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Throaties Pastilles Original
I suffered terribly over most of December with colds, coughs and sore throats and was constantly stocking up on health products to combat my ailments. I found Poundland to be a godsend as they had a great variety of branded health products on offer and I picked up two packs of these Throaties Pastilles Original for the bargain price of £1.
The Throaties sweets come in a flat cellophane packet that you have to rip open. The original variety is a red coloured packet with the bold Throaties branding across the front and a picture of the throat sweet beneath this. Each pack contains ten throat pastilles and they contain honey and lemon. Throaties have been made by Earnest Jackson since 1925, a company who specialise in medicated and vitamin pastilles.
Inside the pack is a foil lined blister tray of the pastille sweets that you simply slice open as and when you need one. The sweets themselves are a flat saucer shape which have about a 1.2 cm diameter and are a deep red colour. The sweets have a slightly soft feel and have a medicinal smell.
Throaties sweets are intended to help relieve symptoms of colds, coughs and sore throats. Each sweet contains aromatic oils which help to release stuffiness in the nose as well as making breathing easier. The ingredients also have a soothing effect on the throat and help reduce irritation caused by a tickly throat which leads to coughing.
I took one of these sweets as and when I felt that I needed one, they do not contain any pain relief and so you can safely take as many as possible. The sweets are dissolvable and take quite a long time to melt in the mouth, which I liked as it prolonged the relief from my sore throat symptoms. The flavour of these is pleasant enough and I'd describe it as a mild aniseed taste, there is no sweetness to them at all which helps to numb the throat.
I found these throat sweets really helped to ease the pain in my throat, as they do not contain pain relief I used them in conjunction with other throat lozenges and also cough medicine. They were a short term fix from discomfort particularly when I was experiencing a tickly throat and coughing fits. For 50 pence a pack I was very impressed and would definitely buy them again, though hopefully not too soon!
Gaviscon Original Aniseed
I thankfully do not often suffer from heartburn, but when I do get it I want rid of it easily and quickly. I have a bottle of Gaviscon in my health cupboard for when these occasions do arise to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
Gaviscon comes in three different sizes, a 150ml; 300 ml and larger 600 ml glass bottle. The bottle is a dark brown shade that allows you to see the level of liquid inside. The bottle lid is a white plastic tightly sealed screw cap mechanism. The Gaviscon label is very recognisable, being a turquoise and blue colour with a torso silhouette image and a flame over the heart to represent heartburn. The Gaviscon branding is a bold white font and the bottle is highly detailed with text about the product.
As mentioned above Gaviscon is intended for the rapid relief of heartburn and indigestion. It can also be used by people who suffer from gastric reflux, which is a condition where the stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into the oesophagus. All of these conditions can cause considerable discomfort and pain and is commonly experienced after eating, or gorging food in my case!
The Gaviscon liquid is a very pale pink/white colour and smells of aniseed, as is the intended flavour of the product. The liquid is reasonably runny and goes down easily on intake. When I start feeling the effects of heartburn I take two 5ml spoonful's of this and wait for the medicine to kick in. The taste is rather nice and sweet, I am not a huge fan of aniseed flavours but this is just the right amount and I feel it soothing my throat and stomach on the way down.
The relief from heartburn is not immediate, but after ten to fifteen minutes I can feel the Gaviscon start to take effect. My heartburn pain and discomfort begins to subside and after half an hour or so disappears altogether. As I have said I don't often get heartburn but when I do I head straight for this bottle.
Gaviscon state that this soothing effect can last for up to four hours.
This product is available in most supermarkets, pharmacies and chemists and typically costs £3.60 for the 150 ml, £5.50 for the 300 ml and £7.20 for the 600 ml. Well worth the money if you suffer from heartburn and indigestion.
Classic Chrome Cafetière
I love my coffee and at home I use a Bodum cafetiere, but at work we have a slightly more posh Classic Chrome Cafetière made by Le Cafetière for our caffeine hit.
Le Cafetière is a brand that makes French coffee press machines in a variety of shapes and sizes. They started making their cafetiere's in 1958, the designer and company owner being Faliero Bondanini. Originally Bodum and Le Cafetière worked together in the early 60's and 70's, however this partnership failed and they are now the two leading competitors in the French press market.
