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I love the body shop, I have a body shop membership card and love the vouchers that they send me via email so when I recently received a 50% off voucher on a £50 spend I practically ran into the shop excited at what goodies I would find.
After filling my basket up I found I was short of £50 by just a couple of pound then I spotted this lip balm so not even looking I threw it into my basket and took my bag of goodies home very excited to try them out. Firstly the pots are the most perfect size, fit in any pocket and is an easy screw cap opening - unlike the Vaseline pots that get stuck!
When you open up the pot the smell of coconut hits you and you are overwhelmed, it is like you have just stepped off the plane on holiday. It is wonderful. I would buy this product if only for the scent but when I put this on it is amazing, the product gives your lips a lovely shimmer but not over shiny like most lip-glosses. It also leaves me lips feeling extremely moisturised and they feel like this for around an hour after applying the product. I suffer from dry lips and I feel this product has improved this massively.
This product lasts such a long time, I re-apply my constantly throughout the day (around 7-9 times) and I still have 3/4 of a pot left round a month later so I think these are great value for money. They cost £2 and if you are a member (which only costs £5 a year) then you will also get 10% off this price. You can purchase this from most body shop stores or online.
If you want super soft, glossy lips with a heavenly scent then this product is for you.
I was so happy when I found that I could review this product and I am very excited to write this review.
I first purchased this camera in August 2012 just two days before I was going on holiday! I had been looking for a new camera as I had my old one for a while and it was on its way out, it was mine and my partners first 'proper' holiday abroad together and I am snap happy so I wanted the pictures to be really good.
I stumbled by chance upon this camera and hesitated slightly at the £199 price tag - how much? But I was intrigued as it was an underwater camera. We had purchased a snorkel set and I thought this would be a lovely addition to this underwater activity. After reading that this camera was waterproof, sand/dust proof, freeze proof and shock proof that it would be the perfect addition on my many travels.
I love travelling and ever traveller needs a good companion in a camera. This is mine, it is my left arm and I am in love with it, even after the honeymoon period! I know that if anything ever happens to this camera I will be replacing it with the same one.
When I first went snorkelling I attached the camera using the wrist strap as no matter how waterproof this is (up to 10 metres) if it goes to the bottom of the sea bed I am not getting it back! I was terrified at first about putting it into the water, I wasn't quite convinced that any camera could go into the sea and come out completely unharmed but it does.
The camera has a lock on the hatch for the battery and SD card compartment which reminds you to make sure it is closed properly and there is also an instruction when you switch on the camera to remember to lock the side. If you do this then the camera is 100% waterproof.
I didn't care about the price tag this was the best camera I had EVER bought, we snorkelled for hours and took photos of the hundreds of fish that were below sea level, it was amazing that I could capture the beauty underwater and above the water!
Yes, this camera once removed from the water is an unbelievable 16 megapixel camera with many different settings and flash. It has different settings such as auto-mode, portrait, landscape etc. The camera quality is brilliant and I have taken so many brilliant photos on this.
As I have written a travel blog photos are really important to me and this camera has not let me down yet. It is perfect all round, day time, night, underwater and for those who like to travel I would say this is the best camera on the market.
The camera has a re-chargeable battery which is brilliant as I charge the camera up every night I am away as I tend to get snap happy and take about 1000 photos a day and this is where the SD Card slot comes in very useful as I just buy a new SD Card whenever needed and I can easily upload them to my laptop.
This camera is available in Orange, Blue and Red - I have the blue one and I love its bright colours, different that most cameras that are out there. These can now be purchased for £149 and I would recommend this camera highly!
The travellers dream in my eyes!
Thanks for reading :)
Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 978 metres/3209 feet high. Did this scare me? No it did not! It only encouraged me to reach the top even more and what better day than New Years Day, I had gone on so many hikes and climbed 'mini mountains' that I stupidly thought - How hard can it be? Hmm well a lot harder than I thought actually.
