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I have a Capital Hair and Beauty trade card, so OPI isn't too expensive for me, (sorry I can't say prices - terms of the card!) therefore, it doesn't break the bank to try out new colours/ranges of OPI. After all this commotion about crackle nail polish I decided to try it out. I bought the royal blue one, simply called "Blue Shatter."
The whole point of this nail varnish is to put it over another colour that is already on your nails. The crackle polish is matt but to make it gloss, simply apply a top coat over Shatter. OPI are the leading brand in nail lacquers, so you know you are getting good quality with them. However...this is not the case with Shatter. They have completely failed to deliver their usually high standards! The bottle is the same as every other OPI nail varnish, with a cheap plastic tag on it and a shatter effect lid. This disappointed me, they could have a least made it a bit different. After all, the polish itself is different! Now, I don't know if all shatter/crackle polishes are this rubbish, but this review goes for OPI.
I was eager to try this as soon as I bought it, so, at a pub lunch I painted my friends nails. The consistency is interesting; it's like normal nail polish, with added water. I'm not saying it's watery, I'm saying it looks like there is water in it - almost like when oil separates in water. This may be how the shatter effect is achieved on contact with the nail plate, but it's rather hard to work with! I apply the nail varnish in the normal way, however it doesn't shatter. When I say "the normal way", I mean the way I was trained as a nail technician, two thin coats, not one thick one (otherwise lacquers will peel.) So, with the thin layer, nothing happens. At all. So, I apply another layer to the same nail and now it just looks like normal nail polish, just matt. It hasn't cracked at all.
So thin layers don't work. On the next nail I paint it on thick (the way I used to before becoming a nail tech). It finally cracks - one big crack down the middle and that's it. My friend had bare nails, so now I understand why they tell you to put on top of other colour, because it looks lazy and messy without it. In all honesty, it looks like badly applied, old, chipped nail varnish. Not the quality I'm used to with OPI. Retail price for this lacquer is £10-12 which if I paid full price for, I'd feel VERY cheated. However, in all fairness OPI do recommended you have another colour underneath. So a few days later I trailed it on myself, with red underneath.
And I'm still not impressed! Yes it looks bright and bold, but looks like I let a child apply it and chip it carelessly off. It doesn't crackle like it shows on the lid; it just looks chipped - if that! I honestly don't see the appeal in these varnishes; no one thinks chipped varnish looks good. So why does this?
I am blessed with milky white skin, which I am very proud of! However, it can sometime be a battle to find concealers not only to match my skin, but to also hide my horrid under eye circles. Dainty Doll is a product range from Girls Aloud member, Nicola Roberts. It is exclusively for pale skin.
I heard about Dainty Doll cosmetics a few years ago when it first came out, but was only available online and from Harrods. I searched for it on the internet - but it had either sold out or was going for insane prices on eBay. Luckily - Nicola Roberts has noticed the demand for her range of make-up, and now has Dainty Doll in selected Boots stores!
The product itself comes in a compact. It contains a mirror and the product itself. All of Dainty Dolls' items come in an individual box - which I love because it means people can't test them without opening all the packaging. DD's mascot looks a look like Nicola Roberts herself, in tiny doll form, which is a great brand identity. The concealer feels slightly gritty - I apply it with my ring finger to any blemishes but mainly to my under-eye circles. And I must say it covers them well. It also has ingredients to help diminish spots, and calm the redness. I had to match myself to the right colour, as it is not from a beauty counter, one thing I would like them to do in the future. I would also like to see a wider range of items, such as a liquid foundation. At the moment they only do the power mineral foundation. For the price of these products, I think these are two things the company need to consider. I paid £14 for this item in Boots, and the mineral foundation comes in at £19 - £20 for almost dust...not convinced!
The concealer is long lasting. I've had it just over a month now, and it barely looks used. It does have good coverage, however I have noticed it comes off quite easily. If I wipe my finger under my eye (lightly I must add), it will come off onto my finger. It ideally needs to be applied twice a day for perfect coverage and a fresh look. Something I'm not too happy about, seeing as the price I paid for basic concealer by a brand that is still very premature.
