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Okay, so first off I should let you know that as a BzzAgent I received this product free to test. Now I have used other anti perspirants so I was interested to see how this would compare.
Firstly, the anti-perspirant comes in an easy-to-hold plastic container with a push on cap. This in turn is in a box - I am not sure why a box is needed to be honest, it seems like a bit of a waste of packaging to me. The design of the box is a bit uninspiring too and you could easily miss it on the shelf in the shop. To apply, you simply take off the cap, twist the dial at the bottom of the 'stick' and the cream will rise up through the small holes at the top. You then apply the cream as you would any other anti perspirant/deodorant. The cream is very white, and it is very obvious when you first put it on(handy for seeing where you have missed) but it dries very quickly and it is clear on the skin when it does.
For best results you should apply this at night before going to bed; now it took me a few days to get into the habit of doing this and it was a bit weird not applying anything in the morning (although Sure says you can reapply if you like) but I soon got the hang of it. The fragrance was light, but I still noticed the scent at odd times as the day progressed. The coverage was good, and it kept me dry all day. As anti-perspirants work by stopping you from sweating (as opposed to deodorants which just neutralise the smell) I was dubious about leaving this on for 48 hours as per Sure's claims but in the interest of research I did just that! And it worked! I was still fresh and dry, with no hint of BO! On checking my clothes I was pleased to see that there were no marks (white or otherwise).
To really test it out, I used it before an intense gym class. It did hold up well, but couldn't stop me from sweating completely! For everyday general use though, it's exceptional.
The only negative that I can find is the price. At £5+ it isn't cheap; I know the argument is that it lasts you twice as long but I would still want the product to be on a par with deodorant prices. If it was, then it would really set it apart from the rest and prove value for money.
I love Sainsbury's. I need to say that first and foremost because after you have read this review you may think that I don't! But I do! My parents used to do our main shop at Sainsbury's every week and they did so because it was good quality, well laid out and had a vast selection of items. Even now, I like to go to my local Sainsburys and have a stroll around the store which, even when it is busy, is more civilised than other stores!
So on this basis I was interested im trying out their online shopping service. I had aready used Asda and Tesco's home delivery but wanted to know if Sainsbury's could compete. With a baby to look after, I'd rather not go to any store and use one o those god-awful shopping trolleys with the baby seat, nor can I steer a pram and a trolley round and then pack multiple bags at the checkout before trying to cram them into my car along with the pushchair. No, home shopping is a god send for me, so I clicked onto the site.
Registering is relatively easy and straightforward; even if you have never been onto one of these sites beofre, it is a self-explanatory form which asks for your details - name, address etc. Using your email as your user name, you then need a password which you can choose yourself to enable you to log in securely to your account each time. So far, so good. Once registered, I log on and start to look at the delviery slots available. Now, delivery slots at Sainsbury are an hour long each (eg 1pm - 2pm) which is different to the other stores. This is good; it can be a bit frustrating when you have lots to do if you are waiting round a couple of hours for your groceries, but 1 hour is not too bad at all. The prices are varied depending on the day and time that you select - the cheapest delivery charge is £2.95 (Sat/Sun evening) and the most expensive is £5.95. I really bedgrudge paying delivery charges! I now that I am getting the goods picked and packed and sent to my door, but the delivery charge is the bit that really puots me off! So to see it a little as £2.95 was good! I would try and go for this slot every time in order to save those few extra pounds! But these prices only apply if your order is over £40; if it doesn't come over that you coul dbe charged £6.95. If your goods come to over £100 then you would qualify for free delivery - but only on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday! Still, free is free and if your schedule allows then this could be a good deal!
Delivery slot booked it's on to the goods! Now you can select items by browsing the various catagories at the top of the page (much like browsing the sections instore) or you can use the search facility. They are both easy to navigate and use; if you use the tabs, you will be given further options under each one and can then select goods by type, brand, low fat,vegetarian etc etc. I was able to quickly find the items that I usually buy and wasn't frustrated with the search engine either which brought up exactly what I was looking for. So far, so good. Onto the fruit and veg section and I am pleased to see that you can order loose products in two ways. You can either select to order by weight (great for recipes where weight quantities have been specified) or you can order by unit which is perfect for someone like me who has no concept of how many carrots 1kg provides. My other half has no concept of this either the one time he was in charge of ordering the shopping from another well knwon store he ordered 1kg of ginger as he had no frame of reference. A massive bag was delivered and we still laugh about it now. But I digress.