We had booked a cottage at the bottom of Scafell Pike and woke up bright and early on New Years day ready to conquer the Mountain. With my new hiking boots at the ready (they were a Christmas present off my other half and I was in love with them) we headed out. I wasn't exactly 'dressed for the occasion' with my hiking boots, hiking socks, leggings, jumper dress and leather jacket - I would not advice anyone to do this! After setting off from the cottage we head over towards the base of Wast Water began our route there.
We didn't have a route in mind as we are the kind of couple who like to 'go with the flow' we had our rucksack on hand with all our essentials including food as we knew we would get hungry half way up. It is really important that you make sure you have certain items to hand especially when climbing a mountain like Scafell Pike, this includes a map, torch, food and water and definitely the correct footwear, I can imagine this walk could cause serious problems if the correct footwear isn't worn.
The views from the ground I feel are as astonishing as the views from the top. I was so excited to reach the top but it looked much easier to reach than it actually was. It takes roughly 5-6 hours to complete the walk up Scafell Pike, I would say that all people who are reasonably fit can complete it in this time with just a couple of rest points.
The weather on New Years day wasn't the best and the rain for a couple of days beforehand made the climb slightly more difficult. The walk to the top has the most stunning views, every angle looks different and the landscape appears to change every couple of hundred metres. It was misty the day that we hiked up Scafell and the top of the mountain looked like a gateway to heaven - it was out of this world!
Unfortunately as stunning as this walk was I found it was more difficult than I first expected, as a reasonably fit young women I thought that this would be challenging and that it was, every hour or so I had to have a break and grab a drink. The challenge of conquering Scafell Pike is difficult and not one that should be done without training.
It wasn't the warmest day of the year, in fact it was freezing! The closer we got to reaching the top the colder it was (obviously) but the wind hit you like a block of ice. I couldn't believe how cold it was when you reach the top but all this aside when I finally reached the top the hours of walking, stumbling over rocks, almost freezing and even walking past a lamb that had been killed by a fox it was all worth it!
The views were like something off a postcard or out of a dream, the thought of being on top of the highest mountain in England gets your adrenaline pumping and the sense of achievement takes over. It was more beautiful than I can ever put into words and it finally hits you - You've done it!
We were the only people climbing the mountain on New Years, or so it seemed but at one point a rescue helicopter came circling the area which put my mind at ease slightly in case anything did happen. Luckily for us it didn't but I imagine it could easily go wrong.
The mountain can easily be conquered with the correct training and equipment. This should be on everyone's bucket list as it is inspiring and beautiful and the hard work definitely pays off.
Maps and all information relating to Scafell Pike is easily is available from www.Scafellpike.org.uk. This includes information such as different routes around Scafell Pike and equipment needed etc.
Scafell Pike was an experience that will stay with me for a very long time and next on my list is the Three Peaks Challege which includes climbing, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon - this is one of the most popular ways to climb Scafell Pike, I am actually excited to see this second time round!
No-one can explain the feeling of being on top of England.
Well, firstly I will start by saying that I never use face masks - never! I dont know why but the problems I had as a teenager with these I have been put off (I once left it on for so long that it would not come off, I had to use a nail brush and believe me that did more damage to my skin than benefits!)
But when I walked past these in my local Superdrug store for £1 I thought why not treat myself? I could do with a little bit of pampering and im sure this time I wont be leaving it on as long. Off I bounced to the till with my lovely new face mask.
A pampering treat with the words chocolate on the front, well it doesnt get much then that. I had chosen this White Chocolate mask as I love white chocolate and it states on the front that this is an Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque. Perfect!
After a hard day at work and the gym I opened the sachet of Face Mask, the packaging is exactly as pictured above and ws easier to open than I originally thought, using the small slit on the top left hand corner I pulled it and the whole top section came off in one piece. The smell was devine!
The smell just hit you in the face and I couldnt wait to get it on. I began spreading the thick but smooth mixture all over my face and it was very easy to apply. I just used to of my fingers and spread it on my face doing sections at a time, first my cheeks, then my chin, nose and forehead. This was a luxury on its on and instantly made me relax.
Once I had applied the face mask all over (A handy tip: Make sure your hair is out of your face before you apply the mask) then I did what it said on the packet and relaxed for 15-20 minutes, well actually I began writing this review instead!
