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I thought I would grow out of glittery nail polishes at some point, maybe when I went to college or got a job or became a mum.... turns out I just don't think I ever will! Not when Barry M make them as good as this!! I bought the Barry M Nail Polish Paint Lacquer - Pink Silver Glitter (337) in my local Boots store, along with a very light pinky stone colour just out of coincidence. Best coincidence ever. I wear a lot of rusty coloured clothes, mustards, oranges, berry etc, so am always looking for a colour to compliment these all in one - nobody wants to paint their nails every day because they clash! I used the pinky stone colour as a base coat and then thought I'd try the glitter on top just to see what it looked like. I'll be honest, I was fully expecting to put it on and think "ahhhhhh I remember when I was 12 and could have got away with this" and then possibly pass it on to my 12 year old cousin. However, Barry M glitter nail varnish just isnt the same as all the others - they have nailed (excuse the pun) the texture perfectly - no chunky bits of glitter, no obvious big pieces, no garish painful over sparkly-ness. Just really subtle and really pretty fine glitter coverage. Imagine the sweet and subtle sparkle of metallic paints notched up slightly and more adult-like! As for coverage, you probably only need one coat to be honest, I like to put two on just to double the prettiness, but it dries so fast that it doesn't matter! I have managed to put this on 2 seconds before I leave the house and its dry within minutes. Feels a teeny tiny bit rough if you don't put a top coat on but I don't mind that so much, top coat would ruin the effect for me! I find myself re-applying this nail varnish constantly. The colour is not pink as it looks in the bottle, it is much more mature and subtle and every single person who has seen my nails have complimented me on the colour, how pretty they look, how stunning they are, how the colour will go with anything...... anyway I digress, it is just a nail varnish at the end of the day but its definitely one of the best! I'm going to stock up on this before they decide to stop doing them which they probably will when they find a new chemical reaction to play with ;).......all in all a great product but I wouldn't expect anything less from Mr M!
I am an absolute avid fan of Barry M - you won't find a bigger fan than me. I bought myself a vanity case JUST to house my Barry M collection. So when they brought this nail varnish out, I thought I might have needed to buy a bigger vanity case! Luckily I was really disappointed and therefore won't be buying any more colours in the collection sadly! I purchased my nail varnish from my local Boots store for £4.49, probably part of an offer but I can't remember exactly, I have that much make up! I picked a suitable pattern from the displays on the brush handle and decided to go for just diagonal lines. I was firstly quite disappointed with the actual colour and texture of the nail varnish itself....it seems thicker and gloopier and took a long time to dry. The colour seemed quite flat and didn't go on as it looked in the bottle but sometimes they never do, and I thought maybe the colour was flat to help bring out the magnetic bits when you move onto that bit. Anyway, move onto that bit I did, I followed the pretty simple instructions of turning the bottle upside down and holding the magnet over my nail.... the idea is that the magnet pulls up the metallic particles in the varnish and causes it to make a pattern depending on what the pattern on the magnet is. All I managed to get was a couple of very faint stripes in the middle of my nail and it did not look impressive at all! It looked like i'd smudged it or attempted some terrible nail art. Removing the nail varnish (to give it another go) was a task in itself too, I waited a good half an hour for the nail varnish to not be tacky anymore and I used nail varnish remover to take off but I was sat scrubbing for quite some time. This is probably a good thing as it probably means it is a durable and long lasting varnish! Long story short, I tried this a few times and gave up - not as impressive as some of the other brands I have used and a disappointment for Barry M! However, they did have a really good range of colours and styles - I believe I used the product correctly but perhaps I just didn't get the nack of it. I like my nail varnish sessions to be quick and with immediate effect and I'm afraid I was too impatient for this product to give it anymore time. I feel sad writing these bad words about the make up gods but alas, I think they may be starting to put their fingers in too many pies! Would probably make a good Christmas or birthday pressie for a teenager though!
