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I received a nice sample black kohl eyeliner by Lord and Berry in a beauty box. I knew the brand as I had seen it in department stores like Selfridges so I decided I wanted to try this pencil as soon as possible.
I nearly always wear black eyeliner on the top lid winged to plump up the look of my eyelashes but I vary from a pencil, to felt tip or liquid liner depending on what look I want to do.
This pencil is of the just right texture - not too soft and not too hard. It is easy to use and draws a soft line on the eye lid which can then be blended or smudged or left alone.
As the pencil is made of wood in the traditional style you can use a normal small pencil sharpener to get it back to a point. You can never get the shop original point I find with a pencil sharpener though!
I hate transferal of eye liner on the upper brow and often find Kohl pencils can transfer themselves around the eye area as the day wears on. I have not had any problems with the Lord & Berry one though thankfuly.
The pencil, full sized seems to retail online at between eight and ten pounds which I would be happy to pay.
I do like the black of this pencil, it's true and not diluted, some I have found turn a bit grey but not this one. I also find this easy to remove with eye make up remover. I am one for rubbing my eyes at work when I am tired and this does not budge even when rubbed. It has great staying power.
When I was on holiday a short while ago I packed a travel kit to see me through the week full of wonderful Nuxe Paris body care items. This is a brand that is fairly new to me but I have not found anything I didn't like in the range yet so the travel set was a good buy to take abroad and try out during the week in my limited 'pamper time'.
This is a nice solid body lotion cream that sinks in to the skin leaving it so soft and supple and not at all greasy.
This rich, delicious body cream replenishes lipids, soothes irritation and tightness and repairs the skin barrier. A truly pampering treat to wave goodbye to crocodile skin. The skin is intensely nourished (90%*). It is soothed and supple (95%*) and its comfort is restored (100%*).
But what is in it?
This body cream replenishes lipids (sunflower and sesame oil and rice bran)
It soothes (barley extract, argan oil and shea butter combined with allantoin) the skin
It repairs (acacia honey) and protects the skin's barrier function (Vitamin E, sunflower extract)
I found this cream quite economical, it went a long way from a small blob and left my skin feeling really soft for a long time. On holiday it can feel dried out from the pool and sea but each night it was restored thanks to this cream.
How much and where from?
This brand is sold in M&S, surprisingly and you can get a 200ml bottle for £15.20 at the moment but its usual price is £19.99 which is quite dear.
This cream was great, I loved using it and the results were great too. It is one I will look out for in the future. Long lasting results and a quality feel to it.
I have had a couple of pots of "Warmth" from Bare Minerals but I have to say it must be used with caution is it is a very fine loose powder that is deadly to carpets!
The warmth can be bought in various sizes but I have always had it in the starter kits from bare minerals that are a small 2g pot. Once the sticker is removed from the holes in the sifter it is out there and likes to jump out of the pot!
I use a bare minerals brush to apply this product. I am not sure if it is the right one but it is a big brush with a long reach. I use the swirl tap method when putting the product on but if there is too much on the brush you can end up with a mucky looking face!
Warmth All-Over Face Color adds rich, velvety colour to your complexion to give you a radiant, healthy-looking hue.
On the Bare Minerals website it is £20 for a 1.5g pot. It works out cheaper if you buy it in a set though!
I have dropped the whole pot before all over the carpet and it was a pain to clear up. Even this does not put me off using warmth though as it is a great all rounder product that can even be used on its own for a bit of a blast of colour to the face.
I will continue to carefully use this, it's a great product!
I was spending my vouchers on Amazon as you do and had a few pounds left to spend and nothing in mind until I saw these Barry M sticks and decided to try one as it got me free postage for the other items in my basket.
What are they?
These are called an eye shadow pencil but for me they are a bit of a hybrid between an eye liner and a powder eye shadow.
I don't put my bronze pencil all over the lid like I would an eye shadow but I use it to draw a line on my upper lid before adding mascara.
This makes a nice change and is flattering on the eye. It is super quick to use and for me helps to skip a few steps of the usual make up routine. It is easy to remove with normal eye make up remover and looks nice used on its own or with other complimentary shades of eye shadow.
