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      13.04.2010 21:05
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      Another Aussie shampoo

      I recently discovered Aussie Shampoos and Conditioners and was very pleased with the quality of them that I stocked up when I saw them on special offer. My favourite so far is the Miracle Moist shampoo but I thought I would try some others in the range and so my next purchsase was the "Smooth Mate Shampoo" which is designed for flyaway static hair.

      The shampoo comes in a 300ml bottle in Aussies trademark colours of cream and purple. It has a flip top cap which manages to stay pretty clean after frequent use which I like. The shampoo costs around £3.99 a bottle but you can often find it on special offer.

      The special ingredient used in the shampoo is extract of Australian Blue Gum leaves which Aussie claims helps to control static and smoothes flyaways.

      The shampoo itself is a very light blue colour, its almost white with just a hint of blue, I am a bit sceptical as to whether there really is enough blue gum leaves to change the colour or whether (most likely) they dye the shampoo blue to make it look nice. Either way I am happy to report it doesn't give your hair a blue rinse!

      Directions are no different from any other shampoo. The shampoo is quite thick and it foams up to a good lather quickly without needing to use much. It rinses out fairly easily too. The smell is nice, not as strong as my other Miracle Moist shampoo but a nice fruity sweet fragrance which isn't too overpowering.

      All sounds good but does it do anything more than any other shampoo, I would have to answer no. It's a nice shampoo, it smells nice and leaves my hair clean and fairly soft and shiny. But although its nice I don't like it as much as my Miracle Moist shampoo. I don't think that it smoothes my hair anymore than other shampoo, I don't find static is a huge problem for me so it didn't make much difference there. As for flyaways, I still have a few little flyaway hairs at the top of my head so the shampoo hasn't managed to smooth out these. So I don't think this shampoo is really as good as some of the other shampoos in the range, so I won't be buying it in the future.

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        12.04.2010 21:40
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        A lime scented shower gel from Radox

        I tend to choose my shower gels based on whats on a buy one get one free offer which is what led to me to try the Radox Energise Shower Therapy Oxygel Shower.

        It is a lemongrass and citrus lime shower gel designed to help wake you up and energise your tired body. Radox say that the shower gel has a perfect pH balance, millions of tiny bubbles, some lemongrass and a squeeze of citrus lime.

        The shower gel comes in a clear bottle with a black flip lid at the base and a black plastic hook to allow you to hang it in the shower if you so wish. As the bottle is clear you can see the lovely green shower gel and the little tiny bubbles.

        The gel is a good consistency, not too thick but not too runny either. It has a lovely zingy lime smell. Sometimes I find that lemon or lime smelling shower gels remind me of Flash liquid but this one does smell quite nice. The shower gel foams up quickly and leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh.

        I have to say the bubbles I think make no difference whatsoever and I think they are a bit gimmicky designed to fool you into thinking you are oxygenating your skin! The shower gel is nice but doesn't leave my skin feeling particularly soft although it has to be said it doesn't dry it out either. I think this is an ok shower gel but not my favourite, I think I tend to prefer creamy textured shower creams rather than gels. This is a gel that might appeal to a family as its quite a unisex scent. After writing this I logged on to the internet to check the price and discovered that the gel is in fact marketed as a mens shower gel!! However I think it could be enjoyed by women as well

        The gel is available from most supermarkets and chemists and costs around £1.73 for a 250ml bottle.

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        10.04.2010 20:08
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        A great conditioner that works really well

        I recently tried the Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and loved it so much that I went out and bought the conditioner as well. The conditioner I bought was the Mega Instant Conditioner for everyday conditioning.

        The Aussie philosophy is that "There's more to life than hair but it's a good place to start."

        The Aussie Mega Instant Conditioner comes in a plastic white coloured bottle with a purple lid. The bottle is solid coloured so you can't see how much conditioner is left in it but this is the only drawback. The bottle has a flip cap lid which I found was a bit stiff to use this seems to be a design flaw as I found the same thing with the shampoo. I can open it but I imagine if you have weakness in your hands you would find it difficult. I love the design of the bottle (but not the lid) as it has lovely little hopping kangaroos embossed around the top of the bottle! The bottle holds 250ml.

        The bottle states that the Miracle Moist Shampoo is for hair that is "dry, damaged and a bit unhappy".

