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I have recently been buying various brands of tinned fruit when I decided to try some of the supermarket 'budget' versions to see how they compared to more expensive versions. I recently purchased a tin of the "Pineapple Pieces in Light Syrup" from Asda's "Smartprice" range, with this review discussing my thoughts.
I was extremely impressed to note how 'purse-friendly' this product was, as I paid only 35 pence for the large tin, which is a generous 565g in size.
There is no ring-pull on the can, but once the lid had been removed, I was impressed with the appearance of the pineapple, as I had been expecting small, broken up pieces due to the product's price. Whilst some of the chunks ARE slightly broken and are smaller in size, there are plenty of 'whole' chunks too, and the fruit looks very tasty.
When using this fruit for blending into smoothies, I tend to spoon it from the tin into my juicer and store any remaining fruit in its syrupy liquid until the following day. I have found that the pineapple keeps very well when stored in the fridge this way.
I don't always find that 'budget' tinned fruit has the same consistency or 'bite' to it that more premium versions offers, but on this occasion, this wasn't really an issue as my intention was to puree and 'juice' the tinned fruit along with fresh produce such as bananas, berries and yoghurt. For the purposes of this review, however, I did try some of the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces on their own, and found that the fruit was juicy and flavoursome, with the syrup in the can being sweet and pleasant.
I couldn't say that the Smartprice tinned pineapple compared with fresh in terms of its flavour or 'bite', but this is always the case when tinned fruit is compared to fresh, and I can't say that I was disappointed with this particular brand, in this regard; neither my husband or myself felt that the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces were soggy or 'mushy' or were any different to any other brand of tinned pineapple that we buy regularly.
I've experimented with this particular fruit on quite a few occasions now, but my favourite way to use it has been alongside some fresh mango and a healthy dollop of natural yoghurt. I will occasionally add a small handful of berries to the mix too. The end result is quite delicious, and I have found that the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces add a lovely flavour to my drinks.
The Smartprice Pineapple has the following information on its can:
*1 of 5 per day per 1/4 drained can
*No artificial colours or flavours
*Suitable for Vegetarians
Based on the fact that I feel this budget offering from Asda's Smartprice range compares just as well to other brands of tinned pineapple that I buy regularly, I'm happy to recommend this product, having switched to this brand myself.
My husband owns the "1 Million Eau De Toilette" aftershave spray from the well-known Paco Rabanne brand, with this review discussing my thoughts about the product.
My husband's bottle of Eau De Toilette is 50ml in size, and was received as part of a gift set containing other items in the 1 Million range. A quick look online tells me that the current price for the 50ml bottle of aftershave is around £40, and it is available from good stockists including Boots.
The packaging is extremely attractive, with the Eau De Toilette spray resembling a small bar of gold. The bottle has an oblong design, though it will stand on its end quite easily. There is a slender, chic appeal to this particular bottle and I do think it looks quite classy.
I find that the scent is not over-bearing or 'heady', and in fact I find that the scent has a sweet, refreshing 'edge' to it that I had not anticipated, and it is this edge that allows the fragrance to feel rather contemporary and modern.
That is not to say that the fragrance feels overly 'young', and whilst my husband is still only in his 30s, I think there is something of a classic 'feel' to be found within this particular scent that would allow it to appeal to a wider age range than some of the other offerings in my husband's collection; many of these other scents feel rather more 'immature' than the Paco Rabanne 1 Million, in terms of their appeal. I do feel that the 1 Million scent is much more suited to a variety of age groups than many other aftershaves that my husband owns.
I like how the 1 Million scent contains a refreshing 'fruity' hint within it, although these notes never take on too much 'body' which would possibly see them becoming 'heady' or overly sweet, but I do think that their addition gives this fragrance a little more versatility in terms of its suitability for a variety of occasions; these notes seem to offer a little 'balance' to the 'heavier' notes within the scent which would possibly feel a little too 'acrid' without their inclusion.
In terms of the scent's longevity, I feel it performs very well; following application in the morning, the scent is still easily detectable on the skin at lunchtime and into the afternoon. The 'fruity' notes in the scent are slightly more faded at this point, but a quick 're-spritz' soon brings the fragrance back to life, if required.
