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I have a terrible job in getting a good mascara and I think that to date I still have not managed to find the perfect mascara. I have tried false lashes but I just look ridiculous so when a friend of mine recommended Boots No7 Extravagant Lashes Mascara for £10.05 I thought I would give it a try.
Now, I personally prefer a mascara brush to have a very fine brush on the end of the wand but this one is massive – and I really mean really very chunky. In fact, it is so large that I actually really struggled to use this the first few times I tried it out.
The brush itself is a vivid pink (before it gets clogged up with mascara) and I found that pretty odd, to be honest.
The mascara is also very thick and I found that it really clogged my lashes to together and as I was unable to use the brush as well as I had hoped, I ended up with stuck together lashes, which really looked quite awful.
It doesn’t smudge and though it is not waterproof it is nevertheless difficult to remove even with my waterproof wipes. It seems that it just wants to stay where it is.
It come sin various colours and I went for the brown / black but to be honest for the price, I wasn’t at all impressed with this mascara.
It did not lengthen and thicken so much as clog and clump.
Give it a miss.
Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will know that I do suffer from very dry and cracked lips to the point that they bleed. It is not a problem just in winter months for me – it happens all year round. I buy different types of lip salves and I am not loyal to one particular brand but lately I have been using the E45 one I found in Home Bargains for only £1.99 for a 5g stick.
It looks like a Chapstick but I actually find that this one is a little more solid than the cheaper brands you can buy. It has no shine at all and no gloss so you can wear it over a lipstick or on its own. I personally find that it works a lot better if you just wear it on it’s own as it is far more effective.
I also love the fact that it contains UVA and UVB sunscreens and it not only helps to protect my lips from the elements but it actually heals them up quickly if they are already in a state and really cracked. It needs to be reapplied fairly infrequently and so the little sticks last me for ages. I have one in my bag which I take everywhere with me and another in my drawer at work.
They are suitable for either sex to use as they leave no colour or sheen behind and they have no smell at all.
I really do recommend them.
Anyone who reads my reviews a lot will be well aware of the fact that I just love to paint my nails. In fact, I really think I overdo it and I should possibly give them a bit of time off as the natural nail hardly ever sees the light of day. I love to wear bright vivid colours if I am going out but more neutral tones for every day work wear. I also love Nails Inc colours and so was delighted when I found this one for only £4.99 at TK Maxx as it normally retails for over ten pounds.
The Southbank Polish is perfect for both day time and evening I think as though it is a grey colour, it depends on what you wear with it and it can look suitable for night time or day time wear. I use two coats an as with all Nails Inc polishes, the brush is so fine and shaped well to allow me to get right to the edges of my nails.
It dries quickly and comes off well when you want to change it and generally speaking, I usually get about for to five days before the first chip will show which is good for me as I use a keyboard a lot at work so my nails get a good hammering.
The colour looks especially nice if your hands have a slight tan and it looks really nice if you wear a lot of silver jewellery, as I do.
I really recommend it.
I have dry skin on my hands and I have to take special care to ensure that they are hydrated. Whenever my hands have been in water they are prone to splitting on and around the knuckle area. I first started to use Marks and Spencer Coconut Hand Cream about a year ago when I borrowed a little bit from my friend at work as she was sitting opposite me. I immediately fell in love with the rich creamy coconut smell and after I had used it I noticed how very soft and supple my hands felt compared to the way they had before.
It was for this reason that I bought my first ever tube and paid only £1 for a generous 100ml tube. The hand cream itself is white in colour and it is very thick and creamy. The smell is to die for and it lasts for ages on my skin, long after it has been absorbed. It is brilliant at just melting into my parched skin and it is absorbed very quickly indeed and doe not leave my hands feeling at all sticky or tacky afterwards.
I now permanently have a tube of this at my desk in the office so I do use it frequently throughout the day whilst I am at work and now my friend borrows mine! It is such a pretty looking tube too and looks really lovely. There is nothing at all negative I can say about it and I really recommend it.
