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      12.01.2015 18:53
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      Advantages

      • " nice colour"
      • " creamy texture"
      • " widely available"
      • Affordable

      Disadvantages

      • " can feel during after prolonged wear"
      • "Stain is not as intense as I would have liked"

      Revlon balm stain!

      After trying out a number of the Revlon Lip Butters and really liking them, when the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stains were released I figured I just had to try them. I liked the idea of these as they seemed similar to that of the Lip Butters in that they have been infused with a balm, but the fact that they also 'stain' the lips which hopefully means they last longer on the lips than that of the Lip Butters. I have tried lip stains in the past, though have always found them to be quite drying and not too comfortable to wear so I was intrigued to see how moisturising and balm like this would feel on the lips and how the pigmentation would fair.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      These lip balm stains cost £7.99, so are reasonably affordable and can often be found on offers such as 3 for 2. As of writing this (12/01/15) there is currently an offer on boots in which where you spend £20 on more on selected cosmetics (these being included) you get a free Essie nail varnish which RRP around the £7 mark.

      As with most highstreet branded make up these lip stains are available from the likes of Boots, Superdrug, some larger supermarkets and Lloyds pharmacies.

      As far as I am aware there are six of seven shades available. I found at least three of them (the pink shades) to be very similar in colour and actually found it very hard to choose between them. Other than the pinks, there are also some more daring colours in this collection such as an orange and deep purple/ brown colour. I would have liked to seen a few more shades on offer, or even for the pinks to be a little more differentiated in shades as there weren't many colours on offer, nonetheless the colour that I finally decided upon was Cherish Devotion; a candy baby pink colour with some very slight lavender tones to it.

      The balm stain itself looks like a large child's crayon and the bullet is shaped to replicate this to; very similar to that of Clinique's chubby sticks and is most likely Revlon's own version at a fraction of the price. The colour of the packaging matches that of the colour of the stain so it is very easy to find when searching through your make up bag and you know what colour you shall be applying.


      ===~~Applying the Balm Stain~~===
      When I opened this balm stain the first thing I was greeted by was the scent, which I was very pleasantly surprised by. Unlike most lip products that either have a fruity or candy like scent, this balm stain smelled very menthol and like mint. I am a huge fan of things that smell like mint so I really enjoyed this, it wasn't too overpowering and instead was clean and fresh. This scent did linger for a little while on the lips once applied, so although I really enjoyed this, if you are not a fan of mint scents then I doubt this will be one for you.

      I chose to apply the balm stain straight from the bullet as to me it seemed the most obvious way to apply it. The bullet itself gets narrower to the top, coming in at a rounded point which is great for precision near the Cupid's bow area and the rounded edged of the bullet is great for applying directly onto the lips. At first I did find the balm stain a little stubborn to apply and was not as creamy as I had expected, especially after having previously used the Revlon lip butters. Nonetheless I found that as the balm stain warmed up a little on my lips it soon became a lot smoother to apply and began to create the creamy texture I had been expecting.

      I found the consistency of this balm stain to actually be much thicker than I had expected (especially after having only ever used liquid lip stains in the past) and was actually a lot thicker than most lipsticks I had owned, so did feel a little heavy on the lips. Despite this it was very easy to blend into my lips and due to the high pigmentation of the balm stain I found that one coat was enough to get full, even coverage.

      The only slight gripe I have when applying this is that the more you use it, the more you lose the slight 'point' to the end of the balm stain which means you lose the precision when applying to the Cupid's bow area and lining your lips. Due to it being a twist mechanism as well (you twist the bottom for more product to come up) there is no way of sharpening this product either to make that point appear again. Having said this, the twist mechanism is very handy for in you go as you don't have to worry about having to sharpen it or having to take a sharpener with you!


      ===~~Results~~===
      Personally, I found that the first few times I applied this I found it to look a little caky on the lips, which I think is mainly due to the thick texture of this balm stain, which led me to dabbing off the excess. I don't think I was being particularly heavy handed when applying this product, I just wasn't used to its consistency. That being said I can now apply it fine without it looking caky or need or needing to dab off any excess, even when I am in a rush. I was please to find that although at times in can appear a little caky, it never sank in to any of the lines/ cracks in my lips and therefore did not exaggerate these. If my lips were particularly cracked or I was suffering from a cold I did sometimes find it could crease a little at the cracks on my lips, other than that my lips had a very smooth appearance when wearing this.

      I find that it gives me even coverage across the lips and the fact that one coat does this means that despite the slightly thick texture, it actually feels light in the lips. Although it is no where near as moisturising in the lips as that of the lip butters, it still feels creamy in the lips and is not at all drying. It's original appearance to me actually looks much more like a lipstick than that of a lip stain, as in the past I have not been able to feel lip stains on my lips, whereas this very much feels like I am wearing a lipstick. It even has a very slight shine when first applied, not like the shine of a lip gloss, but that shine of a lip balm and therefore again reminded me of a lipstick and not of a stain.

      The colour I had chosen itself I was very pleased with. It was very true to how I had expected it to be be and was a soft, yet bright candy pink colour. I found that once on the lips the lavender tones were not as apparent, which I was actually really pleased about as I am not overly keen on them. The only thing I disliked about the colour is that I found I couldn't really wear it in the winter, I found it just didn't compliment pale skin at all and washed me out and made me look a little ill.

      Throughout the day as the lip stain began to wear, it did become much more like a stain on the lips. It lost the thick and creamy texture it had had to begin with and instead felt like there was nothing on my lips, yet I was still left with a stain of colour. It was nowhere near as vivid a stain as I had expected and was nowhere near as pigmented as it had been when it had first been applied. Instead I was left with a very soft, pale looking lip colour; although this was still very pretty and looked lovely on the lips I was actually hoping that it would 'stain' to the colour it had been when first applied. This being said, I was pleased to find that the stain left an even coverage in my lips that did not look patchy or like it had worn in some colours more than others.

      I found that the stain lasted pretty much all day on my lips (I try not to wear make up for more than 8-10 hours per day) and throughout this time only began to fade slightly at the very centre of my lips. If I had wanted to reapply to get the original colour intensity then I could have easily had done this too, but was still pleased to find that the final stain colour did last all day. I find that once it has set in its balm like state then it is transfer resistant and does not come off on sides of glasses/food/kissing etc, though this not the case when it has first been applied. As mentioned, it did lose it's balm and creamy like texture and although it was not uncomfortable to wear, I did find that after 4 or so hours it did feel a little drying on the lips and felt like I needed to apply a lip balm over the top.


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall I cannot say that I am particularly impressed by this balm stain, but neither do I hate it. I really like the fact it lasts all day on my lips so I don't need to constantly reapply, yet would have liked the intensity of the stain to be a little more and the same colour as when originally applied. I also don't like the fact that it becomes harder to apply with each use as you lose in the precious in in the shape of the bullet; this is particularly difficult if you are in a rush or on the go. It's not an item that I shall be rushing out to buy again, yet neither is it an item that I will throw out. I will continue to use it until it's all gone, though it is definitely not a product that I shall be reaching for on a daily basis and am very much indifferent as to it being in my collection or not. Due to this I am undecided in whether I would recommend it, it is by no means a bad product, it just failed to meet the expectations I had for it.

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        11.01.2015 20:30
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        Advantages

        • " lasts a long time"
        • "Affordable gorgeous shade"

        Disadvantages

        • "Can feel a little sticky at first"

        A lipgloss I'll be wearing 'Non Stop'

        As mentioned in my previous review, over the last year or so I have accumulated many, many lip products, too many in fact, yet one of my firm favourites is this one by Rimmel. This one in particular is from their 'Stay Glossy' range which claims it is a shine lipgloss that can last for up to six hours. Through the tube is looks like a pale nude pink colour with some slight gold shimmer/ glitter in it. This is one if my favourite shades to wear as I feel like it can be worn over any colour and in the past I have even worn it over a bright red lip.


        ===~~Price and Availability~~===
        Alike most Rimmel products it is very affordable due to it being a highstreet make up item. In most places it costs around £6, costing £6.29 in Boots. It can often be found on offers such as 3 for 2, or I have even seen one where when you spend so much on Rimmel products (say £12) you actually receive one of these lip glosses for free.

        As with most Rimmel make up items, this lipgloss is available from the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Sainsburys and Lloyds pharmacies. It is also available at all of their online stores and can also be found in the likes of beauty bay and feel unique.


        ===~~Applying the lipgloss~~===
        The first thing that I noticed about this lipgloss, as I do with most lip glosses is that of the scent. I was pleasantly surprised by the scent, it is not at all over powering and instead is a very clean scent with slight hints of vanilla. It does not have a sweet or 'fake candy' like scent as many lip glosses do and for that reason it is actually one of my favourite scents for a lip gloss. Nonetheless I find that the scent does fade very quickly and does not last at all once on the lips, though I find this doesn't bother me either.

        This lipgloss has a small soft sponge applicator on the end if the wand. The sponge applicator has a slight curve in it, which I actually really like as I find that it tends to fit to the shape of your lips a little better and makes it easier to apply. I find that the lip gloss can sometimes collect a little in this curve, though due to the curve itself being very slight I find that it doesn't collect too much and instead, is just the right amount.

        To apply the lipgloss felt incredibly smooth and light, it does have an ever so slight 'stickiness' to it, though I find that most 'long lasting' lip glosses do. I do not find it uncomfortable to wear on the lips because if this after a while I actually find that the stickiness tends to wear off. I find that just applying the lipgloss once over my lips gives enough coverage so that I don't have to keep going over it.


        ===~~Results~~===
        I was really pleased with the results of this lip gloss, especially the shade. It was a very soft pretty pink colour, which wash actually not too pigmented and slightly sheer meaning that it looks great worn alone or over the top of lipsticks and the likes of. It was neither too candy pink and neither was it too pale lavender pink shade and instead it was the perfect medium. I also really liked the soft gold shimmer running through; I am normally not a huge fan of glittery or shimmery lip glosses as I sometimes find them a little gritty feeling on the the lips, though due to it being so fine in huge lip gloss I could not feel it on the lips and instead actually found it to be creamy in texture on the lips. I also liked the fact that the shimmer running through the gloss was gold in colour and not your typical silver or blue/white and found that the gold complimented the pale nude pink shade very well.

        The lip gloss is indeed very shiny and I think the glitter particles add to this, meaning that when it hits the lips it really does look very pretty on the lips. Due to the high shine if the lips it also makes your lips look a little plumper and fuller, without it actually being a plumping lip gloss. I find it works particularly well like this when it is just worn in the centre of the lips over a lipstick (due to it being a fairly pale pink you can even get away with applying it over a red!) as this really adds a fullness to the lips as the high shine adds a highlight to the centre of the lips.

