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I have long been a fan of No7 Skincare products and purchased this face exfoliator in my recent splurge where the products were on a 3 for 2 promotion. This would normally cost £11.50 and it's worth every penny!
The packaging is pretty bland and simple and could maybe do with a bit of something to stop it looking like a value product but hey ho. It is simple black and white with minimal lettering. It is part of the Total Renewal range and is called a micro dermabrasion exfoliator. This appealed to me as I have acne scarring and have long looked into dermabrasion and saw this as the next best thing (without the pain and price tag!) you get 75ml of product and as only a small amount is needed once or twice a week this should last a good few months.
The bottle is designed to be stored upside down (on it's lid) this makes it easy to squeeze the product out without the need for vigorous shaking. The exfoliator is white in colour and creamy, with a subtle scent. You can't really feel any grains until you rub it onto your skin and then it feels very very fine, sort of sugary. It in no way scratches or hurts your skin.
After use my skin feels silky soft and looks plump and glowing.
I use this once a week and have had no adverse reactions.
As part of my New Year health kick, I thought I would invest in a blender so I could make myself healthy smoothies easily.
I saw this blender in Tesco priced at £19.99 though the regular price is around £29.99.
Upon taking it out of the box it was very simple to put together and use. The instructions complicate things if anything.
The base unit is black with the plug and lead attached. It has "Blendforce 400w" stated on the front with a dial underneath, the dial consists of 4 options. "0" which is off, to the left of that you have the pulse button, which sends short bursts of power. Then to the right you have "1" and "2" 2 being the faster speed, though I have not yet found anything that has needed this faster function.
The jug is made of clear plastic, with blades situated at the bottom. Various measurements are marked on the jug including, litres, cups, ozs and pints, making measuring liquids easy. There is also a handle and spout for easy pouring. The bottom of this jug has 2 padlock markings. One red with an open padlock and one green with a closed padlock. You put the jug into the base so you can see the open padlock and then turn it to the closed padlock, this ensures the jug is secure during the blending process. Then you have the lid which is black with a clear "plug" at the top, which can be removed to add more liquid/food if need be. This lid locks into place also, by twisting to a locked position.
I have found this blender to be amazing for making smoothies, doesn't take longer than a few minutes from start to finish. I always put harder things in first and build up to soft before adding liquid/ice last.
Very pleased with this machine and it also comes with a warranty and guarantee.
Glad I didn't spend more money on one when this one does just as good a job!
As a teenager, I suffered from quite severe acne for a number of years. This left me with pitted scarring, mainly on my cheeks, temples and nose. I have tried lots of cosmetics to "cover up" this issue as it really affected my confidence. However, nothing seemed to work. This problem was also made worse by the visible pores on my face, so make up seemed to sit in my pores and scars, rather than my face looking flawless like everyone else's (or so it seemed to me)
Last year I began to look at microdermabrasion but with a hefty price tag, it was suggested to me to first try a product that was designed to help. After much research, the one product that kept coming back to me was this one. Lancome Visionnaire. I received a lovely gift voucher for Christmas, so decided to take the plunge and purchase this serum from Debenhams for £59. I purchased the value pack, which also came with mini sizes of 3 other items.
I have never spent this much on Skincare before and to be honest didn't know what to expect. The serum comes in a gorgeous blue/green glass bottle, that looks lovely on my dressing table. The bottle contains 30ml of serum. It is an advanced skin correcting serum that targets wrinkles, pores and evenness.
The lid easily clicks on and off to reveal a pump action dispenser. Through trial and error, I have found one and a half pumps of serum is enough to cover my face. After cleansing and toning, I smooth this serum over my face. I do this twice daily. There is quite a strong fragrance to this serum, you can sort of smell the alcohol in it but I find it pleasant. It feels very silky smooth on my skin and leaves no oily residue.
I have been using this serum for 4 weeks now and it has completely changed my skin! Yes I still have scarring but they are definitely not as visible and with make up on, I would say they are nearly invisible! My make up goes on smoothly and stays put, without clinging to the dry patches that I used to have. My pores have definitely also shrunk.
I would say I still have a good 3/4 months of use left in this bottle and I would happily pay £59 for another.
