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Heat Magazine has been one of my staples for many years now.
Although as of late, it's popularity with me is slipping. I used to be able to pick a copy of this mag and could not wait to read it (I'd even have argument's with my OH if he dared pick it up to read it before me!) But now I am finding (must be new editors or something) the magazine is getting slightly too catty in nature and is losing it's knack of wit it used to ooze.
Heat is a gossip based magazine, as with most, it boasts certain things like 'official BB magazine' etc etc. Infact Big Brother is what made this magazine boom in popularity, if it had not been for BB this would have been a flop! So I wonder how the magazine will get on now BB is ending this year!
Sections in Heat that make it great are probably 'the week in pictures' where certain pictures of celebs are put in with a small section explaining about the celeb and pic - BUT! they put little witty remarks on the sides which make me titter every so often.
Another nice touch is celeb fashion, they show you outfits of the week, show how you can recreate the look, so on so fourth, the feature isn't unique though as I've seen it in most magazines. Week's best dressed is a nice touch for all the fashionistas out there to glance upon the celebs wearing on trend 'garms' and the better side is 'What were you thinking!?' - basically it is what it says, what indeed were celebs thinking when they went out wearing THAT?!
It's a good mag for us girlys that like to have a titter amongst mates and chat general celeb gossip, but with so many others on the market getting to the same standards, Heat may see a plumet in sales if the cattyness is to continue throughout the magazine.
Perfect for the people in flats who have no space for a tumble dryer or have outdoor space for hanging clothes.
I am on my second one of these ditty's. My first one being another brand before JML tagged there brand name onto the item it was called tornado dry and lasted me about 1 year and a half.
Firstly for the price, i'm impressed, for approximately £50 its far cheaper than a tumble dryer, and im assured from the box and instructions it uses alot less electricity, and to be honest, my electricity bills have not shot up since using it so I guess the statement rings true.
The model is basically a fancy clothes horse, carousel in shape, with notches on each branch where you hang 3 garments, the notches could do with being a bit deeper set in the plastic because half the time my hangers simply slide off and slump together, making it very hard for my clothes to dry, so there's downpoint number 1!
When turned on air circulates inside the blue cover that you zip over it and kinda puff's out to look like some sort of balloon. Another downside is that if you don't have room to dry clothes outside in the summer and have only got this as an option, it heats the room too. Which as most people who live in flats know, is not a good thing! (Grab me a fan quick!)
for a full load, which would be 3 garments on each sprong, so 18 garments it can take about a day for them to dry, yep I know what you're thinking (thats Crazy!) but it still ends up being cheaper and to be honest, its my only option!
Clothes do come out smelling gorgeous, yet I wouldn't say creases fall out, my OH's work shirts end up really creased and nead a really good iron, so on that aspect it's no better than a normal tumble dryer.
Also another fault I have with my first one and it sometimes occurs with my current Dri Buddi is that the 'engine' itself, where the heat comes out from will make a nasty 'whirring' noise, which I end up smacking the unit several times before it shuts up, I don't know whether fluff collects inside the unit and causes this, or if the actual fan is playing up, but it seems to have a mind of it's own and be tempremental as to whether it will make a racket one day or not! (and I know I shouldn't whack the unit, it's just a typical British way of fixing things!)
If you have no other option of drying clothes, I would say this is your answer - Yet if you can afford and have the room for a great a+ tumble dryer...I'd go with the tumble dryer (after all the dri buddi is abit of an eyesore!)
What amazing smelling candles! Yankee candles are probably the don of all candles. They can be a cheaper alternative to the plug in wall smellies we all know about, as after all, an average sized candle (which is huge) can cost approximately £8 and uses no electricity to power! Plus I feel they give off a better stronger scent than the plug ins!
Scent wise, the labels do not neccessarily dictate the smell, i.e Christmas time, they're generalisations of smells you will find at christmas time, So it's a good idea to smell all the candles you are interested in before buying. I love all the rich smelling ones, like mulled wine and cinnamon stick, fresh ones like waterlillies and rose garden, and sickly sweet ones too! They make sure the scent goes along with the name of the candle which is great and once lit it doesn't take long before the smell will fill the whole room.
