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I'm MalibuMands on DooYoo andMakeUpAlley, as well as Malibu on Fragrantica, so the majority of my reviews are based around cosmetics and fragrances. I'll continue to mix these reviews with ones from other categories to keep things interesting xx

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since 13/05/2010

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Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil - Barbara Monajem 28/06/2012

All whine, no bite...

Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil - Barbara Monajem A blackmailer in Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, is targeting female residents who use a particular photo developers. However none of the frightened and embarrassed victims dare to report the blackmailer to the police, meaning that the cops hands are tied and they can't investigate. So when local resident and small business owner Ophelia discovers that one of her client's has fled her home in terror, she decides to help her and the other victims by trying to trap the blackmailer herself, seeing as the police are unable/unwilling to help... Ophelia has a couple of other problems going on too; she owns her own gardening business, but someone has taken it upon themselves to destroy her prized garden and make various attempts to sabotage her business. And then there is the little matter of her being a vampire and struggling to contain her allure and hunger for blood. And when the blackmailer proves to be quite happy to commit murder, how will her vampiric side react to the threat? Is Ophelia and her allure really in any state to take on the blackmailer? How many people are after her? Why is someone trying to destroy her business? Will readers stay awake until the end of the book? *** I've already said this a few times, but I'm still saddened by the quality decline in the Southern Vampire Mysteries [aka True Blood] book series. So when I read the description for SUNRISE IN A GARDEN OF LOVE AND EVIL I thought that the hole in my heart about to be filled in, with a new hit of ...

L'Oreal Paris Recital Preference 30/05/2012

Formula; great. Packaging: misleading...

L'Oreal Paris Recital Preference This review is based around my My experience with using Recital Preference in Havana 6.35... *** This story begins after I'd stripped my fire truck red hair in preparation for trying L'Oreal Feria's new orange shade [Paprika Power] in March. As this shade is really light, I'd used two boxes of colour stripper over several days, then two boxes of bleach a few weeks after this, leaving me with a light, brassy blonde hue. However; after the unexpected death of my half-brother I found myself looking for a 'sensible' hair dye for the funeral, because his mother's side of the family are very conservative and don't like my father's side much, and I didn't want to be the cause of any possible 'scenes'. *** Strike one: I wasn't in the mood for shopping or pampering during this time, so I nipped into Boots for a quick in and out job. I grabbed the 'golden brown' shade HAVANA based on the photo of the model on the box [new March 2012 design], as I wanted to keep my colour light, so it'd be easy to re-colour over it at a later date. The model on the box for HAVANA has honey soft hair with a lovely golden overtone, that all together looks more blonde then brown. What the packaging's picture doesn't show is the mahogany highlights my chosen colour has in it. This is strange because - as I discovered at home - the mahogany tones in HAVANA are much stronger then the gold tones in real life, so my hair had a red tinge for around two weeks. Plus, without the vividness of the ...

Luxor, Las Vegas 01/01/2012

The tale of the monstrous mattress...

Luxor, Las Vegas - - - - - - - - The room - - - - - - - - Note: one of the senior staff members did inform us that the tower rooms are a bit bigger, so if you are asked if you'd prefer a tower room or a pyramid room it's worth remembering. We stayed in the East Tower, in one of the basic double rooms: There was the main room with two double beds, a dresser between them, and a round table with two chairs in front of the rear wall - and that wall is basically one huge floor-to-ceiling window. For storing clothes and bags there were two large wardrobes, with a large plasma TV on top of an extra set of drawers in between the wardrobes. Our room had wheelchair access, which basically sums up to sturdy railing around the toilet and a roll-in shower. The bathroom itself was the largest I've encountered in eight trips to the US. It had a sink with vanity style mirrors over it and a separate vanity top to place toiletries and cosmetics [strangely, there were no mirrors there through]. The bathroom had good lighting, a hairdryer and every day we would receive a fresh stock of towels and face cloths. Now - a few words of warning for disabled guests; wherever I go I have a issue with the beds being too high and these were the worst. The mattresses were so thick, that they literally reached my waist [I'm short as well]. The bathroom had rails, but the bedroom didn't, do the people who design these rooms think that we levitate onto the beds or something? Long story short, I had been ill ...

