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      19.10.2013 15:13
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      A lovely bowl of tomato soup, easy to make and tastes great.

      I have brought Heinz tomato soup for many many years now, and always go back to it, especially as Winter approaches and the typical English weather returns! Heinz tomato soup, is well, tomato soup. On Heinz's website the soup is described as: 'Our famous, much loved Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup is made to our own special recipe...packed with tomatoes to create a delicious soup that's bursting with flavour.'

      The taste:
      I am a fairly picky eater, I don't like bits or any very unusual flavours, I don't even like tomatoes! But somehow I do love this tomato soup. It's so creamy and has a lovely flavour to it, it somehow doesn't taste like tomatoes to me. I especially love this soup with a bit of french bread to dip in. This soup is especially nice in winter, when you get home all cold you can just pop it in the microwave and have a nice warm bowl of tomato soup, yum!

      Preparation:
      Heinz tomato soup is so quick and easy to prepare, you just open the can, pour it into a bowl, and pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes! Now being a student I am not the most experienced in the kitchen, and often don't have a lot of time, and so this is perfect for me. Alternatively you can prepare it on a hob by pouring it into a pan and stirring, however I have never tried this method.

      Where to buy:
      You can buy Heinz Tomato Soup, in practically every supermarket. In ASDA a single 400g can will cost you 50p (it's currently on sale), or you can buy a multipack of 4 cans for £3.

      Ingredients:
      The soup is fairly healthy, with it being 1 of your 5 a day. It also contains no artificial colours, no artificial flavours and no artificial preservatives. Per half a can contains 118 calories - which isn't a lot at all!
      The ingredients include: Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract and Citric Acid.

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      • Philosophy The Present / Make Up / 80 Readings / 76 Ratings
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        06.10.2012 16:15
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        A product that makes my makeup last all day.

        ---------- Introduction ----------
        I was searching the internet trying to find a makeup primer that would make my makeup last all day; I decided to look on YouTube for reviews of different primers when I came across a makeup artist (gossmakeupartist) claiming that 'The Present' by 'Philosophy' was the best primer in the world! I had watched quite a few of his makeup videos on YouTube before, and I trusted him so I decided to buy it and give it a go.

        ---------- What is 'The Present'? ----------
        Looking at the Philosophy website, it claims 'The Present' is a 'skin perfector, makeup primer and oil free mattifier.' It says 'this multitasking formula feels lightweight and fuctions as a foundtation primer, courless skin perfector, skin barrier protector and oil-free moisturiser.'

        I use the present as a makeup primer, so I put it on under my makeup so that it helps my makeup to stay on all day, and so my review will only be about how 'The Present' works as a makeup primer.

        ---------- Packaging ----------
        'The Present' comes in a clear tube, which I really like as it allows me to see how much product I have left. There is a lot of information on the tube, such as how to use it, cautions and claims. The packaging is pretty basic, just a see through tube with a black lid.


        ---------- Using the Product ----------
        'The Present' is the first stage in my skin care routine, when I'm using it I don't wear moisturiser as I read somewhere that you're not supposed to as it prevents it working properly.

        After washing and drying my face, I simply squeeze out a small pea sized amount of product. I then rub it in all over my face like a moisturiser. You then have to leave it to dry for 2 minutes before applying makeup, but I tend to leave it around 5 minutes just to make sure it's completely dry. The consistency is quite thick; I also find that it smells like lavender, which is a nice touch.

        After it's dry I apply my makeup, starting with my liquid foundation. When using 'The Present' I have to rub in my foundation very quickly, as if I don't then the foundation sticks to my face (as the primer acts as a kind of glue) if this happens then my foundation doesn't blend properly and I can get streaks, but this can be prevented if you just rub your foundation in fast enough (however it can get annoying). After applying and blending my foundation thoroughly I then apply the rest of my makeup, such as bronzer, highlighter and mascara.

        ---------- Results ----------
        At the end of the day when I come home I'm almost always very happy with how my makeup looks. As the primer acts as a kind of glue, my makeup sticks to my face and lasts all day, I was so impressed that my bronzer and highlighter especially had stayed on my face without rubbing off, as this never normally is the case.

        There have been a few occasions when I've come home and noticed that my foundation wasn't blended in properly, but as long as you blend your foundation in well in the first place, then this problem can be prevented.

        ---------- Price and Availability ----------
        'The Present' costs £22 for 56.7g of product. I find the price to be very expensive, however it does its job as a makeup primer and so I am willing to pay the price tag.

        ---------- Overall ----------
        Overall I am happy with the present; it keeps my makeup on all day, which has never happened before. I find my foundation is still on my face when I get home, and even more impressing is that my bronzer and highlighter lasts all day.

        However I am giving it 4/5 stars, as a) It is expensive and b) you have to rub your foundation in quickly to prevent the foundation sticking to your face before you've had the chance to rub it in.

        (The Present received 5/5 stars on the Boots website).

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          28.08.2012 20:30
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          I can't mark it lower than 5 stars cause it just tastes so damn good!

          ---------- Introduction ----------
          I received this white chocolate Toblerone as a gift recently, and although I'm meant to be eating healthily as part of my diet, I was pleased with it as I LOVE white chocolate, and I thought, well one small triangle a day can't be too fattening, can it?

