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L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette 13/10/2017

Confidence in a Palette

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette Welcome to my review on the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette. This is the concealer I used for my wedding wedding make up, and it went above and beyond in making me picture perfect! Why Did I Buy It? I was looking for a concealer that would hold its own as wedding make up and that would last the day. I had already been impressed by other products in this range, and decided to give it a go. It was also important to have a concealer that had options so in case I had under eye bags, spots or blemishes that needed hiding on the big day, I would be prepared! Product Details L’Oreal boasts that this is their first concealer palette that has 2 colour-correcting shades, and 3 shades to conceal- resulting in high coverage from a lightweight formula. The 5 different shades work to together to cover all your concealing needs: * The lilac shade is to brighten dull skin and dark circles. * Green neutralises redness (I use this a lot on spots!) * The beige trio can be used to cover and blend the edges of the lilac and green, or individually to conceal. Price and Availability RRP is £12.99 from Superdrug and Boots. It is a higher price than I personally would usually spend on concealer, but in my opinion it is worth the cost as you get 5 shades in 1. Ingredients G927141, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl ...

MAC Lipstick Lustre 05/10/2017

Is there lipstick on my teeth??

MAC Lipstick Lustre Welcome to my review on Mac Lustre Lipstick (I am reviewing the See Sheer shade). Those of you that have seen my other reviews will know I had a year long make up mission to find the perfect products for my wedding make up (got married in August, SO sad it’s over!!). This lipstick was another option in my wedding make up, and the only reason I didn’t wear it for the wedding was because I felt I needed a stronger pop of colour. *** Mac Cosmetics and Lustre Lipstick *** I have always viewed MAC as one of the big daddies of make up, with products to be coveted and desired, and always ever so slightly out of my price range. And no wonder, it’s one of the top 3 global makeup brands, with an annual turnover of $1 billion… The Lustre lipstick comes in 22 different shades, and is sold as a lightweight lipstick, with ‘easy glide, sheer-to-medium buildable coverage and a lustrous finish’. According to www.maccosmetics.co.uk its key benefits are nourishing, weightless wear and an inherently shiny formula. *** Why did I buy it? *** It was actually a Secret Santa Christmas present! However I had specifically asked for a nice lipstick, because as a rule I never really wear gloss or lipstick, and I wanted a nice ‘introduction’ into wearing lipstick as I knew I’d need it for the ‘I do’ day. *** Price and availability *** This retails for £16.50 for a 3g tube. It can be purchased from www.maccosmetics.co.uk, House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis and many websites. *** Packaging *** ...

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette 04/07/2017

So nude you can barely see it!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette Welcome to my review of the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette. This was another purchase in my quest for the perfect wedding make up! *** Maybelline and the Nudes Palette range *** There are a few products in this range- the original The Nudes, The Rock Nudes and The Blushed Nudes. The Blushed collection has eye shadows that are infused with rose gold pigments. These would suit all eye colours, as they can be used in different combinations. Maybelline say that the Nudes Palette range is created from backstage runways. *** Ingredients*** Talc, triisostearin, hydrogenated polydecene, magnesium stearate, synthetic wax, calcium sodium borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, HDI/trimethylol hexyllagtone crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, silica, calcium aluminium borosilicate, alumina. *** Why did I buy it? *** I bought this because it was another high street make up brand recommended by professional wedding make up artists. I was looking for an eye shadow that was heavily pigmented, long lasting and blends easily to give a striking look. I thought I would give the Maybelline palette a go, as I have been very impressed with them before. *** Price and availability *** I purchased this from Boots for £11.99, however at the moment there is a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybelline products. It can also be purchased on Amazon.co.uk, from Superdrug and other high street stores that stock larger supplies of Maybelline. *** Packaging *** The packaging is rose gold plastic with a ...