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G + Wi-Fi 15/12/2011

Kindle: A love letter...

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G + Wi-Fi I'm a pretty boring person and love nothing more then relaxing with a book after a long day and I consider myself to be an avid reader. But in the last few years I've found myself with no more space for additional bookcases and the books that are on them are tightly packed together and haphazardly piled on top of each other. Both messy and claustrophobic. So what I used to do was get rid of an old book [recycle or charity] every time I bought a new one. Of course there where times when I'd suddenly get an urge to re-read a book, only to look for it and realise that I'd gotten rid of it. The third time this happened I started to pay attention to the television ads and promotional emails for Amazon's Kindle... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3G or not 3G? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are two models available on Amazon; the latest touch screen version, which is priced at £89 and the 3G version, which comes in at £149. Both versions have built-in Wi-Fi* [US Amazon customers can choose from three models of Kindle, so I imagine that we will soon have another new release upon us too]. The other main differences between the two available models is the memory size; the latest version holds around 1400 books, whilst the 3G model can store around 3500 books. The 3G model also features a Qwerty keyboard. The 2011 version instead uses a 5-way controller [similar to a Blackberry]. The 3G version can also play audio books, which the newer version cannot do. The 2011 version ...

Ringer 15/11/2011

Fast-paced, OTT and a lot of fun...

Ringer One day Bridget Kelly - a drug taking stripper and occasional prostitute - witnesses a professional hit by a ruthless crimelord. The FBI dangles a carrot in front of her; they'll drop all charges against her and arrange rehab for her if she takes to the stand in the upcoming murder trial and testify against him. It's a tasty carrot and Bridget takes it... Now after successfully completing rehab, she is celebrating six months of sobriety and is even in contact, via letters, with her estranged twin sister. But as the murder trial looms in front of her, Bridget begins to fear for her safety and on the way to the court house she whacks her FBI escort over the head, steals his gun and goes on the run, at a loss heading to New York, after her twin sister sends her a letter, asking to meet up with her. Bridget's twin sister Siobhan seems to have it all; she is a board member for various charities and is married to Andrew - a self made millionaire in the publishing world - and her idea of going for a spin is whipping along on her very own boat, which she wastes no time in dragging Bridget on to for a quick ride, and, from this point on, things quickly turn to crap... Bridget wakes up after unexpectedly falling asleep, to find a bottle of pills and Siobhan's wedding ring are on the boat, but Siobhan is not. Looking around her in growing panic, Bridget sees what looks like a body slipping under the water, but when she jumps into the water to save what she assumes is a drowning ...

Project D Purse Spray Set Eau de Parfum 24/10/2011

This is A list not D list...

Project D Purse Spray Set Eau de Parfum - - - - - - - - - - - - The fragrances - - - - - - - - - - - - These sprays have recently been released to compliment the PROJECT D self-named signature EDP. The key scent notes from that have been broken down into these three bottles in their natural form. Dawn takes the key 'top' notes, Day is comprised of most of the 'heart' notes whilst Dusk uses the original base notes. Dawn 'Ready to Inspire' I love the neroli-lead opening to Dawn; It's very spicy, yet a bit bitter and cold. If it lasted longer it would be my favourite fragrance in the set. The bergamot is also citrussy so blends in nicely and within ten minutes the warmth and spice vanishes and the fragrance becomes fresh and green. The ylang ylang isn't sweet here, instead it's quite musky/mossy and is very long lasting. However, the longest lasting scent note here is the geranium, which is sort of a cross between the bergamot and the ylang ylang - it's bitter and mossy. At first I disliked Dawn because of the long lasting geranium note, but now I like the kick it gives it. Day 'Ready to Intrigue' Day opens with a brief burst of daisy. Lots of people say that daisy doesn't have a scent but it does, but it's quite faint and hard to describe; Once again I'm going to say mossy and heady. The light daisy note dies down within the first few minutes so the headyness of it isn't a problem. The mimosa quickly develops and adds a vaguely fruity sweetness, as is the osmanthus. The combination reminds me a ...

