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I try not to eat too many biscuits too often so this style of packaging gave me the perfect excuse to buy some lovely Hob Nobs when I was wondering around tesco! It is a 250 gram tub which has a resealable lid...blue plastic and then silver foil underneath to keep the freshness locked in.
Hob Nobs are one of McVities best selling biscuits, and the flavour certainly explains why! They have a great oaty texture, which is described as "nobbly" on the packaging! The savoury flavour of the rough oats is complemented by the milk chocolate which covers one side. They are quite a crumbly biscuit but they are absolutely perfect for dunking into your tea or coffee, if you have ever watched Peter Kay's routine, you will know what I mean!
McVities have carried out a few improvements to these biscuits so they are now lower in salt and they contain no artificial flavours or colours.
Even though the biscuits come in a resealble pack you are still advised to keep them in a cool dry place, which I did, and to my amazement they did actually stay fresh and crunchy for about a week...then I finished them :)
So we have established that they taste excellent and are the perfect accompaniment to a nice afternoon cuppa...
But the nutritional information cannot be ignored unfortunately!
Each biscuit contains:
11.7 grams of carbohydrate (6.3 of which sugars)
4.5 grams of fat! (2.2 of which saturates)
Allergy Advice: They obviously contain gluten, milk and soya
I never was a fan of the compulsory PE lessons I had to participate in at Grammar School. Hockey was just a nightmare and I was a bit too petite to ever be any good at it considering most of the girls on the team were built like BIG men!
So when I had the opportunity to actually choose what sport I was going to endure twice a week, I decided to try something new...Fencing! Some of my friends had already been taking this class and I had heard some good reports.
An outside instructor was contracted in to teach us, so I didn't have to put up with the old PE teachers from my school that I didn't particularly like! He was such a lovely gentleman, obviously due to his age, his days of competitive fencing were long gone but he was still surprisingly fit! On the first day I was so excited getting all the equipment on! The white jacket (complete with plastic chest protectors), breeches, glove for my fencing arm and a very heavy mask!
Before we were even introduced to a sword we were taught how to stand in the various fencing positions e.g. a lunge and how to stand en garde... and all the terminology. After a brief introduction our school gym was arranged into pistes so that we could all take part in bouts simultaneously. Each piste is to be between 1.5 and 2 metres wide and 14 metres long. There will be two fencers and one referee on each piste at any one time.
We first started using the Foil weapon, which is by far the lightest and most flexible out of the three available. The target area in this discipline is just the torso and hits can only be scored by hitting the target area with the very point of the foil. There are priority rules such as right of way when fencing with foil but I will not bore you with all the precise details of that!
We eventually progressed to the Épée. It is alot heavier, longer and makes it feel more like a genuine duel! The target area is the whole body and the fencer must fix the point of his weapon on his opponents target body part. There are no priority rules. We used electric épées which have a push button on the end, so that a hit can be registered with electric scoring apparatus. A force of at least 750 grams is required for the hit to be registered. So sometimes when fencing against an over-zealous male...these hits could be quite painful!!
Despite the protective clothing, I did end up with lots of little bruises all over my body during this period!
Sabre is the cutting weapon. You will have to have been fencing for some time before you will get to use this one! Points are scored on hits with the surface and edges of the blade.
Fencing is quite famous for the rules governing the sport. For example, before a bout each fencer must salute the other. All refereeing is usually in French..."En Garde. Pret. Allez!" marks the beginning of a bout and "Halte!" interrupts it.
After months of fencing lessons my instructor advised me to sit a witten examination which tested me on the theory of the sport, and I received a qualification from British Fencing to instruct fencing (at an elementary level)
I was so glad that I chose fencing because I have now found a sport that I really enjoy. Once you start and as you continue you will notice your fitness levels increase dramatically as fencing is one of the most demanding sports. Bouts can continue for ages and it feels like hours when you have a heavy mask on and you are wielding a heavy sword! Rigorous training sessions are vital if you want to succeed.
