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      24.04.2010 23:10
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      Great skin primer for light skin.

      I have quite uneven skin - bumpy in places and different tones, and therefore I try and wear make-up most days. However gone are the times where I used to wear lots and lots (the more the better). Now I am a lot more subtle, its just to give a bit of a glow to my usual pasty skin.

      I saw L'Oreal's new range of primers on the Boots website. Primers are meant to go under foundation to even out the skin, giving an even surface, just like paint primers. I have tried a few different under foundation products but have had mixed results. However I decided to give this a try, and as I had enough Boots 'Advantage Card points' to buy it, it was kind of a free purchase.

      There are 6 different primers in the L'Oreal Studio Secrets range that can be purchased from Boots, depending on what type of skin you have, and the effect you are looking for. I want something that will give me a bit of a glow, and I have fairly light skin, so I went for the L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer Light Skin. They do a medium skin version too, but being a fair skinned redhear this would be too dark for me.

      Now the price is £9.99, and thats quite steep, especially as the bottle is only 20ml. But I am hopeful of good results and if it does what it promises it will be worth it.

      The bottle is a tall cylinder, about 4 incles long. It has a black tip at the bottom and a black pump at the top. It has a clear plastic lid and the name of the product at the front, with ingredients on the back. You really have to have good eyesight to read what it says. There is also a very small picture of how to apply, but its not very useful as its so small and is just a 2D image. The colour of the product can be seen through the tune, and it looks like a paint sample. Its a pinky peach colour, kind of like the colour my parents painted my front room about 10 years ago. To be honest I was a little worried about how it will look on my skin, I dont want to look like a giant peach!

      There is no space for instructions on the bottle, but luckily the L'Oreal website has a video clip off how to use. Basically hat you do it put little dots of the product on your cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and blend the product in with your fingertips. Its quite a thin product, but not runny, so you dont need to use alot. It doesnt have a distinctive smell.

      Once this is done, my skin feels alot smoother and looks for even, my permenant red cheeks have dulled a little and it does give my skin a nice glow. The product says that I can use it on its own or under foundation. I would be quite happy to use it on its own (though I havent yet), given how it looks, but I am unsure how long it would stay on its own. It goes on very well and doesnt feel sticky. I can put it on straight over moisturiser and this doesnt affect it either.

      I have worn this under Powder, Cream and Liquid foundations and I have to say I have had good results with all. I think its better with powder on my face, and this is lucky as I use powder more than the other types. I dont feel like I have alot of product on my face (even though I have applied two products), nor does it feel like its clogging my skin.

      What I am also happy with is the fact it helps my foundation to stay on longer. When I take my make-up off at the end of the day there is still evidence of it, and my skin does look glowing even at the end of the day. It gives the skin a sparkly look if you look at it closely, but thats just to help the light catch it and you wont see it unless you are up very close!

      I would definately recommend this product to anyone with a fair or medium skintown that wants to have dewy skin. Since I have been using it I have had some compliments on how nice my skin is, and I do feel more confident now. I will but this again once my current one runs out.

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        20.04.2010 14:44
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        4 stars

        My Eyelashes are long, but straight. Having small eyes I find curling my lashes makes them look a bit wider, and more open. I have been curling my eyelashes since I was a teenager, and have had them permed in the past, but dont seem to be able to find the time for this now as I have two small children, therefore eyelash curlers are my savior (I do feel naked without having curly eyelashes!)

        So I have used quite a few different types of curlers over the years, some expensive and some cheap. My current pair was wearing out from overuse so when I saw The Tweezerman Classic Eyelash curler on Lookfantastic.com priced at £14.00 I decided to give it a try. £14.00 might seem expensive for what it is, but I have paid over £20 for a pair in the past.

        They arrived quite quickly and I was quite excited to test it out!

        It came in a plastic pouch, inside was the eyelash curler, silver in colour excepy or the eyelash cuhion which is a vivid purple. It also has three spare cushions in a plastic test tube. This is quite good value, as alot of other eyelash curlers only provide one replacement cushion, and as they wear out quite quickly and cant be replaced it means buying a whole new curler. So the fact that Tweezerman provide 3 spares means that it will last a good while.

        ***How to use***

        Put your thumb and middle finger in the loops at the bottom of the curler, spread the loops so the 'mouth' of the curler opens wide.

        Place the curler so that the top part sits nicely on your eye, make sure the lashes are in the middle, sitting on the purple cushion. Squeeze the finger loops back together firmly, but not too hard as this wont improve your curl.

        Wait for 10-30 seconds

        Release eyelashes gently.

        You can increase the curl by heating the curlers with a hairdryer for a few seconds before curling, which is what I do, but be careful you dont heat them up too much and you burn the delicate eyelid. Aldo, you should always curl eyelashes before you put mascara on, as the mascara makes the eyelashes brittle and you might end up breaking them.