        As it for lasting six hours in the lips, I do not really agree with this. I do believe it lasts for a fairly long time, especially with it being a gloss, though I do not believe it lasts anywhere near the six hours as claimed. I tend to find it lasts around two hours before I need to reapply, which to me is still a very decent amount of time as with other brands I feel like I am constantly reapplying every ten minutes or so. I actually find it fairs better when worn over the top of a lipstick as this almost works as a base for the lip gloss to stick to. I find that when worn alone the lipgloss fades to a very natural looking soft pink colour on the lips, which again looks very pretty. I find the lipgloss very comfortable on my lips for the period of time that I am wearing it and after the original slight stickiness of the gloss wears off I actually find fairly creamy and almost moisturising to wear. I find that after having worn this lip gloss my lips are not left feeling dry and instead feel fairly soft.


        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall, I am very impressed with this lip gloss, I am completely in love with the colour and love the fact that it can be worn alone or over the top of a lipstick. Although it does not last the six hours as claimed, I find that it still outlasts many of the other lip glosses that I own and the fact it is available at a very affordable price means that I shall continue to repurchase it. I like the fact that although it originally has a slight stickiness to it, it is actually incredibly light on the lips and actually begins to feel moisturising. There are eight different shades available in this 'Stay Glossy' range; ranging from pale nude pinks such as this one to more vibrant oranges and reds and I am very much looking forward to trying a few others. If you a fan of pink shades then I would definitely recommend this lip gloss for you, or even if you are just looking for a lip gloss to apply over lipstick and apply a little shine.

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        11.01.2015 14:45
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        Advantages

        • " true red colour"
        • " lasts a long time"
        • Affordable

        Disadvantages

        • " no shine"
        • " too much product comes out"
        • "Hard to apply"

        Doesn't quite live up to the name 'Big Bang'

        I am currently working as a free lance make up artist and to me one of the most important things when completing a look is that of the lips, this can be something as simple as finishing off with a pale nude or pink to adding something more intense such as a vibrant red or purple. Due to this I seem to have accumulated stacks of lip products ranging from balms to stains to glosses to lipsticks, though the most recent one I have added to my collection (despite it being out a couple of years) is that of a Rimmel Apocalips. The idea behind this lip product by Rimmel is that it is meant to have both the intensity and lasting power of a lipstick, yet have the shine of a lip lacquer. (There is also a matte range now available). They are also me at to feel creamy and comfortable to wear, I picked up two shades, one being Stellar and the other shade that I shall be basing this review on 'Big Bang'; a vibrant red shade.


        ===~~Price and Availability ~~===
        These lip lacquers are normally priced between £6-£7, costing £6.49 in Boots. This being said, the brand Rimmel is often on offer such as 3 for 2 or buy so much and get a free gift worth so much free, so you can often pick them up a little cheaper.

        Alike most highstreet brand make up, these can be purchased from the likes of Boots and Superdug. I have also noticed that my larger Sainsburys and Asda stores also stock Rimmel products and have also noticed them at some Lloyds pharmacies, as well as many online stockists so they are very widely available. I think there are around twelve shades on offer and they range from pale mauve sand nudes to more intense purples and reds, so if the colour Big Bang doesn't take your fancy, there may be another that does!


        ===~~Applying the product~~===
        The first thing I noticed when applying this lip lacquer was actually the scent and I must say, I am not a fan of it. Although I wouldn't go as far as saying I dislike it, it is definitely not what I was expecting and is not what I would have liked. It is a fairly intense slightly fruity/floral scent - it vaguely reminds me of YSL lipsticks, however is much more overpowering. Luckily I found that the scent didn't last long at all and once I had applied it to my lips I could barely smell it any longer.

        This lip lacquer has a small, slightly pointed sponge applicator. There is also a hole in the middle of this which collects the product so you have enough to apply to your lips without having to keep putting the applicator in the tube. In actual fact I found this hole in the sponge that collected the product made it very hard to apply the lip lacquer. I have found that it actually stores too much of the product so when first applied to the lips you are left with a big blob of it to blend out, which with a colour such as Big Bang any slight mishap is very apparent due to the intensity of the colour. Unfortunately I have found that even when trying to wipe off some of the excess product on the side of the tube, I am still left with too much when it actually comes to applying. Due to this I find it extremely difficult to keep the product within the lines of my lips and therefore find it hard to keep it looking neat. I virtually find it impossible to apply it without a lip liner and even then I still sometimes struggle to keep it looking crisp and neat.

        Despite this, the lip lacquer itself was incredibly soft and creamy and almost had a velvet like texture and because of this I found it easy to blend across the lips. The colour does come out extremely pigmented and it is a true bright red, however I do find it almost 'sets' on your lips and for this reason I do find myself having to work fairly quick with it to ensure the lips are fully covered before it does set.

        I have now got used to this product and do find it a little easier to apply and have actually found the best way is to simply use a lip brush in order to get the desired amount of the product. That being said, I definitely own similar products to this lip lacquer which are far easier to apply and for this reason I am fairly disappointed in the application for this product.


        ===~~Results~~===
        Despite being disappointed with the application for this product, I really did like the way it looked on my lips. It was a true, bright red apple colour and was extremely pigmented and intense, as claimed. It did not look patchy at all on my lips and instead looked incredibly even, despite the great difficulty I had had in applying it. As previously mentioned I found that it almost set on my lips, meanings that once applied it doe not smudge or move; I was particularly impressed with this with it being a red lip lacquer as any slight smudge is very noticeable with a red lip colour. In all honestly, I do not believe it to have the shine of a gloss, it was a little shiny to begin with, however I found that this was very quick to wear off and I was left with neither a matte nor shiny red lip. This didn't bother me too much as I actually preferred the way it looked once the shine had worn off, nonetheless if you are looking for a high shine red colour than this is not the one.

        I have found this to be a very long lasting lip product and it stays on my lips for a good four/ five hours before I feel the need to reapply. During this time it just seems to fade and leaves a red stain on your lips and I have also been happy to wear it like this as well as I find that it fades evenly and doesn't look patchy.

        It feels very comfortable on the lips and is not sticky at all like a gloss would be. I have found that the creamy texture of this lip lacquer doesn't last for too long on this lips, but was pleased to find that it doesn't become drying on the lips either.


        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall I really sit in the fence with this lip lacquer. I really like the way it looks on my lips and the fact that it is long lasting, though the amount of time it does actually take me to apply it and go over it in order to make it look prefect I do wonder whether it is all worth it. The fact that it is affordable and often on offer means that I may be tempted to buy another one, though it is not a product I know that I definitely want to repurchase. I also feel that it is not completely what it advertises to be, in that the shine of this lip lacquer only lasts for a minimal time I find and although I did actually like the end results, it is still a little disappointing. I have also found all the difficulties I have had with this shade with the other shade I purchase, Stellar. I am not sure whether this may be due to the fact that they are both extremely intense and vivid colours and therefore do take a little longer to apply and the nudes and pinks in this line. I am a little disappointed in this product, though cannot say that I hate it and for that reason I am undecided as to whether I would recommend it.

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      • Benefit Brow Zings / Make Up / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        07.01.2015 21:32
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        Advantages

        • " comes in handy compact"
        • " defines brows"
        • "Looks natural"

        Disadvantages

        • Price

        It's a Brow thing!

        I am one of those girls that love doing my eyebrows and have gone through many different products in order to achieve what I believe to be the perfect brow. I hate the harshly drawn on look with the squared off ends and prefer to follow my natural brown line and use the product just to fill in and ever so slightly shape where I needed. Though this sounds fairly easy to do I have been through countless products trying to achieve this, finding eyebrow pencils often look to harsh and 'drawn on' and gels can often leave my eyebrows looking to thick and can even smear and not stay set throughout the day. This all changed however when I finally found my number one eyebrow palette, Benefit Brow Zings.


        ===~~Price and Availability~~===
        This eye brown set it by no means cheap and actually costs more than most of my foundations costing £24.50. I had my eyebrows done at the Benefit bar and it was then that I fell in love with how my brows looked after having them done and it was only because of this that I could justify spending the money. Of course, there are also more expensive brow kits on the market, yet there are also many at a fraction of the price!

        Alike most Benefit products, this Brow Zing palette can be found at Benefit counters; these are often found within larger department stores. There are also some independent Benefit stores and these sets can also be purchased on line from the likes of ASOS and feel unique.


        ===~~The packaging/what do you get~~===
        The packaging has been slightly updated since the photo shown and it not comes in a little square compact. It is black with 'brow zings' written all over the lid. What I like about it is that the material is a little shiny meaning it is very easy to clean and wipe down as often I find make up items can get very dirty.

        When you open the compact you are greeted with a mirror on the inside of the lid; it is a handy little mirror to do make up touch ups on the go, though personally find it too small to actually do my eye brows with. Then there are two compartments where there is a wax on the left hand side and a powder on the right and then there is a slot underneath this whether you receive a miniature pair of tweezers, small blending brush and small hard angled brush.

        The kit is available in three shades; light, medium and deep. I have very dark hair and olive skin so found that the 'deep' one suited me the best.


        ===~~Applying the product~~===
        To apply this product you use the wax to define and shape your brows and the the powder to further sharpen up and set the look. The hard angle brush is designed for use with the wax and then the blending brush with the powder. I have used the brushes this set has come with ever since I purchased it, which is very unusual for me but I really do love them. They are very small so can be a little hard to come to grips with at first, though once you get used to them I feel that the results you can achieve with them are great. The wax is of a fairly hard consistency and is no way gel like, which I had actually expected. Nonetheless I found that the brush picked it up well and it transferred well onto my eyebrows. Like previously mentioned, I follow my natural brow shape and found that was very easy to do so with this wax. It seemed to warm up slightly once it came into contact with my skin and this meant it was smooth to apply. Despite this it wasn't too creamy, like some I have used in the past have been and this made it much easier to create a crisp and defined line.

        Once I was happy with how the wax looked on my eyebrow I then moved on to using the powder. The first thing I noticed about the powder was how dense and pigmented it was and it was by no means chalky. I applied this over where I had applied the wax, though left the front of my brows as I feel this gives a more natural look. The powder was very easy to apply and did not drag in anyway, which I thought it may have done due to the fact it was being applied over a wax. I was pleased to find that it was just as pigmented when applying it to my brows, yet was still easy to apply so it looked natural and should I have applied too much it was also very simple to blend out.


        ===~~Results~~===
        I am really impressed with this little palette and love the results I get with it. My brows look tidy and defined, yet do not look harsh or like I have caterpillars or any other unwanted animal above my eyelids! Admittedly, it did take me a few goes to work out how to achieve the best results and I find that small, fast strokes work best for me and seem to be the most natural looking. I find that applying the powder over the wax really sets it in place and definitely prolongs the wear of it. Luckily, I have had no problems with the wax or powder smudging or smearing throughout the day and find it really does last.

        If I am in a rush or am just feeling a little lazy that day (sadly, this is more often than not!) I find that I can also use the powder alone and this also fills in the sparse areas of my brows and leaves them looking much more shapely, though not quite as defined as when used in conjunction with the wax.

        Despite the long lasting power of this product, I have found that it can be easily removed at the end of the day with a little bit of cleanser or eye make up remover and find that it does not leave any kind of 'stain' as more brow pens and gels I have used have done in the past.


