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I got this as a Christmas gift after my old wallet began to fall apart. I am quite picky with my wallets as I will be using it every day and it is relatively important to have a reliable wallet. The things I look for are numerous but below I discuss the key aspects that I need and how the Hugo Boss wallet fits my needs. Firstly, it's leather. To be honest, I see no real reason to judge wallets based on the material, each is as good as the other. Some argue that leather looks better whilst other may disagree. Personally, I have always gone with fabric wallets but this may have just been because they were cheaper. Nevertheless, I love the leather of this wallet for one simple reason - it smells great! I have a lot of cards and I have to carry many of them with me on a day to day basis and even more if I go away. This included the standard debit cards and ID but extends to shop membership cards and giftcards meaning that the amount I have will vary over time, most likely, the number will increase. Therefore I want a wallet that can accommodate a large number of cards. Luckily, this wallet has many card holders in it. In total, it has 9 standard holders and an additional see-through holder for ID. This is ideal as the holder does not necessarily have to hold a single card - even if merely doubling up the compartments, 18 (+1) cards can be held in the wallet. In my case, I have an entire compartment for Tesco cards - this includes 3 giftcards and a membership card. All of the cards fit in well however I do have a problem with it. I have found that when there are more than 2 cards in the holders, they have a tendency to begin to sip out. Never enough to actually fall but when I open my wallet sometimes the cards are making their move slowly to the top. It's not been a major issue yet but it is certainly something to look out for. I like to keep receipts of everywhere I go as it covers me if I am ever in the situation where I need to return an item or dispute a transaction. Therefore, I make use of the notes section of wallets to keep these records. In my old wallets, I could keep around a months worth of receipts in without trouble however this wallet seems to struggle with even a single day's worth. This is primarily because the wallet is not tall enough to hold a standard sized receipt. If I put one in there, much of the receipt will be sticking out of the wallet and therefore it gets screwed up after being brushed constantly by the inside of my pockets. I find myself still using this compartment but emptying it daily to avoid extensive damage to these documents. I carry a lot of change and thus a change compartment is essential! The Hugo Boss wallet features a change compartment along the back of the wallet which stretches the entire length of the note compartment. I do like the large size of this however has a few flaws in design. Firstly, if you are going to store enough change to utilise that space, your wallet will become massive and will be unusable as a wallet as it simply will not fit in your pocket. Secondly, the compartment spans across the entire width, including the bending point. Coins are not bendy and thus if you have any coins in the middle and try to bend, you will fail. You will then need to spend a minute of two rearranging the coins before slamming it shut before the coins can move back. Finally, it is difficult to get the change out. You cannot see into this compartment easily and must reply on begin able to feel the correct coin with a single finger when making your selection. Once chosen you will need to slide the coin out, avoiding the zipper on your way up otherwise you will lose your grip and it will fall down. The change compartment is without a doubt the biggest let down of the wallet. Wallets take some abuse in your pocket all day and it needs to be robust to withstand this torment. This wallet may not be up to scratch for this. As soon as I got it, I noticed that the edging around the ID compartment was a little loose and was caught by cards as they went in and out this see-through holder. Luckily, this is not too important as that compartment will not really be accessed from the side a great deal. Another issue again with the change compartment is that the zipper is not great at all. The majority of the time, the zipper does not alight the teeth correctly and you are left with a partially zipped up zip which required an unzipping of extra force to correct afterwards. One of the card holders themselves also surprised me a couple of days ago by falling apart completely. I placed a few cards in to find that they just fell down the back of the compartment. I had to remedy this with a bit of superglue which I do not expect to have to do with a wallet that is merely a month old. Unfortunately I cannot be certain on the pricing of this wallet as it was a gift to me but I can find it for around £40 on eBay. Due to the issues with design and build quality, I would not say that the price is justified.
