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Soap & Glory was founded by Marcia Kilgore. She opened New York's famous Bliss Spa when she was 26 years old. In 2006 she launched Soap & Glory and within weeks it had become a huge success. There range has bath and body, fragrance, skincare, cosmetics and a men's range.
Clean Girls is a body wash that comes in a pump action bottle. It is a clear bottle with a sticker on it with an old fashioned black and white picture. Surrounding the picture is the writing which is mainly white and black with a pink background. On the sides are the usual things of product details, ingredients, contact information and the usual warning signs. Once opened it should be used within 24 months and the bottle is recyclable.
I bought a set of soap and glory products in the Christmas sales as I had always wanted to try them. When I got out the clean girls body wash I thought the packaging was very girly and I loved me. I love bottles that I can display in the bathroom and this was certainly one I could do that with. I could already see the colour of the body wash which is a baby pink colour. When I first used it the pump was easy to use and produce just the right amount of product. I found the formula very creamy which led me to believe that this body wash would be quite moisturising. I found the smell to be not too sweet but I could really smell the vanilla and blackcurrant and a slight floral smell.
When I first used I pumped a couple of times into my body polisher and gave it a good scrunch. It foamed up really well and was very creamy. Washing my body it cleaned really well and didn't dry out my skin. The scent encased my bathroom and it was very lovely and not to overpowering. Once I had finished and dried I noticed that what I thought was right, my skin had been left wonderfully soft and not a dry patch in sight. The scent lingered on my skin for most of the day.
Overall after using this for around five months I can say I absolutely love this product. It is moisturising, creamy and a wonderful smell. I love that as the product is in a clear bottle I can see how much I have used. I think this has lasted well form using it pretty much every day. I will be purchasing it again as I think it is a very good price, especially when the BOGOF offer is on in boots.
Price and Availability
Soap & Glory Clean Girls is available in most Boots stores and online at the price of £6.50 for a 500ml bottle. They also do a travel size for £2.50 which is 250ml.
Dove has a mission and one that I love, this mission was started in 2006. They wish to help girls from a young age to develop a strong self-esteem. They wish for them to have the confidence to feel happy and reach their full potential.
Dove is owned by the company unilever and was introduced in 1955. The products are sold in more than 35 countries and include many products like deodorant, lotions, facial care and men's products.
Dove gofresh is an anti-perspirant/ anti-transparent deodorant. It comes in a lovely shaped can and is very clean looking. The design is simple with the can being mostly white with the name of the brand and product on the front, a picture of a lemon slice and some lemon grass. On the back is the usual things, info about the product, directions, ingredients, contact details and the usual caution labels.
I am always trying new deodorants to find the best ones as the one that I really like is expensive at just over £5.00. Like most people we have less money to spend and I need to spend it wisely. I bought the dove gofresh deodorant whilst it was on offer in ASDA, at the time I bought it, it was £2.00 for a 250ml can. I think this is a reasonable price for what I got. I like the packaging; I find it clean and simple. I like the pop of colour of the lid and the soft button on the top.
When I opened it and used it for the first time I found it sprayed well. Like it says it has a lovely fresh smell, not to sweet and just the right amount. It is not strong smell which I like. I found the deodorant part of the spray worked well but the anti-perspirant not as good, by the end of the day I had a little perspiration under the arms but I still smelt fresh. These new deodorants that say they are 48hr or 72hr never seem to live up to the claims though. This one was a 48h one and I don't believe it would last that long. On days of light activity this worked really well but after any hard activity it didn't do so well, I felt I needed to have a quick clean and respray
When spraying the first few times it did come out a little white and left some marks on my clothes. The can lasted a good month with a few days where I used it twice. Overall a reasonable deodorant and good for people who do light activity throughout the day.
Price and Availability
Dove gofresh is available in most high street drugstores and supermarkets. It comes in a 150ml and 250ml size. Prices range from £2.19 for the 150ml and £3.24 for the 250ml. There are some offers at the moment (July 2013) In Boots, Sainsbury's, ASDA and Superdrug.
Bourjois, the Company
Bourjois began in 1863 in the theatre district in Paris, France. The first company creator was Joseph-Albert Ponsin. Alexandre-Napoleon Bourjois was entrusted his entire activity by Joseph-Albert Ponsin in 1868. Through this development the company blossomed and became an international brand.
