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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.
I was about to visit my nephew who is two to babysit for a weekend whilst his parents had a well deserved break and decided I should take some bribes with me. As he is a huge Peppa fan I thought this would be an excellent choice.
The book is q perfect mix of toy and book. It contains 8magnets of various Peppa Pig characters contained in a small plastic container on the front of the book. The main body if the book looks like a regular story book but the pages are magnetic. This means that you can stick the characters to the pages, move them about, set scenes etc. Every double page has a scene; a museum, a beach; a park; a party; and a bedtime scene. The left hand page sets the scene and the right asks the reader to do something e.g Peppa, George and Mummy Pig have gone to the beach but Daddy Pig got left behind in the park. Can you find Daddy pig and bring him to the beach?
The book is simple but laid out very well. It allows children to get involved with a story, to use clues in the story to decode where things should be placed, and to have fun with their favourite characters.
Well with this present I think I am in the running for best aunty! My nephew loved this book. For Mr it was a great mix between a toy and a book, it covered all bases. The magnets seem well maDr and durable, and whilst I am sure they will not all last, that willbe fdown to them being lost in excitement rather than a fault. My only criticism is that the container which houses the magnets isn't very strong, I could see all the pieces falling out quite easily. Having said that, if it was sturdier it would probably be impossible for little hands to open.
At £6.99 I think this is a real bargain. It has a bit of everything and will be a new favourite for any Peppa fan in your life.
I am a bit of a sucker for the words "New" or "improved" when it comes to toiletries and i bought this when it was on an introductory offer. It was half price in Sainsburys at £1 which is part of the reason I picked it up. I have seen it available in lots of supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers. I was drawn to it because it looked liked a natural product which reminded me of original source, my gel if choice.
The gel comes in a bright pink plastic squeezy bottle. It stands upside down on a black plastic lid. The packaging is strong and I have never had problems with the product leaking out which I have with badly made bottles like this.
The gel itself is a creamy white liquid which I'd thick and gloopy. It glides onto damp skin well and feels thick and luxurious. Used with a shower puff it foams really well. The gel has an incredibly strong scent, to me it is too strong and a bit overpowering. The smell is very synthetic and fake, and to me isn't the natural scent I expected to be. However, the scent doesn't linger and so I have happily used the while bottle. The gel mouisturises extremely well and washes off easily. My skin feels soft, smooth and most importantly clean whenever I use it.
Whilst I really don't like the scent of this I would still say it's a good shower gel. I wouldn't buy it again due to the overpowering smell, but if you like the smell I imagine you would find it a really good gel. It's reasonably priced, lasts well and leaves me feeling clean and moisturised.
I will confess that I am a pretty big Soap and Glory fan, but that aside this is a product that everyone should own! It is a beautiful indulgent body scrub, with a great scent and look, which also works brilliant. Better than Mary Poppins, this is ACTUALLY perfectin every way.
Breakfast Scrub is packaged in a typically iconic Soap and Glory way. It comes in a clear plastic pot with a pink screw top. The pot is nicely curved and so sits on the side of the bath well and is easy to open. It contains 300no.
Once you open the pot you are hit with a luscious scent of maple and oats. The packaging states that the scrub includes oat, Shea butter, sugar, organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, honey and almond extract. I feel like I'm getting five a day just from one shower! To use I just dip my fingers in and take a good dollop of the scrub and then apply to wet skin. The product feels gloopy and rich and smoothes over the skin well. I tend to rub the scrub over my body in circular motions and the good think is that a little goes a long way. I pay particular notice to dry areas such as elbows and knees, the product really softens them up. It takes quite a while to wash the scrub off fully, so probably not so good if you are trying to do your Soap and Glory two minute rinse. But for me this is a product you want to take your time with anyway as it is a real treat.
One note of caution, the bio scrubs and sugar work really well but sting an awful lot if you manage to get one in your eye (easier to do than you may think!) so be careful!
I genuinely love this product. The fragrance is lovely and leaves a nice gentle scent on my skin, not overpowering at all. My skin is soft when I use it and it lasts a long time. I probably use it a couple of times a week and a pot last me about 6 months. It normally cost about £10 in boots but you can often get it on their 3 for 2 offer. The only downside, sometimes the little bio scrub bits stick to your skin and linger but it's a minor point for something so awesome!
This was the first perfume I had as an adult and is one I eke returning to. No matter what others I try I an a Clasique girl at heart.
