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    • Quorn Mince / Ready Meals / 44 Readings / 43 Ratings
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      31.05.2013 22:10
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      Amazing in Spaghetti Bolognese

      I was brought up in a family who all ate meat and one of my favorite meat dishes was my mothers mince and potatoes. The mince would be browned and boiled in a beef flavored gravy with a raw onion and the potatoes would be boiled and mashed with butter and a little milk to make them creamy. It was perfection! I hadn't had mince in roughly five years since i became a vegetarian but that was up until a month ago when i decided to give Quorn mince a try. I didn't dive straight into the deep end and attempt mince and potatoes i decided to use it in spaghetti bolognese.

      Appearance - Quorn mince can be bought frozen or fresh. The fresh kind comes in a tray with a clear foil wrapper on top and a cardboard sleeve that covers it. The frozen kind comes in a bag much like the kind used for frozen chips. On both the fresh and the frozen packaging it has the Quorn logo on front with some information on the product. On the back it has nutritional information, storage information and cooking instructions.

      Price - Prices vary from shop to shop and i find the fresh Quorn mince to be more costly coming in at anything between £2.38 - £3.00. The frozen kind can be bought for as little as £1.00 when on offer and £1.89 at it's highest which isn't at all bad as i used it in 4 different meals.

      Nutritional Information -
      Typical values Per 1/4 Pack
      Energy -kJ/kcal 331/79
      Protein 10.9g
      Carbohydrate 3.4g
      - of which sugars 0.5g
      Fat 1.5g
      - of which saturates 0.4g
      Fibre 4.1g
      Sodium 0.1g
      Salt equivalent 0.2g

      Cooking the product -
      The packet states you can microwave the mince by placing the required amount into a microwaveable dish with the sauce of your choice for 4 1/2 minutes followed by another 4 1/2 minutes and then allow to stand for 1 minute. The other option is to cook the mince using the hob. Simply add the mince to the sauce of your choice and let simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. I did neither these options as i was afraid my sauce would burn so i decided to covered the mince with water and let it boil for 10 minutes. I then drained the mince, left a little water in the pot with it and mixed in some tomato puree and grated cheese. Once the cheese had fully melted and i was happy with the thickness of my sauce on the mince i added it to my spaghetti.

      Eating the product -
      The dish itself looked lovely and smelled great so i finally plucked up the courage to try it and on first impressions was amazed at the similarity in texture that it has to real mince. It didn't really have a taste as the tomato puree sauce is quite overwhelmingly strong. It isn't chewy or fatty but breaks up like well boiled mince.

      Overall -
      I'd 100% recommend Quorn mince to anyone for dishes like spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes as they tend to have strong sauces to accompany them. But since trying it with vegetarian gravy and potatoes i was let down as it tasted and smelled like dog meat. It was chewy and left a lingering taste in my mouth. I won't be using this product again with gravy, but i will continue using it in spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes. For this reason i'm only rating it 3/5 stars.

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        22.05.2013 22:57
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        Phenomenally good meat free escalopes.

        I decided to become a vegetarian over 5 years ago after deciding meat wasn't right for me anymore. I didn't know much about vegetarianism and so mainly ate pasta resulting in me becoming very anemic and needing iron supplements. My options were eat meat, or find something that could supply me with the much needed nutrition my body needed. So i started researching on various vegetarian sites and came across the brand Quorn which caters to vegetarians and gives them a selection of variety in their diet with all the same nutritional benefits as meat. Over the years I've tried many products from Quorn and have always been amazed at how similar to meat it actually is. I came across this product while shopping one day in the vegetarian isle and decided to give them a try.

        Appearance - They come in a cardboard box with the Quorn brand name and products details on the front. The pack contains two mature cheddar and broccoli escalopes which are very reasonably sized. One would easily do in a meal. The back of the box gives nutritional information and cooking instructions. They should be stored in the freezer.

        Price - Quorn can be expensive and these come in at £2.49 but many supermarkets tend to do multi-buy offers on the Quorn range.

        Nutritional Information.
        Typical Values Per escalope
        Energy - kj/kcal 1048 / 251
        Protein 10.4g
        Carbohydrate 19.8g
        of which sugars 2.5g
        Fat 13.7g
        of which saturates 3.5g
        Fibre 3.5g
        Sodium 0.6g
        Salt 1.5g

        Cooking the Product - I preheated the oven to 200°C and let them cook for 22 minutes. They didn't change much in color but did get a slightly darker shade. To make sure they were cooked correctly i stuck a knife into the center and pulled it back out and felt the knife to make sure it was warm in the center.

