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I used to spend a fortune on my makeup products but as I have got older and had children, I have had to cut back and one range I really like is MUA.
The MUA range is available from Superdrug and also online, quite often throughout the year Superdrug has three for two promotions running which is when I stock up and try new products. This is priced at just £3 which I think is excellent value for money considering other bands on the market.
The eyeshadow comes in a little black compact which has a clear lid so you can see the colours you are getting. The eyeshadow itself is a sold block, it starts with white, silver, dark blue and then black, which I really like as I find it easier to blend the colours. There are 5 other colour versions available, I also have a brown version which I use for work, I tend to use this one for nights out and create the ‘smokey eye’ look.
It is worth noting that you don’t get a brush with this set but to be honest, I find that the brushes that are normally enclosed with these smaller compacts and normally pretty rubbish so I wasn’t bothered about this fact.
I apply the lightest colour all over my eye up to your eyebrow, the middle shade over the bottom of my lid (up to the crease) and then the darkest against my lashes as if it was an eyeliner. I found this way gives the best results. Although they are powder eye shadows, they aren’t too ‘powdery’ and I don’t end up with my eyelashes coated in it. What I like most about the eye shadows is that they have staying power, if I apply before work, by the end of the day, the colouring is still present and it hasn’t melted away or creased in my lids.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this eyeshade and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I have never purchased anything from Lush but after reading lots of reviews on here about how fantastic their products are, I decided to call in this week and give one of their products a try. I had my sister with me who is a massive fan and she recommended this. This is available from Lush, both online and in store and is priced at £5.50 for a 25g pot.
The scrub comes on in a little clear pot which is topped with a black screw top lid, it reminds me a bit of the Body Shop lip butters back in the early nineties. The scrub itself in bright pink and very eye-catching, I can easily find it in my very deep makeup bag. One little touch about the product that I really like is that on the underside of the pot, it tell you who made the product and an image on their face with a great big smile, I think this is a really nice touch. Upon removing the lid apart from the colour, the first thing that I noticed was how gorgeous the smell was, it’s extremely sweet which I love and smells just like old fashioned bubblegum.
Applying the product is really easy, all I need to do it scoop a little onto my index finger then gently rub in a circular motion just like using a normal body scrub (except this for my lips), I find a little goes a long way and one little scoop will cover all my lips. I was a bit worried about getting the product in my mouth however my sister assured me that because this contains natural ingredients, it is safe to eat (and I must say, it tastes absolutely gorgeous).
After using, I always use a lip balm or a lipstick as this isn’t deigned to moisturise my lips, just to exfoliate. I can definitely notice the difference in the condition of my lips, particularly at this time of year, I suffer with dry cracked lips and this really helps, my lips suddenly feel a lot smoother and softer.
Overall, although I have only been using this for a few days, I really like it and would recommend to others so this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I am quite lucky in the fact that I have quite long eye lashes so I have never really had to use eyelash curlers but a couple of years ago my parents gave me a No 7 gift set from Boots which had a set in. For many months, the curlers just sat in my makeup box for several months before one day, I decided to give them a try.
===Price & availability===
The curlers are part of the No 7 range which is only available from Boots and they cost around £5 which I think is in line with the range. I tend to but quite a lot of No 7 products and I find that frequently there is an offer of some kind running whether that be 3 for 2 or a free gift when you spend over a certain amount.
The curlers measure around 5 inches in length so are quite compact and take up very little room in my makeup bag, they are a light bronze colour and feel quite well made and sturdy when in use. The curlers have a thumb and a finger hole to one end and the ‘clamp part’ which goes over your lashes at the other. To open the ‘clamp’ just place your finger and thumb into the holes (they work similar to a pair of scissors), I would recommend if you are a novice like me that you have a bit of practise doing this as it is a little tricky and the first few times I do this, I always end up clamping down on my eyelid.
