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I am a an of vaseline for keeping my lips nice and soft throughout the cold winter months. I usually use the pink rose tinted one, however I am really bad for buying those little add on sales that shops put around the tills so when queuing in Boots I spotted this and added it to my basket. It is slightly more expensive than normal vaseline at £2.50 for a tin, but comes in the same size and design pot. The tin opens by twisting and pulling the lid to reveal the slightly pink tinted vaseline inside. Its easy to apply, simpy rub your finger round over the vaseline a couple of time then apply to your lips - simple! The first thing I noticed about this one was the scent - i wasnt too keen on it, maybe its because vaseline doesnt normally smell so maybe they're not too experience in making scented lip balms but to me it just smelt wierd. A very synthetic fruity smell that I just dont find pleasant. The second thing I found dissapointing about this is that it is supposed to subtly tint your lips - and it must be so subtle that it not really there as it didnt tint my lips at all! It does however keep my lips nice and soft and protected - but so does the normal vaseline lip balms which are cheaper - the only extra you get with this one is that it smells funny! Overall I wouldnt recommend it, it does keep your lips nice and soft and protected but it smells funny and doesnt really tint your lips - you may as well go for the normal or rose vaseline products which are 50p cheaper!
Eyeliner is one of those things I rarely leave the house without wearing, its been a staple cosmetic product of mine for years now but I am yet to find a liquid eyeliner that I am very fond of. I tried this one a while back after spending what seemed like ages in Boots looking at the different brands. Im usually a fan of 17 products as they are reasonably priced and quite good quality for what you pay. I bought this one purely because it was quite cheap £3.99 and it had a different style of brush to previous liquid eyeliners I have used so I thought it might help to achieve a nice smooth line easier. The applicator brush on this eyeliner is rather like a fine paintbrush. The first thing I didnt like when trying to apply this was the length o the stick which the brush is on, and the length and style of the brush itself. When im applying liquid eyeliner I like to get close to my eye so I can steady my hand on my cheek a little, but the stick on this one is so long theres no steadying your hand and it feels a lot harder to apply neatly. The brush itself is quite long and despite my hope of finding it easier to get a nice smooth line with a paintbrush style applicator this was not the case. It is much harder to get a nice smooth line with this, and because it is so thin and small I was constantly having to dip it back in the pot and couldnt get a nice smooth line with one sweep. The liquid itself however is quite good, its nice and smooth and not gloopy and doesnt leave a shiny finish once dry (i hate shiny eyeliners). Its staying power was quite good aswell and I didnt need to reapply or touch it up at anypoint throughout the day - but saying this it did take me about 3 times as long to apply it in the first place! Overall its a good liquid eyeliner, but the application brush is just not practical and makes the whole process a lot harder!
I love using facemasks, I normally use a botanics clay mask from Boots but I got this in part of a box set of Strawberry Natural Collection goodies at christmas and I decided to give it a go yesterday. The first thing I am going to say is that I will never use it again! So, the face mask comes in a small pink sachet which you tear open and squeeze the mask out. It smells nice but the consistancy isnt what I expected - its a bit thin and creamy moisturiser like. I proceeded to smooth it onto my face and found that it didnt want to go from my fingers to my face so I had trouble getting it on my face in the first place - I then struggled to wash it off my hands! You are supposed to leave the mask on for up to 5 minutes according to the instructions, however after about 30 seconds my skin started to tingle, a few seconds later it was a horrible burning sensation! I immediately tried to wash it off with water but had the same problem I had trying to get it off my hands - it was just like I had a load of greasy moisuriser all over my face that was water resistant. I ended up wiping the mask off with a towel and then washing my face again afterwards to make sure it was all off. As soon as I got it off my face stopped stinging and burning, and was left looking very shiny, but not feeling particularly soft or clean or cleansed! Overall I wouldnt recomend this face mask at all, infact I would advice everyone to stay well clear of it!
