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      03.12.2011 19:13
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      A great smelling hand cream that will really work!

      INTRODUCTION
      I spend a lot of time outside, especially in the winter, and so I end up with really dry hands, particularly around my knuckles. I have several hand creams that I use on a rotation but once the dry skin actually crack (and goes more like a cut/scratch).

      PACKAGING
      It comes in a round glass tub, with a screw on metal lid. The pot is about 5cm tall, and has a diameter of about 5cm. The total weight is 55g. I personally think the packaging is very nice. The lid is yellow, and with a yellow label round the glass pot. The brand name is nice and big on the top of the lid, and theres a big picture of a banana that really jumps out at you. The only thing I will say is, that as a girl with long nails, when I put my finger in to get some out, I always end up with cream under my nails. Because of this, I would prefer a squeezy tube.

      PRODUCT
      The cream is cream coloured and smells wonderfully of bananas. The cream is quite thick, and so you only need a little bit. It goes on quite smoothly, and within about a week my dry, cracked skin was a gone.

      PRICE
      I bought mine from John Lewis for £9.99, but at the moment it has 10% off. I wasn't able to find it from my local boots, but I have seen it online for £9.99 as well.

      CONCLUSION
      This is quite a high priced hand cream, but Burts Bees is a high quality brand, and the cream is, in my opinion, really good, as it actually works. Not only that, but the tub is huge, and so last for ages. I bought mine in February this year, and the tub is still half full.

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      02.12.2011 11:43
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      Overall a great product to give you natural looking, shine free skin at a bargain price.

      INTRODUCTION
      I don't use a lot of makeup at all, in fact its normally just mascara and concealor. However when I am going out somewhere special I like to give my face a little bit something extra. Not only this but when going out in the evening, theres a lot of dancing, so I need something good to keep the dreaded shine away.

      PACKAGING
      The powder comes in a round tub, with a see through screw off lid. You've got the brand name and product name on the front with the a quick description of what it does on the back. On the back is also the skin tone reference. The tub is 14 g in size. What I will say about the packaging is that my screw lid has worn out over the months. Now, instead of screwing up securely, once gets a little bit tight, it pops off and you have to start twisting it all over again.

      PRODUCT
      The product is, as the name of it suggest, a pressed powder. The main purpose of it is to "control shine for up to 5 hours" and provide a "natural matte finish while helping to reduce the appearance of pores". I apply it with a bog standard make up brush and it does the job it says on the tin. As to the shine control - I put mine on and it will keep me shine free pretty much the whole day (or night if i'm going out). The finish does look quite natural, until you go right up close, when you can see your skin does have a slight powedery quality to it. But overall it really helps to even out my skin tone, and cover up any blemishes.
      Mine is in the skin tone called "transparent", but they are also avaliable in pink blossom, warm beige, sandstorm, silky beige or peach glow. All of the colours are quite pale, with silky beige being the darkest, but still only suitable for a person with a light summer glow.

      PRICE
      It is £3.99 for the tub from Boots (and Superdrug), but currently it is 3 for 2 on Rimmel products, so you could stock up on your other beauty products. My tub has lasted me for the best part of the year, and is still half full, so it really is a bargain. Even if you were to wear it everyday, your tub would still probably last for the best part of a year.

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        01.12.2011 21:46
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        If you want smooth chocolate-y skin then this is THE only product for you!

        INTRODUCTION
        My sister uses this as she has stretch marks from growing, and she was always raving about its moisturising qualities. I get very dry skin, particuarly in the winter, as I spend a lot of time outside, so i'm always on the hunt for a good moisturiser.

        THE PACKAGING
        The tub is mainly white, with the name and short description of what it does on the front, and then the ingredients and uses on the back. The top flips up, and then you squeeze the bottle to get the moisturiser out. The bottle is 250 ml in size (although there are other sizes). What I have also done is bought one of the smaller bottles (I think it is 50 ml) and I fill it up from my big bottle, so I can more conviniently carry it around in my handbag.

        THE MOISTURISER
        The moisturiser is a yellow-y/cream-y colour. It is quite thick, but has a very silky smooth texture. Surprisingly this does actually smell of chocolate. So much so, that I am actually tempted to eat it! Not only this but it really works. As I said its very thick, and almost immediately you can feel your skin is softer. It did away with my dry skin and cracked knuckles within about a week. My sister has also told me that it has really smoothed out the bumbs of her stretch marks, and helped to blend the colour of them a bit more with her skin.

