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      16.07.2014 11:08
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      • " pleasant to use"
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      BB or not BB?

      *** Why did I buy it? *** I was lured into the Body Shop recently when I saw in the shop window that they were offering a bag containing nearly gbp60 of goodies for gbp25. I went in to take a look and discovered the bag contained some of my fave products, along with some other things I was keen to try. So not one to walk away from the bargain - and considering it had been my birthday just the day before - I picked one up! This BB cream was one of the products that was new to me. *** What is it and how much will it cost? *** This BB cream promises to illuminate the skin, even skin tone and moisturise the skin for 12 hours. It comes in just one shade and a 50ml tube costs gbp10 at full price. Obviously it is only available in the Body Shop, and is part of the shop''''s popular Vitamin E skincare range. *** Using the product *** This cream is designed to effortlessly blend in to leave fresh looking skin. The cream itself has a light texture and is a light beige colour. It sinks into the skin very easily and has a nice fresh fragrance. It is also cooling on the skin so it''''s quite pleasant using this cream first thing in the morning! It really does feel nice and light on the skin and it sinks in easily. *** What does it do? *** This definitely moisturises the skin well and it compares favourably to other light lotions I''''ve used. It also does improve skin tone ... but just a bit! It is a very light skin and this offers little in the way of coverage for me. Instead, I feel like I still need to add foundation afterwards as this just offers a light veil of coverage. I would also say that the fact this BB cream is only available in one shade may well cause problems for some people. I have a light Asian skintone and the shade of this moisturiser actually works well for me - however I am not sure if others may have problems. Although perhaps the coverage that the moisturiser gives is so light and faint that it may not matter! *** The verdict *** As a moisturiser, I think this is really nice. It is pleasant to use, it feels cooling on the skin and it makes my face feel soft for the whole day. However it doesn''''t really do enough for me to even out skin tone. The coverage it offers it very light and for me it doesn''''t do quite enough. However it is good for days when I don''''t want to wear a full face of make-up, so I will certainly use the full tube, but I very much doubt I would buy it again. *** In summary *** A good moisturiser for those who just need light coverage

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      14.07.2014 15:46

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      • "An ok shower product"

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      A source of disappointment

      Why did I buy it and how much was it? I stocked up on a few Original Source shower gels recently as they were on offer in Superdrug. Most of the shower gels were reduced to 99p, but this one was GBP1.15. The usual cost for a 250ml bottle of the scrub is GBP2.49. It is described as an everyday scrub that contains cranberry and honey to leave your skin smelling sweet and feeling smooth. Using the product I was really keen to try this product as I thought it sounded quite delicious! The first thing I discovered the first time I used it is that it is quite thin in consistency and I squirted quite a bit of it into the shower tray! The scrub itself is a lovely pinky red shade, and you can see the little black scrubby dots in the gel. I really thought this would smell lovely as I like sweet, fruity products. And while this is definitely sweet, and definitely fruity, it is almost a bit too much of both and I find the smell verging on sickly. Also it doesn''t smell of either cranberry or honey to me! Instead it has a slightly artificially fruity scent and although I don''t hate it, I am not that mad on it either. It''s really unusual for me not to like a fruit-scented product so I am a bit disappointed about this aspect of the product. But did things improve? Well, not much. I have two other problems with this shower product. Firstly - it isn''t really very scrubby. Yes, it had a few bits in it and you can feel these against the skin, but it certainly doesn''t feel like it''s exfoliating my sin, and the little particles seem a bit pointless really. Also, I found that the gel doesn''t really lather up very much, and I needed a second helping of the product to feel like I had enough to get really clean. On the plus side, this did leave my skin feeling nice and smooth after use. The verdict ... Well - this isn''t an awful product, but it did disappoint me quite a bit. I expected it to smell lovely and to act as an exfoliator, and I have to say it doesn''t really do either. I''m really glad I didn''t pay full price for it as I would feel a bit ripped off, but for under GBP1, I can live with the gel and will finish it off quite happily. But it isn''t one I would buy again as it didn''t really live up to my expectations. In summary: A bit of a disappointment from Original Source

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      12.07.2014 22:56
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      • " and well worth the money when on offer"
      • "Works really well"

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      • "A bit too rich for me"

