Content and graphics © Fiona Brianne. Powered by Blogger.

Social icons

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quick Review: Ready Steady Cook Rocket Blender

Since my favourite juices blog post, I have been wanting to post a review of my new blender, but time and daylight have not been in my favour. However, I finally managed to get a few snaps so hopefully this post will benefit anyone looking into getting their own blender who may not know where to start and what to look for.

 T H E  B L E N D E R

I won't lie, I have wanted a blender since I began watching itsjudyslife- they make smoothies/green juices everyday and some of the concoctions sounded extremely appetising. Since I have never bought a blender before,  I decided to buy one that was low cost/purse friendly from a place I trusted. After a couple minutes online, I managed to find the Ready Steady Cook ( who remembers that show) Classic Rocket Blender, so the next day, I hopped on a bus and went to a local Argos store to pick it up.

It caught my eye because, not only was it cheap, it was also a rocket shape, which I have heard are the easiest to manage and clean. Lastly, it has multi-chop settings which means I can use it to prepare other meals of the day, besides smoothies.

The blender comes with a tall blending cup, a short blending cup, one "party" cup, two comfort rings, two shaker lids, two seal-able lids and two removable blades. I was concerned that these attachments would feel cheap, but all seem pretty sturdy and have done well so far.

T H E  L I D S

I am quite impressed with the attachment lids in this set, all of which I have used and loved. I use the seal-able lids and the comfort rings the most to store my smoothies overnight in the fridge, but the shaker lids are just as useful.

T H E  B L A D E S

The two blades that come with the blender give it the multi-chop function. The first bade chops, mixes and blends and the second blade grinds and whips; therefore, the blender has seven different cutting functions. Personally, I have only used the chop and blending blade as I have not yet found use for the other one.

I noticed that any food that needs to be chopped must be cut into considerably small pieces to be blended well- larger pieces will blend eventually, but the end result is not as smooth. I also noticed that the blades are incredibly hard to clean- after only my first time using the chop blade, the inside rim stained a darker colour even though I washed thoroughly immediately after use.

T H E  C U P S

For me, the inclusion of three cups is perfect, because I use all three equally. I usually like to make a large green juice in the large blending cup, which I then store in the fridge in the large party cup for up to two nights, depending on what is in the juice. As I showed in my Morning Routine video for work, the small cup works well in the mornings when I want an extra dosage of protein or a small one ingredient banana ice cream- it effectively cuts portion sizes, which stops more over drinking to much fiber.
Each cup has screw indents and can be used with a party ring or lid.


As with most things in the world, there are some negatives about this blender.
Firstly, there is a constant smell of smoking or hot metal while I am blending; on the first try, I panicked and thought that the motor was overheating and then convinced myself that it was because it was new.

I also wish that the blender has multiple speed settings, but I bought the blender knowing that it was capable of just one.

One thing I do not like about these cups is the small spikes on the side which allow the cup to lock into the blender. They are incredibly thin and I have a feeling that they may not last long; this is especially worrying because blenders cannot be returned to Argos. 

The last negative is how noisy it is. We have a family blender back at home and even though it is heavy duty, it is no where near as noisy as this one- I am not a fan of other students knowing my business!

Overall, a cheap and cheerful blender, most suitable for one person who makes the occasional smoothie.


If you would like some smoothie/ green juice ideas, check out my favourite smoothies/ juices blog post.
If you would like to see the blender in action, check out my Morning Routine

Thank you for reading,
God Bless
post signature

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Product Empties 2014: Winter Edition!

Hey Guys!
The end of my time at University is approaching (sigh) so I have been preparing to pack away early by finishing as many beauty products as I can. Most of these items have been floating around in my drawers and bathroom, either unused or half empty ( a lot of them are from old Glossyboxes and I am ashamed to say that some of these boxes are 2012 edition. My bad.)

So here are a couple products I managed to get to the end of and will be throwing out.


1. Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover ( discontinued)
This stray was found at the bottom of my makeup drawer with quite a bit of product left, which is strange because when I was using this, I used it like crazy. I don't think this is on sale anymore, but I know that if it was, I would definitely repurchase it. 
The only thing I don't like about this is that it burns. Do not get this in your eye!

2. Dermalogica Clean Start Wash off Foaming facial wash (discontinued)
 This is one of those forgotten Glossybox products, but I really love this. 
It is gentle enough to use everyday and a little bit goes a long way. It is one of my favourite facial cleansers that I have used so far; this would go on my repurchase list except it has also been discontinued. I believe that this now called 'Clear Start', so if you are interested, you should give the new range a try.