I am new to using eyebrow pencils so I didnt want to splash out and get an expensive one, after searching the cosmetics sections in Boots I decided to get this Rimmel one. It retails for £3 which is a bargain, but it only comes in two shades, luckily one of them matches my hair colour perfectly. The pencil itself is very easy to use, I always keep mine nice and sharp so the strokes look more natural underneath my natural eyebrows rather than just colouring in with block colour. It blends very well with my natural eyebrows and makes them look more defined and fills in any gaps or patches from over zealous plucking very well. It doesnt smudge easily either which is great as I have a bad habbit of smudging my make-up with my hands but this tend to stay put - I also find I dont need to re-apply it throughout the day either so it has very good staying power. On the end of the pencil lid is a little brush - I have to admit I dont really see the benefit of this and my eyebrows are quite brushy and unruly - but it does the same trick as just smothing it with your finger. Overall I am very happy with this, especially for the £3 price tag! I see no reason to ever buy a more expensive eyebrow pencil as I can pick no faults with this one! I would definitely recommend it!
I love trying out new hair products, I suffer from dry/damaged hair from years of colouring and styling products. I bought this recently from Superdrug, it normally retails for £9.99 but Superdrug had it on offer for £6.99 so I decided to give it a go. Despite the offer I still thought it was quite pricey, but this misconception soon disappeared! The oil comes in a nice glass bottle with a pump action nozzle. To use it simply pump a drop onto your fingers, rub your hands together and then brush your fingers through to hair, making sure to get an even coverage. This is why I now see it as excellent value for money, as you only need to use a drop or two on your hair (i use this amount and I have long hair) it will last for hundreds of uses! You can apply it onto your hair when it is dry, which is what I do and I find its the best way to use it. You can also apply it before styling or to wet hair before shampooing - although I found this didnt seem to work as well. After drying and styling my hair I normally apply this straight onto my dry hair which makes it feel lovely and soft and look really shiny. I was worried it might make my hair feel greasy or weighed down, but the oil is quite thin and light and just makes my hair feel soft. Its also great for calming down any frizzy or fly away bits of hair. Overall I would definitely recommend this product, although it might seem quite expensive for the amount of uses you get from it its definitely worth the money! It leaves my hair feeling lovely, smooth and soft and gets rid of any frizz, making it super shiny - whilst at the same time not making it feel greasy or oily. I love it and I dont know what I would do without it - id probably still have dry and dull hair!
My mum recently gave me a nice and easy permanent dye as she had one going spare and my greys were starting to show! I dont usually go for this brand but since it was going free I thought I would try it. It comes in a simple looking white box, not as attractive as other hair dyes on the shelf but I suppose you should judge it by its packaging, but this is probably the reason why I have never picked it up and bought it before. Inside the box you get a set of instructions, a tube of conditioner, the colourant and the cream, oh and a pair of plastic gloves to protect your hands. Its basically the same as all the other hair dyes out there, you add the colourant to the cream and shake the bottle well until it is all combined then add it to your hair. Leave for 24 minutes then rinse out, using the conditioner afterwards. I have to say I am not really a fan of this hair dye and I wont be buying it again. Its a nice enough colour and it covered all my greys well enough, however I found the smell to be absolutely horrible. It smells much worse than other hair dyes, a bit like a dirty toilet - which I did not like at all. My other problem with this is that it left my hair feeling really dry, even though I used the conditioner afterwards. When I dried my hair it wasnt the usual shiny and soft feeling that I get after dying my hair using Garnier Nutrisse which is my usual choice. Overall its an effective dye and does well to cover grey hairs and gives a nice colour, but the smell and the way it left my hair feeling afterwards means I wont be investing in this one ever again.
I bought some of these for the christmas period as I knew we would be having lots of buffet and party food, and I didnt want to spend most of december cleaning and washing pots - so I decided to invest in a couple of packets of paper plates. After umming and ahhhing over some pretty ones from paperchase I convinced myself that there was no point spending around £8 on some paper plates that I was just going to throw away, so I settled on these from tesco. They cost around the £1.20 mark and come in a clear basic plastic packaging with the tesco logo on the front (which has changed now from the picture above). The plates are an off whitish colour with gives them the look of being made from recycled cardboard -which is fine by me. They arent the thickest of paper plates but they did the job just find, its a paper plate so your not going to be loading a full sunday roast on there...so the thickness wasnt too much of a problem for holding the usual sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes etc. They also are quite large in size, measuring about 22cm across which makes it a little bigger than the usual paper plates you get. Overall these were perfect and did just what they were bought for, at the end of the night I could just gather up the left over plates and throw them straight in the bin, saving me time in the tidying up department! For £1.25 I cant really fault them, yes they are a little thin but its a PAPER plate, its not going to be the sturdiest of tableware!
