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As I’ve been in a little film watching zone, I’m always scrolling through sky movies for something interesting when I saw the heat. I quite like Sandra Bullock, and one of my friends said she had watched it and it was “alright” so I thought I’d give it a go.
***Film Only Review***
Sandra Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, an up-tight, meticulous know-it-all FBI agent who doesn’t really get on with her colleagues due to spouts of arrogance and a patronising attitude. As she wants promotion, her boss says to her she needs to learn to get along with people and sends her to Boston to catch a well hidden drug lord called Larkin.
In Boston we have Officer Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) who is rude, crude, and determined to keep low lives off the streets by any means possible. Lo and behold our two chalk and cheese law enforcers clash heads but of course have to work together and bring “the heat” in order to take down this enigmatic Larkin, whilst getting into all sorts of trouble and with the DEA hot on their tail too!
I must admit I have quite a soft spot for Sandra Bullock which is definitely more so one of the reasons why I wantd to give this film a chance. However, I felt she wasn’t that great and Melissa McCarthy certainly stole her spot light as I watched on and listened to her one liner and her comebacks which were really funny. Bullock’s character reminded me a bit of her role in “The proposal” with Ryan Reynolds where she has no man, is too far concentrated on her work and starts off as really unlikeable but grows on you and you want her to find happiness. Of course this is really just the background story underneath the very farfetched and ludicrous storyline as they get themselves in all crazy situations trying to track down this Larkin fella.
In terms of the cast list, there are some memorable names and faces like Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport (who plays Melissa’s “younger” brother, yet he looks like he could be her dad – totally miscast) so it isn’t a total eye sore. The jokes sometimes are rather tongue in cheek, especially as they take a lot of digs at one of the DEA enforcers who is albino and frequent butt of their jokes – so some may find offensive.
Overall I thought this film was OK, but about 75% of the way through I did get quite bored and wondered at what point it was going to end. I think this surely isn’t one of Bullock’s finest acting jobs and probably won’t be her last lol. There are some funny bits and it isn’t unbearable to watch so if you’ve got nothing better to do one evening, why not give it a go?!
I quite like a good fragrance,and a few weeks ago, my sister came home withthis perfume she got for £20 in Superdrug. As I recently had bought the rogue perfume I was interested to give it a sniff, and I was left rather jealous! I purchased this perfume online from the perfume shop, and I highly recommend it!
It comes in a rather strange, prism like cylindrical bottle, with an intricate beige swirly design around the base and up the neck. For £15 I was a bit disappointed as the 30ml bottle is rather small. Nevertheless, this smaller size does make it easier for me to throw in my handbag for evenings out when I need a top up, without taking up too much space. Whilst the bottle design is unique (although others in the range are same design just a different colour bottle), this bottle is really awkward to hold. I find it quite difficult to hold this perfume bottle with substantial grip with one hand, and my index finger poised on the top to get a good squirt
Spraying the perfume it comes out quite subtle and sweet – and surprisingly for Rihanna who has quite a strong personality – this is more the opposite at being very neutral, light and fruity. With a combination of top notes which are Guava Nectar, Mandarin, Pear the instant result to greet you is quite warm and summery. It blends quickly with the middle notes however of Orange Blossom, Gardenia Petals, Velvet Jasmine Sambac which balance out the sweet top notes to give a more even keel.
Similarly to the Rihanna rogue, the base notes are Sandalwood, Second-skin Musk, Vanilla Orchid, and whilst these are among my favourite types of scent, really warm, deep and inviting, the perfume wears off to feel unoriginal and way too similar.
In terms of lasting power, I feel that within an hour or so, the base notes are much more noticeable and prominent in my clothes and I prefer this smell and aroma than the initial scent of the perfume. However, I feel Rihanna has let me down again as guaranteed within 2-3 hours or so I can’t smell anything and really need a top up to feel I am getting any wear out of the perfume.
The 30ml bottle typically costs between £15 from my searching around, so I definitely recommend to shop around and be savvy, and of course me being this I got it for a decent price and with cashback! For this price, I am happy with my purchase, even though disappointed with the longevity of it, but I usually find none of the perfumes last all day anyway. It may be hard to find this again to buy which is a shame, but since it still smells nice and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg I will still give this a 4 out of 5
I love a good lipgloss as it does me the world of good to give me a pop of colour and get me feeling glam all round! Leaping into superdrug I spotted this lipgloss for only £4.99 so after testing a few of the colours I settled on 304 - eclipse and I am super happy with my purchase!
