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Ted Baker W Eau De Toilette 25/03/2017

A floral daytime scent

Ted Baker W Eau De Toilette My friend knows that I have a very slight Ted Baker obsession so bought a gift set of this perfume and the matching body wash and lotion as a Christmas present. I was quite excited when I received this as I always have high hopes for Ted Baker items and everything I have tried in the past has always smelt lovely. The Ted Baker brand The Ted Baker brand has become known across the UK through word of mouth rather than advertising. Ted Baker was created when managing director Ray Kelvin started his 1st store in Glasgow in 1988. This was quickly followed by Leeds Manchester and Nottingham. Initially Ted Baker exclusively offered men’s dress shirts and offered dry cleaning with every shirt sold. In 1995 as the company continued to grow Ted Baker launched a new range, Ted Baker woman. Packaging This is certainly one of the plainer bottles on my dressing table, although I notice that the packaging has changed slightly to more of a light pink hue with a clear lid whereas my bottle has a darker pink lid and the base of the perfume is clear so you can easily see how much perfume is left in the bottle. My 30ml bottle is what could be described as modern with clean lines but I think it is slightly boring compared to other bottles on the market. It is a clear glass bottle with a dark pink lid and the only writing around the bottle is that this is a Ted Baker perfume and that it is the W scent, denoted by the slightly brighter coloured W on the front (the male equivalent has the ...

Garnier Ultralift Firming Eye Cream 18/03/2017

An effective eye cream

Garnier Ultralift Firming Eye Cream When I hit 30, I started to notice some differences in my skin and there were a few fine lines which had started to appear around my eyes.  Up until that point I hadn’t been that bothered when it came to ageing and using products that may help delay the effects on my skin.  When these fine lines appeared, I decided to start using an eye cream to see if it made any difference.  I also had a few dark circles under my eyes from those nights where my insomnia was at it’s worst so something that would help improve the appearance of my eyes would be a welcome addition to my skincare routine.    The range of eye creams in Superdrug was staggering and I felt slightly overwhelmed.  I chose this Garnier eye cream as I’d heard good reports about it and it wasn’t overly expensive. The eye cream According to Garnier, this UltraLift Complete Beauty Eye Cream acts upon signs of ageing on this delicate eye area: * Wrinkles: Visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles * Firming: Leaves your skin feeling firmer * Radiance boosting: Skin complexion looks more even and your natural radiance looks restored Garnier claims that you can FEEL and SEE the results for yourself: After the 1st application your skin feels smoother, wrinkles appear reduced, your skin feels firmer, and your natural radiance is revealed. This cream is also ophthalmologically tested so it shouldn't irritate or upset the delicate eye area. In use This cream is quite thin and is a bright white colour.  Oddly, I ...

Charlie Red Body Spray 05/03/2017

Feeling in the red

Charlie Red Body Spray As anyone who has read my first review on my set of Charlie scents may already know, I received a 50ml can of this along with 3 other Charlie scents in a gift set from my mum and this is the second one that I chose to use. I don't normally use body sprays as I prefer the longer lasting scents of perfumes but I was surprised at how much I liked these Charlie scents and now kind of regret that I was so quick to write off the brand in my younger years. Packaging I noticed when I was checking out this that the packaging has changed on this range of body sprays spray and, the same as my previously reviewed Charlie Pink, my body sprays are of the old packaging. It is a very red can with a pink lid (as you would expect) and the writing is in silver which gives it a slightly more classy appearance in my opinion. The background is made up of silver flowers although as I am rubbish at picking out flowers, I can't say what they actually are. A couple of the flowers almost look like butterflies as well but I am certain that they are all flowers. My can is 50ml and there are all the usual warnings on the back about aerosol abuse and flammability. The bright red colour scheme does mean that I find the warnings and other information on the back of the can hard to read but since I know the dangers of aerosols and also know how to apply this body spray, this maybe isn't as big of a deal as it might be with other products. My Thoughts This scent is described by Revlon as that you ...

Impress Press-On Nails 26/02/2017

Wasn't impressed with these nails...

Impress Press-On Nails I had received a set of the Broadway imPress nails in a beauty box a while ago but I had been saving them for a special occasion. I did manage to kick my habit of biting my nails a while back but a stressful job has meant that I have fallen slightly back into my old ways. So when I had a special event coming up, I decided to use these nails for my night out as I was attending a Fashion Tea at a posh hotel in Belfast. The Nails The company makes the following claims about these nails: * Perfect salon look manicure in minutes * Lasts up to 1 week * Won't damage nails, no waiting to dry, no glue needed, harmless and easy to remove with no soaking off *24 nails across 12 sizes to fit most nailbeds As you will read on later in my review, I didn't quite agree with some of these claims... These nails come in a variety of colours and there is probably a colour out there for everyone. These nails appealed to me as they looked like a classic french manicure and something that would go with anything, quite handy especially if these are supposed to last for around a week – you don't want something you'll be bored of after one night. There is a company website http://www.broadwaynails.com/ but it's not available at the time of writing this review. Packaging I loved the packaging on these nails as it looks like a bottle of nail polish and the nails are inside the 'bottle' The bottle is only for show though and is hollow. There are a variety of different sizes in this kit and ...

