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Collection 2000 Pure Gloss 08/10/2017

More of a 'lipsticky' than a lip gloss!

Collection 2000 Pure Gloss I have been having a big clear out of some of the cosmetics that are cluttering up my drawers in an attempt to see if having less clutter around me helps me both physically and mentally as I know I can be a little bit of a hoarder than I should be. This was an unopened lipgloss that I found on a drawer and while I am aware that it is an old gloss, I thought I would write this review as the gloss is still available, although not in the same packaging as what I have. Collection Collection 2000 as I always knew it as growing up was a brand that I always considered cheap and wasn't a brand that I really bought anything from as I always preferred Rimmel and Natural Collection in my teenage years. However, while I like to have decent foundations and powders, some other items I'm not as bothered by and I have found that some Collection items have more than surpassed my expectations. Packaging While I can't be sure when I bought this gloss, it still has the name on it as Collection 2000 on it so it must be quite old. It is very simple packaging with a clear tube and silver writing stating the brand and a few bubbles for some reason? The lid is screw off and it is a slanted tube so you can apply this straight to your lips from the tube. There is a small sticker on the back that states the colour and while it can peel off (to see ingredients I'm guessing) mine seems firmly stuck. This gloss should be used within 12 months of opening. According to the packaging, this is a ...

Driclor 01/10/2017

Driclor - a summer saver

Driclor Sometimes there are things that really work for you but you're reluctant to write reviews about them and this is one of those items but since it costs around £6 (a lot more than my usual deodorant) I thought that a review of this deodorant after the summer period would maybe help someone. I am one of those people who is paranoid about smelling sweaty, particularly it summer when I can get very warm. I was looking for a decent deodorant as I was fed up with trying various ones without much success and thought that the more heavy duty ones would be my best bet. About Driclor Driclor works in the same way as most regular anti-perspirants, by blocking the pores of the skin. It's just a higher-strength version of what's available in the high street. The active ingredient of Driclor is known as aluminium chloride hexahydrate. This is the same ingredient as many regular antiperspirants, but at a concentration of 20%, whereas in normal anti-perspirants the concentration does not usually exceed about 5%. Packaging There seems to be two different varieties available of this roll on and I'm not sure if one is just older packaging as I have been using both on and off for the past few years so while I am assuming the bright packaging is the newer one. This deodorant is slightly different to other roller ball deodorants I have used in the past in that you have to assemble this yourself. It comes in two parts which are both sealed and then you screw them both together. Not sure ...

Sorting Out Billy - Jo Brand 24/09/2017

Sort things out!

Sorting Out Billy - Jo Brand My friend lent me this book recently and it was one that I was really looking forward to reading as I do like Jo Brand and find her quite funny so had high hopes for this book and was really looking forward to reading it, hoping for a funny yet touching read. About the Book There are 4 main characters in this book. Three friends, Sarah, Martha and Flower and Sarah's boyfriend Billy who as the title of the book suggests, is a focal point of the book. Martha has lived under the shadow of her sanctimonious vicar father for most of her life and longs to rebel. She finds herself seven months pregnant by one of three possible blokes (and even the name she chooses for her son is designed to wind up her father, Flower, as her name sugfgests is a hippy with a dream of being a stand up comedienne but she is finding that her career is more a sit-down after some nasty encounters with south London's finest hecklers Sarah loves her boyfriend Billy. He considers himself to be a lad, a good laugh although he is quick tempered and uses his fists to argue this point. After another 'accident' involving Billy's temper, Sarah's face and a night in the A&E, Martha and Flower decide that it's time to take action. Billy always seems one step ahead of them and finds their meddling funny but will Sarah eventually see sense? My Thoughts As I said above, I had high hopes for this book and while I wouldn't say that it was disappointing, this book certainly wasn't as good as I had expected it to ...

