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    • panelbase.net / Internet Site / 57 Readings / 55 Ratings
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      10.08.2010 16:07
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      Survey site to avoid

      I joined Panelbase a few years ago along with some other survey websites. While I had better luck with other survey sites in terms of getting a regular number of surveys and being paid out a few times, Panelbase was not the case.

      I found Panelbase on the money magpie website, as it gave a list of websites you could earn a bit of money off. Initially when I joined up Panelbase I was given a £3 incentive and was told that you could withdraw money when it got to the £10 mark. Registration was simple and you have to fill out a profile, which includes different sections - anything from what car you drive to music preference. This profile determines what surveys you get offered but unlike Toluna you do not earn anything for completing them.

      You can earn money from referrals and surveys. You can earn 20p per a referral, which is probably the easy way to earn off this site but with the website the way it is you're hardly going to be recommending it to other people and you would be lucky if anyone did join using your referral. After I joined this website I received very few invites to surveys and the surveys I was invited to did not pay much. The fact that its actually taken a few years till I could withdraw the money out makes this website pointless to stick with. I did not bother with Panelbase till about a month ago when I started to get some surveys in. I have no idea what had gotten into them, suddenly they realised I existed and sent surveys. At this point I only needed a few pounds to get the £10 withdrawal amount so I decided to complete the surveys.

      After each survey is completed you have to wait a while, maybe a week for your survey money to be cleared and paid into your Panelbase account. As soon as I earned my £11.30 I decided to withdraw my money. There are different ways you can be paid by Panelbase now:

      - £10 can be withdrawn straight into your bank account
      - £20 can be withdrawn as a cheque
      - High Street vouchers
      - Or even donate to charity

      You do not have to enter your bank account details when you register but only when it's time to withdraw your payment. It had taken a week to process my payment, they even sent an email to tell me what day my bank account should receive the payment.

      Apparently you can win things off this website but I never have.

      Overall I would avoid this website, there are much better survey sites out there and they don't take forever to reach the withdrawal amount. Considering that the withdrawal amount is £10 it seems impossible to reach with this website.

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        27.07.2010 16:42
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        Simple cheap meal.

        I was looking for a casserole packet mix or a sauce, as its been ages since I have made a chicken Casserole. I came across Homepride Roast Chicken Hearty Casserole cook-in-sauce and decide to try it out. I was sceptical at first, wondering if this sauce would be too watery,over salty and whether I wasted the £1.40 on this product. To be honest, I just didn't want to waste just over an hour on a product that was not going to give me a fantastic meal at the end of it.

        The sauce comes in a glass 500g jar with a blue screw top lid. It has a blue label containing a picture of the chicken casserole with Fred standing next to it. Along with the instructions it also provides a shopping list for a delicious chicken casserole and also a great little ideas star with some advice to make it tastier by adding cream.

        Before cooking, this sauce appears as a dark brown thick sauce with bits of carrot, onion, leek and seasoning. I was quite unsure it this would be enough to coat chicken and vegetables as I do like plenty of sauce. Along with the chicken I decide I would add some peas, more onion and some dumplings to the casserole.

        This is very easy to cook and not much effort is involved, but that depending on how you want to use this product. You can just cook the chicken, add the sauce and place in the oven, as it already contains vegetables in the sauce. I just cook the chicken pieces in oil in a pan until lightly brown. Then placed the chicken into a dish and mixed in the sauce along with the vegetables ensuring everything is well coated. I covered the dish and placed it in a preheated oven at gas mark 4 for 1 hour. Since I wanted to add dumplings to this, I used the Tesco dumpling mix. I made the dumplings up and then added them to the casserole 20 minutes before the end of cooking time.

        End result: It smells good with the waft of chicken and seasoning. It's bubbling away but chicken looks well coated and there is plenty of sauce surrounding it. I left it stand a while so the sauce would thicken. I served this up with mash potato as advised on the jar. Taste wise - it tasted good, not over salty, well seasoned, the balance in flavour was perfect. I can't pick fault with this product, it worked like a dream. So glad this product worked out well considering I was so disappointed with Homepride after the Garlic and Herb Potato Bake disaster.

        According to the Food Standards Agency's traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and sugar but is medium in salt. This product is free from artificial colours and flavours. If you have any allergy beware that this product contains egg, wheat, gluten, soya, celery and barley. This product provides 46 kcal and 195 kJ of energy per ¼ jar serving (125g).

