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I straighten my hair on a pretty frequent basis, almost every day in fact, so I eventually figured I had better buy some form of heat defence spray. The TreSemme one was one of the cheapest ones on the shelf for about £3.90 for a 200ml bottle so I decided to give it a go.
The spray is very easy to use, the lever can be pushed without too much force and a decent amount of fine spray comes out, you don't have to use excessive amounts to cover all the hair either. It also doesn't leak everywhere like I've found similar spray bottles to do!
The spray didn't make my hair go greasy looking, which was a good sign since quite a lot of hair products tend to do that, since it is such a fine spray it didn't seem to be 'weighing' down my hair - a definite plus point if like me you use a lot of products, dyes etc. as it is.
As for how well it protected my hair, I thought the protection was minimal. I did see some sort of improvement and it was kind of reassuring to think that at least I was *attempting* not to fry my hair, but I didn't notice a huge difference. Hair did look a bit less 'frazzled' than before but I still have problems with frizz and the ends looking dry. However, I do colour my hair (at home) and it generally isn't in great condition so this product may have a better effect on 'normal' hair since it is clearly aimed at prevention rather than cure!
For the price it is certainly worth a try anyway, especially if you use straightners or hairdryers a lot or have concerns about your hair becoming damaged. If your hair is already damaged it might be an idea to try a more expensive or even a salon product, that's what I'm thinking of trying next anyway.
I've never used Palmer's products before but I've heard good things about the brand and needed an SPF moisturiser for the Summer so I decided to give this one a go. The bottle is has quite a distinctive shape and labelling so it is easily identifiable on the shelf as palmers.
It cost about £3.75 for 250ml which I thought was average value, there are certainly cheaper options out there but whether they would be as good quality is very debatable!
I found the butter quite easy to dispense, it is thick and a sort of warm creamy yellow colour. It applies easily and seemed to absorb well into my skin without being too greasy. It does it's moisturising job well since it is has such a thick consistancy, it doesn't suffer from being too watery or greasy like a lot of body butters I have used in the past. On the other hand this means it doesn't go very far so to cover larger areas you have to use a fair amount of product. It did do a good job of moisturising my skin and after regular use I did notice a marked improvement in my skin.
The product also offers SPF15 protection and protects against UVA and UVB. I wouldn't recommend using it on very hot days instead of a suncream as SPF15 is nowhere near enough protection but for daily use throughout the spring/summer is protects your skin from any unexpected bouts of sunshine throughout the day!
The main reason I have given this product 3 stars is that I couldn't stand the smell! I really should have tested it in the shop but I was in a bit of a rush so, assuming I would like the smell (it's cocoa for goodness sake!) I bought it anyway. The smell is quite distinct, it's sweet with a hint of cocoa/chocolate underneath. I found it quite overpowering and the smell does linger once you have applied the moisturiser, however I found it sickly smelling and eventually stopped using the product because of it. However, if on the other hand, you happen to love the scent then it is long lasting so this could be seen as a good point - it just wasn't for me.
Having used a seriously ridiculous amount of deodrants over the years (I often feel like I've experimented with nearly every brand going) I decided to try 'Mitchum'. Not a brand I knew very much about and had never seen advertised but it seemed worth a go - the deodrant was about £2 for 200ml (this was reduced from £3) so I thought it a bit on the pricey side for a deodorant.
It is easy to use and the spray does not have to be pushed too hard to make the deodorant come out. I also liked that the bottle was not too tall and thin as I have ones like that and am always knocking them over.
While the type I bought was supposed to be unscented I did detect a slight 'fresh' scent which wasn't overpowering and did not cling to fabric like a lot of deodorants do. It didn't leave white marks, which was surprising as a lot of specialist 'no white marks' deodorants I have used have done - so I was impressed by this.
I would say it easily lasted the whole day and have found that it is of better quality than a lot of the deodorants I have used in the past. I'm quite likely to just switch to this as my favorite brand now - it seems very reliable and is worth paying the extra for.
I finished reading this book for the second time recently and enjoyed it as much as the first time. I don't generally read a lot of vampire fiction but this was recommended to me by a friend so I gave it a go - the novel tells the story of the 'life' of a vampire, Louis, over the span of several centuries. Louis' experiences are recounted in the form of an interview and are therefore told in the first person.