        PRICE
        I bought this from wilkinsons, for £2.97 - which is a complete bargain. Because the cream is so thick, you only need a little bit, and so my 250ml botle has lasted me for about a year! Even bought from boots its £3.77, which is pretty cheap!

        SHOULD YOU BUY THIS PRODUCT?
        If you want silky smooth skin, and you want to smell good enough to eat, then this is definitely the product for you. At £3 for 250 ml you really can't go wrong!

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        01.12.2011 19:34
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        A very good quality mascara, that works amazingly well. Worth the investment!

        INTRODUCTION
        I have ginger eyelashes, and so it has always been hard to find a mascara that not only lenghtens and thickens my eylashes but actually makes them look black.
        I have tried many a brand, both budget ones (natural collections, 17) and expensive ones (Estee Lauder, Benefit, Clinique, Max Factor, No 7), and this l'oreal branded one is by far the best

        PACKAGING
        It comes in a rather attractive, reflective gold tube. This gives it a very expensive, and quite glamorous look. The disadvantage with the shiny, reflective surface, is that after a couple of uses its gets finger print marks all over it. By way of seal, it is wrapped in clear plastic, with a dotted tear strip all the way down the length of the tube. I have found, however that this is impossible to removed via the tear stip, so I have to sort of score down the length with scissors and then pull with all my might

        THE PRODUCT
        The head of the brush is quite flexible, and is slightly curved which makes the applicaion much easier. The bottle is equipped with an anti-clump wiper that prevents the brush being covered in big blobs of mascara when you remove it from the tube. The mascara itself is not too thick (so no clumps), but still thick enough to coat your lashes with a quick once over. You get amazing lenghening and volumising of you lashes, and with a quick flick of eyeliner you have amazing, bold eyes.
        The tube claims to be 9 ml but I feel like it is much bigger. My current tube is getting to end of its life, but I have had it for the best part of 6 months. You can also extend the length of its life by abou 2 weeks by ading a few drops of water to it.

        PRICE
        It is £11.29 for the tube from books, and as its christmas, if you spend more than £15 on l'oreal make up you get a free gift.

        CONCLUSION
        It is an expensive product, but the quality and longevity of of the product more than justifies the expense.

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        01.12.2011 18:45
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        For 4.99 this is an essential cook book for anyone on a budget!

        This was given to me as a leaving present by my work collegues when I went off to university.
        I am not a bad cook, and can make most basic things (pasta sauces from scratch, a roast chicken, a steak), but I like to eat quite healthy and I am always looking for new things to do with the ingredients I have.

        This book is divided into 6 main chapters:
        - salads, snacks and light meals
        - pasta and noodles
        - meat
        - fish
        - one pot dished
        - desserts
        This means if you know roughly what sort of a meal you want to make, you can narrow your search

        There is also quite a comprehensive index, which you can browse either by type of meal (pasta, casserole etc) or by ingredient (chicken, eggs, peas, salmon, sausage). This makes it really easy to identify what recipies are suitable for you, say if you have a chicken breast.

        At the top of every recipie is a sort of "handy hint" that gives you a little something extra you could do. At for the layout of the pages, you have a picture of the meal on the left page, and then on the right hand page you have the list of ingredients and the recipie. All the recipies serve four people, so if cooking for yourself, you can either quarter the amounts, or make the whole amount and freeze the left overs for later.

        All the recipies are quite simple to make, and require very little skill. The only thing I will say, is that some of the ingredients required are not really things found in the typical student cupboard (fresh parsley, turmeric, creme fraiche, muscavado sugar, red wine vinegar, root ginger). Some of these ingredients are quite cheap and easy to buy, but others are unlikely to be used again until you next make the dish.

        Despite this, there are still many recipies that can be made from pretty much whatever you can find in your cupboard, and if you don't have exactly the righ ingredient, you can substitute others in.
        This book is well organised, well indexed with many simple but tasty recipies. At £4.99 it is a steal!

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          30.11.2011 17:29

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          My afternoon tipple!!

