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Hey guys! So this review is going to be a quick and simple one since it's going to be clearly obvious from the start what I think about it.
<strong>Application:</strong> The brush itself is a plastic one; I know its not for everyone, but personally I love it! It does need a little getting used to for applying but after a few times, its fine.
<strong>What does it do?</strong> This mascara for me gives exceptional length and makes my lashes look so long! No other mascara that I have tried have given my lashes as much length, and that in my books, is a HUGE plus since it is primarily what I look for in a mascara. As I mentioned, I do sway towards the lengthening side over just volume. For me, since my lashes are naturally fairly straight, with just a volumising mascara, it just looks very bland and I don't get that fanned out eyelash look.
<strong>Conclusion:</strong> I really love this mascara. It makes my lashes look very long, and also give the perfect amount of volume. Another point of why I don't like just volumising mascaras is that, they tend to either clump like crazy or they don't make the lashes tapered in any way.. And so your left with the same width from the roots to the tips which make them look SO artificial which I'm not a big fan of. With this mascara, it is also nicely build-able. Even with 2-3 coats, it just accentuates the lovely full set of lashes that make them look like false eyelashes, BUT natural... does that make sense?
<strong>Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars</strong>
-minus of half a star due to needing some getting used to the brush :/
If you don't want to read the whole review, I just want to say.. This is AMAZING. That pretty much sums up what the whole review will be about. This is such a nice foundation to wear. And the best thing of all? It doesn't even feel like your wearing any! The consistency of this foundation is fairly thin, slightly more thinner than most drugstore/high-end foundations out there. BUT, what makes it amazing is that on your face, it feels like a tinted moisturiser, but you still get the medium (but still build-able) coverage. Finding this foundation has solved such a big issue when it comes to make-up for me and I simply can't praise it enough! Oh, nearly forgot to mention, I am so forgetful for when it comes to sun protection so I'm really happy that its got built SPF 18. :D happy days whilst being protected from the sun.
Since Jemma Kidd is not yet widely available in stores across the UK and I live in such a small town; the only option left for me was to order it online.. *cue the shock horror* If you are a bit of a make-up fanatic like myself, you would know its like mission impossible trying to find the correct colour matched foundation at the drugstore where they even have testers (...not so great I know, but hey, at least it's something) and so it's on a whole new level trying to colour match yourself online. I must say, if there is a foundation out there that you can only get your hands on online; go get colour matched at MAC. It's a free, simple trial that consists of the make-up artist there matching you with the correct colour of foundation from MAC (i.e. NC3-35, NW20-25). Now with that being the most universal colour-match when it comes to foundation, you will then see many reviews with people talking the colour that they are at MAC, and then the colour that they bought the foundation in question. Simples! :) ~a great website for this would be MakeupAlley. A great online beauty community that has reviews on just about anything make-up, skincare etc.~ So for me, this was at MAC an NC30-35 and so I went with the shade 3 from Jemma Kidd.
I have combination/oily skin and this foundation lasts a pretty good amount of the day on my face which is nice. I do have to blot my t-zone around mid-day, but that's something no foundation will be able to prevent. It claims to have a 'unique long-lasting technology' and whether it does, I don't really think so. But that could be down to my combination/oily skin type. If your skin was slightly more on the drier side, then this would be perfect for you.
-Great consistency, since it's so thin, it blends like a dream into the skin and eliminates the risk of looking very obvious if not blended in properly. A very forgiving foundation.
-Although the actual colour matching is fairly hard, the colour range is not TOO bad.
-It has built in SPF 18 :)
-Definitely recommend it for those who have combination/dry. It doesn't extenuate dry patches and has an overall flawless finish.
-It is advertised to be a 'matte' finish foundation so there are no shimmer particles in (which I particularly detest)
-Sadly, if you want to get your hands on this foundation, then you would most likely have to result in ordering online.
-To be honestly, although the packaging does look pretty nice and sleek, since the foundation is a more thin consistency, it does begin to get slightly more messy no matter how tightly you try to close the cap :( (that can't be helped, trust me, I've tried..)
-Slightly on the price-r side.
-Since it is a 'matte' finish foundation, it may look slightly flat on the face. For me, I think this foundation looks the best after around 30 minutes after application when it has completely oxidized to my perfect skin tone.
-There are 7 shades in total to choose from and ranges from 'Ultra light no 1' to 'Dark no 7'.
-For 30ml for bottle, it costs £25 ~available on feelunique~ (so price-wise, I guess it's more on the high-end, but I think its worth it!)