We have an 8 cup Classic Chrome Cafetière, you can also buy a 3 cup (£29.95), 4 cup (£35) and a larger 12 cup (£45). The 8 cup costs £39.95 from Le Cafetière's website. The item obviously comes boxed but it was already in my office when I arrived so cannot comment on this packaging, but from the price and glass contents I can guess it is well wrapped!
The 8 cup cafetiere itself has dimensions of 181 mm height x 96 mm diameter and this can hold up to 1 litre of coffee when full. The press looks very good quality and well make even from a distance. The main body of the press is made of a high quality borosilicate, heat-resistant glass and this has the Le Cafetière branding in fancy white lettering across the body of the press. The cup size of the cafetiere is also written below this.
The glass body of the press is encased in a stainless steel frame with four little legs to keep it standing upright. This design means that the glass does not come into contact with surfaces and so cracks and breakages are minimalised. This is one problem I have found with my own Bodum press, I do tend to knock it around a bit and it has ended up with some chips in the top of the glass. The press has a hard black plastic handle to serve your coffee with without having to touch the hot glass or steel.
The top of the cafetiere has a stainless steel filter and plunger that slots onto the top of the press comfortably. Overall the press looks stylish and modern for its classic design.
To use the press you simply pour in a good amount of your chosen ground coffee into the bottom of the press, I tend to put in 3 or 4 heaped tablespoons if I am making a whole 8 cup pot. Once in add your just off the boil water into the cafetiere and give it a quick stir to mix up the granules then add the plunger lid, placing the filter to the top of your coffee water level and leave to brew for a few minutes. Once your coffee has had time to settle you press the steel plunger and filter down to the bottom of the press. The filter catches all of the ground coffee and leaves you with your freshly brewed delicious coffee to serve.
The press lid has a filter pourer on one side and a heat seal on the other, so depending on how much coffee you are serving and when , you can serve a number of cups immediately and then seal the press up for later and it will keep your coffee hot and fresh for a time.
Cleaning the body and press of the cafetiere is very simple, you simply bin the coffee granules in the bottom of the glass and rinse off the excess grains using normal washing up liquid. The stainless steel and glass design makes this very easy to clean and keep looking good. Overall I am really impressed with this French press and would actually buy one of these over another Bodum when my personal press is in need of replacing.
Exspect - FM Transmitter - iPod/MP3
I have had to do a lot of long distance jobs with my work recently and did not fancy listening to the radio or hanging cd's for hours on end and so I invested in a cheap FM Transmitter device for my iPhone. The one I went for was on Amazon for £15, the Exspect - FM Transmitter for iPods and MP3's.
The transmitter comes in a basic see through plastic pack so that you can see the device within. There is a cardboard sleeve that has the basic information about the product, a little picture and the Exspect logo on the side. You simply cut open the packet and can use the transmitter immediately.
The transmitter is very small and compact to look at, it is a cylindrical shape with approximate dimensions of 6 cm x 2 cm diameter. It is a matt black colour with a small LED screen which is where the FM station numbers are shown. This only has two buttons, a plus and a minus key to change the FM station and as such is very simple to use. The device is very light and doesn't feel amazingly strong or durable, but is fine for keeping in my glove box in the car.
This is compatible with all MP3 players; it has a 3.5 mm audio jack that plugs into your iPod/MP3 player. This also has a cigarette charger that powers the device. I always have this plugged in to charge it and I don't think it works without being plugged in, which is something to bear in mind if you don't have a charger in your car! You then put the lead into your car radio and viola.
To use this is very simple, you plug the device into your music player and charger socket, then on your car radio find any empty FM station with little to no background noise. Then on the transmitter find the same station as that shown on your car radio and press play. The music should then transmit through your car radio and play as a cd or radio station.
Obviously if you are driving across country the bug bear with these devices is that new FM stations pop up and you have to then find an empty one and reset the device, but I find it is not too huge of a problem overall. You can tell when this is happening as the music starts to be interrupted by the radio stations music/talking. More often than not you can simply change the frequency by a few decimals and you have your music playing again.
The quality of this transmitter in my opinion is very good; it is simple to use and good value. I paid £15 from Amazon and this is great value for the amount of times that I have used it!
Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater
It is getting to that time of year again up in Scotland where the central heating is turned on and you put on your numerous layers of fleeces and jackets. In our office the heating is on in batches and during the breaks in this heating supply we sometimes have to top it up. There are only a few of us and so we only use a little Challenge 3kW Flat Fan heater that we bought from Argos.
The fan comes in a compact cardboard box with an image of the heater on the front and some basic product information. There is a basic instruction leaflet inside this box and some polystyrene holding it in place for during transit. This is one of the cheaper heaters that Argos sells and retails at £22.99. The heater has dimensions of 14 cm height 32 cm width and 24 cm depth so it is quite compact and dainty.
The fan heater is an overall white colour with a grey grill on the front where the heat comes out of. It is made of plastic and looks and feels a bit cheap in my opinion, however it does the job it is meant to and it is not in my home, rather my office so I am not offended by it! The heater stands on little plastic legs that prop it up off the surface it is resting on which is good for the old health and safety.
The heater plugs into your mains via a long cable and three pin plug. There is no complex start up to use this heater and you can simply take it out of the box and plug it straight in to get a blast of heat. The controls for this heater are very simply and are located on the top of the item under a flap open plastic piece. You simply turn these to the setting that you want, these include two heat settings and a cool setting which you simply change the dial to. Obviously you cannot control the temperature other than warm, hot and cold, but it works fine for our office.
This heater gives out 3 kw of heat and it quite powerful and warm for its size I have to admit. It blows the heat out across the room and heats us all up relatively quickly. We do not leave this on for long periods of time, however if you do feel safe that it has frost protection and a safety cut out switch to prevent it from overheating! I cannot comment on the 'cold' setting as we never seem to be too hot in our room! Once switched on the fan and air flow can be a little noisy, but this is bearable and as I say we do not keep it on for long.
Overall for £22.99 this fan heater is definitely worth investing in for smaller rooms and offices, however it would be of no use and lost in a larger setting. Good value fan heater.
Halfords Natural Demister Pad Small
I have been driving for many years now and have been through a variety of car makes and models over this time. I have always carried what I see as essential car items with me such as a petrol canister, de-icer, a window scraper and a demister pad. I purchased one from Halfords a couple of years ago and it is still going strong!
The natural demister pad comes in a simple plastic wrapper that tightly seals the pad inside. The Halfords black and orange branding is boldly printed across the front of the packaging. The product title 'Natural Chamois Demister Pad' is written in large white lettering and there is an image of a car behind this. The small pad which I have costs only £2.99 and has dimensions of 4 cm x 12 cm x 17 cm.
The chamois leather is a yellow colour and is a flexible and squishy rectangular pad. The pad, being from Halfords, is intended to be used in your car for both drying and cleaning surfaces. However this can be used in both the home and car on any windows, mirror and glass surfaces. Its chief purpose is to removes any excess mist, dirt and grime from your windscreen and does an amazing job! I don't tend to have problem with mist in my car and have a good air con system, but my windows and mirrors do tend to get grubby from day to day usage and from my diving kit and grime.
To use the pad you simply wipe it over your mirrored or glass surface as you would a normal cloth. The difference in the cleanliness and smear free surfaces in my car is immediate and amazing! The chamois pad grips any dirt and grime and removes it in one simple move leaving you with a sparkly clean and smear free surface. The pad does tend to get a bit grubby after a while but I find rinsing it in warm water gets rid of any excess grime and this doesn't affect its performance anyway.
I have had this pad for at least a couple of years now and it still works as effectively as when I first purchased it. Overall it's a really good value and handy item to keep in your car and would highly recommend it!
Baco Press and Seal Sandwich Bags
Myself and my flatmate go through a lot of sandwich bags during a month due to us both making and taking lunches into work on a daily basis. I tend to buy reseal-able bags that are offer in the supermarket and the last lot I bought were the Baco Press and Seal Sandwich Bags on offer at £1for 50 bags which seems a reasonable price.
The bags come in a rectangular cardboard box with a pull off opening. The box is a light blue colour with the Baco branding boldly across the front of the box. There is an image of the bags with a sandwich inside which is their advertised purpose but I use them for many food related activities! The bags are reasonable neatly packed inside so that once you have pulled off the perforated opening you can simply grab one bag at a time.
