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Welcome to my review of Benefit Hollywood Glo. If you are familiar with this brand you may know already that it is sold in Debenhams and many other places. To me, this brand works absolute magic and knocks years off your age and also to many others whom I have spoken to about Benefit products they all seem to think the same. This is a review of Hollywood Glo, I used this quite some time ago and when I tried to get some the other day I was told it had been discontinued, but I was luckily able to buy some online! As you can see from the picture above, the finishing touch facial glow comes in a bottle and in liquid form. One bottle lasted me months! I used this simply as a highlighter. I applied a few spots of this under my eyes and it made me look vibrant and awake. The shimmer gives you a lovely healthy glow and makes you stand out from the crowd. Many use this as a highlighter but you can use it on your cheekbones as a sort of bronzer to give you a sun-kissed look. However, others have chosen to mix this with a normal foundation giving a radiant skin tone. Although this is in liquid form, I feel the downside is that this is a little too thick to be in a bottle, it would be better if it was in a jar. It would be easier to use that way. When I bought this I seem to remember it being around £18.00 which is not too expensive as it lasted for quite some time but as I say in a bottle you can't use all the dribs and drabs that are left because they are stuck at the bottom. I bought some more from Ebay because no shops seem to have this at the moment but if you can find it, definitely try it! Thanks for reading.
Welcome to my review of L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara! I have just finished using this and have found it one of the best mascara's on the market in 2012. Although these tend to a bit more pricey than your average Miss Sporty and Rimmel, they are definitely worth it! As you can see from the image above, they come in a glam gold tube with a black gold strip down the middle stating 'Volume Million Lashes'. The brush to this is absolutely incredible, it makes your eyelashes look long and luscious. It has a lots of bristles to separate your lashes and curve them round to create a fuller look. Also it has an excess wiper which means eyelashes do not appear clumpy and thick. I bought this from Boots not too long ago and I seem to remember it being almost £10.00 if not more. However it is definitely worth every penny. This comes in different shades however black 'noir' being the most common and the one that I have used! So applying this to dry lashes , it takes a few strokes and instantly your eyes look bold and pretty. What I would say is do not keep pumping the mascara as it will dry out a lot easier and quicker and you will not get your moneys worth out of this! L'Oreal are such a great brand and this is a great product, the only flaw is the initial cost, but very worth it. Try it and see what you think!!
My partner purchased this pair of GHD's around a year ago, and they are still going strong. He purchased them from Selfridges for around £100 and ever since they have been great. Although they say they are for men, I have used them on my hair which is quite long and they are great for getting the small kinks out that you get at the top of your hair! Anyway, these are black as you can see in the picture with small ceramic plates which are curved making them brilliant if you want to create a wavy look. Of course these are not necessarily for men! Ladies who have shorter hair also use these and find them brilliant! GHD's are a very popular brand as they can reach up to extremely high temperatures. To give you the ease of mind, these straighteners have a new 'sleep' mode which will automatically turn the styler off if they have not been used for 30 minutes. Also with this model they have an on/off switch on the styler and a warning sound to tell you when they are turned on and also again when they are ready. This edition comes with a static free plate which means no fly away hair! You can purchase these straighteners from all good salons and also online from places such as Amazon or the official GHD website. You can be assured that they are the genuine model as they have a holographic label on the wire. But with this, do not remove it as it will void your guarantee. As I have had problems with GHD's in the past, I can tell you that they are an excellent company. With your purchase you get a 2 year guarantee free which you will need because I find the connection from the wire to the styler quite weak however, I might have been unlucky in the past! Good luck with your purchase!
