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I do wonder sometime am I being a little too 'vain' feeling the need to top up my perfume when I've got into work, from getting ready in the morning and leaving the house. Well I belive not, I've sprayed this perfume so that I am to write up this review, and no sooner have I sprayed it I can't smell it no more. The perfume despite how pretty the bottle looks, just can't hold it's scent that well. After some research I believe this came out in July 2009, and it's just one of a long list of perfumes by the strictly dominated makeup brand.
Once again I struggle to pick out the various scents that make up this perfume. So I have researched the exact scents online. Personally I can't sniff out much of the below, but I can confirm it does smell very oriental. So many perfumes these day describe themselves to have some oriental part to it, and personally I can never smell it. However this perfume I can definitely confirm it's there, I don't know were exactly; top notes, bottom notes or what, but it's there somwere. Oriental-floral fragrance which features notes of mango, freesia, lily, jasmine, peony, white caramel, musk and vanilla, taking us to art deco style salon.
As originally said, I bought mine of ebay so this was a little cheaper than the normal store price; but please find below some prices online I have found for you. Now I found these findings quite unusual. Normally you can always pick u perfumes on more discounted sites for a little cheaper than the original.
£29.50 - 30ml - Benefit website & Feel Unique & Boots
Considering the experience I've had with this one, I can't say I'd purchase any of the other scents form the line; if they was bought as a gift I would of course try them though.
I'm quite a fan of the Britney Spears perfumes, well I say that, basically I enjoy the fantasy and midnight fantasy. This I believe came out in August 2011, and I received this as part of a gift set in Christmas 2011. I had sprayed the scent and liked it at the time hence why I must have mentioned it, however it's not been used a lot, and since coming to write this review, I now know why. It appears there was a Radiance perfume brought out in September 2010, so this cosmic addition is spin off to it.
£17.99 - 50ml - Cheap smells
£21.99 - 30ml perfume & purse gift set - Superdrug
I have just sprayed this to get the scent details for the review, and I'm really shocked at the results. Normally I just spray a perfume and go without thinking about it; however because I was really trying to sniff out all the notes in the scent I realised something interesting. In my opinion this perfume has no scent to it; you may think this can't be true but I just don't GET anything from it. I'll try and describe this best I get, you know when you initially spray a perfume and instead of getting the scent straight away you tend to get a bland smell, like the alcohol or chemicals within the perfume. Well this perfume kind of just permanently smells like this, it reminds me of a cheap perfume you'd buy for £1 or 2, and it just has no scent to it, it's very bland. I'll include its staying power in this section also, as well I don't mean to be completely negative but; there isn't one. The perfume dissolves straight away, it doesn't last at all, it's only when I get my hand right up to my nose can I smell something (which is very bland)
The spray doesn't distribute the perfume in a great manner I don't feel. Personally I find it just kind of falls out the spray nozzle and leaves your hand feeling quite wet. Most perfumes really distribute the spray and thus you can't feel it going onto the skin. Also another detail to point out is the bottle, it's not great; I find it's quite tacky. Because it's got the same branding as the original radiance it's followed suit with the same style of bottle, however this one has black and white style 'gem's on it. Personally the whole thing looks as though there's not much thought or style gone into it.
The perfume really isn't for me, and I personally wouldn't recommend it. Scents I don't like I normally still recommend for younger girls, however I think this isn't to be bought at all. It's just a waste of money in my opinion sadly, and it's just another perfume which has been added to the chain which has already been realised and it's as if no thought as gone into it unfortunately.
Soap & glory in my opinion is becoming more and more a massive popular brand these days. I think it helps that every year they bring out a signature offer which is an incredible buy; this not only grabs the attention of already S & G fans, but also newbies see the great deal, buy into the offer and end up trying a whole host of products, which could lead them to then being a fan. Pretty neat marketing tool if you ask me. Soap & Glory is available from Boots, and they have an awesome website which is brill for reviews, expert advice and just further information about the range of products they offer.
This product comes in a variety of prices, due to the fact there is various way to get hold of this product. The RRP on their website states £6.50 for 250ml, true to its word on the Boots website the same size is £6.50. There is however another nifty way of purchasing this and that's by the trio set of mixed spays; you get 3 100ml bottles for £8.50. The good thing with Soap & Glory products is that there often always on offer too; so if you choose your time wisely when to stock up on the brand you can often get 3 for 2. Personally I feel it's a little over priced to be purchased on its own, as part of a gift set it good, but I wouldn't re-purchase solely on it's own.
This product is called Glam-A-Lot and isn't the original scent, personally I like this one better. The scent is a deep strong scent that impacts you upon spraying. Considering it's a body spray I feel as though it really has a perfume feel to it, if you didn't know I predict people would assume it was a perfume. It's described as "A super sexy, warm, rich, racy, and veritably voluptuous fragrant body spray with fresh flowers layered on a woody, vanilla musk base" Since reading the description I definitely agree with it. It does have a sexy vibe to it, and I can now pin point the vanilla; but with the woody and musky tones adding to the darkness I feel. Personally I can't smell the flowers, but all other aspects to the description seem accurate.
Who is it for
Anyone, it's a body spray at the end of the day, so it's not going to last all day. Personally I'd prefer a perfume for day to day basis, however since digging this back out from my room, I think I may be keeping this in the car as an emergency spray, or I'll be throwing it in my gym bag. Its scent is impactful and strong as I said, but I do feel it wouldn't be great for kids. This is just my opinion but as the description says it's a 'sexy' scent and for a body spray it is quite. I think younger girls would be better suited to the original scent as opposed to this more intense one.
* Last around 3 hours
* A good transition between body spray and perfume
* Great for a freshen up before or after the gym*
* Paraben free
* A little pricey I feel but great as part of a gift set
I'm glad I have re-discovered this, it's something I will definitely be using up, I'm unsure if I would re-purchase this. (I don't buy a lot of body sprays in general) however if it was to come in a gift set, I would be more considerate of it rather than disregarding it straight away.