If I have something that I really need on my shopping list and I have no idea where to find it, Woolworths nearly always have what I'm looking for! Most UK high streets boast a reasonably sized branch. It's an instantly recognisable shop front with the trademark bright red lettering and a bustling store with absolutely everything imaginable packed inside!
Today I had to go in to buy some items of stationery, including A4 refill pads, computer printer paper, pens etc. I got everything that I needed and as per usual, I came out with alot more things aswell!
Woolies is probably most famous for its legendary pick n mix selection, which is just like paradise for any kid (or adult!) But it also has all the essentials, from household items to confectionary to dvds and cds. Their stores are usually very well laid out, with plenty of space between the aisles so you can find what it is you are looking for without any difficulties. There is a whole separate area for CD's, DVD's and computer games, with its own check-out.
They stock all the top games consoles and a good range of children's toys. Woolworths offer great value for money, and considering the pricing, pretty good quality as well! I have a few of their crockery items which have been extremely hard wearing and I would definitely recommend.
Woolworths have a fairly standard returns policy
They will exchange or refund the price paid for any item if it is returned unused, as sold, with the original packaging and within 28 days of purchase.
This is subject to the following conditions:
CDs, DVDs, pre-recorded video tapes, minidisks, software (including any computer games) must be returned with the seal unbroken.
Confectionary and other food items, flowers and other perishable items and any items which are personalised or made to your particular requirements cannot be exchanged or refunded (unless they are faulty).
You must provide proof of purchase (sales receipt, credit / debit card slip or bank or credit card statement identifying the transaction with Woolworths).
All refunds will be provided using the same method of payment as your purchase. If the purchase was made using a credit / debit card, the same card must be used for the refund.
They may ask for identification (proof of address) to help combat fraud.
They do reserve the right to refuse an exchange or refund with or without proof of purchase.
If the item you purchase is faulty they may offer a repair, exchange or refund as appropriate in accordance with your legal rights.
All this information was gleaned from www.woolworths.co.uk
I have first hand experience of this, as I have returned items to the store along with proof of purchase and they have been only too happy and obliging in helping me out. The staff in general seem to be very well trained and polite throughout Woolworths stores and I know that they are put through rigorous mystery shopper testing (my flatmate is an employee!)
Obviously you will find the odd exception everywhere but that is through no fault of the company.
After having a stressful horrible day I decided to treat myself to something nice, after all I needed it! I was in Woolworths and the glorious array of Easter Eggs caught my greedy eye! :) I decided that I couldn't really justify buying a full egg for myself...so I browsed through the Thorntons range of delicacies on offer. They were selling little chocolate eggs wrapped in shiny metallic cellophane. They are probably a little bit bigger than a creme egg.
There are three different varieties; Praline, Chocolate Truffle and Champagne. I chose the Praline one, it was described as a milk chocolate egg with hazelnut praline filling and crunchy sugar roasted almonds in the shell. I can confirm that it does in fact taste just as good as it sounds :) The texture was lovely, the praline was light and soft and this was complimented by the crunchy almonds. This lovely little egg cost 55p but being a poor student and always on the lookout for a bargain I noticed I could buy 2 for £1. What a great excuse to try another one! So for my second treat I went for the egg filled with a smooth champagne filling...I have yet to sample this delight! But when I have I will update the review!
They contain nuts, milk and soya
But they are suitable for vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet
Not only is WHSmith an excellent, very well stocked book shop, it also has pretty well any item of stationery you could ask for! It's always my first stop shop when I need to buy things for university. I have something of an addiction to nice stationery so sometimes I have been known to run up an obscene bill in here!
I have only been in a few different branches, but generally the stores are spacious, well laid out and it is quite easy to find whatever it is you are looking for. My local WHSmith has 2 floors, one for stationery items and magazines and another floor for books and dvds. They stock the whole range of Richard And Judy books (the books that they feature on their show) and these are usually on offer, at three for the price of two! Quite a good bargain!
Apart from the usual things that you would expect from this kind of store WHSmith also offer personalised wedding stationery. They also offer a very good selection of gifts and cards.