-It is a silicone based foundation, which I know is an ingredient that a few people can have a reaction to and could possibly make them break out. Even though I have combination oily skin, this has not broken me out. Having said that, I believe it might have something to do with my previous foundation which was also a silicone based foundation and at the start, I did break out ever so slightly, but that resolved itself quite quickly. On the other hand, with foundations that contains silicone, it acts to even out your skin and adds a more velvet feel to your skin.
Generally I have combination/oily skin and hair that is to say the least... Highly a pain in the bum. With my hair getting oily just the next day I wash, I've started to wash my hair everyday. Before I get many lectures, don't get me wrong, I know all the drawbacks of washing your hair every day and how it can be damaging almost, but I cannot stand greasy hair. Even on the second day when I've used dry shampoo and done my very best to cover up the oilies, it really does become visible and I get very self-concious.
I first heard about this shampoo (& the conditioner) from a girl on youtube. She had the longest hair ever and it looked so beautifully shiny and smooth. Keep in mind that I do want to grow my hair out (since it's only shoulder length at the moment) I do want to keep it in the best condition as possible, but I have to do so, whilst washing it everyday because I can't stand greasy hair.
Enough about the background, lets get into the review..
The Shampoo and conditioner is available nationwide in many shops; boots, superdrug, supermarkets etc. Currently the 400g bottles retail for between £4-5 each. For me, I think that's a really good price considering shampoos and conditioners from other high-street brands such as John Frieda, Andrew Collinge, etc retailing at around the same price but for much less product.
Growing up the whole family used to always use head & shoulder. It was the stable products in the bathroom and no-one really thought anything of it really. Since then, things have changed and I never really gave them a second glance in the stores. I just went straight to the other brands in thinking it would be better for my hair. It just goes to show that sometimes you need to go straight back to basics and you'll be good as new.
-Cleans my hair really well. After washing, it makes my hair feel squeaky clean but not TOO clean to the point where it feels almost dry and all the moisture's been sucked out of it which I find with most other 'greasy hair' targeted shampoos.
-Smells very nice. As the name may suggest, it does have a hint of a citrus scent, although not overwhelming. I tried the itchy scalp shampoo of theirs not long ago and they smell exactly the same to me but.. at least it isn't a bad smell, right?
-It lathers up quite nicely. Now, although I don't have very thick hair, sometimes I find that the shampoo can miss the inner layer of the hair and so I do tend to shampoo twice. I was told once from a hairdresser that it's best to wash the hair twice. Firstly to break down all the dirt and grease (gross I know..) and then the second time to completely wash it away so your not left with any residue. That's also one of the reasons why with partnered shampoos and conditioner, the shampoo bottle is slightly bigger.
-oh, since this is an anti-dandruff shampoo after all, like all others, it contains 'Pyrithione zinc'. Not only is this the medicating active ingredient, but it had been said that it's great to promote hair growth.
-Although it does help with the greasiness a little, I'm afraid it wasn't enough for me and I'm still washing my hair everyday. However, since I been washing my hair everyday for the past month or so, one of these days I might train my hair so I can go back to washing my hair every two days. This on the other hand takes time, and I would have to go around 2-3weeks of having that horrid greasy second day hair..
It hasn't miraculously stopped my hair from getting super greasy straight away, but I really DO like this shampoo a lot. I have tons of different shampoos in my cupboard, but this is the one that I've been reaching for the most lately.
I personally really love the MAC blushcreme and will be sad seeing it go. I been into the MAC to swatch the cremeblends and honestly it is NOT the same. The consistency of the crememblends are more runny almost and isn't as nice to work with. The colours are also a bit of an issue. They have kept some of the same colours from blushcremes onto the cremeblends but when I looked in the store and also visible online, they are completely different (okay, maybe just make-up fanatics like myself but the undertones are just way off) so I don't really see why they transferred the same names.. My favourite blushcreme colour is brit wit which I ADORE! Brit wit itself is a cool toned rose-y pink colour without any orange or red undertones. Although coral colours are loved by many people, personally I much prefer a more true rose-y, mauve pink. It's easy to work with and is such a fool-proof colour to wear. It takes out the risk of putting too much on your cheeks and end up looking very embarrassed.