        It is made using the Australian Kangaroo Paw Flower. I had never heard of the Kangaroo Paw Flower but apparently it is named so because its shaped like one, however they reassure us that it doesn't smell like one! It states that the widely held belief that conditioners work better when changed often is a myth, this is only the case when they build up. This conditioner is designed to cleanse without build up and leave hair extra shiny and soft.

        The conditioner has a nice sweet scent, its not very strong and to be honest when I use it alongside my Aussie shampoo its only the shampoo I can smell. The conditioner is white and a thick consistency. As soon as I put it on my hair it feels like silk. I love this conditioner it really gets to work straight away. I wash and blow dry and straighten my hair most days which I know isn't really the best thing for it. However using this product I feel I am protecting my hair. It leaves my hair feeling really soft and shiny and just feels great.

        I love this product and will continue to use it because it works better than any other conditioner I have used in the past. If you have never tried the Aussie range I would highly recommend it. A 250ml bottle costs around £3.50 but you can get it cheaper if you look out for special buy one get one free deals.

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        • Aussie Moist Shampoo / Hair Care / 63 Readings / 61 Ratings
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          02.04.2010 20:26
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          A fantastic shampoo that leaves hair looking and feeling great.

          I love trying new shampoos and one shampoo that I have heard friends talk about but have never tried is the Aussie range of shampoos. I think the think that has put me off trying them before is that they cost around £3.99 which is a bit more than I normally spend on a shampoo but as I saw them on Tesco on a buy one get one free offer I thought I would give them a try.

          The Aussie shampoo comes in a plastic cream coloured bottle. The bottle is solid coloured so you cant see how much shampoo is left in it. The bottle has a flip cap lid which I found was a bit stiff to use. The thing I like most about the bottle is the lovely little hopping kangaroos embossed around the top of the bottle, I am easily pleased! The bottle holds 300ml of shampoo.


          The bottle states that the Miracle Moist Shampoo is for hair that is "dry, damaged and a bit unhappy".

          It is made using the Queensland Macadamia Nut and then we see the humour of the Aussie company as it states that the Miracle shampoo is "a miracle! (well kind of). Not like child birth or a solar eclipse but our formula with Queensland Macadamia Nut extract, infuses moisture into dry damaged hair, helping condition and smooth."

          The shampoo is quite strong smelling and might not be to everyones taste but I have to say I really like it. Its quite a sweet smell, my hairdresser says it reminds her of bubblegum. I'm not sure I like the smell of bubblegum but I do like this smell on my hair. The great thing is that the smell really lasts and not just whilst your hair is wet but even later in the day. My hairdresser says she can always tell which of her clients uses the shampoo as she can pick up the scent and she says it's a great shampoo for your hair too.


          However its not just the smell I like it's the effect it has on my hair. This really is a miracle moist shampoo. The shampoo is a lovely thick creamy consistency and it bubbles up well on your hair. As soon as it does you can feel it moisturising your hair. I don't always use conditioner with this shampoo as I feel it really moisturises my hair just itself. I do have to say here though that the accompanying conditioner is fantastic and makes your hair feel like silk.

          I love this shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling so much softer and smoother and looks shiny. I wash and blow dry my hair everyday and use straighteners most days which I know isn't good for my hair but this shampoo leaves my hair looking great. This shampoo is more expensive than the other brands I have used in the past but I think this is a case of getting what you pay for and I am happy to pay the extra for a really good product. I will however be keeping an eye out for it when its on special offer.

          I have tried so many shampoos over the years but this has to be my all time favourite. So much so I don't think I will be trying any other brands, I have stocked up on a few more of the Aussie shampoo as I saw it on offer in Waitrose at the weekend so I will try some of their other shampoos in the range such as the one for coloured hair. However I wont be going back to my cheaper brands, I am now officially an Aussie girl.

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            29.03.2010 20:33
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            A pattern to allow you to make a shoulder bag

            I got a sewing machine last year and have been busy making bits and pieces for myself, for gifts and for sale. I had heard of Amy Butler before, she is (American I think) a designer who has her own range of amazing fabrics and also sells patterns for various bags, clothes and accessories. I had seen her fabric in John Lewis and saw the patterns for sale there but actually bought my pattern on eBay as it was cheaper there.

