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since 10/11/2008

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The Loft - Tea By The Sea, Tollesbury 03/03/2015

Tea By The Sea

17 Falsifeye HD Mascara 22/02/2015

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS ONE!

17 Falsifeye HD Mascara Boots Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara In the past I have become quite interested in watching YouTube video tutorials and reviews about cosmetics and make up. Many of these presentations have introduced me to some interesting products, and one of these is the subject of this review, namely the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara by Boots. Retailing for £6.99 this is a true budget mascara, and it offered an alternative for me as I often purchase higher end mascaras. It is also worth noting that Boots have a buy one get one half price on the range by Seventeen, so it is a very affordable purchase at the moment if you are interested to try it for yourself. I am endeavouring to sometimes buy cheaper mascaras, as I am a contact lens wearer and always abide by a strict rule of replacing my mascaras after 3 months. I will write on the box the date of opening, and will then replace three months later, even if it is still working beautifully to make sure I am not exposing myself to any infective agents that could trigger illness. This product is highly thought of according to online reviews on the Boots website, so this also encouraged me to try the product. Lisa Eldridge, a famous make up artist, always states that mature ladies cannot get away without wearing eye make up, and I have really taken her advice on board since I turned 50 a few years ago. Mascara is vital, and the product you choose has to lift the eyes and impart a more youthful appearance. Her advice is that it is no good ...

Tisserand Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner 05/02/2015

Let's Do Some Straight Talking

Tisserand Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner Tresemme Expert Selection Keratin Smooth Shampoo Tresemme is a salon brand that in the past I would purchase, and after a few uses it would be given to my husband for his hair. Marketed as being salon quality for high street prices it is affordable and has many loyal purchasers. I have always been attracted by the large bottles, which are often discounted, and many have made their way into my bathroom to eventually supply my husband as they have failed to cope with my hair over several washes. To elaborate slightly my hair type is shoulder length, naturally coarse, and is dyed blonde and also has weaved highlights. I have been dyeing my hair since my late twenties when I was dark brown with a few greys starting. I am now probably half grey, although I don't know for sure as I am always regular in attending my hair appointments. Still though my hair has coarse elements to it and it is prone to frizz. I either style it using a straightening iron at the end, or leave it to dry naturally, and tend to use premium brands of shampoo and conditioner – "Redken All Soft" being my hands down favourite. I do though try to be economical and have some high street favourites that I alternate, and when I saw the Tresemme Expert Selection Keratin Smooth range I was very interested. This is a detailed review of my experience with the shampoo from the collection. All About The Shampoo Presented in a lovely red bottle I was originally attracted to the fact that, as well as being available ...

Provamel Macadamia Drink 26/01/2015

Provamel Have Cracked it!

LV = Britannia Rescue 16/01/2015

Breakdown Hell!

LV = Britannia Rescue LV=Brittania Rescue Liverpool Victoria is a well known insurance company respected and with a long heritage. They advertise widely, and appear frequently on price comparison websites when searching for home car and other insurances. Their car policy offers an add on breakdown cover that is administered by them, but provided in the field by Britannia Rescue. A number is given if you take up this aspect of the policy to call in the event of a breakdown, and you can choose from several levels of cover in line with what you would expect, and comparable to that offered by the major market leaders RAC and the AA. We paid £65 for the comprehensive breakdown cover that includes home start and onward transport to your destination in the event that a breakdown cannot be fixed by the roadside. Overnight accommodation is also included if it is unsafe to drive but can be fixed within a reasonable time frame when towed to a garage. They call this UK Recovery and Home Assist. There are cheaper options available if you don't travel any distance with frequency and all these can be seen at www.lv.com Having been with LV for three years prior to this renewal, and never having made a call or a claim we were confident that we were getting a good deal with them, and many of my friends use them so that was an added bonus. Of course insurances only really matter when you have to claim on them, and this is where the real picture becomes clear and you are able to look at price as well as service in ...

Lipstick Queen Medieval 29/12/2014

Red Lips For The First Time!

