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Generally, when it comes to hair removal, I am a shaver and this is mainly because I don't like to wait for the hairs to grow long before I remove them. However if I am going on holiday and don't want to have to shave all the time or for special occasions when I want to be extra smooth (and have the time to faff around with cream) then I do use Nair Hair Remover Cream.
About the product
The Nair Hair Remover cream that I use comes in a tube a bit like a toothpaste tube with a screw on lid. The tube is pink and white in colour and on the from states the product name, that it is for all hair types and the claim that it is 'for radiant, silky-smooth skin. On the back are the instructions for use (in English) and what I assume to be a list of ingredients but I cant read it because it is in Chinese or something although this is probably because I get my Nair from Poundland and I suspect if you bought it in Boots or somewhere similar you would get the English version. There is also a caution to avoid contact with the eyes and any irritated or broken skin, and it informs you that the cream can be used anywhere except 'around eyes, in nose, ears or on breast nipples, perianal or vaginal /genital areas. Personally I use it on my legs up to and including my knees and on my forearms.
Back in the day when I was younger and seemingly had more money, or perhaps was just less cautious with my money, I used to use Veet hair removal cream but when I saw this in Poundland a few years ago I switched to save a few pennies because as far as I am concerned it does the same job. The only downside to the Nair compared to the Veet is that the Veet I used to buy came with a 2 sided sponge, on side to apply the cream and one to remove it, whereas with the Nair you just get the tube, but I have overcome this by buying a cheap two sided sponge which I use just for this purpose.
The cream itself is quite thick and is a pale pink colour. Another downside to this cream is that it smells unpleasant but I think this is a common scent among hair removal creams and it does really linger on your skin and in your bathroom . Unfortunately the instructions do clearly state that you should just shower off with lukewarm water after using this and not use soap. Therefore I tend to apply this a good few hours before I am going anywhere so that I can reshower later on to get rid of this scent and make myself smell lovely again.
Applying the product
As with most skin care products this one contains a warning that irritation or allergic reaction may occur with some people and advises that you do a skin test before use. After you have established that this product is ok for you application is very simple - you apply a thick even layer of the cream over the area of skin where you wish to remove hair but do not rub it in. After 5 or so minutes you remove a small area of the cream and if the hair comes away then you can remove all the cream and if it does not then you wait a little longer, however it explicitly states that you should not leave it on for more than 15 minutes. Once you have removed the cream (and hopefully the hair) you wash in lukewarm water but as I said above you are advised not to use soap and also not to rub the skin.
I use a 2 sided sponge when using this product, the 'normal' side of the sponge I use to apply the cream and then the harsher side (a bit like the kitchen sponges you get) to remove the cream and hair. Although it does say you should not rub the skin I think that to remove the hair properly you do need to rub it a little bit but that is my personal opinion and I am not suggesting that anyone else does that.
I find that it generally takes me about 5 minutes to fully apply the cream which is fine but I must confess I do tend to get very bored waiting around in the bathroom for the product to work before I can wash it off - 10/15 minutes of waiting can seem a long time in the bathroom on your own.
Every time I have used this product I have been pleased with the results. The hair comes away and my skin is left feeling very smooth, although I'm not sure about 'radiant' as the tube claims. My skin tends to stay completely smooth for about a week before tiny little bits of hair come through and I usually need to shave about 10 days after using this product so I think the results are pretty good.
I think this is a good product that works well and as I continue to find it at my local Poundland then I will continue to buy it as I think it offers good value for money. One tube will last me for 3 or 4 removal sessions of my arms and legs. This product is also available in pharmacies, supermarkets and online but it much more expensive there. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to have a smooth skin without any effort for a week but just be prepared to sit around the bathroom for a while.
I give this product 4 out of 5 because it does work really well but it loses a point for the smell and the faff of applying and waiting (I am not a patient person!)
Im a coffee hater myself but my husband loves it so for his birthday last year I bought his a posh coffee maker. I also bought him this electric coffee grinder because apparently freshly ground coffee is the best.
The grinder that we have has a black plastic body although I believe this also comes in silver, and has the bodum symbol on side. The removable lid is clear plastic which houses the red on/off button. Once you have removed the lid inside there is a metal container and the blade arm. The power cord is attached at the bottom and housed inside the unit. To pull it out you pull the base down and unwind the cord - this can then be rewound back into the unit for storage.
To use the grinder is very simple - place the grinder on a flat surface, remove the lid, fill with coffee beans, replace the lid securely and then press the on button which start the blades and within seconds you will have freshly ground coffee. It is recommended that you hold the lid on tight while you are grinding the beans.
This grinder works extremely well and grinds the beans a lot quicker than I was expecting, definitely in less than 30 seconds (which is good as the instruction manual strongly recommends you do not grind for longer than 30 seconds at a time as it increases the likelihood of the motor overheating.) Obviously it does make a bit of a noise as the blades grind up the coffee beans but it is not annoying and is over quite quickly.
This grinder is fairly small and is recommended only for domestic use so you cant make heaps of coffee in one go. Infact you should only grind a maximum of 45g of coffee beans in on go, but this is plenty for my husband as you can get a fair few cups of coffee out of that amount.
Although I don't actually drink the coffee I am pretty sure I am the only one who ever cleans this! It is very easy to clean, I just rinse the inside out and give it a gentle wipe. As the power cord is attached to the unit you cannot immerse the whole thing in water. It is recommended that you 'always clean the appliance immediately after use' although I must admit this does not happen in our house and this probably gets cleaned about once a month, but to no ill effect so far.
