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I have been using CIF Multi Purpose Oxy Gel for round two years now and it is always my choice for cleaning spray when I go shopping.
The one I am reviewing is the ocean version. It comes in a 750ML bottle, which is clear and comes with an easy to use spray nozzle. This one cost me £1.49.
This is a multi purpose cleaning so I use it in my bathroom and in my kitchen. It claims to tackle all kinds of dirt and it has a fresh fragrance with natural extracts.
The spray has a looking nozzle, so once used you can easily lock it to save it being sprayed accidently which is particularly handy if like me you have small investigative hands in your house.
It is designed for cleaning washable surfaces. It contains active oxygen which is designed to lift up dirt for the liquid to then absorbs.
The spray has a lovely smell to it. It smells fresh and not as bleachy as some of the other products I have used over the years.
It works really well and keeps my worktops, sinks and bathroom looking lovely and clean. If I have a really stubborn stain on the worktop, I simply spray and leave it for a few seconds. You see the liquid bubbly away and it lifts the stain so you can simply wipe it away.
One of these bottles lasts me a couple of months as you do not need to use a huge amount when you use it so I think it is very cost effective. I have tried cheaper sprays before and notice that I get through them much quicker as you need so much more spray to do the job.
I would definately recommend this spray as it is effective and leaves a lovely shine.
I have always preferred to use sprays when it comes to deodarant as I prefer the instant smell you get with them compared with roll ons. I have never been too brand specific with them though and tend to go with which ones are on offer when choosing.
I bought this one from Superdrug as it was recently on buy one get on free so I got two for around £1.30. A bargain :)
The one I am reviewing is the cool air fragrance. It comes in a 150ml can and claims to be a deodarant made with essential minerals which cares for your underarms. It is alcohol free so it is gentler on shaved or sensitive skin. It states that one spray offers you 24 hour protection.
The can is pleasing to the eye. This one is a plain blue colour with a white head. It has the "radox" logo and a picture of a pebble and some clouds to go with the cool air fragrance.
It is simple to use, press down the head and a spray comes out. The spray is light and not over powering like I have found with some of the cheaper deodarants.
I put this on each morning before work, so far I have found that it doesn't stain my clothes and haven't had the horrible white transfer to my clothes that some deodorants give you.
The smell is nice, it is light and not too over powering. As I wear perfume as well I don't like strong deodorants but I do like to smell the freshness as I put them on.
So far I have found no need to top up this deodarant during the day and it does seem to provide all day protection, however, I have only been using this in the winter months so obviously the real test of its staying power would be during the summer.
I recommend this deodarant as it has a pleasant smell, works and doesn't mark your clothes which for me is all you can ask from a deodarant.
I received this product as part of a gift set last Christmas and have been using it for about 6 months.
It comes in a little silver aluminium style tin which has an easy to release screw top. The tin contains 25ml of product and retails around £5.99. It claims to provide a textured finish and shine to your hair.
To use the product, make sure you hair is dry and rub a small amount between your fingertips and then apply to your hair.
The product is a very slimey sticky consistency and really not that pleasant on your hands. Definately need to wash your hands after use. You only need to use the tiniest amount and I find it works better if you warm it up between your finger tips before applying.
I have a very straight graduated bob so I tend to only use a tiny bit of product on the ends of my hair to give it a bit of definition and again a little on my fringe.
The product doesn't have the nicest of smells if you smell it straight from the tub, it smells slightly like chemicals and a grease. But once on your hair there is no smell at all as you use such a minimal amount.
The product lasts really well and the definition it provides stays with you all day. The only thing I don't like about it is you can feel you have product in your hair and if you use even slightly too much it can give your hair a sticky feel to it.
Although the tin is tiny it lasts a long time. I don't use this product every day but have used it a couple of times every week for the last 6 or so months and so far I have only used about half the pot.
I would recommend this product but I would say use very sparingly.
I have just got back from a weekend away with my family and on one of the days we took the kids to the Sea Life centre. It is situated on the main road which runs alongside the beach so you can't miss it as you walk about Great Yarmouth. It is a large building with the Sea Life logo and has a restaurant attached to it.
The magical marine world of Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre will introduce you to many beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks and giant sea turtles, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.
Explore a rich variety of underwater environments, from rugged coastline to tropical coral, reefs, from the sandy shallows to the dark depths of the ocean. At every step there are different amazing creatures to find, to watch and to learn about.
New for 2009 at this centre is a group of Humboldt penguins.