Your shopping is clearly displayed on the right hand side of the page with a running total; any special offers are taken into account and the total clearly displayed. Once all items are selected, you obviously go through the checking out process. Again, this is fairly simple and straightforward; adding a payment card is easy and the details can then be kept for next time so that you don't have to keep loading the info over and over each time you shop. Your account will also remember what you have ordered previously, so you can search for items by previous orders, or 'usuals' which is catagorised either by aisle or in a single list. This is a very handy feature for the forgetfuls amongst us or those short on time.
Shopping paid for, I sat back and waited. A confirmation email was received, and then the next day I waited for my goods to arrive. However, it didn't go smoothly! I received a phone call in the morning from what I can only descrive as a babbling incoherent young man who told me that several of his drivers were ill an dhad not turned in for work (on a Sunday morning) and therefore they wouldn't be able to deliver my shopping. Now, I may be on maternity leave at the moment, but in my job when something goes wrong the last thing I do is phone up the client and tell them that they are not getting what they want! I call them, tell them what's gone wrong and then tell them what I am going to do to rectify it. I politely informed the caller that it was not acceptable that my shopping was not going to be sent out and enquired as to what could be done. He then informed me that he had contacted another store to see if they had drivers spare and he had secured the services of one man who would be free in the afternoon after finishing his usual run. Would I be happy for my delivery to be made in the afternoon in stead of the morning? Yes, I replied as long as Sainsbury's could phone and give us an eta as we had lunch plans that day and would be going out for an hour or so as a result. No problem he said and then proceeded to explain that the driver was coming over from the Nuneaton store to his store so this would delay things a little further. Now why have I added this info? I live in Nuneaton! I naturally assumed that my order would be picked, packed and delivered by the Nuneaton store but for some reason it was being fulfilled by a Coventry branch which was ten miles further away! When I pointed this out on the phone, the caller could not explain why that was the case and was as bemused as I was. At this point, my faith in Sainsbury's is waivering but it is not diminished - yet!
We head out for lunch and spend a pleasant hour out; as we are getting back into the car we receive a phone call from the delivery driver who it outside our house! I explain that we are ive minutes aways and proceed to drive home; just as we pull into the street the van is pulling away and we have to signal to the driver to get him to turn round! The driver is clealy harrassed and not happy at having to do two-shifts on a Sunday which I can understand, but his attitude as a result is not impressive and he rushed the delivery asking us to help him unload it which we do at the side of the road. We carry the bags ourslelves to the house and note the substitues that have been provided. Now I have seen some silly substitutes from other stores but one that Sainsbury's provided that day was just ridiculous. I had ordered several bags of frozen cherries - Sainsbury's sent a black forest gateaux instead. Really? Substitute returned, shopping signed for the driver heads off and we inspect the rest of the items. The fruit and veg is okay - but it is just that - okay. It's not necessarily what I would have selected if I had been in store and some of it looks a little past it's best. Everything else seems fine and the use by dates on the chilled goods have several says on them.
However, I'm still not impressed by the whole delivery shenanigans and I phone Sainsbury's to tell them. Although apologetic, they cannot explain why we did not receive the curtesy call as agreed to tell us when the delivery would be made or why they had chosed to deliver during the time that we had told them we would be out! Although the customer services were pleasant I did not feel that they had taken us seriously enough and we were left very disappointed over all.
I had previously used asda for the home shopping service because their prices are very competitive - Sainsbury's are more expensive but I would have continued to use them if their delivery had been up to scratch. The whole delivery experience was very stressful (not made any better by the fact that I was heavily pregnant at the time) and my other half stated that we would never use them again. I admit that I am tempted to give them another go as I accept that this could have been a one-off but from they way we were told about the problem to how it was resolved it was just a catalogue of errors. You know what they say about first impressions and this was a very bad one.
