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I am definitely one of those people who regard bronzer as an essential in the make-up bag. I regard bronzer has an essential down to the fact that for years I had gone without it and felt like there was something 'missing' and when I did finally get introduced to bronzer I realised how dull my skin had looked before. Even the most palest of people look better with a bit of bronzer, you don't have to go really golden to achieve a nice bronzed look like some.
I really wanted to try the skin glow foundation from Nars and due to the delivery been free if I spent over £50 I decided to try out the 'Laguna' bronzer too, not only just for the free delivery, but I had also been recommended it numerous times from online beauty bloggers on YouTube and various other websites, who claimed it was the best bronzer they had tried out.
I was really excited to try the bronzer out for the first time and didn't know what to expect as bronzers can be very hit and miss- too dark and you can look ridiculous. Too light and there is pretty much no point in applying it.
The Nars bronzer comes in only three shades: Laguna, Casino and irresistiblement. There is a description on each of the bronzer shades on the website. Laguna- Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer. Also on the website it mentions that the Laguna bronzer is the:"Best bronzer for fair to medium skin" 2013 Instyle "Best beauty buys" which is always promising, seeing a product you are about to purchase has a renown award. Irresistiblement is described as- desert glow and finally, casino- A diffused deep brown powder with golden shimmer. I think it is good of Nars to describe the shades of the product, as usually cosmetic brands just name the shades and don't bother with a description. I have always googled the colour of the product and the brand name as well as product name and looked at the images because a lot of people post pictures of themselves wearing the products so you can see them properly on there and get an idea if the shade is ok for your skin tone also YouTube is great for this too.
How does Nars describe this bronzer?
Nars claim that the bronzing Powder creates the ultimate healthy glow. Diffused powders with golden shimmer create an all-over warmth or contour for the face perfect for creating or enhancing the look of tanned skin. Finely milled powders fills in lines and pores for smoother, more even looking complexion. Nars also say that their Iconic shades are ideal for all skin tones and that the bronzer is Natural looking with a subtle shimmer that adds a glow.
Well firstly, from opening the bronzer I was very excited to use it as I loved the colour and could see why so many people had raved about how lovely the shade Laguna is. The application is lovely and the bronzer blends really nicely into the skin giving it a lovely golden glow without looking orange.
There are absolutely no streaks when applying this bronzer; it looks really good and effortless. A little bit of bronzer goes a long way, which makes me like the bronzer more as I know I will definitely get a lot of use out of this for my money.
I literally just load one brush full of the bronzer and sweep it on my t zone area and then I'm done. I don't need to apply anymore bronzer onto my brush as it does go a long way- trust me.
The bronzer is £26, for someone like myself who spends a lot of money on make-up products and genuinely believes that you get what you pay for, it isn't an issue the price and is quite a 'normal' price for me to spend on a bronzer. To some people who don't spend a lot on make-up, they may think the price is steep. But like I said before I do believe that you get what you pay for and I definitely prefer my more expensive make-up products than my cheaper ones due to the look of them on my skin and also they seem to last a hell of a lot longer. I can guarantee this bronzer will last me at least 8 months maybe even a year and I would be using it every day.
Well staying power is always an important aspect to look for in a product- if it doesn't last long then there is no point in buying a product as before you know it, you will have to buy another and another.
Luckily, the Laguna bronzer is fantastic and the longest I have probably worn it is about 12 hours and I have still seen evidence of the bronzer on my face.
The packaging of the bronzer is really nice. It comes in the iconic black packaging that Nars tends to go for with white 'Nars' logo in a compact style case. The mirror is a good size and means you can easily touch up the bronzer on the go.
I love, love, love this bronzer. It is the best bronzer I have used and definitely lived up to the hype. The colour, results and staying power is fantastic and I like the packaging too. Definitely an all rounder!
I am a major beauty junkie. I have tried nearly every beauty product out but one make I had never tried out was Nars, despite trying out most of the other premium beauty brands. I often watch YouTube videos and people always claim that Nars is 'amazing' and one of the best beauty brands out there. My friend who I just came back off my holiday with had the 'Sheer glow' foundation but as she's so fair her skin is pretty much luminous I couldn't try it out.
So I decided to order the Nars sheer glow foundation and a bronzer from the website and try it in my colour. I determined my colour by watching my favourite make-up artists 'pixiwoo' on YouTube. Nick on there wears 'Santé fe' and I always match the same colour as her, so it was fairly easy for me to pick. However, I did check on Google images the shade and various people had posted themselves wearing it (top tip) so I could tell if I was a similar colour.
What does Nars say about the 'sheer glow' foundation?
Nars claims that the foundation is 'glowing' I suppose pretty obvious with the name, and gives a natural finish. They also say that it is a buildable coverage, this is useful as you can wear it more natural in the day and build it up on an evening if you are going out. Nars state that the foundation has skincare benefits, which brightens and leaves skin hydrates, leaving it feeling soft and bright. The foundation is designed for normal and normal to dry skin types. They claim on various occasions that it is hydrating and contains powerful anti-oxidants that protect against damaging free radicals and also has turmeric extract, which improves skins radiance and tone.
Also the foundation is fragrance free, which I particularly look for in a foundation, as I hate foundations that smell, but also they can be quite drying.
Well firstly, I was quite surprised by Nars claiming how hydrating the foundation is, because I don't think it is hydrating enough. I do have dry skin I must admit and I guess someone with normal skin would find this foundation find in terms of hydration but for someone who has dry skin I definitely recommend moisturising before hand, I had to as my skin looked quite flaky without it, not to the point of been extremely noticeable, don't get me wrong, but it was noticeable close up.
Coverage- absolutely buildable, I like a fairly good coverage foundation and I definitely could build on that and cover all my flaws. So as far as coverage goes- I cannot fault.
Glow- I love the glow, it does make your skin look very radiant without been oily (clearly as I needed to wear moisturiser) but this can't always be a bad thing as I liked the fact it didn't feel like It was going to just wipe off my skin.
Staying power- probably one of the long lasting foundations I have, and yes I do think it is down to the fact it is quite matte despite the sheer glow, it lasts all day for hours on end... I'm beginning to wonder if I can really fault this foundation other than maybe not been moisturising enough.