        Ingredients include: Water , Carrot (6%) , Onion (4%) , Corn Starch , Leek (3.5%) , Sugar , Celery (1.5%) , Yeast Extract , Potato Starch , Salt , Natural Flavourings (contain Wheat, Soya) , Chicken Extract , Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid) , Flavouring (contains Egg) , Parsley , Thyme , Sage , Vegetable Extracts , Caramelised Sugar , Rosemary , Barley Malt Extract , Black Pepper , Maltodextrin .

        Overall, I will be using this product again, so easy to use and tastes good. Well balanced sauce in flavour and texture. It's an ideal product to have as a store cupboard ingredient as all you need to do is add the chicken.

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        23.07.2010 16:45
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        Tangy gingery relish.

        Branston does a fantastic range in relishes and the one I am about to review is Branston Relish - Sweet Chilli with Ginger. This product is 395g and costs about £1.64. It can also be purchased at Tesco as part of the any 2 for £2.50 deal, which is valid until 1/08/10. This product comes in a plastic bottle, which curves in and out at the middle of the bottle and at the bottom it has a flip lid for easy dispensing of the product. It has a simple picture of chillies and ginger on the front label. Once this product is opened it should be stored in the fridge and should be used within 6 weeks.

        The relish appears as a red gooey paste with bits of what I think is onions, chillies and ginger. It gives off a vinegary smell along with hint of ginger. Taste wise it feels warming as the ginger has a kick to it, slightly spicy and tangy flavour. It's a bit vinegary but not overwhelming. It's well combined to produce a relish to liven up food and taste good. I had it with some yucky chicken burgers from Birdseye and it seemed to mask how bad the chicken burgers actually tasted on their own. This is also great in a cheese sandwich as it give it a kick and makes it taste so much better. This product is even versatile as it can be used in a prawn stir fry as mentioned on the back of the product and on the Great little ideas website.

        Ingredients include: sugar, water, spirit vinegar, onions, cauliflower, tomato paste, modified maize starch, ginger (1%), soy sauce (water, soy beans, wheat, salt), ginger puree (1%), anchovies, garlic puree, carrots, salt, concentrated lemon juice, red chilli (0.5%), dried chilli (0.1%), mustard seeds, dried red peppers, preservative (potassium sorbate).

        I assumed that this product would include chillies, ginger and some sort of seasoning, I never would have though a cauliflower and anchovies would even feature in this product at all. In fact I never actually realised that this product many contain fish until I read the back of the label. Allergy wise this product contains gluten, wheat, fish, anchovies, mustard, mustard seeds, soya, soy beans & soy sauce.

        According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light system this product is high in sugar, medium in salt and low in fat and saturated fat. Per a 100g of this product it provides 163 kcal and 691 kJ of energy.

        Overall a great relish, really glad Branston has come out with a whole range of different ones. Ingredients combination is a bit weird but it seems to work perfectly.

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          22.07.2010 17:01
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          Alpro product to avoid.

          I seem to be going through a lot of Alpro products lately, my latest one being the Alpro Caramel flavoured dessert. I stumbled across this in Tesco for £1.38, which is a shame since I could have got this for £1 if I purchased it when it slashed it price. It's still available for £1 until 27/07/2010, but I would seriously opt for another dessert as this was not to my liking at all.

          This is a caramel dessert made up of soya beans and water with added calcium and vitamins. Like the other Alpro desserts this too is a long life product which can sometimes be found in special diet section in supermarkets and health food shops but in Tesco this was hidden away with the other dessert pots, such as Ambrosia rice. I don't think that this caramel flavour is as available or popular compared to the other flavours in Alpro dessert range. You get 4 x 125g caramel coloured pots in a sliding cardboard cover as packaging.

          Unlike the other Alpro desserts this one seems to have a skin of the caramel dessert formed on the rim of the pot which I find a bit yucky and unavoidable as it came off into my creamy desert. The dessert is a sort of caramel brown in colour and creamy, thick, smooth in texture. It smells like Caramel. Taste wise it has a strong caramel flavour, it's sweet at the start and leaves a slight bitterness afterwards. It made me feel kind of sick eating this. I don't like this, it's bearable but to be honestly I prefer the other flavours and this is not a product I would ever purchase again. I do love my Caramel but this combination of a dessert just does not do it for me.