          INTRODUCTION
          As an young woman, beer and ale just isn't to my taste, and to be honest neither is cider. Normally when I go out I would drink alcopops, however they're not really appropriate for the afternoon, and wine is just too expensive for day to day.
          I normally opt for the strawberry and lime kopparberg, as its just so wonderfully fruity that it doesn't even taste like cider. I had seen the brothers strawberry and lime cider, but since kopparberg had always been avaliable, I didnt bother trying it.

          PACKAGING
          The bottle is 500ml (just over a pint) in size and provides you with two units of alcohol. The label gives the drink a outdoors-y feel, which is appropriate as the cider was first enjoyed in a field! The drink is a lovely pink colour, which shows through the bottle, and so I still feel girly when holding it.

          TASTE
          As for taste - I was very impressed. With a lot of fruity ciders the initial taste is nice, but then there is a distinct beer-y aftertaste. This was not the case with this one. It is not the sweetest fruity cider I have tried, but in many ways I think its makes it more refreshing. It definitely tastes fruity, but if I didn't know it was strawberry flavour, I don't think I would have been able to tell you.

          PRICE
          I bought it when it was on offer in Asda. Its normally priced at £1.88 for a 500 ml bottleYou can also get it in 440 ml cans, which are avaliable in a multipack. They're normally £10, but its often discounted, and is currently at £7.
          I have also seen them recently in sainsburies on offer for 3 500ml bottles for £5.
          They are really good value, much better than the other similar products on the market.

          CONCLUSION
          It a delightfully fruity cider, that isn't so sweet that it doesn't quench your thirst. I don't think that it is quirte my favourite fruity cider out there, but next time it is on offer I will definitely buying a few bottles.

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          30.11.2011 16:43

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          Tasty enough, but not much cheaper than innocent, and not quite as nice

          INTRODUCTION
          There are so many smoothies out there, and they are such an easy was to get some of your 5-a-day in. Unfortunately they are so expensive! They always say its cheaper to make your own, but I just dont have the time in the morning. I turned to own brands in the hope of finding a good product at a great price..

          PACKAGING
          It comes in standard 750ml cardboard carton. In many ways I think this is great. Its what you are used to and it fits well in your fridge. Recently the packaging has changed slightly. It has windows down the side so you can see how much you have left (very useful) and has some interesting little things to read on the carton (very similar to a well-known quality smoothie brand...)

          PRODUCT AND TASTE
          You get one of your five a day in each glass. This less than what you get in innocent smoothie, which to me implies there less of the fibre of the fruit in the tesco smoothie. Despite that its still lovely and thick, and it tastes like it is packed full of fruit.
          As I don't really eat breakfast, this smoothie was perfect to have in the morning. Not only does it taste great (as good as innocent) but really fills me up and set me up for the day.

          PRICE
          They are normally £2.29 for a 750 ml bottle, but they were on offer 2 for £3.50. As far as I can see, they are quite reguarly on special offer and promotions.
          However at the moment at tesco you can get 2 750 ml cartons of innocent smoothie for £4 - only 50p more than for Tesco own brand. Taking this into account, I think it might be more worth while to just spend that extra 50p and get innocent smoothie.

          CONCLUSION
          There is no doubt that this is a tasty smoothie, however it is almost the same price as Innocent smoothie. For an own brand item I would expect much more of a bargain price. I think if innocent is on offer I will be opting for the quality rather than this one.

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          30.11.2011 12:51

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          The cheap and cheerful alternative to malibu!

          INTRODUCTION
          As a student, I am quite a big drinker, but i'm also on quite a small budget. When at home I always drink proper malibu, but thats only because my mum is paying for it. Away at uni however, I am always searching for the cheaper alternatives. I had tried Bali before, but it was pretty foul, and so I didn't really hold out much hope for finding a nice tasting cheap version of malibu.

          PACKAGING
          The branding of the bottle has changed slightly. When I first had it, it looked like the picture shown here (in a white bottle), however it has now changed to a black bottle with quite bold black writing.
          The new packaging makes it look much more expensive.
          It comes in quite a standard 70Cl bottle with a screw top.

          PRODUCT AND TASTE
          I mixed this with cranberry juice and I was so surprised by this - its tastes just like real malibu! You have the wonderful coconut-y taste, without the strong taste of alcohol that you get with high percentage drinks (and other malibu knock offs).

          PRICE
          Real malibu is normally £13.97 for a 70cl bottle, while the same size bottle of cococabana is £4.99! An absolute bargain at 1/3 the price of proper malibu!