I have had these crisps quite a few times now, there are 2 Boots local to me; I find that I buy these more in one Boots to another and the reason being is to their 'crafty' location of this product. The store in which I buy them from the most is the one where they are at the side of the tills; when there is a queue the line often runs past the shelf precisely were these are stocked and thus I always end up grabbing at least 1 bag normally 2.
These are in appearance quite similar to DISCOS; as they are quite circular however I feel they are a lot thinner than discos. The are suitable for vegetarians, free from hydrated fats artificial colours and flavourings and best of all the packet is only 96 calories. For more stats per pack please see below:
4g fat (medium)
0.3 saturates (low)
0.6g salt (high)
The above figures shows ratings as well as the stats that is because the Shapers name is part of a brand and line within Boots which are involved to create a meal deal. If you hop into the meal deal you would qualify for 3 products which a total value of less than 500 calories altogether.
Packaging is a little bland maybe but now I know I like and enjoy the product this doesn't matter as I buy the packet for the product inside not how nice the outside looks. The packet provides all necessary information which you would expect such as expiry date, barcode, ingredients, calorie content ect.
Overall opinion is that the crisps are very nice indeed, and if Boots sold these in a multipack I would definitely buy them as they feel like they are a little better for you than others on the market, they are tasty and considering there only21g, there is quite a lot of the crisps inside. I picked mine up today for only 20p as they was going out of date at the end of the month. Normally these range for around 45p which are great value for these particular crisps.
Well if the quirky product name and gorgeous pink packaging on the image above didn't give it away then I'll tell you now. Soap and Glory is a very popular UK based brand, which 'in my opinion' is dominating the market at the moment. It has a very quirky, modern yet retro feel to the brand and this shows through in the packaging. This particular product has a black & white pin up type model on the top lid, with lots of quirky quotes scattered around the rest of the tub. The brand are also well known for their risqué product names and gorgeously girly and pink packaging. The brand is one that I'm incredibly drawn to and, yes I do get suckered in by the marketing (dam it they got me ...and everyone else too I'm sure).
Were to buy
Your main point of call for this product is Boots, however I have seen it scattered around Ebay and Amazon too, however I prefer to buy from Boots as they almost always have loads of good offers on. 3 for 2 is their main winner and can save you a lot of money; so I always tend to hang on for these style of offers to pop up. Soap and Glory as brand, as mention above is becoming ever more popular now; this means that their products get some massive coverage in the Boots Christmas range too. A lot of their gift sets come with a variety of products, and I've already spotted one this year in "The showers that Glee" set.
Product & Claims
The product is a body butter which states: "Five Fruits - Super rich smoothing body cream, with Fruitgo fragrance with notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig." It also contains shea butter and peppermint oil" Now with my other product reviews I'm not the best at describing the scent, however what I will say is that I can definitely smell the scent of mint coming through the product. Now I'm not entirely sure what fruitliquid fig smells like, however the product does have a very distinctive smell to it, which I presume is this. Finally I find that when I put my nose right into the product I can smell something quite fresh and light, almost cold like (I think this may be the orange water juice pushing through too.)
The actual product contents is a thick white cream, however when you scoop this into your hands it feels very moist too. It's thick enough to not run or drip, but also has enough movement in there to really let the product sink into the skin. Some body butters are that thick that it's a struggle to move it around and spread into the body, however this moves freely and really does have a nice consistency. It makes the skin feel moisturised and has a nice 'cooling' effect on the skin too.
Butter Yourself Vs Righteous butter
One of Soap & Glory's most popular and longest running products in my opinion is their righteous butter, which is very similar to this one I am reviewing. In fact the only reason I ended up purchasing this product is because I thought it was the original righteous butter. When I got home and tried the product I realised the smell was different to it's competitor and the packaging slightly different; when I looked online I realised they was different products, as opposed to my original thought that they had just re-branded. Personally I feel this product is better than the original. 1. Because it's Paraben free, as opposed to its rival which has a big old 5. It's been a while since I used the righteous butter, but from what I can remember that product is a lot thicker, too thick in my opinion as it's too difficult then to blend and work the product into the skin. Both are also the same size and same price.
* Paraben free
* Lot goes a long way
* Thick yet workable and sinks into the skin
* Cooling and refreshing
I don't always use body butters or lotions, however I should really as you really notice a difference from before and after you use these types of products. I think to buy this alone is very expensive, and don't think it's a product I could justify. I would much rather wait for a 3 for 2 offer, or wait for the Christmas gift boxes. I think it's a great product though and prefer it much more over the original righteous butter. I am however going to narrow it down by 2 stars due to it's extreamly high price and the fact that there are plenty other products on the market which do just as good a job.
Topshop which always mean lots of ££££
This coat was my first 'investment coat', my first large Topshop purchase, and probably the reason why I continue to shop in Topshop. If you haven't guessed already it can be purchased from Topshop. I bought this last Winter (2011) however I have checked and it is actually available to still buy online and it retails for £89; I think however I 'may' have paid £98 or £100. Despite me not being able to 100% remember, the bottom line is either way it's expensive and was definitely a splurge to say the least. The coat last year was available in a 'red riding hood' style red, and navy (which is mine); I think they did black too but I can't remember. It appears that this year they have launched it again but in a khaki colour (which looks very nice too); personally I prefer parka coats to be green khaki in colour and am glad I got this coat in the Navy. I'll point also that if you are considering the coat but the price is off putting, I annoyingly' saw the coat in sale after Christmas. There seemed to be a lot of the red ones in stock (as though they hadn't sold as many), either way you could also check the sales to see if you can grab one of the colours at a cheaper rate maybe too.