It comes in in a nice chunky tube which is black with a circular shape except the lid which is more flat surfaced edgy shape with a pointy edge. It then blends into the colour of the lipgloss which is inside.
The lid is attached to a really strong and nice decent spongey wand as an applicator. It is described as "The intense rich colour of a lipstick, enhanced by a satin smooth shine.The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London". It looks really nice and attractive, and not like a basic cheap lip gloss brand. Mine is a rich deep red, with a slight pinkish tinge to it called eclipse (304), but there are 13 colours in the range to choose from.
Applying the lip gloss is easy, when removing the wand out of the tube it has a mechanism around the rim (similar to mascara) of the tube to remove any excess gloss off the wand so only the amount what is needed on the lips can be applied. It produces a rich layer of gloss which I find glides on really easily and one coat on the bottom lip and then smacking my lips together is an ample amount to cover my lips effectively.
It doesn't feel sticky and one sweep across the lips is enough application without my lips feeling overloaded and I look like I've had an overhaul instantly!
The consistency of this lip gloss is really nice as it is not thick and sloppy but comes out nicely. I had my eye on this lipgloss for a while and from the first day I have used it, I have been majorly impressed. The most outstanding feature is the impressive lasting power. I apply this at around 7.40am for the start of my day to work and all until 4pm (once I've had both breakfast and lunch at my desk) it still has visibility. Albeit not as prominent as first thing in the morning.
I have had so many compliments that this is my new favourite lipgloss and I have been recommending it to everyone!
I really like this lipgloss and from superdrug it costs £4.99 which I think is a fab price. The colour looks great, and it lasts hours without need for re-application. It gets a big thumbs up from me and I give this gloss 5 out of 5 :)
I currently live in a private rented new build flat, and have done so for the past 4 years. It’s always been a bone of contention for me that I have yet to actually decorate the flat, and make it more homely and in the last year or so I have set to properly fixing it up – getting a new sofa, curtains, rug for the living room etc. Ages ago I purchased a clothes hook and a nice picture frame from Ikea but they have been in “storage” (aka my bedroom) for a good year or so, but being more focused I finally set about putting them up.
Since my landlord is a bit fussy about us drilling holes in the wall (he doesn’t quite know about us drilling holes to put up curtain rails!) I wanted an alternative, and my sister cleverly reminded me to use no more nails! So off I headed to B&Q a few weeks ago to pick up a tube and I haven’t looked back since.
It comes in a white tube with black and red font, which says the name of the brand and the product and information that it dries instantly (it says 0 seconds but then the website says in 10 seconds…I know a huge contradiction!). The style of it is easy to use, as it is a top down tube, and the adhesive comes out through a small hole as a white, rather thick liquid. It is for interior use and a 200ml tube costs me £3.48 in B&Q.
I initially used this to hang a picture frame of a flower in my hallway. Being quite footloose and carefree, I didn’t actually read the instructions, and I simple squeezed four blobs in each corner of the frame, used my carefully trained eye to ensure it was straight, and placed the frame against the wall. To my surprise, literally within a few seconds the frame was glued nicely to the wall and did not budge! I was amazed and surprised, as I expected it to be a fad product that wouldn’t really live up to the hype.
So, feeling rather excitable, next up was the Ikea clothes hook. It required some assembly which I cheekily commissioned the maintenance guy at work to do (in exchange for a cup of tea) so I didn’t stick this up until a week after the initial photo frame. Now here, I got too carried away, doing 6 huge blobs (4 in each corners of the wooden back, and then 2 at the top and bottom of the centre. Here the clothes hook would not stick at all. I was holding it for ages and ages, re-gluing, but each time I let go it would just fall off. Eventually, I waited an hour for it to dry, did 4 small blobs in the corner again, and patiently stood holding the clothes hook to the wall, and after 3 minutes, plucked the courage to let go, and hooray! It stuck! We were able to hang my daughter coats and jackets off it happily, and it has been there ever since.
Lastly, I bought a lovely “Love” inspired Canvas from Wilko which I was eager to hang in the front room. Again, very enthusiastic to be jazzing up my home, I squeezed on some of the no more nails, held it to the wall and FLOP. It fell off, I tried about 3 times with the same result when I eventually read the tube and it highlighted that it is for Wood, tiling, metal, stone, plastic, plaster and concrete. Poop, it doesn’t work on fabric, which the canvas was made out of, and overlapped to the back. So looks like I will be doing a small bit of nail work after all!
