Cheap Cosmetics Review

March 11, 2010

Boots No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil

Filed under: make up,Vouchers — aspiringrolemodel @ 1:03 pm
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Hello girlies! Today I have decided to talk about No7 Amazing Eyes pencils, despite the fact that you can probably find a cheaper eye pencil somewhere else… Well I did find something cheaper: at Primark. And let me tell you that I felt the meaning of “you only get what you paid for” on my poor eyelids: their pencils are so hard, you might as well take a normal sketching pencil to your own eyelids and waterline. Let’s just say that after irritating your eyes for ages, you “might” end up with a shadow of colour. Bashing aside, the No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil can be just as cheap as the Primark one: just remember the magic vouchers that Boots give out from time to time. Those vouchers are only given to you if you have spent a minimum of £5 in store and entitle you to redeem £5 off your next purchase of Ruby & Millie or No7 cosmetics. There is no minimum spend, so you can pick up the cheapest product in the offered range and end up paying as little as £2 for their pencils or eyeshadows. If I am reviewing the pencils now, needless to say i will be using my next voucher for the eyeshadows. Watch out, review coming soon. Now, down to business. The Amazing Eyes pencil come in 4 different shades: chrome (silver), blue/grey, black and brown. The crayon is soft enough so it does not feel like you are scoring your eyelids when applying it. The colours are gorgeous… So gorgeous that I used my chrome/silver pencil on my wedding day.

Of course, you will need to check on your waterline (lower eyelid) regularly if you want perfect results throughout the day. I have yet to encounter an eye pencil that can resist the constant duct tears attack. When applied to the upper eyelid, the crayon actually lasts very well (it was still there at 2 am after my wedding day). I also use my grey and black pencils to produce a smoky eye effect: the brushes at the other end of the pencil allows you to smudge everything in sight. It’s also handy if you want to expertly transform a mess into a smoky mess J The brush can also let you transform your eye pencil into an eyeshadow: I wanted to have silver on my eyelids but had run out of powder, so i used my chrome eyepencil instead, applied a generous layer of it and then smudge the whole lot with the brush. All in all, a wonderful little handbag staple. My only reservation is that the brush can feel a bit “harsh”.


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March 10, 2010

Bourjois Liner Feutre – a review

Filed under: make up — aspiringrolemodel @ 12:25 pm
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No, I am not featuring a Bourjois product just because it sounds French but simply because I love it to bits. My teenage attempts at drawing the right upper eyelid black line were always resounding of failure. It would always end up with me reaching for the cotton ear buds (if things were mediocrely passable) or plainly for the cotton pad and the eye makeup remover (if said line looked more like a treasure map than anything else). At this point, I feel I have to mention that I was stuck using the “brush” eyeliners… You know the ones that call themselves brush but only have 2 or 3 hairs in them, bend in every possible direction but the one you want it to go and discharge the actual black liquid straight into one spot if not in your eye? Yup, I was using those. Frustrating, huh?

“Pencils exist too” you might say, but I never managed to get the actual pencil close enough to my eyelashes so I could uniformly colour my line. I was always left with that line of skin that shows through your eyelashes, not cool either. To be honest, I was about to give up on lining my eyes with black when I came across Bourjois’ Liner Feutre, all thanks to the makeup artist who did my face before my first tv spot. I have been converted ever since. The felt tip allows you to draw your line as thin or as thick as you want. It also gives you full control as to what direction you want the ink to go: there is no spill, no blob and it is all applied uniformly. After a bit of practice, I even manage to apply it on the train on my way to work (yes, well, provided I find a seat and know when the bumpiest tracks are).

To be honest, this is probably the best instrument you could ever have to colour your eyeline with. This Liner Feutre is available from Superdrug and Boots in black and brown and sells for approximately £5.


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March 8, 2010

Suitable Hair Gels for the Curly Girl Method

If you too are following the CG method, you would already know that a very important part of our daily routine, after co-wash and conditioning, is to apply a hair gel and then “plop” our hair for about 30 minutes.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “plopping”, here is a refresher video.

I do not know about products in the US but it is quite hard for us UK girlies to find products that are suitable. Most of the help we find on the internet is aimed at the US market. Also, finding the right hair gel can be a minefield considering that some alcohols have a drying effect on your hair while others do nourish your hair.

One thing I had been trying lately was to use 100% Pure Organic Aloe Vera Gel from Holland & Barrett. It did hydrate my hair and felt “fresh”… However, it only had limited hold and was giving very little curl definition. I looked like a fried poodle by the end of the day. The thinking behind using this gel (normally made for skin) was the idea that it didn’t contain any nasties.

Then, on recommendations by a fellow UK curly girl on the naturallycurly.com forum, I tried VO5 Mega Hold gel. It will set you back about £3 in Superdrug. It did give me the right curl definition but I was running out of this pretty fast. I needed to buy one of these every 6 days! Not so much a price to pay if you consider that I used to be on Frizz Ease serum every single day. At £5 for a tiny bottle, I was pouring money into my hair.

I decided to trawl the forums yet again and managed to find this little marvel: Boots Essentials Extra Firm Hold Gel. At only 89p for 250ml, it is a bargain! It does the same thing as the VO5 Mega Hold gel and contains no nasty drying alcohols. It also fits in very well with the new experiment I have been trying out: mixing essential oils with my hair gel. This allows me to apply oils evenly without causing any mess and spills and keep my dry and porous ends hydrated throughout the day.

What kind of essential oils do I use? Well, I do my own mixes see. I pour my Boots hair gel into a 350ml container and I make up the remaining 100ml with my oils. I mainly use a good serving of jojoba oil and melted pure coconut oil first (about half each) and then I add a few drops of Lavender oil which helps tame the frizz. If you feel like you want to have a “just fresh” feeling, then you can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.

As a rule of thumbs, the above mix lasts me for about 2 weeks. All essential oils can be found at Holland & Barrett.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on!

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February 24, 2010

Boots No7 Time Resisting Moisturising Day Cream with SPF15 – a review

Filed under: Moisturisers — aspiringrolemodel @ 11:42 am
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I know this product is not what I would usually consider “cheap” but I was caught out behind the security gates at Heathrow airport without any moisturiser before boarding a 30hr flight… Spending that much time on a plane without a shower is bad enough already, I just could not do without a moisturiser. As there was an offer (buy £20 worth of No7 products and get a goodie bag worth £22), I ended up buying this particular one at Boots. On first inspection, the cream appears light and not overly fragranced. It also seems to penetrate the skin pretty quickly and feels refreshing. However, it only seems to penetrate my skin: it always leaves a residue that looks like dead skin on your fingers once you have rubbed it off… Not nice. It’s alright when you are on holiday in a relatively green country, but when you get back to London’s fumes and grime, it really feels yuk. I don’t even want to think about what that goop on my face has accumulated at the end of the day. Just for that reason I would not recommend this product, even more so when you consider it would set you back by £17. I have been let down before by other No7 products like their mascara (please see other post).


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