        ===~~The tweezers~~===
        As mentioned, this set comes with a miniature pair of tweezers which I have used a couple of times. They are a small silver pair with a slanted edge and although these are good for plucking out the odd hair on the go, I would not pluck my eyebrows with these. I find that due to the size they are a little fiddly to use also also find that they do not grasp the hair as well as my normal pair of tweezers, nonetheless they are a handy pair of tweezers to have on the go and are a nice added extra to the palette.



        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall, I would definitely recommend this product since having started using it over a year ago now I have not used anything on my brows and cannot imagine doing to either. I love the fact I can get a really good eyebrow shape with this yet it really defined, yet is still natural looking and doesn't look over the top in any way. I still find the almost £25 price tag a little hard to justify for this small product, however I do also believe that eyebrows are one of the most important features as they frame your face and at the end of the day we all want good brows! I am also using the same kit I purchased over a year ago, so this does make it a little better value for money. I have found that the wax side in mine has gone down much quicker than the side of powder, yet I still have over half left in each section so can see this lasting me a while yet!
        I think I will continue to use this product for my brows unless I accidentally happen to stumble upon something I prefer, which will be highly unlikely and for that reason I really would recommend it! If you are wanting to try this but still a little unsure I would also recommend popping into one of the Benefit counters and getting them to do your eye brows for you and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as I did.

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        • Benefit Brow Zings / Make Up / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          07.01.2015 21:31
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          Advantages

          • " comes in handy compact"
          • " defines brows"
          • "Looks natural"

          Disadvantages

          • Price

          It's a Brow thing!

          I am one of those girls that love doing my eyebrows and have gone through many different products in order to achieve what I believe to be the perfect brow. I hate the harshly drawn on look with the squared off ends and prefer to follow my natural brown line and use the product just to fill in and ever so slightly shape where I needed. Though this sounds fairly easy to do I have been through countless products trying to achieve this, finding eyebrow pencils often look to harsh and 'drawn on' and gels can often leave my eyebrows looking to thick and can even smear and not stay set throughout the day. This all changed however when I finally found my number one eyebrow palette, Benefit Brow Zings.


          ===~~Price and Availability~~===
          This eye brown set it by no means cheap and actually costs more than most of my foundations costing £24.50. I had my eyebrows done at the Benefit bar and it was then that I fell in love with how my brows looked after having them done and it was only because of this that I could justify spending the money. Of course, there are also more expensive brow kits on the market, yet there are also many at a fraction of the price!

          Alike most Benefit products, this Brow Zing palette can be found at Benefit counters; these are often found within larger department stores. There are also some independent Benefit stores and these sets can also be purchased on line from the likes of ASOS and feel unique.


          ===~~The packaging/what do you get~~===
          The packaging has been slightly updated since the photo shown and it not comes in a little square compact. It is black with 'brow zings' written all over the lid. What I like about it is that the material is a little shiny meaning it is very easy to clean and wipe down as often I find make up items can get very dirty.

          When you open the compact you are greeted with a mirror on the inside of the lid; it is a handy little mirror to do make up touch ups on the go, though personally find it too small to actually do my eye brows with. Then there are two compartments where there is a wax on the left hand side and a powder on the right and then there is a slot underneath this whether you receive a miniature pair of tweezers, small blending brush and small hard angled brush.

          The kit is available in three shades; light, medium and deep. I have very dark hair and olive skin so found that the 'deep' one suited me the best.


          ===~~Applying the product~~===
          To apply this product you use the wax to define and shape your brows and the the powder to further sharpen up and set the look. The hard angle brush is designed for use with the wax and then the blending brush with the powder. I have used the brushes this set has come with ever since I purchased it, which is very unusual for me but I really do love them. They are very small so can be a little hard to come to grips with at first, though once you get used to them I feel that the results you can achieve with them are great. The wax is of a fairly hard consistency and is no way gel like, which I had actually expected. Nonetheless I found that the brush picked it up well and it transferred well onto my eyebrows. Like previously mentioned, I follow my natural brow shape and found that was very easy to do so with this wax. It seemed to warm up slightly once it came into contact with my skin and this meant it was smooth to apply. Despite this it wasn't too creamy, like some I have used in the past have been and this made it much easier to create a crisp and defined line.

          Once I was happy with how the wax looked on my eyebrow I then moved on to using the powder. The first thing I noticed about the powder was how dense and pigmented it was and it was by no means chalky. I applied this over where I had applied the wax, though left the front of my brows as I feel this gives a more natural look. The powder was very easy to apply and did not drag in anyway, which I thought it may have done due to the fact it was being applied over a wax. I was pleased to find that it was just as pigmented when applying it to my brows, yet was still easy to apply so it looked natural and should I have applied too much it was also very simple to blend out.


          ===~~Results~~===
          I am really impressed with this little palette and love the results I get with it. My brows look tidy and defined, yet do not look harsh or like I have caterpillars or any other unwanted animal above my eyelids! Admittedly, it did take me a few goes to work out how to achieve the best results and I find that small, fast strokes work best for me and seem to be the most natural looking. I find that applying the powder over the wax really sets it in place and definitely prolongs the wear of it. Luckily, I have had no problems with the wax or powder smudging or smearing throughout the day and find it really does last.

          If I am in a rush or am just feeling a little lazy that day (sadly, this is more often than not!) I find that I can also use the powder alone and this also fills in the sparse areas of my brows and leaves them looking much more shapely, though not quite as defined as when used in conjunction with the wax.

          Despite the long lasting power of this product, I have found that it can be easily removed at the end of the day with a little bit of cleanser or eye make up remover and find that it does not leave any kind of 'stain' as more brow pens and gels I have used have done in the past.


          ===~~The tweezers~~===
          As mentioned, this set comes with a miniature pair of tweezers which I have used a couple of times. They are a small silver pair with a slanted edge and although these are good for plucking out the odd hair on the go, I would not pluck my eyebrows with these. I find that due to the size they are a little fiddly to use also also find that they do not grasp the hair as well as my normal pair of tweezers, nonetheless they are a handy pair of tweezers to have on the go and are a nice added extra to the palette.



          ===~~Overall~~===
          Overall, I would definitely recommend this product since having started using it over a year ago now I have not used anything on my brows and cannot imagine doing to either. I love the fact I can get a really good eyebrow shape with this yet it really defined, yet is still natural looking and doesn't look over the top in any way. I still find the almost £25 price tag a little hard to justify for this small product, however I do also believe that eyebrows are one of the most important features as they frame your face and at the end of the day we all want good brows! I am also using the same kit I purchased over a year ago, so this does make it a little better value for money. I have found that the wax side in mine has gone down much quicker than the side of powder, yet I still have over half left in each section so can see this lasting me a while yet!
          I think I will continue to use this product for my brows unless I accidentally happen to stumble upon something I prefer, which will be highly unlikely and for that reason I really would recommend it! If you are wanting to try this but still a little unsure I would also recommend popping into one of the Benefit counters and getting them to do your eye brows for you and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as I did.

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          06.01.2015 14:06
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          • "12 different shades"
          • "Buttery eye shadow texture"
          • "High quality"

          Disadvantages

          • "Can get fallout "

          I strongly suggest you get Naked 2....

          I have owned the Original Naked Palette for years and despite being completely in love with it I have never taken the plunge and purchased the Naked 2, until now. I have been lusting after this palette for a couple of years now and upon receiving Debenhams vouchers for Christmas I decided to get myself one.


          ===~~What is it?~~===
          Urban Decay have produced a 'Naked' range within their line which consists of mainly more natural looking pinks, taupes, browns and greys. Within this range their are lipglosses, concealers, beauty balms, etc, though perhaps their most well known and prestige product is their Naked Palettes. These are palettes that consist of twelve eyeshadows, often ranging from a light cream/white colour to a more intense brown/black colour and the Naked 2 palette is no different. So essentially it is an eyeshadow palette claiming to be filled with '12 pigment rich taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows.


          ===~~Cost and Availability ~~===
          This palette costs £37 so although this does seem quite steep, when looking at other 'high end' brand palettes I actually find this one to be priced fairly reasonably. There are also 12 different shades in this palette which places them around £3 each which I actually think is a very fair price to pay. Alongside this you also receive one of their double ended good karma eyeshadow brushes and sample of four of their different eye shadow primer potions.

          Alike most Urban Decay products the Naked 2 palettes can be purchased from Debenhams, House of Fraser, Urban Decay and most large department stores with a beauty section. I have also often seen them on the likes of feel unique. I tend to find that these are not often on offer, however everyone now and then Debenhams do have 10-15% off beauty products and you can also collect beauty card points there.


          ===~~The Packaging~~===
          To me, the packaging looks fairly old school in that it in in a metal tin and therefore both the shape and material remind me of an old school pencil case. The metal tin itself seems to be fairly sturdy and it opens and closes securely which I particularly like as I think should I drop it it will remain close, hopefully meaning the eyeshadows won't smash. This is unlike the original naked palette which I find on occasions when I have accidentally dropped it the lid has opened.

          Despite it looking fairly old school to me, the simplistic design in a light champagne/beige colour makes it also look modern. When you open the palette you are greeted by a large mirror at the top, followed but the 12 eyeshadows underneath and then a small slot for where the brush is stored.


          ===~~The Shades~~===
          As previously mentioned there are 12 shades within this palette ranging from matte finishes to glitter and metallic sheens. Although some of the shades so look slightly alike in colour, once applied they look very different so countless different looks can be created with this palette.

          Foxy;
          A light, creamy off white matte shade. I find this particularly useful for highlighting the brow bone on the inner tear duct as it is not too intense. It is also perfect for an all over wash of colour over the eyelid if you are in a rush, or also works well to create a light, natural looking smoky eye,


          Half baked;
          This shade is also in the original Naked Palette and it is a true metallic gold colour. Just recently I have started as a freelance make up artist and have found this shade to suit many different skin tones, despite what may be originally thought. I love using this shade for a pop of colour at the inner corner of a the eye when doing a dark smoky eye, or as an all over colour when doing a bronze smoky eye.


          Booty Call;
          This is an extremely light frosty champagne colour. It is ever so slightly silver in colour with some slight pink tones to it. Personally, I find this colour the hardest to work with as I am not a fan of frosty eyeshadows nonetheless I have found due to its light frosty finish it can really make your eye colour pop in contrast.


          Chopper;
          This is perhaps one of my favourite shades in the palette and is a gold/bronze colour with glitter in it. What I particularly like about this is that the glitter is very fine so it does not irritate my eyes in anyway, as some glitter eyeshadows have done in the past. Despite this the glitter particles in it are very reflective which gives the eyeshadow a slightly sparkly look which is great for a bit of evening glamour and the bronze tones in the eyeshadow means it looks great in the summer as it compliments a tan- although a bronzed colour just as easily be used to cheat this look!


          Tease;
          This is the second matte shade in the palette and is a grey toned brown/taupe colour. This shade is great for when you want a little definition an depth through the crease, yet is not talk dark that it cannot be worn on a daily basis. This shade is also great for just running lightly through the bottom lash line when doing a simple winged eyeliner look as I find it gives a little definition to your bottom lashes and your eye shape.


