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The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter, 10ml (0.29oz 8.5g) £4 at thebodyshop.co.uk I love the smell of coconut but I don't like the smell of this, it's a fake sort of smell to me, It does feel like butter on your lips but its not a nice texture its greasy (I would prefer carmex).
It comes in a lovely little brown pot with a coconut sticker picture on the lid which is easy to screw on and off.
After a few uses I noticed clear lumps in mine its as though it is not blended correctly or something, ( I wonder if I just bought a dodgy pot) the butter itself is white but I can see clear lumps in it,
For £4 I am quite disappointed with mine!
There is one thing that I can see good in the lip butter and that is if you normally wear a nude lipstick but your lips are dry, you could use this instead of the nude lipstick until your lips regain their normal condition you could even use your lip liner first!
It feels frustrating on my lips (just want to wipe it off) I don't like the fake taste all in all not a huge fan!!
Garnier skin naturals roll-on anti-dark circles concealer is a very nice under eye concealer, it feels nice and cooling on the eye when you roll it on straight from the bottle it easy to apply too much but once you get used to how it comes out you no how many times to roll it, or you could do what I sometimes do and roll it a few times over your ring finger then massage your two ring fingers together and then pat it on your under eyes.
It gives a nice coverage and I find that it's a nice colour for my skin tone,
It comes in a 15 ml pale gold coloured bottle with a white screw cap and the roller ball is metal which aids the cooling sensation while rolling it under your eyes. The consistency is thin yet it doesn't take ages to dry in, its comfortable non greasy and non drying to the skin and does not settle into creases, I myself have oily skin and find this nice for my skin and I could well imagine it being just a lovely for dry skin too, I know the skin is different under the eyes!
I have had mine for ages about 6 months and there is still loads in on the bottle it does say once opened use within 6 months but I'm not going to chuck it yet as there is nothing wrong with it lol,
It £10.20 at boots.com at the minute and its on 3 for 2!
The body shop Vanilla Body mist is one is my favourite scents and is really good value for money especially for me because I use it as a perfume spray on my wrists, I find it is even better than the body shops Vanilla perfume oil, Which I also currently own however I have just checked the body shop website and I can't seem to find their perfume oils I can only see their White musk 30mls which is reduced to £7.70 from £11, a good buy in my opinion, I bought 2 bottles of it last year when they had an offer on, anyway back to the point lol
I find that the Vanilla body spray is more true to Vanilla than the perfume oil, you don't need much and the smell is divine! It comes in a 100ml bottle which lasts for ages especially if you use it in place of your usual perfume.
I find as a body mist, it takes a bit too long to dry and feels a bit sticky for a while afterwards!
It comes in a brown transparent plastic bottle with a screw on non aerosol pump, the product comes out in a nice fine mist unlike other brands I have tried that comes out more wet which can feel unpleasant especially as the weather is getting colder!
I find vanilla to be a very pleasant and warming smell I love it as does my hubby when I wear it, but if you don't like sweet smells this will definitely not be for you as you may find it a bit sickly!
Hoola by benefit, an expensive but really nice bronzer, I have just checked online for prices and Amazon came up the cheapest at £9.99 boots have it for £23.50 I have had mine for ages and there is still loads left,
I use this every single day that I wear makeup, I was using the gosh bronzer which is ok but you have to apply alot more of that one so I get my bronzing done faster with benefit hoola!
Its a beautiful matt bronzer which I love, I am not keen on the shimmery bronzers, I apply this after my foundation along my cheekbones , temple area, jaw line and neck, I find it looks nice and natural and lasts all day long, I always apply blusher after my bronzer just on the apples of the cheeks.
Its a very smooth powder easy to apply and you don't need to use loads I don't use the brush that comes with it but you could use it for contouring under the cheek bones as long as you were to use the smallest amount and blend really well as its very easy to apply too much.
You get 11g of bronzer in a square shaped cardboard looking box the box is very strong but I find it doesn't take long for the box to look tatty!! I like that look though because it gives the product character.