Despite the last hiccup, I have found this no more nails to be an absolute godsend. It is very efficient, durable and a really high quality sealant at an affordable price. I opted for the invisible version, because when it dries it turns transparent and the glue (where my amateur self has not done the job perfectly) sometimes leaks around the corners, but because it is clear, to the untrained eye and from a distance, you really cannot notice it at all. It is pretty much scentless – aside from a minor “gluey” smell and it is not sticky and doesn’t make a mess the odd times I have got some on my fingers.
On the whole, I think this is a brilliant product, and pretty much done the job I wanted it to. I highly recommend no more nails!
I am not a cereal person that much, being an adult now I have grown out of the coco pops and shreddies stage of my life (unlike my siblings who enjoy feasting on curiously cinnamon and the like!) but one cereal that has a really soft spot in my heart is Lucky Charms! I first really got into them when I went to New York in 2010 and bought a few tubs for breakfast (as they were much cheaper out there than they are here) and fell in love! Since then, I buy it on the odd occasion on this side of the Atlantic as a treat as it is pretty pricey!
Lucky Charms are cereal that are made by the brand General Mills. They are frosted oat cereal with marshmallows, which get their fun name from the cereal pieces being in shapes of “lucky charms” e.g. blue moons and horseshoes etc. They come in a variety of sized boxes, which are always red, with a fun looking leprechaun on the front, which varies what he is doing, but on my box he is head deep into his bowl of cereal, with a big grin and luclky charms shooting up the top! You can also buy them in individual sized cereal tubs which carry the same branding.
I purchased my 453g box from Tesco for £5 which is fairly reasonable, although at time of writing the same size box is available for £3.99 on amazon, with a minimum spend of £10 for free delivery.
In terms of the cereal itself, as soon as you open the box you are greeted with vibrant coloured, multishaped and sweet smelling oat cereal and you just want to tuck in. They are definitely more a childrens cereal, but luckily my daughter doesn’t like them so I can have a bowl all to myself!
Taste wise I love lucky charms. I am not sure what it is though, I can only have the cereal with warm milk. I find that heating it up, and adding the cereal, the pieces become nice and soft, and enjoyable to eat. The oat pieces are rather sweet in themselves, and combined with the soft marshmallow charms, they blend together nicely and create a tastey, warming, sweet cereal that I can eat all day! Surprisingly, they are not overly sweet and the brand has actually got the balance just right. I’m not a fan of sickly sweet things, and this doesn’t give me a toothache if I eat it all the time, but I do have it in moderation still.
I like that my bowl always looks colourful and it really manages to perk me up in the mornings. The cereal itself is very unpredictable, as I am always left with a colour of milk at the end but you never quite know what colour it will be! Today’s left over milk is green, and I always enjoy sipping at it with my spoon. I find it is a versatile dish, as I can have it sometimes as a late night snack and it satisfies a lot of my cravings. When in doubt what to eat, a bowl of lucky charms never goes amiss!
On the whole, this is a really fun cereal, its just a shame its so expensive. I rarely buy a box more than 3 or 4 times a year, and when I do I make it last. I currently have my box in my desk at work, and it has set up for the day this Monday morning! However, the sugar high may wear off soon, so I will probably need a red bull lol. I definitely recommend Lucky charms as a fun, tasty cereal which is enjoyable to eat, just not too often or we won’t have any teeth left!
I quite like adding to my makeup collection, and had seen my sister wearing a really nice lipstick when she advised me it was from the cheap and cheerful 2True collection in Superdrug. Not being one to miss out on a super duper bargain, I headed there and was all of a sudden allured by all the other goodies from the 2True brand range in Superdrug for only £1.99! Since my last mascara was ticking on a bit, and had got a bit old, I decided to “splash” out and buy a new one. Settling for this voluptulash mascara seemed quite affordable and it’s actually pretty decent!
It comes in a slim, circular black and metallic tube, which sadly is not already wrapped in plastic, but I fetched one from the back that was unopened. The mascara packaging is fairly basic, and is quite small and compact so fits neatly into my makeup purse. It is shade no.1 (black) but in all honesty I didn't see any other shades available in my particular branch of Superdrug.