          Snakebite;
          This is a true bronze shade. This shade has a metallic finish to it and when it hits certain lights can also look slightly gold toned. I particularly like this shade when doing a bronzed look and find it really warms up my skin tone and creates a really nice bronze smoky eye, yet due to the fact that there is no glitter in it it is not too intense.


          Suspect;
          This is a light champagne gold colour. Again, it has a shimmery metallic finish to it and works well to creat soft, slightly glamorous eyeshadow looks. I find that I can wear this shade on a daily basis and it is not too much due to the fact it is fairly light and not too obnoxious.


          Pistol;
          As the name suggests, this is a slightly gun metal tones grey. It has silver reflect particles in it which makes it great for creating the original grey/black smoky eye. Despite saying that it is probably one of my least favourite shades in the palette, though this is only due to the fact I find grey eyeshadows tend not to suit my skin tone.


          Verve;
          This is a true icy silver colour. Again, I find this shade a little hard to wear, though again I think this may just be down to personal preference. Nonetheless I find it works really well as a highlight colour at the inner corners of the eye. Also looks great when applied lightly to your Cupid's bow or on top of red lipstick at the centre of the lips as can make your lips look slightly more plump.


          YDK;
          At first glance this looks very similar to the shade 'chopper', however once applied it is very obvious that they are different. This is a lot less copper toned than Chopper and has no glitter in it. It is a soft warm bronze colour with a metallic finish that works particularly well on blue eyes as it really makes them pop.


          Busted;
          This is one of the darkest shades in the palette and is a deep brown colour with a slight metallic finish. What I really like about this shade is that it has some slight mauve tones in it which means it does not look completely flat on the eye. This works well as an all over colour when blended isn't correctly and also works well blended through he crease to add some definition there.


          Blackout;
          This is the final shade in the palette and is also the final matte shade. As the name would suggest, it is a matte black. This works great as a crease colour for lots of dramatic definition, or what I also like to do is to too mix it with a little bit if water and use it as an eyeliner.


          ===~~How do the eyeshadows apply/what do they look like on?~~===
          I am thoroughly impressed with how well these eyeshadows apply. They are of a silky, buttery consistency which means they glide effortlessly over the eye and are in no way chalky or powdery. Due to the silky texture of these eyeshadows they are very easy to blend, meaning that you are left with no harsh lines. I do find that I sometimes can get a little fallout with these eyeshadows, especially the more glittery ones such as Chopper, however do find this can wiped away easily afterwards or simply applying with a tissue underneath my eye can avoid this. I was please to find that all the eye shadows were extremely pigmented and transferred very well from the palette to my eye lid.

          What I particularly like with this palette is the endless amount of different looks I can create with this palette. I can go for something as simple as using one shade as a wash of colour all over my eye lids to a full on glamorous and for this reason I really do think there is something for everyone in this palette.


          ===~~The brush~~===
          I am also very pleased with the quality of the brush that comes with this palette, admittedly although it is not quite as soft as some other brushes I use, it nonetheless does the job required of it. At one end it a small, flat brush which I find really great for packing the colour onto the eye and I find that when using this end of the brush I get minimal fallout. The other is it a slightly domed shaped brush, which is much fluffier which makes it great for popping colours through the crease of the eye and also for blending eye shadow. I have also washed this brush a couple of times now and have found that it has come up as good as new everything and I have not had any problems with the hairs shedding or the likes of that.


          ===~~The Primer Potion~~===
          As mentioned, you get four small free samples of their primer potion in Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging and I cannot recommend these enough. I do. It have particularly oily eyes however I can often find that my eyeshadow can wear off throughout the day or find that it can begin to look unrest or sink into my crease and for them reasons is really is a life saver. I find that it really prolongs the wear of my eye shadow and really keeps it in place. I find this particularly useful when on holidays in hot climates or going out at night as this ifs often when the appearance of my make up can deteriorate, yet when I use this it really is locked in place.

          It does not feel greasy or oily to apply and is in fact very smooth and light. One thing I would say is that a little goes a very long way and often I have made the mistake of applying too much and when I have done this it can feel a little sticky and heavy on the eye.


          ===~~Overall~~===
          Overall, as you have probably already guessed by now I am utterly in love with this palette and am unsure as to why I took so long in purchasing it! There is also a Naked 3 palette which I cannot wait to buy now! I really cannot recommend this palette enough and really do believe there is something in there to suit anyone's tastes. The eye shadows are all of a high quality and extremely pigmented and due to the fact I only need to use a little amount each time I can really see me this lasting me a while. I have had my original Naked Palette for around two/three years now (which I know is probably not the most hygienic!) and despite using it on a daily basis it is still going strong, so really do think you get good value for money! Despite how much I love it, I would say that the original is still my favourite, that does not mean that I could recommend this palette any less though!

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            23.07.2014 19:47
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            • "Good coverage "
            • Cheap
            • "Long lasting"

            Disadvantages

            • "Can feel heavy"

            Lasting perfection!

            I use concealer on a daily basis, whether it is to cover up under eye circles or to hide imperfections and to me it is one of the most important steps in my make up so I like to know I have a good concealer on which will not only cover what I'd like it to, but also to last throughout the day. In summer time I often just wear concealer alone without any foundation so it is also essential to me that it has good coverage, yet still must be lightweight on the skin otherwise for me this defeats the point of not using a foundation. The latest concealer that I have tried out is this Collection one, which is mainly due to the fact it is very affordable and it also has a big hype surrounding it in the 'beauty world'.

            It also claims to be 16 hour wear, which although I never wear my make up for that long, I was intrigued about as I was really looking for a long lasting concealer. Alongside this it claims to be water resistant and transfer proof.


            ===~~Price and Availability~~===
            As previously mentioned, this concealer is very affordable costing just £4.19. The great thing about this brand is that I also find it is often on offer, whether that be 3 for 2 or buy two products and get one free. Of course if you enough points on your Boots or Superdrug cards then you can also purchase it with these.

            Like most Collection items, this is available in the likes of Boots and Superdrug and I have now also seen it being stocked in the likes of a few local pharmacists and have also seen it in a few of the larger Asda stores. Failing to find it in store, it is also available on these shops online retailers.


            ===~~Shade Selection~~===
            There isn't a very large shade selection for this range and as far as I am aware there are just four different shades available. These being fair, cool medium, warm medium and dark. I tend to find I alternate between the cool medium and warm medium depending on the time of the year and can sometimes get away with the fair shade to highlight under my eyes. I definitely feel there could be more shades available as I feel they are all aimed at fairly pale skin tones and there isn't really anything on offer for darker skin tones, as even the one named 'dark' is not all that dark and sometimes even I can get away with that one if I have been on holiday.


            ===~~Applying the concealer~~===
            This concealer comes in a small tube with a screw top lid which when unscrewed reveals a sponge application, much like that of a lip gloss. I have used this a few times to apply the concealer and find that it does a good job of dispersing the concealer and does pick up a decent amount, however find that it is almost impossible to blend the concealer in with and tends to just spread it. I also don't really like the idea of applying this over a blemish and then putting the applicator back into the product as then you will be contaminating all of the concealer, so if you wish to apply this over spots/blemishes I would highly recommend popping some of it onto the back of your hand and then go from there with the product.

            The concealer has a fairly thick consistency to it and I didn't notice this when applying it and found that to begin with it did feel a little heavy on the skin. Once blended out I found that it did feel a little lighter, though definitely felt noticeable on the skin and did not feel like there was nothing there. I also found that it worked much better when I applied a little and then built up the desired coverage as found this way it felt slightly less heavy.

            I used this to apply both to cover any dark circles and to cover blemishes on my skin and found that when doing so it blended out very well and due to the creamy consistency was very easy to do so. I have blended out this concealer with both my fingers and a brush on multiple occasions and found that either do a very good job. Personally, I would actually recommend using your fingers to blend it in as I find this warms up the product a little more which makes it extremely easy to blend in and also find that I am sometimes left with brush strokes when applying it that way due to its thick consistency.

            I find that a little goes a really long way, which is most likely due to the thick consistency and therefore often find myself needing way less than originally anticipated. Due to this I find that I only need a few dots of it to cover my whole face on days when I don't want to wear foundation and to me this feels a lot lighter on my skin than wearing a few pumps of foundation. Due to this I can also see it lasting me a very long time.


            ===~~Results~~===
            I have to say I am very impressed with this concealer, especially considering it's price. It really does have very high coverage and for me covers everything I would want it to. When used under the eyes I find that it cancels out any dark or purple tones leaving my eyes looking much more awake. I wouldn't necessarily say it highlights under the eyes as this is not really what this concealer is for, but does do an amazing job to hide any dark circles before applying a highlighter on top. I have found that I can do this and do not find it to look cakey. This being said, I have found that it does crease slightly under the eyes, even when setting it with a powder. This is after a good four hours or so where and doesn't personally bother me, though is worth keeping in mind.

            I also find that it conceals imperfections, spots and blemishes just as well and cancels out red tones just as well as it does purple tones. Although I would not say it conceals them to the point to which there is nothing there, it does do a good job at disguising any and the 'stand out' less. The one thing that this concealer covers very well is any scars or dark spots. I find that the thick consistency and the amazing coverage works really well on these problem areas and would say that they are virtually unnoticeable on these problem areas. I would recommend making sure your skin is well moisturised before applying this concealer as I do find it does tend to cling and draw attention to any dry patched on the skin.

            The only slightly downside I have found to this concealer is that sometimes the colour can look a little orange, I especially find this when applying warm medium and sometimes find it is not the most natural looking colour. I have also found that these concealers do tend to oxidise a little on the skin and do get a little darker, so again, I would keep this in mind when selecting a shade.

            This does last an extremely long time on the skin and other than the slight creasing under my eyes, I do not find myself needing to touch it up at all. I am unaware as to whether it in fact last 16 hours as I never wear my make up for that long, the longest I have makeup on for is around ten hours and find that it fairs up very well in that time. Despite its thick consistency I do not find it to be too heavy on my skin and actually find that it sits comfortably on my skin, though this is not to say that I do not notice it being there. I find that is can sometimes become a little bit oily looking after around 8 hours of wear, especially in the summer months, though find this is quickly fixed with a little powder or some blotting paper. I would not say that it is completely transfer proof, but I find this with most make up products anyway and have found it to withstand water well up to a certain degree.


            ===~~Overall~~===
            Overall, I have been very impressed with this make up item and would definitely recommend it. It is not without its faults, as most make up items are, such as the fact it can sometimes look a little orangey and the fact a larger shade selection is definitely needed. I really like the high coverage of this concealer as it really does conceal everything I would want it to, it would be nicer if it was a little less thick in consistency, though again this is just me being picky. Due to the price I cannot really fault it and can definitely see myself going back to this concealer countless times as it is a new staple in my make up bag.



            Just a little side note- the writing on the tube rubs off extremely easily and this can often leave it looking messy and a little grubby so if you are one of those people who like their make up items in pristine condition or for them to look neat and tidy then this may not be the one for you!

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              22.07.2014 15:53
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              • "Blend able "
              • "Not orange "
              • "Looks natural "

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              • Brush

              Benefit Hoola!