          Ingredients include: Water , Sugar , Hulled Soya Beans (6%) , Thickeners (Modified Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan) , Caramel Sauce (1%) , Caramelized Raw Cane Sugar , Tri-Calcium Phosphate , Sea Salt , Flavouring , Natural Flavouring , Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2) .

          About 100g of this product provides you with 82 Kcal and 348 KJ of energy. According to the Food Standard Agency traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and salt but medium in sugar.
          This product is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This product is free from gluten, wheat, lactose and dairy. Also it free from artificial Colours, sweeteners and preservatives.

          Overall, not a pleasant eating experience. I did go through the 4 pots with great difficulty, thinking it's one of those things that your taste buds have to get use to and maybe end up liking it later. Sadly this was not the case. It's a sickly dessert I'm glad to see the back of.

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          21.07.2010 15:49
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          Smells good enough to eat.

          I purchased this Original Source Shea Butter and Honey Shower Cream along with the Lavender and Tee Tree version reviewed previously. It can cost anywhere from 99p to just under £2, it depends on where you shop. I do love the shower gels from the Original Source range but do find they are a bit too liquid, as in like baby shampoo consistency. Since this one actually mentions it's a shower cream I was kind of expecting it to be creamier than the rest of their shower products.

          Original Source Shea Butter and Honey Shower Cream is like a light brown/ peachy sort of colour in it's clear plastic bottle but when squeezed out on to my hand it looks slightly paler in comparison. The actual shower cream is not that creamy, it is just slightly but not enough to stop it being runny. It does lather well so can't really complain, but I seem to be going through this bottle at a fast rate due to its runny texture.

          I can really smell the honey from opening the bottle and its scent deepens as it covers my body. I feel like I have been dipped into a big pot of honey at this point. It just smells so gorgeous, shame I can't eat the product as it smells exactly like honey you get in jars. There is no scent of the Shea butter at all, its honey all the way. It rinses off easily and the sent continues to linger on the skin but not as intense as when it was on the skin. Skin feels good, smooth, soft scented, no over dryness just moisturised healthy looking skin. It does seem to live up to its claim of a skin nourishing shower cream.

          Looking through the ingredients on the back of the bottle I thought there would be nothing special in there. I spotted the PEG-75 Shea butter glycerides, which I was expecting since the product contains Shea butter but was surprised by the mention of caramel amongst the ingredients. Maybe it was in there for the colour or to create the sweet smell it has.

          Overall I like this product, it may not be as creamy as I wanted but it does make it up with that gorgeous honey smell and even more gorgeous skin.

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            20.07.2010 18:03
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            Soya lasagne

            Linda McCartney Vegetarian Lasagne is made up with layers of free range egg pasta which contain soya mince ragu and rich bechamel sauce topped with cheddar cheese. It's a 360g meal. It's found in the freezer section of the supermarkets but can also be found in health food shops too. I got mine from Asda for £1.87, but it can be found in Tesco for £1 until 26/07/10. Sainsbury's also has it on a deal, 2 for £3 until 14/06/11.

            It can be cooked in the oven or microwave. If using the oven then film lid has to be removed and put into a preheated oven at gas mark 4 for 45 minutes. Although it says for best results it should be oven baked, I prefer to just cooking it in the microwave as it just takes 12 minutes. For cooking in microwave you pierce the film lid and place in and cook on full power for 5 minutes. Then peel back the film lid and let it stand for a minute. Cook on full power for a further 5 minutes and then let it stand for a minute and then serve.

            Appearance when cooked, is melted cheese on top and the sauce oozing and bubbling around it, it looks and smells yummy. It easy to serve out of the tray on to a plate. Tastes a bit on the salty side but that's mainly because of the cheese component in the dish, but the soya mince ragu is well flavoured and seasoned so it balances out with the pasta, rich béchamel sauce and cheese toping together. I found this warming and filling and just like the statement mentioned on the box "food to come home to". I prefer this lasagne as it contains soya and not vegetables. With the vegetable ones i tend to hate the actual vegetable content I just seem to squint when I come accross a piece of a courgette or aubergine. It just nice that this lasagne it not actually made of meat but it sort of resembles it in texture with the soya.