Although this is a very good shop for most things, I don't think it is that good for CD's and DVD's...the selection just isn't as good as the other shops such as HMV or Virgin.
*At the moment they are doing 3 for 2 on all books and this offer ends at 10 AM on Tuesday 18th March. *
I know this is probably in the wrong place but there is nowhere else for this review to go! I had heard some bad reviews of the automated spray tanning booths...not to mention the Friends episode where Ross gets done! (He ends up tangoed) I didn't fancy a machine being in total control of my tan so I opted for a more "bespoke" option! I went along to my local beauticians and the beautician herself sprayed me with a little spray gun!
I must mention that I exfoliated well the night before...You are advised to wear very loose fitting clothes so that all your tan does not rub off on the way home before it gets a chance to develop.
As it was my first spray tan experience, she led me into the tiny room and instructed me to take off my clothes and I could either leave my own underwear on, or wear a pair of disposable paper panties, which were massive! I didn't want panty tan lines so I decided to leave my own pants on. You can be sprayed with or without your bra...so if you are a little bit wary of stripping off infront of a stranger it's ok! But I obviously didn't want tanlines so I just decided to get it done properly :)
She gave me barrier cream for the palms of my hands and you need to really make sure that you rub this into your nails so that they don't go orange! If your beautician doesn't offer this option, vaseline will do the same job.
Another vital tip...do NOT wear deoderant because you will end up with green marks on your armpits because the chemicals in it react with the tanning agent!
So when I was suitably undressed I stood infront of the black screen and waited on the beautician to come back. She asked me if I wanted it to look Light, Medium or Dark...I decided on dark! Why not?! It was for a special occasion so I needed to look my best. She asked me to stand in a selection of strange poses whilst she sprayed the fine mist all over my body. It was very cold! She was about to tan my face aswell but I was like "Hold on a sec! no way!" I had seen too many orange faced girls so I knew better. Besides, thats what your make up is for! People with spray tanned faces just look freaky!
The whole spraying ordeal only lasted about 5 minutes, and I hurried to put my clothes back on! But she told me I had to wait about 10 minutes for the tan to dry. I was very paranoid getting dressed cos I didn't want to ruin my lovely new tan! But somehow it managed to stay intact. I slept with the tan on that night (wear long sleeved things too bed unless you want orange sheets) And then the next morning, I washed it off in the shower as directed and it looked amazing!
I was very happy with the results...and now spray tanning is a regular feature in my beauty regime :) at only £20 it isn't really that expensive. It lasts for about a week if you look after yourself and apply moisturiser after every shower.
I love La Senza...Everytime I go in there, I always come out with something new (much to my boyfriends delight!) I would say La Senza is much like the British version of Victoria's Secret, maybe not as expensive.
They split their collections into different ranges
Ultrasoft bras £14
Cotton Lace Tshirt Bras £12
3 way gel bras £16 (These bras go up as far as E cup)
La Senza ITEC £22 (completely seamless)
Precisionfit £20 (different amount and types of padding according to cup size)
The Pure Luxury range is simply stunning involving silk, lace, chiffon, satin, they never fail to impress me. Very opulent looking styles. They just make you feel sexy whilst wearing them
Definitely suitable for a special occasion :)
Girly and Gorgeous
Very feminine beautiful bras...with bows, ribbons, embroidery and lovely detailing. The Love Lace range is probably my favourite for every day wear... it is a lovely padded plunge bra with lace overlaying the cups and a little daisy detail where the cups meet. And they are all available with matching thongs or french knicker style "shorts". These bras are currently priced at a very reasonable £15 but they are always reduced after Christmas so I tend to stock up in the January sales!
They come in Black, White, Chocolate, Neon Pink, Red, Blue, Emerald Green...so you have plenty to choose from!