The packaging is lovely; it comes in a clear glass bottle with a black lid and the logo of 'Nars' on the bottle. The fact it is clear, makes it easier to know when it's running low. However, the downside of this packaging is that it doesn't have a pump action lid, which makes it harder to get the product out of the bottle, however, I have found that when I do tip the bottle to get the foundation out of it, it doesn't pour really fast and too much comes out, like my Estee lauder 'double wear', this one comes out nice and slow and doesn't scare the living day lights out of me when it pours out!
The foundation is £30.50 for 30ml. I did think it was extremely expensive when I bought it, but when I realised how little I needed to use (a little definitely goes a long way) I could see that it would probably last me a lot longer than a foundation I'd buy for £20-£25 so all in all it might not end up been the most expensive option.
How do I apply it?
Well as I mentioned before, I watch 'pixiwoo' on YouTube (major fan) and I just watched how Nicki applied it. She used a buffing brush from her sister's range (real techniques sold at most boots stores) so I used the same one and found it amazing to apply the foundation. Buffing brush means I can work it into my skin and build the foundation up. I also recommend if you don't want to apply with a brush using your finger tips, using your finger tips can be a great way of applying foundation as the foundation warms up in your skin and makes the product work a lot better.
Absolutely love this foundation- I am a Nars convert. I definitely can see why there is a big hype with Nars products now, as I really, really love this foundation. I would give the foundation 5/5 if it wasn't for them claiming how hydrating it is for dry skin, if they didn't mention this I would because for someone who has extremely dry skin they might buy it thinking its moisturising enough for their skin, when I don't think it is. However, with moisturiser for my skin it works lovely and I do love the results.
Great work Nars!
The Clinique chubby stick fascinated me when I first saw it on television. The advert came on quite a few times before I decided to go out and purchase one myself. The woman at the local Clinique counter in my boots store is always chatting to me as I have bought a few products from there before so she knows me on first name basis now. I told her that I wanted to try out the chubby stick but I would like her to help me pick a shade first and try it on my lips before I decided to buy it.
The reason for this is my lips are quite dark, in fact most people ask if I already have some kind of lip colouring on my lips because of this. Some people would love to have my lips due to the colouring, but to me... it is a nightmare. I have had to for years put a lighter colour on my lips before putting on any lip colour to cancel it out.
Due to the chubby sticks been quite fairly bold colours, I thought just having the lady try them on my lips might even work as they was bold enough to cover my own lip colour.
The colour the lady tried on my lips was: 'Two ton tomato' originally and then she said she would try another colour on my lips and decide from there which I preferred. The second was ''Pudgy Peony'.
Both colours were very different, in fact 'two ton tomato' is a bright red/orange where as the 'pudgy peony' is a bold pink. I loved them both equally, despite the fact they were so different... so yes I purchased both.
The texture of the chubby stick really surprised me, I have never had such soft lips from using a lip colour, but then I was reminded by the Clinique lady that of course it is a lip colour balm, so it has the same benefits as a lip balm as it is just a lip balm but with colour. This will be perfect for the winter months, as my lips get very chapped when its cold so it means I can use colour in the winter without having to go without due to my lips been so cracked to wear lipstick.
Well the chubby sticks packaging attracted me the most with this particular lip colour product, as it looks like a chubby pencil.
To use the lip balm, you have to remove the lid and then swivel the bottom of the lip balm to the amount you need and then swivel it back so it goes back into the stick.
You do not need a sharpener for this product, despite its pencil like appearance.
The lip balm costs £17, which is fairly normal for a high-end beauty brand product. Also, due to it appearing like a lipstick but having the benefits of a lip balm I would expect this kind of price, as most high end beauty stores sell lipstick around £20-£25. Sometimes even more and this is without the added benefit of having moisturizing properties as good as this chubby stick.
Appearance of lip colour
The chubby stick colour looks amazing on the lips. When the lady was applying the moisturizing chubby stick to my lips I was thinking that it would possibly be too moisturizing to even be such a solid colour on my lips, as you tend to find the matte lip colours are the most bold and solid colours than something that feels so moisturizing. However, I was very surprised that the colour stood out just the same as a lipstick but as I previously stated the benefits of a lip balm too.
The chubby stick is available in 16 shades. This is quite reasonable amount or a lip colour product, as you tend to be able to find the right shade for you with a good selection of shades. Especially in this circumstance as they have offered a good range of colours that are all unique and aim to please everyone.
How often do I need to re apply?
Ah now down to the nitty gritty, ok now as you probably would guess, this chubby stick needs to be applied quite often with it been so moisturizing, anyone who owns various lipsticks in different textures will know that the matte lipsticks tend to stay on much longer than a lip-gloss or a moisturizing lipstick as the moisturizing lipstick slides off much easier. However, it doesn't come off a ridiculous amount, where you will have to apply it every minute of every day. I tend to apply it maybe every 2 hours but I am a perfectionist so this may be a bit excessive to some. It definitely will need applying again after drinks and food but this didn't come as a surprise to me and I don't mind this as I would prefer something this moisturizing that comes off more often than something drying that doesn't, with having such dry lips anyway.
Great product. I will give it 4/5 just for the staying power reasons, however, everything else is great. I love the feel, look and packaging of the chubby stick. Well done Clinique!
I have been using heat protector on my hair ever since I bought my first hair straighteners. With having fine hair, it is important I use it probably more so than most hair types just to my hair breaking so easily compared to thicker hair.
My normal hair routine would be I wash my hair as normal then I dry it a little with my towel (not too much as I'm scared of been too rough as my hair breaks so easily) then I spray this all over my hair trying to focus on the ends of my hair (which split the most) and then I go on to blow dry my hair and curl or straighten it. Even if I were to give my hair a break from straightening it or curling it, I will still spray this on my hair, as most people don't realise how damaging hair drying your hair is. I guess it's probably because we have been doing it for so long and to most it's a necessity to avoid colds etc. but they don't realise how it can affect the hairs condition, I guess some people just think it's the whole styling process that does it.
The heat protector is £4.89 for a 300ml bottle at boots. Which is fairly normal for a heat protector. Remember because you are just doing a few sprays round the hair it does last a long time too. This spray may be cheaper at other stores though like Home bargains that tends to sell most products that little bit cheaper, but that isn't always the case, so please don't fully take my word but it's definitely worth looking!