            Ingredients include:

            Milk, Water, Free Range Egg Pasta (19%), Tomato, Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese (9%), Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins (5%), Onion, Corn flour, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Tomato Purée, Cream, Vegetable Stock, Salt, Mustard, Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Sugar, Pepper, Malt Extract, Nutmeg.

            Free Range Egg Pasta Contains: Durum Wheat Semolina, Water, Free Range Egg.

            Textured Soya and Wheat Proteins Contains: Water, Soya Concentrate (19%), Soya Flour (7%), Wheat Gluten (6%), Vegetable Oil, Soya Protein Isolate (1%), Yeast Extract, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Flavouring.

            Vegetable Stock Contains: Rehydrated Potato, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion, Potato Flakes, Leek, Carrot Concentrate, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Natural Flavour, Barley Malt Extract, Onion Powder, Pepper, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Garlic.

            This product is suitable for vegetarians. It's free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and is made from non-genetically modified soya. If you have allergies then beware that this product contains wheat, eggs, milk, mustard and soya/soybeans. Per a meal it provides 450 kcal and 1886kj of energy. Considering the Saturated fat makes up to 52% of the GDA (Guideline Daily Amount) it would be wise to watch the saturated fat consumed though out the day.

            Nutrition:
            Sugars 12g
            Fat 20g
            Saturated fat 10g
            Salt 1.8g

            Overall, yummy product that I have grown addicted to, as I just purchase 2 more on a recent shopping trip. I like to have it with fries to mop up the creamy sauce.

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            • Dovecraft Bone Folder / Art / Craft / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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              20.07.2010 15:33
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              Paper/ card craft essential.

              A few months ago I started making and selling handmade wedding invitations. At the time I realised it wasn't as simple as just folding a strong piece of card and expect it to have a smooth finish, crease wise. I needed a tool for this, that wasn't too expensive but could be used to start me off in the right direction.

              I came across some scoring boards which I thought was a bit costly and then I came across this the Dovecraft Bone Folder on Ebay, but it can also be found in craft shops or websites. It costs around £1.99. I don't know what I was expecting from this tool, to me it looked like a piece of random shaped, flat, pink plastic. If anything it reminded me of the old style spatula provided with hair removal cream, Had I knew it could have been used in paper/card crafts I would never of chucked it out.

              Dovecraft Bone Folder is a scoring and creasing tool. Its acid free and known as a dual purpose tool for scoring and folding most types of paper, card, vellum and acetate.

              How to use it?

              If you need to score the card then you press the bone folder's pointed tip firmly down on to the paper or card and then firmly run it down, like drawing a line straight down with a pencil. It leaves an indentation of a line in the card surface. It's best to use a ruler alongside it for support and to stop you wandering off the line. Also try it out on rough card first as I found that even if the scoring is a little off, then the folded sides will not match up when the crease is folded flat.

              After scoring, fold the card to create a slight crease and then run the bone folder's tapered edge firmly along the crease and press it down so it's folded flat.

              It's not limited to scoring and creasing greeting cards but for other paper/ card craft constructions such as boxes, bags, etc. It also not suitable for children under 3 years.

              Conclusion: It takes a while to get use to the tool as I mentioned earlier, if you don't score in the right place and slightly off by a few millimetres here or there then it can make the card folding uneven or constructing boxes difficult. I guess that's where scoring boards come in. Overall it's a good cheap tool for paper/card craft people.

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                17.07.2010 18:11
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                Tummy solution

                Every time I have eaten something dodgy or have a stomach upset for no apparent reason I seem to forget about this particular product and end up using it in the middle of the night when I feel worse.

                Phillip's Milk Of Magnesia Mint Liquid is designed to provide relief for stomach discomfort, indigestion, over acidity, heart burn, flatulence and constipation. This appears in its liquid form, but before this actually existed as a tablet, that you would just suck on and let it dissolve. Tasted chalky but it was convenient to carry with you anywhere and no doubt it would sort the stomach upset out in no time at all. Tablets disappeared and came back as a liquid but still had its slight chalkiness.

                This product comes in a blue plastic bottle with a wave image, it has a top that you just pull off, and this is also a measuring cup for your doses. Then there is another top which is just a secure screw top. It's a very simple design for a fantastic product. I have only seen this as a 200ml bottle but apparently you can get a 100ml bottle too. This 200ml product can cost just under £4. This may seem a lot, but for an upset stomach you only need two 5ml doses to sort it out (In other words it does last a long time).