Bourjois Fast & Perfect Mascara comes in a black tube and has a chequered silver and black design at the top and bottom. Most of the writing is in silver but a little is in red. The top of the tube is larger in size than most mascaras, this is to hold the rotating mechanism. On the lid is also the switch to turn the rotating mechanism clockwise, anti-clockwise or off.
Like most females I am a lover of all things makeup and love giving new products a try, so when this first came out I was very curious. I had seen some makeup artists on YouTube using it and they had nothing but good things to say about it. Therefore when I went to get a new mascara this is one of the first ones I picked up. It only comes in one shade which is 51 Starting Black.
When I first got it home I had to have a good look at the rotating of the mascara brush. Once switch on I noticed it wasn't too noisy, although I don't think this really matters as you only have it on for a short while. When I next did my makeup I gave it a go. I really like the packaging of the mascara, the large handle is great. I think it will certainly help people who find mascara wands with a smaller handle difficult to use. It is recommended to use it for thirty seconds. When I first put it on I found the rotating a little strange but the more I used the more I got used to it. Also figuring out which way you want the brush to rotate when applying. The first few times I applied it got a little smudged but a little practice and all is well. The effect of the mascara was fantastic for my day time look. I would say that it isn't to dramatic, it just gave my lashes some extra volume. I t didn't add any length so if you are looking for this effect I wouldn't recommend this. The colour lasted well and only smudged a little when it rained. I found it very easy to take off with my usual eye makeup remover.
Overall I really like this mascara; it is one of my favourites and is always in my daily makeup bag. It is well worth the money, especially when you can get it on special offer. A total recommendation by me.
Price and Availability
Bourjois Fast & Perfect Mascara is available in most drugstores and on the internet. It is priced at around £11.99
L'Occitane The Company
L'Occitane was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan. He first started by reviving the traditional soap-making Marseille. The company is based in Manosque, France and now has boutiques around the world. They make products for the face, body and fragrances.
L'Occitane Creme Mains Hand Cream in Fleur Cherie comes in a small tube. The front of the tube is cut into two sides. The bottom half is white flowers with the company name. The top half is peach with a pattern. It also has written the product name and size of tube. On the back is the usual product information in both French and English. It also has the ingredients, where it is made and website address. It also has the symbol to let you know the packaging is recyclable and that once opened it should be used in twelve months.
As a trainee Beauty Therapist, I have learnt about a lot of products and how much you should really care of your skin. I hadn't been the best before I started but now I have quite a routine. I got this hand cream free with a magazine and thought it would be well worth the try as I have tried other L'Occitane products before and loved them. I think the packaging looks very elegant and wouldn't care if anybody saw me with this product. Checking on the website this only comes in a travel size which is 30mls. It is the perfect size for putting into your handbag, especially if you have a smaller one. If you were to put it into a larger one it would get lost unless you carry it in a makeup bag.
When opening the product I am treated to a beautiful floral smell, which isn't to over powering. The tube just needs to have a gentle squeeze to release the cream. The cream is white and a creamy consistency. Once I have started rubbing the cream into my hands the consistency changes to a slightly watery cream. It absorbs nicely into the skin and leaves no residue. My hands feel lovely and soft and you can still smell a slight scent of the product, it's not to overpowering. You only need a small amount of product, about a pence size. I have been using this product for the last couple of months and it has lasted me well as I only use when I am out and about.
The only negative about this product is the price. If it wasn't for this I would certainly buy it again, but I know I can get hand creams that do the job nicely for half the price and in a bigger size.
Price and Availability
This product is available on the internet and in there boutiques and department stores. For a 30ml tube it is £8.00 or more depending on where you purchase it.
Blistex, The Company
Blistex was founded in 1947 as a small family run company. They specialise in lip care products and are based in Oak Brook, Illinois. There official website is www.blistex.com.
Blistex Soothing Splash is described as roller ball moisturiser. It has Jojoba, aloe vera and menthol in the ingredients. The product comes in a silver tube, with a screw on lid and silver roller ball inside. The writing on the outside is red and blue. It says on the outside that it is recyclable and the product once opened will last 12 months. It is found with the lip balms in the shops.
