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Price and Availability
No7 is Boot's own brand of make up and as far as I am aware it can only be purchased from Boots the Chemist stores or online. This particular mascara has an RRP of £12.95 or 1295 Boots Advantage points. You often get £5 of No7 vouchers when shopping in Boots so I would wait until you do or they have a 3 for 2 offer on. This is one of those rare products that can not be found on eBay so unusually I don't have an eBay price for you this time.
This comes in a standard sized slim mascara tube, the bottom is curved and the lid is fluted. There is a sticker on the lid that has the colour on 'black' and the side says No7 Lash Adapt for buildable volume 7ml.
The back states that this is :
' A smooth glide-on mascara that builds up to 6 coats, clump free, hypo allergenic.'
The tube itself is a gun mental silver colour which is really nice.
It is not very often that any product you buy lives up to it's promises, especially make up. This is becuase they normally promise impossible results like ' makes you look like a super model in just 2 days' etc etc. This doesn't promise much just that it will glide on smoothly and that you can layer it up without clumping. It does all of the above, it is really smooth when you apply t and dries glossy so you can indeed easily apply more layers. Each layer you apply darkens the look and thickens the lashes so it is possible to get that dark OTT false lash effect or stick to subtle. This is a great quality to have in a mascara as it saves you from having to buy more than one mascara and you can experiment with different looks. I find it takes a little longer than most mascaras I have tried so actually putting on the layers can take a while but once it is done it is worth it as it lasts all day and doesn't smudge.
Overall I will give this mascara 4 stars as it is a great versatile mascara that can be used day and night, it is long lasting and feels high quality when you apply it. It loses 1 star for taking too long to apply and being too expensive, I think £10 for a mascara is a bit steep.
Price and Availability
Glimmersticks are made and sold by AVON and can be purchased directly from an AVON rep through the catalog or from the website. The RRP is £6 but they are currently on offer for £3 and can be found on eBay for as little as £1.85 with free P&P
This is a standard black eyeliner tube but it is the twisty type not the pencil type, the mechanism is really smooth and feels well made, I have never had any problems with it. The lid also fits on snugly with a clear click so you know it won't fall off. On the front it says 'glimmerstick eye liner' 'AVON' 'Blackest Black'.
This is the first twisty style eyeliner I have tried in a long time as I never used to get on with them, but this one I really liked. It goes on really smoothly and doesn't drag. The colour I bought is blackest black and it really is dark which is how I like it.
It is also a good thickness, it is not the thinnest so would not be good for precision but is not too thick either so gives a nice obvious but not over the top line. It lasts a reasonably long time and when it does come off it comes off clean and doesn't smudge all over the place giving you panda eyes which I find a lot of pencils do. It also has the added benefit of not needing to be sharpened.
Overall I have to give this 5 stars as there is nothing wrong with it. It lasts long enough, is super dark black, doesn't smudge and comes off when you want it to. Most importantly for me is is cheap and definitely my new favourite eyeliner.
Price and Availability
These used to be available on all Bourjois stands which could be found in larger Boots and Superdrug stores but I think they may have been discontinued now as I can’t find them anymore, I have had mine for ages so that would make sense. The RRP was £9.99 but they can now be found on Amazon for around £3-£4.
The packaging is quite a funky shape, the top and bottom are both eye shaped with the bottom being bigger than the top, the tube is curved in the shape of an eye and twists as it goes up so that the top eye is at a different angle than the bottom eye. It is all white which is a bit boring, with black writing, on the front it says ‘ Mascara 1001 cils 1001 lashes’ ‘Bourjois Paris’ ‘Multiplies the number of lashes’ and the same again in French. On the back it states that the mascara is Ophthalmologically tested and that it has a double helix brush, captures lashes one by one and is an 8ml tube.
The wand is quite skinny which makes it easy to get in the corners well. The double helix shape does seem to coat the lashes well but I find the want itself is very flimsy and bend when you take it in and out of the tube as does the brush. The colour it gives is so subtle it is hardly noticeable which is a shame, I don’t know if this is because it is suitable for sensitive eyes but it just isn't dark enough for my liking. It does last a long time and doesn't smudge but as you can hardly tell I am wearing mascara these facts are pretty redundant.