      A rich but effective moisturising duo

      Why did I buy it? I''m not really a big user of Olay products, but I recently saw that they were on a very good special offer in Superdrug so I decided to try out a few things! What is it? This is a combined moisturiser and serum that promises to visibly improve the appearance of the skin. It claims to fight the seven signs of ageing: Line minimisation - visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Nourishing moisturisation - for a radiant healthy glow Tone Enhancement: Balances colour & visibly reduces appearance of age spots Gentle Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture Pore Refinement: Minimises the appearance of pores With Anti Oxidants: Helps prevent free radical damage to the skin''s surface layers Subtle Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance The product also has an SPF of 20. Price and availability This is available in the usual places, such as supermarkets Boots and Superdrug. At full price it costs GBP14.99 but it is part of a 2 for GBP20 offer in Tesco at present - and event better it''s half price in Superdrug, so if you''re interested, you know where to go! It comes in a 50ml tube. Applying the product The product is designed to be applied to the face and neck every morning. The moisturiser comes in a strong plastic bottle, which is see-through so inside you can see that there are two different creams swirled together. However, when you press the pump action dispenser at the top, the creams combine so look like just one slightly off-white moisturiser. This has a very strong fragrance, but it isn''t unpleasant - although if you don''t like scented face creams this may put you off! The moisturiser has a really rich texture and almost feels very slightly greasy to me. But despite the thickness it absorbs into the skin very quickly and easily. However after applying this, my skin does have a very slightly tacky feel to it, and I do find I have to wait a while before I feel ready to apply my make-up. I have to say that my skin feels soft all day after I apply this cream. It is definitely a very effective moisturiser. What else does it do? Obviously this product promises a lot of things, and although I am usually cynical about lots of claims like this, I do think this product works to some degree. My skin does feel firmer and tighter when I use this, and with repeated use my skin is definitely softer and smoother. It isn''t going to work any miracles but I do think it''s pretty effective and lives up to at least some of it''s claims. The verdict I really like this cream and I think it does work to some degree. However, it really does feel too rich for me, and I think that when the weather (hopefully!) gets warmer, I may be inclined to stop using this in the daytime and use it as a night cream instead. But I do think this is a nice, effective moisturising product and is definitely a great deal if you can pick it up for half price. I find I need very little of this product on a daily basis so it will last a long time. Summary: Recommended overall!

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      09.07.2014 12:50
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      • "Very good quality"

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      • "It stinks! "

      I've got the hump with this hemp.

      Why did I buy it? I actually received this hand cream as part of a bag of goodies I bought recently from the Body Shop. It''s a product I''ve seen before but not ever tried - and in fact I''ve never tried any Body Shop hand products so I was keen to give this one a go. What does it do, and how much will it cost me? This cream is designed for very dry skin and it helps soften and protect hands. According to the Body Shop website, it is dermatologically tested and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil. A 100ml tube of this hand cream currently costs GBP5. Using the product This cream is really thick, and is an off white colour. When I apply this to my hands, it feels like it will take ages to sink into the skin as it has such a rich, slightly greasy texture. But actually it takes no time at all for this to be fully absorbed into the hands. After application, my hands feel really soft and very well moisturised. I am really impressed at just how nice and moisturising this and cream is. And they feel soft for a good while after use. But there is one issue for me with this hand cream - the smell! It has a very earthy scent that reminds me of patchouli - and it really is not a fragrance I''m fond of. This is a real shame for me as I actually think the cream itself is fantastic, but the scent puts me off using it. I tend to use it very rarely as a result. The verdict This is a fantastic hand cream - it is a really high quality and it''s an excellent moisturiser. But for me the scent is a problem as I am not a fan of it at all! So although I wouldn''t buy this hand cream again, I would definitely look at other Body Shop hand creams, as I think that even though the price is higher than other hand creams, the quality justifies the extra expense.

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      10.03.2014 10:57
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      Odd but nice!

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      A sweet handwash
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      Having tried the other unusually scented liquid hand soaps in this range - chocolate orange and strawberry laces - I couldn't resist giving this new version a try. I have to admit to being very unsure about the concept of it, however - as much as I like cola bottles I was unconvinced about the suitability of the fragrance for a handwash! But as it was half price in my local supermarket, for about 85p, I felt it was worth a try - and could always be palmed off (pardon the pun) on my five year old if it turned out to be too sickly sweet for me.
       
      This comes packaged like any other liquid handsoap - in a plastic pump-action bottle. The colour of the handwash inside is a creamy beige colour, and is more like a pale toffee colour than cola! The very first thing I did when I got this home was to unscrew the top and have a good sniff. And, yes, this definitely smells of cola! I still wasn't convinced this would work too well as a handwash but decided to give it a go.
       