Overall, I give it 3 stars. There are flaws in the product and the brand itself before they can justify charging what they do. For example, for £6 more I could have got the leading concealer in the world! I know its purpose is not for under eyes, but it is suppose to conceal, and stay concealer for the day. Great effort for standing up for the pale girls Nicola, but there needs to be further quality controls.
After having a makeover where they used red lipstick on me, I was hooked! I was given the lipstick they used for free, however I'm not a fan of lipstick. I loved the colour, but it came off so easily and with red lipstick you have to apply it perfectly to look good.
So, when I heard about Just Bitten I decided to give it a go as I wanted a long lasting colour that wouldn't budge. I bought the colour "Gothic" a bright, real blood red. It cost me £5.99 at the time from Boots, I think the normal price is £7.99. I believe this is a fair price for the brand, and the promises of the product.
It looks almost like a felt tip pen, which is easy to apply. I applied it manly as a normal lipstick, and then used to tip to line. For equal application I pursed my lips as you would with normal lipstick. Another plus side is that it tastes lovely! Quite sugary, but I hate lipbalms and lipsticks that taste vile. After all, it is on your mouth! Another good thing is that the pen also has a balm on the other end, as I have noticed that other brands dry your lips out quite a lot and make the colour look cracked. So far so good, easy application with a conditioning balm.
It is long lasting too, I apply it at the start of work at it will last all day until lunchtime. It obviously comes off when you eat, however when you drink a cup of coffee of bottle of water it stays put. Its such a lovely rich colour too.
Overall, I have no problems at all with this product. It does what it says on the tin and more. The other colours are very rich in colour too, so its worth having a look. In comparison to other brands out there, it is in the lead. I also have the Maxfactor one, however this one does not impress me as much as Revlon!
I honestly have no clue how my local CEX is still surviving. I should have learnt by my first experience in there, where I was talked down to and the queue was 15minutes long. My second visit, however, was the most appalling.
After finding what I wanted to buy (some presents for my fiancé's younger brother) I joined the mile long queue. I was expecting to wait, as the queue was rather long. I noticed that there were several CEX workers to the side of the queue having a conversation, there were also several tills free. They were supposed to be filling up stock, however they were not. Finally, I was at the front of the queue when the man who was in front of me was having a discussion with one of the staff members. The customer was getting a bit agitated as the price was wrong on the item. By Trading Standards, retail companies have to sell the item at the price that has been advertised on shop floor. Most consumers know this, so the customer was explaining this to the cashier. He wasn't having any of it and replied "Well that's not the price, so you either buy it or not." The customer did leave, after complaining about the queue (we waited 30minutes to get to the till) and walking away. By this time, I was at the cashier next to him. I asked her why the other staff members weren't on the tills, and she rudely replied "All our tills are being used" even though they were not.
After the customer next to me left, the cashier muttered under his breath, "I don't care how long you had to wait." He also uttered an expletive; however I will not use it here. I looked at him and asked if there was a complaints procedure and was asked "what have you got to complain about?" After commenting on his use of language, plus the queuing time you would think I would get an apology. Instead I got "oh well."
And to top this off? My cashier couldn't find the DVDs I had (they have to search through a catalogue). I promptly walked out. I can't believe how a well known company can treat their customers like this! After returning home I tried to find the number of the shop to complain and it was nowhere. The only number was a 0845 generic number. I even called the shopping mall it was in, and CEX refused to even give the shopping mall their number as they were worried the mall would give it out!
Eventually, I found a way to complain. By emailing the general CEX email. After a few days I got a reply of "this will be sorted". When I have complained about service before in other retail stores (it's not common for me - only complained twice before) they have apologised profusely and usually given me 10% off my next purchase etc. I emailed back asking what would be done and the reply "we can't divulge that information."
Overall, you'd have to pay me a lot of money to step foot in there again!
Luckily I found this normally expensive item in the 99p store. I wanted to try it out as this toothpaste has an extremely good reputation for whitening teeth.
