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      05.10.2010 21:47
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      A great Hello Kitty product from Marks and Spencer

      My daughter, being a huge Hello Kitty fan, was looking for the perfect back to school bag recently and came across this cute little magazine bag from Marks and Spencer, priced at a very reasonable £7.50.

      The bag is just slightly larger than A4 size, and is made of a durable plastic type coated canvas. My daughter, who is still at primary school, uses this daily and it has ample room for her pencil case, home work and a few odds and ends. It wouldn't be suitable however for senior school as children seem to carry much more at that age.

      The handles are just long enough to enable the bag to be carried on the shoulder, or just short enough to carry in the hand and not trail along the ground.

      The bag features Hello Kitty, and to anyone living on the moon, Hello Kitty is on all little girls wanted list. The design is double sided, and looks equally cute on both sides, with lovely scripted style writing, scroll and butterfiles. I think it is both practical, stylish and value for money.

      I have found the bag to be very durable and is easy to clean. Simply sponge off any marks and dry with a soft cloth. It looks as new today as when we bought it and is a firm favourite with my daughter.

      Hello Kitty London is part of a range by Marks and Spencer and includes other items such as a student academic diary, notebook, stickers and a whole host of other items. Needless to say, my daughter owns quite a few!

      Would I recommend this product? It is a definite yes! This magazine bag is perfect for any Hello Kitty fan, is good value for money, practical, durable and very very stylish.

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        05.10.2010 13:24
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        A handy little shopping bag from Boots Natural Collection

        I hate shopping without taking a re-useable bag, so when I popped to my local boots I spotted this brilliant and quirky strawberry shopping bag by Boots Natural Collection for a reasonable £3.99.

        This bag really is the best looking re-useable bag around. It is shaped like a cute strawberry once it is all folded up into itself. This also has an handy elastic attached which is long enough to enable you to hang it on your regular bag when your are out and about to remind you to use it. Too often we pop one of these in our bags and forget its there, so being able to hang it from a regular bag is a really good idea.

        Once this is opened up it a really good size, about the size of a regular sized supermarket carrier bag. It really is roomy, and I find that I can fit quite a few items in this. I don't tend to overload it with heavy items, even thought it is very robust and well made.

        It is made from an easy care nylon type fabric, and is very light weight, and takes up very little room if you want to pop it in your hand bag.

        I've had mine a few months now and use it on a regular basis, whether its just a few odds and ends from the supermarket, or if I'm purchasing something and just refuse the carrier, it all fits in quite nicely, and very stylishly at the same time.

        Would I recommend this product? Yes, I've bought a few re-useable shopping bags over the years, but this is by far the best, cute, durable and brightens up any shopping day.

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          05.10.2010 13:11
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          A lovely product from Good Works

          Good Works is a range of natural products by Kathy Philips (founder of award winning range This Works). They contain ethically sourced ingredients, come packaged in simple environmentally friendly packaging and contain no nasties such as synthetic fragrance and colour, parabens and sulphates.

          I was shopping in TK Maxx recently and spotted a few of these products in miniature sizes in the reduced section. Amongst these mini sized products was a tube of Good Works Good Intentions Hand Lotion.

          I was a little sceptical at first. I'm used to using regular brands such as the likes of Dove, Vaseline, Garnier etc and along with the brand names you expect the science behing them to deliver the promised results. So using something so natural was, I'm a little embarrased to say, alien to me.

          Nontheless I purchased these with an open mind. The first thing that I noticed when using this hand lotion was the smell. Very herby, nothing at all like any hand lotions I've used in the past. The smell did take some getting used to as I do think you become accustom to the synthetic perfumes added to many beauty products we use daily.

          The hand lotion contains geranium, patchouli and orange and it truly is a delight to the senses. The patchouli is very prominent and does over power the other scents in the lotion, but it does have a really lovely smell overall. The aroma does seem to last much longer than regular hand lotions.

