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I tend to avoid pills, I'm really awful at taking them and not a big fan of pain killers in pill form, but recently my arthritis is un medicated, and often I have pretty bad days, so I needed a quick pain killer to help me regain some normality during the day. In the cupboard I found the Cuprofen, which I never tried before, but hoped it would give me a decent amount of pain relief during the day.
Cuprofen comes in two does: 200mg and 400mg, the ones I am reviewing. The box contains information on the product, as well as a leaflet inside, which gives a lot of useful information to read before using the product. The pills come in a plastic packet, which can be popped out. The pills are a bright pink.
The instructions of are very clear about the dosage needed, 1 pill per every 4 hours and only 3 taken per day (dosage for over 12's only, under 12's this isn't suitable.) The pills are a lot bigger then most pain killers, almost look like sweets, which makes swallowing them slightly difficult, especially if you hate taking pills like me! But washing them down with liquids did help a lot, and made it much easier. Although the taste of the pills were quite harsh tasting, nothing water couldn't help.
The Cuprofen worked very quickly, after about 30minutes or so, and they began to help relieve the pain and after maybe 30minutes, I began to feel much more normal and they enabled me to carry of as normal. The sudden relief from pain is ideal for headaches, backaches and sudden bouts of pain through out the day, definitely one I'll keep in my bag. Although not a long term solution for my arthritis, they are very useful for the worse days, but I wouldn't recommend for long term without seeking advice from a GP.
The pain relief lasts much longer then I expected, close to 4 hours, which is a definitely bonus, especially for sudden bouts of pain during the day. And even after 4 hours, without taking another, the pain isn't as strong, the relief is much more constant then other brands. I had no side effects using Cuprofen.
Cuprofen costs roughly £2.34, which is abit more expensive then other brands, but it does the job and lasts longer then most other brands. My other half brought it from a local post office, but is available at Boots for £7.60 for 96 pills
I have been pretty up and down with my weight recently, due to medications and the change in eating habits while at University. Recently I have been more motivated to keep a reasonably healthy diet, which includes battling my worst enemy, sweet snacks: chocolate, sweets and ice cream. I had known about the Graze Box scheme for a while, but as a treat I thought I'd give it a try with the free box, and then the half price box. Hopefully this would help my night-time snacking with healthier snacks.
- Graze -
Graze is a company who pride themselves on providing healthy snacks deliver right to your door, helping beat the sweet snack temptations. The foods are often low fat, low calories and releasing energy slower, which makes the consumer feel fuller for longer. On the About Us page on the website, it states that the company "We now spend all our time sourcing the foods we love and finding even better ways to get them to you.", although gives very little away about the company.
The company operating Graze is Nature Delivered Ltd.
- Ordering and Website -
The first thing you notice about Graze is the website, and to order the first box, you go through the process on the join now page. The process is extremely easy and quick, but you do have to enter credit or debit information, which is not unusual, but after your half price box Graze will keep charging unless you cancel the order.
After the registration, your taken to your own Graze Page, which holds your details and information on the next delivery and the box, which I really like and it's really useful o known when your box is coming and the cost of the boxes. Graze also encourages you to rate certain foods in there catalogue, which you can rate in 5 categories: Bin, Like, Try, Love and Send soon. This is so unique and helpful, as I can't stand Olives, so I can makes sure I never try them and have foods I'll enjoy. Definity recommend doing the rating before you get your first box, so helpful!
You can decide what days you want to receive the Graze box, suited to your timetable; I would think 2 a week would be perfect for me. Also Graze offer functions for if you're on holiday; you can stop the order for a week without cancelling it.
- Box -
The box came exactly when stated, and fits through the letter box, and the package is just shorter than an A4 piece of paper, so easy to travel with. The box is made of cardboard, and is from a sustainable forest, biodegradable and 100% recyclable, bonus for companies using green sources! The box contains for sections, which hold the snacks in plastic containers, with the lids having certain information on them, such as products, calories and flavours.
In the box there is also a book which contains the nutritional information for each product, which I think is really useful, especially for those watching their weight or salt intake. The booklet contains promotional information, such as vouchers for friends, giving them a free box and you a £1 off a box (anyone want one, let me know!) The personal touches on the box and booklets are a really nice touch.
- Snacks -
Graze have a huge selection of snacks including breads, fruits, cakes, nuts and seeds. The choice given to you is based upon the rating system, so you should get what you want.
For my first box I got:
-Cherry tomato bread - 4/5
- Ying and Yang (selection of dark chocolate, almonds and cherries) 3/5
- Herby bread selection (rice crackers, garlic croutons) 5/5
- Apple and Cinnamon flapjack. 5/5
For the second box I got:
- Festivals fruit (dried pear, blueberries) 4/5
- Green olives with chilli and garlic 0/5 (hate olives!)