The heat protector is supposed to protect products up to 230 degrees which is ideal for people using heat tools like hair straighteners as they tend to range around 200-220 so it will likely protect your hair from the tools you normally use.
Also the heat protector contains a UV filter, so even if you don't style your hair normally with hair heating tools, you can just use it to protect it from the sun. It's quite shocking how damaging the sun is to the hair and can really dry it out, so when I'm in a hot country I use this. I even used it in England when we had our sunny spell, which unfortunately seems to have gone now.
The heat protector also aims to tame frizz, I know people who just use this for the sole purpose of taming their frizzy hair and don't even use heat tools so I guess it must be good for frizzy hair.
My hair looks a lot shiner when I use this product too which I didn't actually realise it was supposed to make hair shinier until reading the bottle before writing this review. But I definitely have noticed a difference, which is always an added bonus!
Is my hair breaking less?
Yes, I definitely have noticed I'm lacking a lot more on the split end front- something that was never the case before using this protector and shows the other ones I used maybe wasn't as good as I have always used them. I don't feel as guilty therefore for using heat products. I must admit I use heat products every day on my hair. I dry my hair every other day (as I wash it every other day) and then I straighten or curl my hair every day. So for me having a product like this is a major essential for my hair as my hair would be in an incredibly bad state.
The packaging is quite typical of Tresemme products. Its in a black bottle with a spray nozzle and it explains that it's a 'protect' product and has a small picture of a hair dryer and hair straighteners which clearly explains the purpose of the product, so its easy to spot out when looking for a heat protector.
5/5 I cannot fault the product, protects hair, adds shine and makes me feel less guilty for using heat products on my hair!
A few friends who use have told me Salon shampoos how much their hair condition has changed since using them.
I have always struggled with my hairs condition due to it been so fine it seems to get damaged so much easier from heating products and colouring, it just seemed to break.
I decided back in May of this year to do something about it, so I went to 'super cuts' hair dressers (they have quite a lot of them in the UK) which sell hair products, I don't actually get my hair cut there but I knew that they sold all the salon style products as they keep them near the front of the shop.
When I went in and explained to one of the hairdressers I wanted a shampoo that improved the condition of my hair, she recommended the 'Redken All soft shampoo' to me as it is designed for dry and brittle hair. Something I definitely have! She said to me that my hair was in bad condition (surprise, surprise) and that it may take my hair about 6 weeks to improve in condition when using this shampoo and no other ones.
She also explained to me that the cheaper shampoos that tend to be priced below £10 are really bad for your hair and have bad chemicals in your hair, which can cause your hair to break more.
So did my hair improve after 6 weeks?
I would be lying to you if it did, however, I would say I started to notice major improvement in my hair in July so it took about maybe 8 weeks. But that will be down to the damage my old shampoos did to my hair. Eventually I guess all the build up from these cheap shampoos will have been removed from using this shampoo.
A lot of people have commented on how much healthier my hair looks, it has much more of a shine to it and feels so silky thanks to its ingredients that make it so soft. It definitely lives up the 'all soft' name.
The shampoo was £11 for 300ml. I normally would spend about £2-£3 for a 300ml bottle of shampoo. So at first the price did seem steep. However, I was reassured by the hairdresser that you only need a small amount of this product and also you will find you don't need to wash your hair as often when using it as it restores the condition of your hair. I have found this to actually be accurate, I must admit I did think she was just trying to sell the product by saying that, however, I have still got over half left which is impressive to say I have now had it for 3 months. Previously my cheap shampoo wouldn't last me long and I would easily have to buy a bottle 1-2 a month. So I guess if I have more than half it works out cheaper in the end.
I quite like the packaging of this shampoo, firstly its gold-, which doesn't look tacky, it does actually look really nice and exquisite. Also it has a flip lip which is much more useful been able to squeeze the shampoo out rather than a screw lid which you have to forcefully knock the shampoo out of the bottle - something I loathe.
The writing on the bottle is white which goes nicely with the gold bottle.
On the back of the bottle it mentions it's for dry and brittle hair as well as on the front. It also says that it includes an exclusive ingredient called 'interlock protein network' and 'Keratin enrich complex' with omega 6- argan oil which is supposed to nourish and replenish hairs protein.
I guess these ingredients are an example of maybe why this product is more expensive, as the cheaper products don't tend to have these exclusive ingredients in them. There is more research that tends to be made on the salon products on restoring hairs condition which as a result, I guess means a better product.
1. Only use a small amount- A little goes a long way- plus this product is very moisturising and can weigh the hair down if you use too much.
2. The hair dresser told me to use hot water on my hair before I applied this because apparently its something to do with the cuticles or something opening (I'm sorry I cant remember the exact words she used but she definitely said hot water is beneficial) something I was surprised about as normally they say cold water
3. Use the conditioner with this product, which is also, called 'all soft' which works well with the hair if your hair is very dry. Luckily for me now my hair is so moisturised when using this, I rarely have to condition!
Is it worth spending that bit more?
To be honest, as a student at university, just getting by, I honestly wish the answer was no. But I honestly will never buy cheap shampoos again, the results are miraculous, I honestly wish I had taken a close up photo of my hair and did before and after. I never thought my hair would be so manageable and so easy to style thanks to using this shampoo.
I guess as well, like I said before because you don't have to use a lot of this product it could probably work out cheaper in the long run anyway, it's just the initial buying the product at that cost that seems ridiculous, but I guess when you work it out it probably ends up cheaper.
I have never seen my hair looking so good, I always complained about how easy my hair got split ends and how dry it became, now I rarely get split ends as the condition of my hair from using this product it much healthier and less likely to break. Also, its easy to manage in terms of styling, before my hair got extremely knotty which I guess added to the split ends, now its silky and really soft and I rarely get a knot in my hair. The transformation is truly magnificent.
5/5 without a doubt!!!
I have been a big fan of Estee lauder's products for about 7 years now. I use their double wear foundation and when purchasing one last month I noticed there was a deal on which meant if I bought one foundation and another product I would get a make-up bag full of mini sample luxuries, including an eye shadow palette and some skincare samples. Of course one of these skin care samples was the 'Estee lauder day wear' moisturizer. The sample size was 15ml and to be quite honest even though it looked like a fairly small compact size it actually has a fair amount of product in the tub.