When I first bought it, I got it from a counter in a department store and so their stock was more limited than the stores. I original planned on getting it in the colour 'ladyblush' because it is so popular amongst bloggers and youtubers but when I swatched them all on the back of my hand, I could see the clear winner was definitely the blushcreme in the colour 'brit wit'. It's the perfect colour to add that super natural glow to your skin. It will leave lots of others pondering the same thought 'Is she wearing any blush or is that just her skin??' When I first tried it on in store, since it was the MA who had put it on, I hadn't experienced what it was like to actually apply it myself. The first time that I used this product, I was quite sceptical because when dabbed my brush into the product a few times, nothing came on. This can happen sometimes with a few make-up products, especially cream products. Don't be discouraged and plan to take it back straight away. It's simply because it has been open to the air that smidgen more so it creates a very thin layer almost. It can sometimes create a slightly rough surface, but don't worry, once you have used the product for around 2-3 times, it completely disappears and you are left with a very smooth and easy to work with product.
-Blends nicely... It's so easy to blend and it just glides over the skin to add the perfect amount of colour
-Good colour... the colour selection is very limited in comparison to MAC powder blushers but for creme blushers, it's all you'll need
-Many forms of application... I can apply this product using my fingers, a stippling brush ~small one like MAC 188~ or a normal blush brush ~I've tried it with elf studio blush brush and powder brush, Sigma round top kabuki, coastal scents blush brush~
-Finish... It dries to a dewy glow finish which I love. If I wanted a more matte finish, then I would use a powder blush.
-They are being discontinued so they are either not available at you local MAC store or the stock in very limited.
-Longevity... It lasts for a good amount of time, but not super long-lasting. I have combination/oily skin so it lasts through for around 6-7 hours on me.
As you can see, for me the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks for this product.
-MAC blushcremes are available in MAC stores internationally. Combined with stores and counters in department stores, there are over 50 MAC stands currently in the UK. Most being in London and Birmingham.
-The Recommended retail price is not 100% due to them being no longer on the MAC website, however if you can find them, they would be the same as the cremeblends therefore £17
I'm not going to lie, I am quite gutted that MAC are/have discontinued this product. It has always been by go to favourite cream blush and so once mine finishes which I will be very sad to see it go, I will have to be on the hunt again for the ultimate cream blush. Blush is one of my favourite make-up items to wear because with such a simple and easy step, it transforms your appearance and just when you've been out all day and beginning to look like a zombie running on 2hours of sleep, a quick pat of blush on the cheeks will bring an instant healthy glow that will make you look much more awake and alert.
Firstly, I love what the brand stands for. It's getting more and more rare these days to find clothing/shoe brands putting ethic and morals before £££ and Tom's are a great brand that's generous.
Toms have been very popular for their great quality, simple and comfortable shoes and at the same time, acting on their great scheme they do. It's simple: "With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One."
Since the launch of the brand, with the help from all those who have bought their shoes they have managed to give away 1million pairs of shoes to those in need! :D how fantastic is that?!
I think it's great that they are doing something so generous and helping many others out their and it just shows the people behind the brand are not the type to turn a blind-eye to child labour or forgetting about those who could benefit greatly from selling them selling their shoes.
If you weren't interested in any of the message behind the brand and just want the details of the shoes themselves.. here we go
As I said, they are super comfortable and unlike some other trainers, they are super light and so it doesn't really feel like your wearing much on your feet (it's like running round barefoot :P). The only slight drawback possibly is that it might take a bit of getting used to at first. When I tried it on in store for the first time, I honestly was slightly annoyed. I've been planning to get them for a while, and then when I tried them on and started to walk, they slipped right off! They just would not stay on my feet, although I had my correct size. I thought at the time that I was going to need to get some heel grips or something because I insisted on getting a pair. Walking out the shop and after a short while, I saw a few others with them on and it baffled me as to how theirs stayed on perfectly.. 'ohh, they must all have heel grips on..' came to mind but I was quick to judge. Within about 3-4 wears of the trainers, it started to feel like second nature. They stayed on perfectly by themselves and were so comfortable.
Most likely, if your a student or you have quite long days I would totally recommend them. With the amount of walking I have to do in a day, I can get super tiring but at least my feet will be fine! :)
I cannot express any more love for my ipod nano. I've had it for well over a year now and have no plans on upgrading soon. Personally I'm not much of a gamer so if you are looking for something that will tie you over those boring times with games, then I'd recommend you getting an ipod touch. Because of that fact, this has honestly everything I need, it's great quality and is also reliable. I have not had my ipod ever go faulty on me or break and even though I don't have cover on it, it still in good condition and doesn't look that beaten up (although everything else in my bag does!)
I believe in the UK, the colours now available for the ipod 4th gen is limited (due to apple wanted everyone to upgrade to the 5th gen or the newest touch nano..) My friend wanted a green one like mine, but sadly had to settle with orange since the apple store did not cater it anymore.