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora 30/06/2017

60 Seconds Super Shine- try saying that fast 3 times!

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora Welcome to my review of Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora. As someone who owns a lot of nail varnishes, this is a nail varnish make that I genuinely believe is one of the best out there, at a very reasonable price. Rimmel claim that this nail varnish: - Has 3 in 1 technology for up to 10 days wear - Gives high impact colour for ultra-shiny finish - Uses one stroke, precise application *** Why did I buy it? *** I bought 3 of these little bottles of awesomeness at Boots, when I saw they were having a Rimmel 3 for 2 promotion. The shades that are available are varied and are suitable for a huge range of wearers, whether you like bold colours, or something more subtle and understates. I personally like all the pastel and nude shades (the Rimmel UK website says that there are 16 available shades, all very suitable for the summer). The fact that it’s a Rita Ora product had no impact on me, and I would have purchased the shades regardless of the name on them. *** Availability and Pricing *** As mentioned, these are available from Boots (where there is currently a Rimmel 3 for 2 deal). In Boots they retail at £2.99. These bottles can also be bought at Superdrug, Asos, and supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. As most of these stores also have loyalty cards, you really are getting a bargain here. *** What’s the packaging like? *** The 8ml glass bottle stands out well on the shelves, even though it’s not the biggest nail varnish bottle out there. The ...

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner 27/06/2017

Lasting drama on your eyes, but not on your wallet.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Welcome to my review of the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner. I have spent the last year researching several high street make up brands, as I am getting married in August and decided last year to do my own make up. So behold, this is the eyeliner I will be using on the morning of the big day whilst trying not to cry and being told to calm down by my bridesmaids… Why did I buy it? This gel eyeliner from Maybelline has been recommended by several professional makeup artists on various blogs and websites as one of the best available on the high street. It is regularly compared to its pricier big brother from MAC, and the general consensus amongst the make up community is that it holds its own up there with the higher end brnads. I have always been a kohl pencil eyeliner wearer, but for wedding make up I knew that I needed gel liner for a more defined and special look. It also is meant to be very friendly for the eyes, and according to its product details, it’s an “oil-free formula” that holds “highly concentrated pigments in a clear gel base”. Also it is promoted as being safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist tested (information quoted from www.boots.com), so as a contact lens wearer, it was music to my ears, and eyes. Availability and Pricing The price was a big point for me, as I had a wedding budget to bear in mind. The eyeliner can be purchased from Superdrug and Boots for a very reasonable £8.99 for a 12ml pot. At the moment Maybelline products from ...

City of Angels [Original London Cast Recording] (Original Soundtrack) - Original London Cast 04/09/2007

Is there a City of Angels?

City of Angels [Original London Cast Recording] (Original Soundtrack) - Original London Cast Hi Ciao! Sorry I haven't been around for a while, back I'm back with a review that I feel quite passionate about, and I want to share with all you lovely people! For those of you who don't know, music is a very big part of my life, and I am currently part of a project that is putting on a musical in my hometown, and it is called City of Angels. Firstly- I'm going to point out that I'm not referring to the Nicholas Cage film of the same name! Now, I guess you all want to know the storyline of what I think is a bit of an awesome musical… (the information I give you is partly from own knowledge, and www.wikipedia.org) . The show is set in the 1940s, which is an era I love, especially with the clothes and the gorgeous looks! Twas a very sexy era, with full pouting red lips, and beautifully styled hair, with sexy dresses. Anyway, the musical can be seen in different genres, because it's essentially a detective story, but is also a comedy, and features lots of song and dance. The main character is Stine, who is trying to turn his detective story on to the big screen, and the show then runs in parallel with the detective story itself, so you get to share in the adventures of the other main character, Detective Stone. To sum up that paragraph- it's a show within a show! The lead female character is the seductress Alaura… This recording is the original London Cast version, and I particularly like these versions, because you get the actors and actresses who helped make the ...

Everything for Love - Chuck Mangione 02/07/2007

Would you do anything for love?

