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      24.07.2014 05:25

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      I was really intrigued by this hand gel due to the fact that it was absinthe flavoured. It really interested me because it was not something that I would typically expect from a hand gel. I assumed that this gel was a hand wash type of thing but upon closer examination I understood that it was more of a hand sanitizer, which makes having the absinthe smell going on far more understandable.

      The price of the bottle is actually £3.00 instead of £2.50 like this post suggests. The bottle is quite small but for such a good quality product I do not mind paying that price. Also, with The Body Shop they are such a trustworthy brand with great products that never fail to impress.

      The size of the bottle makes it handy for transportation. You can easily place it in your bag without it taking up much space at all. This makes it very convenient as you never know when you will need to use it.

      The smell of the hand gel is actually quite refreshing, it is strong but not so much that it will give you a headache. I, personally, really like it. Also, unlike some other sanitizer's this hand gel does not feel sticky. It makes your hands feel clean and fresh, rather than sticky and gross and worse than they were before! Also, I sometimes find that certain hand sanitizer's dry my hands out but this one does not, which is great because I do not have to carry a mini hand lotion.

      A good product, would definitely recommend.

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      23.07.2014 23:41
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      Don't hesitate, use L&CM!! Mortgage Ref: M1679060

      London & Country Mortgages is a great company!!

      They have provided a service that none of the banks I contacted were able to do. They gave me advice and support but most importantly, they found me a mortgage that matches my special circumstances due to my job. Jack Childs & Jack Heard worked ever so well as a team and kept me informed of all the stages of the mortgage. I can honestly recommend this great company. Do not bother asking your bank to find you a mortgage, go directly to L&CM. In the next two years, I will be remortgaging and I will ask both Jacks to deal with it.

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    • Kwik Fit / Transport / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      23.07.2014 22:18
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      I took my car into Inverkeithing Kwik-Fit for a full set of tyres and tracking never took any notice of invoice until a mth later as had family problems my father was very ill in hospital and 3 wks later passed away I come across the invoice and looked they put my miles for my car down as 87000 my car at the time only done 40000 now 44000 I am shocked that this has happened I have written to head office no reply 2 wks later no reply email the 6 days ago saying they are looking into it and still not heard anything no reply back to email lastnight seeing what's taking so long. It may not be alot but if I sell my car I can be done for clocking it... From the last set of tyres I have done over 60000 miles car is only 4 years old and a motor mobility car so isn't the best customer service won't be useing them again only used them as needed new tyres and couldn't look around

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      23.07.2014 22:10
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      Really works to train you cat to leave certain places alone

      I purchased a bottle of Get Off when my now husband and I moved in together. He has a cat and the cat took an immediate like to scratching one part of my sofa and to chewing a particular pot plant I own.

      I saw this Get Off product in my local garden centre, it was around £3.50 but I think that it is available online at a cheaper price. Get Off is green crystals that have an odour that cats don't like yo go near. I put some get off in the soil of my pot plant and under the area of my sofa that the cat kept being drawn to. I would say that Get Off does have a smell to it but it is not overpowering nor is it bad. It is a strange smell that is difficult to describe but it's not unpleasant to humans.

      Get Off worked really well for us. It mean that our cat stop chewing the plant andd scratching the sofa and so mission accomplished! It ddid not have any negative effects of my pot plant. It does say not to put these crystals on fabric andd this is why we rubbed some on the underside of our sofa as I guess it could cause discolouration.

      The crystals gradually disappear within a few weeks. Our cat very quickly learnt to stop going to those particular areas we applied the Get Off crystals and as a result she has learnt andd we no longer need to us it.

      I think that cats are also put off areas if you put orange peel out. I guess this would work if it is an outside area but as we wanted to use it in our house this was the perfect solution.

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    • ebay.com / Auction / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      23.07.2014 21:51
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      • "Can be a gamble "

      You can buy anything!

      I have used eBay for many years now. eBay has grown to be huge and is really popular worldwide.

      eBay is a site that anyone can put an item for sale on and then anyone can buy from it. It is gerneralky a np auction site where you place a bitpd on an item above the reserve, as the bids go up, the highest bidder at the close of the auction for that item wins and pays for the item. Nthe seller then sends the item to the bid winner. It is not all auction style though as more and more people set up eBay shops and have 'buy it now' items.

      eBay has made PayPal a major payment method. It is generally the method you will need to pay by when buying from eBay.

