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I've managed to get more than halfway through life without ever sampling the delights of Pizza Hut. How, you might ask... well, I don't like tomatoes so pizza has always been off the menu. Tonight though, as my son was ordering a take away he asked if I fancied anything, adding that "they do garlic bread, chicken strips and chips you know". Being the person that cooks every night I thought to myself 'Why not?' I sat down, feet up and looked forward to a plate full of effort free tasty food. The delivery chap arrived in good time and the selection of goodies immediately distributed to the hungry souls. What a pile of rubbish... the out-right cheek of Pizza Hut to emblazon their boxes with 'Oven Hot to Your Door', a new-born baby's bathwater would be hotter than the insipid selection of processed junk offered up. The chips, limp and bland, certainly not 'as described'. The chicken strips had clearly been exposed to some heat at some point, evidenced by the slight browning to one side, but clearly the heat hadn't been applied recently. The crispy coating had the texture of three day old popcorn, you know, when it squeaks against your teeth! Finally we must mention the garlic bread... completely devoid of the merest hint of garlic. The bacon topping was present but added little flavour. I may as well have been nibbling the corner of the (misinformation bearing) box. Thinking about it, I should give Pizza Hut some credit because one promise was kept... they delivered it all. If they hadn't I suppose they would have breached our 'contract', instead they chose to breach the trades description act... something much more difficult to counter. Never again.
Another fragrance on my list Gucci Pour Homme II 100ml Eau De Toilette.
Another company that has gone from fashion design into male and female fragrances. This fragrance has been around since 2007 and created by Karine Dubeuil.
What I noticed straight away was the weight of the bottle compared to others. Not something I would like to drop on my foot I can tell you . The bottle is a clear rectangular shape, which I like as I always like to know how much I have left in perfume/aftershave bottles. The top is the same shape and a gold colour and also has a wood effect look. The bottle we have is 100ml but there are smaller bottles on the market.
Out of all my sons aftershaves this is the one I would actually wear. Its lighter than the first Gucci pour homme and like others I can smell cinnamon. With this one the black tea stands out more than anything with a sweet vanilla underlying tone, this is a fresh clean woody fragrance.
Another long lasting fragrance for during the day and also evenings out.
You can also get the deodorant spray to go with this product, although a bit pricey at £20. The aftershave to buy for 90ml is approximately £49.99.
I have been looking through my sons stash of aftershave and believe me he has quiet a few. So I thought i would do a review for a couple of them. The first one that stands out to me is the Spicebomb by Viktor and Rolf eau de toilette 90ml.
A bit about Viktor and Rolf they are originally fashion designers in the 90's and met while studing fashion design in the Netherlands. They turned their talents to making perfumes in 1996 with great success also.
The bottle is in the shape of a hand grenade and 2 sections of the bottle are clear glass. There is a plastic effect round the middle and the top of the bottle. When I say plastic just to clarify its not tacky in any way. Around the nozzle there is a little tag with the initials V&R on it.
The fragrance is really heavy and straight away I can smell the cinnamon spices. Now this is classed as a woody spicy fragrance middle notes of Cinnamon, Pimento, Saffron and base notes of Leather, Tobacco, and Vetiver. This is definitely a heavy masculine fragrance. This is a long lasting smell and for the price it should be. This range was launched in 2012 and proving very popular. I love the female version Flowerbomb.
The price for this item at the moment at Boots is £61.50 so not a cheap present for anyone.
A great buy for me although pricey it lasts a long time therefore not using as much.
If you have a special occasion coming up for a male in the family this is a must.
I bought this item as I am very prone for insect bites when abroad. From the first day onwards I always seem to have bites mainly on my legs and ankles. I was willing to try something different and saw this advertised on Amazon so I thought I would give it a try.
I expected it to be the size of a normal roll- on bits its a lot smaller, more like travel size. Also as its not a liquid you can keep in your hand luggage while travelling.
I don't think I have ever moistened my armpits before putting a deodorant on before. But after the previous years painful bites was willing to give it a go.
This is a bit more of the product description
Contains for the first time ever, rare Java citronella, making this a highly effective body odour mask. About Significantly reduce your attractiveness to all insects. Non-sticky with a fresh, citrus fragrance. incognito citronella deodorant is the first alum crystal to be infused with an essential oil. Like all our products, it is made from all natural ingredients and smells great. Use in conjunction with incognito anti-mosquito spray for an unprecedented level of natural protection from biting and stinging insects. Directions: For best results, apply directly after bathing. Alternatively, moisten top of the top of the stick and apply generously to damp skin. Ingredients: Natural mineral salts (alum) water, citronella. 100% natural No aluminium salts Fresh citrus fragrance Non sticky Safe for all the family. Moisten before use Tested on humans not animals
I didn't feel the need to use with other products as this on its own was successful for me. I have already got one for my next holiday in Corfu in the Summer.
