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Essence Stay Natural Concealer 20/08/2014

A good and inexpensive concealer from Essence

Zoya Channing Nail Polish 16/08/2014

For rusty fingers, Zoya polish is just the thing

Zoya Channing Nail Polish I love nail polish and was delighted to receive a Zoya nail polish as a gift from a friend. They are an American brand, not widely seen here but available from the likes of Amazon and some salons. I have bought a few of their polishes now for around £10.50 - £11.00 per 15ml but keep an eye on Amazon as there are very often some reduced to more like £5-7. The main thing I knew about the brand before using it was that Zoya say they were the first brand to remove potential toxins such as formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP and camphor from their products. Others brands have followed suit to a greater or lesser extent but it is good to know that Zoya are innovative in this way. They also call themselves vegan friendly. IT'S RED..SORT OF With more than 300 colours to choose from, picking my favourite is hard but it''s probably Channing, which I am reviewing today. I have attached a picture but I am not suure my camera phone does it justice. It's an unusual metallic rusty red/orange colour that was first available as part of the fall 2013 collection. Being serious about their polish, Zoya organise the colours into all sorts of collections - Channing is part of the satin finish line and is rated as colour intensity 5, meaning it should be opaque. (A 1 rating indicates a sheer polish). No one can say the brand doesn't help you pick just the right colour and finish for your desires! There are certainly colours within their collection I haven''t seen anywhere else, which is saying a ...

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick 13/08/2014

Essence Lipstick for a purse friendly price

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick I have noticed products from the Essence make up brand popping up in magazine features and I noted that the prices were low and the general comments about them positive. I presumed that they were some new online only brand as there was never any high street stockists listed. but to my surprise I have discovered that the products are available in Wilko or Wilkinsons as they were previously known. The brand isn't new either - it is Europe's biggest selling one, according to the Essence website. Anyway, the products were on a 3 for the price of 2 offer in Wilko so I bought some to try. Today's review is the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick, which I have in shade no.4 also known as "On the catwalk". It cost me £2.30 and it's a dark dusky pink. THE RANGE I think, judging from the images used on the brands website, that the are aiming at the young market, which is not surprising considering it is a budget brand, with most things being under £5. But the packaging doesn't look especially juvenile or cheap, at least as far as the lipstick is concerned. The colour range covers the basics and I found several lipsticks that appealed to me. ( There's 13 in the long last range).Testers are available now which were not out when the make up was first stocked in my nearest Wilko so if a lack of those put you off, it may be worth a second look. The lipstick tube is black with a ring of colour round the centre that is supposed to reflect the shade inside but I wouldn't rely on that if I were ...

Cawston Press Brilliant Beetroot juice 12/08/2014

Brilliant Beetroot

Cawston Press Brilliant Beetroot juice I may be a late covert to the taste of beetroot but I certainly make up for lost time. Whilst I grow a lot of my own beet, there is always so many other things that I want to do with it that I never manage to sacrifice enough to make a worthwhile amount of beetroot juice. So I have been shopping around and I have found the juice that I think has the best flavour - and that is Brilliant Beetroot by Cawston Press. It isn't the cheapest juice at from £2.09 (Tesco price) to £2.69 (local farm shop) for the 1 litre tetra pack carton but considering the silly prices that can be charged for beetroot products especially in health food shops, I don't think the price is too bad. I find the flavour is intense so one glass does feel satisfying and I do get my money's worth from it. Cawston press are probably best known for their apple juices and this does indeed contain 10% apple juice. I have noticed that a lot of beet drinks are mixed with apple which acts as a sweetener. Whilst the flavour combination works well, I prefer a drink where the apple taste is not too obvious. That is just because I don't like apple as much as other drinks. Thankfully, the fact the drink is 90% beetroot means the flavour ratiois definitely inclined towards my favourite vegetable. I must say that before I become a beetroot groupie, I wouldn't have been able to imagine it as a drink but the taste is just delicious - a little sweet, a little earthy and very distinctive. It is completely different from other ...

