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Pearl Drops Lasting Flawless White 27/03/2017

Get whiter teeth sooner...

Pearl Drops Lasting Flawless White I once asked my dentist about teeth shades and he said a lot of it was genetic and you will get what you get in tooth shade and to an extent, condition. The best way to make the most of teeth is regular brushing (he said) and the best shade of whiteness without chemicals will follow. With this in mind I am highly suspect of the tooth whitening claims of some toothpastes but still buy them in the hope of whiter teeth. My introduction I was excited to get on a trial for Pearl Drops with the consumer testing site Bzz Agent and they sent me a tube of the Pearl Drops lasting flawless white toothpaste that promises to remove 100 percent more surface stains than a regular toothpaste within 14 days. (This trial was a over a year ago.) First impressions This is a very clean looking white tube with silver accents. It looks expensive In use You are advised to use this twice a day which is no more than a normal tooth brushing routine. I use mine with an electric toothbrush and immediately noticed it had a pleasant but not overpowering minty taste. Built in to the toothpaste are tiny grains so it is lightly abrasive which obviously provides the stain removing ingredient. My thoughts I did not think it was as gritty as the paste the dentist uses. Whilst it is a little bit more expensive than the normal toothpaste I buy it was not break the bank time. I do sometimes get sensitive teeth though so I have a special toothpaste for tackling those areas and this does not help in that ...

Benefit Coralista Box Of Powder 26/03/2017

LIfe's a beach

Benefit Coralista Box Of Powder I have a tin of blushers by Benefit that are almost full sized products and one of the shades is the popular Coralista. This blusher is a lovely shade that really livens up my skin tone an is most similar to the individual shade I would choose if I was only allowed one blush in my life (banish the thought!). First impressions This looks a great shade on the softer side of the coral spectrum I'd say! It is housed in a tin pan (or in a cardboard box if you buy it individually). I prefer the value of the gift sets though from this brand as I will use most if not all of the contents. In use I use a big blusher brush to pick up a fine sweep of this blusher and blend it in to the apples of my cheeks using light circular motions until the product is buffed in. I can definitely tell the difference when I am wearing it. My thoughts This is very much an every day blush and it can be applied lightly or layered up for a more obvious look. I like how universal this colour is and would opt for this instead of a bronzer. I wear this or Benefit's sugarbomb every day for work (sugar bomb has four colours in it which I have already reviewed and one of the colours in SB is very similar to Coralista). I also love the name of Coralista, it really does sound right for the shade it is. How much are they? One 8g box of Coralista costs £24.50 on the Benefit website and at their counters in store. It will last for ages so this is not bad value for money. What they say WHY WE LOVE IT... it's ...

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood 25/03/2017

Citizens vs Cons

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood I like a good novel and this one also borders on science fiction for me. I have read most of Margaret Atwood's books so when I spot one I always buy it. I actually got this for Christmas and it took me a while to get around to reading it because I don't seem to have the time I used to spend reading before kids, funny that! Setting the scene... The world has hit and economic rock bottom and there's lots of unemployment and people losing their houses, working whatever hours and jobs they can find to get money to buy food. The main couple featured in the book, Charmaine and Stan are living in their car and struggling to survive. The opportunity Charmaine spots an opportunity on a tv advert in the bar she works in and it seems like the ideal solution for their unfortunate situation. Imagine a gated community that provides a house, scooter and a job for life. There's a piece of research that suggests a balanced community would work if 50% of the time in this new habitat is spent in prison. OK so it is quite a civilised prison, but while you are inside, another couple are having their 'free' time working in the community and house sharing your abode. My thoughts It is a little far fetched but one of those lives that is OK, bound by rules and a little "1984" with town hall meetings and a fear of the management team. You do wonder what would you do in their situation though if this ideal life (well half the time) is offered to you on a plate on the condition that you work an ...

Model Co Liquid Buds Eye Make Up Remover 24/03/2017

Handy eye make up remover

Model Co Liquid Buds Eye Make Up Remover I think that this is one of those beauty products that you can say: "well it came, then it went..." because I had a few boxes from a couple of brands that I never quite used up so I do find them in redundant beauty cases and bags in my bedroom every now and again. I got a set of these Model Co eye make up remover buds in a beauty box a long time ago but still have a few knocking about as I save them for when I go away on holiday or work over nighters. They are quite clever as the make up remover is contained in the stick and you click one end open and it floods the cotton wool at the other end. A word of warning... These are not for every day use (I'd say) and if you wear heavy eye make up then one stick will not be enough. They work out more expensive than the bottle of eye make up remover and cotton wool combo that I usually use. They are also pretty hard to find in the shops as Model Co is not a brand that is widely available. In use You have to have strong fingers to click open the end which is marked with a pink ring around the head. It will not happen by accident and once clicked it is not reversible so you cannot reuse or save it for later. What they say Finally--mess-free eye makeup removal that's totally portable. Each revolutionary Eye Liquid Bud is filled with a calming eye makeup remover that is infused with both aloe vera and vitamin E. Simply snap the marked end of the bud, the liquid disperses to the other end, and away you go! From ModelCo. My ...