The price well at £4.76 on Amazon, yes it would be pricey just for a deodorant. but this is so much more.
If you are like myself and prone to being bit by the midges try it, you wont be disappointed.
We first got a taste of Limoncello when on Holiday in Corfu. The local shop had a selection of different sizes at a very good price. We sat in the evenings on balcony watching the sun go down with a couple of glasses of this lemon drink.
Once home in the UK I was in the local Sainsburys and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that they stocked this product. I had to buy it straight away and knew we would be trying it that evening.
Apparently this is how the drink is made.
Sun-ripened lemons from the Mediterranean are cold pressed then the oils and aromas are extracted by steeping them in alcohol, after which the spirit is tempered for some added sweetness. Limoncello is not as sugary as some and adds a nice amount of sweet, natural lemon flavor to cocktails. I have seen a few recipes that have used it in sorbets and cheesecake. I might have a go i think in the summer on those long hot days this would be so refreshing.
Anyway back to the liqueur, It has quiet a high alcohol % and is at 27% and this bottle size is 500ml. It does have a rich, lemony texture and is perfect to keep chilled. I drink mine with just ice, but sure you can add mixers to it.
The cost of the bottle is £12.50 and available from most Sainsburys.
Like a lot of Soap and Glory lovers I was lucky enough to get the Beauty Bag this Christmas. I have never used the Sugar Crush body wash before so was looking forward to it.
The product is a great bathroom size of 500ml and is the colour of bright pink. Has a pump action nozzle so very easy to use. I find the pump action best for myself as I don't overuse the gel then.
A couple of squirts is all you will need in the bath/shower and you are ready for your day. Lathers up very quickly and is a very creamy texture. I was trying to think of what the smell reminds me off and its keylime pie scrummy. A very fresh, invigorating body wash with a lovely sweet biscuit smell as well as tangy lime. I always find this shower gel wakes me up first thing in the morning, and the fragrance remains on my skin for most of the morning.
If you buy a lot of shower gels, body washes etc I would really recommend this.
Price is £6.50 in boots and they are always have 3 for 2 promotions on these items.
Another good addition in my purse is my Nectar card.
You can pick up a card in your local Sainsburys, Homebase or Bp station. You will need to register online before you start using it. Once you have registered you can either collect points from your weekly shop or online at certain stores. You can also use at a couple of department stores now at Debenhams , Bodyshop and Currys. If you go to your ebay account you can also link your nectar card to that account and get extra points for buying items.
Another advantage to this card is I can use the points straight away. So they can be taken off my food shop. Even if you go to the express checkout the option to use your card for payment is there.
The points work out at 2 per £1.00 spent. Therefore if I spend £100 on a shop I would get 200 points. They constantly have offers on today I popped into there for a couple of items and got 320 points voucher on a £80 spend. This is then added on to your card with your points for your shopping as well. They have promotions on certain items ie buy Flora and get 80 points. I am saving my points up to pay for my Christmas shop in December.
Another good way of getting points is buy going to http://www.nectaradpoints.com/nectar/ad here just buy watching short videos you will get extra points. You can earn up to 250 points every week which will be added on to your card.
You can also redeem the points at Argos, Homebase and many other high street stores.
Every couple of months you recieve a statement through the post telling you how many points you have and how to redeem them.
I think if I am going in to the store to spend my hard earned money, I might as well be getting something back, however small.
My husband and I have stayed at the Corfu Holiday Palace at Kanoni twice now. We're going back again later in 2014 so I suppose that speaks volumes about it... well for us it does. It's important to know what sort of holidaymaker I am so that this review has context. I'm a fairly simple soul, I work in an typically uninspiring office in a northern English City and enjoy simple holidays in sunnier climes. The things that are important to me when I'm on a summer holiday include a nice environment with a decent pool, food and some peace and quiet.
Kanoni sits on the southern end of a small peninsula to the south of Corfu Town. It's adjacent to the airport but rather than this being detrimental to the experience it somehow adds something. The pool terrace looks out across the sea. To the right is Mouse Island, to the left in the far distance is the Greek mainland. Flights into the airport occur in groups a couple of times a day so there isn't a constant intrusion into the peace and because the terrace looks out onto the approach to the landing strip, flights are something of a spectacle simply because it's all so close. Trust me, I'm no plane spotter, it's not a negative.