I was always intrigued as to whether this nail varnish really does dry in 60 seconds. So, I had to try it. I went into boots and purchased several colours because whenever I paint my toe nails, I always seem to knock them because they take so long to dry, but now I have found this, wow. It isn't 60 seconds when you apply two coats, it is more like 5 minutes, but that is still good considering the amount of time a normal nail varnish tends to dry. I usually get agitated and that is when I tend to knock them , or I get bored and forget they are wet! So, the packaging has slightly changed now, the bottom of the glass is more square, and with a 30month shelf span, this can keep you going for quite some time. I am yet to find a nail varnish that I actually run out of....But I am close to running out of one of these. They do come in many different colours and shades, so if you are looking to match an outfit, I can guarantee you will find one from this range! I love green with envy, but this might not be for everyone. They come in 8ml glass pots with a medium sized brush that makes it easy to get right into the corners of your nail bed and gives a smooth looking finish. Rimmel Nail Varnishes are amazing! Especially these that dry so quickly, because they can be that last minute touch when you are in a rush and they make you feel amazing. I bought my nail varnishes for around £3.00 which is not too bad at all. I thought this was a really good price for the quality. It doesn't blot or go lumpy unless you have left it in a warm place. But other than that, it is a great product and available in many colours. Merry Christmas. Holly :)
This bronzer is truly amazing... I came across this a few months ago whilst I was in Tesco, as we were coming out of the Summer months it was reduced to £2.00 which I thought was amazing for a bronzer being as though the last one I bought was Chanel and I paid £30.00 for that so I thought I would give it a go and see what the comparison would be like. So I tried this product...I will keep buying this until it goes obsolete!! I have the large version, the shimmering maxi bronzer which has been brilliant. I apply the colour to my cheek bones where blusher would normally go , and because I have olive skin , this looks perfect. It does not blotch or fade, it lasts ages!! I would use this in the morning only because you do not need to apply this more than once it is perfect. I would not describe this as fake tan at all, this can be used in the Winter or whenever you like, it looks beautiful as it leaves a shimmer to your skin. The size of this bronzer is 17g , quite a large pot. I can tell it is going to last a life time because I have been using it since September and it has lasted this long already with no flaking away or cracking. I unfortunately would not recommend this to people with pale skin as a more Rose colour would be better suited. It would look a little clown like. I think people with a slight tan already or olive skin should definitely try this! No faults what so ever. You can purchase this from the Rimmel section in Boots and Superdrug, test it! Merry Christmas, Holly.
I'd like to call myself a great make up tester. I hate to stick with the same make up, it is just boring. Plus I am yet to find something that is truly amazing and cheap enough. Does this even exist , I wonder. So, I come to Clarins Kohl eye-liner pencil, one of my latest tests. As you probably know, Clarins is not a cheap brand, the cheapest I have found this product for online is £12.00, I bought mine for around £15.00 from Bullring in Birmingham. I am really into eye-liner so when I applied this I used quite a sharp point to define my eyes and make them really stand out. No problems with the application, it was really easy to put on, although I have a steady hand, if you are shaky I will warn you , the line may not be accurate. After a long day at work, I opened my compact to see that this eye-liner really had not lasted the day at all. The line was no longer smooth, it was rather smudged and I looked as if I had been crying, not a good look. Compared with others that I have used, this was not as good. For the price I would have expected it to last a little longer like other cheaper liners have. What I would say is when it is first applied it does make your eyes really stand out and they do look great. Therefore, for a night out this would be a winner. However, I am not prepared to pay this kind of money for this product again once it runs out. I got this in extreme black, but there are other colours available. Good luck if you want to trial this product. Holly :)
Just pink...Well, well, well. I have been using this perfume on and off for a good few years now. In between time I do test others that are on the market but I can never find anything that is as good and unique as this one. You would think that with it being Next it would be very well known,but a lot of people have asked me what fragrance I am wearing and they have all said they expected it to be something like Chanel or Christian Dior. Just Pink has been around for years and it has seen makeover after makeover... As you can see from the image above, this is one version of Just Pink. Next have actually changed the bottle once again from this and it is now in the shape of a love heart, which is very fun and girly, matching the whole aroma of this product. I would say that this perfume is aimed at the younger generation , for the simple fact that it is in a love heart shape and it has quite a fresh mild scent. If I was to try and describe this fragrance I would say its light, slightly floral and extremely fresh. This is the perfume you love lingering on your clothing, the fresh washing powder smell that wafts around making everyone ooo and aaaa! This perfume is a bargain and for this time of year, it makes a great Christmas present! For 75ml you can pay £10.00 which really is amazing. You could not even walk into Boots and pick a good perfume up for that price. This is fun and fresh, sticks to your clothes and is definitely worthwhile. Go quick before everybody wants it!