I paid £2.99 for my pencil with free postage but it is probably easier to buy them and check out the rest of the colour range in stores where they sell Barry M Products like Boots or Superdrug.
I would not say I turn to this pencil every day as I normally wear black eye liner but it is nice for a change and if I am in a rush it is also good for a quick fix. I like that it has quality and is affordable. I would buy other colours from the range having had success with my bronze eye shadow pencil.
I was surprised a few Christmasses ago when hubby bought me a YSL make up set. It was only small with three items included - a mascara, a make up remover and this black Kohl pencil.
I loved the gold shiny lid and the black wooden pencil. The regular size also meant that it would fit in to a normal pencil sharpener. I think my pencil was shorter in the gift set than the one you may buy for full price but I really didn't mind as my signature look is a black kohl eyeliner line on my upper lid to give a fullsome lashed look without loads of mascara or false eyelashes going on.
I was a bit surprised by just how soft this pencil was when I first used it, not much pressure was needed as it just melted on to the eye lid. I found it difficult to get an even look on both eyes due to the pencil always being blunt. It was hard to sharpen it to a point due to how soft the pencil was it preferred to cling on to the pencil sharpener than stay with the pencil!
I gave up on this pencil in the end. Despite it being a premium brand I much preferred the felt tip style as I could get a more even look from these.
Boots currently.sell these pencils for £20.
I know some people prefer the softer kohl and it is certainly easier to blend if you prefer a more smoky eyed look but for me it was far too soft.
I first discovered the Eyeko skinny eyeliners in a beauty box followed by many front cover of magazine giveaways. I tried the navy blue version which was a branch out from my usual black eye liner colour.
The eye liners are silver in colour on the body of the 'pen' and they are indeed skinny in circumference. On the end is a colour disc which gives you the clue as to what colour skinny eyeliner pencil you have. On the other end is a capped nib covering the felt tip style applicator.
I tend to do my eyeliner after eye shadow and draw a nice medium line with a little flick on the end. I apply a layer of mascara afterwards. The eyeliner gives the illusion of a nice thick set of lashes and really helps to define the eye area.
I find that these are fine for every day use. I apply it first thing in the morning and it is still apparant on my way home. I own the blue and the back and they both perform well. Once dry they do not smudge, and they are not blendable.
These cost £12 on ASOS.
These work well and are long lasting and are super easy to use and get a defined line on the eye lid, suitable for only the upper lid I find. If you start to use one though then stop, don't expect it to work when you go back to use it as they do tend to dry out when not in use. I would also say that sometimes it picks up the eye shadow and this can 'block' the colour on the pen for a while.
I like my skinny liner for its ease of use and precise and consistent effect but I don't like the dried out effect it can have after just a few uses. The navy blue is gorgeous though if you wanted to try something new!
I was sent a mini Laura Mercier mascara by mistake from the Beauty Box company Birchbox. It should have been a primer from a promotion when you subscribed and I love the primer so re subbed just to get it! I was so disappointed when they sent the mascara instead. But when I contacted them they said they would send the primer on as it was their mistake so I get to keep both, bonus!
I still have not unpacked my every day make up from holiday time so I've been just bunging on bits and bobs from my dressing table and this mascara came straight in to play as it arrived whilst I was away.
I have only used this with a light make up look and it is not a dramatic finish with one layer but you can build it if you wish for a more obvious look on your eyes.
It is very easy to use and does not smudge or flake off as the day wears on. I do like the colour (black, as usual!) and it looks quite natural with one layer but helps add a bit of definition to the eye area.
Price wise this is not a cheap mascara, it is around £20 full size and I have seen worse prices out there but that is around the maximum I am prepared to pay.
I am uncertain as to whether a rebuy would be on the cards, I have a lot of unused mascara in my stash so it'll be a while before I need to buy one anyway.
I bought the Johnson's face wipes to take on holiday with me to quickly remove my make up at the end of the day. I only wear a bit of make up on evening times so it's not a heavy duty job I am after.
You get 25 wipes in a pack which lasts me a couple of weeks as I also use them in the morning to refresh my skin and remove any leftover panda eye smudges.
I bought my pack from Superdrug and paid around £1.50 for them. I always look out for facial wipes when they are on offer and try not to pay more than £2 for them.