On to the hotel. The Corfu Holiday Palace if a former Hilton which goes some way to explain why it occupies this stunning site, on a cliff top, in such well-established grounds. There's an ageing grandeur about the place... think Sean Connery as James Bond walking into a marble clad foyer at the height of the glamorous sixties. The hotel has lost a little of its lustre perhaps but it's solid, bold and mature. The hotel is an uncomplicated building in most respects and certainly not a sprawling complex like many newer developments. It's a multi-floored curved block with rooms on two aspects, sea view which look out over the pool, woodland and obviously the sea and lake view which look out over the hotel's front gardens, the town of Kanoni and the salt-water lake with the single airport runway at its eastern shore. There's a couple more room categories you'll spot in the brochures, one of which I'd recommend avoiding if you like a view from your balcony. The 'garden view' rooms are too small and as they're on the first floor the only view you'll get is the front garden and its selection of shrubs and palms.
The rooms, in my experience are comfortable, clean and have all the usual facilities and a well-appointed bathroom (there's free WiFi too throughout the hotel supplied by multiple access points). The furniture is 'mature' but perfectly adequate. It could never be described as contemporary, it was once, but not now. There's definitely a faint sense of time travel going on... sort of makes you want to carry a cigarette in an overly long holder and order a Cinzano from the bar. As far as I'm concerned, as long as the bed is clean and comfy and there's a decent view from the balcony, so I can relax into the wee small hours with a local lemoncello watching the stars and world drift by, I'm sorted.
We've stayed half-board on both occasions. I'm not a 'foodie' (in fact I'm the opposite) and if I've had a decent breakfast I'm content to wait for evening dinner for my next food-fix. The lunchtime 'gap' can be satisfied by a poolside snack from the adjacent bar, a wander to the grocery store just outside the hotel gates, a meander to one of the cliff top cafés that overlook the lake, Mouse Island and the airport or, my preference, which is to take the steps up from the poolside, through the trees to a small café-bar with the best views from the peninsula. It was a Starbucks the first time around but last year it was just a local small business and as such much better.
The hotel food is served buffet style at both breakfast and dinner (I assume it's the same at lunch should you prefer full-board). Breakfast provides for the diverse tastes of the multitude of nationalities staying at the hotel. Fruits, meats, breads and of course eggs, bacon and sausages! There's coffee and fruit juices on tap. I like it, it's informal and the staff are friendly and attentive but certainly not intrusive.
Dinner brings a similarly wide range of foods to choose from. Pasta, rice, meat, fish, veg and salads. Plenty and varied. If you're the type of traveller who's looking for something plus chips every evening this isn't going to be to your taste!
After dinner there's often some gentile entertainment in the bar area. It seems to me to be of decent quality but it's not something that I'm predisposed to hang around for.
The pool area isn't enormous but certainly adequate, well maintained and continuously attended. There's a decent size salt water pool which has a deep end and an even deeper end. There's a shallower part to the pool at one side but it's not what I'd call child friendly. The pool terrace is on the cliff top with a private beach below. The beach can be accessed either by a winding pathway or more simply by lift. The beach is small but as the tidal range is negligible it's always there! The sea immediately in front of the beach is partially sheltered on three sides by rock walls, forming a sort of sea pool. It's a lovely place to bob around with no danger of being disturbed by some of the small fishing vessels that skirt the coastline.
There are a couple of bars and restaurants along the road outside the hotel grounds but not much else. Anyone looking for some thumping nightlife would have to venture into Corfu town a fifteen minute fifteen Euro taxi ride away. During the day there's a regular bus service that serves the town from right outside the hotel.
The hotel's proximity to the airport also means that there's not time wasted in transfers, leaving you to maximise the time you're away.
I must say the people of Corfu are extremely warm and welcoming. They appreciate the pleasant and polite visitors to their lovely island and a great many speak English among other languages.
In summary, if you want a peaceful break with lovely weather, great views and warm seas then the Corfu Holiday Palace is a great choice. It's not the height of luxury but it's certainly friendly and comfortable.
While browsing over the Christmas shopping period my local Body Shop i noticed a couple of offers were on the shower gels. The 750ml pump dispenser Strawberry shower gel was on offer for £4.20 that shopping evening so I bought that one and the Mandarin shower gel.
For the size of the bottle I thought the price was very good so I would give it a try I wasn't disappointed. The bottle has a pump dispenser which is very handy as you only manage to get a certain amount of gel at a time. I have before now wasted so much not realising the consistany of the liquid and how much I need to use. The gel lathers up really well and if you are using a bath lily, you won't use much at all.
The smell is very fruity and reminds me as a child, if you can remember strawberry jubblies, very sweet and quiet a strong fragrance. When I say strong I don't actually mean overpowering. I notice I can have a shower in the morning and by 11 I can still smell the strawberries.