As a huuuuuge Lush fan, I avidly look forward to Christmas and Birthdays when I get spoiled with lots of lovely lushness.
This bottle of ponche shower gel was contained in a gift set called whoosh and is therefore a smaller 100g size. The full size bottle normally retails at around the £14 mark but as this is a Christmas only fragrance, normally gets reduced in the Boxing Day sales.
The packaging is standard Lush packaging. Clear plastic bottle, with black flip top lid and well known black and white Lush labelling.
This Ponche shower gel contains orange juice and a shot of tequila which is inspired by traditional Mexican Christmas and is said to be bright, boozy, fruity and uplifting. As with all Lush products it is handmade with fresh ingredients including cinnamon.
To use you simply flip open the lid and squeeze the desired amount into your palm or bath lily. I find only a small amount is needed to build up a nice lather. Orange and cinnamon seem to be the over riding fragrances for me and it's certainly a good uplifting fragrance to start your day.
The gel leaves my skin feeling nice and soft and even after rinsing and drying the scent remains on my skin.
This isn't my favourite lush fragrance and I doubt I would personally opt for this one in store, however I am more than happy to use it as part of a gift set or if it was purchased for me.
My 3 year old son went mad for this after seeing the advert over and over again on Nick Jr.
We actually purchased the Union Jack version, which is red, from Argos for £19.99
Once out of the box (and those nasty metal ties) it's just a case of inserting batteries and it is ready to use. The car requires 3 AA batteries and the remote 3 AAA batteries (not included)
The car has a friendly face and is made of chunky plastic. Seems quite sturdy and robust.
After making sure both the car and remote have been switched "on" the controls are very easy to use. You have a large "mini" button in the middle of the steering wheel shaped control, this button makes revving noises and beeping, either side of this there are 2 blue buttons, the left one controls the forward moment and the right controls the direction, the must both be held down for movement. The button at the bottom turns the headlights on and off.
Despite being a simple button control design, the movement of the car is very random. You don't quite now how to turn it this way or that way and you cannot reverse. I would therefore say this is fine for my 3 year old but an older child might appreciate something a bit more advanced.
After playing make sure both car and remote have been switched off, otherwise next time you want to use it you will have to replace the batteries, which can be costly for the amount it takes.
I am pleased with this purchase but only for younger children.
After having a battle with my 20 month old everyone I get my Dyson out to vacuum, I decided to purchase him this toy model for Christmas.
It cost £19.99 from Amazon and came in a largish box. Upon opening the box, the vacuum was easy to assemble as it came in just three parts, the main body, the head and the pipe and handle. On the back of the main body at the bottom is the dust box, the flexi pip simply slots into this and then the handle slides onto the top. The head is easily attached with a simple push and click.
The dust box is easily removeable for emptying, however I have not needed to do this yet as don't find the vacuum "picks up" an awful lot.
You also get 3 head accessories to attach to the pipe. They have their own storage places on the body, though I have found the one keeps getting knocked off quite easily.
The body itself has a clear cylinder which contains multi coloured beads. When switched on these beads swirl around, giving the appearance of dust I suppose. There are 2 settings, both however are relatively loud and if left on for a while can be grating.
The vacuum is very easy to manoeuvre, tilt back and push. It is also nice and lightweight to be carried around but not so that it is too flimsy to use.
The battery compartment is situated on the bottom of the Dyson and can be accessed with a screwdriver. This vacuum requires 4 C batteries which are not included.
My son absolutely adores his. He loves pushing it around and copying mummy. It has by far been his favourite Christmas present this year and I am glad I chose this model over the badly reviewed Henry Hoover.
The colours of grey, red and purple make it unisex and even my "manly" other half didn't contest to our son having it.
I purchased the Nivea Pure and Natural Toner along with the cleanser in the same range at Boots on a 2 for £4 offer which I though was great value. I prefer to use a cleanse, tone, moisturise regime as my skin feels more deep cleaned and refreshed.
This toner comes in a plastic, see through bottle so you can see just how much of the clear liquid you have left. The packaging tells me this toner is 95% of natural origin, is suitable for all skin types and contains bio Argan oil and bio aloe Vera. It also contains no parabans, colourants, silicones or mineral oils. It is dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin. The bottle contains 200 ml of toner.
