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I bought this on realising that my face kept getting incredibly dry, but also getting spots and impurities, so I decided to try exfoliating dirt and dead skin off!
The Nivea Daily Essentials Exfoliating scrub comes in a blue bottle - opaque in colour and with relatively simple design - the brand and product name on the front and ingredients on the back, nothing flashy. It costs about £4 (though I got mine in a Superdrug 3 for 2 deal). To use, you simply get your face wet (I use mine just after a shower), rub in the exfoliating scrub to your face (avoiding the eyes) and then rinse it off.
I would rate this product highly - after just the first use my face felt much cleaner and smoother than it had done before! It's so easy to use - takes less then 5 minutes to fully cleanse your face. Only use this a couple of times a week, if you use it too much it harms your face and natural oils which are good for your skin (thus making it REALLY dry).
It smells relatively nice, though not intrusive so don't worry about being overly perfumed, though I still might be wary of it if you have sensitive skin just because it is messing with your skin in a relatively rough way.
I did find that it sometimes makes your face feel a little dry (presumably because you have just
scrubbed it completely clean) so I also use a moisturiser just after having exfoliated and I think it helps the moisturiser actually take to your face which in turn made it even softer than I had expected. So I would say that this product is definitely worth it, but I would think about teaming it with your favourite facial moisturiser too.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who feels they are having problems with their skin being spotty/greasy as this truly removes some imperfections and dead skin, lighting up the face more than you would think. Just be wary that it is a "scrub" so it may feel a bit rough.
I fell in love with curly fries when I was at a takeaway joint after a night out, and obviously realised that I could not continue with this obsession due to the health aspect and the cost. This means that when I found this range in Morrisons I was VERY happy!
I bought a pack of these for just under £2 and got several meals out of it which is reasonable and a lot cheaper than that of branded curly fries.
Obviously these still aren't "healthy" so I wouldn't recommend them all the time, but I cooked them oven baked instead of deep fried which is much better for you and tasted very good (though these are still suitable for deep frying if you have that capability in your home, and do taste fantastic done in this way). They have some sort of coating on them as well which makes the taste much better than standard oven chips! Also they are much more fun being curly (yes I am still a child on the inside, but this may actually be a valid point for parents, children will be interested in these for the shape). Once cooked they are golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy potato on the inside.
One negative is that sometimes these don't seem to cook all the way through very well. They look done on the outside, are hot all the way through (and have been cooked according to the instructions) but the inside is still chewy which can be mildly unpleasant. It doesn't happen all the time and tends to be with a small amount of the chips within a packet, but it's just something I came across.
Overall, they are good for anyone who wants a cheaper tasty potato product, of a generally high quality and very tasty!
Whenever I need a snack/easy lunch I tend to go to Morrisons fresh bakery section and therefore I was very happy when I noticed these sausage rolls!
They come in a brown paper bag, usually with 4 large rolls for around £2! Each sausage roll is around 6-8'' long (which is very good in comparison to most popular bakery chains) though there are options for smaller or mini ones if necessary. In comparison to bakeries, 1 sausage roll of this siz for 50p is quite cheap!
Each sausage roll is well filled with meat, and cooked to perfection so that the pastry is crumbly and not at all stodgy! They are made with standard sausage meat (though in larger Morrisons there may be options for other flavours (also there are cheese and onion rolls for the same price if you are a vegetarian or just don't fancy the sausage meat).
One negative point is that it is quite hit and miss as to whether you get these when they are hot. Sometimes they have been left in their bags for quite a while (obviously they're still viable) and this means that they are cooled down and sometimes more dry than if you manage to find them freshly baked. This is where traditional bakeries win, as they can guarantee you a hot sausage roll, which is usually a much better experience than a cold one!
Overall, reasonably priced product for an easy meal, just try and make sure you get them while they're hot!
As a student pasta is one of my staples, it's cheap, you can buy it in bulk and it doesn't go off. Also it happens to go with every meal/can be eaten plain! So imagine my joy when I discovered own brand pasta - it has all of those benefits AND it's even cheaper (I am definitely not a brand snob)
It comes in a plain bag with the morrisons savers type font on it, simple title stating what it is on the front and ingredients lists on the back. It's in a rectangular plastic packaging (be careful when you're opening it, the bag has a tendency to split right where you don't want it to, making it difficult to pour the pasta out successfully... though this is a problem with all pastas not just Morrisons).
