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      06.02.2012 22:22
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      Excellent product, enjoyable to use.

      Over the past few months I've been enjoying the relaxing experience of having an evening bath. I wasn't unclean before this recent penchant for baths ... sticking to showers in the main but I thought it would be relaxing to have more baths and also hoped it would stop me watching too much TV and thus reduce my evening snacks intake!

      I've tried numerous types of bath products but I've got to say the product I've been most pleased with to date it Radox Timeout Bath Therapy. Most people will have heard of Radox the brand, as they have been in existence over 100 years. The packaging of my bath soak states that they have been blending since 1908 which makes me think they must know a thing or two about getting the product right.

      The bottle is about 20cms tall with a square shape to it. The purple bottle contains 500ml of thick purple liquid. This concentrated liquid means that when I add to my running bath water only a small amount is needed to fill the room with a heavenly aroma and fill the bath with welcoming suds. The main herbal ingredients are mimosa and lavender which I love especially in the evening as I find the scent relaxing and helps me wind-down after a long day. This love is mainly for the smell of lavender, which I really enjoy. Before using the product I wasn't sure of mimosa and what its benefits were and I've done a bit of research, which states that the plant is used in medicine to help aid insomnia and with sleeping. Radox also mention on the packaging that it's great for lifting your mood. Now I cannot say for certain if the ingredient has lifted my mood as to be honest a relaxing 20 minutes in the bath already does enough to life my spirits.

      In addition to the lovely smell and luxurious bubbles the product delivers I also find it very gentle on my skin. I like to soak for a good 20 minutes or so and I have found other cheaper products on the market make my skin dry and irritable after that amount of time submerged in the bath. Not with this Radox product. My skin isn't dry or irritated at all and infact I find it leaves my skin softer. It does state on the packaging that it has a 'perfect pH balance' and my skin appears to appreciate this.

      The packaging also contains a full list of the ingredients, which are easy to read for those who need to be careful with their skin. If you are interested you can obtain ingredient information for this and all Radox products at www.radox.co.uk (I wont bore you here with the long list). Another thing I think is really good is that Radox clearly state on the plastic packaging that it's recyclable (but you must remove the cap before sending for recycling). I think this is really helpful as I'm often unsure whether or not certain plastics are recyclable.

      As for the price this can vary I got my last bottle on offer in local B&M Bargains for £1 which was really good value. In most supermarkets they seem to retail about £1.90 but can be found on offer on occasions.

      Overall I'm very please with Radox timeout bath therapy, it last ages, is kind to my skin and helps me relax so all in all a 5 out of 5 from me.

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        28.09.2011 18:30
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        Great product from the Body Shop - would recommend

        I'm a fan of the Body Shop and over the past few months have been using their Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser twice a day. My skin is never fully clear and I wanted to try a product that was natural but also would give my skin a really good clean feeling and try minimising spots and blackheads as much as possible. Here are my thoughts on the product and my experience of using it.

        The Product & Packaging
        I find this product really easy to use and this is really why I like it so much. It comes in a green bottle with a pump on top which dispenses a blob of fresh smelling tea tree oil foam which has a really light and airy feel to it. When I dispense I use two pumps worth of the product every morning and night, wetting my face first and then gently rubbing the foam all over my face. It's so light and gentle making it easy to apply, as I'm not a fan of heavy claggy creams for washing my face. The freshness of the organic tea tree oil also really comes out as soon as you dispense the product and this also adds to its refreshing nature. It's that simple really and I find it cleans my face without making it tight and dry. I have combination skin with parts oily and parts, which are dry, and I have to say this doesn't cause any problems for either areas. What I do find still exists using this product are black heads and I do try to exfoliate or have a mask at least once a week because this product doesn't seem to get rid of blackhead (yuck!) which is a bit disappointing.

        The packaging states that it is suitable for 'blemished skin', which I do have but I don't notice these minimising but I have had less spots so all in all I think it good for people prone to spots. There are other products in the Tea Tree Skin Clearing range and I haven't tried these with the foam but maybe if you were to use a range of their products you may find the blemishes are reduced.

        In addition to the fair-trade organic tea tree oil the main ingredients are methanol and white willow extract (which is recommended to reduce inflammation which I guess helps with spots and blemishes). I haven't listed the full ingredients list here but they are clearly labelled on the bottle and also available on their website.