I bought these recently after putting on a bit of weight over the christmas period. I read lots of reviews on different types of weight loss pills before buying, and I have to say they didnt help me decide as they all had mixed reviews and no one seemed to agree on which ones actually worked and which ones didnt. I finally came to the conclusion that different ones work for different people, and I decided to get these purely based on the fact that they were on sale in Boots with a 3rd off, and they were pink and jumped out at me from the shelf, and they are completely natural. They cost me around £8 from Boots for 100 tablets, they comes in an eyecathing pink box and inside there is a little plastic container holding the pills. The pills are a flat rounded shape and seem to be sugar coated, although I have never kept one in my mouth long enough to test this with taste. They smell absolutely horrible, so I tend to throw one in my mouth and wash it down with some water as quickly as possible. The instructions say to take one tablet, 3 times a day before mealtimes - it also states that it is not necessary to take them before food, but suggests this as an easy way to ensure you are taking them at regular intervals throughout the day. They contain natural ingredients, but the main ingredient is a herb called Fucus, which is supposed to speed up your metabolism to help you lose weight, without making you feel hungry all the time. Do they work I hear you ask, well....the other reviews I had read are mixed, but for me YES THEY DO! I have been taking them for 2 weeks now and I have lost just under half a stone. I have limited my calorie intake slightly, but I am not doing this by counting calories, I am just being sensible with my snacks (fruit, yoghurt etc) and I have made my meal portions smaller, cut back on the mayonaise, chips etc etc. I havent really started doing more exercise but I am on my feet at work all day anyway. Normally I wouldnt lose any weight if I did this, I would just stop gaining weight so I am very happy with the results of these. I have suffered no side effects, I read a lot on the internet about feeling sick, stomach pains, hair loss (this is the particular one that worried me!) but so far I have experienced none of this. Overall I would definitely recommend these to anyone wanting a bit of help losing those pounds gained over christmas. Obviously they are going to work differently for different people, and dont expect to be able to stuff your face and sit on your bum all day and still lose weight - they're not miracle workers and they dont do the hard work for you! But they have definitely worked for me and are helping me to shed those extra pounds I want to get rid of.
I recently got this in a gift set for christmas along with the shower gel and body butter. The soap normally costs around £2 on its own and comes wrapped in a simple clear plastic wrapper. The soap itself is bright orange to reflect the orange scent, and is a nice size, small enough to fit in your hands easily without it slipping out. The smell is very strong and hits you as soon as you open the packet, which is great as the scent of this soap is my favourite thing about it. It smells very strongly of - yep you guessed it - oranges, its a very refreshing and summery scent, and it stays on your hands after rinsing for quite a while to. It feels quite luxurious when you lather it up between your hands and only needs a little bit of water to get it going and doesnt seem to wear down too quickly either so it will last quite a long while. It also doesnt leave my hands dry, I normally dont use soap and prefer handwash as I find soap really dries my hands out and makes them feel horrible - but this one has none of that. It leaves my hands feeling clean, smooth and smelling lovely and fruity. I really cannot fault this soap at all, you might think it is a bit expensive for a bar of soap but I have paid more in the past so this one doesnt seem to bad to me at all in comparison to say, a soap from lush. I would definitely recommend it!
I love Kinder chocolate but refuse to pay the extortionate price tag that comes with a Kinder Egg, especially when its the chocolate I am interested in and not the toy (the toys are rubbish these days anyway!) Then I discovered these - little treat sized bars of heavenly goodness. They are basically a kinder egg but in chocolate bar form. They can be bought seperately for about 20p or in multipacks which normally cost between £1 and £2 depending on where you buy them from. They come individually wrapped in paper foil and consist of 5 small squares of chocolate. The bar itself is the delicious kinder milk chocolate, and inside is the creamy white chocolatey goodness that only Kinder seem to have the recipe to! They are simply heaven in a bar, although they are very sweet and sicky so if your not a fan of that then you probably wont like them. Overall I would definitely recommend these to anyone who loves kinder chocolate and the kinder egg, they come in perfect little treat sizes too so you dont have to feel too guilty when you have one! Just try and stop yourself from going overboard and munching your way through several bars until you feel sick like I normally do!