I bought a bag of this for about 50p (which is SO reasonable) and got several good sized meals out of it, which makes me happy as a poor student, as I am spending less than 10p on parts of my meals!
The pasta is easy to cook, it took around 10 minutes in boiling water (I boiled the water in the kettle first to save time though), it was soft but not that horrible slimy feel that you can get with pasta. It tasted just the same as any brand pasta that I have ever tried (and I eat it plain, didn't need to mask it with any sauces whatsoever!). It keeps over night cold to go into salads or what not and doesn't go starchy or dry as has happened with other brands I have tried.
Overall, I would recommend this to absolutely everyone who has any remote need to buy pasta. It does everything to the same degree as a branded pasta and is usually less than half of the price!
I bought this when I had to go last minute to an interview. I am a student so it needed to be cheap, but obviously as I wanted the job, it had to look professional. So naturally I went to my usual high street stores (H+M, DP, avoided Primark just due to reputation of falling apart clothes...) and ended up in New Look. Their business section was actually pretty good, lots of choice of pencil skirts, trousers, blouses and jackets (so on a budget definitely look there!) but I digress...
I chose this skirt as it was plain and understated. It's not too short, it falls just above the knee (and I'm 5'9'') and is figure hugging enough around the hips (as you want a pencil skirt to be) but gives you enough room to actually be able to walk which is a major bonus when compared to some other brands of too tight skirts. There is a simple slit in the back, not a long one, just enough to give the skirt some "room" so you can move your legs/makes sitting easier - and it's virtually invisible when standing as there's enough overlap in material.
The skirt costed me around £15 which is a very good price for the quality of the skirt, especially when compared to other stores. I also managed to get a matching jacket for £25, so I got my whole outfit for a relatively cheap price.
The material that the skirt is made of is robust, soft and wrinkle proof (seriously, I had this in a suitcase from Glasgow to London and didn't even need to iron it before my interview....) which makes it very good if you're travelling to work or to an interview with no chance to iron/change. It also means that the skirt is comfortable and you know that it won't rip with little usage.
It's easy to wash (just stick it in the machine) and dries quickly (and again wrinkle free!!) which is very useful for forgetful people like me or if you get an unexpected interview and need it quickly!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants/needs a professional outfit and doesn't want to spend too much money!
I have been a nail biter since I can remember. It's never really bothered me to be honest, but recently I have been to get an internship and therefore going to quite important interviews. I then started to get paranoia that I'd look scruffy and dirty with my manky nails. So I decided to try and do something about it..
This product costs about £4 and is slightly cheaper than branded nail biting solution (though admittedly not by much, I have never used others though so cannot compare effectiveness...). It comes in a small box with all the relevant ingredients on it and the boots logo and product description. Inside the box is a small clear bottle with a water like liquid inside (oh god, don't drink it). Just opening it you can smell how strong it is and imagine the taste.
To apply, there is a normal brush reminiscent of nail varnish. It dries very quickly and you cannot tell there is anything on your nails, it dries completely clear and gloss free, which is good because it is very runny and therefore hard to get only on the nail.
The taste is... well... as promised really. It is disgusting. It really does make you think twice about putting your finger in your mouth to chew your nail. The only problem with this is that it does transfer very easily to other things... I went through a day where I had to wear clingfilm on my hands to prepare dinner because otherwise everything I ate tasted like this. Also, if you do touch your lips soon after applying the solution you will be able to taste it for the rest of the day... AND once the taste is in your mouth it is impossible (or very difficult) to get the taste out again for a very long time...
I have also heard accounts that if you are truly persistent with your nail biting, you can get used to the taste and it's no longer a deterrant (I don't know how this is possible, but just thought I'd pass on the warning I got from others...)
Overall, I think it's a bit pricey, but it is in the range of other brands so probably the cheapest you will get it. IT does work, in terms of it makes you think twice about biting nails but it hasn't completely stopped my habit yet, and it does require a lot of committment with reapplying it every day. Also, avoid food in the hour or so after applying it...
I bought these when I was craving something sweet but also filling for my lunch one day. I've tried supermarket own brand ones and thought they were really nice, but somewhat surprisinsgly more expensive than these (Sainsbury's are at 2 for 70p, whereas these were 5 for £1.30). These also turned out to be much nicer than the supermarket ones, I don't know if thats' just because the loose ones in supermarkets may have been sitting out all day and therefore are less gooey/more stale than these ones? But either way, I think these are worth the money!
