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Summary: This is a fantastic product, with the only disadvantage being its price.
I regularly used this product but have recently switched to a cheaper Boots brand face wash as the Garnier product is quite expensive. However, as soon as I can afford it I will be back to purchasing the Garnier Skin Naturals range as I consider it a far superior product!
I have very sensitive skin, but never experienced a problem with this product, which is quite unusual for me! You only need a little of the product so a bottle can last quite a long time (I used to purchase it approximately once a month, and use it every day). It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean, and I found that the benefits seemed to build up the longer I used it.
It also has a nice fragrance, and doesn't hurt your eyes too badly if you happen to get some in your eyes as you wash your face.
Overall I highly recommend this product. It's not cheap, but I wouldn't say it's overpriced (as are some similar products) as you really do get what you pay for. It's worth the extra pennies compared to a supermarket own-brand if you can afford it.
We've just purchased this product via Tesco's internet shopping service as the product we normally use was out of stock. I've used it for a few weeks and so far would have to say I do not recommend it.
I find I have to use far more of this product than similar washing up liquids just to get dishes clean. I'm not only referring to dishes that are normally tough to clean (eg casserole dishes, or baking trays where often food is stuck to the cookware) but just to normal plates and cutlery. I find I have to use a lot of the product to get products at all clean, and even when washing fairly clean cutlery or crockery I have to change the water and add more washing up liquid far more often than would normally be the case.
It looks like good value for money when you first see it (particularly as it's possible to buy in a larger bottle than some competing brands) but in my experience so much of the product is needed in order to get your dishes clean that any cost-effectiveness is soon eliminated.
On the positive side, the fragrance is pleasant and it doesn't irritate my skin (despite the fact that I have quite sensitive skin).
Overall I would recommend Tesco own-brand washing-up liquid as a good-value alternative to this product.
Facebook is the best of the social networking sites, but if you're one of the few who hasn't yet signed up then be warned it's amazingly addictive!
Facebook works by allowing you to make 'friends' with people you know, and gain access to their Facebook profile where they can put information about themselves (eg their job, interests, favourite quotes etc) and where other friends can leave messages for them. People can also post links to other websites, upload photographs and 'tag' their friends in the photographs, join and create groups and events listings.
Recently Facebook has also added thousands of applications, which let you do things such as take tests and post the results to your profile (eg 'could you pass the UK Citizenship Test?' or 'Which Harry Potter Character are You?') or play online games against your friends.
The best thing about Facebook is that it enables you to keep in contact with people even when you don't see each other regularly. You might not have seen that person you went to Uni with in a few years, but you'll feel like you're up-to-date with every aspect of their lives when you see their updated Facebook profile everyday!
The downside is that the privacy settings are sometimes a bit tricky to figure out, which can mean that you give people access to information you'd rather they didn't have. It's not an insurmountable problem though - just takes a little work to get used to it.
Overall, Facebook is brilliant, but you do have to be careful not to waste too much time on it! Best feature is undoubtedly that you can keep in contact with people whether they're your best friends or people you've not seen in ages!
I'm writing this review from the perspective of a customer who has only purchased items using Amazon Marketplace (ie I'm not registered to sell items through the scheme).
The basic concept is that each Amazon listing also contains details of 'Marketplace' sellers who are offering the item you've searched for. These are individuals, or often companies, who will sell the item to you. However, you still make your payment using the standard Amazon system - this is something I particularly like about the system as it makes it feel far more secure.
I find it a very useful service, often providing an opportunity to purchase items at a fraction of the cost that Amazon itself would sell them for. To give one example, I got a book for 0.01p from Amazon Marketplace, so even with the £2.75 postage and packing, it was still so much cheaper than purchasing the item new would have been.
Each of the sellers also has a rating, based on previous customer's experiences of them - this is very helpful when you're trying to choose which of the available sellers to purchase from.