Before using, you need to ensure my lashes are clean from any mascara, open the curler, insert over your lashes (as near to the root as possible) and them clamp down. Hold in this position for around 20 seconds, release, (repeat if you feel the need to) and then apply your mascara as normal.
I have heard people say that you can heat the end of the curlers for a few seconds with a blast from your hairdryer but because I keep trapping my eyelids, I have yet tried this.
Overall, I quite like these and I can definitely tell the difference when I have used them, although my lashes are long, they perhaps didn’t curl as much as they could have and these definitely help that. I now use them on a regular basis when I go out so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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I first discovered this brand a couple of years back and soon became a big fan and whenever I am running low on face-creams, this is the first brand I reach for.
===Price and availability===
The cream is normally priced at just under £10 for a 50ml tub which is a little more than other brands on the market but I do find that the range does quite frequently have offers running such as a third off or my favourite Boots one is when the offer any two of the product range for £12 which is what is running at the minute and when I tend to stock up. As well as the high street chemists, this is also available from most supermarkets too.
The cream comes in a small red pot which is topped with a screw lid, the cream inside is white in colour, it feels quite thick in comparison to the day cream but I often find this is the case with night creams. I would say that the cream has a nice fragrance to it which I can still smell on my face the following day, I would describe it as being slightly fruity and Garnier actually say it has ginger notes with elements of cherries (I must say, I can’t detect the ginger though). Upon application, the cream absorbs into my skin easily and doesn’t sit heavy on my face which I really like, it leaves my face looking slightly shiny, but not greasy. I found that applying required very little effort, the cream spread across my face and neck easily.
For me, this does seem to be one range of creams that definitely works, I don’t have loads of wrinkles but now I am in my thirties, there is definitely more than there used to be and this range of creams certainly helps reduce their visibility. Within around a week I can notice the difference in my skin, it feels lovely and soft and a lot healthier. I do find that the best results are found when I use this alongside the day cream and eye cream too, these are also priced very similar to this and also widely available.
I would definitely recommend the cream and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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As soon as I get home from work at the end of the day, I like to take my makeup off (if I am not going out) and my preferred way of doing this is normally using a cleanser and toner. When it comes to cotton wool, I don’t really prefer any brand and just buy from whichever shop I am in when I am running low. This is a brand which I have used in the past.
The pads are from the Skin System range which is unique to Asda, they currently retail for just £1 for a pack of 100 pads which I think is quite reasonable, quite often though Asda do have promotions running for example today they have 4 pack for £3 which makes these even better value for money.
The packaging of the pads is very simple and basically the same as any other pack of pads, they come stacked on top of each other so they are in a tube shape. The plastic packaging it comes in is a slightly see through aqua colour which I really like and I can easily see how many is left in the pack. To the top of the packet is a little drawstring which can be fastened really easily and I like as it keeps all my pads in the bag neatly, I have used cheaper versions in the past which don’t have this and I have ended up with the pads all fallen into my dressing table drawer.
It is worth noting though that these are also available in a double back which contains 200 pads, the only difference is that packaging is white yet these also retail for £1, I will definitely be picking these up next time rather than the 100pack.
Asda state that these are made from 100% cotton, ideal for delicate skin on non-fleecing. I do find that these feel really soft on my face and not abrasive in any way which some other cheaper brands have. The pads themselves are oval in shape so I find they are slightly bigger than the circular shaped pads that they do, they are also quite thick which I like as it means I can normally use one side from my cleanser and the other for my toner and the products don’t just seep through to the other side.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these pads, they are soft, thick and do their job perfectly so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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Whilst I always wear nail varnish on my toes, I only tend to wear it on my fingers during the summer months, this year we went on our first holiday abroad and I wanted to keep my nails looking nice but didn’t really want to take a big bottle of nail varnish remover along with cotton wool so I decided to buy these.
