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~ Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel ~
This review will outline my experiences of trying the "Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel", which I purchased recently for around £1 in a local (independent) pharmacy. You can also buy it online and in some discounted drugstores such as Savers.
The packaging is in keeping with most of the other shower gels I've purchased from the Nivea brand in the past; the upright bottle has a slightly 'rounded' look to its edges that gives it a modern appearance. The bottle is made of see-through plastic, and the gel is an attractive green-blue shade.
I find that the Fitness Fresh Shower Gel dispenses easily from its bottle; it's consistency is not overly thick, but it doesn't 'drip' easily either.
The Fitness Fresh scent feels considerably more 'unisex' than most of the other shower gel products that I've been using recently, and this is exactly what I had anticipated. The scent feels wonderfully refreshing, quietly revitalising, and really rather nice. I do have to admit that the scent is considerably less 'robust' than many of the other shower gel products from within the Nivea range that I've tried before, and if I'm being perfectly honest, it's rather too understated for my liking.
True, the scent is entirely noticeable during the time the product is being used, but as soon as my shower time is over and I begin to get dried, the scent seems to disappear. Not even a faint trace of the pleasant scent lingers on the skin afterwards. On the plus side, this makes it perfectly suited to use first thing in the day, when other shower gels and bath creams feel rather too overpowering for use at this hour; I am not too fond of 'heady' scents at this time of the day as they often feel too much. The Nivea Fitness Fresh, on the other hand, feels much more suited to this time of day when I am in need of something with a slightly more 'muted' scent.
The Fitness Fresh Shower Gel doesn't produce a particularly luxurious lather, with it feeling rather 'flat' in this respect.
I did feel, however, that the gel left my skin thoroughly cleansed and somewhat refreshed after use. I noticed that there was no residue lurking on the skin, nor did my skin feel 'tight' or at all uncomfortable. In actual fact, I was pleased to note that I suffered no acceleration to the dryness that is often present after showering; it seems to me that the Fitness Fresh Shower Gel has a considerably more 'nourishing' formulation than I had first anticipated.
As with all products in the Nivea range that I have tried before, I have suffered nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity during the use of this product so I do recommend it for consumers with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the Nivea Fitness Fresh Shower Gel and would repurchase it again in the future.
The Viva La Juicy scent is produced by the Juicy Couture brand, and is widely available to purchase in either an Eau De Parfum format, or an Eau de Toilette spray, which generally offers better value for money. The 30ml bottle of Eau De Parfum spray that I own generally retails for somewhere between £30 and £40.
The glass bottle is quite 'square-ish' in its shape and is made of clear, chunky glass. The little bottle is very nice, and quite modern, bordering on being quite chic.
The scent is described (on various sites online) as being 'Floral' and I do agree with this claim. Indeed, the first real notes that I can detect are all very floral, but I was able to detect early on that these floral tones were surprisingly 'light' rather than being heavy notes that are often present in other floral-scented perfumes. This discovery was very welcome for me, as I can't say I am overly fond of heavy floral scents.
The Viva La Juicy perfume really feels rather more contemporary than most other floral-scented fragrances that I've encountered before, although I do have to point out that whilst it feels modern and quite 'chic', it doesn't feel too young for my thirty-something years; I am completely comfortable being in the scent's fragrant cloud.
There is something 'fresh' to be observed from the heart of the scent, but this is really only obvious once it has been allowed to settle on the skin for a good while; at first, it just feels floral and feminine, but this isn't a criticism on my part; I do like the scent in its initial stages too. Later on, however, a notable refreshing 'edge' is noticeable and this allows the scent to feel light and refreshing, making it the perfect scent for the warmer summer months.
There is an obvious sweetness to the back of the scent's main notes too, and whilst this is fairly noticeable later on, it never really seems to become overly obvious, which I feel would make it threaten the delicateness of the refreshing element of the scent. Noticeable, yes... Over-bearing, no.
I like the flexibility of this particular scent; I've never found that it feels over-the-top for any particular occasion, with its light, summery fragrance feeling quite easy-going in this regard. Furthermore, I do feel that it is suitable for both daytime and night-time occasions; it feels 'special' enough for more 'dressy' occasions, whilst feeling 'comfortable' enough for daytime outings.
I have found that the Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum performs very well in terms of the scent's longevity; I can easily detect a fragrant 'whiff' of the perfume on my wrists some hours after applying. Furthermore, I don't find that there is any real need to apply copious amounts of the spray onto my skin to achieve a good 'depth' to the perfume.
I would definitely repurchase the scent again in the future and do recommend it.
A while back, I purchased several items from the well-known Garnier brand of skincare items online at www.amazon.co.uk, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the "Garnier Simply Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes."
I bought a couple of these packs of wipes, and paid in the region of £1.90 per pack which I felt was a reasonable price as each pack contains 25 wipes within.
The packaging is fairly standard for a product like this one, comprising of a square-shaped package made of plastic. There is a sticky 'label' closure seal on front of the pack. I have been impressed with how sturdy the seal closure is; the seal remains stuck down firmly between uses.
The wipes themselves are white in colour, and have a square-ish shape. I find that their material is rather soft which I like. I like too, how one side of the wipes has a textured surface, although I do have to stress that this is not at all abrasive or 'rough' in its texture; the whole wipe feels lovely and soft.
I do have to say that the Garnier Wipes are slightly smaller than some of the other brands that I've been using recently, but I couldn't say that they felt too small for their purpose, and I don't recall ever having to use more than one wipe to achieve good results. The wipes are without any scent or fragrance, and are completely free from alcohol so they feel gentle.
In fact, these particular wipes have been formulated "Especially for sensitive skin" according to the front of the pack which is ideal for me.
To use the wipes, I simply need to remove one from the pack and then gently 'sweep' the wipe across the face and eyes which will remove make-up easily. I do find that the Garnier Facial Cleansing Wipes are 'wet' enough to remove make-up without much effort being required, but I like how they are not so moist that they feel uncomfortable on my face. Make-up is removed effortlessly, without me having to 'scrub' at the delicate eye area.
I do find that make-up is removed effortlessly, but I find too that the Garnier Wipes work well when no make-up is being worn too. On these occasions, I find that the wipes work well at refreshing my skin and removing any residue that may be lurking. I particularly like how these wipes have one textured side as this feels like it is cleansing my face thoroughly on these occasions. Skin is left feeling thoroughly refreshed, without any 'tackiness' being left behind on the skin afterwards.
There is a notable 'fuss-free' method to using these wipes, and they have slotted into my everyday skincare routine without fuss or hassle.
A final valid point to note, I think, is the fact that my sensitive skin has never suffered any irritation or aggravation from the product and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin.
Recently, I've tried various products from some 'budget' brands, swapping my usual purchases for some of these low-cost alternatives to try and save some money.
This review will outline my experiences of trying the Daisy Lilac Fabric Conditioner, available from Tesco.