The mascara brush itself is pretty basic and frills free – it has a swirly, quite thickly and densely populated brush which has lots of bristles. You can see some distinct space between the lines of bristles, but the mascara is a bit clompy which overshadows this. This isn’t usually the kind of mascara brush I’d opt for, but for the price I had gone for cheap as chips as we can see, so wasn’t too fussy.
The tube naturally has a filter around the rim of the mascara base, so when you pull the wand out it takes off much of the excess mascara making it quite easy to apply. In order to get an even coverage, I do find I have to comb the mascara brush through my eyelashes a fair few times to get the desired look I’d like. I also tend to stroke the mascara brush across my lashes first to actually apply the mascara solution, then comb it through which takes a while to achieve any real look of volume.
It doesn't irritate my eyes which is good, and I am yet to cry with it on, but with the hayfever season about, I have rubbed my eyes a fair bit with this mascara on and it hasn’t smudged so this is a good aspect about it.
On the whole, this mascara isn’t too bad. It only costs £1.99, and it pretty much gets the job done, which is to create the illusion I have thicker lashes than I actually do! It doesn’t really volumise, lenghthen the look or elongate my lashes to give a nice fluttery look I’d like to achieve (without the need for eyelash extensions) but surprisingly it does highlight my lashes no worse than my £10 mascara before has, so for that I still give it a good rating. Would recommend to someone looking for a simple, and high affordable mascara which does the standard job!
I love a good movie when I get the chance, so on the weekend I spent some quality time on my sofa snuggled watching White House Down. It was a film I had actually put off for a while, as I remembered I watched Olympus has fallen on a flight back from Barbados last year and, my opinion of it at the time was that it was AMAZING. I felt this was a while ago now though and I was ready to embrace the Tatum/Foxx version and I was I disappointed? Nope, not at all! *** Plot*** Channing Tatum (swoon!) plays John Cale, a capitol officer, acting as security for the Speaker of the House in the United States. However, he longs to work his way up and has high hopes of joining the Secret Service, only to be shut down that he ?has no respect for authority? and ?rarely finishes what he starts?. With a young teenage daughter who he feels distanced from, he has sweet talked someone on the White House to get tickets for him and his daughter to go in for a conference and they end up on a tour of the historic building. Jamie Foxx plays our President Sawyer and he is firm in wanting to withdraw US troops from the Middle East but he is facing resistance from other Cabinet members as well as large US businesses who of course make a fortune from selling arms to fund such a never ending war. We start to notice, things going awry in the White House with a group of men in to fix a so called ?Cinema room? and a Janitor pushing and abandoning a cart of cleaning products in the middle of the lobby of the White House. Before we know it, explosions galore, and everyone is running to safety. Aim is to get the President to the bunker, but are his ?Secret Service? as loyal as a President would hope? Will Tatum, our reckless but brave officer be able to rescue the President and his daughter before it''s too late? ***My Opinion*** In comparison to Olympus has fallen, I felt this film had a much different angle to it, and took quite a long time for the action to start and the film to really get going! The storyline was original, and although the general concept (White House under siege, and generally blown to pieces) is pretty much identical, I still strongly felt the film was wholly different so it was still refreshing to watch and did not feel regurgitated. I liked the Chemistry between Tatum and Foxx as they brought their roles to life completely, and even felt the comedic element which often came out was brilliant and had me in stitches! There are other notable stars like Maggie Gyllenhaal who actually plays a somewhat annoying member of the Secret Service, helping Tatum via a phone they have in the house. She feels really underplayed and I almost feel as if her entire character could have been scrapped and no-one would really notice the difference! Jason Clarke (I mainly remember him from The Great Gatsby) is brilliant as our bad guy, a former troop, disbanded by his country and wanting payback (oh and $400 million!) and having a personal Vendetta with Tatum from the outset. For an action movie of it''s kind, there wasn''t as much heavy action as I''d like, quite a lot of talking, chasing around the White House with gun fire, flitting between scenes relating to discussions with the Speaker and the Vice President etc etc. I was all on edge when some missiles and other serious artillery actually came into play and the film seem to develop somewhere! There was also a lot of back and forth with them getting the President, then he gets away, then he gets cornered out on the lawn and then they catch him again and so forth. At one point I''m sure I''d been on the sofa and noticed 2 hours had practically flown by and the film didn''t feel it was nearing an end! Overall though, I actually did really enjoy the film and I have recommended it to my sister, although I doubt I''ll be sitting down again to watch it any time soon. A bit of a contrast as with Olympus has fllen, I couldn''t wait to watch it all over again, and now even more so! I will say the film was gripping , and I was into it completely (once the White House actually did seem to be taken over), and it made me laugh so I''ll still give it 4 stars!