        ***The Result***

        I bought the product because it promised me ''the finest lash curler available, featuring extra sturdy construction and a smooth opening and closing action. The silicone lash pad is thick and round to form a more intense curl without creasing the lashes. '' I was really impressed with the curl. I have had curlers in the past that give you a great curl but it doesnt last longer than five minutes before they are as straight as they were before. This isnt the case with these curlers. The curl lasts all day (unless my lashes get wet, but I would expect this from any curler) even when I apply mascara. The curl given is natural looking too, so I dont look ridiculous with eyelashes that sit at a 90 degree angle (this has happened to me too!). This curler is easy to use and doesnt pinch or hurt when I am using it either.

        As I said before, the cushion pads in the eyelash curler do wear out (they get a ridge in them rom constantly being pressed), but these silicon ones are harder wearing that ones I have tried before, I have had these a couple of months and I havent had to replace it yet, but I think I will do soon. But even if I replace it tomorrow, I still have 3 more spares, so they could last 8 months. This is quite good as I have had some that have worn out in a few months.

        I would definately say that these are the best eyelash curlers I have tried, and I feel like I have finally found a product that I am happy with. i will be buyng these again when I have used all the cushioned pads.

        I am giving the product 4 stars, only because the price maybe too expensive for some people, but i definately think they are well worth it.

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          08.04.2010 14:56
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          Its a bed-time favourite in our house.

          My three year old received 'My Cat Just Sleeps' by Joanne Partis as part of his Book-Start pack just over a year ago. For anyone that doesn't know, Book-Start is a charity that provides books for young children. The packs are available from Health Visitors and also from Libraries. They give out two packs, one around the child's first birthday and then again around their second. The packs are standard so a lot of children probably received the same book.

          For a long time we have been stuck in a rut reading wise, my son liked picture books and I wanted to move him on to something with a story, so we gave this a go.

          The book follows a little girl who has a cat, so do lots of her friends, but while their cats all do exciting things, her cat is very sleepy. She feels sad that her cat doesn't all of the fun things that her friends cats do, like George's cat who likes climbing trees, or Harry's cat who likes to play with worms, or Molly's cat who enjoys playing with the fish in her pond. The little girl's (we don't get told her name) cat doesn't enjoy any of these activities because all the cat does is sleep. The book shows her trying to get her cat to do those things, without success. However when she things about all the thing that her cat does, like cuddling up on her lap and keeping her warm at night, she realises she he does lots of things that she likes. I suppose the moral of the story is supposed to be that it doesn't matter if you are not like everybody else, you are still lovable (the girl realises that she really loves her cat) but without being done in a really obvious way - two year olds don't really understand hidden morals and meaning, but it will be a great starting point for a chat about how everyone is special in their own way.

          The book only has 24 pages, but each page has lovely illustrations on it. It has bold colours and cute pictures without being too cute, but the colours are eye catching. The pictures also tells the child things that the story doesn't, such as showing what the other cats like doing, and showing what the little girl's cat does when she tries to get her to do those same things - snoozing on the job! It also eludes at the end of the book why the cat is so sleepy, without actually telling you why, so it can open a bit of discussion with your child about why the cat is so sleepy. (I wont spoil it by giving the ending away!) The inside covers have lovely pictures of cats snoozing in lots of different, funny places, such as in salad bowls or sinks. Its quite a big book, and although the pages are paper they are durable so easy or little fingers to turn.

          The book has very few words, one sentence per page, which appealed to my son as he really doesn't have the attention span to listen to pages of story. He likes the fact that the books starts with repetition so that he can repeat the line 'My Cat Just Sleeps' whenever its his turn, which encourages turn taking and conversation skills. He is now able to recite the whole story to himself by recognising the pictures, so it has really helped him progress from the picture books he was reading.

          I really like this book, and have since bought some other Joanne Partis books because we liked this one so much. As I said at the start we got this one free, but it can be purchased from Amazon for about £2.00 (second hand, its ridiculously expensive for a new one on thier though!). The book is published by Oxford University Press.

          I would recommend this for children aged 1-3, my daughter enjoys listening to the story at 18 months and although she doesn't really understand it she likes looking at the pictures and hearing the story.

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          • Lush Ring of Roses / Bath & Shower / 93 Readings / 90 Ratings
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            06.04.2010 15:59
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            Makes a nice change from soap.

            Lush has got to be one of my favourite shops - I know lots of people dont like the smell, but it has never bothered me. I mainly do my Lush shopping online as its quite easy and the delivery is quick (plus two children under three makes getting into town difficult!) Therefore just before Christmas I found myself on the Lush website - for Christmas presents you understand, but I also decided to treat myself.

            Now I am normally a quite boring shopper. I have my favourite things and I stick to what I know I like. However I had seen the buttercreams in the 'Lush Times' ( a newspaper/catalogue that is produced by lush) which gets sent to my house, so I decided I wanted to give one a try.