3. Bell's Coconut Oil
Local pharmacy
You can get coconut oil anywhere, but I picked this one up at a local pharmacy. 
I used this initially for my hair ends (but it got a little messy) so I used it instead for dry patches of skin, especially my knees and elbows. I have found that along with my E45 cream, that it has dramatically affected the pigmentation of my skin and has lightened a lot of dark areas. I will be doing a blog post on this in the future, nearer the summer.

4. Neutrogena Multi Defence moisturiser SPF25 
If you have followed me since summer, you will know that this is a miracle product because I got this for 80p in a clearance basket at a local Superdrugs. This is a 'battle against the elements' best friend; it is formulated to protect against wind, sun, cold and humidity which makes it a perfect all year round moisturiser.
 Unfortunately, like the other Neutrogena product, it really burns the eyes . It also has a very strong sunscreen smell, which I can cope with because it doesn't give me a white cast like other sunscreens.

5. E45 Cream
This little tube is my second since the beginning of winter; it is my little skin saviour and for a time had its place next to my mobile phone and purse in it my bag! I used to use this when I was young and I'm glad I have rediscovered it.

B E A U T Y  A N D  R A N D O M S

6. Bath and Body Works Paris Amour body splash/mist
Sigh. The last of my Paris Amour set that I received from a swap. This is a sweet and floral scent; I can personally smell coconut, vanilla and orange and it actually reminds me of pink champagne! If I could repurchase this, I would, but being a UK resident, the only way I can get my hands on this is through someone else in the US ( that's a hint, don't all jump in at once!)

7. Motions Triple Action Leave in conditioner
Local beauty store
This was on my bathroom shelf and started to smell a little weird, so I used as much as I could, but regrettably, I threw away over a quarter of what was left. This has (had) a clean sweet smell which lasts a couple of days after application. When I used this, I applied twice a week and I found that it strengthened my hair after some time.

8. Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex
I want to eat this product. 
It smells soo good, I can only describe it to smell like the LoveHeart sweets. This is a teeny tiny sample, but it lasted so long. Not only does it last long, it makes my lips extremely smooth. This works best when applied at night, because in the morning the dry skin has disappeared!

9. Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc perfume
This is a daytime powdery scent which wears pretty well through the day. I think it definitely suits young girls because of its soft and light fragrance properties  and can be layered easily with something heavier for the nighttime. This will also be going on a repurchase list because it is completely different from anything I have experienced; not only that, the bottle is beautiful.

10. Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle
 I have wanted to finish this since this autumn just gone and even though it still looks a quarter full, the wick is completely out. This isn't available right now on the website because it is part of the fall/ autumn seasonal line; I do like this, but I find I can only burn it for a couple minutes at a time because it is very strong.

1. L'Oreal False Lash Flutter mascara
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you will know that I posted a review of the L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara a couple of days ago; the L'Oreal mascaras, along with my cult favourite Maybelline, are my go to 'drugstore' mascaras. If you want to read my review on this mascara, you can click here and read away to your heart's content. 

2. Noveau Lashes Mascara ( discontinued)
This mascara retailed for £15.00, so I am glad I was able to try it out through a monthly Glossybox. 
This product surprised me; at first it looked like a normal mascara with an average cheap wand, but I was wrong. 
The brush gave me both length and volume and the consistency is quite gel like, similar to the Maybelline Mega plush. Although I liked this, if it was still on sale, I would not repurchase it; it is far too expensive for a beauty product only supposed to last three months.

3. ELF Tone Correcting Concealer ( Spice)
For £1.50, the coverage of this concealer was pretty decent; however, I personally didn't use it to conceal  as I picked out the wrong colour. Instead I used this as a back up eyelid primer for a while and then to lighten the inner corners of my eye.

4.Urban Decay Primer Potion ( travel size)
A friend of mine bought a UD palette and gave me the primer potion. This is a cult makeup favourite, it does exactly what it says on the packaging- nothing more or less.

S H O W E R  A N D  B A T H

5. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Cream Body scrub ( discontinued)
Insert shocked emoji face!
 This has just been discontinued! I loved this! I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to use this again, but for what it is worth, the smell of this was amazing.
 My favourite aspect of the product is the 'cream' which softens the roughness of the exfoliating particles and moisturises the skin. This was my weekend treat to myself; I guess I will now have to find a replacement.

6. The Body Shop Honeymania shower gel
If you know me, you will know that I am currently obsessed with The Body Shop products, particularly their skincare. This bath product was picked on a whim, but I am glad I chose to give it a go.
 The scent is very thick and heavy, but it does have a floral smell which makes me think that perfume has been added. The scent itself lasts for hours and I have had plenty of compliments on this.

