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I live in small rented accommodation and when the previous vacuum cleaner broke, the letting agency provided this one. The vacuum cleaner comes packaged in a white and blue cardboard box labelled 'Tesco Value', typical to the brand. According to the Tesco Direct website, this product costs £16.99 - this is in my eyes incredibly cheap for a vacuum cleaner.
The first thing I should probably note about this product is that it is tiny! This brings with both advantages and disadvantages. The vacuum cleaner is incredibly lightweight, so you won't get tired after using it extensively, as can happen with some of the more bulkier models. As the product is so small and comprised of so few components, assembly was relatively easy. The vacuum cleaner came with only one extra component, to make it easier when vacuuming near the skirting boards. This is made of the same grey plastic as the majority of the vacuum cleaner, and is easily fitted onto the end of the tube.
However, the hoover bag is small, a mere 1.5L capacity. The packaging for this product stated that it included 3 bags - I am fairly certain we only received 2. And even though the vacuum cleaner does come with 2 bags already provided, I can see us needing to buy quite a few over the next year - we have been using this vacuum cleaner for just over a month and the bag is near full. According to the Tesco Direct website, 5 hoover bags for this model cost £3.47. Compared to a some bigger capacity hoover bags out there, this is a higher price to pay for smaller bags, which will be used more often. This product comes with a 'dust bag full' indicator to let you know when the dust bag should be replaced - it will be interesting to see whether this work accurately when the bag is indeed full.
The vacuum cleaner does manoeuvre well, and is in this respect fairly easy to use. It has a reasonable suction power on both carpet and laminate floors, when compared to other vacuum cleaners out there - although is by no means a superior model in this department.
The vacuum cleaner itself is comprised of grey and bright blue plastic. It has an overall rather cheap and cheerful look - although what else you'd expect for this price I can't imagine. This doesn't particularly bother me as long as it gets the job done, however those of you out there who prefer a more aesthetically pleasing model might be better off looking elsewhere. As it's so small and made up of plastic, it's easy to wipe down with a cloth should you need to.
This vacuum cleaner is also fairly noisy, although not overly so. It also has a rather distinct smell when in use - comparable to either a shoe shop (according to OH) or a new car (my thought). However, the smell does seem to have lessened now compared to when we had first begun using it.
Overall, this vacuum cleaner does get the job done. While it may not perform to the same standard as other, more expensive models, it is fine for the relatively small floor space I have to vacuum currently.
I purchased this product when my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser ran out. Even though I liked the product, I wanted something cheaper, and hopefully more friendly to my skin. Because of this I opted to try a couple of products from the Organic Surge range (Daily Cleanser has previously been reviewed).
The product I have is slightly different to the picture above, as I bought this fairly recently it seems they have updated their packaging.
This product initially comes packaged in a dusky pink-coloured square cardboard box, presumably to offer some protection to the glass tub inside. It is a nice touch, and gives all the necessary details in a plain white font (ingredients and directions, for example). It also states that this product is 'sensitive skin tested' and that the brand is against animal testing.
The moisturiser itself comes in a 50ml glass tub, with a screw-off clear plastic lid. While I appreciate that the moisturiser is quite thick, I'm not sure I like this packaging as it feels a bit unhygienic to always scoop the product out with my fingers - I always make sure to use this product after having washed my hands thoroughly, although I may invest in some hand sanitizer as this would be much quicker. A dusky-pink sticker covers the outside of the glass tub with all of the aforementioned information duplicated onto it, while the sticker on top of the lid is silver.
Overall the packaging is quite girly but in a sophisticated way. However, the lid of the box contains a large cut-out circle which enables you to see the lid of the product inside. While this does look nice, the lid is extremely flimsy as a consequence, and as I like to keep my glass tub in the cardboard packaging, I fear the cardboard is close to ripping with extensive opening and closing.
The silver-coloured sticker on the lid of the glass tub states that this daily moisturiser is for normal skin, and that it "softens, nourishes and rehydrates" skin. This seemed to be exactly what I needed!
To use this product, you simply massage some of the moisturiser into cleansed skin - making sure to avoid the eye area.
-Application and Effect-
I apply this product using the method described above, after cleansing my skin with the Organic Surge Daily Care Cleanser, and wiping a cotton wool pad soaked in Distilled Witch Hazel over my face as a toner.
The product has a lovely rose scent, similar to the cleanser - this pleases me as I like to have a consistency in scents. It is even more noticeable as you apply the product to your face, and does linger for a while after application.
This product is quite thick, which worried me as I was afraid it wouldn't sink into my skin quickly and leave a sticky film of residue. Luckily these concerns were unnecessary. A little amount of this product is needed to apply this moisturiser to the whole face (avoiding the eyes). It sinks in quickly, but not too quickly like some moisturisers out there - you still have time to make sure you have covered the whole of your face before it has been absorbed. The product glides easily all over the face, and feels very light on the skin.
If I use my Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask, then any lasting tightness in the skin is quickly soothed away.
This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. The product also seems to soothe any uncomfortable break outs I may have and really hydrate any small dry patches I may have. However, I think that now winter is fast approaching I may have to invest in a more intensive moisturiser to protect my skin even more from the harsher weather, as this moisturiser seems slightly too light for this purpose.
This product is currently £7.99 in Boots, which does seem expensive at first, however when compared to a lot of other brands out there this does seem to be an average price to pay (or even cheap, compared to the high-end brands). I bought this on a 3 for 2 offer, which I believe is still running - so be sure to check for offers if you are considering buying this product. I have been using this product for a few weeks now and there doesn't seem to be a noticeable drop in the amount of product left, so I assume this will last for a fair while yet.
Overall, this a great product. It is light, easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling soft. Using this in conjunction with the other new products I have bought (mentioned above) has really made a noticeable difference in my skin - and you can tell when I haven't used them. I am really glad I found this brand as it suits my skin really well, and hope it continues to do so!
I purchased this cleanser a few weeks ago, after my Clinique 3 step had run out and I had experienced problems with a Neutrogena face wash I had bought to replace it (both reviews to follow in the future). I had been reading a lot about this brand (Organic Surge) and wanted to try out a couple of the products to see if the hype was worth it.
