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I bought this foundation in different colours for both my mum and my sister who barely wear make-up. I'm doing my sister's wedding make-up so was looking for a light foundation that gave reasonable coverage and photographed well. After having this recommended to me by several friends, I decided to give it a go.
The 30 ml tube costs around £25 and can be bought from stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser. I bought mine from Debenhams because they will colour match it for you and give you a free sample to take away and try which was ideal for my mum and sister as they don't often wear make-up so could get used to it before committing to buy.
The foundation is liquid, with SPF 10. It applies very smoothly and a small amount goes a long way. I find it easiest to apply a small amount to my hand, and then apply it with a brush. This way you won't waste any because you can build it up slowly, and won't end up putting too much on your face. Once applied I usually set it with a loose powder but have tried it without and it still lasts as long.
It gives nice coverage but feels light and doesn't look too cakey (which I found with the normal version of the Double Wear Foundation). It also builds up nicely, so whilst a small amount is usually adequate, if you wanted more coverage, you can apply more without it looking bad. It stays in place well too - depending on what you're doing it can last all day, but will last at least 5/6 hours which is ideal for my sister's wedding day. It also photographs well, again, unlike the normal Double Wear Foundation. I found the normal version makes you look very pale in photos but for some reason this doesn't - it looks very natural.
Overall I've been very impressed as it does everything I need it to do for the wedding day. I personally prefer something a bit heavier but I wear make-up every day. For my mum and sister, this is ideal.
I started using this deodorant a few years ago and alternate between this one, and one of the other Dove Go Fresh range - the Cucumber and Green Tea. The antiperspirant comes in a 50ml roll-on but the same range is available in a spray. It costs about £1.50-£2 but is often on offer so I don't usually pay more than £1 because I buy several when they're on offer and are usually on offer once every few months. They're sold in most supermarkets and make-up stores like Boots and Superdrug.
The deodorant itself is really nice. It works really well which is why I have stuck with it for the last few years. It smells lovely, although I personally prefer the Cucumber one, but I like to alternate. It's a subtle smell too which is good because if you use perfume or body spray, the deodorant isn't over powering. It does leave white marks on clothes if you get dressed whilst it's still wet but I haven't found this is much of a problem because it dries fairly quickly.
I know deodorant is a very personal thing and this is the one for me. I would definitely recommend it because it works, it's cheaper and it smells nice.
I own several of these and I love them! They are small pots of eye shadow powder that are available in over 60 colours, so there really is a shade for every occasion. They cost about £4.50 per pot and can be bought from most high street make-up stores like Boots.
The thing I love the most about them is how shimmery they are. You only need to use a tiny amount to give a beautiful shimmer to the eyes, or because they are so pigmented, using slightly more gives a really intense look. They blend really well because it's powder so it's really easy to create a look using more than one colour. The range of shades is also something I love, because they are all really nice colours so overtime, you can build up a really nice collection. The overall look is really beautiful however they're not flawless.
One negative I have found with the dazzle dust is that it can be so messy because it's loose powder. You have to be very careful not to get too much on your brush, and then have to be careful applying it otherwise you get a lot of fall out underneath the eye. I would definitely recommend using a primer, such as the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and then apply the eye shadow immediately after so it sticks well. If you want a more intense look, I would also recommend building it up and patting it on, rather than using a lot all at once because it will go everywhere!
The only other downside is the price. £4.50 for such as small pot is quite a lot. Having said that, a little bit goes a long way so despite being small pots, they will last quite a long time. Barry M also often have a lot of offers so if you're patient, you can usually get it cheaper.
I would recommend these but personally prefer compact eye shadow powder rather than loose. For example, the Urban Decay shadows are just as shimmery and pigmented but less messy... but that's just personal preference.