The main good point about this book is that it has a real atmosphere to it, I felt that the author managed very well to convey both the power and the horror of being a vampire. The book is very descriptive and seems to focus less on action scenes and more on considering the 'reality' of being one of these creatures. Louis, for example, begins the book refusing to feed on humans and struggling to come to terms with the nature of what he is. The constant naval-gazing is, however, balanced out by the character of the other vampire, Lestat, who revels in the power being a vampire has given him and provides much of the excitement early on in the book.
The book can be rather description-heavy but I found this helped to create an atmosphere for the events that were taking place. The author successfully paints a picture of these sophisticated characters living lives of luxury but committing horrific acts night after night, mostly without remorse. In that sense the book is fairly strong as a member of the 'horror' genre, especially given how the 'kills' are glamourised in several scenes and in particular the way the character Lestat turns from gentleman to monster in the blink of an eye.
The pace does pick up a bit more later on in the book as more things begin to happen however if it has a weakness it is that the book is a little long. I found it tough-going in places as it seemed to take a long time for things to start properly happening, though once it does the book is quite action packed as it heads towards a very unexpected finale.
I'm aware there are other books in this series but I haven't heard so much good things about them as I have with this one - if you like vampire fiction it's certainly worth a read, though don't expect blood-sucking action at every turn.
I picked this book up fairly cheaply second hand and must admit I wasn't expecting very much, having never heard of the author. However, this is easily one better books that I've read in the past few years.
The story tells of a family of first-generation immigrants from Pakistan and the central aspect of the plot surrounds the disapearance of the main character Shamas's brother, Jugnu and his live-in girlfriend Chandra. Chandra's two brothers have recently been arrested for the murder of the pair, believed to be a so-called 'honour killing' due to her living with a man she is not married to.
The book begins in the winter and continues through to the same time the following year and while the main focus is very much the killings the story is also very much about the family themselves and the various difficulties they have had in relocating to such a different country from their homeland. The mother, Kaukab, for example, frequently struggles to reconcile her traditional views with those of her three children and worries for their future in a place she sees as morally corrupt.
The main strength of the book is how the different threads of the stories of the all of the characters, both family members and people who live in the neighbourhood are woven together seamlessly. Character's paths cross and a seemingly chance encounter often proves to mean something later on in the novel, it is all pulled together very neatly. I liked how the story did not just focus on the events of the murders and that rather than present the trials of this one family in a vacuum showed the difficulties experienced by those all around them struggling with similar issues.
The language used in this book is really enjoyable to read, the author uses a lot of descriptive words and the changing of the seasons is described with great detail. Scenes between the characters are given a real atmosphere because of this and the overall 'feel' of the novel is one of beauty, in spite of the various gruesome and unpleasant things which are described within it.
I finished this book very quickly by my standards, not because it is short (if anything it is rather on the long side) but because I found it very engrossing. It is well paced and switches between characters enough to keep you interested but not so often that they lack depth. I was easily able to get through it and will certainly be reading it again.
I've always been a big fan of roleplaying games and this one was recommended to me by a friend as it's very much your traditional 'elves / dwarves / demons' fantasy game. I got it for £15 new on Amazon which is pretty cheap and it also comes with free downloadable content which opens up a new character and some extra quests.
The storyline is fairly basic to begin with - hordes of demon-like creatures called 'darkspawn' are planning to attack your country of Ferelden and, as a member of an elite group of warriors called 'The Grey Wardens', the responsibility for stopping the darkspawn blight and slaying their archdemon is yours.
While the storyline throughout the game is effectively the same you have a choice of 6 different 'origin' stories allowing you to try out a range of race and class backgrounds (eg. human noble, dwarf commoner etc.). The origin you choose will allow you to play through a unique origin storyline quest and then will subtley change how people react to you and the dialogue and quest options you may be offered.
As you journey across Ferelden you will also meet various other characters you can enlist to your party to help you in your quest - or in some cases you have the option to ignore them completely. There is quite a wide range of characters and most of them have surprisingly in-depth backgrounds which you learn more of as you spend more time interacting with them at the party camp. You are given a great many dialogue options for each character and what you say can either earn you their approval or disaproval which in turn opens up more dialogue options (approval can also be won by giving special gifts to your companions). Increased approval will sometimes result in you recieving gifts, being given an extra quest, your companion gaining additional skills or even the possibility of romance with a few of the characters. While I found some of them irritating some of the companions were really interesting and raising their approval was a fun side quest in addition to the fighting. There is also a lot of really humerous 'banter' between the characters as you travel around - I found myself switching members of my party often just to hear all the things they could say to each other!