I purchased these from Superdrug and they cost me just £2 which I thought was reasonable, they are also available in most supermarkets too. The pads come in a little pink box which is quite lightweight and ideal for travel because they don’t take up much room in my luggage. Each pot contains 20 wipes.
Upon removing the lid, the contents are little square shaped pads which look very similar to a face wipe, they do feel quite thin which did worry me at first as I thought they would tear when using but in fact, they didn’t and they performed really well.
The wipes are quite moist and within just a couple of rubs per finger, the nail varnish was completely removed. The fact that these are quite thin actually worked to my advantage as I was able to ensure all traces were removed and actually had more control over where I was rubbing.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these wipes, they offer a cheap and quick solution and are idea for travelling. They get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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At this time of year both my daughter and I tend to suffer with dry lips so I always ensure I have some lip balm in my pocket, over the years I have tried many different versions and this is one that I quite like.
The lip balm comes in a little tube which is mainly blue in colour, it has the brand name in bold white lettering and stands out quite well in the shops. Most chemists and supermarkets sell this and prices vary from £1 - £2 depending on where you go. I tend to pick mine up from Home Bargains where it is quite cheap.
Applying the lip balm is really easy, all I need to do is twist the base of the stick and the product pops out the end, a bit similar to using a lipstick. Just a quick glide over my lips does the job and gives my lips a nice coating and giving my lips a nice sheen which is good. Immediately after applying, my lips feel wonderfully soft and hydrated. A plus point I find about this is that it stays on my lips for quite a long time too so I don’t have to keep reapplying.
The lip balm is white but transfers to my lips as clear which I like, there are some other versions available which have a slight tint to them.
Overall, I would recommend this lip balm and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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On the advise of my hairdresser, I purchased a comb to use on my hair rather than a brush, unfortunately, I managed to lose this so when the Avon catalogue next came round at work, I spotted this and decided to buy. The comb cost me £2.50 which was reduced slightly at the time.
The comb comes with quite a thick handle, a bit like a hairbrush which makes it really easy to hold, especially when you have hair like mine which tangles really easily, regardless of how much conditioner I have used.
The teeth are quite chunky and wide, it reminds me a bit like my old afro comb I had back in the early nineties. I find that the teeth are rounded at the ends which makes them quite gentle on my scalp.
I was a bit dubious at first as I thought that with the teeth of the comb being rigid, it would actually cause more damage to my hair but it actually had the opposite effect, this made brushing my hair a lot easy and pulled less than using my standard paddle brush. What I found was, if the comb did encounter a large knot, it was a lot easier to remove the comb from my hair than it was my brush.
I also now use the other end when styling my hair, I have a fringe and fine it a lot easier to use with the straighteners than I do my paddle brush.
The best thing is, I have started to notice a difference in my hair, there are less flyaway bit and my hair feels a lot softer and flatter too.
I would definitely recommend this comb and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
A couple of days before last Christmas as I was doing the last of my wrapping, I realised that we needed some C batteries for a Nerf gun we had got for Lauren (her dad really) and we didn't have any in the house so off I went to Tescos to pick some up.
The batteries are widely available in most supermarkets and shops and available in four different pack sizes, 2, 4, 6 and 8, with a price range of around £3 - £10 depending on what size you buy. I picked mine up from Tesco Express where they only had the smaller packs in and at the time, there was a promotion running of buy one get one free.
The batteries come attached to a piece of card and each battery is secured singularly into place which I like as when I remove one, the other stays in place. The packaging follows the black and gold colour theme used by Duracell and in the top corner is an image of the pink Duracell Bunny (which is remember as a young child and he is still going now). Each battery measures just a few inches tall and they are quite fat and chunky, these are glossy black in colour and topped with a gold rim around the top.
At either end of the battery is either a plus or minus sign to indicate which way the battery needs to go in (I am ashamed to say that it wasn't until a few years ago I realised this was the case). Unlike some of the other Duracell batteries, these don't have a power indicator running along the side but to be honest, I have never used these, particularly when it comes to Laurens toy as most of the battery compartments are secured into place with a screw, plus with this being a brand I can trust, if things stop working, I just assume the battery has ran out.
