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    • Tesco Custard Doughnuts / Snacks / 68 Readings / 68 Ratings
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      26.05.2010 17:42
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      Perfect for an afternoon snack

      Somehow these always get the better of me and find themselves in my trolley even though I'm supposed to be eating 'sensibly' and even though I know that a pack of five is not required and will only result in me eating more than one. Buying two doughnuts however (one for me and one for my three year old) usually ends up being more expensive than a pack of five and so I find myself with 5 doughnuts to eat within a couple of days as after this point they are no good and my diet? What diet?

      Thankfully I did manage to resist temptation to buy two bags, as these are actually on offer at the moment - two bags for a quid - that would have been just asking for trouble. As it was, one bag was only 69p, not a bad price for 5 freshly cooked doughnuts filled with delicious custard.

      The doughnuts look just like jam doughnuts but with no evidence of jam leaking from the sides! They are balls of dough coated in granulated sugar and pumped full of custard. They are not greasy like some doughnuts can be and not overly coated in sugar - just right I'd say.

      When you bite in, you're never quite sure what's going to happen. If you hit the wrong spot, you might find yourself coated in custard but equally you're just as likely to find no custard (unfortunately I've tried more than one today... oops!). Sometimes the hole where the custard has been squirted into the doughnut is evident and you can judge your bite well, but other times it is just pot luck. Personally I think the custard is the best bit and so I like to eat as much of the dough first before tucking into the custard thus saving the best until last!

      The custard in these is plentiful - which is perfect as I'm a big custard fan. I'd say that there is probably about twice as much custard as you would find jam in these sorts of doughnuts. I find that the thick creamy custard nicely complements the slightly drier dough. I also like the fact that the custard is quite cool in temperature which is refreshing on a warm day like today.

      The custard is very sweet, I'd say sweeter than something like Ambrosia custard, but of the same consistency and thickness as a good quality custard like Ambrosia. The custard really is rather good!

      One doughnut is plentiful and really a more than adequate snack. With 190 calories it is a bit of a luxury for those watching their calories, but very satisfying! I'm just glad that I don't shop in Tesco's much as these are really no good for my diet and my willpower is terrible!

      A massive 5 Dooyoo stars!

      Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it useful :-)

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        25.05.2010 22:24
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        Does the job but not in a great way - buy something else

        Some glorious hot summer sunshine on the North Devon coast has seen the suncream collection given a little work out and Soltan SPF 25 is one of the products I'm using at the moment.

        Soltan is from Boots and the Soltan range is its own range of suncare products. It is quite expensive at £9.25 a bottle but is commonly on a buy one get one free offer which makes the price per bottle much more reasonable.

        The suncream comes in an orange plastic bottle with a clip-on lid at the top. The plastic holding the lid to the bottle is a little flimsy but hasn't yet broken although I'm fairly sure that my three year old would make light work of breaking it. The lid clips in place and whilst this design is fine when sitting on a shelf at home, I'm not sure I would pack this bottle into my suitcase for a holiday as slight pressure would easily force the lid off and then the contents out.

        The suncream itself is a fairly thick consistency and white in colour. It has the stereotypical smell of suncream and is sticky to the touch. When applying the cream, it takes a few circular movements of the hand to get it to absorb, but it is not too bad for absorbancy. Once absorbed, the cream feels sticky and the skin doesn't seem to dry forever! Having been on the beach today, I have had the added bonus of having sand stuck into the suncream and all in all i'm not overly enamoured with the way the product left my skin feeling. I felt like a sticky, smelly, sand attracting mass today.

        This said, the function of the product is to protect against the sun's harmful rays. Soltan SPF25 (according to the bottle) contains a triple action advanced system combining a blend of photostable UVA and UVB filters and a patented antioxidant complex to help neutralise free radicals caused by exposure to the sun whilst providing five star protection. It also provides continuous moisturisation to reduce dryness and help prevent peeling. I'm not sure I can vouch for all this but I can confirm that I have not been sunburnt whilst on the beach today or yesterday which was for a number of hours throughout the hottest part of the day and with only one application. I can also vouch that my skin is not dry this evening, or showing any tell tell signs of peeling so my experience so far is that is does what it says it does on the tin which is just as well as sunburn hurts!

        So to conclude - sun protection is excellent, the way it makes you feel is rubbish. Would I buy it again? No, I'm on the hunt for a better cream!

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          25.05.2010 21:52
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          A very good value product that's easy and quick to cook

          Sometimes time gets away from me and before I know it, it's that time when the tea should be on, and I've got nothing prepared. Trawling through my freezer this evening, I was relieved to find some Birds Eye Crispy Chicken lurking there and my tea dilemma was solved.

          You'll find Birds Eye Crispy Chicken in the freezer section of most supermarkets. They are sold in packs of two or four and retail at about £1.69 for packs of two or £2.99 for packs of four. I often see these on offer where the chicken pieces work out at about 50p per chicken piece which is when they usually find themselves in my trolley as I believe this to be a good price for the main part of a meal.