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish 10/09/2017

polishing my skin

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish I am fortunate in that my friends know that I love anything strawberry scented and I normally end up with lots of strawberry scented bath stuff every year for Christmas and my birthday.  I got this in a strawberry scented gift set from a friend last Christmas.  The Body Polish This is one of those products that has confused me slightly as I'm not quite sure if it's a shower gel or a scrub or a bit of both. Personally, I use mine as an occasional scrub and find it's particularly handy to take with me if I am away overnight and want to make sure my skin looks it's best without dragging a pile of different lotions and potions with me. The Body Shop describe this as a product to Smooth and soften your skin as you gently buff away dead skin cells with our Strawberry Body Polish. Your skin will feel more silky-soft and nourished with long lasting moisture. It is a body exfoliator which helps to gently refines skin and leave your skin should feel feel softer and smoother This contains cold-pressed strawberry seed oil and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia. Packaging The packaging fits in well with the rest of the of the strawberry range in The Body Shop with a strawberry in the centre of the Body Shop logo. It is in a long tube with a fip cap and while the top of the tube is a dark red, it;s clear towards the bottom so you saw see how much of the product you have left which I always find very handy. In Use This is a quite thick red coloured gel with some scrubby ...

Boots Extracts Fairtrade Cocoa Butter Body Butter 27/08/2017

Lovely body butter

Boots Extracts Fairtrade Cocoa Butter Body Butter I received this body butter as part of a set for my birthday.  I have been using The Body Shop’s body butters for years and really liked them, and if I’m honest, it wouldn’t have crossed my mind to buy this Boots branded body butter myself as I was always happy with The Body Shop ones.  It's only now that I'm approaching my late 30's that I am noticing that I need to use some body lotion or body butter after showering as I tend to have fairly oily skin and always thought previously that I didn't really need them. The Butter According to Boots, their Extracts range has been developed to make a real difference. This nourishing Extracts Body Butter contains cocoa butter derived from the theobroma cacao seed. Shea butter is used in the Boots Extracts range for its beneficial moisturising properties. Boots Fairtrade shea butter is produced by communities in West Africa, and by using this source Boots can help support their future prosperity. There are a variety of different scents available in this range and these do rival those available in The Body Shop. These include the following: * Strawberry * Mango * Coconut * Almond The range also includes matching shower gels and sugar scrubs (the sugar scrub is one that I have previously reviewed) as well as body sprays and body lotions. Prices are around £6.50 for the scrub, £4 for the shower gels and £3.50 for the body sprays. This butter should be used within 24 months of opening. Packaging This butter comes in a tub ...

Native by Yellow Door, Belfast 20/08/2017

Going native in Belfast

Native by Yellow Door, Belfast This is one of those places that I discovered by accident as I was out with a friend and we couldn't quite make up our minds where to eat and I had heard good reports about the canteen at The Mac so we tried there, not knowing it was now part of Yellow Door, a Northern Ireland deli chain. We had a fantastic meal though so when we were going back to an event at The Mac, we decided to book a table. About Native NATIVE™ by Yellow Door is a new café and bar concept at the iconic MAC building in Belfast which has firmly established itself as one of Europe’s most significant purpose-built multidisciplinary arts venues, offering an outstanding programme of events and exhibitions over 3 art galleries and 2 theatres. The native website describes the concept of the restaurant as being open for breakfast, lunch and casual pre-theatre dining with tasting plates of local deliciousness. We showcase locally produced food and drink, and have a desire to get the very best out of it. We even grow our own herbs and salad leaves within the MAC outdoor spaces. Some of the above paragraph has been taken from the Native website. Location Native by yellow door is located inside The Mac, short for Metropolitan Arts Centre, a recently opened gallery and exhibition space in Belfast, located in St Anne's Square in the cathedral quarter, close to the city centre. I always drive as I live outside Belfast so somewhere convenient for parking is always essential for me and I was able to park at ...