The bottle consists of a plastic flip top lid which is easy to open and close. As the liquid is of a runny, watery consistency there are no issues regarding using all of the product with no wastage.
After cleansing, I simply take a cotton wool pad and tip on a small amount of toner which I then apply all over my face to remove any left over make up, dirt and cleanser before moisturising. You need a very tiny amount and this bottle will easily last 6 months with being used twice a day.
The liquid is clear in colour and has the consistency of water, therefore be careful when tipping out as too much on the cotton pad will leave your face feeling "wet". I wouldn't say there is a scent to this toner, just that it smells "clean".
When applied to my face it feels refreshing and airtle tightening. I would expect this as a toner is for closing pores.
I have suffered no adverse effects from using this toner or anything in this skin are range and therefore I am awarding 5 dooyoo stars.
I received a bottle if this Dove purely pampering body wash as part of a gift set. They are however, frequently on offer in many places for £1 or so.
The bottle contains 250ml of body wash in an opaque finish packaging. There is no option to hang this in your shower it must be stood on the bottom end. This makes it a little difficult to see how much product you have left and also difficult to get the last drops out as there is no option to stand the bottle upside down.
The bottle consists of the dove logo along with information that this contains nTural caring oil and nutrium moisture. The back contains a list of ingredients.
The lid is of the flip top variety and very easy to open and close, consisting of an audible "click" on use. The scent of this wash mainly consists of Shea butter and honey with a hint of floral, I would therefore consider this unisex, though would edge slightly more towards a female user. It is a creamy colour, not unlike Shea butter, and is of a nice thick consistency, though not too thick that you struggle to pour it out. A gentle squeeze into my shower lily is enough to create a nice, rich lather. Only a small amount is needed and a little goes a long way. It leaves my skin feeling very clean and moisturised, not at all drying and also leaves a nice, subtle fragrance on my skin. After drying, the scent remains and my skin feels soft and supple.
My young children have also used this body wash and have suffered no adverse effects despite having sensitive, eczema prone skin. I neither, have suffered any reaction.
A lovely, rich, moisturising body wash that I would happily recommend for the whole family to use.
My 3 year old has built up quite a collection of Peppa Pig merchandise including DVDs. This particular review is for the DVD Peppa Pig - The Fire Engine and other stories. It retails for approx £3. I would say this programme is aimed at pre schoolers.
I'm sure a lot of people will know who Peppa Pig is but for those of you who don't she is a 4 year old Pig who lives with her Mummy, Daddy and Little Brother George. Each episode had a new "adventure" or event which involves Peppas friends.
This DVD contains 10 episodes which are
Polly's Boat Trip
Grandpa At a The Playground
Danny's Pirate Party
The Train Ride
Trip To The Moon
Each episode is roughly 5 minutes long and contains a storyline that young children can relate to. As they are only short in length they hold the child's attention without being so long that they get bored half way through. This particular DVD also contains a bonus episode of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom which is another show from the makers of a Peppa Pig and is also another favourite of my 3 year olds.
There are various songs to sing along to as well as basic things Peppa learns such as colours, numbers and shapes. The bright colours are also very attention grabbing to young children, even my 19 month old will turn his head to watch when he hears the Peppa song start.
An excellent addition to my sons Peppa collection and I'm sure it won't be the last. Also excellent value for money as most Peppa DVDs can now be purchased for around the £3 mark.
I purchased this white microwave from Asda (obviously!) for the bargain price of £25. It is a 700 watt microwave with a 17 litre capacity. The dimensions are approx 33x45x26.
It's very easy to set up. You simply plug in and it's ready to use. There is also a digital display for you to set the clock if you wish. It is a digital microwave meaning you can time to the exact minute that you need rather than guessing which I had to do with my old turn dial one. Much easier in my opinion.
Aside from inputting the number of minutes yourself, there are also 3 buttons labelled "10 sec" "1min" and "10min" making it easier to press in a longer timescale. Once you have entered your required number it's then a case of pressing start/stop. Once the microwave finishes it will beep at you 3 times, if you fail to open the door it will continue to beep 3 times every minute until you do. Handy so you don't forget you've left your porridge in there!
