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      06.08.2010 16:05
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      Basics Hand Blender.

      My first ever job was at Sainsburys, so I've had a little bit if experience with their products. I worked on the electrical department for a while and noticed that the Basics Hand Blender was selling like hot cakes. I was going through a bit of a health and fitness craze at the time and needed something to blend my protein shakes and smoothies with, so armed with my discount card I bought myself one. I paid £4.95 for it, not including the discount. Like most of Sainsburys electrical products, you get a year long guarantee, so make sure you keep your receipt safe.

      It comes in a typical cardboard box with the white and orange colouring of the basics range, along with a picture of the blender. The box contains the power unit, the blender attachment and instructions. There are no extra attachments provided, which is fair enough at such a low price. There is however a small plastic component which allows you to attach the blender to the wall if you wish to. The blender itself is white, with a large grey button(slightly different to the one pictured) on the power unit to switch it on and change the speed setting. It's about 30cm in length and quite chunky, so I found it easy to hold onto.

      There are two speed setting on the blender. There is one dot on the grey button for the slower speed and two dots for the faster speed. Using the blender couldn't be more simple, you just attach the blender part to the main power unit, you have to twist to lock the attachment. It's important to make sure the head of the blender head is fully submerged in what your blending to prevent it from flying all over the kitchen. I'd recommend starting off on the slower speed and speeding up as you get used to how the motion works. I've blended various things with it including soups, milkshakes, sauces etc. I even used it to mash potatoes once because the masher was in the dishwasher. It actually worked really well, there were no lumps at all. However, I did have to cook the potatoes for longer that I normally would've to make sure they were particularly soft.

      One thing I didn't like was the length of the power cord. It's really short, which means you have to get whatever your blending really close to a plug, which can be a bit tricky if it's in a very hot saucepan.

      Cleaning is pretty easy. Simply detach the blender part from the main unit and wash in the sink or put it in the dishwasher. Obviously the power unit can't be submerged in water so it's best to wipe any splash back off it using a slightly damp cloth.

      The blender is safe to use, however I would recommend keeping it away from children as the blades are very sharp, and accidents can happen. Sometimes food does get caught in the blades, which prevents them rotating. This is mainly when your blending a soup that has harder things like carrots in. It's important to make sure you turn the mains switch off before trying to remove anything from the blades.

      I would highly recommend this product. It's great value for money and works well. If your going to be using a hand blender on a very regular basis it's probably worth investing in something more substantial and powerful, but it's perfect for more occasional use.

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      06.08.2010 14:04
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      Retro Style Portable Cooler/Warmer.

      When I went to university, I decided that I wanted a little fridge in my room, just to keep milk and stuff in. I had no idea how much such things would cost, but I went down to Argos to see what they had available.

      I was surprised at the wide range of small/portable coolers they had. The Retro Portable Cooler/Warmer stood out to me immediately. I really liked the design, plus it was on offer for £29.99. I wasn't really looking for a warmer, but I guessed that it would come in useful at some point.

      The cooler comes in a typical cardboard box, with a picture of the appliance on the front. Along with the cooler, you get the AC lead, for plugging it into a normal plug and a DC lead for use in the car. You also get instructions on how to use the product. The design of the fridge is great. It's essentially a mini version of those retro American style fridges we are used to seeing in the movies. It's rounded at the corners, grey in colour with a silver handle to open the door as well as a handle for carrying, it's also available in pink. The inside is white with a shelf that can be removed. There is also a removable plastic compartment on the door, similar to a standard fridge. On the back of the cooler there is a fan, as well as a switch. On the switch the middle position turns the cooler off, the far left is the cooler function and the far right is the warmer function. When cooling a green light comes on, when warming a red light comes on.

      It is claimed that it will cool up to 18-22 degrees C below room temperature. I was actually surprised by how well it worked. After letting it cool down for a few hours, I put some milk in to give it a trail run. I left the milk inside for 5 hours; on returning I found that it was as cold as it would've been if I'd had put it in a standard fridge. In terms of size, the cooler is 42cm in height, 33cm in width and 33cm in depth, with a 14-litre capacity. It claims to be able to hold 6 wine bottles or 12 regular size cans. I haven't tested the wine bottle claim, but have fit at least 8or9 440ml beer cans in there with room to spare. It can also fit two standard 4-pint milk bottles inside, again with room to spare. You can genuinely fit a lot of stuff in there, the trick is piling it up, but making sure it's stable so it doesn't fall all over the floor when you open the door.

