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I've got a bit of a problem with my nails where they don't always grow evenly and tend to have ridges in them. I went to my local sally beauty supply store and bought a bottle of this for around a fiver and they also had quite a selection of the colours from the china glaze range. I already love their nail polishes so thought I'd give this ridge filler a go as I wanted to get nice even looking nails. The bottle is the same size as the other china glazze polishes and has the same cap and thin brush to apply the product with. The product still smells like ordinary polish and is a milky white/ transparent shade that is quite thick in concistancy and applies quite thickly as well. It does appear to even out the nails better and works well with or as a base coat. It dries quite fast and once dry applies colour quite nicely and evenly. I do notice a difference when using this ridge filler before using my colour and evens the nail out nicely, giving a less bumpy and more professional looking result.
I love OPI nail polishes thought they can be a bit pricey, especially when you get them from places like john lewis where I paid £11 for mine, they're very pretty, high quality and have the most innovative shades around. I love that they come out with collections for every season so that you can have the most fashionable and up to date shades. I'm a bit of a sucker for trends so I really do like this about them. This colour in particular is very trendy and nice for winter. It's a very deep purple/ blue that looks great on short nails. They come in 15ml bottles like most other brands and they do last me quite a while as with most colours I only need to apply 2 coats at the most. The first coat of this is still too see through for me but it's opaque at 2. This lasts very well and doesn't chip for about 5 days on me. They're very shiny and I don't always bother with a top coat because of that. the brush is quite neat as it applies the product beautifully and evenly and you only need about 3 strokes on each nail as it fans out to cover almost the entire nail at once. I love the finish of the polishes, the fact that they're so vibrant and easy to work with. They come in an array of shades and finishes and always look great. These really are salon quality polishes. The only downfall is the price... if only they were cheaper then I'd definitely be buying them more often. I tend to just buy the shades that are more rare and not as common in other cheaper brands.
I got this polish at boots for £5 which I find pretty good value for money as most polishes are pricier than this... THe only other brands I can think if that are cheaper from the ones that I've tried are barry M and rimmel. They have quite a nice selection of trendy colours that are good dupes for more expensive brands like chanel and opi. I've been eyeing this shade for a while and decided to get it as it reminded me a lot of a mac and chanel shade that was limited edition and since it's so simmilar I thought I didn't have a lot to lose since this was just a fiver. The brush is not too thick or too thin, the colour is a nice cream light minty green and the bottle is see through with a white cap. The polish applies very nicely; smooth and evenly and doesn't take a lot of work to look nice. It dries reasonabley fast to a nice shiny finish and I've had it on for 3 days without chipping so lasts quite well too. I would recommend this shade and am looking to try more of the models own polishes soon.
I got this botanics volumising leave in conditioner from boots a few months ago, I think I paid no more than £4 for it and thought I'd give it a go. I've used other leave in conditioners before and as they worked ok I thought this would too, I was particularly intrigued by it claiming to give extra volume to the hair, which I find often lacks in normal and leave in conditioners because with me it tends to weigh my hair down. This product comes in a see through bottle with spray cap and smells quite green and herbal. The scent is not unpleasant though not really my thing but it's not overpowering so I'm able to live with that in my hair. So I washed my hair with the botanics volumising shampoo and towel dried my hair but left it a little damp so that it would be easier to work the leave in conditioner in. My hair was already feeling quite unpleasantly brittle through just using the shampoo which didn't leave my hair feeling soft or conditioned at all. I hoped that this leave in conditioner would soon fix the problem and I'd have soft, volumous and most importantly tangle free hair! Spraying the product into my hair was easy enough, though I didn't notice it detangling my hair as it should. It made it feel slightly hard and kind of sticky but I thought this would soon go away as it dried and worked its way into the hair. I started to comb through but couldn't get the brush through my hair at all so I towel dried it a little more before putting the blow dryer on it to get it to dry faster. Even dry it wouldn't brush properly and it still felt still and sticky. My hair is quite long (half way down my back) and I couldn't live with not being able to get the tangles out so I just decided to have another shower and use my tried and trusted herbal essences shampoo and conditioner this time which I was sure would get the job done. Sad to say this leave in conditioner was no good for me... maybe it's not meant for long hair and might work better for other people. Won't be buying again as I couldn't use the first bottle up and had to give it away after a few tries.