Last Man Down. The Fireman's Story - Richard Picciotto 29/07/2017

Last man down

Last Man Down. The Fireman's Story - Richard Picciotto I have written before that I have some interests that could be considered macabre by others and my interests in disasters such as 9/11 could be considered odd by some people. I read this book years ago but when I saw it in a charity shop recently, I decided to buy another copy and to read it again, even though I had read the same story from a few different sources over the years, I thought that it would be an interesting read. The Book This book tells the amazing story of FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto who has just signed on to his job on the morning of September 11th. Thinking it would be a normal day, things were quickly shattered for Pitch and his team when it became apparent that things would never be the same for the FDNY. Pitch had worked the evacuation of the North Tower of the Twin Towers after the 1993 bomb there and saw how tough it was, so he volunteered his services as he had prior knowledge of the buildings and had recently written a piece about firefighting in high rise buildings. Within minutes he was at Ground Zero as the Twin Towers burned and then began to buckle. Having used an elevator that was still in service, he had managed to get fairly high up in the tower when there was a massive roar that consumed the building. As the stairwells were dark, they had no idea what the sound was but within minutes it became clear that the South Tower had collapsed and the roar has been the building coming down. Pitch made the call for firemen and ...

Lush Sikkim Girls Eau de Parfum 22/07/2017

Spicy and seductive scent

Lush Sikkim Girls Eau de Parfum I have been in one of those moods recently where perfume has taken on more of an importance in my life and I like scents that are slightly different and that also boost my mood. I had been looking for a nice scent although I didn't set out to buy a perfume specifically from Lush, when the sales assistant recommended this one, I immediately liked it and decided to treat myself. The Perfume Sikkim Girls if described by Lush as an exotic scent and was inspired by a story told to musician Sheema Mukherjee of the "Sikkim Girls" who seduced a Darjeeling cafe-owner's son with the sensual sway of their bodies. This is a warm and exotic floral scent with the veiled allure of jasmine. Lush have tried to capture the exotic heat of Darjeeling, India in clouds of tuberose and frangipani. The overt sensuality of jasmine is demurely covered in this perfume, creating a subtly seductive fragrance with a hint of ‘come hither’. A contrast to the up-front and overtly sexual jasmine notes of Lust.  Sikkim Girls was launched in 2013. Sikkim Girls was created by Simon Constantine and Mark Constantine. It is described as a unisex scent and while I have noticed that it could appeal to both men and women, the slight floral undertones of this scent means it's more of a feminine fragrance to myself. Unlike most scents in my collection, I don't think this scent evolves much and only has the notes of Frangipani, Jasmine, Vanilla and Tuberose in this scent rather than the usual heart and base notes ...

Tattoos: friends or foes? 15/07/2017

Friend or Foe??

Tattoos: friends or foes? It maybe is just me or a language barrier but I find the phrasing of this question a little odd so apologies in advance if I have misinterpreted what it's asking. I'm not sure if you could describe a tattoo as a friend or a foe but I am guessing that this means that they can sometimes be a hindrance to some people. I will try to write my review so that I can explain why I feel the way I do about tattoos. About tattoos A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the colour of the skin. Brought to Europe from Polynesia in the early 19th century through naval routes, it was originally largely restricted to naval use, and was a male-only domain. By the later 20th century its use was more widespread and extended to female users. By the end of the 20th many stigmas of the tattoo culture had gone and it moved into the realm of being a fashion accessory for both men and women. My Opinion I love tattoos in general and follow a number of artists on Facebook and Instagram. Yes, there are some negatives in the world of tattooing but it is something that has always fascinated me, although the more I know, the more annoyed I am that there are so few regulations out there and so many people walking around with tattoos that look like they were designed by a toddler. Personally I don't have any tattoos, partly because I am scared that if I did, I would ...