I was a bit dubious when I bought this, mostly because it is very expensive and at the end of the day foundation is foundation right? Well actually no, it's not! I have used many foundations in the past, all of which could fit into one of two categories - thick or powdery. I have yet to find one that didnt make my face look like i'd just been covered in flour, or one that i didnt have to slap on for good coverage, or one that wasnt thick and cakey! Loreal Tru match seems to have the perfect blend in foundations - feels very light and quite watery when applying but seems to go a very long way, covers really nicely and seems to last a long time. It covers up my blemishes and makes me feel confident that my skin looks ok. I'm not sure if it "matches" my skin tone but I get two tones darker than my normal skin (you should always get one or two tones darker than your skin tone) and it always seems to look good. I never get that orangey tinge or a tideline because it blends in really quickly to avoid these problems. It is also really easy to wash off but doesnt seem to rub off during the day - a great quality to have! It is very pricey but in this instance I really think you get what you pay for! I have spent years trying various different foundations and to finally find one that doesnt irritate my skin, doesnt break me out in spots and still ticks all the boxes above is a mean feat in itself! Would definitely recommend anyone to try who is struggling to find "the one"...I have a feeling this could be it for you! it's definitely one of the best.
Backcomb in a bottle....i expect my hair to at least look like I've just put loads of mousse and hairspray in it and i expect at least twice the volume with just a tiny spray. Sadly, this product really lacks something....the backcomb part maybe?? If i actually backcomb my hair and then use this spray, it works and seems to set the style....but isnt that what a hair spray is for?? I have to say I have really persisted with this product because I absolutely love Umberto Gianni stuff, even though it is very expensive. I have noticed a particular pattern that when I use this spray, by the end of the day my hair looks lanky and greasy and it goes slightly wavy too which I don't particularly like. My hair seems to separate into chunks and looks like I don't know what i'm doing when i'm actually quite good at styling my hair! I bought this product thinking it would give volume and save me a bit of time but it doesnt do either. The one plus side is that it smells GREAT. like really good. I love the smell of their products. everyone always comments saying I smell great when I wear them. But i have a hairspray that does exactly the same thing that smells exactly the same. So instead of buying the two, i'll just stick to buying the hairspray i think. Very overpriced for what it is, don't expect it to be doing what it says because it really doesnt.
I am a new mum and therefore obviously obsessed with Lamaze toys. I can't go into baby shops without seeing if I can sneak one in the trolley. However, I bought this online from Amazon thinking it was going to be quite small but was really surprised when it arrived it was actually quite big. I was planning on hanging this in my car but it is slightly too big so may have to just be used as a normal toy - it is very chunky, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I just don't think it will be a good idea to hang it over a tiny baby! When I opened the box there was a distinct smell of chocolate - I thought perhaps I was imagining it but when I have researched the toy further it is scented to make babies want it more! As for the Puppy "Tunes" part, I'm not sure what I was expecting but I think I was expecting each leg to play a different tune....it doesn't do this - each leg honks a different note when squeezed (like a squeaky pet toy). There are 4 different sounds and you actually have to squeeze the legs quite hard to get them to make the noise properly, I can't imagine a baby being able to squeeze the legs hard enough. It may help them develop their sensory and coordination skills though which is a bonus. There is a little booklet attached to it with a guide as to how to play certain tunes (twinkle twinkle little star for example), which is obviously for the adults to play with more than the kids! It also has crinkly ears which is great for babies to get their attention and also to help them develop their sensory skills. At the moment my baby just drools on the toy but does love it when we play a tune and it gets his attention quite quickly - it's one of the more functional Lamaze toys, some of them do just hang there looking pretty! All in all, a great toy, for the price (I paid £15) it is probably a bit steep in a lot of people's opinions but it is really well made and I am hoping it lasts my baby a long time!
I bought this item on offer in Argos for £12.99, as I had read plenty of rave reviews and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The Fisherprice Seahorse Soother is supposed to act as an all-in-one comforter for babies and little ones alike. Firstly, it is really very cute to look at, it has little rosy cheeks and is a really lovely plush toy. It is only just a little bit smaller than my newborn so for £12.99 I think it's a good price for the amount of toy you get! The material the seahorse is made of is super soft to touch which is great for babies as they instantly feel soothed and comforted and it keeps them warm. The tummy section (the yellow bit), I imagined to be quite hard before I bought it, it looks like it is a plastic shell (remember care bears with the globe tummy? I imagined this!).....however it is actually like a soft rubber which is very durable and squishy. When yoou press the yellow tummy section it lights up with an absolutely gorgeous night light which my baby is transfixed by. It's not too bright and even I find it quite soothing to look at. This is great for putting in the cot or crib with the baby as mine seemed to dislike being in the dark a LOT. It only stays on for 5 minutes but it really doesn't need to be on any longer than this, by this time baby is already asleep in my experience. When you push the tummy section, as well as lighting up, it also produces a lovely soothing tune. It is the kind of tune you would get from a cot mobile but a little bit quieter and softer. These tunes are intertwined with the sound of ocean waves and bubbles which is also very relaxing. I have watched my baby go from wide awake to fast asleep within minutes by switching this on! Like I said, it only stays on for 5 minutes so you don't have to worry about it batteries running out or anything like that. Also if you still have the baby in your room with you you can switch it on and it won't keep you awake but will hopefully still help baby drift off. I don't actually know where we would be without this toy - I completely understand why it has such great reviews. Some people are dubious about baby relying on a night light/noises to get them to sleep but it has really helped us get the baby in to a solid bed time routine and I would highly recommend.