Watching a good film is not something I always get a lot of time to do, so with the rainy weather this bank holiday weekend, I had time to catch up on a really good movie!
Denzel Washing plays Alonzo Harris, head of the Narcotics squad in LA and Ethan Hawke is Jake Hoyt ? a rookie police officer who wants to move up and make detective. The film is set in one day, aptly named ?Training Day? as Hawke is to follow Washington for the first day to determine if he is up to the job and can handle being part of Washington''s elite team.
However, from the outset it is clear our guy is really going to have to prove himself as Alonzo is quite a complex character. He is arrogant, rude and from the beginning of the day he makes Jake either smoke a pipe of marijuana or he can say bye bye to his hopes of moving into his department. His quote being ?to catch a wolf, you have to be a wolf?. As the film progresses you can''t quite tell if Alonzo really is deep down a good cop just doing what it takes to catch the bad guy, or if he is corrupt and just as bad as the drug dealers on the streets himself.
I thought this film started off a bit slow, and as I had no real idea what it was about it took me a while to get into it. However, about 30mins in, it picked up pace and Washington''s acting, really brought this film to life.
He was excellent at playing with my emotions, one minute I thought he was the bad guy, then the good guy, then the bad guy again and round in a circle! He oozed confidence, believing himself to be above the law and everyone else and manipulating Jake every step of the way that we as the audience don''t even see it coming. He won an Oscar for best actor for this role and I can certainly see why as he showed his acting versatility.
I thought Hawke''s performance was equally as compelling, as a white guy trying to be tough in a predominantly black/latino neighborhood and exert his honesty all the way through his job. The two actors certainly had undoubtable chemistry.
The storyline was original, with many twists and was a new spin on the typical gang crime movies which showed a whole new dimension.
We have a few rapper cameos from Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg and the singer Macy Gray which I really thought brought a fresh perspective to the film so it could be more relatable to the younger generation.
On the whole I enjoyed this film! It''s edgy, gripping, entertaining and even has some small comedic parts. Washington is most certainly the outstanding feature for this film and it wouldn''t be half as brilliant without him! I''d definitely recommend it!
I love a good Disney film and the classics are completely my favourite. Having a 4 year old daughter it is only natural we will have lots of girly afternoons catching up on movies and this time around we snuggled on the sofa and watched Pocahontas!
***Film Only Review***
The film is an enchating tale of young love between two different cultures. Set in 1607, Pocahontas is the daughter of the Chief of Powhatan Tribe and is a mischievious, care free spirit. She has been dreaming of a spinning arrow and is confused of her path in life, often turning to her grandmothers spirit in the old willow tree for advice.
However, the tribe is in danger from some British settlers who want to build on the land and look for gold. Pocahontas is saved in a storm from one of the English men, John Smith. Over their time together, they learn each other''s cultures and fall in love, however the course of love never runs smooth. Although they form a bond, with their cultures so far apart, it could not be so simple, what does the future hold for them?!
I love a good Disney film, and this one surely doesn''t disappoint! Being based on a true story it allows me to teach my daughter about different cultures and a bit of history whilst being really girly and enjoyable. The animals in the film make it loveable and comedic whilst there is equally a balance with almost a poetic Romeo & Juliet type of love ? infatuated but torn apart from being born into different families. I certainly feel it is portrayed very subtly for young minds to understand and learn, but not take away from the awe and somewhat enchanting emotion that a Disney film can bring.
The film is easy to watch, and the time literally flies by as you realise you have been sat on the sofa well over an hour quite easily. From the musical songs to the somewhat serious underlying tone of the film it is really easy to get engrossed and it''s so enjoyable.
This film is an old Disney favourite of ours and certainly one I''d recommend to anyone who hasn''t seen it. The songs are catchy and memorable, although I do feel there are not as many as in other Disney films in retrospect.
On the whole we both rather enjoyed watching this film. I would thoroughly recommend watching it on an evening in with some popcorn on the sofa. Surprisingly I would actually buy it on DVD as it is a film I can never really tire of, now matter how old I get! Without a doubt, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I always like a good film, and this weekend I spotted Man on A Ledge was showing on channel 4. It is a movie I had wanted to watch for a while so I set my TV to record as I was out in the evening. Being a relaxing Sunday, I finally caught the chance to catch up with the film and I must say I really enjoyed it!