(These go up to F cup)
If you are looking for something a bit different and racy...you will find it in this section! This is the "occasion wear" section of the shop as it were! Not the kind of bras you would necessarily want to wear out, but they have a time and a place and can be used very effectively :)
La Senza also stock a number of Bra Solutions...like backless, strapless, multiway bras etc. They always have a solution no matter what bit of the bra you need to hide, according to your outfit! They also sell all the usual accessories...bra extenders, stick and show tape (commonly known as tit tape), breast daisies (to hide your nipples!), low back converters etc. And of course, the ever popular Chicken Fillets!
Their Nightwear and Beachwear ranges are equally lovely!
La Senza shops are always nicely laid out and I find the staff very willing to help. The shop is usually kept very tidy and you can find what you are looking for quite easily. Their gift-wrapping is lovely. They will place your purchases in a lovely pastel yellow box, wrapped in tissue paper, and little scented beads are placed inside the box at no extra cost. Just makes presents that extra bit more special!
Tip for guys...If you don't know what to buy your girlfriends/wives for their birthday or Christmas...remember, you can't go too far wrong with La Senza vouchers!
I would definitely be lost without my precious GHD's...it may sound silly to GHD Virgins but seriously, once you have tried them there is no going back!
They might seem a little pricey to some, and I suppose they are, considering they are around the £100 mark! But they are SO worth the money...I have ridiculously curly hair which is a nightmare even for my hairdresser to blow dry! I tried many other types of straighteners over the years, including ones that you could even use on wet hair (wet 2 straight)...bad idea!
I bought my GHD's from a hairdressers whole sale store so I managed to get them slightly cheaper. Compared to the old MK3 these straigheners have a sleeker design.
extra strong cable which enables more freedom when styling flicks and curls.
Infra-red heat technology means that the heat generated in the ceramic plates is allegedly conducted faster and lasts longer in the styler which apparently helps to lock in colour and minerals.
There is a varying voltage control which means you can use these GHD's around the world without needing to carry an adaptor everywhere!
New safety feature - the GHD's automatically switch off after 15 minutes of inactivity. So you don't need to worry about burning down the house anymore!
The new rounder barrel means that curls and flicks can be created much more easily than with conventional straighteners or the older model GHD's.
I would certainly advise using these in conjunction with the GHD range of hair products in order to protect your hair against all that heat damage.
Definitely the best straighteners on the market today! :)
I bought a Cadbury's Twirl, for old times sake last night simply because I hadn't had one in years and I wanted to see if they tasted as good as I remembered!
I bought it from a Somerfield Local store so there were other appealing options available but the Twirl caught my eye so I had to have it! It was 52p for a 43 gram bar of chocolate, so its probably one of the cheaper bars around.
The packaging is reminiscent of the original Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars. The distinctive purple colour with a metallic sheen and quite large, bright yellow lettering. Nothing too fancy but it's instantly recognisable and I don't think they have ever changed the wrapper in all the years that they have been selling them!
I was going to enjoy mine with a cup of tea. When I opened the wrapper the chocolatey aroma was delicious! The snack consists of two bars for that "intense chocolate hit" as the tag line goes!
The flavour was just wonderful, just the same as a dairy milk but obviously with a different texture. It is similar to a Flake I suppose because it can be pretty crumbly and hard to eat at times! It has gone one step better than Flake though, because not only is it like a Flake bar, but it has been dipped in chocolate again! Just for extra pleasure and enjoyment! Not to mention calories...
There had to be a catch somewhere,
Per finger you get:
1.5 grams of protein
11.9 grams of carbohydrate
6.6 grams of fat
Thats just per SINGLE finger! I do not possess the self control to just have one finger and leave the other one in the fridge! So I am consuming a ridiculous amount of fat in one sitting when I choose to have this. NOT good! :(
Collection 2000 is a little advertised brand which represents very good value for money throughout their extensive range of products. It is normally sold in Superdrug and Boots stores nationwide.
The nail varnish I have at the minute is in the "Hot Looks" range which we are told on the bottle is of the fast drying variety! It is not the fastest drying nail varnish I have used but I suppose it is quite speedy, I am just a little impatient!
I have been wearing Number 3. Diva which is a very rich, bright red shade. The little bottle cost me £1.49 and you get 8mls of the product in there. I bought it over the summer and I'm still using it quite frequently, so it has lasted ages.
