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Lorna W.
Review for Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation - 1 month, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Porcelain more...
Skin type: Combination, oily nose and dry forehead.

Unfortunately, I found this foundation to be one of the worst I've tried. It's very difficult  to say anything good about it and if pressed I would say that I like the liquid format and  that the shade was pale enough (I have very pale skin and sometimes that can be a problem).

I usually wear a light coverage Matte foundation, so was hoping this would cover more flaws,  but right from applying it there was nothing but problems. I did my usual skincare routine  before applying (exfoliate to prevent peely look), rose water, moisturise and prime, leaving  enough time between each of these steps to not interfere with the foundation.

Despite this, it seemed to cling to every flaw, sinking into lines and making my skin look  peely and damaged and clinging onto fine blonde hairs. After a little googling, it seems I am  not the only combination skin lady to have this problem, so I definitely wouldn't recommend  it to those with combination skin.

It never seemed to blend correctly and after a few hours my skin looked patchier than ever.  With the foundation applied and blended all the way, I looked like a ghost with bad skin. It  evened out my skin tone, but was so heavy that it looked way too white (not a problem if you  contour, I guess, but not great for those who like a simpler makeup). It also felt stiff and  uncomfortable, like a mask.

The worst was yet to come. When I tried to remove it with my regular AND heavy duty makeup  remover, it clung and didn't want to come off. Five cotton pads later, my face was finally  (mostly) clean, but the skin was damaged and had broken out a lot. I also had a lot of  trouble removing it from my blender.

It also doesn't smell great and the packaging is very cheap looking, but those are the least  of my worries when the foundation just didn't work for me, but actively damaged my skin.
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage
Review for Quaker Steel Cut Oats Quick 3-Minute - 2 months, 1 week ago
Cinnamon flavour:

These packs of Steel Cut Oatmeal are a filling and healthy idea for breakfast even if they aren't as convenient or easy to make as other instant oatmeals.
Unlike other instant oatmeals, these steel cut oats require at least 3 minutes to cook, and can't be done with a simple kettle. You either need to use your microwave, turn it to half power, and then heat for 3-4 minutes, or boil water and pour in the oatmeal to simmer. This isn't a huge investment of time, but if you're making these at work or something it's a lot more difficult than simply pouring in boiling water and waiting.
The texture of the steel cut oats is tougher than expected, but very filling. It's somewhat sweet due to the brown sugar, but not overwhelming. I imagine it would be easy for anyone to eat these, including children. I found them very nice and probably better even than traditional instant oatmeal. The nutritional value is not bad either, with 10% of your daily iron and only 10 grams of sugar.
In summary, I think these are a healthier, heartier alternative for anyone who tends to eat instant oatmeal in the morning, but they won't be ideal for those who want something they can make with just a kettle.
No Special Diet
Right away on using Gain Botanique I was feeling a bit cautious. Often plant based, or 'organic' type products can be a little worse at cleaning than the 'chemical heavy' ones, a sacrifice we are willing to make for a safer, more environmentally friendly product. But this wasn't the case at all! This laundry detergent blew me away with how well it worked.
I've been using the regular 'pod-type' detergent for a while and often find it gets 'gummed up', stuck to clothes and leaves stains behind. I also hate the overly perfumed smell.  Gain Botanique was a breath of fresh air. While the scent was still a little pungent for me (I tried the Orange blossom and vanilla, which smells quite peachy) it was a lot more natural smelling and didn't give me a headache like the chemical laden detergents sometimes do.
It is important to note that this is 65% plant-based, so if you're looking for something that's fully natural, it won't do it. However, for those like me, who always prefer a more eco-friendly option, this does it while cleaning your clothes very well. My clothes were fresher, more stain-free and even softer when using this compared to my usual detergent. The only caveat I would have is that I did have to use a full cap every time, so it didn't last as long as I'd like.
It even took that 'funky' smell out of my old towels. I will definitely buy this again!
Review for Smartfood® Kettle Corn Popcorn - 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Foodie Expert Level 3
Gouda and Chive flavour:

 a really nice treat to have when you want a snack at home or at work. It was a good alternative to chips, much healthier but still an easy snack to grab when I wanted something light.The recommended serving size, 3 and a half cups, is plenty for one person to snack on and only has 260 calories. The sodium content is also much lower than I was expecting, and there's even a little bit of iron as well which is always good to see. 
The gouda and chive coating isn't too thick, and only leaves a very light residue on your fingers when you're eating. It's white and doesn't stain skin or clothes, so you don't need to be self-conscious about eating it at work or at parties, and it washes off very easily. The gouda flavouring is a bit on the light side of what I would like, only because I found it very tasty and wished it was a bit stronger. The chive is just right, providing a little extra tang to the flavour without being overpowering. If I could change anything I would make the gouda stronger, but that's just personal preference, and I know many people don't like their popcorn to be overpowering.
One thing I did notice is that it's very easy to eat a lot of this popcorn in one sitting without even realizing. Because it's such a light snack and so easy to eat right out of the bag, you might find yourself eating half the bag in one sitting if you're not careful. For this reason I highly recommend pouring it out into a bowl, just so you don't overindulge and make yourself sick.
No Special Diet
Review for Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 6.8 oz - 3 months, 1 week ago
Wellness Guru Expert Level 4
This is a lovely thick, luxurious feeling lotion. It definitely softens skin more than cheaper brand lotions, but unless you have super dry skin it might not be that big of a deal for you. If you need a little extra TLC for your skin, this does a really good job. For me, the best part is the smell. It's very sweet and rich and delicious smelling, really love it. However, I definitely wouldn't describe it as unisex, it's more of a feminine scent to me, something to keep in mind.
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage
Stretch Marks, Sagging, Scarring
Review for The Lion King - 3 months, 1 week ago
Pop Culture Expert Level 4
This Disney classic holds up to the test of time (let's face it mostly because it's kiddy Hamlet and that was a solid story to begin with) and sure, maybe it's indulging in nostalgia a little, but I guarantee these songs will get stuck in your head. There's something lovely about classic animation, but a large part of the love we feel for these classics is the amazing music. The modern Disney Pixar tales are lovely (mostly), but they just don't have that same musical score.

Journey with Simba again and again as he takes on the Nefarious Scar, this is one you'll rewatch again and again with the kids or alone if you're so inclined!

Rating: G for general. Some fantasy violence (the stampede) and a super-tame implied love scene set to Elton John, but nothing kids shouldn't be able to watch.
Review for CND Creative Play Top Coat #482 - 3 months, 1 week ago
I'm in love with this Top Coat! My previous favourite Top Coat was marketed as 'very shiny' so I expected this to be more of reduced shine. Not so, this is really, really shiny. I suppose if you don't like a shiny coat it might not be for you, but I think glossy nails look amazing and frankly, the shine helps cover up any 'errors' in my nail painting. Since I don't get my nails done by a professional, I very much appreciate this.
Goes on easy, perfect consistency and dries to a super high shine. Dries quickly, but as always I recommend setting an alarm for five minutes because nobody wants to ruin their nails at the last step.
I #gotitfree from Chickadvisor to try!
Review for CND Creative Play Nail Polish - 3 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Crimson Like It Hot #415 more...
I don't use red colours of nail polish that often, but I'm a total sucker for a subtle shimmer or glitter and this polish has red, fine glitter that creates impact when the light hits it. I'll come straight out and say it, it's the perfect Christmas shade. I used it alongside the base and top coat and while my right hand chipped within three days, it was five before the left hand chipped. I think this is probably down to the application not being as smooth on my right hand, so my advice would be to make sure you apply carefully and well. You can't expect a bubbled or marked nail polish to stay on. I use my hands a lot and am quite happy with five days and found it to be a lot longer than most nail stuff I've tried.

For applying, I'd say wait five minutes (set a timer and get Netflix ready) between each coat just to be extra sure. Application was actually very smooth with this and best yet, I found I only needed one coat! If you put on a very thin coat or want it to be at it's absolute boldest you can try two, but I found one was sufficient. I'll admit I'm not the best at applying nail polish with my shaky hands, but I found this very easy, the consistency is just right.

I love the way this shimmers when the light hits it and it's definitely going to be my Xmas nail polish for this year!
I #gotitfree from Chickadvisor to try!
Review for CND Creative Play Base Coat #481 - 3 months, 1 week ago
Ok, I'll be honest, I don't always use a base coat. But when using red colours, it's an absolute must to avoid staining your nails. Very happy with this base coat. It went on very easy, perfect consistency of not too runny or not too thick. One dip can easily do most of your hand, but you'll need to dip a second time to finish off. It only needs one coat and it dries very quickly, but my personal recommendation is to leave it five minutes (set a timer and watch some TV!) just to make sure you don't smudge it. Having a good base coat like this helps the polish stay on and go on smoother, but you need to make sure not to layer it too thick or touch it before it's dry.
While it definitely has the 'nail polish' smell, it's not too extreme, I'll definitely be using this again as it seemed to protect my nails really well. It's a good price for those who don't want to spend a lot!
I #gotitfree from Chickadvisor to try!
Review for Maybelline Brow Styling Gel Clear - 4 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I can't believe they discontinued this product, worked really well for thick brows, keeping them in place throughout the day without crunchiness or any visible flaking! Hope they release a similar product soon, but if you see this in the bargain bin, make sure to snap it up!
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