Love Make Up Clean Rose Goat Milk Brush Shampoo 01/12/2014

Soft Clean Brushes Scented With Roses

Love Make Up Clean Rose Goat Milk Brush Shampoo Clean Apothecary Goat Milk Rose Brush Shampoo The purchase and care of make up brushes is very important when you wear cosmetics each day as I do. You can pay a lot for expensive high quality brushes that you want to keep in good condition, but this means cleaning them on a regular basis. There are many ways of doing this and some of these are very inexpensive such as the use of baby shampoo, but you can also purchase brush cleaners from various manufacturers that can be quite costly if you are using them with any frequency. Some brushes can be very expensive and you want them to last for many years so caring for them is vital. I have heard make up artists say that brushes are more important than products if you want to look polished, and that you can create lovely make up using inexpensive brands as long as your tools are of a high quality. Cleaning Brushes Over the years I have tended to use two methods. The first has been to use baby shampoo about once a week to clean the brushes under warm water, and the second has been to invest in a tailor made cleaning product such as the MAC Brush Cleaner for spot cleaning, and also to remove more stubborn residue from the brushes. This has worked well on the whole, although the MAC product is rather costly, and not something I would want to travel with. Additionally it does not have a spray pump so can be quite wasteful. I have tried alternatives such as the Bare Essentials which is a good alternative, but when I heard that there ...

Leifheit Clean and Away Dusting Mop 19/11/2014

Finally The Mop Of My Dreams!

Leifheit Clean and Away Dusting Mop Leifheit Clean and Away Dusting Mop. I have spent a long time looking for the perfect solution to keep my laminate floors clean on a daily basis. Over the last few years we have gradually replaced many of our carpets in favour of laminate floors, as we have three Persian cats and a puppy. I do own a steam cleaner which is ideal for cleaning them occasionally, but it is not a lightweight model and is rather heavy, and not something I want to bring out every day. I wanted something lightweight and quick that would keep the floors clean and free from dust pet hairs and dirt, and I found it – enter the mop of my dreams! Leifheit Clean and Away Dusting Mop. It wasn't expensive - £16.46 at the moment on Amazon, and actually only £13.50 on John Lewis, but there you will have to factor in delivery charges. It says on the Amazon website that it is for quick and easy dusting using the static cloths provided. It also states that it has a swivel handle for steering around furniture, and that it can be used with micro fibre cloths and for damp cleaning too. It also comes with a three year guarantee. I liked all this, and so having read some of the Amazon reviews which are mostly very positive indeed I decided to order it. I was a little hesitant as over the years I have owned so many mops of different sorts, and if they had been any good I would still be using them. A lot of them are heavy or need replacement heads all the time, and then they are difficult to store away neatly. This ...

Clarins Instant Concealer 06/11/2014

Circle Round You'll Want To Bag This One!

Clarins Instant Concealer Clarins Instant Concealer Clarins Instant Concealer is a product designed to cover under eye circles, and to enhance the appearance of tired eyes creating an illusion that you have had enough sleep and are rested and awake. I purchased this recently as I had read encouraging reviews about the cream online and was in need of a new item in this category. Covering under the eye area is a complicated business, and one that I have recently come to understand more fully. There are concealers for this purpose exclusively, and even within this area of cosmetics there are also products called correctors which will, for example, cover blue tones in the under eye area with peachy colours. In addition to this there are illuminating products – YSL Touch Éclat for example which can also brighten the eye area, and many people use a combination of these products to achieve the desired result. This can be time consuming though, and something that really only appeals to me if I have a lot of time. The correctors in particular can be more difficult to use as they are thicker in consistency, and it is vital to make sure they are evenly applied. I have two from this category one by Bobbi Brown and one by Laura Mercier, and if I am very careful and precise a lovely look can be achieved by applying these under the eye area, and then after foundation using a general under eye concealer such as Nars Creamy Concealer or Mac Select Moisture Cover. Then with the application of an illuminator such as ...

