Review: Sleek Makeup Dream a Little Dream i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

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I bought three Sleek Makeup eyeshadow palettes recently and have been playing around with them for the last month, this Dream a Little Dream i-Divine palette is one of them. It’s the most recent of the Limited Edition palettes though I’m not sure how limited it will be, some of the ‘limited edition’ ones are there from over a year ago whereas others disappear quickly so if you’re interested in this palette and you can get it then I’d suggest you do it as soon as you can in case it disappears.

As with all Sleek i-Divine palettes it has twelve mineral based eyeshadows in it and cost £8.99 on the Sleek website. I can’t find an official description on what the exact combination for this one is but I’d say all of them are a shimmer of some kind. Six of them I’d call standard shimmers, four obvious duochromes (one of these with glitter in a fairly matte base), a silver foil finish and one that’s a shimmer base with fairly bit glitter particles in it. The colours are so pretty and all cool toned pastels, mainly in the blues, silvers and purples with a green and two cool toned pinks mixed in there.

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Review: Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara

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I have so many mascaras in my stash I’m slowly working my way through trying them and seeing which I prefer so the next on the list is the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara. I will admit that the thing that caught my eye with this is the packaging. I love how cute the Tony Moly products are and the Panda shaped mascara wand on this one just stood out to me. I’ve also found that their makeup works really well for me. The Smudge Out name on this mascara did surprise me, most English speaking countries would choose anti-smudge or something like that, but it basically means it won’t smudge, or shouldn’t anyway.

I found this mascara on the TK Maxx website a while ago, though I haven’t seen it since, and I can’t remember how much I spent on it but I want to say around the £5 mark. I think the best place to find it if you’re in the UK is eBay at the moment.

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Review: Dead Sea Spa Magik Mild Exfoliant

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As my skin has dry flaky patches I’m always on the lookout for a good exfoliator. I love how well the Dead Sea Spa Magik hair products work on my scalp so thought I’d try the Mild Exfoliant when I saw it in Tesco recently. It seemed like it’s sort of a mix of mud pack face mask and standard exfoliator so I was interested to see how it would work for me.

Like the other products in the range it uses minerals from the Dead Sea and harmonised water, though I’m not sure what that is. It’s also paraben free and uses an allergen free fragrance if your skin is sensitive to normal fragranced products. The tube has 75ml of the product in it and costs £7.99 on Holland and Barrett, and I think it was the same price in Tesco it’s just not online.

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Review: TheBalm Nude Beach Nude Eyeshadow Palette

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I’ve had my eye on the TheBalm nude series of eyeshadow palettes for a while but had so many neutral palettes I didn’t really need another. Then they came out with the Nude Beach (volume 3) Palette which is full of warmer colours with red and oranges thrown into the neutral mix and it stood out to me. I did get it with money off on HQ Hair but it’s normally £32 for the twelve eyeshadows.

The Nude Beach eyeshadow palette has a mix of finishes, with five mattes, six shimmers, though you could maybe call a couple of them foils, and one that’s more of a matte base with shimmer in it. There are definitely different formulas in this palette and there’s varying amount of pigmentation depending on the colour but there’s a good mix in there if this is the sort of colour palette you’re looking for.

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Review: Nail-Aid 3 Minute Pedi Peel

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It’s summer time, or feels like it at the moment anyway, and sandal weather has started here in the UK so it’s time for my feet to get some pampering. I tend to neglect them a bit over the winter, though I use foot creams that’s pretty much it, so this Nail-Aid 3 Minute Pedi Peel has been sat in my drawer waiting to be used and now seemed the perfect time to give it a go.

It’s a thick foot cream with a 12% Glycolic Complex that says without filing your feet you can get softer skin and it helps with cracked, dry skin anywhere really. It also claims that it works after one use, which I was a bit sceptical about. I found it for £4.99 in a local TK Maxx though I’m not sure if they’d still have it as things tend to come and go quite quickly there.