Fifty Shades of Grey 25/02/2017

Fifty shades of boring

Fifty Shades of Grey Please note that this is a film only review as I saw the film at the cinema I have read the book of the same name and while I didn't think they were that fantastic, I was curious to see how this would translate onto the big screen. With the release of the second film, I thought it was time to finish the review that I started ages ago and publish it! About the Film Just in case you have been unaware of the 50 shades books, they tell the story of Anastasia Steele, a young, shy virgin who falls under the spell of Christian Grey who has a rather different approach when it comes to love and sex. Christian is into sado-masochism and despite warning Ana that he wouldn't be an ideal partner, she quickly becomes intoxicated by Christian and Ana finds herself unsure of herself. Her usual cautious nature seems at odds with her 'inner goddess' who has awoken and craves Christian. If Ana continues to play with fire, will she end up burned? My Thoughts I would assume that most people watching the film would already be aware of the books which is just as well since there is no introduction to the film, no setting the scene, just straight into the first few scenes from the book. There could have been a build up or some nod to what would happen but instead we just have Ana almost throwing herself at Christian. I had read some reviews before watching the film and the reviews were very mixed, although anyone I knew that had seen the film had thought it was a good watch. I had no ...

Aldi Lacura 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes 29/01/2017

Lovely Lacura

Aldi Lacura 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes We don't have Aldi stores in Northern Ireland although there are branches south of the border, although my closest store is about 40 miles away. My mum had been talking about visiting Aldi for a few things so I offered to drive down for some shopping, including some grocery shopping in Aldi. I picked up a packet of these wipes as I find wipes very handy when I am wearing makeup and come home late and at 79 cents a pack, figured that if they weren't any use, at least I hadn't wasted much money. The Wipes Unlike most wipes that I have bought in the past, there are 30 wipes in this pack so you get an extra 5 in a pack compared to some other brands. Each wipe measures around 200mmx200mm and are a pale colour with what looks like a slightly raised lattice effect on each wipe. Despite these being cheap, each wipe was very moist and although these aren't as soft as some brands I have used in the past, they are not so rough that it can irritate my skin. The wipes that I bought are for normal skin and are a 3 in one wipe which are said to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin. The wipes are said to be soft and soothing on your skin and contain extracts of aloe vera and Allantoin which helps to soften and protect while actively soothing skin. Allantoin also stimulates cell regeneration promoting healthy skin.  Packaging These wipes look quite plain to be honest and didn't really stand out for me, my reason was more because I had heard such good things about the Lacura brand ...

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green 15/01/2017

The fault in our stars is....

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I had wanted to watch the film of this book for quite a while and finally watched it a few weeks ago while having a duvet day with a friend. I loved the film although it was very sad and hadn't really intended to read the book but finding it in a charity shop for £1, I thought i would give it a read. The Story The title of this book is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." The main character in the story is Hazel Grace Lancaster who has terminal thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs a form of cancer with a limited prognosis. Her mother is convinced she is depressed though and that a group of other young cancer suffers is a good place for her to go to. At this group she meets Augustus (or Gus) who seems to be in recovery from osteosarcoma. One thing that brings the teens together is a book An Imperial Affliction, about a young girl with cancer written by Peter Van Houten which finishes very suddenly. Hazel is desperate to find answers to what happens the characters after the book ends and it appears that she is very close to finding out when Gus uses his 'wish' to meet the author. However, it is true that sometimes you really shouldn't meet your heroes.... My Thoughts As I had saw the film, I knew what the book was about and there were large sections that are the same in both the book and the film. ...

L'Occitane Shea Vanilla Hand Cream 23/12/2016

L'Ovely!

