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Cosmetic Alchemy LiLash Eyelash Growth Stimulator 02/05/2017

Placebo Effect?

Cosmetic Alchemy LiLash Eyelash Growth Stimulator I have updated this review to show photographs for a before and after shot which was kindly pointed out to me but I simply forgot to upload. 02/05/2017 I was graciously asked to be a bridesmaid at my cousin's wedding this March (2017). I was so honoured and excited that I was going to be a bridesmaid that I wanted to look my absolute best, these photos are going to last forever so of course I wanted to look good but not upstaging the bride obviously (I would not have been able to do that anyway because she was beautiful). I was informed by my cousin "there are no ghosts coming to my wedding" so I begrudgingly had to get spray tanned. I told her "the lightest possible shade there is, I don't want to look orange, I don't want to be tango'd, I literally want an essence of that spray tan on me and that is it". I still managed to look like I have been to Spain for two weeks though. All the bridesmaids were having false eyelashes put in that last for around 2 - 3 weeks. They looked beautiful so I decided to give my lashes a bit of a boost. I am lucky in the fact that I have naturally long eyelashes but I wanted a bit more volume to them. They looked lovely for the first few days but I noticed that they were starting to clump together. They were forming one almighty lash and I could not wear my glasses. They started to irritate me so much I took them off myself but I was left with gaps and very short, spikey eyelashes. It was a horrible time for me. Just a short tip if you ...

GHD Styler V GOLD 02/05/2017

You Are Gold... GOLD

GHD Styler V GOLD You would think that straighteners are all basically the same. What else can they do? They make your hair straight. How can any straighteners be different. It's the same as hair dryers. They just dry your hair. How can they be different. Well, I must tell you, there are straighteners that are perfect and straighteners that are bad. I've had straighteners before that made my hair feel like it was burning and some that might as well have curled my hair rather than straighten it. I had a pair of straighteners that were perfect but after having them for so many years, they just weren't the same as they use to be. I think GHD is so well-known as a hair straightening brand that whenever someone is looking for a new pair, GHD is the first brand thought of. The price originally put me off but after being recommended so many times, I thought I would try them out and see if they were better than my perfect ones. A GHD History GHD (also known as Good Hair Day) was founded in 2001 by Martin Penny, Gary Douglas and Robert Powls in Leeds. Based in the hair care product industry, GHD products have been sold in over 50,000 salons worldwide and has become one of the most well-known hair product brands in the world. Besides selling hair products, GHD has raised an estimated £2.5 million for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer by selling their limited edition pink hair straighteners every year and donating £10 of the sale proceeds to the charity. GHD also support Mom It Forward and ...

The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey 25/04/2017

No Waste of Time With This Novel

The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey I am pretty ashamed in myself. Britain has one of the most iconic and fruitful histories in the world yet I know so little about it. I loved history at school and I find it a shame that when I finished I did not find some way of continuing it. My mother is very much a "history buff" and she adores Richard III; she is on the side of Plantagenet and Richard III was an innocent man who loved his brother and was created as a villain. One of our main topics of conversation is history and it is mainly about Richard III. As much as she has told me the story hundreds of times, I still enjoy listening to it every time. I was talking to my bosses about history and my mother's obsession with Richard III so for my birthday they bought me Wolf Hall and The Daughter of Time. She told me that it is a really interesting book that looks at Richard III and it is helpful to help base an opinion on whether Richard III was the first monster uncle or a loving brother created into a monster. The Daughter of Time The Daughter of Time was written in 1951 by Josephine Tey and would be the last book to be published before her death. It was voted #1 in The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time by the British Crime Writers Association in1990 and #4 in The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All time by the Mystery Writers of America. The book gets its title from the proverb "truth is the daughter of time". The Plot Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is lying in a hospital bed with a broken leg and is finding ...

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara 18/04/2017

False Lash Look Without The Lash False

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara My friend and I have an ongoing joke of saying "love me, I'm preppy, I shop in MAC" and running around Lakeside shouting it. Yes, we are those annoying people but we have fun doing it. This time, I actually shopped in MAC. I wanted to try a new brand of makeup from my usual Estee Lauder. I originally tried Benefit foundation, which I did not get with at all. Trying to find something slightly cheaper than Estee Lauder but still having the same effect I went into MAC and asked one of the shop assistants to help me with my face. "Make me pretty" I said. I will admit I am not so good with makeup, I usually have to get someone else to tell me what looks good on me. I went through an entire makeup session (bless the makeup artist's heart) and finally came the mascara. There were lots of different brands of mascara but I tried this one and I was sold. MAC Cosmetics Founded in Toronto in 1984 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angel, MAC cosmetics (also known as M-A-C or Make-up Art Cosmetics) works in the cosmetics sector of beauty. The idea of MAC came around when Toskan was working as a photographer and makeup artist and noticed the lack of suitable colours and textures on his models and wanted more conventional products in the cosmetics industry. Originally intended for makeup professionals, MAC soon became a household brand for normal people like you and me to purchase but MAC is still used on those runways and movie sets. In 1994, Estee Lauder took control of MAC by owning 51% ...