This mascara was a very big let-down especially as I don’t normally buy expensive brands and £10 for a mascara is expensive to me. I will give it 2 stars as it is long lasting and the fact that it is safe for people with sensitive eyes is good as most make up brands don’t worry about things like this. But for someone who can wear any mascaras, you can get a better result from a £3 mascara so I would steer clear of this one.
Price and Availability
This is made by Maybelline and is still part of their range but is a little harder to get hold of and is only found in the larger stores now that have a bigger Maybelline stand ,but still can be found in Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets. The RRP is £8.99 but it can be picked up online for around £5.99 with free shipping. It comes in 12 shades ranging from Porcelain to Coconut but most stores only stock a few shades. Mine is shade 120 Classic Ivory (as I am rather pale)
These come in a chunky Black tube with a clear lid that you can see the foundation through, the foundation stick has a lighter section in the middle which is the anti-shine core. The Tube has FIT me! In big text down the side, with anti-shine stick underneath it and Maybelline New York on the base. The lid fits on nice and snug so you don’t have to worry about it undoing in your make up back but with it being a stick instead of liquid it would be much less of a disaster if it did open compared to a tube of liquid foundation. On the clear end of the lid there is a sticker which states the shade colour around the top the Shade colour through the middle and the shade colour in a different language across the bottom.
According to the Maybelline Website the anti-shine core is powder but it definitely feels like cream to me but that is irrelevant as its purpose is to eliminate shine and it definitely does that. I often find that if I wear a heavier foundation which stick ones normally are I end up looking pretty greasy after an hour or so, but with this I found my skin stayed nice and matt all day long which makes me think it is less likely to cause spots. It is easy to use and less messy than liquid foundation, I tend to swipe it across my forehead, down the sides of my nose and across my chin then use my fingers to blend it in, obviously this is quite a light amount of foundation to use so if you want more coverage you could apply a lot more than I do. I find this gives a really nice even coverage and covers all my blemishes really well, without feeling heavy like I am caked in make-up. It lasts most of the day which is also really good.
Overall I will give this 5 stars as it overs great coverage, does eliminate shine, lasts a really long time and matches my skin tone well. Also £8.99 is a pretty reasonable price for a foundation so you’re not breaking the bank either.
Price and Availability:
These are made by Maybelline and are available in a wide range of colours, they are stocked in Boots and Superdrug and most supermarkets. The larger stores have a wider range of colours but all stores will have some shades of this lipstick. The RRP is £7.19 but they can be found on eBay and other online retailers for as little as £4 with free P&P depending on the shade, and they are currently on 2 for 2 in boots and buy one get one half price in Superdrug. I personally have a few shades of this range, as they pretty much do every colour you can imagine.
The packaging colour varies depending on what shade you have but the design is the same regardless, they come in a square plastic case which is slightly see-through and a silver twist up lipstick tube. The square piece has no writing on at all and the base has a sticker in the colour of the lipstick with the shade number in big writing and the shade colour in smaller writing underneath and color sensational underneath that. The tube colours are Pink, Red, Purple, Orange and Brown.
There is slight variation in the use of these lipsticks depending on what shade you buy, mainly because some have fine glitter in such as Galactic Mauve and some don’t (most of them don’t). The ones that don’t are really smooth and creamy feeling when you apply them and they do give the feel that they are nourishing and moisturising your lips which is really nice. The Sparkly ones however are actually quite scratchy when you put them on which in disappointing and would be careful not to press to hard with them so you don’t actually scratch your lips. Some of the range are also pearlescent which are really pretty and give a nice shine without being glossy, and obviously the ones with glitter give a shimmery glitter look. The standard ones are matte but as they are so creamy they don’t leave your lips looking dry which is nice but they do still give a nice bold colour which is a combination that’s hard to find. As for as longevity is concerned this also depends on the shade you buy. The standard colours do last a good few hours without the need for reapplication even on a night out, on a standard work day I would say you would get half a day out of them without needing to re-apply. The pearlescent ones don’t last quite so long probably only 2 hours before needing to re-apply while the shimmery ones last ages and ages, the shimmery-ness does finish before the colour but the colour will last a good 6-8 hours which for a standard lipstick is really good, if you can handle the scratchiness.
