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      06.06.2010 19:33
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      Definitely one i will buy again.

      Having recently discovered what has been causing my eczema, I am now able to experiment a bit more with the products I use. I no longer have to find products with the words "suitable for sensitive skin" plastered across the bottle.
      Having said that I am still very keen on products from The Body Shop as I have personally found them to be great for my skin.


      *** The Packaging ***
      The packaging for this Seaweed Cleansing Facial Wash is very understated and didn't particularly jump out at me - unlike some of the other products in The Body Shop. I only ended up trying this due to a recommendation from the sales advisor in the shop.

      The bottle stands on the lid and has green labels (presumably to coincide with the seaweed theme). The labels contain all the usual ingredient information and claim of what the product does. As with most (if not all?) of The Body Shop products, you are given information about community trade and how this product was made - including its origins.

      The lid is a flip top one, and as it stands on the lid it makes it that much easier to squeeze every single drop out!


      *** The Product ***
      The Facial Wash itself is oil and soap free, it is well known that soap can quickly dry out the skin - so it is reassuring to know that you can still wash your face without drying it out.

      Upon squeezing it out of the bottle it appears to be quite a thick gel and doesn't seem to foam up very well. However, I have since discovered that by adding a few drops of water the gel foams up very well and covers the whole face very well.

      The gel is immediately very refreshing and definitely helps to wake me up in the shower every morning. You can feel the gel getting straight to work, opening and cleaning the pores in your face. I have a very bad habit of quite regularly leaving my make up on when I go to bed, however when I wash my face with this gel every morning it removes all traces - and amazingly helps to prevent spots from forming.
      Since beginning to use this product, my skin has been very clear and I haven't had any spots - for this reason alone I would definitely recommend it!


      *** Price and Availability ***
      This Facial Wash is available from The Body Shop stores and the website. It comes in two different sizes - 60ml and 100ml.
      I purchased the 100ml bottle for £6.50, however the day I went in store they were also giving away £3.00 off vouchers - so I actually on paid £3.50, bargain!!



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        06.06.2010 15:40
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        Brilliant!

        I really only purchased this tinted moisturiser because I had a £5.00 off voucher for Boots No7 products. This is the first No7 product I have ever bought, but I am now completely converted! I was initially looking for a new foundation to suit my oily and dry combination skin, however upon speaking to the advisor she strongly suggested that this moisturiser might be more suitable for my skin type.


        *** Packaging ***
        The packaging for this tinted moisturiser is simple yet very effective, the golden shimmering bottle instantly gives me the impression of a sun kissed glow.
        The front of the bottle tells you all the essential information - such as the added bonus that the moisturiser has SPF protection and is hypoallergenic.

        The back of the bottle contains a long list of ingredients, which I do find slightly concerning - it surely cannot be healthy to have so many different products layered on your face!

        The bottle itself holds 50ml of the moisturiser and stands on the lid - which I am sure will be handy in getting the last few drops out.


        *** The Product ***
        Upon initially squeezing the moisturiser out the bottle I wasn't impressed, I felt it looked very much like your average foundation - which is exactly what I was trying to stay away from, as they tend to look 'caked on' on my sensitive skin.
        However, I was pleasantly surprised when I began to rub it in. I have read that a few people have had problems blending this product in. For me personally I felt it blended in brilliantly and was just as though I was applying a normal moisturiser.

        The moisturiser concealed my pores and is even pretty good at covering any small spots and/or blemishes - however for added coverage I would definitely recommend using a green concealer.

        For me personally the fair shade leaves me with a healthy glow, however the darker shades leave me looking a bit orange - but I do have very fair skin!
        It feels light on the face, and my skin can actually breather. For added coverage I will sometimes add powder etc... However for daytime I find that the moisturiser with some mascara and lip-gloss is perfect.


        *** Price and Availability ***
        This tinted moisturiser is from the Boots No7 range and costs £10.50, however as Boots quite often have £5.00 off vouchers you could buy yourself a bargain.
        Even at the full price I feel that it is very reasonable for the results it gives you.

        I will definitely be buying this again when mine runs out!



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          26.05.2010 19:17
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          Brilliant healthier option for those who just cant give up crisps!

          I stumbled across the crisps I am about to review completely by accident, when I picked them up instead of my usual favourite Cheese and Onion Walkers crisps.


          ** What are they? **

          Baked Walkers crisps are exactly what they claim to be. The crisps are baked rather than fried (like traditional Walkers crisps) and therefore a lot healthier. The packaging claims that the crisps have 70% less fat than their usual crisps - this includes 50% less saturated fat - the stuff we are all trying to avoid!!


          ** Taste **

          To be perfectly honest I expected them to taste exactly the same as the usual Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps, however the two are quite different.

          The Baked crisps are a lot thicker than others and when bitten into have a very crunchy texture to them - something I personally prefer.