- The Herb Garden (rice crackers, dried bread) 5/5
- Lemon and Poppy slice and tea 5/5
Overall, I like the selection of snacks in the box, the have a great taste, especially the cakes and breads are definitely feel very filling. The flavours have a great balance, and taste really yummy, plus the nutritional benefits are really attractive too. The only issue I have is the size on the snacks, you get a handful, and connected with the price, I don't feel it is worth the full price.
- Pricing -
Graze currently have a first box free, and next box half price for new customers, which is a nice incentive to join, but the normal price is £3.95. The box is delivered free.
- Cancelling -
Unfortunately, I had to cancel my order after 2 boxes, I did want to carry, but money is tight this month, and cancelling the order was very easy, you just click on the weekly boxes and you have a choice to cancel permanently or stop for a week. Cancelling you just click yes to cancel, and Graze will offer you the next 2 boxes for £2.99, a really good offer to keep you a customer, and if you want to cancel just click no thanks to offer.
- Opinions -
I absolutely love the idea of Graze box, healthy snacks delivered to your door, and I have to say that it has definitely helped kicks off wanting to eat and be more healthier, it definitely combated the need for sugary snacks, as these were just as yummy! The only problem I have is the price, as money is tight in our house lately, the £3.95 is abit to expensive for me, but when you take off the cost of delivery it could be quite reasonable, but I've just left to buy seeds from the supermarket!
I have been using a shampoo designed for just brunettes and dyed hair, but the change in ingredients was making my hair feel and looked damaged and unhealthy, so I knew I'd have to find another decent brand, with so much choice it is hard! But in my local Wilkinson, I noticed Dove Daily Care shampoo, it was on buy one get one free. Although not tried Dove shampoo before, it looked like it would be much kinder to my hair.
The shampoo comes in a 250ml white bottle, with a flip lid. The bottle contains the recognizable Dove symbol, and includes a lot of information on both sides. Dove claim the shampoo has "micro moisture serum" and "protects hair against normal wear and tear". On the back of the bottle there is information on the ingredients and further information on the "micro moisture serum".
Using the shampoo is the same as other shampoo's, I put about a 2p sized amount of the shampoo, but for longer hair you may want a bigger size. I thought 2p was perfect for my hair, it was just enough to do the job, without making my hair feel heavy with shampoo. The shampoo lathers up perfectly easy on wet hair. The Dove Shampoo is how it smells, and it has a creamy, almost soapy smell, which is nice and but not particularly exciting, but the smell is never the tipping point for a shampoo, and I'm guessing not using added smells makes the shampoo more natural for hair.
The shampoo has quite powerful effects, my hair felt instantly clean, but without drying my hair, which was biggest worry. Even when the hair is still wet, you can tell the shampoo is light on hair, perfect! Once dry my hair felt much softer then previously, but had more bounce to it, which is such a benefit for me, as my hair tends to be quite limp and dull. The clean effects of the shampoo last throughout the day, as did the softness, so such a bonus!
The long term benefits of the shampoo are that my hair feels healthier permanently, I have less spilt ends and my hair has more bounce and, just looks healthier and brighter. Also the shampoo lasts ages, I've been using it for a few months and only just past half way through. Couldn't recommend enough!
Dove Daily Care shampoo is available at most pharmacists and supermarkets, costing around £2.65, but it varies from place to place.
Like most make up fans, I have been a fan of Barry M's make up range for years, such good products for an affordable price. And during an offer last 2011, I brought 2 Barry M products and got a free Nail Effects nail polish in the Foils range. I had tried a Nail Effects crackle polish before, and was expecting good things from this new Barry M Foils collection.
The nail polish is in a glass pot, with a twist lid coloured in the colour of the nail polish. The product is sized around the same as other nail polishes, but the colour does make the Foil collection stand out. The colour through the pot did look quite shiny, and metallic, couldn't wait to try it! The ingredients in the Foil collection is on the Barry M website.
The Foils range comes in three colours, Gold, Silver and Purple. I have the Purple colour, as I fancied a new and unique colour. I would love to see more colours in the Foils range, maybe a pink or green, as it's quite limited compared to other ranges. The purple colour was the first thing that drew me towards it, it is a light purple but does have a foil look, almost a dull glitter. It's quite a uniqe colour, perfect for a subtle shine.
Using the nail polish was very easy, the little brush was easy to use and to grip, but the polish did feel thinner than most nail polishes I've tried, but the application was easy and the brush really worked with the shape of my nails. The application was thin but even. And as the polish was so thin, the polish took about 5 minutes to dry.
The colour looked very bold, and only needed one coat to make the colour look good. The colour did have a foil look to it, it looked purple but did have hints of silver in the paint. The shine of the foil is a perfect and subtle, which is easier to wear everyday. I will be definitely be buying the gold and silver too! The amount in the pot is enough for at least 20 or more coverings, so very good value for money.
I would highly recommend this colour, as it is a really subtle colour, but adds a lot to your nails and is easy enough to wear everyday. The nail polish lasts for at least 20 coats, so well worth the money!
Barry M Nail Effects Foil collection is available is Boots, Superdrug and online (www.barrym.com) and is priced at just £3.99.