This 3rd instalment of UD's book of shadows is a collection of different colours and textures and if you're new to UD and you like colour, you'll love this palette. I believe you can get these from places like boots and Debenhams for about £30 and for the amount of shadows you get, this is excellent value for money! There are only a couple of draw backs for me as I'm already an avid UD eye shadow collector and that is that there are quite a few repeats and only 2 originals which I don't already own from previous single eye shadows or palettes. Also, the case is quite bulky, it's made of card board which is quite durable but it's a bit big and bulky to carry around travelling. There's also a pop up feature at the top which doesn't make it that much bulkier but aside from it being cute for the first few times, I don't quite see the point in. I think this would make a great gift as there are 16 shadows in different colours and finishes and 2 pencils and a mini primer potion which is absolutely wonderful and makes your eye shadow last all night. The quality of these shadows and pencils are great; they blend well, are very vibrant and last forever... petty much till you remove your make up. So I would highly recommend this, especially if you haven't' tried UD before!
I got this palette as a gift and was pleasantly surprised to find that whilst the colours are natural, they are very highly pigmented and creamy feeling whilst being a powder eye shadow. I believe you can get this palette in boots, Debenhams and certain websites as well and it sells for about £30. This palette was difficult to find for ages as they probably made too little and demand for it was very high. Now that I finally got my hands on one and got to try it for myself, I must say I'm very pleased and impressed with the colours and textures of the different eye shadows. As I'm already a huge UD fan, I must say that I've got about half a dozen "half baked" shadows by now but as it's such a pretty bronze, it's very flattering so I don't really mind having it again. I particularly like wearing that shade in summer as the golden/ bronzy tones look great on tanned skin. Whilst there are a few repeats from other UD palettes and single shadows such as half baked, smog and gunmetal, there are also a ton of new shades which you can only find in this palette. These colours are great for everyday as there are many light shades but tons of frost/ metallic and darker finishes that can take a simple day look to a smoky evening look just by adding in some of the deeper colours. It also comes with a double ended eye pencil which I love as they really do stay put and if you happen to fall asleep with your make up on, these will still be there the next morning! They're so creamy and easy to work with, as are the shadows; strong in colour (a little goes a long way), easy to blend and long lasting. This palette is ideal for a girl on the go and aside from mascara, you've got all you need in this palette!
I got one of these cinders bath bombs from lush as part of their Christmas range (2009). I think this was one of their new ones, or so the sales lady told me, so I had to try one. It smells fruity and is a yellow/ orange colour. It has little pop rocks at the top which makes it crackle and pop in the bath just like it did when you used to eat the pop rocks as a child. I thought that was quite a cool concept that made for a more interesting bath bomb. It's supposed to remind you of a crackling fire when you pop it in to the bath. It fizzed away quite quickly and I didn't notice that much of the popping candy. It was ok I guess but fizzed a way a bit too soon for my liking. The scent of this is quite citrusy and fruity but when I popped it in the bath I thought the smell was quite faint and barely there. Perhaps I needed to put 2 in but at about 3 quid a pop I wasn't tempted to do that. I only bought one just to try it so couldn't ad another one even if I wanted to. This bath bomb wasn't particularly moisturising or scented as strongly as I would have liked it to be in the water. The most entertaining part which was the fizzing away and crackling of the pop rocks was over way too soon. My skin didn't feel any softer or smoother having used this product so can't say I'm that impressed with it. I usually like to use bath products that actually do something for me such as moisturise my skin or calm and relax me but this one seemed to be lacking a bit. It leaves the water a yellow colour which is not my favourite colour for my bath water. I also noticed that once I drained the water away, at the edges where the waterline is, it tends to leave a yellow stain which took me ages to get off. I don't really enjoy having to scrub and clean the bath out after having been in there and feeling quite relaxed and a bit sleepy, so the fact that it left that stain on the bath wasn't very pleasant. It had to be removed with hot water and soap as just the sponge didn't do the job. It's like a sticky, oily feeling yellow layer. Would I buy again? Probably not as it didn't really live up to my expectations. I was hoping that it would at least do something to lift my mood or soften my skin but it did neither. I just felt like I was soaking in yellow water which to me wasn't that nice really. It was worth trying as it was new but I wish that it did something more than just be a bland smelling water dye. The fact that it required me to scrub the bath afterwards didn't help much and I can't say I'm a fan of this bath bomb.