They come in a see through packet with minimal information, just the ingredients list on the outside and the brand logo which I happened to like, it means you can view the product and it looks high quality.
These only have about 250 calories in per bagel, which is quite good considering it's a sweet roll. Not necessarily "healthy" but definitely not as bad as other things, especially as part of a balanced diet!
I thought that these had the right consistency of fruit to bread - sometimes I find it off-putting when there are too many raisins, especially when they are badly cooked which does occur in supermarket brands. These raisins were soft and well distributed which means they add to the taste not detract from it. I was also pleased with the fact you could taste the cinnamon. I am a huge fan of it, but usually feel disappointed in that you can smell the spice but never fully taste it, this managed to avoid that.
One negative I have found is that they are *slightly* smaller than the supermarket ones in my experience. It's not a massive problem to be honest, just something I observed. I still think the positives outweigh this one
Overall, I think this is definitely a worthwhile purchase. They're versatile enough to be eaten for breakfast or lunch, or even a snack! Usually one of the cheaper branded products and on a par/better than supermarket own.
I bought this while it was on offer in tesco with 50p off (was only 5p more expensive than tescos own brand). I bought the 9roll pack considering it was much better value than the 4 roll, and obviously I will continue to need it, and it isn't going to spoil any time soon...
Andrex comes in a big plastic packet, similar to any other toilet roll. It usually has a picture of a puppy on the front (reminiscent of the adverts and one of my favourite additions to any toilet related product ever. Who doesn't love a puppy?) and uses colors such as soft blue or lilac with it's bold logo spread across the front. Inside the bag are the rolls, stacked/packed together. Each roll is quite dense, but of a standard size and in the middle is the expected cardboard tube.
I have found this brand of loo roll actuall does live up to its claims of being soft, strong and long. It is much softer than own brand, even the more expensive packs, which is always a nice feeling - especially considering as a poor student, I have been living off pretty cheap sketchy loo roll... It's very strong, you don't need to use many sheets to get effective use unlike cheaper brands which go to pieces at any sign of adversity. And each roll does seem to last me much longer than any other brand would. This is all positive as using less means even though the initial cost may be more, I have to buy less of it, and thus I am no worse off in the purse department.
However, I feel I should mention price. Considering you can get acceptable loo roll from supermarkets, it makes no sense for Andrex to charge premium pricing for a small increase in quality. Let's face it, there is very little contact between you and your loo roll, and thus the extra quality isn't really worth the double in cost. Fortunately however, there appear to be a large amount of deals placed on toilet roll.
Overall, it does live up to it's advertising campaign, it is soft and it does last me longer than many other brands, but you have to first be able to look past the initial outlay of money.
I bought this when... oh who's kidding, I buy this for no reason at all... I just like it.
Nutella comes in a heavy, dense glass jar with a white lid. On the front, the label clearly states the brand name and usually has a picture of a spread of nutella (see the picture). On the back is the nutritional information and ingredients lists (also a lot of spiel telling us how it is healthy for children... not entirely sure about that, but judge for yourself).
The texture of the product is smooth, easily spreadable (though if kept in a cold place it will harden, so keep it somewhere at room temperature or zap it in the microwave for a couple of seconds before using) though satisfyingly thick. It goes onto bread for sandwiches or toast relatively easily with little tearing of the base (which I have had from cheaper chocolate spreads).
The taste.... oh the taste.... it is as it says on the tin (jar), it tastes strongly of hazelnuts and chocolate, I can't describe it better than that. But it is a very creamy mix which is a level above supermarket own brands. I could actually eat this stuff out of the jar with a spoon, I have to actively stop myself from doing so... It goes well with a myriad of products, i.e. toast, bread, biscuits, pancakes - my friend even put it in between the layers of a cake, sort of akin to a chocolate victoria sponge, and another friend heated it up in the microwave, mixed it with some milk and made a makeshift chocolate sauce, so the possibilities are endless!