          The lotion itself is very thick and creamy, and really does a great job of moisturising my dryed out hands. I love to keep reapplying this throughout the day. With many lotions I forget to keep applying, but because this smells so good, I really enjoy using it. It helps to keep my hands in tip top condition.

          Apparently patchouli helps to rejuvenate the skin and assist with chapped skin also. Geranium oil helps to balance the skin while the orange oil helps to brighten dull skin. I had not realised that aromatherapy oils had such properties. I'm definitely hooked on this line of skin care now.

          This can be purchased from Boots stores (or on line at Boots.com) for £8.00 for a 200ml bottle, which comes with a handy pump dispenser. The only drawback is the price, however when you consider how big the bottle is and how nice the product is then it is well worth it.

          Would I recommend this product? Yes, definitely, it smells heavenly, moisturises really well and is a delight to the senses. I also love the fact that it contains no nasties. A great product from Good Works!

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            14.09.2010 15:19
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            A classic scent from Paco Rabanne

            I purchased Paco Rabanne XS for my partner quite sometime ago, and to be honest, he's never really used this but I can see why. I purchased this from Boots for around £30 for a 50ml eau de toilette.

            I thought I was doing the right thing, choosing a classic grown up scent, but boy did I get it wrong. I love the bottle, clear heavy glass with the XS logo emblazoned on the front. It has a nice silver flip style top which encloses the spray nozzle. Very stylish and sleek looking.

            The scent is so overpowering and a tad over the top, with a dash of old fashioned thrown right in there. What was I thinking, my partner's only 28, and I feel, after sampling this that it is more suited to your Dad or Grandad. While it is too mature for the younger set, it is perfect for a more distinguised and cultured gentleman. It reminds me of a rather harsh soap. It also brings to mind business men in suits, it has that type of air to the fragrance.

            This fragrance is a woody floral and opens with top notes of rosemary, orange, tarragon, mint, bergamot and lemon. The lemon and bergamot are quite zesty and fresh, but the tarragon and rosemary lend a slightly herby overtone.

            The heart notes consist of corriander, which I dislike, along with juniper, sage, geranium and rosewood. I do perfer the top notes as they are a bit more zingy, the mid notes are quite strong and maintain the overpowering tones.

            Once this has dried down you will notice the slightly hippy notes of patchouli and sandalwood. These are combined with more wearable notes of amber, musk and vanilla, althoug they are slightly lost, you can just detect them ever so slightly.

            I think that anyone wearing this fragrance would have to apply it sparing as it really is very powerful and intense. It would definitely drown out any perfume that your partner would be wearing. It is that strong and heady that it gives me a bit of a headache if I smell it for any lenght of time.

            Would I recommend this fragrance? Well for my partner I would have to say its a no. However, I do think it would be great as a gift for a Father or Grandfather as it does have a more grown up feel to the scent overall.

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              14.09.2010 14:55
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              A lovely scent from Hugo

              I already own a bottle of Hugo Deep Purple, which I love, so I thought I'd splash out and treat myself to a bottle of Deep Red, which I must say, I think is even better than the Deep Purple.

              I bought this from my local Semi Chem store for £29.99 for a 50ml bottle of Eau de Parfum. I love the bottle, very dark and mysterious, a little like the fragrance itself. The bottle is a matt frosted glass, which is a gorgeous dark red colour, has the Hugo logo in silver printed on the front, and a stylish silver lid.

              Hugo Deep Red is a floral fruity fragrance, but does have a lovely deep sensual almost exotic dry down. When you first spray this you are met with a delicious fruity cocktail of mandarin, pear, and blackcurrant, however it is not sickly in the slightest as the mid notes develop quite quickly.

              The heart notes are a lovely combination of ginger leaves which is where I think it has a slightly spicy exotic scent. This is accompanied by freesia, hibiscus and tuberose which gives a suble floral burst to the perfume. I would like to say that I can event detect a fleeting smell of marzipan, but I may be a little off on that one.