The mask within about 60 seconds and begin to harden but it felt nice, it was like a slight tightening but nothing that wasnt relaxing but after around 3 minutes it become really tight and I couldnt move my mouth for fear of the mask cracking. But it was a good excuse for relaxing and keeping silent for a while.
After 10-15 minutes I then washed off this mask using warm water and a cloth, it came off much easier then I first anticipated and when I looked in the mirror I was shocked, it couldnt be? My skin looked glowing, it was brilliant. My skin hadnt looked this good in so long and not only was I 'glowing' but my skin was so soft that I didnt even need to use moisturiser.
I dont know why I was so suprised but I just didnt think this product would do so well on my skin, I saw it more as a pampering session without any other benefits but it really was more than that and I cannot why to try the rest of the masks from this range.
I really like this product for £1 it is excellent value for money. I would pay up to £3 for this product and will be buying some more from the range. They are widely available in Boots, Superdrug, Large Supermarkets and even places such as Bodycare, Home Bargains and BandM's. These average at £1-£1.49 but are usually on 3 for 2 offers.
The only downside to this product is as I only use a small amount of product alot is wasted and I am unable to re-seal it so if you could re-seal it that would be good! They do offer this product in a large resealable tub for £5 but that doesnt then give you the opportunity to mix and match the face masks.
If you want to escape and relax for 15 minutes and get amazing skin results then £1 is all it costs.
I LOVE travelling, I would call it more of an obsession actually, I am currently organising a round the world trip and any books, printouts and websites I can get my hands on I make the most of so when I opened my christmas present and it was a large selection of lonely planet books I was the happiest girl in the world!
One of the books included this Lonely Planet one which contains every country in the world, yes, every country. I knew this book was huge and weighed a ton but couldnt believe it did contain every country. I was so excited to begin reading this but didnt plan on reading page for page as you can imagine it isnt what you would call 'light reading' you gain muscles by lifting this book.
Occassionally I just like to flick through the book and look at places I have been and places I want to go along with places I never would go! It is a brilliant book for those who love to travel as it gives you a slight insight into the country and a couple of recommendations of what to do/where to visit within the country. Even though it isnt in alot of detail the book gives you an idea of the country and if you like what you see you can take a look in further detail.
The pages contain on average 3 photos, but this is where the book let me down massively. The pictures do not do the countries justice at all, I just felt that the money they had spent on the book more could have gone into the pictures but I suppose that is down to each individuals personality.
This book retails at £20 so is on the expensive side but you can get it for around £15 online. Excellent book for those who to travel or those even looking for some inspiration, I have found this book very useful and cannot wait to explore some of the countries I have seen.
I have given this 4 out 5 due to the pictures.
Well I originally was bought this lovely netbook in Pink as a birthday/Christmas present in 2007. It was perfect, everything I had ever wanted - my own netbook! I loved it! I was at that time studying in college and this was perfect for what I wanted, it let me do all of my work on word and email it across to my tutors. The laptop had Bluetooth which was brilliant for sending all my pictures from my phone to my netbook and storing them safely there. It also had an SD card slot and a USB slot both were very useful, the SD card slot enabled me to save all my pictures onto my netbook and the USB slot allowed me to complete work save and then take it to college - perfect!
The netbook is so small and compact that it even enabled me to transport it around easily and to connect to the internet wherever there was Wi-Fi. I was in love and this had become like my left arm. The netbook connected to the internet and WI-FI rather quickly which was useful as I was usually up and running within a few minutes. The keyboard was of an average size that you would expect for a Netbook and the mouse pad was very easy to use.
The netbook has a webcam on the top of the screen which comes in useful for taking pictures of yourself (if you like to do that) and for Skype, where I get the use from. The webcam although isn't amazing it does its job for Skype and with a mic also built in Skype can very easily be used. I feel that this Netbook is ideal for somebody who is going travelling (that is my intention) it is light, compact, perfect use to connect with family and friends back home.