Candles last as long as stated on the jar, if not a little big longer! my only gripe is when they get so far down the jar, they refuse to light and I end up throwing an inch's worth of wax in the bin! :(
Also, if affordable, they do lovely plates and lamp style toppers for all the candles, which add a beautiful effect to the candle, from cracked glass to tiffany to ceramic, theres a style to suit every room!
I always stuck to the trusty Vaseline Aloe vera green tin for awhile until I found this one on promotion with a bottle of Impulse, and now, I don't think I'll go back to aloe!
Vaseline Rosy Lips is a lovely warm coloured balm that soothes cracked lips quickly and easily. The colour is a light red, with tints of pinks and oranges present, yet the colour is sheer when placed on the lip, so don't be put off by the colour in the tin.
When on the lips, it gives a beautiful sheer rosy tint, as a certain brand would say 'it does what it says on the tin' my lips felt instantly softer, and the colour perked up my complexion a treat.
Another little tip was that if you're running late and don't have time to apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks, then rub a teensie small amount of this to the apples and blend, hey presto- rosy apple cheeks!
The only problem I have with this product is that it comes off a little too quickly! so unless you're one of these people who are really good with constantly touching up your make-up, then you may get fed up of the product simply not staying put.
BUT! when it is on, its gorgeous, the colour could out rival any designer named lipgloss, shame about staying power.
I actually have the pink version of this model, which at the time was exclusive to a well known high street catalogue shop we all know and use!
Ok I am bad at reviewing things that have loads to talk about so I'll do my best and try to split into sections about this lil' dude.
At first seems simple, you turn on with the play button which you press and hold for a few seconds, and you do the same action to switch the unit off. Buttons on the unit are what i'd say engraved, but not exactly with the functions they serve. Menus are easy to use and for the screen quality, easy to read. I have had a few niggles with trying to browse through my artists. There's an A-Z list on the right hand side for quick browsing of artist/album name, although on my player, past the letter H it doesn't seem to work, it would love going to the letter S and staying there. I also had to wait about half a minute after pressing the down or up button to browse before it'd actually start to move up and down the screen.
For a small tiny ditty player, I have to say, fab quality and in all creative products its the same. Bass boosts are fab, no 'tinny' sounds (Unless you have terrible headphones!) everything is sweet! Screen quality is a little to be desired, yet for a screen that's so small I doubt people would want to use this to view and hold pictures on.
AMAZING. That's it. I've had this player for over a year, I listen to it for over half an hour everyday (With also skipping tracks and changing volume alot) and it still takes up to a month before the battery runs low and needs a quick charge from my laptop!
PC to Player:
Pretty good! Recognised as plug and play (In windows) and pops up to open its own little window with folders, it really is a case of dragging and dropping required objects into the appropriate folders and that's that. The speed in which things transfer is pretty good too, I cannot fault on how quick a song shoots over to it!
Overall, except for the menu niggles (Which could be my own players problem, im not sure if it's a universal thing) it'd be a great player for young kids who can be destructive (It's a robust little thing and its cheap!) and great for people who just want something cheap thats for on the go. If you want a snazzy little thing with bells on, i would look somewhere else, but for the up-to-date basics? Here's your answer.
Another grease super soaker! already reviewing the brunette and Diva versions of this brand not much will change, the only major difference is fragrance really!
As always, the spray comes out white, dense and powdery. You have to be careful not to actually spray it too close to the roots as you will end up with grey looking roots and when you are 20 years of age, it isn't a good look (Or maybe it is right now with lady GaGa, KellyO and Ellie Goulding all sporting the OAP chic) ensure to rub it through thoroughly!
Other than showing up a fair bit in the roots when sprayed and rubbed, the blush product has...well a very niffy overpowering smell. It's sweet, but its TOO sweet (And it's very hard for me to say that after all the perfumes I like!) at one point this did infact give me a headache!