The bags have dimensions of 190 mm x 215 mm approximately and are partly transparent with a slight off white twinge in colour. These bags are surprisingly thin, I am used to using thick snap and seal bags as a rule and bought these as they were slightly cheaper than my usual bags so wasn't overly impressed with the feel of them. The bags are big enough to hold a sandwich, bagel or pitta bread which is what I usually use them for and are tight enough that it doesn't fall apart in the bag during my trip to work.
These bags have a press and seal mechanism which again is slightly different to what I am used to using. This consists of two sticky green lines that when pressed onto the other edge of the bag seal it shut and keep it airtight. The seal is nice and strong and can be opened and shut a few times without losing their grip, however I tend to find I don't reuse them as often as I would a snap and seal sandwich bag. Plus the fact they are not particularly strong bags they tend to rip or show wear after one use and are binned.
Overall I was not overly impressed with these compared to other sandwich bags I have used in the past. The sticky seal is not the easiest to manage and get straight to create a vacuum seal and the quality is just not enough for me. At £1 they are alright value, but there are better bags on the market for the same price.
As many will know if they have read my reviews on here I like a bargain and any products that I can buy from an own brand range that has the same or similar quality to a branded product at a fraction of the price I will go for that every time. I am not an expert on cars and car accessories but like to keep my motor in good condition and screen wash in my opinion is a necessity for keeping your windscreen clean and in check. I bought a bottle of Asda's own concentrated screenwash to try priced at only £1.95 for 2.5 litres of product.
The screenwash comes in a large plastic container that is rectangular shaped with a heavy duty screw on/off cap on the top of the bottle. The container is slightly see through and you can see the blue screenwash liquid clearly inside as well as the level which you have left. The bottle has a label with the Asda logo on and a picture of a car windscreen as well as the product description and some key points about the product.
Removes dirt, grime and insect deposits
For winter and summer use
Freezing point -5 degrees
This is a concentrated screenwash and as such you simply mix it like you would a cordial just drink, Asda suggest that in the summer you use 25 % screen wash to 75 % water and in colder months 50 % wash to 50 % water. I do not tend to measure out exact amounts and simple do this by eye. You simply pour the desired amount of wash into your screenwash tube and then add the percentage water that you desire.
The screenwash doesn't smell as nice as other washes I have used in the past and I have to say I do enjoy a good lemon scented screenwash on my windscreen especially in the summer when you have your windows open and the smell comes through the car. However for the price and at the time I simply wanted a decent wash to keep my windscreen clean. This cleaner smells slightly clinical like which to me suggests that it is definitely going to clean my windscreen.
Having been using this clean for a few months now over the summer I can vouch that it definitely cleans my windscreen well. Just a single squirt onto my screens and a few wipes of the windscreen blades immediately clears off any scum and dirt from my windows without any trouble. As I have said the fragrance is not very appealing or strong but it does a good job of removing dirt and grease which is its purpose after all.
The screenwash is meant to be able to cope in temperatures of up to -5 degrees, I have not used this in winter and nor will I risk it living in Scotland, but for the summer is a good quality and cheap wash for everyday use. So overall I can highly recommend it for value and quality.
Sony BDPS4100 Smart 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
I bought a 3D HD television back in January and decided to add a £D Blu-ray player into the mix to utilise the 3D TV features. I was looking for a cheap but quality player and kept an eye on the Sony Outlet website for a few weeks for a 3D Blu-ray player to become available. The outlet website is basically for items returned to Sony with opened packaging, I have always found products to be like new but up to half the price of a brand new item and you also get a 1 year Sony warranty with them, so it is worth checking out. The website address is https://outlet.sony.co.uk.
The Blu-ray player comes in a large heavy duty cardboard box as you would expect with any electrical item. The player is held in place inside with polystyrene pieces and the remote and instructions are below this. My box had been opened already, as it was from the outlet store, but all of the inside bags and plastic coverings were untouched and protecting the player.
