I like the Palmolive range of liquid hand soaps and prefer it to using hand soap bars as it is less messy and a hygienic way to wash ones hand in either the bathroom or the kitchen.
I have tried a wide variety of the soaps that Palmolive have on offer and find them all to be really good at cleansing the hands without drying out the skin.
Presently I have the Aquarium hand soap in my bathroom and love the fish and sea scene which makes the bottle really nice to look at. I often also use the Naturals range and like the Milk and Honey as it has a lovely gentle fragrance and is soft to the skin but a good cleanser.
My hands always feel clean and soft after use of any of the Palmolive ranges.
In the kitchen I use the anti bacterial kitchen hand wash which is also an anti odour soap and I find that my hands are clean and odour free after using this even when I have been chopping veg etc.
The Palmolive range is quite extensive and it is nice to try out different fragrances and the pump bottles that the soap comes in always looks nice in bathroom and kitchen.
The soap lasts for a reasonable time and they are not too expensive to buy. I often find them on offer for a pound in local supermarkets and at the very most I have paid around one pound sixty five.
I would recommend the entire range as there is something to suit everyone and it is a good quality brand with a good range of different products.
I like my teeth to be as shiny white as possible but given my coffee habit that isn't an easy thing. I use a specialist whitening paste front Oral-B usually (Glamorous Shine) and this is very good but it is pricey. In an effort to cut costs I tried going for a slightly cheaper Oral B whitening one ( Brilliant Shine) but didn't find it so good. So my new strategy was to use my standard paste of an evening to remove the stains of the day then a cheap toothpaste in the morning. After all I thought I should not need to whiten my teeth again after having slept all night. There should be no new stains. Tesco Value toothpaste therefore found its way into my basket.
The toothpaste cost 25p. It no longer comes in a cardboard box as pictured in the product photo here. You just get the tube. This is a 75ml tube with the standard screw cap. Under the cap is a piece of silver foil you must remove to get to the paste. I expected to be able to peel the foil off but impossible. I tried for ages then I gave up and pierced it with scissors. I still could not remove the foil traces from the edge even then.
The paste is white and quite wet and shiny looking. It foams up more than I am used to in the mouth. I could imagine kids rather liking that aspect. Though there is a picture of mint leaves on the tube I thought the flavour very mild so that it did not really linger. That did not matter to me however. My mouth still felt very clean and fresh. If I didn't want a whitening effect I would buy thus all the time as my only toothpaste. I recommend it to others and am going to continue to use it alongside my regular paste.
I recently purchased a high-end work laptop from PC Specialist, specifically a rebranded Clevo that they call the Cosmos III.
While it's an unasuming big laptop, specs wise it's excellent, and it was 10 to 20% cheaper than a similar "brand" laptop. It's actually better in some ways, as I couldn't find this specific combination of specs in any pre-assembled brand laptop.
The build quality is fantastic and everything sturdy and well put together. I did get a small dead pixel shortly after starting it, but I have in gurantee for a year so I might send it to be fixed later in the year as right now I need it for work.
My order had a small glitch in the system that left it's build progress status stuck for most of the build time. Thankfully, customer service had no problem with me calling basically every week to check on it's progress. It was a somewhat annoying quirk of the process, but ultimately everything was ok.
Speaking of customer service, they are very polite and effective, but wait times are quite long. Email communication is also basically non-existant, which means that you have to call them, which some people might not be able to do during working hours. The forum is useful, but mostly populated by users rather than PC Specialist staff, making it's usefulness limited to information on how to do things but no actual "help" from the company. These are all areas were things can be improved.
All in all though, I'm really satisfied with my purchase and I will definately use them in the future again.
Although the trackpad on my Chromebook is fine for light browsing on the web if I am going to be doing anything more intensive than just looking at a few web pages then I find that a mouse is so much more comfortable to use.
I bought this originally for my Chromebook as I loved the colour and look of it and it is a really good mouse and the only reason that I no longer use it is because I have now bought a wireless one instead.
This mouse is wired instead if being wireless which is it’s only drawback as far as I am concerned. The upside is that it is so simple and easy to use and just needs to be plugged into the USB port on the side of a laptop to work. The best thing about it is that it really just works straight from the box and there are no special software to install like with a lot of peripherals and it works with my chromebook which is a bonus as some things don’t play nicely with anything that isn’t Windows.