The only real drawback is that the Marketplace sellers often don't provide much detail about the condition of an item they're offering for sale, so it's find if you want a second-hand copy and are not too concerned about the condition of the item but if you're particularly fussy about its condition then you might not find much detail.
Overall though, it's a great service and a good way to save yourself some serious cash when shopping online. I've purchased around 10 items from Marketplace sellers and have been satisfied with every one of them.
We regularly use Tesco online shopping, and have found it excellent.
Some of the best points about Tesco's online shopping service:
* Good choice of delivery slots: You can select a two hour window throughout the day, seven-days a week in which your shopping will be delivered. The prices vary, with evenings and weekends obviously being more expensive, but it's still affordable and we've never paid more than £5 for a delivery - which is usually less than you'd pay if you took a taxi home from Tesco with shopping. Our experience is that Tesco's drivers have always been polite and friendly, and the delivery has always arrived on time.
* Very wide choice of products, including a good selection of fresh produce. If Tesco don't have the product you've ordered in stock then they'll include a 'substitution' product which is similar - but they tell you this on delivery and if you're not happy then you can send the product back and not be charged.
* Easy to use ordering website: The 'favourites' section is particularly useful as it allows you to select items from a list of those that you purchased last time you shopped with Tesco - can be really helpful for jogging your memory!
* Environmentally-friendly: They give you the option not to have your shopping delivered in plastic bags - the delivery driver just brings the crates into your home and you take each item out. Good way to cut down on plastic carrier bag wastage!
* Occassionally you can struggle to find the product you want on the website, but normally you find it eventually even if it takes a few minutes to think of different search terms to narrow down your results.
Overall Tesco online shopping is a great, time-saving invention. It's reliable, the staff are helpful and it's easy to use.
Mr Sheen is quite possibly the most well-known brand of furniture polish - and it's reputation is deserved.
It's best points include:
* Safe on a variety of surfaces - I've used it on wood, plastic, glass and ceramic tiles with no problems - and it also claims to be safe on stainless steel, mirrors, paintwork and enamel.
* A pleasant smell - not overpowering but leaves your room smelling clean and fresh
* A little goes a long way so while it's not the cheapest product, it will last a long time. I use it with a traditional yellow duster and find that a couple of squirts of this stuff will clean a medium-sized table with no problems.
* It keeps dust away for a good while after you've cleaned - I normally dust about once a week and rarely notice dust collecting on furniture after I've cleaned it with Mr Sheen.
Overall, this is a great brand of furniture polish - easy to use, gets the job done, and as you only need a little of it it's a cost-effective product.
Ben and Jerry's is the most luxurious ice cream out there! You pay a lot for it (usually around £4 a tub, though you do find deals where it's down to £2.50 kind of price) but it is so worth it!
The choice of flavours is excellent - from the intriguingly named Phish Food (marshmallow, caramel and other treats in a chocolate ice cream) through to more conventional flavours like strawberry and chocolate, there's a great range to choose from.
The quality of the ice cream is unrivalled - it's creamy, tasty, and the flavours are really unique. It doesn't melt too quickly once taken out of the freezer - unlike some cheaper supermarket's own brands.
I would say a tub serves around two people as a very filling dessert - you could make it serve more, but it's so more-ish that you'd probably end up with some people disappointed!
In summary, it's a lovely product but due to the cost it's not an everyday dessert, but rather a once in a while treat. Well worth it when you can afford it though!
I can't recommend the iPod Nano enough, having had mine for several years without any problems.
It's tiny enough to fit into your pocket, but the screen and buttons are very clear and easy to use despite the small size. One complaint I do have is that the screen scratches very easily, but as the iPod comes packaged with a basic and functional case this needn't be a problem. There are also a wide variety of other cases available should you prefer.
The 4 GB storage isn't likely to fit your whole iTunes catalogue on, but as it's so easy to alter the songs you have saved on the iPod it's very straightforward and not at all time-consuming to change the music you've got saved whenever you like so that isn't a problem. I fit just under 1000 songs onto my iPod, so the storage is really more than enough for everyday use or even for weekends away etc.