Calpol Vapour Plug & Nightlight 23/03/2017

Plug in that helps with the snuffles

Calpol Vapour Plug & Nightlight I was sent the Calpol vapour plug and night light to test out as I have two young kids we were good road testers. I would say I am not 100 percent impressed but we have had some decent results from using it. The whole unit is quite neat and you get five sealed refills that plug in to the unit. The plug gently emits some vapours in to the room and helps a bit with snuffles in children. I had a cold too but it was not strong enough for my liking but my husband could detect it because he didn’t have a cold and thought I’d got a new room fragrance that he didn’t like. When I explained what it was he was all for it though. About that light… The night light is a good idea but it can be a bit irritating too as it is solar it only comes on in the dark but sometimes you don’t want a light glowing out in the dark and there is no way that I can find of switching it off. How long do they last? The refills are quite short lived with each one lasting just eight hours which I don’t think is long because my colds go on forever so I would be unsealing a few. It seems more economical to have a bottle or capsule of Olbas and dab it on a hanky like we did when we were kids. How much? Five refill pads are £5.99 in Superdrug at the moment. Asda sell the plug and refills for £7.30. What they say Plug in the CALPOL® Soothe & Care Vapour Plug & Nightlight to release soothing lavender and camomile vapours that comfort your child through the night and help with clear & easy breathing. Its ...

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat 22/03/2017

I prefer my caviar on my nails...

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat I love all things relating to nails and decorating them but also know the value of good tools, that being decent base coat and top coats and I have stuck with the Nails Inc brand for more than a decade now, pretty much tried out everything they make and I have been through many bottles of the caviar base coat. I have actually moved on to the green nail kale base coat that they make more as it is the one that they are marketing more now but I still own the caviar base and top coats and found them to work really well. First impressions This base coat that I still own comes in the older style round bottles and is a murky pink in colour not to be confused with the top coat which is pink and see through clear and both are still also available in the newer style chunky rectangle bottles. The one I own is the round shape with a thinner brush. The colour looks quite pink but goes on pretty much clear. I have found this to go a bit gloopy as with many polishes once you get past 50 percent use as there is a lot of air in the bottle I think this affects the consistency of the product. A few drops of thinner tends to sort this out though. In use I use a base coat for a few reasons. Firstly to stop staining the nail with the colour, secondly to even out the natural nail so you get a better surface to work on and this does help smoothen out the nail surface and thirdly to add some strength to the nail. This nail polish looks pink but dries pretty clear so you can use it on its own if ...

Boots Double Faced Cotton Wool Pads 19/03/2017

Two faced

Boots Double Faced Cotton Wool Pads I use a lot of cotton wool for make up removal, and nail polish removal mostly but it means that I am always picking up a couple of packs to ensure I don’t run out. Looking back My mum always bought rolls of tear off cotton wool for us to use when I lived at home and one day at a friend’s house I used some of her cotton wool discs and I never looked at a roll of cotton wool again after that!! The buy In my latest Boots swoop I spotted a pack of these cotton wool double faced oval pads which were branded as Boots own and I was interested to try them, having been disappointed with the disintegration of some cheaper pads. Packet and description Each pack contains 50 pads and each pad has a slightly different side. One is softer with a hexagon print and the other side is dotty. The bag also has a tie top so you can drawstring the top if you like although I tend to pull a hole out of the plastic at the bottom so I can withdraw one at a time. In use For nail polish removal, I find the dotty side best as it is very lightly abrasive (but not a lot). The pad soaked in remover still stays together and does not disintegrate. As the oval shape is slightly larger than the usual round discs it can go a little further in terms of polish removal. For eye make up remover I use the hexagon side and it is soft on the skin on this area with no dragging. Again the pad stays together. If I am using a toner, I use the dotty side as it is good for trying to get in to the pores on the skin ...

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder 18/03/2017

Good every day bronzer and highlighter

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder I have admired the chocolate style palettes by Bourjois many times in the shops so was delighted to receive one in a beauty box by Latest in Beauty a couple of years ago. I used it every day for six months and never even got to see the pan at the bottom and still have this languishing in my make up box that I only dip in to occasionally now. What is it? The actual palette is a bronzing and highlighting duo in what looks like milk and white chocolate! It smell sweets and good too. I liked the bronze highlight options in the slimline booklet style package and until more recently was using it every day. I got swayed by other new products, distracted if you like but I am going to make a return to this soon as it is my intention to finish it. Go compare I was using this but then got a Benefit set and started using Hoola again instead. I'd say the darker shades compare quite well, they are good for the hollow of the cheek as contour and both last for an age as you only need a small amount. Neither is glittery thankfully. The highlight side I do not compare with other products as it has no shimmer in it and will work equally well as a setting powder as it is quite neutral and not very highlight-y in fact I now use a liquid highlighter by Benefit but will return to this powder as it will work over the top too. My thoughts I am thrilled to own this product. It has lasted for so long and looks nice and pretty and is good on the go as it feels quite baked in and does not go ...