          The flavour does not seem to be quite as powerful as the traditional Walkers crisps, having said that the distinctive taste is still there. Again for me the combination of the Cheese and Onion flavours is perfect without leaving the taste in your mouth all day - I would still recommend that you freshen your breath afterwards though!

          Each bag contains 37.5grams, which I believe is about the average for regular bags of crisps - I tend to think this is the perfect size for a snack or to go with your lunch. On opening a bag of them the first time I did think the portions looked slightly small, however considering the thickness and size of each individual crisp, it is more than adequate.


          ** Calories **

          So the important bit! Most people will try these because they want a healthier option so you will please to know that one bag of these only has 99 calories!


          ** Price and Availability **

          These are available from pretty much all supermarkets, garages, newsagents, corner shops etc... Obviously prices will vary, I have paid anything from 45p to 65p for a bag. They work out much cheaper if you buy them in a multi-bag and are quite regularly on offer in the likes of Asda and Tesco.



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          10.02.2010 20:53
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          A great cheap snack!

          I bought these Take a Break chocolate bars as a little treat to put in my packed lunch that I take to work on a daily basis. I chose them mainly because I love orange chocolate, the price of 88p for a pack of eight wasn't bad either!


          ***Packaging***
          The first thing to point out is that the packaging is not the same as that shown in the picture. The outer wrapper is a simple orange coloured plastic, which contains eight separate chocolate bars. All the bars are wrapped individually in an orange packet with the classic Asda logo printed across the front.
          The wrappers certainly are not eye catching so you have to have a good look for them amongst the higher priced branded chocolate bars.


          ***The Chocolate/Taste***
          Inside the wrapper you will find two fingers of chocolate joined together - much like you would expect from the branded Kit-Kat bar.
          Each finger consists of layers of crunchy wafer combined with an orange cream, these fingers are then coated in a thick layer of milk chocolate.

          The combination of the flavours is a pleasant one, although for me the orange flavour could be a bit more dominant - that may just be my personal preference though!

          The textures from the mix of wafer and chocolate is enough to allow it to melt in your mouth, making it the perfect treat to savour every moment. Although the chocolate isn't a branded name, it doesn't taste cheap as I imagined it would - each bite left me wanting some more.

          Calorie wise these do contain quite a lot for a small snack. Each bar contains approximately 128 calories, if you are trying to watch what you eat then perhaps these wouldn't be the best snack to have.


          ***Price and Availability***
          These are only available from Asda as they are an Asda own brand. They cost me 88p for a pack of eight - not bad in my opinion!


          ***Overall***
          A tasty snack for your lunchbox, a cheap alternative to some of the branded chocolates. I will definitely be buying these again!



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          09.02.2010 20:57
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          A good shower foam, just not for me unfortunatly.

          My partner bought me this shower foam when I asked him to pick some up on his way home from work one day. Usually when picking a shower gel/foam I would go straight towards those that are suitable for sensitive skin due to my various stages of eczema.
          However no where on the packaging of this bottle did it suggest it would be suitable for me, so I didn't hold out much hope!

          The one in particular that he bought and therefore I have chosen to review is the Hawaiian Spa variety.



          ***The Packaging***
          The bottle is aluminium, with purple colouring. It is fairly basic otherwise with the name and logo printed across the front. The bottle claims to provide over 40 washes for the average person and usage. On the top of the bottle is a push button with a small opening where the gel comes out.


          ***The Product***
          The shower foam comes out of the bottle as a thick gel - be warned though you need only push a small amount of the can! When you begin to rub the gel into your body it will double in volume. Gel the size of a two pence piece will easily cover and wash the whole body.

          The first thing I noticed when rubbing the gel into my skin was the immediate smell. On the bottle it states it is a smell of coconut and tiare flowers, however although the coconut is noticeable - to me the main smell is that of some sort of fruit. Although the smell was strong, after showering I did notice that I could no longer smell it.

          Although the shower foam gave me a thorough wash and left my skin feeling smooth and refreshed, it did not agree with my eczema unfortunately. After only a few uses I had to stop because of the reaction it gave my skin.

          However my partner continued to use it and has commented on how refreshing it is of a morning and even helps to wake him up on his early morning shifts - which cant be a bad thing.

          For anyone with really sensitive skin I wouldn't recommend it, however a great shower foam for anyone else!


          ***Price and Availability***
          My partner bought this 200ml bottle from Boots for around £2.49. It is also widely available from many supermarkets etc...

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          25.01.2010 19:37
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          A yummy snack!

          When I saw these chocolate bars a few weeks ago I though I just had to have them. As a child I used to love these but rarely see them around now a days. The main thing that tempted me back to them was the low calorie content. I am not on a diet and I am perfectly happy with my figure, however this doesn't mean I want to stuff my face full of calories! These seemed the perfect alternative for my sweet tooth.


