that its just very simple and plain but works well. There is also added aloe vera in the formula too which always works well on my skin and I'm glad of the inclusipn in this lip balm as I feel it adds that extra touch of softness that other lip balms don't have.
The great thing about this lip balm is that it has an apple flavour to it. It smells really delicious and when you apply it to your lips its quite subtle and not overpowering and fruity like some apple flavours can be.
The tin measures about 5cm in diameter and 1.5cm deep. The tin has a circular lid that is sometimes hard to get on but good because it stays on and if the jelly does get hot and melts a little the nice thing is none escapes because the lid is on so tightly. The size makes it the perfect lip balm to put in a bag and I have a few of these dotted around in various bags when I need to reapply during the day. The tin is well made and I have never had a problem with the lid coming off and making a mess in my bag as its a nice tight fit.
The balm gives my lips a bit of a shine but nothing too over the top which is nice. I like to use this balm right before I go to bed as well because it works perfectly over night and I always think my lips feel a bit dry at night without it. I can apply it and not worry that the balm will stain my pillowcase or anything like that because it is so plain.
Call me vain but I always like to carry around a travel mirror with me in my handbag for those last minute touch ups before you go somewhere. Often, if I am travelling somewhere by car or teain I will have a snack on board and then when I am finished I want to check my teeth to make sure I have no food in them or quickly apply another coat of lipstixk/gloss before I meet friends etc and so look my best. Having a travel mirror in my handbag is the best way to achieve that as there is not always a big mirror around to check yourself in and if you do you end up looking a bit vain, with a travel mirror you can do it quickly and discreetly!
This travel mirror from the make up company ELF, eyes lips, face, is perfect and just the little accessory I like in my handbag. Its quite a simple product, its not the most good looking mirror, its just plain white plastic and in a circle shape but what I like about it is that it snaps shut and stays shut tight so the mirror inside is in no danger of cracking. The case can be a little hard to open at times but if you use both hands it does snap open fairly efficiently.
Inside, you will find two mirrors, one on each side of the compact. One is just a regular mirror but the other is a magnified mirror so you get a super up close view when you use this side. I find this side is great for plucking any rogue eyebrows as you can really see up close when you look into the mirror.
Obviously, as it fits in your bag, this mirror is fairly small and there is no way you can see your whole face in this but then thats the point of the compact, to just get a quick view of an area of your face and this mirror does just that. At only a few pounds in price this is one compact travel mirror I recommend.
This is such a nice, effective little cheek blusher and one that definitely won't break the bank. I have been using products from The Boots natural collection for years now. When I was a teenager my friends and I loved the range as it was very affordable and we always bought something on our weekly Saturday trips in to town. As I got older I sort of forgot about it and moved on to more sophisticated make up brands but then in a bid to cut down expenses I rediscovered the range and have been excited about it.
This cheek blush powder is one product that could definitely cost more than it actually does but I like to think of it as a cheap and cheerful product, one I use daily but on just regular days and not days when I really want to make a big effort on my make up. That being said though, this is a really nice blusher and one I am pleased to use.
Boots say, "Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks are fine, soft powders that give a natural hint of colour to your cheeks." The powder comes in a little plastic disc which is see through so you can see the colour inside which I like because you can see what you are getting. Its just a small blusher but its big enough to swipe a big blusher brush across and get a good amount of powder transfer to put on your cheeks.
I find the powder is really soft and subtle and it goes onto my face nicely and just looks like my cheeks have a bit of natural colour rather than a chalky, artifical sweep of colour. It blends onto my cheeks well and adds to the look of my face. The colour lasts quite a long time, definitely all the time I have my make up on so that's perfect for me and then is really easy to take off at night.
You can purchase this cheek powder in six different colours, Peach melba, rosey glow, pink cloud, dusty pink, sweet cheeks, sugar plum, all of which are varying shades of pink which is the perfect look for your cheeks.
Each cheek powder is just £1.99 and at that price you can afford to buy all six!
This perfume is the bomb!