          The chicken pieces come packaged in a cardboard box which is yellow, orange and red in colour with the word 'Birds Eye' clearly visible across the front. The box shows a picture of the crispy chilcken cooked and ready to eat which looks very tempting.

          Birds Eye Crispy Chicken is very easy to cook. It is cooked from frozen in the oven on a baking tray for just 18-20 minutes. The chicken when cooked looks slightly more golden than when it went in, and is hot to touch in the middle.

          When removing from the oven, the chicken pieces look crispy in their batter and golden brown in colour. They are the size and shape of an average chicken breast and look and smell delicious.

          Personally I like these in a bread roll with some salad, mayo and barbeque sauce. They'd work just as well with chips and a salad, or maybe some rice and hot barbeque sauce or perhaps some sweet and sour dipping sauce. As the batter and chicken inside is not flavoured, they can be paired with quite strong flavours which makes them a very versatile meal choice.

          When cutting into these to check that they are cooked through, the batter is crispy as the knife cuts through and the chicken is moist. The chicken although 100% chicken breast, is not one piece of chicken breast and is instead what I'd call reformed chicken breast in that it is shaped into a chicken breast made from lots of small mashed up bits of chicken breast. The chicken meat is all white meat and is moist and not chewy or anything and really rather nice, but nothing like biting into a proper chicken breast. The chicken pieces taste just like a chicken breast would, it is just the texture that is quite different.

          The batter on the chicken is crispy as the name suggests and very tastey. The batter lets out a bit of oil when cooking, but nothing too bad like some of the products you can get.

          To conclude, I'm a big fan of these. Undoubtedly they would be a little bit nicer if they were one proper chicken breast piece inside the batter rather than a fake shaped breast, but if that were the case they would be alot more expensive and take alot longer to cook. For the money and the ease and convenience of cooking from frozen, this is a great part of a meal and I'd recommend it for the freezer for days when time gets away from you.

          I award them four Dooyoo stars.

          Thanks for reading, I hope you liked my review :-)

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          25.05.2010 18:15
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          A good product for killing off nasty bacteria and viruses where you don't want them

          My daughter's high chair and all in close proximity to it, must be heaven to all things nasty for procreation. She likes to feed herself and shall we just say that she is not very good at it. Our dog loves her - a constant drip, drip of food to the floor, and sometimes we even catch the dog with her paws up on the highchair, just finishing off what has been left. Absolutely disgusting I know and hence our purchase of Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser.

          The surface cleaner claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses which is good enough for me and Dettol is a brand that I trust to do what it says on the tin.

          The spray comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a blue lid and red spray trigger. The liquid contained within is also transparent and it looks like a bottle of water. The label on the front clearly displays the word Dettol and the Dettol brand logo.

          The spray is a surface cleanser and can be used on chopping boards, work tops, fridges, microwaves, taps, bins, baths, wash basins, showers, toilet seats, door knobs, potties, changing mats, playpens, highchairs and I guess anywhere else similar. It is not recommended for windows, mirrors, fabrics, painted or varnished surfaces.

          To use the spray, you turn the red nosel on the top to the 'on' position. This is easily idenfifiable as is has the word 'on' on display when in the correct position and the opposite position which is off, has the word 'off'. You press the red trigger to spray the surface cleanser out of the nosel. There isn't any way to set the force at which the surface cleanser is sprayed, but I find that holding the nosel closer to the target surface gives more spray and less coverage, further away gives more coverage of the spray and therefore a thinner application of the spray. This method works well and I find the spraying action to be perfect for my needs.

          The surface cleanser is advertised as having no odour. I would disagree with this as the cleanser does have a slight odour of cleaning fluid but nothing unpleasant, although personally I do prefer products that are lemon scented or something pleasant like that.

          The surface cleanser is also a non-bleach product which is perfect for my usage. I don't know about you, but I have a terrible habit of cleaning in my nice clothes and so sprays containing bleach are a no-no in my household (too many accidents you see).

          I find that the product works well enough. I assume it kills all the bacteria and viruses which is why I buy it, but I wouldn't say it is one of the best multi-surface cleaners out there. It doesn't cope overly well with greasey food residue or dried, stuck on food. Don't get me wrong, it does work, but I think other sprays like flash multi-purpose work a little better and smell nicer too. I find that the Dettol Surface Cleanser doesn't bubble up or foam up when sprayed plentifully which I would expect a cleanser to do. When sprayed sparingly, it is almost just like spraying water, the cleansing action is just not that great.

          Would I buy it again? Yes definitely. I like to use this spray on the highchair as I said earlier and the fact that I sometimes have to wipe a little more than with other sprays, is more than compensated for by the fact that I trust Dettol to kill off the nasties for me and keep my daughter's tummy safe.

