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    • Revlon Colorstay Foundation / Make Up / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      29.05.2011 19:16
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      An amazing drugstore foundation that is the next best thing to the higher end choices!

      Having used my Revlon Color Stay (Oily - Combination skin formula) for a few months I now, I feel that it is worthy of a review. I bought mine from Boots for around £11 (prices do vary - the cheapest I've seen it at is around £10), so it is quite pricy for a 'drugstore' foundation. There is a fairly large range of colours - Ivory, Buff, Nude, Sand Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, True Beige, Natural Tan and Toast. I am very pale, and I use Ivory and I think it is a very close match. These do come in different formulations according to your skin type - Normal/Dry skin and Combination/Oily skin. Today I will be reviewing the Combination/Oily skin, but most of the things I say can probably be said about both. Packaging: The bottle is very sturdy, made out of glass and is see through. It comes with a sturdy plastic screw on lid - so far so good. The only negative point, and I am aware that most people will agree with me here, why on earth hasn't this got a pump or something? You have to literally pour the product onto the back on your hand (or into the lid), and when I first started using it, I made a complete mess with pouring out too much then having to scoop it back into the bottle. Why not just provide us with a pump??!? Hopefully the quality of the product won't put us off buying it, so let's carry on... Application: Now, there are different ways in which you can apply this foundation. Personally, I usually choose to use my fingers to help heat up the product and blend more evenly, but a stippling brush (e.g. MAC 187) does a great job as well. Ofcourse there are other ways that could work, such as the classic foundation brush or even a sponge, so you need to find what works for you. This foundation does dry and set awfully quickly, so if you disperse the foundation all over your face first and THEN start blending, it'll probably dry too fast to get a nice, natural result. What I tend to do is apply it on my face in sections, so put a little of my forehead, then blend, some on my nose, then blend, etc... This foundation is easy to layer, and doesn't look or feel so heavy on the skin, and I'd say that this is medium to full coverage so its great for spots, discolouration and redness. Wear: What I love about this, is that it lets my own skin show through (some of my freckles still show through), but still covers up any spots or redness, so it doesn't look like a mask over my skin. This foundation does live up to its claim, and lasts the whole day and helps with oil control so there is no need for extra blotting or powdering. In the morning after I apply it, I do set it with a little powder just to ensure that it doesn't slip and slide, so this could help. Overall, this product is an amazing foundation on the market, and this is definitely worth your money. So before investing in higher end foundations, give this one a try as it could cater your needs. Product - 4/5 Value - 5/5 Packaging - 3/5 Ease Of Use - 3/5

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        28.05.2011 21:41
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        Great foundation, but it just hasn't lived up it's claim..

        I was ecstatic to hear that Rimmel had come out with this foundation, as their previous ranges have been pretty impressive. I had heard girls rave about this foundation and this did urge me to go out a buy it, but I probably would have anyway as I wanted to give my opinion on it. I bought it for £6.99 at my local Tesco, in the shade Ivory 100 - I believe there are only 6 shades available so the colour range isn't amazing. I didn't hold any high expectations for the '25 hr' claim, but I at least expected it to stay on for a good portion on the day. It has a glass bottle, and a red pump, so it is easy to dispense the product, rather than having to pour it out. When I first used this product, I noticed that the consistency was quite liquidy, so you wouldn't need much to apply it on your whole face. I used my fingers to first apply it, and I loved the way it blended in (partly due to my body heat helping melt the foundation into my skin) and it gave a dewy, healthy look. If you have quite oily skin, I probably wouldn't recommend this product as it just wouldn't work in conjunction to how your skin works. I have normal skin, probably a little more on the oily side, and it works great, but this would be a god-send if you have dry skin! I would say this product provides a medium coverage - I have a little redness and a few zits, and it works great for my skin's needs. Okay, now for the big question.. how long does it actually last? Has it loved up to the 25 hr claim?! ..No. Well, not for me anyway. I don't use a primer, so that could contribute to it staying on longer if you wanted to give that a try. I wear my concealer under it, and I found that throughout the day, it would start to slip and slide, and I'd get noticeable splodges of foundation around my nose and in other areas. Setting it with a powder did help a bit, but it honestly didn't do a great deal. Overall, I'm impressed with the application, packaging and coverage of the product, but not the way it holds throughout the day. Ofcourse you could touchup throughout the day, but what girl wants to constantly worry about the way she looks? This product was great for the price, but I probably wouldn't re-purchase it..