I tried this moisturiser out as one of the sales ladies at Lush recommended it to me because I told her that the celestial moisturiser is a bit too rich and feels a tiny bit too oily for my skin. I suffer from dry skin but I think the celestial would work better in winter because then I would need something super hydrating. So for now, she suggested I try this one called cosmetic lad. I thought it was a bit odd for her to suggest as it had the word lad in it which I assumed was especially formulated for men. She told me that it was actually a printing error and was meant to say lab not lad but then Lush thought they would keep it this way as it might persuade some men to try this (because we all know they're less likely to try stuff if it doesn't have something "manly" mentioned in its name or description. I was a bit unsure of how this stuff would react with my skin so she suggested I try a sample first and see how I like it. This retails for £9.87 so I didn't want to end up wasting my money if I didn't like it. (I also had the sample of celestial and just as well as at this time of year I didn't really get on with it.) This moisturiser smells of sweet orange and some other sweet ingredients, it's a light feeling texture and goes on smoothly. The ingredients of this moisturiser according to the Lush website are: Lavender Honey Water (Lavandula augustifolia), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Chickweed; Chamomile and Marigold Petal Extract (Stellaria media; Anthemis nobilis and Calendula officinalis), Cold Pressed Organic Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Wheatgrass Mucilage (Triticum Aestivum vulgare), Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro and Santalum spicatum), Triethanolamine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils. It smells very nice and applies smoothly so I thought I would try it for the day without any other make up on to see how it reacts with my skin and if I like it, I would see how it holds up with make up on (as my other didn't do too well with make up over it and caused my foundation to cake and crease). So for the first 15 minutes I thought everything was going great, it didn't feel sticky, oily or irritating in any way and so far so good... until I decided to go outside. The weirdest thing happened when I was walking outside. I'm not sure what caused this to happen; it could have been the weather or humidity but I noticed that when I was walking outside that there was a fine film of tiny droplets of what felt like water on my face. So I blotted it off with a Kleenex and thought nothing more if it... until about 5 to 10 minutes later the same happened again. These tiny droplets kept reappearing all throughout the day and I don't know what I could have done to stop it. I don't even know what was in this product to cause this to happen in the first place. All I knew is that I never had this with any other moisturiser I've ever used before. My other Lush moisturiser was too oily and I understood that, so wiping the oil off and waiting until winter to try it again seemed the sensible solution to the celestial moisturiser... but this one has me puzzled and really not knowing what I'll do about it. Perhaps it just wasn't to be and the girl at Lush couldn't tell me why this was happening as she said it has never happened to her or anyone else she knows who uses it... oh well. If the boys get on with this one I'll just leave it for them to use because I don't think this film of droplets on my face is a good look for me.
I am all for sweet scents so when I was on the lookout for something sweet yet original, I think I've found the perfect new scent to ad to my growing perfume collection. One of the kind sales men at Debenhams suggested I try this one out as I was telling him how I love sweet and floral scents. I love the smell of roses and of vanilla, so he told me that both those notes were used in this perfume. I had to try it right away and instantly fell in love with this perfume. It's one of the more expensive perfumes available but I don't mind as it's just so beautiful, elegant looking and the fragrance is unlike any other I've tried. It's fresh, delicate and sweet, it's just so me! I bought it in a gift set which contained a 50ml eau de partum and a perfumed body lotion ( I think that one is also 50 ml as it's the same size as the perfume bottle). I am so happy with my purchase, this is one of the more expensive perfumes I've bought but I love it so much! It's so elegant and has such a wonderful romantic and sweet scent to it. (I feel more posh wearing this LOL). I've had many compliments on this and I think the scent is quite unique and distinctive. I like the body lotion I got with my gift set as it helps to layer the scent, making it last even longer though I don't have any trouble with it's staying power. Unlike some of the other perfumes I own, I don't need to reapply this. I also love the packaging, it's so simple and classy looking... I will definitely be buying this again once I run out! I paid £52 for the gift set. The smaller bottle of 30ml on it's own was something like £38 so I figured I might as well get the bigger one with a matching body lotion. I highly recommend this perfume to women who love soft and romantic scents. This is especially suited to those who like sweet scents, it's just so warming and luxurious... Definitely a must for me!
