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I was looking at new mascaras in Superdrug a while ago and sought the opinion of the girl working in the make up aisle. She told me that it was one of their most popular mascaras at that point in time.
As there was a 3 for 2 offer at the time that persuaded me to buy it. It costs roughly £10.
First impressions were good, the pale and hot pink against the black of the tube looked eye catching and I thought the idea of a double brush intriguing. The idea was that you use Step 1 to define your lashes and then Step 2 to volumise them.
So, I tried it and must say the results were a little disappointing especially for the price.
Step 1 involves taking out the brush and using it as a definition and length tool This is time consuming but does the job of defining them more in preparation for Step 2. So far so good. But then Step 2 came where you pulled the brush out from the lid marked Step 2 and it looks like a different brush; it is the same one however, just with loads more mascara loaded onto the lashes. The end result is that the excess mascara on the now seemingly huge brush tip caused clumps and lumps on my eyelashes, ironically, what it claims to avoid.
So the answer would seem to be using Step 1 brush only but this gives very limited volume and takes some time to do so and you would have to pair it up with another mascara for the volume part so it is as if half the price is wasted.
Not the best use of money.
For a long time, I had been wearing what was in effect a children's watch or perhaps a teenager's watch more accurately, bought for about £10 one day when mine stopped working.
For Christmas, I mentioned that I could do with a slightly more adult looking watch and I was bought the Accurist LB1730P. Mine was bought from Argos sbutcame in one of Accurist's simple white presentation box.
The watch is an interesting mixture between silver and gold. Therefore, it matches with pretty much anything, both colours being quite classic. Mostly it's silver but down the middle runs a streak of gold.
The watch face is mother of pearl surrounded by tiny diamonds and the hands are gold. There are no numbers on the fascia apart from the digits 12. On the right hand size of the face is a tiny window where the day of the moth shows.
You can alter this, and the time by using the little adjustment knob on the side. Pulling it out to various extremes allow you to do different things. Only problem is that sometimes my date is one day behind because it changes out of kilter with the real world time but that does not matter to me that much as I use it purely as a time tool rather than a calendar.
When I got mine it was much too big. Argos offered a free fitting service which I took advantage off during the busy Boxing Day sale. I had about 4 links removed until it sat snugly on my wrist.
The only thing I miss compared to my old watch is that this is a clasp style rather than a quick push it on bracelet style so it's harder to rush it in the morning.
I've had it for about 8 - 9 months now and no complaints.
I normally really like the Special K range by Kelloggs and I have some favourites in the range though all I have tried have been at least okay.
This new variety called Strawberry Clusters is a bit of a departure from the usual Special K style which is normally flakes plus something or with a coating of something. Had it not been in the recognisable packaging I would have not guessed it be part of that range.
The box looks enticing, it has the well known red letter K on the front and a picture of some of these clusters with some strawberries in the background. A 45g serving is 175 calories and I did notice it was very low in fibre for a cereal, just 3.5g per 100g.
The first scent you get is like that off an air freshener whien you open the box - ie not very genuine. Each cluster is made of multi grain with tiny bits of dried strawberrry. But unforutnately, it is not as nice as it sounds. The cereal is very crunchy to the extent of hurting my teeth and I couldn't taste all the diffetent grains, just the overall taste of glaze that holds the clusters together with the odd sharp fruit taste.
It was relatively filling I suppose on the plus side but to me, it was a cereal bar trying to be a cereal- far too sweet for the morning. It just did not work in its current state.
Will not eat this again.
Superdrug was recently running a buy one get one free on the all Johnson face wipe range. There were several varieties to choose from all priced £3.05 each.
This one was in lilac coloured rectangular packaging and was a special fragranced variety designed to induce sleep. I cannot say that I need much help getting to sleep as generally tired but I liked the idea of it and the moonflower sounded intriguing. Plus I had seen these wipes recommended in a magazine.
As usual, you lift up a tab in the middle and pull the wipes out of a slot. The tab seems to be very gluey which is good because if it is not, then the air gets in and the wipes will dry out which is unpleasant and best avoided. There were 25 wipes in the pack so it will last you just under a month.
They are quite moist for face wipes, perhaps not so much so as their Fragrance Free ones in the white pack but enough to do the job without leaving a slighly glistening layer behind.