The moisturizer in its official normal size costs £37 for 50ml and can be purchased from Estee Lauder counters in most beauty departments. The cream is available in: normal/combination skin and one for dry skin. I would have been better with the dry skin option as my skin can get pretty dry, however, it wasn't an option when I got the make-up bag so I have the normal/combination cream, I'm guessing they put the normal/combination in all the other bags as my two friends got the same option, unless it's just that store.
I know a lot of people aren't keen on the idea of paraphrasing what the Manufacturer says, but I do think it is pretty interesting to see what they say and comparing it to the review. So According to Estee Lauder, the cream is an advanced moisturizer, which defends against and diminishes the appearance of signs of premature ageing. So for a younger person like myself in my 20's it would be ideal. Estee lauder has Super Anti-Oxidant Complex in it which helps safeguard skin with advanced broad-spectrum sunscreen with their best UVA defence. The cream is supposed to reduces the appearance of first signs of ageing, like dullness and fine, dry lines.
Additionally, The cream has: Vitamins C and E, Eukarion and EGTProtect with Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen in it too.
The cream is quite an unusual colour for a skincare cream I have used, it is a white with a tint of green, it does have a smell of cucumbers which is possibly why Estee lauder made the cream this white/green shade. I wasn't sure how well the cream would work, as it is very light in consistency, compared to my Oilatum moisturizer, which is thick and creamy. What I like about the fact though that it is light, is that it absorbs in the skin so well, so well that you wouldn't feel like you have put a layer sitting on the top of your skin like some moisturizers, but at the same time you feel like your skin is moisturized and smooth thanks to its vitamin e properties.
Due to the moisturizer been light, it is good for applying make-up on top of, with some heavy moisturizers you have the problem of the foundation not blending as well on top of it as it just seems to come off.
The packaging is very exquisite which I didn't expect with a sample. The sample is the same as the original size just the obvious, smaller.
The lid is gold, which is a screw on and off one, I find this a lot easier to use because you can get into the jar and get right to the very end when it runs out, whereas with a squeeze tube you have to squeeze it to get it all out.
The jar clear but also looks in some angles with the light like the tinted green cream, which looks really nice with the gold lid.
All in all, the jar tub looks really attractive and expensive. Which I guess it is quite expensive when paying the full price.
A little does go a logway, so don't be too alarmed by the price, I initially mentioned of £37. You only need a tiny amount and it covers the whole of your face, despite the light consistency.
I'd definitely say for a normal/combination skin type it would be pretty much 10/10 as I can see why a combination skin type would benefit from this as it's not greasy in the slightest but yet does moisturize enough for someone who has slightly dry skin.
For someone with the skin type 'dry' like myself, it doesn't quite do it, but that's not Estee lauders fault, as they do have a dry skin cream which I'm sure will suffice, it's just a matter of having the wrong one for my skin.
Therefore, because I cannot fault this cream and know it would be pretty much ideal for combination, I will have to give it 5 stars. The packaging, the properties and just the overall feel are great.
Once again Estee Lauder hasn't let me down.
I came across the 'Dettol disinfectant spray' at my friend's house when she was cleaning up. I had never seen a disinfectant spray like this before so I was quite fascinated by how it worked.
The reason this product stands out from many other cleaning products is that it comes in an 300ml aerosol can which you are supposed to shake the can before use and hold it 15-20 cm away from the surface and then spray the surface and leave it to dry rather the normal cleaning products where you would wipe the surface down. This cleaning product is very easy to use because of this and doesn't involve any work. It makes cleaning much easier.
The spray can is mainly white with a blue lid and with the Dettol logo on the front. It also says 'kills flu virus' on the front, which will appeal to a lot of people.
The disinfecting spray kills 99.9% of germs in 30 seconds. The germs it is claimed to kill are: Salmonella, E coli, Campylobacter, Athletes foot fungus, Staph and Listeria, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus, Respiratory syncytial virus, Poliovirus type 1, adenovirus type 1 and 2, Hepatitis 2. This list will probably shock some of you that these actually do lurk around your home. You can end up driving yourself insane with it if you think about it too much and end up using this product like a maniac. Which I wouldn't recommend because I do think it is healthy to have some bacteria hanging around the home.
It is recommended to spray in toilets, bins, showers, door handles and so on. I particularly like to use this on the toilet as it means I don't have to use a cloth, which would get full of germs. It is very handy for my bins too. I do really find this product really helpful for those places that will carry tons of bacteria.
The Dettol spray is £3.00 for 300ml. I don't think it is too badly priced, as it is a very affective product.
Would I buy the product again?
Absolutely, I wouldn't use it all the time for cleaning because It isn't going to clean stains or anything like that, but as far as disinfecting surfaces goes as far as I know it works a treat. Its hard to judge a product like this because no one knows if the product is disinfecting the surfaces really but I'm sure if the product claims to do and has been lab tested it must do. It feels much better knowing that the surfaces I use are disinfected when I use them. I even use this on my steering wheel because the amount of bacteria on a steering wheel is unbelievable so I try to do it once a week. It would also be quite useful on keyboards as this is another area, which has tons of harmful bacteria's. I cannot fault this product therefore it deserves 5 stars.
I bought the 'Sanctuary Dual Performance Body Brush' before my holiday last year. I knew exfoliating would help me get a better tan so I decided to try out a body brush rather than my usual method of using exfoliating gloves, as I had heard the body brushes are more effective at removing dead skin cells therefore giving a good base for a tan.
It cost me £12 at boots, which at the time seemed fairly pricey. But I guess I had never bought something like this before as I did just buy exfoliating gloves so I guess it would seem more expensive.
The brush looks really nice and looks like it's a good quality one. The handle is solid and wooden which adds to the quality of the product. It is light so easy to hold and definitely doesn't weigh you down. A product like these needs to be fairly light, as you need to be able to hold it for a while whilst exfoliating. On one side of the brush are bristles and the other side is a massaging side, which is supposed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
I didn't buy the brush for the massaging side, as stated before I just needed something that would exfoliate my skin well.
