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So I guess I jumped on the Cider bandwagon a couple of years ago when I started going to festivals full force. I suppose until this point I had kind of assumed I just didn't like them. However, with my first sip of (an apple based) Cider, I was kind of hooked.
So this Kopparberg I'm reviewing is the Mixed Fruit version. They also make apple, pear, strawberry and lime and elderflower and lime versions (which are for the most part equally scrummy). The cider is made in the Swedish town of Kopparberg and is a family-owned business, which I like.
This Cider is pretty much widely available. It comes in bottles, not cans (so not suitable for a lot of festivals, but I'm hoping they'll bring out a canned version!), and in two sizes. They are sold both individually and in multipacks and are stocked in supermarkets, bars and off-licences. I had my first Kopparberg in an Italian restaurant the other week and was chuffed to kind it there.
Kopparberg Mixed Fruits should be illegal!!! It doesn't taste alcoholic, in fact, if it wasn't fizzy I would drink it like juice! The fizz slows you down! It has a very fruit, sweet flavour, but a good-sweet, not a sickly-sweet. The drink holds its fizz well, even if kept open for a little while. I've even tried the drink flat and it's yummy. It has the flavours of a variety of red berries and I wouldn't hesitate at likening it to something like Fizzy Vimto or Ribena!
This is a lovely, easy drinking Cider. The taste reminds me of yummy Saturday afternoons spent in a field with good friends and good music. Highly recommended!
I have a history with Bacardi (in the best way one can possibly have a history with any alcoholic drink!). My great grandma drunk it, my granddad drunk it (it skipped a generation with my mum) and now I drink it. Don't worry, I wasn't hooked on it as a toddler or anything but on my eighteenth birthday the first drink my granddad bought me was a Bacardi and Coke and the love affair commenced.
So maybe my like of the drink is genetic but the taste is genuinely good. I occasionally drink it on its own and, while kicky, I don't think it is particularly sickly and it doesn't give me the post-drink shudder most spirits do.
However, where I believe Bacardi really comes into its own is when mixed with other drinks. Bacardi obviously realised this truth because they have brought out several versions of Bacardi mixed-with-something. The most popular range I guess are Bacardi Breezers which involves the rum mixed with a range of sweet juices, but you can make just as good drinks on your own. Bacardi goes with pretty much anything including Coke (my favourite), lemonade, cranberry and a variety of other drinks. It goes very well in rum-based cocktails and I even once made Bacardi jelly.
Bacardi on-its-own comes in a variety of sizes and prices. It is widely available from bars, pubs, supermarkets and off-licences. Highly recommended!
I remember my parents buying me Bacardi Breezers when i was a teenager as a way of introducing me to alcohol! I wasn't one of those kids who went out and drunk on the street so Breezers were my only drink for quite a while.
These are a rum-based alcopop, and they are a pretty common drink among younger people.
Back when I started, Breezers came in only a couple of flavours: I remember being so excited to try the Watermelon! Nowdays they come in what seems like thousands of flavours including orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apple, grapefruit, lime, blackberry, cranberry, coconut, raspberry, blueberry, mango and probably a whole bunch more that I've missed! I've tried a fair few of the flavours and find them all to be fairly sweet and fruity. I especially like the orange and watermelon flavours (what can I say, I'm a retro girl!). There are none I've tried that I especially don't like, and I don't find them overly sweet at all.
These days, Breezers have their place at the end of my club nights, when I need something slightly more low-alcohol and rehydrating. They are very easy-drinking and go down nicely. They are for sale in pubs, clubs, supermarkets and off-licences. Supermarkets and off-licences have multi-packs and larger bottles for sale. They tend to be very reasonably priced.
Bacardi Breezers are 4% alcohol, although I have heard that the Breezers in Australia and Canada are 5%. They also make a half-sugar range which I avoided for a long time because I felt the taste would be compromised. However, I have recently tried them and they're not actually that bad!
Overall, I think Bacardi Breezers are a very yummy, freshing alcopop. They're definitely my favourite drink in that category. Highly recommended.
