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Unfortunately I am someone who suffers from headaches quite regularly, from small niggling ones right the way through to dehabilitating migraines. I finally got round to trying 4head about two years ago after having thought about it for years. I now always have one in my handbag, and keep one at my desk at work too just to make sure.
4head comes in a cardboard put box, and then the product itself is in a small plastic cylinder with a clear plastic lid and a twist function. The product is a clear stick which contains levomentol. You simply take off the two clear life, twist the silver plastic, and apply the stick to your forehead for the relief of headaches. The effect us a cooling, tingling sensation across the forehead which helps to relieve aches. The product can be used at the same time as other medicines and can be applied whenever needed.
I find that 4head works really well on general headaches. I have seen it described as helping with migraines too but personally, I don't find it touches those. But for general headaches either associated with colds, tiredness or stress, I find it helps. The cooling feeling and tingling sensation deems ti help open up any blood vessels in the area applied, and stops thongs feel so tight. Because it contains menthol I have also applied tiny bits under my nose to help clear airways when I have a blocked nose, not its intended use bur it works for me!
I wouldn't say this could shift a really bad headache all on its own but it definitely gives me huge relief and I wouldn't be without it.
This is one of those books that you will simply fall in love with and have to buy multiple copies to give to all your friends. I first read it about 5 years ago, but still love it now as much as I did them.
Liz is killed in a hit and run accident just before her 16th birthday. The first she knows about this is when she wakes up in Elsewhere, an afterlife world that everyone goes to. Liz is met by her grandmother, a woman who died many years before and who Liz does not remember. It is her grandmothers job to introduce Liz to Elsewhere and how it works. The general premises is that everyone ends up there, but once you arrive you start getting younger until you are reborn. It's a place where you can meet old loved ones and start a new life, before coming back to start a new life as a baby all over again. The hardest part of elsewhere though is that you can still remember your old life and what you have left behind. You can also use special telescopes to watch what is happening back on earth which obviously have many pros and cons.
Despite being a book about death, loss and the afterlife, I found this a truly uplifting book. Liz is trapped in a place where she can either decode to dwell on the past and refuse to move on, or where she can put her past life behind her and start again. Her grandmother is the voice of reason and tries to help Liz move on with her life. She is a brilliant character, strong and sassy and keeps the book moving a long beautifully.
Whilst this is a book about death it is truly uplifting and beautifully written. I can't recommend it highly enough for both teenagers and adults.
I have to admit that whenever I seen new products ts like this I have to try them. I had quite high expectations with this moisturiser as I have used a lot of nivea products and always found them to be good. This product lived up to those expectations.
The moisturiser is developed to be used in the shower, after washing but before drying, to keep extra moisture locked in. It comes in a dark blue plastic bottle with a flip lid, in two different sizes 250ml or 400 ml. I have noticed that lots of people have complained about price. I bought the smaller bottle at 250ml and it was around £4 which I don't think is too bad.
The best way to use this product is to wash in the shower as normal. After rinsing off the shower gel as normal, apply the moisturiser to damp skin and then wash off. Then you just need to dry and voilà, super soft skin! One word of warning, the shower floor can get a little slippy as this is washed off so do be careful.
I have quite dry legs, and in general just want to have supervisors skin. I find that this product provides that well. I don't find that I need to use this every day, more like once or twice a week for optimal results. I don't feel I get any additional benefits from using it every day, and it also means that the bottle last much longer. Because it is being applied to wet skin I also find that a little goes a long way. I would highly recommend this product.
Having looked at other reviews I'm really surprised that people haven't been impressed with this shampoo. I absolutly love it for so many reasons.
Firstly, I love the smell of the shampoo, it's reallt luxurious without being overly perfumed or floral. It's the sort of smell that feels like a treat. To me the whole product is luxurious, the shampoo is thick and creamy and is soaked into my hair on a really nice way.
The shampoo comes in a bright silver squeeze bottle that has a flip lid. The shampoo itself is a slightly translucent thick creamy liquid. The one downside is that you have to use quite a lot of the shampoo because it is thick, particularly if you have thick hair like me. I probably do end up using twice as much as I do with other brands. But because it is thick the shampoo lathers up reallt well and it feels like it is distributed through all of my hair. This means that my hair feels so clean whenever I have used it.
The main result is that my hair always feels so clean and shiney when I use this. It also smells devine. I have dry hair so don't have to wash it ever day, but I find that with this shampoo I can go 4-5 days without rewashing and it still smells nice and keeps its shine. There is no residue left behind, it washes Clean beautifully and the shine is always bright. Basically, this is my perfect shampoo and I can't recommend it highly enough.
I have a terrible habit of picking at nail varnish until it comes off, partly because I hate the feel of cotton wool! I decided that that was obviously not good for my nails, so bit the bullet and decided to be a grown up and look after my hands!