These Radox shower smoothies are available from supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and cost between 2 to 3 pounds each but I got mine for £1.60 as there was an offer on... I think they took a third off the price. I've seen these in 5 different varieties and the one that I liked the most was this one as it smelt nice and sweet when I smelt them all quickly in store. I love the sweet honey scent this one has, it's like a dessert so couldn't wait to try this on my skin. This smoothie is a creamy yellow colour and there's honey, yoghurt and tiny soft almond bits in there. I did notice these almond bits when I poured some of the shower smoothie on my hand but they're so sparse and few that it doesn't feel scratchy or anything, I think they're hardly noticeable so doubt they're there for exfoliating purposes... not too sure what they're there for but they don't bother me so that's ok. This shower smoothie feels unlike any shower or bath gel/ soap/ foam I've ever used before. This one in particular is very rich, creamy and almost sticky feeling (but not in a horrible way) when it's concentrated and not rubbed in yet. I think this one is more suitable for people with dryer skins like myself as my boyfriend who has oily skin isn't too fond of this one (more for me LOL). It smoothes onto the skin beautifully, it feels so rich, nourishing and moisturising and the smell is just divine! It lathers up nicely and makes you feel clean yet nourisehed and hydrated, so I don't feel the need to cover myself in loads of moisturiser (if any at all) afterwards. As this product is quite thick and creamy, I find that you don't need loads to achieve the clean, moisturised feeling you're looking to get from this. (Sometimes I feel like I need multiple uses or just more product from other shower gels as one layer or a little amount doesn't seem to cleanse my skin properly.) The scent of this lingers on my skin for ages, my skin is left feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. This smoothie is even better than what I'd expected and I will definitely be repurchasing this. I just love the sweet scent this has, it's so comforting and goes beautifully with my favourite vanilla based perfume.
I came across this fragrance purely by accident on one of my trips to my nearest Debenhams. They had this one on sale for only £10.27 and after having smelt it, I simply couldn't pass up this awesome bargain! I decided to look this up after I purchased it and found out that is this a very new fragrance and was released by Escada for the summer just gone. I guess the reason why they've decided to sell it so cheap is because summer is over and it must have been a limited edition product. It has a wonderful fresh and sweet berry scent and I fell in love with it straight away. It's such a nice summery fragrance (but try and stop me wearing this in winter!) it smells perfect for daytime but also for evenings and going out. The only other Escada perfume I own is also a limited edition and called sunset heat. That one is also very fruity and smells of peaches. What these two fragrances have in common is that they're both very sweet and fruity. The packaging is also very fresh and young looking, just like the scent. It comes in a clear curvy bottle and there's a gradient of pink to red for two thirds of the bottle. The size is got is 30ml so small enough to take in my bag for when I want to reapply when out and about. I find that the scent stays on my skin for ages and doesn't fade for hours. I love the sweet berry scent of this fragrance and will definitely be wearing this many times. Unfortunately I might not get to repurchase in future if I so wish as it looks like one of their limited edition items. So if you like sweet fruity scents, do check this out if you still can!
I've been intrigued by this fragrance for years (it came out in 2006) but I've never really bothered to try it as the samples in magazines didn't really make it smell very special to me... However, when I tried this on my skin a few days ago, I like how sweet yet fresh and soft it smelt. I could detect hints of vanilla in it and at the moment, I'm all for vanilla scents. It's a nice mixture of fruity and floral scents and I love wearing this for the day or night. (I'm not a fan of heavy scents for night time because I get quite bad headaches from strong perfume.) The notes used in this fragrance are: Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Musk, Chiffon Vanilla. The bottle is a cute heart shape and the liquid inside is a lilac colour. The cap is a little gold coloured crown with lilac rhinestones in it and the spray cap inside is also a gold colour. I bought the 50ml bottle and mine came in a gift set with a scented gold/ cream coloured powder. I like wearing them both to layer the fragrance and make the scent last longer. I love how adorable the bottle looks, it's just a lovely shape and colour and looks so pretty on my vanity. I've already had some compliments on how nice this smells so I'm very pleased with my purchase. I find that I don't need to spray on that much and it doesn't tend to fade too quickly which is good. I would definitely recommend this to girls who like light/ fruity/ floral scents and who can resist the awesome and cute packaging? Definitely worth trying out on your skin to see what it's like and how it reacts with your body chemistry. I paid £35 for a gift set with a 50ml bottle and a scented powder.