        Eating the Product - After plating up and leaving to cool for a couple of minutes i dug in. The first thing i could taste was the strong runny cheese and the texture of the broccoli. The cheese on these escalopes tasted phenomenal with the broccoli. The base of the Quorn escalope tasted very similar to chicken. It isn't as chewy as chicken but can be broke apart very easily like chicken.

        Conclusion - This Quorn product has became one of my favorites if not my favorite of the Quorn range. But sadly they have became increasingly difficult to get a hold of. I'd recommend them to anyone for a healthier option than chicken. I'd also recommend them to any vegetarians or anyone who is considering a vegetarian diet. The thing i have issues with are lack of availability and the price which is why i'm rating them 4 stars.

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          13.05.2013 16:09
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          Great mints but can become very addictive.

          I first tried these mints when i was twelve years old and my best friend at the time had a packet and offered me one. On first impression's i wasn't too keen as they were too minty and hard to bite. So i didn't bother with them for several years until the start of 2012 when i fell pregnant and had this insane craving for mints. So on my next trip to the shop i had a look at their chewing gum and mint section and i came across these which of course were familiar and i knew how minty they were so i thought i'd give them a try.

          Appearance
          These mints are wrapped in a white and green paper wrapper with the trebor brand name on a red star. There is other varieties however such as spearmint which has a white and blue paper wrapper, so have a look below trebor and the red star as it will say peppermint or spearmint. There is a roughly 10 mints in each packet. They are white and about an inch in size and circular. The smell isn't too strong when opening the packet.

          Trying the product
          When trying these mints you will either love them or hate them. As they are incredibly strong and the mint is very overpowering and distorts the taste of anything you eat or drink for quite a while after. They are very hard to bite and can be quite sharp and harsh on the teeth and gums. So i'd advise sucking on them to soften them or until they dissolve completely. With that said it can become quite an addiction crunching away at them.

          Nutritional Information
          Energy kJ 695 kJ
          kcal 165 kcal
          Protein 0.1g
          Carbohydrate 40.8g
          Fat Trace


          Price
          These mints have gotten quite costly over the years and can be as much as 65p a packet. For better value i'd look in supermarkets as i've found myself getting 6 packets for £1.89 or 4 packets for £1.00.

          Conclusion
          i'd definitely recommend these to anyone friends and family. In my opinion these are the best mints there is, they certainly helped my cravings and i'm still eating them since having my baby. They are everything i'd expect from a mint. The size of the packets are handy and have more than enough mints in them for the whole day. However i've developed a little addiction to these mints and i can go through as many as three packets a day. I don't see me stopping buying these mints any time soon.

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            08.05.2013 00:50
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            Confidence Booster

            I discovered this product a good few years back when a friend of mine met me for lunch. The first thing i noticed was her amazingly bouncy hair. You see she like myself suffers from oily hair which has effected my confidence in many ways. I hadn't wore my hair down since my early teens and this effected me majorly as all my friends had beautiful hair that they all wore down and i couldn't because no matter what it always looked greasy and flat. I had to wash my hair almost every day so i asked her what she'd been using in her hair and she told me about Batiste dry shampoo and told me she got it in Morrisons. So next time i was food shopping i decided to go on a search for this dry shampoo. It only cost me £1 back then which i was pretty happy about.

            Appearance.
            The particular Can in the picture above is Batiste's old design. It was a light green in color and roughly the same size as most deodorants. It has information on the back such as directions of use, warnings and the ingredients.

            Using the Product.
            Following directions on the back i sprayed what i'd guess to be about 30cm from my roots and sprayed downwards. The first thing i noticed was white marks in my hair that i was a little worried about at first but moving onto the second direction i massaged the dry shampoo into my hair and the white marks did fade somewhat but were still noticeable so i got my comb out and started brushing my hair with it mainly over the white marks and eventually they did disappear. My guess was that i was holding the can too close but either way i wasn't too bothered because the marks were gone. The smell isn't anything bad but it can get pretty strong if you use quite a lot of the dry shampoo. Instantly i noticed a difference my hair looked 'dryer' but not like straw or damaged hair it looked.. normal with a little bounce and i was delighted. The first opportunity i had to meet up with my friends after a haircut and discovering the wonder that is dry shampoo i wore my hair down. I felt confident again.. i felt pretty.