A triangle shaped package/tube with a large screw lid, which is also used as the base to stand on. After taking off the top, the toothpaste has a long thin applicator, which is quite handy as I have an Oral B electric toothbrush, which has a rather small head. The toothpaste itself is a white liquid which is quite runny - you have to put it in your mouth fairly quickly!
There is one major thing that has put me off this toothpaste - it doesn't foam up at all and I feel like its not cleaning my teeth because of this. The taste is very mildly minty and I'm not convinced the toothpaste is doing its job in any way! Even when rinsing, the toothpaste has disappeared completely. The whole reason I bought this toothpaste was to make my teeth whiter. I wasn't expecting amazing results...but I was expecting something! My teeth are no whiter at all; I think using just water and my toothbrush will have the same affect as this toothpaste!
Overall, I'm glad I only paid 99p for it, as the 50ml in Boots is over £2. It may only be £2, but when there is usually BOGOF on better brands that actually work, I think £2 is a lot for 50ml!
Anyone who has ever dyed their hair red knows its a pain to keep. It fades very easily and is one of the quickest fading colours on hair. So we need some help! Now, no shampoo/conditioner will completely stop fading, its just not possible. This shampoo isn't just for dyed hair either, natural red heads can use it too!
The shampoo comes in a clear squeezy bottle, with the lid at the bottom. One thing that annoys me about the shampoo is how thick it is, it takes a while to come out of the bottle! Its a dark red colour, which one would hope it to be. It smells amazing too, and the smell lasts all day. It makes your hair look very shiney and healthy, a lot of people ask me how I get my hair to look in such good condition after the years of dying it! It also does keep the red up, not 100%, as I said, no shampoo will do this. However, I have had people at work asking me if I had re-dyed it, so it must still look quite vibrant!
My hair will look clean for around 3 days, even though I try to wash it every other day, but it seems with this shampoo, I don't need to if I'm in a rush on that 3rd day.
A bit pricey for shampoo at around £5.50 a bottle, but sometimes Boots do a 3 for 2 or 2 for £7 on John Frieda shampoos/conditioners.
First used this scrub when I pinched some from my Mum (shhh!!)
You can get this scrub in two sizes, the large one (300ml) and the smaller "travel" sized one (50ml). After trialing some from my Mum's stash, I bought some myself. Boots do a lot of deals on Soap and Glory, such as 1/3 off or 3 for 2.
I love Soap and Glory's packing, it has a 40's vintage vibe about it. A lot of companies have tried to copy this, including Primark. It comes in a large screw lidded tub, which is mainly pink in colour. It also has cute little sayings and descriptions on the side!
The scrub itself:
Smells divine! The particals are a mixture of sugar and salt, and the base contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, bergamot and mandarin. A small amount goes a long way, and I recommend you use it as soon as you get in the shower before your skin gets completely drenched. Apply a small amount, and rub and circular motions until there is little scrub left on your skin. I sometimes use exfoliating gloves as well, but its not really needed. This scrub also contains moisturiser, so the salt won't dry out your skin. After you come out the shower your skin feels very silky! No dead skin cells and refreshingly scrubbed and moisturised. The smell even stays a while after your shower, whilst at work I sometimes get a wiff of it.
Comes in for £6.64 from Boots for the large tube, which is worth it as it lasts a very long time. You only use a small amount each time, and you should use it around the mark of three times a week. As I said previously, Boots do a lot of deals on Soap and Glory, so this price isn't set in concrete.
Overall I would buy this product over and over again - I am a full Soap and Glory convert!
In all honesty, I wouldn't have bought this product, so very glad I got it for free with July's issue of Glamour magazine.
The one free with Glamour wasn't full size, its about 5ml I think and the full size one is 13.5ml, which cost £24.50 (ouch!).
It's an extremely runny liquid, basically the same consistancy as water. It comes with a screw top, and a brush is attached to it. The instructions say you need to draw two lines on your cheeks and blend. Simple! No. Its so runny it starts to run down your face and stains. So, if you use this, run the brush along the side of the bottle first to get rid of excess liquid. Try number two - draw two lines on. And blend, FAST! If you don't blend it as soon as its on your cheeks, you can still see the two lines where you first applied it. You also need to make sure your face is exfoliated, as any small dry mark or spot on your skin will go red because the stain has attached to it! Something that isn't on the directions...