              Admittedly, I wear a bronzer all year round, whether this is to add a little colour to my face or to contour, though in summer I really like to up my bronzing a little, especially as my body seems to tan naturally far more than my face does. Personally I prefer my bronzers to be a matte finish rather than the shimmery ones as I believe this gives them a more natural look and then they can also double up as a contouring product. Due to this reason I decided to give Benefit''s Hoola a go as this is one of there matte bronzing powders, it has also been the UK''s number one bronzing product for the last five years!


              ===~~Price and Availability~~===
              Due to this being a slightly higher end make up product it is certainly not cheap costing £23.50 and admittedly I was a little dubious about spending this on a bronzer, though after having read many positive reviews I was pretty sure I was going to love it.
              You can sometimes find Benefit products on offer, such as buy 2 items and receive one free, or buy 2 items and receive 10% discount, etc. Debenhams also often hold weekends or months when you can receive extra point on your beauty card when buying make up items, including Benefit.

              Alongside most Benefit products this is available in larger department stores such as that of House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis, etc. It is also available from independent Benefit stores, along with all the online stores. You can sometimes pick up Benefit items on places such as eBay, however Benefit fakes are often all sold on here so it is worth doing your research and making sure that the seller is trusted.

              One of the things that I really love about Benefit is there packaging. All of there blushes/bronzers come in cute little boxes which when opened there is a mirror in the lid (which is not the best quality and is too small to apply make up in etc but is handy nonetheless) and a small brush which can be used to apply the product.


              ===~~Applying the product~~===
              As previously mentioned, this bronzer does come complete with its own brush, this is a very small, narrow brush which has virtually no handle. I have tried applying with this brush, though have to say I do not like it. I have found that it picks up a good amount of product and does transfer it to the face, though find it has a fairly scratchy texture to it which makes it hard to blend the bronzer out. Due to it being quite flat it also makes it hard to apply to the cheeks and you can sometimes be left with just a ''stripe'' of colour as it''s very hard to blend it. I also found that due to it having almost no handle it sat very uncomfortably in my hand and couldn''t get the right grasp on it, which may be why I was a little heavy handed when applying the product this way.

              I have also tried applying this with my own brush and have found this so much easier. When applying the bronzer it has a really soft and light texture to it, which means it is actually very easy to blend in; when using the right brush! I have however found that it is also very easy to pick up too much of the product in which case the bronzer can look very unnatural and to dark. I have found that simply tapping off any excess can easily avoid this though. This bronzer is also very buildable which means you can simply apply it very lightly all over the face for the natural sun kissed look and also build it up in certain areas to contour the face, like just below the cheekbones. I really like the fact that I can do this with just one product. I have found that even when building up the bronzer like this it does not become cakey or unnatural looking, which I think it mainly due to it being such a fine powder.

              Despite it being a fairly fine powder I was pleased to find that this bronzer had virtually no fallout when applying and therefore the product went exactly where I would have liked it to go. As previously mentioned, because it is very blend able if it had had any fallout it would have been very easy to fix.


              ===~~Results~~===
              I was very pleased with the results of this bronzer, perhaps the thing that I was most impressed with was the colour. Alike most people I have a fear of bronzers being too orange and shimmery or too grey toned which can look ashy on the face, though found that this bronzer was somewhere in the middle in where it was a natural looking ''brown'' colour. Even when built up in the likes of contouring I was pleased to find that it did not look muddy on the cheeks and instead looked like a natural shadow.

              I have found that this bronzer stays in place all day, even in this hot weather, which I particularly like as I don''t need to worry about it sliding down my face. Despite it being a matte shade I was also pleased to find that it didn''t look flat on my face and instead added a little definition and shape; especially when used to contour. I do sometimes add a shimmery bronzer on top of this just over the cheekbones for days when I fancy a little shimmer and have found that even when applying the two products on top of one another it does not become cakey looking.


              ===~~Overall~~===
              Overall I am really impressed with this bronzer and can see me continuing to purchase it. Nars Laguna had been my favourite bronzer for a long time before this, but seeing as this one is a little cheaper and is ''more matte'' I can see this one becoming my new favourite very soon! It is definitely still a pricey bronzer costing just over £20, though I do think this is justified a little in both the quality of the bronzer and also the fact that a little really does go a long way so can see it lasting me a long time. I have had mine for around 3 months now and have only made a little dent in it!

              The only downside to this bronzer would really be the brush that comes with it as I do think for the price you are paying the quality could have been a little better and the bristles colour have been a little softer. Nonetheless if you are not relying on this to apply the bronzer with then it doesn''t really matter a such.

              If you are looking for a natural looking bronzer you can wear on a daily basis, not only to bronze all over the skin, but also to contour then I really would recommend this product and if you can still not justify the price I think it is definitely worth popping on a birthday or Christmas wish list!

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              21.07.2014 12:30
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              • "No fallout"
              • Cheap

              Disadvantages

              • "Everything else"

              Not so Glam Eyes!

              Recently I have really been liking Rimmel as a brand and think they have released some very good quality make up items in the last year so when I went to Boots recently I tried to pick up a few things I have never tried before from their brand to test them out. One if these being a mono eyeshadow from their Glam Eyes range. I actually chose a colour I would not normally go for, mainly because I wanted a bit of a change and wanted to create a navy smokey eye and therefore the colour I selected was number 53; Celestial Blue.


              ===~~Price and Availability~~===
              These eye shadows are fairly affordable, costing just £4.49 each; you also get a decent amount of eye shadow for this price I was pleased to see. They are currently in offer at Boots (21/07/2014) in which where you buy one you can get another half price.

              Alike most Rimmel products they are available at all the stores you''''d normally expect to find it, these being the likes of Superdrug and Boots, larger supermarkets such as Sainsburys as well as many online retailers and some local chemists. Apparently you can also sometimes pick these up in the £1 shop, though some of these are rumoured to be out of date make up products, so if you can I would recommend trying to find/check the date on them.

              These eye shadows come in their own plastic cases in which the top three quarters is the eye shadow and the rest is a small slot in which a sponge double ended applicator sits. Although I don''''t often use these applicators, I do like them when they are included as I often find they are great for touch ups throughout the day and have many other uses.


              ===~~Colour Range~~===
              I was actually quite impressed with the colour range available as there was almost twenty different shades to choose from, going from more natural beiges and taupe''''s, to intense purples, blues and blacks. Although I had picked a rather intense blue shade, I had also wished there were a few more natural shades to wear on a day to day basis, though this may defeat the purpose of them being Glam''''Eyes Eye shadows.


              ===~~Applying the Eye shadow~~===
              As I have just mentioned, I very rarely use the sponge applicators that eye shadows come with, though for the purpose of this review I did give it a go and as expected it was very poor. I did find that the sponge picked up ample enough product but when then going to transfer it to the eye there was almost no colour payoff and the eye shadow itself seemed very chalky across the eyelid. The sponge also felt fairly ''''cheap'''' and was quite scratchy when applying it to my eyelid so wasn''''t all that pleasant to use. This didn''''t really phase me too much as I had not originally intended to use this form of application, though if you are, I would keep this in mind when purchasing.

              I then went onto apply it with a brush, which is how I apply all my eye shadows. I was pleased to find that again my brush picked up a good amount of the product and was even more pleased to see that there was little or no fallout when I went on to apply it across my eyelid. Having said this, I was extremely disappointed to see that the eye shadow was just not applying to my eyelid, it just seemed to be a very sheer, washed out blue colour which actually made me look a little ill. The eye shadow was very chalky which meant it was almost impossible to try and build up the colour to intensify it and even if I managed to do so I found that it looked patchy across my eye, where in some areas the colour was more intense then others.

              I have also tried both primers underneath the eye shadow and also wetting the eye shadow a little to try and make it slightly creamier in colour to no joy; personally I found it almost impossible to apply evenly. I have tried to pack on the eye shadow with my finger as well as I find this can often transfer a lot of colour onto the lid, again with no joy.


              ===~~Results~~===
              It is fair to say that I was extremely unimpressed with the results of this eye shadow. I did actually end up removing it all and starting again with a different brand of eye shadow. This is mainly due to the fact that it looked like a five year old had applied my make up, it was very uneven, looked chalky, was virtually impossible to blend and achieve a smoky eye with. The fact that I had chosen a blue shade also didn''''t really help matters as it made me look ill, especially as the shade was nowhere near as intense as I wanted so was very washed out and did not help matters at all. A friend of mine had actually purchased the bronze shade at the same time and upon asking her she said that she had found it extremely hard to apply.

              I cannot comment on how well this lasts throughout the day as mine really wasn''''t on for all that long, though I can only imagine it looking worse throughout the day. I have now applied this eye shadow on a few different occasions just to see whether it was just me having an ''''off day'''' but each time have achieved the same results.


              ===~~Overall~~===
              Overall, it is fair to say I was extremely disappointed in this product, especially due to the fact I am a huge fan of the Rimmel brand. The are only a few positives I can think of, though I am struggling with this,the fact it had no fallout, they are affordable and often on offer and wide colour selection for a highstreet brand, other than that I find the quality of this eye shadow to be extremely poor and these positives definitely do not make up for it. For me, this eye shadow definitely failed to achieve ''''Glam Eyes'''' and for that reason I would not recommend it.

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            • Benefit High Beam / Make Up / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              • " gorgeous finish and colour"
              • " catches the light"
              • "leaves skin looking healthy with a glow"

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              • " brush applicator it comes with is usless"
              • pricey

              I''m Beaming!

              Over the years I have dabbled in many different brands of make up, however nowadays I tend to stick to the ones I know and like, so upon receiving a bottle of Benefit ''''High Beam'''' for my birthday I was very much delighted. Admittedly, I had not tried too many Benefit products before receiving this, however the ones I had tried I had loved and have always been drawn in by Benefits packaging and display.


              ==~~What is it?~~==
              Benefit High Beam is a liquid (though I use this term fairly loosely as the product itself is fairly thick) highlighter, essentially used to highlight the cheekbones, nose, cupids bow or anywhere you''''d like to stand out a bit more and catch the light. Benefit actually describe it as a ''''Luminescent complexion highlighter''''.

              It is fairly pink in tone and has a pearl like finish to it; Sun Beam is also available which is much more bronzy toned highlighter.


              ==~~Price and Availability~~==
              This is by no means a cheap beauty product, costing £19.50 per 15 ml (average sized bottle). It can sometimes also be purchased in ''''sample'''' style sizes in which you get 4ml of product; though these are still sometimes priced around the £9 mark! Benefit products are not often in any sort of offer so the majority of the time you did have to end up paying this full price, though having said that Boots are currently doing an offer in which when you buy two Benefit products you receive a free gift. (17/07/2014.)

              High Beam is fairly widely available to buy, all Benefit counters will stock it as it is one of their number one items. You can find the likes of Benefit counters in most large department stores, such as; Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, etc. Some of the larger Boots stores also stock Benefit, as well as being able to find Benefit High Beam at many online retailers.