To touch with your fingers the brush feels soft, however once you use this on your actual skin you can tell why it is a good exfoliator, more so than the gloves because it can be quite rough on the skin. However, don't let this put you off, this is a good sign as you can really tell it's rubbing off the dead skin cells. After brushing the skin it is surprising how soft your skin really feels and looks much better as you have got rid of all the dead skin cells that was just sitting on top of your skin. Ugh sounds awful when I put it like that haha!
Although, I didn't buy the brush for the massaging properties I did actually use it after exfoliating, as my skin did feel a bit sore afterwards from all the brushing, so I massaged it afterwards and it really soothed it. Maybe that is another reason for why there is a massaging side on the brush? Who knows.
How to use
Step 1: Use the bristled side of the brush and use in circular motions , it will boost circulation, getting rid of dead skin cells and smoothing the skin.
Step 2: Now to use the massaging side to massage the fatty issues and improve the look of cellulite and if you like me have quite sore skin after brushing you can massage your skin afterwards to soothe it.
Step 3: Then simply just moisturize the skin with body lotion. Wash the brush after use with warm soapy water and leave to dry.
Cleaning the brush
I recommend cleaning the brush in soapy water. I also recommend once used to let it dry and not keep it on the side of the bath where it will remain damp and grow mold. I know someone who did this and they spotted a bit of mold on it, so now I always make sure my sponges, body brush etc are in a dry area after I have used them in the shower.
Brush v exfoliating gloves
The brush wins hands down. Although my skin is quite sore after usage, its because it really does work the skin at getting rid of the dead cells. Sometimes you have to go through pain for beauty haha. I definitely think it exfoliates skin a million times better than the exfoliating gloves. I can't even see myself ever going back to them. I know the price is much higher than the gloves, but if you take care of the brush and keep it clean after use it will last you a long time anyway and therefore you can really get your moneys worth.
Fantastic brush and even like the massaging side despite not buying it for that reason.
When I purchased the Mark Hill Style and Shine Raw Power Dryer I didn't actually need a hairdryer, it was a matter of seeing it in Boots and liking the look of it that I treated myself to it. As most of you may be aware. The Mark Hill Style and Shine Raw Power Dryer are very attractive and definitely stand out from most of the hairdryers on offer. For a start the Mark Hill Style and Shine Raw Power Dryer comes in several eye catching designs. These include the pink leopard print style, leopard and the Zebra design. I picked the zebra style as I found it the most eyecatching look and I have never really been the type to buy a lot of pink despite been fairly feminine.
The hairdryer is retailed at £59.99 but if you shop around you can usually purchase the hairdryer for around £29.99. this is the current price at boots so if you were to buy it, buy it now whilst it's on offer.
The hairdryer comes in a box and the design of the box depends on what hairdryer you have picked, the hairdryer I have is the zebra style design so therefore the box was a zebra style like the hairdryer. The box is just as eyecatching as the hairdryer, they definitely have designed the hairdryers so well, they look brilliant and it is not often said that the box is as nice as the hairdryer design. There is a picture of mark hill on the box; it is good to put a face to a name. I like it when designers use a picture of themselves on their products. It makes it more personal. The hairdryer comes with a celebrity style hair guide, which contains advice for celebrity hair looks. The book predictably advertises a lot of Mark hills other products by advising you use them when styling the hair. I have found this the case with any 'free hair style guides' that come with a branded product. I guess you cannot blame them for trying!
Well of course it has more than just it's eye catching design. It also has good features too. The hairdryer has Conditioning Ionic technology, AC 2000W., 3 heat and 2 speed settings, Cool shot and 3m cord.
I think it is important to look mainly at how powerful a hairdryer is when you purchase it if you need a hairdryer that dries your hair fast before you go to work. You will find most hairdryers now are 2000w and some maybe more.
The dryer comes with 3 nozzle attachments, which come in handy when styling your hair. There is a Volume nozzle which helps give your locks added volume and lift and then two concentrator nozzles which can be used to straighten and smooth hair. An issue with these nozzles is they can't be used on the highest settings. For someone like me who washes their hair in the morning and needs to dry it fast it isn't ideal because it means I cannot use the highest settings with the nozzles on so it will take me much longer if I want to use them. This means I tend to only be able to use the nozzles when I'm not in a rush.
I was very pleased with the speed of the hairdryer and how hot it gets. I think though the aspect that 'blew' me away was definitely the appearance. Whenever I have friends over and they borrow the hairdryer they always compliment the way it looks. It is too catching not to. I never thought I'd like the look of a hairdryer so much. Because of it's gorgeous appearance it could even make a nice gift for a woman, we all know most women like 'pretty' things so most women would love this as a gift.
The features of this product cannot be forgotten though, they are really good, the fact it comes with 3 nozzles is a godsend to people who love giving their hair a proper salon blow dry. A lot of hairdryers come with just one nozzle so this is great. The speed and heat is very good too and to be quite honest I cannot pick a fault with the hairdryer. It ticks all the boxes and even more thanks to its lovely appearance.
Top hairdryer, great settings, looks fantastic and is a reasonable price (when you get it on offer too)
My ex partners dad is a tradesman and recommended 'Stardrops' to me as he uses it a lot on his jobs when he 'cleans up' after fitting kitchens and bathrooms.
He has used allsorts of products in the past due to his job but one of his favorites will always be 'Stardrops' because of this I had to buy a bottle and try it out.
It is a multi purpose-cleaning product. When you read the bottle you will be very surprised at the many uses for this product. These purposes include:
Makes everything sparkle around your home. Ideal & safe to use on... Baths, Carpets, Melamine, Hand Laundry, Cars, China, Floors, Windows & Doors, Hobs, Sinks, Mirrors, Tiles, Paintwork, Upholstery, Washing up, UPVC, Glassware, Worktops. Not many cleaning products are on the market that you can use for hand laundry and cleaning around the home. It is definitely the most versatile cleaning product I have used.
I tend to just use this product for cleaning the kitchen, sink, hob and bath. I haven't used it for laundry or my car however; I would happily try it out on my car but maybe not on laundry, as I do like them to smell like proper laundry products, nice and fresh.
