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I received a tube of Soap And Glory’s Glad Hair Day shampoo in a gift set at Christmas. I have tried a lot of Soap and Glory products, but had never tried this shampoo before.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a dark pink coloured tube, which sits on its flip cap lid. There is something old fashioned about Soap and Glory’s packaging; I think the dark pink colour is unusual and there is a black and white picture of a woman on the front of the tube. The tube is covered in writing all in different fonts, which brings a more modern feel to it.
~ Price ~
This Glad Hair Day shampoo is available in a small 50ml travel size tube which costs £2.50 from Boots. The full size 250ml tube is available at Boots for £5.50.
It is often available in either size on a 3 for 2 offer.
~ In Use ~
The shampoo is clear, but has a pink tinge to it. It feels very thick. When you squeeze it onto your hand you can turn your hand upside down and the shampoo is so thick that it will not drip off.
It has a lovely, sweet scent. It isn’t the same as the other Soap And Glory products in the range, but it is still very sweet. The scent reminds me of syrup or those candy dummies that you get at fairgrounds. I think it has some cherry in it.
The shampoo lathers up well and creates a nice, foamy lather. It makes my hair feel clean and smell great. It is also easy to rinse off, despite being quite thick.
The scent fills my bathroom when I use this shampoo and it also lingers in my hair for a while after I have washed it.
My hair is left feeling clean, soft and bouncy. I wouldn’t say it has better cleaning abilities than any other shampoo to be honest. The selling points of this shampoo are the lovely, unique scent of the shampoo and also how thick it is, which also means you don’t have to use as much product as a little goes a long way.
I find the tube is a good design as it is easy to get the last of the product out of the bottle when the shampoo runs out. It annoys me when packaging designs don’t allow me to get to the last of the product easily.
I think £5.50 is quite expensive for a 250ml shampoo. I wash my hair every day and my hair is quite long so I go through shampoo quite quickly. Because I go through shampoo quickly I don’t like to buy bottles smaller than 400ml so this shampoo isn’t an ideal buy for me.
I would buy it again every once in a while as I love the scent, but I’d never make it a regular purchase.
My husband chose a crate of these cans of Kopparberg pear cider last time we were at the supermarket.
The cans are 330ml each which is the same size as a normal can of coke.
The cans have a black and gold design and there is a picture of a pear on the front.
~ Price ~
We picked up two crates of 15 330ml cans for £18.00 on offer in Tesco; one crate would cost £11.50.
You can buy a 500ml bottle for £1.99 or there is an alcohol free version of Kopparberg’s pear cider which is £1.29 for 500ml.
~ About the cider ~
When I drink cider I always prefer pear ciders as I think they seem a bit lighter than apple ciders. I am not a big fan of mixed fruit flavoured ciders as they remind me of fizzy pop and to my mind it’s not proper cider.
I tend to drink pear cider in the summer as it is refreshing to drink when it is warm outside.
Each can contains 1.5 units of alcohol and has 4.5% alcohol by volume.
I hadn’t had Kopparberg’s pear cider for a good few years and in the past I’ve always had large bottles of it so looked forward to giving these cans a go.
The cider has a light, refreshing taste and is quite a bit sweeter than I expected it to be. Usually when I buy pear cider I buy Strongbow and I have to say I much prefer the taste of Strongbow’s pear cider.
Kopparberg’s pear cider is still nice, but it is really sweet and the taste actually reminds me of bubblegum. It has taken some getting used to.
It is a refreshing drink that really quenches your thirst and it is nice to have one or two when chilling out in the sun.
I can’t honestly say it’d be my first choice and if it was up to me I’d probably never choose this pear cider again. It is just a lot sweeter than what I am used to and it does have a bubblegum flavour to it, which wasn’t exactly a pleasant surprise.
I prefer pear cider to apple cider, but I’d probably rather drink Kopparberg’s apple cider than this. I wouldn’t recommend this cider. I’d recommend Strongbow’s pear cider over this one.
I bought a bottle of The Body Shop’s vineyard peach shower gel in the sales in January for £2.00!
It is usually £4.00 for the 250ml bottle.