Jean Paul Gaultier's Classique is one of the most iconic perfumes there is, both in design and scent. The first time I bought it I was attracted to the bottle. It is a glass bottle of a woman's hourglass figure in lingerie. The bottle itself is clear, with the lingerie aspect frosted clear glass. Through this you can see the perfume which is a seductive peach colour. The spray elemental the bottle is silver with an almost ringpull mechanism which stops the perfume from being sprayed accidentally. The bottle comes packed in a silver tin with ridges around it. Although the bottle is the beautiful part of the design, if you want to keep perfume for a while it will last much longer if you keep it inside the tin.
I find Classique quite a heavy scent, yet the tones in it compliment eachother beautiful. I would describe it as strong but not overpowering and it isn't a perfume which lingers in a room once you have left it! Personally, I tend to spray the air and walk into theperfume so that it is not too heavy on my skin. To me the main scents are rose, orange and vanilla. Because of the mix I would not describe it as an overly flowery perfume, more a fresh scent which has many natural tones.
A's I say, this is a perfume I returned again and again. To me it is the best perfume there is. It can be quite expensive, normally around £50 A bottle, but it lasts well as you don't need to keep applying. It makes a great present for most women, whatever their age, as different people seem to pick out different main scents. I can't recommend it highly enough!
I will admit that the whole concept of the Ped Egg to me is disgusting! I have always had really tough skin on my feet and need totake good care of them but do iI really need a glorified cheese grater? We'll, short answer, yes I do!
The Ped Egg can be bought from most pharmacies and supermarkets. I originally bought mine from boots for £9.99. It comes in that horrible and really hard to open clear packaging and is made by JML.
Basically, the idea of the Ped Egg is that it helps remove tough, dry skin from the soles of your feet. It has a metal aerated side, very similar to a fine cheese grater, which is attached to a curved plastic container. The idea is that as the grater removes the hard skin is caught in the curved egg. This means there is no mess (in theory!)
I find the product really good at removing hard skin, which as I said is a problem for me. I thought the metal would hurt but it is actually really gentle. The skin comes off easily and leaves feet much smoother, and super soft once you apply some foot cream.The one down side is that the two parts of the egg don't fit together very well and so some pd the skin shavings tend to fall out. I have had two eggs and this has happened with both of them. This means you end up with rather disgusting white marks all over the floor, which isn't very nice!
It's a good product, just could do with being slightly better made to stop leaking!
So, I work in retail which means that I am in contact with a lot of germs ALL the time. Handling money is a really easy way to catch germs and I recently decided enough was enough, I was not going to spend another year with constant colds and stomach bugs! So I tried a couple of different anti-bacterial gels to keep my hands clean and germ free. So far, this is by far my favourite.
The gel I am reviewing is a 50ml version of Carex Aloe Vera hand gel. I picked mine up in Boots at an introductory price of £1 but it is readily available in most supermarkets and pharmacists. The packaging claims to kill 99.9% bacteria in seconds. It comes in a small clear plastic squeeze bottle with a push top. The gel is a cool pale green colour which complements the refreshing scent well. It smells of a gentle aloe Vera/ cucumber but is nice and gentle and not at all overpowering. It is also refreshing to have a gel like this which doesn't have that chemical alcohol smell left in its wake, there is no trace of that at all.
I am a big fan of this gel. To use, you simply squeeze a small amount not your hands and rub it in using a brainwashing motion. The gel us quickly and easily absorbed and doesn't leave a sticky residue. My hands feel instantly refreshed and clean. Also, despite having alcohol denat as in ingredient, the gel doesn't leave my hands feeling dry. I really feel protected, and recently when there was a nasty stomach bug going around work, I was one of the only people not to fall victim to it. I will definitely be keeping a bottle of this in my handbag from now on.
The network rail card is one of the best things I have ever bought! At only £30 it is worth every penny and has saved me a fortune in rail travel. I would recommend it as an essential purchase for anyone who uses trains and lives in the south of England.
The network rail card is a card which entitles the user to 1/3 off rail travel within the network rail area. When I first heard about the card I thought the area it served must be tiny, but no! It covers a huge area from Cambridge in the north east of the area, aacross to Exeter in the south west and covering many areas in between. The card does have restrictions on Times, it can only be used after 10am, and on price, the original fare needs to exceed £13. However, at weekend's these restrictions don't apply. The other really good thing about the card which is different to other forms of rail card is that up to 4 adults can travel at the discounted rate using the same card. The card also covers travel into and around London, it really is one of the most precious things in my wallet!