This product is packaged in a 200ml clear plastic cylindrical bottle, with a pull-off clear plastic lid protecting the plastic pump. There is one purple sticker with some leafy green detailing, which covers almost the entire bottle. This tells you all of the usual information about the product, for example that the majority of the ingredients are naturally-derived. I like the way this product is presented, it looks fresh and young. The product inside is clear, and if you pull the lid off you can smell a faint rose scent, which I quite like.
This product promises to "clear a dull, sluggish complexion and restore the skin's natural balance". It is sensitive skin tested and also promotes the fact that it doesn't contain any parabens (a chemical compound normally used as a preservative). The promises this cleanser makes are very appealing if you have dull, sensitive skin like me!
As with the majority of facial cleansers on the market, you should massage this product onto wet skin, avoiding the eye area. You then rinse this off with water and pat dry.
-Application and Effect-
I apply this product as I have described above. The plastic pump makes it easy to get the right amount of cleanser into your palms, so there is no unnecessary waste of the product. However, the pump is quite sensitive and even pressing down gently releases some of the product, so be careful when using it the first few times. One pump is enough for me to cover the whole face - a little really does go a long way.
The cleanser itself is a strange consistency, it seems almost like a gel and yet at the same time also very runny and smooth. It lathers up easily, making the product effortlessly glide all over the face. The rose scent is really noticeable at this point (though not too overpowering), and even lingers when you have rinsed it off - this is also extremely easy and doesn't usually require a cotton wool pad to remove any lasting traces of the cleanser.
This product really does make my skin feel silky smooth, and I think that after using this cleanser, my skin does look brighter. The product claims not to dry the skin, rather to moisturise it - and while my skin does still need a lot of moisturiser afterwards, my skin doesn't feel in any way tight or uncomfortable. The product hasn't really minimised my pores, but then again I never expected it to as it never claimed to be able to do so!
The current price for this product in Boots is £4.99. I bought this product as part of a 3 for 2 offer (which is still currently running) with two other facial products, saving £5. I would say this is a fair price for a daily cleanser, considering I have been using this twice a day for a few weeks now and have barely seen a reduction in the amount of product left.
I really love this product! Since I've been using it, the amount of breakouts I've had has already reduced and my skin has felt a lot softer. I currently use this in conjunction with distilled witch hazel (as a toner) and the Organic Surge Blissful Day Moisturiser, which has worked so far - although I may look to buy a more intensive moisturiser to prevent dry skin as the weather has suddenly turned colder. I'm really pleased that I've been able to find a new cleanser which my skin is happy with - although I will see if this continues to be the case after using it for a few months.
I love Tigi hair products but I don't love the price, so even though I was first introduced to this product a couple of years ago at the hairdressers, I waited quite a while to buy it. At the time, my hairdresser only used this on my newly-cut fringe, however I've done some experimenting with this product to try and make the most of it.
The product comes in a clear 250ml plastic bottle with printed black writing detailing the standard product information - the clear plastic is perfect as you are able to see the shimmery green product inside! The cap twists open, which is handy to prevent any spillages, as while the product seems to have a gel-like texture it is also quite watery at the same time. Opening the cap, you can instantly smell the fruity flavour of the product inside - I really love this scent but wish it would linger on the hair more!
This product promises to make hair "smooth and sleek", to "resist humidity" and "buffer the hair from mechanical heat" - just what I was after.
-Directions, Application and Effect-
You can use this product in two ways: either on wet or dry hair.
On wet/damp hair: Work a small blob of the product through towel-dried hair to help fight against frizz and straighten hair out. I have quite curly hair, and when I use this method it really does calm down any frizz I might get after blow drying my hair. There is also a noticeable difference in that my hair does look a lot straighter - although if I wanted poker straight hair I would have to use straightners on the ends and the bottom layers of my hair.
On dry hair: Smooth a small blob of the product through hair, concentrating on the ends to tame any flyaway. Be careful about using too much of the product near your roots (or your fringe, if you have one) as it can easily start to look greasy. I like to do this whenever I wear my hair down as it really does help to stop the ends of my hair flyaway all day.
Aha, the price - the one thing which stopped me from buying it earlier. I managed to buy this product from ASOS, it was supposed to be around £10 but I used a discount code to get it virtually half price. I have seen this Control Serum previously in TK Maxx, but it was still around the £9 mark. From hairdressers it will probably be a similar price, if not more expensive. A quick search has revealed there are numerous internet sites offering this product at discount rates, so I would advise anyone hoping to purchase this product to shop around first!
As you only need to use a small amount to achieve the desired effect (and because your hair will look greasy if you use too much), this product seems to last forever! I use it nearly every day and have still got more than three quarters of the bottle left, several months after purchasing this product. This is a definite positive in my opinion! Also, the product smells divine and does exactly what it says it on the tin.
However, saying that, I don't think I would buy this product at full price. I don't like how your hair can end up looking greasy if you use slightly too much product.
In my opinion this product doesn't seem to be anything special - there are so many other alternative products out there offering exactly the same thing at a much cheaper cost!
I bought this in conjunction with the Anti-Oxidant Pomegranate Shampoo, which I reviewed a couple of months ago. I originally bought these because of their cheap price (£1!), however as you'll see after some use I've not been all that impressed.
Like the shampoo, this product comes in a 400ml clear (albeit 'frosted effect') plastic bottle, with a sturdy black plastic flip-top lid - exactly as the picture above illustrates.
Lifting up the lid, the scent is strong although weaker than that of the shampoo. It's the same artificial watermelon type of smell - very fruity.
You can see the bubblegum pink conditioner through the plastic, as the two stickers on the front and back of the bottle are mostly clear. Again, like the shampoo, the front has a picture of a pomegranate and the back states the directions and ingredients, as well as giving a bit of information about pomegranates and the product itself.
The conditioner promises to replenish moisture, restore softness & shine and strengthen the hair leaving you with "fabulously soft, shiny hair".
-Application & Effect-
I apply this like I do any conditioner: apply a good dollop through the ends of my hair, then working any excess through my roots (to avoid it looking greasy) and rinsing it out after a couple of minutes.
Pouring a blob of the pink conditioner into the palm of my hand, I noticed that while the product was quite thick, it was also quite runny and looked almost curdled - not very pleasant I have to say.
The watery texture meant that quite a lot of the product fell through my fingers, and I felt like I needed quite a lot to cover my hair. However, this did mean that the product rinsed out easily.