***Film Only Review***
Sam Worthington plays a man called Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop, currently in prison for stealing a precious diamond. Nick has always protested his innocence; however his opportunities to appeal have since been exhausted.
Upon hearing that his father has passed away, Nick attends the funeral on a day pass and during an altercation with his brother manages to escape. With a big manhunt set out for him, in order to proclaim his innocence he goes to a hotel and climbs out on the window ledge. However his motives seem somewhat shaky and you never quite know who to trust or what the next twist will be!
I remember when this film was in the cinema I had seen the trailers for it, and had always wanted to see it but never got round to it! I contemplated buying the DVD but often find I never watch DVD''s more than once so it really is just a waste of money. When I saw this on channel 4 I knew I had to watch it, and it really didn''t disappoint.
I quite liked Sam Worthington as the lead actor although I felt he was a bit on the chunky side for the role! He is a good looking chap, so with loads of close ups and screen time dedicated to him standing on a ledge it really didn''t go amiss! He put on a stellar performance as a man wanting to clear his name and willing to go to any length to do so, so I felt this film brought out the best in his acting credibility.
Jamie Bell plays Nicks brother Joey Cassidy. As a brit. I felt he did well at an American accent, with his sidekick girlfriend Mandy Gonzalez as almost a comedy duo. Their scenes together bring some light relief to a somewhat tense film when you never know what is going to happen to Nick across the way out on a window ledge. Another actor who I quite liked was Anthony Mackie as I had only seen him in Eminem''s film 8 Mile, so here as a ruthless cop he showed a complete different side to his acting abilities and I was thoroughly impressed.
In terms of storyline, about halfway through I felt the film fell a bit flat as I could completely see where it was going and it was really predictable. Such a shame as up to that point I was gripped, trying to piece scene after scene together and work out where the film was headed. The execution of it felt rushed and the end seemed somewhat clumsy and bog standard. There was of course the typical underlying romantic plot line running through between our man on the ledge and the woman hired to talk him down which I really felt was strongly unnecessary. .
On the whole I still rather enjoyed watching this film and didn''t feel it was a time in my life I had wasted watching this film. I would thoroughly recommend watching it on an evening in with some popcorn on the sofa. I wouldn''t necessarily buy it on DVD as I am actually quite reluctant to buy most films on DVD as usually after seeing them once I cannot watch it again without good reasoning (my same theory on not believing in going on the same holiday destination twice, might aswell experience something new right??) but I would still give it 4 out of 5 stars!
I am currently living a fun and frugal lifestyle trying to be a saver more than a spender! One of my most recent tips has been to try and buy everything supermarket value brand in a bid to cut costs on food shopping, and those items I find are just too awful, switching back to name brand. So far only one product has been a disappointment (Tesco wholegrain loops - daughter did NOT approve!) and so these beans have certainly been a winner!
A tin of Tesco Everyday Value beans only costs 24p for a 420g tin which in my eyes is an absolute bargain! Beans are so versatile for breakfast, lunch or dinner, be it with a jacket potato and cheese, some sausages and hashbrowns or simply on toast they are really filling and importantly, cheap and cheerful!
Tesco have now spruced up their packaging of the value range so it does not look as garish and cheap as before, with a simple white banner, and a picture of some beans. Personally I am no snob so I'm not too fussed about what the tin looks like anyway!
Opening the tin is a bit basic, theres no fancy 21st central pull ring function, so it's time for me to fetch my rusty tin opener and get to work. This can be a bit messy as at the top, there always seems to be for some reason an overflow of "bean juice" (not sure of the official term!) which can over spill so I try to hover the tin directly over the pan/bowl the beans will be going into as soon as most of the lid is open. Inside, there is quite a plethora of haricot beans (44%) which are very orangey in colour, and somewhat smaller than Heinz beans but still the tin is rather large so I always find there are far too many than me and my daughter could ever consume in one sitting! Generally, I find these beans can make 3 decent sized portions, so at 8p a portion between 2 people that's some serious savings!
Taste wise the beans can be bland, but I have always found tinned beans to be like this, so I always spruce them up by frying some onions, and adding in black pepper and all purpose seasoning for some flavour so these are great for this. The texture of the beans are soft and rich, as I'd expect baked beans to be and so in this respect, they are perfect.
On the whole I think these are great value for how filling and economical they are, so I have to give them 5 stars!