I paid £1 for the 1 litre bottle of Conditioner, which I thought was very reasonable.
The bottle is made of clear plastic and its lid is made of robust plastic and doubles as a 'measuring cup' allowing for easy measuring of the required dose of liquid for each wash.
There are ample dosage instructions provided on the label on the bottle's reverse, and I find these easy to follow. In actual fact, I am often quite lazy where such matters are concerned and there have been countless occasions where I have just poured a healthy 'slug' from the bottle straight into the washing machine's drawer which works just as well.
The Daisy Liquid has a pleasant fragrance, and I do think that it is quite strong at first. The aroma smells faintly floral but isn't particularly old-fashioned or dated. Instead, the fragrance is surprisingly refreshing.
The scent changes slightly once the wet laundry is removed from the machine; the underlying refreshing 'edge' that the scent carried is more noticeable now, and the floral tone within it has become more subdued. I do find that the laundry smells lovely and fresh as it is being hung up, and although I find that the scent is rather 'feminine' in its fragrance, I don't feel that it is as flowery as some of the other Conditioners that I've tried from rival brands; some of these were too much for my tastes.
The laundry feels lovely and soft once washed with the Daisy Conditioner, and bedding in particular feels wonderfully refreshed. I do like how I can detect a whiff of the Daisy liquid's pleasant fragrance on the fresh bedding as I slip beneath the sheets, but I have to admit that I am pleased that the fragrance feels significantly less 'intrusive' than some other liquids that I've bought before.
I've noticed too that tops and clothing don't tend to 'whisper' the Daisy liquid's scent over and over whilst being worn, which is definitely my preference when using a product like this.
In addition, I often find that the scents of such products are quite sweet, and I really don't like this; it can often induce a headache if it becomes too much.
I have found that the Daisy Conditioner works well and it is cheaper than my previous brand. Also, it seems to work just as well in terms of caring for my linen and laundry, but it does so with a more subtle fragrance than many other brands that I purchase regularly.
I have suffered no irritation to my sensitive skin throughout the time the Daisy product has been used.
Based on these results, I do think I would buy the product again and feel it is a worthwhile purchase.
I've recently been suffering with a bit of a head cold that has left me with a 'stuffy' and runny nose, together with a horrid headache amongst other symptoms. In a bid to try and ease some of the nasal congestion, I purchased several over-the-counter remedies, one of which was the "Inhaler Nasal Stick" from the well-known "Vicks" brand.
The little stick is widely available and I purchased mine from a local pharmacy where I paid around £2.50.
The product consists of a simply-designed little stick, made of robust plastic. The inhaler stick is the same length as your average lipstick, but it is slightly thinner and has been designed so that it can be inserted "well into the nostril" according to the blurb on the packaging. You are supposed to hold the other nostril closed and breathe in deeply, to inhale the strong menthol vapours contained in the inhaler. You then repeat the process with the other nostril.
I think the product HAS been quite effective, but only when used in conjunction with other products that have been used at the same time, such as my facial steamer and trusty Vicks Vapour Rub.
To be fair, this could be down to the severity of my condition on this most recent occasion, and I do wonder whether more 'minor' colds and sniffles may benefit more easily from the product.
To explain, I find that the Inhaler Stick has worked most of the time, when the strong, menthol-infused vapours feel as though they are travelling easily up my nasal passages and helping to relieve some of the congestion there.
On other occasions, however, I have been so congested that I've really felt no relief from the little stick at all, which is a shame. As there are no side effects present from using the product, nor is there a limit on the amount of times I can use it, I've felt that I have nothing to lose by giving it a shot each time that the congestion has felt bad, or my head has felt 'stuffy' and sore.
Most of the time, it offered a little relief, but there were other times where I felt nothing at all, which is a shame.
Based on these results, I do feel that the Vicks Inhaler Stick is really only a credible product for more 'minor' outbreaks of nasal stuffiness, or for 'lighter' colds and sinus complaints. Indeed, it seems to be the case for myself, at least, that slightly more extreme symptoms or head colds are really no match for the little stick.
In summary, I did think that the Vicks Inhaler Stick was a worthwhile purchase, and I will certainly buy it again as I felt it offered a little relief on a number of occasions.
I regularly use sanitising hand gel products, as I am very prone to catching bugs due to having reduced immunity as a result of several health complaints. In addition, I buy such products when travelling as I am conscious that there may be bugs lurking on aeroplanes, trains and buses and am conscious of my hand hygiene as a result.
This review will outline my experiences of trying a recent purchase from the "Carex" brand, namely the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel.
I paid in the region of £1 for my small bottle of Carex Hand Gel from a local independent pharmacy. I thought this price reflected reasonable value for money, but it is worth noting that the bottle is very small, being a neat 50ml in size. This is actually one of the reasons that I purchased this item, however, as I find the smaller bottles are more convenient than larger ones when it comes to taking the product out and about with me; sure, larger bottles of sanitising hand gels are often more economical in terms of their size and purchase price, but this advantage is easily outweighed if the item becomes bulky or heavy for me to carry around.
The packaging is pretty standard for a product like this one, comprising of a small, upright clear bottle made of robust plastic. I can see the clear-coloured gel inside the bottle, and there is a plastic, 'flip-up' lid on top of the bottle that allows it to be dispensed easily. It may be worth noting that I believe the bottle is available to purchase in a slightly larger size that contains a 'pump' dispenser contained within it, but my own bottle is without this feature.
To use the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel, I simply need to tip the bottle upside down and squeeze a little of the clear Gel onto my hands. I find that the Gel comes out easily from the bottle, as it is not overly thick. The Gel is easily spread over my hands, coating my skin with a thin layer in just a few seconds. I do have to confess that I find that most Sanitising Hand Gel products that I use these days feel very 'cold' when applied to the skin, and the Carex Sensitive version is no exception to this; there is a definite 'cooling' sensation evident as the product is massaged into the hands, but I have to admit that I don't find that it feels uncomfortable or overly cold. In just a few moments, the cold sensation has dulled completely.
Another point worth noting, I think, is that I find products like this one often leave a slight residue on the skin after use, but I have never noticed this issue being excessive when using the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel. True, there is a slight 'stickiness' present on the fingers and palm for a few moments as the product dries, but this quickly dies down and skin returns to normal quite quickly. Afterwards, there is no residue or 'tackiness' present at all.
The Carex Sensitive Hand Gel does have quite a strong aroma, but I don't find that it is as 'harsh' as some of the other Gels that I've purchased recently. Whilst the product's scent is hard to miss, particularly in the early stages of application when it takes on a faintly 'heady' tone, I couldn't say that I found it to be particularly off-putting as I find the scent is vaguely reminiscent of a family soap product. Once the product has dried, I am aware of a fainter, lighter 'tone' of this scent wafting from the skin, but again, I don't feel that this is overly intrusive, and really I find that the scent's strength is on a par with most soap products that I use regularly. The scent is not overly feminine or 'girly' so the Hand Gel does feel suitable for use by the whole family.