The mouse is a nice shape and size and feels comfortable when using it for long periods of time. It needs a smooth surface so I used it with a mat but most mice need that and when it was used on a smooth surface it was accurate and smooth. It has right and left click and a scrollwheel and it really is easier to copy and paste etc. with the mouse than with the trackpack. The scroll wheel is nice as it feels tactile and scrolls through a web page quickly and is easy to control.
The cursor stays on screen where it is supposed to and doesn’t shudder about the screen which is something that I hate when it is difficult to control.
This is just a simple no nonsense mouse that is really easy to just plug into a laptop and use when you need it. There is nothing fancy about it and it just works. I have it in a drawer as a backup for if my wireless one breaks or if the battery on that one runs out without me realising as this doesn’t need batteries so will always be ready for me to use when and if I need it. As a spare and back up it is really good and even as a main mouse it is pretty good with only the wire letting it down for me. It is also really well priced and costs just £9.99.
I love my laptop it does what I want it to do and it was at a reliable price compared to ooff the sshelf laptops.
The only disadvantage I would say is that it did take 20 days from order to delivery
Growing up in semi rural Australia on the edge of my grandfather's 144 acre farm, we had a very large vegetable garden. As a child I spent many hours learning about different vegetables. Of course my favorites were those that were easy to grow, were brightly colored and tasted good.
Tomatoes fit the bill then and continue to do so now, three decades later. I have lived in my current home for nearly six years. One of the features already built in was a raised garden bed with a built-in sprinkler system. A friend advised me to never plant anything in the garden or do anything to the outside grounds of a house in the first year so that you can better understand which plants and flowers appear throughout the year.
And so it came to be that our garden bed had six tomato plants, all seemingly to be the “beef” style, and all incredible producers. They were easy to maintain - watered fairly regularly and lightly fertilized once a month. Ultimately the yield was well over 200 pounds of edible tomatoes, many of which I turned into passata.
Those plants lasted two more years with us, when we received a gift of five different tomato plants, as well as a few other food producers, from a friend who works for a large plant breeder.
Once again, these tomatoes survived well with little guidance or care from us. I did trim back the leafy foliage intermittently as well as ensure I had supportive frames for them.
Highly recommended. These are easy plants for anyone to grow, and they produce a delicious fruit.
The keyboard is quite basic in its appearance; it is a glossy black finish with matt black keys. Just over 19inches in length and just under 9inches wide, I would say it’s quite slim too, probably less than 2inches deep (when the feet aren’t being used). It is the standard QWERTY style with a separate number pad which I like, I have a company laptop which does have one of these and I find it really hard to use the numbers at the top of keyboard rather than on the pad.
According to Microsoft, this has a reliable connection of up to 15ft, I have tested that this is true but I have put m keyboard onto another desk before and it worked perfectly.
To the bottom right hand corner of the keyboard there is an indicator light which illuminated green when the batteries are starting to run low. The keyboard requires 2 x AA batteries, I have been using the keyboard for well over a year now and I haven’t had to replace the batteries once which I think is excellent as I am using non-branded batteries which sometimes don’t tend to last as long. Microsoft does claim that because this has a sort of sleep mode, the batteries will last up to 15months.
Another function of this is apparently if you press the Windows button, you can launch the start button if using Windows Vista or newer, I have never had to use this and not sure I would need to at work.
I am quite impressed with the keyboard, it is quite lightweight so should I need to take to another desk or bring home with me, it wouldn't weigh my bag down. Although it is lightweight, it does feel quite durable and sturdy. The feet underneath the keyboard keep it in place and it doesn't move whilst I am typing which is good.
The thing that has most impressed me (and our health and safety officer) is that only one letter has worn away and that is the letter A, previous keyboards I have used have had letter start to come away after just a couple of weeks.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this keyboard and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
There aren't many fizzy drinks that are cherry flavour. Cherryade doesn't really taste of the fruit in my opinion so cherry coke stands out. I think that there are other flavours in there. Coca Cola has always been reluctant to say what exactly are the ingredients in their products. On the ingredients list it just says natural flavourings. This may or may not include any part of the cherry! I always think that thee is a slightly almondy flavour to the drink or something vaguely herbal. It is not a million miles away from Dr Pepper in taste actually.