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Book Review: Death Knocks Twice (A Death in Paradise Novel) By Robert Thorogood

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I’ve already reviewed the first two Death in Paradise books based on the characters from the BBC TV series and by the show’s creator Robert Thorogood. This third book, Death Knocks Twice, was published last year and I’ve been meaning to read it but not quite got round to it until recently.

If you haven’t heard of the TV series this is based on it’s a similar style to Agatha Christie stories in that there’s a murder that seems impossible, often a locked room is involved, and a group of detectives in Saint Marie police station, a fictional Caribbean island, have to work out how it happened. The lead is a British detective in Richard Poole who has some unusual ways to solve the case. This time it’s a murder that looks like a suicide with no obvious motive. As the story unfolds pretty much every member of the family that lives in the estate where the murder happened becomes the main suspect so it keeps you guessing to the end.

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Review: Etude House 98% Soothing Watermelon Gel

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After the recent hot weather it seems the perfect time to review the 98% Watermelon Soothing Gel from Etude House. I bought it in a recent eBay Korean Beauty haul for £6.65. It’s sold as a cooling and calming gel, something like the aloe vera gel you get to use for cooling and calming your skin especially after sun burn. To add to the cooling effect you can keep it in the fridge, though this does give you a bit of a shock when you first apply it!

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Review: Lush Sakura Bath Bomb

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The Sakura bath bomb is one of the older ones from Lush in the current range, I think they’ve been around for the past ten plus years I’ve been buying from them. It’s supposed to be a light blossom scent and has obvious salt crystals in it as you can see from the look of it on the outside. It’s a fair sized bath bomb, though I think it may be smaller than it used to be but that may be me remembering wrong. It costs £3.75 so standard for a Lush bath bomb, and it does actually work ok for two baths if you can separate it into two pieces.

I have to say I do love the colour mix in this with the turquoise and pink along with the white, it’s one of the more subtle bath bombs in the range but an old favourite so I was happy when my sister got it for me for my birthday as I haven’t had one for ages. It reminded me that I should probably go back and revisit some of the longer running products I used to love rather than just sticking with trying all the new things when they come out.

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Review: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

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I’ve never really got on with the standard foundation brush, or most of them anyway, as they seem to more push the foundation around than make any of it stick and I always ended up with way more product on my face than I actually wanted. I’ve been loving my beauty blender style sponges but on a recent browse of HQ Hair’s online store I saw the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £11.99 (£9.59 full price when I bought it) and it intrigued me. It’s supposed to buff the product in and it’s dense but soft so it seems somewhere between a brush and a sponge, at least that’s what I was expecting.

I’ve bought Real Techniques brushes before, one of their eye brushes is the one I use every time I apply makeup, so I knew the quality I’d be getting. The only negative I’ve had for any Real Techniques Brush is how big some of them are, I’ve had so many big fluffy eye brushes I don’t know what to do with them all! I love how they colour coordinate the brushes depending on what they’re meant for, this is a base brush so it has an orange handle, and they’re soft and cruelty free. They are more expensive than a lot of the brushes I’ve bought in the past but they’re worth it to me.

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Next Outlet Clothes Haul

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After a recent declutter of my wardrobe I had a list of things I was looking for and I’ve got better at not buying things in sales just because they’re cheap but I did end up getting some things I didn’t have planned on a couple of recent trips to the McArthur Glen Outlet shopping centre in Bridgend. Everything I bought ended up being from the Next Outlet, they have had such good bargains recently, £2 for a good quality top or £10 for some jeans is such a good price if they’re what you want. For years I didn’t get that much from Next but it feels a bit like half of my go to wardrobe comes from there.

The Next Outlet stores often have extra reductions, which is what happened with most of the things I’ve bought, beyond the reductions in the normal sales. They also have older stock in lots of sizes sometimes as well as a range of clothes that are exclusive to the Outlet stores in the Special Purchase range. I know some people have said they aren’t the same quality as the standard line, they’re definitely cheaper than equivalents at full price, but I’ve bought quite a few things from them and they last just as well for me.

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