However, the down side.... Nutella is generally very expensive and though as I have stated, the texture and taste is above the supermarket own brands, usually the others are a much better option just because you are saving half your money (the taste of those is still good anyhow). So to be honest, they fall down majorly in price. It also never seems to last very long, I don't know if that's just me using too much, but even rationing it I seem to need to buy a jar very regularly, so watch out on how much you're intending to buy of this stuff... also, it dries out very easily, if you leave the lid off by accident, the chocolate spread begins to harden and the next time you use it there may be flaky chocolate bits in it that do NOT taste good and add a weird lumpy-ness to the texture.
Overall, a favourite product of mine, the taste and texture are absolutely perfect, but I am let down by their pricing and would almost recommend hedging your bets on a supermarket brand.
I bought this in the squeezy bottle to use on pancake day! It was about £1 for a bottle in tesco (though I think it was reduced due to the time of year, so be aware it may cost more than that usually).
This product comes in a clear bottle, with a golden coloured lid and the Lyle's logo/product name clearly emblazoned on the front. On the other side, there is an ingredients list and the usual nutritional information. The cap is a flip up jobby, where once opened you pull up the top half revealing a small hole through which to squeeze your syrup.
I found this syrup to be incredibly tasty - it was sweet, but also tart which is what you want to avoid ick factor. It spreads out easily after squeezing, but not so much that you had to worry about it running over everywhere which is a problem I have a lot with maple syrup... The squeezy bottle was very useful, as I have had problems before with a) getting syrup out of the traditional tin without getting it alllll over the sides, and b) getting it off the spoon once it is out... It also made it easier to judge how much you were using before it was too late... This all combined to make one tasty pancake day... (I have also used this in coffee when I ran out of sugar and found it actually makes a nice tasting start to the morning!)
A negative I found in this product is that if you leave it for too long it begins to crystallise... This is not a major problem as (usually) it doesn't last me that long, it ends up used in cakes if I have any leftover, but it is just something to watch. Don't buy more than you need. Also, if you do happen to spill it anywhere, it is a pain in the proverbial to clean up. I know this should be expected from the fact syrup is sticky, but it truly does take excessive effort.
Overall, a tasty, not too expensive accompaniment to my pancake day, but also versatile enough to be used in baking or sweetening other culinary delights.
I tried this in tesco when they had it in their usual sweet stock (they don't seem to be stocking it anymore, I don't know whether it was discontinued or if my store is too small - something to be aware of...)
The bar comes in a wrapper that looks much the same as the usual kitkat chunky wrapper, only with slightly different colouring (see the picture). It is about 5 inches long, 1 inch wide. On the front, it clearly states KitKat and the flavour and on the back it had nutritional information and the ingredients list.
When opened, it looks the same as a regular kitkat chunky, 3 indistinct sections on a nearly cuboid shape (slightly tapered). When bitten into, you see the bottom half is KitKat's usual wafer type biscuit and on the top a layer of peanut butter.
I have found this to be a very good modification to the normal kitkat chunky's which i saw to be a little boring in taste and texture. Though it is very nutty (though that should be expected) so be wary if you're not a huge fan of peanuts. It adds a softer/gooey element to the product which I happened to quite enjoy and felt it added something lacking previously. I also thought it was relatively good on price - aroundd 60p - as this is similar to other chocolates of a similar size - and cheaper than some which are smaller...
The only problem I had with this bar is that it is hard to come across... It does not (even in a time when they were popular) appear to be available in many places so it was necessary to track it down...
Overall, a good all round chocolate bar as long as you like kitkats and peanut butter! Be aware they are a rare breed and you may have to hunt for them, but well worth it if you fancy a mix up to the usual kitkat
I have loved this drink since I was a child (not sure my parents did, this stuff stains...) and lived off it when I went away to university as I am not a massive fan of water and regular squash can taste a bit thin.
Ribena is a thick squash/diluting juice/cordial that (usually) tastes like black currant (however, they also do other flavours that you should try, but for the purpose of this review I shall stick to the original flavour). The bottle states that they come from British black currants (if that fact is particularly important). The bottle is made of a thick recyclable plastic with a gold coloured lid. It has blue and purple foil around the outside and similar colours for the label.
Usually, the Ribena costs around £3 for a smaller bottle which is quite expensive but there are regular deals in supermarkets (my most recent bottle only costing £1.30 due to a recent offer). The drink lasts quite well as long as you don't drink it too strong, which is relatively easy due to the thick consistency of the liquid less is needed to create a good flavour. The taste in itself is what makes the product so individual, it's strong and does not get as acidic as cheaper brands of squash. Also, it is very unique in terms that most squash brands are blackberry, thus blackcurrant is individual and very tasty!