I bought this from Brand Alley just over a year ago for £12.50 which I think was a really good price. A quick search on Amazon just now brings this up at around £35 so I got a bit of a bargain there. However I think this is a good piece of equipment and even at the more expensive price worth it if you really like the taste of fresh coffee, it is quick and easy to use.
I absolutely love the Stereophonics, they are by far my favourite band (not just because I am a little bit in love with the extremely gorgeous lead singer, Kelly Jones) and in my opinion this is a fantastic album which I never tire of listening to.
The Stereophonics are a welsh band who formed in 1992. They have released 8 studio albums to date, including 5 consecutive number 1 albums. The album 'Performance and Cocktails' was released in 1999, the bands second album to be released, following the success of their debut album 'Word Gets Around' in 1997 (which by the way is also a great album!)
There are 13 tracks in all on this album
1) Roll Up and Shine
2) The Bartender and the Thief
3) Hurry Up and Wait
4) Pick a Part Thats New
5) Just Looking
6) Half The Lies You Tell Ain't True
7) I Wouldnt Believe Your Radio
8) T-shirt Sun Tan
9) Is Yesterday Tomorrow Today?
10) A Minute Longer
11) She Takes Her Clothes Off
12) Plastic California
13) I Stopped to Fill my Car Up
I like to listen to this album when I am driving alone because I love to sing along to all the tracks. The magic of this album for me is that the songs are all really catchy and recognisable and after only a couple of listenings you will be singing along too!
Roll Up and Shine, The Bartender and The Thief, Pick a Part That's New, I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio, and T-Shirt Suntan are the most upbeat and lively of the songs on this album. The other songs are fairly slow but not at all dull, and really beautiful and emotive, and the last track on the album 'I stopped to fill my car up' is actually quite haunting. As well as great lyrics and beautiful vocals, the instrumental side of this album is amazing too with some fantastic guitar playing throughout. I think this album also really demonstrates the range that Kelly Jones is capable of as a vocalist, and there is real meaning and emotion in his singing.
One of the things I love about this album is that, unlike most albums, there is not a single track that I ever skip, I really do love them all. If I absolutely had to pick I would say my 2 favourite songs on this album are:
- The Bartender and The Thief - this one really gets me moving and screaming along with the vocals
- Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today - this is a lot more slow paced than some of the other tracks but it is really beautiful piece
BUT I love all the other songs too!
This album is currently available on Amazon for £3.43 with free delivery - what are you waiting for?
Recently I joined the gym, primarily so that I can go swimming (which i love) but also for classes and general gym use (which I dont love so much!)
I aim to go swimming every day, Monday to Friday, and so far I have almost managed this, which is great. However what is not great is having to wash my hair every day as that makes my hair dry out nor do I like to walk around smelling of chlorine, so a couple of weeks ago I invested in this swimming cap.
I bought the swimming cap instore from Sports Direct as I find their prices to be very reasonable and infact this cap was reduced from £2.99 to £2.49 which I thought to be a bit of a bargain. This cap is also available on their website, although on their website it states that this is a mans cap whereas the one I bought just said 'Adult' on it and differs slightly from the picture above in that it has a slight wave to the open edge whereas the picture above looks like it is straight-edged but other than that it is the same.
The first time I used this cap it brought back memories of being a child when we used to have swimming lessons at school and we had to wear swimming caps. Although caps seem to have come a long way since then as I remember those being a lot thinner and tearing fairly frequently whereas this one seems pretty well made and not like it will tear.
I have quite long hair, past my shoulder blades, so i tie my hair up first then pull the cap up over it. I do actually look quite ridiculous when wearing it but i am not worried about that.
The first time I wore the cap I put it on properly and pulled it down so it covered all my hair and my ears. After my swim my hair was completely dry and not smelling of chlorine so I would have to say that this cap is very effective at its job. However, I am quite funny about my ears and i dont really fell comfortable having them covered as it makes me feel quite hot and uncomfortable so now I actually dont pull the cap all the way down over my ears. This is the way I prefer it and yes a bit of my hair at the sides does get wet but that doesnt worry me as only a teeny bit of my hair gets wet and I can live with that.
Overall I would say this is a really good priced item which works extremely effectively if used in the correct way (ie pulled all the way down) and is still effective when worn like I do as it does not let water in past where you have pulled the edges too. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes to swim often but doesnt like to wash their hair every day.
I first discovered Peter James a few years ago through his Roy Grace detective series of books and since then have read a few of his other books which are not part of the series but which are also really good. My Mum really likes his books too and she actually lent me this one. It is available for £1.99 but I think she got it from a charity shop so probably paid less.
The Perfect Murder is the story a married couple, Victor and Joan Smiley, who, after twenty years of marriage, have grown to despise each other and both secretly plot the perfect murder of the other so they can live the life they want - Victor with Kamila who he met at the brothel where she works and which he frequents, and Joan with her cab driver lover Don. Despite their thought-out plans things happen in the heat of the moment with one of them ending up dead at the hands of the other. The story then follows the consequences of this murder and the emotional rollercoaster the murderer is on as the realisation of what they have done hits them. The book is fairly predictable but there is a nice little twist at the end which works really well.