In terms of how it removed make up, it did okay, similarly well to the other Johnsons I have tried and the Simple range. It only required 1-2 swipes on a patch to get the makeup off. However, it didn't perform quite as well as I would have liked around the eyes as the Simple ones do, requiring more swipes.
These aren't bad, they don't dry out my skin which is really important and they are quick to use. Not too sure on the fragrance, it is nice, quite gentle, but seeing as I don't need help to sleep I would prefer to stick with The Fragrance Free vareity to try and keep any bad reaction away.
Not so long ago, I came across a range called I Love... in Superdrug. I had bought the strawberries and milkshake version and been impressed and so wanted to try others.
One of the others that I bought was this the I Love Raspberry & Blackberry Bubble Bath & Shower Creme.
Firstly, the packaging is very attractive. I was surprised when I saw the prices at first as they looked much more expensive. The bottles all come in 500 ml sizes. They are clear and mostly cyclindrical till the top when they are dome shaped with a black flip top. This enables you to see when you are about to run out which is a real must for me. The writing and drawings and etched on the sides in black. It's very simple but looks very smart.
The colour of this variety is quite striking, almost a blood red, quite unusual and when it's running down the sides of the bath can look a bit like a mock up horror scene....
It does smell quite tangy, almost sharp, noticeably more so than the strawberry version. It's not my favourite scent though for a sharp morning scent it's okay. Not so much an evening item I would say. It's very easy to use although the consistency may be a little less thick than I like though I like really think shower gels. However, the bottle is lasting quite a long time so on the whole not too thin.
The best bit is that it is only £1.99. Most 250 ml bottles cost a good £1.50 so this is very good I think. I can easily see these selling for £4, twice the current price as they smell and look good.
Having recently become a fan of Simple's face wipes after I was sent a free pack to try, and having been pleasantly surprised I decided to test some of the competitor's...
Superdrug was running a buy one get one free on the all Johnson face wipe range. There were several varieties to choose from all priced £3.05 each.
This one was in cream coloured rectangular packaging and was a fragrance free variety. My skin, though I am not sure I would call it sensitive, takes any opportunity it can to get blotchy or spotty so I do try and keep what I buy fragrance/colouring free if possible. I'm not sure I want a face wipe make my face smell of anything anyway.
As usual, you lift up a tab in the middle and pull the wipes out of a slot. The tab seems to be very gluey which is good because if it is not, then the air gets in and the wipes will dry out which is unpleasant and best avoided. There were 25 wipes in the pack which is the same as Simple offers.
The first thing that struck me was that they seemed quite sturdy, some wipes can be so thin as to make you feel that you are going to go through them but now with this. The second thing was that it was very moist. I really dislike dry wipes as I find they need to be rubbed on the skin much more to get the makeup off but I found that these were just a bit too far in the opposite direction and could have stood to be slightly drier. My face was slightly glistening after using it which I didn't like much.
In terms of how it removed make up, it did okay, better than the Soap and Glory ones I have also tried recently. It only required 1-2 swipes on a patch to get the makeup off. However, it didn't perform quite as well as I would have liked around the eyes and there was still a bit of mascara when I came to clean my face with a hot flannel afterwards. On the plus side, my skin did not feel dry at all after usage.
I'll keep using these till they run out but at the moment, Simple might be the winner.
Normally when out and about and going for Italian, I like to go to Ask if looking for pizza/pasta places but thought for a change that when out over the weekend, my boyfriend and I would go to Prezzo in Kingston instead. We had tried to go before but told there was a 40 min wait one Saturday night so went elsewhere in the end. This time, we went straight in.
The waitress was very friendly, introduced herself and came and checked on us a couple of times whilst we were eating and was generally very smiley. We got a table though it was relatively busy.
The menu was reasonably varied, pizzas, pastas, grills, salads, light bites and so on. I thought I would try something I hadn't tried before and picked Chicken Ravioli. My boyfriend ordered a margherita pizza.
The food was brought to us relatively quickly, within about 20 minutes I would say. However, I was quite surprised to see that there wasn't that much to my meal, about 9 raviolli, I expected a bit more, it looked very pretty on the plate but I prefer a good meal to a work of art when I go out to eat. It tasted fine I admit, though there was only a very thin layer of chicken in the past. This was accompanied by some bacon and a few peas so it looked pretty I admit.