The laptop charge holds for roughly 8 hours on full charge so really is brilliant. The netbook also looks good; it is very sleek and available in four colours, Pink, Purple, Black and White. It retail at £199 but I purchased mine (yes I replaced my last broken one for the same netbook just yesterday) for £129.99 - I can't believe it either!
I am no computer geek so I can't go into too much detail but for what I need this netbook is perfect. If you are looking for a Netbook/Laptop that lets you connect to the internet, write emails, store files and pictures, connect with friends and family and is compact that this is the best option for you. I have now had two of these and the last one which I broke last week had lasted 6 years and would have been longer but sadly I stood on it and smashed the screen.
You can also buy different cases and stickers for these Netbooks ranging from £1-£10 so you can design/style it however you want.
Great all around Netbook!
Being a lover of Caves and all things that are a little out of the ordinary me and Richard decided one day to take a trip to Blue John Cavern. Blue John Cavern is in Castleton, Derbyshire so it was just over an hour's drive from where we live which was ideal in case it wasn't as good as we had expected. I had been to Blue John's when I was a child and remember being amazed by the caves and all its glory so I was rather excited to be going back.
We pulled into a car park space and if it wasn't for the huge sign you wouldn't believe it was as there is only a very small building that looks like a 'house' so after realising that this was the right place we then headed down the pathway and towards the small building which turned out to be the gift shop and the place you are able to buy your tickets and wait until the next tour.
We purchased our tickets and headed down into the caves after only waiting about 10 minutes for the next tour. The caves are dark and lit only be electric lights, it is wet and the steps can get slippery so they advise you to have suitable footwear - luckily I did!
After heading down each set of steps you then stop for a little break and to admire the caves in all their glory - it was as beautiful as I remembered and it is amazing to think this is still a working mine! 360 foot underground we finally reached the bottom and they definitely save the best to last.
It is the biggest open area of the caves and I have never seen anything like this, it is so hard to get photos you need to see it in person but very worthwhile. I have tried to get the best pictures possible but it was really hard as the caves aren't very 'photogenic' they need to be seen!
But then once you have finished being astonished by these amazing caves you have the walk back up the steps which isn't the easiest - the only downside to this place but the caves look completely different again when walking up - it's like a separate set of caves. Just as beautiful but looks so different from a different view.
This is a natural beautiful place to visit and so interesting!
Adults £9, Children £4.50, Students £7, Senior Citizen £7, Family Ticket £25
Tickets can be purchased online or when you arrive.
Postcode for Sat Nav - S33 8WH
I have given this attraction four out of five stars and the reason being although this is a beautiful place it isnt the most memorable.
Scarborough is a seaside resort in England that has so much to offer, it has the sea, the beach, a fairground on the pier, numerous boats, cafes, pubs, a lighthouse, gardens and a castle.
Many people wouldn't think of going to a seaside resort in Britain - mainly due to the weather! But rain or shower Scarborough is an amazing place to visit and explore. We spent two days in Scarborough and what a wonderful time we had, much better than we thought we would actually.
We firstly wanted to explore the castle so off along the seafront we wandered, the walk from each end takes about 30-45 minutes (Yes, longer than it looks) but the walk is really nice. The sound of the waves crashing against the beach and little cafes and pubs along the way make it really enjoyable.
Scarborough is like a traditional English holiday from the 60s, you really feel like you have stepped back in time. It is so traditional and I think that makes this place stand out from most other British seaside resorts. After climbing up a mountain of stairs we reached the castle and the views from the top were amazing.
After exploring the castle and the lovely church situated behind we then found a little café on one of the cobbled side streets - a little bit of heaven if you ask me! We had Coffee and cakes and began heading back to the sea front and towards the Gardens. I had heard about these gardens before and was told they were lovely so off we headed to explore.
The gardens are a lovely walk and I can imagine look stunning in any weather, there are a large variety of flowers, a fountain, a stand and a walk down a pathway towards the sea which crashes against the cliffs. We walked through the gardens and towards the cliff where we sat on the rocks and just listened to the waves crashing.
We headed back to the hotel and after an amazing meal we then went for a midnight wander through Scarborough and it was just as beautiful at night. The lights look amazing against the sea and the town is so peaceful you can hear a pin drop.