After drying, my hair was left looking and feeling noticeably softer with most of my frizz being tamed, and no itchiness or visible greasiness.
However, my hair was incredibly tangled! I mentioned this in my Shampoo review but was willing to keep going with it and give it chance... however since then it had only become more and more of a problem, to the extent that I had to stop using these products with more than half the bottle left! At least I can console myself with the knowledge that it was a cheap mistake to make.
Like the shampoo, I had bought this for £1 at both Asda and Tesco and I've seen it priced similarly in other shops since - for 400ml this is a bargain compared to other similar products out there. I've also seen this range of products on offer, such as 4 for £3 or 2 for £1.50. However...
Since my shampoo review, I've fallen out of love with these products. They seemed okay when I began using them, however in the long run they were doing nothing for my hair - especially not strengthening it as promised! After I had been using these products for a while my hair began to break much more easily, and was constantly tangled - two problems I hadn't faced in quite some time. While the scent is pleasing and it did tame my frizz to a certain extent, I felt that overall these products were doing more harm than good and so have since moved on.
I first bought this product when I went home for a couple of weeks, and needed a cheap shampoo and conditioner of my own to see me through - it did a decent enough job so I decided to stick with it.
This product comes in a 400ml clear plastic bottle, with a small black plastic flip-top lid. The lid is easy to open but still sturdy enough to stay shut, making a satisfying 'click' sound so you know it's shut properly. Opening the lid reveals a very strong fruity aroma, with a slight medicinal quality to it. It's not a natural smelling scent, however I do love the intensity of it.
Although I prefer my shampoo bottles to have the lid located at the bottom of the bottle (or at the very least have a lid big enough to turn the bottle upside down without it falling over) so that it's easier to use up the last dregs of product, the shampoo comes out easily enough that this isn't a worry.
The bright reddy-pink liquid is easily seen through the plastic, which has a kind of frosted effect to it, rather than being completely see-through. Two stickers make up the front and back of the packaging: the front has a picture of a pomegranate while the back lists the usual directions and ingredients. It's not the most attractive shampoo bottle I've seen, but at £1 I'm definitely not going to complain about it.
This shampoo promises to deeply cleanse, revitalise and strengthen any hair type. Sounds good to me!
-Application & Effect-
I apply this like I would any other shampoo: lather, rinse - and when my hair needs it - repeat.
The first thing I noticed was that the shampoo seemed to have quite a thick texture; rather than pour out slowly into the palm of my hand, as I squeezed the bottle a large blob fell into it, resembling a piece of jelly. I quite liked this, as it was easy to distribute evenly and meant that it didn't slip through my fingers, so wasn't wasted.
This shampoo foams really well, but I find that I do need quite a large dollop of product to cover my scalp. Even so, I've been using this product regularly for over a month and still have two thirds of a bottle left, so it is relatively long lasting.
Rinsing the product out is easy and my hair is left smelling divine. However I don't think I could go without using conditioner afterwards, as although my hair felt clean it didn't feel smooth at all and was horribly matted from massaging the product in, which I don't normally experience with other brands.
When I do use this shampoo with the corresponding conditioner (review to follow shortly) my hair is left shiny and soft, it even manages to tame my frizz. I am disappointed that my hair is still left tangled and requires a thorough combing through - I'm not sure this helps to strengthen my hair!
I bought this for £1 at Asda - that's cheaper than most of the mini travel shampoos in Boots! I've seen this product priced cheaply at most shops, and there are often offers to be found such as 4 for £3 or 2 for £1.50. For 400ml I think this is an amazing bargain!
I do quite like this product: it's very cheap, it cleanses my hair and leaves it soft and shiny. It's probably been the best shampoo I've used recently at taming my frizz, and hasn't made my scalp greasy or itchy. For £1 it does a decent job, however if you tend to use a lot of heat styling products then I probably wouldn't recommend this, as my hair seems more susceptible to breakage if I choose to use my ghd's.
Having been in desperate need of a new blusher and bronzer, and having seen a couple of 'How To' videos on contouring where this product was featured and raved about, I was quick to put this on my Christmas list last year, and was so pleased to have received it.
The palette itself is plastic and a matte black in colour, with a lid hinged at one side. This lid is very sturdy, it doesn't open with the slightest touch like some products I've had. While it does take some force to open the palette, I wouldn't say it's tough enough to break a nail - or at least I haven't experienced this yet.
There are 6 pans of coloured powder: 1 dark brown, 2 pinks, 2 fleshy-coloured and 1 white. When seen against the black background of the palette the colours do look quite bright and even intimidating, especially if you've got very pale skin like me - but rest assured that all of these colours can be used without making you look like a clown! The pans are all a decent size, around 6cm in diameter and are fixed rather well to the palette.
The outside of the palette has the words 'Coastal Scents Contour and Blush Palette' written in silver, I'm not sure if this makes the palette looks less attractive and sophisticated - however I do know it comes in handy when you've got more than one palette and have to try and identify which one you need.
The case does pick up colour from the powder from the pans easily, however there is a clear plastic sheet inside to prevent this, which does seem to work well. My case tends to get grubby from handling it after applying foundation or concealor with my fingers - this doesn't really bother me as if I need to I can use a baby wipe to wipe it down, however it may bother some people.
I like having all the powders I'll need for my face in one place, however some people may prefer to have them all separate, especially if you're travelling somewhere and only need a blush but nothing else, so this may be something to consider. Also, if you're somebody who takes a small makeup bag with you on a night out to touch up then this certainly isn't for you! Saying that, the palette itself isn't that huge, about 23cm by 15cm.
This came from America, and although I didn't get to see how it was packaged for delivery as it was a Christmas present, it did survive the ordeal and my parents had nothing but good things to say about the delivery of my products, from how it was packaged to how quickly it arrived.
If I'm not going anywhere special and just want a natural daytime look, then I will only apply the softer of two pinks (bottom right) as a blush, and then use a large brush to sweep the pinky flesh tone (bottom left) all over my face to set my makeup. If I want to look awake and prepared for the day ahead, however, then I use every colour in this palette.
First I use the dark brown, with a contouring brush. This looks very dark, but don't be scared. This is actually a very versatile colour that can be used in a number of ways.