H&M Nail Varnish 01/07/2017

Fantastic cheap polish

H&M Nail Varnish I was in H&M in Dublin a few months ago and as I only had about 2 euro’s worth of stuff to buy and needed to use my card so when I saw these at the till, I decided to grab two of these polishes just so I’d have enough to warrant a card purchase.  These nail polishes were 95 cents or 99p had I bought them in the UK, so I figured that even if they were rubbish, I hadn’t wasted a lot of money.  I bought a dark blue and a pale pink as I thought the blue would be nice for evenings and the pink for daytime.  This review will recount my experiences of the dark blue coloured polish. The Polish H&M describe their polishes as Fashion-focused nail polish in a gorgeous array of inspiring colours and effects. They also claim that application is quick and easy – one coat of the high-gloss formula provides a rich, flawless finish. This polish is a dark blue and is called Midnight Blue which is a close representation of what the colour is. Despite it being a very dark colour, it has quite a glossy finish and while this could look severe, it doesn't really seem that dark on my nails. It just looks quite glossy and classy when applied. My thoughts This polish comes in a small 5ml bottle which is clear so you can see the colour through the glass.  The lid of this polish is the most eye catching part and has Nail in capital letters and polish in small letters on the lid, giving the packaging a modern, vibrant look.  The brush is understandably quite small as the polish itself is only ...

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau de Parfum 24/06/2017

Not quite the perfume of my dreams

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau de Parfum I have quite a wide selection of perfumes, as I always get some for Christmas and my Birthday, as well as the samples that I get in beauty boxes.  This was a gift from my best friend two years ago, but it’s only now that I am really using it as my main daily perfume. The Body Shop In 1970, Anita Roddick visited "The Body Shop" in Berkeley, California which sold naturally-scented soaps and lotions. The shop used natural ingredients, and helped to employ and train immigrant women. In 1976, Roddick opened a similar shop in the UK, using the same business name, colour scheme, and cosmetic lines. The Body Shop's main selling points have always been natural products, always against animal testing and to try to make a difference in the world. Following the company's takeover by L'Oreal, whose business practices were very different, it was feared that the company could change dramatically, but they seem to have tried to remain true to the core values. This perfume was apparently inspired by Anita Roddick. The Perfume The design of the bottle is very simple, but effective.  It reminds me a lot of the bottle that you’d fine the Davidoff scent Cool Water in, although their glass bottles are a blue colour, and this one is clear.  There isn’t much information on the bottle itself. It just has the name of the perfume on the front in purple and it also has a silver coloured lid with The Body Shop's logo on it. The packaging of this is simple and elegant, although it won't stand ...

Afternoon Tea at the Dunadry Hotel, Belfast 17/06/2017

A relaxing afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at the Dunadry Hotel, Belfast It was my friend's birthday recently and she decided that an afternoon tea experience would be a good idea rather than a meal or a night out and I thought something like that would be a nice idea. I did leave it up to her though where we went but when she presented me with a few options, I thought the combination of a spa treatment and afternoon tea would be a good idea as I know I don't take the time to relax as much as I should. Packages Afternoon tea at the Dunadry is available from 12-5pm Monday to Friday and 12-3pm on a Saturday. The packages available are: * Traditional Afternoon Tea | £12.95pp * Traditional Afternoon Tea & Glass of Prosecco | £16.50pp * Afternoon Tea & ½ Hour Treatment | £32.95pp * Afternoon Tea & 1 Hour Treatment | £48.95pp The ½ Hour treatment includes a choice of, Boutique Express Facial, Mini Manicure/Mini Pedicure or Relaxing Back Massage. The 1 hour treatment includes a choice of, Full Body Massage, Full Steam Facial, Full Body Exfoliation or Spa Manicure/Spa Pedicure We both decided to go for the back massage as I have been a bit stressed out and thought it would help me relax. My friend did pay a deposit when she was booking the package but I'm not sure how much this was. Location As I work close to Dunadry and I have been at the hotel a few times in the past, I find it easy to get to but if you're not familiar with the small village it can be hard to find. It's well signposted from the M2 at Antrim though and if you follow signs ...