The style of the coat is what originally drew my attention to it, as it looks very classy and stylish, yet modern at the same time. I personally would say this was a 'duffle' style coat; and again 'I think' this is how it was advertised last year. It fastens with 5 press studs going all the way up to the neck, and then it has an additional 2 button and button hole fastenings which appear to be built into a 'tunnel/turtle' neck style. I have often buttoned these buttons up also, as it really does prevent any cold from getting to you. Note though that due to these buttons being around the neck/collar section, it becomes very snug up top and the buttons kind of end up around your mouth; it really does come that high up.
The coat also comes complete with a detachable hood; personally even if I didn't use the hood I would still keep it attached, as I personally like the look and style with it resting at the back. There are 2 side chest pockets (which personally are no good for storing anything other than your hands) if you haven't got gloves these pockets are ideal hand warmers. There are an additional 2 'normal' pockets also at either side of the coat, these are a nice size, ideal for phone, camera, purse ect. In my opinion I wouldn't over fill these though at it would look too bulky and may spoil the pretty look of the coat. These pockets can be fastened with a toggle; this toggle feature follows through to the centre panel of the coat too. It's a wooden toggle held in place with a pretty rope style effect; and the coat could actually be fastened solely with these, however it may move open when walking, and therefore would be more secure with the press studs.
Finally in this section, the coat I have is in navy; however it has contrasting fabric inside, which looks very pretty. The fabric inside and also the inside of the hood is a red and navy tartan; the navy inside thus really helps to blend into the outer exterior of the coat too.
The coat sits just underneath the bum around mid thigh, which is a great length for the type of coat this is. The coat is 80%wool and 20%nylon and personally this really comes through in the product. It would be pointless to have this in a cropped style as it's that warm you want to cover all your back and waist to get the benefit from it. I find it's very warm indeed and therefore would only need to be worn with something thin underneath. I read the previous review and they stated it was thin, I disagree with this completely. The coat oozes warmth and quality for that matter, and considering you're paying around the £100 mark I should hope it did do the job intended also. The coat is over ¾ wool and this shows through in the quality also. Not only just by looking at the coat can you tell it's a very nice 'pricey' product but also in the weight. I can only describe this as being a 'heavy' coat; obviously due to the wool; with it being heavy this proves my above claim of it being very warm also.
Now although the wool is the key part to the item which makes it warm, and costly I presume it does cause some slight discomfort. I personally felt a little 'itch' internally on the sleeve arms. This isn't something that necessarily stopped me wearing this, but it is noticeable when your first put it on. Another pointer is that the coat in my opinion is not designed to be worn if expecting rain. Due to the wool I presume the rain just 'sinks/sits' on the coat, making it then very damp and takes a long time to dry out. Even though I don't think the rain would seep through, I still think that if you was caught short and it was chucking it down, I don't think this would feel comfortable to wear.
Topshop tends to often have problems with their sizes, either being too small, or coming up too big; this coat definitely is an odd one. Coats normally I buy either my correct size or a size (due to taking into account wearing a jumper/t-shirt underneath) and I wouldn't want the coat to be too tight. I'm normally a 10 comfortably sometimes an 8, then again sometimes a 12 (Primark for example). I remember picking the 10 up and just starring at it on the hanger as it looked very big, I picked an 8 up out of curiosity and this too was big. I was a little stumped at this point as even contemplating the 8 was odd, particularly for a coat; but when I tried it on, this was still quite big. I was very confused at this point and threw caution to the wind and looked for a 6; (personally I thought this was ludicrous as I own nothing a size 6) so the prospect of buying a coat seemed bonkers. I tried it on and it fit fine, I went back and forth with this and the 8, just to convince myself I had fit into this and sure enough the 6 was the right size. Maybe it's because this was a duffle style, or maybe it's the fact it's predominantly made from wool; I genuinely don't know. A colleague tried this on and she is a wee little bit smaller than me, and has a slight smaller build (so in my opinion the 6 would be too big for her also.) To conclude basically you need to try this on first, or if buying online, just plunge straight into the smaller size.
* Pricey, but worth it for a quality warm product
* Very warm so only need to wear something thin underneath
* Made over ¾ of wool, so doesn't board well in the rain
* Dry cleaning recommended
Personally this is definitely worth the money, it's a product which has been hung up for a few months, but will be making an appearance pretty soon, this weekend in fact. It's had a total of 4.9 out of 5 star ratings (so it's doing pretty well, to say the least). I would recommend you try it on first and 'think' why you are buying it; it will no doubt keep you exceptionally warm when in the cold, but if you get a lot of rain (it's not going to work for you)
Price & Availability
I picked this up on a bit of a whim from Morrisons, thanks to those good old end of isle promotions that they strategically place around the store. I picked this up for £1.25, however I think they normally retail for around approx the 2.50 ish mark. As stated I purchased mine from Morrisons, although I presume most of the popular supermarkets would stock these also. Another key reason why I was drawn to this pizza, is the fact it's a stone backed thin crust. Pizza's tend to have a reputation of being thick and gooey were the cheese is like string; however I personally don't enjoy these types. I'm more a fan of the classic thin crust, true Italian style pizza. It appears that more store bought pizza's seem to be going down this route, and promoting themselves as being on a thin base (as though they know this is what the consumers want)
What's it like?
This pizza is pretty much the standard size, the best way to describe it is by telling you that the box is 9 x 9" square box and provides 8 slices of pizza. Each ¼ = 256 calories, ½ pizza = 512 calories and the whole pizza = a whopping 1,024 calories (shocking after you type this after I've already eaten 2 ½'s on 2 separate days)
The photo on the box looks appealing, but sometimes this never actually represents the product when cooked, however personally this does turn out how it looks on the box which is good. Cooking states 15-17 which again is a true representation, and the guidelines sates you can just pop this onto the oven shelf itself, which any need for a tray.