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      The texture of the handwash is really nice - it is smooth and creamy and creates a nice, quite rich lather. It also washes away really easily, leaving my hands feeling very clean and quite soft. But what of the crazy scent? Well... It is definitely odd and the smell of cola on your hands is definitely a bit disconcerting. But having said this, it isn't actually unpleasant. It is quite sweet, without being overpowering, and has that slight edge of vanilla to it which is pleasant. It manages to stay quite subtle, and isn't sickly as you may expect. Overall I actually like the smell and the fragrance lingers on the hands after use.
       
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      A bit of a grower
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      Although I wasn't quite sure about this at first, I found it really grew on me and by the time the bottle was finished I was converted! It is definitely quite odd and unusual but it is nice and a bit of fun. It was also a talking point with everyone who came round commenting on it! It was also quite a hit with my daughter too. I would actually buy this one again - although I think I still like the chocolate orange version the best.

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        01.03.2014 21:00
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        A brill book

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        About the author ...
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        Maggie O'Farrell is an author from Northern Ireland that has written six novels, and this - Instructions for a Heatwave - is her most recent and was published last year. Although I had heard of O'Farrell I had never read any of her work before this, and wasn't sure what to expect - but I was attracted to this book mainly by the cover!

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        The book is set during the heatwave of 1976 and is set in north London - Holloway to be precise, which is an area I know well so the book instantly appealed to me. It follows the Riordan family, whose three grown children are all forced back home when father Robert suddenly and uncharacteristically disappears. As is often the case with these novels, the three children have very distinctive characters and problems of their own - . Michael Francis is trapped in an unhappy marriage, black sheep Aoife is in New York working as a photographer's assistant, while stuck up middle child Monica is in the country living with her second husband in a stuffy old house she hates.

        They all arrive home when their dad disappears and, with mum Gretta, try to piece together what has happened to him. But Mum Gretta has plenty of secrets of her own...

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        I really loved this book, which is all about characters and families, and their relationships with one another. There is a lot of dialogue and conflict between them - and actually the story and mystery surrounding Robert's disappearance almost becomes secondary to what is happening with the rest of the family. We gradually build up the stories of the three children and the book takes us from Holloway to Ireland.

        Overall I really enjoyed this book - it was very easy to read and was full of interesting characters. It is not an action packed book, so it isn't for lovers of twisty thrillers - but if you like character-led novels then I'd really recommend this. I will definitely be reading O'Farrell's other novels.

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        26.02.2014 21:05
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        The worst wipes I've ever used.

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        Picked up on offer
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        I picked these wipes up in my local supermarket recently - I tend to stay loyal to Boots cucumber face wipes but as I'd run out and needed some urgently, I went for whatever was on offer! At full price in Boots these cost £2.99 for 25 wipes, but are currently on offer at £1.99, which is also what I paid for them in the supermarket. They are designed to remove and dirt and make-up from the skin.

        These come in the usual type of packaging that you would expect with this type of product - a strong plastic packet with a resealable tag on the top. The wipes have a pleasant fresh scent, but it's quite subtle which is good for a facial skincare product I think!

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        Downhill from here ...
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        But this is where the positives end for me. I don't consider myself to have particularly sensitive skin, but I find these wipes to be really unpleasantly rough to use on my skin. I have tried both sides of the wipes, but they are very uncomfortable to use and feel really unpleasant! They are a complete no-no for removing eye make-up, for obvious reasons, but I even find these too rough and unpleasant to use on my cheeks - they actually sting a bit and feel horribly scratchy. I also find that my skin feels a bit dry after use too.

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        Useful for sanding the furniture
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        I gave these wipes the benefit of the doubt and tried them a couple of times, but I have decided now to definitely give up with them. They are really horrible and I simply can't use them on my face! I should say for the record that they do seem to remove my make-up quite effectively, but they feel so unpleasant on my skin that this is almost irrelevant. I've used wipes of varying quality before and these are by far the worst I have ever used. So I can only give these one star, and I'll be using these wipes to clean the floors instead - or perhaps as sandpaper!

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          19.02.2014 19:42
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          Nice wipes, but not the best

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          A new wipe
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          I almost always use wipes to remove my makeup before bed, so this is quite an essential purchase for me. My wipes of choice are Boots cucumber face wipes as they are cheap and cheerful - yet very effective! They tend to cost about £1 when on offer so I always resent spending more on them. however now and then I find myself needing to stock up but without a Boots within reach, so I then end up trying something new.