The product claims it has been "expertly developed to cleanse your hands when you are on the go" and I do have to agree with this statement. I have used the product when out and about, just as a follow up to a normal 'soap and water' routine and I do confess that I have felt more reassured about my resistance to bugs and bacteria as a result; there are some occasions where I feel more confident about my hand hygiene after using a Hand Sanitising Gel, particularly when using public restrooms and being in public places. The Carex Sensitive Hand Gel has been the ideal addition to use on such occasions, as it is so 'easygoing' in its approach; it is quick and easy to use, without it causing any interference to my outing or appointment.
Furthermore, the packaging promises that the product "Kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds" and this offers me great reassurance when travelling by air, particularly as in times gone by, it was an extremely rare occurrence for me to travel by plane and NOT develop a stinking cold or flu-type bug within a few days; a bit of a bummer (to say the least!) when it happened on my out-bound flights to various holiday destinations; who wants to be suffering from a head cold for the first four days of their holiday? I do confess that since developing my "Cleanliness First!" ritual when boarding aircraft these days that said occurrences are thankfully, much rarer. I believe that this change has come about by the use of using a bacteria-killing sanitising Hand Gel product, such as the one I am reviewing here.
As the product's name would suggest, the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel is suitable for use on sensitive skin types, and I do have to admit that I have never encountered any irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin during or after use of the product. Furthermore, I find that the Carex Gel's formulation seems to be slightly 'kinder' to my skin that some of the other Gels that I've purchased before; these can often feel slightly 'drying' on my skin, presumably as a result of the bug-killing chemicals contained within their make-up. The Carex Gel, on the other hand, feels 'milder' than some of these rivals, with the skin on my hands being much less prone to any ill-effects. Based on these results, I do recommend the product as being suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry and/or sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Carex Sensitive Hand Gel is a worthwhile purchase; the packaging is neat and light, making it a convenient hand sanitizer product to take out and about with me. I do find that the product works well, and have no reason to dispute any of the claims made on the packaging. Taking into account too, the fact that the product works without fuss or inconvenience makes it something of a more 'premium' Hand Gel product, in my opinion.
I was browsing on www.amazon.co.uk for various items a while ago, as I had a voucher to use up. I ended up buying several skincare items at this time, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash."
I paid in the region of £2 with free postage for the large tube of Face Wash that is 150ml in size. I thought this price reflected excellent value for money, particularly as I consider the Olay brand to be of a high quality. A quick look online tells me that the product can also be purchased from various online retailers, including www.boots.com, where the current price is £2.99 plus postage costs. You can also purchase in store at Boots, alongside some other drugstores such as some branches of Savers.
(Info correct as @ March 2014).
The packaging is pretty standard for a product like this one, comprising of a chunky tube that is made of squeezable plastic. There is a plastic 'flip up' cap on the bottom of the tube, so it will stand up easily when required. Underneath the flip up cap is a small hole, through which the product can be dispensed easily. I think it is worth noting that I have encountered no difficulties with using either the product or its attractive packaging, even though I suffer with the strength in my hands as a result of various health complaints.
The Refreshing Face Wash resembles a sort of 'gel' product, but it is perhaps a bit thinner and more runny than your average gel, although not excessively so as it doesn't spill or drip easily. It is clear in colour and has a lovely consistency I think; it lathers easily, but without an abundance of foam being produced. Instead, it feels light on the skin, and it spreads very easily over the skin's surface.
I always moisten the face and neck prior to using a product like this one, and in the case of the Olay Face Wash, I find it is beneficial to 'agitate' the product a little in my hand, prior to application. I find that this just allows its lather to 'take hold' as such, rather than spreading the gel over the face in its 'standard' form. This is just my own technique, and of course I'm sure that such things are a matter of personal choice, but I find that obtaining a little lather from the gel prior to application saves a little time and effort on my part which makes this method worthwhile.
I think it is worth noting too that only a small amount of the product is required with each use; this makes the purchase price feel like excellent value, particularly as the large tube has lasted for quite a long time. Taking this into account, I have no complaints in terms of the product being economical or value for money.
The Olay Face Wash has a fairly strong scent, and this makes its appearance almost as soon as the clear gel has been dispensed from the tube. I can't say that I find it particularly necessary for products like this one to have a scent at all, so its inclusion is neither here nor there for me personally. To be fair, it does smell quite pleasant, with a vaguely 'fruity' tone being noticeable among the stronger, slightly more clinical scents. I do find that the scent is evident throughout the time the Face Wash is present on my skin, but I can't say that I am aware of it once it has been rinsed off and my face has been dried, which suits me down to the ground.
I have found that the Olay Face Wash has worked extremely well, and I do have to admit that the product's formulation seems to be entirely suitable for my own troublesome skin type; the product feels as though it has worked 'in harmony' with my skin type, which has made a pleasant change, as my skin has various difficulties to overcome; it is prone to acne and spot outbreaks, and dryness, as well as being extremely sensitive, to the point of 'flaring' aggressively if anything harsh or inferior is used. These issues can make it something of a challenge to find skincare products that can cope; usually, only two out of these three complaints are dealt with effectively.
The Olay Face Wash, in comparison, has caused no dryness or sensitivity, but neither is its formulation oily, greasy, or too 'rich' for my skin which would no doubt have me grumbling about spot outbreaks. it's very unusual for a product like this to tick every box for me personally, but this one has.
Not only that, but the product seems to be highly effective, allowing its claims that it "lifts away dirt and make-up to effectively cleanse and refresh" to ring true. Indeed, I do find that my skin feels wonderfully refreshed and thoroughly cleansed after use, with all traces of make-up, grease and grime being removed completely. I do have to admit that I do feel there is something of a 'softening' quality to be enjoyed from this particular product too, and whilst this would never be enough of an importance to warrant a purchase based solely on this addition, I do admit to thinking that my skin feels - and looks - refreshed and softened with continued use of this product - a nice bonus, by anyone's standards.
Based on the excellent results achieved from this product, it is probably unsurprising that it comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the rating score.
Over the past few years, I've become increasingly impressed with the quality of some of the items within my local Matalan store, and have made various purchases as a result, with this review outlining my experiences of the "Matalan Long Sleeve Top."
I paid £6 for my Long Sleeve Top a few months ago, and I did feel that this price reflected good value for money, particularly as I felt the quality and materials used were far superior to the similar tops I've purchased in the past from rival budget brands such as Tesco's 'budget' range as well as Primark.
The Long Sleeve Top is available in sizes 8 up to 20, and the price of £6 is the same, irrespective of which size you are buying. At the time of purchase a few months ago, there was only four or so colour choices available in the Long Sleeve Top, although I do believe that this varies as the season's change, so it may well be the case that you will be offered more choice at certain times throughout the year. I purchased the top in black, but I believe it was also available in white, cream and grey.