I must admit I'm not much of an alcopop drinker. I don't tend to touch them until I'm in a club towards the end of the night. I was the target audience of the Bacardi Breezer craze so alcopops tend to remind me more of my teenage drinking days full of drinks which give you more of a sugar high than a booze high!
I first tried Wkd a few months ago and it was the blue variety I tried. It is meant to have a mixed fruit flavour but to be honest I didn't pick that up (and I wasn't completely out of it at the time!). It is very, very sugary and sweet and doesn't have much of a kick to it. It's not terrible, but it's not great; however, I do realise that maybe taste wasn't the number one thing in their minds when making it. It's not something I would buy to chill out and drink at home but, in a club, it gives you both a sugar and alcohol injection and it is easy drinking.
One good thing about the Wkd is the price. In most clubs you can get it for a couple of pounds at most for a bottle- they tend to do pound specials where I go. The alcohol content is 4.5%, which has been reduced from 5.5% when they first brought it out. It comes in a 275ml bottle, which makes it the same size as the majority of other alcopops on sale. They do sell larger 700ml versions, but these are only available in supermarkets and the like.
Overall Wkd gets a firm 'meh' from me. It's okay, but nothing special; it's alcoholic, but doesn't have the kick I would like. I do feel like my teeth will fall out when I drink it. There are better drinks out there.
I must admit, Champagne is a treat for us. We're a young couple with a new mortgage so luxuries are few and far between. However, my parents manage to treat themselves more often and one of their (and my!) favourite treats is Moet and Chandon Rose.
I am not a big lover of champagne or really dry alohol in general. I will drink original Moet champagne but not with much pleasure. However, I am a rose fan so I thought I'd give Moet's version a shot!
Moet Rose is a blend of three champagne grape varieties with Pinot Noir being the one with the most emphasis. The description claims that the champagne tastes of redcurrents and strawberries; I wouldn't say the taste is as sweet as that but it is certainly borderlining fruity. It is fairly easy drinking and, in my opinion, tastes good. It is not too dry and has a nice tang to it.
I know it's not exactly 'done' but I left the remains of the bottle uncorked in the fridge and it tasted just as yummy without the fizz the next day!
I bought a 750ml bottle for £36 and I'm aware it can cost a lot more and, probably, a bit less. I'm not one for spending a lot on any sort of alcohol but I do think the good taste of this drink merits the treat every now and again. The bottle itself is attracted with sparkly pink foil (very appealing to the girl in me!) and the traditional dark green Moet bottle. It came in an equally attractive pink Moet cardboard box which looked quite pretty next to my wine rack for a while!
The bottle was easily opened- not too tight and not too fizzy when I got in to it!
Overall I'm very impressed with this product and it makes a lovely treat for a special occasion!
If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know that I'm a bit of a fan of these Maybelline Dream Mousse products. I had tried the foundation, blusher and eyeshadow so it was pretty obvious that I had to try the bronzer too!
The bronzer is widely available wherever Maybelline is stocked and I managed to get mine for £6.99. The bronzer comes in three shades: Golden, Copper and Bronze. I am causican but have a naturally tanned skin tone so I bought the copper.
The mousse is typical of the range of products in that it is soft and velvety to the touch. Once on the skin it feels light, fluffy and smooth. I find it only takes one finger 'swipe' to cover each of my cheeks and the coverage lasts for the full day. I don't find that it gets heavy and melty like some can do when you're in a hot club or working out.
The Copper shade looks very natural against my skin. I don't look like an Oompa Lumpa and it isn't obvious that I'm wearing make up. It lies very well on top of my foundation and doesn't feel heavy. The bronzer comes off very easily using makeup remover wipes. I have sensitive skin and, as with all the Maybelline Mousse products, it doesn't react at all to this product.
I think that the bronzer is good value for money. I have had this product for three weeks and used it every few days and it barely looks touched.
I highly recommed this bronzer!
This was the first product in the Maybelline Dream Mousse range that I tried, and I was so impressed that I moved on to try the blusher and the eyeshadow.
I admit, I was a little antsy about the texture of the mousse. I'm weirdly sensitive to textures (one of the many weird things about me! ;) ) and I was worried this would send a shudder through me! However, luckily, it didn't! It feels heavenly, veltvety. It is soft and smooth but still has enough substance to it to be easily spreadable. I find it takes only two or three 'finger-tip fulls' to cover my face. The mousse doesn't feel heavy or cold at all on your face and it blends in very well with the skin.
