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      28.08.2011 18:27
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      One of Body Shop's best products, a must have!

      I suffer from dry skin from time to time, and also tend to get little hard pimple-type things on my skin, particularly on my upper arms and the tops of my legs, and dry skin around my ankles, on the tops of my feet and in between my toes.

      A few years back the tops of my arms especially had become worse and quite unsightly, I had tried many exfoliating techniques - loofah, exfoliating mitts, and found them not only to be ineffective, but made the condition worse, as my skin became read and sore, and broke out in a rash. So I decided I needed a body scrub to try and tackle the problem, and headed to my favourite place, The Body Shop.

      The Body Shop has many scrubs to choose from, and I as stood there confused, a lovely Body Shop assistant asked if I'd like some assistance. I explained the problem to her, and she suggested a Body Polish, instead of one the tubs of scrubs I had been looking at. She said it was very effective but not as harsh on the skin as some could be, and that combined with the fact it was about £3 cheaper than the scrubs, I went for the Satsuma one. (it is also available in Strawberry).

      *The Price & availability*

      Lets get the negative out of the way first. It is not cheap. a 200ml tube costs a whopping £9. This is quite a lot for scrub. there is also a smaller tube available, 75ml for £5.00, which is a handy size for travel but obviously it is more cost effective to buy the bigger size. As with all Body Shop products, it only available from their stores, website or through a rep at a Body Shop party. It is worth looking out for a promotion, the Satsuma range is on offer quite often, and I have been able to get it much cheaper on more than one occasion.

      *The Packaging & Appearance*

      The Body Polish comes in a 200ml clear tube with a flip lid at the bottom. It has the standard Body Shop label describing the product and has pictures of satsumas at bottom. The Polish itself is a dark orange coloured gel, with tiny granules through it.

      *Using the Product*

      The instructions for use as displayed on the product are 'Apply to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly. Use two to three times a week'. The gel came out of the tub easily and was thinner than I expected. The gorgeous smell hit me immediately, it is a fresh, fruity orange scent. I used this in the shower, applying it onto my hands then onto the problem areas as mentioned before. First my upper arms, in circular motion, and then my legs and finally my feet. The polish didn't lather but went white as it was worked into the skin. Care should be taken that all the gel is rinsed off afterwards, due to the tiny grains within the gel.

      *So Did it Work?*

      In a word, Yes. After the first use I saw a huge difference, and even more so after the second time. the little pimples and rough skin disappeared from my arms and legs, and my ankles and feet felt smooth and soft. Best of all, my skin did have any bad reactions, no rashes or sore skin this time! My skin was slightly red after coming out if the shower, but but by the time I'd dried off the redness was gone.
      My skin continued to improve over the course of 2 weeks, using the gel every other day, and by the end of it I was left with soft, smooth even skin. The pimples and roughness had gone, the dry bits around my feet and ankles were soft and smooth, and skin had a lovely natural glow. I found it very effective.

      *The verdict*

      This is one the most effective products I've ever bought. It cured my rough/dry/pimply skin, it is easy to use, the smell is fabulous, and I loved the way my skin felt after using it. And, although it is very expensive for what it is, I would go as far as to say - yes, it IS worth it. Ok, getting it on a special offer would be a bonus, obviously, but, this one of the few products I would be happy to pay the full price for. This Body Polish ticks all the boxes for me, and as a result, gets a full five Dooyoo stars. Highly recommended.

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        25.08.2011 14:37
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        A decent face cream for combination skin

        I first tried Garnier Fresh 24hr Day Cream a few years ago, while looking for a new moisturiser to combat my combination skin, which can be sensitive at times, and prone to outbreaks and uneven skin tone. I had previously been using the Body Shop Vitamin E cream, but had noticed my skin had started to change as I approached my thirties, and the Vitamin E cream was making my skin too greasy.

        *The Price*

        I purchased this while on special offer in Boots for £2.49 for a 50ml pot. It currently sells for £4.99 from Boots and occasionally I have found it in Semi Chem. I often use other Garnier products such as the face wash so usually look out for special offers such as 3 for 2 and buy it then.

        *The Packaging*

        The pot comes in a little cardboard box in pale green and white, and to be honest it looks a bit special, without the extorianate price tag, which is probably what made me buy it in the first place. The pot itself is rather pretty to look at, pale green glass pot, again the glass makes it feel a bit special, with a white plastic screw top lid, there isn't too much writing in the actual pot and it looks lovely sitting on a dressing table for example. On the whole I found the appearance pleasing to eye, fresh looking and a nice pot to have on display.

        *About the Product*

        The cream is pale green in colour, and looks quite glossy. It is quick thick and creamy, but did feel at all greasy or heavy. The smell is fruity and fresh, with a hint of grapes, and is subtle and not overpowering. On applying the moisturiser I found it went onto my skin easy and worked in well. My skin felt fresh, soft and smooth. The one thing I will say is it does seem to take some time to absorb into the skin, I normally would have to apply this 30 minutes before applying any make up to ensure it had absorbed into my skin properly. However, when it does, there is not greasy,heavy feeling on the skin, instead it feels fresh and clean. It is a perfect base for applying foundation, too, as it leaves the skin very smooth and I found my foundation glided on with ease after using this cream.