I bought this product in a 1-litre bottle. My first impressions were not extremely high. I mean to me it looked very plain and didn't stand out much from the other cleaning products on the shelf at the supermarket. It comes in a plastic bottle with a screw lid
The bottle is clear so you can see the colour of the cleaner, which is like an orange kind of colour. The product is usually used diluted however can be used concentrated. I tend to mix it with water. It does have recommendations at the back on how much water to mix it with. The smell isn't too strong; it is fairly fresh which I didn't expect because of the colour and packaging of the product. It almost looks like a product used by tradesmen.
I was surprised at how little my hands dried up after using the product. I do tend to wear gloves when cleaning, however when I'm just cleaning the kitchen hob and worktops I tend to go without unless I'm giving it a thorough clean. My skin didn't dry out as much as normal when using the product. My hands get dry very quickly so this was a huge surprise for me.
I was very happy with the results of this product, much happier than any of the other cleaning products I use in my kitchen cupboard. The product cleans my hob really well even when food gets hard and sticks to it, which can usually be a nightmare to take off and very time consuming. The product was great for getting stains off my carpet and I highly recommend solely for this reason as it removed stains out of my carpet with not much elbow grease at all. The cleaning capabilities are definitely high and I can see why tradesmen like my ex partner's dad tend to opt for this product.
Star drops is great for cleaning glass, I have always found cleaning mirrors a bit of a chore because they can easily streak when you use the wrong products. However, when I used Star drops my mirrors were really squeaky clean. It is also great at giving a high shine on my sink, which once used it looks brand new again. I cannot recommend it enough.
The product is £1.39 for 1 litre at ASDA. However, you can find this product at other stores such as Home bargains, which may be even cheaper. I cannot remember how much it was there and couldn't find the price online but to be quite honest if it isn't cheaper there it is still very reasonably priced at £1.39 for a litre bottle which is usually used diluted so lasts a very long time. It is one of them products you don't have to buy often.
I highly recommend the Star drops multi purpose cleaner.
It seems to clean everything so well, which is very rare with multi purpose cleaners- they tend to be too good to be true. It saves a lot of bottles been stored in your cupboard as you don't need a product for everything you can just get Star drops that covers nearly all the aspects of cleaning around the home and even the car. A little goes a long way thanks to it been a product you can use diluted. So it is fantastic value for money. Not a lot of elbow grease is needed, it is a very effortless product, which is fantastic and saves a lot of time cleaning and a lot more time putting your feet up and watching the television! The product is a great price and definitely is a product I will keep on buying. I love its cleaning capabilities and nothing cleans my mirrors, worktops and bath as well as Star drops! Highly recommended!
I always use Fairy washing up liquid. I have tried other washing up liquids when I have helped wash up at friends homes and found them never as good as the Fairy ones.
I never used the Fairy Pomegranate & Honeysuckle version until recently, when I thought id have a change from my usual lemon scented one.
When I bought it the large bottle was only £2, which is 1.25 liters at ASDA. Which is a bargain, as usually you'd expect to pay over a pound for the original size.
I knew how good Fairy washing liquid was at cleaning my dishes, so there was no surprise at how affective it was at getting grease and so on off my plates.
It is very soapy and leaves the bowl with plenty of bubbles- something I found wasn't the case with the cheaper washing up liquids I have tried.
A little bit of the washing up liquid goes a long way. You only need a tiny bit so a large bottle like the one I have bought will last me a long time. So it is very good value for money.
Fairy Pomegranate & Honeysuckle is part of the aromatic range. Green Apple & Lime Blossom, Tangerine & Gingerflower are also in this range. Fairy state: "Experience freshness at your sink
* Enjoy your favorite scents whilst doing the washing up
* Familiar favorites will help you indulge your sense of smell whilst you clean up". I must admit having a nice scented washing up liquid does make washing up that little bit more enjoyable. As you can enjoy the smell whilst washing the pots. It makes it a tiny bit less of a chore. Only a tiny bit though haha!
The Fairy Pomegranate & Honeysuckle comes in a clear see through bottle. The liquid is red as expected. Because of the liquid been coloured it means that the Fairy bottle doesn't need any added colour thanks to the see through bottle.
The fairy bottle is a flip up lid, which makes it easy to squirt and put in the washing up bowl then a screw off lid.
The washing up liquid doesn't dry out my skin as much as most. However, it would be recommended to wear gloves. I must admit I don't bother unless I have applied Shellac on my nails, as the liquid does tend to chip it.
Have I tried better products?
Although, I do really like this washing up liquid due to the smell and cleaning capabilities. My ultimate favorite washing up liquid is the Fairy platinum washing up liquid. This washing up liquid can sometimes be bought at a similar price if it is on offer and is much more effective at washing up tough stains off pots like grease and food that has stuck to the bottom off pots.
Despite this I do like this product and cannot really knock it, it smells wonderful and does the job so therefore I give this product a 4/5.
I always went to the hairdressers to have my hair coloured. However, unlike most women I absolutely hate going. It feels like a life time waiting around for the colour and having it washed and styled there. To me colouring my hair in the comfort of my own home is much better, been able to watch tv and relax whilst waiting for the colour is something I would much prefer, rather than sit in a hair dressers chair reading old magazines.
So I decided to go online and find out which hair dyes are the best. I noticed the John fredia one from many good reviews on hair and beauty websites. A lot of people said that it was really good. And is a few pounds more expensive than the home hair dye kits in Boots but it's worth the extra pounds the reviewers said as it gives a more salon finish.
The hair dye is £9.99, when normally most hair dye kits are about $4-£6. However, this hair dye is often on sale at £6.66 in the supermarkets and Boots. Every now and again, so its worth buying a few boxes if you find a colour you like.
The hair dye is a foam one. Which to me is the most easiest way to dye hair because after applying on the roots first it is pretty much like shampooing your hair, it is foamy like shampoo and lathers up, so you can massage it into your hair like shampoo. I always do my own hair and have had no trouble what so ever on applying it because its so straight forward thanks to the foam formulae.