              ==~~Applying the product~~==
              The product itself comes in a nail varnish like bottle, with a screw top lid and a brush to apply. I tend to find that the brush actually collects far too much product than what I need, so I tend to wipe the amount I would like off on the back of my hand and then continue to apply with my fingers. I have tried applying with the brush also, though tend to find this just spreads the product around my face and does not actually blend it in; so would definitely recommend using a brush or fingers to apply. As I have previously mentioned, the product is fairly thick on consistency which means it did feel fairly heavy when I first started to apply it to my skin. I was actually expecting it to be slightly greasy in texture, but was pleased to find it wasn''''t.

              As I blended out the product I noticed it becoming more lightweight and once completely blended in I could not feel it at all on my cheeks and actually had a powder like finish in that it was not greasy or shiny looking at all, which I have had with some other highlighters. This being said, when I have used too much product in the past it can be very greasy and almost sticky feeling on the skin, so I would recommend starting of by just using a little and then building it up to the desired amount. The product itself is very easy to blend into the skin and feels silky and smooth whilst doing so. I have found the best way for me to apply the product is with my fingers as the warmth from them warms up the product meaning it is very smooth to blend and does so a little more flawlessly. I have also found that when applying with a brush, you can be left with brush strokes in the make up and it can be a little harder to blend in, sometimes resulting in the look of a ''''stripe'''' of product across the cheek bone.


              ==~~Results~~==
              I really love the results I get with this highlighter, it really does catch the light and draws attention to any high points on the face. I also really like the shade of this product; it is neither too pink tone or too white/cream toned, which means it looks slightly more ''''natural'''' and is not too obvious. The finish of it is luminescent as describes and really does add a glow to the cheeks. There are pieces of glitter in this highlighter, however, they are so fine that is almost looks like a soft shimmer, I really like this as it avoids that ''''disco ball'''' look you can sometimes get if there is too much glitter in a product.

              What I really liked about this highlighter is that it looked good both in daylight/natural lighting and synthetic lighting and therefore if I applied it indoors I did not need to worry about going outdoors with it on and it looking too obvious or obnoxious. It stayed in place all day and does not become greasy or oily looking on the skin and just leaves a nice looking glow. It can be a little dewy looking, though if you do not like this look you can simply pop a little translucent powder over the top. I have found that this product is best applied directly after applying a foundation and works best over ''''liquid products'''' and then if you wish to you can then powder over the top. I have found that when I have powdered and then apply this over the top it does not blend as well and becomes ''''chunky'''' looking and cakey throughout the day and does not look as natural.

              Although this could be used as an everyday product, I personally prefer to save it for something special or nights out etc. I think it really glams up an evening look and can sometimes look a little too much for a daytime look, in which I tend to normally lean towards a powder highlighter.



              ==~~Results~~==
              Overall, I have been really impressed with this product. I like the fact that it stays in place all day and does not need touching up and does not become oily looking throughout the day. I am also really impressed with the shade of this highlighter and can see it suiting many different skin tones. Although I still believe it to be very price at almost £20 I can see this lasting me a very long time as a little really does go a long way and I am even thinking about buying Sun Beam for the summer months now after having loved this product so much! I really would recommend this product and also think it makes a lovely gift for a make up enthusiast as it is something you would not always think of buying yourself and is an easy way to really glamourize a make up look!

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              Not quite my true match!

              As a self confessed beauty addict I am always on the look out for new products to try; whether these be new releases or just beauty products I have not tried yet. One of my utmost favourite things to try out is foundations, hence whey I am reviewing a foundation today. Personally, I tend to opt for quite high coverage foundations that still have a skin like look and texture to them and are not too heavy. This can sometimes be a little difficult to find as I often find that high coverage foundations can sometimes feel heavy or greasy on the skin or can become cakey looking with general wear throughout the day. The latest foundation I decided to put through its paces was the L'oreal true match foundation.


              ==~~The Claims~~==

              This foundation claims to give outstanding coverage without caking, while being a natural looking, skin-true formula which does not lead tide marks. Personally I think if you do buy a foundation in the wrong colour, especially if it is more than one shade too pale or too dark then of course you are going to be left with a tide mark, so I believe this claim to be a little false.


              ==~~Price and Availibility~~==
              In most places this foundation costs £9.99, which I find to be a fairly affordable price for a drugstore foundation. Although of course there are far more inexpensive ones on the market, even at highstreet prices some are much pricier so believe it to sit fairly mid range. They are also often on offer, such as the 3 for 2 offer that is currently on in Boots, or sometime have money off.

              I find these foundations to be fairly widely available. They can be purchased from the usual Boots or Superdrug and also the likes of eBay, Feel Unique and Amazon. There are currently 23 different shades available for this foundation, however the downside is that I find my local Boots (which is a large store) does not stock all the shade and seems to stock between 12 and 15 different shades. They are all available on the website, though unless you know which shade you are going to be, then this could be a little hard to decipher your shade.


              ==~~Applying the foundation~~==
              The first thing I noticed about this foundation was that it had a pump. I personally prefer foundations with a pump as I find them way easier that pouring foundation onto the back of your hand or scooping it out of a pot. I also find the foundation itself keeps a little cleaner this way. In one pump you get a decent amount and is all I tend to usually need and sometimes go for just a half pump on days when I just want a little coverage in certain areas. This is a reasonably runny liquid foundation and personally I had actually expected it to be a little thicker in consistency. As I always do with my foundations, I used a brush to apply it and was very pleased to find how it both felt lightweight and non greasy to apply. The consistency is extremely easy to work with, making it very easy to blend into the skin. I also don't find that it sets to fast, meaning I really get time it work the foundation into the skin to make it look as natural as possible.

              It's light and silky like texture really makes the foundation a dream to work with, also allowing it to be easily blendable. The foundation itself is quite pigmented, meaning that a little does go a long way and often I do find myself pumping out a little too much. I tend to find after one coat of my foundation my skin looks much more even, smoother and altogether more flawless. I find that it covers my under eye circles and any redness extremely well, however, wherever I have a little scarring I do feel the need to go back over with either a little more foundation or some concealer as I find this foundation does not cover blue or purple tones all that well.


              ==~~Results~~==
              I really like how this foundation looks in my skin. I find that it sets to a semi-matte finish, which I personally tend to find is the most natural and flattering finish. I do set my foundation with powder, however this is just to prolong the wear of my make up. As previously mentioned this foundation does feel very lightweight on the skin and often does not feel like I am wearing make up, which I really enjoy. I find that throughout the day it does not necessarily get greasy, but I do get a little shiny through my t-zone, so I do feel the need to touch up with a little powder. I was also pleased to find that this did not make the makeup look cakey. As far as a tide mark goes, I do believe this is all down to whether or not you select the right shade for you, as sometimes I feel like the foundation is a little too dark for me and have to blend down my neck and other days I feel it matches my skin perfectly.


              ==~~Overall~~==
              Overall I have been really impressed with the quality of this foundation, I like how it makes my skin look much perfected whilst still having a natural finish to it. I do not quite believe this foundation to be of 'perfect coverage' or even that of high coverage, though it is definitely buildable to that of a desired coverage. Although I am not quite convinced this is my 'perfect foundation' (although I am not altogether that convinced it exists) I would be more than happy to repurchase this foundation and therefore am awarding it four stars.

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                Colour Tattoo!

                I am always on the look out to try new make up items and normally am very quick to jump on the band wagon as soon as a new beauty item, may it be gimmick or not, is bought out. Despite this, I was very slow in trying these Maybelline Colour tattoos, I am not quite sure why this, nonetheless I am very pleased I eventually got round to trying this product.


                ===~~The product and its claims~~===
                Essentially this an eye shadow that claims to last for 24 hours on the eyes, though can also be used as a primer to apply powder eye shadow over the top in order to give this eye shadow a longer length. It is a cream gel formulation so it is therefore meant to have the staying power and pigmentation of a cream eye shadow, but feel a little lighter on the eyes due to the fact it is more a gel formulation, which also allows for a smoother application. Personally, I don't tend to wear my eye shadow for 24 hours, however often my eye shadow does begin to crease or look a little worn throughout the day, especially if I go out of a night so I was hoping that this eye shadow would be different in that it would last the duration of the time I was wearing it.


                ===~~Price and Availability~~===
                These colour tattoos are very affordable and cost £4.99 and for this price the pot is also a fairly decent size and you do get quite a lot of product. They are also often on offer, whether it be buy one get one half price or on 3 for 2. They are actually currently on 3 for 2 at Boots (22/10/13).

                As with most Maybelline products these colour tattoo eye shadows are available from Boots and Superdrug, along with some pharmacies and some larger supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. They can also be ordered online from some of these places and are sometimes for sale on the likes of eBay. I tend to find they are very easy to get hold of, though often find that the full colour range isn't always available, not even in some of the larger Boots stores, so sometimes I do end up ordering them online if I am after a particular colour.


                ===~~Colour Range~~===
                When trying out a new make up line, particularly be it an eye shadow, I always like to check out the colour range. As far as I am aware there are nine colour options available, so isn't the most vast line available, however I feel that this range covers most colours to suit different people; whether it being a bright blue, a bronze or a deep black colour. One thing I noticed about these colour tattoos is that they are all metallic (they were designed to be bold metallic shades) which I liked as I often find shimmery or metallic shades a little easier to wear, nonetheless if you are a fan of matte shades then these wouldn't really suit you.


                ===~~Applying the Eye Shadow~~===
                There are a few different ways you can apply this eye shadow, whether it be with a brush, a small or cosmetic sponge or with the fingertips. I personally find the easiest way to apply this eye shadow is with my fingertips and also find this is the way I get the best results. The first thing I noticed when applying this eye shadow was the texture of it, it was unlike most cream eye shadows I had used in the past and indeed did feel much lighter, almost like a whipped texture. It neither felt sticky nor greasy to use and all in all I really liked the formulation. To apply I simply ran a small amount of the eye shadow across my eyelid; I found that this was very easy to do and the eye shadow glided across my eye lid very smoothly. Due to the light, yet creamy texture of the eye shadow I found that it was very easy to apply from my inner corner of the eye to the outer corner without it pulling or dragging on my eye.

                After one layer of the eye shadow I decided that the colour was not quite as dramatic as I had wanted it to be. Oddly, I did find it to be very pigmented and one 'coat' would have been fine, however I was hoping for the colour to be a little more intense. It was very easy to add another layer of this eye shadow and despite it being a cream/ gel formulation I found that it did not move any of the previously applied eye shadow. I found that this eye shadow did set relatively quickly on the eyes, though I found I had enough time to blend out any of the edges. Despite the fact I found the best way to apply the eye shadow was with the fingertips, I did find that the best way to blend it was with a synthetic brush. I only did this to the other line of eye shadow as otherwise I do find that due to the intensity of the eye shadow it can look a little harsh. The eye shadow was a lot easier to blend that I had expected and gave the eye shadow a slightly softer look.


                ===~~Results~~===
                I tend to use this eye shadow in two ways; as an eye shadow on its own or as a primer for other eye shadows. I have to say I was very pleased with both results and although I am not sure whether this eye shadow would last 24 hours on the eye, it definitely lasts considerably longer than eye shadows, be them a cream or powder formulation, I have used in the past.