          ***Packaging***
          The packaging for these is pretty basic. The left hand side of the packet is identical to the packaging used for Milky Way bar packets - lots of different shades of blues circles and stars (just in case you didn't know!). The right hand side of the packet has an illustration of what the Crispy Rolls look like, with a pale yellow background.
          As with most food items, the back holds all the nutritional information and ingredients list. It does highlight that it contains traces of Hazelnut, so it may not be suitable for but sufferers.


          ***The Product/Taste***
          The Crispy Rolls come in the form of two separate 'fingers'. The fingers are long and think and consist of a whipped filling (the same used for Milky Way bars), around this is a layer of crispy wafer biscuit, which is then covered in a lovely milk chocolate.

          When you bite into the 'finger' you instantly get a delicious combination of the crunch from the wafer and smooth filling. They are sweet tasting, but not too overpowering or sickly. As someone who has a sweet tooth, I find that they really do hit the spot for the cravings of chocolate, but without the high calorie content!

          I find them to be a light and delicious snack - the perfect size to have a munch on to keep you going before lunchtime. I personally feel that I they were any bigger, it would become a bit too sweet and sickly.

          Each packet of Crispy Rolls contains 64 calories - less than some 'healthy' cereal snack bars.


          ***Price and Availability***
          When I was younger they used to be 20p, but not anymore!! They are now at my local newsagents for 36p, they are also selling them in boxes of six for £1.00
          I have found that they are more difficult to find now a days, but if you have a good search you should be able to find them in a local supermarket or newsagents.



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            22.01.2010 15:17
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            Something I will use again!

            This is one of the many lovely things I got for Christmas, and I was actually delighted. On many occasions people buy me horrible smelling/perfumed toiletries that I am unable to use because of my sensitive skin and eczema. So when I received this in a gift set with some other Dove products I was keen to quickly test them.


            ***Packaging***
            The bottle is pretty similar to many of the other products available in the Dove range. The bottle I received is a 250ml bottle, it is a curved shape - which judging by the picture of the bottom I can only assume is supposed to resemble a raindrop.

            It is a light cream coloured bottle with gold lettering and gold flip cap top. The Dove logo is in the traditional blue colour that can be found on most of the products.

            The blurb on the back of the bottle claims that the body wash contains one quarter of moisturising cream that will provide a 'silky lather'.


            ***The product***
            The body wash is a thick, luxurious cream. The first thing you notice when squirting the cream from the bottle is the gorgeous smell. Because of my eczema I cant use products that are overly perfumed, however despite instantly being able to smell the cream, it is not overpowering or unpleasant (like all those lavender sets we all get for Christmas!).
            I would describe the smell as a mild floral scent.

            The bottle doesn't specify whether this body wash is for use in the shower or the bath, so I initially tried it in the shower.
            If you want the cream to really lather up, I would definitely recommend using a sponge of body puff. If you don't use a sponge the cream provides minimal lather but runs smoothly across the skin. However with a sponge less body cream is needed to cover the whole body - very money saving!!

            For use in the bath, a small amount of the cream lathers up quite quickly and provides you with lots of bubbles. However one thing I noticed when having a bath using this body wash is that the bubbles did disappear quite quickly.

            When getting out the shower (or bath) I did notice that my skin didn't feel 'tight' as it would do using a regular shower gel. Whilst I wouldn't say that my skin was glowing, it certainly didn't look as dry as it usually would.
            My skin did feel slightly more moisturised - although perhaps not enough for me to stop my usual after shower moisturising regime.

            It is a definitely a good option for me with regards to my skin condition and I think it is a more luxurious option to cheaper shower gels. I will definitely continue to use it!

            ***Price and Availability***
            Expect to pay anything from £2.49 to £3.50 for a 250ml bottle of this body wash. The most obvious places this is available are those such as Boots and Superdrug, however it is also available from supermarkets etc...


            ***Overall***
            Definitely a product I will be using again, a real treat for my skin but at a slightly cheaper price!




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              28.11.2009 20:54
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              Pretty good place to get your glasses

              I first became a customer at Specsavers when I realised about six years ago that I was having trouble seeing the board in college. At the time my mother was paying for my glasses and contact lenses and therefore it was her decision which opticians I should go to. To be honest Specsavers was just the closest to our house and most convenient at the time which I assume is why we went there.
              Since leaving home I obviously now pay for it all myself, and simply for convenience I have stayed loyal to Specsavers.


              ***The Stores***
              There are hundreds of stores across the UK and I personally have never had a problem locating a store in whichever town I happen to be living in at the time - I have moved around a lot in recent years!
              Even it towns that I would consider to be very small and limited with other high street shops, have managed to provide me with a Specsavers store!

              Something I didn't realise until doing a bit of research for this review is that Specsavers is not only based in the UK. They also have stores in Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands, Scandinavia and Australia - to name just a few.