My boyfriend did not want all his pizzas so in the interest of comparing to other margerita pizzas, I had a small slice from his plate. I have to say it was really bad, the first mouth I took, I thought, this is not nice and the second confirmed it so I eat no more, the cheese was just so awfully plastic it made the whole pizza taste horrid, it's the sort of taste I would expect from a £1 pizza from a budget supermarket.
We didn't feel like dessert so asked for the bill. When I presented a Second Dish for £1 voucher, the man gave me a bit of annoyed look so that wasn't the nicest.
Overally, not overly impressed, might go there again for variety in the future but not one that is going on my favourites list.
As part of a recent Glamour give away, included with the magazine were little pots of Benefit products. One of these was Benetint.
Benetint is a stain that can be used on cheeks or on lips. I bought it more interested in using it as a cheek colour, being a little dubious about dual products anyway, a bit like 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioners, I just don't think they work as well over all.
The item comes in a rather nice little presentatin box, even the little trial size one I got, inside is a bottle that looks just like a nail polish, indeed the colour and look of it would lead me to attempt to paint my nails with it should I not actually know its true purpose. The bottle is designed to reflect the colour of the product so it's a deep pink to red colour with a white screw top. Luckily, unlike Posietint, it is semi-see-through so you can see when it is running out.
The applicator is just like a nail polish brush, the liquid inside is of a quite runny consistency, thinner than Posietint, too thin for me as it borders on waterines and thus makes it harder to use. You are supposed to dab three spots on your cheeks and blend in but sometimes you can end up looking splodgy like that if you aren't great at blending.
The colour is somewhere between deep pink and red, more suitable for mid colour skin I think, I, as a fair skinned girl, don't find it as flaterring as it could be. However, it packs more a punch on the lips though again, the watery consistency doensn't make it easy.
I don't think I'd buy this myself, I might buy the sister product Posietint (which I also reviewed) but the darker colour and thinness of the product is off-putting and as it's around £20 for a bottle, I want to be wholly convinced.
A couple of months ago I was made aware via Money Saving Expert that there was going to be a magazine freebie in Glamour for Benefit Posietint. I had heard good things about this product and though don't bother usually buying magazines thought it worthwhile to spend £2 even if I just threw the magazine away so that I could try it myself.
If I had not known beforehand, I would have easily believed it to be a nail polish. I am used to blush being in a powder compact or maybe in a pot of it's a mousse style but this was something totally new to me to see it in a liquid format. However, I also disovered that it is also supposed to be used as a lip colour so a 2 for 1 product really.
The packaging is quite sweet, inside a pink cardboard box is a metallic pink pot with a red flower on it and a white screw top which unscrews and there is a brush on the end just like a nail colour. Though the pot is very pretty unfortunately, its design means you cannot see how much is in the bottle meaning it's a gamble as to when you are running out or have indeed already run out...
To apply on the cheeks you simply take the brush and are supposed to do a cross on your cheek and then use your fingers to rub it in quickly before it dries.
However, if you do have foundation or powder underneath, rubbing in the colour can cuase you to take other layers of make up off simultaneously which looks bad so many suggest putting this on under face power or under foundation.
Personally I apply a powder blush then just use a splodge of this on the very apples of the cheeks but just work out what works best for you.
I did try and use it as a lip tint but it didn't show up on me - perhaps this is because my lips are quite dark naturally I am not sure. However, it doesn't bother me as I bought it for the cheeks which it works well for.
It is very bright pink, almost fluoresecent on the brush but once blended in, calms down somewhat to give a very girlish pink. It's not everyone's cup of tea but I think it works well on fair complexions.
A good buy for £2 certainly but not sure about paying full price for it.
12.5ml costs £24.50.
I was restocking my make up bag with some new lipsticks and encouraged by some recent purchases of Maybelline's Superstay lip stain, thought I would also try Max Factor's new Lip Tint pen.
I don't usually bother with fancy brands for lipstick but this was an interesting concept. Instead of having a literal stick of lipstick, or liquid lip colour that you apply with a wand or brush, this was an actual lip pen, ie. like a felt tip.
I was drawn to this as I thought it would be quick and very easy to apply giving long lasting colour so I bought a few shades at one go. I wish I had not.