-Enhancing cheekbones: if you suck in your cheeks, dab a tiny amount of this along the 'line' which appears - nearer to your ears than your mouth - and then blend it out thoroughly along this line and up towards your hairline. If you're pale use only a very small amount, you can always build up the colour if you need to.
-Defining your chin: sweep a small amount of this colour on your neck, under the chin, to give the appearance of definition.
-Decreasing size of nose: you can even sweep a little of this colour on either side of your nose to make it look more slender.
Overall I've found this colour to be very blendable and easy to apply. I imagine this colour would suit a vast majority of skin tones, as I am very pale and still able to use this.
Next I use the white, with one side of a large powder brush. This is the highlight colour, and should be used wherever the light will hit your face. I usually sweep this lightly over the centre of my forehead, down the front of my nose, along my cheek just beneath the eyes, on my cupids bow (on top of the 'v' of my lips) and a tiny dab on the centre of my chin. Again, use a small amount of powder and build it up gradually if you need too. This colour, too, is easy to blend and doesn't look as striking on the skin as it does in the pan, making it suit a variety of skin tones.
Then I apply a mixture of the two blush colours, with a blush brush. First I apply the softer shade - to find where to apply blush, smile! The apple of your cheek can then be seen more easily, but make sure not to apply the colour all over your cheek as it won't look natural. I blend this colour into the highlight of the white and the contour of the brown, before dabbing a small amount of the brighter pink into the centre of my cheek to brighten it up. This bright pink also looks very vibrant on the brush, but blends out extremely well - just don't use too much.
Finally, I use a combination of the two fleshy tones to sweep over my face with a large powder brush. This sets my makeup and tones down any patches of colour where I may have accidently 'overdone' it, similarly it helps to blend the colours into each other if they don't look smooth enough.
I really love how my face looks after using this product. The colours all complement each other very well, and they're all easy to blend so you won't be left with any visible harsh lines. This palette is very versatile: you can achieve a very natural, subdued daytime look or add more colour for night time. The colours are all matte (which you want to look for when you contour) and I've found make my face look much better when being photographed. The great thing about this product is that the powders are all extremely long lasting, and don't 'disappear' like some products I have had in the past - using the flesh tones to set my makeup also prevents my face from looking greasy later in the day.
This palette costs $18.95, so that's what, around £12? I think this is amazing price for this product, especially when one powder alone can cost more than this, let alone in conjunction with two blushes and a 'bronzer'.
You will have to add extra for delivery though. I'm not sure how much it is at the moment but if you go to their website (search Coastal Scents) then you can find their rates - they have a variety of options to suit your needs. I believe you can also purchase this product from ebay, but as a general rule I prefer buying from the company itself so I'm not sure how much they cost there.
I'm a huge fan of this product. It's easy to apply, lasts all day, is versatile, affordable, and has everything I need in one place. I've been using this a lot since I received it and still have a lot left, I can see this lasting me a long time! My only criticism would be that it doesn't have a mirror like their eye shadow palettes have - it would be useful to have one on this palette too, for the times when you just want to apply some powder and a sweep of mascara.
I went on a mini Barry M spree in my local Superdrug the other week as they had a 3 for 2 offer on, and the last of my purchases was a Barry M Lip Paint (I have already recently reviewed the other two products - liquid eyeliner and lip gloss). I had been looking for a nude lip stick for a while, and the shade '101 - Marshmellow' seemed to fit the bill perfectly! Looking on the website, this brand offers a wide variety of shades, from the more demure and typical peaches, pinks and reds to the perhaps more unexpected bright blue, black, green and purples.
The product is packaged in a standard, if slightly smaller (than other lip sticks I own) case. While it does seem smaller, there does seem to be a fair amount of product inside when fully exposed, and I actually find this makes it more comfortable to hold when applying the product to my lips.
The case is plain black: the lid and the bottom of the case are a matte-looking, soft to touch plastic, while the exposed band around the middle which, when the lid is taken off, houses the actual lip stick is a shiner black plastic.
The only writing on the packaging is on the top and bottom of the packaging - all in a golden font. At the top you can see 'Barry M' written in the standard brand font, while a sticker on the bottom states that this is shade '101', and informs you that this product is by 'Barry M Cosmetics Ltd' in ' London, UK'.
To reveal the lip stick, you have to (as is common with lip sticks) hold the shiny black plastic tube containing the product and swivel the matte-black base around. Doing so is very smooth and easy, yet not too easy that the product is revealed whenever the packaging is nudged slightly.
Overall, while the packaging may seem quite plain, I think it gives off a very understated yet sophisticated look. The product certainly looks stunning enough when placed upright on my desk amongst all my other makeup. I much prefer the look of this lipstick to the other brands I also own, which I believe can look slightly tacky in comparison.
The Barry M website says that their Lip Paints "have a soft, beautiful smooth texture that is packed full of natural moistures to help them glide on and stay comfortable to wear for hours". To be honest, I rarely pay attention to what products like this offer, as I am used to reapplying lip stick especially in this winter weather as my lips dry out quickly. All I want is a nice colour which suits my colouring - if it lasts longer or has a nice texture then that is an extra in my opinion.
-Application & Effect-
Before applying lip stick, I always exfoliate and moisturise my lips - especially in the winter season. I find this gives a nice base and makes the lip stick less likely to crease. I also apply concealor around the edge of my lips, as well as lip liner, to prevent the product from bleeding.
After I do all of the above, I am ready to use my chosen lip stick. I never use a lip brush, I simply apply the product straight onto my lips. To my surprise this lip paint felt amazingly smooth as I applied it to my lips, it really does seem to have a moisturising quality which I can see the brand promise on their website. The product isn't at all sticky on my lips either, in fact I hardly notice it's there.
There doesn't seem to be any smell to the product, and if there is then it is very faint but not at all unpleasant, which I like about this lip stick - I'm not a fan of unnatural smelling cosmetics.
Being a nude colour, I was worried that it wouldn't show up at all on my lips as they are quite pink, however as soon as I applied this my lips were the lovely nude shade I had wanted them to be. My natural colour did show through slightly, however I found this made my lips look less 'fake' - another thing I was worried about. When I have wanted my lips to look very pale (I do this when I want to use a pale pink shimmery lip gloss), I simply apply concealor all over my lips before applying this lip stick, and have found this works incredibly well.