I must admit now I look forward after a hard day at work to a nice refreshing bath in the evening. The smell of strawberries reminds me that summer is not too far away.
I am going to stock up on this next time its on offer as a real family favourite.
Looking at the bottle it does state -
This product contains Community Fair Trade honey from Ethopia. Through our trade African beekeepers can continue to practice traditional beekeeping, using hives handcrafted from local sourced materials. This method promotes healthy bees and deters logging.
Every little helps towards a healthy planet.
I have been a customer of Boots for many years now and still think the Boots clubcard is one of the best points cards on the market.
The points are very simple to collection and normally 4 for every £1 that you spend in store. When they have Christmas Events usually over November and December for every £50 you spend you receive and extra 1200 points, which equates to £12 on your card. This is added straight away to your card, unlike tesco where you have to wait a couple of days for the points be added. You also have to wait with Tesco to spend your points which can be up to 3 months.
When you also go in store make sure you check the Boots ATM machine. It looks like a large pink ATM machine but gives out extra points vouchers rather than cash. Its worth checking every time as the offers change and vary from 25% discount on items to 250 extra points when you spend £20 today.
What I also like about the points system is unlike many others you can pay for items with the points. So say I have 2000 points on my card and the soap and glory scrub is £9.50 if i ask at the checkout to pay with points. They will deduct 950 from my total of 2000.
If you look at the products instore, all those items with star sign on the self edge tickets can be bought with the Boots points. Which is most items in the store.
I save mine up during the year and then when the big Christmas sales start in January 50% and 75% i usually get some fantastic bargains.
Very easy to start, you can pick up the leaflet instore and send off.
You can also log in online and use your points to buy items online at www.boots.com
If you haven't already got one, what you waiting for.
I can across Dizolve recently while on facebook. I have never seen this item before and was intriqued to what the product was. I entered a competition and every entry got 8 yes 8 packs of the detergent and couldn't wait to try them when they arrived.
I got the nob-bio washing sheets so they are in a lilac packet. A small square package with the word Dizolve in large blue letters on the packet. Now the packaging aims to use 80% packaging than other washing products, which I can imagine it does. I was surprised at how small and light the item was. If you think about 8 bottles of washing liquid under the sink it takes up alot of room and they are heavy and bulky. This takes hardly any room at all very easy to store. They are very easy to open just cut along the dotted line with sizzors and you are ready to go.
Dizolve claims to have revolutionized washing by bring to use washing sheets instead of liquid/tablets. You just put one sheet in with your washing. If you are only doing a small wash just tear the sheet in half. No mess, or if you are like me liquid spilled over worktops etc. It's mess-free, stress-free, eco-friendly, small and takes up hardly any space in the drum and cupboard. Now once the washing has started the sheets dizolve and work their magic to clean your clothes. Now I have been using the non-bio sheets they are lilac and smell very fresh with a hint of lavender in there as well.
I thought as well what a great idea for going on holiday. I know alot of us take all the small washing liquids to do a hand wash while away. Even better if the hotel has washing machine, these would be ideal. Would really fit neatly into a suitcase and not have to bother about any spillages.
Not all supermarkets stock this item at the moment i know Waitrose and Sainsburys do.
The cost for a small packet of 12 is £2.99 and the larger 24 packet is £5.49.
I hope you will give this item a try if you come across it, as it says on the pack powerful and simple washing.
Being a woman in my 40's I have tried many sanitary products over the years. With most items I am not brand loyal but with my Tampax I am.
Now Tampax is a brand from the wonderful people at Proctor and Gamble . During the war they actually produced large amounts of wound dressing for the military.
Its a square box which has bright green and blue squares on it, with the words Tampax in large white fonts. Now you have to find out first which size is best for yourself, which does depend on your flow. Now the sizes available are Lites, Regular, Super and Super Plus. Now on the bottom of the box in the right hand size you will see the size. So please make sure you get the right ones.
Here is a absorbencie chart
Tampax Compak is available in the following absorbencies:
LITES < 6 g.
REGULAR 6 - 9 g.
SUPER 9 - 12 g.
SUPER PLUS 12 - 15 g.
I have got the lites one before now and it wasn't a good experience.
Now inside the packet there is a sheet containing all the information you need to know. This is really worth reading if this is your first time at using the product, or you are worried about something. It also tells you about Toxic Shock Syndrome which is was originally linked to the use of tampons. Each tampon is individually wrapped and with it being the compact size, about the size of your thumb. Unwrap the packaging and you will have a sturdy blue applicator with the string at the top. Place into position make sure it doesnt make you feel comfortable and gently push the applicator to release the tampon. Now once used, you are not supposed to flush down the toilet which I admit i have done before now.