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            23.05.2010 22:45
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            Overpriced soap but you do get a lovely jar at the end

            I was given a tub of Body Shop's Spa Wisdom African Spa Salt Scrub (now that's a mouthful!) as a present. I don't know about you, but I love Body Shop products, and when I'm lucky enough to find one in my stocking, I really look forward to a little Body Shop pamper session away from the kids and the reality of everyday life.

            The Body Shops' African Spa Salt Scrub comes in very luxurious packaging. It is in a 350ml glass jar with a metal clamp. The jar is perfect for recycling into a special storage container once the product has finished.

            When opening the lid, you are greeted with the smell of the sea. Having never been to Africa I'm not sure whether it smells authentically like African sea, but it's not far off British sea. The smell is subtle and salty. It's not a smell I'm massively keen on for the bathroom but it is not in any way unpleasant.

            To use the scrub, you scoop out several finger fulls of the scrub. It is soft to the touch and not overly firm so fairly easy to extract. The texture has a very light grain to it which is the 'scrub'. To use the product, you apply the scrub to your skin and then gently massage it into your skin using circular motions. You should feel the grains exfoliating the skin.

            The product is designed to cleanse, exfoliate and revitalise the skin to leave it feeling silky-soft and smooth. The reason I use a scrub is particularly for the exfoliating properties and I was very disappointed with this version. The grains were so minute, that the scrub hardly exfoliated at all. I like a scrub to contain grains that resemble something like sand or granulated sugar to give the skin a good workout. The grains in this product were finer than caster sugar and pretty ineffectual. That said, the product did leave my skin soft and smooth courtesy of the beeswax contained within the product.

            I have to say that despite my skin feeling soft and smooth, I was not impressed enough with the product to recommend it to anyone. At £14.00 a pop, this is not a budget product and there are far superior products out there for less money. Having said that, if you have received one of these in your stocking, do not despair, as the scrub is a decent little soap for your skin that moisturises well and the jar that is left is devine.

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              23.05.2010 21:50
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              A change from the norm, but if you're after a white chocolate fix, go for the real thing

              Now that my daughter has decided that she is a 'fussy' eater, much preferring milk to most foodstuffs, I have been branching out a bit to discover some new tastes for her to sample in the hope that she will eat more and consequently that she will sleep more.

              Whilst perusing the yoghurt isle, I spotted these little beauties and decided that despite their being full of naughtiness, she'd be sure to gobble up a Milkybar Dessert. She certainly likes Milkybar buttons so I hoped a dessert much the same would also be a winner.

              Sadly, the taste test revealed a look of disgust and her tongue swiftly removed what had made it into her mouth. I think the dessert may well have been too sweet for her but with my mission failed and working on the premise of waste not, want not, I gave the dessert a try myself.

              The Milkybar dessert looks very much like melted white chocolate. It is thick and creamy with the consistency and indeed the look of a good quality salad cream. The dessert actually looks quite heavenly and very inviting for a chocoholic like me. The taste is also very much like melted white chocolate and is really rather nice although incredibly sweet. You could actually believe for a split second that you are eating melted white chocolate Milkybars, but once it's finished, there's something about the after taste that I'm just not sure about and it leaves me wondering if I did or didn't like it. I think the problem with desserts like these is that they are not quite what you want them to be... for this dessert to be perfect for me, it would have to be melted down white chocolate. In actual fact it is only 15% white chocolate and the rest is various other oddities such as emulsifier, pork gelatine, maize starch, whisked in with milk and cream and the white chocolate to make the dessert.

              All these ingredients make up 177 calories in a 77 gram pot which is quite a lot for a dessert of this size. I think I'd actually rather just have a milky bar itself if I'm honest as the calories are about the same and the cost is not far off either. These desserts would be worth every penny and every calorie if they were substantially less than the real thing, but the desserts are expensive and calorific too - not my favourite combination!

              All in all I give this three Dooyoo stars. I think the desserts are nice, but so are Milkybars, and I'd actually rather have the real thing than something that's almost it and so I'd recommend you do the same.

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              • Fairy Liquid / Household Product / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                23.05.2010 09:57
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                Good value for money

                Fairy washing up liquid is a firm favourite in many British homes and when it's on offer in our local supermarket, into my trolley it goes. As a premium brand, probably the market leader, I do find it to be expensive in comparison to other brands and I wont buy it at any price. I do therefore regularly use other washing up liquids but probably use Fairy more often than not, as places like Asda often run promotions where it is priced similarly to the supermarket's own brand which for me makes it exceptionally good value.

                Today I am reviewing Fairy Original but Fairy comes in a wide variety of scents these days which are as follows:

                Almond
                Silk & Orchid
                Aloe Vera & Cucumber
                Pink Petals
                Fresh Lavender
                Lemon
                Apple
                Pink Grapefruit and Garden Mint
                Lime and Lemongrass
                Eucalyptus

                Fairy original is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a red lid and the word 'Fairy' clearly written across the middle of the bottle in red. The bottle is tear drop shaped and is curvy so nice to hold. The washing up liquid itself is forrest green in colour and has a consistency that is free flowing but which takes time to fall from the sides of the bottle if tipped upside down and so which is not overly runny.