The box contains:
2 x AA Batteries
The Blu-ray Player
The Blu-ray player looks very stylish and futuristic in my opinion. It is made of a shiny black reflective plastic material, which does look great, however it gathers dust very quickly. The plastic material also makes the player very lightweight and I do not think that this a good quality for an electrical item, I find that it makes it feel a bit cheap and not very well made. However I don't find myself picking it up very often and it looks good on my TV stand. The design is an angular, streamlined and rectangular box player. There are four diamond shaped button to the front right of the player, these are Open, Play, Stop and On/Off and the Sony branding in silver to the top of the player.
The Blu-ray player is very easy to set up, you simply plug it into the mains and use a HDMI cable to connect it to your television. Gone are the days when you get free cables with electrical items, but you can pick one of these up on Amazon for a couple of pounds. I had been told that it is best to get a decent HDMI cable for using a 3D player and if possible a gold plated cable for speed and quality purposes, again these are under £5. Once plugged in you can simply switch it on and go, the start-up time of the machine is nice and fast. The player also has a USB port for you to play downloaded films and music.
The player has a small remote control that is full of buttons, half of which I don't know what they do! I use it for turning the machine on, play and pause functions. This is a Smart Blu-ray player however, and so if you are going to be using it for going on the internet and for apps then I suspect the remote will be better utilised. This has the Sony Entertainment Network installed which allows you to access many features and apps. This player is Wifi ready, but you need an Ethernet cable or a wifi adapter to connect it to the internet. If you are going to be utilising these features a lot it would be better choosing a Blu-ray player with wifi already installed, which are slightly more expensive machines. For my personally I use my Smart TV for YouTube and the like so I have not purchased an adapter.
On first viewing putting in a standard Blu-ray disc into the Sony player I was really impressed with the picture quality. It is sharp, crisp and very good quality. The player also upscales standard DVDs to near HD quality; again this is quite an obvious improvement compared to watching on my older Blu-ray player. The Sony machine has Triluminos display, which is Sony's colour technology that brings intensity and depth to your Blu-ray by reproducing the true and natural shades of colours that are often difficult to replicate on screen. I can vouch that the colours look extremely good on my TV and again I can tell the difference from my older Blu-ray player. Watching a 3D Blu-ray through this machine and on my 3D television is a truly awesome experience.
Overall I am really happy with this 3D Blu-ray player, it looks good, is quiet and fast with great upscaling and picture quality. My only gripe is the cheap, plastic design which although looks good does not feel quality. I paid £60 for this on Sony's outlet store a few months ago, they are currently on Amazon for £79 which is a great price for a good quality 3D Blu-ray player.
Oral-B 4 Pack Floss Action Refills Brush Head
I have had the Braun Oral-B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush for a good few months and needed to find some replacement heads for it. I decided to look on Amazon at the different types of brush heads available for my model and the reviews. I decided to try the Floss Action variety as they seemed to have very good reviews and were a good price at £10 for 4 refills.
The brush heads come in a plastic container that is a long rectangular shape with the brushes inside. The packet is blue coloured with the Oral B branding written boldly across the front. There is also a picture of the distinctive brush heads taking up the main space of the packaging. Inside the box the brush heads are individually wrapped for cleanliness in a plastic cellophane wrapper.
To use the brush head you obviously need to have a compatible Oral B electric toothbrush. This typically fits Profession Care, Triumph, Vitality Floss and TriZone models; however you should specifically check your model before buying these to make sure they are compatible. To change the head you simply pull the old one off and slot the new one on, it is that simple.
The brush head looks a lot different to the head that I originally got with my electric toothbrush. It is approximately 3 inches in length and circular in shape. It has the Oral B branding in tiny font on the middle of the brush head and a small removable ring on the end where it attaches onto the toothbrush body. The floss action brush itself is circular in shape and has longer yellow bristles on the outer ring, with shorter blue and light blue bristles inside this. It also has white rubber like pieces between the yellow bristles.
These differing bristles are what Oral B call Micropulse bristles, which are meant to penetrate deep between the teeth to sweep away plaque more effectively than a standard brush head. They also state that these give a clinically superior clean vs. the Oral-B Precision Clean. From my experience the floss action head really does get into the teeth's nooks and crevices a lot easier than my previous 'standard' brush head. The longer yellow and rubber bristles at speed dig deep into any plague on the teeth with the smaller bristles handling the outsides and inside of the teeth.