            This review is for the Amy Butler Swing bag pattern which is as it says a pattern to allow you to make the bag for yourself. The pattern comes in a little card cover, with the pattern and instructions stapled inside. The problem with this pattern is once you open it the pieces and paper fall out when you lift it up, the traditional envelope style patterns are much better in this regard.

            The pattern costs around £8, I think I got mine a bit cheaper around £6 or £7 from eBay. You can buy them in stores like John Lewis or online from many craft and fabric stores.

            The back of the packet clearly states the materials required to make your bag. The only problem being as the pattern is American its all in yards which doesn't mean much to me, there is however a conversion chart inside.

            The pattern comes with instructions which are fairly clear to follow split up into separate steps. There are also some pictures which make it easier to help visualise what you are doing. The pieces of the pattern are made from paper and after three uses they are still doing well, I think they are a bit more hardwearing than the traditional sewing pattern pieces made from thin tracing type paper which rips quite easily.

            To make the bag I think you need to have some basic sewing skills and an ability to use a sewing machine. It is a good bag pattern to start with but it's not the easiest. The final sewing up is a bit tricky and although I have made this pattern three times now I still find it a bit tricky due to the fact the bag is designed to be reversible.

            The finished result is a nice shoulder bag that is good for everyday use, I have made them as gifts for people. I have made a few adjustments to the pattern through use, I have added a magnetic fastener to close the bag and have changed where she turns the bag to make the final sewing the seam inside the bag where it is less obvious as I haven't worried about making the bag reversible. There is also a pattern for a scarf which you can wear as a scarf or add to the bag for decoration but I haven't tried this.

            The first time I made this bag I used a cheap polycotton material as I was worried that it wouldn't work out. I would recommend this approach if you haven't much experience of sewing, much better to try it out on material that costs a few pound than expensive material. The bag is backed with a canvas material which gives it a bit more weight and makes it hang nicely which I thought was a nice touch. The Amy Butler fabric is quite expensive and you don't need to use it any good cotton material would work well.

            I would recommend this pattern if you want to have a go making your own bag but if you haven't ever made a bag before I would recommend trying a more simple pattern before you try this. Amy Butler does have a wide selection of patterns for bags and I have made another of hers which I really love.

            One thing worth mentioning is that this pattern has a copyright so although you can make it for yourself and for friends as gifts you can't make it to sell.

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              26.03.2010 20:43
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              A nice shampoo for blonde hair.

              The photo Dooyoo shows of this shampoo is outdated, the new boottle looks completely different, it comes in a golden yellow plastic bottle with a flip top cap. The shampoo is designed for people with blonde to light brown hair and is made to emphasise your blonde highlights whether they be natural or otherwise.

              The shampoo is available from most supermarkets and chemist stores and retails for around £2.32 for a 400ml bottle. However currently the shampoo is on offer for only £1 in Tesco, it's a real bargain at that price. There is also a conditioner available at the same price.

              Directions for use are quite simply to apply to wet hair, lather and then rinse. The shampoo is a lovely golden colour and there is a shimmery pearly quality to it. It is of moderate consistency, not as thick and creamy as some shampoos. Once in your hair it lathers up really well and you get lots of soapy suds. It does however rinse out really easily and quickly. After using it my hair feels really clean and also softer. There is a light fragrant scent but nothing particularly distinctive or strong.

              My hair is naturally light brown in colour but I have had blonde highlights for several years so am now much lighter than I used to be. Using this shampoo does make the blonde colour stay a bit lighter and brighter for longer, I think. It also makes my hair feel really soft and smooth and also gives it a nice shiny appearance.

              I like this shampoo and I do think it perhaps gives your blonde highlights a bit more of a boost than some other shampoos. I have bought this shampoo a few times and it was one of my favourite shampoos until I found another brand which I now love (but is unfortunately a lot more expensive), a review of that will be coming soon. I would recommend this to you if you have blonde hair and want a reasonable priced shampoo that gives good results and if you get it for £1 its worth a try.

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              • figleaves.com/uk / Online Shop / 54 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                25.03.2010 14:22
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                A great online store for underwear and nightwear

                Figleaves.com are the worlds largest online sellers of as they put it "branded intimate apparel" !! Or in other words underwear. More recently they have expanded their products to include clothing as well. However their main speciality is underwear, swimwear, nightwear and hosiery.

