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I recently decided to fly with Ryanair to Rome for a few days for a concert I wanted to attend and needed a basic cheap and cheerful flight.
I hadn't flown with Ryanair before and was a bit dubious about flying as I had only ever heard bad things about them in the press I.e having to pay £1 to use the toilet, bad customer service and such like.
Whilst browsing for cheap flights, I came across a few Ryanair flights that were priced at £60 return, I didn't think that was too bad considering where I was flying to and expected it to be a lot higher than it was.
I went to book these flights and the price soon started to increase. It was £50 to add on a 20kg bag (£25 for each flight there and back) which I had to pay as I was going for a few days and couldn't fit it all in hand luggage. I then had to pay an extra £5 each way to guarantee a seat with my friend, this wasn't a necessity but I preferred to pay to be sure. In total the flight with vat etc cost me £120 which to me was reasonable.
When it came to check in (east midlands airport), the staff were friendly, the flight was on time and easy to access, it was just a short walk from the terminal.
The plane itself was pretty small, it had 3 seats each side which was divided by a walkway for people to get in and out. the seats were ok, but not particularly comfy and the leg room was none existent, my legs pretty much touched the person in fronts chair and I wouldn't say i'm particularly tall (168cm). A couple more centimetres and it would have been a little better but the flight was less than 3 hours long so I dealt with it. I just feel for the taller cliental.
There was no radio or tv to watch on the flight, not even a communal one so I just had the music on my phone and that was it and a standard 'inflight' magazine which was pretty rubbish if I am honest.
I did use the toilet once, mainly just to see if I had to pay (haha) and I didn't! Win!
Food was available to purchase but at the standard rip off prices (about £7 for a sandwich) and drinks were also available at a high cost.
Overall I can't complain much because it literally was the cheapest flight, ran on time and got me there. I am flying with them again to Poland in April for the same reasons.
Okay, so I bought this Nokia Lumia 635 on a whim as I smashed my old phone up (don't ask) and needed a new one as soon as possible. I went to the Carphone warehouse as I knew they sold a variety and picked up this phone for £99
The first thing that attracted me to the phone was the colour, I have it in bright green and I believe orange was the alternative colour but it looked good, and different and stood out which meant I couldn't lose it in my bag a much (in theory haha).
The phone cost me £99 on PAYG and I had to top up £10 to O2 to activate it which was fine, pop it on charge for a bit and off we go.
The phone itself is simple to use, it has the 'windows' layout which I like as I like to personalise my phone and move the apps wherever etc and have my photos on show on the live tiles etc. These are easy to personalise with a quick play around and is why I prefer Nokia to other well known phone companies.
The camera is 5MP rear facing which is okay, but not great quality and doesn't have a flash or anything so if you want a decent camera, don't buy this phone! The photos tend to come out a bit grainy and dark. The annoying thing is that the phone doesn't have a camera on the front as taking selfies is very hard when you don't have one haha.
The phone comes with an app store which you can get basic apps such as the ones I used (facebook, twitter, instagram etc) but if you like your games, good look finding any as its nowhere near as good as apple or androids app store. I am not too bothered by this as i don't really use many apps, it has the ones I do like and i'm happy. People do try to make alternatives to the popular app store games on other app stores, but they're not as good generally and tend to crash a lot.
The speaker on the phone is quite good however it doesnt actually come with headphones, but I used Apple headphones and the quality of music is great, no complants there.
In reguards to general use such as calling people and texting, the phone does all this fine, has spellcheck etc and touch technology for those who prefer to use that. It calls people, it lets me text and thats all I care about really.
If you are looking for a no thrills cheap smartphone, this phone will be okay for you, however if you are after high quality, go for a higher end Nokia or perhaps a different manufacturer altogether.
I use a lot of lip products and one of my current favourites are the Nivea lip butters. I have seen them in shops like Boots etc before but never really paid much attention until I saw a review on youtube for them and they seemed really good so I thought I would try one.
The one I have in my hands right now came from Boots and cost me £2.20 for a 16.7g tin, not too bad but cheaper lip balms are available.