              In my experience the stores are always clean and well laid out. As I have found with most of the stores I have visited, you can expect to find a reception area relatively close to the entrance area. Staff are always pleasant and quick to ask if you need any help, in busy times I have always found that they are very apologetic if you have to wait more than a few minutes.
              You will also find a seating area nearby where you will be told to sit if you are waiting for an appointment. In most stores they will also provide magazines - but sometimes I don't want to read glasses magazines just because I am in an opticians!

              Should you need to buy a new pair of frames the stock is very well laid out. Frames are divided into men's and women's, these are then sub-divided into price sections. You can buy frames from as low as £25 (obviously these will just be a basic pair) up to over £100.
              These areas are clearly labelled, so you don't go looking at the designed frames if you can only afford to spend £45!


              ***Offers/Prices***
              For a simple routine eye test you can expect to pay £25, unless of course you get your eye tests for free on the NHS. You are advised to have an eye test every two years, so for me £25 is a reasonable price to pay once every two years.

              Frames priced at £75 or more are available on their 2 for 1 offer. This is currently running at time of writing, however obviously I cannot guarantee that it is constantly running!

              If you decide to wear contact lenses as well these are available quite reasonably. I currently pay £13 per month for monthly disposable lenses. I am quite keen to buy daily disposable lenses, however have been warned by the opticians this will set me back about £30 per month.
              If you do have lenses and pay by direct debit your regular lenses checks will be free of charge.


              ***Customer Service***
              I have always found the customer service here to be quite reasonable. I have no doubt that I probably can find a cheaper alternative, but for me at the minute it wouldn't be worth the hassle and I don't think the current service I am getting is too bad.

              The staff are always friendly and willing to help where possible. I have only ever had two problems (in six years) with them as a company.

              My first issue was about two years ago when I moved house. I decided to cancel my lens mail as I thought it would be easier for me to just collect my lenses in store. However Specsavers did not follow my request and sent my next batch of lenses to my old address. When I queried where the lenses were, they were adamant that I hadn't cancelled the lens mail, I was told I would have to buy another three month supply - despite the fact I had already paid by direct debit. I asked to speak to the store manager and the problem was soon solved and I was given my lenses at no extra cost to myself.

              My second problem was a more recent one. I recently broke my glasses and had to buy some new ones, I took advantage of the 2 for 1 offer. When I went to collect my new frames a week later I tried them both on. The first pair were great, but the second paid was not the pair I had picked. Unfortunately they had written the reference number down wrong, and therefore I received the wrong glasses. I had no proof of this - other than I know I wouldn't have chosen that style of frames in a million years!
              The staff told me this was not possible and I would not be able to swap the glasses. Obviously I am not pleased about this, I have a pair of glasses I don't like, they are okay to wear around the house but that is about it.


              ***Overall***
              Overall not bad prices, the customer service has always been good for me and I haven't had any major problems. I will continue to use Specsavers as it is convenient for me.

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              25.11.2009 19:40
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              I will definitely be going back again.

              I had never really heard of 99p stores until my boyfriend and I went Christmas shopping in Birmingham recently. My boyfriend joked (well at least I think he was joking) that my eyes lit up when I saw the store, because it was one whole penny cheaper than shopping in Poundland. Obviously I just had to go in and see if there were any bargains to be had.

              There are currently 117 stores across the UK by an Entrepreneur named Nadir Lalani, according to the website he has an aim to have at least 200 stores open by 2010.



              ***The Store***
              The particular store that I went in was really quite big, although I cant be sure whether all stores are the same or if this is just because it was a city centre store.
              It wasn't anything special - if anything it could have done with a bit of updating, but then I guess that doesn't affect the stock.

              I was actually quite surprised how different the store was to the Poundland stores I have been to. Most Poundland stores are untidy, with stock lying in boxes all over the floor. However at this particular 99p store everything was tidy, in place and shelves were fully stocked - they must have very efficient staff!

              I could tell immediately that it must be a popular store with bargains to be had as the isles were absolutely packed with customers. Whilst I found this very frustrating at not being able to get through, I also saw this an advantage that so many people wanted to be there.



              ***Products***
              Some of the most popular products that are available fall into the following categories;

              Cleaning
              DIY
              Toiletries
              Food
              Christmas
              Pet Care
              Stationary
              Toys and Games

              I was very impressed at some of the well known brands that were available such as Heinz, Johnson's, Nivea and Cadburys.

              A few examples of the bargains that I picked up in store include a 1kg bag of Cadburys hot chocolate powder - a random buy I know! But we use so much in our house and spend up to £2.00 on a small jar, so for us this was a bargain and will last ages!

              I also managed to get a pack of five Weetabix Alpen cereal bars (see earlier review) for you guessed it 99p.