The brush is of a fairly good quality in comparison to other cheap nail varnishes so I was quite impressed with the overall finish. Just one coat on my nails gives the right level of colour and it stays chip-free for about 3 days. I think this is acceptable because it wasn't expensive! I could probably prolong the colour by painting over it with a coat of clear polish if I could be bothered!
Not as good quality as my Chanel nail colours (obviously) but when you haven't got alot of money to throw around, this is fine!
I remember begging my mum to buy me this when I was getting my back to school stationery years ago when it first came out! My mum told me it would be rubbish and I felt bad for making her waste money on it! It's such a stupid product that does not work!
They cost around £2.50 these days in WHSmith and other similar shops. But please don't waste your money on this junk!
I am a perfectionist when it comes to my written work and everything has to be precise and accurate, so as you can imagine I do get through alot of Tipp-Ex during an academic year!
Sure, it looks cute, just like a mouse...yea right! You would be far better buying a bottle of the old school type tipp-ex! Because it does what its supposed to do, covers mistakes. This rubbish just flakes off and you have no hope of being able to write over it! Which generally is the whole point of covering something in correction fluid!
It is easy enough to use, you just lift off the little red "nose" part and roll it over the bit you want to cover up. For easier grip there are little grooves which also serve as the little mouse's ears
If you want to buy a piece of plastic that looks like a mouse, fair enough. If you want to buy something that actually works don't bother with this!!
If you have already obliterated a mistake you will find yourself having to re-do it over and over again because it comes off so easily! Therefore, it doesn't last very long and isn't worth the money
Subway is always something of a treat for me :) because it's fast food but you can still eat healthily there! There's nothing like that subway smell of the freshly baked bread either! It is also excellent value for money and they always have special deals on offer! It is always £1.99 for a six inch Sub of the Day
There are alot of choices to make in this place! Firstly, what kind of bread you want your sandwich on...Italian, Hearty Italian, Honey and Oat etc
You can either have a six inch sandwich or if you are feeling hungry a foot long...I can never manage the bigger one! It's just so filling.
You can custom make your own sandwich filling or you can choose one from the extensive menu:
Italian BMT (my personal favourite)
Steak and Cheese
Sweet Onion Chicken Teryaki (6g of fat or less)
Ham (6g of fat or less)
Chicken Breast (6g of fat or less)
Beef (6g of fat or less)
Veggie Delite (6g of fat or less)
Turkey Breast (6g of fat or less)
Chicken and Bacon Ranch
When you have selected your bread and filling they ask if you would like your sandwich toasted and with cheese.
Once the main fillings have been added, we move on to the vegetables :)
You can have lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapenos, gerkins, cucumber, black olives, green peppers etc. I normally have all of the above! There are also a variety of sauces available...Chipotle Southwestern (definitely the best), BBQ, Light Mayonnaise and a few others which I can't remember!
You can turn your sandwich into a meal deal for a few extra pounds. Then you get a large cup to fill with whatever soft drink you wish, they normally have Fanta, Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite. Or alternatively you can have tea, coffee or cappuccino. You also have a choice of either a lovely cookie or crisps.
If you don't fancy a sandwich or are on a no carb diet, Subway also offer a delicious range of freshly made salads. Including:
For their valued younger customers Subway prepares mini subs with a little bottle of Tropicana and a toy. Healthier than a mcdonalds anyway!
The whole nutritional low-down can be accessed at their website
Last night my boyfriend and I decided to go to the Wetherspoon's curry club. It is a weekly thing (every Thursday night) but this was our first time to try it! It is served from 3pm until 11pm
We chose to go to the Lloyd's Bar (The Capitol) because it just has a nicer atmosphere than the original Wetherspoons pubs seem to be aimed at the older generations (no offence intended) We just feel silly going there!
The bar itself is quite nice and in good condition, when we chose our table it was apparent that it hadn't been cleaned very thoroughly because there were little bits of the previous diners' popadoms still on the table! Never mind...
