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Benefit The Porefessional Pore Minimiser 06/01/2013

Another benefit hit

Benefit The Porefessional Pore Minimiser I really love the brand Benefit and think their cosmetics are generally pretty good, so I was excited to try this product when I was on the lookout for a new primer. The Porefessional makes some strong claims, it aims to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and wrinkles, help makeup last longer on the skin and also contains vitamin E which is supposed to protect the skin from free radicals. The is a nude colour cream which applies to the skin beautifully, it glides on and makes my skin feel super soft and smooth. It does appear to minimise pores, although I can't comment on the wrinkles aspect as I haven't developed any yet at 23! The cream provides a great smooth base for foundation, it makes it apply evenly and I would agree with their claim that it gets the makeup to last longer, my foundation last for the majority of the day when I combine it with this primer. As this cream has a nude colour to it, I am not sure how well suited it would be to darker skintones, I have fairly pale skin and it seems to blend with my skin despite not matching perfectly, but I am unsure whether it is made to blend to any skintone or not, it would definitely be worth trying this out at a Benefit counter before committing to purchase this product as it does retail for £23.50 which is a hefty price tag, although you only need a tiny amount so a tube will last a few months in my experience.

MAC Strobe Cream 05/01/2013

Mac Strobe Cream Highlighter

MAC Strobe Cream I like using highlighters when I wear makeup and had heard this particular Mac product spoken about online by beauty bloggers. I usually wear powder highlighters (with the exception of Benefit's High Beam) which I find easy to apply, but thought it might be good to try a new liquid highlighter as well to compare. The Mac strobe cream is a white highlighter with a pearly pink tone to it, which is of relatively thin consistency. In order to apply you simply squeeze a very small amount out of the tube and then using my ringfinger I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It's important to ensure only a small amount is applied, a little goes a long way with this product and too much will make the effect a little bit too much! A small amount gives a nice dewy highlight which is subtlety noticeable when the light hits it. This gives a nice natural highlight, there isn't any glitter, only slight shimmer, so it doesn't give a disco ball effect! In terms of longevity this highlighter does last a good amount of time, although I have noticed it can fade a little after a few hours, however it fades evenly so there doesn't end up with any patches being highlighted whilst others have worn away. This product can only be purchased from a Mac store or the online Mac website, it costs £12.50 for a 50ml tube, which I think is quite good as this tube will last me years as only a tiny amount is needed! I would recommend trying this product if like me you are a little obsessed with cosmetics and ...

Clean & Clear Oil Free Dual Action Moisturiser 04/01/2013

Dual action?

Clean & Clear Oil Free Dual Action Moisturiser I decided to try out a new moisturiser which would be cheaper then some of the higher end moisturisers I usually use. I have combination skin and suffer from some oiliness and blemishes, so picked this up as Clean and Clear promote themselves as being geared towards spot prone skin, moreover this moisturiser claims it provides adequate moisture to the skin and actively helps prevent spots and blemishes. I have nearly used this all up and can say that it has been a mixed experience, I would agree that this provides adequate moisture to the skin, plus you only need a small amount of the product which means that it is quite economical and you get a good amount of use for the price of a tube. I have found that a tube of this will last just over a month if used twice daily, costing only £4 this is a great price. Unfortunately I haven't noticed that this has any affect on whether or not I develop any spots or blemishes, however there is always a possibility that the spots I have are a result of hormones in which case there isn't a lot that can be done to prevent them. Overall I would recommend this moisturiser, as even though it doesn't prevent blemishes and spots for me I think it works well at providing moisture to the skin, it sinks in quickly and doesn't leave any residue or shine, so for the price I think its great.

Soap & Glory Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash 03/01/2013

Amazing smelling body wash

Soap & Glory Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash I am a fan of most of the soap and glory products I have tried in the past and having heard several people talk about this body wash online I decided to give it a try. The scent of this body wash is divine, it is a very sweet lime scent. The body wash contains lime oil, kiwi juice water and a veggie oil added in to help soften the skin. I would definitely say this body wash is moisturising, it makes a lovely creamy foam which softens the skin and leaves it smelling amazing. I cannot adequately explain how much I love this scent, it is one of those 'I could eat it' smells! I would say however that if you aren't a fan of sweet scents then steer clear because this is very very sweet. As with all Soap and Glory body washes, this product comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser, which I love as it makes it so easy to get the shower gel on to my loofah without accidentally squirting out too much, as I often do with flip top lid bottles! Each bottle contains 500mls of product, which will last around two months in my experience. This body wash costs around £7 but can often be bought on three for two offers with other Soap and Glory products. Soap and Glory can currently only be bought from Boots. I would highly recommend trying this product if you get the chance. It is a really lovely body wash and well worth a go.