These wipes fold out quite large once you have removed them from the pack. There's a seal on the pack which keeps the remaining wipes fresh. I try to only use one pack at a time to avoid the wipes getting dried out.
Do they work?
Yes, they are great at removing foundation and concealer and powder and also quite good on eye make up. They don't make my eyes sting when I rub at the lashes. I agree that these do feel good on my skin and I think the extra sensitive feature displayed on the pack is a good help.
I do find that these make my skin really thirsty, I have to moisturise straight after using them or my skin feels really dry once the wetness of the wipe has disappeared.
I like these wipes, they don't make my face go particularly red and they remove my make up which is just what I want them to do.
I will buy these again, they are a good price and work well.
When I was a student I got the smallest room in the house we rented. I lived closest and went home most so I took the smaller room although I didn't have less stuff than the others. I got a cheaper rent for it but soon found out my single room actually had the most storage in it!
I had a single 'cabin' bed with drawers underneath it. At the side was a chest of drawers I used as a bedside table. My TV sat on the wide windowsill at the foot of the bed and I could change the channels using my toes on the buttons if I lost the remote. I broke the buttons doing this - pressed them totally in but the shop swapped it for a new one that had fast text on it so I was quite pleased about that!
On with the storage... I had hooks over the door for coats and dressing gowns. A huge desk took up the whole side of the room with my computer on it and also six massive drawers in it and an office chair to sling more clothes over. A total of eight Pigeon holes were securely attached on the walls and held all my uni work, books, and shoes and all sorts and then behind the head of my bed a closet that went over the stairs and held a huge amount of clothes.
I found a mirror in a charity shop with a tray on the bottom which held my hair brush and make up and was on the wall by the door where I got ready.
It was the smallest room but the storage was awesome. I kept my bigger items like the ironing board and iron in the communal living room and really it was not such a hardship to have that little room for a year. I paid £50 a week for that room... happy days!
I remember when we bought our headboard even though it was around five years ago. I bought one because I was fed up of the old fashioned designs we had been using as hand me downs from the family and I was redecorating our bedroom.
We chose brown faux suede to match the colour scheme of the room. I had also won a king sized bed so we had no headboard this size and I wanted to stick with the same brand Silentnight so I knew it'd fit.
I saw the one I wanted in Bensons for Beds showroom but was dismayed to find it was over £300 so we left the store and I went online to find my headboard. The store only had a number on it, not the style but I knew in my head what it looked like and then found the Calella headboard on the mattress.co.uk website for a lot less.
I ended up paying £149 delivered which was less than half price in store.
The headboard was easy to fit on to the bed, standard in fact and it has been brilliant, never let us down. It looks smart even though we moved house and have a different bedroom colour scheme now, I liked the headboard so much I did not want to buy another one.
It is a nice soft material that doesn't mark and can be wiped clean with a lightly damp cloth to be rid of any dust. There is nothing bad I can say about the headboard in fact it outlasted the bed which went saggy on the memory foam topper!
Style wise it has a plumped look to it with the button pins but the suedey fabric makes it feel more modern. We have a shelf behind the bed with the overbed unit and the headboard hides it well, in fact it really is the perfect height.
All I would say is be savvy and shop around for the style you want as they are cheaper online by far!
I really love the NUXE brand at the moment and bought a travel set to take on holiday with me. Inside the set was the fabulous micellar rose water admittedly in a travel sized bottle but it was enough for me to realise that I did love this product from the brand too.
I just soaked a small cotton pad with the micellar water and swept it over my face to remove make up. It was cooling and refreshing and great for a light make up removal job.
I do find that the water is not enough to fully remove a heavy eye make up but it is enough to do a nice light cleanse. I use a separate oil based eye make up remover anyway to remove mascara and eye liner and this is good to remove any excess product afterwards.
I got six items in the travel set including this water for £13.50 which is a great deal. A full sized 200ml bottle is £14.50 on the site but there are often deals for free postage with threshold spends, free samples and gifts on the site so it's worth a look!
My opinion on the NUXE brand just keeps going upwards. It is such a high quality French skincare brand which is admittedly expensive but I really think their products are worth the price tag. I enjoyed using this rose petal micellar water on holiday and will look out for it again in the future.