          ---------- About Toblerone ----------
          Toblerone was created by a Swedish man in 1908. You can get lots of different types of Toblerone:
          - Toblerone milk chocolate 132 cal per triangle.
          - Toblerone fruit and nut 124 cal per triangle.
          - Toblerone dark 125 cal per triangle
          - Toblerone white 134 cal per triangle
          - Toblerone honeycomb crisp 129 cal per triangle.
          - Toblerone Tobelle 126 cal per triangle. (Box of milk chocolates, each chocolate is shaped like a triangle).

          ---------- Packaging ----------
          My white chocolate Toblerone comes in a white triangular shaped cardboard, with big, bold red writing on the front saying 'TOBLERONE'. It also says in small writing 'swiss white chocolate with honey and almond nougat'. My chocolate comes in the size 400g, but you can also get it in 100g.

          ---------- The Chocolate ----------
          Inside the carboard packaging there are lots of white chocolate triangles all attached in a long row (I'm sure most people have seen Toblerone before). To eat it, just break off a triangle, they break off very easily, and then enjoy! I like that the chocolate comes in triangles, I think that it's a lot more interesting than it coming in boring squares.

          The taste is AMAZING! it's not just white chocolate, there is also some crunchy bits inside the chocolate which gives it a very nice texture and makes it more interesring to eat, rather than if it was just plain white chocolate.

          I find that one triangle is enough for a snack. Each triangle contains 134 calories, so it's not a healthy snack exactly! But I find if I have around one triangle a day, It will be fine.

          ---------- Price ----------
          I received this as a gift from someone who went to Switzerland, so I don't know how much they paid. I have found it quite hard to get hold of but have seen the milk chocolate 400g Tobelrone in ASDA for £4 but I haven't seen the white one. I had a look on the TESCO website, and it says it's currently unavailable, so I'm not too sure how much it costs, I think it would be around the £4 mark, but it is very hard to get hold of!

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            Okay, I think it will get easier to fill the more you get used to it.

            ---------- Introduction ----------
            Recently I purchased a new perfume, however I noticed that it never lasted on my skin as well as I had liked it to so that after a few hours you could barely tell I was wearing perfume. I wanted to top up my perfume throughout the day; however I didn't want to carry my big bottle around with me. I took to the internet to try and find some kind of perfume transporter when I came across perfume travel atomisers on Amazon. I thought it looked a good idea and so I told my mum about them as my birthday was coming up and I thought that it would be a very useful gift. My mum bought me one by a brand called 'Flo'.

            ---------- What is Flo Atomiser Fragrance Refillable? ----------
            Well as you probably know by now, it's a small bullet shaped bottle that you put your perfume or aftershave in so that you can transport some of your fragrance around with you without having to take the bottle. I find that this fragrance refillable is a very handy idea, for whether you want to simply take it to work with you to top up during the day, or if you're going on a plane journey and can only take a certain amount of liquid with you.

            ---------- Claims? ----------
            Flo claims to work with all perfume bottles, these include spray types and pour types. This means that everyone, no matter what perfume bottle they have, should be able to spray or pour their perfume from their original bottle into the Flo Refillable Atomizer. It also claims that Flo keeps your perfume fresh; it has fully washable parts, it can be used over and over again without mixing of scents and that filling is easy with no mess. A lot of claims for one small product!


            ---------- Design ----------
            The Flo fragrance refillable is a small bullet shaped bottle made out of aluminium casing, measuring 88mm tall and 20mm wide. It can hold 4.7ml of product, which gives 55 sprays. It comes in three colours: silver, black and pink. I have it in silver. I find that the design of the bottle is nice and sleek, and it looks quite expensive. If you want it to look more girly then you can get it in pink. I find that the black and silver are more unisex colours.

            The bottle is basically split into two sections. The top half is the lid; you pull this off to reveal the spray pump. And then there is the bottom half which you unscrew to reveal the area where you pour or spray your perfume into.

            However although I think that the design of the bottle looks nice and sleek, I do have a few problems with it. Firstly you can't really tell how much perfume you have left in the bottle, what I mean by this is that in other designs I have seen a small window running all the way down the bottle which lets the user see how much perfume is left, however with this Flo fragrance refillable there is only a small see through section right at the top of the bottle, which isn't very helpful as you still don't really know how much perfume you have left, this is a big letdown for me as it means I don't know when I need to refill the bottle.

            Another problem I find is that I get confused about what section is the lid, and what section is the bit where you pour your perfume into, so sometimes I can take off the wrong section which is tad annoying, especially if I accidently spill out some perfume.

            Although I have criticized the design quite a bit, I do find that it is a great size and it looks sleek and expensive, however it could be improved.

            ---------- Using Flo Fragrance Refillable ----------
            Okay so there are two ways in which you can put your perfume into Flo. You can either spray it in or pour it in. At first I thought that it would be easier if I sprayed it in as it might be easier to control how much perfume went in. To spray it in, you unscrew the bottom half and take off the lid, you then will see a white plastic type of funnel, if you want to spray it in you are meant to securely connect the funnel up to the spray head of your perfume bottle, you then spray your perfume straight in, and twist back on the lower cap to close it.

            Sounds easy doesn't it? Well looking at the instructions on the packet (which may I add didn't have a lot of information on it) I decided to dive right in thinking that it couldn't be that hard. Well I pushed my perfume spray head against the funnel, it didn't seem to attach or anything like that so I just held them close together and started to spray the perfume in, however I think I started to spray too fast as perfume came pouring out the edges of the funnel and running down my hands. I hate waste and especially when it's an expensive perfume this is the last thing you want happening.