I have fond memories of this particular milkshake. It would always be my treat when I was dragged along for a day of shopping with my Mom when I was little simply because I loved the taste and, as it turns out, it is fairly cheap too! These seem to be around £1 each at general price however often you can buy them as buy 1 get 1 free making them essentially 50p each. Even better, you occasionally can get them priced at 50p individually which is what I wait for until I ever get one these days as I do not have the desire to get through 2 in a few days. Being 50p when I buy them means that they do not break the bank yet I still get a fantastic little treat! What has always amazed me with these milkshakes is how they somehow fill me up so much. Despite just being a drink, by the time I have finished a bottle I feel as if I have eaten an entire meal. This is what has led me to buying one of these when out and about in town instead of getting some actual lunch - in a way, these milkshakes have the same or a better effect at filling me up at a much cheaper price than a meal would! I know it's probably not the healthiest decision but occasionally, it doesn't hurt! As you have probably already worked out, the milkshakes tastes like strawberries - nothing particularly original there. However, it has a very deep and strong flavour. There is no subtleness about the flavouring of this drink - a mouthful just tastes of strawberry, milk and sugar - my favourite! The milkshakes comes in a fairly sturdy plastic moulded bottle with twist-top lid with a seal to prevent tampering before purchase. The shakes last in the fridge for a decent amount of time before being opened - around 2 months I believe. However, once opened, they must be used within 2 days to avoid turning bad. But trust me, you won't be able to resist drinking this milkshake before the day is over!
I have only recently started going to the gym and therefore I thought that using a protein supplement would help the process go a little faster and be more effective. When doing research online about which protein would be best for me, I was overloaded with the variation and choice that was on offer on the protein market, therefore I ultimately went with MyProtein's impact whey as I had heard of the brand and it was cheap compared to alternatives. I was tempted by other low priced items but as I had never heard of the brand names, I did not know if they would be good. I was reassured by the MyProtein name in my purchase decision. The price of this particular product is usually around £15 from my supplier but I managed to get it for around £8 using a discount code I had. I got the unflavoured protein simply because the flavoured ones cost around £3 extra and I am a cheapskate. I am not a fussy eater or drinker so even if it tasted horrible, it wouldn't really bother me anyway. A bottle of this will be gone soon enough anyway. Despite my attitude towards this, I was pleasantly surprised. I know that many people cannot stand the taste of unflavoured protein but I actually enjoyed it. To me, as I drink only water in my average day, it actually had more flavour than the drinks I am accustomed to, therefore the taste is actually a treat for me. It is a subtle taste but it is there nonetheless. I only mix my protein with water on my way out of the gym but it can also be mixed with milk which would significantly alter the taste I would think but I am yet to try this myself. Another advantage of mixing with milk would be the increased overall protein content of the drink. Another important factor to consider with protein is how easily it mixes. Nobody wants there to be hard lumps of unmixed protein within their drink. Luckily, this is not something you have to worry about with this protein. 99% of the time, it all mixes in well with little real effort needed. Occasionally there will be a slight gritty texture but this may have more to do with me using too little water or not shaking enough than the protein itself. Even when it is like this, I still don't mind it. The only downside to this protein is the packaging. l though at first I had high hopes for it due to its robust silver plastic bag with a resealable top, now that I am mostly through my packet, the seal appears to be failing. I like to push all air out of the packet and then tightly seal the bag but when I go to it the next day the bag has re-inflated with air and therefore it is allowing moisture into the mixture lowering the quality of the product. Also, when the packet was new, I had to scrape protein out of the seal itself using a credit card before it was possible for me to even seal it which wasn't ideal. I have since bought some special protein tub containers to keep my remaining protein in so should not have the issues with the packaging again however. I will determinately continue to buy this protein in the future if the price is still low, however I would still be open to trying others and seeing how they compare.