              This then gives way to the warm and sensual base notes of sandalwood which is very suble, but still detectable, along with cedar, musk and vanilla. I think that the vanilla lends a creamyness to the fragrance.

              I find that this fragrance is more suited to evening wear although I've worn it every day since I purchased this, I really do love the changing characters of this scent. The dry down is pretty subtle, not at all overpowering so I can just about get away with it for day wear, even though it is a rather dramatic fragrance.

              I also find that some days it can smell a little different on me, I'm not sure how, but some days it does smell more fruity and others I can sense the floral notes more.

              I feel that the only downside to Hugo Deep Red is the lasting power. I would expect and eau de parfum to last anywhere from 4+ hours, but I genuinely feel that I get a lot less wear out of this. Perhaps it's a case of once my nose gets used to the scent I'm a little desensitised to it, but it does not last out well.

              Would I recommend this fragrance? I would have to say its a definite yes. I feel that it is good value for money (lasting powers aside) and it's a great change from the other fruity florals out there, which have no 'deep, dark' quality. It really does have nice kick to it.

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              Just my humble opinion, please try for yourself, but I'm sure you'll like it too.

              I'm only giving 4 stars due to the poor lasting qualities.

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                05.09.2010 21:45
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                A great product from Clinique

                I do like Clinique especially the 3 Step Skincare Programme, and to supplement the exfoliating skin tonic, or as they call it, Clarifying Lotion, I like to use the 7 day scrub cream.

                I'm not a big fan of granulated exfoliators as such, I feel that many of them are too harsh, or find that the ingredients aggravate my sensitive skin. When I recieved a sample 30ml size of Cliniques Scrub Cream, I just dismissed it, and basically forgot about it.

                During one of my 'breakouts', my skin was feeling particularly clogged, even with the clarifying lotion, I spotted this scrub cream and thought I'd give it a try. Being a bit of a doubter I didn't hold out much hope, but I was totally wrong.

                This cream is nice and thick and feels quite luxurious when massaged on to your face. The grains are just right too, not at all sharp and harsh, but rather a more gentle polish revealing softer smoother skin.

                This product has no fragrance, and is suitable for all skin types, which is great for anyone who suffers with sensitive, but dull skin. This gives skin a nice glow after use.

                It's easy to use, I simply dampen my face with a splash of tepid water, and dispense a small blob on to my finger tips. I then use gentle circular motion, paying particular attention to any dry bits, clogged areas and blocked pores. It can also help to minimise very fine lines. I massage this in for a minute or two then rinse thoroughly. It can also be tissued off, I haven't tried this as I prefer to have a good rinse with warm water.

                I think it's refered to as a 7 day scrub as it is gentle enough for everyday use. I only use it once or twice per week as I feel it is sufficient for my skin type. I have found that with regular use my skin is more controlled and less oily as a result.

                After rinsing, skin is soft and supple, less clogged with a bit of a glow. Skin looks much clearer after using this. I have also noticed that my moisturiser glides on better, is absorbed more easily, and I need to use less. All good stuff!

                After using up my sample I've since purchased a full size which retails at £16.50 for a 100ml tube. The 30ml size lasted my around 4 weeks, so hopefully this will last a few months.

                Would I recommend this product? Yes definitely, its great for brightening dull skin and helping to get rid of cloggs and dry patches. It doesn't irritate dry or sensitive skin, feels good to use, and helps regulate my oily skin. I am now a skin scrub convert thanks to Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll not be disappointed.

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                • goodnessdirect.co.uk / Online Shop / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                  01.09.2010 22:21
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                  A great health food store on line

                  I've recently embarked on a new diet, or should I put it this way, a new way of eating, a new lifestyle if you will. You may or may not heard of it, the Primal Blueprint. Basically this is a lifestyle change which encourages a total overhaul in the way we view food, excercise and our general lifestyle by adopting (as far as practical) a more 'primal' outlook. Before we were encouraged by commercialism and the advent of agriculture, we used to live by consuming more natural foods, such as meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and herbs. We didn't have access to crisps, biscuits, bread and the general stodge we tend to gourge on these days.