                The lid has a cap that is clipped onto it and which is made of fairly strong plastic and so breakages on Fairy bottle caps are rare in my experience. The hole in the top of the bottle allows a fairly decent flow of Fairy out of the bottle without a squeeze and so in my opinion, could be a little smaller to help reduce flow. With a squeeze of the bottle, a large amount of Fairy can be expelled which is fine if washing up on a industrial scale, but for most people using a standard washing up bowl, this will be too much.

                The smell of Fairy original is very difficult to describe. To me it smells like washing up liquid should! It smells clean and not too overbearing but strong enough to leave the aroma of washing up liquid in the air in the kitchen after doing the dishes which I personally like.

                One of the big claims that Fairy makes is that it lasts up to 50% longer than the next best selling brand. This is quite some claim. The claim is made because Fairy is supposedly richer and more concentrated than other brands. From my experience of dish washing with other brands, I would agree that Fairy is more concentrated meaning that you need less of the liquid to do the washing up. I do not doubt that in theory it would last 50% longer. In my experience however, I do find this not to be the case because I'm not very good at squeezing the right amount into the bowl! Now this is probably my fault because I alternate between brands of washing up liquids and so I get used to squeezing rather alot of liquid into the bowl which just is not necessary with Fairy. The tiniest dribble is all that is required and a more generous squirt for roasted on grime. I do believe that if the hole in the lid was slightly less generous I might have more sucess rationing the liquid but I must admit to overdoing it rather too frequently for my liking.

                When washing up with Fairy, especially when washing with alot of Fairy, you do get a bubble explosion. Lovely small foamy bubbles are formed that really do clean the dishes. I couldn't fault the liquid on this count. For normal dishes, one wipe with a cloth in the bubbly water can be all that is required. With roasted on food, a soak helps and although I do find myself scrubbing as opposed to wiping clean like some of the adverts suggest, the liquid does aid the cleaning process and in my opinion does perform better than some of the cheaper brands.

                My only reservation about the cleaning properties of the product is that I often overdo the Fairy as I said before and when this happens it can leave a slimey residue on the plates which then need a good rinse to clean this off, but the plates are undoubtedly clean after this treatment which is what one wants so I guess I shouldn't complain really. That said, when used in the right quantity, I couldn't fault it.

                Despite the flow issues with the lid, and the cost of this product, I am still prepared to give Fairy 5 Dooyoo Stars. Bought on offer it really is more economical than competitives when used in the correct quantities and I'm going to make a renewed effort to pour appropriately and seek out the offers!

                Thanks for reading and I hope you like my review :-)

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                  21.05.2010 23:24
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                  An expensive way to achieve a deep moisturise

                  Now some of you may know that I have a fear of my pale skin and an even bigger fear of streaky fake tan, and so today with the first hint of proper warm sunshine, I've overdone it slightly, and now find myself rather sunkissed or possibly more accurately 'burnt' this evening. My back especially is on fire and after a nice shower, it has required some serious treatment. Enter the room please my Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter.

                  The Body Butter is packaged in a pink plastic circular tub with a screw top lid. It is a solid tub and great for dipping your fingers into to scoop out as much cream as you dare. The tub is sturdy and I've never experienced any leakage from these and once the product is sadly all gone, the tubs are excellent little storage containers for any pink themed room.

                  The Body Butter itself is also pink and of a very thick consistency as body butter should be. To apply it, you scoop out a small amount from the tub and then massage it into your skin. As the product is quite thick, I find that it takes a fair amount of massage for the butter to blend into the skin but I find it to provide a very thorough moisturise because of this thick consistency because it sits on the skin moiturising it for hours and hours after. Even after 12 hours I can feeling the product on my skin and certainly if I have a shower after this length of time, I can feel it washing off. This moisturising experience has its advantages and disadvantages. For sunburn or really dry skin where you want a deep moisturising action, I find it invaluable. However with this deep moisturising action comes the side effects of greasy, sticky skin which can be unpleasant. I therefore use it occasionally for deep moisturising and tend to just use it of an evening so that it can work it's magic overnight and not leave me a sticky mess during the day. I guess ideally the product would work it's magic without the side effects and I'm sure there's products out there that do, so although I do love this product I'm guessing there's better out there that I've yet to find and hence my three star rating for this product.

                  The Pink Grapefruit smell is not for everyone, but for those enjoying fruity products, this is sure to hit the spot. The grapefruit aroma is sweet and sickly and lingers - I love it, Mr B. hates it. The smell hits you as soon as you open the tub, so try before you buy would be my advice.