      I must admit that I never really used the warmer function much, mainly because it was normally full of stuff I needed to keep cold. It claims to heat up to around 60 degrees C. I've used it to keep hot drinks warm as well as things like sausage rolls. It does work really well, but bare in mind this isn't a cooker. I did once make the mistake of putting the warmer on instead of the cooler, needless to say the cheese didn't hold up well.

      There is a slight humming noise when the cooler is running, similar to air con or a dehumidifier, it's a bit disturbing at first but you get used to it after a while. As far as using it in the car goes, I've only done this once. My call is small so the fridge would've been a bit bulky to fit in, but luckily the DC lead, which plugs into the cigarette lighter slot, is pretty long so I managed to stretch it through to the boot.

      The cooler/warmer is on sale from Argos at the moment for £43.99. Although I didn't pay this much, I would still recommend buying this product. It works well, is easy to move about and most of all looks really good.

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      05.08.2010 21:36
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      Value Sandwhich Toaster.

      I must admit I do love a toasted sandwich. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, I'm always trying to think up a new filling combination that might just work. When I was going to university, I was sure my mum wouldn't let me take the family sandwich toaster with me so I decided to invest in this little number.

      I bought the Tesco Value Sandwich toaster for £5.99. I had tried a few of their value kitchen appliances before and found them to be a bit hit or miss. But at such a good price I couldn't really go wrong, plus you get a year long guarantee as with most of Tesco's electrical products so remember to keep your receipt.

      The toaster comes in a simple box with the Tesco logo as well as a picture of the toaster itself. The packaging is nothing spectacular, as you would expect with a value product. In terms of appearance, again there are no fireworks. It's white, with a red and green light. The red light shows when the toaster is heating up, and the green light is the power. When the red light goes out your ready to go.

      According to the instructions, the toaster is supposed to be able to make two sandwiches at once. However, you will see when you open it, that the space seems a little small. You can fit two in, but it really is a bit of a squeeze. I would recommend using the slightly smaller slices of bread if you want them to fit in perfectly. How long a sandwich takes to cook depends on how you like them. I like mine really crispy so I tend to leave them in for a while, but it's important to keep a check on things, as there is no timer on the product. When you close the toaster there is a catch to ensure the sandwich is pressed down, there is also a risen metal part on the toasting surface, which cuts the sandwich in half.

      In terms of filling, the possibilities are endless but cheese does tend to feature quite a bit. My favourite has to be ham, cheese and tomato. But I've used beans, bacon, egg, onion, banana, chocolate and sausages to name but a few. I would also recommend buttering both sides of the bread, as it gives you a much crisper finish on your sandwich. You do need to be careful when using cheese because it does tend to leak over the sides and spill out onto the toasting surface and sometimes onto the worktop. So it's best to put the cheese in the middle of the sandwich so that it has space to spread out.

      Cleaning the toaster can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. The surface is non-stick, which would suggest that any burnt on cheese would come off easily but this isn't always the case. You can't actually remove the toasting plate from the electrical element to put it in the sink or dishwasher to give it a good wash, so you just have to resort to scrubbing it. Be sure at allow the toaster to cool down first, sounds obvious but it does stay hot for quite a while after use.

      I would recommend it, but with this type of product, you get what you pay for. It does what it says on the tin, with no extras, which is fine for £5.99

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      05.08.2010 14:54
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      Rechargeable Turbovac Beardtrimmer.

      I've never really been a fan of wet shaving, it tends to make me come out in a bit of a rash, as well as just being a pain. Therefore I've turned to electric beard trimmers to do the job instead.

      I bought the Philips QT4045 Turbovac from Argos about 18 months ago for £29.99. I had used a couple of Philips trimmers before and had been impressed by the quality and performance so I thought I would give this one a go. It comes in a box with a clear section so you can see the trimmer itself.