The Top, as the name suggests, has long sleeves, and I do find that as usual, Matalan have been rather generous with their sizing as the sleeves fit me really well, without riding up above the wrist which I really don't like. I like too that the top doesn't feel tight in the underarm area, which is a significant issue I've encountered with similar tops I've purchased from other stores in the past; some of these seem to be rather small-made, and although I do have a fairly small frame, I like my tops to feel 'fitting' rather than clingy.
I have the top in a size 10 and in other aspects of the top too, the sizing is absolutely spot on; I like how the top is fitting around the waist without being clingy or looking tight. I also like how the crew neck is flattering, giving ample coverage at the bust without being too low or tight. In addition, I really like the way the top is slightly longer than some of the others that I own from rival brands; this means that it doesn't ride up when it is worn with jeans or trousers, and I find that its length is perfect for my own tastes; it sits neatly at my hips without hanging down excessively.
The quality of the material in this particular top is excellent, with it proving to be rather hard-wearing and robust; in actual fact the top has been washed and laundered countless times in the months that I have owned it, and it is showing very little in the way of wear and tear. The seams have all been stitched properly, so no loose threads are exposed, and I do feel that the top's fabric is without excessive 'bobbling' or other damage. I have noticed too that the fabric's black 'hue' has not suffered from any fading; it does not look lacklustre or dull, nor has it taken on that grey-like 'tone' that black clothing will often show. In actual fact, I feel there is still quite a lot of wear left in the top, even though it has been worn and laundered at least once a week for the past four months or so.... That's pretty impressive for the sum of £6, I think.
The Top's cotton fabric feels warm and snug, and has been perfect to wear under a cardigan on colder days, as it is surprisingly lightweight, keeping me warm and comfortable without feeling 'heavy' as it were. On days that are slightly milder, the top is smart enough to wear with jeans or trousers without being too dressy for more everyday occasions; it is understated in its design, but it is fairly smart when worn with the right accessories, I think. This 'suitable for all occasions' appeal is ideal, as far as I am concerned as it makes the top rather more versatile than some of the others that I own, and I like the way it can be dressed up with attractive jewellery and a pretty cardigan, if I chose to do so.
The Long Sleeve Top can easily be popped into the washing machine along with other, similar dark clothing and I usually wash it on a 30 or 40 degree cycle. The fabric seems to appreciate this laundering method, as it doesn't crease excessively and usually it is the case that any creases will easily smoothen out as the product dries. I like too how the fabric hasn't been prone to any shrinkage after washing, and it's fit and shape has remained exactly as it should.
In summary, I do really recommend the Matalan Long Sleeve Top and would definitely purchase it again as I have nothing negative to report, and feel the fabric's quality is far more premium than some of the other, similar tops that I have purchased from rival brands. This makes the purchase price of only £6 feel like excellent value for money considering the top's quality.
Recently, I have made a bit of a vow not to purchase any more cosmetics and toiletries until I have used up what I already have; I have a huge stockpile of assorted creams, lotions and potions at home, and whilst I quite like trying out new products, I can't really justify the purchase of any new items when I have so many waiting to be used up at home.
Among the huge selection of assorted bottles and jars, I unearthed several items from the Boots own-branded "Simply Sensitive" range of skincare products, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Boots Simply Sensitive Foaming Face Wash."
I believe I purchased several items from the Boots Simply Sensitive range as part of a 'multi-buy' offer a while back, but a quick look online tells me that the 150ml bottle currently retails for £2.49, which I think is reasonable value. As @ March 2014, there is a promotional offer running on selected skincare items in Boots which allows three products to be purchased for the price of two. You can purchase in store in branches of Boots, or you can buy online at www.boots.com, where postage costs apply.
The product's packaging is in keeping with the rest of the items within the Boots Simply Sensitive range, as they all carry a simplistic, 'clean' image, thanks to the basic colours of white and green used. I believe that Boots produce this range as their own-branded alternative to the well-known 'Simple' brand, and certainly I feel that the products look quite similar.
I have found the product's packaging is easy to use, with the robust 'pump' dispenser in the plastic bottle working well without fuss; although it is well-made and sturdy, it is not difficult for me to press on the pump to dispense the liquid within, and I can manage to use it by myself, even though I suffer with the strength in my hands as a result of various health complaints.
The Simply Sensitive Foaming Face Wash product is just that; a facial cleanser that will 'foam' when it is dispensed from the bottle. I really like using products that are produced in this way as I like the feeling of the foam cleanser on my skin, which is quite sensitive and dry at times; there is often something quite 'soothing' noticeable when using a product like this, I think. Another point noting is the fact that I find a little goes a long way with this cleanser; just one or two pumps on the bottle will dispense an adequate amount of foam to cleanse my face thoroughly, so the bottle is lasting well, and the purchase feels very economical.
The Simply Sensitive range has, of course, been formulated for those of us who have extremely sensitive skin, and I do have to confess that I find the product feels wonderfully gentle when applied to the skin; there is something vaguely 'nourishing' evident from the product during use, and I am very conscious of the fact that there is no 'tightening' present in the skin during the time the foamy substance is being applied. This is a significant issue that I have with other cleansers and foams in my collection, and I can't say I care for it too much. The absence of this annoying trait is very welcome by me, and in this respect, the Boots Face Wash feels more suited to my own skin type.
The product is free from any scent, fragrance or colour, which suits me - and my sensitive skin! - down to the ground. I felt somewhat reassured by the claims on the packaging that the product is "Hypo-allergenic" alongside the fact it has been "Dermatologically tested." In addition, I liked the fact that the product contains Aloe Vera, as I have found this ingredient is extremely beneficial for my own skin type, that will 'flare' aggressively if I use products that are too harsh. I did feel that the product had been given careful thought and consideration during its formulation, and felt that it sounded absolutely ideal for my own skin type.
Alas, this is not strictly true. Sure, the product has caused nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation, and it DOES feel rather well-suited to my skin type in this regard. It is a shame, then, that I find there is something within the formula of the Foaming Face Wash that seems to be quite 'drying' in the case of my own skin, with it accelerating the dryness that is already present on my cheeks and forehead. I couldn't say that it has worsened this complaint excessively, and I will use the remainder of the product up as I hate waste. What it does mean, however, is that I will not purchase the product again in the future, nor can I recommend it to anyone who has a combination or dry skin type.
This is a bit of a shame, as I do find the Foaming Face Wash works well at keeping skin free from grime, and I find that it even removes make-up, which is a huge bonus. I like the fact that the formulation seems to work well on my sensitive skin type, causing no irritation or a noticeable 'tight' feeling which I find uncomfortable. It is just a shame that it seems to be a bit unsuitable for my combination/dry skin type, as otherwise I couldn't really find fault with it and would've probably repurchased it again.
My husband recently surprised me with a few items from The Body Shop as a gift, one of which was the "Strawberry Body Mist", with this review discussing my experiences and opinion.