        The Price
        The bottle I've been using now over the last 3 months or so is 150ml which is just coming to an end and this cost £4.50 which I think is really good value. I also have a Body Shop card and I get 10% off purchases with it. This did cost me £5 but I have received a £5 gift in my birthday month and I buy a fair bit in the Body Shop so I find it a worthwhile thing to have.

        Overall
        I really like the Body Shops philosophy and love to try products from there as I feel its kinder to the environment and to fair-trade farmers around the world. Also the fact they don't test on animals is a real reason in my opinion to support them. All that said I think you really need the product to work to stick with it and I have to say this foam really does work. I had thought reaching 30 would mean I wouldn't get spots but that teenage problem seems to have stayed with me and this is the best product I've found in my price range to give me clearer skin. For the price it gives a good clean and I would definitely recommend it to others.

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      • Lancome Juicy Tubes / Make Up / 73 Readings / 73 Ratings
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        21.08.2011 19:40
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        Great product, worth the initial financial outlay

        Years ago when Lancôme Juicy Tubes seemed all the rage with my family and friends I could never justify spending so much money on what was simply a lip-gloss. However as you may know from some of my other reviews, my wedding two years ago gave me a great excuse to forgo my budget rules and indulge on items that were a little out of my price range. One of these items was a 15ml tube of Lancôme Juicy Tubes in 'Peche, No.31' and here are my thoughts on my little splurge!

        Lancôme Juicy Tubes - what's all the fuss?
        These little tubes of gloss seem to have a really strong fan base and I could never understand what all the fuss was about. But I was wrong, having owned a Juicy Tube now for 2 years I've got to say that there is a lot to shout about with this little product.

        Lancôme who are owned by L'Oreal are a high-end provider of make-up, perfumes and skin care ranges, which was set up in 1935. Juicy Tubes were introduced by Lancôme in 2000 and were the world's first lip-gloss in a tube, which may go some way to understanding why they have become so popular.

        The Juicy Tubes, which I've had so far, are 15ml in size but the current size of the packaging is now 18ml. This doesn't seem much but I can confirm I've got over 12 months use out of my two tubes and I've given them pretty heavy use.

        The packaging is a clear plastic tube with a twist on cap to keep your gloss and the applicator clean and tidy. Sometimes I do find that the area where the lid twists on can have some gloss which ends up sticking to it and this area may get a little dirty with frequent use but I find a quick wipe and your back to new again. The size of the tube also makes it so easy to fit in the smallest of handbags or even a purse.

        The product is applied straight from the packaging with a handy slanted top to the tube with a small opening for the gloss to be squeezed out. The gloss itself is quiet thick but goes onto the lips very easily. The taste of mine is really peachy which I love and the colour is really natural. I use it for a day look on its own or a night look with some lipstick underneath and a little lip liner. It was also great for my wedding day and everytime my lips went dry with nerves I added some lipgloss for a peachy perk me up! Once applied lips are really glistening with shine and the colour of my 'Peche' gives a really lovely natural glow to my lips. The stickiness of the product has both good and bad points for me. Its stays on really well and much better than other lip-gloss products I use which seem to disappear once I leave the house. The stickiness is also a bit of a pain when you head out and the wind sticks your hair to your lips and then you end up with lip-glossed hair. I guess it's a small price to pay but for me it does cause a little bother!

        When I bought my first Juicy Tube two years ago for my wedding it cost me about £14 (my second was a gift so don't know the cost) and I've checked online with Boots and notice that the 18ml bottle costs £14.50 at the moment (there are 10 colours available with Boots) so it hasn't increased in price too dramatically. Also when compared against other products on the market it doesn't seem to expensive when you consider the amount of use you will get from the product.

        Overall this is something I never thought I needed but when I've tried it I've got to say its worth a little splurge to have lovely glossy lips!

        4/5 for me, the stickiness takes it down a point!

        Thanks for reading.

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          08.08.2011 21:59
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          A very disappointing hair washing experience

          I regularly purchase 2in1 shampoos, as my husband likes the convenience of using these for his morning shower. I myself try to use a separate shampoo and conditioner to try keep my shoulder length hair in good condition but in reality I seem to be using his 2in1 almost as much as my own shampoo in order to make it to work on time! I would like to share with you my thoughts and experience after my recent use of Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine 2in1 moisture balance.