Boots Skin Clear Deep Cleansing Scrub 03/06/2017

Clear Skin

Boots Skin Clear Deep Cleansing Scrub I have a habit of buying skincare items that I try for a few weeks, decide they weren't the miracle product I hoped and then they sit in the bathroom gathering dust. This is one such purchase, although when I tried it again, I did wonder why it had sat on the shelf for so long gathering dust. About The Scrub This is part of the Boots Clear Skin range and while I have tried one or two of their products, I tended to buy more 'branded' scrubs and washes for my face but occasionally I am swayed by special offers and I think this was on offer when I purchased it. Boots Skin Clear Ultra Deep Pore Facial Treatment Scrub (to give it it's full name) contains a unique formulation with ingredients which are claimed to be scientifically proven to give visible results by exfoliating and clearing skin. This scrub is created by Boots skincare experts to penetrate deep into pores and lift away impurities to help clear skin fast. It is said to start working immediately and helps clear spots and reduce redness. This scrub is also dermatologically tested. You can use everyday as part of your Boots Skin Clear Ultra regime or as required. This scrub should be used within 24 months. Packaging This scrub comes in the same style of packaging as the rest of the Boots Clean Skin range which makes it instantly recognisable when you see it on the shelf in store. I find the red and blue packaging on this brand of skincare a little strange as red isn't a colour I want to associate with a skin ...

Garnier Simply Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes 28/05/2017

Not an essential for me

Garnier Simply Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes While I don't use facial wipes all the time, I do like to have a packet of facial wipes for those occasions where I am out and about and am home late or for those days where I can't be bothered with the full cleansing regime. I have tried some expensive brands but also some cheap brands with good results so when I saw these on offer in Gordon's Chemists at £1 for 25, I thought that I would buy some as I know Garnier is a good brand and I thought I was getting a good deal on these wipes. The Wipes Garnier Clean Sensitive Wipes are formulated with Plant Extract, and cleansing and make-up removal agents which remove all traces of make-up with no need for rubbing. These wipes are designed for skin is easily irritated by cleansing, make up removal, changes in temperature, fatigue or stress or you have sensitive skin and are looking for an effective, easy and extremely gentle way of cleansing your skin. Each wipe contains the following: * 2 Doses of cleansing milk in 1 wipe * Removes even waterproof mascara without rubbing * No perfume, alcohol or colourants These wipes are suitable for even sensitive skin including sensitive eyes and are both Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. These wipes gently respect sensitive skin and leaves the skin feeling refreshed, non-sticky and non-greasy. Packaging I loved the colour scheme of these wipes, the light blues and whites puts me in the mind of something gentle and soothing and as these wipes are designed for sensitive ...

Aussie Aussome Volume Dry Shampoo 14/05/2017

Not an aussome product for me

Aussie Aussome Volume Dry Shampoo Dry shampoo is something I use a lot of and while I have my favourites, I like trying new brands. This one caught my eye for three reasons – it was fairly cheap, it was a small can which was ideal to bring with me on holiday and also because I like the Aussie brand and had high hopes for this dry shampoo as well. Only reason this made it back from my holiday was because I felt I needed to write this review to warn that just because most Aussie products are good, they are not all equal. Aussie dry shampoos I didn't know until I started writing this review that there are more than one dry shampoo available in the Aussie range. At the time of writing, there are 7 different ones available on the Aussie website which are: * Mega Instant - The no-show spray for show-stopping hair. * Aussome Volume – Stay big and bouncy in between washes. * Colour Mate – the no-show between washes boost * Festival Fresh – Self explanatory really! * Flower Power – Gives a flowery boost of just-washed freshness * Beach Mate – gives hair a just-washed boost * Winter Miracle – for times when your hair needs a little extra in winter. While there are a few in this range that do appeal to me, as you read this review it will become clear that I don't think I will bother trying anymore in the range just in case! The Dry Shampoo According to Aussie, this dry shampoo is described as: Low on volume? Short of time? Meet the next big thing. No shower necessary. A quick blast from Aussie Aussome Volume ...
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