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I cannot write about this book without giving away certain plot points, slightly more than the blurb, so if you don't want the book spoilt, please don't carry on reading. Sorry.
I have been a big reader for years, but now in the summer holiday I have been conquering my reading list, and We Need to Talk about Kevin. I first saw this book in my local bookstore, and with a film still from the movie, it looked very interesting and reading the blurb and the last paragraph (weird habit, I know!) made me more interested in the book.
My version of the book has a film still on the front, which starred Tilda Swinton, and the cover was coloured red, blue and dark tones, which really reflect the mood the book seems to portray. The front cover almost looks sinister. The information on the blurb gives hints at what the book is about, a murder rampage and the problems a mother has dealing with her sons actions, but the blurb hints that there are themes deeper than that. On the back there are several very good reviews from papers in the UK, which make the books seem more enticing.
- Author -
The author of We Need to Talk about Kevin is Lionel Shriver, who I had never heard before buying the book, but she has written several books including, The Female of the Species, Ordinary Decent Criminals and The Post- Birthday World. She has also written in several newspapers. We Need to Talk about Kevin also won the Orange Prize in 2005. We Need to Talk About Kevin was made into a feature film in 2011, and current on DVD sale in the UK.
- Synopsis -
The book begins with Eva reflecting about her feelings before the birth of Kevin, to her husband, Frankin. It begins fairly upbeats with talking about their relationships and their travels throughout the world, she talks with such love and passion. There is obvious character profiles beginning of both Eva and Franklin, which grips the reader. Then Eva decides to have a child, which to me feels like she has to tick it off her list before it's too, but no real love for wanting kids, maybe that's normal? There are references to what Kevin will do in the future, with Eva repeating writing "Thursday".
When Kevin is born, there are hints of how he is a problem child, but as he gets older his behaviour turns into more serious and potentially psychopathic behaviour. The character of Kevin begins to be built as a problem from birth, which hints at the big debate about nature or nurture, can he really be born evil? Although I do begin to that Eva was neglectful of Kevin, especially as a young child, even physically abusing him. Did this make him evil? Is he evil?
The story is non-liner, which gives the story a disjointed, almost chaotic feel to the story, almost like what of must happened during the incident, it gives more depth of feeling throughout. During the story, there are several events, which hint at Kevin's mental state but also Eva's mental state, especially after physically abusing Kevin. Frankin is given a lot of detail by Eva, about how he felt and how he acted about Kevin, being much more caring and accepting to Kevin's behaviour, but Eva notices Kevin is often playing games, even from a young age. Celia was then born out of Eva needing to connect to her child, and although a minor character, Eva references her a lot in the book, especially toward the day of the crime, giving the reader more chance to love Celia like Eva did.
The hints of what Kevin does happen quite early, with references to Eva going through the court system because a parent of a deceased child claims she was neglectful to Kevin. I do get hints of neglect, but also sheer frustration at being a parent, is it always this hard? Also during the early stages of the book, Eva visited Kevin in jail, mainly cold and tension filled visits, giving the reader real suspense and horror at what Kevin does.
During the last few letter there is real detail about the build-up to the crime Kevin commits and the sheer planning he seems to have put into the crime. The hints at Eva and Frankin's divorce, Celia's accident and how Kevin is acting towards the world. The detail of the actual mass murder was superbly written, as it could of so easily been focused to much on the gore of the crime, but the idea that Eva never saw the events gives a bigger chill. It was detailed, with emotions running throughout, which gives it more of a human view rather than a factual look. Also the ending reflecting the why and the unknown of the crime, and Kevin's change in personality really gives the book a final end.
- Structure -
The structure of this book was very unique, it was written via latters from Eva to her husband, Franklin. I feel this different way to write gives the book a much easier flow to it, and gives hints to further twists in the story, which adds to the suspense of the story. The letters are sent mostly 3 or 4 days apart, but sometimes there are bigger gaps, this gives a decent sized chapter, but again helps the flow from letter to letter.
I feel the letters from Eva help the reader to get more involved in the book, to me it feels like I might be Franklin, and I can feel how Eva feels, almost like you connect better to both of the characters, as she describes her feelings, and although you never read a reply from Franklin, you can imagine what his personality is and how he feels during the book.
- My opinions -
The main pull in the book for me was the range of issues raised, from the American domino effect in high school massacres, featuring comments on the Columbine massacre and weapon control in the USA, but also can be referenced in the UK, with violent crimes over here. Also the biggest issue, especially for me, is motherhood, although I'm not a mother yet, one day I will be and it scares me that how I raise a child could have such a serious consequences and like Eva, I felt I wasn't born to be a mother and currently have no urge to be a mother now, does that mean I never will have these feelings? This book is a wonderful dive into real human feelings and needs.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone into complex issues and looking at the cores of human needs. The book was excellently written and the development of character was progressive and griping, especially the relationship with Eva and Franklin. This books defiantly absorbs you into the story and into the characters. One of my favourites.