Combat appears to mostly be real-time, however if you play on the harder difficulties you can pause and assign different tasks to each character. There is also the option for assigning specific tactics to each character to use in different situations (eg. if health is low) which can lead to quite a strategic game. This only really applies if played on the higher difficulties though as I played mostly on 'casual' or 'normal' and preffered to just run in and attack with very minimal strategy. I liked how the game did attempt to accomodate different playing styles however and you have a good amount of choice on what type of fighter you want to play as (eg. melee rogue, two handed weapon, archer, mage etc...) so the combat system should suit most people.
Overall I found the game to be very addictive. The storyline and relationships between the characters develop well and there is a wide range of areas to explore throughout the game's world. As you continue with the game you are often presented with difficult moral choices which can very much alter the outcome of a quest and what your companions will think of you. Unlike a lot of games there is about equal reward for playing an 'evil' character as opposed to a 'good' one. I found that as there were so very different options for how things could turn out that I played the game through twice and while essentially playing the same quests ended up with very different experiences.
For £15 I would say this is excellent value for money. I played through twice (and I know many people who have played through 3 times) and each playthrough took me around 35-40 hours, so you certainly get quite a lot of game for your money!
This was one of the first DKNY fragrances I purchased and while it was a tad more expensive than some of other brands I buy I purchased it due to the percieved better quality I would get from the brand - and wasn't disapointed.
One of the first things you may notice about this perfume is it's unusual container - it is a round sort of 'apple' shape and is certainly interesting to look at. It is a subtle pink colour on the bottom of the container and metallic at the top - it looks quite interesting sitting on a shelf anyway!
The container does take a bit of getting used to, the fragrance is dispensed out the top and I found this a little awkward the first few times but was quickly used to it.
The fragrance itself is a very light and summery. It smells mostly of floral scents such as rose petals and jasmine although there is also an undercurrent of fruity scents such as apricots which give it a bit of an edge. It's ideal for summer and for use during the day though I think you could also get away with using it at night because it's not overly sweet.
I found the fragrance would last most of the day, it does not last as long as some other ones probably due to it being quite a light fragrance so you may need to reapply it at some point. It is best to use sparingly each time though as using too much can result in scent of flowers to be quite overpowering.
The scent comes in a variety of sizes, I paid around £40 for the 50ml one although you can also get the 30ml one for around £25-30 depending on where you shop. It is a little expensive but the scent is good quality and certainly smells nicer and lasts longer than a lot of cheaper ones I have used.
I like to buy a lot of fragrances although I recieved this one as a birthday present and it's now one of my favourites. I can't say how much the one I recieved cost but I've seen the standard 50ml bottle for sale for around £25-30 depending on where you shop which seems an average sort of price compared to other fragrances.
The scent is very light and fresh, it is not like those sort of rich 'musky' smelling fragrances you can get. The smell is quite floral and sweet and very feminine, however there is a hint of an undertone of a stronger base so it is not overly sweet. I find it difficult to pinpoint exact scents in a perfume however I would say there is a hint of lavender in this.
I really like the bottle this perfume comes in, it is very nice to look at and is shaped with a nice broad base so you don't have to worry about it toppling over. I have some scents which are in big tall bottles and they are just irritating as you knock them over all the time.
I find the scent is reasonably long lasting - I get about 3-4 hours out of it for each application. Since it is quite a fresh scent it isn't overpowering and so I would say it is suitable to be worn during the day or on evenings out. Since it is mostly a fresh scent but with that slight undertone or something stronger/richer it seems to work well for any season as well.
It does smell rather similar to a lot of other perfumes out there which I suppose would make it a little generic but then that also means that it's a fragrance that would appeal to many.
I had previously only used the cheapest mascaras I could find (usually the 'Miss Sporty' range which sells them for about £3!) but had finally had enough of clumpy eyelashes and decided to try and a better brand. I went for Barry M as I currently use their eyeliners a lot and have found their products to mostly be good quality.
The eyeliner was £5.95 from Superdrug and I am yet to see it cheaper anywhere else, making it about twice the price of the eyeliners that I usually buy. However you do get a fairly decent sized tube for your money so it's reasonably good value.