I have only recently got round to using this bottle up as I got so many shower products for Christmas.
I love the scent of peach and I can remember their ‘Fuzzy Peach’ scented products from the 90’s.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a sticker on the front with The Body Shop logo and a picture of a peach on the front. It has a flip cap lid, which can also be screwed on and off.
~ In Use ~
The shower gel is transparent and it is a peach colour. It isn’t too thick, but it isn’t runny either.
The flip cap is easy to use even with wet hands and I like that the lid twists right off so that you can get the last of the product out of the bottle when you have nearly used it all up.
The shower gel has a lovely peach scent. It isn’t sweet as I thought it might be. The scent actually reminds me of the Badger ale, Golden Glory, which is a peach flavoured ale that is one of my favourite drinks.
The shower gel lathers up well and it creates a creamy, quite soapy lather. It rinses off easily leaving no residue on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated.
I find that the scent doesn’t really last on my skin for very long, but I suppose this is not what a shower gel is designed to do. I did hope the scent would be a bit stronger. It does fill the bathroom when I am showering, which is nice, but it just doesn’t last on my skin.
I enjoy using this shower gel. I love the scent and it feels as though it is good for my skin. My skin feels hydrated after using this shower gel; it doesn’t dry my skin out like some products do.
I wore scarves quite a lot over the winter and found they seemed to leave big knots in my hair somehow.
My mother bought me a Tangle Teezer for Christmas.
They are available from Boots for £10.99.
~ Appearance ~
The brush is kind of an oval shape and is a similar width to a mobile phone so that it is easy to hold. ‘Tangle Teezer’ is imprinted onto the top of it and the bottom of the Tangle Teezer has lots of bristles.
There are rows of long bristles and rows of shorter bristles in between.
The bristles are very flexible compared to those on your average hair brush and this design is apparently what helps to detangle your hair more easily.
~ In Use ~
I have quite thick hair and I find that the Tangle Teezer glides through it easily. Any small tangles come out easily with no pain, but when I have had big knots like the ones I had during the winter when I was wearing scarves a lot, I still find that it is quite a job for the Tangle Teezer. The Tangle Teezer helps, but the knots still need a bit of work to become detangled and I’m not sure that I would say that it would be quicker with the Tangle Teezer than any other brush.
I do believe that the Tangle Teezer prevents your hair from breaking though and if you hit a smaller tangle with the Tangle Teezer the bristles bend rather than your hair snapping like it might when using a normal brush with less flexible bristles.
The bristles bend like rubber, but I think they are actually made from plastic.
I like using the Tangle Teezer. I find it handy and I feel that it does prevent my hair from breaking. I like that it is comfortable to grip without using a handle.
I just have the original design of the Tangle Teezer, but there are other designs now including one that has a lid over the bristles so that you can carry it around in your handbag without getting dirt in the bristles and without worrying about the bristles bending or becoming damaged. I have never carried my Tangle Teezer in my handbag because I know others who have and they can become really dirty so I would consider buying the one with the bristle cover in the future.
I should also mention that the Tangle Teezer is easy enough to clean with soapy water and it comes up looking as good as new.
None of my bristles have bent out of shape and none have come off, but I have looked after my Tangle Teezer.
I would recommend the Tangle Teezer and I am pleased to own one.
Dooyoo has listed the Milky Way as a Nestle product, but it is actually by Mars and Dooyoo's photo is of a Mars Milky Way.
I think Mars's chocolate is lovely (way better than Nestle's). It is sweet and creamy.
The Milky Way bar is a bar of soft nougat coated in a thin layer of Mars chocolate. The combination go really well together and although the layer of chocolate is very thin I think the ratio works for Milky Ways.
Each bar is 21.5g and to be honest I don't really feel like one is enough. They are reasonably priced though. They can be picked up individually for 25p or I just bought a 6 pack for 98p in Asda.
I usually eat two at a time, sometimes more! Each bar contains 96 calories, 3.4g of fat, 1.7g of which saturates.