As you probably know, Clarins do exceptional beauty products and this 'Beauty Flash Balm' is one of them. I have been using this moisturiser for quite some time now and it has to be my all time favourite. It comes in a small 50ml tube, but don't be put off, a little of this does go a very long way. Therefore you get excellent value for money. As you can see from the picture above, the tube follows the trademark Clarins colour scheme of red and white, very posh. The tube isn't very special to tell you the truth, no special tube or such. Getting down to the nitty gritty details of this cream, it is designed to make your skin feel tighter, more youthful and erase any dullness or traces of fine lines that you may have. I can honestly tell you that it does make your skin feel toned and full of life. The one bonus about it is that it isn't greasy in the slightest, unless you lather it on, well what do you expect! The olive extract in this cream is the ingredient in this cream along with tea tree which work the magic. Kiss bye bye to signs of tiredness and fatigue and say hello to an awakening of bright skin. Another good point about beauty balm is that it creates a beautiful radiant base to apply make up on top filling the pores with goodness. I tend to apply this morning and night, a very thin layer covering the whole face and I also apply this to my neck as well. In the mornings, I tend to put my make up on straight after. You can purchase this beauty balm from Boots or any good skincare retailer. The 50ml will cost you £27.50, great quality and will last.
As I am a big fan of music, my partner bought me these headphones because a) they are stylish and b) they are of a very high quality. These are the headphones that fit comfortably inside your ears. For me this is a little bit too much as it makes me wonder what sort of damage it can do to your ear drums. I have the white and pink version of these and I must admit they do look really nice, and when you turn the bass up and the sound up on an awesome tune, you feel right in the party mood. The other good thing about these is that they cancel out most of the background noise because they fit so tightly into your ears. Skull candy headphones are designed in a funky punk kind of way and often use metallic colours making them stand out. The smoking buds range is somewhat different as it adds a kind of 'skater' appeal on to it. My partner bought these from HMV for around £20.00 which isn't too bad considering the quality of the headphones. One thing I do really like is the fact that they are so small and feel so comfortable not bulky or standing out which is something I feel the Apple headphones are like. These headphones are brilliant when you are working out in the gym because the wire is quite long and also they will not fall out as they are fitted in tightly. These aren't the best headphones I have tried though because I find that beyond a certain volume, they start to show a weakness and blur parts of the music. Thanks for reading. Holly.
So after my mum going on at me about how I needed to look after my skin and how I need to stop frowning because I am going to get lines, I decided to invest in some of this cream. After using it a few nights on the trot I am already starting to see an improvement. I like the fact that Olay has been around for quite a long time so I trust that it is going to work miracles on me like it has to my mum who has been using the brand since she was 16 years old. This is the double action moisture cream and it is for use overnight. I have purchased the nourishing and regenerating sort which is typically for normal and dry skin as it provides such goodness to your skin. As I have been using this overnight for the past few days, I am starting to see an improvement with my face, I am now waking up to soft fresh skin instead of dry rough looking skin. If you use this at night and massage it into your face avoiding your eyes this will help to replace the moisture that is lost during the day which is brilliant. It is non greasy which is also another good factor because there is nothing worse sleeping with an oily face and also you would not want it to grease the pillow case! This cream comes in a 50ml pot and will last a long time as you only need a small amount on your face to avoid that greased up feeling. Olay is one of the best brands of cream around and this is definitely one of the top night moisturisers there are. Thanks for reading. Holly.
If you have read my previous reviews you will already know that I love Body Shop so I won't go on about it. Basically, I got this Mango body butter for my birthday not long back and I am obsessed with it, to the point that I have little got a tiny little bit left , not even enough to use on my hands. But never mind, pay day soon and I will be raiding Body Shop and getting some more! I love the smell of this because it is sweet and fruity. you actually feel good enough to eat when you are wearing it! When I have used this, if I smell my arms throughout the day they still hold the mango fragrance which is unheard of in cheaper creams. The thing I like about body shop body butter is that the cream is very thick, so it really moisturises you and leaves your skin feeling absolutely lovely and soft. If you use this along with the scrub and the shower gel, seriously it is the works! I feel so fresh and beautiful! It's really great. If you have seen the body butters from body shop before, you will know that they come in big 200ml tubs with a screw lid so there is a lot in there and it is guaranteed to last if you use it daily, not excessively like me! What I would say about this is that if you put too much on it can get a little greasy and not soak into your skin very well. A little bit of this does go a long way! The mango scent is exquisite and like no other. See for yourself, you can get a free tester if you go into body shop and ask for one! These come in at around £12.00. Thanks for reading my review. Holly
To me, there is nothing worse than going on holiday, getting burnt , then using a rubbish after sun that barely even soothes the inflammation or the aches and pains that come from the sun. We all fall into the trap of buying a cheap after-sun and thinking they all do the same thing. But I would never look back after buying this one. Its not a gel or a cream it is a milk, so it is very smooth and soothing and works a treat if you keep it in the cool or even in the fridge wherever you fancy! It is labelled on the front as a skin soother hydrating milk and it does exactly what it says on the tin and I know that from experience. It soothes dry skin in '12 hours' but it works faster than this because as soon as you put it on your skin is benefiting from the moisture you are providing it with. It hydrates for half a day 12 hours and it provides an instant cooling effect. With this 200ml bottle there is plenty to go around and it should last you the whole holiday, if not a little bit longer! I rate this product 10/10, it does what it it supposed to and more. If you pick the time to buy your toiletries right you can pick this product up on offer for £5.00. However it can be £10.00 when it is peak season. I really recommend this, it is too late after your skin has been ruined and it is something to think about. I would pick this up when you are buying your sun cream for sure. This is the best one on the market, it doesn't go bitty or too runny, just right. Try it out and see. Thanks for reading! Holly.