Everything for Love - Chuck Mangione Hey Ciao!! For those of you who may have read some of my earlier reviews, I did a review on the artist Chuck Mangione, and one of his albums. I was recently introduced to his most recent album (well, I say recent, it was released in 2000!), and it’s called Everything For Love, and I think it’s named in reference to one of the album tracks, I Do Everything For Love. The concept of the album is really nice, or as Chuck said in the front cover, ‘ having been blessed with lots of love in my life, it should come as no surprise that this CD is filled with compositions of mine that are love songs’. It’s recommended retail price is £13.99, but we got it off Amazon.co.uk for around 8 pounds. I think nowadays people rarely play the RRP for CDs! Another thing I like about this CD is that it is a love themed CD, but it’s not slushy and soppy, you know, you can listen to this after breaking up with someone, and not find yourself in a dark room, tears running down your face, wondering where it all went wrong. But anyway, enough of that! Another thing I really like about this album is that the tracks are a good substantial length; none of them are shorter than 6 minutes. The reason I like this, is because it allows you to really get into the music, you can absorb the sounds, and really get a chance to appreciate the songs, and the improvisation within them. Definitely love the improvisation; this is something Mangione really does excel at. That, and the tone he produces too. I’m sure ...

Fastaid Antiseptic Wipes 29/06/2007

Wipe away!

Fastaid Antiseptic Wipes I cannot believe it, but I have completed my first year at uni, and I can remember so clearly doing all the shopping trips with my mamma, and one of our shopping trips took us to a brilliant shop, Savers. We needed to buy some first aid supplies, and as well as a bumper selection of plasters, another little bargain that made its way into the basket, and into my room at uni was a pack of antiseptic wipes. The brand of wipes we had was called Fastaid, and I had Fastaid plasters, and I figured it looked a good product, even though I hadn’t actually heard of the before. It comes from the company Robinson Care. It was also the rather amazingly reasonable price of 99p, so that’s another reason it jumped into the shopping basket!! As I hadn’t heard of the brand before, I’ve done a little bit of research for you all out there, with help from www.robinsoncare.com. The front page of the website states that Robinson Healthcare are ‘manufacturers of quality innovative products for the healthcare, personal care and animal healthcare sectors’. The Fastaid version of the healthcare products is for first aid, so they also available are things like a variety of plasters, and actual first aid kits, which I think is a brilliant idea. So, back to what I’m actually reviewing! The wipes come in an oblong plastic container, with nice smooth corners and sides. I have small hands, and the container fits nice and easily into my hand! This demonstrates how these wipes are ideal for carrying ...

Platinum Collection (Sounds of Summer Edition) - Beach Boys (The) 03/06/2007

Good vibrations anyone?

Platinum Collection (Sounds of Summer Edition) - Beach Boys (The) Welcome to a collection of music that will take you back to the summers of the 60s and 70s, and remind you of good, clean fun. I’m talking about The Beach Boys!! A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY… (with help from www.wikipedia.org, further information can be found from www.thebeachboys.com) The lads got together in 1960, and their early music focussed on the Californian youth lifestyle. A classic song which depicts this is one of their most famous Surfin’ USA. I think it’s a shame that music like this isn’t around anymore. The music of the group is (in my opinion) innocent, fun, focuses on the good times that can be had in life, and encourages a light hearted feel. We need more of that people! The band went throughout many changes in its line-up, and the people inevitably had an effect on the sound it produced. Though when thinking of the groups’ sound, one of the first things that comes to my mind, and I’m sure does for other people, is the tight harmony, which has been described as a ‘choir like harmony’. A strong sense of unity, guitar music, and often instruments such as an organ, or electronic instruments such as a Theramin in Good Vibrations also feature (spot the one who’s doing the music degree!!). The Beach Boys also don’t convey what is seen as the modern day connotation of the boy band. This also relates back to what I said about the strong sense of unity. All the singers support each other, and there is no notion of a superior performer, which is something I ...