I help the running of a B&B and recently we thought it would be beneficial to get some business cards so that we can advertise more effectively and give both potential and past customers our contact details for if they ever needed it. My first thought was to use VistaPrint as it appears to be the dominant company for printing business cards, however I have used it before and hated how they spammed my inbox with newsletters and irrelevant offers. I thought I may have better luck with another business, and along came EasyPrint. I was a bit cautious when choosing a new printing business because of my past experiences however was tempted by EasyPrint primarily because I found that they offered 250 free business card prints to new customers (Valid as of January 2014, by the time you read this such an offer may have expired) including delivery. I therefore didn't really have much to lose even if I didn't like the service and product. My first impressions of the website were very good indeed, I was very impressed by how professional it looked and how user friendly the interface was especially as the company was unheard of. I simply clicked on a button on the homepage of the website and it took me to an interactive WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for designing my cards. Now I am not good at designing at all, I seriously have no artistic talent therefore instead of attempting to create my own design, I decided to search through the many templates that the website provides for free. The templates are organised into different categories based on their purpose. For some reason, the templates took a very long time to load (In the magnitude of a few minutes) - the first time I attempted to create my cards, I gave up at this point because I thought the website was broken, however I tried a second time and waited longer for them to eventually appear. Once they loaded it was as simple as clicking a template and then begin able to personalise it with my own company names, contact details and other descriptive text. The templates could be customised as much as desired from then on also, objects can be added and removed, they can be moved, rotated and altered in many other ways, it is fully flexible. If making a design from scratch, the editor provides many tools for full customisation from text, shapes and the ability to import images from file on your computer. I do find that the shapes tool is quite restrictive though - for example, even though there is a circle shape, this can only be scales in a 1:1 ratio (i.e. always keeping it as a circle) I wanted an oval shape on my design but this simply wasn't possible using the website exclusively. This is somewhat saved by the unlimited flexibility of being able to import images from file. I could go as far as fully designing the card (Including as many ovals as I desire) using an image editing program and simply importing the image to have it printed. However this is obviously far beyond the average user. Onwards from the design phase, ordering was as simple as any other online purchase, I input my details and the cards arrived 3 days later by post. Now, onto the cards themselves. Simply put, I was very impressed once again! The cards came packaged very well in a suitably sized package which prevented any damage during transit. Therefore, they reached me in perfect condition. The print quality of the cards was extremely good, the colouring was great and all printing was crisp - this is especially important for the text which can be difficult to read if using low quality printers such as those in the home considering the text is generally smaller on business cards that you may encounter in other documents. The design was printed an reasonably thick card which I suspect will last a long time after being transported, handed out, put into and out of wallets and so on. They should maintain their high quality glossy finish for much time to come.
I have been doing karate for many years and this originally had a sports bag which I bought from my club to carry about all of my equipment, however this was very cheaply made, had only s single pocket and after two or three year was starting to noticeably wear. This is when I came across this bag in a supermarket on offer. At the time it was only about £15 but I believe its usual price was £20 to £30, so I got it t great value! In this bag, every week, I now carry two first aid kits, protective sparring equipment, practice weapons, spare clothes, towels, deodorants, drinks, small books and more. All of these things fit comfortably in the large main compartment of this bag when my old bag was starting to struggle with its smaller capacity. Even though this compartment could fit all of these things comfortably with room even to spare, it also features two rather spacious side pockets. These side pockets are very helpful in organisation of the bag, for instance, I like to keep all of my drinks and deodorants in one side pocket and the first aid kits in the other both for easy access. These first aid kits are rather large and I would never have expected to be able to fit them both in a side pocket but the generous size of the pockets in this bag accommodate them perfectly! The bag, as you can see from the photo, comes in a mix of red, white and blue so if you are feeling patriotic this bag has an extra advantage there too. I am unsure whether or not this bag comes in other colours as the only style I saw in-store was this. I would have expected to see them on-shelf if they were available so it you do not like these colours you may be out of luck there, sorry. The material of the bag is very strong, I have been using the bag for about 5 years now and see no signs of ageing other than the odd scuff. I have not really treated the bag well either, it gets thrown in and out of the car and dragged across the floor twice a week but has taken this treatment well. It seems to handle rain well as even in torrential downpours, even though I obviously haven't put it outside during these, during my sprints from the house to the car it has not let any noticeable water through - this is most likely due to the material the bag is made from. The material feels like what coats are generally made from for much of the bag (Nylon?), this has the effect of both repelling water but also it does not attract dirt very well which means it doesn't require constant cleaning. For the times it does require cleaning, maybe twice a year. It has only really been fro the smell in my case due to having sweaty equipment in it for about 264 days a year. I usually hand wash the bag in the sink but I do not see a reason why it wouldn't be machine washable either. When washing I have not seen any colours run or any fading of the design in any way. I like how easy the bag is to carry too. It has both a dual-carry handle and adjustable shoulder strap. I generally just use the shoulder strap as it is perfectly set to my height and with a throw over my head the bag can be carried without any hands needed at all. I can really see no reason why, if you do a sport which requires you to carry around additional items, you would not get this bag due to the wide variety of advantages it offers with no disadvantages in my mind. Even if you do not do a sport, having a spacious bag around the house like this can come in extremely handy too - off the top of my head, I could imagine those with babies may benefit from this if they, for example, went on a long journey and wanted to keep all of babies things together.
