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I recently reviewed the Protect and Perfect Serum that is in the same range as this night cream so I will now review the actual night cream.
This Night cream from Boots No 7 range costs £22 and there are 50ml in the pot. The pot itself is originally packaged in a neat, square cardboard box but this can be discarded once you start using the cream. The pot is quite pleasing to the eye, it is more oval than round and has a very thick clouded glass bottom to it and a plastic top. The only drawback is the weight of it. It feels very heavy so it's not great for travelling with. I left this one at home when I went away recently as I just feel it's too heavy to take. You could decant some for a holiday but that sounds like too much effort to me, I just take smaller tubes with me for breaks away!
The plastic lid screws off and reveals the lovely smooth, glossy white cream inside. The design of having the cream in a pot is great as it means you can scrape out every last bit of it with your finger and you don't feel like you're wasting any. I just dip my finger in and smooth the cream onto my face. It retains its shape in the pot but is loose enough to rub all over my face very easily. You don't need too much to cover your face and neck. It does not feel greasy at all but it does look quite shiny on my face afterwards when I look in the mirror.
It has a lovely fresh smell to the cream. It's always hard to describe the smell of a cream but it is very pleasant, I like it a lot. Once on,my skin feels soft and nourished and cared for and I do like the way my skin feels with it on. I also use the day cream which I feel complements the use of this one.
It is fairly expensive but I have found that this one has lasted me several months now and I've still got quite a bit left in the pot. I'd definitely recommend the use of this cream to others looking for a nice night cream.
A while back I received a free gift from the No 7 range in Boots and one of the items in the package was a small sample tube of the Protect and Perfect Intense serum. I had never used it before so gave it a go. I really liked it and started using it every night but due to the size of the tube it didn't last long.
I have recently bought my own tube of the serum as I liked it that much. It costs £23 for 30ml which is quite expensive but you don't use as much of it as a normal night cream. Well, I don't anyway! They have recently changed the packaging for this range but mine came in a rectangular cardboard box which I noticed was very good quality, very thick and glossy.
The actual tube is made of plastic and when you unscrew the top there is a long pointy end to it in order to squeeze out small amounts of the serum. This works well as you do just get the amount you require and not loads coming out onto your finger.
The serum is a pale white shiny colour and feels quite wet although when you rub it in it disappears quite quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy at all. I just use it around areas I'm trying to reduce/prevent wrinkles from appearing and I actually use their separate night cream all over my face as a general night cream.
I do actually think it has made my skin look slightly better, whether it's psychological or not, my wrinkles have decreased. I don't have loads anyway but it has worked on the small ones I do have.
As I've not yet used a whole tube I'm unable to say how long it will last but I guess people use different amounts anyway so it might be different for other people. I hope mine lasts a good few months.
As with most sun creams during the summer months, this sun cream was on a half price offer in Boots so I invested in a couple to take on holiday with me. It cost me the equivalent of £6.56 per bottle which is great value for a suncream of a good reputable make. Normally it would retail at £13.12. You can also buy these suncreams in other stores such as Tescos or Sainsburys.
The bottle stands upright and is mostly white in colour but with orange writing on it. There is a pump dispenser at the top and a clear round lid that you lift off when you want to use it. The pump dispenser worked very well at the start. You only needed to press it once and quite lightly for a lot of cream to come out. It even worked on an angle at the beginning and I was happy using it.
However, a few days in to the holiday I struggled to use the cream as I found the dispenser so hard to use. It seemed to go really, really stiff and I couldn't press it down with just one finger. My other half didn't find it problematic at all but he's a lot stronger than me. I am by no means weaker than any other 30+ woman so I imagine others would struggle too.
The actual cream worked very well for its intended use, to prevent burning and protect the skin. This bottle was Factor 30 but they do others which are lower and higher factors. I didn't burn any areas and felt comfortable with it on. The cream looked similar to other creams but I found it harder to rub in than others I've tried. I was glad it worked well in protecting the skin though.
Basically I was happy with the cream apart from the fact that I struggled to get it out! If the dispenser had been looser it would have been much better. I would have awarded more stars if the bottle had been made better.
I dislike cooking rice immensely. I have never perfected the art of cooking it and have more disasters with it than I care to mention! As terrible as it sounds, I always buy these versions of 'Express' rice. I have had Tescos own version, Co-Op's own version and packs from Uncle Ben's range as well.