Lauren has an Elefun which takes the same batteries, I have tried cheaper ones in the past and unfortunately, they weren't even powerful enough to blow the butterflies up into the air. I have tried them with these and it works perfectly and for a long time too.
I would definitely recommend these batteries, they are long lasting, powerful and a decent price so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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I really like the Bee Strong range from Herbal Essences but the last time I was running low, it was out of stock so I decided to pick this one as now I am in my 30's, I do have to dye my hair regularly to keep the grey at bay. This normally retails for £3.99 for a 250ml bottle but quite often it is on offer and reduced to half price. I normally buy mine from Superdrug as this is where tends to have the best offers.
The shampoo comes in a bright pink bottle and the shampoo is also bright pink in colour. It has a really nice smell to it, quite floral which normally I would like but this is quite pleasant and not too overpowering. The fragrance was still evident in my hair at the end of the day which was great too.
My hair is just below my shoulders so I use around a old 50p sized amount which I find works up a good lather and leaves my hair feeling clean after rinsing. When I had dried my hair, my hair did feel quite soft, I would say though it didnt look any different after styling, one thing I did notice was that it did seem to dry my scalp slightly, particularly around my hairline which was a bit disappointing considering how impressed I was with the other variations of Herbal Essences.
Overall, I quite like the fragrance and feel of my hair after washing however the dryness of my hairline was definitely an issue and for that reason, this only gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
Luckily when our kittens came to I've with us, they were already little trained so we just had to continue using the litter tray until we had them spayed and we could let them out of the house.
Because I changed the litter tray twice daily, I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on cat litter so when I spotted this in Asda, I thought I would give it a go. Its currently priced at less than £2 for a 10litre bag which is quite good value for money considering other brands on the market, it is available online and in store. It comes in a standard white bag with the logo in green and the design is in keeping with the Smart Price range. One thing I will say is that this is advertised as being lightweight, which in smaller portions I am sure it was but carrying a 10ltr bag definitely did make my arms ache a little bit.
When in use I felt that the litter performed quite well, it was absorbent, when I was at work, I could come home at the end of the day and the little looked like it hadn't been used (but I knew it had). It also did a good job at masking any smells too.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this little and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
When I first left home, we both wanted a dog but being out at work all day, we thought this was unfair so decided to get a couple of cats instead. Everything was going fine until they started to go outside and we seemed to develop and problem of fleas, particularly with Tyson, and of course, having two, meant that they were constantly sharing with each other (and us).
The product s available it pack sizes of 4, 8, 12 and 24 weeks, I have only seem the 4 week pack in my local supermarket however pet shops and specialists do the larger sizes. This is priced at around £7 and we picked up from our local pet store.
To use, all you need to do is cut the top off the small tube and apply to the rear of you cats neck, the reason you put here is that the cats cannot reach it. When the product has dried, all you then need to comb your cat with a flea comb on a regular basis.
If you have more than one cat, I would recommend keeping them apart until the product dries completely. I made this mistake and as soon as I applied to Bruno. Tyson tried to lick it off him, trying to rinse a cats mouth with water wasnt the most fun or safe thing I have ever done.
It is worth noting that if you have fleas, dont relay on this alone, I had to treat my carpets too. I would definitely recommend this product, luckily, since having my cats, I have only had to use it a couple of times, but each time has been a great success. As nasty as it sounds, I was amazed at how many dead fleas I was finding when combing my cats after applying.
I have lots of favourite brands when it comes to skincare but to be honest, I am not particularly loyal to any brand, and it's normally what is on offer at the time. The last time I ran out, this is what I purchased.
This currently retails for around £5.50 and is available from most supermarkets and high street chemists. I picked mine up from Superdrug as they had a promotion of 'Better than half price' running so it cost me £2.50.