My husband doesn't suffer from sensitive skin issues, and has never encountered any irritation to the skin during the time he has used the Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau De Toilette, or its co-ordinating products and toiletries.
Taking everything into account, I recommend the Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT spray as it is extremely versatile, being suited to a variety of occasions.
I regularly buy liquid handwash for use in both the kitchen and bathroom in my home. I have recently purchased two bottles of Handwash from the Radox brand, with this review discussing my thoughts about the "Radox Eastern Spirit Handwash."
I paid around £1 for my bottle of Radox Handwash, which is 300ml in size. I thought that this price represented good value for money, although this price was a promotional offer and the product usually costs nearer £2. I purchased my bottles from Tesco, but you can also buy from good drugstores.
The packaging is fairly attractive, but it is quite simplistic, I think. The bottle is made of sturdy, clear plastic, which allows the bright orange/peach coloured liquid to be seen quite clearly inside. The bottle has something of a 'chunky' design to it, as does the 'pump' dispenser inside the bottle which is quite large.
The Eastern Spirit Handwash has a very nice texture to it, and I like how it smoothens over the skin easily. A little warm water will gently 'agitate' the soap to allow a soft lather to be created quite easily. This feels soft and gentle on the skin, without any tackiness or stickiness being observed.
After rinsing, I find that my hands are left spotlessly clean, and free from any dirt or grime that may have been present beforehand. I do feel that this product performs as well as other handwash products, in this regard.
The product's overall fragrance is probably what I would describe as being "quietly floral" with the soft, floral notes feeling quite subdued, yet refreshing.
I do feel that the scent is rather more 'feminine' than most of the other handwash products that I buy regularly, but not to the extent that it is completely unsuitable for my husband to use at home. True, it is probably more 'girly' in its fragrance than some of the other liquid soaps that I buy on a regular basis, but I do still feel that the product is suitable for use by the whole household.
After using the Radox Handwash to cleanse my hands, I find that the delicate sweetness within the product's floral aroma is keen to hang around on the skin for a short while afterwards. I don't feel that the scent is 'intrusive' in any way, nor could I say that I have found it is over-bearing or 'heady' after the product has been used.
As with all other products from the Radox brand that I've purchased before, my sensitive skin has suffered from no irritation or aggravation during or after use of the Eastern Spirit Handwash. Based on these results, I do recommend it as being entirely suitable for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the Radox Eastern Spirit Handwash and I would buy it again in the future, though probably only if it was available at a discounted price.
Both my husband and myself got some lovely toiletry sets as gifts at Christmas Time, with my husband being given a gift set from the well-known "Adidas" brand. The gift set contained items such as a 100ml EDT spray and a matching shower gel, all with the same "Team Force" fragrance. This review will discuss my thoughts about the Adidas Team Force Eau De Toilette.
The 100ml bottle of Team Force EDT can be purchased from various stockists, including www.amazon.co.uk, where the current price is around £6, with free delivery.
The packaging is nice enough, but is fairly simplistic. The familiar Adidas branding is bold and eye-catching, but my husband's bottle looks a bit different to that shown on Dooyoo. The sides of the bottle are curved, which allows the bottle to feel quite chunky. The bold 'Team Force' branding looks appealing and masculine thanks to the colours used.
I am able to detect the product's aroma easily, whilst my husband is wearing it. With a strong, spicy 'core', the aroma is very strong in its initial stages. This spicy scent has something of a notable 'tang' within it, and this reminds me of a citrus-based scent. Looking at the scent's description online, I can see that it does actually contain orange and grapefruit notes, so these may well be responsible for this 'thread' in the fragrance's overall 'voice'.
There is a notable refreshing 'edge' to the scent too, and this is evident from the spiciness in the scent; this allows it to feel quite revitalising, I think.
Whilst strong, and bold, the scent does not feel 'heady', nor is it over-powering. This has made it the perfect addition to my husband's 'everyday' collection; the scent feels more 'muted' than other scents that he owns, and so it is suitable for more everyday occasions.