            I gave up on the idea of spray as it became too frustrating and so I decided to try the pour technique. This requires a steady hand so be careful if you try this method. I started to pour my perfume in instead, everything was going fine until suddenly the perfume started to overflow out of the funnel, I didn't even see the perfume rise! Again very annoying as it resulted in me wasting my perfume.

            I have come to the conclusion that it is not that easy to fill up Flo, I think the more you fill it up the easier it gets, and next time it comes to filling up I think I will use the pouring technique.

            When I use Flo throughout the day, I push down hard on the spray pump and the perfume comes out in a fast and even spray. I find more perfume comes out from the Flo bottle than my normal perfume bottle so I don't need to spray a lot. I also find that if you push down quite slowly on the spray pump, then the perfume can come out in more of a dribble, but I rarely find this a problem.

            ---------- So does it live up to its claims? ----------
            Flo works with all perfume bottles: Yes.
            Flo keeps your perfume fresh: Yes.
            It has fully washable parts: Yes.
            It can be used over and over again without mixing of scents: I would think so.
            Filling is easy with no mess: I would have to disagree as I don't think it's 'easy' but I think I will get the hang of it.


            ---------- Price and Availability ----------
            You can buy Flo from Amazon for £7.10, or from Boots for £10.

            ---------- Overall ----------
            Overall I am going to give Flo 3/5 stars. This is because the design looks sleek and expensive, it's a nice size to take around in your handbag, and when you push down on the spray pump my perfume comes out in a nice even spray. However there are disadvantages such as I find it quite hard to fill and so it resulted into me wasting some of my perfume, you can't really see how much perfume you have left, and I often get confused about what section is the lid, and what section is the bit where you pour your perfume into.

            Although I only scored 3/5, a lot of people on Boots scored It 5/5 so you might want to bear that in mind.

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              06.08.2012 17:52
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              Well done Maybeline for a seriously great product!

              ---------- Introduction ----------
              As most of you probably know by now, I have a slight addiction to make up products, so when I heard about cream blusher I couldn't wait to try it! Once I had received my £10 voucher from a survey site, I headed off to boots to purchase a cream blusher. Before going to buy make up products I like to have a look online and read reviews so I know what I'm planning to buy before I enter the shop.

              I originally set off to buy 'Max Factor touch creamy blusher'. However when I got into Boots and eventually found the Max Factor blusher I was immediately put off as the blusher pot was just so small, it looked more like a lip balm pot rather than a blusher! I then had a browse round boots to try and find another cream blusher, when I came across 'Maybeline dream soft blush'.

              ---------- About the Blush ----------
              I couldn't find much about the product on the Maybeline website, but this is what it says about the blush on the Boots website: 'Experience our first cream-whipped blush that kisses your skin with a touch of soft, natural colour.'

              The blush comes in 4 colours: Plum, apricot, peach and berry.
              I don't actually know what colour my blush is, as it doesn't state on the packaging, however I'm pretty sure I picked up 'berry', as I only visited a small boots store, I only had 2 colours available for me to chose from.

              ---------- Packaging ----------
              The pot of the Maybeline blush is about the same width as the Max Factor one, however the pot of the Maybeline blush is a lot deeper, so you get more product. I really like the design of the packaging, and I think it looks quite expensive. It comes in a little glass pot with a pink screw on lid. There isn't a lot of information on the pot but I don't mind at all.

              ---------- Using the Blush ----------
              Obviously this blush isn't the same as a normal powdery blusher that you normal get. Maybeline describes it as being 'cream-whipped', however if any of you have tried the maybeline dream matte mousse, it is not this kind of texture at all, I would describe it as lip balm texture and not as soft as a mousse foundation. However I find that the blush it still creamy and soft to touch.

              When I first used the blush I used my fingers to apply it, however I found it quite hard to blend it in, and I looked a bit like a clown unless I rubbed my cheeks a lot. Next time I wanted to wear this blush, I decided to use a foundation brush to apply it, this might seem a bit odd but it applied wonderfully to my cheeks, a lot better than using fingers. I would say if you are looking to apply this product then use some kind of brush with soft bristles, just experiment and see what works best with you, I soon plan to buy a soft contour brush and a buffing brush so I think they could work quite nicely with this product. When applying this product bear in mind that you only need to apply a small amount.

              ---------- Results ----------
              The shade of this blush (I believe it was 'berry'), looked lovely on my cheeks. Inside the pot the colour is a dark pinky colour, however when I applied it to my cheeks and blended it in, it was a more pinky peach colour. It was a bit shimmery which I liked, however it wasn't too shimmery so it looked like you had applied glitter to your face, it was very subtle, and it looked like I had a natural colour on my cheeks.

              I'm not too sure about the staying power of this blush. I would say it's around 4 hours maybe, but when I use my primer it lasts a lot longer.

              ---------- Price and Availablitiy ----------
              You can buy this blush from Boots for £6.49 for 7.5g of product, I think this is a very reasonable price, and I think this blush will last me a long time bearing in mind you only need to use a small amount per application.


              ---------- Overall ----------
              Overall I love this blush, I wish I had discovered cream blushers earlier! I find this easy to apply with a soft brush, you only need a small amount, it blends well, and gives my cheeks a lovely pinky peach colour. I think it's better than powder blushes because I often find that powder blushes don't really show up much on me, however this blush does, however it looks natural and not like I'm wearing clown make up.

              Will definitely repurchase.

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                02.08.2012 19:49
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                Brilliant moisturiser

                ---------- Introduction ----------
                After recently receiving a sample of this moisturiser, I tried it out and decided that I liked it more than my 'Simple' moisturiser. So when my old moisturiser ran out, I decided to buy this one instead.