        *The Result*

        Overall, I'm quite impressed with this cream. I did notice a difference after using it for a couple of weeks, my skin felt supple and smooth and my skin tone evened out a bit. My skin had a nice glow to it and felt in lovely condition. I would recommend using this cream with the Garnier Clean and Fresh Facial Wash (see my previous review), the two work very well together. I do think £5.00 is a lot of money for this moisturiser though, which is why I tend to buy it when I see it on offer.

        *Do I recommend it?*

        It you see if on offer, yes. It is a lovely face cream and ideal for combination skin. It leaves skin soft and supple and smells lovely. However the downside is the full price, and the fact that it takes so long to absorb.

        Overall, I give this cream 4 stars, it does feel a bit special and is great for my skin, at the same time it's not the kind of cream 'I couldn't live without' but will certainly continue using it when I see it going cheap.

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        24.08.2011 23:10
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        A great facial wash if you can get it cheap!!

        As I am unable to use soap on my face, due to combination/sensitive skin with occasional outbreaks, I have a used a variety of cleansing gels and facial washes over the years. I picked this one up for the first time a few years back, after using the Garnier Fresh 24 hr day cream, which I was impressed with, when I saw it on offer in Boots, when the Garnier products were on a 3 for 2 deal.

        *The price*

        It currently retails for around £3.15 for 150ml, available at Boots, Tesco, Semi Chem and most Chemists and Supermarkets. However, I don't think I have ever paid full price for it, usually a bit of shopping around and I can get it on offer, once as low as £1.39 in Tesco. I think £3.15 is a bit pricey for a face wash, no matter how good it is.

        *The Packaging*

        It comes in a wide squeezy tube, in a pale green, slightly pearlescent, colour, with black and dark green writing and the Garnier symbol at the top. It has an opaque white, flip top lid at the bottom.

        *What Garnier say about it*

        It is a soap-free cleansing gel, suitable for use on normal and combination skin. It cleanses and refreshes, contains pure fruit waters, and is dermatilogically tested.

        *Using the Product*

        The facial wash comes out of the tube easily, and rather quickly. It is a clear gel, relatively thick, and has a gentle, fresh fragrance, quite fruity, but I can't quite put my finger on what the smell is, grapes? apple? pear? not sure, anyway it is a pleasant smell and not too strong, and not at all clinical or chemical smelling, which is good.
        The gel should be applied to wet skin and massaged to create a lather. Unfortunately, I can't get it to lather as such, even if I try to lather it in my hands first, it just doesn't foam up. It goes white but not frothy, if you see what I mean. Not a huge issue really, but does bug me a little, I like a bit of foam. However, a little goes a long way, a small, 5p sized blob is enough to cleanse the face easily. It rinses off easily and doesn't leave a residue on the skin.

        *The Result*

        Well, the result is, pretty much what it says on tin (or tube), my skin felt Clean and Fresh. It successfully cleared up an outbreak after a few days of continious use, and left my skin feeling very soft and smooth, and after 2 weeks I noticed a radiance coming from my previously dull complexion.
        However, I did notice after a month or so of using this daily my skin became quite shiny, still lovely and soft and smooth but the shine did annoy me, as my skin looked a bit greasy, even thought it wasn't.
        But, I've never been one to stick to one product for any length of time and by the time the tube was empty at the end of the month I was intending to switch to any brand for a change anyway. I do still use this on a fairly regular basis but tend to alternate with another brand to keep my skin fresh.

        I will also add that for best results with this product, I recommend using it with the Garnier Fresh 24hr Day Cream, from the same range (which I will review next), the 2 work very well together.

        *Would I recommend?*

        Absolutely, this is a great product for those with combination and normal skin, just bear in mind that prolonged use did leave my skin a bit on the shiny side, and price as I said previously is a bit on the high side, so I would watch for a special offer rather than paying over £3.

        I have given it 4 stars, I dropped 1 star due to price and lack of a decent lather.

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      • 1000 Recipes / Cookbook / 67 Readings / 63 Ratings
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        23.08.2011 22:24
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        A fantastic addition to any kitchen shelf

        I love to cook. I didn't say I was good at it, but I love to give it a try anyway. And I am getting better gradually and experimenting with new recipes and ideas all the time, particularly in today's current financial climate, combined with my own financial circumstances, and also my keen interest in healthy eating, regular ready meals and takeaways are now a thing of the past. Homecooked, homebaked and homemade as often as possible. And alongside me on my little back to basics crusade, is this book. The unimaginatively titled, 1000 Recipes, collated by Victoria Blashford-Snell.

        I bought this book about 3 years ago, from The Book People, for the bargain price of £8.00, not bad, as the RRP is £25.00, and currently sell on Amazon for around £19.00 + delivery.