            Conclusion.
            I'd recommend this product to anyone i'm not kidding when i say it's confidence in a can because that's what it was for me. It gave my hair life. This isn't the only kind of batiste there is many different scented ones and ones for brunettes and blondes which i think is to help with the white streaks you can get in your hair. I have remained loyal to original though even after trying the others. The price has gone up quite considerably to £2.99 but so has the size and variety. Just today i bought a 400ml can of batiste dry shampoo for £4.99 in Boots which i'd never saw before as i usually buy the 200ml can.

            I'll continue buying Batiste for as long as i'm around.
            Thank you for reading my review.

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            06.05.2013 02:03
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            Great razor and worth the price only downfall is the price of the replacement blades.

            Last weekend i was in boots looking for some disposable razors and i saw this product for £4.99 and decided to give it a try and see if i'd hopefully get a little more use out of it than the disposables.

            Appearance
            It's a great little razor as it has rubber grips so there won't be any slipping resulting in any unnecessary cuts which is a problem i've had many times with disposables as they don't have little rubber fins to hold onto. It also has 5 blades ensuring a smooth shave but the thing i loved was just above the blades is a line of shea butter for a smooth finish that leaves your skin so unbelievably soft.

            Using the Product
            I used a supermarkets own brand of shaving foam while in the shower and started shaving i was surprised as how smoothly it glided up my legs getting rid of every hair in the area. It curved well at my knees and ankles which is where i usually nick myself with the disposables. It took no longer than 5 minutes and the job was done.

            Conclusion
            The grip worked well and i got away with zero cuts, the shea butter left my skin silky smooth and the 5 blades didn't miss a hair.

            The only downside to this razor is the replacement heads.. they come in at roughly £8.49 which is almost double the price of the original razor. It is definitely worth the money but can be expensive.

            I'd 100% recommend this to anyone who has issues with razor irritation, ingrown hairs or dry skin after shaving. Using this razor cause zero irritation even though i have very sensitive skin and my legs were still silky smooth for a couple of days after the initial shave thanks to the Shea butter strip.

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            06.05.2013 01:23
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            All in all i will buy this product again but do think it's on the expensive side.

            This was my first time trying any sugar crush products so i was a little hesitant as i suffer from sensitive skin and therefore am always cautious of breakouts and irritation.

            It was £6.00 a little more expensive than i'd normally spend on a body wash but felt like treating myself to something new.

            On first impressions i was pleased with the quantity and the color. It's got a handy little dispenser pump that makes it all the more easier when you have slippery hands. I lathered it on and instantly smelled this amazing smell it's one of the reasons i know i'll buy this product again. It smells like citrus and fills the whole room up with it, usually i stay away from heavily scented products for my skin as like i stated before i have sensitive skin but i had zero reactions to this product.

            I felt well and truly pampered as it left my skin lovely and soft.

            I'd recommend this product to anyone who loves the smell of citrus and body washes that are easy to lather.

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            06.05.2013 00:42
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            Oh so relaxing

            There is nothing more i love than sinking into a lovely warm bath to relax after a hard days work. So when i saw this product by Radox i thought i'd give it a try as I've tried Radox shower gels on many occasions and have never been dissatisfied. What also had me sold was the price of £1.55, i can never resist a bargain.

            Appearance.
            The bottle isn't very big in size. The bath cream is milky looking and not very thick in consistency. The smell is floral but not overpoweringly floral as the smell is actually quite soothing unlike many other bath products i have used which are nauseatingly perfumed.

            Using the product.
            I poured a little amount into my bath while it was running so it'd mix well and in doing so the bathroom was fulled with it's gorgeous scent. When it came to sinking into my bath i found it very easy to relax as it made my skin silky smooth and floral smells seemed to have very soothing capabilities. It didn't make the water oily and it didn't clog my hair follicles which is something i find issues with when trying new products. After my bath my skin was left feeling soft and i smelled like the bath cream. The softness in my skin lasted roughly a day as i shower day and bath every couple of days so i'd probably washed any remaining product away. The smell lasted only an hour or two before vanishing which didn't bother me at all.

            Conclusion.
            This bath cream does what it says, and i found it very relaxing which is why i'd recommend it to my friends and family. The size of the bottle has no effect on how long this product will last as a little goes far.