True, the product doesn't feel as 'special' as some of the other fragrances in my husband's collection, but for the price paid, I wouldn't expect it to.
I think that the Adidas Team Force scent is probably suitable for a variety of age groups; it feels quite 'mainstream' in terms of its appeal, and I don't think that it feels overly 'trendy' in the way that other scents do.
In terms of longevity, the Team Force EDT performs quite well, and I am still able to detect a hint of its spicy 'core' scent on the skin in the evening, even though my husband never reapplies his chosen fragrance throughout the course of the day. I think that this result is fairly impressive, especially when the product's low purchase price is considered.
The Adidas Team Force Eau De Toilette has caused no irritation or sensitivity to my husband's skin during or after use.
Taking everything into account, I would repurchase this scent for my husband again in the future; it is pleasant and refreshing, and it lasts well throughout the day.
One of my favourite serum products is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum, with this review outlining my thoughts and experiences.
The product is provided in a 'pump' dispenser bottle that is 50ml in size. Unless on offer, I generally pay around £7 for the bottle which is slightly more expensive than other serum products that I buy regularly. I would point out, however, that the bottle is extremely economical as I only need to use a small amount of product with each use, so the bottle lasts for quite a long time.
On the bottle's reverse, there is a claim:
"Award-winning formula, Instantly eliminates frizz and repels humidity for glossy, silky-smooth styles. With thermal protectant."
The product itself is clear in colour and is slightly runny in its texture. It should be applied to wet hair, after washing and conditioning. There is no need to rinse the product from the hair, and as such it is a 'leave-in' treatment designed to be used after washing, and before styling the hair.
The bottle's reverse advises that only one 'pump' of product should be used, and I do find that this is accurate. I tend to concentrate the application of this product to the hair ends only, as it feels slightly oily in its texture and I'm wary of using oily or greasy products near the roots.
I find that the Frizz Ease Serum is easy to apply; I rub my hands together to disperse it a little, then run my hands through the hair ends before smoothing down the root area with the residue left behind on the hands. This process takes a mere moment, and I like how 'light' the product feels when compared to some others that I've purchased from rival brands.
I do like how 'easy-going' this product feels, and even though it leaves behind a slightly oily residue on the hands, there is no greasiness on my hair after it has been applied. I do find it easy to blow-dry my hair after this product has been applied too, and I am able to notice that hair feels soft and silky during the time it is being dried.
Once my hair has been dried, I am pleased with how sleek and neat it looks. The hair's lengths look in good condition and a healthy shine is noticeable from my dark locks.
Additionally, I like the texture of my hair, as it feels soft, and conditioned, with a lovely silkiness being evident on the hair lengths, without it feeling heavy.
Based on my own experiences, I have really only had positive results when using this product. Even though it is more expensive than other brands, I do feel it is worth paying a little more for, and I do feel that the product is extremely economical, which helps to justify its price tag.
For these reasons, the product comes with my full recommendation.
This review discusses my thoughts about the "Carex Cola Bottles Handwash", which I recently purchased online at www.tesco.com.
The 250ml bottle cost me around £1 each at the time of purchase, but this was a promotional offer, and you can generally expect to pay around £1.80 for the product.
The packaging is fairly simplistic and quite plain, I think, but it serves its purpose well. The bottle is made of clear, robust plastic, and the bottle's square shape has a slight 'curve' at the sides to enable ease of use if hands are wet or soapy. The bottle has a plastic 'pump' dispenser and this too feels sturdy and robust.
The liquid itself looks nice enough, but it too is quite plain as it is a plain white-beige colour, although there is an obvious 'pearl-like' sheen to be observed from the liquid. I do feel that this particular Handwash is quite thin and runny, but I can't say that I've noticed it spilling or dripping during use.
The Carex Handwash produces a light, foamy lather, and it does so quite easily upon contact with water. The lather produced is not overly 'foamy' and it is rinsed easily from the skin. After hands have been dried, I am pleased to note that there is no tackiness or sticky residue present.