Most things on the menu were quite appealing. I decided to go for the Hot Chicken Tikka Masala because according to the little chili pepper rating it was the hottest :) My boyfriend chose the Royal Thali which was a selection of curries in miniature balti dishes. These included; chicken tikka masala, lamb kashmiri, chicken pasanda and beef dhansak. I think he enjoyed all of these apart from the Beef Dhansak because it was too full of chickpeas for his liking! His curries were served with yellow basmati rice, onion bhaji, vegetable samosa, naan bread and a drink of his choice. Whilst mine came with the basmati rice, popadoms, naan bread and mango chutney. Everything was delicious apart from the mango chutney which came in a little individual container with a peel off lid. It had a horrible synthetic taste.
The price varies according to which particular wetherspoons you go to...mine was £5.49 and my boyfriends was slightly more expensive around £6.00 i think. I think anyone would agree that it is very good value. Obviously not as good as an authentic Indian meal but you get what you pay for! The portions were huge, and I'd say the curries were fairly good quality. The rice had a nice aroma and texture.
You order your food and drink at the bar and then it is brought to your table. The service was very fast. (I suppose it doesn't take too long when you're just sticking something in the microwave!)
I know we could make a far superior curry at home, but when you fancy a night off cooking, it is definitely an attractive option!
I think we will be returning in the near future :)
Thats just a review of what we had but there are 10 curries to choose from!
Goan Vegetable Curry
Chicken Tikka Masala
Lamb Rogan Josh
Malaysian Beef Rendang
Mushroom Dopiaza (5% fat or less)
Chicken Jalfrezi (5% fat or less also!)
There is also a vegetarian version of the Thali that my boyfriend had which also sounds lovely it is a selection of,
Ramja Channa Masala
Sweet Potato with Spinach and chickpeas
and Vegetable Sanbar
Basically all the typical drinks are available with this offer...they didn't have any Cobra so we both had San Miguel instead
This was marketed as something of a wonder product when it first came out! I believed the hype and the advertisements so I found myself buying one in my local Boots.
Watershine started a whole chain of products...Watershine Diamonds and Watershine Nail Colours. The packaging is very pretty, the lipstick is encased in a pearlised pink plastic with the little band of silver visible in the middle.
The first one I bought was Pink Lollipop but I am sure the names have probably changed as they so often do! It cost around £6 or £7 so it wasn't particularly expensive! However I was very impressed with the quality of this product. It actually did everything as promised in the ads! The colour was nice and rich looking whilst still youthful because of the glossy effect. I expected the gloss to wear off quite quickly but it didn't, and the colour also lasted ages. There was a nice moisturising feel to this lipstick and I would definitely buy it again.
I am normally more of a lipgloss fan but this is almost as good!
I'm a huge fan of crisps and all things snacky and bad for me!
I thought I would give snack a jacks a go because I don't want to be gaining weight because of my fondness for fattening things!
I didn't expect to like them particularly because I don't normally like the low fat substitute crisps, but I thought it was worth a try anyway!
They are made from a combination of corn and rice.
I bought the salt and vinegar flavour initially, because I wasn't really drawn to any of the others on offer. They make Caramel, Sour Cream, Chedder Cheese, Prawn Cocktail, Roast Chicken flavours but some of these are harder to find than others!
I used to love taking these to work for my afternoon break. They kept me feeling quite full and satisfied for ages!
The snacks come in 30 gram bag, so they look just like a packet of crisps, actually the bag is slightly bigger. It is usually around 50p for a bag. They are made into bite sized pieces and are easy to eat. The only slight problem is that they are VERY salty, they taste good while your eating them but you will be so thirsty afterwards! Apart from the excessive saltiness they do have a lovely sharp vinegar flavour which I enjoy. You can also taste the corn ingredient, which is surprisingly pleasent!
I have since tried the caramel flavour which I don't really like. They are a bit too sickeningly sweet for my tastes and have a horrible sticky texture! I think I'll stick with my preference for salt and vinegar