                  I would generally take (or buy prepacked) sandwiches to work, then suffer the afternoon bloat, have a biscuit or cake in the afternoon and suffer from sugar highs and lows, leaving me feeling generally moody, irritable, bloated and having very little or no energy.

                  By adopting this new outlook I have found conventional shopping, for example, a simple trip to Morrisons very difficult. I've needed to try to source more healthy alternatives to my usual loaves of hovis, and have really struggled.

                  I'd been on the look out for coconut flour, almond butter and a few other things, which I had not found on trips to mainstream supermarkets. I googled some of these items and the name that popped up repeatedly was Goodness Direct.

                  I don't tend to buy my groceries on line and was a little aprehenisve of placing and order for such items. However I found that the ordering process was very easy and secure. There is an amazing choice of products, everything I had been looking for unsuccessfully locally. Here Goodness Direct had everything I had been looking for to make my transition from regular eating to my primal blueprint so much easier.

                  On Sunday night I placed an order for the organic coconut flour, coconut oil, almond butter and organic pureed pumpkin. The whole order including delivery was £23.17, of which delivery was charged at £5.53, not cheap by anyones standards. But a small price to pay to receive the products I needed. I was able to select the delivery day which was the most convenient to me. I chose to receive my package on Wednesday and low and behold, it arrived today, no problem. The goods were packaged well, the glass jars were adequately wrapped so arrived in perfect conditon.

                  I will of course recycle the packaging. The only drawback really is the high postage price, but I live and learn. If you spend over £35.00 delivery is free, so my next order will be a bit larger.

                  As part of my order, I received 3 packets of almonds as a freebie, which I was pretty pleased with. These retail on the site for £1.32 each, so not a bad little gift. Also as part of a thank you for ordering, I can receive 10% off my next order.

                  Goodness Direct has an amazing range of products for the health conscious, goods including products for the freezer, books, health and beauty, grocery, household, supplements and more. I really am looking forward to placing my next order with this company. I feel there is a lot to offer, prices are competitive, and the range is very good.

                  Would I recommend this company? Without a doubt it would be yes. I have only used them once, but I'm very happy with the products and service I have received. The order arrived exactly when it was supposed to, in excellent conditon, with a few bits thrown in, plus 10% off my next order. Well done Goodness Direct!

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                  31.08.2010 23:12
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                  Just nice, nothing memorable

                  I've had JLo Love at First Glow for sometime now, and it's one of those fragrances that I like some days, and others, I really can't decided whether I do or not.

                  This fragrance is very similar to many of the celebrity scents out there, so much like Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears Curious. I think you get the general idea here. This scent is definitely targeted at the teen market, and not something you would think a woman of my age would buy. I was mainly seduced by the pretty pink bottle and box, and the price wasn't bad either. I was looking for a fresh summery scent and this caught my eye. It currently retails at around £15 for 50ml bottle of eau de toilette.

                  The bottle is very slinky and curvy, very JLo of days gone by in my opinion. The bottle is pink, and sadly has a phone charm attached round the neck of the bottle. The fragrance inside is pale pink also. The scent is very pink too, sense the theme here.

                  It opens with top notes of bergamot, neroli and peach and is very fruity but a little too sickly if you spritz on too much. These fruity notes dry down pretty quickly and are replaced by more serious floral notes of jasmine, wild rose and freesia. I much prefer the floral notes to the too sweet and fruity elements of this fragrance. These floral notes do tend to hang on gently to the full dry down.