            Now I think that the products used to come in blocks, and Ring of Roses has rose petals on the top. This is the picture it gives on the website and I was expecting a chuck of this in my parcel. I was quite surprised however when it was elivered that it came in one of the black pots that alot of the Lush products come in, and with no rose petals. The pot was 100g and it wasnt quite filled to the top, but its quite well packed in.

            Now the website promised me it was 'For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need to calm for your skin and your mind'. So I didnt really know what to expect. Screwing off the lid of the pot I was a bit taken aback by the smell, as in the pot its quite overpowering to say the least. You can definately smell the rose. However as you only use a small amount of the butter cream the smell is actually quite pleasant, but I still cant smell anything but Rose!

            It is quite a creamy susbtance and really does remind me of the butter cream icing that I use when I make butterfly cakes, so I do think its aptly named. The packaging tells me that I could put it in the fridge or the freezer to make it more solid (i suppose more like a soap), but if I do this I know what would happen, I would be in the shower washing my hair and then I would realise that the Ring of Roses is down stairs, so I keep mine at room temperature in the bathroom.

            So what are you supposed to do with it? Well basically you take a small handful out of the tub (which is quite easy at toom temperature) and rub it all over your body and then rinse it off. It goes quite creamy when you rub it in with water, not lathery like soap does. One small problem I find it that you really have to rub it in otherwise it stays in small blobs and you end up wasting it.

            I can see from the ingredients list that it is going to be quite moisturising, it contains coconut oil (so allergy sufferers need to beware) and Evening Primrose oil which are both good for the skin. It does leave my skin feeling softer than normal soap does, and the softness lasts quite a while, as does the smell, as I can still smell a little rose scent every so often. As you only use a small amount everytime, so it has lasted quite a while.

            The ingredients list still lists rose petals as an ingredient, but there are no rose petals in the pot. I can only assume that this is just the old ingredients list from before it was put it a pot. I am a bit dissapointed by the change, and do think they need to update thier website picture and information, however I can see the upside of this as there are no rose petals in my bath, which can be quite annoying I suppose.

            But this doesnt deflect from the fact that this is a lovely product which leaves my skin looking and feeling fresh and soft, If you dont like the rose scent then this isnt for you, but you probably guessed that from the name. I like the scent and so I give it 4 stars (only because as I said it can be w abit wasteful) I would definately buy it again.

            £3.30 for 100g

            Ingredients are listed as Larkspur; Honeysuckle; Marigold and Cornflower Infusion (Delphinium consilida; Lonicera caprifolium; Calendula officinalis and Centaurea cyanus), Glycerine, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Sodium Stearate, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Hydroxide, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Citral, Colour 18050, Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia)

            www.lush.co.uk

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            • MAC Strobe Cream / Skin Care / 146 Readings / 141 Ratings
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              3 stars

              I am a big fan of MAC Cosmetics and so last time I was in my local MAC store I decided I would give the 'Strobe Cream' a try. The assisitant in the store told me how fab it was, and while I initially baulked at the £21.00 price tag, I was soon taken along by the flow of the sales pitch and before I knew it I had paid for it, and walked out the store £21.00 lighter.

              Looking at the website, it described the cream as 'The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight' - the assistant talked in the same vein, telling me how great the Green tea is for the skin, and how I would have luminous skin if I used it. I had high hopes for this pot of miracle cream - would it love up to the hype or would I be dissapointed?

              It comes in a white bottle, with a black lid, its an upside down bottle so the lid is at the bottom. To be honest its quite a plain bottle, I suppose its supposed to be understated, but its quite boring really. If you looked at it you wouldnt think it was an expensive cream.

              The cream itself it quite shimmery, and quite thick. It looks more like some highlighters rather than any other moisturiser I have seen. Luckily as its thick you do have control over how much comes out (you wouldnt want to waste any of this at that price!) It has a slight perfume smell which is pleasant and not overpowering in any way. It doesnt smell synthetic which is a real plus for me - I hate it when my moisturiser smells like chemicals!

              It absorbs easily and doesnt leave my skin feeling greasy or heavy, but thats just it, it doesnt leave my skin looking or feeling anything really. It feels smoother, and it doesnt look dry, but I cant see any of these fabulous results I had hoped for. My skin just looks like it usually does when I have used my normal moisturiser.

              However to give it credit it goes well under make-up, and doesnt make the powder slide off, plus I dont need to use another highlighting product when I have used this underneath powder or foundation, the trouble is that I didnt buy it as a highlighter ( I have lots of those!) and I dont wear foundation that often either.

              So all in all I am a bit dissapointed. Its not as greasy as Nivea, which is a plus, but for the price I was expecting something a lot better. It doesnt really seem to moisturise. I dont know if its doing things to my skin that I cant see, but I wont be buying it again. It has lasted quite a while as you only need to use a small amount, so thats another positive.

              www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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                30.03.2010 12:38
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                5 stars!