Pixi Awakening Eye Beauty Kit 22/10/2011

On the fence...

Pixi Awakening Eye Beauty Kit I used to love the bright colours and extremely rich pigmentation found in the Urban Decay eyeshadows, but lately I've become, I don't know, kinda bored with my usual routine. And I've suddenly realised that I'm now twenty eight, so yeah I'm not 'young' anymore. I guess it's sensible make-up [ahem, most of the time], twin set and pearl time... - - - - - - - - - - The colours - - - - - - - - - - The colour combinations and the satiny finish to the shadows in the Miracle Velveteen compact really appealed to me as the colours are neutral and only one shade is dark, so this is something that can be used every single day, at any time of day and with any outfit. None of the shadows contain shimmer, so I decided that this was a 'sensible' palette, so I thought that I'd give it a whirl. Miracle Velveteen contains; 1) Pearl 2) Peach 3) Taupe 4) Medium brown 5) Pale pink 6) Tan 7) Lilac 8) Dark brown The Miracle Velveteen colour combination appears to have been discontinued, but it is still in stock on Amazon. The similar colour a credit Miracle is still made and is sold on the Boots website, I think the finish of the eyeshadows is the main difference; Miracle seems to contain lightly shimmering shadows, opposed to Miracle Velveteen's satin finished ones. - - - - - - - - - Packaging - - - - - - - - - The lid top on the plastic shell casing has a mirror and the square shadow pans are the perfect size and shape for fitting full sized eyeshadow brushes in, not just the brush ...

Yankee Candle Witche's Brew Sampler 12/10/2011

Fire burn and cauldron bubble...

Yankee Candle Witche's Brew Sampler It's that time of year again; I just love burning scented candles during the grey, rainy and cold autumn/winter months... - - - - - - - - - - - - - Scentsational - - - - - - - - - - - - - Patchouli [aka graveyard dirt] has long been used to tap into the energies of the Earth element. It is seen as a symbol of the nurturing power of minerals, plants and trees, as well as it being thought to repel evil spirits and vengeful ghosts. It is still used today, mainly to reinforce spells for healing, wealth and protection. Patchouli oil is also popular in aromatherapy, where some believe it is a aphrodisiac and can also be applied to aid fertility. So by reputation alone it makes for an obvious choice in fragrance for a special edition Halloween candle by Yankee. Patchouli is best described as smelling like damp soil, with a undertone that has a kind of organic spicy/sweetness to it. The spicy tang reminds me of cinnamon - perhaps there is some extra cinnamon added? I can't pinpoint the sweeter notes, but overall the results smell vaguely like cola to me. These above notes combine to create a darker incense note, with the smokiness of burnt wood underneath everything else. WITCHES BREW is a perfect fragrance for Halloween, as the perfume conjures up the image of a freshly dug grave, with the perfume from nearby funeral wreaths and smoke from bonfires lingering in the air. I don't like patchouli in perfumes or body products as it has a strong scent that can feel ...

Urban Decay Nail Enamel 06/10/2011

Cheap, but not that cheerful...

Urban Decay Nail Enamel - - - - - - - - - - - The formula - - - - - - - - - - - The best thing about Urban Decay polishes for me had to be the choice in finishes they offered: They had a few creme finishes, but they specialised in glitters and shimmers which weren't commonly found when I was younger, outside of the Constance Carroll selection in the corner shop. If I wanted to be really exotic they also had a metallic finish and a holographic one too. And all of the different finishes were so smooth [except Midnight Cowboy] on application - even the ones that contain glitter - and dried in a nice shine. I was also very impressed with the drying time; My nails were touch dry in around two minutes. And applying multiple layers didn't drastically affect drying time either; Just double it to make sure. But what made the polish so smooth and fast drying was the fact that that formula was so sheer - it had a similar consistency to water. It would take at least three coats to achieve a solid look, often four. Since the formula of the polish is sheer, they as as usable now as they were when they were first produced, and since nail polish doesn't have a shelf life, it's safe to give the brand a go if you're curious. Urban Decay do not test on animals. - - - - - - - - - - The brush - - - - - - - - - - A big issue I had with the brushes was how stiff the bristles were. This made controlling and evenly spreading the runny formula of the polishes very difficult. The brush had a thin head so ...