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        01.05.2011 18:54
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        The perfect chocolate bronzer..

        The Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder (aka "The Chocolate Bronzer") has been a staple product in my makeup routine for a few months and I thought I'd give my verdict on it. You can buy the bronzer from Boots, Superdrug and any grocery stores that stock Bourjois Paris, & it retails for around £6.99. Packaging + First Impressions: The bronzer is cute and compact, and great for slipping into your bag. The packaging really enticed me to try this one out (and ofcourse girls constantly raving about it), and I completely gave in at the whole chocolate idea.. just don't bring yourself to lick or eat it.. hehe. I was excited to smell it, as it has been said to smell of chocolate, and in my opinion, I feel that it is infused with a sweet chocolate and vanilla type fragrance. I was never too good on giving a verdict on how something smells, but the smell isn't overpowering. The look of the bronzer itself is like four squares of chocolate. Product: This product isn't totally matte as some people have claimed (it claims to have ''glints of sunshine''), but the shimmer is subtle and sparse enough to be able to get away with not looking like a disco ball. The bronzer applies gorgeously to the skin and I would recommend it for any skin type. I am very fair skinned, so I find that I need to apply it sparingly, but for olive and darker skin tones this will definitely suit for skin colour as well. I like to use this product to give my skin a healthy flush just when I apply a light dusting all over my face or on my cheek bones, however if you apply more you can use this to contour your cheeks or give a lovely tanned effect. So this bronzing powder will cater you needs as to how you like to apply it, and I find it very versatile. The staying power if this bronzer is phenomenal, as most bronzers I have used (especially drugstore) tend to lose their colour throughout the day, but I still looked glowing and healthy. I love this bronzer, and I never expected a drugstore bronzer to be this good, hence the reason why I always tend to lean towards higher end bronzers, but I think I've found the perfect budget bronzer.

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      • Barry M Lip Paint / Make Up / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        29.04.2011 01:38
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        Great budget buys that are amazing for the price!

        I've been using Barry M lip paints for the longest time - but these products are quite hit and miss. I have 4 shades: 150 (dusty, mauve pink), 153 (hot pink), 53 (light coral), 147 (bright coral). 150, 153 and 53 are lovely, and have a gorgeous sheen. However, 147 is extremely matte, and drying, and seeps in to any crack you have on your lips. So watch out for what kind of texture and colour you want, and always use the testers first. Price: Barry M lip paints are £4.49, which is a great price for the quality you get. You can purchase them from Boots or Superdrug. Packaging: These lipsticks come is small, sleek, rectangular, black tubes. At the top there is a gold embellishment that says 'Barry M', and at the bottom is product information such as the name of the lipstick. You lipsticks are normally named by numbers (eg. 150) but they do have actual names as well (eg. Dusky Rose) that you can find online on sites such as boots.com. Colour Variety: There is a range of colours you can choose from (around 30), such as different shades or red, nudes, pink and browns. I think there is also a black one and a green one that changes colour. On the boots website I noticed that they haven't put up all of the colours they have to offer, but at the stores I am sure you will find one to cater your taste. Product: For the most part, the colours are easy to apply and last for a majority of the day, however as I stated earlier, they have a range of textures and finishes, and some, you may not like. The colours seem to be easily transferable if you drink, eat etc.. so that's the only negative point I have to say. The lipsticks are true to the colour you see in the tube, and look gorgeous on the lips.

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      • Carmex Lip Balm / Make Up / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        28.04.2011 20:48
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        The best lipbalm.. ever!