        *About the Book*

        It's an A4 sized Hardback Book, with 544 pages in total. The cover is a glossy white with an orange band, with the name of the book in white and a large, colourful polka dot background. At the top there are 3 photos of dishes that feature in the book.
        It goes straight into it, on the very first page, where you are met the title 'Useful Information'. Here are 2 pages of tables including Oven Tempature Equivalents, Volume and Measuring Conversion Charts, Freezer Storage Guidlines, Cooking times for Roast Meat and Poultry. Then there is the usual introduction from the author and a quick list of contributors, the Contents Page, and more usual information, more detailed than the quick-look page at the beginning, and an explaination of cookery terms, a list of basic kitchen equipment and a guide to any symbols that made used throughout the book.

        *The Layout*

        The Recipes are divided into 3 sections, each with a number of sub categories, plus a sections on Techniques, followed by a detailed alphabetical Index at the back of the book. The sections are as follows:

        ~APPETIZERS AND STARTERS~

        Breads, Sandwiches and Pizzas
        Soups & Salads
        Eggs, Cheese, Pickles and Chutneys

        ~MAIN AND SIDE DISHES~

        Pasta, Noodles, Pulses and Grains
        Vegetables
        Fish & Shellfish
        Poultry & Feathered Game
        Meats

        ~CAKES & DESSERTS~
        Puddings & Ice Cream
        Cakes & Pastries
        Fruits & Jellies

        The recipes are grouped together, for example in the meat section, the lamb dishes are together, followed by beef, followed by pork, etc. At the beginning of each chapter is an illustrated summary of a selection of the recipes.

        *About the Recipes*

        As the title states, there is 1000 recipes, ranging from the very basic, such as simple soups, toasted sandwiches, scrambled egg, through to intermediate, such as roast dinners, pasta dishes, fairy cakes and shepherds pie, to more adventurous, like Beef Wellington, Thai green curry and Tarte aux Pommes. There are a variety of dips, soups, side dishes, snacks, lunch box ideas, barbeque tips and low fat dishes. Each recipe states the number of servings, prep and cooking times, cooking utensils required, whether or not the dish can be frozen or prepared ahead, and tips relating to the individual dish, for example, in the recipe for vegetable kebabs, it states the wooden skewers should be soaked beforehand to prevent burning in the grill or barbeque. There is also a note suggesting side dishes and accompaniments.
        Every dish in the book is carefully illustrated in colour photos, this is a must for me in a cook book, I like to see what the dish is supposed to look like!
        The book contains a recipe for just about every dish imaginable, from a variety of countries. There is a good selection of curries, stir fry and oriental meals, European meals, south American and Caribbean dishes, modern cuisine, traditional recipes and ideas for picnics, dinner parties and special occasions. There is a huge selection of desserts and cakes, with homemade ice cream, trifle, pies, crumbles, cookies and brownies, plus homemade jam and jelly.
        The techniques section is one I have found particularly helpful, with photo illustrated instructions for fillet fish, carving and jointing meat, making sauces and salad dressings, preparing vegetables and fruit, making stock and gravy, whipping and piping cream, cake decorating, kneading dough, and cooking grains and pasta, to name but a few. This section has a picture by picture account for each technique, showing what it should look like at each stage. There is useful information on such things like how to tell if eggs, meat and vegetables are fresh, whick kind of oil to use for different flavours, information on basics like types of flour and sugar, instructions for making home made pastry and ideas for leftovers and the storing of them, which I have found invaluable.

        *Summary*

        The book seems to cater for all tastes and abilities, and there truly is something for everyone in this book. The book is well-illustrated, the recipes are easy to follow (even my other half has made a few dishes from this book!), and it is everything you need in one book. I would say it caters well for families, as most of the dishes serve four, however can easily be converted to serve more or less people. It is an ideal book for a novice cook, who is looking to expand their cookery skills, and even for the more experienced cook, as there are some unusual recipes, I have made a lot of these recipes, and although some of the more adventurous ones have taken some practice, I believe with the help of this book I have become a more confident cook, and have increased my knowledge immensely in the past 3 years. I use it several times weekly, if not daily. I have many other cookbooks, Jamie, Gordon, Nigella, the usual, but they just look nice in my kitchen. THIS book is my real kitchen buddy.

        I highly recommend this recipe book, it is beautifully illustrated and practical, helpful and well written. It is pricey unless you can get it on an offer through a book club or second hand, but in my opinion, it is worth it, 1000 Recipes really is the only cook book you'll ever need, and every kitchen should have one!

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          18.08.2011 23:12
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          Sorry, Yankee Candle Co, but not worth the pricetag

          I am a huge fan of scented candles, and in particular, love the Yankee Candle Brand. My hubby, knowing how much I love Yankee, purchased a Yankee Clean Cotton car gel for me to try a few months ago. I love clean cotton, it's one of my favourite Yankee scents - imagine clean, freshly washed, line dried bedding on a summer's day - heavenly. The car gels retail at around £3.00 each.

          *Appearance*

          Now, just to be clear, we are talking about a car gel, not a car jar - the car jar is a bit of scented cardboard similar to a Magic Tree and shaped like a Yankee jar, the car gel, on the other hand, is a smaller, plastic replica of a jar filled with a scented, solidified gel, with a piece of think black elastic attached to hang it up. It is open at one end to allow the scent into the air and there is a web-like piece of plastic covering the gel.
          I was delighted with the car gel, it was a lot smaller than the magic tree kind and pleasing to the eye, Although I was suprised with the colour of the gel, it was electric blue. Clean cotton in candle form is brilliant white, so that threw me a bit.