I love all Nivea products and this is no exception. I bought it initially because I was going on holiday and moisturise a lot more on holiday so wanted a big pot of relatively inexpensive moisturiser that could be used everywhere. This moisturiser can be bought in a tube, small pot or huge pot which is good for me because I wanted a big pot, but now use the tube as I don't go through as much. It's fairly cheap - I think the huge pot costs about £6 but it lasts ages because a little moisturiser goes a long way. The big pot is more cost effective but the smaller pot and the tube aren't over-priced, they're just more expensive per ml.
The moisturiser itself is lovely. It can be used everywhere - body, hands and face - which is why I bought it because I didn't want to have take loads of products with me. For me, it works perfectly, although I know after a couple of weeks it made my Mum's face a little greasier because it's heavier than her usual face moisturiser so if you were using it long term, I would probably recommend buying a moisturiser specifically for the face, and just using this on your body. It doesn't feel greasy on application and soaks in pretty quickly and feels very light. A little goes a long way, even on really dry skin and the difference are immediate! Your skin immediately looks so much healthier and hydrated. Long term, it stops the skin drying out and even after not using it for a few days the effects are still there so now I usually just use it a couple of times a week.
Overall, it's a really nice moisturiser, and very good value for money!
I own this eyeliner in black and use it almost every day. I've tried so many eyeliners and this is by far the best for me! Its relatively inexpensive at about £4 and one eyeliner will last me a couple of months using it virtually every day.
The eyeliner itself is a very nice smooth consistency so it glides on really easily, on either the waterline or top lash line. I use it instead of liquid liner most days because it's very pigmented so still gives the definition but is quicker and less messy than liquid liner. It stays on very well as well because it's waterproof so even if your eyes water it will still be there. I sometimes have to top up on my waterline once a day but only because I like really intense colour, not because it's all come off.
I think the main reason this eyeliner was a keeper for me though is because of its extra features. I love the fact that it twists up unlike normal eyeliners that need sharpening, because I always forget to sharpen them. It also means you can wind it back down so that the tip doesn't get squashed. If you do want to sharpen it there is a sharpener on the other side of the smudger, but I rarely use this. Because it's attached though it means you'll never lose it! It also comes with a smudger with works well but again, I rarely use it so can't comment.
I got a sample of this in a magazine, and although I've had it months it still hasn't run out! But when it does, I will definitely be buying some. I mainly use this on my cheeks as a blush but have used it on my lips once or twice and it seems to do a nice job there too. It's really easy to apply, although you have to be careful not to apply too much or it can look a bit too bright! I usually wipe the brush on the side of the bottle to get rid of a lot of it, and then just put one or two streaks on each cheek. Another tip is to do one cheek and rub it in before the other, unless you're quite quick, because otherwise you can see where the streaks were because it's a stain! Once you've rubbed it in, it gives a really subtle, dewy colour to the cheeks. You can then apply more if it's too light but I would recommend doing it gradually rather than a lot at once because it's a stain and can look quite bright but it difficult to get off!
The price would put me off if I hadn't ever tried the product, because it does seem quite expensive when you can get similar alternatives cheaper, but now I've tried it I would recommend it. The bottle will last forever because you only use such a small amount and my little sample (which is tiny) has lasted me ages! So I think that bottle would last me years!
Although I'm young and don't really get bad dark circles under my eyes, I love make-up and I really wanted to give this a go - now I use it every day! It costs about £6 but the first time I bought it, I bought it on offer. The reason I decided to try it, other than the price, is because it claims to be cool and refreshing. I was not disappointed - it feels really nice when you've just woken up! It applies really smoothly and just makes your eyes feel fresh before applying make-up. The concealer is also really good and comes in 2 shades so it suits different skin tones. Although I don't really have dark circles, it does make a difference and brightens up my face. I also use it on my lids as well as under-eye because it works well as a primer for eye shadow, by evening the skin tone and giving something for the shadow to stick to. This is one of the main reasons I have continued buying it, because not only did it make a difference to my under-eyes which I didn't really expect, it also double's up as a primer, saving me money buying more products. So whether you have dark under-eye circles or not, I would recommend this product!