        My lips tend to get horribly dry and chapped throughout the year, especially in the winter seasons. I've jumped from one lip balm to another, and I was never too fussy about what to get. One day, my mum came back with a tube of Carmex after I asked her to get me a lip balm, and this is the only one I've used since. The product is use is the Original one, but for those who don't like the smell or it just isn't appealing, there is a cherry flavoured one as well which I have used and loved. It costs around £2.50 and you get 10g of lip balm, you can find this at Boots, Superdrug and most grocery stores. Packaging: The lip balm comes in bright yellow packaging (the colour scheme of the packaging is mostly yellow, red and white). Honestly, when I first saw it I was disgusted and how un-appealing the packaging was - it looks like something a doctor would prescribe for me. Carmex comes in a range on forms according to what you prefer - tube, stick or pot. Product: When I first opened the product, the first thing that got me was the smell. It almost has a hospital / medical aroma to it, but being weird I quite like the smell. My friends hate the smell especially, but remember there is a cherry flavoured Carmex available too! The texture of this is quite greasy, but it provides exceptional moisture for ages, and I don't even need to put on lipgloss when I have this on. Okay, so my FAVOURITE this about this, and I don't know if others appreciate this in a lip balm or not, but when you first apply it, it tingles on your lips. Not an unbearable tingle, but it feels like it is getting to work straight away on giving you kissably soft lips. Other lip balms feel like they're just sitting there on your lips, but this works gives that little sensation and I love it!

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        28.04.2011 20:19
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        A great budget buy

        So this mascara was a spur of the moment buy - it was 3 for 2 on Collection 2000 cosmetics and I wanted to try out out as I had heard beauty gurus on youtube talk about it positively. I have to say that for 4.99, I'm willing to give anything a try. I bought mine in Ultra Black which is a much more true black colour, but I am fairly certain there is Black and Brown as well. Packaging: Okay, the packaging is a large reason as to why I wanted to try this out. A fairly slim, black, shiny tube, in a very sleek shape. There is a red band around the lid and some of the writing is in red. It looks expensive and like something you'd want to pull out of your bag or have in your collection. Wand: The wand is very large, so if you aren't a fan of large brushes, I'd steer clear of this as this is one of the largest brushes I've probably seen in a mascara. The bristles are fairly spaced out, so it doesn't accurately coat each lash on the first coat, so you have to go over and make sure every lash is coated in mascara. There is a little clumpiness on the brush when you pull it out, so make sure you wipe of the excess, or it'll look like a hot mess. Consistency: This mascara is quite wet and runny, so it has the tendency to clump. I am not going to lie, if you don't like the whole spidery, clumpy look steer clear of this mascara or just be careful with how you use it. It doesn't have the tendency to run or flake throughout the day, and it is claimed to be 'water resistant'. I personally don't like water-proof mascaras but this one is easy to take off. Overall: To a certain extent, this mascara does live upto it's claim, and after a few coats it does give a new false effect. I woulf recommend combing your lashes before and after you use this, or use a lash defining (separating) mascara under this to help prevent clumping, as this mascara does clump.

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        01.04.2011 23:08
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        An amazing but cheap palette

        I first stumbled across this product when I was going away for a fortnight and I hadn't brought any eyeshadow with me. I noticed this when I stumbled into Superdrug - lots of colours and dirt cheap, so I bought it. And I'm glad I did.. for about £3.49! I picked up the No. 4 palette, the most neutral of the four palettes they had to offer. The No. 4 palette has every neutral colour you could dream of using, and they're all there in one little compact palette. Of course they do offer a more colourful palette or a darker smokey palette, but it's just what suits your taste. The palette itself is very compact and can easily fit into your makeup bag. There are 10 eyeshadows included in the palette, a double sided sponge tip applicator and a miniature mirror built in. I wasn't expecting much from this to be fair, but let me assure you - I was amazed at the results! These have to be some of the more pigmented eyeshadows that I've worked with for that price! I might just buy all four palettes for the heck of it! These eyeshadows are very easy to blend and manage. They aren't shimmery or matte, but have a pearly sheen to them, so they are very wearable. They stick onto your eyes for a good portion of the day, but even with a good primer (or base such as concealer) it will have to lasting power to stay on all day. One disadvantage though, is that I find that these eyeshadows can shatter quite easily. Now, none of mine have been shattered, but I've noticed in the store there are many palettes that are already shattered and sometimes you need to hunt for one that isn't. But for £3.49, it's not too much of an issue.