                  Once this had fully dried down, which is pretty quick, you are left with the subtle scents of vanilla, a very light almost transparent musk that is barley there and the light blond woods. It is much nicer once it has dried down and the slightly too sweet peach has given way to the better floral scents.

                  I would recommend that this perfume is more suitable for young girls ranging from teens through to early twenties, anyone a little older may find it a bit too sweet and fruity. It makes a nice fresh daytime fragrance as it is not too overpowering, and since it dries down pretty quickly, it's not too offenisve.

                  This is where I argue with myself. I don't like how it smells when I first spray this, but I do quite like it when it has been on for a while. But this is where more dissappointment sets in, it is very short lived, even for an eau de toilette. Within only a few hours I can no longer smell this fragrance no matter how much I spray on.

                  Would I recommend this scent? Possibly as a gift for a younger girl/woman, but I prefer something a little more exotic and different. It's nice, but that's it, just nice, not something memorable or different. I had forgot that I even owned it, so that tells you something.

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                  This is my personal opinion and I would recommend anyone who would like to buy this fragrance to try it first.

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                    31.08.2010 22:49
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                    Get scrubbing with Boots Exfoliating Gloves

                    I suffer from quite dry and scaly skin, not a pretty picture I can assure you, so I do like to exfoliate often to scrub off those dead skin cells and reveal softer smoother skin.

                    I've tried loads of body scrubs and while they smell gorgeous, and do a fab job I must admit I hate the feeling on my finger tips. They feels quite numb within such a short space of time that I only tend to exfoliate small areas before giving up and getting out the shower. I also hate the gritty bits left on the shower base, and the endless cleaning involved in removing the debris.

                    That's why I purchased a pair of Boots Exfoliating Gloves at a bargain price of only £2.50 or so a few weeks ago. I found them to be much cheaper than many of the body scrubs I have tried with usually cost in the region of £10 plus.

                    These gloves are simple to use, just pop on your hands and dispense a generous amount of shower cream, lather up and get scrubbing. I tend to use a moisturising shower product rather than a gel since I find that exfoliating can be a little harsh somtimes, so anything with added moisturisers such as aloe vera or even fragrant oils are ideal. This still gives a luxury feeling and aroma without hurting my finger tips.

                    They fit onto hands quite snuggly, so don't tend to fall off as the cuff has quite a lot of elastics to hold them in place. They are made from a nylon with a bobbled type surface which is quite rough and acts as the exfoliant. They can also be used without a soap type product but I don't like to use them this way. After use, just rinse out all soap, and air dry. They can be popped into the washing machine between uses to keep them clean if you like me are a fan of false tan!

                    They are also said to promote healthy circulation, which I couldn't really comment on, as I'm not sure how I would even begin to measure this.

                    After I've exfoliated with these gloves my skin feels and looks much softer and smoother. I like to finish off with a good quality body lotion or butter just to maintain that smoothness. My legs are less scaly and my fingers don't tingle. Great results!

                    Would I recommend this product? Yes definintely, if you like to exfoliate but hate the feel of the scrub on your finger tips. They are much cheaper than buying body scrubs and last for ages. They can be machine washed to keep clean and come in a few different colours. Mine are blue, not white as in the photo. Go on, get scrubbing!

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                      30.08.2010 20:31
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                      A lovely natural product from Jergens

                      I purchased a 75ml tube of Jergens Naturals Body Moisturiser - Ultra Hydrating for £1.99 recently. I had been looking for body lotion small enough to take on holiday, but that would last a while and be effective. I was recommended Jergens by a friends, and I'm so pleased I tried it.

                      I was quite impressed by the claims that this product is 96% natural ingredients, contains no parabens, is cruelty free, and is also dermatologicaly tested. Another plus point is that it is made in the UK so reduced the carbon footprint a little.

                      The ultra hydrating variant contains jojoba oil, which helps to lock moisture into the skin and prevent it from drying out. It also contains avocado which are rich in vitamins A, D and E which keep the skin soft, smooth and supple. Olive oil nourishes the skin and is a great antioxidant. I can't belive how many good things they pack into such a small bottle.

