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Review // Avon True Colour Blusher in Russet

Avon True Colour Blusher - £4.00
I am a huge fan of Avon. The thought of flicking through a little catalogue of beauty products, choosing what I like the look of, writing it down on the little bit of paper and giving it to a kind lady who knocks on my door. A while ago I was having my usual flick through the little book when I saw the Avon True Colour Blushes. These come in three different shades - Earthen Rose, Soft Plum and Russet, the shade I chose.

The packaging to the Avon True Colour Blusher resembles that of Chanel. I have a Chanel Eyeshadow Quad and they look very identical in my make-up bag. Inside the Avon compact is a very good mirror which is excellent for touch-ups throughout the day and it also comes with a little blusher brush. I have tried this blusher with the brush and with my usual blusher brush (which is Avons Angled Brush) and I have to say I prefer it with my own brush. The brush that comes with it is soft but is too chunky. Instead of a healthy-glow I got Coco The Clown.

Russet is a matte deep coral which in some lights could look a little orange with red undertones. In the pan it looks a bit more peachy but it does transfer a little differently colourwise. It's a very pretty colour when used in moderation! I've used this with the brush it came with and ended up very very orange and flush faced. Less is definitely more with this product as it is incredibly pigmented.

Russet is very soft and applies really easily with my Avon Angled Brush. One light, smooth swipe of colour and I am good to go. Another great thing about this product is it's staying power. I have worn this all day today and it is still in the exact same place as when I applied it at 8AM this morning. Excellent considering the price.

Review // Purederm Deep Cleansing Nose Strips

Purederm Deep Cleansing Nose Strips - £1.00
Whilst I am fairly lucky that I very rarely get spots, I do struggle with blackheads. It is a little gross to think about but hey, we all get them and we all need a way to get rid of them, don't we?

When I was younger I read in Sugar Magazine that you could get rid of blackheads by using pore strips, applying them to your face for 5 minutes before ripping them off to reveal lovely, flawless skin. I sat and thought about this for a few minutes before thinking "okay, I can do this" so I got out a roll of sellotape, stuck various lengths of it on my face and left it for a few minutes before ripping it off - it didn't leave quite give the affect I desired.

I remember giving up with the sellotape and wandering aimlessly around Boots before coming across the Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Nose Strips. Unfortunately at £7.99, these don't come cheaply so whilst in Bodycare the other day, I came across the Purederm Deep Cleansing Nose Strips. The best part? They cost around £1.

For those of you who haven't used or heard about pore strips before then they are a bit like waxing strips, except instead of lifting hairs, they lift blackheads. The Purederm Nose Pore Strips come in a box of 6 which are all individually wrapped in a basic-looking packaging. Inside the individual packages are the nose strips which are backed onto a bit of plastic. Unlike previous pore strips that I have used, these ones don't smell like tea tree oil but they do have a scent to them which I don't find too pleasant.

To apply these pore strips, you need to:
- Wash your face completely and give it a good scrub
- Wet your nose a little and the surrounding areas before peeling the nose strip off of the plastic backing then press it onto your nose
- Leave the nose strip on your nose for 5-10 minutes or until the strip has firmed up
- Once you are ready, slowly peel off the pore strip and stare at it in disgust

So, did they work? In a word, yes. I didn't take a photo of the results as it is a bit grim but after a few minutes these pore strips lifted away a few of my blackheads and I imagine that if I use these over time, hopefully one day they will all be gone.

Review // Lush Tea Tree Toner Tabs

When I last when shopping with my friends we popped into Lush to buy some Toner Tabs and to get a little advice on how to use them. We were quite surprised to see they had a little selection of Toner Tabs, including some with fresh rose petals in them but I decided to play it safe and buy a few of the Lush Tea Tree Toner Tabs.

The girl in the shop told us how to use them so we set off to the till to pay and the next day I used one for the first time - this is how I got on. I did wonder whether or not these toner tabs would smell strongly of tea tree because, as a scent, I'm not too keen on it's over-powering ways. Fortunately they aren't too overpowering so for those of you who have sensitive noses, you'll be okay.