                  I was lucky enough to be given this at Christmas, especially as a 200g tub costs a massive £12.50 online. There are massively cheaper products out there which perform similarly and so I've had to give the Dooyoo stars a reduction for price as I think the Body Shop label is adding to the cost of this product considerably. That said, body butters from the Body Shop make a lovely present in my opinion and if you're lucky enough to get one, enjoy the moisturising experience!

                  I hope you liked my review and found it useful.

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                    21.05.2010 22:39
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                    A good value for money product - ideal for a quick, easy tea

                    Friday night in our house is pizza night. Now I'm not a particularly big fan of pizza, but Mr B. is, and he has this annoying ritual of eating pizza and garlic bread together... yes all those carbs and calories I know..., washed down with red wine (rather a lot of red wine it has to be said) and this is every Friday night. In 2009, the only Friday this ritual was missed was Christmas Day.

                    So it being Friday today, I undertook my wifely duties and popped into our local Morrisons store to pick up two of their pizzas on half price offer this week which happened to be Goodfellas Deep Pan Pizzas which are found in the freezer section.

                    For me, I chose the 'Deep Margherita'. It promised a panbaked base topped with their signature tomato sauce, fine mozzarella and other select cheese'. I don't know about you, but the promise of 'other select cheese' got me intrigued so into the basket it popped. For Mr B., i chose Pepperoni; for Mr B. it has to be Pepperoni... always.

                    The pizzas are packaged in a cardboard box with the word 'Goodfella's' clearly identifiable across the top of the box. A picture of the cooked pizza tempts you from the front of the box and the finer detail of the horrific calorie and fat content of the pizza does little to tempt one from the back.

                    Inside the box, the pizza comes wrapped in clear plastic cellophane which fits closely around the pizza to keep the topping in place. The pizzas were generously topped with cheese and pepperoni, most of which was attached to the pizza rather than left in the wrapper which is always an added bonus when dealing with frozen pizzas.

                    The pizzas are cooked by placing them onto the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees celcius or gas mark 5. They take about 22-25 minutes to cook, and are ready when the cheese has turned a golden brown and the middle is piping hot.

                    The pizzas look really rather delicious when they are removed from the oven, and although no-one is going to mistake them for home cooked pizza or takeaway pizza, they look pretty good for a frozen pizza, and certainly topped adequately with plenty of melted cheese to dig one's chops into.

                    Once taken out of the oven, I sliced the pizzas into quarters. The bases were easy to cut and not too crunchy so first impressions were good. The middle was hot and doughy, and the cheese and tomato was oozing slightly after cutting, which I think is always a good sign of a well topped pizza.

                    After leaving to cool for a few minutes, the pizza is safe to eat and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour of these pizzas. The tomato sauce especially was really delicious and it had a good texture with lots of 'bitey' bits of tomato in it, and there was plenty of it. I even liked the base on the pizza which is the part of a pizza that I find just a bit too monotomous when chewing and probably one of the main reasons I'm not that keen on pizza. I have a particularly dislike for overly crunchy pizzas or ones that taste like cardboard which is a category that I find many frozen pizzas fall into, but rather surprisingly, I found these pizza bases to be crispy rather than crunchy and very slightly greasy but in a good way, as the fat adds to the pizza base taste and I guess is the 'panbaked' effect.

                    The cheese topping although generous, was not particularly flavoursome and that 'select' cheese turned out to be cheddar and a very mild one at that which was a little disappointing. Despite the lack of cheesiness to the taste, the tomato flavour was strong and the panbaked base really was a delight to eat. I do have to confess that I didn't manage the crusts on the pizza as these babies weren't stuffed ones, and the crusts weren't as crispy as the rest of the base - a bit more crunchy with less flavour... not quite cardboard, just alot to chew on without the delight of the sauce and cheese but I think the crusts were okay really, I'm just a bit fussy at times.

                    I picked up these pizzas today on a half price offer at £1.24 each which I personally think is a bargain. I don't think they beat home made pizzas or takeway pizzas, but they're not that far off takeaway pizza and so I was impressed. I'm slightly less impressed by the nutritional information, having learnt that one Margharita Pizza is 996 calories and 33.2g of fat, but thankfully i've been jogging tonight so can afford the calories this once!

                    Overall, I've been impressed with these pizzas and am going to award them 4 stars.

                    I hope you liked my review and thanks for reading :-)

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                    20.05.2010 21:35
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                    Gives the results but does smell and when applying daily can get a bit much

                    As the glorious warm weather of Spring and Summer tempts my legs out into the open, I am faced with the fear of pale legs and the even bigger fear of streaky fake tan. Promising to gradually build a light tan and give beautiful glowing skin, Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion was worth a try and so into my shopping basket it skipped and away we went.