                ---------- Packaging ----------
                You can get this moisturiser in either a tube or a tub. I have it in the large 300ml tub. I actually prefer a tub to a tube because you can see exactly how much product you have left. The tub is white and blue, it is very simple packaging, but one that would look fine on any dressing table.

                ---------- Claims ----------
                This moisturiser has vitamin E and jojoba oil in it, claiming to leave skin feeling 'sensationally soft and smooth delivering long-lasting moisturisation for your face, body and hands.' Although you can use this moisturiser on your body and hands, I tend to only use this on my face.

                ---------- Using the Moisturiser ----------
                Using the moisturiser is simple, I find you only need a small blob as a little really does go a long way. I then massage the blob of moisturiser into my face and neck. The texture of the moisturiser is lovely and thick. I find that the moisturiser absorbs into my skin quickly so I can apply my make up straight away after.

                ---------- Results ----------
                The results? Well I love the results from using this moisturiser, my skin looks bright and moisturised, and it leaves it feeling nice and soft. I haven't had any really dry skin at the moment as I normally get that in winter, but I am confident enough that when I do get some dry patches that this moisturiser will be able to cope with them well. I find that on days when I don't wear make up, I can apply this in the morning and later on in the day my face still feels moisturised.

                ---------- Price and Availability ----------
                Looking on the Boots website, you can buy this moisturiser in several sizes:
                - 300ml tub - £6.02 (currently on offer for £3.01)
                - 200 ml tub - £4.28
                - 75ml tube - £2.45

                Some may think that £6 is a lot for a moisturiser but if like me you are using this moisturiser on just your face then it will last you a very very long time as you don't need to use a lot of it.

                ---------- Overall ----------
                Overall I love this moisturiser it leaves my skin feeling soft and looking bright. The texture is nice and thick, and a little goes a long way meaning that you get value for money.

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                Brilliant brush.

                Tangle Teezer

                ---------- What is it? ----------
                For those of you who don't know what a Tangle Teezer is, it's a hairbrush designed to detangle your hair easily with 'no pulling, tugging or yanking.' If you have hair like mine, you will know how tough it can be to brush hair. My hair is medium length, thick, and quite damaged from previous dyeing, straightening, curling and blow drying, all this damage can make hair extra knotty and hard to brush, and hard to brush hair can be very very painful. This brush is meant to make brushing an easy, pain free process, something that I most definitely needed.

                ---------- About the Inventor ----------
                The inventor of the Tangle Teezer is Shaun Pulfrey. Shaun worked in hair salons around the world, and so time after time he saw hair dressers hacking at hair with a comb, and that's when he realised there was a gap in the market for a detangling hair brush that made brushing an easy process.

                Once Sean had come up with his Tangle Teezer, he decided to go on Dragons Den to pitch his idea to the dragons. The aim of going on Dragon's Den was to try and get the business entrepreneurs to invest in his idea to raise money to help market and sell Tangle Teezers. However not all went to plan and the dragons didn't believe in his idea, they bluntly brushed Shaunn off telling him it 'was not a business' and it resulted in no investments. Since Dragons Den, Tangle Teezer has become the best selling hair brush in the UK and has soon become a global favourite with at least 19 awards, and I'm sure plenty more to come. Sean definitely got the last laugh! (All this information can be found on the Tangle Teezer website).

                ---------- About the Brush ----------
                What makes this brush so much better than others? Well according to the Tangle Teezer website, the brushes have 'specifically spaces and designed teeth'. 'Teeth that flexed over tangles without pulling or snagging.' - And I have to agree the teeth are very flexible.

                There are quite a few different Tangle Teezers available. There are different coloured brushes, there are compact brushes, and there's even a cute little flower brush available which is aimed at young girls. Prices vary but I have the 'original' brush in the colour 'disco purple'. I really like the colour of my brush. It's a dark purple colour with small sparkles on the brush. My brush costs £10.20.

                ---------- Does it work? ----------
                A big fat YES! Somehow my Tangle Teezer seems to be so much less painful than other brushes. Okay so when my hair is extra knotty it can hurt sometimes, or take a while to brush all my hair through, but I still find this brush amazing compared to normal brushes. I use my Tangle Teezer on wet and dry hair, and it's fabulous to use on both. I think the reason it is a lot less painful than other brushes is because the teeth of the brush are very flexible, and so don't tug on your hair when you find a knot. Because Tangle Teezers are mostly pain free, I think it would be a wonderful purchase for mothers with children that hate having their hair brushed, (I used to be one of them children, and I wish these brushes were around when I was younger!)

                ---------- Downsides? ----------
                I can only really think of 2 minor ones. The first being the cost. £10.20 seems a bit expensive for a hair brush, however bearing in mind this brush will last me a very very long time so I am happy to pay this price.

                The second? Well I have known some people to complain that there is no handle so it is hard to hold. However this isn't a problem for me as I find that the curved shape of the Tangle Teezer is a great shape to be able to grip the brush well enough for me.

                ---------- Price and Availability ----------
                As I said prices vary:
                Original Brush: £10.20
                Salon Elite Brush: £11.20
                Compact Styler Brush: £12.25
                Magic Flowerpot Brush: £13.26
                I'm not too sure about the difference between some of these brushes, but you can find out at www.tangleteezer.com.