I bought this pack as I thought it would be a good thing to be able to take on holidays etc. The product is small and basic in look. The packaging is a small round screw top tub whigh contains probably around 25 pads which have nail varnish remover on them. You simply peel the top pad off and then the recommendation is to wipe the pad over each nail with a single wipe of the pad, and then to go back to the niggly bits (such as around the nail bed) and to use a rubbing motion to get rid of the polish.
I have two main critisms of this product. Firstly, I think the pads could do with being bigger. I wear quite bold colours, either bright or dark, and I find that I have yo use several of the pads to get the polish off. They would probably be fine when being used on lighter nail colour but I find that I can use a whole pad up to just get the nail varnish off my thumb nail! My second issue is that my fingers feel quite greasy when I have used them, like I have a strange oil left on them.
Having said that the pads do get off every last trace of the polish. Because they are really thin I do find that it's really easy to get the remover right into the cuticles so there are no remnants of polish. The smell is also quite nice and does not smell chemically.
Overall the product is worth buying, but would be far better if they were a bit bigger.
I am a big fan of nail garnishes of any colour and often have my nails painted. The trouble is, I always chip my nails at work. It's just part of the job and unfortunately pretty nails aren't something that last at work. I had been thinking for ages that I should get a top coat to try when I found myself with one of no 7 vouchers from boots. I thought it was a good a time as any to try one.
I selected No7 stay perfect top coat. It comes in a glass bottle and is a clear liquid. The bottle contains 10ML. On the back it claims to be touch dry in 60seconds, and to be a long lasting chip and peel resistant.
I simply apply one coat of this after any nail varnish. It has helped my nails to not chip quite so quickly (previously they would chip in a little over a day, now they seem to last 2-3. Now I know that that is an improvement, but I would hardly call it long lasting. However it is an improvement so I will carry on using it. I would agree though with the rest of what the packaging states, the top coat is touch dry in about 60 second. It also really nice shine to my nail varnish which I for one love, shiney is car more appealing to me than Matt.
I bought this latest bottle a couple of weeks ago cost me £6 in boots. However, I have often been able to use the No7 vouchers to get £3 off. To me it is definitely worth £3, maybe not full price.
I visited this seal sanctuary last week whilst on holiday near Truro with my other half and mother in law. It was my first trip whilst the other two have been several times before.
The sanctuary is located near Gweek, and is set in large grounds with several walks and pools which house the seals, sea-lions, penguin and otters. It is on the bank of the Helford River in a lovely location. There is ample parking near the entrance.
On arrival you need to pay at the building in the car park. It is quite expensive at just under £15 a person, however we found a voucher for £4 off per person in a visit cornwall brochure, something that you can pick up anywhere. After this there is quite a long walk down to the pools which have the animals in, downhill, which would take about 5 minutes. In the summer they run a shuttle which will take people an. My mother law isn't overly mobile and fortunately we were told we would take our car down, if this wasn't an option the walk would be quite difficult for anyone who has difficulty in walking. However, with the bus in the summer months this wouldn't be n issue.
So, after a steep walk you will find yourself down at the pools. There are several different ones, a hospital pool which is where rescued seals from the wild are taken, a nursery pool for the very young and new to the sanctuary pups. There is also a convelesence pool which the pups move into next. Throughout is possible to watch the animals being fed whilst listening to talks about them and the work the sanctuary do.
Be warned, during these feeding sessions you will find hoards of seagulls above your heads! We were all victim to their waste!
Whilst the sanctuaryis a lovely day out in an interesting place, it's main role is to save ses found having trouble on Cornwalls coast. They aim to rehabilitate seal pups as quickly as they can, and then release them back into the wildlife. On the day we wre there they released 4 back into the wild, something that I really enjoyed hearing.
In summary, the sanctuary wad in a lovely spot and was really ibterezti . There are some lovely walks you can do, the information is informative, and its a place with a good heart. I would recommend going when the weather is a bit nicer as I didn't overly feel like we had value for money, mainly as the weather was horrible so we didn't stay or long. In the summer I could see you staying here for much longer and making a real day of it. There are also family trails with questions for different age groups so you can make Sure anyone is entertained.
I I'll admit that I am somewhat of a magpie when it comes to nail varnish. I hear mutters of "how many shades of red are there" from the other half when I smuggle them home. But to me they are a great, and these are my favourites. Partly for their beautiful colours and the way they go on, and also helped by boots' no 7 vouchers which I always spend on these.
So, what's good? I really like the way these polishes are applied. They come in a typical glass see through bottle which allows you to see the colour you are using. The top is quite a large plastic which you twist to open with a brush inside for application. I find the size of the lid brilliant, some smaller ones I find hard to grip properly but this fits my hand really nicely. The brush is nice and wide, normally I need 2 strokes on a smaller nail, 3 on a larger. The polish glides on nicely, either over a baseboard or a bare nail. Most colours I find need two coats, and they take a couple of minutes to dry between coats.