The taste is very nice, this is only a cheese and tomato pizza, however I enjoy these when they are plain better. I personally really enjoyed this so much so I will definitely be repurchasing this again, whether it's on offer or not. I did notice other varieties on the shelf also, there were Pepperoni, and I vaguely remember seeing a chicken one as well, however I can't be sure on this.
Clinique are a very popular skin care brand, their ethos seems simple, tested for allergies and 100% fragrance free. They are a high end product, and surprise surprise, with that comes the expensive price tag. I think when you compare to other products on the market, and particularly with the likes of Revlon and Max Factor getting more expensive I think it's a fair deal for the product which you are buying into.
This is basically a concealer, but one of those fancy nifty little ones, which come attached with a brush and have a handy twist up function. The product as with all Clinique products comes in a lovely box, with a paper insert detailing the product, it's contents ect. Normally I just throw this and the box away, but fortunately I found the box stuck at the back of the drawer, which prompted me to write the review.
The product looks like a felt tip pen, pretty much the same size, shape and weight, so is very easy to transfer from makeup bag to handbag ect. The packaging is a soft peach (and maybe somewhat boring cream colour), yet it has a shiny silver lid, to add a touch of luxury. Clinique products keep the labelling very simple and minimalistic; but it does show the product name and colour which is perfect, as this is all you really need if you want to repurchase.
Ok.. but does it work? ... and how?
Yes enough about the finer detail, let's get down to the nitty gritty, and in simples the answer is a big old YES. The product claims to perfect and illuminate, which personally I feel it does, specifically the illuminating factor. I recently starting back using the product and I just noticed how brightening it made the skin under my eyes. My shade is #04 neutral fair, which is perfect for me; when placed under the eyes and around the nose, it's not too dark yet it also not too light were it looks very obvious were you have put it. The product looks very natural, and since I haven't used it for a while, It's definitely converted me back over to this product!
To use initially you have to twist the base a couple of times until you see the product begin to come through, from here onwards you simply need to twist a tiny bit to get more than enough product which you will require. I twist this once and I have enough for dots under my eyes, a sweep under each brow, down the nose, round the nostrils and a wee bit on the cupids bow. With other similar products I find I barely have enough from one click to do both eyes let alone the other areas too.
Another thing I noticed about going back to the this product again was how soft it was on the skin. I've used the No7 pen and the YSL touché Eclat; although I can't remember what the YSL product was like, I can certainly remember that the No7 product didn't feel half as soft as this product does. It probably gives it away in the title as it does say 'air brush'; I do think it definitely has an edge over other competitive products.
Price & availablility
This can be purchased from Clinique counters, Boots, Selfridges, online ect. Personally I will try and see were the best deal or offer lies. For example do I buy from Boots and benefit from double/triple points. Or do I buy online or from a Clinique counter and get the free gifts. Normally these are only miniatures trial samples, however sometimes you get a load all enclosed in a toiletry bag; so it's worth seeing what's around and if you can get anything out of buying the product. I will advice though to get matched up first; it's not a cheap product and finding out you've got the wrong shade can be quite disheartening.
* Rated 5 /5 stars on Clinique's website
* There are only 3 colour choices, so match up is key to find your tone
* This is more a radiant / highlight pen than concealer pen (in my opinion)
* Paraben free
* Featured on 'How to look good naked'
* Voted 'best under eye brightener' by Cosmopoliton beauty awards 2008
Overall & Recommendation
Overall I've grown to love this product and the brand again, if you search around for a deal you can also get some good points or sample trials out of it too. The only reason I came back to trying the product is because I'm in the process of finding products that work and are Paraban free. Due to me still having this box in the back of the drawer I was able to check the ingredients on the back and Yayy for Clinique thumbs up !!
OK so I admit I don't do a lot of film reviews as I never quite know the best way to describe the film without giving the story away, but I do give them a go sometimes, so here it goes. I'm having a lazy Saturday afternoon as my first day off in ?? days. We all know afternoon tv isn't great, but I've stumbled across Home Alone 2 on E4 and well thats my next 2 hours sorted.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is part of a sequel of films, that all lead on from one another, yet with a slight different theme or location each one. The star of the show is Macaulay Culkin known in the films as 8 year old Kevin McAllister. This film was directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes.
The basic story around this film is the family are off on a trip to MIAMI for christmas, and as they are always in a rush and with around 14 family members on the trip, it just so happens than 1 of them is to get lost. Surprise it's Kevin again who gets lost. He ends up getting on the wrong plane and only realises when he lands in the big old city of New York. Now Kevins not your average 8 year old child, he's very smart and brave, and some how manages to get himself checked into a very fancy hotel. Along his travels he 'co - indecently' bumps into the 2 crooks who he first met in the first film. Turns out these crooks are up to their dirty tricks again and want to rob the popular toy store. Kevin finds this out and wants to prevent this from happening, so he goes about setting up various traps to stop this. A lot of stunt scenes later on and Kevin saves the day, has the con man caught and his family finally find him again.
Were to watch the film?
I originall wored the start of this senance as "This film is very old", however I've researched and it was made in 1990; the year I was born, so I will retract my comment to avoid calling myself old too :). Basically what I'm trying to say is that as far as films goes, depsite it being 22 years old, it's still around, and I'm sure plently generations of family members would know what this film is too. I remember watching it when I was a child at Christmas and for me it was the film which signifies Christmas (simply because the film is set around Christmas time). Due to a lot of other people often associating this with the Christmas holidays too, it is often shown on the likes of E4 or ITV 1 or 2 throughout November or December. Due to it generally just being a good old family classic film, it's often used in my opinion as a filler show, when there's nothing much else on, they'll bring the classics out, this being one along with Die Hard and Speed normally. It can be picked up new for £3.47 including free delivery from Play.com also.