          My experience
          This brand from Proctor and Gamble is one that is probably familiar to most of you. I am not loyal to any brand of shampoo as I think most are over priced for what they are. Instead I like to purchase shampoo when its on special offer to get some more value for money. I bought this product as it was on offer and as it's a well know brand I thought that the product should be of good quality.

          The packaging has a convenient green dispenser at the top matching closely the colour of the 2in1 shampoo and conditioner and this packaging is recyclable. The packaging has changed slight from the image above and it does state on the bottle that this is a 'New Formula'. On opening the dispenser the scent is reminiscent of sweet tropical fruits. This did surprise me as the label states that it contains 'shimmering pearl and rose extracts' so I did expect the scent of rose, but this isn't evident (I don't know what pearl extract should smell like so will refrain from comment on this extract!).

          The 2in1 shampoo and conditioner is for 'normal hair' according to the label. I would consider myself to have 'normal hair' its straight without any volume and I don't suffer from too many dry ends so I thought this would fit my needs quiet closely. How wrong I was, I've now tried this 2in1 shampoo and conditioner about half a dozen times and am extremely disappointed with the results. The simple act of wetting hair, lathering and rinsing clean is fine it's the positively terrible condition it leaves my hair when dry that was the real disappointment. It creates hair akin to that which is dipped into a chip fryer, greasy, greasy, greasy (yes so bad it warrants this triple greasy mention)! Now and then I can get greasy roots but never before have I had freshly washed hair, which was so lacklustre and dreary. At first I thought I may not have washed it out correctly in my rush to catch the bus however all my other uses of the product have left my hair looking greasy and unwashed so I've given up trying this product any more. My husband has also been really disappointed with the results and has given up using it too.

          Price
          I bought this on special offer at my local Sainsbury's supermarket recently, which was two 400ml bottles for £5. Individually you can expect to pay about £3.30 for this size bottle of the product. My keenness for a bargain has left me with another bottle of this in my bathroom cupboard, which I cannot see us ever using. I do think that for the results I have seen this is expensive and not good value for money.

          For me its only gets a 1/5, the packaging promises dazzling shine and for the money I paid for this product I expected more than a greasy sheen!

          Thanks for reading.

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            26.07.2011 19:36
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            Bright energetic indie music.

            Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

            I purchased this album recently after seeing the band perform at Glastonbury (from the comfort of my front room though rather than muddy Somerset, - I do love the great coverage BBC do for that concert but that's for another time). I really loved what I heard and I went out and bought this album to hear more.

            Who are Two Door Cinema Club (TDCC)?
            They are a three-piece indie band from Co. Down Northern Ireland. The term indie doesn't quiet do them justice, I think there is something more to this band. It's the vibrancy of their songs (and the lead singers fabulous ginger hair!) and also the energy they seem to give to their performances, which really sets them apart. They had their debut at Glastonbury in 2009 on the BBC Introducing Stage, which has given them the springboard to success. This year saw them perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2011 where they seemed to get a great response from the crowd and also from me in my front room! (check out BBC I-player to see this years performance). With my interest in TDCC raised I purchased their debut album - Tourist History.

            Tourist History - what's it like?
            This debut album was released in March 2010 on French label Kitsume Music. It's got 10 tracks on the album and I have to say I've got time for all of them. The image on the front of the album is of a cat with a crown and some very sparkling eyes. TDCCs song writing delivers some great results and here's the album listing and my a brief outline of my thoughts on each.

            1. Cigarettes in the theatre
            Lovely introduction with just simple guitar strum into really upbeat tempo and instantly the vibrancy of this bands music hits you. Really energetic song, which is great starter for the album.

            2. Come back home
            This is really catchy chorus with a strong, punchy beat. Really gets into your head.

            3. Do you want it all?
            Softer delivery on this song but the buoyant nature of the music remains, great guitar riff too which I enjoyed.

            4. This is the life
            Bit more electro pop influence here but again guitar riff which is really catchy and carries this tune.

            5. Something good can work
            My absolute favourite it's so summery and bright, I urge you to check this one out! Its probably the best on the album along with track 8 'what you know'. The fact the he (the lead singer) can release the chorus words as quickly as he does from his mouth is amazing in itself. Can't help not to dance to this track, its got a real party feel.

            6. I can talk
            Echo at the start grabs your attention and starts another really cheerful tune and chorus, bit more punchy than the others on the album.