          *Scent & Performance*

          I was pleased that the scent, did in fact, seem to smell of the Clean Cotton candle, although have a slightly 'chemical' undertone to it, and not exactly the same as burning a candle obviously, but the familiar smell was still prominent. I put it into my car straight away, I tend to put my car air freshners round the base of the car's gearstick rather than hanging it from the rear view mirror, as I can't abide things dangling about in my line of vision. The elastic was long and stretchy enough for me to do this and it not be in my way whenever I changed gear. An hour later, I got into the car to collect the kids from school. I have to admit, I felt a bit disappointed when I got in the car. I expected to be hit with the clean, fresh, intoxicating scent immediately - but I really had to 'smell' for it. It certainly didn't fill my car with the aroma I had expected it to. The following day I got into the car and it did smell a bit more, but still not as much as I'd hoped.

          *2 weeks later*

          After just 2 weeks, I couldn't smell a thing, unless I put my nose right against the gel, and even then it was faint. For a few days, I kept thinking, I'll need to bin that car gel, and then forgot, until one rather warm June afternoon. As I mentioned earlier, my car gel was positioned round the base of the gearstick. just below this the car has a small compartment with a lid that I use for house keys, mobile phone etc. As I got into the rather warm car, I went to put my phone into the compartment, and felt something wet and slimey as I opened it - the gel had melted in the sun and run into the compartment, creating a sticky, gelatinous blue mess. On the plus side, the scent was back - and boy was it strong!!! The gel was everywhere, it run down into the seams of the gearstick, and was in every nook and cranny, what a mess.

          At £3.00 a go, I won't be rushing out to buy these again. It doesn't last, the scent isn't as strong as I'd like, and I wouldn't want to have to clean up the mess everytime it's sunny and warm. The design is cute and the smell, although not strong it is pretty authentic, so I've given it 2 stars, if you like a subtle scent and are prepared to move it out of the sun on a warm day then it's ok, but not for me I'm afraid.

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          • The Body Shop Lip Balms / Lip Care / 52 Readings / 48 Ratings
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            18.08.2011 16:42
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            Best Lip Balm EVER!!!

            Anyone of a certain age (i.e. 30-40) will probably remember a great deal of fuss about these little lip balms in the early 90's. If you didn't have a least one of these little pots - 'hello? Are you living in the 80's?' Back then, they were little glass pots, and black lids rather than clear/white. They originally came in cherry, strawberry, and, god rest it's soul - Kiwi. Bring back the Kiwi lip balm, Body Shop!!!! These little pots started off my 20-year obession with all things Body Shop.

            Anyhoo, I'm not 13 anymore, I'm 33, and 20 years later I am STILL using Body Shop lip balms. In fact I've not been without one of these cute little pots since the day I managed to convince my mum back in 1991 that 'I NEED one mum, no I CAN'T take a pot of vaseline to school, EVERBODY in the ENTIRE school has a Body Shop lip balm.' And, what started out as a teenage fad, is now an everyday essential. And here's why.

            *The Range*

            The 'Born Lippy' Lip Balms (not to be confused with the Lip Butters!) are only available at Body Shop stores, Body Shop Website and Body Shop parties. They come in little round (now plastic) pots, 10ml each, with a screw top lid. The pot is clear so you can see the bright, luscious colour of the balm. Currently, there are 6 flavours available on the website - Satsuma, Raspberry, Strawberry, Passionberry, Watermelon, Pink Guava, and, the only I haven't tried yet - Mango and Peach. On the lid of each pot is a brightly coloured sticker with a picture of the fruit(s).

            *The Price*

            They cost £2.00 per pot (they haven't increased in price in 20 years incidently - actually I'm sure they used to be £2.50? correct me if I'm wrong). As they last ages, I think it's pretty good price, in comparison to the Body shop lip butters, which cost £4, and in my opinion, having nothing on the lip balms.

            *About the Product*

            It's brightly coloured, slightly translucent, balm, made from Community Fair Trade Beeswax and natural fruit extract. You apply it by taking a small amount on your fingertips and rubbing over your lips. They smell DIVINE. Fruity, not chemical smelling. And best of all they taste of what they are supposed to taste like. I hate lip balms that smell of say, strawberries, but taste like Nivea hand cream - Not good! Well these don't taste like handcream, they taste of fruit. There not sticky or too greasy either, (another problem I found with the lip butters) although I would recommend waiting until after you eat or drink to apply.They make your lips feel soft and smooth, and work an absolute treat on chapped or dry lips. They also give your lips a lovely, natural looking glossy shine, with a very subtle, natural, barely there tint.
            I'm not a big fan of heavy lip-glosses, especially during the day, but these feel light and natural on your lips all day long. You only need a tiny amount at a time, and a pot lasts ages, even when you apply it up to 10 times a day, it'll last a couple of months. The little pots are a perfect size for your handbag, makeup bag, pocket, kid's schoolbag, in the car, in your drawer at work, I often have several pots dotted about the place so I'm never without it!!