The Dream Matte Mousse is currently available in 15 shades and I bought the light beige after testing it against my skin in store. It works very nicely with my skin tone and adds a very slight tint to it, but not enough to look heavy or fake. I should probably mention that I have fairly sensitive skin and this product caused no reaction with it.
I managed to get the mousse for £8 and I thought this was very nicely priced for what it was. It lasted me around six weeks of using it maybe every other day which I thought was excellent.
I have been a fan of the Maybelline Mousse products for a while. The foundation was my stock product for a long time (until I discovered Benefit, but that's another story) and when I saw the blush mousse, I just had to try it!
The Mousse comes in a small pot in five different shades: Plum (05), Dolly Pink (01), Mauve (04), Brown (06) and Peach Satin (20). The shade I use the most often in mauve, but I have also tried Plum and Dolly Pink. Each mousse is air-whipped to create a soft texture and it feels gorgeous! It is soft and weirdly wet-but-dry. I hate the feel of powder on my face but, equally, I hate the wet, heavy feel of a liquid foundation; the mousse is the perfect combination!
I find that the colour goes on very well and clings nicely to my cheeks. It stays on through a whole night of dancing and I don't have to reapply! The three mousses I have tried have a small element of 'sparkle' to them and a little glitter running through them that gets picked up on in the light. I find I need only one or two 'fingertips full' to apply adequate colour per cheek.
When on the cheeks the blush is light and not at all intrusive on the skin. I tend to be prone to eczema and have had bad reactions to various products before, and this caused no reaction with my skin. I can wear it all day and (naughtily!) not take it off at night and my skin is none the worse.
Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush is an excellent product and is the only blush I use. It works well for my needs and lasts me a good couple of months. Highly recommended.
I jump through Lip Balms like theres no tomorrow, depending on the mood I'm in, what's on sale and the time of year! I always keep one in my scrub top pocket at work and I think it has become a bit of an OCD to apply it, as my lips are more than often fine! It was through my Lip Balm quest that I discovered Blistex.
I bought the Blistex Condition Lip Balm basically because it was on offer- I got a 4.25g tube for £1 which, in my opinion, isn't a bad price for a brand I've heard of. The balm claims to protect lips from the elements for perfect lip care everyday- a big claim!
The actual balm itself is smooth and soft. It applies to the lips very well, not leaving them feeling sticky or greasy. The concoction contains Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera to soften it. It also contains Jojoba Oil and Camphor for, it claims, perfectly conditioned and gorgeous lips!
If I'm honest, I didn't notice much difference between Blistex and any other cheap-ish lip balm I'd purchased. It didn't stay on my lips very long and I found myself applying it more often than some of my other favourite brands. Admittedly, I didn't develop any problems with my lips, so it may have been doing its job properly but, then again, it's the middle of Summer too (oh, but it does have SPF15 protection).
I probably won't be buying this again; mainly because I know of much better brands. It wasn't a bad lip balm, it just wasn't a great one.
Firstly, I must admit I'm not really a 'nails' girl. My job doesn't let me have long or painted nails so I don't tend to take very good care of them. I'm not one to be thrilled by the possibility of a manicure, I don't own a nail file and I couldn't tell you what a French Manicure looked like. However, my best friend does insist on doing my nails before we go on a night out, and that was the first time I was introduced to Barry M Instant Nail Effects!
The first one I tried was the original black nail effects. The idea is that you paint this varnish over another colour and it dries to a broken, patterned effect over the base colour. The black one pretty much goes with any other colour. I painted my first lot over bright purple and it looked fabulous.
The idea with the product is to first apply your chosen base colour and let it dry. Then youu apply a single coat of the Instant Nail Effects and, as that dries, the pattern appears! It's very easy to apply, even for a complete amature like me! I got lots and lots of comments on the look of my nails and was really impressed with the way they looked.
The Nail Effects stays on very well for a few days afterwards and, anyway, any slight chips only add to the patterning! I had to remove the polish for work a few days later and it came off very easily with some nail varnish remover.