The packaging says best enjoyed chilled. That is truly. Icy coldness seems to enhance the flavour. I have also frozen this drink into an ice lolly just as I have done with standard Coca Cola. I think that the cherry version is more refreshing eaten that way than the standard coke version.
As you would expect this is not a health drink. There is a huge amount of sugar in it. I have a can in front of me. This is a 330ml quantity product. It contains 41 per cent of the daily recommended amount of sugar in that one can. The drink is not especially sweet on the tastebuds. I knew that the drink would be sugary but I must admit that I was quite shocked that nearly half of the maximum sugar could be in one can. The bottles are bigger so would be even worse if drank all down. On the plus side it is fat free and has no salt in.
I recommend this drink for being an interesting flavour.
Health and Fitness is a monthly magazine costing £3.80 per issue. I buy it from WH Smiths. It is a magazine that I don't buy every month. Instead I look to see what articles there are that month. I am interested in fitness in general but especially in running. With all Health and Fitness magazines subject area I would find I get a bit of information overload.
There is a double page contents in the front if the magazine. They do make it easy to find the articles featured on the front cover. There is a photo of the cover there with big numbers telling you which page to turn to.
The articles inside are about health and fitness in quite a wide interpretation. There is a beauty page for instance. This tends to feature buying suggestions that are in the mid to high end of the price spectrum. There are sime articles on mental health not just physical health although the physical is uppermost. There is always lots if exercise instructions. The models demonstrating these are all perfectly slim, and apparently managing to do their workouts with perfect hair and a full face of make up. This could be a bit off putting. Nevertheless the magazine is good at showing how to do the exercises.
I like to try the recipes in the magazines. These cone with a nutritional breakdown as you would expect in a Health and Fitness magazine.
My criticism of the magazine would be that it sometimes has features that make the reader think fitness and a perfect body are a quick thing to achieve. Do this one exercise for a few minutes and have perfect arms sort if thing. I do recommend the magazine for those who have some background knowledge and a bit of scepticism.
I love using face masks and try to set aside a little bit of time at least a couple of times a week to use a mask.
I occasionally buy an expensive mask if it is really good but I much prefer buying individual sachets of masks because there are just so many to choose from I like to be able to try different brands and types.
I bought this one from Superdrug and it was only 99p for a sachet. The thing that immediately attracted me to it was the fact that it was a white chocolate mousse mask and usually these types of masks happen to be fruit based. I just thought it was unusual and wanted to try it.
I have bought the Superdrug sachets of masks before and whilst they aren’t quite as good as the Montagne masks I quite like them especially as they cost less than a pound and are often on promotion too.
This one was a little bit of a disappointment though mainly because it didn’t really smell of white chocolate and that’s what I assume most people will be expecting when buying this mask. I thought it had a faint sour smell to it actually and it wasn’t the best smelling mask that I have ever used and not the most relaxing smell.
You have to apply the mask to your face and then leave it for 10 minutes to get to work. The consistency of the mask was nice as it was thick enough to spread and not so runny that I had problems with it spilling off my fingers.
This is supposed to be a moisturising mask with cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil so I was expecting to it intensely hydrate my skin which had been suffering from a little bit of dryness when I used it.
Usually when I wear a mask I like to try and take that time to relax but with this is made my skin itch a bit so relaxing wasn’t really possible as I kept thinking about the itch. It was only a mild itch but still it is hard to relax when all you want to do it scratch.
When I washed this off it came off my skin ok but I did notice it left my skin looking a little bit pink. I expected my skin to be really soft and moisturised but it was hard to tell if there was any difference in my skin at all. There were still dry patches and it didn’t feel any softer than normal.
I have followed the X Factor for years now and on reflection I feel it was not time well spent. Why? Quite simply, the time-wasting and padding-out with crowd scenes and nauseating ego-shots of the judges. If it entirely comprised of auditions then I would rate it highly, as for me that is the exciting draw card, not seeing umpteen shots of Cowell getting in and out of his stretch limo.