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      • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish / Make Up / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        31.03.2011 19:38
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        The best face powder I have used.. and that's saying a lot!

        So, an all time favourite product of mine? MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - a medium coverage powder which provides gorgeous coverage. It's been my all time favourite through think and thin, and definetely one of those holy grail products. I paid around £18.00 for a 10g/0.35 oz powder, which is quite a generous amount of product if you ask me. I bought mine at Debenhams in Leicestershire, but MAC can be found in a range of department stores all across the UK. This product comes in very sleek black packaging, and a clear lid with pops open and closed. The MAC logo and product name is imprinted on the top, and the product looks very professional looking. At the bottom is the colour and some other information, mine is in 'Light'. There are a whole range of shades in this product, and I guarantee there will be a colour to match everyone. The powder is in a dome shape and the case is fairly shallow, so you can tell you have got a decent amount for your money. I use this powder everyday, and it lasts me for months and months, my last one lasted me a year and a bit. The actual product provides a lot of coverage, so this is a great lazy day product for when you just don't want to faff around, but you still want a natural, flawless coverage. Personally, I use a tiny bit of concealer over any spots and then I let this product do the rest of the work. If I have an especially stubborn spot that won't completely cover up, this powder gives that extra coverage for a flawless canvas. Even if you don't have spots, but you just want to even out your skin tone this powder does an excellent job. Don't get me wrong, of course if you are one of those girls who want COMPLETE coverage, this is an amazing setting powder for foundation as well, which I have done before and it has worked flawlessly. This powder makes me look fresh and flawless and doesn't give me that awful matte powder face some other powders give me. I like to apply mine with a fairly dense kabuki brush to help blend and distribute the product evenly. All in all I would definitely recommend this product as a must have face product especially if you don't want to be faffing around to much with your face makeup anyway. This is something I will repurchase over and over again because this is the standard I want my face powders at, and MAC have aced this spot on. :)

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      • Maybelline Falsies Mascara / Make Up / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        31.03.2011 19:10
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        If you are looking for volume and aren't afraid of clumps, this is for you

        It is quite a huge claim to live up to, the whole 'false lash effect' propaganda going around about this product made me think what this product was going to do. It really fascinates me when these companies come out with such claims and promises about their products and then the standards at which the product needs to come out at. There was ample media coverage over the 'Maybelline Falsies mascara', and I figured that I just needed to try it out for myself. It came in quite a chunky bottle, which was a bright pinky / purple colour with blue writing on it. Great packaging, the thing that gets most people attracted to their products. So this new 'spoon shaped brush' was supposed to give all the volume and false lash effect to your lashes. The brush was fairly large, and I did get quite a bit of product on my eyelid, it wasn't the easiest mascara I've had to use and control. After my first coat I noticed that there had been volume and some length given to my lashes, but hey, this is what all my mascaras have done, where's this false lash effect it promised? I also noticed my eyelashes were starting to get a little clumpy, and there is a large different in volume and clumps. A few coats later, my eyelashes are voluminous, fairly long but clumpy. They almost had that spidery effect that I despise, and especially nothing like false lashes. All in all, it had made a difference but it just wasn't at the standard I had expected and certainly nothing like false lashes. Perhaps if I put a defining mascara underneath to separate the lashes a little, the result would look a little more flattering and false lash like.

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          30.03.2011 23:06
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          A great foundation for a flawless canvas

          I am going to start off my saying that I have very pale skin, so none of the colours really matched up to my skin tone properly. Being the fanatic that I am, I did choose to buy the closest shade to my skin anyway, in aid of review / own experience purposes. I did find this foundation a bit heavy on the skin and it can look obvious when I have it on. This product stays somewhat tacky to the touch several hours after application and I found that even several hours later the product was still transferring onto my mobile phone screen. However when I wore it in the rain today, I didn't experience ay streaking or patchiness at all and for a light / medium coverage this does last for a long time. This foundation can get a little greasy, so if you have oil prone skin then I recommend testing this out before hand. All in all, I have found this foundation comfortable to wear and at most times, flawless to the eye.