      I have bought so many items from eBay I could not keep track. I live on the Isle of Wight and as such there are not too many shops. eBay has made it possible god me to purchase unusual items that' are not available in my local area.

      The bidding method on eBay can become a little addictive so beware. The moment you get outbid you may feel the urge to bid more and more because it starts feeling like a game you want to win, but remember it is money you are paying in the end so try not to get too caught up in the 'winning' element of it all.

      Most items I have brought off of eBay have been great. A couple of items have not been as I was expecting. It is a good idea to check out the sellers feedback before bidding or buying. If you do have problems though the eBay resolution centre is really good at sorting our problems.

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    • Easyprint.co.uk / Online Shopping Misc / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      23.07.2014 21:39

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      Highly recommended - good all-round service and high quality products.

      I ordered some business cards from Easy Print and I have been very impressed with the quality of the product and the speed with which they were produced. I have previously used other online ordering systems and Easy Print has been the easiest software to use, allowing for quick uploads and the ability to add own images/text etc. There isn't the option to add 'shapes' as there is in other software but this isn't a major problem - overall the software is simple, clean and quick to use. It also allows a quick change of product, size, quantity, or cardstock etc.

      The delivery was very fast - within a couple of days - and although the box was a bit bashed on arrival I put this down to it travelling to UK from Germany and the business cards weren't damaged in any way.

      The weight of the standard cardstock used for business cards is much higher than that of their competitors and the gloss finish is also a nice touch which others charge extra for, but which makes the cards look and feel more professional. The print quality is vibrant and clean, and there was no problem with things being cut off as the software makes it very clear where the bleed lines are.

      I was directed to Easy Print from their sister company Print24, which means I have registered for both sites and end up with duplicate emails, but this isn't too much of a problem. I find both very good value for money when doing medium-large runs - perhaps for smaller quantities the prices may appear steep but it does not increse much from 250-500 business cards, for example. I was also very impressed with the ease of ordering without VAT (ordered for charity work), which is something the competitors don't tell you is even possible.

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    • Panasonic SC-HC28 / Hifi System / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      23.07.2014 21:34
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      • "Sound isn't as clear"

      Good Hifi dock but not sounding special

      I just set up my HC28 and tested with a CD and my iPhone 5 and everything functions properly. I have been looking for a iPod dock for my room for a while as I only have my Sony CFD-E90 boombox that I have been using for awhile. Went Black Friday shopping looking for a back-up CD player just in case my boombox breaks down one day (not happening any time soon, my Boombox is one of the most sturdy gadgets I've ever purchased) and manufacturers would no longer make CD players in the future. Initially looking for a Sony compact system, I came across this Panasonic one and decided to go with it after doing some research. Cnet gave it a pretty decent review in the beginning of this year for its price, value, and pure sound. So below are somethings I found out after playing with it for half an hour; hopefully it would answer some questions for potential buyers as I asked the same questions while shopping:

      Slick design, although a lot of reviewers say that this system is small, I have to say that it is not as thin as I expected.

      Sliding door opens for CD placement.

      The iPod dock is for iPod Touch 5, iPhone 5, iPod Nano 7basically it has the lightning pin.

      Earlier generation iPod product users would need to use a separate USB cable to connect. The system have a USB slot at the top to connect. The slot is also used to connect iPads.

      The sound seems a bit "muffed" compare to the boombox I have been using. It doesn't sound as "pure". However, it is not too bad. The sound would be the only thing I am a bit disappointed about, everything else is great (so far).