Boil some water then carefully pour it into a bowl. Leave it for a couple of minutes so it will cool slightly.
Drop 1 Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab into the bowl and watch it fizz! At this point the water and the tea tree tab will infuse so the steam from the hot water will blend with the oils from the tea tree, allowing you the perfect facial steam.
Once the toner tab is all fizzled out, grab a tea towel, put your head over the bowl and the towel over your head. (Preferably using a clean tea towel and please please PLEASE do not put your head IN the water as you'll probably burn a few layers of skin off. Or it may just hurt.)

Keep your head over the hot water for as long as you feel comfortable. I put my head over the bowl for around 10 minutes whereas my sister did it for around 2 minutes and she got the same results I achieved after 10.

Once you've had enough, put the bowl to one side. Grab a bowl of cold water and a muslin cloth/flannel and wash your face thoroughly with the clean water, this is to make sure your pores close.

After this you should have lovely, baby-soft, clean, refreshed skin!

Once the Tea Tree Toner water has cooled down, you can pour it into a clean, plastic bottle and then use it as a toner. The girl in Lush suggested you only use it as a toner for up to 7 days.

As a toner it is very refreshing and cooling on the skin, however it isn't as pleasant as The Body Shop's Tea Tree Toner, the review of which you can read here.

Review // Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Carnival

A while ago Buyapowa had a deal on where you could buy Nails Inc Nail Varnishes in Notting Hill Carnival and Baker Street together for about £13. I had been thinking about buying Baker Street after seeing it on Beyonce so decided to get two for just over the price of one.

Notting Hill Carnival is a yellow creme nail varnish which isn't bright like Baker Street but it isn't pastel either. It reminds me of easter and summertime.
Products used were:
Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat
Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Carnival
17 Nail Extras Matte Top Coat

It was a bit of pain to apply as it was quite streaky so it took 3 coats to get it fully opaque. I had a bit of trouble with the brush as it kept on shredding which made my application streaky so I had to keep re-applying over streaky areas which made the finish a little uneven. I don't know if Nails Inc brushes always do this or if I got an unfortunate brush but either way I wasn't very impressed.

I applied a matte top coat over this nail varnish to give it a matte finish. Because of this, the nail varnish chipped in 2 days and I ended up taking it all off as I had had enough. I do like this nail varnish but I'm a bit unsure about it. It's a nice colour but I don't think it really suits my skintone. If you're looking for a summery yellow nail varnish then this will be perfect for you.

Review // Company Magazine Liquid Eyeliner

Company Magazine Liquid Eyeliner
When I was younger I used to persuade my Mum and Dad to buy me a magazine due to the free gift sellotaped to the front of it. Over the years I received a bright yellow comb, a light up Barbie yo-yo and some crappy plastic lipstick which was literally, plastic. A few weeks ago I bought Company Magazine (the one with Kate Bosworth on the front) and it came with a liquid eyeliner/crayon eyeliner combo. Now from what I told you earlier about my past with free gifts, I decided to give this a try and not throw it straight in the bin. And I'm really glad I did.

The crayon/liquid eyeliner comes in one quite large pen. One half is the liquid eyeliner, the other part is the crayon. The pencil is re-tractable and reveals a crayon like eyeliner, whereas the other end reveals the liquid eyeliner nib.

The liquid eyeliner is ridiculously pigmented, so much so that I was incredibly shocked when I swatched it. I expected a light grey or even a dark-ish grey but nope, full on pigmented black liquid eyeliner! The crayon eyeliner is more of a dark brown crayon which I can't really imagine me using.

The liquid eyeliner glides on like a dream. It doesn't pull at all, one long sweep and you have the most perfect lined eyes! 
Another great thing about this product is it's staying power. When I swatched it on my hand, I tested it under water and it did not budge, unlike the pencil which came off immediately. When applied to the eye area it doesn't budge either and it doesn't transfer onto the top lid either.