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        • Apple MacBook MC516B/A / Laptop / 12 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          30.03.2011 22:52
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          An amazing investment, would never go back to a PC

          I had wanted a Macbook for as long as I could remember, after saving up enough money I urged myself to buy it, hoping that it had lived up to its reputation. Its design is eye catching, and much more sleek than the regular PC. Using my Macbook for the first time was the best experience I have had with any laptop, from the easy navigation and layout to the eye catching applications and design. Since using my Macbook, which was a good 5- 6 months ago, I haven't experienced any form of crashing or random window closing. Also, the speed at which my Macbook turns on and that it opens windows / applications is amazing compared with my previous experiences with PC's. However, it didn't come with applications such as Microsoft installed (which you can buy separately at reasonable prices), but it does come with a nifty little program called Text Edit, that allows you to saw documents on and do work. The applications and graphics on this are great. And comes with all the features you want in a laptop (a decent webcam, bluetooth, speakers etc....) .

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            30.03.2011 22:13

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            Everything you could want in a liquid liner

            Firstly, my relationship with eyeliner had been non-existant for months, after application disaster and my failure to find the right product for me. I was casually having a stroll through Boots, as you do, and I came across this eyeliner, it was £4.99 and I thought I would give it a go. I was very drawn to the sleek packaging, and how comfortable the brush fit in my hand when I was applying the liner. So here goes, the first time I had applied liner in a few months and yes, I was shaky AND I had college in 20 minutes.. major stress point, this had better work wonders!.. haha. Anyway.. I was surprised at how much control I had over this little brush and how fine I could draw on my line. I absolutely love the brush on this little thing as opposed to some others I have tried with disappointing little spongey things at the end. All in all, this eyeliner works wonders, and comes with the whole package. Control, brush and packaging. THANK YOU, Rimmel Glameyes for renewing my vows with eyeliner. ;D

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            30.03.2011 21:59
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            Hasn't lived up to the hype, but is a worth while investment

            OK, I am a self confession mascara junkie. Honestly, I used to be one of those girls that just piled it on and had those scary spidery lashes dangling from my eyes. Now that I've come around, I'm looking for something that still works wonders, but more defined. There was all of this hype going around about the Rimmel Lash Accelerator and how it works miraculously for your lash length and lash growth. Being the makeup addict I am, I jumped straight onto the bandwagon and bought this mascara. First thoughts? Sleek, flashy packaging, it'll look cool whipping it out in the school toilets and applying. My initial reaction to the actual product was how small the brush was, and it was slightly curved. After one coat, my eyelashes did look defined / separated, but not entirely long. A few more coats later I noticed that this mascara did give some length, but I had expected it to live up to the hype and really give me the length I wanted. One thing I was happy with was that I hadn't clumped at all, and this is often a nightmare we face with completely clumped mascara and it looks like you have 4 eyelashes! It did also claim to increase the size of your lashes by some amount after 30 days of using it continously. Honestly? I haven't noticed anything. Maybe it's because I use it with other products? Or it just hasn't lived up to the hype.

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            30.03.2011 21:41
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            This will be your holygrail concealer

            To start with, i just want to say I was very skeptical about trying this product as I often verge towards higher end brands when it comes to face makeup. When I did eventually come around, the first thing that got me was the size of this pot -I mean, this thing was going to last me a week! I think I paid around 4 - 6 pounds on this product. I am prone to dreadful under eye circles and spot prone skin, so I was testing this product on two different criteria. First thoughts on applying this product? Well, this stuff is extremely concentrated! You only need the tiniest bit for both of my under eyes, and I was amazed! OK, so coverage? It did an amazing job on my spots - the tiniest bit covered them right up and I had a flawless canvas for the rest of my makeup. Under me eyes? This did a better job than I expected, it covered those bad boys up and let me tell you - not a lot of products out there have done that job for me! One thing you sometimes need to watch out for is it flaking or caking up, as i have fairly dry skin and this is something I have to watch out for. However, with the right application and amount, you're set to go!

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