The packaging is blue with a white swirl and stars on the design to give it a space-like look. I noticed in America the packaging for Mars Milky Ways is brown and green and looks very plain and unappealing. Most of Mars's packaging is exactly the same in America apart from their Galaxy bar which has the same packaging, but is called, 'Dove'.
I like Milky Way bars. I would recommend them and will definitely buy them again in the future. They don't tend to be my first choice and when I bought my packet today I was actually looking for a Maltesers Teasers bar but they were out of stock.
These Milky Ways have been enough to satisfy my chocolate craving for now though and I have enjoyed two of them after my tea.
Last time we went food shopping I hadn't had anything to drink all day and was feeling really thirsty. When I saw these Fruit Pastilles lollies I couldn't resist.
A pack of 4 ice lollies was on offer for £1.24. They are available from most larger supermarkets.
I can remember when these lollies first came out in the late 90's and they were a favourite for me and my friends when the ice cream van came round.
The lollies have five different colours - purple (blackcurrant), orange (orange), green (lime), red (strawberry) and yellow (lemon).
They are very tasty and the flavours are nice and strong. I think the strawberry and the lemon are the nicest flavours. The lemon has quite a unique taste. It is refreshing, but not fizzy or bitter. It doesn't have that cheap lemonade taste either.
The packaging claims that there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in these lollies and also claims that they contain 25% fruit juice.
Each lolly provides 54 calories, which isn't bad as this is an enjoyable sweet treat. I usually have them after a meal so 54 calories is a lot less than most desserts and these lollies definitely satisfy my sweet tooth.
I really like these lollies, I would recommend them and I will definitely buy them again in the future. To be honest I probably wouldn't say that they're my favourite ice lolly. I loved lager and lime ice lollies from the ice cream van - don't know if they still do them and nothing beats a Fab, does it? You even get a little bit of chocolate on that. I also love Magnums, but they are more of a choc ice on a stick so they aren't really ice lollies.
About 6 months ago I read a review on Cadbury's Buttons and just the thought of them made me go out and buy some.
I have since had more packets than I'd like to admit to myself.
They come in a purple packet, as they have since I was a child, with the word, 'Buttons' across the top in white lettering.
The standard sized packet has just enough in to satisfy my need for chocolate.
I often buy packs of 3, which cost £1.00 or 6 packs (£1.39) or 12 packs (£2.79) of the treat size packets, which are a little bit smaller.
The trouble is when I buy more packets I eat more packets.
You can buy one big packet of Buttons and you can also get big packets of Giant Buttons, which are just larger buttons. The larger packets cost around £2.00. I prefer the normal sized Buttons to the small ones.
The treat size packets are 14g and there are 76 calories per packet, 4.4g of fat, 2.7g of which saturates.
The buttons themselves are round and have a flat bottom. They are about the size of a 1p coin. Although Cadbury's Crunchie no longer has 'Cadbury's' imprinted onto the base Cadbury's Buttons still have the word, 'Cadbury's' imprinted several times onto the bottom of them, which I am glad about.
The chocolate has the unique Cadbury's taste, which is sweet and creamy and leaves you wanting more.
You can get a lot more chocolate for your money buying other Cadbury's products, but I love Cadbury's Buttons now and again. Their shape is completely different from any of their chocolate bars and other products and I think that is part of the appeal.
I would recommend these chocolate buttons - I have tried other brands and they really don't compare to these ones.
I love ice cream, but we often struggle for freezer space so we never buy large tubs of vanilla ice cream, but recently I have been buying these blocks of ice cream from Lyons Maid.
The block is well priced at just £1.50 and is available from most supermarkets.
The packaging is cardboard and the icecream is a long rectangular shaped bar. I hate having to scoop frozen solid ice cream out of a tub so this bar is great. You just have to cut it with a knife and you have a block of ice cream.
I usually get 8 servings for each bar I buy.
The ice cream is a light yellowy colour. It tastes nice, but not much different to any other vanilla ice cream to be honest.
I usually add raspberry sauce to my ice cream to make it a bit more exciting.
I think this ice cream block is a great idea. It saves me freezer space that a tub would have taken up and it is easy enough to cut even when frozen.