I am very bacteria concious and like to wash my hands whenever I come into something teaming with them. However, this is not always practical or even possible at all. This is the scenario that this product is absolutely perfect. It is a liquid gel which when applied to dry hands will spread out like water killing bacteria and sanitising your hands. Seconds after applying, the liquid will evaporate off or sink into your skin and you will not even notice that it was even there. It comes in a small plastic bottle with flick-top lid. Being so small, it is very easy to store it in a bag, in the car or even in your pocket. As you only require a small amount each time, despite only being a small bottle., the contents will last you quite a long time too. I prefer to use this antibacterial gel over all other brands if I can get at at a reasonable price (usually around £2 but sometimes on offer too which is when I tend to buy it over others). This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, the time it takes for this gel to evaporate or sink in seems to be far faster than many other brands which can take up to a minute. Even when dry, some cheaper brands can leave a sticky residue on your hands which is not the most pleasant experience and your hands often feel dirtier after use because of it. I love how this gel applies evenly without foaming up at all - some of these same other brands I have mentioned tend to foam up a little bit because of the rubbing action and your hands look like you have been washing them with soap but haven't rinsed. The gel isn't perfect however, it has a very strong alcohol rub smell which is instantly recognisable. Just applying the gel quickly onto your hands can leave an entire room smelling of it strongly. At £2 normally, this gel can be double or even triple the price of these cheaper brands which I have been mentioning - this begs the question, "Are you willing to pay this extra price for the advantages?". The most annoying aspect of all antibacterial hand gels is the effect it has if you have a cut, anybody who has ever used alcohol sanitising gels/liquid with even the smallest of cuts will know the instant pain you get from it - although not a health concern in the slightest (The pain is actually caused by alcohol making heat receptors which lie just under the skin to become ultra sensitive, as the skin usually covers these receptors, using the gel doesn't create pain but if the skin is broken, the alcohol comes into contact with them and causes this change), it hurts so much!
I love Lynx shower gels and even have an entire box dedicated partly to them http://i.imgur.com/evGcDMZ.jpg This shower gel strengthens my obsession with them! Lynx shower gels cost around £2 each for a 250ml bottle, a bottle will generally last me about a month so this means that my yearly spend on shower gels will be around £24 - I would say that this is an average price for shower gels, not as cheap as it could be but not breaking the bank either. The bottle designs are always changing but also quite innovative. The Lynx bottle design featured int he picture accompanying this review is their old-style bottle (Well, when I say old-style I mean last year's style). They now come in a bottle like this: http://goo.gl/LQ7sX The new bottle design is a little thicker than the old one but narrower with the same height. You get no extra gel with this change but I find it far easier to hold, especially when the bottle and your hands are soaking wet. The old bottle had finger grooves which even I, with what I would say are quite large hands, could not fit all of my fingers into. The flick-cap has also been replaced with a push lever which reveals a release spout. Although these changes do make it a little easier to sue the shower gel, especially holding and opening it with one hand, it is still no real reason to buy this gel over another brand. The important thing really is the gel itself... The Lynx Fever shower gel is a deep orange colour it also has a silvery glitter effect through it although once applied both the colour and glitter effect both disappear to form a white foam as most shower gels do. The gel is not the best to apply in my opinion, I often find myself losing the majority of the gel onto the shower floor as it slips around, especially on wet hands far too easy and can slide of my body before it has been lathered. However, if you do take care to not lose it, once lathered the gel is very good, it forms a large amount of foam to cover all of your body and seems to clean well. I have used it to get off both oil and mud and it handles it very well. Although at the moment the shower gel seems very average, this all changes when it gets to the fragrance. Of all of the shower gels, this has to be my favourite for its scent. As you would expect, it smells very similar to the Fever deodorant but in the shower gel it is a much bolder smell which makes it work far better. The bottle described the fragrance as "Brazilian Hot Mud & Red Dragonfruit Extract", to be honest, this would put me off buying it in the shops, I would not really want to be putting anything on me which is described as "Mud" when having a shower - to "de-fancify" the description, I think it smells mainly of Orange with hints of other fruits. The smell is very deep and fruity and last all day - many of the other scents in the range I have found to wear off pretty quickly to almost instantly but this one is different and you will certainly not be disappointed with how long-lasting it is!