                I had never heard of Kevin Murphy until about 6 months ago when my regular hairdresser started using (and selling) the products in the salon. The Kevin Murphy range is a salon brand (like Tigi Bedhead) so you wont find it in your local supermarket or Boots. Apparently Kevin Murphy is a celebrity hairdresser, but that again was news to me.

                My hair is quite thick, and therefore its hard to get alot of movement in it. Also, despite being thick it doesnt have alot of volume, especially when straightened. When my stylist recommended the 'Anti Gravity' to be honest I thought she as giving me the hard sell looking to earn a bit of commision on the sale. She had used it on my hair before she started blowdrying, and I have to agree that it did look really good (nothing beats the feeling of getting a new haircut that really suits you) but I dismissed it, putting it down to the fact that she had professionally blow-dried it, and it had just been cut. Plus the In-salon price of £14 on top of the £35 I had paid for the haircut was a little too much for my purser to bare!

                However a few week later I was putting in an order on 'Look Fantastic' when I noticed that they stocked the whole range of Kevin Murphy's products. It was a little more reasonably priced at £11.56. Plus, the new haircut shine had gone from my hair and it was back to the same place it had been before I got it cut, thick and curly. So on impulse I added it to my online basket to see if it could bring me back some of the sheen and bring my layers out again.

                It arrived in its small square bottle - which is a creamy yellow colour. It kad a large K embossed into the front, and 'Anti.Gravity, Oil Free Volumiser' on the front (its also written in French). It has a while lid at the top left hand corner of the square. The bottle holds 150ml.

                The blurb at the back of the bottle described the product as 'An Oil free volumiser and texturiser. For bigger, thicker hair, apply to wet hair and dry in. Helps hold your style whether it is curled or blown out. Adds control to fly aways with an oil free shine. Apply to damp hair before styling. It also tells me to avoid contact with my eyes and if it it does get in my eyes to rinse it immediately with water - it also says for external use only, I dont know what kind of person would not already understand that, but it tells you anyway. The same information is also given in French and Danish. It also lists the ingredients and the distributor information.

                So after washing my hair I put a small amount of the Anti Gravity on my hair and work it in. In the salon the stylist really massaged it in, but I am in a bit of a hurry so I just rub it in. The smell is gorgeous - the first thing that hits you is lavender, which reminds me of my Nana who has homemade lavendar bags everywhere in her house so that it overpowers you when you step it, there is a bit of a spicy undertone to it but nothing too overpowering. Its a thickish white lotion, but it absorbs in very easily and doesnt leave a sticky residue on my hands.

                I can honestly say that after blowdrying and straighening I can tell the difference, My hair is glossier and it has some definition - I can see some of the layers again, plus there is less of the frizz that I sometimes get around my fringe (too much straightening has frazzled it!) It isnt as fantastic as when the sylist did it, but its good enough or me! It still has the faint smell of lavender too which I cant help sniffing every so often.

                One thing that does happen to my hair is that it gets greasy quite quickly if I put product in it, but this didnt happen as quickly as it normally does. I suppose this comes rom the fact that the product is oil free.

                I would definately recommend this to anyone with dull hair that thet want to give a bit of oomph to. The product really does what it says it will. It does hold my style so that I didnt have to straighen it the next day (which I normally have to if I use other products). My hair is quite dry too and it seemed to mask the straw like feel it has so that it felt soft to the touch.

                The website lists the active ingredients as -

                Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water - Beneficial to all types of hair, its balancing action regulates the production of oil from the sebaceous gland situated at the side of each follicle, which is helpful in cases of dry or oily hair
                Honey Extract (Mel)-A natural emollient that seals in moisture and softens hair to add flexibility
                Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract- Promotes hair growth and is cellular regenerative. It also provides beneficial treatment for oily skin and hair
                Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Leaf) Leaf Oil - A tonic and freshener that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

                So its nice to know that it has some natural ingredients rather than loads of sciencey sounding words that no-one really understands. As I said before you can definately smell the lavender.

                One thing I would say about the product is not to use too much - it can make hair heavy and a little crispy (like when you wear hairspray) if you use too much. I have hair that is a little longer than my shoulders and only use an amouth the size of a baked bean and thats plenty. As I only use a small bit it does last a very long time. I have had my bottle for over three months and it still feels about half full, therefore I dont feel so bad about the price tag.

                It can be purchased from the Kevin Murphy website, other beauty websites (such as lookfantastic or beautybay) and from salons.

                I cant rate it highly enough, and the only problems I have had with it has been when I have used too much, but this is my error and not the product. Therefore I am giving it 5 stars.

                www.kevinmurphystore.com

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                  29.03.2010 12:01
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                  A definate for rice fans!

                  I love rice pudding, ir reminds me of being a child where we would have it on Sundays as a special treat. However I always find tinned rice pudding really, well, tinny and a little slimy, and Muller Rice are a bit runny for my liking. I have made 'proper' rice pudding but it takes so much effort to do it properly, not great for a quick treat.