I am a huge fan of lip balms and moisturisers so when looking for my monthly supply which consists of my usual go to lip balm and a new one to try I picked up this one. When I got home I liked the packaging, I thought it looked quite funky. When opening the Soothing Splash, the roller ball looked good and moved well and looked like it would be a good product.
When I first used the product it had a refreshing feel and my lips felt moisturised. Once applied it gives a slight sheen to the lips and absorbed reasonably well. There was a slight layer still left which after about 15 minutes started to go a little sticky and then another five minutes or so started to go dry. This seemed to me to be very strange. I had to keep replying the product to feel what benefit it had for such little time. After a few hours though I had to give up, it just didn't seem worth it. I think the only positive I found was the fragrance.
I can tell you that I am very disappointed with this product. I have tried other Blistex products and they have been great but I can personally say I won't be buying this one again. I think for the price it is certainly not worth the money paid for it either.
Price and Availability
It is available on the internet and most high street stores. It is priced at around £2.59.
This review may also appear on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.
Batiste Dry Shampoo is a spray that helps you if your hair has gone a little bit greasy and you don't want to wash it. It tends to remove some of the grease and you can get an extra day before you wash your hair.
The product looks like a can of hairspray. The one I have is mainly orange and yellow in colour which is designed into flowers, fruit and leaves. It has a white strip across the top and middle with writing in green explaining what the product is called and what it is for. Also there is a yellow circle the name of this smell of the dry shampoo. The back is mostly white, which holds the directions, a caution and ingredients. It also has a warning sign to explain that is highly flammable.
I bought this dry shampoo has when I need to run my daughter to school and I don't have time to wash my hair I can simply spray it in, give it a brush and be on my way. I tend to wash my hair every other day and use this on the morning of the day that I wash it. This is very simple to use, just spray the product into your roots and I use a bristle brush to brush the product through. It does say on the can to massage the product into the roots then brush through. I have never needed to do this. The spray is white in colour and when I first used it I thought, this is going to be interesting as I have quite dark brown hair. But once brushed in, it isn't even noticeable to the eye. I like the smell of this one boho, it is quite sweet and perfumey. I find this helps me last the day until I get home and wash my hair on a night. I know there are other smells and ones for different hair colours. I would be intrigued to try the one for brunette hair to see if there was any difference. My hair is mid length and I find I don't use a lot of the product. I find the 200ml can lasts me a good 2 - 3 months. In my opinion this is a fantastic product and helps me a lot, especially first thing on a morning running after both my girls.
Price and Availability
You can find Batiste Dry Shampoo in most high street shops, larger supermarkets and online. It cost around £2.99 and upwards depending on the size of the can and what type you buy. The cans come in a travel size which is 50ml, a small can of 200mls and a larger can of 200mls.
The Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint looks like a marker pen. The part is black with a cross in the colour of the lip tint. There is also the name of the product written in gold. The address and other information is also written in gold. The lid and bottom are also the colour of the lip tint.
This has to be one of my favorite lip tints, although they might not be everybody's cup of tea. I have three shades, numbers 04, 06 and 08. Number 04 is a dusky pink, number 06 is a plumy red and number 08 is a light brown/pink colour. There are 10 shades all together and there is a colour for everyone.
When I first used the lip tint I thought it was quite strange. Putting what essentially looks and feels like a marker pen on my lips. After a while though I soon got used to it. The colour goes on really well and had a matt look to it. If you wish you can either put a lip balm or gloss on top to give it a sheen look. The lip tint has a lovely smell, a bit like strawberries.
There is one thing though, depending on the weather or how my lips are it can feel a bit dry once on, but a bit of lip balm makes it feel much better. I do find if you put lip balm or a gloss on top it doesn't last as long as when it is worn on its own. I would say it lasts about 6 - 8 hours on its own and maybe 4 hours with the lip balm or gloss. Overall I really like this product and would recommend it to all.
Price and Availability
Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint is available in most high streets and on the internet. It costs around £7.00 depending on where you purchase it.
How I found it
I have been looking for a really good facial scrub or polish for a while and the ones I had seen in the shops seemed to be the pearl ones, which I find don't really do much for my skin. So I was in Boots one day and they had an offer on the sanctuary products that if you spent over £10.00 you would get the Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask for free. I thought this was a pretty good deal considering that the mask costs £10.20 alone. This is when I found the Sanctuary Warming Micro Brasion Polish.