It is a similar style to that of the Vaseline tins, but a bit thinner which in turn can make it a little hard to grip and open. Id say its probably about a centimetre tall at most.
The tin itself does look good though and shows a picture of the fruit on the front so its easy to see which flavours there are available. I picked up the Raspberry flavour as I love raspberries and thought it would be nice.
The smell when I opened the tin for the first time was amazing, not artificial like the other brands, it just smelt gorgeous (and still does), when applied on the lips the scent lingers for quite a while which is lovely. I will warn you though, if you don't like sweet scents, maybe a different flavour would suit better.
To apply, all you need to do is open the tin and swirl your finger around and then apply to the lips. The lip butter itself is quite thick and creamy and very nice to feel on the lips. It feels very moisturising and works wonders, I love it. It relieves dry skin almost instantaneously and is very addictive so I am always applying it.
A variety of scents are available depending on what you like. I know that there is a blueberry one which smells amazing too and thats next on my list once this runs out/ I lose it.
For the price I feel it is a good product and would definitely repurchase and recommend.
I am the sort of person who always needs lip balm everyday as my lips get so chapped its unbelievable, therefore I always carry at least one on my person at all times.
I have used a variety of different brands but one of my personal favourites is the vaseline lip therapy tins.
I like these because they are cheap, small to carry and last a long time.
Each tin is 20g and is priced between £1-£2 depending on the store. They have a variety of different 'flavours' as it were; including normal Vaseline (no colour, no scent) , a rose smelling one which I personally am not keen on, but looks pretty. My personal favourite and one which I have repurchased the most is the coco butter scent! I love the smell and is so addictive, I put it on all the time! Many more flavours are available but vary from store to store.
I find that the tins are strong and sturdy so it doesn't matter if you just throw it into your bag like I do as the product will never escape. However I do sometimes struggle to open the tin due to how tight it is, but the more the product is used, it loosens up a bit so its bearable.
The product itself lasts for absolutely ages, to use it all you need to do is take off the lid and use your finger to swirl round the tin and simply apply to your lips. The only problem with this is that sometimes it can leave your fingers feeling a bit greasy afterwards, but I like to rub the excess from my finger onto my hands as i have a burn scar there and it tends to help make that less visible (two jobs in one woo).
Chances are, you will more than likely lose the tin before you actually run out of product, therefore good value for money!
I would recommend this for people with dry or sore lips or for anyone who just wants to add a bit of shine to their lips without wanting the stickiness that you get from using lipgloss.
We have recently started to shop more at Aldi due to the cheap prices and good quality meats etc and during a recent visit decided to stock up on our condiments. This Bramwells brown sauce was one that we picked up on this particular visit.
We don't use brown sauce a lot but for the cheap price of 89p in our local store we decided to give it a go.
The packaging is pretty basic. Its a clear plastic bottle with a white lid att he bottom for easy dispensing. The label is blue and says what it is and for some reason has a picture of what looks to me the London eye on it.
The bottle holds 455g of sauce and has all the nutritional information on the back should it be required.
The smell of this product is pretty vinegary and is a bit off putting at first, however we decided to give it a go anyway, no harm right? It is easy to squeeze out which is always a plus but this may be due to the fact that is a lot more runny compared to other brands, it does slide around the plate a lot.
The taste of the sauce is ok, its a bit strong with the taste of vinegar but not completely rancid either. Its definitely not as good as HP or other named brands, but for the price it is tolerable. It does go well on corned beef hash, which is the reason why we brought it in the first place but I am not sure if i will repurchase it, I think id rather spend a little more and get a better quality sauce. Its a shame really because the tomato ketchup is really good.
Overall, i feel that if you are not fussy with brands, at least give it a go due to the price. We will still use it till it runs out as were not ones to waste it however I do feel its not for us.
Over the past couple of months or so I have decided to take up going to Bingo a couple of nights a week with a close friend of mine. I never used to do this but it can be fun and the chance of winning big is all too appealing right?
I have been to a fair few bingo clubs and one that I have most recently visited is Riva Bingo in Newark, Nottinghamshire. This Bingo hall is situated about 15 miles from my house and I don't mind travelling places if its worth it. This is my genuine opinion on this club only, and not others in any other areas.