* 120 mins long
* A great classic film for all
* Quite cheesey at times
* Made in 1990, you can see this in the picture and effect quaity
Overall Opinion & Re-watch
I have watched this over and over and will continue to do so, I will point out that with it being made so many years ago, I do feel this is noticeable when you watch this compared to more recent films. I often watch this, but I'm pottering around doing things as well, as I've seen it so many times. The only thing is now when watching it you can see how un-realistic the film is. An 8 year old left to simple "find an empty seat" on a plane, getting himself from the airport to the city centre alone. And best of all running the streets of one of the biggest citys' in the world alone at midnight on christmas eve, without anyone raising any eyebrows. Overall I overcome this, as it is the whole point of the film. It's fun and simple to watch. Personally I woudln'y buy this on dvd, I would simply await for it to be; once again repeated on TV.
Body scrubs, we love to hate them. The faff it involves rubbing what can only be described as sand all over your body, and not forgetting the mess it leaves around the bath. But yet despite already having numerous tubs of this, I couldn't help myself with a 3 for 2 offer when in Boots.
Boots Extracts is a boots own brand, but it's a very popular brand of theirs due to it's ethics I think. They are very much a natural brand, with a whole host of lovely smelling products. Another bonus to the brand is that it's organic and contains fair-trade ingredients. "She butter is used in the Boots Extracts range for its beneficial moisturising properties. Our Fairtrade butter is produced by communities in West Africa. By using this source we support their future prosperity."
MANGO sugar scrub - "containing natural scrub particles to intensely exfoliate, leaving skin smooth, bright and feeling rejuvenated." It does point out on the packaging also that THIS IS NOT A FOOD, it's a good point they point this out, as it smells so yummy some children (or maybe adults) may have a curiosity to taste it.
It's states on the packaging that this product will last 24 months, however you won't have a problem using this product up; as I've used it twice but am already a ¼ in I would say. There's not really a true size measurement of how much you use each time; as the product is in a tub, which you then just scoop the product out with your hands. A scoop in your fingers and knuckles does a limb I would say.
I apply scrubs in the bath, so my skin is already wet and the product goes on the skin great. The product is quite oily, which allows it to glide onto the skin and when you rinse it off, you can still feel it on the skin, which has a very smooth texture; even when your dry you can still feel this softness on the skin. What I will say is that I don't think the scrub side of this is that effective; I know I've just said above it leaves the skin smooth, but I believe this is to do with the oil in the product rather than the scrub. Personally from using numerous Soap & Glory scrubs, this really doesn't live up to the same expectations. If you've tried S&G scrubs and find them too harsh, then you will love this product, as it still has a slight rough texture to it, but personally I feel this is a lighter scrub compared to the other harsh ones (which I prefer on a weekly / 2 weekly basis)
The product is only ranked 3 out of 5 stars on Boots, and it appears a running trend there is along the lines of what I have stated, that the product leaves you more smooth than scrubbed . This links in with what this scrub leave behind also. As mentioned I used scrubs in the bath, and unfortunately this product doesn't like to part with the bath once it's emptied. This is a pet peeve of my dads as according to him, it leaves sand marks round the edge of the bath; and has become a bit of a running joke. I think this product is worse than my other scrubs, due to the amount of oil in the product it literally just sticks to the bath and is quite hard to remove. Also a note of warning, this product leaves the oil on the base of the bath too, and when you step into it the following day, be careful not to slip.
This product is available from Boots and can often be picked up on various 3 for 2 others, they seem to always have running. Bought alone this stands at £7.95 for a 400ml tub (which at a guess of how many times you would use this, it would last max 2 months I feel.)
If I had a choice of Paying £8 for a body scrub, I would go for the Soap & Glory, as I feel I see more of a benefit from their line.
What is it?
Basically this, in my opinion is a multi-function product, the packaging states it "softens, smoothes & relieved dry skin, it contains vitamin E, smoothes marks & tones skin. Now this product in my opinion could be used, after the shower as a body lotion, a little bit on your hands and elbows before fake tanning; I have even lathered this on my feet & hands before bed and covered in socks and gloves for a real deep moisturizing.
This 250ml tube in Boots currently is £3.77, were as the same product in a pump action bottle is £5.30. If you continue the read further down, you will see why I personally have rated this a star less and why next time I will be investing in the pump action bottle instead.
What does it do?
Well as the packaging states it softens and relieves dry skin, I most definitely agree with this, as it is an extremely soft and rich product. The fact it is a butter makes it a little more thicker in my opinion and just generally nice to work with and work into the skin. "Helps smooth and blend any unattractive marks & scars. Widely recommended for stretch marks, during and after pregnancy." << Now this is what is stated on the back of the package; personally I can't give an opinion on this, as this wasn'y my purpose for using it. As a moituriser though for use after the shower I think it's very nice. The scent is deliousu, as the name states cocoa butter; so you can imagine it has a yummy chocolate type scent.
I have mixed opinions on this, purely because of the packaging. It's a sqeezy style tube, which is great when you first buy the product and it's full; however as soon as your part way through it, it becomes very hard to get the full remainder of the product out. I've had many a fight with this bottle after the shower, trying to squeeze product out of it, and it slipping out of my hand ect. Personally I won't be buying this product again within this storage container; there are a lot of products to the Palmer's brand so I feel next time it may be better to look at what other options are available.
Speaking of packagaing it's very simple and easily recogniseable to spot on a shelf in a shop, due to it's simplicity. From what I can remember this range has been around for many a years and the packaging has always remainded the same; this may be so that it's easily recognised and not constantly changing something, which in theory doens't need to be changed. In my opinion the packagaing looks a little 'old fashioned', with it's white matt bottleand simple colorings.
Finally to conclude this product is ideal and perfect for me, due to the fact they are against animal testing, and this product in particurlar contains no parabens; like I said the only down fall is the squeezy style format with the packagaing.