Definately the brand is a lifesaver if you don't want to have to wash your hair everyday as I used too. But consider investing in the Coloured ones! if your blonde, I wouldn't bother as these would actually make your roots lighter and less noticable, so go for tropical or Diva instead (Diva being my personal fave)
All in all, a fab product with a way too overpowering niffy smell!
I suffer with terrible skin issues as of late (Damn adult skin!) my t-zone being dry, and the rest of my face a combination of normal and oily, so I cannot win. I bought numerous foundations and put them on to look lovely at the start of the day to find flaking all over my face by the end of the day :(!
So I looked into tinted moisturiser. I had one when I was younger and thought these tinted creams were rubbish as it just went on with no colour added to my skin, lets say they have come a long way since the 90's!
For around £10 the boots branded one is abit steep for my purse, but with the bonus of advantage points, it made my purchase possible! (yay!) the product is hypo allergenic and contains an spf 15, which is fab as my skin is really fair (Even an old lady I never knew pointed this out about 3 times on a bus journey home, yep the joys!) and I don't fancy burning and causing wrinkles later on in life!
but still, have the issue of skin matching. The Fair coloured moisturiser is still too dark for my skin, it gives me a slightly orange hue when on.
I have issues with its 'blendability' (made up word alert!) It dries far to quickly for any blending to commence and for a 'tinted' moisturiser, it's pretty close to being an actual foundation. if you are very fair I recommend blending it down your neck, it isn't a good look to have a faintly orange head and a very white looking neck (oh the shame!)
But the product in all fairness does not leave me with the ghastly dry patches I suffer with, and does not make my skin look oily or grease slicked.
If anything I think it should be a few pound cheaper, and should bring out another colour range at least, the two colours they offer now are not varied enough for olive or dark skinned types in my opinion and orange notes can be a wee bit strong for what the product is.
In conclusion, anyone suffering with poor skin conditions who needs a boost daily or for outings with a decent skin tone should really consider investing in this, it could be a skin saver!
Now I'll gladly admit firstly, I didn't buy the bottles of Nails Inc nail varnish that I own, both were obtained through promotions in magazines and a certain popular fizzy drink!
And I'll tell you, I'm greatful I didn't part nearly or over £10 for these little 'gems'!
Firstly, the good points.
Goes on beautifully - the brush is not be the best quality though(I found bits of it breaking off and leaving black marks on my nails) but the coverage is good and colour spreads evenly.
Colours are vivid and beautiful, truely celeb worthy.
unfortunately thats where the good points end!
For a nail varnish that comes from an overpriced company that is well established throughout the UK it chips EASILLY! and way too easilly!
I tried the nail varnish twice, firstly with a base and top coat inbetween the nail varnish and lasted about a day before chips appeared. Suprisingly it lasts about a day longer with no base or top coat, yet takes longer to dry (yeah I know the look you're displaying right now) I was left with random smudges all over my nails after about half an hour of drying time. Another trait I have found is that the varnish when chipping creates a line, whobbly all down the nail before chipping away in a huge chunk! leaving nails looking sad and naked :(
If you fancy a flutter and buying one of these I would recommend looking for a similar shade in a cheaper brand! it would probably last the same amount of time before chipping. Money unfortunately doesn't equal quality when it comes to nail varnish in my opinion!
I have already reviewed Batiste DIVA thinking that dry shampoo products wouldn't really get much better until this little beauty came along.
COLOURED DRY SHAMPOO! that's right! Normal dry shampoo was great for the fair haired girls, it could blend, brighten and volumise their hair with ease, yet for us brunettes, it was much harder to pass off.
Being a brunette myself I obviously went for the brown coloured shampoo, looking at it on my nozzle, the colour seems a dark chocolate brown. Now my hair has been every colour under the sun and im growing it out so I have dark brown roots and light brown hair and it has blended with ease on both parts. The colour isn't harsh which I guess helps!