The Body Mist is only available in one size of bottle which is 100ml, and my husband paid £7.50 for this in a local branch of The Body Shop recently. You can also purchase online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs will normally apply.
There is a small range of strawberry-scented bath and body products available in The Body Shop, many of which I own and love, including the beautifully-scented Body Butter. I thought that the Strawberry Body Mist would make a lovely addition to the selection of products that I already own, and I was looking forward to trying it out.
The packaging is fairly simple, but I find it works well. The tall, cylindrical bottle is made of clear glass, and so I can see the clear-coloured liquid contained within quite easily. There is a robust 'pump' dispenser on top of the bottle and this works well, providing an ample 'spritz' of product when it is pressed. I can easily remove and replace the bottle's silver lid, and find all aspects of the packaging are easy to use; the only real niggle that I have when considering this aspect of the product is the fact the bottle is made of glass - this is unnecessary in my view, as so many of The Body Shop's other products are provided in plastic packaging. I do have to confess that the glass bottle is slightly inconvenient for me, as it is much heavier than plastic, rendering the product completely unsuitable for popping into my handbag to take out and about, in addition to it being unsuitable to take on trips and holidays.... what a shame.
The Body Mist liquid is completely clear, and I have found that it has never caused any staining or greasiness on clothing or fabrics, which is a definite plus-point, of course. I find that only two or perhaps three 'presses' on the bottle's pump is quite ample for my own requirements, although this matter is probably down to personal choice, and other consumers may wish to apply a little more. For my own requirements, however, this isn't necessary, and I do have to admit that the bottle is lasting extremely well considering how often the product has been used. This result gives the product a bit of an 'economical' feel, allowing the slightly high purchase price to feel rather justified, as a result.
When the Body Mist is released from its bottle, it smells wonderful; with a completely refreshing 'feel' to it, the lovely scent of fresh strawberries is unmistakeable. I do have to confess that I was slightly cautious about the product feeling 'sickly' on the skin once it was applied, but thankfully this has never been the case, as the product's scent - whilst undeniably sweet - never takes on the familiar 'heady', sickly edge that some strawberry-scented toiletries will contain. In my experience, cheaper or inferior bath/body care products that are scented with 'fruity' fragrances will often feel sickly when applied - their scents usually contain a strong 'saccharine' tone in their formulation that I find quite off-putting. Experience has taught me that only those fruity-scented toiletries of a slightly more 'premium' quality are worth bothering with.
I find the scent is bordering on being mouth-watering as it dries on the skin. The refreshing scent feels surprisingly 'light' too, which I think makes it the perfect 'body accessory' for more everyday occasions, when heavier scents and perfumes feel a little much. It struck me too that the Body Mist's fragrance felt quite uplifting which has made it a pleasure to use recently when the days have still felt a little cold and dark. It's refreshing 'edge' is definitely one of the product's best features as far as I am concerned, and I am really looking forward to using the product in the summer when the days are warmer; I do think that the scent will be perfectly suited to these months thanks to its light, 'easy-going' nature.
There's only one little niggle that springs to mind at this point, and that is concerning the longevity of the scent. I do find that once the product has completely dried on my skin I can really only smell it if I seek it out, which is down to its understated 'body', I think. Whilst this is a definite plus-point when considering the fact the scent never becomes sickly or over-bearing, I do feel that this factor is also responsible for the fact the scent is rather reluctant to hang around too long, which is a bit of a shame. To be completely fair, I do feel that the Strawberry Body Mist performs as well as most other Body Spray/Body Mist products that I own, but considering The Body Shop's price tag for this particular product, I do confess that I feel slightly disappointed at the fact I have to reapply the Mist several times throughout the day in order to enjoy its fruity scent properly. I also feel that there is little - or no! - hope of the scent being detected by another person whilst I am wearing it which is a shame. To reflect my disappointment at this discovery, I feel it necessary to deduct one star in the product rating score.
As with all products from The Body Shop that I have used before, I have never experienced any irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin during or after the use of this product. Based on these results, I do recommend the Strawberry Body Mist as being entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I would definitely buy The Body Shop's Strawberry Body Mist again, particularly in the warmer summer months as I feel its wonderful, refreshing scent will feel particularly pleasant during this time of year. I do feel that the product is worthy of my full recommendation, but I find it is slightly disappointing that the lovely scent doesn't last around too long.
When we decorated our bedroom last year, I wanted a few little 'finishing touches' to help achieve the look I wanted. With some of our bedroom furniture being black in colour, I was on the look out for a small silver lamp to add a little contrast to the dark furniture. I stumbled across the perfect accessory in a local branch of Ikea, namely their "Knubbig Table Lamp", with this review outlining my experiences of the product.
The Knubbig Lamp is available in a choice of colours such as red, purple, silver, gold, and a sort of frosted white colour decorated with a delicate petal design. There are two sizes available, but I believe that not all colour choices are available in the larger size. The size I purchased is the smaller size, and I selected this in the silver colour. This cost me £7 from a local branch of Ikea.
The packaging for the Knubbig lamp was fairly simple, with the small, circular lamp resting on a 'square' of thick cardboard and being covered in see-through plastic, so I could see the lamp inside before I bought it.
The lamp's design is quite simple, but I think it is really pretty and unique. With a completely round shape, the lamp is flat on either end, so it sits easily on a flat surface without wobbling. These flat ends are 'open' so the one at the top allows the light to shine through when the lamp is on. I find too that the light shines through the glass shade easily, irrespective of the silver 'foil' design that covers the glass.
I hadn't realised that the Knubbig Lamps are all completely individual, as each one is made from mouth-blown glass, meaning that no two are the same. This gives a unique appeal, although I did feel that my little lamp already had this appeal as I hadn't come across anything quite like it in any other stores that I'd been searching in.
The lamp is extremely easy to use with minimum set up required; I simply had to put its bulb in and plug it in at the socket on the wall. To switch it on and off, I simply need to flip the chunky switch that is attached to the Lamp's flex. Whilst I'm on the subject, I have to mention that the Knubbig Table Lamp has an amply-sized flex; it is long enough to reach its required socket easily without feeling cumbersome, and certainly the flex length is on a par with most other lamps that I've purchased in recent times.
The Knubbig Lamp requires the use of an Ikea light bulb, which unfortunately isn't supplied at the time of purchase. I managed to obtain one quite easily in store, however, although I cannot recall how much I paid for this. I can confirm that the light bulb is extremely economical, as it has not needed me to replace it as yet even though the little light has been used for around a year now.
The lamp's 'fitting' is inside the circular lamp, of course, and I admit that I do find it a bit 'fiddly' to remove and fit the light bulb due to the Lamp's neat size; it's not impossible, but it does require a little patience as I need to squeeze my hand in the lamp's top opening, which takes a little practice.
I find that the light from my lamp is quite subtle, so it creates a cosy ambience when I'm reading in bed at night-time, which I am able to do quite easily without straining my eyes. This wasn't really possible with my previous bedside lamp as although it was extremely pretty and gorgeous, it didn't give enough light for me to read comfortably.