I didnt realise at the time of reading but this book was written as part of an initiative called Quick Reads which aims to help people who don't read much and who may have limited reading skills get into reading in a slow, easy way. This is a very short story and the print is quite large so it is a very easy read. It is quite a gripping story and I must admit I read it all in one go in about an hour. It is quite amusing as well and I did smile at a few points.
If you like a bit of a murder mystery/suspense book which is also a bit of fun then I would recommend this book, it is lighthearted and a very quick read
Mary Higgins Clark is a worldwide best selling suspense novelist and I have read several of her books and enjoyed them. This is the most recent of her books that I have read and while I did enjoy reading it I dont think it was her best work.
Just Take My Heart follows the case of Natalie Raines, a Broadway star who was murdered in her home. Natalies's soon to be ex-husband Gregg is the main suspect but there is not enough evidence. Two years after her murder the prosecution get a break when long-term crook Jimmy Houston agrees to testify that he was paid by Gregg to murder Natalie. This is a very high profile case and a lot of the book centres around the courtroom and whether or not Gregg is an innocent man being framed.
Throughout the book the Higgins Clark does a good job of making you feel emotional attachment to the main characters as you learn more about their lives and there are some interesting character
Emily is 32, an assistant prosecutor who works really passionately and hard and for her this case could be her big break. She has recently lost her husband and had a heart transplant, neither things she particularly likes to discuss but both are briefly mentioned throughout the book. She now lives alone with her little dog Bess for company. Due to the high profile of the case Emily begins working long hours away from home and when a neighbour offers to look after her dog whilst she is at work she accepts it as a kind gesture but it soon transpires the neighbour is not who he appears to be and is actually stalking Emily.
Gregg was married to Natalie although she had initiated a seperation and they were going to get divorced. Gregg is an agent and that was how the couple had initially met and Gregg had become Natalie's agent until the seperation. Gregg has a young daughter from a previous marriage who lives with him.
A lot of this book is set in the courtroom as the main focus of the book is of course the trial. I found this part quite interesting although I did feel that it was a little bit long and drawn out. Eventually Gregg is found guilty but then Emily starts to realise she may have got the wrong man and starts her own investigation ... I wont spoil the book with revealing the ending but there are quite a few twists and turns to look out for.
Usually with Mary Higgins Clark books I would agree with the USA Today comment on the back of this book 'Should come with a warning: start in the evening and you'll be reading late into the night.' Indeed for many of her books that I have read they are really difficult to put down as you just want to know what happens next. Sadly for me this book did not have this effect until I was about three-quarters of the way through, the most entertaining and gripping parts of this book all seem to happen at once at the end of the book. This gives the overall feeling that it is all a bit rushed. And to be honest the ending is, in my opinion, ridiculously far-fetched. I also did not think that that the sub-plot with Emily's stalker was entirely necessary as it really has no connection with the main storyline and so to me just felt like a strange addition. And I assume the title 'Just Take My Heart' relates to the extremely subtle reference to heart transplants right at the end of the book, something you will probably have already worked out by about halfway through but again is really quite ridiculous.
All in all I was pretty disappointed in this book, I would say I dont recommend it as its not terrible but its not great either - something to read when youve read everything else!
Recently I joined a local fitness centre - although it does have a small gym and free classes I mainly joined for the swimming pool as I love swimming (hopefully enough to keep me motivated to keep going!) As I was preparing to head down there for my free trial day before I signed up I realised that I dont actually own a suitable bag for my kit and ended up on that occasion taking my leather weekender bag which I knew I couldnt continue to use as it was quite expensive and I didnt want it to get ruined or end up smelling of chlorine. Once I had had my trial and decided I was definitely going to sign up I popped into town to get a suitable bag. I headed straight for Sports Direct as although I hate their stores (they are so crammed and make me feel really claustrophic) I know they do have really good prices. I had an idea of the kind of bag I was after and after going round and round the shop I eventually found this one.
I knew that I wanted a bag in this style - very thin and lightweight with the drawstring closure, just because its convenient to carry and no messing around with zips and flaps. They actually had a large selection of brands and colours in this style of bag but to be honest I chose this one for 2 reasons. Firstly it is a bright yellow which I thought would be good for me as when I 'lose' it (which I tend to do with a lot things, I put them down somewhere and cant remember where I left them) it would be easy to 'find' again because of its colour and brightness. The second reason was that all of these bags were very high up on a wall and I couldnt actually reach to get any down so was forced to call upon a tall stranger and ask for their assistance. As it was a stranger and not a shop assistant I didnt really feel that I could ask them to go through all the bags until I decided which one I wanted and this one was at the front of the shelf. But as I said I was happy with the colour so it was fine.
I paid £4.99 for this bag which I think is a decent price. The other bags around it that I could see labels for ranged in price from £3.99 to £9.99.
As I mentioned the bag is bright yellow and it has the white Nike swoosh on the front. The bottom corners of the bag have metal eyelets where the cord goes through which then joins up to the top and runs under the top of the bag to create the draw string closure. The bag has 2 straps so can either be worn on both shoulders or just one. It is 100% nylon so it is quite plasticky to the touch but this is exactly what I was after as I knew I would be putting damp swimming gear in it so needed something that would be waterproof so that my car seat doesnt get all wet when I am on my way home again. It measures 44cm x 34cm which is plenty big enough for me as the gym provide towels so I dont need to take my own. I think you could fit a decent sized towel in the bag but it would be very full with that in there. It seems to be fairly well made and I cannot see any seams or anything that look like they may come apart soon. To clean you should just wipe with a damp cloth as this product is not suitable for machine washing.
Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam. We stayed about half an hour out of the city as we have both been several times before and this time wanted to just hire bikes and do some exploring rather than spend all our time in the centre. We took this bag with us as we thought it would make a good day pack for taking snacks, money, water etc with us. As we only had hand luggage for our flight this was perfect as it folds up so small it took up no room and practically weighs nothing. We used it all weekend and it really was so much more practical than a handbag whilst on the bikes and because it is so lightweight it was better than taking a proper rucksack which can start to feel heavy even when there is nothing in them.
Anyway, in conclusion I think this bag is great for taking to the pool or the gym. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap practical bag for this need. The fact that it is also useful as a day pack is an added bonus to me but may not be necessary for everyone. The bag is available in many other colours and can be found both online and instore at Sports Direct - I am sure it is available in other sports shops and other websites but I suspect that Sports Direct is the cheapest place to purchase it.
I am not at all brand loyal when it comes to shampoo and conditioner and tend to buy most of my hair care products from £land as I think it is the best value for money. Recently I ran out of shampoo and conditioner so I browsed the shelves of £land and came across this product. I must say that I do always look to get a matching shampoo and conditioner and a lot of times in £land they will have the shampoo but not the conditioner or vice versa so one of the reasons I picked this particular product was because they had both.
Obviously I recognised the brand name as VO5 have been around a long time and the bottle of the shampoo is bright pink so your eyes are drawn to it although I almost dismissed it as the bottle was so small but on examining it I saw that it is actually 250ml and remembered seeing some adverts on the tv recently about shampoos coming in smaller bottles but still with the same amount of product in them as the previously larger bottles.
I wouldn't really say that I have damaged hair but my hair cant get quite dry and I always tend to go for products for dry/damaged hair.
About the product
As mentioned above the shampoo comes in a bright pink bottle (the conditioner comes in a white bottle and I like this as it makes it easier in the shower to pick the correct bottle up!) On the front of the bottle is the VO5 logo and the name of the product 'nourish me truly', as well as the size of the bottle, that it is shampoo for damaged hair and the claim 'lavish your damages or heat styled hair for a divine transformation'. It also states on the front that the product is recommended by Grazia readers - this is not a deal breaker for me!
On the back of the bottle the ingredients are listed along with instructions for use. There is also some information about the Adaptive Haircare Technology which the product has and that it is infused with extract of Cashmere keratin and the claims it will
- Strengthen and repair for visible radiance
- Restore, soften and improve manageability
- Leave hair truly luxurious to the touch
The bottle has one of those lids were your press down a part of the lid and it opens up so you can get the product out. The shampoo itself is a pearlescent creamy colour and is relatively thick - not like a conditioner but more so than some of those runny shampoos that run away before you even lift your hand to your head. It has a good consistency in my opinion.
The shampoo smells really nice, very fresh but without being overbearing. I find that throughout the day I catch whiffs of the shampoo in my hair every now and the scent does last quite well but on a subtle level.
When I use this shampoo in the shower it goes on well and lathers up well too. I wouldn't say that my hair feels silky smooth or truly luxurious to the touch as the bottle claims but it does feel clean, fresh and definitely not dry.
I always use this with the matching conditioner so some of the benefits may come from a combination of both but overall I think this is a decent shampoo and my hair does feel more nourished.
I would definitely buy this shampoo again. It is not the most amazing shampoo I have ever used and i think the claims of luxurious hair may be a bit exaggerated but my hair is definitely not as dry so it must be nourishing it. I really like the scent as well. Also I have recently started swimming so these smaller bottles are perfect for me to slip into my gym bag as they don't take up as much room as some other bottles - infact I have just bought another set of these so I can leave them in my gym bag and still have shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom - nothing worse than only remembering after having got in the shower that the shampoo is downstairs and having to run down and get it!
This product is currently available at Boots in the 500ml bottles for £3.99. Personally I will be sticking with the smaller bottles as not only are they better value but they suit my needs much better too.
When I was a teenager I used to love going to town on a Saturday with my friends and we would always end up in The Body Shop testing all the products out. As I got older I didn't really use any Body Shop products as they are, in my opinion, quite expensive. However over the last few years they have made a come back in my life, mainly from gifts at Christmas and birthday, and I must say that also I can take or leave most of their products I really do love their body butters.
There are many different body butters available but the coconut one is one of my favourites and I always take it on holiday with me, as I think the packaging is practical for taking away and the scent is a holiday one to me.
About the product
Like all their body butters this one comes in a small plastic round tub and to open you simply unscrew the lid. I particularly like this packaging because it makes it easy to take away with you on holiday or a break as unlike body lotions in a tube you don't have to worry that it may leak all over your other luggage.
The body butter has a consistency similar to butter in that it comes in a fairly solid form and you just need to run your fingers along the top to scoop some out of the tub. You then simply massage this into your skin. The Body Shop suggest you should be generous when applying and I agree with this, particularly if your skin is very dry. They also say it works better after a bath or shower but I always only apply after a bath or shower so cannot comment on whether it does not work so well if you haven't done this prior to application.
When you rub the product into your skin you can notice it immediately beginning to absorb and make your skin lovely and soft. The product claims to offer 24-hour hydration, I am not sure whether this time scale is realistic but I do know that when I apply it after my shower following a day at the beach it does make my skin feel soft all evening and through to the next morning when I am putting on my suntan lotion.