The product's main selling point, of course, is its aroma. I do find that the scent is not as strong as I'd anticipated, and it is without the sickliness that I'd presumed would be present. True, the aroma is very sweet, (unsurprisingly, as the product has been fragranced with a 'Cola Bottles' scent!) but I couldn't say that I found it over-bearing at all.
The scent of Cola Bottles IS noticeable, although I do wonder whether I'd have been able to pinpoint it as being this exact fragrance, had I not known prior to use. In reality, the scent is very pleasant, and I find it offers a nice change from other handwash products that I buy regularly.
I don't find that the Cola Bottles scent hangs around on the skin for too long after use; I am aware of the scent lingering on the skin's surface for a short time if I sniff at my hands, but I do find that the scent feels quite subdued on the skin.
As with all other Handwash products from the Carex brand that I have tried before, my sensitive skin has suffered from no aggravation during or after use of the Cola Bottles Handwash. Based on these results, I do recommend it as being entirely suitable for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin issues.
The only real downside for me, when considering the product, is the fact that it is so expensive; I feel its price is rather inflated when compared to similar products.
Other than this point, however, I felt that it was a nice product that I would recommend.
At Christmas, my husband received a bottle of the David Beckham Homme Eau De Toilette, with this review discussing my thoughts.
The bottle of Homme EDT that my husband received is 30ml in size, and this is relatively inexpensive to buy, costing between £5 - £10 on sites such as www.amazon.co.uk.
The aftershave is presented in an oblong bottle made of sturdy glass and there is bold lettering printed across the bottle which spells out DAVID BECKHAM in a bold, but plain, font. The bottle's design is chunky, and masculine.
The description on www.amazon.co.uk for this aftershave is as follows:
•Wet citrus, spicy ginger and black pepper open the fragrance
•A signature heart of aromatic rosemary, sumptuous leather and cashmere wood
•Fragrance finishes with deep patchouli and sueded musk
When the scent is first sprayed, it is woody, with a notable spice at its core. This spice does die down a little following application, but it never fades into oblivion, with it hanging in the backdrop quite easily. The spice in this aftershave makes its appearance very early on, and it does seem to be a notable trait of this particular scent, as I've noticed the same spice hanging in my bathroom for quite a long time following my husband's shower with the matching Homme Body Wash; it has no desire to be understated or quiet.
I like how refreshing the scent feels; there is a notable 'tang' in the scent and I find that this feels quite revitalising. My husband has even commented on how he likes the matching Homme Body Wash when it is used first thing in the morning for this exact reason; he used the words "it wakes me up a bit" but I know he is describing a revitalising feeling from within the spicy scent.
In terms of the scent's longevity, I feel it performs quite well; following application in the morning, the spicy core at the scent's heart is still easily detectable on the skin. The woodier notes in the backdrop are more faded than this, but can still be noted by a faint 'whisper' that is evident every now and again.
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the David Beckham Homme Eau De Toilette as I quite like its fresh, spicy scent. I don't always feel that it is the best scent for the occasion in hand, and as such, it doesn't feel as versatile as other scents that my husband has in his collection; don't be fooled into thinking that this is one of those understated, easy-going, 'everyday' scents as it definitely isn't, but I admit that I do like its strong, masculine voice.
Considering the good results in terms of the aftershave's longevity, and it's fantastic value purchase price, I do feel that four marks out of five is an appropriate award in the product rating score on this occasion.
My husband recently purchased the Asda Chunky Minestrone Soup, and paid £1.38 for the large pot which I thought was reasonable value for money.
The soup is provided in a clear tub made of sturdy plastic, and this is 600g in size. I would say that the pot contains enough soup to provide two generous portions.
You can buy this soup in store, in larger branches of Asda, and it is also available to purchase online at www.asda.com, where delivery charges apply.
Asda claim that this product has a "10+ Days Life" in terms of its sell-by date, but once the tub has been opened, the soup should be consumed within 24 hours. The soup is suitable for home freezing.