                      The real test though is how it works on my skin. Well I must first point out how bad my skin really is. I suffer from very dry skin, coarse rough patches on my knees, ankles and elbows. On top of that I suffer from eczema, poor me I hear you say. This lotion is a lovely off white colour and is very rich and creamy. It sinks into skin very easily and a little goes a long way. I have found that it combats even the driest of areas and the skin on my shins is no longer scaly.

                      Even though this is quite a creamy lotion, it doesn't leave any sticky reside or any greasy film on the skin. After applying it I'm able to dress almost immediately. The moisturising effects lasted the whole day too, keeping my skin soft and supple.

                      It smells lovely too, very light and refreshing, but you can definitely smell this once it is applied to skin. It smells quite fruity, which I like very much.

                      I think that this is a very good moisturiser, it's not cheap, but does the job perfectly. It's available in a number of variants, from ultra hydrating, skin firming, age defying, cocoa butter and total nourishment. I'm looking forward to trying the skin firming one next.

                      Would I recommend this product? Definitely yes, it has replaced my old favourite, and has become my new favourite! Let's see what happens when I try the skin firming one next! A lovely treat for your skin.

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                      30.08.2010 20:05
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                      A unique scent from Paco Rabanne

                      I recently won an incentive at work and was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man. I already own the women's version, so was quite happy as I could give this to my partner, who incidentally owns more bottles of fragrance than I do!

                      Ultraviolet Man retails at around £19.99 for a 50ml bottle of eau de toilette. I love the female version of this fragrance and must say that I'm quite taken by the male edition. The bottle is quite unusual, funky, modern and quite unique. It's quite chunky, clear glass through which you can view the purple liquid inside. The spray mechanism runs the length of the bottle and is a deep shade of purple bearing the Ultraviolet logo, which you press down to release the scent from the nozzle. Very stylish and trendy.

                      The scent is quite unique also, with some amazing notes, and the most surprising I found, was the addition of mint. However, don't think this could be reminiscent of mouth wash, it is a very green, earthy smelling and very refreshing hint of mint.

                      Ultraviolet doesn't smell at all like the women's version, so don't be led to believe that they are at all similar. I find the women's version to be quite floral and exotic, however the male is both warm, sharp, fresh, clean and intoxicating, but all done in a very interesting way.

                      It opens with top notes of capsicum, orange pimento and vanilla, making this quite citrusy, however the vanilla lends a slight warmth to the fragrance, it is still a very powerful scent. I was quite surpised when I learned that it contained Ambergris. This is the pathological secretion of sperm whales found washed up on beaches, gross I know! Whatever it is, it adds an amazing sweet earthy odour to Ultraviolet. The Ambergris mixed with the mint, truly is a delight for the senses very sensual and alluring.

                      Once this had dried down it is very wearable, and does exude a warmth that is not present earlier on. It contains tonka bean, musk and amber to give a pleasing lasting scent that lingers on skin for quite sometime.

                      When my partner first tried this, he wasn't too sure, I think the tale about the sperm whale put him off a little, but it has now grown on him and he now classes this as a favourite.

                      I feel that this would be suitable for both day or evening wear, firstly day since it is so fresh minty, secondly for evening as it has a warmth and exotic finish to the fragrance.

                      This fragrance would suit men of all ages, it is quite classic, not too old fashioned but still a great scent that will appeal to most. Timeless perhaps.

                      Would I recommend this fragrance? Yes, without a doubt. I love it when my partner walks past and I get a whiff of this, he smells clean, fresh and dare I say it - sexy! This would make a great present for the special man in your life.