Well let me start with the packaging. It comes in a lovely pink box with silver edges, which is a different to the picture above. It looks very sophisticated and I think it gives off an air of elegance in my bathroom. Inside the box is a white tube with silver writing on the front and red writing on the back, it is a very simple design but I like it.
Now for the product. The cream inside is white and creamy and thick and you can't really see the granules. I dampened my skin first and then applied the cream. The instant it comes in contact with your skin you feel the warming sensation and as you rub the product into the skin, you can feel it warming a little more and you can feel the granules. The granules are not too harsh but are the right type of grain that is good for a skin like my which is very dry and flaky. You are then meant to leave the product on for a few minutes to let the heat draws out impurities. I tend to leave it on for about 2 minutes but I find it doesn't stay warm unless you keep rubbing it into the skin. While I leave it on my skin, I find it has a lovely smell. The smell is a gentle floral smell and isn't to over powering. After I rinse it off I find that my skin is a lot smoother and it now has a wonderful glow to it. I use it twice a week as recommended and have been using it for about six months and have only just started my second tube. I find this to be an excellent product and would recommend this to anybody with dry, flaky skin.
Price and Availability
It costs £11.99 in boots, but can vary depending on where you buy it. On the high street it is available in Boots and Debenhams and online it is available on the sanctuary website, also Debenhams, Boots and EBay.
The box is mainly yellow and made of cardboard. On the front of the box the brand and product name, nutrition information for a 30g serving, a monkey and a picture of the cereal. On the sides of the box is your recommended daily guideline amounts, ingredients, allergy information, nutrition information, Kellogg's guarantee, contact information. On the back of the box I have is an after school activity planner.
If you have read any of my chocolate reviews then you know I am a self confessed chocoholic and can't resist it even first thing on a morning. This is when I go for a lovely bowl of Coco Pops. They are little rice crispies coated in some sort of chocolate and when you pour milk over them they turn that chocolate too. They have a slight chocolate smell but it isn't to over powering, it just makes me want them even more. When dry they feel a little powdery and don't have that strong a taste, but when you had the milk it's a whole different story. It's like it activates all that chocolate goodness and the milk starts to change straight away. Now the flavour has become the right kind of chocolaty flavour and is quite sweet so you will not need to add that extra bit of sugar. I must admit to eating mine quite quickly as I don't like them to go to soggy, some people might like that but I don't. After eating the Coco Pops I am usually left with the brown chocolate milk and yes I drink it from the bowl. It tastes slightly like chocolate milkshake and has a stronger chocolate taste then the Coco Pops themselves. After the milk has gone you are left with a little powder in the bowl which is easy to rinse out. These like all cereals don't fill me up so I am usually munching on some fruit by the time it's ten. I would have to eat at least two to three large bowls for any cereal to fill me up. Now would I recommend this cereal without doubt that's a yes, it's just the price I only get them when they are on over. I they lowered the price I would eat them all the time.
This is for a 30g serving, although I'm sure most people have more than that.
Calories - 116 - 6%
Sugars - 11g - 12%
Fat - 0.8g - 1%
Saturates - 0.3g - 2%
Salt - 0.2g - 4%
Price and Availability
Kellogg's Coco Pops are available in most supermarkets and local shops. They are priced from £2.20 and come in boxes that are 375g and 600g.
The box is made of cardboard and is in the traditional Cadbury purple colour. On the front of the box is the brand and product name. This is also printed on all sides of the box as well as the expiry date. On the back of the box is the ingredients list, Nutrition information, contact information, size of box which is 400g, and symbols for recycling and suitable for vegetarians. Inside the box are printed pictures of the chocolates with their name and a small description. Also there are two plastic trays with the chocolates in.
I was given a box of Milk Tray for Valentine's Day and yes I have only just finished eating them as I much prefer a bar of chocolate. When looking at the box it looks very classic and is of simple design and I found it very easy to open. Once I opened the box I got a lovely sweet chocolate smell and noticed I got forty chocolates in all, four of each kind. They are easy to remove and distinguish from each other. I will now write a little about each one.
Hazelnut Caress - This has to be my one of my favourite ones, it is a smooth chocolate with a crunchy hazelnut inside which is covered in a sweet caramel. This chocolate is a heart shape with an m and t on top.