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Multi Energiser 17/03/2017

Eye cooler

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Multi Energiser I think this brand had completely passed me by until recently when I suddenly found two items in my collection. This eye contour energiser landed with me in my Look Fantastic beauty box. What is it? A roll on eye hydrator with cooling effect. It comes in a tube with a rollerball on the end so it is super easy to apply. Suitable for use by men or women. In use I found this nice to use and have used similar items in the past with a cooling roller ball. It feels nice to work it around the eye area. It has no smell to it and when it dries it does not leave the area feeling sticky. It is hard to tell how much is left in the tube though as you can't see through it and you can't really tell by shaking it or by weight. How much? A 10 ml tube is £20.50 on the Look Fantastic website. My thoughts This is a nice to have item, that is good skincare for men and women. It hydrates a delicate area of the face without stinging or taking a long time to dry. I keep mine in the bedside drawer so I can use it before bed time but you could keep it in your handbag as a quick refresher for tired eyes. I thought it made a nice difference to using an eye cream and What they say Boost tired and wanting peepers with the Polaar Icymagic Instant Eye Contour Multi Energiser; an invigorating roll-on eye treatment that instantly hydrates and lifts dull, puffy skin. Fortified with Siberian Ginseng, an adaptogen that has a revitalising tonic effect on skin, the soothing gel formula tones and ...

Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex 16/03/2017

Paying Lip Service to this product..

Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex I regularly shop on Feel Unique's website and they do a sampler box for a few pounds which is redeemable if you want to buy the full size product and that is how I came across the Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex by Dermalogica. I was sent a small sample that had around ten applications of product in it. The full sized tube contains 1.75ml so it is really not very big. What they say Apply Dermalogica Real Lip Complex lip treatment as needed to infuse lips with a smoothing, moisturising blend of Avocado Oil and Shea and Cocoa Seed butters. A patented polypeptide restores delicate tissue, minimises contour lines and helps prevent the signs of ageing caused by Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs – a damaging by-product of sugar/protein reactions in the skin). Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. What I say I absolutely loved this lip product and thought immediately that I needed to get my hands on some more of it! I looked it up on the Feel Unique website and that's when I found out that a. it's expensive and b. a full sized tube contains 1.75ml of product. I had to pick my jaw off the floor when i saw the price but I will save that for the price section. In use I found this a great smoothing lip product that is extremely moisturising. It goes on a dream and feel a little grainy before melting in to your lips. It has no taste to it and sticks well to my lips without making them feel very sticky. I used it as an overnight treatment and woke up with the ...

Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads 15/03/2017

Eye patches

Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads I have known of the Almay brand for many years and can remember it as a young child. It's one of those brands though that I have never really bought in to much bar the odd lip balm and other small purchases. It's quite hard to get hold of in the UK too. I think my pots of eye make up removers came via the states because they were in TK Maxx and looked like old stock when you compare the packaging with the current versions. First impressions Basic white plastic pots with screw top lids, nothing wrong with that. The seal works well to keep the juice inside the pads. When new they were sealed with foil, I had a few pots and they were consistently sealed and I worked through a few before writing this review. In use You simply take a pad from the pot - they are quite thin but hold together very well - and rub it over the eye area, no prep work required and it will remove all manner of eye make up from eye liner, mascara, eyeshadow, primer, foundation and you can use them to remove brow make up too. the pad absorbs product very well and feel soft against my skin. What they say New look! removes all traces of makeup that soap and water can leave behind, with no greasy residue. With a botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea, it sweeps away makeup without irritation. Hypoallergenic. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested. My thoughts These are easy to use and surprising long lasting with 80 pads in a tub even when I use one for each eye. They can be a bit hard to get only ...

Witch Anti-Blemish Tinted Moisturiser Medium 02 14/03/2017

Cheapest buy ever!