The centre is fairly expensive but if you check out some of the leaflets you find in the local tourist centre you can often get buy one get one free offers and you can also exchange your Tesco Club card vouchers for vouchers for here. It cost me £12.95 to get in and my daughter got in for free as we had vouchers. They stamp your hand on entrance so you can go in as many times as you like during the day.
The centre is open from 10am and during the day there are various shows and talks you can attend such as Turtle Feed & Talk, Penguin Feed & Talk, Ray Talk and Shark Talk.
When you enter the centre there are various displays of fish and marine life. It is quite dark in there but the displays are all lit really well so you can clearly see the animals and next to each display there is an information board so you know what animal you are looking at and can learn about them, such as finding out their natural habitat, what they eat and how long they live.
As well as smaller tanks there are also large pools with some of the bigger fish in. My daughter loved the rays as when you watch them they come up to the air and stick their noses out, so in her world she was convinced they were trying to kiss her.
The main attraction within the centre is the shark tunnel. You walk through a glass tunnel and go through the shark tank. This means you can get up very close to these beautiful creatures. I could spend hours in there watching them and my daughter loved it too. We were very lucky as one of the large sharks was asleep right next to the tunnel so we had a brilliant up close view of him.
As you go round there is a childrens area where they can pick up some of the smaller rock pool creatures. There is a member of staff there who was very friendly and information but also ensured that the creatures were handled correctly.
Whilst there we attended the penguin feeding show. The commentator gave lots of useful information about the animals and introduced you to each of them. The talk was well balanced with information for older customers along with "jokey" bits for the younger audience.
As you leave the centre you go straight into the shop, which is an excellent marketing ploy by the company. There are many things for sale, mainly soft toys and other toys for the children but there are also a few nicer gifts for adults.
Attached to this centre there is a cafe, it sells the basic burger bar food along with an array of hot drinks and snacks. Also within here there is a free soft play area which is ideal for your little ones to play in whilst you have a cuppa.
I throughly recommend this centre if you are able to get vouchers so half of you get in free. I am not sure it is worth the full price if everyone has to pay though.
I recently bought this nail varnish as I really wanted a dark purple colour for my toe nails and the 195 Perfect Plum colour in this range looked perfect.
The bottle cost me £2 from Superdrug but I have seen it retailing at £2.99 in Boots so it is definately worth shopping around.
This nail varnish claims to be hard wearing, chip resistant, with long lasting colours with a great finish.
The bottle is 8ml which I think is pretty standard size for nail varnishes. It comes in a clear glass bottle so you can clearly see the shade of the varnish and the top is plain black. The logo is on the front in white and states "I love lasting finish". The wand is fairly short but with a decent length brush. I find the stubbier wands are easier to work with and provide you with a much steadier finish.
The varnish itself was a nice consistency, not too runny and not too gloopy (is that a word?!?). This meant that the varnish went on easily and a simple stripe down the middle and then one either side provided sufficient coverage. The colour when transferred to your nail was exactly as per the bottle. I find with some varnishes, particular cheaper makes it takes several coats to achieve the same colour as it appears in the bottle.
Once applied it took around 20 minutes for the varnish to dry to the stage where it didn't feel tacky and I was happy to walk around without fear of it smudging. This is a little frustrating and I can definately see the draw of buying one of the quick drying varnishes.
The varnish stayed on my toes unchipped for around 7 days and then I found I needed to touch it up. I think this is pretty average for a decent make varnish but is much better than some of the cheaper brands I have bought where I have managed to chip them in hours.
I would recommend this varnish as it is reasonably priced, effective and comes in lots of trendy colours.
I was mooching at the Christmas presents in Boots recently to get some ideas when these wipes caught my eye. Boots aren't silly they were at the end of an aisle with a big "offer" notice above them. For £4 I was able to buy three packets each with 30 individual wipes in.
I must admit I am a bit lazy in the beauty department and don't often have the time or inclination to cleanse, tone and moisturise. Sometimes, especially after a night out I just want a wipe that will remove my make up and freshen up my skin before my head hits my pillow.
The packaging of these wipes is very simple. They are in a plastic sealed bag which is a pale green colour with dark green writing, very simple and fresh looking.
The wipes contain extract of cucumber which helps to soft and soothe your skin. They are also enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.
Using the wipes is simple, you merely take one out of the packet and sweep it across your face, gently rubbing off any make up. The packet says one is sufficient but if I am wearing make up I prefer to use one to remove make up and then a second one to ensure my face is clean and fresh.
They have a lovely subtle cucumber scent to them and once this is transferred to your face it makes you feel clean and fresh. They definately do the job. I am not a heavy duty make up wearer but they easily remove the amount of make up I wear.