This was on offer when I bought it but generally it costs £1.69 for 250g from Tescos or is available at a similar cost from other supermarkets. It comes in a bright orange packet much like the rest of the Uncle Ben's range. It is a soft plastic packet and you can squeeze it and feel the rice inside.
In order to cook the rice you need to cut a 2cm incision in the top of the packet prior to putting it in the microwave. Before going in the microwave I squash the whole packet in case there are any clumps of rice sticking together that would perhaps not come apart all fluffy when it comes out of the pack.
The pack only takes 2 minutes to cook in the microwave which is obviously a huge bonus if you're short on time. When you take the pack out you need to cut across the whole of the top of the pack but be careful with the steam which will escape as it can burn you if you hold your hand there longer than you need to.
You are left with some gorgeous tasting perfectly cooked rice which is extremely flavoursome. The texture to me is good, it is fluffy and loose without being soft and claggy. With this being egg fried rice you can see little chunks of egg and taste it quite clearly as well. There are other herbs and spices in there and the taste of it is really nice. I like salty foods and to me the salt level is good but that means it might taste too salty for other people.
For a very quick fix this is a really tasty product that you can have as part of a main meal or added to something where you need a bit of rice. It isn't as healthy as making your own rice but it isn't intended to be healthy. It is a convenience food and should be treated as one. I personally enjoy them and would recommend them to others.
I saw this shower gel on offer a while back in Tescos and I was in need of a shower gel I thought it looked suitable for me. Normally this costs £1.89 for 300ml but I got it for 'better than half price' at 90p. The container is a lovely soft pink colour with pretty flowers on the front so in my opinion is very feminine looking and aimed more at girls than boys. The flavour of the shower gel is cherry blossom and vanilla.
It is a plastic bottle and is very sturdy. It stands upright very well in the shower and is not one of those annoying shaped bottles that fall over at the slightest knock. There is a flip lid on the top of it in order to get the gel out and this is fitted well and works efficiently.
When you open the lid you can't immediately smell the gel inside but if you smell it close up you can. It smells quite sweet and vanilla-y! Even when it's lathering up on you I don't think I'd know it was cherry inside, I'd know it was fruity but not sure I'd guess correctly at cherry. It pours very easily out of the bottle and is a gooey white consistency. I think it lathers up very easily and it goes a long way when you're washing yourself.
The smell does become more apparent when you're washing yourself and you're also quite aware of how smooth it feels on your skin. It is meant to be a 'pampering' shower gel and it states 'Triple Moisture' on the front of the bottle and I would agree that it feels very soft and moisturising.
After drying myself my skin does feel soft but I wouldn't say it feels moisturised. I always put my own moisturiser on after a shower anyway but my skin feels like it needs it still, even after showering with a 'Triple Moisture' shower gel.
I do like the shower gel but I wouldn't think it was definitely a cherry smell and I don't think it is as moisturising as it claims to be. It's nice to use though so would recommend it if you're looking for a basic shower gel.
If you've ever had an ulcer in your mouth and not tried Bonjela then you're missing out on the best treatment available for it. Bonjela is a gel like substance that can be applied to the area where you have the ulcer and will start working straight away on soothing the area as well as healing it.
Bonjela comes in a tube which is packaged in a cardboard box. The box is easy to open and I normally discard it straight away (in the recycling bin of course!). The actual tube of the product is made from a strong plastic material. It is about 4" long and about an inch wide. There is a small white little screw on lid that goes on top of it which is easy to take off and put back on again. As soon as the lid comes off you can smell the Bonjela immediately. It has a really strong aniseed smell which in my opinion is a lovely smell.
You need to squeeze the tube in order to get the gel out of it and it comes out very easily, especially when the tube is new and full! The gel is completely clear in colour and feels very wet and cold when you squeeze it on to your finger. You then need to dab the gel onto the affected area in your mouth and smooth it all around the ulcer. You can feel the cooling effect straight away and a little tingle too which I like as I feel like it's targeting and attacking the ulcer as it should be doing. It makes the area feel a little numb which is good as it hurts less when you rub your tongue over it.
I personally love the taste of the Bonjela in my mouth but some people don't. I love aniseed type flavours and like the smell and taste of this. It is such a strong flavour that I think people would either love it or hate it so I guess some people might detest it straight away.
You can buy Bonjela from all chemists and most supermarkets. It costs £2.75 for 15g from Tescos and is a similar price elsewhere. Well worth the money in my opinion.