The Knubbig Table Lamp works really well, and at the same time it is gloriously pretty. Whilst being quite feminine in its image, I do think that in the right surroundings, the little lamp could work well in extremely contemporary, minimal surroundings; there is something 'crisp' and 'clean-cut' about the Lamp's design that I think make it quite contemporary, without being 'cold' in the way that some modern designs often are. Instead, the little Knubbig Lamp ticks all the boxes; it is subtle, cosy, modern and chic, with an extremely affordable price tag.
To clean, I simply use an old-fashioned yellow duster, which the Lamp's glass seems to appreciate; all dust particles are removed easily and quickly, leaving the glass sparkling and shining.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Ikea Knubbig Table Lamps, and would love to have more of them dotted around my home as they are so attractive and cute in their design; even when switched off, my lamp is shiny and pretty and resembles a flat, chunky vase from afar, so it never stands out or looks awkward. It is probably no surprise that this little lamp comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score - I can't praise it enough!
I have always bought Christmas gifts for my pets, and so in the run up to the Festive Season back in December, I was on the look out for some little gifts to place under our tree for our Tabby-cat. I purchased several items, one of which was the "Plush Dangle Mouse" from the well-known 'Armitage Good Girl' range of pet supplies. This review outlines my thoughts and our experiences of this particular cat toy.
The toy is a 'dangle' type of toy, with the toy itself being a small, circular mouse in this case. The toy dangles from a piece of stretchy elastic, and can be pulled and, of course, 'dangled' in front of your cat during play. In this case, the little mouse is extremely cute, and looks exactly as shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page here.
Before Christmas, I bought my girl's mouse from a local branch of Asda, and paid in the region of £1, which I felt was excellent value considering how much I trust the 'Armitage Good Girl' range; I've bought lots of their products in the past and have always found they are good quality. I'm unsure if Asda are still stocking this particular cat toy, but you can purchase it online from various stockists including www.ebay.co.uk, where prices and stock seem to vary greatly, or you can purchase online at www.vetuk.co.uk, where the current price is only £0.88 plus postage costs.
The Dangle Mouse is described on the Vet UK website as being a "plush" cat toy, but I feel this description is perhaps not as accurate as it could be, as I would always think of 'plush' materials as being soft like fabric, felt, or canvas. In this case, the little Plush Dangle Mouse in fact resembles something you might find on a Christmas Tree as his little body is covered in a silvery fabric that reminds me of tinsel! This gives him a very appealing design, I think, but I couldn't say that the word that sprung to mind when looking over this material would ever be 'plush!'
The Dangle Mouse is small, being a similar size to a golf ball. His string is made of elastic and is attached to the top of his head. This elastic is very stretchy, so when my cat is playing with the toy she can easily keep hold of him whilst the toy is 'agitated' by me pulling on the stretchy string. The elastic is of an agreeable length, so Tabby-cat has never managed to scratch me during play with this toy - a valid point worth noting, I think. The elastic has a small plastic 'hoop' at one end so you can hook the toy onto your finger and dangle it above your cat's nose to entice play.
This particular cat toy is quite appealing in the way it looks which makes a pleasant change; many of our other cat toys at home are rather boring, it has to be said. Not only is the little Plush Dangle Mouse have a lovely 'silvery' body that sparkles in certain light, but his little face is rather cute too, thanks mainly to his large red nose, which is basically a small pompom, made of a sort of red 'felt-like' material. His eyes are just little black felt 'dots' but they seem stuck on very well and are still intact. His ears too, are just felt circles, but are larger than his eyes and stuck on at an angle so they stick up a little. He doesn't have a mouth!
His tail is basically another piece of elastic, but it seems to be thicker than that of the 'dangler' on the toy. It is covered in the same 'silvery' substance as his little body, and there is a little bell right on the tail's tip, so the toy jingles when it is shaken or, indeed, dangled. The inclusion of the bell on this toy is neither here nor there for us as my girl is (almost!) completely deaf, but I do think younger cats would enjoy this aspect of the toy very much.
My Tabby-cat is EXTREMELY fond of this toy. Now, I do have to stress that my girl is eighteen, so the best of her playful days are behind her now as she much prefers snoozing and napping to engaging in too much play or activity. She still has a playful side, however, and I do encourage a little playtime with her each day as I feel she benefits from the exercise - even if it is quite minor. As my cat is so old, it can be difficult to keep her interest in playtime 'piqued' as such; it doesn't take much to put her off altogether, and see her returning to the rug for (yet!) another nap. The Dangle Mouse helps here, as my girl likes it so much and seems to find it quite hard to resist. She particularly likes it when the mouse is 'dragged' along in front of her, and she will often pounce on it before giving it a 'kick' whilst lying on her side, in that way that cats often do.
A point worth mentioning here, I think, is that this toy does really seem best suited to those cats who are a bit older; I would be cautious about giving the toy to kittens in particular as some of the parts are perhaps not as robust as other toys. The toy's bell in particular, seems susceptible to becoming loose and I personally would be worried that this presented a choking hazard for baby kittens. Our toy DOES still have its bell intact... but it is literally hanging by a thread. The other elements of the toy, such as its eyes and ears may well prove to be more robust than I am giving them credit for, but in my experience, baby kittens will often chew the most ridiculous things, so I'd not recommend this toy for them.
For my elderly lady, the toy has been surprisingly robust, and the silvery, 'tinsel-like' coating remains intact without much damage being evident. True, after we have played around with this toy, there is often a little 'shedding' evident on the carpet or rug, but I couldn't say it was excessive, and there is still plenty of use left in the toy. I'm rather impressed at this result considering how inexpensive the mouse was, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one again in the future.
I do think we've had really good value for money from the Armitage Good Girl Plush Dangle Cat Toy, and I think that it is an extremely worthwhile purchase, but probably only for those cats who are a bit older; younger, more boisterous cats and kittens may well rip the little mouse to shreds in a very short space of time, and I would be slightly cautious about some of the parts coming loose.
I would describe my skin as being quite problematic, in that it has several issues to overcome including sensitivity, dryness and spot outbreaks. I have tried out endless products over the years in a bid to overcome these problems, and find that products containing Tea Tree are very effective in helping to combat some of the issues. In particular, I find that Tea Tree - or products containing this helpful ingredient - are very effective in keeping spots at bay.
As I am a huge fan of the assortment of products from The Body Shop, I have used a variety of products from their own-branded Tea Tree range over the years. This review will outline my experiences of using "The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion".
The current price for the small 30ml bottle of lotion is £9, and you can purchase the item in store from branches of The Body Shop, or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs usually apply. (Info correct as @ March 2014).
The packaging is quite simplistic, but I find it works very well, mainly thanks to the integrated 'pump' dispenser at the top of the cylindrical bottle. The bottle is quite small and neat, so it fits neatly into the palm of my hand without feeling cumbersome. I find that the pump dispenser will easily dispense a small amount of the Lotion product with each press; this prevents unnecessary waste, which I cannot stand, and would be somewhat unforgiveable given the slightly high purchase price of this particular product.