            *The Verdict*

            Well, if you haven't already guessed, I LOVE these. I love the cute, slightly retro looking little pots. I love the colours. I love the flavours. I really can't fault them in the slightest. They are cheap, effective, smell great, taste great, and look great. Soft, glossy, fruity tasting, luscious smelling lips all day long. For £2. What more could you ask for in a lip balm? Five stars!!!! Oh, is anyone with me to get a campaign going to bring back the Kiwi flavour?

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              Essential indeed!!!!

              Having soft, smooth, hydrated skin is important to me, as I'm sure it is to most of us. However I have never been able to 'label' my skin as being dry/normal/sensitive/oily/combination, as, at times, it can be a little of everything depending on the weather, time of the month, how hydrated I am, etc etc. Therefore I am always trying new skincare products, and have a variety of different moisturisers on the go at any one time, depending on how my skin is 'feeling'.

              Currenty, my skin is going through a combination stage of normal to ever-so-slightly oily T-zone, gradually getting drier on my cheeks and particularly dry round my jawline. The moisturiser I had previously been using was no longer cutting it, as it was leaving my skin too dry. As I am currently on an economy drive, rather than rushing out to buy yet another cream, last week I dug out several moisturisers languishing at the back of drawer, that I had bought and never/hardly used. I finally settled on the Boots No7 Essential Day Cream, which seemed to fit the bill more than any of the others, stating it is suitable for normal to dry skin.

              *The Range & Price*

              It is part of the Boots No.7 Essential Moisture range, there is also a night cream and a day fluid in the range. It costs £9.00 for a 50ml pot, which to be honest is more than I would normally spend on a moisturiser, but when i purchased it there was a 3 for 2 on all No.7 products, and I think to be honest I picked it up when purchasing make-up from the No.7 range, at a bit of loss as to what to select as my free product. The range is suitable for sensitive skin and is Hypo-Allergenic.

              *Appearance*

              The cream comes in a very simple, yet stylish pot. It is pearlescent white plastic, but has the illusion of glass, and the pot is slightly cone-shape, with a screw top lid. I like the look of the pot, the front simply has the product name and No7 logo on the front in dark grey writing, rather than lots of writing and what's in etc, that info is on the back and base of the pot. It's a nice little pot for sitting on your dressing table. The cream itself is pale pink, looks rich and thick. There is no smell, being Hypo-Allergenic, and it has an almost mousse-like appearance.

              *About the cream*

              The moisturiser is thicker than most I have tried, and as it appeared, felt very rich, and had a slightly buttery texture. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical at first, due to the thickness, and I was worried it might have a greasy effect on the skin. The cream went on easily, and felt creamy and smooth on my skin, and despite my initial concerns, felt very light and non-greasy. It worked into my skin well, and absorbed even into the driest bits without a need to reapply. It took about 10-15 minutes for it to absorb into my skin properly, which I was impressed at, I can't stand moisturisers that you need to apply 45 minutes before you can even think about applying makeup, i don't have time for that of a morning!!

              *Did it leave my skin soft*

              Yes! Incredibly! My skin felt so soft, smooth, non-greasy and nourished. And best of all, the effect lasted all day, even by early evening it still felt moisturised. After using this product for week, I have noticed a welcome difference in my skin, it feels 'even' with regards to my dry versus oily skin, the dry parts feel soft and moisturised, the oily areas aren't exaggerated by the cream, and on the whole, my skin feels smooth and supple. I haven't tried the night cream yet, and to be honest at the moment I don't feel I need to, I am very happy with the way this moisturiser makes my skin feel and look. My skin tone looks relatively even and feels it too.

              *My verdict*

              This cream gets five stars from me, infact, it would get 6 if I could. I am loving my skin at moment! It's not especially cheap, although much cheaper than some, but for a mid-priced day cream I reckon this is all I could want from a moisturiser, and can definately see this product becoming a permanent fixture in my daily skincare routine.
              If you, like me, have a hard job trying to catergorise your skin-type when purchasing skincare products, I would highly recommend you give this a try.

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              • Boots Cucumber Eye Gel / Eye Care / 56 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                Refreshing, effective eye gel and excellent value for money

                I've never been one to stick to one brand of toiletries or cosmetics for any length of time, I love to try new things, however Boots Cucumber Eye Gel is one the exceptions to the rule. I have been using this products for about 10 years now, and I wouldn't be without it, and feel it very worthy of a review.

                *About The Range*

                The eye gel is part of the Boots essentials Cucumber range, a selection of products using the cooling soothing tendancies of cucumber. The range includes moisturiers, masks, facial washes and scrubs and everything in the range retails at around £2 or less, very good value for money.

                *Price, Appearance and Scent*

                The eye gel currently sells for £1.52 for 15ml tube. The tube is pale green with dark green screw top lid. The gel itself is clear. It has a very subtle scent of cucumber, not overpowering and very fresh. A tiny amount is all that is required, a pea sized blob of gel is enough for both eyes.