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    • Roland KC-350 / Amplifier / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      23.07.2014 21:27
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      Fantastic amp for clean volume

      Sound: I run a vocal mic, a guitar multipedal, and a bass multipedal through it. I can turn it up all the way to compete with a drummer at practice, and it does fine. My vocals are very dry since i'm not running any effects, and my guitar/bass tones come out just as pure as listening to the multieffects on headphones, even at full volume.
      Feature: Its just a bunch of volume knobs and a very nice speaker. I never mess with the other additions like the subwoofer out, or the 'shape' thing. It's nice that they are there, but really this thing is about getting a clear pure sound turned all the way up. If you want to tailor the sound later do that on your mixing board or DAW or whatever.
      Ease of Use: turn on. turn up. Very simple.
      Quality: one of my knob covers fell off but you can still twist the little thingy for your volume. Other than that... it has been out in the rain at a wedding, lived in a musty basement, dragged over the UK, used at all sorts of pickup sessions, and no problems whatsoever. Value: you get what you pay for. These are pricey for the wattage they boast, but I would rather have full on volume at level 10 being clear and piercing in a room than have 300 watts that is all muddy when you turn it past 5.
      The Wow Factor: well i bought one. Seemed to me that with the new world of guitar cab simulators, and the need to sing also during practice, i wanted something that can do both. You can't plug anything but a guitar into a dedicated guitar amp. You can plug anything into this. I work with effect emulators, this thing is just here to make them loud. It outblasts my 200w bass amp when I play a good setup on my bass effect into this. It sounds cleaner than my crap halfstack when I use guitar emulators through it. Plus I can sing through it simultaneously and the signals don't cut each other off.
      Overall, I needed it because I needed some nice clear volume. It has not failed. I don't think I will ever get another guitar amp, since a nice flat eq'd full range keyboard amp does wonders for amp simulators, sounds so much more piercing and clear at high volume. I don't even play keyboard at all I just love the clarity at high volume this amp gives. I don't think of it as a 'keyboard amp' I think of it as a loud knob that turns what I hear in headphones while programming effect patches into something loud enough for practice without being muddied.

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      23.07.2014 21:23
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      • "Quick and Easy To Apply"
      • "Very Bold"

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      • "Hard To Remove"

      GoldenEye!

      I recently bought some of this Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr eye shadow because I liked the shade on offer. I bought the shade 24K Gold which basically looks like molten gold metal and it's super shimmery and loud. There are many different shades in the range although all of them produce a vibrant look. The product comes in a heavy glass mini jar with a screw off plastic lid. Although there is no information printed on the pot to tell me how much product is inside I can testify that you get quite a lot of eye shadow, although the distorting jam jar bottom of the pot makes it look like a lot more than it really is! This is a gel cream eye shadow so it has a slippery, slightly waxy consistency. I use my finger to apply this. One quick swipe across the eyelid can be enough though and this creates a dramatic, eye-catching look. You don't really need to be precise about it. If you want to deepen the colour then you can simply dab at an area. This is certainly the boldest eye shadow I've ever worn. This particular shade is almost futuristic it's so wild! It really helps to frame the face and create a unique look for the eyes. Once the product is on the eyes it feels like it dries in place so it doesn't fade away, crease into the fold of the eye or wipe off. It remains as bold a colour and effect at the end of a night as it was upon application. The eye shadow can be a little tricky to remove as it leaves tiny particles wedged deep into the skin which need a lot of attention to rub away. The same goes for your fingertip when applying. Even after washing my hands multiple times I still look like Goldfinger! However, this quality of steadfastness means the eye shadow is really long lasting. It's guaranteed to last for 24 hours but I haven't needed to wear the product as long as that! This eye shadow is dermatologically tested and is safe for contact lens wearers. It cost me GBP4.99 which is a little pricey for one eye shadow but I think it was worth it. Ultimately the product makes eye make-up an easy task, brings me high fashion and stays in place until I say so. I would recommend to make-up loving gals and anyone looking for a faster way to perfect eye make-up.

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      23.07.2014 21:16
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      Protects and adds shine

      I have quite dry hair and it is important that I use a heat protection spray when straightening my hair to give me that shine and remove any frizziness.

      I purchased this after it was on sale for a very good price in Home Bargains. I think I got it for like a pound, which was a fantastic bargain. But because of this I was not expecting too much from the spray, however regardless of the price it did a great job.

      I have read that a lot of people feel that this product makes their hair sticky. I personally think it does not do that but that may be because I do not apply a lot to my hair. But I can easily understand that it would make your hair sticky if you were to apply too much. Also, there is a reasonable amount in the bottle. I do not straighten my hair that often but when I do, I do not use a lot of it, only a few spritz, so this product does last a long time.

      This product definitely adds shine to my hair, which is a bonus as sometimes my hair can look a bit lifeless. Also when I apply it to my hair I feel that it makes it easier to straighten my hair, it makes the whole process a little bit smoother and actually quicker, which I love because my hair is quite long and thick and it can take a very long time to straighten sometimes.