Lets get started with where it is.
At first it was a little tricky to find, I am not familiar with Newark itself as such having only been a handful of times over the years, and we did get a little bit lost. I had visions of it being a big club that stood out as I passed by but it is in fact part of a small complex building which includes an all you can eat chinese buffet and a family bowling alley. Riva is on the top floor of this complex and opposite a 24 hour Asda (which is where we can park as the bingo hall itself does not have off street parking facilities). As the bingo doesn't have its own car park due to where it is situated, we were told that if we parked in the Asda across the road and paid the £1 parking charge for the evening, we can claim the £1 back from book sales, I thought that this was a nice gesture and made up for it not having its own parking.
The building itself is easy to get round, an escalator is provided up to the top floor and a stairwell is also available for those feeling a little more fit than myself :P . As of yet, I haven't actually seen a lift or anything for disabled people so I can not comment on that thus far.
Once on the top floor, clear signs show which way to go and as you step foot through the double doors you are in Riva itself. The first thing you will see is a reception desk for which you would swipe your membership card or sign up if you are not already a member. This will probably be done by the person on book sales which is opposite the reception desk as there is never anyone on there. Membership is free but only available to over 18s due to it being a place of gambling.
Once signed up, you will then head over to book sales where you can buy the books for your session. prices are clearly marked on signs, and vary from day to day. Electronic packages are also available which I will mention more about later in the review.
Being new to this club I wasn't sure on what order the books were played in however the lady on book sales explained them all to me and even put them in the correct order for us so that we knew we wouldn't be playing the wrong books. You do not have to play every game, you can pick and choose depending on budgets, and the time you require to leave etc.
Once the books are purchased we then decided to go take a seat and take a look around.
What is there to do?
During interval times there is plenty to do. They have a machines area where about 20 various fruit machines are set up ready to steal your money. These vary from 10p a spin machines up to the big jackpot £500 machines. I am too scared to go on these myself as I know how much money they can take, however people did seem to be winning so good on them.
There is an active bar and diner there too which was very reasonable. A pint of lager was priced at £2.60 which was the cheapest I had seen in a while. A pint of coke was also priced at only £1.
There was a variety of food on offer, all priced at £2.50, this included burger and chips, lasagne, cottage pie etc and they are very big portions too, also really tasty which is always good. Last week when we went we got a voucher for £2.50 for any meal and any drink which included, coke, beer and bottles drinks such as WKD which we thought was a very good deal indeed. Free water is also provided for those who don't have a lot of money or fancy something refreshing.
Whilst the intervals are on, they play cash bingo games on the table tops, you do not have to play these but it can be fun and extra chances to win money. These games are usually priced at 50p or £1 a go. The idea is that you mark off the numbers on your board before any other players and you win the prize money. These games can get up to about £75 prize money. However the more money on offer, the more people who play thus less chance of winning!
For the smokers out there, there is a smoking area, however you do need to walk down 2 flights of stairs to get there and is situated to the right of the stage through the fire doors, it was a little tricky to find at first however and isn't very well signed. We also found that people didn't actually walk all the way down the stairs and were just smoking in the building half way down them as they were either cold or didn't really care, this made it very smelly and also illegal surely? The staff didn't seem to notice this or maybe were just ignoring it, but this is one thing I didn't agree on.
During bingo itself, we found it easy to follow and the called explained what games we were playing as we went along. I have only won once so far, but i don't mind as I just enjoy playing really, surely a big win will come once day right???
I have found the callers are very clear and not too fast and the staff quick to help when needed.
A lot of people seem to play the electronic bingo and if you don't know what that is, I shall explain below...
These cost more to play and you play what looks like a mini computer. The idea with these is that instead of playing just one set of paper books, you can play as many as you like but not have the stress of trying to mark them all off yourself. All you do is tap the computer and it marks the numbers off for you. It tells you what numbers you are waiting for, and even tell you when you win by making some annoying musical noise. The thing i don't like about these is that every time someone playing them is waiting for one, it beeps, and this can put you off if playing paper books/ get annoying when they all start going off.