                    The product is packaged in a plastic opaque bottle that is yellowy/cream in colour, containing 250ml of the lotion. The bottle has a lid that stays attached to the bottle so not easily lost unless broken off, and which snaps back into place on the bottle securely when not in use so spillage seems unlikely. The lid opens to reveal a small hole for dispensing the lotion, which is possible to dispense in pea sized portions so the bottle is relatively easy to dispense from. The bottle is curvey and feels nice to hold, and is clearly branded 'Dove' across the top of the bottle.

                    Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion comes in two tones. The lighter version is for Fair to Medium Skin and the darker version is for Medium to Dark Skin. Unfortunately my legs currently fall into the earlier category and so with this tone purchased, I have been moisturising daily with it, in hope of the promised 'beautiful glowing skin'.

                    To use, you are advised to apply daily over 5 days to gradually build a light tan. The lotion is similar in consistency to a standard moisturiser and applies in much the same way. The similarities end there however, as having squeezed a small amount out into your hands, the smell will hit you and you'll notice the peachey colour, properties which are like no other moisturiser I've come across before! The lotion rubs into the skin adequately although not particularly quickly and once adsorbed there is no visible evidence of the tanning elements of the lotion and my skin looked and felt moisturised. Unfortunately by this point, I found my sense of smell was overworked and I found the lingering smell of the product unpleasant. It's not as harsh as some fake tan products but the chemical undertones of tanning product lingers unfortunately.

                    I applied as recommended for the 5 days as suggested and have found the moisturising effect of the lotion to be okay and am pleased to report that my legs have a definite light tan about them which at the end of day was what I was after. I'm not sure I could honestly say that my skin is 'glowing' as promised on the bottle but lightly tanned is good enough for me. I have not experienced any streakiness and so all in all, I have been pleased with the this product despite it's smell.

                    I award this product three stars. It has given the results I sought from it, but i'm sure there's better smelling ways of achieving them so next time I think I'll try a competitor. Will I finish the bottle though? Definitely!

                    Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it useful :-)

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                      20.05.2010 20:49
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                      Great value for money biscuits

                      Asda, like the majority of supermarkets these days, has a budget range of products which it calls 'Asda Smart Price'. The range is cheap and sometimes offers excellent value for money and sometimes appalling value for money. Thankfully, as we are a high biscuit consumption household (as some of you may know by now), the Smart Price Custard Cream Biscuits fall into the earlier category, and are a steal at 30p for 400g.

                      Asda Smart Price products are easy to find (only in Asda mind you), being packaged in very plain green and white packaging, with the words 'Asda Smart Price' clearly identifiable. There's no hiding the fact that the Smart Price Custard Creams are a budget product, and for those with the fear of being caught going 'cheap', they are advised to remove the packaging at the earliest opportunity.

                      Upon opening these biscuits, the second clue for you that these are not a premium product (in the unlikely event that the packaging hasn't actually given it away) is that there is no 'easy to open' tab. I personally find this to be a minor inconvenience, but like most biscuit lovers I do have my ways and means of entering a packet of biscuits quickly and without fuss (and especially a packet of custard creams) and so am more than happy to accommodate this slight inconvenience.

                      Once into the packet, you are greeted with the sweet, vanilla aroma of the custard cream and certainly on scent alone, all evidence of it being a budget product ceases to exist. The biscuits are rectangular in shape and come in pairs which are cemented together with a firm vanilla flavoured custard cream. In my experience this cream holds the biscuits together okay, but not as well as premium brands, and certainly I've experienced some ill treated packets in the past where many a biscuit has lost its' partner. This is obviously not ideal if hoards of half custard cream biscuits without their custard find themselves lost in your biscuit barrel but as I said earlier, we are a high biscuit consumption family and this consumption rate increases dramatically where custard creams are concerned and so I find it very rare for these bisucits to be long out of the packat and therefore to lose their better half and so personally am happy to put up with this slight inconvenience for the sake of saving quite a few pennies over the premium brands. For some, however, this may be an issue, and as such these poor biscuits have lost one of their stars!

                      So for smell these bisucits score highly, and when complete, these biscuits score well for appearance too, but do they taste any good?

                      Custard Cream biscuits are not renowned for being overly crunchy, and certainly this brand if anything, errs towards the slightly softer end of the crunch scale, but satisfying none-the-less. Following the crunch, ones' taste buds are hit with the sweetness of the biscuit and then the sweetness and creaminess of the cream... mmmm.... if you like something sweet then this is for you. Yes the Smart Price Custard Creams pass the taste test.... and unfortunately for some, the addictivity test. A definite downside to these biscuits is that one is never enough but with only 61 calories per biscuit and priced at a little over 1p per biscuit, you can definitely afford to have more than one!

                      So to conclude I would definitely recommend these biscuits and I give them 4 stars! This is an excellent value for money product and simply scrummy although the custard cream biscuits separating loses them one star.