                  So when I spotted Rachel's Organic Divine Rice in my local Tesco's I thought I would give it a go. I have bought products from the Rachels Organic range before (I love the Greek style Honey Yoghurt) so I knew it would be good quality. At £1.29 for 2 150g pots it is quite steep, however as a treat rather than an everyday thing its not too bad.

                  The pots are housed in a black sleeve with Rachels Organic 'Divine Rice' on the front. The pots are white and have a tin-foil lid, which needs to be removed before microwaving. Stir the pot, pop it in the microwave for 40 seconds, stir again and microwave for another 35 seconds. so a total of 75 seconds and your ready to tuck in! You can eat it cold but thats not really my thing. My dad eats them cold though.

                  The rice pudding itself is a creamy white colour, and the smell is lovely, really takes me back to childhood. You can see its thicker than other rice pots.

                  It tastes lovely, creamy and sweet. It has a nice texture - not too lumpy but not watery.

                  The ingredients are listed as Organic milk, Organic rice, Organic sugar, Organic cream, Pasteurised egg, sea salt.

                  The nutritional information is listed as(per 100g)
                  Energy 544kJ (130kcal)
                  Protein 3.3g
                  Carbohydrate 18.3g (of which sugars 10.2g)
                  Fat 4.9g (of which saturates 3.3g)

                  100g is a little less than one pot, so the fat and sugars in this is quite high. Therefore I wouldnt recommend eating too many of these (although you will want to!)

                  If you love rice pudding then these are definately a little treat for you - they are better than any of the other rice pots I have tried by miles.

                  I have given 4 stars, I would love to give 5 but the fat and sugar content is quite high.

                  Happy eating!

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                    I wouldnt recommend this.

                    I have two small children, a toddler who can walk but not long distances or at a very fast pace and a baby who cant walk yet. I had bought a 'side to side' buggy which was big and bulky, so I had real trouble with it. It wouldnt go through shop doorways easily and going on the bus was a nightmare. I really wanted a 'Phil 'n' Teds which are quite expensive and more than I could afford. However I saw this in the 'Very' catalogue for £229 (for that price you get the buggy, doubles seat and rain cover), I decided to go for it.

                    It arrived, and was relatively easy to put together. Basically there is the main part of the buggy, and then in the bottom where the shopping basket would be on a normal buggy there is the option to add another seat. It pushes into place with two metal 'nipples' which keep it in place. You therefore can take this off and use it as a normal buggy, albeit a very large one.

                    So far so good, my baby was happy to sit in the front and my toddler happy to ride in the back.

                    However it all goes downhill from here, and I was soon wishing I hadnt wasted my money. For a start, although my son was quite happy to slot in the back, its a bit of a fiddle, I literally have to post him in the slot. I can imagine that this would be a real struggle if you have a toddler who doesnt want to go in the buggy. Plus, im my daughter falls asleep in the front and my sons in the back I cant recline her.

                    Another problem is that the back seat is where the shopping goes, so there is no storage space whatsoever, so not great to take shopping.

                    But for me the main problem is the fact it is really heavy. It also leans to one side and it feels like it might tip. It also wont bump up a kerb, I literally ahve to put all my weight on the hanles to lift it up. Its not easily moveable either.

                    Other little niggles include the fact the brake gets stuck on and I have to lift it off with my hands rather than my foot, and it has a really massive hood, which is so heavy it pulls itself down if I want to shade my daughter with it, and lands in her lap.

                    Infact the only thing I really like about the whole buggy is the fact I can adjust the angle of the handle - and thats not a great thing to have as the best feature.

                    Its a great idea in principle, but in practice its a heavy nightmare! I wish I had saved up more for a Phil 'n' teds.

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                      3 Stars

                      If you read some of my other reviews, you will know that I am a big fan of the Organix range, and I do buy alot of their products for my children. All the Organix products have a 'No Junk' promise, which means that there are no nasties in the recipes no harmful fats or artificial colourings and all the ingredients are organic.

                      I had been buying the Apple rice cakes for a while, my toddler loves them and my baby daughter was just getting toards the stage where she would be trying her first food. Then the Apple ones seems to disappear altogether from our local Tesco, replaced by plain ones in a pink packet (why would you do that to anyone?) and then a new purple packet emerged! Raspberry and Blueberry flavour had arrived.

                      A 50g packet of ricecakes cost £1.05 from Tesco, which is more expensive than the apple ones, but I suppose this is beacsue of the difference in the cost of the ingredients. In a packet you get around 30 rice cakes, each one a little bigger than a £2 coin, so they are infact quite an expensive snack.

                      Each ricecake has a bumpy texture, and on the top is a splattering of purple powder. They smell like fruity sugar puffs, and I dont know if that is a good combination or not!

                      When you bite into them the sweet taste hits your first. It reminds me alot of summer fruits squash, though its a stronger flavour. After that initial flavour hits you and has disappeared you are left with the actual rice cake and to be honest it tastes awful. Never have I been a big fan or rice cakes, and these have the same polystyrene texture, and they are just chewy and bland. The swetness leaves a nasty taste in your mouth too.