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      23.07.2014 20:59
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      • "Tasty and cheap"

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      • "Ugly packaging"

      Cheap and tasty

      My husband and I have started making a real effort to reduce the price of our weekly shop. As a result we have started swapping brand products for Tesco value ranges. I love my local Tesco's they seem to have value everything available.

      I normally have a packet of crisps at work each day (not very healthy I know). I was having brand named ready salted crisps each day but then my husband purchased these Tesco value ready salted crisps. I had never picked these up before because I was really put off buy the packaging. The packaging is now white with red writing and very plane bad basic looking. The packets themselves are smaller than normal crisp packets but I guess maybe this is a good thing as I now eat less crisps! Each pack is about 100 calories and I do t think that's too bad. A multipack of Tesco value ready salted crisps costs around 60 or 70p and so they safe an absolute bargain.

      These crisps taste great. They are really nice and crunchy with just the right amount of salt in for me. The only downside is how the paackaging looks. These crisps look really cheap and I was actually embarrassed to get them out in front of people whilst at work. If only Tesco's could make these look a little bit better.

      I recommend anyone that is money conscious to give these crisps a go. They taste just as good as premium crisps at less than half the price. They just look cheap and cheerful and don't give a great impression with the packaging.

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      23.07.2014 20:53
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      Does the job

      My family have been using BRITA filter jugs for years and years. This is our second jug from BRITA. The reason we decided to get a new one was purely because we had had the other one for so long! We have been using this one for a while now without any serious problems occurring.

      The jug we have is in the colour red, I do not know why we got red because nothing in our kitchen is red! But to be honest it is a nice addition and adds some colour to the room. The jug itself is very easy to assemble, you can put it together without referring to the instructions manual.

      The way these jugs actually filter your water is by having separate individual filters to do the job. You have to purchase these separately which does add to the cost as they are quite expensive, but you are only using one filter a month so it is not too bad. But when you first buy the jug you do get some filters with it, which is a bonus.

      There is a timer thing on the lid of the jug that reminds you on when you need to change the filter, which is useful as you can easily forgot when the last time was when you did. Unfortunately the timer on our jug broke, which was very disappointing because our first BRITA filter jug did not deteriorate in any way, it lived on through to the end!

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    • Mikado Chocolate Biscuit / Snacks / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      23.07.2014 20:42
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      Yummy luxury biscuits

      These Mikado biscuits are absolutely delicious. I purchased these biscuits fro. Tesco's and I think they cost just over a pound. I hasd been eyeing them up down the biscuit aisle for quite some time. I had always thought that the packaging looked great but always put off by the price but I decided I should finally try them out and treat myself.

      Mikado are very cleaverly designed biscuits. Instead of the standard round or rectangular busicuit shape, these biscuits are stick shaped. They are delicious crunchy biscuits with a chocolate coating all over with one end missing the chocolate making them practical to hold whilst eating. This style biscuit would be perfect for dunking into hot drinks such as tea or coffee. I do not personally like to dunk biscuits but I think it would work well with these as the biscuit is so crunchy and yummy and just the right shape. The shape also makes these biscuits seem more luxiuous, I guess this is because they are new. The packaging looks really exciting and I think mikado have do really well in their design.

      Inside the box your biscuits are in a silver foil to keep them lovely and fresh. You get about 25 to 30 biscuits per pack. Lots of biscuits go soft after being left open for a day or two. I had my mikado biscuits open for a week and they didn't start to go soft or stale at all.

      These biscuits are super yummy. They are more expensive than other biscuits but they do give the feel of a premium product.

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      23.07.2014 20:40
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      Purchase this set from Amazon for £49.99

      Storage Saving Stacks

      This set consists of 1 x large non stick mixing bowl, 1 x colander (3 litre), 1 x nylon sieve, 1 x small non-slip mixing bowl, 1 non-slip juicer and the overall dimensions of the set are 32.5 x 26 x 13.5cm. This set is very stylish and bold as the colours of each bowl are vibrant, ranging from turquoise through to blue, yellow and green, it is stacked in colour order and when stacked is great as it takes up little room, compared to if each were to be placed into a cupboard alone. The capacity of each of the bowls is a decent amount as well which is great as they are all good to use.