            7. Undercover Martyn
            Delivers the TDCC style of bright and energetic but not quiet as magical.

            8. What you know
            This is probably one of their most well known tracks and is in my opinion one of their best. Chorus is amazing, the lead singers Northern Irish accent coming out more clearly on this than any of the other tracks I think.

            9. Eat this up its good for you
            This hasn't the same draw for me as other tracks on the album, little heavier in terms of drums, guitar and I think this makes it a little less special for me.

            10. You're not stubborn
            Album ends on a high with a really strong song but excellent lyrics which draw you in.

            Overall this album is, in my opinion brilliant and I would definitely recommend to anyone who has a love for indie music with a slight 'poppy edge'. Brilliant songs, well written with amazing music, what isn't there to like. I bought the album about two weeks ago from my local HMV store for £6.99 which I was quiet pleased with but I've checked online and it can be purchased for £4.97 with Amazon.

            Thanks for reading this review, hope you get a chance to listen to TDCC and enjoy their music.

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              16.07.2011 22:14
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              A great luxury skin product

              Body Balm isn't the most unusual product in the world but I have to say when I first saw and tried Benefit Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm (certainly a mouthful of a name!) I'd never seen or used anything like it before. What's more I really thought this cannot be anything special but how wrong I was. Now after owning this product for 2 years I want to share with you my thoughts on this special and unusual product.

              Benefit Cosmetics who are they?

              Benefit the makers of this product are a US based cosmetic company based in San Francisco, California. The company started in 1975 when identical twins the Fords set up the company. It's gone on to become a global make-up brand with a quirky fun edge to it. The main difference between Benefit and many other major brands are the interesting names for products they use like 'ooh la life' for there volumising mascara and 'erase paste' which is a concelor product. What's also a real differing point is the quirky packaging they use for their products which make them stand out and in my opinion much more interesting than some other brands on the market. The brands products aren't cheap which does mean they aren't always something you can just pop in the basket but certainly worth a look if you can afford them.

              What is Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm?

              Benefit Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm is as the packaging describes a 'velvet body balm'. To my mind its somewhere between a moisturiser or body butter and light reflecting make-up for your body. I use it when I want to make a special effort with my skin, which is normally when I'm going out or during the summer when I dare to show some more of it! It's beautifully scented and gives a lovely luminous quality to your skin and it's for these reasons I think it's a great item to have.

              The Packaging?

              The product comes in what I consider an unusual form. It's akin to a tin pencil case. The image on the front is of a lady in a boudoir style setting, which gives a hint to the luxurious side to the product. When you open the box the lovely scent of the body balm hits your senses and evokes thoughts of glamour and style. Inside the box there is a smaller tin box, which is covered by a see-through lid where the balm is stored. The lid can be easily removed and is a good protector to stop the product drying out or getting damaged. The balm is a pale pinky/peachy colour with a silky texture to touch. Along side the balm is an applicator for the product or 'Bathina's puff' as described on the packaging. This little black puff is perfect for applying the balm and has a pink ribbon on one side so you can easily hold the applicator when applying the balm. Do note that the image used above has now changed on current packaging as I noticed on the company's website its now a lady in a outdoor setting wearing shorts on the front and the box seems a little smaller than that which I have as is displayed above.

              The Product?

              Before I bought this product I didn't own anything that compared to it in terms of what it does and how to apply it. A friend first shared the product with me, it was at my hen do and I have to say immediately I was hooked. I thought it was perfect for doing a little something special to your skin on a big occasion. So I thought I'd buy it for my wedding day and I've been a convert ever since. I don't consider it a moisturiser at all and haven't really ever used it as such. I see it as my way of adding a little something to my skin for that big occasion or a night out, it gives my skin a lovely glistening quality without being too brash. The glistening sheen it gives skin is a light pinky hue, which I think, should go well with most skin-tones. I'm quiet a pale colour and I find it works perfectly with my skin-tone. In my opinion the product is quiet classy as it makes skin look brighter and silkier. Also it has a wonderful scent, which to me is a really clean smell with a slight sweetness. It doesn't overpower so when worn with perfume I don't think it clashes but I do think it gives your skin a wonderful subtle smell. For me the scent doesn't last all night but I wouldn't expect it too after a couple of hours on the dance floor! The luminous quality does last though the night though, which for me is perfect.

              The Price?