It does everything that normal batiste has to offer YET it doesn't leave that horrid grey residue that makes me look a million years older than I am! It is pretty funny to wash your hair and see the brown running out though!
A downside would be that it doesn't smell as nice as the older batiste range, it smells aerosol like, and well slightly sour! but hey, we can't have it all! i'd prefer this anyday than looking like a bag of flour had been dropped on my head!
I bought this item, as living in a humid flat with a slow flow shower, yep that's right, my hair goes greasy. QUICKLY. It annoyed me that I consistently had to wash it night after night only to have limp greased locks by the end of the day that looked lifeless!
Then I came across this product in a magazine that was catered for the 'festival' girl.
I had heard of dry shampoo's before but as at the time they were 'new' and 'innovative' they had a hefty tag to go with it! So gratefully Batiste offers a purse friendly price for a product that does exactly the same as any other over priced brand!
The Diva batise has my favourite scent out of the three, its heady, musky, and could pass off for a perfume! The application of the product is pretty precise and product is pretty dense.
The only problem I have with the product is that it does leave a white talcum powder residue in your hair, no matter how much I rub it into my hair, I always look like im faintly grey! and if I slightly scratch at my scalp the residue comes flaking off making me look like a dramatized head and shoulders person with major flakes!
Other than that, using it sparingly and not over doing your hair to show the obviousness that batiste can expose, the product has indeed done the job of saving me washing my hair every night, I can now wash one day, the next batiste, then wash and so fourth. So really I guess it has helped me save on electricity bills too!
Fab product, so glad they have brought out the coloured versions!
Swayed mainly by the price tag - on promotion in a local supermarket - and in DIRE need of a new mascara I decided to have a bash with Maybellines Falsies volum' express mascara. In my teenage years I had always gone with their volum' express mascaras mainly for price and never really had an issue with them, only that other mascaras were better quality!
So reading the jargon on the back I thought to myself 'hmm maybe they've improved, lets hope this wand does the trick on my flat none curling lashes!' and so off I went to play with my new make-up toy.
Firstly, its a curved wand. The same curved wand that became hugely popular in the 90's for curl boosting abilities and the like, and after using those type of wands I kinda thought "ok...so maybe this wont work" and assumed I knew how to use it correctly using the wand curved upwards to my eyelashes, when, to my surprise in metallic neon blue on the back it says 'Use brush like this' and shows the brush upside down *oops!* and I tell you what...it works. ALOT better than before (so it might be useful sourcing out your fave 90's mascara and flipping the wand around, see if it works better!)-((Note: Don't use the mascara if it ACTUALLY IS FROM THE 90'S. I actually mean buy your fave 90's product))
The wand actually curls lashes better this way, I dont know how it manages to push them up better as we would assume that the outer curve would push more facing up, but hey-ho, onwards and upwards!
It did give me some length, yet I did find the actual mascara liquid itself hasn't improved. It's still pretty runny, and it clumps after more than two coats pretty easily so its a good idea to realllllly wiggle that brush when going through the lashes and use a mascara comb or something to catch any clumps.
Over the day my eyelashes also drooped. The mascara doesn't hold itself for most of the night, which is a bummer. Yet the colour is good, its the purest black ive seen, no weird looking navy undertones to it, nothing, its pure black, which I like as I also have light brown lashes! (didn't get lucky with the lashes gene me)
Aside the few problems, its a fab mascara for a fab price, even without being on promotion, and the packaging is fab!
I had this perfume as a gift for Christmas and for the beautiful packaging I expected more. I was to be proven wrong *sadface*
It's a very...'Watery' smelling perfume and well... I can't avoid saying it. It smells of wee. Or to put it, its more Toilet than Toilette!
Upon finding a description of the perfume I found it stated:
"pumpkin, florals and finishes off with raspberry, honey,lily and tulip. " - Must say, cannot smell a Single one of these scents. This perfume indeed smells cheap. I felt let down by TH! (remember him? he was really fashionable in the 90's)
Tell a lie ill be honest, I may smell a tinge of tulip, but even that is meek, nothing jumps out at me! nothing in this scent is memorable, its very nondescript. Maybe its for a more matured scent smeller, but in my opinion, This stinks!