When it came to cooking the soup, I was pleased to note that it could be heated in its tub; this is convenient, as it not only saves washing up, but I find it saves time too. As the soup was being heated in the microwave, I was able to detect its lovely aroma; the unmistakeable aroma of fresh tomato and herbs wafted generously into the kitchen, and I admit that I found my mouth watering.
The Soup looked homemade to me, and I do regularly enjoy eating my mum's homemade Minestrone Soup, so was able to make this comparison. Whilst my mum's soup has larger, more 'chunky' veg, I was still pleased to note that the Asda Soup hadn't 'skimped' here, with the pieces of vegetable looking larger and more 'robust' than that usually found in tinned and canned soups. I liked how the vegetables and beans contained in the Asda soup had managed to retain their 'bite' and hadn't become mushy as this can be quite off-putting, and I do unfortunately find that this is quite common where tinned soups are concerned.
The Asda Soup contains haricot beans and whilst I am not used to having these in my Minestrone Soup, I quite liked this addition, finding that they gave the soup a bit more texture. I also found that the addition of the beans made the soup feel quite 'substantial' in that I felt quite full up and satisfied after eating it.
There was some pasta in the soup too, but I didn't find that this gave the soup as much 'bite' as the beans and the vegetables. I do often find that the pasta in Minestrone soup can become 'sloppy', but this wasn't a particular issue here. The Soup's flavour was very pleasant, and I was able to detect the addition of basil in the recipe, which I found offered a lovely balance to the overall flavour of the soup. Additionally, I felt that the Asda Soup was well-seasoned, and I didn't find it necessary to add my own salt and pepper.
I did enjoy this Soup's flavour and consistency, and I would buy it again as I did think that its quality was good.
I have quite a collection of Pyrex cookware items at home, and own two Pyrex Casserole Dishes, both of which are used regularly. This review discusses my thoughts and experiences.
I have been using my Pyrex Casserole Dishes for over ten years and both are still in extremely good condition, showing very little sign of wear and tear. I think that this result is testament to the product's quality and durability. True, my Pyrex Dishes cost a little more money than some of the other dishes that I own, but I do think that some things are worth paying a little more for, and cookware items from the Pyrex brand falls into that category for me.
There are various sizes of Pyrex Casserole Dishes available to purchase, or you can buy a set of three, which contains a 0.75L, a 1.25L and a 2.0L dish in the set. At the time of writing (January 2015), this set of three dishes costs £24.99 from www.amazon.co.uk, with free delivery, which is great value for money.
I think it is worth noting how versatile the Pyrex Dishes are; not only are they designed for use in the oven to temperatures up to three hundred degrees, but they are suitable for use in the fridge, freezer and microwave too. I don't personally recall ever using my own dishes in the freezer, but I know that my mum occasionally uses hers to freeze large batches of soups and homemade sauces. I think it shows the quality of the Pyrex Dishes in that they are able to cope with such extreme temperatures from the freezer to the oven, and I think most households could find many uses for such items.
I do like how the 'bowl' part of the Dish is so deep, as this obviously allows it to be filled with a large quantity of liquid such as stock, which is vital when cooking stews and other dishes. There have also been times when I have mixed puddings and cakes in the Pyrex Casserole Dish, which is easy to do due to its generous size and depth. Even though I have used my electric cake mixer within the glass dish many times, there are no signs of extensive scratching to the glass surface, again, proving the Pyrex Dishes' durability and quality.
Another valid point to note is the fact that the Pyrex Casserole Dishes are made from 'Stain Resistant' glass, which is particularly useful for me as I tend to use mine to cook a lot of tomato-based food, including soups and sauces. Cooking such foods will often leave an unsightly orange stain on more inferior cookware items and dishes, and this staining can often be extremely difficult or impossible to remove. Thankfully, this is not an issue where the Pyrex Casserole Dishes are concerned.
Taking everything into account, I really only have positive experiences to share about this product, and as such it comes with my full recommendation.
I own various Pyrex items and use them all on a regular basis.
The Pyrex 'Classic' Bowl is sized at 1Litre and you can buy this individually from many stockists, including Amazon for around £5, although this price may not include postage costs.