I've been buying this foundation for a couple of years now because I can't fault it. I used to buy so many different foundations but then I found this and it's so good! It's reasonably priced at about £12 but is often on offer or part of an offer at Boots so I usually buy it when it's on offer because I know I'll use it. It looks like a really small amount in the pot but it goes a long way, so using it every day, a pot usually lasts me 2-3 months. You also get the sponge so you don't have to buy them either, saving you money. The foundation itself is so nice! It literally melts onto the skin making it really smooth to apply, and as I said, a small amount goes a long way. I usually wipe the sponge across the foundation once and then dab it onto each cheek, my nose, chin and forehead and then spread it out. That small amount is usually enough to cover my face. It gives a medium coverage but feels very light and doesn't look at all cakey. The other thing I love it that you can use it as a concealer too by just getting a small amount on your finger and then dabbing it onto a blemish. This way it doesn't look a different colour like some concealers because it matched the rest of your face.
Although some people may find this a little pricey, it is definitely worth it, and I haven't found one person yet who has bought it and disliked it.
I adored my Samsung D900 and I still keep it as a spare phone because I know it will always work! Technically, this obviously isn't a state of the art phone, although what it can do, it does very well. The phone is small and compact but very sturdy. Unlike some slide phones, the slide mechanism is very smooth, and never got stuck. You can use the phone without sliding it up too. The features of the Samsung D900 are similar to most phones developed at the time. There are downloadable games (the Tetris I would definitely recommend!) but everything else is pre-loaded onto the phone itself. One feature that really impressed me was the camera. It takes surprisingly good photos and has a flash. I replaced this phone because I wanted a smartphone, but used it for about two and a half years (normally I only have a phone for a year so I was very impressed to keep it that long!) and I think it's just a good, reliable phone.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to buy a phone as either a second phone, for nights out or because they lost/broke a phone. It might not be very technical but it so reliable and does the job very well.
This is the only phone I've had for less than a year... it was that bad! Initially I thought it was great because it was the first phone I'd had that was touch screen and could do so much more than my old phone, but after a few months it became very slow and would freeze frequently. By the time I'd had it 10 months, it sometimes took more than 5 minutes to open something that I'd pressed. So frustrating!!
So what was good? The phone is nicely designed - not too big and feels well built. I like this sized phone a lot more than some of the bigger ones around now. The price is also good for a smartphone (although now there is more competition because smartphones are common). The music player and headphones it came with were as good as they claimed too. That's what the phone is designed for and I think they've done a good job - it's easy to choose a song and the sound quality is great. Most other features of the phone are also fairly decent, when it was new out the box and so initially I couldn't really complain.
The problem with it was, as I said, after a few months it started playing up and it got worse from then on. It honestly became the worst phone I've ever had! It didn't do what it was designed for anymore. Whether this was just my phone or the model as a whole I don't know but from my experience, it isn't worth the money.
A more modern alternative I would recommend now is the Samsung Galaxy Ace. It costs about £150 so isn't too expensive, is about the same size but works so well.
This was my first iPod and I love it. I've always liked iPod's but not so much to buy one. When I saw this I just wanted it so much! It's so well designed and I haven't been disappointed! My initial concern was that it would be complicated to use but it's really not. To open a folder or playlist you simply press on it, to play a song or shuffle you press it and to go back you swipe left to right... it's that simple. To adjust volume there are proper buttons so if you're walking or running somewhere you don't have to unclip it and mess around with the touch screen which is well thought out. You can also set the 'hold' button to have a specific function if you double click it - I have mine to pause but you can also use it to skip to the next song, again, a well thought out feature. The build quality is good. Even though it's small, it feels sturdy. I also like the clip because it's perfect for exercise. I just feel that everything is well thought out, making a really easy to use, beautiful device.