The product looks nice and very typical Max Factor. It's a black pen with a coloured lid to reflect the chosen shade. You simply are supposed to colour in your lips as if you were colouring in a painting with a colour felt tip pen.
Sadly it does not work as planned. Firstly, it is quite hard to use on the lips. The nib is very hard and it's sore when you use it on your lips, because the nib has no movement in it, it is a bit hard to do the contours of your mouth also, the pen dries up relatively quickly even if you always put the cap back on.
Most annoyingly, I bought several colours all in one go ranging from light pink to a dark pink to a cherry red, yet, once on the lips, they all look almost identical. What's the point?
I also found that once it had been on a little while and exacerbated by eating / drinking, it would rub off unevenly which looked quite silly.
Thumbs down from me...
I remember having tried these some years back when it was called something like 12 hour superstay. It seems that year by year the number of house it's supposed to stay on your lips goes up and up as they do release and repackaging year by year.
This, I believe, replaced the 18hour superstay. I was tempted to buy these due to the pretty range of colours availalbe and the fact that they were on a 3 for 2 offer. As they are about £8 each, that is quite helpful. It had been a while since I had bought lipstick so I bought a few shades.
There is probably about 25 shades in the range, they go from nude to pink to purple to red, to orange/brown tones so something to make most people happy I should think.
The lipstick has two parts, once in the liquid colour stain and the other the balm. At one end, you undo the cap by twisting it and out comes a wand. I much prefer wands to the brush style so this was good for me.
Apply a light layer of the colour to your lips and spread out quickly. You don't want to leave it too long and it dries in one place. It's easiest to build the colour if one layer is not enough for you. It's important to get an even spread though as it does not look nice when patchy.
Once that it's dried after about 1 minute, you unsrew the other end and in there is a balm stick. Usually I find a little of the lip stain colour comes off on the balm which shows either that I haven't let it dry for long enough, or, it comes off too easily already. Not sure which.
If you do run out of the included balm, you can buy a replacement or of course just use your normal Vaseline or Carrmex or what not.
So, does the lipstick last 24 hours? No. Was I surprised? No. It does pretty well and stays on for most of the day, just wearing off a little but of course, once you start eating and drinking, it's hard for at least some of it not to come off.
The shades I recommend are Wildberry, beautiful, deep pinkinsh purple, Rose Dust, for a classic pink red colour, Absolute Plus for a more full one red lip and another one which name I forget but it's a soft pink colour very natural.
Ones I cannot recommed are the popular Delicious Pink, looked terribley fake on my fair complexion and Cherry Pie which is a show stopper red but applies terriibly for some reason, (I think some come out thinner than others).
So all in all, a good buy especially on offer but make sure you get a good shade.
New Look is one of my, if not my main, favourite clothing stores. The one near me is fortunately of a good size and relatively accessible. Though I had long used the store itself and been happy, I had not yet used its online store.
However, I, being signed up to their e-newsletter, recently got an email telling me loads of new items had been put in the sale and that was encouragement enough as of course, there is always more variety online than instore.
So I went online and placed a large order recently.
The good points I noticed were that, as well as telling you what sizes are in stock, it gives an indication of which ones are running low, very helpful, if like me, you deliberate and um and ah and then you find it's sold out. Secondly, of course, the prices are low, this is the case even when there is no sale on as New Look is quite competitive. Thirdly the speed of delivery was excellent. My order was placed at 2am on Saturday morning and with me by Monday first thing. Impressive. Fourth, the returns process is very hassle free. Either go in to a store and do it there, or they run a free return programme via Collect Plus where you go and hand in the package at a particpating newsagent and they send it back on your behalf.
The bad points is that stuff sells out fast and also I wish that they would help you bulid each item into an outfit so if you are looking at a particular skirt, for example, they might suggest good tops to go with it and so on.
Will use this again no doubt.
A few years ago, I played a game on the Ninendo DS called Hotel Dusk Room 215. I absolutely loved it and this is the follow up that was released in 2010.
It's an unusual type of game, if anyone ever played/read those adventure books when you were young, where you allocated yourself certain points unpon the roll of the dice for your character and then you had to move to different pages according to what decisions you made, then this is kind of like that only, 20 years later and all updated with modern technology, in essence, you push the story forward.
