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      05.11.2015 16:46
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      Fabulously Refreshing!

      A few months ago I saw this Radox shower gel in the supermarket on offer for just 85p. I thought it was a great price for 250ml. I rarely ever see branded shower gel as cheap as that and the pink grapefruit scent appealed to me.
      I have since picked it up for 99p, but it’s full price is £1.99 and it is available from Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons and most larger supermarkets.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip lid on the bottom. It is rounded at the top and the pink coloured piece of plastic around the top can be turned upwards so you can hang the bottle of shower gel in your shower rather than standing it on a shelf or the floor.
      The label on the front has pictures of slices of pink grapefruit and splashes of water which suggest that the product is going to be refreshing.
      The product itself is a pink, almost coral colour and you can see it through the clear bottle. The colour reminded me of an Eastern Spirit scented shower gel Radox did and I liked but my husband hated so don't let it put you off if you have tried that scent but didn't like it. My husband really likes this one.

      ~ In Use ~
      To be honest the lid is quite a tricky one to open if you have nails that are too short or too long (that you fear damaging them). I tend to not close the lid properly so that it is easier to open next time I want to use it.
      The shower gel comes from a small hole under the lid making it very easy to control how much you apply.
      It has a strong citrusy scent which is very refreshing and really wakes you up. I absolutely love the scent and I have repurchased this shower gel multiple times since I first tried it. The scent fills my bathroom and it lingers on my skin for a while after showering which is nice.
      Having such a strong scent, I find it makes me feel extra clean and refreshed. It certainly lives up to its 'uplifted' name!
      It is kind to my skin and makes it feel soft and hydrated after use and I have had no irritation from this product. It lathers up well and I don’t have to use too much of it per shower to feel clean and refreshed.
      Getting the last of the product out of the bottle isn’t the easiest task so I think there are a few flaws in the packaging design, but for 85p I can’t grumble.
      I would definitely recommend this shower gel and I have actually mentioned it to my sisters. I will definitely be buying this shower gel again in the future.

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    • Garmin Forerunner 305 / GPS Sat Nav / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      24.09.2015 13:23
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      Fun Running Tool

      I bought this Garmin Forerunner for my partner about 4 years ago for around £120.00.

      My partner has enjoyed running for years and I run now and again to keep fit.


      ~ Description and in use ~
      The Garmin Forerunner is like a wrist watch, but unlike most other watches this watch was not made to be used for more than a few hours.
      This watch has GPS, which you cannot switch off unless you turn the watch off so if you use it as a wrist watch to tell the time with then the battery will run down after a few hours.
      As soon as you switch the Garmin Forerunner on it connects to satellites. Connecting to satellites can take around 30 seconds and then the watch will not start recording your position until you press the start button on the side.


      ~ When running ~
      When I am running I can look at my watch to see how long I have been running and what my pace is (ie. how many minutes per mile I am averaging at that exact time). If I speed up or slow down then the pace will change accordingly.
      The timer or stopwatch on the screen is handy so that you can clearly see how long you have been running.


      ~ After running ~
      When you stop running you should then stop the watch by pressing the button on the side.
      You can then connect your watch to your computer.


      ~ Results ~
      The amount of data that the Garmin Forerunner has collected is impressive.
      It tells you the distance of your run, the time of your run, the date and time of your run, your maximum speed and your average speed.
      You can change the name of your run eg. Coastal run or London Marathon or Coastal run in the wind and rain so that you remember which run this data refers to, but also when you click on the name of the run a map of your run is shown. You can choose whether you’d prefer to see a Bing or a Google version of the map and the map takes no time at all to load.
      There is also more in depth information about the estimated calories that this run has worked off, the elevation of your run (it knows when you have been running up or down hills) and there are graphs to show the elevation of your run and your pace throughout the run, which allows you to see any time where you ran faster or slower during the run.
      I often refer back to the data and look at my progression and my partner often analyses his results as well. We both enjoy looking at the statistics.

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      23.09.2015 22:55
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      Great as an e-reader, not as great for surfing the web!

      I bought the Amazon Kindle Fire HD a few years ago as a surprise for my partner’s birthday.