      The design is quite attractive. It's around 20cm in length, whilst being grey and black in colour. There are also silver air vents, which enable the vacuum system to work. It comes with the usual comb and cleaning brush. However, similar to many of Philips products in this category the charger plug is two pin so it does fit into a standard shaver socket, but you'll need an adapter if you want to charge it off a normal plug.

      What makes this product unique is the vacuum system. The powerful suction captures cut hair, meaning no mess to clear up after shaving. There is also a deflector which ensures the hair ends up in the collection chamber. This chamber is see through, so you know when it's full and needs emptying. It's easily removed when this needs to be done. I was pleasantly surprised how effective this system was. Normally my chest, fleet and the floor would be covered in beard trimmings, but not this time.

      The shaver has a detachable comb on top, which is used to alter the length of stubble as desired. The comb has a flexing feature, which means that it can follow the contours of the face, which definitely improves performance. The comb can be adjusted at 9 different length settings, and can also be removed, showing the exposed blades, which provide a much closer shave. The length settings are 1.5mm,2.5mm, 4mm, 5.5mm, 7.5mm, 9.5mm, 12mm, 15mm and 18mm. With the comb removed that length of cut is around 0.5mm. The blades themselves are self-lubricating and are wave shaped, which gives a more precise trim.

      At the lower lengths the comb attachment works very well. It is very smooth, doesn't snag at all and gets the job done very quickly. The flexi-comb definitely ensures a much more even trim. I even managed to shave my whole head using it, although it did take a while. The shaver is fairly chunky, so it's easy to hold. However, if you cover the air vents the vacuum system won't work properly, so you have to hold it slightly lower down. This does take some getting used to. At the longer cutting lengths however, the comb does become slightly unstable. When applying pressure whilst shaving, the comb can change length, which is annoying.

      The trimmer is rechargeable. But I noticed that if the battery has run out, you have to wait for it to charge, as it can't be used off the mains. It is claimed that 10 hours of charging provides 50 minutes of battery life, but from my experience you get a lot more use time if you charge it for that long. It terms of cleaning, the vacuum system means that most of the hair is collected in one place. But I noticed once after dropping it on the floor that the blades themselves can be removed quite easily. A bit of hair builds up behind the blades, so this can do with a clean now and then.

      The trimmer has come down in price since I bought it, and is now available for around £20.00

      I would recommend this trimmer, mainly because of the vacuum system which eliminates mess almost completely. The design is great, and it's easy to use. However, you will need to be careful if using it on a longer length beard as the cutting level can alter if too much pressure is applied.

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      04.08.2010 23:05
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      Colourful Ipod/Iphone Cover.

      I, like many of us, have well and truly been sucked into the world of Apple. Ever since I got my first ipod several years back now I've been hooked, but I'm not complaining.

      I got the first generation ipod nano for my 16th birthday. Like many of the apple products, the back was liable to get scratched. Keen to not get this damaged I went in search of a cover for it. I discovered these Ipod socks in Argos and liked the idea of the different colours, compared to the normal covers available on the market. However, at the time they were on sale for around £25.00. Not keen to fork out that much, I resorted to the ever popular ebay and managed to find the same thing for £7.99.

      The socks come in a clear case so you can immediately see the colours you were getting. There were six different colour socks. The colours were blue, green, light blue, pink, orange and grey. The top of each of them was a slightly different shade from the colour of the main sock. There was also a little tag with the apple logo.

      The socks are woollen and very soft, although they are quite thinly knit they still seem to be of good quality. The socks will stretch to accommodate most ipod models as well as the iphone. They are also really hard wearing. I've had mine for a few years now, and they still do the job.

      These are great for jazzing up your Ipod/Iphone and do protect against scratching. However, because the wool is so thin, they don't really do much in the way of protection if you drop your ipod, so take care. Also make sure you shop around, as they can be very expensive in certain places.

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      04.08.2010 22:26
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      Caribbean Cuisine Recipe Book.

      Levi roots has recently become a household name. Ever since he appeared on Dragons Den to pitch his Reggae Reggae sauce he has gone from strength to strength. I received this book as a Christmas present last year. It was released to accompany the BBC2 series which aired last summer. It was on sale for £17.99 at the time, but has come down in price since and is available for around £10.