I have always considered TomTom Sat Navs as more expensive and luxury products, this particular Sat Nav is no exception. At around £150 this is not a Sat Nav for somebody who will only use it occasionally but you do get a lot of nice additional features over the cheaper brands by paying this. I bought this online so was pleased when it came well packaged inside of its square cardboard box. The box had cardboard inserts to hold everything (The Sat Nav, the charger, the instructions etc...) in place firmly and prevent damage in transit. I only mention this as, when it is not in the car, I have found it very useful to store the Sat Nav in this box with all of this packaging as it helps to keep everything together. I is not the best idea to keep Sat Navs in the car. My first impressions of the Sat Nav were regarding its size and shape. I was pleasantly surprised with how slim it actually was, at around 2cm thick, it is very sleek and easy to handle. Being slim does not affect the screen size however, at 4.3" this large screen makes using it whilst driving very easy, being widescreen means that more can be on the screen at once without making the interface look cluttered too. When driving, being able to see more surrounding roads because of this large screen can come in very handy, especially around cities. The Sat Nav feels very well made, it feels a little weighty but this isn't necessarily a bad thing - the extra weight makes it feel solid and of high quality. The plastic outer casing is strong and resistant to scratching anyway but if kept in either the box which I mentioned earlier or the case which comes with the Sat Nav, you shouldn't have that trouble ever anyway. This Sat Nav also seems to like magnets. Attaching the Sat Nav to the windscreen clamp is done magnetically which makes it very easy to attach it after entering destinations. The charging cable also has a magnetic clasp (Much like the Apple 's MagSafe power cables) to make attaching the power cable easier - however to be honest I have never really had trouble doing this magnet-less. The interface is very similar to many other TomTom Sat Navs. Everything is laid out very well and it takes just a minute or two get have everything input from the moment it is switched on. I found the menus easy to navigate and the suggestions for destinations good. It will automatically fetch the most popular destinations as well as recent destinations in the general area when you search as well as further results - making input very easy. The TomTom also features a voice recognition feature for inputting destinations however I found this very temperamental, it often misheard my voice and it ended up being faster to manually enter destinations so I stopped using it. The screen is bright, it refreshes frequently and has a good resolution; all of these features makes using it whilst driving very easy and you will rarely have any issues following the directions it gives especially if you enable the voice directions which are loud and clear. My main concern about the driving interface is on motorways; when on a motorway it will merely show an almost static image of the lanes and upcoming junction, this is very useful in knowing where you should be before you turn off or before the motorway ends, however it often doesn't recognise if you have gone onto the slip road and this screen will remain on. I have been in many situations where there is a junction on the slip road a short time after I have entered it but do not have a clue where to go as the Sat Nav is still displaying the lanes for the motorway.
*** Lynx Excite Fragrance *** This fragrance I find quite strange, it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the Lynx range and is very original. Although I do kind of like it for this reason, it still isn't one of my favorite fragrances. This spray has an extremely diverse range of smells, many of which I would originally not put together. It combines the smells of a musty and wood-like scent with a subtle floral aroma as well as a hint of vanilla - the longer you spend smelling the fragrance, the more you will be able to pick out. You will certainly have enough to to do this as I was very impressed with how long this fragrance in particular lasted once applied. Even after spraying first thing in the morning, it can still be smelt on me and my clothes before going to bed. The smell is obviously a bit more subtle after this time but it can still be noticed well. The smell seems to stray from the usual Lynx range of fragrances and it seems to have a more mature and sophisticated association. As this is still relatively new to the market, maybe this is a sign of Lynx moving towards fragrances for this age bracket instead of their current teenage to late 20s main demographic? *** Lynx Deodorant in General *** I have grew up using Lynx deodorant, every morning I will go into my wardrobe and at random pick up one of the 10 or 11 different fragrances I have in my "Lynx Box" - yes, I actually have an entire box dedicated to lynx products (deodorants, antiperspirants, shower gels and even shampoos), - and spray myself for a couple of seconds to instantly make myself attractive to the opposite sex (At least this is what the adverts claim - I have a feeling this may be a bit of an exaggeration though, no girls have crawled out of an overturned bus for me... yet). For those of you who may be interested to see this "Lynx Box", I have taken a photo just for you: http://i.imgur.com/evGcDMZ.jpg?1 The packaging of the deodorants seems to change pretty much yearly. The deodorant comes in a pretty standard metal cylindrical container as many deodorants do, from the cheap no-brand deodorants to the more expensive ones, therefore there is nothing really remarkable here which would make you want to purchase this over another. However, the main difference between this packaging and others is the twist top mechanism on top of the metal container. As the description suggests, this mechanism means that in order to reveal the button to initiate the aerosol dispersion, the user must twist the lid to reveal it. When untwisted, the button is completely level with the top of the lid and is also jammed meaning that there is no change of accidental dispersion in, for example, a bag. With traditional containers, such as you will generally now see on the un-branded deodorants, I always found myself opening up my karate bag to a very pleasant smell - this is definitely not what I expect to find and although this sounds good, it meant that my deodorant can was now empty without me wanting it to be.