When my other half had to go to the physio again recently for more treatment on his back, I found myself with an hour to kill at the nearby shopping centre, so I headed for Mothercare for a bit of a wander round. With a four month old daughter (now six months), I was interested to see what baby toys they had as she was becoming ever more interested in the world around her and seemed to ned constant stimulation. There were the usual collection of baby gyms, soft toys and dangly pram characters, but nothing really felt suitable. And then I saw this teddy bear sitting on the shelf.
The first thing that struck me about the bear was the fact that he looked quite traditional. All the other toys around the place were brightly coloured - which I understand babies react well to - or had neon sections, which makes them look a bit strange at times. This bear was as a teddy bear should be! Nice and simple with a proper teddy bear face and patches on his body. It reminded me of the teddy bears that I used to have as a child and so picked it up for a further look. The teddy is SO soft, unbelieveably so! It is perfect for the delicate skin of a baby, and on showing it to my daughter she immediately started to reach out for it whic I took as a good sign! When I did get the bear home and out of the packaging (more of that in a moment) she was able to lift and hold the bear with ease; the softness meant that my daughter could squish and grasp the bear to her hearts content! The ears were also just the right size for her to put into her mouth and suck - every toy that she has is treated the same way!
Each of the patches on the bear has a stitched star; when the patch is pressed the bear speaks a phrase and then sings a song. The phrase relates to the area pressed (eg/ "This is my foot. Tickle me") I liked this feature as this willl help to teach my daughter different words and parts of the body (nose, tummy, hand and foot) and the song will also help with her verbal skills in time. What I did find strange was that the voice coming out of the bear was female. Now the bear to me is a 'he' and this voice just doesn't match. The voice is pleasant enough - it is a very well spoken woman - but it just doesn't go with this bear! For this reason, the bear gets four stars instead of five. Nevertheless, my daughter loved the bear even more when she heard the voice coming out! A huge smile spread across her face and even now two months on (when she is bored of a lot of her other toys) this still remains a firm favourite and provokes a happy reaction every time it is played with.
The bear is suitable from ages 3 months which was also another reason for my impulse purchase - a lot of other musical toys are from suitable from six months and I really wanted something age appropriate as a lot of websites seem to think that giving children toys out of their age range can actually be detrimental to their wellbeing/development (I'm no expert but as a first-time mum, I'm just trying to do my best for my daughter!) The battery pack for the bear is small and cannot be felt my your child whilst is use. It is easy for an adult to access and there is an on/off switch if the talking and singing become too much for a parent to put up with! The singing hasn't bothered me at all, but it would have been nice if there was a volume control switch on the bear as the singing is of a decent volume and it would have been nice to have used the bear to settle my daughter down for her sleeps.
The bear comes in simple packaging, but has lots and lots of twisty-ties at the back for the adults to work their way through! I am fairly patient, but even I was losing my rag a little with just how many there were! This is only a minor thing though and doesn't detract from the bear itself in any way. The batteries were also included which is good as it is really frustrating to buy a toy, get it home and then find you haven't got any means of switching it on! I paid £16 for the bear and it is without a doubt well worth the money. It is my daughters favourite toy, and as well as being something for her to love and cuddle, she will be able to interact with it when she is older and able to join in with the singing.
Such is the appeal of this bear that when I was round my in-laws at the weekend I left him safely tucked up in the corner of the room only to watch him being paraded around the house by my fourteen month old neice who had discovered upon him after dinner. She wouldn't let him go again and my daughter only got her teddy back when my neice fell asleep and we snuck off home!
I remember eating Grape Nuts from a very young age; there was nearly always a pack in the cereal cupboard and I regarded them as a staple breakfast cereal along with cornflakes and weetabix. It wasn't until I was older that I realised that they weren't all that easy to come by and that in fact most people have never even heard about this tasty food! So, I just have to write a review about the vereal on here, in the hope that it will convert a few more into Grape Nuts 'nuts'.
Okay, firstly - yes it is a small box. If you're looking for it in your local supermarket, then you may have to look twice, three times - and then maybe even once more. It's not the same size as most standard cereals and it never seems to be displayed prominently on the shelves. It's also around £2.20 - £2.50 per box, which when you consider the size seems to be a little expensive. Maybe this puts a lot of people off form even trying it; I can't blame them as they may be thinking that they will get more for their hard-earned cash with a larger box of sugar-filled produce that costs half the price on special offer. But here's the thing, it's a small box but there are plenty of servings inside it! The magic of grape nuts is that when you add water, they seem to increase in size and are more filling that you might expect. Now they don't suddenly swell to gigantic proportions or anything, but they are deceptively satisfying and you may need to carefully weigh out or measure your portions so that you don't fill the bowl too much and end up with left-overs that you are just too full to finish off. On the other hand, you may just find (like me!) that as they are so scrumptious, you are tempted to have a second bowl!