                *How it works*

                The gel works by soothing and cooling the delicate skin under the eyes, and reducing puffiness, dark circles, swelling and redness. The gel is applied gently using the fingertips to under eye, after moisturising. I have found it to be very effective, reducing puffiness in a matter of minutes, minimising dark circles, and leaving this delicate area cool, soft and refreshed. The gel is non greasy, and dries into the skin within a few minutes, there is no sticky residue and leaves the skin cool and fresh. it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It's ideal to carry in your handbag and can be applied during the day if your eyes feel tired and in need of revitalising, it's ideal morning use to combat that a.m. sleepy look round your eyes - especially after a late night!!

                *The Verdict*

                I have found this product far superior to many similar, more expensive products. This eye gel has been part of my daily routine for a long time, and will be for a long time to come. I think this product proves that sometimes, the simple, less expensive products are often more effective than some the faddy, over-priced products that are advertised constantly, and when it comes to eye refreshment, I recommend going back to basics!!

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                  A fruity, warming scent

                  I have developed a bit of an obsession with scented candles, in particular I love Yankee candles. I especially love fruity scents, so when I spotted the Autumn Fruit scent I had to give it a try.

                  The candle comes in serveral forms, as a wax tart , tealights, and the traditional housewarmer jars in 3 sizes, 3.7oz, 14.5oz and 22oz. They are also available in the newer style tumbler jars. They are available from card and gift shops, numerous online stores, and there are also many ebay shops selling these at fairly competitive prices, it's worth shopping around as the can vary in price by quite a lot.

                  I purchased this scent in the medium housewarmer 14.5oz jar , from an ebay shop at a cost of £13.99 including postage and packaging.

                  I love the colour of this candle!! It is a rich, deep purple colour, which reminds me of the dark purple grape juice you can buy. The candle is described as 'A celebration of the harvest... lively blackberries with sweet grapes and juicy pears.' the picture on the front shows a selection of grapes, blackberries, pears and apples.

                  The scent is deliciously fruity, the scents that come through most are blackberry and pear, with a hint of grape, and just a slight hint of cinnamon. It's a very warming, comforting smell, and goes well in any room, I had this in the kitchen for while and then the living room. The scent is strong yet not overpowering.

                  The candle lasted over 2 months with daily burning, this size of jar is expected to burn 65-90 hours in total, and think I probably got around 65-70 hours out of it.
                  I think it is also worth pointing out that with the jars it is recommended on burning for the first time, the candle is left to burn for a period of 1-2 hours, until a wax pool forms over the whole surface of the candle. This ensures even burning and no wax is left around the sides of the jar, to ensure you get the maximum out of the jar.

                  I would certainly buy this candle again, I love the scent and find the jars value for money.

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                  • Tesco Multigrain Hoops / Breakfast / 40 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                    15.08.2011 00:09
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                    As good, if not better, than top Brands at twice the price

                    All my family love Nestle Cheerios, and I prefer them to eat a cereal with reduced sugar rather than some of the sugary, chocolate laden breakfast offerings.

                    I discovered Tesco's own version of the cereal, Tesco Multigrain Hoops, a few years ago. Like Cheerios, they are small hoops of oat, barley, wheat, maize and rice, and although have a sugar coating, have less sugar than many other cereals. They are also fortified with Vitamins, Folic Acid and Iron. They taste and look just like Cheerios, but at £1.39 per 375g box, opposed to £2.09 for 375g Cheerios, they are a good value, healthy breakfast cereal, and in fact the Tesco Multigrain actually have 2g less sugar per 100g, which is a double bonus.

                    The first time my family tried the cereal, no-one noticed the difference, and still to this day are pretty unware of them not being actual 'Cheerios'

                    They come in a traditional cardboard cereal box, the box is white with coloured writing and a bowl of the cereal is pictured on the front of the box. The design of the box is not dissimilar to the Nestle Brand.

                    The hoops are tasty, slightly sweet and a filling breakfast, my kids also often have them dry as a snack.

                    The only difference I have noticed is the hoops are only slightly smaller than Cheerios, but taste exactly the same, and have same amount of vitamins and iron.

                    They are currently on offer at Tesco for 99p per box, and if you like Cheerios, you'll like these, I doubt you'll notice any difference!

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                      14.08.2011 17:39
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                      A little touch of chocolately luxury, but not good for the waistline!

                      Who doesn't love a cornetto, the ice-cream treat of the 80's is still as popular with kids and adults alike. I saw these in Supermarket on special offer, £1.49 for a pack of 4. The price is normally £2.99, and to be honest I don't think I would pay full price for them. but at 37p per cone, I thought the deal was pretty good and purchased a box to try as a treat.

                      The first thing I noticed on taking them out of the box was how much smaller they were than a standard cornetto. A standard one from a multipack is 75g, the cornetto enigma is noticeably smaller and lighter at just 55g. Already thinking I'd been conned, I didn't have high expectations. How wrong can you be.

                      On taking off the wrapper it looked lovely. Slimmer than a normal cornetto, in the tradional sugar cone, chocolate ice cream swirled to make a point, with dark chocolate and decorated with a sprinking of nuts and dark chocolate chips on the top. The ice cream with soft, and very, very chocolately! It's a rich, indulgent dark chocolate ice cream, and was very creamy. Inside is a creamy, sweet caramel sauce, which was a nice consistency, not runny but not too thick and toffee like. The caramel was very sweet in comparison to dark, slightly bitter chocolate. The caramel sauce contains small chunks of chocolate, and runs right through the ice cream to the bottom of the cone, which is lined with dark chocolate.