I use nail varnish every day and my nails are prone to breaking and so I have to be very careful to use conditioning nail polish removers in order not to make the problem any worse. I love the Cutex range as I always feel they are really good quality and also affordably priced.
Sometimes my nail polish manages to really stain my nails badly, especially if I have used a really dark colour with a lot of pigment in. It was for this reason that I started to use Cutex Ultra Cleansing Nail polish remove as this really does manage to get off even the darkest of mail polishes and it doesn’t just smudge it off the nail either so it gets onto the skin.
I pay £2.59 for a 100ml sized bottle and it lasts me for ages. Another good thing about this nail polish remover is that it really seems to condition my nails and hydrates them and my nails have been less prone to splitting and breaking since I have been using this.
The remover contains (amongst other things) Fruit Acid, Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E. It doesn’t seem to smell as strong as some other nail polish removers I have used in the past and I just generally really like it and cannot say anything negative about it.
It may cost slightly more than the shop's own brands I have bought in the past but I really do think that this one is money well spent.
I never used to use lip liner until I reached my mid thirties and now hardly a day goes bay without my applying liner first before I put on my lipstick. I use it because I really do feel that it gives definition to my lips and also it helps the lipstick to last longer without the need to keep re applying.
My lip liner of the moment is Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Liner and this costs me just less than £4 from Bots.
This liner is retractable and does not need sharpening and it is the softest and most creamy li liner I have ever used. You have to be really careful not to pull out too much of the liner when you are using it as it is quite fragile and it can snap so keep it short and it lasts longer, in other words.
There are six shades in total to choose from in the range and I use the fairly lighter neutral one though there is one to match every shade of skin.
It lasts all days and I never need to re apply it and it has a little protective cap to put on when you are not using it to keep the creamy pencil intact. Using a lop liner always takes practice, and a steady hand though it personally find it is easy to use this type of creamy liner than the old fashioned pencil type.
I love this lip liner, it is so natural looking and very easy to apply.
I use Max Factor products a lot and have done since I first started to experiment with make up as a teenager. Today I am in my thirties and I still use Max Factor as generally speaking, their range is good quality and at prices that are affordable.
I love their Miracle Touch little pots of blushers as they come in such a huge range of colors, for every skin tone and they look so natural on the skin and are easy to apply. Everything you could want in a blusher, really.
The weather is really warm right now and I don’t like to wear a thick layer of make up on my face as when it is hotter I feel really uncomfortable, however, I still need to have some colour in my face as I am really pale.
I buy the Soft Pink colour in this range and I buy it from Boots and it costs £6.99. The blushers themselves are in round plastic pots and they are super easy to apply as they are really rich and thick in texture and you only need a tiny blob on the end of your ring finger to achieve a really natural light finish.
The colour leaves my skin looking naturally rose without it looking false and the colour lasts for most f the day without having to be re applied. It also is removed very easily at the end of the say with facial wipes.
It’s a great product and I really recommend it.
I use dry shampoos a lot and the batiste range is one I use all the time. Their range seems to have grown massively lately though and there are just so many to choose from. I have only recently started to use the fruity and cheeky cherry tins. They cost the same as the others - £1.59 from Home Bargains and they look just like a tin or hairspray.
I love the design of this one though and it looks quite nice sitting on my dressing table. I use this one the same as I do all the other dry shampoos in this range. It is really important to give the can a good shake between each and EVER spray and not just at the beginning as the contents settle really quickly.
A tin never lasts me very long and I don’t use it very often, and I think this is probably the only downfall of these dry shampoos. This products works by soaking up the greasy roots and though it is supposed to be suitable for all hair colours, it does leave a bit of a powdery look to the hair, no matter how much you brush it though so I am pleased my own hair is light rather than brunette.