The compact range hasn't been going for that long but they are now the only ones I will use. What I like about this product as it fit neatly in my hand and is very discreet. I don't want to take my big bulky bag to the toilet with me everytime I go.
Can be found in most supermarkets.
As I have already a review for Liz Earle Boost Tonic I thought I would also do one for the Cleanse and Polish as you actually use them together.
This item was one of Liz's first creations as she had eczema prone skin and couldn't seem to find the right products for her skin. This item is still going strong 20 years later and an award winning product. Apparently 1 bottle of Cleanse and Polish is sold every 23 seconds.
You just have to look on-line at the all blogs/reviews it gets, people really do love it.
This light green bottle with the Liz Earle logo on the front. The top has a pump action top, one pump is more than enough to use at a time. The size I have is 100ml but it is available in other sizes as well.
Once you have the thick cream on your hand you can really smell the cocoa butter, apparently this is used for soothing your skin. Also in the product the rosemary and eucalyptus is used for purifying tired skin. This can be used on dry, oily and combination skin.
How to use.
Cleanse daily morning and night using this two-step process:
Step 1: Massage one or two pumps onto dry skin over face and neck twice a day.
Step 2: Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently wiping off the cream. Rinse and repeat.
Splash face with cool clean water and follow with Instant Boost Skin Tonic and your choice of moisturising products.
What I really notice about this product is how my skin feels. It feels fresh and alive and not dried out like other products can make it feel. It also keeps my skin hydrated during the day, before with other products in the afternoons my skin started looking a bit dull and tired.
This item can be purchases from the Liz Earle site, John Lewis's store and other online websites.
The cost is approx £14.99 and worth every penny.
As has I had written about the Tresemme shampoo, I thought I might as wel do the conditioner that I use with the shampoo. The one I have been using is the Tresemme Colour Revitalise Conditioner.
Again this is a large 900ml bottle, the shampoos seem to be black and the conditioners are white. Now there is a few different conditioners so this one has the brand name across the top. At the side in red Colour Revitalise and then in a red block colour fade protection.
I noticed the shampoo is a clear liquid whereas this item is a creamy milky colour and quite thick. I was trying to think of what it actually smells like and it was a hair salon. The moment when you walk into the reception area and can smell all the freshly washed hair.
How to use it
First shampoo hair with Colour Revitalise Fade Protection Shampoo to protect your colour from fading while washing - they would say this but not necessarily true.
Apply conditioner all over hair to shield your hue (or apply only from mid-shaft down to ends if you have oily hair).
Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair and distribute the conditioner all the way to the ends.
Leave conditioner on hair for 1-3 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Enjoy your gorgeous, vibrant colour for up to 40 washes*!
What I liked about this item was after using my hair felt luxurious, really soft and silky. I don't wash my hair every day about 2/3 times a week. I had hi - light in my hair before Christmas so need to get mine redone sometime this month. I felt this product kept the colour alot longer than other products
The Tresemme range was originally just used in salons and not available in the shops. They wanted to bring that salon feeling to the home, so the supermarkets starting stocking them. Again I bought this item when on offer for £2 in Asda. Its currently on offer in Tesco at the moment.
Worth a try if you have coloured hair like myself
I first came across Liz Earle when I was given a set for my birthday. My mother is a bit of a QVC addict so needless to say it was one of the offers of the day. Not that I am complaining.
For those that don't know who Liz Earle is she was a presenter many moons ago on the GMTV. She covered most of the health and beauty sections. With her best friend kim who she had known from since the 1980's she founded the company in 1995. The beauty with all her products is that they are all natural ingredients and don't cost the earth. All ages can use these products my boys when younger had teenage spots etc and this tonic really helped.
Right the product
Most of the Liz Earle range is a peppermint green colour, although the men's range is brown. The bottle is 200ml. The top is one of those twist tops with a small hole at the top for use. The front has a brief description and the Liz Earle logo on.
When to use.
Well this item is supposed to be used if you are doing the 3 step programme after using your cleanse and polish. To be honest any time i need a quick freshen up I have a quick cleanse with this item and instantly my skin feels revitalised. I put a couple of drops on a cotton ball and gently wipe in a circular movement around my face. As soon as you open the top you can smell the cucumber and aloe vera which definatley has an effect straight away on your skin. This toner brightens and smooths your skin as well as providing a fine layer of moisture.
Now I am hooked and yes I buy when on offer on QVC, you can buy online or some large department stores do still them ie John Lewis.
The price for the 200ml is approx £16 although this will last you a while.