What does it sell ?
Everything, a real good mix from health & beauty, to food, baby, toys, homeware, gardenware, absolutely everything. I think this is the reason why people like the shop so much; due to the complete variation in products for sale, you really can come in here and pick up ALL your household items. I know confidently that if I need a last minute gift for someone, I can stroll into here, pick up a card, present and gift bag (even a cheap pen if I'm really in a rush and need to write it out in the card). I could pick up wine, chocolates, beauty gift set, or some toys or books, if it was a gift for a child.
Value for Money
Another key reason why it's such a popular store to shop in I think, is because you can get a lot better priced products than you would in other stores. For example you can pick up really sweet and cute gift bags for less than £1. If that was in a card shop, or Supermarket they would be more expensive. Another example of this is the food & drink section, you can pick up a 2litre bottle of Pepsi for only 79p, even the popular energy drink Lucazade, can be picked up for a fraction of the price it would cost you in a supermarket.
To conclude it is a shop I would highly recommend for all people. Whether you just get your toiletries from here, or you get everything from here, either way you are going to notice a different in price from were you normally go.
What's a Bootsale?
It is what it says, a sale from the boot of your car, in America it would be referred to as a garage sale. All sort of things are sold at bootsales, from brick a brac, to electronics, clothes (some people even sell or advertise larger objects - these are often just printed on a sheet of paper and left on the table for people to see and enquire further) When you do a bootsale there is a fee to have a pitch / stall. This can vary from around £8 for school bootsales, to up to around £15 for bigger ones. The location of these are usually a school carpark/playground, an empty field, anywhere were the local council has spare land a bootsale can be sprouted up normally.
Some people frown upon bootsales, however buying something from a bootsale is the sale as off Ebay, genuine people who simply are getting rid of items they no longer need. Sometimes you look at the price and think
As a Seller
When I was younger I'd hop along with mum & dad whilst they did a car boot sale, I'd sit in the boot and my job would be to mind the money tin (then help count change). Some places and some people do it differently, but with us, we are very regimented if we do a car bootsale. We pack the car the night before, making sure to pack the table last on top, so that it's ready to come out first in the morning. A flask is made for the morning, some snacks pack and off we set out at 4am. Yes you heard me right, the reason being is that for the layout of our particular bootsale we like to be specific spot (this resulting in having to leave early to get first in the queue.) Once you get your pitch, it can sometimes be a bad dash to get all your stuff unloaded, some are better organized than other and allow you enough time, but before you know it you have people peeping through your window, and at some points physically taking stuff out of your boat for you!
As a buyer
Some buyers are more dedicated at this than others, as I said some people are out buying the same time the sellers get there at open doors. Personally we normally hang fire between 8 & 9am. Obviously the earlier you go, sometimes the better stuff is there, but then again, if you leave it later on, and it's been a very 'slack' morning then sellers may be more flexible on pricing. Now early doors on a Sunday is not a pretty sight, let alone when it's cold & damp; this just needs to be embraced with a big coat on, hair slicked back and you UGG's or Wellies thrown on.
Personally I think a Bootsale is brill, a little bit of a buzz when you think you've found a bargain amongst the mist. You may come away with rubbish, or some good stuff; the great thing is that theres no specific category of stuff, there's just everything - an electric mix of items all mixed together, trying to be displayed in some form of pattern. Most of the time I personally look for bargains which can be sold on, other times you find that something you've been looking for for ages, or better still you find something you can up-make into something. Either way I enjoy both doing them and going to them.
Aldi personally I feel can have a bit of a stigma of being a 'cheap shop'; so much so that when you was younger in school the 'mean' kids would often pick on you if you had an ALDI carrier bag or would use the silly little torment of "you mum goes to ALDI" << very childish and very untrue. I think most recently ALDI has really come up on the supermarket scales, and I think this may be to do with the fact that they have a lot more adverts on TV then what they have had in the past. All be it the adverts are very simple and in essence low key (normal members of the public, shooting funny little quirky comparisons within various rooms of their own homes) Simple yet extreamly effective, what more does someone need as a reason to buy a product when it's right there in front of you how much cheaper it is the popular high street brands.
When you walk round an ALDI store you notice the brand and packaging is slightly different, despite this you can clearly see similarityies between products and brands. For example I know stright away that I can get a replica product of 'Pringles' within the store, same theme and style packagaing but with a different brand name. Coca-Cola, frosties and chedder biscuits are some other examples, you know stright away what this product will taste like as its a 'replica' of the high street brands. You will store a considerable difference in price, this is the main reason why I think more people choose to shop here. Because they know they can get practically the same item for a fraction of the price.
I bought this very much on a whim passing by, I thought it looked very similar to DairyMilk and if I didn't like the taste to eat from the packet, I thought it would do well for baking. Now I bought this so rapidly as I was under the illusion this was only 30p (poor product sign placement, me thinks here) but none the less I have soon found out that the price for this 89p < Still reasonable compared to others on the market!! It's only since going onto their website I have noticed that they do sell one of these products for 30p, but it's a smaller but reasonlable size. I shall deffinitely be hunting for this size next time I'm in there. The 89p bar however though is a 200g and suitabe for vegetarians, here comes the frightening part though - this whole 200g bar contains 1064 calories "ouch". However if you have good will power and simple ration this into little bags and avoid eating them, then it's more spread out then.
The chocolate tastes divine, so smooth and very sweet. It is completely coparible to Dariy Milk, at a fraction of the cost.
Would I repurchase / Reccomend ?
Most deffinitely indeed ! I was a little hessitant at first I'll admit and I still 'presume' that with it being so cheap in price, it wouldn't taste very nice, however how wrong I was. I just genuinly can't belive how cheap this is, but yet how nice. If you reading this and don't belive me, or haven't purchased anything from ALDI before, then I can't advise any more but to try this for yourselves. Since going online also I have noticed there is quite a selection of other chocolate bars, which look very compariable again to other high street brands. I think I will be taking a closer inspection next time I pop in and see what other little bargain find I can hunt down.