The hair dye comes in a box with a tube of colourant, the application bottle, black rubber gloves and conditioner to help maintain the colour. You have to pour the colourant into the applicator bottle. The instructions make it clear that you must not shake the bottle when you do this, all you need to do is tilt the bottle five times. To get the foam out of the bottle you need to press the sides of the bottle and the foam comes out of the nozzle. The foam should be applied to your roots and then work down to the mid lengths and the end of your hair. It is so straight forward to apply to the hair thanks to it been foam. It states to leave the hair dye on the hair for about 25 minutes. Which is fairly quick compared to some hair dyes. The quicker the better in my eyes, it means I can get on with doing other things and not dedicating so much time to doing it. I usually apply the colour then put a shower cap over my hair so I can just sit around watch tv and not worry if it drips onto my cream carpet. However, I could probably go without a shower cap because it doesn't seem to drip anyway. Then I rinse the hair colour out after the 25 minutes and apply the colour conditioner to the hair and keep rinsing it till the water is clear.
The hair dye is such a lovely colour (I used 9N which is a light natural blonde shade). I have used other shades of blondes that are a bit darker in this range and liked them too. But this is definitely my favorite as I prefer my hair a lighter colour as it suits me more. The hair colour looks much more like it's been done at a hair salon than most of the hair dyes I've used previously. It gives really good results and the colour looks so natural even when its light. Some hair dyes can look so bad and look so unnatural whereas this one doesn't give that results. Everyone compliments my hair colour and asks me where I get it done. This is always so nice because I think I spend £10 on having my hair done a month and still get compliments, whereas some people I know spend £50+ and don't get the results this colour gives,
The website has tons of information on there about shades, reviews and so on. Also if you look on google and choose the colour you think would suit you, you can google the name of it and see what other people think of it and the results it gave them. It gives me a good indication whether the colour will look good or not.
The conditioner that is given with the hair dye, isn't one of the best. I have used Nice n easy hair dye before and found their conditioner much better. I tend to not really use it now and because of its size I just take it with me when I stop at peoples houses now because although its not amazing its still fairly usable and the size makes it handy to travel with. I tend to use hair colour conditioners despite this just usually what ever is on offer at the time that I have been recommended.
Fantastic hair dye, so easy to apply. The results are great and I definitely will stick to using this product. It's so quick and so straight forward. The hair dye conditioner could do with a slight improvement but I'm not complaining too much as the hair dye is great and most people prefer using different hair colour conditioners than the one given with the hair dye anyway.
On my visit to London in 2011 I decided I wanted some new make-up on my visit to John Lewis. I had used only used one or two of Bobbi brown cosmetic products before but since had heard many make-up bloggers, reviewers mention how great Bobbi brown products are. They completely raved about them. So I decided I'd go to the counter and ask for a little make over and try out their foundation and blusher.
The lady removed my make-up and applied the vitamin make-up base (loved this product) and then applied a foundation stick, something I had never used before and then the Bobbi Brown bliusher. I purchased all three products as I loved the way they worked together. The blusher was my favorite product of them all. It really stood out but in a good way. It defined my cheek bones and gave me a nice splash of colour.
The blusher the make-up artist used was 'Desert rose' this is described on the Bobbi brown site as a 'muted pinky brown' which I think is a good description as it does have tones of pinks and browns.
The other shades available are: Apricot, Almond, Blushed, Brown berry, Cranberry, Desert pink, Desert rose, Nectar, Nude peach, Nude pink, Pale pink, Peony,Pretty pink, Plum, Sand pink, Slopes and Tawny. The Bobbi Brown blusher is available in many department stores including Debenhams and as mentioned before John lewis. As well as online.
The Bobbi Brown blusher gives a matte finish, which I prefer as I do tend to get quite shiny through the day as my skin although it is very dry, it does tend to get shiny through the day. So a matte finish is my preference. It is very long lasting and lasts the whole of the day without needing to top up at lunch.
Bobbi Brown recommends applying the product on the apples of cheeks using a blusher brush, blending up into the hairline, then downwards to soften. Finish with a pop of brighter blush, applied just on the apples of cheeks. For a shimmery glow on cheeks, follow with a Shimmer Brick. I don't use a shimmer brick as I don't have one but it would be nice to see how it looks with one. I think it could look quite nice with a shimmer on a night out.
The Bobbi Brown blusher is £16.20 for 3.7g. Now to the people who don't tend to buy from the 'luxery brands' it may seem a little steap. However, despite buying this blusher back in September 2011. I still have so much of the blusher left. In fact, I would say I have only used a ¼ of the product. Despite the fact I wear it every day and would say I wear a lot of make-up. Now it may be down to the colour as it does stand out in a nice way and this might mean I don't have to use a lot of the product. However, it is still good whatever the reason that it has lasted me so long. I do feel like I have well and truly got my moneys worth and still use the product every day.
The Bobbi brown packaging is fairly basic but not necessarily in a bad way. It comes in a small square shaped blusher. It doesn't include a mirror, which some people would prefer. However, because I carry my bronzer compact with me which has a mirror it isn't necessary and would just be carrying more weight around with me. The blusher has the famous 'Bobbi Brown' logo which is black and always looks so elegant. I really like the size of the blusher, it doesn't take up much room in my hang bag which is a real advantage as I carry a lot of make-up around with me. Typical woman!
I really love this blusher, it lasts a long time, it is nice and compact. It gives gorgeous results and a little goes a long way. I definitely will buy another when I run out, but saying that it will be a very long time as there is no sign of it running out yet!
I have been watching 'Pixiwoo' on YouTube for a few years now and when Samantha chapman mentioned she had brought out some new make-up brushes that would be available in Boots I practically ran to Boots to buy them. I have always listened to their recommendations and thought they were amazing at what they do, so I knew for a fact that Samantha chapman (part of Pixiwoo) wouldn't bring out some rubbish brushes.
The eye brush set is called the 'starter collection', which means the main brushes you need for applying the eye make-up.
On boots it says: '. This Starter kit starts you off with the essential tools for creating eye definition.'
The box that the eye shadow comes in list exactly what eye shadow brushes do what, which is very helpful because some people who buy the set might not have much knowledge of make-up brushes and just know the very basics.
The price of the brush set is £21.99, which for the quality of the brush and the amount of brushes you get, you really cannot go wrong. I would normally have to pay individually around this price for a MAC brush.