I had to cut out halve of this review to fit the word limit x
Price and Availability
Rimmel is the UK's leading Make up brand and it's products are available in most supermarkets and chemists. This mascara is one of their core lines and is easy to find on the high-street. The RRP is £7.99 and it comes in black and brown black. They can be found on eBay from £3.45 for brown and £4.20 for black.
The packaging is pretty garish I think they were going for a futuristic type look. It is bright mirrored Lime Green / Yellow colour. The tube is a curved square shape that gets wider as it reahed the cente. In italic writing it says 'Lash accelerator Endless grow lash complex + Fibres Mascara'. I must say that's not very catchy. The lid is black plastic and ends in a flat point like a chisel shape. I personally don't like the packaging.
I own loads of mascaras because I have quite small eyes and short lashes so I am constantly looking for a mascara that will miraculously transform me into Bambi, unfortunately this one failed.
This has a spikey ahrd plastic brush which I don't really like as I get very paranoid about slipping and scratching my face, or eyes. It goes on easily and smoothly the first coat but it is impossible to layer as it drags really badly on the second coat and dries really quickly.
It doesn't appear to make any difference to the appearance of my lashed (except make them black of course). Now I know nothing will ever actually make me look like Bambi but every other mascara I have tried offer some improvement to either the fullness, thickness or length but this gives nothing.
It is long lasting but that's about all I can give it and I really like Rimmel products normally so it's a shame. I don't know how the same brand can make my all time favorite Mascara (Scandaleyes) and then make this.
Overall this was a very disappointing purchase and a waste of £8. If you already have nice long lashes and you just want to darken them then this would be good for you as it is very long lasting but for the rest of us I wouldn't bother.
Kate Moss by Rimmel lipsticks are available from most departments stores, supermarkets and chemists so is very easy to get hold of and is usually in stock with at least a good selection of colours to chose from.
Usually available for £5-6 and has often been seen on offer in boots 3 for 2 deals do good price if you can get it in the deals .
I really liked the packaging which was probably the main reason I bought it . It was simple a Matt black tube with a glossy black inner tube, slanted lid with Kate Moss's signature down the side in a nice contrasting red colour so overall very sexy looking.
I was quite disappointed when putting this lipstick on ad it did not look the same colour on as it did in the tube . I bought a bright red 50s scarlet style colour but when I put it on it looked more pinky purple that red. It was also very dry and Matt looking which made my lips look rough and thinner and would definitely be no good for anyone a bit older .
The lipstick also did not last very well at all, I tried a few times trying to give it as long as possible to dry before drinking anything but even after waiting over half an hour as soon as I sipped my drink the lipstick would come straight off.
Overall I would not recommend this lipstick as it is not long lasting doesn't look good on and isn't true to the tube colour so stay away .
The Sims master suite stuff was the 5th stuff pack released for the Sims 3 and was released in late 2011 so was around 2 and a half years old at the time of writing, and in my opinion is one of the best ones.
The theme of the pack is pure luxury and in concentrates mainly on the bedroom and the bathroom, including indulgent nightwear for your Sims to wear to seduce in the bedroom (not that there clothing effects their interactions at all, but you know they look good).
All in all the pack comes with:
• 10 New Hairstyles (8 female and 2 male)
• 4 Eye Masks (All female)
• 47 Items of clothing (37 female and 10 male)
• 31 Objects
Overall this is another stuff pack that has concentrated heavily on the create a sim with loads of clothes and hairstyles as apposed to build/buy objects, which I guess is the way they have decided to go with this series, and you do get loads of outfits (all nightwear and underwear). It comes with lovely lacy nighties, frilly underwear, funky PJ bottoms, robes and boxers for men, and my personal fave the boyfriend style shirt and panties combo for woman. The problem with the pack is that you don't really get to see much of the content as your Sims don't tend to walk around in their nightwear or underwear all day so it gets a bit lost, also each sim only has one night time outfit and one underwear outfit unless you go to the effort of changing them or buying more outfits, so you don't get to utilize whats on offer in one household and it will take a long while to get any play out of all of it.