I have never seen a block that has melted, but because the packaging is just cardboard I think it would turn into a soggy, sticky mess so it is important to remember to put it back into the freezer.
I would recommend this ice cream. It is vanilla and tastes much like any other vanilla ice cream, but I find the packaging very handy.
I love Shloer and only buy it now and again. I don't usually drink on Christmas day so I often have Shloer instead of alcohol.
~ Bottle ~
The bottle is made from clear glass and has a simple design on the front with a picture of a few grapes and some bubbles alongside the Shloer logo.
~ Price ~
I recently bought two bottles of Shloer when they were on a buy one get on free offer. A 750ml bottle costs £2.25, but I got two bottles for this price, which I think is a good deal.
The sparkling white grape flavour is my favourite. It is really tasty like sparkling wine without the alcohol. It is sparkling and I find it very moreish. I have been known to drink a whole bottle in one night.
It contains 45 calories per 100ml so a whole bottle would work out at 337.5 calories, which isn't too outrageous, but I do prefer not to pick up too many of my calories from drinks. The label states it is free from preservatives and so it should be refrigerated after opening and consumed within 3 days.
I usually drink this from a champagne flute as I think it looks wrong in a pint glass, but each to their own.
I think it tastes good chilled or at room temperature. I usually keep it in a kitchen cupboard as I never have much space in the fridge.
It is a lovely drink, but I only drink it now and then as it is quite expensive at full price. In my opinion the white grape is the nicest flavour. I bought a bottle of white grape and elderflower a few months back and it wasn't as nice. I'd recommend this drink and I will buy it again in the future.
The Boots Advantage card is one of the cleverest loyalty cards out there.
After initially registering your card you just hand it over to the cashier every time you buy something for more than £1.00 in Boots and 4 points are added to your account for every pound spent although you don’t collect any points for certain items such as phone top ups, stamps or infant milk.
Each point is worth £0.01.
They often have points events in the run up to Christmas where you receive £12.00 worth of points (1200 points) for every £50.00 you spend in store and they sometimes have triple points events where you receive 12 points per pound spent instead of 4 points.
They also send you vouchers in the post which are linked to your Advantage card. The vouchers are often offering 500 points when you spend over £50 in one transaction or 200 points when you buy a fullsize item from Soap and Glory or £5.00 off when you spend over £40.00 on fragrance.
The clever thing about Boots Advantage card is that you can’t spend your points unless you have the full amount of points needed to complete a transaction for example if I am buying a £20.00 lipstick I can’t use £15.00 worth of points and then also use £5.00 cash.
For me this means that I am always buying things just to top up my points.
I tend to save for big items and over the years I have bought 3 expensive bottles of perfume and also some make-up with my points.
I am currently around £3.00 off having enough points for another bottle of perfume that I want.
I find that I end up buying things for the sake of it just so I am closer to my next points purchase. If I was able to make a partial payment and also use points then I wouldn’t have spent half as much money in Boots over the years.
I often find department stores offer better deals and a wider variety of brands than Boots does. I think it works out that I am worse off buying from Boots in a lot of cases, but the addiction continues because I get a thrill out of eventually being able to spend my points on a nice new fragrance, which feels like I'm getting it for 'free'.
I hate Boots Advantage card because I love it and I know that it’s bad for me.
After much research about which BB cream I wanted to buy I decided on this one by Dr Jart.
~ Price and availability ~
This BB cream will set you back £21.00 for 50ml and it is available from Boots.
~ Packaging ~
The BB cream comes in a silver tube, which sits on its flip cap lid.
~ Claims ~
Dr Jart+ BB cream claims to provide strong coverage for redness and spots which won't rub off as easily as traditional cosmetics. Skin will look brighter, whilst still suitable for problem and sensitive skin.
“This professional formula containing cutting-edge active ingredients covers and conceals imperfections whilst helping skin regenerate."
~ In use ~
I find that it is easy to control how much BB cream comes out of the tube. The ‘cream’ itself is quite thin in consistency and is a pale nude colour.
I don’t really think of it as a cream. It is more like a thin foundation or tinted moisturiser.