The Pyrex Classic Bowl has been used countless times in my household over the years. It has been used for all sorts of things like heating up sauces and soups in the microwave, to baking and mixing cakes and everything in-between! I have found that it is a very versatile and functional item within my kitchen.
Furthermore, I find that even though the Pyrex Bowls that I own have been used for over ten years, they are showing very little signs of wear and tear. I think that this result is testament to the product's quality and durability; I own other glass cookware items that look relatively scratched when compared to the Pyrex items in my collection.
I find it surprising how little wear and tear there is on my Pyrex Bowls, especially considering that I am something of a regular baker, and all three of my Pyrex Bowls have been used quite heavily with whisks and beaters. The largest two bowls that I own have been used regularly with my electric mixer, and yet there is very little 'scratching' evident on the inside of the bowls' surface.
Additionally, my own bowls have been dropped on various occasions as a result of my clumsiness and these incidents have never inflicted any chips or cracks on the bowls' glass surface.
Also, I must mention that the glass is completely stain resistant, which is quite a valid point for me personally, as I cook a lot of tomato-based foods such as sauces and soups, and these can easily leave an unfortunate orange 'tinge' on other kitchenware items. I also cook a lot of rice dishes, some of which contain Turmeric and other spices, and the yellow colouring can leave some dishware appearing rather unsightly afterwards. Said staining is often permanent, such is the intensity of the spices' colouring.
Thankfully, my trusty Pyrex bowls never take on any of the foods' natural colouring, with the sturdy glass remaining completely clear and free from colour.
I don't recall ever using my Pyrex bowls in my freezer, but the glass is so durable that it is suitable for this practice. They are also suitable for use in the oven and as I have already mentioned, the microwave too.
The Pyrex Bowls are suitable for use in the dishwasher, but I have always washed my own Pyrex items by hand, finding that this keeps them in great condition.
Taking everything into account, I really do recommend the Pyrex Classic Bowl and only have good points to mention within this review.
As such, the product comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score.
During a recent shop at a local branch of Tesco, I purchased two packs of the "Tesco Sensitive Facial Wipes", with this review discussing my experiences.
I paid £1 for each of the packs of 25 individual Wipes at the time of purchase, with this price reflecting reasonable value for money. You can buy these Wipes in store, in larger branches of Tesco, and they are available to buy online.
The plain white pack that is detailed with blue font gives a clean, crisp appearance and is quite appealing. There is a sticky label closure that is used to provide a seal on the front of the pack, and this is of a good quality, ensuring that the moist wipes remain sealed between uses.
To use, I simply need to remove one of the Tesco Wipes from its packaging and smooth it over the face. This allows it to gently cleanse the skin, removing make-up in the process.
I do feel that the Tesco Wipes feel rather 'soapy' when they are first removed from their pack, but this feeling doesn't interfere with their use, nor does it leave any residue or tackiness on the skin afterwards. Another plus point for me, personally, is the softness of the woven 'cloth' type material that these particular wipes have; it allows them to feel quite gentle when they are smoothed over the face, which I really quite like - particularly as I do often use such products around the delicate eye area.
Furthermore, I have found that the Tesco Sensitive Wipes are really quite effective. I find that they cleanse my skin quite well, leaving it feeling refreshed afterwards. I do find too that they remove make-up rather well, with their soft, 'woven' texture working well to remove all traces of make-up in just a moment or two.
I do find it necessary to use a separate wipe to cope with darker make-up such as eyeliner or mascara as these particular wipes are too small in their size to cope with removing a full 'face' of make-up that includes heavily made-up eyes. To be fair, though, this is common with wipes that are in the same price range as these Tesco ones.
After use, my skin looks clean and fresh, and it feels adequately cleansed. There is no tackiness present on the skin's surface, and I am also pleased that the dryness that affects my face has not been accelerated by the product.
Likewise, my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way of irritation from this product and I therefore have no problem in recommending them for use by those consumers who suffer from dry/sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I would recommend the Tesco Sensitive Wipes and I do feel that I would buy them again in the future. True, they look and feel quite basic, but they seem to work quite well without causing any ill-effects in terms of my sensitive skin.