                      Having said that (and as I have said with the other Organix products I have reviewed) they are not meant for me, they are meant for babies from 7 months who are just finding out new flavours and textures, rather than an adult pallette. My younger children love them, and a packet wont last a day in my house (which is unlucky for me as they are a little pricey!)

                      My daughter who is still learning about eating just sucks them to death, and so they do dissolve easily, whereas my son eats them like crisps, cruching his way though one and helping himself to another.

                      The main problem I have with them is the fact the Raspberry and Blueberry powder makes such a mess. The powder gets on the childrens hands and all over thier clothes, expcially my daughter who is a bit of a dribbler. The thing is that it stains the clothes, and depsite washing and using stain remover I still cant quite get it out.

                      I am giving the product three stars, in my opinion they are awful, but my children love them. Its the staining and the mess that sways it for me, as if they eat them it means I have to endure trying to pin down my little angels while I wipe their face and hands!

                      ~~~Ingredients~~~
                      Organic Wholegrain Rice 78%, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate 14%,
                      Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate 4%, Organic Blueberry Juice Concentrate 3%, Organic Vanilla Extract less than 1%, Thiamin (Vitamin B1) less than 1%, Junk 0%

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                      Not for us.

                      My daughter has never been a great sleeper and although I had hoped she would be sleeping through by 6 months, the reality was that she was still waking for milk once or twice a night.

                      I had seen an advert in a magazine for Goodnight Milk, and as I was desperate for a good nights sleep for both of us I thought I would give it a go. The product is described as an 'Especially satisfying Follow-on Milk with added organic cereals'.

                      The product was £4.98 for 350g from Tesco, so for its sixe its a bit more expensive than normal milks, but you are only advised to use it once a day so it should last a while. It comes in a large(which is recyclable) with a plastic lid, and inside the lid is a ring pull top. The tin tells me that the product is a specially formulated bedtime milk, gluten free and easy to suggest.

                      Inside is a creamy coloured powder which looks alot like milkpowder. It also has a scoop in there to measure out the correct amount of powder when making up your babies feed. The instructions on the tin tell me to boil some water, leave it to cool for 30 minutes then to add one scoop for every fluid ounce of water. Its recommended that you add all the powder to two thirds of the water, mixing it thoroughly and then adding the rest of the water. This all seems a little complicated, but I duly follow the instructions and I am left with a bottle filled with milk that looks alot creamier than other powdered baby milks. It reminded me alot like ovaltine

                      The tin does tell you to use a fast flow teat as the product is a bit thicker than usual. I use fast flow teats usually so this isnt a problem. However my daughter still seemed to be having real problems getting the milk out, and despite the fact I shook the bottle, and mixed it with a fork like the tin recommends, there was still lumps in it, and a residue at the bottom of the bottle. To be honest I was left wondering if my daughter had had enough to keep her full all night, or whether she would be hungry even earlier than normal.

                      Now lots of us will have been told stories about how our parents put rusks in our milk as children, and this just seems like a more modern version of that, but if it works then its a thumbs up for me.

                      Except it managed to cause more problems. My daughter did go longer than she normally does. I fed her this milk at 7.30pm and she dint wake up at 10.30 like she usually does, and I was feeling very confident that I might get a full nights sleep, a real luxury. I was awoken about 2.30 by my daughter screaming and crying, pulling her knees up like she had a bad tummy. She refused any milk or water, and spent along time whimpering to herself. She finally cried herself back to sleep about 4am. She was very grouchy and miserable the next day and off her food. Her dirty nappies were bright yellow too.

                      I cannot say for definate whether this milk caused this, but I decided not to use it again and we havent had a repeat of the kind of upset we had after using it.

                      I feel bad writing a bad review for the product based on one experience, but I am just being honest. I dont know if my daughter had an allergy to one of the ingredients, but I cant recommend it and wont be using it again.

                      The listed ingredients are Organic skimmed milk, organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oils), organic corn starch, organic lactose, organic partially demineralised whey powder**, organic rice flakes, organic buckwheat flakes, emulsifier (soya lecithin), calcium carbonate, vitamin C, potassium chloride, L-tryptophan, iron diphosphate, vitamin E, niacin, zinc oxide, pantothenic acid, copper sulphate, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, zinc sulphate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodate, manganese sulphate, folic acid, vitamin K, sodium selenate, biotin, vitamin D, vitamin B12.

                      So I have resigned myself to broken nights now!

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                      • Badger Lip & Body Balm / Lip Care / 53 Readings / 52 Ratings
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                        I bought this product from Boots as a real impulse buy - they have them by the counter for this reason. I used Vaseline tins in the past, but as my Son is a lip-licker, I often give them to him to help with his dry lips, and they are never seen again! So I thought I would treat myself to this and keep it just for me. I too suffer from dry lips, and am always buying products which I hope will be the answer to my problem, and I think I have found it.