On the second day we headed out towards Peasholme Park which I had been looking forward to for weeks, it is a Park that has a Chinese theme. It has lanterns hanging all around the park which are lit up at night and if you climb up the steps to the top of the park (Like a hill in the centre of the park) you will see a themed garden which is something really unique.
They have dragon peddle boats you can hire and ride around the pond avoiding the ducks may I add! Overall a wonderful park that is different that you usual everyday park The peddle boats can fit four people in or two adults and three children and cost £5 to hire - worth every penny, I mean how many times do you get to ride a Dragon around a pond?
To sum up Scarborough...A traditional English Holiday with a Twist!
It was coming up to Valentine's day and we decided to visit Bruges, we booked the P&0 mini cruise plus an extra night which gave us two days and one night in Bruges. We booked the mini cruise while it was on two for one so it cost us the bargain price of £99 for both of us return!
You can also reach Bruges via Plane (Brussels, and then get the train from there) or even by eurostar but I feel that the P&O mini cruise are the best value for money with transfers from the ferry port direct to Bruges centre.
We booked one of the more expensive hotels in Bruges and that was probably the best decision we have ever made. The hotel was called the Nuit Blanche and it was a medieval style hotel owned by a local artist David who was the most amazing host I had ever come across. There are numerous hotels all around Bruges that will accommodate everyone's budget. I use Booking.com to find the best hotels.
When we first reached the city centre of Bruges and I began wondering the streets I could believe what a perfect city this was - literally in every way.
Firstly there are hardly any cars, Bruges does not have traffic lights, road markings or road signs, and maybe this is because its main traffic supply is Horse and Carriage. From the minute you wake up until the minute you got to sleep you can hear the hooves of the horses clocking against the cobbles, it is just like stepping back in time.
I knew the moment we got there we would for sure be taking a ride through the city by Horse and Cart...how romantic? There was so much to explore and every inch of Bruges amazed me. The people were so friendly, the chocolate shops on every corner, the ales, the list is just endless.
As you will probably know Bruges is famous for its Beer and I myself am a wine drinker so didn't think I would take advantage of this but I knew I had to give it a try. There are Ale shops everywhere you look with a range of over 500 different ales, the strawberry and cream beer was my favourite.
The city is one of the most picturesque I have ever been too, but it's magnificent in every other way. We found a little Tea Room/Chocolate shop on our first day and stopped for an afternoon snack, it was so lovely. It was very similar to Bettys Tea room but without the cost! Only 18 euros for a large selection of various cakes and a large hot chocolate each.
There are chocolate shops every couple of yards in Bruges and this is perfect for chocolate lovers, the chocolate is also reasonably priced as I found out when I selected many chocolates and a huge bag cost me 5 euros.
You can just wonder around all of the beautiful cobbled streets and explore all the museums that Bruges has to offer. If you are a lover of museums like myself then Bruges sell a museum pass which can be purchased at any museum across the city and costs just 15 euros or cheaper if you are under 25 or a student, roughly 5 euros.
Included in the museum pass is the trip up the Belfry Tower, the belfry tower is the highlight of Bruges, it is situated in the market square and you have to climb 366 steps to reach the top - worth every breath of air in my opinion. The views from the top are out of this world.
We also took a Horse and Carriage ride around the city, it was an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime and I would recommend to anyone visiting Bruges. It was slightly expensive at 39 euros plus 10 euros tip but for half an hour I didn't think that was too bad and worth every penny. There is a stop for the horse to rest for 5 minutes but we just looked around some of the houses near to where we had pulled up and its reassuring that the horse is well looked after.
Before our departure of Bruges we headed towards lovers lake which is another famous spot in Bruges, it was beautiful and the people of Bruges believe if you throw money into the lake you will have everlasting love, how true this is I'm unsure but it is worth losing a penny to try?
Bruges being in Europe and having the Euro currency I expected it to be rather expensive but it was a lot cheaper than I expected. I would say it is cheaper than Britain's main city prices and this can easily be done on a budget, me and my partner took £500 between us and £140 of that was for the hotel, we then had all our drinks, our museum passes, the horse and carriage ride, boat trips and so much more and came back with £60 so it can be done!