                ---------- Overall ----------
                Overall this is a fantastic brush, now brushing hair is a pain free, easy process. This brush is stylish, and works wonders on my hair, leaving it looking lovely and smooth. Thank you Shaun Pulfrey for your wonderful invention!

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                  Would not buy again.

                  I received this nail varnish as a gift about a month ago. I am a huge fan of nail varnishes so it's always a nice treat to receive one. This nail varnish is a crackle nail varnish, which means when applied on top of a base coat, the nail varnish crackles to show the base coat underneath, if you do not know what I mean then just search crackle effect nail varnish into Google.

                  I find the colour of this nail varnish gorgeous. It's not like the normal pinks and reds, it's a lovely turquoise glittery blue. When I received this nail varnish I was so excited to try it as I thought that the bright blue with a black underneath would look amazing.

                  I applied black as the base coat and patiently waited for it to dry. Once it was dry I then applied the MUA crackle glitter nail polish. I find that the polish went on smoothly and easily, there were no bumps or anything.

                  Once I had applied the MUA crackle glitter nail polish I then watched my nails and waited for the polish to crack to show the black underneath. I saw the blue polish start to slowly show a few cracks, I then waited longer and nothing more happened, it really did not look impressive at all. There was about one or two cracks that appeared, it didn't look like a wonderful effect, instead it just looked like I hadn't applied my nail varnish properly.

                  I am going to have to give this nail varnish 2 stars, you're probably wondering why I am awarding it 2 stars, well it's because all though this nail varnish didn't deliver as a crackle polish, I have found that if I use a blue as a bottom coat and then apply this MUA nail polish over the top of the blue base coat, then it just looks like I have a nice glitter blue nail polish on, so it isn't completely useless.

                  If you want to buy this nail polish then you cay buy it here for £2.99:
                  http://www.muastore.co.uk/index.php/glitter-nail-quake-nail-varnish

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                  Fantastic mascara that I will be sticking to.

                  After not getting on well with Soap and Glory's thick and fast mascara, I decided to try out a different mascara. I had no idea where to start so I went on the Boots website and searched for mascaras using the 'top rated' button so that the highest rated mascaras would come up first. One of the mascaras that was rated highly was the masterpiece max mascara from Max Factor. After reading several reviews I decided to go ahead and buy it.

                  Masterpiece Max mascara comes in a black tube with two gold rims around the tube. I find the colour scheme makes this mascara look very classic. On the tube it says that the mascara gives high volume and definition. The only problem I have had with the packaging of this mascara is that when I got it it was so tightly packed in plastic that I found it very hard to remove it, and there still it a bit of plastic left on the tube as I just can't get it off.

                  Looking on the Max Factor website, this is what it claims about the mascara: 'Masterpiece Max Mascara is the next generation of mascara. It delivers bold, thick lashes with up to 400% volume but defines and smoothes at the same time for a surprisingly, sleek effect. One swipe of its high tech IFX brush gives a chic, catwalk finish in seconds.' This is exactly what I was looking for. A mascara that delivers volume without the clumps.

                  Using the mascara is fairly easy. You just unscrew the lid and pull out the wand. (I've heard that pumping the wand in and out the tube dries out your mascara quicker, so instead I just swirl the wand in the tube once and then slowly pull it out). The brush is actually a small brush, which I find makes it easier to apply the mascara to your eyes. To apply the mascara I just open my eyes wide and then run the brush along my lashes.

                  I find the results really are incredible, I think it's the best mascara I have ever used. After one coat my lashes look long and thick, they really do add volume to my lashes. I find one coat is enough volume for a day time look, but if I was going out at night I often add 2 coats. This again adds even more volume to my lashes, but the really good thing is that it rarely makes my lashes clump together. Okay so occasionally when I add a bit too much mascara then there can be a few clumps, but I find this to be my fault and not really the mascaras. Overall when I use the mascara it adds incredible volume to my lashes without clumps.

                  (I have only had this mascara about 3 weeks so I can't comment on whether this mascara drys out or not).

                  If you want this mascara you can buy it from places like Boots for £9.99 for 7.2ml of product. It comes in three colours black, black brown and deep blue. I got it in black brown but that was actually an accident as I wanted black but didn't realise I had selected black brown until I had bought it. But to be honest it just looks black when applied so I'm not bothered.

                  Overall this is a fantastic mascara and I think I will be sticking to it from now on!

                  51 out of 62 people rated this mascara 5 stars on Boots.

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                  • globaltestmarket.com / Internet Site / 78 Readings / 75 Ratings
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                    One of the best survey sites I feel.

                    I first came across global test market when I was researching how to make money online (just like how I found out about dooyoo!). We all have them times when we would like a bit of extra cash, and I thought doing surveys for money sounded pretty easy! So after researching that global test market were actually a reliable company and not some kind of scam I decided to sign up.

                    When you first sign up to global test market you will have to do some of the profile surveys, these are basically surveys you do so that global test market know more about you and so they can send you the right surveys to match you.

                    Global test market will email you when there is a survey available for you to take. The email will tell you things such as roughly how many market points you will be rewarded with for taking the survey.

                    I bet you're wondering what market points are? Well they are points you get for taking part in surveys, they vary from how long the surveys are, but the most common market points that I get rewarded with are between 30-35 for this surveys will mostly be around 20 minutes long, however before you take the survey it will tell you how long it should take to complete the survey.