I really love using shower and bath products with fruity or citrus-based scents, finding that these are generally very uplifting when they are used. During a recent sale at The Body Shop, I stocked up on various Shower Gel products, with this review outlining my experiences of trying The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel.
The bottle of Shower Gel that I purchased is 250ml in size, and this generally retails for £4, although I managed to purchase it for half this amount. You can buy in-store, or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
The packaging is in keeping with most of the other Body Shop shower gel products that I already own, with the liquid being provided in a circular bottle made of robust, clear plastic. The Satsuma Shower Gel is a bright orange colour which suits its fragrance and name down to the ground. I like the Gel's texture too, as it doesn't spill or dribble during use, but neither is it so thick that dispensing it from the bottle is difficult.
The Shower Gel produces a light 'foam' when it comes into contact with hot water, and I find this feels lovely and soft on my tired skin. I find too that this gentle lather will be created quite easily, and a little of the product goes a surprisingly long way.
This has allowed the bottle to last for quite a long time, so I do feel that it is economical in this respect.
The Satsuma Shower Gel has a truly wonderful aroma, which was the main selling point for me. With a hearty 'zing' at its core, the fresh, orangey aroma takes hold almost as soon as it is dispensed from its bottle. The 'strength' of the scent feels absolutely spot-on, as it doesn't 'scream' at me when the product is used first thing in the morning; I'm all for using products that offer a 'revitalising' feel, but can't say that I am overly fond of those products that feel over-bearing.
The Satsuma scent feels quite authentic too; it is not overly-sweet, and there is no 'saccharine' type edge to its fragrance, with the overall scent feeling completely balanced instead. This result is fairly impressive, as I've purchased various other fruit-scented bath and shower products from other brands that have felt rather false in their scents, which is always disappointing.
I like how the Satsuma scent lingers delicately on the skin after showering; it doesn't feel obtrusive at all, with its citrusy 'voice' whispering gently from the skin's surface instead.
As with all other products from The Body Shop that I have used before, my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation during or after use, and I do therefore recommend it as being entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin types.
Taking everything into account, I would highly recommend this gorgeous gel from The Body Shop, and I will definitely buy it again.
While I found the beginning of the story a little confusing, I found that by the end of the book I was hooked. Unknowingly, I had become swept up somewhere in the middle, although I do recall a distinct defining moment when everything suddenly clicked and made sense. So let me begin by saying, do not give up on this book! While things may seem a little fuzzy and disjointed at first, they soon come together and you will be very glad you persevered.
Like with most time travel books, there is a lot of jumping about. You don’t always know if you’re in past, present or future, but you do know that you are between the pages of a good story. In regards to this book, please trust the author to guide you through it – it really is a great piece of literature!
The story begins with sixteen year old Marina, a shy, introverted girl who happens to be in love with her best friend and next door neighbor, James. The youngest son of a rich and influential family, James is a prodigy in his own right. After losing both his parents at a young age, he slowly sinks into an obsession with finding a way to get them back.
Yet when an assignation attempt leaves James beloved brother in a critical coma, Marina finds herself at a loss to help. Especially as she could have sworn one of the assassins looked to be the mirror image of herself. But now with James sspiraling out of control, the foundations of a dark future are falling into place, and only two unlikely heroes from the future can stop the impending doom, but the cost may just be James life…
This book was complex but very well written. I myself love paradoxes and this story certainly leads you on a twisty path of maybes and what ifs that at times may just blow your mind.
The characters each have distinct voices and often conflicting agendas that contribute to a fast paced plot with plenty of action and drama. And while at the end you are left with many unanswered questions, I can’t wait to see how Cristin Terril plans to continue this series.
I own several concealer items from the Boots Seventeen range, with this review discussing my thoughts of trying the "Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon." I paid around £4.50 for the product from a local branch of Boots. You can purchase online at www.boots.com.
The Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon is just that; a concealer product, in the style of a Crayon. The Crayon actually resembles a thick, chunky pencil and in fact it can be sharpened with the use of a large-sized cosmetic sharpener. The Crayon's 'nib' is not like pencil, but is rather soft, with a firm-but-creamy texture.