I had never been to Scotland before and never climbed a mountain, yet Ben Nevis was my first climb and part of the 3 peak challenge which I took part in for charity. ( Yes I know how bonkers it sounded, my first mountain to ever climb, was the highest one in the UK, but hey I took challenge ... And loved every minute).
We was in a group, however my friend and colleague was struggling with her chest around an hour in, so myself and another colleague (actually our manager) took the decision to walk her back down and then walk back up again; I know crazy again! Due to this we lost the remainder of our group, had no map or compass and no idea were to go, other than following the path to the top.
What is it?
For those who don't know Ben Nevis is located in the Scottish Hylands, near the town of Fort William. It sits 4,409 ft above sea level, making this the tallest mountain in the British Isles. A lot of people are aware of this, whether they have been up the mountain or not, it's somewhat of a trivia questions often used. It attracts around 100,000 accents in a year, and it's also a key mountain to the popular 3 peak challenge. Due to the 3 peak challenge becoming more popular a friend told me she had heard that they was going to try and stop being climbing these mountains due to the erosion that it was causing. Realistically I don't think no amount of tourist can truly erode the biggest mountain in the UK, however you can understand that prevention is key. There is a car park at the base which I believe is £3 per car and £10 per mini bus. There was a shop also, but time wasn't on our side for me to have a browse. I'm not sure if there was any cafe facilities but the ladies toilet area was a decent size, enough for you to change into something dry.
Location & Scenery
The accent up really is picturesque, you just look out and see countryside and fields going on and on. Depending on weather depends on what you are able to see. Unfortunately the closer to the top we got the worse the weather became so potentially the best views we never saw; however it's England, we can't predict the weather ... Or should I say we can .... Rain :) . Anyway moving on, when you look at pictures online of the views on a clear day, you really can just see for miles and it just makes the perfect photo, ideal for your screen saver on your computer. When and 'if' you make it to the top, you can reach what (from what I remember) was monument which looked like a sun dial, From what I can remember this had possible directions on, of what you can see or how far you can see on a typical clear day. There is also an old 'observatory' or the remains of this on top, which was once used to determine various weather measurements. On further route up, just over 1/2 way I would say, there is a stunning waterfall, you literally turn a corner and just hear and see it before your eyes. You have to actually walk past/through it, in which I touched the water and it was most definitely crisp and extremely icy to the touch. Another view which I'll include in this section is the clouds; you notice that you are walking in mist more, but it's only around the waterfall section I actually looked around and saw we was in the clouds, what's more strange is seeing birds fly below you and couds below you! That's when you get a true sense of just were you are. This links in with the weather as well. If you see approach to a cloud, make sure you've got your hood up, as the wind blowing the sleet and rain at you isn't great, but it's fascinating as you see this stop immediately after you walk out og the cloud.
Will I get lost? And Safety?
Personally from my experience if you make your accent on a clear day and avoid the mountain if it's recently had snow I think you would be fine. I found that on the way up, there was a very clear path, it was obvious which way was to the top; not only that but if you go at a good time of the day there will be a lot of other passers by who are either going up in the same direction or they will be passing you on the way back down. On route up we had no idea how far long we were until asking a fellow walker (who was geared up with proper kit) she checked on her map and informed us that we wasn't even near the T junction which was the 1/2 way point (approve). This was a little diss-heartening for us however informative also as she guided us to turn left at this point. When we approached the T junction is was very obvious, and we turned left (again due to the amount of traffic going up and down, this was the obvious route to take; it was only coming down were we understood how easy it could be to forget this T junction was here. Deciding the mountain you have momentum on your side, and you tend to glide down, depending how quick you was going up as well, their may be less people around when you are on the climb down. We was on the lookout for the T junction on the way down and we literally only saw it when it was straight in front of us, on the way down the paths are so long you just feel as though your walking straight for ages, until we saw a turning. It was here we released this was the T junction and we made the correct decent down. However it then became conversation to us, that if it was a very foggy, and possibly snow it would be very hard to remember were the T junction was, and more important walk past it, it's here were you could get in trouble and become lost very quickly.
Another pointer I would recommend is that closer to the summit, the very obvious zigzag zigzag paths comes to a stop, and its just open land you are climbing up, parts of it are rugged rock, others more slate like rock and some even snow. Again it wasn't a major problem for us as were was ascending and descending when there was other hikers around, however if you was more alone and there had been a lot of snow, then were you would have had previous marker points in the rubble and rock, these would be blanked by the white snow. I can only imagine that it would be very easy to veer off and unfortunately then all your bearings and surrounds are gone from you.
I would advise that you take your time, particularly on the way down, when your momentum gets on top of you, your gliding down, if it's wet it can be very slippery. Now I didn't quite realize how close to the edge these paths would be, it was very daunting at some points. Parts of the path are made up of rubble rock, so on the way down be extremely careful and make sure you have your balance, before taking any further steps.
When you look at photos online Ben Nevis, can get a lot of snow, so much that sometimes it can even cover the actual 'peak' dun dial monument at the top, now we all know with snow comes ice, parts of Ben Nevis is actually used for ice climbing, I can't imagine how dangerous this is, but you can find more information of this online. What I will mention with the snow fact is that when you reach the summit, you veer left slightly to were you see the monument; however be careful as there is an extremely sheer drop on the left also (which looks frightening just looking at it) ... You can be assured there's no footprints in the snow leading to that area. Fortunately for us, the actual cornice was identifiable by the harsh black slate and rock as the snow didn't' lead all the way up to the edge. Sometimes though during heavy snow, this will sit, rest and congregate around the cornice; if this overhangs also it then creates a 'false' edge. This is exceptionally dangerous as what you think you are standing on a solid surface with snow on top, is in actual fact just snow ... With nothing underneath. For a better understanding of this you can see photos online, there is nothing to worry about as long as you stay clear of the edge altogether (which of course is the most sensible thing to do, however some photos online show some very silly people)
What kit / equipment will I need ?