One thing I would say about this lip stick is that it does show up any dryness in the lips, particularly with a nude shade like this, any dryness may look extremely flaky - so exfoliating and moisturising are pretty much essential!
The product didn't last for hours and hours, I had to reapply this product a few times throughout the day, however I think I can forgive Barry M for this, as not only is it very cold and dry at the moment, but I find this to be the case with every lip stick I use.
This lip stick also seems to be a good base for lip gloss, as most of it didn't wipe off when I applied lip gloss over the top, which I have found to be the case with some lip sticks.
This product currently costs £4.25 at all the usual suppliers (Boots, Superdrug, Barry M website), however be sure to check out any offers - I got this free as part of a 3 for 2 deal at Superdrug. Given that the majority of lip sticks out there are around the same price if not considerably more, I think this price is a pretty good bargain really.
I really like this product. Aside from not lasting that long and having to ensure lips are well exfoliated and moisturised prior to application, there are a plethora of reasons why this is my new favourite lip stick: the range of colours is fantastic, the price is decent, and the lip stick itself applied smoothly and looks great on.
I mentioned in my Barry M Lip Gloss review that I wanted to try using it with a bright red lip stick - well I will definitely be heading back to the Barry M counter to look at what they've got to offer!
This product is another of the Barry M products I have purchased recently. I own this in 'Cherry Glitter', which is the specific lip gloss I shall be basing my review on. The Barry M website says these are a new product, and I certainly haven't seen them before, although they may have been out a few months for all I know - either way I felt dooyoo deserved to hear about these lip glosses!
The packaging really stood out to me on the shelf - I didn't even want to buy a lip gloss as I have so many already, but my eyes were immediately drawn to this. The 3ml bottle is very simple in style, made of clear plastic, with a black screw-top lid. The only writing is in a plain black font, with "Barry M Lip Gloss" on the front and an address and email address on the back. This allows the rich ruby red glitter of the lip gloss within to show through, and when it catches the bright light of the shop it really sparkles - makeup magpies beware!
-Application & Effect-
The wand is a typical lip gloss wand, and upon unscrewing and pulling out the lid you can see a delicious blob of glittery red lip gloss on the tip. I didn't know what the shade was called when I purchased it, or that this range of lip glosses was supposed to have a scent, so it was an extremely pleasant surprise to get a waft of sweet cherry scent. This smell really reminded me of the cherry penny sweets you could buy from the tuck shop at school - it truly does smell good enough to eat! Luckily the product doesn't taste as cherry-like or I would have licked it all off, although that's not to say this product tastes bad at all.
I applied this over a nude-coloured lipstick (review to come soon) and found it glided on smoothly, and didn't feel sticky at all. The product did require some blending to even out the glitter, as it seemed to gather around the edges of my lips when I applied it.
After application, my lips seemed to be really moisturised (I find most lip glosses don't achieve this - so this is a major plus point to me!) and looked very 'kissable'. As I applied this over a nude base, the lip gloss gave my lips a natural pink sheen with glittery flecks, which weren't too over the top for daytime wear.
When I applied this over a darker pink lipstick, the lip gloss gave a more intense reddish-pink sheen and the glitter seemed more visible - perfect for night time in my opinion as it still isn't too over the top. However if you're expecting your lips to be packed with red glitter then you'll probably be disappointed - the effect is nowhere near the level of glitter it shows in the tube. But as I said, I really liked how it looked on my lips, I prefer them looking more subtle.
The product seemed to last longer on my lips over a dark pink base, it faded quite quickly over the nude lipstick. However I tend to find that most lip glosses only last a few hours on me, and the product is quite nice to apply and very eye-catching in the tube so I don't really mind whipping the wand out and reapplying on the go!
This product is currently £4.25 on the Barry M website, I believe I purchased this for the same price at Superdrug - this was as part of a 3 for 2 deal though, so be sure to look out for any deals around this time of year! This seems a fair price for a lip gloss, as I have paid much more than that in the past with less than impressive effects!
This lip gloss wasn't what was I was expecting. I thought it would make my lips look really glittery and ruby red as the product looks in the bottle - perhaps over a dark red lipstick this look would be achieved, so this might be my next purchase! Nevertheless, the lip gloss does give a lovely looking sheen and make lips feels super soft rather than sticky, and smells fantastic. This shade is a very versatile colour as I can see myself wearing it both day and night, and overall I would say I am very pleased with this product. This product comes in a range of shades, including a vibrant orange called 'Tropical Tango' - although I've got my eye on the 'Toffee' shade I have to say!
I bought this product earlier today and was having a play around with it when I put my dooyoo hat on and decided to review it! The eyeliner I purchased was in Black, so this is the one I will be basing my review on.
I really like the packaging of this eyeliner. It comes in a long plastic tube, the lid/liner brush handle makes up for most of the length - just over two thirds of it I'd say. The tip of the lid is thinner than the bottom of the pot, so it's an attractive conical-like shape, and just the right thickness to hold comfortably when applying. The lid and pot are black, with the writing in a gold font - this looks quite attractive in my opinion. There is very little writing on the bottle - the front says "Liquid Eyeliner by Barry M", and the back gives an address, an email address and a graphic showing that this product lasts 18 months. I'm not sure how much product this bottle actually contains, but the pot doesn't seem all that big, so I really don't see this lasting me anywhere 18 months!
The Barry M website tells me that this product has a 'superfine brush' to make application easier, however aside from this they don't make any other promises - this suits me fine, all I wanted was a simple, no frills, liquid eyeliner... seems like I got one!
-Application & Effect-
I will admit that this is the first time I have ever applied liquid eyeliner. Pencils I'm fine with, however I wanted something bolder, and which would last longer. I've heard so many people complain about applying liquid liner that I was slightly apprehensive at first, however having now used this I don't know why I was so worried!
When you unscrew the lid, you have to pull with slight pressure as there seems to be a plastic guard which keeps the brush firmly in the pot, presumably not to spill the liquid everywhere and/or to wipe off any excess. Immediately you can see that the brush is coated in a luscious looking black liquid - this pleases me as it seems evenly covered to allow for smoother application. There doesn't seem to be any excess liquid dripping off either, so I presume the 'stopper' managed to wipe this off.