Having said that, I do still follow the X Factor, but not live! Determined not to waste any more of my precious life on waffle than is necessary, I record the hour-long show now, and fast forward through the overly-long arrival of the judges, every bit of preening by judges in between auditions, and longer-than necessary introductions to the singers – and guess what – it takes me 15-20 minutes. Take note advertisers who spend millions advertising during this show: it doesn’t get seen by me, and many others I’m sure.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the essential premise of the rags-to-riches competition and delight in being able to witness the life-changing moment when a new star is born. I especially love the unintentional comic turns, those who parade their dogged delusions for all to see and are hilarious to watch. However, seeing those who are talented, but not talented enough against the competition, are perhaps the most painful to see, especially those who see their last chance of reaching stardom fade away.
Personally, I love the recent additions to the judges, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. They seem a friendly, down-to-earth bunch with genuine interest in the hopefuls they are judging. Their aim is not to overshadow those in front of them. Even Simon Cowel seems to have softened a lot recently: could it be the birth of his son that has brought this on?
The Tangle Teezer hair brush is available for GBP 10.99.
The hair brush is described as follows. "Whether you wear long hair, short hair, have highlights, hair extensions, an afro or a weave, the Tangle Teezer will detangle and smooth your hair into superb condition. The Tangle Teezer dramatically reduces hair breakage, splitting and damage, resulting in beautifully shiny hair. After brushing, your hair will feel silky to the touch and stunning to look at. The Tangle Teezer is a must-have for Mums! It’s loved by children as it helps them get rid of their painful tangles quickly and effortlessly!"
Bristles not rigid at this brush, but very flexible and have two different lengths. The bristles are smooth and no no seams. They are slightly thinner from the bottom upwards. The bristles are arranged offset. Since this brush is made of plastic, they can be easily and easily cleaned. The hair can be subtracted from the bristles and then wash the brush under running water, if necessary, you can give a little shampoo on the brush and wash. I'm really happy with my hairbrush. This brush has really reduced the tweet when combing with me. I also need less time for combing. It is, by its form, very good in the hand. The hair can also be very good wet combing with this brush. The bristles are flexible and thus, I think, they do not damage the hair surface and are not scratchy or something on the scalp. The price I found at the beginning expensive because of this brush is plastic brush, but I still find it very good, the price is fair. I can issue a buy recommendation and awarded 5 stars.
The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner is available for GBP 15.95.
The conditioner is described as follows. "Instantly detangles, softens, smoothes and renews worn-out locks. Natural tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender invigorate the scalp and leave hair smelling great. Helps prevent moisture loss. Apply a small amount to clean, damp hair. Massage. Rinse completely."
I had been looking forward totally this conditioner, is indeed real enough to the conditioner time enough to test but already after the first application I had actually already decided that this product absolutely does not come close in on the Lavender Mint Conditioner. The product has a very getting used to smell the scent of tea tree stands very penetrant out and that has I did not like that before. The conditioner can indeed beautifully incorporated into the hair and rinse well again, however, one notices immediately afterwards comb the hair that the product not only has a stubborn odor but also by far not as nurturing. My hair can be prepared by using the Lavender Mint Conditioners combing much easier and also feel after smoothing, and I smooth my hair almost always, much softer. Glad I was about the fact that the tea tree oil - has not kept smell too long in my hair. What can I say? I am somewhat disappointed and not so happy with this product, it is not rotten but not totally great, if need be, but I would use it for the very high price but I expect then actually a bit more.
The Aquafresh Complete Care Whitening Toothpaste is available for GBP 1.50.
The toothpaste is described as follows. "Aquafresh® Complete Care toothpaste with a gentle whitening action - all-round protection for your whole family in a fresh minty flavour they'll enjoy. With Sugar Acid Protection provided by fluoride - creating a shield that protects the tooth surface against sugar acid attack. Aquafresh and the iconic Nurdle device are trade marks of the GSK group of companies."
The ingredients are Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Glycerin, PEG-6, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Aroma, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Fluoride, Zinc Chloride, Limonene, CI 73360, CI 74160, CI 74260.