We Need to Talk about Kevin is available at most book stores and costs around £7.99, but will be cheaper on Amazon.
I have been a huge fan of Lush for years now, and recently wanted to try something new, been way to obsessed with Sex Bomb! And I usually buy bath bombs, but when I saw The Comforter in my local Lush, I thought it looked and smelled amazing, but also is Lush's most popular product, so I'm hoping the other Lush fans have similar tastes to me! The Lush store assistant also mentioned that the product is preservative free, which can only be a bonus.
The Comforter is a 200g (roughly hand sized) in an oval shape. The product has an attractive colour scheme, white and a dark pink, with an eye-catching swirl pattern, which definitely would help sales of the product. The product is unpackaged, only in a paper bag to take home, which is a unique selling point. The product is also Vegan and the product wasn't tested on animals. Ingredients list is on the Lush website or on the printed sticker from the store.
The smell of The Comforter is really gorgeous, and now one of my favourite from Lush. It has a distinct smell of blackcurrant, and a general berry smell, which is a sweet smell, but not to overpowering. The berry scent is really unique, but very relaxing and calming, perfect for a stressing relieving bath.
To use the bubble bar, just crumble parts of it under the hot tap and it starts bubbling right away. I used about a quarter, maybe less, for my bath, and it gave me a bath full of bubbles and even turned my bath water pink! For best results use part way through running the bath. The scent of the product is released quickly, and fills the room with a relaxing scent of berries, which wasn't too overpowering either, just enough to be calming. The scent is quite appealing to most, and I would recommend for anyone. The Comforter also lasts throughout the bath, which is always a bonus!
The bubble bar is one of my favourite Lush products, it was calming and scent filled, but also the natural oils in the bubble bar were really good for the skin, making it feel soft and clean. Also the product should be suitable for all types of skin. Also the product lasts quite a while, especially if you use only abit per bath. Highly recommend!
The Comforter is available at all Lush Stores and Lush's website, and costs £4.15 per 200g.
I saw the Imperial Leather Anti Perspirant deodorant Silk in my local Wilkinson in the reduced to clear for only 76p (usually 85p in Wilkinson) and although never tried any Imperial Leather products before, I thought you can't go wrong for 76p!
The product is in a 150ml can which is coloured in pink and white, with the recognisable logo of Imperial Leather in red. Imperial Leather claims that the product will "leave you feeling fresh" and the product is an "effective anti perspirant". Ingredients and safety instructions are also on the back of the can.
The product is used like any other deodorant, just press the button and it releases the spray. It is recommended that it is position about 6inches away from skin, as it gives a strong blast of spray. It was very easy to use the can, but no easier then other deodorants I've tried. While applying the deodorant had a more powder texture to it, which was different to more liquid types, I thought it would be a problem, due to leaving white marks on my clothes, but actually it left no marks and wasn't powdery on my skin after application.
The scent of the deodorant was quite perfume like, almost similar to floral smelling soaps, which I quite like, but not to everyone's tastes, and is not a particularly girly smell, which I'm more used too. The scent is quite strong and stays quite strong after use, which isn't a particularly bad thing; I'm just used to fainter smelling deodorants.
As a deodorant, it is a really powerful and works well, it eliminates BO smells and does make the skin feel a lot fresher. Also the strength lasts all day, without loosing power or needing to re spray, which I think is a huge plus and not many deodorants give me that much power. I also use the deodorant as a freshener for my skin and doesn't dry out or make my skin feel uncomfortable. It is perfect for all skin types.
I would highly recommend the Imperial Leather Silk deodorant, the smell isn't particularly great, but the deodorant's power is really good, and effectively keeps skin feeling fresh and without damaging the skin. It is so much better then I've ever tried before. My definite favourite!
Imperial Leather deodorant is available at most supermarkets and pharmacists, and ranges in price from 80-£1, sometimes more.
I've been a fan of baths for years and have tried all sorts of products before, but when in Tesco Radox was on offer, and I noticed the Muscle Soak, which I had never tried before. I was hoping that it would improve the symptoms of arthritis and hopefully give me a relaxing bath! Radox also have a good reputation for bath products and I have been very impressed with Radox before.
The product comes in a 500ml clear bottle, with a blue lid, which reflects the colour of the muscle soak. On the bottle there is a lot of information, such as the ingredients, "clary sage and sea minerals" and it "eases the stress out of your tired muscles". Also Radox claims that the muscle soak has "natural sea minerals" and "a perfect PH balance". The ingredients are on the back of the bottle.
The first thing I noticed was the smell of the muscle soak, it was a very unique scent, remind me of some shower gels, and feels like quite a masculine scent, but also has hints of natural scents. It smells quite strong in the bottle, which was abit too strong for me, but assumed it would be less powerful when used. The scent is nice, but might not be for everyone, so would definitely smell it before you buy.
Using the product was the same as other bubble baths, pour it under hot water and allow it to bubble. I used about a 8th of the bottle for the bath, and it gave a good amount of bubbles but also meant the smell wasn't to overpowering. The product was very easy to use, and the bubbles came up quickly and it looked very relaxing! The scent wasn't to overpowering once in the bath, but you still get hints of it, which I love.