I use the headphones supplied with the iPod and find the sound quality is excellent both for music and podcasts or spoken word tracks.
As there have been many newer iPods released since this one was created it's possible to find very good deals on this on ebay or similar sites - while it might not have all the fancy features of newer models, if you're looking for a good reliable MP3 player with all the features Apple is famous for then you really can't go wrong with this model.
Overall, highly recommended.
Pasos 1 is a complete Spanish course for beginners. In fourteen lessons (two of which are revision lessons) it will take you up to a basic conversational level of Spanish - sufficient to get by in a Spanish speaking country on holidays, or hold basic conversations with native speakers of Spanish.
This pack contains a coursebook and a set of three audio CDs which relate to the exercises included in the coursebook. Also available (for separate purchase) is an activity workbook which provides great practice of the concepts introduced in the text book.
A good feature of this course is that the audio tracks feature Spanish speakers from Spain, and several Latin American countries, which is important as the accents can differ widely.
I found that each lesson took me around five or six hours to complete. The lessons cover a wide variety of topics - from the basics like ordering food and drink, talking about your likes and dislikes, purchasing travel tickets, talking about the weather etc - through to more advanced topics such as talking about your favourite films, describing medical problems and such.
Each chapter introduces a wide range of vocabulary and also covers a number of grammatical points. By the end of the book you'll have learned many of the most common verbs in the present tense, future tense and simple past tense. If you want to learn more then Pasos 2 will expand your grammar and vocabulary.
I used this book to teach myself Spanish, and found it's very well-suited to independent learning - some of the exercises, particularly those to practice your speaking skills, do assume you have a partner, but you can always just speak out loud on your own so it's not much of a problem.
Overall I really recommend this course. It takes you from no knowledge of Spanish up to a good conversational level in a short space of time. It introduces a really good range of vocabulary and grammar which will give you a really solid foundation for learning more advanced Spanish if you so wish.
Sky Plus is a brilliant invention! Its main selling point is allowing you to record programmes to view later. Many people will be able to record one Sky programme while watching a different channel, though this depends on you having a particular type of Sky connection which if you live in a block of flats with communal satellite dish may not be available. Even if not it's still well worth the money just to be able to watch back programmes.
The amount of storage space for recorded programmes is ample - we've had our box for almost a year and have never run out of space as you simply delete programmes once you've watched them.
Another of the features is the ability to 'pause' live television, so if your phone rings or you fancy making a cup of tea you can just pause the programme rather than waiting for the adverts or missing some of the show.
It's also very straightforward to use, even for the most technophobic tv addict! The remote control is pretty much self-explanatory, and it comes with a good clear instruction booklet in case you do get confused. The remote control can also be programmed so it controls the channels and volume on your television too, which is very handy as then you don't have to keep track of two remotes!
In summary, Sky Plus is a great product - far superior to the normal Sky Box, and with many excellent deals on installation (dooyoo lists most of the offers) it's well worth your money!
Once you've tried this product no other body butter will quite match up! Like the other products in the Soap & Glory range, it smells absolutely fantastic, and does an excellent job at moisturising even the driest skin.
It comes in two sizes - a standard 300ml tub which seems to retail for around £8-10 in most shops, and a smaller 50ml tub which is ideal for taking on holidays or weekends away.
The packaging recommends applying this to damp skin, though it works equally well applied to dry skin. The product itself feels velvety soft, and it soaks into skin really nicely, not leaving any greasy residue as some cheaper body butter products do. It's marketed as good for very dry skin, and while it's excellent for dry skin it's also perfectly suitable for any skin type.
Overall I really can't recommend this enough - it feels really luxurious when applied, and it smells fantastic. At a reasonable price for this type of product you really can't go wrong.
I'm a big fan of the Soap & Glory range, and so was pleased to get this 'Hand Food' hand lotion as a Christmas present.