It has lasted a while though, I use it every day and have used about a fifth of the bottle. Be careful with applying it, the first time I wore it my fiance asked me if I was hot because my cheeks were too red! I'd say it lasts ok, but for the price it is I would want it to last all day, no questions asked. The colour is nice on my pale skin, it does give a very natural glow when you use the right amount!
This product can also be used on your lips, but when I did it made no difference and tasted horrible!
Overall, I'm glad I got it for free and could try it out but I will not be paying £25 for an ok product.
This product really let me down. I have been on and off dying my hair bright colours for years. And the first one I used was stargazer, mainly because this is the easiest one to get hold of. It costs £5 and you can buy it from Alternative shops, or even some New Look branches!
First of all, I used "Shocking Pink". The box claims you can use it on natural or pre lightened hair. There is no point at all using this on natural hair, it will not come out. The first time I used this, I had sections of bright colour in my hair, that was pre-lightened with peroxide. Because I was lazy, I just put all the hair dye all over my hair. It took well to the lightened sections, but did nothing at all to the natural hair, but in all fairness no bright hair dye will do, unless you have light hair in the first place.
So, onto the dye itself. Its extremely runny, and not for the hair dying virgin. It gets EVERYWHERE. It also drips a lot, so my advice is to wrap it up in cling film until you wash it out. After 30minutes, washing it out was a nightmare. It clings to every bit of limescale you may have in your shower/bath. My mum was not happy when she came home to a pink bathroom! Ironic that it won't budge off the tiles, but in your hair it lasts about 2 weeks. After the first wash after dying my hair, a load more pink came out, dying the bathroom once again.
It also dyed my entire back.
I used everything to try get it off my skin, even nail varnish remover! It doesn't budge. It also comes off on clothes and bedsheets - you'll be fine if you wear just black!
This hairdye is too much effort, the colour is great for about a week or so, then fades to a bizarre washed out baby pink. Not worth it when there are better bright hair dyes out there.
The first time I tried batiste dry shampoo I did the little sister thing and pinched it off my sister! Having a fringe I can do the "fake hair wash", and just wash my fringe sometimes, and the rest of my hair looks ok.
However, this was before a night out, and I just needed to boost my hair a little bit so it didn't feel like the day after washing. The first time I used it I used the original one, which smells like sherbert. Great! Until you are out, dancing and get a bit warm. All I could smell ALL night was sherbert!! It was horrible! Now, there is no doubt that Bastiste works, it does. Its great for taking to a festival or just to spruce up your hair the day after its been washed.
Luckily, Batiste now comes in loads of different "flavours" including nude, fresh, tropical, blush, boho, diva, Shimmer and coloured ones for darker hair. After sneakily smelling a few in Boots, "Diva" is my favourite.
You need to hold the can about 30cms away from your hair and spray evenly and lightly all over your hair (concentrate on your roots, as this is where your hair gets more greasy). You then need to massage the powder in with your fingertips (make sure you do it all, or you get left with grey hair!). Leave for a bit (a minute will do) then brush out with your usual hairbrush. Make sure you brush it all out, or you will look like you have grey roots! After this, my hair felt cleaner and more bouncy!
A 50ml bottle in Boots cost me £1.52. However, you can buy them in 150ml or 500ml. I have been buying the smaller version just to trial them. If you use it a lot, this can will last probably about 2 weeks.
I have only ever used one other dry shampoo, by a well known hairdresser, and Batiste wins! Its cheaper for one (paid around £6 for the "famous" one). And it smells better. As long as you avoid the original one, as no-one wants to be smelling of sherbert all night!
I decided to try out this foundation after reading a few reviews on here! So I popped into my nearest Estee Lauder counter and asked to be matched up to a colour. The lady behind the desk took one look at me and choose a colour, applied it to my jawline and it was a perfect match! I decided to buy it and the lady told me that any problems, or if I decided I didn't like it, I had 21 days to bring it back, even if it was used. Which I thoght was pretty win win. This is also apparently the best selling foundation in the world.