The bath was relaxing, but probably not anymore relaxing then other products I've tried. But the big selling point is the muscle soak, and I was quite happy to say it did help my joints and was very good to use before going to bed, as it does help relax and calm, to help sleep better.
I would highly recommend Radox Muscle Soak, it is very relaxing and the scent is really therapeutic, plus the muscle soak, which helps relax muscles, really works and also helps with the aches and pains of the day.
Radox Muscle Soak is available at most supermarkets and pharmacists, and costs around £2 for 500ml, but is often on offer so you can often get it for around £1.
I was given the Jilted Elf for Christmas last year, and have only got round to using it, and although a seasonal item (not in store anymore) the product is still available on a lot of websites, but will it be worth it?
The Jilted Elf comes in a two sizes, 100g and 240g, I have the 100g pot and it came with a Christmas Lush gift box. The pot is clear, which enables you to see the slime green colour of the jelly. The pot contains several pieces of information about the product, including the ingredients, how to use the product and who made it, which I think is a nice unique touch that Lush provide.
The colour of the product was the first thing I noticed about the product, it was a very unique colour, a slime green colour, which I personally love and it so very typical Lush to have lovely bright colour products. The colour is definitely a plus, but not particularly girly, which I'm very much used to, hope the smell is as nice. And obviously the jelly texture of the shower gel was very unique, and as I never used it before, I was abit excited, but worried how to use it as it was semi solid, so very different from other shower gels.
It is. It is a very unique scent, which does remind me of Christmas, it is a spicy but sweet smell, which is very nice for the winter nights! Lush claims the scents are figs, honey and seaweed, which I can't quite recognise, but it reminds me of cinnamon. For fans of spicy smells or warm smells, Jilted Elf could be perfect. Not for fans of sweet or sexy scents.
Using the product was very easy to use, I used it out of the pot, but could be used slightly cooled, which might give a refreshing feel to the shower. It is just used like any other shower gel, apart from you have to break the jelly to use in parts, I personally used about a 50p sized piece, and it was enough for me. It lathers up very well on damp skin, although the product isn't overly soapy. Also the scent makes the shower very relaxing and nice and warming.
After using the product, my skin felt very soft, which lasted throughout the day, and the product left my skin feeling refreshed and clean, and thankfully didn't dry out my skin. The product is very useful for all skin types, which is always an advantage.
I would definitely recommend to anyone, the smell si nice and the benefits will be suitable for everyone, and although can't buy through Lush (until next Christmas, I'm thinking) it is available for a range of prices, well worth buying a pot.
I brought this as part of an offer in the Body Shop, and although never tried it before I am a huge fan of the Body Shop and have been only impressed with all products I've tried, so hopefully this will be the same and hopefully the smell won't be too overpowering, similar to other pink grapefruit products I've tried.
The product comes in a 250ml clear bottle, with the shower gel a light pink and the label portraying a pink grapefruit, it is quite pleasing to the eye and quite attractive to buy. The Body Shop says that the product is a "zingy soap free cleansing" and contains "fair trade honey", which is a huge selling point for the product. Hopefully it will live up to the Body Shop's high standards.
The first thing you notice, is the smell of the product, and although I don't like think the eating grapefruit, I do actually enjoy the smell of grapefruit. The product has a citrus smell to it, which might not be to everyone's tastes, so I would smell before you buy, and the most powerful smell is obviously pink grapefruit. It is quite a strong smell, which is different to other pink grapefruit products I've tried, so makes it very unique.
Although the product has no instructions on the bottle, it works just like a normal shower gel, and best applied to damp skin. The product is more of a thin consistency then other shower gels, which makes it very easy to apply, and very easy to get out of the bottle. Application of the gel was similar to any other shower gel on the market, although the product did lather up very well and felt very cleansing to the skin while using.
While using the smell does loose some power, but the citrus and sweet smell is still quite strong, which wasn't a problem but was worried it would stay on my skin and be too powerful for my tastes. Advantage it does make the shower smell lovely though!
The shower gel is very cleansing to the skin without being to harsh for the skin, almost having a softness to the product, which I didn't expect when smelling the product. The slight fragrance stays on the skin throughout the day, but is no where as strong as expected. After using my skin felt very fresh throughout the day and was thoroughly cleansed, it felt lovely.
I would personally recommend the Body Shop pink grapefruit shower gel, because it is a gorgeous sweet but tangy smell, which is a perfect wake up for the early mornings! But also the product works wonderfully with all skin types, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and cleansed all day. Plus the bottle lasts a long time, so it's well worth the fairly cheap price paid.