              However I have to say the biggest bargain I got my hands on was some Nair Pretty Hair Removal. I have previously paid £4.99 for a tube of this, so I took advantage of the 99p price tag and bought myself a few tubes. In the long run this will save me over £15!!

              Other things that caught my eye were shampoos, tinned goods, Christmas wrapping paper and gift bags, pet food and treats. I could have easily stocked up on things I usually buy and saved an absolute fortune, unfortunately as we were getting the train home I had to limit myself!

              Obviously there is some tat in there, but I was actually surprised to find that the quality of the products and the named brands that were available were a lot better than the ones found in Poundland (in my opinion).
              Its just a shame we don't have a 99p store where I live - it's a bit far to travel to Birmingham every time I want something from there!



              ***Staff and Customer Service***
              I wasn't overly impressed with the staff, but to be honest I don't really expect to be in cheap stores.

              However I have to admit the one thing that really annoyed me was no acknowledgement from the cashier that served me. Instead he continued to speak to his colleague next to him in a different language. Now I am well aware that Birmingham in particular is very multi-cultural and I have absolutely no problem with that, however I personally find it very rude when someone is serving me yet speaking in a different language.

              All the staff look thoroughly miserable, however they do seem to be efficient. The shelves were well stocked and the long queues did go down very quickly.



              ***Overall***
              Some real bargains to be had here, in my first trip here I saved well over £20 on things I have bought from elsewhere anyway.

              There is some rubbish in there, but it is well worth a look.



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                25.11.2009 17:42
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                A Fantastic Buy!

                I am quite obsessive about cleaning my hands, I would say I wash them with soap at least ten to fifteen times a day. Whilst my boyfriend finds this quite amusing I don't really see it to be a big issue - except for when the soap starts to dry the skin on my hands out. If you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that I do suffer from eczema, whilst this has never really been a problem on my hands I do want to prevent them from drying out.


                ***Packaging***
                I was first drawn to this hand wash because I have recently been using the Palmolive shower cream and have been very impressed with the results.
                When I saw this bottle I instantly recognised the packaging, and had to have it.

                The packaging is fairly basic. A clear plastic bottle with a white pump dispenser on the top. The bottle has a sticker across the front with the name of the product, the blurb on the front claims that the liquid hand wash is suitable for very dry skin.

                The back of the bottle is fairly simple again with a list of ingredients and a small paragraph explaining what the product is and how it can be beneficial to you as an individual. It claims to be a soap free formula (this could help prevent dryness) with mild cleansers and a skin conditioner (to moisturise the skin).

                The bottle is also fully recyclable.


                ***Product***
                You can see through the plastic bottle that the liquid hand wash is a light (what I would describe as) honey colour. When you push the dispenser pump it comes out quite quickly and is of a fairly runny consistency - a lot more runnier than I would have expected.
                You can immediately smell the strong smell of the honey and milk extracts. Whilst this isn't an overpowering smell, it is something that you can smell for some time after having washed your hands.

                The liquid lathers up quite impressively - I hate those soaps that don't lather up, it makes me feel like my hands aren't being washed properly, so for me the more lather the better!

                After washing my hands, my skin usually feels really tight across my skin and I have to make a quick grab for some hand lotion. However when using this, this isn't the case. Whilst they didn't feel overly moisturised and soothed (as claimed on the bottle), my hands did feel soft and it wasn't necessary for me to put any lotion on.
                This feeling continued even when I did wash my hands for the tenth time that day.

                The hand wash has been dermatologically tested, which I am pleased to say has obviously worked for me. I was left with no red sore patches or any dry skin, so I was (and still am!) very impressed with this liquid hand wash.


                ***Price and Availability***
                I paid £1.00 for this 300ml bottle from ASDA, however after a quick bit of research I can see that you should expect to pay anything from £1.00 to £2.00 in various shops.



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                  25.11.2009 16:02
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                  Not a miracle cure, but it does help!

                  Both my boyfriend and I suffer from sensitive teeth - although admittedly he does suffer a lot more than me. We decided to try this in another attempt to ease the pain - especially for when eating cold foods!



                  ***Packaging***
                  The first thing that made this particular toothpaste stand out to me is that the packaging is different to all the other available options in the shop.
                  It is in a tin can - much like the ones you would find aerosol deodorants or shaving foam to be in. The bottle seems to have a colour theme of blue.
                  It has a pump dispenser which you simply push down in order for the toothpaste to come out.

                  Although initially I quite liked the different design of this bottle I soon spotted some flaws. As someone who is trying to save money I like to squeeze every last bit out of bottles and tubes (whether it is toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo or food items such as tomato ketchup), however as this is a tin can you have no way of knowing how much is left or squeezing the bottle to get it all out!

                  The bottle tells you that the toothpaste is recommended by dentists and has a unique formula in order to help people with sensitive teeth. However it does also warn you that having sensitive teeth may be due to more serious underlying problems and should you have any concerns to contact your dentist.