I bought these Acustrap bands because I was recommended them by the pharmacist to help combat morning sickness! Out of all of the ones they had on the Go Travel section, these were the cheapest and looked the same as the rest of them - maybe I shouldn't have skimped on price, I guess I'll never know! I found that the straps didn't work for me at all, and couldn't see how they would work for travel sickness either. I found that they were really just two straps with Velcro on with two bubbles on the inside. The packaging claims that to combat sickness, be it travel or morning, the bubbles press on your pressure points to alleviate the feeling of sickness. Well I found it quite difficult to decide from the packet where my pressure points were - it made reference to "first wrist lines" and seen as I have two, is the first the top or bottom?? Then it states to put three fingers at the "first wrist line" and where your middle finger is is where the bubble is supposed to go. Phew! Well after all that hassle my sickness didn't go away. And the bubbles really hurt after a while so you have to take them off - so any good that they may have done would be undone and probably the sickness made worse, when you took them off. They are uncomfortable and don't look very nice either to wear every day! Maybe I didn't do it right or maybe they were just too cheap but didn't solve my problem unfortunately. Good luck if you find these work - I hope you do! Not for me though sadly.
I was told by my midwife, as I would imagine most are, to take a pregnancy multivitamin to make sure baby has a good start in there - absolutely fine and I took this advice and bought some Pregnacare tablets. I suffered with really bad morning sickness, hanging over the toilet at most times in the day, mostly in the evenings. I was lucky in that I managed to fight off most of the sickness but I noticed something...when I accidentally forgot to take my Pregnacare for two days (I was just past the 12 week mark at this point so I was ok in terms of folic acid etc) I noticed my sickness significantly reduce. I literally didn't seem to have any whatsoever! I didn't make a link between the two at first, it was only when I took a tablet before bed after missing it for two days that I noticed a massive difference - the night I took the Pregnacare I was literally hanging over the side of my bed with a washing up bowl and spent two hours like this before I went to sleep. I didn't take my Pregnacare the next day, sensing that maybe it was related, and lo and behold, no sickness again. I googled this to see whether taking Pregnacare can actually affect your sickness etc and apparently there is a lot of iron in Pregnacare and this can make you feel very sick/make you sick. I switched to a boots own brand for a week and still felt slightly nauseous but no where near as bad as on the Pregnacare. I've stopped taking pregnancy vitamins altogether now because they just don't agree with me. Pregnacare are great for getting your vital vitamins but I have a stack of separate vitamins at home that don't make me feel sick and do the same job. I would say if you are suffering really badly from morning sickness and are taking Pregnacare, try giving it a break or switching to a different brand because that could be what is causing it! I also find Pregnacare really, really expensive - they don't need to sell it for that price and it annoys me that they do when you can get healthy start vitamins from your midwife for free/75p!!! Not overly impressed with Pregnacare price and side effects and won't be taking them again. If you find you have no problem with them then great but I know I'm not the only one out there!