The packages vary each day in price depending on how much the paper books are. However you can chose from bronze (being the smallest package, usually 12 or 18 books) then silver, gold and super gold which is always the most expensive. Worth a try though if you have a few extra pennies.
This is a big factor when going to bingo isn't it? If its rubbish, why bother? Thankfully the times we have been, the prize money has been very good. Usually around £10 for a line, £15 for two lines and anything from £50-£300 for a house. Well worth winning!
It is possible to ring up the club before hand to check prices and estimated prize money should you need to.
Overall I have enjoyed my visits to this club and will continue to keep going and hopefully win more in future visits. If you are in the area, or live within an area that has a Riva, I would recommend giving it a go. Let me know if you have been. For a small club it is friendly and cheap and a good night out.
I am an active lurker when it comes to watching youtube videos online of the latest makeup and cosmetics, I love watching what people buy as if i like the look of it and its available around my area, then I like to go out and try things for myself.
The latest thing i bought from a recommendation was two Revlon 'Lip Butters'. I bought these as the girls on youtube looked great with them on and they seemed good for the price. They are priced at £7.99 each but i bought them on special offer at Boots when they had a 3 for the price of 2 promotion on. I picked two up in the colours I liked the most and then the third item I got was a blush which will be reviewed in a separate review.
The two colours I purchased were; 'Cotton Candy' and 'Sweet tart', I swatched all the colours available on my hands and after a long time pondering which ones to get, I bought them and tried them as soon as I was home.
So what makes them different from your average lip product? Well they contain hydrating mango, shea and a coconut butter formula which help to keep lips hydrated and they are very smooth to apply hence the name lip 'butter'. They keep lips hydrated for a few hours even when reapplying, unlike other lipsticks that can sometimes dry out your lips.
I personally really like the look of these both on and off the lips. On the lips they are semi opaque, so not as bright as they look before you put them on, but i like that as its not over the top and is good for a daytime lip colour or a less in your face lip. They seems to last a good couple of hours before needing to be reapplied, but do transfer quickly onto things such as glasses when having a drink which is annoying.
The packaging of the lip butters is also really nice. the lipstick is in a metal silver tube and covered with a semi see through lid which corresponds to the colour of the stick inside so its easy to decipher whats what.
I do really like these and plan to get more once I have the money to buy some, they would be perfect for summer just to add a pop of colour to the face. I bought them at Boots, but they are also available at Super drug or anywhere that actively stocks Revlon products, and of course online too.
Whilst in Asda casually looking at all their air fresheners, I decided to purchase this as it was known to reduce and get rid of odours. With having an indoor cat, our room with the litter tray in can get a little, shall we say, fragrant? At times. I thought that this would help so decided to buy it at an ok price of £2 to try it.
There were many different scents available, and although i probably shouldn't, I sprayed them all in the shop first to see which ones I preferred. Some were a bit too fruity for me so I ended up with 'Himalayan Heights' which is more of a neutral scent and smelt very clean.
Once home, I immediately sprayed it around and was happy with it at first, until it came as more of a regular thing to do. I noticed the scent of it wasn't as nice as when i first bought it, maybe I had gone off it or simply sprayed it too much, but either way I didn't like it anymore. I noticed that because of the way it sprays (i.e its comes out as mist) it dropped to the floor very quickly and left a wet residue of the sofa and floor which wasn't ideal.
I don't think I would buy this again as it although it did mask the smell, it didn't mask it for very long and I was disappointed. I think I will stick with my Air-wick automatic sprays.
The spray came in a tall 300ml bottle with an easy spray pump that you just press your fingers against. It looks attractive in its ocean blue colour and clearly states what it is on the front. This is available to buy in most supermarkets and shops that stock home accessories and therefore easy to get hold of.
I have never owned a cat before so I have no idea what is good or bad for our little Simba, but through trial and error, we try to give him the best we can afford and more importantly, what he enjoys the most.
When we first got him, he was used to eating Asda's Kitty food and he seemed to like it, both dry and wet food. He didn't have a preference really but then went off it for some reason. We have had him about 5 months now and recently switched his dry food to Go Cat Complete- For indoor cats. I am aware that some people are against keeping a cat indoors but he has known no different and he's happy. We don't let him out mainly because we live on the high street in our town and so many have gone missing or been killed due to the high traffic volume around us.