The Body Shop pink Grapefruit shower gel is available in store or online and costs £4 for 250ml, £5.50 for 400ml and £7.50 for 750ml. And personally think the price is well worth the product
I have about 6million things to still buy for university, it's so difficult to know what I need! But the most important thing I think I need, is a suitcase, which now I have ticked off the list, as my grandmother brought me the Go Explore set of 2 suitcases from Argos in the Navy colour. The biggest advantage is the fact that for the price she paid (£24.99), you get 2 suitcases, which for other suitcases you'd find it hard to get such a good price for the suitcases.
The product consists of two suitcases, a larger one and a smaller one. The suitcases are a dark navy colour, much lighter then the picture in the Argos catalogue, the colour is pretty attractive, but the colour is very similar to other navy suitcases on the market. On the front of both suitcases is the Go Explore logo, which is square, background colour is navy and the outlines are silver. I think the suitcases are quite nice looking, but really it isn't that important to me how it looks, but I think potential customers might be attracted to how the suitcase looks.
The larger suitcase is 67cm in height and 43 in width, which is a pretty decent size of suitcase for me, as it was large enough for me to use easily and not to big for me (I'm only 5ft!). Inside of the suitcase it has a plastic, waterproof like blanket attached to the suitcase, I personally think it is because of accidental spills, so it only stays inside the waterproof blanket, and doesn't ruin the outside of the suitcase. Inside the suitcase, there is a strap, which enables the clothes to be secured in the suitcase, which is a nice touch, but not to important for me. On the outside of the suitcase there is an extending handle, which is really easy to use, although slightly tough now, enables the suitcase to be dragged along. There is a fabric handle on the top of the suitcase and on the left side of the suitcase, enabling it to be carried by hand.
Using the suitcase for me was really effective, as it has a really large capacity, which enabled me to easy pack all of my clothes and shoes. The amount of space is a real advantage, as it can easy and comfortably pack most things. The suitcase would be perfect for a long holiday, as it should easily hold everything you want. Travelling with the suitcase is really easy, as the two wheels move smoothly, and even was full and quite heavy, still moved smoothly.
The smaller suitcase is 46cm in height and 33cm, which is quite small for a suitcase, and for me seems more like a travel bag. The suitcase is very similar to the large one, it has the plastic, waterproof inside layer and the clothes strap aswell. The suitcase has a pull up handle, which extends, and enables the suitcase to be pulled, which I personally find really effective, but the smaller suitcase is quite easy to pick up and carry. The smaller suitcase is also cabin friendly, which enables it to be used as a travel bag.
Using the suitcase for me was really easy, although it was quite small, I could still easy fit in most of what I wanted, got my beauty, books and laptop in easily, which was perfect as that is all I needed to fit in. Although the suitcase is small, I like it, it is easy to use for a short break or weekend away, and would effectively hold everything you would need. Travelling with the suitcase was really easy, like the bigger suitcase it travelling well and smoothly.
I would highly recommend the Go Explore 2 suitcases, as they are very spacious, with the larger suitcase holding 57 litres and the smaller suitcase holding 23 litres. It would defiantly be perfect for a holiday, as it has a large potential capacity. The smaller suitcase is also perfect for a weekend away, as it is small enough for the journey but still holds enough things for the weekend. Also the suitcases are very well made, which is a huge advantage, as the suitcases don't easily break in a journey , as they are quite strong, especially the lid of the suitcase, which keeps the things in the suitcase safe but is suitable for travelling. This means the suitcases are good value for money, as they will last for years, with just general wear and tear, perfect for such as cheap price!
The Go Explore set of 2 suitcases is available at Argos, and costs £24.99 for the Navy colour (cat number 285/0241) and £29.99 for the Pink colour (cat number 286/2332).
I have quite bad arthritis in my joints, which can become quite painful sometimes, and yesterday I had quite bad joints and last night I could barely sleep, so I thought I'd go into Superdrug and pick up some painkillers, but I when I went into Lush, I was recommended to try the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage bar. I'd never tried the massage bar before, I honestly didn't know they would benefit me, but apparently the massage bar targets pain and soothes aches, in muscles and the body. I though how could I go wrong and brought one bar.
The product is oval shaped and is relatively flat, which makes it easy to hold and to use. The size is roughly the size of my hand, or approximately 70g. The colour of the product is cream colour, which has a lot of little beads in, which are red colour, they look similar to pomegranate seeds! The red beads are embedded just into the surface of the product. The product looks weird and unique, but does looked quite appealing for new customers. The product is suitable for Vegans and no ingredients are tested on animals. Ingredients are on the sticker on the bag or online at (www.lush.co.uk).
To use the Wiccy Magic Muscles is quite simple, all you really have to do is use the massage bar, until it gets heated, which then causes the soothing powers. I personally use the massage bar after I've come out the shower and I'm dry, I just rub it on my joints and my hands, which causes the massage bar to become warm quite quickly, maybe only 3-5minutes and the bar becomes quite warm, a nice warm. The Wiccy Magic Muscle bar can be used anywhere that you get pain, back, legs, hands and shoulders are the common uses of the massage bar, but I wouldn't recommend you use it on your face or on broken skin, as it might sting. Using the bar when my joints are particularly bad is also quite beneficial and nice, so perfect for anyone to use after a hard day. Using the bar was strange to start with, the bar quickly heated up, but while applying, the massage bar did slowly melt over my joints, which wasn't a problem as the creamy butter was so nice on my skin, almost like a moisturiser for my skin. The massage bar is quite messy, but as I only used a little bit it didn't become to bad, but be aware that it can get quite messy!