One negative point I mentioned briefly in the intro is that it stained VERY easily. I assume this is due in part to the thick consistency but also (more obviously) to the dark colour. This makes it very annoying to handle as inevitably somewhere along the line some will get out of the bottle and not into the glass... This is especially a problem considering it is quite often given to children, so just something to be aware of.
Overall, I think that Ribena is usually quite over priced and when it is on offer it is necessary to buy in bulk if you want to get your moneys worth. The taste however is strong even when heavily diluted and is not something you can get elsewhere.
I decided to try these when they were on offer 3 for £1.20 in Tesco and I'm not going to lie it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!!
They come in a small red package (reminiscent of the usual Malteaser packets) with a chocolate bunny on the front and ingredients/calorie content information on the back (avoid this if you're calorie conscious....). They're about 3 or 4 inches long (so very small, unfortunately) and usually cost around 60p though there are a lot of deal on over the easter period.
When you open it, the chocolate is shaped like a bunny, it has a malted lower base (similar to regular malteasers) and a creamier centre with crunchier pieces in and it is completely coated in chocolate.
Personally, I think these are a perfect improvement on normal malteasers. I love the original, however, the creamier section adds something to them which in my opinion makes them that much tastier. They're just the right amount of crumbly and I really cannot sell the taste enough.
Problems I have found are that they are way too small, especially for the calorie count they come attached too. So all in all, I don't think that 60p is a fair price, they're half the size of a regular chocolate bar and the same price. They are also way too moreish - I bought a packet intending to have one every day, however, ended up eating all 3 in one go (this may also be testiment to how small they are).
Overall, I would suggest these are very worthwhile as long as you are only expecting a small treat, don't care about calorie content and are aware that you could probably get more for your money with a different chocolate. I have to say, that in my opinion, the taste is so worth it at least once over the easter period!
I bought this on a superdrug promotion where it was 2 bottles for £2. I decided upon this just because of the bright colour. Just thought apart from anything else it would brighten up my bathroom (which incidentally it does!)
It comes in a bottle a bit different to the one in the picture - the hole is at the bottom of the bottle (so all writing is the other way up) making it easier to get the last out of the bottle at the end of use. It's made of relatively flexible plastic, which again makes it easier to squeeze the dregs out.
When using, I have found it to smell absolutely fantastic - though it is very very sweet, so if you are aversed to smelling like candy then avoid this shower gel. I however found it a pleasant smell which does linger after the shower for a bit (though not as long as I would have liked, probably only as long as it takes for my skin to completely dry which is a little disappointing). I have also found this product to be a bit on the runny side - this means that there is a bit of wastage every time I use it, which is not ideal and isn't really very cost effective. However, this is the first bottle I have bought, so I don't know whether the consistency is batch specific. Just be wary of this in case...
The price is very reasonable, especially superdrug own brand are nearly always on offer. It smells just as good as a branded product and lasts just as long. Only things to watch are the sweetness of the scent and the consistency.
I used this when I visited my boyfriend and this is all he had - it wouldn't have been my choice, usually for my hair I go with branded shampoo. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this.
It comes in a simple clear/opaque bottle so you can see the liquid inside. The top has a flip cap and a small hole - this isn't the most secure bottle, I would advise not travelling with this, it is likely to leak. On the front is a simple picture of an apple with the sainsburys logo and the usual ingredients list on the back (much like the picture).
The product is very runny, which means that it is easy to waste by accident, and sometimes hard to put through the hair without it running down the plughole. So be warned you may go through this quickly. Though the low price and the large quantity you get in the bottle means you are probably getting the same/better value for money as other brands.
I was worried that it would leave my hair dry as cheaper brands have done this. However, when I used it, my hair actually came out softer than some branded shampoos that I have used in the past (though I did use a conditioner afterwards, I usually do with branded shampoo too). But be prepared as previously mentioned, to use a lot to make it go through hair completely (my hair isn't even that thick).
Overall, I think that this is a surprising product, it left my hair soft and shiny and considering the price it was well worth it. Only qualm I would have is the amount used in a single shower considering how runny it is, and thus how much you lose.