What this pack does do well is give you the high tech snazzy looking bathroom set that should have been part of high tech stuff (the first stuff pack released, see my previous reviews), and comes with some gorgeous romantic looking bedroom furniture, including accessories like candles and vases of roses and pretty artwork so you can complete the look. This completeness is something that is missing from a lot of the other stuff pack and is what makes this one better.
So in summary 92 items s an improvement on many of the packs available, what is included is well designed, even if the outfits will take a long time to get any use out of, there should be more objects in the pack and it would have been nice to have items for other rooms of the house, but this is definitely one of the better packs available and one that I enjoyed playing, so I give it a healthy 4*
It has held it's value well and can be picked up from £11-£20 on eBay, £20 being the original RRP so a bit steep for 2+ year old game but anywhere around the £10-£12 mark I think is reasonable.
Price and Availability
I was bought a few Champneys gift sets for Christmas last year and one of them was a Spa Indulgences Distant shores set. In it was a few items including this butter. You can buy this on its own from Boots or Champneys.com at a cost of £10 for 300ml or as part of a body conditioning gift set which is £30.
The packaging is a lovely deep pink / red colour with a gold lid and gold stripe with champneys in white and the rest of the writing in gold and white. The packaging does look very nice and gives the impression of a luxury brand
The butter itself is thick, white and creamy as you would expect from a high quality body butter but it has a bit of a gel like texture as well and takes a little more effort to get out of the tub. It has a really lovely fruity smell which makes you feel really refreshed when you apply it which is great if your applying it in the evening after a long day. It soaks in easily and leaves your skin feeling really pampered.
Ovelall this is a great body butter which gives a lovely pampered feel to the skin, makes the skin feel softer after only a few applications and smells gorgeous, I am giving it 5 stars because there really is nothing wrong with it, the only butter I would recommend over this one is the Righteous butter by Soap and Glory but that is only personal preference
Price and Availability
Soap and glory is only available in Harvey Nichols and Boots in the UK but as there is a Boots in pretty much every town now, they are not to hard to find. This butter comes in a 300ml tub and costs £10.50 in boots, but is often part of three for two offers and also comes in many of the Soap and Glory gift sets which will make it a little cheaper in some cases.
I love the packaging of this butter, if follows the Soap and Glory theme which is pick packaging with big bold writing on it and usually a 50s pin up style lady of some sort on it. This one has a Pin up lady with the writing carefully positioned to hide her chest. The top reads 'Original formula' 'The Righteous Butter' ' Body Butter' on the lid, and 'lost the rubbing feeling why not try The Righteous Butter' on the side. I do like the packaging as it has a feminine feel while still being fun and not to over the top girly.
I love this body butter, it is one of the very few branded products that I will look for in particular, I normally just buy whatever is on offer and try new things all the time. It is really thick and creamy looking in the tub and has the most gorgeous refreshing smell that lasts for ages after applying. I am not sure what the smell is but according to the Soap and Glory website it is their own 'Pink Fragrance'. It applies really easily and soaks in well, even though it is thick. It also doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy which I have found other body butters can do. I use it on my arms and legs mainly as I get dry skin on my knees and elbows and it really does help, it leave my skin feeling silky smooth and when my dry skin plays up I only have to use it for a few days to see improvements.
This is my favourite body butter I have tried and I would 100% recommend it, it may be a little bit more expensive than others but it is totally worth it and as you don't need to use loads it lasts a long time as well, my only problem with it is that having such a large tub is a little unhygienic but you have the same problem with most butters.
Price and Availability
I got this as a Christmas present in a big gift set, but having looked it up it is available in Boots, Champneys.com, Amazon.com and eBay.co.uk. It is £6 at Boots and Champneys.com, £10.50 on Amazon.com and £5.49 on eBay.co.uk. It is currently on offer in Boots as pat of a 3 for 2 promotion on Skincare, Hand and Body, No7, indulgent bathing & Vitamins ( a bit random). It comes in one size which is 75ml.