                        It comes in a handy little tin, great for popping in your hand-bag, and it has an eye catching design - a yellow and white lid and red base, with a cute Badger on it. Its one of those fiddly tins where you have to get a good grip on the top to get it off, which is a little annoying, especially if you have long nails like me - im worried they might snap, or if you had none at all!
                        All Badger products are completely natural, so there are no nasty chemicals in there. Its moisturising ingredients are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Aloe Vera extract and castor oil. It also has the essential oils of Lemon, Ginger, Rosehip, Orange, Lemon Grass and Cardomom.

                        It smells like the Lemon Barley sweets my granddad sucked when I was a child, and definitely doesn't have an artificial smell like some other lip-balms. It's a nice lemon colour in the tin, but sheer once its on. Once on I can feel it on my lips for a while, even if I have been eating or drinking, it seems to stay on for a fair amount of time - certainly longer than Chapstick for example, so I don't have to apply it so often. My lips to feel instantly better and after using it a few times they lose the cracked appearance. It says that its for skin as well, but to be honest I find it a bit sticky if I put it on my skin, so its not something I use it for, But as a lipbalm its grand! I would recommend it to anyone that suffers from dry or cracked lips.
                        At just over £4.50, its a lot more expensive than most other lipbalms, but its so worth it!

                        Also posted on Ciao under my username frasersmum123

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                          My son was given the 'Stride to Ride Lion' for his first Christmas, so he would have been 9 months old. i have to say its probably one of his favourite toys, and despite the fact he is nearly three he still plays with it most days.

                          He is made of hard plastic, his body is yellow ith a little orange seat and blue wheels.On the side of his face he has two little runners that a plastic bead can be pushed up and down, and he has furry hair for little hands to feel. His nose is purple, and it can be pressed to let out a musical jingle and a roar

                          The main point of the toy is to help children to walk. The lion is a 2-in-1 toy. He starts off when children are starting to toddle as a push-along, using the purple handle at the back, with the base at a 45 degree angle. This helps the child learn how to balance those first steps. When the child gets a little older and a bit more stable the lion can be changed to a ride on toy - the back can be folded down to be sat on, and its ears are handy handle shapes to hold onto. Whichever mode you have the back in it can be locked into place with a child proof lock so it wont collapse.

                          When the lion is moving it plays musical tunes and roars, so your baby gets rewarded for walking or riding. You can press the nose to make it do it more.

                          It has an on off switch, and two volume modes, it needs 2 AA batteries.

                          Because its plastic its easy to wipe down if it gets dirty or grubby.

                          The only critisim I have of this toy is that it moves quite easily, so a few times when my little boy was starting to walk it caught him off balance as it can be pushed so easily - but this isnt a mojor problem as it only happened a couple of times before he was used to trundling along.

                          I paid £34.99 for this about two years ago, and its still available for around the same price online now. I would definately say this is value for money, as you do get two seperate toys for that price.

                          My son absolutely loves it and I am sure any baby or toddler will feel the same.

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                          I am a big fan of the Andrew Collinge range. I have been using the Mositure Boost shampoo and conditioner for a while and have had really good results. Recently hen I went to purchase some more of them in Superdrug it was 3 for 2, so I picked this up, mainly because I use my hairdryer and straighteners most days.

                          The bottle is white, and it has a spray top, like the bottles they use to dampen your hair at hairdressers. In the blurb on the bottle it says that the product contains heat activated ingredients to shield hair from damage while lightly conditioning to rstore optimum moisture levels.

                          The instructions say to use it on wet hair.

                          The first thing I notice is that the spray nozzle is a bit awkward to spray at th back of the hair, you almost ahve to bend your wrist in on itself to use it. I suppose as this is a salon product that it would be easier for someone else to spray it on, but I dont have that luxury.

                          To be honest I am very disappointed with the product, it lft my hair feeling very heavy, and a little sticky and dispite washing my hair everyday it gets greasy by the evening if I have used this product. I know that I havent been spraying it at my roots, so this cant be the problem.

                          My hair doesnt feel any more moisturised either, though to be fair I do have very dry,thick and frizzy hair - so it might work better on finer hair. Im hoping that its doing stuff I cant see to protect my hair from heat-abuse, and these are just unfortunate side-effects!

                          On the plus side, because its quite a fine spray it has lasted quite along time, and it was a free product! The usual price for the product is £4.20 for 200mls, which is about middle price of all the ranges out there.

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                        • Quidco.co.uk / Internet Site / 44 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                          I have been a quidco member for just over a year. I was recommended by my sister who is a moneysavingexpert addict!

                          Basically its a cashback site, there are a few of them out there (Cashback kings, piggypoints, Fat Cheese) but quidco is the only one I use. I dont have to buy anything I wouldnt normally, but the things I do buy offer me cashback of varying percentage of the total transaction.