Nut Secret - This is another favourite, I really can't turn down a truffle. This has another hazelnut covered in a soft truffle which is then covered in a smooth chocolate. The chocolate is made to look slightly nut like.
Fudge Dream - Not a favourite of mine and went to my daughter but I did have one. The fudge is quite hard and as a creamy texture and covered in chocolate with white chocolate stripes. It is oblong in shape.
Honey Love - An ok chocolate, it is a honey flavoured caramel covered in chocolate and I found it just a little too sweet for me. It is made to look like a beehive.
Orange Truffle - This was a nice chocolate, an orange flavour soft truffle coated in chocolate. There was too much orange in it as I think if it had any more it would not have worked. It is shaped like an orange segment.
Strawberry Kiss - Another ok one, it has a strawberry gel and fondant inside which is supposed to taste like vanilla and is covered in chocolate. I couldn't really taste the vanilla and was over powered by the strawberry flavour. It is made to look like a strawberry.
Caramel Charm - This is my partners favourite, it is a little too hard for me. It is a hard caramel covered in chocolate with three stripes of white chocolate on top. The caramel does start to melt in the mouth once it has been there to thirty seconds or so and is quite sweet. It is a square shape.
Caramel heart - I like this one too, a lovely silky, soft and sweet caramel encased in chocolate. It is shaped liked a heart.
Eastern Delight - The one I do not like, but there has to be one in every box doesn't there. I had one just to write about it and was not happy when I hate it. It is like a solid jelly texture and tastes like roses to me and the jelly is pink. It is covered in chocolate and is square in shape.
Hazelnut Heaven - Another of my favourites, have you noticed all my favourites have hazelnuts in. It is a solid creamy chocolate with a crunchy hazelnut inside. It is a circle shape.
Overall the chocolates were ok but I wouldn't buy them for myself or for a loved one. If I have to buy a box of chocolates I know of better ones that worth the money spent on them. These just seem too expensive for what they are.
This is per 100g
Calories - 485kcal
Carbohydrates - 63.5g
Fat - 23.9g
Sodium - 0.14g
Price and Availability
Milk Tray is available in most supermarkets and some corner shops. They are priced from £3.05 onwards, the lowest price I found was at Tesco.
The packet is the traditional Cadbury purple. On the front is the brand and product name, along with the flavour and a picture of what the chocolate should look like with shortcake and berries above. On the back is information about the product, ingredients, nutrition information, other flavours available, contact information and symbols recycling, suitable for vegetarians and to put your rubbish in the bin. It also has the weight of the bar which is 140g.
Being a self confessed chocoholic I am always on the lookout for something new and when I saw the bar of plenty being advertised in a magazine I thought I should go out and get one. When getting it home I opened the packet and was surprised at how small the squares of chocolate were, I was expecting them to be a little bigger. The smell was the traditional Cadbury dairy milk smell but I couldn't smell any of the berries or shortcake. When turning the chocolate over I could see all the bits of shortcake inside and there were lots to be found.
Now the taste test, I broke of square which came easily and I could now the fruit inside. /the ratio of shortcake to fruit, I would say was three to one. I then put it in my mouth and could taste the smooth chocolate. I then bit into the chunk and sweetness of the fruit came through along with the crunch of the shortcake. I couldn't really distinguish which fruit I was eating but it did give the chocolate a slight chewy texture. I must admit I quite liked this chocolate but I think I will stick to a normal bar of chocolate. I recommend this if you're after something different and enjoy the texture of fruit and nut.
On looking at the back of the packet I noticed it is only one type of fruit which is infused with natural strawberry and elderberry. A bit deceiving from the picture on the front.
Per 3 chunks
Calories - 90kcal 4.5%
Sugars 9.4g 10.4%
Fat - 4.6g 6.6%
Saturates - 2.8g 14%
Salt - 0.05g 0.8%
Price and Availability
It is available to but in most supermarkets and local shops. It is priced at £1.49 and comes in two other flavours which are toffee apple and roast hazelnut & honey roast cashew. It is on offer in Sainsbury's for £1.00
The can is made of aluminium and is green in colour. The lid is green plastic with a silver plastic lock. On the front of the can is the brand and product name, the product symbol, type of product and that it is 48h protection. On the back of the can is information on the product, directions, caution, ingredients, contact information, size of can which is 250mlo and symbols for recycling, solvent abuse and extremely flammable,
After trying the Sure Maximum Strength and being impressed with it I saw the Sure Natural Minerals 48h spray deodorant and decided to give it a go. For one I prefer a spray and this works out cheaper.