I really do believe you can't beat a glass of cloudy lemonade on a hot summers day. It's quite nice to sit here thinking about it when I see the dismal weather outside my window at the moment!
This bottle of cloudy lemonade from Tescos is made from the usual type of plastic that you would find a bottle of pop in. It is sturdy enough when it is full but becomes less sturdy the more drink you take from it. Wrapped around the bottle is a dark green label telling consumers what the product is. On this label there is also nutrition information and the usual storage instructions etc.
The bottle top comes off easily and as you start pouring it into your glass you can smell the sweet lemony smell of the lemonade. The difference between normal lemonade and cloudy lemonade is really quite self explanatory but just to clarify, this lemonade is a cloudy white colour whereas normal lemonade has a water like appearance. Also, cloudy lemonade has a very strong lemon flavour which you don't necessarily find in a normal lemonade.
At first the drink is very fizzy but this does wear off after a couple of days. It is lovely when you have first opened the bottle though and it is all fizzy and refreshing. If you have ice cubes in your drink it is even better. It is refreshing and sweet and does taste extremely lemony but it also tastes quite sugary. There is however a lot of sugar in the bottle so this probably explains why. In 100ml of the drink there are 11.2g of sugar so you need to be careful with this drink and not overdose on sugar from it! It really is a lovely tasting drink though and I would recommend it in small doses for summery days.
This bottle from Tescos is fantastic value for money at 57p for 2 litres, you really can't go wrong with a price like that.
I normally buy a liquid eyeliner from The Body Shop but when I was out shopping with my friend recently she strongly recommended getting this one from the Barry M range. I had heard of Barry M but I must say most of what I have heard about the range is on this site! I knew from reading reviews on this site that there are some good makeup pieces in the range otherwise I'd have been a little more cautious.
This eyeliner costs £4.79 from Boots but is also available from other large shops which sell makeup. I bought the black version but there are also other colours to choose from if you want something a bit brighter. The website doesn't tell me how much is actually in the pot nor does the product itself so I can't say how much is in it but I'd guess around 5ml?
The eyeliner comes in a short little pot with a tall wand/applicator attached. The wand screws off very easily and acts as the applicator. The nib of the eyeliner pen is hard and for me this works better than a soft brush, but it depends how you like the nib to be for applying eyeliner. Some like it hard, some like it soft!!! The eyeliner is a strong enough black to really make your eyes stand out and it appears to be a bright black, not a wishy washy black.
I am able to create a strong neat line over my eyelid with this eyeliner and it works very well. I also find that it doesn't rub off during the day unless I've deliberately rubbed it. It still looks as dark at the end of the day as to how it looked at the start of the day.
For the price I think it's a fantastic buy and I'm really pleased with the product. I'll definitely be buying it again.
I love golden syrup - it is one of those things in life that I forget about until Pancake Day then realise how gorgeous syrup actually is. It's probably a good job i don't remember constantly about it as I would develop a syrup addiction!
I have only ever had this syrup as I don't see how any could be better than this one. It is made by Lyle's and is a very reputable brand for things like syrup. You can buy the product in a short metal tin but I prefer the squeezy plastic container instead as it is easier to pour. The bottle is a thick but quite malleable plastic and is see through so you know how much is left in the bottle, and is also useful when pouring to see when it is going to come out. There is a dark green and gold label on it with the Lyle's logo on it and a few bits of useful information like the nutritional value.
There is a light brown lid on the bottle which is easy to open and close by flipping it. The consistency of the syrup is all gooey, sticky and runny although it is a thick runny as opposed to a thin runny! The smell of it is really sweet and almost gives you sugar cravings just by smelling it!
It pours very easily out of the top and in my personal opinion is easier to use than the tin version as you have to spoon it yourself out of the tin version. The taste is delicious. It is best on pancakes but is also lovely on bananas or ice cream (or both!). It is very sweet but, like honey, doesn't just taste of sugar it has a flavour to it as well. It is almost treacly flavoured but less intense. It is quite thick so if you want to lick it off a spoon it might take a few licks to get the spoon clean!
This bottle is available from Tescos for £1 and holds 454g. As I said earlier on, there is a lot of sugar in syrup, in fact, 77.5g in 100g! Not for the faint hearted!
I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise but I couldn't eat a hard boiled egg without some mixed in and I wouldn't like a tuna sandwich which had no mayonnaise in it either. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to mayonnaise so will look out for deals or supermarket own brands to save a bit of money.