      In use
      It is very simple to use.
      It has a colour screen and is like a cross between a tablet and an e-reader.
      We have found that this is really handy for holidays. A few months after getting it we went to Europe and I carried it around in my handbag with me and we used the wifi from coffee shops etc. when we were out and about and wanted to look things up about the places we were visiting.
      My other half has also used this as an e-reader and he has downloaded a fair few books for it.
      I have also recently read a book on the Kindle and I found it is lightweight and easy to read from. The pages are easy to turn. The touch screen is a cut above what I am used to with my HTC Desire mobile phone. It is very responsive and accurate.
      A QWERTY keyboard appears when you touch somewhere that suggests you want to type. Although the keyboard is obviously smaller than what I am used to with my PC and netbook keyboards it is very easy to type on the Kindle keyboard and I have found myself writing long emails to family members on it. I didn’t find it irritating at all.
      The kindle has a camera on the front so you can take photos with it. The camera is quite good quality. The camera is there so that you can use Skype (like a webcam). There is also an in-built microphone on the kindle.
      As well as books the kindle can store photos, videos and music. You can even play games on it. I often play Solitaire on it and my husband has downloaded a pocket version of Minecraft for it.
      It connects automatically to my wifi and is quick and reliable.


      Compatibility
      I have found that I am unable to watch certain videos on some websites. Some videos on youtube work and others don’t. I also use a site called swagbucks.com, where you earn points by watching videos and you can access the website, but can’t watch any of the videos on there. This is a bit frustrating. It is because the software on the kindle is not compatible with the website’s video players and apparently certain content on youtube is not viewable on portable devices.
      You often come across compatibility issues with the kindle and this is its main flaw.

      Battery
      The battery lasts well when reading, but using the internet or camera drains it quicker and you can only expect an hour or two. A fully charged battery will last for a long haul flight and a little bit more if you are just using it as an e-reader. Amazon say that the battery lasts up to 11 hours.


      Price
      I bought this for £199.99 in 2013. Today you can buy it from amazon.co.uk for £79.99.

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      16.09.2015 01:28
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      A Better Experience Than With The Shampoo

      Recently I was sorting out stacks of samples that I have and I found this L’Oreal Ever Pure conditioner along with the shampoo. I had a few sachets of each which I think I had acquired from magazines so decided to use them up.

      The sachets have a picture of the packaging on the front. The conditioner comes in a metallic purple coloured tube which sits on its flip cap lid. The tube looks very similar to the matching shampoo.

      ~ Price ~
      A fullsize 250ml tube of this conditioner costs £6.20 and is available from Boots as well as larger supermarkets.


      ~ In Use ~
      The conditioner is aimed at people who have coloured hair.

      ~ Positives ~
      I was surprised to find that the shampoo had left my hair feeling dry and rough. I gave it a few more chances without my hair feeling any more hydrated.
      I used the conditioner on my hair after each wash with the shampoo and found that it helped a lot to make my hair feel soft and nourished again.
      The conditioner is white in colour and it feels quite thin. It has a strong scent which reminds me of Cif bathroom cleaner. It is citrusy and quite harsh, with a hint of something that reminds me of lavender; quite a sharp plant-like scent. The scent has grown on me, but at first I wasn’t too keen on it. It is not a universally appealing scent and I think a lot of people will find it a bit harsh.
      The conditioner is easily applied and rinses out easily as well. It makes my hair feel soft and nourished rescuing it from the dehydrating effect of the matching shampoo. I am a lot happier with this conditioner than I am the shampoo. It works well and the scent lingers in my hair for a while after I have used it. I think it makes my hair more manageable and a lot easier to brush through.

      ~ Negatives ~
      I wouldn’t say it was the best conditioner I have ever used. I was just happy that it actually worked and revived my hair after the shampoo dried it out. I think it is quite expensive for a relatively small tube of conditioner. I have found that some conditioners a lot cheaper than this one work just as well.
      As it smells a bit like Cif bathroom cleaner and because the shampoo dried my hair out, I can’t help but feeling that there are ingredients in this product that are damaging to my hair. Even though this conditioner has worked well I would still never buy a fullsize bottle and would prefer to go for something that I feel is kinder to my hair. I also think £6.20 for a 250ml bottle of conditioner is too expensive, especially as it is not what I would consider to be a premium brand.

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      12.09.2015 14:40
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      Made My Hair Feel Dry!