They leave your skin feeling clean and fresh and very soft. They aren't too damp but are moist enough to do the job required. The wipes themselves are a nice texture very soft but strong too. They don't rip and tear like some of the other brands I have used.
One thing to note with these wipes is not to dispose of them down the toilet, as with other wipes you should always pop in the bin to save clogging up the drains and sewers.
I would thoroughly recommend these wipes, they do the job and are reasonably price and are very regularly on offer.
A good product.
I have a real phobia about smelling sweaty. I once worked with a man who had a body odour problem and I remember how nasty people were about it, since that day I have been paranoid about being the smelly person in the office. I would like to add I don't think I am though at this point, just one of those irrational fears we have.
I therefore, get through a lot of deodorant. I always have one in the bedroom and one in my handbag. I am not overly brand loyal with deodorants and tend to go with whichever one is on offer at the time of buying. I bought this particular one last week as they were on offer 2 for £2 in a local chemist and I think this are normally around £2 each.
The can is white with green trim and the famous green tick on the front. The can doesn't have a seperate lid, you simply break the seal and then press the top to dispense the spray.
This deodorant claims to offer long lasting protection as it is intelligently forumulated to work in synch with your body. It is alcohol free, ph balanced and dermatologically tested.
I have used this for about a week now and so far have no complaints. I use it once in the mornings and it has lasted all day. The best thing about this spray is it doesn't stain your clothes and leave awful white marks like some other brands too. I have read other reviews which said it did leave stains, but I haven't found this at all, makes you wonder if they have updated the forumla.
The spray leaves you instantly feeling cool and refreshed. It smells nice, it has a light floral scent to it. You can smell it on your skin but it doesn't over power your perfume.
I would recommend this deodorant as it "does what it says on the tin" but I don't think I would pay the £2 full price for it when there are so many other cheaper brands on the market which do just as good a job.
I thought I would start this review with a brief history of Virgin Vie. In October 1997 Richard Branson launched Virgin cosmetics which sold Cosmetics, Skin Care and Bath & Body products through Direct Selling Party Plan, Retail Stores and Mail Order. In January 2005 they introduced jewelry to their range and in September 2007 they introduced Home Ware. In January 2009 the brand was relaunched as Vie at Home.
I have been to several Virgin Vie parties over the years. As with other party plans a consultant visits your home with a range of products for you to test and try and brochures for you to browse through. You can also book a pamper or make up sessions where the consultant will do mini make overs etc.
I find Vie products are very good quality. Price range wise they aren't cheap, they are pretty much mid range when compared to other cosmestics on the market.
This product I am about to review was £8.50 but was on a buy one get one free offer, so two good quality eye shadows for £8.50.
Currently the Equinox Eye Colour comes in two shades, although at the time I purchased mine I think there was four shades. Currently you can buy it in Meteor which is a deep blue or Stellar which is pink. The one I am reviewing is the pink version.
Each eye colour comes in its own box and is sealed with plastic. To be honest I don't think the box is needed and Virgin could easily drop this and save some trees.
The applicator is slanted and looks like a jumbo felt tip. To get the eyeshadow out you twist the pen and the shadow comes out of several small holes which are on the slanted tip of the applicator. You then simply apply this to your eye lid and can either use the applicator or your fingertip to blend the desired amount.
The eyeshadow itself is very smooth and looks lovely on your lid. It is very easy to apply and I found a small amount really went a long way, so be careful you don't twist too much out.
The pink colour is lovely, it is subtle and pretty and has a very slight sparkle to it. I found that a light application was perfect for day wear but if you applied it a little heavier it was ideal for night-time.
The shadow lasted pretty much all day, although by the time I got home it wasn't as obvious as earlier in the day it was definately still there and there were very few creases.
I would recommend this eye shadow, although it may seem expensive it does last and it is high quality.
This was my daughters choice at school today. Every day she is allowed to choose a book and then I sit and read it with her before bed. I was quite glad to see this book today as she has a habit of bringing the same three books home on a rotation system and it can get a little boring! She is only four though so I can forgive her.
This book is called "Little Lumpty" and is by Miko Imai and is published by Walker. I have never heard of this particular author so I did a little research on the internet and found out that Miko Imai is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Miko Imai include Little Lumpty, Lilly's Secret, Wuzzy Takes Off (Gund Children's Library), and Sebastian's Trumpet.
The story is based in the town of Dumpty. Dumpty is surrounded by a very large wall, which the infamous Humpty Dumpty fell from and couldn't be put back together again (try and say that without singing it like the rhyme).
Lumpty loves the wall and has always wanted to climb to the top to see what he can see. His mum tells him he must NEVER go up there and he needs to remember the awful fate of Humpty Dumpty.