Knowing that the application was different to normal deodorants for the maximum strength I decided to read the directions for this can to see if they were the same. But in this case it was just normal instructions for a spray deodorant. So the next morning I decided to give it a go, after unlocking the spray by pushing a bit of silver plastic to the left I was ready to go. The press lid was easy to push down but be careful if you have long nails as they can catch. I had a quick spray first to have a smell and found it to be quite floral (my smell was Pure), it was a very pleasant smell. I then proceeded to spray on my body. I found the spray light and it didn't leave any white marks on me or my clothes.
Now for the real tests will it last the 48 hours it says it will? The first time I used it I was doing light things around the house and taking the dog for walks. The deodorant seemed to last the whole 48 hours and I didn't feel that I had perspired and kept dry all the time. I then tested it again doing the harder housework and running round after my daughter, I did do some light exercise as well but being pregnant I couldn't test it through a hard work out. This time it did show a little strain and after about 36 hours of wearing it I started to get wet patches and the smell was working so well.
The can lasts about a third longer than a normal can, depending on what activities you are doing. This is a good 48 hour deodorant if you are doing light housework and such but the more heavier stuff I would use the maximum strength cream. So over all would I recommend it, yes as it does last longer than a normal deodorant and has a nice pleasant smell, it also had no reaction to my skin either.
Price and Availability
Sure Natural Minerals is available in most supermarkets and beauty stores and online. It comes in size cans and can also come in a roll on. Prices start at £1.71 for 150ml's and £2.37 for the 250ml. When looking at prices I found it on offer in Tesco's, the 150ml can was half price at 85p until the 13th April 2010 and in Sainsbury's the 150ml cans are 2 for £2.00, no date was given for when it ended.
The Day Zero website is of a very simple design and is set out very clearly. On the top on the left hand side is the name of the website. On the top right hand sign is where you have logged on and a link to follow them on twitter. Underneath the name of the website is recent activity, this includes tasks added recently and new and updated members. This is followed by new features for the website. On the right hand side underneath where you have logged in there are four tabs, about the project, directory, inspiration and log out. This is followed by a statement of what the website is 'Create a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days'. Underneath this it tells you that you are logged on and under what username. It then gives you a short paragraph of what is day zero. There is then links for tumblr and facebook.
When you click on your username at the top of the page you will be directed to your page. The same things from the top of the main page appear hear too. On left hand side there is your list this includes days left and a percentage of what you have completed. There are also three tabs one for things to do which is your current list, someday: which are things that you would like to do at some point and done! Which are obviously things that you have completed from your list. Whilst on your things to do page it does give you the date you started and the date you should complete your list by. You can also mark your items as either not done, in progress which is a yellow cog and done which is a green tick. On the right side of your page are your name, location, website and date you joined. You can also add your twitter name and a bit about yourself.
If you click on about the project you come to a page that explains the website. There is a little bit about the challenge, the criteria, why 1001 days? And who runs the website and then a link at the bottom to start a list if you haven't already.
Clicking on the directory tab will bring you to a list of other people and their lists and where they are from. It is a very long list there must be at least a thousand on it. To be on the directory you need to have a location added to your profile page and have a minimum of 20 tasks on your list.
The inspiration tab has links to other websites if you are having trouble thinking of 101 things to do. Last but not least is the log out tab but I don't think I need to explain this.
I love making list and have loads of notebooks filled up with them. Whether this is for my daily to list life list or things I just want to accomplish in the next year or so. So when I stumbled across this site I thought it would be a nice idea.
It must have taken me at least five days to make my list but when putting things on I noticed it was putting them in a certain order, not one that I had picked myself. This annoyed me slightly and I can now live with it but hopefully in the updates in the future you might be able to do this.
I do like the fact that it tells you how many days you have left and what percentage I have completed. I must admit I haven't completed any yet but I am very close to some being done. A few of mine have at least been started and now have the in progress symbol next to them.
I must admit to looking at other peoples list but it would be nice if you could let them know if you are doing the same thing and how they are managing and so forth. You can do this if they have a link to their own website but almost half the people don't.
So what is on my list, well here are the top five in the order the website has put them in.