The Tea Tree Night Lotion is just that; a lotion product. I do not really think it could be described as a cream as it is not thick enough, although this is not a criticism on my part. I find the Lotion's light and thin texture allows it to be spread easily over the skin's surface, which I think is rather ideal as it means there is very little in the way of effort required to apply it - very convenient, considering the product is designed to be applied after cleansing the face at night time - who can be bothered with fuss or faff at this hour of the day?
The Night Lotion has a sort of 'yellowish' tint to it, although I find it is so rapidly absorbed into the skin's surface that it is hard to be sure - it might just be off white. I find that 'dotting' the cream along the cheekbones, and applying a small dab to my chin, forehead and nose is really ample for my own requirements, as the Lotion spreads so easily; using any more than this feels a bit wasteful. I like how the Lotion doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky or with a 'tacky' residue, as I find this a bit off-putting. Instead, my skin feels rather 'cared for' and softened, with no greasiness lurking on the skin.
As you would probably expect, there is a strong aroma of Tea Tree evident as the lotion is applied, and I find that this lingers for a short while afterwards; I can't say that this fragrance is particularly invasive, but I am aware of the scent's menthol-like 'breath' whispering from the skin after the lotion has been applied, so if you don't like the scent of Tea Tree I'd advise steering clear of this product altogether as I find it is much stronger than some of the other, similar products that I own from rival brands. Also, I would advise that I find when the product is used alongside some of its 'sister' products from elsewhere in The Body Shop's collection of Tea Tree facial care products, the Night Lotion's scent seems to take on much more 'body' than when it is used alone; presumably, the culmination of the Tea Tree scent from the various products allows it to become much stronger. Again, this isn't a criticism on my part, but I thought it a helpful point to mention within this review.
I do find that the Tea Tree Night Lotion works quite well at keeping my skin moisturised; any dryness is easily eliminated, and I have never been aware of any 'tightness' being present in my skin once the product has been applied and absorbed; this is a tell-tale sign that my skin is lacking in moisture, and is a common side-effect of many other Night Cream/Lotion products that I've bought before, so I'm happy with the fact the Tea Tree Lotion seems to be more 'in tune' with my own skin type.
Earlier, I touched on the fact that the product was much 'lighter' than most other Night Lotions that I've purchased before, and I do think that this is a contributing factor in the way the product works; it is designed to help "minimise the appearance of post-blemish marks and discolouration." I feel that if the product was thick and creamy, it would simply 'smother' blemish marks in a thick layer of product which is never really going to help them fade, in my view. Thanks to the Tea Tree Lotion's thin texture, it is more easily able to deal with the matter in hand.
In actual fact, I do feel the product works, but I do feel that it works best when used as part of a regular skincare routine, and I do have to admit that I feel the product works best when used alongside some of the other products from elsewhere in the same range; I find the product is particularly effective when I first cleanse my face with The Body Shop's Tea Tree Facial Wash, then I apply some (diluted) Tea Tree Oil to any blemishes and spots. Finally, I moisturise my face and neck with The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion and voila! - skin is cared for, and blemishes are treated.
The results are evident from following this regular regime; existing spots and blemishes are cared for, and have significantly diminished in their appearance and colouring, thanks to the Tea Tree's healing properties. In addition, however, I do feel that less blemishes and spot outbreaks have occurred overall, which is a result that I can really only attribute to the highly effective spot-busting properties of The Body Shop's marvellous products, with the Night Lotion being among my favourites from the whole range.
In terms of the product's suitability for my sensitive skin type, I would advise that it has never aggravated the skin or caused any dryness or itching. The only point I would mention at this stage is that I have noticed that the Night Lotion will cause a slight 'tingling' in the skin on occasion - not EVERY time, but quite often. This really only seems to affect two areas - the tops of my cheeks, where they meet the bottom of my under-eye area, and the top of my lips, under my nose. For some reason, the product seems to cause a bit of a reaction if it is applied too near to the eyes or mouth, and although I have never applied it directly to the lips or too near the eyes, I confess that the tingling - whilst not painful or harsh - is something that has made me slightly cautious. Other consumers - especially those with skin that is not as sensitive as mine is - may well find that the product causes no sensation whatsoever, but I would suggest perhaps trying it out on a small area first, just to ascertain its suitability for your own skin type before going ahead and smearing it all over your face.
This little issue has not put me off from using this fabulous little product, and I confess that I do feel that it is one of the best Night Lotion products that I have ever used, mainly because it just feels so in tune to my own skin type which is dry/combination, whilst being prone to occasional spot outbreaks and blemishes; the fact that it can cope with all these issues, without adding to the problem, or feeling too harsh or rich for my own sensitive skin type make it an absolute winner as far as I am concerned.
It is probably no surprise, therefore, that The Body Shop's Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score.
I have a good friend living close by to me who owns two small dogs. I will regularly try and help her out by popping into her house to spend a little time with her two doggies and give them some company whilst she is at work, particularly when she has to work longer shifts than usual. In addition, when my ill health allows, I will often take the dogs for a walk around our local park for a bit of a run around, but this is really only possible when I am feeling particularly 'well' as one of the dogs 'Max' is extremely energetic and I find keeping up with him a struggle at times!
I will occasionally purchase a toy or some treats to feed my little doggy friends, and the ones I purchased most recently are from the well-known 'Pedigree' brand of dog food and treats, namely the "Gravy Bones", with this review outlining our experiences.
I've purchased these treats for my little friends many times, and they are always popular. On this occasion, I purchased a box of the treats from Tesco where I paid in the region of £1.50 for the box which is 400g in size. This is reasonable value, but I think it is worth mentioning that many pet shops sell these particular treats loose or in large, clear bags. I can generally get a large bag of these treats for around £1 from my local pet shop, so it might be worth bearing that in mind if you have an independent pet shop near to where you live.
The Gravy Bones are VERY popular with dogs, in my experience. Indeed, I don't recall ever coming across a dog that didn't find their taste and flavour extremely appealing and enticing, and in my years working in a veterinary background, even the most stubborn of hounds could usually be coaxed into whatever reasoning was required with the help of a yummy Gravy Bone... or three.
The little bones are just that; little brown biscuits that are shaped like bones. They are quite 'neat' in their size, being around an inch long. They are dark brown in colour and have a notable 'sheen' to their surface which is quite unusual for biscuits like this one, I think, with this being the sort of 'gravy' coating on the outside of the treats. Their texture is quite hard, but I can 'snap' one in two quite easily, which I will often do as one of my friends' dogs has had several teeth removed in the past, so I tend to find that she prefers smaller portions with treats like this one. I would say that the treats can become quite sticky if you hold one in your hand for more than a minute or two - worth bearing in mind if you want to avoid your hands being left with a notable 'meaty' aroma..!