I sometimes buy 'Light' mayonnaise and sometimes the full fat version. I am often torn between the lighter choice calorie wise versus the fact that real mayonnaise has less man made ingredients in it.
The jar that this mayo comes in is a sturdy glass jar and is exactly the same shape as all mayo seems to come in, a short, rotund jar. This one has blue lid which is easy to screw off. The label on the front of the jar is light blue as opposed to the full fat one which is dark blue (very reminiscent of the Hellmans variety!).
When you unscrew the lid I can't smell the product but if you put your nose very close to the jar you can smell the mayonnaise, I feel there's nothing in particular to comment on the smell. Not overly strong, pleasant or unpleasant, it's just there. I'm not that keen on the texture of this mayonnaise when you spoon it out of the jar. The one word I would use is gelatinous. It seems to have a wobble when you spoon it out unlike the firmer Hellmans brand. However, I think the taste is perfectly satisfactory. As I said earlier, I'm not obsessive about mayonnaise but I do like it with my eggs and tuna and I think this serves that purpose very well.
A 240ml jar costs just 54p from Tescos which I think is a great price. It really is good value for the product.
In general I think this is a good product, it is just the texture which lets it down slightly. I would recommend it though.
I recently bought this mascara from the L'Oreal range and am rather impressed with it! I have a few firm favourite mascaras but since joining Dooyoo I've actually started branching out on things as I read so many reviews on new products that it inspires me to try buying new things. Hence me buying a new mascara.
I've had many L'Oreal mascaras in the past and have always thought highly of their mascaras so I had a look at getting one of them. I always like a mascara that gives an impact and from the description beneath the stand it sounded like this was one I should try.
This Telescopic mascara costs £10.99 and mine was from Boots, although they would also sell them in department stores and other places that sell make up. The tube it is in is a shiny silver colour and is thicker at the bottom than it is at the top. The one I bought was black but there are also other versions of black like carbon black and waterproof black. It is easy to screw off the lid with the wand inside the lid.
The actual bristles of the mascara wand are different to mascaras I've had before. They are much much shorter and almost look like they wouldn't do anything but that is where I was wrong! They give a really intense colour to your lashes, give them a thick coating and suddenly look a lot longer than they were. It is almost too much for me but I love it. If it was any thicker though I wouldn't like it. Luckily it doesn't give a clumpy look to your lashes like some can do.
This also has staying power which is great and doesn't flake off down your cheeks like some can do by the afternoon time. I'd even go so far as to say it looks just as good at the end of the day than it did first thing. Shame I can't say that for the rest of my face!
All in all a great mascara from L'Oreal, I would definitely recommend it.
For me, I would rather be eating food than cooking it. I would also rather be watching a cookery programme than trying out the recipes myself. However, it doesn't mean I don't try to be a little adventurous and follow some great recipes I have in cook books, it just means they perhaps aren't made with as much love and attention as I should be giving them.
I have always enjoyed Rick Stein's programmes, me and my partner find it very relaxing to watch him travelling and cooking, and it's always great to see Chalky by his side, although sadly no longer with him. After Rick did the tour of Asia I thought it would be good to have a go at some of the recipes from his book so I bought this book, 'Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey'. It costs £17.50 through Amazon although might be cheaper if there was an offer on in Waterstones.
The book is a very vibrant orange colour and has a nice picture of Rick on the front. There are 320 pages in the book with some beautiful pictures of the recipes interspersed throughout. The book has 7 chapters in it and each one covers a different country/region and the recipes that are from that area. The chapters are; Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. There is a written introduction to each chapter about the culture of food within that particular area.
I have tried several of the recipes from the book and I must say they have actually turned out ok! There are a lot of fish recipes and I really like fish so that's worked out well. The instructions are well written and clear to understand. I miss having nutritional information against each recipe as a lot of books have that in now but I can estimate! My favourite recipe is 'Chef Wan's prawn and rice noodle salad' which sounds complicated to do but I do my own simplified version of it!
The only drawback of the book is the amount of ingredients needed for each recipe. Once you have bought a few things it's ok as you can reuse them once they're in your cupboard but it does make it more complicated and expensive the more ingredients you need to add per recipe. You might find you can skip a couple of ingredients though without noticing the difference!
A nice book, especially for someone who is passionate about cooking and learning about recipes from the Far East.
Who doesn't love a bit of vinegar on their chips? And what better vinegar to use than Sarson's Malt Vinegar. It has been an established name in vinegar since 1794 when they first started brewing it and it is still a very reputable name in vinegars.