L'Occitane Shea Vanilla Hand Cream I have quite a few samples lying around the house and I have been trying to make an effort to use them up and also to write reviews on some of them in the process. This is a sample I got a quite ago (can't remember where but I'm fairly certain it was in a beauty box) but as I knew L'Occitane was a premium brand, I had been keeping this as a 'good' hand cream for special occasions, if that makes sense. I also had read many reviews about how good their hand creams were and also the fact that this included Shea which is an ingredient that my skin really seems to like, I had high hopes for this cream. About the Hand Cream This Shea Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream (to give it it's full name) has a high concentratin of shea butter (around 20%) and helps to protect, nourish and soften the hands. The scent is descrived by the brand as a sweet and captivating scent reminiscent of a vanilla flower. Shea Butter is an ideal beauty ingredient which helps nourish and protects their skin and hair. Since the 1980’s, L'OCCITANE uses shea butter from Burkina Faso, harvested in a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women who produce it. Packaging I do really like the packaging on L'Occitane's hand creams,. There is something very traditional and old fashioned (in a nice way) about the simple packaging which does also manage to convey that this is a premium product. The yellow and brown colour scheme puts me in the mind of something natural and the colours just scream vanilla ...

graze.com 03/12/2016

Something for me to Graze on

graze.com I had read so many reviews about Graze boxes and while a lot of people seemed to like them, the cost was often a negative point.  When I saw an offer on Wowcher giving four Graze boxes for £5, I decided to snap it up, thinking it would give me a taster without spending too much money. What is a Graze box? Graze boxes are small tubs of healthier snacks that you can get delivered either weekly or fortnightly.  You can get them delivered to your home or office, and they say they are ideal for desk based people who may be temped to wander to the vending machine for chocolate or crisps; instead, you can much something healthier in your graze delivery.  I decided to get mine delivered to my home address though, as my snacking seems to be more in the evenings, and I wanted something healthier I could snack on.  Varieties of Graze Boxes It would be very difficult to explain everything that is available on the site but there are a wide selection of items available and there is something for everyone on there. Their range includes nibbles such as nuts, seeds and other snacks such as pretzels and croutons. Sweet treats include cookies, fudge and their afternoon tea selection which includes lemon and poppyseed cakes and carrot cake. Flapjacks and brownies are also available. My experiences I had initially decided to get one box a week, so at least I would have some healthy snacks for the week rather than wandering around in search of crisps.  Once I had signed up for the ...

Nivea Soft 20/11/2016

Decent moisturiser, just a few small niggles...

Nivea Soft While I have a normal skincare routine that works for me, when I get free samples of things, I'm always keen to try them out to see if things can be improved. When I got a free sample of this moisturiser in the post, I was keen to try it out as I have a high opinion of the Nivea brand, particularly moisturisers although I find that in general their moisturisers can be a little rich for my oily skin. The Moisturiser Nivea soft is described by the brand as an intensive moisturising crème for everyday use on face, hands & body. This unique formulation is quickly absorbed, leaving skin soft & supple. Jojoba Oil nourishes the skin whilst Vitamin E protects its natural moisture balance. Packaging My sample pot of this moisturiser is a 25ml pot with a screw off lid. The colour scheme of white and blue puts me in the mind frame that this will be a very moisturising product and that it will leave my skin feeling soft without any irritation. It's very clean and crisp and most of the 'important' information is hidden on the bottom of the tub but this just gives it a classic look and one I associate with the Nivea brand in general (after all, it's what's inside that counts really). In Use As soon as I unscrewed the lid, I could immediately detect the familiar scent that I associate with Nivea moisturisers and it was a quite reassuring scent for me as it is one of those scents that I have been familiar with for most of my life to be honest. It was a real nostalgic effect for ...

Five Guys, Belfast 15/10/2016

My first experience of Five Guys - the burgers I mean!

Five Guys, Belfast I had heard so many positive comments about Five Guys and their burgers that I was quite excited when it was announced that they were opening a Belfast store. I quite liked the way that you got to choose what you got on your burger as I am quite fussy and I don't like things like onions and get fed up with getting things I didn't want on burgers. About Five Guys Five Guys is described as a no-frills burger joint that focuses on serving burgers and fries in a clean, friendly environment. From its meat and cheese, to where its bacon and potatoes come from, to the cooking methods, oil types and temperatures, Five Guys’ focus is always on quality. Five Guys began in 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered the advice to their four sons to "Start a business or go to college." The boys chose to start a business, and the Murrell family opened a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Va. Now, almost 30 years later, there are over 1,300 locations across North America, the United Kingdom with the first Northern Ireland location opened early December 2015. Location The Belfast restaurant is located in the Victoria Square shopping centre and is in a quite central location on Level 1 (which is actually the third floor above the lower and upper ground floors) so is very easy to find. The restaurant's prime position above the main open part of the shopping centre does mean that this place is easy to find as you tend to see it if you are looking up towards the dome from a lower ...