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          Classic fragrance
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          These Nivea wipes cost £2.90 at full price for a pack of 25 wipes, but I picked them up for half price in my local supermarket. The packaging of these wipes is pretty generic - a strong plastic wrapping with a resealable plastic seal that can be pulled back. The scent of these wipes is definitely the lovely, familiar Nivea fragrance - fresh and clean and classic! It is a smell I love and find quite nostalgic. Also the wipes are really soft - probably the softest face wipes I've ever used - and this makes the really pleasant to use as they are so soft and gentle on my skin.

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          Not clean enough
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          However one thing I do notice with these wipes is that they seem somehow dryer than other wipes I have used and they also don't feel as if they are quite as effective somehow, although they do definitely help to remove my makeup, I don't feel that my skin feels quite a clean and fresh after use - I almost feel that there is still a trace of makeup left on my skin after use.

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          I have mixed feelings about these wipes as I love the scent, and they really are soft and gentle to use. But I don't feel they are quite as effective as others so this does put me off them a bit, and realistically I would probably buy other options instead of these if I could. I will give these three and a half stars.

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          10.02.2014 19:19
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          A lovely chicken gravy

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          Curry and rice!
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          My daughter, who is 5, can be - unfortunately - a bit of a fussy eater. But she's always unpredictable - for example, last week she sat quite happily and ate a plateful of chicken rogan josh and rice - but then didn't like her Mr Kipling's apple pie.

          One of the things I was surprised to discover she likes is gravy. Now this may not seem so strange, but we don't have roast dinners in our house and don't own gravy granules .... but this was a delicacy she discovered at nursery and I was surprised when she asked for gravy with her sausages and mash when we were out a while back. So I decided it was high time we cooked a roast dinner complete with gravy! As I am not a red meat eater myself, I purchased these chicken gravy granules. A 170g tub costs around £1.25.

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          Rich and meaty
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          The instructions on the tub tell you that you mix four heaped teaspoons with half a pint of boiling water, and the first time I made this, this is exactly what I did! I was really impressed with how easy this was to make - the granules dissolved instantly in the boiling water, and the gravy produced was a nice rich texture. The smell is also quite a nice, comforting and nostalgic smell, and my daughter said she thought it smelt delicious!

          The gravy was a perfect accompaniment to our Sunday roast - it has a lovely, rich meaty flavour and is also a really nice consistency - despite being made from granules it is perfectly smooth with no lumps or bits anywhere in sight. It also has a lovely dark brown colour - despite it being chicken gravy it doesn't look insipid or pale.

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          More, more, more!
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          Since then, I have made the gravy again a few times and today my little girl and my 18 month old son enjoyed sausages, mash and peas, with loads of gravy! My daughter constantly asked for more, and even my son kept pointing at the jug of gravy and saying "more, more, more!". Although I am never going to be a huge fan of gravy myself, my daughter loves this to bits, and when we did have a roast dinner I was impressed at how rich and authentic this gravy was - and how easy it is to make! So it is the full five stars from me.

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            06.02.2014 21:08
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            A nice conditioner but with a premium price tag!

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            A more expensive option
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            I recently reviewed the matching shampoo for this conditioner, and explained that I received them in the post for reasons I was unaware of! Realistically I wouldn't spend this much on a hair care product - at full price this conditioner retails at £5.99 for a 250ml tube (although it is on a Two For £9 offer in Boots at the time of writing). I tend to go for cheaper shampoos and conditioners, and they generally tend to work well for me, so I did expect impressive results with this product!

            Like the shampoo, this comes in a chunky, squeezy tube which sits on its lid, and is a nice mix of brown and gold colours. The conditioner itself is a really thick texture, and I tend not to use too much of it. It has a lovely clean and fresh scent, with a hint of coconut, and it's a very pleasant scent that I think is neutral enough to appeal to most people.

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            Nice and thick, with no drips!
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            Due to its thick texture, this conditioner coats my hair really nicely, and I can leave it on my hair for a good few minutes without it dripping. It washes out quite easily, and leaves my hair feeling really smooth and moisturised.

            I always let my hair dry naturally as it's naturally curly, and once my hair is dry it definitely feels nice and soft, and a bit smoother than usual. This conditioner definitely works really well and helps to smooth and tame my hair.

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            However! I have used other conditioners that work just as well on my hair, but for less money. So as a result of this I am unlikely to buy this conditioner again, even though I do like it, and I have to take off a star too! So overall this is a nice, effective conditioner that works well - but is a bit overpriced for me.