I find the Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon is a fantastic little product, and application takes a mere moment, thanks to the creamy texture. The Crayon's 'nib' makes application easy too as you can simply 'draw' the product directly onto the skin where required. This means that it is perfect for covering imperfections and blemishes when required, and there is no fussing with sponges or applicators to be considered.
I find too that the product's 'nib' allows for neatness and precision, with the product being applied effortlessly to more awkward areas such as around the eyes.
I find too that the product blends effortlessly on the skin; it sits well under foundation and powders, with its light texture coping well with this technique. A light dab with a make-up sponge allows the Crayon to become blended perfectly, and I've never encountered any instances of it 'clumping' underneath other make-up.
The Crayon offers excellent coverage to blemishes and imperfections, covering them amply, without 'caking' onto the skin in an unsightly manner. This tends to highlight imperfections rather than conceal them, so the Crayon's light texture works well here, as it refuses to smother the skin in a horrible, thick layer. Instead, it conceals imperfections and blemishes with a more 'carefree' approach, and this allows for a more natural end result, in my experience.
The product, once applied, lasts well and I don't recall ever having to re-apply it. I like too, how the product doesn't 'flake' after it has been sitting on the skin for several hours.
The Miracle Matte Crayon is available in two shades: "Fair" and "Medium." I have a very pale complexion and so purchased the Fair shade. I have found that the shade works very well when worn with other items from the Seventeen range, including face powder and other concealers; the shades seem to compliment each other and work together well.
As with all other products from the Boots Seventeen range that I've purchased before, my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way or irritation after using this product, and I do therefore recommend it as being suitable for those consumers who have sensitive skin.
I will definitely buy the Miracle Matte Concealer Crayon again as it is so easy to apply and it offers great coverage. As it costs under £5 and has lasted for several months, I think it is great value too!
I haven't bought many items from the Baylis & Harding range before, but was pleased to receive a small gift set containing various items from the range a while back from my mother-in-law. One of the items in the gift set is the Baylis & Harding Mosaic French Lavender Handwash, with this review discussing my thoughts and experience.
The French Lavender Handwash is available to purchase online at www.amazon.co.uk, where it is included in a variety of gift sets available to purchase. I believe that the item is also available in some supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, and you can expect to pay in the region of £2 - £2.50 for the bottle, which is a generous 500ml in size.
The packaging is very attractive, comprising of a sturdy plastic bottle, with a robust 'pump' dispenser on top. I think the packaging looks really quite nice, and I have never encountered any issues with using the product, finding the packaging is easy to use.
The French Lavender Handwash has a lovely consistency, and although it is quite thin, I don't find it is overly runny. The Handwash spreads over the skin easily, and without feeling 'sticky' or clammy on the hands' surface. A gentle lather is produced during use, but I couldn't say that this felt particularly luxurious or fluffy.
Even as the Handwash is dispensed from the bottle, I am able to smell its lovely aroma. With a refreshing edge to it that is noticeable straight away, the aroma feels really inviting and fresh.
I find that the scent of the Handwash is really quite true to that of fresh Lavender, more so than other Lavender fragranced toiletries and body care items that I own from rival brands. This result is quite impressive, especially as I find Lavender scents can be rather 'sickly' in their aromas in cheaply-produced toiletries.
I like how the French Lavender scent lingers delicately on the skin's surface after I have washed my hands, with just a light, fragrant 'whiff' being evident for a short time after use. This result allows the product to slot quite nicely into everyday life as the aroma never feels too strong or intrusive, as it were.
I also like how the product rinses easily from the skin without fuss after use; there is no annoying 'stickiness' or tackiness remaining, with skin looking and feeling spotlessly clean.
I can confirm that my sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation from the continued use of the French Lavender Handwash, and to this end, I do feel that it is entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the product is worthy of my full recommendation, and I do feel that I would repurchase it again in the future. I like it's more-authentic-than-expected Lavender scent, and find that it is an easy-going product that is simple and quick to use.