                  ***The product***
                  The first thing I noticed about this is that rather than being a paste when you push the dispenser pump, it is more of a gel that comes out. At first I was a bit concerned as it looked very much like the shaving gel that my boyfriend uses - not a pleasant thought!
                  When you start brushing your teeth it quickly foams - I guess this is so it gets to the hard to reach areas as it claims. Although it didn't foam up as much as I had anticipated I soon learnt that a little goes a long way. I was very pleased with the results of how clean my teeth felt.
                  Although they did feel clean and fresh I do get very paranoid about being one of those people who have smelly breath so I still used my mouthwash like I would normally.

                  The toothpaste tastes much like any other ordinary mint toothpaste. I am quite picky when it comes to toothpaste, and although they all claim to have a mint taste I do feel that some of them have an extra added 'yukiness' to them. This one was fine - it had a mint and fresh taste to it, much like sucking on a mint.

                  I don't have any stains on my teeth so I wasn't concerned about this, however after using this daily for a number of weeks I do feel that my teeth certainly looked brighter.

                  So in terms of whether it worked for the sensitivity - I certainly felt that it did. I brush my teeth three times a day everyday, and even after a number of days I already felt the benefits. I was (and still am) able to drink cold drinks without wincing in pain - this might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but if you have sensitive teeth you will understand how nice it is not to have to worry about how cold your food or drink is!

                  I am not going to claim this is a miracle cure for sensitive teeth, however it has definitely improved things for me. Whilst my boyfriend agrees that it works to a certain degree, he has commented that he still does get occasional pain in his teeth.

                  One serious negative I have for this product is the mess that the pump and lid area gets into. If you are nice and clean (like me) you will wipe this every time you have used it, but if you are like my boyfriend you will think the fairies who do his washing and ironing are going to clean it for him! While this obviously isn't a major problem it can become quite annoying.



                  ***Price and Availability***

                  For me I find this quite expensive for a toothpaste. I paid £3.99 for a 100ml can from Boots. Prices can vary though and expect to pay anything up to £4.50.



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                    24.11.2009 14:59
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                    Not sure i will be buying this one again.

                    I was given this Johnson's 24 hour moisture body lotion as part of a gift set. I was actually very surprised to find that someone had put some thought into my present and bought me something that is suitable for sensitive skin - I've lost count of the number of times people have given me perfumed body lotion sets that I can't use due to my sensitive skin!

                    For me Johnson's is a trusted brand, one that I know I can rely on to be kind to my skin and give me the results I not only need but want as well. As a leading brand of baby and children products I know I can trust them with the wider range of their products.


                    ***Packaging***
                    The bottle in the pack I received was a 400ml bottle. Although it may be very stereotypical to say so, it is most likely to be females that use this product and I feel the packaging is aimed towards this market. It is the same basic shaped bottle that Johnson's use for many of their products, however this time it is a pale pink colour.

                    The bottle has a flip top lid - the lid can also be removed if you want to get the last few bits out. The writing on the bottle is very simple with only the essential information given. The blurb on the front and back of the bottle claims to fight the three signs of dryness. It claims to reduce skin tightness, reduce skin flakiness and refresh dull looking skin.


                    ***The Product***
                    The first thing that hit me about this product was the strong floral smell; this really surprised me as Johnson's often have very light fragrances.
                    However after applying the moisturising it didn't appear to be as overpowering as it had initially. After application it can still be smelt, however I would describe it more as a light and pleasant one.

                    The lotion is a white colour and actually a lot runnier than I am used to seeing when using similar products. Because of the runny consistency when I first applied it to my skin I put far too much on and it took quite a while to fully absorb into my skin.
                    Once you get used to the consistency of the lotion it is easier to make sure you don't put too much on, however it does still come out of the opening very quickly!

                    In terms of the results I did find that it worked fairly well. It did tick the boxes in terms of reducing tightness to the skin, reducing flakiness and reducing dull looking skin. However considering it is and extra rich body lotion specifically aimed at those suffering from dry skin I wasn't overly impressed. I certainly don't feel the moisturising lasts for 24 hours as it claims to, and to keep the results against the three signs of dryness I guess I would have to apply the moisturiser several times a day.

                    Another issue I had with the lotion was the time it took to absorb. Even when I only put a small amount on it still felt very sticky and slimy on my skin. Whilst most of it did absorb, I was left with a layer across my skin. This is okay if I applying the moisturiser before bed, but it's not great if I want to apply it in the mornings before I get dressed.


                    ***Price and Availability***
                    As I didn't buy this myself I did a bit of research for myself and was surprised to find it can cost anything up to £5.00 for a 400ml bottle. I think this is a bit pricey personally; I certainly wouldn't pay that myself!
                    It is available from the likes of Boots, Superdrug and all good supermarkets.