How to buy:
You can buy the card from any national rail ticket office (excluding London Underground and Heathrow airport) The card is also available to buy online from national rail. It lasts for one year from the issuing date and unlike other rail cards you so not need a photo to attach to the card.
This really is an essential purchase for anyone who uses the train. It's particularly useful If you are someone who uses the train a lot at weekend's for day trips etc as there are no restrictions on use so far as Times and prices. A bargain! I learnt my money back in less than two months!
Nothing beats a good massage and with the massage bars by lush you will be in the hands of the professionals, even if your masseuse is no pro. A few weeks back I had a spate of bad back and neck ache and thought that a nice massage would do the trick. Rather than plumping for an expensive professional one I thought buying a massage bar and talking the other half into it would be best.
After braving the smell of lush and looking at their different bars I was drawn to the divine Soft Coeur. It has a really nice shape to it, a lovely heart which fits nicely in the hand. It smells sweet yet not too sickly, with hints of cocoa butter and almond, and a slight chocolatey hint. As I said the bar fits nicely in the hand and is easy to use, it melts nicely with your body heat without getting too soft and crumbling. The best thing to do it to rub it all over your back which leaves a trace of the product all over. Then with hands massage deeply into your tissue. (well realistically get someone else to do it, it is far more effective!). WHilst the bar leaves a trace on your skin it sinks in nicely and doesn't linger. Using something like this really does make a massage more effective.
This bar cost £4.75 for a 30g bar, so far I have had 3 massages and there is still plenty left. It is available from Lush Stores and their website. It's great if you want the benefit of a massage without lots of chemicals or nasty things. Lush Products aren't tested on animals and they use ingredients found in nature which is a great plus for me.
I'm someone who gets effected by hay fever differently every year, and as such I don't tend to have any strong loyalty to a particular brand. I tend to just pick up what I can find when it's on offer as I don't want to spend full price for the named brands. When I do suffer from hay fever it tends to be my nose and eyes that are mainly effected, and I don't mind what I take as long as it sorts these out and doesn't make me drowsy.
I picked these up a couple of weeks ago with my weekly shop. I was mainly attracted to them because they are only £1 for a pack of 14, far more reasonable than the £4 odd it would be for a more well know product. The active ingredient in these is Cetirizine Hydrochloride (the antihistamine found in Zirtek) and comes in a simple tablet which should be taken once a day with water. I find the best thing to do with antihistamine is to make sure you take them every day rather than on an adhoc basis. It seems to slightly build up in your system if you take it daily.
The product is true to its word in that it doesn't make me at all drowsy. I do think on the most part they are a good alternative to other more expensive allergy tablets, however, they don't seem to stop my eyes itching. I need to use eye drops as well but saying that, my hayfever does fluctuate and so it could just be a really bad year for it.
In summary, its a good product at a great price for slight hayfever symptoms.
I'm quite lucky with my skin, sometimes it's a little bit dry and dull but apart from that I have no real trouble. Maybe it's because of this that I have no real brand loyalty when it comes to skincare products as I find that most of them do a good enough job. So, with this in mind, last time I ran out I thought I would try this as I love Soap and Glory products. This product claims to be good for all skin types and offers to rejuvenate tired looking skin.
Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity Foaming Face Wash (long winded name I know!) comes in a clear tube which opens at the bottom. The product is a clearish light blue colour with pink beads within it. The pink beads work well to gently exfoliate the skin without being harsh. Soap and Glory claims that it contains a superfruit Plum skin brightening complex. It has a light, fresh fragrance that doesn't linger once it is washed off. When you squeeze the product onto your hand it feels quite thick but in a nice why, not cloying but luxurious. It doesn't feel at all sticky.
Soap and Glory suggest that you squeeze a grape sized amount onto you hands and rub into damp skin. To be honest I find this too much and use less, I find a little goes a long way! Massage onto the damp skin, I tend to be quite vigorous to make my face feel super clean but even scrubbing hard doesn't hurt my skin at all. I tend to cover my entire face and neck in this product to ensure the whole area feels clean. Once you have scrubbed to your hearts content all that is left is to rinse off. The product washes off easily to leave a fresh, bright face.
I tend to use this product two or three times a week rather than every day, partly to try to make it last longer and partly because my skin doesn't need a strong cleanser every day. When I use it my skin feels amazing, it looks brighter, feels a little firmer and isn't dried out. These results last for a couple of days which is why I feel I don't need to use it every day. I tend to use it in the morning to wake me up as the sensation is so rejuvenating, but I do also use it in the evening if I have worn a lot of makeup as it's really good at cutting through all the layers.