                ==~~When used alone~~==
                When used alone this eye shadow does last on the eyes. It gives a lovely metallic look to the eyes, which looks great on its own with a bit of mascara or with a little bit of eye liner. What I particularly liked about this eye shadow is that although it was metallic it was not too over the top and shimmery and was a little more subtle that I had expected it to be. My favourite shade that I currently own is that of On and On Bronze, which is a lovely warm bronze colour; I find this colour great for daily use and if I am in a rush I find this a really easy colour to pop on my eyes as it requires almost no effort, yet looks very pretty on the eyes.

                I find that when worn alone I can get at least eight or nine hours wear out of the eye shadow and despite it being a cream eye shadow I was pleased to find that during this time it did not become heavy feeling on the eye, neither did it become oily or greasy feeling. I was even more pleased to find that the eye shadow did not gather in the crease of my eye, which many cream eye shadows have done previously.

                ==~~When used as a primer~~==
                This is my favourite way to use this eye shadow as I find that it makes powder eye shadows last on me all day, opposed to the fact I normally feel the need to touch them up after a couple of hours. I find that when used as a primer it really helps to set any eye shadow I apply afterwards into place and keeps it there; I particularly like doing this if I go on a night out as I know that my eye shadow will stay in place all night without having to worry about it creasing or wearing off. I do find that you can see the colour of the Maybelline Tattoo through any eye shadow applied over the top, so it is best to go for similar colours when using it in this way. I have also applied matte shades over the top of this and do find that the colour tattoo does add a metallic sheen to the eye shadow which I actually like, nonetheless if you build up the matte shade enough then you can no longer see this.

                I actually prefer using these Colour Tattoos as primers to that of Mac paint pots or the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer as I think these add more depth to the eye and personally find them a lot easier to work with.


                ===~~Overall~~===
                Overall I have been thoroughly impressed with these Colour Tattoos by Maybelline, especially when considering the price. I now own a few of the shades and have been very impressed with all of them; both in terms of staying power and pigmentation. Due to the fact a little goes a long way I can see them lasting me a long time, especially when considering I have owned some of mine for 4 months now and they have not even begun to dry up. The only slightly downside to these is that I do find that they can stain the eyes a little; especially the blue one. I would not say that they are particularly hard to remove and find that a little bit of cleanser will remove them, I just find that sometimes they leave a stain.

                All in all I would definitely recommend these little pots of greatness and I will definitely continue to use them; I would actually quite like to see them bring out some matte ones, though the metallic ones are fantastic for now!

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                  Vichy Dermablend Foundation!

                  Admittedly, Vichy is a brand that I hadn't heard of until six or so months ago when I was looking for a new foundation. Personally, I like my foundation to be very full coverage but also like it to feel lightweight on the skin and not to look cakey, which can be hard to find, especially in a high street price bracket. Vichy is ultimately a skin care brand with products designed to promote healthier and younger looking skin along with a line that is especially designed for imperfection or acne prone skin. Despite this being their main area they have also got a make up line out in which one of their items is this Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation.


                  ===~~The Claims / Why I opted for this foundation~~===
                  This foundation claims to be a corrective foundation which gives total/ full coverage which is one of the main reason I opted for this. I am not often prone to break outs, however my skin is very uneven and does have some scars and hyper pigmentation left from previous years and personally I like my foundation to cover this without feeling the need to apply layers of foundation and concealer. Though it claims to be a full coverage foundation it also claims to have a lightweight, matte finish that can last up to 12 hours on the skin. Personally, I was not too sure as to whether it would live up to this claim as personally I find that many foundations I have used, despite the brand or price, rarely last this long on the skin and can begin to look a little tired before this.


                  ===~~Price and Availability~~===
                  This foundation costs £15.50 for 30ml. This is a little more than some high street foundations, though is also considerably cheaper than some higher brand foundations. I also find that brand Vichy is often on offer (especially in Boots) with offers such as 3 for 2 or 1/3 off which makes the foundation a little more affordable.

                  As mentioned, you can buy this foundation, along with most of the Vichy range from Boots and also some Lloyds pharmacies also stock it.


                  ===~~Colour Range~~===
                  Personally I found that colour matching my skin to these foundations was a little difficult; there are only five available shades in Boots and each shade seems to be quite a lot darker than the previous and therefore it is hard to get an exact match. I currently am using this foundation in two shades mixed together in order to get a more 'perfect' match. The lightest shade that is currently available is number 15, Opal, which personally I do not find to be that pale and therefore is you have extremely pale skin then you may find it hard to wear this foundation. There are a few darker, warmer colours available, however again there is not a very dark colour on offer. I have also found this foundation to oxidise a little a couple of hours after wear on the skin, so it also worth considering this fact when purchasing the foundation.


                  ===~~Applying the Foundation~~===
                  As with all my foundations I opted for a stippling brush to apply this foundation with as I find it the easiest way. I began by squeezing a little of the foundation onto the back of my hand and the first thing I noticed was how runny the foundation was which may be due to the fact it is enriched with thermal spa water. Despite the foundation seeming runny, it did not seem watery or greasy on the skin and I could already see how pigmented the foundation was, meaning that a little should go a long way. The foundation moved across the skin very easily and indeed did feel extremely lightweight when applying. The foundation had a satin like texture to it, in that it was not completely moisturising and neither did it feel drying on the skin and in fact the balance felt just right.

                  Due to the high pigmentation of the foundation I found that I only needed to use a very small amount of this foundation as it did go a long way; considerably less foundation than I have had to use with some other brands. I found the foundation was extremely easy to blend and work into the skin, meaning that it did not look like the foundation was simply sitting on top of the skin. One thing I did find was that I had to work relatively quickly with this foundation as it did seem to 'set' on the skin and become matte fairly quickly. After one layer of the foundation I was very impressed to see that any redness in my skin was taken away, as well as the dark circles under my eyes. In fact the foundation had done well to camouflage pretty much everything I had wanted it to; I did feel the need to go in with just a tiny bit more over some scars although could have got away without doing so. Due to the high coverage of this foundation I did not feel the need to also wear concealer, however I did add come under the eyes just to make me look a little more awake.


                  ===~~Results / How long did it last?~~===
                  I was very impressed with how this foundation looked on my skin, although it claimed to be a matte finish I would actually say it was a semi-matte finish as it definitely added a glow and slightly luminous look to my skin. I actually preferred this as it made my skin look a little more healthy than had it been a perfect matte finish; even when having set the foundation with powder I still find it gives a semi-matte finish. I was pleased to see that this foundation really did give a full coverage, flawless look yet was even more pleased to find that it did not look cakey on my skin. Even where my skin was slightly drier I found that the foundation did not cling to these areas which some other foundations I have used in the past have done. Due to the fact that just a small amount was needed in order to create the coverage I found that the foundation felt lightweight on my skin all day and was very comfortable to wear.

                  Despite the fact I had a little trouble picking out a shade to suit my skin, I found that it actually suited my skin pretty well and there were not any awful tidal lines. Although the foundations were very warm in colour and there were not very cool based shades available, I found that the foundation did not at all look orange and in fact looked every so slightly more pink toned if anything. As mentioned, I do find that this foundation can oxidise a little after being on the skin for an hour or so and appears a little darker, though it is nothing too dramatic and does not overly change the colour of the foundation.

                  I do not believe that this foundation lasts 12 hours on the skin and definitely not the 16 hours it claims to when used in conjunction with their setting powder. I personally find that I can get a good eight hours of wear out of this foundation, which is plenty enough for me, however after this I find that the foundation does begin to look worn and I would feel the need to touch it up in a few places. I also feel that after eight or so hours the foundation can become ever so slightly 'clammy' feeling on my skin and therefore I would not really like to wear it for much longer. Within the 7/8 hour mark I find that the foundation stays in place very well all day, though despite the fact it claims to be a matte finish I do find I sometimes need to dust a little powder over my nose as sometimes it can look a little too shiny for my liking.

                  I find that some cleanser removes this foundation easily and it is not at all stubborn to remove. Though I do find I need to go over my skin a few times in order to ensure that all the make up is removed due to the fact that it is such a high coverage foundation.


                  ===~~Overall~~===
                  Overall I have been thoroughly impressed with this foundation, especially that of the coverage as it is just what I was looking for. I will most likely continue to purchase this foundation for a while, though as it is not quite the perfect foundation I suspect I will carry on looking to try out others. I feel that it is well worth the £15.50 and in many ways find it to be very similar to that of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation which is over £10 more expensive. I also like the fact that a little goes a very long way with this foundation, meaning that I can see it lasting me a very long time. Since using this foundation, along with other products from the Vichy Skin care line I have also noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my skin, in that it looks more even and much brighter; though I am pretty sure that this is not down to the foundation I can confirm that I am now a huge fan of the brand Vichy as a whole and would recommend this foundation.

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                  • Ted Baker Purse / Handbag / 85 Readings / 81 Ratings
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                    Ted Baker Purse!

                    A couple of years ago I had a complete overhaul of my bag and purse collection, which was mainly due to the fact I had way too many bags and most of them were either looking a bit worn or were ones that I no longer used. When doing this I decided to invest in a few more expensive pieces, not necessarily worth hundreds, but just a little more than the high street brands I was previously buying. One of these items was the Ted Baker purse, now these come in a few different sizes, though I opted for the 'Kassady' purse (which I am pretty sure is the one pictured above) in a bright, yet not neon pink colour. This purse was one of the larger sizes as I like that it had lots of compartments and the flap open style, yet was not the largest. The largest to me looked a little more like a clutch bag opposed to a purse due to the size of it.


                    ===~~Price and Availability~~===
                    This purse is priced at £75, which may sound a little expensive considering the fact that although Ted Baker may be classed as a 'premium' brand it is also not the best on the market and there may be better manufactured purses on the market. Nonetheless now having owned this purse for close to two and a half years, which is the longest I have ever owned a purse as often I become bored and like to change them up, I thoroughly believe it is worth this price. This is of course for the larger sized purse and there are other sizes available for a little cheaper and the small size is available for £65; though personally I believe it is worth paying the extra £10 for the larger size as I believe it to be more beneficial to the extra space and card slots.

                    These are available in different colours, though currently on the website I can only see two. Though I tend to find there is often more selection in store. The purses tend to be one colour on the outside and then a contrasting colour on the inside. As mentioned mine is a bright pink on the outside and a orange colour on the inside. I cannot see this one of the website at the moment (and mine is slightly different to the current Kassady due to the time of purchase) however they tend to bring out more colour choices and brighter colours during the summer. It comes presented in a lovely green 'postcard' style box, wrapped in tissue paper which also makes it a lovely gift and the fact that it comes presented in a box really gives it that luxury item look.

                    Due to it being a Ted Baker product I do tend to find it is fairly widely available. It is of course available in Ted Baker stores (and their online store) and is also available from larger department stores such as that of House of Fraser, John Lewis and others. ASOS also stock certain Ted Baker items too and you can sometimes pick up Ted Baker items for a little discount on eBay.