      I am on a mission at the minute to get my house in order and to get on top of everything and have everything in its right place.
      I have far too many sachets and I am trying to use them up so that they’re not just hanging around.
      I had a few sachets of this L’Oreal Ever Pure shampoo which I think I probably got from magazines a good while ago.
      The sachets have a picture of the bottle on the front.

      The bottle is more of a tube. It is a metallic purple colour and it sits on a bright pink flip cap lid.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      The shampoo is available from Boots for £6.20 for a 250ml tube. It is also available at larger supermarkets.


      ~ In Use ~
      The shampoo claims to have botanical oils and to leave coloured, weakened hair looking shiny and nourished.
      The shampoo is a semi-transparent white colour.
      It has quite a sharp scent to it. It is quite citrusy, but there is something floral in it as well. The floral scent reminds me of lavender, but I don’t think it is lavender. I wasn’t keen on the scent at first; the citrus reminds me of Cif bathroom cleaner to be honest, but I like the floral scent in it and the scent has grown on me as I have used it more.
      The shampoo produces a creamy lather and makes my hair feel clean and refreshed. As the shampoo is aimed at people with coloured hair I expected that it would be very nourishing and hydrating, but I was surprised to find that it made my hair feel rather dry. Usually when I have rinsed the shampoo out of my hair it doesn’t feel like it needs conditioner, but I found that this shampoo left my hair feeling quite rough as well as dry and I had to use conditioner on it to give it a boost of moisture.
      I give the shampoo chance after chance with the sachets I had left and I still found it left my hair feeling dry and I was disappointed with it.
      My hair did look and feel clean after using the shampoo and I found that the matching conditioner (which I also had sachets of) worked well enough to bring some moisture back into my hair, but the shampoo failed to meet my expectations.
      I think £6.20 is very expensive for 250ml of shampoo from what I wouldn’t describe as a premium brand and for it then to perform poorly, I would be very disappointed if I’d paid full price for this product. I have used shampoos that have worked better that cost me £1.00 for 400ml.
      I wouldn’t recommend this product and it is not one that I’d consider buying in the future no matter how good the offer was.

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    • Haribo Wine Gums / Sweets / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      24.08.2015 21:28
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      I'm Not Whining But...

      Whenever I go to Poundworld my husband always asks for some Haribo Wine Gums.

      I’d say Maynards are a better known brand of wine gum and so you might think that Haribo Wine Gums would be the second best, but my husband doesn’t think so and neither do I.

      ~ Packaging ~
      Haribo Wine Gums come in a purple packet that is wider than the packets you get for other Haribo sweets such as Star Mix or Tangfastics. There is a green banner across the front with ‘Wine Gums’ in red lettering.
      There is also a large clear window showing you the sweets that are inside as well as a picture of some wine gums.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      Haribo Wine Gums are quite difficult to come by. They are available in Poundworld, but none of the supermarkets seem to stock them as they all stock Maynards Wine Gums instead.
      In Poundworld they cost £1.00 (obviously) for a 265g bag.


      ~ Taste ~
      The wine gums are jelly sweets which come in six different colours; white, yellow, orange, green, red and black. The packet boasts no artificial colours. They also come in different shapes. There are round ones, diamond shaped ones and long thin ones.
      Each wine gum has the name of a drink on the top such as ‘sherry’, ‘port’, ‘hock’ etc., but they don’t taste of alcoholic drinks and of course they don’t have alcohol in them so they are suitable for children.
      I prefer Haribo’s Wine Gums to the ones made by Maynard’s because they are softer.
      The flavours are pleasant and leave you wanting more. I think all of the flavours taste fruity, but the list of flavourings on the back of the packet was more extensive than I’d realised. The flavourings include apple, aronia, blackcurrant, carrot, elderberry, grape, hibiscus, kiwi, lemon, mango, nettle, orange, passion fruit and who’d have thought spinach!
      The wine gums are soft, but chewy. My husband and I never get through a full packet and there is always some left for another day. They are the type of sweets I can take or leave unlike Haribo Starmix, which are a bit smaller and take a bit less chewing.
      I like these sweets and I prefer them to Maynard’s Wine Gums, but they aren’t my favourite and I don’t think I’d ever choose them myself. They are tasty, but I suppose I prefer sweets that aren’t as chewy.