On the box it says, "Boost your look with effortlessly enhanced eyes. Eye definition does high definition with my essential starter set: look pixel perfect even in harsh light, ultra plush talon bristles"
The eyebrush collection
The starter collection has five eye brushes, which comes in a black case. This handy case can be made into a stand (the directions of doing this are on a tag on the case. The brushes are made from synthetic talon bristles. When you feel them you can tell they are of excellent quality as they feel so thick and look well cut.
The brushes in the core collection are: a 'Base shadow brush', a 'Deluxe crease brush', an 'Accent brush', a 'Pixel-point eyeliner brush' and a 'Brow brush'. All the brushes have purple handles.
On the box there is a picture of the YouTube famous 'Samantha chapman' on there so you can have an idea of what she looks like. And if you are interested in watching her and her sister Nicki Chapman's videos just search 'Pixiwoo' into YouTube or Google.
On the eye shadow brushes it states the brand: 'Real Techniques' on them.
Eye brush purposes
1. Base shadow brush- Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour.
This brush feels very soft, it is a fairly good size so it can cover the base of the eye more. It is very easy to use as it can be simply used to add a splash of colour or base on to the lid.
This brush has been created specifically for base eye shadows. However, It could be used for adding a splash of colour as stated before. For a base colour I recommend something light. A lot of make-up brands have brought out eye primers or eye shadows that are specifically for a base. I would recommend the lightest colour you have as a base like a nude colour that wont tamper with the rest of the colours you add, unless you want it to.
This eye shadow is good for applying cream base eye shadows as it has thick bristles so it blends the cream nicely.
2. 'Deluxe Crease Brush' - This brush is designed for cream, powder eye shadows and also concealer. I tend to use it for concealer as I find it much easier to apply using a brush. It is very soft like the other brush and is a good size. It makes applying concealer easier because you can blend it in better than using a finger. I always use this brush, because I wear concealer everyday and because it blends the concealer well it makes it look less caked. Despite using the brush for concealer remember that it can be used for eye shadow as well, it is a great multi purpose brush.
3. 'Accent brush'- This brush is designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging according to the 'real techniques' website. It can be used on the lips as well as eyes (another multi purpose brush) I would definitely wash the brush if you were to do this after every use if you are swopping from eyes to lips. I do tend to use this brush to smudge my eye shadow at the end of my eyelids. It smudges my eye shadow in well so the colour I apply at the beginning of the lid and the eye shadow colour I apply at the end blend in well together. It is also good to use as a highlighter brush for highlighting areas such as the brow bone and the starting point of the eyelid. It is a great brush but it isn't in my eyes a necessity in my brush kit, I could quite easily live without it.
4. Pixel point eyeliner brush- "Tappered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application." I personally on't like this brush and wouldn't use it to apply my eyeliner, I find it very difficult to apply my eyeliner with because its quite thick. I usually use gel liner just for my top lid and because I like the eyeliner to be thin there it doesn't really work well because it is too thick for the job.
5. The brow brush- The name gives it an away( for the brows.) Distinctively defines eyebrows. This brush is my least favourite of them all. It is far too thick for me to apply my Benefit brow set. Which is in powder form. I never use this brush because of my eyebrows been too thin to use it, not that there really that thin compared to most peoples. For those people who have thick eyebrows it would be quite a good brush to have but unfortunately for me I would prefer to stick to the free Benefit brow brush instead which is much thinner.
The stand is something that I really liked the idea of, but to be honest I'm not entirely convinced it isn't as good as I thought it would be. The brush case no longer even stands up properly anymore and when it did it seemed fairly pointless really. However it does keep the brushes clean and I would prefer to have one than not because of this. So I'm definitely in between on the case idea. It isn't as good as it's made out but isn't not too bad either.
Great set of eye brushes, good quality and very useful to have. The price is exceptional and the quality is really good. I definitely recommend these brushes and my expectations have well and truly been reached!!! Must have!
I have always used Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser to clean my face. However, to remove my make-up I tend to use facial wipes. I went through a stage of using Johnsons baby wipes as to be honest because I wear make-up every day I go through that many wipes I thought I'd save the money using just baby wipes that are only a pound for 64.
After realizing though how rubbish they are at removing make-up as whenever I cleansed my face afterwards I noticed a lot of make-up on my cloth. I realized if I didn't have time to clean my face with a wet wipe and then wash it with my cleanser I would still have make-up on my face. It's no fault of Johnsons; it's my own fault for using baby wipes for the removal of make-up haha!
Anyway, I purchased proper Johnsons facial wipes because they were on offer for £1.25 for 25 wipes at boots. They are normally £3.29. When you think about it, it can be quite an expensive ordeal if you use them for removing make-up everyday when paying full price.
The facial wipes are called: 'Johnsons Daily Essentials refreshing facial cleansing wipes' The packaging of the wipes is nice and simple but attractive. The wipes come in a nice baby pink packet and mention that the wipes are for 'normal skin' and 'removes even waterproof mascara' which is definitely an advantage as waterproof mascara can be a nightmare to remove with the normal facial cleansing wipes.
The wipes stay moist in the package and are kept this way by been sticked down in the packet like most wet wipes. Due to the wet wipes coming in a pack of 25 it means unlike baby wipes it is less heavy to carry around, as it's pretty compact and handy to carry in a handbag. The wipes are a fairly normal size, enough to remove all of your make-up without going for a second one. Trust me I wear all make-up products! My skin feels very soft after using them and really refreshed like the product promised.
After removing my make-up I then cleansed my skin using muslin cloth and my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, I was very pleased with the results, as there was no evidence of make-up on my white muslin cloth. So clearly very good at picking up make-up if you purchase the wipes for this reason.
I really do like these wipes, but I really don't think I would bring myself to buy them because of the price. If they were always £1.25 I would. But there not, I spend far too much on my actual cosmetic products to want to spend anymore on wet wipes. So one thing I will be stingy on is them. I do think they are fantastic quality and do make my skin feel great but at 13p a wipe it does seem steep when I use them all the time. Looks like I will still be on the look out for some more cleansing wipes.
I will give the product 4/5 simply because I couldn't bring myself to give it three stars because most people probably wouldn't find the wipes to be expensive and its only because of me not willing to fork out on cleansing wipes that I'm complaining! Haha ok I admit it!