If you only buy one perfume this year make it this gorgeous Flowerbomb scent from Viktor and Rolf. I had read various reviews which raved about this perfume and as I was looking for a new fragrance for summer I decided to try this one out and boy, once I tried it in Boots I was absolutely hooked.
Flowerbomb is described as, "A thousand flowers in a bottle. Full-bodied and opulent, Flowerbomb explodes into a bouquet of sensations with its addictive floral notes which leave their trail, like a whirlwind that is distinctly couture."
The scent is absolutely amazing and so different to anything I have smelt in a long while. The floral fragrance is amazing and strong without being overpowering and too over the top old ladyish smell in my opinion. I can instantly detect the jasmine in this fragrance as I think thats what gives it its sweet, sensual fragrance and is a scent I really adore.
The fragrance is described as having, "harmonious sparkling top notes of mandarin and orange, middle notes of Sambac jasmine with a hint of orange tree, Catleya orchid, freesia and Centifolia rose and a woody base note of Patchouli."
I love the name of rhis perfume too and its very fitting for the smell of the perfume itself. It makes you think that a fragrance of flowers is actually exploding on your skin when you spray it on and then giving you little bursts of fragrance as you go about your day with viktor and rolf actually saying that, "Flowerbomb's magically evocative perfume notes will awaken the deepest senses - giving anyone who wears it the impression of living life in their secret garden, a world away from reality. Escapism, in a bottle...."
The bottle itself is simple but stunning and almost looks like a hand grenade to me. I know that doesn't make it sound appealing at all but thats the shape it reminds me off although its in a stunning glass effect with a nice silver stopper at the top and a little flower motif on it too.
The perfume is fairly expensive, a 30ml bottle costs £49.50 but in my opinion this is one fragrance not to be missed.
No, this is not a foundation brush for Santa's little helpers, its actually from a make up company called Eyes, Lips, Face, hence the ELF.
I have used products from the ELF range before after discovering it a year or two ago on a review site. I have been pleased with the quality of their products as well as the very competitive prices.
I always tend to buy new make up brushes every six months or so because they get a bit ragged over time, loose some of their bristles and also they can get quite dirty and be full of germs, even if you wash them regularly so thats why I like to replace them fairly frequently. With these brushes from ELF you can definitely afford to do just that. I wear liquid foundation which is sometimes hard to apply with just your finger as I find it my finger is not smooth enough to rub it in and it goes a bit cakey and stripey so I like to use a brush to get an even smooth application.
This brush is really professional looking and definitely looks more expensive than its £1.95 price tag. The brush handle is white with ELF written on it and the handle is quite long so that allows me to get a really good grip and nice angle whilst I am applying the foundation. The brush head is nicely rounded in shape but is quite large and thick so I get really nice thick brush strokes with it. I am able to cover the whole of my nose or under my eyes with just one brush sweep and it's this brush sweep that makes the foundation look fluid and natural.
In fact, the makers of these brushes say, "Achieve an ultra smooth, poreless finish when applying foundation or tinted moisturiser. For best results use upward brush strokes. All e.l.f. professional makeup brushes have been designed and tested by professional makeup artist Scott Vincent Borba. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand and facilitate a flawless finish with every application."
You can't go wrong with a Maybelline mascara. I've been a fan of Maybelline mascara for years now, ever since I started using their iconic pink and green wand. Since then, I've gone on to try a few different mascaras from their range and this is one of my favourites.
Maybelline say, "Break every law of lengthening with 4mm of measurable extensions, a sealing formula and fiber-fix brush in this illegial lenghts mascara."
I find the wand is the best part of this mascara. Its bristles are not all the same length, its made up of lots of different lengths of brush, six to be exact and what happens when you sweep it from the bottom of your lashes to the top is that it grabs each one at a different stage and length and adds mascara to the eyelash, thus buling it out and really making them all quite long. I find this works really well and I really only need to apply two coats if I want really nice long lashes.