The scent of the is very typically Lush, it's very strong and natural, which I love, but others that don't like strong smells, this might not be the best for you. The scent is mainly cinnamon, which adds abit of spice to the massage bar, which is caused by the cinnamon oil in the bar. Also apparently the product has hints of cloves, which is a bit weird, but it's not to overpowering, all you can really smell is the cinnamon. I also noticed a hint of cocoa butter, which gives it a creamier texture but also adds benefits to the moisturising properties of the massage bar. The scent is really gorgeous, and lingers quite abit on your skin, which is always an advantage!
The effects of using the Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar are really positive, the warming power of the massage bar is weird to start with, as it warms up so quickly, but I have to say the warm temperature was perfect, it felt really soothing to my joints. But also it really relaxes muscles, which is perfect for anyone who uses the product, as it really helps relax and rest muscles, which stops and reduces pain in them. The lasting power of the massage bar was really positive, they lasted at least the day, which was perfect for me, as it enabled me to carry on with my life as usual despite problems, and for really bad days it really is positive, as decreased the pain in my joints and regular use during bad days, makes it easier to get through the day. For other people the effects of the massage bar are still positive, it can help with aching and sore muscles, and even helps with back pains, it really helps soothe and relax your body, and the scent relaxes your mind!
The Lush Wiccy Magic Muscle Massage bar is available at Lush stores and Lush online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £5.95 for one bar (70g), and as the bar lasts ages, it really is good value for money.
I used to use Charlie body sprays when I was younger, they used to be really cheap and smell really nice, and only recently I noticed that Charlie also make Eu de Toilette. After tying the Blue colour, my grandmother (who loves a bargain more then me!) brought me the Charlie Eu de Toilette Red, for only £4.99 from The Perfume Shop, but I honestly thought it would just be cheap and cheerful.
The packaging of the Charlie Red is a red, cardboard box, the top is a darker red, which fades into a lighter red. The writing on the packaging is simple, it just has the Charlie logo and the product, and I have to say that Charlie claims that the Red is an Eu de Toilette, rather then a Eu de Cologne. The bottle is a frosted glass type, which looks really expensive and professional, which I love! The top of the bottle is silver, and on the front of the glass is written "Charlie Red", which is written in red. I personally love the bottle, I think it looks really pretty and attractive, also very appealing for potential customers.
To use the Charlie Red Eu de Toilette is very easy to use, it is very similar to other perfumes. Just push the top down, which releases the spray, and spray directly to the skin. I personally found the push top down easy to use. I personally found that spraying the Eu de Toilette around 20cm away for a lighter coverage, perfect for day time, and around 10cm-5cm for a more intense coverage, but again it depends on mainly personal taste.
The scent of the Charlie Red Eu de Toilette was a really unique and feminine, which is pretty much perfect for me! The scent is a mixture of different scents, Jasmine, Lilies and Roses are the obvious scents, which make the scent quite floral and fresh. Again for perfect for Summer! Other scents within the scent is honey, musk and violet, which give the scent a really sweet hint to it, but it is completely overpowered by the gorgeous floral scent. The scent is perfect for girly girls, women who love floral and sweet scents but also perfect for the summer, as it's so fresh and easy wearable. The scent is quite strong, so only a small amount of the perfume is needed to get maximum impact, but for a night out you might want more of a intense cover.
The effects of wearing the Eu de Toilette were really positive, the scent was really unique and I got a lot of comments about how nice it smelt, but also wearing the Eu de Toilette really was nice for those long summer nights! I really enjoyed wearing the fragrance. The biggest bonus for me was the lasting power of the scent, it lasted all day, and was as powerful as if I just put it on, I only needed to reapply when I went out for a night out, but I'm fairly sure I didn't have too!
I would recommend Charlie Red Eu de Toilette as it really is a nice fragrance, sweet and floral, but also it is easily wearable, perfect for day or night. Plus easy to wear for work. The fragrance lasts throughout the day, which is perfect! Plus the 100ml bottle lasts ages, as the scent is quite strong, you only need to put a little bit of the Eu de Toilette on, which is great value for money.
Charlie Red Eu de Toilette is available at Boots, Superdrug, bigger supermarkets and shops specialising in fragrances. The price range is extreme from £4.99-£15. Mine was brought for £4.99 at The Perfume Shop.