                      If thinking of giving these biscuits a try, as Asda operate a 'try me, love me' policy on all their products, so should you find that you're not 100% happy with the biscuits, they will offer a refund and replacement service. With this in mind, I would say give them a try as you've nothing to lose!

                      Thanks for reading my review, I hope you liked it :-)

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                      A great velue conditioner that smells divine

                      I have been pleasantly surprised by the Asda Essential Care Natural Extracts range for haircare. Over the years I have tried numerous shampoos and conditioners. I am not a particularly loyal shopper to any brand, and am generally happy to try most brands once. If they're no good, then I simply do not buy them again. Depending on what's on offer and how tight my shopping budget is, depends on how much I spend, and as the purse strings are very tight at the moment, I decided to give this product a try, priced at a very modest £1 for 400ml for an individual bottle on it's own, or four 400ml bottles from the range for £3.

                      The 'Natural Extracts Moisturising Coconut Milk and Tiare Flower Conditioner' is packaged in a plastic clear bottle with a green lid that secures firmly and opens to reveal a small hole for dispensing the conditioner. The bottle is a decent size (400ml) without being overbearing and too large for the shower, but one that lasts a good length of time. The bottle is curvey and feels nice to hold, and considering it is a relatively cheap product, it does not look cheap or out of place in a modest bathroom or shower room. As my bathroom is neuturally decorated, I find this bottle fits in well, and the 'asda essential care' label is so small on the bottle it is not noticeably a cheaper brand of conditioner and so I don't mind having it on display.

                      The conditioner itself is white and is a good consistency, being as thick as other brands and not too runny as is sometimes found with cheaper brands.

                      When using the conditioner, I found that I required the same amount of product as usual and that it was easy to smooth through the hair, detangling it as it went. The conditioner sat in the hair well, without being sticky or gloopy, just holding to the hair as a conditioner should. I found that the conditioner then rinsed out of the hair with ease, leaving it really well conditioned and leaving the shower not too slimey or slippery like some other conditioners which I hate and my husband hates even more!

                      By far the biggest asset this conditioner has, is it's scent. The coconut smell is gorgeous (if you like that scent) and as you condition your hair it fills the bathroom or shower room with a soft aroma of coconut that is heaven. I don't find the smell overpowering, and love the smell of my hair when using the conditioner. I find that my hair holds the scent lightly which I love and my bathroom smells devine for a good couple of hours after conditioning with this product.

                      According to the detail on the bottle, the conditioner is specially formulated with natural extract of coconut milk, tiare flower and vitamin B5 to help provide the hair with essential moisture. The conditioner also claims to leave hair with a smooth and healthy looking finish. My experience of using this product is that I do agree with the above statements and have certainly found my hair to be smooth and healthy looking.

                      The product is best used in combination with the Asda Natural Extracts Coconut and Tiare Flower Shampoo which I have also reviewed.

                      To conclude, I recommend this product as being an excellent value for money product and definitely worth a try. What's more, Asda have a 'try me, love me' policy which allows you to try the product and if you're not 100% happy with the product they will refund and replace. A risk free purchase - got to be worth a try!!

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                    • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                      Worth the experience for some real bargains

                      Primark offers you a shopping experience on the high street of most large towns in the UK that you wont get in the other high street stores. In some ways it is fantastic and in other ways it is hideous, but for anyone who's on a budget, it is a definite must.

                      Primark is cheap. Sometimes the cheapness offers exceptional value for money, other times not, but it takes a bit of trial and error to understand what's great and what quite simply is not.

                      Primark sells childrenswear, ladieswear and menswear and so caters for the whole family. As well as clothes, it sells shoes, accessories, lingerie and homewear. The shop is split into these departments and so it is a matter of heading for the department you're after and then searching.

                      Primark is usually overstocked, and so there is too much of everything for the space. It is a bit of a nightmare in this respect as there is just so much stock to search through, and certainly in my local store, one rail can hide three of four different styles of tops or trousers one behind the other, so looking at everything there, is very time consuming. Having said that, I quite enoy 'rummaging' through the rails and love the 'hunt' for something special. I don't often go shopping - maybe once every two months - so I have a really good look throughout the store for what's in. It takes forever, but being able to put together some new outfits for the season is a must for me, and doing so in this way, is worth it for damage limitation on my credit card!

                      Having found something that you like, Primark is not one of those shops where you can simply select your size. In most other shops I know which size of clothing I take but in Primark it really can be one of four as the sizing is so erratic! This makes a trip to the changing rooms a bit cumbersome as you have to carry at least two sizes of everything and forget having someone there to help you with different sizes as in my experience, the staff although very keen and helpful when you can find them, are low on numbers and generally very busy!

                      As you would expect with a shop selling cheap items, some of the quality is appalling. Some of the quality however is on par with other high street names. I find that it is just a matter of searching through and trying on lots of things, and I am sure to find some real gems. I mix these with labels and high street clothing and find it surprising how often people comment on my primark item as being so desirable. My pumps at the moment for example are Primark. They are the most comfortable pair that I have ever owned, yet cost a mere £6. I have now lost count at how many people have commented on them.