I mainly use this as a standard microwave for heating up food but there is also several other button options including drink, jacket potato, reheat, speed defrost, cook by weight and defrost by weight. I can't say I've used these options and noticed any difference to the standard way of using. I do not use it to defrost though, I don't trust microwaves to defrost food thoroughly.
It is very easy to clean and the plate inside removes easily for cleaning too. I tend to give it a wipe down straight after use if there is any mess inside.
I use this practically everyday for anything from warming milk to reheating leftovers. I've had it for about 3 years now and it is still as good as new.
After months of moaning about our rubbish cheap vacuum, my partner finally caved in and let me purchase my first ever Dyson! It was purchased from Comet (before they went bust!) and cost £209.99.
The reason I chose this particular model is because you can switch from carpet cleaning to hard floor cleaning just by using a switch located on the vacuum head. The cleaner is upright and bag less, meaning there is no need to constantly purchase bags, which can be costly. You simply empty the cylinder by pushing down a button to remove it from the vacuum and then pushing down the same button, but harder into a bag to release the dust and it then easily clips back into place again. I empty mine after every 3/4 uses and there is a max line indicator so you will know when it needs doing.
Aswell as the upright function, there is also a removable hose and attachments. To remove the hose, again it's as simple as the push of a button and the attachments clip on and off easily. I use the hose in my stair carpets and can easily reach to the top of my stairs with the hose whilst the vacuum remains downstairs. No need to drag the vacuum up and down. Which is a good job as it is rather heavy! My only complaint! Although it is heavy to carry, it is light to push along and causes no friction on my carpets.
The Dyson is excellent at picking up dust, dirt and hair. Although if you are like me (or have anyone in your house that is!) I lose hair constantly, so there is always lots to vac up. Because of this, the bottom of the head, where the rollers are get entangled with hair which of course affects the suction. So I would recommend checking this often and getting a pair of scissors handy to cut the entanglements!
I have used this Dyson nearly every day for just over a year and it is still as powerful as the day I bought it. It is not very good at getting right into corners and upto edges but then again it's bit difficult to unattach the hose and get into all the books and crannies this way.
I award this vacuum 4 stars. Deducting a star purely for the heaviness and the expense.
I would have no doubts in purchasing more from the Dyson range.
My little boy received this toy as a present off his Grandad. I am not sure how much he paid for it but it seems to retail at around the £10 mark.
It is a chunky, plastic "laptop" made by baby toy manufacturers Vtech. My son has the unisex, blue, yellow and red coloured one but it is also available in pick. It has a red carry handle that is easy to hold and my little boy loves to carry it around like a bag! On the blue body you have the switch to turn it off, which also has 2 levels of volume control. This is a sliding switch function and my 18 month old can easily turn it up to full volume unfortunately for me! On the opposite side to this switch there is another slider which controls the mode of play. There are 3 to choose from which are "ABC" "EXPLORE" and "MUSIC"
To play you simply lift up the yellow lid. Very easy to do as there is no clip, it simply lifts up and down. The keyboard contains 9 buttons with various pictures and these buttons correspond to pictures on the screen. Depending on what mode your baby is playing in, when a button is pressed it will either tell you shapes/letters, what picture is on the screen or play music. The screen also flashes which my son loves. But his favourite thing seems to be opening and closing the lid constantly! Closing the lid does not turn the toy off but it does shut down after a minute or 2 of no interaction. There is also a ladybird mouse which makes a whiz zing noise, another favourite of my sons.
As it is made completely from plastic, it is very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. A necessity with sticky fingers!
All in all I would recommend this toy. I think it is a good price and teaches your baby various things aswell as improving cause and effect skills and motor skills.
I would say this is suitable for the age range of 6-36 months. Although the learning aspect I would say from 18 months. Up until that age your baby will probably just enjoy bashing the buttons, watching the lights and making a noise!
I am a huge fan of Britax products and have owned various strollers and car seats manufactured by them. This review is for the B-Mobile model of pushchair which I purchased in Red from Argos on the sale price of £64.99.
The pushchair is very strong and sturdy and seems to withstand the great outdoors well.