The liquid eyeliner lasts all day. I wear it for about 14 hours a day and it is still in exactly the same place at the end of the day as it was at the beginning. I actually really love this eyeliner and I wish I could buy this in the shops.

Review // Vo5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder

As I am always on the quest for big hair without having to back-comb, I recently came across the Vo5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder.

On the lovely little hot pink 7g bottle, Vo5 claim that this bottle gives you "extra texture and instant volume" ..well, let's see shall we?! Also on the bottle, Vo5 state that they have left room in order to be able to shake the bottle to activate the ingredients inside. This slightly makes me believe that when I shake this all over my hair, my hair will expand. Ha, if only.

Once you have shaken the product you are ready to use it. The powder itself looks like white salt and at first I was a bit apprehensive about putting this powdery stuff in my hair but fortunately once applied it is invisible and you can't notice it. I chose to pour a 10p sized amount into my hand then rubbed it gently into the roots of my hair so I could control how much product I used.

After application, my hair definitely got a bit of an oomph but it didn't last too long and I didn't like the feeling of it in my hair. It felt really chalky and I really felt the need to wash it away. My hair did get more volumised but not really long-lasting or long-term effects. My hair looked a bit static in height but other than that, it was nothing to write home about.

Other // All About Nail Varnish Tag

I saw a nail varnish tag on Instagram so I thought I would have a go at it! Here are my answers.
Model's Own Fuzzy Peach/Model's Own Mushroom/Barry M Berry/Barry M Spring Green
1. What's your favourite nail varnish brand?
I really love Barry M and Model's Own Nail Varnishes as they're really cheap, very good quality and they're very accessible to buy.
China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara/Technic Carnival/OPI Sparke De Triomphe
2. Glitter or no glitter?
Yes! Especially for an accent nail or for parties and Christmas time - I do love a bit of glitter.
OPI Mermaid's Tears, OPI Skull and Glossbones, OPI Sparke De Triomphe
3. OPI, China Glaze or Essie?
I've never tried any Essie Nail Varnishes so it's a toss up between OPI and China Glaze but I'm going to say OPI because they are forever bringing out new nail collections practically every other week and they have tons of colours that I want on my wishlist! 
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy/No.7 Milan/Avon Perfectly Fresh/Nails Inc Baker Street
4. What is your favourite nail colours?
I absolutely love China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy, I can't get enough of it. It's the perfect neon pink and I can't wait to wear this in the summer as it makes me appear more tanned.
I love No. 7's Milan as well as it is incredibly pretty.
Avon's Perfectly Fresh is the perfect nude colour for me as it's nude without being boring - it looks like I'm wearing nail varnish but it isn't making a statement, it's perfect.
And finally, I love Nail's Inc's Baker Street. It is a bright blue and if it's good enough for Beyonce then it's good enough for me!
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy/Nails Inc Baker Street/Barry M Coral/Model's Own Fuzzy Peach
5. Darks or brights?
Brights! I'm saving the dark colours for winter. I'm loving bright colours at the moment, especially Model's Own Fuzzy Peach!
6. What are you wearing on your nails at the moment?
Nothing! I'm trying to give my nails a bit of a rest and I'm trying to strengthen them so I haven't worn nail varnish for 3 weeks.
ELF Mint Cream/17 Matte Top Coat/Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival
7. Matte nails: in or out?
In! I love matte black nails and since wearing China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy I have re-found my love of wearing a matte top coat on summery colours. Definitely gives a different edge to a plain coloured nail.

8. French manicure?
I'm not really a fan of the whole look on fake nails as I think it can look hideously tacky but I think a french manicure on real nails looks nice.
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy/17 Woo Me/Elf Mint Cream/Model's Own Fuzzy Peach
9. Favourite summer colours?
This summer it's guaranteed that I will be wearing either China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy, 17's Woo Me, ELF's Mint Cream or Model's Own Fuzzy Peach! Roll on summer!

What are your favourite summer shades?