We bought the Go Cat from our local Sainsbury's, we first tried him on a small box which cost £1.09 for 375g, we felt that we should try him on a small box first to make sure he liked it else we would have wasted it.
The box is easy to find in any supermarket due to its bright yellow cardboard packaging. It has an image of a ginger cat on the front -Just like our Simba, and then says 'GO CAT COMPLETE' in big red letters. Underneath that it says what type of go cat it is, and in this instant its their 'indoor cat' range, and that is green so that all the writing isn't the same as that can sometimes get confusing.
It says the flavour which can be one of two; either Chicken with vegetables or Salmon with Garden greens. We opted for the latter as he has meaty wet food so wanted him to have something fishy. Next to the chosen flavour it says that it is specially formulated for indoor cats which is what enticed us to buy the product in the first place.
Go Cat claim that this special formula will provide prevention against hairball control, litter odour and also weight control. For the short time we have been using this, maybe about 3 weeks max, he hasn't had any hairballs, but then again I don't think he even has yet. His kitty litter tray has seemed a bit less smelly and his weight has stayed the same. This may change overtime however it doesn't state on the box how long these changes take to notice.
On the reverse of the box it has a little bit more information on what it helps to prevent i.e it contains chicory which is known to prevent litter odours and that it apparently has a great taste, I will leave that decision up to Simba thank you!
So what did Simba think?
We got home just in time for his evening feed and opened the box, this was easy to do as it has a flap on the side that you just pull and it can be easily opened and closed without any problems. We then put some into his bowl and he ran straight over to it. He sniffed it for a couple of seconds and then delved in. He seemed to enjoy it and we were happy due to the fact he had gone off his food for a little bit. he was smacking his little lips together when he had finished so it seemed to be a success! We have kept him on it now for 3 weeks and he still seems to be enjoying it, therefore we shall continue to buy it till he is fed up of it.
Once he had finished the small box of this we did go out and get him a larger box which is 950g and cost £2 which I thought was very reasonable.
Although there have been no issues with him being on the indoor Go Cat, I am a little disappointed that there are only two flavours to choose from, I can't help but think he may get bored of alternating between the two.
Go Cat is available in all supermarkets that stock cat food and even my local polish shops sell it, so it should be very easy to find.
Whilst picking up a few beauty items from Super drug I picked up some more cotton pads to help with the removal of my makeup. I usually use either Aldi's own or even pound shop ones for cheapness and to be quite honest with you, I thought they all did the same thing. Boy was I wrong?
Let me begin by saying when I picked them up, it was a spur of the moment decision and i didn't even look at the price which is a bit out of character for me, I just assumed they would be about 50p and that was that. When I left the shop and looked at my receipt, I was shocked to see that they actually cost me £1.69!! Just for some bit of cotton wool. I was not impressed, alas, it was my own fault for not checking the price I guess.
I got them home and decided to use them to remove the makeup on my face so that I would then shower and then prepare for a night out. I opened the pack, pulled one out and was pleasantly surprised. They were really quite thick, soft and durable. They were of an oval shape, therefore i had more space to put makeup remover on and upon skin contact they wiped my makeup away really easily. It was at this point that I realised why they were a bit more expensive and no longer cared as i really liked them.
For £1.69 you get 50 in a pack which works out to be just over 3p per pad, and considering i only use one a day, they will last me almost two months! i can't complain at that really now can I?
They are advertised as 'soft oval cotton wool pads', and that is exactly what they are. I will be buying more of these when I run out for sure and will never go back to the old ones.
I have noticed that they are also good at removing nail polish too. The old pads I used had a tendency to rip when a lot of pressure was applied for getting off stubborn nail polish, but these oval super drug ones stay intact and work wonders. They are also soft enough to use on eyes to remove eye makeup which is another reason why I liked them.
Overall, I would highly recommend spending that little bit extra on these for a more luxurious feel.
I am always on the lookout for new beauty items for various reasons, even when I already have five of the same sort of thing, I still like to try more just to see how they work.