The mascara itself is nice and thick but it doesn't leave my lashes looking gloopy or stick together. In fact, I can get a really nice thick coverage that covers each lash and makes my lashes look thick rather than sticky. According to Maybelline this mascara has a sealing formula which stretches lashes and seals fibers to lashes. I find my lashes look just as long and thick at the end of the day as they do when I have just applied it.
The mascara is waterproof and it doesn't smudge or give me black marks under my eyes which is nice. It takes a bit of make up remover to eventually remove but it all comes off in the end thankfully. A wand costs £8.99 and is a mascara I definitely recommend.
Thankfully, since we have owned our Wii computer game system we have never had a problem with the wii remotes flying through the television or breaking anything but I have heard of people who have so I am glad we have these wii jackets for our remotes. Its even a better idea now as my two young children have started to play on the wii too and it makes it a lot easier for them to hold on to and not slip out of their hands causing possible accidents.
The wii remote jacket is a clear, almost see through bit of rubber/silicone that fits over your wii remote but still allows tou access to all the important buttons you need on your wii remote. The jackets is quite bendy but when you fit it over the wii remote it clings to it quite well and is fairly tight in order to stick to the remote and not slip around whilst it is on.
The jacket was easy to put on as its quite stretxhy. You do need to manoeuvre it around a little bit but once you have it in just about the right place it all fits in well.
The jacket is not smooth, rather it has little raised slits of plastic all over it to give you really good grip and friction on your hands when you hold on to it. I find it quite pleasant to hold on to and feel secure using it as my hands does not slide around as it would if you were just holding the wii rmote without a jacket.
The jacket is cleverly designed as like I've said above they have taken account of all the buttons you need on the wii remote. For example, at the back there is a space in the rubber for the B button to fit through. It is well placed because my finger rests just below it where the rubber starts and so my finger never slips on the all important trigger B button. There is also a little slit at the back for the wrist strap to come through so you can use this for extra protection too.
At the front there is a fairly large space to accommodate the control buttons such as the 1 and the 2 and the +, - and home buttons. There is also another space for the directional buttons and the A button.
When this jacket is on, the only thing you cannot get to easily is the bottom section where the batteries are stored. If you need to change the batteries you have to remove the jacket but lukcily you only have to remove a bit at the bottom to get to the batteries and not the whole jacket which is nice.
All in all, a good safety accessory for the wii remote.
Romantic and timeless fragrance that creates a beautiful, enticing scent.
One of the newest Jo Maline scents I have tried is this beautiful red roses perfume. I first received it as a mini tester when my husband purchased some bath oil for me and obviously their marketing ploy worked because I loved it so much that I bought a full size bottle for myself.
I was a bit worried about how the scent would take on my skin before I tried the tester as I thought it might be a bit too flowery and a bit of an old lady scent but I needn't of worried as this is far from it in fact and actually very delightful.
Jo Malone describe it as, "The essence of modern romance. A voluptuous blend of seven of the world's most exquisite roses. With crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, it unfolds like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. A surprisingly clean and sheer fragrance."
I would describe this as a very grown up rose scent and one that has lots of layers to it. It's funny because when you initially spray it on you get a pleasant light rose smell but then it sort of changes into a deeper, stronger rose scent that is not overly flowery but succulent with a deep sweetness. It's in no way sickly which is nice and is not one of those scents that is going to give you a headache.
The scent is strong but not overpowering and has great staying power as I can smell it all throughout the day which is wonderful. A small spritz in the morning goes a long way which is good as this is a very expensive fragrance but one that I really enjoy wearing.
These mega bloks are mega.
We have had this set of mega bloks for a long time now but its still a big favourite with my daughter and my son as well, even though its technically tailored towards girls as it has pink coloured blocks.
So, what exactly are Mega Bloks? According to an article I read, "
Mega Brands, Inc., formerly Mega Bloks, Inc., is a Canadian children's toy company currently owned by Mattel. Mega Bloks is the name of their most popular product, a line of construction set toys." The blocks are quite big and chunky and perfect for younger children. They are quite a bit bigger than lego bricks but are made along the same lines as they all fit together allowing you to make endless different sets and designs.