I fell in Love with Bruges, an amazing city with so much to offer and such a lovely place I hope everyone gets to visit at least once in their life.
As soon as we pulled up into the car park we were filled with the excitement of Muncaster Castle and what the trip would bring. I have visited numerous castles all over England but still get overwhelmed with excitement over what the next castle will bring.
Firstly as you drive to Muncaster Castle if you can't see it on the hilltops it is clearly signposted along all main roads so is fairly easy to find as we found when our sat nav died on route! We were staying in a cottage not too far from Muncaster Castle and knew that we would be paying this place a visit during a stay so on New Year's Eve we pulled into the car park opposite Muncaster which is free parking (Rare these days!) and headed over the road and into Muncaster.
When you first head towards the castle there is a huge stone built gate and you pass through this (which is amazing on its own) and head towards the little glass hut on your right hand side which is the information centre, here you pay for your tickets and can buy any drinks, sweets or souvenirs you want.
Ticket prices are £13 per adult and £7.50 per child and under 5's free - this includes entry to the castle, gardens, owls and maze. Money very well spent in my opinion and I thought the costs were worthwhile especially with the number of owls they look after (Over 200).
Our first stop was the owl sanctuary where we must have spent a couple of hours wondering around, lucky for us it was New Year's Eve and we were the only people in the park! So we were looking at the owls and different birds, amazed at their size and beauty - what an amazing place!
We are a young(ish) couple who love birds and thoroughly enjoyed this experience, I am sure that families and people of all ages would enjoy this as much as we did.
We then headed towards the castle which was sadly closed the day we went but the beauty of the castle from the outside was amazing, it was stunning almost a sense of being 'untouched' and the views from the castle were like none I had ever seen before. You could see across the valley and it was so beautiful, even if the temperature was about minus 3 degrees.
We continued exploring around the castle and being on our own this was rather 'Scary' if that is the correct word, being so high up it was misty and being the only people around it gave the castle a beauty like I have never experienced. Although I'm sure this will be a completely different experience and just as amazing at any other time of the year regardless of the amount of people there.
After a thorough look around the gardens and finding hidden paths etc. we decided to head back as the sun had started to set. We had wandered around for hours with 70 acres of land there is a lot to explore. We even found a little bird watching hut at the top of the hill and if you walk far enough you have amazing views over the sea.
In the evening Muncaster Castle is lit up with illuminations which unfortunately I never got to see but will do when I go back, I can imagine this is amazing!
The facilities at this castle really are brilliant for families; there are toilets, restaurants and a child's play area although the restaurant wasn't open the day that we went.
I will be going back to Muncaster Castle but this time I am going to stay in the castle grounds as they offer apartments and a cottage to rent which are very reasonably prices and with unlimited access to the castle and gardens, personally I couldn't think of anything better.
Muncaster Castle can be found in Ravenglass - the only coastal town in the Lake District, the postcode is CA18 1RQ and is accessible via car, bus and train.
Ginger Beer and Whiskey...the perfect combination. I had never been interested in this drink, I had only ever drank Whiskey in a cocktail and had never even drank Ginger Beer, I wasn't even sure what it tasted like. I love ginger so wasn't sure why I had never tried this.
Originally we were buying the more expensive brand but due to saving up (and yes 70p a week will add up) I decided to give this bottle a try at only 65p for 2 litres it was a bargain!
We then gave it a try and it was delicious, it blended with the whiskey so well and was less 'fizzy' than the more expensive brands. The taste was smooth but you could really feel the kick of the ginger, it also left a lovely aftertaste. I couldn't believe the taste for the price, besides the gassiness of the more expensive products you wouldn't be able to tell the different.
Then because we had so much of this bottle leftover (2LTR's is hard to get through between two people) after the weekend I decided to try some on its own and again it was even more delicious. I became addicted and now have a glass of Fiery Ginger Beer every night with my tea. For 65p this lasts all week, I buy a new one each although it keeps its taste for the whole 7 days but could be longer, I just haven't tried it after this period.