It smells absolutely delicious - I was almost disappointed it's not edible! ;-) The 'Hand Food' seems to be suitable for all skin types, including very dry skin, and does a great job of leaving even dry skin nicely moisturised and softened. It's also effective at keeping cuticles softened, and I've also found it helps keep my nails stronger and clearer looking.
It's available in two sizes, including a small size which is absolutely ideal for keeping in your handbag or in a drawer at work. This also helps me use it regularly and so keep my hands nice and soft! The small size would also be ideal for holidays or weekends away.
This product isn't cheap, but it is good value for money - a little goes a long way and I find I only need a portion about the size of a 20p coin each time.
Overall, I strongly recommend this product - it smells delicious, is good value, and does a fantastic job at keeeping hands, cuticles and nails in nice condition.
I've tried several of the other Body Shop 'Body Butter' products before, in a variety of fragrances, and have always found them excellent at moisturising dry skin, but with slightly overpowering fragrances.
I tried this Shea Body Butter as it came free with Marie Claire Magazine, and it's rapidly become a favourite beauty product. The version I have is a small 50ml tub, which can be purchased for just under £5, but it also comes in a larger tub. The small size is ideal for carrying in a handbag or taking to the gym etc though.
The product is excellent, not only for dry skin (which is what it's marketed as) but for everyone. It soaks in quickly, not leaving your skin feeling greasy, but leaving skin soft to the touch.
I've also found it's great for moisturising slightly sunburned skin, it's very soothing and doesn't cause irritation at all. I normally have quite sensitive skin, but as with most Body Shop products this suits me well.
It's nice that the product contains a number of fair-trade ingredients, and comes with the usual Body Shop claim not to be tested on animals.
I've been with the Vodafone network for a little over six months, and like many others on the network I have mixed opinions about the company.
The main reason I chose Vodafone was that they are the only network providing the Blackberry Storm, which was the phone I particularly wanted. The contract they offered was competitive with other providers - £40 a month for 900 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data and unlimited calls to landlines. So far I'm pretty happy with this deal. So, the main good point about the network is that they offer a nice selection of contracts, which I imagine would make it easy for most people to find something suitable.
However, their customer service is very poor. I've had numerous problems with the handset, yet every problem I report I'm just told is a known problem with the phone and not something they can do anything about. This includes things like the phone switching itself off in the middle of calls, having very poor signal and battery life, crashing if I try to have more than one application open etc.
Their employees seem almost apologetic that they can't do more to help and often say that they have many customers making the same complaints, but the fact that they're polite doesn't really compensate for the fact that they can't resolve customers' problems!
I've used two of Vodafone's shops, firstly to purchase my phone and secondly to complain about problems with the handset. Neither of the shops had particularly knowledgeable staff, and they were no better than the helpline staff at resolving the problems with my phone.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend Vodafone. Perhaps if you don't have any problems with your phone or contract, and so didn't need to use their customer service department, they would be okay. But if you do have any difficulties that need resolving, they're really less than helpful.
Olive Magazine is ideal for anyone interested in food and cooking. It provides inspiration for new recipes, as well as a range of articles on various cooking techniques, ingredients etc. There are usually a range of articles by or about celebrity chefs, and there's a whole section dedicated to restaurant reviews, or articles about foodie holidays/travelling.
One of my favourite features involves a suggested recipe or ingredient for each day of the month - these fit in really well with the season (eg June 2009 has a suggestion for making Hash Browns on Father's Day, May 2009 had blueberry pancakes for bank holiday weekend!) and are a nice source of fresh ideas.
Another great idea is the 7 meals for £xx (usually £30 or £35 type of price) which even includes a shopping list so you can make sure you've got all the ingredients ready for the recipes suggested for each week.
You can get some great deals on subscriptions to this magazine - including a 3 issues for £3 one which is available from the www.bbcgoodfood.com website.
The recipes here are generally easy to follow, the magazine claims they've all been tested at least three times and this does seem reasonable given that as a rule all the recipes turn out well.
Overall, highly recommended. The writing style is witty and engaging, and the selection of recipes is second to none.