          CONCLUSION
          There is no reason why you should splash out for the real deal, when you can get something just as good, just as tasty, and in all ways the same, but at such a discount price.

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        • Innocent Smoothies for Kids / Soft Drink / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          30.11.2011 12:34

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          The perfect addition to any lunchbox!!

          INTRODUCTION
          Its so hard to get any fruit and veg in, especially on the go. The large cartons of innocent smoothie are lovey, but if you dont have the time to get any, or if you just want something on the go then they are no good.

          PACKAGING
          They come in a smallish cardboard box and inside are 4 180ml cartons. They have a rectangular bottom and the body of the carton is triangular in shape.
          What is also great about all the innocent products is that they have a lot of material on the cartons / pouches. From puzzles, to jokes, to fun facts, there always something to give you 5 or so minutes entertainment, whether you are 10 years old or 50!

          PRODUCT AND TASTE
          Packed into just one pouch is one of your 5 a day, and with no added flavours, colours or preservative.
          They come in 3 delicious flavours: Strawberrries, Blackcurrants and Raspberries; Peaches and Passionfruit; and Orange, Mango and Pineapple.
          As with all of innocent products they are wonderfully tasty, nice and thick, and always of high quality.
          A handy hint: pop them in the freezer, and then just snip of the top to create a yummy fruity lolly!!

          PRICE
          They are £2.92 for 4 pouches from tesco, but are currently on offer for 2 boxes for £5.00. They are quite expensive, but if you were to buy them on the deal then you are getting 8 pouches for £5.00, which works out at 62p each, which is pretty much nothing!

          CONCLUSION
          These are delicious little pouches of smoothie goodness. You get the same great innocent smoothie product, but in a portable pouch. Like I said, when on offer, they are great value, so they are win win!

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          30.11.2011 11:47

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          A lovely little snack for kids and grownups alike.

          INTRODUCTION
          At 18 years old this was nothing that I would ever go out buy myself, but I have two younger sister, and so my mum would buy this sort of thing all the time. I was big on taking snacks with my when I went out, whether it be to 6th form college or out to the shops.

          PACKAGING
          This little squeezie tube is unlike anything else on the market. The other products that look similar to this are actually full of quite sickly yoghurt. They have a tear top, which when you remove you just squeeze straight int your mouth. As with all innocent products there are some interesting things to read on the packet that will keep you entertained for a few minutes.

          PRODUCT AND TASTE
          These are crammed full of 100% fruit.
          The product is definitely thicker than the smoothies that innocent do, and is more like a thick puree. But that in no way means its not still tasty. And the thickness of it really helps to fill you up - great to keep you going mid afternoon.
          I have also tried popping the whole box in the freezer, and this has made some very yummy fruity lolly pop, perfect for cooling down and filling up on a summer day.

          PRICE
          They are £2.00 per box of 6 from Tesco, and are often on deals. They seem like quite an expensive snack, but they work out at about 34p each, which is much cheaper than a chocolate bar (and healthier)!!

          CONCLUSION
          These are a great little snack for adults and kids alike. They are full of deliciously thick smoothie puree that is lovely as a quick snack or as a frozen lolly pop.

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          29.11.2011 23:50
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          Part of my everyday bedtime routine!

          I live in a student village, and so pretty much every night there are various drunken noises from outside my window. On top of this I think I just have general insomnia. I will get into bed, and still be lying there looking at the ceiling an hour later.

          I mentioned this to my mum, and in my next care package from her, I had this lovely jar of horlix.

          All you do to make it, is add a teaspoon or two of the horlix to a mug, and then fill it up with boiling water. It so easy to make, and doesn't require the slightly more onerous task of boiling milk.

          You can get a 300 g tub for £1.99 from Tesco, but the bigger the tub (also avaliable in 500 g and 800 g tubs) the cheaper it is per kilogram. And any of these amounts will make you loads of cups.

          As for the taste and how it works, I would have to give it 5 stars. It tastes like creamy, slighly sweet milk, but nowhere near as thick as what hot milk would be. I probably would prefer it to be a bit thicker, but the fact that it actually works more than makes up for this. It really warms you up and just makes you geel quite cosy and sleepy. I get into my pajamas and then make it up whilst sat in bed with a book. Once I have finished I just turn out the light and get myself tucked in, and within about 10 minutes i'm asleep.