                    ***Overall***
                    Although I will continue to use this lotion, I will not be buying another one when it runs out. I think there are a lot of better alternatives out there, many available at a cheaper price also.

                    It has its good points such as being moisturising; however the bad points include the lack of absorption and the need to reapply the lotion.


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                    23.11.2009 13:30
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                    A great spray on anti-perspirant

                    I don't usually use spray on deodorants so when I was running low on my roll on recently and asked my boyfriend to bring me some home on his way back from work I was a bit miffed he turned up with this - surely after four years together he would have realised that I use roll on deodorants?! Never the less I decided I might as well give it a try rather than waste it by throwing it away.


                    ***The Bottle***
                    The bottle is actually a lot smaller than some of the bottles you find lined up when deodorant shopping. There isn't anything that particularly makes it stand out from other leading brands, so I am not sure why my boyfriend picked this particular one out from the rest.
                    It is a simple white bottle with the usual Vaseline logo printed across the top. The rest of the text simply informs you that you will have 24 hour protection with this anti-perspirant deodorant.

                    On the back of the bottle is a list of advantages with regards to the deodorant. This includes the fact that it has been dermatologically tested and it is suitable for sensitive - which is perfect for me as I do have a problem with eczema. Whether or not my boyfriend actually looked at all this and decided it would be good for me is still a mystery, I personally think it was just a fluke!


                    ***The smell***
                    The smell of spray on deodorants is often one of the reasons I tend to go for the roll on option, I often think the smells are just to overpowering.
                    However with this one I was pleasantly surprised. It is what I would describe as a light soapy smell. Whilst it is not my favourite smell, it is not unpleasant and it is not something that you can smell for the rest of the day - which to me is a huge advantage.


                    ***Does it work?***
                    I don't often find spray on deodorants to be very effective throughout the day - which I guess is another reason I tend to stick to roll on options.

                    However after showering before work I sprayed a liberal amount onto my armpits. I was quite expecting it to sting or at least tingle as I have particularly sensitive skin on my armpits, however there was nothing. The spray is alcohol free so this explains why I felt no pain; however I was still expecting it to be slightly uncomfortable.

                    Something else I was concerned about was white marks. But once again I was left surprised, there was no white powder under my arms which I expected to see. I am always quite careful in putting my clothes on after applying deodorants anyway, but I was even more so when testing this as I had to put my black work shirt on.
                    Whilst no white marks were left I did notice a clear mark across the front of my shirt - how on earth it got there I have no idea! These marks were easily removed with a face wipe, so there were no problems on that front.

                    Now obviously the most important thing is did it keep me dry and sweat free? I wouldn't describe myself as a particularly sweaty person, but as I am often quite active at work I do get very worried about 'beefing up'. I was really impressed at how well this deodorant worked. For me it was tested in the perfect conditions. I work in retail and we had a really busy day at work with deliveries and new Christmas stock coming in, after five hours of being on the go I still felt and smelt very fresh.

                    So the conclusion would be that yes it does work. It passed the test on sensitivity and it also kept me sweat free.


                    ***Price and Availability***
                    My boyfriend bought me this deodorant from Boots, at the time it was on buy one get one free at £1.38 (so it's a good job I liked it!).
                    I would imagine that there are other offers available in different stores etc...



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                      23.11.2009 11:15
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                      A great snack for those on the go.

                      I have to say I am quite a fan of these cereal bars and will snack on them during my break at work to keep my energy going. I usually buy these singly from the local shop close to where I work, but during a recent trip to our local 99p store I saw pack of five bars - I had to grab them as I thought they were such a bargain!

                      ***Packaging***
                      The packaging is pretty much as seen in the above picture, very simple yet quite distinctive. The cardboard box that they come in entices you in with pictures of strawberries and a picture of the cereal bar. The box claims that the bars now contain more fruit than they previously have done - 30% more to be exact.
                      On the back of the box you can find a list of different varieties of the cereal bar that are available, along with a list of all the ingredients and nutritional values.
                      You are also told on the back of the packaging that Alpen bars are made by Weetabix - something I didn't know until looking for this review!

                      The individual bars have pretty much the same packaging as the cardboard box, a red foil packet with images of strawberries and wheat.


                      ***Product - Taste***
                      Obviously the most important aspect of the product is the taste (and texture?). I have read many other reviews for this Alpen bar with some of most common complaints being the sweetness of the bar, there are have been many criticisms that this is an unhealthy cereal bar that is to sickly sweet.

                      For me though this is one of the advantages! I wouldn't describe it as so sweet that it is sickly; however I agree that upon eating this you do find that it is very sweet. I have a very sweet tooth so for me this cereal bar satisfies my cravings in the same way a bar of chocolate would.

                      The first thing to notice when you open the packet is the strong smell of strawberries and yogurt (this is how it has been spelt on the packet!). It does smell quite sweet, for me this entices me in even more.