One day in Boots I came across the 'Simple' facial scrub, and decided to give it go as it was reasonably priced compared to other products I have used such as Clinique etc.
The main reason I decided to give it ago was because I suffer a lot from spots and blemishes and seeing as it was advertised as a clear skin treatment I had nothing to lose. It cost me no more than £3 a couple of months back and to me, it was worth the money. Ut also states that it has been clinically proven to help reduce appearance of blackheads and blemishes.
I use it once a day when I go for my daily shower or bath and wet my face first and then apply a small amount onto my fingers and rub into my face. I give it a good scrub to make sure that my skin is even as I seem to get a lot of 'bobbley' bits on my face, especially my nose which makes makeup application a bit uneven and harder to apply. Once it is rubbed in good and proper I rinse my face to make sure it has all been removed and jobs a good'en.
When my face is dry, it feels really soft and suitable for toning.
So what does it look like?
The tube itself is blue and stands up by using the lid as a base, so its upside down and easy to squeeze out of the tube. The tube isnt completely see through but has a nice colour tone to it and looks professional but also very clean looking which I liked. On the front it says 'simple' in big type and then says what it is underneath, so in this case an 'oil balancing, clear skin, face scrub'. It also includes a little bit more information on the back like how to apply and such.
The scrub itself is pale blue and white colour with tiny blue beads which are used to exfoliate the skin, but not big enough to irritate or hurt like some others i have tried- See my review on Lush's Ocean Salt to see what i mean by this. There is a slight smell to it but it is unperfumed, so nothing has been added to it scent wise and therefore is good for people with sensitive skin like myself.
So has it worked for me?
It has definitely helped me even my skin out, however I do still get spots on my face so doesn't completely prevent them I am afraid. However I shall keep searching for the perfect scrub, or even still use this and find a different face wash. its all trial and error at the end of the day.
I recently came across Walkers Sunbite's when they were on offer at a local supermarket. They cost £1 for 6 individual packets and wanting to keep my shopping price low i opted to give them a try. There were a selection of flavours to choose from but I am a chilli fiend and therefore decided to try the sun ripened sweet chilli flavour.
The individual packets are a pinky salmon sort of colour and look a lot different to the stand walkers packets. The walkers logo is in the top left corner, small but visible and the word 'SUNBITES' is displayed across the centre of the packet clearly. There is a photo of the crisps and a couple of chillies underneath this, just in case for some reason you have no idea what a chilli looks like :P They have some wording underneath that says ' Tiny moments of extraordinary pleasure'. Also on the bottom of the packet is nutritional information and for those interested :
All of these are pretty low compared to your average packet of crisps and along with the flavour, this makes me a happy girl!
The crisps themselves look visually different to any that I have come across before. They are 67% wholegrain so have a browny grain look to them, and admittedly i was a bit sceptical on the appearance at first. The crisps are a square shape and have a rippled effect to them.
When I decided to go for it and taste them I was pleasantly surprised, there was a lot of flavour and could definitely taste the sweet chilli. It wasn't over powering or the sort of chilli that stings the taste-buds but it was pleasant and moreish. I have not tried the other flavours as of yet but if they all have as much flavour as these I will be impressed!
Overall I really like these crisps, they don't get boring, or at least not for me anyway and have repurchased them a couple of times. Great for a light snack, or to have in a lunchbox. I would even recommend them as a 'healthier' crisp option for children should they need any.
Give them a go and let me know what you think, or any similar options.
I recently went to my local TK Maxx on the off chance that I may actually find something that I like, which is not very often. I heard that they sell beauty products as well as clothes and therefore when to have a browse through what they had on offer. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw some american brands such as OPI and also things like Urban Decay and then came across a set of 3 'Models Own' nail polish.
I am a proper nail polish addict, I own over 100 different colours and brands and am always willing to try new brands, high end or drugstore. I had heard of models own through a forum that I go on but never seen it sold in my local shops and therefore snapped up this bargain in TK Maxx to give them a go.
I purchased a set of 3 for £6 which is really cheap when compared to their online store where they cost £5 each plus postage. For £2 a piece I was happy and tried them out as soon as i got home.