      Caribbean food isn't something that many British people are familiar with. Those that have a slight idea couldn't suggest anything more than Jerk Chicken. Levi takes us on a Journey to discover how diverse yet simple Caribbean cuisine can be. The book begins with an introduction with information on Levi's early life in Jamaica and how he became interested in cooking. You immediately notice how down to earth this man is and that he is obviously incredibly proud of his culture. There are also no airs and graces when it comes to his food. It is simple to prepare yet bursting with flavour. Levi introduces us to recipes suitable for various different seasons and occasions from a summer barbecue to those cold winter nights. Most of the simple to follow recipes are accompanied by a truly mouthwatering picture of the finished product that makes you want to head straight to the kitchen and get started. Like most cookbooks, this one is divided into several chapters. We have One Pot & Suppers, Fish & Seafood, Roasts and Grills, On The Side, Beach & Street Food and Desserts & Drinks.

      One of the first recipes me and my mum attempted was the honey, grenadine and ginger roasted lamb, a great twist on the Sunday roast classic. A marinade is made using the above ingredients, which is rubbed into the lamb and left over night. It is recommended that the lamb is served with a pomegranate and mint salad, but with go just as well with the traditional roast dinner trimmings. The results were brilliant to say the least. The lamb went down a treat with everyone and trust me, they aren't an easy bunch to please.

      The book also has loads of different vegetarian recipe's. There were a couple that stood out for me. Firstly there are the sweet potato fries, made using thin strips of sweet potato fried with garlic and chilli infused oil. There is also the Caribbean griddled aubergine, which is bursting with flavour thanks to the mix of peppers, coriander, garlic and of course the aubergine.

      Another recipe that caught my eyes was one for a drink called Tyson's Tump. It's essentially a cocktail made from condensed milk,stout and rum. We used Guinness. The recipe suggested using a couple of pints. You can see where he got the name from, the stuff really does pack a punch, but is deliciously creamy and easy to drink at the same time.

      One thing that may put people off is the use of scotch bonnet peppers. if you like your food hot these are for you, if not you may want to substitute them for a sweeter pepper and slightly less fiery chilli. In addition they aren't always easy to get hold of.

      This colourful book will take you on a Caribbean journey, courtesy of Levi Roots, a man who couldn't be more passionate about his food. The recipes are simple and most importantly delicious, so get the book and get cooking.

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    • Kalms Sleep / Health Product / 21 Readings / 18 Ratings
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      Effective Herbal Remedy That Promotes Natural Sleep.

      I'd never really had any problems getting to sleep, once my head hit the pillow I was out for the count. That was until I went to university. The lifestyle really didn't agree with my sleep pattern and I began to suffer because of it.

      I very much took advantage of the social side of things, going out a few times a week and if not staying up to the wee hours chatting to the people who lived on my floor. It got to the point when 2am was an early night. This was made worse when you factor in coursework and exams. I've always left things to the last minute and often stayed up all night revising, I never seemed to learn my lesson.

      Enough was enough when it came to exam time in May just gone. Despite going to bed at around 1am I wasn't getting to sleep until around 5 or 6 in the morning and with exams coming up, I was heading for disaster. Luckily I wasn't the only person suffering from this plight, several of my friends were having difficulty getting to sleep, so we decided to head down to the chemist and sort ourselves out.

      There were several different herbal sleep remedies to choose from, but before I knew it one of the girls had picked up Kalms Sleep from the shelf because she liked the colour, go figure. In her defence, the purple packaging did make the product stand out. We bought 50 tablets for £3.15

      Inside the purple box is a brown bottle with a purple label. The bottle has a child safe lid, similar to many medicines. The directions for use are fairly simple. Adults, the elderly and children over 12 should swallow 3 or 4 tablets whole, an hour before bedtime. There are also several warnings including not to take the pills on an empty stomach and that they may cause drowsiness, so to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery. The directions also mention that if you suffer from prolonged sleeplessness, you should consult your doctor. The tablets themselves are small, coated and pale purple in colour.