                They have a huge selection of underwear and cater for all shapes and sizes. They also have a good search function on the website which allows you to search for items by brand, size, price, colour, style or occasion. I like this function as there is nothing worse than finding something you like only to then discover it isn't available in your size.

                They have a good range of products for all price ranges. Bras start from £9 for a basic bra going up to £148 for an "Enticing swarovski encrusted balcony bra". They have a good range of well known brands and designer names.

                The advantages of buying underwear and other clothing online is that you can try it on in the comfort of your own home and check what it looks like under different clothing. The disadvantage is that if it doesn't fit then you have to return it. I have bought items a number of times from Figleaves.com and have had to return some items as they didn't fit but I found it a really straightforward and easy procedure. You simply fill in the return form stating why you are returning it, return it in the original packaging and to the freepost address and get a proof of postage certificate from the post office. Figleaves acknowledge your return quickly and my money was refunded quickly back onto my credit card. The whole process was hassle free and I would use them again. You must return the item within 10 days of receipt to ensure that they get it back within 14 days so don't leave it too long before you try your items on.

                The orders are shipped quickly and mine arrived in a lovely little box and wrapped in figleaves tissue paper which just added to the pleasure. They state that in-stock items are usually despatched the next working day after ordering.

                UK standard delivery is £3.50 which is 2-3 working days and £6 for next working day delivery. However often they have free delivery offers so its worth doing a quick search to see if there are any free delivery codes. Its also worth checking for discount codes as they often have these and you can get anything from between 10 - 20% of items which makes a huge saving especially if you are buying a few things. If you sign up to the figleaves newsletter they will tell you what offers are on so you don't miss out. I would recommend buying when there is free delivery and a discount offer as they do run them frequently.

                I really like Figleaves as a company although I do wonder how successful their reaching out into general fashion will be. To me Figleaves means underwear and nightwear and I would happily buy these from them again but I wouldn't really think of considering them if I was wanting a pair of jeans and although they do stock quite a few styles they seem to all be very expensive ones.

                If you are in need of some new underwear or nightwear then I would recommend a visit to Figleaves.com and shop in comfort.

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                  26.02.2010 19:11
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                  A lovely smelling shower gel from Radox

                  I have always been a fan of Radox products as I always feel they are good quality and have a great range of scents. So when I saw they had some new shower gels I hadn't tried and that they were on offer I couldn't resist!

                  This shower gel is the Radox White Tea Infusion shower. To be honest its really more of a cream than a gel but its easier to call it a shower gel!

                  The gel comes in plastic bottle which you can see through so you know exactly how much gel is left. There are no hooks on these bottles so if you don't have a shelf in your bathroom its not very easy to use, thankfully I have a shelf so it doesn't bother me. It has a flip open cap at the bottom and you can easily dispense the amount of gel you need.

                  The writing on the packaging tells me that the gel is made with "'powerful natural anti-oxidants from white tea combined with rich orange blossom. Revive your mind and protect your skin."

                  The white tea and orange blossom oil are designed to "brighten up your morning and leave your skin feeling silky smooth"

                  The shower gel is a lovely creamy white colour and has a nice pearly texture to it. The fragrance is the best thing about this it smells of orange but not like a really citrusy orange but a delicate light orange fragrance, I love it. I cant say I can detect the smell of any white tea but then I wouldn't know what white tea smells like, if it even has a smell.

                  It foams up really well in my hands and you get a good lather, it is a gel that is really moisturising and you can feel this as soon as you start to use it. After using it my skin feels much softer and moisturised and also delicately fragranced.

                  The shower gel retails around £1.99 but I think I got mine in Tesco on a buy one get one free offer so as always it is worth shopping around.

                  This is a lovely shower gel and I would definitely buy it again.

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                    28.01.2010 16:30
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                    Rebecca Bloomwood is a girl who lives to shop and loves to shop

                    I have been a great fan of the author Sophie Kinsella with my favourite books being the Shopaholic series. So when I heard that a film was getting made I was quite look forward to it. However due to one thing or another (and the fact that my husband didn't want to see it) I never got round to watching it at the cinema but recently I rented it on DVD.

                    The film centres around the main character Rebecca Bloomwood who is played by Isla Fisher who is a shopaholic. She would love to work on a fashion magazine but instead ends up working for a financial magazine. She is the last person you would imagine to dish out financial advice as she owes so much money on her credit cards and cant stop spending. Her flatmate tries to help her overcome her spending habits but can Rebecca be saved?