                          You need to start off by clearing your cookies so that the visit can be tracked to Quidco. This can be a real pain but it goes a big way to making sure the transaction 'Tracks' - by this I mean that Quidco can make a note of this and add it to your account.

                          The time it takes from money to change hands in the purchase and you getting it back varies from retailer to retailer, and its normally between 1-3 months. Quidco will tell you on the retailers page what the average is, and I have found this to be pretty accurate

                          The transaction is 'Tracked' in you account pretty soon in most cases, though it can take upto a month (but this has never happened to me)

                          There are hundreds of retailers on Quidco - big name brands like Debenhams and Tesco, utilitiy providers that pay you to switch and the same with insurance companies. I have recently done my Christmas shopping and got cashback from M&S where I bought Cards and Wrapping Paper, Tesco where I bought some books and DVD's, toys from ELC and cashback from ordering a 'Santa Letter' for my eldest Son.

                          I have also earned cashback after booking holidays with Haven, Butlins and Thomson.

                          They have also started offering 1% cashback on ASDA's grocery orders, I know its only 70p on my usual £70 shop, but every little helps.

                          So far, in a year I have earnt £550.47, of this I have recieved £490.83, with another £40 or so still to come. The only cashback I have had problems with was Woolworths after they went bust last year - but this is hardly quidco's fault.

                          For the priveledge, Quidco take £5 a year from me, which comes straight from the cashback I have made. If I dont do any transactions within the year then I dont owe anything.

                          I feel a bit queasy when I think of all the money I have missed out on before I discovered Quidco, but I am definately going to use it for all my shopping from now on. I have found the service professional and friendly and it does make me think about where I shop. If I need to buy something online I do think 'can I get it through Quidco!'

                          Payments are made either by Bacs or by Paypal. You can set your minimum cash-out limit so that you wont get paid anything less than that, and instead it will roll over until you have over the required amount.

                          One thing I do think would help to make the service even better would be the ability to search for products (like you can do on the Airmiles website) rather than just on retailers, as it can be a little bit of a pain to try and think about which shops might sell an item I want, but its only a small grumble.

                          5 stars

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                          • Lush Imperialis / Skin Care / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                            Its worth a try!

                            I have been using Nivea on my face for as long as I can remember - my Mum does it too so I probably piked it up from her. To be honest I like my skin to feel soft, but I found the Nivea was making it more and more greasy, especially round my T-zone ( Nose and forehead) and I was starting to get spots, something I thought I had left behind when I finished puberty!

                            I love Lush, and the products they sell are a staple in my house, however I have actually never tried any of thier face moisturisers before as they are a little out of my price range. However as I had some vouchers for my birthday I decided to give Imperialis a go, as it says its for combination skin, and it had good reviews on the website (also because it was one of the cheapest and if I didnt like it I wouldnt be kicking myself for spending too much).

                            The Lush website tells me that the lavendar in it will help my skin because if its greasy it will stop it producing more oils, but it will get my skin to produce more if its dry. It also has Olive oil and Shea butter high up on the list of ingredients, which I know are both very good moisturisers.

                            It comes in one of the little black tubs with a screw lid that all the lotions and potions come in at Lush, its actually a 45g tub, for this I pay £10.48 so I am hoping that its worth it.

                            Because the main ingredient is Lavender Infusion I expected it to be purple, and it smell like lavender. Infact I am quite surprised it has a brown tinge to it, and it reminds me of tinted moisturiser (which it isnt by the way!) The smell is not unplesant, but it doesnt jump out as a fabulous smell like other products I have tried from Lush. Infact its a bit non-descript to be honest, the smell it has does linger for a while when you have used the product. It smells like a natural smell rather than a synthetic one.

                            It is quite a thin cream, but that means its very easily absorbed and I dont need to use alot of it. When I have applied Imperialis my skin feels soft, but not greasy or shiny like it did when I used my Nivea. The softness lasts most if the day so I am not having to reapply it alot, and do feel my skins condition has improved. The spots are gone and it doesnt feel oily.

                            Despite the high price tag, I am not using alot of it each time, so I think it will last quite a while. I would warn other who use it though not to take the top of the pot off with much vigour, as I have lost some of the cream when I have taken the lid off too quickly.

                            As with all Lush products, all the ingredients are fresh and natural, and none of them are tested on animals - the ingredients are listed as;

                            Lavender Flower Infusion (Lavandula angustifolia), Mullein Leaf Infusion (Verbascum thapsus), Orange Blossom Water (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Brunello Lily Petals (Lilium Asiatic 'Brunello'), St Johns Wort Extract (Hypericum perforatum), Elderflower Extract (Sambucus nigra), Sweet Violet Extract (Viola odorata), Sunflower Petal Extract (Helianthus annuus), Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben}

                            In conclusion I would say that its probably the best mouisturiser I have ever used and despite the fact the smell is not a 'wow' smell I will be buying it again

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