I really like the smell of coconut and you will notice the smell as soon as you open the tub. I think that once the product has been applied the scent is not overbearing and it does fade a little as time goes on but I think this is a good thing as you can wear a perfume as well if you are going out without the two clashing. However if you smell your skin up close you definitely still get a whiff of the coconut throughout the evening and through the next morning and any clothes that I wear whilst using this product do seem to take on a bit of the scent which I don't mind as the product doesn't stain them.
The main downside to this product for me is that in my experience it leaves your hands a bit sticky after using although you just need to wash your hands to get rid of this, but also that it does take a while for the product to completely work into your skin so unless I am wearing something really loose I cannot get dressed for about 15 minutes after applying this otherwise my clothes don't go on very well as they stick to my skin. This is not usually a massive issue for me as when I am holiday I am never really in that much of a rush to get dressed but it is one of the reasons that I prefer to use other body lotions when I am at home and more in a rush to get ready.
The other downside is the price. This product usually retails at £13 for 200ml which personally I think is very expensive. That said I have just popped on to The Body Shop website and this is currently on offer at a far more reasonable £6.50 and The Body Shop are always doing offers online so if you buy from their website you can usually pick up products for a fraction of their rrp.
I think this is a great summer product. It is easy to apply, smells lovely, and is really effective on dry skin. Look out for the numerous offers on The Body Shop website and you can snap it up for a reasonable price.
A couple of summers ago I thought I would like to grow myself some vegetables. At the time I was living in rented accommodation with a small, patio garden so after doing a bit of research I found this particular product in Robert Dyas which I thought would be ideal for at least starting off the plants. It was also on special offer when I bought it which made it even more tempting!
About the product
This product comes in a box for you to assemble yourself but assembly is really quick and easy. There are no nuts or bolts and the frame parts just slot in to each other and it is obvious which bit goes where even without the instructions. After you have assembled the frame you simply clip the cover over the top and then zip up both sides to close it up. It is also very easy to disassemble in the colder months when you may not need it anymore and because it all breaks down you dont need a great deal of space to store it when it is not together.
Once assembled this product stands at 163 cm tall and is 70cm wide and 49cm deep so it is by no means a huge greenhouse but it certainly offers enough space to start you off as it has 4 shelves for you to put pots etc on and the gaps between the shelves are fairly decently sized so you can still get your hand in to water them and the plants have the space to grow up.
It is a very lightweight item which is good because it means it can easily be moved within your garden but be careful to place it somewhere which is a bit sheltered from the wind especially in the winter when it is emptier and therefore even lighter or it may end up in your neighbours garden! Even though the frame is lightweight it is still very strong so can support a fair amount of weight and wont get battered about too easily.
There are two zips on the front of the cover, one on each side, so you can zip the whole thing open to water your plants or if you want to let some air get to them then you can flip the unzipped cover over the top of the greenhouse. Also when the time is ready to take the plants out from the greenhouse if you do not have much of a garden (like me) you can simply remove the cover completely and leave them on the framework of the greenhouse.
Whilst this is not the most attractive of greenhouses - certainly nothing pretentious about it - I believe it is very practical especially for those with a small garden. It is easy to assemble, lightweight so easy to move, and provides a good amount of shelving for your plants. I would definitely recommend this item, especially at the discount price.
I have just had a quick look on the Robert Dyas website and this product is currently available for £17.99 reduced from £24.99. I cant remember exactly what I paid for this but I think it was around £15, anyway I still think it is a good price at £17.99.
For anyone new to gardening as I was my top tip for this would be that when it is full of plants and you need to water them start by watering the bottom shelf and then work up, otherwise if you start by watering at the top and working your way down the water from the higher shelves drips all over you - common sense I know, but something I didnt think of the first time I watered my plants
I am currently working my way through the ridiculously large quantity of body products that I have amassed over the years in one way or another, and so I am currently using this body butter as part of my daily routine (or at least as often as I remember!).
About the product
I'm sure you are all aware of the Soap and Glory brand by now so I won't bore you with details of the brand. This particular product is called The Daily Smooth and the packaging claims it is an 'amazingly effective dry skin formula'. The packaging also states that the product has Rosehip Seed oil and Cocoa Butter as well as 'beautiful notes of Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Magnolia, Freesia, Vanilla and Musk.' I am not sure I can pick up all those scents, in particular I am not noticing any blackcurrant, but I think the product does smell really nice, it is a light fragrance and is quite floral but not in an old lady scent way. It is not overpowering at all which is good for me because I do wear perfume and don't like the scent of my body lotion to clash with my perfume but I feel with this you can only really smell it if you sniff your skin up close so it is not too strong. It does say on the packaging that if you love the fragrance you should double it up with their Mist You Madly body spray on top which has the same fragrance - I think I have a bottle of that somewhere but am yet to try it, although it could well work in place of a daily perfume.
The product comes in a plastic bottle which is the shape of a toothpaste tube with a flat cap on the bottom, which I like because it means the product stands up on the shelf. It is actually a see-through bottle but appears to be a creamy colour because you can see the cream itself through the packaging. It has mainly pink writing on it and a pink cap. You flip the cap to open the bottle and then squeeze the product out of the hole.