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                        A reasonable product from Olay

                        I'm a soap and water girl at heart but do like to have a pack of cleansing wipes on standby just incase I'm feeling a tad lazy and don't want to do the whole cleanse, tone, eyemake up remover routine. When I saw Olay Gentle Cleansing Wipes for £1.00 for a pack of 20 at Semi Chem I thought they'd be worth a try.

                        I'm a big fan of Olay products and in particular I do like their regenerist range of skincare, amongst other items and was looking forward to using these wipes.

                        They are similar in style to a packet of baby wipes, but roughly half the size. The packet is bright blue plastic with a sticky seal closure on the top. Once opened they must be used within 3 months.

                        These wipes contain aloe vera and are quite gentle on the skin and are non comedogenic which for my skin type is a plus. The pack states that they are suitable for normal/dry/combination skin, but I think anyone with a dryer skin type may find them a little too harsh.

                        I found them to be quite pleasant to use, not at all drying on my oily skin type, although I did need to use a moisturier afterwards. I have very oily blemish prone skin but found that these are suitable, they removed all traces of excess sebum very effectively, whilst still being gentle.

                        Each wipe is quite generous in size and moist enough without being wet. The wipe is more than ample to clean all my make up off. It is also dimpled, which is supposed to be the cleansing pockets. I do wear a full face most days, including foundation, powder, and quite a lot of eye make up, but these wipes more than coped with the amount I needed to remove.

                        They made easy work of removing tough mascara and eyeliner, so in terms of performance I'm quite impressed. I would have to say the only down side to these wipes is the fragrance. I find it to be quite unpleasant, quite 'chemically' and artificial. I would prefer a slightly fresher prettier smell, but this is only a minor drawback.

                        Would I recommend these wipes? Yes definitely worth £1.00, but I would not want to pay much more. They remove make up and excess oil from skin easily and effectively, without drying out the skin. The only down side is the artificial smell.

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                      • Clarks / Highstreet Shopping / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                        Well done Clarks!

                        I've been dreading the 'school shoe shopping trip' ever since the schools broke for summer holidays in July, but today I decided I must bite the bullet and face the scrum to get my daughter kitted out for the new term.

                        I visited Clarks in Eldon Square Newcastle, and low and behold, there was the predicited riot. There was what seemed like hundreds of children and parents all squished into the kids section and my heart nearly stopped. I thought that I'd waste the best part of the morning waiting to be measured, then find that there would be nothing in my daughter's size!

                        Wrong! There were 6 assistants on the kids section alone, I was very impressed, they handled the situation extremely well. Anyone who know's Clarks, know's that they give out 'deli' style numbered tickets to stop any confusion over who is next to be served. We were number 79, and the number being served when we entered was number 66. I expected quite a wait. The assistand who gave me the ticket also gave my daughter a mini pack of Top Trump cards which was a great idea. It kept us well entertained until it was our turn. It took all of around 20 - 25 minutes until it was our turn.

                        The assistant from whom we received the ticket and cards also carried a clip board, this she used to make a note of who was seated were, again very professional and highly organised.

                        It got to our turn and the assistant wasted no time in introducing herself, and getting acquainted with my daughter. Again impressed due to the level of din being created all around. I think I lost count of the times the young lady got hit on the head by stray shoes/bags/toys, and she took it all in her stride.

                        She measured my daughter with a machine to get the right size, length and width fitting. We directed her to the boots my daughter chose (yes boots, I had expected shoes, but I'm not 'with it' in terms of what's fashion eh). She had both syles in the correct size, another win for Clarks. So my daugher got her first choice. The assistant checked and doulble checked that they fitted correctly and we happily paid (£46 for boots and a black polish) and my child is now the proud owner of new school foot wear.

                        I'm impressed with the service from Clarks today. Great system in place to avoid the mad back to school chaos, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable assistants, and plenty of choice. Well done Clarks, happy child, and happy and relaxed parent. Amazing!