As I have mentioned in some previous reviews, my daughter's aunt (her dad's sister!) used to work in a Health food store and was obsessed with buying our daughter all kinds of health supplements and skin products. So, over the years of her life, she has been given quite a few which she always enjoys taking. I was never particularly fussed but once when I visited the GP with my daughter when she was ill, the nurse asked if my daughter took any additional supplements and I said yes. To my surprise I got a look of approval and was told that all young children should be taking vitamins and so I do always try to ensure my daughter has some vitamins as well as a healthy balanced diet.
What are they...?
These are basically a box of multivitamins which come in a variety of flavoured capsules (raspberry, lemon, apple and strawberry) as a dietary supplement for giving children 21 essential nutrients including Omega 3, zinc, iron, magnesium etc.
In the box there are 60 capsules and the capsules are designed to be chewed and this is easy to do so they are simple to eat. A box of 60 costs about £8.29 from Boots and I have seen them at their cheapest price for £5.25 on Chemist Direct. Children are to chew one a day with a meal.
So is it any good...?
In terms of taste, I tried one out of curiosity and personally I thought they tasted awful! A horrible after taste and do not taste fruity at all! However, my daughter doesn't seem to mind too much and will gladly chew one a day, although she much prefers the strawberry and raspberry ones, and will pout a bit if she's given a lemon flavoured tablet! I was worried about the sugar content of these types of supplements but the box states that they are low in sugar and contains a sweetener which is kind to teeth. Either way, I take this information with a pinch of salt and ensure teeth are well brushed afterwards just in case!
In terms of improving her lifestyle, to be honest it is really hard to say. Touch wood, my daughter doesn't get ill that often and even when she has been ill with things like Chicken pox she literally never had a fever or mega itching, just her normal, bouncing self. Even when I was ill recently and throwing up and had a fever she was super resilient and barely had a sniffle! I like to think that a good diet, a well-balanced intake of added nutrients contributes to her strong immune system and growth and so these capsules do fall into this remit.
Anything else you should know...?
It is always good to read the box before use, and of course do not exceed more than one a day. Food supplements are naturally an additional item and are not to replace a balanced lifestyle. They are not suitable for children aged under the age of 4.
The capsules also do not contain any artificial colours, preservatives, lactose, gluten, salt or yeast so are suitable for children with specific dietary requirements.
To sum up...?
Overall, these are decent for any parent looking for some good quality supplements to aid their child's diet and as they grow over the years. My daughter has had no adverse effects so we can only recommend them. It's a shame that I consider them to be quite expensive, (as are most things that are in the health and wellbeing shops!) but for anyone wanting decent capsules I'd still give these 4 stars.
I used to wear watches all the time a few years ago now, and if I left the house without one I would feel really odd and lost for the whole day! However, over time I guess I stopped being so obsessive and I didn't wear a watch for years, merely relying on my phone to tell me the time. The downside is that I can't set the time on my phone to be ahead and I often end up being late for things!
Recently though, I started getting back into watches, as I feel a really nice, sexy one can change the entire look of an outfit and just add a bit of accessory to something simplistic. I own a really stylish leopard looking watch from Asos and in the new year I decided to treat myself to something new, so when on the H Samuel website (as you do when the dangers of online shopping take you to all kinds of websites!) I spotted this watch for only £16.99 and was assured of another bargain!
It came packaged in a cute watch box and inside the box it was neatly secured around a cushty little silk black pillow looking very elegant indeed! I like this storage as it looks more expensive than it actually is and when I take it off at night I can pop it back into the box so I know I won't misplace it!
The watch itself is not as chunky as I would have imagined, with a very slim, streamlined black leather strap. I have quite skinny wrists and I wouldn't want this to look too oversized, but it looks quite girly (despite being black!) so I can pull it off well. It has a faux leather strap which looking at and feeling it you can tell most certainly that it is not real leather but I don't mind this too much as I knew what I was paying for.
The face of the watch is completely black, with a silver rim and a silver backing which secures the face of the watch to the strap. The watch is quite simplistic in that there are no numbers, simply the "I "HEART" PB" logo with you using your imagination to hazard a guess at the time lol. Of course I know how to use a watch/clock regardless of numbers or dots on the face, so it is still perfectly easy for me to tell the time, but I can see how for others it may prove more challenging. The lettering is blinged up a little bit for a nice glamorous effect, which surprisingly I actually quite like as I was hesitant thinking it may look a bit childish. Nevertheless it suits it quite well and it doesn't look over the top, or cheap and tacky.