                    Once you reach 1000 market points you can then redeem your market points. 1000 points will give you £30. Since joining around a year ago I have made £90. However I reckon I could have made more if I had completed more surveys, however I am happy with how much I have made, it may not seem a lot to everyone but every little helps! And I find that the money I get from survey sites I like to spend on a few treats such as clothes and makeup.

                    When you redeem your market points global test market will send you a cheque. It takes a while for you to receive the cheque, it's between 6-8 weeks, but one time I think it came a bit earlier than this.

                    When you take a survey you have to answer a few basic questions such as your age and gender to see if you are the right person that they are looking for, for taking the survey. If you are not the right person then you will be screened out, and you won't be able to take the survey. However if you are screened out then you are entered into 'sweepstakes' which is where you have the chance to win some cash! I have never personally won though. I find that most of the times I am the right person to take the survey however I do get screened out quite a bit sometimes, but I don't think this can be helped.

                    The surveys vary from different topics from deodorants to the lottery! You can really be asked about anything. Some surveys that I find come up a lot are film surveys. These are my favorite kind of surveys, often a trailer for a film will be played and you answer questions about what your opinions are about the film, it's actually quite fun! However you can get the boring surveys but earning cash is not always fun!

                    I find global test market is really one of the best survey sites around, and I am so glad I found it. I am going to try to complete more surveys so that I can continue to earn cash with this reliable survey site. Although there are a few small disadvantages, I have to give this company 5 starts as it really is one of the best survey sites out there.

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                      A lovely book.

                      ---------- Introduction ----------
                      This is a children's book about a little boy called Alfie, and a little girl called Annie Rose. They are brother and sister. This book contains 9 different stories. Well I say stories, some of the stories are a few pages long, where as some of them are just a page, more like a poem!

                      The 9 stories are:
                      - Breakfast -
                      A simple story, a few pages long about Annie Rose eating her breakfast, and Alfie helping her to eat her breakfast.

                      - Grandma's Pictures -
                      This is a lovely little story, again a few pages long. This is about Annie and Alfie's grandma that comes to visit. The short story tells us about their Grandma's picture book, and about their Grandma's life when she was a little girl, one part it tells us about how when grandma was little she would walk to school with her brother, and her brother hated going to school that one day he took off his trousers and threw them into a field, not a great example for children! However I think it would cause them to laugh!

                      - Statue -
                      This is a short poem like story, it is a page long and is just about how Alfie and his dad like to hide behind a statue in the park.

                      - Proper Words -
                      This a lovely little story about how Annie Rose learns to talk. Annie Rose loves Alfie's friend Bernard as Bernard always makes funny faces at Annie Rose. The story tells how Bernard tries to teach Annie Rose to say his name. And eventually Annie manages to say Bernards name and everyone is very impressed.

                      - People in the Street -
                      This again is a short poem like story. It is a page long and talks about who Alfie sees in the street. It says things like 'A lot of people live in Alfie's street. There's Mrs McNally polishing the door knocker, and Maureen mending her bike..' etc. This I find a lovely little short poem in the book as on the page next to the writing there are lovely pictures of Mrs McNally polishing the door knocker, and Maureen mending her bike etc. So you can read the words and get your child to point out who you are talking about.

                      - Mr McNally's Hat -
                      This is a story about how Alfie gets to keep one of Mr McNally's hats. He takes it to Nursery with him to show all of his friends, and then eventually he puts it away in his toy cupboard and doesn't use it much. Until one day he sees the milkman come up to his door in the rain with his hair soaking, so Alfie goes to get the hat and gives it to the milkman. Alfie however gets upset as the next few days when it's raining the milkman is not wearing Alfie's hat. The milkman notices Alfie is upset and takes him to the milk van where Alfie sees a little stray puppy sleeping in the hat.

                      - Bedtime in Summer -
                      This is another short poem like story. It's about trying to get to sleep when it's summer, to be honest this is probably my least favorite short poem.

                      - Here Comes the Bridesmaid -
                      This is a story about how Alfie is a page boy for a bride, however during the ceremony Annie Rose who is not meant to be part of the ceremony, gets up and walks along next to Alfie down the isle. I found this one of my favorite stories, I think children will find this quite funny.

                      - Birthday -
                      This is the last short story/poem in the book. It is about birthdays (obviously) 'Tomorrow there are going to be: hugs and kisses, cards in the post, balloons probably, a big cake with icing, and candles...'.


                      ---------- My opinions ----------
                      My favorite stories are 'here comes the bridesmaid', 'people in the street', and 'proper words'. I find that the nice thing about this children's book is that all the stories are realistic. Obviously it's nice for kids to read books about magical faries and dragons, however it's nice to get a balance and read a book about things that actually happen in every day life, like eating your breakfast! As these stories are realistic, some children may find them a bit boring, however I'm sure stories like here comes the bridesmaid and proper words would keep them entertained.

                      I have to mention the pictures in this book, they are all so gorgeous! The pictures are so detailed and there are lots of them too which your children can look at, sometimes a picture takes up a whole page. They really are drawn beautifully.

                      I would recommend this book to you. I don't think that young children would be able to read this book, but you could read it to them and I would think that they would enjoy it.

                      ---------- Information ----------
                      You can buy this book from Amazon for £5.24.
                      Or from Waterstones for £5.29.
                      The book is written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes.

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                        Not the best.

                        ---------- Introduction ----------
                        A few months ago there was a 3 for 2 offer on at Boots for Soap and Glory products. I was excited when I saw their mascara, and was really looking forward to trying it. However I noticed that it was out of stock. I forgot about the mascara for a few weeks until I saw it as part of a magazine deal where you buy the magazine and get the mascara for free. Now seeing as the mascara costs £10, and the magazine with the mascara in it cost something like £4.50, I jumped at the chance to get the mascara for less than half price!