This mega bloks tub is great because the bricks come in a dedicated pink plastic tub so you have somewhere to store the bricks when you are not using them. There is a lid which comes on and off easily which my kids have no problem getting on and off and that enables them to clean up these bricks and put them away when they have finished playing with them.
In this box you get 120 different blocks and they say its for girls because the colours of the bricks are pink, light blue and purple but my son gets just as much fun out of them as my little girl does. What I like about these bricks is that they fit together well and come apart well, as well as being big and chunky and so its very easy for little hands to play with them. What I like about this set is that it comes with an instruction sheet or should I say a suggestion sheet tto show you different things you can make with the blocks. I like this because I'm not very creative when it comes to bricks but it allows you to make some really fun houses, towers, play sets etc that perhaps you never thought about. The great thing about these blocks though is that the possibilities are endless and my kids make pirate ships, cots for their dolls, dinosaurs etc, all from their imagination. I think thats the point of these blocks, to really prick their imaginations and make play and learning fun.
The set also comes with some stickers that you can add to the bricks such as little eyes, animal faces and flowers to allow you to build something that looks a bit more authentic. The set costs in the £20 region and is definitely a toy I recommend.
Deliciously sweet fun!So, have you joined the Saga yet? Candy crush saga that is, the most talked about, most addictive game that I have played on my iPhone. I downloaded this for free a few months ago as everyone was talking about it and I really enjoy playing it, a bit too much sometimes, you complete one level and the your little character moves to the next level and it flashes and has bright colours and sparkly bits in the graphics just urging you to press that button and play just the next level so I do and I find I have wasted an hour or more playing a game I only wanted to play for five minutes but oh well, it is great fun.
So, exactly what is candy crush? Well, according to an article I read, "Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by the developer King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, and on November 14, 2012 for smartphones. As of March 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed FarmVille 2 as the most popular game on Facebook, with 46 million average monthly users."The game is really easy to play but does require a bit of thinking and possibly some skill and luck along the way. Basically, the game is set out in a series of levels and aach level has a game board filled with differently coloured candies (sweets, for us English folks). These candies include fun looking things such as red jelly beans, orange lozenges, yellow lemon drops and blue lollipops as well as special sweets along the way that join the game at different times.In order to "crush" the candies you have to move the sweets either horizontally or vertically swapping the positions of two adjacent candies, to create sets of three (or more) candies of the same colour. These will then disappear off the screen giving you points on your score and replacing them with more candies from above.
At certain times everything will line up really well and you get loads of sweets disappearing off the screen at one time and this is really quite fun to watch and is called sugar crush.Each level contains a certain task that you must complete in order to move onto the next level. You are given a certain number of moves or a time limit to complete this in. For example some levels require clearing "jelly" off the board by making matches on top of them, reaching a certain score, getting ingredient items to the bottom of the board, or having to clear certain amounts or combinations of candies.Sometimes you can unlock a new booster which can then provide assistance during levels.
Sometimes if you are a bit unsure of what move to do next, I like that the screen flashes by the candies you can move to make a row so thats a very handy tip.
For me, this game is a bit like a shiny, girly version of tetris in a way, its fun to play and watch the candies disappear due to moves that you have made.If you fail it gives you the option of playing on for a price, £0.69 or giving up which is what I always do and then I just play that level again. I'm not so worried about my score against other people so I p, ay against myself and don't post any of my results on Facebook or anything like that.I can see I am going to be playing this game for many months to come and I love it.
Tetris is one of my favourite games of all times as its just the kind of repetivie skill game that I like and I could play for hours and still not get bored of. I first remember playing it back in the 80's on a Gameboy that my brother and I shared and we loved it and I have been a big fan of the game ever since.