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser 05/12/2012

Hot Cloth cleanser

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser I am a big fan of the Soap and Glory range and quite often will pick up a couple of products to try when they are on 3 for 2 in Boots. One of the products I selected was the fab pore hot cloth cleanser, which I thought could potentially be a dupe for the more expensive Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. The cleanser comes in a squeezy silver tube with a pink screw top lid, it also comes with a white muslin cloth with pink trim. The cloth is fairly soft, although not quite as soft as my Liz Earle cloths, however I am not overly bothered by which cloth I use. It is simple to get the cleanser out of the tube, simply squeeze a blob out of the tube and then apply with fingers to the face! The directions state that it is best to massage this product in for one minute and then allow it to sit on the skin for a further minute before washing off with the muslin cloth. The use of the cloth gives gentle exfoliation to the skin whilst also ensuring that all traces of the product are rinsed off the skin. The cleanser itself is great at removing make up and I even use it on my eyes, although be careful not to get it into your actual eyes as it will irritate them! The cleanser contains sweet almond, orange and lavender oils which not only give it a lovely scent, they make it a moisturising product also. The cleanser needs to be followed up with your normal moisturiser however as it will not be sufficient enough alone to give enough moisture. The product is great however at making me feel like ...

Rimmel Kate Moss Collection 30/11/2012

Kate Moss lipsticks!

Rimmel Kate Moss Collection I don't normally like to buy into collections which have a celebrity name attached to them, as I feel that they can sometimes be lower quality products which rely on the 'celeb name' to attract buyers! I do however follow verious beauty blogs and so many people raved about this Kate Moss collection of lipsticks for Rimmel that I thought I had to at least try one, which soon turned into 5! I bought three shades from the original releases, in shade 01, a deep red, shade 05, a dark pink colour and shade 03, a beige nude colour. I have since bought two more shades from the newer released shades, which are shades 107 which is a plummy wine red and finally shade 110, a bright orangey red! The original line of lipsticks from the collection are housed in black lipstick tubes, with the signature of Kate Moss embossed on the lid in red, however the newer released colours are in red tubes with the name embossed on the lid in black. The packaging for these lipsticks is fairly standard and doesn't really look as elegant as higher end brand lipsticks, but it is however sturdy and the lid clicks into place firmly meaning it doesn't come off when I keep them in my handbag. The lipsticks themselves all have a slightly glossy finish, although after wearing them for about an hour or so they do become slightly more matte and if you wish to keep the glossy finish you will need to apply a lipgloss over the top. The lipsticks wear very well, they are very pigmented and the colours last for ...

Jo Malone Bluebell Candle 29/11/2012

Beautiful Bluebells!

Jo Malone Bluebell Candle I was lucky enough to have this candle given to me as a gift last Christmas and I have been burning it sparingly on and off throughout the year, knowing that it is unlikely I could afford to replace it anytime soon! Jo Malone are known for producing higher end amazing scents in perfumes and candles particularly, with this candle costing around £38. It is housed in a heavy glass jar with a silver lid, with the classic Jo Malone label stating the scent on the front of the jar. The scents in the candle is obviously bluebell, however the Jo Malone candles are designed in the same way perfumes are, with a top note, heart note and base note scent. The top note of this candle is the bluebell, however the heart note is persimmon, giving a peachy tone, followed by the base note of white musk which grounds the overall scent with a slight earthy tone. Overall the candle is notably floral and light, giving a refreshing layer of scent to the room without being too overpowering. This candle burns down evenly which I like, I hate having a candle which burns down a well in the centre leaving wax at the sides, however this did not happen with this candle, it burnt down completely evenly. The candle is stated on the Jo Malone website as having a burn lifespan of 45 hours and I would agree that this is true, the candle lasts a really long time which is good because it justifies the cost of the candle somewhat. I find that even when not being burnt if you leave the lid off the candle it will ...

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 25/11/2012

Fabulous and foamy?

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Whilst on holiday in the states I took advantage of the fact that Sephora sell smaller trial size bottles of products for reduced prices, allowing me to test out some products to check that they work with my skin and do their job before laying out a big sum of money for the full size product. One of the products I was excited to try was this Bliss face wash, which is a two in one cleanser and exfoliator. This facial wash claims to leave skin soft and fresh and contains rose hips, chamomile and passion flower, which all combine to give it a really light fresh scent as well as working to calm the skin. The chamomile has antiseptic properties and the passion flower works to soften the skin, with the rose hip promoting tissue regeneration and can work to help with hyper-pigmentation and scarring. The cleanser also has exfoliating polyethylene beads which lift away dead skin cells. So, with all those good ingredients does the face wash live up to its claims? I would say it does, but the results aren't outstanding in comparison to cheaper brands. The beads in the wash do help maintain soft skin but I worried about the negative affects of exfoliating daily with this wash, as the beads are a little gritty. The wash did leave my face feeling very clean without feeling dry or tight, it also helped to maintain clear skin and I feel it minimised breakouts, however it didn't seem to help with any hyper-pigmentation and as someone who suffers with redness I didn't find that the ...