7. Dermalogica Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF Moisturiser (discontinued)
This moisturiser is definitely different, but in a good way. I found this helped me the most when my skin had a greasy breakout; the matte qualities took away the shine from my face and made it feel as if there was no product on my skin at all. This has since been discontinued with an updated version.

8. Possibilty Marshmallow Frosting shower creme ( discontinued)
One of my favourite bath scents. And it has been discontinued.
I was secretly hoping that it was available somewhere online, but it is all out of stock. However, I think it compares highly to Philosophy bath products, so I may have to have a look to the one on sale now. No lie, this smells soo sickly!

9. Simple Exfoliating Body Wash
I love that this product wasn't rough on my skin; it was exfoliating but gently buffed away dead skin. As with most Simple products, there is no obvious smell, which I like. However, this stuff always got clogged in the cap, which I did NOT like.

And that is it!
Thank you for reading

God Bless,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW AT THE DRUGSTORE Beauty Product Haul!

I already did my January sales shopping earlier this month, but I fancied picking up a few small beauty items to add into my collection- so I found myself in Boots swatching, examining, reading and ooo-ing at the latest products on offer.
In the end I came away with four items, with I spent a pretty penny on ( I never realised how pricey makeup can be) but nevertheless, I am still happy with my buys.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer

Maybelline have a couple of new products added to their line here in the UK and since I am a YouTuber, I know that this one in particular is nothing new to the world, but it is new to my collection, so that is all that matters.
 I have seen rave reviews about this primer, even comparisons to Benefit's Pore-fessional, which is pretty amazing considering the likes of Benefit.

 The formulation of this is definitely similar first impressions wise to Benefit, so I can see what all the hype is about.
It is certainly lightweight and when I tested this in store, it blended right into my skin; even here at home, the effect is exactly the same.
However, we will have to see if it holds up its claims when I test this out later.

Maybelline Nudes Collection lipsticks

Writing this post, I realised that once again, Maybelline have chosen different names for different countries for their collections and lipsticks shades. It seems that this collection is called " The Buffs"  (something which I learnt when watching itsjudytime's review) in the United States, but I figured that it is the same thing.

I picked up two of the lipsticks as I didn't see any point in buying shades clearly catered for lighter skin tones. I originally wanted to pick up one of the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Privée Collection lipsticks after reading a few reviews online, ( for the record, I was completely confused and couldn't decided if I should have bought Freida or Liya's shade) but my Boots store was out of testers.
So when I saw these, retailing at a much cheaper price, I had to give them a go.

#725- Tantalizing Taupe

The first is Tantalizing Taupe, which comes off on my skin tone as a whiter muted pink. The colour definitely appears different on my skin in comparison to my lips, and I should have learned my lesson by now, so it comes off as a little to light. 
However, if I apply a little and blend it out, it does give me lips a nice spring like pink colour.

Tantalizing Taupe
Tantalizing Taupe ( swatched)

Tantalizing Taupe

#740- Coffee Craze

The next colour is definitely my kin of nude- in fact I am almost certain it is near perfect!
This one is Coffee Craze, which swatched alot darker on my skin than on my lips, but this is more of a brown nude than Tantalizing Taupe.
For me, this is the perfect daytime nude and will also go well with a smokey eye in the night time. Out of the two colours, I am really excited to start using this shade.

Coffee Craze
Coffee Craze

The formulation of these lipsticks is quite creamy, which surprised me considering the price, but I guess I have yet to see its true colours once I have worn them out in inclement conditions. I am hoping that the consistency means that my lips will not get chapped.
I noticed that I have not yet owned any Maybelline lipsticks, so I am even more curious how they will last; I will keep you updated!

Coffee Craze [top] and Tantalizing Taupe [bottom] ( swatched)

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

Last, but not least is a product that I have already whipped out of its packaging and given a try; in fact I have a first impressions video live on my Youtube channel as well as a blog post going into detail about my experiences.

But for the sake of this post, as a hint, I really love this mascara and I think it does all that it claims quite well. It isn't perfect, but I'll stop there ( you can read the blog post and find out why)

However, I will point out now that the brush is one to watch, and again, I won't ruin too much but it is a 'conical' brush with a flexible wand.
Sounds clever, doesn't it.

 That's all I got at the beauty store for this month, but I should have more beauty buys here soon!

God Bless,

Monday, February 03, 2014

First Impression: L'Oreal Mega Voume Miss Manga Mascara

When it comes to writing reviews, I have nothing to say other than " I am bad at it."

But while I was happily browsing the Internet the other day, I cam across something that made me instantly hibernate my computer and run down to my local Boots to pick one up ( along with some other pieces, which you will see soon in a future blog post, so keep your eyes peeled!)