I am a huge fan of hot drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - anything I love it, so its not a suprise that I love Whittards and their selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates on offer! For christmas I recieved a box set full of a selection of Whittard teas, and in there was a small box of Assam. I like my tea to taste like tea and not sugary watery milk so Assam is one of my favourite blends as it is a nice strong tea. As soon as you add boiling water to the tea bag it turns a lovely dark bronzy brown colour and you can tell its going to be a lovely strong tasting cup of tea. A splash of milk turns it that lovely dark tea colour that looks so tempting. The tea itself is very flavourful no matter how long you let it brew for, it really is a very strong blend - stronger and tastier than any other brands of Assam I have tried. I used to love the Twinnings version of Assam but this one is definitely better, its lovely and earthy and refreshingly tasty. I normally have a little but of sugar in my tea, especially if I am drinking cheap tea but this I can drink without quite happily. Overall I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy a nice strong cup of tea that is packed with flavour, definitely a firm favourite of mine and I will be buying more when I run out!
I am a huge fan of hot drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - anything I love it, so its not a suprise that I love Whittards and their selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates on offer! I recieved 3 tubs of their hot chocolates for christmas, including this mint and chocolate chip one. It normally costs around £5 for one tub, but more often than not they are on a 3 for 2 offer which makes it a bit more purse friendly. It comes in a round card tub sealed with a foil tear away top and a plastic lid a bit like what you get on a poster tube. To make the drink the instructions say to add 3-5 teaspoons of the powder to a mug of hot milk and stir - the first time I made it I added 5 teaspoons and found I just had too much hot chocolate powder. The next time I only added 3 and this made the perfect drink, it dissolves easily in hot milk and has a very rich and creamy texture (if you want to be a bit less sinful you can make it with hot water and a splash of milk - but this wont be as nice, creamy and rich as making it with just milk!) The taste of mint is the perfect blend with the luxury chocolate taste and is the perfect strength, the mix also has little chocolate chips in it which seem to melt in the bottle of the cup - I always like to spoon these out at the end for an extra chocolatey treat! Overall I would definitely recommend this hot chocolate, and all other Whittard hot chocolates, they are delicious and on the 3 for 2 offer are reasonably priced for a luxury drink.
I always have candles lit around the flat, I normally use a yankee candle for scent but I like the light that candlight creates so I always have a few tea lights burning in pretty holders. I dont like spending a lot on tea lights however so Wilko's is my shop of choice to go to stock up. These normally cost £2 for 30 which works out at the bargain price of just over 6p per candle! They are easy to light and last around 2 hours and burn right down to the bottom, unlike some cheap tea lights that just get drowned in their own wax halfway through burning. The only downside to these is that the scent isnt too strong and doesnt really fill my home with the lovey smell of vanilla, but this doesnt bother me as I normally have a yankee candle burning somewhere that does the trick. Overall I would definitely recommend these for anyone who is after some tealights, they are cheap yet good quality and great value for money - I wouldnt get mine from anywhere else!
I have one of these that I bought when I went on a bit of a Wilko's shopping spree when I moved into my new flat. They cost around £1 and come in several different colours, I have the dark grey coloured one pictured above. Its a standard sized washing up bowl and will fit in most sinks, its quite sturdy and holds quite a few pots. I have had this one for just under a year now and it still looks almost as good as new. It has a few scrapes and scratches from sharper utensils such as knifes etc but other than that it looks like new. As I got the rgey one there hasnt really been much discolouration either. I have to be honest I really dont see the point in a washing up bowl, when the sink serves as a bowl itself. I only bought this because, as I said earlier, I was on a bit of house stuff shopping spree and I bought this to match my cutlery tray and draining board rack. However if you are looking for cheap one that will stand the test of time then I would recommend this one.
I have never not owned a cutlery tray and really dont understand how people can get along in life without one - a bit on the dramatic side but my cutlery drawer NEEDS to be organised. You can buy this particular one from Wilko's from the bargain price of £1, all the way up to around £2 if you want it in a different colour. I have the one pictured above which is a dark grey colour. It is made of plastic so is easy to clean with just a wipe down, and comes in a standard drawer size and seems to fit in most drawers. I have never bought one of these and had it not fit in my kitchen anyway. It comprises of 7 compartments, three which are the same size for your usual spoons, forks and knives. A smaller one for your tea spoons and then three larger ones for your other utensils such as larger knives, peelers, spatulas or whatever else you have. It holds a lot of cutlery and keeps it all in place nicely and keeps it all organised so I dont have to go digging around a drawer full of utensils just to find a fork! Overall I would definitely recommend one, its a necessity but theres no need to spend a lot of money on one, and this does its job just fine!