                        ---------- Packaging ----------
                        This mascara comes in a plain tube with thick, large writing on the front saying 'THICK & FAST' 'super volume mascara'. It also stated that there was 10ml of mascara in the tube.

                        ---------- Claims ----------
                        This mascara claims to 'create amazingly, longer, fuller, fabulous lashes. Featuring superfil false lash fillers, shine amplifiers, noflake24 technology and super-fine-no-clumps natural wax film formers.' - (This was taken off the Soap & Glory website). To be honest I don't know what a lot of that means, but I guess it's meant to give you longer, fuller lashes, with no clumps, and it also claims that it doesn't flake.

                        ---------- Using the Mascara and the Results ----------
                        When first using the mascara I pulled out the wand from the tube, it looked like there was a lot of mascara on the bristles, but at closer look I realised there wasn't a lot of mascara on the bristles at all, instead the small amount of mascara on the bristles was dry and flaky, and not slightly wet like you would expect a mascara to be. The first time I used it, I didn't have this problem a lot, but I've used it a bit more now, and the problem has got worse.

                        When applying this mascara after one coat my lashes were longer and fuller, but not as big and not as much volume as I had wanted. After the second coat my lashes were getting clumps of mascara in them, and my lashes stuck together. Not a great look!

                        Throughout the day I find that I get bits of black under my eyes, so for me I find that it does flake and rub off under my eyes. I also find that when I get home my lashes don't look long and big.

                        ---------- Price and Availability ----------
                        You can get this mascara from the larger Boots stores for £10 for 10ml.

                        ---------- Overall ----------
                        Overall I find that this mascara isn't worth the price. Maybe when I got this mascara in the magazine it was an old mascara or something, I'm not sure! I have seen some great reviews of this mascara, so maybe you should buy it and see what you think, but I won't be repurchasing as for me it clumped after 2 coats and made my lashes stick together, it came off throughout the day, and left black bits under my eyes.

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                        • Pandora Monkey Charm / Jewellery / 75 Readings / 70 Ratings
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                          A lovely charm to have on my bracelet.

                          ---------- Introduction ----------
                          Ever since I got my Pandora bracelet a few years ago, I have loved receiving new charms to add to it. And this monkey charm was no exception. I received this for my birthday last year.

                          ---------- About Pandora ----------
                          Most of you probably know about the brand Pandora, however for those of you who don't I will quickly explain it. Pandora is a brand that sells jewelry such as rings, earrings and bracelets. The monkey charm I will be reviewing is a charm to add to my Pandora charm bracelet.

                          ---------- The Charm ----------
                          The charm is absolutely adorable. It is a charm of a monkey cradling a baby monkey. The detail on this charm is lovely, from the happy smiling monkey faces right down to the toes of the monkey. Obviously a lot of work has gone into making this. From far away you can't exactly tell what the charm is, but when you get closer it becomes obvious that it's a monkey and a baby monkey. The charm is an average side, around half a cm wide and 1cm tall, so not too small or too big.

                          I think this charm would be a perfect present from say a mother to a daughter, as the baby monkey could represent the child, and the big monkey the parent. You could also give this charm to people who like monkeys in general!

                          I have had this charm for almost a year now and it has stayed in perfect condition. Overall the charm is very cute and a wonderful addition to my bracelet.

                          ---------- Price and Availability ----------
                          You can buy Pandora charms from Pandora shops, or some jewelry shops that sell Pandora, such as my nearest one is the jewelers Hoppers. The charm costs £25, which is actually a good price compared to other Pandora charms.

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                            Great at removing makeup, just didn't like using it.

                            Cetaphil gentle cleanser
                            ---------- Introduction ----------
                            So recently when I ran out of my cleanser, I had nothing to use, however my mum gave me this cleanser for free seeing as she didn't need it. I had never tried anything from the brand 'cetaphil' before, let alone ever heard anything about it, but I thought I would give it a go.

                            ---------- About the cleanser ----------
                            This is what it says about the cleanser on the back of the bottle: 'recommended as a gentle, non irritating daily cleanser for sensitive and dry skin. Soap free formula removing dirt, make-up and other impurities without drying the skin. Helps skin retain needed moisture. Leaves skin feeling soft smooth and healthy. Smoothes and softens as it cleans. PH balanced for effective and gentle cleansing.' - This sounded perfect for me as I have dry and sensitive skin.

                            ---------- Packaging ----------
                            This cleanser comes in a cream bottle with a blue pump lid. On the dooyoo picture it has a flip top lid, and so I must have an old cleanser and the packaging must have changed. On the front of the bottle it says 'gentle skin cleanser for all skin types' 'mild, non-irritating formula'. On the back of the bottle it tells you about the cleanser, how to use, the ingredients and how to contact the company. Overall the packaging is simple; I would probably rather it be something like pink and pretty, however obviously not everyone would want that, and so this cleanser is suitable for everyone to have on their dressing table no matter what age.

                            ---------- Using the cleanser ----------
                            When I read the back of the bottle about how to use, I must admit I was a tad confused. This is what it says about the directions for use: 'Apply cetaphil to the skin and massage gently. Without water: Wipe off excess with soft tissue or cotton wool. With water: Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.' So basically you can either use this cleanser as a face wash or as a cleanser that you wipe off with cotton wool.