      ~ Nutritional Information ~
      100g of Haribo Wine Gums provides 328kcal and 44g of sugar, but less than 0.5g of fat of which 0.1g saturates so they are rather high in sugar.

      I will probably end up buying these again in the future, but for my husband’s benefit more than mine. They taste good and I enjoy them, but they wouldn’t be my first choice.

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      24.08.2015 10:47
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      Tidies Your Clutter Away Nicely!

      I was probably about 10 when I got my first set of Ikea mini drawers which I kept on my desk in my bedroom. A few years late I got another set, which are a bit bigger and I’ve had them for quite a while now.


      Appearance
      They are made from wood and there are three small drawers at the top, two medium sized drawers in the middle and then one large drawer at the bottom.
      The wood has been sanded, but it is untreated so they don’t have the smoothest feel to them. They are 42x18x32cm.
      They cost £18 from Ikea.


      In Use
      My previous set of drawers had six smaller drawers on the three different levels and no larger drawers. I find my newer drawers a lot more useful, having the larger drawers in them.
      In the smaller drawers at the top I keep pens and pencils in one drawer, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, paper clips and staples in another of the smaller drawers and coloured pens and pencils in the remaining smaller drawer.
      The medium sized drawers are handy for larger things that were difficult to squeeze into my previous set of smaller drawers. I keep random things in them like playing cards, an old Nokia mobile phone and cotton reels and needles etc. for sewing.
      In the large drawer at the bottom I keep larger items such as sticky tape, a lint roller, notebooks, glue sticks etc.
      I always know which drawer to look in when I am looking for something and the drawers keep my bric-a-brac tidily stored away.
      With the smaller drawers I used to have I often found that I would be stuffing things into the drawers to get everything in and things would get jammed in the drawers making them difficult to open and close, but these larger drawers are really handy. Instead of stuffing things into smaller drawers I just put larger items in the larger drawers.
      These drawers store away the majority of my stationery and all of the items I want to keep that don’t have another place in my home.
      I currently keep the drawers at the bottom of my large shelving units and I am happy with them there. I used to keep my smaller chest of drawers on my desk when I lived with my parents, but now I only have a small computer desk and they wouldn’t fit. My dad has the same drawers in his garage and has stuck laminated labels to each drawer with blutac so he knows what is in each one. He keeps screws, nails and other stuff men need in his chest of drawers.
      The drawers are really well designed and are easy to pull out and push back in. The wood is still in good condition after a good few years and they look as good as new.

      I’d recommend these drawers if you have somewhere in mind where they could go and you want to tidily store your bric-a-brac!

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    • Shreddies / Breakfast / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      23.08.2015 09:40
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      Knitted By Nanas?

      We are big cereal eaters in our house, but we usually buy Corn Flakes or Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes.
      This week we bought 3 boxes of Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes (on an offer), but then I saw these Shreddies on the end of an aisle nowhere near the cereal aisle on offer for just £1.24 for a 500g box in Morrisons.

      I put them in the trolley as well. It’s been a while since we last bought Shreddies.


      ~ Packaging ~
      They come in a blue box with, ‘Shreddies’ written across the front in red letters and a picture of some Shreddies. They are made by Nestle.


      ~ Price ~
      Occasionally Morrisons put 500g boxes of Nestle cereals on offer for £1.24.
      Checking the Tesco website it currently sells Shreddies in 500g boxes for £2.49 or 750g boxes for £1.69 (reduced from £3.39). I hate it when that happens!


      ~ About Shreddies ~
      Shreddies are described by Nestle as, “Whole grain goodness weaved into delicious malty squares, for a satisfyingly crunchy bite!”
      Their famous advertising campaign suggests that the weaved squares (well, rectangles really) are knitted by Nanas, but I think that would take too long.
      Each ‘Shreddie’ is about 2cm by 1.5cm and it is a bit thicker than your average cereal because each one is a few layers thick.
      They have a nice texture and although they do taste quite plain they have a slightly sweet taste, which makes them a lot more enjoyable and satisfying. They are crunchy and they don’t go soggy in the milk before I have had the chance to finish them all off.
      If you have tried Shredded Wheat Bites and are thinking Shreddies will be along the same lines, they are nothing like those. Shreddies have more flavour (it doesn’t take much), more crunch and the texture is a lot nicer in my opinion.