Make UP Academy 12 Shade Heaven and Earth Palette 25/11/2012

MUA's answer to Urban Decay!?

Make UP Academy 12 Shade Heaven and Earth Palette I bought this palette after watching someone on youtube talk about its similarity to the Urban Decay 'Naked' palette, which was a beautiful palette of neutral eye colours which I had purchased previously. I love my Urban Decay palette, but it retails for around £35 pounds and at just £4 in Superdrug, the MUA palette was another great option which meant that if I used up the Naked palette I didn't have to outlay another chunk of money as I could use my MUA palette. The MUA brand, which stands for make up academy, is sold in Superdrug and is a very affordable range of makeup which sells a wide range of different products. One of the products which stands out the most from the line, in my opinion, are their eyeshadow palettes. They retail at very low prices, between £4-£8, with the 'Heaven and Earth' palette retailing for £4. The palette contains 12 different neutral shadows, including some light champagne colours, some mid tone and darker browns, as well as some golds and taupe colours. The palette is very similar in tone and theme to the Urban Decay palette, which was a great start, but my concern was whether the shadows would stand up to the same quality levels as the Urban Decay shadows. Luckily, the answer was yes! The colours in the MUA palette are all very well pigmented and when applied with an eyeshadow primer underneath, they all last a long time, meaning I can wear them all day with either minimal or no touch ups at all! The shadows blend well and you can create ...

Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm 24/11/2012

Mmmm Mango goodness!

Burt's Bees Mango Lip Balm I bought this lip balm recently when I was on holiday as I was noticing my lips were becoming drier. I have always been a fan of Burts Bees products as they aim to use mostly natural ingredients and have really good branding, which draws me in! This lip balm is stated as being 100% natural, which makes me feel like it is full of goodness! A tube of this balm contains 4.25grams of product, which is a good amount as I can carry it around in my handbag without much issue and it will last a good amount of time. I have used this lip balm since September and still have over half left, so it will last a good two to three months, even with lots of use! The balm comes housed in a twist up stick with an orange lid which clips on top of the tube. The lid holds really securely and never comes off in my bag, which means it never gets any gunk in it which is great! So, onto the balm itself... It's made of lots of different moisturising ingredients, including coconut oil, coconut oil and mango seed butter, which all adds up to a lovely cocktail of goodness for the lips! Once applied the balm gives a lovely sheen to the lips and leaves a thin layer of moisture which stays for around an hour, although it will wear off faster if you are eating/drinking etc. The scent is also strongly of mango, which I adore! I have found that my dry lips were well nourished with this balm and I haven't had too much of a problem with dry lips since I began using it, which is a major plus point for this ...

Voluspa Saijo Persimmon Candle 20/11/2012

Lovely fresh scented candle

Voluspa Saijo Persimmon Candle I bought this candle on a recent holiday as I thought it was a really fresh daytime scent, which I could burn on cooler summer evenings without feeling I was tempting in winter too soon! I bought the 48gram candle, which comes in a glass jar with white screwtop plastic lid. It cost me around £6. The scents in this candle are Japanese Saijo Persimmon, layered with peach and redcurrant, which gives it it's fruity fresh and light scent. I began burning this candle as soon as I returned from my holiday and found that it burned really evenly without creating a strange well in the middle, which happens with some candles and leaves me frustrated that I don't get to use all the wax as the wax around the edges wont melt! I was really happy to say this is definitely not the case with this candle. The small version of the candle which I bought lasted me about two weeks and I burnt it for around an hour or so a day, so I would say it has about 12-15 hours burn time in the 48gram jar. The scent from the candle despite being light managed to permeate my entire bedroom, which meant that my room smelt fresh and as it was a light scent I didn't find it kept me awake at night as some strong scented candles have been known to in the past. Another thing I enjoyed about this candle is that even when not lit it's scent still gave a light fragrance to the room. 5/5 for this candle!

Jergens Naturals Skin Firming 20/11/2012

More moisturising less firming.