It washes out well and smells lovely and fresh and clean and does not irritate the scalp.
Of course, nothing beats freshly washed hair, but this is a great little products to have on hand for those in between days.
I love nothing better than to paint my nails as I adore all the different colours there are now and I have so many in my collection you just wouldn't believe it. I have recently discovered the Miss Sporty range f nail polishes and I am really pleased to see that there is so much in terms of choice. I always paint my own nails though very occasionally I will treat myself to a manicure, when I can afford it or whenever I have been given a gift voucher for a spa day.
I have three different colours in the Miss Sporty range and they are all lovely. I have deep blue, hot pink and a lovely pale coral colour. They come in the standard sized brush, cost less than a fiver a time and they go on well. I always use two coats and make sure to use an under coat and a top coat.
The colours in this range, as I say, are great, and the varnish itself is quite dense, the brush is a good shape and none of the bristles fall out during application but the only downside is that I have yet to be able to wear one of the Miss Sporty polishes without the colour chipping off within forty eight hours!
I wouldn't say I am particularly heavy handed but I do find this range a bit useless in terms of being able to last beyond the two day mark and for this reason is loses a very definite two stars!
I was lucky enough to be given a voucher for the Bannatyne Spa in Darlington for a Leighton Denny Immaculate Manicure and I cam away with a load of Leighton Denny nail things including his white nail pencil which cost me £3.25. I have used the Boots own brand one but to be honest this one is far superior and I really think it also even easier to use.
The pencil looks almost the same as my cheaper Boots one but this one is a slightly harder pencil, I think and as such, it lasts longer and keeps its shape better even when you have used it on al ten nails.
I simply sharpen it with my beauty sharpener and it goes to a nice sharp fine pint, then I slightly wet it on my tongue and scrape it underneath ever nail. You use it under the nail and not on top of the nail and then I finish off by applying two thin coats of topcoat to seal it (under the nail too).
The pencil manages to give my nails a great polished look, which looks like it has been professionally done in a salon. I am so pleased I discovered this pencil and I know I would not go back to using my cheaper one now as this one is just so superior. It also has a little plastic top to use after you have finished - this is to protect the pencil and to prevent the point from being broken.
I am hooked!
Home Bargains are currently selling VO5 Moisture Soak shampoo for only 99p per 300ml sized bottles. I have used this range lots of times before so I have stocked up. This shampoo has been around for quite a while but it is still as good as it always was. It comes packaged in a bottle which leans to one side or looks “cut off” at the top – depending on which way you want to describe it. The lid flips up and is fairly sturdy when new so you have to give it a bit of a tug to begin with.
This shampoo is more of a gel and as such it is quite thick in consistency. I pour a small amount onto my hair before applying to wet hair and it lathers up really well and very fast. It has a lovely scent – not what I would describe as being floral though, more of a crisp forest scent which smells lovely and fresh – like the grass has been rained on during a summer’s day. Very nice.
It rinses off well and whenever I use this particular shampoo I find that I need to use far less conditioner than I do with any other shampoos as it really seems to restore the moisture balance to my hair. It leaves my air looking and feeling in much better conditioner – it gives it volume and bounce and I really like the way my hair smells after I have used this as the fragrance seems to last for a few days afterwards.
My hubby also loves this shampoo and I have also used it on my daughter do I consider it to be a shampoo which is suitable for the whole family to use and it is also suitable for use every day.
It is a bargain price at the moment and I really do recommend it.
I have used quite a few products in the Aussie range and lately I have been using their three minute miracle conditioner as my hair is rather frizzy and looks out of control. I use a lot of heated appliances on my hair and I don’t think this helps so I need to use a fairly intensive conditioner, but one that also will not make my roots greasy at the same time.