By far my favourite colour was 'Blue Moon' which is the colour in the photo above. It is a gorgeous shimmery light blue colour. I would describe it as an icy blue. On the nail it can look a bit silver in different lights but this is what I love about it. I have not seen a colour like it before and it instantly became my favourite polish, great for nights out!
The product itself came in a see through box with two other colours, though I don't think this is standard unless you purchase in a gift set. However the container itself is made of a sturdy glass structure and resembles the 'nails inc' design. By this I mean it comes in a cylindrical pot with a plastic white lid that is easy to hold and apply. It has 'Models Own' clearly written on it in big letters, and on the back it has a little information such as where it was made (England) and how much product there is in millilitres, in this case I got a large 14ml size, which is a lot of product when it comes to nail polish. It also ha the website for more information and colours.
My job involves working with a lot of money and counting coins etc on a daily basis, therefore I look for a strong durable nail polish that isn't going to chip easy. I have to say that this colour/brand really surprised me as usually i chip on the first couple of days, however this actually lasted at least 4 days before any chipping at all. There was no need for a top coat at all.
I believe that this brand is very good, well worth paying the extra £2 or so for its durability and gorgeous colour range. I will be buying more of these for sure, maybe off the website though so I can actively choose the colours I want.
First of all, I have no idea why MAC like to call a blatant lipgloss a 'lipglass' alas this is the real name of the product therefore what I will call it. This is a review on them all as a whole and not individual colours..
I first was introduced to MAC when watching youtube beauty videos, people were always mentioning the company and how good their products were so I thought I would go have a looksie for myself. It just happened that my local MAC was in Nottingham and I came across it by accidentally walking past. I thought I'd go in and have a look to see what was on offer.
At first i was overwhelmed by how the shop looked and where everything was, but after a quick browse round I found the lipsticks and lipglasses. They were all neatly displayed on a sort of tiered mini shelf in order of colour and texture. I picked up a few to test on my hands as a swatch to see the colour payoff and I was very impressed. I could have spent hours in there but decided on 2, paid between £11.50 and £13.50 for each one.
The lipglasses are packaged in an elegant black box with MAC written on the side in white writing and has all the weight and information on the box too. The box opens very easily to reveal the product purchased inside.
The lipglasses are about 5 inches in length, though only about 3 inches of that is product (4.8g). They are in a clear tube with a black lid and look very sleek and nice. To open, all that is needed is a couple of twists of the lid and to pull the applicator out and apply.
On the tube it says 'MAC lipglass' in small print and on the bottom of the tube it says the colour, the number, and where it was made etc just so that you know which colour you are using and if you want to repurchase online or something.
The colour purchased can be easily seen through the tube which I like as some colours differ when on the lips.
The application is very easy. It goes on really smooth and sheer (depending on the colour depends on how sheer it is). The one thing I will say though is that they can be pretty sticky which some people don't like, I personally don't mind this as at least i know its still there!
I wouldn't say that these wear off that quickly, they stay on a good couple of hours without needing to be reapplied, however if you are drinking a lot it can wear off faster than it would normally, just like any other lipgloss.
Would I recommend them? Yes, if you can afford it, try one, some of the colours that they sell are beautiful and there is so much choice compared to other brands. If you are not sure which colours suit you, the assistants are always willing to help and advise you on what looks best on you.
MAC is available to buy online, in selected airports and stores, its best to check online where your closest MAC is.
HAHA, no, not in that way, I mean makeup wise of course!
For those not in the know, Urban Decay is a USA company that makes and excels in all types of makeup products. Their most well known being eyeshadows and primers in particular. I found out about this company through watching various youtube videos on makeup and one day came across this eyeshadow palette named 'naked'.
Why is it called that I hear you say. Well, its to do with the colours included in the palette itself, not that someone was naked when they came up with the idea, well maybe they were but I hope not! No, its called naked because all 12 of the shades are natural and nude.
There is a wide variety of natural colours and this is ideal for day to day wear and also to do great smokey eyes at night time. Its very versatile and fantastic to work with.