      This cereal is great value, especially when it’s on offer for £1.24 for 500g. You can get a few breakfasts out of one box and when you think of other things you put into your trolley for £1.24 they are often things you don’t need like snacks, cakes, sweets etc.
      It tastes good and although it isn’t my first choice of cereal I don’t think I’d get bored of it even if it was the only cereal I ate for a few months.


      ~ Nutritional Information ~
      For 40g of Shreddies with semi skimmed milk there would be 208kcal.
      40g of Shreddies contain 2.9g of fat of which 1.3g saturate and 35.1g of carbohydrates of which 11.8g sugars.
      They are sugary than they taste. I was quite surprised to see how much sugar is in these, but as with most cereals they are very low in fat and contain a very reasonable amount of calories for a breakfast meal.
      I would recommend this cereal.

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      22.08.2015 12:52
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      Delicious!

      I have always loved ice cream. Occasionally we buy ice cream or ice lollies at the supermarket and last week we saw these Wall’s strawberry Cornettos on offer for around £1.50 for a pack of 5.
      Usually they come in 4 packs for £2.00 and are available from most supermarkets.


      ~ Packaging ~
      The cones are individually wrapped in blue foil, which has, ‘Not to be sold individually’ written decoratively in about 47 different languages all over it. A round red piece of card covers the top of the cone and has the white and brown Cornetto logo on it.
      The outer box is red with the Cornetto logo on and a picture of a strawberry Cornetto.


      ~ Taste ~
      On the top of the Cornetto there is vanilla ice cream with a decoration of red strawberry sauce and some shavings of white chocolate.
      The strawberry sauce is very sweet and goes nicely with the soft, creamy vanilla ice cream. The white chocolate shavings bring a bit of texture and that little hit of chocolate before you hit the cone. Once you have eaten the vanilla ice cream from the top there is strawberry ice cream underneath which is pink in colour and it tastes noticeably sweeter than the vanilla ice cream.
      The cone is made from crispy wafer that is a lot tougher than the average cone the ice cream man would serve you a 99 with. The cone is lined with dark chocolate, but there is no bitterness because the sweet strawberry ice cream goes all the way to the bottom of the cone.

      To be honest I always eat ice creams very quickly, but writing this review I have taken more time to eat this Cornetto and I noticed I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous two I ate from the same pack.


      ~ Nutritional information ~
      Each Cornetto has 153kcal and 5.6g of fat of which 4.4g saturates.
      It also contains 25g carbohydrates of which 18g sugars.
      They are obviously not the healthiest of treats, but they aren’t too high in calories and they aren’t bad as a treat every now and again.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      These are a lovely treat. They are very tasty and have a lot going on. I usually have a Cornetto as a dessert after a meal and they are reasonably low in calories for a dessert, but there is still plenty of fat in them.
      4.4g of saturated fat works out at 22% of your recommended daily allowance for an average adult.
      I’d recommend these and I would definitely buy them again.

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    • Rowntree's Fruit Gums / Sweets / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      13.08.2015 19:48
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      Hard To Love!

      Rowntree’s Fruit Gums are my husband’s favourite sweets.

      I would never choose Fruit Gums for myself, but since my husband always buys them I often pinch a few because sweets are better than no sweets.


      ~ Packaging ~
      You can buy Fruit Gums in large packets for about £1.20 or in a roll (or tube) for about £0.60.
      We usually buy the packets which contain 170g of sweets.
      The packet is yellow in colour with colourful pictures of the fruit gums on the front and with the (also colourful) Rowntree’s logo across the front.
      The tubes are cylindrical and all of the sweets are round. They are wrapped in foil and then an outer paper which is mainly yellow with a colourful design and ‘Fruit Gums’ written in red lettering. We buy these tubes a lot less often.