The Pure and Natural range is a fairly new addition to the Nivea range, according to Nivea; it is designed to feel 'closer to nature' as up to 95% of the product ingredients are from natural origin. There are a range of skin care products such as wipes and day creams, but you can also get deodorant, creams and body washes too.
The cream comes in a little white box which has the product name and description in black and blue writing. Inside is a little clear glass pot which is topped with a blue screw top lid which I find easy to remove. Upon removing the lid, I am greeted with a lovely thick white cream which has a hint of aloe Vera to it which gives it a really fresh and clean smell.
Despite its thickness, I find that the cream glides over my face easily and I don't have to 'pull' on my skin, within a few minutes, it has absorbed into my skin and it leaves it feeling wonderfully soft, with a nice shin to it too.
The cream is designed only as a moisturiser to leave you skin soft and doesn't claim to do anything else. It does leave my skin feeling lovely and soft, the next morning; I can definitely tell when I have applied it as my skin still feels nice.
This is a nice cream and it has left my skin feeling lovely and soft therefore this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and is recommended.
I really like the MUA range of makeup so when I spotted that they had 35% off all their products recently, I decided to treat myself.
When I wear anything on my lips, I like to wear quite light colours and most of the ones in this range are quite subtle. They are priced at just £1 per tube which I think is excellent value and they are available online from MUA or in Superdrug. I normally pick mine up in store as they quite often have three for two offers on, also, I can look at what I am getting for my money.
The lipgloss comes in a small 14ml tube which is quite fat, it is topped with a black screw lid. Underneath the lid, the tub has a slant with a small hole in, as you apply to your lips, just squeeze the bottle slightly and the gloss comes out the tube.
There are eight different colours available which I like, I opted for 'Lets Meet' which is just like a nude colour, the gloss is really shiny and transfers easily from the tube to my lips. I must say, I prefer glosses that are in tubes rather than on a wand as I find them easier to apply and also I find them a little more hygienic. The main thing I really like about this gloss is that it isn't sticky at all, in the past, I used to find my hair would stick to my lips on windy days but with this, it doesn't at all.
The downside of the gloss is that it does seem to lave my lips quite easily and within a couple of hours, I need to re-apply, this doesn't bother me though, at this price, I am happy to reinvest in another one.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this and it gets 5 out of 5 stars.
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These are the first brand I reach for whenever I am feeling a bit bunged up. The sweets come in a red and white cellophane bag which has the product name and description on in white lettering. I would say the bag has quite an old fashioned (but not off putting) look to it. To the front of the bag is a clear panel so you can see the sweets inside.
The smaller bags contain around 15 or so sweets and as soon as I opened the bag, I was greeted with a slightly sweet cherry aroma. The sweets are red, oval shaped and are individually wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper which is really easy to remove. Upon placing in my mouth, I can immediately taste an cherry element and they give me a slightly warm sensation in my mouth. Within a minute of putting in my mouth, they seem to work wonders on my blocked nose and help me breathe a lot more easily, they also seemed to coat the back of my throat making it a lot easier to swallow.
When it comes to sweets, I have a tendency to crunch rather than leaving them in my mouth however these sweets are quite hard so I do leave these ones alone and I was surprised to find how long them lasted, they didn’t dissolve quickly at all. Another good point about the sweets is that the taste stayed in my mouth for quite a long time, and I didn’t instantly get congested as soon as it had gone.
I haven’t really noticed these up until I purchased them but now everywhere I go, there they are and prices start from around 50p up to £1 for a 100g bag. There also different fragrances available but these seem to be the most commonly available.
It is worth noting that Jakemans do not use any artificial colours or flavourings in their sweets which is good to know however these do have quite a high sugar content.
I would definitely recommend these sweets, I even purchase them now and I haven’t got a cold. They get 5 out of 5 stars from me.