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              06.05.2013 00:25
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              Works well for sensitive teeth

              Sensodyne has literally been a lifesaver for me. One of my biggest loves are ice cream until it constantly gave me pain as my teeth were too sensitive. I spoke to my dentist and she suggested a toothpaste that's designed for sensitive. So at my next grocery shop i had a look and picked up a tub for £4.20. Not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive and was definitely worth the risk.

              What this product has to offer.
              It protects teeth against enamel loss and natural erosion. It also helps repair and harden enamel which in turn will give you stronger teeth and less risk of a cavity. Not only does it help protect your teeth and clean them but it also has a whitening agent in it.

              I put a pea sized blob onto my toothbrush and started brushing my teeth as normal. The taste was refreshing and surprisingly pleasant to use. I didn't get that annoying urge to constantly spit the toothpaste out. After cleaning them my teeth were smooth and plaque free. After using on a regular basis i began to notice a change in the sensitivity in my teeth and my teeth have honestly never been this strong. As for it's whitening capabilities i didn't notice much of a difference but it definitely cleaned my mouth and made me feel fresh.

              I'd strongly recommend this product to anyone who's suffering from sensitive teeth. There is no need to suffer now.

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              06.05.2013 00:09

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              Great product that has repaired my skin to it's natural state.

              I use E45 everything in fact it's what i use before i do my makeup as it gets rid of any dry skin and makes my makeup go on flawlessly.

              What this product done for me.
              It re-hydrated my dry damaged skin and left it silky smooth. After the first application i could see a different but with continuous use it's only getting better and better.

              What the product looks like.
              The bottle itself is nice and compact. Very lightweight. The bottle contains a label on the back with useful information such as ingredients. The liquid is smooth and runny. It's not greasy and won't leave your skin oily or sticky as it sinks into your skin very easily.

              It cost £3.99 out of my local boots which is a great price as you only need a little of the lotion as it spread very easily.

              Overall it's a great product and i'd recommend to anyone with dry skin. I've tried many other products and have been let down but at this price? what's to lose?.

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              05.05.2013 13:54
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              Great product with a fresh clean smell that lasts well.

              After having my son i decided to sign up for a gym membership and try get my old body back. The only issue with this other than getting up off my butt and finding the time with a newborn was how much i sweat. I found it highly embarrassing which put me off going. So i decided while at my local shopping center to pop into Boots and try find a good antiperspirant that would hopefully keep me dry. I came across Sure women compressed crystal aqua clear at only £2 and with it's claims to keep one dry and cover up any odors created from sweating there was nothing to lose plus the added bonus of me being familiar with the brand Sure helped my decision.

              Appearance.
              It comes in a good compact sized can and was the perfect size for my handbag. It has multiple labels that are quite reassuring to me as a buyer. Not sure if it's because of it's claims or the fact it's called 'Sure'. On the back it has ingredients and warnings.

              Using the product.
              My first use of this product was at home before circuit training. It's a simple push button that makes the aerosol spray and held from the right distance it didn't leave any white marks that could also be potentially embarrassing. The smell wasn't over powering and there is no other way i can described the smell of this deodorant other than smelling 'clean'. It was cooling on the armpit and the scent lasted well. In fact it lasted until after my workout but with that said it didn't smell as good and didn't cover the sweat smell 100% but it did make me sweat less and has done every time i have used it.

              Conclusion.
              It's a great deodorant and very affordable. It works well and does help keep me dry. The scent leaves you smelling clean and fresh. It isn't shockingly overpowering and lasts well even after a work out.

              Overall i'd 100% recommend this product. I won't be switching anytime soon and will be loyal to this Sure deodorant.

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              • Barry M Glitter Nail Paint / Make Up / 23 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                05.05.2013 03:21
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                Great product for the price, it's a win win situation.

                Have bought many BarryM's products before and have always been 100% satisfied so decided to purchase this product. The bottle and brush are standard of what you'd get when buying any nail polish.
                What makes this nail polish different is how affordable it is. At £2.99 you can't lose. First impressions on trying it were how smoothly and evenly it went on. It didn't need redone to thicken it up. It's fast drying naturally and long lasting. I never had one chip and i was wearing it for a good week or so. I actually got complimented by a friend who'd asked what nail polish i was wearing and she was shocked when i told the price.

                All in all. Long lasting, cheap, quick at drying and efficient.

                I'd definitely recommend this to my family and friends and infact have done and purchased a bottle for my younger and older sister.

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