      So, when I got this I was pleased as a lot of the similar items I had which I had just thrown out did not look as good as these did. The main purpose for the design is to occupy the most minimal amount of cupboard space possible, even if your kitchen is big or small these will no doubt be of use. I don't have the largest kitchen but I still think these are great and easy to store away. I don't use all of these regularly but I do find that I get the most use out of my colander and mixing bowls. The other brilliant thing about this set is that all of the items are dishwasher safe which makes them easy to clean.

      The colander is brilliant as it is a really nice rounded shape and it has two handles on each side, it is a bold deep blue colour and holds a good amount of pasta (3 litres) which is enough for me and it is easy to hold. Both mixing bowls are also good with there being two different sizes, with them being non-slip it does make them easy to use and when I am baking or if I am preparing a salad the large bowl can be really useful for serving these in. The large bowl holds a capacity of 4.5L and the small one holds 0.5L and has a small tip for pouring out liquid with ease from the bowl.

      The nylon sieve comes in very handy and I use this a lot, it is a white mesh and the rim is a deep green colour, it holds a capacity of 1.65L and like all of the other bowls, it also has two handles on each side rather than a long handle like other sieves do. This sieve is really good and easy to use, always use it when I'm baking and to clean it is so easy as I can just put it in the dishwasher and then it is ready to stack and use next time. Lastly, the non-slip juicer I do use this sometimes and it is cleverly stacked at the top, it holds 100ml and is very easy to use, good quality.

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      23.07.2014 20:34
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      • "Feels light on the skin"
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      • " not always"
      • "can cause irritation sometimes"
      • "scent is quite strange"
      • "Not moisturising enough for me"

      Not a great product from Caudalie sadly

      Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet Creme (40ml, old packaging)

      I bought this early last year in the sales for around £7 I think and Caudalie is one of my favourite body care and perfume brands, I have tried a couple of other caudalie skincare products and they have worked really well but this one wasn’t amazing, in my opinion.

      About the product

      I have the creme in the old packaging which I do like but it is a bit wasteful as I cannot et all of the product out so some of it is wasted - the old packaging is a tub with a pump dispenser. There is 40ml of product and it is stated to be designed for dehydrated and sensitive skin which mine is.

      Using the product

      I do like the packaging (even though it is a bit wasteful) as the pump is quite hygienic and handy - the creme is a off white colour and it is no where near as thick as the other facial moisturisers I use. It is really quite runny/thin in comparison which actually made a nice refreshing change as it feels very light and fresh on the skin. The moisturiser does have a scent to it which I don’t like straight away as I prefer skincare products to be unscented due to my sensitive skin. The scent of this product is not bad but it is not amazing, it smells quite unusual - a mix of plastic or playdoh and mild floral notes, a very strange and not very nice mix in my opinion.

      The application of the very lightweight/thin cream (well it is more of a thin lotion) is nice and it does smooth onto the skin very nicely but I find I have to layer it either with a thick cream in the evening or I have to apply a couple of layers of this caudalie creme as it isn’t moisturizing enough for my dry, dehydrated sensitive skin. Despite using a good amount of the product each time, it did last for quite a while. It was a nice creme overall however occasionally it did irritate my skin particularly the areas where I can get eczema which was annoying so I would go through phases of not using this creme. Overall, the packaging is nice but wasteful, the scent is strange but not too bad and the cream is good when my skin is more normal than sensitive. Even though the product claims to be for dehydrated, sensitive skin for me I would say it is not moisturizing enough and it does sometimes irritate my skin.

      Price and availability

      I bought this a while ago in a sale online, it may have been from spacenk or salonskincare. This product can be a little hard to find especially because there are similar products with a similar name (and the packaging changes) but this creme can be found at escentual.com for £21.85 (rrp £23) for 40ml.

      Conclusions

      Positives

      *Nice packaging but it is a bit wasteful (this is the old packaging not the new tube packaging)
      *Feels light and refreshing on the skin

      Negatives
      *Not moisturizing enough
      *The scent is quite strange and fairly unpleasant
      *Can sometimes irritate my skin
      *I personally have to use quite a lot of product each time
      *Price?

      Thank you for reading my review

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