                      On finishing the cone I realised that had the cone been any bigger than it was, for example 75g standard cornetto size, it would've have been too much, too sickly, due to the richness of it. I think the 55g size is just right, any bigger and I would have sickened myself.

                      It's no great suprise that these are pretty high in sugar and fat, one cone contains 180 calories, 15g sugar, 9 grams of fat, of which saturates 8g, which alone is 40% of the recommended daily allowance. Not the healthiest snack, definately an occasional treat. I think it's very much an adult's ice cream cone, I think most children would find these too rich (well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

                      I would buy these again but only on special offer, I think the £2.99 price tag and high fat content would put me off buying these on a regular basis, but I would recommend them as an indulgent treat every so often if you happen to see them on offer.

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                        14.08.2011 16:09
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                        Effective occasional Facial Wash for Problem Skin

                        After being lucky enough to escape spots and pimples for the majority of my teenage years, I have been plagued by skin problems throughout my late 20's and now into my early 30's. I suffer from normal to dry skin, and over the last few years have suffered from sudden breakouts of pimples and spots mainly in my cheek and forehead area. When I have a breakout (which thankfully now only happens a few times a year!) I find my regular facial wash does not combat the problem and I turn to the Body Shop Tea tree Foaming Cleanser.


                        *About the Tea tree Range*
                        This product range was recommended to me a few years back, by a Body Shop rep at a Body Shop party. There is a full range of Tea Tree products, from facial washes, moisturisers, and blemish sticks to body wash and exfoliating scrubs. The Tea Tree Oil is advertised as effective at cleansing problem skin and good for kepping skin clear and free from blemishes and excess oil.

                        *Price & Appearance *

                        I liked the idea of the Foaming Cleanser, rather than the facial gel, and purchased a bottle, along with the Tea Tree Night Lotion. The cleanser currently retails at £4.50 for a 150ml. It comes in a clear bottle with a green label and pump action dispenser with a clear lid. The liquid is green in colour, and quite thin. I must admit I did question how a liquid so thin was going to create a foam thick enough to go onto my face, however on the first pump a grape sized amount of foam came out effortlessly. The Foam is very pale green, almost white in colour, thick, but very light, lighter than, say, shaving foam, but kept the same shape as shaving foam.

                        *The Product*

                        The Cleanser glided over my skin easily and felt ever so slightly tingly. It smells of Tea Tree Oil, obviously, which is not to everyone's taste, but I personally don't mind the scent, and it wasn't overpowering, in fact is was quite subtle compared to others I've tried. After massaging into my face and rinsing off, my skin felt clean and refreshed. After just a few days of using the product twice a day, in conjunction with the Tea Tree Night Lotion, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. It felt soft, smooth and had cleared up reasonably well. However it was slightly drier than normal, and after a week of using it my skin did begin to feel quite tight.

                        I have continued to use this product over the last few years, however I would'nt use it as my regular cleanser, I use it if my skin starts to get oily or spots breakout, and generally see an improvement within 4-5 days, at which point I'll go back to my regular cleanser. It's an ideal as an occasional cleanser for normal skin that has occasional outbreaks or oiliness. I love how clean and refreshed my skin always feels after using it.

                        *Would I recommend?*

                        Yes, I would, ideal for oily skin and problem skin prone to spots and blemishes, however unless you have persisitently oily skin, I wouldn't recommend continuous use for more than a week. If you are prone to breakouts like myself, it's handy to have a bottle in to catch the outbreak before it gets too bad.

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                          14.08.2011 12:38
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                          A good enough hand cream but the smell lets it down

                          I am currently working through a list of Bodyshop products to review, as I have been using their products for many years, however I have only started using this product, the Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, a week ago.

                          I received this as a gift last christmas, and I'm afraid it has been languishing in a drawer full of other not yet tried toiletries, however last week I realised I'd run out of hand cream and remembered this was in the drawer. Usually, being a Body Shop item, I would have pounced on it as soon as I got it, I'm a Body Shop addict and love trying out their new stuff. However, for some reason, this didn't do it for me.


                          *Packaging*

                          The packaging itself is quite bland, a white tube with pink writing and a hand shaped logo at one corner. The labels states it's infused with Angelica Extract, (which I'd never heard of, and even after a google search, I am still unclear what it is, other than a Chinese Herb), and Community Trade Olive oil. It states the cream is suitable for all skin types. It has a flip top lid which is pretty secure, I've no worries about putting it in my handbag. The label also states that the sale of this product goes to help a charity, ECPAT, which fights to stop sex trafficking of children and young people.


                          *Price and Charity Donation*

                          It comes in 2 sizes, a 50ml tube, at £3.50, and a 75ml tube at £5. A good proportion goes to the charity, £2.36 of the 50ml tube, and £3.45 of the £5 tube. So a pretty huge chunk of the profit, which is refreshing, as usually these kind of products donate 10 or 15% at the most.