I apply it like I would my foundation, dotting it around my face and then rubbing it in. I find that you don’t need to apply much to get a good coverage and it doesn’t take too much rubbing in.
I think that it is much like a thin foundation. I think it is ideal to wear instead of normal foundation because foundation is thicker and it can look cakey, sticking to any dry skin and highlighting it. With BB cream you can still hide blemishes, dark circles and any other imperfections from the world, but without the cakey look.
The BB cream is a pretty good colour match for my pale skin. Dr Jart+ recommend this one for paler skin.
I have found it to be quite moisturising and it gives my face a slight glow, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It also protects my skin from sun damage as well, which is great.
The BB cream gives me a natural, healthy look. It makes me look as though I’m not wearing make-up on my face, but I don’t mean that in a bad way either. It makes me look as though I don’t need to wear make-up on my face. It doesn’t clag or collect in any lines or dry skin on my face, like a foundation can do.
I have repurchased this BB cream and would recommend it if you have pale skin. I find the tube lasts me ages as well.
I lost one of the lens caps that I got with my digital SLR camera so I was keen to replace it as quickly as I could.
I like to keep my belongings in good condition and I wanted to protect the lens from dust or damage.
~ Price and availability ~
I found this Canon E-58 lens cap on Amazon.co.uk where I paid around £5.00 for it. I thought that was a bit pricey for what you get and I later found you can buy them on ebay for £1.00.
I ordered one from ebay as well in case I lose another one, but I found that it wasn’t a real Canon product when it arrived even though it had their logo on the front.
I can tell the difference between the two because all of the colour on the ‘Canon Ultrasonic’ written across the front has scratched off.
~ In use ~
To use the lens cap you simply hold either side of it and push the sides together to release or apply the cap. It is very easy to remove or replace and I find the bits you push in on either side are not stiff, but on the fake lens cap more effort is required to push these in as they are quite stiff.
The lens cap is to be used on lenses with a 58mm filter size. It fits two out of three of my Canon lenses.
I am pleased with the job that the lens cap does. It stops dust getting onto my lens, which is something I hate the idea of because to get the dust off you either end up with finger marks on the lens or smear marks if you’ve used a cloth. It also helps protect it from scratches.
I use a filter on my camera, which is just a single piece of glass that you thread onto the end of your lens. I mainly use it to protect the lens further. When I went on holiday last year I don’t remember my camera suffering any impact at all, but when my partner pointed the camera at me there was a big crack in the glass of the filter on the front. The lens cap must have been on the lens when it got damaged and it did not protect the filter from cracking, but the lens cap is not really designed to protect from impact and the crack could have been caused by a gentle knock if it was screwed on too tightly or something. It’s difficult to know what happened when we are unaware of any impact, but the point is the lens cap isn’t going to protect your camera from all damage.
I found The Narrowboat Girl on Amazon randomly and I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting! I kept the book in mind and a few months later I asked for it when my partner asked what I’d like for my Christmas present!
I read the book very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.
~ The story ~
The book is set in Birmingham in the 1920’s. School girl, Maryann and her family - her mother Flo and her father Harry, her younger brothers Billy and Tony and her older sister Sally - are not particularly well off and her mother is a rather selfish stresshead who takes things out on the kids a bit more than she should.
When Maryann’s loving father gets run over and killed by a car the family is devastated and local undertaker, Norman Griffin, who has been good to Flo since her husband died begins to spend a lot of time at the house.
As the synopsis states “Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.”
One day, while Maryann is out trying to get away from it all she finds herself wandering the streets of Birmingham. By the canal she makes a new friend, Joel Bartholomew, a young man a little older than she is, who lives on a narrowboat that is docked there - the Esther Jane, with his family working on the canals. Will this be the life for Maryann?
~ My thoughts ~
The story is fantastic and has many twists and turns along the way. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read with both happy and sad aspects to the story.
As well as the story being well researched and thought out with many surprises I love that the book takes you back in time as far back as the 1920’s to well-described parts of Birmingham and canal routes, where I otherwise would never have been!
I recommended this book to my sister, who I lent it to. My sister didn’t think she’d like this book as it isn’t typically what she’d read, but she too thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point she bought the sequel and passed it on to me to read!