      I wanted to make sure they worked so I took 4 of them, and waited to see what happened. They didn't seem to have any particular taste and went down without any problems. To be honest I hadn't taken a sleep remedy before, herbal or otherwise, so I didn't know what to expect. If anything I thought they were going to knock me out in the middle of the kitchen. After about 45 minutes nothing had really happened, I felt relaxed but not tired at all. It got to about 12.30am, and I decided to go to bed and see if that would help. Within about 10 minutes I could feel myself drifting off to sleep. Normally I would've been staring at the ceiling for at least a few more hours, but I was out for the count by 1am.

      I hadn't set my alarm for the next morning, as I wanted to see how long they'd make me sleep for. Surprisingly I awoke at 8am feeling refreshed and ready to go. I just felt that I'd had a really good night sleep. I took the tablets for a couple more days, after that my sleep pattern was sorted.

      It's important to note that these tablets don't make you go to sleep like prescribed sleeping tablets may do. They claim to promote natural refreshing sleep, and they certainly do. I would definitely recommend these if you are having trouble getting to sleep, as I was very pleased with the results. However, as I mentioned before, if you are suffering from regular sleepless nights it is important that you see your doctor.

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      • Listerine Freshburst / Oral Care / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        Mouthwash With Strong Minty Flavour

        When it comes to oral hygiene, I've always been slightly obsessive. I really like my mouth the feel clean and fresh.

        I've tried various mouthwashes over the years, all with various merits but none that I wanted to stick with. Browsing through my local Boots store, I saw that all the Listerine products were on a BOGOF offer. I had tried many of the flavours before, but had never tried Freshburst. I decided to go for it, and got two 500ml bottles for around £3.50. It also comes in a 250ml bottle.

        It claims that Listerine Freshburst Antibacterial Mouthwash prevents and reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone, kills bacteria between teeth and freshens breath. The mouthwash itself is a bright green colour and comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid. The lid is child safe very similar to bleach and disinfectant bottles.

        On opening the bottle you immediately notice the fresh minty smell of the mouthwash. According to the directions, the product is best used in the morning and evening after brushing your teeth. It is recommended that you pour 20ml into a glass and then swish around your mouth for 30 seconds and spit out. I've realised that the lid provides an adequate amount to rinse around your mouth properly.

        When you first start swishing, you get a very fresh and pleasant taste in the mouth. However this taste gets stronger and stronger and after about 20 seconds you will be dying to spit it out. On doing so, there is burning sensation in you mouth for a few seconds afterwards. I say burning for want of a better word. It isn't painful, you just know that something is going on in there. Which for me is an advantage, I like to feel that things are working. In terms of freshening the breath, this mouthwash is definitely a winner. The fresh flavour stays in your mouth for a few hours afterwards.

        It says on the bottle that this product is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. I can understand this, as it's very strong so the child safe lid is definitely a good idea.

        I can't say I've noticed much improvement in terms of reducing plaque build up, as I brushed my teeth at least twice a day and flossed regularly before I started using it. Although I must say my mouth does feel healthier.

        I would definitely recommend this product, but understand that it won't be for everyone. It does taste strong, but you do get used to it after a while and the results are worth it.

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        03.08.2010 21:08
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        Banana Flavour Ice Cream With Chocolate and Walnut Chunks.

        When it comes to Ice Cream brands, they really don't get more famous than Ben & Jerry's. The company, founded in 1978 is truly global and has introduced several different ice cream flavours over the years.

        I've tried most of the variations that have come and gone, but Chunky Monkey has still got to be my favourite. This flavour is made from banana ice cream mixed together with chunks of dark chocolate and walnuts. I was reluctant to try this flavour at first, mainly because I don't actually like bananas. However, I've realised since that its the texture of the fruit that bothers me, so i'm OK with banana flavoured things.

        The packaging is similar to the other Ben and Jerry's products. The use of bold colours and bright images of the ingredients make it look very appealing. It has a cartoon feel to it, which for me, definitely makes it stand out against it's competitors.

        The ice cream itself is delicious. It tastes smooth, well made and the banana flavour isn't too overpowering. The chocolate pieces are quite large and seem to be good quality. The walnut pieces are also very large. Chunky is definitely a great way to describe this product. It does feel quite rustic and thrown together compared to other ice creams, which I really like. The different flavours and textures compliment each other brilliantly. The banana flavour ice cream definitely makes a nice change to the vanilla and chocolate that we are more used to.