After You - Jojo Moyes 09/10/2016

After You

After You - Jojo Moyes After reading the book Me Before You and also seeing the film, when I heard there was a sequel which followed up on Louisa's life, I knew it was something that I would have to read. Story It is kind of hard to explain this book without some spoilers from the first book/film to be honest so if you are still to read the book or see the film and don't want to know exactly what happens, skip the next few paragraphs. We meet up with Lou again around a month after her fateful trip to Switzerland. Lou was given some money by Will that was enough to set her on the right path but not quite enough that she would be living comfortably which is why we meet Lou living in London and working in an Irish themed bar for some extra cash.  Despite all of the promises to Will, Lou is existing rather than living her life as she still feels so numb and there are a lot of people who don't understand why she made the decisions that she did, especially in Lou's sleepy hometown. It has also left Lou estranged from her family although fate has a way of bringing them back together again. While Lou doesn't see her life changing much, a teenager called Lily is about to come crashing into her life and will turn everything upside down. My Thoughts I had very high hopes for this book both because I love Jojo Moyes as an author and also because I had lived the first book in the series. While it was nice to get an update on Lou and the characters from the first book, this one fell slightly flat in my ...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 02/10/2016

The Holy Grail of foundations

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I had been using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light for around two years and loved it as a foundation. I did find though that on those days where my skin looked it's worst, I needed to really layer up the foundation and I was wondering what the Double Wear would be like as I knew it was a heavier coverage foundation. As I was coming to the end of my light foundation and I also had a few events where I wanted to look presentable, I went into my local Debenhams to investigate the Double Wear foundation. The Foundation Estee Lauder's Double Wear is apparently the The UK's NO. 1 Foundation. This foundation promises 15-hour staying power which means that your makeup will stay flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won't change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day. With over 40 shades to choose from, there should be something there for almost everyone. In Use After a lot of money wasted over the years with foundations that didn't suit me, I prefer to get matched in-store and hoping that I don't look like an oompa loompa when I next wear the foundation that I have bought as sometimes I think it looks good and when I get it home, I hate it. The foundation that I have is True Beige and is a slightly warm biscuit colour which suits my skintone. I have found that with some ...

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo 11/09/2016

Caffeine for my hair

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo I've noticed a few changes since I hit my mid-30's and one of these was my hair. While I have quite dry, damaged hair through dying it anyway, it seemed to look thinner and I seemed to (in my mind anyway) be losing a lot of hair so I thought I would try this shampoo to see if it made any difference. While my friend uses the Plantur range with some good results, for some reason, my mind was drawn more to the Alpecin range so I purchased a bottle from Amazon. The Shampoo As the name suggests, Alpecin caffeine shampoo contains caffeine that can help to stimulate hair growth directly from the roots. Washing daily with Alpecin C1 shampoo immediately provides the hair roots with a boost of caffeine. Alpecin Caffeine shampoo Hair Energizer is detectable after being left on for as little as 120 seconds. If left on longer, more caffeine will be absorbed into the scalp. Alpecin Caffeine penetrates even though the shampoo is rinsed out. In just a short time (120 seconds), caffeine travels along the hair shaft directly into the hair follicles. If the shampoo is left on for longer, the caffeine will also penetrate into the scalp. This shampoo does not contain any conditioning agents so your hair will immediately have more grip. The Alpecin range also contains a sport version of this shampoo and also a version that also fights dandruff as well as providing the hair with a caffeine boost. There are also hair liquids available which also aim to help with hair loss but I thought I ...

Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder 27/08/2016

Lucidity in a compact

Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder I have quite bad skin due to PCOS and while I don't like to wear makeup all the time, I do like to make an effort sometimes and I tend to buy the expensive brands of makeup and have found through trial and error that Estee Lauder foundations and powders really make a difference to my skin. The Powder According to Estee Lader's website: This pressed powder gives skin a luminous finish that minimises the look of lines and wrinkles. Special ingredients diffuse light as it hits your skin, creating a "soft-focus" effect that visibly smooths the appearance of your skin. Comes with a luxurious puff. They recommend using a pressed powder to finish your look or for touch ups on shiny areas during the day. This powder is available in three shades: * light * light/medium * medium Packaging I quite like the chunky packaging on this compact. It is made with thick plastic and feels reassuringly heavy in my hand and I am confident that if I dropped this, it wouldn't completely shatter, though I hope I don't have to ever find out for sure. This powder is supplied in a compact which measures aproximately 9cm by 9cm. It is fairly bulky but the inclusion of a sponge and a mirror makes this ideal for touch ups on the move. The compact is made of thick plastic which is reassuring – after all, after you spend almost £27 on a compact you want it to withstand the occasional drop or knock. I also liked how when I first opened the compact the Estee Lauder logo was embossed on the compact ...
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