The mascara is easy to apply and I immediately noticed it lengthened my eyelashes a lot more than other mascaras I have used - the effect was noticable even from a distance. Also the brush did not seem to carry too much of the mascara which prevented most clumps from appearing - something which was quite a problem with other brands. It seperated and defined the eyelashes well.
While it does seem to be waterproof it did have a tendency to smudge throughout the day so that by the end of the day there would be little bits of mascara around my eyes. It wasn't something that was noticable unless you were up close but it would have been better if the mascara had had more 'staying power'. Also, while it was a significant improvement on cheaper brands it did not create entirely 'clump-free' lashes.
The name of the mascara is a little misleading 'extreme black' suggests you are going to get a dramatic look and I found that in reality you get longer, seperated and darker eyelashes but certainly not something that is going to massively stand out. If that is what you are looking for perhaps try another brand, if not, this one is a good everyday mascara.
I was curious about epilation after reading a bit about it online - it seemed like a better alternative to shaving as results were supposed to last up to 4 weeks, so certainly less time consuming. Also, while some epilators could be quite expensive I managed to get this one for around £30 and figured that it would 'pay for itself' over time considering I would be spending less money on pricey razor blades.
The epilator has two speed setting so that those new to it can use the slower setting and it also uses massaging motions to help to reduce the pain of epilation. It also comes with an ice pack to use prior to the epilation in order to numb the area and make the process easier. Given the horror stories I had heard about the pain of epilation this was quite a factor in the choice to purchase this one!
The epilator runs on the mains and it is fairly noisy - in fact I found it quite intimidating when I plugged it in and it proceeded to make a massive racket as all the little tweezers started rotating - not encouraging! As for the 'pain factor' it was fairly painful on the legs, more like slight 'nips' rather than terrible pain but I found by just getting on with it I got both legs done without too much hassle... or so I thought. I noticed the epilator didn't remove the hairs very easily and so this resulted in me going over the same areas two or sometimes three times, then finding more bits than had been missed! As a result I found it very time consuming.
Afterwards my legs were sore and had red bumps for about a day - this is a normal side effect of epilation which does mean you have to plan ahead when you're going to do it if you don't want to go on a night out with red bumpy legs! I was disapointed however that the epilation did in no way create the 'silky smooth' effect of shaving, in fact my legs felt quite stubbly in places.
On the plus side the hair wasn't very visible and it was about a week before it began to become visible - so quite a bit earlier than the claimed four weeks! Given how long it took to do the first time and how the epilator seemed to struggle to pick up the smaller hairs this was extremely annoying as I had originally got the epilator in order to save time!
I have since used it a couple more times and while the hair does seem to take longer to grow back and appears less noticable it's still less than 2 weeks before it's visible and the process is still very time consuming. Plus I just don't like the fact that you don't get the 'smoothness' of shaving and have in fact switched back to using razors as in terms of time and effort it's easier for me just to do that than suffer through epilation once a week for mediocre results.
It's hard to say if I'd recommend it - if you like the idea of only having to remove hair about once a week then it would be suitable, provided you have a reasonable pain threshold. However don't go in expecting a quick process or smooth legs - it won't happen.
For a brief time I was somewhat hooked on Jodi Picoult's writing (I was staying with friends for quite a long time and they had a whole shelf full of her novels!) however after a while I began to find it very formulaic and this was the book which finally put me off her completely.
The novel has a strong and controversial plot line as all her novels do - in this case it revolves around a prisoner (Shay Bourne) on death row for the murder of a young girl and her police officer father. The twist concerns the fact that the mother of the murdered girl has another daughter who requires a heart transplant and Shay has offered to donate his heart to her after he is executed. Therefore the central question of the novel is - should the mother accept the heart transplant of a murderer in order to save her daughter?
The novel certainly has the potential to discuss a lot of complex issues in depth: the death penalty, the idea of redemption and forgiveness and the issues of organ donation, however I felt that none of these were really entered into with any great detail. The novel goes off on a bit of a tangent as Shay begins performing 'miracles' from his prison cell, raising the question of whether he can really be the 'evil' he is initially portrayed as. Personally I was put off by this as I wanted to read a serious and realistic novel and for 'magic' to then start happening halfway through was actually quite irritating and it moved the focus away from the complex moral issues of the death penalty.