Well needless to say like all children do he decided to go on the wall. Although there was a wonderful view he ended up stuck up there and obviously being an egg he couldn't risk jumping down.
I won't ruin the story for all those who will be rushing out to buy this book but he does get down all in one piece.
Most of the stories my daughter reads have some moral to them, thinking about this particular story the one I see is "listen to your mother" but then I am slightly biased. You could look deeper into the story but its aimed at children so I won't go to deep but there is hints of team work and that dreams aren't always what they seem.
The illustrations within the book are very good and take up around 80% of each page. The pictures are very busy so there is lots to talk about with your little one. One thing I did like is each page has lots of the people of Dumpty on, lots of small eggs so ideal for encouraging your little one to count.
I think this book is ideal for ages 3-5. Its quite short and I know within a year or so my daughter will want something longer and more indepth for this. Perfect for a pre bed story though.
This book retails at £4.99 with an ISBN of 0-7445-3605-7
I have been an Avon rep for a while now in order to earn a few extra pennies so I have quite a house full of Avon products.
I have two bathrooms and obviously a kitchen in my house and I like to have one of these liquid soaps at each. I also have a little girl who doesn't quite understand the concept of only needing a small amount of soap so I get through quite a bit too.
I really like Avon products like this as they are regularly on offer, either buy one get one free or buy so many for £x, these usually work out when on offer around £1 which in my eyes is a bargain.
The soap I am reviewing this time is called "Reflection" and is the purple one pictured above.
The soaps come in a clear curved plastic bottle which holds 300ml. The lid is a standard pump which on this one is a lovely rich purple colour. The label on this bottle is in my opinion a little dated but is pretty non offensive. On this one the picture is of a swimming ppol at dusk and is very calming which translates the tone of the soap as it claims to be "peaceful and soothing".
The soap is a really good consistency thick enough not to run off your hands before you have chance to rub like some of the cheaper ones but not so nasty it leaves a horrid tacky feeling. You only need a very small amount of this soap in order to build up a decent lather and really clean your hands.
This particular one has a very soft, subtle but sweet floral smell to it. I would say it is a little on the feminine side but not overly so could be used by all the family.
The soap washes off easily and leaves your hand feeling clean. A real plus to this soap is unlike a more traditional bar of soap your hands aren't left feeling tight or dry afterwards.
I would throughly recommend this product. It does the job and is a really good price.
Moon sand is one of those childrens products you either love or hate. I bought this Moon Sand set for my daughter a couple of years ago and she loved it instantly and it is often played with in my house.
Moon Sand is clean, mouldable sand that never dries out and is perfect for creative, young minds. Children can use it again and again for sculpting and moulding
This set is designed so that your child can create their own pet shop with mouldable pets and play characters. They can decorate the shop inside and out and then play with your Moon Sand creations. This is one of the smaller moon sand sets which are available and retails around the £10 mark.
The set includes a cat, a dog and pet shop owner moulds, pet shop, themed play mat and 2 colours of Moon Sand.
The concept behind Moon Sand is simple, it's the same as normal sand, you simple make shapes. The benefit of Moon Sand over normal sand is although it feels completely dry it has the consistency of wet sand so it easily moulds into shapes and retains those shapes until you destroy them.
As with other sand the major downside is the mess. If you have a messy four year old like I do then you will find it gets just about everywhere but the huge benefit of this and a real selling point for me is unlike normal sand which is fine grains and seems to get everywhere this remains clumped together to an extent and simply hoovers up.
My little girl loves these sets and we have since bought several more for her.
My litte girl was bought this item for her second Christmas and nearly two years later it is still one of her favourite toys.
This item comes from Fairyland range at the Early Learning Centre and is priced at £38. ELC products are nearly always good quality and reasonably price but personally I feel this one is a little on the excessive side and in all honesty I probably wouldn't pay that much at face value for the item.
I instantly loved this item as it reminded me of the old Playskool boot I had as a child, it is so similar to that just much more modern and much prettier than the brown and yellow variety I had.
The boot is mainly cream with a green roof, brown toe and pretty purple flowers. One side of the boot opens right up so your little one can access the inside of the boot which is designed to look like the interior of a cottage. The front toe also opens to offer more access and the toe provides another little cubby hole for your little one to use.
The tongue of the boot folds down and is curved so it becomes a little slide for the Fairyland characters and attached to the side is a bluebell swing which you can place your character in for a swing.
One side of the roof opens and inside you have another room, ideal for a bedroom for your little ones characters and the whole item has a handle to the top so your little one can carry it around with them to wherever they wish to play.