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care 17/04/2017

Soothing Cream For My Sensitive Little Face

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care On my travels through the world of beauty regimes for my sensitive skin I was offered the chance to test out a new product called La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care which for the purposes of this review I will call simply 'Toleriane'. As I have sensitive skin and I do have to be careful of what products I put upon my face I decided to jump in at the chance of testing it. It was free. It can't hurt to try it out. La Roche Upon researching this company, I found it a little difficult to find information but here is what I have found. La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique is a skin-care company owned by L'Oreal which specifically works on formulas for sensitive skin. Founded in 1995, La Roche-Posay is widely known by dermatologists throughout the world and has been awarded over 160 fellowships for their work in dermatology. The company also engages in awareness for the prevention of skin cancer and has a wide range of products including makeup. Their products range from face, body, sun care, makeup, hair and products for babies. Their website offers information, tips and suggestions on how to protect your skin against illnesses like cancer like how to check your spots and protect yourself in the sun and even offers tips and information for those who are suffering from a form of skin cancer. They also offer information regarding pollution and how this can effect your skin and how to save it. Toleriane Ultra The claim: Intensively and long-lastingly ...

Easter Holidays 2017 17/04/2017

Happy Easter Everyone

Easter Holidays 2017 Ah Easter. The time of year when we get a four day weekend, children go mad over chocolate eggs and we all shamelessly forget the meaning of this holiday because we are consumed with what retail has pumped into our brains. I know I am not a religious person but I think we should all remember what this holiday is about first before moving onto how we chose to celebrate it. Easter, What's Jesus Got To Do With It Well, Easter or Resurrection Sunday is the holiday where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as described in the New Testament which occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion. Good Friday also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday is the day on which Jesus died on the cross. There is some debate on the date on which this actually happened but lets just keep it simple guys. Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs Bestowing life! As I have already said, I am not a religious person nor have I ever claimed to be but I would hate to believe that we are all here because a bunch of rocks banged together all them years ago. I do believe there is a force out there more powerful than my mother and father combined. I like hearing the stories of the bible and I choose to live my life being a good person. I'd like to think if Jesus really did exist and he truly suffered and died for our sins, we should all appreciate what he did for us, if we are going ...

L'Oreal Elnett Extra Strength 15/04/2017

Because Our Hair Is Worth It

L'Oreal Elnett Extra Strength A woman's bedroom contains an arsenal of sprays, creams, gels, liquids and other beauty regimes. In our delightful little hair cabinet, hairspray is the key weapon in keeping our bonnet on it... Get it, bonnet, on it? I should do stand up... Which is exactly what L'Oréal Elnett does for your hair. For the purposes of this review I will simply call it, Elnett. L'Oréal "Because we're worth it" L'Oréal is a French cosmetics company founded in 1909 by Eugène Schueller which deals mainly in beauty and cosmetics. Eugène Schueller was a French chemist who first developed a hair dye which he sold to Parisian hairdressers. His first company was called the Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (Safe Hair Dye Company of France) which son became known as L'Oréal (I think L'Oréal is less of a mouthful). Originally starting in hair colour, L'Oréal soon went onto cleansing and beauty products and now markets thousands of individual products such as hair dyes, children's products, makeup, hair styling, skin care and fragrances. L'Oréal now owns a number of other companies such as The Body Shop, IT Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics and Carol's Daughter. If you know L'Oréal well then you will know that it has been known for its problems in animal testing. L'Oréal has been accused for many years for continuing to test their products on animals; although L'Oréal has stated that no finished products have been tested on animals since 1989 and they since test alternatively. As of ...

Avon Care Gentle Aloe Softening Hand Cream 12/04/2017

Okay, But No Miracles Here

Avon Care Gentle Aloe Softening Hand Cream Lots of men and women know the Avon brand and many of them shop with Avon. I am one of them. Although shopping from a catalogue can be rather daunting because you are not actually looking at the product and there is a strong possibility you will overspend (something I do a lot), it is rather exciting when your Avon representative comes round with the new book for you to browse over. My Avon lady called me her favourite customer because I order so much. Christmas time I ordered a lot of stuff and as a thank you, she gave me Avon Care Gentle Aloe Softening Hand Cream. I kept it at work to use as I already have cream at home and a handbag cream. Avon Avon (also known as Avon Products) is a manufacturer of beauty, household and care products. It was founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell. Although originally starting in America it is now moving to the United Kingdom. This is due to sales figures falling dramatically in America, although it is still earning millions and is worth over a billion. I wouldn't complain so much! The Hand Cream Itself In this review the product is called Avon Care Gentle Aloe Softening Hand Cream although it is now called Avon Care Calming Aloe Vera Hand Cream. As I said this was given to me as a thank you for spending so much money. If it hadn't have been given to me as a gift, I probably would have skipped over it on the book because there isn't really anything that jumps out to me as a consumer. I am more one for cocoa butter rather than aloe ...