Eat Real Quinoa Chips Hot and Spicy 26/07/2014

Made from ancient grains - and plenty of salt

Bourjois Effet 3D Lip Gloss 13/07/2014

3D lip gloss falls a little flat

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm 11/07/2014

Bargain Baby Lips

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm I had heard a lot about Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm before it was launched in the U.K because it was a favourite with American beauty bloggers. I expected something so hyped to be disappointing so I delayed trying it for myself until quite recently. However positive reviews persuaded me to take advantage of a special offer price of £1.25 for the balm in B&M. Elsewhere you pay £2.99. I don't regret buying it but I don't think I would have been quite so anxious for it to have a UK launch as some people apparently were. BABY LIPS FROM HOME AND ABROAD The baby part refers to the claim that the balm will give you baby soft lips and that they will stay feeling moisturised for up to 8 hours. It has an SPF of 20 and some are also tinted. If you buy your balm somewhere like Boots or Superdrug you will have a choice of around 6 varieties to choose from, but if like me you get them from a discount store then the selection is different. That is because different varieties of balm are available across the world and B&M for example have imported ones normally sold in the Far East. The colour that I chose - Smoothing Cherry - doesn't seem to have a direct U.K equivalent - it is NOT the same as the Cherry Me U.K balm which is tinted. Mine is colourless for example. The packaging is similar for all balms with just different colours used so you will have to read the name /number carefully to be sure what one you are getting. WHAT CHERRY? My balm is in a baby pink and pistachio green ...

Petal Fresh Facial Care Aloe & Pomegranate Clay Masque 07/07/2014

Give your nose a work out

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation True Ivory 05/07/2014

A good match but I have now found better

Intense Food Flavouring Popcorn 01/07/2014

Would Willy Wonka bake with this?

Spear & Jackson Elements Onion Hoe 20/06/2014

Hoe Hoe

Jergens Daily Moisture Daily Smoothing Hand and Cuticle Cream 16/06/2014

Get your Daily Moisture here

Tyrrells Beetroot Parsnip and Carrot Crisps 11/06/2014

Out with potato crisps, in with parsnip.

Tyrrells Beetroot Parsnip and Carrot Crisps When I first met my non vegetarian boyfriend, he joked that I might make him eat all sorts of things made of vegetables and lentils, and his worst fears would probably been confirmed back then had he seen the bag of Tyrells veg crisps I buy from time to time. Now he used to being experimented on and is a greedy eater of crisps that have never been a potato. Tyrells offer a few different varieties but one of the easiest to get hold of in the supermarkets is the classic beetroot, parsnip and carrot combination I am reviewing today. I buy the 150g bag at around £2.99 but you can get a smaller 40g bag for approx. £1.15 - Sainsbury's prices. The crisps don't really look like potato ones which isn't surprising really. I like their naturally more colourful appearance - I think the beetroot in particular looks appetising and certainly different, being a dark red colour. I don't think the parsnip pieces would pass any beauty tests as they are brownish and frequently look curled up and twisted. They tend to be the ones approached with most suspicion by those that haven't tried them before! Other bits are in longer strips, while the beetroot and carrot are rounder. You are going to get all shapes and sizes in the pack but I think it's fine for natural based product not to look too uniform. At least you can tell what the crisps are made from from their appearance which helps me make sure I get more than my fair share of my favourite beetroot ones! The crisps are made just from the ...

Whitworths Grapefruit Sultanas 10/06/2014

A sultana with identity issues - Grapefruit Sultanas

Whitworths Grapefruit Sultanas My boyfriend knows I love sultanas so when he saw some of the Whitworth's Grapefruit Sultanas on sale for 25p a tub, he bought me some to try. I have to say the idea of buying flavoured dried fruit had never occurred to me and my first thought was why had they bothered to alter the taste of something that I think has a great flavour on it's own. Well,I must be in the minority, as I have since seen that other brands offer similar things, and even my small Sainsbury's Local sells an own brand orange raisin pack for example. I surprised myself by liking the Whitworth's version, but I doubt I would pay the full price which is currently £1.00 in Tesco, for a small 55g tub.. Grapefruit sultanas are, as I just mentioned, regular sultanas flavoured with grapefruit. The ingredients list does not mention whether the flavourings are artificial or natural, so I would presume it is the former. You can also buy the likes of strawberry apples and orange cranberries from Whitworth's. They are part of a "sprinkles" range and are suggested as an ideal topping for cereal, or something you could use in baking or of course for snacking. They come in a neat looking tub but I think it would be a good idea to remove the fruit from that and put them in a more secure airtight container, as a pack I didn't use immediately suffered a real loss of grapefruit flavour despite being well in date and previously unopened. So personally I wouldn't put them any unused sultanas back in the tub they came in ...

Benefit Hoola Lip Gloss 05/06/2014

Hoola - Not a Benefit for me

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