        Chunky Monkey is available in a 500ml tub and a 150ml tub. In recent months I have seen the larger tubs on offer in the main supermarkets for around £2.00, ordinarily it's sold closer to £4.00 so the former is a great deal.

        Finally, I'm not going to pretend that this lovely ice cream is great for your health. 100g of Chunky Monkey contains 290 calories and 17g of fat, 10g of that being saturated fat. Obviously you aren't supposed to eat a load of ice cream every day, but it's fine as an occasional treat. And blimey what a treat this one is.

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        • Shazam (iPhone Application) / Apps / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          Brilliant Music Identification Service.

          I first encountered Shazam quite a few years ago. There was an advert on the T.V which told you to ring a number whilst music was playing. After around 10 seconds you would receive a text message telling you the name of the song. I remember how brilliant I thought it was then, so you can imagine how pleased I was that I could get the App for free on my Iphone.

          I've always had a very eclectic taste in music, but I've never really been one for remembering titles and lyrics of songs. My friends and family had all become very annoyed at me humming the lyrics to music trying to see if they knew what the hell I was on about. Enter Shazam.

          The App works in very much the same way as the original service, but you don't have to dial out and the result appears on the screen rather than in a message. It couldn't be more simple to use. On clicking on the App a screen will appear with a button that says Tag Now in the top right hand corner. The App then listens to the music that's playing for about 10-15 seconds. Once it's heard enough, it will analyse the song for a further 10 seconds or so and then displays the result on the screen.

          The results screen will show you, first of all the title and artist of the track as well as the album title and a picture of the album cover. The App also provides several different links including one to buy the song from Itunes. As well as the artists biography and discography and links to share the track on facebook and twitter. In many cases it also provides a link to the video for the song on Youtube, however this isn't available for every track. The service creates an acoustic fingerprint based on the music sample that has been provided, this is then compared with a database in order to find a match.

          This is probably my favourite App of all time. I can't count the number of times I've put it to use in a club or just listening to the radio to find out what that song is called. The App also stores all the songs you've tagged for future reference. In terms of effectiveness, there has only been a couple of times where it hasn't worked. In such cases, the result will come up as unrecognised. After much testing, I worked out that it tended to be obscure remixes and extremely niche market music. I'd say the general rule is that if a song has been officially released and is available to buy, Shazam will recognise it.

          The best thing about this App is that it's free on I phone's and well as several other smart phones and androids. Shazam would definitely be worth paying for, but luckily we don't have to.

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          Great Product, Moisturise Away.

          I started using moisturisers around the same time that I started shaving. It was more out of necessity than anything else, as the act tended to leave my skin in a right state. I've used several products over the years, but never really found any keepers. On the off chance I bought this moisturiser because it was on offer in ASDA. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

          L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Moisturising Lotion is sold in a 50ml pump action tub. The men expert range of products all have the same coloured packaging, that being orange and a sort of metallic blue/grey which does make them stand out on the shelf. It claims that the ingredients, which include vitamin c and caffeine, work together in fighting the signs of fatigue and improving the appearance of dull looking skin.

          The moisturiser itself is pale blue/green in colour and dispenses very easily thanks to the pump mechanism. It is creamy in texture without being too oily or greasy. In terms of fragrance, there is a fresh scent but nothing too over powering.

          The first time I used it I pumped a load of the stuff onto my hand and preceded to rub it into my face. I soon realised that I had used far too much and have learned since that one pump provides the perfect amount needed for one application to the face and neck. The moisturiser is absorbed into the skin very easily and leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated. It also provides a great soothing effect after shaving especially if you suffer from any sort of shaving rash. After use, the appearance of the skin is much healthier. I tend to use it only after shaving, so between 3 and 4 times a week. The 50ml tub usually lasts about a month.

          In terms of price, the moisturiser can be expensive. I've seen it for anything between £5-£12, not sure why the price range is so broad. It's often on offer in the big supermarkets as well as being part of 3for2 offers with others mens skincare products in Boots and Superdrug, so it pays to look around.