However my main issue with the novel was that it seemed awfully familiar to something I had read before - The Green Mile, by Stephen King. In fact, as it progressed, the parallels were so uncanny that it began to seem like an outright copy. 'Twists' in the story matched that of the 'Green Mile' - right up to the end of the novel. I therefore felt the whole time like I knew exactly what was coming next - and it turned out I did.
It's therefore incredibly difficult to recommend this book to anyone (except perhaps somebody who really dislikes King and loves Picoult?) as in my opinion The Green Mile is *far* superior and better written. If you read this first, you'll be spoiling a far better book for yourself somewhere along the line (or an excellent film, if you preffer that sort of thing). The characterisation in King's novel is much stronger, I found it very difficult to care about Shay at all in this book, he was not at all relatable or sympathetic, too caught up in the 'miracle maker' role I suppose.
I generally just think that this sort of novel has been done so much better elsewhere - there are plenty of novels about the ethics of the death penalty which don't cross over into 'magical' territory for example. But really it is the 'copying' of another book that makes me rate this so low. Unless you really, really dislike Stephen King (and I'm sure plenty of people do!) if you haven't read the Green Mile - go read it. If you have read it - there's no need to bother reading this.
I got this book out the library after reading and really enjoying Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth' - so I suppose it would be fair to say I had some kind of (possibly unfair) expectations for this one - all of which it completely failed to live up to. I'll point out right away that I didn't manage to finish the book (I got about halfway through) so I freely admit that this review may not be totally accurate as the book may have improved later on (though frankly, the way it was going, I doubt it).
The novel follows the character of Alex-Li Tandem a 20-something, half Jewish-half Chinese autograph collector. Describing the plot is a bit of a difficulty as it takes a very long time to actually get going - eventually it appears there are two main plot points: Alex's obsession with the autograph of a fictional actress and his difficulty in coming to terms with his father's death. However, neither of these are dealt with in any great depth and the story very quickly becomes boring. Another difficulty I had with the plot was that there was a lot of references to Judaism, which I know virtually nothing about and one of which was explained at all in the book - for example, Alex keeps a list of 'things' (hair styles, foods, objects) that either exhibit 'Jewishness' or 'Goyishness'. I still don't really understand what that means and certainly not how it applies to everyday objects, making these parts of the book extremely dull for me to read.
Another problem is with the characters - I didn't feel either Alex or his friends were developed well and it was difficult to really care about Alex or what happened to him. You didn't get much of an insight into what they were like as people, it was more just mundane descriptions of what they were doing and brief snippets of conversation between them which frequently failed to be funny.
The writing style was also problematic, a lot of it just seemed to centre around Smith trying to be clever rather than actually creating a story or a plot. The best part of the book is actually the prologue which is written in a far more interesting style, that of the kind I'd have expected from Smith, but for some reason this disapears in the rest of the novel.
It's difficult to recommend this book because there are plenty of other novels out there which deal with the themes (relationships, culture clash, religion, loss of a parent) much better and it seems a waste of time to read this one. If you've never read any Zadie Smith before then try 'White Teeth' or 'On Beauty' - this is not a patch on either of them.
I picked up this book because I thought that the storyline and narrative sounded like they would be compelling - I'll admit that in the end I didn't even manage to finish it, which is unusual for me.
The novel is narrated by the main character, Susie, a 14 year old girl who is murdered in the opening scenes of the book and continues to observe her family and the police investigation into her own death from her place in the afterlife / heaven.
My main problem with this book is that it didn't make me feel any sympathy whatsoever for any of the characters - which you would think would come as standard in a book about the murder of a child. But the novel seemed to focus more on describing the afterlife than on the murder itself, in fact the horror of it, apart from the actual scene where it occurs, was mostly glossed over.
The characters felt very one dimensional and I didn't think even the main character of Susie, let alone her family members, had enough depth to really make you feel the tragedy of her murder. It would have been nice to have had more reflection on her life before she died, her hopes and dreams for the future and so on rather than this sort of vague sitting around in the afterlife watching over everyone.
I got about three quarters of the way through and decided it was a waste of time since I couldn't care less whether they caught her killer or what happened to her family or what happened to Susie herself.