                I have never taken this for any of the above conditions except for the upset stomach. As I mentioned earlier that only two 5ml doses are need to sort this out, but along with it you need to drink either water or milk with it. I think it's to enable the product to work its magic but mostly I find my mouth gets dry after consuming the product and if anything I need the glass of water to quench my thirst. So take a sip of milk or water every now and then. Make sure the product is shaken well before pouring it out, to enable the ingredients to mix well.


                Ingredients included: Well for every 15ml of the product it contains the active ingredient of 500mg magnesium. Other ingredients include the Mint Inactive Ingredients: Flavour, mineral oil, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium hypochlorite.

                Appearance wise - it's like a white, slightly frothy liquid.

                Taste wise- as I mentioned earlier it does have a slightly chalkiness but you can taste a cool mint liquid. It's not at all a yucky taste it's bearable. In fact you won't be put off from consuming it. It does work well, after a few minutes the discomfort goes and you feel much better.

                Warnings on using product:

                Ask a doctor before use if:
                - You have kidney disease
                - Magnesium-restricted diet
                - Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
                - A sudden change in bowel habits that lasts over 14 days
                - Taking a prescription drug. This product may interact with certain prescription drugs.
                - If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

                Stop use and ask a doctor if:
                - You have rectal bleeding or no bowel movement after using this product. These could be signs of a serious condition.
                - You need to use a laxative for more than 1 week
                (Warnings taken from www.chemistdirect.co.uk/phillips-milk-of-magnesia)

                Overall it's a good product that does the trick for a dodgy tummy, it's possibly an improvement on the tablet version but it's a shame it's not as portable as it was in the tablet form.

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              • Masterplast Heat Pads / Pain Relief / 50 Readings / 49 Ratings
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                Pain Relief.

                These Self Adhesive Heat Pads - Feminine, are designed to provide comfort and ease the pain suffered by the individual, which makes it ideal for period pain, stomach cramps and back pain. They can also be used to relieve minor aches and pains in muscles and joint, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains. It works by allowing the heat to radiate through to the source of pain by increasing circulation, decreasing stiffness and relaxing the area it's aimed at. Its fragrance free and is a non- medicinal product. It's designed to be applied to clothing or underwear but should not be applied directly to the skin. It designed in a way that it's discreet to wear and allows you to function as normal. It aim is to provide relief for up to 8 hours.

                I purchased this product from The Body Care shop, I have not seen this in other shops but it is on sale on Amazon for 50p but postage and packaging is steep for £4.00. I purchased mine for just 99p. For that 99p I got 2 single use heat pads in the pack and its part of the Masterplast range. Its packaging is just a blue box with a female body in underwear with a heat pad stuck to the abdomen and heat radiating from it. It has to be stored in cool place and needs to avoid sunlight.

                Each heat pad is 10 cm x 13 cm and is packaged in a plastic sealed packet which you need to cut with scissors to open. The heat pad has an adhesive surface which you peel off to apply to clothing, whereas the other side is like a cotton surface. inside the heat pad there is a sort of powder, as when you shake it you can hear it moves around. Shaking the heat pad activates the contents which react with air to produce heat. The contents include: iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal, vermiculite.

                It does fit firmly on to clothing, so no need to worry about it falling off. The cotton type surface facing the skin is comfortable and does not irritate the skin. The powder inside the product ends up falling to the bottom but it's not really a problem since the heat radiates from that point outwards soothing your pain. It just takes a few minutes for it to start heating up and it does feel hot against the skin. Good job it's not in direct contact with skin else it would burn. It does sort of last 8 hours but during this time it may not be in so much contact with your skin as it depends on your clothing and how you have positioned it. It does help but I do find myself pressing the pad against my abdominal at time as my knickers start to get weight down by the pad.

                A few warnings:
                - Avoid burns- never apply directly to skin.
                - Don't use while sleeping, near a heat source of while exercising
                - Stop use if skin irritated.
                - Don't use it on a person who can't remove the pad themselves.
                - Don't use it in conjunction with other creams, lotions, rubs applied to skin.
                - Consult doctor first if you have rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, never damage, sensory impairment, a skin condition, are diabetic or pregnant.
                - Don't use after expiry date

                Overall it's not bad pain relief for 99p, at least it's discreet and does not wear off like heat lotion. I think most heat pads cost around £4 which I think is an expensive way to provide relief.