The polishes are normally about £6 or £7 in boots, but I often have the no7 vouchers which can be used. The polishes have different feels to them, my favourite are the gel loom ones which have a shiny effect, but they also have sparkley ones, crackle ones and Matt. The colours run from pastel through to very bold. The one downside I find, other than the price which can be quite a lot for a polish, is that they nails do chip quits easily fir me. Recently I have been using their top coat to try to make it last longer, with this it tends to last about 3 days.
I've recently had a cough which started as a dry thickly cough and got progressively worse over the last couple of weeks. I've tried lots of products to try to soothe it, and this has been the best so far.
I bought this medicine from my local Tesco store for £4, though I'm sure you could get it in several other high street stores. I was drawn to this product because of the Blackcurrant flavour which I would choose over others, and because it is advertised as non drowsy, which I needed as I couldn't afford time off work!
The product comes in a glass bottle with a normal twist cap (not a childhood one) inside a cardboard box. I may be showing my age but I missed having a measuring spoon provided, but maybe they don't do that anymore?! Once you open the medicine and pour it onto the spoon you will find a really sticky syrup. The taste isn't bad, it certainly doesn't taste too medicated, but it is incredibly sweet. Far too sweet to be pleasant but not so awful that you can't swallow it!
The medicine is really good at soothing your throat and chest if you have a dry, non productive cough. It doesn't make it go away, but it does soothe you so that you are comfortable in between bouts. It can be taken up to 4 times a day by adults and the recommended does is two 5MLK spoons each time. The bottle contains 150MLK (probably about 2-3 coughs by the amount I have got through this week)
I've now reached my 30s and started to notice that my once youthful, wrinkle free skin is a thing of the past. So I've been looking for products that would help fill fine lines and minimise the appearance of pores and thought this would be a good product to try.
I bought the primer in Boots for £14.29 at one of their L'Oréal counters. It comes in a small glass tub with a black plastic lid. Inside there is 15ml of primer which has a very light pink colour. The texture of the primer is like a thick cream or thin putty and i fond the easiest way to apply it is simply with my fingers.
How to use:
I tend to use the primer all over my face. First of all I moisturise well and let the moisturiser sink in properly. On the odd occasion where I have tried to rush and haven't waited the results have been far from good. The primer tends to go all crumbley and flakey and i just have to take it off and start again.
So, after moisturising I use my fingers to apply a thin layer all over my face. I cover everything, ibalding my eyelids. I find it works really well on my eyelids as a base for make up.
This primer works really well, not only to hide small wrinkles and blemishes, but also as a smooth base to make up. When I use this my makeup lasts all day. I also find that it asmooths out imperfections so well that I can get away without wearing foundation or powder on top if i want a light, natural look. My skin can still breathe and doesn't feel caked in makeup when using it. It's non greasy and easy to remove too. Basically a little bit of wonder in a jar.
This summer I had the worst hayfever I have ever had. I tried every anti-histamine I could find, nasal sprays, throat sprays. Everything! Then a friend recommended Pollenna. I was skeptical as i thought if 'real' medicines hadn't helped what hope would this have. But i decided to try it. I picked up a box of 72 tablets from Boots for £5.99. I think they are often part of their 3for2 deal too.
How to use:
The box recommends that you take 2tablets every 2 hours for the first day. Following that you shoukd take two tablets 3 times a day until you feel better (preferably between meals). The tablets are a of a soft chalky consistency and can be sucked or chewed.
I believe the idea of tablets like these is to start using them at the beginning of the season if you normally suffer with hayfever so that you build up immunity to the pollen. The active ingredient that works as a hayfever cure is sabadilla.
This was an absolute miracle cure! I took it halfway through the summer rafter trying all the other usual medicines I try and it still had the desired affect. I took the tablets for about a week before I saw a marked improvement, and after about two weeks I felt almost back to normal. I continued to take the tablets for a third week but then I gradually reduced them to see if I felt ok. Even without taking the tablets every day I felt fine. It had built up my immune system so quickly that i didn't need to buy a second box. I will definitely be buying these again next summer.
I've recently moved into a new flat and everything was a bit grubby. So I tried various cleaning products that were ok but didn't do much towards deep cleaning. Rather than sticking to own brand type products I went for the slightly more expensive flash gel after seeing it advertised as a new wonder product.
Basically, I woukd say that it depends how you want to use this. On the bottle it suggests you can use it neat or diluted. When using it diluted on floors it works brilliantly. It really does glide through any grim no matter how built up and cleans off nicely without leaving a residue. It leaves no trace behind and it not at all slippy either. I have used it on tiled floors throughout the flat.