              It's currently available in Boots for £22.50. I bought my Bathina Body Balm about two years ago (circa £20) and I still am using that purchase today so you will get lots of applications from the product. What I will say is its expensive. When I was getting married I seemed to throw all caution to the wind and buy any products I fell in love with including this (cost not a worry!) as I could reason with myself that it was worth it for the big day. Maybe now if I'd come across this product for the first time the price may have put me off it slightly but if I'm honest I'm really glad I bought it as it does make my skin feel and smell great when I wear it.

              Overall the Verdict

              This little tin of wonder won't change your life but it will make you feel pampered and a little bit luxurious. It's not a bad thing to give yourself a little bit of luxury and for me this is just that little treat. It's an unusual product but I think it's worth a little expense now and then for a little luxury in life.

              Rating for this from me is 4/5 as the price is a slight drawback.

              Thanks for reading this review.

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                29.06.2011 22:53
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                Healthy eating made easy and the story behind why its so important.

                I love to cook whenever I can and with that comes a real addiction to cookery books. Most of my cookery books are by the usual suspects, Delia, Nigella, Rachel etc but I have to say one of my favourites is my Sally Bee book 'The Secret Ingredient'. She may not be as well known but for me I love her recipes and the story behind how she wrote this book.

                Sally Bee is a mum of 3 who has had an extraordinary experience; the introduction of this book goes into lots of detail and really lays the foundation of why she wrote the cookbook. To summarise Sally was a healthy young woman with a young family who developed serious ill-health quiet rapidly. First a heart attack and then a condition so rare 'spontaneous coronary artery dissection' which is not normally diagnosed until after a person has died so really this lady's story is all the more inspiring. The book delves deeper into her quest to recover and in particular her need to be as healthy as possible to give herself the best chance to get back her strength and lead as normal as life as possible. Sally mentions in the book that it's her 'eating plan' and really it is just that. It's a plan she uses to stay healthy, its not about calories or fads, its more centred around healthy eating and seeing food as a fuel for our bodies, the better the type of fuel the better our bodies will work.

                The recipes are very healthy as you would expect but not in a depriving way that you feel you've had to forgo tasty food for rabbit food so to speak. I've tried plenty of these recipes and I have to say I haven't been disappointed with any I've tried so far. Sally encourages less use of salt and fats but gives helpful ideas on how to keep flavour in your food. A tip I now use regularly is to replace salt with lemon juice, it gives food a lovely zingy flavour and by reducing your salt intake you know your doing better things for your body. My favourite recipe (which I could eat everyday) is her recipe for meatballs in spicy tomato and vegetable sauce on page 89. The meatballs have a wonderful flavour as they have allspice and cinnamon in them and I find that this slightly different flavour to the meatball makes them extra tasty whilst being healthy too.

                The book is split into different sections including, Soups and Starters, Salads sides and Vegetarian, Chicken, Fish, Beef Pork & Lamb, Desserts and Drinks so as you can see there is plenty to choose from in the book. What I also love about the book is that there is lots of little tips dotted around it, for example one relates to exercise and the role it plays in a healthy lifestyle, another to portion sizes and making us more aware of the amount we eat. Its also really well illustrated and bright which I find encourages me to try more new recipes. Sally identifies each process in the recipe in an easy to follow number guide and displays clearly on each recipe how many people it is expected to feed. Another part of the book which I really like is that on each recipe it has the tag of either everyday or treat, so for me this makes being healthy even easier as I don't have to count calories as I know that a recipe with everyday is a healthy meal option.

                My overall opinion is that this book is not only a great cookbook but a fascinating and eye-opening story as well. I was recommended this book by a friend who's mother was really loving the recipes in the book as she suffered with high blood pressure. Although I don't have any health problems as such I do struggle with my weight so I thought I'd give this healthy cookbook a go. I really enjoyed reading her story for the point of view that it made me more aware of the fact that you cannot take your health for granted and you need to be proactive in keeping yourself healthy. What I'm even more pleased about is that it includes lots of lovely recipes which are easy to follow and healthy too. It means I can try being healthier in my approach to food without having to drastically alter my food habits. I've been recommending this book to family and friends and have bought it for my mother too who also enjoys the recipes. The book has a RRP of £12.99 but is currently available on Amazon for £7.25 which I do think is good value. You may also be able to get a copy on loan from your local library I know my local library does stock it so you maybe able to pick it up there. I certainly recommend this to everyone. 5 stars from me!