The applicator itself is very thin and shaped to a precise point, it's quite stiff but not inflexible - this makes application easier in my opinion. I found using this product surprisingly easy. As I said above, holding the brush handle is very comfortable, and using a steady hand I was able to draw a fluid line across my eye. Creating the 'flick' at the end was slightly trickier, as I hand to use the very tip of the brush to create the outline I wanted. The brush seems to be the perfect size, it is thin enough to create a precise line and yet thick enough when applied sideways with some pressure to create a thicker, sweeping line. I like the brush a lot, I really think that if it was more flexible I would get liquid everywhere and create a horrible mess!
The colour is true to the packaging and once applied looks very black, it makes my eyes stand out and look "smouldery" (says the other half!). I've had it on all day and it still looks the same as when I first applied it, save for a slight smudge where I had rubbed my eyes - but I can't really complain about this as when using pencil liner I have ended up with panda eyes doing this. The 'flick' is also still very defined and hasn't faded. I have slightly hooded eyes so any eyeliner and eyeshadow I wear usually ends up creased, faded or smudged, and so I'm very happy with the results of this product!
This costs £4.50 from the usual suspects (Boots, Superdrug, Barry M website), however there are offers on at the moment so keep an eye for them - I got this as part of a 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug. This seems a reasonable price for this product, I'm definitely a fan so far!
I really like this product, overall I am very impressed. The packaging looks attractive, it's very easy to apply even for a liquid liner novice like me, and it has lasted all day with only moderate smudging when I rubbed my eye. I still need to see if it can withstand a night out, but until then I will definitely be using this product a lot in the future! There are a range of other colours out there of this product, perfect for the more adventurous out there, however I wouldn't really wear bright blue or green eyeliner so I think I'll be sticking with black.
MAC are a well-known cosmetics brand, which produce, among other makeup products, a variety of eye pencils. The one I will be reviewing is from the 'Powerpoint' range.
I bought this quite a while ago, and despite knowing that I should probably throw it away and replace it, I don't have the funds to do so and I love this product so much that I would rather hold on to it.
I own the shade 'So There Jade', a shimmery light green colour, however MAC stock a variety of colours - the ones that stand out the most to me are 'Prussian' (a dark grey-blue) and 'Bordeauxline' (a rich plum). This eye pencil also comes in the typical black, grey and brown shades.
I love MAC packaging, I think it looks very professional and stylish. The 1.2g Powerpoint eye pencil is a very distinctive black in colour, with matching plastic lid.
The end of the pencil features a small band of colour, which corresponds to the shade of pencil it contains. The coloured band on my eye pencil is unsurprisingly an appealing mint colour, which goes well with the overall theme of the product.
It is very minimalistic in look, the writing is a silver-grey in colour and a capitalised plain font, giving only the necessary details.
If I remember correctly, this product came packaged in a a thin cardboard box decorated standard to the MAC brand - I am not keen on this as I find it highly unnecessary and wasteful.
The MAC website tells me that this product is meant to be waterproof, longwearing, smooth to apply and won't transfer, smudge or budge. Sounds perfect!
-Application and Effect-
You apply this eye pencil just as you would any other: the method I favour is holding the eyelid in place using a Q-Tip (pulling the eye 'taut' with your finger isn't good on the sensitive skin in this area) and using small strokes - starting from the middle to the outer corner, then working to the inner corner - to create one fluid line.
The pencil itself is light and easy to grip, making steady application effortless. Drawing the line is a very smooth process, the pencil is a creamy formula which glides across the skin with ease. Unlike other eye pencils out there, you needn't push hard to create a line, relatively little pressure is needed.
The colour is surprisingly vibrant when applied, the mint green really stands out and makes me look awake - however to achieve this I sometimes have to apply a couple of layers of the product, although I tend to do this with most eyeliners. It is a shimmery colour which is noticeable, but not too noticeable, when it catches the light. I usually wear this without eyeshadow, as I don't feel that my eyes need it with this stunning colour. Sometimes I wear this over black pencil liner to create a subtle shimmery dark green line, which I really like.
I have worn this product on nights out and it hasn't smudged or disappeared, so I haven't had to worry about reapplying it. I fortunately haven't ever had to test whether this product is truly waterproof or not, especially as I never use this colour on my waterline, but it is fairly easy to remove at the end of the night.
Sharpening this product is necessary as the creamy texture means it becomes blunt fairly quickly, however I have found sharpening this pencil to be just as easy as any other I have owned.
This product currently costs £12, and while this is expensive compared to other brands out there I do not regret my purchase. I only ever purchase MAC cosmetics from MAC stores so I do not know if it is cheaper on other websites.
I really like my Powerpoint eye pencil, it's been an easy way to add a dash of colour to brighten up my eyes. I've found it to be the smoothest eye pencil to apply compared to others I have used in the past, and it is fairly long lasting.
However the price is a major downside. Although I am a fan of this product, I am not sure if I can justify spending £12 on one eye liner - when I eventually part with my current one I will probably replace it with a cheaper substitute.
I first used this product a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it, but after I'd finished my bottle I thought it had been discontinued as I couldn't find it my local Boots shop anywhere. The replacement I bought from another brand has been less than satisfactory, so I was delighted to this on the Boots website a while ago when having a bit of a browse!
The 200ml plastic cylindrical bottle is see-through with a hint of blue, distinctive of the Nivea brand. The stickers on the front and back contain all the information you need and the dark blue writing is easy to read. These stickers are also mostly see-through, which means you can clearly see the white 'cleansing pearls' suspended in the clear gel. Unlike some products which I have found may promise additions similar to 'cleansing pearls' but don't actually contain a substantial amount of them, it is easy to see that this product is packed full of these pearls, which I like.
To open the product you push down one side of the lid, revealing the hole on the other side - I like this as I find it easier to use with wet hands than flip-top lids.
This product says it "purifies your skin & lets it breathe again" and is "for a healthy-looking, bright complexion". It also promises not to dry out the skin, however this is designed for normal to combination skin so if you have dry skin this may not be for you. This product does seem to promise an awful lot and I was very sceptical at first, however I was soon won over as you will see.
Like most other cleansers out there, you simply wet your face and massage the product into the skin avoiding the eye area. You then rinse the foam off with water and pat dry.
After wetting my face, I place a small blob of this gel onto my finger. As it is a gel, the product comes out of the tube quite slowly so it is easy to get out the amount of product you want. The gel is not too runny either, so it doesn't tend to slip off my hand easily which would be a waste.