                    I enjoyed the film Shopaholic but I didn't love it. I think having read the book I was disappointed at how different the film was to the book. Very little from the book was the same as in the film including the fact that Rebecca Bloomwood was American whereas in the book she was English. I think whilst you are watching the film the whole time you are thinking back to the book and thinking about what happened in the book. I found the books really very funny to read with some real laugh out loud moments but I didn't find the humour transferred quite as well to the film. Yes there are a few funny moments but not as many as the book.

                    The part where Rebecca joins a Shopaholics Anonymous group is really quite funny as she causes havoc as she really doesn't want to give up her shopping addiction.


                    Isla Fisher does do a good job at playing the slightly kooky and very dizzy Rebecca and she brings a lot of likeability to the character with her effortless charm but I think she needed a much better script to really bring the film alive. I think this is one case of when the book is so much better than the film.

                    If you want a light-hearted film then Shopaholic might be right for you. However if you have read the book be warned the film is not as good. Oh and I probably should mention if it wasn't already obvious this is probably a film for the girls!

                    It is on sale currently at the time of writing for £4.48 for Amazon so at that price its worth a shot! It is PG and running time is 100 mins.

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                    • Benefit Posietint / Make Up / 63 Readings / 58 Ratings
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                      25.01.2010 11:27
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                      A great cheek colour that looks really natural

                      I have read many reviews on here about Benefit products and in particular Benetint and Posietint. So having recently finished my normal blusher I decided that I would give them a try. Benetint and Posietint are very similar products being a dual action product that works as a lip colour and a cheek colour, Benetint is a red colour and Posietint is a pink colour. I decided as I am quite pale skinned to opt for the Posietint.

                      Benefit describe this as "the cheekiest flush you can get from a bottle" and that it will make you the "prettiest bloom in the bunch". So does it do what it says??

                      Posietint comes in small glass bottle which is stored inside a little cardboard box. The box is very pretty and girly in pale pink with flowers on it. The bottle looks very much like a bottle of nail varnish and has a screw top lid. It is quite funky with a metallic pink colour and a white lid. Unscrewing the lid reveals a little brush just like a nail varnish brush and the bright pink liquid. Seeing this for the first time worried me slightly as it does look like nail varnish. Thankfully though it doesn't smell like nail varnish! To be honest it doesn't really have much of a scent.

                      The bottle holds 12.5ml and retails for around £22.50. I thought this was quite expensive so I opted to buy a new bottle from ebay for £9 including postage.

                      Instructions are simply to brush three strokes of the product on the apple of your cheeks and blend in quickly using your fingertips. To apply on your lips just dot on and then blend with your fingertips. You can reapply if you want a stronger colour.

                      I was a bit worried how natural it would look as to begin with it looks really pink! The first time I used it I rubbed it quite well in and then looked in the mirror, my cheeks looked rather red but I think I had rubbed to vigourously!! The redness went away quickly and I was left with natural pink cheeks.

                      I really like this product, although I have used it occasionally on my lips I tend to use it on my cheeks and am really pleased with the result. I tend to only use two strokes and only small strokes otherwise I think it is too much. Its really a case of experimenting to see what suits your skin tone best.

                      It gives a really natural pink colour, almost as if you have been outside in the fresh air. I like the way it looks, it is so much more natural looking that some blushers and it makes me look so much more healthier. I will continue to use this bottle and when it finishes I would be tempted to buy some more although I think I will try and buy it again cheaper on ebay as I think £22.50 is quite a lot to pay.

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                        A great book written by Victoria Hislop, best selling author of The Island

                        Sonia Cameron takes a short holiday with her friend to attend a salsa dance course in Granada, Spain. Whilst on holiday she finds herself in a small quiet café and begins a conversation with the owner who reveals to her story behind Granada's troubled past. Sonia finds herself drawn into the story of the Ramirez family who owned the café and in doing so learns about the effects the Spanish Civil War had on ordinary people.

                        "The Return" is written by Victoria Hislop who wrote the best seller "The Island." I had not read any of her books but was lent this book by a friend, reading the back of the book I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, I knew nothing about the Spanish Civil War and don't tend to read historical novels. However after reading the first few chapters I was drawn into this book and could not put it down.