PG Tips 30/05/2007

Tip top tea

PG Tips I LOVE TEA!!! Yes I do, and as I type this, sitting at my desk in my pyjamas I have a cup of tea with me, it’s the first thing I do after I wake up every morning!!! And to prove it, I’ve added a photo of me, with my favourite mug of tea!! (apologies I look mank, I haven’t been awake long!!!!). So, the particular tea product that is in my lovely pink mug (Tesco, 57p, got to love it!!!), is PG Tips, one of the most favourite brands of tea in this country. It’s very well known partly through the clever advertising, that includes the monkeys!!! I remember them from my childhood… So, yes, PG Tips, also famous because of the innovative pyramid bag. The purpose of the pyramid bag is to allow the loose tea leaves to move around freely, and to create a fuller and much more enjoyable flavour, and therefore heighten your tea drinking experience! Personally, I’ve never done a taste test comparison between a standard teabag, and a pyramid tea bag, but I guess the pyramid bag does have more of a benefit for the tea leaves, and so allowing them to release a better flavour, without actually using loose leaf tea. PG Tips comes in a variety of sizes, and they are priced accordingly, and I think the prices (from what I have from Tesco.com) are very reasonable: 40 bags- £0.79 80 bags- £1.51 160 bags- £2.93 240 bags- £3.98 As you can see, it’s more reasonable to buy the biggest amount of tea bags, but obviously it depends on how many you need at the time, as storage would be a bit ...

Calvin Klein CK1 Summer 18/05/2007

Who wants a sniff?

Calvin Klein CK1 Summer Calvin Klein is an extremely famous and well known brand, and one of their products produced by the cosmetics section is fragrance for men and women. I think one of their most famous fragrances was their unisex smell, CK One. Last summer I was very happy to discover a development from CK One, and this was called, rather appropriately, CK One Summer. I’d been looking for a new perfume to embrace the summer, and this bottle of summer certainly did it for me. I bought this for £20 from the Duty Free shop on a ferry crossing, and this was £5 cheaper than the normal RRP for the perfume, so made me a happy bunny! The thing that made the packaging catch my eye and made me want to try it was the colour combination of the box. I know the product photo is the lovely rich red and orange, but they changed it to that from the original set of colours, because the red version is the limited version I think. The bottle I bought was a gorgeous sky blue at the top, then gradually went along a colour gradient along to a delicate pale green, with white writing on the bottle, and pale blue as well as white writing. This just conveyed to me calm, tranquillity, yet warmth and freshness. It also made me thing of the sea at either sun rise or sunset, which is an instant link to summer! Apparently, the ‘bold colours of the ck one summer bottle reflect the energy of the season’. I got all my info about the perfume from the shopping section of www.boots.com. The front of the box told me that ...

E45 Moisturising Lotion- Dry & Sensitive Skin 16/05/2007

Silky and smoooooth

E45 Moisturising Lotion- Dry & Sensitive Skin The condition of your skin is one which you should never take for granted, and it is important you look after it!! I moisturise my skin every day, and with the summer days arriving, it’s even more important to look after your skin. My legs often get quite dry, and particularly so after being outside after using sun cream. Also, with the summer weather comes skirts, and I was not keen for letting people see my flaky, dry pins! (that’s legs by the way…). And the level of flaky skin was actually quite considerable, so I knew I needed to combat this, and combat it fast. A friend recommended E45 to me after we were in Superdrug and I mentioned that I needed some more moisturiser. I was slightly dubious about buying it because the packaging looked very plain, and nothing fancy, and at £5.49 for 500ml, it was a lot to buy if I didn’t like it. However, 500ml for £5.49 is good value, because 200ml normally costs £3.50. So, I decided to go for it! The dermatological product has very plain packaging. The 500ml bottle comes as a pump action, and the whole bottle is white, with blue writing. The E45 logo is white, blue and pale pink, and is simple and to the point. The rest of the writing says ‘Dermatological E45 moisturising lotion, soothes, softens and relieves dry and sensitive skin. Unperfumed- hypo-allergenic’. The packaging does hint as to what the product is about- it’s simple, not fussy, and doesn’t come with any extra frills. So, it’s the next morning, just had a ...

Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum 16/05/2007

Trouble gum

Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum I am someone who likes to fidget and do something, and I often find that chewing gum is a good outlet for that. Today I was buying a magazine in my college shop (no more exams, ha ha!!) and at the counter, I decided on an impulse buy (ahhh capitalism working on me!) and I picked up a packet of Hubba Bubba bubble gum. The packet was 9cm long, and I thought, good good, nice lot of bubble gum to keep me going! I paid 30p for my packet, picked up my magazine and headed out the shop and proceeded to attack the packet to get to the bubble gum… But what disappointment, I realised that the packet only had 5 pieces in!!!! How scabby! Each piece is 2.5cm by 2cm, and that’s how the packet looks like it gives you a lot more than it actually does!! Hmph. The particular version I had was the Hubba Bubba Max, and has very distinctive packaging, which was why the product jumped out at me in the shop. The easiest place to find this bubble gum is in any supermarket or newsagent, by the till or in the sweet section. The logo is in bright yellow bubble writing (how appropriate!), and has multicoloured and bright patterns all over it. On closer inspection of the packed, in the bottom left hand corner, in tiny writing, it tells me it contains five pieces of soft bubble gum. Subtle huh? The packet can be ripped open with one of those red tapes, and each of the gum pieces come individually wrapped in a white paper, with the same bright and recognizable logo on. You take the wrapper off (don’t ...

Molton Brown Vitamin Lip Saver 08/04/2007

Come save these lips...

Molton Brown Vitamin Lip Saver My name is Topaz, and I am a hoarder. I am one of those people who never throws things away because you never know, in the future, they might prove to be very useful!! I recently discovered my long forgotten hoard of…lip balms!!! I have about 12 lip balms, lips salves, vaselines, lip pots, definitely more than I need!!! I decided to try and use them up, and the one that is currently in flavour is my Molton Brown Vitamin Lip Saver, and I have to say, this is definitely the poshest thing that has ever touched my lips!! Molton Brown is most certainly an upper class brand, with specialist stores to be found in places such as Covent Garden. They alter their product line to fit in with consumer demands, and since the nineties they have been 'studying complementary and oriental remedies to create holistic products'. You will notice that most of Molton Brown's products are fragrance free, and are suitable for sensitive skin. Most of their products are for bath and body, hair and make up, and they now do candles, and things like applicator brushes. This lip saver comes in a rather tiny tube with a screw top lid. This is the main let down for the lip saver- it costs £10 for 15ml!! Having said that, I will go on to explain that it is very high quality, and you only need minimal amounts for your lips. The tube is the typical Molton Brown shade of browny grey. That's one thing I like about them, they do give out the message of natural products, no animal testing, no fuss about ...

Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C 31/01/2007

Let's get busy with the fizzy

Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C OK, so continuing with reviews that reflect my uni life… Now, I think it might be a common fear amongst parents who have children starting at uni for the first time, and that is concerning health!! So I came to uni, with a plentiful supply of…Vitamin C tablets!! To be more specific, they're effervescent tablets, the ones you put into a glass of water, and you watch go all fizzy! Because all students have no money ahem, we have to always be price conscious. You absolutely cannot fault Tesco on the price of these babies- a mere ninety-eight of your little pennies for 20 tablets! That's nearly a 3-week supply for a little bit of reassurance and feeling a little bit healthier ?. I just want to say now, that there is a better way to get natural vitamin C inside of you, and that way is to eat lots of lovely healthy fruit! So, the best thing to do is to see these tablets as a booster to the better form of vitamin C you find in food. These tablets are pretty strong; they are 1000mg of vitamin C, and this equates to a whopping 1667% of your recommended daily allowance! For a nation that is becoming increasingly aware of maintaining healthy lifestyles, you know you're onto something good here! From reading the back of the tube, it is possible to identify that the benefits of vitamin C include: ? Maintaining healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and immune system. ? Function as an antioxidant Aren't these tablets looking more and more appealing!? Hehe. The vitamin C tablets can be ...
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