If your like me and you don't need to faff about with apps (better on the phone, so what's the big deal?) or games, or even don't like touch screen (trusty ol' blackberry) and all you care about is easily transferring music from the computer to the ipod and listening to great quality music, then this is your cup of tea!
I would totally recommend it, though I'm not sure how much the price difference is between the 4th gen and the 5th, I don't really think the 5th gen is worth it; save the extra £10-20 and treat yourself! (:
Battery life: The manufactures say: "for audio around 24hours, video 4 hours" ~As my ipod is now beginning to reach the ripe old of being 2 years old, I've found the battery life has decreased, but it hasn't been a major issue. If I remember correctly, I don't think even at the very start it lasted 24 hours for me.I think I would have to wait for around 2-3 more years to really see if the battery life does decrease significantly over time. For me, I love listening to my music quite loud, probably more louder than most of others, therefore I can go around 6-7 hours before it either dies or running incredibly low. However that is spread over around a week, and not necessarily in one sitting.
Oh, I must add, for those who are thinking of purchasing an ipod for the first time; with the nano's there is no actually way of turning it on/off. The only way is to have it locked. I would normally put it to sleep mode and then manually lock it. And for that reason, and since technically it is constantly running, this will drain some of your battery.
*Experience & Features*
I had to download iTunes onto my computer since this was the first apple product that I purchased, but it was fairly straightforward and simple. Downloading music is super easy and transferring it to your ipod is even more simple. With the use of the USB cable, once you have connected your ipod to your iTunes, it will instantly sync, transferring all your music, videos and games you have downloaded. Making playlists are also a quick and simple. You can even create a playlist on the go straight from your ipod. Whilst listening to a song, there is the option of adding that particular song onto the 'On-the-go' playlist. I think this is a great feature, because it eliminates the time you might have to spend on the computer making the playlist by going to through all your songs.
Sadly one of the features that the 4th generation lacks and the 5th generation has got is speakers. Unfortunately, you can't play songs out-loud on the 4th gen, but for me and most of those who have a docking station, it really isn't much of an issue. The sound quality of the ipod is simple amazing. I've had quite a few MP3 players in my time, but with the combination of a good quality earphones and the ipod, it blows all others out the water.
**Whats in the box?**
-earphones (personally I'm not a huge fan of the apple earphones, they tend to wear quite quickly so I would recommend maybe getting a pair elsewhere that are reliable)
-USB 2.0 adapter (to connect to your computer to sync)
-and an Instruction manual that helps you set up your ipod.
Since you have iTunes on your computer and they regularly update you on the latest version of the software, you wouldn't be missing out on what apple have to offer
After watching a video about this girl talking about how amazing this mascara was, I had to run out and get it! Her lashes looked absolutely perfect and I wanted a piece of the action. Sadly, I didn't get the happy ending I hoped for... The brush itself is fairly big and that gave me the impression that it would also give me big lashes, but that wasn't the case; it just left me applying several layers to get my lashes to look even a little bit volumised.
-Good packaging; It looks sleek and looks to be very durable which is nice
-Original bristles; some may favour the traditional bristles over the plastic brushes.
-Averagely priced; slightly high on the high-street scale, yet low for high-end
-Exquisite.. not so much; it didn't do a whole lot of what it promised which was long, beautifully curled lashes
-Little product comes out; this again may be a pro for some, but for me, as I'm usually always in a rush, having to sit and spend 5minutes straight just applying mascara is not so ideal.
-Formulation not the best; To me, since the day I opened it, it just seems so dry, that could be a factor as to why so little comes out..
-Exclusively available in Boots stores nationwide
-Recommended retail price at £13 (with coupon, £8)
~I don't really think it's worth the £8 price tag sadly..~
Since I was liking a lot more of a natural look with my make-up at the time, I decided to pick it up in the colour Brown/Black. For me, this would be much more wearable and can avoid that 'I'm obviously wearing 5 layers of mascara' look. I was in luck because at the time, I did have a No7 voucher which was nice.
The next day, when I was doing my make-up, I decided to try it out. As usual with all my mascaras, I curled by eyelashes and applied. ...Lets just say, to end up with ~Exquisite~ looking lashes were sadly much of an understatement. I so wanted to like this mascara a lot but within about a fortnight, it managed to get replaced by my previous, and trustworthy L'oreal telescopic. All in all, I would say this mascara gives a natural, yet defined look to your lashes, but there are many other more cheaper alternatives that do just as much of a good job to this one.
Hope you found it useful, any questions just let me know :)