As this is a Tesco Brand Product it is only available from Tesco but in my opinion it is worth the visit.
Perfect for all those who are looking to spice up their life for 65p!
It had never crossed my mind to buy this blushed before I stumbled across it on a 3 for too deal and decided to give it a try - by far the best make up product I have bought in a very long time. The item is very small only 2.5grams and very compact. It comes with an oddly shaped Blusher Brush that is rather small along with an mirror on the inside lid, although small it makes this item perfect for on the go or for touching up throughout the day (not that that's needed).
The blusher itself is in a pink round plastic tub with gold writing on the top which states 'Blush Bourjois Paris' and the number/colour of the blush inside. The inside brush fits in perfectly and has a white plastic section for you to hold with your fingers and small bristles for you to collect the blusher product with and apply. This brush is moon shaped so you can apply it easily to your cheekbones but unfortunately I do not find this the best brush to use so I use my body shop blusher brush instead to apply this product.
The blusher is amazing; it applies in one sweep so no need to keep covering and has a colour that lasts all day. The colour is lovely and very natural looking, you can add as little or as much as you like depending on your preference but I find one sweep is enough. I put this on before I go to work and you can still see it when I finish, even though my foundation has faded.
The blusher has a slight golden shimmer to it which reflects off your cheekbones making them more defined, just what I was looking for and everyone loves glowing cheeks I'm sure. Like I said before it doesn't make you look like a Barbie doll it is so natural looking which is rare for blushers that are currently around.
The blusher is slightly more expensive than others averaging at about £6, although they are usually on 3 for 2. This put me off slightly at first but I wear blusher every single day and 6 months down the line this blusher hasn't even got a single dent in it - I honestly cannot believe how long it has last, longer than any other product I have ever used! So far it has cost me £1 a month and I'm sure it is going to last much longer so money VERY well spent in my eyes.
You can purchase this product from many stores, most supermarkets and beauty stores such as Boots, Superdrug etc and is available widely online. This product is available in a wide range of colours so you can get one to match your skin colour. This item should be owned by every woman, compact, long lasting and cheap. What more could you want from a Blusher?
We all know that feeling, our purses weigh less and less and our budget is growing smaller and smaller - well that seems to be the case for majority of people today! But what is always a necessity in my shopping list is Tesco Value Hot Chocolate at the massive price of 49p for 400grams. Who can grumble at that?
Why I decided to buy this product?
I am a huge lover of hot chocolate and feel it has now become more of a need than a want! I have tried almost every hot chocolate out there but they all seem too bitty, too sickly or too expensive. If you do buy hot chocolate (like me) then you will know the average cost is around £2.50 for a 250g which is so expensive so that's when I decided to give this hot chocolate a try. I thought why not? It's not like it's going to break the bank, so that's what I did and I can sat with all honestly I have never looked back and believe I never will.
What does it taste like?
Well I know what you're all thinking...Hot Chocolate right? But this is different than most others, it is so smooth and has a sweet taste but without being too sweet or overpowering. You can taste the chocolate but not much - Tesco seem to have got the balance just right in every way. It goes slightly frothy at the top and goes down a treat every time! You can also adjust the taste yourself depending on how chocolaty you want your drink, for those who are not chocolate lovers just add a teaspoon less and for those who are a teaspoon more, you get the drift?
How to make this hot chocolate?
Well the preparation guidelines state -
'Add 5 teaspoonfuls of hot chocolate power to a cup or mug, add 200ml freshly boiled water, stir briskly until fully mixed. '
But how I make it is by adding three to four heaped teaspoons of the powered hot chocolate to a mug and then fill this with boiling water, I just feel that five is too much powder. As I said above this can be adjusted dependant on your taste and your mood! You can also add a touch of milk to the hot chocolate and this makes the hot chocolate smoother and thicker, or when I am feeling in an extra sweet mood I add a handful of marshmallows - Perfect!
What does this product contain?
It states on the tin that it is suitable for vegetarians, it contains milk, and although it should not contain nuts this cannot be guaranteed.