There are plenty websites giving advice on what to take with you for this big a climb, however here is what I feel personally helps.
*A waterproof jacket & pants - Now this will no doubt stay tied round your waist like mine did for the first 1/2 of the climb, however as soon as you reach the clouds and the rain starts, trust me your going need it. Another pointer, ideally get one with a hood that has the nifty little toggle ties to help it stay up. I had difficulty with mine, and no matter how many people tried to help me keep my hood up, it kept blowing down. Waterproof pants are a definite, having not had these for the Ben Nevis climb, but then finding them for Snowdon, I noticed such a huge difference they make.
*Hat & Gloves - Now this may seem obvious, however I would recommend a good pair of walking gloves. I thought mine were waterproof (and although they was for a period, I sill felt the rain seep through to the fleece inside). I also had a wooly hat from H&M << Not the best idea, as due to my above problem with my hood falling down, this therfore drenched my little wooly hat (which my manager who I climbed with, reffered to it as a 'tea cosy') Another pointer is a 'snoodle' I think they are called these, I personally didn't have one of these, however it would be less bulky than a scarf, but still keep you warm around your neck.
*Clothing - I chose to wear leggings as my 'base layer' however these were no good as they got soaked, If I would have had the waterproofs maybe these wouldn't have got so wet, however ideally proper base layer leggings would be much better. Walking socks, or just generally really thick bed type socks, and take a few pairs. The amount of socks that were scattered around out mini bus trying to dry from the vents was too many to count - hence why a few went missing probably. I took a few pairs which I was envied for by others I think. A thick fleece or jumper as it gets cold up there guys, them winds are mean and mean business at that.
*Extras - Personally I'd reccomend a walking pole, these can be picked up very cheap but they really do help you when your at a low; I was bashing mine into the ground at one point. A back pack, essential to store all your neccessaries. A little first aid kit, including a whistle, foil blanket, peanuts, energy bars, flapjacks (ideal to keep in your pocket too to pick at for bursts of energy on the way up), plasters, paracetamol, a wee but of sunscreen (can be applied priar to the walk, depending on time of month your climb is). Energy drinks are a great little boost, and I really noticed the difference when I had a drink of this apposed to the water. Now I invested in a 'camel back' << well in fact I got the cheaper brand, but basically it's a flat water pouch which come in a variation of sizes, I bought mine so that it fitted into the inner pouch in my back pack; a straw then gets feeded through and is always at end througout the walk. A head torch is adviseable also, as even though you may be preparing for a day climb, you need to be prepared.
There are loads of websites online, and if you want an idea of what it looks like priar to the climb you can look on youtube. I would reccomend you research first, as at the end of the day its the biggest mountain in the UK and not something which should be tackled lightly. I personally did climb without a map, reason being is that I genuinly had no idea how to use one, and I was with a group (however we dissperced from the group, but that was another story) On a clear day the route is simple and clear, however you hear stories of how things can change in minutes, so it's better to be preapred.
How was it overall?
The route is not a nice one, personally I found it very tiedeious, constant zig zag walking, that felt lit it was never ending, you never felt no progression in my view. You'll read this lots on websites but on a few occassions you feel like your at the top, but then your sadly dissapointed when you see the rest, so much so when you do finally get to the top, you actually can't belive your there. The feeling was immense, so much so my emotions got the better of me. I really found it tough, I had no idea what climbing a mountain felt like, however theres a very good reason why it's the tallest in the UK ... because it was blimming tough to climb it. Some of the group within the party said they wouldn't do it again, now whether they was referring to the 3 peaks or just Ben Nevis I don't know but for me personally I would to both. With more time and planning and more knoweldge on what to take with me I feel I would be more preapred and know what to expect. I would like to camp at the bottom, be more prepared, have a hot meal priar to the climb (rather than some cold pasta in the back of a minu bus) and just take the whole trip up in a lot more. It took us around6-7 hours to complete it all (that including us backtracking at the beggining). As I said previous something like this should not be rushed, it's a loely experience and view, a camera is a must up there. One final thing ... I promise, on the way up when we knew we was reaching the top we asked a few people who was on their way down " how far?" This lead to a mixed response, as I would advise not to ask, the times varied from 1000 yards, 100 yards, 20 mins, 15 mins, we gave up beliving people. Therfore when we was on the way back down, we avoided telling people as we knew how dissheartneing it was, so we mearly did the polite nod of the head and "well done", "not far", as asspossed to a specific time, it was much kinder to them :)
Some interesting facts
On our climb, we saw a number of sites, a women coming down holding a brolly up. 2 guys in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt, one chap had a leather jacket on, and another guy choose to wear his good old pumps/converse for his accent. Not my choice of attire but it was interesting to see. But not as interesting as I'm sure for Joelene Clark who in 2010 at aged 24 climbed it in just a bikini and hiking boots, or for the cha in 1911 who throughout the course of 10 days drove an old Ford car up to Ben Nevis for promotion. There are just a few but theirs more intersting stories online.
Well by goodness, if your reading this now, congratulations, you've read 2652 words (this has to be my longest review so far). I just feel as though there is a lot to discuss, before I climbed it I looked on here for a review and was shocked to see it was't even on here, which Is why I suggested it to DooYoo so I could pass on my experience and findings to other potential climbers. I have tried to cover most areas, however like I said online their are loads of other bits of useful information. It would be great to read other peoples reviews
and see how their experienecs was different.
Happy Climbing !!