Most people would probably recognise the bottle that it comes in. It is a glass bottle and is much wider at the bottom than it is at the top, kind of like a teardrop shape. The label around the bottle is a brick red colour and the top is also the same brick red colour. It is a flip top lid and is easy to open and close.
If you open the lid and smell the top of the bottle the smell is so powerful it makes me turn my head away sharply. I find the smell can almost make my eyes water if I'm too close to it! It is hard to describe the smell of vinegar but it is incredibly sharp and has a high acidity to it but is still quite sweet smelling at the same time.
You only need a few drops of vinegar on your chips in order to give them that delicious lift that they need (along with salt though I have to admit!). The sour notes of the vinegar are only just compensated by the sweet side of it, but put too much on and it will ruin the taste of anything. We also always add it to tuna mayonnaise, if you've not yet tried it you should as it makes it so much better. A lot of sandwich shops will add vinegar to their tuna mayo mix.
People also use vinegar as a cleaning agent, maybe on their windows or glass surfaces. I think this became more popular after the hit TV show 'How Clean is Your House?'. They used vinegar a lot and people started to copy them.
A 250ml bottle of this vinegar costs 69p from Tescos - an absolute bargain. It's also available from other supermarkets as well. This bottle of vinegar will last a long time too!
Seeing as I have an excitable Springer Spaniel at home it's probably hardly surprising to learn that I wash my hands a lot of times throughout the day. I feel like I'm always buying bottles of handwash for the house! Generally I buy whatever is on offer at the time as I don't want to spend a fortune on them and I'm not particular about which I buy. I'm using this one at the moment as it was the cheapest one in Tesco's at the time of shopping.
The plastic container that it comes in is quite sturdy and strong and doesn't give the impression that it would split if it got knocked over or anything like that. You can see the handwash through the plastic which I always like so that you know how much is left in it and when you need to buy another.
The top swivels round very easily and the instructions are clear about how to turn it initially in order to open the valve on top. Once 'opened' the lotion will come out very easily. It comes out via a pump dispenser and it depresses easily and releases the lotion easily. The handwash is the same consistency as a gel like substance and is a very bright solid white colour. It lathers very easily on your hands once you rub them together.
As soon as I start rubbing my hands with the handwash the strong floral scent hits me. I can't distinguish that it is magnolia but it's certainly a strong flowery smell and is lovely. I do feel the smell is quite feminine but I've had no complaints from the other half yet so won't draw this to his attention!
I can smell the handwash on my hands for quite a while afterwards but I don't think it has a moisturising effect on my hands. They don't feel rough after washing them with this, but I also can't notice they are softer at all. I wouldn't have thought it was particularly 'moisturising' but that might just be me.
It only costs 55p for 500ml (from Tescos) which is a brilliant price for it and well worth the money.
Seeing as one of my all time favourite smells and tastes is coconut, it's probably hardly surprising that Malibu is one of my favourite spirits. If anything captures the heady exotic inspiring smell of holidays it's Malibu! As soon as you smell it you feel like you're on a beach slathering on sun cream. You can almost see palm trees swaying in front of you when you drink this!!
Malibu comes in a very distinct solid white glass bottle. To me the white represents the white flesh in a coconut. On the front there is a picture of a sunset with the silhouette of palm trees in front of it - just to add to the beach holiday theme that Malibu is all about. There is a screw cap at the top which is easy to unscrew. Malibu itself is a rum drink heavily flavoured with coconut. I am not normally a fan of rum but I love the taste of Malibu, which I purely put down to the coconut addition.
When you pour it you will see it is a very thin consistency, thicker than water but just as clear as it. The smell will hit you straight away and is a very strong smell of coconut. I wouldn't be able to drink it on its own as rum is too strong for me so I prefer to drink my Malibu with Coke (or Diet Coke!) but I have also had it with pineapple juice which is gorgeous. The combination of the coconut just works so well with these mixers and really do it justice. I do think it needs to be drunk ice cold so make sure you have some ice cubes on stand by. I have heard that people mix it with milk but as I have a strong disliking for milk, apart from a dribble on my cereal, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to try this. It tastes so coconutty whatever you mix it with that it is delicious. To me it encapsulates the feeling of being on holiday even if you are sat in your back garden at home.
A 70cl bottle will cost you £14 in Tescos which is very similar to other supermarket prices. It is also sold in all off licenses as well.
Word of warning, if you don't like coconut stay well clear!!