I have always been a fan of Sure, as every product I've tried I have been completely happy with, and as I saw the advert for the new Sure Fragrance Collection deodorants, I thought I have to try them! I recently brought one in Superdrug, after someone said they tried one, and loved it, I had a suspicion that this new collection would be as good as other Sure products
The can is very similar to other Sure products. The can is white, with a pink base, which fades up the can and a sash of flowers flow over the can, which are pink, but also look very summer-y and fresh. The can also contains the Sure logo and the product name, which could be appealing to the fans of Sure. But the can alone, is really attractive and defiantly appealing for new customers. Information of the can says "long lasting protection" and "with scents of flowers and apricots", which sounds lovely! Information about application and ingredients are on the back of the can. The Sure Fragrance Collection Bright comes in 250ml, 150ml, 50ml (which is a roll on type). I'm reviewing the 250ml size.
Applying the deodorant was exactly the same as any other product, you just hold the press down button, which then releases the deodorant, and then you just spray to the armpits. I personally hold the can roughly around 10-20cm away from skin, but again it's personal taste. The first use was abit difficult, as the push down button was quite stiff, but once you break into it, it becomes very easy to use.
The scent of the product looks to be quite flowery and girly, and I was right! The scent was quite floral, which is was really gorgeous! The floral scents were mainly Jasmine and Roses, which was really . There was also a distinct scent of Vanilla, which added abit of sweetness to the fragrance. I did notice a fruity hint to it, which I assume was the Apricot that is mentioned, but I couldn't really pin point the fruit, but it was a nice hint! The whole scent was sweet but very floral, which was fresh and light, unlike some other scents, it was so easy to wear. The scent did seem quite perfume like, which was the point of the advertising campaign, as it was meant to be more perfume like then other deodorants, and it actually was!
The effects of using the Sure Fragrance Collection Bright were really positive, the deodorant stopped sweat really easily and that lasted all day, including working, but I reapplied before going out, but really it probably would have lasted throughout the night too. The scent lasted throughout the day, which made me feel fresh and clean (silly as it sounds!), which was the biggest benefit. The only issue I had was that the deodorant did cause some white marks, which were noticeable on black, but they were only slight, but still annoying! Also the can lasts ages, which gives it great value for money, an essential buy!
The Sure Fragrance Collection Bright is available in supermarkets and pharmacists, the 250ml can costs around £2.50. The 150ml can costs around £1.99 and the 50ml roll on costs around £1.75.
I recently saw these in Lush, and as I never saw them before, I assume they are a new, and they are basically a solid toothpaste, which sounds crazy! I decided to give them a try as they looked unique, and wanted to see if they really would be better then toothpaste! Also the Dirty Toothy Tabs are unisex.
The packaging of the Dirty Toothy Tabs is very simple, they are in a cardboard box, which is black and has white writing on. The packaging is completely recyclable. The product claims that the Dirty Toothy Tabs are "revolutionary, innovative tooth cleansing tabs", which is quite a claim! The white part of the box is pull out, which reveals the small square, where you can get the product out. I haven't counted the products, but looks like you get about 20 tabs per box. The Dirty Toothy Tabs are basically small and pill shaped, which are a dirty, white colour. The size of tabs are a round the size of the polo, but they are solid and more built up then mints, which they look abit like. Ingredients are written on the side of the box, in white lettering. This product is also suitable for Vegans. No ingredients are tested on animals either.
To use the Dirty Toothy Tabs is easy, but it is completely different to toothpaste, to use the toothpaste, you just:
1. Put the Dirty Toothy Tab in your mouth and crunch it up.
2. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush, which will cause the foam to work on your teeth.
3. Brush for the usual amount of time (around 3 minutes).
4. Rinse as normal.
The use of the product was really easy, the crunching was a little tough, but was just like biting a mint, and the little bits of the tab in my mouth was weird, as I just wanted to spit them out. The texture was completely different from anything, the nearest to it is a very crumbly mint or solid sweet, it has similarities to having the solid round mints. I didn't really like the texture, it was too weird, wish they could have made the product more paste like. Brushing the teeth was very similar to if you used toothpaste, but it caused a foaming in the mouth, which enabled the brushing to be done easy, and it felt like it was working, which was weird and different to other toothpastes.
The Dirty Toothy Tabs smelt slightly of spearmint as a solid form, which is similar to the smell of mints. The taste of the tabs, while brushing, was very spearmint like, which was quite strong, way to strong for me, so I had to spit some of it out because of the strong taste. The lasting taste of the spearmint was nice, it lasted throughout the day, and gave the whole of my mouth a minty taste, which also improved my breath, a really nice bonus for a toothpaste!
The effects of using the toothpaste were really beneficial, it made my breath and mouth smell gorgeous and minty, which was really nice! But I have to say it was not much different to the effects of using a good toothpaste. The biggest effect was the improvement on the white-ness of my teeth, my teeth did look very white, which was a real benefit! They looked really good, white and healthy, which was surprising for a toothpaste. The big downfall was the amount of tabs you use, a whole tab was way to much for my mouth, to overpowering, so I would recommend to spilt the Dirty Toothy Tabs, to make it better to use.
The Lush Dirty Toothy Tabs are available at Lush stores and Lush online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £2 for 12g, which is around 20 tabs.