                The Secret Ingredient ISBN 978-0-00-734406-2 published by Harper Collins and written by Sally Bee.

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                  18.06.2011 10:50
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                  Excellent moisturiser, which doesn't cost the earth

                  As a person I don't consider myself brand loyal to any one product, I'm more than happy to give something a go especially if its on offer, however one product I keep coming back to no matter how many others I try is Boots No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream. This moisturiser which is available in Boots stores never lets me down and I feel that I'm doing a good thing for my skin when I use it.

                  "The Product"
                  This moisturiser is light pink in colour and hasn't any odour. When applied you don't need very much as it applies really evenly to your skin. Its not greasy and what I love most is that its silky smooth when it goes on and is absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving any residue which I find great as I can get on straight away with applying my make-up. The product is advised for Normal/Dry Skin, now I've been around 29 years and I honestly cant truly say I know what my skin type is but what I do know is sometimes I've dry patches and sometime I suffer with large pores which are clogged with greasiness and can honestly say this moisturiser seems to put a stop to any dryness yet also doesn't make my skin over greasy and minimises my over active pores. This moisturiser is also hypoallergenic and it doesn't mention this on the jar but on Boots website it mentions it contains 'soothing elderflower with vitamins E and F' which are also supposed to be beneficial to your skin.

                  "The Packaging"
                  The moisturiser comes in a 50ml jar and the jar has a double wall construction (why this is highlighted on the label (twice) I don't know as I think its fairly evident when you open it that the inner tub is smaller than the outside dimensions but anyhow!). The jar is plastic as is the lid but it isn't evident whether the packaging can be recycled which I do find a little annoying.

                  "The Price"
                  Moisturisers in general seem to me to be on the whole extremely expensive and I cannot justify spending £20-30 pounds on top off the range brands, this is one of the reasons I like this No7 product so much. The current price for No7 Essential Moisture is £9, this has gone up recently and it does seem to have had a few price hikes over recent months and years. I do think at £9 it's a little expensive and this is why I always tend to stock up when it's on offer. Sometimes it can be a 3 for 2 offer but my favourite are when Boots offer a £5 off voucher on No7 products when you spend £10. There is one on the moment and I think it ends tomorrow (19/06) so I've recently been to stock up. I try to buy phone credit and sometime my lunch and products on offer to spend the £10 to get these vouchers which means it only costs me £4 to buy my favourite moisturiser which I am really happy about.

                  "My Overall Verdict"
                  Recently whilst trying to be thrifty I've been buying own brand moisturisers and also buying in bulk with Avon offers but I haven't been happy with the results I've been getting so I'm now back with my trusted favourite. I realise its important to look after your skin particularly on your face and I feel that using Boots No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream I'm doing a little bit of good for my face rather than saving a few pennies with the cheaper options to end up have spotty skin which isn't good for me or those having to look at my face!

                  I think also that if you can get this product whilst on offer it's a great buy and I really feel that it's a great product without costing you a lot.

                  Thanks for reading x

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                  • Tilda Basmati Rice / Other Food / 97 Readings / 96 Ratings
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                    Thoroughly Recommend

                    I enjoy cooking but something I've always struggled to get right is cooking rice. I pretty much always went for 'boil in the bag' option as it meant I was more likely to have some rice to eat rather than having most of it stuck to the saucepan! Plenty of people have recommended different ways of cooking it, even my Delia cookbook had its own 'guaranteed' method to prepare rice but with all this advice I never seemed to manage to get perfectly fluffy tasty rice, that is until I tried Tilda Pure Original Basmati Rice.

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                    Tilda Pure Basmati Rice comes in a vivid blue packaging (it has changed slightly from the picture above) with text only on the packaging rather than any images. The product comes in a number of different sizes and I mainly tend to purchase the 1kg bags. There are however 12 different sizes of packaging available including 350g, 500g, 750g, 1kg, 1.5kg, 2kg, 4kg, 5kg, 7.5kg, 10kg, 12kg and 20kg as mentioned on their website, however I've only really seen the 500g, 1kg and 2kg bags on sale in my local supermarket. It is harvested at the foot of the Himalayas, which is apparently the only one place on earth where pure Basmati Rice can be grown and they source the product from over 10000 independent farmers in the region. It gives good cooking instructions on the packet which I find work perfectly by washing the rice in cold water to remove as much starch as possible and then cooking in water that's cold to start with and with twice as much water as rice.