Halloween 3 - Season Of The Witch (DVD) 09/04/2017

Michael Myers, please come back and save us

Halloween 3 - Season Of The Witch (DVD) May contain spoilers I cannot really explain how bad this film is without going through the entire plot so if you don't want to read the plot, please feel free to skip over it. So on my journey through my Halloween collection I have come to number three. Season Of The Witch. Season of the why did they bother, more like it. I'm not going to lie to you, I struggled to understand this film and its entire concept. I had to research it heavily to understand what I had watched and why the franchise inflicted this waste of movie space on us. Halloween 3 - Season Of The Witch= Halloween 3 is the third instalment in the Halloween franchise although it doesn't involve our beloved Michael Myers, nor does it involve any of the characters or original storyline. Made in 1982, John Carpenter (director of the original Halloween) and Debra Hill felt that Halloween could branch out into different storylines involving different characters and aspects surrounding Halloween night. They felt that it had that potential but after seriously bad reviews and a disappointing turn out at the box office Michael Myers was brought back to the next film, Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers (thank you for coming to your senses). It stands more on the concept of witchcraft and science fiction rather than a slasher movie. I would say that the violence of movie is more like the first movie (more the audience imagining what they saw and not being shoved in their faces) as the second movie (Halloween 2) was ...

Rihanna Reb'l Fleur Eau de Parfum 07/04/2017

Come Mr Perfume Pon de Replay

Rihanna Reb'l Fleur Eau de Parfum If you all know me by now then you will know that I am one for a perfume or sixteen. So this review is on Rihanna's Reb'l Fleur Eau de Parfum, but for short I will call it Reb'l Fleur. My friend bought it years ago and I always complimented her on its scent so when I was in Superdrug and I saw the 100ml bottle for £20 I thought I would buy it for myself. Rihanna If you've been living in a cave where there is no radio then I accept that you don't know who Rihanna is. Not that I am a massive uber fan but I am pretty sure that she is a well-known brand. Robyn Rihanna Fenty (known as Rihanna) is a R&B (amongst others) singer, songwriter and actress from Saint Michael, Barbados. She rose to fame in 2005 with her single "Pon de Replay" and went on to release other hits such as "Umbrella ft. Jay-Z", "SOS", "Unfaithful", "Disturbia", "Don't Stop the Music", Hate That I Love You Ft. Ne-Yo", and "Love The Way You Lie Ft. Eminem". She moved onto other ventures like modelling and acting, appearing in films such as Battleship, This Is The End, Home and Bates Motel. She states her influences are Bob Marley and Madonna... Is there any singer out there whose influences is not Madonna? Guess what other venture she went into... You guess it correct boys and girls, perfume! Reb'l Fleur was released in 2011 which Rolling Stone called a financial success and expected to gross $80 million. Isn't it amazing how much one bottle of perfume can make? Reb'l Fleur Bad feels so good I wouldn't ...

Halloween 2 (DVD) 06/04/2017

More Of The Night He SHOULD Have Stayed At Home

Halloween 2 (DVD) May Contain Spoilers There are very few sequels that are able to live up to the massive expectations of the first film. HALLOWEEN was known for its iconic score, its direction and scare factor so its sequel had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, Halloween II, for me, did not live up to the standard that it's predecessor did. HALLOWEEN II History Originally, HALLOWEEN II was going to be set years in the future from the first film but changed during script meetings. After the success of the first movie, the executive producers invested heavily into the sequel, where its parent received a budget of $300,000, HALLOWEEN II received a hefty $2.5 million budget. Many attempts to make the sequel bigger and better were considered including an attempt on 3-D. However, the 3-D element was considered too much and so 3-D became 3Dead. John Carpenter refused to direct the sequel to HALLOWEEN stating in an interview "I had made that film once and I didn't want to do it again". However, he stayed on as a producer and writer with Debra Hill who was the original producer of the original. There appear to be many disagreements with the direction the sequel was going. One key element of this was the that the violence and gore was elevated to that of the first movie. The Director, Rich Rosenthal blamed original Director John Carpenter for the elevated use of gore, violence and nudity apparently saying "Carpenter ruined my carefully placed film". I find this slightly strange as Rosenthal ...