          One thing that I do find slightly irritating is that once the amount of moisturiser left in the tub goes below a certain level, you can't pump any more out. I decided to cut the top off once and found there was probably enough for a couple more applications, so to be honest not too much gets wasted.

          An effective moisturiser that leaves the skin feeling great. Can be expensive so make sure you shop around. Highly recommended.

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            01.08.2010 22:33
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            Great Head Massager.

            I first encountered this cheeky number when visiting a friend. He had the strange looking contraption on a shelf, I got it down and looked at it tyring to work out exactly what it was. He then informed me that it was a scalp massager. I was slightly shocked at this, as it looked more like some sort of torture device than a stress reliever, but inquisative as ever i gave it a go. It's essentially several metal prongs that are in a fixed position, you can bend them to suit your head shape slightly if you'd like. The ends are covered with a plastic coating to prevent your head being scratched.

            I must say the sensation experienced is very interesting. The only thing I could compare it to is when they give you a head massage whilst washing your hair at the hairdressers, but much more intense. It is incredibly relaxing, whilst being erotic at the same time. It does cause your eyes to roll back in your head somewhat. And rather than being confined to your head, the sensation travels down your neck and spine to the rest of the body.

            Intrigued by the device I decided to buy my girlfriend one for Christmas, partly as a joke, partly because I knew I'd have the chance to borrow it occasionally. On trying it for the first time, she said she hated it and that it felt like bugs were crawling over her head. Luckily she found it hilarious how much I liked it and spent the rest of Christmas Day sneaking up behind me and pushing the thing onto my head. I would recommend getting someone else to do it for you, as it feels so much better.

            They are available from all sorts of places and are sold under various names as well as Orgasmatron, including Genie and simply Scalp Massager. I've seen them in markets, spiritual shops, gadget shops etc. I purchased one from a shop in Liverpool town centre call Mankind, it cost £7.99 . I've seen it around since for cheaper as well as more expensive, so I'd suggest shopping around.


            Generally a great stress reliever or a cheeky gift. If anything it's great for a laugh.

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            31.07.2010 18:13
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            Great Cleanser For Blemished Skin.

            Like most of the health and beauty products I have discovered over the years, this little gem was introduced to me by my sister. She informed me that she had mainly used it to make sure all her make up was off, but that it could help clear up my skin a bit.

            Ever since I was 13 i've had a few issues with spots. I'm 21 now, and the problem has improved a lot with age but I still get them. This product is sold at around £5 for a 250ml bottle but is usually on offer with the other tea tree products in a 3 for 2 deal. The ingredients include tea tree oil, lemon tea tree oil,white willow bark and tamanu oil. The toner is bright green in colour and, like all body shop products is not tested on animals. It claims to be suitable for blemished skin and to sweep away impurities for clearer looking skin.

            The instructions tell you to shake to activate and apply to face and neck using a cotton wool pad. The first thing you notice is the smell. If you've used tea tree products before you will be familiar with it, but I hadn't. The smell isn't necessarily unpleasant, it's just quite strong but i've grown to quite like it.

            On application the product does sting slightly, but this didn't bother me as I guessed that meant something was happening. It left my skin feeling very clean and refreshed with a matte look to it. After using it for a couple of weeks I really did did notice differences. I was getting fewer blackheads and spots and my skin was looking much healthier. I tended to get quite bad shaving rash as well, this has also improved. However I wouldn't recommend applying the product straight after shaving as it will sting considerably. The 250ml bottle I bought lasted 5 weeks, after normally using it a couple of times a day.

            Definitely a product worth buying, doesn't work miracles but has lead to noticeable improvements.

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            A Brilliant Dining Experience

            I hadn't really heard of GBK before my first visit. I had travelled to see a friend in Manchester who had been a few times before, so a few of us decided to check it out. The company originated in New Zealand, and claims to have, ' the best burgers in town.'

            On walking in I noticed that the place has an American diner feel about it, mainly due to the seating which consisted of booths as well as smaller tables, in addition to this the ketchup bottles were tomato shaped. It was about 7.30pm when we arrived and the restaurant was fairly busy, nevertheless we were seated straight away in a very comfortable booth and given the menu.