                            When removing my makeup I don't really like to use water and a face wash to remove it as I feel it doesn't remove every single trace of makeup. So instead I just pumped out about 2 blobs of the cleanser onto a cotton wool pad. I found that the 2 blobs only covered about half of my face and so I had to add to more blobs to cleanse the other side of my face. This I found a little annoying, it just didn't seem to spread across my face very well.

                            Also when I first used this cleanser I was so surprised about what it looked like. I expected it to look like a moisturiser or something, (I forgot it was a face wash as well) and so it just felt weird. It was like applying a face wash to dry skin, if that makes sense. Normally with cleansers that look like moisturisers, they absorb into your skin easier, however it took quite a bit of effort to get this cleanser to sink into my skin.

                            After using the cleanser I just splashed some water over my face.

                            ---------- Results ----------
                            After using the cleanser I must say it does feel like all my make-up has come off. Also my face feels very soft and smooth which I was very pleased about. I was happy with the results. The cleanser was gentle on my skin and didn't irritate it, also it didn't dry it out any more, however I don't think that it really moisturised my skin.

                            ---------- Price and Availability ----------
                            You can buy this cleanser from Boots. It will cost you £8.99 for a 236ml bottle. I find this a very expensive price as you can get most decent cleansers for around £4.


                            ---------- Overall ----------
                            Overall this was a good cleanser at getting rid of all my makeup, leaving my face feeling soft and it was gentle on my skin. However I didn't like using the cleanser, it felt weird like applying soap to a dry face, it didn't spread across my face well or absorb into my skin.

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                          • Rio Nail Art Kit / Hand & Nail Care / 90 Readings / 86 Ratings
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                            I love them!

                            This past year, I have started to have an obsession for nail varnish and nail art. And so after giving several hints, I was lucky enough to receive RIO nail art kit for Christmas.

                            For those of you who don't know what nail art is, it's basically where you paint your fingernails or toe nails with decorative patterns. It could be something simple such as having spotty nails, or if you're really experienced you can even try painting complex patterns onto your nails. It's up to you!

                            As I've said, I'm interested in nail art, as I think it just makes your nails look really cool, and it's a lot more interesting than just painting your nails with one colour. So anyway, this nail kit is aimed to help you create nail art patterns on your nails. This is what it says on the back of the box this kit came in: 'personalise your nails with Rio Professional Nail Art. Double ended applicators feature detailing pen and fine line brush. Chose from 8 stunning colours, including 3 primary colours and metallic silver.'

                            So what's in the kit? Well you have 8 'pens', these are used for drawing out patterns onto your nails. Every pen is a different colour, there is: blue, red, white, green, silver, yellow, pinky/purple and black.

                            When you pull up the lid on one of the pens, you see a small thin stick, which looks like a needle. You squeeze the pen and a small blob of colour will come out the end. I find that the needle is good for creating things like small spots. However if you like you can also use it for creating things like thin lines and waves. Once you have popped the lid of the needle back on, you can now twist the top of the pen, then pull it up, you will then see a fine line brush, I feel the brush is best to use for drawing things like lines.

                            The pens are designed in an excellent way, if you want to use the needle part of the pen, you just pull off the lid, and if you want to use the fine line brush, you just twist the lid, it's really easy.

                            I find the pens very easy to use. The easiest design I think you can do, is to first paint your nails a colour, say for example pink. Then once it is dry, grab a nail art pen, and just paint small spots all over your nails, it's an easy but effective look.

                            After a while of using these pens, I have become a little better and less shaky, and so now I can do more complex designs such as drawing little hearts onto my nails, and I have even tried out a domino design where I have painted my nails black, then using the brush do a thin line across my nail, then either side draw on some spots so that my nails look like dominos. You really can create any look you like!

                            A downside to the pens is that when I was painting some dots onto my nails, then needle bent slightly, and came out of place. After pushing it back into place I thought it would work fine again, until I realised that the needle was blocked up. I was very annoyed and left it for like a month until I realised that stuck to the bottom of each pen is a small pin, and you just push it through the needle, and it becomes unblocked, wonderful!

                            Another problem is that if you're right handed like me, then it's a lot harder to paint your right hand. (This is obviously the problem with any kind of product like this, and it can't be helped!) However you might have a friend with a steady hand that can do your other hand for you. Or after a while of practising, it gets easier to paint both hands!

                            In this kit not only do you get the 8 pens, but you also get a few other bits and bobs. You get a paintbrush, some gems, some glitter, a DVD, a leaflet with different nail designs on, and an instruction booklet with shows you basic techniques and designs to try.

                            Honestly I think that glitter and gems look a little tacky on nails, and so I haven't actually used them. However I have read the instruction booklet and it gives very clear instructions on how to apply them, and it does sound very easy. To apply the glitter you just apply some of the nail polish from the pens to the area you want to cover, and then sprinkle the glitter over the top. And then the same technique for the gems, just paint a small dot of polish where you want the gem to go, then hold the gem firmly down until it dries.

                            As I've mentioned, this kit also comes with a DVD, I have watched it once, and found it useful at showing you basic techniques and a few ideas to try. It shows you how to do dots, strokes, swirls, different designs, and also how to apply the glitter and gems.

                            Overall I find this a fantastic little kit to make your nails look pretty and artistic. After a while you can create lots of different colourful patterns and make your nails look really cool. I love this kit and wont stop using it! (Well until the pens run out and I have to buy some more).

                            You can buy this kit from Argos for £25.49.

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