I bought the Seche base coat at the same time as buying their fast drying top coat I had heard good things about the brand and was keen to try it.
I didn't like the warning on the packaging that one of the ingredients was believed to cause birth defects and this was something to do with it being distributed in the state of California. A lot of the online nail community tossed this fact aside but I was pregnant at the time so it got put away. I think it is freely distributed in the UK without warning but I didn't want to take the risk.
Well after baby was born...
The base coat came out for a trial. It was OK, did the job and filled in the ridges but that warning stuck with me and put me off it. I found it went thick and sticky once opened and used and it needed seche restore dripped in each time to make it more usable.
I gave up on it in the end. I had better base coats on the go and this one was not good enough to rebuy.
I paid around £6 for this from Amazon.
This was OK but not as good as the top coat in performance and it helped to fill the ridges but I don't think it made the manicure last much longer. The base coat is not one I'd look out for in future as there are other better base coats on the market.
I have just got back from holidays and took an array of sun protection to keep the family from burning. We went with a kids factor 50 to protect their skin but I went for factor 30 and this included a couple of small tubes of the Hawaiian tropic cream. I also had a clear spray in factor 30 by HT that was by far my favourite but we will stick with the cream as far as this review is concerned as the spray is not even listed (a new product to the line?) on this site.
The cream comes in a small squat tube and I got mine from work in a skin care pack they circulate as part of a health promotion road show. I stashed mine for when I knew I'd need it in sunnier climes.
This is not bad in use and is easy to spread out on the skin but a little reluctant to sink in at first although it does not make the floor as slippy as the spray can version does. It has a lovely exotic smell to it as you rub it in it is wonderful.
Most importantly I did not burn when wearing this on my back and legs. I came back with paler legs than I went with thanks to the fake tan I started off with! I think this cream is good on legs and arms but I did find it stung my eyes when used on the face which is not a pleasant feeling.
I would buy this again as it is under a fiver in the shops and it works!
It took me a while to remember where I got my tube of this hand cream from then I remembered it from a travel essential set I bought more for the wipes (make up remover), mini deodorant (roll on) and lip balm than this hand cream. Nonetheless the whole pack came on holiday with me and true enough I was glad of a tube of hand care when my hands began to feel all dried out from too much time in the sea and pool.
I mainly used the hand cream at night time in between reading my book and I noticed it seemed to have a longer than usual drying or sinking in time but it did do it after around ten minutes and my skin felt really soft.
What also helped was massaging this cream in to the cuticles and skin around my nails to promote better nail growth and healthier skin. My nails felt a little weak from all the time in the water so I think this helped to turn that around a bit.
All in all I am pleased with this hand cream and will buy it again. The Nivea is a trusted brand and is always reasonably priced in fact this whole pack was priced at under five pounds and it turns out the hand cream was a bit of a life saver for me whilst on holiday.
The only other thing to add after the drying time is that it is quite highly scented and whilst not unpleasant this may put a few people off.
I bought a pot of Hawaiian Tropic aftersun moisturiser in a brown tub from Home Bargains a couple of years ago and took it abroad to Majorca for a month, it lasted me the whole time.
Price and availability
What is interesting right now is the Boots Price is £10 and at Asda it is £5 but I think I paid £4 a couple of years ago.
What does it smell like?
The big fragrance to me is coconut. It is a little greasy as it is technically a body butter whilst being in a thick cream format.
Enriched with coconut oil, shea butter & avocado oil. Pamper your skin with luxurious Hawaiian Tropic™ AfterSun Body Butter. Intensive hydrating with 12 hour moisturisation. Ultra rich moisturisers leave skin feeling silky soft with an exotic coconut scent.
This can go a bit greasy but it is super moisturising and it smells great too. I am not over keen on the pot format as it feels like it might leak in my suitcase but it was great moisturiser on sun kissed skin. I did have to keep clothing away from it a while after applying as it took a while to sink in.
I did notice that they have since changed the packaging on this product from a brown tub to a nice green and white tub, it looks a lot more classy in the new format. Still thoughts about whether it will travel well though!