I would highly recommend this product. It is quite expensive at £7 but is really good. I tend to use it 2-3 times a week and in doing that a tube (150ml) lasts a few months. It is available at boots and online at soap and glory.
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved Radox. Back then I was mesmerised buy the bath salts, I used to grab handfuls when my parents weren't looking and see the green crystals go all gooey. Not helpful for you but just a little context to show you what I mean when I say I am a life long fan! So recently when I was staying in a hotel with the most amazing bath in the world, I had to go out and get some bubble bath, not trusting the hotel freebies to do it justice.
So off I trot to the local shops, which as I was in Liverpool aren't exactly on the small side. I found myself scanning the many choices on display and kept being drawn to the Radox Spa range. I opted for the Rejuvenating Bath Soak which has a Green Tea and Jasmine scent. So that will be the kind I am reviewing here.
The bath soak comes in a clear plastic bottle with a clear plastic top too. It has a lovely pale green colour which you can see through the bottle. Other than the label the bottle is nice and simply, letting the luxurious soak talk for itself. The bottle contains 500ml and I bought mine for just over £2. It's available from all major supermarkets and pharmacies as well as online. It can also often be found on offer.
This bath soak smells divine which is the main thing I went for. It contains Green Tea, jasmine and orange oil, which not only smell lovely but also leave your skin feeling delightfully moisturised. It creates lots of bubbles which I love, but saying that I put quite a lot in. If you wanted less bubbles just use the soak sparingly. The soak moisturises your skin and leaves it delicately fragranced without leaving the water greasy or the bottom of the bath slippery.
I know there is a multitude of products like this available but I really do love radox products. They are inexpensive but smell great, moisturise well and relax my whole body and mind after a long day. A little drop of luxury at a cheap price, cant get better than that!
I have always liked Garnier face creams and I had been itchy to try this new range since it was first launched. As I was trying to be very good with my pennies after Christmas I told myself I couldn't buy any as I had been given another product as a present and so I had to wait. By the time the end of January came round however, my resolve had broken, and with £2 off the RRP of £5.99 I felt that fate was telling me I should try.
What's all the fuss?
So, why was I so desperate to try this? It's surely just a mid range moisturiser I hear you say. But no! The whole premise behind this range is that the five creams within it are completely different and tailored exactly to different skincare problems, hence being called the Moisture Match series. Garnier claim that they can match the right kind of moisture to the right issues. The moisturisers available are:
-Protect and Glow Illuminting Light Lotion
-Goodbye Dry Ultra Hydrating Rich Cream
-Shine Be Gone Matifying Fresh Cream
-Wake Me Up Revitalising Gel
-Start Afresh Light Softening Cream
The variety of Gels, lotions and Creams means there should literally be something for everyone. After much deliberation I went for the Wake me up Revitalising Gel as my skin looked really dull due to the cold winter months dragging on.
Wake me Up Revitalising Gel comes in a box, and then a short squat orange tube with a white flip top (well bottom) It is 50mls and the packaging is just plain and simple, the Garnier logo on the top and the information about the product covering the rest of the tube. As I say I was attracted to this as at the time I had dull skin and I wanted something that would moisturise but also make my skin look fresh. The gel is enriched with citrus extract and hibiscus flowers and has particles which are supposed to burst on contact with the skin to offer extra hydration.
The gel has a lovely, fresh citrus scent which is just lovely, its like a mini wake up call for your face when you first apply it but the scent disappears quickly once it's rubbed in, exactly what you want from a gel. As it is a gel rather than a cream it is quite a wet product in consistency. This means it take a bit longer to sink into your skin and it is quite easy to put too much on. It's a consistency I have found a little odd to be honest, I find it hard to judge how much to use and often find that parts of my face feel sticky and greasy whilst others feel like they haven't been moisturised at all. Personally I don't like the feel of this gel on my skin and I am conscious of it on my skin all day, I can really feel the trace of it under the rest of my makeup. This may be my fault as maybe another product in the range would be better for me, I do have quite dry skin and so Goodbye dry may have been better.
Whilst the Gel has a lovely smell, for me it is not the ideal product. Rather than brightening my face it makes it look greasy, an issue I have never had before. However, I could see this Gel working on other skin types. Perhaps if your skin is less dry and just a little dull it would work well. As for me, I think I will stick to creams.