Saturday, 21 May 2016

Revlon | Volume and Length Magnified Mascara


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This year Revlon have re-branding their mascara line by discontinuing all their previous mascara's and re-launching with 5 mascaras. All five are uniform in packaging with only differences in the colour of the packaging. Revlon believe this line will make picking a mascara fool proof. The five mascara's they have bought out are: Ultimate All-in-One, Ultra Volume, Super Length, Dramatic Definition and Volume and Length Magnified - which is what I will be reviewing today. I believe none of the mascaras are water proof and they all retail for £9.99 at Boots.

Firstly the packaging looks simple which is lending on the boring side but nothing offensive. The lid is a shiny glossy finish and the rest is a black matte finish. I like how the tube is slightly flat because it doesn't roll around in my vanity draw so I can see instantly what the product is.

When I first applied the product it was very wet and it was difficult to get it to stick to my lashes. I also found that it didn't do an amazing job at lengthening nor volumizing. I didn't wanted to judge it so quickly as mascara's I have loved in the past have gotten better with the formula drying out. It took approximately 3-4 days to start drying out and it did perform better but nothing to get excited about. I found myself getting bored with it because my lashes always looked so regular and Revlon claimed that it should give you doe eyes with amplified volume and length. I found it did neither and it gave very natural lashes which is nice- but not what I was wanting nor what the product wanted to give.

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The brush is a subtle square shape which Revlon claims to anchor the formula to lashes, coating them individually for intense volume and length. I found the brush to be messy and it was hard to apply without getting it on my lid. I would place the brush at the root of my lash, wriggle it and move the brush upwards hoping this will apply the product to each individual lash- which it did but the product just didn't either stick to the lash or the brush wasn't picking up product in the actual tube. Either way considering the price and the claims that this mascara had I would give this a miss. I can't speak about the other mascara's in the line so let me know if you had better results with the others!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hello Fresh | Review


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I don't tend to post a lot of lifestyle or food related posts but this year I have been obsessed with eating less processed food and I have been avoiding refined flours and sugars which requires me to cook. I've fallen in love with it as I love making things from scratch and finding new flavours, foods, alternatives to already loved western food but creating a healthier way of doing it. So a few weeks back I got a knock at my door by a friendly face wearing a "hello fresh" apron. I've actually heard of this brand before through watching many YouTube videos so it wasn't hard for him to sell me a two week box set. The classic box for two costs £49.99 a week but I got 30% off so the box cost me £39.99.

I love how it is a week-by-week box so I can stop the subscription whenever I wanted so no monthly commitments. Payment and orders can all be managed via the app so you don't feel bad for wanting to exit. Delivery is free and it comes nicely packaged in a box. They wrap all the meat in ice so if you are at work all day and the box is left in your back garden everything still stays perfectly fresh.

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The quality of the vegetables, meat and products were very high. I loved how everything was organic and they source only from local farmers. We selected the classic 5 meal box for two but there are family boxes and vegetarian options as well. All the ingredients you need for all the recipes are provided in the box so you do not need anything extra apart from oil (salt and pepper were given in our box!). I couldn't pick and choose what recipes we wanted for the week however if you go with the 3 meal plan for two you can switch up meals to your taste.

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You get all the recipes on a card with a few photos to guide you. If you don't like working off paper the recipes are also available on the app to view as well. I did find the instructions to be confusing at times as I noticed they tried to keep things brief but, as a person who is new to the cooking world, I needed to be told the basics at times. I found the time to make the food took a lot longer for me than the time shown- again I don't know if thats because I'm new to cooking.

Unfortunately I have canceled our Hello Fresh order as I did not like some of the meals on offer. I found them to be a little heavy as I don't usually eat a lot of dairy and wheat based carbs. I appreciated how organic and clean the boxes are I just found it to take longer than I wanted and I didn't like everything in the boxes. It is not all bad as I did find some amazing recipes I loved and will continue to use! I will probably order this box again if there is a week that looks interesting (on the app you can view what meals are going to be in next weeks box) but only the 3 meal plan so I can switch out meals I don't want. Overall it is very high quality and my opinion it is restaurant stand.
 

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