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              05.02.2014 10:40
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              A nice if pricey shampoo

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              A surprise package...
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              I went away on holiday last year, and when I returned a box was waiting for me at my neighbour's house. I had no idea what it was, but on opening it I was delighted to find a new shampoo, conditioner and intensive treatment. The funny thing was I had no idea where they had come from - I wasn't sure if I'd entered a competition to win them or if I had somehow got my hands on the some other way - but of course I wasn't going to question their origins too much!

              The range is relatively new and includes the three products I received. The shampoo retails at £5.99 for a 250ml tube (although it is on a Two For £9 offer in Boots at the time of writing), which is more than I would normally pay for a shampoo, so I was eager to give this a go! It is designed to smooth and moisturise hair.

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              Rich and luxurious
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              This comes in a chunky, squeezy tube which sits on its lid, and is a nice mix of brown and gold colours. The shampoo itself is a nice, rich and creamy texture and it has a bit of a luxurious feel to it. Applying this to my hair, it takes a bit more effort to lather up than other shampoos I've used, but I put this down to the rich texture. However it feels quite nice to use. It also has a nice, clean scent that I would associate with hairdressers. It isn't fruity or flowery - it seems like a more grown-up shampoo fragrance!

              Again, washing this out of my hair, you can definitely tell that this is quite a rich and luxurious product. It definitely leaves my hair feeling clean and smooth after use, and I can tell this is a more expensive product than others I have used. But having said that, I think other cheaper shampoos I have used that are designed to moisturise my hair have had similar results. So although this is a good shampoo, and it is quite luxurious, I am going to knock off one star as I think it is expensive at full price, and I've used other shampoos that are as good as this for about half the price. And I am unlikely to buy it again I think - unless it was on offer!

              I always use this with the matching conditioner, which I will review separately.

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                01.02.2014 20:25
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                A nice bath product for kids

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                With a five year old and 20 month old, bathtime is often fun, noisy and messy in my household. As my son has quite sensitive skin, I tend not to use bubble bath all the time, and if I do I try to ensure that it's a mild and gentle one. This one caught my eye mainly because it was on offer in my local supermarket. Sanex is a brand I've heard of but never used, so I didn't know what to expect, but I did think from the brand name that it would be suitable for my son's skin. This comes in a 500ml bottle and in Tesco costs £2.99 at full price, but I picked it up for about half that cost - and looking online today it is still half price.

                This is a body wash and bubble bath in one. It is designed to "gently clean without drying your child's delicate skin whilst it develops its own defences in the future". It's pH balanced and is approved by dermatologists.

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                This comes in a chunky plastic bottle and you can see inside that the product is a creamy white colour. I expected this to be fragrance-free but in fact it has a really nice fruity flavour that isn't too strong - and sadly doesn't really linger once it's in the bath! The bubble bath itself is a little bit on the runny side and I often pour out more than I mean to, so handle with care! But this does produce a lot of nice bubbles. In the past week or so, these bubbles have been made into a Santa beard and hat, and have also been flung about the bathroom quite a bit. As a result these don't last too long, but they serve the purpose of making bathtime fun and my little boy shouts at the bubbles as they appear when the bath is running.

                I also use this to wash my son and duaghter, and it works really well - a little goes a long way and works into a nice frothy lather. And most importantly this doesn't irritate my son's skin at all, and this does feel like a soft and gentle product with a nice mild fragrance.

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                Overall I think this is a nice bath product for children, and is a good option for sensitive skin. Of course my kids couldn't care less what make their bubbles are, but for me it's good to know that they are a from a reputable make and are gentle enough to use with my little boy - and they also work well as a fetching beard! I think this is great at half price for a 500ml bottle, and will definitely pick it up again when it's on offer.

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                30.01.2014 20:45
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                A decent basic

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                Cheap tricks
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                Although I never buy very high end shampoos or conditioners, I also avoid the very cheap own-brand ones in the main. I have quite long, naturally curly hair that tends to be dry, and when I've used cheapo shampoos in the past they have dried my hair out even more! So I tend to stick to the mid-range brands in the main.
                 
                But I made an exception when I decided to try out this Boots shampoo which I bought in a 2 bottles for £2 deal. At full price this is only £1.49 - but the 2 for £2 deal seems to be pretty permanent as far as I can tell! This shampoo has extracts of orchid and coconut, which according to the Boots website are both ingredients that can help moisturise hair.