      ~ The Sweets ~
      Rowntree’s Fruit Gums are quite hard jelly sweets. They are very chewy.
      I personally much prefer soft jelly sweets like Haribo Starmix, but my husband loves these.
      They have nice flavours, but can be quite an effort to chew on.
      There are five different sweets in the packet. There is a lime shaped sweet which is green, a strawberry shaped sweet which is red, a yellow sweet which is shaped like a lemon segment, an orange shaped sweet which is orange and a blackcurrant shaped sweet which is dark purple.
      The shapes obviously match the flavours you should expect from each sweet. The sweets are quite juicy and tasty. I do enjoy them even though they aren’t my favourite sweets.
      Interestingly, the fruit juices used to make these sweets include grape and lime as well as the five previously listed.
      We buy Fruit Gums regularly as my husband often chooses to pick these up as a treat in our weekly shop. They are one of the few sweet options that we can open, eat a few and then put to one side until another day. I find I do sometimes get bored of eating them because they take quite a bit of chewing, but at the same time they are very flavoursome so I often find they leave an aftertaste in my mouth that I cure by eating another one and another one. They are one of the few sweets I find I have to be in the mood for and one of the few sweets I can take or leave so if I see a packet open in the house I will be able to resist.
      They are nice, but I would still never choose to buy them over other sweets and although they’re nice I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend them!

      They are also quite calorific. The packet says 8 sweets is one serving and is equal to 80 calories, which means one little sweet has 10 calories. In 8 sweets there is just a trace of fat, but there is 10.5g of sugars.

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    • The dooyoo Redesign / Discussion / 12 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      13.08.2015 14:11
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      I Miss The Old Days On Dooyoo

      I joined Dooyoo in April 2012. Last year the website made massive changes to its layout and the whole way it works.

      The layout has now changed. It is easy enough to navigate, but it seems to be a more stripped back, basic version of what we had before.
      You can no longer send private messages to other users. The sense of community has virtually gone now as well. Since dooyoo changed I have left comments on reviews then returned to check if they had been replied to and my comments seemed to have disappeared. It feels like there are only about 20 members who are active on the site and we can't interact if we can't send messages or post comments.

      To suggest a new product to review doesn't seem possible any more. I can't find where I can suggest a product on the website. The original complaint was that you can only suggest 5 items each week, but they dictate which categories you're allowed to suggest products from so say you had a drink you wanted to review that wasn't already listed on the website you had to wait until drinks were allowed in suggestions so that you could suggest it.

      Payments used to be either cash or Amazon vouchers, but now they only issue Amazon vouchers because apparently cash wasn't very popular.


      ~ Initial Problems ~
      The changes on the site initially caused massive problems resulting in users being accidentally logged in as another user, people unable to post reviews and also reviews have to be kept under 500 words or you don't receive payment for them.


      ~ Positives ~
      One thing that has probably become better about the website is there are fewer cheats. I think this is probably because even they can't be bothered with the site any more. By cheats I mean people who have copied details from other people's reviews or were reviewing items they didn't really own, which was encouraged by the level system, where for some items you received 60p just for writing the review and then more on top of that for people rating your review.

      Once when certain items were paying top rate a lady who used to be on Ciao and Dooyoo reviewed it and posted it on both sites. She had been encouraged to review the item by the 60p top rate that was paying for that item.
      A close relative of mine who used to be on Dooyoo and Ciao searched on ebay and the photo that the lady had posted on Ciao of the electrical item 'in her home' was a recently ended listing on ebay so she had just searched for this electrical item on ebay and then she'd used the ebay item photo as her photo to make it look as though she really owned it and it couldn't be questioned.

      On one occasion a review was posted not long after I posted a review on the same item, making 3 of the same points I had made in my review. I thought that maybe I was being paranoid and checked every other review of that product and nobody else had made any of those 3 points about the product.


      ~ Conclusion ~
      I like to think that I have built up a good reputation on the site, not just churning out reviews as quickly as possible.
      I enjoyed the website in the past, but now it is quiet with much fewer members using it. It feels like it is the beginning of the end. I would be disappointed if it was to shut down, but it feels as though there isn't much point in it any more. There are no new products to review, we just have to review what is already there on the site.

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      • MAC Lipstick / Make Up / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        12.08.2015 11:27
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        My MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick!

        My husband treated me to a MAC lipstick late last year.

        I chose the colour Ruby Woo – a well-known lipstick, which is matte and a bright red colour.


        ~ Price and availability ~
        This lipstick is available for £15.50 from maccosmetics.co.uk and also from MAC cosmetics counters, usually found in department stores.


        ~ Packaging ~
        The lipstick comes in a black case with a rounded lid, like the shape of a bullet. ‘MAC,’ is written on the lid of the lipstick in silver lettering.