                      Primark sells it's products cheaply by selling very large quantities of the same item. As such, very distinctive items can be a fashion faux pax as you can end up with the same items as friends and colleagues. If Primark were a brand to be ashamed of, then this might be a further problem, but it is revered for being such great value if you choose wisely and so generally I personally don't find this to be a problem, but I guess it depends what circles you move in!

                      Despite the flaws of Primark, I do recommend it for such unbelievable pricing. If you can afford not to shop there then fantastic, but for those of us who can't, it really does make following fashion a manageable past-time. and so I award it four dooyoo stars!

                      Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it useful :-)

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                    • Nestle Kit Kat / Chocolate / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                      The perfect breaktime snack

                      mmmm... time for a break and what have I found in the fridge today....? yep, you guessed it, a Kit Kat. I've got a two fingered variety from a multipack and am looking forward to a bit of Dooyoo indulgence with only 107 calories to worry about for the experience - superb!

                      The Kitkat is packaged in a lovely red and white paper sleeve that slips off the foil wrapped biscuit. The foil wrapped biscuit can then be carefully unwrapped like a parcel, or taken to in my favourite way which is as follows:

                      Using your fingernail, pierce the foil wrapper in the kitkat finger cleavage (sounds errotic doesn't it, but it's really not) and then snap the fingers appart. The Kitkat provides a very satisfying 'snapping' sound and at this point the chocolate aroma is heightened as it drifts into the air to tantilise and tempt those tastebuds.

                      As you survey the two chocolate fingers present in the wrapper, there is the option to offer one to your dearly beloved. This is not recommended.

                      Having mastered the very pleasurable unwrapping and snapping, the all important taste test is upon you. There are many ways to eat the Kitkat fingers but again I have a bit of a ritual. Chocolate off the ends, then the sides, saving the crunchy biscuit for last... mmm... yum! The crunch of the bite into the biscuit part of the Kitkat is especially satisfying having nibbled away at the softer chocolate on the edges. Yes I know I'm a bit strange but this really is the only way to eat a Kitkat as far as I'm concerned.

                      Stage two of the eating process is a repeat of stage one - double the delight and why I strongly recommend you keep both fingers to yourself! There's really just not enough to be shared.

                      Once both Kitkat fingers have been devoured, it's time to mop up the chocolate shavings in the foil and discard the wrapper. Another breaktime over and done with!

                      Very enjoyable and comes recommended!

                      Thanks for reading my review :-)

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                        If you can get into the packet there's no looking back!

                        Asda, like the majority of supermarkets these days, has a budget range of products which it calls 'Asda Smart Price'. The range is cheap and sometimes offers excellent value for money and sometimes appalling value for money. Thankfully, as we are a high biscuit consumption household, The Smart Price Digestive Biscuits fall into the earlier category, and are a steal at 31p for 400g.

                        Asda Smart Price products are easy to find (only in Asda mind you), being packaged in very plain green and white packaging, with the words 'Asda Smart Price' clearly identifiable. There's no hiding the fact that the Smart Price Digestive Biscuits are a budget product, and for those with the fear of being caught going 'cheap', they are advised to remove the packaging at the earliest opportunity.

                        Upon opening these biscuits, the second clue for you that these are not a premium product (in the unlikely event that the packaging hasn't actually given it away) is that there is no 'easy to open' tab. I personally find this to be a minor inconvenience, but like most biscuit lovers I do have my ways and means of entering a packet of biscuits quickly and without fuss (and especially a packet of digestives) and so am more than happy to accommodate this slight inconvenience. My preferred method is with a sharp knife which I slice at right angles to the length of the packet so as to slice between two biscuits but teeth, nails, forks or any other sharp instrument usually suffices.

                        Once into the packet, you are greeted with the sweet, wheaty aroma of digestive biscuits and all evidence of it being a budget product ceases to exist. The biscuits are circular with the words 'sweetmeal' and 'digestive' written onto the top and small indentations like pin pricks across the biscuit. For smell and appearance the biscuits score highly, but do they taste any good?

                        The biscuits offer a good crunch as one bites into them, and a delicious sweet wheat flavour. Mmmm.... very moreish! Yes the Smart Price Digestive Biscuits pass the taste test.... and unfortunately for some, the addictivity test. A definite downside to these biscuits is that one is never enough but with only 67 calories per biscuit and priced at less than 1p per biscuit, you can definitely afford to have more than one!

                        So to conclude I would definitely recommend these biscuits and I give them a massive 5 stars! This is an excellent value for money product and simply scrummy! Furthermore, as Asda operate a 'try me, love me' policy on all their products, should you find that you're not 100% happy with the biscuits, they will offer a refund and replacement service. With this in mind, I would say give them a try as you've nothing to lose!

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