I, like a lot of other women, spent my teenage years trying out every different kind of make up I could possibly find, mostly picking up the cheapest option and with mascaras I quickly learned that the cheapest option is not always the most effective! I was 21 when I discovered Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and I haven't looked back since that day! Clumps? No idea what they are..... Clogging? Again, not a clue what you mean..... Fine long lashes that make everyone say I have pretty eyes? FOUND IT! Price wise this is not for the faint hearted but when I found out how much my mum spent on her expensive designer make up I felt a little better, and also felt like perhaps I had grown up a bit! I pay £10.99 from Boots because I like to collect my advantage card points but it's probably false economy as I believe you can actually get it a bit cheaper elsewhere. False lashes in my opinion are false lashes. There is never going to be a mascara that truly mimicks false lashes but realistically who wants that on a daily basis anyway? Ok some people do but not me. I always found false lashes to be quite scary and also a bit grim when they start to fall off. I was relieved to find this mascara doesn't have the same qualities. What I love about this mascara is its massive thick chunky head but the tiny fine actual brushes. I find it much easier using a bigger brush because you have a bit more control over it and to be honest its fairly quick to apply because you are covering a greater surface with one brush stroke! I find the best way to use the mascara is to give your top lashes a few brushes and then wait about 1 minute and go over them again. If you go too mad, especially with a new bottle, you are likely to not be able to blink for a long time whilst it dries. Or like someone else said, if you have the unfortunate event of sneezing with too much on it literally goes everywhere and you have to start again. I hope this is helpful but I've actually perfected my way of applying my Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara using two tubes - one new tube and one older tube. I always make sure I have two tubes at all times, one new and one not so new. I put the new one on first, covers my lashes in a nice layer of the mascara and I leave for 1 min as stated above. I then use an older tube because they usually have a lot less mascara on the brush and therefore the brushes do just that - brush! They separate the lashes even more and don't coat your lashes with much more mascara. If I then need it, I will repeat the process another time, depending on the occasion. That way you definitely don't get clumps and you have a nice even and not so overwhelming layer of mascara on your lashes. I actually use the waterproof mascara but a word of warning, this does not budge easily! It works just the same though, if not better. Don't find myself having panda eyes at the end of the day like I have done with previous mascaras. I think this is a beauty must have and certainly works for me and I hope its around forever because I get so many compliments on my lashes and how my eyes look! If you're struggling to find the right mascara, give this a go and perhaps you might stick with it and become a grown up like me! :)
Congratulations on your pregnancy! One of the best things I have found about being pregnant is listening to the baby's heartbeat on the Angelsounds Doppler! Bear in mind you should only really try this AFTER 12 weeks because sometimes it is very difficult to hear the heartbeat earlier on - I even find it difficult sometimes and I'm 16 weeks pregnant. Firstly, you need to apply the gel - you don't really get enough in the box for more than 3 uses, I managed to spread it out that far, some people have said they only got one use out of it. Make sure you read the instructions to know how to hold it and which bit to use etc. Once the gel is on, probably best to place it on your tum and then turn it on as sometimes moving it from not on your tum to on your tum can make a really loud banging noise which can be quite annoying. Sometimes it takes me ages to find baby's beat as they might have moved since last time. However, if you start as low down as possible and work your way side to side in a line and then move up a tiny bit each time and repeat, you will hopefully find it! It's great having the headphones to have a listen but also so that your partner can listen and have a moment of bonding with the baby! My other half absolutely loves listening to the baby's heartbeat and it's so nice to be able to find it for him! It also comes with a recording cable and some mini discs so you can record the baby's heartbeat and keep forever! Quite precious really  The one thing I will say is that you mustn't rely on the Doppler to make sure your baby is ok - if you don't hear the heartbeat it might just be because baby is moving around away from your or they are in a funny position. It should not be used to reassure people who are worried - I didn't find the heartbeat the last three times because I was probably not in the right place to be honest, I was focusing on the sides rather than in the middle, but if you don't find it, don't panic! Equally it is important to note that if you are further along and feel your baby move on a regular basis and you don't feel it moving anymore, you should not get out the Doppler for reassurance that baby is ok - you must ring your midwife if you feel that the baby stop moving (applies to 16 weeks ish onwards really). Other than those words of warning, I think the Angelsounds Doppler is easy to use, cheap and a fantastic fun piece of equipment. This has had by far the best reviews out of them all and I can definitely see why! Only final tip is to perhaps go on ebay and get some more gel if you plan on using it more than a handful of times!
I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby but I know for a fact I am prone to stretch marks as I have them on my legs and hips. I went into Boots to look for Bio Oil as I had heard that they were good for reducing/preventing the appearance of stretch marks. However, I saw the price for a little bottle and nearly fainted! I decided to try the Boots version as it is only oil after all! At a fraction of the price and for a much bigger bottle with a nifty pump nozzle I was quite impressed. The oil itself doesn't have any smell to it really which is great because to be honest, things like Palmers etc tend to turn my stomach with the smell after a while (think that's down to the pregnancy though!). You only need to use a little bit and it spreads a long way. So far I have noticed my existing stretchmarks have lightened in colour but more to the point I haven't got any marks on my tum yet! I will keep using and see if this changes or not and will re-review at the end of my pregnancy but so far so good! For the price and the amount you get I think it's great. A lot of people say if you are prone to stretchmarks you will get them anyway, but I've managed to avoid them up until now and I have quite a big bump already! Fingers crossed it works the same for others!