After brushing my teeth with this type of brush head they feel noticeable more clean and smooth than I had previously experienced and for that reason I will be repurchasing more packs of these brush heads. The bristles stay very strong and in place even after weeks of use and I have not had any stray bristles or fibres falling off of the heads so far, leading me to believe they are well made and strong. Another plus point with these heads is that although they give you a good clean they are not overly harsh or uncomfortable to use.
So overall I am really pleased with these Floss action brush heads and would definitely recommend them for a good standard clean!
Twinings Everyday Tea
I am a huge tea fan and enjoy a couple of cups a day, especially when I am in the office. Twinings Everyday tea is a longstanding and well known tea drink readily available in the supermarkets.
The Everyday Tea comes in a bright yellow cardboard box that is rectangular shaped. The box is predominantly yellow with a white flower like symbol on the front. The main focal point on the box is the highly recognisable Twinings black and gold branding. These tea bags are available in boxes of 40 £2.28, 80 £3.48 and 240 £7.48 from most supermarkets.
The tea bags are rectangular shaped and sealed in a cellophane bag. You only need to use one bag per cup of tea, or two in a pot of tea as I have started using recently! You boil your kettle and place your tea bag in the cup, pour over the hot/just off the boiled water and leave to brew for a couple of minutes. Depending on how you like your tea you can leave these bags in for longer and they will give you a stronger tea taste. I prefer a medium tasting tea and so remove the bag from the cup after about sixty seconds. Add your milk and sugar as preferred.
Twinings state that they have over 300 years of blending experience and this goes into their everyday tea bags. The flavour of the tea is very smooth and velvety. It has a really nice rich and strong flavour that glides easily down your throat. I find that this tea really hydrates me when I have a cup without being at all bitter or unpleasant which other brands can leave you with. This is probably one of my favourite regular teas to drink on a day to day basis for these reasons.
Although slightly more expensive than other brands Twinings Everyday Tea really is lovely cup of tea to drink and worth the extra pennies in my opinion.
Corona is one of those drinks that I tend to go through in phases and when I have it I get hooked as it's so delicious and moreish.
Corona Extra is a Mexican beer that has been going since 1925 and made by the Grupo Modelo with Anheuser Busch InBev group. The beer is 4.6 % ABV. It is one of the top selling beers worldwide and widely exported out of Mexico across the globe.
The bottle is a see through glass design with a clear sticker containing the Corona branding across it. This is a white background and blue font with cut out shapes so that the colour of the beer comes through the glass. The bottle design looks very modern and funky which matches the drinks reputation and taste. Each bottle is generally 33 cl, but you can now also get 710 ml bottles in some supermarkets, I prefer the smaller ones with a nice wedge of lime stuffed into the top.
The beer itself is a bright golden coloured liquid; it appears refreshing just looking at it. The bottle has a metal cap that that you have to remove with a bottle opener and you are immediately hit with the smooth and fruity beer smell. This has to be drunk ice cold for its optimum flavour to come out.
This is a pale beer and as such is much lighter than your average pint. It has a light and airy/fizzy taste to it and is very smooth and easy drinking. This is best drunk directly from the bottle with a thick wedge of lime stuffed down the neck of the bottle and then pushed into the beer itself. The lime makes this drink even more delicious and refreshing. You can taste the hops in this, but again they are not overpowering and it has a nice crisp finish.
I tend to drink Corona when I am on my holidays, in the sun or at a party. I see it as a bit of a fun beer drink and also a treat as it is more expensive than your average tinned beer drink, but definitely worth the extras pennies and much more enjoyable. Typically a 33 cl bottle costs £1.45 in supermarkets and liquor stores, with a four pack costing £4.50 and a larger 12 box priced at £12. Which is good value for a great tasting light beer.
Bloomingdales Little Brown Bag
My aunt went to New York and visited the Bloomingdales store while she was over there and brought me back a Little Brown Bag as a present which I was very grateful for!
Bloomingdales is a posh, American department store found in 1860, I would likely to compare it to Selfridges or Harrods as a comparison in the UK. It is owned by Macy's Inc who also have department stores called Macy's across the USA.
The Bloomingdales Little Brown Bag is an iconic Bloomingdales product and many people buy them as souvenirs from their time in the store. Having not been to Bloomingdales myself I feel a bit silly having a bag but it is a very nice and handy gift.