1. Identify 100 things that make me happy.
2. See a movie in 3D
3. 3. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
4. Make a custom recipe book
5. Read all the books currently on my shelf.
There are more important ones that I would rather have on the top like pay off credit cards, learn how to drive and have a £1000 in savings.
Although this is a very simple site it is very straight forward and easy to navigate. I would like ways to adjust the list and correspond with some of the other members too. I do like the in progress symbols and when I start putting ticks next to things I will feel like I am making some progression. Let's hope I can get it done in 1001 days. I recommend this site if you like making lists and like to get them done or need some incentive to get them done. If you are after a more complex and more commutative site I would pick something else.
The Box and Tube
The box is made of 100% recycled material and is cardboard. On the front is the brand and product name that it is 95% organic and a small amount of information about the product. On the back of the box is information about the product, recycle symbol and contact information. On the sides is the ingredients list, the fact that is authenticated by Kew Botanics Garden and the size of the tube.
The tube is made of a soft translucent plastic and the lid is made of a hard plastic and is a screw top. On the front is the brand and product name and what it is for. On the back is information on the product, directions, ingredients, recycle symbol, contact information and size of tube which is 10ml.
I am a lip balm freak and have numerous ones around the house and in handbags. So when I got my Boots Advantage Card Letter and it had a 100 extra points when I bought something from the Botanics range I decided to give there lip balm a try.
When I saw the box I thought it was very nicely packaged and looked spa like, very simple and a lovely design. When I opened the box to look at the balm I noticed it looked like butter that had melted then hardened again, so it was slightly yellow in colour. I unscrewed the lid to find a angled bit of plastic with a hole in it like some lip glosses. Now when using products with this top I tend to squeeze a bit out a use my finger as I don't like the application using the plastic. When I squeezed the balm out I noticed it had little lumps in it, not what I had expected at all and it had the smell of shea butter. I then smeared it on my lips and did not like the texture at all, the lumps took a good thirty seconds to rub in and just did not feel right to me. Once rubbed in my lips felt quiet greasy and very shiny. They did feel moisturised but then again anything would if it felt like you had grease on your lips. I gave it a good go for a couple of days and it did last for a couple of hours at a time but I just could not get used to the sensation of the lumps and the heavy feeling of the balm.
The lip balm is now sat in my bedside table and I only use it when I can't find anything and I am in desperate need of moisture to my lips. Overall I wouldn't recommend this product but some people might not mind the texture or heaviness to it. I found there are a lot better lip balms at lower price than this.
I don't usually list ingredients for products but as this as only four I thought I would.
Butyrospermum parkil butter*, Olea europaea oil*, Cera alba*, Lanolin
*Certified organic ingredient.
Price and Availability
It is only available in Boots stores and boots website. It is priced at £3.99, it is on offer though at the moment for £2.99.
The beaker is made of plastic and has a screw lid. The beaker itself is insulated so to keep the drink inside cool if you wish it to be. It also has a pattern on the front. The lid is made of a solid plastic and the bit you drink out of is slightly softer. It has a funny shape to it and has a hole for the drink to come out of and a hole for the air to come out of. When the lid is off you notice you notice the special bit that makes it easy flow and non spill.
Now this beaker is aimed at children aged 24+ months but my daughter has been using it since she was around 20 months. She used to use the one with the straw but when trying to drink out of a cup she couldn't quite figure out the shape to put her mouth to drink from it and juice would go everywhere. Hence the purchase of the Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper.
Once home I opened it up and took it apart as instructed to wash it. I found this an easy process and found it easy to put back together to. I put the juice in and tested it myself first. I firstly tipped it upside down above the sink and it didn't spill anywhere, so far so good I thought. Next I tried to drink from it and found this easy to do, not much force was needed to get the juice out. I then gave it to my little girl to try, she did find it awkward at first but by the end of the day she was drinking out of like a pro. It has been very hard wearing to as the amount of times it has been dropped or thrown and it is still in good condition and still no leaks. My daughter now can drink out of a normal cup without spilling it and I believe it is to the fact that she has this beaker. I would recommend this beaker to all parents and grandparents alike, this was a worthwhile purchase and I will purchase this again for my next child.
Price and Availability
The Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper is available in Boots, toys'r'us and some supermarkets and is available online. It is priced from £3.99 and comes in three colours pink, green and