                        The book is beautifully written and really captures the emotions and fears of the characters. Having said that I found the first part of the book slightly disappointing and could have given up but I am glad I didn't. I understand the need to introduce the character Sonia back in England as it is relevant to the story later on however I didn't really connect with the story until she was in Spain and had met the owner of the café. However that doesn't spoil the rest of the story which I thought was great.

                        This is a story that gives so much. It is a good historical novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on the Spanish Civil War but from what I can work out it is quite historically accurate and did enlighten me to what terrible things went on in Spain. It is however a great character story, not only are the characters described really well and really brought to life but they also go on a journey and develop through the book which is really great.

                        The book has many stories within the story. The main stories are that of Sonia who lives in England and is married to a rather over-bearing husband and who is not happy with her life but doesn't know what to do. Her only joy is her dancing and this is what takes her to Spain.

                        The second story is about Mercedes Ramirez whose passion is for dancing the flamenco. The story begins with her as a young girl but progresses as she grows into a young woman and the effect that the Spanish Civil War has on her. Her character was really great, she is a very determined and brave woman and the author really brings her alive.

                        The third story is about Mercedes brother Antonio who goes to fight in the Civil War and shows us another side of things, that from a soldiers point of view.

                        As a woman I found the story of Mercedes more interesting than that of Antonios but it was good to have the two together to be able to compare and contrast.

                        I really enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written and really draws you in. I am now going to go and get "The Island" and I hope it is every bit as good as this one.


                        592 pages

                        Currently £4.76 from Amazon

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                        • Tesco Value Tortilla Chips / Snacks / 72 Readings / 69 Ratings
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                          Cheap Tortilla Chips which make great nachos and only 25p

                          I love eating crisps and have tried many varieties, normally I would choose brand name crisps but after reading many good reviews of the Tesco Value Tortilla Chips I thought I would give them a try. I have now bought several of these and thought it was time I reviewed them.

                          The tortilla chips come in a 100g bag with the usual Tesco Value branding with the red, white and blue. They retail for the tiny sum of 25p! The tortilla chips contain maize, vegetable oil and salt. It was refreshing to see there isn't lots of flavourings and E numbers added.

                          The tortilla chips have a nice crispy crunch when you bite into them and taste quite nice. If you are used to eating Dorittos which have added flavourings they do taste a little plain but they are ok and you could quite easily eat them by themselves. They would also make a nice crisp for eating with dips. I don't tend to eat these tortilla chips by themselves because I do prefer tortilla chips with a bit more flavour but I use them for making nachos.

                          To do this get an ovenproof dish, pour the chips into the dish, then pour on some salsa and grate some cheese on top, pop it in the oven until the cheese melts and enjoy. I find the packet is a good quantity for two people, maybe three if you aren't too greedy!

                          I keep buying these now for making nachos as it is so much cheaper than other brands and when you are using them in something like nachos you don't taste the difference between these and a more expensive brand. As Tesco says "every little helps" and it's a good way to save a little money. I will continue to buy these and recommend you give them a try for 25p they are definitely worth it.

                          Nutritional Info for those who wish it -

                          50g serving (half the bag)

                          242 calories
                          4.9 grams of saturated fat
                          0.4 grams of salt

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                            04.12.2009 17:17
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                            A gentle and soothing toner from Boots No7

                            Last Christmas I got lots of Boots No7 goodies and one of these was the No.7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner which is designed for dry skin and which Boots say will refresh, comfort and hydrate skin.

                            The toner comes in a 200ml bottle with a lift off cap and a pump dispenser. It has a pinkish shimmery colour to it. The pump dispenser allows you to dispense the right amount you need so its quite good that you don't waste as much as you might with a normal bottle.

                            The toner has a pinkish tinge to it and is of watery consistency. It is fragrance free, alcohol free, hypo allergenic and pH balanced.
                            It is designed to refresh your skin, remove traces of make-up and cleanser and leave your skin looking healthy, beautiful and clean. Directions are simply to apply some to cotton wool after cleansing and then sweep it over your skin then finally moisturise.

                            A couple of years ago I didn't really bother with toning my skin, I just cleansed and moisturised however in recent years I have tried to be much better with my skin care regime and have been using toner more regularly.