It is difficult to describe the taste of grape nuts; they have a slightly sweet taste to them but the cereal has NO ADDED SUGAR - which is a rarity in this genre. I do remember someone describing the look of grape nuts as cat litter which, though unfortunate, is probably quite accurate though they taste nothing like cat litter (I've never tried cat litter but assume it to be very chalky/grainy/gritty/disgusting). The flavour is fairly unique in my opinion - there is nothing else on the shelf like it, but it is not overpowering nor does it become boring or sickly with each mouthful. I usually eat mine with soya milk and add banana/raisins/blueberries, although it is also wonderful mixed with some oats, fruit and yoghurt. Grape nuts are very hard when you take them out of the box, but they do soften a little in milk whilst remaining crunchy. The crunch somehow adds to the whole experience and enhances the taste - I don't know how, it just does!
Okay, let's clear something up - they aren't actually 'grape nuts'. Who knows where the name came from, but the cereal itself contains very few ingrediants and doesn't contain a long list of items that you would need a spell checker for (always a worry in my mind). The ingrediants are Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Isolated Soy Protein, Salt, Whole Grain Barley Flour, Malt Extract, Dried Yeast. And that's it. No sugar which is usually the second or third item on the list of most breakfast cereals (ingrediants are listed with the items used most at the start and the items used least at the end). This really is one of the healthiest cereals out there which doesn't taste like cardboard or compromise on taste in any way. It also helps to contribute towards your recommended daily dose of the following vitamins and minerals - Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide (Source Of Zinc), Vitamin B6, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D. As if that wasn't enough, you can also use Grape Nuts in cooking and baking! Yes, there are recipes on the Post website for cookies, cakes and even frozen yoghurt which uses this unusual ingrediant.
I told a friend of mine about this cereal last year and bought her a box to try; she admits she was very sceptical but just one bowl made her into a convert and now she buys Grape Nuts regularly. Give them a try - you'll be hooked!
When my faithful Samsung Galaxy S started to play up a few weeks ago, I knew that it was time to look for a new mobile and started to look at the new units that had just been released onto the market. I will be honest - there are too many phones out there and trying to whittle them down onto a shortlist is quite time consuming! In the back of my mind, i thought I would go for another Samsung as I have used this brand for a number of years, but then I saw the Experia Z! I read up on the phone and decided to give it a go.
Now I am not techy, so I can't tell you all the ins and outs about what systems it uses to run, what graphic card is installed etc etc, but I can tell you how I (the everyday person!) has got on with it!
The phone is large - there's no getting away from that - but it is very thin and light and within a few minutes I had become accustomed to its size. The screen is very impressive - not only in its size but also the clarity. Surfing the web has become much easier as a result! And the camera is by the far the best I have ever seen on a phone - I took some pictures of my baby daughter and they were better than using my usual camera. I also took a video on my phone and it is exceptional - you would think it had been filmed on a camcorder, it is that clear and not grainy or pixilated in the slightest.
The phone itself is easy to use - I transferred over from another network, but managed to use the bluetooth feature to send across all my contacts so that I didn't have to type them all in again! The navigation screen is very simple and normally it can take me a few days to get used to a new phone, but I seemed to master this within a couple of hours. It is quick to respond in any function and doesn't complicate basic tasks (which other makes are guilty of!) The included apps are varied and I will be honest - I haven't looked at all of them yet! - but where Sony picks up more brownie points is for sound quality on the unit. You can play music either through headphones which are included with the phone or through the built in speakers. Either option gives incredible sound - usually music played through phone speakers is a bit tinny, but this is brilliant! The clarity is superb and this phone is a must for anyone who likes to play a lot of music on the go.
The battery life has been mixed, but this is dependant on what i am using the phone for. I don't think it is any worse that any other smartphone in this respect but it does have a smart management programme to help minimise battery use.