I purchased these willow sticks thinking that my two little mini lop rabbits would enjoy a good chomp and probably fing them around the cage a bit. I put them in their cage at 9am and when I went back at 10am they were gone! I thought maybe they had buried them or they were lost in the bedding but no....they had eaten them! All of them! Im sure it does their teeth good to be eating willow sticks though so not all bad, but its a shame they didnt last longer! Maybe if they were a bit thicker they would have, I'm not convinced though! We have learnt from this experience and for something that costs £4 I will not be buying anything like this again. The only upside to these is that you can probably take them apart and give them a couple at a time. Still a waste of my cash though unfortunately!
If there was ever a book I could relate to in terms of the main character, this was it. Although he is male and I am female and the book uncovers things about him that have not happened to me. Still, there was something about this character and his misplacement on this planet for me to have some kind of connection. not to mention his birthday is on the same day as mine and I read this book as I was approaching my 16th birthday, quite like Charlie himself. it is an endearing book, a shocking book and quite frankly a damn good read. I think I read it within a few hours. I just couldnt put it down and I doubt I will find anyone who can! It is compelling but also sweet and naive and there are times when you want to scream at the character, both in sympathy and despair but also in frustration. However, the soundtrack to the book made it for me, so much so that I made my own mix tape of his mix tapes and I still can't hear "Asleep" by The Smiths without my feelings about this book rushing back to me. Perhaps I have some nostalgic attachment to this book but I still read it to this day and think it is a great book for any young person, male or female, to read and connect with like I did.
These were on offer in Tesco for £35 and my other straighteners had just blown up - I thought there was no way they would be any good but as I have frizzy hair to tame on a daily basis I bought them and I'm absolutely thrilled with them! They have a little spinning disc which you can change depending on the thickness of your hair, this alters the temperature of the straighteners so that if you have really thin hair you are not blasting them with 220 degree heat! They heat up even faster than GHD's but dont seem to burn as much as GHDs do. They also have a switch themself off function which is great if you accidentally leave them on (although I obviously dont recommend you do that!). Seems to take a while for them to switch off but I would be annoyed if I wanted to use them for a long time and they kept switching off. Overall, definite rival for GHD's. MY hair feels just as soft and smooth and if anything, less damaged! Great bargain and totally worth the gamble!
After hearing a LOT of hype and good words said about this book I decided to jump right in and buy the trilogy. I started Fifty Shades of Grey with a complete open mind, I had managed to avoid what it was about and was looking forward to getting my teeth into it. However, in the first 10 pages I was increasingly disgruntled that the book is so badly written! The overuse of commas, the repetitive adjectives and terrible overall grammar made me agitated and I have to say I did not enjoy the first half of the book. The plot is very amateur at times and takes me back to my own creative writing at school or when I naively thought writing a book would be a doddle and tried it myself. The writing style and poor structure made me cringe at times but I tried to put it to the back of my mind and got on with the book. I was undoubtedly looking forward to reaching my first "naughty bit" of the book, only to suffer a huge anti-climax, which is ironic really considering the amount of times the main character finds herself having quite the opposite. In my opinion, these sections were unrealistic and I couldn't find myself relating to the character at all. Understandably she is inexperienced and therefore may have more of a heightened sense of pleasure but a lot of it was very dramatic and over the top and quite frankly would never happen, no matter how amazing our bodies might be! However I can see what all the fuss is about, all women want to be swept away by a handsome rich man and nobody ever is in reality so women are likely to use this as escapism from their dull, mundane day to day life. However as a reader of 24 years of age, I found this book to be really aimed at older women who have perhaps forgotten what that initial spark feels like or perhaps are single and enjoy fantasising - personally for me, it didn't do anything. It certainly didn't have me raving from the rooftops and I'm a bit disappointed I spent money on all three books when the first one was so unappealing and dull to read! Sorry this wasn't the best review but it is my honest opinion and I wouldn't want people to have really high expectations of an amazing book when realistically it is mediocre at best, with some fairly tame raunchiness and sometimes bordering on boring!