                            I like this toner as it is gentle to my skin and doesn't dry it out. I tend to use a cream cleanser and this toner is great at removing any greasiness left over from the cleanser. Its also good at removing any last bits of makeup that the cleanser might have missed. It leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed and as it is alcohol free it doesn't dry my skin out at all.

                            This is a great toner which costs £7.50 and is good value for money and feels great on my skin. You only need a couple of squirts of toner to do your whole face and neck so it lasts for ages. I think this is a great product and I will be buying this one again.

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                              01.12.2009 16:28
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                              An ok shower gel but not the best from the Imperial Leather Range

                              I tend to buy my shower gels based on what is on offer at the time as I always like the opportunity to try out something new. A while ago I bought a few Imperial Leather Shower Gels which were on offer and this was the last one that I got round to testing. The bottles last for ages so its taken a while!

                              This one is the Imperial leather - freshen up shower gel with bergamot and thyme. The bottle holds 500ml (its really quite large) and retails in Tesco for £1.94 although I bought it on a deal but cant remember quite what it was.

                              The shower gel is designed to be a refreshing shower gel and contains Bergamot and Thyme. The Bergamot is included due to its aromatic and revitalizing properties and the Thyme to refresh the mind, body and spirit.

                              The shower gel has a skin friendly PH, is mild enough for the whole family, is dermatologically tested and 100% soap free.


                              The shower gel comes in a large clear plastic bottle with a flip top lid. Through the bottle you can see the bright green shower gel. The gel is a fairly thick shower gel which means it doesn't run off your hands when you squirt some out and you don't need to use too much to get a good lather.

                              It's a shower gel that could be used for all the family as it has a herbal smell which is unisex. Personally I am not that fussed about the smell, its not offensive and it is nice and fresh but it isn't a scent that I would choose to have, I prefer either something more fruity or something a bit more floral.

                              It foams up really well and gives you a good lather to wash with. After using my skin feels clean and fresh but not particularly moisturised. Having said that though its not dry either.

                              This is a shower gel that is ok but not one I would buy again. If you like herbal smells or want a shower gel suitable for all the family then this might be just what you need. Personally this is one Imperial Leather Shower Gel I wont be buying again.

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                              • 17 Again (DVD) / DVD / 66 Readings / 64 Ratings
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                                30.11.2009 17:47
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                                An enjoyable light-hearted film about a man who gets a chance to be 17 again

                                Do you wish you were 17 again? I don't but Mike O'Donnell wishes he was so he could change things in his life. The film begins with Mike as a 17 year old and star of the basketball team just about to play an important game where he could get the chance to make it as a professional. Right before the game begins though he discovers his girlfriend Scarlett is pregnant. He has to make a decision to stand by his girlfriend and follow her or follow his dreams of being a basketball star. He decides to stand by his woman.

                                We then jump 20 years and discover that things have not worked out so well for Mike. He has split up from his wife and his kids don't really want to spend time with him. Mike has spent the last 20 years dreaming about what his life could have been and reminding his wife of this and she has had enough. Through a series of strange events Mike finds himself back as a 17 year old boy again and goes back to the same high school as his children and has a chance to make a change but will it be for better or for worse?

                                I was keen to see this film as I liked both the actors who play Mike, the older Mike being played by Matthew Perry from "Friends" and the young Mike played by Zac Efron of "High School Musical." I was a bit surprised that Matthew Perrys role was actually really small in the film he only appears for a little bit of time at the start and then a very small time at the end. Zac Effron did a great job in playing his role and it was really funny watching him speaking to "his children" looking the same age as them but giving them the dad lecture about relationships and sex!

                                I found the film really enjoyable, its light hearted and fun with some very funny moments. Mikes best friend Ned played by Thomas Lennon is great in the film and really brings some comedy to the film. His house is unbelievable, he is a real film geek and loves Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, you need to watch the film to believe it!

                                I think if you enjoyed High School Musical then you will enjoy this although there isn't lots of singing and dancing Zac does get a chance to play basketball and do a little dance! If you didn't like HSM then I wouldn't rule out this film as it is a really nice film that is perfect for just switching off and enjoying and great to spend a lazy afternoon or evening curled up watching!

                                My DVD did not have any special features.

                                Running Time-98 minutes
                                Rating -12
                                Cost - On sale on Amazon for £4.98

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