The Gravy Bones are quite crunchy, but are not so hard that they pose problems for the dogs when they are chomping them happily. They can crunch them up quite easily - dental problems or not! - and will happily consume every last crumb.
I find too that these little Bones are the perfect bribe; Max isn't the best when it comes to his recall; sometimes he responds, and sometimes he doesn't.. BUT I find that letting him know I have a small stash of the Gravy Bones on my person when we are out on our little outings together will get the message home quite nicely; come back to me when I want you to, and you will get a Bone! Most times, it works. This leads me to think that they would be helpful in training puppies and working dogs too.
It's worth noting, I think, that the bones are fairly robust, irrespective of their small, neat size; I can carry some of the treats in my pocket without them breaking up into a crumby mess, which makes them ideal to take on our little outings together.
Another point to mention, I think, is that the box contains feeding guidelines, so you can judge the amount to feed your dog, based on his size and breed. I do have to be honest, however, and say that the amounts listed on the box seem vaguely excessive, in my view, and I do think that a couple of the treats at one time is more than enough; experience has taught me that feeding dogs - or cats! - too many treats at the one time can occasionally upset the stomach, so I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to treating my furry friends.
In terms of the Pedigree Gravy Bones nutritional values, the product claims to contain "Vitamins & Minerals" which I have found is normal practice with a product like this one. In addition, the Gravy Bones contain "Omega 3" and "Calcium" which is known to be beneficial to teeth and bones. Lastly, I like the fact that the Bones are "Free from artificial colours and flavours" as I am mindful of the fact that their intended recipients are not MY dogs, and I don't want to be feeding them anything overly unhealthy - this assurance offers me a little piece of mind that the product is made of quality ingredients.
I don't find that the Gravy Bones are particularly susceptible to becoming spoiled in their box once it has been opened, but I tend to keep them in an airtight jar, just in case. I have found that some brands of dog biscuit and treat will occasionally become softened once their packaging has been opened, but I have to say that this doesn't seem to put the dogs off from consuming them! In any event, the Gravy Bones seem to be a bit more robust in this regard, and I don't recall them softening before they were all finished.
In summary, both me AND my doggy friends recommend the Pedigree Gravy Bones. They are (apparently) tasty, appetising and delicious, and from a 'human point of view' they are not overly expensive, and work well as a bribe without being harsh on the dogs' stomach, or being overly poor in terms of nutritional value.
The Pedigree Gravy Bones are widely available to buy from good supermarkets such as Tesco, in addition to most pet shops and stockists.
I wear a lot of vest tops during the summer months, and favour those with a broad strap to wear with jeans. I also take such tops abroad on holiday with me, finding them ideal to wear with shorts or skirts, as I find them comfortable and lightweight to wear in a warmer climate. In addition, I wear said vests during the colder winter months under cardigans and jumpers, finding that they work well when 'layered' in this way.
For the past few years I have bought several vest tops from Matalan, with this review outlining my experiences of their "Round Neck Rib Vest" which I have purchased several times over the past three years or so. Most recently, I have purchased two of these vests last month from a local branch of Matalan, paying £3 each. You can purchase the vests online at www.matalan.co.uk, but I am unfamiliar with this site, so cannot comment further than this.
There is a small range of colours to select from at the present time in my local Matalan store, including grey, white, black, cream and navy. These shades are what I would describe as more 'wardrobe staple' shades, which is presumably down to the store's collection presently being aimed at the winter months. Certainly, during the spring and summer months, I've been able to purchase these vests in other colours including shades of blue and green, for example. My recent purchases were a white and a navy blue vest which I felt were the perfect accompaniment to the navy and white cardigans and shirt that I have been wearing recently.
The Ribbed Vests are available in sizes 8 - 20 and the price is the same, irrespective of which size is purchased which is very fair, I think, considering many retailers charge more for larger sizes. I am reasonably slim, and so I've always purchased the size 10 vest which fits me quite well; I do think the sizing is quite accurate for these particular garments, although it is worth mentioning, I think, that there have been occasions where some Matalan clothes have felt a little on the larger size, or certainly they have felt rather less 'fitting' than I would have expected. This hasn't been an issue with the ribbed vests, however, and I have never had an issue where sizing is concerned.
Another plus point for me, personally, is that I find the 'sizing' of the Matalan Rib Vests to be absolutely spot on for my own preference; I am in my mid 30's, so the days of showing a little midriff when wearing a top like this one are behind me, I think. I much prefer it when tops like these have a hem that sits easily at my hips, resting just at the waistband of my jeans, rather than hovering above it. This is my own preference, but I do think the 'fit' and sizing of the Matalan Rib Vests are slightly more generous than some of the other vests I own from rival brands that are a bit neater.
The Rib Vests are made from 100% cotton, and feel extremely soft to the touch. I particularly like how the material feels quite lightweight, without feeling tight when being worn.
In addition, I feel that the quality of the materials and fabric used in these particular vests is rather superior to many of the others in my collection, with it being surprisingly hard-wearing and robust, irrespective of the garments' 'purse-friendly' price tag. In actual fact, I have stopped buying 'budget' vests from brands such as Tesco or Primark, as these generally cost around £2 and are nowhere near the same quality as those from Matalan. True, the Matalan vests cost £1 or £2 more than the Primark ones, but I still feel that this is an extremely good value price considering the vests' quality. I'd rather spend another quid on a top like this one and have it last for several more months than some of those that have proven to be something of a false economy from more budget brands.
I've bought the Matalan Round Neck Rib Vests on and off for about three years now, and I have never felt that quality was compromised; For the purposes of this review, I've inspected some of the Rib Vests that were purchased during the summer months last year, and I can't see any signs of 'bobbling' on the fabric, nor is there any loose threads at the hem or seams. In actual fact, there is nothing that stands out to me as being significant wear and tear, and there is still PLENTY of wear left in these garments. I think that's evidence enough of the standard and quality of these vests, and it is one of the main reasons that I continue to purchase them in various colours and styles each year; you really get value for money here, and there are even occasional promotional offers available in-store for 'multi-buy' deals, making them even more affordable.
Caring for the Rib Vests couldn't be easier; I simply pop them in the machine on a 30 degree wash and this seems to suit the Vests' fabric and shape as there has never been any incidents of stretching or fraying, nor have they faded in their respective shades and colourings. These tops don't need ironed either, if they are hung up when damp; they are ready to wear - without creases being evident - as soon as they are dry. This 'fuss-free' approach to laundering makes the Matalan Rib Vests the perfect garments for travelling or holidaying abroad too, as they don't crease easily when packed and always just feel 'ready to wear.'
I don't have a single negative grumble to report when considering the Matalan Round Neck Rib Vest, which is probably why I continue to buy a small selection of them at the start of each Spring/Summer season. They are extremely affordable, whilst never compromising on quality or fit, and as such, I feel that top marks in the product rating score are more than justified, on this occasion.