I was bought this at Christmas as part of a Lynx gift set. I emptied the rest of the products into my Lynx Box (http://i.imgur.com/evGcDMZ.jpg) and used the shampoo that night as I was very intrigued as to whether it was actually any good considering the amount of advertising I had seen for the range everywhere for the month or two prior. My first impressions were regarding the bottle. They definitely spend quite a while designing this bottle. It is made of a thick, hard plastic which is tube shaped with two ridges either side of the bottle which I can only assume is to aid in grip or maybe to aid in stability of the bottle. Although this so far is pretty boring, the cap features a very well designed push button mechanism to open the cap automatically - this is helpful in the shower as you can then open the bottle with a single hand unlike with a flick-top where two are generally needed - definitely not a necessity but still a nice added feature; or so I thought. One day, when I came to get my shampoo for my shower, I found that the lid was open and some of the shampoo drizzled over the side - this meant either I had been the victim of the most pathetic practical joke ever or the push button opening mechanism had betrayed me. It seemed that I I had moved around other items in the place the shampoo was stored, i pushed something against the button without realising. I didn't lose too much of the shampoo inside but it really did highlight the fact that for travel, in the packaging that the shampoo is currently in, it is not satisfactory and should be avoided - in a suitcase, not only is the risk of the same thing happening increased but the negative effects could be catastrophic for a trip. The shampoo is sadly pretty standard though. it doesn't appear any better nor does it appear to be any worse than any other mid-priced anti-dandruff shampoo on supermarket shelves. The shampoo itself is a light blue and quite thick (It looks and feels almost identical to Head & Shoulders shampoo, if any of you know this product). It foams on hair an average amount, not the best foaming I have ever experienced but it still worked fine. It didn't seem to have much of a fragrance at all and therefore my hair afterwards just smelt clean as clean hair should i.e. it shampoo added no noticeable fragrance to it. Afterwards my hair did feel fairly soft, possibly one of the better results from shampoos I have tried so this is an advantage although it is only marginal in comparison. As the shampoo is really what you are purchasing, I felt that it only deserves 3 stars for its averageness. Lynx seems to have spent all of their money for this product on advertising and packaging instead of the thing the consumers actually care about.
I have been gelling my hair for about 7 or 8 years now about 2 or 3 times a week. I therefore get through a lot of hair gel and have also been able to test out many different brands and products. Out of all of the brands tried, the Shockwaves hair gel brand has been the best of all of them - it is far superior to other named brands such as Garnier and non-branded products such as ASDA (Which I have also reviewed) are not even comparable to it. It should be noted though that this is the range of products which I am referring to and this particular item is NOT my favourite - my favourite is the Shockwaves "Tough Stuff" gel which is actually not available to review yet but a review will be up by me as soon as it is. This product is however my second favourite in the range and hence my second favourite gel on the market which I have tried. I buy this particular gel only when my favourite gel isn't available on the shelves as I see it as the best replacement. Although as they are both prices at around £2 per bottle and regularly come on offer at the same time too, I might as well go for the other as I prefer it more. The gel comes in a flexible plastic tube which has been flattened at one end, giving it a door wedge shape. The cap is a standard flick cap. Therefore, the packaging is extremely standard and honestly pretty unremarkable. It does have styling tips on the back of it which seem to change every 6 months or so however these are not the more useful anyway. Packaging of hair gel isn't really something which I would base my purchasing decision on but I do prefer flick tops with hair gel as otherwise, as with screw tops, you tend to get hair gel all over the bottle due to handling it with gelled-up hands. The gel itself is a thick blue gel - but do not be alarmed, once applied to the hair, it instantly goes clear and you cannot tell that you are using blue hair gel at all. Although I am now intrigued what it would look like if it did actually maintain its blue colour. The gel applies over the