The instructions on the back state that you should divide a small plum-sized splodge between your shins, knees, thighs, elbows, tops of toes and then everywhere else and massage around until it starts to sink in. I had not actually read the instructions until just now while I am writing this review and actually what I tend to do is squeeze a bit out on my leg, rub that in as far it will go then carry on around my body squeezing out what I need when I need it, which I think works just as well as their way. The lotion is actually quite thick and not at all runny as some moisturisers can be and so you do have to rub/massage it in to make it sink in but I like this about it and I believe it is good for your skin to have a good old rub in. As soon as you begin to rub this in you can feel the moisture sinking in and your skin does become instantly smoother. I don't think this moisturiser is greasy like some can be although I do tend to prance around in my dressing gown for 5 minutes after applying it to give it a chance to soak in before I put my clothes on and unlike some moisturisers I have used after 5 minutes I have no problems with getting my jeans stuck halfmast due to the greasy wetness of the moisturiser.
After applying this my skin does feel instantly softer and remains that way all day so even when I am getting ready for bed my skin still feels lovely and smooth. I am really pleased with this product and would have to say it is by far my favourite S&G product (of those tried so far!) and definitely in my top 3 body butter/lotions. It really does work and my skin feels so lovely.
This product is currently retailing at £8.50 in Boots for this 250ml bottle. However as we all know Boots often have 3 for 2 deals on so when combined with this I think the price would be really good. At its standard price I still think it is good value as it makes my skin feel so nice and I would definitely pay full price for it if I had to - once Ive worked my way through all the other products in my box first of course!
Compared to most of my female friends I really have very few pairs of shoes, I'm much more likely to dream about a new coat than a new pair of shoes. Once I do get a pair of shoes I tend to live in them constantly until the weather changes and then I swap to a more suitable pair. Last winter I was living in my rocket dogs (which I love) but then in January we got hit by some snow and my rockets were totally unsuitable as they are suede material which doesn't stand up well in the snow. At this point we were hoping to go snowboarding this year as well (sadly didn't happen), but with that thought in mind and the prediction of more snow to come over here I decided to invest in some new boots. I saw these boots on the Millets website and thought they were perfect, I like the way they look and they offer everything I was looking for - water resistant, comfortable, warm and with grips on the bottom so I took advantage of the Millets sale and purchased these for £45.
About the boots
These boots are available in 3 styles/colours - white with a brown fur trim, grey with a black trim and grey with a grey trim, which are the ones I have. I liked these the most as the other 2 looks like they are made out of a shiny plasticky material whereas the ones I have are made out of a grey soft fabric.
The boots have a fur trim which runs all the way around the edge of the lace and round the back at the top of the boot and is also on the inside of the tongue. I was a bit concerned at first that this fur may get ruined when they got wet but so I have not experienced this and the fur looks as good as it did when I purchased them. They are tied up with laces which criss-cross across the front of the boot and then tie at the top. Around the bottom is a rubber outsole which North Face state as being 'an abrasion-resistant mudguard and tough TNF Winter grip'. I am not entirely sure what this means but I do know that after having worn these for 3 months they have not scuffed at all and even if I do get a bit of mud on the outer sole it wipes off easily with a damp cloth so this part also still looks as new. Also on the bottom of the shoe are snowflake shaped grips which I have found to be very effective in keeping me stable and upright in the icy weather. The inside of the boots is a bright pink fabric but for those of you not keen on pink don't be put off as this is not at all visible once the boot is on.
The boots are extremely comfortable to wear which is good because they have barely left my feet since I purchased them. The inside of the foot is soft and well cushioned and I guess this is down to what North Face call 'a compression-moulded Northotic footbed. They are also really warm and since wearing these I haven't had to worry about getting cold or wet feet, even on our dog walks in the snow. This is due to the 600 fill power down insulation which is not only warm but soft as well.
The boots come up to roughly the bottom of my calf which is a good length for me as they keep the whole of my ankle and bottom of my leg warm and also I think that this height offers a bit more stability than shorter boot. Because of the down insulation the boots are soft to the touch but they still hold their shape and offer protection.
I love these boots as is probably evident by the fact that they have become my new shoe of choice and I have literally worn them every day since I bought them. I think that they are very well made and they are extremely warm and comfortable which is what you would want from snow boots. Despite the constant wear they still look as good as new and I am very pleased with that. A quick search on the North Face website shows this boots as currently retailing at £85 and they are not currently available on the Millets website, however I am sure a more thorough search of the internet would turn up more price varieties. To be honest I think I got a total bargain at £45 but if I had to buy them again I would definitely say they are worth the £85 price tag as I think they will last a long time.
When I was packing up my belongings to move house a few months ago I was shocked to discover how many beauty products I had stocked up over the years and never got round to using - shower gels, body scrubs, body lotions, shampoo and I vowed not to buy anything else until I had worked my way through all of these (I don't have a compulsion to go out and buy loads of these, they were mainly presents from birthdays or Christmas). Anyway having recently finished a shower gel the next product I grabbed randomly from the box was this Soap and Glory body scrub.
About the product
I'm sure you are all aware of the Soap and Glory brand by now so I wont go into detail on that. This particular product is called Pulp Friction and is described on the packaging as a 'foamy fruity body scrub'. The packaging also states that the product has fig powder, pumice, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice and vitaminballs (A,C,E) as well as notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig and pomelo essence. (I have a feeling S&G may give their ingredients made up names to make them sound more exciting)
The product comes in a plastic bottle which is the shape of a toothpaste tube with a flat cap on the bottom, which I like because it means the product stands up in the shower. It is decorated in the trademark pink of Soap and Glory products. You flip the cap to open the bottle and then squeeze the product out of the hole.