The phone comes with a front and rear screen protector which will help to keep the phone clean - the only drawback is that these are a pain to put on and no matter how careful you are you alwasy get a few air bubble here and there which does then spoil the look of the phone! It would be a lot easier if the phones just came with them already fitted!
You can also customise the phone to your own liking - I particularly liked the options on the different keyboards and was pleased to see that they have their own 'swype' like system which I loved on the Samsung phones.
The phone itself is pricey - i am not sure I would have paid out for it outright (as much as I do love it!) but if you can get it on a contract deal it is definitely worth going for. I have signed up to a 24 month deal myself but I cannot see me getting tired of this phone!
UPDATE - 31.05.13 - Okay so I have been using the phone for a little while now and just wanted to say it is amazing! It is very user friendly, and the camera is just superb! The quality of the photos are incredible, and there are plenty of effects and photo tools on the camera to help focus, sharpen, brighten, remove red eye etc. We have had great fun trying out the different settings and love the one where you can take black and white pictures but with a shot on one particular colour. Brilliant phone, love it!
I was very unfortunate to regularly suffer with build ups of plaque and tartar on my teeth, and had to visit the dentist several times a year for a rather unpleasant scale and polish. My dentist first recommended to me that i would benefit for buying a sonicare toothbrush and I admit that I wasn't keen on the idea to begin with due to the initial outlay involved. However, when I realised how much I was spending on visits to the dentist and treatments, I thought that it had to be worth a go.
My first Sonicare toothbrush was highly effective, and considerably reduced the problems and issues that I had previously experienced. After using this for a couple of years, I wondered if I should 'upgrade' to the Diamond edition and after more careful consideration I ordered a new unit through my dentist.
The toothbrush itself is similar in appearance to previous Sonicare models, but has far more additional features and some revamped thinking. The toothbrush is sleek and is fairly light and comfortable to hold. There are five cleaning options (Clean, Whitening, Gum Care, Sensitive, Polish) which highlight up one at a time with each press of the power button, allowing you to select a tailor-made programme. For the first few times to get used to the brush I chose 'clean' but I have tried the gum care and whitening options also. The frequency of the vibration is altered according to the specific selection - it is worth noting at this point, if you have not used an electric toothbrush before, it can take a few tries before you get used to the sensation but it is well worth perservering! The toothbrush also has a built in timer and will briefly pause every 30 seconds during a two-minute clean; this is so you can work on one section of your mouth at a time (eg, lower left, lower right, upper left, upper right). You can pause brushing at any time by pressing the power buttn and as long as you resume brushing in less than 45 seconds the toothbrush will remember where it is in the cycle. From the first use I felt that there was a noticable difference in how clean and fresh my mouth felt even compared to my usual sonicare toothbrush, and the inclusion of the gum care option has seen an improvement in my gum health as verified by my dentist!
The unit comes with a charging glass - this can also be used to rinse your mouth - which sits in a silver holder. The brush simply sits in the glass to charge, which looks quite pleasant and is easy to clean. The charging unit is fitted as standard with a two-pin bathroom plug so you will probably need to buy an adaptor. Also provided is a travel case with a USB port so that you can charge your brush conveniently when on the go. I like this feature a lot as it is easy to pack your brush, keep it clean and free from damage and ensure you can charge it whilst away from home in one simple small box!
The brush heads are easy to replace - you just pull them off and push the new one on - and the heads themselves have a blue stripe which fades over time to serve as a reminder to replace them. I would recommend carefully wiped round the bottom of the brush head where it meets the unit after each use as I got a build up of toothpaste caked in the small gap over a period of time! It was easy enough to clean out, but much easier to prevent! You can also get two diffrent sized brush heads - a standard one or a compact one. I recommend the compact myself, as I found this much more comfortable to clean with s
it might be worth giving both a try if you experience any discomfort on first use.
All in all, I am very impressed with this model; it is contemporary, easy to use and clean and really does deliver great results. I know that it may seem pricey compared to other toothbrushes on the market, but if you really want something to not only clean but actively help care for and look after the health of your teeth, gums and mouth then it is worth it. The initial outlay will pay itself back in reduced problems and visits to the dentist!