The Body Shop is one of my favourite places to go to indulge in all things beauty orientated...as soon as I step through the door my eyes light up and when I go back out the same door suddenly my arm is weighted down with a bag and my bank account is a little poorer. But still, cosmetics and perfume rock from here! I first smelt Love Etc at one of the shops home parties and I instantly fell in love with it. There was no familiarisation with the smell and I still to this day cannot compare it to anything else. It became my favourite and unfortunately I have now ran out and need to get myself into town to buy some more. To start of this is Love Etc, it comes on it's own or in a set with cream and something else. I buy it alone , 30ml is £14.00 and 50ml is £18.00. So compared with the likes of Armani this is seriously cheap and I prefer it over anything. The good things about this perfume are that it stays on you clothes throughout the day which is great because when people can smell it and compliment you, it really lifts up your mood! Also, the bottle is very colourful and fresh and this lets you in to the scent of the perfume which possesses hints of jasmine and vanilla. Perfect for any girly girl. However if you put too much on, it can be quite overpowering so be careful with the squirts! Don't want to gas anybody out! This may not be suitable for those who like a stronger perfume either because it is a little sickly and reminds me of a teenage sort of perfume! Thanks for reading. Holly.
These headphones come with any handheld music device or phone which is made by Apple. I got my pair with my iPod and to be honest in my opinion, they aren't the best but they are good quality, like everything that Apple make! The design of these headphones is fairly straightforward, they are the simple earphone not the ear bud type, it depends which sort people prefer but I don't the other type. I don't think it feels right to have something stuck right down your ear. But personal preference and all of that. They are white and have grey round the base of the earphone and a white lead. Very simple and very sophisticated. Anything Apple is fashionable so that is one bonus. These can be bought on their own though for around £15.00 which is not bad at all considering the sound quality... Being a bit of a music geek, I like to listen to new songs with comfort which these headphones give and also quality. Although these do not cancel out all noise, the bass is immense for such a small unit. Its that bad that my Blackberry told me I needed to turn the volume down otherwise I would do serious damage to my eardrums! Anyway, Apple is a fantastic brand and these headphones are worth every single penny and kidding you not, I do not have one bad word to say about them! I would choose these over the ear bud style Apple headphones because they are a lot more hygienic and great for day to day use as they are extremely reliable, stay in your ears in the gym and fit perfectly. Thanks for reading my review! Holly
Quite clear from the image above what a Breo watch is. But, I will give you a very quick and brief explanation. Basically, a Breo watch is one made out of rubber. They come in all different shapes sizes and colours which i will go into more detail later in my review. They have a digital LCD screen which is useful but extremely lazy which kind of matches the change in generation. But say no more.... Breo watches are actually very comfy. If you get the right size, you will forget they are even on your wrist. They fit like a bracelet with no buckle etc , they can be pulled on. Very practical. Also, if you are an athletic person or a gymnast or even a swimmer these watches can be worn and still work through thick and thin. The good thing about the material is that even if you do sweat doing exercise, these watches don't smell, they can be wiped easily and quickly without damaging them. You can buy a Breo watch from Amazon for around £10.00 which is not bad at all. There are a few negatives though, I have been told that if worn day in day out, the straps can start to split. Bit this is understandable as they are worn through everything. Also the time seems to change itself quite often. But on the other hand, the time is very easy to set. Just be careful and confirm the time with something or someone else just to make sure! You can get male female and children's Breo watches. They come in 16, 17 or 18cm but I recommend getting one a little bit big because it would be very uncomfortable if it rubbed your skin. The colours these come in are fantastic. Pink, purple, blue, green, white, black, yellow, orange and more! I think these are a great invention and even though they may have a slight negative side, they are £10.00 or even less and you can't really complain at that! Thanks for reading. Holly