The Packaging matches the rest of the SPA Treatments range and is slightly frosted plastic with gold details, the lid is gold and so is the writing, there is also a gold panel across the top with Champneys in cut out. It does look like a luxurious product.
The cream is a good consistency, it s thick but not overly so, it sinks into the skin well, but I do find it leaves my hands feeling a little greasy after I have applied it, which is no good if you need to use your hands for a while afterwards, for example to rite or type or do anything precise. The smell is very strong for my liking, it is a floral talc/potpourri type of smell and it can be a bit overwhelming if I am sat writing after applying it (I tend to lean over a lot when writing so my head ends up quite close to my hands), it even makes my eyes water.
It does make my hands look fresher and feel nice and moisturised after I apply it and if I don't end up washing t off they keep feeling nice and nourished for a good few hours after applying it.
This cream has it's pros and cons, it is nice and creamy, applies well, leaves your hands looking good and feeling nourished but it has a greasy residue and the smell is overwhelming so I can only give it 3 stars. For £6 for such a little bottle I really would expect a lot better.
Price and Availability
These are made and sold exclusively by AVON and are priced at £2 but are often on offer, they are currently half price for only £1 each. They come in 3 fragrances at the moment, Invisible protection, Tropical Burst and Light Bloom, and they also do one for men which believe it or not is called Avon on Duty for Men. The one I have is Tropical Burst.
The packaging doesn't look like the photo on here anymore and comes in a more standard looking curved rollerball style. Mine also looks different to the new packaging but the new packaging is simple and white with a band of colour along the bottom signifying what scent it is. Mine has an orange band.
I had never actually smelt this product directly from the bottle before but I did for the sake of this review and it smells really strong, pretty much like tropical washing powder but luckily it is not that strong when you actually put it on. When you apply it the roller ball can scratch a little which is a bit annoying but also not uncommon for all deodorants of this type. The smell is nice and fresh when you put it on and smells clean, it is strong but not over powering. The scent lasts a reasonably long time as well.
But most importantly does it work?
The answer to that is simply Yes, I am lucky in that I don't get particularly smelly from exercise, or sweating due to hot weather but where I do have a problem is stress sweating, now I don't know why but if I get in a stressful situation I sweat quite a bit and it is not pleasant smelling. I work in a book makers and as you can imagine when money is involved tempers often flare causing my adrenaline levels to raise. For that reason I wear this everyday I am working. I put it on at the start of my sift and I don't need to re apply and I always go home smelly fine no matter how stressful the day has been. I have also never had any white marks or staining from this deodorant.
Overall this is a great inexpensive deodorant that really works and doesn't stain your clothes or irritate your skin. I would give this 4.5 stars if I could as it does scratch a bit on applying and the smell could be nicer but these are only nigaly things. As there are no half stars I will have to give it 4.
Price and Availability
Alberto Balsam hair care products are widely available from most supermarkets beauty shops. The Shampoos are usually around the £1 mark depending on what shop you are in, so they are really quite cheap for a shampoo. They come in loads of different varieties and this one is one of the regular ones that is usually available. Pomegranate Scent.
The packaging is quite simple it comes in a cylindrical shaped frosted plastic bottle with a black plastic flip top lid. The plastic is nice and thick so the bottle feels sturdy and it doesn't feel cheap or like it is going to break. The lid clips back in place firmly and I have never had any problems with the flaps breaking or anything like that. They bottle itself is easy to squeeze and the shampoo comes out easily at a good rate. There is a black panel on the front of the bottle with Alberto Balsam written and a picture of some pomegranates. Underneath that it says anti-oxidant pomegranate Shampoo.
The Shampoo itself has a lovely fruit scent obviously of Pomegranates (although I have never smelled a pomegranate so I might be wrong) but it is really fruity so it makes sense. It is a lovely clear pinky colour and looks the part. I don't know why but I prefer clear shampoos to the creamy looking ones I feel like they clean better.
The shampoo lathers up really nicely and I can get it to coat my hair in bubbles before rinsing which is good. It leaves my hair feeling really clean but not dry, I have quite frizzy hair at the moment and this doesn't cause to much frizz which is great as I don't like to use conditioner after every wash and with this one I don't need to.