hair very well - it doesn't clump in certain areas but also isn't too greasy which makes it awkward to style due to slipping around during application, the consistency is perfect for the task. The gel instantly hold my hair in place with very little "Fall back" even when first applied and still wet. The natural drying time indoors is awkward to say as it does it in stages. It will be touch dry in just a couple of minutes and it will hold shape without contact from this point perfectly. However, for the rest of it to dry and make the hair rock-solid, it can take up to 20-25 minutes, however whenever it reaches this point, it will not budge at all, even if you touch it and try to reshape it, it will spring back to place. If you are able to time it perfectly so that you are just before the "Rock solid" phase, you can restyle the hair slightly (Essentially fine tuning your style) without any "Fall back" whatsoever, however you put your hair at this time will stick perfectly. The gel washes out very well, from both your hair and your hands. To get it off your hands after styling, simply wash your hands under any house tap with or without soap and your hands will be clear in seconds. Although the gel is tough enough to resist quite significant rainfall, it cannot withstand a bathroom shower and will be out even without using shampoo in a matter of seconds once again even though it was rock dry before starting. The reason I do not use this gel regularly and instead go for the "Tough Stuff" gel is that the alternative offers two features which are perfect for me but not necessarily relevant for others and hence this gel may actually be a better choice. I do karate, at karate I sweat... a lot. The "Tough Stuff" gel is both heat and sweat resistant and therefore even when training in a 30 degrees Celsius room with beads of sweat running down my face, the gel will not run with it - this is a horrible result of many gels, the feeling of hair gel in your eye is something you really do not want to experience, trust me! Hope I helped ;)
Lynx Deodorant in General: I have grew up using Lynx deodorant, every morning I will go into my wardrobe and at random pick up one of the 10 or 11 different fragrances I have in my "Lynx Box" - yes, I actually have an entire box dedicated to lynx products (deodorants, antiperspirants, shower gels and even shampoos), - and spray myself for a couple of seconds to instantly make myself attractive to the opposite sex (At least this is what the adverts claim - I have a feeling this may be a bit of an exaggeration though, no girls have crawled out of an overturned bus for me... yet). For those of you who may be interested to see this "Lynx Box", I have taken a photo just for you: http://i.imgur.com/evGcDMZ.jpg?1 The packaging of the deodorants seems to change pretty much yearly. The deodorant comes in a pretty standard metal cylindrical container as many deodorants do, from the cheap no-brand deodorants to the more expensive ones, therefore there is nothing really remarkable here which would make you want to purchase this over another. However, the main difference between this packaging and others is the twist top mechanism on top of the metal container. As the description suggests, this mechanism means that in order to reveal the button to initiate the aerosol dispersion, the user must twist the lid to reveal it. When untwisted, the button is completely level with the top of the lid and is also jammed meaning that there is no change of accidental dispersion in, for example, a bag. With traditional containers, such as you will generally now see on the un-branded deodorants, I always found myself opening up my karate bag to a very pleasant smell - this is definitely not what I expect to find and although this sounds good, it meant that my deodorant can was now empty without me wanting it to be. Lynx Fever Fragrance: From what I remember, this fragrance came out in about 2007/2008 and instantly became my favorite. If I am doing a deodorant shop and this is on the shelves, I always get at least one of these no matter what else is available. I just love it! It is a fruity fragrance, much more so than any other Lynx deodorant. The bottle says it is a Brazilian orange scent but to me it seems like a mix of many tropical fruits. It is a very lively choice and also quite a strong and bold scent, you and other people can definitely tell that you have it on no matter how much you use - not really a fragrance if you just want a subtle top-up. The generally lasts all day, if I put it on in the morning, I can still smell it on me at night although it is obviously much more subtle than before. This is a nice change from some other Lynx deodorants which I feel can be a bit short lived e.g. Lynx Click.