The instructions on the back state that you should squeeze a handful of the scrub into your hand, rub it between your palms and then work it around in circles on damp skin. The first time I used this product I squeezed a small amount into my palm and then had to pick up the bottle and check that this was a body scrub and not a face mask. I was really surprised by the consistency, it was very thick and gloopy and not like any body scrubs I had used before, instead much more like one of my face masks. Finding it was fine I proceeded to rub this into my damp skin. As soon as you begin to rub this in you can feel the exfoliating beads against your skin, which I really like as I feel it is giving me a good clean and hopefully getting rid of any dead skin. Although it doesn't seem like it will at first this product does go quite far and a small amount was enough to cover my whole body. I would have to say though that although this product does cover my skin and feel nice I have not experienced any foaminess which I would expect from a product that claim to be a foamy scrub. The product rinses off very easily under the shower.
I found the scent of the scrub to be quite lemony which is nice and refreshing when you are having a shower, although I am glad that the scent doesn't linger once you have had your shower as I would personally find it a bit overbearing to smell like lemons all day.
After my shower my skin does feel softer and so I think this product does work quite well although Im not quite sure I would go so far as to describe my skin as velvety smooth as it claims on the packet.
This product does work efficiently as a body scrub and does leave my skin feeling soft. The scent is fairly pleasant, although I find quite short lived which is good for me but may not be for others. At £8 for a 250ml bottle I personally think this is quite expensive as due to the consistency of the scrub I don't think the bottle will last very long, but then I guess all the S&G products are around this price and those who love this brand will be happy to pay that. Personally I am unlikely to purchase this product again once this one runs out as I believe there are better scrubs out there which work just as effectively, have a nicer, longer lasting scent and are better value for money. Also I like to use a shower gel/scrub which I can put on my wash puff thing (sorry don't know the technical term, but those puffy things you get for the shower - I think they are also known as body polishers and bath lilies depending where you buy them!) as I feel you get a better wash from these and the product generally goes a lot further. Anyway, I did try this once with this product but it was a massive fail as it kind of gets absorbed into the puff and you lose the scrub effect so don't try this at home!
At the end of October last year my boyfriend and I moved into our first house. As we had both previously been renting there were quite a few items that we needed to get for our new home and a laundry basket was one of them. I had had a fabric laundry basket previously which lived in a cupboard but as we didn't have that much closed storage space in our new home we wanted to get a laundry basket that looked nice and fit with the rest of the room. We decided that the laundry basket would live in the bathroom and that is currently decorated in white and pale yellow so I searched for a nice wide wooden (or wood effect) laundry basket and found this one at Argos. I really liked the look of it and overall it had good reviews on the Argos site (plus it was in the sale when I saw it!) so I bought this one.
This fits the bill in that it looks like it is made out of wood although it is actually made out of mdf or something similar, but that is fine and really what I would expect for the price. I do think that it looks quite classy in our bathroom so I am happy with it on a visual perspective.
The measurements are H58 x W55 x D35cm and its capacity is 55 litres. In reality although it does look fairly small I think it does quite hold a lot, definitely at least enough for 2 full loads in the washing machine which is more than enough because once it gets that full we really should be putting some washing on!
The lid is on hinges and when you open it you don't have to hold it open which I think is quite useful as if you are trying to get a load of washing out you really want both hands rather than having to try and scoop the clothes out with one hand whilst using the other to hold the lid open. Obviously this does mean you have to actually close it when you are done rather than the lid falling back down. Personally I have not yet found the need for a seat in my bathroom but this box can, as the name suggests, be used as a seat when closed.
When you purchase this product it does come as flat packed. At first we looked at it and thought 'how hard can this be?' as there are not that many pieces to it but actually it was a bit more tricky than we first thought. The instructions are pretty worthless as they don't actually make sense and they refer to the pieces as though they are labelled, which they were not in our case. Interestingly when I was searching Dooyou for this product I saw that someone else had written a review on this item quite a while back and they had exactly the same problem as we did, namely that we built the box and then realised when trying to attach the final piece that actually we had one of the pieces in the wrong position resulting in the bottom falling out, so had to take it all apart and start again - cue much frustration from my boyfriend, as obviously when I say 'we built the box' I mean he built it and I watched! Anyway, second time around we did get it right and hopefully we will never need to take it apart again.
I am very pleased with this product as I think it looks nice and it does exactly what we need it to do. I think the instructions could do with a rewrite but we got there in the end and it wasn't rocket science. This product is currently on sale at Argos for £34.99 (product code 832/5299) but when we purchased it we paid about £24 although to be honest I am so pleased with it that I would say it is worth the full price. I would definitely recommend this product and am just deducting one star because of the rubbish instructions.
My boyfriend and I recently had a wonderful holiday in Malaysia. As part of our trip we decided we would like to visit Taman Negara, reputed to be the oldest jungle and the best kept tropical rainforest. Some friends of ours had been before and they recommended we stay at either the Rainforest Resort or The Woodland Resort. After comparing the websites of the two we decided to go with the Rainforest Resort.
The Rainforest Resort is situated in the Malaysian village of Kuala Tahan in Pahang. The village itself is really quite small and is mainly consistent of accommodations which serve as base camps for accessing Taman Negara. Kuala Tahan is approx 70km from Jerantut, 260km northeast of Kuala Lumpur and 280km west of Kelantan. The village is accessible by either road or boat - for ease (and because it was a lot quicker) we opted to get a taxi there from Kuala Lumpur.