On the negative side, I also tried to use it to clean our hob as it was quite grimey and built up. I used the product neat and it did work through some of the grime, but left a horrible residue that i just could not shift. As it was a hob it also meant that when I went to cook it created a terrible smell that was really quite toxic, no matter how hard I scrubbed I just could not get rid of the residue which created the smell.
In summary I would say this is a great product for large areas when dilliterate, but not brilliant when it comes to being used neat as it leaves a residue and smell behind. However, it does clean well!
I was recently looking for a cheap offer for Hotels in the Bournemouth area and saw a good deal for this hotel and thought I would give it ago. I have stayed in a couple of other Best Western Hotels, mostly for work processes, so know that their standards are high.
The hotel itself was nice enough, in quite desperate need of refurbishment but clean and comfortable. When we checked in we were allowed to check in early as our room was ready, which was a nice touch. We were required to hand our keys in to reception before we left the hotel room which wasn't ideal as we often had to wait in a queue before we left the hotel.
There was also scaffolding all over the front of the hotel, which I was slightly annoyed about when we checked in as they hadn't mentioned it when I booked the room. However, it really wasn't intrusive at all.
The hotel was in easy distance of the beach, it took about 5 minutes to walk there, and about 10 minute walk into the main town. It was £67.50 a night when we booked it, although I'm sure this price changes regularly.
The room itself was a nice size. There was an entrance area with a bathroom off to the left, and then the rest of the large bedroom. Enough space for a large writing desk, a small table and chair and a large double bed and a large wardrobe.
The bedroom was clean and comfortable, my only criticism would be that the room was incredibly hot. The bathroom also failed to live up to my expectations. The shower was over the bath, which I don't mind at all. However, the bath was incredibly deep which means it was quite difficult to get into. I myself am quite tall, almost 6 foot, and yet still found it hard to climb in and out of.
The staff in the hotel were all brilliant. The service was polite and friendly, without being overbearing. Our room was immaculate, both when we checked in and when they cleaned it after we stayed one night. THe waiting staff were really helpful and friendly, despite the early hour! They were happy to provide anything we asked for and nothing seemed like too much trouble.
We only had breakfast in the hotel and so I can only really comment on that. However, the menu for the dinners looked amazing! I can't comment on taste but there was plenty of variety and interesting options. Having said that they could improve their choices for vegetarians. THe breakfast was a self serve buffet option with both hot and cold options available. In addition, the kitchen were happy to provide additions, I asked for poached eggs on one of our days there which came cooked perfectly.
Before you read on I will preface this review with a warning, if you are feeling like you want to watch an Oscar Worthy film or something insightful, this is not for you. If you want to watch something cheesy, silly and entertaining then read on!
Chalet girl is a British comedy which centres around the main character, Kim (Felicity Jones), an ex-skateboarding Pro who leaves all her dreams behind when her Mum dies in a car accident, leaving Kim to look after her Dad (Bill Bailey). Kim has been left to be the grownup of the house, and when money gets tight a friend tells her about the opportunity of making good money and great tips by being a Chalet girl in the Alps.
Kim finds herself completely out of her depths with the elite people she works both for and with. But soon, she relaxes into her new snow covered surroundings and makes new friends.
This film is a great, stay-wrapped-up-indoors-on-a-cold-Sunday type of film. It's not exactly challenging to keep up with the plot, but it is full of fun, the acting is ok, the cast is brilliant and it's just a fun filled light hearted film.
In true Brit-comedy fashion this is a film with a few gems in it. Alongside Felicity Jones we have Bill Bailey, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Eggerton and Brooke Shields. All play there part well, the dialogue is never stilted and the jokes are delivered well.
A great film for a cold afternoon, making me feel wintery and Christmasy already.
This is both the best and worst thing in my medicine cabinet. Best, because it really does its job and does it well. Worst, because it tastes absolutely awful! And I don't mean a bit, yuk, I mean gag inducingly awful! Having said that, it really is worth it. This should be in everyone's medicine cabinet this weekend.
This throat spray comes in a compact glass bottle with a nozzle attached. It is covered with a strong, green plastic cover which completely covers the nozzle and keeps it clean. I bought mine in Boots for £5.45 but it can be bought in most pharmacies. It also comes in different flavours, however, because of the medicinal type taste I can't imagine that they are any better in taste! The spray works as a local anaesthetic which numbs the pain in your throat. It won't necessarily make it better but it will allow you to get on with your day.
How to use:
The spray can be used every 2-3 hours. The nozzle on the bottle is quite long so that you can direct it to the right part of your throat. I use it to spray three times in my throat. Personally I tend to spray it twice in the area that hurts, and then once on the other side of the throat so that all areas are covered.
In summary this product is disgusting but works miracles. I would be lost without it.