Massaging this product into wet skin is a pleasant experience, it smells very fresh and glides all over the face easily. A little of this product does go a long way, using more product doesn't seem to create more of a lather so it would be a waste to use more when it isn't necessary. It may take some practise to get the cleansing pearls to lather up, as you may need to exert some pressure on them to 'pop'/'dissolve' them, however once you've got the hang of it this product lathers up to create a gentle foam. The pearls haven't scratched or irritated my skin in any way, like some other products can.
Rinsing this product off with water is again very easy, and any remaining traces only need to be wiped off with a wet cotton wool pad.
When I first started using this product way back when, it made such a noticeable difference to my skin that people began to comment on it.
After using this product, my face is left feeling silky smooth and glowing. Other cleansers tend to make my face break out in red blotches which fade after a short while, however using this product I have yet to experience this.
It has helped to minimise break outs, and overall leaves my skin looking incredibly healthy. However, it doesn't moisturise or exfoliate particularly well, and in this winter weather I have to make sure to use plenty of moisturiser on my dry patches and exfoliate regularly to keep my skin in good condition.
It's currently on offer at £3.88 in Boots (£1 off), and yes it might be a bit more expensive than other cleansers out there but this works really well for me and I would buy it at full price.
I am a great fan of this product! I have used so many other cleansers in the past that I am incredibly glad to have found one which works so well with my skin. I used to use this in conjunction with the Oxygen Power Day Cream, which gave me fantastic results, however this is quite pricey. I have recently been using this with a different Nivea moisturiser (I reviewed this not too long ago) and while I don't think it has produced the same great results as the Oxygen Power one, it has still left my skin smooth and healthy. This product lasts me a good few months and to me seems good value for money in this sense, as you only need to use a little at a time. I will continue to use this for as long as my skin agrees with it and Nivea makes it!
I have been using this product to shave with for years now, I won't use anything else!
This 200ml can has the appearance of an aerosol, bright blue in colour, with a bright green plastic pull-off lid. If you take the lid off, you will find a bright blue plastic 'button' with a hole, which when pushed, releases the product.
The writing on the back of the can is in a tiny, dark blue font, and the metallic sheen means it can be very hard to read what it says - I have perfect vision and I struggled quite a bit trying to read it. However, after much concentration, I can make out that it claims to be specially formulated for Sensitive Skin and "contains soothing Aloe and Vitamin E to help decrease skin irritation". Having sensitive skin, the promise this product gives is the reason why I first bought this.
It also goes on suggest you use this product in conjunction with their matching shaving products, which I like to take as a ploy for them to make more money! I tend to use men's razors anyway as they seem to provide a much closer shave than those designed for women.
The one thing that annoys me about products like these is that the foam tends to gather in the lid, so I have to keep rinsing it out as I think it looks unsightly and makes a mess when I use it next.
There are no explicit directions for use stated anywhere on the can, so it's up to you to find the method which suits you.
Before applying this product, I always exfoliate the area I want to shave and ensure it is wet - I think that there is nothing worse than dry shaving! Only then do I pick up the product.
Taking off the lid, I hold the can with one hand, over the fingers of my other hand, then gently press down the button to release the gel. The first time I use a bottle I usually have to press on the button quite hard, but subsequent to this I try to press as gently as possible, as the product comes out quite quickly and it can be a waste otherwise. I only use a tiny amount, as a little of this gel really does go a long way!
The gel itself is blue in colour, however after leaving the can and hitting the air, it does start to foam up slightly and turn white. It isn't too runny, and generally does stay in place without slipping and sliding everywhere, which can be a hassle. It also has a subtle fragrance to it. The smell reminds me of whatever was used to use to perm hair around the time I was little - only not as harsh. It's not a horrible scent, but it's not my favourite either. I actually prefer the Radiant Apricot version, fragrance-wise, but I've found that it irritates my skin, unfortunately.
I then massage the product all over the area I want to shave. The gel foams up really quickly and expands quite a bit - hence why I use only a small amount.
Shaving with this product is easy, as long as you take care to rinse out the razor often. The razor seems to glide along effortlessly, making it a very gentle shave and decreasing the chance of any nicks.
Washing the last traces of this product from the skin after shaving is also very easy, nothing sticks. My one criticism of this is perhaps that when you are shaving, you have to be careful not to splash any water near the foam or else it rinses off and you have to apply more.
Using this product gives me the closest shave I could hope to achieve. I have also never experienced any flakiness after shaving with this product, which I have with others - nor have I experienced any irritation or itching, which I find occurs frequently with other similar products. My legs are left shiny and silky smooth, and stay like this for a fair while without the need of moisturiser.
This product is currently half price in Boots and Superdrug, at £1.46 (normally £2.93). Even though at full price it is more expensive than others on the market, I believe this is fairly reasonable as for me, this product is superior to others out there. I'm sure you can purchase this in most supermarkets, so make sure to shop around if you want to get the best deal! I use the product on a regular basis and one can usually lasts me a good few months, so it is fairly long lasting in that respect.
This product works extremely well for me. In the past I have tried: just using water (too scratchy, caused flakiness), baby lotion (clogged up my razor - had to buy a new one), shower gel (didn't achieve a close shave) and other gels (left my skin itchy). I don't care what people say, using shaving gel is a must for me, and this one is my product of choice!
While it doesn't extend the number of days you can go without shaving like some products do, I really don't mind too much as I love using this product.
I have had no problems using this product and will continue to use it until they discontinue it or change the formula significantly.
I first bought this product as I found my previous moisturiser (by Simple) was making my face break out with blemishes and didn't moisturise particularly well. Prior to using Simple products, I had used a really effective cleanser and moisturiser by Nivea. However as this was almost £13 for the day cream alone and I wanted something cheaper, the shelves of Nivea products were still my first stop in Boots. I was a bit bamboozled by all the choice, however I eventually settled on this Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Fluid as it seemed to offer exactly what I wanted.
The 100ml bottle comes packaged in a cardboard box as in the image above, which I find entirely unnecessary in this environmentally-conscious age. The bottle itself is made of white plastic, and has an oval shape to it. I find this shape makes the product very easy to hold when being used, and it also fits into a makeup bag easily. The bottle isn't see-through, so it's hard to tell when you're about to run out of product!