The scent remains in my hair for a good few hours after washing and even longer if I use the matching conditioner.
Overall I think this is a great shampoo, it lathers well, washes well, doesn't dry out my hair and smells lovely and on top of all that it is only £1 so you can't really go wrong. I think I have tried nearly all of the range and so far I have been really impressed.
Price and Availability
Alberto Balsam hair care products are widely available from most supermarkets beauty shops. The Conditioners are usually around the £1 mark depending on what shop you are in, so they are really quite cheap for a conditioner (The shampoos are also £1). They come in loads of different varieties and this one is one of the regular ones that is usually available. Pomegranate Scent.
The packaging is quite simple and pretty similar to the shampoo bottle. It comes in a cylindrical shaped frosted plastic bottle with a black plastic flip top lid it looks lighter than the shampoo bottle as the liquid it much lighter inside. The plastic is nice and thick so the bottle feels sturdy and it doesn't feel cheap or like it is going to break. The lid clips back in place firmly and I have never had any problems with the flaps breaking or anything like that. They bottle itself is easy to squeeze and although the conditioner is really thick it does come out at a good pace . There is a black panel on the front of the bottle with Alberto Balsam written and a picture of some pomegranates. Underneath that it says anti-oxidant pomegranate Conditioner.
Like the Shampoo the Conditioner has a gorgeous fruity scent to it which I imagine is the pomegranate but is a slightly lighter scent and much creamier smelling if that makes sense. The conditioner itself it really nice and thick and feels silky and creamy in my hand. It is thick enough that I coat my hair with it and leave for 5 minutes if it is feeling in particularly bad condition.
It rinses out reasonably easily although it takes a few minutes but that is normal for most conditioners. It leaves my hair feeling silk soft and light with a lovely fruity scent which can last all day.
Overall this is a great conditioner it is a really good price, leaves your hair feeling silky smooth and light, leaves a lovely smell with you all day and can be used on really damaged hair. What more can you ask for 5*
The main feature of My Pal Scout is that you can personalise him, there is a unit in his tummy which you access via a Velcro pouch on his back, this plugs directly into the headphone jack of your phone, tablet or laptop. The then go to the leapfrog my pal scout website and input your child's name, favourite colour, favourite food and favourite animal. I was really excited about this as I thought it would be really cool that he would say Vincent's name. Unfortunately that is not the case, I tried Vinnie first as that is what we call him, but my Pal Scout didn't know Vinnie, so I tried Vincent but no luck, I even tried Vin and Vince and again My Pal Scout didn't know any of them. I was really disappointed. Luckily you have the option to choose a nickname instead so we chose 'Little Monster' as I often call him that too, and My Pal Scout sings a song where he spells out Vincent which is something. We Chose, Green, Pears and Bumble Bee for Vinnie's favourite things. He is only 6 months old so I don't really know what his favourite colour and Animal are but he has a bee teddy he really likes so we went for Bee.
Scout has three main buttons , one on each paw and an on/off button on the other paw (well it's a stop button really).
The Tennis Ball Button -
The one button is a picture of a purple bouncing tennis ball, this is the best button it is full of little songs and different things that Scout sings to Vinnie, most of them include his nickname which would be really good if it was his name. There is a little song where Scout sings about wanting a pet Bumble bee who is green and eats pears and how he will name him Little Monster, which all makes no sense but is sweet. Scout also often refers to his favourite things being the same as Vinnie's. He also pretends to be different animals which teaches the animal sounds.
The Music Note Button -
The Music Note Button plays music surprisingly. It has a good variety of songs and they are not all your typical baby toy songs there are actually some pretty funky tunes on there.
Moon and Stars Button
This Button plays 5 minutes of bed time music which is a nice feature but as Vinnie has never had music for bed we have never used it for this feature, the volume can be turned up and down as well so this might be helpful for some babies.
This is a great toy and has a lot of good features , it is nice that you can personalise it but we were really disappointed that Vinnie's name wasn't in it.
Had to cut out half this review to fit the rules :/