                          *The Product*

                          The hand cream comes out fairly slowly and was relatively thick and creamy in texture, which I liked, there is nothing worse than runny handcream. The squeezy tube made is easy to control the amount that come out. The cream is white in colour. I found I didn't need to much of it, and it was easy and quick to rub it, and didn't leave a greasy or sticky feeling on my hands like many hand creams do - this is a big bonus for me as I hate my hands to feel in anyway sticky. It absorbed into my skin ina few minutes - again, cannot abide hand creams that take foerever to dry in - and it left my hands soft, silky and perfectly moisturised. I was quite pleased with the moisturising abilities of the cream, and after daily use of the cream of the past week, I have noticed my nails seems smoother, and well moisturised around the cuticles.

                          *The Scent*

                          Now we move on to scent - this is a bit of an enigma. The scent is sweet, with both fruit and floral undertones, and a scent I recognise, but just can't quite put my finger on. It might be a sweet a citrus, such as pink grapefruit, with a touch of rose or freesia, or it possibly a sweetie, candy smell from my childhood, I really don't know, I can only guess that it's the angelica extract. To begin with I was undecided on whether or not I like the scent. At first I thought it was too sweet, and slightly artifical smelling, now I still think it's sweet, but the floral scent is coming through, and I'm not generally a fan of overly-floral scents and perfumes. The scent is bordering on being overpowering, in my opinion, and I can smell it on my hands an hour after applying the cream. It's not an unpleasant smell, but can get a bit sickly. To be honest, the smell is a bit weird. Not one thing or the other, sweet or floral. It seems to be a combination and I'm not sure it works for a hand cream, I think it's too perfumed.

                          *The Verdict*

                          I can't fault the cream itself as a daily hand moisturiser, it is effective and leaves skin and nails soft, however I think the smell would put me off buying it again, unfortunately.

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                          13.08.2011 23:35
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                          Delightful smelling candle to keep your kitchen fresh

                          I burn scented candles regularly, and particularly like the Yankee candle range. I have tried several of their vast range of scents and Country Lemonade is one of my favourites.

                          The candle comes in tart form, tealights, and the traditional housewarmer jars in 3 sizes, 3.7oz, 14oz and 22oz. They are also available in the newer style tumbler jars. They are available from card and gift shops, numerous online stores, and there are also many ebay shops selling these at fairly competitive prices, it's worth shopping around as the can vary in price by quite a lot.

                          I purchased the medium 14oz jar for my kitchen, from an ebay shop at a cost of £13.99 including postage and packaging. I particularly like the housewarmer jars, they are easy to use, there is no mess of wax and really like the traditional, quaint little jars they come in. The candle is pale, creamy lemon in colour, and the label shows a picture of fresh lemons and a traditional Lemonade jug, and describes the scent as 'The perfect summer refresher with its bright lemony aroma and just the right touch of sweetness'.

                          I would say this description is pretty accurate, the scent was very fresh, and smelled of zesty lemon with a hint of sugary sweetness, taking away the usual sharpness associated with lemon. It smelled good enought eat. It is perfect for a kitchen, I think, as I hate anything floral scented in my kitchen, and I found burning this for an hour or so eliminated any cooking smells. The smell is strong but not overpowering, and several people commented on how lovely the kitchen smelled even after it was extinguished, as the scent lingered for a while afterwards.

                          I burned this almost every evening for approximately 1.5 hours at a time, and the candle last around 2 months, these jars are expected to burn for 65-90 hours, so again, quite an accurate description of burn time.

                          I will definately buy this again for my kitchen, it's a really lovely fragance and although pricey, worth every penny!

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                            13.08.2011 16:01
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                            Beautifully scented bodymist, something a little bit special

                            I'm a huge fan of the Bodyshop, and have been since my early teens. If I could afford it, I would buy all my toiletries from there, however, these days, it's a treat to myself to visit the bodyshop, or a very welcome Christmas or Birthday gift.

                            Usually, I tend to be drawn to foody, fruity, minty or citrus scents, I'm not a huge fan of floral scents in general. However, a few years back I was introduced to Neroli Jasmin range at Body Shop Party, when the range was being demonstrated by the Body Shop rep.

                            I was immediately enticed by the fresh, gently floral, yet sweet smell, with subtle fruity undertones. The scent is a combination of Jasmin flower and Neroli (orange blossom)amber and sandalwood. I found myself drawn back to it over all the scents on display, and purchased a bottle, along with the shower gel from the same range, as the idea with this range is to layer the scent. There is also a body lotion and Eau de Toilette in the range.

                            It comes in a clear bottle, with an orange blossom picture on the front, and is a lovely pale amber in colour. It costs £7.00 for a 100ml bottle.
                            The bottle is a spray pump action bottle that gives off a light mist, and takes about 10-15 seconds to dry after misting. When combined with the shower gel, I found this was enough to give a subtle, long-lasting scent, that lasted throughout the day. I have sensitive skin but suffered no ill-effects to my skin with continued use of the product.

                            It is expensive for a body mist, at £7.00 a bottle, but I tend to keep this for special occasions, or to use as a little pick-me-up as part of a pampering session.

                            Overall, this is a little touch of luxury, and if like me, your not a fan of over-powering floral perfumes and prefer a fresh, delicate, natural scent, I would highly recommend this product as an alternative.

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