~ Price and availability ~
This book is available on Amazon for £5.99 new or £0.01 and £2.80 postage used, but in very good condition.
I received this lip butter as part of a gift set along with a few other Chocomania goodies from The Body Shop.
I have used The Body Shop’s lip butters in the past.
~ Price ~
The lip butter costs £4.00 and is only available from The Body Shop.
~ Packaging ~
They come in tiny pots that look just like the pots their body butters come in, but a fraction of the size. They are really cute.
~ In Use ~
The lid screws off like it does on the larger body butter tubs revealing the lip balm.
The lip balm is a beige colour and it is solid. I think it is a little bit too solid and I feel as though I have to swirl my finger around repeatedly to get enough on my finger to transfer onto my lips or I have to push into the solid balm, which isn’t something you have to do with other solid balms such as Vaseline’s.
It looks clear on my lips and gives them a sheen. It looks nice and my lips look moisturised, but it doesn’t feel as moisturising or soothing as other lip balms I have used. I particularly like the EOS lip balms and Nivea’s pearly shine lip balm for moisturising and healing chapped lips, but I feel this Chocomania lip balm isn’t as moisturising. It feels a little bit greasy on my lips, but also a bit gritty and it doesn’t feel like it soothes my lips when they are chapped or sore. I find that it also feels quite thin on my lips even when I apply it thickly.
Sometimes I find greasy lip balms can be good to put a protective barrier on your lips while soothing them and taking away the discomfort of chapped lips, but lip butter has a different sort of greasiness. It still feels quite dry on your lips and the grittiness does not help this.
It has a lovely scent of chocolate, which isn’t too strong.
It is an ideal lip butter to use if you are just wanting to add a little something to your lips or apply it under or over a lipstick, but I don’t feel it is very protective and it doesn’t feel very moisturising. It doesn’t soothe chapped or sore lips the way other lip balms and butters do.
I don’t think it is the most hygienic idea for a lip product as you have to dip your finger in so any bacteria on your finger could get into your lip butter and I find these lip butters take a long time to get through.
I wouldn’t particularly recommend this lip butter. I prefer more practical balms and butters.
When I bought my digital SLR camera I got a deal where I also got a camera bag and 2 Canon lenses as well as the actual camera body.
This EFS 18-55mm lens is the lens that I have used the most.
~ Price and availability ~
You can buy the lens separately from Amazon.co.uk for £89.99.
~ In use ~
The reason I tend to use this lens more than any other is because it is so versatile. It does a good job of photographing subjects close up or in the distance.
While it is not as good as a zoom lens at taking photos of distant subjects, it still produces a satisfactory result. It is smaller and lighter than my zoom lens as well.
It takes close up photographs and can autofocus on subjects just 25cm away.
The lens comes with a cap on the front and the back to protect the glass from dust or scratches. There is a switch on the side of the lens which you use to select auto or manual focus and there is a ridged rubber grip around the lens so that you can twist the lens to zoom in or out.
The autofocus is very good and fairly quick. It rarely fails, producing out of focus shots.
The front of the lens is 58mm so works with 58mm filters, which can be screwed on to the front of the lens easily.
The lens is very easy to use and I found that it was a good place to start experimenting with photography, being a more versatile lens with a good zoom range.
The quality of the photographs I have taken with this lens have generally been really good. They are sharp and clear.
I must admit that the photographs I have taken with this lens do not look as professional as the ones from my 50mm prime lens, which blurs the background a lot more giving the photographs more depth, but the prime lens only works well when you are fairly close to the subject so this 18-55mm lens gets a lot more use.
The lens is one of the cheaper Canon lenses available to buy. I imagine it is one that I will always go back to. It is really lightweight as well so it is great for holidays and it doesn’t become a pain to carry around with me like my zoom lens does.
It is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras.
~ Conclusion ~
It is a good price and it is small and light compared to other lenses. It works well for close ups or distant photographs and the image quality is great. The images are more often than not clear and sharp.
I would recommend this lens. It is a great lens for someone just getting into photography as it is cheap and versatile so it is great for experimenting.