Tetris is a skill game but what I love about it is that satisfying feeling when the bricks all come together and you havemoved them and fitted them together perfectly and they disappear with a flash and a bang to show you that you have been successful. Its very satisfying and very fun. If you're not familiar with the Tetris game then allow me to explain it to you. Tetris is a puzzle game and startsnwith different shapes falling from the top of the screen. These shapes are made up of several square bricks and the shapes include things like squares, L shapes, straight sticks, etc. You are able to move these shapes by pressing at the side of the shape on your iphone. The shapes will rotate or move from side to side, allowing you to make a full line at the bottom. If you get a full line these bricks disappear and so have have more space to build your lines again. You also get points for making the bricks disappear and the aim of the game is to get as many points as possible. If you get really flash and good at the game and are an impatient person like me you can move the brick down to the bottom of the screen quickly by sliding your finger down the screen but this really only works for me on the lower levels as its too quick the harder it becomes.
The game is free to download on your iphone from the app store and only took a few minutes to upload. You put in a user name at the beginning and then play from there. I find the control on the iphone quite easy once I got used to it and can now manage to do it with just one hand.
Obviously the first level is quite easy at the bricks come down quite slowly but as you get going and progress the levels get increasingly difficult which provides a good but frustrating challenge. I think this game is good because it keeps my mind quite sharp and also is just a lot of fun and one I recommend.
Unless you're blessed with naturally beautiful good looks you need a bit of help along the way and this BB cream from Garnier definitely helps me achieve a better looking face.
So, what exactly is a BB cream? Well, BB stands for beauty balm and according to an article I read, "B.B. creams are hybrid products which combine the benefits of skincare and make-up in one.
Initially developed by a German dermatologist in the 1950s, to soothe skin and provide coverage, B.B. Creams were made famous in South Korea by an actress famed for her beautiful skin.
Over the following years, they became a cult must-have product across Asia due to their sheer, flawless finish and their “all-in-one” qualities."
So, as you can see, this cream is a little bit different than a regular foundation and I really like the way it makes my face look and the nice smooth look I can achieve with my make up.
Garnier say that this BB cream will give you, "immediately perfected skin with even tone and boosted glow. Blurs imperfections and smoothes fine lines. SPF15 protection and 24hr hydration."
It's very simple to use and you apply it just like a foundation even across your face. I went for the medium coloured cream as I think it matched my skin tone better but you can get this in a lighter version too. It goes on really lightly and is not heavy or cakey in any way. I love the way it makes my face look really even and it does cover up certain little veins or red spots I have well, leaving me with a really smooth, even looking face.
A 50ml tube with a handy flip cap lid so it's easy to access costs just £10 and because you only need a little bit at a time this cream will last a very long time.
When I saw this "summer" version of Marc Jacobs Daisy I was instanly intrigued and loved the bottle even more than the original Daisy. In fact, according to an article I read, " Marc
Jacobs expands his perfume portfolio with Sunshine Edition collection consisting of the new versions of some of his most popular fragrances. Daisy from 2007, Daisy Eau So Fresh from 2011 and Oh Lola! from 2011 are the ones that got their new limited versions "dressed in the happiest colors of the season."
opens with juicy notes of mandarin, guava and red currant. The heart is composed of lily of the valley, lychee and violet, laid on the base of blonde woods and musk. It is available as Eau de Toilette. Daisy Sunshine was launched in 2012.
opens with juicy notes of mandarin, guava and red currant. The heart is composed of lily of the valley, lychee and violet, laid on the base of blonde woods and musk. It is available as Eau de Toilette. Daisy Sunshine was launched in 2012.
The first thing that actually attracted me to this Daisy sunshine perfume was the beautiful bottle. The bottle is made of see through glass but then on either side of the lid stopper are two beautiful daisies, just like the original version of Daisy. However, its the gorgeous colours and beautiful brightness that really makes this perfume bottle stand out for me.
The daisies are made out of a tough foam and are quite big. Of course, they don't really look real but they definitely look very striking and pretty. There are three daisies on this bottle, one pink one, one orange one and one green one, so lovely and colourful and bright.