                    ===~~The purse~~===
                    The purse itself (the £75 priced one) is 19cm x 10 cm x 3cm. I personally really like the size of the purse, it is considerably bigger than purses I have used in the past, especially that of coin purses. This makes it extremely easy to find in my bag and I do not find myself digging around for it, nonetheless it is a little too big for some of my smaller bags. I don't really mind this as I tend to only carry small bags when going to concerts or on a night out and then I can simply zip some money in a side pocket and I don't really like the idea of carrying my purse with me with all my cards in it then just in case I misplace it. The main and inner of the purse are 100% leather, whilst the lining is 100% polyester. The fact that it is leather makes it feel much more of a luxury item to hold and makes it look a little more expensive and that of a luxury item. I have personally found the leather to be of very high quality and therefore has been very hard wearing and despite the fact I often just throw this purse in my bag and have dropped it numerous times as of yet it is not showing any signs of wear. Despite the outer being made of leather it does have a plastic/patent like finish to it. Although this sounds like it may be a little cheaper looking, I actually really like the look. It is a bit different to the crocodile/ worn like leather and gives the purse a really smooth look. Due to this it also incredibly easy to wipe down if it ever gets a bit dirty or grubby looking.

                    The lining of this purse is also incredibly pretty. It has a silky like feeling to it and is a mixture of dark and light greys. Although this may sound like it will contras with the bright pink and orange colour of my purse it somehow works and adds a little bit of 'class' to the bright pink colour. The print on the lining is big, bold roses which adds a certain elegance to the purse and is what really reminds me of the pretty Ted Baker prints. I love the bright pop of pink colour this purse has to it and really does make it look really eye-catching. The fact that it is also not a neon pink makes it a little more subtle, though is definitely not a subtle purse. The purse has a flap over design, which I really like as it fastens with a simple singular popper which means it is very easy to access. I particularly like the fact that it does not have a zip all the way round as some of the larger purses do and personally find this way of accessing the purse much quicker. Despite it being a single popper I find it to be very strong and sturdy and have never had any problems with it undoing. When opened you are met with eight slots along the top of the purse for cards. I find the cards to slide in and out of these very easily, yet at the same time are very secure in there and again have never had any problems with any of them sliding out. However I would strongly recommend not putting a card in the first 'clear' card stock as I have made this mistake and it is near impossible to remove. Therefore this slot is bet for use of a photo or something similar. There is also a pocket like feature in the top of the purse underneath where you store the cards. This is lined with the lovely floral print and I find this pocket really useful for storing shopping lists or 'to do' lists as then I know they are always with me and know exactly where they are.

                    In the bottom half of the purse there is two large slots for notes/ vouchers or more lists. Notes fit easily length ways in this compartment. The compartments open up fairly widely so that you can see what you have in these pockets, but not too much so you feel that your purse/ money in your purse is exposed. I also like the fact that you have two of these pockets as it means it you need to separate money or if you need to give somebody money it is easy to store the money in the two separate compartments to avoid confusion. You are then met with the bobble clasp for the coin compartment. The bobble clasp is perhaps my favourite thing about this purse, I think this may be due to the fact that many purses do not have this nowadays. The current Kassady has crystals in the bobble clasp, however mine has round orange enamel pieces with the letters T and B on them. There is currently another purse with this enamel clasp, however they are rectangular in shape and not the same bobble clasp. This clasp I again find to be very secure and it has never accidently opened. Though I do find sometimes I forget to close it and just secure the main part of the purse and I do find that when I do this any coins I do have still manage to fall out, so it is very important to ensure you close the clasp. There are again two compartments in this section, though I do find that most of the money gets muddled in these compartments anyway. I tend to find that you can store a fair few coins in this compartment, though fewer than other purses I have used in the past as it does become difficult to do up the clasp when too full.

                    There is then another four card slots, which is great for me as I seem to have a card for everything, luckily most of them are only loyalty cards though! Again the cards are secure in here yet very easy to get in and out as needed. Finally there is a zip on the back, when I first got this purse the zip was very hard to undo and zip back up, yet over time it has become much easier to do. I tend to not use this section of the purse too often as I find there is enough storage in the rest of the purse for me, nonetheless I find it a nice design feature.


                    ===~~Overall~~===
                    Overall I am bother very pleased and impressed with my purchase. I think the quality of the item is fantastic and as of yet, despite the fact I have owned it for near enough two and a half years, it is showing very little, if any signs of wear. It has also maintained its bright pink colour and has not become dull over time, the fact that the outer is a wipe down material helps this and does make it extremely easy to maintain. The only thing I do find that wears on this purse is the stitching running around the purse. The stitching is the same colour as the purse, meaning that it is not too noticeable however overtime I have found that the colour of the stitching has stained a little and become a little darker. This can be cleaned up, though requires a little more time and effort than that of cleaning the main of the purse.

                    I really love this purse and think the £75 price tag of this purse is extremely well justified, since purchasing mine a few of my friends have even purchased them in different colours. The only thing about this purse is that Ted Baker are constantly updating it and bringing out different versions meaning that it doesn't stay 'new' for long, this doesn't bother me though for those who like to stay more up to date this could cause an issue. I am awarding this purse five stars as I believe it thoroughly deserves them and should it become very tatty, grubby or just in the need of up dating I would not hesitate about purchasing another one.

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                      Double Gloss Nails!

                      I wear nail varnish all the time and sometimes am too busy to remove or touch it up, so to me it is essential to have a good, long wearing topcoat to ensure the best wear out of my nail varnish. I often tend to buy a top coat and base coat all in one as it is often cheaper and I find it easier to just use the one bottle, however on my recent trip to Boots I was in a bit of a rush so just picked up the first clear/ top coat nail varnish I could see. The one that I happened to pick up was this 17 Nails Xtra Double Gloss top coat. It's claims were fairly similar to all other top coats I have used in the past; a hard wearing, high gloss top coat that prolongs polish wear. Having never used this previously and having not read any reviews on it I wasn't sure what to expect from it, yet having used it numerous times I am very pleased with my purchase.


                      ===~~~Price and Availibility~~===
                      This nail varnish top coat is priced at a reasonable, average price of £3.99, although there are cheaper priced top coats out there I personally don't find these to be too shiny so I was hoping that due to the name of this one being named 'double gloss' it would be considerably shiner than those. 17 items are often on offer, such as 3 for 2 as they are currently (25.3.2013) so it is very rarely I pay full price for the items from this range. There is 10ml in the bottle.

                      As this is a seventeen item, they are limited to Boots store and their online store; nonetheless you can sometimes pick up the items at a discounted price on eBay- though sometimes there will be postage costs so it is worth keeping this in mind.


                      ===~~Applying the nail varnish~~===
                      The nail varnish has a fairly wide, straight brush which makes application very easy. I was pleased to see that the nail varnish did not smell strongly or chemically in anyway and in fact any 'nail varnish' scent was almost non detectable. The wide brush means it is very easy to coat the whole nail and meaning one 'dip' in the top coat will coat the whole nail easily and tends to do so in three strokes. The nail varnish is very smooth in consistency to apply and does glide along the nail with ease, yet it also seems to be quite thick in texture and is not as runny as some top coats I have used in the past. I like this about the nail varnish as it means I can use less and therefore apply fewer coats as I do not feel the need to build the nail varnish up.The brush did seem to pick up quite a lot of the nail varnish, particularly when new, so I did feel the need to wipe any excess on the side, though I was please to find that this did not congest the side/top of the bottle in anyway.

                      I was please to find that the topcoat was very fast drying and in around 3 minutes was touch dry, though this did depend on how much I had used as when I used a little more to give my nails a gel like look I did find it took between five and ten minutes to dry. I was also pleased to find that the top coat nail varnish did not drag or smudge any of the coloured nail varnish I had applied underneath meaning that the colour of the nail varnish did not colour the brush in anyway. I really liked this as often in the past I have used nail varnishes which have picked up the previously applied colour, staining the brush, which means that when returned to the bottle it colours the top coat therefore meaning I no longer have a clear nail varnish. Although I could have applied just the one coat of this nail varnish as it was indeed very glossy, I decided to apply another as I really wanted to deal in my nail polish and ensure it would be as long lasting as it could be.

                      Although this is both named and sold as at top coat I have also used it as a base coat as I find it easier to use one bottle of nail varnish for both uses. I have found that this top coat applies just as smoothly onto the bare nail as it does on top of nail varnish. It again looks very glossy on the bare nail and dries extremely quickly.


                      ===~~Results~~===
                      I really like this top coat and believe it thoroughly lives up to its same 'double gloss'. I am not actually sure what the 'double' part in the name actually refers to, unless it means especially glossy which it very much is. The glossy finish really catches the light and makes the nails look very professional. It is definitely one of the glossiest, shiniest top coats I have ever used and in my mind the finish of this top coat far surpasses that of some of the more expensive, leading brands. I particularly like I the fact that the top coat maintains this shine throughout the time of wearing that nail varnish/ before it begins to chips as I have found that some other brands can go a little 'dull' after a couple days of wearing. I also like the fact that even when I have applied this nail varnish in a big of a rush and therefore done so a little unevenly it manages to even itself out on the nail, which I think may be due to the slightly thick consistency, creating a very smooth look on the nail.

                      I do believe this top coat prolongs the longevity of my nail varnish, though perhaps not as much as I would have liked. When not wearing a top coat I tend to find my nail varnish starts to chip sarong day two and begins to become quite noticeable by day three, however when wearing this top coat my nail varnish begins to chip around day four. I would have liked this this top coat to help my nail varnish to last between five days and a week as I have found some other top coats have done this in the past, nonetheless it was better than when I do not wear one at all. Despite this, I really like the way this top coat makes my nails feel. I find that it dries I quite a thick layer, which I know that others may not like, but I personally do. This is because it gives my nails a 'gel' like feel and makes them feel really strong and healthy; I think this enables the top coat to be a little more hard wearing as it claims.

                      When using this nail varnish as a base coat I again find it helps to prolong the wear of my nail varnish a little, though what I really like about using this nail varnish as a base coat is that it helps to prevent my nails from staining, especially when wearing underneath bright colours such as reds, oranges and blues. I tend to find I need to apply two coats of this when using it as a base coat as when I use just the one coat I find that sometimes the nail varnishes I apply can still stain my nails. Nonetheless for a nail varnish that I'd designed to be a top coat, I find that it fairs very well as a base coat and does the job equally as well.


                      ===~~Overall~~===
                      Overall, I have been really impressed with this nail varnish. Unfortunately it does not enable my nail varnish to last quite as long as I would have hoped, though the fact that it does make my nail varnish last a little longer means that it is better than when not wearing it at all. Perhaps my most favourite thing about this top coat was in fact the glossy finish to it and I feel that the finish this top coat gives far out ways that of the lasting power to me. I like the fact that it maintains this shine as it makes my nails look really healthy and strong, whilst at the same time having a professional finish. I have also found myself to be splitting my nails a lot less frequently and to be experiencing a lot less breakages when wearing this top coat opposed to when not wearing one at al. I think this may be due to the slightly thick, yet in no ways sticky or gloopy, consistency which almost 'coats' the nails to help avoid this from happening.
                      Therefore although it does not quite allow the longevity I would have liked, the glossy finish, prevention of stains, less frequent breakages and inexpensive price means that I still believe it deserves the full five stars.

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