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                  14.07.2010 17:57
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                  Essential product, its not.

                  I was very lucky to be given this product for free along with some other stuff by a friend who use to sell the Forever Living products. Considering it costs around £25.84 per 30 ml for what I consider as an expensive moisturiser I would not of have purchased it since there are some fantastic moisturisers for a lower price out there.

                  Forever Alpha-E Factor is actually a skin replenisher, the whole objective of this product is to enhance the skin for a younger looking appearance.

                  Product claims:
                  - Have a superb combination of powerful antioxidants
                  - Enhances elasticity
                  - Normalizes and balances dry skin
                  - Suitable for sensitive skin
                  - Ideal for almost every other situation that requires topical application of natural antioxidants

                  Appearance: This product reminds me of those bottles of chemicals you get in a science lab as its top contains a pipette or a dropper. Since this product is 30ml you use it sparingly with a couple of drops to face or neck and gently blend into the skin using fingertips. Also my friend told me that I could mix a few drops with my normal moisturiser. It does look like urine in the bottle but out of it, I'm reminds of clear baby oil with its oily texture and maybe a slight citrus smell to it.

                  Since Forever living products are Aloe Vera based, its foundation is pure stabilised Aloe Vera gel. It contains carefully selected ingredients combined to make this a versatile skin product. These ingredients include:

                  Vitamin E (Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate) - softens and moisturises skin

                  Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) - enhances elasticity while moisturising and reducing scaliness.

                  Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) enhances elasticity and helps inhibit formation of scar tissue.

                  Lecithin -emollient to improve the suppleness of the skin.

                  Borage Seed Oil - helps restore moisture in skin.

                  Bisabolol - a natural, soothing ingredient with a light citrus aroma, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

                  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - emollient that moisturises the skin without the heavy, greasy feel of other oils.

                  Soy Bean Oil - moisturiser with antioxidant properties.

                  The trick with this is not to use too much of the product as you end up with a greasy skin. I'm not keen on the idea of adding it to a moisturiser, it just makes it heavy and bit greasy on the skin. If applied carefully then it works, it smoothes skin and makes it look good without the skin feeling greasy and clogged up. I have a dry neck and it worked well for it. It is good and it does what it says, but I'm still not sure if I would have this down as an essential beauty item. As I said earlier there are good stuff out there that does the job brilliantly at much lower prices.

                  Overall a nice product but expensive.

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                  13.07.2010 18:44
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                  Best soya milk.

                  Alpro soya milk can be found conveniently in supermarkets, there is no need to look in specialist health food shops for this product. It usually costs around £1.27. Currently Tesco has it on offer: 2 FOR £2.50 which is valid until: 24/07/2010.

                  Alpro soya milk is a mix of soya beans, water with added calcium and vitamins. It comes in a 1 litre carton. It's easy to open just unscrew the top and pull the ring up. It has to be kept in the fridge like normal milk and has to be used within 5 days of opening and also before the best before date. I usually just drink this rather then serve it with cereal, so I get through it in about 3 to 4 days anyway. It appearance is white, but not the texture or thickness of actually milk, it's probably a more watered down version. The taste of this can be quite strange at first in fact it may even put you off. Taste I can only describe as floury but sweet, and because it chilled it makes it bearable to gulp down. Don't worry about its slight floury taste it refreshing and does not dry your mouth up. I don't like it with cereal, but in particularly with crunchy nut cornflakes as its makes it overly sweet. I do use it in hot chocolate but the chocolate transforms it, adding another dimension in taste to it, so it works in the sense that it can be used like normal milk. I have also used it in smoothies and it taste so delicious that you hardly notice it has soya in.

                  Ingredients include: Water, Hulled soya beans (6%), Raw cane sugar, Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).

                  The beauty of this product is that it's suitable for vegans and vegetarians. If you have allergies it's free from wheat, lactose and dairy. Also it's free from artificial colours, sweeteners and preservatives. It's suitable for children from 6 months to have as part of a balanced diet and can be suitable as a main source of milk from 2 years.

                  According to the Food Standard Agency's traffic light system this product is low in saturated fat and salt but medium in fat and sugar. It provides 118kCal and 493kJ of energy per a 250ml.