It has a nice pleasant smell :)
Boots no7 cheek tint in shade 10 peach silk is a hypo-allergenic cream blusher, it costs £9 but I got mine with my boots £5 skincare voucher which brought the price down to just £4,
I got the peachy colour one, I normally go for the pinky toned ones but as its Autumn I thought I would go for this one because it looks like a nice warm shade perfect for Autumn, I like to apply this with my stipple brush on the apples of my cheeks, because it gives me a better finish and it prevents rubbing the foundation off when using my fingers.
It's a really nice natural looking colour, the first few times I used it I found it was wearing off quite fast and I was having to reapply it a few times throughout the day so as the days went on I applied more than normal in the morning to get it to last longer, that did work but I still like to touch it up throughout the day, maybe this is the downside of cream blushes or it could be that I have quite oily skin which would make it slide off me faster.
I still would not let this put me off buying it though because I like the colour and the natural look it gives, I reapply lipstick throughout the day so it doesn't bother me touching up my blush.
if I was in a hurry I would apply this on my cheeks lips and eyes just for a bit of colour before leaving the house. Blush is my must have cosmetic, I like to have a healthy glow to my skin and feel i look very pasty without it.
I purchased Maybelline dream matt mousse for £7.69 on 3 for 2 from boots; it comes in an 18ml round glass pot with a brown plastic lid. I have been using it for 5 days now, I got it in the shade 021 nude, I find that it gives a lovely coverage, I really like how my skin tone is even with this foundation and I find it sits well on the skin and it blends effortlessly,
It feels really nice on the skin and it has a light texture with it being a mousse, I normally find by about tea time that I need to wash my face which would normally feel heavy which makes me feel more tired but with the dream matt mouse I can keep my make up on alot longer
I still have to use my blotting sheets throughout the day as I do with all of my foundations as my skin is quite oily.
A little goes a very long way, I know 18mls doesn't sound like much but I know this will last me ages, it's the best foundation I have used in a long while I just love the way my skin looks and feels my skin looks brighter and more awake, the only disadvantage I can think of is that I want to wear it every single day as I know my skin looks its best when I wear it
Gosh velvet touch lipstick in the shade 134 darling, I have been using this lipstick for the last couple of years, it's a lovely nude colour and comes in a matt black packaging which has a glossy GOSH sign around the middle!
You can buy this from Superdrug for £6.49 but usually they have a 3 for 2 so after I bought my first one I made use of the 3 for 2 and now I don't have to purchase them at the full price.
when I first started to buy it I used to wear it alone with a nude lip pencil and a bit of gloss (a little goes a long ways as If you were to just apply like a normal lipstick then in my opinion it would look cakey , all I do is dab the lipstick on for a light coverage I have always worn it this way until recently where I still apply it the same but I use it as a lipstick base instead of foundation which can actually dry your lips out, I find dabbing a bit on before your chosen lipstick colour gives your lipstick a true colour.
I have found some lipsticks in my collection that I thought I would never wear as I found them unflattering but with a dab of gosh darling they look much better as the gosh darling gives you a blank canvas to start on so the natural redness from your lips doesn't clash with your lip colours!
The lipstick doesn't have much of a smell just a very mild sweet smell.
The coffee machine makes up to 10 cups, We drink our coffee from mugs, so I would just fill it up to the 6 cup mark which is perfect for 2 mugs and up to 8 for 3 mugs,
The filter in the machine is easy washable which saves you from going out to buy filters all the time, I put one heaped table spoon of coffee per person and sometimes a touch more if I want it a little stronger or less for a little weaker brew.
To fill up the machine I fill the glass coffee jug with my required amount of water and above where the coffee jug goes on the machine is a lid which lifts up and to the back right there is a hole where you pour your water, at first i found the hole a bit small and a little awkward to pour but once you get the hang of it, its fine, (just don't pour to fast as water can spill over the machine) when the coffee is done brewing the green light comes on to let you know and it keeps your coffee hot for however long it takes before you want it, so you could leave it all day if you wanted although I would not recommend this.