        ~ In Use ~
        I have had this lipstick for a while now and have worn it on a number of occasions. For me, a bright red lipstick is a bit too much for everyday wear, but I choose to wear it now and again.
        It is a lovely shade of red. It is very bright. The colour pay off is excellent. I tend to wear bright lip colours along with more subtle eye looks, rather than having dramatic eyes and dramatic lips together, which I think can be difficult to pull off especially if you don’t usually wear dramatic eye make-up.
        The lipstick is very easy to apply. I usually apply it directly to my lips, but you can also use a brush.
        The lipstick is matte, but it isn’t drying on my lips at all. The lipstick itself does seem quite dry and it goes a bit bitty like when you use a crayon and debris flakes off.
        I have been very impressed by the staying power of this lipstick. It is probably the best I have ever known. It lasts on my lips even when I am eating or drinking, which doesn’t seem to happen with many other lipsticks. I was wearing this lipstick before I started an intensive workout the other day and decided to leave it on and it was still in good shape after I’d worked out for an hour (and had drank one bottle of water during this hour) and it hadn’t smudged outside of my lip line. It didn’t even look as though it needed to be topped up.
        It doesn’t fade too much when I am eating either, but I do usually find it could do with a top up after having something to eat. I always find lipstick tends to fade/ rub off the middle of my lips first.
        I think the great staying power has a lot to do with it being a matte lipstick. A more glossy lipstick might slip and slide around a bit and be more susceptible to being rubbed off, whereas a matte lipstick doesn’t have as much moisture to be sliding around.
        I find it easy to remove with one firm swipe of a make-up wipe. It doesn't leave my lips stained.
        I love this lipstick and would recommend it to anyone who likes to wear or would like to try a bright red lip. It is fantastic quality, long lasting and not too pricey either.

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      • Dairylea Cheese Spread / Cheese / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        12.08.2015 00:49
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        Nothing Better Than Dairylea On A Toasted Crust Of Bread!

        I have always been a fan of Dairylea cheese spread ever since I was a child.

        ~ Price and availability ~
        It comes in a round blue and white tub which is available in different sizes. The smaller tub is 180g and is currently available at Tesco for £0.75. The larger tub is 270g and is available at Tesco for £2.15.
        I usually buy the smaller 180g tub and usually pay around £0.99 for it at Morrisons.

        ~ In Use ~
        Dairylea is a very light yellow colour. I know Philadelphia do a cheese spread which is a brilliant white colour and the white really puts me off to the point I have never tried Philadelphia so I am glad that Dairylea has a bit of colour to it.
        Every now and then I like to have Dairylea on toast either as a snack or if I don’t fancy much for my lunch.
        It is very soft to cut through and it has quite a slimy texture. It spreads very easily.
        I tend to spread quite a generous amount over my toast and I find it is a really satisfying snack. The Dairylea has a light, cheesy taste. It isn’t too strong, but it is very tasty.
        It is supposed to be used up within one month of opening it, but I must admit we do sometimes use it after one month.
        Under the plastic lid there is a foil lid, which you peel back. After using the Dairylea I always put the foil lid back over the tub and then put the plastic lid back on. In the past when my clumsy husband has been the last one to use the Dairylea and has not closed the lid properly I have opened the Dairylea to find red mould growing on it so it needs to be looked after.

        A 25g serving of Dairylea provides 58kcal and contains 4.4g of fat of which 2.8g saturates. I bet my servings are larger than 25g as well so it isn’t the least fattening of snacks!

        ~ Ingredients ~
        The lid boasts that the product has all natural ingredients.
        The listed ingredients are:
        Skimmed Milk (Water, Skimmed Milk Powder) (51%), Cheese, (33%), Milk Fat, Whey Powder (from Milk), Stabilisers (Citric Acid, Sodium Carbonate)**, Skimmed Milk Powder (1%), Milk Protein, **To hold all the ingredients together

        ~ Summary ~
        I love Dairylea and would recommend it. I have tried own brand cheese spreads in the past and they are never as nice as Dairylea.
        Years ago I tried a Dairylea Light version and didn’t like it, but we recently bought a tub of Dairylea Light and it tastes exactly the same as the normal stuff to me so this is worth bearing in mind.