Jergens Naturals Skin Firming The Jergens naturals range has been well reviewed online, espeically in video reviews and so I bought the skin firming version to see if it could live up to the online hype! The first point to note was how affordable this was, I paid around £3 for a 200ml bottle which lasted me well over a month (I alternate between using a lotion or body butter every other day). The cream is housed in a beige coloured tube with a flip top lid at the bottom. This is great as it means that all the product falls to the bottom where the lid is when it is just standing on the shelf, so I never have to waste time trying to shake the product to the bottom in order to squeeze it out! There is an image of a purple leaf on the front of the tube and it goes on to say that this moisturiser contains pomegranate extract and claims to visibly firm cellulite prone skin. The bottle also states that the ingredients are 96% natural, which always ticks a box for me as I do sometimes worry about whether all the chemicals in products could have a negative affect on us! I have to say, I never really believe products which claim to firm cellulite as the problem is deeper then the surface layer of skin which the product acts upon. If you truly want to combat cellulite its best to use a body brush to try and distribute the build up of the subcutaneous fat beneath the skin, followed by moisturising the skin which can help with giving it a smoother appearance, but unfortunately no cream is going to magic cellulite ...

Boots Smile Sensitive Freshmint Toothpaste 19/11/2012

Smile please!

Boots Smile Sensitive Freshmint Toothpaste The biggest appeal of this product to me is the packaging, rather then the traditional squeeze tube, it is housed in a hard plastic red circular tube, which has a pump on the top which you press down to release a small amount of toothpaste. As you use more and more of the product the base of the tube rises up, squeezing every last drop of toothpaste to the end. No more folding over traditional toothpaste tubes trying to get the last remaining bits! The toothpaste itself is white and smells mildly minty, although not too strong which I personally prefer. It's easy to apply the right amount to the toothbrush as the pump action will only dispense a small amount of product onto the toothbrush! After that its the same as any other toothpaste in terms of method, put it on the toothbrush and brush for two minutes! This toothpaste is great as it doesn't taste too minty or menthol, which I personally don't like, but it is freshening enough that I feel I have definitely banished any morning breath after using it! The toothpaste comes in a 100ml tube and is around the 2-3 pound mark in Boots, I would advise picking this up when it is on offer, which it frequently seems to be, to get even better value for you money. I find this tube will last just over a month. The one thing to note about this toothpaste is that it does not claim to have any whitening properties, so if you have real trouble with staining it may not be the best option for you, otherwise, I give it 5/5!

Revlon Nail Polish 19/11/2012

Plum Attraction

Revlon Nail Polish I have recently begun building up my nail polish collection as I am trying to grow my nail and thought that painting them might be a good motivator! I bought a Revlon nail polish in shade 762, Plum Attraction, which is a gorgeous darker purple shade. Revlon do a whole range of beautiful colours however, I think there is something for everyone! The Revlon nail varnishes are housed in the traditional glass bottles, with a black screw top lid with the word Revlon written on a gold background around the rim. The lids is fairly long, which I like as it means when you unscrew the lid to use the brush you have a really good hold on it which means that you can get a more even application! When I apply the polish I find you definitely need two coats to get a true match to the colour inside the bottle, only applying one coats leaves it looking a little uneven in terms of colour. In terms of chipping, I find that without a top coat this polish lasts around two to three days before it starts noticeably chipping, this time is lengthened by applying a decent top coat. Often though I think the nail polish chipping is likely down to the job that I do, which is working with children and has me running around all day doing crafts etc. This nail polish retails for around £6 in boots and superdrug, it can often be found on offer in these stores though so if you want to purchase some be sure to take advantage of any offers, it means better value for money! 4/5 for this product!

L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss conditioner 15/11/2012

Lovely pink conditioner!

L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss conditioner I'm not overly fussy when it comes to hair products, at the moment I am loving trying out lots of different products and as a result my bathroom is slightly overflowing! I bought this conditioner as it was on offer with the matching shampoo, the main appeal of it for me was that it was pink, which I know is a fairly silly reason to buy something but luckily it worked out! I bought the 400ml bottle and it lasted me about two months, which is great value as it was very affordable to buy. Currently this can be purchased for around £3.99 in Boots, but is readily available in other supermarkets and drugstores and more often then not can be found on some sort of offer. The conditioner itself is housed in a pink plastic bottle, with a flip top lid at the bottom. I much prefer this to having the lid on top, as it means all the product falls to the bottom when the bottle is standing making it much easier to get out when you need it. The bottle also states that the conditioner contains protein and pearl, which is supposed to illuminate the hair giving shine and nourish the hair giving soft locks! All sounds good to me, although I am sure there is a hint of gimmick to it. Nonetheless the conditioner did make my hair very soft and I really enjoyed using it, I can't say I noticed much shine though. Overall i give this product a 4/5 because it made my hair soft and manageable and despite not noticing any additional shine I can't say I was too bothered by that as I mostly like my ...
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