From the Rainforest Resort it is a short walk (5-10 minutes) to the riverside where you catch a boat (RM1 per person each way - roughly 20p) across the short width of the river to the entrance of Taman Negara.
Rooms and Rates
The Rainforest resort has 6 choices of room available - Deluxe, Superior Deluxe, Premier Deluxe, Family Suite, Junior Suite and Executive Suite. According to the website these rooms range in price from RM207 (£42.80) to RM621 (£128.40) per night, however I am not sure how up to date these prices are as we actually booked a Deluxe room and paid RM185 per night which is obviously less than the website states. They also appear to offer packages for a few nights accommodation with meals included although Im not sure if this is up to date either (see below my comments on dining)
The reason we chose the Deluxe room was basically because it was the cheapest available and we couldn't see any difference on the website between this and the Superior Deluxe, and although the premier Deluxe offered a king size bed instead of the single and Queen size bed we had, the difference in price, we felt, was simply not worth it.
Our room was a decent enough size - certainly big enough for the two of us. It featured a single bed and a Queen size bed with a couple of bedside cabinets, a small fridge inside a TV unit with a TV on top and had an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom too was adequate for our needs and we were never short of hot water in the shower.
The Rainforest Resort is an open resort so you do not need to go through Reception to enter it and our room was in a row of rooms with another row facing us across a small courtyard area. All if the rooms in this block were just one level, so everyone is on the ground floor and everyone has a balcony on the back of their room. Unfortunately we did not get the opportunity to see any other rooms so I cannot comment on how these were laid out. One key is given for each room, but there is no key deposit taken.
The cleaners came every day to straighten up the room and make the bed, and left small free bottles of drinking water too.
We were satisfied with the room we had and the only issue we had was that our back door to the balcony (a sliding glass door) did not fit along the runners properly so you could not slide it closed but rather had to lift it to close it into place. The balcony outside did not have a view of anything but it was nice to have your own outdoor section and it was a reasonable size with a couple of chairs.
Breakfast for 2 people was included in the price of the room. For breakfast you just needed to walk over to the cafe dining area next to reception and find yourself a table. Breakfast was fairly basic - there was cereal, juice, tea and coffee and then a selection of Malaysian cooked food such as noodles and curry, but it was sufficient.
The area in which you had your breakfast is open all day for you to sit and relax in and there is a small shop there where you can buy snacks and drinks. With regards to any other dining we were quite confused - on their website they advertise a cafe, a coffee house and an outdoor BBQ but we only found the cafe area where we had breakfast. On our first day there we arrived about 2pm so we went over to explore a bit of the Rainforest then headed back about 5 and had something to eat on one of the small restaurant/cafe boats on the riverside. We then headed back to our room and around 9pm thought about going to get some food - my boyfriend went over to check it out but couldn't see anything happening so asked at reception to be told that the restaurant closed at 6pm and the only place to get food after that was one of the riverboats. Luckily we had some snacks and things in our room so just ate these and for the rest of our time there we went back down to the river to eat dinner at night. This wasn't a problem for us as the food on the boats was very nice and cheap too but we did find it a bit strange that there was no food available at the resort.
The Rainforest Resort offers a range of activities on its website and I believe these can be booked either online or at Reception. We did not book any activities through the resort as everything we wanted to do we could do by ourselves ie jungle trekking and the canopy walkway but they did also offer a night safari, a trip to small village, rapid shooting and paintball.
Booking a room here was very simple - I simply went to the Booking Online section of their website and entered my information. I believe I had to enter my card details but no payment was taken until we checked in. After booking I received an email confirmation from them which I printed out took with me. They do charge you for one nights stay if you cancel with less than 7 days notice.
The only downside to our visit here was not, I believe, the Resorts fault however it was quite unpleasant. On our first night we thought we would sit out on our balcony and share a beer that we had bought from the hotel shop. We turned on the outside light and immediately noticed about 10 large (small mouse size!) flying insects outside on the balcony - seriously these things were huge and very mean looking. I have no idea what they were but they were scary and there were loads of them everywhere and they made an horrific noise. We had noticed the noise a bit earlier but it sounded so regular that we thought it was some kind of alarm or something but turns out it was these flying creatures. (Also later in the night they started making another noise which was rather like cats fighting!) We decided against going out on to the balcony and later on went in search of the restaurant (as above) and saw these things were everywhere out the front door too! I am not good with insects generally so these things really freaked me out although I am sure they couldn't do you any harm as otherwise there would be some info or a warning about them in the hotel - wouldn't there? We did see these outside of the hotel as well although not in such high numbers - they appeared to be attracted to light which is why I think there were so many around the hotel as they had all the lights on around the rooms so you could see your way. As I said I don't blame the hotel for this but it was a shame that we couldn't sit out and enjoy a nice evening on the balcony.
I believe this hotel is slightly overpriced as Malaysia is generally pretty cheap, however given its location I can understand that they can charge more because there is not much choice available. The hotel itself could do with fresh coat of paint as it is starting to look a bit shabby but to be honest that is not much of a problem for me. It is well located to access Taman Negara which is what we were there for and the room was sufficient for our needs so I would definitely recommend this hotel should you be visiting the area - although the lack of dining may put some people off.