Illamasqua lipsticks come in 47 different shades and they have different finishes and colour intensities. These lipsticks sell for £14 each and I would recommend you try them in stores first before purchasing as the colours online can be a bit deceiving and you don't know what feel you're going to get... For example, I was interested in getting the gold shade one and it looked quite nice but when I tried it on my lips it was so drying due to the crazy high pigmentation in the product, even putting a lip gloss over the top didn't help to moisten the lips and relieve that dry, cracking feeling. Whilst most shades are pretty and all are highly pigmented, you would need to try them out before you buy as you might not like how opaque, drying or more sheer they appear than you anticipated. I'm quite lucky as I've got an Illamasqua counter nearby and can always try before I buy but for those who haven't, the colours on the website aren't that accurate and you can't really see the texture of the products. I've had many disappointments with regards to colours I've chosen online, then finding out in store that they look nothing like the swatch I've seen. I was after a bright, vibrant red colour one day and when I went to try the colour in the shop it was actually a neon orange. Same with one of the purples I wanted to try, it was a funny sheer pinky/ magenta colour. The lipsticks I have bought however, have been great. I love how opaque and intense they apply, yet stay soft and non-drying on the lips. I also find that the colour lasts for ages and I don't need to constantly re-apply. Even the darker and brighter colours don't fade on me and I can go hours (about 4 to 6) when I'm out shopping for instance and I don't need to touch up at all. However, with all lipsticks they will come off when you eat and drink so that's to be expected. If you wear it out and don't want to worry about your lipstick fading, feathering or bleeding however, I do recommend these. They also look pretty with a lip liner underneath and depending on what colour you put on, can change the colour and even texture of the lipstick. I've found that with some colours like the silver one, you could even use it as a liner on the eye area. ( I wouldn't recommend going as far as the waterline though but it seems to stay put around the eye). These lipsticks are great for everyday but also for high definition filming and photography. They make great editorial make up as well as they're so highly pigmented and many of the colours are matte, which you can then add a gloss, frost or sparkle to if you so wish. I do recommend these lipsticks to make up artists or anyone who loves quite high-end brands and intense colours, these are definitely worth trying out for yourself.
I used to use this product as my main foundation when I was on a budget and find that it is one of the better matte finish foundations you can get for about £5 or £6. They are available at most drug stores and even supermarkets and they usually carry a wide range in different shades. The drug stores usually have some sample pots that you can try out but I've found that in most cases these aren't too easy to try as the samples have usually dried up as they're displayed without a lid on them. So I would suggest not leaving this product open as it has a creamy/ mousse consistency and the air would just let all the moisture evaporate. These foundations come in round glass pots with plastic lids that come in the colour of the foundation you have chosen. I find this quite handy as you can see which shade you're picking up if you have multiple dream matte mousse or dream bronzer pots in your makeup bag. The texture of the foundation is nice and fluffy and I find that applying this with my fingers gives me the best result. Some foundations apply nicer with a brush or sponge but I don't find this the case for this one. It's quite a handy "on the go" foundation as you only need the one pot and you would be fine bringing just that. One thing I would say however, whilst it does give a nice matte finish to the skin, I wouldn't recommend this to people with dry skin like me because it tends to dry out the skin a bit more and emphasises dry skin patches. Other people with normal/ combination skin do like this and say they'll definitely be buying this product again. I found that the staying power of this foundation is quite good and it does last for quite some time (about 6 hours) but it will rub off on clothes. I would recommend this as a good budget foundation as it does give a nice even matte finish to the skin and the other products in the dream mousse range are also worth checking out.
These dream mousse bronzers come in 3 different shades (or so I've seen in shop displays). I got the medium one as the light one didn't really show up on me. These cost around about £5 or £6 each but they often have deals on at Boots or Superdrug and I got mine as part of a 3 for 2 offer. They come in clear round class pots with a plastic lid on them in the same shade as the product inside. This bronzer comes in a mousse consistency just like the foundation and other products in the dream mousse range. I like the feel of the mousse when I touch it with my fingers as it feels so fluffy and it comes off lightly, not causing too much product to be wasted and you can just build the colour up as much as you require. I find that applying this with my fingers is best as I've tried with sponges and brushes but don't get on with them quite as well as just using my fingers to blend it into my skin. It goes on quite smoothly and feels light on the skin, I sometimes suffer from dry patches on my face, especially in winter and one downside to this product is that it dries the skin a bit and emphasises the dry bits on my face. This product does give a nice colour with buildable colour intensity and has just the slightest hint of a shimmer but it's not too noticeable when it's on the face. I personally wouldn't be buying again as my skin is just too dry for this product (or the other products in the dream mousse range by Maybelline) so I prefer using powder or cream bronzers that don't act as a mattifying product which dries out my already very dry skin. I would recommend this for people with normal, combination and even oilier skin as my sister has oily skin but really gets on with this product.