The harness is a five point buckle system, and comes with padded strap pads which can easily be removed for washing. I purchased this for my 1 year old as a more grown up pushchair. For this reason I only used it as pushchair but you can also purchase a carrycot separately that clips on to the frame aswell as the Britax car seat. I have never used it in this way so can't give comment on these. The pushchair seat however is suitable from birth as it is fully reclining, also great for sleeping toddlers. The seat also has various other positions which are controlled by a buckle at the back of the seat, that you either pull or loosen depending on if you want the seat up or down.
The hood can be pushed forward to protect from sunlight or to attach the raincover (the hood must be forward to do this) and 2 clips on either side snap down to keep the hood in a forward position and released to push it back. There is also a small plastic window on the top of the hood which is covered by a Velcro fastened flap so you can check on your child whilst walking along. And there is also a pocket on the back to keep any bits you might need close to hand and again is fastened by Velcro.
The folding system is very simple, you simply lift up a clip at the side and push and the pushchair folds in half. It easily fits in the small boot of my Corsa.
The front wheels are swivel or can be locked into position. To lock them there is a clip above each front wheel which you push down to lock or up to swivel. The shopping basket is also a decent size for your shopping which is handy as you cannot hang shopping bags from the handles. It also has a zip to prevent your shopping from falling out.
The disadvantages are it is quite heavy to push, especially my now 2 year old as he is pretty heavy and occasionally the wheels struggle to turn. It is also not great in the snow as the wheels are fairly small and just rolls the snow along so you end up with clumps of snow in front of your wheels and can't move. The raincover is also poor quality. I am on my 3rd now and they are not cheap and all of them have had the same problem, the Velcro fastenings have snapped.
All in all I would recommend this pushchair as it is still going strong after 18 months. I will however be deducting a star due to it's heaviness and difficulty to steer.
I love the Radox range and frequently purchase various products from their range. A favourite of mine is the shower gels and I live to try new fragrances. I spotted this particular one in Tesco at the promotional price of £1 so purchased it.
It is called revive and is fragranced with mandarin and lemongrass. I absolutely love the scent of lemongrass so this was a plus for me. The bottle is curved in shape, with a plastic pull out handle at the top which can be hooked onto your your shower. The flip top lid is at the bottom of the bottle, meaning that product can easily be squeezed out and every last drop can be used. The bottle is plastic and can be recycled but you must first remove the lid. This bottle contains 250ml of shower gel.
The gel is easily dispensed by opening the flip top lid and giving the bottle a gentle squeeze. The gel is a translucent orange colour and can be seen through the clear packaging so you know when you are running low. I use a ten pence sized amount in my shower lily and this is more than enough to wash my entire body and produces a lovely foaming lather.
Both the mandarin and lemongrass scents are present, however I do think the mandarin overpowers and is the main scent of this gel. It is definitely vey refreshing and awakening and therefore I would say perfect for your morning shower when you want to be revived for the day ahead. It is also a very unisex scent as is the packaging and I would therefore recommend this shower gel to both male and female users.
I have suffered no skin complaints from using this gel and it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. No tightness or dryness.
I give this shower gel 5 stars
I purchased this Radox shower gel whilst it was on offer in Tesco for £1. My fragrance of choice was pink grapefruit and basil. On the packaging it is described as an unlifting shower gel and feel good fragrance. The packaging also tells me that the bottle contains 250ml of shower gel, the bottle is recyclable but you must first remove the cap aswell as a list of ingredients.
The bottle has a nice curve to it and has a handle that can be pulled out at the top so as to be hung in your shower, for easy access whilst showering. The bottom is a flip top lid for easy dispensing. The bottle itself is clear so you can see how much gel you have left, always handy!!
To dispense you simply flip the lid and give the bottle a gentle squeeze. The gel comes out easily as the bottle is stored "upside down" so to speak so no need for any vigorous shaking. The gel is a clear pink colour and smells very fruity. Grapefruit is a lovely scent although I would say slightly girly. The gel is a good consistency and only a small amount is needed to work up a good rich lather on my bath sponge. The fragrance is ideal for a morning bath or shower as it is very refreshing and indeed uplifting, getting you ready to start the day. I can't say the scent of basil is present, as the overall scent is Grapefruit so I think the basil got lost somewhere. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft and not at all dried out or tight.
I would happily purchase this scent again and recommend it to others. I don't think neither the packaging nor fragrance is very manly though, it has a very feminine feel and scent throughout.
I award this product 5 stars