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      • Ikea Billy Bookcases / Furniture / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        11.08.2015 12:45
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        Billy Bookshelves!

        My parents bought a Billy bookshelf from Ikea for me when I lived at home. More than ten years later I have moved out and taken it with me and it is still going strong!


        The bookcase I have is white, but it also comes in birch veneer, black-brown (which looks black to me) or oak.
        The white bookshelf is £70.00, but all other colours costs £110.00!


        Putting it together
        The bookshelf is easy to put together and when we took it apart to move it from house to house there was no damage caused to it and it was also very easy to put together.
        There are holes down the sides of the shelves giving you an option of what height you want your shelves to be.


        In Use
        These shelves are really handy for storage.
        We currently keep them in our spare bedroom and in them we store all of my make-up, all of my perfume, my lotions and potions, all of my jewellery, my husband’s fragrances, stationery, CDs and books. On top of the shelves I have a few boxes of shoes.
        They fit a lot of stuff in them, but it is all on display so it can look untidy if you don’t keep it in order.
        I like the shelves. They help me to be organised, but I would prefer not to have them and to have enough space for a five metre long dressing table and some cupboards to keep bits and bobs in, but as we don’t have much space these are ideal for the moment.
        I spilt make-up on the shelves and my hair serum leaked repeatedly on the shelves (even though the bottle was standing upright!?) and they were easy to wipe clean and no damage was caused to them.
        They are still in good condition after 10 years and there are no marks or blemishes on them. I wouldn’t say they have taken much looking after.
        I have to say though we have probably overloaded these shelves, but they have never leaned. It is a very sturdy piece of furniture and it fits together like it is a very good quality item. The base is quite heavy and the rest of the shelves and outer case screw together tightly.

        ~ Conclusion ~
        I would recommend this bookcase if you need the storage space and it would probably make a lovely furniture option for the sole purpose of storing books.
        I use it as more of a giant dressing table without the mirror or stool. I don’t mind it as I find it easy to keep organised and tidy.
        This has been a really good buy (especially as I didn’t pay) as it has lasted over 10 years so far and I have no intention of getting rid of it any time soon. It has proved a great storage solution for us.

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        A Quality Conditioner With A Great Scent

        I bought this conditioner a few months ago when it was on offer in Morrisons for £2.49 for a huge 900ml bottle.
        At full price you can expect to pay £4.99 for 900ml, but it lasts well so I think it is good value even at full price.
        It is available at Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons and most larger supermarkets.


        ~ Bottle ~
        The bottle is tall and wide. The shampoos by Tresemme come in black bottles and the conditioners come in white bottles so this conditioner comes in a white bottle with a black lid.

        ~ In Use ~
        The lid of the conditioner does not screw off. It is one where you push one side of the lid down and the other side raises up and there is a hole in the raised side where the conditioner can be squeezed out of.
        It is easy to use when you have plenty of conditioner left in your bottle, but as you get to the bottom of the bottle I find it to be more hassle than it is worth trying to get any amount of conditioner out of the bottom of the bottle which is a shame.
        The conditioner is white in colour and is not too thick, but not too thin.
        It has a lovely scent, which is something I've always loved about Tresemme's shampoos and conditioners. It has a lovely, delicate floral scent. When it first came out I always used to think it smelled just like the shampoos and conditioners used in hairdresser's salons. Tresemme has been used in salons for a lot longer than it has been available to the average consumer.
        After applying and rinsing off shampoo I smooth the conditioner through my hair avoiding the roots so that they don't get oily or greasy.
        It instantly gives my hair a boost of moisture and makes my hair feel soft, smooth and nourished. It really helps my hair to feel smoother and it is much easier to detangle my hair after using this conditioner than if I had just used shampoo.
        I find that the lovely scent lingers in my hair after using this conditioner and it makes my hair smell clean and fresh.
        Being aimed towards consumers with coloured hair I find this conditioner particularly hydrating. It claims to have a UV filter and boosts your hair's shine.
        This conditioner does seem to help to keep my hair in good condition. It doesn't weigh my hair down, but it is very nourishing and leaves my hair smooth, tangle free and smelling great

        I would definitely recommend this conditioner and I would definitely use it again. Because I have found it difficult to get the last of this conditioner out of the bottle I have started using a cheaper brand, Alberto Balsam and I have really noticed the difference in quality.

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