Pet Silk Leave In Pet Conditioner 27/10/2014

No More Tangles And A Soft And Shiny Coat

The George And Dragon, Knighton 16/10/2014

A Night In A Stable

Island Deli, Balivanich 09/10/2014

A Barista In Benbecula.

Island Deli, Balivanich Island Deli Benbecula The Island Deli ( Deli nan Eilean in Gaelic) is an oasis of delights in the beautiful Outer Hebrides, a part of the world where I spend a large and ever increasing part of my life. To give you a little background, if you are not familiar with the islands that make up the chain known as The Outer Isles, Benbecula is the main centre of the island chain comprising of North and South Uist, and is sandwiched between them linked by causeways. It has the airport and various shops and banking facilities, but is a quiet place with stunning sea views. These islands are peaceful and calm places where crofting and tourism exist together in peaceful harmony, and where bird watching enthusiasts flock to see the many ground nesting birds that live and breed on the islands. Think Back 20 Years I have been visiting the islands for over 20 years, and in that time things have changed – for the better in my opinion. 20 years ago being able to have lunch out was extremely difficult as there were hardly any establishments in business. For me that was acceptable then, as to visit the islands is for me, and always will be, a privilege for which I am grateful. I am always mindful that these islands are inhabited by generations that have worked the land and provided for their families despite the harshest of weather conditions. However times are slowly changing and The Island Deli is an example of a business enterprise that has respectfully appeared, and which is providing a ...

Design France Toiletries Bag - Mes Crèmes Solaires 15/09/2014

Let's Chill In The Sun!

Roger & Gallet Bois D’Orange Créme Sublime Or 08/09/2014

Summer All Year Long.

Roger & Gallet Bois D’Orange Créme Sublime Or ROGER&GALLET Bois D’Orange Gold Shimmer Body Cream Marks and Spencer had probably convinced me until recently that they were not for my shopping needs any more. I had grown tired of the endless queues in my local store, and the ranges were tired and unimaginative. This view that I have held for some time is slowly mellowing, and one of the improvements of late has been the development of an appealing and interesting beauty section. This is inspired by many collections from around the globe, with France being predominant. They have many sections that appeal to me, and Roger&Gallet in particular have some very beautiful products, including the Bois d'Orange Crème Sublime Or Perfumed Body Cream Golden Shimmer which is the subject of this review. ROGER&GALLET Roger & Gallet are a French company with a long history dating back centuries, and their products lean towards the natural with paraben free items such as this body cream attracting my attention. The range "Bois D'Orange" is introduced on the website at www.roger-gallet.co.uk - “ Take a journey to the Andalucian gardens of the Alhambra in Grenada under the orange trees of the Generalife Palace. Capture the vibrant sunshine, as well as the freshness of the leaf and the fruit, the softness of the flower and the fresh sensuality of orange wood.” Sounds like heaven to me! Where To Purchase And Price Price wise it pays to shop around. Marks have an offer on at the moment which gives a lovely cosmetics bag and shower gel ...

Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream 28/08/2014

Lovely Foundation Alternative For All Ages.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream As I have matured into my fifties I find that increasingly I have become more interested in make up. Gone are the days when I could get ready in a few minutes, but I still have many days when I want to look polished but not be in front of a mirror for hours. I am always trying new products, and tend to favour those that impart a soft natural look. I have watched many video presentations by the famous and highly respected Lisa Eldridge, and many of those are aimed at more mature ladies. In many of these videos she uses lighter foundations and tinted moisturisers rather than thick heavy foundations, and in a recent video she was using the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream that is the subject of my review. If you would like to see the video have a look here tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDdnbgrn8bE How I Came To Make My Purchase The product for once is reasonably priced, and although I don't mind spending a lot on make up it really has to be worth it, as I don't buy into advertising hype, and take a long time researching products before purchasing. I have a love of the make up review site “Make Up Alley” because here you can read reviews of almost any product or shade you can think of, and reviewers grade the products too so you can have an overall score to help you to make an informed purchase decision. The 123 Perfect Bourjois CC Cream scores 4.3/5 and 84% said they would repurchase from a sample of 58 contributors. This is a very ...
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