The milk jug holds about a mug of milk altogether, you just pour in what you think you will need and over time you get to know how much milk you would like, however unlike the coffee brewing part of the machine if you don't keep an eye on the milk it will burn as the heat stays on it constantly, with the jug being non stick though it is very easy to clean.
The frother is much better than my previous morphy richards machine as that one used to splash milk all over but this machine has a filter cover which goes over the whisk and this does not spray milk at all, the whisk cover is very easy to remove you just twist if off to give it a wash in soapy water with the coffee filter
With this machine I get fleshly brewed frothy coffee every morning, the machine itself looks very posh, its black with a stainless steel top which always polishes to a lovely shine, the machine is capable of making espresso but I have not tried this yet as I am not a keen espresso drinker but if I was extremely tired and needed that extra boost then that's when I would try it but a normal brew is generally good enough for us!
One problem I find with this machine is the milk plate is very hard to clean if milk gets on it which it does after you have frothed your milk as it drips but if you put the jug back on the plate straight after frothing the milk the milk is less likely to spill and burn on the plate, for emergencies I use a bit of kitchen foil on the plate itself to stop the milk burning on to it and it saves me loads of time trying to clean off.
It doesn't take long at all to brew your coffee, I put it on before I make breakfast and it's done before breakfast is ready!
I bought this bread maker to replace my Argos value range one, the bottom of my Argos one snapped so I took it back to be replaced but they had sold out so I bought this one instead, and I love it, I have not bought bread from the shops since I have had a bread maker. which has been about 8 months or so now! I buy Allison's bread flour from Morrison's for £2 for 3kg and I use Morrison's own wholemeal bread flour which is about £1.15 for 1.5kg's, I make my bread using half white flour and half wholemeal (best of both) I also use use Morrison's or Asda's dried yeast which is reasonably priced too.
I make pizza dough in my bread maker regularly and I get to make lovely home-made pizza's, tuna and sweat corn is our favourite! I have also made banana bread once which was lovely, I have made a garlic loaf which was lovely too, I sometimes use the dough setting then make buns to bake in the oven, the instuction manual is ok not the best but ok the basic bread recipe is fine and is my holy grail, but there are plenty of websites and books from the library to get more ideas from.
You can also buy ready made bread mixes which come in handy if your far to busy or are feeling a little under the weather as all you do it pop the pack in the bread pan and add water I have used the Sainsbury's multi-seeded one and the sun dried tomato one, both are really nice!
When you have a bread maker in your home the smell is amazing all through the house, which brings back memories for me from when my father made home-made bread buns when we were kids, I would say the bread is best the day it is made but after that it toasts really well but sometimes I pop a few cut slices in the microwave for a little while which makes the bread lovely and soft like it was first made,
The bread maker also has a fast bake program which is ok but the bread is more dense not the best but ok if your desperate
I nearly forgot to mention that the bread maker has a timer so you can set it the night before for fresh baked bread in the morning or when you get back from work!!
E.l.f Studio Powder Brush
The e.l.f studio powder brush is a very professional quality make up brush, it looks professional and works professionally!! it's the best powder brush I have ever owned and best of all I bought mine when they had a 50% off code, elf often have offers on so keep an eye open for them!
The elf powder brush is anti bacterial, with synthetic hairs made from Taklon I find this brush is so very soft yet very dense, I bought two of these brushes, I use one for liquid foundation which I use to dab my foundation into my skin to fill any open pores and fine lines then I buff the foundation in using small circular motions with the same brush that way I get the best coverage with an even application. The brush feels so delightful on the skin it is in not in anyway scratchy like you can get with other brushes this brush is normally £3.50 but like I say keep your eye open for offers which they regularly have on!
The powder brush washes really well I used a mild shampoo on mine, normally I would use a little of my face wash but at the time shampoo was all I had to hand, it dries as good as new and keeps its shape,
Ideal for professionals, cosmetic make up students, for presents for friends family and most importantly yourself, and at affordable prices too