Along with the boot itself you receive
*3 x Fairies
*1 x Gnome
*1 x Table
*2 x Chairs
*1 x Stove and teapot
*1 x Bed
*1 x Catterpillar
A lovely feature of to this boot is when you open the small side door and one of your characters crosses the threshold it plays a little tune and the lights above the door light up.
This boot is aimed from 18 months up to 5 years and encourages creativity, imagination and is great for your childs social skills as it is an ideal toy to play with others.
This toy is very durable. My little girl has had it for near one two years and has played with it at some point most weeks. All the pieces are as new and the boot is in near perfect condition. Another plus side to this toy is everything is durable plastic which can be easily washed.
I recently bought these liquitabs as they were on offer in the local supermarket. They were reduced from £3.98 to £2.50 and as they claim that you don't need a seperate fabric softener I thought they were too good an offer to miss.
I am very fussy with my laundry, I love my laundry to smell fresh and clean and to feel soft. There is something about the smell of fabric conditioner on your clothes that I like. Strange eh!
I tend to use liquid rather than tablets as I hate the build up of scum you get from tablets in your machine as being a particularly poor housewife I always forget to rinse my machine regularly. So I find using liquid solves this problems and saves me spending hours de-gunking various nooks and crannies.
These liquitabs come in a clear plastic box which has a flip lid, they are sealed so you know they haven't been tampered with and the box clips back shut so they are kept air tight.
Each tab is like a pillow, the liquid is encased in a film and sealed all the way round. You simply pop one tablet into your wash in the centre of your washing and the water/heat dissolves the film and releases the liquid.
I have tried most of the fragrances in these tabs and have found them all very good. They all leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean but without that highly fragranced air that some others do which may be a little off putting to some.
Once my clothes are dry, either from the tumbler or from being dried outside I can still smell the subtle fragrance on the clothes.
The clothes also do appear to be as soft as when I use seperate fabric conditioner and I have had no issues with regards to stain removal either. I have a four year old and so far these tablets have shifted everything she has managed to get down her clothes.
I would recommend looking out for these tabs especially when they are on offer. They are slightly more expensive than other tablets you can get but when you take away the need for seperate fabric conditioner is does make them a little more reasonable.
For reasons which I won't bore you all with on here I have recently had a change of circumstances financially. After spending many years scrimping and barely getting through the month it had been many a year since I have bought anything for myself other than the bare necessities.
So whilst out shopping I saw this watch in the window of a local jewellers and in a true "girlie" moment I fell in love with it. The version I bought was purple though unlike the photo.
The watch cost me £120 which I am sure for some is crazy money but for me it "seemed" justified. The watch is a beautiful deep purple colour which reminds me of Cadburys chocolate.
The watch is a little on the heavy side which is fine for me as I am hardly a delicate flower but I think more petite ladies may find this watch too chunky and too heavy for their wrist.
The face is deep purple too which silver numbers and where the number "6" should be it shows the date. The face has a purple ring around it and then a silver ring making the face stand out.
The strap is made up of small individuals metal squares which are all the same colour as the watch with silver trim. The catch on this watch is very simple to use, it has a simple button you press which releases it and then it folds back down and snaps shut.
This watch was bought from the Storm shop and came with a full years manufacturers guarantee.
This watch may seem expensive to many but it feels like a quality watch unlike some other watches I have bought which weren't a huge amount cheaper.
I bought this lovely game as a present for my daughter for her 3rd birthday. She had played it at a friends house and absolutely loved it so when I found it in the Early Learning Centre for a mere £10 I decided to purchase it for her.
The game is advertised for ages 3 - 8 years but I feel most 2 year olds would get the basic concept of the game.
The game comes with a round plastic basic which has 12 holes where you place in your 12 little martians. In the version we have there are 6 green ones and 6 red ones, I think there are different coloured versions of this game about dependent on when it was purchased.
You then switch the machine on (1 x c battery required) and the martians then move up and down. The idea of the game is to use the hammer provided and bash the martians and try to catch them. Each hammer has a concertina effect to the head and a small hole and the idea is to catch the aliens antenna in the hole in the hammer and take them out of their "crater". The winner is the one to catch all their aliens.
The game is great for developing your childs hand and eye co-ordination and encourages social skills as there is the need to share and take turns. It is an ideal game if you have two children and so simple yet so much fun.
The only possible downside to this game, dependent on you as an individual is the mechanism of the game is relatively loud as the martians bounce about in their craters. Personally it doesn't bother me but I can see it may try some peoples patience.
I would throughly recommend this simple and cheap game. I am quite partial to a game myself :o)