Yankee Candle Candy Corn 02/10/2011

Light it or eat it?

Yankee Candle Candy Corn Candy Corn is a tri-coloured [yellow, orange and white] American candy made from corn syrup, marshmallow and fondant. It is sold all year round in America and Canada, but is especially popular in autumn and has become a sort of mascot for Halloween. The Yankee candle version of CANDY CORN is therefore unsurprisingly very sweet, so be warned. Scent-wise there's not really much to say. if you love benzoin, you'll want to eat this candle. All the classic benzoin hallmarks are here; vanilla, burnt sugar, slightly buttery notes, with a faint almond-cherry undertone. There is extra vanilla in the fragrance, to mimic the marshmallow, and there is also a pinch of what I think is nutmeg, possibly cinnamon, underneath everything else to give everything a bit of a kick. As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I've used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here. The fragrance lasts as long as the candle does and I even catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit. To sum up the scent; I really enjoy using the CANY CORN scented candle and will be buying more while I still can, this is second only to Christmas Cupcake on my favourite Yankee candle list. However; we Brits don't have the same connections between candy corn sweets and Halloween, so this is not a fragrance that says "Halloween is almost here." I'll be using CANDY CORN again, but I see it as a all-year round fragrance, ...

ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes 14/09/2011

Looks naturally full, not false...

ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes I admit it; whilst I'm a self-confessed mascara whore, I'm also the kind of person who, upon seeing the last of something, will develop a five year old's concept of "I saw it first, so it's mine". So that is why I bought the much sought after ModelCo FIBRE LASH in Boots as soon as I saw the last packet on the shelf a little while ago. - - - - - - - - - The hook - - - - - - - - - "There's no glue, no stress and no mess - we promise!" "Super voluptuous, clump-free, incredibly long lashes that last until you remove your make-up. The unique, new technology nylon fibers give high-impact length, whilst Bees Wax and Carnauba Wax help keep lashes soft and nourished. It's time to take your lashes to the extreme!" FIBRE LASH was launched in Australia last year and has already won an Australian Cosmopolitan beauty award [most innovative new product]. - - - - - - - - - - - Application - - - - - - - - - - - This set contains two tubes; a 10ml tube of lengthening mascara and a 0.6g tube of 'Lash Fibres'. The mascara is in a larger tube, as you need to apply two coats every time you wear FIBRE LASH, whereas you just need one coat of the lash fibres themselves. Begin by applying one coat application of the lengthening mascara. [The mascara does a excellent job of lengthening lashes when worn alone, although my lashes taper and look spindly]. Apply a single coat of the fibres on top of the mascara. The fibres will adhere to the base coat of mascara, instantly adding ...

La Riche Directions Conditioning Hair Colour 16/08/2011

You know when you've been ribenaed...

La Riche Directions Conditioning Hair Colour [I've been adding bits to this review over a six week period, so I apologise for it being a bit random and scattered] I'd been dying my hair red for a while and really liked it, but when my eleven years younger sister and several of her mates started using the same colour as me [Schwarzkopf Live Xxl in Red Passion] I knew it was time for a change and tried another brand [L'Oreal Feria in Spice Power]. However red hair has become a big trend where I live and I was getting bored with seeing similar shades on a lot of other people, so I started browsing the hair care section in Boots and Superdrug for a total change in colour. I've been dying my hair since I discovered Sun-In at age twelve and have been almost every shade of blonde, brown and red going, I've even tried black hair because I thought I'd magically get the looks and figure of Rose McGowan [not even close]. In other words none of the dyes on offer in the stores really appealed to me in a been-there-done-that sense and I'm currently saving for my trip to Las Vegas, so didn't want to shell out £60 at the hair dressers. The one colour I was seriously considering was Schwarzkopf Live Xxl in Mystic Violet, but having checked out numerous blogs and sites for reviews I found out that it fades to dark brown/black within two weeks for most people. So that was out, but I liked the idea of a purple colourant and started looking around online. But from there I had another issue; most brands [e.g. Manic Panic] require you ...