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                        • Natural Lip Gloss / Make Up / 25 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                          24.08.2010 21:13
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                          A lovely product from Boots Natural Collection

                          It was my birthday recently and I was totally spoilt, lots of presents, flowers, wine and lots of little gifts off my daughter. One of them is a lovely lip gloss by Boots, part of their Natural Collection.

                          This lip gloss is the Mango and Papaya variety, it comes in a 15ml squeezy tube and retails at £2.60. It is also available in Wild Strawberry. Natural Collection is on offer at present, buy one item and get another at half price, great value.

                          The gloss is a lovely natural shade, slightly nude in colour, so leaves only a little sheer colour on the lips as well as a natural healthy glossy glow. It contains minute particles of irridescent glitter, which give a lovely sheen to lips rather than a glitter disco ball effect.

                          I find that this is very moisturising, very much like a lip balm but does have the effect of a gloss also. I think this is perfect for a very natural look, without looking made up, but also would be great used over a lipstick to give a gorgeous gloss.

                          The smell is devine, very fruity and natural tasting, not at all artificial like some glosses. It tastes rather tropical too, reminiscent of summer cocktails, very moreish! I do realise that this is a lip product and not something to be licked off, but I really can't help it, it really is that nice.

                          Another plus is that it has a slight 'cool' feeling on my lips, so feels like it is plumping them slightly. I know that this is not part of the claim that this product makes, this is only based on my opinion since using this product. My lips feel full, juicy and plump when wearing this.

                          I've never used products by Boots Natural Collection, but after trying this, I would gladly give other items in the range a try, especially when they are available on such a good offer. Another bonus point, remember if shopping at Boots, use your Advantage Card to collect points which makes this even more of a bargain.

                          Would I recommend this product? Yes definitely, it smells divine, tastes delicious, keeps my lips soft, moisturised and glossy all for a bargain £2.60! Well done Boots!

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                          22.08.2010 18:40
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                          A great smelling, effective shampoo from Herbal Essences

                          Apart from smelling great, and looking good, a shampoo has to actually address your hair concerns to be worth the price. I've got terribly oily hair, and on my quest to find a suitable shampoo, I found that Herbal Essences do produce a shampoo specifically for this concern. I purchased a 400ml bottle recently from Superdrug for £3.25 on buy one get one free.

                          Herbal Essences Fresh Balance is a clarifying shampoo that promises to purify hair by sweeping away any excess oil and styling product build up. I do use a serum while styling my hair and I am concerned that this may build up and contribute to my greasies. I only use serum from mid lenght to the ends, and keep it away from the roots though.

                          One of the things I really like about the Herbal Essences ranges are the stylish bottles. This one is a lovely shade of green, has an easy to use press down lid, so no messing about with removable tops in the shower. Just press down the top, give it a gentle squeeze, and you are good to go.

                          This shampoo contains the ingredients icy pineapple and cotton extracts which I assume do help in the fight against oil and build up. One thing is for certain though, the ingredients make this shampoo smell absolutely amazing. It is fresh, invigorating, and does have a nice cool fragrance and feel when washing hair.

                          All you need is a small dollop to get a really good thick lather going. I find that with this shampoo I don't need to rinse and repeat, one wash is good enough. The shampoo rinses out easily and leaves hair feeling squeaky clean. I then follow with a good sized blob of the conditioner from the same range.

                          After using this my hair does feel lovely and clean, there is no tell tale residue left over from styling products, just lovely scented clean fresh hair. After drying my hair feels soft, silky and manageable.

                          It does work with regard to the oiliness. I feel that the condition has improved and my hair seems less oily between washes. Normally by the end of the day my hair would look a bit greasy around the roots, but after using this my hair looks clean and fresh all day. I don't notice the oiliness until I was my hair the following morning.

                          Would I recommend this shampoo? Yes definitely, it looks good on the bathroom shelf, smells like a vacation in a bottle, combats the greasies and makes my hair soft, shiny and manageable. Thank you Herbal Essences I think I've found a winner!

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