This is my second L'Oreal mascara review and I hope to do more because at this rate, L'Oreal mascaras, apart from Maybelline, are the ones to beat.

I also filmed a First Impressions video which includes a small day diary update, posted to my YouTube; it will be linked at the bottom of this post if you are interested.

Their newest mascara addition is called the Mega Volume Miss Manga, inspired by the characters in Japanese animation who have bold doll-like voluminous lashes. I picked up their " Black" shade although there is is also a " Violet" and "Turquoise".

"Miss Manga features a 360 degree flexible brush for effortless application.
Its unique brush has a flat surface to intensify and amplify upper lashes while its conical shape capture the lower lashes.
Formulated with collagen spheres and polymers for ultimate volume and hold."
~ L'Oreal Paris UK website
From the mascara's specification, I am looking for a mascara that holds its shape and creates lots of volume for upper and lower lashes


If you read my L'Oreal False Lash Flutter review, you will know that I do not like the shape of the recent L'Oreal mascaras which take on an elongated eye shape- this is mainly because I find it difficult to grip and control. On top of this, the surface of the mascara wand is mirrored and smooth; these two properties make the product appealing to look at, but practicality wise, they do not offer any support.

The shape of the mascara wand makes the product difficult to grip

 However, on the plus side, I love the physical aspects of the packaging such as the girly font and the two toned pink-on-black colour choice; both aspects of which initially caught my eye.
 I am all for a pretty pink mascara, it makes the task of finding the product in my 'sea of mascara' drawer a whole lot easier.


  T H E  W A N D

The difference with this year's mascara is the "conical shape" that the wand has. 
The bristles at the base of the lash are longer and rounded and at the tip, they are shorter and pointed- the effect is supposed to easily coat the lower lashes by packing on the product to give obvious volume.

The 'conical' effect: Bristles are thicker at the base and thinner at the nib
While I was filming this review for my channel, I noticed that the wand bends in the middle, which caught me off guard and caused me to get product all over my eyelid. I am not sure if this is a fault with my mascara alone or if this is a desired specification, but it does aid in coating those hard to reach lashes on the edges of the eye ( once you get the hang of  the wand flexibility)

The bend in the wand gives the brush flexibility when applying

T H E  A P P L I C A T I O N / C O A T

This mascara is definitely on the 'wet' side, along with the L'Oreal False Lash Effect, so I decided in the video to apply two coats. I noticed straightaway that the brush gave my lashes instant length, something that I love since my lashes are thin and short. The consistency applied well throughout the first coat and was still wet when I went in a second time for another coat. The drying time was about 1 minute after completing the coat.

The Result:
My top lashes appear longer and there is definite volume, even in the edge lashes. I would be perfectly happy with one coat, but a second coat added even more volume, but did not add length.
My bottom lashes struggled a little bit on their second coat, and I did get a small amount of clumping, however, that may have been my heavy hand.

In terms of the colour, I am again impressed; L'Oreal mascaras are extremely pigmented and I had no trouble building up the intensity.


T H E  L A S T I N G  P O W E R

The day I filmed my first impressions, it was quite overcast and drizzling with rain. I also had university classes and work in the evening, so I knew that it would be the perfect day to test out the lasting power.
My left eye kept well, there was no visible flaking and both the length and volume were maintained.
However, under my right eye ( for some bizarre reason that I can not put my finger on) there was flaking and product on my cheek; in the video I got fallout on my finger.

End check-in: Some clumping underneath the bottom right eyes and more product on skin



Although I got two different results from my lashes at the end of the day, I am still impressed with the mascara and its claims overall.
 I personally noticed volume on my lashes and while I would not call it "mega" it was certainly noticeable. The volume framed my eyes well and maybe gave me a slight " manga eye" effect.

Once again, the shape of the product is not my favourite, although in comparison to the False Lash Flutter, the flexible brush is an interesting addition, although it threw me off at first.
The colour payoff is great, even after exposure to rain, and though I got some clumping, the product did not run down my face.

Therefore, I would definitely repurchase this mascara again; L'Oreal have won me over again.

The Small Print
Purchased: Boots (£8.99)
Colour: Black


What do you think of this mascara?

Leave me a comment telling me how you found the product.

Would YOU buy this mascara?

If you would like to watch me apply this mascara and see a visual diary of how I got on wearing it during the day, you can click this link to go over to the video on my YouTube channel.
 pssst... and while you are there, don't forget to subscribe.

Picture info:
Nails: Angelica 'Tigerlily'
Maybelline #220 Knitted gold ( ring finger)

Thank you for reading
God Bless,
post signature