                    Ingredients
                    This is just the Pure Basmati Rice, but I liked the little touch by Tilda where they also say 'Sun kissed legendary rice, nothing else' so you know you are buying a wholesome and healthy product.

                    Nutritional Information
                    Well the packaging lays claim to many positives including that it's low-to-medium GI, free from gluten and lactose and free from added colours, preservatives and flavours. It states that each 180g of cooked rice (a serving) contains

                    192 - Kcal, 5.1g - Protein, 41.7g - Carbohydrate, 0.6g - Fat, 0.3g - Sat Fat, 1.5g - Fibre, and trace of salt.

                    So all in all a good healthy option.

                    My opinion
                    This is a fabulous product and it's turned my disasters of cooking rice into a distant memory. Every time I cook this rice it comes out perfect and I know my cooking hasn't improved that much! It really is easy to follow if you follow the recipe closely. The taste is also excellent with fluffy tasty rice always the outcome. The packet has a tagline' love at first taste' which I would say I have to agree with as I wont be going back to boil in the bag or other varieties or brands any time soon. What I will say is that it's more expensive than some of the other options around but I do think most rice is expensive these days. I try to always but this product when it's on special offer, which does come around quiet regularly at my local Sainsbury store. The 1kg bag is normally around £4.49 in Sainsbury's and £4.40 in Asda but its currently has a £1 off in Sainsbury's.. I think it's definitely a worthwhile product and something my husband and I enjoy eating.
                    Thanks for reading x

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                      02.06.2011 21:46
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                      A great product which delivers on its promise.

                      I'm known for my overly sensitive nose with a particular fondness for fresh smells at all times. Not much to ask for I say, yet I've struggled since a teenager to find a deodorant which really does what it says on the tin ... 24hr deodorants which give up after a quick 30 minutes physical activity, I'm sure plenty of you reading can understand what I mean.

                      With this penchant for clean smelling and a lack of any love for products I'd previously used I'm always up for to try something new in the 'deodorant world'. So when a few months back I came across Sure Women Maximum Protection Stick deodorant I didn't hesitate to give it a try. The tag line of 'scientifically proven wetness protection 48 hour anti-perspirant deodorant' certainly drew me in.

                      So what about the products details, well it claims to be Dermatologically tested with a trademarked TRIsolid cream included which I guess helps achieve the 48h claim. The product comes in a cardboard box and is a stick deodorant so does have heavy plastic packaging when you open it up. It's a 45ml bottle, which I find lasts for about a month. There is also some instructions on how to use it which may seem over helpful when you think its just a deodorant but these instructions do say that you should put the deodorant on before you go to bed for the next day something I have to say I haven't tried as I know I need all the help I can get on the day and am not too worried about my overnight odour as long as I'm not entertaining!

                      What do I think of the product, I think its fantastic and it's the best deodorant I've ever come across. Previous deodorants both spray and stick always under performed for me but not this one. In my past I've spent many a lunch hour in work reapplying deodorant just so I could feel a bit more comfortable that I didn't smell! My previous deodorants never lasted they maybe gave me 4-5 hours of sweet smells but after that I could never trust them. With Sure Women Maximum Protection Stick things are so much better, I apply every morning after my shower, let it dry (just a few minutes) and I can safely say that I'll be fresh for the rest of the day. For me that kind of comfort is great knowing I can be confident in my odour for the whole day means I don't need to carry around a handbag full of deodorant. I have to admit I haven't tried the 48 hours to check if that claim works but I'm just happy with 24 hours as its something I've never had before.

                      One thing that may put you off this product is that it's expensive as far as deodorant is concerned. The most reasonable price I've found it at is Wilkinson's where I've got it for £4.60 but in most supermarkets, chemists etc it seems to be £5 to £5.10. Please don't let this price put you off because I do believe that you will save on buying deodorant in the long run as you'll only apply this once a day. I've been recommending this to family and friends and my sister is now such a fan she packed her backpack for a trip to South America recently with 5 sticks of this super deodorant so happy is she with its performance.

                      I know deodorant isn't the worlds most ground breaking and exciting item up for discussion but from my recent experience a good deodorant that does what you need can give you that little bit of comfort and reassurance and I've now one less item to worry about.... at last I think I've nailed long lasting freshness.

                      Thank for reading my very first review on Dooyoo. xx

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