It cost £25 but I didn't mind paying it, as in my opinion, I wouldn't bat an eyelid about spending that on a dress, so I might as well spend it on something that will last a long time.
I bought this foundation in April, and its still about 3/4 full, and I use it every day.
The liquid consistancy is lovely, not heavy at all and just feels like a light mosteriser. And the coverage! I have very light freckles, which I hate, and these cover up them completely. It doesn't even look like I'm wearing foundation, my skin just looks natural! With other foundations I have used, when I took my make up off with a face wipe, there was no foundation on the wipe. Meaning it had just faded in the day. With doublewear it all comes off when you use a face wipe - not before. Doublewear stays true to its name.
If you are still unsure, some Estee Lauder counters will give you a small tester pot for free. It usually lasts about a week or two. So its worth it!
It is no surprise to me Jane Norman is closing down. Not only have I had a shocking interview there (I will e posting a further review on that issue), but I have also been a customer there.
The staff are rude and arrogant, every time I go into my local store (which isn't a lot now) I am looked down upon. There was one instance, when I tried on a size 10 item (I am a 10-12), which did not fit. I asked the fitting room assistant to get me one size up, and they gave me a size 14 and, I quote, said: "I think this is more your size." In which was insulting, as I am only a 12 in H&M, and even if I was a size 14, it was an extremely rude comment!
Another time when I decided to take back a pair of shoes as they didn't match my outfit, the sales assistant refused me a refund or exchange. Refusing a refund is not illegal, but an exchange is. After asking to speak to her manager, the sales assistant claimed the manager was not in. I told the assistant I would not be leaving the store until I at least got my consumer right of a refund. Which, she decided to give me, after 20minutes of trying to work out how to do it on the till. After leaving the store, I noticed on the receipt it says the usual thing of "If you are unhappy with your purchase, please return the goods to us in a re-sellable condition for a full refund."
Appauling shopping experience.
I didn't think it existed. But then, a girl on a swapping website mentioned "ELF" I googled it, and came to eyeslipsface.co.uk. Now, most of the items are £1.50 or £3.50, at the time they had an offer for free delivery (something they do quite a lot now, check out their facebook page) so I thought, why not? A tenner on some make up won't make the world of difference. If it was bad, I'd just chuck it. The order came within THREE days! It came in a cute little brown box; it was almost like make-up Christmas :)
So, I pop all the items I got in my make up bag to use that morning. I think my first order was the waterproof eyeliners (£1.50 each!!!), waterproof mascara, an eye shadow compact, the under eye concealer and some blusher. One month later and all of it has gone. I love love LOVE it! It is cheap, fast service, great customer service and brilliant quality. The blush is the first one I've used, which is light and still gives colour. The under eye concealer is my saviour! I hope they never stop making it. I have really bad under eye circles, and this stuff is like liquid gold. This gives "Yves saint Laurent touché éclat" major competition. £23 compared to under £5??
Firstly, I'll review the under-eye concealer. At £3.50, it's a very good price. The consistency is great, its not too heavy at all and doesn't feel like you are wearing it. The coverage is good, could be better but for the price it is, I'm happy with it! It also comes with some white liquid on the other end which is "Illuminator." This has light reflecting particles in it, to hide the dark circles better. Even more useful, it can be used as an eye shadow base, so ultimately, for £3.50 you get an item that can be used for three different things.
The waterproof mascara was ok; don't think I'll be buying it again. I'm very picky about foundation and mascara, as I think with these products you have to pay to get results! It was quite dry, and didn't last very long. It clumped my eyelashes together and made my eyes very dry and tired feeling. The price was £1.50, and I think the price brings it down, I feel it wasn't quality tested before going out on the website.
Again, with the eye shadows I wasn't too impressed, but in all honestly I don't wear it that much! It was nice for the day, as it was very subtle colours. But for the evening I think I'd go with a more expensive brand that had heavy colours and was longer lasting. It's ok if you don't mind re-applying during the day.