The bag is made of a rubberised plastic material which is shaped and very similar looking to the classic square paper take-away bags! My bag has measurements of approximately 20 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm. You also get larger bags in this style called Medium brown Bag and Big Canvas Bag, but I think this little one looks really stylish and cute.
The material that the bag is made for it totally water resistant and wipe clean. It is a light brown/beige overall colour with Little Brown Bag written in Bold dark brown font that covers the entire front and bag of the bag. Down the side panels of the bag is the Bloomingdales name and website. The bag is very recognisable and as I have said, iconic.
The bag has two thin dark brown plastic handles for carrying it around. I tend to use my Bloomingdales Little Brown Bag for carrying my lunch to work, it is not really big or secure enough to be used as a handbag or a shoulder bag, so I do struggle to find uses for it! However it looks cute and is a very well made item that will last a lifetime I think. The Little Brown Bag costs £19.70 on the Bloomingdales website and is available in Bloomingdale stores if you are in America!
Asda Protect Non Applicator Tampons Regular
Being an avid bargain hunter I always try to look for good quality, but cheaper alternatives to branded products. When it comes to tampons my opinion is that they all do the same job and are a necessary monthly purchase for most women, so the fewer pennies I have to spend on them the better. I have been buying Asda's own brand of non applicator tampons for a while now and am very happy to keep buying them in the future.
This particular size of tampon comes in boxes of 32 and costs a mere £1, when compared to its competitors such as Lil Lets, who charge £2.17 for a 16 pack, this is a great price. The tampons come on a cardboard rectangular box that is pale blue coloured with a white foliage pattern. They are called Protect and have purple and yellow branding on the front of the pack. To get into the box you simply pull open the top and this can then be resealed to keep the tampons secure inside.
The tampons come individually wrapped in plastic for hygiene reasons, as mentioned the box contains 32 of these. To open the plastic you simply twist the wrapping and it is perforated at the centre, I do find that sometimes they are quite tough to twist open, but I get there eventually. Each tampon has a pull out string that is light blue coloured that you obviously pull out.
The regular tampons are intended for a light to medium period and these I have to say are exactly the same size as any regular tampon. They are very comfortable and easy to use and protect you during wear very well. They have the usual width expansion and should be changed whenever necessary but obviously not left for long periods of time!
Overall I have found these to be exactly the same as branded tampons I have used in the past and am very happy with their performance! For only £1 these are great and a good money saver!
Tetley Green Tea with Lemon
I loved green tea for a while and then moved onto fruity teas, but now I am back on the green stuff to counteract all of my bad eating and drinking habits. I recently tried Tetley's Green Tea with Lemon tea bags having seen them on offer in the supermarket.
The teabags come in a rectangular cardboard box with a flip open lid. The box is green coloured with yellow leaves, lemon slices and foliage decorating the main part. The box has the blue and white iconic Tetley branding in bold across the front and green tea and lemon written below. The little Tetley man is also present! The boxes of green tea are available in boxes of 50 bags and costs £1.89 at the time of writing for 100 grams worth of tea bags.
To make the green tea with lemon you simply boil your kettle and place your tea bag into a cup, then add the just off the boil water and leave the teabag to infuse. I have found recently that I prefer a weaker green tea and so leave the bag in the water for about a minute and then remove it. I used to leave the teabag in my cup and drink it, however the taste could sometimes be too bitter and so I now make a weaker brew.
Tetley's green tea with lemon tastes pretty much like most green teas I have tried. It is a smooth green tea taste that is quite earthy and tastes 'natural'. The lemon flavour is quite mellow but gives the tea a slight zingy boost which makes it more pleasant and refreshing to drink than your standard green tea.
Tetley use green tea leaves from the sloping plantations of Asia for their green tea with lemon. Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties and general relaxing wellbeing and I drink it for this reason. It is not my favourite hot beverage, but is refreshing and light and I find a good pre bed hot drink to have, with no calories! Some green teas leave you with a dry throat but this is really smooth and light to drink.
Overall I wouldn't say that this stands out above other green teas with lemon on the market, but it is a pleasant one to drink and good value at £1.89 a box, therefore I am rating it at 4 stars.