The liquid inside is then a lovely golden colour, almost like the colour of the inside of a daisy.
The smell itself is described as a fresh, floral fruity fragrance. It opens with juicy notes of mandarin, guava and red currant. The heart notes is composed of lily of the valley, lychee and violet, laid on the base of blonde woods and musk.
The main smell I can get from it is definitely a citrus one so I guess its the mandarin coming through. Its a lot fruiter and juicy than the original Daisy but I like the difference and love how sweet this is whilst not being overly sickly or too strong. It's definitely light and not too sweet and a very good perfume to wear during the day. I would agree with their description of it being sunny as it does give you a nice upbeat feeling when you wear this perfume.
They market this perfume as carefree, flirty, natural. It is supposed to be happy and youthful and sophisticated but not too serious. I think the fact that they have big plastic daisies on the bottle does keep it quite young.
All in all, a lovely sunshine summer treat.
Prada candy is one of my favourite special perfumes, its the one I like to wear when I go out in the evenings or on a special date and when I received the perfume I was lucky enough to get the body lotion and this gorgeous shower gel with it too.A shower with this gel is positively exquisite and one that really gets my skin ready and fragranced well before being able to layer up that scent with the perfume. I would say that this gel is very nourishing and really moisturises my skin well. You can tell that its a really good quality shower gel as it's really quite thick and has a nice shine to it. All you need is just a little dollop added to a shower puff and you get a really nice lather which will wash my whole body. After use my whole bathroom smells delicious too and that scent lasts for a long time as it does on my body too. Its nice because the rich formulation actually detoxifies skin with a mild yet effective cleansing base that doesn’t dry the skin out which sometimes you don't always get with fancy branded perfume shower gels.
The smell is absolutely amazing. The scent is described as thus:The fragrance notes:A cocktail of musks: a refined veil of timeless musks drapes the benzoin and caramel notes, revealing an irreverent combination defying convention. The silky, powdery texture of the musks brings a sophisticated and elegant character to the fragrance.An excess of Laotian benzoin: benzoin is a resin collected from the styrax tree, grown in the forests of Laos. Found here in a concentration of 12%, it is addictive and sensual, with warm, sweet, balsamy notes evoking delicately vanilla-scented honey.An explosion of caramel: in an unexpected Prada twist, a synthetic pop accord of caramel is playfully jostling with the natural note of benzoin. This caramel accord is delicious, joyfully feminine and sweetly addictive.
The bottle is gorgeous too and looks like the perfume bottle so I like that the xesign is in keeping. This shower gel is ridiculously expensive though and idont think I would be using this had I not received it as a gift. 150ml is in the £25 region but as a gift this is divine.
Paint your lips with this gorgeous lipstick from Barry M cosmetics.
I am a big fan of Barry M cosmetics and own quite a few different products from their range. One of my favourite products is their lipstick which they call lip paint. According to their website, "there is a shade to suit every occasion from soft, shimmering pastels to bold, vibrant colours. All lip paints have a soft, smooth texture that is packed full of natural moisturisers to help them glide on and stay comfortable to wear for hours."
It was actually the colours that first attracted me to these lip paints as they looked really fun and a bit different than ones you find in other brands. There are quite a lot of pink shades and also some browns which are my personal favourites and there is also a black lip paint which is not my style at all but if its something you like then its good to know you can get it here.
I purchased the colour pink suede which is fairly dark and has a bit of a brown/red shade to it whilst still keeping a pink to it too. The lip paint is really soft and moist so it literally glides over my lips and transfers a nice amount of colour without being too thick and look too much. I find the colour does last quite a long while although you do need to reapply after eating or kissing!
The packaging is a little bit flimsy in that it is made of a cheap black plastic and is not as sturdy as some other more expensive lipsticks that I have but saying that it protects the lipstick well and I haven't had a problem with the lid coming off in my bag or anything like that so I guess it does its job perfectly well enough.
Each lipstick costs £4.49 which I think is a great price for a good quality lipstick.