The blusher was great - I loved it! It was a beautiful pale pink colour, again cost £1.50. It was lightweight, but lasted all day. My only problem was that there wasn't enough of it. It went so quickly, but for the price you aren't going to get a massive pot of it!
And lastly, the waterproof eyeliner which was like a felt tip pen. So easy to apply even if you are useless with liquid eyeliner (like me!), as it is like a pen and glides across your eyelid in one smooth motion. It lasts a good while, not as well as more expensive brands do, but for £1.50 you can't complain. I got mine in "Jet Black" and "Purple". The black was great, however the purple made me look like I had bruised eyes!
Overall I think from now on I will be buying my basic make up on this website. It only costs a tiny amount, so it's worth a try. They even have a "studio" section now, which is their better quality items. I'll be trying these out next time!
I dye my hair with Live Red colour for dark hair, but after about 4 weeks it needs a top up! Rather than dying it all over again, I pop some Fire Red crazy color on it. I have a trade card, so I manage to get it for a good price from Capital Hair and Beauty (sorry I can't say the price, terms and conditons of the trade card!)
So, as I said I pop a bottle of this on to "top up". When I dye my hair with the Lve colour, it comes out a dark cherry red. As it fades it goes a lot lighter, to almost a dark ginger. So I need it to go red again! The great thing about this hair dye is that its a conditioner - so no damaging of the hair. I only have to use one bottle on my long hair (halfway down my back), so it goes a long long way. Its one of the cheapest "bright" hair dyes on the market, even if you don't have a trade card.
One tip - the bottle says to put it on wet hair but don't! There is no need to and it gets far too messy. It works better on dry hair, as you can see where it is going and it doesn't drop all over the bathroom floor. On that note, its not runny at all, and very easy to put on. I leave it on for about 30minutes, and wrap my hair in cling film (the heat helps the hair dye take). It takes a while to wash off in the shower, so don't expect it to be a 5minute job. Make sure the water runs clear - if not, when you dry your hair it feels greasy, because you haven't washed it out properly. I'd say it take me about 15minutes to wash it all out. Use baby shampoo to wahs your hair, as this won't strip it at all.
Now, after all this my hair comes out RED. As in Ariel red!! Bear in mind I don't pre-lighten it, its just a dark ginger-y colour. It lasts a good time too, and as its a conditoner it is great for your hair! Overall I have no complaints about this hairdye, I used to use Stargazer but it stains EVERYTHING. This hair dye doesn't even rub off on my clothes.
We needed to get a hardrive to store all of our thousands of tv shows and films on. As a film graduate, and my fiance an Animation student we watch a lot of films! This was £50 from maplin, which I think is a fairly good price for the size it is.
Its a good size too, not as bulky as some hardrives can be and lays down quite neaty next to the computer (or the ps3, which we used to plug it into). The 1TB obviously stores a lot on it, I believe we had around 300 films and about 100+ series' of tv shows. We also backed up both or laptops on it.
We mainly bought it for the price, we didn't research too much into it in all honesty! This hard drive is fine as long as you put it in just after you computer has logged in, otherwise the computer wont start up (I don't know if this is a secruity thing, so you don't have an illegal version of windows or something). It loads quickly, and isn't too noisy. I don't know if this next problem is world wide with all hard drives, just with my laptop, or a Seagate thing...but...it doesn't seem to like when you have other items plugged in. For example, we couldn't have a portable usb or the printer in at the same time - it seems to anger it! It won't come up, and makes itself invisible. Again, I don't know if this is a security thing or just a pain! I have a standard laptop, with Windows Vista.
And one thing that has sent this hard drive to the computing graveyard? Well, that would be me! When it was plugged in, I accidently unplugged it and it completely broke down. Ok ok, it was my fault yes. But surely something as simple as that shouldn't make a £50 hard drive to completely go to the big computer in the sky? So a bit annoyed at that in all honesty. Another thing is, it was still under warenty by Seagate, but they wouldn't replace it as it was my fault. Fair enough, but I can unplug my camera, portable usb and printer without safely removing it and them not dying....
Overall, ok. Just don't anger it by having anything else plugged in, don't knock it and don't plug it in before your computer is ready!