                  Overall it's a good alternative to milk but don't expect it to taste like milk it has its own unique taste; the sweetness makes it tolerable (I have tried soya milk without it being sweetened and it was just disgusting taste wise). It may take time to getting use to it so don't give up on it.

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                    11.07.2010 15:52
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                    Light dessert option.

                    I have just eaten a delicious but light vanilla flavoured dessert from the Alpro range. It's not as good as the chocolate dessert version but it is good in its own individual way, let's face it can anything really beat a chocolate flavoured product?

                    As with the chocolate version, this is a vanilla flavoured dessert made from soya with added calcium and vitamins. Costs about £1.37 - £1.40 and can be found in the special diet sections of supermarkets and health food shops. They need chilling as the product is long life and is found on shelves instead of the fridge. Each yellow yogurt style pot contains a generous portion of 125g vanilla dessert and comes in a pack of four with a slide off cover.

                    Ingredients include: Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Tri-calcium phosphate, Vanilla Flavouring, Sea salt, Natural colouring (Curcuma extract), Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).

                    This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is free from gluten, wheat, lactose and dairy. It is also free from artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives. According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and salt and medium in sugar. It's just 80 Kcal per 100g and provides 338 kJ of energy which is a little less from the chocolate version.

                    Appearance wise it is thick but not as thick as the chocolate version, maybe like cold custard consistency. It's smooth, creamy and light yellow in colour and give off a slight vanilla smell but very faint. Taste wise, I was starting to expect it to taste like cold custard found in trifles but it is different. It gives a slight vanilla taste, it's not overpowering but just right (not too much flavour but not too little that its bland). It also does not taste sickly sweet either, it tastes just right. It's a dessert well balanced in flavour and texture. It's a light dessert, it does not feel heavy and indulgent. I have not even noticed the soya in the product at all, I can't seem to taste it.

                    Overall it's not a bad alternative to the chocolate version as it's exceedingly good in its own way.

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                    09.07.2010 17:18
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                    Treat your skin

                    Wow dooyoo was fast with my product suggestion this morning , think it must of been about an hour after I suggested it.

                    St Ives Elements Microderm -Abrasion costs around £4.99 for a 125ml tube, but Tescos apparently has it on offer, any 2 for £6 until 3/8/10. So it might be an idea to snap this up if you can find it. I purchased this in Superdrug, it can be found online but for some reason it seems to have disappeared off the shelves. Maybe it's not popular in a small town like mine, shame really it's a good product even though it's pricy.

                    The idea behind the product is to gently reveal younger looking, refined skin using fine mineral crystals, chamomile and vitamin E. It is suitable for everyday use. It is dermatologist tested and has 100% natural extracts. It does not contain animal ingredients and has not been tested on animals. It has been formulated without parabens and phthalates.

                    Key ingredients:

                    Minerals: plays a major role in healthy cell generation, turnover and protection.

                    Chamomile: plays an important part in enabling a calming effect on skin, ensuring it conditions and moistures your skin.

                    Silica (sand): soft, not too gritty properties enable it to be used as a gentle natural exfoliant.

                    Vitamin E: helps to fight signs of aging by reducing lines and wrinkles and ensures you skin remains balanced moisture wise.

                    Like with all facial scrubs you splash water on face and dispense a bit of the product on to fingertips and massage over face. Avoid direct contact with eyes (if this occurs then flush thoroughly with water). It mentions for best results, it should be used daily.

                    The appearance of the product when dispensed reminds me of washing powder clumped together but with a slight gel appearance to it. I can't really comment on the smell as it light and not really noticeable or maybe my nose is blocked. No chemical smell to it though and it's not over powering in any way which makes it fantastic to use and does not put me off.

                    The product lathers well on the face and give the face a gentle scrub, there are no sharp bits involved, it's not even harsh on the skin which is perfect with my sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking well cleansed, smooth almost like your skin has been polished. Moisturising well after this treatment is important as skin begins to dry up. Although it recommended using this product daily I would use it every other day as there are chances of over doing it and making your skin over dry and maybe causing more damage, in other words you could end up change your oily/combination complexion to an over dried one instead.

                    Overall its good product and does what it says

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                      08.07.2010 15:47
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                      Invigorate yourself.