The Barry M Instant Nail Effects comes in four different colours: Black Magic, Pink Fizz, Blue Print and White Frost. They are now available from a lot of high street retailers and I found them on 3 for 2 at Boots. The price is around £3.99 per bottle and I think that this is very reasonable.
I would hgihly recommend this product for a very individual and funky look and, despite not being a nail girl, I already have this product myself!
California Kissin' was the first ever Benefit product I bought and impressed me so much I'm now a little bit of a dedicated follower of the range. I first bought this in Winter when my chapped lips were bothering me so much that I just grabbed the first quality brand lip balm I saw- and it happened to be this one. The assistant at the time advised me it would give me minty fresh breath and a bright smile along with moisturising my lips; I didn't really care about that at the time.
The lip balm comes in a sturdy cardboard box which is a lovely blue, summery colour just like the lip balm itself. It costs £14 for a 12.5 gram tube. The tube itself is squishable and has a screw top. The top of the tube is slanted and soft- making it ideal for putting straight onto the lips.
The balm itself is a blue-green colour with sparkly bits running through it. It is smooth and soft and feels cool to the touch. It spread nicely on the lips and feels tingly and cool. The balm does taste minty- but not irritatingly so, and also not enough that I think it makes a difference to the way my breath smells. The balm gives the lips a nice sheen. I was a little concerned as to the blue colour of the balm, I didn't want to look like I was freezing to death! However, the blue is not intense at all on the lips, it just gives it an interesting sheen.
I wear this everyday and carry it around in my scrub pocket at work. I'm a bit of a compulsive applier; putting on lip balm is almost a nervous twitch for me! However, I don't find myself applying this nearly as much as other products, including some other premium brands. It isn't sparkly enough to be inappropriate for work, but it's just glossy enough to look good for evening-wear on its own. The instructions say it can be worn under lipstick, however I think it's just a little bit too heavy for this.
This is my favourite lip balm and, while it doesn't improve the way your breath smells, it does feel very good and give your lips that teeny bit of shine. Oh, and it helped with my sore, chapped lips too!
The first time I purchased Benetint stain, it was a bit of a punt! I saw it on the shelf while browsing for other products and couldn't help but make an impulse purchase; I'm very glad that I did!
Benetint comes in a quality cardboard box and costs £24.50- which I think is a little expensive for what it is. You get a whole 12.5ml for your money! It comes in a bottle which is a little like a nail polish bottle- the bottom half is glass and see through. The top half is the screw-top lid and also doubles up as the brush applicator.
The actual liquid itself is a gorgeous rose coloured, smooth stain. It is made for staining cheeks and lips, and I have used it on both. When applying it to my cheeks I apply two or three dots to each cheek bone and blend it. To be honest, most of the time, this colour is too strong for my tastes on my cheeks and I would rather wear a powder blush. It does, however, feel lovely and cool and smooth on the cheeks and my sensitive skin had no reaction to the product.
I much prefer to use Benetint on my lips. The sales advisor said I could use it straight on my lips, however I find this comes off far too easily. I must admit I do have a habit of licking it off when I put it on this way, though, it's quite tasty! I find it best to put on a coat of plain lip balm and then put the stain over the top; this way I find it holds better and I'm less tempted to lick it off!!! The colour is rich and glossy. Not a lot of product is required to achieve coverage.
I do think Benetint is expensive for what it is. I find a good quality lipstick or gloss does just as good a job. This isn't to say the product itself is bad; I can just get the same results at almost half the price (even still using Benefit products). I do recommend the product to those who can afford almost thirty pounds on a stain, but I probably won't be buying it again right now; there's other products I'd rather buy first!
I am one of those unfortunate people who, no matter how much sleep I get, still has those horrible dark circles under my eyes. Most days they tend to cover up well enough with a foundation, however there are those short night's sleep which create the super-resistant bags! A lot of the concealers I've used in the past have been too thick and paste-y and melted off my face whenever my body temperaure raised by a teeny amount. I love Benefit products so I thought I'd give their concealer a go.