I gel my hair a couple of times per week and although gel doesn't cost me a fortune, over the course of a year I can get through a fair amount of it and the price of it can mount up. For this reason, I thought I may as well give a value brand a go as this is far cheaper than my usual Shockwaves gel. To give a sense of the difference, my usual gel can cost about £2-£2.50 whereas this Asda tub costs just 30p for the same amount (200ml)! The gel comes in a standard plastic container with a screw top lid which is also plastic. Nothing remarkable here but it really doesn't have to be. I prefer the tubes over the tubs as I find it easier to get the correct amount of gel with a tube whereas in a tub I tend to scoop out too much at once. It is also far easier to get the gel our of a tube than a tub, especially when it si nearly empty. You also do not have the problem of getting gel all over the container when re-screwing the lid when you are using a tube usually as they tend to have flick-tops instead. One of the best ways to describe the consistency of the gel is that it is almost identical to that of jelly. An even better comparison is Swarfega, to look and feel the Asda hair gel, you would think that it is the heavy-duty hand cleaner instead (But blue instead of green). As you can imagine, this isn't the best texture for applying to your hair and this can make it very difficult to actually get a good covering. I find you either get too much (soaking that part of your hair) or too little (making it useless). Then again, no matter how much you put on, it appears to be useless - I have quite thick hair so I do not know whether it is too heavy for the gel to handle and therefore thinner hair may fair better but even so, this is a little inexcusable considering it IS hair gel after all. If I try to spike my hair at all, it will simply fall back down the same way it would if I tried to style my hair with a carton of milk instead! Even though this product is extremely cheap, this saving in price is redundant unless the product can actually be used for the purpose it was bought for. Special thanks to miwa for pointing out an inexcusable spelling mistake in this review, thanks ;)
I gel my hair a few times a week using standard styling gel but I thought I would change from my usual gel for a "Wet-look" one to see if I prefer it or not. Before my standard gel dries and therefore it has a wet look, I really liked it so if I could keep that wet-look shine all of the time I would be really happy. As my usual gel is Shockwaves also, I thought the best substitute would be this. It comes in a flexible plastic pointed tube container with a standard flip-top lid. This really isn't anything remarkable however the back of the bottle generally has "Styling tips" to help you style your hair with the gel. They seem to change the tip on the bottle every 6 months or so. The gel is quite creamy and isn't lumpy like you get from some fo the cheaper gels which I really like, it makes it far easier to apply and rub into the hair. It prevents you from having parts of your hear with too much gel in and others with too little or none at all which can be very frustrating. When applying, it is very similar to my standard Shockwaves gel, there is little way of telling a difference between them at this stage which I was pleasantly surprised by. It does go a bit downhill from here though. After you apply the gel and style your hair in the perfect way, it seems to just give up completely. If you spiked your hair, it will eventually fall down and just flatten back to its previous position. It claims to have "Strong hold" on the bottle but it doesn't seem to have any hold at all. The gel never seems to dry so that "wet-look" claim should actually just have the "look" removed. I was expecting this gel to dry as my usual gel does but still maintain a shine but it doesn't at all. The only use this gel can really be would be to people who want to add a wet look to long hair as this would already be hanging down, any attempt at cheating gravity with this gel will be wasted.
Sun cream, I feel is quite expensive and although paying high prices can be seen as justified given the risks of not using it, especially in hot climates. However, when it is costing £10 every couple of weeks during the summer months and as a student that is a significant amount of your budget, this can become a problem. Whenever I have money issues such as this, I turn to Tesco for their famously low prices and was pleased to see that they sold their own sun cream. They had a range of 200ml bottles ranging from, from what I remember, 20 SPF to 50 SPF protection. As there was a direct link between the SPF and the price of the bottle, I went mid-way and got the 35 SPF bottle which cost around £4 instead of the £6 which the 50 SPF bottle cost. The bottle is a standard flick-top bottle and releases the cream by squeezing the bottle. I wasn't expecting any of the fancy sprays for such a low priced product so this was perfectly fine for me. The only issue was that the flick-top was a little too easy to undo and I would be very weary of taking this with me in a suitcase as I am sure that it would open up in transit, causing all sorts of trouble. The cream spreads over the skin fairly easily and soon becomes clear from white. However, the biggest issue is that it is incredibly greasy and doesn't soak into the skin very well - it feels like you are just coving your body in oil in the end because of how slippery it can get if too much is applied. I suffer from acne and using this cream on my face is what I think caused a couple of my flair ups last summer due to its greasiness. I have found that if you use this cream sparingly, it isn't too bad and shouldn't be too much of an issue, however this means that you are obviously reducing its effectiveness. For this reason, I would only really recommend this sun cream for UK use where the sun is less intense and therefore you should be okay to only use smaller amounts of the cream - this does mean that the higher SPF versions of this cream are a little redundant and only really suitable if you are prepared to be greasy. The cream seems to work very well, whenever I used it, admittedly only in the UK during the summer months, even though I used it sparingly I never burned at all on the places that I used it and never had any irritation from the sun or cream.