The ingredients are Sugar, Whey Powder, Maltodextrin, Fat Reduced Cocoa powder, Vegetable Oil, Thickener, Milk Proteins and Stabiliser.
Aussie has done it again!
The packaging for this product is dare I say it, Boring! But with a reputation like Aussie has why would they need fancy packaging? It is a white plastic bottle with a large screw off lid. The bottle is 250 ml which I believe is the only large size bottle you can get but you can also buy the sample sachets or the sample size travel condition (Perfect for mini breaks). The lid comes off easily whilst showering and has a small tunnel/funnel like exit for the conditioner is perfect, just give a little squeeze at the top and just the perfect amount of condition comes out. A small handful of this is all you need to bring your hair back to life.
The packaging has the usual information on the front - The Aussie Sign, the type of condition - 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner, the bottle size - 250 ml, states it's for damaged hair and that it 'restores manageability and shine.' The back of the bottle has a list of the ingredients that this conditioner contains.
How to use the product
This product is to be used after shampooing your hair, after shampooing preferably with Aussie but I find any shampoo works well you then place a small handful of this through your hair and leave on. Even though it stays three minutes I feel that this varies depending on the damage that your hair is in. If it is severely damaged then I like to leave it on, wrap it in a towel (to trap the heat and condition deeply) and leave it sometimes for up to 15 minutes then wash this off. If you are using this on a weekly basis or even daily then I would not leave it longer than the recommended 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water thoroughly (no-one wants greasy patches) and then you have it, lovely healthy hair.
How the product works on your hair
Well I have dying my hair (Bleach!!) for years now and although my hair is in ok condition every now and then it needs a 'Pick me up' and that's when Aussie hair comes to the rescue! I know that no matter how many times I use this or how badly my hair is damaged this will repair it as best any conditioner can, my hair shall we say 'comes back to life!'
This is the most reliable condition in the world (In my opinion) just three minutes on your hair and your hair is shinier, healthier and repaired. What more do you want from this conditioning mask?
This works well on all hair colours, I know this as I have probably had every hair colour (natural colours) under the sun and have used this for years now. I once had a disaster with over dying my hair and I almost lost all my hair!! I wouldn't advise to anyone but after using Aussie conditioner my hair was back to health in just a couple of month (Aussie has been sent from Heaven I'm sure!)
Your hair feels like it has been treated with a mask at the hairdressers, it feels light, healthy, looks shiny and conditions deep down, all in three minutes? How does it do it?
The front of the bottle says 'Restores Manageability and Shine' well that is very true, does what it says on the tin.
Where to buy the product and price
Aussie product is available widely; it is available in almost all supermarkets, chemists, stores such as Boots, Superdrug, etc. It costs £4.99 as a standard RRP and although the conditioner isn't usually on sale on its own there are usually sales across the Aussie range such as 3 for 2 or 3 for £10, believe me this is a product worth investing in.
Well my E-reader is now like my companion, I take it everywhere with me but this also means I am constantly worried about scratches on the E-reader and any dust/crumbs getting into my little library. I had looked at some E-reader cases online but they were very plain and over expensive for what they were.
Then on my recent shopping trip to Sainsbury's, I stumbled across the TRENDZ E-reader case which comes in a large range of colours and designs. They are lovely and look very similar to the Cath Kidston designs, the ranges include flowers, tribal and butterfly style cases and are all in a tough vinyl style hardwearing case. The have an elastic bank to keep the reader secure, this is on the outer case and then on the inside it has elastics on each of the four corners to make sure the reader stays secure (very handy so the reader doesn't slip out onto the floor etc.) It also converts into stand so perfect for using on a table or hard surface.
I chose the Butterfly design and it is beautiful, I don't want to put my E-reader away anymore I want it on show and I know that it is safe and secure - protected from scratches (my main worry). These retail at £23 normally in Sainsbury's but luckily it was on better than half price and I purchased this for only £10.99, cheap at half the price!
These cases actually fit many E-readers including the Kobo Touch, Kindle 4 and Simple Touch. I can't believe how luxurious these cases are, strong, sturdy, protects well, looks lovely and a reasonable price. I will recommend this to everyone who has an E-reader.