This was the first Urban Decay Palette I bought and it made me fall in love with Urban Decay! The palette has 15 new shades - 5 neutral colours, 5 bright colours and 5 dark shades. There is also a mix of shimmery ones and a couple of the glittery ones (which I like less because they're messier). I have found I use the neutral colours the most because they work well for everyday makeup but there isn't one shade in there that I don't use regularly so it's definitely worth the money! The shadows themselves are very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The colour also stays on all day so there's no need to be topping up midday. I have also found they work well if you use a slightly wet liner brush and use it as top eye liner because they are so pigmented. If you want an eye shadow palette that has a variety of shades that are excellent quality, this palette is the one. It's good value considering the price of an individual urban decay shadow and the quality of the shadows. And on top of all of that, the packaging is beautiful!
This is one of the best purchases I've ever made! I love it. The first Urban Decay Palette I bought was the 15th Anniversary one which has 3 neutral colours, 3 bright colours and 3 darker shades. I love the whole thing but I went through the neutral shades quickly because they're more appropriate for an everyday look which is why I decided to buy this palette. The colours are so nice! There's a nice mix of light and dark shades but because they're not bright they're still appropriate for everyday. You can do such a variety of looks too - I am using them to do my sister's wedding make up because she wanted something very subtle. Even though it looks like you don't get much of each shade, they're so pigmented; a little goes a long way, unlike cheaper shadows where you have to pack it on. They stay on all day (particularly if you use the primer potion that comes with it) and so it's such good value for money because it genuinely lasts a long time. Best make up item I've ever bought!
These are the first contact lenses I've ever had. I didn't wear glasses previously except for in lectures, but I noticed my eyesight was getting worse so I figured I needed a more permanent improvement, particularly since I started driving again. Initially I wanted the continuous 'all-day all-night' ones but the optician said I needed these first as it's a big step to go from not wearing contacts at all to wearing contacts all the time. I was reluctant because of the hassle but actually I'm pleasantly surprised. They're reasonably prices at £13 a month including solution, although I feel like you have to be quite careful with the solution to ensure it lasts a month. The contacts themselves are great. I can't tell I'm wearing them anymore (I could for the first week but I was probably just getting used to them) and they are very easy to put in and take out, which was my main concern. I've had no problems at all. You can wear them for 16 hours at a time which so far has been plenty as I'm not at uni at the moment so have been waking up late. For anyone debating contacts I would definitely recommend them, because I was reluctant but it is so nice being able to see properly all the time! I still think I might get the continuous wear ones if I can because it's all the positive aspects of wearing contacts without the hassle of putting them in/out/cleaning them but if the optician says I can't have them I'll be more than happy with these.
I had this phone for almost two years and just replaced it with a Samsung Galaxy Ace. Overall I did like it and initially I was very impressed, however towards the end of the two years, I did notice it was becoming slower and less reliable which is why I decided to change. When two year contracts are standard, I feel a phone should be able to keep up!
Initially I loved the phone. The screen is one of the best things in my opinion. It's very bright and very clear, and also responsive as a touch screen. From pictures to text, I think the screen, particularly at the time I bought it, is such good quality. The glass is also very tough. I dropped my phone so much but it never cracked or broke, and only towards the end did it get scratched. Comparing this with the newer HTC Sensation (which my boyfriend has) and some other HTC models I've seen off friends, this is better on the Desire, as many of my friends screens have cracked.
The phone also has a nice build quality, and although some people find it a bit heavy, I liked this as it feels well built. That said, the case is easily scratched and this shows quite quickly. I also found that after about a year, where your hand holds the phone, the paint was coming off... literally just from holding the phone in my hand when texting. Not good!
The software is decent, and if you keep updated works well. Although after a while I noticed it became slower... I could have done a factory reset or something but I don't like to fuss with my phone too much and so this was a problem. I also found the internal memory was too small. I had a memory card in there and when I could I moved apps, pictures etc onto it but for some reason, the apps that were on the device's internal memory, such as facebook and messages took up so much room that I also had 'insufficient memory'.
Overall, I would recommend this phone because it is the first phone I've put up with for more than a year so it must be good, however, I wouldn't sign up for a two year contract with it again for the reasons above.