After two weeks of use I can say that I like to brush my teeth with it. It is especially the fresh feeling in the mouth, which triggers this toothpaste. It smells and tastes very fresh immediately and I like that. A very pleasant minty feeling early in the morning and in the evening. This feeling has disappeared even after a short time but keeps quite a long time. The promise that the teeth get a shine and I can only affirm are superficially smooth. However, the microbeads I can not feel when you brush, yet they are received, it shows only if you go with your tongue directly above the paste before taking action with the brushing. Yes, they are white, I can not really find, unfortunately, perhaps the whitening effect is visible if you us the toothpaste more than two weeks, but I doubt, so far I do not know any paste that would have really made it. At least not with me, but enough for me the fresh feeling and the smooth surface of the teeth.
The John Frieda Full Repair Strengthening Shampoo is available for GBP 6.00.
The shampoo is described as follows. "Reverses the look & feel of damage with every use. Strengthening formula, with Inca Inchi Oil rich in omega-3, reverses the look and feel of damaged hair as it restores strength for full, bouncy styles without weighing the hair down. Protects brittle strands, reducing the risk of breakage and split ends."
The ingredients are Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Parfum, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldinomium Chloride, Methylparaben, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Malic Acid, Propylparaben, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Glycine, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, PPG-9, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol.
The shampoo spreads easily in her hair. Foaming is very good, the foam has fine pores and durable. It has a pleasant feeling while washing your hair. The shampoo cleans thoroughly. Unique foaming is sufficient to get the hair properly clean even when not daily shampooing. Washing can be the shampoo easy. In order to determine the effect of the shampoo, I have deliberately avoided the conditioner. I was able to notice that the combing of wet hair is quite good. Basically, I have more with the combing after shampooing or fewer problems, unless I also use a rinse or a conditioner. It was with this shampoo different. While it does not quite reach the effect of flushing. But the comb is clearly better than in many other shampoos, and I am very satisfied. The styling result is very good in this shampoo. In addition, the hair gets a significant and lasting fullness, even better than in various specific volume products that I've tried. After drying, the hair still feels soft and smooth. The pleasant hair feeling is undoubtedly a sign of the repair action. The effect of the shampoo on the hair structure I judge as well. It is better than some other shampoo, my impression but by no means second to none. The shampoo has a not very strong, fruity-floral scent that I find enjoyable. After drying the hair, he is to perceive only a tiny bit, and I am glad. Although the smell is pleasant during washing, I would like to take him no longer and more intense after drying. The coverage is good in my eyes, the usual amount is sufficient for shampooing. The effect of this shampoo, I am satisfied. Plus points are especially good combing of wet hair as well as the good volume of hair. Given that you can certainly do without the conditioner, I see also the price than okay. Therefore, I decide not just a recommendation, but also to 5 stars.
Brand: Aultmore / Type: Single Malt Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Speyside Whisky
Brand: Auchroisk / Type: Single Malt Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Speyside Whisky
Brand: An Cnoc / Type: Single Malt Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Speyside Whisky
Brand: Insa Turbo / Speed index: N / Product line: Insa Turbo T-10 / Tyre width: 185 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 100 / Rim diameter: 14 (inch) / Subcategory: Truck Tyres / Details: remould /
Type: Sneaker / Brand: Converse / Designed for women
Brand: Marshal / Speed index: T / Product line: Marshal KR11 / Tyre width: 165 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 80 / Rim diameter: 13 (inch) /
Brand: Mod'8 / Type: Kids' Shoes
Brand: Bladnoch / Type: Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Lowland Whisky
Brand: Bladnoch / Type: Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Lowland Whisky
Brand: Ben Nevis / Type: Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Highland Whisky
Brand: Insa Turbo / Speed index: M / Product line: Insa Turbo T-1 / Tyre width: 195 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 105 / Rim diameter: 16 (inch) / Subcategory: Truck Tyres / Details: remould /
Brand: Marshal / Speed index: T / Product line: Marshal KR11 / Tyre width: 165 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 70 / Rim diameter: 14 (inch) /
Type: Sneaker / Brand: Converse / Designed for women
Brand: Osiris / Type: Kids' Shoes
Brand: Bunnahabhain / Type: Whisky / Origin: Scotland / Whiskey Type: Islay Whisky
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