It is a kind of mystery intrigue game, you play the character Kyle Hyde who is an ex detective, now salesman who is living in a former hotel which he discovers is about to be sold to new owners. He then receives an order sheet with a difference, his secret client wants him to solve a mystery related to the hotel and events of the past, and that's where it starts.
You move through the game, interacting with various characters, other residents, hotel staff etc, this is mostly in the form of converstions where you try and drag information out of them but sometimes you visit their room to have a nosy and try and find clues or pieces of evidence. You're free to move around and about the hotel but often thing B can't happen before thing A so in some ways it is pre-determined. Often I have got stuck and wandered around the hotel for ages, trying to find something that will push the investigation forward. I have had to resort to online guides a few time but I don't mind that.
The days are divided into chunks so first you may get a phone call from your boss, then you might want to go and have a word with a suspicious visitor, then maybe you need to watch a relvant TV programme, it really varies what you do and little by little, you will begin to piece the story together. Once you fininsh each 'chapter,', then you get asked a series of summary questions to make sure you are following the plot, you can look back at the story whenever you want too. You will also have a bag full of items that you have or pick up as you progress that are often employed in the story.
I think the artwork/graphics on this are really good and I love the style and they way that each character really does have their own personality and the music always matches the tone of the scene.
If you want something a bit different, but engrossing, this is for you.
I recently went to use one of my Biore nose strips and found that it had completely dried out and would not stick on my nose. First lesson, use your pack within two years.
So I went to buy some more. When I got to Boots, I found that they were selling the Biore strips, both the ones designed specically for the nose (which I have reviwed previously) and also ones that are designed for use all over the face.
They were about £8.16 per box but Boots had an offer of 2 items from the Biore range for £8 so it would have been silly to get only one so I got one of the nose ones and one of the face ones.
The box is a mid green with a picture of a lady with one of these on her forehead. You get 6 units in a box. Each strip is held in a foil type wrapper which I suppose is to try and keep it in the right condition and right level of moistness for as long as possible.
You have to thoroughly wet your skin where you want to apply it, it won't work if if your skin is dry. Then you peel off the protective clear backing and stick it firmly down on the skin. You ought to try and get it patted down as much as possible to ensure maximum contact with the skin.
You then leave it and go and do other things for a while to give it time to work. Eventually after about 10 - 15 minutes, it starts feeling really stiff, like paper mache and that's when you know it's ready to be removed. Removing it can hurt, either do it slowly and rip it suddenly, like a plaster, it's your choice.
Then what you should see on the strip is everything that has been pulled out of your pores. However, I could see nothing at all. Maybe this means I have very clean pores on my chin which is where I applied it, because when I use the nose ones, I do get a bit of gunk that gets pulled out. I did try using a nose one on my chin once but that didn't work so I thought that a specific one would be better but for me not so much.
I don't know therefore how effective they are. Maybe my skin is clear in that area, or maybe, it's because the nose always has large pores that the product will be effective there but not work elsewhere. I won't buy this one again but am happy to keep using the nose ones.
I saw these bars in Poundland recently where I discover quite a lot of unusual sweets. They were of course £1 each. Given the nature of the bar, a toffe apple and cinamon one, I could not help but wonder whether this was in fact a product that had been released at Halloween time and then Cadbury was trying to get rid of its remaining stock though I cannot say that I had seen this Bar of Plenty range before.
According to the back, there were 3 variants in the range, this one, a berry fruit and vanilla shortcake which I thought sounded interesting, and also, a hazelnut and cashew which I suspect would have tasted just like Wholenut. Anyway, there was only this one available so this one it was.
The bars are 140g so there's enough in it for a few days unless you really really like it I suppose. It's a combination of chocolate, spiced apple chunks and toffee pieces. What I did really draw my attention is the packaging, I think it looks great. The words Bar of Plenty are written in a cool orange story book kind of font and there's a green picture of chunks of apple and toffee flying around. I really liked it.
So onto the taste, my first impression, and lasting is that it was not as nice as I thought it could have been. The chocolate was standard Dairy Milk so no suprises there, however, the zing of the apple seemed to contrast too much with the rest of the bar, I suspect it was overly spiced for my taste buds. I would prefer it if it was just plain apple really. You can see the little chunks of apple which is a nice touch and I suppose you may get a teeny tiny bit of vitamins from it if I am looking for good points.
Overall, it was okay, I will eat it but not buy it again,