I also felt that at times the author was 'manipulating' the reader in a way - suddenly giving you a scene involving the family which was meant to make you feel upset. Since it was not backed up by any development of the characters it felt out of place and such cynical tugging at the heart-strings ('you will feel sad - NOW!') I found really patronising and off-putting.
Personally I would have liked a novel where the characters were all well developed enough to have good and bad points, even the killer, so that you felt that you were actually reading about human beings and not cardboard cut outs of 'good' and 'bad' guys.
It really depends on the sort of books you're into I guess though because some people have really enjoyed this novel or even been moved by it. I'll note that I thought it was quite similar to the novels of Jodi Picoult, where a strong storyline is presented which *should* provoke some emotion in the reader - but consistantly failed to do so with me due to poor characterisation and general lack of depth (in my opinion). So I would hazard a guess that if you enjoy Picoult's novels - then you'll likely enjoy this, otherwise I find it difficult to see any reason to recommend it.
Mirror's Edge is a platform game set in a futuristic city which has an over-controlling government. You take control of Faith, a 'runner' who appears to be part of some kind of resistance movement delivering packages across the city via the roof-tops. One of the main things to note about this game is that is plays from the first person, which is highly unusual for a platformer, hence you see it through Faith's eyes as you run, climb fences and take leaps over huge drops.
Now I'll be honest, it's a tad difficult to fully review this game since I never made it past level 2 and so I can't comment much on the later levels. The first thing I'll say is that I found this game far too difficult and frustrating, which is why I gave up so early on after many repeated attempts.
The game started out very promisingly, I bought it based on the strength of a demo which allowed you to play through a tutorial level. The game is very interesting to look at - the scenes of rooftops and so on are very brightly lit and this whiteness is contrasted with stark reds on some objects which provide an indication on where to go next, which was very helpful. The use of all the bright colours is also a really refreshing change since most games tend towards 'realism' nowadays where 'realism' means everything is depicted in various shades of brown and grey...
The first person perspective adds a whole other interesting element to the game, as you jump off a building, swing on a pole and then make a flying leap for a ladder you can build up a lot of speed and the movements really seem to 'flow' which is quite exhilerating. Most people have told me that the best part of the game is not playing the main levels but completing the time trials where your goal is to find the fastest possible route over the roof tops. I can only verify this for the first two levels but once you know where you're going there's a real satisfaction to stringing together the correct combinations of moves so you complete the entire levels without stopping for breath.
However I found the game went downhill pretty fast. In later levels there is much less use of the red 'runner vision' so your flow is broken while you stop to figure out where you're supposed to be going next. The first person perspective, while innovative, can often mean it's very difficult to precisely land a jump which again doesn't make for a very exhilerating experience when you've just stopped to plummet to your death for the 10th time in a row.
There is also less of an emphasis on the 'running across the roof tops' in later stages and more running around underground in tunnels or in buildings. This spoils the sense of freedom created by the running about outside and I would have preffered the indoor sequences to be much more limited.
I also found there was too much 'combat' in later stages - occasionally the police or a helicopter appearing and shooting at you could be exciting as you have to put together the sequence of moves fast enough to get away. However, I found the amount of cops that would attack you to be excessive and I wasn't remotely interested in doing things like disarming the cops and using their guns against them (often the best way for survival) - I bought the game to run around, not to shoot things.
In conclusion I was very disapointed with this game as it was such an interesting concept but very poorly executed. Although it's worth noting that other people who *have* managed to get past the first few levels have enjoyed it so it really depends, I think, on how difficult you find it. Since I've seen this selling in game stores for around £5 now it's probably worth picking up if you find the concept appealing, you may enjoy it more than I did.
The chocolate orange bar is essentially the same as the traditional chocolate orange just in a cheaper and more convenient form. They typically sell for around 45-55p each which is fairly decent value for money as far as these things go.
As for the taste the chocolate is very creamy and smooth with a pleasantly sharp tang of orange. The orange flavour is distinctive without being over-powering and I find it's better than other imitation orange-chocolate bars which can sometimes taste very artificial. My only complaint with regards to the chocolate is the texture is rather waxy which isn't very nice - I prefer the texture of, for example, Dairy Milk chocolate.
Calorie-wise things aren't very good but then, this is a chocolate bar. Each bar has 210 calories and 12g of fat, which sounds like a lot (and it is) but is quite comparable to other similar bars such as dairy milk. It's not great but it's not too excessive and so I think it's fine as an occasional treat.