            A very friendly waiter came to our table a few minutes later to take our drink order and informed us that we were to order our food at the counter. The menu offers a range of soft drinks including various juices and milkshakes as well as alcoholic drinks. I decided to go for a chocolate milkshake, it cost £3.75 which was definitely a fair price. The milkshake came in a very large metal cup, along with a smaller glass to drink from. I managed to fill the glass at least two and a bit times, the milkshake itself was delicious.

            The food menu listed a range of different burgers including beef,chicken, lamb, buffalo and the ever popular wild boar all available with various toppings and extras. There were also several vegetarian options, which very much impressed the vegetarian in our group. You can also build your own burger.

            I decided to plough ahead and go for the avocado bacon burger. The burgers themselves don't come with chips, so I got them separately. We made our way to the counter to order our food but did have to queue for about 5 minutes to be served. The lady at the counter did apologise sincerely for the wait and took our orders quickly. The burger and chips combined came to £11.25.

            Our food came about 15 minutes later, I thought this pretty impressive considering how busy the place was. I sat in awe of the burger for a few seconds, it was huge and had a cocktail skewer through the middle to keep everything together. After trying to work out how I was going to bite into it, I took a quick photo on my phone and got stuck in.

            The beef burger itself was topped with slices of crispy bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayonnaise. All inside a toasted sesame seed bun. In terms of taste, the burger was amazing. You could tell the ingredients were freshly cooked and that the burger was 100% Aberdeen Angus beef as promised on the menu. Because of the size of the burgers they are slightly messy to eat. We were given cutlery in order to cut the burger into more manageable chunks but I decided not to. The chips also didn't disappoint. They were chunky in cut and cooked to perfection, my only issue was that I wanted more of them.

            The atmosphere in the restaurant is very relaxed and friendly. In terms of price, GBK is more expensive then the likes of Burger King and McDonalds, but on taste and quality there is more competition. Whilst some of the restaurants do offer a take away service, I wouldn't look at GBK as a fast food establishment, it has much more of a restaurant/diner feel to it.

            I have been to GBK several times since my first visit and have been completely satisfied every time. I also found out that there are vouchers all over the internet offering money off deals for the burgers, which makes going to GBK even more worthwhile.

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          • Bio Oil 200ml / Skin Care / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            26.07.2010 19:56
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            A great product but takes time to work.

            Bio Oil contains a breakthrough ingredient called PurCellin Oil as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Rosemary Oil to name but a few. It is claimed that this combination of ingredients work together in tackling various skin complaints including uneven tone, ageing and dehydration of the skin as well as improving the appearance of scars and marks.

            I first bought Bio Oil about a year ago as I had a few marks that I wanted to get rid of. These included a couple of scars on my arms and face as well as a few stretch marks on my hips, which I believe were caused by a growth spurt I had as a teenager. I was never really bothered by any of the scars/marks, but someone recommended this product so I thought I'd give it a go.

            I bought a 60ml bottle from Boots for about £8.00. It is recommended that you massage the oil into the affected area twice a day for a minimum of 3 months. This did put me off at first, as I've always been one for immediate results. The oil itself is orange in colour and to be honest it is slightly greasy but it is absorbed into the skin fairly quickly. There is also a strange smell to the product. I wouldn't describe it as unpleasant, it just takes some getting used to


            The bottle I bought lasted 2/3 weeks. I noticed that the skin I had treated with the bio oil felt much smoother, but apart from that there was no real improvement, so I decided I didn't want to spend another £8.

            However, a few weeks later, I was browsing Amazon and saw that they were selling a 200ml bottle for under £10. This was around half the price of that bottle size on the high street, so it was definitely worth giving the stuff another go.

            This time I made sure I was consistent with the application. After about 6 weeks I started to notice an improvement. The marks on my face and arms had visibly improved as had the stretch marks on my hips. This improvement definitely motivated me to carry on using the product. I have been using the product ever since and I must say it does work. The scars have faded almost completely, whilst the appearance of the stretch marks have improved dramatically. Although I must say they have not disappeared completely. The product doesn't claim to do this, nor did I expect it to. The improvement I noticed however, was more than I could have hoped for.

            This is a great product, but persistence is key. It can be expensive but ensure you shop around as good deals can be found.

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