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                The packaging of the shampoo is cheap and cheerful as you would expect from the price - just a clear plastic bottle with a coloured lid - but the shape of the bottle is suspiciously similar to another very popular brand of shampoos that this range also has a similar name to... To get the shampoo out of the bottle, you press down a little button at the top and up pops the opening - this is a good design for the bottle I think as you're not fiddling around with lids or flip tops with wet hands! You can also see that the shampoo itself is a bright blue colour.
                 
                This shampoo has a gel-like texture which is slightly thinner in texture than others I have used, but isn't runny. The scent to me is strongly of honey - although that isn't one of the listed ingredients as far as I can see! But to me that is the main scent, and it is quite strong and sweet - but not sickly. This lathers up really quickly into a nice frothy foam - again it isn't as rich as other shampoos I have used. I also find that the smell mellows quite a lot  once you start using this, so it isn't overpoweringly strong or sweet once you start washing your hair.
                 
                This washes away quickly and easily and leaves my hair feeling nice and clean. However, as with other shampoos in this kind of price range, my hair does feel a bit dry after washing with this shampoo and is crying out for conditioner! This isn't a massive criticism as at this price you can't expect too much - although I would expect a bit more from a shampoo that claims to be moisturising.
                 
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                All in all this is a good basic shampoo. Realistically I probably wouldn't buy it again as it isn't ideal for my hair type, but for the price I think it does the job and for normal hair I would definitely recommend it.
                 

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                29.01.2014 20:17
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                A good fun read

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                Daring diary
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                I bought this book as a complete impulse purchase on my Kindle when it was on sale for 99p. I've since discovered the book was made into a E4 serial so many of you may have heard of it!

                The book is written by Rae Earl who grew up in Lincolnshire, and this book is the diaries she wrote as a 17 year old in 1989. It's a no-holds-barred account of life as an overweight teen going through all those awkward phases and difficult friendships, and relationships with irritating parents - or just mum in Rae's case.

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                80s nostalgia
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                This is a really easy and enjoyable read. Although Rae is a little older than me, I related to lots of the 80s references, particularly the music, and you could also identify with Rae's friends - there is of course the bitchy one, as well as the boys Rae hangs out with down the pub - all of whom are given code names. It's a very honest diary and you can feel sad for Rae one minute, then be annoyed with her the next. Her real issue is with food, and her attempts to go on diets fall very flat, and are often not helped by her mum. Some of these sections are quite sad and frustrating, and give a more serious tone to the book.

                Rae has a lot of issues, but is funny and clever too, and you really feel that you are getting a glimpse into her life. It's really brave of the author to put her teenage words out there for everyone to read, and I do feel this is a book that has something that most people will relate to.

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                Overall this is a really good, easy read. It isn't overly challenging - and I did feel it lagged a bit in the middle - but I would recommend it to people who grew up in the 80s and fancy a very honest glimpse into the life of a 17 year old.

                At the time of writing, this is £3.29 on the Kindle or £6.29 in paperback.

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                An ok cleaning product

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                When it comes to buying cleaning products, I have no preferences or brand loyalty whatsoever - I tend to go for whatever's on offer and hope it does the job! This is one I picked up from my local supermarket - it retails at full price at around £2, but I bought it at half price when on offer. It is currently £1 in Tesco.
                 
                In terms of packaging, this comes in the usual bottle with a spray at the top, and the bottle is very green indeed, with a prominent Cif logo. The product promises to clean all surfaces, lifting all types of dirt to leave them shiny. I use this to clean the worktops in my kitchen.
                 
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                Smells fresh
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                The first thing I noticed when I first used this was the smell. It has a very strong scent and it is a kind of mix of pine and lemon, which makes it very much the smell of a cleaner to me! At first I actually really didn't like it as it is a bit toilet-cleaner-esque for my liking. However, after a few uses I actually got quite used to it, and the smell that lingers in the kitchen after use isn't actually too unpleasant - it certainly smells fresh and clean, and the smell lingers nicely and isn't too overpowering.

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                A bit frothy
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                This is easy to spray onto surfaces, and it leaves a nice fine mist of cleaning fluid on my worktops, with a slight froth to it. However when I wipe the surfaces with a cloth, the cleaner leaves white smears behind it. These smears soon disappear but even with frequent use I still find these smears a bit disconcerting! I also feel that this doesn't leave my counters quite a shiny and clean looking as other kitchen cleaning products I use. It isn't that the product performs badly, because it doesn't, but I do feel that I've used better.

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                There is nothing dramatically wrong with this cleaning product, but I do think I've used better. I might buy it again if it was on offer, but I probably wouldn't choose it over some others.

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