Barry M Instant Nail Effects 15/08/2011

A professional look without the time, expense, effort or skill.

Barry M Instant Nail Effects OPI recently released a 'shatter coat' - £11 - alongside their Katy Perry colour collection earlier this year which sparked a new craze; so now so-called 'Crackle Polishes' are big beauty news, with big name brands all racing against each other to get their version on store shelves. However; Barry M released a 'Crackle Polish' of their own on the market last autumn and it is cheaper, easier to find and is the same product as it's double-the-price contenders. - - - - - - - - - - - - The product - - - - - - - - - - - - Barry M INSTANT NAIL EFFECTS is a black polish* that is applied over another colour: As it dries it cracks into a unique pattern, that is similar to a leopard print. Not only does it give an easy, professional pattern every time, but it is also hard wearing and helps my polish last longer without using another top coat over it**. I think this is due to the formula being slightly thicker then most nail polishes [but non-gloopy], so it forms a thick protective layer over your base colour. * It is labelled as a Nail Paint - the same as Barry M's other polishes - so I wasn't sure what to call it, but the formula was created to separate as it dries so it won't work as a regular polish. ** This product is not billed as a topcoat, so it's just my personal experience. Without using a regular topcoat my polish will last for at least four days with only minimal wear. But [as previously mentioned] I'm tough on my nails (self powered wheelchair user), so this ...

Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner 12/08/2011

The Edward Cullan effect...

Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner After years of struggling with liquid eye liner, I finally discovered the trick; a brush really is easier then a felt tip. So I've been making up for lost time by playing with loads of different brands and colours of liquid eyeliner. Collection 2000's GLAM CRYSTALS DAZZLING GEL EYELINER is one of my success stories. - - - - - - - - - - Glam Crystals gel eyeliner comes in fourteen shades. I've tried several shades over the past few years and Le Freak [05] is a firm favourite. It's a beautiful aqua blue shade. It contains finely milled glitter particles shimmer in blue, green and gold. It's an eye-catching and pretty colour, that I initially picked because it is a great alternative to wearing eye shadow. But the real selling point to this shade is the fact that the gel itself is beautifully colored; the other Glam Crystals shades I've tried don't seem to have a noticeably coloured base, so this is another reason that Le Freak is my favourite shade in the collection. - - - - - - - - - - The glitter doesn't stick to the brush and apply in gritty, uneven clumps; it applies very smoothly and the glitter particles are evenly spread throughout the formula. The liner has a bendable brush applicator, which is easier then a stiffer bristled brush or a felt tip applicator for application when you're using a thicker gel formula, opposed to a regular liquid liner. You actually have more control over the thickness of the lines and winging out the ends using a brush too. If ...

Dannii & Tabitha Project D Eau de Parfum 05/08/2011

The A list is so 2009...

Dannii & Tabitha Project D Eau de Parfum I've had my bottle of PROJECT D for about a year now, but it has been a pain to try to describe it. The perfume smells a little bit different each time I wear it, so the different notes that I've been jotting down aren't necessarily all detectable every time I wear this, if that makes sense? I love the neroli that leading the top notes on PROJECT D; it's very spicy and sometimes smells a bit like licorice, yet it is also a bit powdery. The bergamot is light, but gives a tangy fresh feel and a slightly citrussy twinge to the fragrance so the powdered and spicier notes never get too loud or become overpowering. I love orchid notes so I was pleased to learn that the EDP uses purple orchid, which I think is actually a cattleya orchid. Most of the orchid notes in my perfume collection use spicier notes, but I can't separate any added spicy notes in the heart of this fragrance, it is tricky to separate all of the floral notes, but what I think is the orchid is a bit like jam; sweet, fruity and slightly watery. This jam like note is quickly overtaken by the ylang ylang note. As it isn't very sweet, instead being quite musky and mossy, it stops every other scent note from becoming too strong and cloying. As the ylang ylang dies down the mimosa quickly develops and adds a vaguely citrus-like note, as does the osmanthus. The combination is similar to the bergamot; light, but with a subtle zest. The tuberose is the last of the florals to develop on me and it causes the ...
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