                      I purchased this as part of a 2 for £3 deal at Superdrug but how silly of me, I should have tried the Body care shop first. Body care generally sell toiletries cheaper and they were selling Original Source shower gels at just 99p, so I could have got 3 for just under £3 or just purchased one bottle which was my original intention.

                      Original Source Tea Tree & Lavender Shower Gel comes in a 250ml bottle. I'm told on the front of the bottle that it has been made up of 27 handfuls of real lavender to make this one relaxing bottle of Original Source Lavender and Tea Tree Shower Gel, Packed with Essential Oils. It's a simple container made up of transparent plastic with a black top at the bottom, with a little flip lid to open and squeeze its body to dispense the shower gel. In the bottle the shower gel appears as a darker purple colour than when it is dispensed.

                      It appearance outside of the bottle is different as it appears as a translucent pale purple colour, it's not creamy but more of a liquid form, kind of like washing up liquid or baby shampoo consistency. I would have preferred it to be a bit creamier in consistency but never mind it actually does its job and lathers up quite well. I used this product with a loofah body sponge thingie and was sure that it would just sink into the loofah since it was liquid, it did slightly but it still managed to lather up when rubbed in a circle motion on the skin.

                      This shower gel smells so gorgeous you can smell the lavender and also a sort of antiseptic smell probably from the tee tree oil, this shower gel reminded me so much of Radox with all its herby aroma. The fragrance from this shower gel lightly lingers on the skin after the shower for a while. The purpose of this shower gel is to provide you with the ultimate relaxation after a nightmare day. I tried this in the morning and felt invigorated and didn't feel tired at all. Skin was left soft and well balanced in moisture no sign of over dryness or itching. The shower gel washed off the skin with ease, it just glided off with water unlike with creamy products which take a while to rinse off the skin.

                      Since this is made up of essential oils it may not be suitable for certain types of skin and also care should be taken to avoid the eyes. It mentions that it contains sulphites for anyone who has allergies.

                      Overall it's a great shower gel, wish it was creamier but it seems to lather, clean and leave my skin in perfect condition. It did a much better job than my Sanex sensitive shower cream.

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                        07.07.2010 14:50
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                        Soya at its best!

                        I never thought soya products could taste so good. I'm such a big fan of the Alpro soya range since I started consuming them due to problems tolerating dairy at certain times. No other soya brand can even come close to this range in terms of quality and taste. I was dubious to this Alpro soya chocolate dessert at first, since this particular product is a long life one. The image that long life conjured up in my mind is that it's been around for ages, not sure it if still edible and what about the nutrients (they must have disappeared by now).

                        Basically this product is a dairy free chocolate flavoured dessert, made with soya with added calcium and vitamins.

                        Alpro soya chocolate dessert can be found in the special diet sections in supermarkets or specialist stores such as Holland and Barratt. It does not come chilled as it been on the shelf for some time but I strongly suggest you have this product serve chilled. I purchase mine for £1.37 from Asda but apparently Sainsbury's have any 2 for £2.50 deal on until 05/10/2010. You get 4 pots in a pack, each pot contains a generous 125g of pure chocolate heaven. The pot is similar to yogurt pots and is easy to open with its lid easy to peel back and off without the fear of getting completely covered in chocolate sauce. It is best to open it on a flat surface to avoid a slight accident with it. You wouldn't want to waste all that chocolaty goodness now.

                        Ingredients include: Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Chocolate (1.8%) (Sugar, Cocoa solids, Fat-reduced cocoa powder, Vanillin), Cocoa (1.6%), Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Natural flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).

                        This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is free from gluten, wheat, lactose and dairy. It is also free from artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives. According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and salt and medium in sugar. It's just 88 Kcal per 100g and provides 369 kJ of energy.

                        Appearance wise it is thick, smooth, creamy, chocolate sauce and I can even smell the chocolate. Taste wise it remind me so much of the chocolate sauce that accompanies profiteroles (memories of the tasty ones from Marks and Spencer's comes to mind). There is a slight hint of soya and it may taste slightly odd at the beginning but this goes away after a few mouthfuls. To be honest it tastes like I'm not even eating a soya product, it's so delicious and tasty I doubt any would notice the difference if it had no label on.

                        Overall it's just a fantastic cheap low fat dessert to indulge in without feeling guilty.

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