The screw top is a pale blue colour with a silver band - this matches the silver and dark blue fonts and graphics on the front and back of the bottle. I'm a big fan of the design used in packaging this product, it looks clean and sophisticated.
This product claims that it "hydrates and regulates shine for a fresh skin feeling". As my skin can sometimes look oily, this seemed to be the perfect solution, especially since the cold winter nights were fast approaching.
On the back of the product it is stated that this is "Non comedogenic", which means that it shouldn't block pores - always a plus in my eyes!
The directions state that you should "apply fluid by gently massaging into the skin using small upward, circular motions" after cleansing your face.
I find it strange, however, that this product only suggests you should use it in the morning, when it is not specified anywhere that this is a "day cream" - Nivea do have other moisturisers which are specific in such a manner. I ignore this advice and use it both day and night to ensure my skin is fully hydrated.
After taking off the lid, there is a faint smell of that lovely scent typical of the Nivea brand. Tipping the bottle so the opening faces downwards, I squeeze the sides gently to put some of the product onto my fingertips. I should probably note that the first time I did this, lots of the product came gushing out, which I had to use on my neck and hands so as not to waste it. I was not prepared for how runny this liquid is compared to other moisturisers I have used in the past, so if you do use this product, make sure not to squeeze too hard!
When I first used this product, I dabbed the moisturiser all over my face before massaging it in. However, I have found that the product absorbs incredibly fast, in fact almost too fast. Instead, I squeeze a tiny amount of product onto my fingertips, and massage this into a small area of my face before using another tiny amount for another part of my face. While this is slightly more time-consuming, it does ensure that my whole face is thoroughly moisturised.
Once I have massaged the product into my skin, it does seem as if it has left a glossy film all over my face, however this does dissipate fairly quickly as the product absorbs.
After the product has absorbed into my skin, my skin feels very smooth and looks clean and fresh. However, I do have a small dry patch on each cheek, which I've found one layer of moisturiser doesn't cover, so I sometimes have to reapply the product, concentrating on these areas. This only takes a short while, and I don't find it to be too much of a chore as it does leave my skin looking good.
This product does seem to work well as a base for my liquid foundation - once applied, rather than giving my face a greasy shine, it leaves my skin with a dewy glow. While this isn't particularly matte, as is promised, I do like the effect.
Having used this product for a couple of months now I can also report that I have had no breakouts or skin irritation, which were the major problems I had with my previous moisturiser.
I found the price to be very reasonable, in fact I think it was the cheapest Nivea moisturiser on the shelf when I purchased this product. It is currently £3.99 in Boots (I am sure I paid slightly less than that) and £3.00 from Superdrug (usually £3.72).
Overall I am impressed with this product. I've been using it regularly for a couple of months now and it doesn't seem to be close to running out, so it does last quite a long time. It is fairly cheap compared to what else is out there and does seem to work well on normal (albeit sensitive) skin. However, I don't think this would be particularly suitable for dry skin.
Nevertheless, I'm still not entirely sure whether I will buy more of this when I have finished my bottle, or whether I will splash out and buy the more expensive day and night moisturiser I have previously used with slightly better results.
The one product I always forget to buy is nail polish remover, so I was constantly borrowing the stuff from my mum and my friends. One day my boyfriend came back from the nearby Premier shop with a bottle of Enliven Active Care Nail Polish Remover, and fed up with walking around with chipped nail polish I eagerly went to try it out.
This 250ml bottle isn't the most sophisticated out there, but it tells you everything you might need to know (apart from the little graphic which tells you how many months you should keep it before replacing it - unless this doesn't apply to nail polish remover?). The bottle is a see-through white colour, meaning you can easily see how much product you have left, which I always find handy. The screw-top purple lid is very robust, the bottle has been moved about plenty the last couple of months and it's still in perfect working order, with no spillages. The colour combination of black and purple adds to theme and does look quite appealing.
This product apparently has added conditioner "to care for your nails whilst removing your nail polish".
The directions state that you should "moisten cotton wool with nail polish remover, wipe gently over the nail to remove polish", just as you would with any nail polish remover.
-Application & Effect-
I tend to use cotton wool pads, rather than cotton wool, as I don't like how the fibres loosen and stick to my nails. Similarly, when using toilet tissue I find that it hurts to scrub the leftover nail polish from the edge of the nails, and also little pieces of tissue end up all over the place.
After unscrewing the cap, I take my cotton wool pad and place it firmly at the edge of the opening, then briefly tip the bottle to allow the liquid to soak into the pad. Immediately the acrid scent is noticeable - I've certainly used better smelling nail polish removers in the past! The liquid itself is a very pale blue/lilac in colour, which matches the packaging.
I then take the cotton wool pad and place it over my fingernail for a short while to allow the liquid to permeate the top coat, two coats of colour, and the base coat. I've found that if I don't do this, the colour is a nightmare to remove, involving lots of painful scrubbing which ends up spreading the colour all over my fingers! I then wipe the pad all over my fingernail and mostly the colour does glide off, however it can sometimes be a bit of a pain to remove the colour from around the cuticle area.
I've found that the product does dry out on the cotton wool pad very quickly, which means I have to use quite a bit of it. It's also quite annoying and tedious to have to continuously reach for the bottle and tip more of the liquid onto a new pad.
I'm not sure the added conditioner is all that effective, either. After use, my nails tend to feel very dry, and don't look particularly appealing either. I have to make sure to buff them and lather them in cuticle oil after removing my nail polish with this product, however I don't always have the time to do this and don't feel like I should have to.
I don't know what price my boyfriend paid for this, although I have an inkling it must have been cheap! I'm sure I've seen this product in pound shops, so it shouldn't be too expensive - it certainly doesn't seem as if it would be!
As far as removing nail polish goes, this product does do its job, so long as you find a method which suits you (for example, the method described above works for me).
What I don't like about this product is the dryness I feel in my nails after use, especially from a product that claims to have added conditioner! However, I have found this to be the case with other nail polish removers out there such as 'Cutex', and even the acetone free 'Quickies Remover Pads' - and I'd rather buy this cheaper product than a more expensive one if I have the same criticism to give them.
Once I've finished this bottle, however, I will probably not stay loyal to this product and will instead be on the lookout for something new - and hopefully find something that doesn't make me recoil at the smell of it.