I purchased this product over a year ago now, so I feel that I have had enough experience with it in order to give my honest opinion and tell you what colours I use the most etc. Lets start off by telling you what each of the colours are:
Virgin - Basically a shimmery white colour/ light beige, great for highlighing/ inner corner use.
Sin- A very light frosty pink colour.
Naked - A matte light brown. great paired up with Buck for an everyday look.
Sidecar- A light shimmery brown.
Buck - A darker matte brown
Half baked- A more golden colour with a lot of shimmer.
Smog- A darker version of smog.
Dark horse- A deep shimmery brown.
Toasted- A deep pink shimmer
Hustle- Shimmery dark brown.
Creep- Shimmery black, great for a dramatic smokey eye.
Gunmetal- Exactly what it says on the tin.
I must say in my honest opinion that I am not too keen on the matte colours, I don't use them very often as I prefer a more dramatic look to my eyes, however being the only two matte shades in the palette, I wouldn't recommend it if you are not looking for shimmery colours.
my favourite combination is 'Toasted' all over the lid, with 'Hustle' as my crease colour, complimented by 'Creep' on the outer corner and finished off with 'Virgin' as the highlight/inner corner. This creates a great smokey eye for nights out and I am often complimented on how they look/ asking me what I am using.
They are by far my most used colours, especially 'toasted' as that looks great even just on the lid on its own, its not too bright, but looks natural too.
With the variety of colours available, so many different combinations can be made, its just a case of experimenting, after all, if it doesn't look right you can always wipe it off and start again.
So what does the palette look like?
Well, it is in a rectangle shape, quite narrow and long. The case is brown and the material is sort of furry, but not like a fur coat, just a slight furry texture if that makes sense? On the top of the palette it has the word 'NAKED' in large golden letters. Mine has worn off a little bit over the year but it can still be seen. I have just put this down to general wear and tear. The lid open up to reveal a good sized rectangular mirror, which is great for use when travelling and touch ups. The lid is held down by magnets, you cannot see these, but it holds the palette together well and stops it from opening when travelling which is great. No one wants splattered eye shadow over their bag right?
The shadows themselves are about 1cm wide and id say 3cm long, so there is a lot of product in each colour. These are all separate which is great and never seem to smudge into each other unlike other palettes I have used.
Underneath the shadows is an Urban Decay brush, this is purple and very soft with Urban Decay clearly written on it. It packs the eye shadow on well, but is only really useful for the lid. If you want to do smokey eyes and such, I would recommend buying some more brushes to aid this. I will say, that not all Naked palettes come with a brush anymore as I think the more recent ones include a double ended eyeliner instead.
The palette itself came in a clear plastic casing to protect it and this also included a mini version of their primer potion, which by the way is amazing! I mean the colours last all day anyway but with the potion it makes the shadows stand out even more and very useful when you are going on a night out etc as we all know how annoying it is when eyes smudge etc.
Where can you get it from?
Basically anywhere that stocks Urban Decay, I know some larger Boots stores have counters, along with places like Debenham's and some Houses of Fraiser. I actually managed to get mine on a Monach flight coming back off holiday, it was sold out everywhere and of all the places, I got one in the middle of the air! This itself shows you how popular it is. However it was knew then and therefore everyone wanted one. I do believe they are almost always in stock now, so you should manage to buy one. Also they have released a knew version now called the 'NAKED 2', I am yet to try this, but f its anything like this one then its a done deal.
Not forgetting though that you can purchase online, using the official website and probably Ebay, however be careful as ebay can get a lot of fakes so please make sure its genuine. I will include a couple of links at the end for purchases.
How much did it cost me?
On the flight, it cost me 25 Euros, however most shops retail it at £25-£35 depending on where you go, yes it sounds expensive but if you were to buy them seperatly it would cost a lot more. Also the amount of use in it is incredible. I have not hit pan on any of the colours yet in over a year, not even in toasted, my favourite colour!
So to summarise, if you are looking for some natural colours that look great and have amazing staying power, check this palette out. Trust me, you'll thank me :)
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/ Urban+Decay+Naked+Palette/151534794,default,pd.html (no space)
Thanks for reading.