I bought this products from Tesco where it was on offer at buy one get one half price, so I also bought the Miracle Moist shampoo at the same time, as I love that. This conditioner comes in a cylinder shaped container which sits on its head. Yu have to squeeze the tube firmly and the very thick conditioner comes out of the bottom. There is no lid on this tube but simply a little piece of sticky paper on the end but it never comes out of the tube unless you squeeze it as it is so very thick.
The first thing you notice abut this conditioner is that it has a gorgeous smell of bubble gum. It really is a very intense smell and it seems to get stronger when you leave it on your hair with the heat of the shower.
The conditioner is peach in colour and it rinses off well despite being very thick. It leaves my hair feeling in much better condition and the best thing abut it is that it doesn’t make my roots go greasy. My hair looks and feels more hydrated after I have used this product but I always make sure to leave it on y hair for exactly three minutes as the directions state.
It is too intense to use every day but I use it once or twice a week just to rehydrate my hair and to prevent it looking to frizzy.
I would definitely recommend it.
My hubby and myself always use a mouthwash, I use it more often than he does though. I have tried all sorts of different types and the one we are both using at the moment in Boots own brand called Advanced Total Care Coolmint. The bottle is 500ml in size and last time I bought this it cost me £4 though I have also managed to get it on special offer a few times when it has been reduced to £2.85
This mouthwash comes in a clear plastic bottle and the mouth wash itself is a lovely bright blue in colour. The top also doubles up as the little cup you use to gargle with this mouth wash and there is a measuring device which shows when you have filled it to the 30ml mark. I use this at least once a day after I have brushed my teeth and I swill it around my mouth for a minute or so and gargle with it before spitting out.
It has a great fresh cool mint taste and it really does help to freshen the breath even if you use it between brushing your teeth. It is quite a strong taste though so it is no good if you are one of those people who prefers their mouth was on the milder side.
The bottle lasts us about four months between us (as he only uses it once a week or so) and it is good at fighting plaque and cavities and makes my breath feel nice and fresh for ages after I have sued it.
I do recommend it.
I have puffy eyes, there is no denying it. I have tried so many different things to help to de-puff and none of them really work, or at leas not as much as I hope they will. I love Olay as a range and therefore was eager to try their eye contour gel, which cost me £6.99 for a tiny little pot.
This gel is clear, comes in a small glass jar and has a twist off lid. I tend to keep all f my eye de-puffing products in the top drawer of my fried, as this one was no exception, as I often find they work better when they are colder.
This gel has no smell that I am able to detect. It is clear and firm in consistency and you need only dab the tiniest bit on your ring finger and gently dab all around the eye area. I put mine on top of the lid as well and underneath.
I have been using this product now for months and I can honestly say that my eyes look no less puffy than they did before. I have been religious about using this product every day and every night, without fail, but sadly it has made no difference at all.
I think the cooling sensation de puffs alone so you may as well just use a cold carrot (for example) as this cream, and save yourself a bit of money into the bargain.
Sorry Olay but this one gets a thumbs down from me.
I use loads of different types of shampoos and Herbal Essence is a range I use a lot. They were selling their clarifying shampoo in home bargains the other week at only 79p a bottle and I bought one of them as they are meant to be for greasy hair.
Now I have greasy roots and dry ends and whilst this shampoo des get rid of the grease, there is no doubt about that – it really does take it out of the ends of my hair and I end up looking like I have hair made out of straw whenever I sue this shampoo.
This shampoo is called Fresh Balance and as such, it is designed to rebalance your hair and clarify it. I have used clarifying shampoos many times before but this one is on the harsh side in terms of it stripping out the natural oils out of my hair.
You really need to use this shampoo sparingly as it lathers up well. You also need to use a lot more conditioner on your hair than you normally would as this stuff is seriously drying. It is hard to manage my hair after I have used this shampoo as it feels rather leaden and lifeless and has no volume or bounce.
The smell is lovely and fresh and has a citrus tone to it but I cannot possibly recommend this shampoo unless you have such greasy hair that it is actually dripping. It might make a good washing up liquid though!