I can't say much more than that really can I?
First off, I feel I should state that I personally own the Parfum, not the Toilette. YET! I have indeed tested the Toilette, so I will give my opinion on the overall scent and how the two differ.
The main scents in this perfume consist of Rose and Osmanthus flowers, Which originate from China and to be honest, I don't know what an Osmanthus flower is! But it must smell scrummy! You can definately smell the rose, but rose is not the main power scent, so it must be this other 'O' flower that is the champion scent. All I have to say is GORGEOUS!
I thought nothing could beat my beautiful Armani Diamonds...But it seems Gucci have done it in a scent thats beautifully floral and seductive like nothing I have ever smelt before!
It's definately a Playful scent, it lingers ALL DAY! Honestly! (Parfum) Yet smelling the Toilette, you do not get the powerful whiff the Parfum knocks out, Understandably, of course.
The Toilette seems stronger on the rose scent upon first spray, its alot meeker, I would recommend it for anyone who prefers the florals to be more subtle, or wearing daily in the office. Anyone who's daring and adores perfumes, such as myself, should definately make a grab for the parfum. On a plus note it's not too bad for the price either when compared with the Toilette. I Priced the Toilette 30ml for £29 approx, whilst the Parfum was £35, Which to me, for a Gucci perfume is pretty good by my standards. Maybe a consistent Christmas present? (hey my aunt repeatedly has Marc Jacobs Daisy every year!)
The scent is for a Romantic girl, whos playfully flirtatious in nature in my opinion, It definately suits the spring 2010 fashions of pastely nudes, florals and pale denim shirts! Infact its PERFECT for the girl who loves that type of fashion.
Beautiful Beautiful...did i mention Beautiful?
First off I loved how the adverts showed a woman applying a dry pink brush to false lashes!
I actually never saw the ad campaign for this mascara until after I got it. But browsing the store that sold this mascara, it was £7 on promo and it came with a free eyeshadow compact...The eyeshadow compact FABULOUS gorgeous creamy purple shimmery shades with pigments that pop!
As for the mascara...Hmm. The brush is HUGE...GINORMOUS, I was actualy wondering how I would apply it to my tiny pathetic lashes for a few moments before going in. I had read off a blog that the square splits in the brush were for seperation and huge uplift from root to tip of the lash itself. I didn't find any of this. The slight knock of the brush would mean mascara all up your face, and the consistency of it would mean it would smudge so bad, I would literally have to start again!
The Mascara itself isn't too runny, but not the best, it lies heavy on the lash, it doesn't help uplift at all, it just sits...weighs it down and thats about it.
The Brush doesn't seperate very well, the gaps between each 'bristle' are too far apart, and the brush is too big. If they made both of these issues smaller and the mascara a better quality I think they would be onto a winner. Alas this attempt wasn't very good!
I only took this mascara from my sister as she didn't use it, and im realllly glad I didn't part with my cash for it!
its funny how we had a spurt of these brush style wands coming in for mascara's and soon the good old barrel type brush was back, as most people would say 'if it ain't broke..don't fix it' and that is definately the case with these types of brushes.
Firstly the consistency of the mascara itself was runny and shiny. It smudged easily, and when it dried it flaked easily, the product was cheaply made in this sense I feel.
As for the brush..well! firstly saying 3x more lashes? what? did they mean 'You get one massive eyelash instead of loads'? because most of the time this is what I found. The brush gave no root uplift, no volume, No length, it just clumped my lashes into one shiny sticky mess. I have awkward lashes anyway, the straight heavy type which are light brown, and the common 'one set of lashes are alot better than the other side' but this did me no favours whatsoever. It just made things a whole lot worse. The only positive thing I can say about it is...I like the packaging...sadly that is it though.
I cannot recommend this mascara or type of mascara to anyone, I feel the flat brush is totally inferior to the barrel brush and especially awkward for anyone not experienced with make up!