It has a belt buckle type clasp with holes which makes it easily adjustable for people with a slightly chunkier wrist or smaller. This is made from stainless steel which I think means it won't rust as easy which is good not that I plan on washing the dishes with my watch on or anything! Wearing the watch it is comfortable although sometimes at work I have to take it off as typing a lot, I often bash my wrist against the edge of the table (although I know the correct way to type is with wrists off the table at a right degree angle, I just can't help it!) and this really annoys me.
Overall, I feel this is a good standard watch which looks attractive, slightly glam and isn't too expensive. I can't think of any faults, aside from people who don't like black will dislike it but nevertheless it gets 5 stars!
On my last Wilko trip some time ago, I picked up quite a few bargains (it's one of my favourite bargain stores) and in and amongst the home stuff I managed to also nab this Citrus hand sanitiser for only 50p for a handy handbag sized 50ml bottle. Perfect!
It comes in a clear plastic bottle, with a black flip top lid with a small hole through which it is possible to squeeze the gel out. The gel itself is a slightly orangey tinged colour, and a really simple hand cleaning gel. It has that usual medicinal/antiseptic smell which is quite strong but with a nice hint of lemon/orange which actually smells really refreshing and cleansing so my hands don't feel like I have just left a hospital ward.
The gel is easy to use, it is reasonable thick like a 'gel' but it is slightly runnier than expected and it doesn't feel greasy at all. A small blob about the size of a 5 pence piece is more than enough to spread over both my hands meaning this will last me a good length of time! Often I find with hand sanitisers they can linger too long and my hands feel clammy or sticky but with this it absorbs in quite well which I really like.
Although there is no way to to know 100% that this is effective, using this wilko citrus hand sanitiser gives me peace of mind that my hands are cleaner and I find it leaves my hands very gentle with no need for an additional hand cream afterwards. Normally I have an obsessive need to moisturise my hands immediately after washing, but this is one that doesn't stress me too much as I don't feel like it absorbs too much of the moisture out of my hands in use.
I have used this with my 4 year old before and she has had no reaction to it, so the formula is quite gentle and good for sticky little palms. It now resides firmly on my work desk though, as the amount of times I find myself feeling the need to cleanse my hands is unreal!
I would definitely recommend this hand gel as my hands genuinely feel refreshed and clean after use. It's cheap and cheerful, smells nice, works well on my hands and is a great transportable size - so still fits in my handbag and I know I will get lots of use from it. Gets 5 stars from me!
I bought my kindle a few months ago, and being quite frugal and keeping things cheap and cheerful I bought a simple cover for it on ebay. It was pink, plain and simple, no frills, no fuss and only cost £2.99 however, after some wear and tear the edges began to fray and it looked a bit beat up. I had read loads of good reviews of this Trendz E-reader case last year, so it was subtly added to my Christmas wislist, and luckily for me my wish came true!
The cases can come in a wide variety of styles, colours and patterns, and luckily my sister knows my taste quite well and chose me a pretty safe option - just a plain purple one as purple is my favourite colour. I can see on amazon currently this is selling for £10.96 with free delivery, so I think this is actually a pretty nifty bargain!
It's made of a leather like material, quite thick and cushiony yet robust ad it doesn't look cheap and tacky. There is a strap across to open and close it, a bit like a wallet, and when it opens there is a small pocket on the flap which I find handy for sometimes sticking little notes in to remind me of things I need to do! It looks good quality, is really soft and girly and I think it's miles superior to the cheap imitation covers you can buy out there.
The case itself is easy to use, I have a Kindle and it literally slips into the case like a glove and stays put, with the case holding the kindle in all the right places, so the button in the centre at the bottom, the USB charging port, and the buttons on the side to change page are easily accessible without being fiddly. One aspect which is superior to my cheap cover I had before is that it stays completely put, as before when I would go to insert the charger, the kindle would move around inside the case making it really impractical as it was almost too big!
The case is very streamlined and compact, as well as the kindle being sleek and lightweight itself, so the whole package is really handy at slipping in my bag and not being bulky so I can take it with me and read wherever I go. I would certainly recommend this cover as it is good quality, really protects my kindle, fitting it perfectly snugly and looks aesthetically pleasing, without breaking the bank. Of course it helps to get it as a gift so I didn't pay for it myself, but I think if I hadn't I would have paid for it eventually! I can't think of any faults so it gets 5 stars!