Halloween (DVD) 03/04/2017

The Night He Came Home

Halloween (DVD) Spoilers may be contained in this review I'm not sure where I get my love of horror films from because everyone in my family absolutely hates them. I can watch them on my own, before I go to sleep, in the dark, nothing really bothers me about them (apart from if they are well and truly awful). I can watch the most disgusting horror films where the pretty, big breasted blonde gets hacked to pieces and fed to sharks and not be phased by it but show me a movie where an animal dies and I will blubber like a baby. I love the classics, Freddy, Chucky, Jason and of course Mr Michael Myers. For my birthday last year, my four beautiful Godchildren bought me the HALLOWEEN boxset (well their mother did) and now I am finally dedicating my time to watching them. At A Glance I would say it is one of the most iconic horror films ever made. You think of classic horror and I would put money on that HALLOWEEN would be in the top 3. I was given the boxset which contained five of the HALLOWEEN francise films (all of which are rated 18). - HALLOWEEN - HALLOWEEN II - HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch - HALLOWEEN IV: The Return of Michael Myers - HALLOWEEN V: The Revenge of Michael Myers The cover of the DVD shows us in orange colour the title of the DVD (HALLOWEEN COLLECTION) with a portrait of Michael Myer's wearing his white mask. Although some may find this quite simplistic, I feel that because Halloween is such an iconic movie, less is more and simply showing Michael Myer's face is ...

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? 02/04/2017

Gaining A New Perspective

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? Last year was seriously the worst year I have ever experienced and the start of this year wasn't so great either. I was stressed out with the plays I was in, my mother had a heart attack on my baby cousin's first birthday party (recovering well now), I split with my boyfriend, subsequent loves after that did not work out so well, stressfully studying for my exam, I had a seizure on New Year's Day which took me out for almost two weeks, my father had a cardiac arrest a week after and other small general stresses... You can't make this stuff up. So I have been living a life of stress for much too long. My main goal for Spring 2017 is to lead a less stress filled life. Just calm down and take things easy; to not have everything planned out and set in stone all the time; to love what I have and appreciate the things and people in my life. Life can be a very stressful thing and I think we all stress from time to time; sometimes we stress more than we should and end up making ourselves ill. Let's take Spring time to chill out, do some things for ourselves, not worry about the small stuff and only stress when it is necessary. My goals for this Spring are: Finishing Therapy I was struck down with depression and anxiety and isolated myself from everyone. I would sit in my room, on my own and simple exist. Not good. I needed to get help and luckily, I got into therapy and am talking through my issues. It is helping me a lot to be able to talk to someone outside of my usual ...

Max Factor Creme Puff Compact Powder 31/03/2017

The Only Powder For Me

Max Factor Creme Puff Compact Powder It takes us women a long time to look this good and a good powder is the way to go for having a matt finish. I actually haven't tried a lot of compact powders as Max Factor Crème Puff Compact Powder has always been good to me. As much as I like trying different makeup brands, I've always stuck to this powder. Max Factor History Max Factor is a cosmetics company founded in 1909 by... Max Factor (Maksymilian Faktorowicz). When it first started, Max Factor originally concentrated on movie makeup until the 1970s when they begun concentrating on "at home" makeup preparations. Max Factor worked on many classic actresses like Clare Bow, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland and Ben Turpin (to name a few). It is a popular brand that is used in many countries and is a favourite for many people today. Compact Powder This powder is an all-in-one compact powder. Max Factor claims that it has amazing light reflecting particles that give a soft, subtle glow; proven skin compatibility and can be used alone with moisturiser or on top of foundation. I would agree with their claims. As much as I do not suffer with oily skin, I do have to be careful what I put on my skin and this powder has always worked well for me. This powder has a matt finish so you do not look shiny. If you want the shiny finish, I would not recommend this product to you. I must say, I have never used this on top of moisturiser so I cannot comment on how well this would work. I use mine on top of my foundation. There are 9 ...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 27/03/2017

Double Love For Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I'm pretty lucky that I have been blessed with good skin by my dear mother and father; the only thing about my skin is that I have an uneven skin tone and dark circles under my eyes. I tried the Estee Lauder BB cream which I did really like but wanted a little bit more of a coverage when I went out for a night on the town. All my friends use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (which I will now call DWF) and I thought I would give it a try. Estee Lauder has never let me down so far. Estee Lauder History Estee Lauder started in 1946 by Estee Lauder and her husband in New York City. Starting originally with only four products (a cleansing oil, skin lotion, all purpose crème and a crème pack) they got their first store account with Saks Fifth Avenue in 1948 and soon expanded their range of products to the makeup and perfume that we all know today. Estee Lauder have been under fire by animal rights for a number of years. The company states that they use human testing subjects and do not test on animals unless required by law. In China, many makeup products have to be tested on animals before selling to the public and this caused controversy because Estee Lauder state that they are "cruelty free". The worry being that people are funding companies that are not cruelty free but sell "cruelty free" products. As of today, Estee Lauder currently test on animals. Another controversy was in 2001 when children were found working in a factory in New York which worked on Estee ...
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