I purchased the concealer from Benefit's UK website at £19.50. Now, I must admit that, even for Benefit products, I thought this was a little expensive for such a little tub- especially when I'm using it everyday. The Erase Paste actually comes in three different shades- fair, medium and deep. My skin is quite naturally tanned so I chose the medium shade. It comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a little instruction leaflet and an applicator wand.
The instruction leaflet details how to use the product step-by-step. Don't worry, however, using the paste isn't exactly rocket science! The spatula is small and pretty fiddly- I prefer to use the product without it.
The paste is concentrated and thick and I find it comes out of the tub best with warm fingers- I usually warm the tips of mine under a little warm water first. I rub a small amount under each eye and blend in. The paste softens fairly easily and it feels cool and smooth. I don't need very much to achieve good coverage. It doesn't feel heavy and thick compared to other concealers I've tried and it stays in place all day long.
I also use the Paste to cover up any spots or blemishes on my face. I'm one of those lucky people who doesn't breakout very much but when I do they tend to be monsters! I find blotting the Erase Paste on the blemish covers it really well. I do however, find I have to reapply the Erase Paste a few hours later when I use it for this purpose.
I have fairly sensitive skin and find this product, unlike some others I have tried, doesn't irritate my skin at all. Highly recommended, even if it is a little bit pricey.
I must admit, I have become a bit of a Benefit girl in the past few years. I trust their products, they don't react badly with my skin and, for a premium make up brand, I don't think their prices are too bad. They are always well-made and last me a good amount of time.
On a recent visit to the Benefit counter at Boots, the assistant offered me a free make over. She used the usual products, always explaining them to me, and then she applied the sparkly cool High Beam and I fell in love! Needless to say, I bought the product for the first time that day.
Benefit High Beam comes packaged in a pink cardboard box. The actual product itself looks a little bit like a nail polish! There's a glass bottle with a brush applicator which also doubles up as the lid to the bottle. The product weighs seven grams and costs £18.50 (It was around £15 when I first bought it, but I have checked on the website and the price must have increased recently!).
The liquid itself is a sparkly pink with a silky texture. It is very smooth and feels cool to the touch. The sales assistant taught me to apply it to my cheek bones and the bones of my eye brows to accent and highlight them. I tend to apply the High Beam in spots along these sections (after applying foundation and blusher or bronzer) and then blend it in with the tip of my finger. This way it gives a lovely accented glow to the cheeks and eyes. She also explained to me that I could use a thin coat of it all over my complexion to give an overall radiant glow.
This product is supposed to work for all skin tones- there are no different shades. My complexion is naturally slightly tanned and it blends well with my skin; my best friend is very pale and it works just as well with her complexion. I have very sensitive skin and, as with all other Benefit products I have tried, it doesn't react with my skin.
Overall this is an excellent product which is a staple in my make up bag! Highly recommended!
I am a massive fan of the smokey eye look- so much so that it is pretty much all my eyes ever get made up in! And a massive element of the smokey eye look is a smudgey, thick black eye outline. I already use Benefit BadGal mascara so it was a natural next step to buy the Benefit BadGal Eye Pencil!
I bought the pencil for £14 online at Benefit's website, but it is widely available at their concession stands in places like Boots, Selfridges and Debenhams. The pencil comes packaged in a slim cardboard box. It is double-ended- one end is the pencil and the other is a blending tip. The pencil is quite slim, but not so slim that it is difficult to handle.
I wear the eyeline on both eyelids. Initially the eyeliner creates quite a slim line, making it perfect for those who don't like to wear it too heavy. However, after several go-overs, I manage to achieve the thick, smokey look I want! I then use the other end- a soft blender stick- to smudge the eyeliner a little. This smudging gives it a rocky, not-so-perfect sexy look!
The eye liner has 'waterproof' in its name and it definitely lives up to this name!!! It stays put throughout the night, even when my eyeshadow is smudged and dripping, the eye liner is in place! I rarely have to reapply it and, when I do, it's only a small touch up. It is, in fact, so waterproof that it's also its only downfall! I struggle to get the eyeliner off! I use eye maker up remover pads and I have to go through a couple of pads to get it off my eyes properly!
I love this eyeliner for the smokey, sexy look it gives my eyes and I am happy to pay a small premium for this look. Highly recommended!