                      When biting into the cereal bar for the first time I was surprised to find how chewy it was. I had expected to find it to be hard and crunchy, but I was left pleasantly surprised at the soft and chewy texture.

                      With regards to taste, the first obvious flavours when you take a bite are the yogurt coating on the bottom of the bar and drizzled across the top, this flavour is then followed by the juiciness of the fruit.
                      Until reading the back of the packets for the writing of this review I wasn't aware that the bars also contain dried apple as well as the strawberries. This isn't a flavour that is obvious if you are not aware of it.

                      Although you can taste the mixture of cereals used, it is not a dominant taste. However it certainly adds to the overall texture of the bar in your mouth. The cereal is held together by a mixture of syrup - which accounts for the soft and chewy texture.

                      For me these bars are now an essential snack to have in my handbag to keep my energy up when I am on the go.

                      I gave one of these to my partner to try and he wasn't quite as impressed as me. He doesn't really eat many sweet things and also has sensitive teeth. His main complaints were that it was far too sweet and hurt his teeth through all the chewing.
                      I felt it necessary to mention this as it shows the differences in opinions based on personal preferences and tastes. Obviously if you don't really eat sweet things I would say this cereal bar probably isn't for you. But for those that do have a sweet tooth this is a must!


                      ***Price and Availability***
                      These cereal bars are available both singly and in a box. The single bars are available from most newsagents, supermarkets and even chemists for around 47p each.
                      The boxes vary widely in price; I have seen boxes vary from £1.49 to £2.00 each. I bought my most recent box for 99p from the 99p store. There are often offers in supermarkets such as Tesco or Asda; these offers are often ones such as 2 for £3.00.


                      ***Overall***
                      Great for those who have a sweet tooth, with a great combination of yogurt and fruit flavours. If you get them from the right place they can be quite a cheap treat!


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                      • Twix / Chocolate / 34 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                        18.11.2009 22:39
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                        The best chocolate ever! Well maybe not ever....

                        I bought one of these on my way to work this morning as I realised I hadn't eaten and needed some energy, I paid 75 pence - very pricey I know, but I stupidly bought it from one of the little (expensive) kiosks at the train station.

                        It is a very well known chocolate bar that can be found in most supermarkets and newsagents. A quick bit of researched revealed to me that when the Twix was brought out in the UK in 1967. Apparently it took the name of 'Raider' in various other countries before changing to use the same name that we do - you learn something new every day! It is a part of the well known Mars Company and therefore uses the same yummy tasting chocolate as you would find on a Mars Bar.

                        The Twix comes in the form of two fingers of chocolate in a foil wrapper. The wrapper is quite distinctive with a simple design. As shown in the picture it is a gold wrapper with the name 'Twix' in large red block lettering. The wrapper also entices you in with a picture of the chocolate you will find inside. I personally find that the wrapper is a bit outdated and for some reason the lettering in particular makes me think of the 1980s?! However it seems to have worked well for them as a company.

                        For research purposes I have measured the Twix fingers and have found them to be 11cm or 4.5 inches. I am convinced that they have shrunk over time, but as I never took the time to measure them as a child I can't be sure!
                        The official blurb for a Twix bar is as follows; "Twix is a chocolate snack or candy bar made by Mars, Inc. consisting of a cookie centre topped with caramel and coated in milk chocolate", to me this is just a fancy way of saying a biscuit base with caramel covered in chocolate. Although described as caramel I would describe it to be more of a soft toffee.
                        The mixture of the crunchy biscuit and soft caramel is a great combination, making you want to eat more and more. Whilst it doesn't feel sticky while you are eating it, if you get the caramel on your clothes or skin - trust me it is a pain to get rid of!
                        I personally quite like to put mine in the fridge to make it a bit crunchier - although I wouldn't recommend that this is particularly good for your teeth so please don't blame me if you break one or two!

                        I think you definitely have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy this chocolate bar as there are so many different flavours at the same time. If you aren't a big chocolate fan my guess is you won't enjoy the added caramel and biscuit.
                        I really do have a sweet tooth, but still often find I can only eat one finger, I usually have to leave the other one to melt in my handbag before I can eat the rest.

                        The Twix comes in many different forms such as; the original, king size, single fingers, snack size, and finally it also features in variety chocolate box as a miniature.
                        For a twin pack you will find 306 calories, not great if you're counting the calories, but to me it is worth every calorie!

                        We all have a favourite way of eating our chocolate and here is my personal recommendation; bite the sides and ends off, nibble all the chocolate and caramel off the top, followed by crunching on the remaining chocolate. If you're out in public and want to retain some self respect I would then recommend just the usual bite and eat approach!

                        The chocolate can be found in many places and varies in price greatly, in expensive areas expect to pay up to 90 pence for one of these bars.



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