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            29.11.2011 01:26

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            A great quality smoothie, that sets you up for the day!

            I'm not adverse to fruit and veg, in fact I quite like them, however I just find it so hard to fit them into my day. When you start of your day with a 250ml glass of this you have immediately packed in 2 of your five a day already. Not only that, but it tastes great. I mean what better way to wake up your taste buds.

            What I have always loved about innocent smoothies is that there is always so much to read on the packet. Again, what better way to start of your morning, than having a read of the comical genius they put on the cartons.

            The quality of the smoothies is great. They are so thick, and they don't taste at all artificial. In fact they taste how you might expect a home made one to.

            They are of course quite expensive. Its £2.50 for a 750ml bottle from Tesco, and the £1.25 lites bottles are £3.69. They are often on 2 for something offers, which makes them a bit more affordable. Despite the price tag, the smoothie is well worth it. You can taste the quality, and its the perfect way to start the morning.

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          • Innocent Orange Juice / Soft Drink / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            29.11.2011 01:01

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            If its on special offer and you want to splurge, go for it, but otherwise just buy a cheaper brand

            Innocent is obviously a well-established brand, well known for the high quality of its products. As I am signed up to the innocent newsletters, I get vouchers though occasionally. A couple of months ago I got one for £1.00 off a 1 litre bottle of orange juice, so I used it to buy the "with bits" variety.

            Don't get me wrong, it was very tasty juice, but at the end of the day, orange juice is orange juice however you package it. For me, the only thing that distinguished it from other brands is, firstly the brand name, and secondly, the actual carton. Like with all other innocent products, there are always little things to read and puzzles do. These are great, but not enough to justify the extra price.

            Even with the voucher, it still cost me about another £1.50 extra. Without the voucher that makes it £2.50 - and for £3.50 you can get 4 litres of Tesco own brand juice (not the value range, but the standard range). There is no way that I can justify the price, for what is, essentially, just orange juice.

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          • Tesco Finest Earl Grey Tea / Tea / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            29.11.2011 00:37

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            A lovely alternative to regular tea.

            INTRODUCTION
            I had always drunk regular tea (PG Tips, tetleys etc) and to be honest, was quite happy with it. However I was feeling a bit of a change and I know that I don't like fruit teas, so I thought I would give this a try.

            PACKAGING
            It comes in what I think of as a fairly standard sized cardboard box. Inside are 50 tea bags packaging into a silver bag. Whats great is that you can reclose the top of the box, with what I call a tab (same as what you get on cereal boxes). I personally think the packaging looks quite sophisticated and I dont feel like I have to empty them out into a tea tin to make them look nice on the shelf.

            PRODUCT AND TASTE
            This a very fragrant tea, because of bergamont, but at the same time it has a very strong flavour.
            I can't really taste much diference between this brand and the other ones out on the market, however this is one of the nicer ones by a little bit.

            PRICE
            Its £1.95 for 50 teabags for the decaffeinated type, and then £1.14 for 125g of the loose leaf tea. To be honest, this is the top sort of price range for the product, but at the end of the day its not exactly expensive, and this is definitely one of the nicer ones out there.

            CONCLUSION
            Earl Grey tea is definitely an accquired taste. However I personally think that it is a lovely fragrant drink that has a strong flavour. I still drink regular tea, however this is a tasty alternative.

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          • Rose's Lime Cordial / Soft Drink / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            29.11.2011 00:17
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            A great little cordial to add to any drink, to give an extra little kick.

            Whenever I go out to the pub for a quiet drink with the family, if i'm not drinking alcohol then half the time, this will be my drink of choice. I have it with lemonade (instead of boring old water) and the bubbles of the lemonade mixed with the sharp and crisp taste of the lime is just perfect.

            I bought my first bottle of rose's lime cordial last summer, and began having it as my afternoon drink while I was just sat out it garden. I soon progressed to having it with my dinner, as I find that when I have a fizzy drink it just lasts longer.

            I have also recently started adding it my gin and tonic's, which just gives it that little extra kick. Something that a few friends have recommended to me, but I have yet to try, is adding it to a cup of tea.

            It is £1.64 for a 1 litre bottle from Tesco, which is great value considering how much you actually get in the bottle, and how many uses you can put it to.

            I would say however, that unless like limes (and they are a bit of a particular taste) then isn't for you, as the taste is quite strong.

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