Witch Anti-Blemish Tinted Moisturiser Medium 02 This is a review of Witch naturally clear anti blemish tinted moisturiser. Whilst I am quite spot free, I was looking for some more light foundation to use on days when my skin felt a bit dry (I usually use mineral make up) so I could multi task as I went about my day! The purchase decision I spotted the 30 ml tube of this and saw it marked as 'new' which I never can resist although I don't think it's that new a product on the market, just probably clearance stock as I shop in Home Bargains things are not always as new as they may seem. Packaging The tinted moisturiser is packaged in an attractive silver tube with a screw top lid. I think it looks really nice and it's a 30 ml tube so will last me for ages. I like squeezy products as I think you can squeeze out every last drop rather than a glass jar where there seems to be lots of waste. I have been known to chop the end of the tube off when I can squeeze no more and get the last application out with a cotton bud! The claim This product claims to be anti blemish with witch hazel extract which will mattify the skin and has antibacterial actives. I chose the shade 02 which is medium and it's also fragrance free, oil free and dermatologically tested. The company Witch have been in business for more than 40 years. In use I find a small 5p sized blob is more than enough to give face and neck coverage and I usually use a sponge to apply wet foundation. I was expecting it to smell a bit as I have had a bottle of witch hazel ...

Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat 10/03/2017

A well kept secret

Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat I was following a few online beauty bloggers and nail queens and a name kept cropping up, the weirdly titled HK Girl Glisten and Glow top coat. I had been using a Nails Inc topcoat quite happily but it was getting a bit sticky when I got further down the bottle and i kept adding in a few drops of restore but it was annoying. Another product I used was Seche vite which is a clear and super fast drying top coat but it caused shrinkage from the top of the nail edge so that was annoying too. I decided it was time to find out for myself about this HK Girl. The purchase I use a UK based website that is called rainbow-connection and she sells a lot of independent nail products which are different and quirky. The HK Girl was available in a small or large size so I went for the large sized bottle despite its huge price! How much? A 2.5 oz bottle which is around 60 ml I think is £27 and comes decorated with a bow and crystal stones. (Most of my stones have dropped off!). A normal sized bottle (10 ml I think) is £7. Why this one? This truly is an all rounder... - intense shine - crystal clear formula that applies smoothly, leaving a glass like appearance - it is fast drying – approx 1-2 minutes often less and your nails will be dry, as time passes it will dry more within 5 minutes or so it's rock hard! - it's durable, long lasting nature – customers boast that manicures last 5-7 days with little to no tip wear or chips. - holographic polishes love it! – holos will not dull, in ...

ChapStick Apple Apple Lip Balm 09/03/2017

Shrek Stick

ChapStick Apple Apple Lip Balm I've got a Chapstick in my drawer at work that has been on the go for more than a year and is a Shrek special edition but in the flavour forever apple and is green in colour. I remember buying it at a shop like Savers or Poundland so don't know if it is surplus stck from the film promotion at the time but mine has worked fine and still smells like apples and doesn't look mouldy (although it is green!). I am coming to the end of it and it won't screw up any more which is what prompted me to write this review. First impressions It's a green Chapstick. I use these a lot to avoid dry lips and keep the skin moisturised. It has a light fragrance and a pleasant taste to it. The container is small and standard and has a screw up base which has never failed and I have managed to keep the lid through its year(s) of service which is nothing sort of a miracle. In use This balm is quite firm, a lot firmer than Vaseline so when you use the screw up base it holds together quite well and melts on to the lip without depositing an excess amount on your lips. It leaves them pleasantly moisturised and rids any dry skin from the area. My thoughts This is a nice little tube that is easy to slip in to your pocket so it is handy and if I am on a day out I always take a lip balm if I know i am out in the fresh air as that is when my lips tend to get a bit dry. The green apple is a nice slant on the balm as it's quite fruity and does not tint your lips green at all. I think the tube is nicer ...

Shiseido Nars Blusher Orgasm"" 08/03/2017

Now you really are making me blush!

Shiseido Nars Blusher Orgasm"" This blusher from Nars is the most popular shade in the range and is certainly named so you won't forget it! It is a very good shade, complimentary with a little shimmer or glow but not chunks of glitter. I have heard a lot about this blusher, it's very popular so I thought I needed to try it for myself. First impressions This powder blush comes packaged in a nice black case with a slightly rubbery feel to it and a mirror inside the lid. It is clearly branded on the outside with the Nars logo in white. Inside there is a clear plastic screen to protect the blush and this is also branded. In use This blusher gives a nice flush to skin without being over the top. I use it with a small fluffy brush and it is easy to blend. It is very pigmented and long lasting so it is still there on the evening when I come to remove it with a balm or cream cleanser. My thoughts I can see why this is a popular shade. The other blushers in the range also have funny titles such as deep throat, bumpy, desire, peep, reckless, amour and many more. The powder is nice and solid and doesn't go all dusty on the brush. This is a premium brand and the products work really well and have very nice packaging. Price and availability This costs £23 from department stores although there is currently a limited edition blush in this shade on the Nars website at the moment priced £28 which is a one off bigger size Introducing NARS’ biggest Orgasm yet—an outsized, limited-edition compact so irresistible, it’s ...
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